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US, allies pledge unity on Russia; to do what isn't as clear

Jan. 19, 2022 10:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden largely has rallied European allies to pledge as one that they will take tough measures against Russia if it rolls troops into Ukraine. But when it comes to what exactly the United States and Europe are willing to do, the allies haven't looked as united. ...

Russia moves more troops westward amid Ukraine tensions

Jan. 18, 2022 19:07 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is a sending an unspecified number of troops from the country’s far east to Belarus for major war games, officials said Tuesday, a deployment that will further beef up Russian military presence near Ukraine amid Western fears of a planned invasion. Amid the...

Russia denies looking for pretext to invade Ukraine

Jan. 17, 2022 17:16 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat angrily rejected U.S. allegations that Moscow was preparing a pretext to invade Ukraine, as Russian troops that are amassed near the Ukraine border launched more drills Monday. The White House said Friday that U.S. intelligence officials had...

Ukraine hacks add to worries of cyber conflict with Russia

Jan. 14, 2022 17:48 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Hackers on Friday temporarily shut down dozens of Ukrainian government websites, causing no major damage but adding to simmering tensions while Russia amasses troops on the Ukrainian border. Separately, in a rare gesture to the U.S. at a time of chilly relations, Russia said...

Russia demands US, NATO response next week on Ukraine

Jan. 14, 2022 09:54 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Friday strongly reaffirmed its demand that NATO doesn't expand eastward despite the rejection of that by the military alliance amid a Russian troop buildup near Ukraine. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that Moscow wouldn't wait indefinitely for the...

Swedes step up military contingency over Russian activity

Jan. 14, 2022 05:57 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A top military chief in Sweden said Friday that there is increased Russian activity in the Baltic Sea which “deviates from the normal picture,” leading the Scandinavian nation’s military to raise its preparedness. "We have decided to reposition our troops. It...

Russia's talk of troops in Latin America called 'bluster'

Jan. 13, 2022 22:53 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia raised the stakes Thursday in its dispute with the West over Ukraine and NATO's expansion when a top diplomat refused to rule out a military deployment to Cuba and Venezuela if tensions with the United States escalate. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov...

EXPLAINER: Why didn't China send troops to aid Kazakhstan?

Jan. 13, 2022 21:07 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China gave strong verbal backing to Kazakhstan’s leader for his deadly crackdown to quell violent unrest, but stood aside as Russia sent in special forces troops. Resource-rich Kazakhstan, on China's western border, has economic and strategic importance for...

Kazakhstan: Russia-led alliance's troops prepare to pull out

Jan. 13, 2022 13:50 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Troops belonging to a Russia-led security alliance were preparing to pull out of Kazakhstan, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday. The withdrawal comes a week after they were deployed to the ex-Soviet nation on the request of its president, who was seeking to quell violent...

No Ukraine breakthrough, but NATO and Russia eye more talks

Jan. 12, 2022 14:02 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States and NATO rejected key Russian security demands for easing tensions over Ukraine but left open Wednesday the possibility of future talks with Moscow on arms control, missile deployments and ways to prevent military incidents between Russia and the West. ...