Tuesday, 1st January 2019

In the South Caucasus countries, leaders struck an optimistic note in messages to their compatriots gathered to celebrate the new year. Traditionally broadcast just before midnight, the messages are usually watched by millions, as families gather for the new year celebration.

Sunday, 30th December 2018

Earlier the Russian leader met his Belarus counterpart Alexander Lukashenko. Lukashenko gave Putin four sacks of potatoes and salo as a new year present, but declined an invitation to join the ice-hockey match