Putin says Trump clever, will understand new responsibilities

REUTERS U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is a clever man and will quickly understand his new responsibilities, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with NTV TV. Putin has spoken previously of his hope that Trump will help restore U.S.-Russia relations, and analysts said he was unlikely to want to dial up anti-Western rhetoric before Trump's inauguration in January. "Trump was an entrepreneur and a businessman. He is already a statesman, he is the head of the United Sta...
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Trump praises Putin on the National Stage again

BUSINESS INSIDER Donald Trump is again under fire for warm comments he directed at Russian President Vladimir Putin, this time calling him a stronger leader than US President Barack Obama at a national-security forum this week. "If he says great things about me, I'm going to say great things about him," the Republican nominee said. "I've already said he is very much of a leader. The man has very strong control over his country." "You can say, 'Oh, isn’t that a terrible thing,' I me...
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Stop the Putin Worship! He’s a Former KGB Thug Working for the Bankers

By Dave Hodges Being a former college basketball coach, I marvel at the skill of a good strategist who can carry out a game plan. Vladimir Putin would have been a great college basketball coach, a masterful poker player, great chess player, a top used car salesman and he is an excellent leader of his country when it comes to foreign policy. Putin has made the Federal Reserve, Wall Street and our government look amateurish. If it wasn’t for the fact that Putin has the potential to be one of...
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The Bear Goes Shirtless for New Calendar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bdBmdo1AWQ A new Russian calendar now allows its buyers to have a shirtless Vladimir Putin hanging around their homes all year long. One of the photos of the "All Year With the President of Russia," on sale in bookshops across Russia, features a picture of a shirtless Putin fishing, reports The Daily Telegraph. Other images show him working out, wearing military attire, and signing autographs for children, but the leader also shows his softer side, points...
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Putin Vows to Further Strengthen Russian Military

 Russia needs a mighty military to fend off threats near its borders, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, in a stance that reflects soaring tensions with the West over the crisis in Ukraine. The Russian leader, whose approval ratings reached an all-time high this month despite a bruising recession, said a "powerful army equipped with modern weapons is the guarantor of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Russia." Speaking at Thursday's Kremlin meeting with graduates of Russian mi...
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Russia to Add 40 missiles to Nuclear Arsenal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNn19Sf3giI President Vladimir Putin has said Russia will put more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles into service this year. It is part of a wide-reaching programme to modernise the country's military. The move comes after the US proposed increasing its military presence in Nato states in Eastern Europe. Nato has condemned the Russian announcement, saying the move amounted to "nuclear sabre-rattling" and was "unjustified" and "dangerous". ...
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Nato condemns Putin’s Nuclear ‘Sabre-Rattling’

Nato has condemned Russia's move to strengthen its nuclear arsenal, saying it amounted to "nuclear sabre-rattling" and was "unjustified" and "dangerous". President Vladimir Putin said Russia would put more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles into service this year. It is part of a wide-reaching programme to modernise the country's military. The move comes after the US proposed increasing its military presence in Nato states in Eastern Europe. Tensions are high over Russia's...
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Russia to Boost Forces Near Western Border in Response to US Troop Buildup

Stationing heavy U.S. military equipment in the Baltic states and eastern Europe would amount to "the most aggressive step by the Pentagon and NATO" since the Cold War, Interfax news agency quoted a Russian Defense Ministry official as saying on Monday. "Russia would be left with no other option but to boost its troops and forces on the western flank," General Yuri Yakubov was quoted as saying. A U.S. official said at the weekend that Washington planned to store heavy military equipment in...
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Jeb Bush: Putin is a “Bully” who only Understands Force

http://youtu.be/70usCx-_K0s The United States should consider sending thousands more U.S. troops along with NATO forces to Eastern Europe to match the strength Russian President Vladimir Putin is amassing along the former Soviet bloc nations’ eastern border, Republican Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Wednesday. Capping the two-day German leg of a European trip aimed at bolstering the former Florida governor’s foreign policy credentials, Bush said Putin is “a bully,” who can only be co...
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Vladimir Putin Criticizes Ukraine Sanctions

Barely two days after Europe’s most powerful leaders presented a common front on Russian sanctions, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia swept into Italy on Wednesday, a pointed reminder that European unity against him is fragile and that efforts to isolate him have brought only mixed success. Mr. Putin has always found a comfort zone in Italy, which has important trade and energy ties to Russia. He began his day in Milan, where he toured Russia’s exhibition at Expo Milano 2015, the world’s fa...
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Putin: Russia Doesn’t Want War with NATO

Vladimir Putin said this weekend that “Russia would attack NATO only in a mad person’s dream.” Unfortunately, there are a lot of mad people working in western politics and media. If the G7 were based on GDP, adjusted for purchasing power, it would be comprised of the USA, China, India, Japan, Russia, Germany and Brazil. Such a lineup would have remarkable clout. Members would boast 53% of the globe’s entire GDP and the planet’s 3 genuine military superpowers would be represented. A 'G7' ba...
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Obama Threatens Russia with more Sanctions at G7

The leaders of the G7 states are ready to impose additional sanctions on Russia, if the situation in Ukraine worsens, according to a joint statement issued by the member states, following a two-day summit in the south of Germany. On Monday, the G7 issued a joint communiqué summing up the results of their meeting. In regard to the Ukrainian crisis, the leaders agreed, “that the duration of sanctions should be clearly linked to Russia’s complete implementation of the Minsk agreements and respec...
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Poll: 59 % of Russians See US as a Threat

US Secretary of State John Kerry had to work his diplomatic best in a rare meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin Tuesday in Sochi. Relations between their governments are at their worst point in 25 years. Good thing there were gifts: tomatoes, potatoes and a "Victory" T-shirt for Kerry; a leather portfolio for Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Even so, the friends-again act looks pretty hard to swallow for many residents in each country. According to a fresh survey by ...
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China & Russia Unite to stop Western Dominance

China has dispatched a convoy of warships for its first ever naval exercises in the Mediterranean, together with a Russian flotilla. The drills demonstrate a strengthening bond between Moscow and Beijing, who – despite having no formal military alliance – see their combined might as a counterbalance to US power. Both countries have been modernising their armed forces, and while their equipment still lags behind top-end Western technology, experts say they are closing the gap. Xi Jinping...
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Kerry Travels to Russia for Meeting with Putin

Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Russia on Monday to meet with President Vladimir V. Putin and discuss whether it is possible for the two sides to work together on a political solution for the conflict in Syria, American officials said. The meeting, which will be held on Tuesday in the Black Sea city of Sochi, represents a fresh attempt by the Obama administration to pursue a political solution to Syria after years of frustrated diplomacy and deepening violence there. It is also a...
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