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    Lawmakers Announce Bipartisan Deal On Sweeping Russia Sanctions Bill
    Jul23

    Lawmakers Announce Bipartisan Deal On Sweeping Russia Sanctions Bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans and Democrats announced Saturday they had reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria. Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, said lawmakers had settled lingering...

    US Envoy: Russia Responsible for ‘Hot War’ in Ukraine
    Jul23

    US Envoy: Russia Responsible for ‘Hot War’ in Ukraine

    Russia is responsible for the “Hot War” in Eastern Ukraine, the newly appointed U.S. special envoy to Ukraine said Sunday. Kurt Volker, who was appointed by the State Department earlier this month to negotiate an end to more than three years of fighting that has killed 10,000 people, visited Ukraine on the eve of telephone talks...

    New U.S. Special Envoy Blames Russia For ‘Hot War’ In Eastern Ukraine
    Jul23

    New U.S. Special Envoy Blames Russia For ‘Hot War’ In Eastern Ukraine

    The U.S. special envoy for Ukraine peace negotiations said the ex-Soviet country is locked in a “hot war” with Russia-backed separatists and pinned the blame on Moscow for the conflict. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    U.S. special envoy says Russian aggression to blame for ‘hot war’ in Ukraine
    Jul23

    U.S. special envoy says Russian aggression to blame for ‘hot war’ in Ukraine

    Kurt Volker said the conflict between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists is a key obstacle for better U.S.-Russia relations …read more Source: The Globe and...

    Sanders, Scaramucci On Different Pages About WH Support For Sanctions Bill
    Jul23

    Sanders, Scaramucci On Different Pages About WH Support For Sanctions Bill

    Top White House communications staffers on Sunday gave differing statements on whether President Donald Trump will sign legislation imposing tough new sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 election and its annexation of Crimea. Congressional leaders on Saturday reached an agreement on a sanctions bill, despite the White...

    Huckabee Sanders Signals Trump Will Sign Russia Sanctions Bill: ‘We Support Where the Legislation Is Now’
    Jul23

    Huckabee Sanders Signals Trump Will Sign Russia Sanctions Bill: ‘We Support Where the Legislation Is Now’

    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders signaled Sunday that President Donald Trump will sign a bipartisan bill enacting tough sanctions on Russia, saying “we support where the legislation is now.” Sanders tied the placing of sanctions on Russia to resolution of the “situation in Ukraine,” making no mention of...

    US Congressional Leaders Reach Accord on Russia Sanctions; Trump’s Reaction Unclear
    Jul23

    US Congressional Leaders Reach Accord on Russia Sanctions; Trump’s Reaction Unclear

    A bipartisan group of U.S. congressional leaders has reached agreement on new sanctions against Russia for its meddling in the 2016 presidential election and military aggression in Ukraine and Syria, along with economic penalties aimed at Iran and North Korea. The House of Representatives is set to vote Tuesday on the measure, which does not...

    Donald Trump’s Defenders on the Left
    Jul23

    Donald Trump’s Defenders on the Left

    When it comes to possible collusion with Russia, Donald Trump’s most interesting defenders don’t reside on the political right. They reside on the political left.Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich aren’t defending a principle. They’re defending a patron. Until recently they were ultra-hawks. Now, to downplay Russia’s...

    Report: Germany Tells Russia Breach of Sanctions Strains Ties
    Jul23

    Report: Germany Tells Russia Breach of Sanctions Strains Ties

    Germany has warned Russia that breaches of sanctions including the relocation to Crimea of four gas turbines delivered to Russia by Siemens are straining political relations between the two countries, Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday. The newspaper quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying the German government had on several occasions brought...

    Congress agrees on Russia sanctions, setting up showdown with Trump
    Jul23

    Congress agrees on Russia sanctions, setting up showdown with Trump

    Congressional negotiators from both parties agreed Saturday on a bill to punish Moscow for meddling in the US presidential election and for its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria. The measure would handcuff President Trump’s ability to ease the sanctions on his own. Trump would have to explain to Congress why he wants to ease…...