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Former VP @JoeBiden says the Russian govt. is essentially a kleptocracy - looking to attack the West to hold on to its riches
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On Russia, Vladimir Putin bent on returning the former Soviet Union to its greatness and glory" says @CIA's Mike Pompeo "This administration is deeply aware that we need to push back against the Russians everywhere we find them"
U.S Justice Department confirms that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned last week as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe
Russia's army of trolls and bots still tweeting about the US government shutdown, even with federal workers back on the job and offices open again
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned by the special counsel's office as part of the investigation into Russia meddling in Election2016 and whether @POTUS obstructed justice since taking office, reports @nytimes
Chief of VTB says coming U.S. sanctions against Russia is equal to "declaration of war"
Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Sudan potential contenders for S-400 purchase – official military
ATO spox: Russia-backed militants violated the ceasefire 6 times yesterday using mortars in all cases. Unfortunately, one Ukrainian serviceman was killed in action.
ATO spox: Luhansk sector – Russian proxies committed 5 ceasefire violations in Luhanske and Troitske areas using mortars (either 82mm or 120mm ones, or both) in each attack.
In an interview @SpecRepUkraine Volker says the escalation on Russia's side has already happened over the last few weeks with violence up - may not be such a "new" advance
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In Makhachkala, the car of of the human rights center "Memorial" was set on fire
Russia says 6-time Olympic speed skating champion Viktor Ahn among top Russians barred from Pyeongchang Games
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According to Izvestia, Russian Pantsir short-range gun-missile systems will receive small-sized SAMs to improve their effectiveness against UAV/UCAV threats. A single container-launcher will accommodate 4 SAMs (as shown in this Izvestia graphic:
SNC negotiating committee head Naser Hariri in Moscow - says no decision yet on whether to attend Syria national dialogue congress in Sochi - "we have come to obtain full information, all details"
Man was shot dead at Lomonosovsky Avenue in Central Moscow
British Army Chief of Staff General Sir Nick Carter says the Russian military has a "hybrid approach with much flexibility"
Moscow court rules to shut down @navalny's foundation
Putin appointed Grushko as Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation
Putin fired Ambassador to NATO Alexander Grushko
ATO spox: Russian proxies violated the ceasefire two times yesterday, both in Luhansk sector: the enemy attacked Luhanske area twice using heavy weapons and Minsk-proscribed 120mm mortars. Fortunately, Ukrainian Armed Forces suffered no casualties.
US actions in Syria are either provocation or its a limited knowledge about the real situation - Lavrov
Russia concerned about France request to hold an emergency UNSC meeting on latest developments in Syria - Lavrov
TASS: Lavrov: Attempts to change Russian foreign policy by putting pressure on the elite will go nowhere.
Lavrov: Kyiv authorities are completely incompetent
Russian FM says West's "Russiaphobia" is worse than during Cold War
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Ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman joined in for Orthodox Epiphany. Huntsman said he did it to better understand Russia and their traditions.
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Russian Navy Fire on a submarine in Vladivostok. The Pacific Fleet's press service states that these were 'Damage Control' exercises.
WaPo identified at least half a dozen politically connected Russians in D.C. on Inauguration Day. One was Natalia Veselnitskaya (from the Trump Tower meeting). She attended a black-tie inaugural party hosted by the campaign committee of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher.
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Russia: eight Volunteers of Oppositionist Navalny Detained in Omsk
Moscow: USA closes its eyes to the use of toxic substances by militants in Syria