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  • Putin OKs maritime code calling for strong Atlantic presence
    Putin OKs maritime code calling for strong Atlantic presence Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a new version of the country's maritime doctrine that calls for maintaining a strong Russian presence in the Atlantic Ocean amid concerns about NATO expansion. More »

  • Russia getting on with World Cup job as FIFA fights scandal
    Russia getting on with World Cup job as FIFA fights scandal Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — As he shared the stage with FIFA's departing president Sepp Blatter, Russian President Vladimir Putin's message was simple. FIFA may be in chaos, but Russia is getting on with the job. More »

  • FIFA puts troubles aside at glitzy World Cup draw
    FIFA puts troubles aside at glitzy World Cup draw Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    By Mike Collett ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - FIFA put its problems to one side and began the countdown to the 2018 World Cup finals on Saturday when Russian president Vladimir Putin and FIFA chief Sepp Blatter re-assured the nation the tournament would go ahead as planned. A glitzy preliminary-round draw ceremony was beamed live to 170 countries around the world, sending a powerful message that the finals would take place no matter what enquiries are going on over alleged voting irregularities which secured Russia the hosting rights five years ago. Blatter confirmed that Russia would stage the tournament, saying that the FIFA executive committee had "full trust and confidence". More »

  • FIFA, Blatter get back to World Cup business at Putin home
    FIFA, Blatter get back to World Cup business at Putin home Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — FIFA and Sepp Blatter put their corruption crisis aside and got back to World Cup business at the 2018 tournament qualifying draw hosted by Vladimir Putin at a Russian state residence on Saturday. More »

  • FIFA passes resolution offering full support for holding 2018 World Cup in  …
    FIFA passes resolution offering full support for holding 2018 World Cup in  … Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    (Reuters) - FIFA has passed a resolution offering full support for holding the 2018 World Cup in Russia, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Saturday at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "I would like to inform you that the executive committee has recently adopted a new resolution in which FIFA assures the Russian Federation of its full support in carrying out the World Cup in Russia in 2018," Blatter said at the meeting in St Petersburg before the preliminary draw. More »

  • Russia Hosts 2018 Draw As Troubles Pursue FIFA
    Russia Hosts 2018 Draw As Troubles Pursue FIFA Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Sepp Blatter and Vladimir Putin are appearing at the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw in St Petersburg as Russia celebrates and FIFA tries to escape its ongoing troubles. The two men are making the opening speeches at the event held in one of Mr Putin's favourite residences, the Konstantin Palace, originally built by Peter the Great. They formally met earlier in the day on what is Mr Blatter's first overseas trip since some of his closest colleagues were arrested pending extradition to the United States on FBI indictments. More »

  • Russia: Ukraine Welcome At World Cup 2018
    Russia: Ukraine Welcome At World Cup 2018 Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Russian World Cup organisers say Ukraine will be welcome at the tournament despite tension between the two nations following the annexing of Crimea, and ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine and Western governments blame Russia for fuelling the conflict, and have levied sanctions on Vladimir Putin's government in protest. Russia denies any military involvement in the conflict, and Russia 2018 chief executive Alexei Sorokin told Sky News the issue will not affect Ukraine's participation if they qualify. More »

  • Berlusconi says just a joke, no plans to be Russian minister
    Berlusconi says just a joke, no plans to be Russian minister Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Did Russian President Vladimir Putin offer former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi a job as economy minister? Berlusconi says it was just a joke and Putin says any support was "metaphorical." More »

  • Russia World Cup Build-Up Dogged By Racism Claims
    Russia World Cup Build-Up Dogged By Racism Claims Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Russia is showing its best face to the world this week, staging the World Cup preliminary draw in St Petersburg, its most spectacular city. The draw will be held in the Konstantinov Palace, Peter the Great's attempt to create his own Versailles on the Gulf of Finland. President Vladimir Putin, a son of the city, shares his predecessor's affection for the palace, and has funded its renovation. More »

  • Blatter in Russia on first foreign visit since crisis
    Blatter in Russia on first foreign visit since crisis Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    By Brian Homewood ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrived in St Petersburg on Thursday on his first official trip abroad since he announced on June 2 that he would step aside amid the worst crisis in his federation's history. Blatter will be at Saturday's draw for the 2018 World Cup qualifying competition, an extravaganza which Russia President Vladimir Putin is also due to attend. A FIFA spokesperson confirmed to Reuters that Blatter had arrived. More »

  • Berlusconi: Putin Wants Me As Economy Minister
    Berlusconi: Putin Wants Me As Economy Minister Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Disgraced former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has said Vladimir Putin has offered him a place in the Russian government if he wants it. Il Cavaliere, or 'the Knight' as he is known in his home country, was talking to friends in a restaurant in Rome when he made the claim, La Stampa reported. He is said to have told those in the Consolini restaurant that his future was as a minister for his "friend Putin". More »

