Category: Foreign Policy

Top Russian, Japanese diplomats to discuss peace treaty on January 14

Top Russian, Japanese diplomats to discuss peace treaty on January 14

MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed on Friday that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov would hold talks with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono on the peace treaty issue in Moscow on January 14. “The first round of the Russian-Japanese negotiations on signing a peace treaty between the two countries will be held in Moscow on January 14,” she said. “The parties’ delegations will be led by the two countries’ top diplomats.”. In other media

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Russia to continue cooperation with Venezuela — Foreign Ministry

Russia to continue cooperation with Venezuela — Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. Russia will continue to develop strategic partnership with Venezuela following Nicolas Maduro’s inauguration and will render economic help to this Latin American country, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday. “For our part, we confirm the intention to closely cooperate with friendly Venezuela, its nation and lawful authorities. We will continue to consolidate relations of strategic partnership, which, as the recent negotiations between the leaders of our countries showed, are stably developing in all areas of mutual interest,” the Russian Foreign Ministry noted. “We will continue to render support to Venezuela in overcoming the difficult economic situation.” Washington’s…

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Russian lawmakers to hold negotiations with PACE head in Switzerland — source

Russian lawmakers to hold negotiations with PACE head in Switzerland — source

MOSCOW, January 10. /TASS/. State Duma Deputy Speaker Pyotr Tolstoi and Chairman of the Federation Council Committee for Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachyov intend to hold negotiations in Geneva on Monday, January 14, with President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Liliane Maury Pasquier, a source in the Russian parliament told TASS on Thursday. “A closed working session between Russian parliamentary members and the PACE head is to take place. Kosachyov and Tolstoi are expected to represent our side. The negotiations themselves are set for January 14,” the source confirmed. The State Duma earlier published on its website the information about Tolstoi’s…

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Russian Foreign Ministry comments on decision to put off Afghan presidential election

Russian Foreign Ministry comments on decision to put off Afghan presidential election

MOSCOW, January 10. /TASS/. Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission could make a decision to postpone the presidential election scheduled for April 20 until June 20 under pressure from the United States, which needs time to get ready for the voting in accordance with its scenario, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. The ministry recalled that, according to the official wording, the election had been postponed “for technical reasons in order to better prepare for the voting.” “We note that this decision was made despite the repeated assurances by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Afghanistan’s Election Commission concerning the need to strictly adhere…

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Tokyo’s latest statements on Kurils distort essence of Putin-Abe agreements — ministry

Tokyo’s latest statements on Kurils distort essence of Putin-Abe agreements — ministry

MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. The remarks of Japanese top officials on a peace treaty with Russia grossly distort the essence of agreements between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, following a meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov and Japan’s Ambassador to Moscow Toyohisa Kozuki. “On January 9, 2018, Japan’s Ambassador to Russia Toyohisa Kozuki was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry,” the statement says. “Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Igor Morgulov told the ambassador that Moscow’s attention was drawn to Japanese top officials’ recent remarks about a peace…

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Kremlin rejects media reports about Russia’s possible interference in Israeli elections

Kremlin rejects media reports about Russia’s possible interference in Israeli elections

MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. Russia has never interfered in any foreign elections, including those in Israel, and has no plans to do it in the future, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “It is out of the question. Russia has never interfered in elections in any country and has no plans to do it in the future,” he said in relation to allegations about Moscow’s possible meddling in the Israeli parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in April. When asked to comment on the relevant reports by some of the Israeli news outlets, Peskov said: “Don’t read these Israeli news outlets.” On December 26,…

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Erdogan to visit Russia in near future — Kremlin

Erdogan to visit Russia in near future — Kremlin

MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. Preparations are underway for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Russia, which is expected to take place in the near future, but no dates have been set yet, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “We are making preparations for such a visit that will take place in the near future, if not very soon. However, no dates have been set yet,” he said. Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported earlier that Erdogan planned to visit Russia in January. According to the agency, the Turkish and Russian leaders are expected to discuss a wide range of issues, including the situation in Syria…

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Kremlin on Whelan case: Russia does not use people as pawns in diplomatic games

Kremlin on Whelan case: Russia does not use people as pawns in diplomatic games

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov © Vitaly Nevar/TASS MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. Moscow never uses people as pawns in a diplomatic game, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday commenting on the detention of Paul Whelan in Russia on suspicion of espionage. “In Russia people are never used as pawns in a diplomatic game,” Peskov said. “Russia conducts counterintelligence activity against those who are suspected of espionage, this is done on a regular basis.” Peskov stressed that he is not aware of statements on a possible swap of Russian citizen Maria Butina arrested in the United States for American citizen Paul Whelan, declining to comment on the…

