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: 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.

 

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

Russia: Putin names ally Sergei Naryshkin as new foreign spy chief

After a landslide victory on Sunday. Russian president has namem Sergei Naryshkin as new foreign spy chief. He was chief of staff during the presidential term of former president Dmitri Medvedev from 2011 at 2012.

Naryshkin will be in charge to combine spy agencies to create a new KGB.

According to the Russian newspaper Kommersant, Mr Putin wants to combine the domestic espionage service, the FSB, and the foreign service, the SVR, to create a new Ministry of State Security (MGB), reminiscent in scope and power of the KGB (Committee of State Security).

Approached by the paper, Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, did not confirm or deny the reports.

Conclusion: The KGB comes back.

 

Russia 2018: Putin’s party on landslide victory with low turnout

Russians went to the polls to vote a new parliament.  The ruling United Russia party has won with 343 of 450 seats on lower house or Duma.

Putin said his party had “achieved a very good result”, however the turnout was a record low of 47.8%.

The Communist Party and nationalist LDPR both secured just over 13%.

The party A Just Russia gained just over 6% of the votes

Conclusion: Russia don’t have an opposition because they loves Putin.

Europe: Putin and Erdogan mets in St. Petersburg for patched up damage relationship

In the first time since last year. The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on St.Petersburg. Both leaders has pledge to restore close economic ties which affected by Turkey’s shot down a Russia’s military jet.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russian trade sanctions on Turkey would be phased out “step by step”.

“The priority is to get back to the pre-crisis level of co-operation,” he told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in St Petersburg.

Erdogan has appreciated support taken by Putin after a failed coup attempt on last month saying it had a call from the Russian leader after the coup “meant a lot psychologically”.

He said “the Moscow-Ankara friendship axis will be restored”.

Conclusion: Friends will be friends among Russians and Turks.

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