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China is helping Russia undertake its biggest military expansion since Soviet times, ramping up sales of machine tools, microelectronics and other technology that Moscow is using to produce missiles, tanks, aircraft and other weaponry for its war against Ukraine, according to a US assessment.

UK and U.S. Impose Joint Sanctions on Russian-Origin Metals MikeRivero

The U.S. and U.K. will begin restricting the trade of new Russian-origin metals – including aluminum, copper and nickel – on global metal exchanges and in derivatives trading.

The announcement is meant to follow up on the Group of Seven nations’ commitment in February “to reduce Russia’s revenues from metals” as its invasion into Ukraine has dragged on for more than two years.

The German chancellor arrived in China on a three-day visit on Sunday flanked by a large delegation of German business representatives. Besides a stopover in the financial hub of Shanghai, he is set to travel to Beijing to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang.

A pledge by Berlin to augment Kiev’s air defense capabilities follows a familiar pattern of Western countries eventually conceding to Ukrainian requests for armaments after publicly agonizing over the threat of escalation with Moscow.

Germany offered to provide Kiev with another US Patriot air defense system Saturday as Ukraine’s military chief admitted the country’s position on its eastern front is rapidly deteriorating.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz embarked on a high-profile visit to China on Sunday in an effort to strengthen economic relations between the two nations, amid growing tensions between Western countries and Beijing over trade and political issues.

The сhancellor, accompanied by a large delegation of ministers and top executives from companies including Siemens, BMW, and Mercedes, arrived in the southwestern city of Chongqing, an industrial hub with a population of over 30 million.

UK special services supervised most of the sabotage attacks against the Russian Black Sea Fleet and Crimea, a Federal Security Service officer said in a video released by the agency.

The former officer of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), Vasily Prozorov, who has been speaking out against the Kiev regime, has been injured in a car explosion in the north of Moscow.

The man is receiving medical treatment, and the investigative bodies have launched a criminal probe.

TASS has compiled the key information about the incident.

After Russian President Vladimir Putin told the United States that intervening against Iran would result in Russia intervening to support Iran, a Russian frigate with hypersonic missiles entered the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

A Russian frigate equipped with hypersonic missiles entered the waters of the Mediterranean Sea this Sunday after crossing the Suez Canal, after which Moscow stated that the vessel "will fulfill its assigned tasks", without further details.

EU nation may halt Russian gas imports by 2028 media MikeRivero

Austrian Energy Minister Leonor Gewessler has revealed a plan to eliminate the country’s energy reliance on Moscow in less than half a decade, the Kurier newspaper reported on Friday, citing the draft legislation.

The sanctions imposed by the EU on Russia due to the Ukraine conflict do not target gas imports. Nevertheless, Russian supplies to the bloc have dropped sharply due to the restrictions and the September 2022 sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines.