Inside Matteo Salvini’s Secret Russian Money Machine

ROMEItalys Mussolini-channeling, selfie-taking, race-baiting far-right leader, it might be said, knows no shame. Over the course of 14 months as interior minister and vice premier, while acting as if he already ran the government, Matteo Salvini also became something of a cop-impersonating wannabe hero, taking a selfie in every insignia-laden security windbreaker and polo shirt he could squeeze into to try to somehow channel the power of the uniform to puff up his ego and invincibility. He even directed a police officer to take his teenage son on a joyride using an official security service jetski during his summer vacation. And it all seemed to be working very welluntil it didnt. Salvini, leader of the former Northern League separatist party, …

Putin: Skripal attack should not affect UK-Russia relations

Russian president says the Salisbury poisonings are not worth all this fuss his meeting with Theresa May at the G20 summit in Japan that relations between Britain and Russia should not suffer because of last years nerve agent attack on the former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. All this fuss about spies and counterspies is not worth interstate relations. This spy story, as we say here, is not worth 5 kopecks, plummeted to a post-Cold War low last year when London accused Moscow of the poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury. The Kremlin denies sending GRU military intelligence agents to Britain to carry out the attack, which triggered scores of diplomatic expulsions between Moscow and western countries. The …

US and Russia blame each other after warships nearly collide

American guided-missile cruiser and Russian destroyer came within 165ft of each other in the East China Sea The US and Russia have accused each other of unsafe actions after an American guided-missile cruiser and a Russian destroyer came within 165ft (50 meters) of each other in the East China Sea. The US Seventh Fleet said the Russian destroyer put the safety of the USS Chancellorsville and its crew at risk, forcing it to reverse all engines at full throttle to avoid a collision. It said a helicopter that was operating at sea was preparing to land on the Chancellorsville, which was traveling on a steady course, when the Russian destroyer, traveling behind the US ship, sped up and approached as …