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India signs $3 bn submarine deal with Russia: reports

By AFP

Russia remains a major supplier of arms to India and in October leaders Modi and Putin met to sign a deal over Russia’s missile defence system for $5.2 billion (AFP Photo/Yuri KADOBNOV)

India has signed a $3 billion deal to lease a third Russian nuclear-powered submarine for 10 years, giving Delhi a boost in the Indian Ocean against arch-rivals Pakistan and China, media reports said.… Read Full Article “India signs $3 bn submarine deal with Russia: reports”

Russia’s Putin rides horse with female police ahead of International Women’s Day

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin mounted a horse on Thursday and cantered with female police officers in footage broadcast across Russia ahead of International Women’s Day.

Putin has carefully cultivated a macho image during his 19 years in power with photo-ops depicting him riding a horse bare-chested in Siberia, taking a dip in icy water and piloting a firefighting plane.… Read Full Article “Russia’s Putin rides horse with female police ahead of International Women’s Day”

Russia-Israel team to eye foreign forces’ pullout from Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow on February 27, 2019 (AFP Photo/MAXIM SHEMETOV)

By AFP

Jerusalem (AFP) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel and Russia are to form a joint team to examine the withdrawal of foreign forces from Syria.… Read Full Article “Russia-Israel team to eye foreign forces’ pullout from Syria”

Putin threatens Russia will target U.S. with advanced weapon if Washington deploys new missiles in Europe

In state-of-the-nation address, Putin also promises Russians he’ll boost welfare payments, improve the education and health-care systems, and remove toxic dumps from cities

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives Wednesday to deliver a state-of-the-nation address in Moscow.

Associated Press, MarketWatch

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin sternly warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, saying Wednesday that Russia will retaliate by fielding new weapons that will take just as little time to reach their targets.… Read Full Article “Putin threatens Russia will target U.S. with advanced weapon if Washington deploys new missiles in Europe”

Why China Loves and Hates Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter

A unique insight into what Beijing thinks of Moscow’s latest wonder weapon.

by Michael Peck (The National Interest)

China should learn from Russia’s Su-57 stealth fighter, according to Chinese media.

The article in Chinamil.com , the Chinese military’s English-language news site, was peculiar in that it both criticized and praised the Su-57, of which Russia has only built ten so far, with thirteen more slated for 2020.… Read Full Article “Why China Loves and Hates Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter”

Trump lifts sanctions on Russia oligarch Oleg Deripaska in ‘huge gift to Putin’

‘What did we – the American people – get in return? Nothing,’ former US ambassador to Russia says

by Tom Embury-Dennis @tomemburyd (The Independent)

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The Trump administration has lifted sanctions against companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, defying efforts led by congressional Democrats to block the move. 

Earlier this month, 11 Republicans in the Senate joined Democrats in a bid to keep restrictions on aluminium producer Rusal, its parent En+ Group and JSC EuroSibEnergo, a private energy company. 

But that was not enough to overcome an aggressive lobbying campaign, led by a British lord who chairs one of the firms, and opposition from Donald Trump and most of his fellow Republicans. 

On Sunday, the Treasury Department ended the sanctions against Mr Deripaska’s business empire, having announced its intention to do so last month. 

In its statement, the US Treasury said the three companies had agreed to its conditions for ending sanctions by reducing Mr Deripaska’s direct and indirect shareholding stake and severing his control.… Read Full Article “Trump lifts sanctions on Russia oligarch Oleg Deripaska in ‘huge gift to Putin’”

Trump has hidden details of his encounters with Putin from White House officials

The Independent

President Donald Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former US officials said.… Read Full Article “Trump has hidden details of his encounters with Putin from White House officials”