Category: Foreign Policy

Medvedev holds talks with prime minister of Papua New Guinea ahead of APEC summit

Medvedev holds talks with prime minister of Papua New Guinea ahead of APEC summit

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev © Alexander Astafyev/Russian Government Press Office/TASS PORT MORESBY, November 17. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has met with his Papua New Guinean counterpart Peter O’Neill before the start of the Asia-Pacific Economic Coopration (APEC) summit in Port Moresby on Saturday. “This is an important event for Papua New Guinea. Thank you for hospitality and great atmosphere. The summit’s agenda is very serious but we now have an opportunity to exchange opinions on how to develop ties, contacts between Russia and Papua New Guinea,” Medvedev said. O’Neill in turn thanked the Russian prime minister for attending the summit and assisting in…

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Russia wants to resume contacts with US in 2+2 format — ambassador

Russia wants to resume contacts with US in 2+2 format — ambassador

Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov © Alexander Shcherbak/TASS MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. Russia would like to revive a number of formats of contacts with the United States, in particular, meetings between the two countries’ defense and foreign ministers, or the so-called 2+2 format, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said on Friday. “We would like, for instance, to revive such a format as 2+2, i.e. between the foreign and defense ministers,” he said in an interview with NTV television channel. “So far, we have been failing to do that. We hope very much that the two countries’ deputy foreign ministers will have…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Omani Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah

Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Omani Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 16, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah. The Secretary thanked the Foreign Minister for Oman’s longtime friendship and strategic partnership with the United States, as well as Oman’s engagement on the region’s most challenging issues. On Yemen, the Secretary and the Foreign Minister agreed on the urgent need for a cessation of hostilities. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister reaffirmed the importance of all parties working toward a political agreement to end the conflict and bring peace, prosperity, and…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie

Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 16, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke by phone on November 15 with Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie about President Trump’s upcoming visit to Argentina for the G-20 Leaders’ Summit. Secretary Pompeo underscored the strong value we place on our partnership with Argentina as we work together to advance our shared priorities. Secretary Pompeo commended Argentina for their leadership in hosting the G-20 and noted that he looks forward to a successful Leaders’ Summit. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal…

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Ambassador seeks meetings with leadership of US Congress to ‘mend Russia-US ties’

Ambassador seeks meetings with leadership of US Congress to ‘mend Russia-US ties’

Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov © Valery Sharifulin/TASS NEW YORK, November 16. /TASS/. Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov would like to discuss ways of mending bilateral relations with Washington’s key lawmakers, he told an annual meeting of the US-Russia Business Council on Friday. The senior diplomat pointed out that “the midterm elections are now over”, meaning that “new people will join the US legislative branch.” “We stand ready to work with the new composition of the House and Senate to develop mutually beneficial contacts, to seek converging stances on any, even the most complicated issues,” Antonov stated. “In the nearest time, I…

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Global community shares Moscow’s stance on negative effects of restrictions, Lavrov says

Global community shares Moscow’s stance on negative effects of restrictions, Lavrov says

© Mikhail Japaridze/TASS MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. Most members of the world community share Russia’s position regarding the negative impact of restrictions on the current economic environment, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the opening of the Business Council on Friday. “We will continue to promote our line against the harmful effects of restrictions on today’s economic environment, which should be based on the principles of free trade and fair competition, at multilateral platforms, including the UN and the G20,” the Russian top diplomat emphasized. “We can state that our approach is shared by most members of the international community.” In other media

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Russia, US should continue dialogue on arms control — ambassador

Russia, US should continue dialogue on arms control — ambassador

NEW YORK, November 16. /TASS/. Russia and the United States should maintain dialogue on a wide range of issues, including arms control and nonproliferation, amid current international ‘turbulence’, Russia’s Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said at an annual meeting of the US-Russia Economic Council on Friday. “It is especially important now, when the architecture of treaties and agreements on arms control and non-proliferation became fractured. First and foremost, it involves the situations with the INF Treaty, the New START, the CTBT and the JCPOA, as well as other documents. There has not been an instance in history, when a collapse of arms control and…

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US avoids re-committing to non-interference in Russia’s internal affairs — source

US avoids re-committing to non-interference in Russia’s internal affairs — source

© AP Photo/Evan Vucci MOSCOW, 16 November. /TASS/. The administration of US President Donald Trump has twice refused Russia’s proposal to reaffirm its 1933 commitment on mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs. Moscow has sent such a proposal to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in June but received a refusal letter shortly before the Helsinki summit, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry told TASS. A year earlier, Russia sent a similar proposal to former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. According to the source, after a two-month consideration, Washington forwarded Moscow a letter saying that it did not understand how it could “further bilateral…

