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Jul 3, 2015

Russia waits in wings as Greek debt crisis deepens

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin must be finding it hard to contain a wry smile as the European Union struggles with Greece’s debt problems.

Events are playing into his hands by diverting attention from the conflict in Ukraine and offering him a chance to exploit differences in the EU which might undermine unity on sanctions against Russia over Ukraine.

Jul 2, 2015

Russia warns against “colour revolution” in Armenia

MOSCOW/YEREVAN, July 2 (Reuters) – In a veiled warning to
the West, Russia cautioned on Thursday against any attempt to
spark a new “colour revolution” in Armenia by exploiting
protests against electricity prices for political ends.

Large crowds of mostly young people have been protesting in
the Armenian capital Yerevan for more than 10 days, demanding
the government scrap plans to raise the price of electricity for
households.

Jun 26, 2015

Russian spymaster-statesman Primakov dies at 85

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Former Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, who helped restore stability after an economic crash in 1998 and shifted the focus of foreign policy away from the West, has died at the age of 85 after a long illness.

A former Soviet Communist apparatchik, Primakov went on to become a spymaster and foreign minister who was seen abroad as a hawk but was revered in Russia as a statesman and crisis manager.

Jun 19, 2015

Putin says Russia weathering sanctions, lectures West

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin boasted on Friday that Russia had found the “inner strength” to prevent sanctions causing a deep economic crisis, and told the West to stop using “the language of ultimatums.”

Investment in Russia has slowed to a trickle, capital flight has risen and the economy has been sliding into recession since oil prices tumbled last year and the West imposed economic sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

Jun 3, 2015

Russia dismisses concern over hosting 2018 World Cup

MOSCOW, June 3 (Reuters) – Russia dismissed concern on Wednesday that it might lose the right to host the 2018 World Cup finals or face a boycott by other nations after Sepp Blatter’s resignation as FIFA president.

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Moscow was surprised by Blatter’s move, four days after he was re-elected as head of soccer’s world governing body, but was pressing ahead with its preparations for 2018.

May 8, 2015

Russia and China deepen ties with new economic deals

MOSCOW, May 8 (Reuters) – Russia and China signed a $25
billion deal to boost Chinese lending to Russian firms and a
host of other accords deepening economic cooperation on Friday
as Moscow’s ties with the West fray over the Ukraine crisis.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi
Jinping hailed their countries’ improving relationship after
Kremlin talks and a signing ceremony on the eve of a military
parade marking the end of World War Two in Europe.

Apr 28, 2015

Russians seethe over Western snub of war anniversary parade

MOSCOW (Reuters) – One of Boris Lisitsyn’s happiest memories is of being swept by a huge, joyous crowd through the streets of Moscow and onto Red Square in spontaneous celebrations when World War Two ended in Europe.

He was too young to fight but, like most Russians, sees the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 as one of his nation’s great achievements, albeit as part of the Soviet Union.

Apr 16, 2015

Putin defiant over economy, Ukraine in annual phone-in

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin tried to reassure Russians over the ailing economy and said Washington wanted “vassals” rather than allies in his annual phone-in on Thursday, but offered no new financial remedies and gave no ground over Ukraine.

For nearly four hours, the Russian leader fielded mostly tame questions from across the country on problems ranging from Iran’s disputed nuclear programme and the conflict in east Ukraine to the price of milk and the state of roads.

Apr 16, 2015

Defiant Putin sees return to growth in Russia in 2 years

MOSCOW, April 16 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said
on Thursday Russia’s economy could return to growth in less than
two years, despite Western sanctions which he said were intended
to “contain” his country.

In a confident performance during a televised call-in show,
Putin sounded defiant and patriotic, assuring viewers that
Russia will survive an economic crisis deepened by the sanctions
and low oil prices, and will always stand up to the West.

Apr 16, 2015

Putin sees return to growth in Russia in under two years

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia’s economy could return to growth in less than two years, even though he considers it unlikely that the West will lift economic sanctions over the Ukraine crisis soon.

In a televised call-in with the nation, Putin acknowledged that there were difficulties for Russia’s economy, which has been hit by a fall in global oil prices as well as the sanctions.

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      "Timothy Heritage is Brussels Bureau Chief and European Affairs Editor, responsible for coverage of the European Union. He has previously been based in Moscow, Jerusalem, Paris, London, Warsaw and Belgrade, covering events ranging from the fall of Communism and conflict in the Balkans and Middle East to the euro zone debt crisis."
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