The ongoing pretense projected by the criminal organization calling itself the United States Government that it can meaningfully sanction foreigners continues to embarass as NASA has had to withdraw an speaking invitation to Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin (archived). NASA extended the invitation to Rogozin in reciprocity after the director of NASA carried out an official visit to Russia, but it turns out Rogozin is on one of the many US sanctioned persons lists and the rescinded this invitation to a foreign dignitary.
Lately the USG's pretense it can act against foreigners for their transactions with other foreigners has led to three way tensions with China and Canada after the CFO of Huawei was arrested in Canada where she awaits potential extradition because the USG imagines it can sanction Iran.
Two Ukrainian vessels were seized by the Russian Navy after the erractically maneuverng ships aggressively approached the Kerch Strait bridge without providing advanced notification required by a 2003 treaty between Russia and Ukraine (archived). Russian personnel treated Ukranians wounded in defense of the 18.1 kilometer long bridge. Ukranian President Poroshenko has responded by declaring martial law while Hawks in NATO governments has proposed opening hostilities outside of the Syrian proxy war sandbox. Russian influenced media outlets are supposing that if a new Crimean war breaks out, it will be the last (archived).
The lawsuit "Democratic National Committee v. The Russian Federation et al." has come against an insurmountable obstacle in the Russian Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Justice submitting a Statement of Immunity accompanied by a disclaimer to the effect that:
By transmitting this letter and the enclosed Statement, the Russian Federation respectfully does not enter an appearance in the litigation, does not waive its sovereign immunity under international law or the United States, statutory or federal common law, and does not submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court. The Russian Federation reserves all rights as a foreign sovereign State.
The US Courts have enough trouble as it is indicting numerous individual Russians for posting memes on the internet. Most of those Russians have yet to surrender themselves to the Evil Empire for prosecution.
Russian President Putin and Jewish Leader Bibi Netanyahu are offering measured, concilliatory words after Israeli planes conducting air strikes in Syria used a Russian Il-20 observation plane as radar cover leading to its destruction by Syrian air defenses (archived). Soon after the plane went down Russia was swift to condemn Israel for their role in the destruction of the planeand loss of the crew.
Israel has been intervening in this Syrian civil war through airstrikes and other means with the apparent goal of escalating and prolonging the conflict.
Legislators in Russia are drafting a law that would normalize a system of duelling for citizens and civil servants to avenge insults allowing for men to engage in dignified combat by small swords, sabers, and pistols (archived). The elderly, and the disabled would be allowed to select substitutes to defend their dignity in the combat arena while women are to be excluded from elegibility to seek recourse through dueling. As the proposal stands now at least one participant in a duel is required to be a civil servant for it to be recognized under the proposed system.
A white South African farmer's efforts to resettle permamently in Russia are being thwarted by South African bureaucrats refusing to provide documentation to allow him to complete an application for permanent residency (archived). The farmer has been spending the majority of his time in Paris while the plight of his people in their homeland continues.
The US department of "Justice" has arrested a 29 year old firearms enthusiast and gun rights activist for alleged violations of the 1938 "Foreign Agents Registration Act" because she happens to be from Russia (archived, archived). There have been no successful prosecutions under the act since its scope was narrowed in 1966 and narrowed further in 1995. This chosen prosecution is curious because many foreign nationals unregistered as "foreign agents" are inside the US working in media, attending protests, and engaging in other political activity while not being prosecuted despite having interacted with government officials from back home at some point in time.
In anticipation of today's summit between US President Donald Trump and Russia leader Vladimir Putin, "Special" Counsel Robert Mueller and the US Department of "Justice" handed down 22 in absentia indictments to Russian nationals. Despite Mueller's activist fanfiction writing, Trump and Putin did indeed meet in Helsinki and announced plans for greater cooperation in a joint press conference following their summit.
Overnight the US, Airstrip One, and France launched missile strikes against Syria which were condemned by both the Russians and Chinese. Out of 103 missiles launched, 71 were reportedly intercepted leaving 32 to strike targets. This move comes 373 days after Trump last directed US cruise missiles towards a Syrian airbase's pussy. Syria and Russia are reporting that this attack was "absorbed" with personel having been withdrawn from the target sites days in advance while the US insists no warning of the attack was offered.