Donald Trump

Steve Bannon's ideological ties to Russia


The love-in between Trump and the Kremlin proved brief. Bannon apparently made no move to lift U.S. sanctions on Russia imposed after the annexation of Crimea in 2014. At the same time, damaging allegations—including an unverified dossier alleging contacts between Trump advisers and Russian spies—plagued the White House.

North Korea tensions


US President Donald Trump has said the status quo with nuclear-armed North Korea is unacceptable, calling for new sanctions on the country and criticizing its young leader Kim Jong Un.

Tillerson compares notes with his allies before traveling to Moscow


On April 10, 2017, the G7 foreign ministers' summit takes place in Lucca (Italy). A wide range of issues are on the agenda, but the main one will be the Syrian crisis. The next day, the head of US diplomacy Rex Tillerson pays an official visit to Moscow. At this summit, the United States and its allies are reviewing their positions and claiming a "united front" for key points. This general position will have to present Tillerson to his Russian colleagues as a point of view of the world community.

US strikes on Syria: the world on the threshold of a global conflict


The United States launched a missile strike at the Syrian airbase in the province of Homs. According to US officials, the attack was "an act of retaliation" for the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian province of Idlib. On April 5, there were reports that the Syrian Air Force hit the city of Khan-Sheikhun (the stronghold of an-Nusra) with chemical munitions. The US blamed Syria and its allies Russia and Iran. Damascus, in turn, said that it launched an air strike at the ammunition depot, where chemical weapons were also prepared.