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Putin blames others for exploiting MH17 crash

Putin blames others for exploiting MH17 crash

Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out Monday against those who he said were exploiting the downing of a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine for "mercenary objectives." Putin said Russia was doing everything possible to allow a team of experts from the International Civil Aviation Organization, a UN agency, to investigate the scene. He also...

Plane tragedy creates dilemma for Putin

The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 has confronted Vladimir Putin with a dilemma he had sought to avoid: to continue to support the separatist insurgency in Ukraine in the face of a storm of international outrage, or cut the rebels off and allow them to be defeated by the government in Kiev. Until the plane was hit by an anti-aircraft missile on Thursday, killing nearly 300 people, the Russian president had tried to hedge his bets according to...

Putin supports ‘Ukraine’ peace deal

Putin supports ‘Ukraine’ peace deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he supports a peace plan tabled by Ukraine - as long as it includes "practical action" to start talks. He said Kiev must negotiate and make compromises with pro-Russian rebels for the plan to be "viable and realistic". Putin also said a week-long truce - declared by President Petro...

Ukraine rebels claim poll victory

Ukraine rebels claim poll victory

Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region have claimed a resounding victory in a "self-rule" referendum, saying 89% voted in favour. In Luhansk, another eastern region, the results - also expected to show a strong backing - will be released soon. BBC reporters at polling stations spoke of chaotic scenes, no voting booths in places...

Putin calls Internet 'CIA project'

Putin calls Internet 'CIA project'

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a "CIA project" and warned Russians against making Google searches. Putin assured a group of young journalists that the Internet was controlled from the start by the CIA and its surveillance continues today. Media Forum of Independent Local and Regional Media http://t.co/FNrHyBzJpG— President of Russia (@KremlinRussia_E)...

Obama to save drowning Putin!

Obama to save drowning Putin!

Barack Obama was complimented from an unlikely source yesterday, after Vladimir Putin described him during a TV interview as “a courageous and good person” – who would save the Russian president if he were ever drowning. Putin told this when he was questioned if Obama would save him from drowning. "I don't think I have...

Obama, Putin chat as Ukraine seethes

Obama, Putin chat as Ukraine seethes

Speaking for the first time in more than two weeks, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin showed little sign of agreement on Monday, with the US leader urging pro-Russian forces to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine and Putin denying that Moscow was interfering in the region. The White House said Russia...

Nato allies pledge to beef up eastern defences

Nato allies pledge to beef up eastern defences

Nato foreign ministers moved Tuesday to beef up the defences of front-line alliance members feeling menaced by a more assertive Russia, with Secretary of State John Kerry proclaiming the US commitment to their security is "unwavering." The ministers from Nato's 28 member nations also ordered suspension of all "practical civilian and military cooperation" with...

Putin completes Crimea annexation

Putin completes Crimea annexation

President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia's annexation of Crimea on Friday as investors took fright at a US decision to slap sanctions on his inner circle of money men and security officials. Putin promised to protect a bank partly owned by an old ally, which Washington has blacklisted, and his spokesman said Russia...

Russia warns west over sanctions

Russia warns west over sanctions

Russia has told the US that Western sanctions over the Crimea dispute are unacceptable, and has threatened "consequences". Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov issued the warning in a telephone call to US Secretary of State John Kerry. It came hours after Russian and Crimean leaders signed a treaty absorbing the peninsula into the Russian Federation. Crimean...

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