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Russia’s abyssal descent continues. That favorite Soviet indulgence, the Zampolit, to be reintroduced to the Russian military, but peddling Putinist rather than Soviet ideological purity. After years of promoting the Armata as the solution to all of Russia’s land force woes, the program like the Su-57 is suspended, while the Armata suddenly becomes an unnecessary indulgence. Three Russian opposition journalists murdered in Africa while investigating the Wagner PMC, one of the journalists having previously blown the whistle on how the Soviets repopulated Crimea with the families of NKVD and SMERSH personnel after the Tartars were deported in 1944. More on Russian trolls, Russian meddling in Finland, and the takedown of a major influence network on Facebook, suspected to be of Russian origin.

The funeral of Mrs. Sturgess in Salisbury.

Iran dominates Middle Eastern reports. The hubris of the Tehran leadership rivals if not exceeds that seen in Muscovy, yet Tehran has but a fraction of the Russians’ competencies and capabilities. The response to the POTUS invite suggests almost complete delusion in Tehran. Russia backpedals abruptly on its earlier commitment to Israel to encourage Iran to depart Syria. Media speculation Russia is still angling for a bizarre deal in which Ukraine is “given” to Russia in exchange for Russia encouraging Iran to egress Syria – curiously the only winner in this deal is Russia that begs questions about the sanity of the parties promoting it. Hmeimim AB now being subject to a digital reincarnation of “Washing Machine Charlie” of Korean War (and WW2) fame – built in garages and powered by lawnmower engines. The cost to Russia in expended SAMs must be hurting – simply hilarious how Russian 1940s tactics are used against Russia. Erdogan continues his campaign of baiting the US politically.

Kremlin Hackers Take Aim at the Swiss Lab That’s Working the Skirpal Poisoning Case – Defense One

The group that attacked Ukraine\’s power grid is phishing a chemical-weapons lab critical to the Skripal case.

A Russian Perspective On Foreign Affairs: An Interview with Konstantin Zatulin | The National Interest

Is Vladimir Putin truly on a mission to resurrect the Russian empire or the Soviet Union?

In Soviet echo, Putin gives Russian army a political wing | Reuters

Vladimir Putin has created a new directorate inside the Russian army to promote patriotism, evoking memories of a Soviet practice that once saw soldiers taught the precepts of Marxism and Leninism by political commissars.

Putin Approves ‘Political Commissars’ Reminiscent Of Soviets – To Inform is to Influence

On 30 July 2018, Russian President Putin signed papers creating “Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov as Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation – Chief of the Main Military-Political Directorate of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation” (The main military-political department was created in the Ministry of Defense ( The political-military department was previously deleted…

Russia Says It Will Know of U.S. Military Plans Before They Happen

Russia’s top diplomat said Moscow “will be provided with information about the schemes were harbored by the militaries of both the U.S. and other Western countries.”

UAWire – Kremlin: Russian army does not need new Armata tank

The Armed Forces of Russia will not buy the new Armata tanks in large numbers, due to their costliness, lamented Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov on Monday, news outlet reports. He added that the T-72 tank already in the armament is far more attractive to the military, both technically and financially. The Armata tank has the letter “O”, which means that it is a prototype. When such prototypes are made, it implies that this is done not for technical interest’s sake, but in order to deal with some specific tasks, explains Alexey Leonkov, expert from the Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine. It makes no sense to create expensive equipment if no combat tasks are foreseen which only these models would be capable of. The number of units which need to be produced, and how many will be purchased by the Defense Ministry, is based on these tasks. When there are models which greatly surpass the existing types of weaponry, the question always arises: why do we need so many of these tanks, if the existing models are more than capable of carrying out all conceivable military assignments? – the expert asks. The Armata is a technical breakthrough which puts it one generation higher than all existing tank models, not only in Russia, but in the world. For this reason it simply has no worthy competitors on the battlefield – all Abrams and Leopards could be “sparring opponents” to the latest Russian tank. No NATO country has a tank built according to a modular scheme. Even the most recent developments in western countries are based on the classical scheme, i.e. the crew sits in the rotating turret. This scheme has not changed since World War II, and so everything the NATO engineers call “new” tanks are actually no more than a modernization of the old layout, – the expert claims. However, the revolutionary concept of the Armata leads to a revolutionary operating expense, Leonkov emphasizes. The pertinent question here is how effective the investment of funds is, especially in light of the strained budget. Furthermore, there is another reason why the Defense Ministry will be reluctant to buy the Armata: the human factor. Whereas the previous generation of tanks could be driven by conscripts who had undergone preliminary training, the crew of the high-tech Armata will have to be comprised of professionals – contractors with plenty of experience operating such equipment. It would be pointless to construct 1000 Armatas, because there will not be enough tank operators for them. There is currently nowhere to get such commanders and other crew members for the Armata, since the tank itself has only just arrived in the armament. Several years will be required before there will be enough soldiers who know how to drive this machine. And the existing models are enough for training crews. The Armed Forces are unlikely to require more than a hundred such machines, – Leonkov concludes.

