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russian lawmakers criticize washington over mike flynn resignation


moscow—russian officials cast the resignation of national security adviser mike flynn as a campaign by washington insiders to undermine president donald trump and scuttle the chances of russian-american rapprochement.“the expulsion of flynn was the first act,” said alexei pushkov, a senior pro-kremlin lawmaker in russia’s upper house of parliament, on tuesday. “now the target is trump himself.”russian officials welcomed the...






russian arrests spur questions over links to u.s. ing


moscow—a series of high-profile arrests in russia, purportedly including officers of the country’s secretive federal security service and a cybersecurity expert, has intelligence officials on both sides of the atlantic trying to unravel a mystery they suspect may be connected to russian ing in the u.s.russian news media have described the arrests—including at least two intelligence officials at the fsb, the successor agency to...






trump says ‘russian connection’ is ‘non-sense’: tweet


u.s. president donald trump on wednesday dismissed the idea of any “russian connection” in a tweet that came amid a new york times report that said members of his presidential campaign had contacts with russian intelligence officials.“this russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in hillary clinton’s losing campaign,” he said in a post on twitter, citing his former democratic rival in the 2016 presidential contest.(reporting by susan heavey)






errant russian strike kills turkish soldiers in syria


istanbul—an errant russian airstrike killed three turkish soldiers fighting to capture the town of al-bab from islamic state, amid a complicated battle for control in northern syria.the soldiers died when the airstrike hit a building held by turkish forces, and 11 wounded soldiers were evacuated, according to turkish and russian military officials. russian president vladimir putin expressed condolences to turkish leader recep tayyip...






trump aides were in constant contact with top russian officials during campaign


this is so much bigger than watergate. america has not seen a political crisis of this magnitude for generations. the other shoe drops on #flynngate tonight. top trump team members were in constant contact with senior members of the russian government and intelligence community during the presidential campaign in which trump lost the popular vote to hillary clinton, but somehow ended up in the white house. no comment on any of this tonight from the white house as of the time of this blog post. high-level advisers close to then-presidential nominee donald trump were in constant communication during the campaign with russians known to us intelligence, multiple current and former intelligence, law enforcement and administration officials tell cnn. president-elect trump and then-president b






trump aides were in constant contact with top russian officials during campaign


this is so much bigger than watergate. america has not seen a political crisis of this magnitude for generations. the other shoe drops on #flynngate tonight. trump, manafort, and flynn's activities “raise a red flag.” the u.s. government is in "unbelievable turmoil." who is in charge of america? top trump team members including paul manafort and mike flynn were in “constant contact” with senior russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign in which trump lost the popular vote to hillary clinton, but somehow ended up in the white house anyway. no comment on any of this tonight from the white house as of the time of this blog post. a “dark cloud of russia” now hangs over the administration. chilling. and this is real. high-level advisers close to then-presidential nominee donald






er talks about links with russian spy agency


moscow — a member of a russian ing group involved in blackmailing top officials says that it had contacts with russia's top domestic security agency.alexander glazastikov said in an interview with independent dozhd television aired thursday that the federal security service, or fsb, had offered the shaltai boltai (humpty dumpty) group to work under its control. the group has been publishing letters and documents stolen from russian officials.glazastikov, who spoke to dozhd in tallinn, estonia, where he's seeking political asylum, said the group's leader, vladimir anikeyev, told him the fsb had offered him a deal: the ers would show the spy agency their publications in a nce, in exchange for protection.anikeyev and two other members of the ing group have been in custody in russia since thei






errant russian strike kills turkish soldiers in syria


istanbul—an errant russian airstrike killed three turkish soldiers fighting to capture the town of al-bab from islamic state, amid a complicated battle for control in northern syria.the soldiers died when the airstrike hit a building held by turkish forces, and 11 wounded soldiers were evacuated, according to turkish and russian military officials. turkey has lost approximately four dozen soldiers since the start of its paign in...






