Vladimir Putin took his case against international sanctions to Italy on Wednesday, claiming they would cost Italian companies a billion euros and insisting he was committed to a peaceful resolution of the Ukraine crisis.
In a wide-ranging interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera at the weekend, the Russian president spoke at length about his country’s “special relationship” with Italy and used the opportunity to detail what he sees as Moscow’s unfair treatment by the international community.
When Paul Schmitz was a little boy, he never understood why kids in his tiny German village taunted him as a “Yank” and beat him up. He was a teenager by the time he found out: His father was an American soldier his mother had a romance with in the final days of World War II.
Russian and Chinese leaders signed a plethora of deals in Moscow, giving Russia billions in infrastructure loans
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed at their summit Friday to oppose attempts to distort the history of World War II, in which they emerged as victors over German fascism and Japanese militarism.
Gazprom announced on Thursday that gas deliveries through the Turkish Stream pipeline will start in December of next year. It was agreed to bring onstream Turkish Stream and to start gas supplies in December 2016
Russia has been notoriously brazen in using state-owned companies as instruments of national power. President Vladimir Putin’s natural-gas wars with Belarus and Ukraine made headlines and sometimes left substantial parts of Europe in the cold.
The main cause for this reversal of fortunes is the cease-fire in Ukraine, even though it isn’t really holding militarily or moving forward politically. That’s a paradox that may shed light on how events in eastern Ukraine will develop.
Night Wolves intend to follow path taken by Red Army in World War Two, driving to Berlin for Victory Day celebration
The Polish foreign ministry has banned a biker gang linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin from entering the country. The Night Wolves had planned to enter next week as part of a ride across Europe to commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War Two.
On April 7-8, Dmitry Medvedev became the first Russian prime minister to visit Thailand in 25 years. The Russian leader’s visit to Bangkok was excessively publicized both to the benefit of Russia in expanding its presence in Southeast Asia
Gazprom and Greece are both in deep trouble with the European Commission, which is one of the reasons that they were making eyes at each other in Athens on Tuesday as they worked to undermine EU energy solidarity by addressing the issue of building a pipeline across the Balkans.