M.K. Bhadrakumar
CSTO CSTO won’t be drawn into Ukraine war

The leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Armenia did not even refer publicly to the Ukraine war as a topic of urgent concern for CSTO

Chinese diplomacy in Afghanistan China’s diplomacy on a roll in Kabul

China has emerged as the most influential external player in Afghanistan by a long shot in the period since the Taliban took power last August

Russia-Ukraine Conflict Biden’s reality check in Europe

Dissenting voices are rising in Europe as western sanctions against Russia start backfiring with price hikes and shortages of fuel and electricity

US and India India, US have different priorities

India has sensed that an epochal global struggle for ascendancy by the US and its western allies versus Russia and China has broken out in Ukraine

Ukraine faces defeat?

The very fact the Ukraine-Russia talks have been elevated to foreign minister level signals hope that a critical mass may be accruing

Iran nuclear deal Ukraine sparks EU, US rush to Iran deal

There is a palpable sense of urgency in Washington to clinch a deal in Vienna, as the advanced centrifuges in the Iranian nuclear installations are narrowing the so-called breakout time by the day

Pope, Putin and Ukraine in crisis

The visit by Pope Francis to the Russian Embassy in Rome on Friday, during which he spoke to the ambassador for around an hour-and-a-half, is noteworthy for a number of reasons

US war hysteria over Ukraine won’t gel

A new level of criticality has appeared lately in Donbass with large scale mobilization by Ukrainian forces and reports of western mercenaries in the guise of military advisors. The US intentions remain unclear

Weimar Triangle vs Russia Moscow confronts ‘Good Cop, Bad Cop’

Russia is not impressed that European leaders are making a beeline for Moscow and sees a strategy to wear it down in inconsequential diplomatic gyrations

China’s support is a game changer for Russia

What really matters most for Moscow would be the myriad ways in which Beijing can mitigate the effect of any harsh western sanctions

Nord Stream 2 is a double-edged geopolitical tool

Since December 21, all Russian natural gas shipments to Germany through a major transit pipeline known as the Yamal-Europe transnational gas pipeline have reversed direction

Specter of war is haunting Europe

The release of two crucial documents in Moscow implies that it is under no illusion that the US strategy is about cornering Russia and browbeat it on the global stage

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