#Sanctions

.Mali
Mali's new president Colonel Assimi Goïta had arrived in the Ghanaian capital Accra on Saturday for preliminary talks. (Photo credit : AP/PTI)

  • West African regional bloc ECOWAS on Sunday suspended Mali's membership in response to last week's coup
  • Ten regional heads of state and three foreign ministers attended the summit in the Ghanaian capital Accra
  • After the takeover, the military agreed to appoint civilians as interim president and prime minister under pressure from ECOWAS

.Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (Photo Credit: PTI File)

  • IAEA verified Iran's 60% uranium enrichment
  • Iran had reached 20% when it was supposed to be 3.67%
  • Enrichment was done as a response to the blast at the  at Natanz

Joe Biden said US is pleased that Iran is engaging in discussions. (Photo Credits: AFP)

  • Biden said too early to know if  indirect talks would succeed
  • State Department said the US delegation to remain in Vienna
  • Iran first wants the US to lift sanctions

.Moscow, Russia
Sergey Lavrov has served as the Russian FM since 2004. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • The sanctions from Russia came in response to the sanctions imposed by Biden
  • FBI director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland have also been sanctioned 
  • Moscow's sanctions will also target US-based not-for-profit groups

.Washington, D.C., DC, USA
US President Joe Biden delivered the address on Thursday. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Biden gave a follow-up address about the sanctions
  • Biden said that the US decided to "act proportionately"
  • The sanctions included explusion of various Russian representatives from the US

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
“We are prepared to take the steps necessary to return to compliance with the JCPOA," the US State Department said. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that talks on nuclear deal in Vienna had opened a "new chapter"
  • The meeting in Vienna was called by the European Union (EU)
  • US was not present in the meeting as Iran refused to meet the US delegation

.Brussels, Belgium
Hong Kong witnessed huge pro-democracy protests last year (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • EU warned against possible "additional steps"
  • The alliance has previously discussed the posibility of sanctions
  • European foreign affairs officials decided to increase collaboration to condemn China's actions

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Joe Biden has not targeted the whole country. (Photo Credit: Facebook Screengrab/The White House)

  • The sanctions were narrowly targeted at two rank-and-file officers
  • Ali Hemmatian and Masoud Safdari have been sanctioned for torture or other inhumane treatment of political prisoners
  • The move comes as Iran proposes lifting of sanctions imposed by Trump

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Antony Blinken announced the measures. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • Myanmar was reclassified into the same group as US adversaries Russia and China
  • The Commerce Department said it was taking the measures and studying further actions
  • The new regulations affect exports to Myanmar's ministries of defence and home affairs

.Brussels, Belgium
Protesters flash the three-fingered salute at police water cannon trucks as they retreat during a protest against military coup in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. (AP/PTI Photo)

  • The top diplomats from the 27-nation bloc meet in Brussels for talks, which will include a video conference with US's Antony Blinken
  • The move to target the Kremlin comes two weeks after EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell was caught in a diplomatic ambush in Moscow
  • The mood towards Moscow has hardened in the wake of Borrell's disastrous trip to Russia