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Italy points finger at Russia over government crisis

The ongoing government crisis in Italy is playing into the Kremlin’s hands, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio has claimed. The turmoil is hampering Rome’s ability to provide military support to Ukraine, as well as to secure new energy contracts, the minister told POLITICO in an interview on Friday. Critics of …

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Study points to deaths caused by Covid-19 lockdowns

The US recorded nearly 170,000 excess deaths during the Covid-19 pandemic, which were not caused by the virus itself – as obesity, substance abuse and other killers spiked amid government-imposed lockdowns, a new study has shown.  The figures have been revealed in a report released this month by the National Bureau …

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Putin points to boomerang effect of sanctions

Western attempts to isolate and punish Russia have backfired on their creators, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. Speaking to a group of young entrepreneurs in Moscow, he pointed out the economic consequences of anti-Russian sanctions on the countries that imposed them. “If someone tries to contain us in …

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Economist points to downside of strong ruble

The combination of a strong ruble and high oil prices will temporarily tame inflation, however, it also could accelerate consumer prices in the future, according to Doctor of Economics Denis Domashchenko, as quoted by the Russian business daily RBC. The analyst warns that the dominance of energy sector revenues along …

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Wimbledon chiefs react to points stripping

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has responded after its grand slam Wimbledon was stripped of ranking points by the women’s and men’s WTA and ATP tours, and also revealed that it is “considering our options”. The tours made their announcements on Friday night one after the other, with …

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Ukrainian tennis player criticizes Wimbledon points stripping

Retired Ukrainian tennis player Alexandr Dolgopolov has blasted his former sport’s men’s and women’s tennis tours, the ATP and WTA, for deciding to strip Wimbledon of its ranking points. The ATP and WTA made separate announcements revealing their moves on Friday night, which come as a response to the All …

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UK points finger at Moscow over hoax calls

Downing Street has accused the Russian government of orchestrating hoax video calls to the UK defense and interior ministers in an alleged attempt by Moscow to “distract” from its “illegal activities in Ukraine.” On March 17, a prankster pretended to be Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and managed to engage …

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Ukraine names key points for talks with Russia

The key question of the negotiations for Kiev is to achieve immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory, President Zelensky’s office announced as peace talks begin in Belarus. Kiev’s delegation on Monday arrived at the Ukraine-Belarus border to take part in the negotiations with the Russian delegation. …

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China points finger over Ukraine offensive

China has blamed the US for creating the tensions which led to Thursday’s Russian attack on Ukraine. Beijing further called on the international community to avoid “stoking panic” over the situation. During a press briefing, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the key question was the role played by …

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White House points to culprit behind soaring prices

After being asked on Tuesday for her opinion on the argument that high inflation in the US is being driven by “corporate greed,” Psaki responded that President Joe Biden and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack “have both spoken to what we’ve seen as the greed of meat conglomerates.” “That is …

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