Top Kremlin critic Navalny dies in prison

February 16, 2024 19:45 pm

MOSCOW, Feb 16: The Kremlin's most prominent critic Alexei Navalny died Friday in an Arctic prison, said Russian authorities, announcing his death a month before an election poised to extend Vladimir Putin's hold on power.

MOSCOW, Feb. 4: Russia strongly condemns the U.S. strikes on Syria and Iraq and is seeking an immediate review of the emerging situation through the United Nations (UN) Security Council, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Saturday.

A Russian military transport plane crashed Wednesday in a border region near Ukraine, and Moscow accused Kyiv of shooting it down, saying all 74 people aboard were killed, including 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war headed for a swap. Russia offered no evidence and Ukraine didn’t immediately confirm or deny it.

Russia must heed Nepal's concerns

January 21, 2024 07:35 am

Foreign Minister NP Saud has requested Russia to repatriate Nepali citizens, who have joined the Russian army after the war broke out with Ukraine on February 24, 2022. During his meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin on the sideline of the NAM summit in Uganda's capital, Kampala, on Friday, FM Saud said that Nepal does not have a policy of sending citizens to foreign armies except under the traditional arrangement with some countries.

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: Foreign Minister NP Saud has requested Russia to repatriate Nepali citizens, who have joined the army there.

KATHMANDU, Jan 19: A team from the Kathmandu Valley Crime Investigation Office of Nepal Police has arrested a person from Kailali on the charge of defrauding people by promising to send them to Russia for foreign employment.

MOSCOW, Dec 28: Russia has redirected its oil exports from Europe to China and India, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said Wednesday, almost two years after Moscow was hit by Western sanctions over the Ukraine conflict.

KAPILVASTU, Dec 7: Rupak Karki, 24, of Banganga-1 Mandreli toll of Kapilvastu started the process of going to Russia in Chaitra 2078 BS on a student visa after realizing that he could easily go to Russia.

Russia has added the spokesman of U.S. technology company Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, to a wanted list, according to an online database maintained by the country’s interior ministry.

ST. PETERSBURG, Nov. 19: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Russia and China have reached unprecedented levels of mutual trust, which is the foundation for their successful cooperation.

MOSCOW, Nov. 17: Relations between Russia and the United States are currently undergoing a great crisis, and ties between the two countries could be severed at any moment, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

WASHINGTON, Nov 3: The United States announced sanctions Thursday on individuals and companies it accused of abetting Russia's war against Ukraine, targeting entities in Turkey, China and the United Arab Emirates in a bid to disrupt Moscow's supply chains.

KYIV, Ukraine, Sept 28: Ukrainian football teams will boycott all competitions featuring Russian sides while Poland will refuse to play against teams from the country, their national federations said on Wednesday following a decision by UEFA to lift a ban on Russia's youth sides.

On August 23, 2023, reports emerged of a plane crash in the Tver Region of Russia; the plane was carrying the Private Military Company (PMC) Wagner’s Chief Yevgeny Prigozhin and his close aide Dmitry Utkin. The death of Prigozhin has sent ripples across the group and its loyalists and could have a long-term impact concerning its relationship with the Russian state.

BEIJING, Sept 19: China's top diplomat Wang Yi will begin a four-day visit to Russia for security talks on Monday, his foreign ministry said, the latest in a series of high-level visits and phone calls between the two sides.

MOSCOW, Sept 18: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left Russia on Sunday on his armoured train, Russian news agencies reported, wrapping up a six-day trip which has focused largely on military matters.

SEOUL, South Korea: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un arrived in Russia on Tuesday for a meeting with President Vladimir Putin where they are expected to offer each other increased support in their escalating standoffs with the West.

MOSCOW [Russia], August 26: Russian President Vladimir Putin is not planning to attend the G20 Summit in India next month, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told Russian media on Thursday. The main emphasis now is a special military operation, the Kremlin spokesperson said.

CHERNIHIV, Ukraine, Aug 20: A Russian missile strike on Ukraine's northern city of Chernihiv killed at least five people and wounded dozens on Saturday, authorities said, hours after President Vladimir Putin met Moscow's top army commanders.

MOSCOW, Aug 12: Russia said on Saturday it shot down 20 unmanned Ukrainian drones near the Crimean peninsula.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 : The U.S. and its European allies are importing vast amounts of nuclear fuel and compounds from Russia, providing Moscow with hundreds of millions of dollars in badly needed revenue as it wages war on Ukraine.

Chairman Oli says Nepal should have stayed neutral instead of casting vote in favor of Ukraine in the UN forums.

BRUSSELS: Nearly 50,000 Russian men have died in the war in Ukraine, according to the first independent statistical analysis of Russia’s war dead.

NEW DELHI: President Vladimir Putin will participate this week in his first multilateral summit since an armed rebellion rattled Russia, as part of a rare international grouping in which his country still enjoys support.

KYIV, Ukraine: Ukrainian authorities on Wednesday arrested a man they accused of helping Russia direct a missile strike that killed at least 11 people, including three teenagers, at a popular pizza restaurant in eastern Ukraine.

The greatest challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin in his more than two decades in power fizzled out relatively peacefully Saturday after the rebellious mercenary commander who ordered his troops to march on Moscow abruptly reached a deal with the Kremlin to go into exile and sounded the retreat.

