Black Sea & President Vladimir Putin

The Black Sea is bounded by Europe, Anatolia and the Caucasus and is ultimately connected to the Atlantic Ocean via the Mediterranean and the Aegean seas and various straits. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (born 7 October 1952) is a Russian politician who has been the President of Russia since 7 May 2012. Putin previously served as President from 2000 to 2008, and as Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. Putin was also previously the Chairman of United Russia political party. 5.0/5

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TOKYO - Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday, cheered by a rise on Wall Street and a sense that Ukraine tensions are easing, but trading was muted by holidays. KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.7 percent to 24,974.03 and China's Shanghai Composite rose 0.8 percent to 2,224.31. Japan's Nikkei 225 was off 0.1 percent at 15,293.91 while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.4 percent to 5,569.70. South Korean markets were closed for a holiday and trading was subdued in Japan because of the Obon holidays, during which major companies slumber. EASING TENSIONS: Sentiment was helped by Russia's President Vladimir Putin appearing to tone down his rhetoric on situation in Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels are waging an insurgency in Ukraine's east. In addressing hundreds of lawmakers Thursday in the Black Sea resort of Yalta in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia from Ukraine in March, he said Russia's goal was "to stop bloodshed in Ukraine as soon as possible." ANALYST TAKE: Desmond Chua, market a . ...
G7 Leaders Threaten Hard-hitting Sanctions On Russia The United States and its allies used the first Group of Seven (G7) meeting without Russia in 17 years to condemn Moscow’s actions in Ukraine and threaten hard-hitting sanctions if President Vladimir Putin does not help restore stability. Meeting in Brussels rather than the Black Sea resort of Sochi – a snub to Russia which was supposed to have hosted the G8 – Western powers and Japan delivered strong rhetoric, even if the EU’s commitment to further sanctions remains in doubt. “We are united in condemning the Russian Federation’s continuing violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” the United States, Germany, Japan, France, Britain, Italy and Canada said in a joint statement. “Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, and actions to destabilize eastern Ukraine, are unacceptable and must stop.” That message was reinforce by President Barack Obama, who said Russia’s economy was already suffering and would only ...
President Vladimir Putin is trying to transform Crimea into the Singapore of the Black Sea. That effort so far has cost Russia’s newest republic its entire banking system and all three of its McDonald’s.
Russian President Vladimir Putin spent on construction of a personal private residence the money, which in 2005 was allocated for the construction and equipping of 15 high-tech hospitals across Russia. Reported by ZN.UA citing a study by Reuters. The place that is known as "Putin's Palace", is located on the Black Sea shore in southern Russia. The mansion was built in the neoclassical style and is equipped with a helipad. According to the investigation of Reuters, the construction was funded by two prosperous man of Putin's entourage - Nikolai Shamalov and Dmitry Gorelov. They sold medical equipment to Russia for at least $195 million and, according to the banking documents studied by Reuters, the amount of 84 million dollars was transferred to accounts in Swiss banks. The documents also indicate that at least 35 million euros (48.7 million dollars) from these accounts were transferred to the account of a company that has been involved in the construction of "Putin's Palace". As you know, in 2005, during ...
SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (AP) — On a triumphant visit Friday to Crimea, President Vladimir Putin hailed Russia’s annexation of the Black Sea peninsula as he celebrated Victory Day, the most important day in the Russian calendar.
NEW: President Vladimir Putin just traveled to Crimea on his first trip to the Black Sea region since its annexation.
MOSCOW -- Russia's top Islamic cleric has protested a provincial court order to declare a translation of the Quran as extremist and to destroy it. Ravil Gainutdin, the head of the Council of Muftis of Russia, said in an open letter to President Vladimir Putin released Monday that the ruling was "illiterate" and "provocative." The Quran is available in Russian translation, but the court last week ruled that the translation by Elmir Kuliyev published in Saudi Arabia in 2002 violated federal law banning extremist materials. Gainutdin said that the "Russian Muslims were appalled by the neglect of law shown by the court" in the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk and demanded that the verdict be revoked. He said the court's order to destroy the Muslim holy book was particularly outrageous.
