- Chinese President Xi Jinping held a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Forumlar Majmuasi Complex in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Thursday.
- During their first meeting since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Xi said China is ready to team up with its ally to “set an example of a responsible world power and to play a leading role in putting a rapidly changing world on the track of sustainable and positive development.”
- Addressing Putin as his "dear and long-time friend," Xi said the two leaders had maintained “effective strategic contacts, particularly through phone calls” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Although the Russian president praised China’s “balanced position” on the matter, he conceded that Beijing had “questions and concerns” over Russia’s military action.
- “We highly appreciate the balanced position of our Chinese friends in connection with the Ukrainian crisis. We understand your questions and concerns in this regard,” Putin said. “During today's meeting, of course, we will explain in detail our position on this issue, although we have spoken about this before."
Chinese President Xi Jinping has reportedly told Russian President Vladimir Putin that China is ready to team up with Russia during their sideline talks at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s summit in Uzbekistan.
Addressing Putin as his “dear and long-time friend,” Xi said the two leaders had maintained “effective strategic contacts, particularly through phone calls” amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Russian news agency TASS.
- Addressing an international security summit attended by military officials from Africa, Asia and Latin America, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused “Western globalist elites” of trying “to shift the blame for their own failures to Russia and China.”
- According to Putin, the United States is to blame for the continued fighting in Ukraine, as it is acting “in exactly the same way trying to fuel conflicts in Asia, Africa and Latin America.”
- Putin’s condemnation of Western powers comes amid a series of sanctions imposed by the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries.
- Putin also referenced U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan to accuse Washington of promoting instability around the world.
- According to Putin, attempts by so-called “Western elites” to cling to the “current globalist model” are already doomed. “The era of the unipolar world order is nearing its end,” he added.
Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the United States for the continued fighting in Ukraine during an international security summit on Tuesday.
Speaking to an audience attended by military officials from Africa, Asia and Latin America, the Russian leader accused “Western globalist elites” of shifting the blame “for their own failures to Russia and China.”
- Mitsunobu Hino, 72, was arrested last month on suspicion of property damage and trespassing in the area of Matsudo’s Mikazuki Shrine for nailing a straw doll bearing the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin onto a sacred tree in Japan.
- The doll is used in Japan as a part of a supernatural ritual to wish death or harm to a person.
- It also came with a note that read, “Vladimir Putin, born 7 October 1952. Pray for his extermination.”
- Hino was released from police custody on June 27 after investigators said the shrine had withdrawn the charges for property damage.
- The prosecution does not wish to pursue the case any further. The reason for the disposition has not been disclosed.
The charges against the elderly man who was arrested for nailing a straw doll bearing the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin onto a sacred tree in Japan have been dropped.
Mitsunobu Hino, 72, was arrested last month on suspicion of property damage and trespassing in the area of Matsudo’s Mikazuki Shrine.
- Mitsunobu Hino, 72, was arrested on suspicion of property damage and trespassing in the area of Matsudo’s Mikazuki Shrine on May 19 when he nailed a straw doll bearing the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin onto a sacred tree in Japan.
- The doll also had a note attached that read, “Vladimir Putin, born 7 October 1952. Pray for his extermination.”
- Similar Putin straw dolls were also found at more than 10 shrines in Matsudo since May, according to the police.
- The straw dolls, which are called “wara ningyo” in Japan, were historically used to ward off evil. They are also used as a part of a supernatural ritual to wish death or harm to a person.
A man was arrested for nailing a straw doll bearing the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin onto a sacred tree in Japan.
Mitsunobu Hino, 72, was arrested on suspicion of property damage and trespassing in the area of Matsudo’s Mikazuki Shrine at around 2 p.m. on May 19, according to the police in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture.
Japanese news anchor breaks down on air while reporting on Putin’s hailing of Bucha massacre soldiers
- Yumiko Matsuo, a Japanese news anchor, broke down on air while reporting on Russian President Vladimir Putin honoring the soldiers behind the Bucha massacre.
- Matsuo was reading about the honorary title of “Guards” that Putin bestowed upon the military unit that committed the war crimes in Ukraine’s Bucha region, where more than 300 dead bodies were found.
- The TV anchor is seen fighting back tears while pausing momentarily in a viral clip posted to Reddit on Wednesday.
- “There are still many civilians stuck in the bunker. I'm so sorry, excuse me...” Matsuo said as she tried to compose herself. “The Ukrainian war has entered a new phase...”
- Many Reddit users praised Matsuo’s courage as they empathized with her overwhelming emotion regarding the news report.
A Japanese news anchor broke down on air while reporting on Russian President Vladimir Putin honoring the soldiers who oversaw the Bucha massacre.
The TV anchor, identified as Yumiko Matsuo, is seen fighting back tears while pausing momentarily in a viral clip posted to Reddit on Wednesday.
- The governing bodies of judo and taekwondo have stripped Russian President Vladimir Putin of his honorary titles in response to the country’s recent attacks on Ukraine.
- The International Judo Federation, which is based in Budapest, suspended Putin’s status as its honorary president and ambassador “in light of the ongoing war conflict in Ukraine.”
- Meanwhile, World Taekwondo, which is based in Seoul, withdrew Putin’s black belt, saying it “strongly condemns the brutal attacks on innocent lives in Ukraine.”
- Over 400 civilians have been killed in Ukraine, according to government data published on Monday.
Two global martial arts organizations stripped Russian President Vladimir Putin of honorary titles over the weekend in response to his ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
The International Judo Federation (IJF), which governs the Japanese-originated sport, suspended Putin’s status as honorary president and ambassador in a short statement on Saturday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping just proved to the world that they are real best bros by cooking side-by-side during a break from their meeting at an economic forum earlier this week.
Chinese leader Xi and Putin showcased their cooking skills in front of people and the camera on Tuesday at the “Far East Street” during the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia by making a traditional Russian pancake called Blini, according to Business Insider.
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