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Russia / New Administration Media Ad Hoc – 3 April 2017

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Interesting interviews with Peskov, Amb Haley and Sen McCain. Interesting essays on propaganda / psywar, especially in the Baltics. Poland states the tragic crash of the presidential Tupolev visiting Russia was due to the Russian air traffic controllers flying it into the ground.

In Ukraine followup reports on the two assassinations, blowback from conviction of Gen Nazarov – calls to re-institute courts martial, Ukraine tells Eurovision that Russia can send any singer they want who has not broken the law, Donbass bombardment reduced, proxy force troops caught selling off in bulk guns and ammo for booze, and Ukraine negotiates to buy anthracite in the US rather than Russia.

In Asia, the DPRK dominates MSM traffic, especially the advertising of weapons grade Lithium metal for sale, used in hydrogen bombs.

US domestic debate around Russia remains toxic, some of the anti-Administration MSM commentaries now do fit the definition of conspiracy theory.


EXTENDED TRANSCRIPT: George Stephanopoulos interviews Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov – ABC News

On Friday, March 31, 2017, ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos interviewed Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on ABC’s “Good Morning America”.

Trump, Putin meeting could mend deteriorating relationship, Kremlin spokesman says | Fox News

A meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin could mend the rift between the two nations, a Kremlin spokesman said Sunday

.Trump-Putin Relations: US-Russia Tensions Could Ease After Meeting, Kremlin Spokesman Says

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump should “meet each other and exchange views” in a bid to improve relations between the two countries, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Russia Accuses NATO Of ‘Slander’ As U.S. Denounces ‘Russian Aggression’

Russia has accused the United States and its allies of &quot;slander&quot;&nbsp;as the U.S. top diplomat and Pentagon chief denounced Russia&rsquo;s actions in Ukraine and elsewhere. Secretary o…

UN envoy Nikki Haley says ‘there’s no love’ in US relationship with Russia – ABC News

UN envoy Nikki Haley says ‘there’s no love’ in US relationship with Russia

U.S. ambassador calls for ‘very strong’ stance on Russia | PBS NewsHour

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says there’s no question Russia was involved in the U.S. presidential election.

Russia ‘is succeeding’ at influence, election interference around world, McCain says – ABC News

Russia ‘is succeeding’ at influence, election interference around world, McCain says

The Intelligence Costs of Underestimating Russia: A Warning from History

Editor’s Note: If you like this article, you’ll enjoy Michael Goodman’s history of the U.K. Joint Intelligence Committee, which is being offered at a disco

Russian Narratives on NATO’s Deployment – DFRLab – Medium

In July 2016, NATO member states decided to enhance the alliance’s presence in Eastern Europe on a rotational basis, with four multinational battalion-size groups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and…

Lithuania says Russia has ability to launch Baltic attack in 24 hours | Reuters

Russia has developed the capability to launch an attack on the Baltic states with as little as 24 hours’ notice, limiting NATO’s options to respond other than to have military forces already deployed in the region, Lithuania’s intelligence service said on Monday.

Russia ready to launch offensive against Baltics within 24-48 hours, – Lithuania’s national security threats report

03.04.17 15:19 – Russia ready to launch offensive against Baltics within 24-48 hours, – Lithuania’s national security threats report Russia’s readiness to launch offensive against the Baltic states within 24-48 hours sends a signal to both Lithuania and NATO. View news.

Lithuania fears Russian propaganda is prelude to eventual invasion | World news | The Guardian

The Kremlin’s attempts to rewrite history are seen as threats by Baltic states similar to its justification for annexing Crimea

Polish Defense Minister says Russian air controllers deliberately caused crash of Kaczynski’s Tu-154 near Smolensk

03.04.17 13:42 – Polish Defense Minister says Russian air controllers deliberately caused crash of Kaczynski’s Tu-154 near Smolensk The evidence proving the efforts of the Russian authorities and air controllers to make the plane carrying Polish President Kaczyński crash will be published this fall. View news.

April Fools’ Day: Russia Jokes About Election Interference |

The Russian Foreign Ministry joked about election interference and hiring Russian hackers in a Facebook post on April Fools’ Day

‘To request election interference press 3,’ Russia posts April Fools voice message –

Moscow has been emphatic in its denials of allegations that it interfered the US election process. But that didn’t stop the Russian Foreign Ministry poking fun at the claims in an April Fools’ Day spoof.

