More Russian military police arrive in Syria under peace deal with Turkey

Around 300 more Russian military police have arrived in Syria, the defense ministry said on Friday, under an accord between Ankara and Moscow which halted Turkey’s military incursion into northeast Syria. The deal, reached on Tuesday by Presidents Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin, requires that Russian military police and Syrian border guards remove all Kurdish YPG militia from within 30 km (19 miles) of the Turkish border by next Tuesday. The military police, from the southern Russian region of Chechnya, will patrol and help with the withdrawal of Kurdish forces…

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Russia lands nuclear bombers in Africa as Putin hosts continent’s leaders

Russia landed two nuclear-capable bombers in South Africa on a training mission on Wednesday, a flight apparently timed to coincide with President Vladimir Putin’s opening of a flagship Russia-Africa summit designed to increase Russian influence. The two Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers touched down at Waterkloof air force base in Tshwane on Wednesday, the South African National Defence Force said. Russia’s Ministry of Defence has said the mission is designed to nurture military ties with South Africa. Speaking before dozens of African heads of state at a two-day summit in the…

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Pull back or face Turkish army, Russia warns Syrian Kurdish YPG

Russia warned Syrian Kurdish YPG forces on Wednesday they face further armed conflict with Turkey if they fail to comply with a Russian-Turkish accord calling for their withdrawal from the entire length of Syria’s northeastern border with Turkey. Moscow’s warning came shortly before Russian and Syrian security forces were due to start overseeing the removal of YPG fighters and weapons at least 30 km (19 miles) into Syria, under the deal struck by presidents Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan, reports Reuters. A complete pullout of the YPG would mark a…

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Putin says Russia thwarted 25m cyber attacks during World Cup

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Almost 25 million cyber attacks and other crimes on Russian IT infrastructure involved in organising the World Cup have been neutralised, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in comments released on Monday. Putin thanked representatives of law enforcement agencies from around the world for their assistance in ensuring safety during the football most prestigious tournament. Law enforcement representatives from 34 countries collaborated in providing security, Putin said in a speech, according to a Kremlin transcript. “People who came to our country really felt safe and were able to calmly and comfortably…

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BREAKING: Croatia beat England 2-1 to reach World Cup final

Croatia soared to World Cup final as it beat England 2-1 in their semi-final encounter in Russia on Wednesday. Croatia and England were locked at 1-1 at the end of normal time in their World Cup semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday. Kieran Trippier gave England a dream start in the Luzhniki Stadium, curling in a free-kick past the despairing dive of Danijel Subasic in just the fifth minute. But Ivan Perisic levelled for Croatia in the 68th minute, nipping ahead of Kyle Walker to steer home Sime Vrsaljko’s cross past…

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World Cup: Russia beat Spain 4-3 on penalties

Hosts Russia reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Sunday when they beat Spain 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Koke’s third penalty for Spain was saved by Igor Akinfeev who then saved Iago Aspas’s final shot. Russia will face either Croatia or Denmark, who were meeting later on Sunday, in Sochi on July 7. Both the goals came in the first half. Spain took a 12th-minute lead when veteran Russia defender Sergei Ignashevich put into his own net but Artem Dzyuba equalised from a penalty for the…

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Egypt face early exit, lose 3-1 to Russia

The Pharaoh of Egypt are facing an early exit from the World Cup after losing their second consecutive Group A game on Tuesday night. A 3-1 win for Russia gave the hosts a comfortable victory to add to a 5-0 triumph in their tournament opener, and they are now favourites to make the last 16.   But having also lost in their first fixture, Egypt will exit the World Cup if Uruguay take at least a point from Saudi Arabia on Wednesday afternoon – which is highly likely!   Ahmed…

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Crumbs from Russia

Fans crazy about Eagles’ jerseys   The Super Eagles jerseys are still being discussed even beyond Russia. from Lagos to Doha, Qatar where I had a stop-over before coming here, questions were being asked about the jerseys. In Lagos, an official at the airport was ready to give me money to help him buy the original jersey. I of course turned it to a joke. In Qatar, the only issue the immigration man discussed with me was about the jersey as he stamped my passport. At the media centre in…

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Russia will stop Salah – Cherchesov

Russia head coach Stanislav Cherchesov has pledged to leave Mohamed Salah shackled when the World Cup hosts take on Egypt in St Petersburg on Tuesday. Talk of Salah dominated Cherchesov’s pre-match media briefing at Krestovsky Stadium, with the Liverpool star having been declared fit to return from the shoulder injury he sustained during last month’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.   The Egyptian Football Association similarly declared Salah was ready to take on Uruguay in their opening 1-0 Group A defeat but experienced boss Hector Cuper opted…

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Crumbs from Russia

Welcome on board   In a competition of this magnitude, it is my style to write on behind the scene events apart from what I see on the pitch or at various stadia. And for the ongoing World Cup taking place in Russia, there are plenty crumbs to share with dear readers of New Telegraph. So I say ‘Dobro Pozhalovat’ which simply means welcome.     I adopt Slamovic   Even before I left Lagos, my colleague, Charles Ogundiya was calling me Slamovic because I was heading to Russia. One…

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