WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One American was among the 298 people killed when a Malaysian Airlines flight was brought down over eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama said on Friday.
The Washington Free Beacon has obtained an exclusive transcript of President Obama’s brief phone conversation with Russian president Vladimir Putin regarding the Malaysian Airline plane reportedly shot down in eastern Ukraine. The president ate lunch at the Charcoal Pit ahead of an infrastructure speech in Wilmington, Delaware.
The Pentagon estimates that up to 12,000 Russian troops are on the country’s border with Ukraine as it continues to deliver heavy weapons to separatist forces within Ukraine, according to Politico Pro.
Russia has reached an agreement with Cuba to reopen what was previously one of its largest foreign intelligence bases, according to reports.
Russia is quietly expanding its influence in Latin America as the Obama administration disengages from the region, critics say.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a deal on Saturday with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to help build the third reactor of a nuclear power plant in the country, the New York Times reported.
Vladimir Putin’s aggressive campaign to undermine American freedom is playing out right before our eyes. On the same day that presumed Russian operative Edward Snowden petitioned the Kremlin to extend his “temporary” asylum, Snowden associate and U.S. tax-evader Glenn Greenwald published another batch of illegally leaked intelligence documents. Leading pundits picked up the story: