MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin scored eight goals in an exhibition ice-hockey game with former NHL players.
The Russian leader took to the ice on Friday in what has become an...
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):
Russia's defense minister has visited Damascus to deliver a letter from President Vladimir Putin to...
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military has commissioned more than 1,000 new aircraft and thousands of tanks in the past few years in a massive modernization effort amid tensions with the West, the...
Russian, Turkish defense ministers meet on Syria
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Russian and Turkish defense ministers have stressed the need to continue military and intelligence cooperation to ensure stability in Syria's Idlib province despite...
The Latest: Russian, Turkish defense ministers discuss Syria
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Syria-related developments (all times local):
The defense ministers of Russia and Turkey have had a phone call to discuss the situation in Syria.
Wednesday's conversation between Russia's Sergei Shoigu and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar followed Turkey's statement that it wouldn't hesitate to act against Syrian Kurdish fighters.
Russian and Turkish ministers meet for Syria talks
MOSCOW (AP) — Top Russian and Turkish ministers agreed during a meeting in Moscow on Saturday to maintain cooperation in northern Syria as U.S. forces prepare to withdraw and Turkey threatens to launch a military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces controlling nearly a third of the country.
Russian and Turkish ministers begin Syria meeting
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian and Turkish foreign and defense ministers have begun a meeting in Moscow to discuss the situation in Syria as U.S. forces prepare to withdraw from the country.
The meeting comes as Ankara says it will launch a military operation against the main U.S.-backed Kurdish militia controlling nearly a third of the country.
Russia claims US ignoring outreach on nuclear disagreement
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia wants to sit down with Pentagon officials for "open and specific" talks on alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.
The U.S. claims Russia is violating the INF treaty, and on Dec. 4 issued an ultimatum that Moscow come into compliance with the accord in 60 days, or else Washington will withdraw. Russia denies it's in breach of the treaty.
Russian warplanes, navy ships to visit Venezuela
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister says the country's aircraft and navy ships will make visits to Venezuela.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the statement during Thursday's talks in Moscow with his Venezuelan counterpart Vladimir Padrino Lopez. Shoigu said Russia's military aircraft would continue to make stopovers in Venezuela and its ships would calls at its ports as part of bilateral military cooperation, but didn't mention any specific dates.
Report: Russian charged by US seen at Libya military meeting
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian newspaper says video released by the self-styled Libyan National Army shows a businessman allegedly linked to a private contractor that sent mercenaries to Syria at a meeting with the head of the Libyan army and top Russian military officials.
Russian minister warns Europe over US exit from nuclear pact
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister has urged Europe to consider what impact Washington's intended withdrawal from a key nuclear arms pact would have on its security.
Sergei Shoigu told his visiting Greek counterpart Monday that the European Union and NATO should weigh the consequences of a U.S. exit from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, warning it will entail "serious consequences" for Europe.
NATO’s biggest peacetime drill kicks off, angering Moscow
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — NATO's biggest military maneuvers since the Cold War kicked off Thursday in Norway in a hypothetical scenario that involves restoring the Scandinavian country's sovereignty after an attack by a "fictitious aggressor."
Russia delivers S-300 air defenses to Syria
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has completed the delivery of S-300 air defense systems to Syria, the Russian defense minister said Tuesday.
Sergei Shoigu said in televised remarks that Russia has delivered four S-300 launchers along with radars and support vehicles. Speaking during a Security Council meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin, Shoigu said it will take three months to train Syrian personnel to operate the system.
The Latest: Russia delivers S-300 air defenses to Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local):
Russia's defense minister says the delivery of S-300 air defense systems to Syria has been completed.
Sergei Shoigu said in televised remarks Tuesday that Russia has delivered four S-300 launchers along with radars and support vehicles. He says it will take three months to train Syrian personnel to operate the system.
Russia to provide Syria with new S-300 air defense missiles
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia announced Monday it will supply Syria's government with sophisticated S-300 air defense systems after last week's downing of a Russian plane by Syria forces responding to an Israeli air strike, a friendly fire incident that stoked regional tensions.
Russia says joint war games with China will be routine
CHITA, Russia (AP) — Russia and China intend to regularly conduct joint war games similar to the massive ones being held this week, the Russian defense minister said Wednesday.
Sergei Shoigu spoke as he and his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Wei Fenghe, visited the Tsugol firing range in eastern Siberia, where Russian and Chinese troops will hold joint drills later this week.
Russia launches biggest ever war games involving China
CHITA, Russia (AP) — Hundreds of thousands Russian troops swept across Siberia on Tuesday in the nation's largest ever war games also joined by China — a powerful show of burgeoning military ties between Moscow and Beijing amid their tensions with the U.S.
Putin keeps his shirt on, hikes in Siberia to relax
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin typically seeks out exciting, rugged, sometimes shirtless activities on his summer vacations. This year he was more laid back.
