Putin says American presence in Afghanistan is beneficial to Moscow’s interests, rubbishes claims of ‘Russian bounties to Taliban’

Moscow has long been supportive of the presence of American troops in Afghanistan as it believes they contribute to the region’s stability and ultimately aid Russia’s national interests, President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday. … Read More >Putin says American presence in Afghanistan is beneficial to Moscow’s interests, rubbishes claims of ‘Russian bounties to Taliban’

‘Pragmatic conservative’ Putin rejects totalitarian rule, but won’t embrace Western liberal democracy as Russia goes its own way

Western pundits use Vladimir Putin’s rejection of the idea of Western liberal democracy as a universal model to imply he rejects the concept of democracy outright. His latest comments reveal the reality is rather more complex. … Read More >‘Pragmatic conservative’ Putin rejects totalitarian rule, but won’t embrace Western liberal democracy as Russia goes its own way

A powerful & game-changing Russia/China military alliance is ‘quite possible’ in future but not on the cards yet, says Putin

An alliance between two of the planet’s three most powerful militaries would profoundly alter the world order. Vladimir Putin believes that it is possible in the future that Russia and China could unite, but not yet necessary. … Read More >A powerful & game-changing Russia/China military alliance is ‘quite possible’ in future but not on the cards yet, says Putin

‘Do we want the Earth to become like Venus?’: Putin calls for swift & practical action on the ‘huge challenge’ of climate change

Vladimir Putin has called on the people of the world to come together and “tend to our planet” for future generations. The Russian President also warned that “unrestrained and unlimited consumption” will have to be abandoned. … Read More >‘Do we want the Earth to become like Venus?’: Putin calls for swift & practical action on the ‘huge challenge’ of climate change

Putin says he personally asked Russian prosecutors to allow opposition figure Navalny to travel to Germany for medical treatment

Vladimir Putin has denied Russia’s involvement in the alleged poisoning of Alexei Navalny, saying he asked prosecutors to allow the anti-corruption activist, who had been under travel restrictions, to fly to Germany for treatment. … Read More >Putin says he personally asked Russian prosecutors to allow opposition figure Navalny to travel to Germany for medical treatment

Putin says Germany & China are emerging superpowers, US can’t ‘dominate’ anymore, and UK’s & France’s roles have ‘transformed’

The era when world affairs were decided between Moscow and Washington is long gone, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, adding that other countries, such as China and Germany, are on their way to becoming superpowers. … Read More >Putin says Germany & China are emerging superpowers, US can’t ‘dominate’ anymore, and UK’s & France’s roles have ‘transformed’

Washington’s ‘no’ to Putin’s proposal of a New START extension is a political victory for Moscow

Putin intervened to state clearly and directly that a one-year extension of the New START treaty was the only option. The White House declined, setting the stage for a new arms race should Trump win in November. … Read More >Washington’s ‘no’ to Putin’s proposal of a New START extension is a political victory for Moscow