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Russia starts army drills to respond to Central Asia threats

Jun. 24, 2019 4:40 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military has launched a massive exercise to simulate a response to possible security threats in Central Asia. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the five-day drills that began Monday will "check the armed forces' ability to ensure security in the Central Asian region that faces...

Georgians keep protesting despite speaker's resignation

Jun. 21, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — The speaker of Georgia's parliament stepped down Friday in the wake of violent clashes that left at least 240 people injured, but the move failed to assuage protesters, who returned to the streets demanding that the interior minister also step down over a brutal police response. A...

The Latest: Putin suspends flying Russians to Georgia

Jun. 21, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — The Latest on protests in the Georgian capital (all times local): 11:30 p.m. President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian airlines to suspend the transportation of Russian citizens to Georgia, saying the move is necessary to protect national security. The decree on the suspension,...

House panel to subpoena Russian-born exec after no-show

Jun. 21, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House intelligence committee says it will subpoena Russia-born business executive Felix Sater after he did not appear for a scheduled interview Friday to discuss his behind-the-scenes role in Donald Trump's effort to build a skyscraper in Moscow during the presidential election. House...

A brief look at the history of Russia-Georgia relations

Jun. 21, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Clashes between protesters and police in the capital of the ex-Soviet nation of Georgia have left more than 200 people injured, a bout of violence that was sparked by a Russian lawmaker taking the seat of Georgia's parliament speaker during an international meeting of lawmakers in Tbilisi....

The Latest: Iran doesn't seek war but will act if necessary

Jun. 20, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local): 1:25 a.m. Iran says it "does not seek war" but reserves its right under the U.N. Charter "to take all appropriate necessary measures against any hostile...

Russia to release 100 illegally captured whales

Jun. 20, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials have launched an operation to release nearly 100 illegally captured whales whose confinement in Russia's far east has become a rallying cry for environmentalists. A state TV reporter made the announcement during President Vladimir Putin's live Q&A show on Thursday,...

The Latest: Russian private military contractors in Syria

Jun. 20, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual call-in show (all times local): 6:55 p.m. President Vladimir Putin says that Russian private military contractors have been active in Syria, adding that they don't represent the Russian state. Asked why the government doesn't offer...

Putin open for talks with Trump, warns against force on Iran

Jun. 20, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he's open for a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump but doesn't expect quick progress on easing tensions with Washington. The Russian leader also strongly warned the United States against using force on Iran, saying it will trigger a...

Russian President Vladimir Putin says use of force against Iran would trigger a catastrophe

Jun. 20, 2019 8:44 AM EDT
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says use of force against Iran would trigger a catastrophe.