Putin’s Oil Price Gambit Has Run Out of Road

BC-Putin’s-Oil-Price-Gambit-Has-Run-Out-of-Road , Clara Ferreira Marques (Bloomberg Opinion) — In the eyes of Moscow hardliners, the shale boom that turned the U.S. into a leading oil exporter has also encouraged Washington’s belligerence. Back in early March, low prices were a welcome … Read More

Saudi-Russia oil price war: Will it script the end of Opec?

Saad Abdulla al-Kuwari As is customary, Opec is supposed to reach its 60th year this year, and perhaps it will not celebrate this event as expected, this year. The reason is Saudi Arabia’s decision to reduce and discount the price … Read More

Russia: Gulf nations, not us, to blame for oil prices fall -TASS

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia never sought a sharp oil price fall or an end to cooperation with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and the Gulf nations are to blame for the crisis on the global oil markets, a … Read More

Russian Army sending hard-hit Italy coronavirus aid after Putin phone call–Second News Story

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Russia, which has reported few confirmed cases of the disease compared to European countries, is readying its healthcare system for a possible spike in patient numbers. Kirill Zykov / Moskva News Agency Russia plans to build new isolation units for patients … Read More

Russian Army sending hard-hit Italy coronavirus aid after Putin phone call

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his nation’s army to deliver medical aid to Italy – the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic – after offering help during a Saturday phone call with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Preparations for the aid mission were underway Sunday at … Read More

Weekly Update by Mark Armstrong – 20 March 2020

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Greetings from Tyler, Did you hear about the elderly man in Italy who was in isolation with his wife for fourteen days?  He died.  She strangled him.  (That’s a joke, maybe a bad one.) Or is laughing outlawed too?  Never … Read More

Putin approves changes allowing him to stay in power until 2036

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Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a session of the lower house of parliament in Moscow on Tuesday to consider constitutional changes. Photo: Sputnik via Reuters Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday opened the door to constitutional changes … Read More

Russia, Turkey reach cease-fire deal in northwestern Syria

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands after a joint news conference followed six-hour talks in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 5, 2020. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool) In this photo … Read More

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposes to enshrine God, heterosexual marriage in constitution

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Ahead of a second and key reading set for next week, Putin submitted 24 pages worth of new proposals, said State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin. The amendments enshrine the mention of Russians’ “faith in God” and also stipulate that marriage … Read More

A disaster in Syria as Russia and Turkey clash

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Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday, along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions? Sign up for the Today’s WorldView newsletter. Syrian internally displaced persons in a camp north of Syria’s Idlib … Read More

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