Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has become a major player in South American diplomacy lately, but he has been forced to decline an invitation from his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin to go to St. Petersburg. I can't go to Russia now, Lula said days after a frustrated meeting with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky in Hiroshima.
The Kremlin announced on Wednesday that its HQ had been targeted for the first time in the war unleashed against Ukraine. At least two drones reportedly attempted to strike the residence of President Vladimir Putin but were shot down by the residential complex's anti-aircraft defenses, it was reported by the presidential press service.
Drones crash into Kremlin, Russia accuses Ukraine of attempted Putin's assassination
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping held an informal meeting Monday in Moscow. The Chinese leader is on a state visit.
The United Nations announced on Saturday that a deal allowing for the safe export of grain from Ukrainian reports had been extended. The UN did not specify the length of the renewal, while Russia and Ukraine issued conflicting statements on the matter.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has repealed a 2012 decree recognizing Moldova as an independent country, thus sparking concern among western powers that a new invasion could be in the making, as Russia's Defense Ministry denounced that Kyiv was preparing an armed provocation in the Moldovan separatist region of Transnistria
President Vladimir Putin announced Russia was banning the supply of Russian oil and oil products to countries that impose a price cap, allowing deliveries to those nations only on the basis of a special permission from the Kremlin leader.
Brazil's President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva held a telephone conversation Tuesday with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Agencia Brasil reported.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin was reported to have an exit plan for Venezuela, should he fall from grace in Moscow if his country does not succeed militarily in Ukraine. Argentina and China were also said to have been under consideration but were eventually discarded.
Russia is determined to unblock Russian fertilizers frozen in European ports, because of sanctions, and expects to resume ammonia exports through a pipeline across Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin made the announcement criticizing the current situation as totally unacceptable but admitted it is happening.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who is in Bali attending the G20 Summit, Tuesday called for a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine and recalled that the former hosted the 2018 World Cup finals and the latter is vying to co-organize the 2030 event with Spain and Portugal.