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Trump, Putin absent for leaders' symbolic walk in Paris rain

Nov 11, 2018 - 11:56 PM

Both the US and Russian presidents arrive separately for the solemn ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, skipping the bus ride and symbolic walk with other leaders

U.S. security chief, Russians in tough talks over nuclear treaty

Oct 23, 2018 - 10:45 AM

John Bolton discusses the fate of the treaty with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and spends 'nearly 5 hours' in talks with Russian Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev

US SECURITY CHIEF. In this file photo, US National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Putin says Khabib doesn't deserve harsh punishment

Oct 11, 2018 - 4:39 PM

Khabib Nurmagomedov, who faces possible suspension over the post-fight fracas, has not received his prize money after defending his title against Conor McGregor

HERO'S WELCOME. Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) speaks with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (right) and his father Abdulmanap during their meeting at the Russia is a Sport State forum in Ulyanovsk. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Russian trust in Putin plunges to 39 percent

Oct 08, 2018 - 10:44 PM

This is the lowest trust rating for Russian President Vladimir Putin since 2014

PRESIDENT AGAIN. Presidential candidate, President Vladimir Putin meets with the media at his campaign headquarters in Moscow on March 18, 2018.  Photo by Sergei Chirikov/AFP

Hugs as Putin touts missiles in India

Oct 05, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Russia's Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hug as they went into talks in New Delhi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on October 5, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Yuri KADOBNOV

U.S., Chinese unease as Putin seeks India arms deals

Oct 04, 2018 - 4:49 PM

Experts say India needs the sophisticated S-400 air defense system to fill critical gaps in its defense capabilities

PUTIN IN INDIA. In this file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of the Indo-Russia Annual Summit at Taj Exotica Hotel in Goa on October 15, 2016. File photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Russian parliament approves Putin's controversial pension reform

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:02 PM

The bill, which still has to go through the formality of a third reading and senate hearing, would see Russian men retire at 65 instead of 60 and has sparked rare national protest, with tens of thousands rallying across Russia in recent months.

PENSION REFORM. Presidential candidate, President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during a rally to support his candidature in the upcoming presidential election at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on March 3, 2018. File photo by Kirill Kudryatsev/AFP

Putin says Skripal poisoning suspects are not criminals

Sep 12, 2018 - 9:49 PM

Putin urges the men to address the media saying there was 'nothing criminal' about them, as he speaks at an economic forum in the far eastern city of Vladivostok

PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 12, 2018. Photo by Kirill Kudryatsev/AFP

Putin proposes Russia, Japan agree to historic peace deal

Sep 12, 2018 - 7:18 PM

Putin's sudden proposal comes just two days after he said that the territorial dispute between Japan and Russia was unlikely to be settled soon

PEACE DEAL? Russian President Vladimir Putin (L), Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2R) and China's President Xi Jinping (R) attend the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 12, 2018. Photo by Kirill Kudryatsev/AFP

Russia launches biggest ever war games

Sep 11, 2018 - 12:30 PM

(UPDATED) The week-long deployment dubbed 'Vostok-2018' is condemned by NATO as a rehearsal for 'large-scale conflict'

Putin 'ultimately' to blame for spy poisoning – UK

Sep 06, 2018 - 5:27 PM

UK Security Minister Ben Wallace on Putin: 'Ultimately he does in so far as he is the president of the Russian Federation and it is his government that controls, funds and directs the military intelligence, the GRU, via his ministry of defense'

PUTIN. Russia's President Vladimir Putin is pictured at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7. Photo by Kay Nietfeld/AFP

Ukraine rebel's murder a 'provocation' against peace, says Kremlin

Sep 01, 2018 - 5:26 PM

Alexander Zakharchenko, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, is killed in a bombing at a cafe in Donetsk, becoming the 4-year conflict's most prominent victim from the Moscow-backed side

SEPARATIST LEADER. In this file photo taken on November 4, 2014, the newly elected leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko (R), takes the oath during an inauguration ceremony in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Photo by Alexander Khudoteply/AFP

Iran, Russia, Turkey to hold Syria summit on September 7 – Turkish TV

Aug 27, 2018 - 6:30 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to Iran to meet with his Russian and Iranian counterparts Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani, state-run TRT Haber television says

ERDOGAN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he speaks during a joint press conference with the Greek prime minister in Athens on December 7, 2017. File photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

A hacker explains Russia's use of cyber warfare in 2016 U.S. election

Jul 30, 2018 - 7:30 AM

'Everything about Hillary Clinton had to be negative and you really had to tear into her. It was all about the leaked email, the corruption scandals, and the fact that she is super rich,' says a former Russian troll


Ukrainian president slams Russian church as 'national security threat'

Jul 28, 2018 - 11:23 PM

Conflict between Ukraine and Russia has exacerbated tensions between the two churches, with Ukranian Patriarch Filaret once saying Putin was 'possessed by Satan'

