Category: Foreign Policy

Cynicism beyond all bounds: Diplomat slams Kiev’s policy towards Russian-speaking citizens

Cynicism beyond all bounds: Diplomat slams Kiev’s policy towards Russian-speaking citizens

Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada © Mikhail Palinchak/Press Office of the President of Ukraine/TASS MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. The Ukrainian authorities’ cynicism towards the Russian-speaking citizens has gone beyond all boundaries, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Wednesday. The diplomat lambasted Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, after it recently held a roundtable on what Ukrainian MPs have called a ‘massive human rights violation’ against the indigenous people in Russia, claiming that there were ‘breaches’ of freedom of speech, conscience, assembly and education in minorities’ native language. Zakharova excoriated the Rada’s move by noting, “Apparently, Ukrainian legislators believe that their own authorities’ policy on national minorities,…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With UK Foreign Secretary Hunt

Collected Department Releases: On the Occasion of Christmas

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 25, 2018 On behalf of the Department of State, I would like to wish a Merry Christmas to all those celebrating today, together with Orthodox Christians celebrating in early January. This joyful occasion brings Christian communities together to rejoice in the birth of Jesus. In addition to celebrating and spending time with loved ones, the spirit of Christmas reminds us of Jesus’ message of hope, mercy, and love of neighbor. This season reminds us to care for the less fortunate, including those communities around the world today who are not able to observe this…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With UK Foreign Secretary Hunt

Collected Department Releases: Canada’s Legitimate Arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 Canada, a country governed by the rule of law, is conducting a fair, unbiased, and transparent legal proceeding with respect to Ms. Meng Wanzhou, the Chief Financial Officer of Huawei. Canada respects its international legal commitments by honoring its extradition treaty with the United States. We share Canada’s commitment to the rule of law as fundamental to all free societies, and we will defend and uphold this principle. We also express our deep concern for the Chinese Government’s detention of two Canadians earlier this month and call for their immediate release. The Office of Website…

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Trump’s Syria pullout does not spell end of Western coalition’s activity, notes diplomat

Trump’s Syria pullout does not spell end of Western coalition’s activity, notes diplomat

MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. The withdrawal of the American army from Syrian soil does not translate to the end of activity by the US-led coalition, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday. “We are closely monitoring the fulfilment of the decision made by US President Donald Trump on December 19 to withdraw the American army from Syria. We understand the importance of this decision, which, according to our assessment, is going to contribute to a comprehensive settlement of the situation,” Zakharova said. “We do not completely comprehend all the reasons and incentives behind this move, and moreover there is no clarity regarding the temporary…

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Jordanian top diplomat to visit Russia on December 28

Jordanian top diplomat to visit Russia on December 28

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi © EPA-EFE/MARISCAL MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi will visit Russia on December 28 to discuss the Syria issue with Russian top diplomat Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Wednesday. “The two countries’ top diplomats will exchange views on pressing global and regional issues, focusing on the Syria settlement process,” she said. “There are plans to discuss ways to resolve acute humanitarian issues related to facilitating the return of Syrian refugees to their places of permanent residence,” Zakharova added. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, the two foreign ministers will…

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Putin, Lukashenko agree to meet again before yearend — Kremlin

Putin, Lukashenko agree to meet again before yearend — Kremlin

The presidents of Russia and Belarus, Vladimir Putin (R) and Alexander Lukashenko (L) © Sergei Savostyanovb/TASS MOSCOW, December 25./TASS/. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has confirmed a report that the Russian and Belarusian presidents, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, agreed to meet once again before the end of the year at their talks on Tuesday. Belarusian television reported about this arrangement earlier on Tuesday. “The leaders have agreed to meet before the end of the year,” Peskov said. Earlier on Tuesday, Putin and Lukashenko spent four hours in talks that focused on issues of integration of the two countries, cooperation in the energy sector as well as…

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Kremlin redirects query on Gaddafi son’s appeal for support to Russian Foreign Ministry

Kremlin redirects query on Gaddafi son’s appeal for support to Russian Foreign Ministry

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi © EPA/SABRI ELMHEDWI MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has answered a question about a letter written by the son of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, asking for support at the upcoming elections, saying that it should be addressed to the Russian Foreign Ministry. “I don’t know. You should obtain information at the [Russian] Foreign Ministry. I don’t know whether it was sent through diplomatic channels, whether it was actually handed over or not,” Peskov said. Bloomberg earlier reported that Saif al-Islam had asked the Russian authorities to support him during the upcoming elections. Media reports said…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With UK Foreign Secretary Hunt

