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  • Obama says surprised Russia held off so long on arms deal with Iran
    Obama says surprised Russia held off so long on arms deal with Iran Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday he was surprised Russia had waited as long as it did to seal a deal to sell missile defence systems to Iran, given the tensions between Russia and the United States. Obama said the sale was initially set to occur in 2009, but Russia put it on hold at the United States' request. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the sale was resumed because of progress in nuclear talks with Iran. More »

  • Hollande to discuss Ukraine with Putin during visit to Armenia
    Hollande to discuss Ukraine with Putin during visit to Armenia Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande will discuss the Ukraine crisis with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a visit to Armenia on April 24, a source in his office said Friday. More »

  • Putin says S-300 sale to Iran prompted by progress in nuclear talks Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    By Denis Pinchuk and Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Iran's drive to find a solution in talks over its disputed nuclear programme had spurred his decision to renew a contract to deliver S-300 missile defence systems to Tehran. Moscow's move to provide the surface-to-air missile system to Tehran, which irked the West and drew protests from Israel, followed an initial deal under which Tehran would curb its nuclear activities in exchange for an end to economic sanctions. A final deal with six world powers is due in June but Moscow has moved quickly to try to secure contracts in Iran before international sanctions are lifted and has urged engaging Tehran more in attempts to solve regional crises. More »

  • Bullish Putin dismisses fears over Russia's economic blues
    Bullish Putin dismisses fears over Russia's economic blues Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    An employee stands by TV sets in a shop in Moscow on April 16, 2015 during the broadcast of Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual televised phone-in with the nation More »

  • Putin confident on economy, offers to mend ties with West
    Putin confident on economy, offers to mend ties with West Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has weathered the worst of its economic troubles and is on the road to recovery, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday during a marathon call-in TV show, offering to normalize ties with the West if it treats Moscow as an equal partner and not a "vassal." More »

  • Putin upbeat on Russian recovery, but doth he protest too much? Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin spent much of his marathon TV call-in show on Thursday reassuring the nation that better times are just around the corner. The farmer is reportedly John Kopiski, a British man who has lived in Russia for nearly two decades. He said Russia has seen the worst of the economic downtown caused by Western sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine and plunging global oil prices. Of course, the economic challenges Russia faces extend far beyond the agriculture sector. More »

  • Schaeuble says economic strength will decide Russia conflict Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Thursday that economic strength, rather than military might, would ultimately determine the outcome of the West's standoff with Russia over Ukraine. Speaking at a Brookings Institution event in Washington, Schaeuble described the standoff with Vladimir Putin as a "new systemic conflict" that would be won by the side with greater "soft power" and a stronger economy. "In the long term, the conflict with Putin's Russia will be decided only on the basis of economic strength," he said. "European sanctions are definitely having an impact on Putin's Russia," he added. More »

  • NATO chief concerned at increase in Ukraine violence Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg voiced concern on Thursday over an increase in violence and movements of heavy military equipment in eastern Ukraine, saying they were undermining the Minsk peace agreement. Ukraine's military has reported that at least eight soldiers have been killed in the east this week despite a two-month-old ceasefire deal. "We are very concerned about the increased violence in eastern Ukraine and we have seen more violations of the ceasefire," Stoltenberg told reporters during a visit to Iceland. President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russian military forces were not in Ukraine, denying allegations by Ukraine and Western countries that Moscow is providing troops and support for pro-Russian rebels. More »

  • Putin says Washington told leaders not to attend World War Two parade
    Putin says Washington told leaders not to attend World War Two parade Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    President Vladimir Putin accused Washington on Thursday of putting pressure on some world leaders not to attend events in Russia marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe. Russia will stage a military parade on May 9 in what Putin called a display of "respect for victims of Nazis and to pay tribute to the ... victors over Nazism". Asked at his annual phone-in whether Russia should be offended by those who have declined invitations, Putin said "whoever doesn't want to (join) can do as they please". "Some are unwilling to do so and some are prohibited to do so by the "Washington Obkom" and told they should not go -- although many would like to." The "Obkom" is a Soviet term for a Communist Party committee and his use of it suggests that post-Soviet states and some activists in Russia follow orders from the United States. More »

  • Putin defiant over economy, Ukraine in annual phone-in
    Putin defiant over economy, Ukraine in annual phone-in Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    By Denis Pinchuk and Timothy Heritage MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin tried to reassure Russians over the ailing economy and said Washington wanted "vassals" rather than allies in his annual phone-in on Thursday, but offered no new financial remedies and gave no ground over Ukraine. For nearly four hours, the Russian leader fielded mostly tame questions from across the country on problems ranging from Iran's disputed nuclear programme and the conflict in east Ukraine to the price of milk and the state of roads. In a live broadcast from a Moscow television studio, Putin burnished his image as the "father of the nation", offering help for a woman who wept over devastating forest fires in Siberia and for unpaid workers at a cosmodrome in the far east. His expectation is in line with some forecasts, including those of the Economy Ministry, while the central bank says it expects the economy to contract by 3.5 to 4 percent this year and by 1 to 1.6 percent in 2016. More »

