Putin says Russia will not sell isles to Japan

May 21, 2016

Putin says Russia will not sell isles to Japan

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday took a stance of separating the country’s territorial row with Japan from bilateral economic cooperation, suggesting Moscow will not sell the islands at the center of a long-standing dispute to Japan. Russia is ready to buy a lot ...

NATO formally invites Montenegro as 29th member

May 20, 2016

NATO formally invites Montenegro as 29th member

NATO invited the Balkan nation of Montenegro to become its 29th member, agreeing Thursday to expand for only the seventh time in its history despite Russia’s angry objections. The decision is still subject to formal approval by the U.S. Senate, the alliance’s 27 other ...

May 20, 2016

Putin may visit in December, meet Abe in Yamaguchi

Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit Japan at the end of the year, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s home prefecture of Yamaguchi possibly the venue for talks between the Russian and Japanese leaders, several sources linked to Japan-Russia relations said Thursday. According to the ...

Russia builds military camp near ancient site in Palmyra

May 18, 2016

Russia builds military camp near ancient site in Palmyra

Russia has built a military encampment inside a zone that holds the UNESCO world heritage site in the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra, where Islamic State militants were driven out recently by pro-government forces. The Russian military described the camp Tuesday as “temporary,” saying ...

Russians sneer as Ukraine wins Eurovision song contest

May 16, 2016

Russians sneer as Ukraine wins Eurovision song contest

Russian lawmakers on Sunday lashed out at arch-rival Ukraine’s “political” victory in the Eurovision song contest, as pro-Kremlin media insisted Moscow’s entrant was robbed of victory. Ukrainian performer Jamala won the glitzy contest Saturday with her ballad “1944” about the deportation of the Crimean ...

May 15, 2016

Russian officials say North Korea has released detained yacht

A Russian yacht detained by North Korean coast guards was released Sunday and has set sail for the city of Vladivostok, Russian officials said. “The Russian yacht Elfin today left the North Korean port of Kimchaek headed for Vladivostok,” Denis Samsonov, a spokesman for ...