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Key events for Russia this year


12-23-2016 19:47 BJT

Russia has witnessed a string of major domestic and international events in 2016. 

President Putin stated in March this year that the operation in Syria, which began in September 2015, was complete, though Russian involvement in the Syrian civil war continued throughout the year. The country is now assisting with evacuation efforts in Aleppo.

Relations between Turkey and Russia began to improve after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan apologized in July for the downing of a Russian fighter jet in 2015. Both sides are now working on Syria-related issues, but the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey earlier this week cast a shadow over the press conference.

Other stories involving Russia in the past year include doping allegations against Russian athletes by the World Anti-Doping Association, and the ever-changing relations with the US, with Donald Trump's accession to the presidency likely to bring about changes in the relationship. Both Trump and Putin have called for their respective nuclear forces to be strengthened. 

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