People like Sepp Blatter deserve Nobel prize: Vladimir Putin
People like Sepp Blatter deserve Nobel prize: Vladimir Putin

People like FIFA President Sepp Blatter deserve the Nobel prize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview broadcast on Switzerland`s RTS television news on Monday. 

2018 World Cup to show an open Russia: Vladimir Putin
2018 World Cup to show an open Russia: Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin has said the football World Cup to be held in Russia in 2018 was a good opportunity to show the world an open and multifaceted country.

FIFA puts troubles aside at glitzy World Cup draw
FIFA puts troubles aside at glitzy World Cup draw

FIFA put its problems to one side and began the countdown to the 2018 World Cup finals on Saturday when Russian president Vladimir Putin and FIFA chief Sepp Blatter re-assured the nation the tournament would go ahead as planned.

Sepp Blatter promises `total support` for 2018 Russia World Cup
Sepp Blatter promises `total support` for 2018 Russia World Cup

FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Saturday vowed "total support" for Russia`s World Cup preparations in a meeting with Russian head of state President Vladimir Putin.

World Cup 2018 qualifying draw underway
World Cup 2018 qualifying draw underway

The qualifying draw involving 141 nations from five continents for the 2018 World Cup in Russia got underway in Saint Petersburg on Saturday.

Russia ready for World Cup launch
Russia ready for World Cup launch

A total of 141 countries spanning five continents will learn their fate for the World Cup 2018 qualifiers on Saturday as the tournament is officially launched with the preliminary draw in Saint Petersburg.

Putin calls for destruction of smuggled Western produce

From French cheeses to Spanish hams, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called for the destruction of Western produce being smuggled into the country in breach of an official embargo.

Russia prepares for World Cup draw amidst FIFA crisis
Russia prepares for World Cup draw amidst FIFA crisis

Preparations for Russia`s 2018 World Cup will get officially underway with the qualification draw across five confederations taking place Saturday just as FIFA continues to reel from a corruption scandal.

Sepp Blatter arrives in Saint Petersburg for 2018 draw
Sepp Blatter arrives in Saint Petersburg for 2018 draw

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter arrived in Saint Petersburg on Thursday to attend 2018 World Cup draw in his first trip out of Switzerland since his organisation was engulfed by a corruption scandal.

Vladimir Putin wants me for economy minister: Silvio Berlusconi

Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to give Silvio Berlusconi Russian citizenship -- and the job of economy minister -- the disgraced Italian billionaire politician was quoted as saying on Thursday.

Vladimir Putin, Sepp Blatter put troubles aside for 2018 World Cup
Vladimir Putin, Sepp Blatter put troubles aside for 2018 World Cup

Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA`s president Sepp Blatter will put aside their troubles when they take centre-stage and kick-off the countdown to the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.

Brazil's Hulk fears 'ugly' racism at World Cup in Russia
Brazil's Hulk fears 'ugly' racism at World Cup in Russia

Brazil and Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk says racist comments are made by spectators at almost every match played in Russia and he fears "gross and ugly" racism could mar the 2018 World Cup finals.

Hollande, Merkel, Putin, Poroshenko for Ukraine truce

The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine have called for a "strict respect of engagements" pledged in a peace deal to end the Ukraine crisis, the French presidency said of the first four-way talks in more than two months.

Putin says calls for UN tribunal on downing of airliner premature

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday calls for a UN tribunal to be set up to prosecute suspects in the downing of a Malaysian airliner in a rebel-held part of Ukraine were counterproductive and premature.

Russia's Rostov has an eye on Ukraine as World Cup nears
Russia's Rostov has an eye on Ukraine as World Cup nears

The southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don has more than just a passing interest in peace breaking out in Ukraine as it prepares to host matches in the 2018 World Cup soccer finals.

Putin says calls for UN tribunal on downing of MH17 premature

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday calls for a U.N. tribunal to be set up to prosecute suspects in the downing of a Malaysian airliner in a rebel-held part of Ukraine were counterproductive and premature.

Putin lambasts Finnish leader for barring sanctioned Russian officials
Putin lambasts Finnish leader for barring sanctioned Russian officials

 Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ticked off his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto over Helsinki`s barring of officials on a European Union sanctions list over Ukraine, the Kremlin said. 

Russia brings forward parliamentary election

 President Vladimir Putin has signed off on a law that brings next year`s Russian parliamentary elections forward by three months, a move some commentators said gives an unfair advantage to pro-Kremlin parties.

World leaders voice relief as Iran, major powers reach historic nuclear deal
World leaders voice relief as Iran, major powers reach historic nuclear deal

World leaders hailed the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, with Barack Obama seeing a "new direction" and Vladimir Putin voicing a global "sigh of relief" -- though Israel criticised it as a "historic mistake".

World breathes `huge sigh of relief` at Iran deal: Putin

 Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday hailed a deal reached on Iran`s nuclear drive as a "firm choice for stability and cooperation".