Posts tagged as Vladimir Putin

U.S. foreign minister visits Russia

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

U.S. foreign minister Mike Pompeo has visited Russia to meet with his counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin after a special U.S. investigation documented extensive election meddling by Russia, in particular by manipulating social media. «Interference in American elections is unacceptable. If Russia engaged in that in 2020, it would put our relationship in an even worse place than it has been,» French news agency AFP cited U.S.…

Ukraine president offers Russians citizenship in snub to Putin

Monday, April 29, 2019

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the comedian who last week won Ukraine’s presidential election, has dismissed an offer by Vladimir Putin to provide passports to Ukrainians and pledged instead to grant citizenship to Russians who “suffer” under the Kremlin’s rule. The Russian president on Saturday said Moscow was considering plans to make it easier for all Ukrainians to obtain Russian citizenship, after it earlier moved to grant passports in the country’s separatist east. Kyiv has…

Independent Europe depends on the US

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Despite the “peaceful goals”, it is quite obvious, that US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (formally, Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles) is another step toward a new arms race and confrontation with Russia. It is remarkable, that Russian President has delivered Annual Address to the Federal Assembly last week. Vladimir…

West should not impede media outlets, divide them into

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Western countries must respect the principles of democracy in regard to Russian media outlets working on their territory; drawing up “good” and “bad” lists of media outlets runs counter to the principle of freedom of the press, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. “In general, what matters here are the general approaches to information sharing, to the free dissemination of information. We always hear from our Western colleagues that one of…

Putin highlights respect for each other’s interests in relations with Estonia

Monday, October 15, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the premise for constructive relations between Estonia and Russia is respect for each other’s interests. “We are ready for constructive engagement with our neighbor, the Republic of Estonia, based on respect and consideration for each other’s interests,” the Russian head of state said in a speech that he made at a ceremony held on Thursday for accepting credentials from foreign ambassadors. “Many of our compatriots live in Estonia, and we assume that the European human rights standards will…

Europe tired of Lithuania

By Kovas Azbis on Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Europe is making steps towards Moscow. Business and common sense win. Russian President Vladimir Putin was a guest at the Austrian foreign minister’s wedding, in a move that opposition politicians say undermines the European Union’s position on Moscow. Putin dropped in on Karin Kneissl’s wedding in a remote area of southern Austria, on his way to a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in neighboring Germany later that day. On the…

Russia’s behavior sets limits to communication with it

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser has assumed an indirectly opposing stance to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, commenting on the latter’s pro-Russia statement by saying that the behavior of the current leadership of Russia is setting limits to communication with Moscow. “The strength of the European Union lies in respecting democracy, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms. The fact that the leaders of today’s Russia do not share the…

To counter Russia and back Baltic states, America must fortify NATO

Monday, April 9, 2018

Last week, President Trump welcomed the leaders of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to the White House to address ongoing tensions with Russia. The three presidents — Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia, Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia and Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania — met with President Trump to urge the United States to bolster its defense of Baltic countries against Russian aggression. Despite the magnitude of the occasion for the…