One summer Putin took a dive in the Black Sea only to allegedly discover an ancient amphora. Another time he galloped on a horse bare-chested across a mountain creek.
This year Russia's 65-year-old leader returned to one of his favorite holiday spots: the far-flung wilderness of Siberia's remote Tyva region.
Russia displays its latest weapons at military show
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Monday displayed its latest weapons at a military show aimed at attracting more foreign customers.
President Vladimir Putin said in an address to the Army 2018 show that it reflects the "huge potential" of Russian military industries and will serve as a platform for military cooperation with other countries.
Russia, Egypt pledge to strengthen military ties
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and Egypt have discussed ways to expand their military ties and boost anti-terrorism cooperation.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during Monday's talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Mohamed Zaki, that Moscow strongly supports Egypt's efforts to combat militants in the Sinai Peninsula.
Russian military braces for massive war games in the east
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's military forces in the country's east were put on high alert Monday ahead of massive war games that also involve China and Mongolia, the largest show of power in nearly 40 years, the Russian defense minister said.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the five days of military drills will pave the way for the Vostok (East) 2018 military exercise. Shoigu said those maneuvers, set for next month, will be the largest since the massive Soviet war games in 1981.
MOSCOW (AP) — Amid tensions between Russia and the West, the Russian defense minister has warned that weapons deployed to Crimea are capable of fending off any attack.
Speaking at a meeting with top military officers in Crimea, Sergei Shoigu said "the high-tech weapons systems don't leave a single chance to a potential adversary who might dare to encroach on the Russian territory."
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin reshuffled his Cabinet Friday, replacing some longtime members while keeping key figures in place.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev presented the candidates for ministerial posts at a meeting with Putin in Sochi, and the president approved his proposals.
MOSCOW (AP) — Top Russian defense and security officials on Wednesday launched diatribes at the West, accusing it of fomenting a new Cold War in a bid to retain waning influence in global affairs.
Moscow used an annual security conference attended by top defense officials from Asia, Africa and Latin America to harshly criticize the U.S. and its allies, accusing them of putting global stability at risk.
MOSCOW (AP) — China's new defense minister says his visit to Russia is a signal to the United States about the increasingly close military ties between Moscow and Beijing.
The unusually bold statement Tuesday by Gen. Wei Fenghe at the start of his talks with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reflected the growing military cooperation between the two former Communist rivals.
Tens of thousands mourn Russian pilot killed in Syria
MOSCOW (AP) — Tens of thousands of Russians attended a mourning ceremony Thursday for a Russian pilot who blew himself up to avoid being captured by the militants in Syria who downed his plane.
The Latest: Russia says pilot downed in Syria fought back
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):
Russia's military says a pilot who ejected after Syrian insurgents shot down his plane traded fire with militants on the ground and then blew himself up to avoid being captured.
A look at prominent Russians on White House’s “Putin list”
MOSCOW (AP) — The Trump administration has released a list of 114 Russian politicians and 96 "oligarchs" it says are linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin, but it's decided not to issue any extra sanctions for now.
Here is a look at some of the politically connected Russians on the so-called "Putin list":
Russian defense minister visits Vietnam to boost ties
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister has visited Vietnam, seeking to expand military ties with Moscow's Cold War-era ally.
Sergei Shoigu hailed Vietnam as a "reliable longtime friend" during the talks in Hanoi. Russia's Defense Ministry quoted Shoigu as saying Tuesday that Moscow was ready to share the experience of using weapons in real combat — a reference to Russia's campaign in Syria.
After last Geneva round, UN Syria envoy seeks Russia’s help
MOSCOW (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Syria has met Russian officials to discuss how to revive the peace process, following another fruitless round of negotiations in Geneva this month.
Staffan de Mistura says he conveyed his disappointment with the latest Geneva talks and asked for Moscow's assistance.
He said he told Russian Foreign Mnister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu that he counts on everyone's support to "make sure that the next meeting can be better."
The Latest: Putin says IS defeated in eastern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Islamic State group in eastern Syria has suffered a "complete defeat."
Putin, speaking on a visit to Nizhny Novgorod, said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to him earlier Wednesday that operations against the IS on both the western and eastern banks of the Euphrates River had been successfully completed.
Russia negotiates deal for its warplanes to use Egypt bases
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has approved a draft agreement with Egypt for Russian warplanes to use Egyptian military bases, according to a document released Thursday, a deal that would allow Moscow to further increase its military footprint in the Mideast.
The directive, signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and published on the official portal of legal information, endorses the draft prepared by the Russian Defense Ministry and instructs it to sign the deal with Egypt when it's ready.
Russian defense minister raises concern about NATO buildup
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Defense Minister says Russia and Belarus need to expand their military cooperation amid a NATO buildup.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Friday that close ties between the neighboring and allied nations are especially important when "NATO is expanding its military presence near our borders."
Shoigu says NATO's actions "undermine strategic stability and make it necessary to take retaliatory defensive measures."
