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Russia / Strategy Media Update – 25 June 2017


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Russia’s descent into the abyss continues, unabated. Debate arcing up around an exit from the INF following Russian breaches – why maintain a one-sided treaty commitment? Multiple bizarre claims by the Russian propaganda machine. Production of Zubr ACVs in the Crimean plant in difficulty – key components including engines “Made in Ukraine”. More religious repression. Rosbalt publishes a historical report on Stalin’s deliberations to drain the Caspian Sea, to reduce the cost of drilling for a producing oil.

Most notable IW/IO/Cyber report is the attack on UK Parliament, but other interesting reports.

In Ukraine, the summer “harvest ceasefire” fails courtesy of the Russian proxy force. Kharkiv Oblast border fortifications to be completed this year, Sumy and Luhansk to follow. Russian deep penetration team taken out by UA, two of the teams were Russian Army regulars, one of who is KIA, the other EPW. Calls in Parliament to strengthen defenses in Bessarabia to deny Russians opportunities to exploit Transnistria and Moldova. Ukraine goes online with large genealogical database spanning  1650AD–1920AD, using millions of digitized records.

Issaev essay on Russia’s dead end in Syria most interesting – he argues that Iran and Assad have worked hard to entrap Russia into doing their bidding, and the Russians are now politically entrapped, the intent being to steer Russia into a confrontation with the US. Another brewing Russia scandal, with a company involved in Syria’s CW program linked to Russia.Israelis hit Syrians on Golan Heights. Egypt receiving its Almaz-Antey S-300VM, while Turkey finalizes negotiations for Almaz-Antey S-400 batteries.

Warmbier tragedy continues to be debated. China launches its global marketing campaign for the Shenyang FC-31/J-31 low observable fighter.

In the US domestic debate, DCI Pompeo is interviewed, making a series of most interesting disclosures. Obama widely criticized over handling of the Russian interference, but the role of Rice and associates in promoting appeasement of Russia receives no mention. Two curious stories on Ivana Trump, and how POTUS and Ivana were then harassed by the Czech communist StB, the local branch office of the KGB.


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The other treaty on the chopping block – POLITICO The Trump administration is under pressure to pull out of a landmark nuclear arms pact with Russia. Some worry the INF Treaty is the only thing standing in the way of a full-blown arms race.

Russia to Take Retaliatory Measures in Case of US Withdrawal From INF Treaty Russia will take retaliatory measures in case of the United States withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), Viktor Ozerov, the chairman of the defense and security committee of the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia’s parliament, told Sputnik Sunday.

Russia warns Norway that expansion of hosting 330 US Marines will hit their diplomatic ties – To Inform is to Influence Russia is feeling the pressure of a unified Europe and Scandinavia, they’re threatening Norway for extending US Marine presence.  Norway’s response?  Norway’s prime minister says Russia ‘has become more unpredictable’ Deutsche Welle 00:44 Sun, 11 Jun Iran’s Press TV has to go a step further. ‘US troops in Norway bad for Russia relations’ PressTV 21:43 Sat, 24…

Putin Says Work in KGB Was Tied to Non-Official Cover Espionage The Russian president said that his work in the Soviet state security committee KGB was related to “illegal intelligence.”

Russians feel confident about Putin’s foreign policy agenda, but less so about the economy | Business Insider Russians continue to give high marks to…

Putin Regime Now ‘One Grandiose Fake’ from Top to Bottom, Eidman Says – To Inform is to Influence After staring at Russia for much of the last 27 years, I assess Russia’s credibility to be zero.  Before that, I grouped the Soviet Union into a group of potential adversaries, but my time in Special Forces brought me a much-deserved detestation of Soviet Spetsnaz, who I observed on a number of occasions. I held out hope,…

Jehovah’s Witness in Crimea ‘ordered to renounce faith to be drafted into Russian army’ | The Independent Crimean authorities may have breached international laws by ordering a Jehovah’s Witness to prove he has abandoned his faith before being drafted into the occupying Russian army, according to a human rights monitor. Members of the Christian denomination, which is deeply opposed to military service, were previously allowed to sign up for alternative civilian service in Russia, where men have to complete a year’s draft in the army between the ages of 18-27. 

