04/17/14 09:18 AM
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow...
By Ashe Schow | 04/17/14 09:17 AM
Edward Snowden, the leaker of National Security Agency documents, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin about whether Russia uses mass surveillance to spy on its citizens.
By Associated Press | 04/17/14 07:21 AM
Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking in a televised call-in show, took a video question from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, whom Russia granted asylum last year. Asked by Snowden about Russia's surveillance programs, Putin said that Russian special services also tap on communications in their...
By Michael Barone | 04/16/14 07:25 PM
Last week masked men, in camouflage garb with no insignia, dressed and equipped like Russian special forces, started taking over police stations and other government buildings in the Donets basin in eastern Ukraine. They appeared to be working in tandem with local militias in defying the...
04/15/14 04:01 PM
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called Russia's President Vladimir Putin to discuss the situation in Ukraine. Merkel's office said she and Putin had "different assessments of events" in Ukraine during their telephone conversation late Tuesday. It said the conversation...
04/14/14 11:45 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaking for the first time in more than two weeks, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin showed little sign of agreement on Monday, with the U.S. leader urging pro-Russian forces to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine and Putin denying that...
By Susan Crabtree | 04/14/14 10:50 PM
President Obama spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday about the escalating crisis in Ukraine, urging him to use his influence to convince pro-Russian forces to stand down and leave the buildings they are occupying in eastern Ukraine.
By Joel Gehrke | 04/14/14 03:09 PM
Russian President Vladimir Putin is using tactics from "the Soviet past," according to President Obama's spokesman, who also maintained that the Cold War is not an accurate analogy for current tensions in Ukraine. "It's not often that you suddenly have, in a variety of cities, all at the same...
By Susan Crabtree | 04/14/14 03:00 PM
White House press secretary Jay Carney called a Russian fighter jet's buzzing of a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Black Sea one of a series of Russian “provocations” and threatened that there would be costs for Moscow's aggressive actions in Ukraine. “I can assure you that Russia's...
04/10/14 05:22 PM
Cartoon by Bob Gorrell/Creators Syndicate.
04/10/14 03:46 PM
MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin warned Europe on Thursday that it may face a shutdown of Russian natural gas supplies if it fails to help Ukraine settle its enormous Russian gas bill — a debt that far exceeds a bailout package offered by the International Monetary Fund. The Russian president's...
04/09/14 05:16 PM
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin turned up the heat on Ukraine on Wednesday by threatening to demand advance payment for gas supplies, a move designed to exert economic pressure as Ukraine confronts possible bankruptcy, a mutiny by pro-Russian separatists in the east and a...
By Austin Bay | 04/09/14 10:51 AM
This week, ethnic Russian agitators in eastern Ukraine marched on camera, building barricades and demanding political unification with Mother Russia. One group in Donetsk demanded the Kremlin send "temporary" peacekeeping troops.
By J.D. Gordon | 04/09/14 08:49 AM
In a speech to Russia's parliament while formally annexing Crimea from Ukraine, Vladimir Putin cited history to legitimize his decision for “reunification.”
By Steve Chapman | 04/03/14 10:39 AM
The United States government has a dangerous penchant for military intervention, so after Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Crimea, it was a relief that no one talked about sending troops or deploying bombers. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., scotched any such notion by acknowledging glumly...
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