The Debate – Can Putin Handle It Alone? Russia ups ante as world leaders meet at UN

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How does a reclusive Russia read the United Nations General Assembly room? On the day world leaders gather in New York for UN week, Vladimir Putin’s proxies unveil plans for hastily staged referendums to annex conquered parts of Ukraine now under attack by a counter-attack.

How does this change the course of the war and the efforts of the struggling developing countries, which need Russian oil at a discount at a time of skyrocketing energy prices and grain exports made possible by a UN-brokered deal?

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At what point can the world ignore an unprovoked invasion and the mounting evidence of war crimes committed under the supervision of the Kremlin? We ask our panel what those world leaders think about mass graves. Was last week’s regional summit in Uzbekistan a sign of a turning point, where India and China, among others, made clear that Putin’s campaign in Ukraine is bad for business? More generally, what is the role of the UN at this crucial moment?

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Produced by Charles Wente, Aline Bottin and Imen Mellaz.

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