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More mendacity from Muscovy. NatSec Advisor Bolton points out some ground truths to the Russians, who did not appreciate his directness. Bershidsky as always argues the case for going soft on Russia.
Update on Salisbury cleanup and costs.
NatSec Advisor Bolton comments on Syria vs. Russia vs. Iran – well received in Israel. Excellent FP analysis of Erdogan’s folly that in so many ways resembles Russia’s.
RUSSIAN double agent Sergei Skripal – at the centre of a novichok poisoning row – could be dead, his niece has warned.
Donald Trump was elected president as a populist outsider who talked non-intervention, but his administration is being hijacked by neoconservatives who want to preserve the US empire, former congressman Ron Paul has told RT. Paul was commenting on the meeting of Trump’s new national security advisor, John Bolton, with his Russian counterpart Nikolay Patrushev in Geneva on Thursday, which the US envoy described as making “considerable progress” in relations between Washington and Moscow. “I thought it was terrible. All he did was threaten people and assume we control the world,” the former Texas congressman told RT.
National security advisor John Bolton declared that regime change in Iran is not a US objective. But he did promise to hit Tehran with sanctions and “other things.” So where does pressure end and regime change begin?
US military personnel is present on Syrian soil, too, the Kremlin spokesman said
Trump’s national security adviser’s talks with his Russian counterpart were apparently tense
White House national security adviser John Bolton said he warned Moscow in talks in Geneva on August 23 that the United States “wouldn’t tolerate meddling” in the upcoming midterm elections.
This morning, National Security Advisor John Bolton met with his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev, and among many important pieces of information released
In our news wrap Thursday, National Security Adviser John Bolton raised election interference at a Geneva meeting with his Russian counterpart but was unable to agree on the issue. Meanwhile, Google announced it identified a misinformation campaign connected to Iranian state media, and what the Democratic National Committee thought was a hacking attempt turned out to be a security test.
The conversation marked the first top-level meeting in what could be a series between the two presidents’ national security teams
The US security adviser John Bolton has again accused Russia of meddling in elections, which Russia again denied. Bolton also announced a cut in US funding for the UN.
The national security adviser said the two sides were unable to agree on a joint statement because of disagreements over election interference.
National security adviser John Bolton warned Thursday that the US will not tolerate Russian interference in the 2018 midterm elections, attempting to reaffirm the administration’s strong opposition to Moscow’s influence over the democratic process after President Donald Trump failed to raise the issue during his summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin last month.
The Kremlin said on Thursday it noted a lack of desire in Washington to find areas where relations could be improved.
The Kremlin on Thursday tempered expectations for a meeting between national security adviser John Bolton and his counterpart, saying it sees a lack of desire to improve relations,
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has repeated U.S. calls for Russia to “immediately release” jailed Ukrainian writer and filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike for more than 100 da…
RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin has said he was forced to respond to the mobilisation of US missile defence systems along his nation’s borders as Russia-NATO tensions reach boiling point.
At least not without setting off a global energy and financial crisis.
An old Russian tank that had just led a military parade in western Russia on Thursday was being loaded onto a trailer when it embarrassingly barrel-rolled off the flatbed.
Queen Elizabeth Gardens was closed after Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley visit
A FURTHER £2.5 million has been pledged by the government to help cover the costs of the Novichok related incidents in Salisbury and Amesbury.
President Trump’s national security adviser has said Iranian troops must be withdrawn from Syria as a precondition for a peace deal, setting up the prospect of American and British troops remaining indefinitely.John Bolton is in Jerusalem for talks with Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime ministe
White House national security adviser John Bolton says Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed terror organization, must be kicked out of Syria in addition to other Iranian forces.
