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  • Putin calls for talks on east Ukraine 'statehood'; rebels fire on ship Yesterday

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Sunday for immediate talks on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman said this did not mean Moscow now endorsed rebel calls for independence for territory they have seized. The Kremlin leader's remarks, two days after a public appearance in which...
  • Don't mess with nuclear Russia, Vladimir Putin says 3 days ago

    Washington: President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia's armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: "It's best not to mess with us." Putin told the assembly, on the banks of a lake near Moscow,...
  • Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis 3 days ago

    Kiev: Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help after accusing Russia of sending in armoured columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiant as ever, compared Kiev's drive to regain control of...
  • No ruling on whether Putin will be banned from G-20: Tony Abbott August 11, 2014

    Melbourne: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday said that it was too early to decide whether Russian President Vladimir Putin should be barred from 2014's G20 summit to be held this November in Brisbane. Abbott said the G20 summit was still three months away and hoped that Russia would wake...
  • Barack Obama says strains over Ukraine not leading to new Cold War with Russia July 30, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama escalated US economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in US-Russian relations marked the start of a new Cold War. The United States and the European Union, in a carefully coordinated action, announced targeted new sanctions against...
  • MH17 crash: Victim's mother slams Putin, says wants her son's body July 22, 2014

    Several tragic stories have come to light after the MH17 tragedy. One such story is of Silena Frederiks whose son was on that ill-fated flight. She has now appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to put pressure on the rebels to return her son's body. ...
  • Ukraine fighter jet near Malaysian plane MH17 before crash: Moscow July 21, 2014

    Moscow: Russia on Monday said its records show a Ukrainian fighter jet was flying close to the Malaysian airliner just before it crashed and a US satellite was flying over rebel-held Ukraine at the time. Moscow also denied supplying Ukrainian separatists with Buk missile systems or any other weapons as it...
  • Russia condoles MH17 plane crash, says 'forgive us' July 21, 2014

    International pressure has mounted on Russia, even as President Vladimir Putin denied any involvement in the MH17 disaster. However, Russians said that they are ashamed. "We are afraid, we are ashamed, we are in mourning. What's striking in many of these notes is the use of the phrase 'forgive us',"...
  • Russia's Putin not blinking in "last chance saloon" July 20, 2014

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin is in the "last chance saloon" over the Ukraine crisis but appears to be doing little to get out of it. Since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was brought down over east Ukraine, Putin has been under intense international pressure to persuade pro-Russian separatists accused by the...
  • Russia says will impose visa bans on US citizens in retaliation July 19, 2014

    Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday Moscow would retaliate against the United States' most recent sanctions over Ukraine by denying entry to several US citizens. "Retaliatory measures definitely will be taken. First of all, a similar number of Americans will be prohibited from entering (Russia)," the ministry's spokesman Alexander Lukashevich was...
  • Ukraine, rebels argue over MH17 debris, Germany warns Putin July 19, 2014

    Hrabove/Donetsk (Ukraine): Ukraine accused Russia and pro-Moscow rebels on Saturday of destroying evidence of "international crimes" as guerrillas and foreign observers faced off over access to the wreckage of the downed Malaysian airliner. As Kiev raised the stakes by saying it had evidence that a Russian fired the missile widely assumed...
  • MH17 probe: Armed men deny full access to international monitors July 19, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: A Malaysian disaster response team including two air accident investigators was due in Kiev on Saturday, after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to help them gain access to the MH17 crash site. Razak on Friday said that he spoke to Putin by phone...
  • Putin calls for cease-fire after attack on MH17 July 18, 2014

    Rozspyne: Emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners spread out on Friday across the sunflower fields and villages of eastern Ukraine, searching the wreckage of a jetliner shot down as it flew miles above the country's battlefield. The attack on Thursday afternoon killed 298 people from nearly a dozen...
  • Barack Obama warns Vladimir Putin of more sanctions over Ukraine crisis July 18, 2014

    Wilmington: President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday discussed a downed passenger plane along the Russian-Ukraine border on Thursday during a phone call prompted by a new round of US economic sanctions against Moscow. Obama doggedly went ahead with a day trip out of Washington as the Ukraine...
  • PM Modi meets Putin, favours broadening of strategic partnership July 16, 2014

    Fortaleza: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has favoured broadening of the special and privileged strategic partnership with Russia in nuclear, defence and energy sectors and invited President Vladimir Putin to visit Kudankulam atomic power project during his trip in December. The two leaders met for 40 minutes on the sidelines of...
  • BRICS members likely to have equal shareholding in new bank July 15, 2014

