Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (born 7 October 1952) is a Russian politician serving as the current President of Russia since 7 May 2012, previously holding the position from 2000 until 2008. He was Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 until the beginning of his first presidency in 2000, and again between presidencies from 2008 until 2012. During his first term as Prime Minister, he served as Acting President of Russia due to the resignation of President Boris Yeltsin.
  • Summit Shock, Fentanyl and Putin: Weekend Reads
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    Summit Shock, Fentanyl and Putin: Weekend Reads

    From analysis on U.S. President Donald Trump’s whiplash cancellation of his much-touted summit with Kim Jong Un to how an unassuming Chinese exporter was part of a flood of opiates that's caused a spike in U.S. overdoses, here's your round-up of some of our best political stories from the past week. Toluse Olorunnipa and Justin Sink explain how Trump's approach to policy suggests a White House that's winging it on almost every major issue. David Voreacos and Michael Riley tell the story of a password hack against a Los Angeles lawyer that has led to a series of embarrassing stories on Republican Donor Elliott Broidy and his attempts to leverage his ties with Trump.

  • UPDATE 1-Putin says efforts to set up summit with Trump beset by problems
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    UPDATE 1-Putin says efforts to set up summit with Trump beset by problems

    (Adds context, quotes) ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 25 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Russia was ready for dialogue with the United States, but that a proposed summit between him and U.S. President Donald Trump was not working out for now and was beset by problems. Trump said in March that the two leaders would meet soon, but since then already poor ties between Washington and Moscow have deteriorated further over the conflict in Syria and the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. Speaking alongside French President Emmanuel Macron at an economic forum in St Petersburg, Putin said issues surrounding Iran, North Korea and fears of an arms race made it all the more

  • Pressuring Erdoğan over S-400 won't produce results for US: Putin
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    Pressuring Erdoğan over S-400 won't produce results for US: Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said the U.S. pressure on Turkey over the purchase of the S-400 defense missile systems will not produce results. Speaking at the Saint Petersburg Economic Forum, Putin said: "As well as I know President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, it is quite difficult to get any results by using pressure tools towards him. On the contrary, this will encourage Mr. Erdoğan, and he will not make compromises while protecting national interests." Putin criticized the U.S. for creating obstacles on the delivery of F-35 warplanes to Turkey and said Turkey is not the first NATO member to purchase Russian defense systems. "I am having a hard time to explain this pressure. Such attitude

  • Summit Shock, Fentanyl and Putin: Weekend Reads
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    Summit Shock, Fentanyl and Putin: Weekend Reads

    From analysis on U.S. President Donald Trump’s whiplash cancellation of his much-touted summit with Kim Jong Un to how an unassuming Chinese exporter was part of a flood of opiates that's caused a spike in U.S. overdoses, here's your round-up of some of our best political stories from the past week. Toluse Olorunnipa and Justin Sink explain how Trump's approach to policy suggests a White House that's winging it on almost every major issue. David Voreacos and Michael Riley tell the story of a password hack against a Los Angeles lawyer that has led to a series of embarrassing stories on Republican Donor Elliott Broidy and his attempts to leverage his ties with Trump.

  • Russia-China partnership at best level in history: Putin
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    Russia-China partnership at best level in history: Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination is developing at the best level in history and the prospect is very good. "There is no need to re-define Russian-Chinese relations. In fact, Russia and China have established a fairly good strategic partnership," said Putin in response to a question by Xinhua news agency during a joint interview by several major international media outlets in St. Petersburg on Friday. Putin spoke highly of the 19th Communist Party of China (CPC) National Congress, which he said had created more favourable conditions for further development of bilateral ties in the long run. "The latest decisions of the

  • 'Trump's son should be concerned': FBI obtained wiretaps of Putin ally who met with Trump Jr.
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    'Trump's son should be concerned': FBI obtained wiretaps of Putin ally who met with Trump Jr.

    The FBI has obtained wiretapped conversations involving Alexander Torshin ahead of his meeting with the president's son.

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    Putin says sanctions cause the global economy to suffer

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says the global economy has suffered from politically driven sanctions. Speaking Friday at a business forum in St. Petersburg, Putin pointed at “not just erosion but the dismantling of a system of multilateral cooperation that took decades to build.” In an apparent criticism of the United States, he said economic sanctions have become a political instrument used to “suppress the competition or extract concessions.” Russia-U.S. ties have been strained over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and accusations of Moscow's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The U.S. and its allies have hit Russia with several waves of

  • Russia's Putin says oil price of $60 per barrel suits Russia
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    Russia's Putin says oil price of $60 per barrel suits Russia

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that an oil price of $60 per barrel suited Russia and that high oil prices could create problems for consumers. Russia, which reached a deal with OPEC to cut oil output, has business-like relations with OPEC and OPEC leader Saudi Arabia, in particular, Putin said in comments broadcast on television. Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Tom Balmforth

  • Putin says oil at $60 suits Russia as OPEC weighs more supply
    Houston Chronicle

    Putin says oil at $60 suits Russia as OPEC weighs more supply

    Oil prices at $60 a barrel fully suit Russia and the country doesn't want them to spiral higher, President Vladimir Putin said. “We're not interested in an endless rise in the price of energy and oil,” Putin told reporters at the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, adding that Russia and OPEC didn't plan to stick to existing output cuts. “If you asked me what is a fair price, I would say we're perfectly happy with $60 a barrel.” Oil plunged on Friday as it emerged Russia is talking to members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries about a plan to boost production for the first time since 2016. Brent futures in London slumped $2.78 a barrel, while the U.S. benchmark fell

  • Putin says NKorea sovereignty should be ensured
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    Putin says NKorea sovereignty should be ensured

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  • Trump Casts Long Shadow at Buoyant Putin's Geopolitical Show
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    Trump Casts Long Shadow at Buoyant Putin's Geopolitical Show

    President Vladimir Putin scored a major victory by luring leaders from China, Japan and France to his annual economic showcase. But even with the most powerful lineup ever, the conversation kept coming back to one man who wasn't there: Donald Trump. For more than two hours, Putin and his fellow panelists in St. Petersburg -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, French President Emmanuel Macron, China's Vice President Wang Qishan and IMF chief Christine Lagarde -- voiced concerns over the erosion of trust and the specter of a global crisis brought on by Trump's disruptions. They cited the U.S. president's threats to start trade wars with Europe and China and his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear

  • US could stop Turkey, not yet a Moscow ally, from caving to Russia
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    US could stop Turkey, not yet a Moscow ally, from caving to Russia

    In the Turkish strategic thinking, no country is feared as much as Russia. This is deeply rooted in the history stretching back to the Ottoman Empire. Between the 15th century, when the Ottoman and Russian Empires became neighbors, and 1917, the year of the Bolshevik revolution, the Turks and Russians fought more than a dozen wars. All of them were instigated — and overall, won — by the Russians. Ankara continued to fear Moscow throughout much of the 20th century. Turkey entered NATO, becoming a U.S. ally after Soviet leader Joseph Stalin demanded territory from Ankara in 1946. Following the fall of the Soviet Union, Turkish-Russian ties somehow improved, thanks to booming trade. However, the