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  • The Russian government resigned on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin proposed a series of constitutional reforms, Russian news agencies reported.

    Against the background of the increasingly aggressive use of financial sanctions by the US administration, Russian policy is aimed at gradual de-dollarisation of the economy. Together with our main partners, including India, we are working on developing economic and legal mechanisms to reduce the negative impact of restrictions, asserted Russia’s foreign minister.

    Lavrov is on a key visit to India to meet his counterpart ahead of five planned meetings between PM Modi and President Putin this year, and will be among the star attractions for the Raisina Dialogue. The escalating tensions in the Gulf region in India’s Western neighbourhood, where Russia also has huge stake, will figure during Lavrov’s meetings here.

    Vladimir Putin thanked Trump "for the transfer, through special services, of information allowing the prevention of terrorist acts in Russia," the president's office said in a statement.

    "President Putin of Russia called to thank me and the U.S. for informing them of a planned terrorist attack in the very beautiful city of Saint Petersburg," Trump tweeted.

    President Vladimir Putin unveiled the Avangard among other prospective weapons systems in his state-of-the-nation address in March 2018, noting that its ability to make sharp maneuvers on its way to a target will render missile defense useless. The military said that the Avangard is capable of flying 27 times faster than the speed of sound.

    WADA this month banned Russia for four years from major global events, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, over manipulated doping data. Under the sanctions, Russians will still be allowed to compete, but only as neutrals and if they can demonstrate that they were not part of what WADA believes was a state-sponsored system of doping.

    This is the tale of global markets over a decade of “fire and ice.”

    In 2016, Putin -- who has been in power as president or prime minister for two decades -- revealed he had kept his USSR Communist Party membership card for sentimental reasons.

    “We look forward to cooperating with Russia in the Arctic Council and we are actively discussing potential areas of cooperation including in the sphere of energy security, scientific exploration and research and connectivity. We will explore the possibility of establishing connectivity between the Arctic Region and INSCTC," Indian envoy to Russia said.

    In Australia, it was reported Sunday that China offered a Melbourne-based car dealer a bribe to run as a parliamentary candidate before he was found dead in March. The previous day, media reports said that a man who spied for China in Hong Kong and Taiwan offered intelligence information to Australia and wanted political asylum.

    “So the Indians, while very interested - in co-research, co-development, and co-production - which we are interested in, and our industry's interested in - we don't want it exposed because some Russians walking the shop floor decide to go walk away and put it in their handbag or knapsack and take it back to Moscow,” the official said.

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