Truck drivers in Russia are staging a rare protest against a road charge for heavy vehicles. The levy means they have to pay an additional fee for every mile they drive. In Moscow, a group has gathered to call for the levy to be abolished.
Russia and Belarus are set to stage the Zapad 2017 war games, and the operation's size is causing concern among Western observers. Moscow's heavy troop presence has some worrying whether Minsk's sovereignty is at risk.
Russia has paraded its warships and submarines off Saint Petersburg and enclaves such as Kaliningrad and Vladivostok. US troops are leading a joint military exercise in Georgia, which broke with Moscow in 2008.
The planned expulsion of US diplomats in Russia is ostensibly a reaction to a sanctions bill passed last week by Congress. But the reality is more complicated as is trying to predict the Trump administration’s response.
Russia's Foreign Ministry has told the US to cut the number of its diplomats in Russia, responding to anti-Russian sanctions endorsed by the US Senate. Moscow accused the US of hiding behind "exceptionalism."
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