  • 'Putin wants me for economy minister': Berlusconi
    'Putin wants me for economy minister': Berlusconi Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to give Silvio Berlusconi Russian citizenship -- and the job of economy minister -- the disgraced Italian billionaire politician was quoted as saying Thursday. More »

  • Blatter On First Foreign Trip Since FIFA Arrests
    Blatter On First Foreign Trip Since FIFA Arrests Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter will leave Switzerland for the first time since the FBI charged some of his closest associates with corruption, when he travels to Russia for the 2018 World Cup preliminary draw. Mr Blatter will arrive in St Petersburg on Thursday and is scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of the draw ceremony on Saturday. It is the first time Mr Blatter has travelled since extradition proceedings were opened by the US against seven football officials arrested in Zurich in May. More »

  • Putin, Blatter put troubles aside for 2018 World Cup
    Putin, Blatter put troubles aside for 2018 World Cup Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    By Mike Collett ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA's president Sepp Blatter will put aside their troubles when they take centre-stage and kick-off the countdown to the 2018 World Cup on Saturday. Putin has been cast as a villain in the West because of Russia's military involvement in Ukraine, while Blatter's presidency is ending next year in the wake of a huge scandal over alleged FIFA corruption. More »

  • U.S. rights group branded 'undesirable' closes Russia office Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    The MacArthur Foundation, a U.S. group that promotes human rights, said on Wednesday it was closing its Moscow office after Russian parliamentarians put it on a list of non-desirable organisations. It took the decision after Russia forced foreign-funded non-governmental organisations that engage in political activity to register as "foreign agents" and the Federation Council upper house approved a "patriotic stop-list" of undesirable groups. Human rights campaigners and opposition politicians see the moves as part of a broader clampdown on civil society under President Vladimir Putin and have criticised what they say is a growing climate of fear. More »

  • Depardieu 'A Threat To Ukrainian Security'
    Depardieu 'A Threat To Ukrainian Security' Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Gerard Depardieu is reportedly on a blacklist of artists and performers as he is considered a "threat to national security" in Ukraine. The French actor, who was made a Russian citizen in 2013 , was added to the list because of his ties to Vladimir Putin, Ouest France said, citing Russian newspaper Vesti. The list of 600 people was drawn up by Ukraine's Ministry of Culture in 2013 and the country's state media are banned from featuring any of their work or mentioning their names. More »

  • Iran nuke deal gives Russia a boost – for now Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    After years of hard lobbying for a nuclear deal between Iran and the big powers, Russia looks at first glance like one of the big winners from the agreement finally reached last week. In his remarks about the agreement, President Obama went out of his way to praise the constructive role played by Russia as negotiations came down to the wire last week. In a phone conversation between Mr. Obama and Vladimir Putin, the two reportedly stressed the desirability of extending such cooperation to other vexing problems such as Ukraine and Syria. More »

  • Putin to attend World Cup draw in St. Petersburg Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman says he will attend the World Cup 2018 preliminary draw on Saturday and will meet with FIFA President Sepp Blatter. More »

  • New $100 bn BRICS bank opens in China to challenge US-led lenders
    New $100 bn BRICS bank opens in China to challenge US-led lenders Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    The bank's opening comes two weeks after a BRICS summit hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin More »

  • New BRICS bank opens for business in China: Xinhua
    New BRICS bank opens for business in China: Xinhua Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    The bank's opening comes two weeks after a BRICS summit hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin More »

  • New BRICS bank opens for business: Xinhua
    New BRICS bank opens for business: Xinhua Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    The bank's opening comes two weeks after a BRICS summit hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin More »

  • Russia's Putin orders formation of new military reserve force
    Russia's Putin orders formation of new military reserve force Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the creation of a new reserve armed force as part of steps to improve training and military readiness at a time of international tensions with the West over Ukraine. The new reserve force has been discussed for several years and was first ordered by Putin in 2012 shortly after his re-election as President. It will be distinct from Russia's existing military reserves because the part-time personnel will be paid a monthly sum and train regularly. More »

  • Putin says calls for U.N. tribunal on downing of airliner premature
    Putin says calls for U.N. tribunal on downing of airliner premature Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday calls for a U.N. tribunal to be set up to prosecute suspects in the downing of a Malaysian airliner in a rebel-held part of Ukraine were counterproductive and premature. Putin made his comments in a phone call with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte before Friday's first anniversary of the incident in which all 298 aboard were killed, many of them Dutch. Rutte has said a U.N. tribunal would give "the best guarantee of cooperation from all countries" in seeking justice for the families of the victims. More »

