Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the Trump administration not to “play with fire” as he lashed out at the U.S. over what he described as its “provocative” support for Kurds in Syria, while urging US troops in the area of Al-Tanf to "leave immediately."
"The beauty in Robert Mueller’s indictment of thirteen Russian Facebook trolls is that they’ll never face trial, so Mr. Mueller will never have to prove his case. In the new misrule of law made popular by the #Me Too movement, accusations suffice to convict the target of an investigation."
"The things we have done so far [pale in comparison to the] even greater attempts and attacks [we are planning for] the coming days, inshallah [Allah willing]." – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Confirming that the "enemy of my enemy is my friend", YPG Kurdish fighters in north-western Syria - who recall are backed by the US - have struck a deal with the Russia-backed Assad regime for Syrian forces to enter the Afrin region and repel an ongoing Turkish offensive.
With the US on holiday for President’s Day and many Asia markets still closed for Lunar New Year holidays, it has been a quiet start to the week, even as last week's dollar turbulence has resumed, while S&P futures are doing their best to levitate without anyone manning the controls.