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Russian Foreign Minister: Russian Reset 'Invention of Hillary Clinton,' Not Us

10:25 AM, Jun 02, 2015

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov told Bloomberg that the Russian reset was an "invention of Hillary Clinton" and the Obama administration.

"Well, if you take the original reset, it was not our invention, it was the invention of Hillary Clinton and Obama administrations because with their predecessors, George Bush Jr., Vladimir Putin had very good personal relations," said Lavrov.

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Sixth Anniversary of Hillary's Russian Reset: 'Our Goal Is to Help Strengthen Russia'

11:27 AM, Mar 06, 2015

Today is the sixth anniversary of Hillary Clinton's reset with Russia. That's when Clinton physically gave her Russian counterpart a "reset" button (though, in fact, she got the translation wrong):

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Did the State Department Just Buy More Reset Buttons?

7:39 AM, Oct 01, 2014

In what might possibly be an attempt to relive the success of Hillary Clinton's "Russian reset," the State Department recently awarded a $22,116 contract for "Red Switch Equipment." Which sounds a l

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Hillary: Russian Reset 'A Brilliant Stroke'

'He invaded another country, so yes, but'...
8:28 AM, Jun 13, 2014

In an interview to promote her book on BBC, Hillary Clinton called the Russian so-called reset "a brilliant stroke." The statement came in response to a question about whether she was in retrospect embarrassed about the policy.

The BBC reporter asked, "You famously pressed the reset button. Are you embarrassed by that now, that gesture?"

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Senator: 'The Administration’s "Reset" with Russia Is a Failure'

'It’s urgent that we reset the reset policy.'
9:29 AM, Mar 04, 2014

New Hampshire senator Kelly Ayotte called for reseting the "reset" policy with Russia.

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Obama: Olympians ‘All Look Really Healthy’

11:02 AM, Feb 08, 2014

Continuing his pattern of intruding upon every major event (or at least the ones he’s aware of), President Obama appeared on Friday night’s broadcast of the Winter Olympics, just before the Opening Ceremonies.  When Bob Costas asked, “[D]o you have a message for the United States team?”  Obama replied, “Well, we couldn’t be prouder of them” and then immediately turned things back to himself:  “I’ve had the chance now to meet a lot of Olympic athletes, including those that were so successful in Vancouver.  One observation, when they came to the White House, Michelle and I shook hands and met with all of them, and they all look really healthy.”

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No Summit

Aug 19, 2013

The Scrapbook enjoyed what might charitably be called a warmhearted chuckle at the news that President Obama had abruptly canceled his planned “summit” meeting in Moscow with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Even the reliably turgid language of White House press secretary Jay Carney was unusually blunt in explaining the reasons why: “We have reached 

the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a U.S.-Russia summit in early September.” 

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Both Sides Claim Victory in Georgia Election

2:40 PM, Oct 01, 2012

Polls have closed in Georgia, the small Caucasus Republic that took center stage in the 2008 presidential campaign when Russian troops poured over the border there and threatened to topple the country's pro-American government. With both sides claiming victory, the country of 4.5 million people may once again feature prominently in an American presidential campaign.

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'The Two Men Barely Looked at Each Other'

7:12 AM, Jun 19, 2012

CBS reports that when Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin met with the press after their long private discussion, "The two men barely looked at each other. You could just feel, sort of, the tension between them. And the body language really represented how far apart the two leaders remain on the issue of Syria."

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Clinton: Russia Aiding Syria

1:08 PM, Jun 12, 2012

The AP reports

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration said Tuesday that Russia is sending attack helicopters to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and warned that the Arab country's 15-month conflict could become even deadlier.

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Putin Rejects White House Talks

9:12 AM, May 29, 2012

AFP reports: "Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month rejected an offer from United States (US) President Barack Obama for landmark bilateral talks at the White House, the Kremlin revealed on Tuesday."

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Obama to Russia: ‘After My Election I Have More Flexibility’

7:01 AM, Mar 26, 2012

President Obama got caught in private conversation with a hot mic today in Seoul, South Korea, telling outgoing Russian president Dmitry Medvedev that Vladimir Putin should give him more "space" and that "[a]fter my election I have more flexibility."

