MP @JoseAGuerra "We get information from officials of the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV): an airplane arrived from Moscow, in which they intend to extract at least 20 tons of gold, and we demand from the BCV details of what is happening. That gold is not of Calixto Ortega, it is of the Venezuelan people"
Russia's Lukoil, one of PdVSA's main suppliers of oil products, froze its contract with Venezuela today. Moscow Corp. not prepared to risk ban from U.S. financial system for Maduro.
Defense Ministry: MiG-31BM high-speed fighters will start patrolling the Arctic
Russian, Armenian PMs Speak By Phone After Moscow Meeting
"We know Russia has violated the terms of that [INF] treaty and has that capability" per @ODNIgov Coats "Whether we withdraw or not, they're still going to have that capability re: intermediate range nukes
Russia has made a secret offer to North Korea for a nuclear power plant, inserting itself into the high-states nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang.
Asked about what was discussed between Trump and Putin in their private meetings, DNI Coats said the topic was "clearly a sensitive issue", best discussed in a closed setting later this afternoon.
Roger Stone pleads not guilty to charges of lying to Congress, obstruction in Russia probe
"Russia's taking steps to influence Ukraine's elections, applying a range of tools to exploit Kyiv's fragile economy, widespread corruption, cyber vulnerabilities, public discontent in hopes of ousting Poroshenko and bringing to power a less anti-Russia parliament"- Dan Coats
Russia using social media to target US, per @FBI Dir. Christopher Wray "Not only have the Russians continued to do it in 2018 but we've seen indications that they're continuing to adapt their model and that other countries taking a very interested eye in that approach"
Space threats - "China and Russia will continue training and equipping their military space forces and fielding new anti-satellite weapons" warns @ODNIgov Dir Dan Coats "Space has become the new global frontier"
3 month ago
Russian FM Sergey Lavrov says about the situation in Venezuela that the USA tried an "illegal government change".
Pentagon official James Anderson confirms US will pull out of INF next month if Russia doesn't rerun to compliance "but I don't believe they will do so."
Ukrainian opposition politician Medvedchuk, known for his pro-Russian views and close links to Putin, proposed to establish autonomous region of Donbass within Ukraine
"We expect Russia will continue to wage its information war against democracies and to use social media to attempt to divide our societies" per Coats, citing Russian attack on Ukraine naval vessels as sign of Moscow's willingness to violate int' norms
"The Kremlin is stepping up its campaign to divide Western political and security institutions and undermine the post-WWII int'l order" per DNI Coats
"Russia's approach relies on misdirection and obfuscation as it seeks to destabilize and diminish our standing in the world" warns @ODNIgov Dir Dan Coats
North Korea, Syria, Russia and ISIS have all used chemical weapons over the last two years, according to DNI Coats.
DNI Coats: We expect Russia and China to exploit the situation in Venezuela to control the oil sector there
Threats to United States "will expand and diversify in the coming year, driven in part by China and Russia as they respectively compete more intensely with the United States and its traditional allies and partners" per @ODNIgov's latest Worldwide Threat Assessment
"They said to me, 'Don't touch Oleg Deripaska anymore.'" @CNN speaks to a recently freed Nastya Rybka, who says Russian agents "explained to me very clear(ly) what should I do, what should I say and what I shouldn't say."
3 month ago
Russian Ministry of Defense: commanders of Southern Military District will be trained on new methods of repelling missile strikes and UAV attacks
Kremlin: We warn of the very negative effects of any military intervention in Venezuela
3 month ago
A @planetlabs image captured this morning over Vladivostok in far eastern Russia. The Amur Bay is fairly frozen, but the port facing Ussuri Bay is still able to move petroleum products. This morning, a US-sanctioned North Korean tanker popped up. AIS was offline for a year.
Lavrov: Washington and its allies are trying through sanctions to confiscate Venezuelan funds
Russia's foreign minister says it will take all necessary steps to support Venezuela leader Maduro
Russia accuses the United States of violating international law on Venezuela
3 month ago
One Russian paper: Moscow should grant Maduro asylum: "He's used to palm trees, so the cold Moscow winter isn't ideal. But it's better than a warm prison cell in Caracas." Another paper blames falling incomes in Russia on Moscow bankrolling "regimes" like Maduro.
New Saidik’s Donbass Plan aims to establish control over the region - source in the Russian Foreign Ministry
Russian @kommersant writes that mil. operation of Syrian army to return Idlib (fully or partially) under gov. control is basically done deal. Turkey will likely give green light. Question is only about parameters of the op and what Turks will get in return
Russian Southern Military District guards motor rifle brigade exercise with newly formed spearhead airmobile troops to capture a bridgehead. Lifted with 120mm mortars.