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Not a happy day in the media for Russia’s propagandists. The Yulia Skripal Reuters interview, the Dutch JIT public brief fingering the Kursk 53rd AD Bde of the PVO-SV for the destruction of MH17, and POTUS pulling the plug on the Singapore meeting with the DPRK has left little bandwidth. The only Russian story producing any traction has been the sabre-rattling with the Yuriy Dolgorukiy salvo SLBM launch. The media blitz around Pres Macron’s visit has not gained much traction.

JIT video briefs are very good. We can expect the Russians to further restrict social media postings following these disclosures.

The full Reuters interview with Yulia Skripal is available on HD and well worth viewing. How exactly the Russia propaganda machine will try to spin this is a good question – today’s commentary was remarkably flat.

Iran is dictating terms to the Europeans, in a remarkable display of arrogance. Europe could hardly be be said to be united on the Iran matter, so this tactic may not produce the capitulation so desired.

Russian diplomats must be allowed access to Yulia Skripal to know she’s not held forcibly – embassy — RT World News

Russia’s Embassy urged London to give direct access to Yulia Skripal after the release of her first interview since the Salisbury attack, since there are doubts that she has been held against her will or forced to make statements.

TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy – Kremlin: Yulia Skripal’s statements need to be checked

Skripal earlier made a video address in which she stated her unwillingness to use the help offered by the Russian Embassy to the UK

Twitter Brings Scar on Yulia Skripal’s Neck Into Spotlight After First Interview – Sputnik International

Yulia Skripal, who was allegedly poisoned with a nerve agent, namely Novichok, in Salisbury, the UK, in early March, has had her first media appearance.

Moscow Not Ruling Out UK Authorities Holding Skripals Against Their Will – Sputnik International

Former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal was discharged from a Salisbury hospital on May 18, however, since then there has been no information on his subsequent fate.

Russia latest: Putin says UK could be holding Skripals AGAINST their will – SHOCK claim | World | News |

RUSSIA has said the UK could be holding former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, against their will following their poisoning on British soil.

Sanctioned oligarchs to ‘party like a Russian’ at forum with Vladimir Putin, Emmanuel Macron and Robbie Williams

Oligarchs under Western sanctions will &ldquo;party like a Russian&rdquo; at Vladimir Putin’s annual business gathering starting Thursday, where they can enjoy a Robbie Williams concert and the company of top European and US officials despite the Western sanctions against them.

‘We must do serious business with Russia’: Ex-ambassador eyes thaw in London-Moscow relations — RT UK News

The former British ambassador to Russia has said that the government knows they must rebuild positive relations with the Kremlin, after the relationship crumbled over the Skripal poisoning in March.

Despite sanctions, Putin pulls world back to Russia – CNN

Russian President Vladimir Putin presides this week over the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, continuing a charm offensive that aims to revive Brand Russia.

Russian nuclear submarine Yuri Dolgoruky launches four Bulava ICBMs in test

Russian military hailed the successful test of four Bulava missiles, launched in a single volley from the submarine Yuri Dolgoruky while submerged in the White Sea.

Russian sub test-fires 4 intercontinental missiles in salvo | Fox News

A Russian nuclear-powered submarine successfully test-fired four intercontinental ballistic missiles on Tuesday, the navy said.

Russia displays massive nuclear force with a sub launching 4 missiles with the power of 160 Hiroshimas | Business Insider

Russia’s navy put on a massive display of nuclear force by launching four Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles from the Yuri Dolgoruky, one of its first new nuclear-powered submarines since the Cold War. The missiles, which have been tested from submarines before but never in a salvo of four, can each carry six to 10 independently targetable nuclear warheads with an explosive yield of 100 to 150 kilotons. The US has no practical means to defend against these or any other ICBMs.

Russia shows off military might in latest footage of weaponry | World | News |

THE RUSSIAN government has released footage of a competition showing Russia’s military might as participants fight on a simulated battlefield.

The U.S. considered declaring Russia a state sponsor of terror, then dropped it |

The U.S. case against Russia as a sponsor of terrorism has grown substantially over the past decade

MH17 crash – Openbaar Ministerie

On July 17th 2014 a disaster occurred with Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine. The plane was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. On board were 283 passengers and 15 crew members. Among the passengers were 196 Dutch nationals. There are two investigations into the cause of the downing of MH17. A safety investigation and a criminal investigation.

