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  • Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack
    Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    By Yara Bayoumy and Mahmoud Mourad SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy on Sunday, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. In a rare move, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that a letter from Putin would be read out to the gathering in Egypt, where Arab leaders discussed an array of regional crises, including conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya. His comments triggered a sharp attack from Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. "He speaks about the problems in the Middle East as though Russia is not influencing these problems," he told the summit right after the letter was read out. More »

  • Labour Uses Miliband's 'Hell Yes' To Woo Donors
    Labour Uses Miliband's 'Hell Yes' To Woo Donors Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Labour is giving away 'Hell Yes' T-shirts to party donors after Ed Miliband used the phrase when questioned about whether he was "tough enough" for Downing Street. The Labour leader and Prime Minister David Cameron faced tough questioning earlier this week during the 90-minute Sky News Channel 4 Battle for Number 10 programme. During the election set-piece event, Jeremy Paxman grilled Mr Miliband, suggesting he was a "north London geek" who could not handle the likes of Vladimir Putin. Hell yes, I'm tough enough," Mr Miliband said. More »

  • Putin's mystery military award points to Ukraine involvement
    Putin's mystery military award points to Ukraine involvement Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded several military units a hugely prestigious title that was given to troops for heroism during WWII, sparking new questions about the Kremlin's involvement in Ukraine. More »

  • Grounded? Russia's answer to US next-gen fighter hits the skids. Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    The Kremlin is slamming the brakes on its "fifth generation" fighter program and cutting its initial rollout to a quarter of those originally planned. The decision seems a setback for Vladimir Putin's sweeping $800 billion rearmament program, a vital component of the wider effort to restore Russia to its Soviet-era status as a major global superpower. More »

  • Battle for No 10: Jeremy Paxman grills Labour leader and prime minister ahead …
    Battle for No 10: Jeremy Paxman grills Labour leader and prime minister ahead … Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Paxman said there were doubts Miliband could stand up to foreign leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin. More »

  • Russia's Putin to Iran: Immediate ceasefire needed in Yemen Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's President Vladimir Putin called for an "immediate cessation of military activities" in Yemen in phone conversations with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, the Kremlin said in a statement on Thursday. Iranian-backed Shi'ite Muslim Houthi militias have seized large parts of Yemen. The conflict deepened on Thursday when warplanes from Sunni Muslim power Saudi Arabia attacked Houthi positions in Yemen, drawing protests from Tehran. ... More »

  • Putin says Western spies plot against Russia before polls
    Putin says Western spies plot against Russia before polls Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Elizabeth Piper MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin accused Western spies on Thursday of plotting to undermine his rule and "destabilise" Russia before elections by using public organisations for their own goals. At a meeting of Russia's Federal Security Service, a successor to the Soviet-era KGB, Putin took aim at non-governmental groups which receive foreign funding, saying Moscow would not relax its scrutiny of their activities. "The attempts by Western security services to use public, non-governmental organisations and non-political groups for their own benefit, mostly to discredit the authorities and destabilise the situation in Russia, have not stopped," Putin was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency. More »

  • Putin says Russia will stand firm in standoff with West
    Putin says Russia will stand firm in standoff with West Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday voiced confidence that Russia will come out as a winner in its standoff with the West if it firmly stands its ground. More »

  • China says will likely invite Western Allies to WW II parade Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday that it will likely invite military representatives from the Western Allies who fought with China during World War Two to march in a parade in Beijing later this year to mark 70 years since the war's end. Beijing's commemorations, likely to be held in September, will include a military parade, but the government has been coy about exactly who it has invited, though Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to attend. "The countries you have named are the same as those which ought to be within the scope of the countries we are considering inviting," ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng told a monthly news briefing, when asked if the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand would be invited to the parade. "The military parade we are organising is an international event, not only a Chinese one. More »

  • Kremlin critic says under pressure not to return to Russia
    Kremlin critic says under pressure not to return to Russia Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin critic Ilya Ponomaryov said on Wednesday he was under pressure from state authorities not to return to Russia after reports that the country's prosecutors asked parliament to lift his immunity from prosecution as a lawmaker. Opposition members accuse the Kremlin of persecuting critics of President Vladimir Putin and say the former Soviet spy holds political responsibility for the campaign that culminated in the Feb.27 gunning down of senior opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. ... More »

  • A legacy in Singapore for how countries can rise above ethnicity Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Vladimir Putin, for example, defines Russian “civilizational values” for Russian-speakers anywhere. One leader who broke that mode of thought was Lee Kuan Yew. Also unlike China, he showed no resentment toward or humiliation about past colonizers of his land (Britain and Japan). Lee’s death came as leaders in China are struggling to define the national identity, not only for the mainland but for its territories of Hong Kong, Xinjiang, and even the independent island nation of Taiwan. More »

