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12.11.2018 - 08:18 [ Tass.com ]

Kremlin stays mum on comments by Blair-era MI6 chief ‘regretting helping Putin win power’

(1.10.2018) The Times’ Monday issue published an interview with Richard Dearlove, then chief of the Secret Intelligence Service in 1999-2004, who said he regretted that he had helped organize Tony Blair’s visit to Russia’s St. Petersburg where he attended a premier at the Mariinsky Theatre alongside Vladimir Putin just a few weeks before the presidential polls in Russia.

28.10.2018 - 17:32 [ Radio Utopie ]

Syrien-Gipfel der Invasionsmächte in Istanbul: Letzter Umsturzversuch durch die Hintertür

Die Staatschefs von Deutschland, Frankreich, Russland und der Türkei versuchen die militärisch bereits in sich zusammengebrochene Invasion Syriens doch noch über die Ziellinie zu retten. Dabei spielt wieder einmal die russische Staatsführung unter Doppelagent Putin eine extrem falsche und heimtückische Rolle.

28.10.2018 - 15:11 [ euronews (deutsch) / Youtube ]

Syrien-Gipfel will verfassungsgebende Versammlung

Hochrangige Politiker aus mehreren Ländern haben sich auf einen Weg im Friedensprozess für Syrien geeinigt. Syrien selbst ist aber nicht dabei.…

28.10.2018 - 15:08 [ France24.com ]

Syria rejects UN plan on constitution committee: envoy

The special envoy has been working since January on the make-up of a committee to thrash out a new constitution and which would have 150 members: 50 proposed by the Syrian regime, 50 by the opposition and 50 by the UN, to include representatives of civil society and technical experts.

28.10.2018 - 14:58 [ waarmedia.com ]

Russia, Germany, Turkey, France leaders meet discussed constitution, victory, return, vote in Syria

I think that an increasing number of participants in the settlement process serves this well. In essence, it was initially a proposal by the French president to join efforts of the Small Group and Astana process. That was actively supported by the Turkish president who initiated today’s meeting. I think it has served well,” Putin said.

Asked about chances for a second summit of Russia, Germany, France and Turkey on Syria, Putin answered that the sides “has not negotiated this yet, but everything is possible.”

28.10.2018 - 12:51 [ RT Deutsch / Youtube ]

LIVE: Erdogan, Macron, Merkel und Putin geben Pressekonferenz nach Treffen zu Syrien

[Mit deutscher Simultanübersetzung.] Die Staatsoberhäupter Deutschlands, Frankreichs, Russlands und der Türkei treffen sich am 27.10.2018 in der Vahdettin Villa in Istanbul, um die Lage in Syrien zu besprechen. Es ist das erste Treffen dieser Art.

27.10.2018 - 09:14 [ Kreml ]

Telephone conversation with King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

King Salman confirmed his invitation to Vladimir Putin to visit Saudi Arabia. It was agreed to work out the terms of such a visit through diplomatic channels.

The leaders exchanged views on the Syrian issue and the state of affairs in the Middle East in general. The situation around the ‘Jamal Khashoggi case’ was also addressed.

27.10.2018 - 08:09 [ Albawaba.com ]

Erdogan Hosts Putin, Merkel, Macron in Istanbul for Syria Summit, Saturday

During the summit, the participants will address the Syrian conflict in all its aspects, focusing on the situation on the ground, the Idlib agreement, and the political process, and to harmonize joint efforts to find a lasting solution to the conflict.

27.10.2018 - 08:04 [ ORF.at ]

Vierer-Gipfel berät in Türkei über Zukunft Syriens

Bei einem Vierer-Gipfeltreffen in Istanbul wird heute über die Zukunft des Bürgerkriegslandes Syrien beraten. Der türkische Präsident Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Frankreichs Staatschef Emmanuel Macron, Kreml-Chef Wladimir Putin und die deutsche Kanzlerin Angela Merkel kommen dazu zusammen.

23.10.2018 - 17:47 [ Sputniknews.com ]

Bolton: US, Russia Will Benefit From Sanctions on Iran

National Security Advisor John Bolton has been holding a series of talks in Moscow with senior Russian officials including Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev.

