China has the ability to export blueprints and expertise to Moscow, which would shore up Russia's depleting defence capacity amid the Ukraine conflict.
Russian airfields, one of them just a few hours’ drive from Moscow, have been hit by drones. Do they expose Russia’s defence vulnerabilities?
Kherson is one of the strategic regions located between the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula and eastern Ukraine. The Russian retreat might mean the end of Moscow’s aim to reach Odessa and further southwest Ukraine.
Tehran’s kamikaze drones have recently figured in Ukrainian skies, hitting both civilian infrastructure and military targets, which elicited condemnation from Kiev and its allies.
Moldova, a neighbouring state to Ukraine, has a breakaway region called Transnistria, where Russians have troops. Recently Moldova asked Russians to leave the region, angering Moscow.
The stakeholders discussed a range of issues, from expanding the bloc's rapid force to reviewing the Nordic states’ NATO membership bids.
Both states are part of the European Union and have tried to maintain neutrality - until Russia’s recent offensive in Ukraine.
Russia’s February assault has not produced the results Moscow envisaged in the face of fierce Ukrainian resistance. Now, they could be recalibrating.
Since pro-Russian groups declared their separatism in eastern Ukraine in 2014, violating Ukrainian territorial integrity, the region has seen heavy clashes between Kiev and the separatists.
Russia’s first decentralised assault failed to produce concrete results for Moscow. As a result, Vladimir Putin is appointing Alexander Dvornikov to lead the second attack on eastern Ukraine.
Joe Biden and other NATO leaders previously ruled out the possibility of the Western alliance's direct involvement in the conflict. But as Russia mounts pressure on Kiev, some argue that NATO's stance may change.
Putin increasingly sounds like a defender of Russian ethnic nationalism guided by Orthodox Christianity. But what are his ideological roots, and how did he come to this point?
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