  • Russia's Putin fires governor arrested on corruption charges
    Russia's Putin fires governor arrested on corruption charges Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday fired the governor of a far-flung region who has been arrested on charges of corruption. More »

  • Putin reviews war games, says more drills will come
    Putin reviews war games, says more drills will come Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that a recent Russian military exercise has marked the beginning of a series of such drills this year, a show of force that comes amid a bitter strain with the West over Ukraine. More »

  • China confirms, in roundabout way, Japan invite for war memorial Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    China's Foreign Ministry confirmed, in a roundabout way, on Tuesday that it had issued an invitation to wartime enemy Japan to attend events in China to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two later this year. Sino-Japan relations have long been poisoned by what China sees as Japan's failure to atone for its occupation of parts of the country before and during the war, and it rarely misses an opportunity to remind its people and the world of this. In the last two years, ties have also deteriorated sharply because of a dispute over a chain of uninhabited islets in the East China Sea, though Chinese and Japanese leaders met last year in Beijing to try to reset relations. Beijing's commemorations, likely to be held in September, will include a military parade, but the government has been coy about exactly who it has invited, though Russian President Vladimir Putin for one is expected to turn up. More »

  • Yanukovich Son Dies After Car Falls Through Ice
    Yanukovich Son Dies After Car Falls Through Ice Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    The youngest son of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich has drowned after a van he was driving fell through ice into a Siberian lake. Both the Kremlin spokesman and Russian President Vladimir Putin's personal spokesman could not confirm the news of his death. More »

  • Putin sacks two senior Kremlin officials amid speculation of turf wars
    Putin sacks two senior Kremlin officials amid speculation of turf wars Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    President Vladimir Putin dismissed two senior officials on Monday in a surprise move that followed recent rumours of feuding at the heart of the Kremlin. The twin sackings come less than a month after the killing of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, which had exposed rarely seen tensions between various factions within Putin's inner elite. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Oleg Morozov, 61, was leaving his post as head of the president's domestic policy department because of family reasons. Peskov also announced the departure of head of the international cooperation department, Sergei Bolkhovitin, but gave no reason for his removal. More »

  • European far-right politicians in Russia to support Putin
    European far-right politicians in Russia to support Putin Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Nationalist supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin brought together controversial far-right politicians from across Europe on Sunday in an effort to demonstrate international support for Russia and weaken European Union commitment to sanctions imposed on Russia over its role in Ukraine. More »

  • Brennan says he doesn't believe Putin is happy over Ukrainian conflict Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan said on Sunday he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin was increasingly unhappy with the economic sanctions and other costs of the Ukrainian conflict. "I don't believe he's happy with the situation," Brennan said on "Fox News Sunday." "I think there are signs that the discomfort that is associated with this is becoming more uncomfortable," he said. (Reporting by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Frances Kerry) More »

  • A conversation with Robert Fisk
    A conversation with Robert Fisk Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    The world-renowned war correspondent was in Ireland this week. He spoke to TheJournal.ie about matters Irish and international, and why Vladimir Putin is his dream interviewee. More »

  • Putin stages military drills in game of 'brinkmanship' with West
    Putin stages military drills in game of 'brinkmanship' with West Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Mammoth Russian military drills ordered by President Vladimir Putin from the Pacific to the Black Sea are designed to send a message to the West: keep your distance and don't overplay your hand on Ukraine, observers say. More »

  • Russia's Putin calls for regional currency union Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    By Denis Dyomkin and Raushan Nurshayeva ASTANA (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed on Friday creating a regional currency union with Belarus and Kazakhstan, Russia's main partners in a union of ex-Soviet states facing growing economic challenges. Putin made his proposal at a meeting with the Belarussian and Kazakh presidents, who did not respond in public but have been lukewarm about such proposals. "The time has come to start thinking about forming a currency union," Putin told reporters after the talks in the Kazakh capital Astana with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. More »

  • Putin calls for currency union with ex-Soviet allies
    Putin calls for currency union with ex-Soviet allies Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called for a single currency with the Kremlin's closest ex-Soviet allies despite fraying ties in the region which is struggling with the fallout from Moscow's economic crisis. More »

  • Russia's Putin to visit China in September - Interfax
    Russia's Putin to visit China in September - Interfax Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has a visit planned to China in September, news agency Interfax reported on Thursday, citing the Kremlin's chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov. Interfax also reported that a Russian government delegation had been invited to a parade in China on Sept. 3 to mark 70 years since the end of the World War Two. "We welcome this news," said Hong Lei, a spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry. China will hold a military parade and series of other events in September, but has given no details yet of which countries it will invite, except for saying that parade invitees would include major war participants and other countries in the region. More »

