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Putin invites Erdogan to Russia amid Syria offensive – Kremlin

Oct 16, 2019 - 4:19 PM

Putin invited Erdogan 'for a working visit in the coming days. The invitation was accepted,' Putin's office says in a statement on October 15

PUTIN AND ERDOGAN. Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Konstantinovsky Palace outside Saint Petersburg on August 9, 2016. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Putin talks investments and space in Abu Dhabi

Oct 16, 2019 - 12:04 AM

Deals worth more than $1.3 billion, notably in the energy, advanced technology and health sectors, were tabled during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit, according to the Russian Direct Investment Fund

PUTIN IN UAE. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) is received by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, during an official welcoming in the Emirati capital's Al-Watan presidential palace on October 15, 2019. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Russia bids farewell to first man who walked in space

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:01 PM

(UPDATED) Alexei Leonov is laid to rest at a military cemetery in Mytishchi in a ceremony that includes a gun salute and a service by a Russian Orthodox priest

FAREWELL. Russian servicemen carry the coffin of late Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov during a funeral ceremony at a military cemetery in Mytishchi, outside Moscow, on October 15, 2019. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Century Pacific to bring Philippine tuna, coconuts to Russia

Oct 15, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The maker of Century Tuna inks supply deals with top Russian food firms

Mass raids target Russian opposition chief

Oct 15, 2019 - 4:37 PM

(UPDATED) The early morning raids target more than 100 offices and homes in 30 cities, the opposition says, including the headquarters of Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) in Moscow

ALEXEI NAVALNY. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gestures as he delivers a speech during a demonstration in Moscow on September 29, 2019. File Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Russia, Saudi Arabia seal key oil deal

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:15 PM

(UPDATED) Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit follows attacks on Saudi oil installations that Riyadh and Washington have blamed on Moscow ally Tehran

PUTIN IN SAUDI ARABIA. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L), Saudi Brigadier General Yussef Saleh al-Salim (2nd L), Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi King Salman, during a welcome ceremony in Riyadh on October 14, 2019. AFP PHOTO / SAUDI ROYAL PALACE / BANDAR AL-JALOUD

Russian propaganda arm RT to train PH gov't media

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Russian TV channel RT will impart a 'different way of reporting' news to journalists of Philippine government-run news outlets like PTV 4 and PNA, says a PCOO official

Russia bombed 4 Syria hospitals in 12 hours – report

Oct 14, 2019 - 8:23 AM

The May strikes are part of a larger pattern of medical facilities targeted by forces supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's devastating civil war

Iran releases detained Russian journalist

Oct 10, 2019 - 3:57 PM

An Iranian government spokesman says she was being held over alleged visa violations but the Russian embassy says she had been accused of working for Israeli security services

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Russia brands Alexei Navalny's opposition group a 'foreign agent'

Oct 10, 2019 - 8:08 AM

The Russian government has a controversial list of foreign agent organizations, which implies spying for a foreign government. This has led to many of the groups closing down.

PRESSURED. File photo of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny taking part in a protest in Moscow on May 14, 2017. Photo by Ivan Vodopyanov

Duterte invites Russian oil giant to explore in West Philippine Sea

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Rosneft, the Russian firm which ruffled China's feathers with its oil and gas projects in Vietnam, is offered a chance to pursue a similar project in Philippine waters

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets the officials of Rosneft Oil Co. led by its CEO Igor Sechin, who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Four Seasons Hotel in Moscow, Russia on October 2, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Construction of nuclear power plants in PH risky – Gatchalian

Oct 08, 2019 - 8:13 AM

The senator worries over safety, including dealing with waste, after the Philippines and Russia signed a deal on the construction of nuclear power plants

NUCLEAR POWER. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian urges the government to take precautions into the recent nuclear energy deal signed with Russia. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robin Padilla defends Cesar Montano, Phillip Salvador's inclusion in Duterte's Russian trip

Oct 07, 2019 - 6:27 PM

'Mukha ba kaming walang pera? May pera po kami at yung perang 'yan ay gift sa amin 'yan ng mga taong sumusuporta sa amin'

Duterte receives honorary degree in foreign diplomacy from Russian university

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:45 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte gets his first honorary degree from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations University, Russia's premier school for international relations which is run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

