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Brittney Griner was seen for the first time since her February arrest in Russia Thursday, appearing in a short clip purportedly posted to social media fro
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Credit card is seen in front of displayed Visa logo in this illustration taken July 15, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

U.S. payments firms Visa Inc (V.N) and Mastercard Inc on Saturday said they were suspending operations in Russia over the invasion of Ukraine, and that they would work with clients and partners to cease all transactions there.

Within days, all transactions initiated with Visa cards issued in Russia will no longer work outside of the country and any Visa c

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Russia - President Vladimir Putin attends an event at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, July 23, 2020. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY./File Photo/File Photo


LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that Western sanctions on Russia were akin to a declaration of war and warned that any attempt to impose a no-fly zone in Ukraine would lead to catastrophic consequences fo

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President Obama speaks about counterterrorism during his visit to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa on Dec. 6. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

The Obama administration is close to announcing a series of measures to punish Russia for its interference in the 2016 presidential election, including economic sanctions and diplomatic censure, according to U.S. officials.

The administration is finalizing the details, which also are expected to include covert action that will probably involve cyber-operations

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Dmitry Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Moscow and Western powers are on the brink of a new Cold War over the crisis in Ukraine.

In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Medvedev said: “Basically we are slowly but surely approaching a second Cold War that nobody needs.”

The Russian premier slammed US President Barack Obama’s response to the Ukraine crisis, saying he regretted that Washington had undone years of work in improving relations during the “reset” between

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Putin-Steps-Back-from-the-Brink-of-War-Just-a-Little.jpg?resize=500%2C250&width=260President Vladimir Putin answers journalists’ questions on current situation in Ukraine at the Novo-Ogaryovo presidential residence outside Moscow on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Putin accused the West of encouraging an “unconstitutional coup” in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Moscow reserves the right to use all means to protect Russians there. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Stepping back from the brink of war, Vladimir Putin talked tough but cooled

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Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests in Ukraine. The newly installed government in Kiev was powerless to react to the action by Russian troops based in the strategic region and more flown in, aided by pro-Russian Ukrainian groups.

Putin sought and quickly got his parliament’s approval to use its military to protect Russia’s interests across Ukraine. But wh

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President Obama (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama said he was “deeply concerned” on Friday over reports that Russian troops are meddling in Ukraine as armed men took up positions in Ukraine’s Crimean region.

“We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside Ukraine,” Obama said in brief comments at the White House. He added, “It would be a clear violation of Russia’s commitment to respect the independence and sovere

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