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Posts Tagged ‘ Vladimir Putin ’

Russia Expels 150 Diplomats, Including Dozens Of Americans

March 29th 2018

Russia announced Thursday that it will expel 150 diplomats, including 60 Americans, and close the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg. The move comes after Western nations banded together in solidarity with the U.K. over the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in southern England earlier this month. The 60...
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Report: Trump Didn’t Want To Anger Putin After Ukraine Weapons Sale

March 29th 2018

President Donald Trump reportedly told his top national security aides to not publicly tout a new U.S. lethal defensive weapons sale to Ukraine, for fear of angering Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to NBC News, it took “months” for those aides to convince the president to sign off on the sale to Ukraine’s military,...
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Russia Set to Retaliate Against U.S., U.K. Over Sanctions

March 16th 2018

The U.K. on Friday said it is “overwhelmingly likely” that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the poisoning of an ex-spy, upping the ante against Russia as Moscow warned it was prepared to escalate a standoff with the West. Foreign Minister Boris Johnson’s comments mark the first time that the U.K. has specifically linked the...
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Britain To Expel 23 Russian Diplomats In Wake Of Spy Poisoning

March 14th 2018

Twenty-three Russian diplomats will be expelled from the U.K. after Russia failed to meet a midnight deadline to disclose details of the nerve agent that is suspected to have been used to poison a former spy on British soil. Speaking in the British Parliament on Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May said Russia offered “complete...
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Report: Mueller Has Proof Trump Team Tried To Set Up Kremlin Back channel

March 8th 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that a Seychelles meeting between Erik Prince and an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin was likely an early attempt to establish a secret line of communication between the U.S. and Russian governments, The Washington Post reports. Prince, the founder of Blackwater and brother of Education Secretary Betsy...
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President Vladimir Putin Claims Russia Has Powerful New Nuclear Weapons

March 1st 2018

Vladimir Putin used his annual state of the nation address to boast that Russia has developed “invincible” nuclear weapons that can “reach anywhere in the world.” Speaking in Moscow 17 days before an election that he’s expected to win convincingly, the Russian president on Thursday unveiled a weapon that he said could not be...
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Trump Meets His Boss Putin In Vietnam

November 10th 2017

The two leaders stared deep into each other’s eyes as they shared a long, intimate handshake amid the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam while wearing matching outfits. It’s tradition for world leaders to wear traditional garb for the “family photo” at the APEC summit. Putin and Trump shake hands during group photo at...
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Kremlin: Trump And Putin Set To Meet In Vietnam

November 9th 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Trump are currently setting up their next meeting on Friday at an economic summit in Vietnam, according to the Kremlin. “Right now the time of the meeting is being agreed” for their face-to-face on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation leaders’ meeting, presidential aide, Yuri Ushakov, told...
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Putin: President Trump Is ‘Not My Bride’

September 5th 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin still has hope for improving relations with the United States under the leadership of President Trump, he said Tuesday. But Putin took issue with questions from reporters asking whether he was disappointed in the American president, calling it “naive” to ask. “He’s not my bride, and I’m also not his...
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Trump Planned Trump Tower in Moscow During Presidential Campaign

August 28th 2017

The Trump Organization was actively involved in discussions to develop a Trump Tower in Moscow while Donald Trump was running for president, The Washington Post reports. Citing several sources familiar with the matter and records reviewed by Trump Organization lawyers, the Post reports the discussions involved Russian-born real-estate developer Felix Sater, who at one...
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“Steele Dossier” Firm Testified 10 hours to Senate Committee

August 24th 2017

Glenn Simpson, whose firm compiled an infamous and salacious dossier about President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, told Senate investigators Tuesday that he “stands by” its findings. The private investigator and former reporter spent more than 10 hours being questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee after Chairman Chuck Grassley withdrew a subpoena when Simpson...
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Report: Trump Aide Sent Email About Putin Meeting Request

August 24th 2017

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn sent an email referencing an individual who was trying to arrange a meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russian President Vladimir Putin last year, CNN reports, citing an email recovered by congressional investigators. In the email, Dearborn, who worked on the campaign, included “information about an...
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Trump: ‘I Want To Thank Putin’ For Expelling U.S. Diplomats

August 11th 2017

President Trump on Thursday said he’s thankful to Russian President Vladimir Putin for expelling U.S. diplomats because now the U.S. government can save money on that payroll. “I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down our payroll and as far as I’m concerned I’m very thankful that he let go of...
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President Trump Signed Bill Imposing Sanctions On Russia

August 2nd 2017

President Trump on Wednesday signed the bill placing additional sanctions on Russia, but expressed deep reservations about what he described as “significantly flawed” legislation. In an official statement, Trump wrote that the law includes “unconstitutional provisions” that would hinder his presidential authority on diplomatic matters. He also suggested Congress passed the bill “in haste”...
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Putin Expels 755 U.S. Diplomats From Russia In Response To Sanctions

July 31st 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday announced 755 members of the U.S. diplomatic mission to Russia will be expelled from his country. This reduces the number of American diplomats in Russia from about 1,210 to 455, putting the American delegation on par with the Russian diplomatic contingent in the United States. Putin’s announcement comes...
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In Retaliation, Russia Seizes Two U.S. Diplomatic Properties

