MOSCOW (Reuters) – There was no patriotic enthusiasm on Friday from Russians watching footage of their jets bombing targets in Syria, just a keen sense of the danger of getting entangled in a nasty conflict with no end in sight.
The wary mood among those interviewed by Reuters was in stark contrast to sentiments over Ukraine, where most Russians felt a surge of national pride that their leader, Vladimir Putin, had taken control of Crimea, a region many of them believe is rightfully Russian.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has no plans for now to deploy combat troops in Syria, President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday, addressing U.S. concerns about a Russian military build-up.
In an interview with U.S. television networks recorded ahead of a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, Putin said the aim of Russia’s military presence in Syria was to support the government of President Bashar al-Assad against terrorist groups.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday branded U.S. support for rebel forces in Syria as illegal and ineffective, saying U.S.-trained rebels were leaving to join Islamic State with weapons supplied by Washington.
In an interview with U.S. networks recorded ahead of a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, Putin said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad deserved international support as he was fighting terrorist organizations.
MOSCOW, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Foreign carmakers in Russia are
looking to ramp up production and export locally-made vehicles
to compensate for plunging domestic sales, having taken steps to
reduce their dependence on costly imported parts.
After a decade of annual sales growth in excess of 10
percent, the Russian car industry has become a casualty of an
economic crisis fuelled by lower oil prices and Western
sanctions over Moscow’s role in the Ukranian conflict.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia staged a military parade on Wednesday to commemorate seizing a group of Pacific islands from Japan at the end of World War Two, a move likely to inflame tensions over a long-running territorial dispute with Tokyo.
The show of force, the first of its kind on the island of Sakhalin in Russia’s Far East, is part of a push by President Vladimir Putin to showcase his country’s military might at a time when ties with the West are strained over the Ukraine crisis.
MOSCOW, Aug 20 (Reuters) – A little-known transport official
from Vladimir Putin’s hometown will replace a demoted ally of
the president as the head of Russian Railways, completing a rare
shakeup in the Kremlin circle of political and economic power.
Deputy Transport Minister Oleg Belozerov was named on
Thursday as the new boss of one of Russia’s biggest and most
important companies, three days after the shock departure of
Putin confidant Vladimir Yakunin.
MOSCOW/TALLINN (Reuters) – An Estonian police officer who says Russia abducted him in a cross-border raid was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday, stoking tensions between Moscow and the former Soviet republic.
Eston Kohver’s prison term will put further strain on relations that have deteriorated since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine last year, reviving bitter memories of Soviet rule.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – An Estonian police officer, allegedly abducted by Russia in a cross-border raid, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday, further stoking tensions between Moscow and the former Soviet republic.
Russia arrested Eston Kohver on espionage charges in September last year, saying the Estonian was caught on Russian territory, but Tallin maintains he was taken at gunpoint at a border crossing.
MOSCOW, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Vladimir Yakunin, the powerful
head of Russia’s state railways and an old friend of President
Vladimir Putin, is to leave his post to become a senator, a rare
and unexpected reshuffle in the Kremlin’s inner circle.
The move, revealed while Yakunin was on holiday, appeared to
be a significant demotion for a man who has known Putin since
they set up a cooperative of lakeside mansions for the elite in
St Petersburg in the 1990s, and was named by the U.S. Treasury
as his “close confidant”.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A steep decline in the rouble has hammered Russian carmakers by driving up the cost of the foreign parts they rely on, forcing them to raise prices at home and making them uncompetitive abroad.
After a decade of annual sales growth in excess of 10 percent, the Russian car industry is now a victim of an economic crisis fueled by lower oil prices and Western sanctions over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine crisis.