Vladimir Putin

Putin prepared for first meeting with Trump - wherever it might be

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that he is prepared to meet his US counterpart Donald Trump for the first time at an Arctic conference in Finland, should the opportunity arise.

Russian president receives Serbian PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Moscow on Monday, saying he hoped the relations between the two countries would develop positively and in the spirit of friendship regardless of political developments, while Vucic said he expected Russia's military aid to arrive in Serbia as soon as possible, Belgrade media reported from Moscow.

Kremlin denies France's Fillon introduced businessman to Putin

The Kremlin denied on Wednesday that France's scandal-hit conservative presidential candidate, Francois Fillon, had arranged a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin for Lebanese pipeline magnate Fouad Makhzoumi in 2015.

Russia partially lifts Turkish import ban as Putin to meet Erdogan

Russia partially rescinded a ban on Turkish agricultural products on Friday while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on an official visit to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

Israel's Netanyahu warns Putin against Iranian influence in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday against Iranian influence in war-torn Syria.

Serbia soon to receive six Russian MiGs

Serbia is to receive six MiG-29 fighter jets from Russia by the end of March, and a decree on their delivery is expected to be signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Moscow, the Belgrade-based Vecernje Novosti said on Tuesday.

Key congressman has 'no evidence' of Trump contacts with Russia

The chairman of the US House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee said he is not aware of any evidence of improper contacts between Russian officials and Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Russians honour slain opposition leader Nemtsov in Moscow rally

A demonstration on the second anniversary of the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov drew thousands of people to the streets of Moscow on Sunday.

Pahor proposes Putin and Trump meet in Ljubljana

Slovenian President Borut Pahor has proposed Ljubljana as a venue for a first meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump, Slovenian media covering Pahor's visit to Russia said on Friday afternoon.

Russian strike accidentally kills three Turkish soldiers in Syria

A Russian jet conducting anti-Islamic State airstrikes accidentally hit a building housing Turkish soldiers in northern Syria on Thursday, killing three troops and injuring 11, though both sides appeared to be trying to head off tensions.

Alexei Navalny, Kremlin opponent who waged corruption fight and lost

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Wednesday was convicted of corruption - the very issue that he has long crusaded against.

Russia's Putin ratifies deal to build Turkish Stream gas pipeline

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ratified a deal to build the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline, state media reported Tuesday.

Putin requests new Ukraine peace talks in conversation with Merkel

There need to be new Ukraine peace talks as soon as possible, Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a telephone conversation on Tuesday.

Kremlin says it's waiting, after O'Reilly joked about apology in 2023

The Kremlin said Tuesday that it is "very patient" and can wait another six years for Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly to apologize for insulting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia demands apology from Fox after O'Reilly calls Putin "killer"

The Kremlin demanded an apology from US television channel Fox News on Monday because well-known commentator Bill O'Reilly described Russian leader Vladimir Putin as a "killer" in a recent interview with US President Donald Trump.

Trump says his respect for Putin doesn't mean they will get along

US President Donald Trump brushed off a description of Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "killer" and said Iran had "total disrespect for our country" in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Trump defends Putin, says US has 'got a lot of killers'

US President Donald Trump has brushed off a description of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as a "killer," saying, "What do you think? Our country's so innocent?"

US modifies Russia sanctions to allow technology sales

The US tweaked sanctions with Russia on Thursday to allow the sale of some technology that had been impacted by measures taken against Moscow over its alleged election-related hacking.

Energy cooperation warms Hungary-Russia relations

Hungary and Russia showed signs of closer economic ties Thursday with their leaders promoting cooperation in natural gas and nuclear power projects.

Kremlin: Trump, Putin 'quite likely' to meet before July G20 summit

US President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin will "quite likely" meet before a summit of the Group of 20 major economies scheduled to take place in July in Germany, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in comments carried by state media.

Trump, Putin agree 'real coordination' needed to fight Islamic State

US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, agreed Saturday on the need for coordination against the Islamic State extremist group, in their first telephone conversation since Trump's inauguration.

Trump and Putin to talk by phone on Saturday, Kremlin says

US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin plan to talk by phone on Saturday, the Kremlin confirmed.

Putin accuses Obama administration of trying to delegitimize Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the outgoing administration of US President Barack Obama has been trying to delegitimize president-elect Donald Trump.

Trump open to lifting hacking sanctions on Russia

US president-elect Donald Trump is considering lifting sanctions ordered on Russia in response to Kremlin-directed interference in the US presidential election, he told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Saturday.

Human Rights Watch believes Trump, European populism threat to human rights

Donald Trump's election as the new president of the United States and growing populist parties in Europe are a "profound threat" to human rights, the Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2017, released on Thursday.

Putin trying to "break" NATO, US defence pick Mattis warns

Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to damage the NATO alliance, US defence secretary nominee James Mattis said at a confirmation hearing Thursday.

Russia plans 10 test launches of intercontinental missiles this year

Russia plans to conduct at least 10 test launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) this year, the Defence Ministry said Tuesday.

Kremlin denounces US allegations of Russian hacking as "witch hunt"

The Kremlin on Monday denounced as a "witch hunt" US allegations that the Russian government supported a hacking campaign to influence the US presidential election.

Trump vows good relations with Russia after hacking briefing

US president-elect Donald Trump vowed Saturday to pursue good relations with Russia despite an intelligence assessment that charged Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of interference in the US presidential election.

Obama tells Trump: Vladimir Putin's not on our team

US President Barack Obama has reminded his successor that "we're on the same team," after an intelligence report said that Moscow had interfered in the US election to help Donald Trump.

US intelligence: Putin "ordered" effort to help Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin "ordered" a campaign to influence the US presidential election to undermine faith in the democratic process and hurt Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton, a US intelligence assessment released Friday said.

No expulsion of US diplomats over hacking dispute, Putin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that he would not expel any US diplomats over a hacking row with the White House.

Russia announces ceasefire in Syria from midnight

Russia, Turkey and Iran will act as guarantors for a nationwide Syrian ceasefire deal reached between the government and rebels that goes into effect at midnight (2200 GMT) Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced.

Kazakhstan can host Syria peace talks, president tells Putin

Kazakhstan has accepted a Russian proposal to host peace talks between Syria's government and opposition forces, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said in St Petersburg on Monday.

Russia urges Syria's government to seek peace after battle for Aleppo

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday urged his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad, a longtime ally, to seek a comprehensive agreement on resolving the Syrian conflict.

Trump praises Putin for letter seeking closer cooperation

US president-elect Donald Trump praises Russian President Vladimir Putin for a Christmas letter seeking closer cooperation between the nations under the new US leader.

Putin backs those who hacked US Democratic Party for "exposing truth"

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday expressed support for those who hacked the US Democratic Party for "exposing the truth".

Putin: diplomat's murder was attempt to destroy Russian-Turkish ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin condemns the recent murder of the ambassador to Turkey, saying it was an attempt to destroy bilateral relations.

Putin holds major press conference days after ambassador killed

Russian President Vladimir Putin was holding his annual press conference on Friday, a typically hours-long event to highlight major issues concerning the country as the new year approaches.

Putin proclaims slain ambassador a hero of Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has posthumously honoured the ambassador to Turkey with the award of Hero of the Russian Federation for his "great contribution to conducting foreign policy," the Kremlin said Wednesday.

Putin postpones major press conference to mourn slain ambassador

Russian President Vladimir Putin has postponed his annual press conference by one day to Friday so he can attend a mourning ceremony for the slain ambassador to Turkey, the Kremlin said.

Putin: Ambassador assassination is a "provocation"

President Vladimir Putin says the the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, is "undeniably a provocation" designed to damage Russian-Turkish relations.

Obama told Putin to "cut it out" with election hacking

US President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin to "cut it out" after Russian hackers breached email systems at the Democratic Party in an attempt to influence the election.

Russia challenges US to prove hacking allegations

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman challenged US officials on Friday to prove their accusations that Russia was involved in cyberattacks to influence the US presidential election.

Russia, Japan agree to economic cooperation on disputed Kuril Islands

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reached an agreement on Thursday for economic cooperation on the disputed Kuril Islands, Russian state news agency TASS reported.

Kremlin slams US media reports of Putin involvement in hacking

The Kremlin on Thursday slammed US media reports alleging Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in influencing the US presidential election.

Russia's Putin praises US president-elect Trump as "smart man"

Russian leader Vladimir Putin praised US president-elect Donald Trump as a "smart man" in an interview with Russian broadcaster NTV released Sunday.

Putin touts Russian economic recovery, readiness to work with US

Russian President Vladimir Putin in his annual state of the nation speech on Thursday touted a nascent economic recovery from a years-long recession and his country's readiness to work with the United States when it gets a new president.

Putin appoints new Russian economy minister after bribery scandal

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday named 34-year-old deputy finance minister, Maxim Oreshkin, as his new economic development minister after the previous one was dismissed following bribery allegations.

