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South Korea May Relent on Selling Weapons to Ukraine

Possible reconsideration of weapons policy comes in response to Russia-North Korea pact

(Newser) - South Korea is not taking North Korea and Russia's newly cemented partnership lightly. Shortly after Vladimir Putin stated that the deal provides for "mutual assistance in the event of aggression against one of the parties," Seoul on Thursday said it was "planning to reconsider the issue...

US Condemns Putin's Visit to Vietnam

Russian leader signed a series of deals

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a series of deals with his Vietnamese counterpart To Lam on Thursday during a state visit that comes as Moscow is seeking to bolster ties in Asia to offset growing international isolation over its military actions in Ukraine. The two signed agreements to further cooperation...

Putin, Kim Take Turns in the Limo Driver's Seat

Leaders exchange gifts, one of which is an armored Russian-made Aurus

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin presented his North Korean host with a tea set, an admiral's dirk, and a retro-styled Aurus limousine, the very model he tools around Moscow in. Kim Jong Un counterpresented his guest with works of art depicting Putin, including busts, Reuters reports. Although a Russian spokesman...

Russia's Deal With North Korea Is 'Ominously Ambiguous'

They pledge assistance to each other in the event of 'aggression,' but details will be key

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un made a big deal of their newly cemented partnership on Wednesday, with the Russian leader calling it a "breakthrough" and his North Korean counterpart labeling it a "most powerful agreement." But what exactly does it say? Neither side has released the...

Putin Arrives in North Korea
Sanctioned by US,
2 Dictators Join Forces

Sanctioned by US, 2 Dictators Join Forces

Kim Jong Un vows 'full support' for Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised full support for Russia's war in Ukraine before beginning a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Pyongyang on Wednesday, in a bid to expand their economic and military cooperation and show a united front against Washington. Kim said relations between...

Putin Going to North Korea for First Time in 24 Years

Russia needs conventional weapons for its Ukraine war

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is going to North Korea this week for the first time in 24 years, reports the BBC . The Russian leader traveled there early in his presidency, and he welcomed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a visit last year . This reciprocal two-day trip by Putin, which begins...

Ukraine Condems 'Sham' Ceasefire Offer From Putin
Putin Offers Ceasefire,
Ukraine Isn't Having the 'Sham'

Putin Offers Ceasefire, Ukraine Isn't Having the 'Sham'

He wants country to give up 4 regions, abandon NATO bid

(Newser) - In a proposal slammed by Ukraine as "absurd," Vladimir Putin offered Friday to order an immediate ceasefire if Ukraine withdraws all of its troops from parts of the country claimed by Russia and abandon plans to join NATO. He said that if Ukraine and Western countries turn down...

Gershkovich Accused of Spying on Military Factory

He's to stand trial in Yekaterinburg on an unknown date

(Newser) - US journalist Evan Gershkovich, who has been jailed for more than a year in Russia on espionage charges, will stand trial in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg, authorities said Thursday, per the AP . An indictment of the Wall Street Journal reporter has been finalized and his case was filed...

Russian Warships Are Headed to Caribbean: Officials

Naval and air exercises are expected, but are not considered to be a threat to the US

(Newser) - Russia is expected to soon begin air and naval exercises in the Caribbean, for the first time since 2019. The move is being taken as a response to US support for Ukraine as well as the US increasing its own exercises with NATO allies—but, as the exercises are believed...

Putin: We'll 'Think' About Supplying Weapons to Hit West

He also discussed Trump case in rare talk with international reporters

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin warned Wednesday that Russia could provide long-range weapons to others to strike Western targets in response to NATO allies allowing Ukraine to use their arms to attack Russian territory. He also reaffirmed Moscow's readiness to use nuclear weapons if it sees a threat to its sovereignty, the...

