About: Vladimir Putin

Global Europe 01-04-2020

Russian plane takes off for US with coronavirus help onboard

A Russian military transport plane took off from an airfield outside Moscow early on Wednesday (1 April) and headed for the United States with a load of medical equipment and masks to help Washington fight coronavirus, Russian state TV reported.
Global Europe 23-03-2020

‘From Russia with Love’: Putin sends aid to Italy to fight virus

The Russian army on Sunday (22 March) began flying medical help to Italy to help it battle the new coronavirus after receiving an order from President Vladimir Putin, a goodwill gesture that Moscow labelled "From Russia with Love".

Erdogan vows to keep border open, compares Greece’s response to the Nazis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Wednesday (11 March) he would keep Turkey's border open for refugees until the EU had met all his demands, while comparing Greece's response to the crisis to the Nazis.
Global Europe 11-03-2020

Putin approves changes allowing him to stay in power until 2036

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday (10 March) opened the door to constitutional changes that would allow him to remain in power until 2036, but said he favored term limits once the country became politically “mature”.
Arctic Agenda 09-03-2020

Russia significantly steps up Arctic engagement with new strategy

Thirteen years after a Russian-led polar expedition planted the country’s flag on the Arctic Ocean sea bed directly under the North Pole, Moscow published its 15-year Arctic masterplan on Thursday (5 March), confirming its growing appetite for the polar region.

Erdogan holds Brussels talks as situation on Greek border gets nasty

Migration crisis talks were set to be held between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and senior EU officials in Brussels on Monday (9 March), as Germany said the bloc was considering taking in 1,500 child refugees.
Global Europe 06-03-2020

Turkey-Russia agreed ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib comes into force

A ceasefire in northern Syria agreed between Russia and Turkey came into force on Friday (6 March), aiming to halt intense fighting that has sparked a humanitarian disaster and raised fears of their armies clashing.
Europe's East 26-02-2020

Crimean experts warn Russia has appetite for Black Sea, more Ukrainian land

Increasingly grandiose Russian military exercises in the Black Sea, compounded by the impending water crisis and a burgeoning defence industry in the Crimea, indicate that the security situation in Southern Ukraine may soon deteriorate, Ukrainian experts from Crimea warn.
Global Europe 24-02-2020

Erdogan announces Syria summit with France, Germany and Russia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday (22 February) said he would hold a summit with the leaders of Russia, France and Germany on 5 March to discuss the escalating violence in Syria's last rebel enclave of Idlib.
Global Europe 21-02-2020

At EU summit, Merkel and Macron call Putin over Syria crisis

The leaders of Germany and France called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday (20 February) to express their concern about the humanitarian situation in Syria’s Idlib region, expressing their readiness to meet in an effort to defuse the conflict.
Europe's East 15-02-2020

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy wants ‘legitimate’ local elections in Donetsk, Luhansk

Addressing the Munich Security Conference on Saturday (15 February), Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy repeated his plea for Western support, while indicated his openness to hold local elections in the separatist-held regions of Donetsk and Lugansk together with the rest of the country in October.
Europe's East 14-02-2020

The Kremlin is pushing Belarus to merge with Russia: Lukashenko

The Kremlin is pushing Belarus to merge with Russia in exchange for cheap energy, the Belarusian leader said Friday (14 February), as Russian strongman Vladimir Putin is believed to be maneuvering to extend his stay in power.
Global Europe 14-02-2020

Polish PM seeks visit to Russia for Smolensk plane crash and Katyn anniversaries

Poland’s prime minister said he wants to visit Russia to commemorate the victims of a World War Two massacre and 2010 plane crash, amid heightened tensions with Moscow after recent comments by Vladimir Putin about Poland’s historical role.
Europe's East 12-02-2020

Senior appointments in Moscow and Kyiv point to tentative thaw

New senior appointments in Moscow and Kyiv on Tuesday (11 February) pointed towards a tentative thaw in ties, after the Ukrainian president's new chief of staff offered guarded praise for the man put in charge of the Ukraine file in the Kremlin.

Russia says alarmed by US deployment of low-yield nuclear missiles

Russia is alarmed by the US Navy’s decision to deploy low-yield nuclear missiles on submarines since they heighten the risk of a limited nuclear war, a Russian official said on Wednesday (5 February).
Europe's East 31-01-2020

Poroshenko: More tanks in Donbas than in the German Bundeswehr

The former president of Ukraine sat down with EURACTIV warned that without the elusive ceasefire the loss of Ukrainian lives continues.
Global Europe 30-01-2020

Supreme Ruler Putin? Kremlin non-committal on proposed new job description

The Kremlin said on Wednesday (29 January) that President Vladimir Putin had no view on a proposal that would see his job description change to Supreme Ruler from head of state after a government commission said it was considering the idea.
Global Europe 27-01-2020

With anti-Semitism on the rise, Auschwitz liberation commemorated

World leaders join ageing Holocaust survivors in Poland on Monday (27 January) to mark 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp by Soviet troops, amid concerns over a global resurgence of anti-Semitism.
Global Europe 22-01-2020

Russia gets new government in what Putin calls ‘major renewal’

Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a new government on Tuesday (22 January) which he described as a break with the past, bringing in some fresh faces but retaining many senior ministers.
Global Europe 20-01-2020

EU sidelined as Berlin summit thrashes out shaky Libya ceasefire

World powers at a Berlin Conference on Sunday (19 January), attended by the main backers of the rival Libyan factions, committed to end military support for the civil war parties and uphold an existing UN arms embargo.
Global Europe 15-01-2020

Russian prime minister and government resign after Putin speech

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday (15 January) that his government was resigning to give President Vladimir Putin room to carry out the changes he wants to make to the constitution.
Central Asia 15-01-2020

Kazakhstan and Belarus to discuss oil supply deal

Kazakhstan and Belarus will discuss an oil supply deal before 20 January, Kazakhstan Energy Minister Nurlan Nogayev told reporters on Wednesday (15 January), without explaining the significance of that date.
Global Europe 14-01-2020

Merkel and Putin’s forced ‘rapprochement’

Russia's international influence has led to stronger cooperation between German Chancellor Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin. But what can both leaders achieve? EURACTIV's media partner Der Tagesspiegel does a Q&A.
Global Europe 14-01-2020

Libya peace talks in Moscow fall short of ceasefire deal

Libya’s warring leaders made some progress at indirect peace talks in Moscow on Monday (13 January) but failed to agree on an open-ended ceasefire to end a nine-month war over the capital Tripoli.

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