Sergey Lavrov

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, right, during a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone,Martial Trezzini)

US-Russia reach agreement on Syria weapons

GENEVA (AP) — After days of intense negotiations, the United States and Russia reached agreement Saturday on a framework to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons by mid-2014 and impose U.N. penalties if the Assad […]

09/14/2013

What is the Chemical Weapons Convention?

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria took the first step Thursday toward joining the Chemical Weapons Convention after its most important ally, Russia, convinced Damascus to accept a U.S. offer to destroy its chemical stockpiles and […]

09/13/2013

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov welcomes his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moallem, left, prior to talks in Moscow on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Syria welcomes Russia’s call to give up chemical weapons

MOSCOW (AP) — Syria on Monday quickly welcomed a call from Russia, its close ally, to place Syrian chemical arsenals under international control, then destroy them to avert a U.S. strike, but did not offer […]

09/09/2013

Syrian refugees arrive at the Turkish Cilvegozu gate border, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Routine prevailed at a US-Turkish airbase in southern Turkey on Monday, a day after the US alleged that sarin gas was used in an August chemical weapons attack in Syria. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

UN: 5 million displaced inside Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — International aid to Syrians uprooted by civil war is a “drop in the sea” of what is needed, a top U.N. official said Monday, estimating that five million Syrians have been […]

09/02/2013

In this June 17, 2013 photo, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin get up to leave after their meeting in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama laments ‘backward’ Russian thinking

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday he was reassessing the relationship with Russia because of a growing number of issues on which the two countries differ, and he lamented what he called his […]

08/09/2013

Russia President Vladimir Putin (AP Photo)

Putin says no to US request to extradite Snowden

NAANTALI, Finland (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is in the transit zone of a Moscow airport and will not be extradited to the United States. Putin […]

06/25/2013

North Korean army officers punch the air as they chant slogans during a rally at Kim Il Sung Square, Pyongyang, North Korea (AP Photo)

North Korea warns embassies it can’t guarantee safety

MOSCOW (AP) — North Korea has warned diplomats in Pyongyang that it can’t guarantee the safety of embassies in the event of a conflict and suggested they may want to evacuate their staff, Russia’s top diplomat said Friday.

04/05/2013

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