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More remarkable quotations appearing from the Vozhd’s statements last week – some of this truly reads like an alternate reality world. Threatening a suicidal war with the US is clearly part of the previously reported regime campaign to produce hysteria amongst Russian elites. Comical Sergei again lamenting the world conspiracy against Muscovy. Some incisive observations by Portnikov. The case for Russia as a state sponsor of terror will be put to the UN by Ukraine.

Disturbing reports that Russia has rebooted the Soviet Ebola and Smallpox weapons programs, under the cover of a vaccine development program. BW of course perfectly fits the Chekist regime paradigm of covert ops, deniability, terrorizing civilians and producing hysterics in the mass and social media, a marriage made in hell, like Novichok.

Beeb publishes a scan of Yulia Skripal’s statement – very typical Russian handwriting style in English, difficult for us  “Anglophones” to emulate. Salisbury reopens finally. More Muscovy self-deception.

OPCW says Syria may have undeclared CW – fascinating perspective, and says it may identify perpetrators in CW use. Syria says it will attack South-Western enclaves despite US warnings, no doubt hoping for another Deir Az Zor to rouse domestic rabble and entangle Russia further. Cordesman summarises US demands upon Iran. Iran spells out its ultimatum to Europe for the preservation of the nuclear deal. Khamenei bluster escalates, to the extent that a DW author describes him as  “…nothing more than a squeaking mouse, …”. Media reporting China offering to rescue Iran’s economy if the nuclear deal collapses.

In Syria an ISIS insurgent raid in Deir Az Zor reported to result in 26 KIA Assad troops, and 9 KIA Russians. This is Assad’s future – persistent insurgency across Syria, demanding personnel and material resources that the regime is demonstrably challenged to muster.

Turkey and Gazprom developments. Reports that Turkey may reject the F-35 and buy the much higher performing Russian Su-57 PAK-FA instead.

Vladimir Putin warns Donald Trump military ‘force is all that remains’ | Daily Star

RUSSIA may need to resort to “the element of force” if “uniform rules of behavior” cannot be agreed with the USA under Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin has warned.

Russia Says U.S. Must Begin Talks, or Else ‘Force’ Is the Only Option

Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged President Donald Trump to reconsider Washington’s attempts to isolate Moscow, telling his U.S. counterpart that diplomacy was necessary to avoid potential confrontations. Putin made the remarks Friday while addressing the St. Petersburg International Economic

Putin: ‘Europe depends on US for defense. Don’t worry about it – we will help’ – YouTube

RT Published on May 26, 2018 The world’s hot-button topics have been thrashed out on stage at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum – where President Putin was joined by other major leaders from France, Japan and China, as well as the head of the IMF on Friday. Check out

‘We’ll protect Europe’ & other quotes from Putin’s SPIEF forum — RT World News

President Vladimir Putin had a busy Friday going on stage at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum along with several key world leaders. Here are his best quotes selected by RT.

After Talks With Macron, Putin Warns Of ‘Lamentable Consequences’ If Iran Nuclear Deal Collapses

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed Russia’s appreciation for efforts by European countries to save the nuclear deal with Iran despite the withdrawal of the United States while warning of “lamentable consequences” if it was not preserved.

Putin warns of financial crisis the world ‘has not yet seen’ — RT Business News

The global economy is facing a threat of spiraling protectionist measures that can lead to a devastating crisis, Vladimir Putin warned. Nations must find a way to prevent this and establish rules on how the economy should work.

TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy – Putin slams West’s ‘chaotic’ sanctions, likens situation to football match with judo rules

Putin added that one of the reasons for containing Russia was the need to prevent the development of defense technologies

Putin complains probe around Donald Trump hurts U.S.-Russian relations

The Russian president also tells an economic forum he will not run for re-election in 2024.

TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy – Lavrov likens MH17 crash investigation to Skripal saga

The Russian top diplomat says both cases lack evidence

Macron Tells Putin Europe Committed To U.S. Alliance Despite Rifts

French President Emmanuel Macron has told Russian leader Vladimir Putin that Europe remains committed to its security and defense alliance with the United States despite recent disagreements over t…

Iran Nuclear Deal Collapse to Affect Economic Cooperation – Beijing – Sputnik International

BEIJING (Sputnik) – Non-compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the Iran nuclear deal, will affect economic cooperation between the parties to the agreement, Zhang Hanhui, director-general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Department of European-Central Asian Affairs, said on Monday.

