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Geopolitics

Ukraine’s Drones Are Hammering Russian Oil Refineries

May 29, 2024 at 09:05 | RFE/RL staff

On May 19, a Ukrainian drone slammed into the 70,000-barrel-a-day Slavyansk oil refinery in southern Russia’s Krasnodar region, sending a fireball into the sky, according…

Georgia’s EU Aspirations Jeopardized by Controversial New Law

May 28, 2024 at 06:17 | RFE/RL staff

EU foreign ministers will discuss the situation in Georgia when they assemble in Brussels on May 27. Brussels is still hoping that the country's controversial "foreign agent" law,…

Ukraine and Spain Sign €1 Billion Security Deal

May 28, 2024 at 06:11 | RFE/RL staff

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez have signed a bilateral security agreement that provides for Madrid to provide Ukraine with 1 billion euros ($1.08…

Will Raisi's Death Lead to Softer Iranian Policy Towards the West?

May 27, 2024 at 08:12 | Simon Watkins

The death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash on Sunday 19 May has reignited optimism among some that Iran’s stance towards the West may soften again into…

Georgia's Car Re-Export Trade Faces Uncertain Future

May 27, 2024 at 07:37 | Eurasianet

It’s a Monday afternoon at Georgia’s Rustavi auto market, and business is slow.  Dealers wind their way among rows of imported European BMWs and Japanese Subarus,…

Kazakhstan Joins EU program to Help Promote a Green Transition

May 23, 2024 at 09:44 | Eurasianet

Kazakhstan is considering new procurement standards to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of state spending while aiming to minimize the environmental harm of public works and services. Government contracts for…

China Performs Military Drills 'Surrounding' Taiwan As Warning To New President

May 23, 2024 at 08:35 | ZeroHedge

A mere few days after Taiwan’s new president, Lai Ching-te, was sworn into office at the start of the week, China's military on Thursday morning (local time) initiated two days…

Moscow Withdraws Draft That Proposed Expanding its Territorial Waters

May 22, 2024 at 09:29 | RFE/RL staff

Russia has withdrawn without explanation a Defense Ministry draft that proposed revising Moscow's maritime border in the eastern Baltic Sea and expanding its territorial waters that raised the…

Russia Loses Ground to China in Central Asian Trade

May 17, 2024 at 09:08 | Eurasianet

Trade data for 2024 is showing that Kyrgyzstan has an unhealthy dependency on China, even considering a wide discrepancy in figures released by Chinese and Kyrgyz official agencies.…

Tehran's Nuclear Threats Raise Global Concerns

May 17, 2024 at 08:58 | RFE/RL staff

Acquiring nuclear weapons has long been a taboo topic in Iran, where the country's supreme leader has declared them un-Islamic. But a growing number of Iranian…

U.S. Fast-Tracks $2 Billion Military Aid for Ukraine

May 16, 2024 at 09:04 | RFE/RL staff

The United States is fast-tracking $2 billion in military aid for embattled Ukrainian forces, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, as they struggle to stave off a…

Putin Meets With Xi Jinping As Sanctions Weigh on Russian Economy

May 16, 2024 at 08:51 | RFE/RL staff

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit China for a two-day state visit where he’s set to press Chinese leader Xi Jinping for more support to sustain his country’s…

North Korean-Iranian Military Cooperation Raises Alarm in the West

May 15, 2024 at 09:20 | RFE/RL staff

Iran and North Korea have a long history of working together to advance their respective military arsenals. Now, increased trade efforts between the two heavily sanctioned…

Putin's Cabinet Shakeup Reflects Shift in Strategy As Ukraine War Persists

May 14, 2024 at 09:42 | RFE/RL staff

Russian President Vladimir Putin has launched his fifth term with a rare shake-up of the government that analysts say is driven by the need to manage a long…

Yerevan and Baku Disagree on Key Provisions of Bilateral Treaty

May 14, 2024 at 09:34 | RFE/RL staff

Armenia and Azerbaijan negotiators continue to disagree on key provisions of a bilateral peace treaty, officials in Yerevan and Baku said on May 11 after…

Russia Targets Kharkiv in Major Offensive After Kyiv Attacks Refineries

May 13, 2024 at 10:44 | Charles Kennedy

Russia Opens New Front Line in Ukraine, in Kharkiv BlitzkriegRussia Targets Kharkiv in Major Offensive After Kyiv Attacks Refineries Over the weekend, Russia launched a major offensive in the Kharkiv…

EU Unleashes Sweeping Sanctions Against Moscow and Minsk

May 13, 2024 at 09:37 | RFE/RL staff

On May 8, the European Commission presented a new round of sanctions on Russia and Belarus to the ambassadors of the European Union member states. The proposal, seen…

U.S. Leverages Saudi-Israeli Relations to Isolate Iran

May 10, 2024 at 09:43 | RFE/RL staff

The United States wants to force a gradual shift in Iran’s “decision-making calculus” by signing a defense deal with Saudi Arabia and securing the normalization of relations between…

Xi's Euro Trip Showcases Beijing's Expanding Influence

May 10, 2024 at 09:26 | RFE/RL staff

While Xi’s trip dealt with everything from trade ties with the European Union to China’s relationship with Russia amid the war in Ukraine, the tour can be boiled…

Oil Risk Premium Wanes

May 07, 2024 at 14:36 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Oil prices slumped by $10 per barrel in a month, from above $90 Brent in early April to the low $80s, as tensions in the Middle East subsided and prompted…

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