• Ex-foreign ministers contest Georgian presidency

      Ex-foreign ministers contest Georgian presidency

      Georgia's presidential election, held on Sunday, will go to a runoff after no single candidate won outright in the first round of voting, news wires reported. According the country's Central Election Commission (CEC), the French-born former diplomat Salome Zurabishvili had secured 38.7% of the vote, while Grigol Vashadze, a former foreign minister, had won 37.7%.

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    • Georgia picks president today

      Georgia picks president today

      Georgians started to vote for a president on Sunday in an election with two former foreign ministers as the frontrunners, including a former French career diplomat who could become the first female leader of an ex-Soviet state outside the Baltics. Over 3,600 polling stations opened at 08:00 local time and the voting is due to last until 20:00. Results are expected late on Sunday. Should the vote go to a runoff, a second round will be held before December 1.

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    • Russia to target Europe if its hosts US nuclear missiles

      Russia to target Europe if its hosts US nuclear missiles

      Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Moscow would be forced to target any European country in case it agrees on hosting US nuclear missiles after Washington’s withdrawal from the decades-old arms control treaty. Speaking at a news conference after holding talks with Italian PM Giuseppe Conte in Moscow, Putin also stressed he wanted to discuss US plans to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with US President Donald Trump, when the two leaders meet in Paris on 11 November.

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    • Poroshenko signs decree to halt friendship treaty with Russia

      Poroshenko signs decree to halt friendship treaty with Russia

      Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has moved to halt a major a friendship treaty Ukraine has had with Russia for more than 20 years. On 17 September, Poroshenko signed a decree of the country’s National Security and Defense Council to halt the effect of the Agreement on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation for 10 years, according to statement on the Presidential Administration’s website.

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    • Putin turns towards Asia to counter US policy

      Putin turns towards Asia to counter US policy

      The Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, represented a clear attempt by Moscow to assert itself more in the Asia-Pacific region, taking another thinly veiled swipe at Trump's economic policies. During the conference, not only did the Russian president meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, but he also engaged with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon, giving them promises and asking for backup in return.

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    • Xi, Putin vow to boost bilateral ties, trade

      Xi, Putin vow to boost bilateral ties, trade

      Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin expressed their firm determination to unswervingly safeguard bilateral ties as the two nations seek to counterbalance the United States’ power on the international stage and Moscow stages its biggest military exercises since the height of the Cold War with Chinese participation.

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    • Russia accuses Ukraine of assassinating separatist leader

      Russia accuses Ukraine of assassinating separatist leader

      A key separatist leader in eastern Ukraine has been killed in a blast at a coffee shop in Donetsk, according to rebels. The explosion on Friday fatally wounded Alexander Zakharchenko, head of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, which has been pushing for independence since 2014. Russia accused Ukraine of assassinating the 42-year-old, but Kiev said it had nothing to do with the explosion and blamed separatist infighting.

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    • Russia to hold biggest military exercises in years

      Russia to hold biggest military exercises in years

      Russia will next month hold its biggest war games since at least the 1980s, with around 300,000 troops, 36,000 tanks and 1,000 aircraft, amid renewed tensions with NATO and the US. The Vostok-2018 exercises will be carried out from 11 to 15 September in the country's east with the participation of China and Mongolia.

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    • Putin, Xi Jinping to meet in September

      Putin, Xi Jinping to meet in September

      Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold a meeting on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum, which will be held in Vladivostok in September, Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev stated on Tuesday. The meeting was also confirmed by Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua.

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