APRNEWS - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived by train in the city of Vladivostok on Wednesday for his first trip to Russia aimed at galvanising support from President Vladimir Putin while nuclear talks with Washington are in a limbo.
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APRNEWS - Russian President Vladimir Putin is travelling to Crimea on Monday to mark the fifth anniversary of Moscow's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine, condemned by the West but celebrated by most Russians.
Putin will take part in celebrations in the contested territory, where he is also due to launch a new power station, the Kremlin said.
APRNEWS - The Kremlin on Monday denied involvement in the "yellow vest" protests that have rocked France, after reports that Russia-linked social media accounts are waging a campaign to encourage unrest.
Britain's The Times reported Saturday that hundreds of accounts linked to Russia have "sought to amplify" the protests.
REUTERS - Brent oil futures edged higher on Friday after Russia seemed likely to contribute a bigger output cut to an OPEC and non-OPEC deal, but Saudi Arabia voiced pessimism on whether an agreement could be reached as Iran insisted on an exemption.
REUTERS - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia would be forced to respond if the United States exits the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces arms control treaty.
APRNEWS - EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday urged Russia and the US to save a Cold War arms control treaty after Washington issued a 60-day ultimatum to Moscow.
APRNEWS - US President Donald Trump on Monday proposed future talks with the leaders of China and Russia aimed at halting what he described as an “uncontrollable” arms race.
Trump’s comment follows an October announcement in which he said he would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a Cold War deal with Russia to cut missile numbers.
APRNEWS - Ukraine and Russia’s relations are hanging by a thin thread. The Ukrainian president has urged NATO to deploy naval ships to the Sea of Azov, a proposal that has been sharply criticized by Russia as a provocation that could further inflame tensions between the two countries.
APRNEWS - Russian internet giant Yandex disappointed tech enthusiasts on Monday by failing to unveil what many hoped would be a highly anticipated Russian-made smartphone.
Speculation has been mounting for years that Yandex -- which dominates internet services in Russia -- will put forward its own mobile device to rival giants like Apple, Samsung and Huawei.
REUTERS - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was stopped from leaving Russia on Tuesday over an unpaid fine, a move he said was illegal and designed to prevent him from attending the finale of a legal case he filed at Europe’s top human rights court.