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russian Politicians Must Be Punished if They Seek to Exploit Ethnic or Religious Issues, Nationalities Chief Says Paul Goble Staunton, June 24 – Ethnic and Religious issues must become “a taboo for all political parties and figures in Russia,” Igor Barinov, head of the Federal Agency for Nationality Affairs, and the authorities must crack down “in the harshest possible way” to any violation of that official ban. Barinov made this comment to TASS on Thursday at the conclusion of the Pyatigorsk conference on nationality policy. He said that he had no doubt that “’destructive forces’ are seeking to ‘shake the political situation in the country on a nationalistic basis” (tass.ru/politika/4358694 and nazaccent.ru/content/24479-glava-fadn-nacionalnaya-tematika-dolzhna-stat.html). The nationalities official pointed out that “similar situations had been observed in previous election campaigns” and involve not only the presidential race but also political competitions within individual federal subjects. “Of course,” he continued, “this is a very dangerous tendency.” Barinov’s words are important for two reasons. On the one hand, they suggest that the Kremlin is now prepared to adopt a much more repressive approach to any such discussion given that it has gotten away with harsher measures in a variety of other sectors of the Russian political landscape. And on the other hand, his words also signal that Moscow is worried about ethnic issues and especially those within republics that might tear them apart, such as the remaining bi-national republics in the North Caucasus (Karachayevo-Cherkessia and Kabardino-Balkaria where Circassian activism is growing) and Daghestan which has been shaken of late by Nogay moves.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: ‘Daghestan Needs Nogay Lands Not the Nogay People,’ Movement’s Leader Says Paul Goble Staunton, June 25 – Echoing the infamous remark of a 19th century Russian general about Armenia, Rustam Adilgireyev, the chief organizer of the All-Russian Congress of the Nogay People earlier this month, says that it is becoming obvious that “Daghestan needs the lands of the Nogays but not the Nogay people.” The more than 100,000 Nogays of the Russian Federation, a Turkic people centered on the steppe in northern Daghestan and adjoining territories, he says, are seeking to get support against Makhachkala’s offensive policies from “the leadership of the Russian Federation and … the subjects of the federation” (kavpolit.com/articles/u_zhitelej_pojavilas_nadezhda-34476/). “We Nogays,” Adilgireyev says, “are a devoted people of the Russian state and we will defend the sovereignty of the Russian state.” Pointedly, he did not say that the Nogays are devoted to Daghestan. In fact, in his article, he makes it clear that his people view Makhchakala almost as an enemy. The Nogay people, he continues, “have been and are being subjected to the destructive impact of the incorrect socio-economic and nationality policy of the Government of the Republic of Daghestan,” which among other things has taken away two thirds of Nogay territories from Nogay local administrations and failed to fund these agencies adequately. The much-ballyhooed Makhachkala program for the development of the Nogay district has “practically collapsed.” According to Adilgireyev, this is shown by five developments in recent years: · Every year, the local budgets have been cut by Makhachkala, thus making it impossible for the self-governments of the Nogay to do their work. · Only people with money or connections are able to take an active part in economic activity as a result. · Thousands of young Nogays have been forced to move elsewhere in the search for work. · Nogay lands that Makhachkala has given to other peoples have been over-farmed and are now turning into “sandy deserts” of little use to anyone. · “In the higher organs of power of Daghestan, there is not a single representative of the Nogay region, not a minister, not a deputy minister, not even a chief of an administration, and only one who heads a small department of the apparatus of the chief of the republic and government.” All of this, the Nogay leader says, “demonstrate the indifference of the powers that be of Daghestan to the Nogay region and their ignoring of the interests of the population of the district in favor of the population of the mountainous regions.” Still worse, Makhachkala has taken control of the elections and imposed its own people on the Nogay steppe. As a result, anger among the Nogays is increasing, Adilgireyev says. Moscow must ensure that power to make decisions about the Nogays return to the Nogays and not be usurped by the Daghestani authorities. “We must not allow a new redivision of our small Motherland,” the activist says, “or changes of the administrative-territorial borders and integrity of the Nogay district.” If that process isn’t stopped, the Nogay land will be reduced to “an isolated reservation” for a people oppressed by the republic government. Adilgireyev says he isn’t posing any challenge to Daghestan “because Daghestan and its leadership are not synonymous.” But of course, that is exactly what he is doing. And his invocation of Moscow to help the Nogays against Makhachkala sets the stage for a most dangerous game. Moscow is hardly likely to agree to give the Nogays all that they want, but it may use their demands as the basis for ousting the current leadership in Makhachkala. Unfortunately, for the Russian center, such a move would be fraught with dangers as well: it would send yet another signal that protests can work – and thus lead more ethnic groups to make similar demands. Indeed, what makes the new Nogay activism worthy of note is less its significance for that group alone, something that after all may possible given that nation’s links to Turkey, than as an indication of growing dissatisfaction and activism among many other numerically small ethnic groups in Russia.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: FIFA Said Investigating Entire Russian Soccer Team for Doping, Putting 2018 World Cup at Risk Paul Goble Staunton, June 25 – A British newspaper is reporting that FIFA, the world governing body for soccer, is now investigating all the members of the Russian team in the last world cup competition for doping, an investigation that Moscow is dismissing as a witch hunt but one that could increase pressure on FIFA to strip Moscow of the right to hold the 2018 World Cup. London’s Daily Mail reports today that “every member of Russia’s World Cup team is under investigation in a doping probe” by FIFA. That includes “the entire Russian squad for Rio 2014” and “a further 11” who are currently playing (dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4635918/Russia-s-World-Cup-team-investigation-doping.html). As the paper points out, this is the first indication that the doping scandal in which Russian teams in the Sochi Olympiad were caught has spread to soccer, a development that if FIFA concludes that is true will put enormous pressure on the international body to strip Moscow of the right to hold the World Cup competition next year. Not surprisingly, Vitaly Mutkov, Russia’s deputy prime minister, president of the Russian Football Union, and the man who led Russia’s defense against doping charges in other sports until that became unsustainable, has denounced the London paper’s report as nonsense and declared that doping has never been a problem in Russian soccer (tass.ru/sport/4364115). But if Mutko is confident at least for now and for public consumption that the story is untrue, many Russian outlets appear less certain and are openly warning that this latest report could cost Moscow the right to host the 2018 World Cup, an event that Vladimir Putin has made second only to the Sochi Olympics in importance for showing Russia’s return to the world stage. One news outlet said that the 2018 competition was “on the brink” of being taken away from Russia as many activists have demanded for some time (lenta.ru/news/2017/06/25/doping/). Others were somewhat less apocalyptic but quite concerned. (See, for example, echo.msk.ru/news/2006580-echo.html and gazeta.ru/sport/news/2017/06/25/n_10222229.shtml).Production of Zubr-Class Air-Cushion Ships Resumes Only in 2019-2021, Shipbuilders Say – To Inform is to InfluenceThis is a change to the Jane’s June 2017 report, Russia to resume construction of Zubr hovercraft.  This article declares Russia will not resume production of this large beach-assault hovercraft until 2019.  If Russia wants any flexibility in a military invasion, they must have sufficient numbers of Zubr hovercraft with replacements available.  This almost guarantees Russia will not…

Production of Zubr-Class Air-Cushion Ships Resumes Only in 2019-2021, Shipbuilders Say Russian shipbuilders may resume construction of Project 12322 Zubr small-size air-cushion landing ships only by 2019-2021, but in no way in 2018, as Izvestiya wrote, representatives of Almaz (Saint Petersburg) and More (Feodosiya), the shipyards that formerly built these vessels, told Mil.Today. Referring to the Russian Navy’s top officers, the newspaper announced the keel-laying of the first Zubr-class ship was scheduled in 2018. &lt;i&gt;Izvestiya&lt;/i&gt; wrote, representatives of &lt;i&gt;Almaz&lt;/i&gt; (Saint Petersburg) and &lt;i&gt;More&lt;/i&gt; (Feodosiya), the shipyards that formerly built these vessels, told Mil.Today. The information about restoration of Zubr shipbuilding project from 2018 was refuted by director general of the Almaz Shipbuilding Firm Leonid Grabovets, being interviewed by Mil.Today. As for him, about four years are needed to kick off serial production. “We won’t start building Zubr ships soon, mass production of their turbines has not been launched in Russia yet, reduction gears are not available either. Gas turbines and diesel generators were made in Ukraine, then the latter were replaced with Swedish ones. Reduction gears can be supplied by St. Petersburg plant Zvezda”, Grabovets said. The Almaz shipyard’s director added that at this stage one must wait for test results of the first Russian mass-produced maritime gas turbines. The company is ready to build Zubr-class ships, but the yard will need to employ experts and buy additional equipment, said Grabovets. “If we’re instructed to build these ships, Almaz will find people promptly; we know where to get them. However, that would be upon trials completion, anyway”. NPO Saturn (Rybinsk, Russia) plans to finish development works on substitution of imported Ukrainian gas turbine engines and complete tests by December 2017. It was promised to start batch production of marine gas turbines in 2018. Project 12322 ships are equipped by powerplant M35 with engines M70FRU2. According to an insider at More shipyard, the company has not been instructed to resume production of Zubr-type landing craft yet. “These talks were in 2014, soon after Crimea’s reintegration into Russia, but they never materialized”, said the source. The More shipyards’ officials added that the company possessed both the staff and the production experience of Project 12322 landing ships. “We still advice Chinese shipbuilders, and have not closed the Zubr project in fact”. The insider said Russian powerplants were heavier than the Ukrainian ones, so the technical project needed alterations. “Design documentation must be also adapted, in total, that will take up to 1.5 years. So, production launch of Zubr ships in 2018 is unreal, wherever it could be”, he concluded. Izvestiya writes that finding a contractor is the key issue now: “The Navy is about to ask for bids Almaz (St. Petersburg), More (Crimea), Khabarovsk Shipyard, and, possibly, Yantar (Kaliningrad)”. The first two yards did build such ships, Yantar provided repairs, and Khabarovsk Shipyard produced Project 12061 Murena air-cushion boats for South Korea. The newspaper named Almaz as a ‘heavy favorite’. A source aware of the situation stumbled at the distinct advantage of Almaz over More shipyard. “Sure, Saint Petersburg shipbuilders are excellent professionals, but they haven’t worked on Zubr project for over ten years, while More practically continued works making ships for China”. Mil.Today failed to get an official comment from the Russian Navy’s shipbuilding department.

