United States and Russia
United States and Russia
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October 26, 2020

Despite failing to realize the Kremlin's hopes of spearheading a new era in US-Russia ties, US President Donald Trump is still Moscow's preferred candidate in the US election over his rival Joe Biden, analysts say.

Russia had high hopes for Trump when he was elected in 2016, at a time its relations with the West were swiftly deteriorating under the presidency of Barack Obama.

According to US intelligence, Moscow went as far as boosting Trump's campaign, in particular by launching hacking attacks against the Democratic Party.

And on Wednesday, the US director of national intelligence accused Russia and Iran of obtaining US voter information and taking actions to influence public opinion in next month's vote — accusations the Kremlin dismissed as "completely groundless." — AFP

September 28, 2019

Russia urges the United States not to publish Donald Trump's conversations with Vladimir Putin after a growing scandal led the White House to release a transcript from a call with Ukraine's leader.

"As for transcripts of phone conversations, my mother when bringing me up said that reading other people's letters is inappropriate," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov tells reporters at the United Nations.

"It is indecent," he says. "For two people elected by their nations to be at the helm, there are diplomatic manners that suppose a certain level of confidentiality."

August 23, 2019

Russia and the US trade accusations at the United Nations of risking a new arms race as China said it would play no part in any new missile deal.

The United States and Moscow ditched the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty after blaming each other for violating the accord.

Deputy Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Dmitry Polyanskiy tells the Security Council that Washington's testing of a ground-launched missile earlier this week showed "America is ready for an arms race." — AFP

June 29, 2019

Foreign ministers from the United States and Russia will begin talks over nuclear arms control but it may not lead to an extension of the START3 nuclear disarmament treaty, President Vladimir Putin says.

"We have charged our respective foreign ministers with starting consultations on this subject... but we can not yet say whether this will lead to an extension of START3," Putin tells reporters after a G20 summit in Osaka.

Putin did not say when talks would begin.

START3 refers to a proposed agreement between the two nuclear powers for which negotiations broke down years ago. — AFP

June 28, 2019

US President Donald Trump hails his "very, very good relationship" with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as the two leaders held talks on the sidelines of the G20 meeting.

"It's a great honour to be with President Putin," says Trump, who last held face-to-face talks with the Russian leader in Helsinki in 2018.

"We have a very, very good relationship," Trump says.

The keenly awaited meeting between the pair has been overshadowed by a probe into Trump's relations with Russia and the controversy that erupted the last time he held talks with the Kremlin leader. — AFP

June 8, 2019

Russia and the United States accuse each other of dangerous maneuvers after their naval ships came close to collision in the East China Sea.

Russia's Pacific Fleet says that the USS Chancellorsville guided-missile cruiser suddenly cut across the course of its Admiral Vinogradov anti-submarine ship, passing in front of it at a distance of just 50 meters (164 feet).

The Russian ship had to carry out an emergency maneuver to avoid collision, the navy said, adding that it had sent a message of protest to the US cruiser's commanders.

May 4, 2019

President Donald Trump says he held "very positive" talks Friday with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the crisis in oil-rich Venezuela, where Washington is pushing to oust the Moscow-backed president.

The US leader adopted a strikingly conciliatory tone following a more than hour-long conversation with Putin, coming days after an abortive military uprising in support of Juan Guaido, the opposition leader seeking to drive Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power. — AFP

February 20, 2019

The Trump administration announces it was nominating a successor to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, a move that confirms the departure of the Justice Department official who until recently oversaw the Russia probe.

Rosenstein will be replaced by Jeffrey Rosen, the current deputy secretary of the Department of Transportation, President Donald Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. The decision is subject to confirmation in the Senate. — AFP

February 1, 2019

Russia says it regretted Washington's expected exit from a key arms control treaty and expected to receive formal notice from the United States shortly.

Russia and the US have over the past months held discussions to rescue the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty but say efforts have led nowhere. — AFP

January 31, 2019

Moscow and Washington have made "no progress" in talks on saving a key arms control treaty, a Russian diplomat says, with the United States expected to begin withdrawal this weekend.

Russian and US officials had met on the sidelines of a meeting of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council in Beijing to discuss the fate of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF) -- a source of raging tensions between Moscow and Washington. — AFP

January 31, 2019

The U.S. has called for other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to adhere to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The call by Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs Andrea Thompson in Beijing comes as the U.S. is preparing to withdraw from a separate pact, the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between the United States and the former Soviet Union.  AFP

January 16, 2019

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says that Moscow was ready to work with Washington to save a key arms control treaty, after fresh talks to salvage the accord went nowhere.

"We are still ready to work to save the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty," Lavrov says, calling on Europe to help in the negotiations. — AFP

November 28, 2018

Russia says it still expects a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump to go ahead as planned.

Trump, in an interview, says he may cancel the sit-down with Putin in Argentina following Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian naval ships last weekend. — AP

November 28, 2018

US President Donald Trump has said he may cancel a long-awaited summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after a confrontation at sea between Russia and Ukraine led Kiev to warn of the threat of "full-scale war".

Trump is scheduled to meet Putin at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires at the end of this week, but warned it would depend on the results of a report being prepared by his national security advisers about Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian ships.

September 1, 2018

A senior Justice Department lawyer says a former British spy told him at a breakfast meeting two years ago that Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump "over a barrel," according to multiple people familiar with the encounter.

The lawyer, Bruce Ohr, also says he learned that a Trump campaign aide had met with higher-level Russian officials than the aide had acknowledged, the people said. — AP

August 9, 2018

The Kremlin slams as "unacceptable" US sanctions over Moscow's alleged involvement in a nerve agent attack in Britain, but says Russia still hopes for constructive relations with Washington. 

"We consider categorically unacceptable the linking of new restrictions, which we as before consider illegal, to the case in Salisbury," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells journalists, referring to the nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal, adding that "Moscow retains hopes of building constructive relations with Washington."

The Kremlin says that Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump have mentioned Vienna as a possible venue for their summit, but no decision has been made.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells reporters that Putin and Trump discussed the prospects for their meeting in a March phone call and talked about locations, with Vienna as a possibility. — AP

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