LEADERS. Patriarch Filaret (L) of the Kiev-based Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (2nd L) attend a religious procession in Kiev on July 28, 2018, marking the 1030th anniversary of the Christianization of Kievan Rus. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Putin says he's 'ready to go to Washington,' invites Trump to Moscow

Jul 27, 2018 - 9:33 PM

'Life goes on and our contacts are continuing despite all the difficulties – the difficulties in the US domestic political life,' Putin says

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on November 11, 2017 US President Donald Trump (left) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Trump postpones Putin visit

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:46 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also goes on the offensive to stress steps the President has taken to show resolve against Russia

POSTPONED. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk as they make their way to take the 'family photo' during the APEC leaders' summit in Vietnam on November 11, 2017. File photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

No military cooperation with Russia in Syria for now – Mattis

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM

For the moment, the only coordination between the US-led coalition with Russia in Syria is through a special hotline to make sure there are no mishaps involving the two sides' ground forces or planes

SYRIA. In this file photo, US Defense Minister James Mattis addresses the press during a NATO defense ministers' meetings at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

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Syrian refugee return must be voluntary – UN

Jul 24, 2018 - 1:08 PM

'It is up to people to... no one should be forced to return,' UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric says following an agreement between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump to work together on the safe return of Syrian refugees

GOING HOME. In this file photo, a Syrian refugee rests on the side of the road as he returns to Syria with his family after crossing the Jordanian border near the town of Nasib, in the southern province of Daraa, on August 29, 2017. File photo by Mohamad Abazeed/AFP

I gave up 'nothing' in Russia summit – Trump

Jul 23, 2018 - 10:23 PM

'When you hear the Fake News talking negatively about my meeting with President Putin, and all that I gave up, remember, I gave up NOTHING,' Trump says on Twitter

HELSINKI SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. Photo by Aleksey Nikolskyi/Sputnik/AFP

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Jul 22, 2018 - 10:51 AM

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SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

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Jul 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

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Croatian supporters react after their team scored in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. AFP Photo

At Trump summit, Putin made 'concrete' Ukraine offer, says envoy

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:02 AM

A US State Department spokesperson tweets, 'To be clear: The Administration is not considering supporting a referendum in [eastern] Ukraine'

TRUMP-PUTIN SUMMIT. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) listens while US President Donald Trump speaks ahead of their meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Russia raids space research center in 'treason probe' – reports

Jul 20, 2018 - 7:30 PM

'This morning, the FSB raided offices of staff at the Central Research Institute of Machine-Building,' which is a subsidiary of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, Kommersant reports, citing sources in law enforcement agencies.

Trump plans to invite Putin to Washington

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:23 AM

Still under fire over his Helsinki summit , the US president says he looks forward to meeting Russian Vladimir Putin in the White House

INVITATION. US President Donald Trump addresses the Pledge to America's Workers event at the White House in Washington, DC.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

FBI chief insists: Russia meddled, whatever Putin and Trump say

Jul 19, 2018 - 12:51 PM

FBI director Christopher Wray says: 'The intelligence community's assessment has not changed. My view has not changed.'

THEY MEDDLED. In this file photo taken on June 18, 2018 FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Democrats want Trump interpreter to testify about Putin summit

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:15 AM

'We want the interpreter to come before the committee. We want to see the notes,' says the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

INTERPRETER. In this file photo taken on July 16, 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and US President Donald Trump attend a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. At lest is Trump's interpreter Marina Gross. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump says he told Putin 'we can't have meddling' in U.S. vote

Jul 19, 2018 - 7:31 AM

The US president has been under bipartisan fire in Washington for failing to publicly confront Putin over the election interference at the press conference that followed their Helsinki talks

TOUGH. In this file photo taken on July 19, 2017, US President Donald Trump holds up a pair of pliers as he speaks during a Made in America event with US manufacturers in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Under fire, Trump says he misspoke on Russia election meddling

Jul 18, 2018 - 7:07 AM

Faced with intense outrage at home, and even allies demanding he reverse course, Trump – in an extraordinary postscript to the summit – sought to walk back his remarks

US President Donald Trump meets with crew members and passengers from Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 which experienced engine failure between New York and Dallas last month, during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, May 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

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Students wade the gutter-deep flood water in Brgy. Holy Spirit in Quezon City on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, after the local government of QC cancelled elementary classes after night of almost non-stop rain due to southwest monsoon enhance by typhoon Henry. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

'Shameful': U.S. lawmakers blast Trump over Putin summit

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:07 AM

Republican Senator John McCain said Trump's seeming acceptance of Putin's denial was a historical 'low point' for the US presidency

HELSINKI SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. Photo by Aleksey Nikolskyi/Sputnik/AFP

At historic summit, Trump refuses to confront Putin on vote row

Jul 17, 2018 - 5:35 AM

The US and Russian presidents come out of their meeting in Helsinki expressing a desire to talk again on global challenges, after discussing an array of issues from Syria, Ukraine,and China to trade tariffs and the size of their nuclear arsenals

