Contents tagged with Putin

  • Putin calls for increased security in Russian internet segment

    Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the need to improve the security of the Russian Internet without creating barriers for law-abiding citizens, TASS reports.

    "It is necessary to improve the security and stability of the infrastructure of the Russian Internet," the Putin said, stressing, "we are not talking about restricting the access of law-abiding citizens to the global network resources, only some barriers and filters." According to him, it is necessary to "strictly observe and …

  • Putin announces end of compulsory military service in Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia is gradually moving away from the compulsory military service model, and will abandon it completely “sometime later”, RIA Novosti reports.

    “We should bear in mind that we are gradually moving away from compulsory service in general,” the president said, adding that this process is taking place more slowly than planned due to budgetary limitations.

    “But we are still working and will continue to work to ensure that it won’t be long before …

  • Russian Prosecutor General asked the US to open a criminal case against Putin’s critic Browder

    The Russian Prosecutor General, Yury Chaika has requested the United States to launch a probe into British investor William Browder, on whose initiative the United States adopted the so-called "Magnitsky Act" on sanctions against Russian human rights violators.

    According to Radio Liberty, Chaika is said to have requested this in his letter to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In another letter, he called on the US to verify the validity of the adoption of the "Magnitsky Act" itself. According …

  • Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed dissatisfaction with Putin’s frequent visits to Hungary

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Witold Waszczykowski, stated in an interview with the newspaper Valasz that he was not happy with the frequent visits of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Hungary.

    "We are not happy, because we see Russia in a different way. But this is natural, because our geopolitical situation is also different, too. Fortunately, Hungary has no borders with Russia and therefore it is not directly threatened. The Polish-Russian border in Kaliningrad is more than 20 …

  • Putin promises to respond to US on 'oppression of Russian media'

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club that Moscow would act in kind in the case of the oppression of Russian media in the US, reports Interfax.

    "In this case, we would only act symmetrically, and fairly quickly," the Russian leader said.

    "As soon as we see concrete steps restricting the activities of our media, a mirror answer will immediately follow," he stressed.

    Putin also pointed out that the situation surrounding the Russian media in the US is …

  • Putin compares 'referendums' in Crimea and Catalonia

    At the final plenary session of the Valdai Club in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin compared the “referendums” in annexed Crimea and Catalonia.  

    “In the situation with Catalonia we saw the unanimous condemnation of independence supporters by the European Union and a whole range of other states. In this connection, I have to point out: You should have thought earlier. What, was no one aware of such disagreements lasting for centuries within Europe itself? They were aware. However, at …

  • Putin says he is disappointed that Trump is not respected in the US

    Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his regret over the lack of respect that his American counterpart Donald Trump receives in his own country, the United States.

    According to Putin, Trump is worthy of respect. "Mr. Trump was chosen by the American people and, at least for this reason, he should be respected, even if they do not agree with some of his positions. He is disrespected in his country. This is a regrettable negative component of the American political system," TASS quoted …

  • Putin: U.S. wants to push Russia out of European energy markets

    The U.S. wants to oust Russia from the energy markets of Europe through sanctions, stated on Thursday, October 19,  Russian President Vladimir Putin at the session of the Valdai Discussion Club.

    “Some do not even hide the fact that they use political pretexts and occasions to promote their own, purely commercial interests. Thus, the recent sanction package adopted by the U.S. Congress is openly aimed at pushing Russia out of the European energy markets, forcing Europe to switch to more …

  • Biletsky: Azov Battalion was removed from the front line in eastern Ukraine at Putin’s request

    The order to withdraw Azov regiment from Shyrokyne was given at the request of Russian President Vladimir Putin, as stated by the founder and former commander of the Azov regiment, People's Deputy Andriy Biletsky in an interview with Apostrophe. He believes that the decision to remove Azov from the front line was directed against him personally and against the soldiers and argued that "this is a classic meanness" by the Ukrainian authorities.

    "This was a decision directed both against me and …

  • Ukrainian official: Crimea will be returned to Ukraine only after the fall of Putin’s regime

    The annexed Crimea can only be returned to Ukraine after the fall of the current political regime in Russia, as expressed by Heorhiy Tuka, the Deputy Minister for the Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine, during an interview with UNN (Ukrainian National News).

    According to him, the annexed peninsula can’t be returned through the adoption of laws or other documents.

    "I believe that if I see and understand the options to regain control over the Donbas, I …