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Trump denies talk of Russian connection as ‘non-sense’

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed talk of a Russian connection as "non-sense," two days after the resignation of his national security adviser Michael Flynn renewed questions about Moscow interference in US politics. "This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign," Trump said in an early morning post on Twitter. This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary…

US reaffirms Russia sanctions with new financial restrictions

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining sanctions on Russia over Crimea with new financial restrictions announced Tuesday on Russian businessmen and companies. While the sanctions are not unusual, the timing is, as Donald Trump's US election victory has created doubts about the future of US policy towards Russia and for a united approach to sanctions given his apparently softer line on President Vladimir Putin. The US Treasury Department announced financial sanctions on seven…