SHAKING HANDS. US President Donald Trump (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands before attending a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Trump hails 'very good start' with Putin at first summit

Jul 16, 2018 - 8:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'I think it's a good start: very, very good start for everybody,' US President Trump tells reporters after meeting Vladimir Putin for more than two hours with just their interpreters present, just before being joined by their national security teams

HELSINKI SUMMIT. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) listens while US President Donald Trump speaks before ahead of their meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump attacks U.S. 'foolishness' heading into Putin showdown

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:07 PM

Hours before the Helsinki summit, Trump is asked if he would press Putin over Russia's alleged manipulation of the 2016 election that brought the mercurial property tycoon to power. He says only: 'We'll do just fine.'

TRUMP IN FINLAND. US President Donald Trump waves upon arrival at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Helsinki, on July 15, 2018 on the eve of a summit in Helsinki between the US President and his Russian counterpart. Photo by Lehtikuva/Heikki Saukkomaa/AFP

What do Putin and Trump expect from the Helsinki summit?

Jul 16, 2018 - 11:51 AM

With relations between their two countries at lows not seen since the Cold War, the pair will have their work cut out to bring anything positive out of the meeting

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on November 11, 2017 US President Donald Trump (left) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Trump says 'might' ask Putin to extradite accused Russian hackers

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:54 PM

United States President Donald Trump says his Republican Party had also been the target of Russian hacking efforts but had superior cyber security measures in place

US President Donald Trump (L) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / Mikhail KLIMENTYEV

Trump and Putin: the odd couple

Jul 15, 2018 - 2:12 PM

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are set to meet in Finland capital Helsinki on Monday, July 16

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump says he has been 'tougher on Russia than anybody'

Jul 13, 2018 - 11:13 PM

'We have been far tougher on Russia than anybody... We have been extremely tough on Russia,' US President Donald Trump says at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May

TRUMP AND MAY. US President Donald Trump (L) and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May hold a joint press conference following their meeting at Chequers, the prime minister's country residence, near Ellesborough, northwest of London on July 13, 2018. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump piles pressure on NATO over defense spending

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Trump set the scene for more tension at the meeting in Brussels, renewing his criticism of European allies – and of Germany in particular

NATO. US President Donald Trump poses with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (3R), Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) in a group photograph at The Parc du Cinquantenaire - Jubelpark Park in Brussels on July 11, 2018, during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

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Trump and Putin to stage long-awaited summit in Finland

Jun 28, 2018 - 8:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Donald Trump has long called for warmer ties with Moscow, but the talks come as Russia's relations with the West languish at levels not seen since the Cold War

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

Russia rejects UN-backed call to withdraw troops from Moldova

Jun 23, 2018 - 10:41 PM

Russia's foreign ministry says its troops stationed in ex-Moldova's Transdniestr region (or Transnistria) 'remain a guarantor of peace and stability'

TRANSNISTRIA. Soviet orders are displayed on a large billboard along the main thoroughfare entering Tiraspol, capital of the self-proclaimed Moldovan Republic of Transnistria on April 3, 2017. Photo by Aleksey Filippov/AFP

Russia brushes off possibility of G8 return

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:30 PM

Russia is 'working fine in other formats' such as the Group of 20, says Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russia, Ukraine discuss 'exchange' of Sentsov, other prisoners

Jun 09, 2018 - 10:53 PM

Both Moscow and Kiev says that rights ombudsmen would visit the two countries' prisoners 'in the near future'

China's Xi hails 'unity' of security bloc led with Russia

Jun 09, 2018 - 10:38 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping says this year, they would 'draw up a blueprint for the SCO's future growth'

VISIT AND SUMMIT. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) reviews a military honor guard with Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 8, 2018. Putin arrived for a state visit to China, and for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Leaders Summit in the eastern port city of Qingdao on June 9-10. Photo by Greg Baker/Pool/AFP

Vienna being discussed as host for Putin-Trump summit, says Kremlin

Jun 09, 2018 - 8:14 PM

The Kremlin spokesman's comments comes a day after Trump called for Russia to be readmitted to the G7 group

DISCUSSIONS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk as they make their way to take the 'family photo' during the APEC leaders' summit in Vietnam on November 11, 2017. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Xi Jinping touts Vladimir Putin ties as U.S. tensions bring them closer

Jun 08, 2018 - 8:23 PM

'This medal of friendship represents the Chinese people's lofty respect for President Putin, and symbolizes the profound friendship between China and Russia,' says Chinese President Xi Jinping

FRIENDS. Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during a signing ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 8, 2018. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/POOL/AFP

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MARITIME DISPUTE. A ship of the China Coast Guard near Scarborough Shoal, September 3, 2016. File photo from the Philippine Department of National Defense