United States

G-20 meeting may lead to wider divisions over war in Ukraine

WASHINGTON — Foreign ministers from the world’s largest nations are looking to address Russia’s war in Ukraine and its impact on global energy and food security when they meet in Indonesia this week. Yet instead of providing unity, the talks may well exacerbate existing divides over the Ukraine conflict. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, […]

Europe

Lavrov accuses France of breaching ‘diplomatic etiquette’ over release of Macron-Putin call

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the publication of a call between French leader Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin, which took place just four days before Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, was a breach of “diplomatic etiquette.” The call was published last week in a documentary “A President, Europe and War,” that […]

United Kingdom

Russia-Ukraine war: Russia forced to leave troops behind after suffering huge losses

Russia has sustained significant losses after capturing the twin cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, with the death and injury toll of troops so high they are being left behind, the regional governor of Luhansk said. Serhiy Gaidai said the loss of Russian troops amid heavy fighting was so severe, Russia was “not taking all their wounded with […]

Europe

Black Sea grain deal is close, says Erdoğan

ROME — Moscow and Kyiv may be just days from finalizing an agreement to allow millions of tons of Ukrainian grain to pass through the Black Sea, according to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In peacetime, Ukraine was a vast contributor to global food supplies, but a blockade of its Black Sea ports since the […]

United Kingdom

Ukraine war: ‘We need to break them … we have no alternative,’ warns Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said his armed forces were undeterred in their efforts to “break” Moscow’s will to pursue a nearly five-month war. It comes as Russia’s Vladimir Putin hailed his military’s victory in the grueling battle of Luhansk. Russia captured the city of Lysychansk in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, bringing an end to […]

Europe

Inside Emmanuel Macron’s failed one-man diplomacy mission on Ukraine

Press play to listen to this article PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron is on the line with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in a last-ditch attempt to kickstart talks four days before the invasion of Ukraine. It’s February 20 and Macron and his team of advisers believe they have convinced Putin to agree to a meeting […]

Japan

Putin’s media blitz on Africa food crisis sparks alarm in Europe

European governments have been alarmed by a Russian disinformation campaign that seeks to deflect criticism that President Vladimir Putin’s war with Ukraine risks leaving millions of people in Africa facing famine. Russian diplomats have gone on a media offensive in recent months to push the narrative that sanctions, rather than Russian blockades, are causing shortages […]

Japan

Nervous staff and no bankers: Western firms struggle to exit Russia

HELSINKI – For foreign companies still working out what to do with their stranded Russian assets, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s seizure of a major oil and gas project is a powerful warning: Move fast or else. Companies have been wrestling with how to exit in ways that limit the financial impact, do not put employees […]

Europe

Russia’s Jews fear resurgent anti-Semitism amid Ukraine war

Press play to listen to this article As Vladimir Putin’s war rages on for the fifth month in Ukraine and repression suffocates civil liberties back home, Russian Jews are worried they’ll soon become the Kremlin’s targets. Jews have been fleeing Russia in droves; those who’ve stayed behind are terrified of directly criticizing the war, which […]

Europe

Russia’s Jews fear resurgent anti-Semitism amid Ukraine war

Press play to listen to this article As Vladimir Putin’s war rages on for the fifth month in Ukraine and repression suffocates civil liberties back home, Russian Jews are worried they’ll soon become the Kremlin’s targets. Jews have been fleeing Russia in droves; those who’ve stayed behind are terrified of directly criticizing the war, which […]