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NO FRILLS, RESULTS

Ever the Russian way

ALTHOUGH in his own way Vladmir Putin is more forceful, perhaps even more colourful, than several of his international counterparts, he regales in a no-frills image. And so it was there was less hype and media glare about his brief trip to New Delhi compared with recent visits of other dignitaries -- but more “take away”, for both countries. The string of agreements signed would, for India, appear something like Santa's sack of goodies -- nuclear power plants, dual-use...

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Strategic shift in Russia-Pakistan relations

NOTHING is impossible when uphol-ding a country's self-interest. The recent visit of the Russian defence minister to Pakistan is an eye-opener for everyone. Has the strategic environment been changed in South Asia? Both Russia and Pakistan think so. Pakistan-Russia relations seemed to have taken a new turn when former Pakistan army chief Kayani visited Moscow in 2012. Although Russia and Pakistan have no common border, both countries face similar problems from organised crime to terrorism to nuclear security. As the...

Moon, Moscow and Miracles…..

Moon, Moscow and Miracles…..

Let’s shift from extreme weather conditions to something out of this world - moon. The world was not enough so Nikita Khrushchev as the cold war peaked decided to have the moon sealed with hammer and sickle. Have it confined within the blood red Communist box. As the moon refused to surrender so it...

Russia-India: Putin agrees to build 10 nuclear reactors

Russia-India: Putin agrees to build 10 nuclear reactors

Russia will help India build at least 10 more nuclear reactors, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said following a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two countries signed a series of major energy agreements on Thursday. Russia will also remain India's top defence supplier, said Modi. Putin's visit to Delhi comes as India faces...

Fresh World Cup bid corruption claims

Fresh World Cup bid corruption claims

More allegations of corruption during the bidding process to stage the World Cups in 2018 and 2022 have been made. The House of Commons Culture Media and Sport select committee has published previously unseen material submitted to it by the Sunday Times newspaper. It draws on claims by senior sources that officials connected to England's...

Passengers 'get out and push' frozen plane

Passengers 'get out and push' frozen plane

Passengers due to take a flight in Siberia had to get out and push the aircraft after its brake pads froze solid, it's reported. The plane was trying to take off from the Russian town of Igarka, but was unable to move after the temperature fell to -52C, the RIA Novosti news agency reports. Passengers...

US, Russia spar over Ukraine

US, Russia spar over Ukraine

US Vice President Joe Biden yesterday told Russia it faced paying an ever-higher price over Ukraine as tensions ratcheted up on the first anniversary of mass protests which unleashed a year of turmoil. On its part, Russia warned against the US arming Ukrainian forces, with the secretary of its national security council, Nikolai Patrushev,...

5 Ukrainian soldiers killed, German foreign minister visits Kiev

5 Ukrainian soldiers killed, German foreign minister visits Kiev

Five Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, the military said on Tuesday, as Germany's foreign minister prepared to hold talks on the crisis in both Kiev and Moscow. The trip by Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be one of the first visits by a senior German...

Artillery explosions shake Donetsk airport in east Ukraine

Artillery explosions shake Donetsk airport in east Ukraine

Loud explosions and artillery fire rocked Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine on Monday, despite attempts to negotiate an end to a battle that is undermining a ceasefire in regions held by separatists. A Reuters reporter near the strategically important airport saw flashes of artillery fire in several places and heard frequent blasts in new...

There is good chance of Ukraine resolution: Putin

There is good chance of Ukraine resolution: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that there was a "good chance of resolution" in the Ukraine conflict, rejecting Western condemnation of Russia's role in the southeast of the country. "Today the situation (on Ukraine) in my view has good chances for resolution, no matter how strange it may sound, but certain structures...

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