I was America’s permanent representative to the United Nations from 2013 until President Trump took office, and over the last few years I was probably Ambassador Churkin’s most visible foe. He faithfully defended President Vladimir V. Putin’s deadly actions in Ukraine and Syria.
President Obama announced sanctions against Russia for trуing tо influence thе 2016 election through cуberattacks. Here’s what led tо thе sanctions.
No, not by creating it. That dark art seems to emanate from other, even more opaque branches of the Russian government.
Thе Russia-related questions оn which President Trump urgentlу needs tо shed some light seem tо multiplу bу thе day. Thе latest involve thе president’s personal lawуer, Michael Cohen, аnd his work with an obscure Ukrainian opposition legislator аnd a Russian-born New Yorker who has done business deals with Mr. Trump. Thе three men produced a…
The Winter Olympics were about to start in the Russian city of Sochi. Russia was under growing criticism for shielding the Syrian government as it blocked aid from reaching rebel areas. And two members of the Russian dissident rock band Pussy Riot had just landed in New York, where they had met with Mr. Churkin’s American counterpart, Samantha Power.
Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine’s prosecutor general, posted a copy of the court filing to his Facebook page on Tuesday with the statement “Ukraine’s integrity is above all else.”
Word of “Calexit,” a Quixotic idea that has floated around California for years, spread on social media after the election of Mr. Trump in November. Even though it has virtually no chance of succeeding — it would require an amendment to the Constitution — it has gained some traction in the state. Several technology industry leaders have voiced their support, and a ballot measure is in the works for the 2018 election.
Until very recently, the biggest foreign intervention in an American election happened in 1940, when the United States was riven over whether to enter World War II. Both sides in the war got involved.
President Trump certainly seems to have a strange case of Russophilia. He has surrounded himself with aides who have Russian ties. Those aides were talking to Russian agents during the campaign, and some are now pushing a dubious peace deal in Ukraine. Trump recently went so far as to equate the United States and Vladimir Putin’s murderous regime.
“I have nothing to do with Russia,” he told reporters on Thursday. “To the best of my knowledge, no person that I deal with does.”