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Salisbury CW Attack / Syria / Iran / Russia Ad Hoc Update (129)

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It would appear that Russia is actively facilitating if not encouraging a CW attack by Syria in Idlib, given the bizarre offensive of blameshifting phantasms about a yet to happen CW attack that NatSec Advisor Bolton warned against. Russians now threatening deployment of nuclear weapons to Syria. More mischief in the Black Sea, and baiting of the UK. The 2nd Fleet is reactivating to deal with Russian SSN ops. Claims intel from Russia is drying up due to intensive counter-intel effort in Russia. Reports from Russia that India may be bailing out of arms procurements in Russia (this will please Kyiv to no end they do need the exports). Deutsche Bank might also be bailing. Eidman on Russia’s overt infiltration of Germany.

In Salisbury, Amesbury CW survivor is in serious medical difficulty, likely complications following the CW agent exposure. NATO to conduct major CW exercise – something not done since the Cold War. Markov murder vs. Salisbury – deja vu?

More nonsensical claims from Tehran and Ankara. Always easier to blame foreign conspiracies for domestic incompetence and delusion. Chanc. Merkel touring the Caucasus tits Ankara’s tat over Nazism.

Bolton calls on Al-Qaeda to stage more chemical attacks in Syria — RT Op-ed

In a move that was entirely predictable, the US administration is once again threatening to bomb Syria if there is a “chemical weapons attack”. In a move that was entirely predictable, the US administration is once again threatening to bomb Syria if there is a “chemical weapons attack”. This was entirely predictable because that chemical attack script has been read out, with salty crocodile tears, fake concern, and mocked indignation by US talking heads over the years – since 2012, in fact, when former US President Obama himself drew his red line on Syria. The latest script-reader to toe the chemical hoax line is President Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, who on August 22, stated: “…if the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons we will respond very strongly and they really ought to think about this a long time.” Beyond the tattered veil of moral superiority that is US war propaganda, Bolton’s words were clearly a very public command to Al-Qaeda and co-extremists to stage yet another fake chemical attack.

Terrorists readying chemical attack to frame Damascus & provide pretext for US strikes – Russian MoD — RT World News

The US and its allies are preparing new airstrikes on Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that militants are poised to stage a chemical weapons attack in order to frame Damascus and provide a pretext for the strikes. The US and its allies are preparing new airstrikes on Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that militants are poised to stage a chemical weapons attack in order to frame Damascus and provide a pretext for the strikes. The attack would be used as a pretext for US, UK and French airstrikes on Syrian targets, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov said. USS ‘The Sullivans,’ an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyer, was already deployed to the Persian Gulf a couple of days ago, he added. The destroyer has 56 cruise missiles on board, according to data from the Russian Defence Ministry. A US Rockwell B-1 Lancer, a supersonic bomber equipped with 24 cruise missiles, has also been deployed at the Qatari Al Udeid Airbase.

UK’s Olive Group Denies Involvement in Suspected Chemical Attack Plot in Syria – Sputnik International

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The UK Olive Group military company refuted on Sunday claims that it had prepared a group of militants to stage a chemical weapons attack in Syria’s western Idlib province.

TASS: Military & Defense – US preparing new strikes on Syrian government facilities – Russia’s Defense Ministry

According to the Russian general, the provocation will be staged by terrorists of the Hayat Tahrir ash-Sham terrorist organization (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra outlawed in Russia)

Thousands of militants preparing large-scale offensive in Hama, Aleppo, Idlib

Several thousand militants armed with heavy weaponry and armored vehicles are preparing for an offensive on the Syrian provinces of Hama and Aleppo, the

Syria on Verge of Defeating Daesh Terror Group – Ambassador to Russia – Sputnik International

TSKHINVALI (Sputnik) – Syria is currently on the brink of the full victory over the Daesh* terror group, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said on Saturday.

