Why the Istanbul summit failed

After several delays, the Istanbul summit finally took place on Saturday, bringing together the leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany to discuss peace in Syria. The four-way meeting was originally scheduled for early September, but major differences between the four led to its postponement. The summit brought together parties from the Astana process group…

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Saudi, UAE officials call for regime change in Iran at US summit

The foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Washington, and the director of Israel’s Mossad spy agency have joined ranks in pushing for regime change in Iran. Speaking alongside US National Security Adviser John Bolton and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir called…

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US Accelerates Talks With North Korea After Kim-Moon Summit

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What to expect from high-stakes Kim-Moon summit

Seoul, South Korea – South Korean President Moon Jae-in, joined by more than 200 officials, is set to embark on a high-stakes trip to Pyongyang for talks with his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un. On an exceptionally rare occasion in the reclusive country, the first moment of the two leaders’ encounter in North Korea’s capital,…

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Scoop: Israel turns down Putin’s offer to host summit with Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal to organize a summit with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow because he didn’t want to undercut President Trump’s forthcoming Middle East peace plan, according to Israeli officials. Why it matters: Netanyahu and Abbas haven’t met since September 2010. This is the second…

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Russia Open to Second Trump-Putin Summit

MOSCOW—The Russian government signaled Friday its openness to a possible second summit between President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, even as some officials in Moscow remain taken aback by the firestorm that has surrounded the meeting between the two leaders earlier this week. Mr. Trump surprised administration officials and Republican lawmakers this…

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Putin Defends Trump From Critics, Says Summit Was a Success

MOSCOW—President Vladimir Putin on Thursday defended Donald Trump from angry criticism following their summit in Helsinki, as the U.S. president called for a second face-to-face meeting with his Russian counterpart. Mr. Putin, in his first comments in days, praised the Helsinki summit and said it led to some “useful promises.” Little more than an hour…

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Trump faces bipartisan rebuke over ‘treasonous’ summit with Putin

Republican politicians in the US have joined the Democrats and intelligence officials in denouncing President Donald Trump’s failure to challenge Russian President Vladimir Putin over interference in the US elections, calling his response as “shameful” and “disgraceful”. John McCain, the senior Republican senator, said Trump’s seeming acceptance of Putin’s denial was a historical “low point” for the…

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What they’re saying: Top Democrats urge Trump to cancel Putin summit

Top Democratic leaders are calling on President Trump to cancel his one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday following a federal grand jury’s indictment of 12 Russian military officers for conspiring to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. What they’re saying: The Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark…

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