Vladimir Putin

Exiled Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev on Putin’s ‘junta’ and why Ukraine marks its downfall

International— Interview

Exiled Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev, who became dubbed “the Kremlin’s banker”, was once part of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, until he was eventually cast out by the Russian president and took refuge abroad. In this interview with Mediapart, he details how Putin and his close allies, what he calls “a junta which has captured power, all the money and all the institutions of the state”, function. He denounces a system of corruption on a vast scale, including that of foreign politicians, argues why the decision to wage war on Ukraine marks “the end of Putin’s Russia”, and describes French President Emmanuel Macron’s frequent calls to Putin as “ridiculous”.

Putin shows no will to end war in Ukraine, says Macron's office

International— Link

The French presidential office, the Élysée  Palace, has said that during a conference call on Saturday between Russian President Vladimir Putin, France's president Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Putin showed no willingness to end the war with Ukraine.

Putin tells Macron Russia will reach aims via 'negotiation or war'

International— Link

Macron found Putin "very determined to achieve his objectives", including on "what the Russian president calls the 'de-Nazification' and the 'neutralisation' of Ukraine", said Élysée official.

Putin wants all of Ukraine and 'worse is to come', warns Macron

International— Link

The leaders spoke for 90 minutes, with Mr Putin telling Mr Macron that the war in Ukraine was "going according to plan" - to which the French president responded Russian leader was "lying" to himself. 

Putin tells Macron that Russian forces will not target Ukrainian civilians

International— Link

In latest phone call between the two leaders, Kremlin says Russian leader demanded recognition of Crimea annexation, ‘denazification’ of Ukraine as prerequisites to end invasion.

How Ukraine war ended Macron's illusions over 'privileged' relations with Putin

International— Analysis

For a long time the French president placed great emphasis on his “privileged relationship” with his Russian counterpart to obtain diplomatic advances, sometimes without even consulting his European partners. But when Emmanuel Macron met Vladimir Putin in Moscow in early February to discuss the situation in Ukraine everything had changed ... starting with the Kremlin chief himself. Ellen Salvi reports.

How Macron and the West failed to deter Putin on Ukraine

International— Link

Russian leader’s intransigence meant French president's talks in Moscow were a high-risk strategy, say diplomats.

Élysée says Macron brokers possible Biden-Putin summit on Ukraine

International— Link

The French presidential office said late Sunday that Emmanuel Macron held two phone calls with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during which the latter agreed  'in principle'  to a summit with US President Joe Biden over tensions in Ukraine.

Macron refused Russian Covid test over 'DNA theft fears'

International— Link

Before his meeting in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin on Monday, Emmanuel Macron refused to submit to a Russian PCR test for Covid over fears that his DNA could be extracted, sources close to the French president told news agency Reuters.

Kremlin denies French claims of deal brokered in Macron-Putin talks

International— Link

A Kremlin spokesman has described as 'simply impossible' that any deal was agreed between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron during their talks in Moscow on Monday over the Ukraine crisis, tempering upbeat comments by Macron as he visited Kyiv on Tuesday before travelling on to Berlin.   

Putin says Macron talks on Ukraine 'possible basis for further steps'

International— Link

After a five-hour meeting in the Kremlin between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, held in an attempt to defuse the crisis over fears of an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine, Putin said Macron's proposals were a possible 'basis for further steps' adding that Russia 'will do everything to find compromises that suit everyone'. 

Macron says his talks with Putin 'likely to prevent war' in Ukraine

International— Link

The French president has put his credibility on the line ahead of a visit to Moscow this Monday. 

Macron to visit Moscow, Kyiv in bid to defuse Ukraine crisis

International— Link

French head of state will meet Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday, the Elysée Palace said. 

The Online Cold War: foreign hackers and trolls undeterred by virus crisis

France— Investigation

The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has not brought a stop to the activities of hackers and trolls bankrolled by various foreign governments, including Russia and China. In some cases hacking attacks have targeted institutions who are in the front line in the battle against the virus. Trolls meanwhile have been extolling the virtues of how authoritarian regimes have handled the health emergency. François Bougon and Matthieu Suc report.

Macron and Putin talks focus on Ukraine, Syria and Libya

International— Link

At a press conference ahead of more than two hours of talks between French President Emmanuel Macron and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in southern France on Monday evening, Putin said he supported a plan for international talks to seek a resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, while Macron said their discussions would centre on the crises in Syria and Libya because "Russia has an essential role in these situations".