  • Russia 'Sees No One As An Enemy', Putin Says
    Russia 'Sees No One As An Enemy', Putin Says Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    In a marathon phone-in, Vladimir Putin has criticised the US for treating the country as inferior and repeated his denial there are any Russian troops fighting in neighbouring Ukraine. That assertion came despite tensions with the West over Russia's role in neighbouring Ukraine and his criticism of the government in Kiev, which he accused an economic blockade of the eastern of the country where separatists have seized power. Mr Putin insisted he remained committed to working with Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko to end the crisis. The value of the rouble collapsed late last year but the currency has now bounced back to a five-month high on the back of a slowdown in fighting in Ukraine and steadying oil prices. More »

  • Bullish Putin dimisses fears over Russia's economic blues
    Bullish Putin dimisses fears over Russia's economic blues Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    An employee stands by TV sets in a shop in Moscow on April 16, 2015 during the broadcast of Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual televised phone-in with the nation More »

  • Murders of pro-Russian lobbyists increase tension in Ukraine standoff Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    By Natalia Zinets and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - A Ukrainian journalist known for his pro-Russian views was shot dead on Thursday in Kiev, a day after the killing of a political supporter of ousted Moscow-backed President Viktor Yanukovich, driving up tension between Moscow and Kiev. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the murders were political while Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko described them as deliberate acts which "play into the hands of our enemies" and ordered an immediate and transparent investigation. The killing of Oles Buzina, who expressed strong pro-Russian views in a daily newspaper, and of ex-parliamentary deputy Oleh Kalashnikov were the latest in a spate of mystery deaths among allies of Yanukovich, who fled to Moscow last year. More »

  • Russian police raid offices of Putin critic Khodorkovsky
    Russian police raid offices of Putin critic Khodorkovsky Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Armed police on Thursday raided the office of a Russian rights group led by exiled Vladimir Putin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, during the president's marathon annual phone-in session. More »

  • Russia-Japan relations over disputed islands unchanged after Crimea - Putin
    Russia-Japan relations over disputed islands unchanged after Crimea - Putin Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Russia's relations with Japan over disputed Pacific Islands have not changed following Moscow's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. Tokyo and Moscow have been involved in a decades-old dispute over islands north of Hokkaido, known as the Kuriles in Russia and referred to as the Northern Territories in Japan. "Our relations with Japan ... concerning this territorial issue have not changed at all in connection with Crimea," Putin said during his annual televised call-in show. More »

  • Putin says worst is over for Russian economy
    Putin says worst is over for Russian economy Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    An employee stands by TV sets in a shop in Moscow on April 16, 2015 during the broadcast of Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual televised phone-in with the nation More »

  • Russia will not penalise France over Mistral decision - Putin
    Russia will not penalise France over Mistral decision - Putin Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will not impose penalties against France over its failure to fulfil a 1.2 billion euro contract to supply two Mistral helicopter carriers, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday "We do intend to seek any penalties or fines ... but it is necessary that all costs we have incurred are covered," Putin said during his annual televised call-in show. "I assume the current French leadership and the French generally are good people and will return our money," he said. ... More »

  • Russia to build own space station by 2023, says Putin
    Russia to build own space station by 2023, says Putin Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Russia plans to build its own orbiting space station by 2023, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday during a marathon call-in session with the nation. More »

  • The Latest: Putin wants refund if French don't deliver ship
    The Latest: Putin wants refund if French don't deliver ship Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    2:56 p.m. (1156 GMT; 7:56 EDT President Vladimir Putin says Russia expects France to return the advance payment if it fails to deliver a warship built for the Russian navy. France has suspended the delivery ... More »

  • The Latest: Putin demands respect for Russia's interests
    The Latest: Putin demands respect for Russia's interests Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    2:30 p.m. (1130 GMT; 7:30 a.m. EDT) President Vladimir Putin says the West must respect Russia's interests if it wants to normalize diplomatic relations. Putin said Thursday during a televised call-in ... More »

  • Russian military not in Ukraine - Putin Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russian military forces were not in Ukraine, denying allegations by Ukraine and Western countries that Moscow is providing troops and support for pro-Russian rebels fighting in eastern Ukraine. (Additional reporting by Elizabeth Piper, Vladimir Soldatkin, Lidia Kelly, Andrey Kuzmin, Polina Devitt, Jack Stubbs, Jason Bush and Maria Tsvetkova, Writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Timothy Heritage) More »

  • Putin admits Russia forcibly imposed Soviet model on E.Europe
    Putin admits Russia forcibly imposed Soviet model on E.Europe Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday admitted that the Soviet Union sought to "forcibly" impose the Soviet model on Eastern Europe after World War II. More »

