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Salisbury CW Attack / Syria / Iran / Russia Ad Hoc Update (138)

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While it is often argued that Russia is brazen about its rogue behavior to elicit global condemnation, precisely to show the Russian public the evil globalized Western conspiracy against the Motherland, the Salisbury CW attack may be a case of biting off more than even Russia’s propagandists can digest. Blowback barely does it as a description. Equally so the nonsense emanating from Muscovy could only be scarcely credible even for a Russian audience. It could well be that we are seeing Russia’s transition into the space occupied by the DPRK and Tehran regimes – alternate reality subsumes everything, Dugin’s “Russian truth”becomes the shared belief. In the midst of the barrage of BS from Muscovy, more saber-rattling in the US ADIZ.

A deluge of media coverage on every imaginable aspect of the Salisbury attack and its aftermath. Notable are UK assessments that the amount of CW agent smuggled into the UK was sufficient to kill up to 4,000 people.

Russians appear to be threatening to overrun US positions in Syria. New CSIS report on Iran.

UAWire – Russian Foreign Minister points to risk of Russia-US war

The US is “engaging in Russophobic rhetoric and Russophobic actions’ which may eventually lead to a military encounter between the two countries, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a broadcast of Channel One Russia. According to the minister, the “intensity of emotions” goes beyond what is considered “diplomatic decency”, and “confrontation and tension are on the rise”. “The US initiated NATO’s movement to our borders, not merely by adopting Russia’s neighbors as new alliance member-states, but by deploying military infrastructure on our borders,” Lavrov commented. “The US, UK, Canada, Germany and France are deploying their battalions and battalion tactical groups in the Baltics and in the territory of other countries which border directly with the former Soviet Union”, while “ammunition, arms” and American instructors are being sent to Ukraine, the minister said. He added that such US specialists also worked in Georgia during the 2008 war. “Such incremental actions even increase the risk of a military confrontation,” said Lavrov, “This would be absolutely unacceptable for Russia, and the American partners have been warned repeatedly.” According to him, the desire to “vent righteous anger” on the US is an “understandable” reaction for “normal” Russians. Nevertheless, Russia will refrain from “severe reactions”. “Andrei Gromyko, the great Soviet minister of foreign affairs, once said that ten years of negotiations are better than one day of war. And he was right. I, for one, think so,” Lavrov remarked. A separate problem altogether is the US dollar, which is used as a pressure lever when Washington “wants to punish someone”, the minister observed. “Washington manipulates the dollar as it pleases. It immediately stops servicing any banking operations in dollars, not only for the country it wants to punish, but for anyone who has some kind of relations with it,” the foreign minister complained.

Russian Nuclear Bombers Intercepted Near Alaska

Two Russian nuclear-capable bombers were intercepted by American F-22 jets near Alaska on Saturday, the Northern Command disclosed.

U.S. Fighters Escort Russian Bombers Over Bering Sea

Two U.S. Air Force jet fighters scrambled to escort a pair of Russia Tu-85 strategic bombers that were conducting a flight over the Arctic Ocean, the Bering Sea, and the Sea of Okhotsk on September 6.

Russia Responds to Evidence of Novichok Poisoning in Britain with Classic Maskirovka Measures

Britain has released publicly an abundance of details that can help Russia identify the suspects. In fact, Zakharova is responding “by the book” — in the form of classic Soviet military “Ma…

Novichok attack: Russia scorn for UK’s ‘cheap soap opera’ – BBC News

Moscow still denies ordering the Salisbury poisoning – but officials are bracing for the consequences.

Russian operatives carried out Salisbury chemical attack alleges UK; accusations part of ‘post-truth world’ asserts Moscow | UN News

The United Kingdom and Russia traded a volley of words at the United Nations Security Council on Thursday, with the former laying out information which, it alleges, clearly places two Russian military intelligence operatives behind the deadly nerve-agent attack in the English city of Salisbury on 4 March.

UK accusation of Russians in Skripal case ‘cocktail of lies’ timed with Idlib false flag op – Moscow — RT World News

Russia has denied allegations that its military intelligence officers were behind the Skripal poisoning in Britain and suggested that the UK government timed its accusations to a potential upcoming false flag attack in Syria.

TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy – May’s statement on Salisbury timed for staging upcoming Idlib false flag — UN envoy

«London’s statement says that the information revealed yesterday was known as early as in May,» Vasily Nebenzya said

TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy – Foreign Ministry: BBC deliberately distorts Russia’s comment on Salisbury suspects

The BBC has deliberately distorted the gist of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s comment on alleged suspects in the Salisbury poisoning incident, the Foreign Ministry says

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Salisbury Novichok accusations are a “frank lie” – Mirror Online

Maria Zakharova said the British government is living in an “information vacuum” during a weekly media briefing this morning

Russia is not involved in Skripal case at any level – Kremlin — RT World News

Russia has nothing to do with the Skripal poisoning case at any level, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said, slamming “unacceptable” British allegations.

Kremlin slams accusations of Russian involvement in ex-spy poisoning, calls them ‘unacceptable’ | Fox News

Another war of words is brewing between the United Kingdom and Russia as both counties hurl accusations regarding who is to blame for the poisoning of an ex-Kremlin spy and his daughter.

Kremlin calls British allegations in spy poisoning unacceptable | Reuters

The Kremlin denied on Thursday that Russia was in any way involved in the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter, describing British accusations that an attack had been approved by senior Russian officials as “unacceptable”.

Kremlin Regrets London’s Noncooperation With Russia on Skripal Case – Sputnik International

Moscow has once again rejected London’s newest claims over the Skripal case. On September 5, the UK police press service revealed photos of alleged suspects in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter. The two men were said to be Russian nationals.

Russian Officials Had Nothing to Do With Salisbury Poisoning, Kremlin Says

The Kremlin denied on Thursday that Russia had been in any way involved in the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter, describing British accusations that an attack had been approved by senior Russian officials as “unacceptable.” Britain charged two Russians in absentia on Wednesday with the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury. It said the two suspects were Russian military intelligence officers almost certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state.

Salisbury poisoning: Kremlin ambassador accuses Britain of ‘unleashing disgusting anti-Russian hysteria’

The leaders of the US, France, Germany and Canada have backed Theresa May by voicing &quot;full confidence&quot; in Britain’s assessment that the two suspects for the Salisbury poisonings were members of Russia’s GRU intelligence service.

Russian Embassy in U.K. Uses Twitter To Shape Novichok Story | Time

Ever since Theresa May blamed Russia for the Skripal attack, the Russian Embassy has attempted to ridicule, discredit and sew doubt

Kremlin accuses Britain of doctoring CCTV in latest far-fetched Novichok denial

The Kremlin has accused British authorities of doctoring evidence as it unsurprisingly contested Russian involvement in the Salisbury attempted assassination plot.

TASS: World – Russian lawmaker doubts London’s ‘Skripal’ suspects are legitimate, could be ‘actors’

Earlier, Scotland Yard released a package of photos supposedly showing the two Russians who had poisoned the Skripals

Russia’s fake news machine claims Skripal poison assassin suspects are British TV actors from spy show

Russian site Panorama says that CCTV pictures recovered by police were still shots taken from a series called ‘KGB Spy’ which appeared on British television in the early 2000s

Nina Ricci the only party to gain anything from Skripal poisoning case – Russian envoy to UN — RT World News

The nerve agent attack in Salisbury has so far had only one benefactor – Nina Ricci, which got free advertising due to a disguise apparently used by the perpetrators to hide the poison, the Russian envoy to the UN joked.

UK Presenting ‘Proof’ of Skripal Poisoning at United Nations Security Council – Sputnik International

The UK police published new data on the Skripal poisoning investigation yesterday, presenting photos and the names of two Russian nationals who allegedly attempted to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Skripal Skeptics: Which Countries Didn’t Agree With UK’s Assessment of Case – Sputnik International

The UK and its allies have issued a joint statement saying they have “full confidence” in the UK police assessment that the Skripals were poisoned by Russian military intelligence in an operation “almost certainly approved at a senior government level.” Sputnik found out which members of the Security Council seemed to disagree with this assessment.

