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Afghanistan’s financial assets should be unfrozen: Putin

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Afghanistan should receive economic support and get its financial assets unfrozen as its stability was in the interest of all its neighbours. Washington has said it has no plans to release billions

Russia offered US use of Central Asia bases for Afghan operations: Report

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin in June offered US counterpart Joe Biden the use of Russian military bases in Central Asia for information gathering from Afghanistan, a Russian newspaper reported as American troops leave the country. Taliban fighters have made major

Biden gifts Putin pair of iconic American-made aviators

WASHINGTON: During his first meeting with Vladimir Putin in Geneva this week, President Joe Biden gifted his Russian counterpart a pair of American-made sunglasses in the US leader’s signature aviator style. Peter Waszkiewicz, head of Randolph Engineering, said he felt

Biden holds ‘constructive’ dialogue with Putin in Geneva summit

GENEVA: US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin decided at a “pragmatic” first summit on Wednesday to hold arms control and cyber-security talks and return their respective ambassadors, while agreeing to differ on other issues. The discussions at

Russia to charge visiting foreigners for vaccination

MOSCOW: Russia may provide coronavirus vaccinations for a fee to foreigners who travel to the country, President Vladimir Putin told an economic forum, as Moscow seeks to enhance its global reputation with its Sputnik V vaccine. Addressing the St Petersburg

Hollywood actor Steven Seagal joins pro-Kremlin party

MOSCOW: Hollywood actor Steven Seagal, a long-time admirer of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has joined a pro-Kremlin party. Seagal received a party membership card of an alliance named Just Russia – Patriots – For Truth, a video relased by the

Putin warns West of harsh response if it crosses ‘red lines’

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin warned the West not to cross Russia’s “red lines”, saying Moscow would respond swiftly and harshly to any provocations and those responsible would regret it. At a time of acute crisis in ties with the United

Biden invites Xi, Putin at virtual climate summit

WASHINGTON: The United States has invited the leaders of China and Russia to participate in a global summit on climate change in April, said US President Joe Biden. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin were among 40

Putin gets COVID-19 vaccination behind closed doors

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin was vaccinated against Covid-19 on Tuesday out of sight of the cameras, his spokesman said, raising questions whether the gesture will boost comparatively low immunization rates in Russia. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin is

Biden, Putin extends greetings on Pakistan Day

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden has felicitated President Alvi on Pakistan Day and expressed the resolve to strengthen partnership with Pakistan in future. He said this in a letter to President Arif Alvi felicitating him and Pakistani nation on the

‘Takes one to know one’: Putin mocks Biden over ‘killer’ comment

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin mocked Joe Biden for calling him a “killer” – saying “it takes one to know one” – as ties between Moscow and Washington sank to new lows. US President Biden’s comments sparked the biggest crisis

Putin is a ‘killer’, will pay the price for election meddling: Biden

WASHINGTON: Russia called its US ambassador back to Moscow for consultations after President Joe Biden described Vladimir Putin as a “killer” who would “pay a price” for election meddling, prompting the first major diplomatic crisis for the American president. In

Russian court jails Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

MOSCOW: A Russian court jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Tuesday in a ruling the opposition politician blamed on President Vladimir Putin’s personal hatred and fear of him. The Moscow court handed Navalny a three-and-a-half-year sentence, but his lawyer said

Putin to remain Russian President till 2036

MOSCOW: Russians voting overwhelmingly for constitutional changes allowing Vladimir Putin to run again for president twice and stay in power until 2036. Official results showed that Putin who has ruled Russia for more than two decades as president or prime

Russian govt resigns after Putin calls for reforms

MOSCOW: Russia’s government resigned on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin proposed a shake-up of the constitution in a shock announcement. The resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev came after the president used his annual state of the nation address to

Russia reacts with anger after doping ban from Olympics

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Moscow had grounds to appeal a decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency to bar Russia from major sporting events, a move he said violated the Olympic charter. The World Anti-Doping Agency

Putin arrives in UAE seeking $1.3 billion in investments

ABU DHABI: President Vladimir Putin visited Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, seeking to attract over $1.3 billion worth of investments in Russia’s economy. Putin, who came to the United Arab Emirates a day after signing a key oil deal with Saudi

Putin visits Saudi Arabia for first time in over a decade

RIYADH: Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Saudi Arabia on Monday for the first time in over a decade, seeking to capitalise on growing influence born of military advances in Syria, strong ties with regional rivals and cooperation on energy policy.