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Russia to Put Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Belarus

Putin argues it's like the US agreements with European nations

(Newser) - President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that Russia will station tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus. The allies struck an agreement after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko raised the possibility, Putin told Russian state television, per the BBC . Russia will maintain control of the weapons, he said, likening the move to the US...

Ron DeSantis Explains Himself, Calls Putin a 'War Criminal'

Tucker Carlson mocks the apparent backtracking

(Newser) - Ron DeSantis is clarifying his controversial remarks about the Russia-Ukraine war from last week after getting pushback even from members of his own party . In his comments to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, the Florida governor had referred to President Biden's policy of aid to Ukraine as a "...

Is Russia-China Partnership Substantive or Just Convenient?
Takeaways From the Meeting
of These 'Dear Friends'

Takeaways From the Meeting of These 'Dear Friends'

China's purported goal of peace remains elusive after Xi-Putin talks

(Newser) - There was no real progress made toward ending the conflict in Ukraine during Xi Jinping's three-day visit to Russia, despite China characterizing the trip as one "of friendship, cooperation, and peace," the AP reports. "What China has done boils down to one word, that is, to...

Putin and Xi Promise Cooperation but Not Peace

Russian leader says Ukraine and West don't seem ready for settlement

(Newser) - The leaders of China and Russia agreed in Moscow on Tuesday to deepen their partnership on economic and political matters, further setting themselves apart from the US and other Western nations. On their second day of talks, however, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping did not agree...

Xi Visits 'Dear Friend' Putin
Xi Visits 'Dear Friend' Putin

Xi Visits 'Dear Friend' Putin

Blinken says 'world should not be fooled' by peace proposal freezing Russian gains in place

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed his Chinese counterpart to Moscow on Monday, calling Xi Jinping a "dear friend" at the start of a visit seen as a show of support for Putin as his war in Ukraine grinds on. Xi praised Putin's "strong leadership" and credited it...

Putin Makes Surprise Visit to Mariupol
Putin Visits Mariupol

Putin Visits Mariupol

He arrived in occupied Ukrainian city by helicopter, according to Russian media

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited the occupied port city of Mariupol, Russian state news agencies reported Sunday, his first trip to the Ukrainian territory that Moscow illegally annexed in September. Earlier, on Saturday, Putin traveled to Crimea, a short distance southwest of Mariupol, to mark the ninth anniversary of...

Putin Is a Wanted Man. Now What?

What the ICC's
Arrest Warrant
Means for Putin
the rundown

What the ICC's Arrest Warrant Means for Putin

If nothing else, Russian leader will have to curtail his travel to nations that work with the court

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is in rare, if unwanted, company: On Friday, he became only the third sitting president to be the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court in the Hague, notes Reuters . The others were Sudan's Omar al-Bashir and Libya's Muammar Gaddafi. So now...

There's an Arrest Warrant Out for Putin From ICC

Russian president accused of war crimes for unlawful deportation, transfer of Ukrainian children

(Newser) - Expect Vladimir Putin to continue keeping a low profile. The International Criminal Court said Friday it has issued an arrest warrant for the Russian president for war crimes because of his alleged involvement in abductions of children from Ukraine , per the AP . The court said in a statement that Putin...

China Making a Big Show of Support for Russia

Xi Jinping will visit Moscow on Monday

(Newser) - Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to visit Russia from Monday to Wednesday in an apparent show of support for Russian President Vladimir Putin amid sharpening East-West tensions over the war in Ukraine. The meeting between the leaders was announced by both countries on Friday. Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine...

Putin Backs Out of Last Nuclear Pact With the US

Russian leader blames the West in his state of the nation address; Biden speaks later in Poland

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin declared Tuesday that Russia is pulling out—at least temporarily—from the last standing nuclear arms control treaty with the US. In his annual state of the nation address, Putin announced that Moscow would suspend its participation in the New START pact, reports the BBC . "Our relations...

Biden's Ukraine Visit Seen as 'Gut Punch' to Putin

A roundup of reactions to president's surprise trip

(Newser) - Marjorie Taylor Greene hates the idea of President Biden's surprise visit to Ukraine , declaring that he "chose Ukraine over America" on Presidents Day. The conservative congresswoman isn't the only one weighing in:
  • Big move: This was no political stunt, writes Eliot A. Cohen in the Atlantic . It

MH17 Investigators Land on Putin's Name

'Strong indications' he approved the supply of the missile system that took down plane

(Newser) - It's a bold sounding statement, but not enough to keep their probe into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 going. On Wednesday, the international Joint Investigation Team said it found "strong indications" that Vladimir Putin made the decision to give the Buk missile system that...

Boris Johnson: Putin Made a 'Jolly' Threat to Me

Russian leader said he could kill Johnson with a missile, though Kremlin denies

(Newser) - In a new documentary about Vladimir Putin's relations with Western leaders, former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson recounted a conversation that is causing double-takes. During a long call between the two in the run-up to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Johnson says Putin breezily talked about hitting the UK...

Australian Open Evicts Pro-Russia Demonstrators

Banned flag, Putin's image and a 'Z' disrupt event

(Newser) - Four people were detained, questioned, and evicted Wednesday after the Australian Open was disrupted by pro-Russia chants and displays. The demonstrators displayed a Russian flag bearing an image of Vladimir Putin, and a spectator took off a shirt during play to reveal a T-shirt underneath bearing a white "Z"...

Russia Changes Commanders in Ukraine

Military leaders have been criticized for handling of invasion

(Newser) - Russia's top military officer was put in charge of troops fighting in Ukraine on Wednesday, a move that appears to reflect the Kremlin's dissatisfaction with the current leadership and flaws in the military's performance. Russia's Defense Ministry said Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the General Staff...

Putin's Ceasefire Has Begun. No One Seems to Be Listening

Artillery fire continues, apparently from both sides, after Putin's holiday mandate went into effect Friday

(Newser) - Usually for a truce to work, even a temporary one, both sides have to be in agreement. Russian President Vladimir Putin is finding that out as a 36-hour ceasefire in the Ukraine war he called didn't get off to a great start on Friday, right as it began. The...

Putin Orders 36-Hour Ceasefire in Ukraine

His forces will halt fighting to observe Russian Orthodox Christmas holiday

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered Moscow's armed forces to hold a 36-hour ceasefire in Ukraine this weekend for the Russian Orthodox Christmas holiday, the Kremlin said. The order follows a proposal by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, and will start at noon on...

Shelling Intensifies as Putin Gives Angry New Year's Speech

Ukrainians celebrate despite Russian president's most aggressive holiday speech yet

(Newser) - Ukraine endured a new round of shelling Saturday while Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered the longest, most strident New Year's address of his reign. Putin began the nine-minute speech by lauding the Russian army's "strength of spirit and courage," the Washington Post reports. He then blamed...

Putin 'Clearly Doesn't Know What to Do'

Russian leader losing support among his nation's elite, according to 'Washington Post' analysis

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping had a closely watched video call on Friday, one in which Putin invited the Chinese leader to Moscow in the spring. Xi didn't explicitly accept, reports the Guardian . But he did talk about ramping up "strategic cooperation with Russia," even as he...

Putin: We're Ready for Talks
for Talks

Putin: We're Ready for Talks

Attacks on Ukraine continue, though he says Moscow is 'prepared to negotiate'

(Newser) - President Vladimir Putin claimed that Russia is ready for talks to end the war in Ukraine even as the country faced more attacks from Moscow—a clear sign that peace wasn't imminent, per the AP . Putin said in a state television interview, excerpts of which were released on Sunday...

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