Russia

Russia Is Already Winning

If you understand what the Kremlin is up to, the news is grim. But it also gives us a clear path to fight back.<p>The whirlwind of Russian spy news over the past few weeks has forced Americans to confront questions that previously would only have seemed possible in fiction: Did a foreign power …

Vladimir Putin

Why is Donald Trump so cozy with the Kremlin? A political scientist and Russia expert breaks down the theories

It could be the infamous "kompromat" dossier — or something worse. It could be hero worship. But it’s dangerous<p>As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to ban Muslims from the entering the country and to make Mexico pay for a border wall. He pledged to level the economic playing field …

Vladimir Putin

Putin, Merkel and Hollande discuss Ukraine, Syria: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed peacemaking efforts in Ukraine and Syria during a conference call on Wednesday, a Kremlin statement said.<p>It said Putin informed his counterparts about preparations …

Ukraine

The Real Meaning of Putin's Press Conference

The Russian leader tries to claim the role of senior partner in relationship with the U.S.<p>You have to feel bad for the Moldovan president. The newly elected Igor Dodon had traveled to Moscow to meet Russian president Vladimir Putin for the first Russian-Moldovan bilateral meeting in nine years. Yet …

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6 Agencies Were Investigating Trump's Russia Connections Before the Dossier

Future historians will be amazed we inaugurated this man.<p>Remember how the whole thing about the connections between the Russia and the campaign of <i>El Caudillo del Mar-A-Lago</i> was just all about a renegade British spy turned oppo worker? Yeah, that's not so much anymore—at least not if the crew at</i> …

Democratic National Committee

Without America, Britain must lead in standing up to Tsar Putin's new imperial Russia

On the campaign trail President-elect Donald Trump called into question the most sacrosanct principle of transatlantic security: that an attack on one is an attack on all. How this will translate into actual policy during his presidency remains to be seen, but many Nato members in Eastern Europe …

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Samantha Power’s diagnosis of the threat from Russia is brilliant. Her solutions aren’t.

Samantha Power, the outgoing US ambassador to the United Nations, gave her final public speech in office on Wednesday — and she devoted basically all of it to the threat Vladimir Putin’s Russia poses to global stability. Speaking at the Atlantic Council, Power offered what might be the simplest and …

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Donald Trump admitted he met Vladimir Putin in 2015 interview, despite recently saying he hadn’t

President-elect Trump may say now that he never met Putin, but that wasn't what he said in 2015<p>President-elect Donald Trump may be trying to downplay his relationship with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, but in an October 2015 interview, he openly admitted to having met the despot.<p>During the radio …

Vladimir Putin

Russia Fears That Trump Won't Be Such a Great Deal After All - Bloomberg

Russia is giving Donald Trump the kind of fawning television coverage usually reserved for Vladimir Putin, with its most popular propagandist hailing …

James Mattis

We Cannot Wait For History's Judgment. We Need The Truth About Trump And Russia Now.

Over the holidays, John Farrell, author of an upcoming biography of Richard Nixon, wrote an op-ed piece in <i>The New York Times</i> confirming what many of us have known for nearly 50 years: In the fall of 1968, Nixon, the Republican candidate for president, deliberately torpedoed President Lyndon …

Russian Government

Report: 6 federal agencies investigating possible Kremlin financial support of Trump

But with Trump about to be sworn in, how long will they stay on the case?President-elect Donald Trump speaks during the presidential inaugural …

Russian Government

Ukrainian president calls for global response to Russian threat

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for a worldwide effort to counter the threat of Russian cyber warfare and urged the United States to "be great again" by demonstrating leadership on issues such as global security.<p>U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's pledge …

Ukraine

Kremlin Tells Ukraine That the Status of Annexed Crimea Is Non-Negotiable

Russia annexed the peninsula in 2014 and also supports separatist rebels in the east of Ukraine.

Ukraine

Putin Starts to Win American Minds, if Not Hearts

According to recent data from Pew Research, 90 percent of Americans view "Russia's power and influence" as a threat, and 72 percent believe Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign. A Washington Post/ABC News poll found 64 percent of Americans believe that …

President Trump: The Manchurian Candidate?

