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Meanwhile, Russia is massing troops on its border with Ukraine, prompting fears of a repeat of 2014 when Moscow invaded the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. The Pentagon is monitoring the Ukraine region closely amid reports of a new buildup of Russian troops on the country's border, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby has said. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was “wrong” that the Belarus crisis was meant to distract from Russian troop movements. It's not clear whether Russia is directly involved in the Belarusian border crisis, according to Orysia Lutsevych, head of the Ukraine Forum at the London think tank Chatham House. Leonid Scheglov / ReutersMeanwhile, on Russia’s border with Ukraine to the south, Moscow has mobilized some 100,000 troops, according to Ukrainian government estimates.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Putin’s, John Kirby, Antony Blinken, Emmanuel Macron, Putin, Dmitry Peskov, Alexander Lukashenko —, Europe —, Angela Merkel, Orysia Lutsevych, Lutsevych, Josep Borrell, Leonid Scheglov, Jens Stoltenberg, , , “ Putin, ” Lutsevych Organizations: Kremlin, inflaming, European Union, Polish, Pentagon, AFP, Getty, NATO, Reuters, Western, Ukraine, Chatham House Locations: States, Europe, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Moscow, Crimea, Washington, U.S, Belarusian, West, Still, Polish, London
European foreign ministers met in Brussels on Monday to discuss possible sanctions against Belarus as the humanitarian crisis at its border deepens. Thousands of migrants, many from Syria, Yemen and Iraq, have been gathered at the border with EU member Poland in freezing temperatures for several weeks. Last week, in light of speculation about a fresh round of EU sanctions against Belarus, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko threatened to choke off a key gas supply from Russia to Europe. 'A cry for help'Anna Rosenberg, head of Europe and U.K. at advisory firm Signum Global, told CNBC Monday that existing EU sanctions on Minsk were partially successful. These airlines include Belarus's Belavia, Turkish Airlines and Russia's Aeroflot, and Rosenberg noted that sanctions against such entities are rather complex.
Persons: Minsk, Mateusz Morawiecki, Morawiecki, Alexander Lukashenko, Josep Borrell, Heiko Maas, Lukashenko, Anna Rosenberg, Rosenberg, Signum Organizations: Belarus, EU, Belavia, Polish, NATO, German, CNBC, Turkish Airlines, Russia's Aeroflot Locations: Belarusian, Polish, Grodno, Belarus, Brussels, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Europe, EU, Minsk
Migrants gather around a fire in a makeshift camp on the Belarusian-Polish border in the Grodno region, Belarus November 14, 2021. The 27-nation EU slapped sanctions on Minsk for violating human rights. Minsk would retaliate against any new EU sanctions, he was quoted as saying. At least eight people have died along the 200-kilometre-long land border between Poland and Belarus, including from cold and exhaustion. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also dismissed as "wrong" a U.S. State Department statement that the Belarus border crisis was meant to distract attention from increased Russian military activity close to Ukraine.
Persons: Oksana Manchuk, Alexander Lukashenko, Haiko Maas, Josep Borrell, Lukashenko, Maas, Vladimir Putin, Putin, Dmitry Peskov, Poland's Andrzej Duda, Gabrielius Landsbergis, Robin Emmott, Sabine Siebold, Maria Kiselyova, Dmitry Antonov, Tom Balmforth, Olzhas Auyezov, Gabriela Baczynska, Alexander Ratz, Thomas Escritt, Pawel, Andrius, Catherine Evans Organizations: Union, EU, European Union, Belarus, RIA, Belta, U.S . State Department, Turkish Airlines, Thomson Locations: Belarusian, Polish, Grodno, Belarus, Handout, Middle East Belarus, Poland, Kremlin, Minsk, Moscow, BRUSSELS, WARSAW, MOSCOW, Brussels, Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo, Cameroon, Lithuania, Latvia, East, Africa, Russian, Maas, Borrell, Warsaw, Europe, U.S, Ukraine, Estonia, Turkish
CAIRO — Military forces arrested Sudan’s acting prime minister and senior government officials Monday, disrupted internet access and blocked bridges in the capital Khartoum, the country’s information ministry said, describing the actions as a coup. In response, thousands flooded the streets of Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman to protest the apparent military takeover. Armed forces detained Sudan's Prime Minister over his refusal to support their "coup," the information ministry said, after weeks of tensions. By mid-morning, the information ministry confirmed that the prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, had been arrested and taken to an undisclosed location. At one point, military forces stormed the offices of Sudan’s state-run television in Omdurman and detained a number of workers, the information ministry said.
