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Dozens arrested at huge opposition rally in Moscow

Aug 11, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Tens of thousands take to the streets in Russia, again calling for fair elections after several opposition figures were excluded from Moscow polls set for September

Russian security officers detain a man following a rally calling for fair elections in central Moscow on August 10, 2019. - Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied in Moscow on August 10, 2019, after mass police detentions at recent protests that have been among the largest since the current Russian President's return to the Kremlin in 2012. (Photo by Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP)

Putin urges new arms talks with U.S. to avoid 'chaos'

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:05 PM

President Vladimir Putin says that if Russia receives information about US development of new missiles, it 'will be forced to begin the full-scale development of similar missiles'

NEW TALKS? Russian President Vladimir Putin, officials and other attendees listen to the national anthem at the end of Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address in Moscow on February 20, 2019. File photo by Mikhail Klimentyev / Sputnik/AFP

Putin opponent Navalny 'poisoned' – lawyer

Jul 29, 2019 - 11:24 PM

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been in jail since last week for calling an unauthorized rally

POISONED? Alexei Navalny has been in jail for calling an unauthorized rally. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Putin says he will work to restore Ukraine ties

Jul 18, 2019 - 11:54 PM

The Russian leader holds talks in Saint Petersburg with Viktor Medvedchuk, a pro-Moscow Ukrainian politician and businessman who has claimed Putin is his daughter's godfather

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

Putin meets pope, 'welcoming' populist gov't during Italy trip

Jul 04, 2019 - 3:50 PM

(UPDATED) Rome's historic center is on security lockdown for the visit with 50 streets blocked to traffic and Italian media reporting that mobile phone signals could be scrambled

MEET AGAIN. File photo of Pope Francis (left) greeting Russian President Vladimir Putin during a private audience at the Vatican on June 10, 2015. Photo by Gregorio Borgia/pool/AFP pool

'Nobody reads the communique:' Top G20 moments

Jun 29, 2019 - 8:51 PM

Here are some of the top moments and bon-mots from the 2 day meeting hosted by Japan in the city of Osaka

CLIMATE CHANGE. Protesters wearing masks of world leaders including a giant paper mache Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and US President Donald Trump demonstrate against climate change and coal use as world leaders convene at the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019.  Photo by Pak Yiu/AFP

Putin says liberal, pro-LGBT views 'forced' on people

Jun 29, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin slams ideas of freedom of sexuality as he defends Russia's ban on 'gay propaganda'

ON THE DEFENSIVE. Russian President Vladimir Putin lashes out at the idea of freedom of sexuality and gender. File photo by AFP

May to Putin: Stop 'destabilizing' UK, allies

Jun 28, 2019 - 7:43 PM

(UPDATED) The comments come as British Prime Minister Theresa May meets Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time since the row over the poisoning of a former Russian spy on British soil

FIRST MEETING. Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Theresa May hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

With a smile, Trump tells Putin 'don't meddle in the election'

Jun 28, 2019 - 3:12 PM

(UPDATED) Vladimir Putin says nothing, but grins in response to the US President's comment

ALL SMILES. Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Putin says MH17 probe shows 'no proof' of Russia's guilt

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin also seeks to once again shift blame onto the Ukrainian authorities

MH17. Russian President Vladimir Putin also seeks to once again shift blame onto the Ukrainian authorities. File photo by AFP

'Good gifts': Putin presents Xi with birthday ice cream

Jun 16, 2019 - 8:58 AM

'Happy birthday, my best wishes. I am delighted to have a friend like you,' Russian President Vladimir Putin tells Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on his 66th birthday

GIFT. Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) look at ice creams before the 5fth regular foreign ministers' meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Dushanbe on June 15, 2019. Sputnik photo/AFP

Putin, Xi hit back at U.S. dominance at Russia economic forum

Jun 07, 2019 - 11:34 PM

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin lash out at 'inequalities' in the global economic system and vow to pursue closer ties between their countries

CLOSER TIES. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg on June 7, 2019. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

Putin says time to 'turn the page' in UK ties after spy scandal

Jun 06, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'Global issues related to national interests in the economic and social spheres and global security are more important than games of security services,' says Russian President Vladimir Putin

SPY SCANDAL. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a press conference in the capital Cairo on December 11, 2017. File photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

