Russia has rejected starting talks with Japan on the return of two disputed islands despite an agreement last year, in a move that could further delay the signing of a peace treaty, Kyodo news agency says.
An American war against China or Russia would be truly awful. Even if the United States won — no sure thing — it could well suffer costs and casualties that would make the toll of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars seem minor by comparison. So is there a way the US could stymie a Chinese attack in the Pacific, or a Russian land-grab in Eastern Europe, without having to defeat enemy forces head-on? This is the motivating question behind the idea of “horizontal escalation.”
Head of Iran’s National Innovation Fund Ali Vahdat said that Tehran is ready to jointly open a credit line with Moscow for merchants of technology-based products to increase the volume of trade between his country and Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed settling the long-running conflict in eastern Ukraine with the country’s new president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in their first telephone conversation initiated by Kiev.
A new report by the American Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) said the US’ geopolitical adversaries are deploying blockchain technology to help avoid sanctions and counter US financial power.
Russian President's Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev said that without securing Iran’s interests and considering Iran’s role in the region, achieving sustainable regional peace is impossible.