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Biden raises concerns with Putin about Ukraine confrontation

Apr. 13, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Joe Biden urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to “de-escalate tensions" following a Russian military buildup on Ukraine's border in their second tense call of Biden's young presidency. Biden also told Putin the U.S. would “act...

Russia says troop buildup near Ukraine is a response to NATO

Apr. 13, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister said Tuesday that the country's massive military buildup in the west was part of readiness drills amid what he described as threats from NATO. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the maneuvers in western Russia that have worried...

NATO, US vow support for Ukraine, warn Russia on troops

Apr. 13, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States and NATO on Tuesday expressed strong support for Ukraine and warned Russia against pressing ahead with a major troop buildup along the former Soviet republic’s eastern border. In separate meetings with Ukraine’s foreign minister,...

Putin foe Navalny says he sues prison for withholding Quran

Apr. 13, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Tuesday he was suing his prison for withholding the Quran, which he intended to study while serving time outside Moscow. Navalny has been on a hunger strike for two weeks, protesting prison...

Russia’s FM in Egypt for talks on ties and Ethiopia’s dam

Apr. 12, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The foreign ministers of Egypt and Russia discussed trade and other ties between the two nations Monday, with Egypt’s top diplomat urging Moscow to help settle Egypt’s dispute with Ethiopia over a massive dam project. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey...

AP PHOTOS: From Moscow to Pacific, Russia glorifies Gagarin

Apr. 12, 2021 03:36 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — From a giant statue towering over Moscow to a more modest monument on the Sakhalin Island in the Pacific Ocean, dozens of memorials across Russia commemorate Yuri Gagarin, the cosmonaut who became the first person in space 60 years ago. Gagarin’s...

Soviet cosmonaut made pioneering spaceflight 60 years ago

Apr. 12, 2021 02:46 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Crushed into the pilot's seat by heavy G-forces, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin saw flames outside his spacecraft and prepared to die. His voice broke the tense silence at ground control: “I’m burning. Goodbye, comrades.” Gagarin didn’t know that...

Kyrgyzstan approves constitution boosting president's power

Apr. 11, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Kyrgyzstan’s national elections commission says voters have overwhelmingly approved a new constitution that substantially increases the president’s powers. The commission said results from 90% of the polling places showed 79% approval of the...

Kyrgyzstan votes on constitution boosting president's powers

Apr. 10, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Voters in Kyrgyzstan will cast ballots Sunday on whether to approve a new constitution that would substantially increase the president’s powers in this impoverished Central Asian nation. The referendum comes three months after Sadyr Zhaparov was elected...

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...