Putin on course for election victory

Putin on course for election victory

Putin on course for election victory

"We will withstand this onslaught", Svetlana Andrus, a ribbon round her neck in the colours of the Russian flag, said during a rally in Moscow in support of Putin.

"The Russian government's efforts to interfere with American democracy have not abated since the 2016 election and likely have intensified".

On Friday, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance had "no reason to doubt the findings and assessments by the British government" which suggested Russian responsibility.

Along with imposing sanctions on 19 individuals and five entities including Russian intelligence services, the Trump administration publicly blamed Moscow for the first time for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the USA power grid including nuclear facilities.

Earlier Friday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance did not want a return to Cold War hostilities with Russian Federation while expressing support for Britain's strong stance on the nerve agent attack.

A row with Britain over allegations the Kremlin used a nerve agent to poison a Russian double agent in a sleepy English town - denied by Moscow - has not dented his standing.

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Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), said: "President Putin bizarrely has resorted to the blame game by pointing the finger at Jews and other minorities in his country". He has repeatedly called Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt" and views USA conclusions about Russian meddling as a threat to his legitimacy as president.

Corbyn wrote that Labour was "no supporter of the Putin regime", but added: "That does not mean we should resign ourselves to a "new Cold War" of escalating arms spending, proxy conflicts across the globe and a McCarthyite intolerance of dissent". Term limits bar him from running for another consecutive term, and Putin has said he will not change the constitution to extend his time in office.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed that Moscow planned to expel British diplomats in retaliation for the United Kingdom government's punitive action.

In Brussels, Stoltenberg said the attack in Salisbury was "unacceptable".

Russia's envoy at the OPCW has claimed the substance used could have come from either USA or British stockpiles.

The risk of additional U.S. sanctions has increased after the Russian treasury published a list in January of oligarchs considered close to the Kremlin, as well as of top officials including Titov.

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The officials said the Russian hackers chose their targets, obtained access to computer systems, conducted "network reconnaissance" of systems that control key elements of the USA economy and then attempted to cover their tracks by deleting evidence of their infiltration. Russian Federation denies interfering in the election.

Trump told reporters during a White House event with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar that "it certainly looks like the Russians were behind" the use of a nerve agent to attack Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent in England.

"These are not quite the elections we see in Western countries", said Stepan Goncharov of the independent Levada Center pollster.

The American Jewish Committee (AJC), the U.S. partner organisation of the Board of Deputies, said Putin's comments were "eerily reminiscent of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion", adding: "He should clarify his comments at the earliest opportunity".

The sanctions also affect the Russian Federal Security Service, or FSB, and six of its employees for cyberattacks more broadly, including those targeting Russian journalists, opposition figures, foreign politicians and USA officials. Maybe they have dual citizenship, or maybe a green card. Ella Pamfilova was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying, "It is in our interest that everything works".

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