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Western companies begin pulling out from Russia

Western companies begin pulling out from Russia

An increasing number of western companies have halted their operations in Russia, are looking to divest stakes tied to Russia, and plan to exit the country for the foreseeable future, fearing the long-term impact of western sanctions on their businesses. The latest companies to announce plans to pull back from Russia include the BP energy giant, the…

Armenia, an obedient satellite of Russia

Armenia, an obedient satellite of Russia

On the morning of February 24, public warnings of the Western intelligence communities about the imminent invasion of Ukraine turned out to be true as Putin announced that he had launched a “special military operation” against Ukraine from three axes. The response was scathing, however. The collective West has begun to provide unprecedented assistance to…

Russia-Ukraine crisis a ‘dangerous moment for the world’, warns Truss

Russia-Ukraine crisis a ‘dangerous moment for the world’, warns Truss

The UK foreign secretary, Liz Truss, has warned of a “dangerous moment for the world” as the “highly likely” prospect of a Russian invasion of Ukraine could embolden other countries such as Iran and China to expand their ambitions. Speaking on Sky News, Truss said “we could be on the brink of a war in Europe,…

Liz Truss vows ‘nowhere to hide’ for Putin allies if Ukraine invaded

Liz Truss vows ‘nowhere to hide’ for Putin allies if Ukraine invaded

Liz Truss, the British foreign secretary, has said Russian oligarchs and key supporters of Vladimir Putin will be targeted by UK sanctions if Russia invades Ukraine, but left Britain’s existing much-criticised anti-corruption laws largely untouched. Insisting that the Russian president’s allies would have nowhere to hide their assets if an invasion went ahead, the Foreign Office, clearly…