Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the Security Council. One European expert estimates that at least a third of Russia's diplomats work for Putin's intelligence agencies. Alexei Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Reuters
WNU Editor: On the one hand the Kremlin is saying that the current political turmoil in Washington is harming improving ties .... Russia says US infighting on Sessions hampers mending ties (AP). On the other hand they are just shrugging it all off .... Russia shrugs off Sessions uproar, says has daily contacts with U.S. partners (Reuters). AS to what is my take .... they are bothered by all of this political infighting, and it is damaging all efforts to mend ties and to avoid this .... US-Russia: Another Nuclear Arms Race? (Sputnik).