Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi flies to Sochi for unscheduled talks with Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin. This occurs hours after the release of U.S. cables focusing on the pair's relationship.
Sources: The Age
Sources: The Age
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, wanted by the ICC for allegations of genocide and war crimes, asks Russian President Vladimir Putin for increased military ties and protection against the United States during his first visit to Russia as President. Putin agrees to increase their countries' economic ties.
Russian President Vladimir Putin dismisses Nizhny Novgorod Oblast governor Valery Shantsev from his post, the second governor to lose his job in a week after Putin dismissed Samara Oblast governor Nikolay Merkushkin the day before. The dismissals come amid speculation that governors of several federal subjects will resign in anticipation of presidential elections in 2018.
In an official statement, Patriarch Filaret, who heads the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate, says that Russian President Vladimir Putin has fallen under the spell of Satan and faces eternal damnation to hell unless he repents.
Vladimir Putin urges the Western and Arab world to review their position. He asks to end the violence first, then sit around the table and only then move on to "these practical steps about the internal organisation of the country itself". [http:--www.starafrica.com-en-news-detail-news-view-putin-urges-west-rethink-on-syria-as-bat-251427.html ("Star Africa")]date=August 2019
Documents are released outlining pressure the U.S. used in an attempt to stop Italy from indicting the CIA agents who kidnapped Abu Omar in Milan, then flew him to Egypt to be tortured. The documents show Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi to be on the American side and recorded him "vent[ing] his rage at his own country's judicial system."
Wikileaks releases 250,000 messages sent by U.S. embassies, including messages discussing corruption, criticisms of the UK, Guantánamo Bay prison camp, a Chinese cyber attack, the relationship between Vladimir Putin and Silvio Berlusconi, and a possible unified Korea.
Millions of protesters take to the streets in Rome, Naples, Milan and other Italian cities to protest their government's austerity measures which cut funds and affects public sector salaries and to test Silvio Berlusconi.