Sanctions Put a Crimp in Russia's Naval Plans

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks as he attends a Navy parade in Baltiisk, western Russia, Sunday, July 26, 2015, during celebrations for Russian Navy Day. Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

Russia's ambitious plan to revamp its navy, highlighted last week in a visit by President Vladimir Putin to the Kaliningrad exclave on the Baltic Sea, faces new hurdles in the form of economic sanctions imposed for Moscow's interference in Ukraine. The measures are blocking import of critical parts for warships, at the same time an economic rec... more

23 Dead, 19 Injured in Military Barracks Collapse in Russia

A military barrack with collapsed ceiling is seen at a base in Omsk, Russia, Monday, July 13, 2015. The ceiling collapsed Monday, causing four stories to crumble. Dmitry Feoktistov/AP

MOSCOW -- The ceiling of a Russian military barracks collapsed in Siberia on Monday, causing four stories to crumble and killing 23 young men trapped inside. Rescuers searched for hours for victims trapped under the debris of an airborne troops training center in Omsk following the collapse that occurred in the early hours of the morning. Nine... more

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

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

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