International Middle East

Putin to hold talks with Iranian President in Moscow

Moscow [Russia] (ANI/Sputnik): Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks in Moscow with his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi, the leaders plan to discuss joint projects in the economy and the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program, as well as international issues.“On January 19, Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ebrahim Raisi will hold talks in Moscow. They plan to discuss the entire range of issues of bilateral cooperation, including implementation of joint projects in the trade and economic sphere, as well as current international and regional topics,” the Kremlin said in a statement. Attention will also be paid to the implementation of the JCPOA, it said. (Image source: Instagram)

International UK News

UK supplied Ukraine thousands of light anti-tank missiles amid tensions with Russia

London [UK] (ANI): The British government has said that it supplied Ukraine with several thousands of light anti-tank missiles amid tensions with Russia, reported Sputnik.James Heappey, UK Minister for Armed Forces, said that London supplied several thousands of light anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, according to Sputnik. Emphasizing that Ukraine is a proud sovereign nation, said Heappey, adding that Ukrainians are ready to fight for every inch of their country.On Tuesday, the UK had said that its military airlifted a batch of light anti-tank weapons to Ukraine for self-defense.Meanwhile, the Russian embassy in Washington has said that the US should reaffirm its interest in the diplomatic resolution of tensions around Ukraine by refusing to supply weapons to Kiev.“If the United States is truly committed to diplomatic efforts to resolve the intra-Ukrainian conflict, it should abandon plans to supply new batches of weapons for the Armed…

Europe International

Polish Foreign Minister Rau to visit Moscow in mid-February

Warsaw [Poland] (ANI/Sputnik): Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, who is concurrently the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow in mid-February, Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman Lukasz Jasina said on Saturday.“In the middle of the next month – most likely on February 15 – the OSCE chairman will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov,” Jasina said, as quoted by the Polish Press Agency. He noted that a visit to Moscow is a normal procedure for the OSCE chairman, since Russia is one of the most important members of the organization. (Image source: Instagram)

Europe International

First Russian units from CSTO mission board planes in Almaty to return home: Moscow

Moscow [Russia] (ANI/Sputnik): First Russian military units from the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) mission in Kazakhstan have boarded planes in the Almaty airport to return to their permanent deployment bases, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday.“The first units of Russian Aerospace Forces from the collective peacekeeping forces of the CSTO in Kazakhstan loaded standard equipment and personnel into the aircraft of the military transport aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces and flew from Almaty airport to the point of permanent deployment,” the ministry said in a statement. (Image source: Instagram)

International US News

US House lawmakers to propose Bill to boost Ukraine Defense aid, sanction Russia

Washington [US] (ANI/Sputnik): House Republicans are set to introduce legislation that would boost US defense aid to Ukraine and reimpose sanctions on Russia if passed, Politico reported, citing a draft copy of the bill.The bill’s Senate counterpart of the proposed legislation, entitled the “Guaranteeing Ukrainian Autonomy by Reinforcing its Defense (GUARD) Act,” was introduced in mid-December. The move comes amid increased tensions between Russia, the US and its allies over the buildup of Russian forces near the Ukrainian border. “President Biden is failing to adequately arm Ukraine & deter Russia’s military buildup. Today, I joined my House colleagues in reaffirming our commitment to Ukraine. The U.S. can no longer afford to be weak on the international stage,” Representative Mike Turner said on Monday in a tweet with a link to the report.A draft copy of the legislation calls for $200 million in aid to…

International UK News

India welcomes Joint Statement by US, UK, Russia, France and China, aimed at preventing nuclear war and arms race

New Delhi [India]: India on Friday welcomed the Joint Statement on preventing nuclear war and avoiding arms race which was given by the leaders of China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States on Monday.“We welcome the Joint Statement this week, which reaffirms the importance of addressing nuclear threats, and underscores the desire to work towards creating a security environment more conducive to progress on disarmament with the ultimate goal of a world without nuclear weapons with undiminished security for all.”, said Bagchi in a statement. Bagchi cleared India’s stance on the No First Use posture and the non-use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear-weapon states.“As a responsible nuclear weapon state, India has a doctrine of maintaining a credible minimum deterrence based on a No First Use posture and non-use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear-weapon states. India remains committed to the goal of…

Europe International

US diplomat Sherman to meet with European allies ahead of Russia Talks: US State Department

Washington [US]: US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will meet with European allies in Switzerland and Belgium to jointly prepare for a series of security meetings with Russia next week, US State Department said.“Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman will travel to Switzerland and Belgium from January 8 to January 13,” the State Department said in a press release said on Thursday. “On January 11, she will meet with representatives from the EU institutions and jointly prepare with Allies for the NATO-Russia Council meeting.” Sherman will lead the US delegation during a session of the United States-Russia bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue and will be joined by Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie Jenkins and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Chris Robinson, the release said.During the bilateral meeting with Russia on January…

Asia International

Kazakh President Tokayev seeks help from Russia-led alliance to quell unrest

Nur-Sultan [Kazakhstan]: Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Thursday sought help from a Russia-led security alliance of former Soviet states to quell the unrest in his country.Tokayev sought military support from the six-member Collective Security Treaty Organization, reported NHK World. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who chairs the CSTO, revealed that the organization has decided to send peacekeeping forces to Kazakhstan for a limited period.Protests over soaring fuel prices have been held across Kazakhstan since the beginning of this year.Meanwhile, a massive protest took place today in the western town of Zhanaozen against the doubling of the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), which most Kazakhs use as car fuel, according to the media outlet.It reported that the price rise came as the country ended a gradual transition to electronic trading for LPG to halt state subsidies for fuel and let the market dictate prices.Demonstrations…

Europe International

Russia Foreign Minister denies official recognition of Taliban authorities

Moscow [Russia]: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has emphasized that official recognition of Taliban regime in Afghanistan which took power in August last year is not possible despite maintaining working contacts.Official recognition of the government of the Taliban movement in Kabul will depend on how their promises are fulfilled, including on countering threats emanating from the territory of Afghanistan, stated Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, according to Frontier Post. Further, Russia maintains working contacts with representatives of the Taliban movement (banned in the Russian Federation) who came to power in Afghanistan, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.“We maintain working contacts with representatives of the new Afghan authorities, including through our embassy in Kabul. In the context of the socio-economic crisis, the humanitarian sphere is becoming a particularly urgent area of practical interaction,” the Russian Foreign Minister noted.Russian Foreign Minister recalled that the Russian…

Europe International

Putin warns Biden of severing relations if West imposes sanctions on Russia over Ukraine situation

Moscow [Russia]: Stressing that the call between Russian and the US President was substantive and specific, a Kremlin aide has said that President Vladimir Putin has warned his American counterpart, Joe Biden, of severing relations if West decides to impose sanctions on Moscow over the situation in Ukraine.Biden warned Putin about new financial, military and economic sanctions against Russia in case of the escalation in tensions along its western borders during the phone call between the two leaders, according to Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov. “Our president clearly responded that this would be a big mistake that of course may result in the full severance of relations,” Sputnik quoted Ushakov as saying. Putin added that such sanctions would have serious consequences and expressed hope this would not happen.Ushakov has also said that the talks between the two leaders were substantive and specific.“In principle, we are…

International US News

Biden says ‘we’ll see’ when asked about possible Jan 10 meeting with Putin: White House

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden acknowledged the possibility of holding a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on January 10, the White House said in a pool report.“We’ll see,” Biden said on Tuesday in response to a question about a possible meeting with Putin on January 10. The meeting would take place days before a reported Russia-NATO meeting on January 12 and a Russia-Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on January 13.The United States and Russia are expected to hold talks on arms control and the situation in Ukraine on January 10.Putin said earlier in December following a virtual meeting between him and Biden that they will have to meet again, possibly also in a video format. The two leaders last met in person in Geneva last June.

International Middle East

Syrian state TV says Israel attacked Latakia, near Russia’s Hmeimim airbase

Damascus [Syria]: Syrian state television reported that Israel attacked Latakia, near which Russia’s Hmeimim airbase is located, with missiles.Syrian air defence systems were used to repel the attack, it said. The attack reportedly targeted a container site in a trade port in the Syrian province.

