Russian Prez Putin plans to visit India this year: Spokesman

Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to visit India this year to strengthen bilateral strategic ties, his spokesman said here on Tuesday.

Japan's Shinzo Abe urges Vladimir Putin to ensure Ukraine ceasefire holds

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin to play a constructive role in ensuring that a shaky ceasefire in Ukraine holds.

Narendra Modi among world's most powerful

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday made his debut among the world's most powerful people, ranked 15th on the Forbes list topped by Russian President Vladimir Putin who pipped his US counterpart Barack Obama for a second year in a row.

World swimming body stands by decision to honour Vladimir Putin
World swimming body stands by decision to honour Vladimir Putin

Swimming`s world governing body has defended a decision to award it highest honour to Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying it had nothing to do with politics.

2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia to be on time: Vladimir Putin
2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia to be on time: Vladimir Putin

 Hosts Russia will carry out all preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on time and at the top level, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

Vladimir Putin urged to act against racism in Russian soccer
Vladimir Putin urged to act against racism in Russian soccer

President Vladimir Putin must demand an end to the racism plaguing Russian soccer and the country should stop denying it has a problem, the executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe told Reuters on Wednesday.

Daniil Kvyat delighted to have saved best for home fans
Daniil Kvyat delighted to have saved best for home fans

Local favourite Daniil Kvyat could not hide his delight on Saturday after producing the best qualifying performance of his Formula One career to claim fifth place on the grid for Sunday`s inaugural Russian Grand Prix.

Strained mood as security prepare for Vladimir Putin at Russian Grand Prix
Strained mood as security prepare for Vladimir Putin at Russian Grand Prix

The inaugural Russian Grand Prix will take place on Sunday in a strained atmosphere, part-subdued and part-celebratory, amid high security and dramatic speculation, all intensified when, as expected, president Vladimir Putin arrives in the paddock before the race.

China's Xi repeats calls for political solution for Ukraine

Chinese President Xi Jinping has repeated a call for the crisis in Ukraine to be resolved politically via an inclusive dialogue, during talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, China`s Foreign Ministry said.

Russia has drawn up new anti-Western sanctions: Putin aide

 Moscow has drawn up new anti-Western sanctions targeting imports of second-hand cars and consumer goods, President Vladimir Putin`s economic aide said Thursday, as the EU agreed to slap new punitive measures on Russia.

Putin, Poroshenko agree on aid delivery to Ukraine by railway
Putin, Poroshenko agree on aid delivery to Ukraine by railway

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he has agreed with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on the proposal of delivering humanitarian assistance to southeastern Ukraine by train.

Vladimir Putin says hopeful Russia won't lose right to host 2018 World Cup
Vladimir Putin says hopeful Russia won't lose right to host 2018 World Cup

 President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he hoped Russia would not lose the right to host the 2018 soccer World Cup following Western calls to stop the country staging the tournament.

Merkel urges Putin to stop sending arms, advisors to Ukraine

Merkel expressed "concern about the situation in eastern Ukraine", her spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement. 

Garry Kasparov bid fails as chess body`s boss re-elected

Former world champion Garry Kasparov failed in his bid to oust the eccentric longtime head of the World Chess Federation in a bitter contest steeped in Russian power plays.

Vladimir Putin signs law seen as crimping social media

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed a law requiring Internet companies to store all personal data of Russian users at data centres in Russia.

Ukraine`s deal with EU may have serious consequences: Putin

As Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova signed partnership agreements with the European Union Friday, Russia said the move will have "serious consequences".

Poroshenko hails Putin reversal on Ukraine intervention

Ukraine`s new Western-backed leader on Tuesday called Russian President Vladimir Putin`s request for lawmakers to revoke a resolution allowing him to invade his western neighbour "the first practical step" toward peace.

Putin hopes for ceasefire, nationwide dialogue in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday expressed hope that Ukrainian authorities would stop violence and start a national dialogue without delay, reportedly.

Russia withdrawing troops from Ukraine border: US

Russia has withdrawn "several thousand" military personnel from the Ukrainian border in the past few days but tens of thousands of soldiers remain deployed in the region, a US defense official said Tuesday.

Stop destabilising Ukraine: US to Vladimir Putin

The US on Monday called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop "destabilising" Ukraine, expressing concern over several escalatory moves over the weekend.