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Anti-missile system will spark new arms race, says Russia

Sergei Shoigu

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that the US’ global deployment of an anti-missile system was a threat to world security designed to contain Russia and China, the RIA news agency reported. It also cited the ministry as warning

Russia, Iran ink economic deals as Rouhani visits Moscow

Russia signed Tuesday a string of bilateral agreements with Iran as President Vladimir Putin hosted his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani for his first official visit to Moscow. The meeting between Putin and Rouhani, who have grown closer through their mutual

Corruption protests sweep Russia; opposition leader arrested

Thousands of people crowded into Moscow’s Pushkin Square on Sunday for an unsanctioned protest against the Russian government, the biggest gathering in a wave of nationwide protests that were the most extensive show of defiance in years. Alexei Navalny, the

Putin meets France’s Le Pen in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin met Marine Le Pen during a visit to Moscow on Friday by the French far-right presidential candidate, Russian state television showed. “We by no means want to influence the current events but we reserve the right

Russian singer barred from Eurovision in Ukraine amid political upheaval

Yuliya Samoilova

Russia’s state-run broadcaster on Thursday quickly spurned Eurovision’s offer for its contestant to participate in this year’s song contest via satellite after Ukraine barred the singer from entering the country. “We find the offer of remote participation odd and refuse

Assad: Russia can play a role so that Israel no longer attacks Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday said Russia can play an important role in the crisis following Syria’s firing missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes in the conflict-torn country. “Russia can play a role so that Israel no longer

Russia says summoned Israel’s Ambassador over Israeli strike in Syria

The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Israel’s Ambassador to Moscow to protest an Israeli military strike near the Syrian city of Palmyra, news agency Interfax quoted a ministry official as saying on Monday. Ambassador Gary Koren was called for discussions at

Russia denies deployment of special forces in Egypt

The Russian Defence Ministry said on Tuesday it did not have special forces in Egypt after US, Egyptian and diplomatic sources told Reuters it appeared to have deployed such forces to an Egyptian airbase, the Interfax news agency reported. The

Russia ready to resume contacts with US on Syria

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Monday that Moscow was ready to resume contacts with the United States on Syria, the Interfax news agency reported. “Up to this point, we’ve had no contacts with the US on a

Putin fires 10 top law enforcement officials

Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin has dismissed 10 senior law enforcement officers, the latest move in a personnel reshuffle launched by the Russian leader. Putin’s decree released by the government fires top officials from the Interior Ministry, the Investigative Committee and the

Iran’s presence in Syria blocks peace deal, Netanyahu tells Putin

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday there could never be peace in Syria as long as there was an Iranian presence there. “We discussed at length the matter of Iran, its objectives

Putin hosts Erdogan for talks focusing on Syria

President Vladimir Putin hosted his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Friday for talks focusing on Syria, where Russia and Turkey have launched mediation efforts and coordinated military action. The two countries brokered a cease-fire in December that helped reduce

Ukraine foreign minister urges continued sanctions on Russia

Pavlo Klimkin

Ukraine’s foreign minister told US senators on Tuesday that sanctions against Russia shouldn’t be eased and possibly should be ratcheted up as Moscow escalates its military aggression against its western neighbor. Testifying with representatives from other Eastern European countries affected

Ceasefire in Syrian rebel bastion Eastern Ghouta

A ceasefire has been declared in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, a rebel bastion near Damascus, to run from midnight last Sunday to March 20, Russia’s defence ministry said. “A ‘regime of silence’ has been introduced from 00:01 on March 6 to

Putin pardons woman convicted in Russia for text messages

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has pardoned a woman convicted of treason last year for sending text messages about military movements near Georgia’s breakaway republic. The Kremlin published Putin’s decree on Tuesday to pardon 46-year old Oksana Sevastidi, who was sentenced

Moscow, NATO in first high-level military talks since freeze

Vladimir Putin.

Senior Russian and NATO military chiefs on Friday held their first phone talks since ties between the two sides collapsed over the crisis in Ukraine, the Defense Ministry in Moscow said. The chairman of the NATO Military Committee Petr Pavel

Trump and Putin: A clash or a deal?

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham The rush to bet on an “inevitable” deal between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin has stumbled on the reality of the rules and strategic interests that govern US-Russian relations. They go

Putin says wants to stabilize Syria’s ‘legitimate’ power

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow’s goal in Syria was to “stabilize the legitimate authority” and strike a “decisive blow” against terrorism. “We have no plans to interfere in Syria’s internal affairs,” he told a group of naval

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