Europe International

Former Soviet leader Gorbachev stresses dialogue between Russia, US amid tensions over Ukraine

Moscow [Russia]: On the eve of the 30th anniversary of USSR disintegration, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Friday stressed the importance of continued dialogue amid tensions between Russia and the US.Russia’s Interfax news agency carried a written interview with the 90-year-old Gorbachev, one day before the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union, reported NHK World. Many people in Russia blame Gorbachev for the collapse of the USSR. In a survey released by an independent polling firm on Friday, 63 per cent of respondents expressed regret over the dissolution, reported NHK World.Gorbachev said the Soviet Union’s demise should not be blamed on his policy of perestroika, or restructuring, stressing that it allowed people to enjoy many rights and freedoms, such as those of speech and assembly.The world’s first socialist country maintained one-party rule by the Communist Party from its foundation in…

Europe International

US, UK send cyberwarfare teams to Ukraine amid concerns over Russia

Washington [US]: The United States and the United Kingdom sent cyberwarfare teams to Ukraine over concerns Russia could potentially launch a cyber attack, the New York Times reported.The report said on Monday that the United States and the United Kingdom think Russian President Vladimir Putin may soon attempt to launch a cyberattack targeting Ukraine’s electrical grid, banking system and other critical infrastructure. US officials declined to describe the type of cyber teams that were sent to Ukraine while the UK government described its support to Ukraine as defensive in nature, the report said.The report added, citing US intelligence, that Putin may be trying to make Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy look inept.Tensions around Ukraine have been aggravated in the pa several weeks by an alleged Russian troop buildup near the Ukrainian border and claims of preparations for an invasion. Russia has repeatedly denied those accusations,…

Europe International

EU Foreign Policy chief warns against ‘excluding’ Brussels from security talks with Russia

Brussels [Belgium]: EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell claims that Moscow could try to exclude the European Union from talks on security guarantees.“Russia’s ultimate intentions are not clear, except that it seeks to threaten and weaken Ukraine. Different scenarios can unfold. …We cannot exclude Russia’s desire to use this crisis as leverage for its declared purpose to reshape the security framework in Europe, also excluding the Europeans from the discussions,” Borrell said on his blog on Sunday. He emphasized that any Russian action against Ukraine and its sovereignty would have serious consequences and expressed hope that the US will not allow Brussels to get excluded from talks on security.“…the EU must of course be at the table of any discussion on the European security architecture. Russia’s Foreign Ministry this Friday released a draft proposal on security guarantees between Russia and the US as well…

Asia International

Russia, India, China discussing possibility of in-person summit, says Russian envoy

New Delhi (India): Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev said on Friday that Russia, India and China are discussing the possibility of in-person summit meeting between the leaders of three countries.“Russia, India, China are discussing the possibility of a summit. This is to be expected in the near future. The natural preference is that the leaders of the three countries meet in person,” Kudashev said. Asked about the possible dates of the summit, Kudashev said Kremlin has mentioned “in near future, which could be the beginning of next year possibly”.To a question if Russia has offered an S-500 missile system to India, the envoy said, “our latest military technologies are always open to you (India).”The envoy said the annual summit between India and Russia held earlier this month was “very successful” and several issues were discussed.There has been no bilateral summit meeting between Prime…

Europe International

EU leaders unanimously vote for prolonging Russia sanctions

Brussels [Belgium]: Leaders of the EU countries have unanimously voted for the prolongation of sanctions against Russia during the EU summit in Brussels, European Council President Charles Michel said on Friday.“Massive consequences & severe cost will follow if Russia takes further military action against Ukraine. #EUCO leaders unanimously agreed to roll over economic sanctions against Russia. We call on Russia to keep its part of the bargain and proceed with Minsk implementation,” Michel wrote on its Twitter page. According to the EU Summit, the existing restrictions have a significant economic impact on the Russian economy and deprive Moscow of an access to sensitive technologies.“Sanctions limit access to EU primary and secondary capital markets for certain Russian banks and companies and prohibit forms of financial assistance and brokering towards Russian financial institutions. The measures also prohibit the direct or indirect import, export or transfer of…

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Putin expresses willingness to attend Beijing Olympics’ opening ceremony

Moscow [Russia]: Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed willingness to attend the opening ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics during his virtual summit on Wednesday with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.Putin’s remarks come as the United States and some other democratic countries such as Britain and Australia intend to implement a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Games slated for February next year, Kyodo News reported. “I expect that we will finally be able to meet in person in Beijing next February. As we agreed earlier, we will hold talks before attending the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games,” Putin was quoted by the news agency as telling Xi.Japan, a close U.S. ally that has heavily relied on China in economic terms, is also considering not sending Cabinet ministers to the Beijing Olympics, in line with the U.S.-led diplomatic boycott amid mounting criticism over…

Asia International

Russia increases military co-operation with Indonesia

Moscow [Russia]: Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev held a series of high-level consultations with Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs of Indonesia Mohammad Mahfud in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, during which both sides explored ways of expanding military and military-technical cooperation between the countries, the Russian Security Council said on Tuesday.The meeting was also attended by representatives of military departments, special services, financial monitoring services, law enforcement agencies, and ministries of justice of the two countries. “The parties identified ways to expand military and military-technical cooperation, as well as collaboration on legal and regulatory issues and ensuring international information security,” the council said in a statement.The parties considered the prospects for cooperation in combating drug trafficking and organised crime, as well as countering terrorism. The issues of combating the laundering of the proceeds of crime and terrorism were also discussed.The…

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India may become first in line to buy Russian air defence system S-500, says Russian Deputy PM Borisov

Moscow [Russia]: Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov on Monday said that India may become the first in line to buy Russian air defence system S-500, if it expresses such a desire after the Russian Armed Forces receive them in the required quantity.This comes as Russia has started the delivery of the S400 Triumf surface to air missile system to India, under the agreement signed by the Narendra Modi government even as the US continues to threaten possible sanctions over New Delhi’s military engagement with Moscow. “India will probably be the first on the list if it expresses a desire to buy these modern means,” Borisov said in an interview with the RBC broadcaster, as quoted by Russian news agency Sputnik. Russian Deputy PM also specified that Moscow would export the S-500s only after these systems are delivered to the Russian troops in the…

Europe International

Xi Jinping, Putin to hold talks via video link on Dec 15

Beijing [China]: Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a virtual meeting on December 15, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Monday.“President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping on December 15 from Beijing will hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin via videoconference,” Sputnik quoted Hua as saying. The diplomat did not provide any further details.Amid escalating tensions with the West, China and Russia are strengthening ties.On foreign policy, Beijing and Moscow share similar approaches to Iran, Syria and Venezuela, and recently revived a push to lift United Nations sanctions on North Korea.

Europe International

Russia to launch third Angara-A5 Heavy rocket on December 23

Moscow [Russia]: Russian heavy-lift rocket Angara-A5 will be launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the country’s northwest on December 23, marking the third of 17 such launches scheduled to take place before 2028, a source in the rocket and space industry told Sputnik.“The launch of Angara-A5 will take place on December 23 at 18:00 [Moscow time, 15:00 GMT],” the source said. The reserve date for the launch is December 24, the source added.The first two launches of the Angara heavy rocket took place at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on December 23, 2014 and December 14, 2020 .In October, the Russian Defense Ministry announced plans to carry out 17 launches of the new Angara-A5 heavy-lift rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome before the end of 2027, including one in 2021 and two in 2022.Angara is a family of Russian environmentally friendly carrier rockets ranging from light to…

Europe International

Russian embassy calls US Senator’s words about nuclear weapons irresponsible

Washington [US]: The Russian Embassy in the United States called the statements by US Republican Senator Roger Wicker about the possible use of nuclear weapons against Russia because of reports of an alleged escalation at the Ukrainian border irresponsible and ill-considered.The embassy noted that earlier, in an interview with Fox News, Wicker, commenting on the situation related to the internal Ukrainian crisis, recommended that US President Joe Biden, in the event of an aggravation of the situation, not rule out the possibility of military action, including preventive use of nuclear weapons against Russia. “Such statements are irresponsible. We advise all the unenlightened to read the joint statement of the Presidents of Russia and the United States of June 16, 2021, thoroughly. This document reaffirms the two countries committed to the principle that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought,” the…

Africa International

Nigeria mulls buying Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, getting shot as donation

Moscow [Russia]: Nigeria is considering the procurement of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, but does not exclude the option of receiving it from Russia as a donation, Nigerian Ambassador in Moscow Abdullahi Shehu told Sputnik in his first interview since taking office.“You see there are two ways, either Nigeria will make a budget to acquire or maybe the Russian government can donate as part of its technical assistance to Nigeria. So … we are putting two options on the table. As Nigeria has already approved the use of Sputnik V in our country but we have not concluded discussions as to whether Russia will support Nigeria as part of technical assistance or Nigeria will have to purchase the Sputnik V,” Shehu said. Nigeria’s national drug regulator authorized the use of the Russian vaccine in mid-July. To date, Sputnik V has been authorized in 71…

