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u. s. secretary of state antony blank and 2 address reporters momentarily after an urgent plea from ukraine's foreign minister, nato chief un stoughton, berks, at the alliance with strengthen its support. for keith. take a lesson alice. i've been doing a lot and are determined to do more now on for the medium on to longer term to help the brave ukrainians defend their homes on their country. on pushback, the invading forces are, is also supporting on stepping or permanent aid on financial support. we discussed a lot more we will do including cyber security assistance and provide the equipment to help you crane protect against the chemical and biological. and there was nato's the secretary general speaking just moments ago. and i'd like to take you now to nato to r. terry schultz who is covering the foreign m,
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a foreign ministers meeting their terry ukraine has been pressing nato, a for more weapons, our nato allies prepared to deliver arms to ukraine. secretary generals dolton burg says they are. he said that in these meetings, they assured a foreign minister to meet your kula from ukraine, that they would be providing more support as you know when he arrived at this meeting, he asked for more heavy weaponry warplanes, which as of now have not been delivered despite being promised, so he is looking, looking for heavy equipment to replace what's been taken out by russia's onslaught on his country. and a secretary general steinberg would not give details nor did minister cooley, but about what exactly would be coming. simply reassuring. i'm going to pull out of that he was secretary of state antony blake and is holding a press conference right now at nato. h. q at us. take a lesson necessary to maintaining international peace and security together. we are
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sustaining and building on our support for ukraine. security mandatory in economic together we're sustaining and building on pressure on the kremlin and its enablers . including with unprecedented sanctions, together were bolstering the defense of nato itself, including by hardening our eastern flank. just over the past 48 hours, i've had an opportunity to meet with my nato counterparts. for the 1st time ever, foreign ministers from the united states. indo pacific allies, australia, japan, new zealand. the republic, korea participated as a group in nato ministerial ministers from georgia from finland from sweden and ukraine also took part as did the european union's high represented for foreign affairs and security policy, joseph or l i. in addition, i met with my counterparts from the g 7, the world's leading democratic economies. the participation of all of these allies
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and partners highlights the remarkably broad coalition of countries from around the world that a united and standing with ukraine and against the russian government aggression countries. the recognize moscow isn't just attacking one country, but the entire international rules based order. the sickening images and accounts coming out of boucher and other parts of ukraine of only strengthened our collective resolve and unity in boucher a woman described how russian soldiers forced her and around 40 other people to gather in a small square. the soldiers brought 5 young men there and ordered them to kneel. then the russians shoulder shot one of them in the back of the head. he turned to the people gathered instead of the victim, and i quote, this is dirt. we're here to cleanse you from the dirt. that's just one person.
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russian soldiers killed in boucher, according to ukraine's prosecutor general. they've already found $410.00 bodies of dead civilians in that one town alone. and is not just future emerging. the body of the 50 year old mayor, although so anchor, was found in a shallow grave along with her hands bound alongside the bodies of her husband and son. they were last seen alive, being taken away by russian soldiers in our keith. a woman was sheltering in a school with her 5 year old daughter and neighbors. when a russian soldier picked her out and forced her to accompany him to an empty classroom, he cut her face a night with her neck and neck with a knife. excuse me. threatened to kill her and raped her repeatedly at gunpoint with each day more and more credible reports of rape killings,
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torture are emerging. and for every boucher there are many more towns. russia has occupied and more towns, it is still occupying places where we must assume russian soldiers a committee, more atrocities. right now. here's what we're doing together with our allies and partners to stop this aggression, to stand with ukraine and hold accountable. those who are responsible 1st, we continue to work in close coordination with allies and partners to raise the costs on the russian government for its aggression. yesterday we announced new sanctions on russia's largest financial institution and one of its largest private banks on 21 members of russia's now security council. on the adult children, a president putin. president biden also signed an executive order prohibiting new investment in russia by any person in the united states. the european union is also
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actively considering robust new measures, including bands on russian coal on russian vessels accessing a new ports on transactions with 4 key financial institutions. second, the united states continues to work at an unprecedented pace to help you crane defend itself. last friday, the department of fence announced $300000000.00 in new security assistance. on tuesday, i authorized an additional $100000000.00 to meet ukraine's urgent needs for more javelin anti armor systems. this will bring total u. s. security assistance to ukraine since the beginning of russia's invasion in february to over $1700000000.00. and over $2400000000.00 since january of last year, more than 30 countries have joined us in delivering security assistance to ukraine . aid that our ukranian partners are putting to very effective use as we see in the kremlin retreat from keith and other ukrainian cities and towns. to day i met again
