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NEW Mar 23 2017
In this page you'll find all points of view published about Russia. You'll find 1701 quotes on this page. You can filter them by date and by a person’s name. The 4 people who have been quoted more about Russia are: Donald J. Trump, Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov and Sergey Lavrov. Donald J. Trump specifically said: “I somewhat do. I very much appreciated the fact that they found what they found.”.
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John McCain

It's a bizarre situation. I think that this back and forth and what the American people have found so far is that no longer does Congress have the credibility to handle this alone.

John Nicholson

This public legitimacy that Russia lends to the Taliban is not based on fact.

Curtis Scaparrotti

I've seen the influence of Russia of late, increased influence in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban.

Vladimir Putin

I've already said that this is the result of treason, and traitors meet their end the same way they got their start, either by drinking themselves to death, or by using drugs, lying in a ditch. One of them recently met his end about the same way. These are officers, you understand? Someone betrayed his friends, his comrades in arms, people who put their lives on the altar of the fatherland. And then you get some animal who is willing to betrays people like this. How will he look into his children's eyes after this? Pig!

Michael McFaul

After the vote results came in last November, many Russians close to the Kremlin celebrated. “Our Trump” - or #TrumpNash, as they tweeted - had been elected president of the United States. Few in Moscow expected Donald Trump to win, but many Russians wanted him to win, including Vladimir Putin. The Russian president so passionately supported the Republican candidate and despised Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton that he brazenly tried to influence our presidential election. As FBI Director James B. Comey described on Monday, the Russians “were unusually loud in their intervention, ” violating our sovereignty by meddling in one of our most sacred acts as a democracy and not seeming to care if they were exposed. The Russian theft and then publication of private data from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta produced a significant impact on our electoral process. The DNC chair was forced to resign and Democratic supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) became more enraged at Clinton, causing many of them to stay home on Election Day. Clinton’s image was damaged continuously by daily media coverage of these stolen emails. Of course, many factors combined to produce Trump’s victory, but Putin’s intervention most certainly played a contributing role.

Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen is a former U.S. Agency for International Development project officer involved in managing economic reform projects in the former Soviet Union.

Donald J. Trump

I somewhat do. I very much appreciated the fact that they found what they found.

Adam Schiff

I don't want to get into specifics but I will say that there is evidence that is not circumstantial and is very much worthy of an investigation. The chairman will need to decide whether he is the chairman of an independent investigation into conduct, which includes allegations of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians, or he's going to act as a surrogate of the White House. Because he cannot do both.

John McCain

No longer does the Congress have credibility to handle this alone, and I don't say that lightly.

Devin Nunes

The intelligence community incidentally collected information about American citizens involved in the Trump transition. From what I know right now it looks like incidental collection, we don't know exactly how that was picked up, but we're are trying to get to the bottom of it.

Dmitry Peskov

From our point of view the decision is absolutely unfair and we hope that it will be reviewed.

Jennifer Rubin

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday accused U.S. spy agencies of abusing their surveillance powers by gathering and sharing information about President Trump and his transition team, an unproven charge that was quickly embraced by the White House but threatened to derail the committee’s investigation of possible Trump campaign ties to Russia.

Donald J. Trump

Wiretapping was in quotes. What I'm talking about is surveillance. I guess, I can't be doing so badly, because I'm president, and you're not.

John McCain

There's always additional information that comes out before it's concluded.

Steve Bannon

At the end of the day, I think that Putin and his cronies are really a kleptocracy, that are really an imperialist power that want to expand.

Li Keqiang

Together, we send our condolences to the prime minister of the U.K. and together we condemn terrorism and we stand against all forms of terrorism.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We stand in solidarity with the U.K., our friend and ally, against terrorism, the greatest threat to global peace and security.

Vladimir Putin

The "forces of terror are acting in an increasingly treacherous and cynical way. It's necessary to unite efforts of all members of international community to confront the terror threat.

Shaun Walker

Irkutsk struggles with poverty and the authorities do little to help. But I found a puzzling disconnect. Life for many Russians has become harder since 2014, and yet Vladimir Putin, who has effectively been in charge of the country for 17 years, has approval ratings that have not dipped below 80% since the annexation of Crimea three years ago.

George Somlo

Hard stone dials are so fragile that even polishing them without cracking the stone is difficult. Drastic temperature changes can also be risky. Going from Russia to the Middle East, for instance, can have on them the effect of pouring boiling water onto glass.

Dianne Feinstein

You have been very much able to avoid any specificity like no one I have ever seen before.

Adam Schiff

I have expressed my grave concerns with the Chairman that a credible investigation cannot be conducted this way.

Nigel Farage

Because we already know the European Union wishes to expand. And eastwards expansion by nations, history tells us leads to conflict. We are on a collision course with Putin's Russia and I think if these people in these institutions have more power, they are likely to use it.

Sean Spicer

To suggest that the president knew who his clients were from 10 years ago is a bit insane.

Lindsey Graham

I don't know if he violated the Foreign Agent Registration Act, but it's something I think we all need to know more about.

Lindsey Graham

Clearly, if he's getting millions of dollars from a billionaire close to Putin, to basically undermine democratic movements, that's something I'd want to know about. I doubt if Trump knew about it.

Paul Manafort

We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success. Will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government. I look forward to meeting with those conducting serious investigations of these issues.

Sean Spicer

What else don't we know? I mean, where he went to school, what grades he got, who he played with in the sandbox?

Sean Spicer

To suggest that the president knew who clients were from a decade ago is a bit insane. He was not – he is not a government employee. He didn't fill out any paperwork attesting to something.

Paul Manafort

We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success. Will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government. I worked with Oleg Deripaska almost a decade ago representing him on business and personal matters in countries where he had investments. My work for Mr. Deripaska did not involve representing Russian political interests.

Mike Sarimsakci

For construction, we do business in Russia, Kazakhstan and Iraq, and we have a big office in Istanbul.

Polo Kerber

He and his agent went back and forth with us with some ideas. We did a mock-up for them, which is something we usually don't do. And when the Capitals came to Buffalo to play the Sabres in December, we went down to their hotel and showed Ovechkin how it was coming along.

Nicholas Avery

Saint Basil's Cathedral has so much color and so many shadows. It's probably the most challenging thing I've ever done.

Josh Rogin

Tillerson is hosting a lunch for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but the senators have a lot more than food on their minds.

Adam Schiff

Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated and nothing more than an entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated, and that the Russians use the same techniques to corrupt U.S. persons that they employed in Europe and elsewhere? We simply don't know. Not yet. And we owe it to the country to find out. This is the political equivalent of [9/11] in magnitude.

Adam Schiff

I think my role is to try to help the Democratic Party to make this investigation thorough and to make it nonpartisan. Sometimes that's playing the role of diplomat, and other times that's using the public spotlight to push the investigation forward. … If we issue a report where Democrats find one thing and Republicans find another, both sides retreat to their respective corners and nothing get revealed.

Paul Manafort

I worked with Oleg Deripaska almost a decade ago representing him on business and personal matters in countries where he had investments. My work for Mr. Deripaska did not involve representing Russia's political interests.

Sean Spicer

Obviously there's been discussion of Paul Manafort who played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

We do not feel it's appropriate to comment on someone who is not an employee at the White House.

Lindsey Graham

That's basically taking money to stop the spread of democracy, and that would be very disturbing to me.

Paul Manafort

We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success. Will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government. I worked with Oleg Deripaska almost a decade ago representing him on business and personal matters in countries where he had investments. My work for Mr. Deripaska did not involve representing Russia's political interests.

Susan E. Rice

Is Russia certain we will defend every NATO ally at all costs? Does China think we want a trade war or stable economic relations? Does Kim Jong Un fear we may use force pre-emptively to counter his nuclear and missile capabilities? The United States' words matter.

Adam Zyglis

I was extremely happy to see Steve Sack win the top prize. He is a true master of the craft, and is at the top of his game right now. To be a finalist behind someone of his caliber is humbling.

Yusuf Sarimsakci

This is one of the best hotel brands in the world, and in Moscow there is nothing of its caliber yet.

Sean Spicer

It would be inappropriate for us to comment on a person who is not a White House employee.

Paul Manafort

We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success. My work for Mr. Deripaska did not involve representing Russian political interests.

Devin Nunes

Details about persons associated with the incoming administration, details with little apparent foreign intelligence value were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting.

Donald J. Trump

I somewhat do. I must tell you I somewhat do. I very much appreciated the fact that they found what they found, I somewhat do.

