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.
New York, Sep 12 : Russian President Vladimir Putin has welcomed the decision of his US counterpart Barack Obama to continue the dialogue process on the Syrian issue.
“I welcome the president’s interest in continuing the dialogue with Russia on Syria,” Putin wrote in an article published in The New York Times Wednesday.
“We must work together to keep this hope alive, as we agreed to at the Group of 8 meeting in Lough Erne in Northern Ireland in June, and steer the discussion back toward negotiations,” he wrote.
Moscow, Sep 10 : Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed support for Russia's latest initiative to end the crisis in Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons.
In a telephonic conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Abe expressed Japan's support for Russia’s initiative to place Syria’s chemical weapons under international control, the Kremlin press-service said Tuesday.
“Abe has highly evaluated the efforts Russia is taking on this track,” the press service said.
Vladivostok, Aug 31 : Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that the Syrian government had never used chemical weapons and described the recent chemical attack in a Damascus outskirt as a provocation.
“As far as this incident is concerned, it is well-known that the Syrian government used to turn to the world community with a request to inspect, what it thought, cases of using chemical weapons against civilians by militants. Unfortunately, that did not happen,” the Russian leader told journalists.
According to Putin, the Syrian government troops are now on the offensive.
Washington, Aug 7 : US President Barack Obama has cancelled his meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that was planned for next month, the White House said Wednesday.
"Following a careful review begun in July, we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a US-Russia summit in early September," the White House said in a statement, Xinhua reported.
However, it also cited Russia's decision to grant asylum to former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden as one of the reasons for the decision.
Khimki (Russia), July 20 : Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed speculations that their overwhelming victory at the just-concluded Universiade was won by professional athletes.
"Unfortunately there have always been people in our country who when our rivals over there make some successes and achieve victories, loudly click their tongues and say 'what great guys they are'," Putin said during a meeting with the Universiade winners here Friday.
Putin added that by saying Russia was represented by professionals at the Kazan Games was pointless.
Washington, July 13 : US President Barack Obama discussed the status of Edward Snowden with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Friday, hours after the former US spy agency contractor made clear his intention to seek political asylum in Russia.
In their phone conversation, the two leaders "noted the importance of US-Russian bilateral relations and discussed a range of security and bilateral issues, including the status of Edward Snowden and cooperation on counterterrorism in the lead-up to the Sochi Winter Olympics", the White House said in a terse statement, reported Xinhua.