Contents tagged with Putin

  • Putin supports the plan to stop using the US dollar in Russia

    The head of the Russian bank VTB Andrey Kostin stated that the Russian President Vladimir Putin “mostly” supported his proposal to stop using the US dollar, RIA Novosti reports.

    We do not intend to completely abandon the dollar, said Kostin. According to him, the proposal recommends a gradual transition to transactions in other national currencies, for example, between the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union and in specific areas such as weapons.

    “This is a long-term plan and is aimed …

  • Skripal poisoning suspect was awarded Hero of Russia for evacuating Yanukovych

    GRU Colonel Anatoly Chepiga (Ruslan Boshirov), one of the prime suspects in the Skripal poisoning case, was head of the special operation to evacuate former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych from Ukraine, claims  Sergei Kanev, a journalist from the Investigation Control Center (ICC) who was recently forced to flee Russia. Kanev was part of the joint investigation into the Salisbury incident by The Insider and Bellingcat which uncovered the identities of the prime suspects.

    According to …

  • Poroshenko thanks Putin for 'European' Ukraine

     Ukraine will never return to the “Russian Empire,” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated in an interview with CNN. According to him, it is Russian President Vladimir Putin who made Ukraine a more “European country” because during the conflict in the Donbas, the level of support of European integration among the population grew from 33% to 74%.

    “Who did this? Putin. So, thank you Mr. Putin for making my country much more European and much more ready to protect European values, …

  • Serbian President intends to discuss situation in Kosovo with Putin on October 2

    At a press conference, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said that he plans to discuss the situation in Kosovo at the coming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and ask for his support.  

    "Today, we have notified the ambassador of the Russian Federation, as well as the US ambassador and others of the situation. In two days, I will be meeting with President Putin. We will be speaking about important issues for Serbia, therefore the situation in Kosovo and Metohija will definitely be …

  • Russian Foreign Minister: Putin received invitation to visit the USA

    During the press-conference at the UN, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin received an invitation to visit the USA, RBC news agency reports.

    “President Putin received an invitation from President Trump. President Trump was also invited to visit Russia,” the minister said.

    Lavrov added that the dates are still unknown, and it is necessary to wait for suggestions and willingness from both sides.

    The meeting between Putin and Trump took place on …

  • President of Moldova Dodon speaks about Putin’s warning

    President of Moldova Igor Dodon said in an interview with Lenta.ru that his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin does not mind if Moldova is friends with anyone, as long it’s not someone who is against Russia.

    "Vladimir Vladimirovich told me: ‘Who you want to be friends with isn’t a problem as long as you aren’t friends with our enemies. We want to be friends and work with you, buy your apples and wine and visit you. We want to sell energy and other resources at good prices. But if …

  • Belarus President Lukashenko speaks about ‘hard' negotiations with Putin in Sochi

    The negotiations of Russia’s and Belarus leaders on September 21 in Sochi were "hard" but effective, said Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the government, reports BelTA.

    Lukashenko's meeting with the government in Minsk was devoted to the results of his talks with Putin in Sochi. "The main part of the talks was one-on-one with the [Russian] president. Negotiations lasted six hours, even more. Frankly, it was not only hard but difficult negotiations, but they were …

  • Putin: Russia ready to finance Nord Stream 2 in event of US sanctions

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is prepared to fully finance the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline if the US places sanctions on participants of the consortium.

    Putin informed the German government of these plans during his visit to the Schloss Meseberg on August 18, when he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports, citing informed sources.

    At present, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is being built by an international consortium of …

  • Media: Passports of Skripal poisoning suspects may unmask other Russian intelligence agents

    The passport numbers of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom the UK suspects of attempting to assassinate Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, may reveal the identities of other Russian intelligence agents, writes news outlet The Insider, which is working together with the investigative group Bellingcat to investigate the facts surrounding the suspects’ identities.

    Another series of studies published on Thursday state that Petrov and Boshirov’s passport numbers are virtually identical, …

  • Russian military observer: Russia lost control of Syrian airspace and shot down the IL-20

    The crash of the Russian Il-20 aircraft in the district of the Syrian city of Latakia was caused by the fact that the Russian military lost control of the airspace and the Syrian air defense system in the area of its Khmeimim airbase, writes Russian journalist and military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer in his blog for the newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

    He reminded that the air defense system of the Assad's Syrian Arab Armed Forces, which the Soviet Union helped to build, was almost fully destroyed due …