JIT MH17 witness appeal about 53rd brigade – YouTube

JIT MH17 witness appeal about missile – YouTube

Dr. Dena Grayson on Twitter: “🛑BREAKING🛑 Dutch-led investigation concludes that #Russia🇷🇺shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. “All the vehicles in a convoy carrying the missile were part of the #Russian armed forces.” Russia, of course, DENIES this.🤬”

Gale Anne Hurd on Twitter: “MH17 downed by Russian military missile system, say investigators Anyone who thinks Russia meddling in US elections or Brexit is OK, needs to pay attention to this and to the poisoning of dissidents. #NotOK”

Dutch Prosecutor Says Closing In On MH17 Perpetrators

Dutch Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said Russia had not provided information requested by international investigators regarding the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Westerbeke told a news conference in The Hague on May 24 that the Dutch-led investigators had concluded that the Buk missile used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Antiaircraft Missile Brigade.

Poroshenko on MH17 investigation: “Home address” of Buk-murderer identified | UNIAN

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has commented on the investigation into the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, saying the “home address” of the Buk-murderer was identified. Poroshenko expects that in the near future the Dutch Prosecutor’s Office will be able to file a prosecution against the individuals involved in shooting down the plane.

Investigators have said for the first time that the Russian military is behind the attack on the MH17 jet | Business Insider

Investigators formally accused the Russian armed forces of being involved in the attack on the MH17 passenger jet in 2014. The Malaysia Airlines flight crashed in eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people. Official investigators said today that the missile came from a launcher that is part of the Russian military’s 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade. The statement is the closest yet investigators have come to blaming Russia for the attack.

MH17: Missile which downed plane ‘owned by Russian brigade’ – CNN

A missile which brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine nearly four years ago was fired from a launcher belonging to Russia’s 53rd anti-aircraft brigade, investigators said Thursday.

Missile that downed MH17 from ‘Russian brigade’ – CNN

A missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine nearly four years ago was fired from a launcher belonging to Russia’s 53rd anti-aircraft brigade.

Investigators: Buk Missile From Russian Antiaircraft Brigade Downed MH17

A Dutch-led international criminal investigation has concluded that the Buk missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014 came from Russia’s 53rd Antiaircraft Missile Brigade.

The Missile That Shot Down MH17 Belonged To The Russian Military, Investigators Have Said

All 298 people on board Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 died when it broke up in mid-air over Ukraine in 2014.

MH17 missile owned by Russian brigade, investigators say – BBC News

The flight was downed over Ukraine by a missile fired by a unit based in Russia, investigators say.

MH17 downed by Russian military missile system, say investigators | World news | The Guardian

International team say evidence shows missile came from a Russia-based unit

Missile which brought down flight MH17 came from Russian brigade: report –

Missile which brought down flight MH17 came from Russian brigade: report

Missile that downed Malaysia Airlines MH17 came from Russian military: Investigators , SE Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS (WASHINGTON POST,REUTERS) – A Dutch-led international team of investigators said Thursday (May 24) that a missile that downed a Malaysian Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine in 2014 came from the Russian military, opening the possibility that Dutch prosecutors could sue the Kremlin in connection with the attack that killed all 298 on board.  . Read more at

Missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was from Russian military, investigators say – CBS News

Missile &quot;came from 53rd Anti-aircraft Missile Brigade based in Kursk in Russia,&quot; investigators say

Investigators identify Russian military unit in downing of flight MH17 | Reuters

A missile system from the 53rd anti-aircraft brigade of the Russian Armed Forces was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, prosecutors investigating the disaster said on Thursday.

MH17: Russian army missile launcher fired rocket that brought down plane, say investigators

A Russian army anti-aircraft missile launcher fired the rocket that brought down Malaysian airlines jet MH17 in Ukraine in 2014, investigators have concluded.

MH17 was downed by Russian military missile: international investigators | News | DW | 24.05.2018

International investigators have said detailed analysis of video images showed the missile used to down the Malaysian flight came from a Russian military unit. Russia has always denied involvement in the incident.

Russian Military Missile Downed Flight MH17: Investigators | Time

The Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 four years ago came from a Russia-based military unit, investigators say

MH17 Investigators Make Public Appeal For Information Four Years On

The families of the dead have published an emotional open letter.

