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Russia protests charges against state media journalists in Latvia
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Andrius Sytas | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov listens during Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, Russia December 19, 2019. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina/File PhotoVILNIUS (Reuters) - Russia protested on Friday after Latvia charged several journalists from the Rossiya Segodnya news agency with violating European Union sanctions. The journalists were charged because of their association with Dmitry Kiselyov, who heads Rossiya Segodnya, said Sputnik Latvia, a subsidiary of Rossiya Segodnya. “We consider such actions of intimidation against journalists unacceptable”, Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, was quoted as saying by Baltnews, another Rossiya Segodnya outlet. Rossiya Segodnya said it intended to ask international and European organisations to react “to actions by the Latvian government against journalists” which it said violated freedom of speech.
Persons: Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin's, Evgenia, Dmitry Kiselyov, Rossiya Segodnya, , Vladimir Putin’s, Baltnews, Latvia’s Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Sputnik, Kremlin, EU, State Security Service, NATO, RT Locations: Moscow, Russia, VILNIUS, Latvia, Sputnik Latvia, Rossiya, Crimea, Ukraine, Russian, Latvian, Baltic States, Lithuania, Estonia, Soviet, Kiselyov
The official in the Moscow department of city property said many quota spots for his staff to join the trial remained unfilled. Russia’s vaccine testing began in early September and is in its final phase in 29 clinics across Moscow. In conducting the trials, Moscow is helped by legions of Russian public sector workers who rely on the government for their pay. Medical ethicists said the pressure being put on state employees may nonetheless be stretching the norms of ethical testing guidelines. Sberbank said it had actively supported the vaccine development and employees could volunteer for trials but no medical exams took place in its offices.
Persons: Sergei Martyanov, Tatyana Makeyeva Martyanov, , ” Martyanov, , Vladimir Putin, ” Putin, Putin, ethicists, wouldn’t, Julian Savulescu, Jonathan Ives, Alexei Kuznetsov, ” Olga Tsvetkova, , Denis Volkov, drowsy, Sberbank, ” Anton Shirkin Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Oxford University, Bristol University’s, Ethics, Russian Direct Investment Fund, Gamaleya Institute, Oxford, Sputnik, U.S . Occupational Safety, Health Administration, World, International Council, Harmonisation, Pharmaceuticals, ” Staff, Federal State Statistics Service, Polyclinic Locations: MOSCOW, Moscow, Tver, Russia, Soviet, Moscow’s, United States, Bristol, Medicine, Britain, U.S, Europe, Helsinki, Martyanov’s, Solntsevo, ” Moscow
If the bill is approved by Trump before the Jan. 15 deadline to withdraw troops, it also would appear to freeze his plan to slash troop levels in Afghanistan to 2,500 from 4,500. Committee aides said they expected the House would pass the bill early next week, sending it to the Senate. After that, it would go to the White House, for Trump to sign or veto. Members of Congress said it has nothing to do with the military and should not be used to stop an important defense bill. The bill imposes mandatory sanctions on Turkey for its acquisition of the Russian S-400 air missile defense system.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Trump, NDAA, Lockheed Martin Organizations: WASHINGTON, Republicans, Democrats, Department of Defense, Trump, Senate, White, Republican, Democratic, Facebook, Twitter, Reuters, Pentagon, Lockheed, Ligado Networks Locations: Germany, China, Russia, U.S, Berlin, Afghanistan, Turkey, Russian
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Muscovites from high-risk groups such as healthcare workers began registering for jabs of a Russian-made COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, two days after President Vladimir Putin called for large-scale vaccinations. REUTERS/Alexey MalgavkoSputnik V, one of two Russian-made vaccines to have received regulatory approval in Russia despite clinical trials being incomplete, requires two injections. Britain is preparing in the coming days to launch its own mass innoculation programme after becoming the first country worldwide to approve Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine. The decision to take part in Russia’s vaccine trials is voluntary, authorities say, but some public sector workers have told Reuters of pressure to take part. Russia has so far recorded 2,402,949 COVID-19 infections, taking fourth place globally behind only the United States, India and Brazil.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Alexey Malgavko Sputnik, Sergei Sobyanin, Kirill Dmitriev, Pfizer Inc’s, Anna Popova, , Igor Krivobokov, Sergei Grishin Organizations: REUTERS, Sputnik, BBC, European Union, European Medicines Agency, Pfizer, Pfizer Inc’s COVID, TASS Locations: MOSCOW, Russian, Omsk, Russia, COVID, Moscow, Hungary, United States, India, Brazil
Analysis: Is a post-COVID currency war coming?
