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Putin's 'secret plot' to rule Europe exposed

Putin's 'secret plot' to rule Europe exposed

Smarting and isolated due to international sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, Germany's biggest newspaper today published details of the Kremlin plot in which Putin seeks to hold sway over a continent currently aligned against him, reports express.com. German intelligence sources claim the country's only mildly-eurosceptic party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), is being wooed by...

'Don't mess with nuclear Russia'

'Don't mess with nuclear Russia'

President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia's armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: "It's best not to mess with us." Putin told the assembly, on the banks of a lake near Moscow, the Russian takeover of...

Was Putin the target?

Was Putin the target?

Russia's state-controlled television yesterday wheeled out conspiracy theories to explain the Malaysian air crash including one holding that it was a bungled attempt to down President Vladimir Putin's presidential jet. After Putin said that Ukraine was responsible for the crash, Russian state television focused on several theories that pinned the blame accordingly. "The aim could...

Putin in Cuba, Nicaragua to rekindle LatAm ties

President Vladimir Putin made a surprise stop in Nicaragua Friday after visiting Russia's Cold War ally Cuba, part of a tour to increase Moscow's influence in Latin America amid frayed ties with the West. Putin's six-day trip will also take him to Argentina and Brazil, where he will take part in a summit of the BRICS group of emerging countries -- an agenda that neatly aligns with his push for a multipolar world at a time when the Ukraine crisis...

The Statesman

Putin's geo-strategy backfires

RUSSIAN history entered a critical phase on Friday with Ukraine concluding the long-delayed trade agreement with Europe. In a mark of profound symbolism, the former Soviet satellite has reinforced its equation with the European Union, pending full membership. Profound no less will be the impact on international power-play; Kiev under President Petro Poroshenko, the confectionery magnate, has dealt a defiant blow to the Kremlin which has consistently opposed the pact. A former satellite has challenged the seat of authority...

Of godfathers and illusions

Of godfathers and illusions

PUTIN, the current Godfather in Russia has annexed Crimea, and by pointing guns at Ukraine has addressed the world in a fevered tone, speaking of a delusional alternative universe, wreaking of Dostoyevsky's Demons, and has managed to appeal to ethnic solidarity, just what Adolph Hitler had done during the Anschluss and the Sudeten...

Obama urges Putin to stop Ukraine arms flow

Obama urges Putin to stop Ukraine arms flow

US President Barack Obama has urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to stop the flow of weapons into Ukraine and halt support for separatists. The White House said that in the phone call Obama warned of further sanctions if Moscow failed to act. The Kremlin says Putin urged direct talks between Kiev and the rebels...

Ukraine Crisis

Putin takes victory lap to annexed Crimea

Putin takes victory lap to annexed Crimea

President Vladimir Putin took a victory lap yesterday in his first visit to Crimea since its annexation by Russia, as fighting in eastern Ukraine left 21 dead just days ahead of a separatist vote. The visit drew a sharp rebuke from authorities in Kiev, who accused the Russian strongman of stoking tensions with his...

Crimea Russia's part

President Vladimir Putin yesterday signed a treaty making Crimea part of Russia, in a historic redrawing of Russia's borders after he declared that the Black Sea region has always been "in the hearts" of his countrymen. In a fast-moving sequence of events following Crimea's controversial secession referendum on Sunday, the Kremlin said Crimea was now considered part of Russia and no longer Ukrainian territory, shrugging off strong international objections. "In the hearts and minds of people, Crimea has always been and...

THE WORLD IN WORDS

Back to the future in Ukraine and Asia

WITH Russian troops occupying Ukrainian territory and the Chinese navy inhabiting Philippine territorial waters in the South China Sea, the world is now entering a dangerous time warp. In geopolitical terms, Russia and China are reenacting the norms of the nineteenth-century, when states competed by amassing hard power in a system of unbridled nationalism and rigid state sovereignty. Indeed, Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to be trying to reassemble the nineteenth-century map of Czarist Russia by holding on to Crimea,...

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