Russia accuses UK of backing a false flag chemical attack in Syria | The Times of Israel

Moscow claims planned ‘provocation’ by jihadist group in Idlib, with support of British special services, will be used as pretext for Western strikes on Assad

Russia claims Syrian rebels planning Idlib chemical weapons attack | News | DW | 25.08.2018

The Kremlin has claimed that rebels are planning a chemical weapons attack with the intent of blaming it on Syria. Russia also says a British contractor is helping the militants.

New Russian Information Warfare Tool Failure: Predictive Reporting – To Inform is to Influence

The Russian Ministry of Defense owns “TV channel “Zvezda” Zvezda is a Russian nationwide TV network. As of January 2008, Zvezda’s CEO was Grigory Krichevsky, previously known for his work on Vladimir Gusinsky’s NTV Channel in the late 1990s. Owner : Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation (through Zvezda Armed Forces Teleradio Company) Source: Wikipedia TVZveda published this report:…

UAWire – Russia warns the US and its allies against ‘reckless steps’ in Syria

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, commenting on the Bloomberg publication that if Syrian government troops would use chemical weapons, the United States is ready for a missile strike on Syria, warned Washington and their allies against “new reckless steps.” The government official informed RIA Novosti. Ryabkov remarked that in Moscow, “they hear Washington’s ultimatums, including public ones.” However, the Deputy Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry assured that this “does not affect Moscow’s determination to continue its work for the complete elimination of the terrorist centers in Syria and the return of country’s normal life.” Ryabakov is certain that the goals of the Western countries in the Syria are “to continuously rock Syria without any methods, and seek new pretexts to raise the question of changing power in Damascus.” “We are ready for such development and we will expose these plans,” assured the Deputy Foreign Minister. He stressed that in his opinion, history, including the recent one, “seems to teach Americans nothing”. “And now again we see a serious escalation of the situation,” remarked Ryabkov. “We caution Americans and their allies against new reckless steps,” concluded the government official. On August 25, Bloomberg published with reference to four sources the fact that the U.S. has data showing that the Syrian leader Bashar Assad “can again issue an order for the use of chemical weapons against the backdrop of the preparation of the Syrian army to capture one of the last areas that the terrorists are holding”. Bolton, according to the interlocutors of the agency, has already submitted this information to the Secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, warning him that if Damascus uses chemical weapons, Washington is ready to inflict a new blow on Syria, which will be stronger than the previous ones.

UAWire – Russia sends two frigates to reinforce its Mediterranean flotilla

Two frigates from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, the Admiral Grigorovich and Admiral Essen, have set out from Sevastopol to join the Russian squadron in the Mediterranean Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry’s website reported. “Making the transition by sea, the ships performed a range of ship combat exercises at the fleet’s combat training sites in the Black Sea,” the report states. As part of the drills, Ka-27PL helicopters took off and landed from the frigates’ decks. The frigates also searched and monitored for submarines. The Defense Ministry added that, at the time of writing, the ships were traversing the Bosporus and Dardenelles straits, and were scheduled to join the fleet by the end of the day. Earlier, the Pytlivy patrol boat and two landing boats, the Nikolay Filchenkov and Orks, traversed the Bosporus straight and headed for the Syrian port of Tartus, where Russia has a naval logistics facility. On August 16, the Russian squadron in the Mediterranean Sea was joined by a modern small missile ship from the Black Sea Fleet, the Vyshniy Volochek, which is equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles. On August 11, the anti-submarine ship Severomorsk and the missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov from Russia’s North Fleet entered the Mediterranean. In June, the fleet received two corvettes from the Caspian Flotilla, as well as a large landing ship.

