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Fate of Iran nuclear deal 

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has called for 'swift' resumption of the 2015 nuclear deal, saying that the world is awaiting Washington’s return to the deal. Lavrov made the comment during a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Moscow. The top Russian diplomat slammed the US for what he called its hegemonic policies, stressing that no country is allowed to protect its security at the expense of others. He also hailed the recent diplomatic rapprochement between Tehran and Riyadh. Amir-Abdollahian, for his part, expressed Tehran's readiness to promote sustainable peace in the region.

Allied divided 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s insistence on his infamous judicial reforms has brought rifts between Washington and Tel Aviv to the fore. Now, US President Joe Biden says Netanyahu cannot go ahead with his controversial plan. Biden expressed hope the Israeli prime minister would work out a genuine compromise over the reforms. Netanyahu has retorted to Biden’s comments by saying the regime does not make decisions based on pressure from abroad, including from the 'best' of friends. The rift comes as according to an American official, Biden has not extended an invitation for Netanyahu to visit Washington later this year. Israeli cities have been the scene of mass protests over Netanyahu’s proposed changes to the judicial system. After more than 12 consecutive weeks of protest, he backed down and said would hold talks with Knesset members over the matter.

"War to go on"

The Kremlin says Russia’s confrontation with hostile states would last, 'a long time', as the war in Ukraine rages on. The Kremlin spokesman noted that Russia is confronting a hybrid war launched by the West. Dmitry Peskov made the remarks in response to a question on how long Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine would last. Russia launched a military campaign in Ukraine in February 2022. The eastward expansion of the US-led military alliance NATO near Russian borders was cited as the reason for the operation. Since the start of the war, Kiev’s western allies have supplied it with billions of dollars in military aid. Russia has repeatedly warned the West that sending weapons to Ukraine would only prolong the war.

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