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according to U.S., European and Arab officials.
around Jan. 11
agenda remains unclear
Though Prince had no formal role with the Trump campaign
he presented himself as an unofficial envoy
U.S. officials said the FBI has been scrutinizing the Seychelles
originally posted by: Taggart
Prove it's nonsense,
While former president Boris Yeltsin was regarded as one who enabled Russia’s wealthy oligarchs to amass unsurpassed power, Putin has gained a reputation as the promoter of the “siloviki,” who have taken over at least a quarter of the state apparatus. Yet, it is not just the case that these “siloviki” – members of the law enforcement, security and military “power structures” - are gaining power at the expense of leaders within the political elite.
originally posted by: Gryphon66
The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials. The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said.
Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would likely require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions.
More connections between Trump and the Russians, this time, with Erik Prince of Blackwater fame in the mix.
There are a lot of ties between Trump operatives, and this particular connection is also part of the FBI's ongoing investigation into possible collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russian government agents.
Prince was an avid supporter of Trump who gave $250,000 last year to support the GOP nominee’s campaign, records show. He has ties to people in Trump’s circle, including Stephen K. Bannon, now serving as the president’s chief strategist and senior counselor. Prince’s sister Betsy DeVos serves as education secretary in the Trump administration. And Prince was seen in the Trump transition offices in New York in December. U.S. officials said the FBI has been scrutinizing the Seychelles meeting as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and alleged contacts between associates of Putin and Trump. The FBI declined to comment.
Who else was a part of the Trump transition team again? Oh yes, Devin Nunes, who just "happened" to be at a meeting with Mike Flynn and the Turkish Foreign Minister about this same time.
Interesting times we live in, no?
Source: Washington Post
originally posted by: murphy22
Yawwwwn! Oh hum, and more "yaawwwn!... What? This is some kind of "reality check" to you OP? I was there in AStan when the BW Corporation thought they could drive "against the traffic" on post, ..The post commander (US. Army NG.) shut e'm down.. DEA guys/ninjas,..talked nothing but Sh*t about them too/also. Always wondered who they worked for. ... I always thought I knew. But now you've pricked my ears...