While experts continue to look for a future strategy and common ground in the Russia-US relations, US officials have become obsessed with debating Russia’s alleged meddling in the US presidential elections. In the meantime, President-elect Donald Trump came into direct confrontation with leading congressmen, who are to launch a wide-ranging investigation into Russia’s alleged activities, and intelligence agencies. According to the Washington Post and the New York Times, CIA changed its opinion and concluded in a secret assessment that Russia had not only interfered with the electoral process but also aimed at helping Mr Trump win the presidency. It is worth noting that ahead of the elections the US intel community did not find any connections between Trump and Russia, sharing a version that Russia’s aim was to undermine Americans’ faith in country’s democracy.
The president-elect team already commented on the findings by the intelligence, which were published in the mainstream media, claiming that “these are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and “Make America Great Again”. Moreover, last week, during his interview to Time magazine, Donald Trump emphasized yet again that he doesn’t believe in Russia’s interference and thinks that the claims were politically driven. Such collision can become a sensitive part of the US future policy, as in January Mr Trump will enter the Oval Office and lead those intelligence agencies as a president.
Besides, the media payed a lot of attention to the situation in Syria. A number of reports asserted that Assad’s government forces, backed by Russia, is to win a major victory recapturing Aleppo from rebels (Russia’s Ministry of Defense said that 93% of the city is already under government control). Journalists highlighted that this victory will strengthen Russia’s hand making it a key regional powerbroker and hence will be a sign of the end of US hegemony in the region.
Meanwhile, on Friday Richard McLaren presented the results of his investigation into Russia’s doping. He said that more than 1000 Russia’s athletes were involved into a “institutional conspiracy” sponsored by Russia’s Sports Ministry. The Ministry has already pledged to thoroughly examine the McLaren report and claimed its readiness to cooperate in fighting doping with zero-tolerance. However, it rejected with all responsibility the accusation of a state-run doping system. In addition, the Ministry pointed to the fact that Russia’s law enforcement agencies have been already investigating the circumstances listed in the first McLaren report and will start their probe into the second part shortly.
By Ken Dilanian
President-elect Donald Trump is doubling down on his repudiation of the intelligence agencies he will soon lead, telling Time magazine he still believes the unified U.S. government assessment that Russia sought to interfere in the presidential election was not only wrong, but politicized.
By Nikolas K. Gvosdev
The National Interest
Putin is warning the United States to back off.
By Carroll Colley
As the shock of Donald Trump’s stunning victory on Nov. 8 fades, the future of the U.S.-Russian bilateral relationship will occupy a prominent position in Trump’s foreign policy agenda.
By Karoun Demirjian
The Washington Post
Leading Senate Republicans are preparing to launch a coordinated and wide-ranging probe into Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. elections and its potential cyberthreats to the military, digging deep into what they view as corrosive interference in the nation’s institutions.
By Norman Solomon
Unwilling to examine the real reasons why Democrats did so poorly on Election Day, party leaders in Congress are scapegoating Russia and setting in motion a new McCarthyism.
By Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller
The Washington Post
The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.
By Mikhail Zygar
How palace intrigues in the Kremlin, the death of Qaddafi, and war in Ukraine ushered in a new era of mistrust between Russia and the United States under Obama.
By Mark Galeotti
War on the Rocks
Russia is indeed waging an essentially political struggle against the West through political subversion, economic penetration, espionage, and disinformation.
By Leonid Bershidsky
Russia, demonized as the biggest cyber-villain in the world in the wake of the U.S. election campaign, must now take special care of its own information security.
By Sean Lawson
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed off on a new information security doctrine (PDF) for Russia.
As in the 1930s, Moscow is a beacon for an international movement.
By Uri Friedman
What comes next?
By Hamid Shalizi and Josh Smith
Afghan and American officials are increasingly worried that any deepening of ties between Russia and Taliban militants fighting to topple the government in Kabul could complicate an already precarious security situation.
By Emily Tamkin
Russia and Japan have been courting closer ties, hoping to solve a nettlesome territorial dispute, end World War II, and deepen economic ties between Moscow and Tokyo.
By Yoichi Funabashi
The Financial Times
The west should welcome Tokyo’s engagement with Moscow.
By Jack Farchy and Neil Hume
The Financial Times
Glencore and the sovereign wealth fund of Qatar are to take a 19.5 per cent stake in Russian oil company Rosneft in a surprise €10.5bn deal that marks a triumph for President Vladimir Putin.
By Rebecca R. Ruiz
The New York Times
The findings intensified pressure on the International Olympic Committee to reassess Russia’s medals from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and penalize the nation ahead of the 2018 Winter Games.
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