Persons: Sudan’s, , Ashraf Shazly, Omar al, Bashir, Jeffrey Feltman, Washington, , Feltman, Josep Borrell, Abdalla Hamdok, al, Al, Ibrahim al, Hamza Baloul, Mohammed al, Suliman, Faisal Mohammed Saleh, Hamdok, Ayman Khalid, Abdel, Fattah Burhan Organizations: Sudan's, Getty, European Union, U.S, AFP, United, Sovereign Council, Sudanese Communist Party, Communist Party, Sovereign Locations: CAIRO, Khartoum, Omdurman, AFP, Sudan, United States, of Africa, EU, Britain, Egypt
REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier/Pool/File PhotoOct 25 (Reuters) - The European Union condemned the detention of Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other cabinet members on Monday and urged their immediate release after the country's military chief dissolved the transitional government. "We call on the security forces to immediately release those they have unlawfully detained," EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement. Western states have warned that any military takeover would put aid at risk. Borrell warned the right of peaceful protest must be respected, and violence and bloodshed avoided at all cost. Reporting by Sabine Siebold and Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Giles Elgood and Jon BoyleOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Abdalla Hamdok, Emmanuel Macron, General Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, Sarah Meyssonnier, Josep Borrell, Hamdok, Borrell, Sabine Siebold, Sudip Kar, Giles Elgood, Jon Boyle Organizations: Sudan's, French, Sudan's Sovereign, International Conference, REUTERS, European Union, Thomson Locations: Sudan, Paris, France, EU
Sudanese civilian leaders on Monday urged citizens to take to the streets to defend the transition to democracy. No to a military coup.” It was still unclear whether the military, which is riven by divisions, was united behind the coup attempt. But after Mr. al-Bashir, then an army general, took power in military coup in 1989, Mr. Hamdok mostly worked abroad. For it to be released, he said, Sudan’s military leaders will need to fully restore Mr. Hamdok and other civilian leaders to power. Image Sudanese protesters marching in Khartoum on Monday to denounce the overnight detentions of members of Sudan’s government by the army.
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NATO logos are seen at the Alliance headquarters ahead of a NATO Defence Ministers meeting, in Brussels, Belgium, October 21, 2021. "When I hear some defensive statements on European defence and when I observe certain threats, including within this organisation, I say: 'don't be afraid! '," Parly told a session that included the EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell. Britain, no longer a member of the EU, also says the EU can play a supporting role to NATO. Eastern European states fearful of Russia are very wary of any shift in focus away from NATO.
Persons: Pascal Rossignol, French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly, Parly, Josep Borrell, Ben Wallace, Jens Stoltenberg, Robin Emmott, Andrew Heavens Organizations: NATO, Alliance, NATO Defence, REUTERS, Pascal, Pascal Rossignol BRUSSELS, French Armed Forces Minister, French, Britain's, Reuters, European Union, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, United States, Britain, EU, Russia
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud speaks during a joint news conference with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 3, 2021. REUTERS/Ahmed YosriOct 20 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley discussed on Wednesday the Iranian nuclear talks, state news agency SPA reported. SPA said Farhan and Malley, who is in an official visit to Riyadh, also discussed "the importance of strengthening joint action to stop Iranian support for terrorist militias that threaten the security and stability of the Middle East and the world." Reporting by Nayera Abdallah; Editing by Andrew CawthorneOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Faisal bin Farhan Al, Saud, Josep Borrell, Ahmed Yosri, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Iran Robert Malley, Farhan, Malley, Nayera Abdallah, Andrew Cawthorne Organizations: Saudi Arabia's, REUTERS, Saudi Arabia's Foreign, Thomson Locations: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saudi, Iran
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and EU High Representative Josep Borrell deliver remarks to reporters before meeting at the State Department in Washington, U.S., October 14, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/PoolBELGRADE, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The United States and the European Union voiced support on Wednesday for Western Balkan countries' efforts to join the EU but expressed concern about "increasingly divisive rhetoric" in Bosnia. Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania all want to join the wealthy 27-nation EU, but progress towards membership has been slow. It also said Washington and Brussels support efforts in Bosnia to "promote electoral and constitutional reform and maintain the functionality of its state institutions." "We have serious concerns about increasingly divisive rhetoric in Bosnia and Herzegovina," it said.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Josep Borrell, Jonathan Ernst, Milorad Dodik, Dodik, Aleksandar Vasovic, Timothy Organizations: EU High, State Department, REUTERS, Pool BELGRADE, European Union, Western, EU, U.S, Croat, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, United States, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Washington, Brussels, Herzegovina, EU, Dayton, Serb Republic, Bosnian Serb, Bosnian
EU urges Tunisia's president to reopen parliament
  + stars: | 2021-10-19 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Tunisia's President Kais Saied gives a speech at the government's swearing-in ceremony at the Carthage Palace outside the capital Tunis, Tunisia February 27, 2020. Fethi Belaid/Pool via REUTERSBRUSSELS, Oct 19 (Reuters) - The European Union on Tuesday called on Tunisia's President Kais Saied to restore the democratic order in his country after he suspended parliament and seized near total control in July. "The parliament cannot stay closed indefinitely," EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told lawmakers in a debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Saied is under international pressure to announce a clear road map for a return to constitutional politics. Borrell urged Saied to set a clear timetable for the reopening of the parliament.
Persons: Kais Saied, Fethi, Josep Borrell, Borrell, Saied, Sabine Siebold, Angus MacSwan Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, Tunisians, Thomson Locations: Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia, REUTERS BRUSSELS, EU, Strasbourg, Saied
EU's Borrell 'optimistic' about possible new Iran talks
  + stars: | 2021-10-18 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell delivers a speech during a debate on the future of EU-U.S. relations as part of a plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, October 5, 2021. Bloomberg News reported that Iran's foreign minister gave the date on Sunday, citing an Iranian lawmaker. A senior EU official last week confirmed that meetings were planned in Brussels, rather than Vienna, but gave no date. read more"You never know, I am more optimistic today than yesterday," Borrell said. But after Mora's visit, Iran's foreign ministry said it would hold talks in the coming days with the EU in Brussels.
Persons: Josep Borrell, Frederick Florin, Borrell, Enrique Mora, Ebrahim Raisi, Robin Emmott, Phil Blenkinsop, Ingrid Melander, Alison Williams, Philippa Fletcher Organizations: EU, REUTERS, Bloomberg News, Thomson Locations: Strasbourg, France, REUTERS LUXEMBOURG, Brussels, Vienna, Luxembourg, EU, Tehran, Iran, United States
A tightening of sanctions would follow broad measures imposed on Belarus' economy in June over Lukashenko's crackdown on protesters following his disputed re-election in August 2020. The protesters say the election was rigged, which he denies. Although Belavia has already been banned from flying over EU airspace, it still leases planes from EU countries, notably Ireland. Since August, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia have reported a surge in illegal border crossings from Belarus. They accuse Minsk of flying in migrants from abroad and dispatching them into the EU.
