The Russian parliament approved a sweeping constitutional reform in the third and final reading Wednesday, a move that will allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power for another 12 years after his current term ends in 2024.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran has made progress in bringing the coronavirus outbreak under full control as the medical staff in the country has been working hard to contain the outbreak.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that he had asked President Vladimir Putin of Russia to step aside in Syria and leave Turkey to deal with Syrian government alone, after 34 Turkish soldiers were killed this week.
Legislators in the lower house of Russia’s parliament have unanimously approved a package of constitutional amendments proposed by President Vladimir Putin, in the first of three readings, two days after the Russian leader approved a new government.
Russia and Turkey have called for restraint and de-escalation of tensions between Iran and the United States following the assassination of a senior Iranian military commander in Iraq by US army terrorists.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Russia on January 11 for talks with President Vladimir Putin on the crisis in the Middle East triggered by the US assassination of top Iranian commander, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, in an airstrike, the Kremlin press service said.