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.
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Ahead of high-stakes security talks with the U.S., it also sent a reminder of just how determined the Russian president is to defend what he sees as his own neighborhood.
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 video call between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin lasted about two hours. It will take months to figure out if the two sides managed to defuse the crisis over Ukraine.
India is betting that U.S. President Joe Biden’s focus on China will allow it to press on with defense purchases from Moscow.
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.
The shift in thinking means the Kremlin is likely to come to the COP26 climate change summit with proposals to synchronize its efforts to measure carbon emissions with those in Europe.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia's leader is "absolutely healthy” but will avoid in-person meetings for "some time.”
A close ally of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny urged U.S. President Joe Biden to take punitive action against a wider group of associates of President Vladimir Putin, saying current sanctions aren’t sufficient to stop the Kremlin from cracking down on political opponents ...
The regular revival of speculation about the 68-year-old leader’s future highlights how central Putin remains to the Russian state.