23.10.2018 - 16:06 [ Sputnik ]

Patruschew und Bolton berieten in Moskau: Iran-Deal im Fokus

Der Sekretär des Sicherheitsrates Russlands, Nikolai Patruschew, und der Sicherheitsberater des US-Präsidenten, John Bolton, haben am Montag in Moskau die Situation um das Abkommen mit dem Iran, die Lage in Syrien, Afghanistan und in der Ukraine sowie das Nuklearproblem auf der Korea-Halbinsel erörtert.

24.09.2018 - 17:45 [ stripes.com ]

Israel, Russia to improve Syria hotline after plane downed

(21.09.2018) An Israeli military official says its „deconfliction line“ with Russia for their air forces in Syria will be improved after a Russian plane was hit by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli raid.

He spoke anonymously according to protocol Friday after an Israeli delegation returned from Moscow where they briefed officials on the incident that killed 15 Russians.

19.09.2018 - 08:01 [ Veterans Today ]

Real Translation: Putin, Israeli Air Force operations are undertaken in violation of Syria’s sovereignty

Editor’s note: Fake translations of this story are on the internet. This is a real one and Israel’s story about it’s pilots not seeing the Russian plane are cast aside as the total bullshit they are.

19.09.2018 - 07:42 [ WashingtonPost ]

Putin blames downing of Russian plane in Syria on ‘tragic chance events,’ plays down Israeli culpability

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday described the downing of a Russian plane in Syria as the result of “tragic chance events,” appearing to dial back a rare flare-up in tensions with Israel.

19.09.2018 - 07:39 [ Prof Ferrada de Noli ‏/ Twitter ]

Missiles „fired from the sea“ on #Lattakia, #Syria, were launched by #France’s frigate FS Auvergne. That, simultaneously with #Israel Jet-fighters attacking the port city, near Khmeimim #Russia Air Force base. (https://www.rt.com/news/438676-french-frigate-mediterranean-missiles/ …). FS „Auvergne“ in image below #svpol #Idlib

(17.9.2018)

19.09.2018 - 07:32 [ CommonDreams.org ]

After Russian Military Aircraft Shot Down Near Syria, Russian Claims Israel ‚Deliberately Staged This Provocation‘

According to Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov, the Russian transport plane was shot down Monday night, local time, as Israel F-16’s attempted to use it as cover while carrying out a bombing mission against targets in the Latakia region of western Syria near the Meditarranean coast.

„By using the Russian plane as cover the Israeli air pilots made it vulnerable to Syrian air defense fire. As a result, the Ilyushin-20, its reflective surface being far greater than that of the F-16, was downed by a missile launched with the S-200 system,“ Konashenkov told reporters.

19.09.2018 - 07:27 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Syrien-Krieg: Maas bezeichnet Syrien-Einigung als „gutes Signal“

Die Türkei und Russland wollen im syrischen Idlib eine entmilitarisierte Zone errichten.
Bundesaußenminister Maas begrüßt den Plan, auf den sich Russlands Präsident Putin und sein türkischer Amtskollege Erdoğan geeinigt haben.

17.09.2018 - 19:03 [ Spiegel.de ]

Syrienkrieg: Russland und Türkei einigen sich auf demilitarisierte Zone in Idlib

Im Syrienkrieg haben sich die Türkei und Russland auf eine demilitarisierte Zone in Idlib zwischen den Rebellen und die Truppen von Machthaber Baschar al-Assad geeinigt. Sie soll 15 bis 20 Kilometer breit sein und von türkischem und russischem Militär kontrolliert werden.

15.09.2018 - 09:20 [ Bernie Sanders / theGuardian.com ]

Future of the international left: A new authoritarian axis demands an international progressive front

There is a global struggle taking place of enormous consequence. Nothing less than the future of the planet – economically, socially and environmentally – is at stake.

At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, when the world’s top 1% now owns more wealth than the bottom 99%, we are seeing the rise of a new authoritarian axis.

While these regimes may differ in some respects, they share key attributes: hostility toward democratic norms, antagonism toward a free press, intolerance toward ethnic and religious minorities, and a belief that government should benefit their own selfish financial interests. These leaders are also deeply connected to a network of multi-billionaire oligarchs who see the world as their economic plaything.

