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#Vladimir Putin

Russia's President Vladimir Putin pictued during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, on February 4, 2022. Photo: Wang Zhao / AFP
Russia's President Vladimir Putin pictue... […]

Putin warns EU nations need ruble accounts to get gas

President Vladimir Putin has warned "unfriendly" countries, including all EU members, they will be cut off from Russian gas unless they open an account in rubles to pay for deliveries
A Ukrainian serviceman stands by the remains of a shopping mall in Kyiv on March 21, 2022 after a Russian attack. Photo: Aris Messinis / AFP
A Ukrainian serviceman stands by the rem... […]

Ukraine war sparking turmoil for world economy: EBRD

The Ukraine war has major economic consequences for energy, food, inflation and poverty, according to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The EBRD's chief economist spoke to AFP about the fallout from Russia's invasion
A banner showing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading "Justice Prevails" displayed on a highway in the Syrian capital Damascus, on March 8, 2022. Photo: Louai Beshara / AFP
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Russia tactics in Ukraine war mirror Syria testing ground: experts

Besieging cities, shelling civilian infrastructure and arranging "safe corridors": the tactics used by Russia in its war on Ukraine mirror those it tested and fine-tuned to drain resistance in Syria's conflict
Video grab released by the Russian Defence Ministry on February 15, 2022, shows Russian tanks apparently leaving for Russia after joint exercises of the armed forces of Russia and Belarus at a firing range near Brest, Belarus. Photo: RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY / AFP
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Russian army, Putin’s favoured foreign policy tool

Whether they have been camped out on Ukraine's borders or moving tanks across the vast country, Russia's battle-hardened troops have made the world listen to Vladimir Putin, who wants to redefine European security
A worker paints over graffiti of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in Saint Petersburg. The inscription reads: "The hero of the new times". Photo: Olga Maltseva / AFP
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The Poisoning of Alexei Navalny – Episode 1: The Crackdown

Who is Alexei Navalny? What do we know about his poisoning? Is there any real opposition left in Russia? And do we have anything to fear from Russia? The answers are to be found in this AFP podcast series
European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell attends a press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) after their meeting. The European Union's highest-ranking diplomat Josep Borrell has repeated the bloc's call for Russia to release anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny.
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EU still smarting over expulsion of diplomats seen at Navalny demo

The tension grows between Russia and the European Union as Russia expells three EU diplomats - from Germany, Poland and Sweden - for their alleged participation in rallies supporting jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
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