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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia, China Slam New Unilateral US Sanctions

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia, China Slam New Unilateral US Sanctions

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov reacted to the new US sanctions by expressing disappointment and warning Washington that Moscow was preparing a response.

“The lip service from American representatives about the desire to stabilize bilateral relations [with Russia] is extremely unconvincing. In recent years, Washington in theory should have learned that for us, the language of sanctions is unacceptable, and the solutions to real problems are only hindered by such actions. So far, however, there doesn’t seem to be an understanding of such obvious truths. In the meantime, we are beginning to work out the inevitable response to this situation.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Extends Grip in Areas Captured From ISIS

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Extends Grip in Areas Captured From ISIS

Rolf Holmboe, Research Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and former Danish Ambassador to Syria said, “..The Russians want a solution on their terms, which is one where Assad stays in power. The ceasefires do two things. They allow the Russians to take control of the political negotiations and look good internationally. But more importantly, they allow Assad and the Iranian-backed militias to free troops to grab the territory that Islamic State is about to lose.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Military Names First Fifth-Generation Fighter Jet ‘Sukhoi Su-57’

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Military Names First Fifth-Generation Fighter Jet ‘Sukhoi Su-57’

“The decision has been taken, the plane has been christened. Su-57 is what we are going to call it now,” Gen. Col. Viktor Bondarev told Zvezda, the Russian Defense Ministry’s official TV channel. The armament of the Su-57 is placed in internal bays to reduce air drag and radar cross section. It includes a recently-modernized 30mm cannon and a range of 14 different air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and guided bombs.

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USA POLITICS: Russia Reacts to White House Soap Opera With a Shrug

USA POLITICS: Russia Reacts to White House Soap Opera With a Shrug

Russian officials trying to interact with the U.S. administration on mundane organizational issues say privately the turbulence in the White House causes them headaches because they don’t know who to talk to, or can wait weeks for answers to their questions. “Nobody pays any attention any more, or expects any improvements,” said a person close to the Russian government, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss foreign policy issues.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Sanctions Retaliation: Russia to Cut Dependence on US Payment Systems

RUSSIA POLITICS: Sanctions Retaliation: Russia to Cut Dependence on US Payment Systems

“We will of course intensify work related to import substitution, reduction of dependence on U.S. payment systems, on the dollar as a settling currency and so on. It is becoming a vital need,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying in response to the new sanctions against Russia.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: 83 Percent Russians Approve Putin as President

RUSSIA POLITICS: 83 Percent Russians Approve Putin as President

According to a study released, Putin’s approval rating as Russian president stood at 83.5 percent at the end of July, slightly down on 84.1 percent reported in the middle of the month, but still far ahead of other prominent Russian political figures.

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SYRIA POLITICS: 10 Russian Servicemen Killed Fighting in Syria this Year 2017

SYRIA POLITICS: 10 Russian Servicemen Killed Fighting in Syria this Year 2017

The scale of Russian military casualties in peace time has been a state secret since Putin issued a decree three months before Russia launched its operation in Syria. While Russia does not give total casualties, it does disclose some deaths.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Signs Sanctions Bill to Punish Russia, Iran, North Korea

USA POLITICS: Trump Signs Sanctions Bill to Punish Russia, Iran, North Korea

“Today, I have signed into law H.R. 3364, the ‘Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.’ While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea, and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House.

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USA POLITICS: US Begins Russia Drawdown After Kremlin Retaliates for Sanctions

USA POLITICS: US Begins Russia Drawdown After Kremlin Retaliates for Sanctions

The United States began removing furniture and equipment from a diplomatic property in Moscow on Tuesday in the first sign of compliance with a Kremlin order to slash its presence in Russia as retaliation for new U.S. sanctions. President Vladimir

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GERMANY POLITICS: Sanction US, ‘Plain and Simple’: Zypries German Economy Minister

GERMANY POLITICS: Sanction US, ‘Plain and Simple’: Zypries German Economy Minister

“Of course we don’t want trade war. But it is important European Commission now looks into countermeasures,” Brigitte Zypries German economy minister says.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Defends Slashing US Diplomats as He Warns More Retaliation

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Defends Slashing US Diplomats as He Warns More Retaliation

“We have waited long enough, hoping that the situation would perhaps change for the better,” Putin said, adding, “But it seems that even if the situation is changing, it’s not for any time soon.”

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USA POLITICS: Donald Trump Ready to Sign Russia Sanctions Bill

USA POLITICS: Donald Trump Ready to Sign Russia Sanctions Bill

U.S. President Donald Trump will sign legislation that imposes sanctions on Russia, the White House said, after Moscow ordered the United States to cut hundreds of diplomatic staff and said it would seize two U.S. diplomatic properties in retaliation for the bill.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Russia Slams US, Western Allies Rushed to Judgment in Syria Gas Incident

SYRIA POLITICS: Russia Slams US, Western Allies Rushed to Judgment in Syria Gas Incident

Over 90 people died in an April 4 gas incident involving chemicals in Khan Shaykhun. Later US fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Shayrat airfield, Syria.

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USA POLITICS: Russia Sanctions Go Against EU Energy Security, Free Trade: US Senator Richard Black Says

USA POLITICS: Russia Sanctions Go Against EU Energy Security, Free Trade: US Senator Richard Black Says

US Senator Black said he believes that in pushing for Russia sanctions, Congress is attempting to use a political tool to gain economic advantage.

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USA POLITICS: Official: Russia, Iran, North Korea Sanctions Approved By US House of Representatives

USA POLITICS: Official: Russia, Iran, North Korea Sanctions Approved By US House of Representatives

“Under Vladimir Putin, Russia has invaded its neighbor Ukraine, seizing its territory and destabilizing its government,” House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce claimed in applauding passage. “Left unchecked, Russia is sure to continue its aggression.”

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USA POLITICS: Top US General Says Russia No Longer America’s ‘Single’ Biggest Threat

USA POLITICS: Top US General Says Russia No Longer America’s ‘Single’ Biggest Threat

“Obviously, North Korea today from a sense-of-urgency perspective would be our number one challenge,” Dunford Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

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USA POLITICS: Trump ‘Happy’ With New Russia Sanctions Bill

USA POLITICS: Trump ‘Happy’ With New Russia Sanctions Bill

The administration of US president Donald Trump is “happy” with the latest congressional push for more sanctions against Russia, says the White House.

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EUROPE POLITICS: EU to US: Sanction Russia, Face ‘Unintended Consequences’

EUROPE POLITICS: EU to US: Sanction Russia, Face ‘Unintended Consequences’

“We understand that the Russia/Iran sanctions bill is driven primarily by domestic considerations,” read the statement in reference to a last month bill passed by US Senate.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Asks His Lawyers if he Can Pardon Himself Over Russia Investigation

USA POLITICS: Trump Asks His Lawyers if he Can Pardon Himself Over Russia Investigation

“This is not in the context of, ‘I can’t wait to pardon myself’,” a close adviser told the Washington Post.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Approves New Naval Strategy US Considers Threat

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Approves New Naval Strategy US Considers Threat

Putin’s decree also points out that Russia’s navy is “one of the most effective tools of strategic (nuclear and non-nuclear) containment, including in preventing a global strike.”

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