Latest Soviet Union News

The Latest: Macron wants bigger Europe military role in NATO

Dec. 3, 2019 2:07 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the NATO summit in London (all times local): 7:05 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron said Europeans should play a greater role within the NATO military alliance in order to be less dependent on the United States. Macron said he wants “more European defense to get ... a...

Lavrov: US-Japan security alliance ‘a problem’ for Russia

Nov. 23, 2019 6:00 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister says the U.S.-Japan security alliance poses “a problem” for Russia-Japan relations and complicates peace treaty talks. The two countries have been struggling to negotiate a peace treaty after World War II because of a territorial dispute. The...

The Trump impeachment hearings highlight immigrants’ stories

Nov. 22, 2019 10:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One came from northeast England. Another came from the former Soviet Union. A third was born in Canada to parents who’d fled the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Several witnesses who testified in the House impeachment inquiry this week chose to highlight their immigrant backgrounds,...

Ukraine: Troubled, unwitting star of Trump impeachment drama

Nov. 22, 2019 10:08 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine seems destined to be tangled up in other people’s problems. With four EU countries on one side and Russia on the other, this Texas-sized nation has been trapped in a tug-of-war between the Kremlin and the U.S.-led West ever since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union led...

Reagan statue unveiled in Berlin at Cold War speech site

Nov. 8, 2019 12:05 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Berlin unveiled a statue of Ronald Reagan on Friday at a site overlooking the location of the former president's iconic speech imploring the Soviet Union to remove the Berlin Wall. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the inauguration of the work a "monumental moment"...

'End of history'? 30 years on, does that idea still hold up?

Nov. 7, 2019 2:22 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Months before the Berlin Wall fell on Nov. 9, 1989, with the Soviet stranglehold over the Eastern Bloc crumbling, a young political scientist named Francis Fukuyama made a declaration that quickly became famous. It was, he declared, "the end of history." But the heralded defeat of Communism...

Berlin Wall's fall stokes memories of lost hopes in Russia

Oct. 31, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — When the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet Union stepped back, letting East Germany's communist government collapse and then quickly accepting German unification. Russian President Vladimir Putin now blames the Soviet leadership for naivete that paved the way for NATO's expansion eastward. Many in...

Adviser in impeachment spotlight has only-in-America story

Oct. 29, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Soviet-era immigrant who came to the U.S. as a toddler and grew up to become a decorated soldier and a White House aide saw it as his "sacred duty" to speak up. Now Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a 20-year Army officer assigned to the National Security Council, finds himself in the...

Putin hosts Cuban leader for talks on expanding ties

Oct. 29, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Cuba's resilience in the face of U.S. pressure as he hosted his Cuban counterparts for talks Tuesday on expanding cooperation between the old allies. Putin told Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel that Russia has always remained supportive of Cuba....

Prominent Soviet dissident Bukovsky dies at 76

Oct. 28, 2019 4:42 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Bukovsky, a prominent Soviet-era dissident who became internationally known for exposing Soviet abuse of psychiatry, has died. He was 76. Bukovsky died of cardiac arrest on Sunday after a period of ill-health in Cambridge, England, where had settled after being deported from the...