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Moscow: Russia to pull plug on nuclear arms pact after US does same

MOSCOW (AP) — Following in the footsteps of the U.S., Russia will abandon a centerpiece nuclear arms treaty but will only deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles if Washington does so, President Vladimir Putin said Saturday. U.S. President Donald Trump accused Moscow on Friday of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty with “impunity” by deploying banned … Continue reading Moscow: Russia to pull plug on nuclear arms pact after US does same

MOSCOW | Putin says US pressure spurns search for dollar alternatives

MOSCOW  — President Vladimir Putin says that Russia has been forced to reduce its dependence on the U.S. dollar because of American political pressure. Putin said at a business conference Wednesday that “it’s not us who set the goal to go away from the dollar. It’s the dollar that goes away from us.” He charged … Continue reading MOSCOW | Putin says US pressure spurns search for dollar alternatives

United States | Russia’s Dangerous Escalation in the Kerch Strait

United States – The United States expresses its deep concern over the incident in the Black Sea that occurred November 25 as Ukrainian vessels attempted to transit through the Kerch Strait. Reports that Russian vessels rammed and fired on the Ukrainian ships, injuring Ukrainian crewmen, before seizing three vessels, represent a dangerous escalation and a … Continue reading United States | Russia’s Dangerous Escalation in the Kerch Strait

MOSCOW | Russian state TV channel airs new program devoted to Putin

MOSCOW  — A Russian state-owned television channel has a new weekly current affairs program devoted to President Vladimir Putin. Rossiya 1 aired the first episode of “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin.” on Sunday night. It stressed Putin’s work to address various crises and to stay in touch with ordinary Russians. Interviews with Putin’s spokesman and the Kremlin … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian state TV channel airs new program devoted to Putin

U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On July 21, Secretary Pompeo spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.  They discussed a broad range of issues, some of which were following up from the meeting between President Trump and President Putin. Among the … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

MOSCOW | Putin, Trump talked about a referendum for eastern Ukraine

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed the possibility of a referendum in separatist-leaning eastern Ukraine during their Helsinki summit, Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. said Friday. Ambassador Anatoly Antonov revealed the discussions amid confusion and concern in the U.S. about what the two world leaders actually agreed upon behind closed … Continue reading MOSCOW | Putin, Trump talked about a referendum for eastern Ukraine

MOSCOW | Russian media suggest Putin-Trump summit a step forward

MOSCOW — Russian media saw Monday’s highly anticipated summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump as a heartening step forward, with the Kremlin leader as the more prominent figure. After their joint news conference in Helsinki, Russia media also took some swipes at U.S. journalists for focusing on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian media suggest Putin-Trump summit a step forward

MOSCOW  | Putin: 25 million cyberattacks thwarted during World Cup

MOSCOW  — President Vladimir Putin says Russian and other security services thwarted nearly 25 million cyberattacks linked to the World Cup. Putin announced the foiled attacks after Sunday’s World Cup final — and just before meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, who is facing growing concerns about alleged Kremlin meddling and Russian cyberattacks on the … Continue reading MOSCOW  | Putin: 25 million cyberattacks thwarted during World Cup

MOSCOW | Pussy Riot upstages Putin with protest that halts World Cup

MOSCOW — Protest group Pussy Riot, long a thorn in Vladimir Putin‘s side, claimed responsibility Sunday for four people who brought the World Cup final to a brief halt by running onto the field dressed in police uniforms as the Russian president and a global audience watched. Stewards tackled the three women and one man … Continue reading MOSCOW | Pussy Riot upstages Putin with protest that halts World Cup

HELSINKI | Finnish brewery creates quirky beer for Trump-Putin summit

HELSINKI — A small Finnish craft brewery is paying a humorous tribute to the Helsinki summit. RPS Brewing has issued a limited-edition lager depicting cartoon U.S. and Russian presidents on its label, with text for Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin saying “Let’s Settle This Like Adults” and “Making Lager Great Again.” The beer has been … Continue reading HELSINKI | Finnish brewery creates quirky beer for Trump-Putin summit

