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  • Putin tells Obama he wants dialogue based on equality and respect
    Putin tells Obama he wants dialogue based on equality and respect 22 hours ago

    Russian President Vladimir Putin called for dialogue based on equal treatment and mutual respect with the United States on Saturday in a congratulatory message to President Barack Obama marking U.S. Independence Day. Putin said U.S.-Russian relations remained important for solving global crises. The two countries have disagreements over the conflict in Ukraine, defence matters and democracy. More »

  • Putin: Western sanctions fail to split Russian society
    Putin: Western sanctions fail to split Russian society Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    President Vladimir Putin says the West has sought to split Russian society with economic sanctions but has failed to reach its goal. Speaking at Friday's meeting of his presidential Security Council, Putin ... More »

  • Russian parliament approves Internet privacy bill
    Russian parliament approves Internet privacy bill Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Russia's parliament gave its final approval on Friday to a law that would require Internet search engines to remove users' personal information from their results. The bill, passed by the State Duma lower house in its third reading, seeks to emulate European Union rules on the "right to be forgotten", under which search engines must take down certain results that appear under a search of a person's name. The regulation, which now needs to be signed into law by President Vladimir Putin, has been criticized by Russian web companies who are concerned about balancing rights to personal privacy against the freedom of information. More »

  • Russia waits in wings as Greek debt crisis deepens Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    By Timothy Heritage MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin must be finding it hard to contain a wry smile as the European Union struggles with Greece's debt problems. Events are playing into his hands by diverting attention from the conflict in Ukraine and offering him a chance to exploit differences in the EU which might undermine unity on sanctions against Russia over Ukraine. Russia's fragile economy would certainly not escape unscathed if Greece left the euro zone or the EU, and the crisis could serve as a worrying lesson for Moscow as it builds its own political and economic bloc with other former Soviet republics. More »

  • European Union leaders unlikely to attend China's World War Two parade, … Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Top leaders from the European Union are unlikely to attend Beijing's military parade in September to commemorate the end of World War Two, the bloc's ambassador to China said on Friday, adding he was worried about the message the event would send. China has been coy about which countries it plans to invite to the parade, but says it is likely to invite representatives from the Western Allies who fought with China during the war. President Xi Jinping could be left standing on the stage with few top Western officials, however, diplomats have told Reuters, due to Western governments' concerns on several issues, such as the expected presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian troops. More »

  • Russia's deputy foreign minister leaves Iran's talks in Vienna - RI … Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov is leaving talks over Iran's nuclear programme in Vienna on Thursday, RIA news agency said. The Kremlin said earlier that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani planned to meet in the Russian city of Ufa next week. (Reporting by Polina Devitt, Editing by Angus MacSwan) More »

  • Russia's Putin to meet Iran's Rouhani next week - Kremlin Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani plan to meet in Russia's city of Ufa next week, a Kremlin spokesman said. "Yes, (the meeting is) expected and we really prepare such meeting," Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday. Russia holds the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in the city of Ufa on July 9. Iran is an observer to the organisation. (Reporting by Polina Devitt, additional reporting by Lidia Kelly, editing by Angus MacSwan) More »

  • Russian opposition leader campaigns against voter apathy
    Russian opposition leader campaigns against voter apathy Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NOVOSIBIRSK, Russia (AP) — Alexei Navalny, the opposition leader who organized massive street protests in Moscow against Vladimir Putin four years ago, had a much harder time drawing a big crowd in Siberia's largest city last month. More »

  • Kremlin critic Khodorkovsky named as murder suspect in Russia
    Kremlin critic Khodorkovsky named as murder suspect in Russia Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Russia wants to question former oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky as a suspect in a murder case that has been reopened because of new evidence, federal investigators said on Tuesday. Khodorkovsky, the former owner of the now-defunct Yukos oil company, spent a decade in jail after falling out with Vladimir Putin. Announcing on its website that the case had been reopened, the federal Investigative Committee, which answers directly to Putin, said it wanted to question Khodorkovsky. More »

  • Putin urges all to fight IS group, backs Syria's Assad
    Putin urges all to fight IS group, backs Syria's Assad Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — In a surprise meeting with Syria's foreign minister, Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged his support Monday for Syrian President Bashar Assad and called on all Middle East nations to join forces to fight Islamic State militants. More »

  • In Moscow, Syrian minister says Russia promises aid
    In Moscow, Syrian minister says Russia promises aid Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Laila Bassam AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's foreign minister said in Moscow on Monday Russia had promised to send political, economic and military aid to his country, where the army is coming under some of the heaviest pressure since the start of the civil war. Insurgent groups have made gains against government forces in northwest, central and southern Syria in the past two months but Damascus has voiced confidence that it can hold on to important territory with the help of its allies. "I got a promise of aid to Syria - politically, economically and militarily," Walid al-Moualem said at a televised news conference after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin. More »

