Latest Vladimir Putin News

Leaders of Iran, Russia, Turkey meet over Syria conflict

Sep. 16, 2019 4:01 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey are to meet in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria, with the aim of halting fighting in the country's northwestern province of Idlib and finding a lasting political solution to Syria's civil war, now in its...

Embattled Israeli PM fights for survival in do-over election

Sep. 15, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A visibly frantic Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the fight of his political life as the country heads to national elections for the second time this year. With Netanyahu locked in a razor tight race and facing the likelihood of criminal corruption charges, a decisive victory in...

Afghan government says elections first, peace deal after

Sep. 14, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government will only consider making a "legitimate" peace with insurgents after national elections are held this month, an official told reporters on Saturday, despite the atmosphere of political uncertainty following the sudden halt in U.S.-Taliban peace talks....

Taliban visits Moscow days after Trump says talks 'dead'

Sep. 13, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A negotiating team from the Taliban arrived Friday in Russia, a representative told The Associated Press, just days after U.S. President Donald Trump declared dead a deal with the insurgent group in Afghanistan. Russian state news agency Tass cited the Taliban's Qatar-based spokesman Suhail...

Ukraine fears forced concessions at talks with Russia

Sep. 13, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian president's envoy for peace talks with Russia-backed separatists expressed concern Friday that the leaders of France and Germany will push Ukraine to make unacceptable concessions to Russia. Ukraine and Russia have been locked in a bitter standoff since 2014, when Russia...

Russian spy case provides test for news outlets

Sep. 12, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — He may be A spy. But is he THE spy? That's the question bedeviling news organizations reporting on a story about the U.S. extracting a Russian official who provided information about Kremlin interference in the 2016 presidential election. CNN on Monday revealed the secret mission to remove...

US presents new effort to counter Kremlin influence

Sep. 12, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An intergovernmental coalition hosted a presentation Thursday about a new U.S. foreign aid initiative intended to help targeted European countries withstand Kremlin interference. The U.S. Agency for International Development describes its initiative, called Countering Malign Kremlin...

Some world hot spots see possible openings in Bolton firing

Sep. 12, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

In the world's hot spots from Iran to North Korea — and even among allies — some see opportunity in President Donald Trump's firing of his national security adviser, John Bolton. The hawkish Bolton repeatedly pushed Trump toward using military force and sanctions to accomplish the administration's...

Putin, Netanyahu meet before Israeli parliamentary election

Sep. 12, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Ahead of Israel's early parliamentary election next week, Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Kremlin has an interest in who wins power. Putin spoke Thursday at the opening of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the southern Russian city of Sochi. Putin says...

Israeli PM: Rocket attacks make new war in Gaza inevitable

Sep. 12, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that continued rocket fire from Gaza is making another war against Palestinian militants in the coastal strip inevitable, his latest headline-grabbing announcement just days before he seeks re-election. Netanyahu said advanced plans...