Friday, June 2, 2023

US-Russia Relations

Moscow says CIA hacked iPhones of Russian diplomats, citizens

The CIA installed malware on thousands of Apple phones used by Russian diplomats and citizens, Federal Security Service (FSB) claimed on Thursday.

Russia to US: Lectures on nuclear weapon deployments “hypocritical”

Russia dismissed criticism from US President Joe Biden over Moscow’s deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, stressing that Washington for decades has done the same  throughout Europe.

Russian court extends WSJ reporter’s detention by 3 months

The Lefortovsky District Court of Moscow has extended the pre-trial detention of American journalist Evan Gershkovich for three months to August 30, Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported citing the court.

US expresses concern over Iran-Russia cooperation on building railway line

US State Department deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel voiced Washington's concern over cooperation between Tehran and Moscow in a major railroad project, known as the Rasht-Astara railway.

Kremlin castigates CIA plot to “recruit Russian spies”

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov slammed a new ploy by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) “to recruit Russians” as spies and emphasized that foreign intelligence services have not let up in their efforts to that end.

Russian FM: US-led attempts to isolate Moscow failed

Efforts by Washington and its satellites to isolate Moscow are failing completely, with the global majority being unwilling ‘to pull the chestnuts out of the fire’ for former colonial powers, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

US targets Russia’s FSB, IRGC’s intelligence unit over detention of Americans

The United States has imposed sanctions on Russia's domestic security service FSB and the intelligence unit of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), accusing them of "being responsible or complicit in the wrongful detention of Americans overseas".

Russia: Dozens of Russians serving sentences in US

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says dozens of Russian nationals are serving prisoner sentences in the US. Lavrov avoided directly answering a question about a possible prisoner swap for Americans Paul Whelan and Evan Gershkovich.

Russia warns risks of direct military clash between Moscow and Washington growing

Risks of a direct military confrontation between two nuclear powers - Russia and the US - are growing constantly, Russian Foreign Ministry Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department Director Vladimir Yermakov has warned.

Kremlin claims west planning to interfere in Russia’s 2024 presidential election

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday that the west will significantly step up attempts to interfere in Russia’s 2024 presidential election.

Moscow says ‘will not forgive’ US after Russian journalists denied visas for UN visit

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Moscow “will not forgive” Washington for denying US visas to Russian journalists who were supposed to accompany him on a visit to United Nations headquarters in New York.

Moscow court rejects WSJ journalist’s detention appeal

American reporter Evan Gershkovich will remain under arrest, the Moscow City Court has ruled, rejecting an appeal for his release by his legal team. The US citizen is currently being held in the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center in the Russian capital.

US envoy to Russia visits detained WSJ reporter in prison

Washington's Ambassador to Moscow, Lynne Tracy, on Monday visited arrested Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, the US embassy wrote on Twitter.

Moscow: US not yet issued visas for Lavrov, Russian delegation to attend UNSC session

A Russian official says Washington has not yet issued visas for Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and other members of Moscow's delegation to attend the session of the United Nations Security Council.

Arrested US reporter violated Russian laws: Kremlin

Detained US journalist Evan Gershkovich violated Russian law, the Kremlin maintained, in response to the US State Department having designated him as being wrongfully detained.

US designates WSJ journalist as “wrongfully detained” by Russia

Evan Gershkovich, the Wall Street Journal reporter who is being held in Russia, has been designated as wrongfully arrested by the US State Department.

Moscow charges arrested WSJ correspondent with espionage

Russia has formally charged detained Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich with espionage, according to Russian news agencies.

Putin says US responsible for failing relations

Russian President Vladimir Putin told the new US ambassador Washington is responsible for a dramatic deterioration in US-Russia relations since Moscow sent its armed forces into Ukraine last year.

Lavrov to Blinken: Fate of detained WSJ reporter will be determined by Russian court

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that the fate of arrested Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich will be determined by a Russian court, according to a statement released by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Trump’s VP blames Biden for ‘vacuum of leadership’ on White House’s response to Iran, China, Russia

Former US Vice President Mike Pence has blasted President Joe Biden for his administration’s response to Iran, China and Russia.

US summons Russia envoy following downing of drone over Black Sea

A US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper surveillance drone was brought down on Tuesday over the Black Sea, after what its European Command (EUCOM) described as “an unsafe and unprofessional intercept” by two Russian jets.

‘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.

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