  • Syria says Russia promises wide range of support Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's foreign minister said on a visit to Moscow on Monday that top ally Russia had promised to send political, economic and military aid to his country. "I got a promise of aid to Syria - politically, economically and militarily," Walid al-Moualem said at a televised news conference in Moscow after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Writing by Sylvia Westall; Editing by Gareth Jones) More »

  • Putin, Berlusconi spend weekend in _ where else _ Siberia Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says Putin and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi spent the weekend together at a vacation home in Siberia. More »

  • Russia pledges 'political, economic, military' support: Syria
    Russia pledges 'political, economic, military' support: Syria Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to support Syria's government "politically, economically and militarily," the war-torn country's Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said in Moscow on Monday. More »

  • Russia's Putin reaffirms support for Syrian leadership Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said at the start of talks with Syria's foreign minister on Monday that there was no change in Russia's support for the Syrian leadership. Putin said he hoped for an end to Syria's 4-1/2 year-old conflict, adding: "We are convinced that in the end the Syrian people will win." (Reporting by Denis Pinchuk, Writing by Lidia Kelly, Editing by Timothy Heritage) More »

  • BRICS bank to be operational by end of 2015: South Africa
    BRICS bank to be operational by end of 2015: South Africa Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    President Vladimir Putin (L), President Dilma Rousseff, Prime Minister Narendra Modi (2L),President Xi Jinping (2R) and President Jacob Zuma pose at the 6th BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil on July 15, ... More »

  • Putin Calls Obama To Discuss Ukraine Peace Deal
    Putin Calls Obama To Discuss Ukraine Peace Deal Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Russia's Vladimir Putin has discussed tensions in Ukraine and the fight against Islamic State in a phone call with US President Barack Obama. The White House revealed that Mr Putin initiated the call  - the first contact between the two men since February - on Thursday evening. Mr Obama told the Russian President his country must meet commitments made in Minsk earlier this year on the removal of troops and equipment from Ukrainian territory, the White House said. More »

  • Putin out to seize control of Ukraine, says Kiev defence chief
    Putin out to seize control of Ukraine, says Kiev defence chief Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    The West should not drop its guard over Ukraine, the country's defence minister said on Friday, saying a build-up of Russian forces in support of separatists showed President Vladimir Putin was bent on seizing control of the country. Stepan Poltorak spoke alongside visiting Canadian Defence Minister Jason Kenney as Kiev military chiefs reported intensified attacks by separatists in the east, despite a ceasefire, with another Ukrainian soldier killed. "There is a threat still because the military groups of the (separatists)... and Russian troops continue to build up their forces, bringing additional equipment and ammunition and of course their plans are not peaceful," Poltorak said. More »

  • White House: Putin calls Obama, discuss Ukraine, IS, Iran Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama spoke by telephone Thursday and discussed continued tensions in eastern Ukraine and the fight against the Islamic State in the Middle East. The last time the men spoke was in February, the White House said. More »

  • Germany: Beware Putin's Push For Brexit
    Germany: Beware Putin's Push For Brexit Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    The Russian President might try to drive a wedge between Britain and the EU, Germany has warned, as David Cameron looks to renegotiate the country's deal with Brussels. A key ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Vladimir Putin would be "happy" if Britain voted to leave the union and could even fund anti-EU efforts on British soil. Norbert Rottgen, the chairman of the German Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee and a former minister in Ms Merkel’s cabinet, told Sky News Mr Putin was already funding anti-EU efforts in other countries and could do in the UK. More »

  • Obama, Putin discuss Iran, Islamic State, Ukraine in phone call
    Obama, Putin discuss Iran, Islamic State, Ukraine in phone call Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin phoned U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday, their first call since February, to discuss Iran nuclear talks, "the increasingly dangerous situation in Syria" and the need to counter Islamic State militants, the White House said in a statement. "The leaders discussed the increasingly dangerous situation in Syria, and underscored the importance of continued P5+1 unity in ongoing negotiations to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon," the White House said. More »

  • NATO: Risk of return to heavy fighting in Ukraine
    NATO: Risk of return to heavy fighting in Ukraine Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin isn't finished using his military in eastern Ukraine, the top U.S. military commander for NATO said Thursday as the U.S. and its allies outlined additional support for Kiev, including aid in defusing roadside bombs. More »

