Vladimir Putin wants new start with Donald Trump

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin struck an unusually conciliatory tone in his annual state of the nation address on Thursday saying Moscow wanted to get on with the incoming US administration and was looking to make friends not enemies. Mr Putin has used previous set-piece speeches to lash out at the West and the US in particular, but he reined in his criticism this time round and focused most of his speech on domestic social and economic issues. “We don’t want confrontation with anyone. We don’t need it. We areRead More

Russia must pull back its troop from Ukraine: John Kerry

Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry has told that Russia must pull back its troops from the Ukrainian border to deescalate the tension following Crimea’s takeover by Moscow. “We talked very seriously and at length about the impact of the massing of troops and the importance of including the drawdown and redeployment of some of those troops with respect to the process moving forward,” he said. It’s not up to the US or Russia to make any decision or any agreement regarding federalization, Kerry said. “We talked about it. ButRead More

10 killed in explosion at Russian train station

MOSCOW: An explosion ripped through a train station in the Russian city of Volgograd on Sunday, killing at least 10 people, Russian news agencies said. The cause of the blast was not immediately clear. An attack by a female suicide bomber in the same Russian city on October 21 killed seven people. It lies close to Russia’s North Caucasus, a strip of mostly Muslim provinces plagued by near-daily violence in a long-running Islamist insurgency. Insurgent leader Doku Umarov, a Chechen warlord, urged militants in a video posted online in JulyRead More

Syria accepts Russian chemical weapons proposals

Moscow: Syria will join the international chemical weapons convention, the country’s ambassador to Russia said on Thursday. On Monday, Russia had proposed a fresh initiative on the Syrian crisis, calling for putting the chemical stockpiles of the Damascus government under international control, a move that was designed to spare Syria a possible US military strike over alleged use of poisonous gas by the Syrian government in populated areas on August 21. “We have fully accepted the Russian initiative, this is a very good and great initiative,” Haddad told ITAR-TASS. HeRead More

31 peoples were killed in Siberia Plane Crash

MOSCOW: 31 peoples were killed when a passenger plane crashed in Siberia shortly after taking off on Monday morning, said Russian emergency officials. The 12 persons survived were hospitalized in critical condition. The plane ATR-72 operated by UTair was flying from Tyumen to the Surgut with 39 passengers and four crew and went down on a snowy field outside Tyumen, a major regional center in Siberia about 1,700 kilometers (1,000 miles) east of Moscow. The cause of the crash is still not clear. None of the passengers was a foreigner.Read More

India will sign nine agreements with Russia

MOSCOW: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured Russia that India would fulfill all its commitments on bilateral nuclear cooperation while according top priority to safety issues and concerns raised by people in Koondankulam. Before embarking on a visit to Moscow that comes amid anti-nuclear protests at the site of the Russia-assisted project in Tamil Nadu, PM said his government takes people’s concerns “seriously” but the Indo-Russian atomic cooperation “would continue”. During Singh’s three-day visit for the 12th annual Indo-Russian Summit, the two countries are expected to sign seven to nine agreementsRead More

Casualties of Moscow blast increased

MOSCOW: On Tuesday Russian authorities gave controversial information on the number of people injured in a deadly blast in Moscow’s largest airport: the emergencies ministry said 180 people were injured, while the health minister put the number at 128. An explosive device was detonated by a suicide bomber as passengers arrived at Domodedovo airport’s international arrivals gate at 4:40 p.m. (13:40 GMT) on Monday, killing 31 people instantly. The death toll later rose to 35 as one person died while being hospitalized and three succumbed to their injuries in hospital.Read More