JCPOA revival talks
Iran says a good agreement in Vienna talks on the 2015 accord hinges on the behavior and goodwill of other parties. Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian says part of Iran’s demands is yet to be addressed in the discussions. Iran's top diplomat says that will be the subject of upcoming negotiations with the P4+1. He says all sides will focus on a joint document in which they state their commitment to removal of anti-Iran sanctions. Earlier, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran also warned that Tehran will enter no agreement in the talks that does not end the United States’ maximum pressure campaign of sanctions. Ali Shamkhani said any agreement that does not remove the bans could not be a basis for a favorable deal. Meanwhile, the European Union has confirmed that the Vienna negotiations will resume on Tuesday.
Tensions over Ukraine
More US troops arrive in southeastern Poland following an order by President Joe Biden. This marks the latest development in the ongoing standoff between the West and Moscow over Ukraine. Over the past few days, battalions of US elite forces, advanced groups, and military vehicles arrived in an airport near the Polish border with Ukraine. On Friday, Biden called for the deployment of three-thousand extra troops to Poland and Romania. These measures follow western accusations that Russia is planning an invasion of Ukraine. The Eastern European country says it does not believe such predictions but is prepared to face any developments, with the help of international support. Russia dismisses the allegations, saying Washington is trying to drag it into war by creating tensions near Russian borders.
Africa military coups
The African Union denounces a recent wave of military coups sweeping the continent, saying military governments would not be tolerated. Bankole Adeoye, Head of AU's Peace and Security Council, said this was the first time four countries had been suspended from the bloc in a 12-month period. He was speaking at the end of the two-day African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The chair of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, also warned of a democratic backpedalling in the continent, saying this is unacceptable. Less than two weeks before the summit began Saturday, Burkina Faso became the fourth country to be suspended from the bloc after Guinea, Mali, and Sudan. The AU has, however, been accused of double standards by not suspending Chad after a military council takeover.