Novichok poisoning: Strange thing people are noticing about CCTV images of two Russian assassins – Mirror Online

Social media users in Russia have mocked Britain after noticing details about the police’s CCTV images of the suspects after the Salisbury attack

Vladimir Putin intervened to keep information on ‘freelance spies’ secret just days before Novichok attack in Britain | South China Morning Post

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a presidential decree making information about freelance agents who carry out work for Russia’s foreign intelligence agencies a state secret two days before Theresa May accused Russian secret service officers of carrying out the Skripal attack in Salisbury. Previously, only information about regular personnel was considered a state secret, according to Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency, which reported on Putin signing the order on Monday. May said in the House of Commons on Wednesday that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, the two men named by Scotland Yard as suspects in the nerve agent attack, worked for the Russian military intelligence service, known as the GRU. British police believe the names are aliases, although the two men traveled on authentic Russian passports. [Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who were formally accused of attempting to murder former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. Photo: Reuters] “Every Russian intelligence service makes uses of freelance agents in its operations, including those carried out overseas,” said Mark Galeotti, an expert on Russia’s intelligence and security agencies. Although another spy agency, the SVR, is Russia’s official foreign intelligence service, the GRU is mandated to undertake operations around the world. Experts say its officers have been involved in the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. The GRU was named in an 11-count indictment as part of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. I don’t think anyone can ever say that Mr Putin isn’t in control of his state British security minister British Security Minister Ben Wallace said Putin bore ultimate responsibility for the poisoning. “Ultimately he does in so far as he is the president of the Russian Federation and it is his government that controls, funds and directs the military intelligence, the GRU, via his ministry of defence,” Wallace told the BBC. “I don’t think anyone can ever say that Mr Putin isn’t in control of his state … And the GRU is without doubt not rogue. It is led, linked to both the senior members of the Russian general staff and the defence minister, and through that into the Kremlin and the president’s office.”

UAWire – Putin signs decree allowing Russian intelligence agencies to recruit private spies

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree allowing Russian intelligence to have a new type of secret service agents – “foreign intelligence officers of the Russian Federation that are not part of the staff”, but are involved in performing intelligence missions, the newspaper Vedomosti reports. Information about such employees is now classified. According to the new decree, disclosing of such information entails criminal liability. This is the first time such definition appears in Russian legal documents. Information about recruited agents or proxies who are not part of secret service personnel has always been concealed in Russia. Therefore, it is obvious that this refers to a new phenomenon that has arisen recently, writes the newspaper. Presumably, mercenaries of the so-called Wagner’s private military company operating in Ukraine and Syria can be considered as “private secret agents”. The newspaper’s sources believe that the military intelligence of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate manages the infamous private military company, the Wagner Group.

Putin Bears ‘Ultimate Responsibility’ for Novichok Attack, Says British Security Minister

Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin bears ultimate responsibility for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury earlier this year, Britain’s security minister said on Thursday. Prime Minister Theresa May said police and prosecutors now believe the attack on Sergei Skripal was carried out by two Russian military intelligence officers who were almost certainly acting with the approval of senior Russian officials. Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement and some Russian officials have suggested the British security services carried out that attack to stoke anti-Moscow hysteria. Asked whether President Putin bears responsibility, Ben Wallace told BBC radio: “Ultimately he does in so far as he is the president of the Russian Federation and it is his government that controls, funds and directs the military intelligence.”

US, France, Germany, Canada Back London’s Assessment of Salisbury Attack – Sputnik International

The UK police published new data on the Skripal poisoning investigation yesterday, presenting photos and the names of two Russian nationals who allegedly attempted to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Salisbury is far from a Novichok Slam-Dunk! – George Galloway — RT Op-ed

For the British media and their parliamentary echo-chamber, today’s release of CCTV and other pictures, together with the murder charges against two “Russians” is game, set and match against the Russian state.

