MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will hold a military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the defeat over Nazi Germany in World War II on June 24, after the celebration was postponed from May because of...
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s defense minister called on law enforcement officials Wednesday to consider filing criminal charges against representatives of other countries where World War II memorials...
MOSCOW (AP) — Dmitry Yazov, who served as the Soviet Defense Minister and joined a botched coup against then leader Mikhail Gorbachev that precipitated the collapse of the Soviet Union, has died....
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Russian military cooperation with Serbia has reached a “fundamentally” new level, Russia’s defense minister said Monday as he visited his Balkan ally amid rising tensions...
MOSCOW (AP) — A new intercontinental weapon that can fly 27 times the speed of sound became operational Friday, Russia's defense minister reported to President Vladimir Putin, bolstering the...
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense ministry said Tuesday that tens of thousands of Syrian Kurdish fighters have completed their withdrawal from areas along the Syrian border, in line with a recent...
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Russia's defense minister visited Armenia on Tuesday for talks about military cooperation between the ex-Soviet allies.
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Syria following the Turkish invasion earlier this month into the country's northeast (all times local):
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday oversaw sweeping war games intended to test the readiness of the nation's strategic forces for a nuclear conflict.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has spent the weekend in southern Siberia's mountains.
Photos and video released by the Kremlin on Monday showed Putin walking forested...
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister has hosted his Venezuelan counterpart to discuss military ties between the two countries.
During Thursday's meeting, Sergei Shoigu hailed Venezuela...
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian fighter jet warded off a NATO military aircraft that approached a passenger plane carrying Russia's defense minister Tuesday, according to media reports in...
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded the nation's highest honors to 14 seamen who died in a fire on one of the navy's research submersibles.
MOSCOW (AP) — The nuclear reactor on one of the Russian navy's research submersibles hasn't been damaged in a fire that killed 14 seamen, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday, adding that...
MOSCOW (AP) — Some crew members survived a fire that killed 14 sailors on one of the Russian navy's deep-sea submersibles, Russia's defense minister said Wednesday without specifying the number of...
MOSCOW (AP) — Fire broke out on one of the Russian navy's deep-sea research submersibles, and toxic fumes from the blaze killed 14 sailors aboard, Russia's Defense Ministry said Tuesday, although...
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military launched a massive exercise Monday to simulate a response to possible security threats in Central Asia.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the five-day...
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian and Egyptian foreign and defense ministers have discussed ways to expand military and security ties between the two nations.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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":
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.