Russia Mocks British Military After Jets Scramble From Romania

The Russian Embassy in London mocked the British military and says its armed forces “pose no threat to Britain” two days after U.K. Typhoon jets based in Romania scrambled to investigate Russia…

British Jets Again Scramble From Romania To Investigate Russian Aircraft

British Typhoon jets based in Romania have scrambled for the second time in three days to investigate “provocative” Russian aircraft flying on a path toward NATO airspace, the British Defense Minis…

The Typhoon fighters of the British Royal Air Force flew from the Mihail Kogalniceanu base in Romania on August 23 to intercept the Russian anti-submarine Be-12 aircraft over the Black Sea –

The Typhoon fighters of the British Royal Air Force flew from the Mihail Kogalniceanu base in Romania on August 23 to intercept the Russian anti-submarine Be-12 aircraft over the Black Sea

Russian Tu-160 supersonic nuclear bombers landed in the Arctic for the first time in history – Defence Blog

Two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic long-range nuclear bombers conducted drills in an area near Alaska “for the first time in history,” demonstrating that Russia can deploy heavy bombers close to the US, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported on 16 August. According to a statement issued by the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Tu-160 bombers reportedly flew non-stop more than 4,000 miles from their home base in Saratov in southwestern Russia to Anadyr on the Chukotka Peninsula, which faces Alaska across the Bering Strait. The local airfield was recently redesigned to accommodate large combat aircraft. The flight-tactical exercise, in which about 10 Tu-160, Tu-95MS, Il-78 aircraft were involved, were conducted under the command of the long-range aviation commander Lieutenant-General Sergei Kobylash.

U.S. Revives Navy Fleet To Counter Russian Presence In North Atlantic

The U.S. Navy has formally reestablished its Second Fleet as a result of a renewed focus on the North Atlantic Ocean, where the Russian military has been operating with increasing frequency in a wa…

US Navy revives 2nd Fleet as Russians patrol North Atlantic | Fox News

The U.S. Navy has formally re-established its 2nd Fleet at a ceremony aboard an aircraft carrier in Norfolk, Virginia.

U.S. Sanctions On Russia Over Poisoning In Britain Start Aug. 27

Sanctions against Russia announced after the United States determined that Moscow used a nerve agent in an attempt to “assassinate” a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain will take effect…

U.S. Imposes New Sanctions on Russia After Nerve Agent Poisoning – Bloomberg

The U.S. announced details of limited new sanctions against Russia over the March poisoning in the U.K. of a former Russian agent and his daughter, the latest sign relations between the former Cold War foes continue to deteriorate.

U.S. sanctions on Russia tied to UK attack to take effect Monday | Reuters

U.S. sanctions against Russia tied to a nerve agent attack in Britain, which were announced earlier this month, will come into effect on Monday, the U.S. government said on Friday, adding to the array of economic penalties it has imposed on Moscow in recent years.

Russian intel sources go silent ahead of midterms: report | TheHill

CIA sources in Russia have reportedly gone quiet ahead of November’s midterm elections, leaving intelligence agencies largely in the dark about Moscow’s plans to interfere.

Kremlin Sources Go Quiet, Leaving C.I.A. in the Dark About Putin’s Plans for Midterms – The New York Times

The spy agency does not believe its Russia informants have been killed, but sources have gone largely dormant amid heightened scrutiny and rising threats.

Maria Butina Did Not Use Sex in Covert Russian Plan, Her Lawyers Say – The New York Times

Prosecutors miscast years-old, joking text messages as evidence that she was involved in a “duplicitous” relationship and offering sex for a possible job, her lawyers said.

Alleged Russian Spy Maria Butina’s Lawyer Accused of Violating Court Rules by Speaking to Media

Lawyers are prohibited from making statements that could reveal evidence from the case.

Accused Russian spy Maria Butina asks for house arrest – CNNPolitics

Her attorneys paint her as a humble student whose interactions with Americans and Russians are overblown by prosecutors

Alleged foreign agent Butina says Russian billionaire was ‘actually just a friend’ | TheHill

The 29-year-old Russian woman accused of unregistered lobbying work for Russia and attempting to set up back channel communications between U.S.

