Putin asks FIFA for support on World Cup legacy

Sports 02/20/19, 12:07

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he wants FIFA to help ensure last year's World Cup has an effective legacy."Ahead of us we now have a different task, to use everything that was done for the World Cup, to use it effectively, and on this issue we are also counting ...

Update: Putin warns US about new Russian weapons

Europe 02/20/19, 05:55

The Latest on Putin's state-of-the-nation speech (all times local): 1:50 p.m. President Vladimir Putin says Russia will target new weapons at the United States should it deploy new intermediate-range missiles in Europe following Washington's withdrawal from a key arms control pact. Putin, speaking in Wednesday's state-of-the-nation address, rejected the U.S. claim that its ...

Putin focuses on social issues in state-of-the-nation speech

Europe 02/20/19, 05:31

President Vladimir Putin focused on social needs in his state-of-the-nation address Wednesday, promising to raise welfare payments, improve education and the struggling health care system, and remove toxic dump sites from cities. Speaking before lawmakers and top officials, Putin said the government will boost benefits to support young families. He also ...

Interview: Envoy says Russia’s clout in Afghanistan rises

World 02/13/19, 07:14

A senior Russian diplomat says that because America "completely failed" in Afghanistan, this has opened the way for Moscow to expand its clout in the country.Zamir Kabulov, President Vladimir Putin's envoy for Afghanistan, says many Afghans now view Russia as an impartial mediator that could help advance political process despite ...

Kremlin: Russia’s political system a good model for others

Europe 02/11/19, 10:32

A senior policy adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin says the nation's political system will live on for a century and serve as a model for others around the world.Vladislav Surkov said in a piece published Monday in the daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta that "Putinism is the ideology of the future." ...

Japan’s Abe vows to resolve territorial dispute with Russia

Europe 02/07/19, 01:25

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to take a "step-by-step" approach in resolving a territorial dispute with Russia left over from World War II.Abe told a rally of former residents of the islands and their supporters Thursday that settling the conflict over four islands north of Hokkaido that are ...

Russia to design new intermediate range missiles in 2 years

Europe 02/05/19, 13:44

Russia will develop land-based intermediate range missiles within two years, the nation's defense minister said Tuesday, a statement that comes in response to the U.S. decision to abandon a key nuclear arms pact.The U.S. has formally notified Russia over the weekend of its decision to suspend its obligations under the ...

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 ...

Putin: Russia will only deploy new missiles if US does

Europe 02/02/19, 04:54

President Vladimir Putin says that Russia will abandon a centerpiece nuclear arms treaty, following in the footsteps of the United States, and that Moscow will only deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles if Washington does so.Putin spoke after the U.S. announced Friday it was pulling the plug on the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear ...

Russian leader assails Ukraine Orthodox church reform

Europe 01/31/19, 09:55

President Vladimir Putin has criticized Ukraine's move to set up a new Orthodox church independent from Moscow and promised to defend religious freedom.Earlier this month, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople granted independence to a new Orthodox Church of Ukraine, formally severing its centuries-long ties with the Russian Orthodox Church. ...

Leningrad siege survivors recall their ordeal after 75 years

Europe 01/26/19, 06:35

Tamara Chernykh, 81, still can't forget those tiny pieces of bread that her granny used to put under her pillow as a night treat for a starving four-year-old girl in besieged Leningrad during the deadly winter of 1941-1942.Chernykh's grandmother, who gave the bread out of her own scanty food ration, ...

Turkey’s president in Moscow for Syria talks with Putin

Europe 01/23/19, 10:39

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sat down for Syria-focused talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday as their governments bargain over zones of influence in the war-torn country. The leaders share strong opposition to the U.S. military presence in Syria, seeing it as an obstacle to their clout in ...

Russian and Japanese leaders talk about territorial dispute

Europe 01/22/19, 07:17

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sat down for talks Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin focusing on a decades-long territorial dispute between the two nations.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 ...

Kremlin ‘optimistic’ ahead of WADA doping ruling

Sports 01/22/19, 06:02

Russia is "optimistic" ahead of a World Anti-Doping Agency ruling on whether the country's authorities met demands to turn over lab data, Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Tuesday.The WADA executive committee reinstated Russia's anti-doping agency in September — despite protests from many Western athletes and officials — on condition the country ...

Belgrade protests for 7th week against Serbian leader

Europe 01/19/19, 14:39

Several thousand people have marched in Belgrade for the seventh week of protests against what they say is Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic's autocratic rule.The protest Saturday comes after Vucic's party bused tens of thousands of his supporters into the capital during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit on Thursday. Vucic's critics ...

Model apologizes in claim of Russia election interference

Europe 01/19/19, 11:37

A Belarusian model who last year claimed to have evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election says she won't be saying anything more about the matter.Anastasia Vashukevich made the statement Saturday in a Moscow court that was considering whether to keep her in jail as she faces ...

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