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mid.ru | Declaration by the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran on the Ways and Means to Counter, Mitigate and Redress the Adverse Impacts of Unilateral Coercive Measures, 5 Dec

Recalling the Declaration of the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran on the Promotion of International Law signed on 16 June 2020 at Moscow,

Declare the following guidelines on the ways and means to counter, mitigate and redress the adverse impacts of unilateral coercive measures:

1. Recourse of any State to unilateral coercive measures is unlawful, contrary to the Charter of the United Nations and international law and will entail international responsibility.
2. Unilateral coercive measures, including those of extraterritorial nature, implemented by the third State, group or association of States in violation of the Charter of the United Nations and international law should not be recognized and implemented.
3. States are strongly urged to refrain from adopting, promulgating and applying the unilateral coercive measures that impede the full achievement of economic and social development, particularly in developing countries.

kremlin.ru | Russian-Iranian talks, 7 Dec PR

scmp | China and Iran vow to work together for peace amid Israel-Gaza war
...During Liu's meeting with Zolghadr, he said China would cooperate with Iran under the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and BRICS, two blocs that are largely led by Beijing....

isw | Senior Iranian officials met with the International Liaison Department head of the Chinese Communist Party, Liu Jianchao

spa.gov.sa | Saudi-Russian Relations: Alignment of Visions and Mutual Interests, 6 Dec

The political relationship between the two countries traces its roots to 1926 when the Soviet Union became the first nation worldwide to recognize the establishment of the Kingdom....
spa.gov.sa | Joint Statement at the Conclusion of the Visit of the Russian Federation President to the Kingdom, 7 Dec
The two sides discussed developments in the situation in Palestine...
Regarding the crisis in Ukraine...
Regarding Yemen...
Regarding Syria...
Regarding Sudan....
archive Joint Trilateral Statement in China Trade and Relations, Joint Statement in Ruble and Yuan
by Cat on Tue Dec 12th, 2023 at 02:15:25 AM EST
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16 Dec
sweden.postsen | Pioneering cancer treatment dependent on Russian nuclear weapons factory, Rosatom Elektrokhimpribor (EKP)
...In June this year, more than a year after Russia's attack on Ukraine, the research center signed a cooperation agreement with the Dutch company Terthera, which imports the isotopes from Russia. The collaboration was presented with a headline about how the Netherlands and Belgium stand side by side in the fight against cancer. Nowhere, however, was the origin of the crucial isotopes mentioned....
helsingin sanomat | Bite: "We are accustomed to a standard of living that we don't deserve"
THE FINNS PARTY'S president, the minister of finance Riikka Bite to defend austerity of its line, when he spoke of the true finns party council meeting on Saturday. Bite stressed that the economic policy in the difficult and tough decisions must be made, even if they would please voters....
18 Dec
reuters | EU adopts 12th package of sanctions against Russia
...As previously reported by Reuters, in an effort to prevent Russia from maintaining its military hardware, the EU is introducing a "No Russia clause" that requires that EU exporters to contractually prohibit re-exportation to, or for use in, Russia of a list of "sensitive goods and technology."
The package also introduces a new import ban on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) with a one-year transition period as well as a list of metal products, including "pig iron and spiegeleisen, copper and aluminium wires, foil, tubes and pipes for a total value of 2.2 billion euro ($2.40 billion) per year."...
consilium.europa.eu | EU adopts 12th package of economic and individual sanctions
With this 12th package, we are putting forward a robust set of new listings and economic measures which will further weaken Russia's war machine. Our message is clear, as I already stated when I chaired the informal Foreign Affairs Council in Kyiv: we remain steadfast in our commitment to Ukraine and will continue to support its fight for freedom and sovereignty.

—Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Diamonds ...
No Russia Clause ... re-exportation by third country
Import-export controls and restrictions ... dual use goods and technologies
Enforcement and anti-circumvention measures ... third countries ERP and CAD software
Enforcement of oil price cap ... sale of tankers to any third country
Iron and steel ...
Individual listings
In addition to economic sanctions, the Council decided to list a significant amount of additional individuals and ENtITiEs.

archive June 2023 price cap mania Pkgs 1-11

eur-lex.europa.eu | REGULATION (EU) 2023/2875, 152 pp
G7 Leaders' Statement, 6 Dec, 14 pp
"...We remain committed to upholding the rule of law, which protects all nations, especially the vulnerable, as well as global security and human dignity in all parts of the world...." < eyebrow >

by Cat on Tue Dec 19th, 2023 at 01:26:14 AM EST
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Importance of the PALLAS-reactor in medical isotopes production

The Netherlands occupies a special position in Europe by supplying 70 per cent of European and 35 per cent of the world's demand for medical isotopes.

Reactor shut down will cause global medical isotope shortage | RIVM - 30 July 2019 |

Netherlands grants permit to new nuclear reactor for medical isotope | NL News - 15 Feb. 2023 |

Doctors expect that by 2040 they will need five times as many isotopes as they do now.

Earlier this year ...

Life-Saving Radiopharmaceuticals Focus of IAEA International Symposium

Production facilities in Canada, US, Iran and Russia ... just a handful of others

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 19th, 2023 at 03:26:01 AM EST
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Opinion piece published in The Guardian ...

2023 has shown us the misery big-power politics creates. Here's how we can do things differently | By Margus Tsahkna - FM Estonia |

Our rules-based world is the triumph of peace over war. At least, that's how the story has been told for the past eight decades. The promise of "never again" has been the raison d'etre for global institutions such as the United Nations and the international criminal court (ICC), which all like to trace their history to the moment when nations emerged from the ruins of the second world war and forged a lasting peace. Rising freedom and prosperity was understood to be the byproduct.

Yet increasing numbers of people around the world no longer believe in that story. Its promise has been broken with the return of full-scale aggression by Russia, along with deteriorating violence and instability around the world. We are witnessing the horrors that this system was supposed to have long ago eliminated.

With backing of NATO and Europe, did Zelenskyy expected a walk in the park?

Estonia Celebrates Annual Waffen SS Division Heroes | by Oui @BooMan - 26 July 2014 |

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 20th, 2023 at 09:08:18 AM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 20th, 2023 at 09:14:08 AM EST
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Baltic State wearing big pants with NATO stationed on its soil.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 20th, 2023 at 09:16:17 AM EST
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jta | US, Ukraine alone oppose Russian UN vote condemning honors to Nazis, 8 Nov 2019
Last year, Stefanie Amadeo, deputy US representative to the economic and social council, told CBS News: "We condemn without reservation all forms of religious and ethnic intolerance or hatred at home and around the world. However, due to this resolution's overly narrow scope < wipes tears > and politicized nature, and because it calls for unacceptable limits on the fundamental freedom of expression, the United States cannot support it," she continued.

The resolution's full title is: "Combating glorification of Nazism, neo-nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance."

19 Dec 2023
General Assembly Takes Up Second, Third Committee Reports, Adopting 99 Resolutions, Three Decisions on Broad Range of Items
Eradicating Rural Poverty, Combating Glorification of Nazism among Texts Passed
In a related vein, the Assembly also took up the resolution on "Unilateral economic measures as a means of political and economic coercion against developing countries", adopting it by a recorded vote of 128 in favour to 8 against (Australia, Canada, Israel, Lithuania, New Zealand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States), with 43 abstentions.
Addressing the Middle East, the Assembly took up the report "Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources" (document A/78/467), adopting the eponymous resolution by a recorded vote of 158 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 13 abstentions.
In an echo of last year's annual spirited debate, the Assembly adopted a text on combating the glorification of Nazism (document A/78/478), as amended and as a whole by a recorded vote of 118 in favour to 49 against, with 14 abstentions. By its terms, the Assembly expressed alarm at the spread in many parts of the world of various extremist political parties, ideologies and groups of a racist or xenophobic character, including neo-Nazis and skinhead groups, and firmly condemned incidents that glorify and promote Nazism.
In other notable action, the Assembly adopted a resolution on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination (document A/78/479) by a recorded vote of 172 in favour to 4 against (Israel, Micronesia, Nauru, and the United States), with 10 abstentions (Cameroon, Guatemala, Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Togo, Tonga, and Tuvalu), by which it stressed the urgency of ending the Israeli occupation and achieving a lasting peace settlement between the Palestinian and Israeli sides.
by Cat on Wed Dec 20th, 2023 at 04:29:52 PM EST
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US, Germany and Ukraine oppose UN anti-Nazism resolution, 20 Dec NATO action plan
...Moscow has proposed the resolution every year for nearly two decades, urging the UN to combat the "glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to the escalation of contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance."

In a vote on Tuesday, dozens of UN member states expressed opposition to the proposal, including the US, UK, Canada, France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Japan, as well as Ukraine, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, and a handful of others.

The final vote on Tuesday afternoon was 118 in favor, 49 opposed and 14 abstaining, according to media reports. The UN has yet to publish the full details of the session....

by Cat on Wed Dec 20th, 2023 at 06:30:41 PM EST
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ft OpEd | Wally Adeyemo: The US is ready to impose sanctions on foreign financial institutions when others don't, 21 Dec tools
The writer is deputy secretary of the US Treasury
Today, the president will issue an executive order authorising the use of sanctions targeting foreign financial institutions that help Russia's military industrial complex. This fulfil[l]s a longstanding promise: as long as Russia's invasion continues, we will level sanctions and export controls that undermine the Kremlin's efforts to stockpile goods and technologies. We will not hesitate to use the new tools provided to take decisive and surgical action against institutions that facilitate the supply of Russia's war machine. This announcement makes clear that those financing and facilitating the transactions of goods that end up on the battlefield will face severe consequences.
With the new order, we are ready and able to move when others don't. Financial institutions that continue to process transactions to Russia have a clear choice to make—stop all transactions from customers selling critical goods, or ensure these goods are not benefiting Russia's war machine. [OR ELSE], you risk losing access to the US financial system.
by Cat on Fri Dec 22nd, 2023 at 06:50:55 PM EST
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