Vladimir Putin gets lavish welcome on visit to ally Serbia

Europe 01/17/19, 07:44

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Serbia in a show of support for the Balkan country's populist leader and his pro-Moscow policies.Putin landed at Belgrade airport on Thursday after his presidential plane was escorted over Serbian airspace by MiG-29 fighter jets he recently donated to Serbia.Serbia has maintained close ...

Putin blasts US, West over NATO before Serbia visit

Europe 01/16/19, 08:24

Vladimir Putin has accused the U.S. and the West of destabilizing the Balkans with NATO expansionist policies as Serbia prepares a hero's welcome for the Russian president.Putin arrives in Serbia on Thursday for his fourth visit to the Balkan country since 2001.Serbia has maintained close links with traditional Slavic ally ...

Ahead of visit, Putin gets church in Serbia named after him

Europe 01/14/19, 06:52

Russian President Vladimir Putin already has a village, a wax figure, a plum brandy and several cafes named after him in Serbia. Now, he's getting a church.Topped with Russian-style green-and-gold onion-shaped domes, the church in this tiny village in northwestern Serbia is still under construction but it has already been ...

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 ...

Anti-govt protests for 6th week against Serbian leader

Europe 01/12/19, 14:38

Several thousand people have turned out in Belgrade for the sixth week of street protests against populist Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and his government.Demonstrations first started after thugs beat up an opposition politician in November, prompting calls for more democracy and an end to political violence in Serbia.Critics say Vucic ...

Russia irked by Japanese statements on long-disputed islands

Europe 01/09/19, 12:24

Russia's Foreign Ministry says it has summoned the Japanese ambassador over recent statements from Tokyo 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.The decades-long dispute ...

Russia says ‘understanding’ reached on doping data for WADA

Sports 01/09/19, 05:34

The Kremlin says there is "understanding" on how crucial data on drug use by Russian athletes will be handed over to the World Anti-Doping Agency.WADA officials are due to arrive in Moscow on Wednesday for their third visit seeking the lab data. The Moscow laboratory data could help WADA file ...

Putin gets to fire cannon at Russian Christmas

Europe 01/07/19, 07:46

For Christmas, Vladimir Putin got to do something that many children dream of: fire a really big gun.Under the Russian Orthodox liturgical calendar, Christmas is observed on Jan. 7. During a visit to his hometown of St. Petersburg on Monday, the Russian president visited the Petropavlovsky Fortress on the banks ...

Russia: 4 dead in apartment collapse, apparent gas explosion

Europe 12/31/18, 05:10

Russian emergency officials say that at least four people have died after sections of an apartment building collapsed after an apparent gas explosion in the Ural Mountains region.The authorities say four others have been hospitalized with injuries, and 68 other residents remained unaccounted for in the accident in Magnitogorsk, a ...

Putin scores some wins but tensions with the West mount

Europe 12/30/18, 04:12

It's been a mixed year for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin may look like a winner after an abrupt U.S. decision to pull out of Syria. But Russia's leader faces massive challenges in Syria and elsewhere, and he hasn't moved an inch closer toward throwing off the Western sanctions that have ...

Official: Russian weapon 27 times faster than speed of sound

Europe 12/27/18, 08:30

A top Russian official said the nation's new strategic weapon has made any missile defenses useless. Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told Russian state television Thursday, Dec. 27, that the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle flies 27 times faster than the speed of sound, making it impossible to intercept. He added that ...

Russia’s Putin oversees test of hypersonic weapon

Europe 12/26/18, 06:38

The Kremlin says the Russian military has successful tested a new hypersonic glide vehicle.It said Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw the test launch of the Avangard vehicle from the Defense Ministry's control room.In Wednesday' test, the weapon was launched from the Dombarovskiy missile base in the southern Ural Mountains. The ...

Presidents of Russia, Belarus talk over energy price dispute

Europe 12/25/18, 11:57

The presidents of Russia and Belarus have met in Moscow for talks focused on an energy dispute that clouded ties between the two allies.Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has harshly criticized changes in Russia's tax system that left Belarus paying a higher price for Russian oil and gas.Russian President Vladimir Putin ...

Moscow says it’s open to having a Putin-Trump summit

Europe 12/24/18, 09:01

A senior Russian diplomat says Moscow is open to having a summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump.Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in remarks carried Monday by the Interfax news agency that it's important to have a meeting between the two world leaders.They were going ...

Putin welcomes US pullout from Syria

Politics 12/20/18, 09:59

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed the U.S. decision to pull its troops out of Syria, adding that they shouldn't have been there from the start. Speaking at Thursday's annual marathon news conference, Putin said he agrees with U.S. President Donald Trump that the Islamic State group has been defeated, making the ...

Update: Putin warns of growing threat of nuclear war

Europe 12/20/18, 05:00

The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual news conference (all times local):12:55 p.m.Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning about the rising threat of a nuclear war.Speaking at his annual news conference Thursday, Putin pointed at the U.S. intention to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. He ...

Putin hails another year of Russian economic growth

Europe 12/20/18, 04:25

President Vladimir Putin is hailing another year of Russian economic growth after a previous period of stagnation.Putin said at an annual news conference summing up the results of the year that Russia's gross domestic product is set to grow by 1.8 percent this year, while industrial output has grown faster ...

Putin claims Russia’s new weapons have no foreign equivalent

Europe 12/18/18, 07:59

President Vladimir Putin says Russia's new weapons have no foreign equivalents and will help ensure the country's security for decades to come.Putin, speaking during Tuesday's meeting with the top military brass in Moscow, specifically mentioned the new Kinzhal hypersonic missile and the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle, saying they have significantly ...

Putin says rap should be controlled in Russia, not banned

Entertainment 12/15/18, 08:44

Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, popular music.Putin says "if it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it."But Putin said at a Kremlin meeting with cultural ...

Russia: Putin says he only heard of alleged spy after arrest

Europe 12/11/18, 11:32

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he never heard of a woman who is accused of spying for Moscow in the United States until her July arrest.Putin said Tuesday that when he asked Russian intelligence services for information about 30-year-old Maria Butina, he was told "no one knows anything about her."U.S. ...

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