“President (Vladimir) Putin has spoken about such a possibility on several occasions, moreover about the relevance of such move. Of course, this requires detailed work, detailed calculations, but this is what we strive for in our bilateral trade relations and it has been brought up multiple times at Russian-Turkish negotiations,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov added.
Russia voiced support for Saudi Arabia in its worsening row with Canada on Wednesday, telling Ottawa it was unacceptable to lecture the kingdom on human rights. “We have always said that the politicization of human rights matters is unacceptable,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
An attempt by NATO to incorporate the former Soviet republic of Georgia could trigger a new, “horrible” conflict, Russia’s prime minister said Tuesday in a stern warning to the West marking 10 years since the Russia-Georgia war. “There is an unresolved territorial conflict … and would they bring such a country into the military alliance?” Dmitry Medvedev said. “Do they understand the possible implications? It could provoke a horrible conflict.”
“Stephen Seagal has been appointed special representative of the ministry of foreign affairs of Russia on Russian-American Humanitarian Ties,” the foreign ministry said on its website
“The task is to promote the further development of Russian-American relations in the humanitarian sphere, including interaction in the field of culture, art, public and youth exchanges and more,” it added.
The Russian plan, which has not been previously reported, has received an icy reception in Washington. The memo said the U.S. policy was only to support such efforts if there were a political solution to end Syria’s seven-year-old civil war, including steps like U.N.-supervised elections.
“The proposal argues that the Syrian regime lacks the equipment, fuel, other material, and funding needed to rebuild the country in order to accept refugee returns,” according to the memo, which specified that the proposal related to Syrian government-held areas of the country.
Over two-thirds of Russians approve of Vladimir Putin’s performance as president, and almost half believe the country is developing in the right direction, an independent opinion poll has revealed.
The Levada Center published the results of an opinion poll on Tuesday, which showed that 67 percent of Russians approve of the actions of President Vladimir Putin. Some 32 percent of respondents said they were not satisfied with Putin’s performance, and one percent found the question too complicated to answer.
Iran is “playing a very, very important role in our common and joint efforts to eliminate terrorists in Syria,” Anatoly Viktorov said in an interview with Israel’s Channel 10 on Monday.
“The Iranian presence in Syria… is fully legitimate according to the UN principles and the UN charter,” Viktorov said. “Therefore, at this stage we think that demands to remove the foreign fighters from Syrian territory are not realistic.”
Countries “will not agree to subjecting their right to trade with whom they want and what they want to ultimatums and threats, as is now the case with contracts for the supply of Russian weapons to a number of states, for example, Turkey, Indonesia and India, when Washington openly requires refusal of these contracts,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The Turkish President has suggested that the leaders of the five-member BRICS bloc (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) should add “T” to the acronym. Erdogan was invited to the group’s latest forum and told Hurriyet Daily News on its sidelines that current members welcomed the idea of Turkey’s accession.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “believes there is a need to diversify Turkey’s foreign policy, because he is seriously disappointed with western structures, with the EU; he has rather strained relations with the US,” Bakhrevskiy noted.