bombshell report reveals nsa intercepted communications between trump campaign a


in an explosive report by the new york times, it was revealed that that members of donald trump’s 2016 presidential campaign were repeatedly in contact with russian intelligence officials in the year preceding the election.according to u.s. intelligence sources, communications between trump operatives and the russians were discovered when they looking into the hacking on the democratic national committee. the intelligence agencies sought to find out whether the trump campaign working with the russians in regard to the hacking.intelligence officials said the intercepted communications not only included trump campaign officials, but also other associates of the now newly-elected president. according to the the report, the russians contacted included members of the russian government outside






justice department warned trump administration flynn could be blackmailed by rus


former acting attorney general sally yates, who was fired by donald trump last month, personally delivered a message to the president indicating national security advisor michael flynn misled administration officials about his conversation with the russian ambassador to the united states, the washington postreports.in her message, yates also told the new president she believed flynn to be potentially vulnerable to blackmail by russian operatives, current and former u.s. officials told the washington post. according to one of the officials, yates’ concerns were shared by former cia director john brennan and former director of national intelligence james r. clapper, who became concerned towards the end of the president barack obama’s administration, that “flynn had put himself in a compromis






justice department warned trump administration flynn could be blackmailed by rus


former acting attorney general sally yates, who was fired by donald trump last month, personally delivered a message to the president indicating national security advisor michael flynn misled administration officials about his conversation with the russian ambassador to the united states, the washington postreports.in her message, yates also told the new president she believed flynn to be potentially vulnerable to blackmail by russian operatives, current and former u.s. officials told the washington post. according to one of the officials, yates’ concerns were shared by former cia director john brennan and former director of national intelligence james r. clapper, who became concerned towards the end of the president barack obama’s administration, that “flynn had put himself in a compromis






kremlin dismisses report of trump campaign contacts with russian spies


the kremlin said on wednesday an american media report, which said members of donald trump’s presidential campaign had contacts with russian intelligence officials, was not based on any facts.the new york times, citing four current and former u.s. officials, reported on tuesday that phone records and intercepted calls show that members of trump’s campaign and other trump associates had repeated contacts with senior russian intelligence officials in the year before the election.“let’s not believe anonymous information,” kremlin spokesman dmitry peskov told a conference call with reporters, noting that the newspaper’s sources were unnamed.“it’s a newspaper report which is not based on any facts.”peskov, responding to a white house statement saying trump expected russia to return crimea to uk






house dems want probe of intelligence chief's ties to russia


washington — top house democrats are calling for an investigation of president donald trump's national security adviser over his ties to a russian propaganda outlet.they want the pentagon to investigate whether michael flynn violated the constitution by accepting payments from a government-controlled tv station in russia. flynn is a retired army lieutenant general and intelligence officer.flynn traveled in 2015 to moscow, where he joined russian president vladimir putin and other russian officials in a celebration of the rt network.flynn later explained that he had been paid for taking part in the event, but brushed aside concerns that he was aiding a russian propaganda effort.the top democrats from six house committees sent a letter to the pentagon wednesday seeking the investigation.the






russian lawmakers mount fierce defense of flynn


moscow — russian lawmakers are mounting a fierce defense of u.s. president donald trump's national security adviser, who has resigned following reports that he misled white house officials about his contacts with russia.michael flynn handed in his resignation late monday night, conceding that he gave "incomplete information" about his calls with russia's ambassador to the u.s.konstantin kosachev, chairman of the foreign affairs committee at the upper chamber of the russian parliament, said in a post on facebook that firing a national security adviser for his contacts with russia is "not just paranoia but something even worse."kosachev's counterpart at the lower chamber of the russian parliament, alexei pushkov, tweeted shortly after the announcement that "it was not flynn who was targeted






mike pence did not learn that michael flynn misled him on russia until last week


spicer also said that trump was not concerned with the nature of the conversations that flynn had with the russian ambassador but that the lack of trust created an "unsustainable" situation. "the president has no problem with the fact that he acted in accord with what his job was supposed to be," spicer said.national security officials monitored the calls of the russian ambassador as part of routine surveillance of foreign officials in the united states. spicer declined to say whether the president would declassify and release transcripts of flynn's call with kislyak."it is inappropriate for me to comment on those at this time," spicer said. "it is not an issue that has come up."the washington post's ashley parker contributed to this report.






