White House: Putin Calls Obama to Discuss Ukraine, ISIS, Iran

President Barack Obama participates in a bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia at the Esperanza Resort in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, June 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

WASHINGTON -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama spoke by telephone this week and discussed continued tensions in eastern Ukraine and the fight against the Islamic State in the Middle East. The last time the men spoke was in February, the White House said. Both the White House and the Kremlin offered similar statements ... more

Putin Keeps Russian Military Casualties Secret During Peacetime


MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to make losses of Russian troops in peacetime a secret. The decree published on the official government website and signed by Putin on Wednesday makes it a state secret to divulge information about peacetime losses of Russian troops in "special operations." The decree comes as evide... more

Huge Surprise Air Force Drill Underway in Russia

Russian MI-17s

The Russian Defense Ministry says that its air forces have begun a massive exercise involving hundreds of aircraft and thousands of service personnel. In a May 25 statement, the ministry described the four-day drill as a "massive surprise inspection," to check combat readiness. "The inspection involves about 12,000 military service personnel, ... more

Russia Ready to Receive French Refund for Undelivered Ship

The Vladivostok Mistral-class helicopter carrier docking at Saint-Nazaire harbour, France, Nov.14, 2014. Laetitia Notarianni/AP

MOSCOW (AP) — The annulment of a contract for France to deliver a warship to Russia wouldn't strain ties between the countries, the Kremlin said Friday. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at a briefing that it's up to France to deliver the Mistral-class warship or offer a refund. He added that the issue wouldn't cause any p... more

Fire Aboard Russian Nuclear Sub in for Repairs

A Russian nuclear submarine caught fire Tuesday during repairs at an Arctic Ocean shipyard. The submarine, identified as K-266 Oryol, burned as it underwent repairs at the Zvyozdochka shipyard at Severodvinsk in Archangelsk province. Russian media reported the vessel's nuclear reactor was shut down at the time and not in danger, and that no wea... more

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