Ron Wyden

Representative Nunes's statements would appear to reveal classified information, which is a serious concern. With regard to the substance of his claims, I have no idea what he is talking about.

Adam Schiff

These actions raise enormous doubt about whether the committee can do its work. If you have a chairman who is interacting with the White House, sharing information with the White House, when the people around the White House are the subject of the investigation and doing it before sharing it with the committee, it puts a profound doubt over whether that can be done credibly.

Ole Hansen - Saxo Bank

The market is increasingly worried that the continued overhang of supply is not being brought down fast enough. For Opec to extend the cuts into the second half of the year will be fraught with problems because in order to have a continued successful period of cutting, Opec needs to have non-Opec countries on board as well, especially Russia. At this stage while countries such as Russia and Iraq are not complying fully with what they agreed to, the Opec deal could fall apart.

Pierre Cornut-Gentille

Since Penelope Fillon's past activities on behalf of her husband were real, all the documents pertaining to this work are also unquestionably genuine. There's not the slightest forgery in this case.

Paul Manafort

We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success.

Paul Manafort

I worked with Oleg Deripaska almost a decade ago representing him on business and personal matters in countries where he had investments. My work for Mr Deripaska did not involve representing Russian political interests.

Rex W. Tillerson - ExxonMobil

I didn't want this job. I didn't seek this job. My wife told me I'm supposed to do this. I was supposed to retire in March, this month. I was going to go to the ranch to be with my grandkids.

Erin McPike

He was so cagey when Russia came up, for example, that his answer wasn't even worthy of inclusion.

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We'll take care of the representation. This is something to be worked out, no problem.

Heather Conley

Tillerson will need to publicly outline what he hopes to accomplish when he visits Moscow and what is the basis for U.S. policy toward Russia.

Steny Hoyer

Vladimir Putin's Russia has not done anything to merit such engagement.

Antoni Macierewicz

This is not about negligence, but a crime. No position, whether it be in Poland or the EU, should exempt Mr Tusk from responsibility for the crimes he is suspected of committing.

James Comey - FBI

[The FBI is] investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts.

Sean Spicer

Director Comey told the House Intelligence Committee that certain political appointees in the Obama administration had access to the names of unmasked US citizens, such as senior White House officials, senior Department of Justice officials, and senior intelligence officials. Before President Obama left office, Michael Flynn was unmasked and then illegally his identity was leaked out to media.

Wael Olwan

By adopting the strategy of defense by offense, hopefully we will force Russia to force the regime to commit to the cease-fire agreement.

Benjamin Wittes - The Brookings Institution

[W]e learned that there is an open-ended Russia investigation with no timetable for completion, one that's going hang over Trump's head for a long time, and one to which the FBI director is entirely committed.

Ben Wickler

Between the possible collusion in Russia and the unconstitutional Muslim ban, there's never been a moment where an independent judiciary has been so critical. (Gorsuch) has been hostile to bring any accountability to executive power.

Maria V. Zakharova

But we are certainly surprised by the regular leak of sensitive information from Washington. It's time for U.S. political elites to figure out if 'Russian hackers' have once again got into State Department servers or if the threat to U.S. cyber security has an American origin after all.

Serhiy Leshchenko

I have found during this investigation that [Manafort] used offshore jurisdictions and falsified invoices to get money from the corrupt Ukrainian leader.

Jeremy Baker

Global demand for 2017 is expected to remain healthy and surpass long-term average growth in demand of 1.2 million barrels per day by between 0.2 and 0.4 million barrels per day. As such, the combination of robust demand and weaker global supply leading to rebalanced markets will not be de-railed by U.S. shale oil.

Trevor Noah

That's right, people. Obama didn't wiretap Trump, and even the FBI thinks there is something at least worth investigating regarding how much Trump's campaign communicated with Russia. Wow. I did not see that coming.

Antoni Macierewicz

Tusk made an illegal contract with Vladimir Putin to the detriment of Poland and should bear criminal responsibility for that.

Simon Kirby

The Financial Conduct Authority and National Crime Agency take any such allegations seriously and will investigate closely whether recent information from the Guardian newspaper regarding money laundering from Russia ... would allow the progression of an investigation. Beyond that we need to make sure sophisticated criminal networks cannot exploit our financial services industry.

Chagai Tzuriel

As we speak, relations between Iran and Syria are getting tighter. Iran is in the process of putting together agreements, including economic agreements, with Syria to strengthen its hold, its ports and naval bases there. There is a need for Russia and other powers to work to avoid the threat that Iran ends up with military, air and naval bases in Syria. When it comes to Iran, the United States, Russia and other powers need to understand that (growing Iranian influence in Syria) is going to be a constant source of friction. Russia has a vested interest in keeping that threat contained.

Chagai Tzuriel

We have to decide what we want (in Syria) or what we don't want. The main strategic threat right now is what happens in Syria, it is the key arena. There's no place in the world that has so many elements wrapped up in it.

Chagai Tzuriel

We don't view Russia as the enemy and I don't think they view us as the enemy either. We have to assume that the Russians want stability, they want a Pax Russiana in the region. If they want a stabilization, they can't do it alone. They need the United States, they need regional powers, they need opposition parties and militias, even those that are not exactly Russia's cup of tea.

Jill Abramson

Why did Hillary Clinton’s emails supposedly warrant an FBI intervention in the election campaign, yet Donald Trump’s Russian connections didn’t?FBI director James Comey had a very busy July.

Robert Barrington - Transparency International

The bad news is that at last year's anti-corruption summit, the government promised to publish a national anti-corruption strategy by December, and there is no sign of it.

Robert Barrington - Transparency International

A year after the Panama Papers, we can see that the anti-money laundering supervisors have been asleep on the job, the banks have been at best lax and at worst complicit, and the UK's law enforcement agencies have a dismal track record of investigations that lead to prosecutions. Basically, the UK's anti-money laundering defences are just not fit for purpose. The government needs a concerted, world-class strategy to deal with this if it's going to convince people that we are not in a post-Brexit race to the bottom in which corrupt money is welcomed to the UK with open arms.

Roman Borisovich

In Russia I have witnessed an entire shadow industry of money laundering engineered by professional financiers and operated by organised criminal groups under the Kremlin's watchful eye. We have no idea yet how the other $900m got across the Russian border – but rest assured they ended up in the same banks.

Anne Garrels

He may be reviled in the west but the president was a godsend in the desperate, dying old rustbelt towns. Any number of journalists are now scouring the American heartland to find out what they missed in the run-up to the US presidential election. For more than 20 years I’ve done the same in Russia to try to understand the political aftershocks of the Soviet Union’s collapse. I was convinced, as a reporter there on and off from the 1970s, that Moscow was not Russia.

Dianne Feinstein

I'm deeply disappointed that it's under these circumstances that we begin our hearings.

Devin Nunes

The faster you can get to the bottom of this, it's going to be better for all Americans.

James Comey - FBI

With respect to the president's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI.

Donald J. Trump

The real story that Congress, the FBI and others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information. Must find leaker now!

Adam Schiff

Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated and nothing more than a entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated.

Chuck Schumer

The Department of Justice and Trump administration must allow Director Comey's investigation to move forward without any interference, meddling, or political pressure of any kind whatsoever.

James Stavridis

Mr. Putin is going right down the game plan that started with the interference in the elections and undermining the U.S. globally because at the end of the day, deterrence – which equals peace – is composed of two things: capability, we've got a great military; the other is credibility. Our credibility is shredding in front of us. Russia is not going to attack the United States. They're not going to blow a U.S. aircraft out of the air. But I think over time what they're going to try to do is crack the NATO alliance.

Eugene Robinson

Agents should scrutinize Moscow connections to Trump’s businesses and close associates such as Roger Stone.

Antoine Griezmann

It is every player's dream to play for a big club like those two or for Bayern Munich. But I cannot see myself at Barca or Madrid at this stage, nor at any other club. I am happy where I am now. I have no intention of leaving Atletico, not for Paris Saint-Germain, not for China, not for MLS, not for Russia and not for any other destination. My future does not depend on Simeone. He could leave one day or I could leave. I called him ahead of this season to find out what his plans were, he told me he would stay and that felt good, so I also stayed.

Alexei Navalny

Maybe in the Kremlin they think I won't make video addresses with a green face. But I will definitely make them because more people will watch them now and it definitely won't stop me. I will be opening a headquarters in Barnaul as if I am from the film The Mask! Cool. Even my teeth are green!

Douglas Brinkley

To be as low as he is in the polls, in the thirties, while the FBI director is on television saying they launched an investigation into your ties with Russia, I don't know how it can get much worse.

