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Russia’s Putin calls poisoned ex-spy ‘scumbag’, traitor

  MOSCOW --- President Vladimir Putin has called Sergei Skripal, the ex-spy who was poisoned with a military grade nerve agent in Britain, a traitor and a "scumbag."   It was the first time Putin directly condemned Skripal, who spent weeks hospitalized with his daughter after both were poisoned in the city of Salisbury in March. Britain put the blame squarely on Russia, but Moscow has denied any role in it.   Asked about sanctions on Russia triggered by the attack, Putin called the ex-spy "just a scumbag" who betrayed his country. He reiterated Russia's claim that it has nothing to do with the poisoning.   He said Wednesday the former agent was of no intere...Keep on reading: Russia’s Putin calls poisoned ex-spy ‘scumbag’, traitor.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 3rd, 2018Related News

After Russia vote, anti-doping group calls WADA compromised

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2016, file photo, Sergei Tetiukhin carries the flag of Russia during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The World Anti-Doping Agency.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsSep 23rd, 2018Related News

Defending champion Capitals have almost no camp competition

By Stephen Whyno, Associated Press ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — While smiles are in high supply at training camp for the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, open jobs are not. Returning 18 of 20 the players who dressed in their Cup-clinching victory, the Capitals have almost no competition for roster spots going into the regular season. Barring injuries, the front office and coaching staff could pencil in probably 95 percent of the opening night roster before anyone hits the ice. "Obviously, I know our roster pretty well," general manager Brian MacLellan said Friday. "It's still going to be competitive on the fourth line. We're going to try to find a fourth line that we'd like to add a little bit more skill, a little more speed, and what we can do on the penalty kill." Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Braden Holtby and the rest of Washington's championship core remaining intact leaves the likes of Travis Boyd and newcomers Nic Dowd and Sergei Shumakov competing for fourth-line roles. MacLellan figures there will also be a competition between veteran Brooks Orpik and young defensemen Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey for playing time on the third pairing. That's a far cry from a year ago when the Capitals lost a handful of key contributors and were looking for someone — anyone — to step up and fill voids. Those voids don't exist this year given that only fourth-line center Jay Beagle and backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer aren't around. "You never know what's going to happen tomorrow because it's hockey stuff," Ovechkin said. "It's hard when your friends and when some of your teammates left, especially when you win the Cup, but there's a salary cap. ... It's hard to keep." It wasn't hard this time. The Capitals signed pending free agent defenseman John Carlson before he hit the market and re-signed playoff hero Devante Smith-Pelly and deadline pickup Michal Kempny. Their low turnover is similar to what the Pittsburgh Penguins had when they repeated as Cup champions. Todd Reirden replacing Barry Trotz as coach after four years as his top assistant is the biggest change. Reirden knows the roster as well as anyone and won't lie to players about opportunities, but he's trying to set them up to compete for spots that might come open because of injuries. "It's a different kind of competition," Reirden said. "You can't predict it, but all the players that are in camp, they know that there's competition. And whether that's competition for Day One of the season, Day 21 or 121 that there's a chance for them to be a part of a team that is the defending Stanley Cup champs." Dowd saw a chance to win a full-time job with the defending champions and jumped at the opportunity. The 28-year-old who has played for the Kings and Canucks wants to show he can bring everything Beagle did and provide some more offense. He's trying not to wonder every day in camp about where he stands in making the team. "I spent my first two to three years of pro hockey going into training camp trying to split the atom and trying to get in the minds of the coaches and, 'Why am I here, why I am there in the lineup, why am I this group, why am I in that group?'" Dowd said. "A lot of the time it makes no difference where you sit in practices and all that, and it just puts more stress on yourself in worrying about that." Most players at Capitals camp don't have much to worry about because they know where they'll be in October when the season starts. It's almost certain Pheonix Copley is Holtby's backup with prospect Ilya Samsonov in the American Hockey League with Hershey, and neither Bowey nor Djoos will be sent to the minors. Boyd, who played one playoff game during the Cup run, can't be sure and knows he's fighting for a job. "I didn't want to walk in here and think that I'm on the team," Boyd said. "I don't think I am. I definitely think that obviously there's some guys here that are good players too, trying to gain ahold of I guess the one or two spots that are open." NOTES: Carlson and center Lars Eller are nursing minor lower-body injuries that caused them to miss the first day of on-ice work. ... Reirden says the Capitals will take only a handful of veteran players to Boston for the preseason opener Sunday because the Bruins will have a big chunk of their team in China for exhibition games there......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 15th, 2018Related News

