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US officials say Moscow has asked Beijing for military equipment to support its invasion of Ukraine, Ukraine’s army celebrates its Turkish drones but Ankara plays down weapons sales to appease Moscow, Russia has ratcheted up the chances that it will default on its debt with a threat to pay international bondholders in roubles rather than dollars, and sanctions are forcing Russian banks to abandon global ambitions and focus on survival. 

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US claims Russia has asked China for military help in invasion of Ukraine

Russia threatens to make external debt payments in roubles

Turkey is trying to carve out role as a mediator between Kyiv and Moscow

Russia’s banks turn from global ambitions to survival

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