President Trump’s administration remains under scrutiny over potential ties between his associates and Russia in the run-up to the presidential election.


<Paul Manafort 


In this Daily Vertical, Brian Whitmore points out the central theme of Russia’s foreign policy, i.e. what its neighbors think is important means nothing – what Russia thinks is all that matters. It is this singular arrogance – as embodied so well in Vladimir Putin – that will see our children – and grandchildren – embroiled in turmoil.



The Spring Storm 17 exercises aim to increase interoperability of Romanian and U.S. troops in a region where NATO members are uneasy after Russia's interventions in Ukraine.  

The $12 million in payments the Yanukovych regime made to Paul Manafort appears likely to wind up center stage in the FBI’s inquiries in Russia influence on the U.S. presidential election.


Level, a new carrier, will be based in Barcelona and will initially fly to Oakland, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires and the Dominican Republic.



Yakovenko: The Anschluss “has made Russia a world outcast, inserted into the brains of Russians the psychology of a besieged fortress and forced them to be glad of sanctions and unity around the leader.”


<Aleksandr Yakovenko


About 8,000 Jews have moved from Donbas to Israel since 2014 with a considerable number now in other parts of Ukraine while a very small number chose to move to Russia.


< The Russian military says Ilya Gorbunov, 19, died when a tank he was driving rolled off a bridge. His sister says that a soldier from her brother's unit said Ilya died after being locked in a tank and suffocating.


If you want to understand the world today and the depth of Vladimir Putin’s ambitions, this is the book you need to read.

Ukrainian authorities want to question former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort as part of a corruption case. So far, Manafort has not been charged with a crime but there are questions related to huge allegedly illegal payments he received from the Yanukovych regime


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