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with my colleague and friend, demitrix labor, ukraine's foreign minister to discuss how we can continue to provide ukraine's greatest offenders with what they need to keep pushing russia back. 3rd, we continue to provide significant aid to address the acute humanitarian crisis caused by the kremlin warp. more than a quarter of ukraine's population. over 11000000 people have been displaced. that's roughly equal to displacing the entire population of belgium, the country we're in now in the space of 6 weeks. present vitamin down to the u. s . government prepared to provide more than $1000000000.00 in new humanitarian assistance to those affected by russia's war aggression that comes on top of $293000000.00. we provided in 2022 alone to vulnerable communities in the region, including the neighboring countries that have opened their arms and opened their homes to 4000000 ukrainian refugees. the global harm caused by the
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crumb this aggression is growing, including the disruption is caused to the production distribution of wheaton, ukraine, on which so many countries realized something that i heard about and saw 1st hand just a week ago when we were in among other places morocco and algeria in africa, where a quarter of the population is now facing a food security crisis. russia's war of choice has raised the costs of basic staples, worsening the hardship, the people were already feeling. so the g 7, we discussed in some detail ways that we can mitigate the wars impact on the most vulnerable people around the world forth. the united states continues to work methodically, to collect, to preserve, to analyze evidence of atrocities. and to make this information available to the appropriate bodies, were supporting a multinational team of experts that's assisting a war crimes unit set up by ukraine's prosecutor general with
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a view toward eventually pursuing criminal accountability. these efforts will also ensure that russia cannot escape the verdict of history just moments ago, as i was coming into this room. ah, i learned that you and member states had come together once again to condemn russia's aggression and suspend it from the human rights council. the country this perpetrating gross and systematic violations of human rights should not sit on a body whose job it is to protect those rights to day a wrong was right. it. if we discuss ways, we can sure up the collective security of our nato allies. as the president has said, we will defend every inch of nato territory. we now have 100000 u. s. troops in europe. nato's established for new multinational battle groups in romania and hungry bulgaria. slovakia. in addition to those already in poland, estonia, latvia and lithuania, to reinforce our eastern flank 6,
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we discuss the additional support that nato allies can provide to partners like bosnia herzegovina, and ga, who are most vulnerable to russian aggression and threats from cybersecurity to combating this information finally, we discussed at length a new nato strategic concept. this is the public blueprint for how the alliance will continue to safeguard transatlantic security. in what is a rapidly changing landscape will release that document at the nato summit in madrid and june. president putin thought among other things that he would weaken and divide nato. this strategic concept will make clear that nato is in fact stronger. it's more united. it's more capable of addressing 21st century threats. and i can say unequivocally from my discussions with many colleagues here in recent days, colleagues from around the globe,
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the revulsion at what the russian government is doing is palpable. there's a greater determination than ever to stand with ukraine to shore up and revitalize the international order that moscow was trying to append to bring to bear even greater costs on the russian government to ensure that people are held accountable for their crimes. will not turn to questions. we will start with vivian, selena from the wall street journal that thank you mister secretary, i 2 questions. if you'll indulge me, you came foreign minister les tress said today that allies have agreed to help ukrainian forces move from their soviet era equipment to needed nato standard equipment on a bilateral basis. she is very specific language there, and so is the u. s. going to match that pledge, and if so, can you tell me a little bit about the, the timeline? well, when you plan on doing that, 2nd question is ukraine's foreign minister calais by said today that as long as the west continues buying russian gas or oil,
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it is supporting the russian war machine. that's a direct quote. are you pressing europeans to commit to a time mine a more aggressive timeline for banning russian oil and gas? thank you. thanks. i. so on the 1st question, 1st as you know, and as i, i said we have been individually united states and collectively as partners more than 30 countries providing to ukraine. ah, the weapons and systems that we believe it can use most effectively. and that it needs to push back against our russian aggression. and we're not gonna let anything stand in the way of getting ukrainians what they need and what we believe can be effective. so we're looking across the board right now, not only at what we've provided and continue to provide, but whether there are additional systems that would make a difference. and then we could bride them and we're doing that in close