EU court backs sanctions on Putin's judo partner

Were EU member states justified in freezing the assets of Russian President Vladimir Putin's former judo partner from 2014 in response to the Ukraine crisis?

Russia's Putin praises French presidential hopeful Fillon

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday praised the winner of France's recent Republican presidential primary, Francois Fillon, as a very professional, well-mannered politician.

Philippine leader lashes out at US at APEC meeting with Putin

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte criticized the US and other Western nations on Saturday, during his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia withdraws from International Criminal Court

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Wednesday declaring that his country will not become a member of the International Criminal Court.

Trump, Putin speak by phone about improving relations

President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss a range of issues, including threats and challenges facing both countries, Trump's transition team said.

Putin, Merkel discuss gas transit via Ukraine as temperatures drop

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday warned Germany about Ukraine possibly disrupting gas supplies to Europe during an expected severe winter.

Putin hopes Trump can help bring ties out of "state of crisis"

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulates US president-elect Donald Trump.

Merkel warns of Russian cyber attacks in next year's German election

Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Tuesday about the threat posed by Russian cyber attacks at next year's German national elections as part of an attempt by Moscow to influence the outcome of the ballot in Europe's biggest economy.

Steven Seagal gets Russian citizenship upon Putin's decree

US action film star and martial artist Steven Seagal has received Russian citizenship upon a decree by President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said Thursday.

Putin: "stupid" to think Russia is preparing attack on NATO state

Russia is not preparing to attack a NATO member state, as that is "just unthinkable, stupid and unrealistic," President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

Putin: Ukraine cutting power off in Crimea was "serious crime"

Ukraine's shut-off of electricity and drinking water to Crimea following Russia's annexation of the peninsula was "on the verge of a crime against humanity," Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

Putin confidant denies plans for new KGB in interview

The KGB secret service is not being revived in Russia, former Kremlin chief of staff Sergey Ivanov said in an interview published Tuesday.

Putin to attend Wednesday Ukraine summit hosted by Merkel in Berlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin is to attend a summit in Berlin on Wednesday, part of a fresh bid to resolve the long-running Ukraine crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office said Tuesday.

India and Russia sign defence deals worth billions

India and Russia signed defence and energy deals worth billions of dollars after a meeting of their leaders in the southern Indian state of Goa on Saturday.

Putin rejects "political rhetoric" over Syria as strikes hit Aleppo

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed suggestions that Moscow should be investigated for potential war crimes in Syria as "political rhetoric."

Putin: France trying to stir up "anti-Russian hysteria"

Russian President Vladimir Putin told an international investment forum in Moscow on Wednesday that France has been trying to stir up "anti-Russian hysteria in the mass media under its control."

Putin cancels Paris visit as France says will only talk about Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin cancelled a visit scheduled for next week to Paris, as French President Francois Hollande said he would "only talk about Syria."

Putin: Russia ready to join OPEC members in limiting oil production

Russia is ready to join members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in limiting production of crude oil, President Vladimir Putin said Monday, as exporters look to prop up prices for the commodity.

Energy talks, Syria in focus as Putin heads to meet Erdogan in Turkey

Energy projects and the situation in Syria are expected to be the focus Monday when Russian President Vladimir Putin heads to Turkey to meet with his counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Russia ratifies deal to permanently station troops in Syria

Russia's lower house of parliament on Friday ratified an agreement presented by President Vladimir Putin to indefinitely station combat aircraft and soldiers in Syria.

Putin to get birthday bouquet of 450 roses from Russian parliament

Russia's lower house of parliament resolved on Friday to send President Vladimir Putin a birthday gift of 450 roses, one rose for each member of the chamber.

Russia stops disposing of weapons-grade plutonium, suspending US deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday suspended a deal with the United States to dispose of excess supplies of weapons-grade plutonium, citing a large deterioration in bilateral ties.

Putin disinterested in Serb entity referendum

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin supported efforts to maintain stability in the Western Balkans as well as the Dayton peace agreement, but that they did not have any special discussions about a referendum to be held in the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska on September 25.

Syria tops agenda as German vice chancellor meets Putin

Germany's vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel met Russian President Vladimir Putin late Wednesday, with the crisis in Syria high on the agenda.

Putin: US keeps Syrian ceasefire details secret to protect opposition

Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the US on Saturday for delaying the release of details of a Syrian ceasefire agreement but said Moscow would not make the details public until an agreement with its former Cold War rival had been reached.

