Little time is left until US-Iran jigsaw puzzle is put together.
European payment system nearly operational in key development to salvage Iran nuclear pact with world powers.
Iran must cease any further steps to limit its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program, while other members of the deal must adhere to theirs, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a statement on the outcomes of their talks in Moscow.
The turn to the East announced in Russia after the beginning of Western sanctions is supported by participation in various forums and even by the growth of international trade turnover.
Tougher U.S. and European sanctions against Iran might be hitting its economy, leading to fears of looming inflation and cuts in food and gas subsidies. But that doesn't mean the Islamic Republic is out of friends — far from it. Even the U.S.'s close allies in Europe have stopped short of cutting their relations with Iran, allowing it to continue its trade in oil and gas.
The EU also approved a new list of sanctions against Iran.
The European Union and the United States apparently find it easier to take on the Iranian nuclear problem than the global financial crisis. On June 17, EU government chiefs agreed to new sanctions against Iran at a Brussels summit. U.S. President Barack Obama was no doubt pleased to hear the news, even though the U.S. and the EU had most likely coordinated the sanctions in advance.
Russia, it would seem, is finally making some of the right noises about tougher sanctions against Iran. Excellent.
Even the experienced political observers – those who monitor every step and word of Alexander Lukashenko – remain in the state of shock after he spoke to Russian journalists in Minsk.