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Wall Street Journal: Yanukovych pushes peace proposal.

MOSCOW - Ukraine’s former president, living in self-imposed exile in Russia, has sent President Donald Trump a peace plan on ending the conflict in Ukraine, in the newest freelance effort by a Ukrainian politician to reach out to the White House. The post Wall Street Journal: Yanukovych pushes peace proposal appeared ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

RFE/RL: In Syria and Ukraine, Russia positions itself as solution to problems it created.

The world is becoming ever more tumultuous. But amid the general storm one country can be relied upon to maintain a sanguine - and sanguinary - course: Vladimir Putin's Russia. The post RFE/RL: In Syria and Ukraine, Russia positions itself as solution to problems it created appeared first on KyivPost.

- Kyiv Post - UA

RFE/RL: Poroshenko says satisfied he has 'built bridges' with Trump administration.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he was satisfied he has established a dialogue with U.S. President Donald Trump's administration despite concerns in Kyiv that Trump might sacrifice ties with Ukraine in favor of a closer relationship with Russia. The post RFE/RL: Poroshenko says satisfied he has 'built bridges' ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

UNIAN: Ukraine reports one soldier wounded after 54 attacks in Donbas.

Russia-backed separatists attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 54 times in the past 24 hours with one Ukrainian soldier reported as wounded in action , according to the press service of the Ukraine military. The post UNIAN: Ukraine reports one soldier wounded after 54 attacks in Donbas appeared first on KyivPost.

- Kyiv Post - UA

Politico: GOP to bury House resolution on Trump conflicts.

House Republicans next week plan to derail a Democratic resolution that would have forced disclosure of President Donald Trump's potential ties with Russia and any possible business conflicts of interest, according to multiple House sources. The post Politico: GOP to bury House resolution on Trump conflicts appeared first ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Gboard for iPhone gets an upgrade.

In May  2016, you first met Gboard, our app that let you search and send information, GIFs, emoji and more, right from your keyboard. In July, Gboard went global. And today we're upgrading your Gboard experience on iPhone by adding access to 15 additional languages, Google Doodles, new emoji, and—by popular ...

- The Official Google Blog - US

Russian politicians to join Global Baku Forum.

Former Secretary of State of the Russian Federation, former Deputy Prime Minister Gennady Burbulis and former director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Former Deputy Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Trubnikov will attend the 5th Global Baku Forum.

- AzerNews - AZ

Russia asks Syria to halt bombing during U.N. peace talks.

Russia has called on Syrian President Bashar Assad to stop his bombing campaign while peace talks take place this week, but a political breakthrough on the 6-year-old war remains unlikely, the U.N.'s envoy said Wednesday.

- The Daily Star - LB

Republican senator open to subpoenaing Donald Trump for his tax returns.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said on Wednesday she's open to using a subpoena to investigate President Donald Trump's tax returns for potential connections to Russia.

- Global News - CA

WATCH: Sen. Chuck Schumer talks tears over immigration order, White House ties to Russia.

Schumer asks Attorney General Sessions to recuse himself over FBI Flynn investigation regarding ties to Russia.

- ABC News - US

Japan protests Russian military buildup plan in decades-old islands dispute.

TOKYO - Japan has protested to Russia over its plan to boost troop strength on disputed islands, Japan's top government spokesman said on Thursday, the latest move in a territorial row that has overshadowed ties since World War Two.

- Reuters - US

Russian foreign ministry creates site to debunk 'fake news' stories from Western media

Francis Whittaker / BuzzFeed: Russian foreign ministry creates site to debunk “fake news” stories from Western media  —  Since the rise of “fake news” as a major player in the global political conversation last year, you may have noticed that some politicians around the world have started ...

- Mediagazer - US

Russia's foreign ministry unveils effort to label news it considers to be fake, includes articles from NYT, Bloomberg, Daily Telegraph, NBC, and more

Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times: Russia's foreign ministry unveils effort to label news it considers to be fake, includes articles from NYT, Bloomberg, Daily Telegraph, NBC, and more  —  MOSCOW — Russia's Foreign Ministry got into the fake news business in a splashy way on Wednesday.  —  No, not by ...

- Mediagazer - US

Anti-vaccine parents endanger their kids and the public with support from the Conspiracist-in-Chief

Trump has found supporters among some of the most dangerous and disreputable members of society. We know that white supremacists, Russian presidents, xenophobes, and homophobes all consider him an ally. And among the latest group to see him as a champion are the members of the anti-vaccine movement.  President ...

- Daily Kos - US

Russia to Arm 90 Percent of Strategic Nuclear Forces With Modern Weaponry by 2020

Also, the Russian military's precision strike capability will increase fourfold by 2021, Russia's defense minister says.

