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US tells Russia It Will Not Rejoin Open Skies Treaty

The US has told Russia it will not rejoin an arms control deal that permits unarmed aerial flights over dozens of participating countries.

The state department said the Open Skies Treaty "has been undermined by Russia's violations" and its failure to return to compliance.

Russia denies the allegations, and the country is also expected to withdraw from the treaty this year.

Turkey, US launch talks on eve of Erdoğan-Biden summit

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman has become the first senior American official under the Biden administration visiting the Turkish capital for talks with her counterparts amid many contentious bilateral issues and on the eve of a summit between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Joe Biden.

IMF commends Slovenia’s response to Covid, says consolidation must follow

Washington – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has commended Slovenia’s “swift, substantial, and well-coordinated policy responses” to the pandemic following consultations with the authorities earlier in May, as it stressed that once the recovery is entrenched, the focus should shift toward consolidation.

Turkey detains top ISIL suspect wanted by US

Turkish intelligence officers have detained an Egyptian-born terror suspect wanted by Washington who was a top explosives expert for ISIL, state media reported on May 24.

The suspect, identified as Mustafa Abdulwahab Mahmud and born in 1999, was detained with three others on the outskirts of Istanbul after fleeing Syria, the reports said.

US President Set to Waive Sanctions on Nord Stream 2 to Mend Ties with Moscow

The Biden administration will waive sanctions on the company behind Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Europe and its chief executive, with the United States Department of State set to deliver a report as early as Wednesday, a source familiar with the plans told Reuters news agency on Wednesday.

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