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President Putin on official visit to China

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President Xi Jinping of China and Russia’s Vladimir Putin at the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia. An eleventh-hour agreement was made to import gas to China.

Employees of a food stand take pictures of Titan, a robot created by England Cyberstein Robots, performing at the Danilovsly market in downtown of Moscow, Russia, 12 May 2014. Titan visited to Moscow to attend Bal Rotov, an interactive exhibition of the most recent advances in robotics which will be opened on 15 May in Artplay Moscow exhibition center. Titan worked alongside superstars including Will.i.am, Rihanna, Will Smith and Jackie Chan.

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Titan, a robot created by England’s Cyberstein Robots, walks through Danilovsky market in downtown Moscow, Russia. Read more

Crisis in Ukraine...epa04198165 People stand near the burning Mariupol police station, Ukraine, 09 May 2014. Two eastern Ukrainian provinces will go ahead with a referendum on seceding from the country as planned this weekend despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's call for a delay, separatist leaders told Russia's Interfax news agency on 08 May. 'The referendum on May 11 will take place,' said Miroslav Rudenko, a separatist leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic. The secession referendum will let the three million residents of the provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk vote on whether they want to stay part of Ukraine. Ukrainians opposed to a split see it as a precursor to an eventual merger with Russia, as happened with Crimea in March.  EPA/ALEXEY FURMAN

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People stand near the burning Mariupol police station, Ukraine. Two eastern Ukrainian provinces will go ahead with a referendum on seceding from the country this weekend despite Russian president Vladimir Putin’s call for a delay, separatist leaders told Russia’s Interfax news agency on May 8 Read more

Vladimir Putin attends a military parade in Moscow

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Russian military servicemen march in Red Square, Moscow, during a military parade marking the 69th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany during the second world war

Russian servicemen walk in formation as they take part in a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade during a snowfall in central Moscow...Russian servicemen walk in formation as they take part in a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade during a snowfall in central Moscow, May 7, 2014. Russia celebrates victory over Nazi Germany on May 9. REUTERS/Artur Bainozarov (RUSSIA -

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Russian servicemen take part in a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade during a snowfall in central Moscow. Russia celebrates victory over Nazi Germany on May 9 Read more

Pro Russian activists take cover behind their shields while storming the prosecutor building, after a pro Russia demonstration during International Worker's Day in Donestsk, Ukraine, Thursday, May 1, 2014. Anti-government demonstrators in Donetsk have stormed the local prosecutor's office. The clash came after a march by several hundred people carrying flags of the Donetsk People's Republic, a movement that seeks either greater autonomy from the central government, or independence and possible annexation by Russia.

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Pro-Russia activists take cover behind their shields while storming the prosecutor’s office in Donetsk, after demonstration during International Worker’s Day in Ukraine

Ukrainian soldiers walk in the field near Kramatorsk...Ukrainian soldiers walk in the field near Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine April 16, 2014. Ukrainian forces tightened their grip on the eastern town of Kramatorsk on Wednesday after securing control over an airfield from pro-Russian separatist militiamen, prompting Russian President Vladimir Putin to warn of the risk of civil war.  REUTERS/Marko Djurica (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)

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Ukrainian soldiers walk in the field near Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian forces tightened their grip on the eastern town of Kramatorsk on Wednesday after securing control over an airfield from pro-Russian separatist militiamen, prompting Russian President Vladimir Putin to warn of the risk of civil war. Read more

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) listens to explanations and looks at an exhibit as he visits the Cosmonautics Memorial Museum in Moscow, Russia, 11 April 2014.

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin visits the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow. On Saturday, Russia celebrates Cosmonautics day which marks Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering flight into space.

Soviet military veterans take part in the flower laying ceremony at the Soviet-era World War II memorial in the Crimean port of Sevastopol.

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Military veterans take part in the flower-laying ceremony at the Soviet-era second world war memorial in Sevastopol, Crimea. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the departing Nato chief, on Friday said Russian accusations that Nato was violating “red lines” in their bilateral post-cold war agreements were false.

Guy Deveau of Canada finishes a sand sculpture named "Soviet Union" at the Sand Museum in the Tottori Dune in Tottori, Japan. The 7th annual sand sculpture exhibition hosted by this world's first sand museum, features the theme "Russia" this year as mark to hosted 2014 Winter Olympic Game in Sochi. The exhibition is open to the public from April 19, 2014 to January 4, 2015

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Guy Deveau of Canada finishes his “Soviet Union sand sculpture at the Sand Museum in the Tottori Dune in Tottori, Japan. The 7th annual sand sculpture exhibition hosted by this world’s first sand museum, features the theme “Russia” this year. The exhibition is open to the public from April 19, 2014 to January 4, 2015