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Russia launches biggest ever war games

Russia launched what it called its largest ever military drills, with hundreds of thousands of troops taking part along with Chinese soldiers in a show of force NATO condemned as a rehearsal for "large-scale conflict."

Trump burger joint draws customers, occasional ire

KRASNOYARSK, Russia: A new burger joint named after Donald Trump has been drawing in customers in Siberia, its manager said on Wednesday, amid increased Russian interest in the U.S. president after his summit talks this week with Vladimir Putin. Trump Burger, which opened in the city of Krasnoyarsk in December, is trying to cash in on the buzz around Trump, who reaffirmed his wish to improve chilly Russian-U.S. ties during his meeting on Monday in Helsinki with President Putin. The walls of the burger joint are decorated…

Melania Trump’s expression after handshake with Putin shocks Twitteratis

The meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki has created quite a buzz across the world. Melania Trump's face has been a source of intense speculation ever since Trump's inauguration, where the world saw her smiley face lapse lapse into an expression of despair . Interestingly, this time as well people managed to find something off with the first lady expression as well. The meeting between the US and Russia has come at a time when relations between the two are at a pretty…

Russian establishment chalks up Trump summit as a win for Putin

MOSCOW: Russia’s political and media establishment heralded talks between the Russian and US leaders in Helsinki as a victory for Vladimir Putin in breaking down Western resolve to treat Russia as a pariah. “The West’s attempts to isolate Russia failed,” read the headline on a report on Monday’s summit meeting in state-run newspaper Rossiisskaya Gazeta. The praise from Russia’s elite for Putin’s performance at the summit contrasted sharply with the reaction in Washington where US President Donald Trump’s own Republican…

US lawmakers blast Trump over Putin summit

Donald Trump returned late Monday from his European tour to face ire in Washington, where US intelligence officials and senior Republicans were denouncing the president as 'shameful' and 'disgraceful' after he refused to challenge Russian President Vladimir Putin over interference in American elections. Republican Senator John McCain said Trump's seeming acceptance of Putin's denial was a historical "low point" for the US presidency and the Helsinki summit between the two leaders a "tragic mistake." "Today's press…

Russian woman arrested in Washington, accused of acting as Russian government agent

WASHINGTON: A 29-year-old Russian woman living in Washington has been arrested and charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian government while developing ties with American citizens and infiltrating political groups, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday. Maria Butina, a student at American University and a founder of the pro-gun rights Russian advocacy organization Right to Bear Arms, is accused of working at the direction of a high-level official who worked for the Russian Central Bank and was recently…

Shock as Trump backs Putin on election meddling at summit

HELSINKI: U.S. President Donald Trump said after meeting Vladimir Putin on Monday he no reason to believe his own intelligence agencies rather than trust the Kremlin leader on the question of whether Russsia interfered to help him win the 2016 election. On a day when he faced pressure from critics, allied countries and even his own staff to take a tough line, Trump said not a single critical word about Moscow on any of the issues that have brought relations between the two powers to the lowest ebb since the Cold War.…