Under pressure from the falling global oil price, Russia is requiring government departments to cut spending by 10 per cent, repeating a policy it also imposed in 2015, two government sources told Reuters.
The cutbacks will exclud
Britain joined US-led air strikes against Islamic State in Syria on Thursday, but Vladimir Putin issued bitter new denunciations of Turkey for shooting down a Russian plane, demonstrating the limits to international solidarity.
President Vladimir Putin signed a decree imposing a raft of punitive economic sanctions against Turkey on Saturday, underlining the depth of the Kremlin's anger towards Ankara four days after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked France to draw up a map of where groups fighting Islamic State militants operate in Syria in order not to bomb them, France's foreign minister said on Friday.
French President Francoi
Western leaders who met on the margins of last week's Group of 20 summit in Turkey agreed to extend sanctions imposed on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine by six months until July of next year, a senior European diplomat told Reuters.
The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed al-Sabah, will meet Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Russian city of Sochi on November 10, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.
Sheikh Sabah and Putin will discuss situation in the Mid
Russian President Vladimir Putin met Saudi Arabia's defence minister on Sunday, in Moscow's biggest attempt so far to reach out to enemies of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad since Russia joined the conflict with air strikes.
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on Sunday to discuss security in the Middle East and the conflict in Syria.
The meeting between the two is the highest-level contact bet
Russia said it launched air strikes against Islamic State in Syria on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin secured his parliament's unanimous backing to intervene to prop up the Kremlin's closest Middle East ally.
Russia and the United States agreed on Monday to look for a diplomatic end to the Syrian civil war but clashed over the central question of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should retain power.
During a 90-minute meeting,