Afghanistan’s former president Hamid Karzai: “The US/NATO military campaign was not against extremism or terrorism, the campaign was more against Afghan villages and hopes; putting Afghan people in prisons, creating prisons in our own country … and bombing all villages. That was very wrong.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin: “America recently faced some of the hardest events in its history, after the murder of an African American and the creation of the whole Black Lives Matter movement. I will not comment on this now, I just want to say that the things we saw – pogroms, violations of the law, and so on – we sympathize with the Americans and the American people, but we do not want this to happen on our territory.”
“This is something we are watching very closely and this really is a red line for us – as regards the prospect of Ukraine joining NATO. Of course, this (the question of a membership plan for Ukraine) raises our concerns,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Ekho Moskvy radio station.
Narendra Modi’s government has sought for years to control social media and has often directed Twitter to take down tweets or accounts that appear critical of his party and its leaders, including his administration’s handling of the pandemic. Twitter has complied with most of those orders.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: “Not only were they targeted, they were targeted using a process and a practice that was really dehumanizing, that really terrorized people in their homes. The raids, and what they represented, created deep wounds. And while we cannot change our history, we can acknowledge it, and we can seek to right a wrong.”