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 ...

Japan OKs sharp cut in salmon, trout quota in Russian EEZ

May 14, 2016

Japan OKs sharp cut in salmon, trout quota in Russian EEZ

Japan and Russia have agreed on a sharp cut in this year’s quota for salmon and trout fished by Japanese ships within Russia’s exclusive economic zone, according to the Japanese Fisheries Agency. The two countries also agreed that the Japanese side will switch from ...

Russian athletes deny doping claims

May 14, 2016

Russian athletes deny doping claims

Two Olympic gold medalists from Russia denied doping Friday, a day after they were named in a newspaper report detailing state-sponsored cheating at the 2014 Sochi Games. Bobsled champion Alexander Zubkov and cross-country skier Alexander Legkov were among the athletes accused in a New ...