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Kremlin: Putin doesn’t think Moscow protests significant

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The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin is following mass opposition protests in Moscow, but does not believe they are significant enough. Giving the Kremlin's first official comments on the massive opposition protests in Moscow, Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday that Putin has not spoken out about the demonstrations because he does not think there is anything "exceptional" about them. Peskov rejected suggestions that the protests have plunged the Kremlin into a political crisis and defended police response at the three weekends of protests as "proportionate." He also said police are looking into reports of violence against peaceful protesters. Moscow has been gripped by large-scale opposition protests three weekends in the row, including last Saturday's rally which is believed to be the large...
G20 summit: Trump jokes to Putin about Russian election meddling

G20 summit: Trump jokes to Putin about Russian election meddling

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Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has appeared to make light of Russian election interference during a meeting with the country's leader, Vladimir Putin.A smirking Mr Trump wagged his finger at the Russian president and said: "Don't meddle in the election, please."The pair were holding talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan.It was their first meeting since Robert Mueller concluded his investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia was behind an effort to influence the presidential election with a state-authorised campaign of cyber-attacks and fake news stories planted on social media.But special counsel Mueller's report found...
Putin: US has breached nuclear arms treaty

Putin: US has breached nuclear arms treaty

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Russian president Vladimir Putin has said he will pull out of a nuclear pact within six months after the US withdrew from the Cold War-era treaty.Putin accused the US of breaching a nuclear arms pact after the US suspended the Cold War-era treaty and said Russia would follow suit, threatening to start working on new missiles. Image: Vladimir Putin meets with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov America's secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced yesterday that he is suspending compliance with the treaty, with a threat to pull out completely in six months.In his announcement, he gave Russia a final chance to save the deal, adding: "Countries must be held accountable for their actions." ...
Putin at blast site amid race to find survivors

Putin at blast site amid race to find survivors

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has travelled to the site of a gas explosion in a apartment block that killed at least seven people and left dozens feared trapped. Rescuers faced a race against time to dig survivors out of the rubble of the blast with temperatures set to plunge as low as -24C (-17F).The explosion caused the partial collapse of a nine-storey building in the southern Russian city of Magnitogorsk, where cries for help could reportedly be heard beneath the ruins. Image: Cries for help have reportedly been heard from under the rubble Mr Putin looked on as rescue workers searched the site. He also visited the injured in hospital.Emergencies minister Yevgeny Zinichev said at a meeting with the Russian presid...
Putin crows as he oversees Russian hypersonic weapons test

Putin crows as he oversees Russian hypersonic weapons test

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Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw a test Wednesday of a new hypersonic glide vehicle, declaring that the weapon is impossible to intercept and will ensure Russia's security for decades to come. Speaking to Russia's top military brass after watching the live feed of the launch of the Avangard vehicle from the Defense Ministry's control room, Putin said the successful test was a "great success" and an "excellent New Year's gift to the nation." The test comes amid bitter tensions in Russia-U.S. relations, which have sunk to their lowest level since the Cold War times over the conflict in Ukraine, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Putin's hopes for repairing ties with Washington under President Donald Trump have fizzled am...