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Putin discusses food, fuel supplies with Malian leader

Moscow: On August 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed possibly supplying food, fertilisers and fuel with his counterpart from Mali. The African country's interim leader Assimi Goita said on Twitter the two leaders talked about Russia's support for Mali's political transition. "We discussed the support of the Russian Federation for Mali's political transition and I praised the quality of our partnership, which respects the sovereignty of #Mali and the aspirations of its population," Goita tweeted.

Putin makes first international tour since Ukraine war

London: On July 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Tehran for a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. It is the first trip by the Kremlin chief outside the former Soviet Union since the invasion of Ukraine. Putin tosses the West's attempt to cripple Russia's economy with the most severe sanctions in recent history as a declaration of economic war

Putin warns of food catastrophe

Moscow: On July 8, President Vladimir Putin said that the continued sanctions against Russia could lead to catastrophic energy price rises for European households. Europe has historically relied on Russia for around 40% of its natural gas, most of it delivered through pipelines. "We know that the Europeans are trying to replace Russian energy resources," Putin said adding, "However, we expect the result of such actions to be an increase in gas prices on the spot market and an increase in the cost of energy resources for end consumers."

No Iron Curtain will close off Russia’s economy: Putin

London: On June 9, President Vladimir Putin said that no Iron Curtain would fall over the Russian economy despite the sanctions imposed by the West. Moscow would not close itself off from the world as the Soviet Union did, he started. "We did not have a closed economy - or rather we did in the Soviet times when we cut ourselves off, created the so-called Iron Curtain, we created it with our own hands. We will not make the same mistake again - our economy will be open," Putin declared.

No long-range missiles for Ukraine, warns Putin

On June 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Moscow would strike new targets if the West supplied long-range missiles to Ukraine. He also added that new arms deliveries to Kyiv were aimed at “prolonging the conflict”. If Kyiv is supplied with long-range missiles, “we will draw the appropriate conclusions and use our arms [...] to strike targets we haven't hit before,” Putin was quoted by Russian media.

Putin says West won’t succeed in cutting Russia off

On May 26, President Vladimir Putin asserted that Western sanctions against Russia were disrupting its supply chains, but they would not succeed in cutting it off from technology. Speaking by video link to leaders of ex-Soviet states, Putin said Russia would keep working to find alternatives for imports no longer available to it. "Representatives of our businesses face problems, of course, especially in the field of supply chains and transport. Nevertheless, everything can be adjusted, everything can be built in a new way," Putin declared.

Putin extends support to Russian players

On April 26, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that teenage figure skater Kamila Valieva's performances could not have been accomplished with the help of any prohibited substance. "Through her work, she brought the sport to the level of a real form of art," Putin said Valieva at a televised awards ceremony at the Kremlin for medallists from the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. "Such perfection cannot be achieved dishonestly with the help of additional substances, manipulations. We very well know that these additional substances are not needed in figure skating."

Putin accuses West of ‘terror’

London: On April 25, President Vladimir Putin on Monday condemned the West for trying to destroy Russia and demanded prosecutors take a tough line over West inflicted terror. Speaking to Russia's top prosecutors and watched by his defense minister, Putin accused the West of inciting Ukraine to plan attacks on Russian journalists. "They have moved to terror - to preparing the murder of our journalists," Putin said of the West after a murder attempt by a "terrorist group" on Russian TV journalist Vladimir Solovyev.

Putin congratulates PM Shehbaz Sharif

On Tuesday, Russia's President Vladimir Putin felicitated Shehbaz Sharif on his election as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan. According to the Russian embassy in Pakistan, Putin has expressed hope that Shehbaz's activities would "contribute to further development of the Pakistan-Russia cooperation and partner interaction on the Afghan settlement as well as countering international terrorism."

US sanctions Putin’s daughter, Russian Banks

Washington: On April 6, the United States targeted Russian banks and elites with a new package of sanctions on Wednesday, including banning Americans from investing in Russia, in response to what President Joe Biden condemned as Russian "atrocities" in Ukraine. The new sanctions hit Russia's Sberbank (SBER.MM), which holds one-third of Russia's total banking assets, and Alfabank, the country's fourth-largest financial institution, U.S. officials said. But energy transactions were exempted from the latest measures, the officials said.

World to face food shortage due to sanctions: Putin

London: On April 5, President Vladimir Putin stressed that Russia must keep a close eye on its food exports to hostile countries because the West's embargoes had initiated a global food crisis and spiraling energy prices. "They will inevitably exacerbate food shortages in the poorest regions of the world, spur new waves of migration, and in general drive food prices even higher," Putin told a meeting on developing food production. The West's sanctions over Putin's invasion of Ukraine have sent Russia back towards its worst economic crisis since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.

Erdogan offers to host Putin and Zelenskiy for talks

Istanbul: On March 17, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin offered to host him and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy for talks. The statement said that Erdogan told Putin that agreement on certain issues could require a meeting between the leaders. Erdogan also said a permanent ceasefire could lead the way to a long-term solution, it said.

Russia to use Middle East volunteer fighters

London: On March 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a positive signal to up to 16,000 volunteers from the Middle East to be deployed alongside Russian-backed rebels to fight in Ukraine. The step will double down the invasion that the West says has been failing impetus. "If you see that there are these people who want of their own accord, not for money, to come to help the people living in Donbass, then we need to give them what they want and help them get to the conflict zone," Putin said from the Kremlin.