Lawyer for alleged Russian agent: Texts show claim Butina offered sex for job is ‘sexist smear’ – Chicago Tribune

A lawyer for alleged Russian agent Maria Butina filed a motion Friday arguing that federal prosecutors used a playful text to smear the 29-year-old student.

The International Army Games Are Decadent and Depraved – Foreign Policy

What attending a tank biathlon outside of Moscow taught me about contemporary Russia.

Russian Tank Performs Strange Maneuver at Military Parade

Tanks don’t usually do barrel rolls.

Even a Russian Tank Doesn’t Look Cool When It’s Tumbling Off a Trailer

It turns out that tanks—largely considered among the most badass machines on earth—can tumble and look just as silly as Reliant Robins. Just watch this World War II-era T-34 topple off a trailer at a military parade in Russia.

UAWire – Russia loses its largest weapons buyer

India, which has been the largest buyer of Russian weapons in the world market, suspended existing contracts payments to Russia’s arms exporter Rosoboronexport and refused to sign the new ones, including the purchase of fighters and S-400 missile systems. The newspaper Vedomosti reports, citing sources in the Russian defense industry, that the payments from the Indian government have not been received since April. Indian banks began blocking transactions after Rosoboronexport and most Russian defense enterprises came under the U.S. sanctions and were cut off from payments in dollars. The Indian banks are afraid of the secondary sanctions that CAATSA law envisioned a year. This law extends the sanctions regime to all involved parties, even if they do not participate in the transaction directly. Rosoboronexport is considering the possibility of switching to payments in national currencies – Indian rupees, rubles, dirhams (currency of the United Arab Emirates), said the company’s general director, Alexander Mikheev. However, this concerns only the old contracts, as India is not in a hurry to conclude any new ones. From 2007 to 2015, India was the largest importer of Russian weapons. However, there have been no new deals with Delhi since 2012. In January, it became clear that the negotiation of a contract for the delivery of S-400 systems, which had been preliminarily agreed upon by President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, came to a dead end. According to Defense News, Delhi did not approve Russia’s requested price and delivery terms. Rosoboronexport requested $ 5.5 billion for the S-400 and refused to transfer the guided missiles technology. Four months later, India froze a joint project with Russia meant to develop a fifth-generation fighter aircraft based on the Su-57. The national security adviser Ajit Doval and the Minister of Defense Sanjay Mitra notified Russia about India’s withdrawal from the program that started in the early 2000s. The Indian military were not happy with the financial terms of the contract and also technological parameters of the aircraft, which, according to them, did not correspond to the fifth generation of fighters in terms of stealth and avionics. India spent its military budget on the purchase of 36 French Rafale aircraft fighters and their weapons for 8 billion euros and bought the latest U.S. anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense system NASAMS-2 for $ 1 billion. This summer, the United States granted India the status of a priority partner for the trade of strategic goods (STA-1, Strategic Trade Authorization-1). This opens the possibility of simplified acquisition of American high-tech products, including defense systems.

