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    Russia supplied to assist the U.S. with the coronavirus vaccine, but the U.S. declined, Russian officers advised CNN Thursday.  Russian officers instructed the network that they proposed “unprecedented cooperation” with the U.S.’s Operation Warp Velocity, the initiative to establish a COVID-19 vaccine. But the Russian officials explained the “U.S. is not presently open” to their support.  “There is a typical feeling of mistrust of Russia on the American facet and we feel that systems — like vaccine, screening and remedies — are not remaining adopted in US mainly because of that mistrust,” a senior Russian official instructed CNN. U.S. officials explained to CNN that Russia’s vaccine is not deemed to be properly-designed, with one American general public wellness formal saying,...
    Almost two weeks ago, a story circulated that Portland protesters were burning Bibles and American flags. It spread via social media and was picked up by conservative outlets, such as the Washington Examiner. Of course, several Republican leaders joined the bandwagon. This is who they are. https://t.co/02bNNnJuG4 — Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 1, 2020 Now we move to the book burning phase. I’m pretty sure ANTIFA doesn’t actually stand for what they say it stands for. Maybe just remove the anti part of them name and it’s perfect. https://t.co/LbjAANy3K5 — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 1, 2020 BLM inc arsonists just burned a stack of Bibles in Portland The activist media won’t report on this because...
    In an upcoming book, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former attorney, alleges that Trump worked with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election. Among many other accusations, Cohen alleges that Trump worked to get close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and “his coterie of corrupt billionaire oligarchs,” according to an excerpt released Thursday from the book, entitled “Disloyal, A Memoir.” Cohen claims that Trump lied when he told the American public he had no dealings in Russia, because Cohen personally oversaw Trump’s efforts to secure a major real estate deal in Moscow during the campaign. “Trump had colluded with the Russians, but not in the sophisticated ways imagined by his detractors. I also knew that the Mueller investigation was not...
    Russia’s declaration that it has a coronavirus vaccine pales in comparison to the strict bar set by the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed effort to produce a safe and effective vaccine by January 2021, administration officials said Thursday. Officials also disclosed that the list of who will be first in line for the vaccine will be announced by the end of September. “Every vaccine expert in the world looking at this has been quite concerned about whether it was a wise decision,” Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, told the Washington Examiner of the Russian effort. “Some have even called it Russian roulette.” Speaking on a press call, Collins says the joint Department of Defense and...
    Moscow (CNN)Russian officials in Moscow tell CNN they have offered "unprecedented cooperation" with Operation Warp Speed (OWS), the US multi-agency body set up to accelerate access to effective Covid-19 vaccines and treatments. But the officials told CNN that the "US is not currently open" to the Russian medical advances. "There is a general sense of mistrust of Russia on the American side and we believe that technologies -- including vaccine, testing and treatments -- are not being adopted in US because of that mistrust," one senior Russian official told CNN. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday that President Donald Trump has been briefed on the new Russian vaccine. She said that American vaccines go through "rigorous" Phase 3...
    MICHAEL Cohen claims he witnessed Donald Trump participate in “golden showers in a sex club in Vegas” and helped the president rig the 2016 election with Russian help, the convicted felon claimed in a forward for his memoir “Disloyal.” “From golden showers in a sex club in Vegas, to tax fraud, to deals with corrupt officials from the former Soviet Union, to catch and kill conspiracies to silence Trump’s clandestine lovers, I wasn’t just a witness to the president’s rise—I was an active and eager participant,” Cohen said. 8Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen stands behind Trump as a group of supporters lay hands on Trump in prayer during a campaign stopCredit: REUTERS 8Michael Cohen, left, served...
    A former national security adviser claims President Donald Trump has given his 'blessing' for Russia to interfere with the 2020 election. Susan Rice, who had been a potential running mate for Democrat nominee Joe Biden before he picked Kamala Harris Tuesday, said Trump has refused to call out Russian meddling in the election. Ms Rice is considered one of the country’s leading experts on foreign policy and served as ambassador of the United Nations from 2009 to 2013 under President Obama. She worked closely with Biden when she served in the White House as President Barack Obama's national security adviser.   Forer national security advisor Susan Rice has said President Donald Trump has given his 'blessing' for Russia to interfere with the 2020 election...
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gives a speech at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on June 1, 2017.Noel Celis | AFP | Getty Images Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte may be injected with Russia's coronavirus vaccine as early as May 2021, according to the government's official newswire, which quoted the presidential spokesman on Thursday. Earlier this week, Duterte volunteered to participate in trials for the Russian vaccine, even as scientists and health experts questioned the safety and effectiveness of the drug. Russia on Tuesday announced it had registered the world's first vaccine for the fast-spreading coronavirus disease, or Covid-19, after less than two months of clinical trials. Data of those trials have not been published. The Philippines is among a handful of countries...
    American infectious diseases specialists and vaccinologists raised alarms about Russia’s announcement that it would begin vaccinating its population against the coronavirus, rushing a relatively untested vaccine into mass production. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the government had approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use, the first nation to do so. But the Russian vaccine, although based on widely accepted technology, has not completed clinical trials. “What have [the Russians] done?” Paul Offit, chief of the division of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital Philadelphia and a co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, said in an interview with Yahoo News. “They’ve done a small phase I trial in 38 people.” The Russian vaccine used an adenovirus to induce neutralizing antibodies in the...
    The Fontanka SUP festival took place in St. Petersburg on Saturday. Getty/Peter Kovalev Nearly 1,000 costumed paddle boarders packed into canals in the Russian city of St. Petersburg for an annual festival on Saturday.  Paddlers from all over Europe travelled as far as 8km along the Moika and Fontanka rivers, as well as the Kryukov and Griboyedov canals. Russia has recorded over 900,000 cases of COVID-19, the fourth highest total of any country in the world. See photos of the chaotic event below.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Nearly 1,000 costumed paddle boarders packed into canals in the Russian city of St. Petersburg for the annual Fontanka SUP festival on Saturday August 8. Russia has recorded...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK, Aug 11 (Reuters) – The United States streamlined its bid on Tuesday to get the U.N. Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Iran, a move that could win Washington more support in the 15-member body but is unlikely to overcome opposition by veto-powers Russia and China. The new text, seen by Reuters, is just four paragraphs and would extend a weapons ban on Iran “until the Security Council decides otherwise,” stating that is “essential to the maintenance of international peace and security.” The 13-year-old arms embargo is due to expire in October under a 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing...
    SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's Paraná state government plans to sign an agreement with Russia to produce a newly launched COVID-19 vaccine, the head of the Parana Technology Institute (Tecpar) said on Tuesday in comments broadcast on cable news channel GloboNews. Earlier on Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin said Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess. The vaccine still has to complete final trials, raising concerns among some experts at the speed of its approval, but the Russian business conglomerate Sistema has said it expects to put it into mass production by...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin says the country has approved the world's first coronavirus vaccine. What are the details? Putin announced the approval for the new vaccine on Tuesday, lauding the approval as the first of its kind the world over. On state TV, the Russian president said, "A vaccine against coronavirus has been registered for the first time in the world this morning. I know that it works quite effectively, it forms a stable immunity." Putin added, "I would like to repeat that it has passed all the necessary tests. We must be grateful to those who made that first step very important for our country and the entire world." "I hope our...
