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Odds of a Trump-Putin Meeting Just Got Better

National security adviser John Bolton is headed to Moscow to help prep

(Newser) - President Trump may have another high-profile summit to attend in the near future. National security adviser John Bolton will travel to Moscow next week to discuss a possible meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin, reports Politico . A National Security Council spokesperson tweeted that Bolton will first meet with US allies... More »

Putin Scoffs at US Indictment of His 'Chef'

Says the indictment of 13 Russians is 'ridiculous'

(Newser) - President Vladimir Putin ridiculed the US indictment of 13 Russians in a television interview broadcast late Monday, scoffing at the notion that a person described as his chef could interfere with a US presidential election, the AP reports. Special counsel Robert Mueller in February charged Yevgeny Prigozhin, a wealthy businessman... More »

Another Big Summit? Trump May Meet With Putin

Wall Street Journal reports that Ambassador Huntsman is working on it

(Newser) - President Trump's upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un may not be Trump's only high-profile summit in the near future. The Wall Street Journal reports that a summit between Trump and Vladimir Putin is in the early planning stages. It's so early that the two nations have yet... More »

Putin Drives Truck Over Bridge, and Not Without Controversy

Russian president opened bridge linking Russia and Crimea, to the displeasure of Ukraine

(Newser) - "Let's hit the road!" So proclaimed Vladimir Putin before he drove a large construction truck Tuesday to road test the much-anticipated and controversial bridge linking southern Russia and the Crimean peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014. The 11.8-mile bridge, which took two years to... More »

Putin Launches 4th Term With Ambitious Vow

He wants to launch Russia into the top five global economies

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin on Monday launched his fourth term as president with an ambitious call to vault Russia into the top five global economies by developing its technological products and agricultural exports, the AP reports. Putin, who has sought to restore Russia's military and diplomatic prominence on the world stage,... More »

Russian Cops Arrest Nearly 1,600 in Protests

Among them, Alexei Navalny

(Newser) - Russians angered by the impending inauguration of Vladimir Putin to a new term as president protested Saturday in scores of cities across the country—and police responded by reportedly arresting nearly 1,600 of them, the AP reports. Among those arrested was protest organizer Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who... More »

After His Power Grab Comes a Surprise Turn: 'I Was Wrong'

Armenia's leader, a Putin ally, abruptly resigns amid protests

(Newser) - A surprising turn of events this week has focused attention on the former Soviet state of Armenia: There, longtime leader Serzh Sargsyan abruptly resigned on Monday amid protests accusing him of a blatant power grab. "I was wrong," Sargsyan, an ally of Vladimir Putin, told the nation. As... More »

Putin Issues Dire Warning After West's Syria Strike

Russia's president called the bombing an 'illegal action'

(Newser) - Russian leader Vladimir Putin has warned that further airstrikes on Syria will lead to soured relations with the West or worse. Per Reuters , Putin told Iran's President Hassan Rouhani that any such action "will inevitably lead to chaos in international relations," the Kremlin said in a statement... More »

Russia: Airstrikes in Syria Will Bring 'Consequences'

Putin sees US-led military assault as 'act of aggression'

(Newser) - Russia, Iran, and Syria reacted angrily Saturday to the US-led airstrikes that hit Syria overnight, though so far the move hasn't led to the worst-case scenario: direct conflict between US and Russian forces, reports the Washington Post . Vladimir Putin called the airstrikes by the US, France, and Britain an... More »

US Punishes Russian Oligarchs Over 'Malign Activity'

24 Russians hit in latest round of sanctions

(Newser) - The United States hit seven Russian oligarchs and 17 Russian government officials with sanctions on Friday for what it called "malign activity" around the world, as the Trump administration tried to show the president is taking tough action to stand up to Moscow. A dozen Russian companies owned by... More »

Russian Oligarchs May Be Next in Trump's Sights

Sources say they'll be target of latest round of sanctions

(Newser) - President Trump's latest round of sanctions against Russia is going to hit some billionaires with close ties to Vladimir Putin, officials say. Sources tell Reuters and the Washington Post that the new sanctions, expected to be in place by Friday, will target Russian oligarchs under powers given to Trump... More »

Trump's Call to Putin Just Got a Little More Controversial

President floated idea of a White House visit

(Newser) - President Trump took flak from critics for congratulating Vladimir Putin on his election victory during a phone call last month. As it turns out, the call appears to have been even chummier than thought. A Putin aide said Monday that Trump invited the Russian leader to the White House, though... More »

Putin Rep Has Unkind Words for Weinstein Accusers

Dmitry Peskov calls them 'prostitutes'

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin's top spokesman: not exactly a #metoo kind of guy. "What is a woman called who sleeps with a man for $10 million?" asked Dmitry Peskov when speaking this week at a Moscow university. "She is called a prostitute." Peskov was dismissing claims by women... More »

Russia Says It Just Launched Something Worse Than 'Satan'

'Satan 2' ICBM reportedly given a test launch

(Newser) - Russia has successfully tested its latest intercontinental ballistic missile, the country's military said Friday. The Defense Ministry said the launch from Plesetsk in northwestern Russia tested the Sarmat missile's performance in the initial stage of its flight, the AP reports. Sarmat is intended to replace the Soviet-designed Voyevoda,... More »

White House Responds to Trump 'Congratulations' Story

Notes that leaking president's briefing papers is a fireable offense

(Newser) - The White House has officially responded to a Washington Post report that President Trump was advised "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" in his briefing materials but congratulated Putin on his re-election win all the same , though the White House is not out with a confirmation or denial. Instead, its official statement... More »

Trump Was Given Advice in Capital Letters, Ignored It

Briefing said 'DO NOT CONGRATULATE'

(Newser) - Western leaders were wary of congratulating Vladimir Putin after the Russian leader's overwhelming election win —with one notable exception. President Trump said Tuesday that he congratulated Putin on the victory during a "very good" phone call, which the Washington Post reports went directly against the advice of... More »

Putin: 'We Are a Single Team'

He wins 4th term by biggest margin yet

(Newser) - Russia held a presidential election Sunday—and it didn't take the powers of the Amazing Kreskin to predict the outcome . Amid reports of ballot box-stuffing and other chicanery, Moscow released official results showing that Vladimir Putin had been re-elected with 76.7% of the vote, his highest score ever,... More »

Putin Likely Winner in 'Tainted' Russian Presidential Election

The incumbent was widely expected to glide to victory.

(Newser) - Early results and an exit poll showed that Vladimir Putin handily won a fourth term as Russia's president Sunday, adding six years in the Kremlin for the man who has led the world's largest country for all of the 21st century. The vote was tainted by widespread reports... More »

As Russia Votes, Reports of Ballot Stuffing, a Hack

Central Election Commission said it fought off a denial of service attack as Putin seeks a 4th term

(Newser) - Russia's presidential election was tainted Sunday by unprecedented pressure on voters to turn out and incidents of suspected ballot box stuffing in a barely democratic exercise that will grant Vladimir Putin another six years of power. His opponents have called the election a farce, but his millions of fans... More »

UK's Johnson Pins Poisoning on Putin Himself

'Overwhelmingly likely'

(Newser) - How likely is it that Vladimir Putin was behind the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in England? "Overwhelmingly likely" in the eyes of UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. He made his claim Friday just two days after Prime Minister Theresa May kicked 23 Russians out of the country in... More »

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