On a Tiny Norwegian Island, America Keeps an Eye on Russia

In a sleepy town in the Arctic, the business of snooping on Russia’s fleet of nuclear submarines is flourishing thanks to an American-funded radar system. Source: World

As Tillerson Begins Russia Talks, Putin Leaves Him Guessing

The secretary of state has met Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov in Moscow, but whether he would see Russia’s president was the subject of diplomatic theater. Source: World

Iran Joins Russia in Denouncing U.S. Strike on Syria, but Stops There

Although on the same side in Syria, Iran is conspicuously not allowing Russia unlimited use of its air bases, part of a legacy of mistrust between the two. Source: World

Putin and Merkel: A Rivalry of History, Distrust and Power

Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel now represent the sharply divergent visions clashing in the world. The question is, which one will come out on top? Source: World

Syria Bombing Kills 4 Russians

The servicemen, identified by the Defense Ministry as military advisers, were accompanying a Syrian Army convoy near the Tiyas air base to Homs. Source: World

Kremlin Denies Knowledge of Ukraine Plan Pushed by Trump Associates

Russia responded to a New York Times article about a peace plan put forward by a Ukrainian lawmaker, Andrii V. Artemenko, and two people close to the president. Source: World

Blame Ricochets in Deaths of Rebel Army Leaders in Ukraine

Ukraine and Russia have denied any role in the latest separatist death, of Mikhail Tolstykh, or in previous killings of rebel leaders far from the front lines. Source: World

Trump, Asked Again About Putin, Suggests U.S. Isn’t ‘So Innocent’

President Trump, who has frequently expressed his admiration of the Russian leader, appeared to equate Mr. Putin’s actions with those of the United States. Source: World

Cold War Jitters Resurface as U.S. Marines Arrive in Norway

Despite being generally welcomed, the presence of the Marines — shown on Norwegian television dragging their suitcases through the snow — also provoked concerns. Source: World

Airstrikes by Russia Buttress Turkey in Battle vs. ISIS

The deepening partnership between Russia and Turkey could marginalize the United States in the struggle to shape Syria’s future. Source: World