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Rio medals devalued! Absence of Russian stars hurts 2016 Olympic Games: Vladimir Putin

Rio medals devalued! Absence of Russian stars hurts 2016 Olympic Games: Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday the absence of top Russian competitors will "markedly lower" next month`s Rio Games, as he met competitors set for Brazil and those barred over state-run doping.

2016 Olympic Games: President Vladimir Putin to meet Russia`s dope-tainted Rio team

2016 Olympic Games: President Vladimir Putin to meet Russia`s dope-tainted Rio team

International sports federations are now scrambling to vet Russian athletes as time ticks down to the start of the Games on August 5.

Erdogan to visit Russia on August 9

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Russia on August 9 for his first face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin since Moscow and Ankara mended ties damaged by the downing of a Russian jet last year, Turkish officials said on Tuesday.

Kremlin confirms Putin and Erdogan to meet in Russia early August

The Kremlin confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan plan to meet in Russia in early August.

Russian editors 'fired over stories that irked officials'

A former editor of a Russian media group described how he and colleagues were pushed out over reporting that angered officials, in the first public account of the taming of Russia`s last big news organisation willing to take on the Kremlin.

Kremlin says NATO talk of Russian threat absurd, short-sighted

The Kremlin said on Friday it regarded NATO`s suggestion that Russia posed a threat as absurd, saying it hoped that common sense would prevail at the military alliance`s summit in Warsaw.

Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama speak on phone, say ready to increase Syria coordination: Kremlin

It said the phone call took place on the initiative of Russia and that both sides had also stressed the importance of United Nations-brokered peace talks restarting.

US missile shield in Romania threat to Russia: Kremlin

Activation of a U.S.-backed missile shield in Romania constitutes a threat to Russia`s national security, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

Iran and Russia move closer but their alliance has limits

When Iran took delivery of the first parts of an advanced Russian air defence system this month, it paraded the anti-aircraft missile launchers sent by Moscow to mark Army Day.

Kremlin denies reports on Russian forces' fire on Israeli planes in Syria

The Kremlin on Friday denied media reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had discussed alleged incidents involving Russian forces in Syria and Israeli military aircraft.

Kremlin says Panama Papers have no relation to Putin

Vladimir Putin's spokesman says the Russian president has no connection to offshore accounts allegedly operated by his close friend, a musician.

'Panama Papers' revelations trigger global probes

'Panama Papers' revelations trigger global probes

Several countries have launched tax evasion probes after a massive leak of confidential documents lifted the lid on the murky offshore financial dealings of a slew of politicians and celebrities.

Putin congratulates Assad on retaking Palmyra: Kremlin

Putin congratulates Assad on retaking Palmyra: Kremlin

 Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad today, congratulating him on his forces retaking Palmyra, the Kremlin said.

'Russia begins withdrawal but will keep advanced air defence systems in Syria'

'Russia begins withdrawal but will keep advanced air defence systems in Syria'

Russia will use advanced air defence systems to protect its remaining contingent in Syria after some of its forces are pulled out, a senior Kremlin official said Tuesday.

Kremlin calls Maria Sharapova`s doping failure an isolated case

Kremlin calls Maria Sharapova`s doping failure an isolated case

Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov says this situation should not be projected onto the whole of Russian sport.

Bashar al-Assad assures Vladimir Putin of `readiness` to respect Syria ceasefire: Kremlin

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has assured Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin of his government`s readiness to respect a ceasefire deal brokered by Moscow and Washington, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

Kremlin says Russia's Putin, Saudi King Salman expressed interest in resolving Syria crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia`s King Salman expressed an interest in resolving the Syrian crisis, the Kremlin said in a statement following phone talks between the two on Friday.

Russian court throws out lawsuit against Putin

On Thursday anti-corruption crusader Navalny announced he had filed a lawsuit against Putin, accusing him of ordering huge loans to a firm owned by the president`s son-in-law.

Angela Merkel tells Vladimir Putin to `use influence` to rein in Ukraine rebels

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to use his influence to rein in pro-Kremlin rebels in eastern Ukraine, a day after the German leader warned that a peace deal was not being fully implemented.

US should show 'proof' of Vladimir Putin corruption claims: Kremlin

US should show 'proof' of Vladimir Putin corruption claims: Kremlin

The Kremlin on Tuesday dismissed comments by a US Treasury official alleging massive corruption by President Vladimir Putin, challenging Washington to provide proof for what amounted to an "official accusation".