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Europe's East 15-09-2020

Putin throws $1.5 billion lifeline to Belarus leader

Russian President Vladimir Putin bestowed a $1.5 billion loan on Belarus in a gesture of support for its leader Alexander Lukashenko, who flew to entreat his patron for help after five weeks of mass protests demanding his resignation.
Global Europe 14-09-2020

Kremlin set for election wins, but Navalny supporters make rare gains in Siberia

The ruling United Russia party looked set for an array of local election wins on Sunday (13 September), but was also on course for some setbacks as stricken Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s supporters made rare gains in city politics in Siberia.
Global Europe 02-09-2020

Novichok found in Russia’s Navalny, says German government

The German government announced on Wednesday (2 September) that tests performed on samples taken from Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is lying in a coma in Berlin after a suspected poisoning in Siberia last month, showed the presence of the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok.
Global Europe 31-08-2020

‘Putin, have some tea’: Russian city holds eighth anti-Kremlin protest

Thousands of people took to the streets on Saturday in Russia’s far eastern city of Khabarovsk to protest against President Vladimir Putin’s handling of a regional political crisis and the suspected poisoning of his most vocal critic.
Eastern Europe 27-08-2020

Putin vows military support for Belarus’ Lukashenko

Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed military support for embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday (27 August), while urging a peaceful resolution to unrest and demonstrations that erupted after a disputed election. EU ambassadors in the capital Minsk on Thursday...
Global Europe 20-08-2020

Russian opposition politician Navalny in hospital after suspected poisoning

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is in a serious condition in a Siberian hospital after suffering severe symptoms of what his spokeswoman on Thursday (20 August) said she believed was a deliberate poisoning.
Europe's East 20-08-2020

Putin’s unexpected dilemma: What to do with Lukashenko?

The eruption of anti-government protests in Belarus has presented an unexpected dilemma for President Vladimir Putin, with the Kremlin strongman cautiously weighing his options at a sensitive moment for Russia.
Europe's East 18-08-2020

Macron urges Putin to promote dialogue in Belarus

French President Emmanuel Macron urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to foster "calm and dialogue" in Belarus, where protests are growing against President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election, the Élysée Palace said.
Global Europe 16-08-2020

Trump says he probably would not participate in Putin Iran summit

US President Donald Trump on Saturday (15 August) all but dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s call for a summit of world leaders to discuss Iran, saying he probably would not participate.
Europe's East 16-08-2020

Belarus leader says Putin offers help as pressure builds

Vladimir Putin has offered to help ensure Belarus's security, according to its president Alexander Lukashenko, as pressure builds on the strongman leader and opposition protesters prepare for a show of force Sunday (16 August).
Coronavirus 12-08-2020

Russia vaccine claim faces scepticism as nations renew virus battle

Russia claimed Tuesday (12 August) it has developed the world's first vaccine offering "sustainable immunity" against the coronavirus, despite mounting scepticism about its effectiveness as fears grow over a second wave of infections across the globe.
Global Europe 27-07-2020

Germany rejects Trump’s proposal to let Russia back into G7

Germany has rejected a proposal by US President Donald Trump to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin back into the Group of Seven (G7) most advanced economies, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a newspaper interview published on Monday (27 July).
Global Europe 23-06-2020

Russia and Europe trade barbs over WWII narratives

The Kremlin has become entrenched in a war of words with Europe over the legacy of World War II, as both sides accuse each other of cynically rewriting history for political gain.
Global Europe 02-06-2020

Putin and Trump discuss G7 summit

US President Donald Trump told President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Monday (1 June) about his idea of holding an expanded Group of Seven summit later this year with a possible invitation for Russia, the Kremlin and the White House said.
Global Europe 27-05-2020

Putin sets new date for Red Square military parade postponed over coronavirus

President Vladimir Putin set a new date of 24 June for a grand Red Square military parade he was forced to postpone over a coronavirus outbreak that is still triggering thousands of new infections each day.
Global Europe 08-05-2020

Putin uses WW2 anniversary for bridge-building with US, Britain

President Vladimir Putin sent telegrams on Friday (8 May) to US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggesting the need to rekindle their nations’ cooperation during World War Two to solve today’s problems.

Russian COVID-19 aid to Italy: PR stunt or covert operation?

Russia’s aid operation to Italy over the Covid-19 crisis was named “From Russia with Love”, after a James Bond movie. Ironically, what was assumed to be a public relations stunt looks more like espionage, according to sources quoted by EURACTIV Bulgaria.
Global Europe 27-04-2020

Trump and Putin issue rare joint statement promoting cooperation

US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin issued a rare joint statement on Saturday (25 April) commemorating a 1945 World War Two link-up of US and Soviet troops on their way to defeat Nazi Germany as an example of how their countries can cooperate.
Global Europe 17-04-2020

Putin postpones milestone Victory Day military parade over coronavirus

President Vladimir Putin, citing the deepening coronavirus crisis, said on Thursday (16 April) Russia would postpone its 9 May celebrations including a huge military parade across Red Square to mark 75 years since the Soviet victory in World War Two.
Global Europe 14-04-2020

Putin says Russia may need the army to help battle coronavirus

President Vladimir Putin said on Monday (13 April) Russia might need to call in the army to help tackle the coronavirus crisis and warned the contagion was getting worse after the number of confirmed cases rose by a record daily amount.
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”.
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