Russia Launches Pantsyr-ME Missile’s Serial Production Russia has launched Pantsyr-ME seaborne surface-to-air missile and artillery complex into serial production, following completion of its development. “The development of the seaborne version of the Pantsyr air defense system that has no analogues in the world has been completed.” Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov said on Friday. The presentation of the Pantsyr-ME will be held at the International Maritime Defense Show in St. Petersburg, Chemezov said. [PrivacyBadger has replaced this AddThis button.]

India, Russia Deals On Frigates, S-400 Missile System, Kamov Helicopters Move Forward India and Russia have adopted a strategy framed by them for defence cooperation on Friday to concretize deals on frigates, S-400 air defence missile system and Kamov helicopters. India’s Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, who is in Russia this week, co-chaired the 17th meeting of the India-Russia Intergovernmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) on Friday with his Russian counterpart, General Sergei Shoigu. “We are determined to go ahead with building cooperation in order to enhance the combat readiness of both countries’ armed forces and to exchange experience in various defence-related matters,” Shoigu was quoted as saying by Tass this week. The Russian minister said that experts from both sides drafted a roadmap for the development of military cooperation, which will become the basic document for planning bilateral defence engagements. Jaitley and Shoigu discussed the final shape of defence deals that include S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems, four Krivak class stealth frigates and Kamov 226T helicopters. Ahead of Modi’s visit to St Petersburg for the annual summit, a special arrangement was made to make Indo-Russia defence projects work around the sanctions. Under the arrangement, India has waived banking guarantee clause mandatory for securing defence contracts in India. Instead India accepted a sovereign guarantee from Russia. Earlier this week Jaitley spoke at the newly established India-Russia High-Level Committee on Science and Technology in Novosibirsk to discuss cooperation in high technologies and emphasised on bilateral cooperation with India moving closer to Wassennar membership. In March, Jaitley had invited Russian companies to share some critical technologies with India and produce defence equipment in India.

Ageing Russia offers new opportunities for older models A former blogger believes he has spotted a gap in the market in a country that normally associates beauty with youth.

Paedophile used his five foster daughters as underage sex slaves ‘committing 729 rapes’ Man detained after schoolgirls revealed they ‘were forced to have sex with him during almost five years’ until one victim confided the alleged abuse to teachers.

Trump-Putin bromance is far from over, despite Russia’s anti-American rhetoric | EUROMAIDAN PRESSEuromaidan Press | Russian experts and sociologists have noted a sharp increase in both anti-Western sentiment and anti-American rhetoric in Russian establishment politics. In particular, as journalist Denis Ermakov points out, it’s the first time such sentiments have been observed since Donald Trump‘s election to the presidency of the United States. In his article, the Russian analyst lists several statements by officials and the press that demonstrate the same stylistics of the new “Cold War” that had been observed on a much larger scale at the very beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in 2013-14. Last week, one senior Russian official after another began speaking in one voice about the West trying to destabilize the situation in Russia and, specifically, in order to influence the outcome of the presidential election in 2018. At a special Federation Council hearing on June 7, the speaker of the upper house Valentina Matviyenko, the Prosecutor General Yury Chaika, and the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Sergey Naryshkin, talked about this,” Ermakov said. “The Russophobic course the West is on at the present moment is practically institutionalized, and its instigators and promoters occupy leading positions in the government, international organizations, the media and various non-governmental organizations,” Sergey Naryshkin told the senators. At the same time, he said, “the scenario if realized by the West implies depriving Russia of independence in international affairs and obtaining unlimited access to our natural resources.”

Statue Will Honor Man Who Signed Treaty With Russia To Give Alaska To United States A statue honoring former U.S. Secretary of State William Henry Seward, who signed a treaty with Russia that brought Alaska to the United States, will be installed in the city of Juneau on July 3. …

