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Russia’s alternate reality campaign continues, more brazen after Helsinki. Much Russian gloating over the latter. Butina indicted in the US. Reports Cambridge Analytica may have leaked private Facebook data to Russia. Mogherini calls out Russia on MH17.

Most interesting developments in Amesbury/Salisbury. Claims the assassin was female in a six person covert ops team. CW agent was found to be in a perfume spray bottle and it appears the victim believing it to be perfume fatally exposed herself with a dose said to be higher than the Skripals received. Police extend search for more contaminated items. Unknown as yet whether CW agent perfurme bottle was collateral from Skripal attack or a subsequent diversionary operation by GRU or other Russian agency.

Updates on Iran, Syria, Israel, Turkey.

Putin slams ‘ungrounded accusations’ after poisonings in Britain, Europe News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Vladimir Putin accused Britain on Monday (July 16) of making baseless allegations against Russia after a former Soviet spy was among four people found poisoned by a nerve agent in southern England.. Read more at

Putin asked why his enemies end up DEAD as he denies Russia is behind Novichok poisonings | World | News |

VLADIMIR Putin was grilled over the string of Novichok poisonings in the UK – and asked why so many of his political enemies has ended up dead.

Where is evidence in novichok cases, asks Vladimir Putin | News | The Times

President Putin has denied responsibility for the novichok poisonings and claimed that Britain’s accusations against Russia may be driven by domestic politics.“Maybe there is some other reason for the death,” Mr Putin said, referring to Dawn Sturgess, who died after coming into contact with the nerv

“Makes Sense”: UK Media Claims Woman Led Group of People Who Poisoned Skripals – Sputnik International

Last week, high-ranking UK counter-terrorism officer Neil Basu said that detectives have been unable to confirm whether the toxic agent the couple in Amesbury was allegedly exposed to was the same as the one ostensibly used against former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March.

Amesbury Poisoning: Deceased Woman Reportedly Sprayed Nerve Agent on Herself – Sputnik International

A couple from Amesbury had reportedly picked up a small bottle of perfume presumably spiked with the so-called Novichok nerve agent, allegedly used against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in neighboring Salisbury. However, scientists have yet to confirm whether the Amesbury substance was from the same batch.

Trump-Putin summit: Russian praise for ‘outmanoeuvring’ Trump – BBC News

Pro-Kremlin media are delighted with Vladimir Putin’s US summit performance, says Steven Rosenberg.

Back To Business As Usual: Russian Analysts See Helsinki Meeting As Opening To Normalization

In Russia, the Helsinki summit is being depicted as an important first step to reestablishing U.S.-Russian relations, with analysts lauding the formation of bilateral working groups that were being largely ignored by commentators in the West.

Russia plans to increase aggression post-World Cup – CNNPolitics

Russian intelligence agencies are planning to ramp up operations targeting western countries now that the World Cup and the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit have ended, according to sources familiar with intelligence collected by the United Kingdom, the US and other allies.

U.S. Steps Up Charges Against Alleged Russian ‘Agent’ In Washington

A U.S. grand jury has stepped up criminal charges against a woman accused of acting as a covert agent for Russia by cultivating ties with U.S. politicians, while Russian officials denounced the case.

U.S. Grand Jury Indicts Woman on Charges of Being Russian Agent |

U.S. Grand Jury Indicts Woman on Charges of Being Russian Agent

Meet Maria Butina, the FBI’s Russian gun nut undeclared foreign agent — Meduza

On July 16, the U.S. Justice Department announced the arrest of a 29-year-old Russian woman named Maria Butina. She is accused of conspiracy against the United States and promoting Russian state interests as an unregistered “foreign agent.” The founder of the social organization “Right to Bear Arms,” Butina is considered closed to Alexander Torshin, the deputy chairman of Russia’s Central Bank and a former senator in Russia’s Federation Council. According to U.S. officials, Torshin allegedly oversaw Butina’s actions in the United States. Meduza reviews what we know about this woman and the charges against her.

Russia Criticized for Handling of Anna Politkovskaya Probe – WSJ

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia failed to properly investigate the murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who exposed the brutality and corruption of security forces in Chechnya.

British politician: Cambridge Analytica-linked Facebook data possibly accessed from Russia | TheHill

Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook data was accessed from Russia, MP says

The now infamous Facebook data set on tens of millions of Americans gathered by a Cambridge University scientist for a firm that went on to worked for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign was accessed from Russia, a British member of parliament tells CNN.

Mogherini: Deadly Buk that shot down MH17 “beyond doubt” belongs to Russian army | UNIAN

“Today we commemorate the fourth anniversary of the tragic downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, which caused the loss of so many innocent lives. For those who lost their loved ones, this day is a constant source of grief and we convey our deepest sympathy and respect to all of them,” EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said in a declaration on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. The EU calls on Russia to cooperate in full with the international investigation to establish those responsible in the downing of the passenger jet in July 2014.

UAWire – EU calls on Russia to admit responsibility for downing MH17 flight

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has taken Russia to task for the crash of Malaysia …

Everything known about MH17 tragedy four years later – Perished over Donbas: Everything known about MH17 tragedy four years later –

Everything known about MH17 tragedy four years later

UAWire – France closes its trade and investment office in Russia

On Monday, July 16, France closed its trade and investment representative office in Russia, publishing an announcement in the communiqué of the …

Female assassin ‘carried perfume bottle containing Novichok’ | Daily Mail Online

Dawn Sturgess (pictured), 44, died last week, and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, is fighting for life in hospital after they found the Russian nerve agent in Amesbury, near Salisbury.