russia’s lavrov to meet us’ tillerson thursday: foreign ministry


russia’s foreign minister sergei lavrov plans to meet his us counterpart rex tillerson for the first time thursday in germany, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said wednesday.“the meeting with secretary of state mr tillerson has been planned and is being prepared” on february 16, when both diplomats will be in bonn for the g20 ministerial talks, spokeswoman maria zakharova was quoted by russian agencies as saying.lavrov will also hold his first meeting with german foreign minister sigmar gabriel, who was appointed last month.the first meeting between us and russian senior diplomats comes as russian officials appear increasingly concerned at the shift in rhetoric coming from washington which dampens hopes that president donald trump will drop sanctions and initiate other policy changes toward






kremlin declines comment on flynn resignation, but other russian officials expre


officially, the kremlin had no comment monday on michael flynn's resignation as president trump's national security advisor. but unofficially, russian officials heaped scorn on the united states for the "russophobia" that, in their view, drove him from office. "this is a domestic issue of the united states,” kremlin spokesman dmitri peskov told reporters, declining to comment further on the resignation, which came after reports indicated that flynn had discussed u.s. sanctions with the russian ambassador to the united states in december, before trump took office. flynn had steadfastly denied having had any such discussion about sanctions. on friday, peskov had said that flynn and russian ambassador sergei kislyak had never discussed the lifting of the sanctions. an outspoken russian se






reports: russian cyber spy treason cases linked to cia


moscow (ap) — russian cybersecurity intelligence officers reportedly detained on treason charges are being accused of p ing secrets to the cia.sergei mikhailov and dmitry dokuchaev, who worked for the cyber wing of russia’s fsb domestic intelligence service until their arrests in december, are accused of cooperating with the cia, according to unnamed sources cited tuesday by interfax news agency.no officials have publicly commented, but russian media outlets with links to the security services have reported in detail on the case. an executive from cyber-security firm kaspersky lab has also reportedly been arrested on linked treason charges.u.s. intelligence agencies have alleged that russian president vladimir putin ordered a paign to influence the u.s. presidential election in favor of do






reports: russian cyber-spy treason cases linked to cia


moscow (ap) — russian cybersecurity intelligence officers reportedly detained on treason charges are being accused of p ing secrets to the cia.sergei mikhailov and dmitry dokuchaev, who worked for the cyber wing of russia’s fsb domestic intelligence service until their arrests in december, are accused of cooperating with the cia, according to unnamed sources cited tuesday by interfax news agency.no officials have publicly commented, but russian media outlets with links to the security services have reported in detail on the case. an executive from cyber-security firm kaspersky lab has also reportedly been arrested on linked treason charges.u.s. intelligence agencies have alleged that russian president vladimir putin ordered a paign to influence the u.s. presidential election in favor of do






report: michael flynn might have violated law when he had call about russian san


president trump’s national security adviser, michael flynn, privately discussed u.s. sanctions against russia with its amb ador to the u.s. before the president took office last month even though officials claimed he didn’t, the washington post reported late thursday night.current and former u.s. officials told the post about the conver ion with russian amb ador sergey kislyak. when asked in an interview with the post wednesday if he had discussed sanctions with the amb ador, flynn repeatedly said, “no,” on thursday, however, flynn appeared to retreat from that denial. his spokesman told the post, that flynn “indicated that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never e up.”vice president mike pence told cbs’s “face the nation” last mont






russian police kill 3 suspected militants in north caucasus


makhachkala, russia — russian security forces have killed three suspected militants during a firefight in a volatile province of russia's north caucasus.a spokesman for the russian interior ministry's branch in the province of dagestan says that its forces surrounded a house in the town of khasavyurt where the suspects were hiding on sunday. ruslan ibragimgadzhiev says that they refused to surrender and died in an armed confrontation.mainly muslim dagestan is the principal breeding ground for islamic militants in russia and there are regular attacks on police and officials. russia fought two bloody separatist wars in the neighboring province of chechnya after the fall of the soviet union.some militants in dagestan and other parts of the north caucasus have sworn allegiance to the islamic s






russia denies that intelligence agents were in contact with trump's campaign tea


kremlin spokesman dmitry peskov on wednesday denied reports of intercepted phone calls between russian intelligence officials and members of donald trump's presidential campaign. the new york times said that the russians made contact with paul manafort, who briefly served as trump's campaign chairman. current and former u.s. officials interviewed by the newspaper declined to identify other trump associates contacted by the russians. speaking to reporters in moscow, peskov, spokesman for president vladimir putin, pointed to the anonymity of the sources, saying that the reports "are not based on any facts, do not point to actual facts." the report comes a day after u.s. national security advisor michael flynn resigned following reports he misled vice president mike pence and other offici






russian lawmakers vote to decriminalize domestic violence


moscow—russian lawmakers voted friday to remove domestic violence from the country’s criminal code, making abuse punishable by fines rather than a prison sentence.activists say the bill, which must be p ed by the upper house of parliament and signed by russian president vladimir putin before it becomes law, is a step back after years of pushing for a comprehensive law to combat domestic violence in russia.the bill, which...






