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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, reviews the honour guard with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vulin during a welcome ceremony in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Shoigu is on a one-day official visit to Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Russian defense minister visits Serbia amid Balkan tensions

Feb. 17, 2020 11:01 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Russian military cooperation with Serbia has reached a “fundamentally” new level, Russia’s defense minister said Monday as he visited his Balkan ally amid rising tensions in the volatile region. Sergei Shoigu said in Belgrade on Monday: “For our part, we...

Civilians flee from Idlib toward the north to find safety inside Syria near the border with Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Syrian troops are waging an offensive in the last rebel stronghold. (AP Photo)

Turkey, Russia to discuss grave situation in Syria's Idlib

Feb. 15, 2020 6:15 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — A Turkish delegation will travel to Russia on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria's Idlib province amid mounting fears of a humanitarian disaster there, Turkey's foreign minister said. Hundreds of thousands of civilians in Idlib province are scrambling to escape a widening, multi-front...

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko take a break during a match of the Night Hockey League teams in Rosa Khutor in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Lukashenko on Friday, Feb. 14 says Russia insisted on merging the two states during last week's talks on further integrating the countries' economies. He says

Belarus leader says Russia insists on merging the two states

Feb. 14, 2020 9:14 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The president of Belarus said Friday that Russia insisted on merging the two states during last week's talks on further integrating the countries' economies. “They understand integration as swallowing up Belarus. This isn't integration. It's incorporation. I will never go for...

Former Pittsburgh player Alexei Morozov named KHL president

Feb. 14, 2020 6:36 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Alexei Morozov was appointed president of the Kontinental Hockey League on Friday. The Russia-based league said Morozov was the unanimous choice of its board. His predecessor, Dmitry Chernyshenko, stepped down after being appointed a deputy prime minister in...

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks as he meets with members of a working group created to discuss constitutional amendments in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Putin said the changes in the constitution he proposed would only take effect if approved in a nationwide vote. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Ideas for amending Russian Constitution aired for Putin

Feb. 13, 2020 1:59 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin on amending the Russian Constitution produced suggested changes on a variety of topics Thursday, ranging from the protection of traditional values to the country's status as a nuclear power. Putin raised the idea of constitutional amendments last...

FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, May 22, 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin Putin, left, awards Russian intelligence veteran Alexei Botyan with the Hero of Russia award at the Moscow's Kremlin, Russia. Botyan, hailed for saving the Polish city of Krakow from being blown up by the Nazis during World War II, died Thursday Feb. 13, 2020, at the age of 103. (AP Photo/ Mikhail Metzel, Pool, File)

Russian WWII intelligence veteran Botyan dies at 103

Feb. 13, 2020 1:20 PM EST

Alexei Botyan, a veteran of Soviet intelligence hailed for saving the Polish city of Krakow from being blown up by the Nazis during World War II, has died at 103. Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Botyan as a “legendary intelligence officer” and a “true patriot” in a telegram of...

German accused of delivering machinery to Russian military

Feb. 13, 2020 4:01 AM EST

A German businessman has been arrested on suspicion of delivering machinery to the Russian military in violation of European Union sanctions against the country, prosecutors said Thursday. The suspect, the boss of a company based in southern Germany who was identified only as Alexander S. in line with German...

UN council endorses 55-point road map to end war in Libya

Feb. 12, 2020 9:18 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council endorsed a 55-point road map for ending the war in Libya on Wednesday and condemned the recent increase in violence in the oil-rich North African country. The vote on the British-drafted resolution was 14-0, with Russia abstaining even though Russian...

Estonia: Russia attack not likely but Baltics under threat

Feb. 12, 2020 10:37 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia's foreign intelligence agency says the likelihood of a military attack from neighboring Russia remains low, but that any confrontation between Russia and the West could quickly turn into “a threat situation for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Director General Mikk...

Syrian government helicopter is shot by a missile in Idlib province, Syria, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Syrian rebels shot down a government helicopter Tuesday in the country's northwest where Syrian troops are on the offensive in the last rebel stronghold. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Rebels shoot down Syrian helicopter as fighting intensifies

Feb. 11, 2020 4:58 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Rebels shot down a Syrian military helicopter in northern Syria on Tuesday, killing its crew members in a fiery crash, while the government kept up its relentless bombing campaign on the opposition-held region, with an airstrike in which seven civilians died, activists and news reports said....