Olympic committee restates sanctions against Russia, Belarus

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) responded to the remarks of Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) president Stanislav Pozdnyakov on Tuesday, reaffirming its stance on sanctions against the Russian and Belarusian state and governments. “The sanctions against the Russian and Belarusian state…

Russian Journalist sentenced for speaking out on Ukraine 

A court in Moscow on Wednesday sentenced a Russian journalist in absentia to eight years in prison on charges of disparaging the military, the latest move in the authorities’ relentless crackdown on dissent. Alexander Nevzorov, a television journalist and former…

Russia imitates firing of hypersonic missile in Atlantic Ocean

The Russian Navy has successfully tested its new hypersonic Zirkon missile by means of computer simulation during a manoeuvre in the Atlantic Ocean, it announced on Wednesday. This was carried out during an exercise by the frigate Admiral Gorshkov in…

Tanks for Ukraine: Germany to send Leopard 2s and allow others to export

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has decided to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, and allow other countries to do the same, reports in Germany say. Leopard 2s are made in Germany and Berlin needs to approve their export. Germany has…

Russia orders Estonian ambassador to leave country

The Estonian ambassador in Russia has been ordered to leave the country by 7 February after the Kremlin accused the country of “Russophobia”. In a statement, the Russian foreign ministry said Estonia had “purposefully destroyed” relations with Moscow. Margus Laidre…

Russia’s Lavrov defends naval drills with South Africa during visit

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has said that Moscow did not want any “scandals” regarding joint naval drills between Russia, China and South Africa scheduled for next month. He was responding to criticism surrounding the drills, at a news conference on…

CIA chief Burns meets Ukraine’s Zelensky in Kyiv as Washington ups support

CIA Director William Burns visited Kyiv last week to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a US official said Thursday, in the latest example of high-level contacts between the US and Ukraine. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity…

Russian Foreign Minister commends high-level ties with China

“Russia-China ties are undoubtedly experiencing absolutely the best times in the entire history of these relations,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. “The relationship is pragmatic, trusting and mutually respectful. This can be characterised as an ideal format for relations…

New Year: Countries around the world celebrate after Covid lull

Countries around the world have celebrated New Year, after two years of muted or cancelled events due to the Covid pandemic. Celebrations have taken place on the east coast of the United States, and in Brazil, Argentina and the Caribbean.…

Ukraine war: Zelensky delivers defiant Christmas message after Russian strikes

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged his people to persevere in the face of Russian attacks as the country celebrates Christmas. In a defiant speech on Saturday, he said: “Freedom comes at a high price. But slavery has an even…

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