Putin on ice: Russian president takes a spill
Russian President Vladimir Putin took a spill on Friday as he waved to fans at an exhibition hockey game in Sochi which featured several former NHL players.
The 66-year-old was waving to fans as he circled the rink at the Bolshoi Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi when he inadvertently raced toward the edge of a red carpet that had been placed on the ice. Two of Putin’s teammates on the “Legends” tried to catch him but the Russian leader fell before they could reach him.
The fall inspired a frenzy of posts on social media mocking Putin and his authoritarian rule, and jokingly suggesting that someone would pay dearly for his or her role in the mishap. Putin, by the way, quickly picked himself up after the fall and continued waving to the seemingly adoring fans. Continue reading Vladimir Putin scores at least eight goals in hockey exhibition, then falls on face
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have addressed a wide range of topics in a telephone conversation on May 3 — their first contact since the G20 summit in Argentina last year.
The topics included nuclear arms control, Venezuela, Ukraine, North Korea, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.
Trump, speaking to reporters as he met in the Oval Office with Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, said, “We’re talking about a nuclear agreement where we make less and they make less and maybe where we get rid of some of the tremendous firepower that we have right now.”
Trump said China during trade talks had “felt very strongly” about joining the United States and Russia in limiting nuclear arms. Continue reading Trump and Putin discussed the Nuclear Accord, Venezuela and The Mueller Report, The President who did not talk to Mueller about Putin talks to Putin about Mueller
BEIJING, April 27. /TASS/. Moscow is considering the possibility of easing citizenship rules for all Ukrainian nationals, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a press conference wrapping up his visit to China. Continue reading Russia eases citizenship for all Ukrainians
Seoul, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Russia by train on Wednesday, a day before his much-anticipated summit with President Vladimir Putin. The visit comes as Kim’s recently-feverish diplomacy with the Trump administration, aimed at ridding the North Korean regime of its nuclear weapons, remains deadlocked.
Kim, dressed in a black coat and a fedora, met Russian officials at Russia’s Khasan train station near its border with the North. The official website of the Primorye governor released pictures of Kim stepping off the train and being given the traditional Russian gifts of bread and salt at the station.
Speaking to Russia’s state-owned Rossiya-24, Kim said on arrival that he was hoping for a “successful and useful” visit and would like to discuss with Putin, “settlement of the situation in the Korean Peninsula” as well as bilateral ties with Russia. Continue reading North Korea leader Kim Jong Un arrives in the Russian far-eastern city of Vladivostok, for the summit with Vladimir Putin
Russian Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov called Zelenskiy “the obvious choice“, adding that it was premature for Putin to call and congratulate the new president. Peskov also complained that the roughly three million Ukrainians living in Russia were not allowed to vote. It is unclear if he meant those living in Crimea, a peninsula annexed by the Russians in 2014. Even if Peskov’s three million Ukrainians voted for Poroshenko in the second round he would have had half the votes of Zelenskiy.
Zelenskiy also had two times the votes of his challengers in the first last month, which included Yulia Tymoshenko, a constant fixture in Ukrainian politics; a veritable Evita Peron.
Continue reading No, Ukraine’s New President Zelenksiy Is Not Putin’s Puppet; Kenneth Rapoza Senior Contributor – Forbes