Historical sensation: Stalin wanted to drain the Caspian Sea The Russian edition of “Rosbalt” published a sensational material according to which in 1952 the leader of the USSR Stalin decided to intensify oil production in the Caspian Sea and for this he came up with the idea to drain the Caspian Sea. According to Stalin’s plan, the waters of the Volga had to go to North Kazakhstan. The Terek River would be diverted to the steppes of Kalmykia, and Kura would become dizzy. The Caspian Sea was then rescued by hydrologists who explained to Stalin that even if all this was done, there would not be enough pumps to pump out atmospheric precipitation from the bottom of the reservoir, haqqin.az writes. Under the Soviet regime, many projects with a huge scope were conceived, which, if implemented, would lead to large-scale changes in nature and climate. Well-known plans for the turn of Siberian rivers to the south for the development of agriculture in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. But in 1952 an even more global project was considered – draining the bottom of the Caspian Sea with the goal of more convenient oil production. Nikolai Baibakov, the then Minister of the Oil Industry of the USSR, mentioned this project in passing in the 1990s, and in 2016 in the published memoirs of the head of the KGB Ivan Serov a detailed story appeared about Stalin’s plans (“Ivan Serov: Notes from a suitcase”, publishing house “Enlightenment” “, 2016). But first a bit of prehistory. The projects of conquering the sea in the Caspian appeared as soon as oil production began there, i.e. From the end of the XIX century. So, the Bibi-Eybat Bay in the Baku area was covered on the Caspian Sea. In 1906, they announced a tender for a drainage project. In 1909-1912, a stone dam was built and the backfilling of the fenced area began. The Civil War interrupted these works, but they resumed after the establishment of Soviet power in Azerbaijan and were finally completed in 1927. The flooded area was 300 hectares. In 1949, as the Russian edition writes, in the Caspian Sea, the first oil well in the open sea was drilled 40 km offshore. So began the creation of a city on steel piles, called Oil Rocks. However, the construction of overpasses, which take many kilometers from the coast, was very expensive. In addition, their construction is possible only in shallow water. The Caspian was then the main territory of oil production in the USSR (the fields of Western Siberia had not yet been discovered). The question arose how to intensify oil production there. So, in 1952, the plan for the dehumidification of the Caspian Sea appeared. Ivan Serov wrote: “… I was instructed to manage the Hydroproject, which was headed by S.Ya. Zhuk (Sergey Yakovlevich Zhuk, a Soviet hydro technician, academician, as the chief engineer headed the construction of the White Sea-Baltic Canal (1931-1933), was named writer Solzhenitsyn one of the” The main assistants of Stalin and Berry “- haqqin.az.). In 1952, Serov was the first deputy minister of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and simultaneously oversaw the construction of the Volga-Don Canal. Ivan Serov One evening the Beetle came to me and said: “They are calling to Comrade Stalin with a map of the Caspian Sea.” Well, I say: “Prepare a good map and go, and then report what directions will be.” At 2 o’clock in the morning the Beetle returned and reported: Comrade Stalin said that it was necessary to prepare proposals and calculations, how and when to dry the Caspian Sea. I look at him with surprised eyes, and he looks at me with a serious air. Then I found a voice and said: “Well, what did you say?” He replies: “I said it is possible, but I will calculate.” True, Comrade Mikoyan spoke and told Comrade Stalin that we are losing black caviar, which we export to the world for currency. Then Stalin strictly told Mikoyan that you are arguing with trading positions, we need oil. At the same time, it was said: to take the Volga to the Kazakh steppes, to stop the Kuru, and on other rivers flowing into the Caspian Sea, to think what to do so that they do not fill the Caspian Sea. The deadline was two weeks. After this message, I could say nothing more, except: “Well, go, think,” but this idea did not fit into my head. Well, wait and see. The other day Zhuk came in and reported that he had been to Stalin in the afternoon and had given his views on the Caspian Sea. Well, and what, I ask, have you decided? The beetle says: “I reported the calculations. In order to drain the Caspian Sea and expose the Absheron Isthmus, where there is oil, and to get out to the oil stones, it is necessary to distribute the waters of the Volga in the steppes of Kazakhstan. For this, it is necessary to build channels, which will require up to 10 billion rubles, a period of 4-5 years. The same thing needs to be done with the Ural River, but its water will have nowhere to go. It is necessary to divert the Terek, which can be used for irrigation of fields. The river Kura can be dammed, but the construction of the dam will be very expensive and, in addition, over the years a huge lake is formed, which will flood a large area of fertile land. If we successfully divert the rivers, the Caspian Sea will still be slightly filled with rain, since the area of the mirror is hundreds of square kilometers. However, the evaporation of water from the sea will be only 4 cm per year. If you still organize the pumping of water from the sea and plus evaporation, then under these conditions it will be necessary to drain the bottom of 16-17 years. ” Comrade Stalin listened and said: “Perhaps not worth it.” Everyone supported him the same way as when he said “drain”. I thought to myself: “Thank God that you did not dare to drain it.” That’s how after a lapse of dozens of years, the secrets of history are revealed. But if Stalin went to the end, then, perhaps, there would be no Caspian Sea.


IW/IO/Cyber Reports


Window on Eurasia — New Series: Is a Russian Oliver Stone Going to Make a Movie about Donald Trump? Paul Goble Staunton, June 24 – Vladimir Surin, director of the Moscow Center for the Study of Socially Significant Problems, says a Russian film director should make a film on Donald Trump analogous to the one US director Oliver Stone has made on Vladimir Putin, something that would allow Putin to explain himself and represent a breakthrough in US-Russian ties. Stone’s film, Surin says, represents “the start of the geopolitical breakthrough toward the normalization and harmonization of Russian-American relations. The film of the American became an independent and powerful geopolitical factor. Such is the nature of our time.” And Russia must exploit this by responding in kind (ruskline.ru/news_rl/2017/06/24/vstrechnyj_hod/). “’No one besides us.’ This device of Russians in airborne forces can (and should!) be considered as a call to our great film directors. And we have a whole cohort of them: Mikhalkov, Govorukhin, Menshov and others,” Suring continues. “We all must always remember and take into consideration that we live in an era when information decides everything. There is a super-important task which by itself seems not resolvable – the restoration of a strategic partnership of Russia and the US.” Take in isolation “this is a utopia.” But no one should forget that individuals make history. According to the media expert, “the global crisis of democracy has a simple cause: democracy has blocked the role of the personality in history. Film, TV, IP-technologies are in a position to overcome this crisis. Speaking concretely: we must immediately organize the filming of a Russian movie, ‘An Interview with D. Trump.’” “No one except for us [Russians],” he says, “will be able to pose to the American president those questions on which he would very much like to express himself.” Such a film would free Trump from the constraints the American establishment has sought to impose on him and his actions. In sum, Surin concludes, “a Russian film about ‘the Kremlin’s henchman’ D. Trump will be something … [ellipsis in the original]. A talented conceptually developed film-interview with Trump would be worth an entire series of Russian-American negotiations. And such a series would follow…”

All This Talk About Cyber But That Is Only The Tip Of The Russian Information Warfare Iceberg – To Inform is to Influence This article just doesn’t seem to get it. To the authors, it’s all about cyber. Evidence is mounting that Russia took 4 clear paths to meddle in the US election Apologies to Sonam Sheth and Natasha Bertrand, the authors, but I need to correct you.  Cyber attacks, espionage, and hacking are a very minor part of…

Cyberwar Needs War Strategy – YouTube Dr. Michael Owens talks about the need to develop comprehensive strategies for cyber warfare. Countries must shift from reactive defense to proactive deterre…

A Cyberattack ‘the World Isn’t Ready For’ – To Inform is to Influence “”The world is burning about WannaCry, but this is a nuclear bomb compared to WannaCry”. </end editorial> By Nicole Perlroth, www.nytimes.com June 22nd, 2017 NEWARK — There have been times over the last two months when Golan Ben-Oni has felt like a voice in the wilderness. On April 29, someone hit his employer, IDT Corporation, with two cyberweapons…

UK parliament hit by cyber attack – To Inform is to Influence Best quote about a cyberattack – ever! “Sorry no parliamentary email access today – we’re under cyber attack from Kim Jong Un, Putin or a kid in his mom’s basement or something…” Henry Smith, a Conservative member, tweeted. </end editorial> BY JOHN BOWDEN The British parliament was hit by a cyber attack Friday night that…

British lawmakers hit by ‘sustained’ cyber attack | Reuters Britain’s parliament was hit by a “sustained and determined” cyber attack on Saturday designed to identify weak email passwords, just over a month after a ransomware worm crippled parts of the country’s health service.

Cyberattack Hits U.K. Parliament, Limits MPs’ Email Access – Bloomberg A cyberattack disabled some of the U.K. Parliament’s communications on Saturday, disrupting the ability of lawmakers to access their email, a House of Commons spokeswoman said.

How Russian hackers launched a cyberattack against Ukraine – Axios For several months, Russia has tested its hacking efforts on Ukraine.

Russia wants to examine the source code of US software, report reveals – BGR While all US intelligence agencies agree that Russia meddled in the presidential election last year, Donald Trump still finds time in his busy schedule to question whether it actually happened.