‘Press 3’ for election interference, Russian ministry voicemail jokes

Proposed embassy voicemail is for anyone seeking Russian hackers or election meddling

There are now 114 fact-checking initiatives in 47 countries – To Inform is to Influence

Note the faux fact-checking effort by the Russian MFA, which by itself was fake news, is not listed, nor is it operational.  The website was widely trounced for making claims that stories were false while providing absolutely no proof, no evidence, and no substantiation of claims.  The effort appears to have lasted about one day…

Fakes, Bots, and Blockings in Armenia by Russia – To Inform is to Influence

April 02, 2017 – 16:37 Context A snapshot of online manipulation on the eve of a parliamentary vote Source: Twitter. Accounts posting the same wording and image ahead of the Armenian election Armenians go to the polls on April 2 for the first election under a new law which marks the transition towards a parliamentary…

“Successor” – a new novel on Russian espionage in USA focuses on Russo-Ukrainian war -Euromaidan Press |

American writer, former senior CIA operative with almost thirty years of experience Michael R. Davidson and journalist, analyst, one of the writers at [and Euromaidan Press – ed] Kseniya Kirillova have written a sequel to their novel “In the Shadow of Mordor.” Their new novel “Successor” concentrates on Russian activities inside the USA and in large part coincides with current political events in the United States.

Voronenkov’s assassin Parshov visited occupied Donetsk March 6, Ukraine’s prosecutor general says

03.04.17 11:10 – Voronenkov’s assassin Parshov visited occupied Donetsk March 6, Ukraine’s prosecutor general says Pavlo Parshov visited occupied Donetsk shortly before he murdered former State Duma deputy Denys Voronenkov in downtown Kyiv. View news.

Voronenkov’s killer visited Donetsk in early March in defiance of law, had ties there

Killer of former Russian State Duma deputy Denis Voronenkov, Pavlo Parshov, who has earlier been dismissed from the Ukrainian National Guard, has visited Donetsk, while the law forbade him from doing so, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said.

SBU Col. Kharaberiush killed in Mariupol was Ukraine’s best counterintelligence officer

The chief of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Vasyl Hrytsak has said that the main version of the death of a member of the Security Service, Colonel Oleksandr Kharaberiush in Mariupol, Donetsk region is a terrorist act related to the professional activities of the deceased.

SBU elaborates on theory of assassination of counterintel colonel in Mariupol

The SBU Security Service of Ukraine says that the assassination of Col. Oleksandr Kharaberyush, 39, who was deputy chief of the local counterintelligence department in Donetsk region, is related to his professional activity. News 02 April from UNIAN.

Conviction of Ukraine’s army general causes backlash among military | KyivPost

In late March, a high-ranking Ukrainian army general was found guilty of negligence that led to the deaths of 49 soldiers. An unprecedented decision in the country’s history, it has divided the society into those who welcome it as the end of the generals’ impunity and those who think it is a dangerous precedent that will weaken the army. On March 27, the Pavlograd district court found General Viktor Nazarov guilty of the death of 49 Ukrainian servicemen who were in a plane downed by Kremlin-backed separatists in the sky over Luhansk on June 14, 2014, during the first three months of Russia’s war. Nazarov sent the plane into Luhansk despite intelligence warnings against it. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Ukraine Rejects Eurovision Call To Allow Russian Entry

Ukraine has strongly rejected calls from the organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest for Kyiv to lift an entry ban on Russia’s entry in this year’s competition. &quot;It is unprecedente…

Ukraine rejects Eurovision demand to allow Russian singer

Opinion: Russia ahead on points for Eurovision in Kyiv | Europe | DW.COM | 02.04.2017

The clumsiness of the EBU, the stubbornness of Ukraine and Russia’s cool-headedness have combined to create the political scandal currently engulfing the world’s biggest televised music competition, says Andreas Brenner.

Eurovision face-off latest. Now UKRAINE could be barred

The never-ending saga between Ukraine and Russia over this year’s Eurovision has taken a new twist, with the host country’s future in the competition now in jeopardy after it banned the Russian singer from taking part.

Poroshenko discusses Donbas with Merkel and Hollande | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has had a trilateral phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, during which the parties discussed the situation in Donbas, according to the president’s press service. News 03 April from UNIAN.

