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  • Russia challenges Trump to say what he would do about Syria

    Russia has challenged President Donald Trump to set out his strategy on Syria after he declared that an apparent chemical weapons attack had transformed his views on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.


    Trump, who has previously argued against removing Assad from power, said Wednesday's attack on a rebel-held town in Syria's Idlib province was a "heinous" act that "crossed a lot of lines for me."


    http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/06/middle...ack/index.html


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    Russia condemns U.S. missile strike on Syria, suspends key air agreement


    Under the now-suspended pact, the two countries had traded information about flights by a U.S.-led coalition targeting the Islamic State and Russian planes operating in Syria in support of the Assad government. Moscow was taking its action, the Russian Defense Ministry said, because it sees the U.S. strike “as a grave violation of the memorandum.”

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      Russia seeks meeting with U.S., UN on Syria next week in Geneva


      Russia plans to hold talks with the U.S. and the United Nations next week in Geneva aimed at breathing new life into the Syrian peace process, state media reported, in what would mark the first such contacts since the new administration of Donald Trump took office.

      UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has agreed to attend and Russia is awaiting confirmation from U.S. officials, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said, the TASS news service reported Monday. Russia will be represented at the April 24 talks by Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov, TASS reported, citing an unidentified Russian diplomat.



      More: https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/a...week-in-geneva

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        Putin offers transcript to prove Trump did not pass Russia secrets

        Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had not divulged any secrets during a meeting in Washington with Russian officials and offered to prove it by supplying Congress with a transcript.

        But a leading U.S. Republican politician said he would have little faith in any notes Putin might supply.

        Two U.S. officials said on Monday Trump had disclosed classified information about a planned Islamic State operation to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when they met last week, plunging the White House into a fresh controversy just four months into Trump's tenure.


        More: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-us...-idUSKCN18D1EA
        Last edited by Christian; 05-17-2017, 04:45 PM.

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          Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians

          Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters.

          The previously undisclosed interactions form part of the record now being reviewed by FBI and congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russia.


          More: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-us...KCN18E106?il=0

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            Syria says U.S. chemical attack warning untrue, aims to justify new attack

            The Syrian government said a U.S. warning this week to Damascus not to carry out a new chemical weapons strike were baseless and a ploy to justify a new attack on the country, state television said.

            State television quoted a foreign ministry source as saying Washington's allegations about an intended attack were not only misleading but also "devoid of any truth and not based on any facts."

            The White House warned Syrian President Bashar al Assad on Monday that he and his military would "pay a heavy price" if it conducted a chemical weapons attack and said the United States had reason to believe such preparations were underway.



            More: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mi...-idUSKBN19K17Q

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              Putin orders cut of 755 personnel at U.S. missions

              MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that the U.S. diplomatic missions in Moscow and elsewhere in the country will have to reduce their staffs by 755 people, signaling a significant escalation in the Russian response to American sanctions over the Kremlin’s intervention in the 2016 presidential election.

              The United States and Russia have expelled dozens of each other’s diplomats before — but Sunday’s statement, made by Putin in an interview with the Rossiya-1 television channel, indicated the single largest forced reduction in embassy staff, comparable only to the closing of the American diplomatic presence in the months following the Communist revolution in 1917.


              More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...=.e31e6d56c88c

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