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Biden warns Putin of strong measures if Russia escalates in Ukraine

Washington [US]: Raising concerns over Russia’s military build-up near the Ukraine border, US President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin of strong economic measures.Biden and Putin on Tuesday held their bilateral talks in a video conference format. According to CNN, President Biden told his Russian counterpart that the US is prepared to launch strong economic measures that would cause a bigger punch than the sanctions issued in 2014 that failed to stop Russia from occupying Crimea.“I will look you in the eye and tell you, as President Biden looked Putin in the eye and told him today, that things we did not do in 2014 we are prepared to do now,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan told mediapersons after Biden’s call with Putin on Tuesday.Recent US intelligence findings estimate Russia could begin a military offensive in Ukraine in a matter…

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India, Russia discuss Afghanistan, condemn cross-border terrorism; ink deal on AK-203 rifles, 28 pacts

New Delhi [India]: India and Russia on Monday discussed the evolving situation in Afghanistan, especially the security situation and its implications in the region, as they condemned the cross-border movement of terrorists and inked a deal for joint production of over six lakh AK-203 rifles in Uttar Pradesh.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian Vladimir President Putin held the 21st annual summit on Monday, hours after the two nations held their maiden 2+2 dialogue. During Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “short but highly productive and substantive” visit for the annual summit, India and Russia signed 28 MoUs and agreements including that on a programme of the Military-Technical Cooperation from 2021-2031.In his opening remarks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India and Russia have not only cooperated with each other without any hesitation but have also taken special care of each other’s sensitivities.“There have been many fundamental changes…

Europe International

Greek Prime Minister to visit Russia, meet President Putin

Athens [Greece]: Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit Russia on Wednesday and meet with President Vladimir Putin, government spokesman Yiannis Oikonomou said on Monday.“The prime minister will be in Sochi on Wednesday, where his first meeting as the prime minister will be with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he met as opposition leader in Athens in 2016,” Oikonomou told a press conference.

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PM Modi, Russian President hold annual summit meeting

New Delhi [India]: The meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin for the 21st India- Russia Annual Summit has begun at the Hyderabad House here on Monday.This is the first in-person between them since they met on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in 2019 in Brasilia. There have been six telephonic conversations between the two leaders since then apart from the virtual meetings that they’ve attended for multilateral summits. The visit is in continuation of the tradition of annual summits held alternately in India and Russia.Earlier in the day, the two countries held their first 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue.The two countries on Monday signed an agreement for the procurement of 6,01,427 assault rifles AK-203 through Indo-Russia Rifles Pvt Ltd, under the military-technical cooperation arrangement for 2021-31.Putin had said on Wednesday that he intends to discuss with Prime Minister Narendra Modi…

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EAM Jaishankar meets Russian counterpart ahead of 2 plus 2 ministerial dialogue

New Delhi [India]: External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Monday met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday ahead of the inaugural meeting of the 2 + 2 dialogue mechanism at the level of the foreign and defence ministers.The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) last month had said that the agenda for the “two plus two” format dialogue between India and the Russian Federation will cover “political and defence issues of mutual interest”. “The agenda for the dialogue will cover political and defence issues of mutual interest. The establishment of this new mechanism of two plus two dialogue is expected to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had said last month.Earlier today, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met with Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu here at Sushma Swaraj Bhawan.Later in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and…

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EU’s Borrell says Brussels working to forestall conflict between Russia, Ukraine

Rome [Italy]: The European Union is making a diplomatic effort to prevent an escalation of tensions on the border between Russia and Ukraine, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell has said.Over the past several weeks, Ukraine and some Western countries have expressed concern about the alleged increase in what they characterize as “aggressive actions” by Russia on their border. Moscow, for its part, has rejected the accusations by saying it is moving troops within its own territory and at its own discretion. “We are using our diplomatic capacity to let Russia know that this [alleged attack] would be a grave violation of international law,” Borrell said in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, published late on Saturday.According to the EU official, at this stage, it is important to show Moscow “the range of possible outcomes.”“We are working to…

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PM Modi, Putin to meet with spotlight on India-Russia special, privileged strategic partnership

New Delhi [India]: As India prepares to host Russian President Vladimir Putin for the annual India-Russia summit, New Delhi’s time-tested and all-weather partnership with Moscow is back in the limelight.This will be the first in-person meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Putin after their meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Brasilia in November 2019. Putin decided to go ahead with the visit despite the emergence of a new COVID-19 strain Omicron which has affected the schedule of several bilateral and international summits.During the summit, PM Modi and the Russian President will review the prospects of bilateral relations and will discuss ways to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries.Putin’s visit assumes great significance as some analysts are questioning the future of India-Russia ties due to the improved Russian relations with China and Pakistan. Other experts have highlighted…

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US warns Russia to stay away from Ukraine, says any move may trigger ‘serious consequences’

Washington [US]: The US on Tuesday (local time) warned Russia to stay away from aggression in Ukraine and said that ‘any move’ from Moscow may trigger ‘serious consequences’.The remarks came from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken amid concerns that Russia could mount another invasion in Ukraine as Moscow’s military forces build up near the border, reported CNN. “It’s increasingly belligerent rhetoric, it’s recent buildup of forces. It’s unusual troop movements along Ukraine’s border,” Blinken said, adding that I’ll have a lot more to say about that tomorrow after I’ve had a chance to consult with our allies in the NATO meetings that started this afternoon.”“But for now, let me just reiterate that any escalatory actions by Russia would be of great concern to the United States as they would to Latvia and any renewed aggression can trigger serious consequences,” the Secretary added.Blinken made…

Asia International

Russia: ‘The Afghan money must be unblocked from western banks, primarily US’

Moscow [Russia]: Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, has called for unblocking and unfreezing of assets of Afghans in western banks, to curb the humanitarian crisis. “It is necessary to help the Afghan people, at least the money must be unblocked, the Afghan money, which is in accounts with Western banks, primarily in the United States, must be unblocked and people must be allowed to solve at least elementary things,” Sputnik quoted Putin as saying at the VTB Investment Forum “Russia Calling!” on Tuesday.Putin in a statement stated that the money of Afghan people must be released that is stored in banks in the western countries, especially in the US. The step would help the Afghan people in the time of humanitarian crisis.

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Outgoing UK Chief of Defence Staff describes Russia as most acute threat

London [UK]: Outgoing UK Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Nick Carter said that from his point of view Russia poses the most acute threat to the UK national security.“I became head of the Army in the summer of 2014, and we were arguing at that stage as to whether the threat was from violent extremism or whether it was a state threat from Russia. At that stage, the violent extremism argument just about won. But then, in 2018, we had the attack on the Skripal family in Salisbury, and it became blindingly obvious that Russia was the most acute threat to our country,” Carter told The Telegraph. He stressed that the threats related to Russia and China were not conventional.“The way threats appear today are not so much as a conventional threat; rather it is what I call grey-zone activity, where opponents see the…

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Putin to visit India on December 6 for annual India-Russia summit

New Delhi [India]: Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive in New Delhi on December 6 for the annual India-Russia summit.This will be the first in-person meeting between Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi after their meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Brasilia in November 2019. During the summit, the leaders will review the state and prospects of bilateral relations between the two nations and will discuss ways to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi announced on Friday.“Russian President Vladamir Putin will pay an official visit to New Delhi on December 6 for 21st India, Russia annual Summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Bagchi said during a weekly press briefing.The summit will offer an opportunity to exchange views on regional multilateral and international issues of mutual interests, Bagchi noted.“The visit will further…

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US Senator introduces measure to trigger sanctions if Russia escalates Ukraine conflict

Washington [US],: US Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez introduced a measure this week that would trigger a broad range of sanctions against the Russian government if it engages in or supports a significant escalation of hostilities in or against Ukraine.“Substantial new sanctions should be imposed in the event that the Government of the Russian Federation engages in escalatory military or other offensive operations against Ukraine,” the amendment reads. Under the amendment, the US president will determine whether the Russian government is engaged in or knowingly supports a significant escalation in hostilities or hostile action in or against Ukraine compared to levels before November 1, 2021.The sanctions would target high-level Russian government and military officials, entities and officials tied to Nord Stream 2, Russian banks, and state-owned businesses.The measure would also ban primary and secondary sovereign debt transactions.Moreover, the measure would authorise additional security…

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US lawmakers introduce measure to end recognition of Putin as Russian President after 2024

