Putin, Merkel defend Nord Stream pipeline

Putin, Merkel defend Nord Stream pipelineRussian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel put on a rare show of unity Friday defending the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, criticised by Ukraine and threatened by US sanctions. The two leaders held their first face-to-face meeting in a year in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi where they also discussed the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine and the Iran nuclear deal.


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Putin to meet Merkel to talk Iran and Ukraine

Putin to meet Merkel to talk Iran and UkraineRussian President Vladimir Putin is due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday, as Moscow and Europe make rare joint efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal. The pair’s first face-to-face meeting in a year will take place less than a week before French President Emmanuel Macron is due to visit Russia. The meeting will take place in Putin’s Sochi residence and is expected to be dominated by US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out from the Iran agreement.


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Did Mostik the cat beat Vladimir Putin across the controversial bridge linking Russia to Crimea?

The contentious bridge linking Russia to Crimea has prompted another controversy, this one over whether Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ceremonial first crossing actually came in second — to a cat. Putin proudly drove a bright orange, Russian-built truck across the Kerch Strait Bridge Tuesday.

     

 

 


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Russian firm tied to Putin ally, charged in 2016 trolling campaign, clashes with Mueller probe

  1. Russian firm tied to Putin ally, charged in 2016 trolling campaign, clashes with Mueller probe  Washington Post
  2. Mueller collected more than a trillion bytes of data for indictment related to Russian use of social media  CNN
  3. Special Counsel Lawyer Duels In Federal Court With Attorney for ‘Putin’s Chef’  NPR
  4. Mueller’s investigation isn’t going to ‘wrap up’ soon — and Trump is still in peril  Los Angeles Times
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The cat's out of the bag (and on the bridge): Did this kitty beat Vladimir Putin across Crimean span?

The contentious bridge linking Russia to Crimea has prompted another controversy, this one over whether Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ceremonial first crossing actually came in second — to a cat. Putin proudly drove a bright orange, Russian-built truck across the Kerch Strait Bridge Tuesday.

     

 

 


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Putin says Russian frigates in Mediterranean on standby over Syria threat

Putin says Russian frigates in Mediterranean on standby over Syria threatRussian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russian military vessels with Kalibr cruise missiles would be on permanent standby in the Mediterranean to counter what he said was the terrorist threat in Syria. The deployment shows how Russia has increased its military presence in the Middle East since it launched an intervention in Syria in 2015, turning the tide of the civil war in favor of its close ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Russia has in the past fired Kalibr cruise missiles from frigates and submarines stationed in the Mediterranean Sea at militant targets to support Syrian army offensives.


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