Russia has strongly condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election pledge to annex north of the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank on the eve of his visit to the Russian city of Sochi.
The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin is equally concerned about attacks by foreign-backed militants from Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib after his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan alleged that offensives in the province threaten Turkey’s national security.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged the United States to start new arms talks, a few days after the collapse of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), warning that Moscow will be forced to begin developing short- and intermediate-range land-based nuclear missiles if Washington starts doing so.
Police in Moscow have begun arresting activists gathered at an unsanctioned opposition protest in the center of the capital, against the exclusion of independent and opposition candidates from the Moscow city council election.
Russia says the International Court of Justice (ICJ) lacks jurisdiction over a case filed by neighboring Ukraine against Moscow over its purported funding of pro-Russian separatists in volatile eastern Ukraine and alleged discrimination against an ethnic group in the Crimea Peninsula.
The Taliban say "decent progress" has been made in talks with senior Afghan politicians in Moscow but that there has been no breakthrough towards ending two decades of the US occupation of Afghanistan.