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Russia, US weathering rockiest time ever in diplomatic ties, says expert

Russia, US weathering rockiest time ever in diplomatic ties, says expert

MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. The Russian-US relationship is going through its toughest time in the entire history of bilateral dialogue, but it may improve over the medium term, Chairman of the Foundation for the Development and Support of the Valdai International Discussion Club Andrei Bystritsky told TASS on Friday. The expert made this statement on the 85th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and the United States on November 16, 1933. On December 25, 1991, Russia became the legal successor to the Soviet Union. “I cannot be sure that the relationship between Russia and the United States will improve tomorrow.…

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Russian human rights ombudswoman blasts Ukraine-initiated UN resolution on Crimea

Russian human rights ombudswoman blasts Ukraine-initiated UN resolution on Crimea

SIMFEROPOL, November 16. /TASS/. Information about alleged human rights violations in Crimea, contained in the UN resolution, which has been approved by the General Assembly, is not correct, Crimean human rights ombudswoman Lyudmila Lubina told TASS, pointing out that representative of the countries, who backed the document, can personally see that by coming to the Black Sea region. There were earlier reports that the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly had approved the Ukraine-led resolution condemning alleged human rights violations in Crimea and “Russia’s illegal establishment of laws, jurisdiction and management” in the region. This year the document drew the support of 67 delegations…

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NATO keeps boosting military presence near Russian border — diplomat

NATO keeps boosting military presence near Russian border — diplomat

MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. The US Department of State’s attempts to deny the NATO military buildup along Russia’s entire western border looks unconvincing, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. In response to Washington’s call not to believe reports about NATO structures encircling Russia, Zakharova said: “Unlike the US Department of State, we closely monitor NATO military buildup near our borders, which includes the creation of new command-and-staff facilities, logistics support structures and relevant infrastructure,” she said. “The presence of US servicemen in neighboring states is being carried out on a rotational and, de-facto, permanent basis; military transport operations near our borders are being continuously…

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Russia plans no military buildup in Sea of Azov — senior diplomat

Russia plans no military buildup in Sea of Azov — senior diplomat

BRUSSELS, November 15. /TASS/. Russia has no place to boost its military presence in the Sea of Azov in response to the buildup of Ukrainian forces in the area, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said on Thursday. “We have no military bases in Azov, warships are deployed there primarily to ensure safety of the Crimean Bridge,” he said. ‘We plan no military buildup in Azov.” At the same time, Karasin added that Ukraine was creating an “alarming situation” in the region by voicing “plans to set up a naval base in Berdyansk” and holding “regular naval exercises, which block the Azov Sea zone.” “This…

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Collected Department Releases: Global Magnitsky Sanctions on Individuals Involved in the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi

Collected Department Releases: Global Magnitsky Sanctions on Individuals Involved in the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC November 15, 2018 Today, the United States imposed sanctions on seventeen Saudi Arabian individuals for serious human rights abuse resulting from their roles in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi at the Consulate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2. This action was taken under the authority of Executive Order 13818, which implements and builds upon the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. As a result of this action, all of these individuals’ assets within U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.…

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Collected Department Releases: 2018 AAFSW Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad

Collected Department Releases: 2018 AAFSW Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 14, 2018 Four winners will receive the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA) at a ceremony on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State. Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert will deliver remarks, highlighting the winner’s exemplary service. SOSA awards recognize U.S. government employees; family members, including domestic partners; and other members of household at embassies and consulates who performed exceptional volunteer service to their communities, mission or host country, or rendered outstanding assistance in…

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Lavrov to visit Belarus on November 20-21

Lavrov to visit Belarus on November 20-21

© AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will pay a working visit to Belarus on November 20-21 to take part in a joint meeting of the Foreign Ministries’ board, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters at a press briefing on Thursday. “The program of the visit includes meeting with the Belarusian foreign minister,” she noted. “During the talks, the parties will discuss a wide range of bilateral issues and foreign policy cooperation with an emphasis on implementing the provisions of the joint statement by the Russian and Belarusian presidents of June 19.” “The parties plan to pay special…

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Lavrov to visit Italy on November 22-23

