Putin, Ahmadinejad to meet in Beijing (Iran Focus)
@11 months ago
“Russian President Vladimir Putin says he’ll talk with Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Beijing.
The Putin-Ahmadinejad talks in Beijing come as the Russian president prepares to host the so-called “P5+1” group — the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany — this month in a round of negotiations on aimed at halting Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program.
The Kremlin made the announcement Sunday through Yuri Ushakov, a former ambassador to the United States who advises the Russian leader on foreign policy, RIA Novosti reported.”
#Iran #Russia #China #Talks #news #P5+1
Putin arrives for key China visit (BBC)
@11 months ago
“Russian President Vladimir Putin is beginning a three-day visit to China, with energy and foreign policy expected to dominate the agenda.
Mr Putin said ahead of the trip that he wanted to further boost booming bilateral trade, which reached $84bn (£55bn) last year.
The Syrian crisis is also expected to be discussed during the talks.
Some 17 major business and trade deals between Russia and China are expected to be signed in Beijing, Mr Putin’s aides say.
But it remains unclear whether this will include a long-awaited gas agreement that would allow Moscow to supply some 70bn cubic metres of gas to its neighbour.”
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Putin Calls For Firm NATO Pledge on European Missile Interceptors (Global Security Newswire)
@1 year ago
“Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his government to continue pressing NATO to provide a firm pledge that U.S. missile interceptors planned for fielding in Europe will not be aimed at Russian ICBMs, RIA Novosti reported on Monday.
The Kremlin fears next-generation U.S. interceptors planned for deployment in Europe over the next eight years could be aimed at undermining the Russian strategic deterrent. The United States and NATO insist their envisioned ballistic missile shield is focused on protecting against a possible medium-range missile strike from the Middle East.”
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First activist convicted under Russian 'anti gay' law (Hürriyet)
@1 year ago with 6 notes
“The judge ‘opened a Pandora’s box’ by issuing the first such ruling, he said, adding that he will appeal and plans to contest the law at the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights…The controversy has also caused diplomatic tensions: the US State Department in February said it was deeply concerned the bill would restrict freedom of assembly for gays. American pop singer Madonna, who has a huge gay following, promised to raise the issue at her concert in the city in August.”
#Russia #discrimination #Gays #human rights #ECHR
Russia 'to block' Syria vote at UN Security Council (BBC)
@1 year ago with 1 note
“Russia has said it will block a draft UN Security Council resolution calling for a transfer of power in Syria because it “leaves open the possibility of intervention
France says 10 of the 15 countries on the Security Council now support the text calling for President Bashar al-Assad to hand power to a deputy.”
#Russia #Syria #Security Council #France #UN #United Nations #arab league #Arab spring