Contents tagged with Putin

  • Kremlin: Moscow awaits U.S. decision on possible Trump and Putin meeting in Osaka

    The Kremlin expressed hope that the meeting between the U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will take place, stating that Moscow did not receive a definite decision on this matter from Washington, reports the Interfax news agency.

    “We know that Trump has spoken of his desire to meet, but unfortunately we can also state that, unfortunately, (the U.S .Secretary of State Mike) Pompeo did not bring any concrete proposals about organizing such a meeting on the sidelines …

  • Putin: Russia develops laser weapons that are ‘the stuff of science fiction’

    At a meeting on developing air and space forces in the Russian Federation, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that a new type of weapon is being developed which, in his opinion, “will determine what the Russian army and navy is capable of in the XXI century”. He also noted that previously such targeting systems were “the stuff of science fiction”, RBC news agency reports.

    Such weapons, according to Putin, would function as tactical-level combat laser complexes.

    The President of the …

  • Russia’s largest petrochemical project declared unprofitable

    The Russian oil company Rosneft has abandoned its plans to invest in the Eastern Petrochemical Complex (EPC) in the Far East, the company’s first vice president Pavel Federov said in a conference call, reports.

    The $12 billion project, which was meant to be built in Primorsky Krai and become Russia’s largest petrochemicals cluster, was found to be unprofitable.

    The complex, which was expected to include oil refineries with a total annual capacity of 12 million tons and 3.4 million …

  • Putin: 150 ballistic missile launches detected by Russian radar systems over 3 years

    During a meeting on defense in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that for three years the launches of 150 ballistic missiles were tracked using the space system of early-warning radars, reports RBC news agency.

    "During the past three years, it has recorded, in a timely manner, that is, according to standards, the launches of over 150 ballistic missiles and carrier missiles of both Russian and foreign origin," said Putin.

    The meeting in Sochi is devoted to the orbital component of …

  • Putin points out shortcomings of Russian aviation in Syria

    Russian aviation used during combat in Syria has a number of shortcomings when it comes to the technical condition of the airplanes and helicopters, said Russian President Vladimir Putin during a military meeting in Sochi as reported by RBK.

    “The same can be said about the direct fire weapons,” Putin added. He drew attention to the fact that “this would have been impossible to detect at a test site.”

    “Industrial enterprises are working routinely to eliminate the problems that have appeared. …

  • Putin: Russia must develop new oil and gas extraction technologies

    On Tuesday 14 May, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an updated version of the country’s energy security doctrine.

    The document, which has been updated for the first time since the shale shock on the oil market and the sharp deterioration of Russia’s relations with the West, states that one of the primary risks to the Russian energy sector is its technological underdevelopment and dependence on foreign equipment.

    “The disparity between the technological level of Russian energy companies …

  • Erdogan accuses Assad of sabotaging the Russian-Turkish agreement

    In a conversation over the phone, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the escalating tensions in the city of Idlib in northwestern Syria. During the call, Erdogan stressed that countering terrorism cannot justify attacks on civilians, schools and hospitals, said Fahrettin Altun, director of the Turkish presidential administration’s communication department.

    Erdogan also expressed concern that ceasefire violations in the de-escalation zone …

  • Putin and Pompeo met for an hour and a half

    The meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which took place on Tuesday, May 14, in Sochi, lasted 1.5 hours as reported by Interfax.

    Presidential Aide for International Affairs Yury Ushakov and Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation Sergey Naryshkin represented Russia at the meeting. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey and Acting Deputy Secretary of State Philip Reeker …

  • Putin demands breakthrough defense technologies following US withdrawal from INF Treaty

    On Monday 13 May, Russian President Vladimir Putin opened a new series of meetings on the defense industry. During his opening address, he stressed the need to develop new weapons systems based on “breakthrough technologies”, RBC reports.

    “We must take into account the change in the military and political situation in the world, which is negatively affecting regional and global security. I’m referring primarily, of course, to the US’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) …

  • Putin’s rumored mistress Alina Kabaeva gives birth to twins

    The well-known Russian gymnast and former MP Alina Kabaeva has given birth to twins, reports. The birth took place at the Kulakov Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology in Moscow.

    According to the news outlet, Kabaeva was placed in the VIP ward, and all other patients on the fourth floor were temporarily relocated to other wards. Numerous bodyguards were present to ensure that she was not disturbed.

    “Food for the famous birthing mother was brought in from local elite restaurants. …