Russia Creates Ministry For Crimean Affairs Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday Russia would launch a new ministry specially for the newly-absorbed regions of Crimea and Sevastopol. “I believe it is feasible to form a separate federal body with the executive branch of the government in dealing with the issues of Crimea and Sevastopol,” Medvedev said at a top level government meeting in Simferopol, capital of Crimea. Medvedev was the first Russian leader to visit Crimea since the Black Sea peninsula became part of Russia on March 18. He listed energy independence of the peninsula from Ukraine and upgrading of local tourism infrastructure as the most urgent tasks in these two regions. “Development of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol has become our state priority. The task will require significant efforts,” Medvedev said, adding President Vladimir Putin had signed two decrees on formation of the Ministry for the Crimean Affairs. Oleg Savelyev, 48, who served as a deputy minist ...
Closer ties with neighboring Russia. Ukrain gains independence Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law documents that officially made the Black Sea peninsula part of the Russian territory despite condemnation from the West and the new Ukrainian government. Recently Russia’s Foreign Ministry accused Ukraine of barring the crew of the Russian airline, Aeroflot, from leaving their planes at Ukrainian airports, The ministry added that the decision violates aviation and international law and ultimately poses a threat to the safety of passengers as the crew members cannot rest properly.
Russia's Defence Minister says that all Ukrainian servicemen loyal to Kiev have left Crimea and all military installations on the Black Sea peninsula are under Russian control, Interfax news agency has reported. Sergei Shoigu said on Friday that he told President Vladimir Putin to return Ukrainian military vessels and airplanes which belong to forces that did not show their allegiance toward Russia. Putin congratulated the Russian armed forces for their role in the takeover of Crimea, saying they had showed the new capacities of the Russian army. "The recent events in Crimea were a serious test. They demonstrated the new capacities of our armed forces in terms of quality and the high moral spirit of the personnel," he said, quoted by Russian news agencies. The Russian President ordered troops to assemble by the border with Ukraine, a move denounced by US President Barack Obama. Obama urged Russia to pull back troops from the Ukrainian border, saying it was out of the ordinary and called on Moscow to begin ...
BELBEK AIRBASE - Russian troops used armoured vehicles, automatic gunfire and stun grenades on Saturday to seize a Ukrainian airbase in Crimea a day after President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula. Ukrainian forces also abandoned a Naval Base after attacks by pro-Russian protesters, and had to surrender two flagship vessels to Russian forces. The facilities at Belbek and Novofedorovka had been among the last still under Ukrainian control after Moscow's armed takeover and subsequent annexation of Crimea, which has a majority ethnic Russian population and harbours one of Russia's biggest Naval Bases at Sevastopol.
Russia’s Federation Council approves Crimea reunion Russia’s upper house of parliament has voted in favor of a treaty that officially makes Ukraine’s strategic Black Sea peninsula of Crimea part of the Russian Federation. The 155 senators present at the Friday session of Russia’s Federation Council unanimously approved the treaty which had been signed by President Vladimir Putin on March 18. “We have been not witnesses but participants in the historical events that happened in recent days and with a feeling of dignity, responsibility and patriotism, we have fulfilled our historic mission too,” said Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of the Russian council following the vote. In a similar move on Thursday, the State Duma, Russia’s lower house, overwhelmingly approved the treaty to rejoin Crimea with Russia. On March 19, Russia’s Constitutional Court unanimously ruled that a treaty reunifying the Ukrainian breakaway region of Crimea with Russia is lawful. Speaking at the Friday parliament ses ...
ONE MUST WONDER WHY AND FOR WHAT REASON WAS NATO CREATED Are tougher sanctions in store for Russia? Mar 22nd 2014 7:29AM 15 Bloomberg via Getty Images Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, pauses while addressing a meeting of Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) during Russia Business Week in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Putin, facing the weakest economic outlook in four years and forecasts of surging capital outflows, is defying Western threats of sanctions and pressing ahead with plans to absorb Crimea, a predominantly Russian-speaking region that houses the Black Sea Fleet. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. sanctions against a Russian bank and the Kremlin's inner circle have pinched Moscow, but if the goal is to get President Vladimir Putin to roll his forces out of Crimea or prevent him from doing any more land grabs, their effectiveness remains in doubt. Putin has mocked the punitive steps President Barack Obama has taken ...
