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This Week: Putin Praises Mueller, Barr Goes Full Trump

Special counsel Robert Mueller earned an unlikely defender this week: Russian President Vladimir Putin. During a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Putin referred to Mueller’s work as “exotic” and “very objective” — a far-cry from how President Trump himself characterized the probe this week. The President unilaterally concluded Friday that the investigation began as an attempt to spy on his campaign. Those behind the supposed spying deserved “long jail sentences,” he added....
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Congress, White House, Russia, Fbi, House, Connecticut, Nancy Pelosi, Bob, Wikileaks, Donald Trump, Doj, Senate Intelligence Committee, Justice Department


Putin hails new Russian laser weapons

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says that new types of laser weapons developed in Russia will significantly enhance the nation’s military capability. Speaking during Friday’s meeting with top officials, Putin specifically mentioned the Peresvet, the military’s first laser weapon that entered service last fall. Peresvet is a high-energy laser, whose specific data and purpose […]
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Ap, Nation, Moscow, Peresvet


How can spies from democracies compete with spies from autocracies?

Economist international editor Edward Lucas devotes 4,000+ words in the new issue of Foreign Policy to the changing landscape of state espionage in the 21st century; it's not particularly well-organized (if there's a reason for the order in which his thoughts are laid out, I couldn't find it), but despite that, it's well worth a read, even if there's lots I don't agree with here. Lucas's main question is whether autocracies are going to win the surveillance race, especially in the face of i...
Tags: Video, London, News, Privacy, Putin, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Surveillance, Britain, United States, United Kingdom, New York Times, Cia, Lucas, Lawful Interception


Russia and Cuba Could End the Venezuelan Catastrophe. Seriously.

The Trump administration should include Havana and Moscow in its efforts to remove Maduro from power.
Tags: News, Putin, Russia, Moscow, Cuba, Havana, Castro, Trump, Mike, Maduro, Fidel, Pompeo, Castaneda, Vladimir V, United States Politics and Government, Caracas (Venezuela


Yekaterinburg church protests: Putin calls for poll to solve row

An opinion poll will now be held to ascertain whether or not be build a church in a popular park.
Tags: News, Putin, Yekaterinburg


State Department orders non-emergency employees to leave Iraq

• Opinion: John Bolton is Trump's war whisperer • Iran accuses US of escalating tensions • Analysis: Putin gets the last laugh, and he knows it
Tags: News, Putin, Iraq, US, Iran, Stories, State Department, Trump, John Bolton


Putin gets the last laugh, and he knows it

• Donald Trump Jr. reaches deal with Senate Intelligence Committee for testimony in June • Justice Dept.: Trump is too busy to provide business records • Opinion: Lindsey Graham has sold his soul to Trump
Tags: News, Putin, Stories, Senate Intelligence Committee, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Donald Trump Jr


Putin smiles as Washington ties itself in knots over Russia

Vladimir Putin keeps on getting the last laugh, and he knows it.
Tags: Putin, Vladimir Putin, Washington, Russia, Cnn


Analysis: Putin gets the last laugh, and he knows it

Vladimir Putin keeps on getting the last laugh, and he knows it.
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Stories


Iran accuses US of escalating tensions

• Opinion: John Bolton is Trump's war whisperer • NYT White House reviews plan that would send 120,000 troops to Mideast • Analysis Putin gets the last laugh, and he knows it
Tags: News, Putin, US, Iran, Stories, Trump, Mideast, John Bolton, NYT White House


Putin hopes for closer ties with US in wake of Mueller report

Russian president strikes optimistic note in first high-level talks with US secretary of state since end of collusion investigationVladimir Putin told the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, on Tuesday that he hoped the conclusion of Robert Mueller’s investigation would make possible a revitalisation of US-Russian relations.The remarks came as the Russian president sat down with Pompeo for the first high-level talks between the two countries since the release of Mueller’s redacted report on his ...
Tags: Europe, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, US politics, Jeremy Hunt, State, Mueller, Pompeo, Robert Mueller


