Vladimir Putin

Putin, Lavrov Warn Against Use of Army in Eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Ukraine was "on the verge of civil war" and described the actions of Ukraine's military in the east as "unacceptable".

Putin made the first comment during a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whereas the second was in a call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as RIA Novosti reported.

Putin and Obama urge each other to "use their influence"

Putin and Obama urge each other to "use their influence"

WASHINGTON, MOSCOW -- U.S. President Barack Obama appealed on Russian President Vladimir Putin to convince "pro-Russian groups" in eastern Ukraine to lay down their arms.

As announced by the White House, Obama last night held a telephone conversation with Putin.

Ex-FM Solomon Passy: Bulgaria Is Only a Trojan Pawn of Russia

In the EU there are Trojan queens and Trojan rooks of Russia, but Bulgaria is at most a Trojan pawn, said former Bulgarian foreign minister Solomon Passy. 

Passy was invited to the national TV channel bTV morning talkshow to comment on a recent publication in Reuters, which said Bulgaria was Russia's Trojan horse in the EU. 

President Putin Threatens to Cut Ukraine Gas Supplies

Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine, if the country doesn't pay its debts.

In a letter to 18 world leaders, the Russian head of state warned that Ukraine's USD 2.2 B debt for delivered gas means that supplies could be stopped, something which would affect the European Union as well.

Serbia remains neutral on Ukraine

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic conferred on Thursday with the Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Chepurin and restated Serbia's neutral position on the situation in Ukraine, while Chepurin noted that Russia appreciates the friendship and the principled stance of Serbia.

President reiterates neutral stance on Ukraine

President reiterates neutral stance on Ukraine

BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić has conferred with Russian Ambassador Aleksandr Chepurin "and restated Serbia's neutral position on the situation in Ukraine."

Chepurin noted during the meeting held on Thursday that Russia "appreciates the friendship and the principled stance of Serbia."

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