Symantec refuses Russia request for source code access Security firm Symantec will no longer allow Russian authorities to inspect its source code, according to Reuters. “It poses a risk to the integrity of our produ…

Researchers: Russia Has Technology to Cause Major Power Outages Researchers say computer experts thought to be allied with Russia have developed a weapon to attack computer systems. They say this cyber-weapon has the ability to attack power centers across Europe, Asia, and even the United States.


Ukraine Reports


European values and Ukraine -Euromaidan Press | Vitaliy Portnikov The new French president, Emmanuel Macron, in his interview with leading world media, has clearly outlined his vision for the European Union. It is a union of values and not a supermarket, he said. For the first time in many years, these words were clearly voiced by the leader of one of the leading countries on the continent. It is no secret that many Ukrainians concur with this position towards the European Union — an attitude that is often even more intuitive than conscious. The people who came out on Maidan demonstrated not simply for the association with the European Union. They demonstrated for the values of the European Union. For those values that stand for justice and solidarity. This is why those European politicians who adhere to such values find it is so strange to observe the current behavior exhibited by some of the elites and societies in the countries of Central Europe — our neighbors. Emmanuel Macron cites the prominent Polish politician and dissident Bronislaw Geremek, who told his young French colleague: “You cannot even imagine how much you owe us.” Geremek, naturally, spoke of principles, not money. He spoke of the dividing lines that arose in Europe after the Second World War, when the part of the continent that was liberated from Hitler was turned over to the actual rule of a regime no less disgusting than Hitler’s. This is why Macron has been so surprised by the actual rejection of principles coupled with the desire to receive money. This is probably why people in Warsaw or Budapest they are so offended by the French leader. Europe should not simply be used For Ukraine these words by the French president represent a program for the future. If we want a successful European integration, we must first think of principles, about European solidarity. Europeans do not even realize how much they owe us. But in order for such an idea to emerge, we must become a part of the Europe of values and not the loan-consuming Europe. We must remember what Europe went through on the difficult path to unity. But we must also reiterate that Ukraine was part of the “bloodlands,” to use the accurate designation by historian Timothy Snyder, and that it sacrificed no less. After the current disillusionment by European leaders over what Macron calls the “betrayal” by neighbors on the continent, we must not give reason to suspect us of commonplace consumption. Ukrainians have suffered too much to want simply to take advantage of Europe. No, we must become the real Europe — not in the geographical sense, but in the sense of values. That will be the secret of Ukraine’s civilizational success.

Technical development of border with Russia in Kharkiv region to be completed in 2017 The engineering and technical development of the state border with Russia on the territory of Kharkiv region under the European Wall project should be finished in 2017, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has said. “This year the task has been set and the border guards are ready to fulfill it, so that we completely cover the entire Kharkiv section of the border as part of the European Wall project. This year this will be Kharkiv region, Luhansk and Sumy regions will follow. These are our plans and we will insist that the financing should be full,” Avakov said at a briefing in Kharkiv region on Saturday. “The ministry will fully ensure the use of funds [as intended] so that there should be no abuses,” NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov added. Avakov said the total amount of UAH 500 million is to be allocated for the development of the border in Kharkiv region. “The funds allocated this year will amount to about UAH 200 million. In addition, the draft budget amendments, which were approved by parliament the day before yesterday, envisage additional UAH 300 million. This will allow to cover the entire section of the border in Kharkiv region with intelligent towers, a seismic cable, ensure proper technical equipment so that not a single meter of the border is left without the control of the border guards. This system will allow us to reliably protect the borders of the European Union, with which we now have a visa-free regime and provide for the functioning of the European Wall,” Avakov said.

Avakov: Technical development of border with Russia in Kharkiv region to be completed in 2017 | KyivPost KHARKIV REGION – The engineering and technical development of the state border with Russia on the territory of Kharkiv region under the European Wall project should be finished in 2017, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has said. “This year the task has been set and the border guards are ready to fulfill it, so that we completely cover the entire Kharkiv section of the border as part of the European Wall project. This year this will be Kharkiv region, Luhansk and Sumy regions will follow. These are our plans and we will insist that the financing should be full,” Avakov said at a briefing in Kharkiv region on Saturday. “The ministry will fully ensure the use of funds (as intended) so that there should be no abuses,” NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov added.

Ukraine informs foreign partners about Donbas reintegration bill The Ukrainian bill on the reintegration of Donbas into the country envisages extending the status of the ‘occupied territories’ to the certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Oleksiy Makeyev, director of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry policy department told reporters in Kyiv.

Militants launched 48 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in last day – 24.06.2017 11:25 — Ukrinform News 24.06.2017 11:25. Militants launched 48 attacks on positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in ATO area in Donbas over the past day.

Two Ukrainian soldiers wounded in ATO zone in past day – 24.06.2017 14:12 — Ukrinform News 24.06.2017 14:12. No Ukrainian soldiers were killed, but two were wounded in the ATO zone in eastern Ukraine over the past day.

Ukraine Says Two Soldiers Killed Despite Cease-Fire The Ukrainian military has said that two soldiers were killed and two wounded in the eastern part of the country despite a cease-fire that began on June 23. In a statement posted on Facebook o…

Two Russians among members of sabotage group destroyed by Ukraine troops in Donbas There were two Russian citizens among members of a sabotage group recently destroyed by Ukrainian troops in Donbas, according to the press service of the Ukrainian Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters. “Ukrainian Armed Forces servicemen who are carrying out a mission in the ATO zone in Donetsk and Luhansk regions have neutralized an enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group,” the ATO HQ said in a report on Sunday, June 25. Four members of the group are reported to have been detained, and two others – the commander and another member who were resisting the ATO forces – were eliminated. Read also ” “It must be noted that the liquidated commander of the group was a citizen of the Russian Federation, a resident of the [Russian] city of Kirov,” the ATO HQ said. In addition, there was another citizen of Russia among the captives. He is from Russia’s Altai Krai. “Two PK machine guns, two Dragunov sniper rifles, two Kalashnikov AK assault rifles, one light anti-tank weapon were seized during the operation,” the ATO HQ said. An investigation into the incident has begun under the supervision of the ATO military prosecutor’s office.

“Harvest ceasefire” in Donbas fails – War news | UNIAN The so-called &quot;harvest ceasefire&quot; in Donbas has failed as Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian troops 26 times along the entire contact line in the past day, according to the press center of the Ukrainian Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters. News 25 June from UNIAN.