Washington [US]: Two members of US Congress introduced a resolution to end the United States’ recognition of Vladimir Putin as president of Russia if he remains in power after 2024.In April, Putin signed a law that gives the Russian head of state the right to seek two more terms in office. In a referendum held last summer, more than 77 per cent of Russians who participated voted in favour of the constitutional amendments, according to Russia’s Central Election Commission. “Congressman Steve Cohen, Co-Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, better known as the Helsinki Commission, along with Ranking Member Joe Wilson of South Carolina, today introduced a Congressional Resolution to end recognition of Vladimir Putin as president of Russia after May 7, 2024, if the autocrat remains in power,” Cohen’s office said in a press release on Thursday.The resolution claims irregularities…

Asia International

First consignment of Russian humanitarian aid lands in Kabul

Kabul [Afghanistan]: The first Russian consignment of humanitarian aid arrived in Kabul on Thursday.According to Taliban officials, three planes carrying 36 tons of humanitarian assistance landed in Kabul and the consignment was handed over to them, reported Khaama Press. The aid that included flour, cooking oil, and blankets was given to the Deputy Minister of Information and Culture and spokesperson of the Taliban Zabiullah Mujahid.The Taliban officials expressed gratitude to the Russian government and called on other countries to continue providing the Afghan people with relief assistance, reported Khaama Press.Russia intends to send to Afghanistan a total amount of 108 tons of humanitarian aid from which the first tranche arrived and the other two will soon be dispatched to Afghanistan, added Khaama Press.UN Migration Agency raised concern over the ongoing humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, saying that Afghanistan may fall into “extreme poverty” by mid-2022…

Corona Updates

Russia records 36,626 new COVID-19 cases over past 24 hours

Moscow [Russia] : Russia has confirmed 36,626 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative total to 9,182,538, the response center said on Wednesday.“Over the past day, 36,626 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 2,335 cases (6.4%) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase fell to 0.40%. Moscow registered 2,966 new COVID-19 cases. The Russian capital was followed by Saint Petersburg with 2,793 new cases, and the Samara region with 1,785 new cases.The response center reported record 1,247 deaths linked to the coronavirus, bringing the country’s death toll to 259,084.In the same 24 hours, 36,388 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals across the country, bringing the total to 7,882,836.

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Afghanistan: Taliban undertake military parade on US vechiles, Russian helicopters

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Hundreds of members of the Taliban on Sunday gathered upon the US-made armed vehicles to undertake a military parade in the capital of Afghanistan.This was the second time when the group has undertaken a military parade after it ousted the democratically elected government in the country in August. The parade was supported by Russia-made helicopters, Khaama Press reported. Spokesperson of Taliban-formed Defense Ministry Enayatullah Khwarazmi said that the military show was held by the newly graduated soldiers.The developments came as the Taliban has said that they will soon form their own army, Khaama Press reported.Earlier in September, a bunch of helicopters was also seen flying over southern Afghanistan while jubilant Taliban members below stood aboard captured US military hardware as the Islamist group paraded them with pride.Meanwhile, more than ten weeks since the takeover of Afghanistan, the Taliban government is now facing…

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From delivery of S400 to Putin’s visit – India-Russia all set to deepen engagement

New Delhi [India]: Russia has started the delivery of the S400 Triumf surface to air missile system to India, under the agreement signed by the Narendra Modi government for over USD 5 billion. Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Dmitry Shugaev has told Russian media that deliveries have started reaching India as planned.Allaying the fear of possible sanctions that can be imposed by the United States under CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act), India decided to go ahead with the purchase of a missile defence system keeping in view its national interest and desire to upgrade its technology.As the delivery of S400 commenced, New Delhi is also preparing for the visit of Russian President Vladamir Putin, who is expected to visit India on December 6. This will be one of Putin’s first visits abroad post the COVID-19 pandemic.A section of…

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Russia ready to help resolve crisis on Polish-Belarusian border: Putin

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy [Russia] : Russia is ready to help resolve the crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border, where migrants are trying to cross over into the EU territory, President Vladimir Putin said.“We are ready to do everything possible to help [resolve the crisis], if, of course, there is something that depends on us,” Putin said, as aired on Rossiya 1 broadcaster.

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Pakistan Army chief meets envoys of US, Russia, China after Troika Plus meeting

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday discussed the situation in Afghanistan in separate meetings with the envoys of the United States, Russia, and China after the conclusion of the Troika Plus meet, reported local media.The meetings took place at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, reported Geo TV citing the statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Bajwa discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and the matters of “mutual interest” during the three meetings, reported the news channel citing the media wing of the Pakistani military.The army chief talked about the need for global convergence on Afghanistan to prevent the deepening of the humanitarian crisis.Earlier, the representative of the Troika Plus format urged the Taliban to cut ties with all terrorist groups and deprive them of the opportunity to act on Afghan territory.The statement was issued after the Troika Plus…

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Putin calls on WHO to accelerate recognition of new COVID-19 vaccines

Moscow [Russia]: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on the World Health Organization to accelerate the recognition of new COVID-19 vaccines, adding that the accessibility to doses in developing countries is low due to unfair compassion.“The WHO could expedite procedures for the prequalification of new vaccines and drugs, that is, assessing their quality, safety and efficacy,” Putin told the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

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Japan’s new Foreign Minister confirms intention to sign peace treaty with Russia

Tokyo [Japan] : Japan intends to resolve the issue of the ownership of the four disputed islands, Kunashir, Iturup, Shikotan and Habomai, and eventually sign a peace treaty with Russia, recently appointed Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said on Friday.“As for the peace treaty with Russia, we intend to resolve the issue of the ownership of the four islands and conclude a peace treaty, without shifting this responsibility onto future generations. We will be working on this on the basis of the previously reached agreements, including the agreement secured in Singapore in 2018,” Hayashi said at a press conference.

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Russia’s Lavrov urges western States to stop ‘sabotaging’ return of Syrian refugees

Moscow [Russia]: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called on the Western countries on Tuesday to cease undermining the return of Syrian refugees to their home country by flouting the UN mandate to create the conditions for repatriation.“All must respect all provisions of this resolution [2254]… It concerns the need for the West to stop sabotaging the requirement to create conditions for the return of refugees to the Syrian Arab Republic,” Lavrov said after the meeting with Vatican’s secretary for relations with states, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher in Moscow. The Russian minister went on to chide the Western states for not engaging in restoring Syria’s infrastructure.“The West, unfortunately, only collects money to keep these refugees in the countries where they left in the early years of the conflict, especially Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, and unwilling to do anything to rebuild the basic infrastructure for the…

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Russian NSA to visit India tomorrow to participate in ‘Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan’

New Delhi [India] : Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev is set to visit India on Wednesday to take part in ‘Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan’.“On November 10, the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev will visit the Republic of India. In New Delhi he will take part in a multilateral meeting of the National Security Advisers/ Secretaries of Security Councils on the situation in Afghanistan,” the Russian embassy in India tweeted. Seven security heads from Russia, Iran and all five Central Asian countries will be landing in Delhi on Tuesday to attend the first of its kind regional dialogue on Afghanistan hosted by India.National Security Advisers of five central Asian countries — Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan besides Russia and Iran – will attend the meeting in Delhi on Afghanistan.National Security Advisor Ajit Doval…

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Russia logs 40,735 new COVID-19 cases, 1,192 deaths in last 24 hours

Moscow [Russia]: Russia recorded 40,735 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative total of the cases to 8,714,595, reported Sputnik citing the Federal Response Centre on Friday. “Over the past day, 40,735 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 3,793 cases (9.3 per cent) without clinical symptoms,” Sputnik reported quoting the centre as saying.Total of 40,217 cases were reported a day before. The rate of increase in the number of cases is reported to be 0.47 per cent. The capital city of Moscow reported the highest number of new infections with 6,407 new additions to the tally. Following the capital, the next highest number of cases were reported in St. Petersburg with 3,363 cases. 1,192 new fatalities were reported mounting the death toll to 244,447, reported Sputnik citing the response centre. The number of discharged patients from the…

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Remains of all nine victims of Russian An-12 plane crash found near Irkutsk

Moscow [Russia] : The remains of all the nine victims of the Russian An-12 transport plane crash were found at the site of the crash, as well as the second flight recorder, a representative of emergency services told Sputnik on Friday.The transport plane of the Belarusian company Grodno Avia crashed near Irkutsk on Wednesday. Emergency services believe the incident is most likely connected to a technical failure or poor weather conditions. Investigation is going on. “The Irkutsk regional bureau of forensic medicine confirmed the discovery of the bodies and remains of all the nine victims,” the spokesman said.He added that rescuers also found the second flight recorded at the site of the crash.

