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This is indeed heading for some significant blowback – if mass media can figure this out, it will be inevitable and major. The regime’s propensity to make decisions with large long term impacts on the basis of a here / now political indulgence never ceases to amaze. This could be another Crimea or MH17 in terms of self-inflicted damage.

Also surprising the level of disclosure on the new weapons tech – the blurring may hide detail but not substance.


The Kremlin Is Celebrating Helsinki. For Now. – Foreign Policy

Vladimir Putin achieved his goal of embarrassing the United States. But Russians are already bracing for the backlash.

Russia continues to shape narrative of Helsinki summit – The Washington Post

Moscow says it has already sent formal proposals to Washington based on “agreements” between Trump and Putin.

Russia Sends Specific Proposals to US to Facilitate Return of Syrian Refugees – Sputnik International

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia has sent specific proposals to the United States to organize joint work to return Syrian refugees to their home country taking into account the recent arrangements at the US-Russia high-level summit in Helsinki, head of Russia’s National Defense Control Center Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev said Friday.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense releases videos showing off new hypersonic weapons

Russia’s Ministry of Defense released videos on Thursday showing new strategic weapons, most of which the U.S. cannot currently defend against. The weapons displayed in the videos are a significant addition to the Kremlin’s arsenal, which already has more nuclear weapons than other countries, according to estimates. The new videos come on the heels of President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Finnish capital, Helsinki.

Russia just released videos of its next generation of nuclear weapons — Here’s what we know | Business Insider

The Russian Ministry of Defence released on Thursday videos of five new weapon systems, which Russian President Vladimir Putin bragged would render make US missile defences “ineffective” in a March address.

Ракетный комплекс «Сармат» – YouTube

Минобороны России Published on Jul 19, 2018 Sarmat ICBM system shall be deployed simultaneously with slow decommissioning of its predecessor – Voevoda missile system

Океанская многоцелевая система «Посейдон» – YouTube

Минобороны России Published on Jul 19, 2018 Trials are underway to verify dynamic characteristics of the vehicle at the training grounds of the Russian Ministry of Defence.

Крылатая ракета с ядерным двигателем «Буревестник» – YouTube

Минобороны России Published on Jul 19, 2018 At the same time, preparation and launching means are being developed; technological processes for manufacturing, assembling and testing are being improved.

Авиационный ракетный комплекс «Кинжал» – YouTube

Минобороны России Published on Jul 19, 2018 During the exercise, personnel worked out planning, preparing and joint operating of Kinzhal missile systems and Tu-22m3 long-range bombers

Ракетный комплекс «Авангард» – YouTube

Минобороны России Published on Jul 19, 2018 The Avangard missile complex is being commissioned at the Dombarovsky Strategic Missile Forces base

Боевой лазерный комплекс «Пересвет» – YouTube

Минобороны России Published on Jul 19, 2018 Necessary infrastructure is prepared for combat alert at the sites, special facilities have been constructed to house hardware and standby shifts.

WH says Trump now ‘disagrees’ with Putin proposal to question former US ambassador – ABC News

The White House says President Trump is considering a request by Vladimir Putin to potentially interrogate a group of Americans including a former U.S. Ambassador.

U.S. ‘Not Considering’ Putin Proposal For Ukraine Referendum

Russia’s ambassador to the United States says that Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin discussed “concrete proposals” for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine during their summit in Helsinki.

White House rejects Putin’s idea for Ukraine referendum

The White House has rejected a Vladimir Putin-backed effort to hold a referendum in eastern Ukraine on the region’s future.

Putin’s Donbas referendum idea to run aground just like his “peacekeeping” initiative – expert | UNIAN

Vladimir Putin used his meeting with Donald Trump to ratchet up the pressure on Ukraine by proposing a referendum there, the latest detail to emerge from the two presidents’ private talks that is set to raise concerns in Ukraine and the west. The idea of vote in breakaway regions was discussed at closed-door Helsinki talks, says Russian diplomat.

U.S. Announces $200 Million In New Security Aid To Ukraine

The United States will provide $200 million in additional security funding to Ukraine.

