Putin makes all-out attack on West, cites 'plundering of India'
In his speech after signing treaties on the inclusion of four former Ukrainian regions into the Russian Federation - the start of the formal process of their accession - after the Russian-conducted referendums, he asserted that Russia is ready for talks with Ukraine, but "will defend our land with all the powers and means at our disposal".
EU 'must take seriously' Putin's nuclear threats
Josep Borrell told the media that Putin's assertion he was not bluffing had to be taken seriously. His remarks come as Russia begins a partial mobilisation and moves to annex four regions of Ukraine. Putin has faced setbacks on the battlefield, with his forces pushed back by a Ukrainian counter-offensive. "Certainly it's a dangerous moment because the Russian army has been pushed into a corner, and Putin's reaction - threatening using nuclear arms - it's very bad," Borrell said.
Modi's 'rebuke' of Putin heard in US
Prime Minister Modi made it "clear to Putin's face that the invasion is wrong", said Ro Khanna, an Indian American lawmaker who has been critical of India's refusal to condemn the invasion. Speaking at a community event on Wednesday, he went on to suggest Modi could also help in a "peaceful resolution and a ceasefire".
President Biden warns President Putin against use of chemical or nuclear weapons
President Biden gave an interview to CBS News anchor Scott Pelley at the White House which will be aired on Sunday. Biden's reaction came soon after Pelley asked what the consequences would be if Putin crossed the line. Biden and Pelley discussed a host of issues beyond the war in Ukraine, including the economy and the upcoming midterm elections.
Donald Trump-picked judge named special master in Mar-a-Lago raid case
Raymond Dearie, a Brooklyn-based federal judge, was selected on Thursday to serve as an independent arbiter to review the materials seized during the surprise search. His name was put forward as a possible candidate for the special master's role by Trump, CNN reported.
Putin about to be getting a new palace on Black Sea in Georgia
Aslan Bzhania, de-facto leader of the breakaway Abkhazia region on the Black Sea, says he has been ordered to hand over a 'beachside paradise' near the resort city of Pitsunda by Putin himself. A 49-year lease has reportedly been signed in secret handing over control of 186 hectares of land, 115 hectares of water, and a nearby military camp to the control of Putin's Federal Protection Service - sparking protests among locals, the Daily Mail reported.
Sri Lanka President asks Putin to help buy fuel
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Rajapaksa said: "Had a very productive telecon with the Russia President, Vladimir Putin. While thanking him for all the support extended by his government to overcome the challenges of the past, I requested an offer of credit support to import fuel to (Sri Lanka) in defeating the current economic challenges."
Modi, Putin discuss bilateral ties
In particular, the two leaders, in their telephonic conversation, exchanged ideas on how bilateral trade in agricultural goods, fertilisers and pharma products could be encouraged further, it said. The two leaders also discussed global issues, including the state of the international energy and food markets. In the context of the ongoing situation in Ukraine, the Prime Minister reiterated India's long-standing position in favour of dialogue and diplomacy.