Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump (Source: CNN)President Putin made the request during an official visit in the Austrian capital on June 19th. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz accepted the request and pledged to approach Trump. "President Trump is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month while he is in Europe for a NATO summit," the Washington Post said. The meeting could take place in advance of a July 11th-12th NATO summit in Brussels that Mr. Trump is expected to attend, the sources said. Leader of the US administration is also expected to visit London for talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May on the trip. The two Presidents spoke briefly at the APEC Summit in Vietnam last November, and had two encounters during the G-20 summit in Germany last July. Vienna is the place where the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (the world’s largest regional security organization) is headquartered. It comprises 57 … [Read more...] about Donald Trump to meet Vladimir Putin in Austria
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)Vienna has also reaffirmed its commitment to cooperation with Russia, particularly in the energy supply field, and prioritized the importance of keeping all channels open for dialog. Austria was the first European country President Putin visited in summer 2014. In Putin’s interview with the Russian media ahead of his visit, he said he sees a “positive dynamic” in the development of bilateral relations, adding that they have “enormous potential.” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz also chose Russia as a destination for his first visit after he took up the Chancellor’s post, in what could also be described as a positive sign. During his visit to Moscow on February 28th, the Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurtz, said that "Austria is a major buyer of Russian natural gas and the country ensures its transit to other European countries." The visit is full of symbolic importance … [Read more...] about Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Austria
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo: AFP/VNA)The 7th session of the Russia - Turkey High Level Cooperation Council will be chaired by President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. In the framework of the visit by President Vladimir Tutin to the Turkey, the ceremony of laying the foundation of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant will be held, which will be built on the southern coast of Turkey. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu held a telephone conversation on March 30th to discuss the Putin-Erdogan meeting, the ministry said in a statement. “The ministers discussed a number of pressing bilateral issues in light of the upcoming Russian - Turkish summit,” the statement said. On April 4th, the Trilateral Summit on Syria will be held in Ankara with the participation of President Erdogan, Russian President Putin and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran./. Compiled by BTA … [Read more...] about Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Turkey
When WikiLeaks dumped tens of thousands of often embarrassing internal Democratic Party emails, it didn't take long for the finger to be pointed at Moscow. In many ways, that should hardly be surprising. The distinctly idiosyncratic dynamic between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin has long been a topic of fascination for pundits. Some of the Republican presidential candidate's approaches and statements - particularly questioning the U.S. commitment to NATO - are almost certainly appealing to Moscow. The Russian intelligence services have a largely deserved reputation for excellence when it comes to cyber-spying, not to mention dirty political tricks. And, perhaps most importantly of all, a growing number of Western officials and security experts are increasingly convinced that Russia is doing everything it can to politically destabilize the West. Getting through the smoke and mirrors to work out to what extent that is actually happening, however, is another matter entirely. That's … [Read more...] about Is Vladimir Putin deliberately destabilizing US politics?
President Vladimir Putin opened the Winter Olympics Games in Sochi after a stunning ceremony where Russia sought to convince the world it is a worthy host. SOCHI, Russia: President Vladimir Putin on Friday opened the Winter Olympics Games in Sochi that are inextricably linked with his name, after a stunning ceremony where Russia sought to convince the world it is a worthy host. The high-octane ceremony at the 40,000 capacity Fisht stadium on the Black Sea got off to a rocky start when one of five illuminated snowflakes which were supposed to morph into the Olympic rings failed to appear, leaving an embarrassing set of just four rings. But thereafter the show charmed and stunned in equal measure, taking hundreds of millions of spectators around the world on a lightning tour of Russian history and culture guided by a young girl named Lyubov (Love). In a nod towards Russia's proud sporting past, the Olympic cauldron was lit by two triple gold-winning Soviet winter sports icons … [Read more...] about Putin opens Sochi Games after stunning show