Vladimir Putin


  • WASHINGTON/ MOSCOW, July 16- President Barack Obama imposed the toughest U.S. sanctions yet on Russia, striking at the heart of Vladimir Putin's powerbase by targeting companies closest to him over what Washington says is Moscow's failure to curb violence in Ukraine.

  • BRASILIA, July 16- Rosneft Oil Co Chief Executive Officer Igor Sechin said on Wednesday that U.S. sanctions on the Russian state-controlled energy company are illegal because it has no role in the crisis in Ukraine.

  • BRASILIA, July 16- Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday that U.S. sanctions will take relations with Russia to a "dead end" and damage U.S. business interests in his country.

  • WASHINGTON, July 16- President Barack Obama imposed the biggest package of U.S. economic sanctions yet on Russia on Wednesday, hitting Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft and other energy, financial and defense firms, with what he called significant but targeted penalties.

  • Russia tries energy diplomacy close to US shores Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 2:55 PM ET
    A gas drilling operation in Cuba.

    Vladimir Putin swung through Latin America arranging energy deals—but that's not the only thing he hoped to achieve.

  • Tumbling car sales in Russia dampen fanfare for new sedan Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    TOGLIATTI, Russia, July 16- To the pounding beat of house music and a triumphant trip down memory lane, the launch of Datsun's on-Do family sedan at Russia's largest automaker on Monday was hailed as a sure success.

  • COLUMN-The Big One: Russia's Bazhenov shale: Kemp Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 7:02 AM ET

    LONDON, July 16- As U.S. and EU policymakers have imposed targeted sanctions on Russian individuals and firms in response to the crisis in Ukraine, Western companies have sought to insulate their own projects from the political imbroglio and continue developing the country's vast oil and gas resources.

  • FORTALEZA, Brazil, July 15- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that the BRICS bloc stood against one-sided economic and political measures by third countries, but that the emerging nations were not seeking confrontation with the West.

  • ASTANA, July 15- Kazakhstan's economic growth eased in the first half of this year, hit by a slowdown in key partner Russia and a drop in oil and non-ferrous metal production, the statistics agency said on Tuesday.

  • *Ukraine denies firing over border, suggests rebels did so. DONETSK, Ukraine/ MOSCOW, July 13- Russia threatened Ukraine on Sunday with "irreversible consequences" after a Russian man was killed by a shell fired across the border, while Kiev said Ukrainian warplanes struck again at separatist positions in the east of the country, inflicting big losses.

  • UPDATE 1-Putin signs nuclear energy deal with Argentina Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 3:06 PM ET

    BUENOS AIRES, July 12- Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a nuclear energy cooperation deal with Argentina on Saturday on the second stop of a tour to bolster trade ties and strengthen Russia's influence in Latin America.

  • BUENOS AIRES, July 12- Russian President Vladimir Putin could meet his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko on the sidelines of the World Cup final in Brazil on Sunday, although no talks were being planned at this point, a spokesman for the Kremlin said on Saturday.

  • HAVANA, July 11- Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to help revive Cuba's struggling offshore oil exploration on Friday at the start of a six-day tour of Latin America as Russia aims to reassert its influence on the communist-ruled island.

  • HAVANA, July 11- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he was hopeful Russian oil company Rosneft and Cuban state oil company Cupet could begin jointly exploring Cuba's potential offshore oil reserves "in the very near future."

  • MOSCOW, July 10- Russian state oil companies Rosneft and Zarubezhneft plan to sign an agreement with Cuban state oil company Cubanpetroleo to develop an offshore block 37, a senior Russian official said.

  • *Russia faces threat of more sanctions. MOSCOW, July 9- Russia's economy is stagnating as data showed on Wednesday that capital worth $75 billion has left the country so far this year following sanctions on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW/ LONDON, July 9- With President Vladimir Putin watching from afar, the head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, launched the world's biggest oil drilling platform in the Okhotsk Sea to warm handshakes with his colleagues from ExxonMobil.

  • After Borat: Kazakhstan sets its sights on America Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 1:00 PM ET
    Mangistau region of Kazakhstan. Oil and gas industry.

    For those interested in putting money into the oil-rich nation, a new directive has made it more appealing.

  • MOSCOW, July 7- Three weeks before Ukraine's army forced rebel fighters out of the strategic eastern city of Slaviansk, their commander made a desperate plea for military help from Russia.

  • RPT-Crimea euphoria fades for some Russians Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    MOSCOW, July 6- When she was asked to give up a day's pay to help Crimea, Russian hospital therapist Tatyana could not hide her anger- why should she subsidise others when struggling to make ends meet herself?