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US-Russia Relations

‘Russian trolls’ did not help Trump in 2016 Election

Twitter Accounts labeled as “Russian trolls” had any meaningful effect pushing voters to Donald Trump in 2016 presidential according to a study published in Nature Communications. A team of researchers could not find any evidence that interactions with content attributed to the “Internet Research Agency” (IRA) in any way influenced attitudes, voting patterns, or political divisions.

Lavrov says Pentagon threats imply assassination of Putin

Statements made by ‘anonymous officials’ from the Pentagon about a ‘decapitating strike’ on the Kremlin speak about a threat of an attempted assassination of the Russian president, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with TASS.

Russia says naval drills with China a response to US “aggressive capacity build-up”

The joint naval exercises, air patrols and other drills of Moscow and Beijing are a response to the aggressive build-up of US military potential in the region, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov has said.

Russia says US to spend $11bn on cyberattacks against ‘unwanted’ governments

Washington plans to spend around $11 billion next year on carrying out cyberattacks with the aim of controlling unfriendly governments, says Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov.

US greenlights Ukrainian attacks inside Russia: Report

The US has quietly given Ukraine the go-ahead to launch long-range strikes against targets inside Russian territory, The Times reported on Friday, citing sources. The Pentagon has apparently changed its stance on the matter as it has become less concerned that such attacks could escalate the conflict.

Russia warns of risks of sliding into nuclear war

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned that any conflict between nuclear states, even if it starts with conventional weapons, is likely to escalate into an all-out nuclear war, and thus should be avoided at all costs.

Russia names condition for resuming arms control talks with US

Moscow sees no possibility of resuming talks with Washington on the cornerstone New START arms control treaty while the US continues to arm Ukraine, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says

Russia says west looking to ‘militarise’ southeast Asia

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the West seeks to “militarise” southeast Asia in a bid to contain Russian and Chinese interests, setting the stage for a confrontation at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia.

Russia urges US to focus on domestic issues, stop blame game

Washington should focus on domestic issues instead of blaming all its troubles on external factors, including Moscow’s ‘interference,’ Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told the Soloviev Live TV channel on Tuesday.

Kremlin says platform for Putin-Biden talks could be US desire to hear Russia out

Talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden could take place if the US was willing to listen to Russian concerns and return to discussing security guarantees, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has stated.

Moscow urges Washington to return nuclear weapons back to US territory

Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov has called on Washington to return the nuclear weapons it deployed to other countries back to the US.

US aims to constrain Russia, maintain competitive edge over China: Security Strategy

The US aims to constrain Russia and gain the upper hand in a competitive struggle with China, according to the new National Security Strategy, a 48-page document made public by the White House on Wednesday.

Putin’s spokesman to Biden: Cases of Russia using nuclear weapons stated in nuclear doctrine

The cases of when Russia will use nuclear weapons are stated in the national nuclear doctrine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik.

All Russian delegates to UN General Assembly denied US visas: Envoy

None of Russia’s 56-member delegation to the UN General Assembly has been granted a US visa as of September 1, Russia’s envoy to the UN stated in his letter to the United Nations Secretary General.

Russia urges US to fulfill legal obligations concerning chemical weapons

Russia is calling on the United States to stop evading its obligations to eliminate chemical weapons and not to interfere in the affairs of other countries, the Russian Embassy in Washington announced.

Russia says to ditch dollar and euro in bilateral trade

Moscow says it will move away the dollar and the euro in commercial, economic, and investment relations with partners, as these currencies have become "toxic" amid growing pressure from the West, a Russian official says.

Russia says US policies led to ‘new G8’

The United States “with its own hands” pushed the countries, which are not participating in “sanctions wars”, to form a “new Big Eight” group with Russia, the Russian State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said on Saturday.

Russia says Armenia, Central Asian countries have US-funded biolabs

Armenia, and Central Asian countries have US-funded biolabs, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said. He added Moscow is discussing this issue with its neighbors both bilaterally and through the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

US says won’t negotiate Ukraine-related sanctions with Russia to salvage JCPOA

A senior State Department official says the US won’t negotiate exemptions to Ukraine-related sanctions on Russia to save the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal (JCPOA). The source told the Wall Street Journal on Sunday Washington instead would try to strike an alternative agreement that excludes Moscow if the Kremlin doesn’t back off from last-minute demands.

Putin: US trying to reconcile with Iran and Venezuela to counter Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the US is trying to reconcile with both Iran and Venezuela to counter Moscow on energy markets.

Biden announces new sanctions against Russia, calls Putin ‘aggressor’

US President Joe Biden condemned Moscow for launching the military operation against Ukraine, announcing new strong sanctions and limitations on exports to Russia.

Russia announces ‘special operation’ in Donbass, eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he ordered his country's military to carry out a special operation in the Donbass region, in eastern Ukraine, after the leaders of the breakaway republic asked Moscow for military assistance in response to what they described as an increase in “Ukrainian aggression.”

US sanctions company behind Nord Stream 2

U.S. President Joe Biden announced that he would impose new sanctions on the company behind the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which was built to ferry natural gas from Russia to Germany. The announcement follows Russia’s recognition of two separatist-controlled regions east of Ukraine that led to harsh anti-Moscow bans by the West.

Russia promises strong response to US sanctions

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has warned Moscow will respond strongly to new anti-Russia sanctions imposed by Washington. It stressed the measures taken by the White House run counter to American interests.

U.S. announces initial sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

U.S. President Joe Biden has announced Washington would sanction Russian sovereign debt and Russian elites as well as their family members in response to Moscow’s deployment of troops to regions in eastern Ukraine.

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