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Russia rejects Turkey’s calls for Idlib truce

Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected Turkey’s calls for a truce to prevent a “bloodbath” in north Syria. At a trilateral meeting with Iran and Turkey, Mr Putin said Russia would continue its fight against “terrorists” in Idlib province. Idlib is the Syrian opposition’s last …

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Russia war games: Biggest since Cold War ‘justified’

Russia plans to hold massive war games involving 300,000 personnel next month – its biggest military manoeuvres since a Cold War drill in 1981. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Vostok-2018 drills were justified given “aggressive and unfriendly” attitudes towards his country. Units from China …

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Putin gives World Cup fans visa-free Russia entry all year

MOSCOW -UNS : President Vladimir Putin has said that foreign visitors holding “fan ID” cards for the World Cup could have visa-free entry to Russia for the rest of 2018, news agencies reported. “Foreign supporters who currently have fan IDs will be able to benefit …

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Russia,US agree to Putin-Trump summit

MOSCOW -AFP/UNS – Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to hold a summit with Donald Trump in a third country at talks on Wednesday with the US leader s hawkish national security advisor, voicing hope for an easing of tensions between the two nations. Adviser John …

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2018 World Cup offers Chechnya opportunity to play Middle Eastern politics

By James M. Dorsey When strongman Ramzan Kadyrov last month opened The Local, a United Arab Emirates-funded luxury hotel in the Chechen capital of Grozny and prepared to receive Egypt’s World Cup qualifying national team as its first guests, he was cashing in on more …

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Pakistan wants to get out of zero-sum dynamics of Cold War era: COAS

RAWALPINDI -UNS– Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday said that Pakistan wants to get out of the zero-sum dynamics of Cold War era that is still prevalent in South Asia. In a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), …

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Pak,Russian Army commanders agrees to boost cooperation for peace,stability

RAWALPINDI -UNS – Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa met with Commander Russian Federation Ground Forces Colonel General Oleg Salyukov and discussed security and defence related issues, said a press release issued here by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Tuesday. Earlier, Gen …

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World’s largest plane in karachi

KARACHI -UNS : A Russia-made – world’s heaviest cargo aircraft Antonov AN -225 Mriya – touched down on Jinnah International Airport Karachi late on Saturday. Antonov AN -225 consists of six engines, and it made an emergency landing in the provincial capital of Sindh after …

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Turkey hosts critical summit on Syria with Russia, Iran

ANKARA -AFP/UNS: The presidents of Iran, Turkey and Russia met on Wednesday for their second tripartite summit in under six months, aiming to speed the peace process for Syria and bolster their influence in the country. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted his Russian and …

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Russia,OPEC consider 10- to 20-year oil alliance – Saudi Crown Prince

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia and Russia are working on a historic long-term pact that could extend controls over world crude supplies by major exporters for many years. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Reuters that Riyadh and Moscow were considering a deal …

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