Vladimir Putin

  • Russia has no intention of sending troops to Ukraine: Sergei Lavrov 29-03-2014 04:40 PM

    Russian said on Saturday it had no intention of sending its armed forces into Ukraine, signalling Moscow wants to ease tensions in the worst East-West standoff since the Cold war. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reinforced a message from President Vladimir Putin that Russia will settle - at least for now...
  • Putin formally gets Crimea; Ukraine, EU sign deal 21-03-2014 07:42 PM

    President Vladimir Putin completed his annexation of Crimea on Friday, signing the Black Sea peninsula into Russia just as Ukraine itself sealed a deal pulling the country closer into Europe's orbit. Putin said he saw no need to further retaliate against US sanctions, a newly conciliatory tone apparently aiming to...
  • Obama targets Putin allies as Russia races to complete Crimea annexation 21-03-2014 12:28 AM

    US President Barack Obama announced sanctions on Thursday against prominent Russians including close allies of President Vladimir Putin, as Moscow raced to complete its annexation of Crimea and built up its forces in the region. Moscow responded by announcing its own sanctions against senior US politicians in retaliation against visa...
  • India won't back western sanctions against Russia over Crimea: sources 19-03-2014 02:41 PM

    New Delhi: India has decided not to go with western block on sanctions against Russia over the Crimea issue, say sources. India has stated its position to not support unilateral sanctions by any country unless authorised by the UN. Sources say India is taking a balanced view of the situation...
  • Vladimir Putin calls up PM Manmohan Singh, explains situation in Crimea 18-03-2014 10:37 PM

    New Delhi: Hours after taking the step of merging Crimea with Russia, President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday explained the situation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who underlined India's position on "unity and territorial integrity" of countries and hoped a diplomatic solution would be found to the issue. Singh expressed the...
  • Defiant Putin signs treaty making Crimea part of Russia 18-03-2014 07:05 PM

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, on Tuesday signed a treaty making Crimea part Russia but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine. In a fiercely patriotic address to a joint session of the Russian parliament in the Kremlin, punctuated by...
  • Putin declares Crimea 'sovereign and independent' 18-03-2014 12:22 AM

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree recognizing Crimea as a "sovereign and independent country." The Kremlin said Putin signed the decree on Monday, the day after the Black Sea peninsula voted to declare independence from Ukraine and seek annexation by Russia. Crimea's declaration of independence Monday from Ukraine...
  • Russia calls on Ukraine to be a federal state 17-03-2014 04:36 PM

    Moscow: Russia's foreign ministry is calling on Ukraine to become a federal state and call fresh elections. In a statement posted on Monday the ministry urged Ukraine's parliament to call a constitutional assembly which could draft a new constitution to make the country federal, handing more power to its regions....
  • Putin chairs Russian security session on Ukraine 13-03-2014 09:56 PM

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has chaired a meeting of his Security Council focusing on the crisis in Ukraine. Putin said at the start of Thurday's meeting that he wants to discuss ties with Russia's "friends and partners in Ukraine," as well as Russia's relations with the United States and the...
  • Obama to meet Ukrainian PM on Wednesday 10-03-2014 12:18 PM

    President Barack Obama will meet this week with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the White House said Sunday, in a prominent show of US support for Ukraine's fledgling new government. Vice President Joe Biden cut short his trip to Latin America, nixing a planned stop in the Dominican Republic so...
  • Crimea votes to leave Ukraine, join Russia, Obama orders sanctions 07-03-2014 07:19 AM

    Ukraine lurched toward breakup on Thursday as lawmakers in Crimea unanimously declared they wanted to join Russia and would put the decision to voters in 10 days. President Barack Obama condemned the move and the West answered with the first real sanctions against Russia. Speaking from the White House, Obama...
  • Putin talks tough but cools tensions over Ukraine 05-03-2014 08:07 AM

    Moscow: Stepping back from the brink of war, Vladimir Putin talked tough but cooled tensions in the Ukraine crisis on Tuesday, saying Russia has no intention "to fight the Ukrainian people" but reserves the right to use force. As the Russian president held court in his personal residence, US Secretary...
  • Putin: military force would be 'last resort' in Ukraine 04-03-2014 08:06 PM

    President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia would only use military force in Ukraine as a last resort, in remarks apparently intended to ease East-West tension over fears of war in the former Soviet republic. Russia however reserved the right to use all options in Ukraine to protect its...
  • Russia's Putin orders troops in military exercise back to base 04-03-2014 12:45 PM

    President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops that took part in military exercises in central and western Russia to return to base after completing their training, Russian news agencies quoted the Kremlin spokesman as saying on Tuesday. Moscow had denied that the exercises, which began last week, had anything to do...
  • Putin builds up armor near Crimea, Russian assets plummet 03-03-2014 05:17 PM

    Ukraine said Russia was building up armored vehicles on its side of a narrow stretch of water near the Ukrainian region of Crimea after President Vladimir Putin said he had the right to invade his neighbor, prompting a sell-off in Russian assets. Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday and Washington...
  • Ukraine mobilizes after Putin's 'declaration of war' 02-03-2014 09:44 PM

    Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday, after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade, creating the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War. "This is not a threat: this is actually the declaration of war to my country," said Ukraine's Prime Minister...
  • Hundreds of gunmen surround Ukraine military base 02-03-2014 07:13 PM

    Perevalne: Hundreds of armed men in trucks and armoured vehicles surrounded a Ukrainian military base on Sunday in Crimea, blocking its soldiers from leaving. The outnumbered Ukrainians placed a tank at the base's gate, leaving the two sides in a tense standoff. In Kiev, Ukraine's new prime minister urged Russian...
  • Russia's Parliament permits military use in Ukraine 01-03-2014 09:18 PM

    Russia's Parliament granted President Vladimir Putin permission to use the country's military in Ukraine and also recommended Saturday that Moscow's ambassador be recalled from Washington over comments made by President Barack Obama. The unanimous vote in an emergency session formalized what Ukrainian officials described as an invasion of Russian troops...
  • Ukraine cites Russian troop movements as Crimea sliding from its grasp 01-03-2014 07:37 PM

    Ukraine accused Russia on Saturday of sending thousands of extra troops to Crimea and placed its military in the area on high alert as the Black Sea peninsula appeared to slip beyond Kiev's control. Russia's RIA news agency said pro-Russian authorities in the region, which has an ethnic Russian majority,...
  • Putin asks Parliament to use military in Ukraine 01-03-2014 07:36 PM

    Kiev: The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked Parliament for permission to use the country's military in Ukraine. Putin says the move is needed to protect ethnic Russians and the personnel of a Russian military base in Ukraine's strategic region of Crimea. The pro-Russian prime minister of Ukraine's...
  • The ultimate Vladimir Putin selfie clicked at Sochi Olympics with Canadian fans 15-02-2014 02:41 PM

    Russian President Vladimir Putin posed for an impromptu selfie with Canadian fans at the Sochi Olympics. He also dropped in on the US Olympic Committee's headquarters at the Olympic Park. The image soon went viral. ...
  • Winter Games open, Putin keen to prove doubters wrong 07-02-2014 11:27 PM

    Russia's Winter Olympics officially got underway on the Black Sea coast on Friday with a burst of fireworks and a dazzling opening ceremony that President Vladimir Putin hoped would dispel fears of militant attacks and a row over gay rights. Putin has staked his reputation on hosting a safe and...
  • Russian President Putin links gays to pedophiles 19-01-2014 11:19 PM

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered new assurances to gay athletes and fans attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics next month. Yet he defended Russia's anti-gay law by equating gays with pedophiles and said Russia needs to cleanse" itself of homosexuality if it wants to increase its birth rate....
  • PM condemns terror attack in Russia as 'ghastly', writes to Putin 30-12-2013 11:11 PM

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday strongly condemned the "ghastly" terrorist attacks in the southern Russian city of Volgograd and conveyed to Russian President Vladimir Putin condolences for the victims. In a letter to Putin, Singh termed the attacks as "unconscionable" crime against humanity and said he was "outraged and...
  • Sonia Gandhi third most powerful woman in Forbes list 31-10-2013 08:30 AM

    New York: The Forbes list of the world's most powerful people is out and Congress President Sonia Gandhi has been ranked as the third most influential woman in the world. She is 21st on the overall list. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff were the only women...
  • Manmohan to discuss border cooperation, LAC row, trade with China 22-10-2013 05:25 PM

    Beijing: India and China are expected to sign Border Defence Cooperation Agreement during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Beijing while Confidence-Building Measures (CBM) in the military field along the Line of Actual Control is likely to be upgraded. Setting up a hotline between border commanders, holding frequent meetings between...
  • Manmohan gets special present from Putin 21-10-2013 11:27 PM

    In a gesture marking their close friendship, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday presented visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a lithograph painting of Russian monarch Nicholas II who had visited India in the 19th century, a map of India of that time as well as a Mughal coin. The...
  • Manmohan, Putin direct officials to resolve Kudankulam's outstanding issues 21-10-2013 10:15 PM

    Moscow: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding several matters, but there was no breakthrough on the Kundankulam nuclear project. Singh, who is in Moscow to attend the 14th India-Russia Annual Summit, stressed the Kudankulam nuclear plant project was an important symbol of...
  • Full text: Manmohan, Putin's joint Statement on 14th India-Russia Annual Summit 21-10-2013 07:30 PM

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is in Moscow for the 14th India-Russia Annual Siummit held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on defence, trade and nuclear cooperation. Both the leaders welcomed the continuing momentum of high-level bilateral contacts and intense dialogues that had taken place during the year, between the...
  • Manmohan, Putin praise each other for bolstering bilateral ties 21-10-2013 06:48 PM

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Monday, showered accolades on each other for pushing the bilateral relationship as they held talks on ways to bolster the strategic ties further. "India is our strategic partner. Most of our mutual achievements have been achieved under your leadership and...