Russia Says New Missile Tests Did Not Fail, ‘Trust’ Putin, Not U.S. Media

“Listen to Russian President Vladimir Putin and trust him,” the Kremlin’s spokesman told journalists after dismissing a CNBC report.

UAWire – Kremlin: Russia tested next generation cruise missiles and Su-57 fighters in Syria

Russia has tested next-generation cruise missiles in Syria from the fifth generation Su-57 fighter in February, Interfax reports, citing Russian …

UAWire – Ukraine intends to demand UN recognize Russia as sponsor of terrorism

Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine for European Integration Olena Zerkal wrote on her Facebook page that Ukraine plans to submit a memorandum on Russia’s violation of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism to the International Court of Justice. “The fact that everybody knew why Russia used its veto at the UN Security Council in 2015 and blocked the creation of a tribunal to investigate the circumstances of the crash of the MH17 flight has been proven today,” Zerkal commented on the findings of the Joint Investigative Group on the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash over the Donbas in summer 2014. The Group discovered evidence of involvement by Russian armed forces in the airplane crash. “The transportation by the 53rd anti-aircraft brigade of the Russian Federation’s Armed Forces of the Buk used to shoot down MH17 is direct evidence of Russia’s supply of weapons used to down a civilian aircraft, a violation of the 1971 Montreal Convention and the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism. This is what we will prove and substantiate in our memorandum, which we will submit to the International Court of Justice on June 12,” Zerkal assured.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin is Consistent but the West isn’t, Portnikov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, May 27 – At the very moment that the international investigation of the downing of the Malaysian jetliner concluded that Moscow was behind that terrorist act, Western leaders and businessmen were in St. Petersburg to cozy up with Vladimir Putin and to try to make deals to enrich themselves, Vitaly Portnikov observes. Indeed, at his press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, Putin was even asked about the report and of course as is his custom acted as if he knew nothing about the downing of the Malaysian plane, a statement that was enough for useful idiots in the West to argue that he wasn’t involved. But Portnikov says, “the obvious contradiction is not in the actions of Putin. Putin is consistent. He is cynical, cruel, and indifferent to human lives. Rather the West is by on the one hand condemning Putin and on the other trying to reach agreement with this inexorable man”( “The West can’t act without following procedures. Its jurists were forced to investigation the destruction of the jet and sooner or later they had to declare the names of the gulty in this crime and the threads led to Putin and his closest entourage. Its politicians couldn’t close their eyes to the violation by the Putin regime of international law,” the Ukrainian commentator says. Moreover, they “mustn’t forget about Crimea or the Donbass or the crimes in Syria.” But “of course,” he continues, “there are businessmen who want simply to make money in Russia” and “there are voters who are interested only in their own wellbeing” and are only shaken out of their lethargy by pictures of “the latest child killed in Syria.” Given this environment, Portnikov says, “Western politicians all the same continue their attempts to reach agreement with Putin. With each passing day of his rule, the Russian president becomes ever more ‘toxic’ and far from an understanding of reality. But they all go [to Russia to see him], now Merkel, now Macron, now someone else.” “What are they hoping for?” That Putin will want to be like “one of them”? But Putin considers himself the equal of the US president and looks down on all the rest. But “nevertheless, this marching in circles continues.” However, it is important to call this by its proper name: “This isn’t politics; this is the imitation of activity.” Portnikov argues that “it will be possible to negotiate with Putin only after his country will be completely isolated from the world economy, after oligarchs from Abramovich to Fridman will be blocked from entering all Western countries and from using the services of all Western banks, including Swiss and Israeli, and Putin himself together with his closest comrades in arms will be condemned in absentia for destroying the Malaysian Boeing.” “Only then,” he says, “can Trump, Macron or Merkel expect that he will call them with constructive proposals and even then not immediately. For the time being, he will simply give his guests flowers, take them to the theater and wipe their feet” because they will do be doing him an invaluable service as far as the Kremlin leader is concerned. These Western leaders will be making their contribution to “the inadequate picture of the world” inside of Putin’s head that is the basis for his continuing aggression.

