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Moscow tells Britain: Cut 50 envoys in Russia

Moscow has told Britain it must cut just over 50 more of its diplomatic and technical staff in Russia as a standoff deepened over the poisoning of a Russian former spy and his daughter in England, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

Russia on Thursday announced a mass expulsion of US diplomats and the closure of the US consulate in Saint Petersburg in retaliation to coordinated moves by Western countries to isolate Moscow in the wake of the poisoning of a former double agent in Britain.

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Putin set for reelection

Russians voted yesterday in an election set to hand President Vladimir Putin a fourth Kremlin term, as the country is embroiled in a crisis with Britain and its allies over a spy poisoning.

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Russian strongman is ‘Superputin’ in exhibit

From a muscle-bound Superman to ice hockey player to jet pilot, Vladimir Putin plays various heroic roles in paintings at a Moscow exhibition called “Superputin” that opened this week as he began his campaign for a fourth Kremlin term

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President Duterte’s visit to Moscow, Russia, was unexpectedly cut short because he had to rush back to the Philippines after his proclamation of martial law in Mindanao last Tuesday. President Vladimir Putin cut short his own visit to a city a thousand miles away from Moscow so they could meet, even only briefly, at the Kremlin Grand Palace.

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Russia has reassured President Duterte that it is committed to help the Philippines win the war against terrorism and drug trafficking which the Chief Executive said could come via soft loan for the acquisition of Russian-made precision arms and military technology and through intelligence exchange.

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