Vladimir Putin

President Putin Agrees to Hold a Referendum on Constitutional Changes

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday agreed to hold a nationwide vote to allow Russians to have their say on a raft of changes to the country's constitution on April 22, the Interfax news agency reported. This was announced today to reporters by the co-chairman of the working group on the preparation of changes to the Russian constitution, Pavel Krasheninnikov, quoted by TASS and Reuters.

Ankara, Moscow to hold more talks to reduce Syria tensions

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Feb. 25 announced that a Russian delegation would arrive the following day to resume talks aimed at easing tensions in northwestern Syria. He also said no consensus was reached for a four-way meeting next month between the leaders of France, German, Russia and Turkey.