officials: serbia's pm to run for president


belgrade, serbia — officials say serbia's prime minister aleksandar vucic will run for the presidency in the election in april.interior minister nebojsa stefanovic said after a serbian progressive party meeting on tuesday that vucic was unanimously approved by the ruling party.the decision means that current pro-russian president, tomislav nikolic, will end his term, unless he decides to run for re-election independently.although the post is largely ceremonial, the vote could determine whether serbia continues on its eu membership path, or will slide toward its traditional slavic ally russia. vucic is a former ultranationalist turned pro-eu reformer.the dates of the two-round vote have not yet been announced, but numerous candidates have announced they are running. those include ultranatio






russian mp says flynn resignation may show white house turning anti-russian


a senior russian lawmaker said on tuesday the resignation of u.s. president donald trump’s national security adviser, michael flynn, suggested trump had been backed into a corner or that his administration had been “infected” by anti-russian feeling.flynn resigned late on monday after revelations he had discussed u.s. sanctions on russia with the russian ambassador to the united states before trump took office and misled vice president mike pence about the conversations.“either trump has not gained the requisite independence and he is consequently being not unsuccessfully backed into a corner, or russophobia has already infected the new administration also from top to bottom,” mp konstantin kosachev was cited as saying by the ria novosti news agency.kosachev is head of the upper house of p






polish official highlights security, russian aggression


warsaw, poland — poland's foreign minister says it is a priority for the country to strengthen the cooperation of americans and europeans in the area of security and that he is concerned about the "aggressive policies of russia in eastern europe."witold waszczykowki made his remarks friday during a traditional yearly address to parliament. among those in the audience were president andrzej duda and foreign diplomats.he said despite russian polices he still sees a role for dialogue.waszczykowski also said poland's ties are warming with belarus, the authoritarian state on poland's eastern border, noting that there have been more visits and meetings with belarusian officials.






fbi agents interviewed michael flynn last month about his contacts with russian


fbi agents interviewed then-national security advisor michael flynn last month about his conversations in december with the russian ambassador to the united states, a u.s. official familiar with the matter said tuesday. the official would not describe what flynn said during in the interview, which took place after he took over as national security advisor on jan. 20. flynn resigned late monday under pressure for apparently misleading vice president mike pence about the nature of his conversations with ambassador sergey kislyak. at issue was whether they discussed sanctions newly imposed by the obama administration over russia's meddling in the u.s. election. flynn initially denied that they had, as did pence and other white house officials relying on flynn's word. but flynn came under






justice dept. warned that flynn could be vulnerable to russian blackmail


flynn discussed sanctions with russian envoy before trump took office, despite denials: officialsgreg miller, adam entous, ellen nakashimanational security adviser michael flynn privately discussed u.s. sanctions against russia with that country's ambassador to the united states during the month before president donald trump took office, contrary to public assertions by trump officials, current and former u.s. officials said.flynn's...national security adviser michael flynn privately discussed u.s. sanctions against russia with that country's ambassador to the united states during the month before president donald trump took office, contrary to public assertions by trump officials, current and former u.s. officials said.flynn's... (greg miller, adam entous, ellen nakashima)






trump tops putin in russian media mentions


u.s. president donald trump has leapfrogged russia’s vladimir putin to become the most mentioned person in russian mainstream media, according to the interfax news agency. trump topped the list of the most mentioned people in russian news coverage in january despite being inaugurated on january 20. putin tops the poll most months. trump was mentioned 202,000…






white house names possible shortlist for flynn replacement


justice dept. warned that flynn could be vulnerable to russian blackmailadam entous, ellen nakashima, philip ruckerthe acting attorney general informed the trump white house late last month that she believed michael flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the russian ambassador to the united states, and warned that the national security adviser was potentially...the acting attorney general informed the trump white house late last month that she believed michael flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the russian ambassador to the united states, and warned that the national security adviser was potentially... (adam entous, ellen nakashima, philip rucker)






