Russia expresses readiness to discuss prisoner exchange with U.S.

Russia said on Friday it was ready to discuss a prisoner swap with the United States in private, a day after a Russian court jailed U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner for nine years for a drugs offence. The case against Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star, plunged her… Read More Russia expresses readiness to discuss prisoner exchange with U.S.

Japan’s foreign minister says nation remains open to dialogue with China

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said on Friday that Japan remains open to dialogue with China as keeping communications intact is all the more important when ties are strained. Hayashi’s comment to reporters came after China on Thursday canceled a meeting between Hayashi and his Chinese counterpart, set to take place on the sidelines of… Read More Japan’s foreign minister says nation remains open to dialogue with China

Ukraine imposes sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin, top officials

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has signed a decree imposing sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans, on Russian President Vladimir Putin and dozens of other top Russian officials, his website said on Thursday. The sanctioned officials included Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, veteran Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.… Read More Ukraine imposes sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin, top officials

UK imposes sanctions on daughters of Russian President Vladimir Putin

Britain added Vladimir Putin’s daughters to its sanctions list on Friday, mirroring moves by the United States, in what it said was an effort to target the lifestyles of those in the Russian president’s inner circle. Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Britain and other Western allies have announced several waves of sanctions targetting Moscow’s… Read More UK imposes sanctions on daughters of Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Western sanctions similar to war

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Western sanctions were akin to war as his forces pressed their assault on Ukraine on Saturday for a 10th day and the IMF warned that the conflict would have a “severe impact” on the global economy. Moscow and Kyiv traded blame over the failure of plans to impose a brief… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin says Western sanctions similar to war

U.S. slams sanctions on Russian elites, banks over Ukraine crisis

U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday revealed new sanctions on Russian elites and two banks as the West tries to stop an all-out invasion of Ukraine by punishing Moscow for ordering troops to two separatist regions it has recognised. The European Union, Germany and Britain also announced ways they will hit Russia financially as they… Read More U.S. slams sanctions on Russian elites, banks over Ukraine crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin oversees nuclear drills amid Ukraine crisis tensions

Russia’s strategic nuclear forces held exercises overseen by President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, and Washington accused Russian troops massed near Ukraine’s border of advancing and being “poised to strike”. With Western fears of war rising, the White House said U.S President Joe Biden’s national security team told him they still believed Russia could launch an… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin oversees nuclear drills amid Ukraine crisis tensions

Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega wins fourth term in presidential election critics say was rigged

Daniel Ortega easily secured a fourth consecutive term as Nicaragua’s president, early results showed on Monday, after the former guerrilla fighter suppressed political rivals in a vote critics said was rigged but which won Russian recognition. Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council said that with roughly half the ballots counted, a preliminary tally gave Ortega’s Sandinista alliance… Read More Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega wins fourth term in presidential election critics say was rigged