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12.11.2018 - 20:05 [ Washington Post ]

Moscow shows it’s back in the ‘Great Game’ by hosting Taliban-Afghan peace talks

Sitting between Afghan representatives and their Taliban rivals, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov played the roles of mediator and experienced hand in Afghanistan’s conflicts.

Russia hosted the landmark talks almost 30 years after it pulled out of Afghanistan in disgrace, ending a decade-long Soviet occupation that was seen as another chapter in what historians called the “great game” by world powers to hold away over Afghanistan and nearby areas.

12.11.2018 - 09:03 [ Express.co.uk ]

WW3 WARNING: Russia risk ‚ESCALATING‘ as UK defence unprepared for ‚modern world‘ threats

BRITAIN needs new tools to counteract the „escalating“ risk Russia poses on the country as 1945 institutions no longer provide security against the modern world threats, warned Defence Chief Sir Nick Carter.

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.

12.11.2018 - 02:28 [ Prensa Latina ]

Presidents of Cuba and Laos Hold Official Talks

During his only day in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Cuban head of State also met with Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and the speaker of the National Assembly, Pany Yathortou.

The Cuban president is on a tour that included a brief stopover in France and then official visits to Russia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, China and Vietnam.

05.11.2018 - 05:34 [ News.am ]

RPA: Armenia government gives no appropriate response to Bolton, Mills’ statements

According to the deputy, this region is important for US and Russia to be close to Syria and Iran.

“Both Russia and the United States are trying to consolidate their political capital in this region, to increase their influence in order to fulfill their future goals,” the deputy concluded.

04.11.2018 - 19:00 [ Sputnik ]

Russia, India, Iran to Discuss New Transport Route That Could Replace Suez Canal

Earlier, Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu called for the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) to be put into operation „as early as possible.“ The INSTC’s estimated operational capacity is up to 30 million metric tons of goods per year.

04.11.2018 - 12:57 [ LA Times ]

Secret Plan Outlines the Unthinkable

(10.März 2002) WASHINGTON — The Bush administration, in a secret policy review completed early this year, has ordered the Pentagon to draft contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons against at least seven countries, naming not only Russia and the „axis of evil“–Iraq, Iran, and North Korea–but also China, Libya and Syria.

In addition, the U.S. Defense Department has been told to prepare for the possibility that nuclear weapons may be required in some future Arab-Israeli crisis. And, it is to develop plans for using nuclear weapons to retaliate against chemical or biological attacks, as well as „surprising military developments“ of an unspecified nature.

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.

26.10.2018 - 05:24 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Attacked Russia’s Syria Base With Drones, Defense Ministry Claims

The minister noted that the drones switched to manual guidance upon encountering Russia’s electronic countermeasures, indicating that they were not controlled by Syrian forces, but a „technologically advanced country that has access to such tools; they cannot be made in the Syrian desert,“ Fomin was cited as saying.

24.10.2018 - 17:27 [ TASS ]

Japan to sign peace treaty with Russia, Abe says

„Relations with Russia are in abnormal state. The two countries have been without a peace treaty for more than 70 years,“ he said. The prime minister noted that the agreements reached during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Japan in December 2016 are being gradually implemented.

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 - 16:37 [ New York Times ]

Clinton Urges United Europe to Include Russia

(JUNE 3, 2000) Standing under an unforgiving sun in the courtyard of the ninth-century cathedral where Charlemagne is buried and where many Holy Roman emperors and German kings were crowned, Mr. Clinton told an audience of several hundred people that to do otherwise would destroy the vision of an undivided Continent.

Mr. Clinton delivered his speech after he was given the Charlemagne Award, which is given to a world leader who furthers the cause of European unity.

22.10.2018 - 18:01 [ Ruptly / Youtube ]

LIVE: US National Security Advisor John Bolton meets Lavrov in Moscow: arrivals at MFA

US National Security Advisor John Bolton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow on Monday, October 22. According to Bolton, the meeting comes with the aim of continuing the talks held at the Russia–United States summit in Helsinki earlier this year.

