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The Latest: Putin Says Ready to Meet Trump

U.S. News

Addressing Sunday's summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Qingdao, China, Putin said a new agreement approved by the bloc spells out plans for joint anti-terror efforts for the next three years. The bloc includes China, Russia, four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, India and Pakistan.


Trump Delays Proposed Putin Meeting Until 2019

U.S. News

Trump has long been seeking to bring Putin to Washington for a meeting. The president met with Putin on the sidelines of two international summits last year -- first Germany, then Vietnam -- and both times he invited his Russian counterpart to the White House, according to three current and former administration officials. He reiterated the invitation on a call with Putin in the spring.


Cossacks and Flowers as Putin Dances at Austrian Minister's Wedding

U.S. News

There have been no reports that Kneissl - a polyglot Middle East expert without political affiliation - has a particularly close friendship with Putin. But she was appointed to her job by the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) which has a cooperation agreement with Putin's United Russia party.


Putin pounds out Soviet classics using Xi's piano in China

The Japan Times

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin, known for his passion for the outdoors, showed off his softer side during a visit to China when he sat down to play the piano Sunday. Putin is in Beijing on a state visit to discuss a $1 trillion infrastructure plan that strives to revive the ancient Silk Road. After speaking at the summit in the morning, Putin headed to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at his residence. Putin is habitually late for meetings, but this time he was the one who was made to wait, Russian news agencies said. So, Putin played some songs on Xi's piano.


Russian opposition leader sues Putin over rally denials

FOX News

MOSCOW – Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is suing President Vladimir Putin over authorities' repeated refusals to sanction rallies for his supporters. Navalny has alleged that Putin ordered local officials to withhold permission for the rallies because the Russian leader fears facing him as a challenger in next March's presidential election. The Tverskoy court in Moscow confirmed receiving Navalny's lawsuit against Putin on Friday. Putin hasn't said if he will seek a fourth term, but he's widely expected to run. Navalny has said he intends to join the race even though a criminal conviction he calls politically motivated prohibits his candidacy.