Russia Is Restarting Its Ebola-Smallpox Weapon Program – To Inform is to Influence

Russia is actively working on the same Ebola-Smallpox weapon program as from the Cold War, according to a report written by Davinci AG, commissioned by Ukraine’s Rada and submitted to NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly. Over 5,000 open source reports were examined, dealing with public acquisitions by the scientific community. Russia’s Biopreparat program was supposedly shut down in 1991,…

Russia renewing development of Ebola-smallpox virus mix – report | UNIAN

Russia is returning to the Soviet-era development of a deadly Ebola-smallpox virus mix, according to a report by a Ukrainian delegation to NATO Parliamentary Assembly. More than 5,000 tenders were analyzed in Russian public procurement as well as research and development activity at several Russian institutions.

Russia already has weaponized Ebola – To Inform is to Influence

Attached is a 2014 article, written by former Director of the German MOD policy staff Hans Rühle, about the Russian/Soviet Ebola program. Now we have an open source report about a possible mix of Ebola-Smallpox, using disparate data points and state of the art analysis programs. Russia has a history of using chemical and biological…

TASS: Society & Culture – Russian Ebola vaccine trials to continue in 2018

According to the Russian Health Ministry, Russia’s Gam Evac Combi is the world’s first officially registered vaccine approved for clinical use

Russia Has Weaponized Ebola – Fortuna’s Corner

Russia has made Ebola weapon. Even in Soviet times Moscow put a secret biological weapons program – contrary to all international agreements and treaties. It was possible to make the Ebola virus weaponized – and more dangerous.

UAWire – Kremlin states the officers responsible for downing MH17 flight were not part of Russian armed forces

The International Investigative Team Bellingcat reported that during their investigation, they managed to identify one more Russian military who …

Stoltenberg: MH17 crash was the result of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and the world – 28.05.2018 13:57 — Ukrinform News

Russia should accept responsibility for MH17 crash over the occupied Donbas. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this during the NATO Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Warsaw on Monday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. “I agree with the Government of the Netherlands, which called on Russia to accept responsibility for the crash,” the NATO Secretary General stressed. He noted that Russia interfered in the democratic processes, was responsible for cyber attacks, invested in modern types of weapons, blurred the boundaries between ordinary and nuclear conflicts by annexing Crimea and destabilizing Ukraine. “MH17 crash was the result of this aggression,” the NATO Secretary General stressed.

EU calls on Russia to take responsibility for MH17 crash – 28.05.2018 14:23 — Ukrinform News

Russia should take its responsibilities for crash of MH17 passenger flight and cooperate with the investigation. High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini announced this on Monday, a Brussels-based Ukrinform correspondent reports. “We call upon Russia to take its responsibilities and contribute to the efforts to establish accountability,” Mogherini said. The European Union has always been fully supportive of the investigation exercise and we, together at 28, reaffirmed our full support to the outcome of this investigation and to the efforts to bring accountability, she noted.

Russian GRU officer tied to 2014 downing of passenger plane in Ukraine – To Inform is to Influence

Every denial by Russia for responsibility for shooting down MH17 should add to the punitive measures exacted against Russia when this goes to trial.  This is one of the better articles which describes newer findings integrated with older discoveries.  That much of the evidence was discovered by civilians, such as Bellingcat, is notable.  That most…

