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Reuters: Twitter bans ads from Russia’s Kaspersky Lab

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Twitter Inc. said on April 20 that it has banned ads from Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, saying the cyber-security company’s business model conflicts with advertising rules and citing US government claims that Kaspersky has ties to Russian intelligence agencies. Read more here.   The post Reute...

Washington Post: Comey memo showed Trump wanted faster response to Putin call

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President Trump became irate at his then-national security adviser Michael Flynn, when he learned that Flynn had failed to tell him about a congratulatory phone call from Russian President Vladi­mir Putin after Trump’s inauguration, according to a senior administration official. Read more here. T...

Reuters: Russian minister says Rusal nationalization not an option for now

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MOSCOW – Russia is not considering the temporary nationalization of aluminum giant Rusal (0486.HK) for now, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency on April 20. Read more here.     The post Reuters: Russian minister says Rusal nationalization n...

EurAsia Daily: Gazprom sends materials to Stockholm to denounce contract with Naftogaz

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Gazprom has sent materials to Stockholm to denounce its contract with the Naftogaz of Ukraine, RIA Novosti reports citing the Russian gas holding. Read more here. The post EurAsia Daily: Gazprom sends materials to Stockholm to denounce contract with Naftogaz appeared first on KyivPost.

Reuters: France says Russia obstructing OPCW experts’ access to site of Douma attack

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PARIS – Russia is obstructing the access of international chemical weapons inspectors to the site of a suspected poison gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on April 20. Read more here. The post Reuters: France says Russia obstructing OPCW ...

Washington Post: Russia says US did not violate red lines during Syria strikes

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MOSCOW — Russia’s foreign minister said on April 20 that the US sought out and respected Moscow’s positions in Syria when it launched its air strikes last week. Read more here.   The post Washington Post: Russia says US did not violate red lines during Syria strikes appeared first on KyivPost.

BBC: Trump-Russia ‘collusion’ – Democrats file lawsuit

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The Democratic Party in the US is suing Russia, the Trump campaign and the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks for conspiring to disrupt the 2016 presidential election. Read more here. The post BBC: Trump-Russia ‘collusion’ – Democrats file lawsuit appeared first on KyivPost.

Reuters: Lithuania wants more NATO anti-aircraft missiles to deter Russia

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VILNIUS – Lithuania wants the United States to bring more defence systems such as long-range Patriot and short-range Avenger missiles to the Baltics where some fear Russia is more powerful in the air. Read more here. The post Reuters: Lithuania wants more NATO anti-aircraft missiles to dete...

Reuters: Democratic Party sues Russia, Trump campaign for allegedly disrupting 2016 election

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WASHINGTON – The Democratic Party sued Russia, Republican President Donald Trump’s campaign and WikiLeaks on April 20, charging that they conspired to disrupt the 2016 US presidential election, a court filing showed. Read more here. The post Reuters: Democratic Party sues Russia, Trump camp...

Crimean sailors from arrested Nord ship sneak out of Ukraine

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Two Crimean sailors have managed to sneak through Ukrainian passport control, board a flight to Belarus, and return to their homes in occupied Crimea as of April 20, their lawyer, Alexander Rudenko, told Russia’s Tass news agency. “They are happy that they have ended this nightmare period in thei...

UNIAN: Two sailors of Crimean ship seized in Ukraine flee to Belarus with Russian-issued passports

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Two crew members of the Crimean-registered Nord fishing vessel seized in Ukraine have managed to flee to Belarus, using Russian-issued passports. The two men on the morning of April 19 registered at Kyiv International Airport for a flight to Belarus as citizens of Russia and presented Russian pas...

U.S. denies any agreements with Russia on future sanctions

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The U.S. administration does not conduct any negotiations with Russian oligarchs or representatives of the Russian government on the introduction of new sanctions against certain individuals or companies close to the Kremlin.

Bloomberg: Manafort suspected of serving as ‘back channel’ to Russia

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s interest in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort stemmed in part from his suspected role as a “back channel” between the campaign and Russians intent on meddling in the election, a Justice Department lawyer told a judge. The disclosure by U.S. prosecutors ...

Bloomberg: Russian missiles alarm Israel, stoking risk of next Syria crisis

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Angered by last week’s U.S. attack on Syria, Russia warned that there would be consequences. Only one of them was spelled out: The Kremlin said it may supply its Syrian ally with state-of-the-art air defenses. If the prospect rings alarm bells among President Bashar al-Assad’s enemies, they’re li...

The Moscow Times: Russia dismisses chemical watchdog’s spy poisoning probe as ‘strange’

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Russia’s Foreign Ministry has expressed skepticism towards an international chemical watchdog’s investigation into the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain that London blames on Moscow. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed last week that a Swiss lab report had revealed th...

Reuters: Top Russian, NATO generals hold rare face-to-face meeting

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The head of Russia’s military general staff and NATO’s supreme allied commander held a rare face-to-face meeting on April 19 to try to ease the worst East-West tensions since the Cold War. U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti and Valery Gerasimov met in Baku, Azerbaijan, less than a week after th...

System of countering anti-Ukrainian broadcasting launched in Donbas war zone

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Ukraine has set up a system to counter anti-Ukrainian television broadcasts and Russia information aggression in the Donbas war zone in the east of the country. The system was launched on April 19 by President Petro Poroshenko live from a war cabinet meeting, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent rep...

Russia’s Telecom operators to begin storing data for 30 days from Oct. 1

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The Russian government has approved the data storage rules for telecommunications operators concerning text messages and internet voice traffic of users, requiring them to begin storing the information for 30 days from October 1, 2018. “A communications operator providing telematic communic...

Moscow Times: At Soviet-era youth camp in Crimea, Assad’s children ‘didn’t stick out’

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News that Russia hosted the teenage children of Bashar al-Assad at a lavishly-rebuilt Black Sea summer camp in Crimea last year has given a rare glimpse into the personal lives of the Syrian president’s family and his close relationship to Moscow. Nestled on the Crimean coast since 1925, th...

Reuters: Ukraine moves to split church from Russia as elections approach

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Ukraine’s Orthodox church could become independent of Moscow under the terms of a presidential initiative lawmakers approved on April 19, a move that President Petro Poroshenko said would make it harder for Russia to meddle in Ukrainian affairs. Read more here. The post Reuters: Ukraine moves to ...