US, Russia to hold new talks to encourage stability

The United States and Russia will hold high-level talks next week in the second bid in as many months to encourage stability in the tense relationship, officials said Friday. The so-called Strategic Stability Dialogue, set up during a June 16 summit between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Geneva, will […]

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Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage status at risk

After years of climate-worsened damage to its vibrant corals, Australia’s vast Great Barrier Reef could this week be added to UNESCO’s list of endangered World Heritage sites. Along with six other sites globally that are grappling with issues like ecological damage, overdevelopment, overtourism or security concerns, the reef’s fate is being considered at a meeting […]

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Russia unveils stealth fighter jet to compete with F-35s

Russia on Tuesday unveiled its new Sukhoi stealth fighter jet designed to compete with the US F-35 and capable of striking six targets simultaneously. Dubbed “The Checkmate”, the plane was first shown to a reportedly “pleased” President Vladimir Putin before the launch at a biennial airshow outside Moscow. Reports first surfaced that the jet was […]

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Biden pushes Putin for stable ‘great powers’ relationship

President Joe Biden pressed Vladimir Putin at their summit Wednesday to replace the combustible US-Russian standoff with a more “predictable” relationship between “two great powers” capable of agreeing to disagree. The two leaders shook hands, striking cautiously positive notes at the elegant Geneva villa chosen for their first summit. Huge motorcades of limousines, communications equipment […]

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Biden, Putin face off in tense Geneva summit

Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin face off Wednesday at a tense Geneva summit, where ghosts of the Cold War will hover over modern-day US concerns about Russian cyberattacks and what the White House sees as a dangerous authoritarian drift. The setting — a sumptuous villa overlooking Lake Geneva — may be picturesque, but a gruelling […]

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Fiona Hill recalls horrific experiences of Trump’s meeting with Putin — and how she expects Biden’s will go

Fiona Hill, the former official at the U.S. National Security Council, specializing in Russian and European affairs, spoke to CNN’s Don Lemon, remembering what it was like during the meeting between former President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin. President Joe Biden will meet with Putin in the early hours of Wednesday morning in the […]

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‘One cold dude’: US presidents on Putin

As US President Joe Biden prepares for his first summit meeting with Vladimir Putin — who he has called “a killer” — we look at what his predecessors thought of the Russian president. – Clinton: Cold and tough – US president Bill Clinton said he hung up after congratulating Putin on becoming acting Russian president […]

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Biden to hold solo news conference after Putin summit

By Steve Holland CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden will hold a solo news conference after meeting his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin next week, denying the former KGB spy an elevated international platform to castigate the West and sow discord. Putin’s bravura performance at a 2018 news conference with Donald Trump led to […]

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Europe demands answers after US-Danish spying claims

France warned Monday that alleged US spying on European allies using Danish underwater cables would be “extremely serious” if confirmed, as questions mounted over whether Denmark knew what the US was doing. In an investigative report on Sunday, Danish public broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR) revealed together with several other European media outlets that the US […]

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Belarus hijacked a jet to kidnap a journalist — and Putin is bailing them out economically

Russia is to support Belarus with 500 million dollars in credit over the coming weeks, the leaders of the two countries have agreed. During a meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko agreed the sum would be paid out by the end of June, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday, according […]

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Russian hackers of SolarWinds back on the attack

The state-backed Russian group behind a massive hacking campaign revealed last year has re-emerged with a series of attacks on government agencies, think tanks, consultants and other organizations, according to officials and researchers. A security update from Microsoft late Thursday said the group known as Nobelium has stepped up attacks, notably targeting government agencies involved […]

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Airlines shun Belarus, opposition leader says journalist tortured

By Matthias Williams and Andrius Sytas KYIV/VILNIUS (Reuters) – Airlines shunned Belarus’s air space on Tuesday and Belarusian planes could soon be banned from Europe, potentially isolating the land-locked country apart from its border with Russia after it forced down a jetliner and arrested a dissident journalist. A video released overnight showed 26-year-old Roman Protasevich […]

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Alexei Navalny reveals his ‘recipe for happiness’ in prison

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said Thursday he successfully eased out of his hunger strike and has discovered the recipe for being “happy” in prison. Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s best known domestic critic, is serving two-and-a-half years in a penal colony outside Moscow on old fraud charges he says are politically motivated. Russia’s top opposition […]

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First US-Russia meet since Biden took office

The US and Russian foreign ministers are meeting in Iceland on Wednesday evening to gauge the enormous gulf between the rival powers and confirm a potential summit between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin. Statements preceding the face-to-face talks on the sidelines of the Arctic Council meeting in Iceland do not bode well for the […]

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