• 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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    • Mass detentions of journalists in Belarus

      Mass detentions of journalists in Belarus

      At least 18 journalists have been detained for questioning in Belarus for allegedly obtaining information illegally from the state-run news agency, BelTA, amid what appears to be a widening crackdown on independent media that report critically of strongman President Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his government.

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    • Russians protest against retirement age raise

      Russians protest against retirement age raise

      Thousands of Russians went to the streets during the weekend to protest against the government's plan to raise the retirement age in the country, news wires reported. The proposal eyes gradually raising the retirement age for women from 55 to 63 and for men to 65 from 60. But according to Russia's trade unions many men won't even live long enough to claim their pensions.

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