In the Donbass, the Russian military steal weapons to sell or exchange it for alcohol – intelligence

In the occupied Donbas, Russian servicemen steal arms and ammunition to sell or exchange them for alcohol. This is reported on the page of the Defense Intelligence Department in Facebook. “In the units 1 (Donetsk) and 2 (Lugansk) of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, numerous incidents of theft by Russian servicemen of arms and ammunition for the purpose of further sale or exchange for material values have been identified,” the report said. So, according to intelligence, on April 1, a serviceman of the 9th separate assault motorized infantry regiment of the Marine Corps (Novoazovsk) 1 AK, who tried to transport five small arms across the border with Russia, was detained. Read also In “L / DNR” promise Russian citizenship for joining the ranks of militants – intelligence “An investigation is being conducted into the theft of ammunition at the forefront of the 7th separate motorized rifle brigade (Bryanka) 2 AK. It is established that Russian servicemen of the brigade have organized the sale of ammunition to criminal structures, and also exchanged cartridges and grenades for alcoholic beverages. In particular, local residents exchanged 500 cartridges for small arms for one bottle of vodka and five packs of cigarettes, “the report said. In this regard, the intelligence noted , the 1st and 2nd command of the AK began a comprehensive audit of the availability of weapons and ammunition in all subordinate formations and units. The work began with the verification of the stockpiles of rocket and artillery armament of the 3rd separate motorized rifle brigade (Gorlovka) and the 9th separate assault motorized infantry regiment of the Marine Corps (Novoazovsk), in which, due to violation of safety rules, one was killed while two ammunitions were wounded.

Lutsenko says no general amnesty for Donbas separatists

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko says that there will be no general amnesty for mercenaries who have been fighting against Ukraine in Donbas; every case will be considered separately in a legal procedure, according to Germany’s Bild. News 02 April from UNIAN.

Ukraine reports over 30 attacks in Donbas, 1 WIA in last day

Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 32 times in the past 24 hours with one Ukrainian soldier reported as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters. News 03 April from UNIAN.

ATO HQ reports de-escalation in Donbas, possible disengagement on April 6

Yaroslav Chepurnoy, a spokesman for the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, has reported a decrease in the number of incidents of shelling by Russia’s hybrid military forces in Donbas in the past few days, according to Channel 112 Ukraine. News 03 April from UNIAN.

Sappers neutralized more than 5,600 items of ordnance in Balakliia, – Defense Ministry. PHOTOS

02.04.17 17:32 – Sappers neutralized more than 5,600 items of ordnance in Balakliia, – Defense Ministry. PHOTOS Engineering troops continue to eliminate the negative consequences of the fire at ammunition depot in the Kharkiv region. View photo news.

Ukrainian soldier shoots another serviceman in Donbas by accident

A Ukrainian soldier has shot another serviceman in the Donbas conflict zone as a result of careless handling of weapons, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters. News 03 April from UNIAN.

Chief of Gen. Staff Muzhenko: 700 Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas younger than 20

Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko says that his decision to replace Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas who are younger than 20 has been supported by a dozen out of the 700 who are now participating in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) in the east of Ukraine. News 02 April from UNIAN.

bellingcat – Tankspotting: T-90As in the Donbass – bellingcat

The presence of Russian T-72B3 tanks in eastern Ukraine has previously been established and covered on Bellingcat. The tanks have reportedly been used near Ilovaisk, the Luhansk airport and even Debaltseve. The T-72B3 represents post-Soviet tank development by the Russian Federation, and was not exported to or fielded by Ukraine. Another post-Soviet development with its root in the T-72 program is the T-90 main battle tank and its variants, currently representing the peak of armored warfare capability of Russian ground forces. First production versions of the T-90 were produced in 1992, and during the lifetime of the program a few export models (e.g. T-90S, T-90SM) have been produced. These have not however been exported to Ukraine, where the domestic military industry worked on other modernizations based on e.g. the T-72 and T-80. A distinctive feature often associated with the T-90 family tanks are “glowing eyes” on the turret. These “eyes” are the electro-optical interference emitters of the Shtora-1 active protection system, intended to disrupt the guidance systems of anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs).

Two Turkish warships arrive in Odesa sea port. PHOTOS

03.04.17 14:35 – Two Turkish warships arrive in Odesa sea port. PHOTOS Two Turkish Navy ships entered the port of Odesa this morning. View photo news.

Trial in Crimea of RFE/RL contributor Mykola Semena set to resume on April 3

The trial of Crimean journalist Mykola Semena, indicted on separatism-related charges in the Russia-controlled territory, resumes on April 3 after a two-week adjournment, according to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). News 02 April from UNIAN.

Ukraine engages in talks on anthracite deliveries from US, Minister Nasalyk says

03.04.17 12:24 – Ukraine engages in talks on anthracite deliveries from US, Minister Nasalyk says Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Ihor Nasalyk says Ukraine is negotiating anthracite coal deliveries from the United States. View news.

Ukraine judged to have inadequate defence in $3bn Russian debt claim | News | Law Society Gazette

Mr Justice Blair denies defence bid in case seen as tester for English courts’ clout.

