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Russia revamps Arctic military base to stake claim on region

SEVERNY KLEVER MILITARY BASE, Russia (AP) — Missile launchers ply icy roads and air defense systems point menacingly into the sky at this Arctic military outpost, a key vantage point for Russia to project its power over the resource-rich polar...

 

US-Russian crew blasts off to International Space Station

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Russian-American crew of three blasted off to the International Space Station early Friday, making a second attempt to reach the outpost after October's aborted launch. A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying NASA astronauts...

 

Aid wars: US-Russia vie to ease Venezuelan crisis

MOSCOW (AP) — Call it the aid wars. The Trump administration is accusing President Nicolas Maduro of starving Venezuelans by blocking tons of American-supplied humanitarian aid stored next door in Colombia. In Russia, the Kremlin sees the...

 

Putin sternly warns US against putting missiles in Europe

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin sternly warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, saying Wednesday that Russia will retaliate by fielding new weapons that will take just as little time to reach their...

 

Russia and Turkey mull next steps in war-torn Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Wednesday to coordinate their moves in Syria as their governments bargain over zones of influence in the war-torn country. The leaders share strong...

 

Putin issues ominous warning on rising nuclear war threat

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a chilling warning Thursday about the rising threat of a nuclear war, putting the blame squarely on the U.S., which he accused of irresponsibly pulling out of arms control treaties. Speaking at...

 

Snubbed by Trump, Putin charms other players at G20

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Russia is putting on a brave face after U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly junked a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It's all about internal U.S. politics and "anti-Russian hysteria," Russian officials...

 

Putin says Russia will target nations hosting US missiles

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Wednesday that if the United States deploys intermediate-range missiles in Europe, Russia will have to target the nations that would host them. The stern statement follows U.S. President Donald...

 

Student gunman kills 19, wounds 50 at school in Crimea

MOSCOW (AP) — An 18-year-old student strode into his vocational school in Crimea, a hoodie covering his blond hair, then pulled out a shotgun and opened fire on Wednesday, killing 19 students and wounding more than 50 others before killing...

 

US, Russian astronauts land safely after rocket failure

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — The problem came two minutes into the flight: The rocket carrying an American and a Russian to the International Space Station failed Thursday, triggering an emergency that sent their capsule into a steep, harrowing...

 

NASA official: Tense moments but calm crew in aborted launch

MOSCOW (AP) — NASA's chief heard one reassuring sound over the radio link after the aborted launch of a Soyuz capsule with an American and a Russian aboard. It was U.S. astronaut Nick Hague calmly relaying information in Russian to flight...

 

Russia claims US running secret bio weapons lab in Georgia

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Defense Ministry said Thursday that the United States appeared to be running a clandestine biological weapons lab in the country of Georgia, allegedly flouting international conventions and posing a direct security threat to...

 

Putin hopes Europe will resist US pressure on pipeline

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday strongly defended a prospective Russia-Germany natural gas pipeline as economically feasible and voiced hope that European Union nations will be able to resist U.S. pressure to thwart the...

 

Russian space chief: No '2nd-tier status' with NASA outpost

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's space agency chief said Saturday that it wouldn't accept a second-tier role in a NASA-led plan to build an outpost near the moon, but Roscosmos spokesman quickly clarified that Russia is still staying in the project....

 

Putin seeks to defuse downing of Russian plane off Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike, killing all 15 people aboard, in what President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday was "a chain of tragic accidental circumstances." The...

 

Putin says latest US sanctions senseless

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. economic sanctions against Russia are senseless, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday, voicing hope that Washington will eventually agree to a constructive dialogue. Speaking after talks with Finnish counterpart Sauli...

 

Russian PM strongly warns US against ramping up sanctions

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's prime minister sternly warned the United States against ramping up sanctions, saying Friday that Moscow would retaliate with economic, political and unspecified "other" means. The tough message from Prime Minister Dmitry...

 

Russian cargo ship makes fastest-ever trip to space station

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian cargo ship delivered a fresh load of fuel, food, and other supplies for the International Space Station on Tuesday, making it in record time. The Progress MS-09 lifted off as scheduled at 3:51 a.m. (2151 GMT; 5:51 p.m. EDT...

 

Putin: New Russian weapons decades ahead of foreign rivals

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted about his country's prospective nuclear weapons Thursday, saying they are years and even decades ahead of foreign designs. Speaking before the graduates of Russian military academies, Putin...

 

Putin says willing to meet Trump whenever US is ready

QINGDAO, China (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that he's happy to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump once Washington is ready to hold the summit and welcomed Trump's call to bring Moscow back into the G-7 group of leading...

 

Putin: Cooperation with China at "unprecedented level"

BEIJING (AP) — Cooperation between Russia and China is at an all-time high, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Friday, underscoring how pressure from the West has magnified Beijing's political and economic...

 

Russia: US did not violate red lines during Syria strikes

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister said Friday that the U.S. sought out and respected Moscow's positions in Syria when it launched its air strikes last week. Lavrov noted that despite the escalating tensions between Moscow and Washington, the...

 

US, Russia trade rhetoric, edge toward showdown over Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — When the U.S. fired Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield a year ago after a chemical weapons attack, the Pentagon gave Moscow advance warning to get its personnel out of harm's way. Since then, U.S.-Russian relations have soured,...

 

A look at some of the Russian officials hit by US sanctions

MOSCOW (AP) — Some of Russia's richest and most influential people were hit with sanctions Friday by President Donald Trump's U.S. administration. In total, 24 Russian officials and tycoons face new restrictions while a dozen companies were...

 

Russia loses vote to join spy poisoning probe; next stop UN

MOSCOW (AP) — The international chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday rejected Russia's call for a joint investigation with Britain of the nerve-agent poisonings of an ex-spy and his daughter in England. But Russia said the number of countries tha...

 

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