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Putin says West has betrayed Russia’s trust

Russian President Vladimir Putin has directed scathing criticism at the West — the United States in particular — saying it had repeatedly betrayed Moscow’s trust. Speaking at a discussion with Western academics in the southern Russian city of Sochi on Thursday, President Putin listed Moscow’s many grievances against the West. Asked ...

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NATO opens espionage hub in Poland to counter Russia

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has opened an espionage hub in Poland, in a bid to strengthen the 29-member military alliance’s ability to gather intelligence amid tensions with Russia. Located in the southern city of Krakow, the new facility is focused on “developing the basic norms, principles and activities” ...

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Putin: We will finally beat terrorists in Syria soon

Russian President Vladimir Putin says terrorists will be defeated in Syria soon, stressing that the intra-Syrian peace process was developing in a positive way despite problems. “There are all grounds to believe, I would say, cautiously, that we will finally beat the terrorists there [in Syria] in the near future,” Putin ...

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Britain pursues ‘full role’ in post-Brexit EU

British Prime Minister Theresa May has reiterated Britain’s demand for a full cooperative role with the European Union after the country’s exit from the bloc in 2019. “This council isn’t just about our exit negotiations, it’s also about various other really important issues; defense, security, counter-terrorism, migration; and I’m going ...

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Catalonia defiant as Madrid-set deadline arrives

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has threatened to formally declare independence if Spain moves to suspend the region’s autonomy, a regional government source says, as a Madrid-imposed deadline arrives for Catalonia to unambiguously drop its secession bid. Puigdemont told members of his Catalan Democratic Party (CUP) on Wednesday that he would ...

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