When Tuvalu, a string of atolls in the Pacific Ocean with a population of 11,000, received fresh water from a Russian-backed breakaway region of Georgia last month, the emergency shipment had strings attached.
Russia established diplomatic ties with Tuvalu, a Pacific island nation that became at least the fifth country to recognize Georgia’s two breakaway regions, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on its website today.
Climate delegates in Durban negotiating ways to protect forests as a means of storing carbon have snagged on disagreements over private financing after the Pacific island of Tuvalu balked at the use of market mechanisms.
The Maldives, Kiribati and Tuvalu risk extinction from rising seas because nations aren’t stepping up commitments to cut greenhouse gases, a bloc of 43 island countries said as United Nations climate talks began in Mexico.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton journeyed to a palm-fringed South Seas island to underscore U.S. commitment to Pacific security and development, while downplaying tensions with China over its increasingly assertive sea and resource claims.
The Obama administration sanctioned the National Iranian Tanker Co. and four alleged front companies for Iran’s oil trade, the latest salvo in a U.S.-led campaign to curtail Iran’s petroleum sales until it abandons illicit aspects of its disputed nuclear program.