Putin Greet Trump to the Palestinian Leader

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday congratulated President Donald Trump on the visiting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow. Abbas responded by saying he did not want to cooperate with Washington because Washington acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Speaking at the beginning of their meeting in the Kremlin, Putin told Abbas that he had just had a phone call with Trump. "Of course we are addressing the settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and I want to pass on Trump's greetings to you," said Putin.

Abbas responded by saying his side did not cooperate with America as a sponsor of the peace process but welcomed the multilateral cooperation .

To fulfill his promise while still campaigning, Trump last December recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and promised to move the American Embassy there.

Trump's ruling infuriated the Palestinians and the entire Muslim world. Palestinian leaders say the recognition means Washington can no longer be an intermediary for Middle East peace.

"We do not want to cooperate with America as a sponsor. President Trump again surprised us. His decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem and consider Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is like slapping our faces, "Abbas told Putin as broadcast by the Russian news agency. [1945909]

Releases List of 210 People Near the Kremlin, Putin Takes US Take 'Hostile Step'

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States has taken a 'hostile step' by releasing a list detailing the wealth and political relations of 210 people who have a close relationship with the Kremlin. But he said Russia would not take revenge.

The US Treasury published the list on Monday, as enacted by a law passed by Congress in August aimed at punishing Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election in America .

American President Donald Trump reluctantly signed the law, and government officials said Monday that there is currently no plan to impose new sanctions on the Kremlin.

In a written statement, State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said that it had beaten Russian companies.

"Now we have told Congress that this law and its implementation prevent Russia from selling weapons," Nauert wrote. "Since the enactment of … the law, we estimate that foreign governments have canceled the purchase of weapons worth several billion dollars from Russia."

Some Kremlin officials react angrily to the list. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said it would "poison the relationship for a long time".

But Putin is more restrained. Speaking at a campaign event Tuesday in Moscow, he said that although he was disappointed over the list, he would delay the retaliation, which seems to be because the list is not accompanied by American sanctions. [sp/ii]

This Muslim Women Berhijab This Challenge Putin in Russian Elections

 Vladimir Putin has a new rival candidate in the 2018 presidential election. His opponent is Aina Gamzatova, a decorated Muslim from Dagestan.

Gamzatova (46) has declared himself to advance in the Russian presidential election in March 2018. Gamzatova is a native of Dagestan which is a region with a Muslim majority.

The declaration is very simple indeed, only through Facebook. However, the declaration was greeted by hundreds of supporters in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan. His supporters gathered in the streets of the city to celebrate.

Reported by Aljazeera, Gamzatova has the capital to advance in the presidential election. He is the head of Russia's largest Muslim media group, Islam.ru. The group's business line consists of TV, radio, newspapers, publishers of Islamic books. The group also has regular social activities.

Gamzatova's husband, Akhmad Abdulaev, a mufti in Dagestan. Abdulaev is the second husband of Gamzatova. As for his first husband Said Muhammad Abubakarov, died in 1998 in a car bomb explosion in Dagestan.

Can Can Be Defeated Putin?

How is the Gamzatova opportunity? To defeat Putin is convinced it is very difficult. Putin, who has been a top official in Russia since the late 90s, has a mass base in various parts of Russia.

Zakir Magomedov, a popular blogger in Dagestan, calls Gamzatova's chance of winning in 2018 presidential election into an impossible category. "It's too silly to discuss it seriously," he said. However, according to Magomedov, Gamzatova will reap significant votes in Dagestan and the North Caucasus.
(fjp / fjp)

Vladimir Putin orders terrorist to be shot dead in place

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered terrorists to be shot dead on the spot. This order was delivered by Putin after a bomb explosion shook supermarkets Saint Petersburg to injure 14 people.

Putin called the explosion that occurred on Wednesday (27/12) night this local time as an 'act of terror'. The explosion came from a homemade bomb inserted into a locker at a local supermarket. The explosion triggered panic by local residents.

"As you know, acts of terror took place in Saint Petersburg yesterday (27/12)," Putin said during a ceremony for awarding military personnel involved in operations in Syria, as reported by AFP 29/12/2017).

Putin further calls himself having ordered Russian security services to 'act decisively' and 'exterminate bandits' if armed militants take the fight.

In a separate explanation to journalists, a Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, calling Putin referring to all those 'who plan to commit acts of terror' in Russia.

The explosion incident in Saint Petersburg came after earlier this month, the FSB Security Service said it has managed to prevent a terror attack against an Orthodox Cathedral in Saint Petersburg with the help of the CIA, the US Intelligence Service (US).

On that matter, Putin has expressed his gratitude to US President Donald Trump.

It is known that Russia intervened militarily against the Syrian conflict since 2015 to assist Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. But the Russian involvement made the country a direct target of the group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Director of FSB Security Service Alexander Bortnikov said it remained wary of the return of militants from Syria, the 2018 World Cup and presidential elections in March next year. The city of Saint Petersburg itself will be the location of several World Cup matches including the semi-finals.

(nvc / nkn)

President Putin rejects Russian accusations over US election

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected allegations of Russian interference in last year's US presidential election and said President Donald Trump's opponents spread the allegations to undermine his legitimacy.

Speaking at the annual marathon press conference at Moscow, Putin expressed hope that American-Russian relations will return to normal.

American intelligence agencies have concluded Putin ordered a campaign to influence American voters to support Trump, to defeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Trump has declared his campaign team not in collusion with Russia.

Putin on Thursday declared that Russia is worried the United States will come out of a deal on arms control, while its country will continue to abide by the treaty. He also said the Russian military would develop weapons as needed, without the need to engage in an arms race with the United States.

Regarding North Korea, Putin said the use of violence by the United States would only have devastating consequences. He said Russia could not accept North Korea's nuclear status and blamed the United States for provoking North Korea to develop its nuclear program.

A week after the International Olympic Committee decided that Russian athletes could not compete under the banner of their country at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang , South Korea, Putin said the ban was politically motivated.

The Russian leader later told reporters that the Russian leader told journalists that Russia should have a more competitive political system and that if he ran for presidential election next year, he will do so as an independent candidate instead of a United Russia party.

Mr Putin has served as Russia's prime minister or president since 1999 and last week announced his plan to run again for a term that ends in 2024. He is widely expected to won.

He said his government needed to focus on health services, education and infrastructure development. Putin also said opposition parties did not have a strong candidate to face him in the election. [uh/ab]