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Treasury poised to ease sanctions tied to Russian oligarch

The Treasury Department appears set to lift sanctions on three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska despite concerns from lawmakers in both parties who say the Trump administration should …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:13 a.m.

Trump defends Syria exit as Putin, Erdogan fill a U.S. void

President Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw from Syria as the fulfillment of a campaign promise, pushing back against criticism from lawmakers in his own party that the abrupt …


Putin issues sinister warning on rising nuclear war threat

The world is facing a rising threat of a nuclear war because of the U.S. pullout from arms control treaties and its destabilizing military plans, Russian President Vladimir Putin said …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 10:17 a.m.

U.S. ally in Syria says pullout will aid IS, Putin disagrees

The United States’ main ally in Syria on Thursday categorically rejected President Donald Trump’s claim that Islamic State group militants have been defeated, saying a premature U.S. pullout would have …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 7:12 p.m.

Putin says rap is ‘drug propaganda’; should be controlled in Russia, not banned

Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, the popular music.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 10:45 p.m.

Trump barrels into G-20 summit after nixing Putin meeting

President Trump kicks off two days of diplomacy at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina on Friday after his abrupt decision to cancel a meeting with Russian President Vladimir …


Putin blames Ukraine for standoff, boosts defenses in Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday blamed the latest standoff with neighboring Ukraine on the presidential ambitions of Ukraine’s leader, as the Russian military announced it was boosting its defenses …


Putin mulls Russian response to U.S. exit from nuclear pact

Russian President Vladimir Putin has gathered his top military officials to discuss a response to the planned U.S. withdrawal from a key nuclear arms pact.


Trump says he ‘probably’ won’t meet with Putin in Paris

President Donald Trump said Monday he “probably” won’t be meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he travels to Paris later this week, but will meet with him at the …


Facing protests, Russia’s Putin offers pension concessions

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday scaled back plans to lift women’s retirement age by eight years to 63 as he offered concessions to a package of pension reforms that …


Russian opposition leader Navalny detained, hurt in Moscow

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained Saturday outside his home in Moscow ahead of planned nationwide anti-government protest rallies, and his spokeswoman said he was later taken to a …


Putin says latest U.S. sanctions senseless

U.S. economic sanctions against Russia are senseless, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday, voicing hope that Washington will eventually agree to a constructive dialogue.


Colorado legislative aide punished for Putin portrait prank

An adviser to a Democratic legislative leader in Colorado has been punished for helping a progressive group put a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin on brief display at the …


U.S. senator presents letter from Trump for Putin

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader’s spokesman said Wednesday.


Trump delays proposed Putin meeting until 2019

The White House said Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s proposed Washington meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin had been delayed until 2019, citing the ongoing probe into Russian interference in …


Eye on Boise: Risch has little to say about Trump, Putin

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, in line to chair the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next year if Republicans hold the Senate, had little to say last week about President Trump’s much-criticized …


White House: Russia call for Ukraine referendum illegitimate

The White House said Friday it “is not considering supporting” a Vladimir-Putin-backed call for a referendum in eastern Ukraine in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s meeting with the Russian …


Trump-Putin II: Planning fall event in aftermath of Helsinki

Unbowed by swirling criticism of his summit encounter with Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump swiftly invited the Russian leader to the White House this fall for a second get-together. Cleanup …


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 12:31 p.m.

White House: Trump ‘disagrees’ with Putin interview offer

The White House said Thursday that President Donald Trump “disagrees” with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s offer to allow the U.S. to question 12 Russians accused of interfering in the 2016 …


UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Trump backs down, says he misspoke on Russia meddling

Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to “clarify” his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he had misspoken …


Russia’s post-summit view: Praise for Putin, pity for Trump

While the U.S. leader went home to widespread criticism after their Monday meeting, the Russian president came home to universal praise in Moscow – even though there were no major …


UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018, 9:57 p.m.

Trump returns from summit with Putin to forceful criticism

In an extraordinary embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies’ firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election to his …


Standing beside Trump, Putin makes a clear reference to the subject of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting

Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed to offer an olive branch to special counsel Robert Mueller during a news conference after his summit with President Donald Trump on Monday.


After a jaw-dropping news conference, what does ‘America First’ really mean?

When the history of Donald Trump’s presidency is ultimately written, July 16, 2018, will have a special entry. On a day when the setting called for a show of strength …


UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018, 11:28 a.m.

Lawmakers call Trump’s performance ‘bizarre,’ ‘shameful’

Key members of Congress, including some Republicans, are criticizing President Donald Trump’s performance at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin as “bizarre,” “shameful” and a “missed opportunity” to …


UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

Finland protests: Human rights for all – and save the planet

Activists used Monday’s summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold two days of high-profile protests in the Finnish capital over a variety of grievances.


Victim’s son calls on Trump to raise UK poisoning with Putin

The 19-year-old son of a British woman who died after being exposed to a nerve agent first developed by the Soviet Union has called on U.S. President Donald Trump to …


UPDATED: Sun., July 15, 2018, 3:29 p.m.

Trump names EU a global foe, raps media before Putin summit

President Donald Trump says “nothing bad … maybe some good” will come out of Monday’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he attempted to lower expectations for what the …


UPDATED: Sat., July 14, 2018, 7:12 p.m.

Lobbying firm sought envoys’ help to salvage Russian company

A U.S. lobbying firm sought to recruit the ambassadors of France, Germany and several other countries to demonstrate international support for severing Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s control of Rusal, the …


Trump wish for warm Putin ties highlights policy disconnect

President Donald Trump’s persistence in pursuing friendly ties with Vladimir Putin has highlighted a growing disconnect within his administration over Russia policy. Trump speaks fondly of Putin and a desire …