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Collected Department Releases: Remarks to Press

Collected Department Releases: Remarks to Press

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State En Route to Shannon, Ireland January 7, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: We’ve got a good trip, a lengthy trip, to the Middle East. I’ve been to the Middle East probably as much as any Secretary of State in the beginning of their tour. I went there in my previous role quite a bit as well. They’re an important set of relationships, especially for this administration as we continue to build out the coalition that’s pushing back against the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, Iran. So that’ll be a significant piece of what I do, but it’s also the…

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Collected Department Releases: Interview With Wilfred Frost of CNBC

Collected Department Releases: Interview With Wilfred Frost of CNBC

Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC January 7, 2019 QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, thank you for having me. It’s a privilege to be with you today. SECRETARY POMPEO: Wilfred, great to see you again. QUESTION: So you’re traveling off to the Middle East this afternoon to give reassurance to your allies in the region. Reassurance about what specifically? SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, it’s not so much reassurance. We’re traveling, we’ll visit eight or nine countries along the way to share with them a couple ideas. First – and they know this: America is there. We’re there to continue to do the things that need…

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Russia ready to organize Whelan’s meeting with officials from countries he is citizen of

Russia ready to organize Whelan’s meeting with officials from countries he is citizen of

MOSCOW, January 7. /TASS/. The Russian side is ready to organize a meeting between Paul Whelan, who was detained in Russia on espionage charges, and representatives of the states he is a citizen of, if he wants it, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 television channel on Monday. So far, in her words, only US representatives have visited Whelan but requests for such a meeting have been lodged by a number of other nations. “As of now, only representatives from the United States have visited Paul Whelan upon a request. The US side has not contacted the Russian…

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Collected Department Releases: Swearing in of Venezuela’s New National Assembly President

Collected Department Releases: Swearing in of Venezuela’s New National Assembly President

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC January 5, 2019 Today the United States celebrates the swearing-in of the new Executive Board of Venezuela’s National Assembly led by Deputy Juan Guaidó as its President. Chargé d’Affaires James Story attended this important event. The National Assembly is the only legitimate and last remaining democratically elected institution that truly represents the will of the Venezuelan people. This democratic transition is a powerful confirmation of the National Assembly’s unity and commitment to the Venezuelan people above all personal and political concerns. The National Assembly should inspire hope in the Venezuelan people for a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic future,…

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Collected Department Releases: Senior State Department Officials Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Upcoming Trip to the Middle East

Collected Department Releases: Senior State Department Officials Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Upcoming Trip to the Middle East

Special Briefing Senior State Department Officials Via Teleconference January 4, 2019 MODERATOR:  Thank you and good morning, everyone.  Thank you for joining us today for this background call to preview Secretary Pompeo’s upcoming trip to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, and Kuwait City.   We are joined today by [Senior State Department Official One].  He will be referred to as Senior State Department Official Number One.   We have [Senior State Department Official Two].  He will be referred to as Senior State Department Official Number Two.   [Senior State Department Official Three], he will be referred to as Senior State Department Official…

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Putin and Erdogan agree to hold talks soon, but exact date is not determined – Kremlin

Putin and Erdogan agree to hold talks soon, but exact date is not determined – Kremlin

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov © Valery Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, January 6. / TASS /. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan do have intentions to hold talks soon, but the date of the exact meeting is still under negotiations, said presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov on Sunday, in response to the request to comment on Turkish press statements, that Erdogan may come to Russia for talks with his counterpart in January. “The leaders agreed that the meeting would be soon, but the exact date has not yet been determined,” said Peskov. On Sunday, Anadolu News Agency reported that President Erdogan intends to come to the Russian…

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Russian deputy refers to signing of Tomos for Ukraine as blatant action supported by US

Russian deputy refers to signing of Tomos for Ukraine as blatant action supported by US

MOSCOW, January 5. /TASS/. Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee for Development of the Civil Society and the Issues of Public and Religious Associations Sergey Gavrilov considers the signing of the Tomos of Autocephaly for the newly-established Ukrainian church, the so-called Orthodox Church of Ukraine, by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to be a blatant action under the US patronage. “That is a blow on our hopes, the hopes of all Orthodox Christians for protecting the unity of the church from schism, from hierarchs playing at politics,” he told TASS on Saturday. The State Duma deputy expects the consequences of the split “to be…

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Russian foreign ministry says no direct Russian-US contacts planned for early 2019

Russian foreign ministry says no direct Russian-US contacts planned for early 2019