17.10.2018 - 20:51 [ Tass.com ]

Russia expects Turkey to fulfill its obligations on Idlib — diplomat

At the same time, members of the Al-Nusra Front (terrorist organization outlawed in Russia – TASS) refused to take these steps. „Members of the Al-Nusra managed to rally groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda (outlawed in Russia – TASS). In this way, the terrorists have created a united operative headquarters with the aim to continue provocations,“ the diplomat concluded.

13.10.2018 - 19:52 [ Roger N. McDermott / Real Clear Politics ]

Moscow’s S-300 Double Bluff in Syria

The biggest mystery about the Russian military S-300 transfer to Syria is the sighting of only four launchers. Combined with some of the other issues involved, it seems that Moscow has used the S-300 system as a double bluff: its transfer to the SAA will not result in deterring the Israeli Air Force from conducting future strikes in Syria, nor will a full-fledged joint Russia-Syria air-defense system emerge.

02.10.2018 - 04:16 [ MEMO ]

Russia will monitor air traffic in Israel, Saudi Arabia, Europe from Syria

“We will know not only that someone has entered the airspace in this region, but also that somewhere a plane is only operating on the runway, be it in Israel or Saudi Arabia or even in Europe,” Vladimir Mikheyev, first deputy director of government-owned Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies, told Russia’s Tass news agency

26.09.2018 - 13:32 [ EUObserver.com ]

World upside down as EU and Russia unite against US

The threat of US sanctions has seen EU firms such as French and German car makers Daimler, Peugeot, and Renault, German engineering company Siemens, and French energy firm Total walk away from new ventures in Iran.

But „we [the EU] cannot accept that the US decided the regions with which European companies can or cannot do business,“ Belgian prime minister Charles Michel said after meeting Iranian president Hassan Rohani in New York.

„We’re working hard on this [the SPV] with our European partners,“ German foreign minister Heiko Maas said.

26.09.2018 - 13:23 [ CNN ]

Mogherini: Is war the alternative to Iran diplomacy?

„In times of conflict and crisis is there a better way than diplomacy and dialogue? Is war the alternative?“, says EU Foreign Policy chief on dealings with Iran.

26.09.2018 - 13:19 [ Al Jazeera ]

Top US official John Bolton to Iran: ‚There will be hell to pay‘

„So I might imagine they would take me seriously when I assure them today that if you cross us, our allies or our partners, if you harm our citizens, if you continue to lie cheat and deceive. Yes there will indeed be hell to pay,“ the US National Security Advisor said.

Speaking at an organisation that opposed the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, from which the Trump administration withdrew in May, Bolton criticised the deal as „the worst diplomatic debacle in American history“.

26.09.2018 - 13:17 [ Breitbart.com ]

Watch: U.S. ‘Disturbed, Disappointed’ by E.U. Plan to Evade Iran Sanctions

This is one of the of the most counterproductive measures imaginable for regional and global peace and security,” he said in a speech delivered against a backdrop of protests from anti-war protesters.

“By sustaining revenues to the regime, you are solidifying Iran’s ranking as the number-one state sponsor of terror,” Mr. Pompeo added, observing Iran’s “corrupt ayatollahs” and elite Revolutionary Guards had to be “laughing this morning.”

26.09.2018 - 10:35 [ Al Jazeera ]

EU and Iran agree on new payment system to skirt US sanctions

In a major snub to the United States, the European Union has decided to set up a new mechanism to enable legal trade with Iran without encountering US sanctions.

The EU will create new payment channels to preserve oil and other business deals with Iran, Federica Mogherini, the bloc’s foreign policy chief said late on Monday, in a bid to evade US punitive measures.

25.09.2018 - 09:48 [ European External Action Service / Europäischer Auswärtiger Dienst ]

EU HR Mogherini at the Ministerial meeting of the E3/EU+2 and Iran: press point – Part 1

Press point by Federica MOGHERINI, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, following the Ministerial meeting of the E3/EU+2 and Iran on the implementation of the JCPOA, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, on 24 September 2018 in New York.

