MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday he thought that three female members of punk band Pussy Riot who were sentenced to two years in jail last month for a political protest in a Moscow cathedral should be freed.
Medvedev, who was president for four years until May, appeared to be trying to disassociate himself from the jail terms which were condemned as excessive by the West and rights groups at home, as well as by liberal Russians.
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters) – Days after flying with migrating cranes, Russian President Vladimir Putin likened his opponents on Sunday to weak birds that are unable to follow their leader.
Putin put on a baggy white jumpsuit, helmet and goggles on Wednesday for two flights in a light aircraft with young cranes born in captivity. The aim was to help introduce them to the wild and teach them how to follow a leader.
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday dismissed any talk of a trade war with Europe over a European Commission competition investigation into state-controlled gas monopoly Gazprom.
“We have very warm, constructive relations. It is not a trade war,” Putin told reporters after an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Russian port city of Vladivostok.
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress could move this month to upgrade trade relations with Moscow, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday, but Russia made clear after talks that big differences remained on Syria and Iran.
Clinton, in Russia for a summit of countries on the Pacific Rim, said the U.S. government was working closely with Congress on lifting the 1974 Jackson-Vanik amendment, Cold War-era legislation that has blocked normal trade privileges for Russia.
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said Russia was sticking to its plan to boost grain output, expanding its role on world markets even as it struggled with its second severe drought in two years that has revived memories of a 2010 grain export ban.
Grain markets have been supported by persistent suspicions that the current Russian drought, which has slashed grain yields by more than a quarter, could prompt a snap decision by Putin to restrict grain exports.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow is sending three large landing ships with marines aboard to a Russian naval facility in the Syrian port of Tartus, Russian news agencies quoted a source in the general staff as saying on Friday.
The source said each ship would have up to 120 marines on board and that the vessels, already in the Mediterranean, would arrive in Tartus by the end of this week or early next week.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the three women in the band Pussy Riot who performed a “protest prayer” at Russia’s main cathedral should not be judged too harshly, raising defense lawyers’ hopes that they could escape lengthy jail terms.
Putin’s comments, reported by Russian news agencies during his visit to London, suggested the three members of the punk band could escape the maximum seven-year jail term following international criticism of the Kremlin over the case.
ULYANOVSK, Russia, Aug 1 (Reuters) – NATO forces should stay
in Afghanistan until they have finished their job to ensure
stability, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday,
criticising the planned withdrawal of most combat troops by
Putin reiterated Kremlin concerns that the pull-out of the
U.S.-led alliance, due to start next year, will leave the
Central Asian region south of Russia vulnerable to militant
violence and drug trafficking.
SEVERODVINSK, Russia, July 30 (Reuters) – President Vladimir
Putin oversaw the start of construction of one of Russia’s
newest generation submarines on Monday and vowed to boost
nuclear naval forces to safeguard the country’s position as a
leading sea power.
Warning that its navy would protect top energy producer
Russia’s interests in the oil-rich Arctic, Putin led the
ceremony to begin building the submarine Prince Vladimir, named
after the ruler who founded a precursor state to modern Russia.
MOSCOW/AMMAN (Reuters) – Russia said on Tuesday Syria’s shooting down of a Turkish warplane should not be seen as a provocation and warned world powers against using the incident to push for stronger action against Damascus.
It was Moscow’s first reaction to Friday’s downing of a Turkish military aircraft by Syrian air defenses, which gave a new international dimension to the worsening conflict in Syria.