In recent months figures such as Barack Obama, Pope Francis, José Manuel Barroso, author JK Rowling and many others have expressed their opposition to Scottish independence. David Cameron and Vladimir Putin's administrations have also corresponded on the subject. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond seems to have few allies on the world stage. Cartoons like these can be seen in "The Auld Acquaintance" exhibition: 19th Aug - 30th Sep Guardian Press & Media Gallery, Kings Place, London and 22nd Aug - 19th Sep Leiper Fine Art Gallery, West George Street, Glasgow.
Economic sanctions imposed by the EU and US against Russia, in response to Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, have forced Russia’s low-fare carrier Dobrolyot to halt all its because it lost several contracts with European carriers. Now Russia is considering retaliation in the form of bans on such airlines as SAS, Norwegian, British Airways, Finnair, Lufthansa and Air France from flying over Russian territory. That would affect several busy routes between Europe and Asia.