Vladimir Putin

Putin rejected offer to use body doubles during Chechen war

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had rejected an offer to use body doubles for personal protection...
12:31 27 February 2022

Ending Putin’s support of Venezuela no easy feat for US

MOSCOW (AP) — In October 2016, the head of Russia’s largest oil company traveled to the birthplace of Hugo Chávez, in th...
5:01 19 February 2022

Carnival revelers poke fun at world leaders in Germany

MAINZ, Germany — A victorious British Prime Minister Boris Johnson with a grim looking Queen Elizabeth II standing behind him, a bare-chested Russian ...
10:51 18 February 2022

Ideas for amending Russian Constitution aired for Putin

MOSCOW — A meeting Thursday chaired by President Vladimir Putin on amending the Russian Constitution featured proposed changes on a variety of topics,...
16:17 13 February 2022

Putin hosts Belarus leader for talks amid economic pressure

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted the leader of Belarus on Friday for another round of difficult talks on closer integration amid Mosco...
19:28 7 February 2022

WADA asks sports court to open Russia case to public hearing

GENEVA — The World Anti-Doping Agency wants a rare public hearing for sport’s highest court to judge a four-year slate of punishments faced by Russia ...
10:49 4 February 2022

Israeli backpacker jailed in Russia files for pardon

MOSCOW — An Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges has submitted a petition to be pardoned by President Vladimir Putin.
15:42 26 January 2022

Leaders vow to learn from Holocaust, offer competing lessons

JERUSALEM — Speaker by speaker, world leaders on Thursday denounced the rising threat of anti-Semitism and vowed never to forget the lessons of the Ho...
18:44 23 January 2022

Russia’s Putin remains secretive about his future role

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin remained tight-lipped about his future role Wednesday as he fast-tracks a set of constitutional changes wide...
17:41 22 January 2022

Putin’s moves leave Russian opposition with few options

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin played it differently this time.
7:53 18 January 2022

Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West

MOSCOW — Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping have established themselves as the world’s most powerful authoritarian leaders in decades. Now...
11:36 17 January 2022

Putin engineers shake-up that could keep him in power longer

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin engineered a surprise shake-up of Russia's leadership Wednesday, proposing changes to the constitution that could ke...
20:28 15 January 2022

German and Russian leaders discuss Mideast tensions

MOSCOW — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks in Moscow on Saturday to discuss growing tensions in the Midd...
17:28 11 January 2022

Erdogan, Putin launch new gas line, vow Mideast diplomacy

ISTANBUL — The presidents of Turkey and Russia inaugurated the dual natural gas line connecting their countries Wednesday, opening up a new export pat...
14:25 8 January 2022

Russia’s Putin visits Syria to meet Assad, a key Iran ally

DAMASCUS, Syria — Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Damascus on Tuesday for a meeting with President Bashar Assad, a rare visit that comes ...
14:10 7 January 2022

Merkel to meet Putin in Moscow for talks on Mideast crises

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Moscow on Saturday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid growing tensions in the ...
12:54 6 January 2022

Putin weighs future options as he marks 20 years in power

MOSCOW — As Russian President Vladimir Putin marks two decades in power , he boasts about his achievements but remains coy about his political future ...
9:40 30 December 2022

Polish PM accuses Putin of lying about outbreak of WWII

WARSAW, Poland — Poland's prime minister said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been lying in remarks blaming Poland for the outbreak o...
20:40 29 December 2022

Putin thanks Trump for helping foil terrorist acts in Russia

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for information that Putin said helped Russia foil ...
20:36 29 December 2022

Ukraine, separatists expected to swap prisoners on Sunday

KYIV, Ukraine — Kyiv expects to swap prisoners with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy sa...
14:01 28 December 2022

Russia commissions intercontinental hypersonic weapon

MOSCOW — Russia's defense minister reported to President Vladimir Putin that a new hypersonic weapon of intercontinental range became operational Frid...
12:12 27 December 2022

Russian authorities raid opposition leader Navalny’s offices

MOSCOW — Security officers in Moscow raided the offices of Alexei Navalny, the most prominent foe of President Vladimir Putin and the governing United...
14:17 26 December 2022

Putin rebuffs Western criticism of 1939 Stalin-Hitler pact

Russian President Vladimir Putin countered European criticism of a 1939 Soviet pact with Nazi Germany on Tuesday, charging that collusion with Adolf H...
14:13 24 December 2021

Putin bristles at Western criticism of 1939 Soviet-Nazi pact

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday strongly rejected Western criticism of a 1939 Soviet pact with Nazi Germany, arguing that Western ...
15:40 20 December 2021

Putin says Trump was impeached for ‘far-fetched’ reasons

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump was impeached for “far-fetched” reasons, calling the move by ...
13:48 19 December 2021

Germany’s Merkel criticizes US gas pipeline sanctions threat

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday criticized a U.S. move to impose sanctions related to a new Russian-German gas pipeline, signali...
14:33 18 December 2021

Leaders of Russia, Turkey discuss fighting in Libya

MOSCOW — The leaders of Russia and Turkey discussed the fighting in Libya in a phone call Tuesday, the Kremlin said.
16:05 17 December 2021

Protests erupt as Russia seeks closer ties with Belarus

MINSK, Belarus — The leaders of Russia and Belarus spent more than five hours Saturday in sensitive talks on deepening ties between the two allies — a...
20:22 7 December 2021

Israel to host largest event ever focused on anti-Semitism

JERUSALEM — Israeli officials announced Wednesday that dozens of world leaders will arrive in Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused on comb...
11:22 20 November 2021

Pompeo stresses allied unity, defends Trump policies

BERLIN — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed Friday the need for traditional Western allies to work together to face modern threats, while at...
12:50 8 November 2021