G7 officials make progress but no final deal on money for Ukraine from frozen Russian assets

G7 officials make progress but no final deal on money for Ukraine from frozen Russian assets

Frankfurt: Finance officials from the Group of Seven rich democracies said they had moved toward agreement on a US proposal to squeeze more money for Ukraine from Russian assets frozen in their countries. But the ministers left a final deal to be worked out ahead of a June summit of national leaders. “We are making … Read more

China’s economic forays in Central Asia gives rise to discomfiture in Moscow

China’s economic forays in Central Asia gives rise to discomfiture in Moscow

China’s economic forays into resource rich Central Asia, a region which shares deep historical, political and economic ties with Moscow, has created certain discomfiture in the Russian establishment. In a recent trade meet in Uzbekistan a Russian trade official emphasised that Russia and China were “equal partners with an equal share in trade turnover” in … Read more

Russia pummels exhausted Ukrainian forces with smaller attacks ahead of a springtime advance

Russia pummels exhausted Ukrainian forces with smaller attacks ahead of a springtime advance

Russian troops are ramping up pressure on exhausted Ukrainian forces to prepare to seize more land this spring and summer as muddy fields dry out and allow tanks, armoured vehicles and other heavy equipment to roll to key positions across the countryside. With the war in Ukraine now in its third year and a vital … Read more

Russia says it is working on removing Taliban from its terrorist list

Russia says it is working on removing Taliban from its terrorist list

Taliban forces patrol near the entrance gate of Hamid Karzai International Airport. File | Photo Credit: Reuters Russia said on Tuesday it had important matters to discuss with Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders and was working to remove the Taliban from its list of banned terrorist organisations. “This is a country that is next to us, and … Read more

India stands in solidarity with Russia in this hour of grief, says PM Modi on Moscow terror attack

India stands in solidarity with Russia in this hour of grief, says PM Modi on Moscow terror attack

People stand at a body of a victim near the burning building of the Crocus City Hall on the western edge of Moscow, Russia, on March 22, 2024. | Photo Credit: AP Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 23 condemned the attack at a concert hall near Moscow that left over 60 people dead, calling … Read more

Russians crowd polling stations in apparent protest as Vladimir Putin is set to extend his rule

Russians crowd polling stations in apparent protest as Vladimir Putin is set to extend his rule

Russians crowded outside polling stations at midday Sunday on the last day of a three-day presidential election, apparently heeding an opposition call to protest against President Vladimir Putin. Putin is poised to extend his nearly quarter century of rule for six more years after a relentless crackdown on dissent. The election was taking place amid … Read more

Russia systematically tortures Ukraine POWs, U.N. commission says

Russia systematically tortures Ukraine POWs, U.N. commission says

The UN body has previously documented a few cases of ill-treatment by Ukrainian forces of Russian detainees . File. | Photo Credit: AP A United Nations commission of inquiry on Ukraine said on March 15 that it had gathered more evidence that Russia has systematically tortured Ukrainian prisoners of war, documenting rape threats and the use … Read more

Western powers tangle over Russian assets at G20 finance meeting

Western powers tangle over Russian assets at G20 finance meeting

Western powers butted heads over how to handle frozen Russian assets on Wednesday as G20 finance ministers kicked off a discussion of challenges for the global economy, trying to set aside deep geopolitical divisions. Brazilian officials hosting the two-day meeting in Sao Paulo sought to focus talks on economic cooperation to tackle issues such as … Read more

Raisina Dialogue | Russia is a power with enormous tradition of statecraft: Jaishankar

Raisina Dialogue | Russia is a power with enormous tradition of statecraft: Jaishankar

Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar speaks at the Raisina Dialogue 2024, in New Delhi. | Photo Credit: PTI Russia is a power with an enormous tradition of statecraft and it is turning more towards Asia or non-West parts of the world, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on February 23, delving into current geopolitical … Read more