Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

MOSCOW | Russia toughens its stance in islands dispute with Japan

MOSCOW — Jan 14, 2019— Russia‘s top diplomat on Monday threw cold water on Tokyo’s hopes for a quick return of disputed islands in the Pacific, warning Japan that it must recognize them as part of Russia’s territory as a starting point for talks. The stern statement from Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, which followed the … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russia toughens its stance in islands dispute with Japan

MOSCOW | Russian PM strongly warns US against ramping up sanctions

MOSCOW — Russia’s prime minister sternly warned the United States against ramping up sanctions, saying Friday that Moscow would retaliate with economic, political and unspecified “other” means. The tough message from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev marked what the Kremlin sees as a red line, reflecting growing dismay with announced U.S. sanctions that have sent the … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian PM strongly warns US against ramping up sanctions

MOSCOW | Russian FM tells Pompeo: Russian’s arrest ‘unacceptable’

MOSCOW — Russia’s Foreign Minister has held a telephone call with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in which he complained about the Americans’ arrest of a Russian woman on allegations of being a covert agent. U.S. prosecutors have accused Maria Butina of working to infiltrate political organizations, including the National Rifle Association, before and … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian FM tells Pompeo: Russian’s arrest ‘unacceptable’

Britain boots 23 Russian diplomats over spy poisoning

LONDON /March 14, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Relations between Britain and Russia plunged Wednesday to a chill not seen since the Cold War as Prime Minister Theresa May expelled 23 diplomats, severed high-level contacts and vowed both open and covert action against Kremlin meddling after the poisoning of a former spy. Russia said it would respond … Continue reading Britain boots 23 Russian diplomats over spy poisoning