Russian, UAE presidents discuss bilateral cooperation over phone

       

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan pose for a photo prior to their talks in St. Petersburg, Russia, Oct 11, 2022. (PAVEL BEDNYAKOV, SPUTNIK, KREMLIN POOL PHOTO VIA AP) MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan held a phone …

West’s cap on Russian oil risks exacerbating Europe’s energy woes

       

Kavo Perdika, a cargo vessel carrying Ukrainian grain, sails on Bosphorus to Marmara sea, in Istanbul, on Nov 2, 2022. (OZAN KOSE / AFP) ROME — A price cap on Russian seaborne crude recently agreed by the European Union (EU), the Group of Seven (G7) nations and Australia came into effect on Monday. Whether the move will prove effective largely depends on market response, observers …

Oil tankers line up off Türkiye as price cap on Russian oil kicks in

       

Oil tanker ship SCF Samotlor sails under Yavuz Sultan Selim bridge as it crosses the Bosphorus strait after departing from Russia's Novorossiysk port, in Istanbul, Türkiye, on March 1, 2022. (FRANCISCO SECO / AP) Oil tankers formed a traffic jam off the coast of Türkiye on day one of the West's price cap on Russian crude, with Ankara insisting on new proof of insurance for …

Russian parliament leader rebukes US for containing others

       

In this handout photo provided by The State Duma, The Federal Assembly of The Russian Federation, Speaker of the State Duma, the Lower House of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin attends a session of the State Duma, the Lower House of the Russian Parliament in Moscow, Russia, Nov 24, 2022. (PHOTO / THE STATE DUMA, THE FEDERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION VIA AP) MOSCOW …

G7 coalition agrees $60 per barrel price cap for Russian oil

       

This Aug 12, 2022 aerial view shows the Vladimir Arsenyev tanker at the crude oil terminal Kozmino on the shore of Nakhodka Bay near the port city of Nakhodka, Russia. (TATIANA MEEL / REUTERS) WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS – The Group of Seven (G7) nations and Australia on Friday said they had agreed a $60 per barrel price cap on Russian seaborne crude oil after European Union members …

EU proposes to confiscate frozen Russian assets

       

Photo taken on March 10, 2022 shows the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (PHOTO / XINHUA) BRUSSELS- The European Commission on Wednesday proposed a plan to confiscate frozen Russian assets to compensate Ukraine for its damages caused by the conflict. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement that the frozen funds would go to Ukraine "to compensate for the damages caused to …

Russia postpones arms talk with US

       

Ukrainians charge their devices, use the internet and warm up inside a mobile heating point set up in a town outside Kyiv on Monday. (GENYA SAVILOV / AFP) MOSCOW/KYIV — Russia announced on Monday that it was postponing highly anticipated arms control talks with the United States, scheduled to take place in Egypt despite tensions over the Ukraine conflict. "The session of the bilateral coordinating …

‘Russia, US have ways to manage nuclear risks’

       

Russia and the United States have ways to manage nuclear risks at the level of intelligence agencies, charge d'affaires of the US embassy in Moscow Elizabeth Rood told Russia's state news agency, adding that for now there are no meetings scheduled. Earlier this month, CIA director William Burns met Sergei Naryshkin, head of Russian foreign intelligence, and warned him about the consequences of any Russian …

Russia’s Rosatom says meeting with IAEA ‘substantive, frank’

       

Alexey Likhachev, director-general of Rosatom, speaks at the 66th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria on Sept 26, 2022. (THERESA WEY / AP) MOSCOW – Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom said in a statement that the meeting held Wednesday between its director-general and the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is "substantive and frank." During the …

Ukraine takes Kherson after Russian forces retreat

       

A Ukrainian female soldier poses for a photo against a Kherson sign in the background, in Kherson, Ukraine, Nov 11, 2022. (DAGAZ / AP) MOSCOW/KYIV – Ukraine has taken control of the southern city of Kherson after Russia transferred all its armed forces to the left (eastern) bank of the Dnieper River on Friday. "In the Kherson direction today at 5 am Moscow time (0200 …

