Xi tells Putin he has high hopes for China-Russia ties in 2018

President Xi Jinping said on Sunday he is ready to join Russian President Vladimir Putin in consolidating political and strategic mutual trust and expanding all-around pragmatic cooperation. Xi made the pledge in his New Year greeting message to Putin. In the message, Xi, on behalf of the Chinese government and people, extended his sincere greetings and… Please follow and like us:

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Putin, Erdogan warn US move risks escalating tensions

Russian President Vladimir Putin has concluded a whirlwind one-day regional tour with a stop in Turkey, where he joined his Turkish counterpart in criticising a US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Before landing in Ankara on Monday to meet Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Putin made an unscheduled visit to war-torn Syria, where he ordered Russian… Please follow and like us:

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Li, Putin envision linking EEU with Belt, Road Initiative

Premier Li Keqiang said that China is ready to step up efforts to link the China-initiated Belt and Road Initiative with the Eurasian Economic Union when meeting on Wednesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. The alignment, Li said, can boost bilateral cooperation in traditional and emerging areas to expand cross-border trade and further develop… Please follow and like us:

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SYRIA – Syria peace talks restart but Assad regime might be absent

The United Nations reopens its Syria peace talks on Tuesday but the Damascus government’s last minute announcement that it may not come to Geneva delivered a blow to the already faltering negotiations. The eighth round of talks were seen as a chance for the UN to revitalise its push to end the six-year war, which has… Please follow and like us:

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Russia, Iran and Turkey agree to hold ‘Syrian congress’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his Iranian and Turkish counterparts have supported a proposal to hold a “Syrian people’s congress” that will bring together government and opposition figures. The Russian leader on Wednesday hosted Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, just as some Syrian opposition groups met in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, ahead of United… Please follow and like us:

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‘Trump effect’ jams up APEC free trade consensus

Asia-Pacific ministers struggled Thursday to agree on a joint statement on free trade, a rare tussle over a normally routine document that highlights how Donald Trump’s protectionist “America First” stance is knotting up global trade relations. World leaders are gathering in the Vietnamese city of Danang this week for the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)… Please follow and like us:

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Twitter Blocks Ads by Russia’s Sputnik, RT

The social media company Twitter on Thursday announced it would block any advertising on its platform from Russia-sponsored news outlets Sputnik and RT. The company, in a statement on its blog, said it took the step as part of its “ongoing commitment to help protect the integrity of the user experience on Twitter.” Twitter cited a… Please follow and like us:

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Putin Tells U.S. to Stop Making Fun of Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on U.S. citizens to stop disrespecting President Donald Trump, a trend that the Russian leader called a symptom of a poor political system in the U.S. Putin, who U.S. officials have accused of swaying the 2016 U.S. presidential race in Trump’s favor, broke a streak of hostile diplomatic exchanges between… Please follow and like us:

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Russia Plans Its Own ‘CryptoRuble’ Cryptocurrency

Russia may soon become the world’s first country to launch a cryptocurrency backed by a nation state, according to reports. Similar to bitcoin, the CryptoRuble cryptocurrency will be underpinned by a online ledger known as a blockchain. Unlike bitcoin, however, it will not be possible for people to mine the virtual currency—the process of confirming cryptocurrency… Please follow and like us:

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Kremlin rejects ‘absurd’ reports about Russia using Kaspersky Lab for espionage

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman has rejected recent news reports suggesting state-sponsored hackers obtained classified U.S. documents by exploiting antivirus software marketed by a private Moscow-based cybersecurity company, dismissing claims the Kremlin used Kaspersky Lab as a conduit for espionage. “This information is absurd,” Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin press secretary, told journalists Thursday. “The state neither… Please follow and like us:

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Russia Advocating Conciliatory Approach to North Korea

Russia is increasingly advocating an arms control strategy to accept North Korea as a nuclear state, disagreeing with the United States and its allies, and even to a degree with China, which all support applying sanctions to force Pyongyang into denuclearization talks. While meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Vladivostok, Russian President Vladimir Putin… Please follow and like us:

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Ahead of His Vacation, Trump Rallies Base Against Russia ‘Fabrication’

President Donald Trump is off on a 17-day vacation at his golf resort in central New Jersey. Trump departed Friday, hoping to leave behind the Washington turmoil that has largely engulfed his presidency in recent weeks and brought about the appointment of a new White House chief of staff, retired Marine Corps General John Kelly. On… 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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US Lawmakers Reach Deal on Sanctions for Russia, Iran and North Korea

U.S. lawmakers have reached an agreement that clears the way for a bill imposing new sanctions in Russia, Iran and North Korea to be sent to President Donald Trump for approval. Sen. Bob Corker announced the deal in a statement late Wednesday, saying it came after discussions with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Corker had earlier… Please follow and like us:

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German Troops Won’t Be Wearing Uniforms at G20 Summit

As the G20 Summit kicks off in the German city of Hamburg on Friday, attendees might see less of a troop presence. A German defense ministry memo leaked to newspaper Der Spiegel revealed that the government had advised soldiers to wear plain clothes during the summit outside of their barracks. The reason? Fears of left-wing attacks… Please follow and like us:

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