April 16, 2010 |
Russia has frozen all adoptions to the United States, the Foreign Ministry announced Thursday as national outrage simmered over a towheaded 7-year-old boy sent alone on a plane back to Moscow by his adoptive mother. A U.S. delegation is due in Moscow within days to discuss the crisis. Russia is pressing the United States to sign an agreement that would more carefully screen would-be parents and monitor the families after their return to the United States, Foreign Ministry officials have said.
May 10, 2010 |
U.S. troops marched through Red Square for the first time in a Victory Day parade on Sunday as Russia celebrated the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II. It was a scene cut from Russia's Cold War nightmares: 71 Americans in dark blue dress uniforms carried the U.S. flag over the cobblestones, past the mausoleum of Vladimir Lenin and the towers of the Kremlin wall to salute Russian leaders. French, British and Polish soldiers also took part in the parade in a tribute to the role the Allies played in what Russia called the Great Patriotic War. Under clear skies, the reviewing stands were packed with Russian officials, foreign dignitaries and hundreds of aging war veterans.
November 12, 2008 |
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev submitted a bill to extend Russia's presidential term from four years to six. If approved, the legislation means that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Medvedev's predecessor, would be eligible for 12 more years in a second presidential stint. Putin was constitutionally barred from seeking a third straight term as president.
October 31, 2011 |
Brush passes. Dead drops. Secret electronic messages. All under the watchful eye of the FBI. Documents released Monday, including photos, videos and papers, offered new details about the FBI's decade-long investigation into a ring of Russian sleeper agents who, U.S. officials say, were trying to burrow their way into American society to learn secrets from people in power. The investigation was code-named Operation Ghost Stories because six of the 10 agents had assumed the identities of dead people.
November 26, 2008 |
Russian warships sailed into Venezuelan waters for maneuvers set to begin Monday. The first such deployment in the Caribbean since the Cold War is timed to coincide with President Dmitry Medvedev's visit, starting today. A destroyer and two support vessels docked at the port of La Guaira, and the nuclear-powered cruiser Peter the Great, Russia's largest navy ship, anchored offshore. The move is widely seen as a show of Kremlin anger over the U.S. sending warships to deliver aid to Georgia, and over U.S. plans for a European missile-defense system.
November 24, 2008 |
Russian oil companies could soon begin searching for oil in deep Gulf of Mexico waters off Cuba, a top diplomat said, days before Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visits the island. Mijail Kamynin, Russia's ambassador to Cuba, also told the state-run business magazine Opciones that Russian companies would like to help build storage tanks and modernize pipelines. Washington's embargo prohibits U.S. companies from investing. But Cuba's state-run oil concern has signed agreements with companies from several countries to explore waters that Cuban scientists say could contain up to 20 billion barrels of oil.
December 6, 2008 |
Russia President Dmitry Medvedev signed agreements to develop new nuclear plants in India as the countries sought to deepen ties. Russia will build more reactors at the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu and plants in other parts of the country, the Indian government said. India signed a nuclear pact with the United States this year, giving New Delhi access to civilian nuclear fuel and technology. "The agreement on civil nuclear cooperation with Russia marks a new milestone in the history of our cooperation with Russia in the field of nuclear energy," Premier Manmohan Singh said.
September 18, 2008 |
Russia cemented its ties with Georgia's two breakaway provinces by signing friendship treaties envisaging close economic and military cooperation. President Dmitry Medvedev pledged that Russia would protect Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which Russia recognized as independent after its war last month with Georgia. Georgia dismissed the treaties as legally void, saying the regions remain part of Georgia. In Australia, a parliamentary committee recommended that the nation not ratify a treaty that would allow its uranium to be sold to Russia for power generation, partly because of the Russian troop presence in Georgia.
November 1, 2008 |
Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for talks expected to focus on arms purchases and the possible opening of a Russian naval base in Libya to counterbalance U.S. interests in Africa. It is Kadafi's first visit to Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union and coincides with an improvement in Libya's relations with the United States after years of enmity. "I hope my visit will be useful for our relations," Kadafi told Medvedev at the start of talks at the president's official residence outside Moscow.