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The IL-20/COOT shootdown is being milked by Sputnik, which makes them look petty.
Anna Shapiro appears to be a hoax. I doubt there is a connection to Mother Russia. Anna’s husband, Alex King, once hoaxed Prince Charles.
The Business Insider article by Alex Lockie about Putin being a paper tiger in Syria, not capable of protecting his own troops, is worth reading. It caused me to wonder how much else in the Russian military, is a facade. After the Soviet wall fell, we found much of the vaunted Soviet military was somewhat of a sham.
My gut feeling for Russia’s information warfare efforts is that there is a noticeable change in both volume and tone, less volume and a slightly softer tone. It feels like their strategy is being reworked, at the uppermost levels. Igor Panarin is less vocal lately, which means he is consumed elsewhere. Alexander Dugin is strangely quiet. The propaganda coming out of Russia feels like ‘copy and paste’, with no originality, as if the boss is gone. The Russian trolls are singularly focused in the US, on the Kavanaugh hearings. If anything, whoever is running the offices are mucking it all up. To our great delight.
All in all, even with the midterm elections looming, it feels like Russian trolls and Russian propaganda are in a strategic pause. I can’t judge if they’re focusing more on internal Russia or if they’re lifting and shifting strategies… Lift and Shift is an old Infantry term, sorry if that term confuses you.
The mess surrounding the loss of the VKS COOT near Latakia continues, an Israeli delegation traveled to Muscovy today to brief the Russians, while some Russian media and proxies continue to push the blameshifting line. The Vozhd states his intent to develop a new generation of Wunderwaffe, obsoleting their latest current tech – will these be built from Chinese subsystems, components and materials? More on Macedonia and Fort Trump.
In the UK, the latest Salisbury incident now appears to be a very expensive (to the UK taxpayer) hoax and media suggest the Wiltshire Police will investigate it as such. Given the widely cited and very odd backgrounds of the two protagonists and the odds they would end up being very quickly exposed, this begs the question of motive? It will be interesting to see whether they were encouraged or paid to produce a диверсия (diverziya) to distract from the “epic fail” week. This will be interesting to watch. A most interesting survey of Russian covert ops failures by Dobrokhotov.
Multiple reports on Idlib with players from all camps claiming credit for the outcome. Hezbollah state they will acquire PGMs and will remain in Syria. Will Gazprom start competing with Wagner PMC? US Iran envoy states US would like to see a new treaty with Iran that also addresses problems not addressed in the previous deal.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia has not yet received data from Israel on the situation with the IL-20 aircraft crash in Syria, experts will examine it in due time, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.
Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad has sent a letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin, expressing his condolences over the recent Russian Il-20 plane crash in Syria, local media reported.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US Navy 6th Fleet is informed about the Russian Il-20 deadly aircraft crash in the Mediterranean and is ready to provide assistance at sea to any country if needed, the 6th Fleet public affairs officer, Cmdr. Kyle Raines, told Sputnik.
The Air Force commander and the delegation will present data on the incident in all aspects, including preliminary information and main conclusions of the investigation
The Kremlin said on Thursday it had received a telegram from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in which he expressed his condolences over a Russian military plane being downed near Syria earlier this week, the Interfax news agency reported. Russia’s Defence Ministry said the Il-20 reconnaissance
Russian Defense Ministry is making steps to upgrade security on Russian military bases in Syria and installation of automated control instruments is one
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the adsurdity of the claims is ‘evident’
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted Israel’s offer to share detailed information about its air raid which triggered fire by Syrian forces that downed a Russian reconnaissance plane, the Kremlin said Wednesday.
Israel finally admitted to carrying out over 200 missions over the past 18 months, only a few of which ever made international media.