25.09.2018 - 09:16 [ European External Action Service / Europäischer Auswärtiger Dienst ]

Implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: Joint Ministerial Statement

10. ​​Mindful of the urgency and the need for tangible results, the participants welcomed practical proposals to maintain and develop payment channels, notably the initiative to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle, to facilitate payments related to Iran’s exports (including oil) and imports, which will assist and reassure economic operators pursuing legitimate business with Iran.

25.09.2018 - 09:07 [ Haaretz ]

Remaining Powers of Nuclear Deal Looking to Save Trade Ties With Iran

In a statement after a meeting of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Iran, the group said they were determined to develop payment mechanisms to continue trade with Iran despite skepticism by many diplomats that this will be possible.

25.09.2018 - 09:05 [ Washington Post ]

The Latest: 5 powers agree on plan to assist Iran’s exports

Five world powers have agreed with Iran to establish a financial facility in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iran’s exports, including oil, as well as its imports. It is a key move sought by Tehran following the U.S. pullout from the 2015 nuclear deal and its re-imposition of sanctions.

Foreign ministers from Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran said in a joint statement late Monday that the so-called “Special Purpose Vehicle” will “assist and reassure economic operators pursuing legitimate business with Iran.”

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.

21.09.2018 - 02:34 [ TASS ]

Israeli Air Force commander to arrive in Moscow on Thursday to hand data on Il-20 crash

Besides Norkin, the Israeli delegation will include Brigadier General Erez Maisel, the head of the Israel Defense Forces‘ Foreign Relations Division, and officers of the Intelligence Division, Air Force and Operations Command, the army said.

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

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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.

16.09.2018 - 15:13 [ alarabiya.net ]

Germany ‘cannot rule out’ longer-term military role in Middle East

Von der Leyen spoke during a visit to the Azraq air base in Jordan where some 300 German troops support a refuelling plane and four Tornado warplanes that fly reconnaissance missions as part of U.S. led-coalition operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Asked if Germany needed a strategic base in the Middle East, von der Leyen said, “First we must bring this deployment to a successful end. I don’t want to rule the idea out, let me put it this way.”

16.09.2018 - 14:07 [ Straits Times ]

Germany’s Merkel backs air strikes on Syria as ’necessary and appropriate‘

(14.4.2018) German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday (April 14) backed air strikes by the United States, France and Britain as a „necessary and appropriate“ action to warn Syria against further use of chemical weapons.

16.09.2018 - 14:05 [ Indian Express ]

Germany to start work on trade, China, Syria war: Angela Merkel

(5.3.2018) Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she would work with France to tackle pressing issues such as trade policy and the war in Syria after the Social Democrats (SPD) voted to join a coalition government with her conservatives. Merkel welcomed the vote by a majority of SPD members that ended more than five months of political deadlock in Europe’s largest economy after an inconclusive election and said the right-left government must quickly get to work.

16.09.2018 - 07:16 [ Xinhua ]

Turkey, Russia, Germany, France agree on political solution in Syria’s Idlib

(15.9.2018) „It is everyone’s common belief that the solution in Idlib must be political rather than military,“ Ibrahim Kalin told reporters after hosting a meeting in Istanbul with officials from the three states.

He said there was a general consensus that the consequences of an attack on Idlib would be severe, including triggering a new wave of migration.

16.09.2018 - 07:08 [ Al Jazeera ]

Turkey warns Europe of ’new wave‘ of Syrian refugees from Idlib

(15.9.2018) Kalin said that there is a general consensus that the consequences of a full-scale military attack on Idlib will cause humanitarian crises and a new wave of refugees.

He said on Friday that his government seeks to maintain Idlib’s current status, protect civilians, and prevent a humanitarian crisis in Idlib.

16.09.2018 - 06:57 [ Xinhua ]

Officials of Turkey, Russia, Germany, France meet in Istanbul over Syria’s Idlib

(14.9.2018) Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, German chancellor’s foreign policy adviser Jan Hecker and French president’s diplomatic adviser Philippe Etienne joined the meeting hosted by Turkish presidential advisor Ibrahim Kalin, Turkey’s state-run broadcaster TRT Haber said.

