Belgium defeat England 2-0 to finish 3rd in FIFA World Cup 2018

Belgium beat England 2-0 in the World Cup third-place play-off on Saturday to secure their best ever finish at a World Cup and send Gareth Southgate`s side home with a second straight loss. France will face Croatia in Sunday`s final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. A fourth-minute goal from Thomas Meunier and an 82nd minute Eden Hazard strike earned Belgium the victory and the third-place, which improves on their

Vladimir Putin greets India on Republic Day

Expressing hope of further strengthening the special partnership between the two countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended his greeting on the occasion of India’s Republic Day. In his message to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Putin said India enjoys well-deserved authority in the world arena, plays an important role in solving pressing international and regional issues. We highly appreciate the relations of special and privileged strategic

Don't Want USSR Back, But No One Believes It, Says Vladimir Putin

Russia is not trying to bring back the USSR, President Vladimir Putin said in a documentary aired Sunday, but the problem is that “nobody wants to believe it”. Since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis, which saw pro-Russian leader Viktor Yanukovych ousted by pro-European demonstrators, Moscow has accused the West of using “the politics of containment” in a Cold War throwback. “With Ukraine and other areas of the former USSR,

Vladimir Putin Calls Donald Trump An 'Outstanding, Talented' Man

Russian President Vladimir Putin today described US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump as a talented and outstanding man, welcoming his stance on Russia. “He is a very outstanding man, unquestionably talented,” Putin told journalists after his annual press conference in Moscow. “It’s not up to us to judge his virtue, that is up to US voters, but he is the absolute leader of the presidential race,” Putin added. Putin said

Vladimir Putin imposes sanctions against Turkey in retaliation to warplane downing

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called for sanctions against Turkey, following the downing this week by Turkey of a Russian warplane. The decree published on the Kremlin’s website Saturday came hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had voiced regret over the incident, saying his country was “truly saddened” by the event and wished it hadn’t occurred. It includes a ban on some goods and forbids extensions of labor

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin

France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy, who leads the main right-wing opposition, will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow by the end of October, according to multiple sources.   The sources, who chose to remain anonymous, did not specify exactly when the visit would take place. The visit comes as France’s Socialist President Francois Hollande appeared to criticise Russia for its airstrikes in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, while

Boris Nemtsov, Russian opposition leader, shot dead in Moscow

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot and killed near Moscow’s city centre on Friday night, according to law enforcement agencies. “An unknown person killed Nemtsov with four shots using a handgun on the slope near St. Basil’s Cathedral in the Red Square,” Tass quoted a law enforcement spokesperson as saying. “An investigative team is working at the site,” the spokesperson said, adding that the manhunt of the murderer is

Unipolar world unacceptable to Russia, says Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that his country would never accept a unipolar world. Noting that there was one “undisputed” unipolar leadership trying to control the current world and force others to obey, Putin said Russia would never accept such attempts. At the congress of Russia’s Federation of Independent Trade Unions, Putin stressed that Russia did not intend to be at war with anyone and was always willing

Barack Obama talks to Putin over Russia's support to Ukrainian rebels

US President Barack Obama on Friday called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to express his “deep concerns” over Russia’s increased support for the separatists in Ukraine. “The President (Obama) reiterated his deep concerns about Russia’s increased support for the separatists in Ukraine,” the White House said. Obama reinforced his preference for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine, and the two leaders agreed to keep open their channels of

Mystery deepens on who shot down MH17

Amid reports that the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down, Ukrainian and US officials today said the aircaft was downed by a Russian-made anti-aircraft missile. The flight with about 300 people on board, was downed in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border on Thursday.  US intelligence and military officials have said the plane had been destroyed by a Russian SA-series missile, based on surveillance satellite data that showed the final trajectory

Ukraine warns of Russian invasion, sets truce talks

Ukraine ‘s Western-backed leaders on Tuesday invited pro-Kremlin insurgents to a video-conference aimed at halting spiralling violence and what Kiev has warned was an imminent invasion by thousands of Russian troops. Kiev sharply raised the stakes in Europe’s most explosive crisis in decades by declaring yesterday that a Ukrainian transport plane downed in the eastern conflict zone had been hit by a rocket fired from the Russian side of the frontier

Russian spy Anna Chapman tweets marriage proposal to Edward Snowden

A tabloid says Vladimir Putin is Russia’s most eligible bachelor, but the president may have competition from an American half his age: Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor believed to be holed up at a Moscow airport. Snowden, 30, has received a marriage proposal of sorts in a tweet from Anna Chapman, the glamorous redhead who was one of 10 Russian agents arrested in the United States and