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Pence’s Mission in Europe: Clarify Trump’s Foreign Policy Vision
Feb16

Pence’s Mission in Europe: Clarify Trump’s Foreign Policy Vision

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence heads to Europe this week to meet with allies seeking clarity on the Trump administration’s foreign policy strategy and its stance toward Russia after the resignation of the top White House national security aide. Pence, who has hewn more closely to Republican orthodoxy than his boss President Donald Trump,...

Russian Actions Seen as Challenging Trump Administration
Feb16

Russian Actions Seen as Challenging Trump Administration

A secret deployment of a new nuclear-capable missile in apparent violation of an arms control treaty. Russian spy ships lurking 50 kilometers from a U.S. East Coast submarine base while Moscow’s jets buzz an American Navy destroyer in the Black Sea. These actions are being seen by some as a test of how the new Trump administration will...

Trump Defends National Security Adviser He Ousted
Feb16

Trump Defends National Security Adviser He Ousted

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday staunchly defended the national security adviser he ousted earlier this week, saying Michael Flynn was the victim of illegal leaks from the country’s intelligence community detailing his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to Washington and had been “treated very, very unfairly by the...

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....

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,”...

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...

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