russian jets in ‘unsafe’ encounters with destroyer: us official


multiple russian military aircraft came close to a u.s. navy destroyer in the black sea on feb. 10, incidents considered “unsafe and unprofessional,” a u.s. official said on tuesday.there were three separate incidents involving russian aircraft and the uss porter, captain danny hernandez, a spokesman for u.s. european command, said. one involved two russian su-24 jets, another a separate su-24, and the third involved a larger il-38.“uss porter queried all aircraft and received no response,” hernandez said.“such incidents are concerning because they can result in accident or miscalculation,” he added.the incidents involving the su-24 were considered to be unsafe and unprofessional by the commanding officer of the porter because of their high speed and low altitude, while the il-38 flew at a






russian spy ship patrolling off u.s. east coast


a russian spy ship is patrolling off the east coast of the united states, reports cbs news national security correspondent david martin. the ship, known as an agi (auxiliary, general intelligence), made a port call in cuba and has been working its way up the east coast.  currently the ship is off the coast of delaware, well in international waters.  it is expected to continue north until it gets to the sub base at new london, conn., then turn around and head south toward cuba.the presence of foreign vessels and aircraft near u.s. territory is nothing new.  in 2015, there was a flap about a russian spy ship hanging out in a spot where the transatlantic cables are laid. 






trump knew weeks ago that flynn had misled pence about russia talks


president donald trump asked for the resignation of his national security adviser, michael flynn, after his level of trust in flynn eroded to the point that he felt he needed to make a change, white house spokesman sean spicer told reporters on tuesday.a day after flynn’s resignation, spicer said trump had been concerned that flynn had misled vice president mike pence over his contacts with russian officials before trump took office on jan. 20. trump had been reviewing flynn’s situation for a few weeks, he said.amid congressional calls for an investigation into the extent to which flynn discussed the possibility of lifting u.s. sanctions on russia with the russian ambassador to washington, spicer said the white house legal counsel had reviewed the situation and believed flynn’s case was vi






trump team warned by justice dept. 'weeks ago' flynn was vulnerable to russia bl


sally q. yates is looking more like a hero each day. before she was fired by donald trump, the then-acting attorney general told the incoming administration in late january that she believed then-natsec-advisor general michael flynn “had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the russian ambassador to the united states, and warned that the national security adviser was potentially vulnerable to russian blackmail.” a senior administration official admitted to the washington post the trump white house had long been aware of the grave nature of the matter-- “we’ve been working on this for weeks,” they said. but as late as monday night, the white house was still pushing a statement that trump was “evaluating the situation” regarding flynn. the mess






russian runner antyukh announces retirement


moscow — russian runner natalia antyukh has announced her retirement days after being stripped of an olympic relay medal due to a teammate's doping offense.russian state news agency r-sport quotes antyukh, the 2012 olympic gold medalist in the 400-meter hurdles, as saying she has had "enough" of competing and will not race any more.the 35-year-old antyukh struggled last season ahead of the olympics in rio de janeiro and wasn't selected for the russian track and field team, which then was banned from taking part over widespread doping.antyukh also won bronze in the 400m in 2004 and silver in the 4x400 relay, but lost her 4x400 relay silver from 2012 on wednesday when it was announced traces of a banned steroid were found in teammate antonina krivoshapka's sample during retesting.






michael flynn resigns as donald trump's national security adviser over contacts


justice dept. warned that flynn could be vulnerable to russian blackmailadam entous, ellen nakashima, philip ruckerthe acting attorney general informed the trump white house late last month that she believed michael flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the russian ambassador to the united states, and warned that the national security adviser was potentially...the acting attorney general informed the trump white house late last month that she believed michael flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the russian ambassador to the united states, and warned that the national security adviser was potentially... (adam entous, ellen nakashima, philip rucker)






ukraine: who controls what |


the eastern ukrainian region of donb , which consists of the donetsk and luhansk provinces, has been the scene of fighting between the ukrainian government and pro-russian rebels since 2014. the conflict started shortly after the russian annexation of the crimean peninsula. this annexation led separatists in the eastern part of the country to protest against the government in kiev. after weeks of civil unrest, an armed conflict between the ukrainian army and the pro-russian rebels broke out.a pivotal moment e in july 2015, when malaysian airlines flight mh17 was s down over the rebel-controlled area, killing all 298 on board. according to an investigation done by a team of independent researchers, the airliner was s down with a russian-made rocket fired from separatist territory.to this da






