WSJ News Exclusive | OPEC Weighs Suspending Russia From Oil-Production Deal

Some OPEC members are exploring the idea of suspending Russia’s participation in an oil-production deal as Western sanctions and a partial European ban begin to undercut Moscow’s ability to pump more, OPEC delegates said. Exempting Russia from its oil-production targets could potentially pave the way for Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other producers … Read more

Russia ready to help overcome food crisis if West lifts sanctions: Putin

Moscow is ready to make a “significant contribution” to averting a looming food crisis if the West lifts sanctions imposed on Russia over Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin said in a telephone call with Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi. “Vladimir Putin emphasises that the Russian Federation is ready to make a significant contribution to overcoming the … Read more

Ukraine rejects concessions as Russians attack in east

Ukraine ruled out a ceasefire or any territorial concessions to Moscow as Russia stepped up its attack in the country’s east and south, pounding the Donbas and Mykolaiv regions with air strikes and artillery fire. Kyiv’s stance has become increasingly uncompromising in recent weeks as Russia experienced military setbacks while Ukrainian officials grew worried they … Read more

Ukraine pushes Russian forces back, restricts gas flow to Europe

Ukrainian forces reported battlefield gains on Wednesday in a counterattack that could signal a shift in the momentum of the war, while Kyiv shut gas flows on a route through Russian-held territory, raising the spectre of an energy crisis in Europe. Following days of advances north and east of the second largest city Kharkiv, Ukrainian … Read more

Russia swerves to avoid default: What is next?

Russia may have averted default as it announced it had made several overdue payments in dollars on its overseas bonds, shifting the market’s focus to upcoming payments and whether it would stave off a historic default. Russia’s $40 billion in international bonds and the chance of a default have become the focus of global financial … Read more

Germany Drops Opposition to Embargo on Russian Oil

BERLIN—Germany is now ready to stop buying Russian oil, clearing the way for a European Union ban on crude imports from Russia, government officials said. Berlin had been one of the main opponents of sanctioning the EU’s oil-and-gas trade with Moscow. However on Wednesday, German representatives to EU institutions lifted the country’s objection to a … Read more

Russia’s Putin, Pakistan PM Sharif exchange letters, express desire to strengthen cooperation: Report

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pakistan‘s new Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif have quietly exchanged letters expressing desire to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, a media report said on Sunday. The letters were exchanged after the election of Shehbaz as prime minister early this month but both the sides kept development away from the media … Read more

Kremlin says Russian metal companies facing difficulties from “unfriendly countries”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday that Russian metallurgical companies were facing “hostile attitudes” from what Moscow calls unfriendly countries, and that Moscow would come up with a plan to combat this. “We are among world leaders in this industry, and our metallurgists have begun to face hostile attitudes, … our companies are experiencing … Read more

Russia-Ukraine war: Russian deadline for Mariupol defenders to ‘surrender or die’ passes – live

12.01pm BST 12:01 Russia says it is “concerned” about increased activity of Nato forces in the Arctic and sees risks of “unintended incidents” occurring in the region, Reuters reports. The news agency cited the TASS news agency, which carried quotes from Russian ambassador-at-large Nikolai Korchunov on Sunday. “The recent increase in Nato’s activity in the … Read more

What a Voice Analysis May Tell Us About Putin’s State of Mind

Kanji Okazaki, founder and CEO, RimTech (Risk Measurement Technologies Co. Ltd), Tokyo. National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Speech Problems.” Satrajit S. Ghosh, PhD, principal research scientist, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; assistant professor of otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School, Boston. The Voice Foundation. Lillian Glass, PhD, communication and body language expert, Los … Read more