UAWire – Russian journalists making documentary about Wagner Private Military Company killed in Central African Republic

Three Russian citizens were killed in the Central African Republic—journalist Orkhan Jemal, cameraman Kirill Radchenko and director Aleksander …

Russian Journalists Investigating Paramilitary Group Killed In Africa

Three Russian journalists investigating the activities of a Russian paramilitary organization in the Central African Republic were ambushed and killed, their news outlet and local authorities say.

OSCE ‘Saddened And Shocked’ By Killing Of Russian Journalists

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) media freedom representative says he is “deeply saddened and shocked” by the killing of three Russian journalists who were investiga…

Journalist Dzhemal: Where did the Russian-speaking majority of the Crimea come from? In 1944, Crimean Tatars were evicted, and NKVDshnikov settled in their homes! [2016 article by Dzhemal]

“The Russian World” in the Crimea are the descendants of members of the NKVD and Soviet counterintelligence SMERSH, who took the place of Crimean Tatars evicted from the peninsula, journalist Orkhan Dzhemal said on the air of the Russian NTV television channel. May 30, 2016 20.55. The so-called Russian-speaking majority of the Crimea was formed on the peninsula after the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944. About this on the air of the program “Meeting Point” on the Russian NTV television channel, journalist Orhan Dzhemal said. “By the way, I remember where this Russian-speaking majority of the Crimea came from.” In 1944, the Crimean Tatars were evicted, and the NKVDshnikov and Smershtsev who settled in the war settled in their homes, and they were still in their homes, and now their ” world, “the most Russian-speaking majority of the Crimea, ” he said. To the question of the presenter, why the Crimean Tatar people did not have autonomy in Ukraine, Jemal replied: “So they still do not.” The journalist also noted that the persecution of the Crimean Tatars – members of the banned organization Hizb ut-Tahrir in the occupied Crimea – is a repression, not a fight against terrorism. According to him, under the Ukrainian government, “Hizb ut-Tahrir” legally existed for many years without causing problems. “This organization existed for years, people did not harm anyone, it was absolutely legal … And then suddenly Russia came and the organization in which people for years consisted, and it was absolutely legal, became illegal. They were detained, they were arrested, – he stressed. In response to the protester’s objections that the Taliban, Al-Qaida and the Islamic State were also not banned from the Russian Federation at first, Jemal reminded him of the statement by Zamin Kabulov, the Russian special envoy in Afghanistan, that the Taliban ” we have common interests, we need to have business with him. ” “It’s a political situation, you know, but the fact remains: the Crimean Tatars freely existed in Hizb ut-Tahrir as a legal public organization in the Ukrainian legal field, and then the Russians came, and it was banned in five minutes,” said Jemal . After that, the guest of the studio addressed the journalist, saying that “there is legislation in the Russian Federation, which must be observed,” to which Jemal replied: “This is the problem, that everything would be fine if the Russians, with their legislation, did not go beyond its borders “. The presenter of the program demanded from the journalist “to respond more respectfully to Russian legislation.” “And I do not respect Russian legislation,” Jemal summarized.

Missing Russian Journalist Found Dead In Nizhny Novgorod

A journalist with the Moscow-based weekly newspaper Argumenty i Fakty (AiF), Sergei Grachyov, has been found dead 11 days after he disappeared during a reporting trip to the city of Nizhny Novgorod.