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Russian Defense Ministry sets up fund of resources to help treat COVID-19 patients

Moscow [Russia], November 5 : Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Friday that it has established a reserve of human resources and facilities to provide the country’s regions with additional medical support to treat COVID-19.“Nine medical special-purpose detachments, nine mobile hospitals, and 100 medical staff brigades have been formed within the reserve. Most of them are already engaged in providing civilian COVID-19 patients with medical care in different Russian regions,” the ministry said in a statement. Medical staff involved in the brigades include the military who have experience in diagnosing and treating COVID-19 patients, as well as resuscitation specialists, pulmonologists, anesthetists, and other experts.“Besides, over 2,800 beds for COVID-19 patients have been placed in the hospitals belonging to the defense ministry, and 50 per cent of all the beds have been allocated for civilian patients. Since the beginning of the pandemic, almost 10,000 civilian COVID-19…

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Russia logs 40,443 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

Moscow [Russia] : Russia registered 40,443 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, up from 39,008 the day before, bringing the cumulative total to 8,633,643, the federal response center said on Wednesday.“Over the past day, 40,443 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 3,452 cases (8.5 per cent) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase grew to 0.47 per cent. Moscow has the highest number of new cases with 6,827 infections, up from 5,736 the day before. The Russian capital is followed by St. Petersburg with 3,269 cases, up from 3,066, and the Moscow region with 2,744 cases, down from 2,893.The response center reported a new record of 1,189 deaths linked to the coronavirus, up from 1,178 the day before, bringing the country’s death toll to 242,060.In the same 24 hours, 32,807 COVID-19 patients were discharged from…

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US trying to set up military bases near Afghanistan, says Russian Foreign Minister

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has said that President Vladimir Putin has told his American counterpart Joe Biden at the Geneva Summit that the country is against the US attempts to form agreements with Central Asian countries to deploy the US military on their territory, reported TOLOnews.The foreign minister claimed that the US is continuing the efforts to establish military bases in a country neighbouring Afghanistan, reported the news channel citing his interview with the Russian Television. The proposals have been sent to Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, however, the countries rejected the proposal, according to TOLOnews.“Well aware of the Americans’ intrusiveness, I do not rule out that they will be pressing for the same aim from different sides. I’ve heard that they have been trying to persuade India to grant the Pentagon some opportunities on the Indian territory,” the news channel quoted…

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Russia likely to export new S-500 missile systems to India, China

Moscow [Russia] : Russia may supply its cutting-edge S-500 anti-aircraft missile systems to India and China in the future, Dmitry Shugaev, the director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), has said.Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that the country’s military will soon receive a first batch-produced S-500 missiles system. According to Shugaev, once enough of those systems is supplied to the national armed forces, Russia may export them to other countries. “We are considering India, as well as China and all the states with which we have old partner and predictable mutual relations, as future owners of this cutting-edge system,” Shugaev said in an interview with the RBC news outlet, adding that the FSMTC will consider each potential request individually.The S-500 Prometey is a next-generation surface-to-air missile system with a range of around 600 kilometres (370 miles), designed for intercepting…

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US-China trade war worsened amid COVID-19 pandemic, says Dy Chairman of Russian Security Council

Moscow [Russia]: The coronavirus pandemic only exacerbated the trade war between the US and China and provocations on the part of NATO have become more frequent, Sputnik reported citing Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev as saying.“The trade war between the United States and the People’s Republic of China was aggravated by ideological confrontation and finally turned into a kind of cold war. There are more open provocations now, in particular in Europe. Over the past year, it has become customary that NATO ships constantly approach the Russian borders in the Baltic and Black Seas, sometimes even violating them,” the Russian News Agency quoted Medvedev as saying. According to Medvedev, the “western sanctions policy did not undergo any changes amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Sputnik reported citing Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper.“…the struggle with the peaceful commercial project Nord Stream 2 has only intensified.…

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Sending US Military ships to Black Sea does not add stability to region, says Russian Foreign Minister

Rome [Italy]: By sending military ships to the Black Sea waters, the US does not add stability to the regions but tries to push coastal countries toward confrontational policies, Russian Foreign Minister COP26 begins as countries plan future actions on climate change said on Sunday.On Saturday, the Russian defence control centre said that the Black Sea Fleet was monitoring the USS Porter, a guided-missile destroyer, which entered the Black Sea. “The demonstration of the US navy flag in the Black Sea is not an isolated incident. There have been several occasions when the US has explicitly declared the need for its military vessels to enter these waters in order to deter Russia,” Lavrov told reporters.“Of course, this does not add stability. The Americans are actively trying to push the coastal Black Sea countries, which are members of NATO, to pursue such a confrontational policy,”…

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Russia reports 40,993 new COVID-19 cases

Moscow [Russia] : Russia has registered 40,993 daily new COVID-19 cases and 1,158 coronavirus-related deaths, the federal response center said on Sunday.In the past 24 hours, 27,115 recoveries have been registered across the country. Moscow recorded 7,603 new cases, which marks the highest number of new cases among the Russian regions.

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Putin to address G20 Summit twice: Kremlin

Moscow [Russia] : Russian President Vladimir Putin will address the G20 summit twice this weekend, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Pesko said on Friday.Earlier in the day, the Kremlin said that Putin will join the summit, chaired by Italy, online. “There will be two speeches of the president, which we will definitely show. The head of state will be working this weekend,” Peskov told reporters.The spokesman added that the format of Putin’s participation in the event “does not allow to hold bilateral meetings”.“There are always the same expectations from the G20. The G20 is the most competent and representative format of international interaction, which can and should really discuss world processes and challenges facing the world. Expectations are just to understand and compare the positions of the parties on main calls,” Peskov added.

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India reports 14,348 COVID-19 new cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : India reported 14,348 COVID-19 new cases in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family welfare on Friday.With this India’s active caseload stands at 1,61,334. Active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.47 per cent, the lowest since March 2020. The country also registered 13,198 new recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the recovery rate to 98.19 per cent.India has so far conducted over 60.58 crore COVID-19 tests.Meanwhile, more than 104.82 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive Russia records 39,849 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours Moscow [Russia] : Russia registered 39,849 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, down from the record 40,096 the day before, bringing the cumulative total to 8,432,546, the federal response center said on Friday.“Over the past day,…

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Russia detects over 30,000 new COVID-19 cases for two straight weeks

Moscow [Russia] : Russia has registered 36,582 new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours with the total number of infections reaching 8,352,601 cases, local news reported.The number of daily infections has been surpassing 30,000 for two weeks in a row, according to data of the anti-coronavirus crisis center published on Wednesday, TASS reported. According to the crisis center, the relative increase of new infections is at the level of 0.44 per cent.In the past 24-hour period, 2,913 new cases were uncovered in St. Petersburg, along with 2,670 new infections in the Moscow Region. Also, during this timeframe, 1,297 new cases were discovered in the Samara Region, 783 cases — in the Nizhny Novgorod Region, 754 cases — in the Voronezh Region, and 674 new cases were detected in the Sverdlovsk Region, as per TASS.At present, 875,968 patients are still undergoing treatment in…

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Russian Navy ships enter Sea of Japan after circling archipelago with Chinese warships

Tokyo [Japan]: Five Russian Navy ships entered the Sea of Japan through Tsushima Strait after sailing around most of the Japanese archipelago with Chinese ships, the Japenese Ministry informed on Monday.The ministry is analysing the reason behind the latest development. The 10 Russian and Chinese ships are believed to include vessels that took part in a joint drill conducted by the two countries in the Sea of Japan in mid-October, according to the ministry. The Maritime Self-Defense Force spotted five Russian navy ships sailing in a northeasterly direction some 140 kilometres southwest of Tsushima, in Nagasaki Prefecture, at around 10 p.m. on Saturday and they later entered the Sea of Japan, Kyodo News reported.At around 10 a.m. on Sunday, a helicopter was seen taking off and landing on a frigate, one of the five Russian ships, some 60 km northeast of Tsushima.Defense Minister Nobuo…

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Pakistan to seek loan from Russia for ‘strategic’ pipeline project

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Four-day talks between Pakistan and the Russian Federation are scheduled to commence on October 25 and are expected to last till October 29. The talks aim to finalise the shareholdings agreement on a strategic project, reported The News citing an official document.According to the document, the agreement will be on the strategic project of the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline. Citing the amended Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA), the newspaper reported that 74 per cent of the shareholding will belong to Pakistan and 26 per cent to Russia. Given that the agreement is reached and duly signed, a pipeline of reportedly 1,040 kilometres in length will be laid down from Karachi to Kasur in Punjab.The newspaper reported the confirmation of the talks citing confirmation by Secretary Petroleum.The Imran Khan government has planned on taking debt from Russian EXIM bank and several other financial projects for…

