WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump claimed ties with Russia are worse than during the Cold War – and angrily blamed special investigator Robert Mueller for fuelling "bad blood" with Moscow on Wednesday. In a series of Twitter broadsides that coincided with Russia-focused segments on his favoured channel Fox News, Trump opened the door to military attacks against the Kremlin’s Syrian allies and voiced the toughest anti-Russian rhetoric of his presidency. "Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War. There is no reason for this," Trump said. Trump mocked Moscow’s threat to shoot down any US missiles targeting Syria and pilloried Moscow for its ties to the regime of Bashar al-Assad. "Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria," he said. "Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ’smart!’ You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who … [Read more...] about Trump says Russia ties worse than Cold War, blames Mueller
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Editor’s note: Anton Tsvetov is a Southeast Asian affairs analyst from Moscow, Russia. Last week Vietnam saw back-to-back visits by two defense ministers from two of the country’s key partners – Russia’s Sergey Shoigu and the US’ James Mattis. Long-time observers of Vietnamese foreign policy have gotten used to such careful balancing by the country’s leadership: recent examples are the revolving-door visits by Donald Trump and Xi Jinping after the APEC Summit in Danang late 2017 or PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Moscow in May 2016 just as Vietnam was preparing to host then US President Barack Obama. Shoigu’s and Mattis’ visits mirrored each other both in style and substance. Both met not only their counterpart Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich, but also President Tran Dai Quang and CPV General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, which tells us that the visits were not merely a defense-specific event, but a reaffirmation of long-term strategic … [Read more...] about ‘Like-minded partner’ or ‘old friend’: Can Vietnam avoid getting caught between US and Russia?
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would be willing to be interviewed under oath by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. "I'm looking forward to it, actually," Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, said of an interview with Mueller, a former FBI Director. "I would do it under oath." Although Trump has pledged cooperation with Mueller's probe before, Trump made his assertion as the White House and allies in Congress have stepped up attacks on the investigation's credibility and Trump himself has hedged on whether he would answer questions. Trump's attorneys have been talking to Mueller's team about an interview, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation. "I would like to do it as soon as possible," Trump said. Trump, however, said that setting a date certain for an interview would be "subject to my lawyers and all of that." Asked whether he thought Mueller would treat him fairly, Trump … [Read more...] about Trump says he is willing to testify under oath in US: Russia probe
Russia reserves the right to further cut the number of U.S. diplomatic staff in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday, in response to what he called Washington's "boorish" treatment of Russia's diplomatic mission on U.S. soil. Speaking after U.S. officials ordered Russia to vacate diplomatic premises in several U.S. cities, Putin said he would order the Russian foreign ministry to take the U.S. authorities to court over alleged violations of Russia's property rights. "That the Americans reduced the number of our diplomatic facilities - this is their right," Putin told a news conference in the Chinese city of Xiamen, where he was attending a summit of BRICs nations. "The only thing is that it was done in such a clearly boorish manner. That does not reflect well on our American partners. But it's difficult to conduct a dialogue with people who confuse Austria and Australia. Nothing can be done about it. Probably such is the level of political culture of a certain part … [Read more...] about Putin: Russia reserves right to further cut U.S. diplomatic mission
WASHINGTON — The FBI investigated Trump campaign advisor Carter Page last year over worries he could have been working for Russia, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. In the first confirmation that the government conducted surveillance on President Donald Trump’s team, the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained a rare warrant to monitor the Page’s communications from the top secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA), the Post said. The so-called FISA warrant was issued after the FBI told the court that there was probable cause to believe the former Moscow-based banker was working for Russia. FISA warrants are almost never made public, and the Post cited unnamed law enforcement and other officials in its report. The FBI did not respond to requests to comment on the report. The warrant was granted as the FBI conducted a counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference in the election, an operation US intelligence later concluded was … [Read more...] about FBI investigated Trump campaign advisor’s Russia links: report