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    Russia’s ambassador to Afghanistan said Friday that there is no alternative to the Taliban and that resistance to the group will fail, according to Reuters. While Russia has not recognized the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan, Ambassador Dmitry Zhirnov’s comments hint at the country’s relationship with the Islamist group, Reuters reported. The former Soviet Union attempted but ultimately failed to control Afghanistan, withdrawing its forces in 1989. Taliban fighters stand guard along a roadside near the Zanbaq Square in Kabul on August 16, 2021, after a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan’s 20-year war, as thousands of people mobbed the city’s airport trying to flee the group’s feared hardline brand of Islamist rule. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images) Zhirnov told Reuters over Zoom that the current security situation in Kabul is better than before the Taliban took control. (RELATED: Evacuation Flights From Afghanistan Are Reportedly Leaving Below Full Capacity) “The mood in Kabul can be described as one of cautious hope,” Zhirnov said. “There was a bad regime which disappeared and people are hopeful. They say it can’t...
    By The Associated Press MOSCOW — The Russian ambassador to Afghanistan said he had a “constructive” and “positive” meeting with Taliban representatives in Kabul to discuss security for the Russian diplomatic mission. Tuesday’s meeting was announced the day before by the Kremlin envoy on Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, who also said the Taliban has already started guarding the outside perimeter of the Russian embassy. Ambassador Dmitry Zhirnov told Russian state TV Tuesday that the meeting was “dedicated exclusively to the security of the embassy” and involved “senior Taliban representatives in the city who were accepting the surrender of the remnants of the self-disbanded Afghan national security forces.” “The meeting was positive and constructive,” Zhirnov said. “The Taliban representatives said the Taliban has the friendliest … approach to Russia. They confirmed guarantees of security for the embassy.” Russia designated the Taliban a terrorist organization in 2003, but has since hosted several rounds of talks in Afghanistan, most recently in March, that involved the group. Moscow, which fought a 10-year war in Afghanistan that ended with the Soviet troops’ withdrawal in 1989, has...
    U.S. ambassador to Russia John Sullivan left Moscow for consultations in Washington Thursday in the latest move in a tense diplomatic standoff with Moscow. Sullivan, a holdover nominee from the Trump administration, left Moscow after the Kremlin said Washington should recall him amid the growing diplomatic crisis – which comes after the U.S. slapped new sanctions on Russians close to President Vladimir Putin, and Russia amassed 100,000 troops on its border with Ukraine. Russia's Tass news agency reported he departed Thursday.  Ambassador to Russia John J. Sullivan gets into a car outside Spaso House, the Residence of the US Ambassador in Moscow. The U.S. embassy announced this week Sullivan would return to Washington for talks this week after Moscow recalled its ambassador to the U.S. 'I believe it is important for me to speak directly with my new colleagues in the Biden administration in Washington about the current state of bilateral relations between the United States and Russia,' Sullivan said in a brief statement.  Adding yet another layer to the tensions, Pentagon officials have briefed lawmakers on directed-energy attacks...
    Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov gave a thumbs up as he left the Russian Embassy in Washington on Saturday amid the war of words between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin. Antonov's recall comes days after Biden referred to Russian president Vladimir Putin as a 'killer.'  The Kremlin labeled that comment as being 'very bad' before recalling Antonov for vague 'consultations.' 'The Russian ambassador in Washington, Anatoly Antonov, has been invited to come to Moscow for consultations conducted with the aim of analyzing what should be done and where to go in the context of ties with the United States,' read a statement by Russia's foreign ministry. Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov waves his hand as he leaves Russian Embassy Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov gives thumbs up as he leaves Russian Embassy 'He will pay a price,' Biden said of Putin during an interview on Wednesday with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos, without offering specifics. 'The price he's going to pay, well, you'll see shortly.'  Meanwhile, US officials said Biden's relationship with Russia...
