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Germany apologizes for leopard jibe that upset some Africans

Jan. 26, 2023 08:56 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Germany apologized on Thursday for using a leopard emoji in a jibe at Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Twitter that ended up offending some Africans. The German foreign ministry poked fun at Russia's top diplomat during his tour of Africa...

Lavrov blames West for no Ukraine talks, defends navy drills

Jan. 23, 2023 16:30 PM EST

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Russia was willing to negotiate with Ukraine in the early months of the war, but the United States and other Western nations advised Kyiv against holding talks, Moscow's top diplomat said Monday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's remarks on a...

Russia, China to hold naval drills off South Africa

Jan. 19, 2023 10:05 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Russia and China will conduct naval drills in the Indian Ocean off the coast of South Africa next month, in another indication of their strengthening relationships with Africa's most developed country amid the war in Ukraine and global financial uncertainty. The...

Russia's top diplomat: West's 'hybrid war' won't stop Moscow

Jan. 18, 2023 05:33 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will achieve its objectives in Ukraine despite a “hybrid war” waged by the West against Moscow, the top Russian diplomat said Wednesday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the goals of Moscow’s “special military operation” in Ukraine are...

Lavrov: Ukraine must demilitarize or Russia will do it

Dec. 27, 2022 12:54 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's foreign minister on Tuesday warned anew Ukraine that it must demilitarize, threatening further military action and falsely accusing Kyiv and the West of fueling the war that started with Moscow's invasion. Sergey Lavrov said Ukraine must remove any...

Russia's Putin drives across repaired bridge to Crimea

Dec. 05, 2022 11:50 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to boost Russian morale Monday by driving a vehicle across a bridge to Crimea that a truck bomb had damaged in October. Putin took the wheel of a Mercedes to drive across the bridge that links Russia’s mainland with the...

European security org faces existential crisis at meeting

Dec. 02, 2022 16:23 PM EST

LODZ, Poland (AP) — A security organization born in the Cold War to maintain peace in Europe ended a high-level meeting Friday without a final resolution, underlining the existential crisis it is facing amid Russia's war against Ukraine. The war launched by one member of the...

Security meeting overshadowed by Russia's war, ban on Lavrov

Dec. 01, 2022 13:07 PM EST

LODZ, Poland (AP) — A meeting of Europe's largest security organization opened Thursday with foreign ministers and other representatives strongly denouncing Russia's war against Ukraine, a conflict that is among the greatest challenges the body has faced in its nearly half-century of existence. ...

Serbia names pro-Russian politician new spy chief

Dec. 01, 2022 12:53 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s government on Thursday named a staunchly pro-Russian politician as the Balkan state's new spy chief. Aleksandar Vulin, who served as Serbia’s interior minister in the previous government and held the defense ministry portfolio prior to that is...

Russian FM: US, NATO directly involved in Ukraine conflict

Dec. 01, 2022 09:26 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister accused the West on Thursday of becoming directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine by supplying the country with weapons and training its soldiers. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also said that Russian missile strikes on Ukrainian energy...