Black Sea & 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 served as the second President of the Russian Federation. 5.0/5

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Angela Merkel travels to the Black Sea, to talk with Vladimir Putin: via Ukraine, Syria.
South Stream closed, Gazprom builds new Black Sea pipeline to Turkey Putin: If Europe doesn't want our gas, we will redirect resources, build new pipeline Russia is forced to withdraw from the South Stream project due to the EU’s unwillingness to support the pipeline, and gas flows will be redirected to other customers, Vladimir Putin said after talks with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. READ MORE:
Tide turns against Putin in Black Sea: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attempt to prevent Ukraine from edgi...
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 . ...
"It would be fun to write a bit about Russia's numerous wars against the Turks in order to demonstrate just how Russia intended to reach Constantinople, and determine whether it was capable of doing so. It would be instructive in showing what the Russians could do today, perhaps, now that their economy is once again dependent upon export trade through the Black Sea." - Me, several days ago. 10,820 words and five maps later; "Covered from Vasili Golitsyn's campaign against the Crimea in 1686 to Mikhail Kutuzov's campaign along the Danube in 1811. I might have to break this down into multiple parts." Also now that I've finished part one, conveniently subtitled "Golitsyn to Kutuzov," and my mind isn't so focused anymore, I suddenly realised how uncomfortably hot it is, and how immensely tired I am. Maybe I'll name part two something like "Akkerman to Lausanne," if I can make it that far. Anyway, the key point I want to make now is the abeyance of the contest following the Russian Empire's destruction. For it ...
to in looks to over by saying is ' Share 292 Email Ian Traynor, Europe editor The Guardian, Tuesday 3 June 2014 17.22 BST Link to Barack Obama reaffirms US commitment to Eastern Europe Barack Obama has pledged a billion-dollar military programme of reinforcements in Europe to assuage east European alarm at the Kremlin's expansionist ambitions following the Ukraine crisis. Arriving in Warsaw to mark 25 years since the first semi-free elections in the communist bloc produced Eastern Europe's first non-communist prime minister, the US president pronounced the security of Poland and the three Baltic States, all Nato and EU members, sacrosanct. Kicking off a week of intensive diplomacy in Europe focused on western responses to Vladimir Putin and Ukraine, Obama announced that he was seeking congressional backing for a billion-dollar fund to rotate more US troops in and out of Poland, to strengthen air patrols over the Baltic, and to beef up naval operations in the Black Sea off the Russian and Ukrainian coast . ...
G7 leaders talk Ukraine, economics without Putin at Brussels summit Published time: June 04, 2014 09:58 Edited time: June 04, 2014 11:23 The G7 leaders are in Brussels for a summit which, for the first time in 17 years, will be held without Russia. The sanctions toss-up between punishing Moscow over the Ukraine crisis and potentially ruining trade relations will top dominate the talks. The event was originally planned to take place in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, in a G8 format including Russian leader Vladimir Putin, but the host was expelled from the Group of Eight over disagreement over the Ukraine and the political crisis there. For the next two days, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US will discuss economics, trade and energy security amid the ongoing revolt in Ukraine. Energy ties with Russia are the issue of high importance for Europe, which gets almost a third of its oil and gas supplies from Russia. On the eve of the summit, there have been speculations ...
The Russian President Vladimir Putin says the world should not be dominated by one power as America’s unipolar vision of the world has failed. Putin said that the crisis in has evolved into a full-scale civil war, blaming Washington for backing the overthrow of former President Viktor Yanukovych. Meanwhile, the Chief of General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, General Valery Gerasimov has warned that his country will retaliate against 's increased military activities near its border. He said that the Western military alliance is boosting its presence in the Baltic States as well as the Mediterranean and the Black Sea region. General Gerasimov said Russia would take retaliatory measures to counter NATO's eastward expansion. Meanwhile, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned that is being pulled into a new with the US and its allies. “We are slowly but surely moving toward a second Cold War, which no one needs,” Medvedev said. Tensions between Russia and the have been escalating over th .. ...
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.
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.