Collected Department Releases: Upcoming Election in Bangladesh

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 The United States is disappointed by the Government of Bangladesh’s inability to grant credentials and issue visas within the timeframe necessary to conduct a credible international monitoring mission to the majority of international election monitors from the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), which the United States funded through the National Democratic Institute. As a result, ANFREL was forced to cancel its observation mission for the December 30 national election. The lack of an international observation mission makes it even more important for the Government of Bangladesh to complete the accreditation of all the local…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With UK Foreign Secretary Hunt

Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo called Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati today to commend the Albanian government for expelling two Iranian officials, including the Iranian Ambassador to Albania, in response to an Iran-sponsored plot to carry out a terrorist attack in Albania. Following recent arrests that disrupted Iranian-backed plots in Denmark and France, Albania’s actions send a clear message that Iranian terrorism is unacceptable on European soil. Secretary Pompeo congratulated Foreign Minister Bushati on Albania’s confirmation as OSCE Chair-in-Office in 2020. We look forward to…

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Putin to visit Serbia in January — Kremlin

Putin to visit Serbia in January — Kremlin

© Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to make a visit to Serbia in January 2019, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed. “Preparations for the president’s visit to Serbia are underway, the visit is planned for January,” Peskov said. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said earlier that he expected his Russian counterpart to visit Belgrade on January 17. The two leaders last met in Moscow on October 2, 2018. According to the Serbian media, the two countries plan to sign 20 agreements during the Russian president’s visit. The implementation of joint energy, infrastructure and innovation projects will…

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Embassy chides London for ‘never missing an opportunity’ to hinder Russian media in UK

Russia’s Embassy in London © Ilya Dmitryachev/TASS LONDON, December 24. /TASS/. The UK government does not miss any opportunities to hinder the work of Russian media in the country, the Russian Embassy in London said on Monday commenting on the Sunday Times publication that contains personal information of eight employees of Russia’s Sputnik bureau in Edinburgh, as well as calls to seize their assets in the UK by Member of the Scottish Parliament Alex Cole-Hamilton. “Despite being a member of an opposition party, Mr Cole-Hamilton seems to understand intimately the political strategy of the Conservative Government towards Russian media in the UK. Pressure from all sides,…

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London does not miss opportunity to hinder work of Russian media in UK — Russian embassy

Russia’s Embassy in London © Ilya Dmitryachev/TASS LONDON, December 24. /TASS/. The UK government does not miss any opportunities to hinder the work of Russian media in the country, the Russian Embassy in London said on Monday commenting on the Sunday Times publication that contains personal information of eight employees of Russia’s Sputnik bureau in Edinburgh, as well as calls to seize their assets in the UK by Member of the Scottish Parliament Alex Cole-Hamilton. “Despite being a member of an opposition party, Mr Cole-Hamilton seems to understand intimately the political strategy of the Conservative Government towards Russian media in the UK. Pressure from all sides,…

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Russian Embassy in London regrets May’s anti-Russian statements in her Christmas address

Russian Embassy in London regrets May’s anti-Russian statements in her Christmas address

UK Prime Minister Theresa May © EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN LONDON, December 24. /TASS/. The Russian Embassy in London has expressed regret over UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s anti-Russian statements in her Christmas address. In the statement released on Monday, the Russian embassy said they were suprised by May thanking the UK military for protecting the country’s territorial waters and airspace from a Russian incursion. “An inexperienced reader may get an impression that Russia made attempts to violate Great Britain’s airspace and territorial waters. This never happened,” the Russian embassy emphasized. “The UK Defense Ministry sometimes advertises ‘intercepting’ Russian military aircraft and ships, but here we are actually…

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Russia, Azerbaijan to deepen bilateral economic ties in 2019, vows envoy to Baku

BAKU, December 24. /TASS/. The upcoming year will see a surge in economic cooperation between Moscow and Baku, Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Mikhail Bocharnikov, told a press conference in the Azerbaijani capital on Monday. “Next year, the priority will be to fulfil the agreements reached this year, primarily those regarding the development of economic ties. We have adopted essential documents: a program on bilateral cooperation in the economic area until 2024 and an action plan for economic cooperation consisting of five roadmaps for the same period. In general, our economic collaboration will deepen in 2019,” the ambassador vowed. He stressed that the Russian side expects…

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Support for Russia keeps growing despite West’s anti-Russian policy, says speaker

Support for Russia keeps growing despite West’s hostile anti-Russian crusade, says speaker