June 24: President Vladimir Putin vowed Saturday to defend Russia against an armed rebellion by mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, who led his troops out of Ukraine and into a key city south of Moscow.

MOSCOW, June 6: Several Russian radio stations were hacked and played a fake President Vladimir Putin speech announcing an invasion from Kyiv's troops and emergency measures in three regions bordering Ukraine, the Kremlin said Monday.

President of China Xi Jinping made a friendly gesture to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as he left the Kremlin on his first international trip after getting reelected for the third term, to which Putin nodded and replied, “I agree, dear friend!” Shortly after, Putin walked Xi to his motorcade and wished him a happy road ahead.

NEW DELHI, April 18: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday said that India and Russia have crossed bilateral trade target of USD 30 billion before 2025 adding that it is expected that the trade will continue to increase.

BEIJING, April 14: German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock urged Beijing Friday to ask "the Russian aggressor to stop the war" in Ukraine, saying "no other country has more influence on Russia than China".

We live in an age of great power competition, and extreme volatility. The unprecedented rise of China began geopolitical realignments in different parts of the globe. The process was further accelerated by the outbreak of Covid- 19 pandemic, war in Ukraine and other multiple crises raising several questions on the US-led existing liberal international order, a new global order in the post-Cold War that is struggling to be born in place of the old order, and the multipolar world.

After more than a year of fighting, it is clear that neither side in the Russia-Ukraine war can win on the battlefield. A negotiated ceasefire is the only way out of the current military deadlock, and it must happen before Russia and China cement a strategic axis that weakens the West and leaves Taiwan more vulnerable than ever.

WASHINGTON: Russia threatened to escalate attacks in Ukraine after the British government announced it would provide a type of munition to Ukraine that Moscow falsely claims has nuclear components.

MOSCOW: It was a revealing moment during Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s tightly scripted visit to Moscow: Standing in the doorway of the Grand Kremlin Palace, he told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the two of them were “witnessing the changes that haven't been seen in more than a century, and we are pushing them together.”

KYIV, Ukraine, March 23: A Russian drone attack on a school near Kyiv killed at least four people before Chinese leader Xi Jinping left Moscow on Wednesday at the close of a summit with President Vladimir Putin.

MOSCOW, March 21: Xi Jinping hailed his landmark visit to Moscow Monday as giving "new momentum" to Chinese-Russian ties ahead of talks with Vladimir Putin on Beijing's proposals to stop the fighting in Ukraine.

KYIV, Ukraine, Russia unleashed a missile barrage targeting energy infrastructure across Ukraine early Thursday, hitting residential buildings and killing at least six people in the largest such attack in three weeks, officials said.

Last week, US President Joe Biden made an unannounced trip to Ukraine and subsequently announced a considerable aid amount to Ukraine in its war against Russia, while Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed his commitment to protect Russian security by “ramping up nuclear capabilities” while marking the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

KYIV, Feb 25: Ukraine honored its dead and vowed to keep fighting on Friday while Russia told the world to accept "the realities" of its war but faced new Western sanctions on the invasion's anniversary.

Nepal and a Year of Russia-Ukraine War

February 25, 2023 07:50 am

Friday marks the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a tragic event that has had a profound impact not just on Ukraine and its people but also on the international community. As a nation that believes in the rule-based international order, Nepal has consistently stood against any form of aggression towards sovereign countries.

WASHINGTON DC, Feb 24: Nepal has voted in favour of the United Nations (UN) non-binding resolution that condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The resolution calls for Russia to end its hostilities in its neighbour and withdraw its forces from Ukraine.

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 22: Russia has urged U.N. states to vote against an "unbalanced and anti-Russian" move at the General Assembly by Ukraine and others to mark one year since Moscow invaded, as China said on Tuesday it could release a "position paper" on the war within days.

LVIV/KYIV, Nov 27: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Sunday that Russia would surely launch new missile attacks on his country, and warned defence forces and citizens to be prepared to withstand a new week of strain on the power grid.

KYIV, Nov 23: Russia launched fresh missile strikes across Ukraine on Wednesday, hitting at least one critical infrastructure in Kyiv as explosions were reportedly heard in several parts of the country.

KYIV, Nov 23: The European Parliament has labeled Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, arguing that strikes violate international law.

KYIV, Ukraine, Nov 16: Poland said early Wednesday that a Russian-made missile fell in the eastern part of the country, killing two people in a blast that marked the first time since the invasion of Ukraine that Russian weapons came down on a NATO country.

KHERSON, Ukraine/ANKARA Nov 15: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Monday visited Kherson, the biggest prize his troops have won so far, vowing to press on until Kyiv reclaims control of all its occupied territory.

MYKOLAIV, Ukraine, Nov 13: Ukrainian police officers and TV and radio services returned Saturday to the southern city of Kherson following the withdrawal of Russian troops, part of fast but cautious efforts to make the only regional capital captured by Moscow’s forces livable after more than eight months under occupation.

WASHINGTON, Nov 9: The US on Tuesday (local time) said that India should decrease its dependence on Russia and reiterated that the US is committed to working with India on its transition away from Russia.