Russia

Turkey Crisis Tests Putin's Power to Tilt Global Game With U.S.

Turkey’s political conflict with the U.S. and the crisis engulfing its currency offer a golden opportunity for Russian President Vladimir Putin to …

Vladimir Putin

Trump Signs Defense Bill Suspending Russian Military Flyovers

The defense act states that Russia must allow U.S. observation flights over Moscow, Chechnya, Kaliningrad and the breakaway Georgian republics of …

United States

Senate's 'Kremlin Crusher' Means Get Out Of Russia Now

Republican war hawk Lindsey Graham is revamping Russian sanctions in the Senate, this time threatening to do what many in the market have feared—banning investments in Russian bonds and lending to its biggest banks, namely Sberbank and VTB Bank.<p>Many of the Senators who worked on the passing of the …

Lindsey Graham

Trump Won’t Follow Congressional Directives on Russia and Crimea

Defense authorization signing statement effectively discards restrictions recognizing Crimea as Russian<p>President Donald Trump objects to an effort by …

Donald Trump

Rouble slump hits Russians' wallets, not their support for Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Alexei Nikolayev, one of more than 56 million Russians who re-elected President Vladimir Putin in March, is already counting the likely cost of a weaker rouble: less spending power abroad, higher prices at home, and another round of belt tightening.<p>But Nikolayev, a 56-year old …

Vladimir Putin

Rand Paul says it’s ‘naive’ to expect Russians to admit to election interference

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that Russian officials refused to acknowledge interfering in the 2016 presidential campaign during his recent trip to Moscow and Saint Petersburg, which was encouraged by President Trump.<p>But Paul, a top Trump ally, called hopes that Russia would eventually …

Politics

The US Navy just got the green light to stick it to China with game-changing new missiles

President Donald Trump on Monday signed into law a $717 billion defense spending bill that puts China directly in the crosshairs of a host of new US Navy missiles and tactics.<p>Beijing heavily protested the defense bill, and may have scored some small concessions, but the bill puts nearly a trillion …

Military

After the Trump Tower Meeting with the Russians, Either Donald Trump Jr. or President Donald Trump Lied

On the first Sunday in August, President Donald Trump was up early and tweeting.<p>“Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned …

Donald Trump

Kellyanne Conway's Husband Slams Trump With Business Analogy

George Conway questioned how people would react to a CEO talking about his employees like Trump has done about his staff.<p>Kellyanne Conway‘s husband, George Conway, slammed President Donald Trump’s behavior in the White House on Twitter Tuesday.<p>George Conway spotted an analogy made by Philip Bump, a …

Donald Trump

This Is Why Putin Is Targeting Three DHS Agents

Russia’s president is obsessed with the U.S. investigation into hundreds of millions in ill-gotten gains that have benefited his cronies—and very …

News (U.S.)

The Kids in the Hall warned us about Russia but we wouldn't listen

Good God. We should have listened to Dave Foley. He knew the score for YEARS before election tampering and a compromised government were even glints …

Vladimir Putin

Trump adviser Bolton to meet Russians next week in Geneva

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House national security adviser John Bolton will meet Russian officials in Geneva next week as a follow-up to the summit meeting that President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had in Helsinki last month, the White House said.<p>Bolton, as part of his …

Donald Trump

How Bill Browder Became Russia’s Most Wanted Man

The hedge-fund manager has offered a fable for why the West should confront Putin.<p>Shortly after Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin wrapped up their recent summit at the Finnish Presidential Palace, in Helsinki, around two hundred journalists gathered in the building’s neoclassical ballroom. …

Human Rights

Morning Bits: Trump’s convoluted claims crumble

So much for the claims about the all-powerful “deep state.” The FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility, which is tasked with employee discipline issues, determined last week that [agent Peter Strzok] should be punished with a 60-day suspension. . . . But Deputy Director David Bowdich . . . …

Donald Trump

Russian government withholds funding for prominent NGO

"For Human Rights," an NGO led by Lev Ponomaryov, is fighting to keep afloat. The NGO advises relatives of young people accused of being extremists …