Russian military unit’s missile downed MH17, investigators say

International investigators said the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was from Russian 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade.

MH17 plane ‘was brought down by Russian military missile’, investigators say

The MH17 passenger jet was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when it was blown out of the sky over Ukraine in 2014.

Investigators say Russian military missile downed Flight MH17 | Daily Mail Online

Wilbert Paulissen of the Dutch National Police said Thursday that the missile was from the Russian military’s 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade based in the Russian city of Kursk.

MH17 investigation: Missile was from Russian armed forces

AN international team of investigators has determined that the missile which blew Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 out of the sky nearly four years ago came from a Russia-based military unit.

Dad of MH17 victim Liam Sweeney wants answers over crash as new Russia claim emerges – Chronicle Live

Detailed analysis of video images has established that the Buk missile that brought down MH17 came from a Russia-based military unit

Yulia Skripal ‘plans to return’ to Russia following Salisbury poisoning | ITV News – YouTube

Yulia Skripal says her world has ‘turned upside down’ – YouTube

‘Lucky to be alive’ says Yulia Skripal in first interview – YouTube

🇬🇧 🇷🇺 Yulia Skripal: ‘Assassination attempt turned my life upside down’ | Al Jazeera English – YouTube

Yulia Skripal says poisoning was ‘assassination attempt’ in interview | Daily Star

SALISBURY poisoning victim Yulia Skripal says she feels lucky to be alive after the “assassination attempt” in her first media interview since being released from hospital.

Yulia Skripal Says Recovery ‘Slow, Painful’

The daughter of the Russian double agent who was poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent said her recovery has been slow and painful, and that she hopes to return to Russia someday. Yulia Skripal, whose father Sergei was also poisoned, made the comments in a statement released to the media on May 23.

Yulia Skripal Describes ‘Slow and Extremely Painful’ Recovery From Poisoning – The New York Times

The victim of a nerve agent attack gave her first videotaped statement, in an attempt to quell swirling speculation, especially from Russia.

Yulia Skripal says nerve agent recovery slow and painful | Fox News

Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with her ex-spy father in a nerve agent attack, said Wednesday that they’re lucky to be alive and recovery has been slow and painful, in her first public statement since the poisoning.

Nerve agent treatment, recovery ‘extremely painful,’ poisoned Russian woman says – CNN

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, are continuing to recover from a nerve agent attack, and their rehabilitation has been “slow and extremely painful,” the daughter said Wednesday.

Yulia Skripal filmed her first public statement with a deep red scar on her neck — and it hints at her ‘extremely painful’ recovery | Business Insider

The daughter of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal has released her first public statement since collapsing from nerve agent poisoning. Yulia Skripal described her recovery from the attack “extremely painful.” She also revealed a deep red scar on her neck she hadn’t had before. People think it’s a result of a tracheotomy, a surgical procedure to help patients breathe.

Daughter Of Poisoned Russian Double Agent Says Recovery ‘Slow, Painful’

The daughter of the Russian double agent who was poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent says her recovery has been slow and painful, and that she hopes to return to Russia someday.

Exclusive: Yulia Skripal – Attempted assassination turned my world upside down | Reuters

Yulia Skripal survived an assassination attempt that UK authorities blame on Russia. But the daughter of one of Russia’s most famous spies says she wants to return to her country “in the longer term”, despite the poisoning.

Yulia Skripal: ‘I Woke to the News That We Had Both Been Poisoned’ – The Daily Beast

In her first interview with the media, she said her life was “turned upside down” by the poisoning.

Yulia Skripal: Daughter of Russian spy breaks her silence after nerve agent poising – CBS News

Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with her father in a nerve agent attack, says their recovery has been slow and painful, in her first public statement since the poisoning.

Yulia Skripal says she is lucky to be alive in first appearance since ‘assassination attempt’

Yulia Skripal has admitted she is &ldquo;lucky to have survived&rdquo; the nerve agent attack on her and her father and spoken of her determination &ldquo;in the longer term&rdquo; to return to Russia.

‘Devastating changes thrust upon me’ – Yulia Skripal talks about poison attack on herself and Russian spy father | 1 NEWS NOW | TVNZ

She was struck down by a suspected nerve agent in England in March.

