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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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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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