Belarus’ Lukashenko warns West against attacking Union State

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko warned the West against attacking the Union State, Tass informs.

Ukrainian president authorizes sanctions against 24 Russian companies

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky approved on Friday a decree by Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council to impose sanctions on several Russian companies, Tass informs.

Germany wants to attract 400,000 qualified workers from abroad each year

Germany's new coalition government wants to attract 400,000 qualified workers from abroad each year to tackle both a demographic imbalance and labour shortages in key sectors that risk undermining the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters reports.

Blinken and Lavrov convene in Geneva over Ukraine crisis

Round two of US-Russia talks over Ukraine and security have started on Friday, AFP reports.

Boris Johnson lifts COVID restrictions in England

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the end of COVID-19 measures including mandatory face masks in England as he looks to live with the virus after a peak in cases caused by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, Reuters reported.

Blinken does not expect any ‘breakthroughs’ from Geneva talks with Lavrov

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is not expecting any breakthroughs from his talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva while hoping to hear what Moscow decided following previous consultations with the US and NATO, according to his interview with Germany’s ZDF TV channel on Thursday made public by the press service of the US Department of State, Tass informs.

Blinken seeks united front with European allies over Russia

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken heads Thursday to Berlin for meetings with key European allies, as part of a whirlwind diplomatic tour to stop Russia from marching on Ukraine, AFP reports.

Blinken in Kyiv urges Russia to take peaceful path

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called on Russia to take a "diplomatic and peaceful path" as an estimated 100,000 Russian troops have been deployed near Ukraine's borders, BBC reports.

Covid-19 pandemic ‘nowhere near over’, WHO warns

The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a warning to world leaders that the Covid-19 pandemic "is nowhere near over", BBC News reports.

Iranian President says his visit to Moscow may become turning point in Russia-Iran ties

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi before departing for Moscow said that his visit may become a turning point in political, economic and trade relations between Iran and Russia, the IRNA news agency reported on Wednesday, Tass informs.

Guterres offers Merkel job at UN

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres offered Germany’s former Chancellor Angela Merkel to start working as a high-level advisor in the United Nations, DPA reported citing sources in the organization.

NATO says it’s ready to resume briefings with Russia on exercises, nuclear policies

NATO is ready to engage with Russia to exchange briefings on exercises, discuss arms control and reduce the threat from nuclear weapons, Jens Stoltenberg, the alliance’s secretary general said on Tuesday, Tass informs.

Russian foreign mission in Ukraine works as usual despite provocations

The Embassy and Consulates General of Russia in Ukraine are functioning smoothly, despite attacks from Ukrainian radicals and provocations from Ukrainian security forces, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Telegram channel on Tuesday, Tass informs.

Over 2,000 troops engaged in live-fire drills in Russia’s northwest

Over 2,000 troops of the Western Military District are engaged in live-fire drills in the Leningrad Region in Russia’s northwest, the District’s press office reported on Tuesday, Tass informs.

North Korea confirms tactical guided missile test on Monday

North Korea’s Central News Agency (KCNA) confirmed that tactical guided missiles were fired during a test by its Academy of Defense Science on Monday, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday, Tass informs.

Russia-China friendship is not aimed against anyone — Lavrov

The friendship of Russia and China is not aimed against anyone, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference after talks with Croatian counterpart Gordan Radman on Monday, Tass informs.

Suspected drone attack in Abu Dhabi kills 3, wounds 6

A suspected drone attack by Yemen’s Houthi rebels targeting a key oil facility in Abu Dhabi killed three people and sparked a separate fire at Abu Dhabi’s international airport on Monday, police said, according to The Associated press report.

Australia permits entry to foreigners vaccinated with Sputnik V

Australia’s Department of Home Affairs has permitted the entry of foreign citizens inoculated with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus, according to information published on the agency’s website on Monday, Tass informs.

Japanese authorities confirm North Korea launched two ballistic missiles

Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said North Korea on Monday launched two ballistic missiles toward the Sea of Japan, reports TASS.

French lawmakers call on Macron to demand apology from Aliyev for threats to presidential candidate after Artsakh visit

Several French lawmakers are calling on President Emmanuel Macron to demand an apology from Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev for the latter’s threats against Valérie Pécresse, the President of the Regional Council of France’s Île-de-France and a candidate for the French presidency who visited Armenia and Artsakh in December 2021.