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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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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: 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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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 25 July 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 25 July 2017

WORLD BRIEF: Kremlin will not comment on media allegations about the possible resignation of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin’s Syrian Zugzwang

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin’s Syrian Zugzwang

Putin’s attempts to satisfy his own ambitions and restore the image of the super state will result in strained relations with those states of the region which are the important economic partners of Russia, first of all, Turkey and Israel.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Ready to Retaliate After Meeting US on Diplomatic Row: Russia Says

RUSSIA POLITICS: Ready to Retaliate After Meeting US on Diplomatic Row: Russia Says

Russia wanted to resume regular dialogue with the United States about strategic stability too, it said, saying it was up to Washington to make a move on the issue.

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EUROPE POLITICS: Gazprom Splits the EU Apart

EUROPE POLITICS: Gazprom Splits the EU Apart

Reality shows that two lines of Nord Stream 2 enter German spot market refilling it with 55 billion cubic meters of gas due to new capacities.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Lawyer Suggests Secret Service Vetted Don Jr.’s Meeting

USA POLITICS: Trump Lawyer Suggests Secret Service Vetted Don Jr.’s Meeting

“Donald Trump, Jr. was not a protectee of the USSS in June, 2016. Thus we would not have screened anyone he was meeting with at that time,” the emailed statement said.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian, Tajikistani Militaries Start Massive Military Drills

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian, Tajikistani Militaries Start Massive Military Drills

“The military of Russia and Tajikistan are participating jointly for the first time in a snap readiness check,” said Colonel Yaroslav Roshchupkin, the assistant commander of Russia’s Central Military District

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USA POLITICS: Assange to Trump Jr: Release Emails on Russian Lawyer Before NYT Story

USA POLITICS: Assange to Trump Jr: Release Emails on Russian Lawyer Before NYT Story

Assange made contact with Trump Jr advised him to release the emails to WikiLeaks. “Two hours later, does it himself,” Assange said.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Criticism of Trump Jr. for Talking With Russian Lawyer ‘Wild’, Overblown: Lavrov Russian FM

RUSSIA POLITICS: Criticism of Trump Jr. for Talking With Russian Lawyer ‘Wild’, Overblown: Lavrov Russian FM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says, “I was amazed to find out that Trump’s son is accused of talking to her [Natalia Veselnitskaya].”

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USA POLITICS: ‘I Never Had Damaging Information About Clinton’: Veselnitskaya Russian Lawyer Who Met With Trump Jr

USA POLITICS: ‘I Never Had Damaging Information About Clinton’: Veselnitskaya Russian Lawyer Who Met With Trump Jr

“I never had any damaging or sensitive information about Hillary Clinton,” Natalia Veselnitskaya told NBC News in an interview in Moscow. “It was never my intention to have that.”

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UK: Britain, US, Allies vs Russia Battle For Supremacy

UK: Britain, US, Allies vs Russia Battle For Supremacy

NATO’s aim is to make good on a promise to deter Russia in Europe’s ex-Soviet states, after Moscow orchestrated annexation of the Crimea peninsula in 2014.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia’s New Deadly ICBMs Can ‘Rip US Air Defenses Apart’: Russian Deputy PM

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia’s New Deadly ICBMs Can ‘Rip US Air Defenses Apart’: Russian Deputy PM

“These weapons are able to clear the United States’ missile defense both of today and of tomorrow – and even of the day after tomorrow,” Rogozin said.

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USA POLITICS: McCain, Graham Slams Tillerson’s Russia Stance

USA POLITICS: McCain, Graham Slams Tillerson’s Russia Stance

“Maybe they’ve got the right approach and we’ve got the wrong approach,” Tillerson said after Putin and Trump’s first meeting at this year’s G20 summit.

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ISREAL POLITICS: Israel Not Bound By US-Russian Ceasefire Deal in Syria: Liberman

ISREAL POLITICS: Israel Not Bound By US-Russian Ceasefire Deal in Syria: Liberman

“Israel reserves its complete freedom of action, regardless of any understandings or developments,” minister of military affairs Avigdor Liberman said.

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