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Putin’s phone call with Trump display of mutual respect

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The phone call between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday was a display of mutual respect between the two men, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday. In the call, their first conversation since

Trump wants good relationship with Russia, May says sanctions should stay

US President Donald Trump said on Friday he wanted to have good relations with Russia and declined to say whether he was ready to lift sanctions on Moscow, which visiting British Prime Minister Theresa May said must stay in place.

Lavrov to meet 25 Syrian opposition members

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold talks with officials from Syria’s political opposition Friday, Moscow said, but it appeared representatives from armed rebel groups were not invited. The meeting in Moscow comes after two days of Russian-brokered talks between

Russia, Turkey agree to coordinate strikes

Russia and Turkey have signed an agreement spelling out mechanisms to “coordinate” their air forces in Syria when conducting strikes “on terrorist targets,” the Russian defense ministry said Thursday. Delegations from the two countries, which last month brokered a ceasefire

France: Syria talks must convene quickly under UN

France said on Thursday Syrian peace talks should resume as quickly as possible under the auspices of the United Nations and appeared to question plans for Russian-backed discussions on the subject in Kazakhstan. Syria’s government and rebel forces started a

Syria peace talks in Astana set for January 23

Talks on Syria’s political future will take place in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana on January 23, a source in the Russian foreign ministry confirmed to AFP on Wednesday. “At this time there is no indication that the meeting will be postponed.

Syrian opposition denies knowledge of Russia talks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that the Syrian government was holding talks with the opposition ahead of possible peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, the Interfax news agency reported. Lavrov did not say where the current talks were

Iran considers letting Russia use its Hamadan base

Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said in an interview with Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT that Tehran would consider letting Russia use its Hamadan air base again if Moscow asked, the RIA news agency reported. Russia launched air strikes against Syrian militants

Railway stations evacuated in Moscow after anonymous bomb threat

Police in Moscow have evacuated almost 3,000 people from three different railway stations after receiving an anonymous bomb threat, Russian news agencies reported on Monday. The TASS news agency said police planned to use sniffer dogs to check the Kazansky,

Russia: Aleppo rebels who are staying ‘will be destroyed’

The Syrian government and its ally Russia on Tuesday issued stark warnings to rebels in besieged eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, with Moscow’s top diplomat saying the rebels will be wiped out unless they stop fighting and leave the city. Damascus

Russia: ISIS ‘emir’ killed in north Caucasus

Russia’s FSB security service said Sunday it had killed an “emir” of the ISIS group in the North Caucasus along with four other militants in a raid in the Dagestan region. The FSB said in a statement that “among the

Putin curbs anti-Western rhetoric, says wants to get on with Trump

President Vladimir Putin struck an unusually conciliatory tone in his annual state of the nation address on Thursday, saying Moscow wanted to get on with the incoming US administration and was looking to make friends not enemies. His foreign minister

Russia hopes Aleppo situation can be resolved by year-end

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Wednesday he hoped that the situation in Syria’s Aleppo could be sorted out by the end of this year, the RIA news agency cited him as saying. “We are hoping for this

Putin, Trump speak by phone, aim for ‘constructive cooperation’: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump on Monday agreed to work towards “constructive cooperation”, including on fighting terrorism, the Kremlin said. In their first phone call since Trump won the Nov. 8 election, they agreed to “channel”

Source close to Kremlin: Putin might leave office

A professor, known for his proximity to Kremlin circles, claimed on Thursday in an interview that Russian President Vladimir Putin could step down in 2017, a year ahead of the end of his current six-year term. Valery Solovei, a professor

Russia says chased away NATO submarine in Mediterranean

Russian warships in the eastern Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday drove away a Dutch submarine shadowing the squadron, the military said. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said two Russian navy destroyers spotted the Walrus-class submarine Wednesday while it

Putin says will try to repair ties with US under Trump

Russia is ready to do its part to fully restore ties with Washington following the election of businessman Donald Trump as the next US President, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. Trump stunned the world by defeating heavily favored

Russia says still holding off on Aleppo strikes

Russia on Monday said its air force was continuing to hold off on strikes against war-ravaged Aleppo, after rebels snubbed Moscow’s offer to quit Syria’s second city. “The ceasefire in the operation of the Russian air force is continuing,” Kremlin

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