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Biden-Putin talks on Ukraine crisis rooted in older dispute

Dec. 06, 2021 19:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Cold War ended 30 years ago this month, but one unresolved issue — how closely Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, can ally with the West — is now creating some of the deepest U.S.-Russian tensions in years. The dispute over Ukraine’s status and its...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi convicted in further blow to democracy

Dec. 06, 2021 12:55 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader of Myanmar who was ousted in a de facto coup this year, was convicted on two charges Monday and handed a four-year sentence that was quickly cut in half — in proceedings widely criticized as a further effort by the country’s military rulers...

No shortage of sanction options if Russia invades Ukraine

Dec. 05, 2021 00:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has plenty of options to make good on its pledge to hit Russia financially if President Vladimir Putin invades Ukraine, from sanctions targeting Putin’s associates to cutting Russia off from the financial system that sends money flowing around...

US intelligence finds Russia planning Ukraine offensive

Dec. 04, 2021 00:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has pledged to make it “very, very difficult” for Russia’s Vladimir Putin to take military action in Ukraine as U.S. intelligence officials determined that Russian planning is underway for a possible military offensive that could begin as soon as...

US intelligence finds Russia planning Ukraine offensive

Dec. 03, 2021 22:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden pledged Friday to make it “very, very difficult” for Russia’s Vladimir Putin to take military action in Ukraine as U.S. intelligence officials determined that Russian planning is underway for a possible military offensive that could begin as soon...

Putin to seek guarantees on Ukraine as invasion fears grow

Dec. 03, 2021 21:06 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Friday that President Vladimir Putin will seek binding guarantees precluding NATO’s expansion to Ukraine during a planned call with U.S. President Joe Biden, while a U.S. intelligence report and the Ukrainian defense minister warned of a possible Russian...

Tensions grow over Ukraine with the trading of threats

Dec. 02, 2021 17:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met face-to-face with his Russian counterpart on Thursday to demand Russia pull back troops from the border with Ukraine, as tensions and suspicions grow in a confrontation over Ukraine's increasingly close ties with NATO and the...

Analysis: Iran ups nuclear ante as Vienna deal talks resume

Dec. 02, 2021 05:03 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After a monthslong hiatus, Iran has returned to negotiations in Vienna aimed at reviving its cratered nuclear deal with world powers. But Tehran isn't slowing down the advances in its atomic program, further raising the stakes in talks crucial to cooling...

Putin demands NATO guarantees not to expand eastward

Dec. 01, 2021 15:12 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow would seek Western guarantees precluding any further NATO expansion and deployment of its weapons near his country's borders, a stern demand that comes amid fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. ...

Blinken says Russia could move on Ukraine 'on short order'

Dec. 01, 2021 12:27 PM EST

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Wednesday that President Vladimir Putin could quickly order an invasion of Ukraine if he had a pretext for doing so but that NATO allies stand ready to inflict heavy sanctions on Russia’s economy if that happens. ...