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Ahead of Putin summit, Trump casts doubt on Russian meddling

Ahead of Putin summit, Trump casts doubt on Russian meddlingThe commander in chief reiterated via Twitter Moscow’s denial that it interfered in the 2016 presidential election — despite the conclusions of top U.S. intelligence agencies that it did.



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Trump July Europe trip to include Putin meeting: Bloomberg

Trump July Europe trip to include Putin meeting: BloombergRachel Maddow shares news from Bloomberg that Donald Trump will meet with Vladimir Putin next month around the time that he is schedule to travel to Europe.



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Vladimir Putin accused of using World Cup to bury bad news after raising pension age on opening night

Vladimir Putin accused of using World Cup to bury bad news after raising pension age on opening nightVladimir Putin’s government has been criticised for using the World Cup to bury bad news after it announced a rise in the pension age in the wake of Russia’s first victory of the tournament.  The announcement, which came immediately after Russia’s 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening, is likely to prove widely unpopular among the Russian public, who opinion polls show are deeply opposed to adjustments to the welfare state.  Dmitry Medvedev, the prime minister, said the proposed adjustments to the law would see the pension age for men raised from 60 to 65 and for women from 55 to 63.  There will also be an two percent increase on VAT from 18 to 20 percent.  Alexei Kudrin, a former finance minister widely seen as a leader of the liberal economic camp in the Kremlin elite, welcomed the news.  Пенсионная реформа назрела давно. Наконец, решение принято. Это выгодное для граждан решение, оно позволит повысить пенсии— Алексей Кудрин (@Aleksei_Kudrin) June 14, 2018 “Pension reform is long overdue. Finally, the decision has been made. This is an advantageous solution for our citizens, it will increase pensions,” he wrote on Twitter. But the announcement drew a critical reception from some Russian papers, with some columnists suggesting the whole point of the World Cup was to distract the public while the government launched painful economic policies.  Moskovsky Komsomolets, a pro-Kremlin tabloid, noted that the plans had been announced without prior discussion, despite previous promises that such an unpopular move would be the subject of public debate.  The announcement came as millions of Russians were watching the World Cup opening ceremony Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP Maxim Topilin, the minister of labour, said the measures would be discussed with trade unions and employers. Opposition figures mocked the way Mr Medvedev made the announcement while Mr Putin presided over a footballing victory, in an apparent bid to distance the president from unpopular measures.  "Putin is actually in favour of lowering the retirement age. And increasing pensions. And cutting the price of petrol. But Medvedv and Kudrin have conspired and are plotting," wrote Leonid Volkov, an advisor to the opposition leader Alexei Navalny.  Economists have been urging Mr Putin to launch far-reaching but painful economic reforms for nearly a decade, but he has previously resisted such advice because of the danger of a public backlash. A recent opinion poll published by state media showed that 92 percent of Russians oppose pension reform. Mr Putin built much of his political brand on a social contract which guaranteed jobs and pension security for much of the population.  Millions of pensioners rely on Russia's welfare state Credit:  Stanislav Krasilnikov/Tass Mr Medvedev said actual pension ages would be raised gradually at a rate of 6 months per year, meaning the retirement age of 65 for men will be reached in 2028 and 63 for women in 2034. The state-owned Gazprombank said in a note to clients that the reform is one of the most gradual scenarios the government had considered and that it might only bring in 25 to 30 percent of the savings it is theoretically meant to achieve.  Russia's state pension fund is running a deficit equivalent to around 3.1 percent of GDP. 



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Putin Says He's Willing To Rejoin The Group Of Seven After Trump's Invite

Putin Says He's Willing To Rejoin The Group Of Seven After Trump's InviteRussian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday said he welcomed President Donald



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As G7 feuds, Xi and Putin play up their own club

As G7 feuds, Xi and Putin play up their own clubThe leaders of China and Russia Sunday praised the expansion of their regional security bloc at a summit which put on a show of unity contrasting with the acrimonious G7 meeting. President Xi Jinping gave the leaders of Pakistan and India a “special welcome” to their first summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao, since their countries joined the group last year. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, whose country is an observer member, also attended the meeting as he seeks Chinese and Russian support following the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Tehran.



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Trump’s Policies Paying Off For Man Who Helped Make Him President: Vladimir Putin

Trump’s Policies Paying Off For Man Who Helped Make Him President: Vladimir PutinWASHINGTON ― Just two years after working to put Donald Trump in the White



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U.S. In Early Talks To Arrange Trump, Putin Summit: Report

U.S. In Early Talks To Arrange Trump, Putin Summit: ReportAmerican officials are in initial talks with Russian representatives in a bid



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'Trump's son should be concerned': FBI obtained wiretaps of Putin ally who met with Trump Jr.

'Trump's son should be concerned': FBI obtained wiretaps of Putin ally who met with Trump Jr.The FBI has obtained wiretapped conversations involving Alexander Torshin ahead of his meeting with the president's son.



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Emmanuel Macron Turns to Vladimir Putin in an Effort to Salvage the Iran Nuclear Deal

Emmanuel Macron Turns to Vladimir Putin in an Effort to Salvage the Iran Nuclear DealBoth men want to salvage the Iranian nuclear deal



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Garry Kasparov: I told you Putin would attack U.S. election — and he will again

Garry Kasparov: I told you Putin would attack U.S. election — and he will againFormer Russian chess champion Garry Kasparov has a message for those who didn’t foresee Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.



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