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Biden Says He Is Willing to Talk to Putin About Ukraine, With Conditions

By Roger Cohen & Zolan Kanno-Youngs | The New York Times

Standing beside the French leader who has championed the need for dialogue with Moscow, President Biden said Thursday that he would talk to President Vladimir Putin, but only in consultation with NATO allies and only if the Russian leader indicated he was “looking for a way to end the war.”

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U.S. Eyes $156 Million Yacht in Dubai Linked to a Russian Oligarch

By Kate Kelly, Michael Forsythe & Julian E. Barnes | The New York Times

The U.S. Justice Department is taking steps to seize the Madame Gu, a 324-foot luxury yacht, but it will be diplomatically thorny.

Pentagon Eyes Major Expansion of Ukraine Military Training

By Dan Lamothe & Karen DeYoung | The Washington Post

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and other top Pentagon officials are weighing a major expansion in training for the Ukrainian military, a move that could significantly enhance its ability to evict Russian forces from occupied areas even as it deepens U.S. involvement in the war.

U.S. Sanctions Hezbollah’s Accountants, Weapons Facilitator

By Kanishka Singh | Reuters

The United States on Thursday sanctioned individuals and companies for allegedly providing financial services to and facilitating weapons procurement for Hezbollah, the U.S. Treasury Department said.

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