MOSCOW, February 17, two hours ago.
Russian news agency RIA Novosti (translation):

"US Deputy Ambassador to Moscow Bart Gorman was expelled from Russia, Jason Rebholtz, press secretary of the diplomatic mission, told RIA Novosti.

"Gorman was the second most important official at the US Embassy in Moscow after the ambassador and a key member of the senior leadership of the embassy," he said."

INTERFAX.RU (in Russian): ["United Russia" (ruling party) asked the Russian authorities to supply the Donetsk People's Republic and ‎Luhansk People's Republic with military products"]( _The head of the United Russia faction in the State Duma, Vladimir Vasiliev, said that the party had initiated an appeal to the state leadership with a request to start deliveries of military products to the self-proclaimed republics of the south-east of Ukraine._ _"We consulted on this issue and came to the understanding that we can...


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