Contents tagged with Putin

  • President of European Council Tusk refuses to congratulate Putin on winning the election

    On Wednesday, March 21, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk said that because of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, he will not congratulate the president of Russia on re-election, RIA Novosti reported.

    "After the attack in Salisbury, I have no mood to celebrate the re-election of President Putin," Tusk said, answering questions from journalists in Brussels on Wednesday.

    Tusk is not alone in his sentiments. The President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė and Polish …

  • Putin gets almost 85% of the vote from Russians abroad

    Vladimir Putin received 84.99% of the vote from Russians who went to polling stations abroad, RIA Novosti reported, citing a member of Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC), Vasily Likhachev.

    According to the CEC, almost 475,300 people voted abroad in the recent presidential election in Russia.

    “In first place was Vladimir Putin, with 403,942 votes. In percentage terms that is 84.99%. In second place was Pavel Grudinin (23,938 votes or 5.04%). In third place was Ksenia Sobchak (19,331 …

  • Trump congratulates Putin for election victory

    On Tuesday, March 20, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke on the telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin and congratulated him on his victory in the presidential election, as reported by the Kremlin press service.

    It was noted that the call was initiated by the American president.

    The heads of state spoke about cooperating to ensure strategic stability and combat international terrorism, and also noted the need for coordinated efforts to limit the arms race.

    The leaders of the …

  • French President Macron speaks to Putin about supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine

    According to the Élysée Palace’s website, French President Emmanuel Macron had a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the conversation, Macron reminded Putin of the latter’s commitment to a constructive dialogue between Russia, France and Europe.

    "The President recalled that France remains firmly committed to the full restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and the effective implementation …

  • Kyiv prohibits Russians from voting in Ukrainian territory

    Kyiv has decided to prohibit Russians, except for diplomats, to vote in Ukraine since Moscow “continuously violates international treaties,” as stated by Member of the board of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and member of Ukrainian Parliament Anton Herashchenko.   

    ​“In the opinion of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this decision is consistent with international law. Diplomats’ right to vote is covered by the international convention”, — he noted. Herashchenko added that if Russian citizens …

  • Journalist: Putin had the idea to capture Crimea since 2008

    In an interview with journalist Yury Dud, Alexei Venediktov, journalist and Editor-in-Chief of Echo of Moscow, claimed that Vladimir Putin came up with the idea to occupy the Crimea sometime around 2008.

     “And, probably, there were plans made, in due order by the Joint Staff, and when the authorities in Kyiv crumbled, [when they] fell during the time of Maidan (Ukrainian Revolution), Putin thought that he could line it up. If Yanukovych had stayed, it’s unclear whether the Crimea would have …

  • Kyiv: Putin’s visit to Crimea violates Ukraine’s sovereignty

    On March 14, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine protested another visit by the Russian delegation, headed by President Vladimir Putin to annexed Crimea, which was not coordinated with Ukraine.

    "Ukraine considers the said visit, as well as other so-called ‘visits’ of Russian officials to the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol a gross violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is a cynical and demonstrative disregard by the …

  • Khodorkovsky claims Putin is involved in Skripal poisoning

    Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an oppositionist who lives in Switzerland said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is responsible for the poisoning of former British spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. "Putin ordered this done. That or he lost control of the special services, which is also likely," Khodorkovsky said on Tuesday, March 13, on German public-service television channel ZDF.

    Former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia were found unconscious in Salisbury. England …

  • Putin flatly refused to return Crimea

    During an interview for the film “Putin”, which was made by Russian reporter Andrey Kondrashev, the Russian President said that under no circumstances will he give up the Crimea.

    One of the questions that Kondrashev asked Putin concerned the circumstances under which he would return the Crimea.

    “What, have you lost your mind? Under no circumstances, and I never will,” replied Putin.

    A few days earlier, a film by another Russian reporter, Vladimir Solovyov, was released under the title The …

  • Putin says his spokesman 'sometimes talks nonsense'

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that sometimes he does not understand his press secretary Dmitry Peskov, whose statements are considered to be the official position of the Kremlin.

    During an interview with the American channel NBC, Putin was asked to comment on statements by Andrei Krutskikh, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cooperation in Information Security that appeared to confirm Russian interference in the American elections. Putin …