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Henry Meyer

Russia Says No Reason for Assad to Give Up Syria Leadership

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should be allowed to run for re-election, Russia’s top envoy for Syria said, dismissing Western efforts to condition reconstruction aid on the departure of a leader blamed for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of his citizens.

Putin Claims Victory at Syria Base on Triumphal Mideast Tour

President Vladimir Putin made a surprise stop at Russia’s airbase in Syria to declare “victory” in his two-year military campaign, part of a whirlwind three-nation Middle East tour aimed at demonstrating his growing influence in the region at U.S. expense.

Putin Talks to Trump as Russia Sees Endgame in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin talked with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump by phone for about an hour on Tuesday as the Kremlin mounts a diplomatic push to resolve the war in Syria after a visit by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Russia to Retaliate Against Foreign Media Over RT Soon

Russia will expand controversial legislation on “foreign agents” for use against all media that receive funding from abroad, with the first outlets likely to be hit this month in retaliation over U.S. actions against Kremlin-funded broadcaster RT.

Russia Rues Trump-Putin Meeting That Got Away

Russian lawmakers and analysts bemoaned U.S. President Donald Trump’s failure to hold a formal meeting with Kremlin counterpart Vladimir Putin at the APEC summit in Vietnam, as state media sought to put a brave face on the perceived snub.

Trump Jr. Hinted at Review of Anti-Russia Law, Moscow Lawyer Says

A Russian lawyer who met with President Donald Trump’s oldest son last year says he indicated that a law targeting Russia could be re-examined if his father won the election and asked her for written evidence that illegal proceeds went to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Putin Is Filling the Middle East Power Vacuum

The Israelis and Turks, the Egyptians and Jordanians -- they’re all beating a path to the Kremlin in the hope that Vladimir Putin, the new master of the Middle East, can secure their interests and fix their problems.

Putin, Erdogan to Hold Talks on Missile Sale, Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to meet his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Thursday to discuss the setup and monitoring of a combat-free zone in Syria, as well as Turkey’s purchase of a Russian missile defense system.

Russia Gears Up for Big Syria Offensive

Russia prepared for a major new offensive by government forces in Syria after building a bridge across the Euphrates river, amid growing tensions with the U.S. as the two powers compete for control of a strategically important slice of territory bordering Iraq.

Lavrov Blames `Small-Minded' Obama for U.S.-Russia Divisions

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov lashed out at former U.S. President Barack Obama for planting a “time bomb” that has deepened the worst rift between the two powers since the Cold War and frustrated cooperation in addressing global crises from Iran to North Korea.

Trump Says He’s Made His Iran Deal Decision

President Donald Trump said “I have decided” whether the U.S. will continue to abide by the Iran nuclear deal, declining to elaborate as his top diplomat prepares to lobby other countries to demand changes in the multinational accord.

Russia Blames Islamic State for Nationwide Wave of Bomb Threats

Russian security services believe Islamic State is behind a wave of hoax bomb threats that have forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from government buildings, shopping malls and airports across the country, state news service RIA Novosti reported.

Putin Echoes China in Spurning U.S. on North Korea Sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin again rejected U.S. calls for new sanctions against North Korea after its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, echoing China’s resistance to more punitive measures to pressure Pyongyang into abandoning its atomic and missile programs.

Confident Assad Sabotages Putin’s Outreach to Trump in Syria

Russia’s military campaign to save Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from being overthrown by rebels may have worked too well. The Kremlin’s discovering that it’s losing influence over its protege as he grows increasingly confident about his survival.

Putin Hopes Retaliation Stops After Ousting 755 U.S. Staff

Vladimir Putin said he hoped there wouldn’t be a need for further retaliation against Washington after his government ordered the U.S. to slash staff at its diplomatic missions in Russia by 755, or nearly two-thirds, in retaliation for new sanctions approved by Congress.