Games Sports

Russia’s Andrey Rublev qualifies for 2021 ATP Finals in Turin

London [UK]: Andrey Rublev became the fifth singles player to qualify for the 2021 ATP Finals, to be held at the Pala Alpitour in Turin from November 14-21, after the Erste Bank Open draw was published on Saturday.The Russian star, who reached a career-high No. 5 in the ATP Rankings in September, claimed his eighth ATP Tour title at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (d. Fucsovics) in March. The Moscow native also reached his first two ATP Masters 1000 finals at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters (l. to Tsitsipas) in April and the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati (l. to Zverev) in August. “I am so happy to be back competing with the best eight players in the world,” said Rublev as per nittoatpfinals.com. “It is such a unique and prestigious tournament and I can’t wait to play in Turin.”Rublev has…

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Chinese, Russian naval vessels pass together Osumi Strait for 1st time

Tokyo [Japan]: Chinese and Russian naval vessels have passed together through the Osumi Strait off Japan’s southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima, the Japanese defence ministry said on Saturday.It is the first time the Japanese ministry has confirmed a flotilla of Chinese and Russian vessels going through the strait, located between the Osumi Peninsula and Tanegashima Island, Kyodo News reported. The Osumi Strait is a strait between Honshu and Hokkaido in northern Japan connecting the Sea of Japan with the Pacific Ocean. With the passage, the flotilla almost made a circle around the Japanese archipelago, prompting the ministry to exercise vigilance against the unusual activity of the two countries.After transiting the strait, the warships entered the East China Sea, according to the ministry. Meanwhile, the Chinese defence ministry said that Russian and Chinese warships conducted the first joint patrol in the Pacific Ocean.“The tasks of the…

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Turkish Defence Minister notes stabilisation in Syria’s Idlib after Putin-Erdogan meeting

Ankara [Turkey]: The situation in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone has stabilized after the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Saturday.The two leaders met in the Russian resort city of Sochi in late September. The talks focused on cooperation in a number of fields, including space, as well as regional issues, such as the situation in conflict-torn Syria. “From time to time, some violations occur [in Idlib]. In general, in the framework of the measures taken, ceasefire and stability persist. The situation has become calmer after the meeting of our president with Putin in Sochi,” Akar said, as cited by the Turkish defence ministry.Idlib remains the only Syrian region outside the control of Damascus. Turkey has deployed its forces to the region to counter the Kurdish units in the area…

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Merkel says always felt ‘significant differences’ of opinions with Russian President

Berlin [Germany]: Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview with the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that “significant differences” had persisted between her and Russian President Vladimir Putin since his 2001 speech in the Bundestag.“It has always been clear to me, even when he spoke in the Bundestag in 2001, that there are significant differences between us. For the Russian President, the collapse of the Soviet Union is a tragic event, we, on the contrary, felt the joy of the end of the Cold War, the joy of German and European unity,” Merkel said when asked if she considered it possible to build a relationship of trust with Putin when taking office in 2005. The chancellor, however, noted that she could not imagine when taking office that “he would annex Crimea” and a military confrontation would break out in eastern Ukraine, “almost at the…

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Kyrgyzstan plans to buy combat drones from Russia, Turkey

Bishkek [Kyrgyzstan] : Kyrgyzstan intends to purchase combat drones from Russia and Turkey, Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov said on Saturday.“We are buying combat drones from Turkey and Russia. We are also repairing jet aircraft with the help of Russia. Money is allocated for all this, it is not for free,” Japarov told reporters when asked about efforts to strengthen the country’s armed forces. Earlier this week, the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan said that the Central Asian nation would purchase Turkey’s Bayraktar drones to boost defense and reconnaissance capabilities, adding the drones will soon arrive.

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Israeli PM departs for Sochi to meet Putin

Tel Aviv [Israel]: Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett flew on Friday to Russia to discuss Iran and other regional issues with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bennett’s office said.Bennett will pay a one-day visit to the seaside resort city of Sochi and has only one scheduled meeting, his office said in a statement. Before his departure, Bennett told reporters at the airport that “the ties between Russia and Israel are a significant element in the foreign policy of the State of Israel” due to Russia’s regional and international role, and to the Russian-speakers in Israel who constitute “a bridge between the two countries.”Earlier this week, Bennett’s office said that the prime minister and president will discuss political, security and economic issues involving both countries and regional matters, “primarily Iran’s nuclear program,” according to the statement.This is Bennett’s first official trip to Russia. His predecessor, Benjamin…

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US wants predictability, stability in relations with Russia

Brussels [Belgium]: US President Joe Biden wants to see predictability and stability when it comes to relations with Russia, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Friday.“I think what president Biden wants out of any kind of relationship with Russia is predictability and stability,” Austin told a press conference in Brussels when asked about worsening NATO-Russia relations.

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Russia confirms new single-day record of 37,141 COVID-19 cases: Response Center

Moscow [Russia] : Russia registered a new single-day record of 37,141 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, up from the previous record of 36,339 cases confirmed the day before, bringing the cumulative total to 8,168,305, the federal response center said on Friday.“Over the past day, 37,141 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 3,397 cases (9.1 per cent) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase grew to 0.46 per cent. Moscow has the highest number of new cases with 8,166 infections, up from 7,897 the day before. The Russian capital is followed by St Petersburg with 3,233 cases, down from 3,280, and the Moscow region with 2,428 cases, up from 2,318.The response center reported a new record of 1,064 deaths linked to the coronavirus, up from 1,036 the day before, bringing the country’s death toll to…

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Russian security service foils terror attack at transport infrastructure facilities in Stavropol region

Moscow [Russia] : The Russian Federal Security Service said on Friday that it foiled a terrorist attack that a supporter of the Islamic State terrorist organization planned to stage at transport infrastructure facilities in the Stavropol region.“An attempt by an IS supporter to stage a high-profile terrorist attack at transport infrastructure facilities in the Stavropol region with the use of an improvised explosive device was prevented,” the FSB said in a statement. Meanwhile, at least seven people were killed in the fire at a plant in Russia’s Ryazan region, while the fate of nine more individuals remains uncertain, a spokesman for the ministry of emergency situations told Sputnik on Friday.“According to preliminary information, 17 people were injured, seven of them were killed and one was hospitalized, the fate of nine people remains uncertain,” the spokesperson said. 

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Putin’s big press conference planned for December: Kremlin

Moscow [Russia] : The big press conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin is planned for December, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik on Thursday.“We are looking to December,” Peskov said, when asked if the president will hold his traditional meeting with reporters in November or the following month. This year, the press conference will not be combined with some other formats, as the president already held his Direct Line Q&A session in the summer, the Kremlin spokesman added.

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Russia regrets US absence from Moscow Format Dialogue on Afghanistan, says Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday said that Russia regretted the absence of US officials from the Moscow Format Dialogue on Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in the strife-torn country and the international community is urging the group to form an inclusive government. Moscow [Russia] : “We deplore the fact that this time our American colleagues chose not to participate in this event. We have noticed that it is the second time when the US is evading the meeting uniting Russia, China, Pakistan. We hope that it has nothing to do with problems, and perhaps one of the reasons is the fact that the special representatives of the US in Afghanistan recently was replaced and we hope that they are in readiness to work on Afghanistan remains,” said Lavrov. The United States said it would not join this round of talks in…

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Russia registers 33,740 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

Moscow [Russia] : Russia registered 33,740 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, down from 34,325 the day before, bringing the cumulative total to 8,060,752, the federal response center said on Tuesday.“Over the past day, 33,740 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 2,492 cases (7.4%) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase fell to 0.42%. Moscow has the highest number of new cases with 5,700 infections, down from 6,823 the day before. The Russian capital is followed by St. Petersburg with 3,220 cases, up from 3,097, and the Moscow region with 2,955 cases, up from 2,768.The response center reported a new record of 1,015 deaths linked to the coronavirus, up from 998 the day before, bringing the country’s death toll to 225,325.In the same 24 hours, 23,426 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals across the…

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US to not participate in talks on Afghanistan hosted by Russia

Washington [US]: The United States has said it will not be participating in talks on Afghanistan hosted by Russia later this week. “We will not participate in the Moscow talks,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters in a press briefing. “The Troika-plus has been an effective, constructive forum.“We look forward to engaging in that forum going forward, but we’re not in a position to take part this week,” Xinhua quoted Ned Price as saying. Price said that the United States is unable to join the talks due to logistic difficulties, adding the U.S. side supports the process. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Antony Blinken later in the day announced that U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is leaving his post and will be replaced by his deputy Thomas West. According to the Russian news agency, a delegation of the Taliban will take…

