What Australia's New PM Said On Russia-Ukraine War At Quad Meet

Australia's Prime Minister Antony Albanese said, "The Russian unilateral, illegal, immoral attack on the people of Ukraine is an outrage and the atrocities being committed on innocent civilians is something that we couldn't have expected in the 21st century."

What Australia's New PM Said On Russia-Ukraine War At Quad Meet

Quad Meet: Australian PM Anthony Albanese said his goals were aligned with priorities of Quad.

Tokyo:

Australia's Prime Minister Antony Albanese said on Tuesday "strong views" were expressed on Russia in a meeting of leaders of the Quad group of countries.

Speaking to reporters after talks in Tokyo between the leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia, and before a leaders' statement was issued, the newly installed Australian leader said Russia's invasion of Ukraine "was discussed and you will see reference in the statement".

"The Russian unilateral, illegal, immoral attack on the people of Ukraine is an outrage and the atrocities being committed on innocent civilians is something that we couldn't have expected in the 21st century," he said, citing what he had told fellow leaders about Australia's view.

"Certainly strong views were expressed in the meeting," he said.

U.S. President Joe Biden told reporters in Tokyo there was no change to a U.S. policy of "strategic ambiguity" on Taiwan, a day after he appeared to stretch the limits of the U.S. line on the island by saying he would be willing to use force to defend it.

Asked about Biden's comments, Albanese said there was "no change" in Australia's position on Taiwan.

"There should be no unilateral change to the status quo," he said.

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