Europe: Russia launches Zapad war games in Belarus

European countries has concerned a military drill made by Russia and Belarus today. It are called Zapad which involves 12.000 Russian troops in Belarus. Nato expected the numbers is higher.

Poland and Estonia has criticised it.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has warned that Zapad-2017 (Russian for “West”) could be a prelude for an invasion of Ukraine. Kiev has stepped up security on Ukraine’s borders.

Conclusion: Europe is a playground to Putin today.

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US: House of representatives approves new sanctions to Russia

The ties between Russia and US has new low today.  US’ House of Representatives has approved a new bill which tightens sanctions againts Iran, North Korea and Russia by 419 to 3.

It needs to be passed through the Senate before it can be sent on to the president to be signed.

The White House says it is reviewing the bill, and it is unclear whether the president will veto it.

“While the president supports tough sanctions on North Korea, Iran and Russia, the White House is reviewing the House legislation and awaits a final legislative package for the president’s desk,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Prior to the vote, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said such measures would plant a “dangerous mine” under the foundation of ties.

Mr Ryabkov said: “All this is very worrying. We can see no signs that that Russophobe hysteria that has engulfed the entire US Congress is dying down.”

After it passed, Russian MP Leonid Slutsky said the sanctions “undermine the prospects for the restoration of Russian-American relations and further complicate them for the foreseeable future”.

“Opportunities for diplomatic manoeuvring” are now “extremely” small, he told Russia’s Interfax news agency.

Conclusion: Further handshakes between Trump and Putin to save US-Russia ties as soon as possible,

Russia: Ildar Dadin jail term quashed

After the opposition leader Alexei Lavalny has convicted by embezzlement. Now, Russia’s supreme court has quased to jail term sentence made against Oppositon activist Ildar Dadin. He was accused to make a illegal protest in 2011.

The court said the criminal case against him should be dismissed and he had a “right to rehabilitation”, Russian media report.

Dadin, jailed in December 2015, has been serving two-and-a-half years for a series of protests.

Last November he said he was tortured in prison in north-west Russia.

The authorities denied the claims, but transferred him to another prison.

Conclusion: Putin is unhappy now.

US: Trump’s national security adviser resigns

The former national secutiry adviser Michael Flynn has resigned today. The main reason is misled US government over his talks with Russian ambassador in Washington, Sergei Kislyak, before Trump sworn in as president.

Flynn is said to have misled officials about his call with Russia’s ambassador before his own appointment.

It is illegal for private citizens to conduct US diplomacy.

US reports said earlier the White House had been warned about the contacts last month and had been told Flynn might be vulnerable to Russian blackmail.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia would not be commenting on the resignation.

“This is the internal affair of the Americans, the internal affair of the Trump administration,” he added. “It’s nothing to do with us.”

Conclusion: Never talk with a Russian diplomat privately

Russia: Alexei Navalny found guilty

The russian anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny has found guilty for embezzlement and handed a five-year suspended sentence. It bars him from running for president next year against Vladimir Putin.

Navalny is convicted for embezzlement  in relation to a timber company called Kirovles, for which he was also handed a 500,000-rouble ($8,500; £6,700) fine in a provincial city of Kirov.

Conclusion: Putin has loved it.

 

US-Russia row: Russia ‘tired’ of US hacking ‘witch-hunt’ – Kremlin says

After CIA unveils its report which accuses Russia to hacking US presidential elections. On Monday, Russia has responded it saying it was tired.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Moscow was tired of the accusations.

He said a report released by US intelligence agencies detailing the allegations was groundless.

In his comments on Monday, Mr Peskov said Russia “categorically denied that Moscow had been involved in any hacking attacks”.

“Groundless accusations which are not supported by anything are being rehearsed in an amateurish, unprofessional way. We don’t know what information they are actually relying on.”

The claims amounted to a “witch-hunt”, he added.

The witch-hunt term was used by president-elected Donald Trump on Friday.

Conclusion: Russia and their complaints

World affairs: Trump and Putin ‘will try to mend ties’, Kremlin says

After a victory of Donald Trump on last wednesday. Russian president Vladimir Putin has talked to him by phone today. Kremlin said They  will try to “normalise US-Russia ties”

Putin wished Trump “success in implementing the election programme”.

Trump has expressed admiration for Mr Putin, saying he “has been a leader far more than our president”.

Meanwhile President Barack Obama said Mr Trump had told him he remained “committed to a strong Nato”.

The Kremlin revealed Mr Trump and Mr Putin had discussed Syria and agreed that current Russian-US relations were “extremely unsatisfactory”.

They also talked about the fact 2017 marked 210 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries “which in itself should stimulate a return to pragmatic, mutually beneficial co-operation”.

Conclusion: The honeymoon among Americans and Russians