The Ukrainian-Russian Crisis As Seen By Vitaly Mansky

" In “Close Relations,” subtitled “The Ukraine crisis, my family and I,” prominent documentary director Vitaly Mansky uses the prism of his own extended family to explore contemporary divisions
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State Department: Kerry ‘Alarmed’ by Russian Flyover Near a US Warship

VOA News U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he was alarmed at a video of Russian war planes flying dangerously close to a U.S. warship and will raise the matter

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Britain Under Pressure to Punish Putin Over Litvinenko Poisoning

VOA Luis Ramirez Calls grew Friday for the government of British Prime Minister David Cameron to penalize Russia following the release Thursday of the results of a public inquiry on the 2006 murder of dissident Alexander Litvinenko. The exiled former Russian spy died after meeting two Russian agents at a London hotel and (more...)

Russia: Bomb Downed Passenger Jet; Putin Vows Vengeance

VOA News Russia concluded Tuesday that a bomb brought down one of its passenger jets over the Sinai Peninsula last month, with President Vladimir Putin vowing vengeance against those who carried out the attack. "We will search for them anywhere they might hide," Putin said.  "We will find them in any part (more...)

Putin: Russia to Conduct Doping Investigation

VOA Daniel Schearf Russia must conduct its own investigation into allegations that its athletes regularly took performance-enhancing substances, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday. Putin's comments were his first on the issue since the World Anti-Doping Agency's six-month suspension of Moscow's drug-testing laboratory following a scathing report Monday alleging state-sponsored (more...)

Official: Obama, Putin Have ‘Shared Desire’ to Solve Syrian Crisis

VOA Aru Pande UNITED NATIONS— During a one-on-one meeting Monday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin shared their views on Syria, disagreeing about the role of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but agreeing to stay out of each other's way militarily. “This was (more...)

Putin: US-Russian Relations Key for Solving Global Crises

VOA News July 04, 2015 1:00 PM Russian President Vladimir Putin has said relations between Moscow and Washington remain the most important factor in ensuring stability and security in the world. In a congratulatory message to U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday on the U.S. Independence Day, Putin said that despite the differences, Russia (more...)

Boris Nemtsov Killing Shoked Society

A leading Russian opposition politician and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, has been shot dead Friday night in central Moscow . An unidentified attacker in a car shot Mr Nemtsov four times in the back as he crossed a bridge in view of the Kremlin. Police said Nemtsov was walking with (more...)

Response to Briefings by Ambassadors Apakan and Tagliavini and ODIHR Director Michael Link

I’d like to begin by thanking you for convening us today, and thanking Ambassador Apakan, Ambassador Tagliavini and Director Link for briefing us. It’s very important that we can hear directly from you, particularly about the latest on the ground, and we appreciate your taking the time to share with (more...)

Amb. Baer’s Response to Russia on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

Response to Russian Federation on Crash of MH17 in Ukraine I just wanted to respond to a couple of points raised by our distinguished Russian colleague. First, he said, “We will not engage in our own accusations or assessments.” So far, the state-controlled media organs of the Russian Federation have (more...)

Ambassador: U.S. Won’t Stand By While Russia Destroys Peace

This essay by U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Matthew Barzun was first published in the online version of the Daily Mail on May 10. by Matthew Barzun Standing up to violence does not require that we be violent ourselves – but it does demand that we stand (more...)

Victory Day Is Russia’s Most Important Secular Holiday

" Russia has celebrated the 69th anniversary of Victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War (WWII) with a traditional May 9 military parade on Moscow’s Red Square, which featured 11,000 troops, 149 military vehicles and 69 warplanes," RT reports. " The original Victory Banner is (more...)

State Department on Illegal Referendum in Eastern Ukraine

STATEMENT BY JEN PSAKI, SPOKESPERSON On the Illegal Referendum in Eastern Ukraine As the United States has said, the referendum being planned for May 11 in portions of eastern Ukraine by armed separatist groups are illegal under Ukrainian law and are an attempt to create further division and (more...)

Secretary Kerry on Ukraine

It has now been a week since the United States, the European Union, Russia, and Ukraine met in Geneva. We did so after a phone call between President Putin and President Obama, in which both leaders expressed a desire to avoid further escalation in Ukraine. We met (more...)

Author Robert Service on “Putin’s Czarist Folly”

This article was originally published in the New York Times on April 6, and is republished on the web-site america.gov  by permission for three months only. © 2014 The New York Times. All rights reserved. By Robert Service Oxford, England — Russian school textbooks praise Peter the Great as an industrialized (more...)

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