EU further extends sanctions on Putin associates over Ukraine action

The European Union on Thursday extended sanctions for a further six months against 146 people and 37 entities in connection with the crisis in Ukraine, with the targets including close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump praises Putin as "more of a leader" than Obama

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying he had been "more of a leader" than US President Barack Obama.

Sanctions won't be lifted on Russia over Ukraine, Obama says

US President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday that sanctions will remain in place until Moscow changes course on Ukraine.

Merkel, Putin speak about Syria, Ukraine on sidelines of G20

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke in person late Sunday for nearly two hours on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G20) summit in China.

Slovakia's prime minister condemns Russia sanctions after Putin talks

Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico denounced the European Union's sanctions against Russia on Friday after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin the previous evening.

Russia deploying long-range S-400 missile systems in Crimea

Russia is deploying long-range S-400 missile systems in Crimea amid heightened tensions with Ukraine, Russian state news agency TASS reported Friday.

Putin sacks head of presidential staff, longtime ally Ivanov

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday dismissed longtime ally Sergei Ivanov from his post as head of the presidential staff.

Putin meets with security council after alleged Ukraine incursion

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the country's security council on Thursday to discuss further security measures to secure Crimea's land border with Ukraine as well as its surrounding waters and airspace.

Putin vows to ensure Crimea safety after alleged Ukrainian incursion

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday vowed to take steps to ensure safety in Crimea, hours after Russian authorities accused Ukraine of attempting to attack critical infrastructure in the region with two Russians killed in related clashes.

Putin helps inaugurate India's biggest nuclear reactor

Russian President Vladimir Putin helped inaugurate India's biggest nuclear reactor unit via videolink on Wednesday.

Erdogan and "dear friend" Putin put differences aside in key meeting

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared side by side with his "dear friend" Vladimir Putin on Tuesday in St Petersburg, as the two leaders met for the first time since a Turkish jet was downed by a Russian warplane last year on the Syrian border.

Erdogan: Turkish Stream gas pipeline with Russia will be built

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that the proposed Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline, intended to connect southern Russia with Turkey, will be built as soon as possible, with the goal of extending it to Europe.

Erdogan calls Putin "my dear friend" after meeting to restore ties

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin "my dear friend" at a press conference in St Petersburg following their first meeting since a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian warplane last year.

Putin and Erdogan meet in St Petersburg to resolve disputes

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a meeting on Tuesday in St Petersburg with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that it was a chance to open a "different phase" in their relations.

When friends fight - The testy (and tested) Putin-Erdogan friendship

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on his way to St Petersburg Tuesday to meet his "friend," Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan ink deal to boost ties in defence, commerce

The presidents of Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan signed a declaration on Monday to boost ties in defence and commerce in the Caspian Sea region.

Putin praises ties with Iran after announcing nuclear reactor deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin praised bilateral ties with Iran on Monday after announcing last week that Russia would build eight more nuclear reactors in that country.

Erdogan: Turkey ready for Turkish Stream gas pipeline with Russia

Turkey is ready to "make a decision" on the proposed Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview published Monday, ahead of a planned trip to Russia.

Russian President Putin skips Rio Olympics' opening ceremony

Russian President Vladimir Putin does not plan to attend the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, his spokesman said Thursday.

Putin, Pahor warn about security, terrorism

Presidents Borut Pahor of Slovenia and Vladimir Putin of Russia on Saturday paid their respects to Russian and Soviet soldiers killed in Slovenia in the First and Second World Wars by the Russian chapel at Vrsic Pass in the Julian Alps, and in their speeches they addressed current security issues in Europe and the rest of the world.

Turkey's Erdogan to meet with Putin in Russia on August 9

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will meet in the Russian city of St Petersburg on August 9, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

Obama, Putin talk ahead of NATO summit

US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the war in Syria and Russian involvement in Ukraine in a telephone call before Obama heads to the NATO summit this week in Warsaw.

Russian President Putin travels to Finland for talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin was set to travel to neighbouring Finland Friday for a one-day working visit and talks with his Finnish counterpart.

Russia prolongs food sanctions against West over Ukraine dispute

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Wednesday to prolong food sanctions against certain Western countries until the end of next year.

Russia to remove tourism sanctions against Turkey

Russia plans to remove sanctions preventing tourists from travelling to Turkey, President Vladimir Putin told his Turkish counterpart in a telephone call on Wednesday.

"Friends forever": Russia and China hope to strengthen economic ties

Russia and China were hoping to strengthen economic ties as their leaders signed more than 30 deals on infrastructure, trade, innovation and technology during President Vladimir Putin's visit to Beijing on Saturday, the Xinhua news agency reported.