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Trump: I Never Worked for Russia’

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier President Donald Trump declared Monday, "I never worked for Russia," days after news reports suggested he might be beholden to Russia and President Vladimir Putin. "I think it's a disgrace you even asked that question," Trump told a reporter who queried him about his ties to Russia outside the White House as he prepared to leave for New Orleans to speak at a farm convention. The New York Times reported over the weekend that Federal Bureau of Investigation officials started investigating whether Trump "was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow's influence" because of his…
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World News

85 Russian Athletes Barred from Rio Olympics Over Doping

VOA News At least 85 Russian athletes for the national Olympic team of 387 members have been barred from the Rio Games to date because of the country’s doping scandal. International federations in canoeing and modern pentathlon ruled out seven athletes Tuesday, including an Olympic gold medalist, following earlier rulings in swimming and rowing. Some appeals are likely. Alexander Dyachenko, an Olympic champion in 2012, was among the five canoeists named in a recent report by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), alleging a state-sponsored doping cover-up. Dyachenko won gold in the men's double kayak 200 meters at the 2012 London…
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World News

US-Russia Talks Focus on Syria, IS, Ukraine

Pamela Dockins December 15, 2015 MOSCOW—Saying the first two rounds of talks on a political transition in Syria are a “strong beginning,” Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States and Russia have the ability to make a “significant difference” in Syria’s crisis. He commented Tuesday at the start of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in , speaking through a translator, said the United States and Russia, together, were looking for ways out of the most “urgent crises.” The two officials are also expected to discuss the unrest in Ukraine and combating Islamic State militants in Syria. Earlier,…
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US News

US, Russia to Discuss Alleged Nuclear Treaty Violations

STATE DEPARTMENT—The State Department is leading a delegation that will meet with Russian officials in Moscow Thursday to discuss Russia's alleged violation of provisions in the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces United States says Russia has conducted tests involving ground-based intermediate-range missiles. The move would violate provisions of the 1987 INF Treaty, which is considered the cornerstone of the nuclear disarmament agreement. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the is going to make every effort to resolve concerns and ensure the continued viability of the treaty. “The goal, of course, is for Russia to return to compliance with its obligations under…
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World News

NATO Chief Dismisses Putin’s Ukraine Plan

  NEWPORT, WALES—NATO’s secretary-general has dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s seven-step plan to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine, as alliance leaders gathered in Britain for their first summit in two years. Anders Fogh Rasmussen derided Putin’s approach as a “so-called peace plan.” Rasmussen said what counts is what is happening on the ground in eastern Ukraine, where the West says Russian troops are fighting with separatists against the Ukrainian military, a charge Russia denies. “We continue to call on Russia to pull back its troops from Ukrainian borders, stop the flow of weapons and fighters into Ukraine, stop the…
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World News

NATO to Russia: Stop ‘Illegal’ Military Operations in Ukraine

NATO has called on Russia to cease its "illegal military operations" in eastern Ukraine, which it says are aimed at destabilizing the country. The comments by NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Friday followed an emergency meeting in Brussels to discuss the worsening crisis. Rasmussen, referencing satellite images released by his organization Thursday, said it is now clear that Russian troops and equipment have illegally crossed the border into eastern Ukraine. He said this is not an isolated incident, but part of a pattern over many months to destabilize Ukraine as a sovereign nation. Russia has repeatedly denied arming or…
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World News

Ukraine Government Requests the Dispatch of Peacekeeping Troops

The President of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, called for the deployment of peacekeeping troops in the east of the country, where Russian activists continue occupying government buildings. Turchynov issued his statement after pro-Russian groups attacked another government official in the city of Horlivka on Monday. Video scenes show more than a hundred activists attacking the building at Horlivkay and hitting a police officer. Activists maintain outlets in other buildings in several cities in the east of the country, after ignoring the ultimatum by the authorities of Ukraine so that they leave the Government offices. A spokesman for the Russian President, Vladimir…
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Merkel and Putin Discuss Solution to Diplomatic Crisis in Ukraine

The German spokesman for the Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said that the German leader and Russian President, Vladimir Putin, discussed by phone possible measures to stabilize the situation in Ukraine and Transnistria, a breakaway territory between Moldova and Ukraine. In a telephone conversation with Merkel, Russian President confirmed that he gave the order for withdrawal of troops at the border with Ukraine. A spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense explained that a motorized infantry battalion, composed of hundreds of troops, is being withdrawn from the border. The Kremlin said in a statement that President Putin said that Ukraine should carry…
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Russia Risks “Political & Economic Isolation”

Vice President, Joe Biden, said that if Russia continues on its "dark road" it faces "political and economic isolation", during his visit to Lithuania on Wednesday. "Russia has chosen to respond with military aggression, a referendum virtually rejected by the entire world, illegal efforts to annex Crimea and now reports of armed attacks against Ukrainian military personnel and installations in Crimea," he said. "I want to make it clear: we remain firmly with our Baltic partners in support of the Ukrainian people against the Russian aggression." While Russia goes down this dark path they will face a growing political and economic isolation". Biden spoke…
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Putin Calls On US to Stop Cold War Rhetoric

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, called on United States to halt the "hysteria and cold war rhetoric," during a special session with Russian parliamentarians. He said the West has "exceeded in Ukraine and behaved irresponsibly". Moreover, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia said that the sanctions will not remain unanswered, but it did not specify what measures will be taken. The European Union and United States approved Monday the freezing of assets and bans on travel for officials from Russia and Ukraine. The US President Barack Obama, said that they will be considering new sanctions if Russia does not…
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