Vladimir Putin

  • Russia says medics to get anti-COVID shots in two weeks, rejects safety concerns
    MOSCOW, August 12 (Reuters): Russia said on Wednesday the first batch of its Covid-19 vaccine would be ready for some medics within two weeks and rejected as "groundless" safety concerns aired by some experts over Moscow's rapid approval of the drug. President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine, after less than two months of human testing. The vaccine has not yet completed i
  • Putin says Russian Navy to get hypersonic nuclear strike weapons
    MOSCOW, July 26 (Reuters): Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday the Russian Navy would be armed with hypersonic nuclear strike weapons and underwater nuclear drones, which the defence ministry said were in their final phase of testing. Putin, who says he does not want an arms race, has often spoken of a new generation of Russian nuclear weapons that he says are unequalled and can hit almost anywhere in the world. Some Western experts have questioned how advanced they
  • U.S. and Baltic states oppose Russian 'rewriting of history'
    VILNIUS (Reuters): The United States joined Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on Thursday in opposing any Russian attempts to rewrite history after President Vladimir Putin said the Baltic states had consented to their 1940 annexation by the Soviet Union. "We stand firmly against any attempts by Russia to rewrite history in order to justify the 1940 occupation and annexation of the Baltic states by the Soviet Union," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote in a joint st
  • Hundreds protest in Moscow against reforms that may keep Putin in power
    MOSCOW, July 16 (Reuters): Dozens of people were arrested at a protest in Moscow on Wednesday against constitutional reforms that give President Vladimir Putin the option to remain in power for another 16 years, witnesses and a monitoring group said.   About 500 demonstrators, many of whom wore face masks branded with the word "no", chanted calls for Putin to resign and held up banners against the reforms.   Police surrounded them and began making arrest
  • Putin says Russians voted 'with their hearts' to let him extend rule
    MOSCOW, uly 3 (Reuters): President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russian society had shown unity by voting to back reforms allowing him to stay in power until 2036 and that Russians had felt the need for the changes in their hearts.   Putin, 67, also decreed the constitutional amendments would enter force on July 4 after they were backed by almost 78% of Russians, according to official results, in a week-long vote that ended on Wednesday.   The Kremlin has ha
  • Russians grant Putin right to extend his rule until 2036 in landslide vote
    MOSCOW, July 2 (Reuters) - Russians opened the door to Vladimir Putin staying in power until 2036 by voting overwhelmingly for constitutional changes that will allow him to run again for president twice, but critics said the outcome was falsified on an industrial scale.   Official results, after 98% of ballots had been counted, showed that the former KGB officer who has ruled Russia for more than two decades as president or prime minister had easily won the right to run for
  • Russians grant Putin right to extend his rule until 2036 in landslide vote - initial results
    MOSCOW, July 1 (Reuters): Russians appeared to have paved the way for Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036 by voting overwhelmingly for a package of constitutional changes which will also boost pensions, initial results of a nationwide vote showed on Wednesday.   Partial results, announced five hours before polls closed, indicate the former KGB officer who has ruled Russia for more than two decades as president or prime minister will win the right to run for two m
  • Russia's Putin urges Turkey, Iran to help promote dialogue in Syria
    MOSCOW, July 1 (Reuters): Russian President Vladimir Putin told his counterparts from Turkey and Iran on Wednesday that there was a need for peaceful dialogue between the opposing forces in Syria's civil war.   Putin also told Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan and Iran's Hassan Rouhani in a televised video conference that hot spots of terrorism still remain in Syria's Idlib and other regions.   "An inclusive inter-Syrian dialogue should be actively
  • Vote that could extend Putin's rule culminates as Russians get cash payments
    MOSCOW, July 1 (Reuters): Russians with children received cash payments on Wednesday on the final day of a vote on constitutional changes that could allow Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036.   State exit polls have suggested the changes will be backed by over two thirds of voters, who have been encouraged to vote with prize draws offering flats and an ad campaign highlighting other amendments designed to appeal to the populace.   One amendment guarant
  • Putin, promising stability, tells Russians to vote for changes that could extend his rule
    MOSCOW, June 30 (Reuters): Vladimir Putin on Tuesday urged Russians to vote for constitutional changes that would allow him to run again for president twice, calling the reforms a guarantor of stability, security and prosperity.   Putin made his appeal at the scene of a bloody World War Two battle between the Red Army and the Nazis on the eve of the main and last day of a seven-day nationwide vote that will change the constitution for the first time since 1993.  
