Fresh clashes in east Ukraine kill 9 soldiers

2015-01-27 15:38

Continued fighting in east Ukraine has killed at least nine soldiers and wounded 29, the military says, as rebels fought to secure more territory in the war zone.

Top official: Russians will eat less for Putin

2015-01-23 22:28

Russian Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, has warned the West against trying to topple President Vladimir Putin and said that Russians are ready to sacrifice their wealth in Putin's support.

Putin: Russia will build new weapons

2015-01-20 22:17

President Vladimir Putin says Russia will develop new weapons that will ensure its security without entering a costly arms race with the West.

Putin sends New Year's message to Obama

2014-12-31 14:46

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in a New Year's message to US President Barack Obama that Moscow is looking for equality in bilateral relations next year.

Putin signs new military doctrine

2014-12-26 22:03

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine, the Kremlin says.

Putin urges KGB to tackle modern challenges

2014-12-20 18:20

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for improvement of Moscow's secret services to tackle "modern challenges and threats" amid his country's standoff with the West over the Ukraine.

Putin: Rouble will rise again

2014-12-18 12:33

President Vladimir Putin says Russia's economy will rebound after the rouble's collapse against the dollar, but warned that it could take two years.

Putin holds late-night Ukraine talks with EU

2014-12-17 13:16

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his French, German and Ukrainian counterparts have agreed in a phone call that talks surrounding eastern Ukraine are to resume as soon as possible.

Russia central bank lifts key lending rate

2014-12-11 19:39

Russia's central bank has raised its main lending rate by 100 basis points to 10.5% to prop up the rouble.

Nato intercepts more Russian bombers

2014-12-09 18:19

Nato aircraft have intercepted a significant force of six Russian nuclear-capable bombers over the Baltic Sea.

Russia expanding power in Ossetia

2014-12-06 07:05

The Georgian president says Russia is planning to expand its authority over South Ossetia.

West wants to undermine Russia - Putin

2014-12-04 20:29

President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of exploiting the Ukraine crisis to undermine an increasingly confident Russia, and said Crimea was "sacred" to Moscow.

Why Russia loves Putin

2014-12-04 07:29

Putin is restoring deeply wounded pride and self-respect, says Leopold Scholtz.

Putin to push trade in Turkey

2014-11-28 21:27

Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Turkey will have trade and energy issues at its heart, but is not expected to bridge deep differences over Syria and Crimea.

Putin stands by hawkish Russian central bank

2014-11-23 11:38

President Vladimir Putin has allowed the central bank to administer strong medicine, sharply raising interest rates even as it freed the rouble to float.

Putin-bashing at the G20

2014-11-20 07:38

The summit's real focus was on Russia and its Ukrainian policy, says Leopold Scholtz.

Isolated at G20, Putin will do it his way

2014-11-18 09:30

It may have looked like Russian President Vladimir Putin has fled this weekend's G20 summit early with his tail between his legs, but it was a different story.

Putin gets cold shoulder, plans to leave G20 early

2014-11-15 14:25

Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly plans to leave the G20 summit early after Western leaders blasted him for the crisis in Ukraine and threatened more sanctions.

Russia to G-20: We're here. So are our warships

2014-11-14 14:45

Vladimir Putin is underlining his presence at a major summit of world leaders in Australia by stationing warships in waters off the country’s north-eastern coast.

Reptiles, whips banned as Brisbane preps for G-20

2014-11-14 11:40

This weekend, the subtropical Australian city of Brisbane will welcome leaders from the world's 20 largest economies along with thousands of delegates and journalists for a global summit.

Get that Obama or Putin look for $44

2014-11-13 14:10

Chinese traders are offering the chance to get that "world leader look" by selling copies of the garb worn by Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping at this week's APEC summit in Beijing.

Putin's gesture sends social media buzzing

2014-11-11 13:37

A chivalrous gesture by Russian President Vladimir Putin HAS set social media buzzing and put Chinese censors into action at the Apec summit in Beijing.

'Most powerful' Putin takes on West at Apec

2014-11-11 11:24

Russian President Vladimir Putin is heading into showdown talks with Australia's leader as part of what is expected to be his toughest foreign trip since the start of the standoff between Russia and the West over Ukraine.


Putin: Ukraine army is Nato's foreign legion

2015-01-26 21:53

President Vladimir Putin has accused the Ukrainian army of being "Nato's foreign legion" whose main purpose was to contain Russia.