Donald Trump’s national security adviser yesterday warned Russia there would be no deal on Syria unless Iranian troops withdrew from the country.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The U.S. seeks the complete withdrawal of all Iranian forces from Syria, U.S. defense official John Bolton stated after his
LONDON: Donald Trump’s national security adviser said on Thursday he discussed with a senior Russian official the removal of the Iranian presence from Syria. Speaking after meeting the head of Russia’s National Security Council, John Bolton said the White House’s aim after pulling out of the nuclear deal with Iran, partly because of Tehran’s interventions in Arab countries,
National Security Adviser John Bolton told Reuters Wednesday—ahead of his meeting with Director of Russia’s Security Service Nikolai Patrushev in Geneva on Thursday—that President Vladimir Putin had told President Trump in Helsinki last July that he is unable to force Iran out of Syria. However, according to Bolton, Putin also stressed “that his interest and Iran’s were not exactly the same. So we’re obviously going to talk to him about what role they can play.”
Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s big-power backer, says it is committed to destroying Islamic State insurgents but has been more circumspect about the involvement of Iran.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is “stuck” in Syria trying to prop up a regime that can’t afford to rebuild a country wracked by civil war, according to a top White House official.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded to U.S. defense official John Bolton’s threats against the Syrian
Bolton added that what is central to US policy in Syria is not only to defeat of the Islamic State and the elimination of its territorial caliphate, but also to deal with Iran’s presence.
World powers decry Iranian presence in Syria, but insist nothing can be done to remove this threat to Israel
For Vladimir Putin, Iran just doesn’t matter that much anymore.
Senior Iranian cleric Ahmad Khatami warned the U.S. on Wednesday that the price of attacking Iran would be “very high” for America and its ally Israel.
Iran drew widespread ridicule when it revealed that its supposedly “state of the art” and domestically designed and built new “Kowsar” jet fighter was really a 1970s US design with a fresh coat of paint – but according to an expert, the plane has an untold purpose that could save the Iranian air force.
Google says it has disabled dozens of YouTube channels and other accounts linked to an Iranian state broadcaster that it said was running a political influence campaign.
‘That’s good,’ says PM in Vilnius, as Air France and British Airways join KLM in discontinuing flights to Tehran
It’s not clear what plans Ankara has for the National Liberation Front, a collection of Syrian opposition groups Turkey has established at Idlib.
Erdogan used to rely on Turkey’s best and brightest—until he replaced them with its worst and dimmest. Bulut is a particularly colorful figure. An ardent opponent-turned-diehard supporter, he is pushing some of the most bizarre and outlandish conspiracy theories and pseudoscience out of Ankara. Among his previous theories are that foreign chefs are spies, that the anti-government demonstrations of 2013 were incited by the German airline Lufthansa, and that Erdogan’s rivals have tried to kill him with telekinesis. In July, as Turkey’s troubles worsened, his televised diatribe accusing of treason the experts warning of an imminent currency meltdown quickly went viral. According to Bulut, the exchange rates were never going to weaken past 5 liras to a dollar. The dollar now trades at more than 6. The fact that Turkey’s best and brightest have made way for its worst and dimmest perfectly embodies the essence of the country’s malaise. At every level of society, loyalty has replaced merit as the sole criterion. Corruption and cronyism are eating the country away like cancer. From schools to courts to markets to media, there is not a single area where the decay is not apparent. Polarization has reached such heights that nothing seems to be enough to bring Turks together, even for a shared moment of grief or triumph. When one lacks the competence to deal with the challenges the country is facing, the common sense to reach out to those who do, and the courage to hear the inconvenient truths they would tell, all one is left with is denial, deceit, and conceit. A culture of impunity pervades the government: Nothing is ever wrong, and no one is ever responsible. The problem with such a culture is that facts don’t just disappear because one wants them to. Ankara is right in blaming Turkey’s troubles on its enemies, but it misses a crucial point: Turkey is its own worst enemy.
France dismissed on Thursday any suggestion that millions of Syrian refugees could start returning home, as urged by Russia, which backs President Bashar al-Assad.
Putin has sent tens of thousands of soldiers, according to a video released Wednesday by the Russian Defense Ministry.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – At least 63,000 Russian soldiers took part in combat operations across Syria, the Kremlin announced on Thursday. According
Now that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian sponsors have reclaimed most of the territory previously held by opposition forces, his regime will soon be able to claim victory after seven years of carnage. For Europeans, it is imperative that that victory proves hollow.