Middle distillate markets received another boost yesterday after Russia announced that it would be temporarily banning diesel and gasoline exports. This is at a time when there is already plenty of concern around middle distillate availability.
Defending Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh are no longer in line with Moscow’s evolving interests.
Focus shifts from security to energy security, renewable energy and transportation infrastructure, while there are no illusions about delivering democracy.
Iran is emerging from international isolation, not with former partners in Western nations but with countries in the Eurasia region, Asia, other Middle Eastern states and Africa.
Speaking to the Leighton Smith Podcast in New Zealand last month, Jennings looked back at his more than two decades in Russia, his hasty exit after losing control of RenCap to his oligarch partner as well as his reflections on the war in Ukraine.
The brightest side of Belgrade's decision to stay neutral after the invasion of Ukraine was giving a chance to anti-regime activists to leave Russia. Now this is being undermined.
Russian oil company effectively used its business activities to develop enormous political leverage in Bulgaria.
The G20 summit which concluded yesterday in New Delhi supported our view that the global economy is fracturing into US and China-led blocs, and that India still leans to the former.
But cold turkey looms at the end of next year when Ukraine looks set to suspend pipeline shipments.
When Putin either had Evgeny Prigozhin killed or at least approved the operation – for there is no evidence to suggest it came as a welcome or unwelcome surprise – he may have eliminated one problem, but arguably exacerbated another.
While in Almaty for a book launch, US political scientist suggests that if Moscow comes out of Ukraine war diminished, the ‘Stans’ will have room to set their own policies without worrying about the Russian response.
After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, conflict resolution in Moldova’s separatist Transnistria region appears more realistic, but Chisinau still depends on the Transnistrian region in terms of security and energy.
Climate change is real, and it calls for action at the global, regional, and national levels. One of its impacts is additional water stress in addition to what many countries experience already. Effective counteraction requires joint action.
The recent BRICS summit showcased efforts by the five member countries to demonstrate unity and cooperation, but the policy proposals put forward were limited in scope and ambition due to unresolved rivalries and conflicting national interests.
“The benefits of Iran’s membership in BRICS group of nations will surely go down in history,” Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said addressing a summit of member states in Johannesburg on August 24.
Evidence of any real intent in Ankara to join the emerging economies club is rather thin on the ground.
Like him or hate him, Evgeny Prigozhin and his sidekick, Dmitry Utkin, aka “Wagner”, had quite the run. Their coup-not-coup captured the world’s attention at the end of June until Prigozhin changed his mind, and did a deal to save his life.
Soon after re-election in 2010, Fidesz introduced a new ideology, the National System of Cooperation (Nemzeti Együtműködesi Rendszer, NER).
One of the recurring critiques of Western support for Ukraine is always that it’s too little, too late. Setting aside how fair or sensible this is, the striking thing is the degree to which there is a comparable strand of argument in Russia.
‘Military Keynesianism’ is said to be giving the Russian economy a bump, but how big and effective is the effect?