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Putin shuts down Russia citing COVID pandemic

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered on Wednesday a one-week paid shutdown for workers as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to soar.

Russia says NATO should make first step to warm ties

NATO needs to take the first step to improve relations with Moscow, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes. The top diplomat has stated Russia has never initiated the deterioration of relations with the alliance or any other country.

Russia halts diplomatic ties with NATO

Russia has announced the suspension of NATO information bureau in Moscow. The country says it will also halt the operations of its mission to NATO. It comes after the bloc expelled eight Russian diplomats for alleged ‘undisclosed espionage' at its Brussels headquarters.

Putin: No rush in recognizing Taliban

Russian President Vladimir Putin says interaction should be maintained with the Taliban, but there should be no haste to recognize the new rulers of Afghanistan officially.

Israel PM to talk Iran in meeting with Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin will host Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett next week in Sochi for talks over a range of issues including Iran's nuclear programme.

Russia: Deliberate attempts escalating tension in Asia

The Russian foreign minister says deliberate attempts are being made to escalate the security situation in Asia. Sergey Lavrov attributes this to the military blocs seeking ‘the logic of the cold war and policy of containment.’

Moscow says U.S. needs Ukraine for anti-Russian goals

Washington needs Kiev for adversarial relations with Moscow as well as its total deterrence, a Russian official claims. The source, however, has described the alliance as ‘fragile’.

Several dead in plane crash in Russia

At least 16 people were killed and six others injured after a light plane with 22 on board crashed near the town of Menzelinsk in Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan on Sunday, according to the local health ministry.

Moscow to respond to NATO’s expulsion of Russian diplomats

Moscow will respond to a NATO decision to expel several Russian diplomats from Brussels, the Kremlin warns. NATO has announced that it was cutting the number of Russian Mission staff in Brussels from 20 to 10 people.

Russia invites Taliban to Afghanistan meeting

Russia has invited Taliban’s representatives to attend the Moscow summit about Afghanistan, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy confirms. The international forum will take place on October 20, nearly two months after the U.S. completed its evacuation mission from the war-torn country.