Russian Federation Council upper house’s Speaker Valentina Matviyenko © Russian Federation Council press service MOSCOW, December 24./TASS/. Support for Russia is growing on the global arena despite the anti-Russian policy actively pursued by the West, Russian Federation Council upper house’s Speaker Valentina Matviyenko told a news conference on Monday. “Believe me, the number of Russia’s allies, explicit and implicit, is growing. No, they cannot vote openly, they are intimidated, they depend on Western gifts and other things. But we know very well and we understand that more and more people rationally assess the situation, the danger of this situation and rightness of Russia’s actions,” Matviyenko said…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With UK Foreign Secretary Hunt

Collected Department Releases: Venezuelan Navy Actions in Guyana

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 23, 2018 On December 22, the Venezuelan Navy aggressively stopped ExxonMob‎il contracted vessels operating under an oil exploration agreement with the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in its Exclusive Economic Zone. We underscore that Guyana has the sovereign right to explore and exploit resources in its Exclusive Economic Zone. We call on Venezuela to respect international law and the rights of its neighbors. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With UK Foreign Secretary Hunt

Collected Department Releases: Tsunami in West Java and Southern Sumatra, Indonesia

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 23, 2018 The United States conveys our deepest condolences for the loss of life and destruction from the tsunami that struck West Java and southern Sumatra, Indonesia, on December 22. We continue to monitor the situation closely and are in close communication with Indonesian authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those in Indonesia affected by the natural disaster. We are currently not aware of any U.S. citizens directly affected, but stand ready to assist as needed. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the…

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Support for Russia keeps growing despite West’s anti-Russian policy, says speaker

Support for Russia keeps growing despite West’s anti-Russian policy, says speaker

Russian Federation Council upper house’s Speaker Valentina Matviyenko © Russian Federation Council press service MOSCOW, December 24./TASS/. Support for Russia is growing on the global arena despite the anti-Russian policy actively pursued by the West, Russian Federation Council upper house’s Speaker Valentina Matviyenko told a news conference on Monday. “Believe me, the number of Russia’s allies, explicit and implicit, is growing. No, they cannot vote openly, they are intimidated, they depend on Western gifts and other things. But we know very well and we understand that more and more people rationally assess the situation, the danger of this situation and rightness of Russia’s actions,” Matviyenko said…

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Russian upper house speaker demands tit-for-tat steps against UK media amid RT probe

MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. Moscow should introduce tit-for-tat measures against British mass media outlets working in Russia amid the situation around RT in the UK, Russia’s Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said on Monday. “If the British media regulator takes real measures, we will certainly give a tit-for-tat response,” Matviyenko told a news conference devoted to the results of this autumn’s session of the upper house. In other media

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With UK Foreign Secretary Hunt

Collected Department Releases: Joint Statement on Harassment of East African Monitoring Group Near Juba

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Norway, and the United Kingdom. Begin text: The Troika (United States, Norway, and the UK) join the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in condemning the appalling harassment and abuse of monitors from the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mission (CTSAMVM) on Tuesday, December 18. We are particularly concerned at reports that the attack on the monitors was carried out by the South Sudanese National Security Service. It is imperative that the Government of South…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With UK Foreign Secretary Hunt

Collected Department Releases: United States Actions To Promote Democracy in Nicaragua

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 Yesterday, the President signed the Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act of 2018 (“Nica Act”), signaling his further commitment to promoting democracy, human rights, and rule of law in Nicaragua. The signing of the Nica Act supplements a series of actions the United States has taken against the Ortega regime. In November, the Administration sanctioned two of Ortega’s closest associates under a new Executive Order issued by President Trump to counter the worst abuses of the Ortega regime in Nicaragua, including its dismantling of democratic institutions and serious human rights violations and abuses. Those sanctions…

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Duma speaker to start official two-day visit to Vietnam on Sunday

Duma speaker to start official two-day visit to Vietnam on Sunday

Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin © Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS MOSCOW, December 23. /TASS/. The Russian State Duma delegation led by Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin will start its two-day official visit to Vietnam on Sunday, the press service of the lower house of parliament said. On Sunday, the Russian delegation will lay wreaths at the mausoleum of Vietnam’s fist president Ho Chi Minh. The Russian delegation includes Duma’s First Deputy Speaker Ivan Melnikov, chairmen of Duma’s committees and representatives of all Duma factions. On Monday, Volodin will hold bilateral meetings with the general secretary of Vietnam’s Communist Party, President Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.…

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UNGA vote on INF Treaty resolution new blow to global security, Moscow warns

