President Putin spoke about sexual minorities, outer threats, Syria, and a range of other issues in his annual address on Thursday. Following the speech, RT spoke to MPs to dissect both the undertones and direct messages contained in the address.
The disgraced uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un - Jang Song-thaek - has been executed, the country’s state media reports. This comes after the second most powerful man in North Korea was dismissed for committing "criminal acts."
The public sacking of Kim Jong-un’s uncle and mentor is not a sign of regime instability; it demonstrates that the young leader is firmly in control and is able to consolidate his power by purging any possible rival figures without question.
North Korea has deported an 85-year-old former Korean War veteran from the United States who was detained in October during a 10-day private visit to the country. The release came after Pyongyang published a written “apology” for his “war crimes.”
North Korean media say that the detained US retiree and Korean War veteran is a “criminal” and “masterminded espionage and subversive activities” against Pyongyang. A video with the veteran reading out a written apology for his alleged crimes followed.
Russia’s President has pushed for an "Iron Silk Road", a trading route to link South and North Korea with Europe, as he visited Seoul. Mr Putin expressed hope that political disputes, one of the main stumbling blocks, will be solved.
Only a joint UN response can be productive in addressing the Syrian chemical weapons crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said. He denounced lobbying of the use of force by a certain group of countries as ineffective and extremely dangerous.
Russia opened a cross-border freight railway with North Korea as part of the Trans-Asian Railway project aimed at accelerating trade by connecting Asia and Europe, in the event the two conflicting Koreas unite to form a train network on the peninsula.