Russian FM: Moscow Never 'Bet' on US Election

Ankara we are pleased with our active dialogue with Moscow

Previously, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that some Russian citizens could be in Syria but that the Kremlin doesn't have any information about them.

"I think they've cornered themselves by declarations about precise data on Russian meddling and now they are trying to at least some retroactive justifications but still they are floundering", he said.

"They help Russian Federation obfuscate Russia's role in Syria", Matti Suomenaro, a researcher for the Institute for the Study of War told me this week. So far, there is no official policy on whether the USA military's role includes countering Russian-Iranian efforts to help the Bashar al-Assad regime retake territory it lost in the civil war.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the USA military "entered into a virtually open confrontation with the Syrian army" by openly supporting allied Kurdish militants.

Israel strikes Gaza Strip after four soldiers wounded
Earlier on Saturday night, a rocket was sacked from Gaza and hit a home in one of the communities in the Shaar Hanegev area. In response, the military attacked an observation post in the southern Gaza Strip with tank fire.

Add to this the mixed messages sent by the US last month when it failed to stop Turkey from bombing the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin.

Some said the offensive was launched because of a rumored relocation of some fighters from there to the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northwestern Syria, which is facing a Turkish offensive. The refinery was held by Coalition forces, supported by American air power.

It was unclear why pro-government forces acted so brazenly on February 7 despite facing the obvious risk of a punishing USA counterstrike.

Citing an unnamed USA official and three Russians it said were familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported on February 13 that "U.S. forces killed scores of Russian contract soldiers" in the incident.

Flu-related deaths up to 77 in CT
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due in the Turkish capital of Ankara later Thursday to discuss growing tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

This brings us back to Mattis, and why he declined to directly blame Russian Federation for the incident. Predominant anti-Russian tendencies in Washington's policies will scarcely subside before the midterms scheduled for November, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Euronews channel on Friday.

According to Fontanka, Wagner is associated with a Russian company Yevro Polis, which has signed a deal with the Syrian government.

There is a downside, though, to this kind of noble lying. Russian Federation needs to be told, going forward, that an attack by its mercenaries will be treated as an attack by its armed forces. The YPG are key US partners in the campaign against the Islamic State.

Gunmaker Remington is filing for bankruptcy
According to Bloomberg , holders of the gunmaker's $550 million term loan will assume an 82.5 percent equity stake in the company. In the first three quarters of 2017, Remington's sales fell 27.5% to $466.7 million , pushing it into the red.

Eli Lake is a Bloomberg View columnist.

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