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Russia’s PM and govt resign as Putin plans constitution overhaul

Russia’s PM and govt resign as Putin plans constitution overhaul

World
Russia's government has resigned to allow President Vladimir Putin to make sweeping constitutional changes which could allow him to remain in power after his current term.The 67-year-old has been in the top job for 20 years, longer than any other Russian or Soviet leader since Josef Stalin. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev quit hours after Mr Putin proposed a reform of powers of parliament and the cabinet. Image: Vladimir Putin said Dmitry Medvedev (R) would take up a new position as a deputy head of the presidential Security Council Mr Putin thanked his close ally for his contribution and asked his cabinet to keep working until a new one is formed.The president also said he would appoint Mr Medvedev - who had been PM since 2012 - as de...
Putin acknowledges threats posed by climate change

Putin acknowledges threats posed by climate change

Technology
Russian President Vladimir Putin says that global climate change poses new challenges to RussiaBy VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV and HARRIET MORRIS Associated PressDecember 19, 2019, 10:03 AM3 min readMOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that global climate change poses new challenges to Russia. Speaking at his annual news conference Thursday, Putin said that global warming could threaten Russian Arctic cities and towns built on permafrost. He added that climate changes could trigger fires, devastating floods and other negative consequences. Putin emphasized that Russia has abided by the Paris agreement intended to slow down global warming. At the same time, he noted that factors behind the global climate change have remained unknown and hard to predict. Putin, who has been in power for ...
Putin: Scientists killed in blast were working on ‘unparalleled’ weapon

Putin: Scientists killed in blast were working on ‘unparalleled’ weapon

World
Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Russian scientists killed in a nuclear explosion at a secret military testing site in August were working on "unparalleled" weapons, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "We're talking about the most advanced and unparalleled technical ideas and solutions, about weapons designed to ensure Russia's sovereignty and security for decades to come," Putin said during a ceremony at the Kremlin on Thursday honoring the victims of the mysterious accident. The Aug. 8 explosion of a liquid propulsion system in Nyonoksa killed five scientists and two defense ministry officials and led to international concern about a brief spike in radiation levels reported by the Russian meteorological agency Rosgidomet. Information about the incident will remain "strictly classified," Kremlin sp...
Putin: Russia is helping China with missile defense system

Putin: Russia is helping China with missile defense system

Business
Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Russia is aiding China in building a missile defense system able to counter ballistic and cruise missiles, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed. He added that Russian involvement will give China a measure of protection which only the United States and Russia currently have. China now has only a small, Russian-made S-300 system regarded as a modest deterrent. "We are now helping our Chinese partners to create a missile-warning system, a missile-attack warning system," Putin said at the Valdai Club foreign policy conference in Sochi on Thursday. "This is a very serious thing that will dramatically increase China's defense capability, because only the U.S. and Russia have such a system now." He added that international strategic stability was weakened by the United Sta...

Kremlin: Putin doesn’t think Moscow protests significant

World
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...