Black, a Republican member of the Virginia State Senate, has recently returned from Syria, where he met with Syrian President Bashar Assad and discussed recent developments in the country. Sputnik: You recently met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. What was your general opinion of the man and how accurately is he represented in Western media? Richard Black: This is the second time that I've met with President Assad. We had a 45-minute schedule and we ended up talking for three hours. The last time he was optimistic, he was determined. This time there was almost a spring in his step. He was quite joyous and happy. I think, like all Syrians, he realizes that unless the West gets involved in a very malign fashion, the War will end rather soon. I think all Syrians are ready for that, but he seemed very upbeat and very happy. You asked about how he is portrayed in the media. People in Syria know … [Read more...] about Staged Gas Attacks & US Shortcomings: US Senator Tells Sputnik About Syria Trip
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Russian officials reacted with outrage and markets slumped on Thursday morning following the announcement of tough new US sanctions over Russia’s alleged use of a nerve agent in the Salisbury attack. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the sanctions were “absolutely unlawful and don’t conform to international law”, as politicians vowed to respond with countermeasures, which could include bans on the exports of rockets or resources for manufacturing. “The theatre of the absurd continues,” tweeted Dmitry Polyanskiy, first deputy permanent representative of Russia to the UN. “No proofs, no clues, no logic, no presumption of innocence, just highly-likelies. Only one rule: blame everything on Russia, no matter how absurd and fake it is. Let us welcome the United Sanctions of America!” One senior Russian MP called the US a “police state”. A member of the Duma’s foreign affairs committee, Leonid … [Read more...] about Russia blasts new US sanctions as ‘theatre of the absurd’
Director of U.S. National Intelligence Dan Coats warned last week that the nation is under sustained cyberattack from foreign adversaries like Russia. “I’m here to say, the warning lights are blinking red again,” Coats said, echoing the comments of former CIA Director George Tenet about the summer of 2001. “The warning signs are there. The system is blinking. It is why I believe we are at a critical point.” Coats’ remarks reinforce consistent warnings from current and former national security officials over the past year, that Russia is moving forward with more attacks on the midterm elections. And why shouldn’t the Russians do more? Their multipronged 2016 attack, outlined in repeated indictments this year by special counsel Robert Mueller, was a resounding success, and in the nearly two years since, the United States has taken no meaningful action to change Russia’s calculation that the risk-reward of attacking American … [Read more...] about Why Russia will help the Democrats next
News / UK and world by Press Association July 14, 2018, 7:44 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter There are no signs that Russia is targeting this year’s US midterm elections with the same “scale or scope” as it targeted the 2016 presidential election, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has said. She was speaking at a convention of state secretaries of state, an event that’s usually a low-key affair highlighting voter registration, balloting devices and election security issues, but which came amid fresh allegations into Russia’s attempts to sway the 2016 election. Ms Nielsen said her agency will help state and local election officials prepare their systems for cyber-attacks from Russia or elsewhere. She said US intelligence officials are seeing “persistent Russian efforts using social media, sympathetic spokespeople and other fronts to sow discord and divisiveness amongst the … [Read more...] about No sign Russia is targeting US midterms with same scope of 2016: Washington