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Talks on Ukraine would pose challenge of their own for Biden

Dec. 09, 2021 00:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said this week the U.S. would take a more direct role in diplomacy to address Vladimir Putin's concerns over Ukraine and Europe at large, part of a broader effort to dissuade the Russian leader from ordering a destabilizing new invasion of Ukraine. ...

Relatives say Russia sends a message with Chechen's slaying

Dec. 08, 2021 15:31 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Relatives of a Chechen man shot dead in Berlin two years ago accused the Russian government on Wednesday of trying to “send a message” to its political enemies with his slaying, the German news agency dpa reported. A 56-year-old Russian man is on trial in the...

Biden: "Severe consequences" for Putin if he attacks Ukraine

Dec. 08, 2021 14:25 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moscow will face a severe economic pain if it tries to attack Ukraine, but promised prospective talks to address Russia's concerns about NATO's expansion. Biden said he was...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Dec. 08, 2021 12:17 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Dec. 7 The Kansas City Star on Sen. Bob Dole and the spirit of compromise: Robert J. Dole — war hero, senator, presidential candidate, Kansan — has died, at the age of 98. ...

USSR's death blow was struck 30 years ago in a hunting lodge

Dec. 08, 2021 08:00 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — When the leaders of the Soviet Union's three Slavic republics met at a secluded hunting lodge on Dec. 8, 1991, the fate of the vast country hung in the balance. With a stroke of their pens, they delivered a death blow to the USSR, triggering shockwaves that are still reverberating...

Biden, Putin square off as tension grows on Ukraine border

Dec. 07, 2021 21:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Face to face for over two hours, President Joe Biden and Russia’s Vladimir Putin squared off in a secure video call Tuesday as the U.S. president put Moscow on notice that an invasion of Ukraine would bring sanctions and enormous harm to the Russian economy. ...

EXPLAINER: What's behind Russia-Ukraine tensions?

Dec. 07, 2021 09:37 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian and Western officials are worried that a Russian military buildup near Ukraine could signal plans by Moscow to invade its ex-Soviet neighbor. The Kremlin insists it has no such intention and has accused Ukraine and its Western backers of making the claims...

Ukraine: Russia sends troops to war-torn east amid tensions

Dec. 07, 2021 07:12 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities on Tuesday charged that Russia is sending tanks and snipers to the line of contact in war-torn eastern Ukraine to “provoke return fire,” an accusation that comes amid fears that a Russian troop buildup near the Ukrainian border might indicate plans...

Beyond Ukraine, plenty of issues for Biden-Putin talks

Dec. 07, 2021 00:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia’s military buildup on the border with Ukraine will be the top focus of talks between President Joe Biden and Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, but there are plenty of other thorny issues on the table as well, including cyberattacks, human rights, and US-Russian...

Biden-Putin talks on Ukraine crisis rooted in older dispute

Dec. 06, 2021 19:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Cold War ended 30 years ago this month, but one unresolved issue — how closely Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, can ally with the West — is now creating some of the deepest U.S.-Russian tensions in years. The dispute over Ukraine’s status and its...