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Russian planes continue to deliver S-400 parts to Turkey

Jul. 15, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey hopes to co-produce high-tech weaponry systems with Russia in the future, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, further defying its NATO ally the United States, which has warned the country of possible sanctions over its purchase of a Russian-made missile defense system....

Italy: Salvini aide behind lobbyist presence at Putin dinner

Jul. 14, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian premier's office on Sunday distanced itself from a lobbyist who is under investigation for allegedly seeking Russian money for Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's pro-Moscow League party, saying the man attended a recent dinner for visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin only...

Stalled Idlib campaign shows limits of Syrian, Russian power

Jul. 13, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Two months of intensive airstrikes by Syrian government forces and their Russian allies, coupled with a fierce ground assault on rebel-controlled Idlib province, have killed hundreds of people and caused massive displacement while achieving little to no gain for President Bashar Assad....

Turkey continues receiving Russian S-400 air defense parts

Jul. 13, 2019 4:09 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey on Saturday continued receiving components of a Russian-made air defense system, despite Washington's warnings that it will impose sanctions on the NATO-member country. Turkey's defense ministry tweeted the landing of a fourth Russian cargo plane in Murted Air Base, near the capital,...

US deciding how to punish ally Turkey over Russian arms deal

Jul. 12, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. edged closer to crisis Friday with NATO ally Turkey, which began receiving components of a Russian-made air defense system in defiance of Trump administration warnings that the deal would mean economic sanctions and no access to America's most advanced fighter jet. Despite the...

Despite US warnings, Russian S-400 systems land in Turkey

Jul. 12, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The first shipment of a Russian missile defense system has arrived in Turkey, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Friday, moving the country closer to possible U.S. sanctions and a new standoff with Washington. A Defense Ministry statement said "the first group of equipment" of the...

Georgia will 'wait and see' if Putin's softer tone lasts

Jul. 11, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Georgia's president says she'll "wait and see" how a debate in Russia about possible new sanctions against her country will pan out as she cautiously welcomed conciliatory comments from President Vladimir Putin as preferable to "threats." Salome Zurabishvili spoke to The Associated Press in...

Putin and Ukraine's new leader discuss east Ukraine conflict

Jul. 11, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin had his first phone call with Ukraine's new president on Thursday and discussions centered on the conflict in eastern Ukraine that has bitterly blighted relations between the two countries. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin and Ukraine's President...

Bolivian president visits Russia to discuss expanding ties

Jul. 11, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Bolivian leader Evo Morales has visited Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on expanding economic ties. Speaking after talks in the Kremlin Thursday, Putin hailed the "strategic cooperation" between the two countries, including Russia's investment in Bolivia's natural gas...

Trump officials warn of 'active threats' to US elections

Jul. 10, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration warned of unspecified "active threats" to U.S. elections as top security officials briefed Congress Wednesday on steps the government has taken to improve election security in the wake of Russian interference in 2016. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats,...