The West must see Russia for what it is: a rogue state that needs to be contained – To Inform is to Influence

I have been saying, for some time, that Russia is acting like a rogue state.  It is time Russia is properly labeled: a rogue state. They consistently and constantly violate international law, act with impunity, and are not held accountable.  </end editorial> The West must see Russia for what it is: a rogue state that…

“Not the murderer, but the murdered is guilty!” – To Inform is to Influence

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Russia Goes for Another Pyrrhic Victory in Syria – To Inform is to Influence

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The Russian Church as Putin’s Weapon of Influence – To Inform is to Influence

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Novichok attack: ‘Reckless’ Russian agents could have killed up to 4,000 people | News | The Times

Russia hit back at the international community this morning, saying that accusations that its agents were responsible for the novichok attack on Salisbury were a “frank lie”. Moscow was accused last night of “playing dice” with British lives after it was said that the dose of nerve agent brought into the UK was strong enough to kill 4,000 people. The amount of novichok in the perfume bottle used in the attempted assassination of a former Russian agent had been enough to cause “a significant loss of life”, a security official told The Times.

Novichok perfume bottle ‘had enough nerve agent to kill 4,000 people’ | Daily Mail Online

A security official said Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov (pictured), who are accused of carrying out the Salisbury attack, had brought enough Novichok to cause mass casualties.

Novichok poisoning: Russian assassins ‘seen in children’s playground yards from Skripal home before attack’ – Mirror Online

EXCLUSIVE: A neighbour spotted a pair of “suspicious-looking” men on the day Sergei Skripal and his daughter were targeted

Britain, Allies Urge Moscow To Accept ‘Compelling Evidence’ In Novichok Attack

In a joint statement, the leaders of the United States, France, Germany, and Canada say they agree with Britain that the Novichok poisoning in Salisbury was “almost certainly” approved at a senior …

Quartet back Britain on nerve agent attacks | Euronews

France, Germany, Canada and the US agree Russian intelligence officers were behind the attempted murder of a double agent in England.

Spy poisoning: U.S. backs U.K. in claim that Russia “almost certainly” approved Novichok attack in Salisbury – The Washington Post

The joint statement was issued just before London’s and Moscow’s U.N. envoys squared off at the Security Council during a briefing on the British investigation.

U.S., Europeans Agree Russia Was Behind Salisbury Spy Poisoning – Bloomberg

Prime Minister Theresa May won the support of key foreign allies for Britain’s assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government was responsible for the use of the nerve agent Novichok in the Salisbury spy poisoning.

UK Novichok allegations backed by world leaders – BBC News

Russia accuses the UK of “hysteria” as Western powers say Russian state “almost certainly” behind attack.

Russia news: US, Germany, France and Canada join UK in fight to break up Putin’s spy netwo | World | News |

THERESA May won backing from Britain’s key international allies tonight for a united offensive to break up Vladimir Putin’s spy network.

British security chief says Putin is responsible for nerve agent attack

Britain’s security minister said Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin bears ultimate responsibility for the nerve agent attack targeting a former spy in England, also warning that the U.K. would counter Russian “malign activity” with both overt and covert measures.

Vladimir Putin ‘personally to blame’ for Salisbury novichok poisonings by Russian spies | The Times

President Putin bears ultimate responsibility for the Salisbury nerve agent attack because his government “controls, funds and directs” the military intelligence unit alleged to have carried out the poisoning, the security minister said today.Ben Wallace blamed Mr Putin a day after Theresa May accus

Vladimir Putin is ‘ultimately responsible’ for Salisbury Novichok attack, says security minister 

Vladimir Putin bears &quot;ultimate responsibility&quot; for the Salisbury Novichok attack, the security minister has said.

Salisbury Novichok poisoning: Threat from Russia is ‘real’ – GCHQ – BBC News

The agency’s head says Russia has been “brazen” in its dismissal of “international rules-based order”.

GCHQ chief plots revenge against ‘brazen’ Russia attack

The head of GCHQ has vowed to retaliate against the &ldquo;brazen Kremlin&rdquo; for Russia&rsquo;s nerve agent attack on Salisbury.

