Vladimir Putin has admitted that he was ready to place his nuclear attack forces on alert when he seized Crimea a year ago. The Russian president’s revelation was aired in a pre-recorded TV interview broadcast in March. In the documentary – titled Crimea: Way Back Home – he claimed the area was Russia’s ‘historic territory’, even though under international law it remains Ukrainian.
Iranian diplomats twice confronted their American counterparts about an open letter from Republican senators who warned that any nuclear deal could expire the day President Barack Obama leaves office, a senior U.S. official said. The official, noting the administration’s warnings when the letter first surfaced, said the GOP intervention was a new issue in the tense negotiations facing an end-of-month deadline for an agreement to reduce Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon in exchange for loosing Western sanctions.