Putin says Skripal poisoning suspects are not criminals

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia – Russia's Vladimir Putin said Wednesday, September 12, that two men Britain suspects of poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal with military-grade nerve agent had been identified as "civilians" and were not criminals. Putin urged the men to address the media saying there was "nothing criminal" about them, as he ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 12th, 2018Related News

Russia’s Lavrov condemns US ‘sanctions-first’ diplomacy

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia: Russia’s top diplomat Sergei Lavrov condemned US foreign policy on Wednesday, stoking tensions between the two powers by accusing Washington of imposing sanctions before it enters negotiations. Moscow has faced increasingly harsh punitive measures since angering the West and Kiev by annexing Crimea in 2014 and backing separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. In [...] The post Russia’s Lavrov condemns US ‘sanctions-first’ diplomacy appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes ManilatimesCategory: Sep 12th, 2018Related News

Putin adviser: Never heard of poisoning suspects

  A senior adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin said he doesn't know the people whom Britain named as suspects in the poisoning of a former Russia spy.   British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday that the two suspects behind the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia work for Russia's military intelligence.   Putin's foreign policy adviser, Yuri Ushakov, told reporters in Moscow that the names of the two Russian men suspected in the poisoning "do not mean anything to me."   Ushakov pointed to the fact that British authorities mentioned that they think the men's names are aliases and wondered "why this has been done and what...Keep on reading: Putin adviser: Never heard of poisoning suspects.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Sep 5th, 2018Related News

Russia blasts ‘unacceptable’ new US sanctions

MOSCOW -- The Kremlin on Thursday branded as "unacceptable" new US sanctions against Russia over its alleged role in a nerve agent attack on a former spy, as the ruble and Russian stocks tumbled. The action by the US State Department is the latest salvo in a series of disputes between the rival powers, and comes less than a month after US President Donald Trump met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. The State Department said Wednesday the new sanctions were in response to "the use of a 'Novichok' nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal" -- who was a Russian double agent -- and his daughter Yulia on English soil in March. They are a...Keep on reading: Russia blasts ‘unacceptable’ new US sanctions.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 9th, 2018Related News

US hits Russia with sanctions over nerve agent attack in Britain

  Washington, United States -- The United States said Wednesday it was imposing new sanctions on Russia over Moscow's involvement in the use of a "lethal" nerve agent in the attempted killing of a former spy in Britain. The State Department said the sanctions were in response to "the use of a 'Novichok' nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal" -- who was a double agent -- and his daughter Yulia in March. The action is aimed at punishing President Vladimir Putin's government for having "used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.   The new sa...Keep on reading: US hits Russia with sanctions over nerve agent attack in Britain.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 9th, 2018Related News

‘Unknown substance’ hospitalizes 2 in UK

LONDON, United Kingdom — British police said Wednesday that two people are in a critical condition in a Salisbury hospital after being exposed to an “unknown substance,” just a short distance from where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned. The two patients “are both currently receiving treatment for suspected exposure to […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJul 5th, 2018Related News

Akinfeev stars as Russia knocks out Spain on penalties

MOSCOW, Russia – Russia captain Igor Akinfeev saved two penalties in a dramatic shootout as the World Cup hosts dumped title contenders Spain out in the last 16 following a 1-1 draw. Veteran Russia centerback Sergei Ignashevich gifted Spain the opening goal on 12 minutes in Moscow when he unwittingly turned ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 1st, 2018Related News

Russia defeats Spain in shootout at World Cup

By GRAHAM DUNBAR,  AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Russia shockingly eliminated Spain from the World Cup, surviving two hours of dominance by the 2010 champions in a 1-1 draw and then winning a penalty shootout 4-3. Russia's captain and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved spot-kicks from Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion and Iago Aspas, and four of his teammates all scored. Spain dominated the ball during the game — completing more than 1,000 passes — but was too passive against a well-organized Russian defense. Spain led in the 12th minute when captain Sergio Ramos helped force Russia's Sergei Ignashevich into an own goal when his back was turned to the play. The 38-year-old defender diverted a crossed ball into the net with his heel. An error in Spain's defense let Russia level in the 41st, after Gerard Pique's raised arm blocked a header by Artyom Dzyuba at a corner. Dzyuba's penalty kick fooled goalkeeper David De Gea to dive the wrong way. Russia next plays Croatia or Denmark who play later Sunday. The quarterfinal is on Saturday evening in Sochi......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 1st, 2018Related News

