Rouhani after US Exit from JCPOA: Iran Will Stay in Nuclear Deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stressed that Tehran has always complied to its commitments to the JCPOA, while the US has never complied with its commitments.

Rouhani made the remarks on Tuesday shortly after US President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)  and to re-impose sanctions against the Islamic Republic, according to Press TV.

While stressing that Trumps decision was a historical experience for Iran, Rouhani noted that the US president has a history of undermining international treaties. Rouhani also noted that Iran would remain in the nuclear deal without the US' presence.

Putin Signs Decree to Appoint Medvedev as Russia's Prime Minister

MOSCOW- Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to appoint Dmitry Medvedev as Russia’s prime minister, the Kremlin’s press-service said.

The decree was signed in less than one hour after the State Duma agreed to the appointment of Dmitry Medvedev as head of the Cabinet. At the State Duma’s session Putin presented Medvedev’s candidature personally.

Russia Warns of Harmful Consequences if US Quits Iran Nuclear Deal

The Kremlin warns that the possible decision by US President Donald Trump to pull out of a landmark nuclear agreement Iran signed with the P5+1 group of countries in 2015 will have harmful consequences.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said there would be "inevitable harmful consequences to any actions towards breaking these agreements," press TV reported.

The US president is expected to announce a decision on Tuesday on whether to withdraw from the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany.

Russian Helicopter Crashes in Eastern Syria, Both Pilots Killed- Russian MoD

A Russian Ka-52 attack chopper crashed Monday during a flight over eastern Syria as a result of a presumed technical malfunction, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. Both pilots aboard the aircraft died as a result of the incident.

"When carrying out a planned flight over the eastern regions of the Syrian Arab Republic, the Russian Ka-52 helicopter crashed. Both pilots were killed," the ministry revealed in a statement, according to Sputnik.

Russia to Halve Poverty, Join World’s Five Biggest Economies, Increase Life Expectancy

Vladimir Putin unveiled an ambitious vision for Russia for his new six-year term - including rapid economic growth, a rise in life expectancy, and a drop in inequality - hours after his inauguration.

Titled “National ideas and strategic aims for the development of the Russian Federation by 2024” the 17-point decree, “in force as of today,” touches on dozens of areas from mortgages, to road safety, and the creation of a national youth orchestra. Here are the highlights..

Joining the big five

According to the document, Russia is to become one of the world’s five biggest economies, maintaining GDP growth above the global average, while retaining macroeconomic stability.

Rouhani: Iran Will Fiercely Resist US Bid to Limit Its Role

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Tehran would fiercely resist US attempts to undermine its role in the Middle East as a date set by President Donald Trump to bring the country under new pressures draws near, according to Press T.V.

Trump has said a nuclear agreement with Iran does not address the country's role in the Middle East and its missile capabilities and has threatened to leave it next week if the accord is not "fixed." 

In a speech in the Iranian city of Mashhad Monday, Rouhani repeated his warning that the US will regret a decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Putin Takes Office for Second Six-Year Term as Russia’s President

MOSCOW- Vladimir Putin has officially assumed office as Russia’s President, Constitutional Court Chairman Valery Zorkin announced after Putin accepted the presidential emblem and took the presidential oath in the St. Andrew Hall at the Grand Kremlin Palace, Itar Tass reported.

This is Putin’s fourth term as head of state. His first two terms lasted four years each. The head of state’s tenure was extended to six years after the Russian Constitution had been amended. Putin’s first six-year term began in 2012, while the second term of office will end on May 7, 2024. According to Article 81 of Russia’s Constitution, an individual cannot serve as president for more than two consecutive terms.

Putin: We All One Big Team, Which Can Solve Most Complicated Tasks

Following the oath-taking ceremony, President Putin made a speech in which he expressed certainty that Russia would manage to achieve a breakthrough, as the whole country is "one big team, which can solve any tasks".

"We need breakthroughs in all spheres of life. I am deeply convinced that such a breakthrough can only be provided by a free society that perceives everything new and all advanced and rejects injustice, stagnation, dense protection and bureaucratic deadness - all that binds people, prevents them from fully revealing themselves, realize themselves, their talents, and therefore limits the aspiration to the future of our entire country," Putin stated, according to Sputnik.

Putin to Hold Several Working Meetings on Sunday Ahead of Inauguration - Kremlin

MOSCOW- President Vladimir Putin will hold a number of working meetings on the last day of his third presidential term, the President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"The President has a number of internal working meetings which are scheduled on Sunday afternoon, May 6. These are non-public, working meetings," Peskov said. He did not specify who the President is going to meet with.

According to Itar Tass, the president will be inaugurated on May 7, at 12:00. He will take office as the President of the Russian Federation for the fourth time.