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    Dunford to speak with Russia’s top general in first such meeting since 2014
    Feb16

    Dunford to speak with Russia’s top general in first such meeting since 2014

    Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet with the top Russian military officer this week, in the first encounter between the two countries’ leading generals since Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea in 2014. …read more Source: Pittsburgh...

    Trump’s Plan for the United Soviet(!) of America
    Feb16

    Trump’s Plan for the United Soviet(!) of America

    By Jean-Francois BoittinTrump is determined to “make the USA great again” — the United Soviet of America, that is. On numerous occasions, candidate – and now President – Trump has expressed admiration for Vladimir Putin, the Russian President’s leadership qualities and his own desire to work with him. Cozying up to Russia...

    Ukraine Says Russian Hackers Targeting Kyiv’s Power Grid, Financial System
    Feb16

    Ukraine Says Russian Hackers Targeting Kyiv’s Power Grid, Financial System

    Ukraine accused Russian hackers of targeting its power grid, financial system, and other infrastructure with thousands of attacks and a new type of virus that attacks industrial processes. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Mediator Says Warring Sides In Ukraine Agree To Pull Back Heavy Weapons
    Feb16

    Mediator Says Warring Sides In Ukraine Agree To Pull Back Heavy Weapons

    An international mediator said Ukraine’s warring sides have agreed to withdraw heavy weapons from the front line by February 20 in line with the Minsk peace plan. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    More About Russia and Less About Flynn?
    Feb16

    More About Russia and Less About Flynn?

    The story on the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is somewhat like peeling an onion, with each layer revealing something new. To be sure, I am delighted to see Flynn gone, both because of his clearly expressed desire to confront Iran and his inaccurate characterization of Islam. But Flynn’s departure will no doubt be...

    Vox Sentences: Trump’s Israel-Palestine policy:  ¯_(ツ)_/¯
    Feb16

    Vox Sentences: Trump’s Israel-Palestine policy: ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world, curated by Dara Lind and Dylan Matthews. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. The Trump administration might have just totally shifted the US’s stance...

    Questions about Trump’s Russia connections could hinder closer relations
    Feb16

    Questions about Trump’s Russia connections could hinder closer relations

    A barrage of damning revelations about contacts between Donald Trump’s associates and Russian officials threatens to derail his plans for a closer relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.Growing political pressure on Trump to stand up to Putin rather than work with him could even escalate tensions between the United States and...

    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,...

    Residents in eastern Ukraine face worst fighting in years in war with Russian-backed separatists
    Feb16

    Residents in eastern Ukraine face worst fighting in years in war with Russian-backed separatists

    The news reached Mariupol Mayor Vadim Boychenko via a morning phone call from an assistant: A rocket attack damaged 11 houses on the outskirts of the Ukrainian city. There were no casualties, but a major concern had become a reality: The escalation of fighting elsewhere in the nation in recent… …read more Source: Los Angeles...

    President Trump denounces ‘Russian connection non-sense’
    Feb16

    President Trump denounces ‘Russian connection non-sense’

    President Donald Trump appears to be faulting the Obama administration for being ‘‘too soft” on Russia, pointing to Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine on President Barack Obama’s watch. He tweeted, ‘‘Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?” In that and a series of...