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Protesters in Belarus against deeper ties with Moscow

Dec. 8, 2019 10:13 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Several hundred protesters have braved the repressive climate in Belarus to hold a demonstration against deepening the country's ties with Russia. The Sunday protest by about 500 people in the capital of Minsk was the second consecutive day of protest in a country that usually...

Ukraine faces new challenges in peace talks with Russia

Dec. 8, 2019 6:54 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy sits down Monday for peace talks in Paris with Russian President Vladimir Putin in their first face-to-face meeting, the stakes couldn't be higher. More than five years of fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and...

Russia faces next wave of punishment in endless doping saga

Dec. 7, 2019 5:18 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The never-ending Russia doping saga hits another dramatic peak Monday when its Tokyo Olympics status and prospects for hosting international sports events are on the line. World Anti-Doping Agency leaders have been urged by expert advisers to take a hard line on Russian state tampering with a...

Protests erupt as Russia seeks closer ties with Belarus

Dec. 7, 2019 3:22 PM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Belarus spent more than five hours Saturday in sensitive talks on deepening ties between the two allies — a meeting that triggered a protest in the Belarusian capital among those who fear Russia's intentions. No immediate deal was announced after the...

Russian student given suspended sentence for protest calls

Dec. 6, 2019 3:25 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court on Friday handed a suspended sentence to a student vlogger on charges — widely seen as politically motivated — of inciting protests. Yegor Zhukov, 21, was arrested in August on accusations of making extremist calls on his YouTube vlog. He is among several dozen...

Germany: 'No understanding' for Russia outrage on expulsions

Dec. 6, 2019 6:59 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff is urging Russia to support the investigation of a killing prosecutors say appears to have ordered by Russian or Chechen authorities, and says he has “no understanding" for outraged reactions from Moscow. Germany expelled two Russian...

New Ukrainian leader heads to high-stakes meeting with Putin

Dec. 6, 2019 5:16 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — For new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a summit meeting with Russia, France and Germany marks a decisive moment in his push to end more than five years of fighting with Moscow-backed separatists in the eastern part of his country. While the Kremlin may share that objective, there...

New Ukrainian leader heads to high-stakes meeting with Putin

Dec. 6, 2019 3:57 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — For new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a summit meeting with Russia, France and Germany marks a decisive moment in his push to end more than five years of fighting with Moscow-backed separatists in the eastern part of his country. While the Kremlin may share that objective, there...

Former envoy: Putin likely ‘joyful’ about Ukraine theory

Dec. 5, 2019 9:32 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former ambassador to Russia said Vladimir Putin is likely “joyful” about the renewed prominence of a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine was responsible for meddling in the 2016 election, which experts consider Russian disinformation....

Putin offers US an immediate extension to key nuclear pact

Dec. 5, 2019 2:47 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin offered Thursday to immediately extend the only remaining nuclear arms reduction pact with the United States, but a senior U.S. official said Washington wants a broader deal involving China. Speaking at a meeting with military officials, Putin said that Russia...