Belarus has developed its own oil supply diversification strategy. However, the country might ultimately use this to secure better terms of cooperation with Russian companies, rather than to reduce its overall dependency on Moscow.
The UK’s review of security, defence, development and foreign policy, halted by the health emergency, is now restarting. But not from where it stopped, for both outputs and inputs need to be reconsidered.
Russia’s swathe of constitutional changes has prompted much debate about Putin’s future, but the amendments actually revealed very little about his plans. What they do reveal, however, is the importance of Putin’s legacy – his national projects – and who will be held responsible if they fail.
As Russia’s resurgence in the Middle East continues and Moscow hones its position as a regional diplomatic arbiter, Russia’s partnership with the Kurdistan Regional Government will likely continue to strengthen in the months and years to come.