Contents tagged with Putin

  • Russian tourists not in a hurry to leave Georgia after Putin’s flight ban

    Russian tourists in Georgia do not see the reason for the quick return home. According to them, the situation in the country is calm, despite the riots organized by the opposition in Tbilisi, reports TourDom news outlet.

    The same report gives journalist Yevgeny Zheyda, who is on vacation in Georgia.

    "From the first day, we noticed that Georgians do not equate Russian tourists with Russian authorities — there was no negativity towards us, even though you can find people wearing t-shirts with …

  • Putin: Russia has no plans to hand over South Kurils

    Speaking on the program “Saturday news with Sergey Brilev” on Russia 1 TV channel, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is not going to hand over the South Kuril Islands to Japan.

    Answering the question of the host, whether it would be necessary to lower the Russian flag that is raised in the South Kurils, President Putin said that "we do not have such plans," reports Interfax news agency.

    The USSR annexed the South Kurils in the end of the World War II. According to the Soviet– …

  • Putin bans flights to Georgia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree temporarily prohibiting Russian airlines from carrying out air transportation of Russian citizens from the territory of the Russian Federation to the territory of Georgia from July 8, reports the Kremlin's press service.

    The decree that was signed on June 21 recommends tour operators and travel agents to avoid selling the tourist packages that provide the transportation of Russian citizens to Georgia.

    The document was adopted by the President " …

  • Putin prepared to talk to Trump

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that he is willing to talk to US President Donald Trump, if that is what his American colleague wants. However, Putin observed that Trump’s re-election campaign could complicate Russia-US relations.

    Trump said previously that he is expecting to meet with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan, although Moscow claims it has not yet received any official requests for a meeting.

    Relations between the two countries are tense due to a …

  • Putin acknowledges presence of Russian mercenaries in Syria

    There are contractors from private military companies (PMCs) in Syria, but they do not represent the Russian government, said Russian President Vladimir Putin in an episode of the TV show “Direct Line”, when asked why combat veteran status is not given to Russians who work as mercenaries abroad.

    “They are really there,” Putin said, referring to the private military contractors. However, he continued, this is “not the state”, and these people are technically not combat veterans. They deal with “ …

  • Shoygu promises Russian army completely new laser energy weapon

    The Russian army will soon receive a completely new kind of weapon which utilizes laser and hypersonic technology, said Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, as cited by TASS.

    “In the near future, the army and the fleet will receive a completely new, unprecedented type of weapon, based on hypersonic and laser energy technology,” the minister said during a scientific conference attended by Russia’s military leaders.

    He claimed that the first prototypes of the new weapon have already been …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky: I'll tell Putin that Crimea and Donbas are Ukraine

    In an interview with the German newspaper Bild, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that he will start a conversation at a possible meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin with the issue of the Donbas and Crimea.

    "Let's start with the fact that the Donbas and the Crimea are Ukraine," Zelensky said.

    He expressed hope that Crimea will return to Ukraine as soon as possible.

    "I love Crimea so much. I've been there many, many times. This is a unique place in Ukraine with its nature …

  • Kremlin: Putin and Trump may meet before G20 Summit

    In an interview with a program "Moscow. Kremlin. Putin" on Russia 1 TV channel the Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that a full-format meeting between Vladimir Putin and the US President Donald Trump might take place a day before the G20 Summit in Osaka.

    Peskov noted that there had been no initiative from Washington on the meeting of the Presidents. He added that in this case, it is necessary to "pay close attention to the details." "Trump previously said that he " …

  • Kremlin: Putin adopts wait-and-see approach with Ukrainian President Zelensky

    In an episode of the program “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin”, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that Putin has taken a wait-and-see attitude towards Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, because it is not yet clear what his approach will be towards the essential items on the agenda, Interfax reports. In particular, it is unclear whether Ukraine will maintain its “hostile” stance toward Russia. The Kremlin would also like to understand the new president’s attitude to the Minsk Agreements. …

  • Putin asks Kuwait Emir to release Russian woman convicted of embezzling $60 million

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked the Emir of Kuwait, Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, to release the Russian citizen Maria Lazareva, who has been convicted of embezzling $60 million from Kuwait government funds, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reports, citing an anonymous source.

    The article claims that Putin made his request while talking to Sabah IV when he congratulated him on his 90th birthday. Putin reportedly asked the emir to take personal control of the case and to help the …