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Putin wants all foreign forces to quit Syria

Putin said presence of US forces violated UN charter

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October 3, 2018


Russia, India to sign deal on S-400 air defence systems this week

Putin is leaving for India on October 4

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October 2, 2018


Under fire, Trump says he misspoke on Russia election meddling

US President Donald Trump said he accepted the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia had meddled in the election

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July 18, 2018


US indicts Russian intel officers ahead of Trump-Putin meet

Twelve Russian intelligence officers were charged on Friday with hacking Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic Party in a stunning indictment just three days before President Donald Trump meets with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. The charges were drawn up by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is looking into Russian interference…

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July 14, 2018


Xi, Putin meet as US tensions bring them closer

Chinese President Xi Jinping treated Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to a state visit on Friday as the neighbouring giants forge closer ties in the face of diplomatic and economic challenges with the US. Putin, re-elected to his fourth Kremlin term in March, arrived at the grandiose Great Hall of the People in Beijing for talks…

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June 9, 2018


Russia’s Putin sworn in for another six years in office

Vladimir Putin was sworn in for another six years as Russian president on Monday, buoyed by popular support but weighed down too by a costly confrontation with the West, a fragile economy and uncertainty about what happens when his term ends. Standing in the ornately-decorated Andreyevsky Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace, with his hand…

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May 7, 2018


Putin 4.0 to launch amid crackdown on opposition

Vladimir Putin will on Monday be inaugurated for his fourth Kremlin term under the shadow of hugely strained ties with the West and a crackdown on the opposition, with Alexei Navalny and hundreds more detained at the weekend. Opposition leader Navalny was held along with nearly 1,600 of his supporters on Saturday during nationwide rallies…

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May 6, 2018


Poisoned Russian spy ‘sought pardon from Putin’: report

London:Sergei Skripal, the former Russian spy poisoned in Britain, wrote to President Vladimir Putin several years ago asking for a pardon for selling secrets to British intelligence, a friend told the BBC on Saturday. Vladimir Timoshkov said his old school friend — who had moved to Britain in a spy swap in 2010 — had…

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March 24, 2018


Russia’s Putin calls for Web activities of some firms to be monitored

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin said on Monday the Russian authorities should monitor the activity of “some companies” on social media during next year’s presidential election and assess the extent of their involvement in domestic politics, reported Reuters. He did not name the companies or say if he was concerned about the activities of foreign or…

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December 26, 2017


Putin’s ex-minister risks decade in jail over $2 mln ‘bribe’

MOSCOW: Former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev arrived in court Friday to hear the verdict in his high-profile trial after he was accused of taking a bribe from an oil boss close to President Vladimir Putin. Prosecutors have asked the Moscow court to find the 61-year-old guilty of taking a $2 million bribe from Igor…

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December 15, 2017


Erdogan, Putin warn of further tension over US Jerusalem move

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin warned on Monday that Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel risks escalating tension in an already tense region. Trump’s decision and his plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem sparked violence in Jerusalem, with a fifth day of protests…

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December 12, 2017


Trump, Putin agree ‘no military solution’ in Syria

DANANG: The United States and Russia issued a presidential joint statement saying there was “no military solution” to the war in Syria after their leaders met briefly on the sidelines of a regional summit in Vietnam. There had been mixed messages for days from both Moscow and the White House on whether President Donald Trump…

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November 12, 2017


Documents reveal offshore deals with Apple, Trump cabinet member

WASHINGTON: Apple’s tax avoidance strategy which shifted profits from one fiscal haven to another. The financial links of a top Trump administration official to Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. And Queen Elizabeth II’s investments in tax havens. A trove of documents in the “Paradise Papers” released by the US-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) sheds…

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November 7, 2017


Paradise Papers: Russia funded Facebook and Twitter investments through Kushner associate

NEWS DESK: Two Russian state institutions with close ties to Vladimir Putin funded substantial investments in Twitter and Facebook through a business associate of Jared Kushner, leaked documents reveal, reported The Guardian. The investments were made through a Russian technology magnate, Yuri Milner, who also holds a stake in a company co-owned by Kushner, Donald…

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November 6, 2017


Saudi king, Putin eye energy, arms deals on landmark Russia visit

On a landmark visit to Russia, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and President Vladimir Putin were set on Thursday to clinch a host of multi-billion-dollar energy and defence deals despite discord over the Syrian war. The first official trip to Russia by a Saudi monarch will also see the leaders of the world’s largest energy exporters…

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October 5, 2017


Saudi king set for Russia visit

Russi RIYADH: King Salman of Saudi Arabia will arrive in Russia this week to conduct the first official visit to the country by a Saudi king, a senior Kremlin aide said Monday. “We are awaiting the king’s visit on Thursday,” President Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy aide, Yury Ushakov, was quoted by the state TASS news…

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October 2, 2017


Angela Merkel 4.0: centre stage in a turbulent world

BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel heads into a fourth term with no shortage of global challenges in her in-tray, as a world beset by crises increasingly looks to Europe’s most powerful woman to take centre stage. Here’s a look at some of the issues that promise to test Merkel’s diplomatic finesse: Europe: Steering the Franco-German motor…

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September 25, 2017


Trump signs Russia sanctions bill, but slams it as ‘flawed’

After signing a bill that Congress had approved overwhelmingly last week and which runs counter to his desire to improve relations with Moscow, the Republican president laid out a lengthy list of concerns. His criticism of the sanctions, which also affect Iran and North Korea, raised the question of how much Trump is prepared to…

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August 2, 2017


White House reveals additional Trump-Putin discussion

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin had an additional, previously undisclosed chat at this month’s G20 summit in Hamburg, the White House acknowledged on Tuesday.

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July 19, 2017


Trump willing to invite Putin to White House, but not yet

PARIS: US President Donald Trump is willing to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House, but not yet, according to official remarks released on Thursday.

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July 14, 2017


Trump says Putin would have preferred Clinton win

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump, battling allegations that Russia helped him win the White House, claimed Wednesday that Vladimir Putin actually would have preferred a Hillary Clinton victory.

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July 13, 2017