Your briefing on Tuesday: Russia downplays the threat of invasion


We are covering talks on Ukraine and Djokovic’s return to Australia.

After nearly eight hours of negotiations in Geneva, Russian and US officials said they would continue talks, but stayed away from reaching an agreement to meet the security concerns of others. Here are the latest updates.

Russian officials said they had told their US counterparts that they had no plans to invade Ukraine. “There is no reason to fear any kind of escalation scenario,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters after the meeting.

Wendy Sherman, a senior U.S. diplomat, said the United States “was backing down security proposals that are simply not initiatives for the United States,” including Russia’s demands that Ukraine not be admitted to NATO and that NATO withdraws its presence from Ukrainian troops.

Sherman said the two sides discussed the possibility of reviving the High Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty and made it clear that the United States was open to discussing “ways to set reciprocal limits on the size and scope of military exercises.” and to improve transparency “. about these exercises “.

What follows: The talks were the first in a series of debates to be held this week in Geneva, Vienna and Brussels. Ukraine will miss two of the three sessions; President Volodymyr Zelensky has decided not to rely entirely on US-led negotiations.

Context: The build-up of 100,000 Russian troops near the border with Ukraine has raised concerns among Western and Ukrainian officials that the Kremlin is preparing for an invasion. See how Russian troops are positioned.

The ruling does not yet guarantee he will be able to play in the Australian Open.

Judge Anthony Kelly ruled that Djokovic had been treated unfairly after arriving at a Melbourne airport for the Open, where he had been allowed to play with a vaccination waiver, which resulted in his lawyers said it was an infection he had in mid-December.

After arresting Djokovic, the border authorities promised to let him talk to the tournament organizers and his lawyers in the early hours of Thursday, only to cancel his visa before he was given the opportunity.

What follows: Visa restoration does not guarantee that Djokovic will be able to compete for his tenth Open title when the tournament starts next Monday. In court, government lawyers warned that the immigration minister could still cancel his visa, which would lead to an automatic three-year ban on entering the country.

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In other developments:

After the president of Haiti was assassinated and the country fell into turmoil, Ariel Henry became head of government, responsible for bringing the assassins to justice and helping the country heal.

But new evidence suggests that Henry maintained communications with a prime suspect in the case, and that the two men remained in close contact even after the murder.

Evidence against Henry focuses on his connection to Joseph Felix Badio, a former Justice Department official wanted by Haitian authorities on suspicion of plotting the July 7 attack that killed President Jovenel Moïse.

Phone records viewed by the Times, as well as interviews with Haitian officials and a leading crime suspect, reveal potentially incriminating details. Among them: Badio spoke with Henry before and after the murder, including two calls in the morning after the murder. Badio visited Henry’s official residence while fleeing law enforcement, and was not stopped by security guards.

When officials tried to investigate Henry’s links with Badio, they were fired by the prime minister.

Answer: A Henry spokesman said that despite the phone records, he did not speak to Badio after the murder and that he has nothing to do with the suspect. Badio was not available for comment.

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Life on the remote Isle of Rum in the Scottish Hebrides is not for everyone: there are no doctors, no restaurants, no churches or pubs. A couple of years ago, residents of the isolated outpost called for newcomers to apply and join them. Out of 400 applications considered serious, four new families were selected, which increased the population of the island to 40 people.

Bicycle routes to inspire carbon-conscious travelers. A black neighborhood that once again stands out as a cultural center. An exuberant archipelago that withstands excessive tourism.

These are among our 52 sites for 2022, an annual Times feature on major travel destinations. This year’s list highlights places where positive changes are taking place, whether environmental or cultural, and travelers can be a part of it.

But it is also worth seeing these places for their direct pleasures. The views of Iberá Park in Argentina are breathtaking, even if you don’t know that the park’s prairies are crucial in rescuing strange-tailed tyrannical birds. And the poached artichokes and burgundy snails served at EDWINS in Cleveland speak both of gastronomy and of teaching a new trade to people who had been imprisoned. See all 52 sites

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