BRUSSELS  | The Latest: Trump says Putin is neither friend nor foe

BRUSSELS  — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s trip to Europe (all times local): 1:10 p.m. U.S. President Donald Trump says Russian President Vladimir Putin is neither friend nor foe. Instead, the U.S. leader calls Putin a “competitor” and says he is representing the best interests of the Russian people as he represents those of … Continue reading BRUSSELS  | The Latest: Trump says Putin is neither friend nor foe

BRUSSELS | The Latest: May says Trump-Putin talks could reduce tensions

BRUSSELS — The latest on the NATO summit (all times local): 11:30 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May says Donald Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin could help reduce the risk of confrontation between Russia and the West. The U.S. and Russian presidents are due to meet Monday in Helsinki, after Trump attends a NATO summit … Continue reading BRUSSELS | The Latest: May says Trump-Putin talks could reduce tensions

BRUSSELS | Trump lands in Europe, says Putin ‘easiest’ of his meetings

BRUSSELS — With Europe’s wary eyes upon him, President Donald Trump launched a weeklong trip there on Tuesday with harsh criticism for NATO allies and predicted the “easiest” leg of his journey would be his scheduled sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin. As he departed the White House for a four-nation European tour, Trump did … Continue reading BRUSSELS | Trump lands in Europe, says Putin ‘easiest’ of his meetings

BEIJING  | Putin, Xi Beijing meeting underscores close relationship

BEIJING  — Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing at the start of a state visit ahead of a summit featuring their two countries and six Asian states. Putin was given a formal state welcome at the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing on Friday before … Continue reading BEIJING  | Putin, Xi Beijing meeting underscores close relationship

SOCHI, Russia  | Merkel meeting with Putin for talks on Syria, Ukraine

SOCHI, Russia  — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is holding talks with President Vladimir Putin in Russia on Friday about the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, the Iran nuclear agreement and a planned pipeline to bring gas from Russia to Germany. The meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi is Merkel’s first visit to Russia … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia  | Merkel meeting with Putin for talks on Syria, Ukraine

Putin to athletes: Ignore doping scandals at Olympics

MOSCOW/January 31, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the country’s athletes to forget about doping scandals when they compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics. As punishment for what it deemed a doping scheme during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the International Olympic Committee has invited 169 Russians to compete under a neutral flag using the name … Continue reading Putin to athletes: Ignore doping scandals at Olympics

Putin: US took ‘hostile step’ in publishing Russia list

MOSCOW/January 30, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday the Trump administration made a “hostile step” when it published a list of Russian businessmen and politicians as part of a sanctions law against Moscow. The long-awaited U.S. publication appears to be mainly a list of people in Russian government, along with 96 “oligarchs” from … Continue reading Putin: US took ‘hostile step’ in publishing Russia list

Putin hails upgraded Russian strategic bomber

MOSCOW/January 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says modernized strategic bombers will boost the nation’s military power. Speaking on a visit to an aircraft-making plant in Kazan Thursday, Putin said the revamped version of the Soviet-designed Tu-160 bomber features new engines and avionics that would significantly enhance its capability. The Russian leader attended the signing … Continue reading Putin hails upgraded Russian strategic bomber

Putin takes dip in icy Russian lake on Epiphany

MOSCOW./January 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken a dip in icy lake waters to celebrate Epiphany, a major holiday in Orthodox Christianity marking the baptism of Jesus. Russian television stations have shown the 65-year-old Putin approaching a hole cut in the ice on Lake Seliger in northwestern Russia and then dunking himself in … Continue reading Putin takes dip in icy Russian lake on Epiphany

Russia, US hold talks about nuclear pact, Putin says

MOSCOW/January 11, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow is holding negotiations with Washington regarding a pivotal nuclear arms pact. Putin said the U.S. plans to re-equip some of the nuclear capable aircraft and submarines to carry conventional weapons has drawn Russian concerns. He noted Thursday that while the U.S. plans don’t contradict the 2010 … Continue reading Russia, US hold talks about nuclear pact, Putin says

