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Putin seeks to be ’emperor for life’: Kremlin critic Navalny

NEWS DESK: The Kremlin’s top critic Alexei Navalny has slammed Russia’s March presidential election, in which he is barred from running, as a sham meant to “re-appoint” Vladimir Putin on his way to becoming “emperor for life”, reported AFP. With two months to go before Russians vote in polls that are all but guaranteed to…

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Navalny fights to run against Putin in Russia election

Alexei Navalny, seen as the only Russian opposition leader who stands a fighting chance of challenging President Vladimir Putin, will seek Sunday to get his name on the ballot for an election in March. The charismatic 41-year-old has declared his intention to contest the vote but officials have deemed him ineligible to run due to…

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Putin, Erdogan agree on creation of Palestinian state

Moscow: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said they both supported creating a Palestinian state, the Kremlin said the day after the UN rejected the decision by Washington to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In a phonecall, the two leaders “discussed the situation of Middle East peace talks in…

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Putin orders partial Russia troop withdrawal from Syria

Moscow: President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria during a surprise visit to the war-torn country. Russia first intervened in the conflict in 2015, staging air strikes in support of its ally Damascus targeting both the Islamic State group and other militants as well as rebels fighting government…

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Putin will seek new term as Russia president

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said he would seek a new six-year term in March elections, a move that would make him the longest-serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin. Putin, who has run Russia both as president and prime minister for the past 18 years, is expected to sail to victory, with only token…

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Putin says no Russian Olympics boycott after IOC ban

Moscow: President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Russia would allow athletes to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics under a neutral flag, after the country was banned from the Games over a state-orchestrated doping programme. There had been speculation Moscow could boycott the Games entirely after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday barred the…

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Facing hurdles, Russia gears up for World Cup draw

NEWS DESK: The World Cup draw in the Kremlin on Friday launches Russia’s bid to turn a page on its history of football hooliganism and racism while warding off a terror threat linked to Moscow’s intervention in Syria, reported AFP. The success of the tournament is also a matter of personal pride for Vladimir Putin…

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Former intelligence officials say Trump is being manipulated by Putin

NEWS DESK: Former CIA Director John Brennan and ex-National Intelligence Director James Clapper both said Trump was mishandling Moscow ties even as a special counsel investigates possible collusion between Trump’s campaign team and Russia, reported Reuters. “I think Mr. Trump is, for whatever reason, either intimidated by Mr. Putin, afraid of what he could do, or…

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Washington ‘trying to squeeze Russian gas out of Europe’: Putin

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Thursday of trying to squeeze Russia out of European energy markets, saying the latest round of U.S. sanctions was designed to force Europe to buy U.S. liquefied natural gas instead. Speaking at a policy forum in southern Russia, Putin launched a withering critique of U.S. foreign…

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Saudi king arrives in Moscow: Russian state TV

MOSCOW: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman arrived in Moscow on Wednesday, Russian state television footage showed, reported Reuters. The Rossiya-24 channel showed Salman’s plane arriving at Vnukovo airport outside the Russian capital. According to AFP, Saudi Arabia’s ministry of information called the visit by 81-year-old Salman “historic” as it would be the first official visit to…

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Putin warns North Korea situation on verge of ‘large-scale conflict’

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin warned on Friday that the standoff between North Korea and the United States was close to spilling into a large-scale conflict and said it was a mistake to try to pressure Pyongyang into halting its nuclear missile program. Putin, due to attend a summit of the BRICS nations in China next…

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US to cut 755 US diplomatic staff in Russia, says Putin

Moscow: President Vladimir Putin on Sunday said the United States would have to cut 755 diplomatic staff in Russia and warned of a prolonged gridlock in its ties after the US Congress backed new sanctions against the Kremlin. Putin added bluntly that Russia was able to raise the stakes with America even further, although he…

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Trump says he shouldn’t have appointed Sessions as attorney-general

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not have appointed Jeff Sessions as attorney general if he had known Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation, according to a New York Times interview. “Sessions should have never recused himself and if he was going to recuse himself he should have told…

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German police fire water cannons as leftists stage mass anti-G20 protests

NEWS DESK: Clashes erupted in Hamburg, Germany, as G20 summit leaders, including US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, began arriving on Friday. The German police fired water cannons and pepper spray at the protesters, reported BBC and Channel 4. Many were protesting the arrivals of Trump and Putin, calling the protest ‘Welcome…

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Putin says he never takes a day off as president because he’s a man

It seems like the competition between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin about who can be more sexist has gotten fierce. In an interview with filmmaker Oliver Stone, Putin felt the need to mention that he never takes a day off as president because he’s a man. “I am not a woman,…

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Putin offers transcript to prove Trump did not pass Russia secrets

SOCHI/MOSCOW: Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had not divulged any secrets during a meeting in Washington with Russian officials and offered to prove it by supplying Congress with a transcript. But a leading U.S. Republican politician said he would have little faith in any notes Putin might supply. Two U.S….

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Trump says ‘things will work out fine’ with Russia

US President Donald Trump expressed confidence Thursday that US-Russian relations will “work out fine” after icy bilateral talks in Moscow, as he looked to China to “deal properly” with North Korea. Trump faces crucial tests in the Middle East and the Korean peninsula, with tensions building on both fronts over a suspected chemical weapons attack…

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Putin meets Tillerson as US, Russia wrangle over Syria

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after complaining of worsening ties with Donald Trump’s administration as the two sides spar over Syria. Putin received Tillerson at the Kremlin along with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after the top diplomats held several hours of talks dominated by the…

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Putin warns of future chemical weapons ‘provocations’ to frame Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday warned of future chemical weapons “provocations” in Syria that would be used to frame Kremlin ally Bashar al-Assad. “We have information from various sources that such provocations — I cannot call them otherwise — are being prepared in other regions of Syria, including in the southern outskirts of Damascus,…

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Putin pardons woman jailed over ‘treasonous’ text message

PUTIN: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday issued a rare pardon to a woman sentenced to seven years in jail for treason over a text message about movements of military equipment. Shopkeeper Oxana Sevastidi, 46, was convicted in March 2016 over an SMS sent eight years earlier about a train carrying hardware towards neighbouring Georgia,…

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

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow’s goal in Syria was to “stabilise 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 officers returning from Syria, where six years of war have killed more than 310,000…

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