UNGA vote on INF Treaty resolution new blow to global security, Moscow warns

MOSCOW, December 22. /TASS/. Moscow views as disappointing the results of the United Nations General Assembly voting on the Russia-drafted resolution calling for strengthening the RussiaN-US Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), and also as a new crackdown on the architecture of global security, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. “Results of the UN General Assembly voting on the Russia-drafted resolution, co-authored by ten more countries, cannot but disappoint. [The resolution] lacked a few votes so that the arithmetic majority of the nations could unambiguously and without any invented excuses express their support to viability of this treaty through activation of a detailed and…

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Atlanticism outperforms self-preservation instinct at GA voting on INF Treaty – lawmaker

Atlanticism outperforms self-preservation instinct at GA voting on INF Treaty – lawmaker

MOSCOW, December 22. /TASS/. Head of Russia’s Federation Council (upper house of parliament) International Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev is disappointed with the results of the voting on Russia-initiated resolution supporting the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), saying that atlanticism has outperformed common sense and instinct for self-preservation. On Friday, the United Nations General Assembly voted down the resolution in support of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Forty-three nations voted for the document, forty-six were against and another seventy-eight abstained. “Atlanticism has outperformed common sense and even instinct for self-preservation. Those who voted against the draft will most of all suffer from the INF’s disruption…

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Russia’s speaker calls for development of parliamentary dimension of Russia-Belarus Union

MOSCOW, December 22. /TASS/. Speaker of the State Duma (lower house of Russia’s parliament) Vyacheslav Volodin believes a parliamentary dimension of the Union State of Russia and Belarus, including at international platforms, should be given an impetus. “We need to develop the parliamentary dimension of the Union State,” Volodin said on Saturday at a meeting of the 55th Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Russia and Belarus. Simultaneously, he admitted the issues should be worked out between the two Foreign Ministries. According to Volodin, the format of an international event initiated by Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Russia and Belarus should be…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With UK Foreign Secretary Hunt

Collected Department Releases: Increasing U.S. Security Assistance to Ukraine’s Navy

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 In response to Russia’s dangerous escalation and unjustified November 25 attack on three Ukrainian naval vessels near the Kerch Strait, the Department of State, subject to Congressional approval, will provide an additional $10 million in Foreign Military Financing to further build Ukraine’s naval capabilities. We do so in solidarity with Lithuania and the United Kingdom, also planning to increase their security assistance to Ukraine. The United States calls on Russia to immediately return to Ukraine the seized vessels and detained Ukrainian crews, to keep the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov open to ships…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With UK Foreign Secretary Hunt

Collected Department Releases: Joint Statement on the Government of Nicaragua’s Cancelation of the Legal Standing of Civil Society Organizations

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 The text of the following statement on Nicaragua was released by the Governments of Australia, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, pursuant to their collective commitment to the defense of civil society organizations around the world. Begin Text: The Foreign Ministries of Australia, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, in support of our civil society partners, strongly condemn the recent actions…

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Rejected INF Treaty resolution at UN General Assembly will enable US to ruin that document

Rejected INF Treaty resolution at UN General Assembly will enable US to ruin that document

© Valeriy Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, December 22. /TASS/. The fact that the Russia-initiated resolution supporting the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) was voted down at the United Nations General Assembly will enable Washington to ruin the document thanks to those countries that rejected it, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday. “Now that the INF treaty has been ruined, several regions in the world at once may be involved in the arms race, if not in a direct confrontation. Those countries’ policy of connivance or thoughtless over-compromising have virtually enabled Washington to ruin the document,” the statement said. In other media

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Moscow hopes Ukraine will stop aggressive actions against Russia  — foreign ministry

Moscow hopes Ukraine will stop aggressive actions against Russia — foreign ministry

The Russian Foreign Ministry © Valery Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. Moscow hopes Ukraine’s authorities will finally stop aggressive actions against Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday following the publication of a report of the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine. “We hope that Ukraine’s leaders will finally heed the voice of reason and stop deliberate aggressive actions against Russia. We consider the recent incident in the Sea of Azov as a deliberate provocation,” the foreign ministry said. “We call on the Ukrainian government to be guided by the provisions of the Russian-Ukrainian agreement on cooperation in the use of the Sea…

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Legislator hails Pentagon chief’s resignation as positive sign for Russia

Legislator hails Pentagon chief’s resignation as positive sign for Russia

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis © EPA-EFE/JAWAD JALALI MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. Chairman of the Russian Federation Council’s (upper house of parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev has said that the departure of US Secretary of Defense James Mattis is a positive signal for Russia, since Mattis was far more hawkish on Russia and China than US President Donald Trump. Kosachev wrote on his Facebook page on Friday that Mattis and Trump had dissenting views on some fundamental issues, including Washington’s approach towards those countries whose strategic interests were out of sync with America’s, that is namely, China and Russia. “According to the defense secretary,…

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