The Social Democrat politician was against sanctions on Russia in 2014. Now he has to decide whether Germany can send Leopard tanks to help Ukraine challenge Russia.
China is "willing to work with the US to give mutual respect, coexist peacefully... (and) find ways to get along in the new era", says President Xi Jinping.
Gorbachev, who ended Cold War without bloodshed but failed to prevent collapse of Soviet Union, dies "after a serious and long illness," Russian media report.
Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger recommended Kiev cede territory to Russia to address conflict with Moscow.
Billed as most comprehensive statement to date on China by President Joe Biden's administration, top diplomat Antony Blinken says, "We don't seek to block China from its role as a major power."
Seventy-one percent of Americans say the Russian attack on Ukraine has increased the possibility of nuclear weapons being used anywhere in the world.
The victorious Western alliance saw Russia as a crumbled post-Soviet state and did not make enough efforts to let Moscow join the power bloc.
Becoming a permanently neutral and federal country is the most realistic way to end the war in Ukraine and re-secure Europe for decades to come.
According to the Western-sponsored Budapest Memorandum, Kiev gave up its nuclear weapons in return for the Russian pledge of respect for Ukrainian territorial integrity.
NATO’s international credibility rapidly deteriorated since the end of the Cold War, and its reactions to Russia’s aggression is hardly a reassurance to Kiev.
Both leaders assaulted smaller neighbouring countries as part of the historical dynamics that began with the end of the Cold War.
In a moot effort to cling to its hegemony and keep NATO relevant, Washington has, in turn, allowed the invasion to happen.
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