HONORARY DEGREE. President Rodrigo Duterte gets an honorary degree in foreign diplomacy from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations University on October 5, 2019. Photo from PTV Facebook page

Duterte invites Russian firms to join PH infrastructure program

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Several business deals – including exploring the prospects of building nuclear power plants in the Philippines – are signed on the sidelines of the Philippines-Russia Business Forum in Moscow keynoted by President Rodrigo Duterte

BUSINESS FORUM. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Philippines-Russia Business Forum at the House of the Unions in Moscow, Russian Federation on October 4, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte rants about 'U.S. and the West' at Russian forum

Oct 04, 2019 - 3:54 PM

The President hits traditional western powers for supposedly encumbering his war on drugs that has killed thousands of Filipinos

FOREIGN POLICY. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the plenary session of the 16th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club at the Polyana 1389 Hotel in Sochi, Russia on October 3, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte at Valdai forum: Long tirade vs drugs, joke about 'killing girls'

Oct 04, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Hosts repeatedly ask the verbose Philippine leader to wrap up his long answers, in which he rants about the US, justifies his drug war, and even jokes about 'killing girls'

DUTERTE'S VIEWPOINT. President Duterte answers questions at the plenary session of the Valdai Discussion Club forum in Sochi, Russia, on October 3, 2019. Among the others in the panel are (L-R) Jordanian King Abdullah II, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Malacañang Photo

Duterte trumpets 'remarkable progress' of PH-Russia ties in Putin meeting

Oct 04, 2019 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) 'President Duterte told President Putin the remarkable progress of Philippines-Russia relations after he sought the rebalancing of traditional partnerships and the deepening of relations with non-traditional partners,' says Malacañang

PH-RUSSIA TALKS. President Rodrigo Duterte and his delegation hold a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his officials in Sochi, Russia, on October 3, 2019. Photo by Karl Norman/Presidential Photo

Russian man sues Apple for 'turning him gay'

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:31 AM

The man files suit in a Moscow court after an incident this summer in which a cryptocurrency called 'GayCoin' was delivered via a smartphone app, rather than the Bitcoin he had ordered

‘Drunk chap’: Duterte twitted for ‘unkempt’ look in meeting with Russian PM

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The Philippine President's loose tie and crumpled-looking collar during a bilateral meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev raises some eyebrows on Twitter

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev pose for posterity prior to the start of their bilateral meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Moscow on October 2, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte meets with CEO of Russian oil firm Rosneft

Oct 03, 2019 - 5:41 PM

Rosneft is the same oil company helping Vietnam drill oil in waters being claimed by China. Beijing has issued warnings against Rosneft's operations.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with the officials of Rosneft Oil Co. led by its CEO Igor Sechin who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Four Seasons Hotel in Moscow, Russia on October 2, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH eyes labor agreement with Russia as Duterte makes second visit

Oct 02, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta says the labor agreement is envisioned to grant Filipinos working in Russia 'legal status'

DUTERTE IN RUSSIA. President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the Vnukovo Military Base Airport in Moscow on October 2, 2019. Presidential Photo

Duterte arrives in Russia for second visit

Oct 02, 2019 - 9:09 AM

The Philippine leader and several Cabinet members will visit Sochi and Moscow from October 2 to 5

DUTERTE IN RUSSIA. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by from Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev upon his arrival at the Vnukovo Military Base Airport in Moscow on October 2, 2019. Presidential Photo

Moscow vows to retaliate over new 'anti-Russian' U.S. sanctions

Oct 01, 2019 - 10:37 AM

The Russian foreign ministry says the new US sanctions on several Russians – including a businessman tied to President Vladimir Putin and a disinformation operation accused of conspiring to manipulate the US 2018 midterm election – 'will not go unanswered'

Russian soldiers rehearse ahead of a forthcoming parade on Red Square in Moscow on November 5, 2017. The event will take place on November 7, marking the 76th anniversary of a 1941 parade, when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War Two. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV

Russia offers e-visa privilege for PH starting October 2019

Sep 29, 2019 - 8:31 PM

Filipinos can visit Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad region with a free e-visa for a stay of up to 8 days

