“We expect Pompeo to extend full support for the plans of U.S. lawmakers to intensify sanctions against Russia. We expect he will support efforts to provide more defensive weapons for Ukraine. We also believe the increasingly hawkish position of the Trump administration against Russia poses the threat of provoking the Kremlin to consider expanding its warfare.”



With several of the major players already having agreed to cooperate and provide full confessions of their part in the money laundering and other illegal activities uncovered by the special counsel’s probe in the United States, Paul Manafort [pictured] is under relentless pressure to tell what he knows about the sources of the approximately $80 million he allegedly laundered. *


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


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