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Marc Jones | Elizabeth Howcroft | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
In Sweden, whose crown is this year’s best-performing currency, the central bank unexpectedly increased its money-printing programme last week. (Graphic for Emerging market currency rebound: )ROOM TO BOOMIt is not only the expectation that COVID-19 vaccines will normalise trade, travel and commodity prices driving the trend. (Graphic for MSCI EM FX index 2012 and 2020: )IIF chief economist Robin Brooks doubts even that kind of move would trigger a full-blown currency war. Nevertheless, he thinks the euro and the yen will be shoved higher, requiring the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan to respond. “Our concern is the speed of the adjustment,” Thailand’s central bank governor, Sethaput Suthiwart-Narueput, said last week.
Persons: Bernadett Szabo, , , Manik Narain, splurged, Joe Biden’s, Pramol Dhawan, Narain, Brazil’s Guido Mantega, Morgan Stanley, Robin Brooks, ” Brooks, Sethaput Organizations: ., Swiss, REUTERS, Institute of International Finance, UBS, FX, Citi, Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and Bank of Japan Locations: Budapest, Western, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Sweden, Brazilian, Turkish Lira, South, Russian, China, U.S, India
President Donald Trump is considering preemptively pardoning as many as 20 close associates before he leaves office in January, Politico reported on Thursday. President Donald Trump is weighing issuing preemptive pardons to as many as 20 close associates, Politico reported on Thursday. Trump has expressed particular concern about a pair of fraud investigations that the New York attorney general's office and the Manhattan district attorney's office are conducting. Trump is likely more concerned about the New York investigations because while the president's pardon power is extraordinarily broad, it does not apply to state-level or local offenses. Both investigations — one civil and one criminal — are focused on the Trump family's business dealings, the Trump Organization, and the president's personal finances.
Persons: Donald Trump, preemptively pardoning, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, — Donald Jr, Eric —, Jared Kushner, Politico's, It's, Joe Biden, Giuliani, Marie Yovanovitch, Biden's, Hunter, Biden, Hunter Biden, That's Rudy, Robert Mueller's, Hillary Clinton's, Kushner, Paul Manafort, Eric Trump Organizations: Politico, New York Times, The New York Times, New, Trump, Trump Organization, Manhattan US, Office, CNN, FBI, Burisma Holdings, NBC News, Washington Post, Trump Jr, Senate Intelligence, Times, Manhattan Locations: New York, Manhattan, Washington, York, Ukraine, Russian, New, Ukrainian
World shares reaching peaks, dollar in trough
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Carolyn Cohn | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
LONDON (Reuters) - World shares held at record highs on Friday, buoyed by growing prospects of a U.S. economic stimulus package, while desire for riskier assets kept the safe-haven dollar at a two-and-a-half-year low. MSCI’s world share index ticked up 0.1% towards the previous day’s record high. Asian shares hit their own record high overnight. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.82%, surpassing its Nov. 25 high, led by gains in the tech sector. Brent crude rose as high as $49.92 per barrel, its highest price since early March, and last stood at $49.64, up 1.9%.
Persons: Peter Nicholls, , , Norihiro Fujito, Mitsubishi UFJ, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley, Eric Brard, Amundi, Brent Organizations: London Stock Exchange, REUTERS, U.S, Congress, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities, U.S . Federal, European Central Bank, Nikkei, Britain’s, European Union, Britain, PAYROLLS, Wall Street Journal, Pfizer, U.S ., of, Petroleum Locations: U.S, London, Britain, Asia, Pacific, Japan, Europe, British, France, New York, Brazilian, Russian, China, Taiwan, Russia, OPEC
Britain approved Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, jumping ahead of the rest of the world in the race to begin the mass inoculation programme. MSCI’s world share index ticked up 0.17% to within a whisker of the previous day’s record high. Asian shares hit a record high overnight. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.82%, surpassing its Nov. 25 high, led by gains in the tech sector. Brent crude rose as high as $49.92 per barrel, its highest price since early March, and last stood at $49.36, up 1.3%.
