Meanwhile, Russia’s lower house of parliament voted Tuesday to appeal to Putin to recognize the separatist entities, potentially further complicating the conflict.
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Putin and Xi said in a joint statement that China "treats with understanding and supports” Russia’s demand for binding security guarantees from the U.S. and NATO.
Extradited from Switzerland in December, Vladislav Klyushin has been accused of illegally making millions of dollars trading on hacked corporate-earnings information.
The Kremlin understands there’s virtually no chance of NATO meeting the Russian president’s demands. But just what Moscow might be willing to settle for remains unclear.
The Russian president may not want to start a war, but he must show he’s ready to fight to stop what he sees as an existential security threat.
Fighting has picked up at times in recent weeks between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country.
Several media outlets have been branded "foreign agents” under a Russian law that forces them to post the label on all news reports and meet strict financial disclosure rules.
Already among the pandemic’s worst-hit countries, Russia is experiencing a resurgence of the deadly virus aided by the rapid spread of the highly contagious delta strain.
Putin got one thing he craved — legitimacy on the international stage. Biden argued he confronted Putin over cyberattacks and Russia’s treatment of democracy activists.
The Russian president may reap diplomatic dividends as the nation basks in arguably its biggest scientific breakthrough since the Soviet era.