    MOSCOW – President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he wanted neighboring Belarus to reactivate stalled plans for more integration with Russia after a contested election win left Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, an on-off Russian ally, on the defensive. Putin made his suggestion as the opposition in Belarus rejected official election results handing Lukashenko a landslide re-election victory, saying that talks needed to begin on a peaceful transfer of power. Thousands of people unhappy with the results clashed with police across Belarus on Sunday night. The Russian leader has long pushed for closer ties with Minsk under the auspices of a unified state, something Lukashenko has so far rejected, accusing Russia of wanting to swallow up his country of 9.5...
    MOSCOW – President Vladimir Putin mentioned on Monday he needed neighboring Belarus to reactivate stalled plans for extra integration with Russia after a contested election win left Belarusian chief Alexander Lukashenko, an on-off Russian ally, on the defensive. Putin made his suggestion because the opposition in Belarus rejected official election outcomes handing Lukashenko a landslide re-election victory, saying that talks wanted to start on a peaceable switch of energy. 1000’s of individuals sad with the outcomes clashed with police throughout Belarus on Sunday evening. The Russian chief has lengthy pushed for nearer ties with Minsk below the auspices of a unified state, one thing Lukashenko has to this point rejected, accusing Russia of desirous to swallow up his nation...
    NATO needs to get back to the basics. That’s the message in a new Heritage Foundation report released Monday, timed to coincide with NATO’s “reflection period” — for want of a new NATO strategic concept after 10 years of evolving threats. To ensure that the Russian threat remains front and center to the alliance’s core principle of preserving its members’ territorial integrity, NATO must realize it can’t do everything, the report argues. From extraterritorial forays like the NATO training mission in Afghanistan to global counterterrorism, Luke Coffey, co-author of the report, told the Washington Examiner that NATO's scope must be renewed and narrowed. “What is needed is a full review of NATO and the future of NATO,” said Coffey,...
    Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin at the 2016 Republican National Convention. As Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin uses his committee to burrow into a hole of Russian disinformation to the political benefit of Donald Trump, he's simultaneously accusing Democrats of doing the Kremlin's dirty work. Johnson has now subpoenaed the FBI in a probe of Joe Biden's diplomacy in the Ukraine as vice president that just happens to match exactly the investigation Trump tried to force Ukraine into doing until a whistleblower uncovered his scheme. The subpoena relates to the origins of the FBI's Russia probe (which has been reviewed ad nauseam), asking for “all documents related to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation,” according to Politico.  The subpoena is a...
    By Andrew Osborn and Tom Balmforth MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he wanted neighbouring Belarus to reactivate stalled plans for more integration with Russia after a contested election win left Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, an on-off Russian ally, on the defensive. Putin made his suggestion as the opposition in Belarus rejected official election results handing Lukashenko a landslide re-election victory, saying that talks needed to begin on a peaceful transfer of power. Thousands of people unhappy with the results clashed with police across Belarus on Sunday night. The Russian leader has long pushed for closer ties with Minsk under the auspices of a unified state, something Lukashenko has so far rejected, accusing Russia of wanting to...
    Reuters August 9, 2020 0 Comments Chinese government-linked hackers have been targeting U.S. election infrastructure ahead of the 2020 presidential election, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said on Sunday, indicating a more active level of alleged Chinese interference. O’Brien’s comments appeared to go beyond a statement released on Friday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence which said China “has been expanding its influence efforts,” and that Russia was already trying to undercut Democratic candidate Joe Biden. But did not specifically accuse Beijing of hacking attempts against U.S. election-related systems. “They’d like to see the President lose,” O’Brien said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “China – like Russia, like Iran – they’ve engaged in cyberattacks...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese government-linked hackers have been targeting U.S. election infrastructure ahead of the 2020 presidential election, White House National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said on Sunday, indicating a more active level of alleged Chinese interference. O'Brien's comments appeared to go beyond a statement released on Friday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence which said China "has been expanding its influence efforts," and that Russia was already trying to undercut Democratic candidate Joe Biden. But did not specifically accuse Beijing of hacking attempts against U.S. election-related systems. "They'd like to see the President lose," O'Brien said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "China - like Russia, like Iran - they've engaged in cyberattacks and phishing and that...
    White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Sunday that the U.S. is countering Russian and Chinese efforts to tamper with the country’s election infrastructure.  O’Brien told CBS “Face The Nation” that Russia and China are “absolutely” interfering with U.S. election infrastructure ahead of November.  He told CBS’s Margaret Brennan that both countries have tried “to access secretary of state websites” and “collect data on Americans” and “engage in influence operations whether it’s on TikTok or Twitter or other spaces.”  “It’s a real concern,” he said. “But it’s not just Russia, Margaret, it’s the Chinese don’t want the president reelected.” “China, like Russia and Iran, have engaged in cyber attacks and fishing and that sort of thing with respect to...
    On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The ReidOut,” host Joy Reid reacted to National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) Director William Evanina’s statement on threats to the 2020 election coming from Russia, China, and Iran by saying that the possibility that the information on Iran and China was “included in order to get it past Donald Trump,” came to mind. And stated that China is “making statements” that President Trump is unstable, to which she reacted, “Well, no kidding. There are a lot of Americans who believe that Donald Trump is unstable.” Reid asked Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), “What do you make of the fact that there’s all this other information too about Iran and China. Do you worry that that...
    The wreck of an 18th century floating gin palace has been found in the Gulf of Finland. The vessel was spotted by Russia's Baltic naval fleet and has given up its secrets. The boat - believed to be Dutch - was delivering hundreds of bottles of gin to Tsarist capital St Petersburg, seat of power of the Romanov emperors. Other small bottles contained perfumes or the ingredients for fragrances including eucalyptus and the essence of pine needles. An 18th century floating gin palace has been found in a shipwreck off the coast of Finland Some of the elaborate gin bottles appear to have a 'London' seal on them, though it still needs to be verified as genuine ...
    In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates spoke with great conviction about a phone call I had with the National Security Adviser-designate General Flynn on December 29, 2016. She suggested—wrongly—that I was a conduit passing along directives from President-elect Trump to General Flynn on what to say to the Russian ambassador. She claimed that my call was part of a “very deliberately planned set of conversations” on the part of the incoming Trump administration to “neuter” President Obama’s sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2016 elections. SALLY YATES THREW 'RADIOACTIVE' COMEY 'UNDER THE BUS' AT SENATE HEARING, GRAHAM SAYS There’s just one problem: That’s not what happened. Among other topics, Flynn and I...
