Vladimir Putin

Putin: EU relationship important to Russia

Putin: EU relationship important to RussiaMOSCOW, Dec. 4  -- The European Union should stop "clinging to the past" in its attitudes towards Russia, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

Putin said the union is Russia's biggest trading partner and increasingly involved in oil and gas development in Russia, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

He welcomed the EU decision this week to resume discussions on a new treaty with Russia. The talks had been suspended after Russian troops entered Georgia in August.

Putin keen to get back to being Russian President

Vladimir PutinMoscow, Nov. 28 : Not so long ago, Vladimir Putin was adamant about changing Russia’s Constitution to allow a president to extend his or her four-year term thrice consecutively.

"The terms of presidential authority will not be changed under the current president," Putin had said unequivocally in 2001.

Now, months after leaving office and becoming prime minister, Putin is helping current President Dmitry Medvedev to rewrite the Constitution to extend the presidential term.

Putin offers end to standoff over Eastern European missile systems

Vladimir PutinMoscow- Russia is prepared to make plans to deploy missiles in its Kaliningrad exclave "disappear" if the United States drops plans to base part of its missile defence system in Poland and the Czech Republic, Russia's prime minister said Monday.

If the new administration of US president-elect Barack Obama drops deployment plans for a missile shield in what Russia considers to be within its sphere of influence, then "questions of our retaliatory measures will disappear by themselves," Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told journalists at a forum in St Petersburg.

Putin addresses economic fears in keynote speech

Vladimir PutinMoscow - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday the nation would rely on its massive reserve fund to emerge from the crisis ahead of other world economies, halt inflation and a fall in the ruble.

Putin's address at the congress of his party United Russia was full of economic patriotism, aimed at calming fears of coming shocks from the worst financial turbulence the country has seen in over a decade.

Vladimir Putin wanted Georgian President Saakashvili to be hanged by the balls

Vladimir Putin wanted Georgian President Saakashvili to be hanged by the ballsLondon, Nov 14 : French President Nicolas Sarkozy saved the President of Georgia from being hanged “by the balls” — a threat made last summer by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

According to an account that emerged on Thursday from the Élysée Palace, Putin had revealed his plans for disposing of Saakashvili when Sarkozy was in Moscow in August to broker a ceasefire in Georgia, The Times reported.

Vladimir Putin could assume Russian presidency again

Vladimir Putin could assume Russian presidency againLondon, Nov. 13 : The Russian Parliament has announced that it would rush through a constitutional amendment that could see Vladimir Putin return to the presidency within weeks.

According to The Telegraph, the State Duma has said that it would meet on Friday to pass legislation that could allow Putin to return to the Kremlin for 12 years.

Putin backs Kremlin bill for longer presidential term

Putin backs Kremlin bill for longer presidential termMoscow - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who has not ruled out another run in the Kremlin, backed a proposal on Wednesday to extend by two years the presidential term.

Putin, however, added it was too soon to say who would be the next candidate for the constitutionally-stretched office.

Legal experts say the changes would not benefit Putin's successor President Dmitry Medvedev, though Russian lawmakers moved Wednesday to fast-track approval of his bill.

Putin backs Kremlin proposal for longer presidential term

Vladimir PutinMoscow - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who has not ruled out another run in the Kremlin, backed a proposal on Wednesday to extend by two years the presidential term.

Putin, however, added it was too soon to say who would be the next candidate for the constitutionally-stretched office.

Legal experts say the changes would not benefit Putin's successor Dmitry Medvedev, though Russian lawmakers moved Wednesday to fast-track approval of his bill.

Putin denies plan of OPEC-style gas cartel

Putin denies plan of OPEC-style gas cartel Moscow - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sought to ease fears Tuesday over the possibility of Russia joining an Opec-style cartel of gas exporting countries, he said in talks with his Egyptian counterpart Ahmed Nazif.

"We support this idea. But we know about apprehensions and even fears voiced by certain energy consumers," Putin was quoted by news agency Interfax as saying. "I wish to state once and for all: there are no grounds for such fears."

Vladimir Putin eyeing return to Russian presidency for 12 more years

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir PutinLondon, Nov 7 : Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin could reclaim presidency by making incumbent Dmitry Medvedev to step down next year, senior government sources have said.

The Kremlin dropped clear hints that Putin plans a swift return and Medvedev is first expected to usher through constitutional changes that would allow Putin to return to his old job for 12 more years, Russian paper Vedomosti quoted senior government sources, as saying.

