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  • Putin claims 30 people in his entourage have been sick with COVID-19

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, after the talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which took place in Sochi, said that thirty people in his entourage fell ill with COVID-19, TASS reports.

    "I almost did a real experiment. I did it on myself. Three dozen people around me got sick," Putin said, walking with Erdogan from his Bocharov Ruchey residence in Sochi.

    Putin said that among them was his assistant, with whom he worked together "from morning till evening." According to …

  • Kremlin: due to ‘Kyiv’s position' meeting between Putin and Zelensky impossible

    The speaker of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, said that the contacts between Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are impossible because of "Kyiv’s position".

    Peskov believes that sound logic "dictates the need" for contacts between the presidents of the two countries. At the same time, the Russian president was ready for this "yesterday", but the implementation of the Minsk agreements reached an impasse. The Kremlin blames the Ukrainian side for this.

    At the same …

  • Turkish forces open fire on Russian helicopters in Syria

    The war in Syria, which has claimed more than 350,000 lives, is entering a new round of escalation before the meeting of the presidents of Russia and Turkey Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    According to Al Arabiya, on Sunday, Turkish forces opened fire on a helicopter of the Russian Aerospace Forces, carrying out a mission on the outskirts of the Al-Hasakah province in the north of Syria.

    The helicopter was able to avoid being hit by a missile by shooting heat traps that blind …

  • Kremlin: there will be no meeting between Putin and Zelensky if Ukraine insists on discussing Crimea

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to discuss with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky the implementation of the Minsk agreements and agreements reached at the last summit of the Normandy Four, as well as bilateral relations. And if Ukraine insists on discussing the issue of Crimea, then there will be no meeting between Putin and Zelensky, said Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov.

    "Discussion of Crimea is not possible. Therefore, such a formulation actually casts doubt on the …

  • Putin in self-isolation after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is in self-isolation after one of members of hist staff has tested positive for COVID-19, the Kremlin’s  press service reports.

    Putin canceled a visit to Dushanbe, where he was supposed to take part in a meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, scheduled for September 16-17. Putin will take part in this event, as well as the session of the Collective Security Council and the meeting of the Collective Security Treaty …

  • Belarus asks to postpone merger with Russia till 2027

    The Belarusian authorities, even under tough Western sanctions, continue to delay integration with Russia.

    It will take 4-6 years to implement all “Union State” programs that have been prepared and are expected to be approved this year, First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Nikolai Snopkov said on Belarus-1 TV channel.

    The 28 union programs, which are part of the integration roadmaps and cover areas from tax synchronization to energy prices, should be the central theme of the visit of …

  • Russian government proposes to let Putin control all defense transactions

    The Russian government has submitted to the State Duma a bill that expands the powers of the Russian president and introduces mandatory coordination with him of all transactions with shares of defense companies.

    A special requirement to obtain the consent of the President will apply to sale transactions, the possibility of sale or transfer to trusts of shares (shares in the authorized capital) of "organizations of strategic importance for the military-industrial complex and security of the …

  • Kremlin: Putin is ready to meet with Zelensky but does not want to discuss Crimea

    Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin is ready to meet with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

    Peskov said that Putin is not going to discuss the annexation of Crimea in negotiations with Zelensky.

    The Kremlin believes that the presidents should meet because relations between the two countries "need to be fixed,” but Kyiv does not show political for that.

    Putin's spokesman also said that so far there has been little progress in organizing a …

  • Putin suggests bringing Taliban into ‘family of civilized nations’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed a desire to establish ties with the Taliban militants who captured Afghanistan.

    "Russia is not interested in Afghanistan’s disintegration . If this happens, then there will be no one to talk to. And if this is so, then we need to think about the fact that the sooner the Taliban enters, so to speak, into the family of civilized nations, the easier it will be to contact, communicate and somehow influence them, " said Putin at the plenary session of the …

  • Putin gives green light for free economic zone on Kuril Islands

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has officially given the green light for establishing a free economic zone on the Kuril Islands.

    At the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum, Putin announced an "unprecedented" set of tax incentives, which should create the best conditions for business in all of Asia.

    "We will completely exempt business from paying key taxes on profits, property, land and transport tax. And for 10 years," Putin said, adding that this will apply to the companies that …