Top US, Russian diplomats to meet before Trump-Putin summit

MOSCOW (AP) --- Moscow says the top Russian and US diplomats are likely to meet to set the stage for a summit between President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump. Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is likely to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo within two weeks. Ryabkov said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies Thursday that Moscow already has made a proposal regarding the specifics of the meeting and is waiting for Washington's answer. Trump told reporters that he'll probably meet with Putin during a July trip to Europe. He mentioned Helsinki, Finland, and Vienna, Austria, as possible venues, adding that he...Keep on reading: Top US, Russian diplomats to meet before Trump-Putin summit.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 28th, 2018Related News

Russia brushes off possibility of G8 return

MOSCOW, Russia – Russia has not asked to rejoin the group of the world's leading economies and is perfectly happy working with the larger G20, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday, June 9, a day after US President Donald Trump called for Russia's return. Lavrov said on national television that ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 9th, 2018Related News

Meeting in Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano enter a hall during a meeting in Moscow, Russia on May 15. The post Meeting in Moscow appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsMay 16th, 2018Related News

Russia cuts World Cup squad player who faced doping case

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia cut from its World Cup squad a player who faced a doping investigation. The Russian Football Union said on Monday defender Ruslan Kambolov injured a calf muscle during a game for Rubin Kazan the day before. He was replaced by 38-year-old veteran Sergei Ignashevich, who has come out of international retirement. The RFU said coaches dropped Kambolov, "taking into account the training time (until the World Cup begins) and the possibility of exacerbating the problem." Kambolov was investigated by FIFA this year following the publication of World Anti-Doping Agency investigations alleging Russian officials covered up earlier doping cases. Lawyers for Kambolov said last month his case was closed for lack of evidence, though FIFA hasn't confirmed that. The center back Ignashevich has made 120 appearances for Russia but last played for the team at the 2016 European Championship. Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov said he met on Sunday with Ignashevich, who refused previous comeback pleas. "Ignashevich heard me out calmly," Cherchesov said in a statement. "And today he gave his agreement after the results of Kambolov's examination became clear." Ignashevich said the call was a surprise "but I thought saying yes was the right thing to do," in comments on the team Twitter feed. "After all, it's the World Cup and moreover it's happening in our country. I'll give every effort to help the team." Russia is struggling ahead of the tournament with no wins in its last five games. Since the start of 2016, it has played 13 games against teams who will be at the World Cup and won only once, against South Korea. In Group A, Russia plays Saudi Arabia in the opening game of the World Cup on June 14 in Moscow, followed by Egypt and Uruguay. Ahead of the tournament, Russia has scheduled friendlies against Austria away on May 30 and against Turkey in Moscow on June 5. Russia's 28-man preliminary squad must be cut to 23 players by June 4......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 15th, 2018Related News

Russia yet to decide on supply of missile system to Syria

THE Russian government has yet to decide on whether to supply S-300 defense system to Syria in order to help the latter prepare for future acts of aggression by the United States and Europe, Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said. Speaking before the members of media on the sidelines of his trip to China, Lavrov [...] The post Russia yet to decide on supply of missile system to Syria appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes ManilatimesCategory: Apr 24th, 2018Related News

Russia, China to stop bid to ‘sabotage’ Iran deal — Lavrov

BEIJING: China and Russia will block any attempts to “sabotage” the Iran nuclear agreement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday, as US President Donald Trump mulls whether to scrap the deal. Trump has set a May 12 deadline to “fix” the 2015 accord, which curbs Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief and [...] The post Russia, China to stop bid to ‘sabotage’ Iran deal — Lavrov appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsApr 23rd, 2018Related News

Russia says no victims among Syrian civilians, military

RUSSIA – Russia's defense ministry said Saturday, April 14 the Western strikes claimed no victims among Syrian civilians or military. "According to preliminary information, there were no victims among peaceful civilians and the Syrian military," senior military officer Sergei Rudskoi said at a briefing in Moscow. The Russian military said that ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsApr 14th, 2018Related News

Russia promises tough response to U.S. sanctions

MOSCOW, Russia – Moscow on Friday, April 6, promised a "tough response" to new US sanctions imposed on 7 of Russia's most influential oligarchs following the diplomatic crisis sparked by the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal. (READ:  U.S. imposes sanctions on Putin's oligarch allies ) "We will not let the current attack, or any new anti-Russian ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsApr 7th, 2018Related News

International Community Not Willing to Associate Itself with UK, U.S. Over Poisoning Case: Russian Ambassador

The Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko on Thursday claimed the international community is not willing to associate itself with the UK and the United States over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal after Russia’s proposal for a joint inquiry into the case has been voted down at a meeting of Organization for the Prohibition […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsApr 6th, 2018Related News