Rand Paul’s Russian Connection

Paul names controversial Kremlin expert foreign policy adviser
Dimitri Simes

Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) has named as one of his key foreign policy advisers a controversial Russia policy expert with deep ties to the Kremlin.

Russia Tests Surface-to-Air Missiles

Russian President Vladimir Putin / AP

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia on Tuesday tested surface-to-air missiles during army exercises in the southern Russian province of Astrakhan, a defense ministry spokesman was quoted as saying, in a move to show its military might as fighting rages in neighboring Ukraine.

Double Agent

Vice, Salon Writer Works for Russian Gov Propaganda Arm
Diana Bruk

A writer whose pro-Putin columns were published recently by Vice, Salon, and other outlets was simultaneously employed by a Kremlin-funded propaganda operation.

Egypt Asks Russia for Anti-Tank Missiles, Warplanes

Request comes after Saudis gave Egypt $2 billion for Russian weapons
ussian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Sochi, Russia on Tuesday / AP

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has asked Russia to supply Egypt with high-tech fighter jets, attack helicopters, and anti-tank missile systems, according to regional reports.

NATO Fears Ground Invasion as Russia Masses Troops on Ukraine Border

Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard at a checkpoint in the settlement of Yasynuvata outside Donetsk

BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Russia has massed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine’s border and could use the pretext of a humanitarian mission to invade, NATO said on Wednesday, its starkest warning yet that Moscow could soon mount a ground assault against its neighbor.