MP Friz wants autumn session of NATO PA in Bucharest to address deepening cooperation between Ukrainian army, Romania Head of the Subcommittee for the Security of State Information Systems of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security and Defense Iryna Friz (the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction) supports the initiative to deepen the interaction of the Ukrainian Armed Forces with the Romanian counterparts and intends to raise this issue during the autumn session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. “With the development of military infrastructure in the region [in the south of Ukraine] and the enlargement of the armed forces grouping there, we will develop and deepen cooperation with Romania as a member of the North Atlantic Alliance to achieve greater effectiveness in carrying out security tasks in the Black Sea Region. As chairman of the permanent Ukrainian delegation to the NATO PA, I fully support such an initiative and in the fall of this year the issues of deepening regional cooperation will be raised at the next session of the NATO PA in Bucharest,” she wrote on her Facebook page on Friday, commenting on the decision of the Defense Ministry’s leadership to strengthen the army group in Odesa region. She also noted the importance of such a decision at this stage.”Military activity on the territory of the unrecognized Transdniestria, the nature of the military exercises of an operational group of Russian troops, as well as the statements of the Transdniestrian puppet leadership regarding the probability of applying to the Russian Federation for help through establishing transparent control over the movement of goods at the checkpoints located in the Transdniestrian sections of the Ukrainian-Moldovan border mean that the strengthening of Ukrainian armed forces’ presense in the region is a necessity,” the lawmaker said. As reported, the Ukrainian leadership is planning to increase the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ grouping with simultaneous creation of necessary technical and logistical facilities in Odesa region. “The previous military and political leadership made decisions as a result of which there are almost no military units in this region. Our plans include strengthening the grouping, creating the infrastructure and necessary technical and logistical facilities. We already have a military unit in Bolhrad presently, military units were established in Sarat, and a commandant’s office will be deployed to Artsyz,” , Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said during a working visit to the Odesa garrison on Friday.

School children from occupied Donbas want to enter universities in free Ukraine | EUROMAIDAN PRESSEuromaidan Press | Hundreds of students from the Russia-occupied territories of the Donbas traveled to unoccupied Ukraine in order to take Ukrainian nationwide standard exams. “Why don’t they just leave?” This is a question which people from free Ukraine ask about people from the occupied territories quite often. The answers can be totally different, ranging from no trust in the Ukrainian government to no place to go. Moving is especially complicated for elderly people. There are also those who can’t make this decision on their own – children simply follow the way which their parents or guardians chose. However, they are the citizens of Ukraine to whom the government should pay special attention when creating its strategy of de-occupation: to a great extent, the future of the region depends on these children and teenagers. While many of them plan to enter Ukrainian universities in the future, now they still have to bear the education in the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk “People’s Republics.” The Ukrainian government created an opportunity for them to receive Ukrainian graduation certificates. For that, the kids can register to take Ukrainian tests by e-mails during the year. These tests don’t include preparation – only taking tests for which the students have to prepare on their own, searching for the information on the Internet. Also, at the end of the 9th and 11th grades, students need to travel to schools located in the non-occupied territories in ordert to pass the Independent External Evaluation, a nationwide standard test. It will allow them to receive Ukrainian secondary education certificates and enter Ukrainian universities. Recently, another option appeared: to follow the simplified procedure of entering universities through special educational centers without passing the Independent External Evaluation. 740 students from the occupied territories of Donbas registered for the evaluation this year: 524 people from Donetsk Oblast and 216 – from Luhansk Oblast. As Vadym Karandiy, Head of the Ukrainian Center for Educational Quality Assessment told, last year a total of 1100 school students registered for it – a drop from last year, as more students found out about the opportunity to enter Ukrainian universities through the simplified system.

Poroshenko on Ukrainian Youth Day: Ukraine will never wander from democracy track Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has greeted the young people of Ukraine on Ukrainian Youth Day, saying that Ukraine will never wander from the track of democracy as a new generation of free people has grown up. News 25 June from UNIAN.

Many In Eastern Ukraine Want To Join Russia : NPR Vladimir Putin insists Russia doesn’t want to annex separatist enclaves in eastern Ukraine, but many residents, who already use the Russian ruble and depend on Russia in many ways, wish he would.

Ukraine’s Antonov Conquering New Heights in Paris – YouTube Ukraine’s iconic aircraft manufacturer Antonov has showcased some of its best models at the 52nd Paris Air Show. _ Follow UATV English: Facebook: https://wwwПілотам ЗСУ передали модернізований Ан-26 [ZSU pilots receive upgraded An-26] – YouTubehttp://www.5.ua |

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Ukrainian Rada should pass legislation on vetting Donbas, Crimea residents applying for biometric passport The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada should pass legislation before the end of the current spring and summer session to introduce a special vetting procedure for all applicants coming from Crimea and Donbas who wish to receive a Ukrainian biometric foreign travel passport, National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said.

As Canada celebrates 150th birthday, its ambassador in Kyiv assesses relations with Ukraine | KyivPost Canada likes to tout Ukraine’s special status to the North American country with 1.3 million citizens of Ukrainian descent. But Ukrainians don’t always feel so special for at least three reasons. 1. Canada is keen on financial aid, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on assistance programs and loans since Ukraine gained statehood in 1991, but has been less keen on trade and investment with Ukraine. Canada’s investment officially stands at a modest $42 million and bilateral trade came in at less than $250 million in 2016 – and that trade was dominated by Canadian exports to Ukraine.

Ambassador Chaly: Ukraine sees US as priority energy partner | KyivPost Energy security is one of the key issues in bilateral relations between Ukraine and the U.S., Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States Valeriy Chaly said in an interview with Ukrinform on June 23. According to Chaly, one of Ukraine’s main goals is to diversify its energy supply and, specifically, to replace anthracite coal imports from Russia. “As for me, America would be the best solution,” Chaly said.

Huge genealogical database of Ukrainians born in 1650–1920 opens online -Euromaidan Press | A huge database of people born in the territory of contemporary Ukraine between 1650 and 1920 became available online this week. Its opening crowned the four-year efforts of activists to digitize, systematize, and assemble countless entries from historical documents—but is not the final point of the project. The database includes 2.56 mn people and is expected to reach 4 to 5 mn in 2019. The access to its contents is and will remain free of charge. The sources of data are manifold: birth registers, fiscal and parish censuses, lists of nobility, voters, the military, and victims of repressions, address directories, and other documents produced under the Tsardom of Muscovy, Russian and Habsburg Empires, Poland and the Soviet Union. A Roman-letter version of the data index is reportedly to be enabled in the coming months. All the users who register profiles on the project’s website pra.in.ua can construct their own family trees. Nearly 18 thousand trees have been created in the first couple of days following the official inauguration of the site. Since July 2017, the analytical engine will automatically compare the information from various trees and suggest additions to the users, which means that the site will operate as a genealogical social network. The project founder is the Ukrainian IT businessman Igor Hoszowski. A historian by training, he has studied his ancestry for many years and achieved spectacular success.


Russia / Iran / Syria / Iraq / OEF Reports


Leonid Issaev | Russia is at a dead-end in Syria | USA | Al Jazeera Russia is struggling and failing to find a way out of the Syrian quagmire.

Benjamin Netanyahu warns Iran over Syria involvement after Golan exchange – Israel News – Jerusalem Post Day after spillover from Syria prompts retaliatory IDF strike, PM stresses that Israel will not allow the Islamic Republic to establish a permanent presences on the Golan.

Israel strikes Syrian military near Golan Heights – CNN.com Israel launched strikes on Syrian military positions Saturday near the Golan Heights after it said projectiles were fired at Israel from inside Syria.

