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Putin denies air strikes are hitting moderate groups in Syria

President Vladimir Putin has denied that Russian air strikes are hitting moderate opposition groups rather than Islamic State militants. Speaking to Russian state TV, Mr...

Vladimir Putin spends birthday playing ice hockey with NHL stars

Russian president Vladimir Putin has spent his 63rd birthday on the ice, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons. Earlier Mr Putin...

Cameron accuses Putin of making ‘a terrible mistake’

David Cameron has accused Russia's President Putin of making "a terrible mistake" in taking military action in Syria to support President Assad. Earlier he told...

US urges Russians to focus airstrikes on Islamic State

Pentagon officials have urged the Russian military to focus its airstrikes in Syria on Islamic State (IS) fighters rather than opponents of Syrian President...

Russian airstrikes ‘targeting Syrian opposition groups, not Islamic State’

Western governments have expressed concern that Russian airstrikes in support of the beleaguered regime of Bashar Assad are targeting moderate Syrian opposition groups. President Vladimir...

Russian politicians give Putin go-ahead for troops in Syria

The upper chamber of the Russian parliament has voted unanimously to let President Vladimir Putin send Russian troops to Syria. The Federation Council discussed Mr...

Putin calls for broad anti-IS coalition

Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged the creation of a broad anti-terror coalition that would include the Syrian government troops. Addressing the UN General Assembly,...

Vladimir Putin: No plans ‘right now’ for Russian troops in Syria

Vladimir Putin says Russia has no plans “right now” to put combat troops on the ground in Syria, but would continue backing Bashar Assad’s...

Putin calls Elton John – for real this time

Russian president Vladimir Putin has called Elton John and agreed to meet him, after pranksters recently called the musician pretending to be Mr Putin...

Elton John’s phone call to Putin turns out to be Russian prankster

A well-known Russian prankster says he called the singer Elton John, posing as Vladimir Putin, to talk to him about the issue of gay...

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