Persons: ” Elia Lattuga, BioNTech, Alok Sharma, Pfizer Inc’s, , Eric Brard, Amundi, Michel Barnier, Brent Organizations: U.S, Congress, U.S . Federal, European Central Bank, Pfizer, Pfizer Inc’s COVID, U.S ., Nikkei, European Union, Britain, Reuters, of, Petroleum Locations: COVID, Britain, U.S, Britain’s, Europe’s, Asia, Pacific, Japan, London, Brazilian, Russian, China, Taiwan, Russia, OPEC
Russian, Chinese intelligence targeting Norwegian oil secrets: report
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
OSLO (Reuters) - Russia, China and other countries are using espionage to glean secrets of Norway’s petroleum industry and plans by its government to cut or increase production, the Norwegian counterintelligence service PST said. The warning comes less than four months after Norway expelled a Russian diplomat on suspicion of espionage and detained his contact, a Norwegian citizen. Risk management and quality assurance consultancy DNV GL has said the Norwegian suspect worked at its oil and gas unit, specialising in 3D printing and materials technology. The report said more than 50 Norwegian oil and gas companies including Equinor and the oil and energy ministry had been the subject of a cyber attack in 2014. “Russian, Chinese and other countries’ intelligence services have large technological and human resources, and they work long-term, purposefully and with a large degree of patience,” the counterintelligence service said.
Persons: Kacper Organizations: REUTERS, OPEC, Reuters Locations: OSLO, Russia, China, Norwegian, Norway, Russian, OPEC, Oslo
BRUSSELS/PARIS/ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used his final NATO meeting this week to sharply criticise Turkey, saying its purchase of a Russian weapons system was “a gift” to Moscow, according to five diplomats and officials. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media prior to meeting with Kuwait's Foreign Minister in Washington, D.C., U.S., November 24, 2020. The meeting tone was described as “measured” but “more confrontational” than is usually the case at NATO. “We had to purchase (a weapons system) from Russia because we could not from our allies,” he added. Turkish sources with knowledge of the meeting said that Pompeo made “unjust accusations” and that were was no united front against Turkey.
Persons: Mike Pompeo, Saul Loeb, Pompeo, Pompeo’s, Donald Trump’s, Mevlut Cavusoglu, , Jean, Yves Le Drian, Turkey’s Cavusoglu, , Jens Stoltenberg, Emmanuel Macron, Stoltenberg Organizations: NATO, Kuwait's, Washington , D.C, REUTERS, Turkish, U.S . Defense Department, U.S, Union Locations: BRUSSELS, PARIS, ANKARA, Turkey, Russian, Moscow, Washington ,, Greece, Cyprus, U.S, Syria, Libya, Nagorno, Karabakh, France, Luxembourg, United States, Russia
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has revoked the residence permit of a U.S. human rights worker on national security grounds and ordered her to leave within two weeks, a spokeswoman for the organisation she heads said on Thursday. Vanessa Kogan, director of the Justice Initiative rights group, an organisation that provides legal assistance to rights victims, particularly from the turbulent North Caucasus region, has lived in Russia for 11 years, Ksenia Babich, the spokeswoman, told Reuters. Officials cited legislation allowing them to revoke her residency rights if she had made calls for a “violent change of the constitutional regime” or posed “a danger to Russian national security or its nationals,” Babich said. Justice Initiative has offices in the North Caucasus in southern Russia, which includes Chechnya. It helps Russian citizens file cases over rights violations at the European Court of Human Rights.
Persons: Vanessa Kogan, Ksenia Babich, Kogan, ” Babich, Vladimir Putin Organizations: Justice Initiative, Reuters, Federal Security Service, European, of Human Rights Locations: MOSCOW, Russia, U.S, Caucasus, Russian, North Caucasus, Chechnya, Moscow
CHISINAU (Reuters) - Thousands of supporters of Moldova’s incoming president Maia Sandu protested on Thursday against a move by parliament to strip her of control of the intelligence service weeks before she takes office. FILE PHOTO: Maia Sandu, winner of the second round of a presidential election, attends a news conference in Chisinau, Moldova November 16, 2020. Sandu has described the move to strip her office of control of the Information and Security Service as “an attempt to usurp power” and hobble her presidency. Inside parliament, proceedings were suspended after lawmakers from Sandu’s party, supported by others, blocked the central rostrum. Sandu struck a conciliatory tone following her election victory and addressed supporters in Russian at the rally.