China's Xi in Russia to boost cooperation amid U.S. tensions

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:39 PM

(UPDATED) Russia's Vladimir Putin says the visit is a 'key event' in relations between the two neighbors

XI IN RUSSIA. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping shake hands at the end of a joint press conference following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow on June 5, 2019. Photo by Maxim Shipenkov/Pool/AFP

Kremlin warns new Ukraine leader against calls for more sanctions

May 21, 2019 - 9:12 PM

'This is the rhetoric that will not help Ukraine to sort out the problem of the southeast,' says Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, referring to the separatist conflict in the ex-Soviet country's industrial east

ZELENSKY. In this file photo taken on March 06, 2019 Ukrainian comic actor, showman and then presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky takes part in the shooting of the television series 'Servant of the People' where he plays the role of the President of Ukraine in Kiev. File photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

U.S., Russia test tense ties as Pompeo visits Putin

May 14, 2019 - 11:54 AM

The renewed diplomacy follows the long-awaited report in the United States which found that Russia interfered in the 2016 election

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the US Department of State in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2018. - The United States said Wednesday it was terminating a 1955 treaty reached with then ally Iran after Tehran cited it in an international court ruling against Washington's sanctions policy. "I'm announcing that the US is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran. This is a decision, frankly, that is 39 years overdue," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters, referring to the date of the 1979 Islamic revolution. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

Pompeo to meet Putin on Russia visit – State Department

May 12, 2019 - 12:24 AM

The top US diplomat will meet Putin on Tuesday, May 14, in Sochi to 'discuss the full range of bilateral and multilateral challenges'

TOP DIPLOMAT. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on during a discussion on the major foreign policy priorities of the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 29, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Kiev will not recognize Russian passports from rebel areas – PM

May 08, 2019 - 9:43 PM

'We will never recognize any citizenship that was issued by the aggressor state. This is like Nazi Germany issuing Ausweis (identity document) for certain people,' says Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman

UKRAINE. Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman gives a speech at the German-Ukrainian Economic Forum in Berlin on November 29, 2018. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Putin signs controversial internet law

May 02, 2019 - 5:41 PM

The law, which will come into effect in November, will allow Russian authorities to isolate the country's internet

RUSSIA'S INTERNET LAW. A protester holds a placard reading "Putin lies" during an opposition rally in central Moscow, on March 10, 2019, to demand internet freedom in Russia. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Putin fast-tracks Russian citizenship for more Ukrainians

May 01, 2019 - 7:55 PM

(UPDATED) The new Kremlin decree published May 1 says several categories of Ukrainian nationals will have the right to receive a Russian passport within 3 months of applying for one

PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin, officials and other attendees listen to the national anthem at the end of Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address in Moscow on February 20, 2019. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Trump says he welcomes China, Russia help over North Korea

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:24 PM

'I think we're doing very well with North Korea. A lot of progress is being made,' says US President Donald Trump

TRUMP ON NORTH KOREA. US President Donald Trump delivers remarks on April 10, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

North Korea's Kim to Putin: U.S. acted in 'bad faith' at Hanoi talks

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:54 AM

Kim and Putin meet in the far eastern Russian port of Vladivostok for their first summit – squarely aimed at countering US influence

This picture taken on April 25, 2019 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 26 shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending a reception following their talks at the Far Eastern Federal University campus on Russky island in the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok.  KCNA VIA KNS / AFP

North Korea needs 'security guarantees' in exchange for denuclearization – Putin

Apr 25, 2019 - 7:18 PM

North Korea 'needs guarantees of its security, the preservation of its sovereignty,' Russian President Vladimir Putin says after talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

FIRST MEETING. Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes North Korean leader Kim Jong-un prior to their talks at the Far Eastern Federal University campus on Russky island in the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on April 25, 2019. Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

North Korea's Kim, Russia's Putin set for first summit

Apr 25, 2019 - 12:32 PM

Russian and North Korean flags are flying from lamp posts on Vladivostok's Russky island, where the summit is to take place on a university campus

This picture taken on April 24, 2019 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 25 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) being greeted by Russian officials after his arrival in Vladivostok by train.  KCNA VIA KNS / AFP

