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Ukraine president meets frontline troops ahead of Putin talks

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:49 AM

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Paris on Monday for the summit, with French and German leaders mediating, in a bid to revive efforts to end Europe's only active war

ZELENSKY. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with servicemen while visiting the Donetsk region on December 6, 2019. Photo by Evgeniya Maksymova/AFP

Russia makes local apps mandatory on smartphones

Dec 03, 2019 - 5:57 PM

The legislation, which will take effect in July 2020, is aimed at promoting Russian-made software. But it has been dubbed the 'anti-Apple' law because it would force the US tech giant to pre-install non-Apple software on its products.

Putin, Xi launch 'historic' Russian gas pipeline to China

Dec 02, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Presiding by video link-up over an elaborate televised ceremony, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping hail the 'Power of Siberia' pipeline as a symbol of cooperation

VLADIMIR PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a ceremony inaugurating the "Power of Siberia" pipeline via a video link in Sochi on December 2, 2019. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Russia gives ships back to Ukraine ahead of summit

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:31 AM

After an exchange of prisoners in September and the withdrawal of some frontline forces over the last few weeks, the handover marks another step in trying to resolve the five-year conflict in eastern Ukraine

SUMMIT. File photo of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky at the Riga Castle in Riga, Latvia, on October 16, 2019. Photo by Gints Ivuskans/AFP

Controversial Russian law to control internet enters force

Nov 01, 2019 - 8:33 PM

The law, which President Vladimir Putin signed in May, requires Russian internet providers to install technical devices provided by the authorities to enable centralized control of traffic

File photo by AFP


Putin was 'conscientious and disciplined' spy – KGB documents

Nov 01, 2019 - 8:41 AM

The KGB profile is part of an exhibition at the Central Archive of Historical and Political Documents in Russia's second city of Saint Petersburg

Vladimir Putin. AFP Photo

Ukraine, separatists begin troop pullback

Oct 29, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The long-awaited pullback is a precondition for the first face-to-face talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky, to be mediated by the leaders of France and Germany

PULLBACK. This picture taken and released by Ukrainian presidential press-service on October 14, 2019, shows President Volodymyr Zelensky (C) talking with officers at the map during his visit to Donetsk region. File photo by STR/AFP

Russian ISIS women appeal to Putin to bring them home

Oct 27, 2019 - 7:29 PM

One woman says she fears she could be beaten up by other women in the camp who still support ISIS

Planned Putin Manila visit to further boost PH-Russia ties, says Malacañang

Oct 27, 2019 - 4:47 PM

There are no details yet about the planned visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Philippines, including when it will take place

DUTERTE AND PUTIN. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte greets Russian President Vladimir Putin before the start of their bilateral meeting in Da Nang City, Vietnam on on the sidelines of the APEC Leaders' Summit on November 10, 2017. Photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential photo

Russian forces head for Syrian-Turkish border in blow to Kurds

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) The Russian defense ministry says a convoy of Russian military police had crossed the Euphrates River and 'advanced towards the Syrian-Turkish border'

AT THE BORDER. Members of the Russian military police patrol in the the northeastern Syrian city of Kobane on October 23, 2019. Photo by AFP

Russia, Turkey reach 'historic' deal on Syria border

Oct 23, 2019 - 7:43 AM

(UPDATED) The agreement cements Russia and Turkey's roles as the main foreign players in Syria

DEAL. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands during a joint press conference following their talks in the Black sea resort of Sochi on October 22, 2019. (Photo by Sergei Chirikov/AFP

Putin invites Erdogan to Russia amid Syria offensive – Kremlin

Oct 16, 2019 - 4:19 PM

Putin invited Erdogan 'for a working visit in the coming days. The invitation was accepted,' Putin's office says in a statement on October 15

PUTIN AND ERDOGAN. Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Konstantinovsky Palace outside Saint Petersburg on August 9, 2016. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Putin talks investments and space in Abu Dhabi

Oct 16, 2019 - 12:04 AM

Deals worth more than $1.3 billion, notably in the energy, advanced technology and health sectors, were tabled during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit, according to the Russian Direct Investment Fund

PUTIN IN UAE. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) is received by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, during an official welcoming in the Emirati capital's Al-Watan presidential palace on October 15, 2019. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Russia, Saudi Arabia seal key oil deal