- The Diplomat - US

Why Trump Can't Break Russia Away From China

The conditions just aren't right for Kissinger-style triangular diplomacy.

- The Diplomat - US

GOP senator wants Mike Flynn to testify before Congress about his Russia connections

Sen. Susan Collins says she's also open to subpoenaing Trump's tax returns.Sen. Susan Collins. CREDIT: Video screengrabDespite many unanswered questions about connections between President Donald Trump, his inner circle, and Russian officials, Republican members of Congress have so far been reluctant to pursue a robust ...

- ThinkProgress - US

Rosneft's Profit Drops 49%, Gazprom Neft Boosts Income 82.5%

Two of Russia's major oil producers - Rosneft and Gazprom Neft - reported Wednesday their respective 2016 financials which showed that the oil giant's full-year profit tumbled 49 percent, while Gazprom's oil division saw its 2016 net income surge 82.5 percent. Rosneft reported a 2016 net income of US$3.13 billion , down ...

- OilPrice.com - US

Republicans more concerned by leaks than Trump team Russian ties: Reuters/Ipsos poll

NEW YORK - Rank-and-file Republicans are more concerned about leaks to the media of conversations between Trump advisers and the Russian government than they are about the conversations themselves, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released Wednesday.

- Reuters - US

In Russia, Trump Coverage Toned Down in State Media

President Donald Trump isn't getting as much flattering attention as he used to on Russian state media as the Kremlin last week told outlets to cut down on coverage of the U.S. leader, the Economist reports.

- Newsmax - US

Rosneft's 2016 profit plunges amid low oil prices

Russian oil company struggles to contain costs, in contrast to some overseas rivals

- Financial Times - US

Russia asks world powers to pay for Syria rebuild

Funds from EU and Gulf states reliant on peace settlement

- Financial Times - US

4 Warning Signs Of Instability In Russia

Geopolitical Futures forecasted that 2017 will be “an inflection point in the long-term destabilization of Russia.” After just six weeks, there are clear signs that this forecast is right on track.

- Forbes.com - US

Collins: I Will Ask That Flynn Testify Before Senate Intel Committee

Sen. Susan Collins , a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday that ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn should testify before the committee about the nature of his communications with Russian officials.

- TPM News - US

Russian Aviation Company S7 Group restructures

Moscow Feb 21, 2017 Russia's S7 Space Transportation Systems company, part of the S7 Group, has been given a license to conduct launches and other space activities in Russia, the firm said Monday. "As early as this year, we plan to launch a Zenit-M rocket from the Baikonur spaceport, with STS providing analytic integration ...

- SpaceDaily.com - US

Russia to carry out tourist flights around Moon by 2022

Moscow Feb 22, 2017 Russia's Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia hopes to be the first to offer space tourism around the Moon aboard the Soyuz spacecraft by 2021-2022. First round-the-Moon flights should be possible for space tourists aboard the Soyuz spacecraft in 2021-2022, Vladimir Solntsev, the head of Russia's ...

- SpaceDaily.com - US

Energia wants to finalize Sea Launch deal with Boeing

Moscow Feb 22, 2017 Russia's Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia is planning to reach a settlement agreement with the Boeing company on the floating rocket platform Sea Launch project soon, the corporation's general director told Sputnik. In January, Russian media reported that the preliminary settlement agreement ...

- SpaceDaily.com - US

Energia to make 2 modifications of Federatsiya spaceship

Moscow Feb 22, 2017 Russia's Energia rocket and space corporation is getting ready for the production of the Federatsiya spacecraft. Russia's Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia is developing two modifications of the Federatsiya spacecraft, which could carry four or six cosmonauts respectively, the corporation's ...

- SpaceDaily.com - US

Survival in the Trumpian World

The popular belief that it was the Kremlin's dream to see Trump in the White House is, at best, an exaggeration.

- The American Interest - US

Putin Enjoys a Trump Bump in New Gallup Poll

But do shifting American attitudes portend a lasting realignment?

- The American Interest - US

Successful Russian launch re-paves the way to space station

Russia's Soyuz rocket - currently the only way to get to the International Space Station - has had its first successful trip since a failed launch in December, restoring astronauts' ability to get to space

- NewScientist - US

Lithuanian society's scars bleed from Tsarist Russia's legacy, serfdom - The Baltic Times

In the new term of the Lithuanian Parliament , Dovile Sakaliene, an MP and Vice-Chair of the Commission on Prevention of Suicide and Vio......

- The Baltic Times - US

Leveling-out classes in Lithuania gives a glimpse into the nation's governmental policies - The Baltic Times

Even locals would probably admit that Taurage – a town in the southwestern part of Lithuania, in close proximity to the Russian border &nd......

