Russian Embassy warns of “unpredictable consequences” if US sends Patriot missiles to Ukraine

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that if US Patriot missiles are sent to Ukraine, they would be legitimate targets for Russian forces. But he added that the US plan had not been confirmed. Peskov was asked by CNN if he held the same view as former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who has said that the missiles “would … Read more

Ukraine president again presses West for advanced weapons

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pressed Western leaders again on Monday to provide more advanced weapons to help his country in its war with Russia, and he repeated his calls for Russian forces to withdraw from occupied areas of Ukraine, suggesting Christmas as a date to retreat. During a video conference, Zelenskky told … Read more

Oil Rebounds as Key Pipeline Remains Shut and China Eases Curbs

Following the imposition of the price cap and related curbs, a backlog of tankers waiting to haul oil through Turkey’s vital shipping straits built up amid a dispute over insurance cover. That now appears to be clearing, with a port agent tally on Sunday showing 19 tankers waiting to pass through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles … Read more

Russia Is Feeling the Pain of Europe’s Oil Embargo

Meanwhile, Europe isn’t scrambling for crude. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has stoked inflation, including for food and energy, has undermined European economies to the point where, as I suggested back in early November, the world can easily handle the loss of Russian barrels, at least for now.

Tense overnight violence in north Kosovo, Serbs block roads

PRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo police and the local media on Sunday reported explosions, shooting and road blocks overnight in the north of the country, where the population is mostly ethnic Serb, despite the postponement of the Dec. 18 municipal election the Serbs were opposed to. No injuries have been reported. The European Union rule of … Read more

Airbus Is Coming for Boeing’s 737

(Bloomberg Businessweek) — Designing a new commercial aircraft requires huge financial outlays and years of engineering wizardry, and success isn’t assured, as the short-lived Airbus A380 jumbo can attest. Such missteps—the double-decker jet never recouped its $20 billion in development costs before being dropped in 2019—explain why the aerospace industry’s preferred route these days is … Read more

Putin Says Russia May Add Nuclear First Strike To Strategy

“We’re thinking about this,” the Russian president told reporters after a summit in Kyrgyzstan. “If we are talking about a disarming strike, perhaps we should think about using the approaches of our American partners,” he said, citing what he called US strategies to use high-accuracy missiles for a preventive strike.

Brittney Griner released from Russian detention

The family of Paul Whelan, the American wrongful detainee left behind in Russia, expressed happiness at the news that Brittney Griner is on her way home, but said they are “devastated” that he was left behind. They commended the Biden administration for both making the deal to secure her release, and noted they had been given … Read more