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Putin visits Crimea to mark 5th anniversary of annexation

Mar. 18, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin led thousands to chant "Russia!" on a visit Monday to Crimea marking the fifth anniversary of the Black Sea peninsula's annexation from Ukraine, as NATO and the European Union once again strongly condemned the land grab by Russia. Speaking at an outdoor concert in...

US, Russia to hold talks on Venezuela in Rome

Mar. 18, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — U.S. and Russian officials are meeting in Rome this week to discuss the crisis in Venezuela. The U.S. State Department says Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special envoy for Venezuela, will hold talks with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and other Russian officials on Monday and...

NATO, EU condemn Russia's 2014 seizure of Crimea

Mar. 18, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO and the European Union are condemning Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula five years after Moscow declared the region Russian territory. NATO allies said in a statement Monday that "we strongly condemn this act, which we do not and will not recognize." They also...

Russia and US spar over South Sudan peace agreement

Mar. 15, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council extended the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan by a vote of 14-0 on Friday with Russia abstaining to protest the resolution's failure to welcome September's peace agreement. Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador Dmitry Polyansky's complaint was...

Putin courts Russian business, keeps mum on jailed US exec

Mar. 14, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised that the government will do more to encourage investments and reduce business risks. Putin's speech Thursday at a meeting of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs comes weeks after the arrest of U.S. investment fund manager Michael...

Russian court upholds arrest for suspected US spy

Mar. 14, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court has upheld an earlier ruling to keep a former U.S. Marine in a Moscow jail for three more months as he faces espionage charges. Michigan resident Paul Whelan, who also holds British, Irish and Canadian citizenship, was arrested in a hotel room in the Russian capital at the end...

Russia intelligence agency sues paper over torture reports

Mar. 13, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's main intelligence agency is suing a major independent newspaper for defamation over reports of torture in a Russian city. Court filings show that a Moscow court on Tuesday accepted the FSB's lawsuit against Novaya Gazeta over two articles published earlier this year. Novaya Gazeta...

Russia mocks US collusion probe ahead of Mueller's report

Mar. 13, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller has yet to release his report about Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but the Kremlin has been rehearsing its response for months. The narrative, shared by President Vladimir Putin, his top lieutenants and state television, is...

Ruling revives questions about DC death of ex-Putin aide

Mar. 12, 2019 9:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a foggy November morning in 2015, a heavily intoxicated man showed up before dawn at the Dupont Circle Hotel, forked over $1,200 cash for a ninth-floor penthouse suite and kept drinking. His bender continued all day. By the next morning, he was dead. Authorities concluded that he died...

US pulling last diplomats from Venezuela amid power crisis

Mar. 12, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The U.S. said late Monday that it is pulling its last remaining diplomats from Venezuela, saying their continued presence at the country's embassy in Caracas had become a "constraint" on U.S. policy as the Trump administration aggressively looks to oust socialist President Nicolas...