Top secret scandal behind Kremlin’s MH17 Massacre – media | UNIAN

Analyst John R. Schindler says his recommendation for a new, third-party inquiry into the 2010 Smolenks air crash, which killed 99 people and decapitated the Polish government, upset some people. Moreover, the notion that Putin’s forces would blow up an airliner, without regard for innocent life, is anything but far-fetched. They’ve already done it. I am referring, of course, to the shootdown of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) over eastern Ukraine, an active warzone at the time, on July 17, 2014, killing all 299 passengers and crew aboard the doomed Boeing 777, he wrote in an op-ed for Observer. Most of them died a horrific death when a missile exploded at the aircraft’s nose as it cruised at 33,000 feet. This explosion killed the pilots instantly and led to the rapid break-up of the Boeing, its pieces falling in flames six miles to earth. Wreckage and mangled bodies were scattered over a 20-square-mile area in the war-torn Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. Dutch nationals made up two-thirds of the dead, 196 persons, so the Netherlands took the lead in the investigation, which published its findings in October 2015. Based on exhaustive examination of the wreckage and all available information, the Dutch report concluded that the Boeing 777 had been taken down by a surface-to-air missile of Russian origin, specifically the 9K37, called Buk (beech tree in Russian). Termed SA-11 by NATO, this is a self-propelled weapons system that provides air defense coverage to Russian ground forces—which was why a Buk was in eastern Ukraine that fateful day, since Putin’s Kremlin had invaded Donetsk earlier that year.

Yulia Skripal’s statement in full – BBC News

The daughter of an ex-spy poisoned in Salisbury speaks about the attack.

Salisbury shopping area where Skripals were poisoned reopens after ‘drop in business’ – Mirror Online

The landmark reopening comes as businesses revealed huge struggles almost 11 weeks after the nerve agent attack

Skripal case: Salisbury tries to return to business as usual | UK news | The Guardian

The Maltings, the city’s main shopping area, has only just reopened after three months

UAWire – Kremlin does not believe UK will place sanctions on Russian sovereign debt

On the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF-2018),Russia’s Deputy Finance Minister Sergey Storchak said that he does not consider it likely that the British government will place sanctions on Russian sovereign debt. “It is not London’s official position. I don’t see any threat, and I don’t think they will do it,” RIA Novosti cites Storchak as responding when asked whether the threat of London placing sanctions on Russian state debt was real. On May 21, the international affairs committee of Britain’s House of Commons advised the government to make it harder to issue and place Russian sovereign bonds, and to arrange with the EU to exclude Russian state bonds from the services of Europe’s clearing houses. The MPs believe that the Russian money flowing through Britain’s financial system prevents London from taking a harsh stance on Russia. The committee believes that “dirty money from Russia is threatening the foreign policy interests of the United Kingdom”.

US Rep. Mike Turner on Twitter: “Last month, @JoaquinCastrotx & I introduced the bipartisan #StandWithUKAgainstRussiaViolationsAct in response to Russia’s nerve agent attack against Sergei and Yulia Skripal. #READ more about our bill to impose more sanctions against Russia here:…”

TURNER and Castro Introduce New Bipartisan Russia Sanctions Bill | Congressman Michael Turner

Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, Chairman of the U.S.

Svetlana Lokhova: I’m a mum under siege, not Mata Hari | News Review | The Sunday Times

‘I can’t deny I’m a Russian,” says Svetlana Lokhova, whose name rather gives the game away. “And I can’t deny I’m a woman.” That, too, is indisputable, given that she is sitting in front of me with her shirt tucked up while she breastfeeds her baby. We are sitting in a bland hotel room in a city she

Syria may not have declared entire chemical arsenal, OPCW says

The head of the OPCW has questioned whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared his entire arsenal of chemical weapons.

Salisbury to Syria: Culprits behind chemical weapons attacks could be named by watchdog, chief says | The Independent

The head of the international chemical weapons watchdog has suggested it could start naming the culprits behind global atrocities in the wake of the Salisbury attack. Ahmet Üzümcü, the outgoing director-general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter should be a “serious wake-up call” to the international community.

Syrian government vows to fight rebels despite US warning | Fox News

A Syrian state-run newspaper says Damascus will keep fighting the country’s rebels — or terrorists as the government calls opposition fighters — despite U.S. warnings against a new offensive in southern Daraa province.

Europeans want to break up with America. They’d do so at their peril

Eulogies for the transatlantic relationship are irresponsible and premature. Though Trump has certainly made America more unreliable, the United States and its European allies still share the same fundamental values and interests. Europeans would unwind the transatlantic alliance at their peril.

