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Putin and Erdogan talk Armenia and Azerbaijan

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey‚Äôs Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call Monday called for peace talks to end clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the Kremlin said. The phone call at Turkey‚Äôs initiative took place after Armenia‚Äôs military said one of its soldiers was killed by sniper fire from …

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Anti-Russian report to be published in UK soon

A long-delayed report into Russian influence in British politics will be published in the next week, parliament‚Äôs intelligence and security committee agreed on Thursday, a day after a dispute over the appointment of its chairman. The committee, which oversees the work of Britain‚Äôs intelligence community, has been in focus since …

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Rouhani wants US out of Syria, period

The illegitimate presence of U.S. forces in Syria should end immediately, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a video conference broadcast on Iranian state TV on Wednesday. Iran would continue its support for Syria’s legal government, Rouhani said. Source: Reuters

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France angry about Russia, Turkey in Libya

France‚Äôs president on Monday accused Turkey of massively importing jihadists into Libya, labeling Ankara‚Äôs intervention ‚Äúcriminal‚ÄĚ and he lambasted Russian President Vladimir Putin‚Äôs ambivalence towards his country‚Äôs mercenaries operating in the North African state. Ties between NATO allies France and Turkey have soured in recent weeks over Libya, Northern Syria …

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Turkey scoffs at Egyptian peace plan for Libya

Turkey on Wednesday dismissed Egypt‚Äôs proposal for a ceasefire in Libya, saying the plan aimed to save Khalifa Haftar after the collapse of his offensive to control the capital Tripoli, Hurriyet newspaper reported. Turkey supports Fayez al Serraj‚Äôs internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), whose forces have in recent …

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Russian MiGs headed to Syria

Russia flew a batch of advanced MiG-29 fighter jets to Syria, Moscow‚Äôs embassy in Damascus said, with Syrian pilots already using the planes to conduct missions within the country‚Äôs airspace. President Vladimir Putin last week ordered Russia‚Äôs foreign and defence ministries to hold talks with its close ally, Syria, to …

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Saudi says Mexico needs to join OPEC deal

Saudi Arabia‚Äôs energy minister said on Friday that a final OPEC+ oil supply pact to reduce 10 million barrels per day (bpd), which was agreed on Thursday, hinges on Mexico joining in the cuts. OPEC, Russia and other allies, a group known as OPEC+, outlined plans on Thursday to cut …

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Russia accuses Turkey of common front wih Idlib rebels

Russia‚Äôs Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday that fortified rebel positions in Syria‚Äôs Idlib province had merged with Turkish observation posts, and that artillery attacks on nearby civilian areas and Russia‚Äôs air base in Syria had become daily. The allegations, made by Major-General Igor Konashenkov, are likely to increase tensions …

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Turkey wants drone access in Syria from Russians

Turkey and Russia are discussing opening Russian-controlled air space in Syria‚Äôs Idlib region for armed and unarmed drones, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying on Thursday, but he added that problems over the issue persisted. Speaking to reporters in parliament, Akar said Ankara was ‚Äúhopeful‚ÄĚ about ongoing …

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UN want immediate halt to bloodshed in Idlib

The United Nations reiterated its appeal on Friday for a halt to hostilities in northwest Syria, saying it feared that the violence ‚Äúmay end in a bloodbath‚ÄĚ. Some 60% of the 900,000 people who have fled but are trapped in a shrinking space are children, OCHA spokesman Jens Laerke told …

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Merkle, Macron call for decisive action in Idlib

The leaders of Germany and France called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to express their concern about the humanitarian situation in Syria‚Äôs Idlib region, urging an end to the conflict there, a German spokesman said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke together by phone with …

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Turkey takes decisive action against Syrian forces

Turkish forces have hit 115 Syrian government targets and destroyed 101 of them in retaliation for an attack that killed five Turkish soldiers in Syria‚Äôs rebel-held northwest, the Turkish Defense Ministry said on Monday. The ministry said Turkish forces would continue to retaliate any attacks on its troops, which have …

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Libyan factions in Moscow for informal peacetalks

Libya‚Äôs warring leaders held indirect peace talks in Moscow on Monday with Russia and Turkey urging the rivals to sign a binding truce to end a nine-month-old war and pave the way for a settlement that would stabilize the North African country. The Russo-Turkish push, which appeared to involve laborious …

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Russia extending OPEC-deal with Saudis

Russia has agreed with Saudi Arabia to extend by six to nine months a deal with OPEC on reducing oil production, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. Putin, speaking after talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, told a news conference the deal would be extended in its current form …

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Putin expresses misgivings over OPEC fair price

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia had differences with OPEC over what constituted a fair price for oil, but that Moscow would take a joint decision on output with OPEC colleagues at a policy meeting in the coming weeks. Putin said a price of $60-$65 a barrel suited Moscow, …

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Putin says Russia will target nations hosting US missiles

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Wednesday that if the United States deploys intermediate-range missiles in Europe,¬†Russia¬†will have to target the nations that would host them. The stern statement follows U.S. President¬†Donald Trump‘s announcement over the weekend that he intends to opt out of a 1987 nuclear arms control pact over …

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TREASON? Trump rips into anonymous New York Times op-ed

In a striking anonymous broadside, a senior Trump administration official wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times on Wednesday claiming to be part of a group of people ‚Äúworking diligently from within‚ÄĚ to impede President Donald Trump‚Äôs ‚Äúworst inclinations‚ÄĚ and ill-conceived parts of his agenda. Trump said it …

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Russia to deploy military police on Golan Heights

Russia will deploy its military police on the Golan Heights frontier between Syria and Israel, its defense ministry said on Thursday, after weeks of mounting volatility in the area. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad‚Äôs sweeping away of rebels in southwestern Syria has worried Israel, which believes it could allow his Iranian …

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Leader of breakaway South Ossetia meets Assad in Syria

The leader of¬†South¬†Ossetia, a¬†Russian-backed breakaway region of¬†Georgia, met Moscow‚Äôs ally¬†Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Monday,¬†Syrian state media reported. South¬†Ossetia‚Äôs President Anatoly Bibilov is on a three-day visit to¬†Syria¬†two months after Damascus recognized his country‚Äôs independence, the¬†Syrian state news agency SANA reported. South¬†Ossetia¬†and Abkhazia broke away from¬†Georgia¬†in wars in …

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FBI releases Carter Page’s surveillance records

The FBI on Saturday night released the surveillance records from the wiretap on Carter Page, a onetime Trump campaign aide whose surveillance by the FBI was at the center of a¬†declassified Republican memo¬†released in February by House Intelligence Committee Republicans. The documents released were once classified as top secret. The …

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