The Western anti-Russia sanctions barely affect Moscow but have an impact on the country's access to technology, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday, Sputnik International reported.

Along with its own security, Turkey is also fighting for global energy security, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The assumption that the era of fossil fuel energy is ending is premature, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday, Sputnik International reported.

NATO will not take part in ground operations in Syria and Iraq, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on arrival at the conference of donors to Afghanistan, TASS reported.

The September 19 attack on a UN humanitarian convoy in Aleppo was "a well-prepared hoax", according to a group of independent military experts attached to the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), SputnikNews reports. 

The European Union is extending for six months the sanctions targeting people and entities involved in what the EU considers Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, the Associated Press reports.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry have held a telephone conversation to continue the discussion of the possibilities of Russia-US interaction for defeating the terrorist groups operating in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Thursday, adding that the conversation was initiated by the American side.

 Uzbek Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyayev has been appointed temporary acting president of the country by the decision of the joint meeting of the Senate and the Legislative Chamber of the Uzbek parliament held Sept. 8, Interfax reported.

Pope Francis has called for urgent action to stop climate change and proposed that caring for the environment be added to traditional Christian works of mercy such as feeding the hungry and visiting the sick.

One of the ringleaders and official speaker of the Islamic State terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia), Abu Muhammad al-Adnani has been liquidated in Syria’s Aleppo city as a result of an airstrike delivered by Russia’s Sukhoi Su-34 bomber, TASS agency cited the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service as saying on Wednesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t plan to go to Turkey to watch a friendly football match to be held Aug. 31 in the country’s province of Antalya between the national teams of the two countries, Dmitry Peskov, Russian presidential spokesman, said Aug. 29, RIA Novosti reported.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim will visit Baku in October 2016 to attend the Congress of the Association of Engineers and Architects of Turkic World.

Turkey urges the EU not to make distinctions between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the “Islamic State” (IS, ISIL, ISIS or Daesh) terrorist group, Omer Celik, Turkish minister for EU affairs, said, TRT Haber TV channel reported Aug. 25.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the situation in Syria and Ukraine over phone, Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

Sandra Roelofs, wife of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, will run for a single-mandate parliamentary seat from the Zugdidi municipality in the western region of the Samegrelo region.

Fourteen military servicemen have been issued a disability status, following the four-day war that broke out along the entire contact line between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the beginning of April 2016, the Medical-Social Expertise Agency of Armenia, reports.

There are 32 diplomats who were recalled to Turkey but did not return without a reason, Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu told a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The Russian leader and the country`s Security Council discussed additional steps to shield Crimea from terrorism amid foiled Kiev-plotted attacks.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stressed during an official visit to Islamabad that the chain of ‘Gulen-run’ schools in Pakistan should be shut down.

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan will pay a working visit to Moscow on Aug.10, the Kremlin said.

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