Group of six people headed by woman organized Skripal’s poisoning – mass media –

Group of six people headed by woman organized Skripal’s poisoning, – mass media

Novichok victim ‘sprayed poison from perfume bottle onto wrists’ | Daily Mail Online

Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess died after spraying perfume laced with the nerve agent onto both her wrists, her boyfriend, who was also exposed to the deadly substance, has revealed.

The British woman killed by nerve agent reportedly sprayed it on her wrists because it looked like perfume – AOL News

Dawn Sturgess, the British woman killed by the nerve agent Novichok, may have sprayed it on herself from a perfume bottle.

Spire FM – News – Amesbury Novichok victim suffered damage to hands and face

Some details have emerged from a post-mortem investigation into the death of Dawn Sturgess.

Amesbury Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess suffered damage to hands and face

Dawn Sturgess died after being exposed to the nerve agent via what police believe to have been a small perfume bottle.

Novichok poisoning victim says perfume bottle ‘smelt of ammonia’ | News | The Times

The Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess died after spraying the nerve agent on her wrists having found a discarded perfume bottle containing the liquid, her partner had said. Ms. Sturgess, 44, discovered the glass bottle during a day out with her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, on June 29 and took it back to h

Salisbury public gardens searched as investigation continues into couple’s Novichok poisoning – ABC News

Dawn Sturgess became the first British casualty from Novichok poisonings.

Novichok poisonings: police search Salisbury park visited by couple | UK news | The Guardian

Dawn Sturgess and partner visited Queen Elizabeth Gardens day before they fell ill

Novichok poisoning breakthrough as original container found | News | Chemistry World

Decontamination efforts continue as source of nerve agent found in victim’s house

Police search park where Novichok victims may have picked up perfume | Daily Mail Online

Counter-terrorism officers are searching Queen Elizabeth Park in Salisbury, which is at the centre of the Wiltshire city’s Novichok poisoning investigation.

Spire FM – News – Specialist police officers to begin search in Salisbury park

The nerve agent investigation will start focusing on Queen Elizabeth Gardens from today (Wednesday 18th July).

Russian cyber hackers ‘targeted’ police inquiry into Skripal nerve agent attack

Russia has attempted to hack into Scotland Yard’s Novichok murder inquiry, The Telegraph understands.

Russia news: Novichok poisoning death ‘a wake-up call about Russian aggression’ | UK | News |

THE recent death from Novichok poisoning of Dawn Sturgess, coming months after the nerve agent was used on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, is a “wake-up call” to Theresa May’s Government about the threat posed by chemical weapons, an expert has said.

U.K. Watchdog Says Russia’s RT Breached Broadcasting Code Again

British media regulator Ofcom says Russia’s state-funded international television network, RT, broke Britain’s broadcasting code when it presented tweets and e-mails sent by its own staff as coming…

If Iran Gets Back to Nukes, Israel Is Better Prepared to Strike – Bloomberg

New weapons and friends make an attack on Tehran’s nuclear facilities a more thinkable proposition.

Iran Officially Takes U.S. to Court for Leaving Nuclear Agreement

The U.S. is legally “obliged to stop these international breaches and compensate for all the damage inflicted,” Iran says.

UAWire – Putin’s special envoy to inform Iran about talks with USA

According to RBC news agency, the Special Representative of the President of Russia for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev will visit Tehran on July 18 …

Iran builds new centrifuge rotor factory: nuclear chief | Reuters

Iran has built a factory that can produce rotors for up to 60 centrifuges a day, the head of its atomic agency said on Wednesday, upping the stakes in a confrontation with Washington over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear work.

European Governments Explore Financial Channels for Iran – WSJ

France, Germany and the U.K. have told Iran they are exploring accounts at their central banks that would keep the Iranian nuclear deal alive by providing a financial conduit.

UAWire – Unidentified drones attack Russian Khmeimim airbase in Syria

Unidentified drones attacked the Russian airbase Khmeimim in Syria, reported Telegram channel Directorate 4, which is monitoring the situation …

UAWire – Israel launches missile attack against Syria

Israel launched missiles at a Syrian military base near Nayrab airport in the north of the country, SANA reports. According to the news agency, …

UAWire – Media: Drone downed by Israel belonged to Russian military

On July 11, Israel shot down a Russian Forpost drone which was supposedly engaged in reconnaissance of militant positions, reported the …

Israeli army turns away displaced Syrians along Golan Heights | News | Al Jazeera

Scores of displaced Syrians ordered back as they approached border fence along the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Video shows Netanyahu saying he convinced Trump to pull out of Iran nuke deal | TheHill

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed responsibility for President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal, according to a video obtained by Israeli public television.

U.S. State Department in talks with Turkey to sell Patriot system | Reuters

The U.S. State Department on Monday said it was working with NATO ally Turkey on the possible sale of a Raytheon Corporation’s Patriot missile defense system to avert its purchase of a Russian-made S-400 system.

U.S. Seeks To Persuade Turkey To Reject Russia, Buy U.S. Missile-Defense System

The U.S. State Department says it is working to persuade NATO ally Turkey to purchase Raytheon Patriot missile-defense systems rather than a rival Russian missile system.

Turkey’s Plan to Buy Russian Defense System a Risk for NATO: U.S. General | World News | US News

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