In less than 2 days, Donald J Trump will become the 45th president of the United States. But, much like Sergeant Shaw in the <i>Manchurian Candidate</i>, has America's next commander in chief been recruited, and cultivated as an unwitting Russian agent?<p>These are the explosive claims made by an unverified …

Conspiracies

The White House And Kremlin Take Parting Shots At Each Other

As the inauguration nears, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Donald Trump's foes of undermining the president-elect's legitimacy. The U.S. says Russia is trying to undermine global order.

Kremlin

Ukrainian MPs demand probe into former pilot Savchenko, allege treason

| KIEV<p>Ukrainian lawmakers called on Wednesday for an investigation into what they say are anti-Ukrainian actions by Nadiya Savchenko, a helicopter navigator who returned to Ukraine to a hero's welcome last year after being held in a Russian jail.<p>Savchenko, herself now a lawmaker, has sparked anger …

Ukraine

Ukraine says will not pay $5.3B gas bill from Gazprom

Ukraine's Naftogaz says it will not pay a $5.3B gas bill from Russia's Gazprom (OTCPK:OGZPY) until their long-running dispute in an arbitration court …

Gazprom

Russia’s radical new strategy for information warfare

Last February, a top Russian cyber official told a security conference in Moscow that Russia was working on new strategies for the “information arena” that would be equivalent to testing a nuclear bomb and would “allow us to talk to the Americans as equals.”<p>Andrey Krutskikh, a senior Kremlin …

Armed Conflict

Ukraine's Savchenko Draws Fire For Crimea Comments

Ukrainian lawmaker Nadia Savchenko has caused controversy by suggesting that Kyiv must accept Moscow's grip on Crimea for the time being if it wants …

Ukraine

Joe Biden Is Worried Donald Trump Might Destroy Western Civilization

But it’s nothing personal.<p>In the months since <b>Donald Trump’s</b> won the election, Vice President <b>Joe Biden</b> has mostly avoided saying anything personal about the president-elect. Yes, during the campaign he quipped that if he was still in high school, he would “take him behind the gym,” presumably to …

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McCain on Russia sanctions: 'We cannot reward misbehavior'

Sen. John McCain told Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" Wednesday that he would be "deeply, deeply disappointed" if President-elect Donald Trump rolls back sanctions against Russia after taking office.<p>The Arizona Republican told Bill O'Reilly that he hopes Trump's advisers, including Defense …

Politics

Ukraine's power outage was a cyber attack: Ukrenergo

KIEV/MILAN (Reuters) - A power blackout in Ukraine's capital Kiev last month was caused by a cyber attack and investigators are trying to trace other potentially infected computers and establish the source of the breach, utility Ukrenergo told Reuters on Wednesday.<p>When the lights went out in …

Ukraine

Libya Military Leader Talks Billions In Russia Arms Deals

General Khalifa Haftar, commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA), leaves after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, …

Libya

Russian officials invite Marine Le Pen to Crimea after she claims region "was never Ukrainian"

Russian officials in Crimea have invited French nationalist leader Marine Le Pen to the disputed region, after she voiced her support for Moscow’s …

Ukraine

Putin's throwback propaganda playbook

Illustration by Christie Chisholm<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin had dreamed of becoming an intelligence agent ever since high school. “What amazed …

News Media

Syria conflict: Russia and Turkey 'in first joint air strikes on IS'

<b>Russian and Turkish jets have carried out their first joint strikes on so-called Islamic State (IS) inside Syria, the Russian defence ministry says.</b><p>IS was targeted in the suburbs of the town of al-Bab, Aleppo province, where Turkey suffered heavy casualties last month battling the group on the …

Syria

Russian lawmaker says Moscow may lift ban on U.S. adoptions.

The speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament said Wednesday that Moscow is willing to open talks with the U.S. about lifting a four-year-old ban on Americans adopting Russian children.<p>“We are ready for dialogue,” upper house speaker Valentina Matvienko said, providing that the U.S. could …

Judiciary

Russia says joins forces with Turkey to bomb Syria militants

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Defence Ministry said on Wednesday Russian war planes had joined forces with Turkish jets to target Islamic State militants holding the town of al-Bab around 40 km (25 miles) northeast of Aleppo.<p>Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi, a senior Russian Defence Ministry …

Syria

Anxious European leaders seek an early audience with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — European leaders, anxious over Donald Trump's unpredictability and kind words for the Kremlin, are scrambling to get face time with the incoming American president before he can meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose provocations have set the continent on edge.<p>One top …

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