The Kremlin issued a brief statement on the result of the first round, voicing “respect for the choice of French people.” It betrayed no sympathies. Outside the presidential administration, however, disillusionment with an election that seemed to lean toward Moscow from the outset, only to take a sharp turn against it in the last four months, was tangible.
The official, cited by CNN, said the aircraft sighted included Tu-95 nuclear-capable bombers. The planes did not violate U.S. airspace on any of the occasions, though during the most recent sighting late Thursday, U.S. and Canadian air force jets escorted the aircraft away, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
Trump, who was critical of NATO throughout his presidential campaign, has shifted his foreign policy position closer to the conventional White House line in key areas during his first three months in charge. After meeting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday, Trump appeared more enthusiastic about his European allies.
The memorandum of understanding dates back to 2015 when Russia began its official military campaign to support Assad, and includes general safety protocols for aircrews to follow, such as maintaining professional airmanship, as well as specific provisions to avoid collision and unwanted conflict such as the use of specific communication frequencies and the establishment of a communication line on the ground.
The Swedish government enacted a new law reintroducing compulsory military service for the first time since 2010, and for the first time ever on a gender-equal basis. The reason for the change is a response to Russia’s military activity over the last three years.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the page from its official website, featuring five reports from U.S. and British media. The publications are dramatically shown on the site, stamped with red text “Fake” above a Russian language disclaimer stating: “This material contains data, not corresponding to the truth.”
Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, appointed by Trump on Monday, is known for being strongly driven by integrity —a quality that critics felt Mike Flynn lacked. How to approach Russia is likely to be one of the crucial areas where McMaster and Flynn differ.
Over the last week Trump and his team, unwittingly or not, have dragged Russia back into conversation, even if that conversation is about disillusionment in Moscow. While Trump has remained loyal to a familiar and vague idea of getting along with Russia, it is his cardinals who are making headlines in Russia now and curbing the enthusiasm for the presidency in Moscow.
In 2016, Vladimir Putin went from sporty to sensitive; from commanding to communicative; from grizzled outdoorsman to aureate intellectual. Here are some of the most notable of Putin’s public relations acrobatics.
Moscow has accused U.S. President Barack Obama of “personal hatred” for Russia after the U.S. introduced new sanctions in light of allegations that Russian hackers interfered in the U.S. presidential election.
When asked if Trump would consider recognizing Crimea as a Russian territory, which Moscow has claimed it is, since its annexation from Ukraine in 2014, Trump reportedly responded “we would be looking at that.”
Putin-ally and Russian lawmaker Alexei Pushkov has called ex-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “deluded” and tipped Donald Trump as the best choice for the U.S. presidency