  • Russia's Medvedev says can change list of banned Western imports
    Russia's Medvedev says can change list of banned Western imports Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    A list of Western products that Russia has banned could be changed according to the state of relations with the European Union and other countries, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday. Medvedev told a government meeting he had approved an order, initiated by President Vladimir Putin, to extend a ban on food imports from the West by one year. Later on Thursday, the government published the order, which officially extended the ban until Aug 5, 2016. More »

  • Putin not done in eastern Ukraine, NATO's top general says
    Putin not done in eastern Ukraine, NATO's top general says Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    By Phil Stewart and Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is not done in eastern Ukraine, NATO's top commander said on Thursday, cautioning that Russia has been building up supplies on its border with Ukraine and keeping its military options open. U.S. General Philip Breedlove, NATO's supreme allied commander, said the border between Ukraine and Russia was "wide open," allowing free movement of equipment and supplies. Force levels on Russia's side of the border had not changed much in recent months, Breedlove said, but U.S. military officials had observed in Russia a "stocking of important supplies, ammunition, etc, to levels that would support operations". More »

  • Putin vows to further strengthen Russian military
    Putin vows to further strengthen Russian military Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia needs a mighty military to fend off threats near its borders, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, in a stance that reflects soaring tensions with the West over the crisis in Ukraine. More »

  • Putin: US and France will hush up eavesdropping scandal
    Putin: US and France will hush up eavesdropping scandal Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he expects the United States and France will try to quickly contain an uproar caused by WikiLeaks' revelations that the NSA was eavesdropping on three French presidents. More »

  • Lone Russian activists battle to prove Kremlin troops in Ukraine
    Lone Russian activists battle to prove Kremlin troops in Ukraine Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Ruslan Leviyev clicks through the evidence on the computer in his Moscow flat that he says helps prove Russian President Vladimir Putin is lying when he denies his troops are fighting in Ukraine. More »

  • Russia, Mongolia to march in China parade to mark end of WW2 Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Troops from Russia and Mongolia will march together with Chinese forces in a parade in Beijing in September to commemorate the end of World War Two, the government and state media said on Thursday, confirming the first two foreign participants. China has been coy about which countries it plans to invite to the parade, but says it will also likely invite representatives from the Western Allies who fought with China during the war. President Xi Jinping could be left standing on the stage with few top Western officials, however, diplomats have told Reuters, due to Western governments concerns over a range of issues, including the expected presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin. More »

  • NATO says won't be dragged into arms race with Russia
    NATO says won't be dragged into arms race with Russia Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    By Adrian Croft and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The head of NATO said on Wednesday the alliance would not be forced into a new arms race with Russia but said what he called Moscow's aggression in Ukraine had compelled it to strengthen its defences. The United States announced plans this week to station tanks and heavy weapons in NATO member states on Russia's border, shortly after President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would add 40 missiles to its nuclear arsenal. More »

  • Putin extends Western food ban for one year
    Putin extends Western food ban for one year Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday extended a ban against most Western food imports for a year after EU foreign ministers agreed to prolong sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict ... More »

  • Putin extends Western food import ban for one year
    Putin extends Western food import ban for one year Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday extended a ban against most Western food imports for a year after EU foreign ministers agreed to prolong sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict ... More »

  • Russia extends ban on Western food imports for a year Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has extended Russia's ban on the import of many agricultural products for another year. More »

  • Putin adds another year to ban on Western food imports Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    President Vladimir Putin has extended Russia's ban on food imports from the West by one year, longer than had been expected, in retaliation to the extension of European sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine. The ban, which prohibits most food imports from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway, was expected to be prolonged for six months starting from early August after the European Union extended sanctions this week. "Our reaction on the decision of our European colleagues regarding so called sanctions... The head of the government has approached me with a letter to extend measures, which we put in place in a response to actions of our partners," Putin told a meeting of government members in Moscow on Wednesday. More »

  • Russian consumer group under fire over 'occupied' Crimea travel adv …
    Russian consumer group under fire over 'occupied' Crimea travel adv … Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    A Russian consumer rights group that advised caution to tourists visiting Crimea has provoked a major outcry, with Vladimir Putin accusing it of serving foreign interests and authorities blocking its website. More »

  • Kremlin critic Navalny says Russia denies him foreign travels
    Kremlin critic Navalny says Russia denies him foreign travels Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny said on Tuesday he was suing the immigration authorities for denying him a passport to travel abroad, describing the move as an echo of Soviet times. Navalny, who led mass street protests against President Vladimir Putin in 2011-2012, published a letter by the Federal Migration Service (FMS), saying he had been denied a foreign travel passport because he was serving a suspended prison term. "I'm suing the FMS." Navalny was given a five-year suspended sentence in 2013 on charges he organised large-scale theft of timber, a sentence he described as Putin's revenge for challenging the Kremlin. More »