Persons: Maia Sandu, Vladislav Culiomza, Igor Dodon, hobble, , , Sandu’s, Dodon Organizations: REUTERS, World Bank, European Union, Socialist, Security Service, Socialists, Romanian Locations: CHISINAU, Chisinau, Moldova, Moscow, West, Russia, Ukraine, EU, Romania, Sandu’s, Russian, Transdniestria
Azerbaijan says 2,783 of its soldiers killed in Karabakh conflict
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: A car, which locals said was damaged during a recent shelling by Azeri forces, is pictured at the settlement of Ivanyan (Khojaly) in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh October 1, 2020. Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure via REUTERS/File PhotoMOSCOW (Reuters) - Azerbaijan said on Thursday that 2,783 of its soldiers were killed during its conflict with ethnic Armenian forces over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, and that more than 100 of its troops were still missing. Azerbaijan had until now not disclosed any of its military losses in the conflict that erupted on Sept. 27 and came to a halt on Nov. 10 when a Russian-brokered peace deal ushered in a ceasefire. Swathes of territory in Nagorno-Karabakh previously controlled by ethnic Armenians were handed over to Azerbaijan, whose forces had captured territory including areas that Baku lost in an earlier war in the 1990s. Armenia has not yet disclosed a final death toll for its military, but a health ministry official confirmed on Nov. 14 that 2,317 soldiers had been killed.
Persons: Vahram Organizations: REUTERS Locations: Ivanyan, Nagorno, Karabakh, Photolure, MOSCOW, Azerbaijan, Russian, Baku, Armenia
President Donald Trump has not ruled out the possibility of firing Attorney General William Barr, according to an administration official and two people familiar with the matter who also said a sudden departure is not seen as imminent. Trump is displeased with Barr for appearing to break with him over the claims of voter fraud, these sources said. That is not what the Associated Press reported nor what the Attorney General stated," a Justice Department spokesperson said. If Trump is displeased with Barr, it would not be the first time he has been upset with his attorney general. Trump repeatedly railed against his first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for recusing himself in a Russian election interference investigation, and he forced Sessions out of the job in November 2018.
Persons: Donald Trump, William Barr, Barr, Trump, Kayleigh McEnany, Barr's, Jeff Sessions, recusing, Sessions, Tommy Tuberville Organizations: NBC, Trump, Associated Press, Washington Post, White, AP, Justice Department, Justice, Department, Auburn University Locations: Trump, Russian, Alabama
Brent rises to highest since March after OPEC+ output cut deal
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Scott Disavino | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global benchmark Brent crude prices rose 1% to their highest since early March on Thursday on renewed hopes for a U.S. stimulus deal and after major oil producers agreed to increase output by a modest 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) from January. OPEC+ had been expected to extend existing cuts until at least March, after backing down from earlier plans to boost output by 2 million bpd. That is the highest settle for Brent since March 5 - before most countries imposed lockdowns to stop the spread of coronavirus. [EIA/S]“With U.S. oil output on the rise, OPEC+ couldn’t allow the Americans to win market share at their expense,” said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA in New York. Monthly meetings by OPEC+ will make price moves more volatile and complicate hedging by U.S. oil producers.
Persons: Umar, Essam, , Paola Rodriguez, Brent, Robert Yawger, Edward Moya, Alexander Novak, , Gary Ross Organizations: YORK, Brent, REUTERS, of, Petroleum, OPEC, Rystad Energy, U.S, West Texas, Mizuho, Republicans, U.S . Congress, Saudi Arabia, BlackGold Investors Locations: Nahr, Basra, Iraq, Russia, OPEC, Brent, Saudi, New York, Russian
WASHINGTON — The United States deployed operatives to Estonia in the weeks before the November election to learn more about defending against Russian hackers as part of a broader effort to hunt down foreign cyberattacks, American and Estonian officials said. Estonian officials believe the growing cooperation with the United States will be an important deterrent to any attacks by neighboring Russia, while American officials have used the collaboration to help bolster their election defenses. Estonia has one of the more sophisticated network defenses in Europe, offering American military personnel a chance to work with experts with experience discovering and defending against Russian attacks. American officials also deployed such teams during the midterm elections in 2018, but previous deployments have been to countries with relatively undeveloped digital defenses. The deployment in Estonia allowed U.S. Cyber Command, which runs the military’s offensive and defensive operations online, to broadly observe Russian techniques in Estonia and compare them with Moscow’s tactics used in the United States, said Brig.
Persons: WASHINGTON, William J, Hartman Organizations: United, U.S, Cyber Command, National Mission Force Locations: United States, Estonia, Russia, Europe, Brig, Gen
OPEC-Plus agrees to increase output by 500K barrels a day beginning in JanuaryBrian Sullivan joins 'Closing Bell' to report OPEC and a group of Russian-led oil producers agreed to increase their collective output by 500,000 barrels a day starting in January.
