Most serious western analysts dismiss the possibility that Russia and China could ever form a true alliance. But the Sino-Russian relationship has already become much closer. A fully fledged alliance built on shared antagonism towards the US-dominated world order is a possibility, if not yet a reality. Source: FT
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Iraq backed a proposal from Saudi Arabia and Russia to extend output cuts for nine months, removing one of the last remaining obstacles to an agreement at the OPEC meeting in Vienna this week. Source Bloomberg
French President Emmanuel Macron will host Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for talks at the Versailles palace on May 29, the French presidency said on Monday. The meeting coincides with an exhibition to mark Russian Tsar Peter the Great’s visit to France 300 years ago. Source France 24
The Chinese government systematically dismantled CIA spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterwards. Source The Hindu