Trump blasts intelligence agencies for Russia dossier at chaotic press conference

Trump blasts intelligence agencies for Russia dossier at chaotic press conference

President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday denied reports that Russia had obtained compromising personal and financial information about him, calling it a “tremendous blot” on the intelligence community if such material had been released. The incoming president, in his first news conference since late July, slammed US intelligence agencies for “disgraceful” leaking of what he called “fake […]

Nukes, climate change, Russia: Tillerson says ready to oppose Trump on key policies

Nukes, climate change, Russia: Tillerson says ready to oppose Trump on key policies

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state signaled Wednesday he is prepared to diverge from the US president-elect on numerous key issues, notably nuclear non-proliferation, climate change and Russia, which he branded a “danger.” Despite accusations of being too cozy with the Kremlin, former ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson told skeptical senators at his confirmation hearing […]

British intelligence among first to sound alarm over Russia’s US hacks

British intelligence among first to sound alarm over Russia’s US hacks

British intelligence was among the first to raise the alarm over Russia’s hacks of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), alerting their US counterparts in autumn of 2015, according to US intelligence officials. US officials who helped prepare the classified government report on Russian hacking believe British intelligence was among the first to raise the alarm […]

Russia to scale back military presence in Syria

Russia to scale back military presence in Syria

Russia announced on Friday that it is withdrawing its aircraft carrier and some other Russian warships from the waters off Syria as the first step in a drawdown of its forces in the war-torn Mideast country. According to Russian General Staff chief Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier and accompanying ships are to be […]

Trump questions validity of US intelligence on Russia hacking ahead of hearing

Trump questions validity of US intelligence on Russia hacking ahead of hearing

Top US spy chiefs will testify in Congress Thursday on alleged Russian interference in the US election as President-elect Donald Trump continued to question intelligence that Moscow was behind the hacking of Democratic party computers. The American public could get a better idea of the strength of the evidence on the alleged hacking as the […]

Obama vows action over Russia election hack as White House say Putin directly involved

Obama vows action over Russia election hack as White House say Putin directly involved

Barack Obama on Thursday said the United States would retaliate against Russian hacking after the White House accused Vladimir Putin of direct involvement in cyberattacks designed to influence the US election. The outgoing US president’s remarks dramatically upped the stakes in a dispute between the world’s leading nuclear powers over interference that may have swayed […]

Top Republican leaders back Russia election hack inquiry

Top Republican leaders back Russia election hack inquiry

Congress’ top Republicans on Monday endorsed investigations into the CIA’s belief that Russia meddled in last month’s election to help Donald Trump win, suggesting potential battles ahead with the incoming president over Moscow and US intelligence. Meanwhile, Trump said he would announce his choice for secretary of state Tuesday morning. He has chosen Exxon Mobil […]

Russia, China veto UN resolution on Aleppo truce

Russia, China veto UN resolution on Aleppo truce

Russia and China on Monday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo. Venezuela also voted against the text, while Angola abstained. The 11 other council members voted in favor. The vote marked the sixth time Russia has blocked a council resolution on Syria since […]

Russia, Syrian regime resume Aleppo bombardment

Russia, Syrian regime resume Aleppo bombardment

Intense air strikes resumed in rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo after a weeks-long pause on Tuesday, killing at least three people, residents and a war monitor said. Syrian state television said the Damascus government’s air force took part in strikes against “terrorist strongholds” in Aleppo’s Old City while Russia said it had struck Islamic State […]

Russia detains economy minister for $2mn bribe over Rosneft deal

Russia detains economy minister for $2mn bribe over Rosneft deal

Russia’s Investigative Committee said Tuesday that it had detained Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev on suspicion of taking a two-million-dollar bribe over a massive deal involving state-controlled oil giant Rosneft. The Investigative Committee said in a statement on Tuesday that the detention was carried out as a result of an operation by the FSB security service, […]

Russia-friendly newcomer wins Bulgaria election, say exit polls

Russia-friendly newcomer wins Bulgaria election, say exit polls

Bulgarian Socialist ally Rumen Radev, a Russia-friendly newcomer to politics, won Sunday’s presidential election by a wide margin, exit polls showed, prompting centre-right Prime Minister Boiko Borisov to pledge to resign. Radev, 53, entered Bulgarian politics on a wave of discontent with the ruling centre-right’s progress in combating corruption, disappointment with the European Union and […]

US, UK consider new sanctions against Syria, Russia

US, UK consider new sanctions against Syria, Russia

  With military options all but eliminated, the United States and Britain on Sunday said they were considering new sanctions to pressure the Syrian and Russian governments to halt an offensive against rebel-held parts of Aleppo. While the close allies said diplomacy was their primary focus, the tone was tougher than Saturday’s message from U.S. […]

