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Central Asia Explores New Western Alliances

Nov 15, 2023 at 08:18 | RFE/RL staff

When Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Kazakhstan last week, he was greeted by his counterpart, Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev, and accorded the full pomp befitting a strategic ally.

What To Expect From Biden And Xi’s High Stakes San Francisco Meeting

Nov 15, 2023 at 07:56 | RFE/RL staff

In a renewed effort to stabilize increasingly shaky relations between the two powers, U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping will meet today in San Francisco.…

Turkmenistan's Pipeline Plans Face Headwinds As Regional Tensions Escalate

Nov 14, 2023 at 08:19 | Eurasianet

The return of the Taliban in Kabul looked fatal for the fortunes of Turkmenistan’s dream to build a trans-Afghan natural gas pipeline. With an internationally proscribed…

Azerbaijan's Balancing Act In Israel-Turkey Rift

Nov 10, 2023 at 16:41 | Eurasianet

The deadly Israeli offensive that followed Hamas' surprise attack from Gaza on October 7 has shaken the Muslim world.  No Muslim-majority country, including relatively secular Azerbaijan, can simply ignore it. …

Iran's President Visits Tajikistan In An Unexpected Thaw In Relations

Nov 10, 2023 at 07:17 | Eurasianet

For the past few years, Tajikistan’s propaganda machine has cast Iran in the worst possible light, as a sponsor of terrorism and the architect of numerous attempts to…

Report: Russian Military-Linked Hackers Responsible For 2022 Ukraine Grid Outage

Nov 09, 2023 at 08:45 | RFE/RL staff

Hackers affiliated with Russia’s military intelligence agency penetrated and disrupted parts of Ukraine’s electricity grid late last year using sophisticated new hacking tools, a new report said.

Serbian Firms Caught Exporting Sanctioned Goods To Russia

Nov 09, 2023 at 08:36 | RFE/RL staff

Serbian companies are exporting dual-use goods to Russia that have been targeted by Western sanctions due to their use in Russian armaments deployed in Ukraine -- despite a…

G7 Countries Back EU Ban On Russian Diamonds

Nov 09, 2023 at 08:33 | ZeroHedge

Although Russia's economy has not collapsed under Western sanctions, the European Union is preparing to unveil another round of sanctions, focusing on Moscow's diamond exports, potentially as early…

Israel-Hamas Conflict Threatens EU Energy Security

Nov 08, 2023 at 11:01 | Francesco Sassi

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, killing hundreds of civilians a day and threatening critical infrastructures of all sorts in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip, has…

China And India Challenge EU Over New Carbon Tax

Nov 08, 2023 at 08:05 | Metal Miner

Via Metal Miner  Both India and China continue to denigrate the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), or “carbon tax” as it has come…

Moscow's Support For Iran Worries Israel As Regional Tensions Escalate

Nov 08, 2023 at 07:53 | RFE/RL staff

Less than three weeks after Hamas's brutal attack on Israel, leaders of the militant group showed up in Moscow for talks with Russian officials. For many…

European Commission To Assess 10 Countries For EU Membership

Nov 07, 2023 at 07:07 | RFE/RL staff

The European Commission's long-awaited annual enlargement report is set to be released on November 8. The release has been constantly postponed, as the report was originally expected to…

Azerbaijan Softens Stance On Zangezur Corridor As Peace Deal Nears

Nov 07, 2023 at 06:59 | Eurasianet

Over the past week Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and other Armenian officials have been hinting that a peace deal with Azerbaijan could be imminent.  They say…

Iraq’s New Oil Law Highlights The West’s Fading Middle East Influence

Nov 06, 2023 at 08:27 | Simon Watkins

Rather like the man falling from the 20th floor of an office block saying ‘So far, so good’ when asked how he is doing, so several Iraq oil…

Chinese Ship Implicated In Baltic Sea Pipeline Incident

Nov 06, 2023 at 08:12 | RFE/RL staff

A Chinese ship suspected of damaging an underwater gas pipeline and two telecom cables in the Baltic Sea is returning to China through the Russian Arctic as Finnish…

Kyrgyzstan’s $4.7 Billion Central Asian Railway Faces Major Funding Setback

Nov 01, 2023 at 08:58 | RFE/RL staff

During recent visits to the United States and Germany, Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov encouraged investors to participate in the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan (CKU) railway project -- a crucial component of…

Armenia Faces Russia's Economic Might As Tensions Rise

Nov 01, 2023 at 08:51 | Eurasianet

Armenia's relations with its strategic partner Russia are getting worse and worse and its leaders seem to desire…

Belt And Road Bailouts Are Soaring As Partners Struggle

Oct 31, 2023 at 09:00 | ZeroHedge

As China's Belt and Road Initiative enters its second decade, the country has been celebrating with much pomp and many global leaders in attendance.

China Expands Central Asian Footprint With Billion-Dollar Agreements

Oct 30, 2023 at 08:56 | Eurasianet

Details are emerging on the bevy of deals signed between Central Asian states and China on the sidelines of the Beijing jamboree celebrating the 10th anniversary of the…

EU Unveils Global Gateway To Rival China's Belt And Road

Oct 27, 2023 at 09:08 | RFE/RL staff

The European Union has announced a raft of multimillion dollar deals at a forum for its Global Gateway program, the bloc’s new infrastructure partnership plan that’s seen as…

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