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consultation with the ukrainians, as well as with allies and partners on the energy situation. so we've seen over many years, a dependence build up in europe on russian gas, especially as well as on russian oil. and i think what i'm hearing very clearly is a commitment to end that dependence. we've seen again and again, russia use energy as a weapon. ah, as political leverage up, and of course the proceeds that it gets from the sale of its energy is now yes, helping to fuel as aggression against ukraine. and my strong sense is that europeans are very much committed, as i said, to ending that dependence. but it's also not like flipping a light switch. ah, you have to do it on methodically. you have to put in place the, the necessary alternatives, the united states is doing a great deal to,
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to help in that regard. as you know, for this winter alone. oh, we've worked to make sure that there were sufficient supplies, for example, alan g to compensate frank losses from decrease sales of russian energy or a, a cut off and russian energy going forward. you heard president biden talk about this a couple of weeks ago when he was here. we're committed to increasing the, the supply of energy. ah, other countries are taking, taking steps to increase supplies of different kinds of energy. ah, and as i said, europeans seem committed to moving forward on this. i think it also tells us how imperative it is that we accelerate the transition to renewables. and we can, i think in europe can make a virtue out of necessity. not only by moving away from russian energy from russian gas, well, but moving toward sustainable energy and toward renewables. but it's a process. it takes time. ah, but my strong sense is that europe is committed doing. thanks. missy ryan,
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watching post q questions for you. i foreign foreign minister collab. i also today said that as russia prepares for it's concentrated offensive and eastern ukraine. that key needs new kinds of weapons and more weapons in days, not weeks or else more people will die. has the united states committed or will the united states commit to provide a new kinds of weaponry to ukraine within that time frame? and then the 2nd question for you, do you believe that the apparent russian atrocities revealed in boucher and in other parts of ukraine make it harder to attain a negotiated settlement to the war? so missy again on um on the weapons. we've been doing this all, you know, all along, by the way, the provision of ha, of weapons to ukraine,
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to defend itself against russian aggression. i'm president biden moved out on that aggressively many, many months before the aggression took place because of our concern that russia was planning. and preparing for, we did an initial drawdown, the president instructed back at the end of last summer, another one in december. and then of course, many since the aggression, so one of the reasons that ukrainians had been able to be so effective in pushing back the south this russian aggression course. it starts with their extraordinary courage. but it's also because they already had in hand, ah, the weapons necessary to do that. and then since the aggression, we have repeatedly and continuously along with many allies and partners supplied them with the most effective systems that we believe they need to deal with the armored vehicles to deal with a tax to deal with a place to deal with the helicopters but as i just said, ah, we are looking at
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a day and day out what we believe they most need to include, ah, new systems that have not heretofore been been provided. we're listening to, to them in terms of their assessment of what they need. we're putting that all together and we're proceeding and we have a strong sense of urgency. that was something that i think was felt among all allies and partners here today. um when it comes to to boucher, the atrocities for crimes. ah. accountability in and of itself is absolutely necessary. and this is, we've seen this in the past. conflicts were atrocities have been committed, war crimes have been committed and where we have determined to get the evidence, get the facts, build the case. we've been able to do that,
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and sometimes it's taken a long time. ah, the conflicts have come to an end. i often through diplomacy. accountability is continued. sometimes it's actually not come to a conclusion until many years africa was added, but it has an one day one way there will be accountability ah, the russians will have to decide ah, if they want to meaningfully engage in diplomacy and in negotiations, ah, ukrainians had made clear that repeatedly that they're prepared to do that, but we have heard, they've heard nothing from the russian suggesting that they're, they're serious about it. i don't think ah, in a sense boucher has anything to do with that. has everything to do with what president putin's calculus is, what, what he decides,
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what we can do about it. and what we are doing about it is making sure that the ukrainians have everything that they need to defend themselves and also strengthen their hand at, in any negotiation. that we make sure that we're keeping the pressure on russia and indeed increasing that pressure through unprecedented sanctions. and as well that we shore up nettles, defenses ought to take away any notion in rushes mind of extending the aggression being committed against ukraine. a tornado country. next different, pete. yes. secretary, thank you. i dare spiegel, and others are reporting that german intelligence picked up over open lines. russian soldiers, specifically talking about indiscriminately killing civilians. can you confirm that west? the west has recordings of russian soldiers talking about that. but the larger question is, what does it say? the russian soldiers were apparently discussing this over open communications and one on diplomacy in the lead up to the roar or for minister sir gala rob either
