Contents tagged with Putin

  • German journalist: the European Union is waiting for Putin to leave

    Russia is waiting for the European Union (EU) to understand that the EU needs it, while the EU is waiting for Putin to leave and be replaced by someone with whom they can talk, as in the 1990s, stated Alexander Rahr, the scientific director of the German-Russian forum, at a political discussion dedicated to the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Germany, Rosbalt reports.

    "I believe that the influence of the Kremlin on the elections and Western policy is very exaggerated. I do not think …

  • Media: Putin will run as 'People's Candidate' in Russia’s presidential elections

    The number of Vladimir Putin's agents in the presidential elections in Russia will increase in 2018 in comparison with previous elections, due to the addition of regional leaders of public opinion, reported news website , citing sources in regional administrations, reported this.

    The sources said that the Kremlin asked for lists of leaders of public opinion, including well-known and respected athletes, cultural figures and philanthropists. A special wish was that they lived not only …

  • Media: Nomination of Putin for president will take place in two stages

    The presidential campaign strategy being developed by the Kremlin's political bloc is almost ready, Kommersant newspaper reports, referring to sources in the presidential administration. The well-informed sources confirmed that there are plans to conduct the nomination of Putin for presidency in two stages.

    The first stage, during which the head of state will publicly announce his consent to run for a new term, is scheduled for November. Before that, several events with his participation are …

  • Putin orders Russian government to provide pensions to former Ukrainian military in the Crimea

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the Russian government, in conjunction with the Ministry of Defense of the country and Kremlin-controlled executive bodies of the annexed Crimea and Sevastopol, to take action regarding pensions for Russian citizens who previously served in the Ukrainian armed forces.

    As reported on the Kremlin's website, this order by Putin was among the items approved following his trip to the annexed Sevastopol on August 18-20.

    In particular, Putin instructed …

  • Japanese Prime Minister urges Putin to make peace treaty on Kurils

    Russia and Japan need to overcome all the challenges, put an end to the “abnormal situation”, and make a peace treaty regarding the Kuril Islands, stated Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Eastern Economic Forum, Interfax reports.

    According to Abe, in the last year Russian and Japanese relations have seen the beginning of the progress which the countries had been unable to achieve in 70 years. He added that soon it may be possible to see the “bright future of Russian-Japanese relations, …

  • Putin: Tillerson fell into ‘bad company’

    Speaking at the economic forum in Vladivostok on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, noting that he "fell into some bad company" after receiving a state award from Russia four years ago for his contribution to the development of Russian-American relations.

    Addressing one of the US citizens present at the plenary session of the economic forum, Putin said, "We also awarded the Order of Friendship to your compatriot, Mr. Tillerson. However, …

  • German Foreign Ministry: Unacceptable for UN to involve separatists in negotiations about peacekeepers in Donbas

    It is unacceptable for the United Nations to involve separatists in the negotiation process on peacekeeping activity in the Donbas, said German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer, UNIAN reports.

    “It is unacceptable and unheard of for the UN to involve separatists in the negotiation process on peacekeeping activity in any region,” Schaefer emphasized.

    According to him, it is inappropriate to talk only about the contact line, since the separatists obstruct the OSCE SMM in all Eastern …

  • Putin: Supply of American weapons to Ukraine will not change the situation in Donbas

    The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, stated that the supply of US weapons to Ukraine, if such a decision is made, won’t change anything in the Donbas, as he told journalists at a press conference after the BRICS summit.

    “It is the sovereign decision of the United States to sell weapons or supply for free, and which country gets this help. We can’t influence this process, but there are common international rules and approaches. The supply of weapons to the conflict zone is not beneficial to …

  • Polish general: Putin increasingly fears Ukrainian army

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is increasingly afraid of the Ukrainian army as it is getting stronger. This opinion was expressed by the former Commander of the Polish Land Forces and Deputy Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Poland, Waldemar Skrzypczak, in the commentary section of Ukrinform.

    "Ukraine can be afraid of some actions [during the Zapad-2017 exercises], which will in no small part weaken the Ukrainian army. In my opinion, Putin fears the Ukrainian army more than …

  • Kremlin: Putin will not take part in the next session of UN General Assembly

    President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, doesn’t plan to participate in the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, which will be held in New York in September, as stated by Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, RIA Novosti reports.

    "The Russian President's participation is not planned," he noted.

    The UN General Assembly will open on September 12th and will start discussions on general political issues during the week of September 19th.

    It is also expected that US President …