Persons: Kacper, Alexander Lukashenko, Lukashenko, Edgars Rinkevics, Belavia, Josep Borrell, Simon Coveney, we've, Sabine Siebold, Gareth Jones Organizations: Grupa, REUTERS, EU, European Union, Minsk, Thomson Locations: Belarusian, Polish, Hajnowka, Poland, LUXEMBOURG, Belarus, Baltic, Iraq, Iran, Africa, Latvian, Luxembourg, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Austria
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell delivers a speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, October 5, 2021. Frederick Florin/Pool via REUTERSLUXEMBOURG, Oct 18 (Reuters) - The European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday Nicaragua's Nov. 7 presidential elections are "fake" and organised by a dictatorship. The one that will take place is a fake election, organised by a dictatorship." EU foreign ministers discussed their opposition to the vote at their meeting. With most of Nicaragua's opposition jailed or in exile, President Daniel Ortega is poised to tighten his grip on power next month.
Persons: Josep Borrell, Frederick Florin, Borrell, Daniel Ortega, Robin Emmott, Jon Boyle, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Strasbourg, France, REUTERS LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi visits the Bushehr nuclear power plant, in Iran, October 8, 2021. Official Presidential Website/Handout via REUTERS. WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Washington does not think talks in Brussels are necessary before the resumption of indirect talks with Iran on a return to the 2015 nuclear deal in Vienna, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Monday. Reports in Iranian media on Sunday had suggested a possible meeting in Brussels, but the European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell played down the chance of any talks outside of Vienna earlier on Monday. read moreReporting by Humeyra Pamuk, Chris Gallagher and Simon Lewis; Editing by Chris ReeseOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Ebrahim Raisi, Ned Price, Josep Borrell, Humeyra Pamuk, Chris Gallagher, Simon Lewis, Chris Reese Organizations: REUTERS, State, Sunday, Thomson Locations: Bushehr, Iran, REUTERS . WASHINGTON, Washington, Brussels, Vienna
WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell said on Friday that Iran wants to meet in Brussels with EU officials who are coordinating indirect talks between the United States and Iran along with some other parties to the 2015 nuclear deal. Borrell told reporters in Washington that he was ready to meet the Iranians, but could not say when that might happen. EU political director Enrique Mora, the chief coordinator for the talks, was in Tehran on Thursday to meet members of Iran's nuclear negotiating team, four months after discussions broke off between Iran and world powers. Former U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran. "Time is pressing," Borrell said, saying that Iran’s new government had had enough time to study the file and instruct its negotiating team.
Persons: Josep Borrell, Borrell, Enrique Mora, Ebrahim Raisi, Donald Trump, Arshad Mohammed, Humeyra Pamuk, Simon Lewis, Paul Simao Organizations: EU, Former U.S, Thomson Locations: Iran, Brussels, United States, Washington, EU, Tehran, Vienna
Ten Serbs, 10 policemen injured in Kosovo clashes
  + stars: | 2021-10-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
Damaged cars are pictured following clashes with ethnic Serbs during a police operation against the smuggling of goods, in Mitrovica, Kosovo, October 13, 2021. Police chief Samedin Mehmeti said 10 officers were injured in the clashes. Serbian state TV showed people in northern Mitrovica running away from tear gas and a car on fire. At an urgent meeting in Serbia's border town of Raska, President Aleksandar Vucic, flanked by the defence and interior ministers and military commanders, sought to assure Serbs from northern Kosovo that Belgrade supported them. Zlatan Elek, the head of a hospital in northern Mitrovica, said 10 people had been injured, one with a gunshot wound to the shoulder blade.
