Contents tagged with Putin

  • Russia sharply increases gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine after Britain and US threaten to impose sanctions against Putin’s oligarchs

    Russia is significantly increasing gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine amid negotiations with the West on security guarantees, where the Kremlin was offered a "carrot" in the form of negotiations on the non-deployment of missiles and a "stick" in the form of tough sanctions, including against the inner circle of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Since February 1, Gazprom has doubled transit through the Ukrainian gas transit system and brought it almost to the volume required by the long- …

  • U.S. and NATO reject Putin's demands for security guarantees

    The United States and NATO rejected Russia’s key demands for security guarantees which include stopping the enlargement of NATO and not accepting Ukraine and Georgia into the Alliance.

    "We will preserve the principle of open doors of the alliance,”  said the United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, commenting on the written response, which was delivered to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday evening by Ambassador John Sullivan.

    He added that Russia cannot dictate which …

  • Putin’s party: Russia should start supplying weapons to Donbas republics

    Russia should begin arms supplies to the unrecognized republics of the Donbas, said the First Deputy chairman of the Russian Federation Council, Secretary of the General Council of "United Russia" Party, Andrei Turchak.

    “Leading NATO countries pump Ukraine with lethal weapons in very large volumes, including missile systems, grenade launchers, small arms, mines, and ammunition,” Turchak said.

    According to him, career NATO military arrived in Ukraine to prepare Ukrainian servicemen "to conduct …

  • Head of German Navy: Putin deserves our respect

    Ukraine will not be able to take the annexed Crimea back, and Russian President Vladimir Putin "may deserve respect," said the Chief of German Navy, Vice Admiral, Kay-Achim Schönbach, during a discussion at the Indian Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.

    "The Crimean Peninsula is lost. It cannot be returned. That's a fact. And we need to understand that political issues are matters of facts and emotions," Schönbach said.

    He believes that Russia does not really want to …

  • After Biden threatens Putin with sanctions, Russia warns of war in Ukraine

    Threats of disconnecting Russia from the dollar system, voiced yesterday by U.S. President Joe Biden, can provoke a resumption of the "civil war" in Ukraine, said the press Secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov

    According to him, the threat of sanctions against Russia for invading Ukraine can "contribute to the destabilization of the situation" in the Donbas.

    "All these statements can instill completely erroneous hopes in the hotheads of some representatives of the Ukrainian …

  • Erdogan invites Putin and Zelensky to Turkey ‘to settle differences’

    Turkey has decided to intervene in the situation around Ukraine.

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan invited the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky, to Turkey to "settle differences" and "sort out their problems," said Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin.

    "Turkey is ready to act in any role to reduce tensions between Russia and Ukraine," TASS quoted Kalin as saying.

    Erdogan, he said, plans to travel to Ukraine in the near future to hold talks with Zelensky, and …

  • Lukashenko announces joint exercises with Russia to counter Ukraine and the West

    Belarus and Russia will hold military exercises in the western and southern regions, said Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko.

    According to him, the exercises were agreed with Russian President Vladimir Putin in December and will be a response to the "difficult situation" on the borders of the Union State.

    "These should be regular exercises to work out a certain plan in the confrontation with these forces: the West (the Baltic States and Poland) and the south (Ukraine)," BelTA news …

  • Biden promises Zelensky full support in event of Russian invasion of Ukraine

    The Presidents of the United States and Ukraine held a telephone conversation on January 2. As noted in the press release of the White House, Joe Biden assured Volodymyr Zelensky that "the United States, its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine."

    The American President expressed support for diplomatic efforts aimed at de-escalating tensions in the region. The efforts include a meeting of representatives of the United States and Russia, scheduled for …

  • Putin tells Biden Russia is ready to completely break off relations with the U.S.

    A new round of tough sanctions that the United States threatens Russia in the event of an invasion of Ukraine could lead to a complete rupture in relations between the two countries, Russian president Vladimir Putin told US President Joe Biden during a telephone conversation held on Thursday evening, the Kremlin’s press service reports.

    The 55-minute dialogue, the third since Biden took office, finally set the dates for the upcoming talks on security assurances: January 9-10 in Geneva on a …

  • Russia moves 10,000 troops away from Ukrainian borders ahead of talks with NATO

    Russia is withdrawing some of the forces stationed near the border with Ukraine, amid Western demands for de-escalation, to begin negotiations on security guarantees with NATO and the United States.

    More than 10,000 troops of the Southern Military District have been moved to places of their permanent deployment from training grounds, including in the annexed Crimea, Rostov and Volgograd regions, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Saturday, December 25.

    “Battalion …