Russian President Vladimir Putin has just released his 2018 wall calendar. The latest edition features the strongman in a variety of creative poses, but many of the photos are not new. Is this a case of new year,
but the same, old president?
A timeless ritual in Moscow that is broadcast across the nation: The annual press conference of the Russian president. The spectacle says as much about Russian journalists as it does about Putin, Miodrag Soric says.
The US president offered his thanks to his Russian counterpart in a phone call. The two also discussed the crisis in North Korea and bilateral relations.
The UN's top mediator has urged the Russian president to push Damascus to accept new elections. Staffan de Mistura warned that time is ticking and failure to move forward on peace talks risks the country's future.
The Kremlin is not afraid of political rivals, but Russians "will not stand" for Ukraine-style coups, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at his annual press conference. He accused the opposition of a lack of ideas.
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