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Russia’s Wonderful Future ‘Inevitable’ - Putin
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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday has expressed confidence that Russia’s wonderful future will surely come, Putin said during his address at the awards ceremony of the Presidential Prize in Science and Innovation for Young Scientists held in the Kremlin.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The prize was established in 2008 and is awarded for research results that contribute to advancing science as well as for developing new technologies that will boost the national economy, social sphere and defense capability.

"The fundamental principles which our country relies on have such deep, such strong roots, that its wonderful, beautiful future is inevitable."

After the ceremony Putin also talked with the winners in an informal setting.

Russian-US Lawmakers Talks to Be Held After Putin-Trump 'Serious Conversation'

Russian and US lawmakers could meet as soon as this year following an anticipated meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin with US President Donald Trump, Russian upper house Deputy Chair Ilyas Umakhanov told Sputnik.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The senior lawmaker clarified that both possibilities "will be preceded by a serious conversation and meeting between the leaders of our countries."

"Meetings are possible between the Russian and US lawmakers in international platforms [in 2017]. However, I do not rule out bilateral meetings," Umakhanov said Wednesday.

Commenting on the timing of a possible meeting between Putin and the new US president, the Kremlin spokesman said earlier that it may take place before the G-20 summit this summer.

The two leaders held their first official phone conversation on January 28, during which they discussed the situation in the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli conflict, anti-terror efforts, the sphere of strategic stability and non-proliferation, the Iranian nuclear program, the situation on the Korean peninsula as well as the situation in eastern Ukraine.

U.S. Navy kicks of military drills with NATO on Russia's doorstep
by: David B. Larter,

The destroyer Porter and a P8-A Poseidon sub hunter on Wednesday kicked off the at-sea portion of a NATO exercise on Russia's doorstep.

Exercise Sea Shield is an annual maritime drill designed to get NATO forces used to working together in the event of a conflict, according to a Navy release.

“We've already strengthened our interoperability through the in-port planning phase of Sea Shield 2017, and Porter in particular is looking forward to the operational phase at sea,” said Cmdr. Andria Slough, the Porter’s skipper. “Advanced exercises like Sea Shield provide us with an opportunity to work across all warfare areas, ultimately improving our combined readiness and naval capability with our Black Sea allies and partners.”

Porter is based in Rota, Spain, and the P-8A is from Patrol Squadron 45 based in Jacksonville, Florida.

The U.S. forces are joining NATO Standing Maritime Group 2. Countries involved in the exercise include Bulgaria, Romania, Canada, Greece, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.
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