ARTICLES RELATING TO VLADIMIR PUTIN

Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia

2014-09-02 06:39

Ukrainian forces have ceded a strategic eastern airport to pro-Russian insurgents as the government in Kiev accused Moscow of launching a "great war" that could claim tens of thousands of lives.

Putin seeks 'statehood' talks on east Ukraine

2014-09-01 13:52

Moscow and Kiev representatives are set to meet in Minsk after Russian raised the stakes in the Ukraine conflict by calling for statehood to be discussed for the restive east of the former Soviet state.

Jacob Zuma’s mysterious mission to Russia

2014-08-31 20:19
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Although the Presidency issued a press release about Jacob Zuma’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a veil of secrecy was drawn over the details of the rest of his visit.

Russia selling arms to China: So what?

2014-08-31 09:14

Apparently the two parties are close to signing a deal that will bring much needed capital to Moscow and needed deterrent military assets to Beijing, writes Dr Siphamandla Zondi.

Hollande: Russian troops in Ukraine unacceptable

2014-08-28 16:09

President Francois Hollande has described the possible presence of Russian troops in eastern Ukraine as 'intolerable and unacceptable' and called on Moscow to 'respect the sovereignty of Ukraine'.

Ukraine, Russia talks falter after new incursion

2014-08-28 07:24

Ukraine has accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border as hopes quickly faded that talks between their two presidents might mark a turning point.

Ukraine says Russia makes new incursion

2014-08-27 17:52

Ukraine has accused Russian forces of launching a new military incursion across its border, a day after the leaders of both countries agreed to work towards ending a separatist war.

Russia announces second aid convoy for Ukraine

2014-08-25 17:44

Russia is planning to send a second aid convoy to areas in eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russian separatist rebels, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov says.

German vice chancellor urges 'federal' Ukraine

2014-08-23 12:00

Germany's vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, says establishing a federal Ukraine will be the only viable solution to the crisis pitting Kiev against pro-Russian separatists.

Ukraine says battles raging in Lugansk

2014-08-19 19:20

Ukraine says fighting has erupted in the heart of major rebel stronghold Lugansk, as the bodies of 17 civilians fleeing the city were recovered from wreckage of their destroyed convoy.

Putin tones down Ukraine rhetoric

2014-08-15 08:48

Vladimir Putin travelled has struck a conciliatory note and called for peace in the Ukraine.

Beware sanctions fall-out

2014-08-14 07:02

SA will also be hit if Europe and Russia's economic war hots up, says Leopold Scholtz.

Russia sends 280 aid trucks to Ukraine

2014-08-12 11:46

A Russian convoy of 280 trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine has set off, amid Western warnings against using help as a pretext for an invasion.

Australian PM dubs Russia 'a bully'

2014-08-08 12:45

Australia's prime minister has dubbed Russia 'a bully' and threatened stronger sanctions against the country following Russia's ban on most Western food imports.

Putin orders import limits over sanctions

2014-08-06 20:09

President Vladimir Putin has ordered government agencies to restrict imports of food and agricultural products from the countries that have imposed sanctions against Russia.

MH17 site search resumes

2014-08-02 14:29

International experts have pushed with their probe at the crash site of flight MH17 in Ukraine after President Obama called on Russia to heed international pressure to defuse the civil war tearing apart its neighbour.

Snowden a recluse one year on from asylum

2014-07-31 12:07

US intelligence agent Edward Snowden marks one year of political asylum in Russia, where he continues to live a life shrouded in mystery amid a dearth of public appearances.

Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty - US

2014-07-29 09:42

In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration has accused Russia of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with allegations.

Sanctions stand-off

2014-07-24 07:23

Will Russia or the US win the post-MH17 power struggle, asks Leopold Scholtz.

Putin vows to use influence on Ukraine rebels

2014-07-22 16:34

President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia would use its influence with separatists in east Ukraine to allow a full investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner.

Obama pressures Putin in Ukraine crash probe

2014-07-21 21:17

US President Barack Obama has piled pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to force pro-Russian separatists to stop blocking an investigation into the shootdown of a passenger jet.

Biden: Putin has no soul

2014-07-21 17:54

Vladimir Putin has no soul, US Vice President Joe Biden concluded after meeting with the Russian leader at the Kremlin in 2011, according to an article in the New Yorker.

Another 21 bodies found at crash site

2014-07-21 11:21

Another 21 bodies have been found in the sprawling fields of east Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed, killing all 298 people aboard.

