- Russia halts gas supply to Ukraine amid pricing dispute Updated: Jul-01-15 8:53 am
MOSCOW - The Russian gas company Gazprom halted supplies to neighboring Ukraine on Wednesday after the collapse of pricing talks, a company official said - but an EU official said the dispute would not affect the flow of Russian gas to Europe.
- French minister: No new target date for Iran nuclear talks Updated: Jun-29-15 11:08 am
UNITED NATIONS - Negotiators trying to rein in Iran's nuclear program have decided not to set a new target date to conclude talks, France's foreign minister said Monday, and he warned that if an agreement isn't "very robust" other countries in the Middle East will seek to develop nuclear weapons.
- Putin urges all to fight IS group, backs Syria's Assad Updated: Jun-29-15 10:58 am
MOSCOW - In a surprise meeting with Syria's foreign minister, Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged his support Monday for Syrian President Bashar Assad and called on all Middle East nations to join forces to fight Islamic State militants.
- Putin and Russian political elite bid farewell to Primakov Updated: Jun-29-15 8:32 am
MOSCOW - Russia's president and political elite joined thousands of mourners on Monday in bidding farewell to Yevgeny Primakov, a former prime minister who also served as Russia's top diplomat and foreign intelligence chief during a long and distinguished career.
- Putin, Berlusconi spend weekend in - where else - Siberia Updated: Jun-29-15 7:10 am
MOSCOW - A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says Putin and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi spent the weekend together at a vacation home in Siberia.
- Pro-European candidate leads in Moldova vote Updated: Jun-28-15 7:07 pm
CHISINAU, Moldova - Near-final results gave a pro-European Union candidate a comfortable lead in the runoff vote for mayor of Moldova's biggest city Sunday, in an election seen as a test of whether the former Soviet republic moves closer to the EU or to neighboring Russia.
- Former Russian PM Yevgeny Primakov dies at 85 Updated: Jun-26-15 8:13 am
MOSCOW - Former Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, whose career included desperate but unsuccessful diplomatic efforts to avert wars in Iraq and NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia, has died. He was 85.
- White House: Putin calls Obama, discuss Ukraine, IS, Iran Updated: Jun-25-15 11:24 pm
WASHINGTON - Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama spoke by telephone Thursday and discussed continued tensions in eastern Ukraine and the fight against the Islamic State in the Middle East. The last time the men spoke was in February, the White House said.
- NATO: Risk of return to heavy fighting in Ukraine Updated: Jun-25-15 2:59 pm
BRUSSELS - Russian President Vladimir Putin isn't finished using his military in eastern Ukraine, the top U.S. military commander for NATO said Thursday as the U.S. and its allies outlined additional support for Kiev, including aid in defusing roadside bombs.
- Putin vows to further strengthen Russian military Updated: Jun-25-15 12:13 pm
MOSCOW - Russia needs a mighty military to fend off threats near its borders, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, in a stance that reflects soaring tensions with the West over the crisis in Ukraine.
- Europe seeks to counter Kremlin success pushing world view Updated: Jun-25-15 11:14 am
MOSCOW - Larry King's back on the air, beaming his high-octane brand of talk to households around the world. Where can you catch him? Kremlin-backed TV.
- US general: Russian military presence in Ukraine irrefutable Updated: Jun-24-15 11:26 am
VIENNA - The commander of U.S. troops in Europe has dismissed claims by Russia that it is staying out of the Ukraine conflict, speaking of "clear and irrefutable evidence" to the contrary.
- Russia extends ban on Western food imports for a year Updated: Jun-24-15 10:16 am
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin has extended Russia's ban on the import of many agricultural products for another year.
- Diplomats seek to calm Ukraine fighting, break stalemate Updated: Jun-23-15 6:11 pm
PARIS - The foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany tried Tuesday to revive high-end diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, amid escalating fighting that is throwing doubts on a shaky peace accord.
- Putin discusses Ukraine in call with Merkel, Hollande Updated: Jun-22-15 12:01 pm
MOSCOW - The Kremlin says leaders of Russia, France and Germany have discussed the Ukraine crisis before a new round of diplomatic efforts.
- Putin: Russian pipeline project to help Greece pay its debt Updated: Jun-19-15 8:05 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Russian President Vladimir Putin said after Friday's talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that a prospective Russian natural gas pipeline should help Greece service its debt, but the Kremlin said the question of direct Russian financial aid to Greece was not discussed.
- US official: Russian bombers threaten commercial air safety Updated: Jun-19-15 12:11 pm
LONDON - Russia's increasingly aggressive military flights near European airspace pose a risk to commercial air safety in the region's crowded skies, the commander of the U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command said Friday.
- US, EU ready tough Russia sanctions, in case they're needed Updated: Jun-18-15 3:33 pm
WASHINGTON - The United States and European governments have readied a new round of penalties against Russia targeting its energy and financial sectors as part of a sanctions-in-waiting strategy that officials hope will enable the West to respond immediately if Moscow-backed insurgents seize more territory in Ukraine.
- Russia angered by freezing of accounts in Belgium and France Updated: Jun-18-15 12:56 pm
MOSCOW - The Russian government on Thursday strongly condemned the freezing of Russian accounts in France and Belgium as part of an effort to enforce a $50 billion judgment for the destruction of the Yukos oil company.
- Russia to add 40 new intercontinental missiles this year Updated: Jun-16-15 6:55 pm
MOSCOW - Russia's military will add over 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles this year alone that are capable of piercing any missile defenses, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday in a blunt reminder of the nation's nuclear might amid tensions with the West over Ukraine.
- Russian soldier stabbed to death in Armenia Updated: Jun-15-15 7:13 am
YEREVAN, Armenia - A Russian soldier has been found stabbed to death near the Russian military base where he served in Armenia, in the second fatal incident involving a Russian soldier at the base this year.
- Putin, Erdogan meet, discuss gas pipeline Updated: Jun-13-15 11:54 am
MOSCOW - The presidents of Russia and Turkey have met and discussed a proposal for a pipeline that would carry natural gas from Russia to Turkey.
- Russia steps up military modernization - but at what cost? Updated: Jun-12-15 6:01 am
NIZHNY TAGIL, Russia - It has a remote-controlled turret, it bristles with state-of-the-art defense systems and its computerized controls make driving it feel "like playing a video game." Russia's Armata tank, which its creator says can be turned into a fully robotic combat vehicle, is the crowning glory of a sweeping military modernization drive that is rumbling forward amid a perilous confrontation with the West over Ukraine.
- Russia's new Armata tank: step toward fully robotic vehicles Updated: Jun-12-15 2:28 am
NIZHNY TAGIL, Russia - Russia's new tank, the Armata, is expected to form the backbone of the nation's armed forces for years to come. Its designers say the new machine may evolve into a fully robotic vehicle that could operate autonomously on the battlefield. Here is a look at some of the key features of the new tank:
- Pope tells Putin: 'Sincere' peace efforts needed for Ukraine Updated: Jun-10-15 10:20 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis encouraged Russian President Vladimir Putin to engage in "sincere" international efforts aimed at bringing peace to Ukraine as the two men met privately at the Vatican on Wednesday.