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Putin names new Cabinet as key members of Russian govt stay

Russian President Vladimir Putin formed his new Cabinet Tuesday, replacing many of its members but keeping his foreign, defense and finance ministers in place.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 20, 2020

Putin sends his constitutional proposals to Parliament

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday submitted to parliament a package of constitutional amendments widely seen as an attempt to secure his grip on power well after his current term …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Putin fast-tracks effort to extend his rule in Russia

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fast-tracked work on constitutional changes that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024 while lawmakers quickly sealed his …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Putin engineers shakeup that could keep him in power longer

President Vladimir Putin engineered a surprise shakeup of Russia’s leadership Wednesday, proposing changes to the constitution that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in …


US allies fear Mideast strategy vacuum that Putin can fill

Russian President Vladimir Putin has had a busy week, stepping into the aftermath of the American drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Putin’s visit Tuesday to Syria was …


Merkel to meet Putin in Moscow for talks on Mideast crises

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Moscow on Saturday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid growing tensions in the Middle East and elsewhere, officials said Monday.


Putin weighs future options as he marks 20 years in power

As Russian President Vladimir Putin marks two decades in power , he boasts about his achievements but remains coy about his political future – a reticence that fuels wild speculation …


Polish PM accuses Putin of lying about outbreak of WWII

Poland’s prime minister says Russian President Vladimir Putin has been lying in remarks blaming Poland for the outbreak of World War II.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019

Raids and conscription: Russian authorities crack down on Kremlin critics

In Russian authorities’ latest crackdown this week on Kremlin critics, opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation office was raided Thursday, just days after one of his top aides was suddenly …


Putin says Trump was impeached for ‘far-fetched’ reasons

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.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

Russia, Ukraine agree to revive peace process

The presidents of Ukraine and Russia agreed Monday to revive the peace process on the bloody separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine and exchange all their prisoners, but they failed to …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Putin offers U.S. an immediate extension to key nuclear pact

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow is prepared to immediately extend a pivotal nuclear arms reduction pact with the U.S.


Putin says US ‘political dramas’ diverting focus from Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he’s pleased that the “political battles” in Washington have put on the back-burner accusations that Russia interfered in U.S. elections.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 15, 2019

France will host of Russia, Ukraine to seek settlement of conflict that has killed 13,000

The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France will meet in Paris on Dec. 9 to try to seek a settlement for the five-year conflict in eastern Ukraine that has …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

Trump says he is weighing Putin invitation to Russian Victory Day parade

President Donald Trump says he’s weighing an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the May 9 Victory Day parade in Moscow.


Putin hosts Cuban leader for talks on expanding ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Cuba’s resilience in the face of U.S. pressure as he hosted his Cuban counterparts for talks Tuesday on expanding cooperation between the old allies.


Putin aims to boost Moscow’s clout with Russia-Africa summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin courted dozens of leaders of African nations Wednesday at the first-ever Russia-Africa summit while a pair of nuclear-capable bombers made an unprecedented visit to the continent, …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Russia, Turkey seal power in northeast Syria with new accord

The leaders of Russia and Turkey announce a deal for their two countries’ forces to jointly patrol almost the entire northeastern Syrian border after the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Putin directs exercise of Russian nuclear forces

Russian President Vladimir Putin has overseen sweeping war games carried out by his nation’s strategic nuclear forces.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

Rudy Giuliani cancels paid appearance at Kremlin-backed summit in Armenia

Rudy Giuliani, whose actions as President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer have helped set in motion an impeachment inquiry, abruptly canceled his scheduled paid appearance at a Kremlin-backed conference in Armenia …


Russia’s Putin hosts Venezuelan leader Maduro for talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday reiterated his support for his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduro, who has made a surprise visit to Moscow.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019

Macron’s G-7 performance arms him for likely troubles ahead

French President Emmanuel Macron used the three-day summit of G-7 leaders he hosted in southwest France to showcase his political talents.


Turkey’s Erdogan visits Russian air show as Putin’s guest

In a show of burgeoning security ties between Russia and Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the opening of an annual Russian air show as a guest of President …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

Trump says would be ‘appropriate’ for Russia to rejoin G-7

President Donald Trump says it would be appropriate for Russia to be readmitted to a group of the world’s major industrial nations.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019

Analysis shows 12% could vote without paper backup in 2020

More than one in 10 voters could cast ballots on paperless voting machines in the 2020 general election, according to a new analysis, leaving their ballots more vulnerable to hacking.


Robert J. Samuelson: Is Putin right that liberalism is obsolete?

Vladimir Putin says many people around the world have lost faith in the liberal idea.


Ivo Daalder: The real threat to liberalism is the U.S.’ unwillingness to defend it

If liberalism is ending, it isn’t because Vladimir Putin says so. It is because we would allow it to happen.


Putin signs bill suspending participation in nuclear treaty

President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill suspending Russia’s participation in a pivotal nuclear arms treaty.


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019

Russian defense chief says there are survivors of navy fire

Some crew members have survived a fire that killed 14 sailors onboard one of the Russian navy’s deep-sea research submersibles, the nation’s defense minister said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019

Fire kills 14 sailors aboard Russian submarine

A fire on one of the Russian navy’s deep-sea submersibles killed 14 sailors, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday without giving the cause of the blaze or saying if there …