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Russia’s Putin, despite sanctions, still hopes for better U.S. ties: Kremlin

Russia’s Putin, despite sanctions, still hopes for better U.S. ties: Kremlin

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin still hopes to pull Moscow’s ties with Washington out of a deep crisis, but nobody will go into mourning if this ambition is not reciprocated by the United States, the Kremlin said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin gestures during the joint press conference with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland July 16, 2018. Lehtikuva/Jussi Nukari via REUTERS/File Photo ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THRID PARTY. FINLAND OUT. NO THIRD PARTY SALES.Moscow is bracing itself for a slew of new U.S. sanctions despite Putin meeting U.S. President Donald Trump at a summit in Helsinki in July. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that the new U.
Iran tells EU to speed up efforts to save nuclear deal

Iran tells EU to speed up efforts to save nuclear deal

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran said on Monday that Europe should accelerate its efforts to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers that U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned in May. FILE PHOTO: The national flag of Iran is seen on top of the Austrian Chancellery during the visit of President Hassan Rouhani in Vienna, Austria July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo “Europeans and other signatories of the deal (China and Russia) have been trying to save the deal ... but the process has been slow. It should be accelerated,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi told a news conference broadcast on state TV. “Iran relies mainly on its own capabilities to overcome America’s new sanctions.” European states have been scrambling to ensure Iran gets enough economic benefits
Australian PM under pressure as voter support slides

Australian PM under pressure as voter support slides

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Voter support for Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull crashed to its lowest level since December, an opinion poll published on Monday showed, further stoking leadership speculation in his ruling centre-right coalition. FILE PHOTO: Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) address the media following their talks in Berlin, Germany, April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo The Ipsos poll published in Fairfax newspapers shows Turnbull’s personal approval plunging nine points to 46 percent, just as he is struggling to unite a restive party room over energy policy. Although Turbull is still personally more popular than opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten, the poll shows support for his Liberal-N
Bodies of family found five days after Genoa bridge collapse, death toll hits 43

Bodies of family found five days after Genoa bridge collapse, death toll hits 43

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MILAN (Reuters) - Rescue workers found the bodies of three members of a family in the wreckage of Genoa’s collapsed motorway bridge early on Sunday - the last people reported missing in the disaster, bringing the death toll to 43. FILE PHOTO: Firefighter helicopter flies over the collapsed Morandi Bridge in the port city of Genoa, Italy August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Stefano RellandiniThe bodies were recovered from a car crushed under slabs of concrete, the Genoa prefecture said, five days after a 200-metre section of the Morandi bridge gave way in busy traffic, plunging vehicles and debris to the ground 50 meters (165 feet) below. Nine people are still in hospital, four in a critical condition, the prefecture added. All those listed as missing had now been accounted for, but crews would ke
Tough talks, no agreements at Merkel, Putin meeting near Berlin

Tough talks, no agreements at Merkel, Putin meeting near Berlin

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MESEBERG, Germany (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as Iran and a gas pipeline project that has drawn U.S. ire during tough talks outside Berlin that ended with no clearcut progress. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters no agreements were reached, but the meeting had simply been intended to “check the watches” after Merkel’s meeting with Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in May. Ties between the two countries have been strained since Russia’s annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine in 2014. The two leaders both viewed the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project as a purely commercial venture, despite persistent fire by the U.S. and Ukrainian governments, Peskov said. “That’s why
UK hopes to pick up Brexit talks pace with Raab-Barnier meeting on Tuesday

UK hopes to pick up Brexit talks pace with Raab-Barnier meeting on Tuesday

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Brexit minister Dominic Raab will travel to Brussels on Tuesday in a bid to pick up the pace of Brexit talks with the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier, Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab and European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier hold a joint news conference in Brussels, Belgium July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo“On the agenda will be resolving the few remaining withdrawal issues related to the UK leaving the EU and pressing ahead with discussions on the future relationship,” May’s Downing Street office said. On Thursday, Britain will also publish the first of a series of technical notices, designed to help people and busi
Merkel, Putin tackle tough topics in meeting outside Berlin

Merkel, Putin tackle tough topics in meeting outside Berlin

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MESEBERG, Germany (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met outside Berlin on Saturday for talks ranging from the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, to Iran and a gas pipeline project that has drawn U.S. ire. Standing beside Putin, Merkel said both countries - but especially Russia as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council - had a responsibility to tackle these problems. She said she planned to raise human rights issues with Putin, and discuss bilateral relations, strained since Russia’s annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine in 2014. “I am of the opinion that controversial issues can only be addressed in dialogue and through dialogue,” she said. Both leaders raised concerns about Syria and the plight of the many refugees created by t
Greek central bank chief warns over backtracking, turbulence post-bailout

Greek central bank chief warns over backtracking, turbulence post-bailout

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ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece’s central bank governor warned the country not to backtrack on commitments to its lenders after it exits the last of its three bailouts next week, saying markets would abandon it. Bank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras speaks during the annual meeting of the bank's shareholders in Athens, Greece February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas Yannis Stournaras told Sunday’s Kathimerini newspaper any backpedalling could leave Greece facing major risks at a time when it would be particularly vulnerable to financial turbulence in neighboring Turkey, Italy and beyond. Athens is set to exit its latest bailout on Aug. 20 and rely on bond markets thereafter to refinance its debt after a nearly nine-year debt crisis that shrank its economy by a quarter and forced it to imp
Cossacks and flowers as Putin dances at Austrian minister’s wedding

Cossacks and flowers as Putin dances at Austrian minister’s wedding

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VIENNA (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin danced arm-in-arm with Austria’s Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl at her wedding on Saturday, after receiving an invitation that opposition critics said undermined the West’s stance against Moscow. Austria's Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl dances with Russia's President Vladimir Putin at her wedding in Gamlitz, Austria, August 18, 2018. Roland Schlager/Pool via Reuters Putin arrived in a car carrying a bouquet of flowers and accompanied, local media said, by a troupe of Cossack singers booked to serenade the newlyweds - on a stopover on his way to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel outside Berlin. Photographs showed Kneissl, 53, smiling in a long white and cream “dirndl” dress and talking to Putin as they danced in a vineyard in sou
Ukraine, Iran and human rights on agenda for talks with Putin:  Merkel

Ukraine, Iran and human rights on agenda for talks with Putin: Merkel

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BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would discuss the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as Iran and the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting on Saturday. Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the guest house Meseberg Palace in Gransee, Germany August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Axel SchmidtStanding beside Putin outside Meseberg castle, Merkel said she would also raise human rights issues and bilateral relations. “I am of the opinion that controversial issues can only be addressed in dialogue and through dialogue,” she said. The two leaders took no questions. Reporting by Andrea Shalal; editing by Andrew RocheOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.Let's block ads! (Why?) Source link