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Back in Afghanistan, Russia is now tacitly supporting its former enemy, the Taliban

Back in Afghanistan, Russia is now tacitly supporting its former enemy, the Taliban

Russia is pursuing influence in Central Asia and competing with the US. Afghanistan offers it a chance to do both Three decades after a humiliating military defeat in Afghanistan, Russia has returned to the scene. This adds Afghanistan to a long list of hotspots – from Syria and Libya to Venezuela and Ukraine – where Moscow’s low-cost, high-impact foreign policy is challenging the […]

Trump and Putin vow to cooperate in ISIL fight

Trump and Putin vow to cooperate in ISIL fight

US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart have made a “significant start” in fixing their countries’ relationship, while agreeing to cooperate in fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, the White House said following an hour-long phone call. The two leaders’ first conversation since Trump’s inauguration covered topics ranging from cooperation […]

Russia tested over 160 new weapons in Syrian operation – defense minister

Russia tested over 160 new weapons in Syrian operation – defense minister

While the primary goal of Russia’s military operation in Syria is to prevent the disintegration of the country, it has also provided a chance to field-test 162 advanced Russian weapons, Russia’s defense minister reported. “During the operation in Syria, 162 advanced and upgraded weapons have been tested in combat. They have proven to be highly […]

Russia pulls out from International Criminal Court

Russia pulls out from International Criminal Court

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to withdraw Russia from the International Criminal Court (ICC), which prosecutes war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. Russia in 2000 signed the Rome treaty which established the Hague-based court, but never ratified it Putin’s decree, published on the Kremlin’s website on Wednesday, comes a day after […]