Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says Daesh leaders in Afghanistan seek to project the group’s influence across former Soviet states in Central Asia.
Turkey's president was accompanied by the head of the National Intelligence Organization Hakan Fidan, Communications Director Fahrettin Altun, and presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin as he met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi.
President Erdogan says Moscow's decisions in the war-torn Syria are a threat to southern Turkey, urging President Putin to adopt a new approach "as a requirement of solidarity."
Opposition leaders have decried the elections as one-sided, especially under a system favouring the ruling United Russia party, which has won two-thirds of the seats in the parliamentary elections.
The election, marred by numerous reports of violations, lacked significant opposition presence after authorities declared organisations linked to imprisoned Alexey Navalny, the Kremlin’s most prominent foe, to be extremist.
While Russian President Putin remains popular, United Russia party has seen its support drop as living standards decline following years of economic stagnation.
French foreign and defence ministers strongly opposed the agreement between Mali’s junta and the Wagner group, a stepping stone for Russian mercenaries to enter the West African country.
Despite international sanctions and condemnation, the Russia-backed Assad regime is exploring ways to take back opposition and rebel-held territory where millions of displaced Syrians reside.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey is already hosting five million asylum seekers and cannot handle an additional burden of migration from Afghanistan.
President Vladimir Putin says reality is that Taliban has taken control of most of the country, and separately, Russian envoy to Afghanistan insists there is no alternative to the insurgent group and resistance to it will fail.
Moscow’s South-South vaccine efforts have fallen short of expectations and don’t pose as big a challenge to the West as initially presumed.
The timing of Moscow and the Syrian regime’s attacks over the past few months indicates a desire to pressure the international community before major international meetings on the Syrian war.
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