E-VISA. Filipinos can visit Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad region of Russia with an e-visa starting October 1, 2019. File photo by AFP

Trump told Russian officials he wasn't concerned by interference – report

Sep 28, 2019 - 2:03 PM

Trump makes the previously unreported comments during the same May 2017 Oval Office meeting in which he revealed highly classified information on ISIS

UNCONCERNED. US President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he walks to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, July 5, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Duterte's Russia activities: Speeches at think tank forum, institute for Russian diplomats

Sep 27, 2019 - 12:02 PM

The Philippine leader will attend the Valdai Forum in Sochi and speak to students of the Moscow State Institute for International Relations

Putin urges dialogue between Venezuela's Maduro, opposition

Sep 25, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Putin says, 'We believe that any refusal to have dialogue is irrational, harms the country, and only threatens the population's well-being'

URGING DIALOGUE. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on September 25, 2019. Photo by Sergei Chirikov/AFP)

Russian seamen kidnapped off Cameroon freed

Sep 22, 2019 - 9:37 PM

The Gulf of Guinea, whose coastline stretches in a huge arc from Liberia to Gabon, is notorious for piracy

Locator map of Cameroon

Duterte returns to Russia in October

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:43 PM

The Philippine President accepts the invitation of his 'idol' Russian President Vladimir Putin, for another visit to Russia

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 24, 2017 prior to his return to the Philippines. President Duterte opted to skip his scheduled engagements and cut his official visit to the Russian Federation short as he decided to fly back to the Philippines after declaring a state of Martial Law in Mindanao due to the terror crisis in Marawi City. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Erdogan hosts Putin, Rouhani for Syria summit

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host Presidents Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani in Ankara for the latest summit on the Syrian conflict

SYRIA SUMMIT. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin at press conference after a trilateral meeting in Tehran on September 7, 2018. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Russia's world-first floating nuclear plant arrives in port

Sep 14, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The Rosatom nuclear agency says the Akademik Lomonosov will start operating by year-end once connected to the local electricity grid

FLOATING POWER UNIT. Akademik Lomonosov is being towed to Atomflot moorage of the Russian northern port city of Murmansk on May 19, 2018. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

6 civilians killed in northwest Syria despite truce

Sep 14, 2019 - 4:49 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports regime fire in various parts of southern Idlib, including close to a Turkish military observation post

Russia targets opposition leader Navalny with mass raids

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:37 PM

Top protest leader Alexei Navalny says the raids are the result of Kremlin 'hysteria' after allies of President Vladimir Putin suffered major losses in local elections in Moscow

NAVALNY. In this file photo, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny casts his vote at a polling station during to the Moscow city Duma election in Moscow on September 8, 2019. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Russia has 'no expectation' of better U.S. ties after Bolton ouster

Sep 11, 2019 - 4:20 PM

'We judge on acts not declarations or intentions. When we see progress, then we can say that something has changed,' says deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov

SERGEI RYABKOV. Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov gives a press conference on the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty in Moscow on August 5, 2019. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

U.S. extracted spy that confirmed Putin role in 2016 elections – reports

Sep 10, 2019 - 4:08 PM

The source, who had been providing information for decades, had access to Putin and had sent pictures of high-level documents on the Russian leader's desk, CNN reports

Countries using 'hostile social manipulation' to target enemies – report

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:42 PM

The RAND report on hostile social manipulation says countries are using common disinformation practices to gain a competitive advantage

Russia, Ukraine swap prisoners in landmark exchange

Sep 07, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hails the prisoner swap as a 'first step' towards ending the country's conflict with Russia

PRISONER SWAP. Rossiya Segodnya news agency director Dmitry Kiselev and Russian-Ukrainian journalist Kyrylo Vyshynsky leave the Vnukovo-2 government airport outside Moscow on September 7, 2019, after a long-awaited exchange of prisoners between Moscow and Kiev. Photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

U.S. teen arrested in Russia for medical marijuana

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:16 PM

Audrey Elise Lorber 'kept the narcotic substance for her personal use' but the US use permit 'is not valid on Russian territory,' says Saint Petersburg's courts press service

Putin promises infrastructure investment in Mongolia

Sep 04, 2019 - 1:57 PM

Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga and Vladimir Putin sign a series of agreements including joint investment funds to finance Mongolia's infrastructure developments

VLADIMIR PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 12, 2018. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Russian blogger sentenced to 5 years over 'extremist' tweet

Sep 03, 2019 - 5:22 PM

Moscow's Presnensky district court finds Vladislav Sinitsa guilty of extremism charges, and rules he must serve 5 years in a penal colony

Protest leaders detained ahead of Moscow elections

Sep 03, 2019 - 4:08 PM

Ilya Azar, Lyubov Sobol, and Nikolai Lyaskin are detained in late-night arrests on Monday

LYUBOV SOBOL, In this file photo taken on July 15, 2019 candidate to the Moscow City Duma Lyubov Sobol speaks during a rally against efforts to stop opposition candidates to register for elections to the Moscow City Duma in central Moscow. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Russian opposition holds new protest march

Aug 31, 2019 - 9:21 PM

The Saturday gathering is said to be 'noticeably calmer than previous similar protests'

MOSCOW PROTESTS. People take part in an opposition unauthorized rally in central Moscow on August 31, 2019. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Russia announces ceasefire in Syria's Idlib

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:44 PM

The Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria says the ceasefire aims 'to stabilize the situation' in Idlib and urged anti-government fighters to 'abandon armed provocations and join the peace process'

CEASEFIRE. This file photo shows Syrian civilians flee on August 21, 2019 a conflict zone in Syria's rebel-held northwestern region of Idlib, where government bombardment has killed hundreds since late April. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Putin, Erdogan meet in Moscow with focus on Syria

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:01 AM

The meeting comes ahead of a September 16 summit in Ankara that will bring together the main foreign players in Syria's conflict – Putin, Erdogan and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakeshands with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they visit the MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Salon opening day in Zhukovsky outside of Moscow on August 27, 2019.  Alexey NIKOLSKY / SPUTNIK / AFP

Russia divides G7 leaders as Trump pushes for readmission

Aug 27, 2019 - 9:52 AM

US President Donald Trump, who will host next year's G7 summit, says he would certainly invite Russia to the event, though he doubted his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin would want to come if it was only as a guest

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) listens while US President Donald Trump speaks before ahead of their meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. The US and Russian leaders opened an historic summit in Helsinki with Donald Trump promising an "extraordinary relationship" and Vladimir Putin saying it was high time to thrash out disputes around the world. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski

For G7, 'too early' to reintegrate Russia, diplomatic sources say

Aug 25, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Asked about inviting Russia to next year's G7 Summit, US President Donald Trump responds: 'That I don't know. It's certainly possible.'

GROUP OF SEVEN. In this file photo, the flags of the G7 countries the US, Japan, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Germany flutter in the wind in Germany on June 7, 2015. Photo by Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/DPA/AFP

Soyuz spacecraft carrying humanoid robot fails to dock with space station

Aug 24, 2019 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) The life-size robot, named Fedor, was to spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts in the space station

This handout picture taken on July 26, 2019 and released by the official website of the Russian State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS on August 21, 2019 shows Russian humanoid robot Skybot F-850 (Fedor) being tested ahead of its flight on board Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. - Russia space agency Roscosmos is about to send a humanoid robot to the International Space Station. Skybot F-850 will be sent to the ISS on August 22 on board the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft, and will spend over two weeks there before returning to Earth on September 7. It's the first time that a robot will take the commander's place in a Soyuz — the Skybot will monitor and report on conditions during the otherwise uncrewed flight. (Photo by - / Roscosmos space agency / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ROSCOSMOS / Space Center Yuzhny/TsENKI /" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Putin, Erdogan to 'activate' cooperation on Syria – Kremlin

Aug 23, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Turkey and Russia back opposing sides in the Syrian conflict but have worked closely, along with Iran, to find a political solution for Syria

SYRIA WAR. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan answer journalists' questions during a press conference in Konstantinovsky Palace outside Saint Petersburg on August 9, 2016. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Canada says no to Russia rejoining G-8

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:58 AM

Canada's foreign minister says: '... Russia grossly violated international law by invading and annexing Crimea and added to that with the continuing war in the Donbass'