How Russia Persecutes Its Dissidents Using US Courts – Defense One

Russia’s requests to Interpol for Red Notices—the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant—against Kremlin opponents are being met with …

Italian skinheads allegedly recruited pro-Russian mercenaries – English –

(ANSA) – Rome, August 1 – Carabinieri ROS paramilitary police on Wednesday arrested six people in Milan, Avellino and Parma accused of recruiting mercenaries to fight with pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. Investigative sources said a probe that kicked off two years ago after pro-Nazi graffiti was discovered in the area of La Spezia, Tuscany, led to the discovery of a recruitment network allegedly run in the Liguria region by right-wing ”skinheads” to send mercenaries to the region of Dombas to fight against Ukrainian troops.

Securing Democracy Dispatch – To Inform is to Influence

July 30, 2018 News and Commentary U.S. lawmakers push for more sanctions against Russia: Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) announced their push for additional sanctions against Russia for its attempts to undermine democracies. The senators stated that “Vladimir Putin has made clear his intention to challenge American power, influence, and security interests at home and abroad… we…

Putin Vs. Russia’s Economy : Planet Money : NPR

Russia has had a huge presence in the news lately. But its economy… not so huge. It’s smaller than the economy of Texas. Today on the show, we look at what’s been holding it back.

Did Donald Trump’s Administration Help Vladimir Putin Silence an Opposition Figure in Russia?

Igor Rudnikov, a Russian opposition figure and journalist, lost his newspaper—and his political career—over accusations that he’s a U.S. resident.

Finland and the Bear – Foreign Policy

Russian meddling is a rising concern in Helsinki.

When Russian Trolls Attack – To Inform is to Influence

If American women think they are oppressed, this is a must-read story. Russian trolls are exceedingly cruel, nasty, mean, and vicious.  It seems to be a pathological drive, a need to exceed the preceding comment for vile.   Not only did Russia de facto decriminalize wife beating, Police also actively discourage rapes from being reported. This…

Facebook takes down suspected Russian network of pages

Facebook has removed a network of accounts and pages involved in what it called “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” the company said Tuesday.

Facebook Finds ‘Sophisticated’ Effort To Influence U.S. Election; Russia Suspected

Facebook says it has discovered “sophisticated” efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to manipulate U.S. politics ahead of November’s congressional elections, setting off a fury among politicians in …

Facebook’s new foreign influence report excluded most divisive rhetoric

Facebook’s new foreign influence report excluded some of the most divisive posts, but were accessed by NBC News via a web archive search.

Facebook Identifies an Active Political Influence Campaign Using Fake Accounts – The New York Times

A coordinated effort, involving 32 pages and fake accounts, included amplifying division around white supremacy and the #AbolishICE movement, the social network said.

Pence condemns Russian election interference – Chicago Tribune

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday affirmed the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia sought to influence the 2016 election.

Trump inherited ‘cyber-crisis’ from Obama, VP Pence says at cybersecurity summit | Fox News

Vice President Mike Pence contended Tuesday that President Trump’s administration inherited a cyber-crisis when he took office, laying the blame for Russian meddling on the Obama administration.

Amesbury poisoning: ‘Very emotional’ funeral held for novichok victim Dawn Sturgess

The vicar touches the coffin, as do the funeral directors, as expected extra security measures fail to materialise.

I loved you, Mum…girl’s eulogy to novichok victim | UK | News |

THE 11-year-old daughter of novichok victim Dawn Sturgess was given a round of applause yesterday as she gave a eulogy at her mother’s funeral.

Daughter of Novichok victim tells funeral of her mother’s love – AOL

The young daughter of Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess has told friends and family at her funeral how much she loved her mother. The chapel at Salisbury Crematorium was packed with mourners as

‘Shock and tears’ at funeral of novichok victim Dawn Sturgess | UK news | The Guardian

Mourners in Salisbury include police investigating her murder and 11-year-old daughter

Dawn Sturgess funeral: No pallbearers for Novichok victim as safety measures ‘protect mourners’ in Salisbury

Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess’s coffin was already in place when mourners arrived at her funeral and had no pallbearers, as a number of safety measures were put in place to protect the public.

Dawn Sturgess funeral held in UK as unanswered questions mount in novichok crisis – World Socialist Web Site

The Conservative government is desperate to contain and control a story in which not a single word from the authorities can be believed.

