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Lawmakers Call for Congressional Approval on Russia Sanctions
Feb15

Lawmakers Call for Congressional Approval on Russia Sanctions

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday to prevent the Trump administration from repealing sanctions on Russia without congressional approval. “The recent revelation of Flynn’s secret conversation with the Russian ambassador on the subject of sanctions makes this legislation all the more important,”...

U.S. warns NATO – increase spending or we might ‘moderate’ support
Feb15

U.S. warns NATO – increase spending or we might ‘moderate’ support

U.S. President Donald Trump’s defense secretary warned NATO allies on Wednesday that they must honor military spending pledges to ensure the United States does not “moderate” support for the alliance. Jim Mattis, on his debut trip to Brussels as Pentagon chief, also accused some NATO members of ignoring threats, including from Russia....

Russians Remain Patient for Thaw with U.S. under Trump
Feb15

Russians Remain Patient for Thaw with U.S. under Trump

As questions over the Trump administration’s contacts with Russia roil U.S. politics, the Kremlin is taking a decidedly measured approach, carefully weighing what it says to avoid jeopardizing a chance for better relations between Moscow and Washington. This same patience is evident in Russian state media, helping to temper public...

eNCA | Ukraine declares state of energy emergency
Feb15

eNCA | Ukraine declares state of energy emergency

Kiev has continued to buy a specific type of coal produced only in the Russian-backed separatist east that is needed to fuel the country’s power plants. …read more Source:...

NATO expert says Obama was so soft on Moscow that ‘Russian legislators made fun of him’
Feb15

NATO expert says Obama was so soft on Moscow that ‘Russian legislators made fun of him’

"Obama’s sanctions are so soft, some Russian legislators made fun of him and begged the US to sanction them." President Donald Trump posed a question via Twitter on Wednesday morning: “Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?” According to NATO expert Jorge Benitez of...

Trump rails at intelligence leaks as Russia crisis deepens
Feb15

Trump rails at intelligence leaks as Russia crisis deepens

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 15, 2017 © AFP / SAUL LOEBWashington, United States, Feb 15 – President Donald Trump railed at US intelligence agencies Wednesday as Washington was shaken by new reports of high-level Russian contacts with his aides and associates during the...

Mattis to NATO: Boost Defense Spending or US Will ‘Moderate Commitment’
Feb15

Mattis to NATO: Boost Defense Spending or US Will ‘Moderate Commitment’

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told NATO member countries they must increase defense spending by the end of the year or the U.S. might “moderate its commitment” to the alliance. The Pentagon chief was in Brussels to meet for the first time with his NATO counterparts. Exactly how the U.S. might “moderate” its involvement...

French President Calls for More Cybersecurity for Election
Feb15

French President Calls for More Cybersecurity for Election

French President Francois Hollande is calling for new security measures around the country’s presidential race, notably to protect against hacking. Hollande’s order came after the campaign of centrist Emmanuel Macron accused Russia of trying to sway the April 23-May 7 election. Hollande asked top security officials Wednesday to...

Trump Fires New Broadsides at US Intelligence Community, Media, Obama
Feb15

Trump Fires New Broadsides at US Intelligence Community, Media, Obama

U.S. President Donald Trump launched new attacks Wednesday against media reports of alleged links between him and Russia, blaming the country’s intelligence community for what he said were “illegal” leaks to news outlets. “The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by...

Pentagon Chief Mattis Makes Clear that U.S. Committed to NATO
Feb15

Pentagon Chief Mattis Makes Clear that U.S. Committed to NATO

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday made clear that the United States was committed to NATO while also reinforcing the Trump administration’s demand that allies pay their fair share. Speaking at his first NATO defense minister’s meeting, Mattis called the alliance “a fundamental bedrock for the United States and for...

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