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Russia cuts off gas supply to Poland, Bulgaria

Moscow: Russia has informed Poland and Bulgaria about its decision to stop gas supply from Wednesday over the latter’s refusal to make payment in roubles. After the start of the war with Ukraine, Russia had issued a decree that all countries would have to pay their dues in roubles. Poland has been quite vociferous in...

Japan revokes Russia’s status of ‘most favoured nation’ for trade over Ukraine war

Tokyo: Days after announcing its intention to revoke the status of most favoured nation for trade given to Russia, Japan on Wednesday formally revoked it. This was one of the sanctions announced by Japan PM Fumio Kishida following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The revocation of the trade status will also apply to Russian imports. Besides...

Blinken says India-Russia ties developed when US couldn’t be a partner

Washington: India has refrained from voting against Russia on the issue of its ongoing war with Ukraine. While US has called for isolation of Russia and reducing dependence on the Soviet nation, it has been diplomatic in its interaction with India on the matter. Displaying an understanding of the ties between India and Russia, US...

UN suspends Russia from UNHRC; India abstains from voting

Geneva: The United Nations on Thursday suspended Russia from its Human Rights Council (UNHRC) after a majority of the members voted in favour of the suspension. India once again abstained from voting, continuing with its neutral stand and calling for diplomatic solution to the war. A total of 93 members voted for Russia’s suspension from...

Not in India’s interests to increase imports from Russia: US

Washington: The United States continued to express its disappointment over India’s engagement with Russia during its war with Ukraine. In the press briefing on Monday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki conveyed the discomfort of the US with the country’s bid to increase purchase of Russian oil. “… we don’t believe it’s in India’s interest to accelerate...

Russia wants war to end by May 9, claims Ukraine army

Kyiv: The war between Russia and Ukraine has entered its second month. According to reports, the Ukraine army has claimed that Russia wants to end the war by May 9 which it celebrates as the day of victory over the Nazi Germany. The Kyiv Independent has reported that according to intelligence from the general staff...

Zelenskyy denies making of chemical weapons in Ukraine, warns Russia against bio-warfare

Kyiv: Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy denied Russia’s accusation of development of chemical or other weapon of mass destruction in Ukraine. Countering the accusation, he warned Russia against attempting use of biological weapons in Ukraine, saying it woudl invite the most severe sanctions. Zelenskyy accused Russian “propagandists” of trying to cover up...

Putin warns against third parties declaring no-fly zone over Ukraine

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that any other country declaring a no-fly zone over Ukraine will be considered in direct armed conflict with Russia. “That very second, we will view them as participants of the military conflict, and it would not matter what members they are,” Putin said. His threat comes amid fervent...

Russia announces temporary ceasefire to allow civilian evacuation in Ukraine

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced a temporary ceasefire in two cities of Ukraine on Saturday to allow civilians to peacefully evacuate from the war zone. The Russian media Sputnik quoted the country’s Defence minister as saying that starting 10 am Moscow time, the country would begin a ceasefire to open humanitarian corridors for...

Ukraine delegates reach Belarus for talks with Russia

Minsk (Belarus): Representatives of Ukraine reached Belarus on Thursday for the second round of talks with the Russians. The Belarus foreign ministry had said on Wednesday that the venue had been set up for the talks. Earlier in the day, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin had a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron. He is...

US closes airspace for Russian flights in support for Ukraine

Washington: The United States has closed its airspace for Russian flights. In his State of the Union (SOTU) address, US President Joe Biden announced that the ex-Soviet nation’s aircraft would be banned from entering American airspace. On Monday, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had urged the US and European nations to close their airspace for Russia....

Standing ovation for Ukraine President Zelenskyy at European Parliament

Kyiv: Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy received a standing ovation, accompanied by thunderous applause, after his address at the European Union meeting on Tuesday. Speaking at the European Parliament via video conference, Zelenskyy said, “We are also fighting to be equal members of Europe.” “The European Union is going to be much stronger with us, that’s...