Russia announces resumption of Syria talks with US, regional powers

Russia announces resumption of Syria talks with US, regional powers

Russia on Wednesday said it would hold Syria talks with the US and regional powers this weekend, the first meeting on the conflict since Washington froze bilateral ceasefire negotiations. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry agreed to hold talks aimed at “creating the conditions for the resolution of the […]

Turkey and Russia sign gas pipeline deal amid warming ties

Turkey and Russia sign gas pipeline deal amid warming ties

Turkey and Russia signed an agreement on Monday for the construction of a major undersea gas pipeline and vowed to seek common ground on the war in Syria, accelerating a normalisation in ties. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan hosted Russia’s Vladimir Putin at an Ottoman-era villa in Istanbul for talks which touched on energy deals, trade […]

Russia vetoes French-drafted UN resolution on Aleppo truce

Russia vetoes French-drafted UN resolution on Aleppo truce

Russia vetoed a French-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution on Saturday that would have demanded an end to air strikes and military flights over Syria’s city of Aleppo, while a rival Russian draft text failed to get a minimum nine votes in favor. Moscow’s text was effectively the French draft with Russian amendments. It removed the […]

France warns Russia that ‘nothing can justify’ assault on Syria’s Aleppo

France warns Russia that ‘nothing can justify’ assault on Syria’s Aleppo

France’s foreign minister told Russia Friday there was no justification for the fierce assault on Syria’s Aleppo, as Moscow said it was ready to “work on” a French-drafted UN resolution seeking to allow aid into the besieged city. “What is happening in Aleppo is without precedent – nothing can justify such a deluge of fire […]

Russia sends advanced missile system to Syria as Aleppo battle rages

Russia sends advanced missile system to Syria as Aleppo battle rages

Russia said Tuesday it has sent an advanced missile system to the Syrian port of Tartus, as tensions escalate between Moscow and Washington over the five-year conflict. The announcement came after Washington said it was suspending talks with Moscow aimed at reviving a ceasefire deal over Russia’s support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar […]

US halts Syria talks with Russia as air strikes destroy major hospital in Aleppo

US halts Syria talks with Russia as air strikes destroy major hospital in Aleppo

Air strikes destroyed a major hospital in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Monday, a medical relief group said, as the US announced it had formally suspended talks with Russia on trying to end the conflict in the war-torn country. The M10 hospital in Aleppo’s rebel-held east was “completely destroyed” following multiple strikes over […]

US close to ending Syria talks with Russia as Aleppo battle rages

US close to ending Syria talks with Russia as Aleppo battle rages

The United States is close to suspending talks with Russia on a ceasefire in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, as the Kremlin vowed to press on with an assault on the city of Aleppo. Moscow and Damascus launched a campaign to recapture the rebel-held sector of Syria’s biggest city this […]

Russia, Syria accused of ‘war crimes’ in Aleppo bombardment

Russia, Syria accused of ‘war crimes’ in Aleppo bombardment

France has accused Moscow and Damascus of “war crimes” in Aleppo, comparing Russian and Syrian air raids on Syria to Sarajevo during the Bosnian war, and to the carpet bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to demand Russia rein in its ally, Syrian President […]

Russia, Syria accused of ‘war crimes’ in Aleppo bombardment

Russia, Syria accused of ‘war crimes’ in Aleppo bombardment

France has accused Moscow and Damascus of “war crimes” in Aleppo, comparing Russian and Syrian air raids on Syria to Sarajevo during the Bosnian war, and to the carpet bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to demand Russia rein in its ally, Syrian President […]

US says Russia ‘responsible’ for attack on Syria aid convoy

US says Russia ‘responsible’ for attack on Syria aid convoy

The United States believes two Russian aircraft attacked an aid convoy near Aleppo in a strike that shattered a one-week truce, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, but Russia denied involvement. The United States believes two Russian aircraft attacked an aid convoy near Aleppo in a strike that shattered a one-week truce, U.S. officials said on […]

US, Russia reach deal on Syria ceasefire plan

US, Russia reach deal on Syria ceasefire plan

The United States and Russia reached a deal on a new Syrian ceasefire Friday, which, if it holds, could see the first joint military effort by the two powers against Islamic jihadists. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the truce would come into force on Monday, the first […]

Russia bombs Syrian militants from Iran base ‘for first time’

Russia bombs Syrian militants from Iran base ‘for first time’

Russian bombers based in Iran on Tuesday struck Islamist militant targets inside Syria, the Russian Defence Ministry said, after Moscow deployed Russian aircraft to an Iranian air force base to widen its campaign in Syria. The ministry said the strikes, by Tupolev-22M3 long-range bombers and Sukhoi-34 fighter bombers, were launched from Iran’s Hamadan air base. […]

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