Russia Will Not Give Up Fighters for Human Rights – Putin on Snowden
Friday, 23 May 2014 14:57
Russia Will Not Give Up Fighters for Human Rights – Putin on Snowden

ST. PETERSBURG, May 23 (RIA Novosti) – The US is to blame for whistleblower Edward Snowden ending up in Moscow, but Russia is not the type of country that hands over fighters for human rights, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

“[Snowden] arrived at our transit zone and later it was explained that no one wanted him … And they [the Ame...

 
Two Slovak contenders for the UN's top job
Friday, 23 May 2014 14:55

SLOVAK politics may influence who will be the next leader of the world’s most important intergovernmental organisation. Two candidates from Slovakia, a small central European country of 5.5m people, are serious contenders to replace Ban Ki Moon as United Nations Secretary General in 2016.

Ján Kubiš (pictured) is presently the UN’s top official in Af...

 
Moscow Ready to Work With New Ukrainian Leadership After Election – Putin
Friday, 23 May 2014 14:34
Moscow Ready to Work With New Ukrainian Leadership After Election – Putin

ST. PETERSBURG, May 23 (RIA Novosti) – Russia will work with the new power structures in Ukraine after Sunday’s presidential election and hopes that military activities cease after the vote, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

“We are working with those people today who are controlling the power [in Kiev], but after the elections, of c...

 
Kiev Could Facilitate Dialogue With Moscow by Paying Gas Debt – Putin
Friday, 23 May 2014 14:24
Kiev Could Facilitate Dialogue With Moscow by Paying Gas Debt – Putin

ST. PETERSBURG, May 23 (RIA Novosti) – Kiev could create favorable conditions for dialogue with Moscow by paying its debt for gas supplies, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during the plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday.

“… They [Kiev] owe us $3.5 billion. Let them pay the debt as a first step in order ...

 
Retooling Economy Must Be Fully Funded in 2015-2017 Budget – Putin
Friday, 23 May 2014 14:15
Retooling Economy Must Be Fully Funded in 2015-2017 Budget – Putin

ST. PETERSBURG, May 23 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s 2015-2017 budget must ensure sufficient financial backing for measures to retool the economy, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

“All measures aiming at technically rearming economy must be fully funded. I ask the Government, while forecasting the federal budget project for 2015 … to con...

 
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