Vladimir Putin Rescues Dolphin in Black Sea Sevastopol, Crimea - Pravda.ru reports Vladimir Putin is being hailed a hero once again. The Russian President leaped into the Black Sea to save a baby dolphin that was being chased by a Mediterranean killer whale. The backstory starts in the seaside town of Sevastopol, where Vladimir Putin arrived to access former Ukrainian naval military installations being altered and upgraded by Russian engineers. During the assessment, a raucous on a nearby beach caught the attention of Vladimir Putin. Locals say Putin came down to the public beach area and asked what all the fussing was about. One young boy allegedly cried out, “There is a baby dolphin and a big black fish is trying to catch him and eat him.” Putin borrowed binoculars from another nearby beach-goer and saw the scene for himself. Without hesitating, Putin apparently slipped out of his business suit and down to his boxers and tshirt, immediately jumping into the frigid ocean and swimming in a stra ...
Vladimir Putin rescues a young, injured dolphin from the Black Sea. Local reporters state the dolphin was being hunted down by a killer whale before Putin intervened and managed to rescue the animal from the ocean.
Russia military spending on the up, as US and EU cut costs Russia spends more on arms compared to its GDP than the US and European countries, according to fresh figures released Monday (14 April) by Sipri, a military spending research group. The US remains the world's top military spender in gross terms (€460bn), but its spending decreased by over 7 percent compared to the previous year, mainly because of the withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama confronts Putin in call as crisis escalates Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin confronted one another in telephone talks Monday as a standoff over Ukraine escalated after the CIA chief visited Kiev and a Russian war plane "buzzed" a US destroyer. Russian fighter jet buzzed US destroyer: Pentagon A Russian fighter jet made several passes at low altitude near a US destroyer cruising in international waters in the Black Sea at the weekend, the Pentagon said on Monday, branding it “provocative and unprofessional.”
BREAKING... OBAMA/PUTIN DISCUSS ESCALATING UKRAINE CRISIS... President Obama spoke with Russia's Vladimir Putin on Monday in the latest effort by the U.S. to calm tensions in Eastern Ukraine -- as pro-Russian protesters stormed government buildings in what U.S. officials said appears to be a coordinated effort backed by Moscow. Top Obama administration officials have voiced concern that the latest wave of unrest in Eastern Ukraine is strikingly similar to what happened in February and March in the Crimean Peninsula, before the Russian government moved to annex the region. The White House said Monday there was "overwhelming evidence" that Russia is behind the new unrest in Eastern Ukraine. Amid the tensions, the Pentagon also reported Monday that a Russian jet made several close passes by a U.S. warship in the Black Sea over the weekend. U.S. officials suggested they are looking at additional sanctions, but continued to stress that military options, or "lethal aid" for Ukraine, are not being actively cons ...
The dirty tricks that the USA used to subdue the former state of Yugoslavia will never be tolerated by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine in general and in the Black Sea including Crimea in particular.
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The Allard Pierson archeological museum in Amsterdam is in a bind. Since February 7, it has exhibited “The Crimea, Gold and secrets from the Black Sea,” which it originally billed as “Spectacular archeological finds from the Ukraine.” Now it doesn’t know whether to return the precious gold artifacts to Russia or to Ukraine or to just stay out of it and hold on to the exhibition for the time being. The reason this report caught my eye is that most of the “Gold and secrets” of Crimea come from the Scythians. Originally from what is today southern Iran, the Scythians were a horse riding tribe that inhabited much of today’s Georgia, Armenia and the southern parts of Ukraine and Russia for close to 1300 years, from the 7th century BC to the 4th century AD. The northern coast of the Black Sea was absolutely Scythian. And what’s so special about the Scythians? Well, it turns out that Josephus Flavius, the turncoat Jewish historian who chronicled the Masada saga, had an interesting theory about ...
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.
DRAFT OPED --Differing Points of View (POV) on Ukraine by Walter Derzko Over the past week we have seen a plethora of commentary on Ukraine and Crimea, from the most dark and dire to the more optimistic ones: The Pessimistic Point of View PUTIN'S PLAN Keep Ukraine as a frozen conflict to keep it out of NATO Vladimir Putin is no more interested in what Crimea wants than what Kyiv wants. What he’s doing is simple. U.S. Ambassador George F. Kennan described Russia’s mid-century foreign policy this way: “The jealous and intolerant eye of the Kremlin can distinguish, in the end, only vassals and enemies, and the neighbours of Russia, if they do not wish to be one, must reconcile themselves to being the other.” Russia had been behaving that way long before Kennan figured it out, and it’s still behaving that way today. Vladimir Putin isn’t a communist, but he is a product of the Soviet Union—he worked counter-intelligence in the KGB and spied on foreigners and diplomats in Saint Petersburg—and h ...
