Vladimir Putin

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Ex-CIA Director: Putin Is Playing on Trump's Ego

John Brennan believes Putin's flattery is meant to manipulate Trump

(Newser) - A day after being criticized by President Trump, a former CIA director questioned whether Russian President Vladimir Putin was manipulating Trump with flattery during the president's lengthy trip to Asia. Trump's trip was meant to be centered on trade and North Korea, but Trump remains dogged by things... More »

Trump Clarifies Stance on Election Meddling, Putin

Says he's 'with our agencies'

(Newser) - President Donald Trump says he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin believes it when he says Moscow did not interfere in the 2016 US presidential election. But Trump says he also believes US intelligence agencies, which have concluded that Russia did meddle in the election. "I believe that he feels... More »

CIA Weighs In After Trump Sides With Putin on Election Meddling

Director Mike Pompeo 'stands by' report of Russian intereference

(Newser) - Despite President Trump calling them "political hacks" on Saturday, CIA director Mike Pompeo "stands by" a report issued by the intelligence community that found Russia tried to influence the 2016 election with the aim of getting Trump elected, the Hill reports. "The intelligence assessment with regard to... More »

Trump: Putin 'Insulted' by Meddling Claim

He says he believes what Russian leader says

(Newser) - President Trump says Vladimir Putin has told him there was no Russian meddling in last year's election—and he believes the Russian leader. "He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did," Trump said Saturday... More »

US Will Defy Russian Order to Arrest Critic

But William Browder still doesn't feel 'safe'

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin won't be happy about this: The US is essentially ignoring a criminal complaint, which could see Kremlin critic William Browder arrested and extradited to Russia, where Browder says "I know they'd kill me in prison." The American-born British citizen was a top investor in... More »

House of Cards Taught Russian Trolls About American Politics

One way to better understand the American mindset

(Newser) - Members of the so-called "troll factory" that Russian President Vladimir Putin employed to influence the 2016 presidential election were required to watch House of Cards as part of their training in US politics, Yahoo reports. In a television interview broadcast Sunday by the independent Russian TV station Rain, a... More »

If Russia Fought the West, It Would Look Like This

Massive war games underway have neighbors worried

(Newser) - Pity, poor Veishnoria. Russia and Belarus are conquering the nation with a mighty show of military force that began on Thursday. Veishnoria, fortunately, happens to be a fictional nation invented for six days of intense war games. In fact, this year's Zapad games ("Zapad" means "West")... More »

Ukraine Suspects Russian Drill Will Turn Into an Invasion

Inside the apprehension over Zapad-2017

(Newser) - Newsweek's headline doesn't pull any punches: "Russia Is Preparing for a Massive War, but We Don't Know Where, Warns Ukrainian President." The story is based on comments that president, Petro Poroshenko, made in a Thursday address to parliament regarding Russia's Zapad-2017 exercises in... More »

Landslides Suggest N. Korea's Latest Test Was a Monster

First satellite images back up claims it was the North's biggest test yet

(Newser) - Two developments on the North Korean front: sobering confirmation of how just how powerful the last test was, and more words of caution from Vladimir Putin. In an analysis for 38 North , three scientists say commercial satellite images taken a day after the test show several landslides around the Punggye-ri... More »

Elon Musk Sees AI as 'Most Likely Cause' of WWIII

His comments were spurred by Vladimir Putin's thoughts on artificial intelligence

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin has talked about a great many subjects lately, and artificial intelligence is one of them. The Verge reported that on Friday the Russian president had this to say to students he was speaking to: "Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind.... More »

Putin: N. Korea Will 'Eat Grass' Before It Gives Up Nukes

He warns that use of force would be a 'global catastrophe'

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin refrained from making any criticism of President Trump at a news conference on Tuesday. Putin also condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test but warned against using military force against the country, calling it a "road to nowhere" that could lead to a "global... More »

US Pressure on North Korea Is 'Futile': Putin

His idea: End war games, end tensions

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin blasted US attempts to pressure North Korea over its nuclear missile program Friday, stating the two countries are "on the verge of a large-scale conflict" as a result. The idea that North Korea's nuclear missile program can be stopped "exclusively by putting pressure... More »

Trump Thanks Putin for Expulsion of US Diplomats

'We're trying to cut down our payroll'

(Newser) - President Trump, perhaps taking the "glass-half-full" approach a little too far, thanked Vladimir Putin Thursday for his decision to expel hundreds of American diplomats in response to new sanctions on Russia. "I want to thank him because we're trying to cut down our payroll, and as far... More »

Putin Goes Shirtless Fishing in Siberia

It's just the latest in Russian president's series of action stunts

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone spearfishing in southern Siberia's mountains, the latest stunt for the adventure-loving Russian leader, the AP reports. Footage released Saturday by Russian state television stations showed Putin steering an inflatable boat and fishing bare-chested with a rod in a mountain lake, accompanied by Defense... More »

Tillerson to N. Korea: We Don't Want Regime Change

'We are not your enemy'

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson says America wants North Korea to know one thing: "We are not your enemy. We are not your threat," he said Tuesday. "But you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond." The secretary of State said the US hopes... More »

Putin's Verb Choice Caused Confusion on US Retaliation

He used 'pack up,' but that doesn't mean he's expelling 755 Americans

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin's decision to reduce the American diplomatic presence in Russia in the wake of sanctions passed by Congress is raising comparisons to similar tit-for-tat moves during the Cold War in the 1980s. In early coverage, two themes are emerging: Putin miscalculated on his US strategy, at least with... More »

Putin: US Must Cut 755 From Embassy After Sanctions

Foreign minister warned of retaliation early Sunday

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin says the US embassy in Moscow will have to cut staff by 755 under new Russian sanctions, reports the AP . The move comes swiftly after the sanctions were overwhelmingly approved by Congress and the White House announced that President Trump intends to sign the legislation. The... More »

With Sanctions Bill on Trump's Desk, Russia Retaliates

Putin slams 'insolent' US lawmakers

(Newser) - The Senate voted 98 to 2 to approve new sanctions on Russia early Friday, and payback was swift: Russia's Foreign Ministry announced within hours that it is reducing the number of US diplomats in Russia as of Sept 1. and shutting down the US Embassy's recreational retreat, near... More »

Trump Ending CIA Program in Syria Opposed by Putin

The CIA will stop arming opponents of Assad

(Newser) - President Trump has decided to halt the CIA's years-long covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Russia had long pushed the United States to end the program, per the AP . The phasing out of the secret program was reported by the... More »

Trump Slams 'Sick' Reports of 2nd Putin Meeting

White House says it was just a brief conversation

(Newser) - President Trump says his previously undisclosed one-on-one with Vladimir Putin was no secret and no big deal—and the media is "sick" for suggesting otherwise. Trump reportedly spoke to Putin for around an hour after leaving his seat during a couples-only dinner with other leaders during the G20 summit.... More »

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