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McCain to Trump on Russian hacking: The facts are there - CBS
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McCain to Trump on Russian hacking: The facts are there - CBS | Reuters

WASHINGTON U.S. Republican Senator John McCain on Sunday urged President-elect Donald Trump to accept that Russia interfered in November's presidential election."The facts are there," McCain said in a television interview on CBS "Face the Nation." (Reporting by Lindsay Dunsmuir; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

Russian Minister tells new US administration to not repeat past mistakes
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Russian Minister tells new US administration to not repeat past mistakes

Russia expects the new US administration not to repeat past mistakes of its predecessors who destroyed Russian-US relations, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday.

INTERVIEW: Closer Moscow ties don't change Turkey's stance on Assad - Deputy PM
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INTERVIEW: Closer Moscow ties don't change Turkey's stance on Assad - Deputy PM | Reuters

By Karin Strohecker | LONDON LONDON Turkey's rapprochement with Russia has not changed Ankara's position that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go to restore peace in the country, Turkish deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Saturday. Russia is Assad's main military backer while Turkey backs the rebels fighting to oust him in the six year old conflict."We are in the same position, Assad has committed war crimes several times," Kurtulmus told Reuters

Designer of Soviet MiG jet fighters Mikoyan dies at 89
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Designer of Soviet MiG jet fighters Mikoyan dies at 89 | Reuters

MOSCOW Vano Mikoyan, one of the developers of the MiG fighter jets for the Soviet and then Russian air force, has died at the age of 89, aircraft maker MiG said on Friday.Mikoyan is best-known for engineering the MiG-29 jet fighter, a warplane that entered service in the 1980s as the Soviet counterpart to the U.S. F-15 and F-16 fighters

Russia says EU ban on fuel supply to Syria not related to its air group - agencies
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Russia says EU ban on fuel supply to Syria not related to its air group - agencies | Reuters

MOSCOW The sanctions imposed by the European Union on fuel supplies to Syria cannot be applied to the Russian air group in the country, a Russian Defence Ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by the news agencies on Tuesday.The Russian news outlets said he was commenting on reports of illegal fuel supplies to Syria. Earlier on Tuesday, Reuters reported that Russian tankers had smuggled jet fuel to Syria through EU waters, bolstering military supplies to a country where Moscow is carrying out air strikes in support of the government, according to sources with knowledge of the matter. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Alison Williams)

Russia says Ukraine seized two Russian servicemen from Crimea - agencies
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Russia says Ukraine seized two Russian servicemen from Crimea - agencies | Reuters

MOSCOW Russia's Defence Ministry said on Monday that Ukrainian intelligence services had seized two Russian servicemen from Crimea and taken them to Ukraine, Russian news agencies reported.The ministry demanded that Ukraine immediately return the servicemen to Russia and called what had happened "a provocation". Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. (Reporting by Alexander Winning; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

Russia says Lavrov, Kerry discuss Syria crisis by phone
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Russia says Lavrov, Kerry discuss Syria crisis by phone | Reuters

MOSCOW Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the Syria crisis by phone on Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.In their conversation, Lavrov and Kerry placed an emphasis on the situation in east Aleppo, the ministry said.

Russia uses aircraft carrier for big attack on Syrian rebels
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Russia uses aircraft carrier for big attack on Syrian rebels | Reuters

SOCHI, Russia Russia launched coordinated missile strikes against rebels in Syria on Tuesday and Moscow for the first time used its only aircraft carrier in combat, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said.Shoigu said a frigate had fired cruise missiles, jets from the Admiral Kuznetsov, Russia's sole aircraft carrier, had been involved in action, and missiles had been loosed from a mobile land-based missile system inside Syria.In Washington, Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said he was aware of the announcement, but was still looking into the strikes."From a pure military perspective, Russia already has significant capabilities inside Syria," Davis said. "Anything that they bring in from the outside, if it's aircraft carriers or if it's cruise missiles launching from ships or if it's long-range strike bombers flying in from Russia, those are done for show," Davis added.