UAWire – Deutsche Bank threatens to break ties with Russia

On June 27, the London division of Deutsche Bank sent a letter to the Russian government, threatening to cut business ties unless it is provided with up-to-date information about clients, Vedomosti reports. The letter says that Deutsche Bank is analyzing the services rendered to the Russian government and the Know Your Customer (KYC) documents in its possession. KYC is the process of identifying and collecting information on a client in order to prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism. According to the bank’s policy, and the requirements of regulators in the jurisdictions where Deutsche Bank operates, information on clients must be periodically updated, the letter states. Thus the bank can require the government to provide additional documentation, and “the inability to receive the most up-to-date information from your firm” could in turn force the bank to “terminate business relations”. The letter does not specify which services Deutsche Bank has provided or currently provides the Russian government. In the letter, the bank asks the government to contact it, and notes that if no contact is made within 30 days, it may send a notice of the intention to terminate business relations. Thus the response deadline was at the end of July. According to two officials in the financial and economic sector, the Russian government has not sent a response, neither has there been any further communication from Deutsche Bank in this regard. It is possible that Deutsche Bank was the underwriter or agent of certain deals with Russian government bonds; it is possible that a long time ago, some kind of mandate was signed for work in the privatization of state property, believes Andrey Pozhitkov, development director of UFG Wealth Management. According to European legislation, this would make the Russian government one of the bank’s clients, he explains. As part of KYC tests, banks usually ask their customers for legal and location information, customer representatives, who can send instructions on the customer’s transactions, and copies of the passports of authorized representatives (for example, several persons could be under individual sanctions), the expert notes. Any organization can be a customer, even government organizations. Banks also ask about the origin of the funds, but this is done less for governments, Pozhitkov observes. On multiple occasions, Deutsche Bank has acted as the organizing bank of loan bond issuances, and in a number of issuances it has been a fiscal agent, a federal official confirms. However, the bank has stopped offering these services.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Kremlin’s ‘Secret’ Agents Now Arrive in Germany Completely Openly, Eidman Says

Paul Goble Staunton, August 24 – During the Cold War, Western officials sometimes joked that “we send diplomats to the Soviet Union, and Moscow treats them like spies, while they send us spies and we treat them like diplomats.” It was never quite that bad – in either direction — in the past, but there are indications that it may be becoming exactly that now. Igor Eidman, a Russian sociologist who comments for Deutsche Welle and other outlets, points out that “present-day Stirlitzes to Germany don’t come under cover of night,” have elaborate cover stories or use false passports ( Instead, the commentator says, they arrive completely openly if the case of Vladimir Yakunin, a Soviet and then Russian intelligence officer with 22 years in the business, was processed by the German embassy in Moscow and given the right to live and work in Germany quite openly. It would be interesting to know “whether he wrote on his application: ‘The goal of the trip is work as a Russian spy and agent of influence in Berlin.’ But jokes aside, Yakunin’s move to Germany” in such an open way “is a warning sign,” Eidman says. Yakunin, completely legally, is going to lead one of the most important staffs of the hybrid war, that is, the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute,” an organization which “on the one hand supports the attacks of the ultra-right n democracy and, on the other, runs a network of agents of influence in the European political and business elite.” Putin would not have sent someone of that rank if the Kremlin leader weren’t planning for him to launch a major initiative, in this case, likely involving using Yakunin’s own money, acquired while he was head of Russian Rail not only to win a political reprieve from Moscow but also to corrupt European elites and to watch over the wealth Putin and his people have in Europe. Moreover, Eidman says, “it is completely probable that [Yakunin] will supervise the enormous investments of the Putin band in German business which gives it not only many millions in income but also serious political influence,” influence Moscow hopes to use to undermine European integration. “For this,” the commentator says, “new flows of dark funds and reliable people” who can keep track of them are requirements. And consequently, Eidman concludes, “it was with this goal that Putin sent to Germany his old Chekist comrade in arms.”

UAWire – Square named after Boris Nemtsov opens in front of Russian Embassy in Lithuania

An opening ceremony in front of the Russian Embassy of the square named after Russian oppositionist Boris Nemtsov took place in Vilnius on …

NATO to hold CHEMICAL WAR GAMES in shock rehearsal for RUSSIAN ATTACK | World | News |

EXCLUSIVE: NATO and its allies are to conduct military war games to examine how the West would respond to a chemical attack by Russia, it emerged last night. It will be the first time since the Gulf War that major military powers rehearse the scenario, believed to have been prompted by Russia’s use of Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury.

Novichok victim Charlie Rowley is ‘fighting for his life’ in hospital again | Metro News

Novichok victim Charlie Rowley is back in hospital ‘fighting for his life’ just weeks after he survived being poisoned by the nerve agent. The 45-year-old from Amesbury, Wiltshire, is believed…

Novichok: Nerve agent poison survivor Charlie Rowley fighting meningitis | Daily Star

NOVICHOK victim Charlie Rowley is reportedly fighting for life for a second time just weeks after surviving the nerve agent poisoning.

