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Dmitry Solovyov

U.N. to join Syria talks in Astana, with humanitarian hopes

Dec 21 2017

MOSCOW/GENEVA U.N. special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday he would take part in the latest round of Syrian peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana on Friday, with a month to go before he hopes to break the deadlock in political talks in Geneva.

Seoul says North Korea puts Washington in range, but needs to prove critical technology

Dec 01 2017

SEOUL/MOSCOW North Korea's latest missile test puts Washington within range, but Pyongyang still needs to prove it has mastered critical missile technology, such as re-entry, terminal stage guidance and warhead activation, South Korea said on Friday.

IOC bans three Russian bobsledders for life over doping

Nov 29 2017

LAUSANNE The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday it had banned for life three Russian bobsledders - Aleksandr Kasyanov, Aleksei Pushkarev and Ilvir Khuzin - over doping allegations related to the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Chechen leader, amid reshuffles, says ready to die for Putin

Nov 27 2017

MOSCOW Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Russia's Chechnya, said he was ready to die for Vladimir Putin and stand down, if ordered, ahead of a federal presidential election next year which has triggered personnel reshuffles that have put some politicians on edge.

Russia's Chechnya leader says he is ready to resign, Kremlin to pick successor

Nov 26 2017

MOSCOW, Nov 27 Ramzan Kadyrov, the outspoken leader of Russia's Chechnya republic, said he was ready to step down, leaving it for the Kremlin to choose his successor.

Ukraine rebel leader accuses sacked ally of staging revolt

Nov 21 2017

MOSCOW/KIEV Armed men in masks blocked off the center of Ukraine's rebel-controlled city of Luhansk on Tuesday in what the rebel leader said was a revolt by supporters of a sacked regional police chief.

Russian presidential hopeful says she won't sling mud at Putin

Oct 24 2017

MOSCOW Ksenia Sobchak, a Russian TV personality planning to run against Vladimir Putin in next year's presidential election, attacked his policies on Tuesday but said she would not personally insult him in the campaign because he was a family friend.

Russia's Bolshoi to premiere postponed 'Nureyev' ballet in December

Sep 22 2017

MOSCOW Russia's Bolshoi Theater said on Friday it would hold the postponed premiere of its ballet about late Soviet dancer Rudolf Nureyev in December, but probably with a new director standing in for the Kremlin critic who was originally in charge.

Putin warns North Korea situation on verge of 'large-scale conflict'

Sep 01 2017

MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin warned on Friday that the standoff between North Korea and the United States was close to spilling into a large-scale conflict and said it was a mistake to try to pressure Pyongyang into halting its nuclear missile program.

Ukraine preparing to deport Russian journalist for 'propaganda'

Aug 30 2017

KIEV/MOSCOW Ukraine's state security service (SBU) will deport a Russian journalist whom Kiev accuses of spreading anti-Ukrainian propaganda, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday, days after barring two Spanish journalists from the country.

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