Trump defends Putin over Russia killings allegations

US President Donald Trump has defended Vladimir Putin when questioned over allegations of murders carried out by the Russian state. In an interview with Fox News, he said: “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?” Mr Trump said he respected President Putin and would prefer to “get along with him”. He said he wanted help from Russia in the fight against “Islamic terrorism”. Excerpts of the interview with Bill O’Reilly, carried out at Mr Trump’s Florida home,…

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Trump Cites ‘Nazi Germany’, Rejects Dossier on Alleged Russia Dealings

MOSCOW — The Russian government denied unverified reports that it has compromising information about Donald Trump, dismissing the claims as a “total hoax” on Wednesday. Two U.S. officials told NBC News that briefing materials prepared for Trump included damaging allegations, which have not been verified by American intelligence agencies, about his dealings with Russians. A dossier published by BuzzFeed includes claims that the Russian government has been cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump for five years — even obtaining compromising information in an effort to blackmail him. The document has not…

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Russia, Trump deny report Moscow has compromising info on president-elect

Moscow denied allegations Wednesday that the Kremlin has collected compromising information about Donald Trump and called news reports on the matter a “complete fabrication and utter nonsense” — as the president-elect blasted the claims on Twitter. Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, insisted that the Kremlin “does not engage in collecting compromising material.” Shortly afterward, Trump unleashed a barrage of tweets about the “fake news.” “Russia has never tried to use leverage over me,” Trump wrote, while swiping at the intelligence community for allegedly allowing the information to…

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Donald Trump dismisses as ‘fake news’ claims that Russia gathered compromising information about him

Donald Trump has dismissed as “fake news”, claims that Russia officials had developed compromising and embarrassing information about him in an attempt to exert influence over him. In a tweet written entirely in capital letters, the President-elect said: “Fake news – a total political witch hunt.” For now, he provided no other details, or evidence. The blunt comment came amid a flurry of reports that said senior US intelligence officials last week presented to both President Barack Obama and Mr Trump, a summary of unconfirmed reports that said Russia had…

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Trump Russia ties: Kremlin says it has no ‘compromising’ information

Russia has denied claims its intelligence agencies have compromising material about Donald Trump. Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, said the allegations were “pulp fiction” and a “clear attempt to damage relations”. The unsubstantiated claims say his presidential campaign secretly communicated with Moscow. They also say Russia has information about the US president-elect involving prostitutes. Mr Trump has condemned the reports. The president-elect tweeted: “FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!” Later on Wednesday, he went on to write: “Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I…

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Russia to build a ‘tactical city’ for special anti-terror forces

Russia is to build a special complex dedicated entirely to preparing special forces that will be able to take decisive action in the event of a terrorist attack. According to Yulia Plavinskaya, communications director at the future International Training Center for the Special Forces, the private center will be built in Gudermes, in the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya (1,150 miles south of Moscow), in 2018. In the words of the region’s president Ramzan Kadyrov, construction is being financed by Russian investments. However, he has not said exactly which companies…

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Russia bases economic forecast on $40 oil

The Russian Central Bank said Friday it was lowering its key rate because of the potential for slow economic growth and oil priced around $40 per barrel. For the first time since June, the bank said it lowered its key rate by a half percent to 10 percent, saying it was forecasting “unstable economic activity.” It’s possible for the Russian economy to expand this year, but the bank said gross domestic product likely won’t increase by more than 1 percent next year. “This forecast is based on the conservative assumptions…

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