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Putin shuns Paris visit after France offers talks only on Syria
Oct11

Putin shuns Paris visit after France offers talks only on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has canceled a visit to Paris next week after President Francois Hollande said he would see him only for talks on Syria – the latest episode in deteriorating relations between Moscow and the West.French officials have been grappling for ways to put new pressure on Russia after Moscow vetoed a French-drafted United...

Putin postpones visit to France amid diplomatic tensions
Oct11

Putin postpones visit to France amid diplomatic tensions

Russian President Vladimir Putin has indefinitely postponed a trip to France after Paris had revised its program for the visit and said it would talk about nothing else but the Syrian crisis. French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that Putin put off his visit set for next week after Hollande let him know he wouldn’t take part in...

Russia says U.S. actions threaten its national security
Oct09

Russia says U.S. actions threaten its national security

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday he had detected increasing U.S. hostility towards Moscow and complained about what he said was a series of aggressive U.S. steps that threatened Russia’s national security. In an interview with Russian state TV likely to worsen already poor relations with Washington, Lavrov made it clear...

UN criticism of Trump draws Russian complaint
Oct08

UN criticism of Trump draws Russian complaint

Russia lodged a formal complaint last month with the United Nations over a top U.N. official’s condemnations of Donald Trump and some European politicians. The intervention underscores the unusual links between the Republican presidential nominee and the Kremlin. There is no evidence Trump sought Russia’s assistance, or was even aware...

Tens of Thousands Opposition Supporters Rally in Georgia
Oct05

Tens of Thousands Opposition Supporters Rally in Georgia

Tens of thousands of supporters of a leading opposition party rallied Wednesday in the Georgian capital before the weekend’s parliamentary election. The United National Movement, led by former President Mikhail Saakashvili, has been in opposition since losing the 2012 parliamentary election to the Georgian Dream party founded by billionaire...

Russia suspends nuclear agreement, ends uranium research pact with United States
Oct05

Russia suspends nuclear agreement, ends uranium research pact with United States

Russia said on Wednesday it was suspending its nuclear and energy research agreement with the United States as a countermeasure against Washington for imposing sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. The government also said it was terminating for the same reasons an agreement between its nuclear corporation Rosatom and the U.S. Department of Energy on...

Putin suspends nuclear pact, raising stakes in row with Washington
Oct03

Putin suspends nuclear pact, raising stakes in row with Washington

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday suspended a treaty with Washington on cleaning up weapons-grade plutonium, signaling he is willing to use nuclear disarmament as a new bargaining chip in disputes with the United States over Ukraine and Syria. Starting in the last years of the Cold War, Russia and the United States signed a series of...

Putin Suspends Weapons-Grade Plutonium Deal with U.S.
Oct03

Putin Suspends Weapons-Grade Plutonium Deal with U.S.

President Vladimir Putin on Monday suspended a deal with the United States on the disposal of weapons-grade plutonium, once a symbol of U.S.-Russian rapprochement that has fallen apart amid tensions over Ukraine, Syria and other disputes. A strain in ties between the former Cold War rivals has escalated in recent weeks followed the collapse of a...

Russia fighting in Syria for a year, still at odds with US
Sep30

Russia fighting in Syria for a year, still at odds with US

A year after Russia waded into the war in Syria to prop up beleaguered Syrian President Bashar Assad, Moscow appears no closer to one of its military goals, getting the U.S. to cooperate in the skies or on the ground in the civil war. Prospects for a diplomatic resolution seem dim. The yearlong offensive of airstrikes and ground combat in Syria,...

Russia Accuses U.S. of Nurturing Aggressive Nuclear Strategy
Sep29

Russia Accuses U.S. of Nurturing Aggressive Nuclear Strategy

MOSCOW — Amid the widening U.S.-Russian spat over Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday issued a strongly-worded statement accusing the Pentagon of nurturing an aggressive nuclear strategy threatening Russia. The ministry cast a recent speech by U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter as a veiled threat to back a hypothetical attack on...

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