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Putin says World Cup has broken stereotypes about Russia

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that his country’s hosting of the soccer World Cup had helped debunk stereotypes about it. Russia’s host nation status had been met with resistance by some in the West who suggested the tournament could be unsafe and play into the hands of Putin, who stands accused by Washington of conducting “malign activities” around the world. But the month-long tournament, which ends on July 15, has so far been without major security incidents. Concerns about…

Putin-Trump summit on agenda as John Bolton holds Moscow talks

MOSCOW: U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is expected in Moscow on Wednesday for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and possibly Vladimir Putin, part of an effort to lay the ground for a summit between Putin and President Donald Trump. Bolton, whom the Kremlin regards as an arch Russia hawk, is due to give a news conference after his meetings at 1630 GMT, where he might name the date and location of a summit, which the Kremlin has been trying to make happen for months. Trump congratulated Putin…

White House says Trump and Putin will not have separate meeting at APEC

DANANG, Vietnam: U.S. President Donald Trump will not have a separate meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam due to scheduling conflicts, the White House said on Friday. Trump and Putin will both attend the APEC summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang. “Regarding a Putin meeting, there was never a meeting confirmed, and there will not be one that takes place due to scheduling conflicts on both sides,” White House press secretary Sarah…

Thousands rally on Putin’s birthday

MOSCOW: Several thousand supporters of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny rallied across Russia on President Vladimir Putin's birthday on Saturday, as police arrested more than 100 people. A thousand protesters turned up in rainy Moscow and 3,000 more people took to the streets in Putin's hometown of Saint Petersburg later Saturday, with protests also taking place in dozens of other cities. The protests - called by Navalny after he was sent to jail for 20 days this week -- were markedly smaller than the rallies he…

PM Sharif meets President Putin on sidelines of SCO summit

ASTANA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of SCO summit in Kazakhstan. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations, including trade and economic cooperation, and also current international issues. The Russian President congratulated Nawaz Sharif on Pakistan’s accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. “I would like to congratulate you once again on Pakistan’s accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation,” Putin told PM Sharif.…

Russia conflicted on how to mark 100 years since revolutions

MOSCOW: It was the year that ended centuries of royal rule, brought two revolutions, ushered in Soviet domination and changed the course of Russian history irrevocably. A century later, the country seems unsure how to treat the tumultuous events of 1917 that saw it hurtle from the abdication of the last tsar Nicholas II to a Communist dictatorship in a matter of months. During seven decades of Soviet rule the seizure of power by the Bolsheviks was celebrated with pomp by the Kremlin and the tsarist regime was…

Putin is world’s most powerful man, Trump in second: Forbes

NEW YORK: Vladimir Putin was the world's most powerful person for a fourth straight year in 2016, with US president-elect Donald Trump in second place, Forbes magazine said Wednesday in its annual rankings. "Russia's president has exerted his country's influence in nearly every corner of the globe," the US business magazine wrote. The 64-year old Russian leader is "unconstrained by conventional global norms (and) his reach has magnified in recent years," Forbes said. The magazine wrote that at number two, Trump, who…