Sanctions on Iran

The sanctions on Iran by USA will have numerous negative impacts especially on Pakistan and Afghanistan being the immediate neighbours of Iran. It will also dent the

Anthony H. Cordesman | Mission Impossible? Eight White House Requirements Iran Must Meet as Part of a Post-JCPOA Strategy | Center for Strategic and International Studies

The rush to meet news deadlines and get instant commentary after a major Presidential address or White House policy statement often encourages a peculiar kind of strategic illiteracy. Reporting focuses only on the key policy speech or statement, and on getting instant reactions in the form of commentary and op-eds. No one has the time or immediate access to pay attention to the formal statements and documents that explain or justify a given policy action, and much of the reporting and commentary is rushed and incorrect.

Iran Says Nuclear Talks Will Continue After Vienna Meeting

Iran’s deputy foreign minister says negotiations with European countries and China on salvaging the 2015 nuclear deal following Washington’s withdrawal will continue as senior diplomats concluded…

Opinion: Khamenei′s empty threats over the Iran nuclear deal | Opinion | DW | 26.05.2018

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has given the EU extensive conditions if Iran is to stick to the nuclear deal. Yet he is nothing more than a squeaking mouse, writes Jamshid Barzegar.

Iran’s Deputy FM threatens to leave talks with Europe – Israel National News

Abbas Araghchi warns Iran will leave talks with the European signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal if it feels that they are a waste of time.

Ayatollah Khamenei sets seven conditions for Europe to save nuclear deal – Tehran Times

TEHRAN – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei set out seven conditions for European powers if they want Iran to stay in the nuclear deal after the U.S. exit.

Iran Threatens to Pull Out of Nuclear Deal if Economic Incentives Not Protected | One America News Network

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Iran seeks guarantees as JCPOA signatories meet to save deal | News | Al Jazeera

Iran wants economic assurances to stay in nuclear deal and calls for specifics on how that would happen by end of May.

Europeans in Iran Bitterly Denounce the U.S. as ‘Caesar’ Amid New Sanctions – The New York Times

Big European companies are weighing whether to rapidly end operations there, leaving many executives angry and some Iranians unemployed.

China to host Iran to avoid project disruption amid nuclear deal doubt | Reuters

China will host Iranian President Hassan Rouhani next month at a regional summit aimed at avoiding disruption of joint projects, its foreign ministry said on Monday, as major powers scramble to save Iran’s nuclear deal after the United States pulled out.

China to Host Iran to Avoid Project Disruption Amid Nuclear Deal Doubt | World News | US News

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China to host Iranian president amid nuclear deal doubt

China will host Iranian President Hassan Rouhani next month at a regional summit in a Chinese coastal city.

Iran nuclear deal: China to host Tehran next month as it ‘scrambles’ to save agreement | World | News |

CHINA will host Iranian President Hassan Rouhani next month at a regional summit as Xi Jinping desperately scrambles to salvage the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), it has emerged.

Iran’s Foreign Minister meets Sushma tomorrow, expected to seek India’s support to salvage N-deal –

The issue is understood to have figured during an

Putin’s Anti-Trump Support Group Fails to Jell – Bloomberg

The global leaders meeting in St. Petersburg had little in common except their growing exasperation with the U.S. president.

Emmanuel Macron ‘grovels’ to Vladimir Putin and praises Russia as a ‘strong world leader’ | World | News |

EMMANUEL Macron has praised the leadership of Vladimir Putin by highlighting the “irreplaceable” role of Russia in international issues following discussions between the two leaders on Thursday.

Four Russian Soldiers Killed In Syria

Russia’s Defense Ministry says four Russian soldiers were killed in fighting in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor Province.

Russia forces among dozens dead in IS east Syria attacks

Russian fighters were among dozens of pro-government forces killed in eastern Syria this week in a deadly wave of attacks by Islamic State group jihadists, Moscow and a monitor said Sunday. After the collapse of its so-called “caliphate” last year, IS now only holds tiny pockets of Syria,

26 Syria regime, 9 Russia fighters killed in IS attack:… | Daily Mail Online

At least 26 Syrian regime forces and nine Russian fighters were killed in an Islamic State group attack earlier this week in Syria’s eastern desert, a…

Russian troops killed during rebel raid in Syria’s Deir Az Zor | Russia News | Al Jazeera

At least 92 Russian soldiers have been killed in Syria since September 2015, Russia’s defence ministry says.