Putin agrees to co-operate in MH17 operation

2014-07-21 08:46

Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to co-operate in the retrieval of bodies and investigation into the flight MH17 crash in a call with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Bodies from downed jet piled in boxcars in Ukraine

2014-07-21 07:46

Rebels have piled nearly 200 bodies from the downed Malaysian jetliner into four refrigerated boxcars in eastern Ukraine, and cranes at the crash scene moved big chunks of the Boeing 777.

 

No raise in spending from Russia's sovereign fund

2014-09-01 14:15

Russia cannot spend more of the $83bn parked in its National Wealth Fund, says President Vladimir Putin.

EU gives Russia new sanctions ultimatum

2014-08-31 11:27

European Union leaders have given Russia a week to reverse course in Ukraine or face a new round of sanctions as Kiev warned it was on the brink of "full-scale war" with Moscow.

Zuma and Putin discuss strengthening relations

2014-08-29 09:23

President Jacob Zuma has met Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss ways in which their countries could strengthen relations, the presidency says.

Ukraine: Rebels seize ground from govt forces

2014-08-28 09:02

Rebels in east Ukraine appear to have seized swathes of territory from retreating government forces, while Western intelligence says Russian army units are operating inside the country.

Steinmeier: Probably no breakthrough in Ukraine talks

2014-08-27 20:40

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said there was probably no breakthrough in talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko.

Putin and Zuma growing closer... What for?

2014-08-25 18:53

There must be more to the diplomatic traffic between Pretoria and Moscow than just converging commercial interests, says Dr Siphamandla Zondi.

Zuma arrives in Russia

2014-08-24 12:00
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President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Russia and is undertaking a working visit, the department of International Relations and Co-operation says.

Ukraine accuses Russia of invasion

2014-08-22 15:41

Ukraine says Russia has launched a 'direct invasion' of its territory after Moscow sent a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine.

Stop sending arms to Ukraine, Merkel urges Putin

2014-08-16 11:35

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to "stop the flow of military equipment, military advisers and armed personnel crossing the border with Ukraine".

Russian aid convoy resumes travel toward Ukraine

2014-08-14 17:44

A large Russian aid convoy has resumed its journey toward Ukraine, taking a road leading directly toward a border crossing controlled by pro-Russian rebels in the Luhansk region.

Egypt's Sisi visits Putin for arms talks

2014-08-12 21:26

Russian President Vladimir Putin has hosted his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for talks about Cairo's purchase of advanced surface-to-air missiles and membership in a Moscow-led free trade zone.

ExxonMobil starts drilling in Russia's Arctic

2014-08-10 13:30

US oil giant ExxonMobil has begun drilling in Russia's Arctic despite Western sanctions imposed on its Russian partner Rosneft.

Russian economy strained by sanctions: Obama

2014-08-07 10:04

US president Obama says that US sanctions levied against Russia over its actions in Ukraine are working but that the US will face a different set of questions about how to respond if Moscow invaded Ukraine.

Putin orders Russia govt response to sanctions

2014-08-05 19:57
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Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has ordered the government to develop measures in response to Western sanctions.

Ex-spy Litvinenko death inquiry to open in UK

2014-07-31 14:00

The UK will formally open an inquiry into the radioactive poisoning of Russian former spy Alexander Litvinenko in a case that threatens to increase tensions with Moscow.

Australia rules out new sanctions against Russia

2014-07-30 14:20

Australia's PM says that he is not considering sanctions against Russia while his government focuses on retrieving Australian victims from the wreckage of the Malaysian flight MH17.

From Russia, with love

2014-07-29 08:25

It is a shame that Vladimir Putin and co. are using something like sexual orientation for political gain, writes Krevania Pillay.

No link to Russian govt in plane downing - US

2014-07-23 07:55

Senior US intelligence officials have offered no evidence of Russian government involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, after a briefing with reporters.

Rebels release train with bodies from downed jet

2014-07-22 06:13

Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists have released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane.

Train with plane crash bodies leaves rebel town

2014-07-21 18:50

A refrigerated train bearing the bodies of many of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines plane disaster has pulled away from a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine.

Dutch anger swells at treatment of MH17 bodies

2014-07-21 12:39

Relatives of Dutch victims killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are meeting with their king, queen and prime minister amid growing anger at the treatment of their loved ones' bodies.

UN set to vote on crash resolution

2014-07-21 11:21

The UN Security Council is set to vote on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area.

Oil prices down in Asian trade

2014-07-21 07:58

Oil prices have slipped in Asian trade, but analysts say they were supported by concerns of an escalation of the Ukraine crisis.

Mr Putin, send my children home - distraught mom

2014-07-20 21:51

A distraught, grieving mother has summed up a swelling mood of despair and anguish in the Netherlands at faltering efforts to repatriate the bodies of loved ones killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

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