Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia was not seeking confrontation and would not take the first step to deploy missiles in response to Washington's decision to quit a landmark Cold War-era arms control treaty.
As European Union member states are caught between NATO and an internal European defence union, more states might be turning towards bilateral arrangements that undermine the core principles of the EU.
Russian news Agency RIA said Putin, 66, injured a finger during the training session of the country's national judo team in Sochi, but that did not prevent him from completing the drill.
Turkey, Russia and Iran have agreed to form a joint front against any “separatist agendas”, signaling a growing hostility towards YPG rule in northeastern Syria following the US pull-out.
Turkish President Erdogan and his Russian and Iranian counterparts Putin and Rouhani vowed to maintain the territorial integrity of Syria as well as the security of the neighbouring countries in their talks held in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
After his meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi ahead of Syria talks, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara welcomes Moscow's positive attitude towards a proposed safe zone in northern Syria.
US Vice President Mike Pence is calling for America's European allies to join it in withdrawing from the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal and stop efforts he said are designed to evade US sanctions.
Presidents of three countries will meet to continue discussions on how to resolve the conflict in Syria as Daesh makes a last stand in the east of the country and Washington prepares to withdraw troops.
The high-profile meeting between Turkey, Russia and Iran will be dominated by issues ranging from the recent HTS gains to the emergence of conflicting safe zones in northern Syria.
New laws and rhetoric that defines parameters for acceptable forms of Islam in Russia run the risk of turning into draconian laws that can potentially be used to persecute Russian Muslims.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the February 21 visit will deal with Israel's efforts to prevent Iranian presence in neighbouring Syria.
Following in the footsteps of the US, Russia will abandon a nuclear arms treaty but will only deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles if Washington does so, President Vladimir Putin said.
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