ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says his country reserves the right to deploy missiles prohibited by a nuclear arms treaty that the Trump...
MOSCOW (AP) — Venezuela's vice president is visiting Russia, voicing hope for stronger ties with Moscow amid the U.S. pressure.
Delcy Rodriguez said after Friday's talks with Russian Foreign...
Russia: US asks for advice on North Korea talks
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the United States has asked Moscow's advice in dealing with North Korea before a summit between President Donald Trump and the North...
Russia urges North Africa to bring Syria back to Arab League
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Russia's foreign minister is pressing North African countries to support Syria's return to the Arab League, now that President Bashar Assad is largely seen as having won the Syrian civil war.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria this week and at each stop called for Syria's reintegration into the "Arab family." Lavrov urged it to happen before an Arab League summit in Tunis in March.
Kremlin calls idea that Trump worked for Moscow ‘absurd’
MOSCOW (AP) — Top Russian officials ridiculed the idea that U.S. President Donald Trump could have worked for Russia's interests, dismissing them Wednesday as "absurd" and "stupid."
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during a news conference that U.S. newspaper reports about Trump withholding details of his meetings with Russia's president and an FBI investigation of whether he was working on Moscow's behalf reflected a plunge in journalism standards.
The Latest: Lavrov: Russia expects Syrian govt gains in east
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the Russian foreign minister's annual news conference (all times local):
Russia's foreign minister says that Moscow expects the Syrian government to take over territory in the country's east following the U.S. military withdrawal.
Sergey Lavrov told a news conference that it's necessary to fully restore Syria's sovereignty, adding that Turkey's plan to create a buffer zone on the border with Syria should also be seen in that context.
Russia tells Japan retaking Pacific islands not on horizon
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat threw cold water Monday on Tokyo's hopes for a quick return of four Pacific islands at the center of territorial dispute, warning Japan it must recognize the islands as part of Russia as a starting point for talks.
The stern statement from Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, which followed the talks with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, appeared to reflect Moscow's efforts to temper Japanese expectations of an imminent deal on the Kuril Islands dispute.
Moscow says it will help Russian despite her guilty plea
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials say Moscow will continue to support a Russian woman in custody in the United States who has pleaded guilty to acting as a covert agent of the Russian government, even though it rejects that claim.
Maria Butina on Thursday pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge for trying to infiltrate conservative political groups in the U.S., as part of a deal with federal prosecutors.
Russia: Constitutional committee for Syria ‘almost ready’
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat says the make-up of a committee meant to draft a new constitution for Syria is nearly complete, with almost all members agreed on.
The announcement comes after Syria's warring sides and mediators last month failed to agree on the formation of the committee, which is seen as key to ending Syria's seven-year civil war.
The Latest: Trump, Erdogan talk about Russia-Ukraine dispute
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on raised tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local):
U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have spoken on the phone to express their concerns about the Russia-Ukraine clash in the Kerch Strait and Russia's detainment of three Ukrainian ships and 24 crew members.
Russian FM says US pursues ‘hidden agenda’ in Syria
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the United States of pursuing a "hidden agenda" through its military involvement in Syria.
Lavrov said Saturday that in contrast to American claims that it is intervening in Syria to help in the fight against the Islamic State group, the U.S.'s true goal is to overturn the Syrian government supported by Moscow.
Austrian ex-officer suspected of spying for Russia since 90s
BERLIN (AP) — Austria's government said Friday that a retired colonel in the country's military is suspected of having spied for Russia for decades, a claim swiftly dismissed by Moscow.
The 70-year-old man from Salzburg, who wasn't named, allegedly provided a Russian intelligence agency with information about Austria's military and political situation, officials said.
Russia hosts meeting on Afghanistan
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday voiced hope that a conference on Afghanistan taking place in Moscow could help pave the way for peace talks.
"The Moscow format of talks is aimed at establishing an inclusive inter-Afghan dialogue in the interests of advancing the process of national reconciliation," Lavrov said as he opened the meeting that has brought together representatives of the Afghan authorities and the Taliban.
US official says Putin invited to visit Washington next year
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been invited to visit Washington next year.
Bolton said "we have invited President Putin to Washington after the first of the year for, basically, a full day of consultations." He said no date has been set yet.
Bolton spoke on a trip to the ex-Soviet nation of Georgia, which fully lost control over its two separatist provinces after losing a brief war with Russia in 2008.
Russia dismisses suspected spy actions as routine Dutch trip
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister on Monday dismissed accusations made in the Netherlands against suspected Russian spies, saying they were intended to distract public attention from stark divisions between Western nations.
Sergey Lavrov's comments were a defiant statement that comes amid soaring Russia-West tensions.
At UN, Russia says meddling claims baseless, slams the US
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia's foreign minister trashed accusations of Russian meddling abroad as "baseless" and used the podium at the U.N.'s biggest event to tear into U.S. policies in Iran, Syria and Venezuela. He later declared that U.S.-Russian relations "are bad and probably at their all-time low."
China, Russia take up globalism mantle as US sheds it at UN
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Days after U.S. President Donald Trump denounced globalism before world leaders at the United Nations, China and Russia positioned themselves Friday as defenders of internationalism that are keeping promises when Washington is backing away from them.
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AP Interview: NATO chief plays balancing act with Russia
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday he wants a more constructive relationship with Russia — even as the Western alliance is taking measures to respond to Moscow's increasing military assertiveness.
Russia’s Lavrov lashes out at Norway arrest of suspected spy
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is slamming Norway for arresting a Russian parliamentary official suspected of spying.
Lavrov called the espionage accusations "propaganda" and said "we want to understand what happened with our citizen."