    Years of unending media hysteria and alarming abuses of federal law enforcement were premised on the belief President Trump was compromised by Russian intelligence. Now it turns out that the biggest political scandal of the century was sourced almost entirely to a man with a history of public drunkenness who did little besides traffic in debunked gossip. The breathless attacks on Trump, as well as the FBI’s spying on his campaign, were largely sourced to the dubious “Steele Dossier.” The author of the dossier was former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, but it’s long been known that Steele relied on a “primary sub-source” to supply him with the substance behind the wild allegations that Trump was engaged in a “well-developed...
    MINSK (Reuters) - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday his country's budget had been deprived of 1.5 billion Belarusian roubles ($700 million) due to oil disputes with Russia. Relations between Minsk and traditional ally Russia are strained. The two countries earlier this year failed to agree an oil supply contract. (Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Andrew Osborn) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    MOSCOW, Aug 2 (.) – Russia’s energy ministry said on Sunday that the country’s oil production held steady in July from June volumes, in line with the supply agreement of the OPEC + alliance. The ministry added that the level of adherence with the agreement in July was close to that registered in June, when it reached 99%. Data released early Sunday by Russia, reported by the Interfax news agency, indicated that Russia’s oil and gas condensate production reached 9.37 million barrels per day (bpd) in July, up from 9.32 million bpd for June. Crude oil production cuts, agreed by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russian-led allies, will begin to moderate in August. Under the OPEC...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarus promised Russian diplomats to set up a meeting with the detained Russian citizens, who Minsk said were a group of Russian mercenaries, by the end of the day on Friday, Tass news agency quoted Russian ambassador to Belarus as saying. Russia has demanded an explanation from Belarus over what it called Minsk's wrongful arrest of more than 30 Russian citizens, which is worsening already strained relations between the two neighbouring countries. On Thursday, Minsk arrested the alleged Russian mercenaries and said they were suspected of plotting "acts of terrorism" before a presidential election. [nL5N2F13FJ] (Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he has raised U.S. concerns of threats Russia poses to American interests throughout the world, including in Syria, Afghanistan, Libya and Ukraine to his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, but refused to be specific about any of them. “I want to be very careful about what’s public record and what’s intelligence based, but yes, I can assure you and the American people each time I’ve spoken with Foreign Minister Lavrov I’ve raised all of the issues that put any American interests at risk,” Pompeo said to New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez during a foreign relations committee hearing. “Whether that’s our soldiers on the ground in Syria, soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan, the activities...
    MOSCOW/KYIV (Reuters) - Russia has proposed to ditch technical talks on Ukraine regarding the level of political advisors in the so-called Normandy format, as it sees little progress in the negotiating process, a source in Moscow told Reuters on Thursday. The Ukraine government later confirmed that it had received a letter from senior Kremlin official Dmitry Kozak proposing scrapping the talks in their current form, without withdrawing from the talks altogether. Russia wants to end the technical talks between the foreign ministers and heads of states of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany in the Normandy format, so named because the first talks took place in the French region of Normandy in 2014. "The format of advisors is ineffective," a source...
    The Russian Penguins didn’t last long—or win much—earning a record of 2-9 during the 1993-94 International Hockey League season. But the Russian ice hockey club is possessed of a crazy history, thanks in part to Howard Baldwin, the Hollywood movie producer behind Ray and then co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as Steve Warshaw, an oddball marketing guru. In 1993, Baldwin was on the hunt for other Western investors for the struggling Moscow-based outfit—which is where Disney enters the picture. Filmmaker Gabe Polsky’s eye-opening documentary Red Penguins chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the hockey team—a tale rife with gangsters, dirty money, and even live bears serving fans beer on the ice. In this exclusive clip...
    Savannah Rychcik July 30, 2020 0 Comments Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is defending the Trump administration’s handling of reports suggesting Russian operatives placed bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. During his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) asked Pompeo if he raised the issue with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Pompeo insisted he has raised all of his concerns with Russia. “Yes, I can assure you and the American people that each time I’ve spoken with Foreign Minister Lavrov, I have raised all of the issues that put any American interests at risk, whether it’s our soldiers on the ground in Syria, soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan, the activities that are taking place...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that he and his team have warned Russian officials about all threats that Russia poses to Americans and U.S. interests in various parts of the world. Pompeo also defended the Trump administration’s tough line on China, saying the communist nation represents a potent threat to the U.S. and Western-style democracy. Pompeo would not say whether he had specifically raised allegations that Russia is paying bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American troops in Afghanistan, but he said the discussions with the Russians involved all manner of threats. He told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that threats from Russia against Americans in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and elsewhere had been covered....
    By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that he and his team have warned Russian officials about all threats that Russia poses to Americans and U.S. interests in various parts of the world. Pompeo would not say whether he had specifically raised allegations that Russia was paying bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American troops in Afghanistan, but said the discussions involved all manner of threats. Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that threats from Russia against Americans in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and elsewhere had been covered. Pompeo’s comments came a day after President Donald Trump told an interviewer he had not raised the bounty allegations with Russian President...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured lawmakers on Thursday that the Trump administration has confronted top Russian diplomats and military officers about the alleged bounties Russia has offered Taliban-linked rebels to kill American troops in Afghanistan — even though Donald Trump has refused to bring the topic up with his counterpart Vladimir Putin. “I can assure you and the American people that each time I’ve spoken with [Russian Foreign Minister Sergey] Lavrov, I have raised all of the issues that put any American interests at risk, whether it’s our soldiers on the ground in Syria, soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan, the activities that are taking place in Libya, the actions in Ukraine,” Mr Pompeo testified before the Senate Foreign...
    President Trump did not confront Russian President Vladimir Putin about intelligence community reports that Moscow paid the Taliban bounties for US soldiers, he confirmed in an interview. Speaking with Axios on Tuesday, the commander-in-chief made the claim after being asked if the issue was raised during his July 23 call with the Russian leader. “No, that was a phone call to discuss other things, and frankly, that’s an issue that many people said was fake news,” he told the outlet. Trump said his discussion with Putin covered the issue of nuclear proliferation, “which is a very big subject where they would like to do something and so would I,” as well as “numerous” other topics. The issue of Russia paying...
    President Trump revealed he did not discuss alleged Russian bounties against U.S. troops during his recent call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He told Axios that other issues took precedence during the conversation that took place last week. "That was a phone call to discuss other things, and frankly, that's an issue that many people said was fake news," Trump said. "I think a lot of people. If you look at some of the wonderful folks from the Bush administration, some of them, not any friends of mine, were saying that it's a fake issue. But a lot of people said that it's a fake issue." When it was first reported that Trump did not respond to intelligence about...
