Contents tagged with Putin

  • Lukashenko: Belarus ready to integrate with Russia, but without coercion

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that the country is ready for real integration with Russia, but without coercion.

    “We remain, as always, committed to real integration, without coercion to integrate. And it’s strange that this began with Belarus being coerced to integrate. You understand what I’m referring to,” said Lukashenko during a meeting with Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission College, as cited by BelTA.

    He pointed out that even with Boris …

  • Belarus to receive first batch of oil from Azerbaijan

    In March, Belarus will receive its first batch of oil from Azerbaijan – 160,000 tons.

    When Russia failed to reach an agreement with its “brother Belarus” on oil prices, it essentially lost this market, and gave Minsk an opportunity to select suppliers independently. As a result, Belarus has been receiving deliveries of black gold from other countries since January, eliminating Rosneft’s monopoly.

    In January, Belarus received its first batch of Norwegian oil through the Lithuanian port of …

  • Putin refuses to negotiate with Erdogan and attacks Turkish forces in Syria

    The situation in northern Syria, where Bashar al-Assad’s army, with support from the Russian Aerospace Forces, is fighting for control over Idlib, deteriorated sharply on Thursday.

    The Turkish army, which entered Idlib at the end of last year, was targeted in an air raid, which killed at least 22 soldiers, the Daily Sabah reports, citing the authorities of the Turkish border province of Hatay.

    According to Al-Monitor, at least 30 people were killed in the attack. The Syrian Observatory for …

  • Putin lays claim to offshore assets of former Soviet states

    The former republics of the Soviet Union breached their agreements to give Russia their assets abroad, said Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday while meeting with the work group for drafting amendments to the constitution.

    According to Putin, when the Soviet Union collapsed, Moscow undertook to repay the debts of all the former Soviet republics, in exchange for which they agreed to give Moscow their foreign property.

    “The whole world was very happy” when Russia undertook to pay …

  • Kremlin: Putin has no plans to meet with Erdogan for Syria talks

    The Kremlin’s press service said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has no plans to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the situation in Syria's Idlib province, despite the Turkish leader's claims that such a meeting is likely.

    Turkey's president said earlier that he is likely to meet Putin in Istanbul for talks on Idlib next week.

    "At the moment, there is no such a meeting in President Putin's schedule for March 5. President Putin has other working …

  • Erdogan wants to meet with Putin for Syria talks no later than March 5

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the situation in Syria no later than March 5, Anadolu agency reports, citing Erdogan.

    "We agreed to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at worst on March 5," Erdogan said. According to him, the meeting can take place either in Istanbul or in Ankara. The presidents will continue to discuss the road map on Syria's Idlib.

    In addition, Erdogan said that on February 26, a Russian delegation …

  • Kremlin accuses Turkey of not fulfilling Syria agreements

    Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Turkey was not complying with the terms of the Sochi agreements on Syria.

    “The agreement stated that it is Turkey that will have to ensure the withdrawal of forces and heavy weapons in the Idlib de-escalation zone, but the Syrian terrorists are still fully armed and receive very dangerous military equipment and all this does not contribute to the normalization of the situation," Peskov said on the program "Moscow. Kremlin. Putin" on …

  • After talks with Putin, Erdogan promises more decisive steps in Syria

    Turkey will take more decisive steps in Syria, stated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    "Fighting is not easy for us, people are dying. We will take more decisive steps," he said, speaking in the city of Izmir. At the same time, Erdogan did not say what measures would be taken, but noted that Ankara "will not submit to the scenarios imposed by global powers."

    According to the Turkish leader, he recently held telephone talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, after which a roadmap on …

  • Merkel and Macron willing to meet with Putin and Erdogan for Syria talks

    During phone calls with Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have expressed their willingness to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in order to resolve the crisis in Syria’s Idlib province, the German government said in a statement.

    Merkel and Macron have expressed their concern regarding the situation in the region and the catastrophic consequences of the fighting in Idlib. The national leaders called for an immediate ceasefire and …

  • Putin’s confidence level hits 7-year low

    The resignation of the government, the constitutional reforms and the promises to spend 4 trillion rubles (around $63 billion) on assisting the poor and families with children have been powerless to halt the downward slide of the Russian government’s ratings.

    Russian citizens’ level of confidence in President Vladimir Putin lost another 4 percentage points in January 2020, falling to 35%, the Levada Center reports, based on a survey carried out in 50 of Russia’s federal subjects.

    Compared to …