China, Russia, Iran begin joint naval drills
The Russian, Chinese and Iranian navies have started their first trilateral maritime exercises. They are aimed at strengthening regional military cooperation amid heightened tensions between Iran and the United States.
Co-founder of Syrian 'White Helmets,' James Le Mesurier, found dead in Turkey
Russian and Syrian governments have long held the White Helmets volunteer rescue group, active in Syria, as dangerous terrorists. James Le Mesurier helped start the group but has now been found dead in Istanbul.
Erdogan and Putin meet as Syria offensive pummels Idlib
Turkey says the Russian-backed Syrian offensive violates a truce deal between Moscow and Ankara. The advance has exacerbated Syria's humanitarian disaster and threatened Turkey with mass refugee flows.
Russia and Ukraine carry out prisoner swap
Russian and Ukrainian authorities have confirmed the long-awaited prisoner exchange. Those swapped are believed to include Ukrainian journalists, sailors, a filmmaker and a suspected Russian witness to the MH17 downing.
Trump will exit Cold War-era nuclear treaty
President Donald Trump said Washington will exit a Cold-War era treaty that eliminated a class of nuclear weapons due to Russian violations, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from Moscow.
Russia tasks Hollywood actor Seagal with improving U.S. ties
Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday (August 4) it had made U.S. actor Steven Seagal its special representative for Russian-U.S. humanitarian ties, a role it said was meant to deepen cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries.
Putin has nothing to lose in Trump meeting
Brookings Institution Fellow Alina Polyakova discusses U.S. President Donald Trump's meeting on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin on "Bloomberg Markets."
Syria's Assad tells Russian lawmakers Western strikes were act of aggression
Syria's Assad tells Russian lawmakers Western strikes were act of aggression - Russian news agency.