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Russia will not conduct ground operation in Syria: Putin
Russia will not conduct ground operation in Syria: Putin

President Vladimir Putin said that Russia would not deploy ground troops to Syria, where it has been conducting air strikes against what it says are Islamic State target.

Russia will not conduct ground operation in Syria: Putin
Pentagon chief warns of Russia casualties in Syria
Pentagon chief warns of Russia casualties in Syria

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter predicted Russia would soon begin suffering casualties in Syria, as Moscow dramatically ramps up its military campaign in the devastated nation.

Pentagon chief warns of Russia casualties in Syria
Erdogan warns Russia over Turkey nuclear, gas deals
Erdogan warns Russia over Turkey nuclear, gas deals

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia that Ankara has alternatives to Moscow for building its first nuclear power plant and importing gas, as tensions rise over the Russian bombing campaign in Syria.

Erdogan warns Russia over Turkey nuclear, gas deals
Popularity of 'Putin the Shiite' sky high in Iraq
Popularity of 'Putin the Shiite' sky high in Iraq

Russian President Vladimir Putin's bullish entry into the Syrian conflict has worked wonders for his popularity in neighbouring Iraq, where some await "Hajji Putin" like a saviour.

Popularity of 'Putin the Shiite' sky high in Iraq
NATO head sees 'troubling escalation' of Russian activity in Syria
NATO head sees 'troubling escalation' of Russian activity in Syria

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said there had been a "troubling escalation" in Russian military activity in Syria, after Moscow dramatically expanded its air campaign.

NATO head sees 'troubling escalation' of Russian activity in Syria
'Back in the game' Putin marks birthday with eye on Syria, hockey exploits
'Back in the game' Putin marks birthday with eye on Syria, hockey exploits

Vladimir Putin marked his 63rd birthday dividing his attention between hockey and Syria as supporters sang his praises, comparing him to a range of heroic figures from Buddha to Batman.

'Back in the game' Putin marks birthday with eye on Syria, hockey exploits
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Russia's Gazprom delays pipeline project amid Turkey tensions

Russian gas giant Gazprom said its TurkStream pipeline project with Turkey would be delayed as tensions between Moscow and Ankara peak over Russia's intervention in the Syrian conflict.

Russia's Gazprom delays pipeline project amid Turkey tensions
Turkey PM says 'only two' Russia strikes aimed at IS
Turkey PM says 'only two' Russia strikes aimed at IS

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said only two Russian air strikes in Syria had targeted Islamic State jihadists and warned that Ankara would not make any concessions about the security of its borders

Turkey PM says 'only two' Russia strikes aimed at IS
Crisis-hit Russia toiling to keep factory towns alive
Crisis-hit Russia toiling to keep factory towns alive

The hulking Soviet-era mineral refinery in Pikalyovo, one of Russia's hundreds of factory towns hit by a crippling economic crisis, has been a blessing, and at times a curse, for a place dependent on a single industry.

Crisis-hit Russia toiling to keep factory towns alive
British PM urges Putin to change course in Syria
British PM urges Putin to change course in Syria

British Prime Minister David Cameron urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to "change direction" in Syria and recognise that its President Bashar al-Assad must be replaced.

British PM urges Putin to change course in Syria
Syria detains dissident who criticised Russian strikes
Syria detains dissident who criticised Russian strikes

The Syrian authorities on Sunday briefly detained a prominent opposition figure days after he criticised Russian air strikes in Syria.

Syria detains dissident who criticised Russian strikes
Erdogan urges Putin to change mind over Syria bombing
Erdogan urges Putin to change mind over Syria bombing

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday urged Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to reconsider Moscow's bombing campaign in Syria.

Erdogan urges Putin to change mind over Syria bombing
Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov. ©RIA Novosti
Chechen strongman calls on Kremlin to send local troops to Syria

Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov called on the Kremlin to let a contingent from his region fight the Islamic State in Syria, where Russia launched air strikes earlier this week.

Chechen strongman calls on Kremlin to send local troops to Syria
Gorbachev says health improving, can walk again
Gorbachev says health improving, can walk again

The Soviet Union's last leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who has been battling diabetes, said his health is improving and that he can walk again with the help of a stick.

Gorbachev says health improving, can walk again
Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev. ©RIA Novosti
Bankruptcy 'only option' for Russia's Transaero airline: minister

Bankruptcy is the only solution for Russia's second largest airline Transaero after state-controlled Aeroflot backed out of purchasing the debt-laden carrier.

Bankruptcy 'only option' for Russia's Transaero airline: minister
Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Alexei Pushkov. ©RIA Novosti
Russian air strikes in Syria to last three to four months: Russian lawmaker

Russian air strikes in Syria will last for three to four months and will intensify, a senior Russian lawmaker said as President Vladimir Putin was due in Paris for talks.

Russian air strikes in Syria to last three to four months: Russian lawmaker
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Kazakhstan mulling privatization of oil refineries

Oil production in Kazakhstan in 2014 stood at 73.7 million tons. The three Kazakhstan-based oil refineries produced a total of 3.02 million tons of petrol.

Kazakhstan mulling privatization of oil refineries
Western fears that air strikes don't target IS 'unfounded': Russia
Western fears that air strikes don't target IS 'unfounded': Russia

Russia rejected accusations that Moscow had bombed moderate rebel factions fighting President Bashar al-Assad instead of Islamic State fighters and had hit civilians.

Western fears that air strikes don't target IS 'unfounded': Russia
Photo © Turar Kazangapov
Petrol prices in Kazakhstan depend on Russian ruble: Shkolnik

Kazakh Minister of Energy Vladimir Shkolnik says that the price for petrol in Kazakhstan will depend on the Russian ruble.

Petrol prices in Kazakhstan depend on Russian ruble: Shkolnik
Kerry: US not against Russian strikes, but Assad must go
Kerry: US not against Russian strikes, but Assad must go

The United States does not oppose Russian air strikes in Syria if they target the Islamic State group, but Bashar al-Assad must step down.

Kerry: US not against Russian strikes, but Assad must go

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