Russia / by Alistair Galloway

Despite warnings, another Russian Fighter Jet has violated Turkish airspace. The Kremlin released a statement condemning North Korea’s nuclear capabilities, deeming them a threat to national security. Russia is reaching out to an unlikely ally in the Taliban party, in order to fight the Islamic State (IS) presence in Afghanistan. Only days after the United Nations implemented an arms embargo on South Sudan, Russia has released a statement denouncing this move, saying it is a step in the wrong direction for the new nation’s wellbeing. According to Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, the United States is actively seeking to diminish Russia’s power in an attempt to gain access to Russia’s natural resources market. President Vladimir Putin hinted in a speech that Russia could grant asylum to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. On 1 January Russia filed suit against Ukraine for not paying back debit amassed during the Crimean Peninsula Crisis, just over two years ago. Russian Financial Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, in a speech on 13 January, called Russia to prepare for the worst-case scenario when it came to the immediate economic future of the nation. Russia has stated that it is ready to discuss oil output cuts with OPEC members. A detailed report of Russia’s finances give more definitive numbers on the economic recession including 3.7 per cent overall shrink in the total economy.