Vladimir Putin

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Putin, Crown Prince Share Quite a Greeting

They forgo the handshake for a high-five

(Newser) - The G-20 summit is underway in Argentina, and the greeting between two high-profile leaders is drawing attention for its, er, enthusiasm. This time, it doesn't involve President Trump, but Russia's Vladimir Putin and Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. It's not so much a handshake as a... More »

Report: Putin Was Almost Given $50M Trump Tower Penthouse

Business associate thought it would lure oligarchs

(Newser) - While Donald Trump was still a presidential candidate, his company was considering giving Vladimir Putin a huge and very symbolic gift, reports BuzzFeed , which cites multiple sources—including the business associate who came up with the plan. Longtime Trump Organization business associate Felix Sater says the plan was to give... More »

Trump Follows Through on Putin Threat

Cancels G-20 meeting over Russia's seizure of Ukraine's ships

(Newser) - President Trump on Thursday followed through on his threat to cancel the meeting with his Russian counterpart that was planned for this week. After Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian ships , Trump said he would no longer meet Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Argentina. "... More »

Trump: 'My Gut Tells Me More' Than Others' Brains

President also talks Putin, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, climate change in wide-ranging chat

(Newser) - President Trump took the Washington Post on a wild ride through his thoughts on climate change, Russia, the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, and more in a 20-minute interview Tuesday. One main topic was the Federal Reserve, which he strongly criticized for raising interest rates. "I'm doing deals, and... More »

Putin Pokes Fun at Official US Seal During Bolton Meeting

He had a question about the eagle

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin poked fun at the official seal of the United States while hosting President Trump's national security adviser Tuesday, saying he wondered if the American eagle had plucked all the olives from the branch in its talon. While sitting down with John Bolton at the Kremlin,... More »

Russians Blame 'Western Subculture' for School Massacre

'Everything started with the tragic events in schools in the US,' Putin says

(Newser) - After Wednesday's massacre at a vocational school in Crimea , Russians are looking for answers—and some of them are looking toward the West. Vladimir Putin said Thursday that the gun and bomb attack carried out by a student in Kerch "appears to be a result of globalization,"... More »

Russians to 'Go to Heaven' in a Nuclear Attack, Putin Says

He spoke on many topics at the annual Valdai Discussion Club

(Newser) - If Russia is ever attacked with nuclear weapons, the Russian victims will "go to heaven" as "martyrs," says Russian President Vladimir Putin, who made the comments Thursday during the annual Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, the AFP reports. As for the aggressors in an attack on Russia:... More »

Putin's Biggest Critic: 'Regime Has Absolutely Deteriorated'

Dissident Alexei Navalny gets out of jail after 50 days, starts swinging at Kremlin

(Newser) - The revolving door between Alexei Navalny and jail has swung open again, reports the AP , with the Kremlin opposition leader released after 50 days on the inside for two consecutive sentences for organizing unsanctioned protests. Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's most prominent foe, had been sentenced to 30 days for... More »

Putin Has One Word for Skripal: 'Scumbag'

He thinks the ex-spy is a traitor, too

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin has previously addressed the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, but never quite like this. When asked on Wednesday about sanctions imposed on Russia in the wake of the attack, Putin dismissed the ex-spy as "just a scumbag" who turned on his country, reports the AP . "... More »

Putin Critic Freed From Jail. Then Arrested on His Way Out

Alexei Navalny was slapped with a 20-day sentence after being jailed for a month

(Newser) - President Vladimir Putin's most visible critic was released from a Russian jail on Monday only to be immediately arrested again and thrown back in. Alexei Navalny served a 30-day sentence on charges he staged an unsanctioned protest before being re-arrested on charges he staged a rally that caused bodily... More »

Novichok Suspects: We Only Wanted to See Stonehenge

Ruslan Boshirov, Alexander Petrov deny attack to Kremlin-funded 'RT'

(Newser) - That was fast. A day after Vladimir Putin hinted at an interview , two Russians claiming to be those accused of depositing a nerve agent on the door of a former Russian spy living in England announced they were only on a sightseeing trip. Describing themselves as victims of a "... More »

Putin on Novichok Suspects: 'We Have Found Them'

Suggests they may appear publicly soon to defend their innocence

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin says Russia has located the men named by the UK as the suspects in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter. "We know who they are, we have found them," he said. "I hope they will turn up themselves and tell everything. This would... More »

With Choice of Pallbearer, McCain Thumbs Nose at Trump, Putin

McCain personally asked Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza

(Newser) - John McCain's talent for forging connections across the aisle and across the world will be on full display Saturday. Per the Hill , Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, actor Warren Beatty, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, and FedEx president Fred Smith will be among those to carry McCain'... More »

Trump Letter to Putin Gets Special Delivery

Sen. Rand Paul hands it over to Putin's reps while visiting Russia

(Newser) - A rep for Vladimir Putin says visiting GOP Sen. Rand Paul has presented a letter from President Trump to the Russian leader, though he added that the letter has not yet been examined by the Kremlin, reports the AP . "We expect that in the nearest time it will come... More »

Steven Seagal Named as Russian Diplomat to US

The action star was made a "special representative" on humanitarian issues

(Newser) - Actor Steven Seagal has taken on a new role, though it's not likely the kind you'd expect. Per the AP , the Under Siege star has been appointed as a special envoy to the United States on humanitarian issues. Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the news on... More »

Putin's Proposed DC Visit Delayed Until 'Witch Hunt' Ends

Meanwhile, Pompeo says US will never recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea

(Newser) - The White House said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's proposed Washington meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin had been delayed until 2019, citing the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Putin had already sent signals that the fall White House meeting wasn't going to happen,... More »

Trump Wants to Yank Clearance for Comey, Other Intel Critics

It would be an unprecedented move

(Newser) - President Donald Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of six former Obama-era officials who have been critical of his administration, the AP reports. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday the president is "exploring the mechanisms" to strip clearance from former CIA Director John Brennan as well as five... More »

DNI: I Meant No Disrespect to Trump

Dan Coats said his reaction to Putin invite was just 'awkward'

(Newser) - Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is softening his off-the-cuff reaction last week to news that President Trump had invited Vladimir Putin to the White House, saying he meant no harm. "Some press coverage has mischaracterized my intentions in responding to breaking news presented to me during a live... More »

Pelosi Pressures Ryan Over Putin Invite to Washington

GOP leaders say Putin has not been invited to address Congress

(Newser) - A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan says Russian President Vladimir Putin should not expect an invitation to address Congress if he visits Washington in the fall. Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong says "the only one talking about inviting Putin to address Congress is Nancy Pelosi," a jab at... More »

Democrats Want Interpreter's Notes. They Might Be Useless

Marina Gross is suddenly in an unaccustomed spotlight

(Newser) - Her name is Marina Gross, and she just happens to be, as the New York Times puts it, the only other American who was in the room when President Trump met with Vladimir Putin. Gross is a longtime State Department interpreter, and Democrats in Congress now want her to testify... More »

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