Vladimir Putin

President Barack Obama speaks about the ongoing situation in Ukraine in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama warns Russia of ‘costs’ in Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Delivering a blunt warning to Moscow, President Barack Obama expressed deep concern Friday over reported military activity inside Ukraine by Russia and warned “there will be costs” for any intervention. He did […]

02/28/2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, visits USA House during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. From left, US Olympic Committee official Lisa Baird, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko and Head of the United States National Olympic Committee Scott Blackman.  (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

Guess who dropped by USA House? Vladimir Putin

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — In a powerful symbol of international sports detente, Russian President Vladimir Putin dropped in on U.S. Olympic headquarters Friday to chat about the Winter Games and the upcoming Russia-U.S. hockey showdown. […]

02/14/2014

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)

Brush up with these 5 things to know about chilly US-Russian relations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The weather is warm at this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, yet U.S.-Russian relations are still in the deep freeze. Back in 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gave Russia’s top […]

02/13/2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin, background right,  speaks at his meeting with Olympic volunteers in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. Putin says gays should feel welcome at the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, but they must "leave the children in peace." Putin told volunteers Friday that gays visiting Sochi "can feel calm and at ease," and vowed that there would be no discrimination at the games. But he emphasized that, according to a law banning homosexual "propaganda" among minors, gays cannot express their views on gay rights issues to anyone underage. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Russia fields 25,000 volunteers for Sochi Games

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — They are young, bright and speak good English. Russia has trained 25,000 volunteers to work at the upcoming Sochi Games. President Vladimir Putin, who views the Olympics that start on Feb. […]

01/17/2014

Russian soldiers patrol the Battle of Stalingrad memorial in Volgograd, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

Heavy police and troop presence in bomb-hit Russian city

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Eerily empty buses lumbered through the streets, police weighed down with body armor warily watched pedestrians near a fast-food restaurant, and members of Cossack units stood guard at bus stops. Volgograd […]

12/31/2013

The Olympic Bolshoy stadium in the background, and Iceberg stadium for figure skating and short track speed skating events during the 2014 Olympic Games, are illuminated in the Olympic park in the coastal cluster in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Lesya Polyakova, File)

US eyeing Olympic security after Russia attacks

HONOLULU (AP) — The White House says the United States would welcome “closer cooperation” with Russia on security preparations for the Winter Olympics following a pair of deadly attacks that sparked fears about the terrorism […]

12/30/2013

A Volgograd resident walks crying in Volgograd, Russia early Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

Russian bombings kill 31, raise Olympic fears

MOSCOW (AP) — Two suicide bombings in as many days have raised concerns that separatist militants have begun a terrorist campaign in Russia that could stretch into the Winter Olympics in February. Russian authorities and […]

12/30/2013

Ambulances line up a site of a trolleybus explosion, background, in Volgograd, Russia Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

Successive suicide bombings in Russia kill over 30

MOSCOW (AP) — A suicide bomber killed 14 people aboard an electric bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd during the Monday morning rush hour, and authorities believe it was the work of the […]

12/30/2013

In this photo taken on a cell phone, made available by Volgograd Mayor's Office, bodies lie at an entrance to Volgograd railway station, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. More then a dozen people were killed and scores were wounded Sunday by a suicide bomber at a railway station in southern Russia, officials said, heightening concern about terrorism ahead of February's Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. (AP Photo/Nikita Baryshev,Volgograd Mayor's Office Handout)

16 killed in suicide bombing in Russia’s south

MOSCOW (AP) — A suicide bomber struck a busy railway station in southern Russia on Sunday, killing at least 15 other people and wounding scores more, officials said, in a stark reminder of the threat […]

12/29/2013

July 26, 2002: Russian weapon designer Mikhail Kalashnikov presents his legendary assault rifle to the media while opening the exhibition "Kalashnikov - legend and curse of a weapon" at a weapons museum in Suhl, Germany. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)

Rifle designer Mikhail Kalashnikov dead at 94

MOSCOW (AP) — Mikhail Kalashnikov started out wanting to make farm equipment, but the harvest he reaped was one of blood as the designer of the AK-47 assault rifle, the world’s most popular firearm. It […]

12/23/2013

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, listens to questions  at his first news conference after his release in Berlin, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Putin frees his enemies as part of Sochi spin

MOSCOW (AP) — It came as a shock for both those released and the general public — President Vladimir Putin’s move to pardon his foes has allowed him to seize the news agenda in his […]

12/23/2013

President Barack Obama smiles as he prepares to answer a question during an end-of-the year news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Dec. 20, 2013.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama puts a rosy spin on rough presidential year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Putting a rosy spin on a difficult year, President Barack Obama acknowledged frustrating “ups and downs” on Friday but exulted that the improving economy is creating new jobs and claimed crucial progress […]

12/20/2013

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