European gas prices hit a new record high on Tuesday after a pipeline that brings Russian gas to Germany switched to flow east, a move the Kremlin said had no political backdrop, while two big German customers said Gazprom was meeting supply obligations. Westward gas flows through the Yamal-Europe pipeline, one of the major routesContinue reading “European gas prices hit record as Russian flows via Yamal reverse”
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping will discuss tensions in Europe and “aggressive” U.S. and NATO rhetoric during a video call on Wednesday, the Kremlin said. The conversation will take place at a moment of high tension in both countries’ relations with the West, with Beijing under pressure over human rights andContinue reading “Putin and Xi to discuss ‘aggressive’ talk from U.S. and NATO, Kremlin says”
The United States will impose “severe economic harm” on Russia and boost its military presence in Eastern Europe should Moscow invade Ukraine, the White House warned Monday, laying out the high stakes on the eve of talks between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin.
Russia sent two nuclear-capable strategic bombers on a training mission over Belarus for a second straight day on Thursday in a strong show of Moscow’s support for its ally amid a dispute over migration at the Polish border. The Belarusian Defense Ministry said two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers practiced bombing runs at the Ruzany firing range, locatedContinue reading “Russia sends nuclear-capable bombers on patrol over Belarus”
Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has accused the Russian President Vladimir Putin of orchestrating the migration crisis on the country’s border with Belarus. “(Belarusian leader) Lukashenko is the executor of the latest assault, but this assault has a sponsor who is to be found in Moscow, and this sponsor is President Putin,” Morawiecki said duringContinue reading “Poland-Belarus: Putin behind migrant crisis at border, says Polish PM Morawiecki”
The Kremlin said on Tuesday it disagreed with comments by new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida that Japan’s sovereignty extended to a chain of islands known by Tokyo as the Northern Territories, and that they were in fact part of Russia. “We do not agree with such a statement,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reportersContinue reading “Kremlin says it disagrees with Japan’s sovereignty claim over islands”
Russia said on Friday it would be ready to sever ties with the European Union if the bloc hit it with painful economic sanctions, a statement that Germany described as disconcerting and incomprehensible. Ties between Russia and the West, already at post-Cold War lows, have come under renewed pressure over the arrest and jailing ofContinue reading “Russia says it would be ready to cut EU ties if hit with painful sanctions”