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Kislyak Is Now Russia's Former Ambassador to US

Amid scandal over meetings with Trump surrogates, envoy's term in DC is over

(Newser) - The Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, a prominent figure in the controversy over Russia's possible involvement in the 2016 US presidential election, has ended his assignment in Washington . The Russian Embassy in Washington announced on Twitter that Kislyak's tenure ended on Saturday, reports the AP... 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 »

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:
  • The extended
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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 »

White House: Trump-Putin Phone Call Was 'Very Good'

Leaders signal a new effort to cooperate on Syria

(Newser) - President Trump and Russian President Putin signaled the prospect of increased cooperation in Syria Tuesday, in what the White House called a "very good" phone discussion that included a focus on setting up safe zones in the war-torn nation, the AP reports. The White House said the leaders also... More »

Trump's Big Phone Call Tuesday: Vladimir Putin

Leaders will speak amid low point in US-Russia relations

(Newser) - President Trump has an important phone call on his docket Tuesday: He'll be speaking with Vladimir Putin at 12:30pm Eastern. The talk comes less than a month after Trump said US-Russian relations "may be at an all-time low," notes the Wall Street Journal . The most recent... More »

Russian Spy Ship 'Loitering' Near Conn. Navy Base

Rep. Joe Courtney says it shows 'aggressive intent'

(Newser) - A Russian spy ship first spotted in international waters off the coast of Delaware has moved further up the eastern coast of the US and was just 30 miles south of a Navy submarine base in Connecticut on Wednesday, reports Fox News . An official says SSV-175 Viktor Leonov, which can... More »

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 »

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