Incoming MI6 chief Richard Moore, along with CIA director Gina Haspel and DGSE head Bernard Emie, have all professionally served in Turkey and speak Turkish.
A parliament report has said while it would be "difficult" to prove that Russia sought to influence the EU referendum, it was clear Britain "was slow to recognise the existence of the threat" despite past evidence of Russia interfering in 2014.
Officials in Baku and Yerevan confirmed shelling with large-calibre weapons and said fighting was ongoing near the border in the Tavush region.
Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Hagia Sophia decision would not harm relations between Moscow and Ankara.
The assessment was included in at least one of President Donald Trump’s written daily intelligence briefings at the time, according to the officials.
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Thursday's Opec videoconference was part of a series of talks on stabilising the market, where oil prices have more than halved since the start of the year amid a pricing war between Saudi Arabia and Russia.
Ankara and Damascus appear to be heading towards a military confrontation as Russia, the main backer of the Assad regime, fails to stick to its word on Idlib.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Syria regime leader Bashar al Assad during an unprecedented visit to Damascus as prospect of war between Iran and US loom over Mideast.
A gunman opened fire on the headquarters of Russia's FSB security service in central Moscow killing at least one officer and wounding another five. Video uploaded on social media showed a man running and being apparently shot in the back.
Russian caveat comes after US House Intelligence Committee vowed to get access to President Trump's calls with Russian President Putin and other world leaders, citing concerns Trump may have jeopardised national security.
Russian celebrities, most of whom usually steer clear of politics and have millions of followers on social media, said the case tarnished the reputation of authorities.
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