Russia's President Vladimir Putin and the speakers of the country's upper and lower houses of Parliament signed a deal today that formally annexes Ukraine's Crimea region. Russia's upper house of Parliament unanimously approved the ratification of the treaty today, a day after the lower house, the State Duma, overwhelmingly passed it. Russia's moves to annex Crimea, following a contested weekend referendum in the Black Sea peninsula, have turned a confrontation with Europe and the United States into the biggest crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War. ~ CNN
Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a law formally annexing Crimea, as the EU announces new sanctions against key officials. top of this, Crimea hosts three huge solar power plants. The shopping list in east and south Ukraine is even longer. These regions are said to contain 45 trillion cubic metres of gas out of Ukraine’s estimated reserves of 49 trillion. They also contain: export terminals in port of Odessa; military ship building yards in Nikolayev; an oil refinery; chemical plants; grain export silos; hydro-electric plants; two of the largest nuclear power stations in Europe; lots of magnesium, coal, and iron ore. We can add that Putin would save $20 billion by building his South Stream gas pipeline overland through Crimea instead of under the Black Sea to Bulgaria. According to some Kremlin insiders, the Crimea operation has been six years in the planning. It is hard to put a dollar amount on the existing and potential assets in these regions, let alone on their strategic and ideological value. ...
Rosja imperium zla. Ukraine’s Western-backed interim prime minister has accused Moscow of using all its means to harm his country following the annexation of the strategic Black Sea peninsula of Crimea into the Russian Federation. “It is clear that the Russian Federation will use all means to destroy Ukraine as a state. These are political, economic, diplomatic and military means. This is why we devised a plan of reaction on each situation,” Arseniy Yatsenyuk told journalists in Kiev on Friday after returning from a European Union summit in Brussels. Yurii Klymenko, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations, has said his country is seeking a peaceful end to the crisis with Russia, despite worrying signals about the Kremlin's plans. Meanwhile, Vitaly Klitschko, a former professional boxer and leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform party, has urged the United States to impose tougher sanctions on Russia. "We expect tougher economic sanctions against Russia from the US. Not only in . ...
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Ukraine youth mobilise against 'Russian aggressors' in Crimea Young men and women in the nationalist heartland of western Ukraine are signing up to defend their country from what they call "Russian aggressors" who have taken over Crimea. "I'm a high-ranking Judoka and can shoot well," said Tetiana Turtshina as she waited outside her local police station in the pro-European city of Lviv. The owner of an advertising agency, Turtshina supports the call-up of volunteers that has come ahead of Sunday's referendum in Crimea on joining the Russian Federation, two weeks after pro-Kremlin forces seized the Black Sea peninsula. "There are many volunteers like me. It's a duty for everyone," said the burly 30-year-old. "I cannot look on as my country is torn apart," she said, amid growing concern that Ukraine could split after a new West-leaning government in Kiev ousted a pro-Moscow regime which had support in the country's Russian-speaking regions. In Lviv Russia's President Vladimir Putin is often compared to Nazi ...
Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine accused Russia on Saturday of invading a region bordering Crimea and vowed to use "all necessary measures" to ward off an attack that came on the eve of the peninsula's breakaway vote. Related Stories Crimea edges closer to vote, as US-Russia talks fail AFP Ukraine mobilises army as West warns Russia AFP World powers warn Russia against Crimea 'annexation' AFP Kerry: US won't recognize Crimea vote Associated Press Crimea votes for independence as US and Russia clash AFP The dramatic escalation of the most serious East-West crisis since the Cold War set a tense stage for the referendum on Crimea's secession from Ukraine in favour of Kremlin rule -- a vote denounced by both the international community and Kiev. The predominantly Russian-speaking Black Sea region of two million people was overrun by Kremlin-backed troops days after the February 22 fall in Kiev of a Moscow-backed regime and the rise of nationalist leaders who favour closer ties with the West. President Vladimir Putin defe ...
Russia's President Vladimir Putin will not make a decision on Ukraine until after Crimea referendum, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said today. Sunday's vote on Crimea — Ukraine's strategic Black Sea peninsula of 2 million people — is widely expected to back secession and, potentially, annexation with Russia, Associated Press reports.
(Reuters) - Only five days ago, Tatars of Ukraine's Crimea came out in their thousands, chanting Allahu Akbar in a show of loyalty to the new authorities in Kiev and opposition to separatist demands by the region's Russian ethnic majority. But now, with Moscow's military forces having unexpectedly seized control, the indigenous Muslim people of the isolated Black Sea peninsula have all but vanished from the public square, keeping their heads down to avoid being sucked into war. "If there is a conflict, as the minority, we will be the first to suffer," said Usein Sarano, 57, as the midday call to prayer rung out from the 16th-century stone minarets of Bakhchisaray, once an ancient Tatar capital. "We are scared for our families, for our children. This could be a new Yugoslavia." Back on Wednesday, thousands of Tatars turned out in the streets of Simferopol, the regional capital, marching in favor of Kiev's new government at a counter demonstration to one held by Russian separatists. Some people were hurt in ...
