Russia

Kremlin Vows New Nukes If Trump Leaves Treaty

Reuters reports: The Kremlin said on Monday that Russia would be forced to respond in kind if the United States began developing new missiles after quitting a landmark Cold War-era treaty. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that Washington would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty because Russia was violating the pact, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from …

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Trump To Pull US Out Of Nuke Treaty With Russia

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump said Saturday night that he will withdraw from a landmark arms control agreement the United States signed with the Soviet Union, accusing Russia of violating the pact. The Cold War-era treaty required both countries to eliminate short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles from their arsenals. “Russia has not, unfortunately, honored the agreement, so …

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Leaked Doc Shows Assange Sought Russian Visa

The Associated Press reports: Julian Assange had just pulled off one of the biggest scoops in journalistic history, splaying the innards of American diplomacy across the web. But technology firms were cutting ties to his website, WikiLeaks, cable news pundits were calling for his head and a Swedish sex crime case was threatening to put him behind bars. Caught in …

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Pussy Riot Member In Critical, Poisoning Suspected

The Washington Post reports: Russian news reports say a member of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot has been hospitalized in grave condition for what could be a possible poisoning. Ekho Moskvy radio and online news portal Meduza reported Wednesday that Pyotr Verzilov has been in emergency care since late Tuesday. They quoted a fellow Pussy Riot member, Veronika Nikulshina, …

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Putin Claims Poisoning Suspects Are Russian Civilians

The BBC reports: The two suspects in the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter are civilians, not criminals, Russian President Vladimir Putin says. The UK government named them as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, and said they were from Russia’s military intelligence service, the GRU. Mr Putin said his government had found the pair and he hoped …

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Britain Charges Russia Spies In Poisoning Case [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Two Russian nationals have been named and charged over the novichok poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, Wiltshire. British police and prosecutors made the announcement on Wednesday. Police said the two men were traveling on authentic Russian passports under the names of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov and arrived in the UK on an Aeroflot …

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Russia To Hold Largest War Games Exercise In Decades

Reuters reports: Russia will next month hold its biggest war games in nearly four decades, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday, a massive military exercise that will also involve the Chinese and Mongolian armies. The exercise, called Vostok-2018 (East-2018), will take place in central and eastern Russian military districts and involve almost 300,000 troops, over 1,000 military aircraft, two …

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Microsoft Reveals Russian Attempt To Hack US Senate

NBC News reports: Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday that it executed a court order to shut down six websites created by a group tied to Russian intelligence that sought to spoof conservative U.S. institutions, the U.S. Senate and Microsoft itself. The fake sites were intended to trick users into thinking they were clicking on sites run by the Hudson Institute, a …

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Rand Paul To Ask Trump To Drop Sanctions Against Russian Lawmakers So They Can Visit The US This Fall

The Washington Examiner reports: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Thursday evening he would ask President Trump to lift sanctions against the chairmen of both houses of the Russian legislature so they can visit the U.S. in the fall. Paul just returned to the U.S. from Russia after a trip intended to promote diplomacy between the two countries. Paul told Fox …

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Trump Claims He Revoked John Brennan’s Security Clearance For His Role In Russian Interference Probe

The Hill reports: President Trump in an interview attributed his decision to revoke ex-CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance to his role in early stages of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that he considers Brennan and other former intelligence officials whose clearances he’s considering revoking among the leaders …

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Indicted Kremlin Troll Farm Boosted Pro-Trump Fake News Site With Millions Of Tweets Long After Election

Bloomberg reports: Russia’s social-media trolling operation began stepping up its Twitter presence to new heights in late July 2017 — more than eight months after sowing discord and disinformation in the 2016 presidential election. The burst of activity — revealed in a new, comprehensive dataset of nearly 3 million tweets — had an overriding focus over the ensuing three months: …

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Russia Mocks Trump’s Call For Space Force Logo

Politico reports: The Russian Embassy in the United States early Friday morning seemingly mocked President Donald Trump’s campaign for a logo for the administration’s newly announced “Space Force.” Using Trump’s favorite mode of communicating, the embassy tweeted “Good Morning, Space Forces!” along with a graphic of a rocket being launched and features the Russian flag. The tweet also links to …

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Senate Intel Committee Calls On Assange To Testify

CNN reports: WikiLeaks announced in a tweet Wednesday the Senate Intelligence Committee called on its founder Julian Assange to testify on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The tweet also included a copy of the letter delivered to Assange. It requests Assange make himself “available” for a closed interview with the committee “at a mutually agreeable time and location,” and …

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Sen. Rand Paul Makes Unofficial Visit To Moscow

The Washington Post reports: Sen. Rand Paul, one of President Trump’s more eager defenders on Russia, jetted into Moscow on Monday in a bid to increase engagement with the country. Paul (R-Ky.) met with several Russian senators including Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s former envoy to Washington and a key player at the heart of the election meddling scandal that continues to …

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Russian Hackers Target Vulnerable Senate Democrat

The Daily Beast reports: The Russian intelligence agency behind the 2016 election cyberattacks targeted Sen. Claire McCaskill as she began her 2018 re-election campaign in earnest, a Daily Beast forensic analysis reveals. That makes the Missouri Democrat the first identified target of the Kremlin’s 2018 election interference. McCaskill, who has been highly critical of Russia over the years, is widely …

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John Bolton: We Won’t Meet With Vladimir Putin Again Until Mueller’s “Russia Witch Hunt” Is Finally Over

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, said Wednesday that any meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin would be put off until 2019 because of special counsel Robert Mueller’s “witch hunt.” “The President believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russia witch hunt is over, so we’ve agreed that …

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White House Edits Official Video To Remove Question About Whether Putin Wanted Trump To Win [VIDEO]

The Atlantic reports: It was perhaps the most explosive exchange in an incendiary press conference: Russian President Vladimir Putin appearing to frankly admit to a motive for, and maybe even to the act of, meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, despite repeatedly denying Russian interference in American politics during the rest of his appearance with Donald Trump in Finland …

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Kremlin Snubs Trump’s Invite For Washington Summit

Reuters reports: The Kremlin was reticent on Tuesday about whether it would accept an invitation from U.S. President Donald Trump to hold a summit with Vladimir Putin in Washington later this year, saying only that the two men had other chances to meet as well. The Kremlin’s failure to swiftly accept Trump’s invitation for a Washington summit has been noticeable. …

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POLL: 51% Of Voters Believe Putin Has Dirt On Trump

Just in from Quinnipiac Polling: American voters believe 51 – 35 percent “that the Russian government has compromising information about President Trump,” according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today. Republicans don’t believe 70 – 18 percent there is compromising information, the only listed party, gender, education, age or racial group which does not believe it, the poll finds. …

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GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy: Trump’s Advisors Should Quit If They Can’t Convince Him Russia Is Our Enemy [VIDEO]

Politico reports: House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy chastised Donald Trump for inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington, saying Sunday that some members of the president’s administration should consider quitting if Trump won’t listen to their advice. “The fact that we have to talk to you about Syria or other matters is very different from issuing an invitation,” Gowdy said …

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