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NATO Chief: Ukraine Invasion Is “Biggest Security Crisis Since World War II”

Jun 30, 2022 at 11:29 | RFE/RL staff

NATO has declared Russia the "most significant and direct threat” to its members’ peace and security amid Moscow's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The Western military alliance…

Russia’s Middle East Footprint Expands With New Iran-Iraq Plan

Jun 27, 2022 at 11:03 | Simon Watkins

Three events occurred in the last week or so involving either Iran or Iraq separately, or both together, that put Russia back front and centre in the Middle…

G7 Announces $600 Billion Infrastructure Plan To Rival China’s Belt And Road

Jun 27, 2022 at 10:54 | ZeroHedge

President Biden and G7 leaders pledged $600bln to a new global infrastructure project for emerging market economies to counter the Chinese regime's Belt and Road initiative

Russia Defaults On Foreign Debt For The First Time In 104 Years

Jun 27, 2022 at 10:49 | City A.M

Russia has defaulted on its foreign debt obligations for the first time since the Bolshevik revolution in 1918. Sanctions launched by an alliance of western nations…

Kazakhstan Speaks Out Against Russia Over Ukraine War

Jun 22, 2022 at 09:58 | Eurasianet

Behind-the-scenes tensions between Kazakhstan and Russia over the war in Ukraine spilled into awkward exchanges at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, where discussions strayed beyond the economy…

Russia’s War Is Elevating Cybersecurity Concerns For Emerging Markets

Jun 22, 2022 at 09:55 | Oxford Business Group

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused disruptions across the global economy, from food to energy, but it has also prompted an increase in the number and sophistication of…

Russian Refinery On Fire After Kamikaze Drone Strike

Jun 22, 2022 at 08:36 | Charles Kennedy

A fire erupted on Wednesday at an oil refinery in a southern Russian region close to Ukraine after two drones hit the facility, Russia says. Operations at the Novoshakhtinsk oil…

Russia Says It Will Retaliate Against Lithuania If Transit Blockade Isn’t Lifted

Jun 21, 2022 at 08:44 | RFE/RL staff

Russia has summoned the European Union's envoy to Moscow to "strongly" protest new restrictions on goods shipments to its Kaliningrad exclave through EU member Lithuania while threatening the…

Iran Makes Major Concession To Revive Stalled Nuclear Negotiations

Jun 20, 2022 at 10:09 | ZeroHedge

In a significant concession aimed at reviving stalled negotiations with the United States, Iran has dropped its demand that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) be removed from…

Biden Claims Visit To Saudi Arabia Is About Israel, Not Oil Prices

Jun 13, 2022 at 09:33 | ZeroHedge

President Joe Biden awkwardly claimed that his planned Saudi trip, where it's expected he'll mend ties with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) and

Turkey Accuses Greece Of Militarizing Its Aegean Sea Islands

Jun 10, 2022 at 10:54 | ZeroHedge

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused Greece of militarizing its islands in the Aegean Sea with an eye toward threatening Turkey, in but the…

Will Western Sanctions Actually Impact Putin’s Political Prowess?

Jun 10, 2022 at 10:52 | RFE/RL staff

Russia's economy will be hit hard by Western sanctions, but President Vladimir Putin faces no immediate political risk and his government will likely weather the economic fallout, a…

China Warns Central Asia To Steer Clear Of Geopolitical Conflicts

Jun 09, 2022 at 11:00 | Eurasianet

Central Asian countries should stay out of geopolitical conflicts, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has warned his counterparts from the region during a visit to Kazakhstan.

Why Saudi Arabia Isn’t Giving Up On Its Russian Oil Alliance

Jun 07, 2022 at 09:51 | Simon Watkins

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and his Saudi counterpart, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, met at length last week in Riyadh after which they released statements highlighting: “The level…

Israel Warns It Will Use “Right To Self-Defense” To Keep Nukes Out Of Iran

Jun 03, 2022 at 10:58 | RFE/RL staff

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has told the head of the UN's nuclear watchdog that the Jewish state is ready to use its "right to self-defense" to prevent…

The West Looks To Ramp Up Arms Deliveries To Ukraine

Jun 02, 2022 at 10:28 | RFE/RL staff

Over the past several weeks, Russian troops have slowly expanded their control of territory in the Donbas, pounding Ukrainian defense forces with artillery bombardments and reducing towns and…

Russia Holds Nuclear Drills As Biden Unveils New Aid Package For Ukraine

Jun 01, 2022 at 10:58 | ZeroHedge

Russia's nuclear forces have launched fresh drills northeast of Moscow, in the Ivanovo province, according to new Russian defense ministry statements Wednesday. Reuters cited

Russia Plans New Bond Scheme To Skirt Sanctions

May 30, 2022 at 11:14 | ZeroHedge

Russia’s finance chief said Moscow is planning a new system for making foreign bond payments similar to the rubles-for-gas scheme…

Could Lifting Sanctions On Venezuela Help Ease The Energy Crunch?

May 26, 2022 at 11:30 | Matthew Smith

Soaring energy prices, triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and diminished global production, have brought the focus back onto Venezuela, an OPEC member…

How Hezbollah Is Sparking Instability In Latin America

May 24, 2022 at 11:03 | Matthew Smith

Extreme socioeconomic inequality, weak central governments, organized crime, and the vast profits generated by cocaine have inflamed geopolitical instability in Latin America for decades. That confluence of factors…

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