Novichok survivor Charlie Rowley ‘back in hospital and battling meningitis’ | London Evening Standard

The brother of Novichok survivor Charlie Rowley claims his sibling has contracted meningitis. Matthew Rowley says that his brother is now back in intensive care at Salisbury District Hospital and undergoing tests. The 45-year-old and his girlfriend Dawn Sturgess, were poisoned with the same nerve agent used in the attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal. Ms Sturgess died on July 8 after the pair were found unconscious on June 30 at Mr Rowley’s home in Amesbury.

Novichok victim Charlie Rowley is fighting for his life AGAIN weeks after surviving nerve agent poisoning – Mirror Online

EXCLUSIVE: Charlie, 45, is back in the same ­hospital where he and girlfriend Dawn Sturgess were treated after being ­poisoned by the Russian nerve agent

Novichok victim Charlie Rowley ‘fighting for life AGAIN as brother fears he has meningitis’

The 45-year-old is back in the same hospital he was rushed to after being exposed to the nerve agent last month

Umbrella murder which killed Markov set stage for novichok poisoning | UK | News |

PARALLELS have been drawn between the 1978 poisoned umbrella murder of Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov, and the recent novichok attack in Salisbury. Markov was on his way to work at the BBC in London when he was jabbed in the back of the leg by a man wielding a brolly. He died a few days later from ricin poisoning in a tiny platinum pellet later found in his thigh. Now Michael Cockerell, who presented a 1979 Panorama documentary about the killing, says there are chilling similarities between the case and the novichok attack in March, survived by ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 67, and daughter Yulia, 33. Dawn Sturgess, 44, who came into contact with the substance later died, while her boyfriend Charlie Rowley, 45, became ill but lived. Cockerell spoke out in BBC Radio 4’s The Reunion, which is broadcast today. He said: “There are extraordinary resonances with the Skripal affair and Markov. If you look at what the Bulgarians said at the time, ‘This is just a British James Bond story’ and ‘It’s the work of the British or American secret services’, that’s almost exactly the same as the Russians are saying now about Skripal.”

World War 3: Russia could deploy nuclear weapons to Syria in response to US sanctions | World | News |

RUSSIA may deploy nuclear weapons to Syria in response to the US policy of imposing sanctions over Moscow crossing “red lines”, a senior Russian lawmaker has warned.

US warns Russia it will hit Assad if he uses chemical arms, sources say – Middle East – Stripes

As Assad’s troops, supported by Russian air power, deploy around rebel-held Idlib, U.S. sources report he may use chemical weapons, a move which U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton warned will result in a strong military retaliation.

Report: U.S. Warns Russia It Will Take Strong Action Over Any Syrian Chemical Attack

The United States has told Russia it is ready to take strong military action against Syria if President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons to try to recapture one of his country’s last rebel-h…

U.S. Warns Russia It Will Hit Assad If He Uses Chemical Arms, Sources Say |

U.S. Warns Russia It Will Hit Assad If He Uses Chemical Arms, Sources Say

John Bolton warns Russia it will hit Assad if he uses chemical weapons: Report

National security adviser John Bolton delivered a message to his Russian counterpart that the U.S. is prepared to hit Syrian President Bashar Assad with stronger military action than it has in the past if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons as it seeks to retake control of one of the country’s last rebel-held areas, according to a new report.

Bolton told Russia the US will hit Syria if Assad uses chemical weapons: report | TheHill

National Security Adviser John Bolton reportedly warned his Russian counterpart on Thursday that the U.S.

U.S. Said to Warn Russia of Assad Hit If Chemical Arms Used – Bloomberg

The U.S. has told Russia it is ready to take strong military action against Syria if President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons to recapture one of his country’s last rebel-held areas, according to four people familiar with the discussions.

