They will find it difficult to transact in the dollar. And I suspect will find it very difficult to transact in Europe and elsewhere,” said a senior U.S. official. Russia’s Bank Rossiya, which with $10 billion in assets is Russia’s 17th largest bank, was singled out for U.S. sanctions. A Treasury Department statement said it is the personal bank for senior officials of the Russian government, including Putin’s inner circle.
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For one, Iranians elected Hassan Rouhani — who campaigned, in part, on opening up Iran more to the world including negotiations on its nuclear program — as president last summer. Iran FM: Mixed response to Obama speech Inside Iran: What life’s really like Significant changes in Tehran’s approach followed, leading to an interim agreement in November involving Iran and the so-called P5+1 — the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany. The deal Obama loan forgiveness act called for Iran to roll back parts of its nuclear program in return for relief from some sanctions. That agreement went into effect in January. The challenge now is to reach a permanent deal acceptable to all sides.
But critics in the US have lambasted signals that human rights are off the agenda — although Obama is scheduled to eat at a Tibetan restaurant in Chengdu — and the cost to taxpayers of the trip, which the White House has declined to reveal. Peng Liyuan (L), wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, shows US First Lady Michelle Obama how to hol Obama, her family and Peng began at the No. 2 High School Attached to Beijing Normal University. Photos posted online by China’s state-run Legal Evening News showed them observing students at the school learning how to build robots. The group took part in a calligraphy demonstration, with Obama and her family looking on as Peng wrote out: “Great virtue promotes growth”, before giving it to the visitor, according the Legal Evening News. The trip has been front-page news in China’s state-run media, and several outlets have run op-eds hailing the planned focus on “soft” issues such as education rather than on political topics.
Beyond her message on education, Mrs. Obama will join Madame Peng in a tour of the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Mrs. Obama will then travel to Xi’an to see the Terra Cotta Warriors. In Chengdu, she will tour the Chengdu Panda Base, which houses approximately 50 pandas.
The photo broke the record for being retweeted the greatest number of times — a record that had previously been held by Obama for a photo of himself and first lady Michelle on election night 2012. The Ellen Show The appearance marked President Obamas second time on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. In 2007, during his first White House campaign, he famously danced with DeGeneres. Later in the interview, DeGeneres teased Obama, who wasn’t in studio but appeared via satellite, about having run of the White House while his wife and two daughters are away on a week-long trip to China. RELATED: OBAMA ON ZACH GALIFIANAKIS’ WEBSERIES ‘BETWEEN TWO FERNS’ (VIDEO) “Michelle said she’s out of town and she wanted to know, did you make your bed this morning,” DeGeneres said. “That would be no,” Obama replied, chuckling.