South Asia and Beyond

Moscow Can Ban Gas Supply To Europe Through Nord Stream

Russia has the right to reciprocally close the flow of gas through Nord Stream 1 because of the ban on Nord Stream 2 but does not do this, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak has said. Russia provides 40% of gas consumption in Europe and has always been a reliable partner, Novak said, adding that […]Read More

Gas Prices: Why EU And UK Sanctions Game Will See

Eight and half million households may end up in fuel poverty, being forced to pay over £3,000 (about $4,000) a year to heat their homes amid the European energy crisis, which has been further exacerbated by sweeping anti-Russian sanctions. However, it’s only the beginning, economic observers have warned. “It was already a very big burden—on […]Read More

498 Russian Soldiers Dead In Ukraine Special Operation: Russia

Russia’s Defence Ministry has released the first official military casualties resulting from the special operation in Ukraine, saying that 498 Russian soldiers died in the line of duty. A further 1,597 Russian servicemen sustained injuries of varying degree during the operation, the ministry added. The ministry stressed that reports of “countless” losses among the Russian […]Read More

How Russia SWIFT Ban Could Pave Way For Alternative Payment

All Russian banks already subjected to sanctions will be disconnected from SWIFT, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced. The EU, the UK, Canada and the U.S. agreed to implement the measure over Russia’s “special operation” to “de-militarise and de-nazify” Ukraine. “The removal of Russian banks from SWIFT means that while transactions can […]Read More

Russia Begins Supplying S-400 Air Defence Systems To India: Govt

DUBAI: Russia has started delivering the S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems to India; the deliveries are going as planned, Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Dmitry Shugaev told Sputnik ahead of the Dubai Airshow. “The supplies of the S-400 air defense system to India have started and are proceeding on schedule,” Shugaev […]Read More

Russia Becomes First Country To Register Covid-19 Vaccine: Putin

MOSCOW: Russia has become the first country in the world to register a vaccine against COVID-19, President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday during a government meeting. The president also asked Health Minister Mikhail Murashko to keep him informed about the vaccine, while at the same time noting that he knows “it works quite effectively” and […]Read More

China Sets No 2020 GDP Goal Due To Coronavirus-Caused Economic

MOSCOW: For the first time in years, Beijing will not set a numerical target for its gross domestic product for 2020, according to the text of a government work report from Premier Li Keqiang at the National People’s Congress in China. “We do not set the specific GDP target mainly due to the global pandemic […]Read More

Putin’s Press Secretary Shares ‘Secrets’ Of Russian President’s Special Communications

MOSCOW: In February, Putin announced that he was not using a smartphone for work as he had other means of communication. The President stressed that while technological progress must go on, he was comfortable without modern gadgets. Vladimir Putin’s special communications phone allows the president to contact the government, administration and other senior officials with […]Read More