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Merkel, Putin discuss Afghanistan in farewell visit

Moscow, Russia | XINHUA |  Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday exchanged views over current situation in Afghanistan, Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, among other pressing issues of mutual and international concern. The talk was held here as the German chancellor is nearing the …

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PUTIN: Imposing external values on Afghanistan ‘irresponsible’

Moscow, Russia | XINHUA |  The imposition of external values on Afghanistan is an irresponsible policy, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday during a press conference following talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Moscow. “It is necessary to end the irresponsible policy of imposing one’s external values from the …

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Putin, Biden discuss cyber-security, Syria over phone

Moscow, Russia | Xinhua |  Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday, during which the leaders discussed cybersecurity issues and the situation in Syria. Putin and Biden agreed to continue their constructive cooperation in the field of cybersecurity, the Kremlin said in …

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Biden, Putin likely to hold summit in Geneva

Washington, US | XINHUA | U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will likely hold a summit in Geneva in June, U.S. media reported on Monday. Citing sources familiar with the matter, several media outlets said that the Swiss city of Geneva is expected to be the venue …

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Putin silent on US election result

Washington, US | THE INDEPENDENT | U.S. allies from Europe to East Asia have congratulated Joe Biden on his election as the next U.S. president, with Germany hailing it as a “new and exciting chapter” in transatlantic ties and Japan’s leader pledging to work to ensure “peace, freedom, and prosperity …

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COVID-19: Putin, Sisi and Johnson wish Trump quick recovery

Cairo, Egypt | XINHUA | Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was on Friday one of over a dozen world leaders who wished U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife a “full and speedy” recovery after Trump’s announcement that they tested positive for COVID-19. Other ‘get well’ messages were also received …

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Putin says he’s not a ‘tsar’ after 20 years in power

Moscow, Russia | AFP | Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed comparisons to a tsar on Thursday, arguing he “works every day” and listens to what people want. “Well, this is not true,” Putin said when asked about being described as a Russian imperial-era ruler. “Maybe someone else can be called a tsar. But in my …

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Putin clears path to staying in power

  Moscow, Russia | AFP | Russian President Vladimir Putin laid out a path Tuesday to staying in power beyond 2024, as lawmakers approved sweeping reforms to the constitution. In a surprise address to the lower house State Duma, Putin said there could be a presidential “reset” allowing him to …

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