Trudeau rejects inviting Russia to G7 summit

OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has rejected Russia’s participation in a coming summit of the G7 nations despite host US President Donald Trump’s willingness to invite the nation. “Russia was excluded from the G7 after it invaded Crimea a

Trump postpones G7 summit, invites other countries

WASHINGTON: United States President Donald Trump has postponed the G7 summit scheduled to take place in June and to invite other countries including Russia to join the meeting. “I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going

Russia becomes second-highest coronavirus epicenter after US

MOSCOW: Russia has become the world’s second-highest infected country after the United States with 290,678 cases of coronavirus reported so far. Under 9,000 new coronavirus cases have been recorded for the first time since early May as anti-virus restrictions ease.

US accuses China, Russia of coordinating on virus conspiracies

WASHINGTON: The United States has accused China and Russia of stepping up cooperation to spread false narratives over the coronavirus pandemic. “Even before the COVID-19 crisis we assessed a certain level of coordination between Russia and the PRC in the

PM wishes ‘speedy recovery’ to COVID-19 positive Russian counterpart

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has wished his Russian counterpart Mikhail Mishustin good health and speedy recovery from the novel coronavirus. In a tweet, the prime minister said Pakistan stands together with Russian friends in battling the challenge of coronavirus,

Crude price surge as top oil producers agree historic cuts

LONDON: Global crude prices went soaring on Monday as oil-producing countries agreed on historic output cuts to prop up prices hammered by the coronavirus crisis and a Russia-Saudi price war The US benchmark WTI climbed 7.7 percent to $24.52 a

Oil crashes after Saudi Arabia declares price war with Russia

Oil prices witnessed historic collapse by almost 30 percent today (Monday) after Saudi Arabia started a price war with Russia by slashing its selling prices and set plans for a dramatic increase in crude production in April. US oil prices

Turkey-Russia agree ceasefire in Idlib after Moscow meeting

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have announced a military ceasefire in Idlib, aiming to halt intense fighting that has sparked a humanitarian disaster and raised fears of their armies clashing. Both the leaders agreed

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

Japan, Russia take step to resolve WWII islands dispute

MOSCOW: Japan and Russian’s foreign ministers met on Thursday aimed to resolve a territorial dispute of islands, that has prevented them from signing a formal WWII peace treaty. The Soviet Union seized the strategically located volcanic archipelago north of Japan’s

Trump warned Russia on election meddling, says Pompeo

WASHINGTON: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during their meeting that Moscow’s meddling in America’s elections is unacceptable. Trump on Tuesday met with Lavrov at the White

Army chief meets British envoy, Russian trade minister

RAWALPINDI: The newly-appointed British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Dr Christian Turner, on Wednesday called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa here at the General Headquarters. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Gen Bajwa “welcomed him to

Russia to expand cooperation with Pakistan in multiple sectors

ISLAMABAD: The Russia delegation led by its trade minister Denis Manturov during the sixth meeting of Pakistan-Russia Inter-governmental Commission said that it would expand cooperation in multiple sectors with Pakistan. Denis Manturov said that the industrial sector, agriculture, energy, medicine,

Russia assistance in development projects beneficial: minister

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar on Wednesday said that Russian involvement in development projects will be mutually beneficial both Russia and Pakistan. Addressing a press conference alongside Russian Trade Minister Denis Valentinovich in Islamabad, the minister specifically

Russian delegation reaches Pakistan to hold 6th IGC meeting

ISLAMABAD: Russian delegation led by its trade minister Denis Manturovarrived has arrived in Pakistan to hold the sixth meeting of the Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC). Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar welcomed the Russian delegation upon its arrival at the

Russia to miss Olympics 2020 after doping ban

LAUSANNE: Russia will miss next year’s Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Games after the World Anti-Doping Agency banned the country from global sporting events for four years over manipulated doping data. WADA’s executive committee decided that Russia be

Turkey, Russia working on new S-400 missile contract

MOSCOW: Russia and Turkey are working on a contract for the delivery of a new batch of Russian S-400 missile systems. Such a deal would be likely to further strain Ankara’s relations with Washington which has suspended Turkey from the

Despite US threats Turkey tests Russian missile defences

ANKARA: Turkey began testing its Russian missile defence system on Monday, despite repeated calls from the United States that it could lead to sanctions. Planes, including F-16 fighter jets, circled the Murted military base in Ankara province to test the

Germany marks 30 years since Berlin Wall fell

BERLIN: Germany marks 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall that ushered in the end of communism and national reunification, as the Western alliance that helped secure those achievements is riddled with divisions. Two days before the date

US warns Serbia off buying Russian missile systems

Skopje: US army warns Serbia to be “careful and cautious” about acquiring Russian air defence systems. US special envoy Matthew Palmer said, “We do of course have concerns not just about the deployment of Russian military equipment on the territory

Turkey and Russia launch joint patrols in Syria

DERBASIYEH: Turkey and Russia held a first joint patrol in northern Syria to verify whether Kurdish forces have withdrawn from the border as a part of the deal. The patrols began near the border town of Derbasiyeh, where Kurdish fighters have

Afghan Talks in Moscow

A few years ago, it was unfathomable that Russia and China would influence the Afghan peace process. With the United States facing Trump’s mood swings and Britain in a Brexit quagmire, these countries are taking over as world leadership if

Four-party Moscow talks urges political settlement in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Representatives of Russia, China, the United States and Pakistan have agreed that a negotiated political settlement is the only road to peace in Afghanistan, including an early resumption of direct US talks with the Taliban. The four-party talks in

Afghan rivals to meet in China after US talks stall

KABUL: China is organising talks among Afghanistan’s rival factions as part of efforts to end years of war after negotiations between the Taliban and the United States on the withdrawal of US forces broke down, Afghan officials said on Wednesday.

Pakistan to attend Moscow talks on Afghan peace process

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will attend the upcoming four-party meeting on Afghan peace process scheduled to be in Moscow, Foreign Office spokesman Dr Faisal Muhammad confirmed on Wednesday. During the weekly press briefing, the spokesman said that Pakistan will be represented by

Russia bids farewell to first man who walked in space

MOSCOW: Hundreds of people including Russian and US astronauts and top officials bid farewell on Tuesday to Alexei Leonov, a legendary Soviet cosmonaut who was the first man to perform a spacewalk. Thomas Stafford, an 89-year-old retired NASA astronaut, Valentina

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.

Warden beaten to death by Russian female inmates at Gadani jail

QUETTA: A woman police constable was murdered on Monday evening allegedly by three female Russian inmates at Gadani Central Jail, in Lasbela district of Balochistan. Police officials identified the murdered police constable as 23-year-old Zoya Binte Yahya, a resident of

Pak-Russia decides to exclude Delhi from anti-terror forum

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Russia have decided to exclude New Delhi from parliamentary forum on anti-terrorism, following the deteriorating conditions of the residents of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK). The decision of excluding India came to light after the 4th meeting of