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Belarus’ leader vows the country won’t become part of Russia

Dec. 5, 2019 8:22 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The president of Belarus vowed again Friday that his country will not become a part of Russia, ahead of discussions this weekend with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over further improving their economic ties. Alexander Lukashenko told Belarus’ parliament that he...

Libyan officials collect evidence of Russian fighters in war

Dec. 5, 2019 3:31 AM EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Officials in Libya’s U.N.-supported government say they plan to confront Moscow over the alleged deployment of Russian mercenaries fighting alongside their opponents in the country’s civil war. Libyan and U.S. officials accuse Russia of deploying fighters through a...

The Latest: Greece and Turkey note ‘differences’

Dec. 4, 2019 2:07 PM EST

WATFORD, England (AP) — The Latest on the NATO summit near London (all times local): 7:05 p.m. Greece’s new prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, says differences between Greece and neighbor Turkey “will continue to exist.” Mitsotakis said he had “open talks” with Turkish...

Germany expels Russian diplomats in probe of Berlin killing

Dec. 4, 2019 1:14 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany expelled two Russian diplomats Wednesday over the brazen killing of a Georgian on the streets of Berlin in August as prosecutors said evidence suggested the slaying was ordered either by Moscow or authorities in Russia’s republic of Chechnya. The allegation by Germany’s...

Russia, Serbia pledge expanded energy, military ties

Dec. 4, 2019 10:05 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Serbia have pledged to expand their energy and military ties. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday after hosting his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic that they discussed Russian natural gas supplies to Serbia. Putin said Russia is willing to continue...

The Latest: Macron wants bigger Europe military role in NATO

Dec. 3, 2019 2:07 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the NATO summit in London (all times local): 7:05 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron said Europeans should play a greater role within the NATO military alliance in order to be less dependent on the United States. Macron said he wants “more European defense to get ... a...

Belarus invites EU-hopeful Serbia to turn to Russia-led bloc

Dec. 3, 2019 9:03 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Belarus’s president called on Serbia on Tuesday to establish closer ties with a Russia-led economic bloc despite the Balkan country’s efforts to become a member of the European Union. Alexander Lukashenko, a Russian ally, said at a joint news conference with Serbian...

Putin signs bill targeting journalists and bloggers

Dec. 3, 2019 3:26 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill into law that gives the government the right to register bloggers, journalists and social media users as foreign agents. The bill extends an existing law involving foreign-funded media outlets. That was adopted in 2017 in response to the...

Zelenskiy: Allies ‘can’t go blocking’ aid at time of war

Dec. 2, 2019 12:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in an interview Monday that he didn't speak with President Donald Trump "from the position of a quid pro quo" last summer. Zelenskiy says, “That’s not my thing. … I don’t want us to look like beggars.” Trump...

NATO under friendly fire as leaders ready for London summit

Dec. 2, 2019 8:55 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO leaders will gather in London on Tuesday as the world’s biggest military alliance, marking its 70th birthday, battles with one of the most confounding of adversaries: Itself. As thousands of troops stand ready along Europe’s eastern flank to deter Russia — the...