Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is serving a six year term as President of Russia since he was elected in 2012. He topped the 2013 Forbes list of most powerful people in the world.
Putin previously served as President from 2000 to 2008. He was Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. For 16 years Putin served as an officer in the secret service, KGB, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. . From 1985 to 1990, the KGB stationed Putin in Dresden, East Germany, returning to Russia then and entering politics in his native Saint Petersburg in 1991.
Are Trump's demands with regard to Crimea a first fracture with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a friendship that many have surmised? DW put that question to Natalie Carney, who is in Avdiivka in eastern Ukraine at the moment, where violence has flared over the past weeks between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatist rebels…
The two nations back opposing sides of the Syrian civil war, but both are fighting against "Islamic State." Their respective leaders agreed to work more closely henceforth to coordinate military action against the group.
Moscow has decried comments made by Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, in which he labeled Vladimir Putin 'a killer' during an interview with Donald Trump. The US president had repeatedly reiterated his respect for Putin.
There's been an upsurge in fighting in eastern Ukraine. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the clashes have been the most serious spike in violence in a long time. And he urged Russia to use its influence over separatists there to bring about an end to the violence. Roman Goncharenko is with DW's Ukrainian Desk. He first gave Helen Seeney an overview of the situation in the east of the country.