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Egypt says near meeting Russia’s airport security demands

Cairo – Egyptian officials say they are drawing closer to meeting all demands set by Russia on airport security to restore flights to Egypt. They say work has begun this week to install up to 16 finger-print security gates for employees at two of Cairo airport’s main terminals and to raise a potentially vulnerable stretch of the facility’s perimeter fence ...

Donald Trump blasts ‘fools’ who oppose good Russian ties

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG US President-elect Donald Trump has posted a series of tweets condemning those who oppose good relations with Russia as “‘stupid’ people, or fools”. Mr Trump vowed to work with Russia “to solve some of the many… pressing problems and issues of the WORLD!” His comments came after an intelligence reportsaid Russia’s president had tried to aid ...

Russian Flights to Egypt Will Resume Soon, Putin Tells Sissi

CAIRO —  Russian flights to Egypt will resume soon, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi in a phone call, Sissi’s office said on Thursday. Flights to Egypt from Russia were suspended after a Russian plane crashed into the Sinai desert in October 2015. Islamic State said it brought down the plane with a bomb smuggled inside ...

Ambassador shooting highlights Russia’s long fight with Islamic radicals

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG For Russia, the assassination of its ambassador in Turkey may only be the beginning of a new chapter in a long, gloomy book. He shouted his support for the traumatized people of Aleppo, but exactly who the killer represented is still unknown — or if he simply acted on his own. Ghastly, theatrical and public, the ...

Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara art gallery

The Russian ambassador to Turkey has been shot dead by a police officer who shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo” as he pulled the trigger. The chilling attack on Monday evening, which was captured on video, appeared to be a backlash against Russian military involvement in the Syrian civil war. Andrei Karlov was attacked at the opening of an art exhibition in ...

Russia: Loss of Iranian nuclear deal would be ‘unforgivable’

Russian ministry also says it was disappointed by plans by the US to extend its Iran Sanctions Act by 10 years. Iran’s nuclear program was lost, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, the Interfax news agency reported. The ministry also said it was disappointed by plans by the United States to extend its Iran Sanctions Act by 10 years. Meanwhile ...

America’s Attitude Toward Iran Risks Shifting Tehran’s East-West Balance Toward Russia

Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced this week that diplomats from Russia, the U.S. and regional powers in the Middle East would meet in Switzerland this weekend to discuss the crisis in Syria. The U.S. State Department has said the talks are aimed at finding, “a multilateral approach to resolving the conflict in Syria, including a sustained cessation of violence and the resumption ...

Syria conflict: Heavy air strikes resume on Aleppo

Russian planes have resumed air strikes on rebel-held districts in the city of Aleppo, in what activists say is the heaviest bombardment in days. At least 25 people are reported to have died, including children. The bombardment follows a temporary lull called by the Syrian government, partly to allow civilians to leave rebel areas in the east of the city. ...

Russia to hold military drills in Egypt this month

“The joint Russian-Egyptian drills will happen in mid-October 2016 on the territory of Egypt,” it said, without specifying their start date. The drills, called “Protectors of Friendship-2016”, will include 500 troops, 15 planes and helicopters and 10 military hardware units, the ministry said, describing the exercises as “anti-terrorist”. “The airborne delivery by parachute of several Russian airborne troops’ сombat vehicles ...

Egypt denies talks on hosting Russian airbase

Egyptian officials have denied a report in the Russian media which claimed that Moscow and Cairo are negotiating a deal on a Russian airbase in western Egypt. Egypt’s Al-Ahram daily reported the president’s office as stating that it would not allow foreign foreign military bases on Egyptian coasts. Earlier on Monday, Russian newspaper Izvestia cited its diplomatic and military sources as ...