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Japan claims sovereignty over Russian territory

Tokyo will not give up its claim that Russia’s southern Kuril Islands in the Pacific Ocean are rightfully Japanese, and wants to reach a deal with Moscow to resolve the dispute, its foreign minister said on Tuesday. Speaking at a press conference, Yoshimasa Hayashi responded to claims by his Russian …

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NATO mounting build-up near Belarus, Russia claims

Amid heightened tensions with NATO, Moscow has vowed that it will not turn a blind eye to the US-led military bloc’s purported build-up near Belarus, as Russian officials seek responses to their proposed security guarantees. Speaking as part of an interview with TASS published on Tuesday, Russia’s ambassador to Minsk, …

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Russians arrest US citizen over pedophilia claims

An American citizen has been detained in Moscow on suspicion of sexually assaulting his two sons after a complaint filed by the mother of the child, multiple Russian news outlets have reported. According to Moscow daily RBK, American David Thomas Barnes, aged 64, was arrested for allegedly raping his two underaged …

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Russia responds to US ‘false flag’ claims

After Western media carried reports, on Friday, citing unnamed US officials, claiming that Russia is preparing a “false flag” incident in order to invade Ukraine, the Kremlin has dismissed them as baseless and unfounded rumors. “So far, all these statements have been unsubstantiated and not backed up by anything,” spokesman …

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US claims Russia preparing ‘false flag’ in Ukraine

Russian operatives have been deployed to two breakaway regions in the east of Ukraine to create a false-flag operation as pretext for an invasion, several US news outlets have reported, citing an anonymous American official. A “group of operatives” trained in urban warfare and use of explosives has been sent …

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China claims to know true motive behind UK ban on Huawei

Beijing has described claims made by a UK ex-minister last month, and unearthed recently by the media, as further proof that London’s 2020 ban on Huawei was not about national security. Speaking on Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin argued that the “national security” narrative was used as a …

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Russia reponds to Kazakhstan ‘aggressor’ claims

Allegations that Russia is playing the role of an “aggressor” during the upheaval in Kazakhstan are nonsense, the foreign ministry has insisted, following the deployment of a Moscow-led peacekeeping mission to quell violence. Speaking as part of an appearance on the ‘Soloviev Live’ YouTube Channel on Tuesday, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova …

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Djokovic addresses claims he misled Australian officials

Novak Djokovich has called an “error of judgment” his decision to attend an interview with a newspaper after testing positive for Covid-19, but dismissed a separate travel declaration mixup as an “administrative mistake.” Despite emerging victorious from his most recent legal battle with the Australian authorities after a federal court …

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