    Miami : March 18, 2021 0 The Russian ambassador to Washington will leave on Saturday, summoned by the Russian authorities, after US President Joe Biden declared that he thought his counterpart Vladimir Putin was “a murderer.” “In meetings in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other bodies, ways to correct the Russian-American relationship currently in crisis will be analyzed,” the Russian embassy in the United States wrote on its Facebook page. According to the diplomatic headquarters, “reckless statements by US officials run the risk of causing the collapse of already conflictive relations.” Russian diplomacy explained that it had called its ambassador in Washington Anatoly Antonov for consultations after Biden’s statements. The US president said he thought Putin was a “murderer” and assured that “he will pay” for Russian interference in the 2016 and 2020 US elections. The Kremlin did not immediately react to these claims. Calling your ambassador for consultations is a rare occurrence in Russian diplomacy. The president of the Russian lower house, Viacheslav Volodin, assured that Biden had “insulted” all Russians and “attacked”...
    The Government of Russia has called its ambassador to the United States for consultations to analyze the future of bilateral relations, hours after the US intelligence will again point to Moscow for alleged electoral interference and that the president, Joe Biden, described his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, as a “murderer”. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zajarova has confirmed in a statement that Ambassador Anatoli Antonov will soon travel to Moscow for “analyze how and where to move forward in relations with the United States“according to the official Sputnik news agency. Hours later, the diplomatic mission in Washington has confirmed through a statement that it will be on the 20th when Antonov will travel to Moscow, where he will meet with the Foreign Ministry and “other entities” to “discuss ways to normalize Russian relations. -Americans who are in a crisis. “ According to the Embassy, ​​”certain statements that US leaders make without even thinking Put already excessive confrontational relationships at risk of destruction“between the two countries, while he pointed out that Washington has an” unconstructive “policy towards Russia, which has...
    Former national security adviser Michael Flynn in late 2016 urged Russia’s then-ambassador to the United States to avoid escalating its response to sanctions imposed by the Obama administration and asking for a more measured approach, transcripts released late Friday revealed. The conversations between Flynn and then-ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the heart of the criminal case against President Trump’s former national security adviser. Federal prosecutors had accused Flynn of lying to FBI officials when he said the two did not discuss the Russia sanctions. Federal prosecutors had accused Flynn of lying to FBI officials when he said the two did not discuss retaliating against the outgoing Obama administration for the sanctions. TOP STORIES Cardi B: Looters who torched AutoZone, ransacked Target and liquor store had no choice I can breathe - thanks to the NYPD shirts flood pro-police NYC rally Trump pulls U.S. out of World Health Organization, slaps penalties on China over Hong Kong action The transcripts of three separate phone calls and a voice mail reveal that the pair did briefly discuss sanctions. Flynn first tells...
    Transcripts have been released of the conversations between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn was fired in February 2017 for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Kislyak. Flynn later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about those conversations, although the Justice Department earlier this month dropped its case against Flynn. GOP Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson had requested the transcripts from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and newly-installed Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified the documents.  "As I stated throughout the confirmation process, transparency is vital to allowing the American people to have confidence in the Intelligence Community," Ratcliffe said in a statement. "As the Director of National Intelligence, it is my obligation to review declassification requests with the overarching priority of protecting sources and methods, while also providing transparency whenever possible. Accordingly, today the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declassified transcripts concerning Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn." In the exchanges, which cover the transition period between President Trump's election and his inauguration...
    (CNN)Senate Republicans have released summaries of call transcripts between President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and the former Russian ambassador to the US that are at the center of Flynn's guilty plea and the Justice Department's decision to drop the charges against him.Read the summaries:Flynn-Transcripts (PDF)Flynn-Transcripts (Text)
    The transcripts of calls between Michael Flynn and then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were released Friday after they were declassified by the Trump administration. The content of four phone calls and one voicemail between Flynn and Kislyak were released, documenting conversations during the Trump presidential transition, including about sanctions. In one conversation, Flynn implores Kislyak not to escalate a sanction war with the outgoing Obama administration. Flynn said to the ambassador: “I know you have to have some sort of action, to only make it reciprocal; don’t go any further than you have to because I don’t want us to get into something that have to escalate to tit-for-tat. Do you follow me?” In one conversation, Flynn talks about the incoming administration’s views on the Middle East. “[Y]ou know that the strategic goal is stability in the Middle East,” Flynn said. “That’s the strategic goal. And, and, you know, between you and I, and you know this, and we know this, you know between Moscow and Washington. We will not achieve stability in the Middle East without working with each other...
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