Washington, Dec 24 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The White House has been flooded with tens of thousands of requests to blacklist Russian officials supporting a ban on US adoptions of Russian children amid an escalating diplomatic feud. A petition asking the White House to slap sanctions on Russian legislators who vote for the adoption ban - which was approved by Russia's lower house of parliament last week - had collected more than 52,000 signatures as of Monday morning.
New Delhi, Dec 24 (IANS) India and Russia Monday bolstered their military ties by signing weapons deals worth at least $3 billion that included pacts for procuring 42 new Su-30 MKI combat aircraft and 71 Mi-17V5 medium-lift military helicopters. The defence ties, the bedrock of the India-Russia relations, are poised for a boost with the signing of a military-technical contract for delivery of 42 technological kits for SU-30MKI aircraft which will be assembled by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The deal is estimated to be around $2.2 billion
New Delhi, Dec 24 (IANS) Reinvigorating their multi-faceted ties, India and Russia Monday signed 10 agreements in diverse areas, including multi-billion dollar weapons deals, and resolved to fast-track negotiations to conclude pact on units III and IV of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. In the context of the 2014 withdrawal of international combat troops from Afghanistan, India and Russia also agreed to cooperate closely to combat extremism and drug-trafficking in that country
New Delhi, Dec 24 (IANS) Bolstering their multi-faceted ties, India and Russia Monday signed 10 agreements in diverse areas and made "good progress" in resolving related to the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. The pacts included those on promoting direct investment and Sukhoi aircraft
New Delhi, Dec 24 (IANS) Seeking to scale up strategic and economic ties, India and Russia Monday signed a clutch of agreements, including a pact on promoting direct investment, and made "good progress" in resolving issues related to units III and IV of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.
New Delhi, Dec 24 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin, in India for an annual bilateral summit, has said that ties with New Delhi have a "really unique special and privileged character" and he hoped to push trade and defence cooperation as well as interaction in international affairs. Putin, who arrived early Monday on a day-long visit, said in an op-ed piece in The Hindu daily that "deepening of friendship and cooperation with India is among the top priorities of our foreign policy.
New Delhi, Dec 24 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday began their bilateral summit meeting here Monday with discussions expected to focus on economic ties, energy and multi-billion dollar defence deals.
Manama, Dec 24 (IANS) Bahrain is gearing up to host the 33rd Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) Summit, which will focus on the Syrian crisis, military cooperation and economic unity. Chaired by Bahrains' King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, the two-day meeting starting Tuesday will also be attended by top GCC ministers, reported Xinhua. Bahrain's Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa told Qatari daily Al-Sharq that the summit would cover several areas including military cooperation, environmental protection and accelerating the steps leading to the economic unity
Accra, Dec 24 (IANS) Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama is all set to move next year into a new Presidential Palace here built with India's help. After four years of dithering over what to do with the building, President Mahama has finally hinted that the seat of government will be shifted there in
New Delhi, Dec 24 (IANS) With India Gate and its surrounding area the scene of violent protests against a gangrape, the venue of the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday was changed from Hyderabad House to 7, Race Course Road. The meeting was earlier scheduled at Hyderabad House, which adjoins India Gate where thousands of people, mostly youth, clashed with police during protests over the gangrape of a 23-year-old woman a week ago.
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