    Fortaleza: The BRICS Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first multilateral engagement, commenced on Tuesday amid an understanding that the 5-member nations will have equal shareholding in the proposed USD 50 billion BRICS Development Bank which India had been strongly pressing for. The new Indian leader joined Presidents Vladimir Putin of...
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil symbolically hands over World Cup to Russia July 15, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Sunday symbolically handed over the World Cup to Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, whose country will host the 2018 tournament. The two leaders were joined by FIFA president Sepp Blatter for the ceremony inside the legendary Maracana Stadium before the Germany-Argentina final in Rio...
  • BRICS Summit: PM Modi meets Russian President Vladimir Putin July 15, 2014

    Fortaleza: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Fortaleza in Brazil. He will also be meeting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and South African leader Jacob Zuma. The first working session of the VI BRICS Summit will be held on...
  • Vladimir Putin chatted with Angela Merkel, David Beckham hugged Pele: Stars of politics, music, sports came together at World Cup final July 14, 2014

    Rio De Janerio: Vladimir Putin chatted with Angela Merkel, and David Beckham hugged Pele at the World Cup final on Sunday. Tom Brady looked on from the VIP seats when his wife Gisele Bundchen brought the trophy on the field before the game. Mick Jagger and LeBron James were also in the...
  • Vladimir Putin signs nuclear energy deal with Argentina July 13, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed agreements on nuclear energy generation with Argentina as part of a Latin American tour aimed at building Russia's influence in the region. Argentina has been building nuclear-powered electricity plants to revive its nuclear programme and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels amid...
  • Damn! People swear up a storm as Russia bans obscenities July 11, 2014

    Moscow: Russians have endured countless crackdowns on their freedoms, but a legal ban on using their vast vocabulary of swear words has really got them hot under the collar. This month's law against swearing in films, theatre and the media has propelled the controversial subject to the forefront of public debate...
  • Russia's Putin tells Obama he wants better ties July 4, 2014

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin called for better relations with the United States on Friday in a congratulatory message to President Barack Obama marking US Independence Day. Relations are at their lowest ebb in years, soured by disagreements over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria and by differences on human rights...
  • Obama calls Putin to discuss Ukraine situation June 24, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to support peace and help de-escalate tension in Ukraine. "The (US) President spoke to President Putin and once again urged him to support peace instead of allowing the provision of arms and materiel across the border and continuing support...
  • Putin for genuine dialogue between Ukraine's warring sides June 22, 2014

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine's leadership and rebels to start genuine dialogue, saying Kiev should halt military operations and guarantee the rights of Russian speakers in the separatist east. "It's necessary to start detailed, substantial dialogue," Putin told reporters on Sunday. "This will guarantee success." Putin...
  • Ukraine President Poroshenko declares week-long ceasefire, warns rebels June 21, 2014

    Kiev: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday ordered a seven-day ceasefire in the fight against pro-Russian separatists, but also warned them they could face death if they did not use the time to put down their guns. In Moscow, the Kremlin, whose support Poroshenko needs for his plan to end...
  • Russia eyes new strategic vision of cooperation with India June 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Russia is eyeing a new "strategic vision" of bilateral cooperation with India in areas like nuclear energy and hopes this will be taken forward during President Vladimir Putin's visit to India later this year for the annual summit between the two countries, Deputy Prime Minister Dimitry Rogozin has...
  • Ukraine President offers cease-fire to allow pro-Russian separatists June 18, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine's president on Wednesday said that government forces will unilaterally cease fire to allow pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country a chance to lay down weapons or leave the country, a potential major development to bring peace to the country. Petro Poroshenko's plan, announced following conversations...
  • Putin, Ukraine president discuss possible ceasefire: Kremlin June 18, 2014

    Moscow: President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko discussed a possible ceasefire, the Kremlin has said, after a second member of a Russian television crew was confirmed to have died in the east of the ex-Soviet state. "The issue of possible ceasefire in the area of a military...
  • Russia condemns Ukrainian minister for insulting Putin June 16, 2014

    Moscow: Russia accused Ukraine's acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya of hurling insults at Russian President Vladimir Putin during a protest outside its embassy in Kiev, media reported on Monday. A footage filmed by local media showed that Deshchytsya made insulting remarks on Putin when talking to protestors who attacked the Russian...
  • PM Modi sends greetings to Putin on Russian National Day June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: In a gesture to Russia on its National Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday wrote to President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to underline that India "values" the longstanding and strong bond with that country. "My greetings to the people of Russia on Russia's National Day....