Russian warships cross Bosphorus into Black Sea: report Istanbul (AFP) March 04, 2014 - Two Russian warships crossed Turkey's Bosphorus Strait Tuesday headed towards the Black Sea, Turkish media reported as Russia and the West were locked in a standoff over Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. Turkey's state-run Anatolia news agency, carrying a picture of one of the warships, said Russia had "summoned" the vessels back to its Black Sea Fleet to strengthen its military presence in Crimea. A Ukrainian vessel was also seen crossing the Dardanelles Strait off Turkey's west coast and was expected to enter the Black Sea, the agency said. The Turkish military said that it scrambled eight F-16 jets on Monday after a Russian spy plane was detected flying parallel to its Black Sea coast. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke on the phone late Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and said it was the responsibility of Ukrainians to resolve their country's crisis. Erdogan also emphasized that the "instabi ...
View this e-mail as a web page • Established in September 2001 • 4.8 Million Members Served • Largest Prayer Movement For Our Nation Obama, Kerry Strategize over Russian Military Intervention in Ukraine The U.S. and European leaders stepped up their denunciations of Moscow’s move to seize the autonomous region that remains home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet despite Ukrainian independence in 1991. There are also reports that partisans, possibly aided by Moscow, are on the move elsewhere in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking east. Secretary of State John Kerry, who has described Moscow’s military intervention in the Crimea an "incredible act of aggression," will travel to Ukraine’s capital on Tuesday to meet with the country’s embattled government. Over the weekend, President Obama spent nearly 90 minutes on the phone with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, voicing his deep concern over Russian military movements. He said ’there will be costs’ to Russian intervention there. President Obama is ...
RUSSIA NAVY SHIP IN CUBA 200 MILES FROM FLORIDA President Vladimir Putin has launched a massive military modernization program and sought to demonstrate Russia’s global reach by sending navy ships to the Mediterranean, Latin America and other areas. Why did Russia send spy ship to Cuba?: No word from Communist nation as armed vessel docks in Havana. Neither Communist Cuba nor its state media explained why the vessel visited the island, but its arrival was reminiscent of the Cold War era, when the former Soviet Union was Cuba’s biggest ally and benefactor. The Viktor Leonov CCB-175 intelligence ship docked near the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, in Havana’s cruise ship area, AFP reported. The warship is 91.5 metres long and 14.5 meters wide. It was commissioned in 1988 — three years before the collapse of the Soviet Union — and is used for gathering intelligence. According to AFP, it went into service in the Black Sea, but was transferred to Russia’s northern fleet seven years later. The Vishnya . ...
Ukraine mobilizes after Putin's 'declaration of war' Sun, Mar 02 12:08 PM EST By Natalia Zinets and Alissa de Carbonnel KIEV/BALACLAVA, Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically, after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbor, creating Moscow's biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War. "This is not a threat: this is actually the declaration of war to my country," Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, head of a pro-Western government that took power when Russian ally Viktor Yanukovich fled last week, said in English. Putin obtained permission from his parliament on Saturday to use military force to protect Russian citizens in Ukraine, spurning Western pleas not to intervene. Russian forces have already bloodlessly seized Crimea - an isolated Black Sea peninsula where Moscow has a Naval Base. On Sunday they surrounded several small Ukrainian military outposts there and demanded the Ukra ...
MOSCOW – Russian lawmakers unanimously approved a request by President Vladimir Putin to send armed forces to Ukraine to protect ethnic Russians there and secure the Black Sea Fleet and other military installations in Ukraine’s Crimea region.
Recent developments in Ukraine were expected after a stand-off of many weeks between soldiers aligned to the pro-Russia government and the pro-EU protestors. Ukraine is a strategic country for the natural gas pipeline from Russia to the European Union. Ukraine could become a new NATO, which could make Russia particularly unhappy. There is a widely held belief that President Vladimir Putin of Russia is orchestrating the chaos in order to force a split within Ukraine. Russia’s military interests in the Crimea in southern Ukraine, where its Black Sea Fleet has its headquarters, also motivate Russia to retain some form of control. Who is the main loser in Ukraine? Russia? Will Ukraine become an EU member?
