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Ukraine leader alleges Russia-backed coup planned next week

Nov. 26, 2021 17:46 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday claimed that his country's intelligence service has uncovered plans for a Russia-backed coup d'etat in the country set for next week that allegedly involves one of Ukraine's richest oligarchs. Both...

NATO chief warns Russia of 'costs' if it moves on Ukraine

Nov. 26, 2021 14:20 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia Friday that any attempt to invade Ukraine would have costs, as concern mounts about a Russian military buildup near its former Soviet neighbor’s borders. Ukraine says Moscow kept about 90,000 troops...

Putin: Talks with Armenia, Azerbaijan leaders 'constructive'

Nov. 26, 2021 13:07 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said the talks he hosted in southern Russia Friday with the leaders of regional rivals Armenia and Azerbaijan were “constructive” and produced a series of agreements on key issues. The meeting with Armenian Prime...

Japan seeks extra defense budget amid China, N Korea concern

Nov. 26, 2021 06:45 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Cabinet on Friday approved a 770 billion yen ($6.8 billion) request for an extra defense budget through March to expedite the purchase of missiles, anti-submarine rockets and other weapons amid rising concern over the escalation of military activities by China, Russia...

Merkel voices 'full solidarity' with Poland over Belarus

Nov. 25, 2021 11:59 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her “full solidarity” Thursday with Warsaw over Poland's tense border situation with Belarus. Merkel reiterated her accusation that Belarus was carrying out a “hybrid attack” by luring migrants...

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...

EU urged not to forget Belarus as bloc prepares sanctions

Nov. 24, 2021 12:20 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya appealed Wednesday to the European Union not to forget the plight of ordinary citizens and political prisoners in the former Soviet country. Tsikhanouskaya's plea came as the EU prepares new sanctions in...

Putin tests experimental nasal vaccine against COVID-19

Nov. 24, 2021 11:36 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he has taken an experimental nasal vaccine against the coronavirus, three days after he received his booster shot. Russia is facing its worst surge of infections and deaths since the pandemic began and is struggling...

EXPLAINER: Is Russia going to invade Ukraine?

Nov. 24, 2021 11:18 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian and Western officials are worried that a Russian military buildup near Ukraine could signal plans by Moscow to invade its ex-Soviet neighbor. The Kremlin insists it has no such intention and has accused Ukraine and its Western backers of making...

Armenian PM: Hotline with Azerbaijan set up after clashes

Nov. 23, 2021 15:30 PM EST

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia has reached an agreement with Azerbaijan to establish a hotline between their defense chiefs after last week's deadly clashes on their border, the Armenian prime minister said Tuesday. Nikol Pashinyan said during an online news conference...