  • EU's Russia sanctions extended to end-2015: Tusk
    EU's Russia sanctions extended to end-2015: Tusk Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    People hold pictures of Russia's President Vladimir Putin at a rally and concert by the Kremlin Wall in central Moscow on March 18, 2015, to mark one year since Putin signed off on the annexation of Crimea... More »

  • Putin downbeat on Russia economy, data shows slump gaining pace
    Putin downbeat on Russia economy, data shows slump gaining pace Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    By Darya Korsunskaya and Oksana Kobzeva MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday it was still too soon to feel confident about the country's economy, in comments backed up by a raft of fresh data showing a slump in retail sales and wages and rising unemployment. Putin told a conference of Russian businessmen the central bank's main interest rate, now at 14 percent, was high but warranted by the situation. More »

  • Putin urges billionaires to bring money back to Russia
    Putin urges billionaires to bring money back to Russia Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged a gathering of billionaires and business leaders to bring money back to the country from offshore accounts, warning that funds kept abroad could be frozen. In ... More »

  • Putin urges Russian business leaders to return capital Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged a gathering of Russia's billionaires and business leaders to return their capital to Russia and suggested that funds kept abroad could be frozen. In an apparent ... More »

  • Putin says central bank rate rather high, warranted by current conditions Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that the central bank's key rate remains rather high, but it is warranted by current conditions. "Indeed, for now the key rate is high enough," Putin told a conference of Russian entrepreneurs. "For now, there are no fundamental basis for us to feel confident." The central bank cut its key rate, the one-week repurchasing rate, last week to 14 percent. More »

  • Putin to meet top aide to Chinese president in Moscow
    Putin to meet top aide to Chinese president in Moscow Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    President Vladimir Putin will meet a close aide to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, the Kremlin said, underlining Russia's increased effort to establish closer ties with Beijing as its relations with the West have deteriorated. The meeting with Li Zhanshu, head of the General Office of the Communist Party of China, will take place with relations between Moscow and the West at their worst since the Cold War. The European Union and United States have imposed sanctions on Russia over its role in the Ukraine separatist conflict. The Russian Foreign Ministry said this week the Chinese president had confirmed he would visit Moscow on May 9 to join in commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War Two in Europe. More »

  • Russia marks Crimea annexation anniversary
    Russia marks Crimea annexation anniversary Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday triumphantly joined tens of thousands of supporters to mark one year since his takeover of Crimea, a seismic shift that shattered ties with Ukraine and the West. More »

  • Putin signs treaty integrating South Ossetia into Russia
    Putin signs treaty integrating South Ossetia into Russia Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia tightened its control Wednesday over a second breakaway region of Georgia, with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leader of South Ossetia signing a new treaty that calls for nearly full integration. More »

  • Putin says Russia regained 'historic roots' in Crimea
    Putin says Russia regained 'historic roots' in Crimea Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Speaking to tens of thousands of cheering supporters just outside the Kremlin walls, President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday described Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula as a move to protect ethnic Russians there and regain the nation's "historic roots." More »

  • Russian treaty with rebel Georgian region alarms West Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    By Vladimir Soldatkin and Timothy Heritage MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with Georgia's rebel South Ossetia region on Wednesday that almost completely integrates it with Russia, alarming Georgia and the West a year after Moscow took over Crimea. Tbilisi described the "alliance and integration" treaty as a "move aimed at annexation" and the United States and European Union said they would not recognise the agreement, which the EU depicted as a threat to regional security and stability. More »

  • Ukraine parliament offers special status for rebel east, Russia criticises Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    By Natalia Zinets and Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's parliament voted on Tuesday to offer limited self-rule to pro-Russian rebels in the east to try to preserve Western support for peace efforts, despite some deputies saying it would give separatists more scope to tighten their grip on the region. "We are adopting these laws not for (Russian President Vladimir) Putin or the occupiers. More »

  • Putin, Erdogan discuss 'Turkish Stream' gas project - Kremlin
    Putin, Erdogan discuss 'Turkish Stream' gas project - Kremlin Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    MOSCOW/ANKARA (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed the "Turkish Stream" gas project during a phone call, the Kremlin said in a statement on Tuesday, as Moscow continues to push for its new undersea pipeline to Europe. Facing objections from the European Union, Russia in December abandoned its $40 billion (27 billion pounds)South Stream project which would have passed under the Black Sea to Bulgaria and carried up to 63 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas annually to Europe. It has now pinned its hopes on Turkey, hoping to construct a "Turkish Stream" pipeline with the same capacity to an as-yet unbuilt hub on the Turkey-Greece border by the end of 2016. Turkish officials have said the plans are unlikely to progress as quickly as Russia would like, given Ankara's concerns about over dependence on Russian energy. More »