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 […]

Ukraine is ‘ready for total war’ with Russia says Petro Poroshenko

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko claimed his country was “prepared for total war” as fighting continued around the pro-Russian rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Fresh volleys of artillery fire were heard across many parts of Donetsk yesterday (local time), fuelling fears of a military build-up amongst rebel forces. The latest clashes come amid a […]

Putin walks out of G20 summit ‘to go to sleep’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has left the G20 summit in Brisbane early after he came under intense pressure from the West over Moscow’s alleged support for separatist fights in eastern Ukraine. The two-day summit, which gathered the leaders of the world’s largest economies in Brisbane, ended on Sunday evening, with Putin exiting the Australian city […]

Isolated Putin to exit G-20 summit as Ukraine Casts Shadow, report

By Ilya Arkhipov and Jason Scott Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to leave the Group of 20 summit in Australia earlier than scheduled, according to people familiar with his plans, as some leaders demanded Russia stop arming rebels in Ukraine. Putin plans to skip an official lunch today and bring forward his news conference before […]