Russia: Less than 5 percent of Syria still under IS control
BEIRUT (AP) — After losing major strongholds and key urban areas across Syria, including its self-proclaimed capital, the city of Raqqa, the Islamic State group now controls only 5 percent of the country's territory, according to Russia's defense minister.
That's a dramatic decline from the height of the rise of IS in 2014, when the extremist group seized about a third of both Syria and Iraq, before its downfall began.
Russia hands over fighter jets to Serbia
BATAJNICA, Serbia (AP) — Russia formally handed over six MiG-29 fighter jets to Serbia Friday, part of an arms delivery that has the potential to accentuate tensions in the war-weary Balkans.
The ceremony at a military airport close to the Serbian capital, Belgrade was attended by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.
Netanyahu says Israel won’t tolerate Iran presence in Syria
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister warned Tuesday that he will not tolerate an Iranian military presence in neighboring Syria.
Benjamin Netanyahu said his meeting with visiting Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday focused mostly on Iran's efforts to establish a presence next door, where both Tehran and Moscow have provided crucial support to President Bashar Assad's forces.
"Iran has to understand that Israel will not allow this," Netanyahu said.
Israeli military strikes anti-aircraft battery in Syria
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it struck and destroyed an anti-aircraft battery deep in Syria on Monday after it had opened fire on Israeli jets flying over Lebanon — a rare incident of Syrian forces targeting Israeli planes since the civil war began in 2011.
Russia starts delivery of MiG-29 fighter jets to Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Russia on Monday started delivering six MiG-29 fighter jets to Serbia, part of Moscow's promised military hardware that could worsen tensions in the war-weary Balkans.
Two of the warplanes were transported, disassembled, on a Russian cargo plane that landed at a military airport near Belgrade on Monday afternoon. All six are to arrive by Oct. 20, when Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is expected in the Serbian capital.
Russian soldier who killed 3 comrades shot dead
MOSCOW (AP) — Officials in far east Russia say a soldier who opened fire at other servicemen during drills has been tracked down and killed.
The military says the soldier, who killed three and wounded two other soldiers, offered resistance to arrest and was shot dead early Saturday following a massive manhunt.
Russian soldier kills 3 comrades, wounds 2 at firing range
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military says a soldier has opened fire at other servicemen during drills, shooting three of them dead and wounding two others.
The Defense Ministry said Friday that the shooting happened during nighttime practice shooting at a firing range in the far-eastern Amur region. It said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies the soldier fired his Kalashnikov rifle at other soldiers waiting to have target practice, and then fled.
The Latest: Russia welcomes Syrian breach of IS siege
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):
A Kremlin spokesman says President Vladimir Putin has sent his congratulations to Syrian President Bashar Assad after government forces breached the nearly three-year Islamic State siege of the eastern city of Deir el-Zour.
Dmitry Peskov told reporters Tuesday that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had briefed Putin on "the completion of the operation to break the siege" of Deir el-Zour.
Russia to hold joint drills with allies in Central Asia
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military says it will conduct joint military maneuvers with its ex-Soviet allies in Central Asia in response to regional threats.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at Friday's meeting with the top military brass that the war in Afghanistan has posed a threat to the region's stability.
UN envoy says Syria de-escalation zones ‘so far positive’
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Syria says the declaration of so-called de-escalation zones has been "so far positive," and hailed a Russian initiative to help bring aid to besieged Syrians.
Staffan de Mistura set no date for new peace talks in Geneva. He said "short" talks might be possible next month, while expressing hope for "substantial" talks in October. He also cited divisions among opposition factions.
Russia says Syrian government doubled territory it controls
BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government has increased the size of the territory under its control by 2 ½ times in just two months, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Sunday, as Syrian forces backed by regional allies and the Russian air force seized thousands of square miles (kilometers) from the Islamic State group in the center of the country.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone spearfishing in southern Siberia's mountains, the latest outdoor exploit for the action man and adventure-loving Russian leader.
Footage released Saturday by Russian state television stations showed Putin steering an inflatable boat and fishing bare-chested with a rod, accompanied by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and other officials.
"It's a good catch," a beaming Putin said, displaying his spoils.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister says four battalions of Russian military police are currently deployed in safe zones in Syria.
Russia and Iran, both supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and Turkey, which backs rebels fighting Syrian government forces, agreed on a plan in May to establish four "de-escalation" zones in Syria, pressing Assad's air force to halt flights over designated areas across the war-torn country.
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Russian claim of killing Islamic State group leader (all times local):
The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin has chaired a meeting of his security council to discuss the Russian military's claim that it had killed the Islamic State group's leader in an airstrike in Syria.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister says the military has received a steady flow of new weapons allowing it to maintain a "strategic parity" with NATO.
Sergei Shoigu said in Wednesday's speech before lawmakers that Russia's nuclear forces have been equipped with the new Yars intercontinental ballistic missiles with an enhanced capability to penetrate any potential missile defense.