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Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with regional female entrepreneurs ahead of the upcoming International Women's Day during his visit to the Samara bakery and confectionery factory in Samara, Russia March 7, 2018.

Russia is seizing on a GOP trip to Moscow to carefully craft its narrative ahead of the Trump-Putin summit

A large delegation of Republican lawmakers met with Kremlin officials this week in an opaque series of meetings in Moscow, and the lack of transparency gave Russia an opportunity to drive its own narrative of US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin's upcoming summit.
Hosts and guests on Russian state-run TV network Russia 24 discussed reports that Trump sees Crimea as Russian.

‘Trump is ours!’: Russian state TV celebrates Trump’s suggestion that Crimea is part of Russia

Trump claimed that Crimea rightfully belongs to Russia because most people there speak Russia.
The nine leaders pose for the media during the Family photo on the first day of the G7 Summit, on 8 June, 2018 in La Malbaie, Canada. Canada will host the leaders of the UK, Italy, the US, France, Germany and Japan for the two day summit, in the town of La Malbaie.

Trump reportedly claimed to leaders at the G7 that Crimea is part of Russia because everyone there speaks Russian

Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded and annexed Crimea, formerly a part of Ukraine, in 2014. They were subsequently expelled from the G8.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Orthodox Easter service at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, Russia April 8, 2018.

Vladimir Putin celebrated the controversial opening of Russia’s bridge to Crimea by driving a truck over it — without wearing a seat belt

Russian President Vladimir Putin was caught driving a Kamaz truck across a brand new bridge to Crimea without wearing a seat belt, which is against the law in Russia.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis walks past saluting cadets as he arrives for commencement ceremonies at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, May 27, 2017.

Defense secretary Jim Mattis serves up a strong condemnation of Russia’s aggression

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis offered sharp words about Russia's escalating global provocations during a press conference with reporters on Tuesday.

‘We will build a real Russian mecca’: See the bizarre photos of Putin posing at music festivals and hanging with bikers during his controv...

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry protested Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Crimea, which the Kremlin annexed in 2014.

Russia just released this video of its elite Spetsnaz taking over a cargo ship

The video shows Spetsnaz troops storming the ship by air and sea, and then clearing the decks and halls.

Report: Lawmaker who held secret ‘peace plan’ meeting with Trump’s lawyer has been stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship

The Ukrainian lawmaker who met Trump's personal lawyer and a prominent businessman to discuss a controversial peace plan for Ukraine has been stripped of his citizenship.

Baltic states think Russia is laying the groundwork for looming ‘kinetic operations’

Officials in Lithuania are sounding the alarm over suspected Russian information campaigns reminiscent of the lead-up to the Crimean annexation.