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‘A gift to Moscow’: dismay as NYPD takes part in UAE Swat games with Chechnya and Belarus
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‘A gift to Moscow’: dismay as NYPD takes part in UAE Swat games with Chechnya and Belarus

Led out by a beaming Adam Kadyrov, the son of the Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, a group of muscular men sporting black beards strode on to the brightly illuminated stage in Dubai last week to receive gold medals and a $5,000 (£3,960) cheque. The men were members of the notorious Chechen Akhmat Kadyrov special police regiment, a group...

UAE president calls Putin to pledge further ‘friendly relations’
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UAE president calls Putin to pledge further ‘friendly relations’

Sheikh Mohamed phones ‘dear friend’ Russian president to discuss war in Ukraine and conflict in the Middle East. Vladimir Putin and the president of the United Arab Emirates vowed to further develop their“friendly relations” after discussing the war in Ukraine and the Israel-Hamas conflict in a phone call. Putin, who is subject to an international...

Russia angles for drone-making partners in the Middle East
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Russia angles for drone-making partners in the Middle East

Russian defense exports agency Rosoboronexport has said it wants to establish drone production facilities in the Middle Eastern region, including the UAE, as Moscow attempts to grab market share in a region it deems receptive to the idea. State-owned Russian media agency TASS cited the export agency as saying it would make overtures to regional...

Russia’s Iran-UAE balancing act in the Gulf islands dispute
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Russia’s Iran-UAE balancing act in the Gulf islands dispute

Having repeatedly sided with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over Iran in a long-standing dispute regarding three Gulf islands, Moscow appears to be risking its ties with Tehran. The Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa islands in the Strait of Hormuz were taken over by Iran in 1971 after British forces withdrew from the UAE following the country’s...

How the Kremlin is using Wagner to launder billions in African gold
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How the Kremlin is using Wagner to launder billions in African gold

Blood Gold Report: Key Findings The Kremlin has earned more than US$2.5 billion from trade in African gold since Vladimir Putin launched his full scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. In the Central African Republic (CAR), a Wagner front company has been awarded exclusive rights to the Ndassima mine, the country’s largest gold mine, in return...

Don’t Allow a Disastrous Collapse in Sudan
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Don’t Allow a Disastrous Collapse in Sudan

Biden’s benign neglect brought the RSF to the brink of victory. Now, Washington has a chance to save Sudan. The diplomatic needle has moved on Sudan at last. There’s an opening to halt the carnage, end the famine, and save the state from collapse. An intricate diplomatic dance is underway involving African and Arab leaders...

What does Putin want from the UAE and Saudi Arabia?
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What does Putin want from the UAE and Saudi Arabia?

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin visited the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia last week in a bid to expand relations with the two oil-rich states and show that he isn’t as isolated as he has been portrayed by the West. The Russian dictator’s visit to the two Gulf states was only the second time he...

US Sanctions China, Turkey, UAE Firms for Supporting Russia
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US Sanctions China, Turkey, UAE Firms for Supporting Russia

The US Treasury and State Departments sanctioned more than 250 companies and individuals in China, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, alleging that their continuing support for Russia has been crucial to sustaining its invasion of Ukraine. The measures take aim at what the US agencies calls Russia’s procurement network, a loose coalition of companies...

COP28 under attack, “here’s what will come out of the Dubai climate conference.”
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COP28 under attack, “here’s what will come out of the Dubai climate conference.”

Interview with Jacopo Bencini, expert in climate diplomacy and member of the Italian Climate Network, on the expectations and desirable outcomes of the next Climate Conference in Dubai Alessandro Mariani There is little time left, less than a month, before the start of COP28, the twenty-eighth Climate Conference to be held in Dubai, United Arab...

From the US to Ukraine, the Gaza war will change the world
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From the US to Ukraine, the Gaza war will change the world

“Things can only get better” felt like the anthem for the 1990s. Released in 1993, four years after the fall of the Berlin wall, the song was the perfect soundtrack for a decade in which apartheid ended, democracy came to eastern Europe, peace came to Northern Ireland and the Oslo accords promised an end to...