Novichok poisoning: Funeral held for British woman

Dawn Sturgess, 44, died July 7, a week after she and her partner Charlie Rowley were found unconscious in the town of Amesbury in southern England. Authorities say they were also poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.

Safety no issue at ‘upbeat’ funeral of Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess

Mourners arrived at the Salisbury Crematorium on Monday afternoon dressed in bright colours to pay their respects to Dawn Sturgess, a &quot;happy-go-lucky&quot; Mum who died after coming into contact with the Novichok nerve agent.

Safety measures in place for funeral of UK Novichok victim | News , World | THE DAILY STAR

Safety measures have been put in place for the funeral of a British woman who died after exposure to the deadly nerve agent Novichok.

Russia’s endgame in Syria: Iran for Ukraine? | Syria | Al Jazeera

Russia wants to use the gains it made in Syria as a bargaining chip with the US on Ukraine and the economic sanctions.

A deadly plague for Iran – International news – Jerusalem Post

Trump’s actions turn Islamic Republic’s economy into an international pariah without war

Washington assures Jerusalem there is no change in its Iranian policy – International news – Jerusalem Post

According to the official, Israel is “in continuous contact” with the American administration.

US Must ‘Show it is Trustworthy’ Before Iran Will Negotiate New Deal – Scholar – Sputnik International

Following comments by US President Donald Trump about wanting to open a new dialogue with Tehran, an Iranian scholar told Radio Sputnik Tuesday that if the US “wants to continue talking with Iran, it has no choice but to go back to the nuclear agreement.”

US must return to nuclear deal before future talks with Tehran – Rouhani aide — RT World News

A return to the 2015 nuclear deal is the key to future talks between the US and Iran, an adviser to President Hassan Rouhani said. President Donald Trump is ready to negotiate, but believes the existing deal is “a waste of paper.”

Iran’s Zarif Tells Trump to ‘Try Respect’ Instead of Threats, Sanctions – Bloomberg

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif pushed back on U.S. President Donald Trump’s suggestion that he’d be willing to meet President Hassan Rouhani with “no preconditions,” saying the two countries spent plenty of time in negotiations already.

Iran’s foreign ministry rejects the possibility of a meeting with Trump – Vox

Trump said he would be willing to meet with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, but Iran isn’t interested because of America’s “hostile actions.”

Iran rejects Trump offer of talks as a dream, without value

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin LONDON (Reuters) – Senior Iranian officials and military commanders on Tuesday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer of talks without preconditions as worthless and “a dream”, saying his words contradicted his action of reimposing sanctions on Tehran. Separately

Iran rejects Trump offer of talks as a dream, without value

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin LONDON (Reuters) – Senior Iranian officials and military commanders on Tuesday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer of talks without preconditions as worthless and “a dream”, saying his words contradicted his action of reimposing sanctions on Tehran. Separately

Will Trump Save Iran?

“Good for the country, good for them, good for us.”

Israeli Demands That Iran Exit Syria Not ‘Realistic,’ Russian Envoy Says

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s repeated demands that Iranian forces and their allies leave Syria are not “realistic,” Russia’s ambassador to Israel has said.

Russia Says It ‘Cannot’ Kick Iran Out of Syria Like Israel and U.S. Want

Russia’s ambassador to Israel said Iran was “playing a very, very important role in our common and joint effort to eliminate terrorists in Syria.”

UAWire – Russia: Iran’s presence in Syria is completely legitimate

Russia cannot force Iranian armed forces to leave Syrian territory, because their presence there is legitimate and fully conforms to …

Iran can afford to play the long game with Trump – CNN

Three men walk into a room: a dictator, an autocrat, and an ayatollah. A fourth man asks them each for a meeting.

Why is Europe underplaying its hand on Iran?

In a twist, Washington appears more aware of Europe’s ability to impact US sanctions on Iran than Europeans themselves.

Trump’s Offer To Meet With Iran Discounted By Tehran And President’s Own Advisers

Trump announced Monday that he would meet “anytime” with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with “no preconditions.”

Trump offers to meet with Iranian President Rouhani, without preconditions | Fox News

President Trump said Monday he would be willing to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with “no preconditions,” on the heels of a fiery exchange of threats earlier this month.

