Latest Russia government News

The Latest: Lineup leak not bothering England at World Cup

Jun. 21, 2018 10:09 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local): 5:05 p.m. England defender Trent Alexander-Arnold says manager Gareth Southgate is yet to announce his team for the World Cup game against Panama, despite photographs circulating of a note that appeared to indicate a potential lineup....

Former FIFA boss Blatter revels in visit to Putin, World Cup

Jun. 21, 2018 7:34 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Sepp Blatter came to Moscow and saw Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, defying FIFA's wish that its suspended former president's visit to the World Cup would attract little attention.   Blatter says he went to see Russia's president after watching Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco in...

Estonia says Russian government aircraft violated airspace

Jun. 21, 2018 6:43 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia says a Russian government aircraft has violated its airspace near the island of Vaindloo in the Gulf of Finland — the second such violation this year. The Baltic country's military says the Tupolev154M plane belonging to Russia's interior ministry spent about a minute...

Kremlin: Trump's national security adviser set to visit

Jun. 21, 2018 6:01 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says that U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser is to visit Russia. Asked to comment on an Interfax news agency report that John Bolton is due to visit Russia next week as part of preparations for a U.S.-Russian summit, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry...

Putin and UN leader Guterres show mutual respect in Moscow

Jun. 20, 2018 3:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The United Nations' secretary-general has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that he regards Russia as "an irreplaceable element" in international diplomacy. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said while meeting with Putin on Wednesday in Moscow: "Of course, we consider Russia as one...

Russia defense chief: Weapons in Crimea can repel any attack

Jun. 20, 2018 9:22 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Amid tensions between Russia and the West, the Russian defense minister has warned that weapons deployed to Crimea are capable of fending off any attack. Speaking at a meeting with top military officers in Crimea, Sergei Shoigu said "the high-tech weapons systems don't leave a single chance...

The Latest: Salah scores, but Russia beats Egypt for 2nd win

Jun. 19, 2018 3:59 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday at the World Cup (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Russia scored three goals in 15 minutes early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt that moved the host nation to the brink of the World Cup's knockout stage on Tuesday. Mohamed Salah won and converted a penalty...

Banned ex-FIFA president Blatter in Russia for World Cup

Jun. 19, 2018 3:38 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Banned by FIFA, Sepp Blatter was back at the World Cup on Tuesday expecting to see two games and hopefully Russian President Vladimir Putin. The former FIFA president landed in Moscow to fulfil a two-year-old invitation from the host nation's leader. Both did essential work to help ensure...

A big stink erupts over landfills ringing Russia's capital

Jun. 19, 2018 7:22 AM EDT

KOLOMNA, Russia (AP) — Walking to a store in March, Olga Yevseyeva was hit by the familiar, noxious stench of rotten eggs wafting from the town landfill a few miles away. It was a moment that changed her life. "This smell just made me explode with anger," she recalled of that spring night in Kolomna, a...

Top Russian and US diplomats discuss Syria, North Korea

Jun. 18, 2018 6:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday to discuss Syria, North Korea and plans for future U.S.-Russian contacts. The Russian Foreign Ministry said Lavrov and Pompeo focused on the Syrian settlement and also talked...