Baha’is In Iran ‘Face New Wave of Arrests,’ Says Baha’i International Community

The Baha’i International Community (BIC) says Baha’is in Iran are facing a new wave of arrests and raids on their homes across different cities in the country.

“Moderate” Iranian FM Zarif caught chanting “Death to US, UK, Israel” – YouTube

Tom Gross Published on May 27, 2018 Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif – who John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, senior British and French diplomats, and leading New York Times and BBC journalists, are constantly trying to persuade us is a moderate – was caught on tape on Thursday joining a crowd in a chant calling for the destruction of the US, UK and Israel. The chant broke out after a speech delivered in Tehran by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. While the crowd chants “Death to America”, “Death to Britain” and “Death to Israel,” Zarif mouths the genocidal words shouted by the fanatical audience.

Watch: Iranian FM chants ‘Death to America, death to Israel’ – Israel National News

Iran’s Foreign Minister who helped negotiate nuclear deal, caught on camera joining chant calling for end of US, Israel, and UK.

Iran Leader Asks UN to Investigate US Human Rights Violations – Sputnik International

In turning the US international policy playbook back on itself, Iran’s religious leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei requested that the United Nations condemn the many ongoing and endemic human rights violations made by, and in, the United States.

Iran Turns Constructive After US Withdrawal From Nuclear Deal – Turkish Diplomat – Sputnik International

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Tehran adopted constructive and moderate stances following the US decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the Iran nuclear deal, Turkish Ambassador to Iran Reza Hakan Tekin said Sunday, as quoted by the Tasnim News Agency.

What should we make of the EU ruling against Russia’s Gazprom? | Europe | Al Jazeera

Russia’s gas giant got away without paying a massive fine to the EU. Did Brussels make the wrong decision?

Russia’s Gazprom Says Signs TurkStream Protocol With Ankara

Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom says it has signed a protocol with the Turkish government on land-based part of the transit leg of the TurkStream gas pipeline.

Turkey & Gazprom agree on construction of land portion of Europe-bound Turkish Stream — RT Business News

Russian state energy giant Gazprom and the Turkish government have reached a deal on the construction of the land-based part of the Turkish Stream branch that will bring Russian gas to European consumers.

Turkey May Buy Russian Su-57 Jets, If Delivery of F-35 Jets Suspended – Reports – Sputnik International

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Ankara is likely to buy Russian Su-57 fighter jets if Washington decides to suspend the delivery of F-35 jets in response to the purchase of Russian S-400 anti-missile systems, the Yeni Safak newspaper reported Sunday.

Turkey Cannot Confirm Plans to Purchase Su-57 Jets Instead of F-35 – Source – Sputnik International

ANKARA (Sputnik) – Turkish media reports about possible purchase of Russian Su-57 fighters instead of US F-35 jets are based on experts’ opinion and do not reflect the official position of Ankara, a source in the secretariat of the Turkish defense industry told Sputnik.

TASS: World – Turkey looking at buying Russian Su-57 fighter jets instead of US’ F-35’s — media

Nevertheless, according to Turkey’s YeniSafak newspaper, Ankara is not planning to abandon its right to US fighter jets, with deliveries expected to begin in June

Turkey wants to buy Russian SU-57s – Washington Times

It’s time to tell the truth about Turkey. Under the Islamist government of Recep Erdogan, Turkey is no longer an ally of the United States. It’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is a fraud. Turkey cannot be trusted.

Reuters: Oil sinks while stocks gain on North Korea, euro shaken by Italy | UNIAN

U.S. oil futures sank to six-week lows on Monday on expectations that major producers may raise output, while Asian stocks and U.S. share futures gained on signs the United States and North Korea were still working towards holding a summit. German and French stock futures were up 0.4 percent.

UAWire – Russia provides Turkey with retroactive 10.25% discount on gas

Anadolu news agency reports that Turkish President Recep Erdogan has announced that an agreement has been reached with Russia, according to …