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Washington Reacts to ‘Brazen,’ ‘Unacceptable’ Russian Sentence for Brittney Griner
Geopolitics
Washington Reacts to ‘Brazen,’ ‘Unacceptable’ Russian Sentence for Brittney Griner
2022-08-04 18:24:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Brittney Griner, the American WNBA player who was tried in Russian court for drug smuggling after bringing cannabis oil into the country, was sentenced to nine years in prison on Thursday, inspiring sharp rebukes in the nation’s capital.... Read More

Geopolitics
EXPLAINER: Why US Needs a Law to Sell Off Oligarchs' Assets

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden doesn't want to just seize the yachts, luxury homes and other assets of Russian oligarchs, he wants to sell off the pricey goods and use the money to help rebuild Ukraine. He's asking Congress... Read More

Renewable Energy
German Firm Builds Floating Solar Plant on Quarry Lake
2022-04-20 21:21:00
by Dan McCue

MUNICH, Germany — Germany’s global renewable energy developer BayWa r.e. plans to turn on a floating solar power plant next month, a potential game changer in the sector that could help further reduce the country’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels... Read More

Geopolitics
Ukraine Leader Says He Seeks Peace 'Without Delay' in Talks

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine could declare neutrality, potentially accept a compromise on contested areas in the country’s east, and offer security guarantees to Russia to secure peace "without delay,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said ahead of another planned round of... Read More

Geopolitics
Biden Declares Putin ‘Cannot Remain in Power' in Warsaw Speech
2022-03-26 19:41:36
by Dan McCue

WARSAW, Poland — Evidently catching even White House officials by surprise, President Joe Biden on Saturday dramatically ratcheted up his rhetoric against Russian President Vladimir Putin, ending a lengthy speech on the invasion of Ukraine by saying, “For God’s sake,... Read More

Geopolitics
Biden Talks with China's Xi, Aims to Press Him on Russia War

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two key figures in determining the course of a war half a world away, President Joe Biden and China's Xi Jinping spoke Friday as the White House looks to deter Beijing from providing military or economic assistance... Read More

International
Russia says Ukraine Talks Progressing as Onslaught Continues

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's military forces blasted Ukraine's capital region and other major cities Wednesday as they tried to crush a Ukrainian defense that has frustrated their progress nearly three weeks after invading, while the two countries signaled some optimism... Read More

Geopolitics
White House: Biden Will Travel to Europe For Ukraine Talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will travel to Europe next week for face-to-face talks with European leaders about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Tuesday. Biden will meet with NATO and European leaders... Read More

Geopolitics
Harris Heads to Poland Amid Turbulence Over Jets for Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip to Warsaw to thank Poland for taking in hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion took an unexpected turn before she even left Washington. She’ll be parachuting into the middle of unexpected... Read More

Books
Dwight Chapin, the 'President's Man,' Talks Nixon, Ukraine and More
2022-03-07 21:29:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — One of my late mother’s favorite stories of my childhood involved my first “vote” in a federal election. It was the fall of 1968 and I was in kindergarten and our teacher, Mrs. Blumberger, decided that in addition... Read More

Geopolitics
Ruble Plummets as Sanctions Bite, Sending Russians to Banks

MOSCOW (AP) — Ordinary Russians faced the prospect of higher prices and crimped foreign travel as Western sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine sent the ruble plummeting, leading uneasy people to line up at banks and ATMs on Monday in a country... Read More

Geopolitics
Biden Says Putin 'Chose War Without Cause,’ Slaps Russia With Stiff New Sanctions
2022-02-24 20:22:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Thursday afternoon that in attacking Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin had “committed an assault on the very principles that uphold global peace” by choosing to wage “a war without cause.” “Vladimir Putin has been... Read More

Geopolitics
Russia Attacks Ukraine, ‘Prayers of Entire World’ Are With the Nation’s People, Biden Says
2022-02-24 14:51:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Russia launched a wide-ranging attack on Ukraine early Thursday morning, striking multiple locations from the land, sea and air. Ukraine's government described the developments as a “full-scale war” and predicted that Russia’s continued aggression could disrupt the global... Read More

Geopolitics
Biden Announces Tough New Sanctions Against Russia for Ukraine Invasion
2022-02-22 20:07:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Declaring that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has begun, President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced the first tranche of sanctions he hopes will deter President Vladimir Putin from further attacks and punish the oligarchs who support the Russian... Read More

Geopolitics
Western Leaders Allege Russia Sending Troops to East Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Western leaders said Tuesday that Russian troops have moved into rebel-held areas in eastern Ukraine after President Vladimir Putin’s recognized their independence — but some indicated it was not yet the long-feared, full-fledged invasion. For weeks, Western powers... Read More