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:15 PM

(UPDATED) Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit follows attacks on Saudi oil installations that Riyadh and Washington have blamed on Moscow ally Tehran

PUTIN IN SAUDI ARABIA. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L), Saudi Brigadier General Yussef Saleh al-Salim (2nd L), Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi King Salman, during a welcome ceremony in Riyadh on October 14, 2019. AFP PHOTO / SAUDI ROYAL PALACE / BANDAR AL-JALOUD

Greta Thunberg mocks Putin's 'kind girl' jibes on Twitter

Oct 04, 2019 - 9:30 PM

The 16-year-old changes her Twitter biography to say 'A kind but poorly informed teenager' after Russian President Vladimir Putin described her in these terms at a Moscow forum this week

Duterte trumpets 'remarkable progress' of PH-Russia ties in Putin meeting

Oct 04, 2019 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) 'President Duterte told President Putin the remarkable progress of Philippines-Russia relations after he sought the rebalancing of traditional partnerships and the deepening of relations with non-traditional partners,' says Malacañang

PH-RUSSIA TALKS. President Rodrigo Duterte and his delegation hold a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his officials in Sochi, Russia, on October 3, 2019. Photo by Karl Norman/Presidential Photo

Putin urges dialogue between Venezuela's Maduro, opposition

Sep 25, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Putin says, 'We believe that any refusal to have dialogue is irrational, harms the country, and only threatens the population's well-being'

URGING DIALOGUE. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on September 25, 2019. Photo by Sergei Chirikov/AFP)

Erdogan hosts Putin, Rouhani for Syria summit

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host Presidents Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani in Ankara for the latest summit on the Syrian conflict

SYRIA SUMMIT. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin at press conference after a trilateral meeting in Tehran on September 7, 2018. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Russia targets opposition leader Navalny with mass raids

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:37 PM

Top protest leader Alexei Navalny says the raids are the result of Kremlin 'hysteria' after allies of President Vladimir Putin suffered major losses in local elections in Moscow

NAVALNY. In this file photo, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny casts his vote at a polling station during to the Moscow city Duma election in Moscow on September 8, 2019. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Ukraine court releases MH17 'suspect' pending trial

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:33 PM

European lawmakers have described Vladimir Tsemakh as a 'key suspect' and asked Kiev to make him available for testimony in the probe

RELEASED. Vladimir Tsemakh, a Ukrainian man suspected of involvement in the downing of flight MH17, is about to leave a dock of Kiev court of appeal after the court verdict in Kiev on September 5, 2019. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Putin promises infrastructure investment in Mongolia

Sep 04, 2019 - 1:57 PM

Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga and Vladimir Putin sign a series of agreements including joint investment funds to finance Mongolia's infrastructure developments

VLADIMIR PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 12, 2018. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Putin, Erdogan meet in Moscow with focus on Syria

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:01 AM

The meeting comes ahead of a September 16 summit in Ankara that will bring together the main foreign players in Syria's conflict – Putin, Erdogan and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakeshands with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they visit the MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Salon opening day in Zhukovsky outside of Moscow on August 27, 2019.  Alexey NIKOLSKY / SPUTNIK / AFP

Russia divides G7 leaders as Trump pushes for readmission

Aug 27, 2019 - 9:52 AM

US President Donald Trump, who will host next year's G7 summit, says he would certainly invite Russia to the event, though he doubted his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin would want to come if it was only as a guest

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) listens while US President Donald Trump speaks before ahead of their meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. The US and Russian leaders opened an historic summit in Helsinki with Donald Trump promising an "extraordinary relationship" and Vladimir Putin saying it was high time to thrash out disputes around the world. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski

Assad regime forces mass in northwest Syria – monitor

Aug 24, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Russian-backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces gather north of the key town of Khan Sheikhun in a bid to take more territory from Turkish-backed rebels

Putin, Erdogan to 'activate' cooperation on Syria – Kremlin

Aug 23, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Turkey and Russia back opposing sides in the Syrian conflict but have worked closely, along with Iran, to find a political solution for Syria

SYRIA WAR. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan answer journalists' questions during a press conference in Konstantinovsky Palace outside Saint Petersburg on August 9, 2016. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Putin vows 'symmetric response' to U.S. missile test

