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MOSCOW -- Russia has withstood the unprecedented pressure from Western sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

"We have withstood the absolutely unprecedented external pressure, the sanctions onslaught of some ruling elites in the ... Western bloc ... in individual countries that we call unfriendly," Putin said during a meeting on the federal budget for 2024-2026. (Russia-Sanction)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said Monday that the country is open to indirect nuclear talks with the United States on the sidelines of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) through mediators.

Kanaani made the remarks at a press conference in Tehran, commenting on the likelihood of talks between Iran and the other parties to the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on its revival and the removal of sanctions on Iran. (Iran-U.S.-Nuclear Talks)

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KIEV -- The Ukrainian government dismissed all six deputy defense ministers and the state secretary of the Defense Ministry, said Taras Melnychuk, the cabinet's representative in the parliament, on Monday.

Deputy Defense Ministers Volodymyr Havrylov, Rostyslav Zamlynskiy, Hanna Malyar, Denys Sharapov, Andriy Shevchenko and Vitaliy Deynega, as well as State Secretary Kostyantyn Vashchenko have been ousted by the cabinet, Melnychuk wrote on Telegram. (Ukraine-Deputy Defense Ministers-Sacked) Enditem

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