Global criticism of Russia grows

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he received some signals from Russia during the first round of bilateral talks. But the two camps remain distant.

It is unclear whether the next round of talks will lead to a ceasefire, as global criticism of the invasion grows.

A growing number of countries are reversing their past policies and expressing their support for Ukraine.

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned Russia during a press conference.

Erdogan said: “We view Russia’s attack on Ukraine as unacceptable and appreciate the struggle of the Ukrainian people and administration.”

The Turkish president said that based on an international treaty, his country would restrict the passage of warships through its Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits separating the Black Sea from the Mediterranean.

Turkey is a member of NATO, but maintains strong economic and military ties with Russia. The decision to close the waterways came in response to a request from the Ukrainian government.

Finland is a neighbor of Russia. He said on Monday that he would supply Ukraine with 2,500 rifles and 1,500 anti-tank weapons. Finland had previously refrained from supplying arms to countries in conflict.

Sweden had a similar policy. It announced on Sunday that it would send 5,000 anti-vehicle weapons, helmets and protective clothing to Ukraine.

Switzerland maintains neutrality. But his government decided to sanction Russian President Vladmir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov by freezing their private assets.

In Japan, support for Ukraine continues to spread. The Lower House of the Diet passed a resolution on Tuesday condemning the Russian aggression.

He calls on Russia to immediately cease its attacks and withdraw its troops. It also urges the Japanese government to do its best to ensure the safety of Japanese nationals in Ukraine and to take firm action against Russia, including sanctions, in collaboration with the international community.

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio spoke by telephone with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday evening. The two leaders harshly criticized Russia and confirmed the need for strong sanctions.

Kishida said: “We recognize that not only Europe but also the entire international community, including Asia, must take seriously the fact that changing the status quo by force should not be allowed.

The prime minister said he would continue to conduct summit diplomacy and work closely with the international community.

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