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
Ukraine Orders Its Military Out of Crimea Held By Russia: Ukraine said it would pull its military out of Crimea and fortify its eastern border with Russia as European leaders struggled to come up with a unified response to punish Vladimir Putin for annexing the breakaway Black Sea region. Demilitarization “is the best way to de-escalate the situation,” Andriy Parubiy, head of Ukraine’s National Security Council, told reporters in Kiev, while declining to say when the evacuation would take place. “Troops from both Ukraine and Russia” should be removed from Crimea, he said. The withdrawal announcement comes as pro-Russian civilians in Crimea continued to detain Ukrainian military personnel, including its navy chief, after overrunning installations in the region, that’s home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. Ukraine’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov set a deadline of 9 p.m. local time for their release.
Hours after a defiant Russia claimed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea as part of its territory, Russian President Vladimir Putin called up Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to explain Moscow's position with regard to the developments in Ukraine and the referendum in breakaway Crimea.
Tuesday - March 18, 2014 Vladimir Putin seems to have lost touch with reality, Angela Merkel reportedly told Barack Obama after speaking with the Russian President. He is "in another world." "I agree with what Angela Merkel said ... that he is in another world," said Madeleine Albright, "It doesn't make any sense." John Kerry made his contribution to the bonkers theory by implying that Putin was channeling Napoleon: "You don't just, in the 21st century, behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on a completely trumped-up pretext." Now that Putin has taken Crimea without firing a shot, and 95 percent of a Crimean electorate voted Sunday to reunite with Russia, do his decisions still appear irrational? Was it not predictable that Russia, a great power that had just seen its neighbor yanked out of Russia's orbit by a U.S.-backed coup in Kiev, would move to protect a strategic position on the Black Sea she has held for two centuries? Zbigniew Brzezinski suggests that Putin is out to recreate ...
- Antiwar.com Original - - Brzezinski Mapped Out the Battle for Ukraine in 1997 Posted By Chris Ernesto On March 14, 2014 @ 11:00 pm In Uncategorized | No Comments Why would the United States run the risk of siding with anti-Semitic, neo-Nazis in Ukraine? One of the keys may be found by looking back at Zbigniew Brzezinski’s 1997 book, The Grand Chessboard in which he wrote, “Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire.” “However, if Moscow regains control over Ukraine, with its 52 million people and major resources as well as access to the Black Sea, Russia automatically again regains the wherewithal to become a powerful imperial state, spanning Europe and Asia.” The former national security advisor to Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981 and top foreign policy advisor to Barack Obama, Brzezinski wrote that US policy should be ...
Crimea Referendum Poll: 93% Vote For Russia in Crimea have overwhelmingly backed breaking away from Ukraine to join Russia, according to exit polls. The White House has restated its rejection of the referendum in the southern Black Sea region, and has branded Russia's actions as "dangerous and destabilising". There was a turnout of more than 80% it is being reported, with around 93% voting in favour of union with Russia. People waving Russian flags have already started celebrating in the Crimean capital Simferopol, ahead of the official results being announced. Russian President Vladimir Putin had already reiterated the referendum complies with international law and promised to "respect" the outcome of the vote on whether to join Russia. More follows...
Since I'm in a ranting mood let me get back on my soap box and talk a bit about Vladimir Putin. Many think that Putin is insane- he's not. They think this only because they cannot understand what he's doing and that is only because he is not acting the way they would. Let's be clear, Putin is NOT trying to rekindle the Cold War nor do I believe he wants a shooting war but if things go wrong that could still happen. Russia has always been a xenophobic nation but despite this sees it's power and influence tied to its ability to trade with the rest of the world. With Ukraine becoming more aligned with the West, Putin naturally sees it as a threat to Russia but it's compounded by the loss of the Crimea which would be a blow to Russia's access to the Black Sea. Putin wants to restore Russia's power and standing in the world but letting Russia's perceived rivals (if not enemies) hem it in will only work to counter that goal. Acting to defend Russian interests will let the world know where Russia stands ev ...
