Vladimir Putin

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Biden, Power Go Out With Guns Blazing at Russia

Both describe Russia as major threat in final speeches

(Newser) - Donald Trump's plan to cozy up to Russia is "backwards" and all politicians should stand against it, says the current US ambassador to the UN. In her last major speech on the job Tuesday, Samantha Power urged politicians to prevent the Kremlin from "tearing down" a "... More »

Putin: Why Would Trump 'Need Prostitutes in Moscow?'

And people behind dossier are 'worse than prostitutes'

(Newser) - Donald Trump isn't the only person making recent claims of phony news stories . Vladimir Putin says an explosive dossier on Trump published by BuzzFeed last week, which included allegations Russia had compromising information on the president-elect, is an "obvious fake" and "nonsense," Russia's Interfax and... More »

Declassified Report on Russia and US Election Is 'Damning'

Report says Putin ordered an 'influence campaign' to help Trump get elected

(Newser) - A report declassified Friday by the US intelligence community states Vladimir Putin ordered an "influence campaign" during the 2016 US election to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump, CNN reports. According to NBC News , the CIA and FBI have "high confidence" in that conclusion, and the NSA... More »

Why Donald Trump Is Calling Putin 'Very Smart'

And why Twitter users are calling Trump's tweet possible 'treason'

(Newser) - After Vladimir Putin said he wouldn't deport US diplomats after the latest round of US sanctions against Russia, Donald Trump once again praised the Russian president, Mediaite reports. Putin said he would delay any sanctions until after Trump takes office, and the US president-elect tweeted in response, "Great... More »

Putin's Surprise Move: He Won't Deport US Diplomats

Despite recommendation from Foreign Ministry head, Putin says he won't partake in 'irresponsible diplomacy'

(Newser) - Not many would be surprised if Moscow retaliated for fresh US sanctions over what it calls "groundless" accusations of election hacking, and one proposal seemed to point in that direction: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he wants to expel 35 American diplomats in return for the US expulsion of... More »

After 'Successes' by Syrian Army, a Truce

Putin says Russia and Turkey are on board with newly announced ceasefire

(Newser) - The Syrian army has announced a nationwide ceasefire, the AP reports. In a statement carried by state news agency SANA on Thursday, the military command "declares a comprehensive nationwide cessation of hostilities as of midnight." State TV says the ceasefire paves the way for reactivating negotiations to end... More »

In 4-Hour Press Conference, Putin Gives Dems Some Advice

'Learn to lose with dignity'

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin had this to say about Donald Trump in his 2015 December press conference: "He is an absolute leader in the presidential race." Now that Trump has won that race, the Russian president had more to say about him and US politics in this year's edition... More »

SNL: Putin Pops Down Chimney, 'Hillary, Actually'

'Please, Mr. Trump, you are the gift'

(Newser) - The holiday season descended soundly upon Saturday Night Live, with Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump getting a surprise visitor down the chimney while Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton reappeared to make a Love, Actually-inspired cue-card plea to an unrequited love—a member of the Electoral College. After hearing a sound... More »

Obama to Russia: 'We Can Do Stuff to You'

Obama delivers final press conference of his presidency

(Newser) - President Obama held the final press conference of his presidency Friday before jetting off for his annual Hawaiian vacation. Here's what was said and what was said about it: More »

FBI Says Russia Tried to Get Trump Elected

It's the same conclusion reached by the CIA and National Intelligence director

(Newser) - The FBI is supporting the CIA's conclusion that Russia interfered in the presidential election with the goal of supporting Republican candidate Donald Trump. In a message sent to employees, CIA Director John Brennan said he had spoken with FBI Director James Comey and James Clapper, the director of national... More »

Hillary Clinton: Putin Was Getting Revenge on Me

She says grudge after she criticized Russia's 2011 elections led to hacking

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton spoke at a "thank you" party for donors Thursday night in New York—complete with attendees who cried as she spoke, per ABC News —and she says two "unprecedented" events led to her stunning defeat in the election, the New York Times reports. Clinton first... More »

NBC: Putin 'Personally Directed' Election Hacking

He had a 'vendetta' against Clinton, sources say

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin didn't just know about alleged Russian hacking to rig the election for Donald Trump, he personally directed it, senior intelligence sources tell NBC News , though it's not clear whether their assessment is based on new information. The officials claim that intelligence from spies and diplomatic sources... More »

Putin Ready to Meet Trump 'at Any Moment'

Russia 'prepared to do its bit' toward normalizing relations

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin says he's prepared to meet President-elect Donald Trump at any time. When asked by journalists about the possibility of arranging a meeting with Trump, Putin said, "We are ready at any moment. There are no problems from our side," according to an interview... More »

Conway: Search for SecState Expanding

And might add Jon Huntsman to the list

(Newser) - Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Bob Corker, and David Petraeus: Donald Trump's shortlist for secretary of state is evidently not as short as previously thought, reports Politico . "It is true that he’s broadened the search," said Kellyanne Conway, who's made no secret of her personal contempt... More »

Putin: 'We Are Ready for Cooperation' With US

Russian leader softens rhetoric in annual speech

(Newser) - “We aren’t looking for enemies," Vladimir Putin said Thursday during his annual state-of-the-nation speech. "We need friends." He says he's hoping one of those friends is the US under President-elect Donald Trump, who Putin wants to work with as equals, Bloomberg reports. "We... More »

Putin Personally Delivers Steven Seagal's New Passport

Putin hopes it's a symbol of improving US-Russian relations

(Newser) - New Russian citizen Steven Seagal received his passport from none other than Vladimir Putin himself during a ceremony Friday, the Washington Post reports. The Under Siege 2 star accepted the passport with an "Aikido-inspired bow." "I want to congratulate you and express the hope that this is... More »

Putin to International Criminal Court: Russia's Out

The day after Russia was condemned by the ICC for human rights abuses

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday to withdraw Russia from the International Criminal Court, which rules on such grave charges as genocide and crimes against humanity, the AP reports. Russia in 2000 signed the Rome treaty that established the Hague-based court but never ratified it. Putin's decree,... More »

Putin, Trump Have First Phone Conversation

Both sides say they want to improve ties

(Newser) - Bromance isn't dead: Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump had their first phone conversation Monday, and both sides agreed that it went very well and that US-Russia relations are about to improve. According to a statement, Putin and Trump agreed "on the absolutely unsatisfactory state of bilateral relations" and... More »

Putin Congratulates Trump

He says he hopes to remove US-Russia relations from 'crisis state'

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is giving a thumbs-up to president-elect Donald Trump's victory. In a brief statement Wednesday, the Kremlin said Putin has sent Trump a telegram to congratulate him on winning, and Putin expressed "his hope to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state,... More »

Trump May Be 'Misleading' US Public on Russia: NATO Allies

Or, if not that, they fear he doesn't believe intelligence info or doesn't understand it

(Newser) - Donald Trump has long pooh-poohed any ties between his campaign and the Kremlin that might be working to undermine the presidential election. But according to officials from two of America's European allies, some of the US' NATO partners have become "alarmed" at Trump's dismissive attitude toward Moscow,... More »

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