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Iran’s Khamenei bans import of Covid-19 vaccines from US, UK, demands revoking of sanctions

In a live televised speech, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei raised the prospect of the two Western countries, long-time adversaries of the Islamic Republic, possibly seeking to spread the infection to other countries.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech, in Tehran, Iran.(VIA REUTERS)
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech, in Tehran, Iran.(VIA REUTERS)
Published on Jan 08, 2021 10:35 PM IST
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Tehran | ByReuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Ukraine firm applies to make Russian vaccine, sparks political dilemma

The two countries have been at loggerheads since Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and involvement in a conflict in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region which Kyiv says has killed 14,000 people.
Ukraine’s government has played down the prospects of approving the Sputnik V vaccine quickly, if at all. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called the vaccine “a hybrid weapon of Russia against Ukraine” in an interview with The Day newspaper.(REUTERS)
Ukraine’s government has played down the prospects of approving the Sputnik V vaccine quickly, if at all. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called the vaccine “a hybrid weapon of Russia against Ukraine” in an interview with The Day newspaper.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 06, 2021 03:51 PM IST
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Kyiv, Ukraine | ByReuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh

Russia, Syria clash with US over chemical weapons sanctions in UNSC

The confrontation in the UN Security Council foreshadowed a showdown when the 193 member states of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons meet in The Hague, Netherlands, in April to consider a French-drafted measure, on behalf of 46 countries, to suspend Syria’s “rights and privileges” in the body.
Syria joined the Chemical Weapons Convention in September 2013, pressed by Russia after a deadly chemical weapons attack that the West blamed on Damascus.(REUTERS (Representative Image))
Syria joined the Chemical Weapons Convention in September 2013, pressed by Russia after a deadly chemical weapons attack that the West blamed on Damascus.(REUTERS (Representative Image))
Published on Jan 06, 2021 03:37 PM IST
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United Nations | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh

India may have to make choices on arms deals, says outgoing US envoy Kenneth Juster

The US recently imposed secondary sanctions on Turkey under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for a $2.5-billion deal with Russia for S-400 systems.
Russian S-400 missile air defence systems are seen during a training exercise at a military base in Kaliningrad region, Russia.(REUTERS)
Russian S-400 missile air defence systems are seen during a training exercise at a military base in Kaliningrad region, Russia.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 05, 2021 10:09 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar

Sri Lanka to sign agreement to secure Covid-19 vaccine through COVAX

The COVAX or COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access programme is run by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in partnership with developed and developing country vaccine manufacturers.
A Sri Lankan man walks past pavement shops closed due to the virus outbreak in Colombo, Sri Lanka.(AP)
A Sri Lankan man walks past pavement shops closed due to the virus outbreak in Colombo, Sri Lanka.(AP)
Updated on Jan 05, 2021 06:22 PM IST
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Colombo | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
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