Ukrainian hackers promise leaks on Putin spokesman
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Ukrainian hackers promise leaks on Putin spokesman | Reuters

By Alessandra Prentice and Margaryta Chornokondratenko | KIEV KIEV Ukrainian hackers behind recent Kremlin email leaks said on Thursday they planned to release more information taken from accounts linked to senior Russian officials, including to President Vladimir Putin's chief spokesman.A network of Ukrainian hacking groups, called the Cyber Alliance, has been releasing emails they say were sent to one of Putin's top advisers - a bid to disprove Russia's denial it has stoked separatism in eastern Ukraine and played a direct role in the 2-1/2-year-old conflict there.Speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, two members of group RUH8, part of Cyber Alliance, said they would not stop their cyber attacks against Russia while the eastern fighting continues. "Our boys are running with guns in trenches, but thank God we are not there. We're sitting at home, in the warm, with keyboards.

NATO seeks to manage Russia's new military deployments
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NATO seeks to manage Russia's new military deployments | Reuters

By Robin Emmott | BRUSSELS BRUSSELS President Vladimir Putin's high-profile military deployments aim to showcase Russian power in any global confrontation with the West, NATO officials say, but the alliance will not seek to match Moscow's actions. Curtis Scaparrotti, the U.S.-led alliance's top commander, told allied defence ministers on Wednesday that more than 120,000 Russian troops took part in exercises in September which culminated with the firing of a missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads, diplomats said. As Russia's sole aircraft carrier passed Europe's shores this week, reports of its warships equipped with nuclear-capable missiles in the Baltic alarmed allies

Aleppo city quiet on third day of ceasefire, some clashes
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Aleppo city quiet on third day of ceasefire, some clashes | Reuters

BEIRUT Calm prevailed across the divided Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday, the third day of a unilateral ceasefire announced by Russia, but medical evacuations and aid deliveries have yet to take place, a war monitor said.

U.S. vote authorities warned to be alert to Russian hacks faking fraud - officials
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U.S. vote authorities warned to be alert to Russian hacks faking fraud - officials | Reuters

By David Rohde and Mark Hosenball U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials are warning that hackers with ties to Russia's intelligence services could try to undermine the credibility of the presidential election by posting documents online purporting to show evidence of voter fraud.The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said however, that the U.S. election system is so large, diffuse and antiquated that hackers would not be able to change the outcome of the Nov

Obama says Trump embrace of Russian president 'unprecedented'
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Obama says Trump embrace of Russian president 'unprecedented' | Reuters

WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama said Donald Trump's embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin was unprecedented and said he was troubled that other Republicans were supporting the Republican presidential candidate's positions on Russia."Mr. Trump's continued flattery of Mr.

India and Russia sign energy, defense deals worth billions
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India and Russia sign energy, defense deals worth billions | Reuters

By Douglas Busvine and Denis Pinchuk | GOA, India GOA, India India and Russia signed billions of dollars of defense and energy deals on Saturday at a summit that sought to inject new life into a relationship that has been tested by shifting global alliances and conflict in the Middle East.Under the biggest agreement, a group led by Russian state oil major Rosneft (ROSN.MM) said it would pay $12.9 billion for a controlling stake in both India's Essar Oil and port facilities that it owns. The countries, which had strong ties during the Cold War, announced plans for a joint venture to build helicopters in India. New Delhi said it would also buy surface-to-air missile systems and stealth frigates from Moscow."Ours is a truly unique and privileged relationship," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the western seaside state of Goa.Modi said that his views were aligned with Putin's on the unstable situation in Afghanistan and the Middle East, where Moscow is at odds with the West in the five-year-old civil war in Syria that has killed hundreds of thousands."We are conducting a comprehensive dialog on a wide scale of international issues, in which Indian and Russian approaches are close to each other or coincide," said Putin

U.S. broadens Syria talks after failure of truce deal with Russia
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U.S. broadens Syria talks after failure of truce deal with Russia | Reuters

