Vladimir Putin


  • *Russian economy hit by sanctions, oil price fall. MOSCOW, March 19- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday it was still too soon to feel confident about the country's economy, although his ministers said the worst is over. The economy has been hit by Western economic sanctions over the Ukraine crisis and the fall in the global price for oil, Russia's main...

  • Russia's gas talks with Turkey underway - Kremlin Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 2:34 PM ET

    MOSCOW, March 18- Russia's gas talks with Turkey are underway and the Kremlin is hoping for mutually acceptable outcome, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed the "Turkish Stream" gas project during a telephone call as Moscow continues to push for its new undersea pipeline to...

  • Crimea a year after its 'return to Russia'   Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 9:54 AM ET
    Crimea a year after its 'return to Russia'

    With a rally about to get underway in Russia, CNBC's Geoff Cutmore reports live from Moscow.

  • MOSCOW, March 18- Russia signed a treaty with Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region on Wednesday which Tbilisi condemned as a "move aimed at annexation" and the West says could threaten regional stability and security. Russia, which will also protect the borders of the tiny region of about 50,000 people, recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent...

  • MOSCOW, March 18- Russia signed a treaty with Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region on Wednesday which Tbilisi condemned as a move towards annexation and the West says could threaten regional stability and security. The framework "alliance and integration" treaty, signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and South Ossetian leader Leonid Tibilov,...

  • MOSCOW, March 18- Russia may postpone completion of a huge pipeline to bring gas from two new fields to China, three sources with direct knowledge of the plans of export firm Gazprom said, delaying one of President Vladimir Putin's signature projects. The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the "Power of Siberia" project may be put off until Moscow...

  • Euphoria fades in Crimea after Russia takeover Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 2:55 AM ET
    Women walk past an outdoor stage with a banner reading: 'Crimean spring' during a snowfall in central Simferopol on March 17, 2015.

    A year after Russia's takeover of Crimea sparked a wave of euphoria across the Black Sea peninsula, residents are suffering growing hardship.

  • Moscow proposed the undersea pipeline, which envisages piping gas to a hub on the Turkish-Greek border, after abandoning South Stream, through which it aimed to deliver to Europe while bypassing Ukraine.

  • *Greece could run out of cash within weeks. ATHENS, March 17- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has requested a meeting with top European leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel at this week's EU summit, a Greek official said on Tuesday, as Athens insisted it would not be' blackmailed' over its debt crisis. With tensions still running high, Greece...

  • Euphoria fades in Crimea after a year of Russian rule Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 9:10 AM ET

    *Russia annexed Crimea after sending in forces, referendum. Russia's flag is flying across Crimea on the anniversary of what President Vladimir Putin calls the region's historic "return home" after Russian troops seized control of it from Ukraine and the people backed annexation in a referendum. Life was hard when Crimea was part of Ukraine but it is proving no...

  • Kremlin rules out handing back Crimea to Ukraine Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 5:58 AM ET

    MOSCOW, March 17- Russia said on Tuesday it would not hand back Crimea to Ukraine, despite warnings by the United States and European Union that they will not drop sanctions over the Black Sea peninsula's annexation a year ago. Moscow has said repeatedly it will not return it to Ukraine. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday Washington would...

  • A crucial week for Russia   Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 5:40 AM ET
    A crucial week for Russia

    The U.S. and Europe have warned Russia of possible further sanctions if it fails to stick to a cease-fire. CNBC's Geoff Cutmore reports on the latest.

  • Putin's 10-day absence is damaging: Pro   Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 7:33 PM ET
    Putin's 10-day absence is damaging: Pro

    Andrei Illarionov, senior fellow at Cato Institute, says Russian president Putin's 10 unexplained days out of public view has caused "substantial damage" to public perception that he is a strong leader.

  • Russia needs oil at $102 to survive: Strategist Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 5:57 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on March 5. 2015.

    Russia is trouble thanks to low oil prices, Jeff Saut, chief investment strategist at Raymond James, told CNBC.

  • Bussey calls Putin's absence 'odd'   Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 3:18 PM ET
    Bussey calls Putin's absence 'odd'

    John Bussey, The Wall Street Journal, weighs in on the intrigue over Vladimir Putin with CNBC's Steve Liesman.

  • Investing in Russia ETF   Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 2:40 PM ET
    Investing in Russia ETF

    The largest Russia exposed ETF has been down more than four percent since rumors on Vladimir Putin began. Jeff Saut, Raymond James, weighs in on rumors.

  • Nearly 1 million protest in Brazil   Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 1:21 PM ET
    Nearly 1 million protest in Brazil

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera provides insight to protests in Brazil over discontent with the re-elected President Dilma Rousseff. Also, video of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro addressing his supporters.

  • Putin reappears & Varoufakis' middle finger   Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 12:24 PM ET
    Putin reappears & Varoufakis' middle finger

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports the top headlines around the globe, including a picture of the Greek FM Yanis Varoufakis giving Germany the middle finger before he was finance minister.

  • STRELNA, Russia, March 16- Russian President Vladimir Putin reappeared on Monday after 10 unexplained days out of public view, laughing off the "gossip" over his health that had erupted during his absence. Putin's return to public view coincided with Russia's biggest military exercises since ties with the West sank to a post-Cold War low over the Ukraine crisis.

  • Vladimir Putin reappears in public, no answers   Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 10:35 AM ET
    Vladimir Putin trappears in public, no answers

    CNBC's Geoff Cutmore reports on speculation about Vladimir Putin's absence after a mysterious 11-day absence.