Joint Chiefs chairman to meet with Russian counterpart | Washington Examiner

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.

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Trump Tells Bill O’Reilly He “Respects” Putin | Vanity Fair

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.”

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Russia to check space flight engines over faulty parts

Russia on Saturday said it had ordered a full check of engines used on its key Proton rocket after a cargo ship crashed last month due to engine disintegration and an inspection revealed factory violations. A plant making engines for both the Soyuz and Proton rockets had workers “switch technology

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FBI’s Comey: Republicans also hacked by Russia – CNNPolitics.com

Top intelligence officials indicated on Tuesday that the GOP was also a Russian hacking target.

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.

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