Sochi Olympics concludes Flushed with pride after a spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrates 17 days of sport-driven global unity on Sunday night with a farewell show that hands off the Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea. The closing ceremony, a farewell from Russia with love, pageantry and protocol, starts at 20:14 local time precisely a nod to the year that President Vladimir Putin seized upon to remake Russia's image with the Olympics' power to wow and concentrate global attention and massive resources. Its $51 billion investment, topping even Beijing's estimated $40 billion layout for the 2008 Summer Games, transformed a decaying resort town on the Black Sea into a household name. All-new facilities, unthinkable in the Soviet era of drab shoddiness, showcased how far Russia has come in the two decades since it turned its back on communism. But the Olympic show didn't win over critics of Russia's backsliding on democracy and human rights under Puti ...
Special Item Putin’s pride, West’s spite A Politicised Global Sporting Event sreeram chaulia THE twenty-second Winter Olympic Games from February 7 to 23 in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi are more politicised than any other global sporting event in recent times. Although athletes from 88 nations have converged in the mountainous Caucasian venue to vie for prestigious medals, the international gamesmanship between a resurgent Russia and a resistant West began much before the official commencement of the competition. For President Vladimir Putin, Sochi is the high-watermark of his long stewardship of Russia. Not since 1980, when the Soviet Union hosted the Summer Olympics, has the Russian Federation gotten a chance to showcase its organisational capacities to the world. The message that President Putin wishes to convey through the extravaganza in Sochi is that Russia is no longer weak, broken or indigent, as it used to be when the Union of Soviet Social Republics (USSR) collapsed in 1991. Putin’ ...
All along the stretch of the Black Sea coast, houses have been pulled down and thousands of people resettled in the Olympic building boom that has overtaken the city of 340,000 people in the shadow of the Caucasus Mountains. For President Vladimir Putin, the Games are a prestige project that will allow him to showcase Russia's ability to organise major events and boost its international image. He regards the event as an important element of his new presidential term as well as a chance for the country, which will also host the 2018 World Cup soccer finals, to show off its sporting prowess.
open amid security scares, arrests - Russia's Winter Olympics got underway on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) with a grandiose opening ceremony watched by President Vladimir Putin, who will be keen to calm fears of militant attacks and move on from a row over *** rights that has marred the buildup to the Games. Putin has staked his reputation on hosting a safe and successful Olympics in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, where a colorful show before 40,000 spectators at the gleaming new Fisht Stadium signaled the start of full sporting competition. "I declare the 22nd Winter Olympic Games open," said Putin, launching an event he has personally overseen and expects will burnish Russia's, and his own, image on the world stage. In an embarrassing technical glitch, one of the five Olympic rings suspended high above the stage failed to unfurl, meaning that the giant structure could not be illuminated by fireworks as planned. The show's creative director, television executive Konstantin Ernst, played down its sign ...
raises after in on as access to resort restricted a month before begin Reuters in Moscow Theguardian.com, Tuesday 7 January 2014 08.34 GMT Jump to comments (1) Vladimir Putin Vladimir Putin attends an ice hockey match in Sochi as part of preparations for the Winter Olympics. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/Ria Novosti/Pool/EPA Russian forces have gone on combat alert in Sochi and tightened restrictions on access to the Black Sea resort as part of measures by President Vladimir Putin to ensure security at next month's Winter Olympics. Aware that the success or failure of the Sochi Games will help shape his legacy, Putin has increased security in Russia following two suicide bomb attacks in the southern city of Volgograd, in which at least 34 people died. Moscow's most wanted man, the Chechen insurgent leader Doku Umarov, has urged militants seeking an Islamic state in Russia's south to use "maximum force" to prevent the Games going ahead. "From 7 January, all divisions responsible for ensuring the security of ...
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The russians warned us about that guy (Boston islamic bomber),,, we should have listened . Then... Maybe we should listen ,,now !! .MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police rounded up 300 people at a Muslim prayer room in Moscow on Friday after President Vladimir Putin ordered a crackdown on radical Islamists ahead of next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi. Putin has put security forces on high alert to safeguard the Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, which lies near to mainly Muslim southern provinces where Russia is battling an Islamist insurgency that has targeted Moscow. "We must fight back hard against extremists who, under the banners of radicalism, nationalism and separatism, are trying to split our society," Putin said. "The policy in the fight against corruption, crime and the insurgency has to be carried out harshly and consistently," Putin told a meeting of security force officers. "The situation in the North Caucasus should be kept under particular control." Friday's raid, the third targeting Musl ...
