Contents tagged with Putin

  • Russian soldier killed in Syria

    On 31 January, a Russian contract soldier was killed “while carrying out a combat assignment” in Syria. The 24 year-old, Maxim Pletnev, was a resident of town of Tikhoretsk in Russia’s Krasnodar Krai, Radio Liberty reports.

    The fact that he died in the Near East was confirmed by Sergey Zakharov, deputy head of the Tikhoretsk region. Journalists discovered that Pletnev had also served on the Russian-Ukrainian border at the height of the conflict in the Donbas.

    Pletnev’s death was reported by …

  • Media: Russia has tested Putin’s new 'doomsday' weapons at sea

    Russia has tested the reactor of the Poseidon, the unmanned underwater vehicle which Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted of last year, reported TASS with a reference to its source in the Russian military-defense industry.

    According to the source, the test was carried out at sea and confirmed “the previously declared specifications of its unlimited range of use and speed of over 200 kmph”.

    Thee information has not been officially confirmed by the Kremlin.

    Putin first spoke about the …

  • Interpol removes former Ukrainian President Yanukovych from the wanted list

    Interpol again removed the former President Viktor Yanukovych from the international wanted list, reports Ukrainski Novyny news agency with reference to the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office. 

    "We request an arrest warrant, but they refuse. They consider it to be political persecution," said the press secretary of the Prosecutor General, Larisa Sargan. 

    According to her, after the sentence, the Prosecutor General’s Office will again turn to Interpol to resume the international search for …

  • Yanukovych says he is ready to discuss Ukrainian prisoners exchange with Putin

    During a press conference in Russia, Former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych announced that he is ready to initiate a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the exchange of prisoners according to the “all for all” procedure. 

    “If necessary, if there is such initiative on the Ukrainian side, I am ready to talk with Putin and submit such proposal,” said Yanukovych. 

    According to him, for this to happen he needs some initiative from the President Petro Poroshenko, and the order …

  • Putin and Netanyahu to discuss Iranian presence in Syria

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that he would meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow later this month, to discuss Iranian presence in Syria.

    Negotiations on February 21st will be devoted to Israel’s efforts to prevent Iran from creating a “new [ant-Israeli] front on the other side of Golan Heights,” Netanyahu said on Tuesday.

    Moscow has not yet confirmed that the meeting would take place.

    This will be the third meeting between Netanyahu and Putin since July 2018 …

  • Russian recruitment offices refuse to grant veteran status to soldiers fighting in Syria

    Russian soldiers who have participated in combat in Syria are fighting to obtain official recognition as combat veterans and pension supplements for their families, Kommersant reports.

    In the Russian city of Vladimir, a court has awarded a lawsuit filed by the widow of a Russian officer killed in Syria against the local recruitment office, which refused to pay her pension supplements for the loss the family breadwinner. The issue is that the recruitment offices in Russia refuse to recognize …

  • Russian media: Aircraft belonging to ‘Putin’s chef’ flies frequently to Syria and Africa

    A private jet believed to belong to the Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, also known as “Putin’s chef”, has been flying nearly every month to the Near East and Africa, where Russian mercenaries are known to be fighting, according to an investigation by the Russian news outlet Novaya Gazeta and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

    The aircraft, a Raytheon HAWKER 800XP with the registration number M-VITO, officially belongs to a company in the Seychelles with an …

  • Russian Foreign Minister blames ‘arrogant’ West for new nuclear arms race

    The West does not want to talk to Russia “as equals” and is responsible for unleashing a new nuclear arms race, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday.

    According to him, Moscow is “unfazed” by the “arrogance” of western countries, and believes that everything will ultimately be set straight.

    The Russian diplomat stressed that Moscow will respond to the US’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, announced by President Donald Trump on 2 February, …

  • Caracas promises to expand economic cooperation with Russia amid crisis in Venezuela

    The Venezuelan government does not plan to reduce cooperation with Russian companies but will, on the contrary, increase it despite the political crisis in the country, stated Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez at a briefing with Russian media on Sunday.

    "Yesterday I met with the representatives of Russian companies,” she said. “Not only are we are not going to reduce relations with them in any way, but we will expand the cooperation." 

    "The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro is …

  • Germany advises Russia to take controversial 9M729 missiles beyond Ural Mountains

    If Russia were to relocate its new 9M729 missiles to the Asian side of the Ural Mountains so that they cannot reach Europe, it could possibly preserve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, suggested German parliamentarians Roderich Kiesewetter (CDU) and Rolf Mützenich (SPD), the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports.

    The German newspaper notes that Kiesewetter and Mützenich voiced their suggestions independently of each other. The MPs believe that such a solution should be …