Just over a week after two anti-Kremlin Russian paramilitary groups fighting on the side of Ukraine launched a cross-border raid into Russia's Belgorod Oblast, the same two groups - the Freedom of Russia Legion (LSR) and the nationalist Russian Volunteer Corps (RVC) - have claimed another raid into Russian territory on Thursday (1 June), this time towards the town of Shebekino.
The Italian government has lifted a 2019 embargo on exporting military weapons to Saudi Arabia.
The decision, taken on Wednesday (31 May) was announced in a communique at the end of a Council of Ministers meeting presided over by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, and was made "in accordance with the foreign and defense policy of Italy".
Restrictions on the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia were put in place in 2019 to prevent Italian-made weaponry being used in the conflict in Yemen.
We might again have returned to a game of Russia trying to derail the Armenia-Azerbaijan peace process after progress is made in Western-mediated negotiations, writes Vasif Huseynov in this op-ed for commonspace.eu.