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Stepan Kravchenko

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.

45,000 Evacuated Across Russia After Wave of Bomb Threats

Nearly 100,000 people have been evacuated from airports, schools and government buildings across Russia, including an iconic department store on Red Square, amid a wave of fake bomb threats that officials called unprecedented.

Kremlin to Release GoPro Footage From Putin’s Spear-Fishing Trip

Brace yourselves for the latest addition to President Vladimir Putin’s macho exploits in the wilds of Russia. The Kremlin says he went spear-fishing during a brief vacation this week, donning a wetsuit and snorkel mask equipped with a GoPro camera to film himself in a chilly Siberian lake.

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.

U.S. Expands Russia Sanctions as Trump Meets Ukrainian Head

The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on more Russian companies and individuals as well as separatists in rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine as President Donald Trump held White House talks with Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko.

Putin Jokes He'd Offer Comey Asylum Like He Did With Snowden

President Vladimir Putin joked that he’s willing to offer former FBI Director James Comey asylum, comparing him to Edward Snowden, the ex-National Security Agency contractor who took refuge in Russia after being accused in the U.S. of leaking classified information.

Even After 'Lost Decade' Putin Isn't Ready to Fix the Economy

With Russia mired in what turned out to be the longest recession in two decades, Vladimir Putin won plaudits from investors last year by tasking former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin with drafting an economic program for 2018 to 2024, which happens to be the next presidential term.

Putin, Saudi Prince Hail Ties After Oil-Supply Deal Extended

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hailed a new period of close relations at talks in Moscow after the world’s biggest oil exporters reached a deal to prolong supply cuts for another nine months.

Putin's Syria Gambit at Risk as Trump Challenges With Strike

Russian President Vladimir Putin risks losing hard-won gains in Syria now that the U.S. has upended the balance of forces by striking at his ally President Bashar al-Assad after accusing him of a chemical attack that killed scores of people.

Russia Detains Terror Suspects in St. Petersburg After Blast

Russian law-enforcement agents detained six migrant workers from several countries of central Asia on suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities in St. Petersburg, the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement on its website.

Putin Nominates Bank of Russia Head Nabiullina for New Term

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Bank of Russia Governor Elvira Nabiullina he plans to nominate her for a new 5-year term, praising her stewardship of the central bank as the country emerges from the longest recession this century.

Fillon Slips Further in France as Canard Reports Putin Ties

Republican candidate Francois Fillon fell further behind in the French presidential race as satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchaine published details of his financial ties to the Russian government and prosecutors broadened a probe into his affairs.

Kremlin Tells Media to Cut Back on Fawning Trump Coverage, Sources Say

The Kremlin ordered state media to cut back on their fawning coverage of President Donald Trump, reflecting a growing concern among senior Russian officials that the new U.S. administration will be less friendly than first thought, three people familiar with the matter said.

Russia Accuses U.S. of ‘Paranoia’ Over Ties After Flynn's Ouster

Russian lawmakers reacted with dismay and anger to the resignation of U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was widely seen as an ally in the White House, calling it a sign that Donald Trump’s administration is falling victim to “paranoia” toward the Kremlin.