Contents tagged with Putin

  • European Commission: Putin is dividing Europe by supporting the ultra-right

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is supporting ultra-right parties in order to divide Europe. It was for this purpose that he received Marine Le Pen, a candidate for the presidency of France and leader of the National Front, at the Kremlin.

    First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans stated this in Madrid, reports RTBF news agency.

    "The reason why Putin supports the ultra-right in Europe is that he knows how it weakens and divides us," he said. "If the EU is divided, it …

  • Putin: Russia has 'a large number of friends' in the US

    Russian President Vladimir Putin stated at the International Arctic Forum that Russia has a large number of friends in the United States, RBC news agency reports.

    According to the Russian President, Russia is thinking about the United States as a great power with which it would be desirable to establish relations. "Everything else is a lie and a provocation," he said. He went on to further assert that the "anti-Russian card" is played within "certain groups in the United States" to "strengthen …

  • Putin: Anticorruption protests are a tool of the Arab Spring

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the recent anticorruption rallies are “a tool of the Arab Spring,” reports RBC news agency.

    “This is an instrument of the Arab Spring. We know very well what this led to. It was the reason for the government overthrow in Ukraine, and it plunged the country into chaos,” he said.

    According to Putin, Russian authorities are consistently battling corruption, and its level has declined.

    “The problem has decreased recently, as is shown by public opinion …

  • SBU General: Putin planned to seize Ukraine in three phases in 2014

    The testimonies of Russian special services agents, arrested in the spring of 2014, indicate that Russia planned to gradually establish control over all regions of Ukraine, as indicated by the former head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) departments in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, General Oleksandr Petrulevych, on the air of 112 Ukraine.

    "According to our information, as well as radio interceptions and intelligence messages, three phases were planned: the first was meant to seize …

  • Putin gives instructions to ‘protect’ Russia’s interests in the Arctic

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the Defense Ministry and Federal Security Service (FSB) to protect Russia’s national interests in the Arctic, reports RIA Novosti.

    “The Defense Ministry, Federal Security Service and its border security should implement their plans to ensure national interests in terms of defense capability, but also to protect our interests in the Arctic, ensuring the normal operation of the northern sea route,” he said during a trip to the archipelago Franz …

  • Kyiv says meeting between Poroshenko and Trump hasn't been held yet due to internal issues in Washington

    A meeting between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and US President Donald Trump has not taken place yet due to internal issues at the White House itself, as stated by the Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, in an interview with Segodnya.

    "Indeed, we proposed dates for the visit at the end of February. However, as you know, at that time, certain complex personnel processes were taking place in the new Administration. At that time, unfortunately, key …

  • Kremlin confirmed the forthcoming visit of the Palestinian leader to Russia

     A meeting with the head of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), Mahmoud Abbas, is on Russian leader, Vladimir Putin’s schedule on May 11th. The Press Secretary for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, confirmed that preparations are being made for the Palestinian head’s visit, Interfax reports.

    "Yes. The meeting is planned," Peskov said. However, he also stated that so far there is no intent to organize a meeting between the PNA head with Israeli leadership in Moscow.

    Previously, the …

  • Kremlin: Putin did not hold paid meetings with businessmen

    Dmitry Peskov called untrue reports that French presidential candidate Francois Fillon organized a meeting for Lebanese billionaire Fouad Makhzoumi and Total CEO Patrick Puyanne with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a fee. Interfax reported on this.

    Earlier, the media wrote that Fouad Makhzoumi, a Lebanese businessman, paid Francois Fillon $50 thousand for organizing a meeting with Putin and the CEO of French oil giant Total.

    "We saw these media reports. To be honest, they remind us of …

  • Putin hopes for restored relationship with Germany

    On March 22, at a meeting with BASF CEO Kurt Bock, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia still hopes to restore relations with Germany.

    "We have not lost hope that we will be able to restore full-format cooperation," the President said.

    He also noted that the latest developments in the economic sphere had a negative impact on the volumes of mutual trade. Putin said that according to the Eastern Committee of German economy, at least 150,000 Germans lost their jobs as a result of …

  • Polish Defense Minister accuses Tusk of making a deal with Putin

    Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz has accused the former Prime Minister of Poland and current President of the European Council Donald Tusk of making an “illegal deal” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as reported by Polskie Radio.

    According to Macierewicz, Tusk deliberately did not order an investigation into the plane crash near Smolensk because he had made an agreement about it with Russia.

    “Premier Donald Tusk made an illegal deal with Vladimir Putin at the expense of Poland, …