Daughter of poisoned Russian spy Sergei Skripal speaks out: ‘Life has been turned upside down’ – ABC News

Yulia Skripal said her life was “turned upside down.”

Russian spy poisoning: Yulia Skripal hopes to return to Russia – BBC News

The daughter of an ex-Russian spy poisoned in Salisbury tells Reuters she is taking “one day at a time”.

Yulia Skripal talks about being poisoned with ex-spy father in Britain

Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with her ex-spy father in a nerve agent attack, said they’re lucky to be alive and recovery has been slow and painful, in her first public statement since the poisoning. Skripal, 33, and her father Sergei, 66, spent weeks hospitalized after the March 4 attack.

Daughter of Poisoned Ex-Spy: Recovery Has Been ‘Painful’ | Time

Yulia Skripal, 33, and her father Sergei Skripal spent weeks hospitalized after being exposed to a suspected Russian nerve agent.

Yulia Skripal: ‘We are so lucky to have survived assassination attempt’ | UK news | The Guardian

Daughter of double agent says she would like to return to Russia ‘in the longer term’

Daughter of ex-spy says she wants to return to Russia, feels lucky to be alive – NY Daily News

Yulia Skripal said recovery has been “slow and extremely painful.”

Iran’s top leader sets conditions for Europe to save nuclear deal | Reuters

Iran’s top leader set out a series of conditions on Wednesday for European powers if they want Tehran to stay in a nuclear deal after the U.S. exit, including steps by European banks to safeguard trade with Tehran and guaranteeing Iranian oil sales.

Iran lays out its demands for a nuclear deal with European nations, and it undercuts the US in almost every way | Business Insider

Iran has laid out its demands for remaining in a nuclear agreement with France, Gemany, and the UK. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Europe must counter US sanctions on Iran and protect Iranian oil sales, actions which would undermine the US. Iran threatened to resume their nuclear activity if the demands are not met. Days earlier US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed “unprecedented pressure” on Iran and laid out its conditions for the deal.

Iran nuclear deal: Khamenei lists demands for European powers – BBC News

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei says European powers must make up for the US exit from the agreement.

Iran: Pompeo, US are ‘prisoners of their past’ | TheHill

Iranian officials on Wednesday pushed back on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s pledge to implement harsh sanctions on Tehran, calling the Trump administration “prisoners of their past.”

Damascus Rejects U.S. Demand That Iran Pull Forces Out Of Syria

The U.S. demand that Iran withdraw all its advisers and allied forces from Syria is not on the agenda and not up for discussion, a top Syrian official has told Russian state news agencies.

Macron In Russia For Talks With Putin On Syria, Ukraine, Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, are scheduled to meet on May 24 in St. Petersburg to discuss the Iran nuclear deal, as well as the conflicts in Syria a…

France: Macron Turns to Putin on the Iran Nuclear Deal | Time

Having failed to persuade Trump to stay in the Iran nuclear accord, French President Emmanuel Macron is reaching out to Russia

Trump Pushes the World Right Into Putin’s Hands – Bloomberg

Leaders from France to Japan open up to the Russian president as the U.S. goes its own way.

Presidents Macron and Putin meet as support for sanctions wanes

French President Emmanuel Macron is meeting his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Russia Thursday where the Iranian nuclear deal, Russia-European relations, Ukraine and trade are the main topics on the agenda.

Germany’s Merkel says China and Germany standing by Iran nuclear deal | Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday China and Germany are standing by the existing nuclear deal with Iran after the United States left the 2015 accord earlier this month.

Demanding All and Getting Nothing: Secretary Pompeo’s Speech on Iran | Center for Strategic and International Studies

There is a difference between confrontation and diplomacy. Secretary Pompeo’s explanation of the new Trump strategy in dealing with Iran contains many accurate indictments of the Iranian regime, but it does far more than call for the usual changes to the JCPOA. It effectively rejects the approach used in the JCPOA of focusing on Iran’s nuclear programs and it demands that Iran halt all of the activities the U.S. finds threatening and do so before the U.S. offers any concession on sanctions or other incentives.

China, Germany to stay in Iran nuclear deal as Khamenei lists demands – CNN

In comments likely to frustrate the White House, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said their countries will stand by the existing nuclear accord with Iran, even as the US has withdrawn and expects its European allies to follow suit.