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'Don't Tell Anyone': Putin Jokingly Offers a Secret

The subject is election meddling

(Newser) - In June, President Trump jokingly told Vladimir Putin not to meddle in the 2020 election. Putin apparently thinks the joke is still funny. In a panel appearance at Russian Energy Week on Wednesday, he was asked about the concerns that Russia might meddle. "I'll tell you a secret,... More »

WH Concealed Calls With Putin, Crown Prince: Report

As well as reported convo in which Trump told Russians election interference didn't concern him

(Newser) - As an impeachment inquiry into President Trump gains momentum after a whistleblower complaint regarding his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky, more stories are breaking that suggest a concealment like the one alleged after the Trump-Zelensky call may not have been limited to that call. Sources tell CNN... More »

Kremlin: Hey, Don't Release Transcripts of Our Calls

Moscow doesn't want to see Trump-Putin conversations made public

(Newser) - The Kremlin is weighing in on the Trump-Ukraine phone controversy, though not about whether President Trump did or did not act appropriately. Instead, Russia has a narrower focus in mind: It doesn't want the US to release transcripts of Trump-Putin calls, reports Bloomberg . "We would like to hope... More »

MSNBC's O'Donnell: I Shouldn't Have Reported Trump Story

Reporting on Russia ties to Trump finances was a mistake, he admits

(Newser) - MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell said Wednesday he made an "error in judgment" in reporting about supposed Russian ties to President Donald Trump's finances without verifying the story, the AP reports. O'Donnell's admission came in a tweet Wednesday after a lawyer for Trump said the story... More »

Russia Will Spy on US and Match Its Missiles, Putin Says

INF treaty ended last week

(Newser) - Now that an arms control treaty has been abandoned, Vladamir Putin says he'll keep track of US missile development by spying. If he sees the US building short- and medium-range, land-based nuclear missiles, Russia will build them, too, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Russian president announced his plans... More »

10 Most Admired Men, Women in World

Michelle Obama and Bill Gates lead their respective lists

(Newser) - Michelle Obama is not only the most admired woman in America , but also in the world, according to new poll. Market research firm YouGov asked 42,000 people in 41 countries to name the men and women they most look up to, and Obama's name came up a lot,... More »

Russia: Details on Sub Fire Are 'Totally Classified'

Officials won't say if vessel was nuclear-powered

(Newser) - Russia is remaining tight-lipped about a Monday fire that killed 14 sailors on a deep-sea submersible, claiming details are a state secret. "There is nothing illegal about this. It fully corresponds to the Russian law on state secrets," a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday, describing information... More »

Putin Answers Criticism After Rocketman Censorship

Elton John had posted a letter to Russia's leader

(Newser) - Elton John is a musical genius, Vladimir Putin says, but he's mistaken about the Russian leader's attitudes on LGBTQ rights. John had criticized Putin over remarks he'd made in an interview with the Financial Times , after scenes showing gay sex and drug use were removed from John'... More »

Trump Jokes With Putin About Election Meddling

'Don't meddle in the election,' he tells him

(Newser) - With a smirk and a finger point, President Trump dryly told Russia's Vladimir Putin not to "meddle in the election" in their first meeting since special counsel Robert Mueller concluded that Russia extensively interfered with the 2016 campaign. It was the first time the leaders had met since... More »

Russia Is Closing Down Illegal 'Whale Jails'

100 whales will be returned to the wild, deputy PM says

(Newser) - Russian officials have launched an operation to release nearly 100 illegally captured whales whose confinement in Russia's far east has become a rallying cry for environmentalists. A state TV reporter made the announcement during President Vladimir Putin's annual live call-in show on Thursday, saying that by "coincidence"... More »

Tillerson's Take on Trump-Putin Meeting Infuriates Trump

President says it was Tillerson who was 'totally ill prepared'

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson was "totally ill prepared and ill equipped to be Secretary of State," according to the man who appointed him. President Trump's tweeted insults about Tillerson, whom he again referred to as "dumb as a rock" on Thursday, came after Tillerson told the House Foreign... More »

Putin Takes a Tumble During His Victory Lap

Russian president scores six times in exhibition game

(Newser) - A trip-and-fall marred Vladimir Putin's victory lap Friday. The Russian president and amateur hockey player was skating around a rink, waving to fans, when his skates caught on a rug and he tumbled onto the ice. Other skaters tried to warn Putin, but couldn't reach him in time,... More »

Big Part of Trump's Friday: A Phone Call With Putin

They talk about the Mueller report, Venezuela, and trade

(Newser) - President Trump and Russian President Vladi­mir Putin spent more than an hour on the phone Friday conferring about various international issues—and also, Robert Mueller's investigation. "We discussed Trade, Venezuela, Ukraine, North Korea, Nuclear Arms Control and even the 'Russian Hoax,'" Trump tweeted . "... More »

Putin: 'It's an Outrage'

Russian leader speaks out against Maria Butina's prison sentence

(Newser) - One person isn't too thrilled with a Russian operative's prison sentence : Vladimir Putin. "It's an outrage," he said Saturday of Maria Butina's 18-month sentence, per the Guardian . "It's not clear what she was convicted of or what crime she committed. I think... More »

Putin Says He's Willing to Tell Trump What Kim Said

In wake of his 'fruitful' summit with North Korean leader

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un say they have had "fruitful" talks about how to defuse a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program. The two leaders spoke after their one-on-one meeting Thursday as they sat down for broader negotiations involving top officials from both... More »

Putin, Kim to Meet for First Time. What Do They Want?

No date has been announced for upcoming summit between Russian, North Korean leaders

(Newser) - When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin for their first one-on-one meeting, he'll have a long wish list and a strong desire to notch a win after the failure of his second summit with President Trump. But it's not entirely clear how... More »

Putin Signs Law Against Insulting Him Online

Bills introduce punishments for 'fake news'

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin has signed bills banning what the state calls "fake news," although the Russian president's critics see the legislation as a thinly disguised crackdown on real news—and criticism of the authorities. The new laws introduce punishments for anybody who "exhibits blatant disrespect for the... More »

Putin: We'll Target US With Missiles If We Have To

Russian leader says he's at the ready, but only if US deploys first anywhere in Europe

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is seemingly following DC's lead of late, first by announcing that Russia will, like the US, pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and now by threatening another mirroring. The Russian leader gave his annual speech, akin to the State of the Union, to the nation... More »

Putin Just Made 'Tit-for-Tat' Move on INF Treaty

Following in US footsteps, Russia's pulling out of treaty now, too, he says

(Newser) - On Friday, the US said it would pull out of a longtime arms-control treaty with Russia; on Saturday, Russia followed suit. There'd been a small window to save the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which had been in place since the end of the Cold War, with Russia still... More »

Trump: That's 'Most Insulting Thing' I've Ever Been Asked

Blasts idea he's worked for Russia, along with 'Post' report that he concealed details of Putin meetings

(Newser) - President Trump has met with Vladimir Putin face-to-face five times so far, but even high-ranking members of his own administration are unsure exactly what they said to each other, reports the Washington Post . The reason: Trump has taken unusual steps to keep their conversations under wraps, according to the newspaper.... More »

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