Ukraine and the United States launched joint naval exercises in the Black Sea in a show of Western cooperation with Kiev as it faces off with Russia.
The drills come just days after the British Royal Navy’s HMS Defender passed near Russian-annexed Crimea in the Black Sea, with Moscow saying it fired warning shots at the destroyer to ward it off.
The Sea Breeze drills will involve some 5,000 military personnel from more than 30 countries. The exercises will last two weeks and involve around 30 ships, including the missile destroyer USS Ross.
Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and claims the waters around the peninsula as part of its territory. Most countries do not recognise the takeover and stand behind Ukraine’s claims to the waters.
The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has granted permission to Mumbai-based pharmaceutical firm Cipla to import Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.
India is also in conversation with Pfizer and JJ to add to the basket of vaccines available in India. Currently, India has made available three COVID vaccines — Covaxin, Covishield and Sputnik.
Moderna vaccine will be brought in as a ready-to-use injectable vaccine which can be stored for a period of seven months at prescribed temperature and that normal storage after vial is opened is 30 days.
The U.S. State Department announced the appointment of Atul Keshapas Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) ad interim, in New Delhi.
Mr. Keshap’s appointment shows that the White House is yet to send to the U.S. Senate the nomination of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, whose name has been doing the rounds for the Ambassador role in New Delhi since the end of May.
Mr. Keshap was formerly the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives and played a key role in developing the U.S.-Maldives defence relationship. The two countries signed on to a framework for their security relationship last September.
He also served as Deputy Assistance Secretary for South Asia and was posted previously to the American Embassy in New Delhi.