In an interview with NBC News that was seen on the NBC Television network in the United States and also seen worldwide on cable and satellite systems, Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a statement that will be viewed by many as anti-Semitic.


Double agent Sergei Skripal was poisoned with a little-known nerve agent from a group of chemical compounds known as Novichok. The Soviets once developed these weapons to circumvent the Chemical Weapons Convention.


Photo: British Army hazardous substance specialists investigating the Skripal case.

UBO: It is unclear how this switch might impact on US-Ukraine relations since there is no evidence that Mike Pompeo has any particular knowledge or background on Ukraine’s situation as the main front line state facing Russian aggression.


Photo: Rex Tillerson (left) and Mike Pompeo

Commander of U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti hosts a command “Town Hall” at Patch Barracks, Germany, February 07, 2018. US Army Photo


The minister says the number of Dutch citizens who have invested in cryptocurrencies has jumped in the last year, with half a million households now owning it.


Analyst: “So far, our base-case scenario is that Ukraine will get this year both the next IMF tranche and the first tranche under the MFA IV program.”


Chancellor Angela Merkel wants a renewed push for peace in Ukraine as conflicting sides fail to live up to the Minsk agreements. The optimistic tone comes as the EU renewed sanctions on Russia over Ukraine.


Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (picture-alliance/AP Photo/M. Schreiber)

Russia is advancing in key military technology areas and shows no deceleration in efforts to destabilize the West, said the commander for U.S. forces in Europe.


Photo: Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, head of U.S. European Command


Russia’s military has chosen its favorites among the Syrian Army forces that are leading Russian support to Vladimir Putin’s dream of building a stronger than ever political and military presence in the Middle East. Some of the best informed analysts of the Syrian situation believe Brigadier General Suheil al-Hassan [ctr in photo] has won over even Putin and is considered a possible successor to the top job, should anything happen to Bashar al-Assad.


A combo photo of Sergei Skripal (left) and his daughter Yulia


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