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Sepp Blatter told the draw ceremony in St Petersburg that Fifa was confident Russia would stage a successful tournament.
25/07/2015 - football

Putin and Blatter open road to 2018 World Cup final

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Sepp Blatter, the head of world football's governing body Fifa, combined in St Petersburg on Saturday to launch the campaign that will culminate in the World Cup ...
Russian president Vladimir Putin will address a ceremony ahead of the draw for the 2018 football World Cup in Russia.
25/07/2015 - football

Nations await football World Cup fate in St Petersburg

Eyebrows were raised when it emerged that France and Italy were not designated among the top nine European footballing nations.
Thierry Mariani in Moscow, September 2014.
24/07/2015 - France - Ukraine - Russia

Delegation of French MPs visit Crimea despite sanctions

France and Ukraine are condemning a visit by 10 French MPs to Crimea this week in defiance of Western sanctions against Russia.
US Sectetary of State John Kerry (C) with members of the US delegation to talks with Iran in Vienna on Friday
12/07/2015 - FRANCE - IRAN - US

Crunch time for Iran nuclear deal, warns France

Decision time has arrived in talks over Iran's nuclear capacity, French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius said this weekend as negotiators strove to reach a Monday deadline.
The 2015 BRICS summit is being held in Ufa, Russia.
08/07/2015 - BRICS

New Development Bank launched as leaders meet for BRICS summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting world leaders today including China's Xi Jingping and India's Narendra Modi ahead of the start of a summit of emerging economies.

Tyson Gay will compete in his first World Championships since 2011.
27/06/2015 - athletics

Gay's wisdom sees off young pretenders on his road to redemption

Tyson Gay claimed experience was the key to his victory on Friday night in the US trials for the World Championships in Beijing in August.
A woman walks out of her damaged house in the town of Debaltseve, north-east of Donetsk, 17 March 2015
22/06/2015 - RUSSIA - EUropean union

EU prolongs Russia sanctions but analysts dub them ineffective

Russia's foreign ministry expressed disappointment at the extension of the European Union's sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine conflict, blaming the move on an anti-Russian "lobby".
Russian President Vladimir Putin (front) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrive for a meeting at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2015 (SPIEF 2015) in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 19, 2015
20/06/2015 - Greece-Russia

Greece looks to Putin as debt negotiation deadline looms

As Eurozone leaders prepare for a special summit this Monday to try and clinch a deal on Greece's debt crisis, Athens is set to hold talks with Moscow, 12 days before it must either pay back its creditors or go bust.

Fighting in Donetsk series part 2/3
16/06/2015 - International report

Fighting in Donetsk series part 2/3

With the on-going conflict in eastern Ukraine, foreigners continue to fight alongside pro-Russia separatists of the Donetsk People's Republic.
Fighting in Donetsk series part 1/3
15/06/2015 - International report

Fighting in Donetsk series part 1/3

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said recently that Ukraine was now in a state of what he called “real war” with Russia.