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Russia briefs Iran on talks with Turkey over Idlib

MOSCOW: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin late on Monday briefed Iran’s Ambassador in Moscow Kazem Jalali on talks between the Russian and Turkish leaders over Idlib. During the meeting, they discussed developments in Syria, particularly Idlib, and Russian side informed Jalali of the results of recent negotiations between the …

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Russia stresses opposition to return of UNSC sanctions against Iran

VIENNA: Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says Russia will keep objecting to the restoration of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions against Iran, emphasizing that Moscow will not let the 15-member body turn into a “toy” in the hands of the US. Speaking after the 15th meeting of the Joint …

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Full stream ahead: Russia & Turkey launch TurkStream gas pipeline

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have launched the long-anticipated offshore pipeline TurkStream, that will deliver Russian gas to Turkey and further to southern European states. The 930 km pipeline across the bottom of the Black Sea became operational on Wednesday, with the two …

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Putin: US assassination of Soleimani ‘aggravates’ situation in region

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin has told French President Emmanuel Macron that the United States’ assassination of Iranian Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani risks “seriously aggravating” regional tensions. “This action can seriously aggravate the situation in the region,” the Kremlin quoted President Putin as saying during a telephone conversation with …

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Putin thanks Trump for foiling new year attacks

MOSCOW: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has thanked US counterpart Donald Trump for intelligence that helped foil “acts of terrorism” on Russian soil, according to a Kremlin statement. Mr Putin and Mr Trump spoke on the phone on Sunday, it said. The Kremlin said the information came via intelligence services, but …

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Putin officially unveils Crimea rail bridge, prompts EU denunciation

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin has officially opened a rail route linking Russia’s two biggest cities to Crimea, which rejoined the Russian Federation in 2014. On Monday, the Russian leader stood in the driver’s cabin of a shortened three-carriage train for the unveiling ceremony of a 19-kilometer railway bridge that …

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Shooter attacks Russian security service HQ in Moscow, kills employee

MOSCOW: A shooter opened fire on the headquarters of Russia’s FSB security service in central Moscow on Thursday evening in a rare shooting incident that the FSB said had left at least one of its employees dead. The attack happened shortly after President Vladimir Putin had delivered his annual news …

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