Russia expresses readiness to discuss prisoner exchange with U.S.

Russia said on Friday it was ready to discuss a prisoner swap with the United States in private, a day after a Russian court jailed U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner for nine years for a drugs offence. The case against Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star, plunged her… Read More Russia expresses readiness to discuss prisoner exchange with U.S.

Russian court jails U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner

A Russian court sentenced U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison on Thursday after finding her guilty of deliberately bringing cannabis-infused vape cartridges into Russia, a ruling that U.S. President Joe Biden called “unacceptable.” Griner was escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs by police after the ruling, turning to reporters and… Read More Russian court jails U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner

U.S. imposes fresh sanctions on Russian individuals and groups

The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday imposed sanctions on two Russian individuals and four entities it accused of supporting the Kremlin’s global malign influence and election interference operations, including in the United States and Ukraine. “The individuals and entities designated today played various roles in Russia‚Äôs attempts to manipulate and destabilize the United States and… Read More U.S. imposes fresh sanctions on Russian individuals and groups

U.S. astronaut, two Russian cosmonauts return to Earth from International Space Station

A U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts landed in Kazakhstan on Wednesday after leaving the International Space Station aboard the same capsule despite heightened antagonism between Moscow and Washington over the conflict in Ukraine. The flight — carrying NASA’s Mark Vande Hei and Russians Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov back to Earth — was being… Read More U.S. astronaut, two Russian cosmonauts return to Earth from International Space Station

U.S. imposes ban on Russian oil, energy imports

U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday imposed an immediate ban on Russian oil and other energy imports in retaliation for the invasion of Ukraine, amid strong support from American voters and lawmakers, even though the move will drive up U.S. energy prices. “We’re banning all imports of Russian oil and gas energy,” Biden told reporters… Read More U.S. imposes ban on Russian oil, energy imports

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Western sanctions similar to war

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Western sanctions were akin to war as his forces pressed their assault on Ukraine on Saturday for a 10th day and the IMF warned that the conflict would have a “severe impact” on the global economy. Moscow and Kyiv traded blame over the failure of plans to impose a brief… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin says Western sanctions similar to war

U.S. slams sanctions on Russian elites, banks over Ukraine crisis

U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday revealed new sanctions on Russian elites and two banks as the West tries to stop an all-out invasion of Ukraine by punishing Moscow for ordering troops to two separatist regions it has recognised. The European Union, Germany and Britain also announced ways they will hit Russia financially as they… Read More U.S. slams sanctions on Russian elites, banks over Ukraine crisis