Persons: Laura Hasani, Samedin Mehmeti, Xelal Svecla, Svecla, Aleksandar Vucic, Vucic, Josep Borrell, Borrell, Zlatan Elek, Ana Brnabic, Albin Kurti, Fatos Bytyci, Aleksandar Vasovic, Ivana Sekularac, Peter Graff, Giles Elgood Organizations: REUTERS, Kosovo, . Police, EU, Twitter, Serbian, NATO, Kosovo’s, Thomson Locations: Mitrovica, Kosovo, Laura Hasani PRISTINA, Pristina, Serbian, Zvecan, Serbia's, Raska, Belgrade, EU, Serbia
REUTERS/Valentyn OgirenkoKYIV, Oct 12 (Reuters) - The European Union will give a "firm answer" to a ruling by Poland's top court challenging the primacy of EU law, and will tell Warsaw to "abide by the rules of the club," the EU's top diplomat said on Tuesday. Asked during a Ukraine-EU summit how the EU would respond to the Constitutional Tribunal's ruling, Borrell said "the answer will be a firm answer". And the most important rule of the club is that the European law is over national law," he said. EU member states must accept the primacy of EU law as otherwise the bloc cannot "work as a union," Borrell said. "As far as I know, there is nothing illegal, nothing that goes against European law, on this deal between Hungary and Gazprom."
Persons: Josep Borrell, Denys Shmygal, Charles Michel, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Poland's, Borrell, Mateusz Morawiecki, Matthias Williams, Timothy Organizations: Ukraine's, European, REUTERS, European Union, Warsaw, Reuters, EU, Law and Justice, Polish, Europe, Energy, Budapest, Gazprom, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Ukraine, Kyiv, Valentyn, KYIV, Ukrainian, EU, Poland, Warsaw, Russia, Hungary
Leaders of Balkans and the EU attend an informal meeting before the EU-Balkans summit, in Brdo, Slovenia, October 5, 2021. REUTERS/Borut ZivulovicMADRID, Oct 8 (Reuters) - European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Friday that Bulgaria should be more flexible on EU expansion to Western Balkans. Bulgaria is against North Macedonia, already a NATO member, joining to EU because of a language dispute. "I think Bulgaria should show more flexibility on this problem that is blocking the start of the negotiation," Borrell said at an event in Madrid. read moreReporting by Emma Pinedo, Editing by Inti LandauroOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Zivulovic, Josep Borrell, Borrell, restating, Emma Pinedo, Inti Organizations: EU, REUTERS, Union, North, NATO, Inti Landauro, Thomson Locations: Balkans, EU, Brdo, Slovenia, Zivulovic MADRID, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Madrid
"Europeans must come out of their naivety," Macron said during a press conference on September 29. The desire for European strategic autonomy may ruffle some feathers in Washington, but a careful assessment reveals this notion aligns with US interests. REUTERS/Fabian BimmerUnfortunately, the growing tide across Western Europe in favor of strategic autonomy has produced very little follow through. More importantly, however, European strategic autonomy is also in the US national security interest. Of course, European policymakers could still conclude that strategic autonomy is not the way to go.
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Afghanistan is facing a breakdown of its economic and social systems that risks turning into a humanitarian catastrophe, the European Union's foreign policy chief said on Sunday. Avoiding the worst-case scenario would require the Taliban to comply with conditions that would enable more international assistance, Josep Borrell wrote in a blog post. "Afghanistan is experiencing a serious humanitarian crisis and a socio-economic collapse is looming, which would be dangerous for Afghans, the region and international security," Borrell wrote. has increased its humanitarian aid to Afghanistan since the Taliban took power, but halted its development assistance, a move also taken by other countries and the World Bank. Borrell met Qatari officials last week in the Qatari capital Doha, where the Taliban have a representation.
Persons: Josep Borrell, Borrell, JORGE SILVA, Organizations: Taliban, World Bank, NBC, Qatari, Doha Locations: Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghan, Doha
Foreign Ministers on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly, in New York, U.S., September 20, 2021. REUTERS/David 'Dee' DelgadoBRUSSELS, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Afghanistan is facing a breakdown of its economic and social systems that risks turning into a humanitarian catastrophe, the European Union's foreign policy chief said on Sunday. Avoiding the worst-case scenario would require the Taliban to comply with conditions that would enable more international assistance, Josep Borrell wrote in a blog post. "Afghanistan is experiencing a serious humanitarian crisis and a socio-economic collapse is looming, which would be dangerous for Afghans, the region and international security," Borrell wrote. The 27-country EU has increased its humanitarian aid to Afghanistan since the Taliban took power, but halted its development assistance - a move also taken by other countries and the World Bank.
