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    Canada says no ‘quid pro quo’ with Russia on lifting Freeland travel ban
    Jan12

    Canada says no ‘quid pro quo’ with Russia on lifting Freeland travel ban

    OTTAWA — Canada is rebuffing the Kremlin’s thinly veiled overtures that it might be willing to lift a travel ban on new Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland if it eases sanctions on Russia. Joseph Pickerill, Freeland’s spokesman, says Canada won’t be playing any games of “quid pro quo” on the subject. The...

    Tillerson’s Underwhelming Performance
    Jan12

    Tillerson’s Underwhelming Performance

    One of the main assumptions that almost everyone has made about Tillerson’s nomination to be Secretary of State is that he would be inclined to improve relations with Russia. Some of his answers from his confirmation hearing today call that assumption into question: Mr. Tillerson also told the committee that if he had been serving in office...

    Will Iran’s Alliance With Russia Last?
    Jan11

    Will Iran’s Alliance With Russia Last?

    At Tuesday’s funeral in Tehran of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a key figure in the 1979 Islamic Revolution who later pushed for reconciliation with the West, reformist mourners not only chanted for the release of hunger-striking rights activists held in Iranian jails but also called for an end to their country’s burgeoning alliance with...

    Rex Tillerson says the U.S. should be tougher on Russia but avoids committing to sanctions
    Jan11

    Rex Tillerson says the U.S. should be tougher on Russia but avoids committing to sanctions

    Former Exxon Mobil CEO and Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson advocated a surprisingly aggressive series of military measures the U.S. should have taken in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. But he was less clear about whether the U.S. should continue with sanctions against Russia, a key area of business interest for...

    Does Promoting American Values Make the World Safer?
    Jan11

    Does Promoting American Values Make the World Safer?

    Does the world look “to America as the indispensable nation … because America stands for universal values and aspirations,” as Hillary Clinton claimed yesterday evening? Clinton made the comment during a ceremony at the State Department to celebrate the completion of the U.S. Diplomacy Center pavilion, which I had the pleasure of attending. The...

    Rex Tillerson Says Exxon Mobil Didn’t Lobby Against Sanctions. Public Records Suggest Otherwise
    Jan11

    Rex Tillerson Says Exxon Mobil Didn’t Lobby Against Sanctions. Public Records Suggest Otherwise

    WASHINGTON ― Former Exxon Mobil chief executive Rex Tillerson testified under oath during his secretary of state confirmation hearing Wednesday that he had no knowledge of his company lobbying lawmakers against sanctions.But public records show that between 2006 and 2014, while Tillerson was leading the oil giant, firms representing Exxon Mobil...

    Canada won’t drop sanctions in a tit-for-tat trade with Russia
    Jan11

    Canada won’t drop sanctions in a tit-for-tat trade with Russia

    The Russian government has sent a clear message to Canada: If you want us to drop sanctions against your new foreign affairs minister, you must return the favor. Canada sent a clearer message in response: No. In a statement to RIA-Novosti, a state-run broadcaster seen as a Kremlin mouthpiece, an unnamed source from the Russian Foreign Ministry...

    Rex Tillerson confirmation hearing for secretary of state liveblog #5
    Jan11

    Rex Tillerson confirmation hearing for secretary of state liveblog #5

    It goes on. x YouTube Video Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 · 7:24:42 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner The afternoon …read more Source: Daily...

    Rex Tillerson dodges hot questions on climate change, Russian lobbying
    Jan11

    Rex Tillerson dodges hot questions on climate change, Russian lobbying

    (Credit: AP) Rex Tillerson, the Exxon Mobil CEO tapped to be secretary of state by President-elect Donald Trump, was evasive in his replies to questions about climate change and Russian lobbying during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday. When asked about how much Exxon Mobil knew about climate change, Tillerson replied, “Since I’m no...

    Rex Tillerson Takes Tougher Stance on Russia at Secretary of State Confirmation Hearing
    Jan11

    Rex Tillerson Takes Tougher Stance on Russia at Secretary of State Confirmation Hearing

    Tillerson supported Ukraine’s claim on Crimea but said he hadn’t discussed Russia with Donald Trump. …read more Source:...