Russia, China object to G20 Finance Ministers' meet outcome document deploring 'aggression against Ukraine'
While China stated that the G20 FMCBG meeting was not the right forum to discuss geopolitical issues, Russia dissociated itself from the status of the document. The outcome document deplored "in the strongest terms the aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine and demands its complete and unconditional withdrawal from the territory of Ukraine.
Ukraine hopes to continue grain deal without Russia: Volodymyr Zelensky
"Even without the Russian Federation, everything must be done so that we can use this Black Sea corridor," Zelensky was cited as saying. Zelensky noted that he ordered the Foreign Ministry to prepare "official signals" to the United Nations and Turkey regarding the continuation of the deal, Xinhua news agency reported.
Russia has cluster munitions, may retaliate if Ukraine uses them: Vladimir Putin
“Russia has a sufficient supply of various types of cluster munitions,” CNN quoted the President as saying during an interview with local Russian media. “If they are used against us, we reserve the right to mirror actions.” Putin's remarks came just days after Ukraine received a delivery of American-made cluster munitions from the US.
Wagner group simply does not exist: Vladimir Putin
The President made the remarks to Russian newspaper Kommersant, describing for the first time what was discussed at a Kremlin meeting attended by 35 Wagner commanders, including the group's boss Yevgeny Prigozhin, reports CNN. The meeting took place on June 29, just five days after Wagner fighters launched the short-lived mutiny on June 24.
Vladimir Putin held secret talks with Wagner warlord in Kremlin on July 1
The unannounced session took place on July 1, a week after the revolt by Yevgeny Prigozhin and his Wagner mercenary army, according to French publication Liberation, which cited secret service sources, Daily Mail reported. Since the alleged meeting, Prigozhin appears to be remaining in Russia rather than forced into exile in neighbouring Belarus as seemed his fate earlier.
Turkey takes 'fair, balanced stance' in Russia-Ukraine conflict: Erdogan
"While strengthening our relations with Ukraine, we did not allow our relations with the Russian Federation to deteriorate," Erdogan said at a rally in the eastern province of Bayburt on Saturday, after his meeting with visiting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Russia sees no grounds for extending grain deal: Kremlin
Russia has not yet officially declared its stance on the future of the deal and will announce it in a timely manner, Xinhua news agency quoted Peskov as saying to reporters. The spokesman added that there is still some time left to fulfill that part of the agreement related to Russia.
Prominent Russian journo beaten up by armed men in Chechnya
Accompanied by lawyer Alexander Nemov, Milashina, a reporter for the independent Moscow tri-weekly Novaya Gazeta, came under attack on Tuesday while they were heading from the Grozny airport to the court to attend the hearing for Zarema Musaeva -- the mother of three exiled critics of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
Russia will stand up against sanctions & provocations, says Vladimir Putin at SCO summit
Addressing the virtual SCO summit, Putin said Moscow planned to boost ties with the grouping and supported the transition to settlements in local currencies in foreign trade. He also warned that the potential for conflicts and the risk of a global economic crisis were on the rise.
Russia extends ban on transportation of goods by trucks from unfriendly countries
"The ban on international road transport of a number of goods on the territory of Russia by vehicles of unfriendly states has been extended until December 30, 2023," said the document on Friday as quoted by Xinhua news agency report.