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President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying commemoration ceremony for the 77th anniversary since the Leningrad siege was lifted during the World War Two at the Boundary Stone monument, around 50 kilometers east of St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (Alexei Danichev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin's moves leave Russian opposition with few options

Jan. 18, 2020 9:53 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin played it differently this time. Instead of openly declaring plans to extend his rule like he did in 2011, Putin proposed constitutional amendments to appear to give more power to Russia's parliament. Instead of announcing the move as a fait accompli, he said...

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, right, meets with Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, second left, in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.  The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Libya's rival military commander seeks support in Greece

Jan. 17, 2020 9:29 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The commander of forces fighting the U.N.-supported government in Libya visited Athens Friday in a bid to counter Turkey’s support for his opponents, ahead of a weekend summit on Libya in Berlin. Gen. Khalifa Hifter’s surprise trip to Greece came two days before the...

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...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on drafting constitutional changes at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Putin proposed a set of constitutional amendments that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024.(Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin fast-tracks effort to extend his rule in Russia

Jan. 16, 2020 3:05 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fast-tracked work on constitutional changes that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024 while lawmakers quickly sealed his choice for new prime minister. Speaking to a working group created to draft constitutional changes, Putin cast...

In this photo taken on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, Russian Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Putin has on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 named Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin as Russia's new prime minister. The 53-year-old Mishustin has worked in the government since 1998. Mishustin has a kept low profile while serving as the head of the Federal Tax Service since 2010. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Russia's new PM a career bureaucrat with no political aims

Jan. 16, 2020 12:35 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Mikhail Mishustin never had any political ambitions as a career bureaucrat and his name didn't come up as a top candidate to become Russia's next prime minister. But the 53-year-old Mishustin, the longtime chief of Russia's tax service, was tapped for the post by President Vladimir Putin. The...

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin during their meetingin the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Putin has named Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin as Russia's new prime minister. The 53-year-old Mishustin has worked in the government since 1998. Mishustin has a kept low profile while serving as the head of the Federal Tax Service since 2010. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Poland, Lithuania vow to resist Russian historical offensive

Jan. 16, 2020 11:38 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Poland and Lithuania are working together to defend themselves against a Russian historical offensive that seeks to minimize Soviet responsibility for the outbreak of World War II, their foreign ministers said Thursday. Linas Linkevicius of Lithuania and Jacek Czaputowicz of...

Correction: Putin's Choice story

Jan. 16, 2020 7:59 AM EST
In a story published on Dec. 30, 2019, about Russian President Vladimir Putin's political strategy, The Associated Press misspelled an analyst's name. She is Ekaterina S c hulma nn, not Yekaterina Shulman.
FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2019, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and China's President Xi Jinping shake hands prior to their talks on the sideline of the 11th edition of the BRICS Summit, in Brasilia, Brazil. China says Russian President Vladimir Putin's sudden announcement of constitutional changes that prompted the prime minister's departure won't affect increasingly close ties between Beijing and Moscow. (Ramil Sitdikov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

China says Russia ties not affected by Putin cabinet change

Jan. 16, 2020 5:17 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin's sudden announcement of constitutional changes that prompted the prime minister's departure won't affect increasingly close ties between Beijing and Moscow, China said Thursday. Under Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, the China-Russian “strategic...

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the State Council in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko )

Putin engineers shake-up that could keep him in power longer

Jan. 15, 2020 3:29 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin engineered a surprise shake-up of Russia's leadership Wednesday, proposing changes to the constitution that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024. Hours after he made the proposals, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev resigned and Putin named the...

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian prime minister submits resignation to Putin

Jan. 15, 2020 11:47 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a constitutional overhaul Wednesday to boost the powers of parliament and the Cabinet, a move signalling Putin's intention to carve out a new position for himself after his current term ends. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev submitted his resignation...