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Russia: S-400s sold to Turkey to go operational in 2020

DUBAI: A Russian military official says the S-400 missile defense systems sold to Turkey will be operational in spring 2020, adding that the training of Turkish personnel to work with the advanced weapons is almost complete. Dmitry Shugayev, the head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, made …

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Russian Forces Take Over Abandoned US Air Base in Syria

MOSCOW: Russia landed attack helicopters and troops at a sprawling air base in northern Syria vacated by US forces, the Russian Defence Ministry’s Zvezda TV channel said. Armed Russian military police were shown in footage aired on Zvezda flying into the Syrian air base in northern Aleppo province near the …

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Oil, Iran top agenda as Russia’s Putin visits Saudi Arabia

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday, where he was set to seal oil agreements and try to use his influence to defuse tensions boiling in the Gulf.His meetings with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman come following attacks on Saudi oil installations that …

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Russia protests: Thousand arrests at Moscow rally

MOSCOW: Police in Moscow have detained more than 1,000 people at a rally, in one of the biggest crackdowns in years. Demonstrators were dragged away from the city hall as security forces used batons against the crowd. People were protesting against the exclusion of opposition candidates from local polls. The …

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US anti-Iranian line behind flare-up of tensions in Mideast: Lavrov

MOSCOW: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the hostile policy being pursued by the United States against Iran has fueled tensions in the Middle East, warning that such an approach could have “catastrophic consequences” in the region. In an interview with the Russian ‘Argumenty i Fakty’ weekly published on Wednesday, …

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Russia, Hamas hold talks in Moscow, stress intra-Palestinian unity

MOSCOW: A delegation from the Hamas resistance movement has met with Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov in Moscow, with both sides underlining the need for intra-Palestinian unity as the US is preparing to unveil a contentious “peace” plan aimed at consolidating Tel Aviv’s occupation of Palestinian territories. The Russian …

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Pak, Russia agree to enhance parliamentary exchanges to deepen bilateral ties

MOSCOW: Pakistan and Russia agreed to enhance parliamentary exchanges to deepen bilateral cooperation and develop understanding for each other’s view, Radio Pakistan reported on Thursday. The resolve to this effect was expressed at 4th round of bilateral political consultations between Pakistan and Russia held in Moscow on 2nd of this …

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Japan’s Alliance Obligations Important for Peace Treaty Talks, Kremlin Says

Tokyo (Web Desk) Tokyo’s alliance obligations are important for peace treaty talks between Russia and Japan, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. When asked to comment on media reports claiming that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin had promised not to allow the …

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