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FILE - In this April 26, 2019 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, attend an event at the Friendship Palace in Beijing. Putin and Xi have established themselves as the world’s most powerful authoritarian leaders in decades. Now it looks like they want to hang on to those roles indefinitely. Putin's sudden announcement of constitutional changes that could allow him to extend control way beyond the end of his term in 2024 echoes Xi’s move in 2018 to eliminate constitutional term limits on the head of state. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Putin's, Xi's ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West

Jan. 17, 2020 6:44 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping have established themselves as the world’s most powerful authoritarian leaders in decades. Now it looks like they want to hang on to those roles indefinitely. Putin's sudden announcement this week of constitutional changes that...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump says Pelosi, Dems defended Iran general

Jan. 13, 2020 12:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's relentless attacks on the impeachment investigation and Democrats' stance on Iran strained the truth on various fronts, from claiming that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani to asserting that even Ukraine's president said Trump did...

In this Jan. 9, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump speaks on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's distortions are across the board

Jan. 11, 2020 6:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump systematically fabricated his record before boisterous supporters and the eyes of the world this past week. To a core question — did the U.S. killing of an Iranian general avoid an imminent attack on U.S. interests? — there is no definitive answer days...

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches a navy exercise from the Marshal Ustinov missile cruiser in the Black Sea in , Crimea, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. The drills involved warships and aircraft that launched missiles at practice targets. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia's Putin attends Black Sea drills by the Russian navy

Jan. 9, 2020 10:18 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday watched a naval exercise involving multiple missile launches in the Black Sea. The Kremlin said that Putin watched the maneuvers from the Marshal Ustinov missile cruiser. The navy said the drills involved warships from Russia's Black Sea Fleet...

FILE In this file photo taken on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko walk before a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in St. Petersburg, Russia. Russia has halted oil supplies to Belarus after the two countries failed to renegotiate a contract amid talks of further improving their economic ties. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Russia halts oil supplies to Belarus in push for closer ties

Jan. 3, 2020 9:34 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Russia has halted oil supplies to Belarus as talks on strengthening economic ties remained stalled over concerns that Russia could effectively swallow up its neighbor. In a case that has echoes of Russia's relationship with Ukraine before it annexed the Crimean Peninsula, Belarus'...

Russia, Ukraine finalize deals for gas transit to Europe

Dec. 30, 2019 6:36 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian gas companies say they have finalized a slew of contracts ensuring uninterrupted transit of Russian natural gas to Europe. Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy hailed the agreements that were signed late Monday, saying they will allow Ukraine to get at least $7...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a statement on Iraq and Syria, at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago property, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Pompeo to visit Ukraine as Senate weighs impeachment trial

Dec. 30, 2019 12:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Ukraine this week, making his first trip to the country at the heart of President Donald Trump's impeachment. As the Senate weighs options for a trial, Pompeo will depart Thursday on a five-nation tour of Europe and Central Asia. Ukraine will be...

FILE In this file photo taken on Thursday, April 12, 2012, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin wears 3D glasses as he visits Moscow's Planetarium in Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares to mark his 20th year in power, as the longest-serving leader since Joseph Stalin. (AP Photo/Sputnik, Alexei Druzhinin, Government Press Service, File)

Putin weighs future options as he marks 20 years in power

Dec. 30, 2019 4:40 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — As Russian President Vladimir Putin marks two decades in power , he boasts about his achievements but remains coy about his political future — a reticence that fuels wild speculation about his intentions. Putin points to the revival of Russia's global clout, industrial modernization,...

FILE In this file photo taken on Saturday, July 28, 2018, Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, right, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa Theodoros II, left, walk to attend a ceremony marking the 1,030th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity by Prince Vladimir, the leader of Kievan Rus, a loose federation of Slavic tribes that preceded the Russian state in Moscow, Russia. The Russian Orthodox Church has cut ties with the head of the Eastern Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria following his decision to recognize Ukraine's new independent Orthodox Church. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Russia Orthodox Church cuts ties with Alexandria patriarch

Dec. 27, 2019 11:33 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church has cut ties with the head of the Eastern Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria following his decision to recognize Ukraine's new independent Orthodox Church. The Russian church's Holy Synod ruled late Thursday to rupture all links with Patriarch Theodore II of...

People celebrate the arrival of the train from Russia in Sevastopol, Crimea, after it crossed a bridge linking Russia and the Crimean peninsula on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. Ukrainian officials opened a criminal probe Wednesday after a passenger train from Russia arrived in Crimea via a new Russian-built bridge, arguing that the train illegally carried people across the Ukrainian border. (AP Photo)

Ukraine opens probe over Russia's railway bridge to Crimea

Dec. 25, 2019 9:00 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian officials opened a criminal probe Wednesday after a passenger train from Russia arrived in Crimea via a new Russian-built bridge, arguing that the train illegally carried people across the Ukrainian border. Earlier this week Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurated the railway...