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US senators propose punishment for major ally

US weapons should be withdrawn from Saudi Arabia as punishment for oil output cuts, announced last week by the de-facto leader of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Democratic lawmakers have said. “For several years, the US military has deployed Patriot missile defense batteries to Saudi Arabia to …

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Putin rules out further major strikes on Ukraine for now

There is currently no need for additional large-scale missile strikes on Ukrainian targets, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.  During a press conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, he explained that the Russian military is now pursuing other objectives, as only seven of some 29 targets designated by Russia’s Defense Ministry were …

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Major drop in Russian alcohol consumption – health ministry

Alcohol consumption in Russia has decreased by nearly 43% since 2008, Russian Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko announced on Saturday, as the country celebrated National Sobriety Day. An average Russian drank 15.7 liters of booze annually 13 years ago but, last year, this marker stood at only nine liters, Murashko …

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US and South Korea launch major war games

Washington and Seoul have kicked off their largest joint military exercises in years on Monday. The Ulchi Freedom Shield drills are set to continue through September 1, and will include numerous aircraft, warships and pieces of artillery, with thousands of troops training for different “defensive” and “counterattack” scenarios. The first stage of the drills will …

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Russia-China trade to reach major milestone

Economic ties between Russia and China are showing steady growth despite the difficult international situation, Beijing’s ambassador to Moscow said on Friday, predicting that trade could hit $200 billion this year. “Russian-Chinese trade and economic cooperation shows excellent results and sustainable development, despite the tests associated with the pandemic, the …

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CIA drone assassinates major target – reports

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is said to have been killed over the weekend in a US drone strike in Afghanistan, multiple media reported citing people familiar with the matter. US President Joe Biden said he would make an announcement on Monday evening from the White House, even as he’s quarantining …

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Russia’s Gazprom to stop another turbine in major gas project

Russian energy major Gazprom will stop the operation of another Siemens turbine, the company announced on Monday. The supply through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline will not exceed 33 million cubic meters per day starting July 27, business daily Kommersant has reported. That would correspond to 20% of the pipeline’s capacity. …

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Russia explains strike on major Ukrainian port

Russia says it hit a military target during a Saturday strike on the Ukrainian port city of Odessa. The attack came a day after the signing of a UN-brokered deal to unblock grain exports from Ukrainian ports. “The Kalibr missiles destroyed part of the military infrastructure in the port of …

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Russia suspends operation of major gas pipeline to Europe

The flow of Russian gas to Germany through the Nord Stream Baltic Sea pipeline has been suspended.  Operator Nord Stream AG said that it would be shut down for 10 days starting Monday for routine maintenance work. During that time, all gas flows via the pipeline will stop. The operator highlighted …

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