According to the broadcaster, the main agenda of the meeting, also attended by technical experts from the four states, is setting the program and other details of a summit meeting of leaders of the four countries in the upcoming days.

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.

15.09.2018 - 09:10 [ Raw Story ]

Here are 5 shady ways Trump, Israel and Russia are colluding on the world stage

That’s not the first time the government of Israel has surprisingly popped up during the Russia probe, investigations into President Donald Trump and his associates and White House policy on a number of issues. It should be noted that whatever Israel’s role has been in propping up Donald Trump, it’s fairly shocking, given that the Trump campaign was arguably propelled by white nationalists and avowed anti-Semites.

15.09.2018 - 08:56 [ businessinsider.nl ]

Court documents: Paul Manafort wanted to galvanize ‘Obama jews’ against Ukrainian politician as part of his lobbying work

Prosecutors say he collaborated with an Israeli official to spread the story that Tymoshenko was allied with anti-Semitic causes to make the administration believe “the Jewish community will take this out on Obama on electionday if he does nothing.”

“I have someone pushing it on the NY Post. Bada bing bada boom,” Manafort wrote in an email to one his employees in his consulting firm, identified as Person D1 in the court documents.

04.09.2018 - 18:46 [ nationalinterest.org ]

Russia’s S-500: How Putin Could Kill Air Force F-22s and B-2 Stealth Bombers?

The next generation weapon is designed to supplement Moscow’s already potent S-400 and replace the A-135 anti-ballistic missile system. Not only does the weapon have unprecedented capability to hit high altitude targets—including ballistic missiles and satellites—at extremely long ranges, there have been some claims—usually from the media—that the system could target stealth aircraft.

04.09.2018 - 06:47 [ Tehran Times ]

Iranian, Russian, Turkish presidents to meet on Syria in Tehran Friday

The Kremlin aide further said on the sidelines of the summit, Putin will hold separate bilateral meetings with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts.

The remarks came as some Israeli reports said Tel Aviv believes that the fate of Idlib will be determined in the Tehran summit.

02.09.2018 - 15:44 [ Press TV ]

Iraq, Russia, Iran, Syria military chiefs discuss security, intel cooperation

The commanders from the four countries, which have joint operation rooms to coordinate the fight against the Daesh terror group, attended the conference on Saturday.

The Iraqi Defense Ministry said it had received delegations led by deputy chiefs of staff to „strengthen cooperation and coordination in terms of security and intelligence among these countries.“

25.08.2018 - 11:36 [ Washington Post ]

Bolton and his Russian counterpart discuss arms control, Syria and Iran

(23.8.2018) Patrushev, according to state-run RIA news agency, said that no statement had been written “because the Americans wanted this to say that we had meddled in their elections, as is their opinion, but we deny this.”

Bolton said they also discussed Syria and Iran.

22.08.2018 - 08:10 [ Washington Post ]

It could be Trump’s worst day, ever: Manafort guilty on eight counts

In the short run, this may not change much. Manafort is scheduled to begin another trial in September on matters hitting rather close to home — the White House — for Trump. Whereas the judge in Virginia essentially barred any mention of Russia or the Trump campaign, Manafort’s attachments and work for Russian-connected Ukranian oligarchs will be front and center in the next trial.

21.08.2018 - 11:09 [ arabnews.com ]

Russia rejects Canada’s ‘authoritative tone’ toward Saudi Arabia

(8.8.18) DUBAI: Russia sided with Saudi Arabia in the ongoing diplomatic rift with Canada on Wednesday, issuing a statement accusing the latter of attempting to “politicize human rights issues.”

The statement said Russia rejected the “authoritative tone” of Canada toward Saudi Arabia, adding that the Kingdom had the full sovereign right to manage its own affairs.

18.08.2018 - 09:26 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Russian, Turkish officials meet, keep low profile on Idlib ideas

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met Aug. 14 in Ankara with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, with Syria dominating the agenda, largely against the backdrop of a planned Sept. 7 meeting of the leaders of Russia, Turkey, Germany and France in Istanbul.

