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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...

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West confronts Putin

West confronts Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday had a close-up brush with Western anger over the Ukraine crisis and the downing of Flight MH17, Tuesday as Japan PM called for Japan-China to step up tentative efforts to put deep hostility behind them. Putin held separate bilateral meetings in Beijing with US President Barack Obama and Australian...

Hasina, Putin for stronger ties

Hasina, Putin for stronger ties

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Russian President Vladimir Putin have expressed optimism that the socioeconomic relations between the two countries would grow further in future. The two leaders talked about bilateral relations during a gala dinner hosted by Italian President Giorgio Nepolitano at Sala Delle Cariatidi in Milan, Italy on Thursday evening (local time). Leaders...

West is Russia's adversary again

VLADIMIR Putin's contrived emphasis on self-reliance is at best an attempt to put up a brave face before the world, an academic response to the stringent cache of sanctions on Russia imposed by the USA and the European Union. The apparent nonchalance can scarcely camouflage the severity of the economic reprisal in the aftermath of the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner, suspected to be the handiwork of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The latest round of sanctions is...

Snowden asks to extend Russia stay: Report

Snowden asks to extend Russia stay: Report

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has filed an official petition to extend his asylum in Russia for another year. He has been living in the country since taking 1.7 million intelligence files from various US agencies. This is according to Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena. Snowden’s current term of stay in Russia expires on July 31,...

Putin orders central Russia forces on 'full combat alert'

Putin orders central Russia forces on 'full combat alert'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops in central Russia on "full combat alert" for snap drills, the defence minister said yesterday. The order came a day after the Kremlin confirmed it was beefing up its military presence at the border with Ukraine. "In accordance with his (Putin's) order, from 11:00 am Moscow time (0700...

Ukraine Crisis
70th D-day Anniversary

D-Day spirit ignites hope

D-Day spirit ignites hope

Russia and Ukraine appeared to have made a long-awaited breakthrough in efforts to resolve a damaging crisis in their relations after conciliatory talks on the sidelines of Friday's D-Day anniversary ceremonies. Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko embraced the spirit of the day that signalled the end of World War II by announcing...

Putin, Cameron to hold face-to-face Ukraine talks

Putin, Cameron to hold face-to-face Ukraine talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold face-to-face talks on the Ukraine crisis with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Downing Street said yesterday. The two leaders will meet after they attend events to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on Friday. "It is an important opportunity to set out the importance...

Ukraine Crisis

Moscow urged to recognise new Kiev leader

Ukraine yesterday accused Russia of unleashing a mass propaganda campaign to persuade global powers not to recognise an election that gave the presidency to a pro-Western tycoon. The United States for its part acknowledged a "fundamental disagreement" with Russia and said President Barack Obama would extend his support to Petro Poroshenko when he meets the winner of the May 25 presidential election in Warsaw on Wednesday. The months-long fight for future of the ex-Soviet nation -- splintered between a more nationalist...

Ukraine Crisis

Donetsk assault kills dozens

Ukraine yesterday said it had recaptured the airport in the eastern city of Donetsk after a day of air strikes and fierce gun battles with pro-Moscow separatist militants that left dozens of people dead. Caught up in the drama in Donetsk were a team of international monitors with the OSCE who have gone missing after being detained at a checkpoint. As fear gripped the city's streets, Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Ukraine to end its "punitive" operation in the rebel-held...

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