Lavrov to visit Italy on November 22-23

MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. Russian top diplomat Sergey Lavrov will visit Italy on November 22-23, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday. “On November 22-23, the Russian foreign minister will make a working visit to Italy. His agenda includes talks with his Italian counterpart Enzo Moavero Milanesi and a brief meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte,” she said. “Lavrov is also expected to address an international conference dubbed Rome MED – Mediterranean Dialogues and hold a number of bilateral meetings on the event’s sidelines,” Zakharova added. According to her, the Russian and Italian foreign ministers will “hold a thorough…

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Russia to work with any new administration in Ukraine, says Putin

Russia to work with any new administration in Ukraine, says Putin

SINGAPORE, November 15. /TASS/. Russia will work with any new Ukrainian authorities, there is no other solution to the Donbass problem than the peaceful one, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters at a news conference following the East Asia Summit. “Nevertheless, we believe there is no other way, and the parties will have to come to terms with each other anyway. I hope that people who will lead the country in the future, whoever they are, … will arrive at the conclusion that there is no other way than the peaceful one, and it is essential to implement the Minsk agreements,” the head of state…

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Putin plans to discuss New START, INF Treaty with Trump

Putin plans to discuss New START, INF Treaty with Trump

MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said among the key issues on the agenda of a possible Russian-US summit will be the fate of the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and also regional issues. “One of key issues, certainly, is strategic stability,” Putin told reporters speaking about possible topics at his meeting with US President Donald Trump at the G20 summit in Argentina in late November. “We should understand what will be with the New START and the INF Treaty, and how events will develop here,” Putin explained. “There are other issues related to how…

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Security chief praises Russian-Chinese partnership

Security chief praises Russian-Chinese partnership

© AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. Russian-Chinese strategic partnership that is at an unprecedentedly high level now may be considered as an example of international relations of new type which are based on principles of equality and mutual respect. Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said about it at a meeting with member of China’s Central Politburo and Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China Guo Shengkun. Patrushev and Guo Shengkun are holding Russian-Chinese consultations on public security, justice and public order in Moscow on Thursday. “Russian-Chinese strategic partnership is at an unprecedentedly high level. It…

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Putin talks to Pence, Bolton before East Asia Summit

Putin talks to Pence, Bolton before East Asia Summit

SINGAPORE, November 15. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken briefly with US Vice President Mike Pence and White House National Security Adviser John Bolton before the beginning of the plenary session of the East Asia Summit in Singapore. Before taking part in the joint photo op session, Putin talked to Pence, who leads the US delegation, for a couple of minutes “on the go” in the presence of an interpreter. Bolton took part in the conversation as well. Prior to that, Putin also spoke briefly with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The meeting was attended by Russia’s top diplomat Sergey Lavrov. The East Asia…

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Russian deputy foreign minister to hold consultations with EU official in Brussels

Russian deputy foreign minister to hold consultations with EU official in Brussels

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin © Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS BRUSSELS, November 15. /TASS/. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin will hold consultations with Secretary General of the European External Action Service Helga Schmid on Thursday. Karasin told TASS that they will discuss a wide range of issues of mutual interest. “Everything that concerns my sphere of competence will be discussed: Central Asia, Caucasus, Ukraine, and so on,” the diplomat said ahead of talks. Diplomatic sources in Brussels also told TASS that Karasin and Schmid will discuss preparations for the meeing of foreign ministers of the Normandy Four countries – Russia, Germany, France and ukraine. The last…

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Putin to take part in East Asia Summit in Singapore

Putin to take part in East Asia Summit in Singapore

SINGAPORE, November 15. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in the 13th East Asia Summit (EAS) on the third day of his official visit to Singapore. The Kremlin press service reported that Thursday’s plenary session will focus on “issues of strengthening regional security and combating terrorism, boosting cooperation in the sphere of healthcare, high tech and environment protection.” The summit began on Wednesday evening with an informal event, where Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong welcomed heads of delegations from EAS member countries. Putin arrived in Singapore on Tuesday, November 13. On the fist day of his official visit, he met with Singapore’s…

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EU-mediated dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo remains in deep crisis — Russian diplomat

EU-mediated dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo remains in deep crisis — Russian diplomat

Russian Permanent Representative to UN Vasily Nebenzya © Valery Sharifulin/TASS Host Photo Agency UNITED NATIONS, November 14. /TASS/. The dialogue between Serbia and unrecognized republic of Kosovo under EU auspices is the state of deep conceptual crisis, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said on Wednesday. “We have to confirm that the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina under EU mediation remains in the state of deep conceptual crisis,” Nebenzya said at the UN Security Council session on Kosovo settlement. “The absence of any meaningul results after contacts between the sides serves as evidence of that.” “Work has still not started on moving toward…