Russia grappled with a tragedy on Tuesday after its ally, Syria, mistakenly shot down one of its planes flying above the Mediterranean, and it shows how Russian President Vladimir Putin is strangely powerless to protect his own people. Russia’s ally Syria shot down one of its planes on Tuesday, and it exposes how Russian President Vladimir Putin is strangely powerless to protect his own people or do much more than enforce the status quo. Russia has suffered a number of humiliating defeats in Syria while its economy has entered a downward spiral. Putin portrays himself as powerful, but he has failed to protect Russians time and time again.
By Tom Demerly The Il-20M was shot down off Syria shortly after an Israeli air strike had hit targets in the Latakia Province.
It is being stated without hard evidence that Russia’s intelligence services attempted to poison 30-year-old Russian-Canadian Pyotr Verzilov, the producer of Pussy Riot. Pussy Riot is the female band that has made countless protests against Putin and his regime, resulting in inflated jail sentences. Pyotr Verzilov ran onto the field during the Russian 2018 World…
MiG-31 supersonic interceptor crashed in the Nizhny Novgorod near the town of Kulebaki, on Wednesday. Russian emergency services have already confirmed that the MiG-31 aircraft crashed in a marshy area near the village of Molochnaya Ferma and Kulebaki in the Nizhny Novgorod region. “A MiG-31 interceptor crashed in the Nizhny Novgorod Region several minutes ago. The incident occurred near the town of Kulebaki,” the source said. The regional emergencies ministry official confirmed that the plane crashed, causing no destruction. “No destruction on the ground occurred, because the plane fell in a forest area. Our personnel are working at the crash site,” the office said. According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, the crew of the MiG-31 ejected themselves before the crash. The MiG-31 or the Foxhound as it is called in the West is a veteran of Russia’s Aerospace Force. According to the airforce-technology.com, approximately 500 MiG-31 aircraft have been produced, out of which 370 were delivered to the Russian Air Force and 30 are in service with Kazakhstan Air Force. The remaining aircraft were upgraded to different variants under several upgrade programmes. Only some of the Russian MiG fleet have been upgraded to MiG-31BM standards under the upgrade programme.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says that the military’s combat experience gained in Syria has helped develop new weapons systems.
Trump administration officials say Russia’s military technology could soon surpass that of the U.S.
But will they actually come to pass?
A new shipping corridor between Asia and Europe promises to strengthen Russia’s control over the Arctic.
The removal of the hammer and sickle T-shirts sold online has ignited a war of words between Russia and the former Soviet republic.
“We value Walmart’s decision to stop selling clothing with Soviet symbols that are associated with mass murder of millions of innocent people,” ” Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius tweeted.
As Macedonians go to the polls, the results will help determine whether their country becomes the newest member of the EU and NATO.
The space proposed by Poland’s government for a U.S. military base in the country may not be enough to allow U.S. forces to construct a permanent facility that Poland’s president offered to name “Fort Trump.”
NATO members may find U.S. protection now comes at a price.
Poland’s President, Andrzej Duda, met with President Trump at the White House today. Under Duda’s leadership, the Polish government has faced criticism for its reform of (or hijacking of, depending on who you ask) the Polish judiciary. This, along with growing nationalist sentiment, an increasingly strained relationship with the European Union, and perennial concerns about Russia have all played into broader concerns about a new era of authoritarianism.
Officers looking into whether incident involving Alex King and Anna Shapiro was a hoax
Couple tested negative for nerve agent and have been discharged from hospital
The man who prompted Sunday’s major incident after ‘falling ill’ at a restaurant once hoaxed Prince Charles.
EXCLUSIVE: Alex King, 42, is charged with 12 counts of possession with intent to supply class A, B and C drugs and is on bail until his trial next year
Russian-born Anna Shapiro, 30, and husband Alex King, 42, tested negative for the nerve agent following the major incident in Salisbury on Sunday
SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Russian model Anna Shapiro and her British husband Alex King became ill at Prezzo in Salisbury, claiming they were the victims of a Russian attack.
Alex King was taken ill along with his model wife Anna Shapiro while eating at a restaurant in Salisbury where former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with Novichok.
