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Putin in Crimea as Russia Marks Five Years since Annexation

Russia on Monday marked the fifth anniversary of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, a move condemned by Kiev and its Western allies but celebrated by most Russians.

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Putin to Mark Five Years of Annexation in Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to Crimea on Monday to mark the fifth anniversary of Moscow's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine, condemned by the West but celebrated by most Russians.

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Turkey, Russia Eye Closer Coordination on Syria

Turkey and Russia are discussing a "coordination centre" to better manage their operations in Syria's rebel-controlled Idlib province, Turkey's defence minister said.

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Russia Stations Anti-Missile System near Saint Petersburg

Russia said on Tuesday it has stationed its newest S-400 air defense missile systems in the northwestern Leningrad region which includes its second city Saint Petersburg.

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Russia Telecoms Giant MTS to Pay $850 mn in U.S. Corruption Case

Russian telecoms giant MTS said Thursday it had agreed to pay $850 million to settle a US corruption case stemming from its operations in ex-Soviet Uzbekistan.

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Aoun to Meet Putin Later in March, Refugee Return Tops Talks

Lebanon and Moscow pursue the preparations for President Michel Aoun’s visit to Moscow on March 25 at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Saudi Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported on Wednesday.

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Netanyahu to Talk Iran with Putin in Moscow

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday was set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss how to prevent Iran from "entrenching in Syria". 

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Report: Russia Offers to Build Power Plant in Lebanon

Lebanon’s problematic electricity file is one of the government's focal issues amid reports claiming that a Russian proposal to build a power plant could end the suffering of Lebanese, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday.

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Russian MPs Back Bill to Isolate Country's Internet

Russian lawmakers on Tuesday backed a bill that could cut off the country's internet traffic from servers abroad which critics say is a step towards censorship and possibly an isolated network like in North Korea.

The bill passed its first reading by 334 votes to 47 after an unusually heated debate in the State Duma, where many lawmakers from minority parties criticized it as too costly and argued that it was not written by experts. 

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Russia Seeks to Vindicate Afghan War, 30 Years after Pullout

Soviet authorities themselves condemned the USSR's bloody occupation of Afghanistan, but 30 years later some in Vladimir Putin's Russia are coming to see the operation in a more positive light.

After a decade of military intervention to bolster Kabul's embattled Communist government against Islamist fighters, the USSR finally pulled out its last units on February 15, 1989.

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