Persons: Josep Borrell, David, Dee, Borrell, Kate Abnett, Hugh Lawson Organizations: Foreign Ministers, General Assembly, REUTERS, Delgado BRUSSELS, Taliban, EU, World Bank, Qatari, Doha, Thomson Locations: New York, U.S, Delgado, Afghanistan, Afghan, EU, Doha
RIYADH, Oct 3 (Reuters) - European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said during a visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday that he had briefed his partners about the prospects of restarting nuclear talks with Iran and hoped that would happen "soon". Borrell, speaking at a joint news conference with his Saudi counterpart, said he had also exchanged views on Afghanistan and Yemen. He said the EU was ready to pursue trade deals with Gulf Arab countries. Reporting by Ghaida GhantousOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Josep Borrell, Ghaida Organizations: Union, Saudi, Thomson Locations: RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan, Yemen, EU
Saudi confirms first round of talks with new Iranian government
  + stars: | 2021-10-03 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud speaks during a joint news conference with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 3, 2021. Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud said the latest round had taken place on Sept. 21. Saudi Arabia and Iran have backed opposing sides in regional conflicts and political disputes in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq for years, and Saudi Arabia has led an Arab coalition waging war against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen since 2015. Riyadh and Tehran have both said they hope the talks can ease tensions, while playing down expectations of a major diplomatic breakthrough. Iran did not immediately comment on the Sept. 21 round of talks.
Persons: Faisal bin Farhan Al, Saud, Josep Borrell, Ahmed Yosri RIYHADH, Ebrahim Raisi, Prince Faisal bin Farhan al, Raisi, Donald Trump, Prince Faisal, Raya, Aziz El Yaakoubi, Ghaida Organizations: Saudi Arabia's, REUTERS, General Assembly, Former U.S, Thomson Locations: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Washington, Tehran, Saudi, Iraq, New York, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Raisi, Former, United States, Raya Jalabi, Dubai
Crude oil storage tanks are seen in an aerial photograph at the Cushing oil hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, U.S. April 21, 2020. China Premier Li Keqiang said the world's biggest crude importer and No.2 consumer will ensure its energy, power supply and will keep economic operations within a reasonable range. read moreA possible dampener on oil prices has been the power crisis and housing market concerns in China, which have hit sentiment because any fallout for the world's second-biggest economy is likely to affect oil demand, analysts have said. read moreMeanwhile, inventories have risen in the top oil consumer, the United States. But expectations of a continued crude supply deficit helped support prices.
Persons: Brent, Li Keqiang, Edward Moya, lockdowns, Ida, Louise Dickson, Tamas Varga, Josep Borrell, Shadia Nasralla, Aaron Sheldrick, Marguerita Choy, David Evans Organizations: REUTERS, U.S, West Texas, China, OANDA, Government, Wednesday, U.S ., of, Petroleum, Energy, Rystad Energy, Thomson Locations: Cushing , Oklahoma, U.S, China, Europe, United States, Gulf Coast, Russia, OPEC, Iran, London, Tokyo
The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, in Vienna, Austria May 23, 2021. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File PhotoDUBAI, Sept 30 (Reuters) - The European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said he believes nuclear talks with Iran will resume within an acceptable period of time. Borrell was speaking at a news conference in the Qatari capital Doha. Al Jazeera translated his words into Arabic. Reporting by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Alison WilliamsOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Leonhard Foeger, Josep Borrell, Borrell, Al Jazeera, Ghaida Ghantous, Alison Williams Organizations: International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, REUTERS, Qatari, Doha, Al, Thomson Locations: Vienna, Austria, DUBAI, Iran
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