Good evening fellow Sarah Palin supporters. Though I suspect a lot of people are starting to go ... meh ... some further thoughts on Crimea and Ukraine. While doing some research online, the writer stumbled across a website titled the "Voldai International Discussion Club." essence, this is a global forum set up to discuss Russia. September 20, 2013, Vladimir Putin met with the Club and took part in a panel discussion. People can read a transcript of that discussion here: say that the discussion is informative is an understatement. Also, under the heading the "near abroad," people will find a series of op-eds written by knowledgeable Russian analysts from both within and outside of Russia discussing Crimea and Ukraine: line: 1. Crimea. The Crimean Government has rejected the legitimacy of the interim Ukrainian Government and decided to take matters into its own hands. Crimea will make its decision by way of referendum. Depending on the result, Crimea will decide to remain a part of Ukraine but seek great ...
Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing to “invade Eastern Ukraine” after occupying the country’s Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, Estonia said.
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 ...
CRIMEA IS A DONE DEAL-FOCUS IS NOW ON RUSSIANS IN EASTERN CITIES Along with the news that Russia vetoed a proposed U.N.resolution against tomorrow's Crimea referendum. and the belated news that among other Israelis shot and killed during the Kiev riots, nine wounded Israelis were flown to from Kiev to Russia for medical attention, Reuters, a Zionist related news agency, tells us this: KIEV/SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) March 15, 2014 "Pro-Russian leaders in Crimea made final preparations on Saturday for a referendum widely expected to transfer control of the Black Sea region from Ukraine to Moscow, despite an outcry and threat of sanctions from the West. Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that declared the referendum invalid, as Ukraine's defense ministry said it scrambled aircraft and paratroops to confront a Russian encroachment beyond Crimea's regional boundary. Ukraine's new rulers accused "Kremlin agents" of fomenting deadly violence in the Russian-speaking east and urged peop ...
16th March 2014, Sunday . The people all around the world will witness the reunion of Crimea to Russia... A landmark event which will change the Geopolitical map of the world. Russian President Vladimir Putin has once again proved .. he is the best Ruler. India's strategic and supportive friend will become more powerful by getting the Black Sea region completely under its control. India should be first to officially accept the Crimea Parliament's referendum to join Russia.
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ODESSA, Ukraine – Many people in this port city on the Black Sea spent a sleepless night as Ukrainian commanders in the Crimea defied reported Russian demands they submit and stand down from their posts, until Russian media reported Tuesday morning that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops holding exercises on Russian territory back to their bases. "All people take a deep breath right now," said Vladimir Labunets, 51, a sailor who said he stayed up till 3 a.m. following the news. A day earlier, Labunets bought shovel handles for his son and others who'd mobilized to block pro-Russian activists from storming the Odessa regional administrative building. "If (Russian) troops come here, the people will lay down in the streets to block them." On Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry conferred with leaders from Germany, Romania and Poland in the Ukrainian capital Kiev over the crisis. Dentist Valerya Plotnikova said she also stayed up most of the night watching reports of standoffs at the Belb ...
. The events in the Ukraine, as 30,000 Russian troops are now in Crimea and Moscow is pushes further into the country with its eye on Kiev. The Ukraine has a strategic position on the world map, bordering Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, and the Crimea (to the far south) which sits in the Black Sea, a gateway to the Middle East. The population of Crimea is nearly 60% Russian which gives Putin an excuse to ‘defend’ these people in an unstable situation. Sadly, the Ukraine is particularly vulnerable to Russian aggression ever since it gave up its nuclear weapons. Twenty years ago, the Ukraine had the third largest arsenal on the planet after the U.S. and Russia. In 1994, the Ukraine surrendered its stockpile in exchange for cash from the U.S. to rebuild its ailing economy and a document (signed by the U.S., Britain, and Russia) to guarantee the country’s national sovereignty. Today, this document is all but worthless. Vladimir Putin wants to highlight America’s weakness by ignoring Obama’ ...
could show Vladimir Putin has more than just the Black Sea peninsula in his sights.
