Amidst sharp inflation fall Russian economy makes confident start to 2017.
In meeting with officers of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier Russian President Putin confirmed that its recent deployment to the Syrian coast was made not just on his own initiative but in order gain experience in operating a carrier in combat conditions.
In an effort to revive belief in the discredited ‘Trump Dossier’ former and current US intelligence officials tell CNN that US intelligence has corroborated some of the conversations between Russian officials reported in the Dossier. The contents of the Dossier itself however show that that simply cannot be true.
Whereas contrary to media scare stories Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov carrier completed its Syrian mission without a major breakdown, media reports confirm that the entire US navy nuclear carrier force and the entire Royal navy nuclear attack submarine force is in port under repair.
Russian President sends message to La Stampa which draws attention to the extent to which the European media has betrayed its former traditions of “freedom of expression, objectivity, impartiality and the readiness to allow any viewpoint to find its way to the reader”, accusing it of “news manipulation” on behalf of “entrenched interests”.