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    Vladimir Putin’s politics of victimhood
    May19

    Vladimir Putin’s politics of victimhood

    Putin paints Russia as the underdog to keep his citizens, like those of Oceania in Nineteen Eighty-Four, in a permanent sense of crisis. When George HW Bush stood to deliver his State of the Union speech in January 1992, he could be excused a swagger in his step. “In the past 12 months, the world has known changes of almost biblical proportions,”...

    Putin and Merkel Talk In Sochi about Iran, Ukraine and Nord Stream 2
    May19

    Putin and Merkel Talk In Sochi about Iran, Ukraine and Nord Stream 2

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has held wide-ranging talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the Ukraine conflict, Europe’s response to the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, and the construction of a pipeline bringing gas from Russia to Germany. Putin said Russian natural gas may still flow to neighboring Ukraine even...

    Putin and Merkel defend Nord Stream pipeline
    May19

    Putin and Merkel defend Nord Stream pipeline

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel put on a rare show of unity Friday defending the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, criticised by Ukraine and threatened by US sanctions. …read more Source: The Local...

    Estonian tennis star Annett Kontaveit beats Woniacki to reach Rome semis
    May19

    Estonian tennis star Annett Kontaveit beats Woniacki to reach Rome semis

    Highest ranked Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit defeated top Danish player and number two in the world according to the World Tennis Association (WTA), Caroline Wozniacki, 27, in the quarterfinals of the WTA Rome masters on Friday, booking herself a place in the the semifinals. The 22-year-old from Tallinn won the match convincingly in two...

    Mueller probes Ukrainian who pitched peace plan to White House
    May19

    Mueller probes Ukrainian who pitched peace plan to White House

    KIEV — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has been meeting over the last year with a Ukrainian lawmaker at the center of a controversial plan to end his country’s conflict with Russia, pressing him for details about interactions with Trump administration officials. Andrii Artemenko told POLITICO that FBI agents had peppered him...

    Germany walks delicate line in its bilateral relations with Russia
    May18

    Germany walks delicate line in its bilateral relations with Russia

    Under fire from some for “enabling” Vladimir Putin with the Nordstream gas pipeline projects, Angela Merkel went to the Sochi summit demanding guarantees for Ukraine. …read more Source:...

    Putin says Ukraine gas transit after Nord Stream 2 needs to make economic sense
    May18

    Putin says Ukraine gas transit after Nord Stream 2 needs to make economic sense

    Russia is ready to continue shipping some gas to Europe via Ukraine after the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is built, but only if it makes economic sense, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday. “Once we launch Nord Stream 2, we will continue to pump gas through Ukraine if it is economically feasible and viable for the companies that operate...

    Germany’s Angela Merkel meets Russia’s Vladimir Putin
    May18

    Germany’s Angela Merkel meets Russia’s Vladimir Putin

    The two leaders discussed Syria, the conflict in Ukraine, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the Iran nuclear deal. Merkel was critical on press and cultural freedom, and a ceasefire breach in Ukraine. …read more Source: Deutsche...

    Merkel arrives in Russia for talks with Putin about Iran, Ukraine and energy
    May18

    Merkel arrives in Russia for talks with Putin about Iran, Ukraine and energy

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday, as Moscow and Europe make rare joint efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal. …read more Source: The Local...

    Russia’s Putin, France’s Macron to discuss Iran in St Petersburg: Kremlin
    May18

    Russia’s Putin, France’s Macron to discuss Iran in St Petersburg: Kremlin

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss Iran, Syria and Ukraine when Macron visits St Petersburg on May 24-25, the Kremlin said on Friday. …read more Source:...

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