Ukraine posts almost US$51 mln in budget surplus in two months

Ukraine posted a surplus of its national budget in January-February 2017 at UAH 1.371 billion, or US$50.7 million, against a UAH 2.403 billion deficit year-over-year, according to the Ukrainian Finance Ministry. News 03 April from UNIAN.

Ukrainian PM Groysman: 3,500 state-owned enterprises should be sold – 03.04.2017 11:24 — Ukrinform News

03.04.2017 11:24. The Government of Ukraine intends to sell the state-owned enterprises of no strategic importance to the country.

Israel may buy over 2,500 tonnes of Ukrainian beef per month

Israel is interested in Ukrainian beef imports and is mulling over the possibility of buying over 2,500&nbsp;tonnes&nbsp;of such meat per month, according to the Ukrainian Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry’s press service. News 03 April from UNIAN.

Ukraine exports over 33 mln tonnes of grain since July 2016

Ukrainian agrarians have exported 33.35 million tons grain since the beginning of 2016-2017 marketing year (MY) in July 2016, according to the Ukrainian Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry’s press service. News 03 April from UNIAN.

How Putin Uses Fake News to Wage War on Ukraine

Propaganda and cyberwarfare in support of military actions are hallmarks of Russian hybrid warfare.

Ukraine: sex work in times of war | openDemocracy

Lenin Saves the Day! Ukrainian Town Auctions Giant Lenin Statue to Patch Budget

A massive monument to Vladimir Lenin was purchased by an anonymous buyer during an auction in Western Ukraine. Ironically, the Bolshevik leader came to the rescue during a massive “de-communization” campaign in Ukraine.

Ukrainian Black Widow accuses first husband’s family | Daily Mail Online

Barry Pring, 47, died after celebrating his first wedding anniversary with wife Ganna Ziuzina in Kiev in February 2008. His family insist the former stripper Ms Ziuzina was behind the ‘hit’.

North Korea’s Nuclear Strength, Encapsulated in an Online Ad for Lithium – The New York Times

An ad for the bomb-boosting isotope lithium 6 suggests how far the North’s nuclear program has come, and how difficult President Trump’s vow to halt it will be.

Trump ready to tackle North Korea alone — FT exclusive

President says US will act unilaterally if China does not pressure Pyongyang

Trump: US will act unilaterally on North Korea if necessary –

US President Donald Trump has declared he would be willing to go it alone to restrain North Korea’s nuclear weapons program should China fail to change the situation, saying if Beijing won’t help solve it, then “we will” alone.

Donald Trump’s chance to fix Barack Obama’s China strategy |

The US cannot continue with the status quo in its relations with Beijing. But the lack of China experience in the White House is startling.

Syria’s Civil War Produces a Clear Winner: Hezbollah – WSJ

The Lebanese militant group, labeled a terror organization by the U.S., has grown stronger through its support of the Assad regime, battling Syrian rebels alongside Russian forces and training local Shiite fighters.

Sisi and Trump to discuss security, economy on first US visit – Politics – Egypt – Ahram Online

Beyond the personal chemistry, the presidents of Egypt and the US have so many deals to make – if agreement can be reached

What Trump Should Ask Sisi – POLITICO Magazine

Here’s what an “America First” strategy for resetting relations with Egypt might look like.

Egypt’s president leaves Cairo for Washington to meet Trump – World | The Star Online

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi left Cairo for Washington on Saturday where both sides will seek a renewed relationship after tensions over Sisi’s crackdown on opponents.

French polling watchdog warns over Russian news agency’s election report | Reuters

France’s polling commission has issued a warning over a Russian news report suggesting conservative candidate Francois Fillon leads the race for the presidency – something which contradicts the findings of mainstream opinion pollsters.

DUNCAN MacLAREN. Article 50 triggered: the farce heats up | John Menadue – Pearls and Irritations

The Herald’ in Glasgow, the day after the Article 50 letter was signed, had emblazoned the following on its front page: The Beginning of the End: After 44 years in the EU, a bloc covering 500 million people and 28 countries, a letter 6 pages long from a British Prime Minister begins the process that in 2 years will see the UK leave the body credited with ensuring 60 years of European peace. In Milton’s Paradise Lost, Satan boasts of having been able to destroy God’s creation in a single day whereas it had taken the Creator-in-chief seven days to make it (Mesopotamian mythology from which the story comes doesn’t have contemporary time lines!). The realisation then dawns that Satan has no idea whatsoever of what it is he has destroyed. It seems to be the same for May and her merry band of Brexiteers like David Davis and Boris Johnston who seem to think of leaving the EU as a jolly caper on a sunny day in the fields of Eton. The madness continues.

