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Putin ready for post-Soviet economic union with Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday the final pieces were in place for the 2015 launch of an economic union with Belarus and Kazakhstan that Moscow hopes can also be joined by Ukraine. Putin promised following talks with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Belarussian leader Alexander Lukashenko that the…

Russian authorities backtrack and allow protesters at Sochi Olympics

Protesters will be allowed to express their views at the Sochi Winter Olympics after Games organisers agreed to allow an area for them following talks with the International Olympic Committee, IOC President Thomas Bach announced on Tuesday. In August, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who played a major role in Sochi…

Pope Francis meets with Putin to discuss the Syria conflict

The Vatican said Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis on Monday discussed the need for talks to resolve the Syria conflict, as international officials met in Geneva to discuss a date for a peace conference. The two leaders talked about the urgent need “to promote concrete initiatives for a…

Bryan Fischer: Russia’s LGBT crackdown makes Putin a ‘lion of Christianity’

Bryan Fischer, the director of Issues Analysis for the fundamentalist American Family Association (AFA), this week praised Russian President Vladimir Putin over his country’s law criminalizing homosexual “propaganda.” During his Wednesday radio Focal Point radio show, Fischer noted that Putin condemned “many Euro-Atlantic countries” for “renouncing their roots, including Christian…

Russia bringing ‘PRISM on steroids’ to Sochi Olympics

Russia’s Sochi Games: Why you may want to leave your laptop at home (via The Christian Science Monitor) Russian President Vladimir Putin (c.) smiles as he lights the Olympic flame at Red Square in Moscow on Sunday. (Ivan Sekretarev/AP) Visitors to the upcoming Sochi Winter Games will be able to…

Putin: Aggression against Syria would violate international law

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday called any possible foreign military intervention against Syria a form of “aggression” that would rattle the entire region and contravene international law. Putin told a summit of an ex-Soviet security group that he was grateful for its decision to support Moscow’s refusal to sanction…

Putin: Former Italian PM only convicted for sex with a minor ‘because he lives with women’

Russian President Vladimir Putin took a swipe at critics of his country’s widely-criticized law against LGBT “propaganda” while defending friend and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday, saying Berlusconi was only convicted of sex with a minor because he is heterosexual. “Berlusconi is on trial now because he…

Obama pleased Putin takes responsibility for ‘client’ Assad

US President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he was pleased that Russian President Vladimir Putin had taken responsibility for his “client,” — Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. Obama also denied in an interview on ABC News that he had been outfoxed by Putin in accepting a deal…

McCain to respond to Putin in Russian newspaper

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will publish a response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s New York Times op-ed piece with a column of his own in a Russian newspaper, Reuters reported on Friday. McCain’s column will appear in the newspaper Pravda, an idea that reportedly began as an offhand joke he…

Putin scolds U.S. on Syria in New York Times column

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that any US military strike on Syria that circumvents the United Nations would undermine the global body and risk unleashing a wave of terror. Such military action would “result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders,” Putin wrote…

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