Russia flaunts firepower at Africa summit | AFP

Russia shows off its next generation Kalashnikov assault rifles, helicopters and facial recognition systems as President Vladimir Putin hosts dozens of African leaders for a major summit in Sochi. The Wednesday and Thursday event at the Black Sea resort has brought together delegates to discuss everything from nuclear technology to mineral extraction — but on the sidelines, stands for arms companies dominate.

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Putin meets with el-Sisi at Russia-Africa summit | AFP

Vladimir Putin meets with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The Russian president hosts dozens of African leaders for the first Russia-Africa Summit, as Moscow seeks greater influence on a continent where the West and China have a firm foothold. The two-day event will see more than 3,000 delegates prepare deals and discuss topics from nuclear technology to mineral extraction. IMAGES

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NATO goes East: The Alliance to boost surveillance and drills in Black Sea

#NATO has agreed on a package of measures to step up its efforts in the #BlackSea and counter #Russia in the region with more surveillance and exercises promised. That’s according to the Alliance’s secretary general, speaking at NATO’s 70th anniversary celebrations.

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Ukraine military carries out exercises amid Russia tensions

The Ukrainian military carries out exercises in the town of Urzuf, between the ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol amid high tensions with Russia. Moscow and Kiev have traded angry accusations since Russian navy vessels fired on, boarded and captured the three Ukrainian ships. Poroshenko has signed an act imposing martial law for 30 days in regions bordering Russia, the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. IMAGES

RAW: Ukrainian ships seized & towed to the Kerch port after tense standoff

The Ukranian vessels were sailing between two Ukrainian ports: from Odessa in the Black Sea to Mariupol in the Azov Sea. The only waterway that connects these is the Kerch Strait between Crimea and mainland Russia. Kiev says it notified Moscow in advance that its navy ships would be sailing through the area.

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RAW: Russian fighter jet intercepts American spy plane over Black Sea

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A Russian Su-27 aircraft has intercepted a US EP-3 spy plane in ‘unsafe’ fashion over the Black Sea, the US Navy said. It released video showing an armed Russian fighter jet flying within meters of the spy plane.

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RAW: Crime ring printing fake US dollars busted in Bulgaria

Bulgarian authorities say they have busted an organized crime ring that was printing high quality fake US dollar banknotes.

Police in the Black Sea city of Varna have seized counterfeit 100-US dollar banknotes in different degrees of completion worth 1.35 million US dollars, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

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Floods kill at least six in southern Russia

Six people including an elderly man and woman died in floods in southern Russia, as emergency workers struggled to get food and water to the victims. Flash floods affected parts of the Krasnodar region, including the area around the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, where Moscow hosted the Winter Olympics in 2014.

Putin & Finland’s Niinistö enjoy boat trip on Black Sea

Russian President Vladimir Putin & Finnish President Sauli Niinistö took a trip out to sea together after holding protocol and press meetings in Sochi on Wednesday.

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Spectacular Waterspout Seen over Black Sea

(24 Jul 2018) A spectacular waterspout over the Black Sea was captured on video by witnesses vacationing in Gelendzhik bay on the southern coast of Russia. (July 24)

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Meanwhile in Russia: People keep watching tornado instead of leaving the beach

Beachgoers refused to flee the scene as a tornado whirled menacingly in the Black Sea near the Russian village of Arkhipo-Osipovka, Friday. Vacationers were seen watching the tornado, but later reportedly left the area when an official ordered them to evacuate via loudspeaker.

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World Cup in Sochi: Beaches of Black Sea and amazing global tournament

Delighted World Cup fans from around the globe gathered in Sochi to witness the truly breathtaking worldwide tournament. Watch more RT highlights for the best moments of World Cup 2018 in Russia.

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S-400 Triumph anti-missile system drills held in Crimea

The South Military District’s fourth army performed drills with the S-400 Triumph anti-missile system in Crimea, Wednesday.
Over the course of the drills, the S-400 along with Pantsir-S1 air defence systems managed to repel a missile attack from the Black Sea.

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The Bridge. Russia’s grand project to link Crimea (RT Documentary)

RTD followed the Crimean Bridge construction project with former boxing world champion and now Russian State Duma Deputy Nikolay Valuev, who tries his hand at being a bridge builder. The film also uncovers the region’s hidden gems with Kerch native, singer Alyona Sviridova, who meets Crimeans for whom the bridge link is vital.
With the bridge deck 35 metres above the water, the giant structure stretches 19 kilometres (12 miles). The bridge is expected to carry up to 40,000 vehicles and 94 trains a day, once it becomes fully operational in 2019.
Although plans to span the strait with a bridge date back to the 19th century, the link became a practical necessity for the peninsula, which only has a land border with Ukraine, after Crimeans overwhelming voted to rejoin Russia in 2014.
Nikolay Valuev begins his journey at the construction camp on the Taman Peninsula, where he joins men and women working on the site. To get the first-hand experience, Nikolay tries various jobs, from welding large metal tubes for future piles, to pouring concrete and operating an elevator which lifts builders onto the arches.
The installation of the 6,000-ton arches marked a milestone in the construction of what is said to be the longest bridge in Europe and one of the largest in Russia.
The link will significantly cut the time people have to spend on the road, queueing at the busy ferry crossing, often troubled by bad weather. “It took us three days of waiting in line to get on the ferry out of Crimea and a week to get on the ferry back,” says Yulia, who drives a truck from the resort city of Evpatoria to Moscow.
Once complete, the bridge will also make it easier for holidaymakers to reach Crimea, a popular tourist destination for Russians. However, it’s not only the Black Sea resorts that are worth visiting.
From getting muddy in Lake Chokrak, dubbed the Crimean Dead Sea, to fishing for anchovies, and grocery shopping at Kerch market, Alyona shows some of the off the beaten track Crimean attractions.
Alyona meets a Crimean Tatar, named Reshat, who is searching for a bride. As he wants his future wife to be from Crimea, Reshat takes long, arduous journeys via ferry to the peninsula in pursuit of love.
“Never mind the wines, it’s the bridge that connects us,” Irina tells her sister.
With the Crimean Bridge now open to car traffic, learn more about the building of the much-awaited connection and get an inside look at Crimea’s must-see places.

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Angela Merkel meets Vladimir Putin in Russia’s Sochi

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, where she’s been meeting Vladimir Putin.

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