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Germany calls on Russia to prevent a new arms race

Jan. 18, 2019 7:19 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Germany's foreign minister on Friday urged Russia to save a key arms treaty with the U.S., to prevent a new arms race as a deadline looms. U.S. President Donald Trump last year announced that the U.S. is going to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty because of...

Russian fighter jets collide over Sea of Japan; crews eject

Jan. 18, 2019 4:54 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian fighter jets collided in midair in the Far East of the country Friday, the Defense Ministry said. One plane crashed after its crew ejected safely, but there is no information on the fate of the other plane or its crew. The Su-34 jets were on training flights when they came into...

Treasury poised to ease sanctions tied to Russian oligarch

Jan. 17, 2019 7:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department appears set to lift sanctions on three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska despite concerns from lawmakers in both parties who say the Trump administration should be tougher on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his allies. Treasury's decision...

Vladimir Putin gets lavish welcome on visit to ally Serbia

Jan. 17, 2019 1:27 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Vladimir Putin received a hero's welcome in ally Serbia on Thursday as the Russian president attempted to maintain political and economic influence in the Balkans, which is increasingly looking Westward. Putin's presidential plane was escorted over Serbian airspace by MiG-29 fighter...

The Latest: UK's May looks to rivals for Brexit's Plan B

Jan. 16, 2019 8:59 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 10:10 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May says she has started meeting leaders of opposition parties about Brexit and called for politicians to "put self-interest aside" and find a consensus on Britain's path out of the European Union. May spoke...

Senate upholds Treasury decision to ease Russian sanctions

Jan. 16, 2019 2:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has narrowly upheld a Treasury Department decision to lift sanctions from three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. A vote to move forward on a Democratic resolution that would have reversed Treasury's decision failed Wednesday on a 57-42 vote, just short of...

Kremlin calls idea that Trump worked for Moscow 'absurd'

Jan. 16, 2019 1:43 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Top Russian officials ridiculed the idea that U.S. President Donald Trump could have worked for Russia's interests, dismissing them Wednesday as "absurd" and "stupid." Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during a news conference that U.S. newspaper reports about Trump withholding details of...

Putin blasts US, West over NATO before Serbia visit

Jan. 16, 2019 9:29 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Vladimir Putin has accused the U.S. and the West of destabilizing the Balkans with NATO expansionist policies as Serbia prepares a hero's welcome for the Russian president. Putin arrives in Serbia on Thursday for his fourth visit to the Balkan country since 2001. A fountain on...

The Latest: Lavrov: Russia expects Syrian govt gains in east

Jan. 16, 2019 5:32 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the Russian foreign minister's annual news conference (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Russia's foreign minister says that Moscow expects the Syrian government to take over territory in the country's east following the U.S. military withdrawal. Sergey Lavrov told a news conference...

Some in GOP split with White House on Russia sanctions

Jan. 15, 2019 7:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost a dozen Senate Republicans broke with the White House Tuesday on Russia, voting to move forward on a resolution that would maintain sanctions on companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska. The Democratic resolution would stop the Treasury Department from lifting penalties against...