London, Dec 30 : US President Barack Obama has said that Russian leader Vladimir Putin's "not so smart" move to annex Crimea is a "strategic mistake".
According to the BBC, Obama said that those thinking his Russian counterpart was a "genius" had been proven wrong by Russia's economic crisis.
Obama said that international sanctions against Russia had made the country's economy susceptible to changes in oil price.
Earlier, in a meeting with business leaders at the White House, Obama said that Putin "does not have good cards" and that he has not played them as good as the western media sometimes gives him credit for.
New Delhi, Dec 11 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Hyderabad House here on Thursday.
President Putin arrived in New Delhi late last night on a two-day visit to attend the 15th India-Russia annual summit.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) earlier in the day expressed hope that President Putin's visit to India would lead to new beginnings which would enable Russian investors to utilize the opportunities that are opening up through the 'Make in India' initiative.
Moscow : Terming the ties with India as a "privileged strategic partnership", Russian President Vladimir Putin tonight disclosed that construction of new nuclear plants besides military and technical cooperation was high on the agenda during his visit to New Delhi.
Seeking to dispel the perception that Russia-India ties had lost some warmth, Putin described India as a "reliable and time-tested partner" although he spoke of a "gradual transition from the producer-consumer model to joint development and production of advanced weapons systems".
New Delhi : Ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to India this week, the two countries will hold talks on Tuesday to iron out differences on the much delayed joint multi-billion dollar Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) project.
Defence sources said the talks between Indian and Russian officials here are being held as both the countries are keen to go ahead with the FGFA. Putin is scheduled to arrive in New Delhi the next day.
However, there are issues on which both sides have not arrived at a consensus.
The sources said that it is "unlikely" that the contract would be signed during Putin's visit.
London, Nov 16 : Russian President Vladimir Putin was the first world leader to leave Brisbane's G20 summit, pleading a lack of sleep, after hours of browbeating by Western leaders over the Ukrainian conflict.
While praising the summit's "constructive atmosphere," Putin said that the reported fallout between him and Western nations was "exaggerated" by the media, reported The Guardian.
He explained his early departure by saying that he had to get back to Moscow to work and needed "five or four hours of sleep."
New York, Oct 25 : It is rumoured that Russian President Vladimir Putin has cancer of the spinal cord due to which he is in a hurry to invade Ukraine.
According to New York Post, Putin is allegedly being treated by a doctor from the old East Germany.
The doctor has been trying different treatments that include steroid shots, which would explain Putin's puffy appearance.
News outlets from Belarus to Poland have reported for months that the Russian President has cancer of the spinal cord.
Crispin Black, the British army veteran who reports on terrorism and intelligence, said earlier that persistent rumours about Putin's health are back.
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.
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