    President Trump spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, but did not mention recent reports that Putin's government had been offering bounties to Taliban fighters for killing American forces, the president acknowledged in a new interview. In an interview with Axios, the president claimed that he had other reasons for speaking with Putin on July 23, and expressed doubt over the validity of the bounty story. TRUMP SAYS INTEL DOESN'T BACK UP REPORT ON RUSSIAN BOUNTIES AGAINST US TROOPS "That was a phone call to discuss other things, and frankly that’s an issue that many people said was fake news," Trump said in the interview, which is set to air Aug. 3 on HBO. The president said that he and...
    U.S. President Donald Trump told the Axios news site that he did not discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin an alleged Russian plot to pay militants for attacks on American and coalition forces in Afghanistan.  Trump, in an excerpt of the interview released Wednesday, said he discussed “other things” with Putin in a phone call last week and reiterated his dismissal of the bounty allegations.  “It never reached my desk. You know why? Intelligence, they didn’t think it was real. They didn't think it was worthy.  If it reached my desk I would have done something about it,” Trump said.  U.S. defense and intelligence officials have long been concerned about Russian interference in Afghanistan, complaining repeatedly that Moscow has been...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump said he hasn't discussed US intelligence that alleged Russia offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill US troops in Afghanistan with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a recent telephone call.Trump, in an interview with Axios that was released on Wednesday, also continued to downplay the validity of the US intelligence and drew a moral equivalency between the possibility that Russia backed efforts to kill US troops and the American campaign to aid anti-Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s."I have never discussed it with Putin. I would, I have no problem with it," Trump said in a clip of the interview, which is set to air on HBO Monday. HBO is owned by WarnerMedia, the same...
    U.S. President Donald Trump told the Axios news site that he did not discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin an alleged Russian plot to pay militants for attacks on American and coalition forces in Afghanistan.  Trump, in an excerpt of the interview released Wednesday, said he discussed “other things” with Putin in a phone call last week and reiterated his dismissal of the bounty allegations.  “It never reached my desk. You know why? Intelligence, they didn’t think it was real. They didn't think it was worthy.  If it reached my desk I would have done something about it,” Trump said.  U.S. defense and intelligence officials have long been concerned about Russian interference in Afghanistan, complaining repeatedly that Moscow has been...
    RUSSIAN intelligence services are spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic via English-language websites, US officials have said. An anonymous source from the government told AP two Russians who have held senior roles in Moscow's GRU military intelligence unit have been identified as responsible for a disinformation effort aimed at American and Western audiences. 7 Russia's President Vladimir PutinCredit: AP:Associated Press The US officials spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, and said the Russians were trying to exploit the coronavirus crisis that America is struggling to contain. The information had previously been marked as classified, but the officials said it had been downgraded so they could discuss it. Between late May and early July three websites published around...
    By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, who played a key role in the Russia investigation but whose pejorative text messages about Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign made him a target of the president’s wrath, is releasing a book on his concerns about the president. “Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump” is due out Sept. 8, publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media said in a statement to The Associated Press. The book will offer an insider’s view on some of the most sensational and politically freighted investigations in modern American history, including into whether the 2016 Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to sway the presidential election. Due out...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, who played a key role in the Russia investigation but whose pejorative text messages about Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign made him a target of the president’s wrath, is releasing a book on his concerns about the president. “Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump” is due out Sept. 8, publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media said in a statement to The Associated Press. The book will offer an insider’s view on some of the most sensational and politically freighted investigations in modern American history, including into whether the 2016 Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to sway the presidential election. Due out two months before the November...
    President Donald Trump refuses to tell the American people whether or not he has talked with President Vladimir Putin about Russia’s bounty program to pay the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers. Trump was finally asked about it, and if he discussed it last week during his call with the President of the Russian Federation. “We don’t talk about what we discussed, but we had plenty of discussion,” Trump told reporters when finally asked. He added, “I think it was very productive.” REPORTER: Did you bring up the reports of Russia having bounties on US troops during your call with Putin last week? TRUMP: “We don’t talk about what we discussed, but we had plenty of discussion.” pic.twitter.com/ZiXkVcIeWo —...
    President Donald Trump was confronted about whether he spoke with President Vladimir Putin about Russia’s involvement in a Taliban bounty program that incentivized the killing of United States troops during an address in North Carolina Monday afternoon. Kevin Freking of the Associated Press asked, “You did talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and I wanted to ask if you did bring it up reports of Russia having bounties on our soldiers?” “We don’t talk about what we discuss,” Trump responded. “But we had plenty of discussion, and I think it was very productive.” A June 26 report from the New York Times cited U.S. intelligence officials detailing a Russia-funded bounty program to kill US soldiers. It also claimed Trump knew about...
    Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels began a “full and comprehensive” cease-fire Monday in war-torn eastern Ukraine following a six-year conflict that has resulted in the deaths of more than 14,000 soldiers, separatists, and civilians. The new cease-fire deal was reached last Wednesday by members of the Tripartite Contact Group that includes representatives of Russia, Ukraine, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. THOUSANDS IN RUSSIA BORDER CITY PROTEST ARREST OF GOVERNOR IN CHALLENGE TO PUTIN Rebel officials said Sunday they have instructed their troops about the cease-fire and issued a decree banning the use of weapons. Ukraine’s military also said their forces “have begun preparations” for the ceasefire. “We are talking about the possibility of a real...
    BRITAIN is locked in a second Cold War – and it’s been slowly going on under our noses for years. This time we are facing off against two formidable opponents, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. 7Britain is locked in a second Cold War facing Vladimir Putin and Xi JinpingCredit: Alamy Live News Both are effectively leaders for life of freedom-crushing, totalitarian regimes, determined not only to reject the western way of life but to challenge and destroy it, too. And unless we act with steely determination, Cold War Two could prove as long and costly as the last one. Millions of lives and billions of pounds were lost during the brutal 45-year stand-off between Communism and the West. But today...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Friday refused to provide a direct answer when asked if President Donald Trump had confronted Russian president Vladimir Putin over election meddling during a recent conversation. “Today the nation’s top counterintelligence officials said that Russia is one of three countries that is actively working to interfere in our election. Did the president bring up election interference on the call with the Russian president yesterday?” asked CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins. “Again, I wasn’t on the call, but the president — I was not on the call, the president — the president has taken more actions for election security than his predecessor, who gave a stand-down order when he learned about election interference, Susan Rice gave that stand-down...
    THIRTY years after the so-called Soviet iron curtain crumbled, the West has entered a new Cold War with Russia. President Vladimir Putin has tightened his grip on power in Moscow and continues to be the most ruthless political operator on the planet. 4Vladimir Putin continues to disrupt elections and carry out state-sponsored killings on foreign soilCredit: Reuters In recent years, the Kremlin has carried out bloodthirsty assassinations on foreign soil and is even accused of meddling in the 2016 US election – a claim it furiously denies. Relations with the West have not just soured, they've curdled with Putin appearing to double down on his reputation as a menace to western democracy. A damning report this week revealed the ex-KGB...
