Vladimir Putin

Putin Rejects Accusations of Meddling in U.S. Election

By James Oliphant and Katya Golubkova WASHINGTON/MOSCOW, Oct 13 – Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted on Wednesday his country was not involved in an effort to influence the U.S. presidential election even as WikiLeaks released another trove of internal documents from Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Last week, the U.S. government formally accused Russia of launching a

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Putin Accuses France of Playing Tricks with Syria Resolution

By Alexander Winning and Katya Golubkova MOSCOW, Oct 12 – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday accused France of deliberately luring Moscow into vetoing a United Nations resolution on Syria and suggested it was doing the bidding of the United States. Russia last week imposed its veto on a French-backed resolution on the violence in

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Aleppo Will Eventually Fall, but Syrian War Will Go On

By Samia Nakhoul BEIRUT, Oct 5  – It may take weeks or months, but Aleppo is likely to fall to Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power and the most lethal bombardment in nearly six years of war. Capturing the strategically important city, an economic and trading centre which is key to controlling Syria’s

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Putin Wants US to Protect Aid Convoys in Syria, Germany’s Gabriel says

MOSCOW, Sept 22  – Russian President Vladimir Putin wants the United States to protect aid convoys in Syria, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said after meeting him in Moscow. An air strike hit relief trucks near the city of Aleppo on Monday, shattering a ceasefire. The United States believes Russian aircraft are responsible but Moscow

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Clinton Voices Concern About Russian Interference in Election

By Jeff Mason HAMPTON, Ill., Sept 6 – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday expressed concern about “credible reports” of Russian interference in the U.S. election and accused Donald Trump of being fixated on dictators including Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Taking questions from reporters for more than 20 minutes on her campaign plane, Clinton said

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Kremlin Says Turkey Apologized to Putin Over Plane Incident

MOSCOW, June 27 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has written to Russian leader Vladimir Putin to apologize over the shooting down of a Russian air force jet by Turkey’s military, the Kremlin said on Monday. After the Russian jet was shot down in November last year near the Syrian-Turkish border, Russia imposed trade restrictions on

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Russia: Razz Putin

Political satire is thriving in Russia because many Russians aren’t BY Marc Bennetts Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual “direct line” conversation with the nation was still going strong when the joking began on social media. “Question: ‘Everyone has had to make cuts to their household budgets recently. What have you cut spending on?’ Putin: ‘On

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Iran and Russia Move Closer But Their Alliance Has Limits

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin and Lidia Kelly DUBAI/MOSCOW, April 26- When Iran took delivery of the first parts of an advanced Russian air defense system this month, it paraded the anti-aircraft missile launchers sent by Moscow to mark Army Day. Tehran had cause to celebrate: the Kremlin’s decision a year ago to press ahead with the

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Syria’s Assad Shows No Willingness To Compromise

By Samia Nakhoul CAIRO, April 9 – As the Syria peace talks resume next week, President Bashar Al Assad, backed militarily by Iran and Russia, shows no willingness to compromise, much less step aside to allow a transition Western powers claim is the solution to the conflict. Threatened by rebel advances last year, Assad is now pumped up

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Russia Can Make Powerful Syria Comeback Within Hours: Putin

By Denis Dyomkin and Dmitry Solovyov MOSCOW, March 17  – Vladimir Putin said Russia’s military success in Syria had allowed him to order a partial draw down of forces, but stressed the Kremlin could scale up its presence again within hours and would continue to carry out air strikes there. Speaking in the Kremlin three

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