Vladimir Putin

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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 »

Trump, Putin's '30-Minute' Meeting Lasted 136 Minutes

Details on what they discussed are starting to trickle out

(Newser) - President Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany Friday was scheduled to last just 30 minutes. Instead, per a State Department spokesperson, the meeting went on for two hours and 16 minutes, the AP reports. What you need to know:
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Here's the Trump-Putin Greeting

G20 summit begins

(Newser) - For the first time since becoming POTUS, Donald Trump has met Russian President Vladimir Putin. The meeting happened on the sidelines of what Reuters calls a "closely watched" G20 summit. They're not kidding, considering the first media coverage coming out of the summit focuses on the handshake between... More »

Why Meeting With Trump Could Be 'Win-Win' for Putin

Trump says they have 'much to discuss'

(Newser) - The world's eyes are on Hamburg, where G20 leaders are meeting—and where Vladimir Putin and President Trump shook hands for the first time Friday. The two will hold a much-anticipated one-on-one meeting later in the day. Trump tweeted early Friday that he is looking forward to all his... More »

It's Official: Trump, Putin to Meet in Germany

The world will be watching Friday

(Newser) - In what is sure to be a closely watched event, President Trump will have his first official meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday. Announced by a Russian official Tuesday, and later confirmed by the White House, the meeting will take place as the leaders attend the G20 summit... More »

Report: Trump Wants List of 'Deliverables' to Offer Putin

Trump and Putin will meet next week in Germany

(Newser) - Donald Trump will have his first face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin as president during next week's G20 summit in Germany, Politico reports. The meeting—which won't be formal but rather happen "on the sidelines"—was announced by national security adviser HR McMaster on Thursday. He says... More »

Trump Hits Obama Over Russian Bombshell

Says if former president knew in advance of election, 'why no action?'

(Newser) - President Trump has apparently read the Washington Post's bombshell report about Russian meddling in the November election that sent him to the White House, and he's dinging his predecessor for his failure to act, reports the BBC . He tweeted Saturday night: "Since the Obama Administration was told... More »

Report Exposes Super-Secret CIA Memo on Putin

Washington Post takes in-depth look at US response to Russian hacking

(Newser) - The Washington Post takes an in-depth look at how the US investigation into Russian hacking of the 2016 election unfolded, with a particular focus on the Obama administration's response. It includes a damning quote from an anonymous former Obama official: "It is the hardest thing about my entire... More »

Sarcastic Putin Offers Comey Asylum

He compares former FBI chief to Edward Snowden

(Newser) - NPR's Steve Inskeep calls it "world class trolling." Vladimir Putin joked on Thursday that Russia would be happy to offer asylum to James Comey if he runs into legal trouble in the US, reports the Guardian . It came during Putin's annual live call-in show with Russians... More »

Oliver Stone's Defense of Putin Doesn't Play Well on Colbert

Says Russian leader has been 'insulted and abused' as audience groans

(Newser) - Oliver Stone is making the rounds to promote his four-part documentary series for Showtime on Vladimir Putin, and he didn't exactly get softball treatment from Stephen Colbert on Monday night. (Video here .) Colbert began by pointing out that Stone has "gotten a little heat" from critics who... More »

As Protests Begin in Russia, One High-Profile Arrest

Alexei Navalny's wife tweeted he was arrested, but 'plans haven't changed'

(Newser) - As tens of thousands protest corruption throughout Russia on Monday, prominent opposition figure Alexei Navalny is not among them. Navalny was reportedly arrested 30 minutes before things were set to kick off in Moscow, with wife Yulia tweeting, "Alexei has been arrested in the entrance to our block of... More »

Putin: 'I'm Not a Woman, So I Don't Have Bad Days'

A look at Oliver Stone's Putin documentary

(Newser) - Oliver Stone's The Putin Interviews, a four-part documentary for which the director got "extensive access" to the Russian president between July 2015 and February 2017, airs on Showtime June 12-15, and Bloomberg got early access to the first two episodes. Bloomberg notes that they offer "little that'... More »

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