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    In collapse of US-Russian military ties, some see nuke risk
    Dec14

    In collapse of US-Russian military ties, some see nuke risk

    LONDON (AP) — The collapse of U.S. military relations with Russia could prove to be one of the most consequential aspects of President Barack Obama’s national security legacy. It will also be an early test of Donald Trump’s hope for friendly ties to Moscow. There is concern that a near-complete absence of military-to-military...

    Russia Aims To Lure 10 Million Tourists to Crimea by 2019
    Dec14

    Russia Aims To Lure 10 Million Tourists to Crimea by 2019

    Russia is hoping to attract 10 million tourists to Crimea in 2019, only five years after annexing the peninsula from Ukraine. Since taking control of Crimea in 2014, the Russian government has sought to promote it as a tourist destination, billing it as an ideal getaway for the whole family on Russian television and sending numerous high profile...

    Of Course Russia Meddles in Our Elections — But the ‘Hacking’ Claim Is a Farce
    Dec14

    Of Course Russia Meddles in Our Elections — But the ‘Hacking’ Claim Is a Farce

    The hypocrisy oozing from the peddling of this week’s narrative about Russian “meddling” in the U.S. presidential election is thick even by the sorry standards of modern American politics.I feel entitled to be amused, having maintained, through a decade of bipartisan idiocy, that Putin’s thug-ocracy is an enemy of the United States:...

    Trump’s Enduring Willingness to Give Russia the Benefit of the Doubt
    Dec14

    Trump’s Enduring Willingness to Give Russia the Benefit of the Doubt

    In explaining how he would enforce a treaty with the Soviet Union, America’s top adversary, to jointly reduce nuclear-weapons stockpiles, Ronald Reagan famously adapted a Russian proverb: “trust, but verify.” Donald Trump seems to be taking a different approach to Russia. Over the last year or so, he has repeatedly granted Russia and its...

    Kremlin Not Banking on ‘Overnight Change’ in U.S.-Russia Relations After Trump’s Tillerson Pick
    Dec14

    Kremlin Not Banking on ‘Overnight Change’ in U.S.-Russia Relations After Trump’s Tillerson Pick

    The Kremlin claims it is treating Donald Trump’s decision to appoint Rex Tillerson as U.S. secretary of state with caution, despite his long-standing ties to the Russian government. The Exxon Mobil chief executive, whose appointment still needs to be approved by Senate, has worked closely with Putin’s friend and ally, state oil chief...

    U.S. Accelerates Deployment of Troops to Poland, Baltic States
    Dec14

    U.S. Accelerates Deployment of Troops to Poland, Baltic States

    The United States is accelerating its deployment of troops to Poland, the Baltic states, and Romania meant to ensure security in the region, according to Polish and U.S. defense officials. Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz first announced the decision on Wednesday, in the wake of a discussion with Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the commander of...

    Crimea treasures loaned to Amsterdam museum must be returned to Ukraine, not Russia: Dutch court
    Dec14

    Crimea treasures loaned to Amsterdam museum must be returned to Ukraine, not Russia: Dutch court

    The ruling came in a tug-of-war that was triggered by Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, which left the treasures in a legal limbo …read more Source: Vancouver...

    Trump’s new secretary of state has a big conflict of interest on Russian sanctions
    Dec14

    Trump’s new secretary of state has a big conflict of interest on Russian sanctions

    There’s plenty to say about Donald Trump tapping Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of state. But one eyebrow-raising angle here is that Exxon has potentially billions of dollars at stake in one of the biggest foreign policy decisions Trump will consider over the next few years — whether to maintain sanctions on Russia....

    Activists save 2 brown bears from poor conditions in Poland
    Dec14

    Activists save 2 brown bears from poor conditions in Poland

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An animal welfare activist says that two brown bears are being transported from very poor conditions at an unlicensed zoo in northeastern Poland to a spacious enclosure at the other end of the country. The transfer Wednesday puts an end to the illegal keeping of brown bears in Poland, the FOUR PAWS international organization...

    What’s Next for U.S.-Russia Relations? Stephen Cohen & Ken Roth on Trump, Hacking & Tillerson
    Dec14

    What’s Next for U.S.-Russia Relations? Stephen Cohen & Ken Roth on Trump, Hacking & Tillerson

    We turn now to take a broader look at U.S.-Russian relations in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. On Tuesday, Trump officially nominated Rex Tillerson, chair and CEO of ExxonMobil, to be secretary of state. Tillerson is known to have close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who awarded Tillerson the country’s Order of...