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Russia calls objective investigation into the chemical weapons attack

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has told the United States it regrets Washington’s opposition to letting its inspectors take part in an investigation into a chemical weapons attack in Syria earlier this month, the foreign ministry said on Friday. It said Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by phone to U.S. Secretary ...

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In Flynn Saga, Kremlin Allies See Effort To Thwart Improved U.S. Ties

Officially, the Kremlin has said the resignation of U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn over allegations of improper contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States is an “internal matter” for Washington. Unofficially, however, leading Kremlin-connected politicians and analysts have been nearly unanimous in attributing the resignation to nefarious efforts ...

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Russia mourns 92 killed in Black Sea jet crash hunts for black box

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia held a national day of mourning on Monday, a day after a Syria-bound military plane crashed into the Black Sea killing all 92 people on board, and expanded a search operation to try to recover passengers’ bodies and the jet’s black box. The plane, a Russian ...

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Nuland: Russia Feeling ‘Pain’ Of U.S. Sanctions

WASHINGTON — A top U.S. official says economic sanctions continue to be the most powerful leverage Washington has over Russia, and that those measures have thwarted potential Russian efforts to seize larger swaths of Ukrainian territory, including the capital. Victoria Nuland, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, ...

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