Persons: Brian Sullivan Organizations: OPEC Locations: Russian
The Navy is renaming its Fleet Forces Command as the US Atlantic Fleet in response to "the unique maritime challenges of the Atlantic theater," the top Navy civilian official said this week. "To meet the unique maritime challenges of the Atlantic theater, we will rename Fleet Forces Command as the US Atlantic Fleet," Braithwaite said. The Atlantic Fleet, Braithwaite said, will confront the Russian navy, which has been "deploying closer and closer to our East Coast." The move to bring back the Atlantic Fleet follows the Navy's 2018 decision to reestablish the US 2nd Fleet to counter Russian presence in the Atlantic. US 2nd Fleet currently falls under Fleet Forces Command.
Persons: Kenneth Braithwaite, Braithwaite, Sen, Tim Kaine, Mario Noda, Davella, Andrew, Woody, Lewis, — Gina Harkins Organizations: Fleet Forces Command, US Atlantic Fleet, Navy, Marine Corps, Fleet, Virginia Democrat, Seahawk, USS Wasp US Navy, Atlantic Fleet, East . Fleet Forces Command, Atlantic ., Military, 7th Fleet, 1st Fleet, Twitter Locations: United States, Russia, China, Russian, East, Norfolk , Virginia, Tidewater, Virginia, Atlantic, East Coast
Here are some of the retired generals who have promoted outlandish, far-right conspiracy theories about the president and his rivals. Here are some of the retired generals who have made baseless claims and promoted conspiracy theories spread by far-right activists:Mike FlynnDonald Trump and Mike Flynn. Flynn was one of Trump's first supporters during the 2016 presidential campaign, and Trump selected Flynn as his first national security advisor. After Tata's remarks were unearthed, retired senior military officers who signed a letter for his nomination withdrew their support. During the 2020 presidential election, McInerney had also promoted a conspiracy theory that alleged voting machines deleted votes for Trump.
Persons: Donald Trump's, they've, Mike Flynn Donald Trump, Mike Flynn, George Frey, Barack Obama, Flynn, Trump's, Mike Pence, Trump, Robert Mueller's, Anthony Tata Anthony, Anthony Tata Anthony Tata . Department of Defense Anthony Tata, Tata, Obama, Tata's, Max Boot, Thomas McInerney Thomas McInerney, Brendan Hoffman, Thomas McInerney, McInerney, Republican Sen, John McCain, John, McInerney's Organizations: Visit, US Army, Defense Intelligence Agency, Trump, Anthony Tata Anthony Tata . Department of Defense, 82nd Airborne Division, 101st Airborne, Wall Street, Washington Post, Getty, US Air Force, Fox, Republican, AZ Central, Green Berets, CIA, Military Times Locations: Afghanistan, Iraq, Russian, Washington, Vietnam, Germany
Armenia drops some martial law restrictions imposed during Karabakh conflict
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
YEREVAN (Reuters) - Armenia said on Wednesday it had dropped some of the martial law restrictions it imposed in September when war broke out between ethnic Armenians in the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azeri forces. The government said on its website it was cancelling restrictions on holding protests and strikes, as well as relaxing a special regulatory regime governing entry to and exit from the country. It also lifted restrictions on local media publications that had been only been allowed to publish official government information when reporting on the army and military activity. The Karabakh conflict, which erupted on Sept. 27 came to a halt on Nov. 10 when a Russian-brokered peace deal ushered in a ceasefire. Swaths of territory in Nagorno-Karabakh previously controlled by ethnic Armenians were handed over to Azerbaijan, whose forces had recaptured some areas which Baku lost in an earlier war in the 1990s.