In Syria, is the worst yet to come? (Opinion) – CNN

It’s too late to save the 500,000 who have already lost their lives in Syria, but it’s not too late to stop the coming offensive in Idlib, which will, by all estimates, be horrific

Garry Kasparov on Twitter: “Putin’s larger goal is to use Assad and Syria to expand what is permissible, to expose the West and its “never again” rhetoric as weak. Chemical weapons, genocide, anything he wants under his territory.…″


Millions in Idlib brace for Syrian government assault | Syria News | Al Jazeera

As many as 2.5 million Syrians could try to flee to Turkish border if government forces launch full-scale offensive.

Russia makes proposals to Turkey on northwest Syria: Report

Russia has presented proposals to the Turkish authorities on resolving the situation in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, the Interfax news agency reported on Aug. 24.

Iran awaiting European guarantees on oil sales, banking: Zarif | Reuters

Iran awaiting European guarantees on the sale of Iranian oil and banking relations, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday, according to the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA).

Everyone wants to get Iran out of Syria. But no one knows how to do it – Middle East News –

Russia would essentially have to fight Iran to get it out of Syria, where Tehran aims to continue the 30-year alliance and benefit from the reconstruction after the civil war, experts say

Iran earthquake: 6.2 quake hits Iraq border | World | News |

A STRONG 6.1 earthquake has hit Western Iran, near the border with Iraq.

Zarif accuses US of waging ‘psychological war’ against Iran | News | Al Jazeera

Iranian FM says the US was targeting Iran and its business partners but Washington would not achieve its goals.

America is waging ‘psychological war’ against Iran: foreign minister | Reuters

America is waging a psychological war against Iran and its business partners, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday, according to the Tasnim news agency.

British Airways: Iran flights will end in September

British Airways says it will end all of its flights to Iran’s capital in September as “the operation is currently not commercially viable.”

UAWire – Russia’s largest bank loses $1 billion in Turkey

Sberbank is cutting back on its business outside of Russia, which has been causing it tremendous losses due to US and EU sanctions, reports …


What If the Mueller Investigation Pushed Trump to Attack Iran? | The National Interest

It would be the ultimate diversionary tactic.

Opinion | In Syria, an Ugly Peace Is Better Than More War – The New York Times

The Assad government is not going away soon. But the killing has to stop.

Trump is getting in his team’s way on Syria – The Washington Post

The civil war in Syria may be on the verge of another turn for the worse.

Erdogan says commitment of all Turks needed to combat attacks on economy | Reuters

The commitment and determination of Turks is the guarantee needed to combat attacks on Turkey’s economy, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, in his first comments on the currency crisis in days.

Erdogan calls for Turks to unite against ‘attacks on economy’ | Turkey News | Al Jazeera

President says unity of Turks against attacks targeting country’s political and economic independence would prevail.

Lira Calm May Crumble as 2001 Lesson Shows Distrust Dies Hard – Bloomberg

The breather is over for the world’s most volatile currency.

Turkey’s lira turmoil could herald a global financial crisis | Business & Economy | Al Jazeera

A decade of unconventional monetary policy has stored up immense vulnerabilities in the world economy.

Turkey police fire tear gas at mothers’ protest – BBC News

Officials said the regular sit-in to remember disappeared sons was promoted by a banned group.

Merkel Calls Ottoman-Era Killings Of Armenians ‘Heinous Crimes’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in Armenia from neighboring Georgia on the second leg of her three-country visit to the South Caucasus and immediately stepped into a highly sensitive issue in the region.

Merkel And Aliyev Hold ‘Open’ Talks On Human Rights In Azerbaijan

German Chancellor Angela Merkel held what she called “intensive” discussions with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in talks that addressed energy cooperation, human rights, and the conflict betwe…

UAWire – Merkel denies possibility that Georgia will join NATO soon

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel excluded the possibility that Georgia could join NATO soon, reported the Voice of America. &quot;I do not see any …