Amidst the mounting strife between Russia and Ukraine, Russia has also been increasingly criticized and snubbed by the nations of the former Soviet Union. The President of Tajikistan delivered a long speech at a regional summit attended by Putin, demanding that he show greater respect for Central Asian nations who have traditionally been his allies. The President said Russia was treating Central Asia and enacting policies that made them feel like the Soviet Union, rather than the independent nations they actually are. Pray that the Holy Spirit will give wisdom and insight to the leaders of the Central Asian nations as they walk a line between Russia and Europe. Pray that they will also be convicted of their own sins and failure to lead their own nations with righteousness (The Bible, Matthew 20:26-28).
Israel is preparing for potential hostilities with Hezbollah over a gas rig. Israel Defence Minister ordered the alert telling troops to prepare for a scenario of escalation in the north, both offensively and defensively, given the developments in the negotiations on the maritime border. Israeli forces in the north are on high alert. The alert marks a stark turn in the odyssey of the Karish gas rig ordeal, which appeared on its way to US-led resolution, with both Israel and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah expressing support. But Israel reportedly voiced reservations about the deal. Then the Lebanese government suggested changes, which caused Jerusalem to outright reject the amended version. Pray for a diplomatic solution to defuse the conflict. Pray that the possible hostilities of Hezbollah will be averted (The Bible, Esther 9:24).