Nord Stream 2: The Russian pipeline that everybody’s talking about

GP – View of the Pipeline Inspection Gauge receiving station, the Nord Stream 2 part of the landfall area in Lubmin on Germanys Baltic Sea coast. JOHN MACDOUGALL | AFP | Getty Images Lubmin, GERMANY – Remote, quiet but energy-rich: the coastal area of Lubmin in north Germany hosts the world’s most controversial gas pipeline. … Read more

What is Putin’s greatest worry right now? His own citizens

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks during his meeting with workers after riding a train across the bridge linking Russia and Crimean Peninsula at Taman railways station on December 24, 2019 near Anapa, Russia. Mikhail Svetlov | Getty Images News | Getty Images Improving Russian citizens’ living standards is President Vladimir Putin’s biggest concern right now, … Read more

Russia offered to pump more gas to Europe. But analysts doubt that’s ever going to happen

A worker adjusts a pipeline valve at the Gazprom PJSC Slavyanskaya compressor station, the starting point of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, in Ust-Luga, Russia, on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON — Winter isn’t even upon us yet and Europe is already experiencing a gas market crisis with … Read more

U.S. was right — Europe has become a ‘hostage’ to Russia over energy, analysts warn

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin back in 2011. FABRICE COFFRINI | AFP | Getty Images LONDON – After Russia rode to Europe’s rescue and offered to increase gas supplies to the region amid soaring prices, experts said one thing had become abundantly clear: Europe is now largely at Russia’s mercy when it comes to energy, … Read more

Elon Musk mocks President Biden after SpaceX completes first all-civilian mission

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk poses with the crew before launch on September 15, 2021. John Kraus / Inspiration4 After SpaceX completed a historic, private spaceflight on Saturday, CEO Elon Musk took a pot shot at President Joe Biden who had yet to remark on the company’s and the civilian flight crew’s accomplishments. One of Musk’s … Read more

Pro-Putin party heads for Russian election win after Navalny clampdown

A bus drives past a United Russia campaign poster put up ahead of the elections to the Russian State Duma of the 8th convocation scheduled for September 17-19. Vladimir Smirnov | TASS | Getty Images Russians vote on Sunday in the final stretch of a three-day parliamentary election that the ruling party is expected to … Read more

Russia’s authoritarianism and political crackdown could get worse after weekend vote, experts say

A bus drives past a United Russia campaign poster put up ahead of the elections to the Russian State Duma of the 8th convocation scheduled for September 17-19. Vladimir Smirnov | TASS | Getty Images Russia will hold elections to the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, from Friday and experts expect the vote … Read more

Chinese President Xi Jinping to attend BRICS summit via video link

Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the 13th BRICS summit to be held on Thursday at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, China’s Foreign Ministry announced here on Wednesday. Modi will chair the virtual meeting of the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), the Ministry of External Affairs said in … Read more

We don’t want Afghan militants in Russia: Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin on Sunday rejected the idea of sending people evacuation from Afghanistan to countries near Russia, saying he did not want “militants showing up here under cover of refugees”, Russian news agencies reported. Putin criticised an idea of some Western countries to relocate refugees from Afghanistan to neighbouring Central Asian countries while their … Read more

United States, Russia hold ‘professional’ arms talks despite tensions

Senior diplomats from the United States and Russia held what the State Department described as “substantive and professional” talks on arms control and other strategic issues on Wednesday despite myriad other differences that have sent relations into a tailspin. The State Department said the discussions in Geneva produced no breakthroughs but said they did yield … Read more