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Putin says 'clever' Trump will soon grasp weighty role

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin in an interview aired Sunday called US President-elect Donald Trump intelligent and predicted he would quickly grasp his new level of responsibility and act accordingly.

Russian security service says killed North Caucasus Islamic State 'emir'

Moscow - Russia's FSB security service said Sunday it had killed an "emir" of the Islamic State group in a raid in the volatile North Caucasus.

Putin warns artists against 'dangerous behaviour'

Moscow - Vladimir Putin on Friday told artists not to confuse freedom of expression with "outrageously dangerous behaviour" and suggested the Charlie Hebdo massacre could have been avoided if the magazine had not insulted Islam.

Russia says foreign spies plotted huge cyberattack

Moscow - Russia on Friday said it had uncovered plans by foreign intelligence services to carry out massive cyberattacks this month targeting the country's financial system.

From US to Europe to Syria, stars align for Putin

Moscow - Held at diplomatic arm's-length for years, Russian President Vladimir Putin is pivoting back to centre stage as his admirers and international allies rise to power, a move that analysts say the Kremlin will be quick to exploit.

Putin says Russia not 'looking for enemies'

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin adopted a conciliatory tone to international rivals in a key speech on Thursday, saying Russia has "never looked for enemies" in the international community."We do not want confrontation with anyone.

Putin demands economic reforms after 2018 polls

Moscow - Russia needs to introduce economic and tax reforms to end its stagnation, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, urging the government to plan for 2019 and beyond, after the 2018 presidential polls.

Russia confirms ready to cut oil output by 300,000 barrels per day

Moscow - Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, responding to a decision by OPEC Wednesday to reduce crude output to lift prices, said Russia was ready to cut its own oil production by 300,000 barrels a day next year.

Russia elevates 34-year-old ex-banker to economy minister

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday appointed deputy finance minister Maxim Oreshkin as economy minister, replacing Alexei Ulyukayev who was dismissed this month after being charged with taking a $2-million bribe."You haven't been working long, but.....

Moscow demands answers after Erdogan vows to oust 'tyrant' Assad

Moscow - The Kremlin on Wednesday demanded an explanation after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara intervened in Syria solely to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

Op-Ed: Libyan military commander Haftar meets Russian foreign minister

Moscow - Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), the armed forces associated with the eastern-based House of Representatives(HoR) government met Tuesday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Putin, Iran's Rouhani back OPEC bid to stabilise oil prices

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Monday expressed support for OPEC's plans to limit the cartel's output ahead of a crucial meeting this week.

Russian activists say prison torture widespread

Moscow - Prominent Russian rights activists said Monday that torture is widely used in a northern penal colony, citing fresh allegations after claims from a jailed opposition member serving a sentence there.

Wife of Putin aide shocks with Holocaust-themed skating routine

Moscow - The wife of President Vladimir Putin's spokesman faced a storm of criticism on Monday for performing a Holocaust-themed ice-dancing routine with striped costumes based on concentration camp uniforms.

Putin praises Castro as 'symbol of an era'

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Fidel Castro, the socialist Cuban icon who has died aged 90, as the "symbol of an era," the Kremlin said in a statement Saturday.

Gorbachev hails Castro for 'strengthening' Cuba

Moscow - Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Saturday hailed Fidel Castro, the Cuban socialist icon who has died aged 90, for "strengthening" his island nation.

Ukraine ex-president 'regrets' not calling in army

Moscow - Ukraine's ousted former president Viktor Yanukovych said Friday he regretted "not having called in the army and declared martial law" in his bid to crush a pro-EU revolt in February 2014.

Putin hands action star Seagal Russian passport

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Friday personally handed a new Russian passport to US action star Steven Seagal and said he hoped the gesture showed a "normalisation" of strained relations with Washington.

Putin calls for 'constructive dialogue' with next UN chief Guterres

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin called for "constructive dialogue" with Antonio Guterres at a meeting Thursday with the incoming secretary-general of the United Nations.

Russia accuses Ukraine of abducting two soldiers in Crimea

Moscow - Russia has accused Ukraine of abducting two Russian servicemen on the annexed Crimea peninsula, but Kiev said it had merely detained two Ukrainian army deserters.
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