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Putin's winning streak

SINCE Russia invaded Crimea last summer, the West has relied on a strategy of economic sanctions and international isolation to compel the Kremlin to withdraw its support for the rebels in eastern Ukraine. But Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent series of diplomatic successes – in particular, with Iran, North Korea, and Pakistan –...

Obama suggests Putin 'not so smart'

Obama suggests Putin 'not so smart'

President Barack Obama has said Vladimir Putin made a "strategic mistake" when he annexed Crimea, in a move that was "not so smart". That thinking his Russian counterpart was a "genius" had been proven wrong by Russia's economic crisis, he said. International sanctions had made Russia's economy particularly vulnerable to changes in oil price, Obama...

UKRAINE CRISIS, ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA

UKRAINE CRISIS, ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA

Following the February revolution, Ukraine’s political landscape shifted rapidly. Refusing to recognise the new Kiev government and dubbing the revolution a coup d'état, Russia moved to secure its existing military installations within Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. As unidentified troops secured government buildings Pro-Russia separatists sought to consolidate their local power and Sergey Aksyonov declared...

There is good chance of Ukraine resolution: Putin

There is good chance of Ukraine resolution: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that there was a "good chance of resolution" in the Ukraine conflict, rejecting Western condemnation of Russia's role in the southeast of the country. "Today the situation (on Ukraine) in my view has good chances for resolution, no matter how strange it may sound, but certain structures...

G20 summit: Putin leaves before final communique

G20 summit: Putin leaves before final communique

Russian President Vladimir Putin has left the G20 summit in Australia before it officially ends. He faced fierce criticism from Western leaders on Saturday over the Ukraine conflict but described the summit as constructive and useful. World leaders are focusing on economic growth on the second and final day of the summit in Brisbane. They have...

Stop being a bully

Stop being a bully

Vladimir Putin faces an icy reception at the G20 summit with Britain's David Cameron telling the Russian leader to stop bullying smaller states and Australia's Tony Abbott accusing him of trying to relive the "lost glories of tsarism". The Russian president arrived in Brisbane late yesterday for the weekend summit of world powers at...

Obama warns of Asia 'intimidation'

Obama warns of Asia 'intimidation'

US President Barack Obama has said that Asia's security must not be based on intimidation where big nations bully small ones. Obama told students in Brisbane, Australia - where he is attending the G20 summit - that security in the region must depend on mutual alliances. He said there was "no question" over US commitment...

Russia under pressure at G20 summit over Ukraine

Russia under pressure at G20 summit over Ukraine

Russia has been rebuked by Western leaders about its role in the Ukraine crisis, at a G20 summit in Australia. Canadian PM Stephen Harper told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia needed to "get out of Ukraine". US President Barack Obama said Moscow's "aggression" in Ukraine was a "threat to the world", while Britain threatened...

Hasina, Putin for stronger ties

Hasina, Putin for stronger ties

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Russian President Vladimir Putin have hoped that the socioeconomic relations between Bangladesh and Russia would get strengthened further in the days to come. Both leaders expressed their high hopes while having talks during a gala dinner hosted by Italian President Giorgio Nepolitano at Sala Delle Cariatidi at Milan, Italy...

IS grooms Chechen fighters against Putin

IS grooms Chechen fighters against Putin

Michael Winfrey, Bloomberg When the Islamic State commander known as “Omar the Chechen” called to tell his father they’d routed the Iraqi army and taken the city of Mosul, he added a stark message: Russia would be next. “He said ‘don’t worry dad, I’ll come home and show the Russians,’” Temur Batirashvili said from his...

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