As Trump continues to defend his Putin bromance, Mattis just signalled the US will continue arming one of Moscow’s biggest foes | Business Insider

The Pentagon on Friday announced it’s giving $US200 million to Ukraine to bolster its defences as its conflict with pro-Russian separatists rages on.

Pentagon sending $200 million in nonlethal aid to Ukraine in move expected to rile Moscow | Fox News

The Pentagon announced Friday it would send $200 million in nonlethal military aid to Ukraine — a move likely to anger Moscow just days after President Trump held a summit in Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Ukraine crisis: US to give Kiev $200m in defence support – BBC News

Ukraine has been fighting Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country since 2014.

US to provide additional $200M in defensive aid to Ukraine | TheHill

The U.S. is planning to send an additional $200 million defense funds to the government of Ukraine amid its ongoing struggle with pro-Russian separatists.

US releases $200 million in defensive aid to Ukraine as Moscow seeks better ties – CNNPolitics

In a move likely to irk Moscow, the Pentagon has released $200 million in security assistance to Ukraine just days after the Russian Ministry of Defense said it was ready to work with the US Department of Defense on a range of security issues following a meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin and amid concerns the US President had not been tough enough with his Russian counterpart at their meeting in Helsinki, Finland.

Trump’s silence on Ukraine in Helsinki bemoaned by lawmakers in DC, Kyiv – VOA | UNIAN

Among the various groups reacting angrily to President Donald Trump’s Helsinki press conference with his Russian counterpart are a congressional bipartisan caucus focused on Ukraine and the head of Ukraine’s parliamentary foreign affairs committee. Beyond Russia’s occupation of Crimea and military support for secessionists in the country’s eastern Donbas region, Kyiv officials have raised alarm about Russian interference in Ukraine’s political affairs.

Ukraine in talks with U.S., EU on possible sanctions against Russian Black Sea ports over Azov Sea pressure – minister | UNIAN

Ukraine is negotiating with European and American partners on imposing sanctions against the Black Sea ports of the Russian Federation over  Russia’s efforts to hinder Ukraine’s economic activities in the Sea of Azov, says Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan. Since the second half of April, Russian coast guards have systemically been inspecting foreign vessels bound for and heading from Ukraine ports, with the number of detained ships constantly increasing.

Trump can shut down his Russia critics with one bold move – The Washington Post

He should announce that he is sending U.S. forces in Germany to Poland. by Marc A. Thiessen July 20 at 8:08 AM If President Trump wants to shut down the critics of his performance this week in Helsinki and strengthen U.S. national security, he can do so with one bold move: Announce he is moving out most U.S. forces currently stationed in Germany and sending them to Poland. The Polish government recently presented Trump with a formal proposal to move U.S. troops from Stuttgart, Germany, to a new permanent U.S. military base in Poland. Trump should take up Warsaw on this offer. Moving U.S. troops to Poland would be a bold, historic decision on par with Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Not only would it better position American forces, it also would completely flummox Trump’s critics in the U.S. foreign policy establishment. After spending the past week accusing him of being Putin’s puppet, they would look foolish if they turned around and criticized him for antagonizing Russia. And after attacking him for undermining NATO, they could hardly complain that he is taking unprecedented action to shore up the alliance’s Eastern flank. Such a move would reinforce the tough line the president took on defense spending at last week’s NATO summit, by punishing a deadbeat ally that does not meet its NATO commitments and rewarding a steadfast ally that does. Why should Germany — a country that spends just 1.24 percent of its gross domestic product on defense — continue to be rewarded with the economic benefit of U.S. bases? Better to station U.S. forces in a country such as Poland that is providing what Trump has called a “truly magnificent” example as “one of the NATO countries that has actually achieved the benchmark for investment in our common defense.” Trump can further argue that Germany’s actions beyond its inadequate defense spending have necessitated this move. At NATO, Trump blasted the Germany-to-Russia Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, declaring “it’s a very bad thing for NATO.” He’s right. The pipeline not only makes Germany more dependent on Moscow for energy, it also risks the security of Poland and other Eastern European allies. Right now, all Russian gas exports to Western Europe go through pipelines that cross Poland and Slovakia — which means Russia cannot cut off gas to NATO allies in the East without also cutting off its lucrative exports to the West. But once the new pipeline is built, sending gas directly to Germany under the Baltic Sea, Russia will be able to shut off energy supplies to Eastern Europe far more easily. Trump can correctly say that he needs to shore up the security of NATO’s East European allies because of the German government’s sign-off on the pipeline. The move would also address a major U.S. strategic concern about its ability to deter Russia. The Post recently reported that U.S. military commanders are worried that if they had to quickly move U.S. troops east to head off a military conflict with Moscow, “the most powerful military in the world could get stuck in a traffic jam” as “Humvees . . . snarl behind plodding semis on narrow roads” and “U.S. tanks . . . crush rusting bridges too weak to hold their weight.” Stationing American forces in Poland would alleviate that problem. As the Polish government points out in its proposal, “a U.S. permanent presence in Poland [offers] a more forward operating location than Stuttgart provides, would greatly alleviate well founded fears that fellow Eastern European and Baltic governments have that Moscow would be able to overtake defending forces prior to the support of U.S. and NATO forces in Stuttgart could provide.”

