Qatar downgraded over Gulf dispute

Moody’s Investors Service today downgraded Qatar’s credit rating  from stable to negative amid fears that its…

US senators look to impose new sanctions on Russia and to tie Trump’s hands

US senators  yesterday reached an agreement on  the wording of new draft  legislation  that could result…

Nazarbayev and Xi “open new page” in relations with $8bn investment package

The Kazakh and Chinese Presidents Nursultan Nazarbayev and Xi Jinping yesterday  gave their blessing to representatives…

Qatar blockade puts 2022 World Cup under threat

The very real possibility of Qatar facing a long-term blockade of its sea and land routes…

Saudi-led rift with Qatar casts shadow over China’s Silk Road ambitions

This week’s  decision by a  number of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia to cut all…

China looks to Saudi Arabia to protect Maritime Silk Road route

This March, the Saudi Monarch King Salman embarked on a six-week tour of Asia, the highlight of…

US revives Silk Road projects in bid to counter China’s ‘soft power’ ambitions

New Silk Road: The Trump administration  this week announced  it was reviving  two major infrastructure projects…

Trump extends sanction relief as Iranians go to the polls

48 hours before today’s Iranian presidential elections US President Donald Trump announced an  extension to the…

US giants hitch a ride on New Silk Road

New Silk Road: Although US President Donald Trump declined to join other world leaders including Russia’s…

China pledges billions more to Belt and Road dream at first summit

China this week pledged at least a further  $20bn to the future  development of its Belt…

Exxon’s Black Sea hopes dashed

The Trump administration has rejected Exxon Mobil’s  application for a waiver from sanctions imposed on Russia after…

Brexit draws UK companies to Iran despite shadow of sanctions

With the prospect of Brexit limiting their ability to operated within  the EU, UK firms are…

Russia and Uzbekistan sign $3.5bn in deals as Mirziyoyev heads to Moscow

With Uzbekistan’s new President Shavkat Mirziyoyev due to arrive in  Moscow tomorrow, the Uzbek foreign ministry…

EEU doomed, predicts Bzhezinsky

The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) will be dead and buried within in ten years or as…

Australia rebuffs China over Silk Road

China is expected to suffer a rare setback in its drive to develop its $4trn One…

Alibaba to open 'e-hub' in Malaysia

China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group CEO is on track to open an ‘e-hub’ close to Kuala…

New investment fund set to strengthen ties between Russia and Turkey

The flourishing political and economic alliance between Russia and Turkey wracked up a notch  this week with…

Brexit could help EU-India FTA but report scotches hopes of UK side deal

Britain’s exit from the European Union is likely to impact positively on India’s hopes of securing…

Putin signs up to Turkish Stream

The new axis that has been developing between Istanbul and Moscow in recent months appeared to…

Obama hits Trump with new Russian sanctions and Arctic drilling ban

Outgoing US President Barack  Obama this week did his best  to thwart his successor Donald Trump’s…

Erdogan rubber-stamps Turkish Stream

Turkish  President Recip Erdogan has paved the way for construction of the Turkish Stream pipeline to begin after…

Rouhani threatens to revive nuclear programme after Senate votes for 10-year extension to Iran Sanctions Act

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani yesterday called on outgoing US President Barack Obama not to sign a…

Tusk expects Russian sanctions to be extended – but for how long?

Russian sanctions: The odds are stacked in favour of  Brussels extending its programme of  sanctions  against Russia…

Russian Economy Minister Ulyukaev arrested over Bashneft ‘bribe’

Russia’s Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukaev is under arrest after being accused of accepting a $2m bribe…