Russian President, Vladimir Putin, on Wednesday met with Chinese Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, in the Kremlin in a bid to boost ties between the two neighbouring powers.
“I am confident that your visit will, of course, provide a good impetus to the development of our inter-governmental economic ties,“Putin said.
Russia’s Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, said the countries should double their trade within the next five years to 200 billion dollars.
According to Russia’s Federal Customs Service, trade between the two countries had in recent time, rose by 24.5 per cent in 2018, in comparison with the previous year, to 108 billion dollars.
Russia and China had been developing a closer relationship in recent years as their ties with the West; particularly the U.S. had been regional conflicts and trade disputes.
Edited by Yahaya Isah
Russia reserves right to retaliate for nuclear attacks: Putin’s decree
Russia reserves the right to retaliate for nuclear attacks, according to a decree on the fundamentals of Russia’s state policy of nuclear deterrence, which was signed by President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
“The Russian Federation reserves the right to launch a nuclear strike either in response to a similar attack or in the event of a threat to the existence of the state,” the decree reads.
It says Russia‘s policy is defensive in nature and is aimed at maintaining its capabilities at a level sufficient to ensure nuclear deterrence, guarantee the protection of its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and prevent aggression against the country or its allies.
With nuclear deterrence, Russia will take into account the deployment of hypersonic and laser weapons, missile-carrying and strike drones, missile shields, and nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction by potential enemies, it said.
Russia considers the creation and deployment of missile defense systems and strike systems in space as a threat, and its neutralization requires nuclear deterrence, it said.
Putin, Trump discuss G7 summit, oil markets over phone
Russian President Vladimir Putin had a phone conversation with his United States counterpart Donald Trump at the initiative of the United States side, discussing issues related to the Group of Seven (G7) Summit and oil markets, the Kremlin said Monday.
The importance of enhancing the bilateral dialogue on strategic stability and confidence-building measures in the military sector was noted.
“It was stated that this multilateral agreement, reached with the active support of the presidents of Russia and the United States, would lead to a gradual restoration of oil demand and price stabilization,” it said.
Putin and Trump also touched upon space cooperation and fighting coronavirus, agreeing to continue contacts at various levels, according to the statement.
Public vote on Russian constitutional amendments set for July 1: Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that a public vote on a set of constitutional amendments will take place on July 1.
On Tuesday, Putin said that the country’s military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory against the Nazis in World War II, postponed from May 9 because of the pandemic, will be held on June 24.
Putin calls for maximizing efforts to fight unemployment
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called on the government and regional authorities to maximize efforts to solve the problem of unemployment, which has risen drastically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The preservation of jobs and incomes of Russian families from the very beginning of the fight against the consequences of the epidemic has become the most important priority in our work,” Putin said at a meeting on the labor market situation.
The authorities need to offer accelerated courses, training and retraining programs for those who have lost their jobs, he said.
The situation on the labor market in Russia is better than that in a number of developed countries, Russian Labor Minister Anton Kotyakov said at the meeting.
He said that thanks to measures adopted to support businesses and the population, Russia has managed to avoid a significant increase in the number of the unemployed.
Earlier this month, Putin said that the number of officially registered unemployed people in Russia reached 1.4 million, twice as many as in early April.
Russians who have officially registered as having lost their jobs after March 1 are entitled to a monthly unemployment benefit of 12,130 rubles (about 170 U.S. dollars).
Putin, at the meeting, agreed to extend such benefits to those who have lost their jobs during the pandemic to Oct. 1.
According to Kotyakov, the situation on the labor market may remain difficult in the second and third quarters, but it is expected to stabilize in the fourth quarter and show positive dynamics in the first or second quarter of 2021.
Putin reschedules WWII parade to June 24 after delay due to pandemic
Russian President Vladimir Putin has rescheduled a massive World War II anniversary parade in Moscow to June 24, after it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, state media reported on Tuesday.
The Soviet Union had the largest of the Allied forces and suffered tens of millions of casualties during the war.
The victory against Nazi Germany remains a substantial source of national pride.
The new date marks exactly 75 years since the Moscow Victory Parade of 1945.
“We will have it on June 24, on the day when in 1945 there was a legendary, historic parade of the victors,’’ Putin said in a decree carried by state media.
Russia had planned to have the Victory Day parade on May 9, the anniversary of Nazi Germany’s capitulation.
Putin postponed it in April as Russia’s coronavirus caseload was rapidly growing.
Russian officials have been noting a declining infection rate in recent weeks, with regions throughout the country preparing to lift quarantine measures, which have devastated the economy.
Russia has reported more than 360,000 cases of the virus on its territory, with about 3,800 deaths directly linked to the disease, a mortality rate just above one per cent.
On the day Putin’s decree was published, Russia reported its highest single-day 174 deaths toll from the virus.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Putin says Russia to hold postponed Victory Day parade on June 24
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the country’s military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory against the Nazis in World War II will be held on June 24.
“We will do this on June 24, the day when the legendary, historic parade of winners took place, when fighters who fought near Moscow and defended Leningrad, who fought near Stalingrad, liberated Europe and stormed Berlin, walked along Red Square,” Putin said during an online meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
Putin also announced that the Immortal Regiment march, a tradition in which millions of people across Russia parade with portraits of their relatives who fought in World War II, will take place on July 26.
As Russia usually celebrates Navy Day on the last Sunday of July, Putin ordered to hold a traditional Navy parade at the country’s main naval bases on July 26 as well.
A traditional Navy parade coinciding with the country’s Navy Day will also be held at the country’s main naval bases on July 26, Putin said.
Putin spokesperson Peskov leaves hospital after recovering from virus
Peskov, 52, had revealed two weeks ago that he was undergoing treatment for the virus. He suffered from pneumonia in both lungs, Interfax reported.
Four other top officials have also contracted the virus: the prime minister, and the ministers of construction, science and culture. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, 54, returned to work last week.
Russia has reported more than 350,000 cases of the novel coronavirus, currently the world’s third largest caseload behind that of the United States and Brazil, according to comparative data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)
Africa Day: Putin congratulates Africa, hails Russia-African close relationship
Russian President Vladmir Putin has congratulated African Countries and leaders on the occasion of the Africa Day celebration, hailing the close relationship between the Continent and Russia.
In a message signed by Putin and obtained from the Russian Embassy in Abuja on Monday, Putin said that the day symbolizes the aspiration of the countries of Africa to freedom, peace and prosperity.
He added that the celebration was significant to both Russia and Africa as it reaffirms the relationship of the duo which dates back to the colonial era.
“This holiday assumes special significance in the run-up to the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and people celebrated this year.
“Decades ago, when many African Peoples were just embarking on the path of sovereign development, our country provided them with active political support, extensive assistance in the social and economic sphere, and training of civilian and military personnel.
“Today, African Countries are Russia’s significant and promising partners, who enjoy well-deserved authority on the global arena and play an active role in addressing topical international issues,” he said.
Putin noted that the Russia-Africa Summit which held in 2019 in Sochi, turned out to be an exclusively important milestone in the development of Russian-African relations.
According to him, the dialogue between our Countries has been brought to a qualitatively new level.
“The Russia-Africa Partnership Forum established during the Summit will undoubtedly contribute to building up mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields and coordinating efforts to counter the threats and challenges of our time.
“I whole-heartedly wish you good health, prosperity and every success in your state activities, and peace and prosperity to all your compatriots,” Putin said.
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Putin, Iraqi PM discuss oil market, Syria over phone
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday held a phone conversation with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, to discuss stabilizing the global oil market and the situation in Syria, the Kremlin said in a statement.
Putin and al-Kadhimi gave a positive assessment to the agreements on oil output cuts reached with the participation of Russia and Iraq in the OPEC+ format, which are aimed at overcoming the acute phase of the oil crisis, the statement said.
They stressed the importance of continuing effective joint efforts in this direction, it said.
While discussing the situation in Syria, Putin and al-Kadhimi agreed to further coordinate steps to ensure a long-term normalization of the situation in the war-torn Middle East country and restoration of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The two leaders discussed issues concerning bilateral cooperation in trade, the economy and energy and expressed the wish to further develop the traditionally friendly ties between their countries, the statement said.
Putin congratulated al-Kadhimi on assuming his office earlier this month, and the Iraqi people on the occasion of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr celebrated during the past weekend.
Putin and al-Kadhimi agreed to continue the bilateral contacts at various levels, the statement said.
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