Tag: Moscow (Russia)

If the I.N.F. Treaty Dies, Blame Russia

Why did Russia argue that the United States should keep the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty intact and then recently declare its own suspension of the treaty? After all, it has deployed many of the very missiles banned by the treaty. Russia began the covert development of this class of missiles, […]

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Taliban Peace Talks in Moscow End With Hope the U.S. Exits, if Not Too Quickly

MOSCOW — After two days of talks in Moscow, the Taliban and prominent Afghan politicians, many of them former enemies, said on Wednesday that they had charted a broad road map for ending Afghanistan’s 18-year war, structured around the withdrawal of American forces from the country and the Taliban’s commitment […]

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Taliban and Afghan Politicians to Meet in Moscow, Despite Government’s Anger

KABUL, Afghanistan — Senior Afghan politicians, including former President Hamid Karzai, are expected to meet with Taliban representatives in Moscow on Tuesday, weeks after the insurgents and American diplomats announced progress toward an end to the long war. But the two-day gathering, which will be the insurgents’ most significant contact […]

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What Is the I.N.F. Treaty and Why Does It Matter?

The White House on Friday announced the United States would begin withdrawal from a landmark 1987 nuclear arms-control pact with Russia, asserting the Russians have violated it for years. The decision suspends American obligations under the treaty, and terminates the accord unless Russia comes into compliance within six months. But […]

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5 Takeaways From The Times’s Interview With President Trump

WASHINGTON — President Trump wanted to talk. He initially invited A. G. Sulzberger, the publisher of The New York Times, to an off-the-record dinner. Mr. Sulzberger countered with a request for an on-the-record interview that included Times reporters. The White House accepted. Mr. Trump held forth from the Oval Office […]

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Putin’s Dream of Godliness: Holy Russia

On Jan. 5, some 150,000 people lined up in front of the St. Sophia Cathedral in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev. They came to see a single document called a tomos, issued a few days before by the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew. There, on a piece of parchment, written in ornate […]

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Putin Quashes Japanese Hopes of End to Island Dispute

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Tuesday dashed Japanese hopes of a settlement to a territorial dispute that has festered since 1945, declaring after a meeting with the visiting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan that there was still much “hard work” ahead. In his remarks to […]

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Mueller Statement Disputes Report That Trump Directed Cohen to Lie

WASHINGTON — The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election disputed on Friday a report that said President Trump had directed Michael D. Cohen, his longtime lawyer and fixer, to lie to Congress about his role in negotiations to build a skyscraper in Moscow. The rare public statement […]

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4,141 Latvians Were Just Outed as K.G.B. Informants

KUKAS, Latvia — Back in Soviet times, Yuris Taskovs snitched to the K.G.B. about a neighbor watching German pornography and betrayed hundreds of anti-Kremlin activists. So he and others like him knew that if the secret police files from Latvia were ever made public, which they finally were last month, […]

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Democrats Call for Inquiry Into Report That Trump Directed Cohen to Lie

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers pledged on Friday to investigate a report that President Trump directed Michael D. Cohen, his longtime lawyer and fixer, to lie to Congress about Mr. Trump’s role in negotiations to build a skyscraper in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign. In a flurry of public statements, […]

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Republicans Break Ranks Over Move to Lift Sanctions on Russian Oligarch’s Firms

WASHINGTON — A group of 11 Republican senators broke ranks with their leadership and the administration on Tuesday to side with Democrats in a showdown over sanctions on Russia, underscoring the political sensitivity of the issue amid questions about President Trump’s relationship with Moscow. The Republicans voted with Democrats seeking […]

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Prosecutors Examining Ukrainians Who Flocked to Trump Inaugural

WASHINGTON — Hours after he was sworn in as America’s 45th president, Donald J. Trump and his wife, Melania, swayed together to a rendition of the Frank Sinatra classic “My Way,” as hundreds of their wealthiest and most influential supporters held aloft smartphones to capture the Trumps’ first dance following […]

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American Detained in Moscow Also Has British, Irish and Canadian Passports

WASHINGTON — The American man being held on espionage charges in Moscow also has British, Canadian and Irish citizenship, officials said on Friday, a status that is certain to put more pressure from the West on Russia. The man, Paul N. Whelan, could benefit from stepped-up efforts by multiple governments […]

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Paul Whelan, American Accused of Spying, Is Said to Be Charged in Russia

MOSCOW — The Russian authorities have brought espionage charges against an American citizen, Paul N. Whelan, who faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, the news agency Interfax reported on Thursday. Mr. Whelan’s lawyer, Vladimir A. Zherebenkov, who said he spent much of Wednesday with Mr. Whelan, said […]

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As Ukraine and Russia Battle Over Orthodoxy, Schism Looms

CHERNYTSYA, Ukraine — Ukraine is on the verge of opening the biggest schism in Christianity in centuries, as it breaks from the authority of a Moscow-based patriarch and this week expects to formally gain recognition for its own church, taking tens of millions of followers. Intensifying a millennium-old religious struggle […]

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Moscow Dispatch: Stalin’s Soaring Moscow Towers Sorely Need Body Work

ImageThe Moscow State University building, at nearly 800 feet, is the biggest of the so-called “Stalin high-rises” that were built to symbolize the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany and which transformed Moscow’s skyline.CreditSergey Ponomarev for The New York Times MOSCOW — Mikhail Posokhin still remembers the lip-smacking displays in […]

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Glee in Russia Over Trump’s Foreign Policy Largess

MOSCOW — A note of glee crept into Russian commentary and news coverage on Friday about the current turmoil in Washington around national security, with President Vladimir V. Putin seemingly checking off one item after another that he might have written on his wish list for Santa. First, President Trump […]

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Vladimir Putin Welcomes U.S. Withdrawal From Syria

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Thursday welcomed President Trump’s announcement of a withdrawal of American troops from Syria, calling it “the right decision.” Mr. Trump said on Wednesday that he was ordering the withdrawal because the United States military had achieved its goal of defeating the […]

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Trump Administration to Lift Sanctions on Russian Oligarch’s Companies

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Wednesday that it intends to lift sanctions against the business empire of Oleg V. Deripaska, one of Russia’s most influential oligarchs, after an aggressive lobbying campaign by Mr. Deripaska’s companies. The decision by the Treasury Department, which had been postponed for months, was […]

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Putin’s Keystone Spies

In 1985, Viktor Suvorov, a defector-turned-historian of the G.R.U., the Soviet military intelligence agency, penned a novel, “Aquarium.” It was a brilliant tableau of that deadly Soviet organization, in which ruthlessness was equaled only by efficiency. The book’s most shocking scene was of a traitor being burned alive. It was […]

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Maria Butina Pleads Guilty to Being Part of a Russian Effort to Influence the N.R.A. and Republicans

WASHINGTON — To the conservative Americans she courted, Maria Butina was the right kind of Russian. She loved guns and the church and networking with top officials in the National Rifle Association. She schmoozed with Republican presidential candidates, and became a supporter of Donald J. Trump. She spent Thanksgiving at […]

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