White House rejects Putin idea for Ukraine referendum

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House rejected on Friday a Vladimir Putin-backed effort to hold a referendum in eastern Ukraine on the region’s future, distancing itself from the idea in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s controversial summit with the Russian leader. Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, said the two leaders had discussed the […]

Former GOP House Intel Chair: ‘Advantage Putin’ – Washington Post

Washington Post Former GOP House Intel Chair: 'Advantage Putin'Washington PostMike Rogers, a GOP former House Intelligence Committee chair, said the events of the past week amounted to “advantage Putin.” Rogers (Mich.) said that it was “very, very concerning” that President Trump decided to meet one-on-one with Russian President …1 House Republican's chilling warning on Trump and […]

Trump-Putin II: Planning fall event in aftermath of Helsinki

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by swirling criticism of his summit encounter with Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump swiftly invited the Russian leader to the White House this fall for a second get-together. Putin’s ambassador to the U.S. said Moscow is open to discussing such a meeting, even as confusion abounds over exactly what they discussed […]

Israel Passes Law Anchoring Itself as Nation-State of the Jewish People – New York Times

New York Times Israel Passes Law Anchoring Itself as Nation-State of the Jewish PeopleNew York TimesJERUSALEM — After a decade of political wrangling and hours of impassioned debate, Parliament on Thursday passed a contentious basic law that in effect enshrines Israel as the Jewish nation state, a move hailed by supporters as “historic” and …Israeli […]

Putin chides Trump’s opponents, calls summit a success

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin called his first summit with President Donald Trump a success — but warned Thursday that Trump’s opponents in the U.S. are hampering any progress on what they discussed, such as limiting their nuclear arsenals or ending the Syrian war. In his first public comments about the summit, Putin told […]

Bashar al-Assad’s government bombing opposition into oblivion

BEIRUT (AP) — Talks to cede the largest opposition holdout in southwestern Syria to the government have failed, triggering an intense overnight bombing campaign on the densely populated town of Nawa that killed over a dozen people and injured over a hundred, activists and rescuers said Wednesday. Separately, some 7,000 Syrians were expected to be evacuated […]

Trump calls summit with Putin a great success, ‘even better’ than meeting with NATO allies. Some in GOP disagree. – Washington Post

Washington Post Trump calls summit with Putin a great success, 'even better' than meeting with NATO allies. Some in GOP disagree.Washington PostPresident Trump on Tuesday portrayed his widely panned summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin as a great success, saying that it had gone “even better” than a meeting with NATO allies the week before. […]

Russia’s post-summit view: Praise for Putin, pity for Trump

MOSCOW (AP) — For Vladimir Putin, holding a summit with Donald Trump was a victory in itself. While the U.S. leader went home to widespread criticism after their Monday meeting, the Russian president came home to universal praise in Moscow — even though there were no major breakthroughs. Yet most Russians aren’t saying Putin vanquished Trump. […]

Trump arrives to go 1-on-1 with Putin at Helsinki summit

HELSINKI (AP) — President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin arrived Monday at Helsinki’s presidential palace for a long-awaited summit, hours after Trump blamed the United States, and not Russian election meddling or its annexation of Crimea, for a low-point in U.S.-Russia relations The drama was playing out against a backdrop of fraying Western alliances, […]

‘Maybe he’ll be a friend’: Trump highlights common ground with Putin ahead of summit – Washington Post

Washington Post 'Maybe he'll be a friend': Trump highlights common ground with Putin ahead of summitWashington PostHELSINKI — He allegedly helped him get elected. He has charmed him and egged him on. And on Monday, when Russian President Vladimir Putin meets President Trump face to face here in Finland's capital, he will see what he […]

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