Russia had diverted most of its fuel oil and vacuum gasoil (VGO) exports to Asia and the Middle East even before the EU embargo on Russian petroleum products came into effect on February 5, according to data from traders and Refinitiv cited by Reuters.

Last month, the European Union took less than 5% of Russia’s fuel oil and VGO, with Greece, Latvia, and Italy importing small volumes of those products, according to the data.

The Arab League condemned on Monday “the open war and the organized Israeli crimes” against the Palestinian people, which led to the death of dozens since the beginning of this year.

Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, warned of the silence about the deterioration in the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories with the escalation by the Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank.

With temperatures set to fall to near freezing overnight, rescuers are now in a desperate race against time to reach scores of survivors who remain trapped under collapsed buildings and who are at risk of freezing to death before help arrives.

Their conditions - and those of people left homeless by the 7.8 and 7.5-magnitude earthquakes - are set to worsen soon. Rain was falling on Monday and snowstorms that swept the country over the weekend are expected to last until Thursday.

 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken embarks on a Middle East tour as tensions between Israelis and Palestinians explode, NATO and Washington seek to rally Asian allies in the face of threats from China and North Korea, and the EU is searching for ways to seize Russian assets. These stories topped Tuesday’s newspaper headlines across Russia.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) told The Times of Israel that the US should sell F-35 fighter jets to Arab countries that have normalized with Israel under the Abraham Accords in exchange for investments that could benefit the Palestinians.

Saudi-led coalition shelling in Saada’s Shadaa district reportedly killed two civilians and injured four on 22 January, an Al-Mayadeen correspondent said.

The news was also reported by Yemen’s Al-Masirah TV, affiliated with the Ansarallah resistance movement and the National Salvation Government (NSG) based in Sanaa.

According to Al-Masirah, these latest Saudi truce violations have sent the death toll from coalition shelling in Saada this month up to seven, with 91 injured so far.

The Royal Jordanian Air Force has announced the purchase of 12 Block 70 F-16s from American aerospace giant Lockheed Martin.

The US State Department approved the sale in February last year, stating that the agreement could reach $4.21 billion.

It included communication systems, targeting pods, and munitions components such as guided missile tail kits.