Pompeo lists conditions for talks with Iran, just hours after Trump said he had no ‘preconditions’ | Business Insider

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday expressed his support for President Donald Trump holding talks with Iran, listing specific conditions for such discussions to occur, just hours after the president said he would not require preconditions to sit down with Iranian leaders.

Iranian currency rapidly dropping in value as US sanctions approach | SOFREP

“The economic sanctions are only the beginning as the follow-on sanctions will target Iranian oil exportation.”

Iran says it’s up to Europe to save nuclear deal – Reuters.TV

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday the U.S. withdrawal from a nuclear deal was “illegal” and it was up to Europe to preserve the landmark accord with Tehran.

UAWire – US Senators warn France, Germany and Great Britain against evading Iranian sanctions

Ten US Senators sent a letter to the Embassies of Germany, Great Britain and France, urging them to deepen transatlantic cooperation against Iran and warning them against evading sanctions against the country, as stated on the website of one of the document’s signatories, Senator Ted Cruz. “We write to urge you to comply with all American sanctions but also to emphasize we would consider it particularly troubling if you sought to evade or undermine American statutes. First, these statutes align with your governments’ commitment to deepen cooperation addressing Iran’s ballistic missile program and destabilizing activities. Second, they were passed over several years by overwhelming bipartisan majorities–including in some cases via unanimous Senate passage–and Congress is obligated to ensure their implementation,” the letter said. The letter was also signed by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Dan Sullivan (R-Ala.). “These laws were passed by Congress, signed by President Obama, and will be enforced by President Trump. Congressional leaders of both parties have taken a firm stance in support of them. They are not the policies of one party or one branch, but the considered and long-term policy of the United States as expressed by Congress. Any attempt to evade or undermine them could well prompt Congressional action, in coordination with other elements of the U.S. government, to ensure their integrity,” the Senators added in their address. Iran faces US sanctions after US President Donald Trump stated that the US would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and promised to impose severe sanctions against Teheran. Trump accused the Iranian regime of violating the terms of their agreements and of continuing to develop nuclear weapons. The USA’s withdrawal from the nuclear agreement was prompted by the report of Israeli intelligence that Iran secretly continues to work on the development of nuclear weapons. The European Union did not support Trump’s actions. Brussels stated that the EU, France, Britain and Germany support the nuclear deal and do not intend to terminate it.

Opinion: Donald Trump is playing good cop/bad cop with Iran | Middle East| News and analysis of events in the Arab world | DW | 31.07.2018

US President Donald Trump is applying his usual game of intimidation and concession in his dealings with Tehran. But unlike with North Korea, this approach will not bear fruit, writes Matthias von Hein.

Trump wants to meet with the leader of the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism – The Washington Post

Trump has never met a dictator he didn’t love.

🇸🇦 🇾🇪 Saudi suspends oil shipments through key strait after Houthi attacks | Al Jazeera English – YouTube

Al Jazeera English Published on Jul 30, 2018 The United Nations is warning that air attacks by the Saudi-Emirati coalition in Yemen are putting civilians at extreme risk. But the conflict is not only causing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, it is also hitting international trade. Last week, Saudi Arabia temporarily suspended oil shipments through the Bab al-Mandab Strait, which connects the Gulf of Aden to the Red Sea. Al Jazeera’s Natasha Ghoneim has more on efforts by Djibouti to protect the western portion of the waterway.

Saudi Arabia news: Why has Saudi Arabia STOPPED oil shipping through Red Sea? | World | News |

SAUDI Arabia announced last week that it will suspend oil shipments through the Red Sea’a Bab al-Mandeb strait. But why?

Will Djibouti Become Latest Country to Fall Into China’s Debt Trap? – Foreign Policy

The African country houses a key U.S. military base, making it a particular concern for Washington.

U.S. Allies Ask Fellow Syrians to Stop Fighting Assad and Save Their Country

The Syrian Democratic Council, the political wing of U.S.-backed forces, called on others to support talks with Damascus.

🇸🇾 Syria talks led by Russia, Iran and Turkey revived in Sochi |Al Jazeera English – YouTube

Al Jazeera English Published on Jul 31, 2018 Representatives from the Syrian government, Russia, Turkey, Iran and the United Nations are attending another round of talks on Syria’s seven-year civil war in the Russian city of Sochi.

