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RUSSIA POLITICS: Pentagon Was Informed About Area of Russia’s Military Op in Deir ez-Zor in Advance: Moscow

RUSSIA POLITICS: Pentagon Was Informed About Area of Russia’s Military Op in Deir ez-Zor in Advance: Moscow

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said: “Over the past few days, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, Russian control and reconnaissance facilities have not identified a single combat of Islamic State terrorists with armed representatives of any ‘third force.’ Therefore, only representatives of the international coalition can answer the question as to how ‘opposition members’ or ‘military advisers of the international coalition’ managed to get to the IS-held areas in the eastern part of Deir ez-Zor without striking a blow.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Ready to Develop Ties With Both Koreas: Vladimir Putin Says

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Ready to Develop Ties With Both Koreas: Vladimir Putin Says

Russia is ready to develop ties with both Koreas, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday having met his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in at the EEF on Tuesday. The trilateral projects might include “piping Russian gas to Korea, and integration of the electric grids and railway systems of Russia, South and North Korea,” Putin stated.

“Implementation of the initiatives will not only have economic benefits, but will also contribute to strengthening trust and stability in the Korean Peninsula,” Putin stressed.

“It is obvious that the Korean Peninsula’s problems cannot be solved only with sanctions and pressure. One should not give in to emotion and drive North Korea into a corner.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin: North Korea Sanctions ‘Useless’ and ‘Ineffective’

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin: North Korea Sanctions ‘Useless’ and ‘Ineffective’

On Sunday, Donald Trump tweeted that the US was considering stopping all trade with countries that do business with North Korea, prompting a stern response from China.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Monday any such move would be unfair and unacceptable but added on Tuesday that the use of military force to resolve issues on the Korean peninsula was never an option.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Hands Note of Protest to US Over Plans to Search Trade Mission

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Hands Note of Protest to US Over Plans to Search Trade Mission

Moscow last month ordered the United States to cut its diplomatic and technical staff in Russia by more than half, to 455 people to match the number of Russian diplomats in the United States, after Congress overwhelmingly approved new sanctions against Russia.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Hackers Feel the Heat as Trump Seeks Warmer Russia Ties

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Hackers Feel the Heat as Trump Seeks Warmer Russia Ties

The increase to a record level shows that although President Donald Trump is trying to improve relations with Moscow, the United States has not shied away from pursuing Russians suspected of cyber crime.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia, China Slam New Unilateral US Sanctions

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia, China Slam New Unilateral US Sanctions

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov reacted to the new US sanctions by expressing disappointment and warning Washington that Moscow was preparing a response.

“The lip service from American representatives about the desire to stabilize bilateral relations [with Russia] is extremely unconvincing. In recent years, Washington in theory should have learned that for us, the language of sanctions is unacceptable, and the solutions to real problems are only hindered by such actions. So far, however, there doesn’t seem to be an understanding of such obvious truths. In the meantime, we are beginning to work out the inevitable response to this situation.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Military Names First Fifth-Generation Fighter Jet ‘Sukhoi Su-57’

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Military Names First Fifth-Generation Fighter Jet ‘Sukhoi Su-57’

“The decision has been taken, the plane has been christened. Su-57 is what we are going to call it now,” Gen. Col. Viktor Bondarev told Zvezda, the Russian Defense Ministry’s official TV channel. The armament of the Su-57 is placed in internal bays to reduce air drag and radar cross section. It includes a recently-modernized 30mm cannon and a range of 14 different air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and guided bombs.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Sanctions Retaliation: Russia to Cut Dependence on US Payment Systems

RUSSIA POLITICS: Sanctions Retaliation: Russia to Cut Dependence on US Payment Systems

“We will of course intensify work related to import substitution, reduction of dependence on U.S. payment systems, on the dollar as a settling currency and so on. It is becoming a vital need,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying in response to the new sanctions against Russia.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: 83 Percent Russians Approve Putin as President

RUSSIA POLITICS: 83 Percent Russians Approve Putin as President

According to a study released, Putin’s approval rating as Russian president stood at 83.5 percent at the end of July, slightly down on 84.1 percent reported in the middle of the month, but still far ahead of other prominent Russian political figures.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Defends Slashing US Diplomats as He Warns More Retaliation

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Defends Slashing US Diplomats as He Warns More Retaliation

“We have waited long enough, hoping that the situation would perhaps change for the better,” Putin said, adding, “But it seems that even if the situation is changing, it’s not for any time soon.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Approves New Naval Strategy US Considers Threat

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Approves New Naval Strategy US Considers Threat

Putin’s decree also points out that Russia’s navy is “one of the most effective tools of strategic (nuclear and non-nuclear) containment, including in preventing a global strike.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin’s Syrian Zugzwang

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin’s Syrian Zugzwang

Putin’s attempts to satisfy his own ambitions and restore the image of the super state will result in strained relations with those states of the region which are the important economic partners of Russia, first of all, Turkey and Israel.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Visits Veteran Rights Activist Lyudmila Alekseyeva on Her 90th Birthday

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Visits Veteran Rights Activist Lyudmila Alekseyeva on Her 90th Birthday

“For my whole life I was doing hell-knows-what and now the president comes to congratulate me. Before, such things never happened,” RIA Novosti quoted Alekseyeva as saying.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Ready to Retaliate After Meeting US on Diplomatic Row: Russia Says

RUSSIA POLITICS: Ready to Retaliate After Meeting US on Diplomatic Row: Russia Says

Russia wanted to resume regular dialogue with the United States about strategic stability too, it said, saying it was up to Washington to make a move on the issue.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian, Tajikistani Militaries Start Massive Military Drills

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian, Tajikistani Militaries Start Massive Military Drills

“The military of Russia and Tajikistan are participating jointly for the first time in a snap readiness check,” said Colonel Yaroslav Roshchupkin, the assistant commander of Russia’s Central Military District

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RUSSIA POLITICS: War Legacy: US WWII Tanks Retrieved from Barents Sea in Russia (VIDEO)

RUSSIA POLITICS: War Legacy: US WWII Tanks Retrieved from Barents Sea in Russia (VIDEO)

Two US tanks deployed in the Second World War were retrieved from the Barents Sea near the Kildin Island. Watch the video of War Legacy: US WWII Tanks.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Criticism of Trump Jr. for Talking With Russian Lawyer ‘Wild’, Overblown: Lavrov Russian FM

RUSSIA POLITICS: Criticism of Trump Jr. for Talking With Russian Lawyer ‘Wild’, Overblown: Lavrov Russian FM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says, “I was amazed to find out that Trump’s son is accused of talking to her [Natalia Veselnitskaya].”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia’s New Deadly ICBMs Can ‘Rip US Air Defenses Apart’: Russian Deputy PM

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia’s New Deadly ICBMs Can ‘Rip US Air Defenses Apart’: Russian Deputy PM

“These weapons are able to clear the United States’ missile defense both of today and of tomorrow – and even of the day after tomorrow,” Rogozin said.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Navalny Set Free After 25 Days in Jail

RUSSIA POLITICS: Navalny Set Free After 25 Days in Jail

“Alexei has arrived (on the premises of) Anti-Corruption Fund (the organization he created to denounce the corruption of elites),” Kira Yarmysh said.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia to US: Clarify Syria ‘No-Fly Zones’ Proposal

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia to US: Clarify Syria ‘No-Fly Zones’ Proposal

Russia has suspended communications with the US, which used to be carried out via a hotline set up to prevent accidents over Syrian airspace.

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