Jennifer Palmieri - Clintons

He just cannot let it go. Except this time he is getting slapped down by the sitting FBI director. That's a brutal blow to his credibility and a huge opportunity cost. He should be focused on salvaging his health care bill, not continuing to draw all of America's eyes to the Russia investigation.

Devin Nunes

The faster you can get to the bottom of this, the better it's going to be for all Americans.

James Comey - FBI

I'm not going to confirm there was a conversation. How do you know that? I can't comment. I can't answer that.

Trey Gowdy

Did you brief President Obama on any calls involving Michael Flynn?

James Comey - FBI

Please don't draw any conclusions from the fact that I may not be able to comment on certain topics. I know speculating is part of human nature, but it really isn't fair to draw conclusions simply because I say that I can't comment.

James Comey - FBI

Our ability to share details with the Congress and the American people is limited when those investigations are still open, which I hope makes sense. We need to protect people's privacy. We need to make sure we don't give other people clues as to where we're going. We need to make sure that we don't give information to our foreign adversaries about what we know or don't know. Because it is an open, ongoing investigation and is classified, I cannot say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining.

James Comey - FBI

Because it is an open, ongoing investigation, and is classified, I cannot say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining. I can't go into those details here. I know that is externally frustrating to some folks, but it is the way it has to be. I try very hard not to engage in any 'isms of any kind, including McCarthyism.

James Comey - FBI

Because it is an open, ongoing investigation and is classified, I cannot say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining.

Adam Schiff

We do not yet know whether the Russians had the help of US citizens, including people associated with the Trump campaign. On the other hand, if the Trump campaign, or anybody associated with it, aided or abetted the Russians, it would not only be a serious crime, it would also represent one of the most shocking betrayals of our democracy in history. Here's where we begin our investigation into Russian interference. If we are going to protect the country, we need to know exactly what the Russians did.

James Comey - FBI

Our ability to share details with the Congress and the American people is limited when those investigations are still open, which I hope makes sense.

Devin Nunes

For the first time the American people, and all the political parties now, are paying attention to the threat that Russia poses. We know that the Russians were trying to get involved in our campaign, like they have for many decades. They're also trying to get involved in campaigns around the globe and over in Europe.

Adam Schiff

There was circumstantial evidence of collusion; there is direct evidence, I think, of deception. ''There's certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation.

James Comey - FBI

This work is very complex, and there is no way for me to give you a timetable for when it will be done. With respect to the president's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI.

James Comey - FBI

Putin hated Secretary Clinton so much that he had a clear preference for the person running against Secretary Clinton. That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian Government and whether there was any coordination.

James Comey - FBI

I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part out our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts. Will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.

James Comey - FBI

I know that is extremely frustrating to some folks, but it is the way it has to be for reasons that I hope you and the American people can understand. The FBI is very careful in how we handle information about our cases and about the people we are investigating.

James Comey - FBI

The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts. We just can't do our work well or fairly if we start talking about it while we're doing it.

Devin Nunes

Let me be clear: We know there was not a wiretap on Trump Tower. However, it's still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates.

Jennifer Rubin

Ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) hardly rates as a household name. He’s a bit stiff, not your typical glad-handing politician. Nevertheless, with the primacy of the Russia investigation he has become a frequent face on TV news. His effective, precise arguments, delivered largely without hyperbole, are an effective counterpoint to the often hysterical White House utterances.

Redur Xelil

The Russian presence ... comes in agreement between (the YPG) and the Russian forces operating in Syria in the framework of cooperation against terrorism and to help train our forces on modern warfare and to build a direct point of contact with Russian forces. It is the first (agreement) of its kind. The agreement came into force today.

William Cohen - Cohen Group

Namely that you could embrace Putin given what he's done in Crimea, given the fact he's tried to destabilize Ukraine, given the fact he's tried to cause some anxiety in the Baltic etc., and it's inexplicable at this point, so I think he's [Trump] going to have to be more forthcoming. I think he's also learning you can't be a CEO of the US and conduct it as if it were the Trump business empire.

William Cohen - Cohen Group

It's a learning process which I think he's unfamiliar with and has not had to deal with in the past, and is something he's softening his rhetoric to some degree, and changing his positions based on the advice that he's getting from very, very good choices you have in the National Security Field.

William Cohen - Cohen Group

President Trump will find it hard to move ahead with Republicans in the Senate saying 'Wait a minute, we want to investigate, we want to follow the money, and we want to look at Mr. Manafort and others. I don't think President Trump will be able to have a reset with President Putin until the issue of money, and the trail of money is resolved.

Adam Schiff

Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated and nothing more than a entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated, and that the Russians use the same techniques to corrupt U.S. persons that they employed in Europe and elsewhere. We simply don't know. Not yet. And we owe it to the country to find out.

James Comey - FBI

I have no information that supports those tweets. I know speculating is part of human nature, but it really isn't fair to draw conclusions simply because I say that I can't comment.

Devin Nunes

We know there was not a physical wiretap of Trump Tower. However, it's still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates.

Donald J. Trump

The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!

Jennifer Rubin

Before FBI Director James B. Comey began his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, President Trump was back, compulsively tweeting - and underscoring the growing perception that his allegation that President Barack Obama had Trump’s “wires tapped” is nonsensical, his attachment to reality fleeting and his concern about Russian interference in the election on his behalf is palpable. He tweeted: “James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!” (Interestingly, he limited the denial of collusion to him, POTUS, only.) Certainly, he had been rattled by a parade of Republican lawmakers affirming there was no evidence of wiretapping. He was right to be anxious.

James Comey - FBI

This work is very complex, and there is no way for me to give you a timetable for when it will be done. I have no confirmation that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI.

James Comey - FBI

I've been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts.

Donald J. Trump

James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!

Mike Rogers

No, I do not, but I would highlight we are foreign intelligence organization, not a domestic intelligence organization, so it is fair to say we are not the best organization to provide a more complete answer.

William Cohen - Cohen Group

There is a cloud hanging over the Trump administration saying what is the nature and the basis of this bromance (with President Putin)? The president should be asked three questions, number one, what do you own? Number two, what do you owe? And three, to whom you owe it? And if you resolve those issues then you remove the cloud (as) we all want a better relationship with Russia.

Adam Schiff

I hope that we can put an end to this wild goose chase because what the president said was just patently false.

Sean Spicer

When Devin Nunes came out and said there was no connection that he saw to Russia – crickets. Where was your passion and where was your concern when they all said that there was no connection to Russia?

Donald J. Trump

Frankly, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin has built up their military again and again and again. Their military is much stronger. He's doing nuclear, we're not doing anything. Our nuclear is old and tired and his nuclear is tippy-top from what I hear.

William Cohen - Cohen Group

There's a cloud hanging over the Trump administration saying, 'What is the nature and basis of this bromance?' Namely that you could embrace Putin given what he's done in Crimea, given the fact he's tried to destabilize Ukraine, given the fact he's tried to cause some anxiety in the Baltic, et cetera, and it's inexplicable at this point, so I think he's going to have to be more forthcoming.

William Cohen - Cohen Group

The president should be asked three questions: Number one, what do you own? Number two, what do you owe? And number three, to whom do you owe it? And if you resolve those issues then you remove the cloud, saying we all want a better relationship with Russia.

Vladimir Putin

Some pro-Russian people might use the mistreatment of Latgale as a hook, you know? As an excuse. If Russia came and tried to invade Latgale I think there would be people who would welcome them. We can't really rely on NATO, we can't really rely on anybody else, just ourselves.

Andris Sondors

Putin is not good. He's a killer, and he's our neighbor 20 miles away. Of course we're nervous but we've lived next to Russia for 800 years and know what they're like only too well. If they invade I will go and live in the forest.

Gunars Strods

Who knows if war could happen again, but I hope not. We still trust in NATO's common security system. We still trust it.

Aris Sperga

We are ready for war. We know that some day it will come to Latvia and it will mean a battleground for us.

Gunars Strods

A lot of people who live here watch TV that comes from Russia. It's propaganda and all part of the hybrid war.

Justine Kitija Smeltere

I think Trump wants everything to be great in America but he doesn't care about Europe and he doesn't care about us. I'm really afraid of Russian interference. It's very close to the border and I don't want to be the first participant of World War III.

Tatiana Makarova

I like Trump and I hope he will be peaceful with Russia. I don't think Putin is interested in the Baltics. He doesn't need it. We are just neighbors.

Vjaceslavs Dubovskis

We are like a coin, we have two sides. Our relationship with Russia has potential. But there is also an element of threat.

