• Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with local officials in Velikiy Novgorod, Russia, Friday, July 29, 2016. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    Putin tests West’s sanctions resolve on visit to Slovenia

    VRSIC, Slovenia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Slovenia, a member of both the European Union and NATO, testing Western unity in maintaining sanctions against the Kremlin for its role in Ukraine.

  • In this Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 file photo, a woman wears a shirt reading 'Trump Putin '16' while waiting for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to speak at a campaign event at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, N.H. Donald Trump just keeps giving Russian President Vladimir Putin more reasons to hope he wins the U.S. election, while raising serious questions about the Republican candidate’s intentions toward the Kremlin. In his most recent outreach to Putin, Trump not only refused to condemn Russia’s military takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula but said, if elected, he would consider recognizing it as Russian territory and lifting sanctions against Moscow. “We'll be looking at that. Yeah, we'll be looking,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

    Trump has a record of siding with Putin on key issues

    MOSCOW (AP) — Donald Trump has refused to condemn Russia’s military takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, saying if elected he would consider recognizing it as Russian territory, in the latest of a series of statements that have raised eyebrows about the Republican candidate’s intentions toward the Kremlin.

  • Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov, center, passes through Russia's National Olympic team members during the ceremony before Russian team's departure for Rio Olympics, in Moscow's Sheremetyevo, Russia, Thursday, July 28, 2016.  More than 100 Russians from the 387-strong Olympic team have been banned so far from going to Rio de Janeiro over the country's doping scandal. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Russia’s depleted Olympic team heads for Rio de Janeiro

    MOSCOW (AP) — A depleted Russian team departed for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, missing dozens of athletes who were excluded amid the country’s doping scandal.

  • President of Russia's Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov, fourth right, and Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, center, pose for a photo with Russia's National Olympic team members outside the Kremlin wall, before a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. At least 105 athletes from the 387-strong Russian Olympic team announced last week have been barred from the Rio Games in connection with the country's doping scandal. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Putin slams discrimination as banned athletes join send-off

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin hit out at “discrimination” against the country’s banned track and field athletes at a Kremlin send-off ceremony Wednesday for its depleted Olympic team.

  • In this July 1, 2016 file photo, a ruby star on the Kremlin's Nikolskaya Tower is reflected in a window glass of GUM department store in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Experts who’ve followed the leak of Democratic National Committee documents say they believe the party’s claim that Moscow had a hand in the hack, lending weight to the extraordinary allegation that the Kremlin is trying to tamper with the U.S. presidential contest.  (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

    Cybersecurity experts see merit in claims of Russian hacking

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia may have been behind the leak of hacked Democratic National Committee documents, President Barack Obama said Tuesday in his first public comments on the breach.

  • Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during the 6th East Asia Summit Foreign Minister's meeting in Vientiane, Laos, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Kerry: Progress with Russia on Syria despite military doubts

    VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said progress is being made with Russia on a potential military partnership that could strengthen a faltering truce in Syria despite grave doubts expressed by the Pentagon and joint chiefs of staff.

  • FILE In this Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007 file photo Nadzeya Ostapchuk from Belarus makes an attempt in the final of the Women's Shot Put during the World Athletics Championships, in Osaka, Japan. While the scandal of Russian doping threatens to be one of the main talking points of the Rio Olympics, other countries are slipping under the radar despite sharing the tainted legacy of the Soviet sports system. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

    Doping in ex-Soviet nations echoes Russia’s problems

    MOSCOW (AP) — While the scandal of Russian doping threatens to be one of the main talking points of the Rio Olympics, other countries are slipping under the radar despite sharing the tainted legacy of the Soviet sports system.

  • In this photo taken Monday, June 13, 2016, Governor of the Odessa region, Mikhail Saakashvili speaks to the Associated Press in Odessa, Ukraine. Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, has brought his corruption-fighting record to his job as governor of the Odessa region in Ukraine. So far, however, the pace has been dismally slow. His stifled efforts in Odessa show the systemic problems still facing the entire country two years after it broke with Moscow and aligned itself firmly with the West. (AP Photo/Sergei Poliakov)

    Ukraine’s Georgian corruption fighter sets his sights higher

    ODESSA, Ukraine (AP) — Mikhail Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, has brought his corruption-fighting record to his job as governor of the Odessa region in Ukraine.