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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is heading to Russia for talks with President Vladimir Putin, in hopes of making progress on joint economic projects on disputed islands as a step …... [Read More]
Both men want to salvage the Iranian nuclear deal... [Read More]
Having failed to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump to stay in the Iran nuclear accord, French President Emmanuel Macron is reaching out to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Macron heads to St. Petersburg on Thursday amid deep differences with Putin over Syria, Ukraine and alleged Russian meddling abroad. But both men want to... [Read More]
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French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Saint Petersburg on Thursday to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, with the Iran nuclear deal as well as conflicts in Syria and Ukraine on the agenda. The trip is Macron's first to Russia as president and follows a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week. Europe and Moscow are making diplomatic overtures to save the Iran deal, now under threat after the recent US withdrawal. The French and Russian leaders will "take the time for an in-depth one-on-one discussion", according the Elysee. Macron will be accompanied by his wife Brigitte... [Read More]
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With relations between the West and Russia at historic lows, French President Emmanuel Macron travels to St Petersburg Thursday to seek common ground with Russian President Vladimir Putin. [Read More]
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hailed Russia's hand in his recent victories during a meeting in Damascus on Wednesday with the Kremlin's special envoy to talks on the conflict. It came just days after his troops secured the capital from jihadists and less than a week since Assad travelled to Sochi to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Wednesday, the Russian envoy to Syria was in Damascus to meet Assad and other top Syrian officials, state news agency SANA reported. Alexander Lavrentiev relayed Putin's congratulations to Assad on the capital's recapture, according to the agency. Russia has backed Syria's government... [Read More]
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The Latest on Syria developments (all times local): 8 p.m. Syrian state media says President Bashar Assad has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin's special envoy to Syria, after Russia …... [Read More]
Several associates of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny have been sentenced to 25 or 30 days in custody for staging an unsanctioned protest in Moscow. They helped organize a series of rallies Navalny called in the Russian capital and other cities on May 5, just before President Vladimir Putin's inauguration for a new... [Read More]
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With relations between the West and Russia at historic lows, French President Emmanuel Macron travels to St Petersburg Thursday to seek common ground with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The talks between the two come at a crucial time for their relationship which has been marked by sometimes harsh exchanges but also an awareness they need to work together on crises spanning Syria, Iran to Ukraine. Having bet on turning US President Donald Trump into a buddy with charm and flattery, 40-year-old Macron has taken a different approach with Putin since emerging as the surprise winner of France's elections last... [Read More]
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Russian president Vladimir Putin has unveiled a new weapon. The unmanned underwater Poseidon drone carries nuclear warheads and is capable of creating a 300-foot tsunami that would destroy any coastal city. [Read More]
The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may discuss joint business activity between the two countries on disputed Pacific islands seized from Japan at the end of World War Two. [Read More]
A Russian mayor and critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin has resigned after lawmakers moved to abolish elections in his city.Yevgeny Roizman announced Tuesday that he would quit his post... [Read More]
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Syria's deputy foreign minister said Wednesday Damascus did not envisage Iran and Hezbollah participating in the withdrawal of foreign forces from the war-torn country as announced last week by Russia. Asked whether the removal of Iranian and Hezbollah forces could end Israel's strikes on Syria, Faisal Mekdad told RIA Novosti state news agency that "this topic is not even on the agenda for discussion." "All these forces oppose terrorism. They are not making an attempt to violate the sovereignty and territory of Syria," he said in comments translated into Russian. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met Vladimir Putin in the... [Read More]
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Russia's recent call for foreign forces to leave Syria was seen as a possible turning-point in its tricky alliance with Iran, though analysts say their partnership still has a long way to run. "With the start of the political process in its most active phase, foreign armed forces will withdraw from Syrian territory," President Vladimir Putin vowed after meeting his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in Sochi on Friday. Putin's envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, later said this included Iran. Up to now, the two countries have worked in fairly close tandem, with Russia providing the air power... [Read More]
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'Mr president, the toys are bleeding'A recent video that shows a Palestinian boy calling out to Vladimir Putin of Russia, American President Donald Trump, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and... [Read More]
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast ISTANBUL—The conference was meant to show off Vladimir Putin's new influence in the Middle East. Held at the swanky Intercontinental Hotel Moscow in February, the Valdai Discussion Club brought together Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, as well as former Israeli U.N. envoy Dore Gold; Palestinian legislative council member Sahar al-Qawasmi, as well as Egypt's former foreign minister Nabil Fahmy. "Russia in the Middle East: Playing on all Fields," was the name of the conference, touting Moscow's contacts with all sides of the region's criss-crossing rivalries and hot conflicts. But the gathering descended... [Read More]
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Russian politician Andrey Odintsov from President Vladimir Putin's United Russia Party, is seen sleeping a school boy in the face after the boy allegedly insulted him, however, the politician has been praised in Russia for his actions on social media... [Read More]
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has congratulated his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro on winning a new term in office, the Turkish presidency said Wednesday, after an election widely condemned by the international community. Erdogan, along with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is among very few prominent world leaders to have congratulated Maduro on his victory in a poll that the United States has denounced as a "sham". He phoned Maduro during the night to pass on his congratulations, a Turkish presidential source was quoted as saying by state-run Anadolu news agency. Erdogan, who himself faces elections at home on June... [Read More]
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Emmanuel Macron heads to St Petersburg on Thursday seeking to win concessions from Vladimir Putin, but with Europe-U.S. ties strained over Iran, the Russian leader may have little incentive to offer the French president a diplomatic success.

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