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Russia says it will take nothing less but NATO expansion ban

Jan. 19, 2022 12:15 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia maintained a tough posture Wednesday amid the tensions over its troop buildup near Ukraine, with a top diplomat warning that Moscow will accept nothing less but “watertight” U.S. guarantees precluding NATO's expansion to Ukraine. Deputy Foreign Minister...

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...

Poland: some 600 migrant crossings foiled this year

Jan. 18, 2022 09:41 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Border Guard authorities say that almost 600 attempts by migrants at illegally crossing the border from Belarus have been foiled so far this year. The attempts have continued since their peak in the fall, but the number of...

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...

EU extends Russia sanctions over Ukraine peace deal failures

Jan. 13, 2022 11:23 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday prolonged economic sanctions against Russia for six months for failing to live up to its commitments to the peace agreement in Ukraine, amid concern that Moscow may be preparing to invade its former Soviet neighbor. The measures target...

Latvia, Lithuania, Poland rapped over Belarus border methods

Jan. 13, 2022 09:44 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Latvia, Lithuania and Poland continue to use questionable methods to keep out migrants trying to enter from Belarus and are denying access to aid groups trying to help people stuck in border areas, senior U.N. refugee agency and European Union officials said Thursday. ...

Egypt leader criticizes Europe’s handling of migrant crisis

Jan. 11, 2022 14:03 PM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Egypt’s leader on Tuesday criticized Europe’s handling of the migration crisis and its refusal to receive refugees arriving at its borders, saying his own country has taken in millions of people who left their home countries. President Abdel Fattah...

Biathlon retirements mean new hopefuls take aim at Olympics

Jan. 10, 2022 10:29 AM EST

A flurry of retirements since the 2018 Winter Games left only a few athletes who will defend their Olympic biathlon titles, and the battle for gold will include a host of talented racers who have shown promise all season. Hanna Öberg of Sweden took gold in the women's 15-kilometer...

Kazakhstan adds uncertainty to talks with Russia on Ukraine

Jan. 08, 2022 14:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia’s decision to send paratroopers into Kazakhstan, where a crackdown on violent anti-government protests has left dozens dead, injects additional uncertainty into upcoming talks over a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. The question is whether the...

EXPLAINER: Kazakhstan seeks Russia-led security group's help

Jan. 07, 2022 17:19 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — In the face of mounting domestic unrest and apparent uncertainty over the loyalty of law enforcement and military forces, Kazakhstan’s president has turned to a Russia-dominated security alliance for help. Within hours, the Collective Security Treaty Organization,...