Vladimir Putin

MOSCOW | Russia to study Israeli data related to downed plane

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted Israel’s offer to share detailed information on the Israeli airstrike in Syria that triggered fire by Syrian forces which downed a Russian reconnaissance plane, the Kremlin said Wednesday. Syrian forces mistook the Russian Il-20 for Israeli aircraft, killing all 15 people aboard Monday night. Russia’s Defense Ministry … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russia to study Israeli data related to downed plane

MOSCOW | Putin: Demilitarized zone for Syria’s Idlib to be created

MOSCOW  — The leaders of Russia and Turkey agreed Monday to establish a demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib region, the last major stronghold of anti-government rebels where fears had been running high of a devastating offensive by government forces. The zone will be established by Oct. 15 and be 15-20 kilometers (9-12 miles) deep, with … Continue reading MOSCOW | Putin: Demilitarized zone for Syria’s Idlib to be created

BEIRUT | The Latest: UN chief: A ‘bloodbath’ must be averted in Idlib

BEIRUT — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 11:45 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is appealing to all parties directly and indirectly involved in Syria — especially Iran, Russia, and Turkey — to protect civilians and avoid a “bloodbath” in the last major rebel-held stronghold in Idlib. He said a full-scale battle … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: UN chief: A ‘bloodbath’ must be averted in Idlib

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia | Putin treats China’s leader to pancakes, vodka at forum

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia— Russian President Vladimir Putin has treated Chinese President Xi Jinping to Russian pancakes in a show of warm personal ties between the two leaders. The two leaders ate pancakes with caviar and had shots of vodka at an exhibition at the sidelines of an economic forum in the far eastern port of Vladivostok. … Continue reading VLADIVOSTOK, Russia | Putin treats China’s leader to pancakes, vodka at forum

MOSCOW | Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gets month in jail

MOSCOW  — A Moscow court sentenced Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Monday to a month in jail for an unsanctioned protest, a move that puts President Vladimir Putin‘s most prominent political rival behind bars and not in the streets for the next nationwide anti-government protest. Navalny’s arrest Saturday outside his home came as a … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gets month in jail

ISTANBUL | In familiar dance, Turkey warms to Russia as US ties unravel

ISTANBUL — Relations between Turkey and Russia are cozy, prompting worries in the West of a potentially critical rift in the NATO alliance. But Turkey’s president may be engaged in a balancing act, turning to Russia as ties with the United States further deteriorate. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin have met at least … Continue reading ISTANBUL | In familiar dance, Turkey warms to Russia as US ties unravel

Political News: Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to Impose New Sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s decision to impose new sanctions against Russia for its nerve agent attack on two individuals in England earlier this year: “The Kremlin continues to export the brutal tactics … Continue reading Political News: Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to Impose New Sanctions on Russia