China's Xi Jinping is providing 'diplomatic cover' for Russian President Vladimir Putin's war crimes, as Putin becomes ever more dependent on him, say analysts.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to Central Asia came at a pivotal time for the region as relations with Russia become more toxic as each day passes, say observers.
Russian officials and lawmakers have increasingly made veiled threats against Kazakhstan, which has refused to support Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
Moscow's ties with its many of its neighbours and former close allies have deteriorated significantly since Russia's invasion of Ukraine -- another consequence of Putin's misadventure.
China's failure to condemn the conflict and reports suggesting it plans to sell suicide drones to Russia undermine what little credibility Beijing had left as it touts a new 'peace plan'.
China's 'spy balloon' may be a sign of lacking co-ordination between government authorities, or a gross underestimation of the political impact of a wandering 'weather balloon'.
The Kremlin's recent diplomatic blitz across Africa aims to shore up support from like-minded dictators and convince the Russian public that its country is not isolated, analysts say.
The long-term strategic consequences of Russia's ongoing presence in Syria are becoming clearer with the Kremlin's increasingly fraught relations with Turkey, which controls the Bosphorus.
'Clearly, diplomatic momentum in favor of holding Beijing accountable for its human rights violations is growing,' said the Human Rights Watch's UN director, Louis Charbonneau.
EU chief Charles Michel singled out Kazakhstan as a major trading partner for the EU and called for investment in transport infrastructure in the country.