Contents tagged with Putin

  • Putin calls Lukashenko to discuss detention of Russian mercenaries in Belarus

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko held a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, reported Putin's press service.

    According to the press service, the Presidents "exchanged views" on the recent detention in Belarus of 33 mercenaries of the private military company the Wagner group".

    "The sides expressed confidence that the situation will be resolved in a spirit of mutual understanding characteristic of cooperation between the two countries," Putin's press service …

  • Poland: Nord Stream 2 will help Putin to buy more weapons

    During an online conference organized by the American think tank the Atlantic Council, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that he believes that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will allow Russia to buy weapons using European money, reports Polskie Radio.

    "We would like such steps [construction of Nord Stream 2] to be taken on the basis of consensus in NATO," the head of the Polish government said. According to him, the North Atlantic Alliance is important for the preservation of peace …

  • China blocks Putin's Article on World War II

    The Chinese translation of the article "75th Anniversary of the Great Victory: Shared Responsibility to History and our Future," in which Putin justifies the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, holds the Polish leadership responsible for Hitler's attack on the country and calls the Baltic countries' accession to the USSR legal, appeared on the Chinese version of the Sputnik website (part of the "Russia Today") on June 20.

    According to the news outlet Meduza, the article was blocked on the same day and,  …

  • Russia claims to have successfully tested Zircon hypersonic missile

    The Russian Defense Ministry has successfully completed tests of the Zircon hypersonic missile, reports the Russian news agency RBC citing a statement of the Defense Ministry.

    The test launches of the new missile were conducted from the frigate Admiral Gorshkov. "The tests confirmed the unique tactical and technical characteristics of this missile in terms of range and accuracy, as well as hypersonic speed of its flight," the Russian Defense Ministry said.

    The ministry noted that the unmanned …

  • Putin and Zelensky discuss Donbas settlement over the phone

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, reported the press service of the Ukrainian President.

    The parties discussed the implementation of the agreements reached during the Normandy summit on December 9, 2019 in Paris.

    Zelensky also raised the issue of security in the Donbas. The parties welcomed the agreement on a full and comprehensive ceasefire in the Donbas, which began at 00:01 on July 27. The Russian President  …

  • Kadyrov is given rank of Major General by Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin gave head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov military rank of Major General.

    Kadyrov wrote on his VKontakte page that Putin himself read out the decree by phone and congratulated him on the new rank.

    "Yesterday, I had the honor to accept congratulations on the military rank of Major General personally from the President of Russia, Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Vladimir Putin," Kadyrov wrote.

    The head of Chechnya reminded that he is Putin's "faithful infantryman" and is …

  • Putin and Zelensky to sign agreement on full ceasefire in Donbas

    During his visit to the Donbas, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky announced that the agreement on a full ceasefire in the Donbas, which is expected to begin on July 27, will be signed with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as the rest of the Normandy Four member states.

    According to Zelensky, Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) reached an agreement on a full ceasefire in the Donbas, but, in his opinion, now the document requires signatures of the heads of the "Normandy Four" countries, …

  • Iran expresses interest in buying latest Russian weapons

    Tehran is interested in purchasing latest Russian weapons, Russia is Iran's priority partner in military cooperation, said Iranian Ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali.

    "We will consult with Russia on what we need to strengthen our defense capability. The Russian government and the Russian people have been and remain with us in tough times. In this regard, Russia is a priority partner for us," he said in an interview with the Russian newspaper Kommersant.

    Jalali noted that Russia has great …

  • Putin announces construction of two helicopter carriers in annexed Crimea

    On Monday, July 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in the annexed Crimea, where at Zaliv shipyard in Kerch announced the start of construction of helicopter carriers, TASS reports.

    "Today, six new long-distance ships are being laid down at the three leading shipyards of Russia. Two universal amphibious ships will be built here, in Kerch. Two frigates are at Severnaya Verf shipyard in St. Petersburg, and two nuclear submarines are in Severodvinsk at Sevmash Shipyard," Putin said.

    The …

  • Putin demands increase in Russia's military spending

    The draft federal budget for 2021-23 should include additional resources to ensure the country's defense capability, said Russian President Vladimir Putin during a video conference meeting, which was attended by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, his deputies, the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank, as well as officials of the presidential administration and the General Staff of the Armed Forces.

    The coronavirus epidemic and forced restrictions "literally froze the global economy," Putin …