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Kremlin: No plans for Putin-Trump meeting in Paris

Oct. 16, 2018 10:24 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to Paris for an event that President Donald Trump is also set to attend, but a meeting between them isn't planned. Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said Tuesday that Putin will visit Paris on Nov. 11 to attend events...

Serb official denounces US ambassador over Kosovo

Oct. 15, 2018 6:12 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's pro-Russia defense minister denounced the U.S. ambassador to Serbia and suggested he should be thrown out of the country Monday for calling the former Serbian province of Kosovo a sovereign state. Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in a statement that U.S. Ambassador...

Syria reopens vital crossing with Jordan, UN post with Golan

Oct. 15, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

QUNEITRA, Syria (AP) — President Bashar Assad's government received a major boost Monday as Syria's commercial gateway with Jordan and a crossing with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights manned by U.N peacekeepers were reopened years after the war disrupted their operations. The simultaneous reopening of...

The Latest: Israeli military welcomes reopening of crossing

Oct. 15, 2018 7:33 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 2:30 p.m. An Israeli military official says the opening of a crossing between the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria "re-empowers" the United Nations after being driven out of the area by Syrian rebels. Maj. Nehemia Berki spoke on...

Military intelligence offers career path in today's Russia

Oct. 12, 2018 4:14 AM EDT

LOYGA, Russia (AP) — "First time here?" the conductor on the train that stops at the logging outpost of Loyga asks some departing passengers. "My condolences — there isn't even cell phone connection." This desolate village, deep in the far northern Arkhangelsk region, is the hometown of one of the...

Russia conducts massive exercise of its nuclear forces

Oct. 11, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military says it has conducted a massive test of the nation's strategic nuclear forces involving multiple missile launches. The Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday's maneuvers featured launches of ballistic missiles by the navy's nuclear submarines from the Barents Sea and the...

Putin meets Nurmagomedov, hails his win over McGregor

Oct. 10, 2018 1:01 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin has met with Khabib Nurmagomedov to congratulate him on winning the UFC lightweight title, and defended the fighter's actions in the brawl that followed his victory over Conor McGregor. Putin hailed Nurmagomedov's "convincing" victory in the highly...

Poisoning suspect honored by Putin in 2014, UK group says

Oct. 9, 2018 2:27 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — One of the two suspects in the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in England is a medical doctor in Russian military intelligence who was honored as a Hero of the Russian Federation by President Vladimir Putin in 2014, a group of British investigators said Tuesday. British police say two GRU...

A look at suspected Russian plots abroad _ and the plotters

Oct. 9, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Hacking computer networks, poisoning, election meddling — it's hard to keep track of all the Russian spies and agents suspected of committing crimes abroad on the Kremlin's behalf. The latest development: Investigative group Bellingcat has revealed new information about a Russian...

Russian influence rising in Balkans, Baltics, Central Europe

Oct. 9, 2018 9:50 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A week before a crucial election, Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik traveled to Russia for a Formula One race — not because he's a big fan but for yet another meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Footage from the race in Sochi showed Putin wishing Dodik "great...