Israel strikes Syrian military positions in response to projectiles Israeli aircraft struck various positions in Syria Saturday, destroying two tanks, in response to more than 10 projectiles that landed in its territory, the military said.

With New Crown Prince, Saudi Arabia Doubles Down On Political Repression And Regional Aggression Saudi Arabia’s King Salman made his favorite son his heir. Called a liberal “modernizer,” Prince Mohammed has pursued an aggressive, dangerous foreign policy and maintained the system of political and religious repression. Real reform must come, or the royals will be swept into history’s trashcan.

Supporting women’s driving and bombing Yemen, what’s the next Saudi leader really like? | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post The kingdom’s newly promoted leader-in-waiting Mohammed bin Salman has a modern vision that includes film screenings and female drivers, but there are many economic and geopolitical hurdles in his way

Crisis puts future of Saudi reforms and GCC in doubt | HuffPost By James M. Dorsey A three-week-old, Saudi-UAE-led diplomatic and economic boycott of Qatar threatens to complicate newly promoted Saudi Cro…

Terror Plot in Mecca Targeted Grand Mosque Suicide bomber blew himself up as Saudi police moved in during final hours of Ramadan; holy month climaxes Sunday with Eid al-Fitr celebrations

Qatar urges Trump to intervene in Gulf crisis | TheHill “I don’t think the [U.S.] should reward such draconian measures,” Qatari defense official says.

Turkey’s Erdogan denounces demands on Qatar | Qatar News | Al Jazeera Turkish leader criticises list of demands presented by Saudi-led countries that cut ties with Qatar and prompted crisis.

Erdogan rejects Arab demands; Turkish troops stay in Qatar – The Washington Post Turkey’s president on Sunday rejected a demand by major Arab states to remove Turkish troops from Qatar, saying their sweeping list of ultimatums has threatened the small Gulf country’s sovereignty.

Stolen Russian mob money linked to Syria’s chemical weapons – CNNPolitics.com An investment group that U.S. authorities say is run by Russian mobsters and linked to the Russian government sent at least $900,000 to a company owned by a businessman tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program, according to financial documents obtained by CNN.

The media reported the involvement of the Russian mafia in the development of chemical weapons in Syria According to financial documents, the investment group has transferred at least 900 thousand dollars to Balec Trading Ventures, which financed the development of chemical weapons in Syria. Both companies are registered on the Virgin Islands. This money transfer took place back in 2007. According to official data, money was transferred to buy furniture. It is also noted that Quartell Trading Ltd has links with the Russian government. As reported by the “Apostrophe”, Russia replaced the leadership of its military grouping in Syria, headed by a high- ranking Russian military officer who was in the occupation of the Crimea.

Wake up: Putin suspected of another serious crime Russia may be involved in financing the production of Syrian chemical weapons American journalists have discovered that Russia could be involved in financing Syrian chemical weapons manufacturing, as evidenced by financial documents for a decade ago, and they are linked to Sergei Magnitsky’s outrageous corruption case. The “apostrophe” has analyzed whether the West intends to use these facts to intensify pressure on Russia. Journalists from the United States received indirect evidence of a possible involvement of Russia in chemical attacks in Syria. As the CNN journalist Michael Weiss managed to find out, an investment group linked to the Russian government, led by the Russian mafia, also provided nearly a million dollars to a company that financed the development of chemical weapons in Syria. This is the subject of a recent American television channel investigation.

Egypt takes delivery of Almaz-Antey S-300VM SAM system Egypt has begun taking delivery of Almaz-Antey S-300VM long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems from Russia. Photos of the SAM system’s vehicles and missile canisters being unloaded at Alexandria were posted on vk.com, a Russian social media website. The S-300VM is an export variant of the S-300. It is equipped with 9M82M and 9M83M missiles, which provide the system with an engagement range of up to 200 km and maximum altitude of 25,000 m. The S-300VM supplanted the S-300V in Russian service in the 1990s. Almaz-Antey claims the S-300VM can intercept intermediate-range (<2,500 km) ballistic missiles. Egypt reportedly ordered the S-300VM in 2015 for $1 billion U.S. It was part of a $3.5 billion arms package negotiated with Russia in 2013 in the fallout of General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi-led military coup that ousted then Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi. The package also includes 50 Mikoyan MiG-29M/M2 and Kamov Ka-52K attack helicopters. Notes & Comments: During the last three years, Egypt has been supplanting its legacy systems with weapons that are not only newer, but also substantially more capable. In fact, some systems – such as the Dassault Rafale and Mistral landing helicopter docks – with newly acquired offensive capabilities that were previously not in place. These include stand-off range precision strike (via the Rafale) and robust expeditionary mobility (via the Mistral and Ka-52K). Interestingly, the S-300VM augments an already sound air defence network, one layered with short, medium and long-range (i.e. PAC-3 Patriot) SAM systems.

Turkey and Russia in final stages of S-400 SAM talks In a press conference with Turkish journalists at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russian President outlined that negotiations regarding the sale of Almaz-Antey S-400 Triumf long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems are in their final stages. Responding to questions about Turkey’s co-production requirements, Putin stated (via Anadolu Agency) that the process “requires great preparation in terms of technology and training staff.” Ankara began speaking to Moscow about the S-400 in February, following a thaw in relations between the two countries from a spike in tension following the downing of a Russian Su-24 by the Turkish Air Force. In March, Rostec (the industry organization representing Russia’s state-owned companies) CEO Sergey Chemezov revealed that the Russian Ministry of Finance was in talks with the Turkish government on the latter’s request for a loan to finance the possible deal. In parallel, the Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) commissioned the development of a homegrown long-range SAM system. Although S-400 talks are progressing, the head of SSM, Dr. Ismail Demir, stated that “people should follow is the future and duration of our [homegrown] national system.” Besides the off-the-shelf purchase of S-400 SAM systems, Turkey may also seek Russia’s technical support for its national SAM program. There is precedent for this in that Almaz-Antey assisted South Korea in its development of the Cheongung (Iron Hawk). The S-400 has a maximum engagement range of 400 km (via the 4096 missile). However, it can also deploy the 48N6, 9M96E2 and 9M96E, which afford 250 km, 120 km and 40 km in range, respectively. Its primary sensor suite comprises of the 92N6E Grave Stone radar, which is capable of tracking 100 targets and can simultaneously engage six. China and India have S-400 systems on order from Russia.

A Russian as UN counter-terrorism czar? Bad idea | Fox News The placement of a Putin operative, Russian senior diplomat Vladimir Voronkov, to run the United Nations Counter-Terrorism offices is being touted as the first major reform of the United Nations Organization by its new Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.


DPRK / PRC / WESTPAC Reports


North Korea Ready To Attack US? Kim Jong Un’s Regime Won’t Negotiate Over Nuclear Program, Report Says | International Business Times North Korea vowed to continue developing its defensive capabilities amid concerns the U.S. and South Korea will start a war against them.