Report: Putin Is Tightening His Already Sky-High Security

Russian officials say he now wears body armor in public

(Newser) - "God protects the cautious," says one of two unnamed Russian officials who spoke with the Moscow Times about Vladimir Putin's stepped-up security measures. Citing concerns ranging from the war in Ukraine to assassination attempts on other top politicians in Europe (Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico survived )...

Putin's Moves Reflect a New Confidence
Mounts of
a New Putin
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Speculation Mounts of a New Putin Strategy

He questions legitimacy of Zelensky amid reports of meeting with a potential Zelensky challenger

(Newser) - Recent moves by Vladimir Putin suggest he's feeling more confident about the war in Ukraine and how the end game might play out. A look at coverage:
  • The purge: Putin dumped his defense chief and has allowed a series of high-profile corruption arrests, and the timing "is most

Trump: Elect Me, Putin Will Give Me Gershkovich

Kremlin denies any discussions with Trump on the matter

(Newser) - Elect Donald Trump and you'll see Evan Gershkovich, the US journalist jailed in Moscow, walk free, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee claimed Thursday. Trump said he need only ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to release Gershkovich and he will—in exchange for nothing. "Vladimir Putin, President of Russia,...

Sources: Putin Wants a Ceasefire, but With Strings

Russian leader is said to want to keep all territories under his current control, sources tell Reuters

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin insists that Russia is ready to keep fighting in Ukraine, but he's reportedly also amenable to "freeze the war" there—with one big condition. Russian sources tell Reuters that their leader is prepared to negotiate a ceasefire, but one recognizing that territory currently under Russian control...

Putin Says Russia Is Creating 'Buffer Zone'

He claims Moscow doesn't plan to capture Kharkiv

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Moscow's offensive in Ukraine's Kharkiv region aims to create a buffer zone but Russia has no plans to capture the city, for now. Speaking to reporters Friday on a visit to Harbin, China, Putin said that Moscow launched attacks in the...

Xi, Putin Reaffirm 'No Limits' Partnership
Putin Praises Xi
in Show of Unity

Putin Praises Xi in Show of Unity

Russian leader hails Xi's efforts to 'regulate' the 'situation in Ukraine'

(Newser) - China's leader Xi Jinping welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday as he began a two-day state visit. Putin thanked Xi for his effort to resolve the Ukraine conflict at a Beijing summit, where the two leaders reaffirmed a "no-limits" partnership that has grown deeper as both countries...

Putin Changes Defense Ministers
Putin Removes
Defense Minister

Putin Removes Defense Minister

Andrei Belousov, former vice prime minister, is nominated for the job

(Newser) - Days into his fifth term, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday ousted his longtime defense minister. Sergei Shoigu has been nominated to instead lead a council that advises Putin on defense and security, the Washington Post reports. The announcement on an official government Telegram channel says Putin has nominated Andrei...

Enemies Largely Vanquished, Putin Begins His 5th Term

Power consolidated, he'll be in office until at least 2030

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin began his fifth term Tuesday as Russian leader at a glittering Kremlin inauguration, setting out on another six years in office after destroying his political opponents, launching a devastating war in Ukraine, and concentrating all power in his hands. Already in office for nearly a quarter-century and the...

Russia Announces Nuclear Weapons Drills

Kremlin blames 'threats' by UK, France

(Newser) - Russia said Monday that because of statements made by UK and French officials, its military has begun planning for drills simulating the use of tactical nuclear weapons near Ukraine. A Kremlin statement said the exercises are planned "in response to provocative statements and threats by certain Western officials against...

US Spy Agencies Aren't So Sure Putin Ordered Navalny Death

Intel doesn't negate Russian leader's culpability, however, in opposition leader's demise, per 'WSJ'

(Newser) - Last month, Vladimir Putin insisted that he'd OKed a plan to release Alexei Navalny from an Arctic penal colony just before the opposition leader died in February. Now, a new report from the Wall Street Journal suggests the Russian president actually may not have directly ordered Navalny's death—...

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