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White House aides reportedly tried to ignore Trump’s request to set up a meeting with Putin

President Donald Trump has been criticized for his outreach to Russia, particularly after the Obama administration severed US-Russian ties following the annexation of Crimea.
President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis offered strikingly different perspectives on Russian President Vladimir Putin in the course of just a few hours on Friday.

Mattis paints Putin as dire threat as Trump goes around flattering him

President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis offered strikingly different perspectives on Russian President Vladimir Putin in the course of a few hours on Friday.

‘Putin didn’t respect President Obama’: Trump blames Obama for Russia’s annexation of Crimea

President Donald Trump on Friday said it was former President Barack Obama's fault that Russia invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea in 2014.
A general view shows the Kaliningrad Stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Kaliningrad, Russia April 11, 2018.

Russia spent billions on the most expensive World Cup ever — take a tour of the stunning stadiums

In 11 cities across Russia, the country has built and revamped 12 stadiums that each cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Let's take a look at the venues' architectural designs.
Robbie Williams.

An opera singer, a middle finger, and Putin’s speech: All the best photos from the 2018 World Cup opening ceremony

From pop singer Robbie Williams giving a camera the middle finger, to Russian president Vladimir Putin's pre-match speech. Here are the best photographs from the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam November 11, 2017.

Trump says Russia should be let back into the G7

President Donald Trump said that Russia should be allowed back into the G7 in order to help facilitate talks with the country. Russia was kicked out of the then-G8 due to the annexation of Crimea.
Ivanka Trump watches as President Donald Trump delivers remarks after touring the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture on February 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.

A Russian athlete’s outreach to Ivanka Trump during the campaign raises a slew of new questions about Trump-Russia ties

Ivanka Trump's lawyer's spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider that the first daughter "did not know and never spoke to" the Russian athlete Dmitry Klokov. Instead, her lawyer said she received an email from Klokov's wife, which she passed to Michael Cohen.

Putin gave an ominous warning about World War III and nuclear competition with the US

When asked whether "nonstop" sanctions could lead to World War III, Russian President Vladimir Putin pulled an Albert Einstein quote to deliver a dark warning, NBC News reports: "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
Retired US Army Col. Lt. Ralph Peters appears on CNN with Anderson Cooper.

Retired US Army colonel who studied Russian intelligence practices levels stunning accusation about Trump’s relationship with Putin

Ralph Peters, a retired US Army lieutenant colonel, suggested that he believes President Donald Trump may be compromised by Russia. Peters leveled that accusation in an interview on Wednesday, calling Trump the perfect target for Russian intelligence.
Russia president Vladimir Putin and FIFA boss Gianni Infantino.

Putin says he dedicates 2 hours a day to sports — and he named these footballers as his favourites

Vladimir Putin is a renowned fitness freak and, in a recent interview, Russia's president revealed the extent of his passion as he exercises for at least two hours every day. When asked for his favourite footballers, he picked three players — and one of them was Russian.