The delayed impact of the EU’s wartime sanctions on Russia – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. The EU was quick to hit Russia with sanctions after Vladimir Putin launched the invasion of Ukraine — but it took time and an escalation of measures before Moscow started to feel any real damage. Since the war started in late February last year, … Read more

How Erdoğan’s confidant helped Iran finance terror – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. On March 22 of 2021, several of the world’s most dangerous men descended on Beirut’s historic seaside Summerland Hotel — not to swim in the Mediterranean or explore the sumptuous resort’s “Le Beach Pop Up,” but to talk Turkey.   The meeting was a secret … Read more

US sanctions Russia as Putin annexes parts of Ukraine

The Biden administration hit the Kremlin with a new round of sanctions Friday, hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of four Ukrainian provinces in a rambling, ranting address. The sanctions sought to impose “swift and severe costs” on Moscow for its “fraudulent and unlawful annexation” of Ukrainian territory, the White House said. … Read more

When will Europe learn to defend itself? – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article PARIS/BERLIN — Thirty years after the horrors of the Balkan wars laid bare Western Europe’s incapacity to deal with conflict on European soil, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is demonstrating how little has changed. As Yugoslavia started to break apart in 1991, it fell to the Luxembourgish Foreign Minister … Read more

EU plans new sanctions after Putin’s nuclear escalation threat – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Europe is drawing up plans to hit Russia with fresh sanctions amid demands for a swift response, after Vladimir Putin threatened to use nuclear weapons in his war against Ukraine.  The Russian dictator announced a major escalation on Wednesday, including the mobilization of 300,000 Russian reservists and a warning … Read more

UK parliament U-turns on letting Chinese delegation view Queen Elizabeth’s coffin – POLITICO

LONDON — A visiting Chinese delegation has been allowed to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state following a U-turn by U.K. parliamentary authorities. Vice President Wang Qishan and three other representatives of the Chinese government were invited into Westminster Hall, which forms part of the Houses of Parliament, on Sunday afternoon. POLITICO revealed on Thursday … Read more