Russia announces Kherson troop withdrawal

       

A boy prepares to saw wood for heating a house in the village of Osokorivka, in the Kherson region, on Wednesday. (VALENTYN OGIRENKO / REUTERS) Russia announced on Wednesday that it was withdrawing its forces to the eastern side of the Dnieper River in the Kherson region. The strategically important city of Kherson was the first regional capital in southern Ukraine to be captured by …

Russia’s Putin will not attend G20 summit in Bali

       

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the Federal Medical-Biological Agency in Moscow on Nov 9, 2022. (SERGEI BOBYLYOV / SPUTNIK / AFP) JAKARTA – Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend a gathering of leaders from the Group of 20 (G20) nations on the resort island of Bali next week, Indonesian and Russian officials said on Thursday. Putin …

Report: Russia, US discuss first nuke talks since Ukraine crisis

       

Russian and US state flags fly near a factory in Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad Region, Russia March 27, 2019. (ANTON VAGANOV / REUTERS) MOSCOW – Russia and the United States are discussing holding talks on strategic nuclear weapons for the first time since Moscow started its special military operation in Ukraine, Russian newspaper Kommersant said on Tuesday, citing four sources familiar with the discussions. The talks may …

Report: First nuke talks for Russia, US since Ukraine conflict

       

Russian and US state flags fly near a factory in Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad Region, Russia March 27, 2019. (ANTON VAGANOV / REUTERS) MOSCOW – Russia and the United States are discussing holding talks on strategic nuclear weapons for the first time since Moscow started its special military operation in Ukraine, Russian newspaper Kommersant said on Tuesday, citing four sources familiar with the discussions. The talks may …

13 killed in nightclub fire in western Russia

       

This handout picture taken and released by the Russian Investigative Committee on Nov 5, 2022, shows police officers and investigators working at a cafe in Kostroma destroyed by a fire. (HANDOUT / RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITEE / AFP) MOSCOW – At least 13 people were killed and 4 more injured by an overnight fire at a nightclub on Saturday in Russia's western city of Kostroma, said …

Russian strategic submarine test-fires ballistic missile

       

This undated photo shows the nuclear-powered Kazan submarine. (PHOTO / RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY / CHINADAILY.COM.CN) MOSCOW – Russia's newest nuclear-powered submarine Generalissimo Suvorov test-launched a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Thursday. The strategic submarine fired the missile from underwater in the White Sea and the warheads successfully hit targets in the Kura test range in the Kamchatka Peninsula, the ministry …

Azerbaijan, Armenia agree to work toward peace treaty

       

Russian President Vladimir Putin (center at the table), Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan (right at the table) and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev hold talks in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on Oct 31, 2022. (MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP) MOSCOW – Azerbaijan and Armenia, with Russia as a mediator, agreed on Monday to actively prepare for the conclusion of a peace treaty …

Defense chiefs hold talks on Ukraine

       

A Russian military convoy is seen on the road toward the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station, in Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia region, southeastern Ukraine, on May 1, 2022. (PHOTO / AP) WASHINGTON/MOSCOW –  Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu spoke with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday for the second time in three days and held a flurry of calls with three other counterparts from NATO countries. Moscow …

Russia declares martial law in Donetsk, Lugansk, 2 other areas

       

A woman stands in front of a destroyed house, in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, on Sept 12, 2022. (JUAN BARRETO / AFP) MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday, declaring martial law in Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson from Thursday. "It (the decree) will immediately be sent for approval to the Federation Council," the Kremlin said, citing the president at a meeting with …

Russian commander: Situation in special military operation area tense

       

In this handout photo taken from video and released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Oct 10, 2022, a Russian air force pilot is seen in the cockpit of his Su-25 as it flies on a mission in Ukraine. (RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY PRESS SERVICE VIA AP) MOSCOW – The situation in the zone of the special military operation can be described as tense, commander …