Russia threatens retaliation if Ukraine demands not met
Russia warned Wednesday it would quickly take “retaliatory measures” if the U.S. and its allies reject its security demands and continue their “aggressive” policies, ratcheting up pressure on the West amid concerns that Moscow is planning to invade Ukraine. Russia has repeatedly denied it has any such designs, but the United States and its NATO allies are worried because Russia has massed an estimated 100,000 troops near Ukraine's border and launched a series of war games in the region.news.yahoo.com
UN chief: World more unpredictable than during the Cold War
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the current world is “much more chaotic, much less predictable” than during the Cold War between the former Soviet Union and the United States, and it’s dangerous because there are no “instruments” to deal with crises.
US, Russia to try more diplomacy amid tensions over Ukraine
Top U.S. and Russian diplomats agreed to keep talking in the standoff over Ukraine, even though their meeting produced no movement in the crisis that has seen Moscow mass tens of thousands of troops at the border and the West ramp up supplies of weapons to Kyiv.
Russia demands US, NATO response next week on Ukraine
Russia on Friday strongly reaffirmed its demand that NATO doesn't expand eastward despite the rejection of that by the military alliance amid a Russian troop buildup near Ukraine. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that Moscow wouldn't wait indefinitely for the Western response, saying he expects the U.S. and NATO to provide a written answer next week. Lavrov described Moscow’s demands for binding guarantees that NATO will not embrace Ukraine or any other ex-Soviet nations, or station its forces and weapons there as essential for the progress of diplomatic efforts to defuse soaring tensions over Ukraine.news.yahoo.com
US intelligence finds Russia planning Ukraine offensive
President Joe Biden has pledged to make it “very, very difficult” for Russia’s Vladimir Putin to take military action in Ukraine as U.S. intelligence officials have determined that Russian planning is underway for a possible military offensive that could begin as soon as early 2022.
Russia says it's in sync with US, China, Pakistan on Taliban
Russia's foreign minister says the United States, China, Russia and Pakistan are working together to ensure that Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers keep their promises, especially to form a genuinely representative government and prevent the spread of extremist groups.
Top Russian Diplomat’s Secret Life With Millionaire Mistress Exposed
Russian Foreign Ministry/TASS/GettyRussian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has reportedly bankrolled his mistress’s travel abroad with him on official diplomatic trips to almost two dozen countries around the world, according to a new bombshell report from Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny’s team. The report, entitled “Yachts, bribes and a mistress. What Minister Lavrov is hiding,” details a plethora of luxury digs and yachts enjoyed by the couple, including a yacht owned by the notoriounews.yahoo.com
Russia against US troops in Central Asia near Afghanistan
Russia has strongly warned the United States against deploying its troops in the former Soviet Central Asian nations following their withdrawal from Afghanistan, a senior diplomat said in remarks published on Tuesday. Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow conveyed the message to Washington during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s summit with U.S. President Joe Biden in Geneva last month. The warning comes as the U.S. military said last week that 90% of the withdrawal of U.S. troops and equipment from Afghanistan is complete.news.yahoo.com
What I learned being in the room with Vladimir Putin
I had the rare opportunity to watch Vladimir Putin in action during my four-year stint serving as a senior communications aide to former Secretary of State John Kerry.Why it matters: From his timing to his baiting techniques and his postgame spin, Russia's president commands an array of tactics aimed at putting U.S. leaders on the defensive and in response mode — and has decades of experience fine-tuning them.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscnews.yahoo.com
US, Russia at odds over military activity in the Arctic
The Biden administration is leading a campaign against Russian attempts to assert authority over Arctic shipping and reintroduce a military dimension to discussions over international activity in the area. As Russia assumed the rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council on Thursday, the U.S. rallied other members to oppose Moscow’s plans to set maritime rules in the Northern Sea Route, which runs from Norway to Alaska, and its desire to resume high-level military talks within the eight-nation bloc. The effort reflects growing concerns in Washington and among some NATO allies about a surge in Russian military and commercial activity in the region that is rapidly opening up due to the effects of climate change.news.yahoo.com
Russian minister: US-Russia ties worse than during Cold War
Russia's top diplomat said Wednesday that relations with the United States are now even worse than during Cold War times because of a lack of mutual respect. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow stands ready to normalize ties with Washington but that the U.S. should stop posturing like a “sovereign” while rallying its allies against Russia and China. Lavrov said if the U.S. shuns a mutually respectful dialogue on the basis of a balance of interests, “we would live in conditions of a Cold War or worse."news.yahoo.com
Russia says it's ready to end ties with the European Union
(Photo by Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)LONDON — Russia has said it is ready to cut ties with the European Union, according to a fragment of an interview published on Russia's foreign ministry website Friday morning. When asked if Russia was heading for a break with the European Union, Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov said: "We proceed from the fact that we are ready (for that). Neither the Russian foreign affairs ministry nor the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, was immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC on Friday. In remarks to the press, Lavrov said that, "the EU is not a reliable partner, at least at the current stage." As a result, he has suggested that the EU should impose fresh sanction on Russia — a decision that needs to be approved by European governments.cnbc.com
How the EU's icy relationship with Russia plunged to a new low — and why it matters
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell visited Moscow on Friday to voice the EU's opposition to the arrest of Alexei Navalny, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, Borrell failed to rebuff his Russian counterpart's comments when standing next to him at the press conference. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had claimed the EU was an "unreliable partner." It seems that Russia is progressively disconnecting itself from Europe," Borrell said in a blog post two days after the press conference. There is no point in having a reset with Russia when Russia does not want it," she said.cnbc.com
Russia says US leaving overflight treaty will hurt security
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov listens for a journalist's question during his annual roundup news conference in Moscow, Russia. Russia denied breaching the pact, which came into force in 2002, and the European Union has urged the U.S. to reconsider. The treaty helps deescalate the situation and avoid a wrong interpretation of the parties' military intentions, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov argued that the limits on flights over Kaliningrad were permissable under the treaty's terms. Lavrov asserted that the U.S. has imposed more sweeping restrictions on observation flights over Alaska.