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lied to you or didn't know what he was talking about. can you deal with him in the future? and the connected question today is, european capitals are a victim russian officials. well, the us follow. excellent. thanks, nick. i can't, i can't come in on the specific report that you're referring to. but what i can say is this, because we said it before, i, we said before russia committed this aggression, that if it did, part of its campaign plan was to inflict atrocities was to target individuals was to commit the kinds of crimes that we're, we're now seeing to terrorize civilian populations. and so ah, this as we thought was part of the game plan all along. now horrifically the world is seeing it as we see what happens in boucher and i've described it as a it's a there's a, there's
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a strange thing going on in the sense that look, our tv screens have been filled for the last 40 to 43 days. with images coming out of ukraine, ah, thanks to incredibly courageous ukrainians, who are filming things on their smartphone and incredibly courageous reporters who stayed in ukraine and are trying to bring this to the world. and yet, sometimes this constant flow of images almost normal, normalized and trivializes, things to the point that people kind of see it as something that's in the background and don't respond to it. but then something so stark. so outrageous, ah, emerges like butcher that it, it hits people. and again, to me it's like, we've seen as ukrainians of pushback this russian tide. we see with the tide
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receding, what's left behind, and that is horrific. death and destruction. i'm with regard to diplomacy. look, ah, there are diplomats from various countries that one deals with in the course of doing your job, who occasionally have or more than occasionally have an adversarial relationship with the truth as part of the job. right. follow your ah, we are always looking at this. ah, and we'll continue to do so. we'll take a final question from terry schultz. and from here is just said joining us so a very warm welcome. you're watching our special live coverage of the nato foreign ministers meeting. and i, we just heard from you
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a secretary of state antony blanket, who finished speaking after the native foreign ministers meeting, declaring that the u. s. is determined to raise costs for russia for its aggressions. and he also added that the west winds to shore up the alliance even more. we've got lots to unpack. what we've got you covered here with me in the studio is michelle christner. and joining us from the u. s. is in s, paul d. w. 's at bureau chief in washington in as the secretary of state, determined to keep up the pressure on russia. right. he did so with for him a pretty emotional speech layla. he's known for being normally fairly stoic, but he started his speech was describing very precisely and kind of emotional, the horrors from butcher. he talked about single a cases. he talked about the amount of people getting killed,
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he talked about that one 4th of the country is displaced already. so he really set the tone for this press conference. and then he kind of reflected, i think the mood of this whole day by saying there is a strong sense of urgency. and this comes after the foreign minister call. labor said we need weapons, weapons, weapons. and this is another thing. you're really stressed in his speech as you just said, layla. he underlined the deep commitment of the united states, but also of the, of the global, a broad scope coalition really to stand, to keep standing by ukraine and delivering everything possible. the brave. i'm quoting him here are the brave ukrainians who are fighting the russian. so a strong commitment to not only provide weapons and money, but also help with human human tarion aid because after the images we also, i think that is so obviously that this is
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a huge human in terry and crisis. a huge humanitarian crisis. so on that a theme and mikaela, we've got some breaking news from the un now that just made a very decisive decision is the you entered a as a general assembly and voted in favor of excluding russia from the human rights council. was in quite a clear majority in favor of that 93 to 24, with 58 abstentions. and this is quite clear symbolism and we have since seen ukraine at thank for this international move and it highlights and what antony lincoln was mentioning there. there are more and more countries who are taking a stands for ukraine over this war of aggression. we also saw a direct exchange almost of the ukranian ambassador to the united nations who cited a weasel, an outlet survivor, saying that indifference is always on the side of the aggressor. it is always against the victims. and on the other hand, we saw
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a ross's ambassador accuse in the world of human rights colonialism. seeing this as a us scheme to have more global control. so it really feels like cold, who rhetoric there. and it also shows the stance roster has to, with any kind of investigation of the evidence of atrocities that we're see assert just some final thoughts. so because we're nearing the end of the show, what kind of effect have these images had in the us. these images coming out of future well, the mood here really has changed, and we just got the, the lightest pole from the pew research center. i'm looking up the figures here. so 7 and 10 americans now really see russia as the enemy and applauds the stands. the biden administration is taking against russia. that's interesting that the center just passed a bill. it's called lend leased that stripe stone,
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all kinds of bureau cars, bureaucratic hurts for abide and so the support is really growing with the incoming images. so we're ending this show with the un general assembly voting to expel russia from its human rights council. thank you so much, both for your coverage. and with that we'll catch you in a couple of minutes. ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
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