Russia eases citizenship rules in east Ukraine

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:14 PM

President Vladimir Putin signs the decree aimed at residents of the unrecognized Donetsk and Lugansk republics that broke away from Kiev in 2014 and are governed by Moscow-backed rebels

DONETSK. In this file photo taken on November 9, 2018, people stand as they wait for Denis Pushilin, acting leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic, campaigning meeting and the concert in Donetsk. File photo by Aleksey Filippov/AFP

North Korea's Kim in Russia for first talks with Putin

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'I hope that during the talks...I will be able to have concrete discussions on resolving situations on the Korean Peninsula and on the development of our bilateral relationship,' says Kim Jong-un

Flags of Russia and North Korea are seen fixed on a lamp post in front of the railway station where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is expected to arrive, in the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on April 24, 2019.  STR / AFP

North Korea's Kim, Putin to hold first talks in Russia's Far East

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:47 PM

(UPDATED) Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov says the focus of the first meeting between the two men 'will be on a political and diplomatic solution to the nuclear problem on the Korean Peninsula'

With Kim-Putin summit, Moscow eyes role in North Korea

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:29 PM

Putin, who has long expressed his readiness to meet with Kim, is gearing up to play a bigger role in nuclear negotiations with Moscow's Cold War-era ally, with which it shares a short border

MEETING. This combination of files pictures made on April 18, 2019, shows portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) taken on December 31, 2014 in Moscow, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un taken on February 27, 2019 in Hanoi. Photo by Alexey Druzhinin, Saul Loeb / AFP / RIA NOVOSTI

North Korea's Kim to meet Putin in Russia in late April – Kremlin

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:19 PM

'Following an invitation from Vladimir Putin...Kim Jong-un will visit Russia in the second half of April,' the Kremlin says in a statement on its website

KIM-PUTIN MEETING. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will visit Russia in late April to meet President Vladimir Putin. Putin file photo by Aris Messinis/AFP; Kim file photo by AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

Russian protesters rally against Kremlin policies

Mar 23, 2019 - 8:39 PM

Several thousands call on Russians to take to the streets across the country to protest the latest raft of repressive laws and falling living standards

Putin signs laws against 'disrespecting' authorities, fake news

Mar 18, 2019 - 11:31 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs off on the legislation against the advice of human rights activists, who warned the laws amounted to censorship and would be abused to crack down on freedom of speech

PUTIN. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a press conference on December 11, 2017. File photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

Putin in Crimea as Russia marks 5 years since annexation

Mar 18, 2019 - 8:49 PM

In Russia, March 18 has been proclaimed the 'Day of Crimea's Reunification with Russia' and celebrated with events across the country. In Crimea, it is a public holiday.

5 YEARS. People carry Russian flags during celebrations of the fifth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea in Simferopol on March 15, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Thousands protest Russia's 'internet isolation'

Mar 10, 2019 - 9:32 PM

The mass protest in Moscow comes after the Russian lower house of parliament backed a bill preventing Russian internet traffic from being routed on foreign servers

Putin suspends INF arms treaty with U.S.

Mar 04, 2019 - 10:43 PM

Moscow and Washington have accused one another of breaching the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces agreement concluded between the US and the former Soviet Union in 1987

INF. According to a statement, President Vladimir Putin has 'signed a decree regarding the suspension of Russia's participation in the agreement between the USSR and the US.' File photo by AFP

Russia vows more support for 'friend' Maduro, including aid

Mar 01, 2019 - 11:28 PM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his allies – including Russia – have accused the United States of attempting to carry out a coup against his government

ALLIES. In this file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and his Venezuelan counterpart Delcy Rodriguez enter a hall during a meeting in Moscow on February 6, 2017. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Russians march in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Nemtsov

Feb 24, 2019 - 11:45 PM

'We need to show that there are people in the country that do not agree [with the Kremlin's course],' says one of the thousands of Russians who marched

Opposition supporters attend a rally in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov in Saint Petersburg on February 24, 2019. - The 55-year-old former first deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin was shot in the back several times just before midnight on February 27, 2015 as he walked across a bridge a stone's throw from the Kremlin walls. (Photo by OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP)

Putin threatens to target West with new missiles

Feb 20, 2019 - 11:06 PM

The longtime Russian leader warns Washington against deploying any new missiles in Europe following the collapse of a key Cold War-era treaty, saying Moscow will consider it a 'serious threat'

