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.
Moscow, June 4 : President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he would sign a law banning adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples if parliament passed such a legislation.
"So far, I have no such bill, I have not seen this. But if such legislation is adopted by the country’s parliament, I will sign it,” Putin said at the Russia-EU summit which opened Tuesday in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg.
Alexei Levchenko, an aide to Olga Golodets, a Russian deputy premier overseeing social issues, said last week an amendment restricting foreign same-sex couples from adopting Russian children will be introduced in Russia.
Moscow, May 24 : President Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama will meet at the G8 summit in June and during the US president's visit to Russia in September, a Kremlin aide said Friday.
"The first meeting will be in Lough Erne (Northern Ireland) on the sidelines of the G8 Summit and then (during) Obama's visit [to Russia] in September, early September," Putin aide Yury Ushakov said.
Obama's visit will take place before the G20 summit that will be held either in Moscow or St. Petersburg, he added.
Moscow, April 16: Russian President Vladimir Putin's foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov has accused the US administration of demonstrating "conflicting behaviour", but said Moscow was ready to develop and deepen its ties with the US.
The official's comments were made during a visit by US national security advisor Tom Donilon to Moscow.
Moscow, April 11 : Finland's Interior Minister Paivi Rasanen has apologized to Russian President Vladimir Putin after he was erroneously put on a secret blacklist of people with connections to criminal activity, Finnish media reported.
MTV3 reported Wednesday that Putin's name had been put on the criminal register due to his contact with Russian biker club Night Wolves. After the mistake was discovered, his name was quickly removed.
"I wish to extend Russia's President Vladimir Putin my sincere apologies for the incorrect registry entry," the Finnish TV station quoted Rasanen as saying in a statement.
Moscow, April 9 : Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered lowering of sickness benefits for sportsmen and top managers, the Kremlin press service said.
Putin enforced the amendments into law "about mandatory social insurance of a professional causality and professional illness" which affected a handful of the highest-paid people in Russia, Xinhua reported.
The President proposed the amendments after learning that 12 players of the St. Petersburg Zenit soccer club had drained 53 percent of the city's total social security budget in 2011.
Moscow, April 5 - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama will hold full-fledged talks on the sidelines of the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland in June, a Putin aide said.
The possibility of "contacts in connection with Obama's participation in a G20 summit" is also under consideration, presidential aide Yury Ushakov said.
The question of a possible visit to Moscow by Obama will be discussed with US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, he said.
"I believe Donilon will come to Moscow and issue some signals in that regard," he said.
Moscow, March 24 - The situation in Syria should be resolved by means of negotiations, Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister David Cameron have agreed.
Putin and Cameron discussed the conflict in the Middle East country by phone.
"The sides exchanged opinions on the international agenda, focusing on the situation in Syria," the Kremlin said in a statement.
Kazan (Russia), March 20 : Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for visa-free travel for foreign athletes competing in major sports events scheduled to take place between now and 2018, which include next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2018 Football World Cup.
"Before 2018 about 20 of the biggest international competitions and world championships are to take place in Russia. It would be right if we introduce visa-free entry for all the athletes taking part," said Putin, who was visiting the Volga region city of Kazan, host of July's international university games, officially called the Summer Universiade.
Moscow, March 16 - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning foreign banks from opening branches in the country, the government website said.
The bill was adopted by the State Duma Feb 22 and approved by the Federation Council March 6.
The bill amends a number of existing Russian banking laws as part of a strategy to develop the domestic banking sector by 2015.
The law excludes branches from the definition of the banking system in Russia.
Moscow, March 14 : Breaking his silence for the first time, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that elimination of wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games would be unjustified.
"This is unjust to eliminate the traditional sport from the Olympic program which used to be there even in ancient Greece," Putin was quoted as saying by Xinhua Wednesday.
Putin was talking to the representatives of the International and Russian Sambo Federations.
Moscow, Feb 25 : Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a smoking ban bill into law, the Kremlin said Monday.
The law bans smoking in public places, including bars, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, stadiums and train stations, reported Xinhua.
It also imposes measures to reduce the demand for tobacco products and restrict trade in them. Advertising and sponsorship of tobacco is prohibited under the law.
The State Duma, or lower house of the parliament, approved the bill on Feb 12 and the Federation Council, the upper house, passed it Feb 20.
It will come into effect June 1.(IANS)
Moscow, Jan 3 : Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law imposing heavy fines on ticket touting for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Anyone who sells Sochi Olympics tickets above their face value will be fined up to a million rubles ($33,000), and the new federal law also imposes price control on local hotels during the Olympics, the RIA Novosti news agency reports.
The Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, which features 98 medal events under the motto of "Hot. Cool. Yours," is slated Feb 7-23.