MOSCOW, January 5. /TASS/. Russia and the US plan no direct face-to-fact contacts for the beginning of 2019 as of yet, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told TASS on Saturday. “As for direct face-to-fact meetings, no contacts are (planned) for the near future,” he said when asked a respective question. Meanwhile, the diplomat noted that Moscow and Washington maintain working contacts through correspondence and via embassies. “There are telephone contacts as well. You’ve seen reports on a telephone conversation between the chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov and chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford,” he said. In other media

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US troops’ withdrawal from Syria will take long, says Russian deputy minister

US troops’ withdrawal from Syria will take long, says Russian deputy minister

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov © Sergey Fadeichev/TASS MOSCOW, January 5. /TASS/. Moscow harbors no illusions regarding US troops’ withdrawal from Syria, which is going to take a long time, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told TASS on Saturday. The diplomat considers the issue to be one of most relevant as of today. “Controversial signals are coming, the schedule and overall the consequence of respective steps in the area,” he said, noting that the ministry is “monitoring the process assuming that the US contingent’s staying on the Syrian territory is illegal in any case.” “We harbor no illusions regarding the rates of implementation of…

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Russia seeks consular access to Russian detained at US request, says senior diplomat

Russia seeks consular access to Russian detained at US request, says senior diplomat

MOSCOW, January 5./TASS/. Russian diplomats have requested consular access to Russian national Dmitry Makarenko detained on Saipan (the Northern Mariana Islands) at the request of the FBI, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told TASS on Saturday. “Of course we have information about the detention of Russian national Makarenko,” he said. Our embassy is closely monitoring the situation, we have requested consular access,” Ryabkov added. “Unfortunately, once again the American side failed to timely notify us about the detention of a Russian national in violation of the convention on consular relations,” he added. Moscow will seek to see that all rights of Russian national Dmitry…

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Russia receives request from Canada to visit Whelan – Foreign Ministry

Russia receives request from Canada to visit Whelan – Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW, January 5./TASS/. Russia has received a request from Canada to visit Paul Whelan, and a meeting will be arranged in working days if he agrees, sources from the Russian Foreign Ministry told TASS on Saturday. “We have received a request to arrange consular access from the Embassy of Canada in Moscow. As we don’t have a respective consular convention with Canada, our commitments as to such visits are regulated by the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations,” the ministry said. “In he gives his written consent to this meeting, it will be organized in working days,” the ministry said. “We have notified the Embassy…

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Embassy to US seeks consular access to detained Russian national – Foreign Ministry

Embassy to US seeks consular access to detained Russian national – Foreign Ministry

The Russian Foreign Ministry © Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS MOSCOW, January 5./TASS/. The Russian Embassy to the United States is seeking consular access to Russian national Dmitry Makarenko detained at the request of the FBI, which the US authorities should have granted before January 2, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary on Saturday. “Our fellow citizen Dmitry Viktorovich Makarenko, born in 1979, arrived on the island of Saipan (the Northern Mariana Islands) on December 29 together with the wife, underage children and elderly parents,” the Foreign Ministry said. “He was detained by FBI officers at the airport right upon the arrival,” it added. “Our Embassy to…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, and Kuwait City

Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, and Kuwait City

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC January 4, 2019 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Amman, Jordan; Cairo, Egypt; Manama, Bahrain; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Doha, Qatar; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Muscat, Oman; and Kuwait City, Kuwait January 8-15. The Secretary will begin his trip in Amman, where he will meet with Jordanian leaders to discuss areas of bilateral cooperation, as well as ways to expand the strategic U.S.-Jordan partnership.  The Secretary will engage with Jordanian leaders on critical regional issues including Syria and Jordan’s future trade relations with Iraq. The Secretary will then travel to Cairo, where he will meet…

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Collected Department Releases: Interview With Sean Hannity on Hannity

Collected Department Releases: Interview With Sean Hannity on Hannity

Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC January 3, 2019 QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, good to see you. I see this as a massive national security issue. It deals with relations, obviously, with Mexico. It’s about drugs being brought into the country, human trafficking, criminals, gang members, some people that have ties to terror. Why shouldn’t we all view this as a national security issue? SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, Sean, thanks for having me on tonight. We should. We should all be very serious about this. I’ve been the CIA director. I’m now the Secretary of State. This has enormous national security implications. Border security…

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Putin, Netanyahu discuss situation in Syria

