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First, as I have previously argued on this blog, I think ideally Xi would want to call an end to the war in Ukraine. It may initially have served a purpose for China, but I think China now sees a real prospect of a catastrophic defeat for Russia.
Russia and China will struggle for common policy on possible Russian soft underbelly Central Asia, Afghanistan, Mongolia, the vital Europe/Asia Caucasus crossroads, the Baltics, CEE and SEE.
Ahead of elections, Erdogan administration appears to be caving to some Western sanctions enforcement demands, perhaps fearing action that could hurt the Turkish economy prior to polling day.
The Black Sea grain export deal was extended for the full 120 days at the last minute on March 18, according to Ankara and Kyiv.
Demands Turkish president entirely ends “illegal occupation” of Syrian lands prior to any face to face talks.
Politicians and intellectuals sign letter arguing that possibility party “could be permanently banned so close to the upcoming elections places Turkish democracy in dire jeopardy”.
As economic and political pressure on Serbia to join Western sanctions on Russia grow, Serbian Economy Minister Rade Basta took the unexpected step of calling for Belgrade to impose sanctions.
From March, Russians struggling to make ends meet will be able to take “credit holidays” for mortgages, consumer loans and credit card bills.
Kremlin nevertheless bristled at top diplomat’s arrival, saying “there is no place for the democratisation experiments of Washington”.
Critics say Turkey’s government was too slow to mobilise and deploy the military in search-and-rescue operations.
Belarusia's president signed agreements that could result in benefits worth $100m during his visit as top diplomats and presidents on both sides of the Ukraine war divide continue to tour world to shore up support.
Turkey has abruptly stopped exporting goods to Russia and one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strongest advocates in Europe, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, has said that he might “rethink” his relations with Russia in the future.
Russian shipping companies are facing a blanket ban by Turkey’s Customs Service on transit declarations for goods on the EU sanctions list to Russia, Vedomosti and Kommersant daily reported citing market participants.
Recorded fatalities stand at around 46,000 but authorities have failed to provide missing person estimates.
There’s “lots of energy in opposition circles now,” says Selim Koru at Ankara’s Tepav think tank.
AE Solar’s factory to meet one-third of the EU market’s demand when it reaches full capacity as Europe seeks to reduce dependence on solar panel imports.
Amid “apocalyptic” scenes of devastation, Turks search rubble of homes for their gold savings.
Moscow’s attempts to stifle internet freedom and further isolate the country from the rest of the world appear to be ramping up in the second year of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Alliance resolves row that split ranks by agreeing popular Istanbul and Ankara mayors will be made vice-presidents should country’s authoritarian ruler be defeated.
Russia’s leading stock market, the Moscow Exchange (MOEX) plans to set up an analogue of the Bloomberg terminals and provide them to traders after the American version pulled out Russia within weeks of the start of the war in Ukraine a year ago.