Here is the latest top stories from Press TV on April 8, 2021.
Iran nuclear deal
Press TV has conducted an interview with Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi. He told us about his meeting with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi.
Slamming 'Ukraine provocations'
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine of provocative actions near its eastern borders and purposefully exacerbating the situation on the frontline. The remarks came in a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In a read-out of the call, the Kremlin said that both sides voiced concerns over a spike in tensions in eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, a senior Kremlin official said Russia would defend its citizens in the flashpoint region depending on the scale of the military conflict there. The Ukrainian president has urged NATO to speed up his country’s membership plan, heating up tensions with Moscow. Russia and Ukraine have had a longstanding conflict centered on Crimea and Donbass regions. Moscow is also at odds with NATO over the eastward expansion of the military alliance.
Coronavirus in Poland
The coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll on European countries, just like it is wreaking havoc in the rest of the world. Poland reported 954 new deaths, bringing its total fatalities from COVID-19 to well over 56,000. The country also registered around 28,000 new infections, pushing the caseload to around two and a half million. In Russia, 365 new daily deaths were officially reported, which takes the overall fatalities to nearly 102,000. New cases also rose there by 8,600 to over 4.6 million. In Germany, the number of confirmed cases rose by more than 20,000 to nearly three million. There were also 306 new fatalities, bringing the overall death tally to 77,700.
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