Russia

Kremlin hopes for rapport with US, but differences will stay

Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with state Rossiya television that it would be an "illusion" to expect that U.S.-Russian relations would be completely free of disagreements.

"Successful development of bilateral ties will depend on our ability to solve these differences through dialogue," Peskov said. He added that Putin will call Trump soon to congratulate him.

'We waited for decades': Polish govt welcomes US troops

The ceremony Saturday in the western Polish town of Zagan comes 23 years after the last Soviet troops left Poland. It also marks a new historic moment — the first time any Western forces are being deployed on a continuous basis to NATO's eastern flank.

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo stood before U.S. and Polish soldiers and called it "an important day for Poland, for Europe, for our common defense."

Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz told the troops that "we waited for you for a very long time, for decades."

'We waited for decades': Polish govt welcomes US troops

The ceremony Saturday in the western Polish town of Zagan comes 23 years after the last Soviet troops left Poland. It also marks a new historic moment — the first time any Western forces are being deployed on a continuous basis to NATO's eastern flank.

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo stood before U.S. and Polish soldiers and called it "an important day for Poland, for Europe, for our common defense."

Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz told the troops that "we waited for you for a very long time, for decades."

Trump: My team will have 'full report on hacking' in 90 days

Trump tweeted Friday morning that the dossier includes "totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans - FAKE NEWS!" He added: "Russia says nothing exists," and that the allegations will never be proved.

U.S. intelligence officials briefed Trump and President Barack Obama on a dossier that includes unproven information about close coordination between Trump's inner circle and Russians about hacking into Democratic accounts — as well as unproven claims about unusual sexual activities by Trump attributed to anonymous sources.

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Newly leaked dossier on Trump circulated in DC for months

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It was a bombshell story, emerging on the eve of Donald Trump's first news conference as president-elect.

 

CIA nominee agrees Russia tried to interfere in election

"Everything I've seen suggests to me that the report has an analytical product that is sound," said Mike Pompeo, a Kansas Republican congressman. His comments struck a different tone than those of his future boss, who called the focus on Russia and the election a "political witch hunt" before he was even briefed on the findings.

Trump, for the first time on Wednesday, acknowledged that Russia was behind the computer hacking that targeted Democrats during the 2016 campaign.

US troops enter Poland, 1st deployment to Russia's doorstep

Soldiers in camouflage with tanks and other vehicles crossed into southwestern Poland on Thursday morning from Germany and headed for Zagan, where they will be based. Their arrival will be feted on Saturday in official ceremonies attended by Poland's prime minister and defense minister.

Newly leaked dossier on Trump circulated in DC for months

U.S. intelligence officials had presented Trump with unsubstantiated claims that Russia had amassed compromising personal and financial allegations about him.

The purported Russian efforts were described in a newly released and uncorroborated dossier produced in August. But they had circulated more widely in Washington in October — following early reports and opaque warnings from elected officials that something was afoot involving the Kremlin and Trump.

Defiant Trump denies reports on Russia ties: 'a disgrace'

Trump called the report a "tremendous blot" on the record of the intelligence community if it had released such material.

The incoming president, in his first news conference since late July, firmly pushed back on the media reports and chided news organizations for publishing the material late Tuesday night.

Trump's pick for top diplomat calls Russia a 'danger'

He said Russia poses a "danger" to the nation.

A friend of the Kremlin and foe of sanctions in his corporate life, Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he would help usher in a new era of U.S. leadership on the global stage as America's top diplomat.

Unlike Trump, who has played down the allegations of Russian malfeasance in the presidential campaign, Tilllerson said recent Russian actions "disregarded American interests" and alarmed U.S. allies, even if cooperation between Washington and Moscow remained desirable on a range of issues.