    The Office of the Director of National Intelligence warned Friday that adversaries like China, Russia and Iran are “seeking to compromise” private communications of U.S. political campaigns, candidates and other political targets to influence the 2020 election. Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center Bill Evanina on Friday said election security “remains a top priority” for the intelligence community, while identifying specific foreign actors that pose the largest threat. ODNI TO OFFER ELECTION SECURITY BRIEFINGS FOR BOTH PARTIES IN RUN-UP TO NOVEMBER Evanina noted that at this point, adversaries are working to compromise “private communications” of presidential and other campaigns, candidates and political targets, as well as compromise election infrastructure. Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center...
    The White House said President Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday about the coronavirus pandemic and avoiding an arms race with China. The two world leaders "discussed efforts to defeat the coronavirus pandemic while continuing to reopen global economies," White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement. He added that Trump "reiterated his hope of avoiding an expensive three-way arms race between China, Russia, and the United States and looked forward to progress on upcoming arms control negotiations in Vienna." This comes amid growing tensions between the U.S. and China. The U.S. ordered the closure of the Chinese Consulate in Houston this week, which prompted Beijing to threaten retaliation. Deere told the Washington Examiner he had...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he would be comfortable sending son, grandchildren to school in person Cafeteria worker on White House grounds tests positive for COVID-19: reports Republicans to start unveiling coronavirus package Thursday MORE spoke with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinChina needs to play straight on New START nuclear treaty Watchdog report: UK government 'badly underestimated' threat of Russian interference Biden vows to fight back against foreign interference efforts if elected MORE by phone on Thursday, discussing the novel coronavirus, arms control negotiations and other matters. The call marked Trump’s first phone conversation with Putin since last month, and comes days after the United States, United Kingdom and Canada accused Moscow of attempting to hack coronavirus vaccine research....
    MOSCOW - The U.S. Department of State has announced it is imposing additional sanctions against Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Russia’s southern republic of Chechnya, in a move American officials linked to a pattern of continued human rights abuses by the Chechen strongman.  “The Department has extensive, credible information that Kadyrov is responsible for numerous gross violations of human rights dating back more than a decade, including torture and extrajudicial killings,” said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a statement Monday.   Under the measures, Kadyrov and his family will be banned from traveling to the United States.    The Chechen leader was already on a U.S. blacklist under the “Magnitsky Act,” a 2012 law that imposed visa bans and...
    KFC has tested 3D-printing chicken nuggets and could even go on to produce wings and drumsticks with bones inside if the technology improves. The fast-food chain announced its partnership with a Russian biotech research firm on Thursday in the hope of creating world's first laboratory-produced meat. It comes amid a global race to find safe and authentic-tasting meat alternatives.  KFC has tested 3D-printing chicken nuggets and could even go on to produce wings and drumsticks with bones inside if the technology improves (stock image) Russia's 3D Bioprinting Solutions company, which was founded by the private medical firm Invitro, is set to use chicken cells and plant material to 'reproduce the taste and texture of chicken meat almost without involving animals'. RELATED...
    MOSCOW (AP) — The United States on Monday slapped the regional strongman leader of Russia's republic of Chechnya with sanctions over human rights violations. Ramzan Kadyrov, 43, has run Chechnya like his personal fiefdom, relying on his security forces to quash dissent. International human rights groups have accused Kadyrov and his lieutenants of abductions, torture and killings of their opponents. Rights defenders also hold the Chechen authorities responsible for a sweeping crackdown on gays over the past few years that has seen more than 100 people arrested, subjected to torture, with some of them killed. Chechen authorities have denied those accusations, and federal authorities said a probe found nothing to support the charges. In a statement announcing the sanctions, U.S....
    The FBI has hired a new top lawyer as it contends with fallout from the Russia investigation. Director Christopher Wray picked Jason Jones, a partner at law firm King & Spalding LLP, to come on as general counsel, an FBI representative confirmed to the Washington Examiner. He will start in August, according to an internal obtained by the Wall Street Journal. Wray and Jones previously worked together at King & Spalding LLP. Two recent deputy attorneys general, Sally Yates and Rod Rosenstein, rejoined the law firm after leaving the Justice Department. Jones is replacing Dana Boente, who faced criticism by Republicans for his role in the Russia investigation. Boente agreed to resign under pressure in late May and left the...
    Sunday on MSNBC, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) said President Donald Trump using federal agents to remove protesters in Portland, OR is something that would happen in North Korea. Host Alex Witt said, “To the battle in Portland, Oregon where anonymous militarized federal agents have been squaring off with protesters as you watch what is unfolding, what is your opinion and do you think it is an abuse of power?” Meeks said, “My reaction is this the United States of America? This is the same kind of thing that I guess this president wants to go along with his good friends as he says, Vladimir Putin and Russia, something that you would think would take place there, or Kim Jong-un in...
    Protesters gathered in Russia’s far east after a well-liked governor was arrested, with the mass demonstrations morphing into a broader reprisal against President Vladimir Putin’s government. When tens of thousands took to the streets of Khabarovsk on Saturday, it marked the eighth day of demonstrations since the arrest of Khabarovsk Krai Gov. Sergei Furgal, who was arrested earlier this month for his alleged involvement in the death of two businessmen more than a decade ago. Protesters faced 90-degree heat as they turned out to express their displeasure with what they see as a politically motivated arrest, according to the Wall Street Journal. Furgal is a member of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia and bested a Putin-backed candidate...
    Britain’s defence minister has said that the UK must evolve its defence capabilities to respond to new threats from the skies from hostile actors like Russia and China. Addressing the Air and Space Power conference on Wednesday on the future of combat air systems, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said that to prepare for modern warfare, defence strategy “requires a rebalancing from Industrial Age to Information Age capabilities – investing in cyber, space, electronic warfare, AI, robotics, and autonomy – coupled with their integration with the best of what already exists”. “The global picture has changed. Threats are coming from all different angles,” Mr Wallace said, adding that the country will have to prepare for what the “air and space environment of 2030,...
    Russian authorities have detained a man in western Siberia “on suspicion of setting up a cell” of the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious group, considered an “extremist” organization under Russian law, state-run news agency TASS reported on Wednesday. Police detained the man recently in Seversk, a town in western Siberia’s Tomsk region. Investigators say the man and others affiliated with Jehovah’s Witnesses “organized meetings in 2017-2020, disseminated ‘extremist’ literature, and recruited new members” to the organization. In a statement released on Wednesday, the Russian Investigative Committee’s press service said: Investigators of the Russian Investigative Committee in the Tomsk Region based on the case files of the Federal Security Service and the Internal Affairs Ministry in the Tomsk Region opened a criminal case...
