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What They Want: Divergent goals for Biden, Putin at summit

Jun. 15, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — An American president won’t side with Moscow over his own intelligence agencies. There will be no talk of a “reset” in Russian relations. And it is highly doubtful that anyone will gaze into Vladimir Putin’s eyes and discuss his soul. But beyond...

At an arms control crossroads, Biden and Putin face choices

Jun. 13, 2021 07:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At a low point in U.S.-Russian relations, President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin appear to agree broadly on at least one thing — their first face-to-face meeting Wednesday is a chance to set the stage for a new era in arms control. ...

Russia spars with EU and US at meeting on EU-UN cooperation

Jun. 11, 2021 00:51 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia sparred with the European Union and the United States at a U.N. meeting Thursday that highlighted the strained relations between Moscow, Brussels and Washington. Estonia, which holds the Security Council presidency this month, organized the...

Biden invites Ukrainian president to White House this summer

Jun. 07, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for a White House visit this summer. National security adviser Jake Sullivan said Biden extended the invitation during a phone call on Monday with Zelenskyy, who has publicly...

Russia chafes at Ukrainian team's shirt for Euro 2020

Jun. 07, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A tense tug-of-war between Russia and Ukraine has spread to soccer, with Russian officials and lawmakers denouncing the design of the Ukrainian national team's shirt for this month's European Championship. The yellow-and-blue Ukrainian design features a...

Major Russian fund to ditch dollar, buy euros, yuan, gold

Jun. 03, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia said Thursday it will completely remove the U.S. dollar from its rainy day fund, a move intended to counter American pressure two weeks before a summit of the two countries' leaders. Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told an economic forum in St....

Kremlin tempers expectations for Putin-Biden summit in June

May. 26, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin sought Wednesday to temper expectations for next month's summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden but noted the meeting's importance amid soaring tensions between their countries. Putin spokesman Dmitry...

AP PHOTOS: Eurovision delivers decades of songs, spectacle

May. 20, 2021 02:52 AM EDT

Once a year, Europeans come together in a flurry of flags, spangles and disco beats to compete for the continent’s pop crown at the Eurovision Song Contest. The coronavirus pandemic canceled the contest in 2020 for the first time in six decades. But now it’s back. On...

US-Russia showdown looms as top diplomats meet in Iceland

May. 18, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Top diplomats from the United States and Russia are set to square off this week in Iceland for their first face-to-face encounter that comes as ties between the nations have deteriorated sharply in recent months. U.S. Secretary of State Antony...

Putin bemoans Ukraine's crackdown on pro-Russia opposition

May. 14, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday harshly criticized Ukrainian authorities for what he described as their crackdown on the Moscow-friendly opposition amid simmering tensions between the two neighbors. Putin's statement comes a day after Viktor...