Mr. Putin Seeks a Meeting With Mr. Trump In Helsinki Finland In May

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE BBC)

(Are the people of Russia and the people of the U.S. really enemies of each other, no I do not believe so personally. It is the ego’s and the distrust of Nation’s Leaders toward each other, both the Civilian and the Military/Intelligence Leaderships. This is something the Media doesn’t need to be trying to become the ‘news maker’. The world is better off if the U.S. along with all of Europe, Israel and Russia are honestly friendly with each other.)–this opinion by trs.

Putin seeks Trump meeting in Helsinki in May
Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 'Arctic: Territory of Dialogue' International Forum in Arkhangelsk, Russia, 30 March 2017Image copyright EPA
Image caption Mr Putin said he would be “glad” to meet Mr Trump at a summit of the Arctic Council in Helsinki

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he would like to meet US President Donald Trump at an Arctic nations summit in Finland in May.

He again rejected allegations that Russia had interfered in the 2016 US presidential election.

And he said sanctions against Russia were also hurting the US and Europe.

Mr Trump had voiced hopes for improved relations with Moscow, but he has been dogged by claims of links between his election campaign and Russia.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and both houses of the US Congress are investigating alleged Russian interference in the election.

Russia ‘tried to hijack US election’, Senate hearing told

Mr Putin, speaking at an Arctic forum in Arkhangelsk in northern Russia, said he would be “glad” to meet Mr Trump at a summit of the Arctic Council in Helsinki in May.

“Both side should prepare such events,” he said. “If not, then such a meeting could take place within the framework of the usual meetings, at the G20.”

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, whose country is due to take the rotating leadership of the Arctic Council, said he would be honoured to host such a meeting.

The G20 summit of world powers is set to convene in the northern German city of Hamburg in early July.

Donald Trump (file pic)Image copyright REUTERS
Image caption Mr Trump says claims of collusion between his campaign and Russia are “fake news”

Mr Putin criticised “endless and groundless” allegations that Russia interfered in the US election, and what he termed the use of the “Russian card” in US politics.

“Do we want to completely cut relations?” he asked. “Do we want to bring the situation to what it was during the Cuban Missile Crisis of the 1960s?

“I very much hope that sometime – the sooner the better – the situation will return to normal. I very much hope that we’ll… improve Russian-American relations, for the good of our people’s, and for the whole world.”

Mr Putin said he would support President Trump in fighting terrorism, and co-operate with the Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency.

He added that he was ready to work with the new US presidential administration on fighting Islamic State in Syria.

Earlier this year, Slovenia offered to host a meeting between Mr Putin and Mr Trump. Mr Putin offered thanks, but said it would depend on Washington.

Western nations imposed sanctions on Russia over its annexation of the Crimea and its role in the Ukraine crisis.

U.S. And England Agree On The Need To Be Cautious In Dealing With Russia’s President Putin

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE BBC)

Boris Johnson says US agrees on need for caution over Russia

Boris Johnson

Donald Trump’s new administration understands the need to deal with Russia in a “very guarded way”, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said.

Following his first meeting with US secretary of state Rex Tillerson during the G20 summit in Germany, Mr Johnson, referring to Russia, said “you’ve got to beware of what they are up to”.

Neither side wants to see a return to the days of the Cold War, he said.

But Moscow’s current behaviour cannot be allowed to continue, he added.

Mr Johnson’s comments come amid intense scrutiny in the US of the administration’s attitude to Russia following the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn over his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the US before Mr Trump’s inauguration last month.

Mr Johnson told the BBC: “I think Rex Tillerson is absolutely clear in his view, which is the same as mine. You have got to engage with Russia, but you have got to engage in a very guarded way. You have got to beware of what they are up to.

“There is no question that, when you look at Russian activity on the cyber front, when you look at what they are doing in the western Balkans, when you look at what has been happening in the Ukraine, you’ve got to be very, very cautious.

“I think it is entirely right to have a dual track approach.

