Decoding King Salman’s visit to Moscow

The Russian leadership has been waiting for Saudi King Salman to visit Moscow for a very long time. An official visit was first mentioned in the first half of 2015, when President Vladimir Putin, during a telephone conversation, invited the newly crowned monarch to Russia. Since then, the king’s visit has been scheduled and postponed several… Please follow and like us:

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Putin Defends Massive Cut in US Diplomatic Staff in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin is defending his massive cut in the size of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Russia, saying it had waited long enough for relations with Washington to improve. Putin said he had hoped “the situation would perhaps change for the better. But it seems that even if the situation is changing, it is… Please follow and like us:

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President Xi Jinping cites shared goals with Moscow

President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan arrive at Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport on Monday. Xi embarks on a state visit to Russia. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS President Xi Jinping said on Monday that he is confident he can reach consensus with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on deepening bilateral relations and pushing forward cooperation in all… Please follow and like us:

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Russia says US interferes in its affairs

MOSCOW — The Russian government has steadfastly denied that it hacked or otherwise interfered in last year’s U.S. presidential election. Now, some Russian officials are saying America is meddling in Moscow’s domestic affairs. The U.S. has been doing it for years, they say. The Kremlin’s website is attacked daily “from within U.S. territories,” Dmitry Peskov, President… Please follow and like us:

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Russia threatens targeting coalition planes in Syria

Russia has said that it will treat all US-led coalition aircraft in the west of the Euphrates River in Syria as “targets” and halted an incident-prevention hotline with Washington after US forces downed a Syrian warplane. Moscow only once before suspended the hotline, which was established in October 2015 to prevent conflict between the different forces… Please follow and like us:

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Putin Unhappy with New US Sanctions, but Says Too Early for Retaliation

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed disappointment Saturday over possible new sanctions to be levied against his country by the United States, but said it is too early to speak of “retaliatory actions.” “This will, indeed, complicate Russia-American relations. I think this is harmful,” Putin the told state-run RIA news agency. The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly this… Please follow and like us:

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RUSSIA – Putin opponent Navalny pushes Presidential bid despite legal issues

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has started campaigning to run against President Vladimir Putin in elections next year. Putin’s 41-year-old rival is touring Russia, opening campaign offices and bidding for the 300,000 signatures needed to stand in the elections, while the current President has not yet confirmed his candidacy for the March 2018 vote. Navalny has… Please follow and like us:

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‘Don’t Read the Press’: Russia Laughs Off Trump Reports

Russia’s foreign spokeswoman warned that reading the U.S. press is unhealthy and dangerous after reports that U.S. President Donald Trump shared highly-classified intelligence with Moscow. “Have you guys been reading American newspapers again,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova posted on Facebook, after receiving “tens” of messages about an article in the Washington Post that quickly… Please follow and like us:

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Russia: No US Coalition Jets Allowed in Syrian De-Escalation Zones

Russia says the proposed “de-escalation” zones in Syria will be closed to aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition. Alexander Lavrentyev, Russia’s envoy to the peace talks in Kazakhstan, said Friday in remarks covered by Russian media that “the operation of aviation in the de-escalation zones, especially of the forces of the international coalition, is absolutely not envisaged,… Please follow and like us:

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Russia, Syria and Iran warn US against further strikes

Russia has denounced last week’s US attack on Syria and warned further such action would derail global security. The US has said its strike on a Syrian air force base was in response the Syrian government, which it blamed for launching a deadly chemical attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province that… Please follow and like us:

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No Sanctions in Hand, Tillerson Heads to Moscow

U.S. Secretary State Rex Tillerson is headed to Moscow with less ammunition than Washington and London had hoped he would have in his bid to convince Russia to abandon Syrian President Bashar al Assad. G7 ministers meeting Tuesday in the Italian city of Lucca on failed to agree on targeted sanctions against the Russian and Syrian… Please follow and like us:

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Russia’s new game in Afghanistan

A resurgent Russia is making new inroads into Afghanistan, not in the way the former USSR did, but by aligning itself with some of the very extremists whose leaders were involved in the defeat of the Soviet Union’s decade-long invasion of Afghanistan. In December 2016, Moscow disclosed its contacts with the Taliban, the group that is… Please follow and like us:

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Russia Foreign Minister: We need a ‘post-West’ world order

Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday said Russia sees NATO as a Cold War institution and is hoping for the creation of a “post-West world order.” “What kind of relations do we want with the US? Pragmatic relations, mutual respect, understanding our special responsibility for global stability,” the Russian foreign… Please follow and like us:

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Putin May Return Snowden To ‘Curry Favor’ With Trump: NBC

Based on conversations with high-level intelligence sources, NBC News reports that the Kremlin is considering whether to “curry favor” with Donald Trump by returning Edward Snowden to the United States for trial and a potential death sentence. Snowden, who recently deleted his tweet proclaiming the 2016 election “a choice between Donald Trump and Goldman Sachs” in… Please follow and like us:

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