Putin cancels US trip to deal with protests, criticism

Vladimir Putin will miss a planned visit to the US this month for a key global summit and a much-anticipated meeting with President Barack Obama, the Kremlin has confirmed, as the Russian president faced pressure from protests and opposition criticism at home. The White House announced on Wednesday that Putin

Moscow can do no more for Syria’s Assad, Kremlin

Moscow can do no more for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a top Kremlin aide said on Monday, opening the way to a shift in Russia’s position after 10 months of bloodshed. Russia has resisted pressure to call for Assad’s resignation and, with China, blocked a Western-crafted U.N. Security Council resolution