The number of European countries friendly towards Moscow has dwindled to just a handful since Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine in February.
Lake Balkhash is fed by the Ili River that originates over the border in China’s Xinjiang region.
"We live here in Riga, but still wake up and go to bed in Moscow, as we are so involved in the Russian agenda."
With Russia distracted by a war in Ukraine that is not going well, where does that leave the client governments it has backed in three separatist republics in Georgia and Moldova?
International transport routes through Ukraine and Russia have been disrupted, and Georgia has become a popular alternative.
Azerbaijani IDPs are eager to return home. But they are uncertain about how their new lives are going to look.
Encounter is “huge” says analyst. However, hopes for a breakthrough in resolving Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict are low.
Each morning, food distributor Suren Bat-Tur goes to the Bars wholesale food market in Ulaanbaatar to purchase produce for resale. Lately, the mushrooms, coriander, tomatoes and other grocery items he buys have hit eye-watering prices.
Rights activists insist Central Asian labourers are being conned.
Hungary’s radical right-wing leader is struggling to cope with the country’s unfolding cost of living crisis, a task made much harder because of his pre-election spending spree and his isolation inside the European Union.
As the current rotating president of the European Union, Prague has convened a meeting of the long moribund EU Israel Association to try to boost EU links with the Jewish state.
Last week, Belarus began its accenssion to the Shangai Cooperation Organization and the two countries both signed a deepened strategic partnership. But what does Belarus have to gain from increased integration with China?
Old alliances have broken down, with Russian vs Western orientation becoming the biggest dividing line in Bulgarian politics.
The main nationalist parties are expected to retain their leading positions in Sunday’s elections, with hopes for reforms fading away once again.
After Vladimir Putin escalated the war in Ukraine with a mobilisation order, thousands of Russians are trying to enter Georgia to avoid being drafted and sent to the front lines in the war in Ukraine.
Giorgia Meloni, leader of the right-wing nationalist party, “Fratelli d’Italia” (FDI, “Brothers of Italy”), won a convincing victory in the general elections, but raised fears that the country will move closer to Moscow as a result.
Government efforts to shield populations from the energy crisis and rampant inflation have shifted the economic impact to next year, says the EBRD as it downgrades GDP growth forecasts for 2023.
Despite having come under EU sanctions in late 2020 for being the “oil money man” of Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko, Mikalai Varabei and his family have somehow managed to preserve some of their riches in the EU.
Serdar Berdimuhamedov, the head of state who rarely smiles, has also given his country little reason to do so.
One of the side-effects of the EU stepping up imports of US oil is that it has increased European demand for Russian diesel.