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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin landed in Iran for a rare overseas visit that highlights how the two nations are growing increasingly unified despite their isolation from Europe and the United States, the New York Times reported. Before the meeting, the National Iranian Oil Company and Russia’s state-controlled gas behemoth Gazprom inked a memorandum of understanding worth around $40 billion Tuesday, Radio Free Europe wrote.
  • Russia’s state-owned gas giant Gazprom warned European customers that it can no longer guarantee supplies to the continent, the latest volley in an economic spat between Moscow and Europe over the Ukraine conflict, according to the Washington Post. Meanwhile, the European Union is preparing contingency plans in case Russia’s Nord Stream pipeline does not reopen – it is uncertain if gas imports to Germany will restart after scheduled maintenance concludes this week, the Wall Street Journal added.
  • The European Commission unveiled measures Tuesday that will allow European Union members to jointly purchase weapons, amid rising calls from Ukraine for additional military assistance in their fight against Russian forces, Politico noted.

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