Iran’s Foreign Minister says Tehran is prepared to negotiate a good deal in the Austrian capital, Vienna. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has, however, criticized the Western side for making empty promises over the past eight years. He has also cast doubt on the other side’s intention of removing the sanctions. The top Iranian diplomat says if the Western parties come forward with constructive initiatives, the talks can proceed much faster. In the meantime, Iran’s top negotiator says his country will stick to the two proposals it has presented to the P4+1 group on its nuclear commitments and the removal of sanctions.
US anti-Iran campaign
The United States continues its rhetoric and pressure campaign against Iran amid talks in the Austrian capital between Tehran and the remaining signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal. The White House Press Secretary said President Joe Biden has asked his team to turn to other options once Vienna talks fail to bring results. Jen Psaki added that Washington has no choice but to take additional measures against Tehran. Meanwhile, Pentagon chief, Lloyd Austin met with Israeli minister for military affairs Benny Gantz and pledged to expand cooperation in the face of what they called the Iranian threat. Washington is also planning to send a delegation to the United Arab Emirates next week to warn private banks and companies from doing businesses with Iran.
"Looks like genocide"
The Russian president warns about the deteriorating situation in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region that has been the scene of a deadly conflict between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian forces since 2014. Putin’s comments come amid heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine. In recent weeks, the US and its European allies have accused Moscow of building-up troops along its border to invade Ukraine. Moscow, however, has denied any plan for a military incursion. Russia has also claimed that Ukraine may attempt to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine by force using advanced weapons provided by the NATO military alliance. Earlier, the Russian foreign ministry spokesperson said negotiations on a peaceful settlement of the conflict have practically hit a dead-end.