Russia says ‘counts on China’: Kremlin denies asking China for military help
19 March 2022 | 7:05 pm
How far is China willing to go to support Russia amid its war in Ukraine? Washington has warned there will be consequences if Beijing offers financial assistance or military support to Moscow. Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping may have pledged a no limits relationship, but there is a cost to standing up together to their joint rival: America. Regardless, the war provides China with a case study of Western resolve, and an opportunity to learn from Russia's mistakes.
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said that the success of negotiations depends on Russia approaching them with good faith without dictating ultimatums. He spoke with France 24's Marc Perelman about the situation in the cities of Mariupol and Odessa, the negotiations that will take place on Monday and what Ukraine expects from Europe.
Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak has said Moscow could cut off the flow of natural gas through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which links the country to Germany, in retaliation for sanctions imposed on its economy over the invasion of Ukraine. This latest threat comes as the United States is considering banning purchases of Russian oil. Novak warned that such a move could push prices as high as $300 a barrel. In early trading on Tuesday, the international benchmark Brent crude was trading at around $125.
As countries open borders to Ukrainians, Britain's policies, which are largely limited to family reunification, seem stingy in comparison. Through Monday, Britain had only issued about 50 visas for displaced Ukrainians.
Once Moscow had launched its invasion of Ukraine, direct routes between Russia and the West became almost impossible to find. A few routes to the EU are still open, as DW Russia correspondent Juri Rescheto discovered.
To justify Russia's war on Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin has described the Ukrainian government as Nazis. Not only is the claim totally unfounded, but President Volodymyr Zelensky is himself Jewish and some of his relatives were murdered by the Nazis. Though experts have almost unanimously dismissed the Kremlin's claim, there are real concerns that the war could strengthen neo-Nazi groups both in Russia and Ukraine. Adrien Nonjon, an expert on Ukraine and the far right, joined us for Perspective to tell us more.
Despite progress in the negotiations to restore the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the accord's future is at stake after a last-minute Russian demand for an exemption from Western sanctions.
Ukraine has accused Russia of bombing a children’s hospital and maternity ward in the besieged port city of Mariupol, wounding 17 people and trapping children and others under the rubble in what it called “a war crime without justification”.
On Monday, February 21, 2022, Russia's highest body, the Russian Federation Council unanimously authorised President Vladimir Putin to use military force outside the Russian borders. Days later, President Vladimir Putin launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine by announcing a ‘special military operation’ in eastern Ukraine as missiles began to rain on hundred of locations across Ukraine, including the capital, Kyiv. GuardianTV went to town to ask Nigerians their thoughts on the Russian invasion.
International companies are closing up shop in Russia in droves. For some, the decision to leave such a large market isn't an easy one.
While Western leaders hope China will play a more active role in mediating between Russia and Ukraine, experts say it's unlikely that Beijing will jeopardize its warming ties with Moscow.
The growing exodus of Western firms has upset Russian consumers, while authorities are weighing up the possibility of temporarily taking over firms with large shares of foreign ownership. We take a closer look. Also, the IMF warns that rising commodity prices due to the war in Ukraine could hurt developing nations in particular, and investors grapple with market volatility.
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