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Bad Joke or Trump Scoop? Post Has a New Recording

Kevin McCarthy spoke of candidate Trump being on Putin's payroll: 'Washington Post'

(Newser) - The Washington Post has another front-pager on President Trump in regard to Russia: It dug up a recording from June 2016, a month before Trump clinched the nomination, in which House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy tells a few fellow House members he thinks Trump is on Vladimir Putin's payroll.... More »

Putin: 'Political Schizophrenia' Gripping US

Defends Trump, says he'll hand over transcript of the White House meeting

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin says President Trump did not reveal classified information during his White House meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and that a transcript can prove it, reports the Hill . The Russian president said Wednesday that he would be willing to provide the transcript of the meeting to Congress... More »

Russian Opposition Leader Blinded With Toxic Green Dye

Assailant threw 'weapon of choice' on Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in Moscow

(Newser) - Russia may soon have a president with a "stylish white eye." Not Vladimir Putin, but Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition leader who made the joke after a not-so-funny incident last week that may leave him partially blind. The New York Times reports Navalny was attacked Thursday in Moscow... More »

White House: Trump-Putin Phone Call Was 'Very Good'

Leaders signal a new effort to cooperate on Syria

(Newser) - President Trump and Russian President Putin signaled the prospect of increased cooperation in Syria Tuesday, in what the White House called a "very good" phone discussion that included a focus on setting up safe zones in the war-torn nation, the AP reports. The White House said the leaders also... More »

Trump's Big Phone Call Tuesday: Vladimir Putin

Leaders will speak amid low point in US-Russia relations

(Newser) - President Trump has an important phone call on his docket Tuesday: He'll be speaking with Vladimir Putin at 12:30pm Eastern. The talk comes less than a month after Trump said US-Russian relations "may be at an all-time low," notes the Wall Street Journal . The most recent... More »

Kremlin: Tillerson Meeting 'Not in Putin's Diary'

Snub believed to be result of Syria tensions

(Newser) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson travels to Russia Tuesday—but, unlike when he visited Moscow as CEO of ExxonMobil, he will not be meeting Vladimir Putin. A Putin spokesman said Monday that they have not announced "any such meetings and right now there is no meeting with Tillerson in... More »

Russia: Image of Putin in Makeup Is Illegal

But it's unclear exactly which of many such images is banned

(Newser) - A list of "extremist" materials banned by the Russian justice ministry recently got its 4,071st entry: a Photoshopped image of Vladimir Putin wearing makeup, the Guardian reports. According to CNN , a simple retweet of the image could net the sharer 15 days in prison or a $53 fine.... More »

Matt Taibbi: Mass Hysteria Over Putin Is Embarrassing

'Rolling Stone' writer is disturbed by the craziness he sees in media, politics

(Newser) - Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone thinks there should be an independent investigation into President Trump's ties to Russia. But until that inquiry or any other turns up actual evidence of collusion into the 2016 election, he also thinks people need to calm down. Because what's unfolding right now,... More »

Post: Blackwater Founder Met With Russian on Trump's Behalf

Sources say he was trying to set up unofficial communications channel

(Newser) - Is Blackwater founder Erik Prince secretly doing outreach for the Trump administration? According to a Washington Post report that an administration official calls "ridiculous," Prince met a Russian official close to Vladimir Putin in the Seychelles days before Trump took office in an effort to set up a... More »

Source: Russia May 'Gift' Snowden to Trump

This proves I'm no spy, Snowden says

(Newser) - Russia is considering handing over Edward Snowden as a "gift" to "curry favor" with President Trump, an intelligence source tells NBC . The source claims the handover was discussed in intercepted Russian conversations. Trump has repeatedly described the NSA leaker as a "traitor" who deserves harsh punishment, tweeting... More »

Russia Wants Apology After Bill O'Reilly Disses Putin

Wants 'respectable television network' Fox News to say sorry for 'killer' statement

(Newser) - In a Sunday interview that aired before the Super Bowl, President Trump told Bill O'Reilly he had "no idea" if he would get along with Russian President Vladimir Putin—but Putin apparently has an idea on his own relationship with O'Reilly, and he already wants an apology.... More »

Trump Commits to Syria With Putin, NATO With Merkel

Trump spent Saturday on phone calls with 5 world leaders

(Newser) - While President Trump's travel bans made headlines, the president himself spent the day on the phone with five world leaders, including Vladimir Putin, USA Today reports. While the White House didn't initially release any information about Trump's conversation with Putin, the Kremlin says the two agreed to... More »

Gorbachev: World Appears to Be Preparing for War

He wants Putin, Trump to act

(Newser) - Mikhail Gorbachev, a man who knows a thing or two about being in charge of a nuclear superpower, is very troubled by what he sees in the world today. "Politicians and military leaders sound increasingly belligerent and defense doctrines more dangerous," the former Soviet leader writes in Time... More »

Biden, Power Go Out With Guns Blazing at Russia

Both describe Russia as major threat in final speeches

(Newser) - Donald Trump's plan to cozy up to Russia is "backwards" and all politicians should stand against it, says the current US ambassador to the UN. In her last major speech on the job Tuesday, Samantha Power urged politicians to prevent the Kremlin from "tearing down" a "... More »

Putin: Why Would Trump 'Need Prostitutes in Moscow?'

And people behind dossier are 'worse than prostitutes'

(Newser) - Donald Trump isn't the only person making recent claims of phony news stories . Vladimir Putin says an explosive dossier on Trump published by BuzzFeed last week, which included allegations Russia had compromising information on the president-elect, is an "obvious fake" and "nonsense," Russia's Interfax and... More »

Declassified Report on Russia and US Election Is 'Damning'

Report says Putin ordered an 'influence campaign' to help Trump get elected

(Newser) - A report declassified Friday by the US intelligence community states Vladimir Putin ordered an "influence campaign" during the 2016 US election to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump, CNN reports. According to NBC News , the CIA and FBI have "high confidence" in that conclusion, and the NSA... More »

Why Donald Trump Is Calling Putin 'Very Smart'

And why Twitter users are calling Trump's tweet possible 'treason'

(Newser) - After Vladimir Putin said he wouldn't deport US diplomats after the latest round of US sanctions against Russia, Donald Trump once again praised the Russian president, Mediaite reports. Putin said he would delay any sanctions until after Trump takes office, and the US president-elect tweeted in response, "Great... More »

Putin's Surprise Move: He Won't Deport US Diplomats

Despite recommendation from Foreign Ministry head, Putin says he won't partake in 'irresponsible diplomacy'

(Newser) - Not many would be surprised if Moscow retaliated for fresh US sanctions over what it calls "groundless" accusations of election hacking, and one proposal seemed to point in that direction: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he wants to expel 35 American diplomats in return for the US expulsion of... More »

After 'Successes' by Syrian Army, a Truce

Putin says Russia and Turkey are on board with newly announced ceasefire

(Newser) - The Syrian army has announced a nationwide ceasefire, the AP reports. In a statement carried by state news agency SANA on Thursday, the military command "declares a comprehensive nationwide cessation of hostilities as of midnight." State TV says the ceasefire paves the way for reactivating negotiations to end... More »

In 4-Hour Press Conference, Putin Gives Dems Some Advice

'Learn to lose with dignity'

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin had this to say about Donald Trump in his 2015 December press conference: "He is an absolute leader in the presidential race." Now that Trump has won that race, the Russian president had more to say about him and US politics in this year's edition... More »

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