    John Weaver, one co-founder of The Lincoln Project Super PAC, signed a deal in 2019 with a Russian state-owned company to advocate for its interests — but ultimately rejected the contract once he was accused of hypocrisy for his years of calling President Donald Trump a pawn of Vladimir Putin. Weaver, a career political consultant who started The Lincoln Project to defeat President Donald Trump’s reelection bid, signed an agreement on May 10, 2019 with Tenam Corporation, “a subsidiary of Rosatom, the Russian state-owned nuclear energy company,” Politico reported at the time. According to the contract, which Weaver was required to file with the Department of Justice because he was acting as a foreign agent, he was tasked with lobbying...
    Coronavirus updates: We are headed in a terrible direction says Nashville mayor The Real Reason Walmart Wants You to Pay This Way Top Russian space official dismisses NASAs moon plans, considering a lunar base with China instead Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia's space organization, declared that his country is not interested in participating in NASA's Artemis moon program. "For the United States, this right now is a big political project. With the lunar project, we are observing our American partners retreat from principles of cooperation and mutual support," Rogozin said in an interview translated by CNBC. Emphasizing recent discussions with top Chinese officials, Rogozin said that Russia and China intend to lead the development of "a lunar...
    Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin visits the control centre for a launch pad for the Soyuz-2 carrier rockets at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia.Yegor Aleyev\TASS via Getty Images The head of Russia's space organization criticized the current United States plan to return astronauts to the moon as "a big political project," saying his country is instead speaking with China about establishing a lunar base of operations. NASA last year announced its Artemis program, the agency's plan to fulfill President Donald Trump's order in 2017 to return Americans to the surface of the moon by 2024. Additionally, NASA in May unveiled the "Artemis Accords" — a set of principles it seeks to use as the basis of international agreements with other countries about...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A roadside bomb planted by Syrian militants in the de-escalation zone in Idlib detonated near a joint Russian-Turkish patrol on Tuesday morning, injuring three Russian soldiers and some Turkish soldiers, the Russian Defence Ministry said. Russia called off the patrol following the blast near the town of Ariha in Idlib province that damaged one Russian and one Turkish armoured personel carrier, the ministry said. It was evacuating its equipment from the area and moving its troops to the Hmeimim air base where some of them would receive treatment, it said. An unconfirmed social media video of the attack circulated by Russia's RIA news agency showed a powerful explosion right by a convoy of passing armoured vehicles. Two...
    Washington (AFP) – The United States said Monday that it spoke with Russia about convening a summit of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, a key priority for President Vladimir Putin. In a telephone call, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov “discussed convening P5 leaders in the near future to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations,” the State Department said. Putin has been urging such a summit that would bring him together with US President Donald Trump, potentially just before the Republican vies for reelection in November. The summit would also include President Xi Jinping of China, with which the United States has deteriorating relations, as...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday, the department said. A statement informing the press of the call included few details about what specifically was said. It did, however, mention that the two discussed Afghanistan, election security, and convening the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council for the U.N.'s 75th anniversary. The call comes in amid reports that Russia paid Taliban operatives to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan. President Trump and his administration have denied that he was briefed on the issue. In 2016, Russian actors attempted to influence the U.S. presidential election through social media. Concerns have mounted as to what Russian forces may try in this year's...
    Maria Khachaturyan, the younger sister, will stand a separate trial – Sergei Karpukhin/Tass via Getty Images In a ‘stunning’ reversal in one of the country’s most notorious cases, Russian prosecutors have brought charges of premeditated murder against three Moscow teenage sisters for killing their abusive father, their defence team said on Monday. The decision was greeted with shock after the same prosecutor Viktor Grin asked investigators in December to drop the murder charges, arguing that the sisters acted in self-defence. Krestina, Angelina and Maria stabbed their 57-year old father Mikhail Khachaturyan in July 2018 after enduring years of intimidation, beatings and sexual abuse. The sisters’ case became a cause celebre among campaigners against domestic violence, triggering public discussion about family and...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian law enforcement charged prominent former journalist Ivan Safronov with treason on Monday, TASS news agency cited his lawyer as saying, accusations that have sent a chill through Russia's media landscape. The former newspaper reporter who had worked at Russia's space agency since May faces up to 20 years in jail if found guilty after he was arrested last week and accused of passing military secrets to the Czech Republic, a charge he denies. (Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Toby Chopra) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    SUZHOU / BEIJING, Jul 11 ​​(.) – China’s CanSino Biologics is in talks with Russia, Brazil, Chile and Saudi Arabia to start a phase III trial of its experimental vaccine for COVID-19, one of its officials said Saturday. founders. China’s success in reducing COVID-19 infections has made large-scale vaccine trials more difficult, and so far only a few countries have agreed to work with it. “We are maintaining contacts with Russia, Brazil, Chile and Saudi Arabia (for the phase III trial) and it is still under discussion,” Qiu Dongxu, CEO and co-founder of CanSino, said at a conference on the development of antiviral drugs in Suzhou. , in eastern China. Qiu said its phase III tests are likely to start...
    The media and the Democratic Party "hysterically" overreacted to reports that Russian officials may have paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants in exchange for the deaths of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton stated Friday. In an interview on "America's Newsroom" with host Sandra Smith, Cotton said he agreed with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Thursday that U.S. military commanders did not think it was as serious a problem as the newspapers and television shows were reporting. COLIN POWELL SUGGESTS MEDIA HAD 'HYSTERICAL' REACTION TO REPORTS ON RUSSIA BOUNTY INTELLIGENCE "It got kind of out of control before we really had an understanding of what had happened. I’m not sure we fully understand now," said Powell. "Our senior commander on the ground in the Middle East, he doesn't think these reports were corroborated and he is not aware of any...
    BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday rejected any prospect of joining in nuclear arms limitation talks with the U.S., calling reports from Washington that it would do so a distortion of its stated position. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters the U.S. was “neither serious nor sincere” in the proposed negotiations and should instead respond to Russia’s call for an extension to the existing New START treaty limiting the number of nuclear warheads. “China’s objection to the so-called trilateral arms control negotiations is very clear, and the U.S. knows it very well. However, the U.S. is persistent on the issue and even distorted China’s position,” Zhao said at a daily news briefing. China, with the world’s biggest nuclear arsenal...
    BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday rejected any prospect of joining in nuclear arms limitation talks with the U.S., calling reports from Washington that it would do so a distortion of its stated position. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters the U.S. was “neither serious nor sincere” in the proposed negotiations and should instead respond to Russia’s call for an extension to the existing New START treaty limiting the number of nuclear warheads. “China’s objection to the so-called trilateral arms control negotiations is very clear, and the U.S. knows it very well. However, the U.S. is persistent on the issue and even distorted China’s position,” Zhao said at a daily news briefing. China, with the world’s...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - An internal political fight in the United States is behind "unscrupulous speculation" of Moscow's alleged ties with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency on Friday. A top U.S. general said on Thursday that the United States believed Russia has given support to Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan in the past, but does not have intelligence to confirm it directed attacks against Americans or to corroborate that it paid bounties to kill U.S. troops. (Reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy; Writing by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Alex Richardson) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Evgenia Novozhenibna/Reuters MOSCOW—When the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested journalist Ivan Safronov on charges of “state treason” this week, many of his friends were quick to remember what happened to his father. Both men covered news about national defense and Russia’s space program and were recognized as authorities in their field. The elder Safronov, who also was named Ivan, wrote for the newspaper Kommersant until one day in 2007 he plunged out of a window to his death. The younger Safronov never believed the official conclusion that his father committed suicide. Neither did colleagues at Kommersant. “Defenestration,” pushing people out of windows and blaming accidents or suicide, is viewed as a common, if conspicuous, technique allegedly used by...