Putin, Netanyahu discuss situation in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin © Mikhail Mentsel/TASS MOSCOW, January 4. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have discussed over the phone the situation in Syria, including in light of Washington’s plans to withdraw US troops from that country, the Kremlin press service reported on Friday. “The discussion focused on developments in Syria, including in light of the United States’ plans to withdraw its troops from that country. They pointed to the need for the final defeat of terrorism and speedy achievement of a political settlement in Syria. To that end, the parties reaffirmed their mutual…

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Russian diplomat says Britain requested consular access to Paul Whelan

Russian diplomat says Britain requested consular access to Paul Whelan

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova © Valery Sharufulin/TASS MOSCOW, January 4. /TASS/. London has requested consular access to US citizen Paul Whelan detained in Russia on suspicion of espionage who is also a British national, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told TASS on Friday. “He has the British citizenship. The British side has sent a request for a consular visit. Work on it is in progress,” the diplomat said. On Monday, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said US citizen Paul Whelan was detained on December 28, 2018, in Moscow while on a spy mission. A criminal investigation was opened against him on espionage…

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Lower house speaker conveys Putin’s greetings to Brazil’s new president

Lower house speaker conveys Putin’s greetings to Brazil’s new president

Jair Bolsonaro © Ricardo Moraes/Pool Photo via AP BRASILIA, January 2. /TASS/. Speaker of Russia’s State Duma (lower house of parliament) Vyacheslav Volodin has conveyed greetings and congratulations from Russian President Vladimir Putin to Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro who took oath of office on Tuesday. “During the new president’s meeting with the heads of the delegations, which arrived to take part in the inauguration ceremony, Bolsonaro had a conversation with State Duma Speaker Volodin, during which the State Duma Chairman conveyed congratulations and greetings from Russian President Vladimir Putin,” the State Duma’s press service told reporters. Bolsonaro responded by thanking Volodin and asked to convey his…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi

Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi. The Secretary discussed the recent territorial defeat of ISIS in Syria and underlined U.S. commitment to Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity noting the Coalition will continue to work closely with Iraqi Security Forces to defeat ISIS remnants. The Secretary also reiterated his support for the continuation and deepening of the long-standing U.S.-Iraq partnership, as articulated in the Strategic Framework Agreement. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this…

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Lukashenko says union between Belarus and Russia has been successful

Lukashenko says union between Belarus and Russia has been successful

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko © Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS MINSK, December 30. /TASS/. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has wished happy holidays to Russian President Vladimir Putin and noted that the union between the two peoples has been successful, the Belarusian president’s press service said on Sunday. “In the upcoming year, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of signing of the Agreement on establishing the Union State. The Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation have had an uneasy path but we can now say with confidence that the union between the two peoples has been successful,” Lukashenko said. He added that further hard…

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Duma speaker to lead Russian delegation to president’s inauguration ceremony in Brazil

Duma speaker to lead Russian delegation to president’s inauguration ceremony in Brazil

Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin © Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS MOSCOW, December 31. /TASS/. The Russian delegation led by State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin will fly to Brazil on Monday, where they will take part in the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro on January 1, the Duma’s press service said on Sunday. “On 1 January 2019 Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin will represent the Russian Federation at the inauguration ceremony of Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro,” the press service said. During the visit, Volodin will hold a meeting with Speaker of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies (lower house of parliament) Rodrigo Maia. The Russian delegation includes…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo Travels to Brazil and Colombia To Strengthen Prosperity, Security, and Democracy

Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo Travels to Brazil and Colombia To Strengthen Prosperity, Security, and Democracy

Fact Sheet Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 28, 2018 Secretary Pompeo is leading a Presidential Delegation to Brazil for the inauguration of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, a leader who has expressed interest in closer ties with the United States and our regional allies. We welcome the opportunity to forge a close and comprehensive partnership with South America’s most populous democracy and the world’s eighth-largest economy. Our close cooperation has the potential to make our countries more prosperous and more secure. Together, we will support democracy throughout the Western Hemisphere. The Secretary’s trip to Cartagena, Colombia, to meet with President Ivan Duque furthers our strong partnership…

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Putin wishes Happy New Year to leaders of BRICS countries

Putin wishes Happy New Year to leaders of BRICS countries

MOSCOW, December 30. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent his best wishes on the occasion of the New Year to the leaders of BRICS member countries, the Kremlin press service informed on Sunday. “The relations of comprehensive confidential cooperation between the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China have reached an unprecedentedly high level,” the Russian leader addressed Chinese President Xi Jinping. Addressing Brazilian President Michel Temer and President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, Putin noted that the Russian-Brazilian relations are developing in the spirit of strategic partnership in all spheres of activity, and stressed that Russia is ready to work on expanding the cooperation with…

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