Russia vowed to support Syria’s Assad

Russia said on Wednesday it would support President Bashar al-Assad to combat “terrorism” in the Middle East, indicating there was no new room for compromise on one of the key contentious issues in the Syrian conflict. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks with Assad’s foreign minister, Walid al-Moualem, on the […]

The “market will stabilize itself,” says Saudi oil minister at OPEC meeting

Saudi Arabia’s oil minister said crude prices will stabilize while the United Arab Emirates said OPEC will do what it takes to balance the market. Angola predicted the 12-nation group will reach a consensus when it meets tomorrow. The “market will stabilize itself,” Ali Al-Naimi, the Saudi minister, told reporters in Vienna today. The world’s […]

Russian delegation hails Lebanon as an ideal state in terms of coexistence

A Russian delegation Monday hailed Lebanon as an ideal state in terms of coexistence during a meeting with Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian. “Lebanon is an ideal state in terms of coexistence between ethnic groups and sects,” he said “All countries in the world should study the Lebanese Republic’s experience with regards to dealing and […]

Moscow accuses West of seeking ‘regime change’ in Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West on Saturday of trying to use sanctions imposed on Moscow in the Ukraine crisis to seek “regime change” in Russia. His comments stepped up Moscow’s war of words with the United States and the European Union in their worst diplomatic standoff since the Cold War ended. “As […]

Putin can’t afford a new Cold War , analysis

by Geoffrey Smith One of the axioms of global geopolitics is that a country can project power only as far as its economic might allows. There is good reason why the United States, by far the world’s largest economy, has been the dominant force in all things political and military for the past 60 years. […]

Opec under pressure to cut output as price of crude continues to drop

Oil fell for a second straight day on Tuesday as traders looked beyond price defense attempts by Russia and Venezuela and toward Saudi Arabia and OPEC for fresh leads on whether the group will cut output when it meets later this month. Saudi Arabia, the most powerful member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting […]

Russian nuclear talk is dangerous even if it may be a bluff

By:Gideon Rachman I never had much time for the Greenham Common women. As a mildly reactionary student of the 1980s, I regarded them – and their protest camp outside a British nuclear-weapons base – as silly and misguided. After all, decades of experience taught that nuclear deterrence worked. ThirtIy years on and the nuclear peace […]

Tit-for-tat diplomat expulsions fuel EU-Russia tensions

Tensions between the EU and Russia have heightened amid a spate of tit-for-tat diplomat expulsions. Russia said several of its embassy staff had been expelled from Poland and that it had taken what it described as an “adequate” response. A Russian Foreign Ministry statement said Poland’s actions were “unfriendly and unfounded,” adding that four Polish […]