Vladimir Putin

  • G20 nations want Vladimir Putin at leaders' summit 21 hours 47 minutes ago

    Cairns: Vladimir Putin is set to attend the G20 leaders' summit in November despite alarm over Russia's actions in Ukraine with host Australia on Saturday saying it was the "emphatic" wish of member nations. There had been question marks over whether Moscow should be invited to the high-powered forum in...
  • Vladimir Putin trying to destroy Ukraine, says its PM 1 week ago

    Kiev: Ukraine's prime minister said on Saturday Russian President Vladimir Putin aimed to destroy Ukraine as an independent country and said only NATO could defend the ex-Soviet republic from external aggression. Kiev and its Western backers accuse Moscow of sending troops and tanks into eastern Ukraine in support of pro-Russian separatists...
  • US, EU to intensify sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, says Barack Obama September 11, 2014

    Washington: The US and the European Union have decided to "intensify" their coordinated sanctions on Russia in the defence, finance and energy sectors as punishment for its illegal actions in Ukraine, President Barack Obama said on Thursday. "I have said from the very beginning of this crisis that we want to...
  • Putin promises new weapons to fend Western threats September 11, 2014

    Moscow: Russia is developing an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons to counter recent moves by the US and NATO, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday as the military successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile launched from a nuclear submarine. Putin accused the West of using the crisis in...
  • Vladimir Putin is 'self-centred', says Dalai Lama September 8, 2014

    Berlin: Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama criticised Russia's President Vladimir Putin as "self-centred" in a German newspaper interview on Sunday, saying Putin seems to want to "rebuild the Berlin Wall". "His attitude is: 'I, I, I'," the Dalai Lama said, pointing out that Putin had served as Russian President,...
  • Civilian killed in Ukraine shelling despite truce September 7, 2014

    Donetsk, Ukraine (AP): One civilian was killed in shelling in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol and large explosions were heard near the airport in Donetsk early on Sunday, raising fears that a cease-fire signed two days ago is on the verge of collapse. Blasts from the area near the airport...
  • Artillery attack challenges ceasefire in east Ukraine September 7, 2014

    Kiev: Ukrainian government forces came under artillery fire late on Saturday near the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine, in the first serious violation of a ceasefire declared only about 30 hours earlier. The presidents of Russia and Ukraine had earlier said the ceasefire, part of a peace road-map intended...
  • Putin, Poroshenko discuss eastern Ukraine peace September 6, 2014

    Moscow/Kiev: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko on Saturday discussed ways to make the new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine durable. The two leaders noted that the ceasefire protocol reached Friday in the Belarusian capital of Minsk "was generally being observed", Xinhua reported citing a statement from Poroshenko's...
  • Putin unveils Ukraine ceasefire plan, France halts warship September 4, 2014

    Kiev: President Vladimir Putin outlined plans for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday but Ukraine's prime minister dismissed the proposal, while France expressed its disapproval of Moscow's support for separatist forces by halting delivery of a warship. After speaking to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko by phone, Putin said he believed...
  • Confusion as Ukraine, Russia announce progress towards peace September 3, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine said on Wednesday its president had agreed with Russia's Vladimir Putin on steps towards a "ceasefire regime" in Kiev's conflict with pro-Russian rebels, but the Kremlin denied any actual truce deal, sowing confusion on the eve of a NATO summit. "The parties reached mutual understanding on the steps that...
  • Ukraine says Putin, Poroshenko agree on 'permanent ceasefire' in Donbass region September 3, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko reached agreement with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday on a "permanent ceasefire" in eastern Ukraine's Donbass region, Poroshenko's press office said. There was no immediate sign on the ground of a halt in the fighting between Kiev's forces and pro-Russian separatists in the mainly...
  • Obama to Europe: NATO to oppose Russian aggression September 3, 2014

    Washington:Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering NATO's security commitments to nervous member states near the Russian border. Ahead of a high-stakes NATO summit that begins...
  • Putin calls for talks on east Ukraine 'statehood'; rebels fire on ship September 1, 2014

    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 August 30, 2014

    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 August 29, 2014

    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 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...