President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered the Russian army to carry out a large-scale naval exercise in the Black Sea.
President Vladimir Putin wants to turn Sochi, a threadbare resort on the Black Sea, into a polished Russian jewel
Sochi A Point Of National Pride For Putin's Russia by THE Associated Press February 05, 2013 SOCHI, Russia (AP) — One year before Russia hosts its first Winter Olympics, this Black Sea resort is a vast construction site sprawling for nearly 40 kilometers (25 miles) along the coast and 50 kilometers (30 miles) up into the mountains. After arriving at Sochi's new airport, there's no escape from the clang and clatter of the drilling, jackhammering and mixing of cement that drowns out the hum of the sea and the birdsong. For Russia and its leadership, the 2014 Sochi Games is not just a major sports event but a point of national pride. President Vladimir Putin has made the Olympics his personal project and, determined to use them to showcase a powerful and prosperous Russia, has spared no expense to make sure the games are a success. On Thursday, Putin will be in Sochi to preside over a lavish celebration marking the one-year countdown to the opening ceremony on Feb. 7, 2014. "The project is under his perman ...
Gerard Depardieu, the French actor who says he is quitting his homeland to avoid higher taxes for the rich, has received a Russian passport and met with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin has said. Depardieu met Putin, who earlier granted him citizenship, at the Russian leader's residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
mulls expanding pipeline RBC, 04.12.2012, Moscow 10:09:58.The Blue Stream natural gas pipeline, which links Russia to Turkey via the Black Sea bypassing transit countries, could be expanded into third countries, President Vladimir Putin said in Istanbul during a press conference with Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. "Turkey is Europe's energy hub, and diversifying delivery routes linking Russia to its key export markets is a key priority. The Blue Stream supplies Turkey with 16 bcm of natural gas, and there is a chance that we will come to an agreement on expanding this pipeline by extending it, among other options, to third countries," Putin pointed out.
"Separately, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against the overthrow of the regime. Speaking in the Black Sea r…
Al Jazeera English shared the following link and had this to say about it: Russia has detained three officials from the Black Sea region of Krymsk in an investigation into their handling of a flood that killed 171 people in the area in early July, the country's main federal investigating body said. Moscow, eager to deflect any criticism away from Russian President Vladimir Putin, has accused district officials of...
Russia flash floods: 144 killed in Krasnodar region Flash floods caused by torrential rain have swept the southern Russian Krasnodar region, killing 144 people, officials say. The floods, the worst there in living memory, struck at night, reportedly without warning. TV pictures showed people scrambling onto their rooftops to escape. President Vladimir Putin has flown over the region by helicopter and has had emergency talks with officials in the worst-hit town of Krymsk. Most of those who died were in and around Krymsk, a town of 57,000 people. But nine deaths were reported in the Black Sea resort of Gelendzhik with a further two in the port town of Novorossiysk. Russian TV showed thousands of houses in the region almost completely submerged and police said many of the victims were elderly people who had been asleep at the time. "Our house was flooded to the ceiling," Krymsk pensioner Lidiya Polinina told the Agence France-Presse news agency. "We broke the window to climb out. I put my five-year-old grand ...
Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Monday a national day of mourning. Almost 170 people lost their lives in ravaging floods near the Black Sea.
Russia onSunday scrambled to deal with the aftermath of devastating flash floods that killed at least 150 people and swept away homes in the southern Krasnodar region’s worst natural disaster in history. Russian President Vladimir Putin personally inspected the worst-hit areas Saturday evening, the first major disaster since he came back to the Kremlin for a third term in May. Putin compared the force of the water, which trapped people in their homes at night, ripped up pavements and traffic lights and flooded rail tracks, to a “tsunami”. He also quickly moved to address panicky speculation thatthe deluge was caused by an emergency opening of floodgates at a local reservoir, with the Kremlin issuing a statement that Putin had been told it was not the cause of the flooding. At least 150 people died in the disaster, including in the port of Novorossiisk and the popular Black Sea resort town of Gelendzhik where five were electrocuted, a regional police spokeswoman in the city of Krasnodar told the pres ...
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