RUSSIALINK: “Putin’s visit to Rome, meeting with Pope Francis being prepared – Peskov” – Interfax

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MOSCOW. June 6 (Interfax) – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has confirmed preparations for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Rome and the Vatican, where a meeting with Pope Francis is pending. “It is true that Putin’s trip and contacts in Rome are being prepared. He is due to have an audience with the pontiff as part of the visit. Technicalities […]

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RBTH: Putin adviser Ushakov’s job at risk as Kremlin shake-up continues

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Russian experts and political bloggers are arguing over whether the impending dismissal of the Russian president’s adviser for international affairs Yury Ushakov speaks of the Kremlin’s desire to find a common language with the Clinton administration, or is simply part of the ongoing renewal of Putin’s inner circle. (Russia Beyond the Headlines – – ALEXEY TIMOFEYCHEV, RBTH – October […]

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