Jordan’s king says he would support a Middle East version of NATO

Jordan’s King Abdullah said he would support the formation of a Middle East military alliance similar to NATO, and that it can be done with countries that are like-minded. Thomas Kronsteiner | Getty Images News | Getty Images Jordan’s King Abdullah II said he would support the formation of a Middle East military alliance similar … Read more

Fighting in Severodonetsk; Zelenskyy asks for weapons

Heavy fighting between Ukrainian and Russian troops is taking place in the strategically important Donbas city of Severodonetsk. Aris Messinis | Afp | Getty Images Intense fighting is ongoing in the streets of a critical eastern Ukrainian city now at the heart of Moscow’s invasion, as Kyiv implored the West to deliver more weapons to … Read more

Why RBI must front-load the forthcoming rate hikes

The latest provisional estimates of GDP growth for FY22, of 8.7 per cent, has sent out multiple signals. Slightly lower than the earlier estimate of 8.9 per cent, the latest figure is evidence of the pressures which the economy felt on account of the third wave of the pandemic, and the Russia-Ukraine conflict in the … Read more

How Russia could try to get around the European Union’s oil sanctions

The EU partial embargo covers Russian oil brought into the bloc by sea, with an exemption carved out for imports delivered by pipeline following opposition from Hungary. Attila Kisbenedek | Afp | Getty Images Moscow could respond to European sanctions on Russian oil by seeking other buyers for its crude or cutting production to keep … Read more

Russia advances in east; Ukraine calls for longer-range weapons

Russian forces have stepped up their assault on the Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk after claiming to have captured the nearby rail hub of Lyman, as Kyiv intensified calls for longer-range weapons from the West. Slow, solid Russian gains in recent days in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas, comprising the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, point to a subtle … Read more

Davos 2022 summit: Ukraine crisis on top of agenda

Russia would normally have its own “house” at the World Economic Forum as a showcase for business leaders and investors. This year the space on the dressed-up main street in Davos has been transformed by Ukrainian artists into a “Russian War Crimes House”, portraying images of misery and devastation. Russia has denied allegations of war … Read more