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Obama ‘stated the obvious’ in Russia remarks: Biden

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday President Barack Obama “stated the obvious” when he assured Russia’s president he would have more flexibility to deal with missile defense after US elections. In an interview with CBS’s Face the Nation, Biden dismissed Republican criticism of Obama’s remarks to President Dmitry…

White House to Romney: Cold War over

WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday praised Russia’s cooperation as it hit back against fresh charges by rival Mitt Romney that President Barack Obama has shown “breathtaking weakness” toward Moscow. The comments were the latest salvoes in a row over Russia policy, triggered after Obama was caught on an…

Russia’s Medvedev tries to appease protesters

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Dmitry Medvedev called on Thursday for comprehensive reform of Russia’s political system to try to appease protesters staging the biggest demonstrations since Vladimir Putin rose to power 12 years ago. In his last state of the nation address to parliament as president, Medvedev outlined plans that…

Medvedev to vow reform in ‘farewell’ address

President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday is expected to vow a revamped reform drive in Russia after protests rattled the authorities, in his final annual address to the nation as head of state. Medvedev will at 0800 GMT address the Federal Assembly made up of both houses of parliament, a speech…

Protests won’t alter Russia vote result: Putin aide

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said Monday the results of Russia’s contested parliamentary polls will stand despite massive street protests and a probe by the election authorities. “Even if you add up all this so-called evidence, it accounts for just over 0.5 percent of the total number of votes,” Putin’s…

More than 100 detained in Moscow vote protest

MOSCOW — More than 100 people were detained in central Moscow on Sunday during an unsanctioned opposition rally against the conduct of Russia’s parliamentary elections, city police said. “After repeated warnings about the illegal nature of the event, more than 100 people were detained,” the Interfax news agency quoted a…

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