Andrey Kortunov

Russian International Affairs Council

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Andrey Kortunov is director general of the Russian International Affairs Council. He is a formerly president of the New Eurasia Foundation in Moscow. He also formerly served as a foreign policy advisor to President Boris Yeltsin and to the Committee on International Relations at the Russian Parliament.

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President Trump is reportedly outraged at his staff because the political flap over false statements about Russian officials just won't go away.

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Riot police used clubs, shields and tear gas to attack lines of hand-holding demonstrators early this morning in Kiev, Ukraine's capital city.

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Riot police used clubs, shields and tear gas to attack lines of hand-holding demonstrators early this morning in Kiev, Ukraine's capital city.

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The most obvious lesson from these days of fighting is that the U.S.

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