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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is without a UK visa

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Roman Abramovich’s UK visa has expired and British authorities have not yet issued him with a new one, according to Russian media reports and people who know the businessman. The Russian oligarch and owner of Chelsea football club, who is the 13th richest person in Britain with a net worth of £9.3bn, according to the Read More

Sergei Skripal discharged from Salisbury hospital

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Moscow has demanded a meeting with Sergei Skripal, the Russian former spy poisoned by a nerve agent in Salisbury, following his discharge from hospital. Vladimir Putin said he was pleased Skripal had been released from hospital on Friday, more than 10 weeks after the poisoning, and wished him well. “God grant him good health,” the Read More

‘Deny, distract and blame’: how Russia fights propaganda war

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The Twitter account of the Russian embassy in London has been busy over the past two months, offering numerous explanations for the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury. All hint at a dark and sprawling British conspiracy. Since the Skripals were found stricken on a park bench, Downing Street has stuck to one Read More

Syria: western nations seek to bypass Russian veto at UN

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Western nations want to end the months-long paralysis at the United Nations over Syria by referring the issue of chemical weapons use to the entire UN general assembly, where Russia’s security council veto would not apply. The idea is to draw on a rarely used route first established in the cold war to transfer responsibility Read More

Syria crisis has brought cold war back with a vengeance – UN

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Relations between the west and Russia have deteriorated sharply amid concerns about a US-led military strike in the Middle East, prompting the United Nations secretary general to declare “the cold war is back with a vengeance”. Adding to tensions on an extraordinary day of tit-for-tat exchanges, the UK published previously classified intelligence making fresh claims Read More

Syria crisis: Corbyn accuses May of waiting for Trump’s instructions – live updates

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Despite Donald Trump’s slightly more circumspect rhetoric over Syria on Thursday it is hard to escape the drum beat for military intervention. The Times claims the largest US air and naval strike force since the 2003 Iraq war is heading towards Syria. The Times of London (@thetimes) Tomorrow’s front page: Biggest task force since Iraq Read More

Yulia Skripal discharged from hospital after Salisbury attack

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Yulia Skripal, the daughter of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, has been discharged from hospital, doctors have said. Just over a month after she and her father were found collapsed on a park bench in Salisbury, Wiltshire, after being poisoned with a nerve agent, medics confirmed she had left Salisbury district hospital. Skripal, 33, Read More

Israel has misjudged Russia in Syria. The consequences could be grave | Peter Beaumont

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Clever wheezes in the Middle East have the tendency to not look very smart for very long. A case in point, as has become sharply evident this week, is the much-vaunted “deconfliction” arrangement between Russia and Israel after the former entered the war in Syria on the side of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad. Negotiated Read More

Russia must uphold the chemical weapons convention, says UK – video

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The UK ambassador to the UN, Karen Pierce, has called on the security council to conduct a thorough investigation of the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria that occurred on 7 April. She said ‘Russia’s crocodile tears for the people of Eastern Ghouta has an easy answer. It is to join us in a non-political Read More