Viktor Solovjov

Russia is a very friendly and peaceful nation but it has an unfair reputation. Russia is not an aggressor. Russia is not interested in making aggression for the Baltic states.

Arnis Slobozanins

I feel angry about the treatment of Latgalian, of course. We've been betrayed and I think this betrayal is dangerous.

Svetlana Filsa

All of us working here are Russians and it's a problem. Because of these rules, it's getting harder. Not all of us speak Latvian so we are worried about work.

Donald J. Trump

People knew that he represented various countries, but I don't think he represented Russia, but represented various countries. That's what he does. People know that. That's Mr. Manafort, by the way, a respected man, a respected man, but I think he represented the Ukraine or Ukraine government or somebody, but everybody knew that.

James Comey - FBI

I have no information that supports those tweets and we have looked carefully inside the F.B.I. The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components. The department has no information that supports those tweets. Yes, sir. It's a serious crime. In general, yes, as would any attorney general. To be clear, Mr. Conaway, we all agreed with that judgment. Putin hated Secretary Clinton so much, that the flip side of that coin was he had a clear preference for the person running against the person he hated so much.

James Comey - FBI

I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the F.B.I.

Adam Schiff

Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated and nothing more than an entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated.

Devin Nunes

We aim to determine who has leaked or facilitated leaks of classified information so that these individuals can be brought to justice.

Tom Reed

In the face of considerable uncertainty at the beginning of the year, our team has increased production, re-engineered our field development plans [and] improved relationships with our stakeholders.

Vadim Zadorozhny

More than that, if you try to change the import scheme you face a lot of trouble.

James Comey - FBI

That includes the nature of any links of individuals associated with the Trump campaign and Russia. This will also include whether any crimes were committed.

Steven Gventer - US Army

This is a mission, not a cycle of training events. The purpose is to deter aggression in the Baltics and in Poland ... We are fully ready to be lethal.

Adam Schiff

There is certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation. The American people have a right to know and in order to defend ourselves, we need to know whether the circumstantial evidence of collusion and direct evidence of deception is indicative of more.

Paul Ryan

We believe we should have even more assistance, and that's one of the things we're looking at for that person in the 50s and 60s because they experience higher health-care costs.

Devin Nunes

The one crime we know that's been committed is that one: the leaking of someone's name ... That's what we're trying to get to the bottom of: were there any other names that were unmasked, leaked and leaked out?

Devin Nunes

Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No, but there never was, and the information we got on Friday continues to lead us in that direction.

John McCain

All of us know that leaks happen in this town, and we all don't like it – but the fact is that you now have a much larger issue to address.

Michaela Dodge

There should be a way to reverse those decreases. As long as Russia continues to increase the number of its nuclear warheads under New START, we should not be decreasing.

Frank Montoya Jr.

This is unprecedented. When is the last time we had to work on a counterintelligence matter that's so public?

Ron Wyden

That's the way to really lose credibility. I think you let the facts drive the answer to that.

Frank Montoya Jr.

It puts us in a very difficult position. We are pushed and pulled by Congress, and then having to address the concerns of the White House and Justice Department. There is a lot of smoke, but the million-dollar question is whether we can prove what essentially comes down to a criminal violation.

Ramzan Sultanov

In good stores, there is always something. Sometimes you can buy the one that you want, but sometimes they are just too expensive.

Dick Advocaat

Finally, I will leave here at the end of the season. I don't mind announcing my decision early.

Oksana Orlova

When people type in their queries into a search engine they are simply trying to assign their own meaning to what they dreamed about, using online explanations as a tool. But this is definitely not science, this is mundane interpreting.

Oksana Orlova

They are most often found in children and primitive cultures, who compensate this way for their feeling of helplessness before the world.

Michael Fallon

In the face of an increasingly assertive Russia, Nato is stepping up its commitment to collective defence. British troops will play a leading role in Estonia and support our US allies in Poland, as part of wider efforts to defend Nato. Our rising defence budget means we can support those deployments in the long-term and strengthen our commitment to European security.

Roger J. Stone Jr.

I had never heard allegations that Guccifer 2.0 was a Russian asset until now, and am not certain it's correct.

Roger J. Stone Jr.

I am anxious to rebut allegations that I had any improper or nefarious contact with any agent of the Russian state based on facts, not misleading and salacious headlines. Perfectly legal. I'm just an available foil.

Roger J. Stone Jr.

The intelligence agencies pushing this false Russian narrative through a series of illegal leaks have hurt my ability to make a living and are soiling my reputation. The government is in possession of no evidence whatsoever that shows that I colluded with the Russian state.

Adam Schiff

While the president has denied having invested in Russia, he has said little or nothing about Russian investment in his businesses and properties in the United States or elsewhere. This should concern all Americans and is yet another reason why his refusal to release his tax returns should be met with considerable scepticism and concern.

Alexander Novak

It's too early to talk about it in the middle of March, (the matter) should be discussed and a decision should be made at the end of April or in the middle of May.

Jim Cramer

I think that ... the liberal media will be talking about how Merkel is a sworn opponent of Russia, and Obama and Merkel worked together.

Arthur Hendrick

We hope to see our friends in Moscow on all of our Irish events in the next two weeks.

Igor Fomin

I am very happy that our St. Patrick's Day falls on a different date, that way the traditions associated with it, that are strictly cultural and not religious can be ignored.

Tatyana Stanovaya

The aim is ... to create a feeling of intrigue and uncertainty regarding the nation's future.

Lev Gudkov

A long and dangerous confrontation caused strong public fear of a big war.

Lev Gudkov

There are no other real candidates. The political field has been burned out.

Jeff Sessions

Do you have any knowledge, direct or indirect, whether Mr. Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen, or any member of his family, traveled out of the country to meet with Russians during the campaign? Do you have knowledge of whether Mr. Cohen, or any Trump associate, directly or through shell companies, made payments either to hackers or to internet companies that ran a botnet of fake accounts and websites on behalf of Russia? To your knowledge, did any person illegally inform the president that there was a wiretap at Trump Tower?

Jeff Sessions

Did you know Mr. Flynn was lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his calls to Russia? Did you know Mr. Flynn misled Vice President Pence on the matter of his son's security clearance.

Darren Topp - L.K. Bennett

It has huge potential, this market. Moscow is an international city and we trade in most of the major international cities around the world. The sales have been really encouraging over the last few months so, yeah, we're really excited about it. We see it (Russia) as a real opportunity. At the end of the day we're selling clothes, we're not in the politics. That's all we do, we sell clothes and shoes.

Nicholas Searle

We must steer away from ill-informed rhetoric. Knowing terrorists’ life stories can be key to countering their warped justification for taking up arms. Our collective consciousness, impelled by populist media, sees terrorists as demons driven by inhuman urges and hellish objectives, and ignores the fact that terrorists are just people. We’re urged to respond as crusaders, making plans to wage wars that will eradicate terrorism. Donald Trump has revived and reinvigorated this language, possibly largely owing to the dulcet tones in his ear of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who may actually desire a global conflagration.

Sergey Ivanov Jr

I would like to assure you that I am committed to this strategy and intend to make every effort to deliver it.

Nicolas Maduro

I wanted to be here at this event because of how important relations with the new Russia are.

Paul Ryan

The intelligence committees in their continuing, widening ongoing investigation of all things Russia, got to the bottom – at least so far with respect to our intelligence community – that no such wiretap existed.

Rand Paul

You know, I think he makes a really, really strong case for term limits. I think maybe he's past his prime; I think maybe he's gotten a little bit unhinged.

Ellen Nakashima

The [FBI] charges are unrelated to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the FBI's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. But the move reflects the U.S. government's increasing desire to hold foreign governments accountable for malicious acts in cyberspace.

Viktor Kiryukhin

Tomas came back withdrawn, always slept in the corner, and snapped at people. Furthermore, we began to notice that he reached for women's breasts. We think to perform several takes the film crew lured him onto the actress' chest with treats. Now he thinks he can always expect a treat near women's breasts.

Nikki Haley

I would not say that. I'm not going to talk about where the president is, because I don't know. I have always made it very clear, from my confirmation and in the words that I've said from the U.N., that I don't trust Russia.

Nikki Haley

We should never trust Russia. I really don't, and I'll tell you why: Because I've talked to him about it. And while they know of people, you've got to look at the fact that ambassadors' jobs are to talk to everyone. That's what I think we've seen the Russian ambassador do. At the same time, not once has he told me not to slam Russia. He's not once told me, Go and be nice to Russia.' He's letting me do my job.

