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By Jenny Goldsberry
After the fallout from U.S. troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan the UK parliament held President Biden in contempt. Now, Biden is facing disapproval from across the pond, and within his own American people. The British Parliament has censured Biden in contempt over Afghanistan, both Tory and Labour are united against him.
Tom Tugenhat, Tonbridge and Malling MP blasted Biden for claiming that the “Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves.” He is a veteran himself, who saw many Afghan soldiers die for their cause.
“To see their commander in chief call into question the courage of men that I fought with, to claim that they ran, is shameful,” Tugenhat said on the parliament floor Wednesday. “Those who have never fought for the colors they fly should be careful about criticizing those who have.” According to Tugenhat, armies don’t win wars, nations do.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson echoed that sentiment Friday, tweeting his appreciation for the troops. “We owe the brave people who worked side-by-side with us in Afghanistan a debt of gratitude,” Johnson wrote. Now the country is working to evacuate people.
Meanwhile, as all this was going on, despite their shared missions, Biden screened calls from Minister Johnson for 36 hours. According to a report from the Daily Telegraph, Biden didn’t contact Johnson until 5 PM EST Tuesday. For Johnson, it was 10 PM his time. So Biden addressed the nation before he called the prime minister back.
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U.S. Commerce Department: Chinese firms are supplying Russian entities
On Tuesday, the United States Commerce Department said several companies in China are supplying Russia’s military. The announcement was made alongside a “new round of blacklist restrictions for foreign firms aiding Moscow’s war against Ukraine” reports National Review.
“These entities have previously supplied items to Russian entities of concern before February 24, 2022 and continue to contract to supply Russian entity listed and sanctioned parties after Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine,” stated an official Commerce Department notice posted to the Federal Register.
“Commerce also blacklisted several Chinese companies and Chinese government research institutes for their work on naval-technology and supplying Iran with U.S. tech in a way that harms America’s national security” adds National Review.
Six companies that are helping further the Russian invasion are also based in Lithuania, Russia, the U.K., Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.
National Review reports:
The Commerce Department stopped short of blaming the Chinese government for the sanctions-evasion activity it identified today. Commerce secretary Gina Raimondo previously said that there doesn’t appear to be any “systemic efforts by China to go around our export controls.” The Biden administration has publicly and privately warned Beijing against supporting the Russian war, with White House officials even leaking to the press about an effort to present China’s ambassador in Washington with information about Russian troop movements ahead of the invasion.
While Beijing has not expressed outright support for the invasion, it has used its propaganda networks to back Moscow’s narrative. Meanwhile, top Chinese and Russian officials have moved to solidify the “no-limits” partnership they declared in early February. General secretary Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin held a call this month, marking the construction of a new bridge between their two countries, during which they reiterated their support for the burgeoning geopolitical alignment.
National-security adviser Jake Sullivan said last month that the U.S. has no indications that Beijing has provided Russia with military equipment. A Finnish think tank, the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, estimated on June 12 that Chinese imports of Russian oil since the outset of the conflict have amounted to $13 billion, making China the biggest consumer of the country’s oil exports. Previously, it was Germany. “While Germany cut back on purchases since the start of the war, China’s oil and gas imports from Russia rose in February and remained at a roughly constant level since,” the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission noted.
Official advisor Anton Gerashchenko tweeted incredible video of Ukrainian soldiers sweeping through fields, writing “this is how our fields are de-mined so that farmers can harvest crops.” On Monday a Russian missile struck a mall in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, where over 1,000 civilians were inside.
“Almost two dozen people were still missing Tuesday one day after a Russian airstrike struck a Ukrainian shopping mall and killed 18 civilians inside…On top of the 18 dead and 21 people missing, Ukrainian Interior Minster Denis Monastyrsky said 59 were injured. Several of the dead were burned beyond recognition” reported the New York Post.
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) June 28, 2022
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