About: Vladimir Putin

Global Europe 20-04-2017

Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to influence 2016 US election

A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 US presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former US officials told Reuters.

Global Europe 12-04-2017

Putin says trust erodes under Trump as Moscow receives Tillerson

Vladimir Putin said today (12 April) that trust had eroded between the United States and Russia under President Donald Trump, as Moscow delivered an unusually hostile reception to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a face-off over Syria.

Global Europe 12-04-2017

White House accuses Russia of Syria chemical attack ‘cover up’

The Trump Administration accused Russia on Tuesday (11 April) of trying to shield Syria's government from blame for a deadly gas attack, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson brought a Western message to Moscow condemning its support for President Bashar al-Assad.

11-04-2017

The Brief: Orbán is the poor man’s Putin

Viktor Orbán has often been described as the enfant terrible of centre-right European politics.

Global Europe 10-04-2017

Tillerson’s Moscow visit to test waters after US Syria strike

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Moscow this week will be an early test of whether the Trump administration can use any momentum generated by striking a Syrian air base to craft and execute a strategy to end the Syrian war.

Global Europe 07-04-2017

Trump orders toughest US military action in six-year Syria war

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday (6 April) that he ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airfield from which a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched, declaring he acted in America's "national security interest" against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Europe's East 04-04-2017

Russia and Belarus heal ties in shadow of metro bombing

The presidents of Russia and Belarus said yesterday (3 April) they had resolved all disputes over energy, signaling a rapprochement at a time when both leaders are grappling with street protests and the threat of new Western sanctions hangs over Minsk.

Politics 03-04-2017

Blasts in St. Petersburg metro stations kill 10

At least 10 people were killed in explosions in two train carriages at metro stations in St. Petersburg on Monday, Russian authorities said.

Elections 31-03-2017

Russian ‘propaganda on steroids’ aimed at 2016 US election: Lawmaker

Russia mounted a campaign of "propaganda on steroids" seeking to influence the 2016 US presidential election, the top Democrat on the US Senate Intelligence Committee said yesterday (30 March), listing several areas of concern about possible links to Republican Donald Trump's campaign.

Elections 31-03-2017

Putin supports far-right to divide Europe: Timmermans

Vladimir Putin is cozying up to the far-right to divide Europe, the European Commission's Vice President Frans Timmermans said yesterday (30 March), a week after France's Marine Le Pen met with the Russian leader.

Elections 30-03-2017

US senator warns of Russian interference in French election

The head of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee warned yesterday (29 March) that Russia is interfering in the French election just as it did in the US presidential campaign last year.

Global Europe 28-03-2017

Serbia on EU path seeks to improve ties with Moscow

Serbia is committed to European Union membership but it will work hard to improve relations with its traditional ally Russia, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić told Reuters ahead of a presidential election on Sunday (2 April).

Global Europe 23-03-2017

Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘state terrorism’ after former MP shot in Kyiv

Ukraine accused Russia of "state terrorism" after a former Russian lawmaker and key witness in a treason case against former leader Viktor Yanukovich was shot dead in broad daylight outside a hotel in central Kyiv today (23 March).

Global Europe 21-03-2017

Bulgarian election candidates hit out at Turkey meddling

The two main candidates in Bulgaria's upcoming parliamentary election singled out Turkey yesterday (20 March) in separate interviews with AFP for what they see as interference in the campaign.

Politics 21-03-2017

US prioritise Russia, China ties over NATO allies

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip a meeting with NATO foreign ministers next month in order to stay home for a visit by China's president and will go to Russia later in April, US officials said yesterday (20 March), disclosing an itinerary that allies may see as giving Moscow priority over them.

Economy & Jobs 17-03-2017

Merkel to also meet Trump ‘as envoy of Europe’

Donald Trump hosts Germany's Angela Merkel at the White House today (17 March), a meeting delayed by a snowstorm and still clouded by a storm of words between the two ostensible allies.

Global Europe 15-03-2017

Deciphering Gazprom’s pipeline agenda in Europe

The European Commission’s efforts to integrate the EU internal market and diversify the gas supply away from a single supplier along the Central European model have started to pay off. Yet, risks lie ahead, write Martin Vladimirov and Sijbren de Jong.

Electricity 08-03-2017

Energy analyst: New nuclear reactors will heavily increase Hungary’s debt

Hungary does not care about the requirements imposed by the European Commission on Paks II, energy analyst András Deák told EURACTIV Slovakia.András Deák is a senior research fellow at the Institute of World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.Deák spoke with EURACTIV.sk’s Pavol Szalai.Hungarian MEP Benedek Jávor (Greens) told me that …

Politics 08-03-2017

Valcárcel: Europe must counter Putin and Trump’s ‘big lies’

The European Union’s institutions and member states must counter the "big lies" coming from countries such as Russia and the United States, which "destabilise" the bloc, European Parliament Vice-President Ramon Luis Valcárcel Siso said in an interview with EURACTIV Spain.

Central Europe 03-03-2017

The V4 will never agree on Russia

It would be hard to find a political issue that divides the Visegrád group more than their opinion of the Putin regime. EurActiv Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, and Budapest’s Political Capital, report.

Defence policy 24-02-2017

Trump suddenly likes the EU?

Donald Trump expressed support for the European Union on Thursday (23 February), which is surprising against the background previous remarks.

Europe's East 21-02-2017

EU and Russia at loggerheads over Ukraine separatist passports

Russia said yesterday (20 February) that President Vladimir Putin's decision to recognise passports issued by separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine complied with international law, after the move drew criticism from France, Germany and the European Union.

Enlargement 15-02-2017

Tatar leader: ‘Crimea will be free’

It is only through repression and fear that occupying regimes can stay in power, Crimean Tatar leader, and former Soviet dissident Mustafa Dzhemilew, told Euractiv Poland.

Global Europe 15-02-2017

Nervous NATO allies seek reassurance from Trump’s defence chief

European allies will tell the United States' new defence secretary on Wednesday (15 February) that NATO is not the weak alliance US President Donald Trump has accused it of being, at one of the most anticipated NATO meetings in years.