Putin congratulates Russia coach after emphatic win
Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov said he received a congratulatory call from President Vladimir Putin after the World Cup hosts pummelled Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the tournament's opening match on Thursday. Cherchesov's team entered the match at Moscow's 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium under intense pressure to put on a worthy performance. Russia were without a win in…
China's Xi hails 'unity' of security bloc led with Russia
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday opened a regional security summit attended by Russia and Iran with boasts of the bloc's "unity", just as a fractious G7 gathering was mired in divisions between Europe and the US.
Putin and Abe pledge to 'reinforce cooperation'
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday held talks with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as the leaders pledged to "reinforce cooperation" at a time of tension with the West.
Putin meets Assad, calls for 'political process' on Syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin held a rare meeting with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on Thursday and said the situation in Syria is now favourable for the beginning of a "political process" which would lead to the withdrawal of foreign forces.
Vladimir Putin sworn in as president for fourth term
Vladimir Putin was sworn in as Russia's president for a fourth term at a ceremony in the Kremlin on Monday, extending his almost two-decade rule by another six years.
Russian protest leader Navalny released after anti-Putin rally
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was detained during a weekend protest on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration for a fourth term, has been released and faces a court hearing next week, his lawyer said Sunday.
Russia, Turkey, Iran stress unity at Syria talks
Russian, Iranian and Turkish foreign ministers on Saturday talked up their successes in brokering a political solution to the Syrian conflict at a meeting in Moscow.
Macron warns against being 'weak' with Putin
French President Emmanuel Macron warned against showing any weakness towards Vladimir Putin -- while insisting he wants to work with the Russian strongman -- in remarks broadcast Sunday on the eve of his state visit to Washington.