Vladimir Putin

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at Trump National Doral on Wednesday in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump has a record of siding with Putin on key issues

MOSCOW — Donald Trump has refused to condemn Russia's military takeover of…

 

Speaking Thursday at a media forum in St.Petersburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected links to offshore accounts, calling the leaks part of Western efforts to weaken Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)

Putin says Panama Papers part of US plot to weaken Russia

ST.PETERSBURG, Russia — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday denied having any links…

 

In this photo provided by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, a Russian pilot prepares for take off at Hemeimeem air base in Syria on Tuesday. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Moscow’s drawdown in Syria sends a strong message to Assad

BEIRUT — Russia's plan to withdraw forces from Syria is sending a…

 

In this file photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, shakes hand with Syrian President Bashar Assad as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, looks on in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik,  Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Putin orders start of Russian military pullout from Syria

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military to withdraw most…

In this file photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, shakes hand with Syrian President Bashar Assad as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, looks on in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik,  Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
A Syrian shopkeeper waits for customers next to paintings of of President Bashar Assad, and Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, center, at the popular Souk Tawil old market in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Russian leader pushes Syria truce deal amid skepticism

BEIRUT — Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke Wednesday with key players in…

A Syrian shopkeeper waits for customers next to paintings of of President Bashar Assad, and Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, center, at the popular Souk Tawil old market in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
This image taken from video provided by the Syrian activist-based media group Maara Media Center, which has-been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Syrian Civil Defense rescuers running from the site of a second explosion near a hospital run by an international medical charity, also known by its French acronym MSF in Maaret al-Numan, Idlib, Syria, on Monday. (Maara Media Center,via AP Video)

Russia presses air blitz in Syria to dictate peace terms

MOSCOW — Moscow joined the fight in Syria to return to relevance…

This image taken from video provided by the Syrian activist-based media group Maara Media Center, which has-been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Syrian Civil Defense rescuers running from the site of a second explosion near a hospital run by an international medical charity, also known by its French acronym MSF in Maaret al-Numan, Idlib, Syria, on Monday. (Maara Media Center,via AP Video)
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Putin praises Donald Trump as ‘bright and talented’

MOSCOW — In Vladimir Putin's view, Donald Trump is "bright and talented."…

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting at the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service, Pool )

Turkey shoots down Russian jet it says violated its airspace

MOSCOW — Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on Tuesday that it…

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting at the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service, Pool )
Russian tourists wearing t-shirts with images of Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo in the departure terminal before boarding a flight from Sharm el-Sheikh, south Sinai, Egypt.  (AP Photo/Thomas Hartwell, File)

Kremlin: Russian ban on flights to Egypt will last months

MOSCOW — As tens of thousands of Russian tourists hastily leave Egypt's…

Russian tourists wearing t-shirts with images of Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo in the departure terminal before boarding a flight from Sharm el-Sheikh, south Sinai, Egypt.  (AP Photo/Thomas Hartwell, File)
People light candles during a day of national mourning for the plane crash victims at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Sunday.  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Official: Russian jet broke up at high altitude over Egypt

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — The Russian jetliner that crashed shortly after takeoff…

People light candles during a day of national mourning for the plane crash victims at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Sunday.  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hand with Syria President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (Alexei Druzhinin, RIA-Novosti,  Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Assad-Putin meeting signals push to end Syria crisis

MOSCOW — Bashar Assad's surprise meeting with Vladimir Putin could signal that…

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hand with Syria President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (Alexei Druzhinin, RIA-Novosti,  Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
President Barack Obama and Russian President President Vladimir Putin, bottom right, attend a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at United Nations headquarters. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

Obama, Putin spar over Assad’s role in Syria’s future

UNITED NATIONS — U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin…

President Barack Obama and Russian President President Vladimir Putin, bottom right, attend a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at United Nations headquarters. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
Joshua Roberts/Pool Photo via APU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Scant progress evident as Kerry meets Russia's Putin

Despite a cordial atmosphere, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's meetings Tuesday…

Joshua Roberts/Pool Photo via APU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
Alastair Grant/APBloated Frenchman Gerard Depardieu

Gerard Depardieu's autobiography includes gigolo gig, grave robbing

International national treasure Gerard Depardieu, who recently boasted that he drinks 14…

Alastair Grant/APBloated Frenchman Gerard Depardieu
AP Photo/John MinchilloDemonstrators against Russian military actions in Ukraine rally in Times Square

US calls any threat to Ukraine navy 'dangerous'

The Obama administration said Monday that any Russian threat to Ukraine's navy…

AP Photo/John MinchilloDemonstrators against Russian military actions in Ukraine rally in Times Square
AP Photo/Ivan SekretarevPerformers recreate the ring that did not open during the opening ceremony during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics

Costly, political, successful: Sochi Olympics end

Flushed with pride after its athletes' spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics…

AP Photo/Ivan SekretarevPerformers recreate the ring that did not open during the opening ceremony during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics
AP Photo/Morry GashRussian punk group Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

Pussy Riot chased by police in Sochi

Russian punk group Pussy Riot burst onto the Olympic scene Tuesday when…

AP Photo/Morry GashRussian punk group Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova
Marianna Massey/APRussian President Vladimir Putin wears a Team USA pin while visiting USA House in the Olympic Village.

Midway through, Sochi Games delivering for Putin

SOCHI, Russia -- No protests. No real problems. But plenty of Putin.…

Marianna Massey/APRussian President Vladimir Putin wears a Team USA pin while visiting USA House in the Olympic Village.
David J. Phillip/apRussian President Vladimir Putin

Figure skaters capture Russia’s first gold medal

A master showman and four-time Olympic medalist, Evgeni Plushenko knows brilliance on…

David J. Phillip/apRussian President Vladimir Putin
David Goldman/APIn this image

Putin may have missed Olympic rings glitch

SOCHI, Russia -- It was the biggest glitch of the Olympics opening…

David Goldman/APIn this image