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    Pentagon boss to NATO nations: Increase military spending
    Feb15

    Pentagon boss to NATO nations: Increase military spending

    BRUSSELS — In an ultimatum to America’s allies, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told fellow NATO members Wednesday to increase military spending by year’s end or risk seeing the U.S. curtail its defense support — a stark threat given Europe’s deep unease already over U.S.-Russian relations. Echoing President Donald Trump’s...

    Mattis gives Canada and other NATO nations an ultimatum on boosting defence spending
    Feb15

    Mattis gives Canada and other NATO nations an ultimatum on boosting defence spending

    U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issued a sharp ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start increasing defense spending by year’s end or the Trump administration will “moderate its commitment” to them, the Associated Press writes. Here is the rest of the Associated Press article: He did not detail what the...

    NATO Expert: Russian Legislators ‘Made Fun’ of Obama for Being ‘Too Soft’ on Russia
    Feb15

    NATO Expert: Russian Legislators ‘Made Fun’ of Obama for Being ‘Too Soft’ on Russia

    Russian legislators “made fun” of President Barack Obama for being “too soft” on Russia after it annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, according to a NATO expert. “The U.S. and the international community had a lot of powerful non-military options to raise the cost to Russia and make it more willing to...

    What Happens Next Is Up to Republicans
    Feb15

    What Happens Next Is Up to Republicans

    The immediate question raised by the latest information published by The New York Times is: What next? Will Congress investigate? Will it subpoena records, including the tax records that may clarify the financial obligations—if any—Donald Trump has to Russia? And since Congress is so dominated by one party, that first question raises a follow-up...

    The 3 Trump-Russia scandals, explained
    Feb15

    The 3 Trump-Russia scandals, explained

    It’s starting to look like President Trump has a Russia problem. Late on Tuesday night, the New York Times reported that members of Trump’s campaign team and other “Trump associates” had “repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials” prior to the November vote. The calls were intercepted by US officials monitoring...

    Mattis warns NATO member nations: Pull your economic weight or US may step back
    Feb15

    Mattis warns NATO member nations: Pull your economic weight or US may step back

    Secretary of Defense James Mattis reaffirmed U.S. commitment to NATO Wednesday, CNN reported, but warned other member nations they must meet the alliance’s financial requirements or that commitment could be moderated. Mattis met with defense officials from the 27 other NATO member nations in Brussels and made his first address to the...

    Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending
    Feb15

    Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending

    U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issued a sharp ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start increasing defense spending by year’s end or the Trump administration will “moderate its commitment” to them. He did not detail what the United States might do if NATO members failed to fall in line. Echoing a demand...

    Was Obama Too Soft on Russia?
    Feb15

    Was Obama Too Soft on Russia?

    President Trump on Thursday appeared to suggest that his immediate predecessor’s Russia policy resulted in Russian’s invasion and annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014. Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017As a...

    U.S. House Democrats Push Legislation To Cement Russian Sanctions In Place
    Feb15

    U.S. House Democrats Push Legislation To Cement Russian Sanctions In Place

    U.S. House Democrats are pushing forward with legislation to make sure Congress can block any effort President Donald Trump’s administration might make to lift sanctions on Russia. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Russians remain patient for thaw with US under Trump
    Feb15

    Russians remain patient for thaw with US under Trump

    MOSCOW (AP) — 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. Opinion polls have shown that the initial public euphoria in Russia after...