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Russian PM Claims West Is Rekindling Cold War

NATO, US counter they're only responding to Russia's 'aggression'

(Newser) - Russia's prime minister accused NATO on Saturday of restarting the Cold War amid increased military maneuvers and troop deployments to countries neighboring Russia, moves the alliance's top official defended as a necessary response to aggression from Moscow, the AP reports. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a meeting... More »

Now Putin, Medvedev Pump Iron, Grill, Sip Tea

These are healthy, virile world leaders, OK?

(Newser) - Here to pump you up are Russia's very own Hans and Franz : Or rather, Vladimir and Dmitri (also known as President Putin and Prime Minister Medvedev, respectively), in their latest bizarre attempt to shore up their image as the most masculine and virile of world leaders. In a series... More »

As Ukraine Truce Hangs on, EU Rolls Out New Russia Sanctions

Ceasefire between rebels, Ukraine barely hanging on amid reported casualties

(Newser) - A ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels is hanging on by a thread after a weekend of reported shelling and casualties, but the EU warns that sanctions against Russia will be put in place as early as tomorrow, reports the BBC . The Kremlin said the proposed sanctions—which may include... More »

Russia: Ukraine Ultimatum Report 'Total Nonsense'

Denies it threatened attack if Ukrainian forces failed to withdraw

(Newser) - Russia is hitting back at earlier reports that it had issued an ultimatum to Ukraine, with RT quoting a Defense Ministry spokesman as saying it's "total nonsense." "We’re interested in keeping friendly relations with the people of Ukraine and in preserving stability," another defense... More »

Russia Cops Seize Painting of Putin in a Nightie

Govt. not laughing, shuts down gallery that mocked anti-gay law

(Newser) - Looks like Russian authorities will no longer allow mockery to be used as a weapon by those opposed to the country's anti-gay law. Police swooped on a newly opened art gallery in St. Petersburg yesterday and removed several paintings, including one depicting Vladimir Putin wearing a nightie as he... More »

UK Spied on Foreign Politicians at G20 Summit: Leaked Docs

And the NSA was spying on Dmitry Medvedev

(Newser) - Looks like it isn't just the US government snooping on phone calls: The Guardian says it has leaked documents that show the British government monitored the computers and intercepted phone calls of foreign politicians and officials who attended the 2009 G20 summit in London. According to the documents, the... More »

As Syria Unravels, Israel Threatens Hit on Chemical Weapons

Chemical arsenal won't be allowed to fall into Hezbollah's hands, officials warn

(Newser) - Israel has warned that it will launch a strike to prevent Syrian chemical weapons from falling into the hands of Hezbollah or other extremists, the AP reports. Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom told reporters that top security officials met last week to discuss the threat Syria's chemical weapons pose.... More »

Zuckerberg Hangs With Medvedev in Moscow

He hopes to boost Facebook's presence in Russia

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg is in Moscow today, but it's hardly a vacation: He's meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to talk about cooperation in start-ups and IT technology, AFP reports. Zuckerbeg clearly hopes to boost Facebook's presence in Russia, where Russian-language social network VKontakte reigns supreme. Russian firms... More »

Russia's Medvedev: Pussy Riot Should Go Free

Prime minister's stance may mean release is near

(Newser) - The members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot who were thrown in prison could be freed soon after Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called for their release today, reports AP . The three women were sentenced to two years in prison in August for entering Russia's main cathedral and... More »

Putin to Snub London Olympics

Medvedev to attend instead

(Newser) - Even though Russia will be hosting the next Winter Olympics in 2014, Vladimir Putin will snub this summer's games in Great Britain, reports the Guardian . Apparently Russia's recently re-elected president is unhappy with Britain for a range of reasons—being accused of human rights abuses, British MPs blocking... More »

Putin Pulls Out of G8 Meeting, Stuns US

Re-elected Russian prez sending Medvedev to Camp David

(Newser) - Looks like the relationship between President Obama and President Putin might be off to a rocky start. The Russian leader has surprised the White House by saying he won't be attending the G8 summit at Camp David next week, reports the New York Times . Putin was recently elected for... More »

Today's Shocker: Medvedev Approved as Russia PM

Job swap with Putin now complete

(Newser) - Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin completed their long-anticipated job swap today, with Russia’s parliament approving Medvedev as prime minister, as had been expected. Medvedev, who received a 299-144 vote, will serve under Putin, who was inaugurated for his third term as president yesterday and quickly nominated Medvedev as PM. More »

Biden: Obama Hot Mic Oops Was 'Stating the Obvious'

The VP tackles contraception debate, Romney, ObamaCare

(Newser) - President Obama wasn't caving to the Russians or engaging in back-door politics in last week's "hot mic" moment with Dimitry Medvedev , he was just "stating the obvious," the veep charged this morning on Face the Nation. “The idea that in this election year we'... More »

Medvedev Zings Romney: It's 2012, Not the '70s

Russian president fires back after Romney calls Russia the US' top foe

(Newser) - Dmitry Medvedev seems amused by Mitt Romney's recent declaration that Russia was the US' “No. 1 geopolitical foe.” “It is very reminiscent of Hollywood,” the Russian president said in South Korea today, according to CNN . He advised the GOP candidates “to listen to reason... More »

Obama Stands By Hot Mic Comments

Missile defense 'extraordinarily complex'

(Newser) - Asked about yesterday's "oops" when he and Dmitri Medvedev were overheard talking about European missile defense , the first thing President Obama said was, "Are the mikes on?" That got laughs, but Obama quickly turned serious, the Washington Post reports, calling missile defense "extraordinarily complex." He... More »

Obama, Medvedev Caught on Hot Mic

'After my election I have more flexibility,' he says in frank moment caught on camera

(Newser) - Publicly, President Obama and Dmitry Medvedev said today that delicate discussions over a European missile defense were ongoing. Inadvertently publicly, Obama told Medvedev to tell Vladimir Putin to chill and give him until after the election to wrangle a deal, reports the Washington Post . The pair met today in Seoul,... More »

Turkey Closes Syria Embassy

And agrees with the US to provide 'nonlethal' aid

(Newser) - Turkey shut down its embassy in Syria today, and plans to join with the US to provide “nonlethal” aid to Syria's rebels. White House officials tell the New York Times that the two nations will provide things like communication equipment and medical supplies directly to opposition groups, and... More »

Obama Ready to Cut Nukes Again

President issues nuclear warnings to North Korea, Iran

(Newser) - President Obama still thinks we could stand to get rid of a bunch of our nukes, and has promised a renewed effort to cut American and Russian nuclear arsenals following 2010's START treaty . "We can already say with confidence that we have more nuclear weapons than we need,... More »

Medvedev: Annan Syria's 'Last Chance'

Russia backs UN envoy as only way to avoid war

(Newser) - Russian President Dmitri Medvedev today got definitively behind Kofi Annan's mission to end the yearlong violence in Syria, reports Reuters , calling it the " last chance for Syria to avoid a long-lasting and bloody civil war." Medvedev met with Annan, the UN envoy to Syria today in Moscow,... More »

Medvedev Rips 'Provocateurs, Extremists'

President offers some reforms, but opposition says not enough

(Newser) - Outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev used his final state-of-the-nation address today to offer reforms in the wake of the massive protests and upheaval that have gripped the country since the Dec. 4 parliamentary elections , but he also railed against the "provocateurs and extremists" who threaten stability, reports the AP... More »

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