Putin: Russia to remain in Syria 'as long as beneficial'

Austria's coalition government of conservatives and the pro-Putin far right was in a minority of European Union governments that did not expel any Russian diplomats over the Skripal case and Austria, despite its membership of the European Union, points to its history of neutrality and its relatively warm relations with Russia.

When asked by journalist Armin Wolf why there had been no US-Russia bilateral summit since Trump became president, Putin said he had met Trump a couple of times at global events but signaled that there were no immediate plans for a formal meeting. "This in my view is very important - at this level a mutual respect has to exist in all circumstances, and a personal relationship can become a tool for solving global issues", said the Russian President.

US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman was in Washington, DC last week and has been reportedly trying to set up a meeting between Trump and Putin. According to South Korea's Joongang Ilbo, Putin is expected to to Qingdao, China, on Saturday for the annual Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit next weekend. "They're sawing the limb that they're sitting on", Putin said. The two countries aim to boost co-operation in areas such as infrastructure, energy, scientific research and high tech.

He said it was an unprecedented effort to ease tensions in the region and an important step toward denuclearizing the peninsula.

President Vladimir Putin ridiculed the USA indictment of 13 Russians in a television interview broadcast Monday, scoffing at the notion that a person described as his chef could interfere with a US presidential election. I say it because sooner or later it will be understood that these means can not be universal and that they harm everyone.

"Everybody has an interest in getting the sanctions lifted, us too", he added.

All users to be moved to new Gmail
It's also the only edition of Gmail that now allows you to try out Smart Compose, which tries to complete your sentences for you. Those who get it can opt-in to use it if they want or they can't if their G Suite account administrator hasn't enabled it.

Subtropical Storm Alberto within 50 miles of Florida
As tropical storm Alberto plows through the Gulf of Mexico, it appears to have set a course north through Alabama and Tennessee. AccuWeather said Alberto is becoming more organized as it hovers in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and is gaining strength.

Nirav Modi fraud cost Rs 14357 crore, says PNB
Rs 7579 crore in gross NPA addition was due to the Nirav Modi fraud; Rs 10,237 crore was due to RBI's new stressed asset circular. India's Punjab National Bank (PNB) is all set to announce its fourth quarter results today.

"There are, of course, a number of problems to address", he said of an economy that continues to stall after a crash in 2014 following sanctions introduced by the West over the annexation of Crimea.

The Russian president also met Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz who spoke of the need for dialogue with Russia.

Mr Putin earlier told Austrian television he and Mr Trump "regularly talk over the phone" and that the pair work well together in the fight against global terrorism.

"Why is there money for tanks, bombs, planes and machine guns, but no money for the people?" went one text message that appeared briefly on screen.

The Russian president issued a stern warning to Ukraine not to undertake any attacks on Moscow-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country during the upcoming soccer World Cup. Putin travels to Austria in a first European Union trip since his re-election.

Significantly, the right-wing FPÖ party - the junior partner of Kurz's People's Party - supports Russia's claim of sovereignty over Crimea and advocates the easing of economic sanctions against Moscow.


Popular
  • Arsenal turn down Marouane Fellaini free transfer opportunity

    According to the Daily Mail , the Gunners are preparing to put in an offer for Belgium worldwide Marouane Fellaini . The midfielder's representatives look set to meet with Arsenal officials this week.
    Wild Card Turns Tables at National Spelling Bee

    Wild Card Turns Tables at National Spelling Bee

    The prime time finals featured 11 students who had previously been to the national contest. "I wouldn't say I expected it". After her defeat, she was swarmed by dozens of current and former spellers who wished her well, smiling throughout.
    Gap Apologises For Flogging Shirts With Map Of China Bereft Of Taiwan

    Gap Apologises For Flogging Shirts With Map Of China Bereft Of Taiwan

    The US company issued its apology on Weibo late Monday, saying it "respects the integrity of China's sovereignty and territory". Gap has apologized to China after an image of a t-shirt on sale in Canada went viral.
  • Tiger Woods in contention at Memorial Tournament

    Tiger Woods in contention at Memorial Tournament

    And then he sat out a weather delay that lasted just under 90 minutes, and he missed four putts under 7 feet the rest of the way. Woods was another shot behind, and it looked as though he was about to post his lowest score of the year.
    Kevin Love cleared to play in Game 1 of NBA Finals

    Kevin Love cleared to play in Game 1 of NBA Finals

    In Game 6, the Warriors were without Bogut after the center injured his knee during Game 5 and was out the rest of the series. He has scored more points in the Western Conference Finals than anybody else in National Basketball Association history.
    Cannes 2018: Female stars protest on red carpet for equal rights

    Cannes 2018: Female stars protest on red carpet for equal rights

    Lewis Film Awards held at Cannes will celebrate women from the film Industry all over the world. The red carpet also passed and the members of the jury cate Blanchett and Kristen Stewart .
  • US team in North Korea raises expectations of a Trump-Kim summit

    US team in North Korea raises expectations of a Trump-Kim summit

    The party's statement also said that Kim Yong-chol deserved "death by beating" and called on the government to block the visit. That impromptu session was aimed at salvaging the summit that Trump had said he was scuppering just two days earlier.

    "Shocking" Pokemon announcement teased for later this week

    You can use it like a Joy Con to control your Switch, or use it to search for Pokemon on the go without opening your phone. They're created to be used during gameplay, and so that people can carry their Pokemon around with them.
    Offaly plane crash: Eyewitness says aircraft came down 'vertically' into bog

    Offaly plane crash: Eyewitness says aircraft came down 'vertically' into bog

    And this morning two engineers and a pilot from the Air Accident Investigation Unit will continues their inquiry in County Offaly. It is noted that the flight took place on the territory of the parachute club, the causes of the crash are being investigated.
  • G7 finance ministers warn USA  against trade war over metal tariffs

    G7 finance ministers warn USA against trade war over metal tariffs

    Likewise, the Trump trade team sought to use the tariff threat to pressure Europe into reducing barriers to US products. In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday that the tariffs were "totally unacceptable".
    PayPal buys iZettle for United States dollars  2.2 bln

    PayPal buys iZettle for United States dollars 2.2 bln

    PayPal , based in San Jose, California, says Stockholm-based iZettle is on pace to process about $6 billion in payments this year.
    Hawaii volcano 'may become more explosive' at any time

    Hawaii volcano 'may become more explosive' at any time

    On Tuesday, a plume of ash from the volcano rose 12,000 feet into the air, dropping ash on large sections of the island. The new fissure emitting steam and lava spatter spurred Hawaii officials to call for more evacuations on Sunday.

CONNECT