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President Vladimir Putin held talks in the Kremlin with President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, who is on an official visit to Russia. 

Following talks, the two heads of state signed the Declaration on Allied Interaction between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Azerbaijan.  In addition, Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliyev made statements for the press.  * * *  President of Russia Vladimir Putin: It is a pleasure to see you. Thank you for accepting the invitation. Your visit is taking place prior to a landmark event in our bilateral relations, the 30thanniversary of diplomatic relations between our countries. Today, we will sign a declaration on allied interaction,

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The President took a number of questions from reporters about recognition of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics. 

Your decisions and statements yesterday have certainly evoked a stormy international response, a real uproar. And, of course, there is a lot of speculation about how Putin allegedly wants to restore Russia to the borders of the Russian Empire. You have already said that this is not the case but in what borders have the DPR and the LPR been recognised? After all, Donetsk and Lugansk regions are large and Russian people live there as well.  And a question that suggests

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Blinken recalls Australian ties  

STEPFATHER WAS SURVIVOR by Peter Kohn ‘For him and thus for our family, Australia has a particularly special place. It showed, after a demonstration of how humanity is capable of the worst, it’s also capable of the best – literally bringing someone back to life in every aspect of what that means.” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken may have

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There will be no war – Ukrainian president 

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has described as unlikely a scenario in which a “full-blown war” would break out between his country and Russia. However, should “military action against Ukraine and an escalation of the conflict begin,” his government would impose martial law, he revealed in a major address to the nation on Tuesday. “We believe there will be no war against Ukraine, and there will

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Russian parliament ratifies Donbass agreements. The decision was passed unanimously by MPs

Russian lawmakers have voted in favor of ratifying agreements underpinning political cooperation and military support for the two breakaway Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, after President Vladimir Putin signed a proclamation recognizing their independence. In a session held on Tuesday, the Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, unanimously backed the deals, with 400 MPs voting in favor. Earlier

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Donbass republics ratify treaties with Russia

The move comes hours after Moscow backed their independence The breakaway republics in Donetsk and Lugansk have ratified a friendship and assistance treaty with Moscow, formally opening the door to receiving military and financial support, after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing their independence. In statements released simultaneously on Tuesday, the parliament of the Donetsk People’s Republic and

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Police target known traffic offenders in the Huon Valley 

Over the weekend Tasmania Police continued to carry out high visibility traffic operations in the Huon Valley, in response to incidents of hooning and dangerous driving on rural roads and highways. Supporting the current strategy, police targeted known offenders and vehicles used in committing offences. The results from the weekend included: • A 19-year-old man from Huonville will face hooning

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Man extradited from Victoria to Tasmania 

Tasmania Police has today extradited a 68-year-old man from Victoria to Tasmania to face numerous charges.This investigation has been ongoing, complex and was initiated via a report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.Tasmania Police is committed to providing ongoing support to victims of sexual abuse and is dedicated to bringing offenders to justice.The man has

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The AFP and Australian Border Force will be on alert for human trafficking

The AFP and Australian Border Force will be on alert for human trafficking following the reopening of the international border to vaccinated tourists and visa holders earlier this week. The agencies are urging travellers and workers to learn the signs of suspicious activity at airports and know how to report them to authorities. Closed borders during the COVID-19 pandemic have

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Former Tasmanian fugitive nabbed

Sydney Morning Herald Exclusive: The man formerly dubbed Australia’s most wanted will be extradited to Victoria in coming days following his arrest in far north Queensland after more than a decade on the run from Victorian police. Graham Gene Potter, 64, who police say has avoided capture since 2010, fled Victoria on the eve of a Melbourne Magistrates Court hearing

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Aunt basher gets gaol time

STATE OF TASMANIA v L 21 FEBRUARY 2022 COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE L you have pleaded guilty to one count of assault contrary to s 184 of the Criminal Code. On 7 February 2021 you cruelly assaulted your aunt, Ms B , by punching her several times to the head, stomping on her head and by grabbing and applying pressure

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More pub violence

STATE OF TASMANIA v J 18 FEBRUARY 2022 COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCEMr J, you have pleaded guilty to one count of assault. Around 9.15 pm on Sunday 11 July 2021 you approached the complainant who was sitting in the gaming lounge of Mackey’s Royal Hotel in Latrobe. The complainant had been there playing the machines since approximately 7.30 pm. You

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