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Australia on Monday unveiled fresh sanctions against Russia over what Prime Minister Tony Abbott called its "bullying" of neighboring Ukraine, where the Kremlin is accused of backing pro-Russian insurgent groups.
President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Russia's armed forces were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: "It's best not to mess with us."
After the Boeing planes flown by Russia's first low-cost airline, Dobrolyot, were grounded by EU sanctions in July, Russian officials have revived their efforts to stimulate production of Russian civilian airliners.
Russian troops serving in Dagestan may have been paid 250,000 rubles ($7,000) each to participate in military operations in eastern Ukraine, a member of the Kremlin's human rights council said in an interview with Dozhd on Wednesday.