Those diplomatic concerns forced the flight to refuel at Tokyo’s Narita airport, the flight’s captain told passengers, several of whom posted about it on social media.
House and Senate Intelligence committees both have ongoing investigations into whether Trump associates worked with the Kremlin in an attempt to help Trump win the election.
Page has been at the center of speculation about links between Trump aides and Russia because of his ties to the country and a trip to Moscow in July.
Page and the White House have denied all allegations of improper communications.
Putin was asked specifically about US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s comments on Tuesday morning — that Russia is either “incompetent” or has “failed” to hold up its end of the deal to destroy Assad’s chemical weapons, and needed to choose whether to abandon or “maintain its alliance” with Assad.
Tillerson is due to meet today with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow.
America’s top general will meet with his Russian counterpart this week to discuss the state of military relations between the two countries. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford is scheduled to meet with Valeriy Gerasimov, chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. The meeting is expected to take place on Thursday in Baku, Azerbaijan. The military leaders will discuss a variety of issues including the current state of U.S.-Russian military relations and the importance of consistent and clear military-to-military communication to prevent miscalculation and potential crises, according to a statement from Dunford’s office. In terms of the military-to-military relationships, the past few years have seen a series of close calls between ships and aircraft from the two countries. In the most recent incident, a Russian jet reportedly buzzed a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Black Sea this month in a move a U.S. official called unsafe and unprofessional.
Donald Trump’s admiration of Vladimir Putin shows no sign of abating, even when the president is directly confronted with the Russian leader’s troubling history. In a new interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Trump says that he “respects“ Putin, even though Putin is, in O’Reilly’s words, “a killer.” The full interview airs Sunday before the Super Bowl, but Fox News has posted a small preview snippet.
In the segment, O’Reilly asks Trump point-blank what he thinks of Putin, and Trump answers, “I say it’s better to get along with Russia than not, and if Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS, which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism all over the world, major fight, that’s a good thing.”
FBI director James Comey told a Senate panel that there was “penetration on the Republican side of the aisle and old Republican National Committee domains” no longer in use.
U.S.-Russia ties may be in for surprises with the new administration, but opinions differ on what they will be.
Since Trump’s election, the anticipation has become more explicit. It culminated this week in the U.S. president-elect’s call for America to “move on” from allegations of Russian electoral hacking, and the Russian president’s blithe pronouncement Friday that he would rather plan for a new relationship with Trump than retaliate in kind to sanctions and expulsions ordered by outgoing President Obama.
“Great move on delay (by V. Putin),” Trump tweeted. “I always knew he was very smart!”
The Anadolu news agency cited an unnamed source as saying the two states were working to ensure the ceasefire would start after midnight (22:00 GMT).
“Terrorist organisations” would be excluded from the deal, the source added, without giving further details.
There was no immediate comment from the Syrian government or opposition.
Turkey and Russia have agreed the terms of a proposed ceasefire in Syria, Turkish state media say.