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Not Only Disputed Kuril Islands: Ties Between Russia, Japan Soured Considerably

Not Only Disputed Kuril Islands: Ties Between Russia, Japan Soured Considerably

First, the FSB detained a Japanese consul, then Moscow suspended a visa-free regime to travel off the Kuril Islands while Japan responded with a fresh batch of sanctions. Tensions have run high between Moscow and Tokyo. Both have a very slim chance to improve ties as Japan is aware of the Chinese threat and the Russian aggressive policy being two sides of the same coin.

Russia’s Energy Sales Suffer Amid Mild Weather And Chinese Lockdown Measures

Russia’s Energy Sales Suffer Amid Mild Weather And Chinese Lockdown Measures

Vladimir Putin is playing the energy crisis to force Western states and Ukraine into peace concessions. But the weather is not that much to the liking of the Kremlin as unusually mild temperatures tame European demand for gas. For its part, Chinese oil demand has shrunk amid new Covid lockdown measures across the country. Russia struggles to sell its energy, also amid the decline in prices.

Russia Responds To EU Price Caps By Reorienting Oil Exports

Russia Responds To EU Price Caps By Reorienting Oil Exports

The Kremlin said that Russia would stop selling oil to countries that impose price caps on Russia’s energy resources. But now Moscow has to sell these gigantic supplies elsewhere. Russia is now facing a challenge to find new outlets for its oil supplies and create storage capacity.

Russia, Iran Forge Energy Cooperation

Russia, Iran Forge Energy Cooperation

Iran is wading into Russia’s war on Ukraine with alleged reports to sell weapons to Moscow. Through military and political deals, Iran faces new sanctions. Despite that, Iran’s ayatollahs and the country’s president insist on forging closer ties with Russia.

Putin Seeks To Destroy Ukraine, Fight Western States

Putin Seeks To Destroy Ukraine, Fight Western States

What Russian President Vladimir Putin said in recent days meant no change in his policy that indeed exacerbated since mid-September. In just three days, Russian President Vladimir Putin had a flurry of activities: he observed exercises by his nation’s strategic nuclear forces, attended meeting with heads of security services of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), held an operational meeting of the Russian Security Council, delivered a speech at the Valdai Discussion Club summit, took part in an emergency meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Collective Security Council, and received Sergei Shoigu, the defense minister, for talks. They all have one common––the Kremlin flexes its muscles, claiming it could further escalate the war in Ukraine and ignite tensions with Western states.

Rosneft CEO Sechin Claims EU Gas Price Caps Unreasonable

Rosneft CEO Sechin Claims EU Gas Price Caps Unreasonable

Russia Monitor is a review of the most important events related to Russian internal and external security, as well as its foreign policies. Date: Author: Grzegorz Kuczyński Rosneft CEO Sechin Claims EU Gas Price Caps Unreasonable A statement from the...

Russia Intimidates West With Nuclear Weapons

Russia Intimidates West With Nuclear Weapons

Russia’s nuclear drills are part of the country’s effort of scaring Western states off with possible nukes to be used in the Russia-Ukraine war. The Ukrainian government has said it suspects Russia is planning its own false flag operation. Russia has also waved the nuclear blackmail, a strategy that the Kremlin has followed since it invaded Ukraine. Moscow is aware that it will not intimidate Ukraine. Instead, it hopes to send a message to Western states, mostly Germany and France, that a nuclear option is still on the table.

Will Armenia Accept Russian Peace Proposals?

Will Armenia Accept Russian Peace Proposals?

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that the country agreed to work with Russian proposals to establish relations with longtime rival Azerbaijan. The leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Russia are expected to meet in Sochi. The Kremlin has responded to Western diplomatic efforts in the South Caucasus, where the European Union remains strongly engaged in mediating a peace process between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Russia’s Syrian Withdrawal Could Prompt Israeli Help For Ukraine

Russia’s Syrian Withdrawal Could Prompt Israeli Help For Ukraine

Israeli missiles hit targets near the Syrian capital Damascus in a rare daytime attack on October 24. Some of the missiles were shot down by the Damascus air defense. Israeli strikes usually take place under the cover of darkness. Perhaps Israel is less concerned over the Russian-backed air-defense systems in Syria as Russian forces withdrew from some positions in the country.

Russia Suspends Partial Mobilization

Russia Suspends Partial Mobilization

Russia would fail to complete two tasks, by going ahead with the “partial mobilization” and drafting new conscripts later this fall. Thus, the mobilization was suspended temporarily. A total of 420,000 people were drafted over one month.

Russia Reaffirms Its Commitment To Develop Pakistan’s Gas Sector

Russia Reaffirms Its Commitment To Develop Pakistan’s Gas Sector

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Both leaders agreed to continue economic cooperation, with particular regard to energy projects. According to a 2019 deal, Russian gas giant Gazprom will pump a total of $14 billion into the Pakistani gas sector. Russians would invest around $10 billion in an offshore gas pipeline project, $2.5 billion in the North-South pipeline project, and the remaining $1.5 billion on building underground storage facilities.

Russia Increases LNG Output

Russia Increases LNG Output

Russia’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) output rose sharply between January and August compared with last year, according to data from Rosstat, the Russian federal statistics agency.

Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan Is New Market For Russian Fuel

Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan Is New Market For Russian Fuel

Through a new deal with the Taliban, Moscow is following two goals. First, it embarks on a new market as Western nations are making efforts to destroy Russia’s economy with sanctions. What counts more is that Russia won a new market while economic benefits seem rather secondary. Secondly, Russia is seeking to boost its political influence in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.

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