Russians land on earth after filming first movie in space

A Russian actress and director have landed on their scheduled time on earth after filming their first-ever movie in space. On Sunday, after spending 12 days on International Space Station (ISS), Russian actress and director landed as scheduled on Kazakhstan’s

Pak-Russia joint counter terrorism exercise Druzhba-VI concludes

RAWALPINDI: The Joint Counter Terrorism Operations Exercise Druzhba-VI by special forces of Russia and Pakistan has concluded. According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the closing Ceremony of Exercise Druzhba-VI was held at Molkino Training Area, Krasnodar, Russia, which featured

Russian Trade ministry to monitor more rice factories in Pakistan

KARACHI: The federal government has taken steps to increase the country’s exports as Russia recently increased the volume of rice imports from Pakistan. The Russian Trade ministry will monitor more rice factories via video link with the collaboration of the

Russia reports record COVID-19-related deaths

MOSCOW: Russia has registered its highest coronavirus death toll for a second day running, as new cases are on the rise driven by the Delta variant and slow vaccination rates. A government tally reported 857 fatalities over the past 24

North Korea tests new hypersonic missile

SEOUL: The projectile North Korea fired off its east coast on Tuesday was a newly developed hypersonic missile, state news media reported, the latest in a series of new weapons tested by the reclusive state. North Korea fired the missile

Eight killed, several injured in shooting at Russian university

MOSCOW: A student gunman opened fire at a university in the Russian city of Perm on Monday, killing eight people and injuring six others, law enforcement authorities said. The gunman was detained shortly after the incident  located around 1,300 kilometres

US confronts China

After the withdrawal from Afghanistan, US President Biden had said that their main target will now be to tackle the growing threat from China and Russia. In this regard, US, Britain and Australia have signed a new security alliance in

Relations with Russia key priorities of foreign policy: FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Heads of State meeting in Dushanbe. The two leaders exchanged views on bilateral relations and

Medvedev wins US Open to end Djokovic’s calendar Grand Slam bid

NEW YORK: Daniil Medvedev shattered Novak Djokovic’s Grand Slam with a straight sets victory in the US Open final here Sunday, denying the world number one a record-breaking 21st major men’s singles title. Russia’s second-ranked Medvedev dominated Djokovic 6-4, 6-4,

President Biden to host virtual democracy summit on Dec 9-10

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden will gather world leaders in December for a virtual “Summit for Democracy” that is being seen as a challenge to authoritarian China and an alternative to the traditional G20 meeting. Biden is seeking to bring

FM Qureshi meets Russian counterpart in Dushanbe 

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday expressed commitment to strengthen bilateral relations in all spheres of cooperation. In a meeting held on the sidelines of the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers meeting

NSA Mooed Yusuf meets Russian counterpart in Dushanbe

ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser Dr Moeed Yusuf on Wednesday met with his Russian counterpart during his visit to Tajikistan, who extended a special invitation to visit Moscow. Dr Moeed Yousuf met with Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Nikolai

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

Pakistan, Russia sign agreement to build Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Russia signed an inter-government agreement to develop ‘Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline’ for gas transportation from Karachi to Kasur. In this regard, both countries signed a protocol on the amendments to the Agreement on North-South Gas Pipeline Project

Pakistan values its relationship with Russia: Gen Bajwa

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said Pakistan valued its relations with Russia and hoped for furthering military relations between the two countries. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) media release, Russian Ambassador Danila V. Ganich,

Blinken, Lavrov agree to work together despite ‘serious differences’

REYKJAVIK: Top diplomats from the United States and Russia in their first in-person meeting stressed that the former Cold War foes have serious differences in how they view world affairs but struck an optimistic tone for the talks, saying the

Afghan parties urged to reach negotiated settlement, reduce violence

DOHA: The extended Troika on peaceful settlement in Afghanistan – the United States, Russia, China and Pakistan – in a joint statement expressed hope that the Taliban will prevent terrorist groups from using Afghan territory to threaten the security of

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

Czech govt expels 18 Russian diplomats over 2014 blast

PRAGUE: The Czech government said it would expel 18 Russian diplomats identified by local intelligence as secret agents of the Russian SVR and GRU services suspected of involvement in a 2014 explosion. Czech police also said they were seeking two

Russia to expel 10 US diplomats in retaliation over sanctions

MOSCOW: Russia has asked 10 US diplomats to leave the country in retaliation for Washington’s expulsion of the same number of Russian diplomats over alleged malign activity and suggested the US ambassador return home for consultations. The measures, part of

Pakistan-Russian relations

The visit by Sergey Lavrov, the first by a Russian foreign minister in nearly a decade, is highly significant and could change regional dynamics. It could also pave the way for Russian President Putin’s first ever visit to Pakistan which

Russia, Pakistan reaffirm to strengthen bilateral ties

ISLAMABAD: The foreign ministers of Pakistan and Russia on Wednesday held delegation-level talks focusing on a wide range of bilateral relations including economy, trade and defence. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov led their respective

SHC orders fixing price of privately-imported COVID-19 vaccine

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has directed the federal government to fix the price of the COVID-19 vaccine imported by the private sector in a week. A two-member bench comprising Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Amjad Ali Sahito

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

Indian firm to produce 200mn doses of Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccine

MOSCOW: The backer of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine has signed an agreement with an India-based pharmaceuticals giant for the production of up to 200 million doses of the jab a year. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the country’s

US-India ties under Biden

It has been two months since Joe Biden took over as US President but there has been no outreach towards Pakistan. On the other hand, Biden has already sent Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin to Indian to discuss bilateral ties, which