West’s support encouraging Kiev to reject talks, Putin tells German chancellor

Flooding Ukraine with weapons is a destructive policy, Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed out in a phone call with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Friday, Tass informs.

Azerbaijan MP calls for boycott of France products

Azerbaijani MP Nagif Hamzayev has called on all Azerbaijanis to voluntarily boycott French products as a response to the anti-Azerbaijani—and pro-Armenian—resolutions recently adopted by the French Parliament.

U.S. and France believe that main purpose of NATO nuclear capabilities is to 'preserve peace'

The United States and France reaffirm that nuclear deterrence remains essential to their national security and is a key component of NATO's overall deterrence and defense capabilities. The two presidents, Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron, said in a joint statement following a meeting at the White House.

Japan expresses concern over Russia-China joint bomber flight

Japan has voiced its concerns to authorities in Russia and China via diplomatic channels over joint patrols of the two countries’ warplanes near Japan’s territory on Wednesday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday.

Reuters: Pentagon to allocate $1.2 billion for NASAMS for Ukraine

The Pentagon will sign a contract with the U.S. company Raytheon to produce six NASAMS SAMs for Ukraine, Reuters reported citing its source. The contract will be worth $1.2 billion.

Germany officially withdraws from Energy Charter Treaty

Germany has formally decided to abandon an international energy accord that fossil fuel companies had used to oppose measures against climate change, the country’s energy minister said Wednesday, AP reported.

Raisi: U.S. presence does not contribute to stability in regional states

The U.S. withdrawal from the Middle East could significantly contribute to establishing security in the region, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said at a joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani, IRNA reported.

China says US missile cruiser driven away after intruding into Chinese waters off Spratly

The US guided-missile cruiser Chancellorsville intruded into waters near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea without any Chinese permission, spokesman for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command Tian Junli said on Tuesday, reports TASS.

Pentagon believes continued security dialogue with Russia is critical: spokesperson

Washington is encouraged by the phone talks in October between US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and between Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Valery Gerasimov, the head of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces, a Pentagon spokesperson said on Monday, TASS reports.

Turkey strikes 19 settlements in northern Syria

At least 19 settlements in the Ash Shahba and Afrin border areas of Syria’s Aleppo Governorate were shelled by Turkish troops on Monday. As Firat agency informed, Turkish army artillery fired 545 shells at them.

World’s largest active volcano erupts in Hawaii

The world’s largest active volcano, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, has erupted for the first time in almost 40 years, BBC reports.

Belarusian president announces plans to meet with Putin soon

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko plans to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the near future, as he himself said on Monday, Tass informs.

Sunak to set out ‘evolutionary’ approach to dealing with Russia and China

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will pledge an “evolutionary approach” to British foreign policy, arguing that states like Russia and China plan for the long term and the UK needs to follow suit as he attempts to set out his vision for the country’s place on the global stage, The Guardian reports.

China’s new daily coronavirus cases hit 40,000 cases,

China registered more than 40,000 new COVID-19 cases over the past day, Xinhua reported on Monday, citing official statistics, informs.

Azerbaijan president receives Philip Reeker

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Monday received Philip Reeker, the Senior Adviser for Caucasus Negotiations of the US State Department, informs, citing the Azerbaijani mass media.

UK military aid to Ukraine may increase in 2023

The UK may increase its military aid to Ukraine in 2023, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is expected to announce on Monday, according to his office.

Tokayev takes oath and assumes office as Kazakhstan’s president

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the winner of Kazakhstan’s presidential elections held on November 20, took an oath and officially assumed office as the president of the country, reports TASS.

Putin expects special military operation to give unique boost to industries

Industrial facilities are operating at their full capacity during Russia’s special military operation, which will give a unique boost to industries, President Vladimir Putin said at an event marking the Rostec corporation’s 15th anniversary, Tass informs.

NATO doors remain open for Ukraine — Stoltenberg

The NATO doors remain open for Ukraine, the organization’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday at a press conference ahead of a meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Bucharest on November 29 to 30, Tass informs.

Saudi Arabian and Iraqi energy ministers highlight importance of OPEC+ work

The energy ministers of Saudi Arabia and Iraq stressed the importance of working within the OPEC+ framework and said they would take additional measures if necessary to ensure the stability of the oil market, informs.