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Apartment of Russian investigative journalist raided

Apr. 10, 2021 06:10 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities took a prominent investigative journalist in for questioning after searching his apartment, and the news website he works for said the actions were likely connected to a story about one of President Vladimir Putin’s closest associates. ...

Kremlin says it fears full-scale fighting in Ukraine's east

Apr. 09, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Friday it fears a resumption of full-scale fighting in eastern Ukraine and could take steps to protect Russian civilians there, a stark warning that comes amid a Russian troop build-up along the border. The statement by Russian President...

Hungary to assist Slovakia in inspection of Russian vaccine

Apr. 09, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Slovakia’s deputy prime minister traveled to Hungary to ask for assistance in inspecting doses of the Russian-made COVID-19 vaccine, a day after Russia demanded Slovakia return the jabs. Deputy Prime Minister Igor Matovic said he went to...

Ukraine's president visits conflict area as tensions rise

Apr. 08, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s president on Thursday visited the area of conflict in his country's east amid an escalation of tensions that has raised fears of a resumption of large-scale hostilities. In Moscow, a senior Kremlin official sternly warned Ukraine against...

Russia wants Slovakia to return its Sputnik V vaccines

Apr. 08, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Russia asked Slovakia on Thursday to return its Sputnik V vaccines it has received “due to multiple contract violations.” The official Twitter account of the Sputnik V vaccine said Slovakia’s drug regulator “in violation of existing contract and in...

Lavrov says US policy towards Russia is 'dumb,' ineffective

Apr. 08, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat on Thursday described U.S. policy toward Moscow as “dumb” and warned that his country will retaliate if Washington imposes new sanctions. Asked about the prospect of new sanctions from Washington, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov...

Germany mulls possible order of Russian COVID-19 vaccine

Apr. 08, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s health minister said Thursday that the European Union doesn't plan to order Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine but his country will hold talks with Russia on whether an individual order makes sense. The EU’s executive Commission said...

Leaders of Russia and China tighten their grips, grow closer

Apr. 07, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — They're not leaders for life — not technically, at least. But in political reality, the powerful tenures of China's Xi Jinping and, as of this week, Russia's Vladimir Putin are looking as if they will extend much deeper into the 21st century — even as the two superpowers...

Russia to boost ties with Pakistan, supply military gear

Apr. 07, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister on Wednesday said Moscow and Islamabad will boost ties in the fight against terrorism, with Russia providing unspecified military equipment to Pakistan and the two holding joint exercises at sea and in the mountains. Sergey...

3rd health minister fired in virus-battered Czech Republic

Apr. 07, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Prime Minster Andrej Babis fired his health minister on Wednesday, the third to have been ousted during the pandemic in one of Europe's hardest-hit countries. Jan Blatny was replaced by Petr Arenberger, the director of Prague’s University Hospital...