Asia Observer

Putin says New EU sanctions odd, Russia will consider safe alternatives, won harm itself

The latest list of sanctions looks “quite odd” in view of the peace drive including a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said as the EU’s restricting measures came into force Friday.

Speaking after a meeting of the Shanghai Coop

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Putin has more admirers than the west might think

Russia has found out who its friends are recently – and thanks to some old resentments, that includes India and China
Report by Timothy Garton Ash. Picture - President Vladimir Putin with Russia's defence minister Sergei Shoigu. Photograph Alexei Druzhinin/AP


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Putin Answers 81 of 2.5 Million Questions During Call-In

President Vladimir Putin answered 81 questions during his annual televised call-in program on Thursday — a tiny fraction of the more than 2.5 million that were submitted before the show began. Picture shows Putin having a drink at the call-in. photo by Alexei Druzhinin / RIA Nov

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Putin declares Sochi Winter Olympics open at captivating ceremony

Audience in stadium and at home led on spectacular journey through Russian history. Report by Shaun Walker and Owen Gibson in Sochi,, Friday 7 February 2014. Photo -  A scene from Friday's opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Photograph Charlie Riedel

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