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Disgraced former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter will defy a ban to attend two World Cup matches and also meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, his spokesman said Monday. Blatter is being investigated by Swiss prosecutors for alleged corruption during his 17-year reign at the head of FIFA. The 82-year-old was suspended for six years by FIFA in February 2016 from any football-related activity over a 1.8-million-euro ($2mln) payment to Michel Platini. Blatter was replaced at the head of FIFA by Gianni Infantino. Despite his ban, Blatter has on several occasions said he would respond favourably to an invitation from Putin... [Read More]
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The quadrennial World Cup kicked off in Moscow Thursday, with home team Russia defeating Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the soccer tournament. Russian President Vladimir Putin watched the match in a VIP booth with the Saudi crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, whose military is currently waging a U.S.-backed assault on Yemen's port city of Hodeidah. As the World Cup got underway, police led veteran British LGBT rights campaigner Peter Tatchell away in handcuffs, after he held a sign outside the Kremlin reading, "Putin Fails to Act Against Chechnya Torture of Gay People." Human rights groups say... [Read More]
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The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local): 2:45 p.m. A Kremlin spokesman says the Russian government is relieved nobody died in a weekend taxi crash in Moscow that injured two Mexican soccer fans and six other pedestrians. A taxi veered onto the sidewalk near Red Square on Saturday, striking pedestrians. The man identified as the taxi driver later told interrogators that he hadn't slept for 20 hours and accelerated accidentally. Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells reporters Monday that "we breathed a sigh of relief" upon learning that there were no fatalities. He... [Read More]
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US President Donald J. Trump spent the last week or so churning out initiatives that seemed deliberately calculated to set his critics' hair on fire: He met as an equal with North Korea's Kim Jong-un – who is a very bad man! He stated again his willingness to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin – an even worse man! He mocked and threatened our trading partners – and slapped tariffs on them! He suggested that an impenitent Russia (a very bad country!) should be let back into the genteel company of the Group of Seven! He topped everything off... [Read More]
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Russia and Saudi Arabia will ask OPEC to hike production by 1.5 million barrels a day in the third quarter of 2018, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Saturday. OPEC and Russia decided together in 2016 to cut their supply in order to push prices up following a crash induced by a global crude production glut. An oil production shortfall in Iran and Venezuela has changed the scenario for the two countries and members of the oil cartel. Novak said Moscow and Riyadh "propose increasing production in the third quarter by 1.5 (million bpd)," according to RIA Novosti... [Read More]
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AP President Donald Trump reportedly asked aides to set up a US-Russia summit after an informal chat with Vladimir Putin in November. Top aides from the National Security Council reportedly sidelined Trump's request by ignoring and waiting to see if he brought the subject again. Trump has been criticized for his outreach to Russia, particularly after the Obama administration severed US-Russian ties following Putin's annexation of Crimea. Trump is reportedly expected to meet Putin during the NATO summit in July. Top aides from the National Security Council reportedly sidelined President Donald Trump's request for... [Read More]
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US President Donald Trump is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month while he is in Europe for a NATO summit. [Read More]
White House officials ignored a request from President Trump last year to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House, hoping instead that Trump would simply not raise the issue again.An unnamed offi... [Read More]
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President Donald Trump's interpretation of Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea is, to say the least, charitable to Russian President Vladimir Putin in that Trump blames former President Barack Obama for Putin's aggressive action. [Read More]
Americans overwhelmingly think President Trump has a better relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin than he does with any other world leader.A M... [Read More]
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President Donald Trump said Friday that "it's possible" he'll meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin this summer, as he held forth with reporters on the White House driveway in an impromptu interview and gaggle. Trump again made the case that Russia should be allowed to rejoin the Group of Seven industrialized nations while speaking to reporters a day after the release of a Department of Justice internal watchdog report looking into the department's conduct. "It's much better if we get along with them than if we don't," said Trump, who has repeatedly expressed a willingness to deal... [Read More]
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Kevin Lamarque/Reuters President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis offered strikingly different perspectives on Russian President Vladimir Putin in the course of just a few hours on Friday. Trump said it's "possible" he could meet with Putin this summer and downplayed Russia's role in the annexation of Crimea. Meanwhile, Mattis slammed Putin at a graduation ceremony at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis offered strikingly different perspectives on Russian President Vladimir Putin in the course of just a few hours on... [Read More]
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Secretary of Defense James Mattis slammed Russia on Friday, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin "attempts to undermine America's moral authority" and "seeks to shatter NATO." [Read More]
Graham has regularly ripped into Trump for being cozy with Russian President Vladimir Putin. [Read More]
Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev... [Read More]
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President Donald Trump is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month while he is in Europe for a NATO summit, according to a senior administration official and two diplomats …... [Read More]
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US broadcaster Fox has apologized after it showed pop star Robbie Williams giving the middle finger to viewers during the World Cup opening ceremony. The former frontman of English boy band Take That raised his finger after singing his track "Rock DJ" before the global audience Thursday in Moscow. The 44-year-old did not explain his gesture but he appeared to mouth the phrase "I did this for free" -- a response to criticism for gracing an event dear to Russian President Vladimir Putin. "The 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony was a newsworthy event produced by a third party... [Read More]
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President Donald Trump on Friday said it was former President Barack Obama's fault that Russia invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea in 2014.  Trump claimed this was because Russian President Vladimir Putin didn't "respect" Obama.  Trump made similar comments regarding Obama and Crimea at the recent G7 summit in Canada, where he called for Russia to be readmitted to the group.  President Donald Trump on Friday said it was former President Barack Obama's fault that Russia invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea in 2014.  "President Obama lost Crimea just so you understand, this was before I got... [Read More]
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The Kremlin says it's holding the door open for a possible summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump this summer. Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said "we …... [Read More]
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President Trump on Friday blamed his predecessor for Russia's annexation of Crimea. Trump insisted that former President Barack Obama was solely responsible for Russia taking the contested peninsula from Ukraine because Russian President Vladimir Putin did not "respect" Obama. Putin invaded and... [Read More]
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