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Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin during their meetingin the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Putin has named Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin as Russia's new prime minister. The 53-year-old Mishustin has worked in the government since 1998. Mishustin has a kept low profile while serving as the head of the Federal Tax Service since 2010. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Poland, Lithuania vow to resist Russian historical offensive

Jan. 16, 2020 11:38 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Poland and Lithuania are working together to defend themselves against a Russian historical offensive that seeks to minimize Soviet responsibility for the outbreak of World War II, their foreign ministers said Thursday. Linas Linkevicius of Lithuania and Jacek Czaputowicz of...

EU comes to aid of Poland over WWII row with Russia

Jan. 15, 2020 10:07 AM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The European Union executive has come to the aid of Poland, which is involved in a bitter dispute with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Poland's role in World War II. EU Commissioner Vera Jourova told the parliament Wednesday that she “rejects any false claim" that...

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to discuss Britain's departure from the bloc amid some relief that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has secured an election majority that should allow him to push the Brexit deal through parliament. (Christian Hartmann, Pool Photo via AP)

Polish PM accuses Putin of lying about outbreak of WWII

Dec. 29, 2019 3:41 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been lying in remarks blaming Poland for the outbreak of World War II, and argued that Putin is doing it to deflect from recent Russian political failures. Putin has said on several recent occasions that...

Russian ambassador to Poland summoned for Putin WWII remarks

Dec. 27, 2019 4:28 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Russian ambassador to Poland was summoned by the Polish Foreign Ministry on Friday after Russian President Vladimir Putin repeatedly blamed Poland in past days for the outbreak of World War II. The Polish state news agency PAP reported that Ambassador Sergey Andreev was...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2006, file photo, a portrait of former President John F. Kennedy, framed by Christmas decorations, hangs in the White House in Washington. A copy of Kennedy's 1961 letter reassuring an 8-year-old Michigan girl, who had written him concerned that Santa would be killed if Russia tested a nuclear bomb at the North Pole, is being featured in December 2019 at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)

JFK letter promising Santa safe during Cold War on display

Dec. 25, 2019 8:44 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — In the throes of the Cold War, the Soviet Union was planning to test a massive nuclear bomb in the Arctic Circle. But in a letter to then-President John F. Kennedy, a young Michigan girl was most concerned about the North Pole's most famous resident. “Please stop the Russians from...

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits an exhibition ahead of an annual meeting with top military officials in the National Defense Control Center in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019.Putin said that Russia is the only country in the world that has hypersonic weapons even though its military spending is a fraction of the U.S. military budget. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin rebuffs Western criticism of 1939 Stalin-Hitler pact

Dec. 24, 2019 9:14 AM EST

Russian President Vladimir Putin countered European criticism of a 1939 Soviet pact with Nazi Germany on Tuesday, charging that collusion with Adolf Hitler by Western powers paved the way for World War II. Speaking at a meeting with Russia's top military brass, Putin described a recent European Parliament...

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in St.Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. (Anatoly Maltsev/Pool Photo via AP)

Putin bristles at Western criticism of 1939 Soviet-Nazi pact

Dec. 20, 2019 10:41 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday strongly rejected Western criticism of a 1939 Soviet pact with Nazi Germany, arguing that Western powers, not the Soviet Union, were responsible for trying to appease the Nazis. World War II still evokes painful memories in Russia, which lost an...

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. Russian President Vladimir Putin called the U.S. impeachment process

Putin says Trump was impeached for 'far-fetched' reasons

Dec. 19, 2019 11:39 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump was impeached for “far-fetched” reasons, calling the move by Democrats a continuation of their fight against the Republican leader. “It's simply a continuation of internal political...

FILE - In this May 2, 2005 file photo, Natan Sharansky pauses during an interview with The Associated Press at his office in Jerusalem. The former Soviet dissident has been awarded Israel's prestigious Genesis Prize for a lifetime of work promoting political and religious freedoms, organizers announced Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Natan Sharansky receives Israel's prestigious Genesis Prize

Dec. 10, 2019 11:43 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky has been awarded Israel's prestigious 2020 Genesis Prize for a lifetime of work promoting political and religious freedoms, organizers announced Tuesday. The $1 million award is granted each year to a person recognized for outstanding professional...

Britain's Queen Elizabeth talks to Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel during a reception at Buckingham Palace, as NATO leaders gather to mark 70 years of the alliance, in London, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump and his NATO counterparts were gathering in London Tuesday to mark the alliance's 70th birthday amid deep tensions as spats between leaders expose a lack of unity that risks undermining military organization's credibility. (Yui Mok/Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: Macron wants bigger Europe military role in NATO

Dec. 3, 2019 2:07 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the NATO summit in London (all times local): 7:05 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron said Europeans should play a greater role within the NATO military alliance in order to be less dependent on the United States. Macron said he wants “more European defense to get ... a...