Monday, August 15, 2022

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WH pressed on potential oil deals with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela

The White House has pushed back on concerns about the Joe Biden administration’s willingness to cut deals with countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela as it looks for ways to blunt skyrocketing fuel prices in the United States.

Biden announces new sanctions against Russia, calls Putin ‘aggressor’

US President Joe Biden condemned Moscow for launching the military operation against Ukraine, announcing new strong sanctions and limitations on exports to Russia.

UK, Canada announce new sanctions on Russia

London unveiled its ‘largest-ever package of sanctions’ against Russia on Thursday, targeting banks and wealthy Russians. Ottawa has also targeted several individuals and entities, including members of the Russian elite and major banks.

Shamkhani: West should learn lesson from Ukraine crisis

Iran’s top security official has called on the West to learn a lesson from the crisis in Ukraine.

US sanctions company behind Nord Stream 2

U.S. President Joe Biden announced that he would impose new sanctions on the company behind the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which was built to ferry natural gas from Russia to Germany. The announcement follows Russia’s recognition of two separatist-controlled regions east of Ukraine that led to harsh anti-Moscow bans by the West.

3 more countries impose sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

Australia, Canada and Japan have issued sanctions against Russia on Tuesday. The have joined the growing list of countries that have taken economic action after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized two Ukrainian regions as independent states and moved Russian forces into eastern Ukraine.

U.S. announces initial sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

U.S. President Joe Biden has announced Washington would sanction Russian sovereign debt and Russian elites as well as their family members in response to Moscow’s deployment of troops to regions in eastern Ukraine.

G7 warns sanctions would have ‘massive’ impact on Russia

World powers have warned Moscow that they stand ready to impose sanctions that would have a huge and immediate impact on Russia's economy, should it pursue any military aggression against Ukraine. Moscow rejects any plan to attack Ukraine, despite mass military deployment on borders.

Report: Biden under pressure as Vienna talks resume

US President Joe Biden is in a tough spot as the Iran nuclear talks resume in Austria. The American leader is facing growing bipartisan concern that even if a deal is reached, it may be insufficient to curb Tehran's nuclear program.

US approves arms sale to Saudi Arabia, UAE

The US State Department has approved sales of weapons and warplanes to Middle East allies, namely the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

Leaked documents show US failures in Afghanistan

Leaked notes from a White House Situation Room meeting the day before Kabul fell shed new light on just how unprepared the US administration was to evacuate Afghan nationals who'd helped Washington in its 20-year war.

Pentagon puts 1,000s troops on alert over Russia tensions

As tensions intensify over Russia-Ukraine crisis, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has placed roughly 8,500 military personnel on heigh alert to potentially deploy to Eastern Europe, the Pentagon announced.

Russia calls on US to stop speculations about Ukraine invasion

Russia has urged the United States to stop spreading speculations about Moscow's alleged plans to invade Ukraine.

US says has many scenarios for ‘Russian invasion’ of Ukraine

Washington has prepared 18 response scenarios in case Russia decides to invade Ukraine as the West fears it might do, Under-Secretary of State Victoria Nuland claims.

US Secret Service taking Iran Trump threats seriously

The US Secret Service continues to track and monitor threats of vengeance against former President Donald Trump, who ordered the assassination of Iran’s top commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.

Russia warns US against imposing sanctions on Putin

Washington imposing sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin would be an "over-the-top" measure, comparable to breaking off relations, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Kremlin says not optimistic on US talks

The Kremlin spokesperson says Moscow was not optimistic after a first round of talks with the United States on the Ukraine crisis. Dmitry Peskov added Russia would not allow its demands for security guarantees from the west to become mired in tortuous negotiations.

Russia says not optimistic about talks with US

A top Russian diplomat says Moscow is not optimistic about the forthcoming talks with Washington. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybakov added Russia will not give in to US pressure or make any concessions ahead of the Geneva talks set for 10 January.

Russia slams US stance over Kazakhstan unrest

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has denounced remarks by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken over Moscow's involvement in Kazakhstan unrest. The top US diplomat has said Kazakhstan would have a difficult time getting the Russian forces, invited to quell the unrest, to leave the country.

US: Diplomatic solution possible over Russia-Ukraine crisis

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says a diplomatic solution is still possible to resolve the Russia-Ukraine crisis. Binken however warned Russia of “massive consequences” if it continues what he called aggressive actions in Europe.

US: Some modest progress in Vienna talks

US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price says there was some progress in the last round of nuclear negotiations in Vienna.

Ulyanov: U.S. sanctions obstacle to progress in Vienna talks

Russia's chief negotiator to the Vienna talks says the issue of sanctions imposed by the United States against Iran is hampering the negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the P4+1 group.

China: US Assassination of Gen. Soleimani war crime

China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman says the assassination of Iranian commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani is a war crime the United States has committed through abuse of force.

Ex-UK diplomat: Assassination of Gen. Soleimani US ‘systematic deception’

Former UK Ambassador to Syria says the United States is establishing a record of systematic deception in its now-discredited public accounts of the assassination of Iran's anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and the capture of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

US-Turkey top diplomats discuss normalization of ties

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken over phone on Monday. Normalization of bilateral ties as well as Russia-Ukraine tensions were discussed.

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