Prepared for worst over US ties: Kremlin
President Vladimir Putin has already made it clear that Russia wished to maintain its relations with the US as this would be of advantage for the rest of the world, Xinhua news agency quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Friday. Nevertheless, "we cannot fail to take into account" US President Joe Biden's words, Peskov added.
Vladimir Putin invites Joe Biden to online discussions
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that he would like to invite his US counterpart Joe Biden to an online meeting to continue their discussions of bilateral ties. Putin told a local TV program that the first phone call between the presidents in January was initiated by Washington, the Xinhua news agency reported.
Russia, China, Pakistan, US urge less violence in Afghanistan
The statement on a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan was released by the Russian Foreign Ministry after a regular meeting of the four countries, or the extended Troika, with the participation of representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban, the Xinhua news agency reported. Russia, China, the US and Pakistan asked all Afghans to ensure that terrorist groups and individuals do not use Afghan soil to threaten security.
Russia threatens to retaliate against US, EU sanctions
The US and EU on Tuesday had imposed sanctions on Russia over the alleged poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny with Novichok nerve agent and his subsequent arrest and detention. Russia said the US administration, teaming up with the EU, has made a hostile move by announcing new sanctions "to punish Moscow".
Russia tells US not to 'play with fire' with new sanctions
"Entangled in its own internal problems, the White House is again trying to cultivate the image of an external enemy. We have repeatedly commented on this American policy, which is devoid of logic and meaning and only more and more worsens bilateral relations," an online statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry read.
Russia faced with containment threat: Vladimir Putin
This foreign pressure, the president said, is not of a healthy competitive nature but rather part of a series of direct actions aimed at forcing Russia to succumb to external control. Putin also the president thanked the FSB for providing timely information concerning planned external "provocations."
Russia interested in restoring EU ties
Russia never initiated the decline in relations with the EU, Peskov told a daily briefing on Monday, stressing the need to build a partnership based on non-interference and respect for each other's interests. Peskov's comments came the same day after Josep Borrell, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, made pessimistic remarks on Russia-EU ties.
Nord Stream 2 project unaffected by Navalny case: Merkel
At a press conference after an online meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Merkel on Friday reiterated that the stance of the German government on the project has not been changed. The 1,230-km Nord Stream 2 pipeline is designed to transport natural gas from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea.
Russian Foreign Minister warns US, EU over Navalny
Navalny, a Russian opposition politician backed by the West, hogged international media limelight after he had organised anti-Putin protest demonstrations in Russia. Last year, he was hospitalized after being allegedly poisoned with a nerve agent. He has blamed President Vladimir Putin for the incident.
'No sanctions will disrupt special and strategic partnership with India': Russia on US threat over S-400 deal
Russian deputy chief of mission Roman Babushkin said that the partnership between the two countries is complementary and important for security. He also added that a large Russian delegation of over 100 participants is attending Aero India 2021 in Bengaluru to take the relation between the two countries to a new level.