Congressional investigators are scrutinizing trips to Europe taken last year by several Trump associates, amid concern they may have met with Kremlin-linked operatives.
Human rights ombudsman Moskalkova continues to press for govt to open criminal case into Chechnya's gay purge
@SenatorBurr says Senate Intelligence Comm has interviews well over 100 people in Russia investigation, has gotten unprecedented access to individuals and intelligence
"I responded, when we had interviewed everyone who needs to be interviewed," says @SenatorBurr of what he told @POTUS about wrapping up Russia investigation
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Re @POTUS remarks to him about wrapping up Russia investigation, "That was in a telephone conversation that the president and I had last May… the subject of the telephone call had nothing to do with the investigation" per @SenatorBurr
For Election2018 and possible Russia meddling, "All of my colleagues are worried about it or should be worried about it" warns Senate Intel Comm Chair @SenatorBurr
"There's no change of vote totals but there were attempts to get Ito voter files for reasons that we don't know" per @SenatorBurr re Russia election meddling Election2016
"Strengthening NATO's activity at the borders of the Russian Federation is destructive and provocative and does not contribute to reducing tension," Gerasimov said at the annual briefing for foreign military attaches.
@ChuckGrassley: Reporters say FBI official who watered down Comey stmt on Clinton emails AND started Russia 'collusion' probe on Trump Campaign was fired frm Mueller team after DOJ watchdog found evidence of political bias. THIS IS WHY DOJ/FBI NEEDS OVERSIGHT Why don't dems agree?
"Would it surprise me that Russia might attempt to provide products [to DPRK]? No, that wouldn't surprise me" says @SenatorBurr
"I don't think that we've kept Russia… we don't keep them focused as a threat," per @SenatorBurr. Notes 70 percent of intel folks used to be educated in Russian language but not anymore
As for Senate Intelligence Committee, "Our review of that information will be as thorough as it possibly can be" @SenatorBurr says re Russia probe
On @POTUS Russia - "It important to understand that if we were talking a year and a half ago, there's nobody in this room that would have believed anyone in his campaign was capable of collusion" per @SenatorBurr
"That's his art of negotiating" per Sen. Burr "It is uncomfortable sometimes to members of congress, It is uncomfortable sometimes to the American people" re @POTUS approach to public negotiations/diplomacy, Russia
Why won't @POTUS talk about Russia? "When you get to the content of what he does… subject experts don't have too much criticism" says @SenatorBurr
Russia, China, others - "Their level of innovation will be on the same pace as ours if not more" says @SenatorBurr
"I want to limit through policy the tools that they [Russia] can use" says @SenatorBurr
Michael Flynn told an associate that Russia sanctions would be "ripped up" early in the Trump presidency, a whistleblower told Congress
"To believe that Russia has changed since the Cold War is just an absolute myth" per Senate Intelligence Comm Chair @SenatorBurr
says US intel saw Russia disinfo effort in real-time, and both intel community and lawmakers were "anxious" to see leadership from Obama administration that didn't come
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On Russia and Election2016, "I don't see this as an intelligence failure… the intelligence we had on an ongoing basis should have prompted us to ask more questions" per @SenatorBurr
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"My concern long term is that if we get too accustomed to unnamed sources, that will be the predominance of what's out there…" says @SenatorBurr at CFR, talking about unnamed sources in media on Russia investigation
[Putin] would like a weak United States that's unwilling and unable to push back against Russia" per @EvelynNFarkas
"They're [Russia] directing their anger today toward the European Union, which they dislike as an organization… and the dislike the United States" per Nyberg, adding Russia thinking not very strategic but emotional now
"Russia is a sieged fortress today. They're isolated and self-isolating themselves" per Nyberg
"Foreign policy is mostly the privilege of the government but its not a monopoly anymore" fmr Finland Ambassador to Russia René Nyberg
Pentagon-Sprecher Oberst Rob Manning verurteilt Russland scharf wegen seiner Rolle in Syrien. Moskau hat gezeigt, dass der IS "nicht seine oberste Priorität" hat.
With countering Russia, though, "It is educating the people, informing the people…but not playing the [Russia] playbook back" says Finland's fmr Amb Nyberg
"This should not be anti-Russian. It is a larger problem," says René Nyberg, former Ambassador of Finland to Russia at CFR symposium
"The Russian government is not likely to respond to a soft request for negotiation" on Moscow's influence campaigns/cyber, per @EvelynNFarkas "we essentially have to force them to recognize that the price is too high"
"This problem comes down to leadership….what do we want? What do we want our world to be like?" says @selectedwisdom on countering not just Russia, but others, even domestic political campaigns on socialmedia
TASS: Putin: The most important task of Sochi-2014 was to hold the Games with dignity, not for Russia to win them.