I quote: "It turns out that Russia has a legal right to maintain a military force of up to 25 thousand troops in Crimea in accordance with an agreement signed by Russia and Ukraine in 1997, which will remain in effect until 2043. Current Russian troop strength in Crimea is well under the legal limit. The troops are there to safeguard Russia's Black Sea Fleet…… "…..February 22, 2014: An hour after refusing to resign, the Ukrainian Parliament voted, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an unconstitutional action to oust President Yanukovych and that pro-EU forces staged a ‘coup’. Yanukovych departed Kiev in fear for his life. March 1, 2014: During a conversation initiated by the vice president, Biden delivered his ‘atta boy’ with a phone call to newly installed prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk reaffirming US support for Ukraine’s ‘territorial integrity.” All of the above machinations expose an incoherent and corrupt American foreign policy with a litany of US hypocrisy that ...
First Trust's Brian Wesbury clocks in on the crisis in Ukraine: It's a huge week for economic data, and US stock indices just made new highs, but who cares – Vladimir Putin sent troops into the Ukraine and this was blessed by a vote in the Duma. Previously, Ukraine's elected president, an ally of Russia, was forced from office for ordering troops to fire on protestors. That departure was ratified by Ukraine's parliament. These events are tearing Ukraine apart. Russia has moved into Crimea, a southern peninsula of Ukraine on the Black Sea, where Russia has a major naval base, and Eastern Ukraine, where Russia has natural gas pipelines. Many Ukrainians in the east support Putin and there are historical precedents for Russia's move. In 2008, Russia invaded South Ossetia. In 1938, Germany invaded the Sudetenland, which was part of Czechoslovakia. None of these ended amicably. When investors see these headlines, some are understandably disturbed. We're concerned, too, mostly for the people in the region. As ...
Dear friends, You will find the Ukrainian student's appeal to the world community here below. Please spread this among your contacts and inform as much people as you can about the situation in Ukraine! Thank you! To all those whom it may concern! On February 27th 2014, the unidentified armed people captured the House of Parliament of Crimea. Russian military forces blocked the Belbeck airport. The leader of political party “Russian Unity” Sergey Aksenov declared himself as a Prime Minister of Crimea. On February 28th 2014, the activities of Russian military forces in Crimea were strengthened: Russian troops started the blockade of airports, The Crimean department of air traffic services, the State Border Service, Ukrtelecom. Meanwhile Russian Federation refused to perform the bilateral diplomatic consultations with Ukrainian government. On March 1st 2014, Sergey Aksenov declared himself a Chief of Ukrainian military force in Crimea, and appealed to Vladimir Putin for help in “restoring peace”. R . ...
Mutual escalation between the West and Russia over the crisis in Ukraine The capitals of London and agencies ' Quds Al-Arabi ': Tensions yesterday in the course of the crisis on the Ukrainian signed the statements and positions of the two sides exchanged between the Western and Russian . At the field level occupied the protesters are supporters of Russia on the first floor of the building of the regional government in the city of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine on Monday , at the time suggested that the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Senate, the Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday to call the Russian ambassador to the United States in response to threats of U.S. President Barack Obama's recent . In terms of developments in the field gave the Russian Black Sea Fleet Ukrainian soldiers in the Crimea until the fifth of dawn on Tuesday (local time) to surrender . In a move to escalate again , ordered the Russian government to quickly create a bridge between them and the Crimea autonomous . For his part , ...
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 ...
Sochi closing ceremony: Games end with flourish as protest fears melt away Rush of medals for host nation helps buoy mood on shores of Black Sea after most expensive Games in history: His ice hockey team failed to follow the script. But just about everything else went to plan for a watching Vladimir Putin as Russia celebrated a rush of medals in Sochi with a triumphant closing ceremony on the shores of the Black Sea. After spending $51bn (£31bn) to build a mountain ski resort and a cluster of shimmering sports venues from scratch – not to mention the roads and railways to link them – failure was not an option for the omnipresent Russian President. At the opening ceremony a fortnight ago, all the talk was of security fears, culls of stray dogs, last-minute glitches and a giant hydraulic snowflake that failed to open. But by the closing ceremony – which featured ballet from the Bolshoi, music by Rachmaninov and tributes to Tolstoy and Kandinsky plus the usual protocol – the atmosphere was one of pu ...