12.09.2018 - 05:40 [ Radio China ]

Xi Jinping trifft Putin

Der chinesische Staatspräsident Xi Jinping ist am Dienstag in Wladiwostok, der russischen Hafenstadt am Pazifik, zur Teilnahme an dem vierten Östlichen Wirtschaftsforum eingetroffen.

19.08.2018 - 09:04 [ Bundeskanzlerin.de ]

Im Wortlaut: Pressestatements von Bundeskanzlerin Merkel und dem russischen Präsidenten Putin

BUNDESKANZLERIN MERKEL: Meine Damen und Herren, ich heiße den russischen Präsidenten Wladimir Putin herzlich in Schloss Meseberg willkommen. Dadurch ist die Möglichkeit gegeben, dass wir heute den Gesprächsfaden von Sotschi wieder aufnehmen und die Gespräche fortsetzen können. Ich denke, angesichts der Tatsache, dass es weltweit so viele und auch so ernste Konflikte gibt, unterstreicht das die Möglichkeit, Lösungen zu finden. Wir haben Verantwortung Deutschland, aber vor allem auch Russland; denn Russland ist ständiges Mitglied des Sicherheitsrates. Deshalb sollten wir daran arbeiten, Lösungen zu finden.

19.08.2018 - 09:02 [ Bundeskanzlerin.de ]

Kanzlerin empfängt Putin: Internationale Krisenherde im Blick

Ein weiteres großes Gesprächsthema war der Syrien-Konflikt. Zunächst müsse es darum gehen, dass es bei den Kämpfen um Idlib nicht zu einer humanitären Katastrophe komme, betonte Merkel. „Wir beobachten, dass die Kampfhandlungen zurückgehen, aber damit ist natürlich noch keine Friedensordnung geschaffen.“ Deutschland wolle als als Mitglied der sogenannten „Small Group“ dafür einsetzen, einen politischen Prozess in Gang zu bringen.

19.08.2018 - 08:27 [ Kleine Zeitung ]

Ein Tanz, ein Arbeitsgespräch, eine Ansprache: Putin in Gamlitz

+++ Putin stieg um 14.08 Uhr mit einem Blumenstrauß in Gamlitz aus +++ Um 16.23 Uhr verließ der russische Präsident Österreich schon wieder +++ Stau wegen Putin auf der A9 +++ Im Gasthof Tscheppe wurde ausgelassen weitergefeiert +++ Treffen politisch umstritten +++ Der Liveticker zum Nachlesen!

08.08.2018 - 20:07 [ ORF.at ]

Trump schlägt Putin Kooperation gegen Terror vor

Auf Besuch in Moskau hat US-Senator Rand Paul nach eigenen Angaben einen Brief von Präsident Donald Trump an Kreml-Chef Wladimir Putin übergeben. Das Schreiben schlage eine Kooperation gegen Terroristen, einen Dialog der Parlamente beider Länder und eine Wiederaufnahme des kulturellen Austausches vor. Paul schrieb heute im Kurznachrichtendienst Twitter: „Ich hatte die Ehre, einen Brief von Präsident Trump an die Führung von Präsident Putin zu überbringen.“

29.07.2018 - 12:29 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

CIA ‚had source close to Putin‘ and told Donald Trump that Russian leader ordered election hacking

(19.7.2018) The CIA had a top secret informant close to Vladimir Putin who confirmed the Russian president’s personal involvement in hacking the 2016 US election, it has been claimed.

According to the New York Times the source was giving information to the CIA during the Obama administration.

The information, and the source, were reportedly considered so sensitive that John Brennan, the CIA director at the time, gave details to Mr Obama in an envelope, separate from the daily presidential intelligence briefing that is delivered in the Oval Office, the New York Times reported.

25.07.2018 - 12:35 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Helsinki summit proved Russia to be ally of Israel

(23.7.2018) While American politicians and pundits fumed at President Donald Trump’s performance at his much-anticipated meeting this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin, lost in the clamor was one small but crucial moment: Israel emerged from Helsinki a winner.

Trump said that he and Putin had reached a “really good conclusion” for Israel in regard to the situation in Syria.