The mysterious case of the Russian model who claimed she and her husband were poisoned in a Salisbury restaurant on the orders of Vladimir Putin has taken an extraordinary twist.
Investigators probing the nerve agent scare at a Salisbury restaurant are set to consider if it was the result of an elaborate hoax, it has been reported. Russian-born Anna Shapiro,…
In the wake of the novichok incidents, has the city fallen victim to a hoax?
Anna Shapiro tells of fears over Moscow as city’s Prezzo eatery where pair fell ill denies claims it used strychnine at premises
The project is oriented towards the revelation of corrupted officials, organized crime representatives, who are tied to the law enforcement and ruling establishments.
COPS say the case involving a Russian model who claimed she was the intended victim of a poisoning in Salisbury two days ago is “not being treated as suspicious”.
New #DisinfoReview from the EU East StratCom Task Force View this email in your browser Share Tweet Forward 20 September 2018 *TRENDS OF THE WEEK* How to Rob Peter to Pay Paul What do you do when one of your heaviest disinformation attacks backfires? You send out way more disinformation attacks and hope that they…
Why the Russian intelligence agencies keep failing abroad. … It is possible that one of the reasons for such unprofessional behaviour of Russian military intelligence officers is that they do not feel the need to cover up their trail. The Russian government has always denied any allegations of its agents being involved in special operations abroad, even when the facts were clear. Yet, it very much enjoys all the publicity it gets with each new spy scandal. After all, if your aim is to scare off other countries, then the more hysteria there is about your special ops abroad, the better, even if they are failed ones.
The USA firmly disbelieves that Russia will accept Washington’s conditions or take actions to avoid the second round of sanctions arising from the Skripal incident, stated the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Andrea Thompson, as published on the Senate’s website. Thompson recalled that the first phase of sanctions against Russia was imposed as part of the Chemical Weapons Convention. She said, “The United States has made it clear that we will cease pursuing its development if Russia returns to compliance with the Treaty. We are under no illusion, however, that Russia will take the steps necessary to rescind these sanctions.” Thompson also mentioned that “Independent reports issued twice by the OPCW, most recently on September 4, confirmed the UK assessment in identifying the chemical nerve agent, Novichok.” She added that, “Regarding chemical weapons issues, Russia’s destabilizing behavior is also evident.” Thompson also criticized Russia’s refusal to accept responsibility for its actions or to change its harmful and destructive behavior. To date, the Russian Federation has offered only denials and counter-accusations that Thompson says only serve to deflect attention from its culpability. On August 27, US sanctions against the Russian Federation came into force in connection with the use of chemical weapons in the UK. Sanctions were imposed after Russian was accused of using the nerve agent Novichok in the UK.
Donald Trump (pictured) told the Prime Minister she had to be ‘98 per cent’ certain of Russian culpability, a book claims. President’s attitude meant it took days for US to expel 60 Russian diplomats.
President Trump rejected Theresa May’s plea for US retaliation over the poisoning of the Skripals although she was “95 per cent certain” of Russian involvement, according to a new book. Mrs May spoke to Mr Trump on the phone after Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were attacked in Salisbu
The chief of the Israeli Air Force is traveling to Moscow on September 20 for discussions after a Russian military surveillance plane was shot down over Syria’s coast, killing 15 Russian service-…
Israel’s air force commander was set to lead a delegation to Moscow on Thursday to share the military’s findings on the Syrian downing of a Russian warplane following Israeli air strikes. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has blamed Israel for the incident, which was the worst case of friendly
Israeli military officials head to Russia in bid to prove IDF not to blame for downing of Russian aircraft over Syria.
Speaking at IDF exhibition in Holon, Eisenkot says Israel shares the sorrow of the families of Russian military personnel who were killed during Syrian attempt to repel IAF strike on Latakia; despite Russia blaming Israel, Eisenkot emphasizes: Unfortunately, Syrian forces hit a Russian aircraft.