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Russia suspends mission to NATO from November: FM Lavrov

Moscow [Russia]: Russia will suspend activities of its permanent mission to NATO from November 1 or a few days later, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.“In response to NATO’s actions, we suspend the work of our permanent mission to NATO, including the work of the chief military representative, probably from November 1, or maybe it will take several more days,” Lavrov said during a press conference. He said that the alliance’s military liaison mission and information offices in Moscow would be closed and the accreditation of their employees revoked from November.“If NATO has any urgent matters, they can address these issues to our ambassador in Belgium, who deals with bilateral relations between Russia and the Kingdom of Belgium,” Lavrov added.The move follows NATO’s decision to expel eight members of the Russian mission to NATO in Brussels for allegedly working as intelligence officers, cutting…

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Russia sees new record of 34,325 daily COVID-19 cases

Moscow [Russia] : Russia confirmed a new record high of 34,325 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, up from 34,303 the day before, bringing the cumulative total to 8,027,012, the federal response center said on Monday.“Over the past day, 34,325 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 2,821 cases (8.2%) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase exceeds 0.43%. Moscow has the highest number of new cases with 6,823 infections, up from 6,740 the day before. The Russian capital is followed by St. Petersburg with 3,097 cases, down from 3,323, and the Moscow region with 2,768 cases, up from 2,759.The response center reported 998 deaths linked to the coronavirus, up from 997 the day before, bringing the country’s death toll to 224,310.In the same 24 hours, 16,431 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals across the…

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Russia sees new high of 34,303 daily COVID-19 cases

Moscow [Russia], October 17 : Russia’s coronavirus response center recorded a record 34,303 COVID-19 cases in the past day, with a further 997 patients dying from the disease.The country is only 7,313 cases away from hitting the eight million milestones. The total death toll stands at 223,312. Another 18,717 patients were discharged from clinics, taking the recovery count past 7 million. Moscow continues to lead the national tally, with 6,740 new daily cases and 70 deaths, followed by St Petersburg with 3,323 new cases and the Moscow region with 2,759 new cases.

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Russia sees record number of daily COVID-19 cases, deaths: Response Centre

Moscow [Russia}: Russia has registered a record number of daily COVID-19 cases in the past day, with a further 33,208 people falling ill since Friday, the coronavirus response centre said on Saturday. Virus-related deaths were at an all-time high after a further 1,002 patients lost their lives to the viral disease, the authority estimated. The death toll now stands at 2,22,315.Nearly 8 million Russians have contracted COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Moscow leads in terms of new infections, with 6,545 people falling ill in the past 24 hours, followed by St. Petersburg with 3,088 cases. The number of coronavirus patients dismissed from clinics in the past day has climbed by 21,883, raising the total to 69,81,907. (ANI/Sputnik)

International

Terrorists entering in Afghanistan from Syria, Iraq : Putin

Acknowledging that the situation is not easy in Afghanistan, Russian esident Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said that battle-hardened terrorists were entering the strife-torn country from Syria and Iraq Moscow [Russia], October 14 : He made the remarks in a virtual conference of the security service chiefs of the ex-soviet states, reported Khaama Press. Putin was referring to Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists who have not been taken seriously by the Taliban.The former is believed not to be a big threat to the de-facto government in Afghanistan because the group-ISIS-K- does not have international or regional support, reported Khaama Press.Last Friday, the deadly blast ripped through Sayed Abad Mosque in northern Afghanistan’s Kunduz as local residents attended the mosque for Friday prayer.More than 100 people were killed in the attack while several were injured.Islamic State Khorasan, also known as ISIS-K had claimed responsibility for the deadly…

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Putin on Navalny: He broke the law, we will not put anyone in exclusive conditions

Moscow [Russia]: Russia is not going to put anyone in exclusive conditions, including those who have violated the law, and are hiding behind political activities, Russian President Vladimir Putin said when asked a question about jailed Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny. “The person you mentioned is in prison,” Putin said in an interview with CNBC, published on the Kremlin’s website.According to him, besides Navalny, there are other people who also violated Russian laws. “We are not going to put anyone, including those who hide behind political activities, in any exclusive conditions,” Putin said. (ANI/Sputnik)

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Ownership of Kuril Islands key to Japan-Russia talks on Peace Treaty: PM Fumio Kishida

The issue of ownership of four disputed islands, known as the Southern Kuril Islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan, and Habomai, will be at the centre of the Tokyo-Moscow negotiations on a peace accord, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Wednesday. Tokyo [Japan], October 13 : “The sovereignty of our country extends to the Northern Territories [Southern Kuril Islands]. The government has not changed its stance on this matter. The subject of negotiations on the conclusion of the peace treaty [with Russia] is the issue of ownership of the four islands. This is Japan’s consistent position,” the prime minister said at a hearing in the upper house of Japan’s parliament, broadcast live. The issue in question can no longer be delayed, and Japan will continue the efforts to resolve it based on previous agreements, including December 2018 deal signed by the countries in Singapore,…

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Putin, Pashinyan to discuss the implementation of Karabakh agreements

Moscow [Russia], October 11 : Russian President Vladimir Putin and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan will discuss the implementation of the trilateral agreements on Nagorno-Karabakh at their negotiations on Tuesday in Moscow, the Kremlin said.“On October 12, Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan will hold negotiations in Moscow. They plan to discuss the implementation of the statements on Nagorno-Karabakh, which Russian, Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders made on November 9, 2020, and January 11, 2021, and further steps to strengthen regional stability and maintain economic ties,” the Kremlin said in a statement on Monday. Putin and Pashinyan will also touch upon bilateral relations and cooperation within international alliances, the Kremlin added.

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Russia rejects Trump’s claim of reverse-engineering US hardware scavenged in Afghanistan

Moscow [Russia] : Moscow has no defence industry ties with the interim Afghan government and is not working to reverse-engineer American military hardware left behind by US troops, reported Sputnik citing Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation spokesperson Valeria Reshetnikova.“There is currently no military-technical cooperation with Afghanistan,” Reshetnikova told Sputnik. “Any claims that our specialists are involved in the efforts to copy American hardware are baseless,” Reshetnikova added.During an Iowa rally on Saturday night, former US President Donald Trump suggested that Moscow and Beijing were taking apart and “re-engineering” Apache helicopters.Stating that a large number of military hardware were never disabled, Trump stressed that the equipment finally ended up on the black market.

International

Plane crashes in Russia’s Tatarstan, 16 killed

Moscow [Russia], October 10 : A plane crash in Russia’s Tatarstan on Sunday killed 16 people and injured seven others, local media said. “Seven injured are hospitalised, the remaining 16 (show) no signs of life,” the emergency services told Sputnik According to Russian media reports, the plane was a Let L-410 Turbolet aircraft. It was owned by an aero club.The local health ministry said that one of the seven injured people was in a severe condition.

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US military equipment left behind in Afghanistan will now benefit Russia, China: Trump

Washington [US]: Former US President Donald Trump has said US military equipment left behind in Afghanistan was not disabled and will now benefit other powers, including Russia and China.“Russia and China already have samples of our great helicopters. We have the Apache helicopters … and they are now re-engineering the equipment, they are de-engineering. They are taking it apart, they are figuring it out and very soon they’ll be building the best stuff for less money,” Sputnik quoted Trump as saying at the “Save America” rally in Des Moines on Saturday. Trump alleged that only three per cent of all people who were taken out of Afghanistan on US evacuation flights were qualified to be taken to the United States.“They had no idea who was getting on those planes,” Trump said.According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, US troops destroyed or disabled…

Corona Updates

Russia records 27,246 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

Russia recorded 27,246 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, down from 27,550 the day before, bringing the cumulative total to 7,717,356, the federal response center said on Friday. Moscow [Russia], October 8 : “Over the past day, 27,246 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 2,346 cases (8.6%) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase fell to 0.35%. Moscow has the highest number of new cases with 4,595 daily infections, down from 5,404 the day before. The Russian capital is followed by St. Petersburg with 2,501 cases, up from 2,418, and the Moscow region with 1,490 cases, up from 1,454.The response center reported a new record of 936 deaths linked to the coronavirus, up from 924 the day before, bringing the country’s death toll to 214,485.In the same 24 hours, 20,566 COVID-19 patients were discharged…

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Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine developer hopes to receive WHO approval before 2022

Moscow [Russia]: The developer of the Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, Gamaleya research institute, hopes that the drug will receive necessary approval from the World Health Organization (WHO) by the end of the year, Vladimir Gushchin, a senior researcher at the institute, said on Tuesday.“I believe it will happen in the coming months, October or November. I think we will end this year with the vaccine being finally recognized by the WHO,” Gushchin said at the OPENBIO biotechnology forum. He noted that the WHO approval is the current priority of the institute and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which has been heavily involved in the production, clinical research, and registration of Sputnik V with relevant authorities.Gushchin added that he had expected the vaccine to gain approval in September, as the WHO earlier announced, but that did not happen.Sputnik V is currently authorized for…

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Russia sees 25,219 daily COVID-19 cases, 886 deaths

Moscow [Russia], October 2 : Russia saw 25,219 new COVID-19 cases and 886 virus-related deaths over the past 24 hours, the national crisis response centre said on Saturday morning.The biggest share of new cases was recorded in Moscow. A further 4,032 infections were confirmed in the capital, with 67 patients dying. St. Petersburg reported 2,494 new infections and 59 deaths. The country has recorded 7,560,767 million coronavirus cases since the outbreak began early last year. A total 2,09,028 people died of the virus.

