Monday, April 19, 2021

CONFLICTS - Israel/Iran and Ukraine/Russia

"How conflict between Iran and Israel could affect U.S. diplomacy with IranPBS NewsHour 4/12/2021


SUMMARY:  A major explosion Sunday disabled parts of Iran's uranium enrichment facility at Natanz, south of Tehran.  Iran quickly blamed Israel for the incident, which comes as indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran over the crippled nuclear deal are set to resume.  John Yang speaks to Henry Rome of the Eurasia Group about possible motives behind the attack, and how it affects U.S. diplomacy.



"After months of simmering conflict, thousands of Russian troops amass on Ukraine’s borderPBS NewsHour 4/12/2021


SUMMARY:  Russia- backed separatists have been fighting against Ukrainian forces since 2014, but this year Ukraine says Russia has gathered nearly 80,000 troops at its border.  The Russian government says it’s a reaction to what it claimed are NATO plans to push troops closer to Russia’s borders.  Bill Taylor, former acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, joins Amna Nawaz to discuss.

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