Russian Government

Joe Scarborough Predicts Reckoning For Republican Party Once Trump Is Out Of Office: ‘Much To Answer For’

9:14 AM 08/14/2018<p>MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said the Republican Party is in for a reckoning and will pay a high political price once President Donald …

Donald Trump

NATO's East Is Rearming, But It's Because of Putin, Not Trump

Donald Trump has taken credit for a rise in military spending by NATO states, but in the alliance’s eastern reaches, it’s his Russian counterpart, …

Military Spending

Trump risks creating an unholy 'axis of the sanctioned' between Turkey, Iran, China and Russia

<i>Could the victims of Trump's 'trade war' unite against him?</i><p>“Trade wars are easy to win,” Donald Trump reassured Americans when he launched stiff tariffs on Chinese exports. Then in rapid fire he re-imposed sweeping sanctions on Iran, ramped them up on Russia and sent Turkey’s currency into a …

Exports

Watchdog: Russian-Made Arms in Rebel-Held Eastern Ukraine

A security watchdog on Tuesday said for the first time it had spotted Russian-made weapons in rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine, despite the …

Ukraine

Russia's Lavrov says conditions exist for Syria refugee return

ANKARA (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday Moscow was surprised at the West’s position on Syrian refugees and the conditions were there for them to start returning home.<p>FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with his counterpart from …

Sergei Lavrov

Russia backs non-dollar trade with Turkey, no promise of help amid lira crisis

ANKARA (Reuters) - Russia backs using national currencies, not the U.S. dollar, in its trade with Turkey, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday, but he made no firm commitments that would immediately help Ankara to weather its currency crisis.<p>Lavrov held talks in Ankara with …

Turkish Lira

The Kremlin is taking no chances as Moscow moves ahead with its sham mayoral election

On Monday, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin — Vladimir Putin’s former chief of staff often touted as a possible successor in the Kremlin — officially launched his reelection campaign ahead of the vote on Sept. 9. His campaign manager has announced a citywide drive with 10,000 volunteers who, starting …

Opinion

Sen. Rand Paul Defends Dialogue With Russia

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is on a political island, waging a lonely fight in Washington against shutting off all connections to Russia.<p>The junior …

Rand Paul

WADA made two suggestions to Russia on reinstating Rusada, says president

Glasgow, Aug 14 (IANS) The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) sent two suggestions to Russia for reinstating the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) in …

World Anti-Doping Agency

Russia shares lower at close of trade; MOEX Russia down 0.12%

Russia shares lower at close of trade; MOEX Russia down 0.12%<p>Investing.com – Russia equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the …

Stock Markets

Morning Joe unloads on 'cowardly' Trump: 'He's afraid to visit troops in war zones' and acts like Putin's 'lapdog'

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough bashed President Donald Trump as a coward for his refusal to visit troops in a combat zone and for bowing down to Russian …

Donald Trump

Kravtsov Scores for Traktor at Russia's Governor's Cup

Rangers 2018 first round pick Vitali Kravtsov scored for Traktor in its 5-2 victory over Omsk at Russia's Governor's Cup.

Russia

Voting Security In ‘Very Good Shape’, Elections Chief Says

<b>ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)</b> — Secretary of State Steve Simon says Minnesota’s election security safeguards are in “very good shape” heading into the 2018 …

Government

RCP's Lee Smith: Trump Tower Meeting Was A Set Up To Sabotage Trump Campaign

Lee Smith of RealClearInvestigations appeared on Monday's <i>Tucker Carlson Tonight</i> and explained the connection between Glenn Simpson, the man …

Donald Trump

Erdogan Makes Some Worrying Friends

Relations between the U.S. and Turkey have been deteriorating almost as fast as the Turkish lira. In a speech on the Black Sea coast Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the ultimate dig against an ally: He threatened to switch teams.<p>“Before it is too late, Washington must give up …

Opinion