11.08.2018 - 10:43 [ RT ]

French Twitterati furious over ‘Russophiles’ report, launch ‘Russian bots’ flashmob

Alexandre Alaphilippe, a director at the EU DisinfoLab, told RT that the study never intended to find “Russian meddling” in the Benalla scandal. “We never said this.The fact that lawmakers or the government spokesperson immediately exploited this for political ends, created a sort of hype that was never the object of our study,” he said.

But independent journalist Luc Rivet told RT that the organization is not the innocent neutral, but rather the respectable face of the ongoing information war – with Russia as the target

07.08.2018 - 16:58 [ Yonhap ]

Gov’t denies report of ship carrying N. Korean coal

South Korea’s foreign ministry confirmed the entry of the ship itself but said it’s carrying Russian coal.

„There has been no confirmation of a violation of the (U.N.) Security Council resolution in an inspection of the ship by related authorities,“ the ministry’s spokesman Noh Kyu-duk said at a press briefing.

07.08.2018 - 16:53 [ Tass.com ]

Russia has information on possible military plans by US, other countries, says Lavrov

(30.7.2018) „Rest assured, we are aware of the schemes harbored by the militaries of both the US and other Western countries against the Russian Federation,“ Lavrov stated in response to the question about how Russia meets modern challenges in the sphere of security.

03.08.2018 - 16:30 [ Ruptly / Youtube ]

Syria: Russian military police secure UN mission access to Golan Heights

Russian military police secured UN mission access to Golan Heights on Friday, for the first time since the beginning of the conflict in Syria on. Deputy commander of the Russian forces in Syrian Arab Republic Sergei Kuralenko said that today’s event will allow the UN mission to „fully fulfil its obligations to the international community.“

01.08.2018 - 16:23 [ Haaretz ]

Iranian Forces Pulling Back From Israel Border, Says Russia

Lavrentiev said Iranian service personnel whom he described as advisors could be among Syrian army forces who remain closer to the Israeli border.

„But there are no units of heavy equipment and weapons that could pose a threat to Israel at a distance of 85 km from the line of demarcation,“ Lavrentiev said.

29.07.2018 - 12:56 [ NPR.org ]

Trump Is Open To Visiting Russia If Putin Invites Him, White House Says

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump is open to receiving the official invitation and that Trump „looks forward“ to a Putin visit to the United States sometime next year.

Sanders made no mention of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Earlier, the White House said Trump would postpone his invitation for Putin to visit until next year because it believed Mueller’s „witch hunt“ would be over by then.

29.07.2018 - 12:40 [ Bloomberg.com ]

Russia-U.S. Syria Deal Hits Trouble as Post-Summit Tensions Grow

The U.S. “has not fulfilled its own promises” made in Helsinki to remove opposition forces to enable a buffer zone on Syria’s border with Israel, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. The Defense Ministry accused the U.S. of sabotaging the agreement after a senior American commander, General Joseph Votel, said that his country’s military won’t cooperate with Russian forces beyond a de-confliction hotline to avoid unintended clashes.

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.

29.07.2018 - 12:24 [ businessinsider.com ]

Former CIA director asks what Trump is ‚hiding‘ by meeting with Putin alone

(16.7.2018) John Brennan, the former director of the CIA, on Monday asked what President Donald Trump was „hiding“ by meeting alone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

Trump sat with Putin alone with only translators for roughly two hours on Monday. This was reportedly the first time in history a US and Russian president have met alone.

25.07.2018 - 12:40 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Russia: Israel has not rejected our proposal to distance the Iranians 100 km from border

According to a statement made by the Russian embassy, „The talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were very constructive.“

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.

22.07.2018 - 14:15 [ Washington Post ]

Russia continues to shape narrative of Helsinki summit

The spokesman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the NSC and its Russian counterparts were “continuing a working-level dialogue” to review suggestions by Putin for a new “cyber-group” and “restarting a counterterrorism group.” The two leaders also discussed forming groups of businesspeople and of retired diplomatic and military officials to provide ideas for cooperation, the administration has said.