July 28th 2017

The Russian government seized two U.S.-owned diplomatic properties Friday, hours after its foreign ministry ordered the U.S. to cut its diplomatic staff in the country by Sept. 1. The New York Times reports the Kremlin will cut off American access on Aug. 1 to a Moscow warehouse and a leafy enclave where U.S. staffers...
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House Approves Russia Sanctions Bill

July 26th 2017

On Tuesday, the House voted 419-3 to pass a bill that strengthens sanctions against Russia in response to its alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election. The sanctions primarily target Russian oil and gas projects with companies based in the United States and a handful of other countries, and will be difficult for President...
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Sergei Lavrov: Trump, Putin May Have Met More Times [VIDEO]

July 21st 2017

President Trump may have met with Russian President Vladimir Putin more times than was previously reported at the G-20 summit in Germany earlier this month, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Trump and Putin shook hands and then had a scheduled bilateral meeting, both of which were shared with the press at the...
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Colbert Rips 2nd Undisclosed Trump-Putin Meeting [VIDEO]

July 20th 2017

Stephen Colbert ripped President Trump for having an undisclosed second meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit earlier this month. “Really?” Colbert asked. “How stupid can you be? You’re in the middle of what could be the worst scandal in U.S. history. People think you colluded with the president of a...
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Trump Stops Covert CIA Program To Arm Syrian Rebels

July 20th 2017

President Trump decided within the last month to end a covert CIA program that armed and trained anti-government rebels in Syria, a move long sought by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s ally Russia, U.S. officials told The Washington Post. The program began in 2013 as a way to put pressure on Assad to resign, and...
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Russian Lawyer Who Met Trump Jr.: I’m Ready to Testify Before Congress

July 19th 2017

Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. following his father’s Republican presidential nomination, said she is ready to testify before Congress in order to calm the “mass hysteria” surrounding the meeting. Trump Jr. agreed to meet with Veselnitskaya because he believed she had damaging information about then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton,...
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Trump, Putin Had Second Undisclosed Meeting At G20 Summit

July 18th 2017

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a second undisclosed meeting at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, earlier this month, the White House confirmed Tuesday. The conversation reportedly occurred at the dinner for heads of state, hours after the two leaders’ formal bilateral meeting. It reportedly lasted for an hour and...
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Trump Backtracks On Idea Of Forming A ‘Cyber Security Unit’ With Putin

July 10th 2017

After tweeting on Sunday morning about “forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump on Sunday night declared that just because he “discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn’t mean I think it can happen.” Following his morning tweet, Trump was mocked by Democrats and Republicans alike, including Sen. Lindsey...
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Trump & Putin Conclude G20 Meeting After 2 Hours & 15 Minutes

July 7th 2017

President Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin met for the first time in a highly anticipated encounter at the G20 conference in Germany. Trump and Putin discussed “various things” in a face-to-face meeting Friday that lasted nearly two hours longer than its scheduled 30 minutes. The President, speaking with reporters before the meeting, said...
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Trump Arrives In Germany Ahead Of Putin Meeting

July 6th 2017

President Donald Trump has arrived in Hamburg, Germany on the eve of his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. World leaders are gathering in the city for a meeting of the Group of 20 economic powers. Trump spent the first half of the day in Poland, delivering a speech and holding a joint...
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Trump Flies To Poland Ahead Of G-20 Summit, First Putin Meeting

July 5th 2017

“Getting ready to leave for Poland, after which I will travel to Germany for the G-20,” President Trump tweeted early Wednesday, before taking off for his second trip abroad. “Will be back on Saturday.” The White House is expecting a warm reception for Trump in Poland, where he will give a speech in Warsaw’s...
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Syria, Russia Reject WH Allegations Of Chemical-Attack Plans

June 27th 2017

Top officials in Syria and at the Kremlin dismissed the White House’s accusations late Monday that Bashar al-Assad’s regime appears to be preparing another chemical attack on civilians. Ali Haidar, Syria’s minister for national reconciliation, told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the Trump administration’s charges were just part of a new diplomatic campaign...
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AP: Trump Eager For Big Meeting With Putin In Germany

June 26th 2017

President Trump is reportedly eager for a full-scale diplomatic meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin when the two are in Germany next month for the G-20 summit. According to an Associated Press report, the idea has caused a rift within Trump’s administration, where many believe the White House should be sensitive in engaging with...
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Russia To Shoot Down U.S. Aircraft Of The River Euphrates In Syria

June 19th 2017

Russia’s defense ministry appears to have threatened to shoot down U.S. aircraft in Syria. “All kinds of airborne vehicles, including aircraft and UAVs of the international coalition detected to the west of the Euphrates River will be tracked by the Russian SAM systems as air targets,” the ministry said Monday. The declaration comes one...
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Russian Hackers ‘Breached’ 39 States’ Election Rolls

June 13th 2017

Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before—and during—President Trump’s election was much more widespread than was publicly reported, Bloomberg News reports. Russian hackers hit systems in at least 39 states, with incursions into software systems and voter databases in nearly twice as many states as had been previously reported. In Illinois, for example,...
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