22.07.2018 - 14:31 [ businesslive.co.za ]

Russia and Kazakhstan cut Iran steel sales

(17.7.2018) Arcelor „and the likes are cutting trade with Iran because of [US President] Donald Trump’s pressure on big companies“, an Iranian trader said. Alex Agoureev, an adviser to Paramjit Kahlon, CEO of ArcelorMittal CIS, confirmed that the company planned to suspend supplies to Iran due to the US sanctions.

„Supplies to Iran will be temporarily suspended due to the sanctions. Once sanctions are lifted, the supplies will be resumed,“ Agoureev said.

20.07.2018 - 18:21 [ Times of Israel ]

A nationalist streak runs through Putin’s love for Jews and Israel

Trump’s unflinching support for Israel — perhaps a result of evangelical enthusiasm for the country, ideological nudging from his Jewish daughter and son-in-law or the continued need to rebuke all things Obama — is well documented.
But Putin’s continuing support for the Jewish state is unexpected, especially since he backs Syria’s Bashar Assad, a war criminal whose prosaic regional interests often defy Israel’s.

19.07.2018 - 01:13 [ ORF ]

Nowitschok: Putin lässt „geschlossene Stadt“ öffnen

Die „geschlossenen Städte“ sind ein Überbleibsel aus der Sowjetzeit. In solchen Städten, zu denen der Zugang streng reglementiert war und von deren bloßer Existenz die Öffentlichkeit oftmals nichts wusste, wurden strategisch wichtige und schutzbedürftige Einrichtungen angesiedelt – etwa hoch geheime militärische Anlagen oder wissenschaftliche Forschung.

17.07.2018 - 15:53 [ New York Times ]

Trump, at Putin’s Side, Questions U.S. Intelligence on 2016 Election

Mr. Trump even questioned the determinations by his intelligence officials that Russia had meddled in the election.

“They said they think it’s Russia,” Mr. Trump said. “I have President Putin; he just said it’s not Russia,” the president continued, only moments after Mr. Putin conceded that he had wanted Mr. Trump to win the election because of his promises of warmer relations with Moscow.

17.07.2018 - 06:03 [ CNN ]

Trump sides with Putin over US intelligence

Trump’s statements amounted to an unprecedented refusal by a US president to believe his own intelligence agencies over the word of a foreign adversary and drew swift condemnation from across the partisan divide.
His words signaled that he continues to equate the assessment of Russian election meddling with efforts to deligitimize his election, even though the US intelligence community made no such assessment.

16.07.2018 - 06:58 [ Kreml ]

Meeting with Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani

(15.7.2018) Taking part in the meeting on the Russian side were Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov, Energy Minister and Co-Chairman of the Russian-Qatari Commission for Trade, Economic and Technical Cooperation Alexander Novak, Russian Special Presidential Representative for Syrian Settlement Alexander Lavrentyev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheyev, and CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Rosneft Igor Sechin.

16.07.2018 - 06:54 [ Tass.com ]

Putin, Erdogan discuss joint steps in Syria

(14.7.2018) The Russian and Turkish Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, discussed international issues in a phone conversation, focusing on joint steps in Syria, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

„Pressing regional and international issues have been discussed. Particular attention was paid to joint steps aimed at solving the crisis in Syria on the basis of corresponding resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and the agreements reached within the Astana format,“ the statement says. „[They] agreed to stay in contact.“.

13.07.2018 - 17:28 [ Newsweek.com ]

Russia, Caught Between Iran and Israel’s War in Syria, Looks for Allies on Both Sides

Velayati took the opportunity to censure a „rebellious“ President Donald Trump, who abandoned a historic nuclear deal with Iran and five major world powers in May. He also criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who met with Putin on Wednesday, just as Velayati arrived in Moscow. Velayati said on Wednesday that Netanyahu’s visit to Putin would not affect his own discussion with the Russian leader.

13.07.2018 - 17:24 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Netanyahu, Putin talk Iran before Helsinki summit

Moscow had earlier invited the Israeli prime minister to attend the final game of the FIFA World Cup on July 15, where Netanyahu could have found himself in the stadium together with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Yet Netanyahu, who is reluctant to meet with Abbas, opted for an earlier visit, while the Palestinian leader will come for the final as originally planned.