  • Generation Putin comes of age as Russians vote on extending his rule
    MOSCOW, June 29 (Reuters): Twenty-year-old Russians Yekaterina Mikhailova and Iya Barsegyan have only ever known life under President Vladimir Putin who rose to power in 1999, before they were even born.   The pair may be of the same generation, but politically they are worlds apart, a contrast that shows how the divisions created by Putin's politics could last for years.   This week, Russians are taking part in a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms
  • Marathon vote on extending Putin's rule begins amid coronavirus epidemic
    MOSCOW, June 25 (Reuters): Russians began casting ballots on Thursday in a vote that could clear the way for President Vladimir Putin to stay in the Kremlin until 2036 if re-elected, a process that critics say is a constitutional coup.   Some election officials wore full protective suits, gloves and masks, and took voters' temperatures as seven days of voting got under way across the world's largest country.   Opponents have complained about the safet
  • Putin hasn't ruled out running for new presidential term
    Moscow, June 22 (IANS): Russian President Vladimir Putin has not ruled out that he will run for a new presidential term if such a constitutional amendment is adopted, the media reported.   "I have not made any decision so far. I'm not ruling out that I will stand for (election) if this emerges in the Constitution. We'll see," TASS News Agency quoted the President as saying in a TV interview aired on Sunday.   The Russian leader cautioned official
  • Russia's Putin says he may seek another term if constitutional changes passed
    MOSCOW, June 21 (Reuters): Vladimir Putin is considering running for a new term as Russia's president if voters approve constitutional changes that would enable him to do so, Russian news agencies quoted him as saying in an interview on Sunday.   Russia will hold a nationwide vote from June 25 to July 1 on proposed changes to the constitution, including an amendment that would allow Putin to seek two more six-year terms as president when his current mandate ends in
  • Putin uses WW2 anniversary to push idea of Russian-backed summit to stabilise world
    MOSCOW, June 19 (Reuters): President Vladimir Putin has called on the leaders of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council to make good on an agreement to hold a face-to-face summit to try to tackle the world's problems as soon as possible.   Putin made the appeal in an article in English published late on Thursday in American international affairs magazine The National Interest in which he examined the events of World War Two ahead of a Red Square par
  • US riots symptom of deep-rooted crisis: Putin
    Moscow, June 15 (IANS): The ongoing riots in the US show deep-rooted internal crises in this country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview.   "What has happened (in the US) is the manifestation of some deep domestic crises," TASS News Agency quoted Putin as saying in the interview on Sunday where he added that this crisis had been observed for a long time since his US counterpart Donald Trump assumed office in 2017.   "When he won,
  • Putin appeals to Russians' core values as vote on extending term looms
    MOSCOW, June 12 (Reuters): President Vladimir Putin appealed to what he termed Russians' core values on Friday, the country's national day, as he sought to rally support for a vote on constitutional reforms that could potentially keep him in office until 2036.   The plebiscite will run from June 25-July 1 and, if approved, includes a change that would allow 67-year-old Putin, in power since 1999, to serve two more six-year terms in the Kremlin after 2024, when h
  • Kremlin foes say handouts aim to lure voters to extend Putin's rule
    MOSCOW, June 11 (Reuters): Moscow said on Thursday it would hand out shopping vouchers to people who take part in a vote on reforms that could let Vladimir Putin extend his rule, an offer critics denounced as a crude tactic to boost turnout.   Russians are set to vote on June 25-July 1 to approve or reject changes to the constitution including one that would allow Putin, in power since late 1999, to serve two more six-year terms in the Kremlin instead of stepping down i
  • Putin's foes divided over Russian vote that could extend his rule
    MOSCOW, June 10 (Reuters): President Vladimir Putin's opponents agree a nationwide vote next month that could extend his rule is a sham, but are split over whether to campaign for a "No" vote or call for a boycott.   In the July 1 vote, Russians will vote to approve or reject constitutional reforms including a change that would allow Putin to serve two more six-year terms, if re-elected, instead of stepping down in 2024.   Putin's approval r
  • Putin declines British invitation to take part in coronavirus summit - Kremlin
    MOSCOW, June 3 (Reuters): Russian President Vladimir Putin does not plan to take part in an online summit on a possible coronavirus vaccine being organised by the British government this week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.   Putin received an invitation to take part in the summit from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week, the Kremlin had said.    Scheduled to take place on June 4, the Global Vaccine Summit 2020 is designed