Nikki Haley

We should never trust Russia. I really don't, and I'll tell you why: Because I've talked to him about it. And while they know of people, you've got to look at the fact that ambassadors' jobs are to talk to everyone. That's what I think we've seen the Russian ambassador do. At the same time, not once told me not to slam Russia. He's not once told me, Go and be nice to Russia.' He's letting me do my job.

Nikki Haley

I would not say that. I'm not going to talk about where the president is because I don't know. I have always made it very clear, from my confirmation and in the words that I've said from the U.N., that I don't trust Russia.

Michael Morell

And then I asked myself, why did these guys provide this information, what was their motivation? And I subsequently learned that he paid them. That the intermediaries paid the sources and the intermediaries got the money from Chris. And that kind of worries me a little bit because if you're paying somebody, particularly former FSB officers, they are going to tell you truth and innuendo and rumor, and they're going to call you up and say, hey, let's have another meeting, I have more information for you,' because they want to get paid some more.

Michael Morell

I think you've got to take all that into consideration when you consider the dossier. But we know who the source us and we know how they got the information. This has never happened before in American history on this scale, never not even close. And Putin did not pay any price for this – nothing, zero.

Michael Morell

On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians here, there is smoke, but there is no fire, at all. There's no little campfire, there's no little candle, there's no spark. And there's a lot of people looking for it. That's a pretty strong statement by General Clapper. Unless you know the sources, and unless you know how a particular source acquired a particular piece of information, you can't judge the information – you just can't. I had two questions when I first read it. One was, How did Chris talk to these sources? I have subsequently learned that he used intermediaries.

Thomas Carothers

In short, the prospects for serious, effective U.S. engagement by Trump to support democracy and human rights abroad look dismal.

Raymond Poincaré

This war, would not have had its full significance if the United States had not been drawn into it.

Paul Ryan

The intelligence committees, in their continuing, widening, ongoing investigation of all things Russia, got to the bottom – at least so far with respect to our intelligence community – that no such wiretap existed.

Nikki Haley

He's saying let's temporarily pause, and you prove to me that the vetting is okay, that I can trust these people coming through for the American people. Every American citizen should appreciate the fact that we've gotten so far away from vetting that we need to get back into it. The president saying, Show me how you're gonna vet.

Erik Wemple

There has been some speculation that President Trump orchestrated the tax-return leak that last night turned MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow into a Twitter sensation.

Sherrod Brown

We should strengthen, not weaken, Russian sanctions, and the president must work with Congress on a Russia policy that is clear-eyed about our adversaries and their behavior.

Devin Nunes

This has become a bit of a stumbling block for our investigators to actually be able to compile and get through the information. The bottom line is, we don't have a computer out there to actually be able to catalog the information.

Adam Schiff

We feel a real sense of urgency about conducting this investigation not only thoroughly but as swiftly as possible. So anything that slows us down is a problem.

Tim Kaine

We have to understand everything about the ties between Russia, the Trump campaign, the Trump transition, the Trump administration. Especially the degree to which Russia tried to invade the American election, because we have to protect future elections.

Mary B. McCord

The criminal conduct at issue, carried out and otherwise facilitated by officers from an FSB unit that serves as the FBI's point of contact in Moscow on cybercrime matters, is beyond the pale. These are the very people that we are supposed to work with, cooperatively, in law enforcement channels.

Dmitry Peskov

The steps made by the administrations of these regions, … can be understood to a degree.

Harley Rouda

This is what a number of people are all about. Now that we have a president who is going to try his best to bring a better, more cooperative relationship with Russia, I think you'll find more people stepping up to the plate and trying to put out an open hand.

Jennifer Rubin

President Trump paid $38 million in federal taxes in 2005 on income of $153 million and reported a $105 million write-down in business losses, according to a copy of his tax return first revealed Tuesday night.

Will Hurd

There's been debates about whether or not this administration will support pulling out of the Paris accords. A tweet is not policy, I always have to remind people. A lively debate is always good, but we need diplomatic tools in order to get China, and Russia, and India, some of the worst offenders, in line, and I think Secretary of State [Rex] Tillerson gets that and understands that.

Nancy Gormezano

Very, very, yugely poor translation from original Russian. And that's Putin it mildly. Maybe kindle version be better?

Marine Le Pen

This is another strategy of fear. After Brexit, nothing will happen to French citizens living in Great Britain and nothing will happen to British citizens living in homes in France. When people live on our territory and are not criminals, they do not dispute our laws or our ways of living, our customs, our values. I see no reason why we should not continue to welcome them in the French style. Russia is not a threat to France – why should I be hostile to Russia.

Mary B. McCord

The criminal conduct at issue, carried out and otherwise facilitated by officers from an FSB unit that serves as the FBI's point of contact in Moscow on cybercrime matters, is beyond the pale.

Shaun Chilton

If I had a shopping list, it would be Latin America, the Middle East and Russia. We see some big opportunities here. A drug company might, for instance, want to work with us to manage the real world data because they don't want to do it internally. It really spans all divisions in Clinigen. Of the five we already have most focus on oncology support, so the likelihood is it will be related to oncology. I'm not given to hyperbole but I'm actually really pleased.

Kaan Nazli

We are seeing much better growth from emerging markets - both external and a little bit domestic. It is at the fastest pace in nearly three years, driven chiefly by Brazil, Russia and China.

Alexander Fomin

Monarchy has always been a guarantor of stability, especially an Orthodox monarch. We live in an Orthodox country and we profess Orthodox values and the monarch has always been the Anointed of the Lord.

Pavel Isakov-Kundius

I think this is a national trait of our people – the authority of the ruler, the worshipping of the ruler. Which is why I believe that the national mentality over the centuries was formed precisely as monarchist.

Vladimir Varfolomeyev - Ekho

For a country where people with disabilities unfortunately are treated as inferior, such a choice is unexpected. It could be a sign of changes in the state policy toward people with disabilities but that's hard to believe. Most probably Moscow wants to avoid any possible problems for its representative in Kiev (nobody will want to boo a disabled singer) or even hopes to win the contest by stirring up sympathy.

Sergey Kalvarskiy

They are knowingly sending a young woman with a disability so that they can later report on the 'inhumane Ukrainians' who boo the Russian artist (if any of that happens).

Vlad Velichko - Twitter

Russia doesn't have the moral right to take part in the Eurovision contest while Russian shells are destroying our cities.

Sayana Mongush

Even in Soviet times, herders in Tuva had [material] privileges and radio communications. But now in the 21st century a four-year-old child has to go by foot only because there's no connectivity. This is nonsense, and the crime is not by the girl's mother, but by the authorities.

Semyon Rubtsov

Tuva has simply filled up with wolves. They eat the livestock – the herders moan about them. She could have easily stumbled on a pack in the darkness.

Tamer al-Rifai

There is no foreign soldier from any foreign country on Egyptian soil. This is a matter of sovereignty.

Anton Gerashchenko

If she is used as a provocation, then we will oppose this. I don't rule out that steps could be taken by our side to bar her from entering the country. But I hope that Julie Samoylova will have the courage to refrain from participating in attempts by Russia to politically provoke Ukraine.

Olena Gitlianska

The SBU is looking into the issue and will take a considered decision on her entry into Ukrainian territory.

Sylke Tempel

You can only find that out when you're there, and this is a situation where she's particularly good because she observes things. Putin tried that on her, Erdogan tried that and there are quite a few others. She has an enormous amount of patience, an internal calm and self-confidence, and the kind of personality that would say 'I've seen macho characters come and go, and I've seen men making a lot of mistakes.

Andras Simonyi

Ah, you're such a charming young lady, why don't you come to the celebration we're having for the national day of Russia?' Don't ever accept an invitation from the Russian embassy unless you know what you're doing.

Dmitry Peskov

It's clear that one should wish to avoid any politicization of Eurovision and we believe it is absolutely unacceptable.

Robin Geffen

There are good reasons for believing that the best is yet to come [for Russia]. The Russian stockmarket is unloved, underowned and offers excellent long-term value, and for a real world investor these are compelling arguments.

Alexander Dolzhich

We believe that the investors we would be targeting in London are happy to trade local shares in Moscow.

Andrey Braginsky - Moscow Exchange

We need to prove to international investors and investment bankers that Moscow is as good a place for trading and [issuing] new offerings as any other exchange. Bankers of course they have a history of doing transactions in London and New York, so it's a continuous effort to sell our marketplace.

Aslan Gaisumov

It's about broader themes of what is history, memory, war.

Devin Nunes

I don't think we can be rightly criticized for trying to be transparent and holding a public hearing for an investigation that has received an extraordinary amount of public attention.