By Marina Depetris and Alexander Winning | LAUSANNE, Switzerland LAUSANNE, Switzerland U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will return to Syria talks on Saturday, three weeks after the failure of their painstakingly drafted ceasefire that many saw as the last hope for peace this year.Kerry has pointedly avoided new bilateral negotiations with Lavrov, and his invitation to the Turkish, Saudi, Qatari and Iranian foreign ministers to join them for talks in the Swiss lakeside town of Lausanne will broaden the discussion to include the most powerful backers of Syria's government and rebels."I don't know that I would expect any breakthroughs

Kerry and Lavrov to resume talks on Syria despite war crimes row
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Kerry and Lavrov to resume talks on Syria despite war crimes row | Reuters

By Vladimir Soldatkin and Tom Perry | MOSCOW/BEIRUT MOSCOW/BEIRUT U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian counterpart in Switzerland on Saturday to discuss Syria, officials said on Wednesday, as a devastating bombing campaign of the city of Aleppo intensified.The Syrian government launched an assault to capture rebel-held areas of Aleppo last month with Russian air support and Iranian-backed militias, a week into a ceasefire agreed by Washington and Moscow.Kerry broke off talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week over the offensive, which has included air strikes on hospitals that Washington and Paris said amounted to war crimes for which Syria and Russia were responsible.The Syrian and Russian governments blamed their foes for breaking the ceasefire and said they target only militants in the city, the last major urban stronghold of the Western-backed rebels, where more than 250,000 people are trapped under siege.The resumption of talks, despite the offensive, was a sign of the lack of options facing Western nations over the Syria conflict, where they worry scaled-up arms supplies for the rebels could end up in the hands of jihadist groups.Russia's Foreign Ministry said Kerry and Lavrov would meet Lavrov in the Swiss city of Lausanne to consider steps towards settling the conflict. The meeting will include foreign ministers from Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Iran

Putin shuns Paris visit after France offers talks only on Syria
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Putin shuns Paris visit after France offers talks only on Syria | Reuters

By John Irish and Gilbert Reilhac | PARIS/STRASBOURG, France PARIS/STRASBOURG, France Russian President Vladimir Putin has cancelled a visit to Paris next week after President Francois Hollande said he would see him only for talks on Syria - the latest episode in deteriorating relations between Moscow and the West. French officials have been grappling for ways to put new pressure on Russia after Moscow vetoed a French-drafted United Nations Security Council resolution on Syria

Ukraine says catches Russian military intelligence spy red-handed
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Ukraine says catches Russian military intelligence spy red-handed | Reuters

KIEV Ukraine's State Security Service (SBU) said on Sunday it had caught red-handed a Ukrainian working as a spy for Russia's military intelligence agency, just days after a Ukrainian journalist was arrested on espionage charges in Russia. The unnamed suspect had come to SBU's attention after he offered a senior Ukrainian military official Russian citizenship and money in exchange for top secret documents on Ukraine's military capabilities and work with foreign partners, it said."He was caught by SBU officers red-handed while receiving a flash drive containing misinformation that he believed to be secret documents of a military nature," a SBU statement said.

U.S. suspends Syria ceasefire talks with Russia, blames Moscow
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U.S. suspends Syria ceasefire talks with Russia, blames Moscow | Reuters

By Lesley Wroughton | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON The United States broke off talks with Russia on Monday on implementing a ceasefire agreement on Syria and accused Moscow of not living up to its commitments under the Sept.

Putin suspends nuclear pact, raising stakes in row with Washington
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Putin suspends nuclear pact, raising stakes in row with Washington | Reuters

By Dmitry Solovyov and Christian Lowe | MOSCOW MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday suspended a treaty with Washington on cleaning up weapons-grade plutonium, signalling he is willing to use nuclear disarmament as a new bargaining chip in disputes with the United States over Ukraine and Syria.Starting in the last years of the Cold War, Russia and the United States signed a series of accords to reduce the size of their nuclear arsenals, agreements that have so far survived intact despite a souring of U.S.-Russian relations under Putin.But on Monday, Putin issued a decree suspending an agreement, concluded in 2000, which bound the two sides to dispose of surplus plutonium originally intended for use in nuclear weapons.The Kremlin said it was taking that action in response to unfriendly acts by Washington. It made the announcement shortly before Washington said it was suspending talks with Russia on trying to end the violence in Syria.