Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin recently talked to each other followed up by talks between their diplomats without making any progress. Here are the main reasons behind the political deadlock.
The two Pacific nations have strengthened military ties against an assertive China, strengthening a US-backed political bloc against the Asian giant.
Islamabad’s rival in New Delhi has already acquired the French Rafale jets and the Chinese J10-C jets are viewed as a direct response to the Indian acquisition.
President Joe Biden eases Covid restrictions on European travellers as he tries to sooth French anger after Australia last week cancelled a multi-billion-dollar submarines contract and instead opted for US-made nuclear vessels.
Moscow has increased its military activities in their far north region, testing weapons with nuclear capabilities. Meanwhile, climate change continues to melt the walls of ice and the natural defences of the Russian north.
US sanctions will escalate global competition between Washington and Beijing, pushing China to develop better relations with America's enemies.
Russia is holding live missile drills and flight missions in the Norwegian and Barents seas at a time when NATO is conducting its largest drill in the region since Cold War.
The EU leadership is willing to forge new alliances to overcome Trump's harsh trade policies and secure its borders without Washington's support.
On the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, the leaders of France, Germany and Russia discussed the implementation of ceasefire agreements in eastern Ukraine where government forces have been battling pro-Russian rebels since 2014.
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