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Trump Is Scrapping Treaty With Russia on Surveillance

White House says Russia is cheating on surveillance flights in Open Skies pact

(Newser) - The US is pulling out of another international arms control treaty after accusing the Russians of cheating. This one is called the Open Skies Treaty, and it allows participating nations to conduct unarmed surveillance flights over each other's territory, reports the AP . It was first proposed by Dwight Eisenhower... More »

Nat'l Security Adviser: Russia's Not Trying to Help Trump Win

Robert O'Brien denies report that Moscow is working to throw the 2020 election

(Newser) - There's no indication that Russia has its fingers in the 2020 election or is working to get the president re-elected, says a top Trump official. “The national security adviser gets pretty good access to our intelligence," National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien told ABC's This Week ... More »

Russia Is Working to Reelect Trump, Lawmakers Are Told

President is displeased by briefing, worried that Democrats will use the information in the campaign

(Newser) - American intelligence officials told House lawmakers last week that Russia already is interfering in the presidential campaign in an effort to see President Trump reelected. Republican and Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee attended the meeting on what a Democratic official called a briefing on "the integrity of... More »

Gorbachev Warns of 'Colossal' Danger to the World

Former Soviet leader worried about nuclear weapons amid new Russia-West tensions

(Newser) - The man credited with helping bring about the end of the Cold War doesn't think it's actually over. "Chilly but still a war," Mikhail Gorbachev tells the BBC when he asked to characterize current relations between Russia and the West. "Look at what's happening—... More »

US Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Bombers

They were in international airspace off the Alaska coast

(Newser) - They did not enter US or Canadian sovereign territory, but two Russian bombers were intercepted off the coast of Alaska by US and Canadian fighter jets Thursday. The long-range, nuclear-capable Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers entered Alaskan and Canadian Air Defense Identification Zones, which extend about 200 miles off the western... More »

Russia Will Spy on US and Match Its Missiles, Putin Says

INF treaty ended last week

(Newser) - Now that an arms control treaty has been abandoned, Vladamir Putin says he'll keep track of US missile development by spying. If he sees the US building short- and medium-range, land-based nuclear missiles, Russia will build them, too, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Russian president announced his plans... More »

NYT Power Grid Report Is Treason: Trump

There's no cyberattack on Russia, president argues

(Newser) - President Trump is rejecting a report that the US has escalated cyberattacks of its own against Russia, placing malware in its power grid, Politico reports. "Not true," the president tweeted Saturday, calling the New York Times report "a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper... More »

Why Russia Is Stockpiling Gold, Dropping US Dollars

Does he see where the world is headed?

(Newser) - Russia is dumping US dollars and snapping up gold in an effort to move away from American assets, Bloomberg reports. Vladimir Putin has been amassing gold for a decade now, quadrupling the nation's bullion reserves, but 2018 marked a record as the country bought 274 tons of bullion worth... More »

Trump: That's 'Most Insulting Thing' I've Ever Been Asked

Blasts idea he's worked for Russia, along with 'Post' report that he concealed details of Putin meetings

(Newser) - President Trump has met with Vladimir Putin face-to-face five times so far, but even high-ranking members of his own administration are unsure exactly what they said to each other, reports the Washington Post . The reason: Trump has taken unusual steps to keep their conversations under wraps, according to the newspaper.... More »

Putin's Proposed DC Visit Delayed Until 'Witch Hunt' Ends

Meanwhile, Pompeo says US will never recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea

(Newser) - The White House said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's proposed Washington meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin had been delayed until 2019, citing the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Putin had already sent signals that the fall White House meeting wasn't going to happen,... More »

Trump 'Very Concerned' About Russians, With a Twist

He thinks Russia will try to influence the midterms ... in favor of Democrats

(Newser) - Under pressure to show he's taking the threat of Russian interference seriously, President Trump claimed without evidence Tuesday that Moscow will be "fighting very hard" to help Democrats win in the 2018 midterm elections, the AP reports. Trump, who has offered mixed messages on Russian interference in US... More »

Senate Votes 98-0 to Reject Putin's Offer

Russian president suggested Russia could help US in return for being allowed to question Americans

(Newser) - The Senate on Thursday shot down a proposal from Vladimir Putin to allow Russia to interrogate US officials in exchange for Russia's help with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election, voting 98-0 in favor of a resolution rejecting it. The White... More »

The Russians Have Landed (Back in Moscow)

60 diplomats the US kicked out have now left America; US has til Thursday to get out of Russia

(Newser) - The Russian diplomats who were expelled from the United States and their families have returned to Moscow, reports the AP . Russian news agencies say they returned on two flights that landed Sunday at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport. One carried diplomats from the Russian Embassy in Washington; aboard the other were... More »

US Takes Action Against Russia Over Poisoning

Trump orders 60 diplomats expelled, closes consulate in Seattle

(Newser) - The Trump administration expelled 60 Russian diplomats on Monday and ordered Russia's consulate in Seattle to close, as the United States and European nations sought to jointly punish Moscow for its alleged role in poisoning an ex-spy in Britain. Senior Trump administration officials said all 60 Russians were spies... More »

Consulate Closure Is Fair? Yeah, Right, Says Russia

Russian foreign minister suggests move was meant 'to hurt' his country

(Newser) - US officials may have described its order that Russia close its consulate in San Francisco and diplomatic annexes in New York and Washington by Saturday as a fair response to the slashing of the number of American diplomatic staff in Russia, but that's not how Moscow sees it. Russian... More »

Putin's Verb Choice Caused Confusion on US Retaliation

He used 'pack up,' but that doesn't mean he's expelling 755 Americans

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin's decision to reduce the American diplomatic presence in Russia in the wake of sanctions passed by Congress is raising comparisons to similar tit-for-tat moves during the Cold War in the 1980s. In early coverage, two themes are emerging: Putin miscalculated on his US strategy, at least with... More »

Kislyak Is Now Russia's Former Ambassador to US

Amid scandal over meetings with Trump surrogates, envoy's term in DC is over

(Newser) - The Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, a prominent figure in the controversy over Russia's possible involvement in the 2016 US presidential election, has ended his assignment in Washington . The Russian Embassy in Washington announced on Twitter that Kislyak's tenure ended on Saturday, reports the AP... More »

Trump: Time to 'Move Forward' With Russia

Says he and Putin discussed starting an 'impenetrable Cyber Security unit'

(Newser) - President Trump hailed a nascent ceasefire in southern Syria brokered by the US and Russia as an effort that "will save lives" and is calling for further cooperation with Moscow, reports the AP . In a tweet published shortly after the truce came into effect on Sunday, Trump tweeted : "... More »

How Did Trump Do vs. Putin? Here's What Media Are Saying

Praise from CNN's Gergen but NYT's Kristof muses if Putin 'had Trump for lunch'

(Newser) - How did President Trump do at his first meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, which the Wall Street Journal says was hyped by the media "into virtually the second coming of the Reykjavik Summit?" Though the Journal gives the prez a thumbs up, reaction in other quarters... More »

Trump, Putin's '30-Minute' Meeting Lasted 136 Minutes

Details on what they discussed are starting to trickle out

(Newser) - President Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany Friday was scheduled to last just 30 minutes. Instead, per a State Department spokesperson, the meeting went on for two hours and 16 minutes, the AP reports. What you need to know:
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