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Trump Russia affair: Key questions answered

For nearly two years the Trump-Russia affair has dominated front pages and mired the president's administration in conflict and controversy. But what is it exactly? How did it begin? And where is it going? The inquiry is being led by Robert Mueller, a widely respected former director of the FBI. Holed

Global image of Putin, Russia suffers significantly–Research

At same time, Russia seen as gaining influence on world stage. Clark Letterman Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to re-establish Russia as a consequential world power appear to have borne at least some fruit: The prevailing view in a new 25-country poll by Pew Research Center is that Russia plays a more

US looks to counter China, Russia’s growing power in Africa with new strategy

Beijing has made deep inroads across the continent and now Russia is also trying to plant its flag.   Dan De Luce and Courtney Kube The Trump administration plans to unveil a new strategy for Africa this week focusing on countering China's growing influence on the continent, as well as Russia's attempts to gain footholds

Russia warns France over CAR peace role

Russia warned France on Thursday that it must put aside "parochial national interests" and recognise its peace efforts in the Central African Republic as negotiations continued on a contentious UN Security Council resolution. France has presented a draft resolution that takes aim at recent Russian efforts to broker peace deals in

From the CAR to Eritrea, Russia’s African ambitions unfold

Salem Solomon  The Central African Republic might seem like an unusual venue for Russia's evolving strategy in Africa. The CAR doesn't boast Ethiopia's booming economy or Angola's deep oil reserves. It lacks a developed mining industry like Zambia or a strategic location like Djibouti. But the landlocked country of fewer than 5 million people,

US sanctions Chinese military for buying Russian jets, missiles

•Blacklits 33 Russian intel, military officials The United States (US) hit a Chinese military organization with punishing financial sanctions for buying Russian fighter jets and missiles as it stepped up pressure on Moscow over its “malign activities.” It was the first time the Trump administration targeted a third country with its CAATSA

Syria: Putin, Netanyahu defuse tension over downing of Russian jet

•15 Russian servicemen killed GETTY IMAGES The Il-20 aircraft was returning to a Russian base on the north-western coast of Syria (file photo) The leaders of Russia and Israel have sought to defuse tension after a Russian plane was shot down by Syrian forces amid an Israeli air raid. In a call to Vladimir

Putin’s Victory in Syria Threatened by Russian Military Deficits

By William Tucker Contributor, In Homeland Security It was only two months ago that Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a surprise visit to Syria. His goal was to declare victory over the various forces that have sought to unseat the regime of Bashir al-Assad. Putin’s visit was a bold move meant to telegraph

Russian MPs vow to investigate origin of MANPAD used in downing jet in Syria

Senior Russian lawmakers have urged the country to probe the origin of the man-portable air-defense system (MANPAD), which was reportedly used by Takfiri terrorists to down a Russian jet over Syria. Russia's Defense Ministry confirmed in a statement on Saturday that the Su-25 fighter jet had been shot down in Syria's

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