Vladimir Putin has developed close relations with the leaders of Turkey and Japan in spite of continued policy differences and historic difficulties. This is the key to understanding how Putin’s relationship with Donald Trump could develop.
Report says government investigators have found Comey’s memos of his meetings with President Trump are government property which contain classified information. He had no right to take them or leak them to the media and doing so might be a crime.
Craig Murray, the former British ambassador and friend of Julian Assange who says he has personal knowledge of the DNC and Podesta leaks, rejects ‘Russian cutouts’ theory and refers again to Seth Rich.
The location of the new US-Russian-Jordanian ceasefire is a key element of the deal. It covers the parts of Syria that Israel has been bombing almost continuously over the last weeks. Israel’s response is therefore the litmus test for the ceasefire’s material success.
Effective Russian diplomacy meant that the first Trump-Putin summit though leading to no breakthroughs made important if limited progress on a number of topics whilst establishing a genuine connection between the two Presidents.