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Putin, Trump Have First Phone Conversation

Both sides say they want to improve ties

(Newser) - Bromance isn't dead: Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump had their first phone conversation Monday, and both sides agreed that it went very well and that US-Russia relations are about to improve. According to a statement, Putin and Trump agreed "on the absolutely unsatisfactory state of bilateral relations" and... More »

US-Russia Relations Just Took 2 Big Hits

Moscow scraps plutonium pact as talks over Syria are suspended

(Newser) - Relations between the White House and the Kremlin have been souring of late, and that showed up in two tangible ways on Monday:
  • Plutonium: Vladimir Putin suspended a pact with the US in which the two nations agreed to dispose of surplus plutonium that could otherwise go into weapons. The
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Russian Strikes, Day 2: Where We're At

Moscow has continued airstrikes for 2nd day

(Newser) - Russia has begun launching airstrikes in Syria for the second straight day despite US concerns, reports the BBC . The Kremlin insisted again Thursday that the strikes are against terrorists, reports Reuters , though the US isn't buying it. American officials say Vladimir Putin is going after rebels trying to overthrow... More »

Most Russians Think US Poses Threat: Poll

Of those 59%, 31% fear a US invasion

(Newser) - Some 59% of Russians believe the US is a threat to their country and of that number, 31% say a US invasion and occupation is possible. The latest opinions, courtesy of a Levada Center think tank poll of 1,600 adults, offer further evidence that relations between the two countries... More »

Russia: Snowden Can Stay 3 More Years

Moscow OKs NSA leaker's request to extend his stay

(Newser) - Russia, which is currently less than thrilled with the United States , today extended Edward Snowden's stay on its soil by another three years. Snowden's one-year asylum ran out late last week, and as the AP notes, Snowden's lawyer clarifies that he's been granted residency, not political... More »

What the New Round of Russia Sanctions Means

And how Putin could retaliate

(Newser) - Amid tensions between Vladimir Putin and the West, Russians have shown little serious concern about the direction their country is headed. But with the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane and increasing sanctions from the US and EU , the mood appears to be shifting, the New York Times reports. Russian... More »

Obama: Putin Setting Back 'Decades' of Progress

US, Russia again tighten sanctions over Ukraine

(Newser) - The EU approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions today against Russia, followed swiftly by a new round of US penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy. The coordinated sanctions were aimed at increasing pressure on Vladimir Putin to end his country's support for separatists in Ukraine whom the West... More »

Putin: Sanctions Will Backfire on Americans

They are 'harmful to national long-term strategic interests'

(Newser) - Predictably, Vladimir Putin is none too pleased with the White House's decision to slap tough new sanctions on Moscow's energy firms, major banks, and a weapons manufacturer. Speaking from Brazil yesterday, Putin slammed America's "aggressive foreign policy" and accused the US of encouraging Ukraine to continue... More »

US Suspects Russia Violated Landmark Treaty

US alleges medium-range missile tests, but doesn't 'formally' declare violation

(Newser) - The US is alleging that Russia has tested a new medium-range cruise missile, in violation of a landmark 1987 arms control deal, the New York Times reported today. While the Obama administration hasn't "formally declared" Russia in violation of the pact, which helped end the Cold War, this... More »

US Prepared to Evacuate Americans From Sochi

Air, naval assets will be on standby

(Newser) - As Russia hunts "black widow" bombers believed to be targeting the Sochi Olympics, an offer of help has arrived from the Pentagon. The US military says it is "conducting prudent planning and preparations" in case American support is needed to deal with militant threats and it will have... More »

Russia Hunting 'Black Widow' Terrorists Targeting Sochi

Wanted posters already up for one woman

(Newser) - Russian authorities believe that as many as four women intend to launch terror attacks targeting the Sochi Olympics, and that one might already be in or near the city, sources tell NBC News . Wanted posters are already up in Sochi for Ruzan Ibragimova, aka Ruzana, a 23-year-old woman described as... More »

US Knows Russia Violated Nuke Treaty: Report

Kerry was briefed as senator before becoming secretary of state, says Daily Beast

(Newser) - Russia has not only violated a major nuclear arms treaty, but the US knows about it and doesn't seem willing to confront Moscow, according to a report in the Daily Beast . The story by Josh Rogin says two top White House officials told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee behind... More »

Putin Takes His Case to America ... in NYT Op-Ed

Writes that Syria strike would 'unleash new wave of terror'

(Newser) - Citing "insufficient communication" between the US and Russia, Vladimir Putin has taken matters into his own hands—addressing the nation in a New York Times op-ed. In it, he pleads with Americans to give up support of a strike on Syria that would "unleash a new wave of... More »

Obama, Putin Meet ... for All of 15 Seconds

They have a brief greeting at G20 summit

(Newser) - They were originally supposed to have a separate summit of their own. But instead, Vladimir Putin and President Obama managed all of 15 seconds of "tight smiles and a businesslike handshake" as Obama arrived in Russia for the G20 summit, reports Reuters . It might be all the face time... More »

Russia Going After US Band for Flag Stunt

Member of Bloodhound Gang shoved it in pants; criminal investigation follows

(Newser) - Edward Snowden hasn't done great things for US-Russia relations . Now meet the Bloodhound Gang. The American rock band was performing in Ukraine last week when bassist Jared Hasselhoff grabbed a Russian flag thrown from the audience, shoved it down the front of his pants, and pulled it out again... More »

Holder: We Won't Try to Kill Snowden, Promise

Russia and US 'in talks' over fugitive leaker's fate

(Newser) - Come on home, Edward Snowden; the Obama administration promises not to try to execute you or anything! Eric Holder has sent a letter to Russian authorities promising that if they extradite Snowden he won't be charged with any capital offenses, and that even if he were, the administration would... More »

Americans Now Banned From Adopting Russian Kids

With 60K US adoptions over 20 years, critics say children will be real losers

(Newser) - As expected , Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a controversial new bill banning US citizens from adopting Russian children, reports Reuters . In addition to the adoption ban, the Russian law, set to take effect Jan. 1, could close some Russian NGOs that receive US funding and bans Americans accused... More »

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