Marat Mindiyarov, a former commenter at the St. Petersburg Internet Research Agency, says it hired people with excellent English to sway U.S. public opinion through an elaborate social media campaign.
Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia reacts by saying a humanitarian cease-fire is "not realistic" because "the terrorists" are keeping up attacks.
The administration says the Kremlin must be persuaded it would face "unacceptably dire costs" if it were to threaten even a limited nuclear attack in Europe.
Sen. Chuck Schumer called the meeting suspicious, coming just days before the Trump administration decided not to issue new sanctions over Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin’s most prominent foe, organized the rallies to urge a boycott of the March 18 presidential election, which Putin is sure to win.
The United States calls the plan part of a Kremlin scheme to politicize energy and undermine attempts to make Europe less dependent on Moscow.
After U.S. allies meet to discuss how to beef up sanctions pressures, the secretary of state says Pyongyang's leaders "themselves will trigger an option" if they refuse to negotiate.
The long-awaited move deepens America's involvement in the military conflict and may further strain relations with Russia.
The Kremlin says the two leaders also emphasized the need to step up efforts toward a political settlement in Syria and discussed joint action to stabilize the global oil market.
Russia has become the villain in virtually every bad thing that happens, and U.S. dissidents are being treated as "fellow travelers."