Putin's aides shocked by his presidential power play

World / Politics Mar 18, 2020

Putin's aides shocked by his presidential power play

Vladimir Putin's surprise move to allow himself to remain as president until 2036 caught even many Kremlin insiders off guard, leaving some feeling deceived by his motivation for changing the constitution. His sudden reversal — approving a plan that he'd long publicly resisted — was ...

Russia and Turkey reach cease-fire deal in northwestern Syria

World Mar 6, 2020

Russia and Turkey reach cease-fire deal in northwestern Syria

The presidents of Russia and Turkey said they reached agreement on a cease-fire to begin at midnight Thursday in northwestern Syria, where escalating fighting had threatened to put forces from the two countries into direct conflict. The deal struck by Russian President Vladimir Putin and ...

For Putin, victory in Syria is personal as well as political

World | FOCUS Mar 5, 2020

For Putin, victory in Syria is personal as well as political

When Turkey's president visited Russia last summer, the sun shone as he shared ice cream and admired fighter jets with a friendly President Vladimir Putin. But ahead of Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Moscow on Thursday, clouds have gathered, with the pair in a standoff ...

World Feb 28, 2020

Russia conducts first ship-based hypersonic missile test, TASS reports

Russia successfully test-launched its Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile from a military vessel for the first time early last month, the TASS news agency said on Thursday, citing two military sources. President Vladimir Putin talked up hypersonic missiles in a March 2018 speech, saying they ...

Erdogan rules out even 'smallest step back' in Syria's Idlib

World Feb 27, 2020

Erdogan rules out even 'smallest step back' in Syria's Idlib

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday vowed Turkey would not take the "smallest step back" in an escalating stand-off with Damascus and Russia over the northern Syrian region of Idlib. Meanwhile, a meeting between Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, is expected to take ...

Turkey and Russia trade accusations as Syria tensions rise

World Feb 13, 2020

Turkey and Russia trade accusations as Syria tensions rise

Turkey's president accused Russia of committing "massacres" in its support of the Syrian government on Wednesday, escalating a war of words as more Turkish reinforcements arrived on the ground. Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to strike Syrian regime forces "everywhere" if its soldiers come under renewed ...