Angela Merkel Is ‘Glad’ Donald Trump Invited Vladimir Putin to Washington

“We live in a very interesting, exciting and crucial time,” Merkel said.

Merkel Vows To Work On Germany’s ‘Under Pressure’ Relationship With U.S.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she will work on her country’s relationship with the United States, which she described as “under pressure” but “crucial.”

Merkel talks Trump, Putin, and Europe but not Brexit — Quartz

It’s been an arduous year for German chancellor Angela Merkel, so far. She has battled through coalition negotiations to form a government, chivvied the European Union into a loose agreement on migrants, weathered insults from US president Donald Trump, and headed off a revolt from her interior minister. No wonder then one journalist at her summer…

Trump calls Obama a “patsy” for Russia – CBS News

Trump's remarks came in an interview with Joe Kernen of CNBC's &quot;Squawk Box&quot; that aired Friday morning

Trump team worries: Could Helsinki disaster strengthen Mueller’s hand? – CNNPolitics

Donald Trump’s legal team and close allies are increasingly concerned that the President’s widely panned performance standing next to Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this week could strengthen the hand of special counsel Robert Mueller at a critical time.

Dan Coats Goes ‘Rogue,’ Won’t Back Trump’s Russia Claims

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats refused to validate Trump’s Russia contradictions, sticking with the assessments of U.S. intelligence officials. After chuckling about Vladimir Putin’s White House invite, he might face Trump’s wrath.

Dan Coats issued a stark warning about Russia. To this White House, he has ‘gone rogue.’ – The Washington Post

An extremely telling reaction to Dan Coats’ interview.

Brennan: Trump is ending Obama-era policy of isolating Russia – YouTube

CBS This Morning Published on Jul 20, 2018

Let’s be clear: The White House week of walk-backs | Boston.com

WASHINGTON (AP) — This was the week when “would” turned into “wouldn’t” and “no” meant “yes,” as President Donald Trump and his top aides tried to walk back several of his com

The White House week of walk-backs

Trump said “I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia who hacked Democrats in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Trump walk-backs fail to contain Russia fallout

The president and his team needed several attempts to make their messages on Russia and the Fed consistent.

Donald Trump news: Depressed White House staff may resign after ‘treasonous’ comments | World | News | Express.co.uk

BACKLASH from US President Donald Trump’s failure to stand up to Vladimir Putin this week could lead to a mass exodus of White House staff as morale hits rock bottom, according to reports from Washington DC.

GOP leaders: We’re not inviting Putin to address Congress

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan said they have no intention of inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to address Congress when he meets with President Donald Trump this fall.

GOP senator: We should accept Trump’s ‘apology’ for Russian election interference comments | TheHill

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said Wednesday that people “ought to accept” President Trump’s “apology” for misspeaking regarding Russian election interference in the 2016 presidential election earlier this week.

GOP to White House: End summit mystery | TheHill

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are worried that Russian President Vladimir Putin may use his one-on-one meeting with Trump to drive a wedge between NATO allies.

Former GOP House intelligence chair: ‘Advantage Putin’ – The Washington Post

Top intelligence officials repeated sentiments about a Russian threat Friday.

