More Russian oil going east squeezes Iranian crude sales to China | Oil and Gas News

More Russian oil going east squeezes Iranian crude sales to China |  Oil and Gas News

Iran’s crude exports to China have fallen sharply since the start of the Ukraine war as Beijing favored heavily discounted Russian barrels, leaving almost 40 million barrels of Iranian oil stored on tankers at sea in Asia and seeking buyers. US and European sanctions imposed over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 have pushed … Read more

Last Big Mac: Russians line up ahead of McDonald’s exit | Food News

Last Big Mac: Russians line up ahead of McDonald's exit |  Food News

Russians lined up in a Moscow train station on Tuesday for what may be their last Big Mac from one of the few McDonald’s restaurants still open in the country. The world’s largest burger chain is rolling down the shutters in Russia after more than 30 years, becoming one of the biggest global brands to … Read more

National Grid slashes gas shipments meant to tackle energy crisis

National Grid slashes gas shipments meant to tackle energy crisis

However, National Grid fears the country’s energy network may be unable to handle a high level of deliveries over summer, potentially forcing it to pay compensation to energy companies. It has said the network will also be restricted by maintenance work required to increase pressure in the pipes so it can pump more gas to … Read more

Volkswagen chief calls for Ukraine deal with Putin

Volkswagen chief calls for Ukraine deal with Putin

The chief executive of Volkswagen has called for a negotiated settlement between Russia and Ukraine so that sanctions can be lifted to avoid damaging the German economy. Herbert Diess said that Brussels should be pushing for a peace deal so that free trade can resume to protect the European Union’s commercial interests. The comments drew … Read more

Indian billionaire Ambani’s Reliance makes money off Ukraine war | Business and Economy News

Indian billionaire Ambani's Reliance makes money off Ukraine war |  Business and Economy News

The refiner is buying discounted cargoes of crude and has deferred maintenance at its refining complex to process more fuel. By Debjit Chakraborty and PR SanjaiBloomberg Published On 9 May 2022May 9, 2022 Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has opened arbitration opportunities so enticing that Reliance Industries Ltd. deferred maintenance work at the world’s biggest oil … Read more

The Ukrainians have broken through Putin’s barrier of fear. So must faint-hearts in the West

The Ukrainians have broken through Putin's barrier of fear.  So must faint-hearts in the West

Hitler took 35 days to conquer Poland. It has already taken Vladimir Putin more than twice as long not to conquer Ukraine. Actually, he has done worse: he started trying eight years ago when he annexed Crimea, and still hasn’t managed it. Even Putin’s Belarus puppet, Alexander Lukashenko, publicly noticed this week that the war … Read more

Head of Royal Navy threatens ‘huge’ personal cost to Vladimir Putin if he encroaches on other nations

Head of Royal Navy threatens 'huge' personal cost to Vladimir Putin if he encroaches on other nations

Sir Ben also cautioned that although by a “dint of geography” the war in Ukraine is mostly a land-based campaign, the navies of Nato needed to maintain a deterrent posture to “counter Putin’s actions and dissuade him from doing more”. “We represent a threat,” he added. “The Russians tried effectively to exclude any other any … Read more

Why Vladimir Putin’s propaganda ‘nonsense’ failed to catch on in Ukraine

Why Vladimir Putin's propaganda 'nonsense' failed to catch on in Ukraine

Vladimir Putin’s “nonsense and half-baked” propaganda in Ukraine’s Donbas region after the 2014 invasion failed to convince local residents, a Cambridge academic has found. The Russian president’s government launched a rampant disinformation campaign and fully-fledged propaganda in the eastern Ukrainian region after 2014, in a bid to win the hearts and souls of the largely … Read more

The Free West is winning the war against the Russia-China axis of autocracy

The Free West is winning the war against the Russia-China axis of autocracy

The West has been experiencing a crisis of confidence. Europe’s response to the Russian assault on Ukraine has been fragmented and lackluster. America and its allies continue to bury their heads in the sand over the consequences of China’s rise. This weakness of will on the global stage is matched by a wobbling faith in … Read more

Vladimir Putin’s dictatorship is obviously absurd – but that’s what makes it dangerous

Vladimir Putin's dictatorship is obviously absurd – but that's what makes it dangerous

The documentary simply titled Navalny shown by the BBC last week contains what must be one of the most extraordinary scenes ever broadcast on television. Filmed in real time, the CNN/HBO production records the infamous telephone conversation in which Alexei Navalny, having identified (with the help of internet investigators Bellingcat) the FSB agents responsible for … Read more