European Union: Europe Wakes Up | ZEIT ONLINE

Just as it was being written off, the European Union is reviving. People are coming together to celebrate it; politicians are suddenly speaking positively about it; even the economy is flourishing. An investigation into a continent in transition.

Serbia’s Vucic confirms domination with presidential win – media

Conservative Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic won Serbia’s presidential election on Sunday by a huge margin, confirming his domination of the Balkan country as he pursues a delicate balancing act between Europe and Russia, according to Reuters. News 03 April from UNIAN.

Why an extradition treaty with China was always a bad idea

What exactly did the Turnbull government imagine was worth the compromises that would have accompanied consent to the treaty?

Haley eclipses Tillerson on Trump’s foreign policy ladder – POLITICO

The U.N. ambassador’s performance is stoking speculation about her political future.

McCain on Russia probe: ‘Every time we turn around, another shoe drops from this centipede’ | TheHill

Adam Schiff says Donald Trump wants focus on tweets, not Russia probe

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee accused President Trump of trying to divert Congress from its investigations of Russia’s role in the 2016 election.

John Cornyn: Senate Intel will investigate unmasking, Russian intervention – CBS News

Senators John Cornyn and Angus King appeared on &quot;Face the Nation&quot; Sunday, giving the latest on the Senate Intelligence Committee probe into Russia

Gingrich: All ‘Real Evidence’ of Russian Influence Points to Democrats | Fox News Insider

President Trump has called investigations in Russian interference or collusion with himself or his campaign “a total scam,” and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) backed up that sentiment on “Sunday Morning Futures.”

Gingrich: Evidence points to Democratic collusion with Russia | Washington Examiner

Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker and presidential candidate, said Sunday that the evidence of collusion with Russia points to Democrats, not Republicans. It is ironic that all of the real evidence of real money and real influence-buying relates to Democrats, Gingrich told Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo. Gingrich, who has been a trusted Trump adviser, said Russia’s involvement in the 2016 elections may have helped Democrats far more than Republicans. Gingrich pointed to benefactors of such collusion being associated with Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chairman, John Podesta — specifically his brother, Tony Podesta. There is no evidence that anybody was being purchased on the Republican side, he said.

Ukrainian-Americans Protest Manafort’s Ties To Russia – Hartford Courant

As the FBI and Congress continue investigating American ties to Russia in the 2016 presidential election…

Sean Spicer absolutely crushes NPR reporter for ‘defending’ former Obama official Evelyn Farkas – TheBlaze

Sean Spicer Misquotes Evelyn Farkas in Latest Defense of Trump’s Wiretapping Claim – The New York Times

President Trump’s press secretary misquoted a former Obama official as proof of the president’s spying accusation, and misled about Mr. Trump’s taxes.

Every day a new Russian revelation. That’s not as bizarre as it sounds. – The Washington Post

Russian meddling is ubiquitous — and hitting France hardest.

For Russians in Washington, the spy jokes are getting old – The Washington Post

“We can’t see a KGB agent behind every bush,” one local leader says.

The right’s jarring drift toward Russia – The Washington Post

It’s not hysterical or hypocritical to interrogate Russia’s intervention in the 2016 campaign.

Quora: How Russia and Putin Benefit From a Trump Presidency

A weakened NATO, cracks in the U.S./European alliance, an inexperienced secretary of state—Trump’s election is a bounty for Putin.

No good that Comey does on Trump/Russia can undo his legacy: He poisoned a presidential election

Senate Could Invoke ‘Nuclear Option’ On Gorsuch Nomination, Schumer And McConnell Won’t Back Down : NPR

A potentially historic and consequential week lies ahead in the United States Senate, where Republicans stand ready to invoke the “nuclear option” to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Grassley: If you’d filibuster Gorsuch, you’d filibuster anybody | Washington Examiner

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Judge Neil Gorsuch’s testimony during his Supreme Court nomination hearing should create a dilemma for anyone considering opposing him. The hearing on Gorsuch’s nomination ended Thursday, and Grassley said the federal appeals judge proved he has a command of the law, an independent voice and a deep sense of humility. His testimony, and the testimony of those who actually know him should create a dilemma for anybody who is desperate for a reason to vote no, because if you’re voting on qualifications and not politics, you’d vote yes, Grassley said. If you’d filibuster Judge Gorsuch, it’s obvious you’d filibuster anybody. Democrats moved closer to filibustering Gorsuch on Thursday, when Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer expressed his intention to force Gorsuch to receive 60 votes for confirmation.