Putin accuses Obama of hostility, meddling


Moscow (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin accused US counterpart Barack Obama of a hostile attitude towards Russia, warning against "attempts to blackmail" Moscow.Speaking ahead of his visit to EU aspirant Serbia on Thursday and key talks with EU leaders on Friday, Putin minced no words, demanding that Washington take Moscow's interests into account.In some of his most combative comments on US-Russia ties yet, the Kremlin strongman took issue with Obama's speech at the United Nations General Assembly Read more [...]

Putin blamed as UK factories suffer slowdown; Germany posts first surplus since 1991 – business live


Rolling business and financial news, as the latest Purchasing Managers reports show slowdown across Britains manufacturing baseSurprise drop in British manufacturing growth in August <- new readers start hereBritains economy may be unbalancing againBerenberg: Putin is to blameEurozone recovery falters as manufacturing growth slowsGermany in surplusIntroduction: Lots of manufacturing industry surveys coming up Continue reading... Business | The Guardian Read more [...]

Putin moves to defuse Ukraine tensions


Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked pro-Kremlin separatists in southeastern Ukraine to postpone a series of disputed referenda planned for this weekend on declaring greater autonomy or outright independence from Kiev. The move was announced after a Kremlin meeting with Swiss president and current Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) chief Didier Burkhalter on Wednesday. "We ask the representatives of the southeast to postpone the referendums planned for May 11 in order Read more [...]

How the US made its Vladimir Putin problem worse


WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: In September 2001, as the US reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War. He agreed that US planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the US military could use airbases in former Soviet republics in Central Asia. And he ordered his generals to brief their US counterparts on their Read more [...]

Putin warns of Ukraine civil war as Kiev moves on rebels


Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Ukraine is "on the verge of civil war" after Kiev sent in troops against pro-Russia separatists. Mr Putin, in a phone call to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, described the move as a "sharp escalation". Ukraine announced the start of an "anti-terrorist operation" in the east of the country on Tuesday. Moscow annexed Crimea last month and is believed to have... WN.com - Photown News Read more [...]

Ukraine crisis: Obama urges Putin to rein in separatists


US President Barack Obama has urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to use his influence to make separatists in eastern Ukraine stand down. The phone call between the two leaders came as pro-Russian activists continued to occupy buildings in eastern towns. For his part, Mr Putin rejected accusations of Russian interference, calling the reports "unreliable". EU foreign ministers said on Monday they would expand a list of names targeted by sanctions. Tension has been steadily rising Read more [...]

Putin Calls Obama to Discuss Ukraine Crisis


Russian President Vladimir Putin called U.S. President Barack Obama Friday to discuss a U.S. proposal for resolving the crisis in Ukraine. The White House says Obama suggested that Putin offer a written response to the proposed diplomatic solution presented to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov by Secretary of State John Kerry earlier in the week. A White House statement about the call did not give details of the proposal Kerry gave... WN.com - Photown News Read more [...]