What’s their angle? Breaking down the Putin, Trump and Obama spy games

A tweet from the Russian government responding to US sanctions is shown.

President Barack Obama and his first secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, entered the White House in 2009 with visions of a “Russian reset.” But Obama will leave office next month in the midst of a shadowy Cold War-era fever dream, as Washington and Moscow are, once again, beset by accusations of diplomatic chicanery and outright espionage.

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Obama announces sanctions for Russian election hacking

The Obama administration announced today that it will impose sanctions on Russian intelligence services and officials in response to the hacks of American political institutions during the election season.

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Putin says Russia ready to fully restore ties with U.S.

Nov 9 Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday Russia was ready to fully restore relations with the United States following the election of businessman Donald Trump as the new U.S. president.

Receiving credentials from new foreign ambassadors to Russia, Putin said he had heard Trump’s campaign statements about improving ties with Moscow. He said Russia was ready do its part to achieve this but recognised it would not be easy.

Improved relations would benefit both Russia and the United States, he added.

(Reporting by Polina Devitt and Christian Lowe; Writing by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Alexander Winning)

Putin meets Erdogan for 1st time since downing of Russian jet

Erdogan says talks with ‘friend’ Putin to start new page in Russia-Turkey relations

Turkish president Recep Tayip Ergodan is meeting with “his friend” Vladimir Putin in hopes of turning a fresh page in the two countries’ relations. It is their first meeting since Turkey downed a Russian bomber over Syria last November.

“Your visit, which comes amid a very complicated situation in Turkey, indicates that all of us want to revive our dialogue and restore relations for the sake of the Turkish and Russian peoples,” President Putin said, greeting Erdogan in St. Petersburg.

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Trump says Putin is ‘not going to go into Ukraine,’ despite Crimea

Washington (CNN) Donald Trump said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t make a military move into Ukraine — even though Putin already has done just that, seizing the country’s Crimean Peninsula.

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More than a few things Donald Trump has totally changed his mind about

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Briar Woods High School August 2, 2016, in Ashburn, Virginia.

(CNN)Donald Trump has built a political brand on his willingness to say just about anything that comes to mind at a given moment — relying, he says, on his “gut.” Sometimes that means contradicting himself on fairly basic ideas and sentiments, like as recently as Tuesday about whether or not crying babies are fun to be around (Hint: less so over time).

The Republican nominee has no monopoly on broader policy reversals — though he has certainly adjusted his positions as much as anyone — but it is his remarkable agility to pivot in really tight spaces that continues to stun and frustrate opponents.

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