Trump Threatens Merkel With Pipeline Sanctions, U.S. Troop Cut | Bloomberg |
The Western Intelligence community putting political pressure on Trump's White House by introducing a conspiracy theory into the compliant mass media ...
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Russia offered bounty to kill UK soldiers | The Guardian |
According to the paper, Trump was briefed on the activity months ago, but no discernible action has been taken. The UK received the intelligence last week. The 29155 unit of the GRU, an arm of Russia's military intelligence agency, was responsible for executing the plan, according to the paper. In recent years, it has been linked to assassination attempts aimed at destabilising the West.
Unit 29155 has been linked to an attempted coup in Montenegro, the poisoning of a Bulgarian arms manufacturer and subversion in Moldova.
British prosecutors have charged two of its agents with the attempted murders of Skripal, the former GRU officer who defected to the UK, and his daughter, in Salisbury in 2018.
"Russian attempts to undermine Nato efforts in Afghanistan are not new," said Tom Tugendhat, chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. "We've seen incidents in the past but these accusations of encouraging the targeting of British and US forces are a step change and echo the warlike actions of the GRU in Salisbury. We need to recognise that we are in a contest that others are fighting even if we are not."
Outrage mounts over report Russia offered bounties to Afghanistan militants for killing US soldiers
It is not clear if bounties were ever paid out for successfully killing American soldiers. The White House denied that either Trump or the vice-president, Mike Pence, were briefed on such a matter.