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Russia to protect rights of journalists abroad, says foreign minister

Russia to protect rights of journalists abroad, says foreign minister

MOSCOW, November 14. /TASS/. The Russian Foreign Ministry will continue to protect the interests and rights of Russian reporters working abroad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated in his address to Russian journalists, published on the ministry’s website on Wednesday and timed to the 100th anniversary of the Russian Union of Journalists. The minister noted that Moscow commends the union’s efforts on expanding international cooperation. “In this current difficult situation in the world, the activity aimed at promoting high professional standards and values of honest journalism in the global information space is worthy of respect,” Lavrov noted. “Of course, we will continue to pay close…

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Collected Department Releases: The Secretary’s Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey To Deliver Remarks to the Media in the Press Briefing Room

Collected Department Releases: The Secretary’s Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey To Deliver Remarks to the Media in the Press Briefing Room

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 14, 2018 The Secretary’s Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey will deliver remarks to the media on the way forward in Syria at 3:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, November 14, in the Press Briefing Room at the Department of State. This event is open press coverage. Journalists who plan to cover should be in the Press Briefing Room by 2:50 p.m. Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued photo media credential (e.g., Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign…

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Collected Department Releases: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Lao Foreign Minister Saleumaxay

Collected Department Releases: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Lao Foreign Minister Saleumaxay

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 14, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan and Lao Foreign Minister Saleumaxay Kommasith met November 14 on the margins of the East Asia Summit in Singapore. The Deputy Secretary reaffirmed our ongoing commitment to the U.S.-Laos Comprehensive Partnership, and underscored our desire to continue to strengthen our bilateral engagement and commercial ties. The Lao Foreign Minister confirmed Laos’ continued commitment to enforcing UNSC resolutions on the DPRK. The Deputy Secretary also thanked the Foreign Minister for Laos’ support as the ASEAN Country Coordinator for the United States,…

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PM Medvedev to visit Vietnam on November 18-19

PM Medvedev to visit Vietnam on November 18-19

MOSCOW, November 14 / TASS /.  Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will travel to Vietnam with an official visit on November 18-19, the Press service of the Russian Cabinet of Ministers reported on Wednesday. “In Hanoi, the head of the Russian government will hold talks with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, will meet with the Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the country, President Nguyen Phu Trong and Chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan,” the service said.  “There are plans to discuss pressing issues of Russian-Vietnamese cooperation in trade, investment, industry and energy,” it said.…

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Russian economy remains stable despite potential US sanctions — minister

Russian economy remains stable despite potential US sanctions — minister

© Sergei Fadeichev/TASS SINGAPORE, November 14. /TASS/. The macroeconomic situation in Russia remains stable despite the possibility of new US sanctions, Economy Minister Maxim Oreshkin told reporters on the sidelines of the Russia-ASEAN forum. “For the last several years, our goal was to build a macroeconomic system, which will be resistant to external shocks. Oil prices have plunged by 25%, but the situation remains stable,” he commented on how strained the situation in Russia is because of the threat of new US restrictions. There were earlier reports that Washington may toughen sanctions on Russia in November, particularly targeting the country’s sovereign debt with maturity over two…

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Russian economy remains stable despite potential US sanctions

Russian economy remains stable despite potential US sanctions

© Sergei Fadeichev/TASS SINGAPORE, November 14. /TASS/. The macroeconomic situation in Russia remains stable despite the possibility of new US sanctions, Economy Minister Maxim Oreshkin told reporters on the sidelines of the Russia-ASEAN forum. “For the last several years, our goal was to build a macroeconomic system, which will be resistant to external shocks. Oil prices have plunged by 25%, but the situation remains stable,” he commented on how strained the situation in Russia is because of the threat of new US restrictions. There were earlier reports that Washington may toughen sanctions on Russia in November, particularly targeting the country’s sovereign debt with maturity over two…

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Putin to speak at Russia-ASEAN summit on Wednesday

Putin to speak at Russia-ASEAN summit on Wednesday

SINGAPORE, November 14. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the Russia-ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) summit in Singapore on Wednesday and hold a number of bilateral meetings with Asian leaders. “We hope that the president will talk ‘on foot’ with his Indonesian counterpart [Joko Widodo], we also hope that there would be a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, of course with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. There will also be a meeting with the Chinese Prime Minister [Li Keqiang] and the prime minister of the Kingdom of Thailand [Prayut Chan-o-cha],” Peskov said. According to the Kremlin spokesman, Putin’s talks with Singapore’s…

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