Arie Amaya-Akkermans

There was a disconnect for a very long time, and only now it's slowly catching up.

Roger J. Stone Jr.

Even if he is a Russian agent, my cursory exchange with him happens after he releases the D.N.C. stuff. There's only one exchange with him. I had no further exchanges. You would need a time machine in order to collude, and, as I said yesterday, Putin has not yet perfected a time machine.

Vladimir Putin

Russia has always been very firm against all forms of terrorism, whatever the guiding principle of that terrorism, whatever ideas are being championed by the people behind that terrorism. That is our fundamental position and it won't change, under any circumstances.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We must accept the fact that one terrorist group can't be eliminated by another. As a country that has been fighting a war against terrorism for 35 years, our current enemies are terrorist groups like the Kurdish YPG, ISIL and al-Nusra.

Dan Berkovitz

Open testimony creates a lot of distractions and other considerations and doesn't facilitate candor.

James Donovan

The United States insists on the dignified handling of the remains of our diplomatic personnel who pass away abroad (including in Russia) and works to prevent unnecessary disclosures regarding the circumstances of their deaths. The information reported was very private in nature and included information about which even they had no knowledge.

Joris Voorhoeve

While the security situation has seriously deteriorated in recent years as a result of threats from Russia, the Middle East and North Africa, the operational readiness of the armed forces has been further hollowed out.

Anastasia Zotova

Ildar again is arrested. His first picket (since his release), his first detention.

Oleg Krinitsyn

If we're under assault we enter the battle, of course, to protect our lives and the lives of our clients. According to military science, a counterattack must follow an attack. That means we would have to destroy the enemy. It was an uncomfortable situation but the image created by Putin in Syria played a positive role. We realized that Russia is welcomed in Libya more than other countries are.

Rich Tyler

There is no ideology, save for populism. There's no anchoring governing philosophy to any of this. There may be 'Trumpism' but it's not really conservatism or Republicanism. There may be a realignment but the incompetent and mixed messages coming out of the White House make it very difficult. I still don't know what our position is towards Russia and Putin, I'm still unclear what the plan is to defeat Isis in Syria and Iraq, I don't know what our agenda is for North Korea and Kim Jong-un. I don't know what 'economic nationalism' means.

Maxim Agapitov

Russia loves weightlifting and wants it to be fair for everyone. We are making good progress, and setting an example others could follow. We need a level playing field for all weightlifters from all countries.

Maxim Agapitov

We hope the suspension will be overturned by the IWF. I have asked to speak about the suspension at the IWF executive committee when it meets in April. We hope that the IWF takes into account the changes we have instituted and the progress we have made, and that it also takes into account that we have already been penalized, severely, by being banned from the Rio Olympics. We have spoken to major federations about their support for our participation. The most important thing is education.

Alexander Karnaukhov - World Wide Fund for Nature

Most snow leopard and musk deer habitats in Siberia coincide, so the irbis [snow leopard] gets caught in snares set for musk deer. In most cases it dies; as a rule it's a long and torturous death.

Alexey Kokorin - World Wide Fund for Nature

If we better protect the snow leopard from poaching, then we will raise its ability to adapt to climate change.

Denis Malikov - Altai

He's the dominant male. He looks like a confident animal; look how he passes by the camera trap.

Ryan Kalember - Proofpoint

Everything they have done over the last few months suggests they are operating as a front for a different leaker [Russia].

Benjamin Netanyahu

I made it clear that regarding Syria, while Israel is not opposed that there should be an agreement there, we strongly oppose the possibility that Iran and its proxies will be left with a military presence in Syria under such an agreement.

Benjamin Netanyahu

I made it clear that regarding Syria, Israel has no objection to an agreement in Syria, but we strongly oppose the possibility that in such an agreement Iran and its proxies will maintain a military presence in Syria.

Ben Buchanan

A closer look at UMBRAGE and its limits underscores the strength of the evidence in the DNC hack investigation. .

Shlomo Weber

We were interested in what was going on – already then, Trump's candidacy raised eyebrows, and everyone was really curious.

Sigmar Gabriel

My worry is, as we face the debate on the size of the armed forces, for example, on Russia's side and in the Baltics and in Poland…the debate in the US about the exorbitant increase in its military budget, that we are again facing the danger of a new arms race spiral.

Sergey Lavrov

Let's sit down as part of the NATO-Russia Council. But instead of repeating pro-Ukrainian, pro-coup – as I would put it – claims, lets…start working on what it was created for. Lets focus on European and Atlantic security.

Mikhail Bogdanov

The lawful authorities who will be lawfully chosen in Syria would be the ones with the right to demand the withdrawal of all foreign powers from the country.

Vladimir Frolov

Given all this, it is hard to see what Putin could promise to Netanyahu. He might, and likely will, promise a lot, but is in no position to deliver.

Saeed Sheikh

Our cause is now lost. Without Turkey and Qatar, we are nowhere. And the reality is it has been like that since before (the fall of) Aleppo.

Jon Huntsman

In a campaign cycle that has been nothing but a race to the bottom – at such a critical moment for our nation – and with so many who have tried to be respectful of a record primary vote, the time has come for Governor Pence to lead the ticket.

Eugene Rumer - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Richard Sokolsky
Andrew Weiss - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The answer is that at the heart of the breakdown lie disagreements over issues that each country views as fundamental to its interests. They cannot be easily overcome with the passage of time or a summit meeting or two. Thus, the challenge for the new administration is to manage this relationship skillfully and to keep it from getting worse.

Vladimir Putin

But policymakers must keep in mind that the abiding goal should be to advance U.S. interests, support U.S. allies across the world, and uphold U.S. principles–not to improve relations with Russia for their own sake.

Emma Heyo

Russia stuff? I really don't know much about it. We're friendly with Putin right? And friends are better than enemies.

Wayne Smith

Is there something there? Probably. I saw 72 percent approved or something like that. It's a start, but I wish he was more upright, more presidential. But you know, he still speaks our language … the language of the country boy.

Tom Speer

Do I think it affected the outcome of the election? No, but they have no business meddling in ours. Trump is doing great. He's not God or Superman, but he's done what he could with his executive orders.

Mary Thomas Watts

Our hair's on fire and this stuff can't come out fast enough. They all have got to go. Just imagine this group all in pink hats.

Janusz Korwin-Mikke

Of course women must earn less than men because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent. They must earn less, that's all.

José Mourinho - Manchester United

It's still hard for me to believe we are going to play tomorrow. I know we have to, but it is hard for me to believe we are going to play tomorrow in that field, if you can call it a field. I don't know what team to play, really. I don't know if Henrikh Mkhitaryan is going to play. I have now a lot to think about because I was expecting something more playable. It was a very similar pitch in the summer in China when we and Manchester City decided not to play, but it looks like we have to play.

Sean Spicer

You're seeing the leaks happen over and over again that come out throughout the administration, throughout government and undermine national security.

Piotr Wilczek

We hope that people who think this way will change their minds because American leadership in this region is essential.

Vitaliy Svyatoshenko

This war was artificially created, and it's clear which way the wind blows – from Russia. When separatists hung their flag instead of the Ukrainian one, we knew that it would be difficult to stay and moved: first, to Kramatorsk, and now to the Kyiv region.

David Kris

Tapping a U.S. citizen’s phone is anything but business as usual; neither is a president publicly accusing the government of doing so.

Bonnie Greenberg

Doing an investigation into ties to Russia or the president, Rod is just going to find the facts and apply the law whether it's an indictment or closing the case. That's the essence of Rod.

Maxim Trudolyubov

The project would take more than 10 years, probably decades, and would be incredibly costly. The range that is quoted now is between 4 trillion rubles (€64 billion) and 6 trillion (€97 billion). At this very preliminary stage the figures are just abstractions and are probably too low.

Joel Pollak - Breitbart News Network

It would [seem] that the 'Russia hacking' story was concocted not just to explain away an embarrassing election defeat, but to cover up the real scandal.

Isabel dos Santos - OPEC

We feel that there is a great deal of upside (to the cuts) and it was about time OPEC had an agreement. If an extension came along, we would comply with it... Considering the current environment, it could be positive.

Jeff Sessions

My answer was correct. This should not be taken as any evidence of the existence of any such investigation or its scope.

Jeff Sessions

I did not mention communications I had had with the Russian Ambassador over the years because the question did not ask about them.

James Lewis

This might be one explanation for the leaks – it's data to build a case that the Russian interference and connections are a secret 'deep state' plot, as the false flag bits in WikiLeaks 'shows'. Mr Trump, who last year angrily dismissed the conclusion of intelligence officials that the Russians interfered in the presidential election to boost his candidacy, has now asked both his staff and a congressional committee investigating Moscow's influence on the election to turn up evidence that Mr Obama led an effort to spy on him.