michael flynn might have violated law when he had call about russian sanctions


investigators believe that president trump’s national security adviser, michael flynn, privately discussed u.s. sanctions against russia in a phone call with a russian official, law enforcement sources told cbs news on friday. multiple sources told cbs news’ jeff pegues and pat milton that the conver ion occurred before mr. trump took office and, if true, could be a violation of protocol and could be viewed as a violation of the law. a law enforcement source who has been briefed on the issue told milton that the discussion dealt with the relationship going forward with russia including the sanctions. any discussions about sanctions by a private citizen, the source said, may create conflict and confusion around u.s. national security interests. the sources told cbs news that investigators l






russian lawmakers mount fierce defense of flynn


moscow — russian lawmakers on tuesday mounted a fierce defense of u.s. president donald trump's national security adviser, who has resigned following reports that he misled white house officials about his contacts with russia.michael flynn handed in his resignation late monday night, conceding that he gave "incomplete information" about his calls with russia's ambassador to the u.s.a u.s. official told the associated press that flynn was in frequent contact with ambassador sergey kislyak on the day the obama administration slapped sanctions on russia for election-related hacking, as well as at other times during the transition. the kremlin has confirmed that flynn has been in contact with kislyak but denied that they talked about lifting sanctions.konstantin kosachev, chairman of the forei






russian olympic champion savinova stripped of gold, banned


lausanne, switzerland — russian runner maria savinova has been stripped of her 2012 olympic gold medal for doping, putting caster semenya in line to take to the title.savinova, who won the 800-meter title at the london games ahead of semenya, was also banned for four years by the court of arbitration for sport.cas says savinova was "found to have been engaged in using doping" from july 2010 until august 2013.in 2014, savinova was caught in undercover footage filmed by russian doping whistleblower yulia stepanova appearing to admit to injecting testosterone and taking the banned steroid oxandrolone.the footage helped to spark a world anti-doping agency investigation into russia.following further evidence of widespread drug use, the russian track team was suspended from all international com






trump evaluating national security adviser flynn’s situation: white house


president donald trump is evaluating the situation surrounding u.s. national security adviser michael flynn over his russian contacts, trump’s spokesman said on monday, pointedly declining to make a public show of support for his embattled aide.a statement from white house press secretary sean spicer, read to reporters crowded around his office, suggested that the review into flynn’s activities stretched beyond the conversations he had with russian officials before trump took office on jan. 20.flynn had told vice president mike pence he had not discussed u.s. sanctions against russia with russian officials, prompting pence to defend him in subsequent television interviews.in recent days flynn has acknowledged he might have discussed sanctions but could not remember with 100 percent certain






palestinian police disperse rally over russian church land


hebron, west bank — palestinian police broke up a rally by an islamic party protesting against the palestinian government handing land over to the russian church.police said officers used tear gas on urday to disperse hundreds of protesters and arrested 25 of them in the west bank city of hebron.bahir saleh, the spokesman of the islamic liberation party, said "this is islamic land and shouldn't be given to anyone, particularly russia who is killing muslims everywhere." saleh said protesters were sending a strong message to president mahmoud abbas against the move.he said a russian church was built on land rented for a century from a local arab tribe 150 years ago. the land should be returned to the family, he said.abbas has good relations with russian president vladimir putin.






top russian official says putin-trump call will be positive


moscow (ap) — influential russian security chief nikolai patrushev says moscow has high hopes for a scheduled telephone call between russian president vladimir putin and his u.s. counterpart donald trump.“everything will be positive,” patrushev said urday, according to russia’s interfax news agency. he is the secretary of russia’s security council.the telephone call between putin and trump expected to take place later urday will be the first official contact between the two leaders since trump was sworn in as president. the kremlin has welcomed trump’s promises to mend ties with moscow, which have been badly strained by the ukrainian crisis, the war in syria and allegations of russian meddling in the u.s. elections.putin held a meeting of the security council on friday to discuss u.s.-russ






white house: immigration order 'small price' for safety


washington — the white house on sunday tried to tamp down concerns about president donald trump's sweeping immigration order in the face of widespread protests, as some republicans in congress urged him to proceed with caution in the face of legal pushback. top congressional republicans, however, remain largely behind the new president.during a round of sunday show interviews, trump's aides stressed that just a small portion of travelers had been affected by the order, which temporarily bars the citizens of seven majority muslim nations from entering the country. the aides also reversed course and said that citizens of those countries who hold permanent u.s. residency "green cards" will not be barred from re-entering the country, as officials had previously said."i can't imagine too many p