Latest Vladimir Putin News

G-7, Europe reach deal for price cap on Russian diesel

Feb. 03, 2023 17:04 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Friday that industrialized countries in the Group of Seven are imposing a price cap on refined Russian oil products such as diesel and kerosene, as part of a coalition that includes Australia and a tentative agreement from the European...

Along Ukraine-Belarus border, a war of nerves — and drones

Feb. 03, 2023 12:46 PM EST

BELARUS BORDER, Ukraine (AP) — The reconnaissance drones fly several times a day from Ukrainian positions deep inside the thick forest that marches across the border into Belarus, a close Russian ally, scouring sky and land for signs of trouble on the other side. Ukrainian units...

US seeks to expel Russian mercenaries from Sudan, Libya

Feb. 03, 2023 11:16 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The United States has stepped up pressure on Middle East allies to expel the Wagner Group, a military contractor owned by an oligarch with close ties to Russia’s president, from chaos-stricken Libya and Sudan where it has expanded in recent years, regional officials told The...

US ambassador's views on Hungary 'irrelevant,' minister says

Feb. 02, 2023 13:03 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian foreign minister accused the United States ambassador to Budapest on Thursday of trying to interfere in Hungary’s internal affairs, amid a growing diplomatic rift between the U.S. and the Central European country. At a news conference in...

Putin invokes Stalingrad battle as justifying Ukraine fight

Feb. 02, 2023 11:13 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday marked the 80th anniversary of the World War II Soviet victory over Nazi German forces in the battle of Stalingrad, and invoked the long and grueling fight as justification for the conflict in Ukraine. Putin laid a wreath...

Russia said eyeing eastern Ukraine push; Kyiv targets graft

Feb. 01, 2023 19:53 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia is mustering its military might in the Luhansk region of Ukraine, officials said Wednesday, in what Kyiv suspects is preparation for an offensive as the first anniversary of Moscow’s invasion approaches. Also Wednesday, President Volodymyr...

Russian arms dealer, son and front firms hit with sanctions

Feb. 01, 2023 11:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian arms dealer, his son, a group of front companies across Asia, Europe and the Middle East and their leadership have been targeted for U.S. sanctions in an effort to quell Russia's access to weapons as it continues its invasion of Ukraine. Russian arms...

Putin foe Navalny says he's in solitary cell for 6 months

Feb. 01, 2023 11:10 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said in a social media post published Wednesday that prison authorities have placed him in a one-person cell for six months, a move his lawyer described as part of authorities' efforts to damage Navalny's health. ...

Russian journalist sentenced for speaking out on Ukraine

Feb. 01, 2023 07:29 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow on Wednesday sentenced a Russian journalist in absentia to eight years in prison on charges of disparaging the military, the latest move in the authorities' relentless crackdown on dissent. Alexander Nevzorov, a television journalist and former...

NATO chief urges closer ties with Japan to defend democracy

Jan. 31, 2023 09:31 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg sharply criticized China on Tuesday for “bullying its neighbors and threatening Taiwan” and stressed the need for Japan and other democracies to work together with the alliance to defend the international order. Calling it a...