Beth Levine

Nobody should be prejudging as to if there should or shouldn't be a special prosecutor. Mr Rosenstein should go into the job without any predeterminations and evaluate the necessity on the facts and the merits.

Olena Zerkal

Today I stand before the World Court to request protection of the basic human rights of Ukrainian people.

Lada Litvak

I want the world to understand that there wasn't any annexation. It was the legitimate will of the Crimean people. We really wanted to return to Russia and we managed to achieve it.

Robert Kagan

By running interference for Putin’s interference, they expose us to further election meddling.

Andrei Malosolov

Are the Russians not worthy of respect for their fearlessness? At the very least, they gave a kicking to citizens of a country that is, both historically and geopolitically, Russia's greatest enemy.

Eric Lipton - The Times
David E. Sanger - The Times
Scott Shane - The Times

Every major publication, including The Times, published multiple stories citing the D.N.C. and [Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John] Podesta emails posted by WikiLeaks, becoming a de facto instrument of Russian intelligence.

Igor Lebedev

Russia would be a pioneer in a new sport. Fans arrive, for example, and start picking fights. And they get the answer – challenge accepted. A meeting in a stadium at a set time.

Igor Lebedev

Russia would be a pioneer in a new sport. English fans arrive, for example, and start picking fights. And they get the answer – challenge accepted. A meeting in a stadium at a set time. We've taken all the safety measures, modernized legislation. Not a single tourist has any reason to fear traveling to our country in the summer of 2018.

Sarah Sanders

I think the bigger thing is, let's find out. Let's have an investigation. If they're going to investigate Russia ties, let's include this as part of it. And so that's what we're asking.

Ekaterina Inozemtseva - Museum Of Contemporary Art

I didn't really expect that besides Moscow there's an enormous class of artists who are really making good art. It was a surprise for me.

Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo

It depends who you talk to and it depends on what inventories you are looking at. But overall, I think so far, so good. Inventories are responding if you look at both onshore and offshore inventories.

Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo

That's very premature at the moment...That's a long time in this market. When we meet in May and we'll be able to look at the numbers and see where they are. We are talking about stock levels and stock draw downs...to what extent we achieved our [goal].

Francois Hollande

If Europe is strong and united, Russia will want to keep a lasting and balanced relationship [with us].

Francois Hollande

I'm president of France until the beginning of May. That is my only task and focus. When a new policy is raised, I hear more and more often the line: 'We don't want to pay more than we get back.' It's the return of Mrs Thatcher's phrase: 'I want my money back.' Britain has left, but that bad attitude has remained. Europe makes good decisions, but too late. As for ideological operations, they must be uncovered. There has to be a clear explanation of who is with who, who is financed by who. And why all these far-right movements are more or less linked to Russia.

Ron Wyden

People just kind of gasp. I can tell you it comes up at every one of my town meetings. People think it is very much linked to the Russia issue.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

If they're going to investigate Russia ties, let's include this as part of it. That's what we're asking.

Tom Cotton

We're going to follow the facts wherever they lead us. And I'm sure that this matter will be a part of that inquiry. ''That doesn't mean that none of these things happened. It simply means I haven't seen that yet.

Mark W. Warner

This feels like an attempt where the president is trying to distract us by throwing out unsubstantiated information. To make that type of claim without any evidence is, I think, very reckless.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

The president believes that Jeff Sessions is a good man and that he didn't do anything wrong.

Nancy Pelosi

The president is the deflector-in-chief, anything to change the subject from where the heat is, . We don't do that. It's called a wrap-up smear. You make up something. It's a tool of an authoritarian, to just have you always be talking about what you want them to be talking about. Rather than Russia, we're talking about, did President Obama do thus and so? He certainly did not.

Igor Lebedev

Russia would become a pioneer in a new sport. Of course, there is no need to invent any foreign names: let the word 'draka' enter.

Igor Lebedev

It's a one-on-one fight turned into a sport - why not just turn Russian fun into a sport? Introduce rules and conduct team competitions. This way, the aggression of the fans can be directed into a peaceful channel, and set an example for all other countries - including England. For example, English fans can come and in return the challenge is accepted. [There would be a] meeting at the stadium. On each side, there are 20 people, without weapons. You can see the rules on our website. They are not at all hooligans. First of all, they are those who support their clubs with all their heart.

Igor Lebedev

Russia would be a pioneer in a new sport. English fans arrive, for example, and start picking fights. And they get the answer – challenge accepted. A meeting in a stadium at a set time.

Masha Gessen

I knew this was how he understood the word patriotism – just the way he had been taught in all those KGB schools: the country is as great as the fear it inspires, and the media should be loyal.

Bill O'Reilly

He's a killer. There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers. Well, you think our country is so innocent?

Jason Weinstein

It's hard to imagine a more challenging environment in which to come in as the deputy attorney general than what we have now. Having said that, I can't imagine a better person for the job right now than Rod.

Jason Weinstein

I think if the decision is made to bring someone in from the outside, it's not because the department can't do it and can't do it well. It's because in this politicized environment, the public's faith in the integrity of the investigation is so important and the department will want to bend over backward to put in place measures to ensure that the results of the investigation weren't questioned.

Adam Schiff

I also think for the public to have confidence that any prosecutorial decision is made truly independent of the administration, that the extra remedy of a special counsel is really warranted here.

Steven Silverman

He is so well-respected. He cannot be influenced, he cannot be bought, he cannot be pressured because of outside political forces.

Sean Spicer

Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling.

Jennifer Rubin

President Trump on Saturday angrily accused former president Barack Obama of orchestrating a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap the phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the election.

Benjamin Netanyahu

I will express to President Putin Israel's vigorous opposition to this possibility. I hope that we'll be able to reach certain understandings to lessen the possible friction between our forces and their forces, as we've successfully done so far.

Benjamin Netanyahu

I will express to President Putin Israel's vigorous opposition to this possibility.

Benjamin Netanyahu

I hope that we'll be able to reach certain understandings to lessen the possible friction between our forces and their forces, as we've successfully done so far.

James Acton - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

To actually see the U.S. exercise its capability will be pretty concerning to them. In the longer term, this could set off very serious alarm bells in Beijing and Moscow.

Rupert Scholz

The general presence of U.S. troops and their military installations in Germany is still indispensable for the common security … this is necessary in light of the new threats from Russia.

Donald J. Trump

I just got back from Russia-learned lots & lots. Moscow is a very interesting and amazing place! U.S. MUST BE VERY SMART AND VERY STRATEGIC.

José Mourinho - Manchester United

Probably these guys at other clubs in the Premier League have two or three days off, time to disconnect, and we have got to go to Russia, to Rostov in the Europa League on Thursday. We have to move on and go for the next one.

Joni Ernst

But don't worry, he can hear us loud and clear. And, according to Donald Trump, so can President Obama. I actually earned some points with the White House tonight – on my salad I asked for Russian dressing. Jeff Sessions recommended it. He got the recipe from the Russian ambassador.

Joni Ernst

I'm not saying the men in the Senate are old, but Bernie Sanders calls me 'jailbait.' They really are old… Trust me, Donald Trump isn't the only one bothered by leaks.

Vitaly Milonov

I'm convinced that the main task of the state regarding children is to protect childhood and youth from the filthiness of the world, to preserve children's purity, to block our children off from harmful and dangerous phenomena. And in this case, our shared task is to not allow the release of this musical on the screen under any guise.

Vitaly Milonov

In this situation, society cannot look on silently at what movie distributors are offering under the guise of a children's tale – the obvious, barefaced, unscrupulous propaganda of sin and perverted sexual relations.

Igor Lebedev

Russia would be a pioneer in a new sport. English fans arrive, for example, and start picking fights. And they get the answer – challenge accepted. A meeting in a stadium at a set time. We've taken all the safety measures, modernised legislation. Not a single tourist has any reason to fear travelling to our country in the summer of 2018.

Rosalind S. Helderman

The past few days have brought a growing list of confirmed communications between Trump campaign aides and Russian officials, with each new revelation adding to a cloud of suspicion that hangs over the White House as critics demand an independent investigation.

Donald J. Trump

I hear by demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it.

Jeff Sessions

I'm not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I'm unable to comment on it.

Aras Agalarov

He was thinking of building the Trump tower in Moscow. We offered him our site ... and showed him how it all looked on the map. He was considering this, but it didn't come to signing any deals.

