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Putin 'not entirely persuaded' by European unity: Obama

Washington - US President Barack Obama said his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is trying to undermine European unity, which he sees as a threat.

Putin admits Panama Papers 'accurate,' blames U.S.

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday acknowledged the accuracy of the Panama Papers revelations, but claimed funds had been spent on musical instruments as he blamed the leak on the United States.

Putin says banned drug meldonium not 'doping'

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin defended Thursday the use of the banned drug meldonium, saying athletes' use of the performance-boosting drug does not constitute doping. "This drug has nothing to do with doping," Putin said during an annual call-in show.

Coy Putin laughs off remarriage question in annual phone-in

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday laughed off a question about Russia's next first lady during his annual phone-in with the nation, but hinted that "maybe" he will remarry one day.

Russian economy in 'grey' zone but reasons for optimism: Putin

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin insisted Thursday that while Russia's crisis-hit economy remained crippled by problems there are reasons for optimism as he held his annual phone-in with the nation.

Panama Papers: Putin's cellist friend says 'invests in musicians'

Moscow - A cellist friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin named in the Panama Papers as owning a $2-billion offshore empire was portrayed as a humble patron of the arts Sunday, in a state TV programme in which he said he helps hundreds of musicians.

Op-Ed: Panama Papers and the West's Putin complex

The Panama Papers exposed a damning system of tax avoidance by wealthy politicians, but the Western media seemed largely fixated on one name in particular, Vladimir Putin, despite his name not being mentioned once in the 11.5 million leaked files.

Putin launches bid to rehabilitate Soviet legacy

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered the creation of a national foundation to "popularise" history, seen as the Kremlin's latest bid to rehabilitate the Soviet legacy.

Offshore empire of Putin's cellist friend shines light on Kremlin wealth

Moscow - A virtuoso concert cellist who calls President Vladimir Putin a "brother", Sergei Roldugin has flown under the radar while other close friends of the Russia leader openly amassed vast fortunes.

Putin, Russia 'main target' of Panama Papers leaks: Kremlin

Moscow - The Kremlin on Monday slammed the leak of the "Panama Papers" tax documents as an attack aimed primarily at Russian President Vladimir Putin, claiming that former CIA officials helped analyse the papers.

Putin hails Palmyra recapture, trumpets Russian role

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday hailed Syria's recapture of the ancient city of Palmyra, while stressing the role of Moscow's military in reversing the Islamic State tide.

Russia can ramp up military presence in Syria if needed: Putin

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday warned Russia could ramp up its military presence in Syria within "several hours" if needed, as he urged all sides of the conflict to respect a ceasefire.

Putin to decorate personnel who fought in Syria: Kremlin

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday will bestow state awards on Russian military personnel who fought in Syria after ordering the withdrawal of armed forces from the war-torn country, the Kremlin said.

Putin says 'foreign enemies' seek to disrupt Russian elections

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin warned Friday that foreign enemies were seeking to disrupt upcoming parliamentary elections and ordered Russia's security service to be vigilant.

Russia to keep fighting IS and other 'terrorist groups' in Syria

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday pledged no let-up in Moscow's bombing campaign against Islamic State jihadists, the Al-Nusra Front and other "terrorist groups" in Syria after a ceasefire enters into force.

Russia will do 'whatever necessary' to ensure Damascus observes ceasefire: Putin

Moscow - Russia will do "whatever is necessary" to ensure that Damascus respects a Syrian ceasefire agreement that Moscow and Washington say will take effect on February 27, President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

Russian protest leader sues Putin over 'corruption'

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced he had filed a lawsuit against President Vladimir Putin on Thursday over alleged graft, accusing him of ordering huge loans to a firm owned by his son-in-law.

Russia may ban corn and soybeans from U.S.

A Russian watchdog group says U.S. corn contains dry rot and the use of GMOs may result in a ban on both corn and soybeans from the States.

Putin still has his Communist Party card, likes socialist ideals

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday revealed he has kept his USSR Communist Party membership card, and still has a soft spot for socialist ideals.

Premature to speak of asylum for Assad: Putin

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday it was premature to say whether Moscow would grant asylum to embattled Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, who had made "many mistakes.

Putin: 'We don't want the USSR back but no one believes us'

Moscow - Russia is not trying to bring back the USSR, President Vladimir Putin said in a documentary aired Sunday, but the problem is that "nobody wants to believe it".

Russian secret services foiled 30 planned attacks in 2015: Putin

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday hailed the country's secret services for foiling around 30 planned attacks and uncovering more than 320 foreign spies in 2015.

Putin says works 'easily' with both U.S., Damascus on Syria crisis

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin has said Russia's unwavering position on the crisis in Syria, where it has steadfastly resisted calls for Bashar al-Assad's ouster, has facilitated its negotiations with both Washington and Damascus on the issue.

Putin my fan? It's mutual says Trump

Washington - Mutual admiration between Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin continued to flower Friday, when the Republican presidential frontrunner praised Russia's leader as forceful and popular.

Family pride and Blatter for Nobel: Top points from Putin's marathon presser

Moscow - From endorsement of suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter for the Nobel prize to pride for his daughters and suggesting that Turkish leadership is toadying to Washington, Vladimir Putin's press conference Thursday was a mix of populism and crude street...

Putin denies Russian troops are in Ukraine

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin insisted Thursday that Russia has no regular troops in eastern Ukraine but admitted that some people have been carrying out military tasks there.

Putin rules out reconciliation with Turkey

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin fired off an angry tirade against Turkey on Thursday, ruling out any reconciliation with its leaders and accusing Ankara of shooting down a Russian warplane to impress the United States.

Putin calls Trump an 'outstanding, talented' man

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday described US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump as a talented and outstanding man, welcoming his stance on Russia.

Putin says Russia backs Syria opposition, flays Turkey

Moscow - Vladimir Putin insisted Thursday that Russia is helping some of the Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State jihadists and escalated a row with Turkey, using crude language to accuse its leaders of sucking up to Washington.

Putin and other ex-KGB have 'gunslinger's gait,' says study

Paris - Russian President Vladimir Putin walks with a curious "gunslinger's gait" -- a reduced swing in his right arm which he may have acquired through KGB weapons training, an unusual study published Monday said.
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Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, in a reflective mood.
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Pro-Russia separatists control the streets of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine in photo from June.
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Anti-government protesters whose tents were burning, throw missiles during clashes with riot police at the Independence Square in Kiev January 18, 2014
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