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Red China Remains a Threat

11:00 AM, Nov 26, 2011

The Obama administration has moved to assert America’s Asia policy by vigorously engaging Southeast Asian nations concerned about China’s recent posture.

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The Kremlin's Ongoing Support for the Mullahs

4:39 PM, Nov 14, 2011

Jamie Kirchick, writing in the Wall Street Journal, examines Russia's ongoing support for Iran:

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Recycling ‘Reset’

2:34 PM, Oct 25, 2011

One of the core strategic beliefs of the Obama administration has been that their Bush predecessors overreacted to the attacks of 9/11 and became obsessively focused on the greater Middle East at the expense of East Asia or the “Asia-Pacific,” where the rise of China and India presages a new constellation of global great powers. This, perhaps more than Russia policy, has been Obama’s idea of a strategic “reset” for the future.

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Sacrificing Missile Defense for ‘Reset’

10:01 AM, Oct 12, 2011

When Barack Obama campaigned for president in 2008, he promised to “cut investments in unproven missile defense systems.” The word “unproven,” folks worried, could be used against every defense system that hasn’t intercepted a missile in combat.

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Iranian State TV: Stepped Up Nuclear Operations

9:29 AM, Sep 12, 2011

The Associated Press reports that, according to Iranian state TV, the mullahs have "stepped up" nuclear operations "after years of delay."

The other worrisome news? The relationship between the Iranians and Russians. The AP reports: 

Senior Iranian and Russian officials attended celebrations Monday for the official launch of the 1000-megawatt Bushehr plant in southern Iran.

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U.S. Intelligence Confirms: Russia Bombed U.S. Embassy, cont.

10:57 AM, Jul 28, 2011

Following this write up, Joshua Foust seems to have regained an interest in the reports that Russia is responsible for bombing the American embassy in Georgia.

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U.S. Intelligence Confirms: Russia Bombed U.S. Embassy

2:41 PM, Jul 27, 2011

Last week, Eli Lake reported on a very specific allegation by a senior Georgian official that the Russian GRU was behind a series of bombings in that country, including the bombing of the U.S. embassy in Tbilisi. The charge was so detailed that it even included the name of the Russian officer who had coordinated the attack, and his last known whereabouts in the Russian occupied Georgian province of Abkhazia.

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Russia Responsible for U.S. Embassy Bombing

And America is silent.
11:36 AM, Jul 22, 2011

Eli Lake has a pretty big scoop today on Russian espionage in Georgia: A bomb targeting the U.S. embassy in Tbilisi has been linked, by Georgian intelligence, to a series of bombings around the country over the last 12 months that all lead back to Russia's GRU.

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Medvedev Endorses Obama's Reelection Bid

Reset worked!
2:05 PM, Jun 27, 2011

A year ago President Obama treated Russian president Dmitry Medvedev to lunch at Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington, Virginia.

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Lithuania’s Move to Gain Energy Independence Complicated by Russkies

9:08 AM, Jun 24, 2011

In a little noticed letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, dated May 9, three House members and four senators wrote, “As strong supporters of the Baltic States in Congress, we were troubled to learn that Russia intends to build a nuclear power plant within 50 kilometers of the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius. This is in addition to the nuclear plant Russia is already building in Kaliningrad, only 23 kilometers from the Lithuanian border. While we support the use of nuclear energy, when done in full compliance with IAEA Safeguards, it appears Russia’s motivation is not to produce electricity but to maintain its stranglehold on energy supplies to Europe.”

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Reset on the Ropes?

4:11 PM, Jun 14, 2011

Earlier today, Republican Rep. Peter Roskam, deputy whip in the House, put out a statement signaling his support for the Justice for Sergei Magnitsky Act.

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Investors Shorting Russia—and Reset

3:00 PM, May 31, 2011

Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport had been planning to provide an initial public offering to investors this week, allowing folks from around the world to buy shares in the currently private company that operates the facility. Suddenly, over Memorial Day weekend and in the middle of the night, Domodedovo sent out a statement saying that it had canceled its plans and pulled the IPO. Why, and why so suddenly?

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