  • Putin says MH17 tribunal would be counterproductive
    Putin says MH17 tribunal would be counterproductive Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that establishing an international tribunal to prosecute those behind the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over rebel-held east Ukraine would be counterproductive. More »

  • Putin's spokesman, Olympic ice dancing champ to tie the knot Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — A 2006 Olympic ice dancing champion says she is to marry President Vladimir Putin's spokesman later this summer. More »

  • Putin, Obama agree Iran deal in world's interests, Kremlin says Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed by telephone on Wednesday the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers and agreed it was in the interests of the world as a whole, the Kremlin said. The Kremlin said the telephone conversation took place on the initiative of the United States and that the two sides stressed the role of Russian-U.S. dialogue in ensuring world security and stability. The nuclear deal signed earlier this week in Vienna would help foster nuclear non-proliferation and ease tensions in the Middle East, the Kremlin said in a statement. More »

  • Obama and Putin: Does the Iran deal predict future cooperation? Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Tuesday’s Iran deal may have paved the way for a new partnership – not between Iran and the P5+1 countries, but between two of the P5+1 countries themselves. President Barack Obama said that during the long-awaited deal’s negotiations he found an unlikely ally in Russian president Vladimir Putin. In an interview with The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, Mr. Obama said Mr. Putin’s cooperation “surprised” him and was critical to the agreement’s realization. More »

  • Russia brings forward parliamentary elections
    Russia brings forward parliamentary elections Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    President Vladimir Putin has signed off on a law that brings next year's Russian parliamentary elections forward by three months, a move some commentators said gives an unfair advantage to pro-Kremlin parties. More »

  • World leaders voice relief at Iran nuclear deal
    World leaders voice relief at Iran nuclear deal Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    World leaders hailed the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, with Barack Obama seeing a "new direction" and Vladimir Putin voicing a global "sigh of relief" -- though Israel criticised it as a "historic mistake". More »

  • Russia seeks gains to ease possible pain from Iran deal Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    By Timothy Heritage MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin urged the world to celebrate Tuesday's six-power nuclear deal with Iran, but the agreement carries risks for Russia because it could drive down oil prices. Moscow sees the deal, which offers Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for curbing its nuclear programme, as opening the way to selling Tehran missile defence systems and winning lucrative new nuclear energy contracts. Unsurprisingly, the Kremlin chose to stress the positives from the deal, clinched after marathon talks in Vienna between Iran and a group of countries including the United States and Russia, to reassure the Russian people they would see gains. More »

  • Putin says world can breathe a sigh of relief after Iran deal Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the six powers that reached the Iranian nuclear deal made a firm choice in favour of stability and cooperation. "The world can now breathe a sigh of relief," Putin said in a statement on the Kremlin website. "Despite attempts to justify scenarios based on force, the negotiators have made a firm choice in favour of stability and cooperation." Putin added that the deal will help Russian-Iranian civilian nuclear cooperation and will contribute to combating terrorism in the Middle East. More »

  • World breathes 'huge sigh of relief' at Iran deal: Putin
    World breathes 'huge sigh of relief' at Iran deal: Putin Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday hailed a deal reached on Iran's nuclear drive as a "firm choice for stability and cooperation". More »

  • Rubio revisits childhood in Vegas, calls Putin a criminal
    Rubio revisits childhood in Vegas, calls Putin a criminal Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio called Russian President Vladimir Putin a criminal on Saturday in a presidential campaign speech less focused on foreign and domestic policy than recounting his parents' immigrant experience to voters in his childhood hometown. More »

  • India, Pakistan to join China, Russia in security group
    India, Pakistan to join China, Russia in security group Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    By Lidia Kelly, Denis Pinchuk and Darya Korsunskaya UFA, Russia (Reuters) - India and Pakistan began accession to a regional security group led by China and Russia on Friday after two days of summits which President Vladimir Putin held up as evidence Moscow is not isolated in the world. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, meeting in the Russian city of Ufa a day after the BRICS emerging economies held a summit there, said the invitation to the two Asian nations showed a "multi-polar" world was now emerging. "These processes are accompanied by increasing security challenges and threats, increasing uncertainty and instability in various regions of the world." The SCO, which also includes the Central Asian former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, is widely seen as a platform for Moscow and Beijing to project influence in the region. More »

  • Russia's Putin calls for lifting all sanctions against Iran Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Friday for sanctions on Iran to be lifted as soon as possible after a deal is reached on Tehran's nuclear programme. Iran and six major powers, including Russia, are discussing a deal that would curb Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for relief from sanctions. Putin told a news conference in the Russian city of Ufa that there was a question over which sanctions should be lifted and when, but went on to say they should be ended as soon as possible. More »