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World in brief: December 8, 2021

RUSSIA: President Vladimir Putin said today that Moscow will submit its proposals for a security dialogue with the US a week after his call with President Joe Biden.

Mr Putin reaffirmed his denial of planning to attack Ukraine, but said that Moscow couldn’t remain indifferent to Nato’s possible expansion to its neighbour.

He described the two-hour conversation with Mr Biden on Tuesday as very open and constructive.

“We have an opportunity to continue this dialogue, which I think is the most important thing,” Mr Putin told reporters.

INDIA: General Bipin Rawat, the country’s military chief, and 12 others were killed today in a helicopter crash in southern Tamil Nadu state, the air force said.

Indian media said the helicopter was on its way from an air force base to the army defence services college when it crashed near the town of Coonoor. The reason for the crash was not immediately known.

The air force said one officer, group captain Varun Singh, survived and is being treated in a military hospital.

SPACE: Another billionaire blasted off planet Earth today for an unfortunately short trip.  

Japanese fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa and producer Yozo Hirano, who plans to film his mission, blasted off for the International Space Station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft along with Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin.

Mr Maezawa and Mr Hirano are scheduled to spend 12 days in space. The two are the first self-paying tourists to visit the space station since 2009. The price of the trip hasn’t been disclosed.

IRAN: Negotiations between Tehran and world powers are to resume in Vienna on Thursday, the European diplomat chairing the nuclear talks said today.

Enrique Mora said on Twitter that the parties to the 2015 Vienna accord will meet in the Austrian capital after consulting their governments in recent days.

European diplomats had urged Tehran to come back with “realistic proposals” after Iran’s delegation last week made numerous demands that were deemed unacceptable by the other parties to the accord: Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia.

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