Contents tagged with Putin

  • Merkel urges Putin to release detained Ukrainian sailors

    The press secretary of the federal government Steffen Seibert stated that the German Chancellor Angela Merkel conducted a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    According to the message, the two sides discussed the situation in the Kerch Strait. During the conversation, Merkel urged the Russian president to release the detained  Ukrainian sailors and to ensure the passage of ships through the Kerch Strait. The parties also discussed gas transit from Russia through …

  • Putin's aide Surkov to represent Russia at the Normandy Four meeting

    Vladislav Surkov, aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin will represent Russia at the meeting of advisers on international affairs of the Normandy Four leaders, according Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, Interfax reports. “Surkov should represent us,” Peskov said.

    Earlier, Russia and Germany agreed to resolve the Kerch Crisis through the Normandy format, a diplomatic group of the representatives of four countries: Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and France.

  • China refuses to invest in Russian economy

    Russia’s attempt to shift its economic policy towards the East following the annexation of Crimea and the start of western sanctions has hit a dead end, reports

    Despite numerous appeals by Russia’s leaders, Chinese companies refuse to invest in Russian real ecomony, and are following the example set by western businesses, and withdrawing their money.

    Between January and June, the total volume of direct foreign investments from China into Russia dropped by 24%, the Central Bank of …

  • President of Belarus apologizes to Putin for the 'stormy' dispute over gas prices

    President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko commented on the public discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the gas prices which took place on Thursday, December 6, at the summit of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in St. Petersburg. Speaking on the Russia TV channel, the President of Belarus admitted that he had to apologize to Putin.

    "I spoke in a bad tone, so I had to apologize to the host of today's meeting. The discussion was very heated. You'd better not listen to it," …

  • Ahead of negotiations on Turkish Stream Greece asks Russia for money

    The Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras stated in an interview with TASS news agency that Greece hopes that Russia will make strategic investments in its economy, including infrastructure, ports and energy.

    According to him, he plans to request these large investments during an official visit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, on December 7th.

    The Greek economy, with a debt exceeding 150% of the GDP “has good opportunities of a strategic nature,” stressed Tsipras.

    Tsipras …

  • Putin explains his refusal to talk with Ukrainian President Poroshenko

    Interfax reports that the President of Russia Vladimir Putin refuses to have telephone conversations with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko because he feels that it could be used for the Ukrainian President’s re-election campaign.

    “It is not that I am just avoiding or don’t want to talk to Petro Oleksiyovych [Poroshenko], that’s not it at all. The issue is that I do not want to take part in his election campaign,” said Putin, responding to journalists’ questions as to why there have been no …

  • Putin: Russia will produce banned missiles if the US withdraws from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia will build missiles banned under the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles if the United States leaves the arms control agreement and start producing such weapons, the Kremlin stated.

    “The arguments are quite clear. Russia and the United States are the only countries that do not produce such weapons. This is true, indeed. Many countries – probably about a dozen of them – produce such weapons. Russia and the …

  • Putin tells Russian military to prepare for arms race with US

    Russian President Vladimir Putin had recently  a series of meetings in Sochi with the heads of the Defense Ministry and other departments, as well as the leading enterprises of the defense industry complex. Together, they discussed ways to improve the combat capabilities of Russian troops in light of the US’s plans to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty – a critical agreement which brought an end to the Cold War and stopped Washington from keeping nuclear missiles aimed …

  • Kremlin: Putin told Trump about the attack on Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait

    Russian Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov said that the conversation between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G 20 summit lasted 10-15 minutes. During the conversation, Vladimir Putin stated his version of the situation in the Kerch Strait, reported RIA Novosti.

    Ushakov said that the conversation took place during the reception. “During the reception, Trump went up to our president, and they had a conversation. Our president has already told the media about it. …

  • Media: Russia preparing to hand over Kuril Islands to Japan

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin have appointed special representatives to negotiate the signing of a Japanese-Russian peace treaty.

    Russia and Japan have chosen their respective deputy foreign ministers Igor Morgulov and Takeo Mori to represent them, the newspaper Mainichi reported.

    Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kotaro Nogami, who attended the meeting between Abe and Putin, explained that the two leaders “will closely coordinate their actions …