“We don’t want to get into a new Cold War. That’s something London and Washington are completely at one on. But nor do we want Russian behaviour to continue as it is – and Rex Tillerson has been very clear about that.”

Canadian 2 Years In China Prison For Spying: Deported Back To Canada

(This article is courtesy of the Shanghai Daily News)

Canadian arrested in China returns home

A Canadian man arrested in China two years ago on charges of spying and stealing state secrets has been freed and has returned home, his family said.

Kevin Garratt was detained in 2014 along with his wife Julia Dawn, who was later released on bail, in Dandong, a northeastern city on the border with North Korea.

Before their arrests, Garratt and his wife, both Christians, had run a coffee shop in Dandong and were active in helping send humanitarian aid to North Korea.

Garratt was deported from China on Thursday after a court in Dandong ruled on his case on Tuesday, his family said in a statement.

“Kevin has returned to Canada to be with his family and friends,” the family said.

In a statement, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday Garratt had been treated “according to law.” The ministry said China “fully guaranteed all kinds of procedural rights of Kevin Garratt, and fully respected and implemented the consular rights of the Canadian side.”

But the ministry declined to say what investigators found or what the outcome of the trial was.

Chinese state media previously reported that authorities found evidence that implicated Garratt in accepting tasks from Canadian espionage agencies to gather intelligence in China.

Garratt’s release comes as both sides pledged to strengthen economic ties during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to China earlier this month for the G20 summit, and a week before Premier Li Keqiang is to visit Canada for talks with Trudeau.

G20 Summit In Hangzhou China September 4th And 5th

(This article is courtesy of the Shanghai Daily News Paper)

Police step up security before G20

POLICE in Shanghai have stepped up security at the city’s border with neighboring Zhejiang Province in preparation for the G20 Summit, which is being held in Hangzhou on September 4 and 5.

The number of police officers checking vehicles traveling in the direction of Zhejiang at the city’s 29 highway checkpoints has been significantly increased.

Zhou Zhenzhen, a spokesperson from Songjiang District, said officers will check as many vehicles as possible 24/7 until the end of the summit.

At the Fengjing checkpoint on G60 Hukun Highway in Songjiang, six to seven policemen are on duty on each lane, according to STV news.

Officers search trunks and examine the personal belongings of drivers of private cars, and passengers on tourist buses are asked to submit to bodyscans and luggage checks.

Police dogs stand by to help sniff out suspicious items on trucks.

“We’ll check each and every vehicle in the direction of Zhejiang if traffic is not significantly slowed down by the job, and we’ll check any suspicious vehicles,” Liu Shuwen, an official from Songjiang Police, was quoted as saying in the news story.

Li Hui, a spokesperson for Shanghai Traffic Police, said traffic congestion is inevitable.

Meanwhile, people traveling by ferry from Shanghai ports to Zhejiang are also subject to stricter security measures such as compulsory identity checks, according to STV news.

The average boarding time has increased to 20 minutes from five minutes due to the measures, which are in line with stepped-up security at Shanghai’s airports and railway stations.

Up Coming G20 Summit In Hangzhou City China September 4th-5th

G20 summit to listen to concerns of developing countries: Chinese ambassador

THE G20 summit to be held in China in early September will combine the concerns of developing countries with a focus on global development, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia La Yifan said here on Friday.

A record number of developing countries will participate in the upcoming G20 summit, the first time in its history, the ambassador said at the Dialogue on China-Ethiopia Tourism Industry Cooperation in the Ethiopian capital.

“The G20 summit in Hangzhou will focus on development, especially that of developing countries, including African countries, which makes it different from other G20 summits,” he said.

The G20 summit, which gathers the most influential economic players in the world, should also take the concerns of developing countries into heart, he noted.

By bringing more interlocutors together, the G20 summit will push for a more inclusive world economy, said the Chinese ambassador.

The G20 summit, with the theme “Toward an Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy,” will be held in east China’s Hangzhou city on Sept.4-5.