    Not long after the Russia-Taliban bounty scandal first started unfolding in public view, a bombshell new report from Just Security claims that President Donald Trump directed the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to provide the Russian government with U.S. intelligence information concerning terrorist groups in the Middle East—whom Vladimir Putin was likely supplying with weapons—without getting anything in return. According to the report, which was sourced from several former Trump administration intelligence officials, the administration’s failure to address Russia’s furnishing of weapons to the Taliban, coupled with Trump’s “embrace” of Putin, may have set the stage for Kremlin officials to green-light the audacious bounty operation. The Pentagon was confident in early 2018 that the Russians were placing U.S. troops in...
    You gotta love Joe Biden. The guy has been part of the problem in Washington for 47 years. But now? Now, he is really going to get after it! Finally, the old geezer promises to fix everything that ails you — everything he has neglected for nearly five decades. And he is going to do it all in just four years. After he is gone, Mr. Biden’s Wikipedia page will say: “1973-2021: Accomplished nothing in Washington; hung out with segregationists. 2021-2025: Fixed everything; saved world.” Economic doldrums of the Obama non-recovery economy got you down? Joe Biden will tackle that. Systematic racism? Ol’ Joe is gonna fix that now. Pandemic? Who better than Pandemic Joe to call to the rescue? He is, after all, one of the few living survivors...
    U.S. intel officials have been alleging that according to their sources, the Russian government offered a bounty to Taliban extremists if they would kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Just Security discussed these allegations with some former Trump Administration officials, trying to get some insights on what President Donald Trump and his officials knew about Russian government activity in Afghanistan. “Why would the Russian government think it could get away with paying bounties to the Taliban to kill American soldiers?,” Just Security’s Ryan Goodman writes. “One answer to that question may be the extraordinary response that Moscow received when the Trump Administration learned of a precursor to the bounty operation. From mid-2017 and into 2018, Pentagon officials became increasingly confident in...
    A feminist activist in Russia is facing prison for 'spreading pornography' after sharing cartoon drawings of female bodies and vaginas to promote body positivity.  Yulia Tsvetkova, 27, an artist and activist from the far-eastern city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, could face a jail term of two to six years for distributing the artistic impressions on the VK social media platform in a group called 'Vagina Monologues'.  The group was intended to 'remove the stigma around the vagina and female physiology as a whole' by sharing artwork, including a series of cartoons by Ms Tsvetkova captioned 'Real women have hair on their bodies — and that's normal', 'Real women have body fat and that's normal' and 'Real women have their periods and that's normal'. ...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and Turkey are working on an immediate ceasefire agreement for the conflict in Libya, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Wednesday by the Interfax news agency. Lavrov said the Libyan National Army (LNA), which Russia backs, is ready to sign a ceasefire document and hopes that Turkey will manage to convince the country's internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) to do the same. (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Louise Heavens) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    MOSCOW—When the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested journalist Ivan Safronov on charges of "state treason" this week, many of his friends were quick to remember what happened to his father. Both men covered news about national defense and Russia’s space program and were recognized as authorities in their field. The elder Safronov, who also was named Ivan, wrote for the newspaper Kommersant until one day in 2007 he plunged out of a window to his death.“We called our television show today ‘They Have Come to Get Us.’ We are outraged to see our friend and colleague Safronov being accused of ridiculous things.”The younger Safronov never believed the official conclusion that his father committed suicide. Neither did colleagues at Kommersant....
    India's recent spikes in coronavirus cases have made it the country with the third-most reported infections, trailing only the United States and Brazil. India now has more than 720,000 cases, and more than 20,000 people who have become infected have died. This beats out the official count in Russia, where there have been more than 700,000 cases and more than 10,000 deaths. Over the weekend, India reported its highest single-day spike with 25,000 new cases. Monuments, including the Taj Mahal, that were expected to reopen to tourists this week have remained closed indefinitely, according to NPR. The hardest hit parts of the South Asia country, which has a population that exceeds 1.3 billion people, remain in its urban...
    MOSCOW (AP) — An adviser to the director of Russia's state space corporation has been detained on treason charges, the nation's top security agency said Tuesday. Ivan Safronov, an adviser to Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin, was detained in Moscow by agents of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the main KGB successor agency. The FSB said that Safronov is accused of relaying sensitive data to a spy agency of an unspecified NATO member. It said in a statement that the information he provided referred to “military-technical cooperation, defense and security of the Russian Federation.” Safromov could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Roscosmos said in a statement that the charges didn't relate to Safronov's work for the corporation,...
    MOSCOW (AP) — An adviser to the director of Russia’s state space corporation has been detained on treason charges, the nation’s top security agency said Tuesday. Ivan Safronov, an adviser to Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin, was detained in Moscow by agents of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the main KGB successor agency. The FSB said that Safronov is accused of relaying sensitive data to a spy agency of an unspecified NATO member. It said in a statement that the information he provided referred to “military-technical cooperation, defense and security of the Russian Federation.” Safromov could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Roscosmos said in a statement that the charges didn’t relate to Safronov’s work for the corporation,...
    In a Sunday interview on “MSNBC Live,” Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) shared his reaction to reports that Russian intelligence offered Afghan militants bounties to kill U.S. soldiers, and the White House knew about it but did nothing. Moulton, a former Marine, said he would like to see President Donald Trump “stop acting like a traitor to our troops” and quit being “more interested in protecting” Russia President Vladimir Putin. “I would like to see the commander in chief stop acting like a traitor to our troops and be more interested [sic] in protecting Putin and Russia than protecting our servicemen and women who are out there on the front lines,” Moulton proclaimed. “Of course, there is a lot that needs to...
    Tom Brenner/Reuters Kremlin-controlled Russian state media set out to tickle U.S. President Trump’s fragile ego amid falling ratings after his blustery appearance at Mount Rushmore on Friday. Mentioning that the American head of state had previously toyed with the idea he might be featured alongside Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Lincoln, Russia’s premier state media channel Rossiya-1 aired a graphic of Trump’s mug right up there on the mountain beside them.  Given the frequent allusions on Russian state media to Trump as Moscow’s friend, even Moscow’s “agent” in the White House, maybe the Kremlin would like to see the enormous monument renamed Mount Russia-More.  But there were signs on Saturday, July 4, that, for now, Trump and Russian President...