Making @RT and @SputnikInt register as foreign agents - "It's great that they did that It won't affect anything" says @selectedwisdom at @CFR_org Election Security symposium
Russian president Putin says he will not stop the country's athletes from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics
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Air Baltic Boeing 737-500 from Riga to Moscow, slid off the runway during taxiing after the landing in Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport. No injuries reported.
Europe doing better, says @selectedwisdom "Both structurally and in terms of message they're much more grounded so they can punch back" vs Russia influence ops
"We have failed in this for a decade now… in our counter influence. We don't always know what we believe in" per @selectedwisdom whether Russia or terror
Combating Russia influence ops with elections - "I don't know that anything's working yet…" says @selectedwisdom
United Russia will support Putin in his presidential bid
Kommersant FM 93.6: Putin's decision to enter the presidential election is important for the future of the country - Volodin.
Air Baltic Boeing 737 has skidded off a runway at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport
Putin says he will run for President again
Do Russia, other adversaries want to hack vote tallies? "In their dreams they'd love that ability" says @sultanofcyber, but notes it's not so easy - "Being able to see the causation from intent… that's the tricky part"
Tillerson says no normalization of NATO ties with Russia
After the attack of Anton Konev on the FSB in Khabarovsk. Ten participants of a neo-Nazi group "Stoltz" were detained
US Sec State Tillerson at NATO; "There's no normalization of dialogue with Russia today - not going to return to regular, calendarized dialogue" until Moscow addresses behavior in Ukraine which US finds "not just unacceptable but intolerable"
US State Secretary Tillerson: We've been clear with Russia that we can't return to business as usual… Russia's use of hybrid warfare seeks to undermine our Alliance and this is big obstacle in our relationship
Hungary charges Jobbik MEP with spying on EU for Russia
ATO spox: Luhansk sector – Russian proxies committed 16 ceasefire violations, used Minsk-proscribed 120mm mortars in four localities and 82mm ones in two areas.
Kremlin says Russia is concerned that the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian authorities could be aggravated should US President Donald Trump move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
We remain concerned and call on Russia to end its recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions of Georgia and withdraw its forces from that territory - NATO Secretary General @jensstoltenberg
MP Milonov to Brazil, India, China, South Africa, Belarus and Kazakhstan: "I suggest you demonstrate solidarity with our country and withdraw from participating in the Olympics"
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"They are spitting in our face" says one Russian paper today about the IOC banning Russia from the Winter Olympics. Another paper likens the ban to "dropping a nuclear bomb".
Chuck Schumer: Hooray for the 2018 Olympic Committee. Putin is a bully and the only way to stop him is to stand up to him.
Russian state TV says it won't broadcast the Winter Olympics.
Russian Vice-Minister Mutko and his deputy banned from Olympic games for lifetime, also Russia should pay $15M fine
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IOC suspends Russia from competing as a team during 2018 Olympics following "systematic manipulation of the anti-doping system." Individual athletes will be allowed to compete "under strict conditions."
IOC suspends Russian Olympic committee, will allow athletes from the country to compete as neutrals at Pyeongchang Games.
IOC suspends Russian NOC and creates a path for clean individual athletes to compete in @PyeongChang2018 under the Olympic Flag
"We are on the brink of a real war on the Korean peninsula," says Russia Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov.
IOC President Thomas Bach will announce Russia's fate at a news conference scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET.
North Korea cautiously optimistic about idea of suspending nuclear missile tests for 2 months in absence of U.S.-Seoul maneuvers on and off peninsula - Russian Foreign Ministry
Alexander Hug at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University: "Increasing distance between positions and withdrawing heavy weapons as agreed would reduce civilian casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure" ->
DC police report says Russia Today founder Mikhail Lesin's mysterious death was from him hitting his head after falling over in his hotel while on a brutal drinking binge
2 killed in Robinson helicopters crash in Stavropol' region of Russia
Russia designates nine US media outlets, including @RFERL and @VOANews, as "foreign agents."
ATO spox: In total, Russian proxies committed 21 ceasefire violations yesterday, wounding three Ukrainian servicemen in action.
ATO spox: 3/3 Luhansk sector – around midnight, the enemy attempted a subversion near Luhanske. After a five-hour firefight and losing one man killed and two wounded Russia-backed militants retreated.
ATO spox: 1/3 Luhansk sector – Russian proxies committed 17 ceasefire violations, used 152mm artillery near Vrubivka village, hitting the inhabited area as well.
Russia now accuses PepsiCo of hacking Russian government agencies.
Large-scale Vostok-2018 military exercises to take place next August and September in several regions of Russia.
Russian deputy foreign minister says Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Vienna to discuss North Korea situation
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Air defense of Russian southern military district drill with TOR-M2 systems
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Russian ministry of justice officially declares @VOANews @CurrentTimeTv @SvobodaRadio @krymrealii are "performing functions of a foreign agent"