Is this a bomb? Audio recording suggests that Russians were willing to provide money to Salvini’s Lega party

BuzzFeed News has obtained an audio recording of a meeting on October 18 2018, at the Metropol Hotel in Moscow in which Gianluca Savoini, a close, longtime aide of Italy’s nationalist deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini, and five other men — three Russians and two Italians — discussed the terms of a possible deal to secretly funnel around $65 million of Russian oil money to Salvini’s Lega party and its European election campaign. While it’s unclear if Lega received any funding, do you think this may somehow affect Italian political scene and vice-PM Matteo Salvini?
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Why would Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy wanted to meet Putin and Trump?

How do you read Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s offer to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the format of negotiations with the participation of U.S. President Donald Trump? Do you think such format might be helpful? Read few comments.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Credit: https://www.president.gov.ua/

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What does North Korea want from Russia and what does Russia want from North Korea?

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during their talks in Vladivostok. Credit: http://kremlin.ru/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Will an arm race in Europe reappear without INF missile ban?

We are basically counting hours before the Trump administration will announce that it will walk away from the INF Treaty. It will create a new situation, so what could be done to mitigate the damage and should we be worried about possible new arms race in Europe? Read few comments.

All Allies agreed that Russia’s SSC-8 system violates the INF Treaty, says NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: https://www.nato.int/

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What is the future of Nord Stream 2? Will it really happen?

Norbert Röttgen, chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the German Bundestag just wrote: Germany in particular must urgently reconsider the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. Do you see Nord Stream 2 as a done deal, or do you think it still might not happen, and why? Read few comments.

Pipelay vessel Pioneering Spirit near Denmark’s Great Belt Bridge on its journey to join the Nord Stream 2 construction fleet in the Baltic Sea. The vessel is operated by contractor Allseas. Credit: https://www.nord-stream2.com/

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Trump-Putin meeting was cancelled. What does it mean?

After the escalation in Azov Sea President Donald Trump cancelled the meeting with President Vladimir Putin. What does it mean for US-Russia
relations? Read few comments.

News conference in Helsinki following talks between the presidents of Russia Vladimir Putin and the United States Donald Trump. Credit: http://en.kremlin.ru

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What’s next for Ukraine-Russia relations?

What’s next for Russia-Ukraine conflict, do you think that what’s is going on in Azov Sea is somehow a new phase, or not and why? Read few comments.
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