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Newsline: Moscow recalls controversial ambassador to Washington back

The U.S.-Russia Business Council will host a farewell party for #Russian Ambassador to Washington Sergey Kislyak on July 11 at the St. Regis Hotel. The event confirms a BuzzFeed News report that Moscow has recalled the controversial envoy whose alleged #secret meetings with Trump campaign officials has led to an obstruction of justice investigation against #President Donald Trump. The recall, although expected because the ambassador has been in his U.S. post since 2008, comes at a time that the Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election has been linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kislyak’s secret meetings with Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Trump, and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

http://us.blastingnews.com/world/2017/06/moscow-recalls-russian-ambassador-back-001801761.html

Newsline: Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Hopes for Quick Resolution of Border Issues

Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Igor Petrishenko told Sputnik he hoped for a quick settlement of the situation related to the border control between the two states. In January, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko signed a decree under which citizens of 80 countries can enter Belarus through the checkpoint of the Minsk National Airport and stay during five days without a visa. The decree, which affects Russia due to the free movement regime between the countries under the Union State of Russia and Belarus, entered into force in February. Russia in its turn established a border zone in Pskov, Smolensk and Bryansk regions on the border with Belarus to block illegal transit migration, drug trafficking and illegal movement of material assets in the wake of Lukashenko’s decree. The move was criticized by Minsk. “One of the current problems, which raises concern and criticism among citizens of Belarus and Russia, as well as among nationals of third countries, is some of the… changes related to crossing the Belarusian-Russian border…,” Petrishenko said. The ambassador pointed out that establishment of the border zones and restoring passport control created many difficulties for the Russian and Belarusian citizens.

https://sputniknews.com/politics/201706261054968555-ambassador-belarus-russia-border/

Newsline: Russian ambassador to help search for missing Colorado officer

The efforts to grow a search for a Colorado officer and National Guardsman who is missing in Russia amid a hiking trip added an international partner. The search for Littleton Police Department Officer and Colorado National Guardsman Steven Beare now includes U.S. and Russian assets after a meeting between Colorado Representative Mike Coffman and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Coffman stepped in and offered his help after a Denver7 report highlighted Olivia Beare’s quest to find her husband despite little support from Russian authorities. Beare, an experienced officer who has been deployed overseas multiple times, is an avid hiker who was on a quest to summit the world’s seven tallest peaks. He was on his second mountain, Mount Elbrus in Russia, when he went missing on June 16. The hike was his first solo climb and was expected to go smoothly, however a storm moved in over the mountain and dumped several feet of snow. Beare is believed to be lost in that storm, and it’s not known if he is alive or dead. Beare’s family and friends have organized assets through the U.S. to move in and begin searching, with a searcher arriving to the mountain not long ago. Now Russian authorities have pledged their support, too, according to Rep. Coffman. “I want to thank Ambassador Kislyak for meeting with me this afternoon,” Coffman said in a release. “I received assurances that his government will do everything possible in the search for Steven Beare. Discussed today was the deployment of specialized mountain search and rescue teams and Russian military helicopters to aid in the search.”

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/russian-ambassador-meets-with-colorado-rep-coffman-to-help-search-for-missing-colorado-officer

Newsline: Trump nominates sports lovers as UK, Belgium ambassadors

President Donald Trump has nominated the chief executive of an asset management firm to be the U.S. ambassador to the U.K. and a former owner of a baseball team to be ambassador to Belgium. Richard Wood Johnson IV, a longtime supporter of the Republican Party, had been touted by Trump as his likely nomination for the position of U.S. ambassador to the U.K. He has run the New York-based asset management firm The Johnson Company for 30 years and is the owner of the New York Jets, an American football team. In 2006, he was asked to testify before the U.S. Senate over a tax-avoidance scheme he participated in that cost the U.S. Treasury an estimated $300 million. He subsequently repaid the figure. Trump’s pick for ambassador to Belgium, Jamie McCourt, is also a sports fan, having been the president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a baseball team. McCourt, “a prominent entrepreneur and attorney,” backed Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and, according to the White House press release announcing her nomination, “speaks French.”

http://www.politico.eu/article/trump-nominates-sports-lovers-as-uk-belgium-ambassadors/

Newsline: Russian Embassy Hands Note to Paris Over Attack on Military Agency Delegate

The Russian Embassy in Paris handed a note to the French Foreign Ministry over an assault and robbery of Russia’s Rosoboronexport arms exporter chief delegate at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday. “The Russian embassy sent a note to the French Foreign Ministry over the incident with a request to thoroughly investigate this case,” spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters at a weekly briefing. Sergey Kornev, Rosoboronexport’s chief delegate, was en route from the air show late on Tuesday when his vehicle came under attack in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said Wednesday that Kornev was slightly injured but did not require hospitalization.

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201706221054868063-embassy-note-paris-attack/

Newsline: Norway’s former ambassador to Indonesia could face charges

Norway’s former ambassador to Indonesia was stripped of his title late last year and recalled to Oslo, after he was found to have been involved in supplying foreign aid funds to one of three mistresses he had in Jakarta. He still works as a diplomat for the foreign ministry in a high position, newspaper VG reported this week, but could face criminal charges if the ministry had reported his activity to police. VG reported that Traavik entered into a “secret relationship” in the fall of 2013 with an Indonesian woman who already had received around NOK 1.5 million (USD 179,000) in Norwegian funding for various cultural projects through the embassy in Jakarta. She had applied in April 2013 for more Norwegian funding and her organization received NOK 550,000, through documents VG recovered from the ministry’s archive that were signed by Traavik in May 2013. The former Norwegian ambassador’s activity in Jakarta raises new questions about how Norway manages its billions of kroner set aside for foreign aid aimed at fighting poverty and spurring economic development.

http://www.newsinenglish.no/2017/06/20/scolded-ambassador-could-face-charges/

Newsline: Irish embassy in London hit by record demand for citizenship

The Irish Independent has today reported that the rush for Irish citizenship and passports in the UK reached a record high on the day British Prime Minister Theresa May signed the document paving the way for Britain’s exit from the European Union. Demand for Irish passports from people with Irish heritage in the UK soared by 94%. The surge in Irish passports from those living here has prompted the Irish Government to look to hire consultants to forecast the likely demand as the country’s exit from the EU nears. It has been estimated that there are 6.7 million people in the UK who are eligible to apply for an Irish passport.

https://www.businessworld.ie/political-news/Irish-embassy-in-London-hit-by-record-demand-for-citizenship-568650.html