Mr Wallace said: "The GRU is, without doubt, not rogue, it is led, linked to both the senior members of the Russian general staff and the defence minister and, through that, into the Kremlin and the president's office.” … [Read more...] about Vladimir Putin ‘ultimately’ responsible for Novichok attack claims Security Minister and calls Salisbury assassins ‘clowns’
Donald Trump arrived in Helsinki, Finland, yesterday ready for his 'one-on-one' meeting with Vladimir Putin today The meeting has gone ahead despite an ongoing FBI probe in America into alleged Russian interference in the US election Investigator Robert Mueller's team indicted 12 Russian spies on Friday, accusing them of a "sustained effort" to hack the Democrats in 2016 Trump denies his team colluded with the Russian hacking campaign and has labelled it a 'Rigged Witch Hunt' in today's tweets His meeting with Putin comes just days after he spent a week sowing discord among traditional allies Nato, Britain and the EU In a bombshell interview with The Sun last week, he claimed PM Theresa May's soft Brexit blueprint would "kill" a cherished UK-US trade deal Allies fear he may offer concessions to Vladimir Putin that could include recognising Russian possession of the Crimea, or the relaxing of economic sanctions Yesterday, in an interview with CBS, Trump said the EU was one of America's … [Read more...] about Donald Trump says he wants ‘extraordinary relationship’ with Vladimir Putin as pair hold historic summit in Helsinki
“Trump will settle for living with Assad,” says Robert Ford, former US Ambassador to Syria. With mid-term elections approaching, Trump has been “pushing his advisers to make plans to get US forces out of Syria,” says Ford. “This is a time of retrenchment in US foreign policy. Voters are more concerned about domestic issues like immigration, healthcare, cost of living. Trump reflects that preoccupation with domestic issues.” … [Read more...] about Did Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin Agree on Plan to End Syrian Civil War?
Earlier in the discussion, Coats continued to defend the U.S. intelligence community’s finding on Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, amid Trump’s multiple comments this week to the contrary. He also talked about his public rebuke of the president on Monday, shortly after Trump refused to hold Putin and the Kremlin responsible for the election interference at a joint news conference in Helsinki. … [Read more...] about DNI Dan Coats Has 3 Words After Learning Trump Invited Vladimir Putin To White House
“Today we encounter a situation in which Russian names given [to places] in previous decades and centuries by our explorers and travelers are gradually vanishing from the map of the world, meanwhile the memory of Russia’s contribution to the study of the sciences and the planet, are being erased,” Putin told Russia’s state news agency, Itar-Tass. … [Read more...] about Vladimir Putin Is Redrawing the Map of the World to Reflect How Russia Sees It