Spy chief says Britain, allies will counter active Russian threat

Britain and its allies will deploy a “full range of tools” against Russia after London accused two Russian agents of carrying out the attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, a British spy chief said on Thursday. British prosecutors on Wednesday charged two Russian

Russia’s bungling Novichok spies were ‘more Johnny English than James Bond’, says security minister

ALEXANDER Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were branded as ‘reckless’ as they carried out their assassination attempt on Sergei and Yulia Skripal. The pair were named for the first time on Wednesday after a six-month investigation.

Russia news: Novichok spies ‘like Johnny English’ | Daily Star

Security Minister Ben Wallace mocked the bungled bid by Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov to assassinate double agent Sergei Skripal. He compared t

Russia’s Military Intelligence Agency Isn’t Stupid – Foreign Policy

Don’t let the reporting on the suspected Skripal attackers fool you: Moscow got what it wanted.

Novichok James Bond-style: Perfume bottle used by Salisbury assassins was ‘made by top scientists | Daily Mail Online

The fake sample vial of Nina Ricci Premier Jour could only have been produced by Putin’s top scientists in their most sophisticated and top secret lab, experts have told MailOnline.

UK seeks Interpol arrest warrants against Skripal suspects | Russia News | Al Jazeera

UK envoy to UN says British government has ‘clear evidence’ of Russian state involvement in failed assassination.

The GRU: Putin’s plaything or a rogue agency? | News | The Times

Vladimir Putin bears ultimate responsibility for the actions of his spies in carrying out the Salisbury nerve agent attack. That was the verdict of Ben Wallace, the British security minister, this morning.The Tory frontbencher surmised: “He is president of the Russian Federation and it is his govern

Inside Putin’s sinister spy-killing GRU unit that boasts nuclear suitcase bombs, helped bring down MH17 and plotted Novichok poisonings | Fox News

They have been accused of assassinating Russia’s enemies on foreign soil and helping shoot down passenger jets filled with families.

Inside Putin’s secret spy-killing commando unit

They have been accused of assassinating Russia’s enemies on foreign soil and helping shoot down passenger jets filled with families. Now the GRU, Vladimir…

What’s GRU? A look at Russia’s shadowy military spies

MOSCOW (AP) — GRU isn’t as well-known a baleful acronym as KGB or FSB. But Russia’s military intelligence service is attracting increasing attention as allegations mount of deviou

Russian spy: What is the GRU? – BBC News

The Russian Federation’s military intelligence service have been connected to the Salisbury Novichok poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

GRU Russian spy unit accused of Novichok poisoning also blamed for downing MH17 and ‘burning traitors alive’ – Mirror Online

The mysterious GRU, trained in ‘non-linear warfare’, is used by Vladimir Putin to destabilise nations with 12 officers charged with hacking Trump election in 2016

There’s More to Russian Espionage Than the GRU (Op-ed)

Now that the British government has named the two individuals it believes are responsible for the attempted assassination of turned Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, it runs the risk of placing far too much attention and diverting too many resources against the Russian spy agency that they say the men were working for. The British police on Wednesday said their chief suspects were two men who traveled to the UK on passports under the names Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. Prime Minister Theresa May then asserted that they were members of GRU, Russian military intelligence, and that their mission would have had to have been approved at “a senior level of the Russian state,” although she refrained specifically from pointing the finger at Vladimir Putin.

Novichok suspects: the GRU agents ‘trained in assassination and espionage’

Sergei Skripal was poisoned by agents of the same shadowy but buccaneering Russian intelligence agency he served in and betrayed decades ago, British authorities have claimed.

How Russia Kills Abroad – WSJ

Police release new details of a nerve-gas murder in England.

