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Trump, Putin to hold bilateral meeting

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will sit down for an official bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg on Friday rather than an informal pull-aside meeting. The meeting, confirmed by both the White House and the Kremlin on Tuesday, will be the first …

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Trump-Putin Frenzy

by Graham E. Fuller* — I cannot recall a period in which the US public debate across the media has reached such implacably partisan and toxic proportions. The issues are indeed important—particularly the specific case of Russian involvement in helping make public the activities of the Democratic National Committee—information that …

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THERE IS NO RUSSIAN WITHDRAWAL FROM SYRIA

By DMITRY GORENBURG AND MICHAEL KOFMANMARCH — With characteristic deadpan delivery, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the sudden withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria earlier this week, declaring their campaign a success. Before the day was through, Russian aircraft and crews were already departing from Hmeymim air base in Latakia. …

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Why Putin Went into Syria

By George Friedman for Stratfor — Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on March 14 that he would begin withdrawing his main forces from Syria. Russia appears to have deployed about 70 aircraft of a variety of types and more than 4,000 support personnel to protect and maintain the aircraft. It …

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Russia’s Achievements in Vienna Meeting

THE LEVANT NEWS — by Mohammad Ali Mohtadi* — The recent quadrilateral meeting on the conflict in Syria, which was attended by foreign ministers of Russia, the United States, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, was in fact, part of diplomatic efforts pursued by Russia in parallel to Moscow’s military operations in …

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Putin Wins Parliamentary Backing for Air Strikes Against ISIS

The Levant News — President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday secured parliament’s unanimous backing to launch air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, paving the way for imminent Russian military intervention in its closest Middle East ally. Russia has already sent military experts to a recently established center in Baghdad …

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The Japanese Government’s Decision To Postpone FM’s trip To Russia

The Levant – – Japan’s top government spokesman said on Friday that no decisions had yet been made about a possible visit by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to Russia. “As for Kishida’s visit to Russia and everything connected with it, nothing has been decided so far,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga …

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Putin not flinching on Ukraine despite economic crisis

BY TIMOTHY HERITAGE – Reuters – Reuters – A surge in violence in east Ukraine is undermining international hopes that Russia’s financial crisis and Western sanctions will force President Vladimir Putin to change policy on the conflict. There is a growing sense of foreboding as fighting between Ukrainian government forces …

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Russians Are Organizing Against Putin Using FireChat Messaging App

By Mark Milian for Bloomberg – Anti-government protesters in Russia followed along on Twitter as opposition leader Alexey Navalny live-tweeted his house-arrest violation today. But the real action was on FireChat, where Navalny and his supporters organized protests and exchanged unfiltered communication. Open Garden, the San Francisco startup that makes …

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Moscow Supports UN ‘Freeze’ Plan In Aleppo

Source: The Daily Star – The Syrian regime and key ally Russia have agreed to support a U.N. proposal to suspend fighting in the battered northern city of Aleppo, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said. Moallem’s remarks, reported by state news agency SANA, followed a meeting between President Vladimir Putin …

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Moscow Ready for International Monitoring on Border With Ukraine

 Russia agrees to international monitoring of its border with Ukraine, Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, said Thursday. “The Russian side is ready for monitoring on the Russian-Ukrainian border, ready to accept Ukrainian border guards in Russia’s Gukovo and Donetsk checkpoints on the border between the two states. But, naturally, …

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