Top diplomats told Newsweek President Joe Biden must contain the short- to medium-term Russian threat and face China's existential challenge.
In Eastern and Central Europe, corruption softens politicians' stance towards Moscow, unravels the social fabric and causes voters to opt for political extremes.
"I think in some cases, it's actually left Russia's reputation...a little worse off than it would have been if it had done nothing," professor Judy Twigg said.
President Vladimir Putin said "the interim government formed by the Taliban regrettably doesn't reflect the entire spectrum of Afghan society."
The U.S. destroyer ultimately changed course and left after making "an attempt to cross the Russian sea border," according to Russia's Defense Ministry.
"This is a path that it's very hard to turn back on," Fiona Hill warned.
The prosecutor's office in Tomsk, Russia said the woman, now 67, was found guilty of grievous bodily harm.
A Putin spokesman said the Kremlin will avoid lockdowns "as long as the health care infrastructure isn't overwhelmed and remains in a working condition."
Top ministers in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania all told Newsweek they had little hope that Russia would act in good faith over the new natural gas pipeline.
Russian foreign affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced the meeting would also involve representatives from India, Iran, China and Pakistan.
"The fact that the project is going ahead is quite deplorable," Lithuania's foreign affairs Vice Minister Mantas Adomenas told Newsweek.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he has established "working, stable relations" with U.S. President Joe Biden.
Russia has repeatedly broken its record number of daily COVID-19 deaths this month, as only about 29 percent of Russia's population is fully vaccinated.
Moscow's ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, took aim at a list targeting 35 prominent Russians proposed by lawmakers.
"We believe more countries, with their eyes wide open, will oppose the U.S. hegemonic approach featuring politicization and a sense of supremacy in pursuit of self-interests at the expense of others," the Chinese Foreign Ministry's Zhao Lijian said.
Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland arrived in Moscow on Monday for a three-day trip on behalf of the U.S. State Department.
Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said COVID-19 infections are overwhelming the healthcare system, with 235,000 virus patients hospitalized.
More Democrats than Republicans said that they considered Russia's government a big threat, 79 percent to 70 percent.
Yevgeny Kulesh, 38, was performing in the opera Sadko at the world famous theater.
He viewed Russia's president as the "epitome of the badass populist," Fiona Hill said in a Sunday podcast.
Top Russian diplomat said the U.S. approach "has openly proclaimed that its chief objective is containing China," which Beijing said "was very well-put indeed!"
By Tuesday, nearly 33 percent of Russia's population had gotten at least one COVID vaccine dose, and just 29 percent were fully vaccinated.
The Russian president had an immediate impact on sky high gas prices when he said his country would increase supply.
Journalists critical of their governments in the Philippines and Russia have been awarded the prestigious prize.
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that the U.S. was concerned about Moscow using energy as "a tool of coercion."
The U.S. has warned Russia against exploiting the gas crisis in Europe as prices surge across the continent. Follow Newsweek's liveblog for all the latest.
"To take a photo with the product of another country is no honor," Iranian Revolutionary Guard deputy commander-in-chief General Ali Fadavi said.
While China was not the most prolific hacker, it had a particularly high success rate of 44 percent when it did breach security networks.
The Russian president said a spot-buyer solution, in addition to existing long-term contracts, could help the 27-member European Union.
The jailed Russian opposition politician is among the favorites for the annual prize chosen by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.