President Putin's inauguration

Vladimir Putin has been in inaugurated as Russia's new president in a glittering ceremony at the Kremlin.

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Vladimir Putin seeks closer ties with the US

Moscow will seek closer ties with the United States but will not tolerate interference in its affairs, according to a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin.

Putin set out foreign policy priorities in a wide-ranging decree signed hours after his inauguration to a six-year term as president.

The decree said Russia wants to bring cooperation with Washington "to a truly strategic level".

But relations must be based on "equality, non-interference in internal affairs and respect for one another's interests".

It said Russia will continue to seek guarantees that U.S. missile defences are not aimed at undermining Russia's security by weakening its nuclear deterrent.

Vladimir Putin inaugurated for third term as Russia's president

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila attend a service after his inauguration in the Kremlin in Moscow Credit: AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Government Press Service
Kremlin's Chief of Staff Sergei Ivanov, left, and former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi attend Vladimir Putin's inauguration Vladimir Putin Credit: AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Vladimir Rodionov, Presidential Press Service

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Anti-Putin demonstrators arrested in Moscow

Riot police detain opposition supporter during an unsanctioned protest in Moscow Credit: REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

At least 20 others were detained by police on a street near the route of President Putin's motorcade to his inauguration ceremony in Moscow. They included some who had been sitting outside a French bistro wearing the white ribbon of protest on their jackets and coats.

Moscow police said about 120 people had been detained for staging unsanctioned pickets and most would soon be released. Elsewhere in the capital, several thousand people staged a rally supporting Putin.

President Vladimir Putin inaugurated

Vladimir Putin has been sworn in as Russia's new president for the next six years. It is his third presidential term.

In his speech, he said that the year ahead would be crucial for Russia and that he wanted to strengthen the economy and democracy in the country.

I will do all I can to justify the faith of millions of our citizens. I consider it to be the meaning of my whole life and my obligation to serve my fatherland and our people.

– president vladimir putin

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What's inside Russia's nuclear briefcase?

Vladimir Putin will today receive Russia's "nuclear briefcase" as part of his inauguration as Russia's news president.

According to Russia's state news agency, RIA Novosti, the briefcase contain the codes to the nuclear arsenal.

Russia's nuclear briefcase pictured in 1999

The briefcase looks similar to a laptop case and allows the president to give the order to launch a nuclear weapon, by transmitting the launch permission code to the commanding staff of the Strategic Missile Forces (SMF).

It also gives the president early-warning signals of any nuclear attack.

Russia's defence minister and chief of the General Staff also have smiliar nuclear switches.

Medvedev sacks Russia navy chief on last day as president

President Dmitry Medvedev has dismissed the head of Russia's accident-prone navy on his last full day in office Credit: Reuters

President Dmitry Medvedev has dismissed the head of Russia's accident-prone navy and named a new air force chief on his last full day in office as he prepares to take the No. 2 post under Vladimir Putin.

Medvedev, who is on track to become prime minister after Putin returns to the presidency on Monday for a six-year term, has replaced the heads of the army, navy and air force in the past two weeks.

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