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Consulate Closure Is Fair? Yeah, Right, Says Russia

Russian foreign minister suggests move was meant 'to hurt' his country

(Newser) - US officials may have described its order that Russia close its consulate in San Francisco and diplomatic annexes in New York and Washington by Saturday as a fair response to the slashing of the number of American diplomatic staff in Russia, but that's not how Moscow sees it. Russian... More »

Tillerson Had 'Clarifying' Questions for Russia

Regarding the expulsion of US diplomats, embassy staff

(Newser) - Mark your calendars: The US will make up its mind by Sept. 1 on how to respond to Russia's expulsion of 755 diplomats , Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday. The news followed a meeting between Tillerson and Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in the Philippines, during which Tillerson says... More »

Sources: Info Trump Gave to Russia Came From Israeli Spy

And those sources say the intelligence wasn't supposed to be shared

(Newser) - President Trump won't be in Israel until next week, but he may have already angered his hosts: The classified information that he shared with Russian diplomats was provided by Israel, which is unlikely to be thrilled about information gathered by its spy network being given to a country with... More »

GOP Senator on Alleged Leak: Trump in 'Downward Spiral'

Story claiming Trump disclosed classified info to Russians leads to a dramatic night

(Newser) - The news that President Trump had allegedly shared highly classified information with Russian officials led to a dramatic night in Washington, DC, Monday, with lawmakers from both parties expressing shock and White House officials issuing denials. In what the AP calls one of the most bizarre moments, National Security Adviser... More »

This White House Photo Is Causing a Controversy

Photographer from Russia's state news agency took it, but US media was shut out

(Newser) - It's an otherwise unremarkable image of the photo-op variety, showing President Trump shaking hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office on Wednesday. But it's causing a fuss because of how it came to be. The meeting was closed to the media, but Russia's... More »

'You're Kidding!': Russian Minister on Comey Firing

Sergey Lavrov seemed to react sarcastically to Comey question at DC presser

(Newser) - US News says he "appeared to get irritated," while Politico and NBC note he was being sarcastic, but if Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov didn't know about President Trump firing FBI Director James Comey before Wednesday morning's presser at the State Department, he does now.... More »

Russia: Jet Downing Was 'Planned Provocation'

But Russia won't go to war with Turkey, says minister

(Newser) - Russia's foreign minister says the country isn't about to go to war with Turkey, but adds that the downing of a Russian warplane on Tuesday "looks very much like a pre-planned provocation," per Politico . "We have serious doubts this was an unintended incident." The... More »

Who Is Ukraine's 'Chocolate King'?

Russia says it can work with Poroshenko as US decries election interference

(Newser) - Ukraine has elected a new president, and it's the man they call "The Chocolate King." Petro Poroshenko made billions in the candy industry before becoming a leading figure in Ukrainian politics. Here's what we know:
  • He's distinctly pro-European—at his victory speech he appeared alongside
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Diplomats Talk Nice, as Putin Talks Tough

Pact reached to ease Ukraine tensions, but Putin says use of force still an option

(Newser) - Top diplomats from the US, Russia, Ukraine, and the EU promised today to "de-escalate" tensions and avoid "provocative actions," reports the New York Times . But on Russian TV earlier, Vladimir Putin didn't seem interested in making nice, notes the Wall Street Journal . He pointedly kept open... More »

Russia: We're Not Interested in Invading Ukraine

Foreign Minister Lavrov insists before meeting with John Kerry

(Newser) - The rhetoric from Russia continues to ease up a bit: "We have absolutely no intention of—or interest in—crossing Ukraine's borders," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Russian TV, reports the BBC . He spoke a day before a scheduled meeting with John Kerry about defusing tensions... More »

US, Russia Talks on Crimea Flop

'We have no common vision,' says Russia's foreign minister

(Newser) - John Kerry and his Russian counterpart have wrapped up a last-minute bid to try to defuse tensions ahead of this weekend's big vote in Crimea, and the results are ... not good. In the quote getting picked up everywhere, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared afterward that "we don’... More »

Kerry Warns 'Serious Steps' if Crimea Votes to Join Russia

'Very serious steps' will be taken if referendum goes forward

(Newser) - John Kerry is meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov tomorrow regarding the crisis in Crimea, and in advance of that meeting, Kerry offered a sternly-worded statement today, NBC News reports. If Crimea's planned referendum on whether to join Russia goes forward on Sunday and, based on Russia's... More »

Crimean Parliament Votes to Join Russia

Question will be put to the people in 10 days

(Newser) - Ukraine's prime minister yesterday said Crimea would remain part of Ukraine, but Crimea itself isn't exactly on board. Lawmakers there today voted to join Russia, and set a March 16 referendum in which the Crimean people will be offered the same choice. One lawmaker put it plainly to... More »

Russia: We Have No Control Over Crimea Troops

Says troops are Crimean ahead of first face to face negotiations with West

(Newser) - Today will be a day of high-stakes diplomacy in Paris, as John Kerry meets with his Russian counterpart for the first time since Russia's invasion of Crimea—an invasion Russia is denying has even happened. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today repeated Russia's assertion that those aren't Russian... More »

Syria Peace Talks Open—Unpleasantly

Sides take firm stances in opening speeches

(Newser) - With more than 100,000 dead in a divided Syria, government and opposition leaders are in Switzerland today for year-in-the-making international peace talks. Direct talks haven't even begun yet (that comes Friday), but so far, the tone at the "Geneva II" talks has been far from friendly, the... More »

US, Russia Discuss Syria Ceasefires; Assad Rolls Eyes

And Syrian opposition questions whether to attend peace talks

(Newser) - The US and Russia are discussing the notion of "localized ceasefires" in Syria as peace talks loom next week in Switzerland—offering the first chance for opposing sides to sit down face-to-face, the AP reports. John Kerry, meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Paris, said ceasefires in... More »

Assad Comes Out on Top in Syria Deal

Putin now 'US ambassador to Syria': GOP senator

(Newser) - Following the US-Russia agreement on Syrian chemical disarmament, plenty of political insiders are furious with the Obama administration—but the White House has its defenders. What the media is saying:
  • At Bloomberg , Jeffrey Goldberg sees a major victory for Bashar al-Assad: "The US has in a perverse way made
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US, Russia Strike Deal on Syria

Inspectors will see chemical stockpiles by November

(Newser) - They've got a deal on Syria: John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have agreed on the broad strokes of a plan designed to culminate in the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, reports Reuters . Under the deal, Bashar al-Assad will turn over a list of his chemical... More »

Assad: It Was Russia, Not US, That Convinced Us

He agrees to sign chemical weapons pact as Kerry, Lavrov meet

(Newser) - John Kerry and Russia's foreign minister began wrangling over the details of Moscow's plan to defuse the Syria crisis today, as Bashar al-Assad publicly embraced the idea and simultaneously zinged the US: "Syria is placing its chemical weapons under international control because of Russia," he said... More »

Kerry Looking to Nail Down Syria as Russia Talks Begin

Rebels, meanwhile, despair over lack of strike

(Newser) - John Kerry arrived in Geneva today for two days of talks with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov over the Syrian disarmament plan they sort of created together. Kerry's top goal, one official tells Reuters , "is to see if there's reality here or not." To do that he'... More »

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