By Zeynep Bilginsoy The Associated Press Mon., Nov. 19, 2018 ISTANBUL—Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have marked the completion of a key phase of TurkStream, a natural gas pipeline connecting the two countries. Speaking at a ceremony in Istanbul, Erdogan announced the offshore part of TurkStream’s two parallel lines two kilometres deep in the Black Sea had been finished and said the final leg of the “historic project” had been reached. The lines are expected to supply Russian gas to Turkey and European markets through Turkish territories. Together, the two 930-kilometre (578-mile) lines under the Black Sea, along with the Russian and Turkish onshore pipes, will carry 31.5 billion cubic meters (1.1 trillion cubic feet) of natural gas annually. “We are witnessing a very important event that is a clear demonstration of a partnership and co-operation between our countries in dealing with the most … [Read more...] about Putin and Erdogan mark key phase in natural gas pipeline
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A number top US officials have reportedly been left in the dark on what President Donald Trump spoke about with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their private meeting in Helsinki. A former senior national security official said this potentially poses a danger if Trump made secret agreements with the Russian leader. Russia’s ambassador to the US on Wednesday claimed Trump made “important verbal agreements” with Putin. DNI Dan Coats on Thursday said he did not know what Trump and Putin discussed. A number of key US intelligence, defense, and diplomatic leaders have reportedly been left in the dark on what President Donald Trump spoke about with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their private meeting in Helsinki on Monday. This goes against standard protocol and is potentially dangerous if the president made secret agreements with the Russian leader, according to a former national security official. Russia’s … [Read more...] about US intelligence, military, and diplomatic officials still have no idea what Trump talked about with Putin, and that’s dangerous
MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump will meet in Finland on Monday for their first one-on-one summit. With relations between their two countries at lows not seen since the Cold War, the pair will have their work cut out to bring anything positive out of the meeting. What are Moscow and Washington actually hoping to get from the talks? The view from Moscow The fact that the meeting is happening at all is already a win for the Kremlin, which has long sought a summit but has been pushed back by Washington, analyst Andrei Baklitsky said. The conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, as well as alleged meddling in the US election and Western sanctions are bones of contention between the countries. Baklitsky said he expected few "groundbreaking decisions" from the summit. A joint declaration was as much as anyone could hope for, he added. Political analyst Alexei Malashenko suggested that for Putin, the meeting was "an informal recognition of Russia as a great … [Read more...] about What do Putin and Trump expect from the Helsinki summit?
ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russia's Vladimir Putin discussed developments in Syria and economic relations especially in the energy sector in a phone call on Tuesday, a source in Erdogan's palace said.The two leaders expressed content over the progress in Akkuyu nuclear plant and TurkStream pipeline projects, the source said. They also emphasized the importance of using local currencies in bilateral trade.(Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by David Dolan) … [Read more...] about Turkey’s Erdogan, Russia’s Putin discuss Syria, energy, trade in phone call
caption A child is treated for suspected chemical gas poisoning in Douma, Syria on April 8, 2018. source The White Helmets/Twitter Some US lawmakers have begun suggesting that President Donald Trump should respond militarily to the chemical attack in Syria on Saturday. Sen. Susan Collins said Trump should consider a “targeted attack” like the one he authorized last year, and Sen. Mike Rounds said he needs to “send a message once again that what he said he meant.” Trump tweeted that “President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price … to pay.” Some US lawmakers have begun suggesting that President Donald Trump should respond militarily to the suspected chemical attack in Syria on Saturday. At least 40 people were killed and hundreds more were injured in Douma, a suburb of Damascus that’s the last … [Read more...] about There’s already talk the US could respond with missile strikes after Trump accused Putin and ‘Animal Assad’ of being behind a chemical attack in Syria