12.07.2018 - 19:16 [ Radio China ]

Putin trifft Israels Ministerpräsident

Wie der Kreml auf seiner Webseite mitteilte, bezeichnete Putin beim Treffen die Beziehungen zu Israel als positiv. Beide Seiten hätten in den Bereichen Wirtschaft und Politik zusammengearbeitet sowie beim militärischen und kulturellen Austausch gute Kontakte aufrechterhalten.

04.07.2018 - 06:22 [ Radio Utopie ]

Doppelagent Putin

(15. April 2018) Der ranghöchste Funktionär seiner staatlichen Hierarchie ist nicht einmal mit Russland verbündet, geschweige denn mit Syrien, dem Iran oder irgendeinem anderen aus der U.S.-Hegemonie seit Jahrzehnten attackierten oder direkt angegriffenen Land. In Wirklichkeit dient Wladimir Putin dem von uns bereits mehrfach beschriebenen imperialen Komplex und einer seit bald siebzehn Jahren den weltweiten Terrorkrieg führenden großen Koalition des Krieges und internationalen Kriegslobby und strebt deren noch effektivere Kollaboration an.

04.07.2018 - 06:14 [ Trend.az ]

Netanyahu to visit Moscow on July 11 to have talks with Putin

Putin and Netanyahu have met twice this year. The Israeli prime minister visited Moscow at the Kremlin invitation on May 9 to attend the Victory Parade on the 73rd anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. After the parade, Netanyahu and Putin took part in the Immortal Regiment march in Moscow in memory of those killed in World War II.

Their previous meeting took place on January 29, when they took part in the events in memory of Holocaust victims at Moscow’s Jewish Museum.

07.06.2018 - 10:57 [ CNBC ]

Russian leader Vladimir Putin: President Trump and I ‚regularly talk over the phone‘

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump talk „regularly,“ the Russian president told an Austrian news outlet ahead of his visit to Vienna.
He also addressed the possibility of a summit between the U.S. and Russia.

04.06.2018 - 11:16 [ israelnationalnews.com ]

Report: Putin gives OK to Israeli strikes on Syria

(1.6.2018) The two sides agreed to “limit” Iran, keep its forces away from the south, and to allow the IDF to target „menacing bases in the deep Syrian territories,“ according to the influential London-based website.

The Kremlin confirmed that the conversation between Putin and Netanyahu focused on “some aspects of the Syrian settlement.”

04.06.2018 - 11:09 [ Radio Utopie ]

Doppelagent Putin

(15.4.2018) Der ranghöchste Funktionär seiner staatlichen Hierarchie ist nicht einmal mit Russland verbündet, geschweige denn mit Syrien, dem Iran oder irgendeinem anderen aus der U.S.-Hegemonie seit Jahrzehnten attackierten oder direkt angegriffenen Land. In Wirklichkeit dient Wladimir Putin dem von uns bereits mehrfach beschriebenen imperialen Komplex und einer seit bald siebzehn Jahren den weltweiten Terrorkrieg führenden großen Koalition des Krieges und internationalen Kriegslobby und strebt deren noch effektivere Kollaboration an.

03.06.2018 - 17:24 [ New York Times ]

It’s Benjamin Netanyahu’s World Now

Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump are not alone. Mr. Netanyahu has recently been feted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, President Xi Jinping of China, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, as well as a host of leaders of smaller countries — including those with far-right governments like Hungary, Poland and Austria. No less significantly, he has maintained close contacts with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt and behind the scenes with the Arab leaders of the Persian Gulf.

Mr. Netanyahu is the toast of the new wave of right-wing, populist and autocrat-like (if not outright autocratic) leaders. They see in him a kindred spirit, even a mentor.

03.06.2018 - 17:15 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

Japan pulls away from US amid Russia pivot

Abe and Putin have met 21 times and the latest summit came when both leaders have consolidated power at home. Abe dissolved the lower house of parliament in late September last year and won the snap election, which gave him a chance to lead Japan through 2021. Despite a slump in the approval rating of the Abe cabinet, nobody, be it from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party or the opposition parties, is able to now challenge Abe’s authority. Putin started another six-year term after he won presidential elections in March. Given the stability of the Abe and Putin governments, the bilateral policies will continue to be steadily implemented.

03.06.2018 - 17:13 [ Haaretz ]

Israel and Russia Agree to Remove Iranian Forces From Syrian Border, Report Says

(1.6.2018) According to the paper, the understandings were reached after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the telephone, while Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman had held talks with his Russian counterpart.

