Russian forces invaded Ukraine in late February 2022, turning Moscow into a global pariah in the worlds of finance, diplomacy, sports and culture, as the West punished it with sanctions. President Vladimir Putin called Russia’s actions - which have triggered the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II - a “special military operation”. Nuclear-armed Russia has warned of consequences if Nato interferes in Ukraine, while strategic ally China urges a peaceful, diplomatic solution.
West’s globalisation of conflict has inextricably linked it to two of the most dangerous flashpoints – the Taiwan Strait and Korean peninsula.
Leaders of China and Russia may have been missing from latest get-together, but it still showed nations could put differences aside in an attempt to resolve problems and crises.
Controversial US political scientist John Mearsheimer argues the much-touted counter-attack against Russia was doomed from the start
Europe now realises the high costs of conflict while mainland China knows what a ruthless Western proxy war in Taiwan would look like.
Wu Hongbo, Beijing’s special representative for Europe, tells forum it’s not logical to see a key partner like China as a systemic rival. European ambassadors hit back, saying concerns are justified.
The Ukrainian president is set to hold talks with President Joe Biden. ‘Today there are important negotiations … More air defence, more support for Ukrainian soldiers on the front lines’, he said as he arrived.
Latin American country’s foreign minister claims Brazilian President Lula ‘never proposed’ initiative to broker deal between Moscow and Kyiv – an idea that sources say received a chilly reception from China’s Xi Jinping.
The early morning missile attack was Russia’s largest since August 15, and coincided with the United Nations General Assembly summit in New York.
Tensions between Warsaw and Kyiv, sparked by Poland’s ban on Ukrainian grain imports to protect the interests of its farmers, have intensified in recent days.
The president said Seoul and its allies would not stand idly by if Moscow helped Pyongyang enhance its weapons programmes in return for help in the Ukraine war.
For the first time since the start of Moscow’s invasion, the president sat in the same room as a Russian official, who responded by scrolling on his smartphone.
Top Chinese diplomat Wang Yi and Russian security chief Nikolai Patrushev vow closer coordination in law enforcement, non-proliferation and governance of emerging technology as Group of Seven foreign ministers ask China to press Russia to end war.
After Azerbaijan launched a military operation against separatist forces in the Armenian-majority region of Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday, there were fears another full-scale conflict could be under way, less than 3 years after the last one.
Chinese expert on Sino-Russian relations Wu Dahui aired assessment after visiting Moscow and Russian-occupied territories in the Donbas region.
Meanwhile, Ukraine and its allies have made little progress in winning over major nations of the so-called Global South, with many pushing for peace talks.
The joint statement, released on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, comes as top diplomat Wang Yi makes a four-day visit to Russia.
US president draws contrast with authoritarian regimes, including China, and lauds US-led partnerships, including the Quad.
The United States accuses Iran of not only providing the weapons for use against Ukraine, but also helping Russia build a plant to manufacture them.
During an interview with US network Fox News on Thursday, Annalena Baerbock said: ‘If Putin were to win this war, what sign would that be for other dictators in the world, like Xi, like the Chinese president?’
Yulia Svyrydenko, first deputy prime minister, said Ukraine saw such restrictions as a violation of the EU countries’ international obligations. The three countries announced their restrictions on Ukrainian grain imports on Friday.
The EU Commission has banned the entry of personal cars and said items such as phones and laptops could be confiscated. Moscow has warned Russians of weighing the ‘risks’ before travelling in the EU.
The report alleges that Russia has carried out mass arbitrary arrests of war critics and those detained risk death from ‘persistent use of torture’.
Ukraine says that its forces have retaken Klishchiivka, a tactically important town south of the key frontline city of Bakhmut, as it pursues a counter-attack against Russia’s grinding offensive.
Speculation has swirled for months that Ramzan Kadyrov, the hugely influential 46-year-old head of Chechnya, might be ill.
Two days of talks in Malta covered Taiwan, the war in Ukraine and other topics and also marked a continuation of recent high-level bilateral engagement.
US Joint Chiefs of Staff chair Mark Milley expects Pyongyang to provide Soviet-era 152mm artillery rounds to Moscow after the recent Putin-Kim meeting.
Kim’s trip to Russia’s port city of Vladivostok comes amid Western concerns about a potential arms alliance for Putin’s war on Ukraine.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and dramatically increased tensions over Taiwan and North Korea have boosted global arms manufacturing.
He visited a number of workshops including that of Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet 100, and watched a demonstration flight of the Su – 35, nodding with approval.