Russia Summit an Embarrassment

The president has been followed by protests from England to Scotland to Finland as he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin despite Congressional objections.

After the Scottish Prime Minister kicked off a pride parade rather than meet with the president, and after Princes Charles and William refused to meet with him in England, the president of the United States was met with even more protests in Helsinki, Finland where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

To add insult to injury, Putin forced the president to wait by landing an hour later than expected.

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Russian Indictments Linked to U.K. Poisonings

The New York Times is reporting that a Russian agency indicted in the Mueller investigation last week may be linked to the poisonings in the United Kingdom.

On July 5 a British couple were poisoned by the Russian nerve agent Novichok outside Salisbury, where a former Russian spy and his daughter were also poisoned by the same agent just four months earlier.

Last week, 12 Russian nationals were indicted for interference in the 2016 U.S. elections in favor of our current president; it now appears that one of the intel agencies implicated in the indictment may be linked to the pair of poisonings.

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Novichok in Salisbury — Again

Two British Nationals are in critical condition following exposure to the Russian nerve agent Novichok in what appears to be the second such attack in four months.

The couple were hospitalized just outside Salisbury, the same place where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned in March.

Neither of the victims’ identities have been released at this time, and police have restricted access to at least five different areas surrounding the scene where the poisoning took place.

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UPDATE: Novichok in Salisbury

Following the nerve-agent attack on U.K. soil against former Soviet spy Sergei Skripal, the U.S. and Russia have begun expelling one another’s diplomats and closing their respective embassies in an escalation of political tensions.

Relations between the two countries have been confusing at best and contradictory at worst, with the U.S. president congratulating Putin on his reelection one day and hiring anti-Russia John Bolton as national security advisor the next.The United States has moved to expel 60 Russian diplomats in solidarity with the United Kingdom and its NATO allies following the nerve-agent attack against former Soviet spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter on U.K. soil in early March.

The U.S. joins 25 other countries in the expulsion of Russian diplomats, including Australia, Germany, Ukraine, France, Canada, the Netherlands, Italy, and Poland.

According to British Prime Minister Theresa May, it is the “largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history,” with more than 135 expelled.

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Novichok in Salisbury

British Prime Minister Theresa May has given the order to expel 23 Russian diplomats suspected of involvement in the now infamous March 4 nerve agent attack against former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33.

Why does this matter to anyone outside of Russia or Great Britain?

For starters, Britain has historically been one of the U.S.’s closest allies, even following us into Iraq when virtually the entire world was against it.

The political and diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and the U.K. has helped to shape global politics and economics, the two countries enjoying a legendary “special relationship.”

These days, however, there’s a bit of a wedge between us and our one-time rulers — Russia.

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