EU Council President Charles Michel’s upcoming visit to China shows that energy-starved Europe wants to secure economic ties with Beijing.
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.
Moscow is said to be in talks with both TRNC and Ankara on a possible flight path and inauguration of flights could also potentially mark a step toward Russia's recognition of the Turkish Cypriot state.
Ankara played a critical role in a grain deal between Ukraine and Russia and now the Turkish president aims to convince both sides to reach a comprehensive ceasefire.
As the Ukraine conflict makes Black Sea shipments difficult, Kazakhstan looks at an alternative route to export its oil to Europe.
Sanctions against Moscow are "having an impact … and we will continue to raise costs for Russia," says Doug Jones, US deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs.
"Economic barriers that United States and Europe imposed against Russia did not work," says President Jair Bolsonaro, adding his position toward Ukraine conflict "was one of balance."
Beijing will make some gains from the conflict as its sanctions-hit ally Russia will need China for goods and equipment more than ever.
The US and its European partners have also they would impose restrictions on Russia's central bank to limit its ability to support the rouble and finance Moscow's attacks.
The two EU and NATO heavyweights are more willing than the US to talk to Vladimir Putin, and persuade the Russian leader to de-escalate tensions with Kiev.
The joint exercises will centre around "suppressing and repelling external aggression", Russia's defence ministry said in a statement.
Under Western pressure, the two states are aligning with each other at a level unseen for decades.
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