- The Baltic Times - US

USA – neither moral equivalence, nor 'a shining city on a hill' - The Baltic Times

Several weeks ago, President Donald Trump caused outrage, when he suggested that the US and Russia did not differ all that much. In response to ......

- The Baltic Times - US

A Baltic test for European arms control - The Baltic Times

Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in early 2014, its political and military relations with the West have deteriorated sharply. Russian m......

- The Baltic Times - US

Russia Launches New Project To Track ’Fake News’

Russia has embraced the buzzword "fake news" to dismiss coverage it considers unfair or flat-out wrong -- even as Western governments accuse Moscow of exploiting false and misleading news for political gain.

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

Quashing of Russian activist Ildar Dadin’s sentence welcome, but not enough

This is an important move, but if Russia wants to demonstrate a shift away from repression, it should revoke other laws, like that used to imprison people for criticizing its invasion and annexation of Crimea.

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

Court blasts Ukraine’s Migration Service, orders it to grant Russian Maidan activist asylum

Sergei Anisiforov’s battle for asylum in Ukraine has ended in victory three years after he was injured on Maidan and even honoured for his part in Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity. In a hearing on February 22, the Odesa District Court of Appeal addressed blistering criticism at the Odesa branch of Ukraine’s ...

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

McMaster Appointment Could Bolster US Line on Russia

22 February 2017Whatever his personal relationships in Russia, Donald Trump has now filled key US national security positions with individuals who understand the dangers of rapprochement on Moscow's terms. Keir Giles Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme Donald Trump with HR McMaster, the new national security ...

- Chatham House - UK

Russia feels Montenegro coup allegations may damage bilateral relationship

, Feb. 23: Russia hits back over allegations that Moscow was involved in a failed coup in Montenegro and an attempt to assassinate the country's former Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, stating the claims may damage relation between the two nations.According to CNN, Montenegro's chief special prosecutor has said that ...

- Sify - IN

In New Jersey, a record crowd at town hall presses Rep. Lance to get tough on Trump

Among Lance's most pointed answers were his response to calls for Trump to release his tax returns — I urge him to do so,' Lance said — and his stance that he wants to maintain, and possibly increase, sanctions against Russia.

- Washington Post - US

DNC chair candidate: Most Americans 'know which election was rigged'

REUTERS/Joshua RobertsCandidates vying to lead the Democratic National Committee argued a number of issues during a CNN debate on Wednesday night. The subject of President Donald Trump came up several times as the candidates discussed what the Democratic Party needs to do to turn things around. Candidate Jehmu Greene ...

- Business Insider - US

Paul Ryan's constituents place a Craigslist Lost and Found ad asking: 'Have you seen our Speaker?'

Unable to reach their congressional representatives the old-fashioned way — by phone, email, and in person — Americans across the country are getting creative. This week, Republican lawmakers like Sen. Joni Ernst and Sen. Tom Cotton have faced angry constituents who peppered them with questions about everything ...

- The Week - US

GOP senator wants Flynn to testify on Russia ties

Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday she wants former national security adviser Michael Flynn to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.Collins, a member of the intelligence panel, also said campaign officials have been asked to preserve all records ...

- POLITICO - US

Liberal group launches 'Moscow Project' to pressure Trump

Seeking to apply new pressure on President Donald Trump over his ties to Russia, the liberal Center for American Progress Action Fund is bringing on a former State Department official to run its new Moscow Project,' while advocating the creation of an independent investigation even while the Senate Intelligence Committee's ...

- POLITICO - US

GOP to bury House resolution on Trump conflicts

House Republicans next week plan to derail a Democratic resolution that would have forced disclosure of President Donald Trump's potential ties with Russia and any possible business conflicts of interest, according to multiple House sources.Seeking to avoid a full House vote on the so-called resolution of inquiry' — a ...

- POLITICO - US

Trump's Russia problem dogs Republicans at town halls

Constituents are demanding GOP lawmakers investigate the president's ties to Moscow.

- POLITICO - US

Russia boosts ICBMs, planes, tanks, ships, adds info warfare forces, plans disputed-isle unit

The Russian military received a sweeping array of new weapons last year, including 41 intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the wide-ranging military modernization will continue this year, the defense minister said Wednesday. Minister Sergei Shoigu told lawmakers the air force will receive 170 new aircraft, the army will ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Republican senator open to subpoena for Trump tax returns, says Flynn to be called to testify

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said on Wednesday she's open to using a subpoena to investigate President Donald Trump's tax returns for potential connections to Russia. Collins, a Republican who has served as a U.S. senator from Maine since 1997, sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Republican US senator: I'm open to subpoena of Trump's taxes

PORTLAND, Maine " U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said on Wednesday she's open to using a subpoena to investigate President Donald Trump's tax returns for potential connections to Russia.Collins, a Republican who has served as a U.S....

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

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