Syrian forces press offensive despite IS threats to hostages | Fox News

Syrian government forces pressed ahead with their offensive in the country’s south on Monday despite threats by the Islamic State group to kill civilians it recently captured there.

UAWire – Russia: Iranian forces withdrew from demarcation line in Golan Heights

The Iranian forces in Syria withdrew from the demarcation line with Israel in the Golan Heights by about 85 km, said the Special Envoy of the …

Russian Jamming Poses a Growing Threat to U.S. Troops in Syria – Foreign Policy

But this type of warfare also gives the United States a chance to learn about the latest Russian technology.

Russian Aircraft In Syria Face UAV Barrage | Defense content from Aviation Week

All year, Russia has been fending off nighttime raids conducted by small, lawnmower-engine-powered aircraft.

Why The Israelis Want A Larger, More Modern F-15 Fleet | Combat Aircraft content from Aviation Week

Since 2016, Israel has been busy with a deep upgrade of its F-15I (Ra’am). The Raytheon APG-82(V)1 active, electronically scanned array (AESA) radar had been selected for the program, but replacement of the old APG-70 radar has not yet taken place. The upgrade also includes structural work and installation of new systems, including a new radar. The decision to embark on this upgrade program was made two years ago, in spite of the nation’s planned purchase of the Lockheed Martin F-35. An Israeli source says the air force is looking as far ahead as 40 years. “The F-15 has a lot of advantages. It can be equipped with Israeli-developed systems, an upgrade that can be performed on the F-35 to a clear limit,” says the source. Israel regards its F-15 fleet to be the backbone of its attacking capability. As such, it is considering the purchase of additional F-15s. The F-15 line will be open at least until 2020 due to the recent Boeing contract with Qatar. If the air force decides to purchase additional F-15s, it is likely to rely on a U.S. Foreign Military Financing package approved by Washington in 2016. It begins in 2019 and provides $38 billion over 10 years, up from $31 billion over the last decade. In a parallel effort, Israel is working hard to regenerate and drastically upgrade some of the nine ex-U.S. Air National Guard F-15Ds that previously served with the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, Oregon. These aircraft were donated as part of a still active multibillion-dollar aid package to Israel. Some of these older F-15s will be upgraded, according to sources, “to a very advanced configuration.” Since the F-15D (Baz) was introduced into service with the Israelis, it has been upgraded continuously, used as a capable multirole fighter for counter-air, ground strike, reconnaissance and especially as command-and-control and networking platforms to support long-range strike missions. The clear tendency in the Israeli Air Force is to first purchase additional new F-15s and only then consider whether to fulfill the original plan of 75 F-35s.

Turkey threatens to retaliate against any US sanctions over detained pastor | TheHill

A spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Tuesday that Turkey is prepared to retaliate to any sanctions the U.S.

Turkey rejects US pastor Andrew Brunson’s appeal, shrugs off Donald Trump sanctions threat – CBS News

President has warned NATO ally Turkey it could face &quot;large sanctions&quot; for its treatment of Andrew Brunson, who’s facing terror charges

UAWire – Erdogan threatens the US with legal action if supply of F-35 fighter jets is blocked

If the US blocks the supply of the new fifth generation American fighter jet F-35 to the Turkish Air Force, Ankara may file a suit against the US in international arbitration, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a broadcast on Habertürk TV. It was recently reported that the US Congress has banned the supply of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Jet to the Turkish army. Lawmakers in Congress are leveraging the supply of the F-35 in order to put pressure on Turkey regarding its decision to install the Russian S-400 missile defense system. The US sees the decision by Ankara to install the Russian made missile defense system as pushing Turkey further into Moscow’s sphere of influence in the Near East. This decision will also reduce military interoperability between Turkey and its fellow NATO members.

UAWire – Erdogan: Turkey does not plan to abandon Iranian gas because of US position

Turkey does not intend to refuse gas supplies from Iran even if Washington iponses sanctions against Tehran, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip …

UAWire – Erdogan: Russia and Turkey conduct negotiations on electronic payments

Turkey and Russia negotiate the possibility of moving to electronic payments, reported Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during the 10th …