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Poland snubs Russia before World War II commemoration

Mar. 21, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish authorities have refused to invite a Russian delegation to a commemoration ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. Krzysztof Szczerski, an aide to the Polish president, said Wednesday in comments carried by the Polish news agency PAP that Russia...

Ukraine introduces new sanctions against Russia

Mar. 20, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president has ordered new sanctions against Russian companies and individuals involved in construction and other activities in Crimea. Top Russian lawmakers are among the people potentially affected by the decree President Petro Poroshenko's signed on Wednesday. It targeted...

Stanley Cup champion Capitals to visit Trump at White House

Mar. 19, 2019 11:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals will get a chance to celebrate their Stanley Cup championship with President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday. One player has already said he won't attend. Minutes after the Capitals beat the New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Tuesday night,...

The Latest: Russia defense minister meets with Syria's Assad

Mar. 19, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Russia's defense minister has visited Damascus to deliver a letter from President Vladimir Putin to Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Russian Defense Ministry said that during Tuesday's visit, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and...

Kazakhstan's president to step down after 30 years in power

Mar. 19, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the only leader that independent Kazakhstan has ever known, abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday after three decades in power, raising uncertainty over the future course of the Central Asian country. In a televised address to the oil-rich nation, the...

Putin visits Crimea to mark 5th anniversary of annexation

Mar. 18, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin led thousands to chant "Russia!" on a visit Monday to Crimea marking the fifth anniversary of the Black Sea peninsula's annexation from Ukraine, as NATO and the European Union once again strongly condemned the land grab by Russia. Speaking at an outdoor concert in...

Putin signs bill punishing those who insult the state

Mar. 18, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed bills restricting online media and making a criminal of anyone who insults the state — laws that critics see as part of Kremlin efforts to stifle criticism and tighten media control. A bill passed by the Russian parliament earlier this month...

NATO, EU condemn Russia's 2014 seizure of Crimea

Mar. 18, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO and the European Union are condemning Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula five years after Moscow declared the region Russian territory. NATO allies said in a statement Monday that "we strongly condemn this act, which we do not and will not recognize." They also...

Report: Ex-Putin adviser who died in US had broken neck

Mar. 16, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released documents show that a former adviser to Russia's president sustained a complete fracture of his neck "at or near the time of his death" in a Washington hotel room in 2015. The documents from the city's medical examiner were released to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in...

EU targets 8 more Russians over naval incident off Ukraine

Mar. 15, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has imposed sanctions on eight more Russian officials that it says were involved in the seizure by Russia of Ukrainian ships and crew in November. EU headquarters said Friday that it is slapping asset freezes and travel bans on the eight for "actions undermining or...