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Russia records 23,888 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

Russia recorded 23,888 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, up from 22,430 the day before, bringing the cumulative total to 7,511,026, the federal response centre said on Thursday. Moscow [Russia], September 30 : This is the highest single-day increase since July 25, when the country confirmed 24,072 new cases. “Over the past day, 23,888 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 2,020 cases (8.5 per cent) without clinical symptoms,” the centre said, adding that the rate of increase grew to 0.32%.Moscow has the highest number of new cases with 3,998 daily infections, up from 3,004 the day before. The Russian capital is followed by St. Petersburg with 2,077 cases, up from 1,933, and the Moscow region with 1,216 cases, down from 1,223.The response centre reported a new record of 867 deaths linked to the coronavirus, up from 857 the day…

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US in talks to use Russian bases for Afghan operations, Pentagon informs lawmakers

Washington [US]: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley told lawmakers in a classified briefing that the Biden administration is in talks about using Russian bases in Central Asia to conduct counterterrorism missions against targets in Afghanistan, Politico reported citing several senators who attended the briefing.The report said on Wednesday that the United States is in talks with the governments of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and others. The US defense leaders told senators the option to use Russian military bases in Central Asia is being seriously considered, the report said.US Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander Kenneth McKenzie detailed the types of military aircraft and launching points that could be used to launch strikes against targets in the Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, the report added.On Tuesday, the US defense chief told lawmakers in an open hearing that the United States asked Russia for…

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Russia to launch 5 spacecraft to ISS in 2022

Moscow [Russia]: Russia plans to launch two Soyuz manned spacecraft and three Progress cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) next year, according to the station’s flight program obtained by Sputnik.According to the program, on March 18, 2022, it is planned to launch the Soyuz MS-21 spacecraft with Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveyev and Sergey Korsakov, and on September 21, the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft with Sergey Prokopyev, Anna Kikina and Dmitry Petelin. In addition, launches of the Progress MS-19 (February 15), Progress MS-20 (June 3) and Progress MS-21 (October 26) are expected.In 2021, Russia performed four launches to the ISS – two Progress and one Soyuz spacecraft and the Nauka module. The same number of launches are yet to be carried out by the end of the year.

Games Sports

F1: Raikkonen not satisfied despite best finish of season at Sochi

Sochi [Russia]: After missing the Dutch and Italian Grand Prix due to a positive COVID-19 test, Kimi Raikkonen returned in Russia and brought the Alfa Romeo their first points in four races — but he wasn’t totally satisfied at Sochi.Raikkonen started 13th in Russia despite his sixth Q1 elimination in seven races — that was thanks to grid penalties for Nicholas Latifi, Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc — and made it up to P10 on the opening lap. Pitting early from mediums to hards, it seemed like the veteran would have to settle for 13th. That was, until the rain came and he picked up five positions on the intermediate compound to finish eighth at the line. Regardless, he said: “I’d much rather be a bit higher up… We had a good start and got some positions and then followed the Alpine [of Esteban…

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NASA, Boeing helping Russia in trying to find cause of cracks on space station

Moscow [Russia]: Engineers from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are helping Russia in its investigation into the possible causes of cracks and air leaks at the International Space Station (ISS). Paul Hill, a member of NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, said at a Sunday panel meeting that the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, the Langley Research Center, the panel itself and the Boeing company are all conducting engineering analyzes of the issue.According to Russian Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, persistent air leaks on the ISS could be the result of welding errors made inside the Zarya and Zvezda modules three decades ago. Energia’s First Deputy General Designer Vladimir Soloviev told Sputnik at the end of last month that Russian cosmonauts found cracks in the oldest module of the ISS, Zarya, and warned that the earlier discovery of through cracks in the…

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Russia records 22,498 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours

Moscow [Russia]: Russia registered 22,498 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, which brings the cumulative total to 7,420,913, the federal response center said Sunday. In the same 24 hours, 805 deaths of patients with the coronavirus and 13,671 recoveries were recorded across the country.Moscow registered the highest number of new cases with 3,275; St Petersburg the second highest with 2,055; Moscow region the third highest with 1,215. (ANI/Sputnik)

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SCO countries complete joint military exercise in Russia

Orenburg [Russia]: The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO) member states have completed the 12 days long joint training exercise in Orenburg, Russia on Friday.The joint training exercise involving armed forces of all SCO member states was organised with an aim to foster close relations between SCO member states and to enhance the abilities of the military leaders to command multinational military contingents, the Indian Army said in a statement. Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat witnessed the validation exercise on Thursday and expressed great satisfaction over the high standards of synergy and close ties achieved among member states during the exercise, the statement added. The exercise began on September 14 and member nations conducted joint training focusing on combating terrorism.All military contingents took part in the final joint exercise where-in multinational forces exhibited their tactical prowess, combat power and overwhelming dominance over terrorist…

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Russia, China, Pakistan agree to maintain contacts with Taliban

Moscow [Russia]: Special representatives of Pakistan Russia and China agreed with the Taliban to maintain contacts at the recent consultations in Kabul, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.“An agreement was reached to maintain constructive contacts in the interests of Afghanistan’s peace and prosperity, and regional stability and development,” the Sputnik news quoted Russian Foreign Ministry. The statement added that the Taliban emphasized their special focus on promoting relations with Russia, China and Pakistan.This comes as the 76th UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened began the high-level week started on September 21.The United States and all other major countries around the world are taking a wait and watch approach with regard to recognising the Taliban. While the other stakeholders are restraining themselves to recognise the new Taliban regime in Afghanistan, Pakistan is in a hurry to recognize and boost the caretaker “Islamic Emirate”.While nominated their…

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Several injured in shooting at Russia’s Perm State University

Moscow [Russia], September 20 : Several people were injured following a shooting at one of the buildings of Russia’s Perm State University by an unidentified person, TASS reported citing sources from law enforcement agencies on Monday.“On Monday, an unidentified person entered the university building and opened fire. Some students locked themselves in university auditoriums to hide from the attacker. Some students jumped out of the windows. Law enforcement agents are heading to the site,” the source noted. He added that there are injured people, according to preliminary reports.Four people were injured in the university shooting in Perm, the agency reported adding that the person who opened fire was armed with ‘traumatic’ non-lethal weapon

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Russia: Indian Embassy condoles deaths in shooting incident at Perm State University

The Indian Embassy in Russia on Monday expressed shock over the shooting incident, which took place at the university in the Russian city of Perm. Moscow [Russia], September 20 : The embassy expressed deep condolences for the loss of lives in the shooting. “Shocked at horrific attack at Perm State University in Russia; our deep condolences for the loss of life and best wishes for early recovery of those injured,” the Indian Embassy in Russia tweeted.The embassy informed that it is in touch with local authorities and representatives of Indian students. “All Indian students at Perm State Medical University are safe,” the embassy said in a subsequent tweet.As many as eight people were killed and 24 injured in the shooting, Sputnik reported citing the latest data provided by the Russian Ministry of Health. Local reports say that the shooting was carried by an unidentified…

International

Russian envoy thanks India for facilitating State Duma elections

Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev on Sunday thanked the Indian government and its people for facilitating the election for State Duma in various cities across the country. New Delhi [India], September 19 : Noting the importance of elections, Ambassador Kudashev and his wife cast a vote for the Lower House of the Russian Parliament. “Today elections are taking place for the Russian Parliament. Russian State Duma or Russian Lok Sabha, if I say so. We are very grateful to the government and people of India for facilitating this event,” Kudashev told ANI.“Without any prejudice to the final outcome of the elections, we assure that the choice of the Russian people will be right. I once again thank you for the kind support.” Oman Babushkin, Russian Deputy Chief of Mission said State Duma polls are a critically important event in Russian political life.“A total…