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Biden: I Told Putin It Could've Been Worse

US prefers stability in the relationship, president says

(Newser) - President Biden said Thursday he could've gone further in imposing sanctions against Russia over its hacking attacks last year—and Biden said he made that clear to President Vladimir Putin. But that wouldn't serve the long-term US goal, NBC reports. "The United States is not looking to...

US Imposes Sanctions on Russia Over Hacking

Biden administration takes first retaliatory step over cyber attacks

(Newser) - The Biden administration on Thursday announced the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats and sanctions against nearly three dozen people and companies as it moved to hold the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year's presidential election and the hacking of federal agencies. The actions, foreshadowed for weeks by the...

Russia Says US Relations 'Under Threat of Collapse'

Putin responds to Biden's 'Killer' claim: 'It takes one to know one'

(Newser) - President Biden's comment that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a killer has "sparked the biggest crisis in bilateral relations in years," per AFP , as apparently showcased by Putin's response. "It takes one to know one," Putin said Thursday in remarks aired on Russian state...

Russia Pulls US Ambassador
Russia Pulls US Ambassador

Russia Pulls US Ambassador

Russia's Foreign Ministry says relations are at 'a blind alley'

(Newser) - Russia has recalled its ambassador to the US following the release of US intelligence showing President Vladimir Putin intervened in the 2020 US presidential election to hurt Joe Biden's chances . The declassified report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, released Tuesday, is the first official government...

Russia, US Just Had a Tiff in Disputed Waters

Russia claims it chased off American ship, but the US says that's a lie

(Newser) - The US and Russian navies just had a confrontation in disputed territory, and each side has a very different story to tell. Russia's defense ministry says it chased off the USS John S. McCain when the destroyer ventured into Russian waters in the western Pacific, reports CBS News . Russia...

Not Yet, Putin Says of Congratulating Biden

Russia wants to see 'legitimate, legal' confirmation of the election results

(Newser) - Don't read anything into Russia's reluctance to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin said Sunday. That process is just a formality, the Russian leader said on state TV, Bloomberg reports. But he specified that his recognition does have prerequisites. "We will work with anyone who has the...

US Exits Open Skies Treaty With Russia

And Trump administration is making moves that could make it difficult for Biden to re-enter it

(Newser) - After Sunday, the United States and Russia will have only one major treaty between them, reports Fox News , as the US followed through on its vow six months ago to pull out of the Open Skies treaty over what it blamed on Moscow's repeated violations of the pact. The...

US Warns Russia About New 'Costly Arms Race'

Both nations reject proposals on nuclear weapons

(Newser) - The US and Russia on Friday rejected each other's proposals for potentially salvaging the last remaining legal constraint on their strategic nuclear forces. President Vladimir Putin called for an unconditional extension of the soon-to-expire New START treaty, the AP reports, and the White House called that a "non-starter....

China, Russia Are Interfering in Campaigns, Intelligence Shows

Beijing is working against Trump, Russia against Biden, official says

(Newser) - China and Russia are interfering in the US presidential campaign, according to an intelligence report, with both parties' candidates as targets. "We assess that China prefers that President Trump—whom Beijing sees as unpredictable—does not win reelection," said William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security...

Trump Is Scrapping Treaty With Russia on Surveillance

White House says Russia is cheating on surveillance flights in Open Skies pact

(Newser) - The US is pulling out of another international arms control treaty after accusing the Russians of cheating. This one is called the Open Skies Treaty, and it allows participating nations to conduct unarmed surveillance flights over each other's territory, reports the AP . It was first proposed by Dwight Eisenhower...

Nat'l Security Adviser: Russia's Not Trying to Help Trump Win

Robert O'Brien denies report that Moscow is working to throw the 2020 election

(Newser) - There's no indication that Russia has its fingers in the 2020 election or is working to get the president re-elected, says a top Trump official. “The national security adviser gets pretty good access to our intelligence," National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien told ABC's This Week ...

Russia Is Working to Reelect Trump, Lawmakers Are Told

President is displeased by briefing, worried that Democrats will use the information in the campaign

(Newser) - American intelligence officials told House lawmakers last week that Russia already is interfering in the presidential campaign in an effort to see President Trump reelected. Republican and Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee attended the meeting on what a Democratic official called a briefing on "the integrity of...

Gorbachev Warns of 'Colossal' Danger to the World

Former Soviet leader worried about nuclear weapons amid new Russia-West tensions

(Newser) - The man credited with helping bring about the end of the Cold War doesn't think it's actually over. "Chilly but still a war," Mikhail Gorbachev tells the BBC when he asked to characterize current relations between Russia and the West. "Look at what's happening—...

US Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Bombers

They were in international airspace off the Alaska coast

(Newser) - They did not enter US or Canadian sovereign territory, but two Russian bombers were intercepted off the coast of Alaska by US and Canadian fighter jets Thursday. The long-range, nuclear-capable Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers entered Alaskan and Canadian Air Defense Identification Zones, which extend about 200 miles off the western...

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...

NYT Power Grid Report Is Treason: Trump

There's no cyberattack on Russia, president argues

(Newser) - President Trump is rejecting a report that the US has escalated cyberattacks of its own against Russia, placing malware in its power grid, Politico reports. "Not true," the president tweeted Saturday, calling the New York Times report "a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper...

Why Russia Is Stockpiling Gold, Dropping US Dollars

Does he see where the world is headed?

(Newser) - Russia is dumping US dollars and snapping up gold in an effort to move away from American assets, Bloomberg reports. Vladimir Putin has been amassing gold for a decade now, quadrupling the nation's bullion reserves, but 2018 marked a record as the country bought 274 tons of bullion worth...

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....

Putin's Proposed DC Visit Delayed Until 'Witch Hunt' Ends

Meanwhile, Pompeo says US will never recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea

(Newser) - The White House said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's proposed Washington meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin had been delayed until 2019, citing the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Putin had already sent signals that the fall White House meeting wasn't going to happen,...

Trump 'Very Concerned' About Russians, With a Twist

He thinks Russia will try to influence the midterms ... in favor of Democrats

(Newser) - Under pressure to show he's taking the threat of Russian interference seriously, President Trump claimed without evidence Tuesday that Moscow will be "fighting very hard" to help Democrats win in the 2018 midterm elections, the AP reports. Trump, who has offered mixed messages on Russian interference in US...

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