West heads to Russia as he works on new business deals with Aras Agalarov — the Azerbaijani-Russian billionaire businessman with ties to Donald Trump.
The Russian president will on Thursday host leaders of African countries for a summit in his native Saint Petersburg, as the continent braces for the consequences of Moscow's withdrawal from the Ukraine grain export deal.
The bill, quickly rubber-stamped by both houses of the Kremlin-controlled parliament and signed by Putin, imposes prison sentences of up to 15 years for those spreading information that goes against the Russian government’s narrative on the war.
Speaking at a meeting with female pilots on Saturday, Putin said Russia would view "any move in this direction” as an intervention that "will pose a threat to our service members.”
The Russian president claimed the west was trying to cancel Russian culture, including the works of great composers such as Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Dmitry Shostakovich and Sergei Rachmaninov.
The head of the Chernihiv region said Russia dropped powerful bombs on residential areas of the city, which has a population of 290,000.
Putin also praised his talks with the presidents of Iran and Turkey, speaking after a three-way summit on the Syrian conflict overshadowed by Moscow's intervention in Ukraine.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan kept Russian President Vladimir Putin waiting and fidgeting for about 50 seconds ahead of their talks in Tehran on Tuesday.
Biden's comments, an escalation of US rhetoric towards Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, were not a call for regime change in Russia, a White House official said later, but meant to prepare the world's democracies for an extended conflict.