Oliver Bullough

Russia’s president never wanted to dethrone America, but use it to further his kleptocracy. He’ll have to think again. Anyone who tells you that they know what’s going on behind the Kremlin’s red battlements is lying. Those who speak don’t know, while those who know don’t speak. Moscow insiders with actual insight into what the Russian president thinks about the mess in America are keeping their counsel, thus leaving the uninformed and the hysterical to fill in the (very large) gaps. This is unfortunate, because it would be really useful to know what Putin thinks right now.

Matt Cain

It may have been a long time coming but this is a watershed moment for Disney. By representing same-sex attraction in this short but explicitly gay scene, the studio is sending out a message that this is normal and natural - and this is a message that will be heard in every country of the world, even countries where it's still socially unacceptable or even illegal to be gay.

Vladimir Putin

Russia is not going to stand in a queue with other countries that don't matter.

Nancy Pelosi

He is clearly trying to maintain his ability to control the larger investigation into the sprawling personal, political and financial grip Russia has on the Trump administration.

Richard Blumenthal

I'd like him to explain what was said during that Sept. 8th meeting. Remember, it was at the height of the campaign season during a time of widespread reports of Russian interference in our election, and possible complicity and connection between the Trump campaign and the Russians.

Donald J. Trump

We should start an immediate investigation into @SenSchumer and his ties to Russia and Putin. A total hypocrite!

Donald J. Trump

I believe an easing of tensions and improved relations with Russia – from a position of strength only – is possible, absolutely possible.

Daniel Yergin

That was a key relationship for the dialogue they made for this OPEC, non-OPEC agreement, which really hasn't happened before, and the compliance is higher than it's been in the past. I think they're committed to this deal, and that's one of the main things they want to convey.

Darren W. Woods - ExxonMobil

Well, you've seen OPEC make a difference in the market here in the short term. Certainly, the Permian and unconventional play brings a new dimension to the marketplace, and it's just a question of how OPEC intends to respond to that. You saw earlier on, their response was to continue to keep production up. The market got oversupplied. Prices came down. They've now backed off of that. You see unconventionals coming back up again. I think … the market is still in a bit of discovery, trying to understand how that conventional play fits in with more of the traditional dynamics.

Helima Croft - BC Capital

Barkindo, he's like the whip of OPEC. There are stories of Barkindo going to these capitals and trying to drive compliance. He drove the deal home. He's the one really forcing compliance. He knows he needs to talk to the heads of state rather than the oil ministers. He's a skilled operator. Kahlid is the big brand ambassador for Vision 2030. … He's like 'minster everything'. He's the big seller of the Aramco IPO. He'll double down on the Vision 2030, and he'll reaffirm Saudi commitment to the reformation plan.

Helima Croft - BC Capital

This is the push/pull of the market. I think OPEC is hoping that this remains largely a Permian story. ... That a lot of the cost deflation we saw will rise as prices rise. Service companies will again charge more. There's a sort of uncertain equilibrium they have to deal with in U.S. production. They hope it will remain largely Permian, but it could get away from them and require deeper cuts. I don't think the problem is compliance within OPEC, because the Saudis will do what it takes.

Dianne Feinstein

A new Pentagon report suggests we could use nukes without sparking full-scale war.

Donald J. Trump

I believe an easing of tensions and improved relations with Russia- from a position of strength only - is possible, absolutely possible. Some say the Russians won't be reasonable. I intend to find out.

Chuck Schumer

There is no choice but for Mr. Boente to appoint a special prosecutor. He is still in the President's chain of command and could be fired at will by the President, who has already fired the first person in this position. Happily talk re: my contact w Mr. Putin & his associates, took place in '03 in full view of press & public under oath. Would you & your team? And for the record, they were Krispy Kreme donuts.

Jeff Sessions

He "did not have communications with the Russians. I think it was an honest answer. I thought I was responding exactly to that question. I don't have any idea, Tucker. You'd have to ask them.

Jeff Sessions

In retrospect, I should have slowed down and said I did meet with one official a couple of times and that was the Russian ambassador.

Nancy Pelosi

They are splitting hair here. The recusal tells us that there is something wrong. If these meetings were so innocuous, why did he deny he had them.

Donald J. Trump

I hereby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it.

Chuck Schumer

Happily talk re: my contact w Mr. Putin & his associates, took place in '03 in full view of press & public under oath. Would you &your team?

Donald J. Trump

Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.

Trevor Noah

No matter how hard the Trump administration tries, Russia keeps coming back. I'd say that Russia is Trump's herpes. Every time we dig deeper into Trump's campaign, it seems like there's a new person that's connected to the Russians. First it was Paul Manafort, then it was Flynn, the whole thing is like one of those Russian nesting dolls… Now it's Sessions. He lied under oath, while interviewing to be the guy who prosecutes people for lying under oath.

Trevor Noah

How do Trump's people keep forgetting that they've met with Russians? Lemme tell you something: If you meet a Russian, you remember them. Those people make an impression. The moment they say 'Hel-lo,' it's an immediate fight-or-flight response. You don't forget that. Meeting a Russian is always the highlight of your day. You could meet an alien after you meet a Russian and still you'd be like, You'll never guess what happened on the way to that alien.

Jennifer Rubin

Two House Republicans endorsed a Democratic effort on Friday calling on the House and Senate committees with oversight of the Internal Revenue Service to request copies of President Trump’s tax returns.

Chuck Schumer

When I showed the president of Russia a Krispy Kreme doughnut and he ate it and said it was good, that was one of the more surreal moments I've had in politics.

Dana Milbank

A handy, totally uncontradictory guide to the president’s Moscow links.

Rami Abdel Rahman - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

The Syrian Army is still clearing neighbourhoods of mines and has not spread out into the whole city yet.

Donald J. Trump

We should start an immediate investigation into @SenSchumer and his ties to Russia and Putin. A total hypocrite! I hereby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it. Jeff Sessions is an honest man. He did not say anything wrong. He could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional. This whole narrative is a way of saving face for Democrats losing an election that everyone thought they were supposed to win.

Herman Beshulya

Of course, it's tough to play together. There is a lot of similarities between us, but Chinese musicians hold instruments differently. So, the sound is totally different. But we're trying to keep up to them.

Yan Huichang

Usually we perform traditional melodies, but we also try to add a lot of creative ideas, to have a sort of combination. We work hard to enrich Chinese music, so people understand that it's not old, it can be fresh and creative.

Luo Jing

Zheng became really popular during the Tang Dynasty between the 7th and 9th centuries. Then only men played it. Now women are also allowed. My instrument is pretty new. But it's almost a true copy of the ancient one.

Jeff Sessions

If something else comes up that's not related to the campaign, we would go through the same process – to see if I should not be involved in the case.

Sergei Ryabkov

We will work on it on such a pace, with such intensity and succession of steps that would be comfortable for the American side. We aren't going to artificially rush any processes. We realize that it will take certain time for the current U.S. administration to make all key appointments and determine its policy priorities, including on the Russian track.

Dmitry Peskov

It would hardly concern us until a rise in spending upsets the existing balance of strategic deterrence.

Sergei Ryabkov

Regrettably, influential forces in the U.S. are using relations with Russia as an instrument for achieving certain goals or treating our relations as a collateral damage in their internal fighting. It causes a strong regret, but we aren't making a tragedy out of it.

Dmitry Peskov

Similarly, there has been no movement forward regarding cooperation in the fight against terrorism, which causes regret. Without waiting for these contacts to start, Russia has been consistently contributing to the fight against terrorism and scoring results. We have nothing to add to the expansive definition given by President Trump.

Devin Nunes

On a bipartisan basis, we will fully investigate all the evidence we collect and follow that evidence wherever it leads.

Stephen Colbert

Big news today out of the Kremlin – I'm sorry, I misread that: White House. You know how there's all this smoke about the idea that Trump and his folks colluded with the Russians to influence the election, and the Trump people are saying, There's nothing to see here'? Well I spy with my little eye the attorney general of the United States. Things are getting serious because the White House staff has been told to preserve all Russia-related materials. So, you hear that Mr. President? Do not get that mattress steam-cleaned yet.

Nancy Pelosi

There must be an independent, bipartisan, outside commission to investigate the full extent of the Trump political, personal and financial connections to the Russians.

Jeff Sessions

I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I didn't have, did not have communications with the Russians, and I'm unable to comment on it.

Jeff Sessions

I feel I should not be involved in investigating a campaign I had a role in. I should have slowed down and said, But I did meet one Russian official a couple of times.

Sergey Lavrov

If we applied the same principle to [U.S.] Am