Aleksandr Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov Outed as Putin’s Killer spies in Skripal Poisoning | Observer

A brief review of GRU’s recent “greatest hits” reveals the extent of the problem. First came the use of that service’s “Little Green Men” to steal Crimea, followed by GRU’s outsized role in Moscow’s invasion and ongoing dirty war in eastern Ukraine. That ugly conflict includes GRU’s hand behind the shootdown of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in July 2014, killing 298 innocents. Then there was GRU’s failed coup in Montenegro, which came up short thanks to appallingly sloppy tradecraft by Russian spy-terrorists. To say nothing of GRU clandestine operations in the theft of emails belonging to Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, whose public release did so much to throw our presidential election Donald Trump’s way two years ago. Just last week, GRU operatives were busy in Germany, stoking far-right riots in Chemnitz. Wherever something nefarious and Kremlin-flavored is going on these days, GRU’s black bat is generally lurking nearby. None of this is rogue activity. Vladimir Putin, despite his own past with the KGB and its domestic successor the Federal Security Service, or FSB, which views GRU as a bureaucratic rival, has opted to employ his military intelligence all over the world in highly risky and aggressive operations. It’s what I’ve termed Special War, that shadowy amalgam of espionage, propaganda and terrorism which Moscow excels in. The Salisbury assassination demonstrates that GRU is dangerous and careless in equal measure. We should hope that, with the negative press this week care of Prime Minister May, the Kremlin will reassess the wisdom of employing weapons-grade nerve agents in Western cities. There is direct precedent here. Back in 1988, a hitman dispatched by Communist Yugoslavia shot Nikola Štedul, a Croatian émigré, several times as he walked his dog in a sleepy Scottish town. Despite multiple wounds inflicted at point-blank range, Štedul miraculously survived, and his would-be killer, Vinko Sindičić, a mass-murderer for Belgrade, got caught thanks to sloppy tradecraft. Cold War Yugoslavia employed wetwork against its enemies abroad in a manner very similar to Putin’s Russia today, and just like GRU, Belgrade’s spies grew slack and overconfident. Sindičić was convicted of attempted murder and spent 10 years in a British prison.

Russian hitmen ‘posed as businessmen’ to gain entry into the UK

The Russian hitmen sent to assassinate Sergei Skripal had posed as businessmen from St Petersburg to obtain a visa to enter the UK, according to a security source.

Salisbury novichok poisoning: Russian ‘spies’ filmed window shopping after attack

CCTV footage shows Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov looking at vintage coins minutes after the nerve agent attack.

Even in Russia, Men Accused in Salisbury Attack Leave Few Traces – The New York Times

Britain charged the two men with attempted murder in using a nerve agent against a former spy. But officials said the names they used were probably false.

Britain IDs Poisoning Suspects, Demands Action Against Russian Spy Agency

Russia will likely refuse extradition, denies any knowledge of suspects’ identity

The trail taken by the Russian ‘agents’ – BBC News – YouTube

BBC News Published on Sep 6, 2018 Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov (not thought to be their real names) are alleged to have carried out a nerve agent attack in Salisbury in March. Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were poisoned with Novichok on 4 March. Det Sgt Nick Bailey also fell ill after responding to the incident in Salisbury. Police linked the attack to a separate Novichok poisoning on 30 June, which led to the death of Dawn Sturgess.

Russians Named in Spy Poisoning Traveled Widely in Europe, Media Reports

People using the same passports as two men accused by Britain of the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter traveled widely in Europe and made a previous trip to Britain, according to an online Russian news outlet. Russian citizens identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were charged in absentia by Britain on Wednesday with trying to murder Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a military-grade nerve agent in England. British authorities have said the men were Russian military intelligence agents travelling with genuine Russian passports, but under aliases. The Kremlin denied that Russia had been in any way involved in the poisoning, describing British accusations that an attack had been approved by senior Russian officials as “unacceptable.”

Russian assassins stroll through Salisbury and window shop for vintage COINS moments after Novichok attack – Mirror Online

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Bochirov travelled from London to Salisbury where they sprayed Novichok on the Skripals’ doorknob

Poisoned Russian Ex-Spy Is Said to Have Worked With Spanish Intelligence – The New York Times

Sergei V. Skripal had been working with intelligence officers in Spain, which is battling Russian organized crime groups, some of them tied to the Kremlin.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter ‘are thousands of miles away’ | Daily Mail Online

The novichok attack in Salisbury means Sergei Skripal and his daughter will now be protected in a safehouse, probably in the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, experts have said.