Organizations: Baku Locations: YEREVAN, Armenia, Nagorno, Karabakh, Russian, Azerbaijan
Putin orders Russia to begin mass COVID-19 vaccinations
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian authorities on Wednesday to begin mass voluntary vaccinations against COVID-19 next week as Russia recorded 589 new daily deaths from the coronavirus. FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a ceremony to launch a new large-scale production facility at the plant of Bratskchemsyntez drugmaker owned by Pharmasyntez Group, via a video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia November 26, 2020. Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERSRussia will have produced 2 million vaccine doses within the next few days, Putin said. Russia said last month that its Sputnik V jab was 92% effective at protecting people from COVID-19 according to interim results. With 2,347,401 infections, Russia has the fourth-largest number of COVID-19 cases in the world behind the United States, India and Brazil.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Aleksey Nikolskyi, Putin, “ Let’s, let’s, ” Putin, Tatiana Golikova, Golikova, Dmitry Peskov Organizations: Russian, COVID, Pharmasyntez Group, Sputnik, REUTERS, ” Authorities Locations: MOSCOW, Russia, Moscow, Kremlin, REUTERS Russia, COVID, United States, India, Brazil, , St Petersburg
FILE PHOTO: Russian peacekeepers drive an armoured personnel carrier near Arutyunagomer, in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, November 14, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer/File PhotoANKARA (Reuters) - Construction work has started on a joint Turkish-Russian centre to monitor a ceasefire in the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Wednesday. Turkey has no peacekeepers in the region but said it had finalised an agreement with Russia on setting up the joint centre to monitor the ceasefire. Turkey backs Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, and has criticised the co-chairs of the OSCE’s so-called Minsk Group for not resolving the long-running conflict in decades of mediation. The Minsk Group is led by the United States, France and Russia.
Persons: Stringer, Hulusi Akar, ” Akar Organizations: REUTERS, Turkish Defence, Minsk Group Locations: Arutyunagomer, Nagorno, Karabakh, ANKARA, Turkish, Russian, Azerbaijan, , Armenia, Russia, Turkey, Minsk, United States, France
Putin says opposing forces in Belarus need to resolve crisis via talks
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Belarus was facing unprecedented meddling by external forces and he called on opposing political forces to try to resolve their differences through talks. FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Chairman of the Management Board of Novatek company Leonid Mikhelson and Chairman of the Management Board of Sibur company Dmitry Konov in Tobolsk, Russia December 1, 2020. Lukashenko has ruled Belarus, a former Soviet republic of 9.5 million that Russia sees as a security buffer against NATO, for 26 years. He has often played Moscow off against the West to extract political and economic dividends from the Kremlin. Speaking at the online Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) meeting on Wednesday, Lukashenko blamed the unrest on outside meddling, singling out Poland and the Baltic states in particular.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Leonid Mikhelson, Dmitry Konov, Alexei Nikolsky, Alexander Lukashenko, ” Putin, Lukashenko Organizations: Management, Sputnik, NATO, Security, Organisation Locations: MOSCOW, Belarus, Tobolsk, Russia, Kremlin, Russian, Moscow, Soviet, Minsk, Poland, Baltic
Russia arrests suspected 'Volga Maniac' linked to 26 killings
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police arrested a man on Tuesday suspected of killing 26 elderly women, sometimes posing as a social worker to enter their homes before strangling them and stealing their valuables, law enforcement agencies said. Russia’s RIA news agency and other state media said investigators believe him to be a serial killer known as the Volga Maniac who preyed on retired women living alone in twelve different regions in 2011-12, most of them near the Volga River. The agency said it had DNA samples linking the suspect to the killings. He was apprehended at an address in the city of Kazan, it added. Authorities had offered a reward of up to 3 million roubles for information on his whereabouts and been looking for him for years.
Persons: Radik Tagirov Organizations: Russian, Authorities Locations: MOSCOW, Kazan
Saudi minister rejects Iranian accusation on scientist's killing
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Mourners sit next to the coffin of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, during the burial ceremony at the shrine of Imamzadeh Saleh, in Tehran, Iran November 30, 2020. Hamed Malekpour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs on Tuesday criticised Iran’s foreign minister for implicating Riyadh in the killing of prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. “Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif is desperate to blame the Kingdom for anything negative that happens in Iran. Both Israel and Saudi Arabia have recently ramped up rhetoric against Iran, which is locked in several proxy wars with Riyadh in the region. Saudi Arabia has not formally condemned the assassination, unlike the other five Gulf Cooperation Council member countries.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Imamzadeh Saleh, Hamed Malekpour, Zarif, Will, Adel, Jubeir, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Benjamin Netanyahu, Mike, Pompeo’s, ” Zarif, Israel, Fakhrizadeh, , Organizations: West Asia News Agency, REUTERS DUBAI, Reuters, Saudi, Iranian, Gulf Cooperation Council, RT, Riyadh’s United Nations Locations: Tehran, Iran, Riyadh, Iranian, Saudi Arabia, Israeli, , Israel, Gulf, Russian
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