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Iran regional concerns

Iran’s foreign minister has voiced concern about the presence of Israel in the south Caucasus, near Iran’s border with Azerbaijan. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian was speaking after a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. The top Iranian diplomat also warned against Israel’s provocative activities in the region. He said Iran wants to maintain friendly ties with its neighbors. Further in his remarks, Amir-Abdollahian touched upon a terrorist attack against an Iranian nuclear site in the city of Karaj which Tehran has blamed on Israel. 

Europe energy crisis

The Russian president says Europe is to blame for its ongoing energy crisis, rejecting accusations that Moscow is withholding gas supplies to pressure the West. Putin said the mistakes include the termination of long-term contracts in favor of the spot market. He also cited Europe’s transition to green energy and low investment in the extraction industries. The Russian president noted that his country is boosting gas supplies to Europe and stands ready to stabilize the market. Gas prices on the continent have surged by more than 25 percent amid growing demand before the winter. Critics have accused Moscow of intentionally limiting gas supplies to Europe in an effort to hasten the launch of Nord Stream 2, a pipeline connecting Russia with Germany. 

Dubai ruler 'intimidation campaign'

A British court has ruled that Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has run a sustained campaign of intimidation and threat against his ex-wife. The court said the ruler had ordered the hacking of phones of Princess Haya bint al-Hussein and her lawyers using the Israeli software, Pegasus. The ruling said those working for Sheikh Mohammad also tried to buy a mansion next to Haya’s estate near London. The court said these represent an abuse of trust and power. The Sheikh has denied the hacking allegations. Sheikh Mohammed and Haya have been involved in a bitter custody battle since she fled to Britain with their two children. The latest ruling comes 19 months after the court concluded that the Dubai ruler had abducted two of his daughters. 

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