"As Russia tries to manage its internal challenges, Central Asian countries are treading carefully, prioritising stability and cooperation and avoiding involvement in Russia's internal affairs," writes Arianna Belluardo in this op-ed for commonspace.eu.
Ukraine has placed sanctions on Georgia's national airline, Georgian airways, over its decision to re-start flights with Russia after Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted a ban on flights between Georgia and Russia on 10 May.
Dozens of protesters stormed the Swedish embassy in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday (29 June) after Salwan Momika - an Iraqi living in Sweden - burned a Quran in protest in front of Stockholm's central mosque on Wednesday.
In accordance with free speech laws, the Swedish police had given Momika a permit for the protest but the police later released a statement saying that it would investigate the issue over potential incitement of hatred. Momika conducted his protest amid a heavy police presence.
Kazakhstan's GDP grew by 4.5% in the first five months of 2023, announced Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov on Thursday (29 June) at a national forum of members of local representative bodies of the ruling Amanat Party.