Although Russian President Putin has worked to form a strong and lasting partnership with Washington - in fields as diverse as fighting terrorism and exploring outer space - the spirit of goodwill and bilateral relations has not been reciprocated.
A year has passed since the extravagant opening ceremony of Russia’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Thousands, including President Vladimir Putin gathered in the southern city to celebrate the anniversary.
Almost a year after the Sochi Olympics wowed winter sports enthusiasts worldwide, it’s possible to review the initial impact of their legacy. The former Soviet resort city has been transformed into a luxury destination the equal of anything in Europe.
2014 has been a great year for Russian motorsport, with Sochi Autodrome named the best track in the Formula 1 calendar by racing professionals. And Russia’s young driver, Daniil Kvyat, was voted rookie of the year.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has spoken out against attempts by other countries to influence the activities of international sporting bodies, like the IOC or FIFA, as well as boycotting international events for political reasons.
Russian skiers have swept the podium in the women’s visually impaired 5-km freestyle cross-country race on the final day of the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, where Russia triumphed with a total of 80 medals, including 30 gold.
In an exciting face off with rival team Russia, the United States has defended its champion status in Paralympics sled hockey. Russia however continues to dominate day 8 at the Sochi games, securing another 6 medals.
The Russian team turned out a strong performance on the seventh day of the Sochi Paralympics, winning seven gold medals, three silver and four bronze. The gold medals included Men’s Alpine Skiing in Super Combined and Standing Visually Impaired.