Contents tagged with Putin

  • Obama urges Putin to advance in the implementation of 'Minsk' before the end of his term in the White House

    US President Barack Obama, during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, urged the Russian President to try and make progress in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements before the end of his term in January 2017.

    Obama discussed the content of his conversation with the Russian leader at the final press conference following the APEC summit.

    "I talked with Putin about Ukraine, about the need to implement the Minsk Agreements. I called on him to instruct his negotiating team to work …

  • Linkevicius: Putin may test NATO before the start of Trump’s presidency

    Lithuania has not ruled out the possibility that Russian President Vladimir Putin may test NATO for several weeks before Donald Trump officially becomes the president of the United States.

    This was stated by the minister of foreign affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, in an interview with BBC.

    Linkevičius said that there is a danger that Putin considers the period between now and the start of Trump’s presidency in January as an opportunity to test the combat readiness and diplomatic …

  • Gazeta Wyborcza: Ulyukaev was arrested to intimidate other Russian officials

    Russian government authorities were very surprised by the arrest of the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Alexey Ulyukaev. Ulyukaev became an expert-savior, who managed to keep the Russian economy afloat despite the pressure of sanctions and low oil prices. He has now been accused of corruption by the Investigative Committee, as reported by Gazeta Wyborcza.

    “I respect him very much. Ulyukaev isn’t one of those, who I would suspect of something like that. Nothing is …

  • McCain warns Trump not to become too friendly with Russia

    The republican senator John McCain warned US president-elect Donald Trump against softening relations with Russia. McCain stated that any “reset” of these relations will be a dangerous step.

    The remarks of John McCain, the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and an avid critic of Russia, showed rising tensions between Trump and the republicans in the senate with regard to Russia. McCain referred to a recent phone conversation between Trump and the Russian President Vladimir Putin …

  • Peskov: Putin and Trump did not discuss the Crimea or Ukraine during phone conversation

    According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump did not discuss the Crimea or the war in eastern Ukraine during their phone conversation on Monday, TASS reported.

    Responding a question of whether Putin and Trump discussed Ukraine and the Crimea, Peskov answered, “No, it was not discussed.”

    “Once again, it was a very constructive conversation,” Peskov stated. “The whole tone of the conversation largely corresponded with the …

  • Putin and Trump agree that international terrorism is the common enemy

    On November 14, Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation contacted his future colleague, the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump by telephone by mutual agreement, the Presidential Administration of Russia reported.

    According to the Kremlin’s website, Putin and Trump agreed on the extremely poor current state of U.S.-Russian relations. They also favored active joint work towards normalization of these relations and working towards constructive cooperation. …

  • Peskov has not ruled out the possibility that Putin and Trump could meet prior to the inauguration

    The Kremlin has not ruled out the possibility that contact between Russian president Vladimir Putin and his future American counterpart, Donald Trump, may take place before the US presidential inauguration, Interfax reported.

    “I do not know whether there will be any contact between our president and Trump before the inauguration. I do not know this for sure, but of course it can’t be ruled out. A congratulatory message has already been sent,” the spokesman for the Russian leader, Dmitry Peskov, …

  • Putin: The Russian Army does not threaten anyone

    Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his surprise regarding the reaction of some of Russia’s western partners to the military exercises of the Russian Army.

    “Our Army does not threaten anyone. I would like to stress it again, so that everyone hears, and not only those present in this conference hall,” he stated on Saturday while talking with the workers of the Russian Avtodiesel plant, which is situated in the city of Yaroslavl and is a part of Russian GAZ company.

    “But it [the Army] …

  • Former Putin bodyguard becomes new deputy head of the FSB

    The Federal Security Service (FSB) website reports that a former bodyguard of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Eugene Zinichev, has become the new deputy head of the FSB. Last month, Zinichev resigned as acting governor of the Kaliningrad region and was appointed as deputy head of the FSB in October.

    Zinichev was a member of Vladimir Putin’s private security team several years ago. The Federal Security Service stated that he has been in the security forces since June 1987. The current FSB was …

  • Human rights activists put Kadyrov and Putin on the list of enemies of free speech

    Thirty-five heads of state and government, including political and criminal groups such as the so-called Islamic State, the Yemeni Houthis, Afghan Taliban fighters, and the Los Zetas were added to the list of politicians and organizations that are recognized by Reporters Without Borders as the main enemies of free speech.The Presidents of Eritrea, Sudan, Burundi, Gambia, Syria and Cuba, the leaders of China, Russia, North Korea and also several former Soviet States - Azerbaijan, Belarus, …