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World Former CIA Director: We worried arming Ukraine would hand technology to Russian spies

00:50  23 november  2019
00:50  23 november  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

Russia hands back captured naval ships to Ukraine before summit

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Obama's decision to deny high- tech weapons to Ukraine has been portrayed as timidity. But the story is more complicated, says ex- CIA Director John Brennan. Under Obama the military opposed giving Javelin missiles to Ukraine because of fear Russia would get access to sensitive tech , said ex- CIA

The ten spies the United States caught and traded for higher-value prisoners in Russia didn't get their hands on any state secrets. Instead, expert John

WASHINGTON — Republicans made a point of emphasizing during the impeachment hearings that President Donald Trump provided sophisticated weapons to Ukraine to deter Russian aggression, in contrast to the Obama administration, which declined to do so.

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President Obama's decision was portrayed as an example of his timidity in foreign policy. But the story is more complicated than that, said former CIA Director John Brennan.

In particular, said Brennan, now an NBC News analyst, the military was opposed to providing Javelin anti-tank missiles to the Ukrainians during the Obama administration "because of fear that the Russians would get access to Javelin's sensitive technology," he said.

Three navy ships held by Russia return to Ukraine port

  Three navy ships held by Russia return to Ukraine port Three navy vessels that Moscow seized last year and handed back to Ukraine have arrived at a Ukrainian port, though Kiev said they were stripped of equipment. The Nikopol, the Berdyansk and the Yany Kapu were seized in November last year in the Kerch Strait, in the most serious confrontation between Russia and Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict in east Ukraine in 2014.

Lawyer and former CIA officer, David Simpson, said: the Donetsk Republic is ready to defend their independence Their Director was a man named Sintsov. As it turned out, this Sintsov worked in the UK “The main role of the CIA was to assess what is happening. The CIA is a treasury of information

CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently met with his Russian counterparts when they traveled to the US , according to US ambassador to Russia Jon Naryshkin was sanctioned in 2014 by the Obama administration in response to Russia 's actions in Ukraine , and his meeting with Pompeo came just

"The Russians had deep penetrations of Ukrainian intelligence, security, and military forces in the aftermath" of that country's 2014 revolution that overthrew a pro-Russian government he said, "and it took time to rid those forces of Russian moles, agents, and spies. That was the purpose of my visit to Kiev less than eight weeks after the Revolution of Dignity."

A robust debate ensued within the Obama administration about the provision of lethal aid, he said, and there were some who argued it would escalate the situation and provoke Russia. That's how Russian expert Fiona Hill described the Obama administration's thinking in her testimony.

"Some [officials] argued strenuously to provide lethal assistance, but the ultimate decision made by [Obama] was to provide only non-lethal military and economic assistance," Brennan said. "It was a tough decision. The Javelin issue is being misrepresented as a simple decision devoid of other considerations, and that was not the case."

Ukraine accuses Russia of removing weapons, toilet bowls from seized Navy ships: report

  Ukraine accuses Russia of removing weapons, toilet bowls from seized Navy ships: report The three Ukrainian naval ships seized by Russia in November of last year were returned Monday but officials allege that the weapons, equipment and even the toilet bowls were removed before they were handed back over. NEUTRAL WATERS OF THE BLACK SEA - NOVEMBER 18, 2019: Handing over the Ukrainian Navy's Berdyansk and Nikopol artillery boats and Yani Kapu tugboat to Ukraine. The three ships attempting to pass from the Black Sea into the Sea of Azov were seized by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Coast Guard in the Kerch Strait on November 25, 2018, the sailors were charged with violating Russia's maritime border.

Former CIA Director John Brennan said on Monday there was enough contact between Americans and Russian officials during the 2016 U . S . election that there was definitely grounds for an investigation into possible collusion with Moscow, and also concern about Russian efforts to recruit Americans.

The Central Intelligence Agency ( CIA ) is a civilian foreign intelligence service of the federal government of the United States, tasked with gathering, processing

Brennan points out that the Javelins are currently "under lock and key in Ukrainian rear areas, not on the front lines. Their presence in Ukraine, however, does send a strong deterrent signal to Moscow, which is good."

He added, "I believe it is appropriate that Ukrainian forces have Javelins now because of the work that has been done over the past five years to reduce Russian presence and influence, but giving Javelins to the Ukrainians earlier would have risked compromising a very important and sensitive weapon system that could have come back to haunt U.S. forces on the battlefield."

Apple will take a 'deeper look' at disputed borders in Maps .
Apple might just rethink its approach to disputed borders following its change to Crimea for Russian users. A spokeswoman told the BBC in a statement that Apple would have a "deeper look" at how it handles contested borders in Maps in the wake of the controversy, and that there might be more changes as a result of the review. You shouldn't expect it to reverse its Crimea changes, however. The company stressed that it was only labeling Crimea as Russian to obey that country's law, and that the territory would still be listed as Ukranian for everyone else.

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