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Russia hints to likely recognize Taliban govt. in Afghanistan

Moscow will make a decision whether to recognize the Taliban government in Afghanistan regardless of the opinion of the United States or any other country, says Russia’s special presidential envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov.

Israel to summon Russian envoy over Lavrov’s remarks

Israel has denounced Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday for suggesting that the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler had Jewish origins. Israeli Foreign Ministr Yair Lapid said the Russian ambassador would be summoned for "a tough talk" over the assertion.

Russia says successfully test-fires Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile

Russia’s new RS-28 Sarmat Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile was launched successfully from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the north of the country, the Russian military announced on Wednesday.

China: US Russia sanctions put dent in world economy

China's Foreign Ministry Spokesman says US sanctions against Russia have only put a dent in the languishing world economy.

Russia hindering Vienna talks in cahoots with Israel: Ex-MP

An ex-Iranian lawmaker says the demands abruptly put on the negotiating table by Russia in Vienna are a “serious obstacle” to the conclusion of an agreement aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, adding that Moscow made such a move in coordination with Israel.

Russia claims Ukrainian air defenses neutralized

The Russian Defense Ministry has claimed that Ukrainian air defenses have been neutralized. Moscow has launched a ‘special operation’ in Ukraine on Thursday, amid escalating tensions between Kiev's forces and Moscow-backed troops in Donbass.

Oil prices surge above $100 following Russia Ukraine attacks

Oil prices soared past $100 for the first time in more than seven years on Thursday after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a "military operation" in Ukraine.

Blast reported in Russia near Ukraine border

A shell has exploded on the Russian territory, close to the border with Ukraine, local media reported.

Russia says its forces withdrawing from Ukraine border

Russian troops have completed their training drills in Belarus, close to neighboring Ukraine, and will begin returning to their places of regular deployment, the Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday. It comes amid fears in the West that the exercises could have been a precursor to an invasion.

G7 warns sanctions would have ‘massive’ impact on Russia

World powers have warned Moscow that they stand ready to impose sanctions that would have a huge and immediate impact on Russia's economy, should it pursue any military aggression against Ukraine. Moscow rejects any plan to attack Ukraine, despite mass military deployment on borders.

Ukrainians march in Kyiv as concerns rise over Russian invasion

Thousands of protesters convened in Ukraine's capital city of Kyiv on Saturday to show unity amid increasing concerns over a Russian invasion.

Putin holds talks with Macron over Ukraine, Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin held phone talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Saturday over Ukraine tensions and Iran's nuclear programme.

Lavrov: US propaganda on ‘Russian aggression’ against Ukraine provocative

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during a telephone talk with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday that Washington propaganda campaign on Moscow’s alleged aggression against Ukraine pursued provocative goals.

Russian diplomats leaving Ukraine amid escalation of tensions

Diplomats and employees of the Russian consulates have started leaving Ukraine, an informed source told Sputnik on Saturday.

Russia begins joint military drills with Belarus

Troops from Russia and Belarus have kicked off the Union Resolve 2022 joint drills at training grounds on Belarusian soil. Russia’s Defense Ministry announced on Thursday the exercises are part of the second stage of the inspection of the Union State’s response forces.

US says Russian invasion of Ukraine could create instability in ME

The U.S. Army general tapped to take over as top commander in the Middle East has warned if Russia invades Ukraine, it could create broader instability in the Middle East, including Syria.

Russia says west speculation about invasion of Ukraine ‘madness’

The speculation of Western countries about how many days Kiev can fall in the course of a potential Russian invasion is madness and scaremongering, Russian First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy said on Sunday.

Kremlin: Bloomberg disseminating false news over Ukraine

Russia says US-based Bloomberg News Agency is publishing baseless stories regarding Moscow’s plans to invade Ukraine. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov added this makes it clear how dangerous West-triggered tensions are.

Russia deploys S-400 in Belarus amid tensions over Ukraine

Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems have been deployed to Belarus and will go on air defense combat alert as part of an inspection of the Union State’s Response Force, according to the Russia’s Defense Ministry.

EU in gas talks with US, Qatar, Azerbaijan amid standoff with Russia

The European Union is negotiating gas supplies with the United States, as well as Qatar, and Azerbaijan, in case Russia decides to cut or stop supplies, High Representative of the EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell says.

Russia says not threatening Ukraine

 A top Russian security official says Moscow is in no way threatening Ukraine, adding all allegations by the US authorities in this regard are total absurdity, Russian  

Iranian FM: Raisi’s visit to Moscow rewarded a great achievement

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian says President Ebrahim Raisi’s recent visit to Russia marked a great achievement for Tehran.

‘Ukraine toy in US, NATO’s hands for pressure on Russia’

Ukraine is being used as a tool of geopolitical pressure on Moscow, it became a toy in the hands of the US and NATO, Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev says.

Russia voices concern over US fomenting tensions around Ukraine

The Kremlin is keeping an eye on Washington’s steps aimed at stirring up tensions around Ukraine with great concern, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Pentagon puts 1,000s troops on alert over Russia tensions

As tensions intensify over Russia-Ukraine crisis, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has placed roughly 8,500 military personnel on heigh alert to potentially deploy to Eastern Europe, the Pentagon announced.

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