  • Putin dismisses France's non-delivery of warships
    Putin dismisses France's non-delivery of warships Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that France's refusal to deliver two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Moscow over the Ukraine crisis would not affect its defence capabilities. More »

  • The Latest: Putin says Nemtsov killing 'tragic and shameful'
    The Latest: Putin says Nemtsov killing 'tragic and shameful' Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    2 p.m. (1100 GMT; 7 a.m. EDT) Russian President Vladimir Putin says the killing of top opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was "tragic and shameful." Nemtsov was shot dead on Feb. 27 just outside ... More »

  • Russia's Putin says Kiev abandons people of eastern Ukraine Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Kiev was cutting off the Donbass area of eastern Ukraine by excluding its citizens from the national financial system. In answer to questions at a televised call-in, Putin also denied reports that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had asked Russia to take Donbass, a coal-mining region where pro-Russian separatists rose up last year. "There are people who fight for their rights by force ... but there are also people have nothing to do with it, who have worked for their pensions ... So why are you not paying them?" he asked. ... More »

  • Putin says Russian economy has passed 'peak' of problems
    Putin says Russian economy has passed 'peak' of problems Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin says the worst of his country's economic problems are over More »

  • The Latest: Putin says Ukraine is cutting off east
    The Latest: Putin says Ukraine is cutting off east Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    1:50 p.m. (1050 GMT; 6:50 a.m. EDT) Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine of violating its obligations under a peace deal by maintaining an economic blockade on rebellious eastern regions. ... More »

  • The Latest: Putin hails Iran nuclear progress
    The Latest: Putin hails Iran nuclear progress Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    1:20 p.m. (1020 GMT; 6:20 a.m. EDT) Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended his move to approve the delivery of the long-range S-300 air defense missile system to Iran, saying the 2010 Russian ban ... More »

  • Pro-Putin Biker Gang Spark Anger Over Ride
    Pro-Putin Biker Gang Spark Anger Over Ride Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    A Russian biker gang loyal to President Vladimir Putin is planning to ride through Europe to mark the end of the Second World War, triggering anger in Poland. Plans by the ultra-nationalistic Night Wolves motorcycle club to retrace the westward route taken by Soviet troops to Berlin have been branded a "provocation" by Warsaw. The two-week, 3,728 mile ride will pass through Belarus, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and finish in the German capital on 9 May. The planned ride has angered many in Poland, which is a staunch ally of Ukraine's pro-Western government and where bitter memories endure of the Soviet's wartime occupation. More »

  • Iran's Zarif says Russian missile deal won't affect nuclear talks Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Iran's foreign minister said on Wednesday that Russia's decision to go ahead with the sale of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran is "fully legal" and has no impact on talks for a nuclear deal with major powers. "I think it is the right decision that Russia has made, it is a contract with the good relations we have with Russia, which is fully legal and will have no impact on the (nuclear) negotiations," Mohammed Javad Zarif told journalists in Lisbon. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree lifting a ban on exports of the S-300 missile system this week. More »

  • Pro-Putin bikers spark controversy with WWII victory ride
    Pro-Putin bikers spark controversy with WWII victory ride Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    A Russian biker gang backed by President Vladimir Putin is planning to ride through Europe to celebrate the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, sparking controversy in Central Europe. More »

  • Israel 'dismayed' at S-300 missile deal with Iran - Netanyahu Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday expressed Israel's "dismay" to Russian President Vladimir Putin at Russia's decision to lift a self-imposed ban on supplying S-300 missiles to Iran. A statement from Netanyahu's office said he "expressed Israel's dismay at the decision... (and) told President Putin that this step will only increase Iran's aggression in the region and will destabilise security in the Middle East." Putin lifted the ban on delivering the air defence system to Iran on Monday. More »

  • Russia's Putin says S-300 missiles not a threat to Israel Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's President Vladimir Putin has discussed Moscow's decision to lift the ban on supplies of S-300 missile system to Iran with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Kremlin said in a statement on Tuesday. Putin told Netanyahu that s-300 missiles had only defensive capabilities and did not pose a threat to Israel, the Kremlin added. Putin lifted a self-imposed ban on delivering the air defence system to Iran on Monday. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Polina Devitt; Editing by Larry King) More »

  • Putin seeks to allay fears over S-300 in Netanyahu call
    Putin seeks to allay fears over S-300 in Netanyahu call Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday as he sought to allay concerns over his decision to lift a ban on supplying S-300 missiles to Iran. More »

  • Russia Confirms Iran Missile Deal Can Go Ahead
    Russia Confirms Iran Missile Deal Can Go Ahead Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Russia has said legal barriers on the selling of a sophisticated missile system to Iran have been removed eight years after an original agreement between the two countries. Russia originally agreed to sell the S-300 system to Iran in 2007 but changed its mind in 2010 after the UN imposed sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said no legal barriers remained to supplying the S-300 after President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday lifting a ban on such deliveries. He said: "This is a direct result of the legitimacy that Iran obtained from the emerging nuclear deal. More »