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Putin says Russia will offer good gas deal to Serbia

Nov. 25, 2021 09:42 AM EST

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow would continue providing natural gas to Serbia on terms favorable to its ally. Putin voiced confidence that a new contract for gas supplies to Serbia would be signed quickly to replace the...

US concerned by Bulgarian president's remarks about Crimea

Nov. 22, 2021 11:54 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian President Rumen Radev drew criticism from the United States on Monday for his remarks about the status of the Crimean Peninsula — a day after he secured his second term with a landslide victory in a runoff election. The U.S. Embassy...

US seeks balance as fears grow Russia may invade Ukraine

Nov. 20, 2021 00:35 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The buildup of Russian troops near Ukraine has left U.S. officials perplexed, muddying the Biden administration’s response. Some Republican lawmakers have been pressing the U.S. to step up military support for Ukraine. But that risks turning what may...

Amid tensions, Turkey expands its offshore drilling fleet

Nov. 17, 2021 07:15 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is acquiring a new drilling ship to search for natural gas in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, the country’s president announced Wednesday, amid unresolved tensions with Greece and Cyprus over Ankara's offshore energy exploration. ...

Kremlin denies plans to invade Ukraine, alleges NATO threats

Nov. 12, 2021 13:37 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Friday rebuffed allegations that a buildup of its troops near Ukraine reflects Moscow's aggressive intentions, saying Russia needs to ensure its security in response to alleged NATO threats. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed Western...

Russia envoy: Moscow won't invade Ukraine -- unless provoked

Nov. 11, 2021 20:58 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador said Thursday that Moscow will never invade Ukraine unless it is first provoked by its neighbor or someone else, then cited what he called many threats from Ukraine and provocative actions by U.S. warships in the Black Sea. ...

The Latest: Greta Thunberg calls UN climate talks a failure

Nov. 05, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

The latest on the U.N. climate summit COP26 in Glasgow: GLASGOW, Scotland — Greta Thunberg branded the U.N. climate talks in Glasgow so far “a failure,” accusing leaders of actively creating loopholes in the rules and greenwashing their countries’ emissions. ...

Unity Day: Putin proclaims Crimea forever a part of Russia

Nov. 04, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin marked the national Unity Day holiday with a trip to Crimea, declaring the region will always be a part of Russia. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, a move that Western countries regard as illegitimate, in the...

Putin: Russia must build up defenses in view of NATO moves

Nov. 01, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday emphasized the need to strengthen the country's air defenses amid NATO's military activities near Russia's borders. Speaking during a meeting with military officials and arms makers in the southern Russian city of...

Turkey's Lake Tuz dries up due to climate change, farming

Oct. 28, 2021 08:07 AM EDT

KONYA, Turkey (AP) — For centuries, Lake Tuz in central Turkey has hosted huge colonies of flamingos that migrate and breed there when the weather is warm, feeding on algae in the lake’s shallow waters. This summer, however, a heart-wrenching scene replaced the usual...