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Russia Doubled Piped Gas Supplies to China

Russia Doubled Piped Gas Supplies to China

From January to October 2022, Russia sent $3.1 billion worth of piped natural gas to China, a 182 percent increase from 2021, the General Administration of Customs of China reported.

Russia, Algeria Forge Close Military Partnership

Russia, Algeria Forge Close Military Partnership

Algeria is forging ever-growing military ties with Russia through joint military drills and substantial arms supply deals. Moscow has many assets that attract Algeria while collaboration with Algeria solidifies Russian influence in northern Africa.

CIA Chief Warns Russia’s SVR Director

CIA Chief Warns Russia’s SVR Director

Occasional high-level contacts between the United States and Russia are essentially due to Washington’s concerns over Moscow’s far-reaching movements in its war with Ukraine. The meeting between the director of the CIA and the head of the SVR foreign intelligence agency is part of the U.S. policy alongside the talks that took place beforehand between the U.S. national security advisor, the secretary of defense, and their Russian counterparts.

Lukoil Becomes Gazprom Neft’s Partner in Joint Venture with Repsol

Lukoil Becomes Gazprom Neft’s Partner in Joint Venture with Repsol

The Russian energy market is seeing further reshuffles as Western companies quit the country, with domestic firms taking over their assets. Among those Russian companies is Lukoil, a privately run oil producer. Business decisions seem to have a political, rather than a financial background. Russia’s oil giant Lukoil has taken over assets in joint ventures between Western firms and Russian state-run companies.

CSTO Summit in Yerevan Was Bitter Pill for Putin

CSTO Summit in Yerevan Was Bitter Pill for Putin

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) summit in Yerevan ended sourly as Armenia refused to sign a draft declaration due to the absence of a political assessment of Azerbaijan’s aggression against the territorial integrity of Armenia. This is yet another sign of Russia’s loosening grip on former Soviet republics.

Ukraine Says It Will Not Negotiate With Moscow

Ukraine Says It Will Not Negotiate With Moscow

Western media recently reported that the United States exerted growing pressure on Ukraine to enter negotiations with Russia. This narrative is yet gone now. The government in Kyiv has adopted a firm stance on peace talks with Russia. Thus Washington must have revised its policy so far. Many signs are that the U.S. administration deemed it better to continue a Ukrainian offensive than to enter ceasefire talks with Russia.

Pope Francis Meets Ukrainian Catholic Leader at Vatican

Pope Francis Meets Ukrainian Catholic Leader at Vatican

Throughout the war, Pope Francis has been criticized by Ukraine for not directly condemning Moscow and Putin as well as not naming directly the invader and somewhat suggesting that Kyiv make concessions to appease the Kremlin. It is hence vital to emphasize the stance of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church whose followers are in communion with Rome.

Bulgaria Lets Russian Oil Refinery Export Despite EU Ban

Bulgaria Lets Russian Oil Refinery Export Despite EU Ban

Bulgaria’s government and Lukoil Neftochim Bulgaria have agreed that the country’s Black Sea refinery continues operating and exporting oil products to the EU until the end of 2024. This should provide a major boost to the Bulgarian budget. The deal makes Bulgaria a base for partially avoiding the European oil embargo.

Will Sanctions Force Russia to Rethink Its Oil Production Model?

Will Sanctions Force Russia to Rethink Its Oil Production Model?

Russian oil companies should invest more in developing smaller oil fields, according to Gennady Shmal, head of the Union of Russian Oil and Gas Producers. What might follow is a change in conditions for the benefit of small oil producers. Naturally, the Russian authorities did not become aware of their preferential treatment of large oil conglomerates, including tax breaks. Small companies were brought to the fore as the Russian energy sector is struggling amid sanctions imposed following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Russia’s War in Ukraine at a Standstill

Russia’s War in Ukraine at a Standstill

The nature and tempo of the Russian war have not changed in recent weeks. The last major operation was the retreat of Russian forces from the western bank of the Dnieper River. Now wintry warfare looms in Ukraine while soaked steppes prevent both sides from launching an assault. But as winter is approaching, where potential attacks could now take place?

Russian State Duma Approves Bill to Ban “LGBT Propaganda”

Russian State Duma Approves Bill to Ban “LGBT Propaganda”

Russian lawmakers passed a new law that bans what authorities call “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations.” The proposals prohibit sharing positive and even neutral information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, and publicly displaying non-heterosexual orientations, referred to as “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations and (or) preferences, pedophilia, and sex change.” It is yet another element of the state narrative in which Moscow pushes conservative values.

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