Midway through, Sochi Games delivering for Putin TIM DAHLBERG(AP) No protests. No real problems. But plenty of Putin. Midway through the Winter Olympics, things couldn't be going much better for both Russia and its president, even if winter is actually missing from Sochi itself. The arenas and mountains are spectacular, the games have been peaceful and protest-free, and Russians seem filled with pride about their country's ability to put on a spectacle for the world to see. Worries about terrorist attacks and fears that *** protests could overshadow the Olympics have faded as the world's best battle for medals on the ice and in the snow. Grandstands are mostly filled, television ratings are strong, and athletes haven't said a negative word about either Russia's laws or the food in the athlete's village. Yes, a heat wave turned the snow a bit slushy and drew bathers to the Black Sea just steps from the main Olympic stadium. But weather is a factor at any Winter Games, and even Vladimir Putin can't do anyt ...
Princess Anne is bored of the rings at the Sochi Winter Olympics Princess Anne was clearly not amused by the three-hour opening ­ceremony at the Winter Olympics. With a pair of reading glasses balanced on the end of her nose, she buried her head in a good book instead to stave off the boredom. With Prime Minister David Cameron absent, she was representing Britain at the Games in Russia. As the athletes started parading around the Fisht ­Stadium in Sochi with their national flags, the Princess Royal was seen rifling inside her bag. She emerged with a book and sat engrossed in it for part of the spectacular ceremony, the most expensive staged. It is not known what the page-turner was, but the 11th in line to the throne could not put it down. It was yet another snub for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had demanded an opening ceremony to make the world gasp after ploughing £31billion into building venues for winter sports on swamp land bordering the Black Sea. The event was certainly eye-catching, ye ...
Western Leaders Shun Winter Olympics Russian President Vladimir Putin will host friendly heads of state from China, Ukraine, and Belarus, as well as Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who headed to Sochi just hours after attending a rally demanding the return of Japanese islands seized by Moscow. But leaders from France, the United States, Germany, and the UK won't turn up for the games (Reuters). Security in Sochi is tight to mitigate the risk of terrorist attacks by Islamic militants in the North Caucasus region. One measure, for example, includes tall fences topped with razor wire along the border with Abkhazia that extend offshore in the Black Sea (AP). Meanwhile, many Russians have expressed discontent over the cost of the Games, the most expensive Winter Olympics ever, as they struggle in an economy that expanded just 1.3 percent in 2013 (Bloomberg).
Sochi Olympics kick off with grand opening Music, dance and plenty of Russian bravado unleashed the ultimate achievement of Vladimir Putin's Russia on Friday — a Winter Olympics to showcase the best athletes on ice and snow that the world has to offer The opening ceremony on the edge of the Black Sea and subsequent games are Russia's chance to tell its story of post-Soviet resurrection to the world, and dispel the anger, fear and suspicion that has marred the buildup to these most expensive Olympics ever. Just after the sun set over the Caucasus Mountains and along the seashore just outside Fisht Stadium in the wet-paint-fresh Olympic Park, Russian TV star Yana Churikova shouted to a crowd still taking their seats: "Welcome to the center of the universe!" For the next two weeks, it certainly is for the 3,000 athletes who will compete in 98 events, more people and contests than ever at the Winter Games. American snowboarder Shaun White is certain to wow crowds in the Krasnaya Polyana resort halfpipe. On ...
  Amid unprecedented security measures by the authorities to secure Sochi for the Winter Olympics, observers have expressed concerns that other cities in Russia have been left unprotected, with law enforcement personnel and technical equipment needed to prevent terrorist attacks having been concentrated in the Olympic capital. Some Russian regions, including Moscow, have announced that security measures will be intensified until the end of the Games on Feb. 23, and that particular attention will be paid to the security of airports and railway stations to catch potential terrorists who may be in transit or are targeting busy transportation hubs. The U.S., which has offered Russia assistance in securing the Games by sending FBI agents to Sochi and Moscow, as well as fighter jets and warships to the Black Sea, also said that a key concern was the possibility of a terrorist targeting locations outside the main event areas. "The biggest issue from my perspective is not the Games ...
