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26.05.17 Trump To Review US Sanctions On Russia
The Associated Press
White House economic adviser Gary Cohn says President Donald Trump is “looking at” the future of U.S. sanctions on Russia. Asked what the current administration position is, Cohn said, “Right now, we don’t have a position.” Cohn spoke to reporters on Air Force One as Trump headed to the Group of 7 summit in Sicily. G-7 leaders kicked Russia out of the group of wealthy nations for its annexation of Ukrainian territory. Cohn says he expects Russia to be a topic during the two-day summit. Pressed on what specifically the White House was looking into on sanctions, Cohn would only say that Trump has many options." Read more 
26.05.17 Kerry: Americans Should Learn Russian To Influence Trump
BBC News
Americans who want to influence the new US government should learn Russian, US ex-Secretary of State John Kerry says. He was speaking at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He strongly criticised President Donald Trump and his team, who are being investigated over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Russia's Foreign Ministry responded by saying the former US administration should have read the poems of Soviet propagandist Vladimir Mayakovsky. Read more 
26.05.17 Montenegro Defies Russia To Become NATO Member
The Associated Press
NATO is set to expand for the first time after eight years by welcoming Montenegro into the alliance. The tiny Balkan nation is attending the NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday practically as a member, although the entry process formally will be wrapped in early June. To get there, Montenegro has stood up against Russia, which has sought to maintain strong historic, political and cultural influence in the country it considers a zone of interest. Russia has threatened economic and political retaliation. Montenegro says Moscow was behind a foiled coup attempt in October, which Russia denies. Read more 
26.05.17 Russian Postal Service 'hit By WannaCry'
BBC News
Three employees of the Russian postal service claim that it was hit by this month's Wannacry global ransomware attack and is still experiencing problems, according to Reuters. The trio claim some of the computers at the state-owned Russian Post are still down, but the service says none of them was infected by the worm. It just says that some terminals were switched off as a precaution. The Interior Ministry and state railway were affected by the cyber-attack. Read more 
26.05.17 Islamic State Group 'Prepared Attacks' In Moscow
The Associated Press
Russia's main domestic security agency says it has arrested four members of the Islamic State group who have been preparing attacks in Moscow. The Federal Security Service, or FSB, the main KGB successor agency, said the suspects arrested in Moscow Thursday were preparing to strike at the capital's transport network. The agency said in a statement that the four were working under directions from IS in Syria to prepare attacks using self-made explosive devices. Read more 
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