Mike Pompeo warns Russia not to meddle in 2020 US election

Donald Trump’s secretary of state has warned Russia not to meddle in the 2020 US presidential election after face-to-face talks with Vladimir Putin. Mike Pompeo made the remarks while sitting alongside Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, at a joint press conference in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Mr Pompeo, who met with both Mr Putin, the Russian president, and Mr Lavrov during his visit, said: “Interference in American elections in unacceptable.  "If Russia engaged in that in 2020, i...
Tags: News, Putin, Russia, US, America, Connecticut, Kremlin, Donald Trump, Sochi, Black Sea, Durham, Helsinki, Trump, State, Sergei Lavrov, Sergey Lavrov


Putin Describes Mueller Probe As ‘Exotic’ And ‘Very Objective’

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday offered some odd descriptions of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation: “Exotic” and “very objective.” During a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Putin shared his thoughts on the Mueller probe. “However exotic the work of special counsel Mueller was, I have to say that on the whole, he had a very objective investigation,” Putin said, according to a translator. It’s a strange comment, to say the least, considering ...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Donald Trump, Trump, State, Mueller, Pompeo, Robert Mueller, Cristina Cabrera, Russia Probe, Mueller probe, Mike Pompeo Putin


Putin: Mueller report proves there was no collusion

During a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Russian President Vladimir Putin praised special counsel Robert Mueller and said the report on Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election proved there was no collusion. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Cnn, Stories, State, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Matthew Chance, Mike Pompeo


Pompeo tells Russia: Don't meddle in next U.S. presidential election

President Vladimir Putin, who met Pompeo in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, pushed back, telling him that Russia never interfered in U.S. elections and that a report by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which he praised as being "objective overall", did not establish there was collusion with President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Now that the Mueller report was out of the way, something which had long cast a pall over U.S.-Russia relations, Putin said he hoped ties would start improv...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Donald Trump, Sochi, Don, Mueller, Pompeo, Robert Mueller, Russian Black Sea


Pompeo Warns Russia That U.S. Won’t Tolerate Election Interference

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that he has informed Russia the U.S. will not tolerate further election interference from Moscow.Speaking at a press conference in Sochi, Pompeo said he'd told Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov that “interference in American elections is unacceptable and if the Russians were engaged in that in 2020 it would put our relationship in an even worse place than it has been.”“We’ve said this not only about the Russians but about other countries as we...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Moscow, Kremlin, Sochi, Helsinki, Trump, State, Sergey Lavrov, Lavrov, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo, Osaka Japan Trump


Pompeo Meets Putin In Russia

Arms control, Iran, North Korea and Russian interference in the 2016 election were among the topics for discussion.
Tags: News, Putin, Russia, Pompeo, Iran North Korea


U.S.-Russia Talks Expose Deep Fissures, Despite Hopes for Better Ties

As tensions between the United States and Iran mounted, there was no sign of Moscow siding with Washington to pressure Tehran.
Tags: News, Putin, Washington, Russia, Iran, United States, Moscow, Nuclear Weapons, Trump, Mike, Lavrov, Pompeo, Vladimir V, Donald J, United States International Relations, Arms Control and Limitation and Disarmament


Pompeo seeks improved relations with Russia ahead of Putin meeting

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced the Trump administration's desire for improved relations with Russia ahead of high-level meetings in the country, including with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Tags: Putin, Russia, Cnn, Trump, State, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo


Kremlin: Arms control, Iran on agenda at meeting with Pompeo

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin will be discussing arms control, Iran and Syria at upcoming talks with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo is arriving in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi Tuesday for talks with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. He is expected to meet with Putin after that. […]
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Iran, Syria, Ap, Nation, Moscow, Kremlin, Sochi, Black Sea, State, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo Pompeo, Sergey Lavrov He


News Brief: Trade Talks, Russia Meeting, 'White Lies' Preview

The U.S.-China trade war begins to cause collateral damage. Secretary of State Pompeo is in Russian to meet President Putin and others. And, a new NPR podcast examines the 1965 murder of James Reeb.
Tags: News, Putin, China, Russia, Npr, State, Pompeo


