Kazakhstan does not want to be behind new Iron Curtain: Official

Kazakhstan does not wish to be behind any new Iron Curtain that Russia may seek to erect, the country’s deputy foreign minister has said, as Astana treads a fine line amid Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. German newspaper Die Welt on Monday quoted Roman Vassilenko as saying that his country would not want to be on […]

Russia sanctions redraw shipping routes, cleaving East from West

Athens, Greece – Western sanctions punishing Russia for its invasion of Ukraine are reorganising global trade along political lines, defying geography and efficiency. This new reality is creating a windfall for merchant shipping, but risks creating higher prices for European consumers and hunger for Africa. Athens, Greece – Western sanctions punishing Russia for its invasion of Ukraine […]

Will Ukraine be the next Chechnya?

Al Jazeera speaks to Chechen dissident Tumso Abdurakhmanov on the parallels between the Ukraine and Chechnya conflicts. At the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, photos of the wars in Chechnya circulated on social media, with some observers drawing parallels between the two conflicts. As reports of Chechen troops being deployed by Moscow to […]

Russia-Ukraine live news: Moscow says long way to go in talks

Moscow’s lead negotiator says promise to reduce military activity near Kyiv, Chernihiv does not represent a ‘ceasefire’. Russian and Ukrainian delegations wrap up face-to-face talks in Istanbul. Moscow says it will “fundamentally cut back” offensive operations near Kyiv and Chernihiv in order to boost “trust” in further discussions between Russia and Ukraine. Kyiv offers neutrality […]

Russian and Ukrainian delegations met for talks in Istanbul, Turkey

Russian and Ukrainian negotiators have ended the first direct talks in more than two weeks in Istanbul, with Moscow saying it was ready to “fundamentally cut back” military activity near the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and the northern city of Chernihiv. Deputy Defence Minister Alexander Fomin said the move was meant “to increase trust” in […]