Otto Warmbier’s grim fate is routine in hellish North Korea | New York Post Otto Warmbier’s death is one of hundreds of thousands at the hands of the most brutal regime in the world, North Korea’s. The American student went to North…

China Offers FC-31 Stealth Fighter At Half the Price of US F-35- Paris Air Show 2017 China launched the global marketing of its FC-31 stealth fighter jet that costs about US$70 million, about half the price of the Lockheed Martin F-35, at Paris Air Show 2017. “We expect that the plane’s price will be around $70 million, about half that of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II from the US, which is the only fifth-generation fighter jet available on the market from the US, which only sells it to allies.” Fu Qianshao, an aircraft expert with the PLA Air Force was quoted as saying by China Daily Tuesday. Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has displayed a model of the FC-31 on display at the 52nd International Paris Air Show, held at at Paris-Le Bourget Airport. China decided to tap the well-advanced countries’ military aircraft market with the domestically developed FC-31 stealth fighter jet, the plane’s chief designer Lin Peng of AVIC’s subsidiary Shenyang Aircraft Design and Research Institute said. “The FC-31 has received a lot of attention from potential foreign buyers.” he said Monday. This has been the first time the aircraft firm brought its latest stealth fighter jet to a Western air show and the second time for the FC-31 to be shown at a foreign exhibition. The first was at the 14th Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates in November 2015. “We will strive to use the fifth-generation combat plane to seize some share in the military aircraft market of developed nations,” Lin said. FC-31’s appearance in Paris is intended to show off China’s capabilities in the research and development of advanced military aircraft. more…


Foreign Policy Reports


Defense Deals on the Agenda for First Trump-Modi Talks White House will roll out the red carpet Monday to welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

India’s Modi in Washington for ‘no frills’ Trump meet | Daily Mail Online India’s leader Narendra Modi arrived in the US for his first meeting Monday with President Donald Trump, seeking to build on growing ties and move beyond…


US Domestic Policy Reports


U.S. is the real meddler, Russia claims | TribLIVE MOSCOW — The Russian government has steadfastly denied that it hacked or otherwise interfered in last year’s U.S. presidential election. Now, some Russian officials are …

Russia-Iran Sanctions Bill Stalled by House Republicans | Time.com House Republicans are stalling a popular economic sanctions bill over a procedural issue that they’re blaming the Senate for creating

CIA Chief Pompeo: Trump Is a ‘Serious Consumer’ of Intelligence – NBC News In an interview with Hugh Hewitt, the head of the CIA refuted reports that the president is uninterested in intelligence briefings.

CIA chief Mike Pompeo on MSNBC: Russians trying to undermine American democracy for decades CIA chief Mike Pompeo says that the Russians are trying to undermine American democracy for decades, according to MSNBC. Latest UNIAN news from 25 June.

CIA director says intelligence leaks have ‘accelerated’ – POLITICO Pompeo said he’s &quot;counting on&quot; leakers being stopped and punished soon.

CIA chief: Intel leaks on the rise, cites leaker ‘worship’ – The Washington Post CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he thinks disclosure of America’s secret intelligence is on the rise, fueled partly by the “worship” of leakers like Edward Snowden.

CIA Chief Says U.S. Plans to Stop Leaks, ‘Punish’ Leakers – Bloomberg Russia “meddled” in last year’s presidential election as part of a decades-long effort to “undermine American democracy,” said CIA Director Mike Pompeo, in an interview where he also said the Trump administration plans to stop leaks and “punish” leakers.

CIA chief: Russia ‘meddled’ in election, can’t confirm if Putin directed the plan | masslive.comRussia “meddled” in last year’s presidential election as part of a decades-long effort to “undermine American democracy,” CIA Director Mike Pompeo said.

Trump: Obama ‘did nothing’ about Russia election meddling – CNNPolitics.com President Donald Trump questioned former President Barack Obama’s response to Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 election in an interview airing Sunday morning, saying Obama didn’t do enough to address the situation.

Trump: ‘Why no action’ from Obama on Russian meddling? | TheHill

Trump on Russian election meddling: Focus on Obama administration – POLITICO &quot;Since the Obama Administration was told way before the 2016 Election that the Russians were meddling, why no action,&quot; Trump tweeted.

Trump Asks ‘Why No Action?’ Amid Questions About Obama’s Response To Russian Election Meddling : NPR The president tweeted Saturday evening questioning his predecessor’s response after a bombshell Washington Post report about the previous administration’s decision-making about how to counter Russia.

Trump lashes out at Obama over latest report on Russian election meddling – The Washington Post Trump read a new report about Russian meddling — and suggested an Obama conspiracy

‘Washington Post’ Reporter Describes Obama’s Reaction To Russia Hacking : NPR NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Washington Post reporter Greg Miller about his report on how the Obama administration reacted when they learned about Russian election meddling last year.

Trump on Democrats’ Trump resistance movement: ‘It’s a terrible theme in terms of getting elected’ – ABC News POTUS slams Democrats’ Trump resistance movement

Democrats warn party to move on from Russia obsession | New York Post Some Democrats say “nyet” to their party leaders’ Russia obsession. “I did a 22-county tour,” Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota told The Hill Saturday….

Poll reveals Americans are changing their minds about Russia — liberals won’t be happy – TheBlaze

Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia | TheHill Rank-and-file Democrats say the Russia-Trump narrative is simply a non-issue with district voters.

Trump blasts Russia probes, says Clinton ‘colluded’ with Dems to bury Sanders | New York Post President Trump continued his assault on the probes into Russia’s involvement in the election by blasting Hillary Clinton for colluding with Democrats to…

Sketchy firm behind Trump dossier is stalling investigators | New York Post A secretive Washington firm that commissioned the dubious intelligence dossier on Donald Trump is stonewalling congressional investigators trying to learn more…

Articles: The DNC Scams the Suckers and Contradicts the Feds on ‘Hacking’ By Clarice Feldman Daniel Greenfield reveals why there’s no mystery behind the Democratic loss in Georgia, while Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and the George Washington University Profiling Project Deepen the Mystery of the “Russian Hacking” narrative. There was a great deal of press this week about the District 6 Georgia Congressional race in which once again — for the fourth time — the hyped “referendum on Trump” produced a Republican victory over a Democratic challenger in a special election. As usual, David Burge tweeted the most succinct wrap up of the left-wing take on their latest failure to recapture Congress and impeach Trump:

CNN deletes, retracts story linking Trump transition team to Russia

Czech president ‘furious’ at Ivana Trump for turning down Prague role – POLITICO The former wife of Donald Trump called a ‘coward’ for refusing ambassador role.

Czech Stasi spied on Donald and Ivana Trump: report – POLITICO The real estate tycoon considered running for president in 1996, secret files show.

Stanley McChrystal: Every American Should Serve for One Year | Time.com Stanley McChrystal writes: Americans are volunteering and voting less. The nation is in a rut. The solution? National service.

 

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