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Russia and Vladimir Putin loom large over U.S. politics these days, between allegations of collusion and election meddling. But what are Americans to make of Russia?


Rhode Island U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says that President Donald Trump’s planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week at the G-20 summit in Germany is ”ill-advised.”

RI Delegation Condemns Trump Intel Sharing

May 16, 2017
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Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is joining a wave of national criticism for President Donald Trump’s alleged sharing of highly classified information with Russian officials during a White House meeting last week. The Washington Post first reported the story Monday evening. President Trump reportedly described details of an Islamic State threat while meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has a key role in an ongoing look at possible Russian interference in last year's presidential election. A Senate subcommittee holds a hearing on that subject Monday.

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During a visit to Rhode Island last week, former NPR Moscow correspondent Corey Flintoff stopped by to talk about Russia, Vladimir Putin, and the US missile strike on Syria.

Resurgent Russia in the Time of Trump - With Corey Flintoff
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NPR correspondent Corey Flintoff spent four years as NPR's bureau chief in Moscow, where he reported as Russian President Vladimir Putin cracked down on dissent, seized Crimea, and led Russia into war in eastern Ukraine. Since his recent return to the U.S., Flintoff has been following the revelations of the Trump administration's ties to Russia, and what that could mean for the future of relations between two of the world's most potently armed nations.

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U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse was invited by U.S. Sen. John McCain to the Munich Security Conference this weekend. One of the biggest think tanks of its kind, Whitehouse took the conference as an opportunity to discuss climate security and other security concerns.

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Speaking to a Russian media outlet this week, former Governor Lincoln Chafee praised President Donald Trump for trying to forge closer ties with Russia.

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A Russian spy ship has been spotted near the U.S. Navy submarine base in Groton, Connecticut.

The ship is in international waters about 30 miles from the Connecticut coast. U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney, a Democrat, discussed the sighting on the House floor Wednesday.

In a surprising revelation, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, says he first learned of suspected Russian hacking during the presidential campaign from media reports.

RI Electors Join Call For CIA Info On Russia

Dec 15, 2016
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The chair of the state’s Democratic Party has signed onto a letter demanding more information for the Electoral College about alleged Russian efforts to influence the U.S. election. 

Joseph McNamara and electors from several states have written to U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper about their concerns, after the CIA reported that Russia sought to sway the election for Donald Trump. Rhode Island elector, and fellow Democrat, Clay Pell also signed the letter.


Rhode Island’s U.S. Senator Jack Reed is in Ukraine this week, to monitor the continued conflict between that country and Russia. 

Reed says the simmering tensions between Ukraine and Russia remain a top security challenge for the U.S. and Europe. Last year Russia annexed the Crimea region of Ukraine, initiating an international conflict.

Reed has called on the Obama Administration to provide defense to Ukraine. Reed is the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.


U.S. Senator Jack Reed is calling for additional military assistance to help the Ukrainian government as fighting worsens with Russian-backed separatists. Reed is the ranking Democrat of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Reed and Armed Services Committee Chair Senator John McCain, are asking the Obama administration to commit to aid in the form of defensive weaponry.  That includes things like anti-tank weapons, and rocket locating radar systems.