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:34 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has ordered an analysis of 'the level of threat for our country created by the actions of the US and to take comprehensive measures to prepare a symmetric response'

'SYMMETRIC RESPONSE.' This file photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin. File photo by AFP

Dozens arrested at huge opposition rally in Moscow

Aug 11, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Tens of thousands take to the streets in Russia, again calling for fair elections after several opposition figures were excluded from Moscow polls set for September

Russian security officers detain a man following a rally calling for fair elections in central Moscow on August 10, 2019. - Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied in Moscow on August 10, 2019, after mass police detentions at recent protests that have been among the largest since the current Russian President's return to the Kremlin in 2012. (Photo by Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP)

Putin urges new arms talks with U.S. to avoid 'chaos'

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:05 PM

President Vladimir Putin says that if Russia receives information about US development of new missiles, it 'will be forced to begin the full-scale development of similar missiles'

NEW TALKS? Russian President Vladimir Putin, officials and other attendees listen to the national anthem at the end of Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address in Moscow on February 20, 2019. File photo by Mikhail Klimentyev / Sputnik/AFP

Putin opponent Navalny 'poisoned' – lawyer

Jul 29, 2019 - 11:24 PM

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been in jail since last week for calling an unauthorized rally

POISONED? Alexei Navalny has been in jail for calling an unauthorized rally. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Putin says he will work to restore Ukraine ties

Jul 18, 2019 - 11:54 PM

The Russian leader holds talks in Saint Petersburg with Viktor Medvedchuk, a pro-Moscow Ukrainian politician and businessman who has claimed Putin is his daughter's godfather

PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 12, 2018. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Putin meets pope, 'welcoming' populist gov't during Italy trip

Jul 04, 2019 - 3:50 PM

(UPDATED) Rome's historic center is on security lockdown for the visit with 50 streets blocked to traffic and Italian media reporting that mobile phone signals could be scrambled

MEET AGAIN. File photo of Pope Francis (left) greeting Russian President Vladimir Putin during a private audience at the Vatican on June 10, 2015. Photo by Gregorio Borgia/pool/AFP pool

'Nobody reads the communique:' Top G20 moments

Jun 29, 2019 - 8:51 PM

Here are some of the top moments and bon-mots from the 2 day meeting hosted by Japan in the city of Osaka

CLIMATE CHANGE. Protesters wearing masks of world leaders including a giant paper mache Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and US President Donald Trump demonstrate against climate change and coal use as world leaders convene at the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019.  Photo by Pak Yiu/AFP

Putin says liberal, pro-LGBT views 'forced' on people

Jun 29, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin slams ideas of freedom of sexuality as he defends Russia's ban on 'gay propaganda'

ON THE DEFENSIVE. Russian President Vladimir Putin lashes out at the idea of freedom of sexuality and gender. File photo by AFP

May to Putin: Stop 'destabilizing' UK, allies

Jun 28, 2019 - 7:43 PM

(UPDATED) The comments come as British Prime Minister Theresa May meets Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time since the row over the poisoning of a former Russian spy on British soil

FIRST MEETING. Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Theresa May hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

With a smile, Trump tells Putin 'don't meddle in the election'

Jun 28, 2019 - 3:12 PM

(UPDATED) Vladimir Putin says nothing, but grins in response to the US President's comment

ALL SMILES. Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Putin says MH17 probe shows 'no proof' of Russia's guilt

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin also seeks to once again shift blame onto the Ukrainian authorities

MH17. Russian President Vladimir Putin also seeks to once again shift blame onto the Ukrainian authorities. File photo by AFP

China slams U.S. criticism of U.N. envoy's Xinjiang trip

Jun 18, 2019 - 7:29 AM

The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman says the visit of Vladimir Voronkov, the United Nations under-secretary general for counterterrorism, was 'very successful'

VISIT. United Nations counterterror undersecretary general visits China, including a stop at Xinjiang region. AFP file photo

'Good gifts': Putin presents Xi with birthday ice cream

Jun 16, 2019 - 8:58 AM

'Happy birthday, my best wishes. I am delighted to have a friend like you,' Russian President Vladimir Putin tells Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on his 66th birthday

GIFT. Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) look at ice creams before the 5fth regular foreign ministers' meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Dushanbe on June 15, 2019. Sputnik photo/AFP

