To the West, Russia is once more viewed as an international pariah. For a viable economic path, Moscow must look east and south across Asia. Afghanistan as well as Central Asia could be crucial to its plans.
Moscow is now referring to the start of a “Phase 2” of the war, but it is not clear at all what this means in practice, since the initial invasion was not referred to as Phase 1 but as a special military operation. What comes next?
Walking through the mall in St Petersburg these days is a bit like walking through a ghost town. Once greeted with bright lights and ambient music, shoppers now stroll past darkened display windows and signs reading “temporarily closed."
Russia used the meeting in China to emphasise its importance in Central Asia.
Undecided voters may prefer Orban's pitch as the leader who can provide peace and security to Hungarians in times of crisis.
While being harassed as collaborators abroad, Belarusians continue their struggle against the Lukashenko regime.
The West is threatening to impose an energy embargo on Russia. The EU has a plan to cut hydrocarbon imports from Russia to zero as soon as 2025 or maybe sooner if Russia scales up its attack on Ukraine.