Israel said on Thursday it would not halt strikes on Syria but would do more to “deconflict” them with Russian forces, after Moscow accused it of “irresponsible and unfriendly actions” that led to Syrian ground fire mistakenly downing a Russian plane.
Israel’s defense forces “will do everything they must” to defend the country and its citizens. “I will continue to do what I must,” he added.
Following Russian presidents admission that shooting down of its plane was a result of a chain of tragic circumstances, the prime minister holds Assad forces responsible for tragic incident and says Israel will provide all necessary information to help investigation.
Russia began stepping up operations on Thursday morning following the shooting down of a military aircraft, report in Cyprus says
Russian Embassy issues bristling statement against Israel: ‘Moscow views Israeli Air Force actions as irresponsible and unfriendly.’
U.S. officials said that the shoot-down of a Russian aircraft off the Syrian coast would not affect the U.S. campaign against Islamic State fighters.
Images reveal damage wreaked by strikes near Damascus International Airport and others aimed at suburb of Syria’s port city Latakia
Syrian soldiers reportedly arrested in connection with downed spy plane; IAF commander to fly to Moscow to present the findings of Israel’s investigation into the incident
The shooting down of the Russian plane shows that there are some circles that are displeased with Erdoğan and Putin’s rapid solution to the Idlib crisis
Trump’s willingness to confront the Assad regime has changed the balance of power.
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 Dr. Azeem Ibrahim The final rebel holdout against the Assad regime in Syria is in Idlib province. Confrontation is inevitable as both Assad and his Iranian and Russian allies are looking to wrap things up in the country’s civil war, and it does not take a military genius to know that…
Although it is currently in Russia’s interest to de-escalate tensions in Idlib, an attack is still likely.
The text of the Turkey-Russia memorandum has been revealed in full
Despite negative portrayals of President Erdogan, he has been successful in his recent diplomatic efforts.
On Monday, Turkey, Russia signed agreement calling for demilitarization of Syria’s Idlib province – Anadolu Agency
An offensive on Idlib province appears to be a question of when not if, according to details of the draft released today.
Al Jazeera English Published on Sep 20, 2018 Civilians in Syria’s last rebel-held bastion have cautiously welcomed a “fragile” agreement signed by Ankara and Moscow to create a demilitarised zone that put on hold a threatened offensive on Idlib, even as they expressed concerns over whether the deal will last. The nearly three million residents of the province and its suburbs – half of whom are internally displaced – have also questioned the willingness of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government to abide by the agreement, described by observers as a diplomatic breakthrough.
The leader of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah, a key Damascus ally, said on Wednesday that his group will keep its military presence in Syria until further notice, commending the Idlib Russian-Turkish agreement as a step toward reaching a political solution in the country.
Days after Israeli strike in Syria, Hezbollah chief says efforts to cut smuggling routes are pointless
Russian state-owned and controlled oil and gas giant appears to be purchasing security tools and is positioned to provide their own mercenary force in Syria. </end editorial> An Armed Gazprom Could Be New Force in Syria By Nicolai Due-Gundersen September 18, 2018 We will support oil and gas companies but we will also control their work…
The United States special envoy for Iran said Wednesday that the U.S.
The United States is seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran to include Tehran’s ballistic missile program and its regional behavior, the U.S. special envoy for Iran said on Wednesday ahead of U.N. meetings in New York next week.
Editor’s Note: A version of this article was originally published by The Interpreter, which is published by the Lowy Institute, an independent,
The report comes out as the Trump administration is taking a tougher stance against Iran.
It’s the first new enterprise by the newly renamed U.S. Agency for Global Media.
The State Department cautioned Wednesday that Islamic militants have “adjusted” their tactics after U.S. forces and allies secured significant victories against them last year.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., requested on Tuesday that the Justice Department look into whether former Secretary of State John Kerry has violated federal laws by meeting with the Iranian foreign minister, who was his main point of contact during the Iran nuclear deal negotiations under the Obama administration.