Vladimir Putin

MOSCOW | Vladimir Putin’s annual calendars come out, reaction mixed

MOSCOW — What will it be this year? Vladimir Putin without a shirt astride a horse? Putin posing for a selfie with two jubilant brides? Or Putin cuddled up with a baby leopard? This year, Russians have been given a full range of choice in newly-published annual calendars featuring the Russian leader. Some were delighted, … Continue reading MOSCOW | Vladimir Putin’s annual calendars come out, reaction mixed

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. | At UN, unrepentant Trump set to rattle foes, friends alike

BRIDGEWATER, N.J.— President Donald Trump is poised to redouble his commitment to “America First” on the most global of stages this week. In the sequel to his stormy U.N. debut, Trump will stress his dedication to the primacy of U.S. interests while competing with Western allies for an advantage on trade and shining a spotlight … Continue reading BRIDGEWATER, N.J. | At UN, unrepentant Trump set to rattle foes, friends alike

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