What's on Putin's 2019 to-do list for Russia?
Alex Brideau, director of Russia and Ukraine at Eurasia Group, discusses the outlook for Russia and Ukraine and the global risks related to the nations in 2019.
Russia's invulnerable missile
Russia has launched a new hypersonic missile system nuclear head and will be commissioned in 2019. The Avangard hypersonic system has an intercontinental range and the ability to fly as fast more than 15,000 miles per hour and 27 times faster than the speed of sound.
'Thousands' of EU diplomatic cables hacked, says report
Sensitive communications between EU diplomats were accessed by hackers for years, a US media report has claimed. The cables reveal a worried EU trying to find a way to deal with Trump, China and Russia.
Russia's Vladimir Putin warns about growing threat of nuclear war
If the US puts intermediate-range missiles in Europe, Russia will take countermeasures, Putin said at his end-of-year press conference. He warned the "threshold" for the use of nuclear weapons was getting lower.
Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro to meet Vladimir Putin in Russia
The Venezuelan president, who views Russia as a strategic ally, is ending his diplomatic efforts this year "with a flourish." The trip comes after Turkey pledged to help Venezuela with its economic crisis.
Oil gains after Saudi Arabia, Russia agree to extend pact
Oil is surging on the back of Saudi Arabia and Russia extending their deal to manage the market into next year.
Ukraine president asks Germany, NATO to send ships to Sea of Azov
NATO members including Germany have been asked to send naval vessels to the Sea of Azov to back Ukraine against Russia. "Germany is one of our closest allies," President Petro Poroshenko said.
US reduces troops in Africa, changes focus on training rather than combat
With a new military focus on China and Russia, the US is planning to reduce its number of troops in Africa. Experts say that the move is no surprise, but there might be more to come.