Japan, Russia accuse each other of military buildups

Europe 05/30/19, 08:41

Russia and Japan have accused each other of military buildups as their foreign and defense ministers met in Tokyo for talks that failed to make progress on decades-long island disputes.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a joint news conference Thursday that Russia was concerned about Japan's plan to build ...

Russia, Serbia blame NATO for Kosovo police raid

Europe 05/29/19, 07:58

Russia and Serbia have blamed pro-NATO and Western influences for an armed raid by Kosovo police in the Serb-dominated north of Kosovo that raised tensions in the region.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday that Tuesday's incident was instigated by "those who want to create a buffer zone from Russia ...

Pompeo warns Russia: no more meddling with US elections

Politics 05/14/19, 15:29

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said while in Russia he warned his Russian counterpart against “unacceptable” Russian meddling in U.S. elections. Pompeo’s first trip to Russia began on May 14. At a news conference following three hours of meetings, he said he told Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that any ...

Arms control a top issue at Russia-US talks Tuesday in Sochi

Europe 05/14/19, 04:41

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's first trip to Russia is scheduled to start Tuesday, May 14, in the Black Sea coastal city of Sochi, where he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are sitting down for talks and then having a joint meeting with President Vladimir Putin. A look ...

China ‘has no interest’ in joining US-Russia nuclear deal

World 05/13/19, 09:34

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says his country isn't interested in negotiating a nuclear arms control treaty with the United States and Russia. Wang was in Russia's Sochi for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday, a day before U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to do ...

Pompeo skips Moscow to meet with European officials on Iran

Europe 05/12/19, 22:47

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has changed the schedule for his latest trip to Europe, substituting a stop in Brussels for one in Moscow to discuss Iran and other issues with European officials.A State Department official says Pompeo, who departed Sunday night, is still expected to meet Tuesday in Sochi ...

Pompeo going to Russia amid disputes over Venezuela, Arctic

Politics 05/10/19, 10:13

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will head to Russia to hold talks with President Vladimir Putin amid disputes over Venezuela's political turmoil and other issues. Pompeo will arrive in Moscow on Monday and then travel to Sochi on Tuesday to see Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The State Department ...

Venezuela thrust to forefront of US-Russia clashes

America 05/03/19, 00:34

Russia's support for Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro has become the latest flashpoint in deteriorating relations between the United States and Russia, moving to the top of a list of long-simmering spats between the Cold War foes. As the dispute intensifies with both sides trading accusations and entrenched in diametrically opposed ...

Update: Rights group: 4 dead in Venezuela street clashes

World 05/02/19, 10:40

The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):11:35 a.m.A Venezuelan human rights group says at least four people died in two days of protests after opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for a military uprising.In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, right, accompanied ...

Serbia seeks greater Russian role in talks with Kosovo

Europe 04/17/19, 10:09

Serbia on Wednesday sought to secure a greater Russian role in European Union-mediated talks with the former province of Kosovo, which could further strain the Balkan country's relations with the West.Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said after meeting his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in Moscow that "Serbia cannot defend its ...

Russia seeks to protect its interests in the Arctic, FM says

Europe 04/09/19, 05:08

Russia's foreign minister says military deployments in the Arctic are intended to protect national interests.Speaking Tuesday at the Arctic forum in St. Petersburg, Sergey Lavrov said that "we ensure the necessary defense capability in view of the military-political situation near our borders." He charged that a recent NATO exercise in ...

Turkey reaffirms commitment to Russian S-400 defense system

Europe 03/29/19, 06:31

Turkey's foreign minister said Friday his country is committed to a deal to purchase advanced Russian surface-to-air missile defense system, despite warnings from Washington that the deal could put the NATO member country's participation in the U.S. F-35 fighter aircraft program at risk.Turkey's decision to purchase the S-400 air defense ...

Venezuelan vice president visits Moscow to rally support

America 03/01/19, 06:06

Venezuela's vice president is visiting Russia, voicing hope for stronger ties with Moscow amid the U.S. pressure.Delcy Rodriguez said after Friday's talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Venezuela will rely on supplies of food and medicines from Russia as it faces a U.S.-led blockade and hold the door ...

Russia: US asks for advice on North Korea talks

Europe 02/25/19, 06:11

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the United States has asked Moscow's advice in dealing with North Korea before a summit between President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader. Trump and Kim Jong Un are expected to meet on Wednesday and Thursday in Vietnam's capital. Their first meeting last summer ...

Russia: US exit from nuclear pact destabilizing

Politics 02/02/19, 05:56

The Latest on the Russia-U.S. dispute over a nuclear arms treaty (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Russia's foreign minister says that the U.S. pullout from a pivotal nuclear arms control pact has further upset strategic stability. Sergey Lavrov spoke during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in the wake of the U.S. decision ...

Russia urges North Africa to bring Syria back to Arab League

Africa 01/26/19, 09:42

Russia's foreign minister is pressing North African countries to support Syria's return to the Arab League, now that President Bashar Assad is largely seen as having won the Syrian civil war.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria this week and at each stop called for Syria's reintegration ...

Update: Lavrov mocks claims that Trump worked for Russia

Europe 01/16/19, 06:42

The Latest on the Russian foreign minister's annual news conference (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Russia's foreign minister has ridiculed allegations that U.S. President Donald Trump could have worked for Moscow's interests. Sergey Lavrov has told a news conference that U.S. media reports claiming that Trump might have been a Russian agent reflect ...

Russia says US ignored offer to inspect controversial weapon

Europe 01/16/19, 04:26

Russia's foreign minister says that the U.S. has ignored Moscow's proposal to inspect a Russian missile that Washington says has violated a nuclear arms treaty.Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday that Russia offered during talks in Geneva earlier this week that U.S. experts see the missile. He said the U.S. negotiators stonewalled ...

Russian, Japanese foreign ministers discuss disputed islands

World 01/14/19, 05:33

The foreign Ministers of Russia and Japan are holding talks about disputed Pacific islands.The Soviet Union took the four southernmost Kuril Islands during the final days of World War II. Japan asserts territorial rights to the islands, which it calls the Northern Territories, and the dispute has kept both countries ...

Moscow says it will help Russian despite her guilty plea

Europe 12/14/18, 05:35

Russian officials say Moscow will continue to support a Russian woman in custody in the United States who has pleaded guilty to acting as a covert agent of the Russian government, even though it rejects that claim.Maria Butina on Thursday pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge for trying to infiltrate ...

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