Putin toughens penalty for bomb threats plaguing Russia

MOSCOW/December 31, 2017  (AP)(STL.News) — As telephoned bomb threats continue to inundate Russian authorities, President Vladimir Putin has signed a law doubling the penalty for false reports of impending explosions or fire to a possible 10 years in prison. Putin signed the law on Sunday, according to the government information website. Since September, authorities have received false … Continue reading Putin toughens penalty for bomb threats plaguing Russia

Putin voices hope for cooperation with US in letter to Trump

MOSCOW/December 30, 2017  (AP)(STL.News) —In a New Year telegram to U.S. President Donald Trump, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says a constructive dialogue between the two nations is essential for global stability. The Kremlin said Saturday that Putin emphasized in his Seasons Greetings to Trump that Russia and the U.S. could develop a “pragmatic cooperation aimed at long-term … Continue reading Putin voices hope for cooperation with US in letter to Trump

Failed space launches haunt Russia; Kremlin eyes probe

MOSCOW/December 28, 2017  (AP)(STL.News) —Russia’s latest space launch failures have prompted authorities to take a closer look into the nation’s struggling space industry, the Kremlin said Thursday. A Russian weather satellite and nearly 20 micro-satellites from other nations were lost following a failed launch from Russia’s new cosmodrome in the Far East on Nov. 28. And in … Continue reading Failed space launches haunt Russia; Kremlin eyes probe

Putin: Syrian campaign showed off Russia’s military might

MOSCOW/December 28,2017  (AP)(STL.News) —President Vladimir Putin says Russia’s actions in Syria have demonstrated the power of the nation’s modernized military to the world. Speaking Thursday at a Kremlin awards ceremony for soldiers who fought in Syria, Putin says Russia has “made the main, decisive contribution to the destruction of a criminal group that cast a challenge to … Continue reading Putin: Syrian campaign showed off Russia’s military might

Putin foe clears first step in bid for Russian presidency

MOSCOW/December 24, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Hundreds of supporters of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny nominated him for president Sunday, allowing Navalny to file the endorsement papers required for his candidacy and putting pressure on the Kremlin to allow him to run. Navalny, the most formidable foe President Vladimir Putin has faced during 18 years in … Continue reading Putin foe clears first step in bid for Russian presidency

Trump straddles on issue of Russian election meddling

HANOI, Vietnam/November 12, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — President Donald Trump tried to have it both ways Sunday on the issue of Russian interference in last year’s presidential race, saying he believes the U.S. intelligence agencies when they say Russia meddled and Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s sincerity in claiming that his country did not. “I believe that … Continue reading Trump straddles on issue of Russian election meddling

Trump calls Putin sincere, ex-US intelligence heads ‘hacks’

HANOI, Vietnam/November 11, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Days before returning home from a whirlwind trip to Asia, President Donald Trump was back on the defensive over Russian election meddling, saying he considers President Vladimir Putin’s denials sincere, dismissing former U.S. intelligence officials as “political hacks” and accusing Democrats of trying to sabotage relations between the two … Continue reading Trump calls Putin sincere, ex-US intelligence heads ‘hacks’

The Latest: Putin spokesman says Trump chat was no secret

WASHINGTON/July 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times EDT): 4:15 p.m. – The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin is disputing the characterization of a previously undisclosed conversation between Putin and President Donald Trump as secret. The White House confirmed Tuesday that Trump and … Continue reading The Latest: Putin spokesman says Trump chat was no secret

Trump eager for big meeting with Putin; some advisers wary

WASHINGTON/June 26, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — President Donald Trump is eager to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin with full diplomatic bells and whistles when the two are in Germany for a multinational summit next month. But the idea is exposing deep divisions within the administration on the best way to approach Moscow in the midst of … Continue reading Trump eager for big meeting with Putin; some advisers wary