Medvedev calls for six-year presidential term

Vladimir PutinMoscow- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called for the extension the presidential term from four to six years in his first state-of-the-nation address since succeeding Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

Medvedev, 43, addressing the country's top political elite, gathered in the Kremlin's opulent St George Hall, said the change would allow the government to carry through more effectively with its reforms.

Russia's Putin and Ukraine's Tymoshenko in energy talks

Vladimir PutinMoscow/Kiev - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin met Thursday with Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko for talks on natural gas and other energy issues.

Putin and Tymoshenko held the discussions in a Russian government country mansion in the village of Novo-Ogarevo, outside Moscow.

The top issue for the two prime ministers was gas shipments between the two countries, particularly Russian pricing for gas sold to Ukraine, and Ukrainian pricing for gas shipped by Russia via Ukrainian pipelines to European consumers.

Putin: Market will stand apart from politics

Vladimir PutinMoscow- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told investors at a forum in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday that Russia would not play politics with its market and remained open to foreigners despite acrimony over its war with Georgia.

"Our ideology and politics remain the same," Putin told executives. "Confrontation is not our choice. There will be no politically motivated closing of our market or curbs on economic relations."

Putin: Defence spending will grow 27 per cent

Vladimir PutinMoscow  - Russia's defence spending will increase 27 per cent in 2009, news agency Interfax quoted Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as saying on Tuesday.

"Nearly 2.4 trillion rubles (94.23 billion dollars) will be allocated for the needs of national defence and security," Putin was quoted as saying. "This is an increase of 27 per cent."

The announcement comes on the heels of Russia's crushing defeat of Georgian forces on the former Soviet satellite's soil last month.

Vladimir Putin to give Nicolas Sarkozy judo lessons!

London, September 16 : Russian Prime Minister Vladimir PutinRussian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has promised to teach President Nicolas Sarkozy judo.

The former president has revealed that Sarkozy wants to take some lessons on his martial arts skills.

"He is interested in martial arts and we have decided to do some training together," the Telegraph quoted him as telling Le Figaro, one of the leading French morning daily newspapers.

Officials at Sarkozy’s office have not confirmed the forthcoming judo sessions.

Encircled Russia had to attack to avoid “bloody nose” by Georgia: Putin

Valdmir Putin London, Sept. 12 : Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said that his country had no choice but to attack Georgia after it was encircled from all sides.

Speaking to reporters at his vacation home in Sochi, Putin rejected claims that he wanted to restore the Soviet empire and insisted that a fresh arms race in Europe was avoidable.

He said that his immediate concern was to defend his country''s much-criticised action in Georgia.

Vladimir Putin believes Bush no longer runs America!

Moscow, Sept. 12 : Russian Prime Minister Vladimir PutinU. S. President George W Bush, according to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, no longer runs America.

In a tongue in cheek reference to Bush in the wake of the recent standoff between the two countries on the conflict in Georgia, Putin was quoted by the Times as saying that it is: “The court that makes the king”.

Putin, however, insisted that Bush was a man of honour and integrity, but blamed members of his administration for the sharp deterioration of relations with Russia.

Russian Premier Putin shoots, tranquilizes Siberian tiger

Valdmir Putin Moscow- Prime Minister Vladimir Putin took on the role of nature lover and protector of threatened species in Russian media reports Monday that told of his accurate tranquilizer shot putting to sleep a Siberian tiger.

Vladimir Putin threatens sanction-hungry Europe with alternate energy supply route

London, Sep. 1: Vladimir Putin threatens sanction-hungry Europe with alternate energy supply routeRussian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has warned Europe that his country’s energy reserves will flow to the Far East if European leaders seek to punish Moscow for invading Georgia.

Putin, who was speaking from Siberia, where he is inspecting work on a new pipeline that aims to speed up oil supply to Asia, said that Moscow would not succumb to threats from Europe.

Vladimir Putin saves TV crew from Siberian tiger’s jaws

Vladimir Putin saves TV crew from Siberian tiger’s jawsLondon, September 1 : Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has been hailed as a hero after preventing a TV crew from being killed by a tiger at the Ussuri reserve in Siberia.

The former President visited the reserve to observe researchers monitored the tigers in the wild.

When he saw a trapped beast escape and charge towards a nearby camera crew, Putin quickly shot the beast and sedated it with a tranquillizer gun.

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