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Russian Media Outlet Reviews Russia’s 2023 Middle East Diplomacy: ‘Russia Has Become The Wisest Player In The Middle East’
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Russian Media Outlet Reviews Russia’s 2023 Middle East Diplomacy: ‘Russia Has Become The Wisest Player In The Middle East’

“The UAE Has Become Russia’s Main Trading Partner In The Arab Region” “Russia’s policy in the Middle East in 2023 was particularly active. Moscow managed to improve relations with Arab countries and Iran, strengthen dialogue with Turkey and maintain normal relations with Israel. All this was the result of strict adherence to the two diplomatic...

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...

Latvian, Lithuanian and Polish presidents boycott COP28 joint photo because of Lukashenko
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Latvian, Lithuanian and Polish presidents boycott COP28 joint photo because of Lukashenko

On Friday, the 1st of December, the presidents of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland boycotted the joint photo session of state leaders at the 28th session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Dubai (COP28) because Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko participated in it. “It would be hypocritical to stand shoulder to shoulder with...

UK sanctions UAE network accused of helping Russia make gold profits
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UK sanctions UAE network accused of helping Russia make gold profits

The new sanctions announced by the UK Foreign Ministry target 29 individuals and companies operating in and supporting Russia’s gold, oil and strategic sectors. Britain sanctioned on Wednesday a network of companies based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that it accuses of being responsible for channeling more than $300 million in gold revenues to...

U.S. Imposes Sanctions Aimed At Iranian Drone-Procurement Network
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U.S. Imposes Sanctions Aimed At Iranian Drone-Procurement Network

The United States has imposed sanctions on entities in Iran, Hong Kong, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates that the U.S. Treasury Department says comprise a network for the procurement of parts for Iran’s drone program. The network has facilitated shipments and financial transactions in support of a critical component used in Iran’s Shahed drones,...

The Dangerous Loophole in Western Sanctions on Russia
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The Dangerous Loophole in Western Sanctions on Russia

The Dangerous Loophole in Western Sanctions on Russia. Putin’s weaponry runs on advanced electronic components obtained from a hidden international market. Through a rare, hydra-headed blend of government sanctions and the historic stampede of 1,100 multinational firms out of the country, the economic blockade of Russia has proved highly effective. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war campaign struggles onward,...

Will Vladimir Putin be Arrested if Attending COP28? Let’s Find Out Why Not
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Will Vladimir Putin be Arrested if Attending COP28? Let’s Find Out Why Not

As the annual COP climate summit approaches in Dubai next month, one prominent figure conspicuously absent from past conferences may decide to attend COP28 – Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, there are good reasons why the ICC suspect feels comfortable enough to potentially skirt international justice and visit the UAE. Some context – in March,...

Russia's geopolitical balancing act between Iran and the UAE
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Russia’s geopolitical balancing act between Iran and the UAE

Russia’s geopolitical balancing act between Iran and the UAE. Kremlin has to keep up excellent ties with its two main allies in order to carry on with its assault against Ukraine: Iran for drone delivery and the United Arab Emirates for evading sanctions. The three islands of Abu Musa, Greater Tunb, and Lesser Tunb are...