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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#126
Wednesday, 11 July 2018

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1. TASS: American elites inflaming tensions between Moscow, Washington, says Russian defense chief.
2. TASS: Trump says ‘Germany totally controlled by Russia’ through gas supplies.
3. TASS: NATO’s new military buildup plans pose no threat to Russia – Russian MP.
4. The National Interest: Peter Zwack, These Are the High Stakes of the NATO and Trump-Putin Summits. Trump and America’s allies must stand firm while also not sleep-walking into war.
5. The National Interest: Lawrence Korb, Here Is What Trump Can Gain from Meeting with Putin. There is a time-tested playbook for improving relations with Russia: arms-control agreements.
6. Moscow Carnegie Center: Andrei Kolesnikov and Denis Volkov, Craving Respect: The Russian Public’s Wish List in Helsinki. Opinion polls and focus groups show that, despite intense anti-American feelings in Russia, Russians do pin hopes on the Putin-Trump summit. They want to see a de-escalation in confrontation and a re-focus away from foreign affairs by Putin, and they want Washington to show respect for Russia.
7. Boston Globe: Richard North Patterson, America’s president is Russia’s pawn.
8. Bloomberg: All About the U.S. Sanctions Aimed at Putin’s Russia.
9. Interfax: Provision on criminal liability for complying with Western sanctions on Russian territory may be removed from bill – Volodin.
10. Washington Post: The Russian pipeline to Germany that Trump is so mad about, explained.
11. Moscow Times: Grigory Yudin, Overzealous Regulators Are Closing in on Russian Universities. Mountains of pointless paperwork is making it nearly impossible for independent universities to survive.
12. TASS: Putin’s new digital development envoy assures Russia not planning to restrict Internet.
13. Bear Market Brief: Proposals for softening pension reform being discussed.
14. Interfax: Pension age should be increased in smooth, differentiated fashion – Moskalkova.
15. New York Times: Musa Okwonga, This World Cup, Remember the Russian People.
16. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, A Cheer for Ukraine Triggers Russians at the World Cup. A Croatian player’s use of a nationalist slogan brings tension to a tourney that’s been notable for calm and conviviality
17. Two-thirds of Russians believe global government exists – poll.
18. TASS: US has no clear strategy for Syria – Russian defense minister.
19. Al-Monitor: Hamidreza Azizi, Why Putin won’t throw Iran under the bus in Syria.
20. The New Yorker: Adam Entous, Israeli, Saudi, and Emirati Officials Privately Pushed for Trump to Strike a “Grand Bargain” with Putin.
21. The Blog Mire: Rob Slane, It’s the Wrong Park! How the Ducks Raise Some Serious Questions in the Salisbury Poisonings. [Text with links, photos and comments:]
22. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Mikhail Rostovsky, Is there a threat to the Putin-Trump summit? A conflict of Russia and the West may be fanned by very modest means. (re poisonings)
23. Uncertainty, tension in world affairs push Moscow & Beijing together – Russian defense minister.
24. Interfax: Almost half of Ukrainians against land, pension reforms, privatization of state-owned firms – poll.
25. Russian Defense Minister rules out direct military conflict with Ukraine.
26. Molly McKew, ‘They Will Die in Tallinn’: Estonia Girds for War With Russia. The head of the tiny NATO member’s special forces details his country’s preparations for a conflict many here see as inevitable.
27. Just Security: Timeline: Trump’s Acts of Accommodation/Engagement with Russia, Nov. 2016-July 2018.
28. Heather Digby Parton, A new axis of evil? Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin share an open contempt for human rights.
29. Observer: John Schindler, This Is How Vladimir Putin Manufactures Conflict Between Nations.
30. Lawfareblog: Kimberly Marten, Semi-state Security Actors and Russian Aggression.

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