U.S. Senators have warned President Donald Trump not to restore Russian access to luxury diplomatic properties in his first meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, fearing it would send a message of weakness to the Kremlin. Two Russian diplomatic compounds in New York and Maryland are currently under sanctions introduced by Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, in response to Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.
After Trump’s dismissal of Comey following the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election, the former FBI chief spoke to senators detailing his encounters and communication with the president. His testimony referred to Sessions’ role in those interactions and differed to previous claims made by Trump.
Congressional investigators are requesting more information from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, suspecting he may have had another undisclosed meeting with Russia’s ambassador, CNN reports.
If Russia’s presidential election, which is scheduled for next year took place this week, Putin’s chances of beating all rivals in one fell swoop as he has in all three of his previous presidential bids, would be slim. Only 48 percent of Russians say they would cast a ballot for their current president if the elections were held now, a drop of five points since the last time Lavada carried out the poll in January 2016.
U.S. President Donald Trump is due to speak to Vladimir Putin on the phone Tuesday evening for the third time since he was elected in November. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian state news agency Rossiya 24 that the call will take place around 7:30 p.m. in Moscow (12:30 p.m. EST), likely following Putin’s meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Gorka, a former national security editor of far-right website Breitbart, joined the administration as a terrorism adviser. He will take a job at a federal agency dealing with “the war of ideas” surrounding the battle against radical Islamic terrorism, two sources speaking on the condition of anonymity told the Washington Examiner on Sunday. CNN said several administration officials had confirmed Gorka’s departure, while The Hill spoke to an official who said Gorka, a deputy assistant to the president, will be departing that role as soon as “this summer.”
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