31.05.2018 - 01:12 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent.com ]

The Countless Israeli Connections to Mueller’s Probe of Trump and Russia

The Israel-lobbyists, Netanyahu cronies, psyops manipulators and well-connected oligarchs — could it all be just one big coincidence?

26.05.2018 - 12:35 [ Reuters ]

Putin, Macron bond over shared unease at Trump’s actions

As he sat alongside Putin, Macron referred repeatedly to the need to establish “European financial sovereignty” – a jab at European economies’ reliance on the U.S. financial system.

He also arrived in St Petersburg with a large delegation of French business executives keen to sign deals with Russia, despite the new U.S. sanctions.

23.05.2018 - 12:22 [ Newsweek ]

Russia and Japan Plan North Korea Strategy in Case Trump-Kim Summit Falls Apart

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is preparing to visit Moscow, where he will sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss North Korea and other matters.

“I would like to confirm cooperation in resolving the North Korea issue,“ Abe told journalists Monday ahead of the meeting. Top foreign affairs and defense officials from both countries will also meet over the coming week.

21.05.2018 - 07:37 [ Radio Utopie ]

Auch Putin will Iran weiter im Syrien-Krieg und auf der Abschussliste halten

Fast 40 Jahre nach der heute weithin verdrängten Iran-Contra-Affäre, in der die U.S.-Regierung über Israel Waffen an den Iran und den Irak lieferte um deren Krieg möglichst lange andauern zu lassen, hält die jüngste Ankündigung des Kreml, demnächst würden alle „ausländischen Truppen“ aus Syrien abziehen, den Standard an Doppelspiel und Zynismus.

20.05.2018 - 09:37 [ Tass.com ]

Japan’s premier expects progress at talks with Putin on signing peace treaty

Following their meeting, Putin and Abe adopted a joint declaration where they noted that the start of consultations on the joint economic activity of Russia and Japan on the south Kuril Islands could become an important step towards concluding the peace treaty.

As the Kremlin press office reported on Friday, Abe will visit Russia on May 25-26 at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

20.05.2018 - 07:48 [ Hurriyet ]

Russia-Turkey investment fund ‘to enhance bilateral ties’

(22.4.2018) The Russia-Turkey Investment Fund, set up last year by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the Turkey Wealth Fund, aims to “strengthen bilateral economic ties and increase the investment flow between two countries,” according to the RDIF head.

The two sides will particularly focus on infrastructure construction, healthcare and information technology sectors, RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency.

20.05.2018 - 07:43 [ Al Jazeera ]

Mueller probe: Kirill Dmitriev’s ties to Putin and the UAE

(6.4.2018) George Nader, a convicted child molester and adviser to the UAE’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan – often called MBZ – who attended the Seychelles gathering, has reportedly testified to a grand jury that Dmitriev met Prince in Seychelles.

The testimony came in relation to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s election campaign team and Russian officials.

20.05.2018 - 07:20 [ Vox.com ]

The secret Seychelles meeting Robert Mueller is zeroing in on, explained

(10.4.2018) That’s big because Nader helped organize, and attended, that curious Seychelles meeting on January 11, 2017, shortly before Trump’s inauguration. The meeting brought together Erik Prince, Trump donor and founder of the private security company Blackwater, with Kirill Dmitriev, who manages a Russian sovereign wealth fund and is thought to be close to Vladimir Putin.

19.05.2018 - 17:55 [ icFlorida ]

Putin approves new Cabinet that sees key figures remain

Many key Cabinet figures, including Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, are staying. Siluanov, the main architect of Putin’s economic policies, was also promoted to hold the post of first deputy prime minister.

19.05.2018 - 14:59 [ Haaretz ]

Russia Will Have New Nuclear Weapons Within Four Years, Putin Says

Speaking at a meeting Friday in Sochi, Putin said delivery of the new Avangard hypersonic vehicle will begin next year while the new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile will enter duty in 2020.

The Avangard and the Sarmat were among an array of new nuclear weapons Putin presented in March. He noted that they can’t be intercepted. They also included a nuclear-powered global range cruise missile and an underwater drone designed to strike coastal facilities with a heavy nuclear weapon.