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Megyn Kelly interviews Vladimir Putin Megyn Kelly interviews Vladimir Putin
Patty Aguilar | 19 March, 2018, 02:48

Russian authorities scheduled the election for March 18 to mark exactly four years since Putin signed a treaty with representatives from Crimea to make it a part of Russia.

In a separate action, the Trump administration issued sanctions on a number of Russian entities for a wide range of behavior, including attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Meanwhile, Russia has opened its own criminal investigations into the murder of Nikolai Glushkov, who was found dead at his home in New Malden on Monday, and what it called the "murder" of Yulia Skripal, who remains in a critical condition in hospital after the nerve agent attack. British police said they were treating Glushkov's death as unexplained, but did not think it was linked to the attack on the Skripals. The Skripal poisoning could make it difficult for Mr. Trump to pursue his pro-Kremlin agenda, especially given that several Republicans in the U.S. Congress are strong supporters of a hard line against Russian Federation.

Prime Minister May's response thus far will probably do little to deter the Kremlin from such attacks in the future, especially since she does not have a good track record of standing up to the Russians.

"Our quarrel is with Putin's Kremlin, and with this decision, and we think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the United Kingdom, on the streets of Europe, for the first time since the Second World War", he said.

"The United States believes that Russian Federation is responsible for the attack on two people and the United Kingdom using a military grade nerve agent".

"We stand for a broad coalition of democratic forces", she said.

"We support the call for a full and complete disclosure by the Russian Federation", Bulgaria's envoy to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, Krassimir Kostov, told members of the OPCW's executive council.

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Manmohan Singh criticise govt of committing mistakes in J & K
He said we will provide 2 crore jobs, we have not seen even 2 lakh jobs", said Manmohan Singh, reminding the PM about the promise. On the third and last day of the session, Singh, in his speech, said that the atmosphere in Kashmir is deteriorating everyday.

He said Russians should be guided in their decision by their "conscience, understanding of truth and fairness, and love of the fatherland".

In doing so, Tillerson went further than White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who earlier the same day had condemned the attack but made no mention of Russian Federation.

"Not as many as in 1971 but "significant" I'm told", he said in a tweet.

The sanctions will block those affected from travelling to America, freeze any assets they have in the country and bar USA companies from working with them.

The Prime Minister met intelligence chiefs and senior ministers at the National Security Council in Downing Street on Wednesday morning, and Number 10 confirmed she will address MPs in the House of Commons later.

After hopping by helicopter back to Yekaterinburg, Russia's fourth-largest city which is a key industrial hub, Putin chaired a meeting with top officials on training industrial personnel. This could possibly lead Britain's allies to back new, harsh economic sanctions against Russian Federation, on top of those already in place after Russia's 2014 invasion of Ukraine.

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman on Wednesday rejected Britain's "unfounded accusations" and "ultimatums" over the poisoning of a former double agent in Britain.

Ms May, who personally visited Salisbury on Thursday, also used a statement in the Commons to announce asset freezes and new powers to detain people suspected of "hostile activity".

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