Russia says it scales down war games amid pandemic
MOSCOW Russia's foreign minister said Tuesday that Moscow has scaled down its military drills amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sergey Lavrov said that the Russian military also has decided not to conduct any war games near the country's borders with NATO member nations during the outbreak. Russia-West relations have sunk to post-Cold War lows after the 2014 Russian annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and Moscow's support for a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly voiced concern over the deployment of NATO forces in the Baltics, describing it as a threat to its security. Russia and the alliance also have blamed one another for conducting destabilizing military exercises near the borders.
Trump 'looking to save lives' on ventilator shipments abroad
The official said the Trump administration has committed to providing more than 15,000 ventilators to more than 60 countries. President Donald Trump was asked Tuesday if he sees ventilator shipments as a way to strengthen ties with other countries. I'm looking to save lives," Trump said. If we can save lives in another country, that's a great thing. So, I'm only looking to save lives.
Trump claims he discussed election meddling with Russia's Lavrov
President Trump claims he discussed election meddling with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their closed-door Oval Office meeting Tuesday, tweeting out a picture of him and the Russian official en route to a rally in Pennsylvania. Lavrov decried allegations of election meddling in 2016 as baseless during a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier in the day. Discussed many items including Trade, Iran, North Korea, INF Treaty, Nuclear Arms Control, and Election Meddling. Pompeo emphasized that he made it clear to Lavrov the U.S. will not tolerate election meddling. "We think we've shared plenty of facts to show what happened in the 2016 election with our Russian counterparts.cbsnews.com
Lavrov says Trump-Zelenskiy call blown out of proportion
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov walks to address the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonUNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday said the controversy over a phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been blown out of proportion and dismissed a suggestion that Russia was behind it. (U.S. House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi said today that behind the incident - that is being blown out of proportion - around the telephone conversation between President Trump and President Zelenskiy, that it was Russia behind it all, he told reporters at the United Nations. In an interview on Friday, Pelosi suggested Russia may have been behind the matter. By the way, I think Russia has a hand in this, Pelosi told MSNBCs Morning Joe program on Friday.feeds.reuters.com
Ukraine diplomacy deal aims to ease tensions
Ukraine diplomacy deal aims to ease tensions In Switzerland, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reached a deal with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to take steps to de-escalate the tension in Ukraine. The U.S. has accused Russia of playing a role in escalating Ukraine's crisis, which Russia denies, and Washington is considering more sanctions. Craig Boswell reports.cbsnews.com
Kerry and Lavrov meet in Geneva to ease Ukraine tensions
Kerry and Lavrov meet in Geneva to ease Ukraine tensions Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, are meeting in emergency talks in Geneva, to try to quiet the tension inside Ukraine. Margaret Brennan reports.cbsnews.com
Russia dismisses U.S. proposals in Ukraine talks
Russia dismisses U.S. proposals in Ukraine talks Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in London. Kerry issued a set of proposals, including for Russia to call off Crimea’s referendum on joining the Russian Federation, but Lavrov dismissed virtually every one. Margaret Brennan reports.cbsnews.com
Kerry gives Russia options to avoid sanctions
Kerry gives Russia options to avoid sanctions Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are meeting in London to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. Kerry is urging Lavrov to pullback in Crimea and negotiate, or Russia will face sanctions from the U.S. and Europe. CBS News State Department correspondent Margaret Brennan reports.cbsnews.com