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Aussie PM Threatens to 'Shirtfront' Putin

Russian embassy mocks Abbott's Aussie Rules talk

(Newser) - If Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott walks it like he talks it, next month's G20 summit in Brisbane could be a more feisty affair than usual: Vladimir Putin will be in attendance, and Abbott says he plans to "shirtfront" the Russian leader over the downing of Malaysia Airlines... More »

China Thinks It's Spotted 'Putin's Tiger'

Russian prez helped release Kuzya into the wild in May

(Newser) - In May, Vladimir Putin helped release three rare Siberian tigers into the wilds of Russia's remote eastern Amur region. Now, after reports last week that one of them had crossed over into China (the New York Times called it a "territory grab"), Beijing is confirming the presence... More »

Happy Birthday, Vladimir Putin— Er, Hercules

One-day exhibit compares pint-sized strongman to, you know, son of Zeus

(Newser) - Today marks the blessed occasion of terrible despot / bird savior/ actual human embodiment of testosterone/ possible caveman Vladimir Putin's 62nd birthday, and in case you forgot to send cupcakes, well, old Vlad is giving the world a gift, and it's truly Herculean in scope: Dubbed "The... More »

I Was a Male Prostitute, Grave Robber: Depardieu

Actor's autobiography also says his mom tried to abort him with knitting needles

(Newser) - Gerard Depardieu—known most recently for scootering while intoxicated , defecting to Russia , and peeing on an airplane floor —apparently can't resist upstaging himself. In his new autobiography, That's the Way It Was, excerpted in the Daily Mail , the French actor ventures into what's probably TMI territory,... More »

US Jets Intercept 6 Russian Jets Near Alaska

Canada intercepts 2 more, while Sweden complains about 2 entering its airspace

(Newser) - Russian military pilots seem to be getting a little adventurous these days. A pair of US military jets intercepted six Russian aircraft near the coast of Alaska Wednesday evening, reports AP . The Russian pilots never entered US airspace, but instead remained in something called the Air Defense Identification Zone, which... More »

Russia Restoring Abandoned Arctic Base

Sends ships to New Siberian Islands amid international push for resources

(Newser) - Russia left an Arctic base behind in 1993, but with countries increasingly eyeing local natural resources, it's headed back. Russia has sent an anti-submarine ship, a pair of amphibious vessels, and a tanker, among other vessels, to the New Siberian Islands, the BBC reports. "The main aim" of... More »

Ukraine Gets a Ceasefire

Both sides agree to stop fighting this morning

(Newser) - It looks like the fighting will stop in Ukraine today, at least for a while. The government signed a ceasefire deal with pro-Russia rebels at talks in Minsk, reports the BBC . The deal was struck after Vladimir Putin, perhaps hoping to avoid new penalties from an ongoing NATO summit, floated... More »

Putin: I've Got a Peace Plan

He unveils proposal amid skepticism, NATO summit

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin insists that he and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko have agreed on the broad strokes of a peace plan, reports Reuters . But confusion and skepticism abound, especially because NATO is about to start a summit in which it will consider new sanctions against Moscow, along with a rapid-reaction military... More »

Ukraine Trumpets Ceasefire, Walks It Back, Rebels Kill It

Dizzying day in Ukraine-Russia diplomacy

(Newser) - Ukraine today announced a ceasefire deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin for eastern Ukraine. Then it quickly walked that statement back, as Russia denied it was even a player in hostilities and pro-Russia rebels outright rejected the move, saying no ceasefire was possible without Ukraine withdrawing its forces. The back-and-forth... More »

Russia Mad at Putin's 'I Could Take Kiev in 2 Weeks' Leak

Because it leaked, not because he didn't say it

(Newser) - Vladmir Putin supposedly told the head of the European Commission in a private phone call that "if I wanted to, I could take Kiev in two weeks," reports La Repubblica via the New York Times . The Kremlin hit back today, saying that even if Putin did say that,... More »

NATO Plans 'Rapid Reaction' Force to Counter Russia

Moscow warns of 'new military doctrine'

(Newser) - Tough talk as NATO-Russia relations continue to deteriorate: NATO leaders, who meet in the UK later this week, are planning a "rapid reaction" force that can deploy to Russia's worried Eastern European neighbors within 48 hours, reports the New York Times . The "spearhead" force would have a... More »

Putin Talks 'Statehood' for Eastern Ukraine

Ukraine says Russian tanks involved in battle for airport

(Newser) - Have the stakes been raised in the Ukraine crisis? During an interview yesterday, Vladimir Putin said "statehood" for eastern regions controlled by pro-Russia separatists needs to be discussed, the Washington Post reports. A spokesman for the Russian president later claimed he "was talking about inclusive talks" instead of... More »

EU Leader: We're Near 'Point of No Return' on Russia

Europe poised to hand out more sanctions against Moscow

(Newser) - Today's key phrase on the Russian-Ukraine situation is the "point of no return." The leader of the European Commission warned today that Moscow has brought the world to the brink of that point with its aggression toward its neighbor, reports the BBC . Jose Manuel Barroso spoke as... More »

Putin Praises Rebels, Urges Them to Free Trapped Troops

Pro-Russian separatists say they will comply

(Newser) - Moscow continues to insist it's got nothing to do with the Russian soldiers and tanks that have entered Ukraine to bolster pro-Russian separatists, but Vladimir Putin today made a point to praise the separatists' military moves. They have "achieved serious successes in stopping the armed operation by Kiev,... More »

Beware the Rise of 'Putinism'

Fareed Zakaria sees a troubling trend out of Russia

(Newser) - Welcome to the age of "Putinism," writes Fareed Zakaria at the Washington Post . By that he means a generally repressive governing ideology that Vladimir Putin has created over the years to sustain his power. The worrisome thing to Zakaria is that elements of Putinism already can be seen... More »

What the New Round of Russia Sanctions Means

And how Putin could retaliate

(Newser) - Amid tensions between Vladimir Putin and the West, Russians have shown little serious concern about the direction their country is headed. But with the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane and increasing sanctions from the US and EU , the mood appears to be shifting, the New York Times reports. Russian... More »

Obama: Putin Setting Back 'Decades' of Progress

US, Russia again tighten sanctions over Ukraine

(Newser) - The EU approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions today against Russia, followed swiftly by a new round of US penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy. The coordinated sanctions were aimed at increasing pressure on Vladimir Putin to end his country's support for separatists in Ukraine whom the West... More »

US: Russia Violated Key Nuke Treaty

Tests violated 1987 pact, administration says

(Newser) - US-Russian relations just slid a lot further downhill: The US says Russia has violated a 1987 arms control treaty that helped end the Cold War, the New York Times reports. The formal accusation of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty—also known as the INF Treaty—comes after years of... More »

Putin's Daughter 'Flees' $3M Pad in Holland

Maria Putin was told that 'it's time you leave'

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin's daughter may be persona non grata in Holland, and you can imagine why. Maria Putin, 29, hasn't been seen around her posh riverside flat in a town outside of Amsterdam since Malaysia Flight 17 went down in Ukraine, with 193 Dutch people among the victims, the... More »

Flight 17 Victim's Dad Writes Angry Letter to Putin

Hans de Borst says people behind attack 'ruined' his life

(Newser) - A grieving father who lost his daughter on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has written to Vladimir Putin, and he doesn't mince words. "Thank you very much Mister Putin, leaders of the separatists, or the Ukraine government for murdering my loved and only child, Elsemiek de Borst," writes... More »

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