Corbyn faces backlash over response to Russian blame for Salisbury | Daily Mail Online

The Labour leader was taken to task by Theresa May, Boris Johnson and even his own MPs for equivocating over the nerve agent outrage.

Pressure mounts on Corbyn to say the Russian state IS to blame for Salisbury nerve agent attack | Daily Mail Online

The Labour leader’s response has been condemned as equivocal on Russian culpability for the attack despite the moment-by-moment account released by prosecutors.

Salisbury Novichok poisoning: SNP MP calls for action against Russia – BBC News

The party’s Westminster leader says Russia needs to be sent a message that “its behaviour won’t be tolerated”.

The mundane nature of the novichok attack makes it all the more chilling | News | The Times

It’s the mundanity that is striking. The perfume bottle, the Gatwick Express, the London Underground, the budget hotel in east London (”£59 per night, Towels and Toiletries are provided, along with a self service Continental Breakfast”), reconnaissance in broad daylight, the toxic tour of a cathedra

The new Skripal revelations have made the Kremlin look flat-footed | John Lough | Opinion | The Guardian

Hard evidence that Russian military intelligence officers were behind the Salisbury novichok poisoning will bolster support for the UK, says John Lough, a former Nato representative in Russia

As novichok unites Europe, Brexit seems more absurd | Natalie Nougayrède | Opinion | The Guardian

Though Britain’s EU partners have shown solidarity, they note with sadness the loss of influence that makes the country vulnerable, says Guardian columnist Natalie Nougayrède

Britain’s reaction to the Salisbury poisonings plays into Putin’s hands | Simon Jenkins | Opinion | The Guardian

The response to the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal has been infantile, says Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins

Escalating action against Russia over the Skripals’ poisoning will hurt the UK in the end | Mary Dejevsky

With EU-UK relations now approaching the countdown to Brexit, the UK risks being left stranded between the sides of the Atlantic, doggedly pursuing an ultra-hardline policy towards Russia all by itself

Russia warns US of possible Syria attack in area with US troops: report | TheHill

Russia has warned the U.S. multiple times this week that its forces are prepared to attack an area of Syria that has dozens of U.S.

Russia warns of possible attack near US troops in Syria: Report

Russia has warned U.S. military officials repeatedly in the last week that it may launch an attack against suspected ISIS fighters attack near where U.S. troops are stationed, according to a report.

Russia reportedly warns the US that it’s prepared to attack a key base where dozens of US troops are stationed | Business Insider

Russia has reportedly warned the US that its military and allied Syrian forces were ready to attack a key US-held base near the border of Syria, Jordan, and Iraq, US defence officials said in a CNN report published on Thursday.

Syria Russia WARNING – Putin warns US of ATTACK of Syria’s area occupied by US troops | World | News |

RUSSIA has sent two stark warnings to the US this week, claiming it is prepared to attack an area where dozens of US troops are currently located, US defence officials have revealed.

Leaders Of Russia, Iran, Turkey Meet Amid Fears Of Idlib Bloodshed

The presidents of Russia, Turkey, and Iran are meeting in Tehran amid hopes that they will be able to avert a bloody fight in Idlib province, the last opposition stronghold in Syria, where forces h…

Iran Defies U.S. Bid to Curb Its Middle East Influence – WSJ

Iran is signaling that it will buck U.S. efforts to roll back its military presence in the Middle East, moving to cement foreign alliances and continuing to project power abroad despite sanctions that have helped put intense pressure on its economy.

Interview: Israel Will Seek To ‘Destroy’ Any Iranian Military Presence In Syria

Israel’s defense chief has warned that his country will seek to “destroy any Iranian military presence” in Syria, where Tehran has intervened to prop up its ally President Bashar al-Assad in a war that has lasted more than seven-years.

Anthony H. Cordesman | Iran: Military Spending, Modernization, and the Shifting Military Balance in the Gulf – To Inform is to Influence

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Fears rise in Iran as currency crash causes chaos after U.S. sanctions

Iran’s rial fell to a record low on Wednesday as worried residents of Tehran lined up outside beleaguered moneychangers.

Expect India To Cut Oil Imports From Iran To Zero By November, Says US – YouTube