Russia faces $40bn battle as banking crisis looms

2015-01-23 19:15

Russia may have to spend more than $40bn this year to avert a banking crisis, as the growing likelihood of a sharp recession looms.

Ukraine offers ceasefire to Russia

2015-01-19 15:43

Ukraine has offered an immediate ceasefire to Russia, after Moscow claimed that Kiev rejected a fresh peace initiative by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Diplomats meet to save Ukraine peace summit

2015-01-12 20:12

Foreign ministers from France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia were meeting in Berlin to try and resolve tensions threatening to scupper a planned summit on ending the Ukrainian conflict.

Nato sees slight improvement in eastern Ukraine

2015-01-12 13:32

Fighting between Kiev’s forces and pro-Russian rebels has eased in eastern Ukraine, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said, although he voiced concern about the risks to local people.

Russia choked by military spend as oil falls

2014-12-30 11:56

Russian authorities face unpalatable options as they try to keep the economy afloat - unless they can persuade President Vladimir Putin to curb military spending.

Russia makes Facebook block page of Putin critic

2014-12-21 17:14

Russian authorities have convinced Facebook to shut off a page inviting people to attend a rally in support of an opposition politician, drawing ire from internet users.

80% back Putin even as ruble falls

2014-12-18 18:30

The ruble has lost more than half its value and Vladimir Putin's aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into a pariah, yet most Russians see him not as the cause, but as the solution.

Putin and the rouble rout

2014-12-18 07:39

Russia is not the West and Putin may well survive unscathed, says Leopold Scholtz.

Merkel calls Putin over Ukraine, amid ruble plunge

2014-12-17 10:30

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss possible steps to secure a comprehensive cease-fire in eastern Ukraine.

Russia to build nuclear reactors for India

2014-12-11 18:09

Russia's state-owned Rosatom says it will supply 12 nuclear energy reactors to India over 20 years following agreements signed by the two countries.

France's Hollande meets Putin

2014-12-06 20:10

French President Francois Hollande has met Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the Ukraine crisis during a brief stopover at a Moscow airport.

Soldiers dying as Ukraine creeps towards truce

2014-12-05 19:21

Ukraine has lost another six soldiers in the past day amid fresh reports of intense fighting for control of a flashpoint eastern airport despite tentative steps towards a comprehensive truce.

Putin pressured to cure ailing economy

2014-12-04 12:11

President Vladimir Putin is under pressure to show he has a prescription to cure Russia's rapidly growing economic ills.

Putin to visit Turkey amid Syria differences

2014-12-01 13:18

Russian President Vladimir Putin is travelling to Turkey for discussions on economic ties and the crisis in Syria and Iraq.

Putin says Russia is not isolated

2014-11-23 14:00

President Vladimir Putin says Moscow is not and will not be isolated on the international scene, says a report.

Populism may weaken Russia - ex-minister

2014-11-21 12:00

Former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin has warned President Vladimir Putin that "extreme conservatism" could restrict economic and political freedoms in Russia.

Putin backs deeper ties with North Korea

2014-11-19 18:47

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for deeper ties with North Korea to improve regional security, after holding talks with an envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Putin: Western sanctions could backfire

2014-11-15 18:30

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Western sanctions against his country could backfire.

Russian chill permeates G20 summit

2014-11-15 08:43

Russia's Cold War-style standoff with the West has sent a chill through talks aimed at heating up the world economy, as the G20 summit kicks off in Australia.

Putin berates US over sanctions before G-20

2014-11-14 13:18

President Vladimir Putin accused the US of undermining the very trade institutions it created by imposing sanctions on Russia, a 'mistake' he hoped would be overcome.

British PM gets laughs at Aussie's PM expense

2014-11-14 08:47

British Prime Minister David Cameron has taken a playful dig at his Australian counterpart over an obscure threat to assault the Russian president at a weekend summit in Brisbane.

Obama, Putin meet amid tensions

2014-11-11 16:52

US President Barack Obama has met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin three times on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit, with conversations covering Iran, Syria and Ukraine.

Putin, Abbott want genuine probe of MH17 crash

2014-11-11 12:31

President Vladimir Putin has discussed the MH17 plane crash with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the sidelines of an APEC summit, with both leaders favouring a “genuine” probe of the tragedy.

Obama, Putin circle each other warily in China

2014-11-11 10:11

On the surface, President Obama and President Putin are all niceties, a pat on the back here, a pleasantry there. But away from the cameras, the two leaders are circling each other warily.

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