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Merkel tells Putin to pull back troops as Kremlin accuses Ukraine of provocations
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Merkel tells Putin to pull back troops as Kremlin accuses Ukraine of provocations

  • Ukraine has raised the alarm over an increase in Russian forces near its eastern border as violence has risen along the line of contact separating its troops from Russia-backed separatists in its Donbass region.
  • "The Chancellor demanded that this build-up be unwound in order to de-escalate the situation," Germany's government said in a readout of a telephone call between Merkel and Putin.
Published 08 Apr, 2021 08:27pm
Putin, Saudi crown prince discuss climate change, green energy
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Putin, Saudi crown prince discuss climate change, green energy

  • In a readout of their telephone call, the Kremlin said the Saudi prince outlined initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the share of renewable energy sources in the Middle East.
  • Putin spoke of Russian efforts to protect the environment, the Kremlin said.
Updated 01 Apr, 2021 08:52pm
Putin says he will be vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday
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Putin says he will be vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday

  • "Vaccination, of course, is a voluntary decision for every person. It is every person's personal decision," Putin said at a televised government meeting on Monday about Russian vaccines against COVID-19. "By the way I plan to do this tomorrow."
  • "Today we can say confidently -- and practice indisputably confirms -- that Russian vaccines are absolutely reliable and safe," he said. "No other similar foreign drugs have shown such a high level of protection."
Published 22 Mar, 2021 08:55pm