Russia — the problem is that Trump can not be avoided

The first month of presidency in the United States, usually marked by optimism that the new leader starts with a clean slate, appoints Cabinet Ministers, and outlines the prospects for the next four years.


But the first few weeks of Donald trump as President of the US is overshadowed by growing problems with Russia. The situation escalated to the limit on Monday, when the chief Advisor to the President for national security Michael Flynn (as Michael Flynn) resigned after it became known that he was misled by Vice-President Mike Pence (Mike Pence) in the matter of their telephone conversations with the Russian diplomat.

Here’s a rundown of the recent problems with Russia who just won’t give Trump the rest.


About a week before the inauguration of trump, CNN reported that trump and then-US President Barack Obama was informed about the existence of a dossier containing damaging but unsubstantiated allegations, among them — and the statement that the Russian special services has incriminating information about the elected President.


Last Friday, us investigators said they are examining the phone records, found confirmation of some details, is given in a 35-page document, compiled by a former British intelligence agent. Thus has been proven the authenticity of at least part of the document. For others it contained allegations still under investigation.


As told to CNN, many American officials directly familiar with the details of those briefings, investigators have not confirmed some of the obscene charges, but found details of approximately a dozen conversations with senior Russian officials and other Russians mentioned in the document.


According to two security officials, in a two-page summary, originally presented to Trump and Obama, there were allegations that during the election campaign between the Trustees trump and intermediaries, acting on behalf of the Russian authorities, there was a constant exchange of information.


The white house denied the claims made in the dossier, and disparagingly called them “fake news.” Russian President Vladimir Putin also dismissed the allegations, stating that it was “nonsense”.



Ongoing investigation of Russia’s actions in the US — started after the alleged intervention of Moscow in elections in the United States in 2016 — has opened the administration to trump Pandora’s box.


On Monday, Flynn, senior Advisor to trump on national security issues, resigned due to held in December — before trump took office — telephone conversations with the Russian Ambassador in Washington Sergei Kislyak. As told reporters of CNN’s law enforcement agencies and intelligence, the investigators scrutinize telephone calls Flynn in the broader investigation.


The Washington Post first reported that Flynn tried several times to call the Ambassador in December before joining trump’s office — including the day when the Obama administration imposed new sanctions against Russia for her alleged interference in the election process. Representatives of law enforcement agencies and intelligence also told CNN that the calls that day was actually.


If Flynn discussed the political issues with the Russian Ambassador, he theoretically may have violated the Logan Act (the Logan Act), which prohibits individuals to discuss with the authorities of foreign States in their disputes with the United States.


The administration of the trump denies that there was any wrongdoing, but the President still asked Flynn to resign because he was not informed of the then elected Vice-President Mike Pence this information about these telephone conversations or — as expressed on Monday, he Flynn is provided “incomplete information”.


But these investigators did not stop. They put their network on, and on Tuesday evening, law enforcement officials and administration, said in an interview with CNN that senior advisers from the environment trump throughout the election campaign constantly kept in touch with the Russians, known to US intelligence.


Among them was Flynn, the then Chairman of the electoral headquarters of the trump by Paul Manafort (Manafort Paul).

In an interview with Manafort categorically denied having had contact with the Russians, known to us intelligence agencies, saying that it was “100% untrue”.


According to officials, who told CNN about the above statements, communications occurred so often, and the Americans who supported this Association was so close to Trump that it made intelligence and law enforcement agencies to be on alert.



And the team of trump, and Russian officials call for improved relations between the longtime adversaries in the cold war. In addition, during the election campaign trump and Putin publicly exchanged compliments.


Despite calls from the Kremlin to warmer relations, since trump took office, Russia has taken a number of provocative steps. On Tuesday, a senior military official told CNN that Russia has hosted a cruise missile, than clearly broke the Treaty (INF).


And on Wednesday, the Kremlin said that Russia the terms of the contract are not violated.


In addition, Moscow sent to the shores of the US intelligence ship, which is now the state of Delaware, and the Russian military planes flew near the American destroyer, allowing the dangerous proximity that has caused us officials concern. Officially, the US administration these three events together are not common.


According to a military official, the presence of cruise missiles, ground-based, is contrary to the 1987 Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range. The first of its placing announced the publication of the New York Times.


Refusing to discuss issues related to exploration, a spokesman for the US state Department said that Russia violates the Treaty.


On Tuesday, acting state Department spokesman mark Toner (Toner Mark) said that Russia should not “have to produce and conduct flight tests of cruise land-based missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers, as well as have or produce launchers of such missiles”.


According to him, the White house “really made it clear about our concerns about Russia’s violations of the terms of the contract”.


In 2014 Russia supposedly tested one of these missiles.


According to a senior representative of the Ministry of defense, on Friday was recorded three cases of rapprochement of Russian military aircraft military US Navy ship in the Black sea. Their actions were regarded as “unsafe and unprofessional”, given how much the aircraft approached the American destroyer.


On Tuesday, Moscow has expressed its disagreement with these allegations. As stated by the official representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia Igor Konashenkov state media, “no incidents February 10, associated with the flight of Russian military aircraft in the Black sea near the USS Porter, was not.”

Tensions over Crimea

The administration of the tramp and the Kremlin has reached verbal battles over Russia’s annexation of Crimea.


As soon as there is a growing investigation of the relations of the administration of the tramp with Russia, the press Secretary of the White house Sean Spicer (Sean Spicer) said Tuesday that trump, by contrast, is “in relation to Russia is incredibly tough position.”


“He continues to raise the issue of Crimea, which is condoned by the previous administration was captured by Russia. His UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley (Nikki Haley) on my first day this post was made by the UN Security Council and strongly condemned the occupation of Crimea by Russia,” said Spicer reporters during a briefing.


According to him, trump has made it clear that he expects the Russian authorities that they will participate”de-escalation of violence in Ukraine and return the Crimea”. Spicer said that while trump is committed to improving relations with Russia.


Before trump has supported the claims of the Kremlin in the Crimea.


On Wednesday morning, the Kremlin reacted to the statement of Spicer. The representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the Russian “your site does not return”. “Crimea is the territory of the Russian Federation”, — she said.


Russia annexed Crimea, the territory of the former Soviet Republic of Ukraine, in March 2014, after its relations with the neighboring country there was tension. Because of the annexation of the United States, the European Union and several other Western countries imposed sanctions against Russia.