• 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.

  • 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.

  • A portrait is displayed as colleagues and people gather at the coffin of Pavel Sheremet to pay their respects at his memorial ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, July 22, 2016. Hundreds of local residents and journalists have come to pay their respects to a prominent journalist who died in a car bombing in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev earlier this week. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Journalist who died in Ukraine car bombing buried in Belarus

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet, who died when his car was bombed in Ukraine, has been buried in his hometown of Minsk, Belarus.