Vladimir Putin, hit the ski slopes – flying to Sochi to challenge the mountains that will host the Winter Olympics in February, AP reports. The Russian President was touring Olympic venues in the Black Sea resort where the 2014 Winter Olympics will run from 7 – 23 February. The trip ...
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Bloomberg: Exxon Russia Ambitions Show Oil Trumps Obama-Putin Spats By Stephen Bierman - Jan 2, 2014 As Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin argue over human rights in Russia and the fate of fugitive U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, the countries’ biggest oil companies are preparing to drill for giant discoveries together in the Arctic Ocean. Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) and OAO Rosneft (ROSN) are set to start their first Arctic well this year, targeting a deposit that may hold more oil than Norway’s North Sea. It will kick off a series of landmark projects and cement an alliance begun in 2011. They also plan to frack shale fields in Siberia, sink a deep-water well in the Black Sea and build a natural-gas export terminal in Russia’s Far East. “We have a unique partnership,” Glenn Waller, Exxon’s Russian chief, said in an interview in Moscow. “They have the world’s biggest reserves and we have the largest market capitalization.” The deepening alliance shows the two governments’ fractious ...
In August, Russian President Vladimir Putin flew to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where his country is spending a record $48 billion on the 2014 Winter Olympics. A regular visitor, with an official residence in town, Putin watched mixed-martial-arts contests at Oblaka nightclub with Russian Prime M...
A fantastic story I'd missed: Putin went diving in the Black Sea & re-emerged clutching 2 Greek amphorae he'd 'found' http…
President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered the Russian army to carry out a large-scale naval exercise in the Black Sea.
A few days ago the French actor, Gérard Depardieu, has met the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, in the Black Sea town of Sochi and obtained his Russian passport. The French film star left his homeland to avoid a new tax rate for millionaires. French president Hollande imposed a 75% tax rate on the super-rich. Depardieu's decision to quit France had prompted accusations of national betrayal. In his defence, Depardieu says he has paid more than two million euros in taxes but 75% is just too much even for the rich. Russia has a flat income tax rate of 13% compared to the 75% one France has now. Would you have done the same as Gerard Depardieu?
The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, made a trip to Istanbul on Dec. 3, 2012. Eleven new agreements were signed concerning nuclear energy and economy. Turkey and Russia agreed that, if needed, Russia would provide gas to satisfy excess demand in the domestic market. Three days after the visit, Russia started the construction of the new South Stream project that will bring gas via the Black Sea to Europe, sidestepping the countries in the region it may have political problems with. “The Turkish energy minister was at the ceremony applauding the partnering countries and giving Turkish approval to the project and leaving Turkish interest in the project open as the difficulties on the Iranian supply front make this agreement crucial in the midst of the Syrian crisis.” There different views over it: the reason why Turkey has given its consent to South Stream, a project many believe to be the direct competitor of TANAP, is a difference in vision. Turkey is trying to help diversify gas routes and sources . ...
George Sommers Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin talks to leader of Nochniye Volki (the Night Wolves) biker group, Alexander Zaldostanov -- also known as Khirurg (the Surgeon) -- at a bikers' festival in the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, Russia. At first I was thinking these are the last people (Putin especially) I'd want to upset -- KGB + Russian bikers. Then the over-the-top aspects of it took on a humorous cast and reminded me of of the old TV series "Get Smart" (KAOS). An entertaining photo at any rate.
With its rugged mountain scenery, spectacular Black Sea coastline, and historic capital city, Georgia has a vast array of cinematically attractive locations to entice international filmmakers.
On Monday afternoon, Italian premier Mario Monti and Russian President Vladimir Putin convened a small press conference in the slanting, gold light coming off the Black Sea. They had just met to discuss the European economic crisis as well as energy (Italy is Russia’s second biggest gas client), but...
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 ...
One of Vladimir Putin's former business associates gives more detail than ever before about the palace he says was built to the leader's specifications for his personal use.
Wearing a wetsuit and showing off his scuba diving skills Vladimir Putin collects ancient artefacts from the bottom of the Black Sea as he continues to portray an action man image to the Russian public.
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