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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 »

Trump Had Meeting With Putin White House Didn't Disclose

Only other person present for 2nd conversation was Putin's translator

(Newser) - President Trump had a previously unreported and undisclosed meeting with Vladimir Putin during the G-20 summit, White House officials confirmed Tuesday. The only other person present for the conversation was the Russian president's translator, the Hill reports. According to the Washington Post , Trump had his first face-to-face meeting with... More »

Trump: US-Russia Cyber Unit 'Can't Happen'

He backtracks after raising idea

(Newser) - President Trump did an apparent U-turn on creating a joint cybersecurity unit with Russia on Sunday, raising the idea and then, 12 hours later, saying it "can't" happen. "Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things,... More »

Trump: Time to 'Move Forward' With Russia

Says he and Putin discussed starting an 'impenetrable Cyber Security unit'

(Newser) - President Trump hailed a nascent ceasefire in southern Syria brokered by the US and Russia as an effort that "will save lives" and is calling for further cooperation with Moscow, reports the AP . In a tweet published shortly after the truce came into effect on Sunday, Trump tweeted : "... More »

Syria Ceasefire Goes Into Effect

Move was brokered by US, Russia at G20

(Newser) - An open-ended ceasefire in southern Syria brokered by the United States and Russia has come into effect. The ceasefire, announced after a meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hamburg last week, is the first initiative by the Trump administration in collaboration with Russia to bring some... More »

Putin: In-Person Trump Not the Same as TV Trump

Russian president also thinks Trump accepted his election-interference denials

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin came away from his two-hour-plus meeting with President Trump Friday in Hamburg, Germany, with some definite impressions—notably, that the Trump we see on TV may not bear much similarity to the Trump behind the scenes, the Hill reports. "Trump on television very much differs from the... More »

How Did Trump Do vs. Putin? Here's What Media Are Saying

Praise from CNN's Gergen but NYT's Kristof muses if Putin 'had Trump for lunch'

(Newser) - How did President Trump do at his first meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, which the Wall Street Journal says was hyped by the media "into virtually the second coming of the Reykjavik Summit?" Though the Journal gives the prez a thumbs up, reaction in other quarters... More »

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