Tag: Russia

Trump denies collusion with Russia in first interview since firing Comey

President Donald Trump denied on Thursday that he colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, in his strongest denouncement yet of the topic that has hounded his presidency. “There’s no collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians,” Trump said in an interview with NBC News anchor Lester Holt. The interview was Trump’s first since he […]

Russian fighter jet flies close to US Navy aircraft, official says

An armed Russian fighter jet flew alarmingly close to a U.S. Navy reconnaissance aircraft flying in the Black Sea on Tuesday —  just one day before Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Washington. The Russian jet came as close as 20 feet to the American aircraft and remained that close for five minutes, a U.S. defense […]

Trump meets Russia foreign minister amid Comey controversy

Russia’s top diplomat met President Donald Trump on Wednesday and praised the U.S. administration as problem solvers, just as the White House drew criticism over the firing of the FBI director who was leading a probe into Moscow’s alleged interference in U.S. politics. The talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were the highest-level public contact […]

Trump Russia meeting: Lavrov praises Trump and Tillerson after talks

Moscow and Washington are looking to “remove all the barriers” to having a better relationship, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said following talks at the White House. Mr Lavrov met with President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday. Improved relations and the war in Syria apparently dominated the agenda. But […]

NSA chief explains ‘discrepancy’ over claim that Russia sought to boost Trump

NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers cast a dash of doubt Tuesday on the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia-tied hackers sought to help Donald Trump in the 2016 election, explaining for the first time in public testimony why his agency had only “moderate confidence” in that judgment. Testifying before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Rogers […]

Syria safe zones on hold amid concern over how deal will be enforced

Russian-backed plans for de-escalation zones in Syria are on hold as the US, France and the UK seek further detail on how exactly the agreement will be enforced. The deal, jointly signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey in Kazakhstan last week, agreed the establishment of four zones intended to halt conflict between government forces and […]

Russia’s 4 Syrian ceasefire zones

The widely reported Kremlin plan to set up four safe or “de-escalation” zones, that were supposed to have gone into effect in Syria Friday night, May 5, turns out to be nothing but a propaganda ploy. The spin factor leaps to the eye from the small print of the plan that was released by Gen. […]

Putin & Trump discuss Iranians on Israel’s border

Israel was seriously dismayed Wednesday, May 3, when first reports reached Jerusalem about the telephone conversation between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin Tuesday, during which Trump agreed to consider Putin’s plan for “de-escalation zones” in Syria, in place of the American security zones proposal. The Russian president’s plan includes the posting of Iranian military officers […]

Israel-Syria Border Heating Up Leads to Tensions With Iran And Russia

An Israeli Patriot Missile shot down a Syrian drone on Thursday, only a few hours after Israel was reported to have struck an arms depot near Damascus Airport containing Iranian weapons bound for Hezbollah. Russia condemned Israel’s involvement in the multi-national fray taking place on her northern border. In the early hours of Thursday morning, missiles […]

Russia slams alleged Israeli strike on Syria

The Kremlin condemned an alleged Israeli strike against Damascus International Airport on Thursday, urging Israel and other countries to avoid carrying out any action that could heighten tensions in the region. “We continue to consider that all countries need to refrain from any kind of actions that lead to an increase in tension in this […]