The package includes financial sanctions, targeting 70% of the Russian banking market and key state-owned companies, including in defence, the EU chief said.
Ratney, whose official biography says he speaks Arabic and French, has previously been deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in Doha and has had tours in Mexico City, Baghdad, Beirut, Casablanca, Bridgetown, and Washington.
The United States was “very encouraged” by a recent meeting between the leaders of South Korea and Japan, a top US diplomat said on Wednesday, as strained ties threatened to undercut three-way security cooperation on North Korea.
Donald Trump’s top diplomat does not really want diplomacy with Iran. Case in point: when the Obama administration was negotiating the nuclear deal with Iran, Michael Pompeo wanted the US and its allies to bomb the country instead. “In an unclassified setting, it is under 2,000 sorties to destroy the Iranian nuclear capacity. This is not an insurmountable task for the coalition forces,” then Congressman Pompeo said in December 2014.
The case of Metin Topuz, a Turkish citizen and liaison for the US Drug Enforcement Administration, has added to growing tensions between Ankara and Washington.
The extradition of Ridouan Taghi to the Netherlands on Thursday led to a diplomatic crisis between Morocco, Taghi’s home country, and the Netherlands, where he led the ‘Angels of Death’ gang, the most dangerous drug trafficking organization.
Saeed Thani Hareb Al Dhaheri conveyed to Erdogan the greetings of President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan as well as their sincere wishes to his country and people for further development and prosperity.
Asked who was inside the embassy, ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn replied, "Defence attache, they occupied my embassy," confirming earlier media reports.
China said on Friday it was conducting military exercises near the Taiwan Strait, as a top US diplomat visits the self-ruled island in a move that has angered Beijing.