World Facts In Brief

Wednesday 02/03/2022 World Facts In Brief



Biden announces ban on Russian aircraft from US airspace

President Joe Biden announced during Tuesday night’s State of the Union that the US will ban Russian aircraft from US airspace, joining a growing number of countries who are closing their skies to Russia


Mexico declines to impose economic sanctions on Russia

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared that his government will not impose economic sanctions on Russia. The leftist leader explained his approach is necessary because the country desires ‘to have good relations with all the governments in the world.’


‘Turkey has no intention of joining sanctions against Russia’

Turkey has no intention of joining international sanctions against Russia over its war with Ukraine, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said late Tuesday.


Russia says its delegation is ready for new talks with Ukraine

Russian officials are ready to hold a second round of talks with Ukraine on Wednesday but it is unclear whether Ukrainian officials will turn up, the Kremlin said.


Paraguay does not consider breaking off relations with Russia “very reasonable”

Paraguayan Foreign Minister Euclides Acevedo reiterated his country’s position condemning the violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity but dismissed the possibility of breaking off diplomatic relations with Russia.


Ukraine foreign minister asks China to mediate ceasefire

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in a phone call Tuesday for help from Beijing in mediating a ceasefire with Russia.


Second round of Russian-Ukrainian talks to take place later on March 2 — Zelensky’s office

The new meeting between the Ukrainian and Russian delegation will take place Wednesday evening in the same membership as before, says Alexey Arestovich, advisor to the head of the Ukrainian Presidential Office.


Singapore to fill foreign worker shortage in a ‘few months’, government promises

Singapore aims to fill a shortage of overseas workers within the next few months as it progressively eases border restrictions, according to Finance Minister Lawrence Wong.


SA abstains from voting in UN resolution that calls for Russia to withdraw from Ukraine

Thirty-five members including China abstained and five countries including Russia, Syria and Belarus voted against the resolution. While General Assembly resolutions are non-binding, they carry political weight.