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Turkey will resume Syria assault if U.S. promises not met - Erdogan

12:23pm BST

ANKARA/MOSCOW Hundreds of Kurdish forces remain near to Syria's northeast border despite a U.S.-brokered truce demanding their withdrawal and Turkey could resume its offensive in the area when the ceasefire expires, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said.

Putin steps up drive for clout in Africa with broadside against West

21 Oct 2019

MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin stepped up Russia's push for influence in Africa days before he hosts a summit with African leaders, saying on Monday that Moscow could offer help without strings attached unlike what he cast as the exploitative West.

Russia protests after catching U.S. diplomats near military test site

17 Oct 2019

MOSCOW Russia said on Thursday it would issue a formal note of protest to the United States after police caught three U.S. diplomats in what it said was a restricted area near a closed military testing site. | Video

Russia jails U.S.-Israeli on drug charges despite Netanyahu plea

11 Oct 2019

MOSCOW/JERUSALEM A Russian court sentenced a U.S.-Israeli woman to seven and a half years in jail for drug offences on Friday, a ruling Israel condemned as disproportionate and which her family said Moscow had linked to the fate of a Russian citizen detained in Israel.

For Putin, Turkish move into Syria a chance to ramp up Middle East role

10 Oct 2019

MOSCOW Turkey's incursion into Syria is an opportunity for Russia to dial up its influence in the region as Washington appears to be pulling back, but the risks to Moscow's diplomacy will rise the longer the operation goes on, people close to the Kremlin say.

Russia brands Kremlin critic's anti-corruption group 'foreign agent'

09 Oct 2019

MOSCOW Russia's Justice Ministry on Wednesday formally labelled opposition leader Alexei Navalny's anti-corruption group a "foreign agent", a move the Kremlin's critics said was part of a coordinated government attack on the group.

Russia and China to sign treaty on combating illegal online content

08 Oct 2019

MOSCOW Russia and China will sign a cooperation treaty aimed at combating illegal content on the Internet this month, Russia's state communications watchdog said on Tuesday, an example of deepening cooperation between the powers.

UPDATE 1-Russia and China to sign treaty on combating illegal online content

08 Oct 2019

MOSCOW, Oct 8 Russia and China will sign a cooperation treaty aimed at combating illegal content on the Internet this month, Russia's state communications watchdog said on Tuesday, an example of deepening cooperation between the powers.

Kremlin hails special relationship with China amid missile system cooperation

04 Oct 2019

MOSCOW The Kremlin said on Friday that Moscow's move to help Beijing build an early warning system to detect missile attacks showed the two countries had a special relationship.

Russians drinking less, living longer, WHO says

01 Oct 2019

MOSCOW Russia remains a nation of heavy drinkers, but alcohol consumption has fallen 43 percent from 2003 to 2016, a key factor in the country's rapid rise in life expectancy, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday.

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