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Russia may have upgraded nuclear bunker: Report

Washington, June 19 (IANS) Russia may have significantly upgraded a nuclear weapons storage bunker in Kaliningrad, a Russian territory between Poland and the Baltics, as tensions between Moscow and the West continue to rise, according to a new report. On Monday, the Washington-based Federation of American Scientists (FAS) published aerial photographs that the group says show the facility...

2 days ago
Modi's strategic vision: Gap between aspiration and reality

Global disorder appears to be the leitmotif of mid-2018, with the US and China embarking upon a trade-tariff war and the US-led Western alliance in considerable turmoil over the unseemly outcome of the just-concluded G-7 summit in Canada. The historic meeting in Singapore (June 12) between President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has the potential to lead to a completely u...

4 days ago
FIFA World Cup: This is just the beginning, says Russia coach

Moscow, June 15 (IANS) Russian coach Stanislav Cherchesov has called for calm following his team's 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in their opening World Cup Group A match. The result on Thursday marked Russia's first win in football's showpiece event since a 0-2 defeat of Tunisia at the 2002 tournament in Japan and South Korea. It was also the biggest victory margin in the opening game of...

5 days ago
FIFA World Cup starts with colourful ceremony

Moscow, June 14 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the FIFA World Cup open after a colourful opening ceremony at the 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium here on Thursday. The love of football unites the world in one team, independent of language or ideology, the Russian president stated during his speech, as reported by Sputnik news agency. Putin said he hoped fans, play...

5 days ago
FIFA World Cup starts with colourful ceremony

Moscow, June 14 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the FIFA World Cup open after a colourful opening ceremony at the 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium here on Thursday. The love of football unites the world in one team, independent of language or ideology, the Russian president stated during his speech, as reported by Sputnik news agency. Putin said he hoped fans, play...

5 days ago
FIFA World Cup starts with colourful ceremony

Moscow, June 14 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the FIFA World Cup open after a colourful opening ceremony at the 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium here on Thursday. The love of football unites the world in one team, independent of language or ideology, the Russian president stated during his speech, as reported by Sputnik news agency. Artistic performances from UK ...

6 days ago
Putin to meet senior N. Korean official: Kremlin

Moscow, June 13 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea, here on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Kim is coming to Moscow to attend the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony, Peskov was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency on Wednesday. His trip to Russia follows a landmark Singa...

6 days ago
Putin says football remains a non-political sport

Moscow, June 13 (IANS) Russian president Vladimir Putin, whose country is hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup, insisted on Wednesday, the eve of the competition's opening game, that football remained a non-political sport and that his country was ready to welcome fans from around the world. The Kremlin chief gave a speech at the 68th FIFA convention which was being held here, reports Efe.

6 days ago
Putin: Russia ready for FIFA World Cup

Moscow, June 13 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprising visit to the ongoing 68th FIFA Congress here on Wednesday, giving a short speech and extending warm welcome to friends coming from all over the world. Speaking highly of the productive works of FIFA and the Russian people, Putin said that Russia is ready for the World Cup and guarantees the security and convenience...

9 days ago
Russian, Ukrainian Presidents discuss detainee swap

Moscow, June 10 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko discussed the exchange of detainees in a phone call on Saturday. They highlighted humanitarian issues, including the exchange of detainees. Vladimir Putin pointed out the importance of releasing the Russian journalists arrested in Ukraine without delay, Xinhua quoted the Kremlin as sayi...

10 days ago
Modi arrives in China for SCO, to meet Xi

Beijing, June 9 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the Chinese coastal city of Qingdao on Saturday to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit and will also have a bilateral meet with China's President Xi Jinping. Modi is also likely to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and leader of other member states. There is no bilateral scheduled with Pakista...

11 days ago
'India won't back out of buying S-400s from Russia'

Moscow, June 8 (IANS) India is committed to all its military-technical agreements with Russia and won't back out of the proposed purchase of the Russian-made S-400 Triumf advanced air defence system despite US concerns, Indian Ambassador to Russia Pankaj Saran said here. He said that military-technical cooperation between India and Russia was discussed during the Sochi meeting between th...

11 days ago
Modi set to meet Xi at SCO on Saturday

Beijing, June 8 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit China on Saturday to attend a two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in the coastal city of Qingdao where he will have a one-on-one with President Xi Jinping. Although both have met over a dozen times as leaders of their countries, the Saturday meeting in Qingdao comes just a little over two months after ...

11 days ago
S.Korean President to visit Russia

Seoul, June 8 (IANS) South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit Russia from June 21 to 23 to discuss joint efforts for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and boost bilateral economic cooperation, officials announced here on Friday. During his three-day visit, Moon is expected to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, reports Efe news. In Moscow, Moon will deliver a s...

11 days ago
Putin in China for state visit

Beijing, June 8 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in China's capital for a state visit on Friday ahead of attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit scheduled to begin in the city of Qingdao from Saturday. The Russian President is expected watch an ice hockey match with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Tianjin on Friday, reports CNN. Putin las...

11 days ago
Democracy under attack in India: Actor and filmmaker Nandita Das

Moscow, June 8 (IANS) New, more advanced and safe fuel will be reloaded into the two running reactors of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) and also into the subsequent units being built in Tamil Nadu with the technical assistance of the Russian national atomic power corporation Rosatom, according to a senior company official. Alexander Ugryumov, Vice President (R&D) of Rosa...

11 days ago
Russia to supply advanced safe fuel for Kudankulam nuclear plant

Moscow, June 8 (IANS) New, more advanced and safe fuel will be reloaded into the two running reactors of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) and also into the subsequent units being built in Tamil Nadu with the technical assistance of the Russian national atomic power corporation Rosatom, according to a senior company official. Alexander Ugryumov, Vice President (R&D) of Rosa...

13 days ago
Western sanctions harmful for everyone: Putin

Vinenna, June 6 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Western sanctions against Russia are harmful for everyone and it is in everyone's interests to lift them. Speaking in Austria, he said Russia had restored stable growth, despite the EU and US sanctions first imposed in 2014 after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea, BBC reported on Tuesday. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian...

14 days ago
Russia open to cooperation with EU: Putin

Vienna, June 5 (IANS) The Russian President said on Tuesday that his country was ready for cooperation with the European Union. Vladimir Putin spoke to the press in the Austrian capital Vienna alongside his Austrian counterpart Alexander Van der Bellen, reports Efe news. We are completely open to working with Europe, said Putin, adding that EU-imposed economic and diplomatic san...

14 days ago
Russia not aiming to divide EU, says Putin

Moscow, June 5 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia is not trying to split the European Union (EU). His remarks come ahead of a visit to Austria, his first trip to a Western European country in nearly a year, BBC reported on Monday. He told Austria's ORF station he wanted a united and prosperous EU, calling the bloc Russia's most important commercial and econom...

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