Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed NATO's selection of former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as its new head, saying on Saturday the pair had "very good relations" but that it was up to the West to improve ties.
The speaker of Russia's State Duma has condemned as offensive recent behavior by eccentric ultranationalist lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky. A spokeswoman for Sergei Naryshkin, Yevgenia Chugunova, told reporters on April 18 that the Duma speaker wanted to apologize to journalists for Zhirinovsky's actions.
State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin has condemned the behavior of the Russian Liberal Democratic Party leader, , during a morning press meeting before the start of a plenary house session, said the speaker's press secretary Yevgeniya Chugunova.
Vladimir Putin and President Obama will never be best friends, but the Russian president is fairly confident his counterpart would at least toss him a life buoy if he were flailing in open water.
Snowden's appearance gave Putin the opportunity to defend Russian surveillance, implicitly gaining Snowden's approval. Considering the tightly controlled circumstances of the rogue agent's asylum in Russia, the appearance has been widely seen as a PR stunt.
Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of U.S. intelligence eavesdropping, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin a question on April 17 during a televised call-in show. The exchange was the first known direct contact between Putin and Snowden since Russia granted the American asylum last summer after he disclosed widespread monitoring of telephone and internet data by the United States and fled the country.
Margarita R. Zobnina, a professor of marketing here, has been watching the Russian economy’s gathering woes with mounting alarm: friends who have moved abroad with no plans to return; others who put off new business ventures because of rising uncertainty. Meanwhile, Ms. Zobnina and her husband, Alexander, also a professor, have rented a safe deposit box to hold foreign cash as a hedge against the declining ruble.
Russia's economy contracted in the first three months of 2014 compared with the preceding quarter as capital investment shrank, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said April 16. The Ukrainian crisis hit Russia's economy and markets, sending the ruble to all-time lows, which prompted investors to postpone investment projects and instead park funds in foreign currencies, which spurred capital flight.
Lawmakers in Moldova's breakaway region of Transdniester have urged Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia's parliament, and the UN and the OSCE to recognize the region's independence. In the official address, adopted by the members of Transdniester's Supreme Council on April 16, the lawmakers said that their request was based on the results of the referendum held in the separatist region in September 2006.
Russia is looking at the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the United States in the World Trade Organisation over sanctions hitting Russian banks, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on April 16, according to Russian news agencies.
Russia's economy slowed sharply in the first three months of the year as uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine spooked investors into pulling money out of the country, a government minister said April 16. Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told parliament that growth was only 0.8 percent in the first quarter - far short of the ministry's earlier prediction of 2.5 percent - because of "the acute international situation of the past two months" as well as "serious capital flight."
The Russian economy shrank by 0.5 percent in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the final three months of last year. Economy Minister Aleksei Ulyukayev said on April 16 in the State Duma that the Russian economy did grow by 0.8 percent in the January-March period compared to the same period in 2013.
Russia's finance minister is predicting zero growth for the country's economy in 2014. Anton Siluanov said at a government meeting on April 15 that Russia's economy faced "the most difficult conditions since the 2008 crisis."
The prime ministers of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan are meeting in Moscow to discuss an agreement for the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union (EES).
Iran and Russia will find it hard to agree any oil or gas trade deal because they are rivals in both markets, Iran's deputy oil minister for international trade said on Monday.
BERLIN - Russia spends more on arms compared to its GDP than the US and European countries, according to fresh figures released on April 14 by Sipri, a military spending research group.
Income declarations released by the government show President Vladimir Putin earned 3,672,208 rubles ($102,660) last year, while Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev made 4,259,525 rubles.
MOSCOW — The huge banner was unfurled on Friday morning outside one of Moscow’s biggest bookstores, Dom Knigi, a grand emporium of the written word on Arbat Street across from a Citibank, a Baskin-Robbins and a Dunkin’ Donuts, and down the block from a big movie theater where the main feature at the moment is “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
Police have dispersed a rally by supporters of the arrested former mayor of Makhachkala, the capital of the republic of Daghestan. Hundreds of supporters of Said Amirov, who was arrested last June, marched in Makhachkala on April 12. The city authorities say the public event was unsanctioned.
Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front, blamed the European Union for declaring a new Cold War on Russia that would hurt all concerned, Russian media reported on April 12 as she paid an official visit to Moscow. Europe-Russia relations are at their lowest ebb in decades after President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea prompted the EU to impose sanctions on dozens of prominent Russian officials and lawmakers.