Putin Orders Russian Forces to Withdraw From Syria, Saying ‘Objectives Achieved’


MOSCOW: After almost six months of intense campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group, the Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered the withdrawal of the Russian forces from Syria. The order by Putin was reportedly given to the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu to start the withdrawal of the forces from Tuesday. Putin has ...

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Russia Rejects to Participate in the Afghan Peace Process Led by the US


MOSCOW – Moscow does not want to join the US initiatives aimed at establishing stability and peace in Afghanistan. However, Russia is ready to set up a negotiation process independently. On Monday a representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Moscow does not want to participate in the Afghan peace process, where besides the US, China and ...

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Russians and Syrians Achieve Breakthrough in Aleppo


RUSSIA INSIDER: Allied troops from Hezbollah and Iran have contributed to the advance. Peace talks have been suspended through the end of February With its support of the Russian Air Force, Syria’s army has achieved a strategically important breakthrough near Aleppo.  That could mean that main supply routes from Turkey to the terrorists are now cut off. Syria’s army together ...

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6 Killed, 24 wounded in Blast near Russian Embassy in Kabul


KABUL: A relatively heavy explosion rocked Kabul city few minutes earlier this evening leaving at least six civilians dead and twenty four others wounded. Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior confirmed a suicide attack has taken place in Dar-ul-Aman area of the city. He did not disclose further information regarding the incident saying the area has been cordoned ...

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Putin Hints that Russia could Grant Asylum to Syrian President


The Russian President Vladimir Putin has hinted that the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could be granted asylum in Russia. In an interview with a German magazine, Putin said it was premature to discuss the issue to provide shelter for President Assad. However, he said “We granted asylum to Mr. Snowden, which was far more difficult than to do the same ...

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Putin says he Wants Global Cooperation against Terrorism


MOSCOW: Russia wants to fight terrorism jointly with the rest of the world, President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published on Monday, while again accusing the West of exacerbating international crises that had contributed to it. “We are faced with common threats, and we still want all countries, both in Europe and the whole world, to join their efforts ...

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Putin Names United States Among Threats in New Russian Security Strategy

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MOSCOW: A new appraisal names the United States as one of the threats to Russia’s national security for the first time, a sign of how relations with the west have deteriorated in recent years. The document, “About the Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation”, was signed by President Vladimir Putin on New Year’s Eve. It replaces a 2009 version, ...

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Putin Criticizes Europe for Lack of Independent Foreign Policy

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MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday criticized Europe for lack of independent foreign policy, saying it has partially transferred its sovereignty to the United States. “The problem of Europe is that it does not have its own foreign policy … It has transferred part of its sovereignty to NATO and the United States,” Putin said in a documentary ...

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Russia Ready to use ‘more Military Means’ in Syria if Need: Putin

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MOSCOW: The Russian armed forces have not employed all their capability in Syria and may use “more military means” there if necessary, Russian news agencies quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying on Saturday. “We see how efficiently our pilots and intelligence agents coordinate their efforts with various kinds of forces – the army, navy and aviation, how they use the ...

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Putin: ‘Islamization’ of Turkey is Bigger Problem Than Downing of Russian Jet


MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin escalated his war of words with Turkey on Wednesday when he accused the Turkish leadership of having encouraged the “Islamization” of the country for years and stating that there was a “deeper problem” than just the Turkish military’s downing of a Russian warplane. The diplomatic fallout of Tuesday’s incident near the Syrian border is becoming ...

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