Ukraine’s future in doubt amidst ceasefire failure

It was reported that the promised ceasefire in the besieged port city of Mariupol collapsed amid scenes of terror. A pro-Russian official announced that safe-passage corridors would open again for city residents. On the other hand, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the ongoing resistance was putting Ukrainian statehood in jeopardy and drew a parallel between the West’s sanctions on Russia to “declaring war”.

Biden says Putin has ‘no idea what’s coming’

Washington: On March 2, U.S. President Joe Biden assailed Russian President Vladimir Putin, banned Russian flights from American airspace, and led Democratic and Republican lawmakers in a rare display of unity. In a State of the Union speech dominated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he urged, "Let each of us if you're able to stand, stand and send an unmistakable signal to Ukraine and to the world".

Putin nuclear remarks aim to distract from Ukraine troubles: UK

London: On Feb 28, British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said that Russian President Vladimir Putin raised the possibility of readying a nuclear deterrent to distract from a lack of progress in the invasion of Ukraine. "He's made this comment. We keep it under review," Wallace told. "But you know, what we shouldn't really forget is that this is a big attempt to distract away from his troubles in Ukraine by just deploying into the sort of media space these phrases," he added.

PM Khan to discuss Pakistan Stream gas pipeline with Putin

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan left for Moscow to kick the construction of a long-delayed, multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline to be built in collusion with Russian firms, an official said. The prime minister's stint to meet President Vladimir Putin and discuss issues including economic cooperation came hours after several Western nations hit Russia with new sanctions for its military deployment into eastern Ukraine. “Both countries are eager to launch the project at the earliest,” Pakistan's energy ministry spokesman confided about the Pakistan Stream gas pipeline.

Syria supports Putin’s recognition of Ukraine’s breakaway regions

Beirut: On Feb 22, Syria showed full support to the decision of its supporter Russia to recognize two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine. The United States and its European allies are set to announce fresh sanctions against Russia on Tuesday after Putin recognized the two breakaway regions, deepening Western fears of a new war in Europe. "Syria supports President Vladimir Putin's decision to recognize the republics of Luhansk and Donetsk," the state TV quoted Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad as saying during an event in Moscow.

Ukrainian president eager to meet Putin

It was reported that Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy was willing to meet Vladimir Putin to find out “what the Russian president wants” and sought a “peaceful settlement” amid growing concern over a possible imminent invasion. Moreover, French President Emmanuel Macron is scheduled to have a call with Putin.

Putin blames Kyiv for escalation

On Sunday, in a call with French leader Macron, Putin laid the blame on Kyiv for a military escalation in east Ukraine. Putin “pointed out that the cause of the escalation is provocations carried out by the Ukrainian security forces,” according to a Kremlin readout of the call. The readout read that the two leaders “believe it is important to intensify efforts to find solutions through diplomatic means”.

Russia doesn’t want war: Putin

Moscow: On Feb 15, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia does not want a war in Europe. He described the situation in east Ukraine's breakaway territories as "genocide" and called for the conflict there to be settled through the Minsk peace progress. Putin also said that Russia had decided to partially withdraw troops from near Ukraine though there had not been a positive response to Russia's demands.

Putin approves Russia’s reply to West

Moscow: On Feb 14, it emerged Russian President Vladimir Putin approved, in principle, the Foreign Ministry's responses to the West on security guarantees. Kremlin announced that Russian diplomats were finalizing the text of the responses. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier suggested to Putin that Moscow continued along the diplomatic path in its efforts to extract security guarantees from the West, as tensions soar over Ukraine.

Putin to host President of Iran

Moscow: It was reported on Sunday that President Vladimir Putin would host his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi for dialogue in Moscow in the coming week. The location and the issues to be discussed in the meeting between the two leaders are not disclosed yet. Russia is taking part in talks to renew a 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers - the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany, and the European Union.

Putin claims victory in Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan: On Jan 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed victory in protecting Kazakhstan from what he interpreted as a foreign-supported terrorist rebellion. He also vowed to leaders of other ex-Soviet states that the Moscow-led coalition would safeguard them too. After anti-government protesters plundered and ignited public buildings, Putin sent paratroopers last week to protect strategic facilities.

Russia wants “immediate” response from the US

Moscow: On Dec 23, President Vladimir Putin stated that Russia wants to avoid conflict with Ukraine and the West but it needed an "immediate" response from the US and its allies to its demands for security assurances. He disclosed that a new ceasefire would be starting in the first few hours in eastern Ukraine and peace talks would start in the early new year in Geneva.

Russia has no plans of retreating from Ukraine: Putin

Moscow: On Dec 22, President Vladimir Putin declared that Russia had a firm stance in a deadlock with the U.S. over Ukraine. He also warned that it would be forced into a harsh response unless the West dropped its "aggressive line". "If the aggressive line of our Western colleagues continues, we will take adequate military-technical response measures and react harshly to unfriendly steps," he asserted.

Putin, Xi discuss aggressive viewpoint of US

Moscow: On Wednesday, the Kremlin said that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping would discuss conflicts in Europe and "aggressive" U.S. and NATO rhetoric during a virtual meeting. Both countries are under elevated pressure from the West. On one hand, Beijing is under distress over human rights. On the other hand, Moscow is under tension for its build-up of troops near the border with Ukraine.

Putin and Joe Biden begin virtual talks

Washington/Moscow: On Dec 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden have started up virtual talks on Ukraine and other issues, Russian state television reported. Before the virtual meeting, a US official stated that president Joe Biden would announce sanctions imposed on Russian in case of war with Ukraine. On the other hand, the Kremlin defended that Russia had no such intentions and the army was in the defensive position.