    Eating groundhog is believed to have originated contact with those two brothers. (Free Press Photo: Services) If the coronavirus were not enough for humanity, reports confirm cases of black plague in Mongolia, that he had to strengthen border controls with Russia. This disease is transmitted by fleas that have been in contact with carrier animals or by the intake of these animals. In the fourteenth century it was pandemic and claimed the lives of millions in Europe, where it was documented. In the present case, according to the Moscow Times, two brothers, 27 and 17, are hospitalized in the city of Khoyd, and 146 people who had contact with them are under control and in quarantine. According to...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin praised his country’s electorate Friday after they overwhelmingly voted to grant him two additional six-year terms in office, Reuters reported, allowing him to hold office until he is 83 years old. Putin, who has been in office for a combined 17 years, said that the just-approved constitutional amendments would go into effect Saturday. Seventy-eight percent of Russians voted in favor of the measure to let Putin, who is 67, extend his presidency until 2036, according to Reuters. “People felt with their hearts,” Putin said, referring to the amendments’ passage. “In general, the results of the vote showed a high level unity in society on key questions that are of national significance,” Reuters reported Putin saying. Though...
    The New York Times endangered U.S. troops by reporting that Russia was offering bounties to Taliban fighters to kill soldiers and made President Donald Trump appear to be "turning a blind eye to these bounties," Rep. Jim Banks said Friday.  “The fact of the matter is because a leaker went to the New York Times and they published this ongoing intelligence of these possible bounties, now we might not ever know the truth and we might not ever be able to hold those [responsible] accountable,” the Indiana Republican said on Fox News "Americas Newsroom."  But because the left wants to politicize the reports, the intelligence about the alleged bounties has been exposed, and that "means more troops will be killed...
    (CNN)Former White House national security adviser John Bolton said Thursday that he had personally weathered President Donald Trump's anger at receiving intelligence briefings pertaining to Russia."I think I have enough scars from bringing up things about Russia that he probably didn't want to hear, that I can say I agree with" accounts from other former officials that Trump did not want to hear negative information linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bolton told CNN's Jake Tapper on Thursday.Bolton's comments follow denials from the White House that Trump was "personally briefed" on reports that Russia offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill US troops in Afghanistan. But the intelligence was included in one of Trump's daily briefings on intelligence matters sometime...
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, U.S., July 1, 2020.Manuel Balce Ceneta | Reuters WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said he frequently discusses Afghanistan with his counterparts in Moscow. But he punted on questions about intelligence regarding Russians offering bounties to target and kill U.S. service members in the war-torn country. "I don't want to comment about the intelligence," explained Pompeo during a State Department press briefing. "CIA put out a statement, DNI put out a statement, and I think the intelligence community handled this incredibly well," he said. "We see threats in our intelligence reporting to our soldiers stationed all over the world, every single...
    National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said Tuesday that a career intelligence official made the ultimate decision not to brief President Donald Trump on information regarding possible Russian payments to Taliban fighters to target U.S. troops in Afghanistan. In an interview on “Fox & Friends,” O’Brien also seemingly confirmed that the National Security Council was analyzing the intelligence, and had developed options for Trump in the event that the information could be verified. O’Brien blasted government officials who leaked information about the intelligence to The New York Times, saying that the disclosure has stymied efforts to verify the intelligence. He also criticized the paper, accusing it of falsely reporting that Trump had been briefed on the intelligence but failed to act....
    (CNN)Russia has been actively working with the Taliban and other groups inside Afghanistan in order to expedite the withdrawal of US troops from that country, according to a congressionally mandated Pentagon report released Wednesday.While the US military has long accused Moscow of maintaining links to the Taliban, the latest Pentagon assessment comes amid ongoing scrutiny about the Trump administration's response to intelligence indicating that Russian operatives had offered bounties to Taliban linked militants for killing US and UK service members in Afghanistan. "As of February, the Russian government was working with the central government, regional countries, and the Taliban to gain increased influence in Afghanistan, expedite a U.S. military withdrawal, and address security challenges that might arise from a withdrawal,"...
    The CIA requested the Justice Department open a criminal investigation into the leak of classified intelligence related to an alleged plot by a Russian spy unit to offer bounties to Taliban-linked fighters to target U.S. and other coalition troops in Afghanistan. Robert O’Brien, who has served as President Trump’s national security adviser since last September, made the revelation while talking with reporters outside the White House on Monday, defending the Trump administration’s handling of the “raw intelligence." He said the military has put in place force protection measures as a precaution and condemned the leak which Trump national security officials have repeatedly argued has hampered the U.S. intelligence community’s ability to get to the truth. “Some leaker —...
    National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said Wednesday that he was "surprised" after The New York Times and The Associated Press published explosive reports alleging that President Trump and his top officials had been aware of classified intelligence indicating that Russia was offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of American soldiers. ROBERT O'BRIEN: NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL REFORMS – PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS MADE PEOPLE SAFER, NATION STRONGER In an interview on "Fox & Friends" with hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade, O'Brien called the events that have unfolded since the reports were released "an unfortunate story." "Number one, no one is more concerned about the safety of America and the security of our armed forces – the men and women who serve us – than President Trump. And,...
    Tuesday on Fox News, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) weighed in on reports that Russia had offered bounties to the Taliban for killing American soldiers in Afghanistan and subsequent comments made by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) criticizing President Donald Trump’s handling of the situation. Schumer accused Trump of not knowing or knowing and not doing anything about it, to which McCarthy responded by calling out Schumer for playing politics with American lives. “I think it’s worse is what Chuck Schumer is playing into,” McCarthy explained. “He’s playing politics with American lives by saying what he’s saying. We all know that Russia is dangerous to America. That’s why this administration — the Trump administration changed from the Obama administration...
    Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Deadline,” network political commentator and former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) commented on the severity of the reports that intelligence officials said Russian operatives offered cash payments to Taliban-linked militants to kill American troops in Afghanistan. McCaskill said, “Let’s look at this. at 1:00 this afternoon, the president’s press representative said he still hadn’t been briefed. Now, let that sink in. He’s been playing golf. He’s been tweeting stuff, but he hasn’t said, ‘Hey, I need to get to the bottom of this. This is really important. Our enemy, Russia, is putting a price on the heads of our military. Now let’s think about what’s going on this afternoon in addition to that. They’re doing a briefing at the White...
    The New York Times published a report Monday that subtly undercut aspects of its reporting last week regarding intelligence indicating that a Russian spy unit paid the Taliban to attack American troops. The newspaper reported on Friday that the shocking intelligence had been briefed to President Trump in March. The story suggested with little equivocation that U.S. officials believed the intelligence. But on Monday, the Times reported only that the intelligence was included in a Feb. 27 Presidential Daily Brief commissioned for Trump. The paper also included more detailed reporting about disagreement in the intelligence community about the accuracy of the Russia-Taliban intelligence.  A report for The New York Times on Monday undercut a bombshell story that the...