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Russia’s self flagellation campaign continues, leveraging the efforts of proxies and the typographical error in the NYT article. Applebaum elaborates on the toxic effects of Russian propaganda inside Russia.

No new developments in the Salisbury matter.

S-300PMU2 debate continues in Israel. Iran debate remains very active everywhere.

Zeman’s claim on Novichok nerve agent shows insolvency of London’s accusations, – Kremlin –

Kremlin is sure that the statement of Czech President Milos Zeman about the testing of the Novichok nerve agent at the territory of the Czech Republic is the evidence of the insolvency of the U.K. accusations of Russia in the case of Skripals’ poisoning. Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson of Russia’s president claimed this as Vedomosti reported. ‘It is an extra eloquent illustration on the insolvency of the position demonstrated by the U.K. authorities and government. It is one more confirmation of the absolute provocative and adventurous nature of the Skripals’ case’, Peskov explained the position of Kremlin.

OPCW corrects its own chief’s bizarre claim that ‘50-100 grams of Novichok’ were used on Skripals — RT World News

The world’s chemical weapons watchdog has been forced to amend a sensational allegation by its own director-general, that “a quarter cup to a half cup of Novichok” – enough to kill thousands – was released to poison the Skripals.

Salisbury doctors report about of Sergei Skripal’s state of health

Former Russian military intelligence colonel Sergei Skripal, who was poisoned two months ago, is still under medical supervision at a clinic in Salisbury. This is reported by TASS with reference to the reception of the district hospital of the British city. According to the interlocutor of the agency, more information about the patient is available on the website of the National Health Service of England (NHS). According to the data published on the NHS on April 10 (the last entry), Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia “responded to treatment exceptionally well.” It is noted that the lady has already been discharged, and her father continues to be under iatric advice.

“He’s not our tsar”: Rallies start across Russia ahead of Putin’s inauguration | UNIAN

Protest rallies titled “He’s not our tsar” launched across Rusian cities, set up by supporters of the Russian opposition’s Alexei Navalny on Sunday. First detentions have already been reported.

“He is not our Tsar” protests held in Russia –

Jana Herasymova, the coordinator of Navalny’s HQ, was detained in Krasnoyarsk before the protest. She is accused of organizing an unresolved activity

Anne Applebaum | The fake news Russians hear at home – The Washington Post

The Kremlin is feeding ominous messages to its own citizens. ….. The uses of this kind of coverage aren’t hard to guess. Clearly, it is not in the Russian state’s interest for the Russian nation to admire Europe, not for its democracy or its rule of law, and certainly not for its high standards of living. The memory of the Maidan protest of 2014 — young Ukrainians protesting in Kiev, waving European flags and calling for an end to corruption — is still fresh enough to be frightening in Moscow. If the Putin regime can undermine the idea of “Europe” and make it unattractive to Russians — most of whom have long identified themselves as Europeans — then it removes a source of hope, and a possible model. If Europe is crazy, twisted, dangerous and dying, then surely Russians are better off under their corrupt authoritarian system. There could be a more sinister purpose to this relentless bad news as well, particularly as it echoes equally harsh coverage of the United States and Ukraine. If Russia were expecting or planning some kind of conflict with Europe — diplomatic, economic, political, even military — this is exactly the strategy Russian leaders would use: Portray Russia’s neighbors as simultaneously aggressive and weak, decadent and dangerous; show Europe as a society that a stronger, better Russia could — and should — easily crush. Perhaps this is overly pessimistic. But otherwise it’s hard to explain why Moscow would go to the trouble.

Chemical weapons watchdog amends claim over Salisbury novichok | World news | The Guardian

OPCW corrects own director who had said 50-100g of nerve agent was used in spy poisoning

Chemical weapons expert u-turn on statement that ‘half a cup’ of Novichok used to poison Skirpals | Daily Mail Online

The head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Ahmet Uzumcu, had u-turned after saying 100g of Novichok was used to attack the Skirpals.

Salisbury Novichok quantity suggests it was created as weapon not for research, says chemical weapons watchdog chief

Up to 100 grams of liquid nerve agent were used in the attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, the head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has said.

Czechs tested Novichok-like substance for chemical warfare protection – government | Reuters

Nerve agents of the Novichok type though not the same as that used to poison a former Russian spy in Britain have been synthesised in tiny amounts in the Czech Republic to help train the army against chemical warfare, the government said.

Skripal poisoning: Czech government confirms it tested Novichok-type agent | News | DW | 04.05.2018

The Czech government has confirmed a claim by President Milos Zeman that the country tested a type of Novichok nerve agent. The agent tested, however, was not the same as the one used to poison an ex-spy in the UK.

UK to push for new diplomatic front against Russia – The National

Ministers want to use four major international summits to assemble a new diplomatic pushback against Russia

The Iran deal is dead — Iran killed it | Fox News

The Iran nuclear deal is dead – and the mullahs who rule the Islamic Republic have only themselves to blame.

Kerry quietly seeking to salvage Iran deal he helped craft – The Boston Globe

The former secretary of state has been on an aggressive yet stealthy mission to try to apply pressure on the Trump administration from the outside.

Kerry Trying To Undermine Trump On Iran Deal By Consulting With Foreign Leaders | Daily Wire

Former Secretary of State John Kerry, who first came to fame telling the Foreign Relations Committee in 1971 that U.S.

Kerry making quiet play to save Iran deal with foreign leaders: report | TheHill

Former Secretary of State John Kerry has fielded dozens of private meetings and phone calls in recent months, according to The Boston Globe.

Israel wants Russia to respect ‘its security interests’ in Syria – Lieberman

Tel Aviv doesn’t want any conflict or tensions with Russia, the country’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in an interview with the Russian newspaper Kommersant, adding that the two countries have had good partnership relations. “In recent years, we have developed, I would say, a very clear and frank,

Israel has not welcomed the delivery of Russian weapons to Syria | The Sivertelegram

Jan Hartman | May 5, 2018 | News |  Moshe ya’alon, a former Minister of defense of Israel, said that his country is not happy with the fact that Syria is supplying weapons made in Russia or the Soviet Union. The Israeli government would prefer that these weapons do not fall into the hands of the Syrians.

Ya’alon: Israel nearly shot down Russian fighter jet in 2015 | JerusalemOnline

Former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon was interviewed by a Russian news outlet and revealed that the Israeli Air Force almost intercepted Russian fighter jets that were heading toward the Israeli border a few years ago.

Despite Iran’s threats, Israeli army pushes aggressive line against Tehran in Syria – Middle East News –

IDF believes Iran won’t strike back before Trump’s deadline on nuclear deal, elections in Lebanon

Where is the main battlefield in struggle against Iranian regime? – Al Arabiya English

Conflicts in the Middle East are reaching a decisive point as all involved sides hold their finger on the trigger. But what is evident amid this chaos….

Israel withdraws candidacy for UN Security Council seat – Israel News –

Israel’s exit leaves just Germany or Belgium as candidates for seats at the council

Israeli Law Vesting War Power in 2 Top Leaders Faces Criticism – The New York Times

As Israel faces rising tensions with Iran, Syria and Gaza, a new law allows the prime minister and defense minister to go to war without cabinet approval.

The Inconvenient Mummy Haunting Iran

When the mummified body of Reza Shah popped up by accident it carried a message but not one that a lot of people in Tehran, or the U.S. and Britain, will want to hear.