Moscow : Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday shrugged off the negative impact of Western sanctions, saying they will only encourage Russia to build closer ties with China, India and Latin America.
Speaking at an investment forum, Putin described the sanctions as "utter silliness" that hurt Western business and offered an opportunity for others to expand in the Russian market.
Putin said the sanctions, imposed by the United States, the European Union and others over Russia's role in the Ukrainian crisis, violated basic principles of the World Trade Organisation and inflicted lasting damage to the global economy.
London, Sep 20 : Russian President Vladimir Putin is contemplating radical plans to disconnect Russia from the global internet in case of a war or anti-government protests in the country.
According to the Guardian, Putin will convene a meeting of his security council on Monday, where he will discuss what steps Moscow might take to disconnect Russian citizens from the web "in an emergency".
The aim would be to strengthen the country's sovereignty in cyberspace.
While Russia has much control over its media, the Russian Internet serves as an open platform for all sorts of debates.
Washington: US President Barack Obama on Friday called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to express his "deep concerns" over Russia's increased support for the separatists in Ukraine.
"The President (Obama) reiterated his deep concerns about Russia's increased support for the separatists in Ukraine," the White House said.
Obama reinforced his preference for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine, and the two leaders agreed to keep open their channels of communication, the White House statement said.
Washington, July 26 : Hillary Clinton in a recent interview referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as "tough" and "arrogant" and said that he was also capable of exuding charm.
According to Politico, she made the comments in an interview with CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria, set to air on his eponymous show at 10 a. m. Sunday.
Clinton said of Putin that he had a lot of personas that he pulled out.
Johannesburg, July 21 - Breaking his silence for the first time on the MH17 tragedy, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the task force investigating the site of the crash is not enough and that the situation demands a force consisting of experts.
According to News. com. au, Putin also warned his detractors to not use the tragedy to achieve their narrowly selfish political goals.
Beijing, July 2 : Russian President Vladmir Putin said in a statement that Ukrainian developments were a manifestation of the West which is trying to control Moscow, and added that relations between Russia and China are an example of cordial international relations.
According to the Xinhua, Putin's statement came just hours after the Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko announced that the ceasefire with Russian rebels in the East would be ended.
Poroshenko's decision to take military and political action against Russian militants was a result of outside pressure, said Putin.
St. Petersburg (Russia), May 25 : Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his country's willingness to work closely with prime minister designate Narendra Modi and promised to strengthen economic, military and technical cooperation .
Speaking to a group of journalists from the international media here, Putin reportedly said that the relations between the two countries are above political parties. He said, Russians are friendly with the Indian people and they want to have good relations with India.
St. Petersburg, May 25 - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this week in Shanghai marked that Russia-China relations have entered a new stage.
Putin made the comment during his meeting with representatives of world leading news agencies at the 18th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Xinhua reported.
Putin also said that the consensus reached and agreements signed in Shanghai demonstrated a big step forward for the relations between Russia and China.
Moscow, May 23 - Russia has termed "outrageous" Prince Charles' reported controversial description of President Vladimir Putin.
Remarks attributed to the Prince of Wales likening Vladimir Putin's actions to some of those of the Nazis are "outrageous", BBC quoted Thursday the Russian embassy as saying.
Deputy ambassador Alexander Kramarenko has met foreign office officials to ask for official clarification.
The alleged comments were made during a conversation with a former Polish war refugee during a royal tour to Canada.
Beijing, May 15 - Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said Thursday agreements on natural gas are expected to be signed between China and Russia during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to China.
Putin will visit China May 20 and attend the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Shanghai, reported Xinhua.
In the Feb 6 meeting at Sochi, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Putin reached important agreements on gas, and a vast majority of contracts.
London, April 15 : US President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin over phone to influence the pro-Russian activists to stop their protests in eastern Ukraine, media reported Tuesday.
The telephonic conversation between the two leaders came as the crisis in eastern Ukraine is increasing since the pro-Russian activists continued to occupy buildings in the eastern towns, BBC reported.
The US said the "frank and direct" conversation between the two presidents was made at Russia's request.
Moscow, April 15 : Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order appointing Sergei Aksyonov as the interim head of Crimea.
The order dated April 14 came into force immediately, after it was published on the legal information portal Tuesday, ITAR-TASS reported.
Putin Monday informed the prime minister of Crimea about his decision to appoint Aksyonov as the interim head of the Black Sea peninsula.
"The constitution of Crimea has been adopted, and according to the existing legislation of Russia, it is necessary to appoint an interim head of Crimea," Putin said.
Moscow, March 29 - Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday submitted a proposal to the lower house of parliament on terminating a number of Russia-Ukraine agreements over the Black Sea Fleet.
The agreements, signed in 1997, are related to the parameters of division of the Black Sea Fleet as well as the status and conditions of the Russian Black Sea Fleet's deployment on the territory of Ukraine on reciprocal payments.
Moscow, March 21 : Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday signed into law legislation on the accession of Crimea after both houses of parliament unanimously approved it.
"I signed several decrees today, including the decree on the formation of one more federal district, the Crimean federal district," Putin said at the signing ceremony.
"We have a lot of work ahead on Crimea's adaptation and on its joining Russia's legal system, the Russian economy and the social sphere," Putin added.
Moscow, March 18 - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to recognise Crimea as a sovereign and independent state, the Kremlin press service said Monday.
"Considering the will of the peoples of Crimea expressed at the all-Crimea referendum on March 16, 2014, I hereby decree that the Republic of Crimea, where the city of Sevastopol has a special status, be recognised as a sovereign and independent state," Xinhua quoted the decree as saying.
It entered into force upon signature, the press service said.(IANS)
Moscow, March 2 - Russian Federal Council, or upper house of the parliament, Saturday approved President Vladimir Putin's request for using armed forces in Ukraine.
After the approval, Putin, as the commander-in-chief, could decide the number of troops and their armaments that were to be deployed in Ukraine, Xinhua quoted Vladimir Ozerov, chairman of the Federation Council's Defense and Security Committee, as saying.
Washington, Feb 22 : US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have agreed on the need to quickly implement an agreement aimed at ending the crisis in Ukraine.
Both leaders Friday stressed the importance of stabilising Ukraine's economic situation and undertaking necessary reforms, as they exchanged views on a range of global issues via phone, reported Xinhua citing a White House statement.
Obama and Putin also agreed on the need for all sides in Ukraine's current political crisis to refrain from further violence, it added.
New Delhi, Jan 25 : Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday congratulated President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on India's Republic Day and also expressed satisfaction at the "dynamic development" of ties between the two countries.
In a message on the eve of Republic Day, Putin said: "I note with satisfaction the dynamic development of Russia-india relations, which stepped up to the level of special and privileged strategic partnership."
Moscow, Oct 3 : Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama are likely to meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bali in Indonesia.
"The agenda of this meeting is being finalised. We believe that this meeting will take place," Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said Thursday, adding that the meeting is being planned for Oct 7.
"This was Russia's initiative to hold the meeting and it was at once supported by the American side," Ushakov said, while mentioning that the leaders "may discuss any theme" focussing on the situation in Syria.
Moscow, Sep 20 : Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the rival sides in Syria should find a peaceful way out of the crisis through mediation by the international community.
"No matter how difficult it is, we should find points of contact, facilitate their reaching agreements, find a balance of interests," Xinhua quoted Putin as saying Thursday at the Valdai International Club, a forum that debates on Russia and its role in the world.
"Then the situation in the country might stabilise for sometime and perhaps even improve," he added.
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