International
Russia, US to Square Off at UN Security Council Over Ukraine

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and Russia are squaring off at the U.N. Security Council over Ukraine, with Washington calling Moscow’s actions a threat to international peace and security, while a Kremlin envoy ridiculed Monday’s meeting as a... Read More

International
Cyberthreats Accompany Buildup of Russian Troops Near Ukraine
2022-01-27 14:32:30
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will not rule out risks of major cyberattacks against U.S. targets as it continues its political support for Ukraine amid rumblings of war with Russia. White House press spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday the U.S.... Read More

Geopolitics
US to Keep Europe Energized If Putin Pulls Plug
2022-01-25 21:39:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — If Russian President Vladimir Putin chooses to “weaponize” the oil and gas he currently supplies to Europe, the U.S. and its allies in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia are prepared to make up a significant amount... Read More

Geopolitics
US Puts 8,500 Troops on Heightened Alert Amid Russia Tension

WASHINGTON (AP) — At President Biden's direction, the Pentagon is putting about 8,500 U.S.-based troops on heightened alert for potential deployment to Europe amid rising fears of a possible Russian military move on Ukraine. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said... Read More

International
US, Russia Hold Talks Amid Tensions Linked to Ukraine

GENEVA (AP) — Senior U.S. and Russian officials launched special talks Monday aimed at defusing tensions over a Russian military buildup on the border with Ukraine, part of a flurry of diplomatic activity in Europe this week. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei... Read More

International
Biden, Putin to Hold Call as Russia-Ukraine Tension Smolders

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin are set to discuss the Russian troop buildup near Ukraine during their second call in recent weeks amid little progress toward ending the smoldering crisis. Ahead of Thursday's call, the White House... Read More

Foreign Affairs
Fiona Hill, a Nobody to Trump and Putin, Saw Into Them Both

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vladimir Putin paid scant attention to Fiona Hill, a preeminent U.S. expert on Russia, when she was seated next to him at dinners. Putin's people placed her there by design, choosing a "nondescript woman," as she put... Read More

Think Tanks
‘There’s just something about Putinism,’ Analysts Reflect on Russia and US Foreign Policy
2021-06-17 19:52:27
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The recent summit between U.S. President Biden and Russian President Putin has been hailed by both countries as an opportunity to reevaluate the nations' relationship. While the three-hour conversation may not have inspired confidence toward ensuring stability, the... Read More

Cybersecurity
Senators Try to Get Tough On Rise in Cybercrime
2021-06-17 19:28:02
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A group of U.S. senators responded Thursday to recent ransomware attacks by introducing legislation to impose new tactics and harsh penalties on cyberattackers. They pinned much of the blame on Russia, despite denials a day earlier by Russian... Read More

Geopolitics
Biden, Putin Discuss Ambassadors, Nuclear Weapons and More

Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin of Russia spent more than three hours discussing issues Wednesday at their summit in Geneva. They ticked through their respective lists so quickly and in such "excruciating detail," Biden says, that they looked at... Read More

Geopolitics
'Two Great Powers': Biden, Putin Plunge Into Hours of Talks

GENEVA (AP) — With stern expressions and polite words before the cameras, President Joe Biden and Russia's Vladimir Putin plunged into hours of face-to-face talks Wednesday at a lush lakeside Swiss mansion, a highly anticipated summit at a time when... Read More

Geopolitics
US Cybersecurity Defense Must Meet Adversaries’ ‘Pace and Scale’
2021-05-12 20:39:50
by Victoria Turner

“Make no mistake, our adversaries want to divide us to conquer us,” warned Erin Joe, section chief of the private sector office of the FBI, noting that nation-states like Russia, North Korea, Iran, and China are deploying daily cyberattacks against... Read More

Foreign Affairs
Kremlin Foe Navalny Slams Court That May Jail Him for Years

MOSCOW (AP) — Opposition leader Alexei Navalny denounced a Moscow court hearing Tuesday on whether he should be sent to prison for years, calling it a vain attempt by the Kremlin to scare millions of Russians into submission. The 44-year-old... Read More

Foreign Affairs
EXPLAINER: Behind the Kremlin's Response to Navalny Rallies

MOSCOW (AP) — Rattled by nationwide protests over jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Russian authorities are moving rapidly to block any new ones – from piling legal pressure on his allies to launching a campaign to discredit the demonstrations. Unprecedented... Read More

Geopolitics
Russian Parliament OKs New START Nuclear Treaty Extension

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers on Wednesday quickly approved the extension of the last remaining nuclear Russia-U.S. arms control, a fast-track action that comes just days before it’s due to expire. Both houses of parliament voted unanimously to extend the... Read More

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