When New York City instituted a ban on indoor smoking in 2003, United Nations officials told everyone working in the East Side headquarters to comply. Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s then-UN ambassador, was having none of it.
Vladimir Putin is inching closer to his goal of turning Russia into a major transit route for trade between eastern Asia and Europe by prying open North Korea, a nuclear-capable dictatorship isolated for half a century.
Russia will only consider supporting a United Nations resolution authorizing military strikes against the Syrian government if there’s conclusive proof it used chemical weapons, President Vladimir Putin said.
President Barack Obama canceled next month’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow after Russia’s refusal to turn over fugitive Edward Snowden, exposing one of the biggest rifts between the two military powers since the end of the Cold War.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is showing his gamesmanship on a global stage by giving his voters what they want with the asylum granted to ex-U.S. contractor Edward Snowden, while leaving the White House flustered.