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Trump, Putin arrive at Finland's presidential palace for historic summit

FOX News

President Trump is expected to raise the issue of election meddling with Putin at the summit in Helsinki tomorrow; the panel discusses on The Next Revolution. President Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin arrived at Helsinki's presidential palace Monday for their historic sit-down, with the eyes of the world watching and no shortage of thorny issues to address. Trump arrived a day early, while the jet of Putin, who wrapped up his nation's hosting of the World Cup Sunday, touched down around 1 p.m. local time and the Russian president's motorcade whisked him straight to the neo-classical palace a dozen miles from the airport. Election meddling by Moscow, the annexation of Crimea and Russia's involvement in Syria are all expected to come up in the first one-on-one talks between the nations' leaders since 2010, though President Trump on Sunday sought to lower expectations for any major breakthrough. "… no matter how well I do at the Summit, if I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russia over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn't good enough – that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!"


U.S. NATO troops surge in Europe after Russian aggression

PBS NewsHour

CHRIS LIVESAY, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND: In the port city of Bremerhaven on Germany's North Sea coast, approximately 4-thousand American troops and 25-hundred vehicles began arriving in early January. Known as the Iron Brigade, they're from the Army's 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division, based in Fort Carson, Colorado. This is the largest deployment of U-S forces in Europe since the end of the Cold War 25 years ago. It's part of the European Reassurance Initiative and Operation Atlantic Resolve -- a three-and-a-half billion dollar effort paid for by the United States to reinforce NATO. TIMOTHY MCGUIRE: I am very proud that we're a member of NATO.


Moldova: Pro-Russia presidential candidate declares victory

U.S. News

Moldovans lined up for hours to vote in Paris, Milan, Dublin and the London borough of Stratford, where about 700 Moldovans were unable to cast ballots. Election authorities said ballots had run out in Stratford, Bucharest, Moscow and Bologna, Italy. One electoral official in the Moldovan capital Chisinau, Sergiu Gurduza, apologized that some people had not been able to vote.


Russia sowing seeds of world instability, Ash Carter warns

The Japan Times

OXFORD, ENGLAND – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter accused Russia on Wednesday of sowing seeds of global instability and questioned whether Moscow genuinely wants a viable cease-fire in Syria. In a hard-hitting speech at Oxford University, Carter emphasized deep skepticism about Russian intentions in Syria, even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry prepared to fly to Geneva for more talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Their discussions last weekend, on the sidelines of an economic summit in China, failed to produce a nationwide cease-fire in Syria or a U.S.-Russian military cooperation agreement. Russia is a firm supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and their joint military operation has sometimes targeted the anti-Islamic State rebels backed by the Obama administration. The Russian Foreign Ministry said Kerry and Lavrov would hold their next round of talks Thursday and Friday.


Russian hacking went far beyond US election, digital hitlist reveals

The Guardian

The hackers who upended the US presidential election had ambitions well beyond Hillary Clinton's campaign, targeting the emails of Ukrainian officers, Russian opposition figures, US defense contractors and thousands of others of interest to the Kremlin, according to a previously unpublished digital hitlist obtained by the Associated Press. The news comes as US prosecutors are reportedly considering charges against six members of the Russian government accused of hacking into the Democratic national committee's computers. The list obtained by the AP provides the most detailed forensic evidence yet of the close alignment between the hackers and the Russian government, exposing an operation that stretched back years and tried to break into the inboxes of 4,700 Gmail users across the globe – from the pope's representative in Kiev to the punk band Pussy Riot in Moscow. "It's a wishlist of who you'd want to target to further Russian interests," said Keir Giles, director of the Conflict Studies Research Center in Cambridge, England, and one of five outside experts who reviewed the AP's findings. He said the data was "a master list of individuals whom Russia would like to spy on, embarrass, discredit or silence."