Tag: Moscow (Russia)

What Happens If …

ImageThe special counsel, Robert Mueller, is still investigating the alleged connections between Russia and the Trump campaign in 2016.CreditJ. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press I no longer think that anyone in America, including Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters, can afford to put off the consideration of the central question of this administration: […]

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Scent of the Russians

Garry Kasparov, the chess champion and chairman of the Renew Democracy Initiative (with which I’m associated), has an excellent suggestion for how to respond immediately to Russia’s attack Sunday on three Ukrainian naval ships operating in their own territorial waters: Send a flotilla of U.S. and NATO warships through the […]

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Trump Defends Pursuit of Russia Deal in 2016 as ‘Very Legal’

WASHINGTON — President Trump woke up in balmy Buenos Aires early Friday, but his mind was back in Washington as he defended his decision to continue pursuing business deals as he ran for president in 2016, including looking “lightly” at constructing a building in Russia. Oh, I get it! I […]

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Trump Is Compromised by Russia

One of the chief questions in the Trump-Russia scandal has been whether Vladimir Putin has leverage over the president of the United States, and, if so, what that leverage looks like. The significance of the fabled “pee tape,” after all, is not that it would reveal Donald Trump to be […]

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Trump’s Recall of Moscow Deal Matches Cohen’s, President’s Lawyers Say

President Trump’s recollection of discussions about building a Trump Tower in Moscow aligned with those of his longtime fixer Michael D. Cohen, the president’s lawyers said on Thursday after Mr. Cohen admitted in court that he had pursued the project as Mr. Trump secured the Republican nomination for president. The […]

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Putin Invites Trump to Moscow, 2 Days After White House Postponed Summit Plans

MOSCOW — Just two days after the White House backed away from plans to have President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia visit Washington in the fall, the Russian leader said on Friday that he had invited President Trump to visit him in Moscow. Praising Mr. Trump as a leader “who seeks to keep his promises,” […]

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Athens and Moscow’s Stunning Falling-Out

The coalition government is dominated by the radical-left Syriza party, which opposed international sanctions imposed on Russia after its invasion of Ukraine. Its leader, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, visited Moscow for support in 2015, while threatening the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and other creditors that Greece would walk away from its bailout commitments. […]

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From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered

WASHINGTON — Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election. The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, […]

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In Russia, Summit Is Seen as a Triumph for Putin

Breaking Political Isolation Russian analysts, including Kremlin critics, agreed the summit meeting had allowed Mr. Putin to show that Russia is indispensable in world affairs — even with the accusations of election-meddling and other rogue-like behavior, including evidence that Russian operatives used a Soviet-designed nerve agent against suspected adversaries in Britain. “The meeting was valuable […]

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News Analysis: Critics of Trump Have a New Word in Their Vocabulary: Treason

Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, seconded him. “I would completely agree with that,” he said. “We all ought to start rowing in the same direction, let’s get everybody to work, let’s do the great things that the president has fought for for the American economy so that we can beat our competitors on the […]

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News Analysis: Just Sitting Down With Trump, Putin Comes Out Ahead

But, he added, “Putin versus Trump is not an equal contest” because of the Russian leader’s vastly superior knowledge of policy detail, his mastery of geopolitics and his past as a KGB officer schooled in the arts of persuasion, flattery and subterfuge. “If he can get Trump to come out and say the sort of […]

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Russia Was My Obscure Interest. Now Everyone Is Paying Attention.

In Moscow last spring, I experienced this cognitive dissonance all over again. I hadn’t been there in a few years, and I was surprised by the changes I saw. There were many more subway stations — since 2009, the city has opened more than 20 new stations. In that same time, New York, to great […]

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Trump and Putin Will Hold Summit Meeting, Russians Say

MOSCOW — President Trump and Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, will hold a one-on-one summit meeting in the next few weeks, Russian officials said on Wednesday, an encounter that has raised anxieties among major European allies of the United States. The meeting will take place in a “third country,” according to Yuri Ushakov, a senior […]

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Putin Moves to Capitalize on Europe’s Fury With Trump

Ms. Merkel, who has few illusions about Mr. Putin and has been vital to maintaining economic sanctions against Russia, also finds herself and her country a particular target of Mr. Trump. In addition to the tariffs on steel and aluminum, which Germany can live with, he is now threatening unilateral tariffs on imported cars, which […]

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After the Faked Journalist Killing in Ukraine, the Murk Deepens

The prosecutor’s office denied that Mr. Herman worked for Ukrainian counterintelligence. In Moscow, Dmitri S. Peskov, the spokesman for Mr. Putin, said on Friday that the Kremlin had nothing to do with the operation. “No such foundation exists in Russia,” he told reporters. “Any allegations about Russia’s possible complicity in this staging is just mudslinging. […]

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What Happens When a Journalist Comes Back From the Dead

Immediately, Kremlin-proximate sources teed up explanations that this was all a provokatsiya: Why would President Putin kill an anti-Putin journalist when the first person everyone would accuse of killing him is Mr. Putin? Alexey Pushkov, a hawkish member of Parliament, was sure of it, pointing to the fact that Mr. Babchenko’s oppositional stance was already […]

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