Pompeo To Confer With Putin And Other Russian Leaders In Sochi

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner for a preview of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's meeting with Russian President Putin and others in Sochi.
Tags: News, Putin, Npr, Sochi, State, Steve Inskeep, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo, Vladimir Pozner


Nuclear Arms, Iran and Venezuela: Pompeo’s Likely Agenda With Putin in Russia

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to meet with President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. Here are the issues likely to be the focus of their talks.
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, International Relations, State, Mike, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo, Vladimir V, United States Politics and Government, United States International Relations, Arms Control and Limitation and Disarmament, Sochi (Russia


Estonia’s president plays down criticism over Putin meeting

Kersti Kaljulaid’s Moscow visit has provoked flurry of criticism from the other Baltic statesEstonia’s president, Kersti Kaljulaid, has brushed off criticism of her recent visit to Moscow to meet Vladimir Putin, the first meeting between the Russian president and a leader of one of the three Baltic states in nearly a decade.“Talking to all neighbours is only natural, and it’s a bit unnatural that I have to explain it,” she told the Guardian, in an interview in Tallinn. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, World news, Moscow, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Tallinn, Kersti Kaljulaid


US and Russia to discuss fate of Venezuela amid reports Putin will not prop up Maduro

Nicolas Maduro’s future will be weighed up today by two key players as Vladimir Putin and Mike Pompeo meet in Russia to discuss Venezuela’s fate. Mr Pompeo, on his first visit to Russia as secretary of state, travels to Sochi armed with the knowledge Mr Putin is not committed to propping up Mr Maduro. “Vladimir Putin detests Nicolas Maduro,” one Venezuelan source with decades of dealings with Russia told The Telegraph. “It’s just a question of how to get out of this mess.” Until recently Russia ...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, US, Ukraine, Moscow, Angola, Venezuela, State Department, Fidel Castro, Donald Trump, Sochi, Nicolás Maduro, George W Bush


Pompeo skips Moscow, heads to Brussels before Putin meeting

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has canceled his planned visit to Moscow and heading instead to Brussels, according to a State Department official.
Tags: Putin, US, Cnn, Moscow, Brussels, State Department, State, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo


Pompeo To Meet With Putin In Sochi, Russia

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, according to the State Department. In a Friday press release, the department announced that Pompeo would leave on Sunday for a two-day trip to Moscow and Sochi, where the State secretary will meet with Putin and Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov. The statement says they will discuss “the full range of bilateral and multilateral challenges.” It’s unclear whether Pompeo will take a firmer tone agains...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Moscow, State Department, Donald Trump, Sochi, State, Sergey Lavrov, Sochi Russia, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo, Cristina Cabrera


Pompeo to Meet Putin as Trump Seeks Better Russia Ties Again

Pompeo will meet U.S. diplomats at the American Embassy in Moscow on Monday before flying to Sochi for talks with President Vladimir Putin and other officials. With the Mueller inquiry wrapped up, Trump has returned to signaling his interest in improving U.S.-Russia ties, speaking with Putin for more than an hour earlier this month and tweeting that there is “tremendous potential for a good/great relationship with Russia.” The two leaders had kept their distance as Mueller’s probe into the 2016...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Moscow, Sochi, Trump, Mueller, American Embassy, Pompeo, Trump Seeks Better Russia Ties Again


Russia Is Targeting Europe’s Elections. So Are Far-Right Copycats.

Digital fingerprints link pro-Russian and anti-European websites, part of an online ecosystem that is sowing discord ahead of European elections this month.
Tags: Twitter, Europe, Elections, News, Putin, Russia, Social Media, European Union, Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Matteo, Salvini, Vladimir V, Alternative For Germany, Cyberwarfare and Defense, Avaaz.org


Trump Tries to Bring Hungary’s Orban in From the Cold

President Trump’s audience with Prime Minister Viktor Orban will be a meeting of like minds. It’s also an effort to get Mr. Orban to prioritize U.S. interests.
Tags: News, Putin, European Union, Hungary, Trump, Viktor Orban, Viktor, Orban, Vladimir V, Donald J, United States International Relations, Trump Tries



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