Opinion | Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin. What Should We Do? – The New York Times

Lawmakers must keep the American people informed of the current danger, writes a Republican congressman from Texas.

GOP senator: Trump ‘providing aid and comfort’ to the enemy – AOL News

Sen. Flake was undeterred in his criticism of Trump, at a time when the president faces strong criticism for his actions during a conference with Putin.

Will Hurd’s chilling warning on Trump and Russia – CNNPolitics

Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd, a former CIA operative, is clanging an alarm to his colleagues: President Donald Trump is being manipulated by Vladimir Putin.

Ernst: Intelligence agencies should question Trump’s interpreter, not Congress | TheHill

Donald Trump & Vladimir Putin Helsinki Summit: Farcical | National Review

But he’s not the first president to foolishly place his trust in the Russian despot. President Trump did get one thing right on Monday in Helsinki: Vladimir Putin did make an “incredible offer.” The two leaders had discussed the dozen Russian intelligence officers indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller just three days earlier. As we’ve related, the indictment reveals nothing of importance about the Kremlin’s election meddling that hasn’t long been known. Naturally, then, its issuance prompted dark suggestions about its timing: Had a renegade Justice Department, without warning and on the eve of the summit, dropped a highly unusual indictment — one that charges officials of the foreign power whose leader the president was about to meet — in order to tie the president’s hands? Fortunately, this conspiracy theory was quickly dashed. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had briefed the president on the indictment well in advance. Before leaving for NATO talks, Trump had been given the opportunity to direct that announcement of the charges be delayed until after his meeting with Putin.

Trump Tries to Change the Subject as Russia Fallout Rattles GOP – Bloomberg

President Donald Trump is changing the subject — but it’s not clear how easily Republicans in Congress will be able to move on.

Senate Rebuffs Russia Interviews of Americans in Rebuke to Trump – Bloomberg

The Republican-led Senate effectively rebuked President Donald Trump for considering Russia’s request to question U.S. officials, giving voice to growing unease over the president’s shifting policies toward his country’s biggest adversary after his summit with Vladimir Putin.

🇺🇸 Trump invites Putin to US as Democrats call for Helsinki details | Al Jazeera English – YouTube

Al Jazeera English Published on Jul 20, 2018 US President Donald Trump has asked his administration to invite Russian leader Vladimir Putin to Washington later this year.

A Commander-in-Chief Who Cares Only About Himself | The New Republic

The president’s latest defense of his cozy relationship with Russia underscores his warped view of war.

Washington Monthly | Republicans Are Ashamed of Their President

The history behind Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin’s summit, explained by a Soviet-era interpreter for Gorbachev — Quartz

On July 16, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump held bilateral talks in Helsinki. The leaders of the United States and Russia haven’t met quite like this, at a formal summit in a third country, for almost 15 years. To get a sense of the magnitude of such a diplomatic event like this, Riga-based news outlet…

Henry Kissinger: The World Is in a ‘Very, Very Grave Period’ and Trump Could Mark ‘End of an Era’

The former secretary of state likened the current era to the start of World War II.

Opinion | Disgusted With Donald Trump? Do This – The New York Times

We’re excellent at venting. We need to be just as good at voting.

The Political War Against President Trump | RealClearPolitics

The political war being waged against President Trump is both despicable and effective. Despicable because the basis of the animus — alleged collusion with Russia in the 2016 election —…

Putin and the Magnitsky Act: What’s really behind his obsession – The Washington Post

A U.S. law on human rights abusers has the Russian leader rattled.

Stephen King Zings Donald Trump And Vladimir Putin With George Orwell Quote

The author picked a very specific line from “Animal Farm” to describe the two world leaders.

Stephen King on Twitter: “George Orwell on Trump and Putin, in 1945: “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.””

Another summit to remember: When Gorbachev outmaneuvered Reagan in Reykjavik – The Washington Post

The controversy overtaking Reagan’s Russia summit 32 years ago centered on differing accounts of the American president’s words.

U.S. Defense Chief Urges Congress To Allow Waivers Of Russian Sanctions

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is calling on Congress to exempt some countries from being penalized by sanctions the United States is imposing on Russia’s military.

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