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Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was asked not to meet US President Donald Trump one-on-one during a WWI commemoration event in Paris this weekend.

Macron reportedly asked Putin not to privately meet Trump during World War I commemorations — but they talked anyway

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump were scheduled to sit next to each other at lunch, but France changed the seating plan.
Vladimir Putin flashes Donald Trump a thumbs up.

Putin saved his warmest greeting for Trump as he met world leaders in Paris, and Trump returned the love

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are in Paris, France, to mark 100 years since the armistice that ended World War I.

‘That makes me more powerful than Putin!’: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott boasts about the state economy and compares it to Russia’s

"The Texas economy is even larger than the economy of Russia," Gov. Greg Abbott said to a cheering audience. "That makes me more powerful than Putin!"
Vladimir Putin severed his country's ties with the Orthodox Church after its head, Patriarch Bartholomew, undermined Russia's religious power in Ukraine. Here, a composite image of Putin and Bartholomew.

A high-ranking Orthodox priest in Turkey landed a blow against Putin by invoking an obscure and ancient power from 451 AD

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the head of the Orthodox church, moved against Putin by reorganising the church with a power established at the Council of Chalcedon in 451 AD. It has hardly ever been used, and took many be surprise.
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a session of the Russian Energy Week international forum in Moscow, Russia October 3, 2018.

In a fiery warning to rivals, Putin says any country that nukes Russia will ‘drop dead’

Boasting that Russia's nuclear arsenal has already surpassed its competitors, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a fire and brimstone warning to his nuclear rivals Thursday.
President Donald Trump has defended Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman amid allegations his government had Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi killed.

Trump is placing his trust in someone who is either lying, or can’t stop his henchmen from brutally killing journalists

The details surrounding Khashoggi's disappearance are harrowing and deeply disturbing, but President Donald Trump has largely stood by the Saudi leadership despite the troubling allegations it faces.

Saudi Arabia takes a page out of Putin’s playbook with a baffling response to Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance

The Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV channel aired a segment on Thursday claiming that 15 men, identified in Turkish media as suspects in the Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, were tourists. This form of denial appears to be taking a page out of Russia's playbook in the Sergei Skripal case.

Vladimir Putin told Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father to cut him some slack after he incited a riot at UFC 229

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his sympathy for Khabib Nurmagomedov after the Russian fighter lost his cool at UFC 229, where he beat Conor McGregor by submission in the fourth round.
Russian military leaders have reportedly called its intelligence service "deeply incompetent" after a series of high-profile blunders. Here's a composite image of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the two suspects behind the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury earlier this year.

Russian military reportedly unhappy with a series of embarrassing blunders by its spies abroad

Russia's military leaders are reportedly angry that GRU agents were exposed in the nerve agent poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in England and an attempted cyberattack on the global chemical weapons watchdog earlier this year.
Khabib Nurmagomedov.

‘Putin is very proud of me’ — Khabib Nurmagomedov talks to the press after the wild brawl that followed his submission win over Cono...

Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted Conor McGregor in the fourth round of a thrilling fight, jumped the octagon fence and reportedly incited a wild brawl cageside at UFC 229. Nurmagomedov was escorted out of the arena by police and told the press that Vladimir Putin is proud of him.