Speaking on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, Lavrov said Tuesday, "Do you realize he was invited by the Norwegian parliament? Norwegian hospitality."
Lavrov says Russia won’t interfere in Bosnia Oct. 7 election
BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Russia won't interfere in next month's elections in Bosnia, an ethnically-divided Balkan nation where Moscow maintains strong influence among the country's Serbs, Russia's foreign minister insisted Friday.
Sergey Lavrov said after talks with officials in Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital, that Russia will respect the outcome in the Oct. 7 general election and won't be backing any party.
German government concerned for health of Pussy Riot member
BERLIN (AP) — The German government says it's concerned about the health of Pyotr Verzilov, a member of Russian protest group Pussy Riot who is being treated in Berlin after falling severely ill.
Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr said Monday the government "hopes he will get better soon and recover fully."
Moscow says Lavrov-Pompeo meeting next month in the works
MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat says Moscow is working on a meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters Thursday that Moscow and Washington are discussing a possible meeting at the U.N. General Assembly in New York next month but that they haven't agreed on the time or agenda yet.
US warns Russia, Syria against chemical weapons use
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. officials warned the Russian and Syrian governments Tuesday against chemical weapons use in Syria as forces allied with its President Bashar Assad prepare for an offensive on a rebel stronghold.
The United States "will respond to any verified chemical weapons use in Idlib or elsewhere in Syria ... in a swift and appropriate manner," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters in Washington.
Turkey warns against Syrian govt offensive on Idlib
MOSCOW (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister on Friday warned against a possible Syrian government offensive on the last remaining stronghold of opposition against President Bashar Assad, while Russia indicated that it's losing its patience with the rebels.
Russia says Taliban plan to attend Afghan talks in Moscow
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia said Tuesday that the Taliban have accepted an invitation for talks next month, in what promises to be one of the insurgent group's biggest diplomatic forays since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.
The announcement of the planned talks comes as the Taliban have expanded their footprint across Afghanistan and launched an unrelenting wave of attacks, including a prolonged assault on Ghazni, a strategic city near Kabul, earlier this month.
Russia: West is obstructing aid to Syria, return of refugees
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia lashed out at Western countries on Monday, accusing them of blocking U.N. aid for Syria's reconstruction and trying to prevent the return of refugees.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after talks with his Lebanese counterpart, Gibran Bassil, that the U.S. refusal to provide assistance for rebuilding Syria after more than seven years of fighting would deter Syrians from returning to their homes.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian and Japanese officials are expressing hope that business ties between the two countries will help solve a long-standing dispute over four Pacific islands.
The argument centers on the four most southern of the Kuril Islands, which Japan calls the Northern Territories. The Soviet Union took the islands at the end of World War II and the countries never signed a peace treaty as a result.
BERLIN (AP) — The German government says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the head of the Russian military have met Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin for talks on Syria and Ukraine.
The government said Tuesday's meeting between Lavrov, German counterpart Heiko Maas, Merkel and the chief of the Russian military's general staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, was agreed last week between Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin. It hadn't previously been announced publicly.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. version of what the top American and Russian diplomats discussed in their most recent telephone call makes no mention of the Russian woman arrested by American authorities and suspected of being a covert Kremlin agent — even though Moscow says her case came up in the conversation.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Minister has held a telephone call with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in which he complained about the Americans' arrest of a Russian woman on allegations of being a covert agent.
U.S. prosecutors have accused Maria Butina of working to infiltrate political organizations, including the National Rifle Association, before and after Donald Trump's election as president in 2016.
GOP senator warns against trusting Putin ‘mafia’
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. senator who just returned from a congressional trip to Russia warned against trusting President Vladimir Putin, saying that dealing with the Russian government is like "dealing with the mafia."
MOSCOW (AP) — The head of a U.S. congressional delegation visiting Russia said Tuesday he hopes for "a new day" in repairing relations between Russia and the U.S.
Senator Richard Shelby, a Republican from Alabama, met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow two weeks before the countries' presidents are to meet in Helsinki.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's foreign minister said on Monday that he will hold talks with his Russian counterpart over the conflict in Syria, where the latest government offensive in the country's south has displaced 270,000 people, according to a U.N. official.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned that Russia could walk away from the global chemical weapons watchdog after member nations voted to allow the group to assign blame for chemical attacks.
In an interview with Britain's Channel 4 News, Lavrov denounced a vote this week empowering the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to assign responsibility for chemical weapon use. Russia and 23 other countries voted against the move initiated by Britain.
MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser is heading to Moscow to pave the way for a possible U.S.-Russian summit, a spokesman said Thursday.
National Security Adviser John Bolton plans to travel to Moscow next week to discuss a potential meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bolton spokesman Garrett Marquis tweeted Thursday. Bolton also intends to discuss national security in London and Rome during the June 27-27 trip.
MOSCOW (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the United States on Thursday to rethink its decision to pull out of the world's top human rights body, calling it a "key tool" in efforts to combat abuse.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday to discuss Syria, North Korea and plans for future U.S.-Russian contacts.
BERLIN (AP) — The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany met in Berlin on Monday for talks on bringing an end to the fighting between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
The focus of the meeting was implementing an unfulfilled peace accord reached in the Belarus capital of Minsk in 2015 and the possibility of bringing United Nations peacekeepers to the region where an armed conflict has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014.
TOKYO (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un complained of "U.S. hegemonism" to Russia's visiting foreign minister on Thursday, as one of his top lieutenants was in New York trying to pave the way for a summit with President Donald Trump.
Kim told Sergey Lavrov that he hopes to boost cooperation with Russia, which has remained largely on the sidelines in recent months as Kim has reached out diplomatically to the United States as well as to South Korea and China.