STATE OF THE NATION. Russian President Vladimir Putin, officials, and other attendees listen to the national anthem at the end of Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address in Moscow on February 20, 2019. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Pompeo pledges Slovakia support on latest stop to curb Russia, China

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:25 PM

Mike Pompeo, the first US secretary of state to visit Slovakia in 14 years, tells President Andrej Kiska as they meet: 'It's been too long since America has been deeply engaged here'

POMPEO VISIT. Slovak President Andrej Kiska and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo give statements on February 12,2019, at the al palace in Bratislava, Slovakia, during Pompeo's week-long tour across Central Europe. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

Russia to develop new missile systems in 2 years after treaty pullout

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:54 PM

'During 2019-2020 we have to develop a land-based version of the seaborne Kalibr system equipped with a long-range cruise missile which showed good results in Syria,' says Russia's defense minister Sergei Shoigu

MEETING. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) attends a meeting with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Moscow on February 2, 2019. Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP

Putin says Russia suspending missile treaty after U.S. move

Feb 02, 2019 - 6:54 PM

'Our American partners have announced they are suspending their participation in the deal, and we are also suspending our participation,' says Russia President Vladimir Putin of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

SUSPEND. President Vladimir Putin in a televised meeting with foreign and defence ministers Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu says Russia would no longer initiate talks with the US on disarmament. AFP photo

Erdogan in Moscow for talks with Putin on Syria safe zone

Jan 23, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will discuss with Vladimir Putin the creation of a Turkish-controlled 'security zone' in northern Syria, suggested by Donald Trump

SYRIA WAR. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan answer journalists' questions during a press conference in Konstantinovsky Palace outside Saint Petersburg on August 9, 2016. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Putin, Abe hold summit to break island impasse

Jan 22, 2019 - 11:40 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit marks the 25th time he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have met since 2013

TALKS. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walk during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on January 22, 2019. Photo by Alexei Druzhinin/SPUTNIK/AFP

Trump under fresh scrutiny over relationship with Putin

Jan 14, 2019 - 7:25 AM

The reports come as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation looms large in the background, punctuated by guilty pleas, convictions, and indictments of former Trump associates

SOURED RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump chats with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting on November 11, 2017. File photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Putin says Russia still 'open to dialogue' with U.S.

Dec 31, 2018 - 10:06 AM

'Russian-US relations remain an important factor in order to guarantee strategic stability and international security,' says Russian President Vladimir Putin

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

Putin says Western spy cases aimed at 'holding Russia back'

Dec 20, 2018 - 7:17 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the cases paint the country as 'a powerful player who needs to be reckoned with'

4TH TERM. Russia votes to hand President Vladimir Putin a historic 4th term. File photo by AFP

2018: Trump's year of disruption – and danger ahead

Dec 16, 2018 - 2:00 PM

From trampling near-sacred allies like Canada to trying to make good with rival Russia and enemy North Korea, Donald Trump's foreign policy shook up the world

Legal problems back home dog Trump at G20 summit

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:54 PM

US President Donald Trump's G20 summit gets off to a rocky start with new allegations of hidden links to Russia overshadowing what he had hoped would be a triumphant burst of trade diplomacy

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally in Elkhart, Indiana on May 10, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

G20 opens under assault from Trump on collective action

Nov 30, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Shortly before the summit kicks off, Donald Trump's 'America First' charge will bear fruit with the signing in Buenos Aires of a successor to the North American free trade pact NAFTA

G20. View of the Obelisk as Corrientes Avenue remains without traffic due to security measures ahead of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires on Noviembre 29, 2018. Photo by Alberto Raggio/AFP

Putin defends 'lawful' seizure of Ukrainian ships

Nov 29, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Moscow and Kiev have traded angry accusations since Russian navy vessels fired on, boarded, and captured the 3 Ukrainian ships off the coast of Crimea

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. File photo by Kay Nietfeld/AFP

Trump says may cancel Putin meet after Ukraine-Russia sea clash

Nov 28, 2018 - 7:21 PM

Trump is scheduled to meet Putin at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires at the end of this week, but that may not happen because of a confrontation at sea between Russia and Ukraine

-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and US President Donald Trump attend a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018.  Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP