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FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrives to attend a meeting in Moscow, Russia. Russia's top diplomat has on Friday, July 10 dismissed U.S. intelligence information alleging that Moscow has offered bounties to the Taliban for killing American soldiers in Afghanistan as part of the U.S. political infighting. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Russia's foreign minister mocks intel on bounties to Taliban

Jul. 10, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s top diplomat on Friday dismissed U.S. intelligence information alleging that Moscow offered bounties to the Taliban for killing American soldiers as a product of election year politics in Washington. U.S. intelligence officials said information about Russia's alleged bounties...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, attends a meeting with Sweden's Foreign Minister Ann Linde in Moscow, Russia. Lavrov said Friday, July 10 that contacts with the U.S. negotiators leave little optimism about the possibility of extending the New START arms control treaty that expires next February. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, file)

Russia skeptical about nuclear pact extension prospects

Jul. 10, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat said Friday he's not very optimistic about prospects for an extension of the last remaining U.S.-Russia arms control agreement because of Washington's focus on making China sign up to the pact. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that Russia only wants to keep the New...

Russian FM hosts speaker of Libya's east-based parliament

Jul. 3, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat met Friday with the speaker of the parliament based in eastern Libya to discuss a political settlement for the conflict-stricken country. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the start of his talks with parliament speaker Aguila Saleh that Moscow supports a cease-fire...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov listens as Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic speaks during a joint press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, June 18, 2020. Lavrov is on a two-day official visit to Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Moscow sees no need to mediate India-China standoff

Jun. 23, 2020 7:37 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will not be stepping in to mediate between China and India following a deadly border clash in the Himalayas, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday. Sergey Lavrov said after a video call with his Chinese and Indian counterparts that Beijing and New Delhi don't need outside...

FILE - In this June 17, 2020, file photo, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, left, and Muhammed Tahir Siyala, Foreign Minister of Libya's internationally-recognized government, speak at the airport, in Tripoli, Libya. Libya’s eastern-based forces have lost the chance to engage in a political solution to the North African country’s conflict, Turkey's foreign minister said Saturday, June 20, 2020. (Fatih Aktas/Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool, File)

Egyptian president says Libyan city Sirte a 'red line'

Jun. 20, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president Saturday warned that an attempt by Turkey-backed forces in Libya to attack the strategic city of Sirte would cross a “red line" and trigger a direct Egyptian military intervention into the conflict. Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, in televised comments, said Egypt could...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 9, 2020 file photo, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko gives a speech during a military parade that marked the 75th anniversary of the allied victory over Nazi Germany, in Minsk, Belarus. Lukashenko said Friday, June 19 that his government has thwarted plans to destabilize Belarus ahead of a presidential vote in August, a statement that follows the detention of his top challenger, Viktor Babariko, the former head of Russia-owned Belgazprombank.(Sergei Gapon/Pool via AP, File)

Belarus' authoritarian leader claims foreign plot thwarted

Jun. 19, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The president of Belarus said Friday that his government thwarted a foreign-inspired plot to destabilize the ex-Soviet nation before the August presidential election in which he is seeking a sixth term. The claim by President Alexander Lukashenko followed the detention Thursday of...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, shakes hands with Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic after a joint press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, June 18, 2020. Lavrov is on a two-day official visit to Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

With US summit planned, Russia prefers EU-Kosovo mediation

Jun. 18, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Russia's foreign minister said Thursday that Moscow will need to approve any solution reached in peace talks between Kosovo and Serbia that have gained momentum after U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoy called for a summit between the two former wartime foes in the White...

Czech ambassador to Russia, Vitezslav Pivonka speaks to the media as he leaves the Russia's Foreign Ministry building in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 15, 2020. Russia’s Foreign Ministry says it has expelled two Czech diplomats in a quid pro quo response to Prague’s action amid tensions rooted in differences over history. The ministry said it summoned the Czech ambassador Monday to announce the move, saying the two diplomats must leave Russia by Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russia expels 2 Czech diplomats in quid pro quo move

Jun. 15, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Ministry on Monday ordered two Czech diplomats to leave the country in a quid-pro-quo response to Prague's expulsion of Russian diplomats, amid tensions rooted in differences over history. The ministry said it summoned the Czech ambassador Monday to announce the move, saying...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell addresses an online press conference following an EU-China Strategic Dialogue video meeting with senior Chinese representatives at EU headquarters in Brussels, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Tensions between China and the bloc have risen in recent months, notably over allegations that Beijing might be trying to influence EU officials. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool Photo via AP)

EU rejects any US attempt to invoke Iran nuclear deal

Jun. 9, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top diplomat said Tuesday that since the United States has already withdrawn from an international agreement curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions, it can't now use its former membership of the pact to try to impose a permanent arms embargo on the Islamic...

Russia rejects US drive for permanent Iran arms embargo

Jun. 8, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister is accusing the Trump administration of unleashing a politically motivated campaign against Iran and is calling for “universal condemnation” of the U.S. attempt to get the U.N. Security Council to impose a permanent arms embargo against...