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Saudi Arabia and Russia express different positions on Iran during Moscow talks

Saudi Arabia and Russia express different positions on Iran during Moscow talks

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Thursday (14 January) met in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Whilst the two sides emphasised positive trends in their bilateral relations, it was also obvious that there were important differences, not least on Iran.
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'Katyusha' will be played instead of the Russian national anthem at Olympic events

'Katyusha' will be played instead of the Russian national anthem at Olympic events

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland’s Lausanne upheld on December 17 WADA’s previous ruling on a number of sanctions against Russian sports. According to the CAS ruling, Russian athletes were deprived of their right to participate in all World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games under the national flag of Russia for the two-year period.

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Saudi Arabia and Russia express different positions on Iran during Moscow talks

Saudi Arabia and Russia express different positions on Iran during Moscow talks

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Thursday (14 January) met in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Whilst the two sides emphasised positive trends in their bilateral relations, it was also obvious that there were important differences, not least on Iran.
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'Katyusha' will be played instead of the Russian national anthem at Olympic events

'Katyusha' will be played instead of the Russian national anthem at Olympic events

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland’s Lausanne upheld on December 17 WADA’s previous ruling on a number of sanctions against Russian sports. According to the CAS ruling, Russian athletes were deprived of their right to participate in all World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games under the national flag of Russia for the two-year period.
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Putin marks Orthodox Christmas

Putin marks Orthodox Christmas

President Putin said that it is important that the Russian Orthodox Church and other Christian confessions pay tireless attention to issues of moral health of society, strengthening the institution of the family, educating the younger generation, and sincerely care about maintaining interethnic and interreligious dialogue
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Outrage in Kazakhstan after Russian politicians appear to question the country's territorial integrity

Outrage in Kazakhstan after Russian politicians appear to question the country's territorial integrity

Kazakhs are outraged by comments by Russian politicians questioning their country's territorial integrity. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev rejected the assertion that any Kazakh territory was  a "gift from Russia", and said that such "provocative" comments were intended to "spoil" relations between the two neighbours.
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Is the Kremlin creating an illusion of political plurality in Russia?

Is the Kremlin creating an illusion of political plurality in Russia?

In a recent story published by the Russian newspaper Kommersant, it has been suggested that new political parties are being created by the Kremlin, to satisfy the tastes of those Russians who seek a different kind of politics than that provided by United Russia or other parties currently represented in the Duma.
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Transnistria ready for negotiations with new Moldovan president

Transnistria ready for negotiations with new Moldovan president

Following last week's swearing-in of the new president of Moldova, Maia Sandu, speculation has increased about the future of talks with the country's break-away region of Transnistria. Sandu is expected to discuss the issue with the Ukrainian leadership when she pays her first official visit overseas as president, visiting Kiev.