Putin, Xi hit back at U.S. dominance at Russia economic forum

Jun 07, 2019 - 11:34 PM

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin lash out at 'inequalities' in the global economic system and vow to pursue closer ties between their countries

CLOSER TIES. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg on June 7, 2019. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

Putin says time to 'turn the page' in UK ties after spy scandal

Jun 06, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'Global issues related to national interests in the economic and social spheres and global security are more important than games of security services,' says Russian President Vladimir Putin

SPY SCANDAL. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a press conference in the capital Cairo on December 11, 2017. File photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

China's Xi in Russia to boost cooperation amid U.S. tensions

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:39 PM

(UPDATED) Russia's Vladimir Putin says the visit is a 'key event' in relations between the two neighbors

XI IN RUSSIA. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping shake hands at the end of a joint press conference following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow on June 5, 2019. Photo by Maxim Shipenkov/Pool/AFP

Kremlin warns new Ukraine leader against calls for more sanctions

May 21, 2019 - 9:12 PM

'This is the rhetoric that will not help Ukraine to sort out the problem of the southeast,' says Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, referring to the separatist conflict in the ex-Soviet country's industrial east

ZELENSKY. In this file photo taken on March 06, 2019 Ukrainian comic actor, showman and then presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky takes part in the shooting of the television series 'Servant of the People' where he plays the role of the President of Ukraine in Kiev. File photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

U.S., Russia test tense ties as Pompeo visits Putin

May 14, 2019 - 11:54 AM

The renewed diplomacy follows the long-awaited report in the United States which found that Russia interfered in the 2016 election

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the US Department of State in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2018. - The United States said Wednesday it was terminating a 1955 treaty reached with then ally Iran after Tehran cited it in an international court ruling against Washington's sanctions policy. "I'm announcing that the US is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran. This is a decision, frankly, that is 39 years overdue," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters, referring to the date of the 1979 Islamic revolution. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

Pompeo to meet Putin on Russia visit – State Department

May 12, 2019 - 12:24 AM

The top US diplomat will meet Putin on Tuesday, May 14, in Sochi to 'discuss the full range of bilateral and multilateral challenges'

TOP DIPLOMAT. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on during a discussion on the major foreign policy priorities of the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 29, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Kiev will not recognize Russian passports from rebel areas – PM

May 08, 2019 - 9:43 PM

'We will never recognize any citizenship that was issued by the aggressor state. This is like Nazi Germany issuing Ausweis (identity document) for certain people,' says Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman

UKRAINE. Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman gives a speech at the German-Ukrainian Economic Forum in Berlin on November 29, 2018. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Putin signs controversial internet law

May 02, 2019 - 5:41 PM

The law, which will come into effect in November, will allow Russian authorities to isolate the country's internet

RUSSIA'S INTERNET LAW. A protester holds a placard reading "Putin lies" during an opposition rally in central Moscow, on March 10, 2019, to demand internet freedom in Russia. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Putin fast-tracks Russian citizenship for more Ukrainians

May 01, 2019 - 7:55 PM

(UPDATED) The new Kremlin decree published May 1 says several categories of Ukrainian nationals will have the right to receive a Russian passport within 3 months of applying for one

PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin, officials and other attendees listen to the national anthem at the end of Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address in Moscow on February 20, 2019. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Trump says he welcomes China, Russia help over North Korea

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:24 PM

'I think we're doing very well with North Korea. A lot of progress is being made,' says US President Donald Trump

TRUMP ON NORTH KOREA. US President Donald Trump delivers remarks on April 10, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

North Korea's Kim to Putin: U.S. acted in 'bad faith' at Hanoi talks

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:54 AM

Kim and Putin meet in the far eastern Russian port of Vladivostok for their first summit – squarely aimed at countering US influence

This picture taken on April 25, 2019 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 26 shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending a reception following their talks at the Far Eastern Federal University campus on Russky island in the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok.  KCNA VIA KNS / AFP

North Korea needs 'security guarantees' in exchange for denuclearization – Putin

Apr 25, 2019 - 7:18 PM

North Korea 'needs guarantees of its security, the preservation of its sovereignty,' Russian President Vladimir Putin says after talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

FIRST MEETING. Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes North Korean leader Kim Jong-un prior to their talks at the Far Eastern Federal University campus on Russky island in the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on April 25, 2019. Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP