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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#127
Thursday, 12 July 2018

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1. Most Russians want Moscow to treat West as partners – opinion poll.
2. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Putin-Trump summit: expectations and concerns.
3. Russian International Affairs Council: Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov, Sam Nunn, and Desmond Browne, How to Reduce Nuclear Risks in Helsinki.
4. The Nation: Stephen Cohen, Summitgate and the Campaign vs. ‘Peace.’ Not surprisingly, Trump’s meetings with NATO and Putin are being portrayed as ominous events by Russiagaters.
5. Washington Post editorial: Trump is poisoning NATO. Why?
6. The Independent (UK): Germans want Donald Trump to pull US troops out of Germany, poll finds.
7. NATO summit day 1: Divided alliance unites against Russia, as US demands immediate contributions. []
8. The Nation: Michael Klare, What Trump’s Critics Are Missing About the NATO Summit. His nutty antics, as usual, dominate the headlines – while very little is being said about the alliance’s actual role in the world.
9. Reuters: Trump, Putin May Agree to Resume Stalled Arms Control Talks.
10. Washington Times: Edward Lozansky, James Jatras and Gilbert Doctorow, Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki: The Triumph of Common Sense.
11. Stephen Cimbala: Arms Control and the Trump-Putin Summit.
12. Russia Insider: Excellent Russian Analysis of Upcoming Trump – Putin Helsinki Meeting from Russian TV’s New York Correspondent. (Vesti) [ news video]
13. TASS: Poll: Team Russia’s World Cup performance evoked pride, joy and respect from Russians.
14. The Guardian (UK): Shaun Walker, Will the World Cup finally change how Russia is portrayed? Russia’s bad press is largely of its own making – for years, it has been easier for officials to bray about Russophobia than to show a different side of the country.
15. Paul Goble: Pension Fight Highlights Russia’s Fundamental Problem – Its Government, Gontmakher Says.
16. Bear Market Brief: MinEkonomiki offers plan to help small businesses.
17. Russia on course for the biggest trade surplus since 2011 this year.
18. Russia wins Macro World Cup – Bank of America.
19. TASS: Nord Stream 2 hopes project won’t be vulnerable to politics.
20. If ‘everyone’ has good relations with Russia, Nord Stream may be ‘less of a problem’ – Trump to NATO.
21. The U.S. Spends Billions Annually On Russian Oil.
22. Middle East officials flocking to Moscow – is there a big deal to be made before Putin meets Trump?
24. The American Conservative: John Dale Grover, Admitting Ukraine Into NATO Would Be a Fool’s Errand. The United States can’t be the world’s democracy crusader, especially when the stakes are nuclear. [Text with links]
25. Interfax: NASA may ask Russia for additional Soyuz seats due to delayed U.S. ships’ certification – source.
26. Mother Jones: David Corn, While America Sleeps: Trump’s Treachery and the Russia Scandal. With a summit ahead, Trump works with Putin to cover up Moscow’s attack on the US. []
27. National Public Radio (NPR): Tim Mak, Russian Influence Campaign Sought To Exploit Americans’ Trust In Local News.
28. The Unz Review: Hunter DeRensis, Challenging Chait’s Paradigm. (excerpt) [Full text:]
29. Justin Raimondo, Are the Russia-gate Fanatics Crazy, Or Just Cynical?
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30. Real News Network: Growing Up in the USSR – RAI with A. Buzgalin (1/12). Prof. Alexander Buzgalin joins Paul Jay on Reality Asserts Itself; born two years after the death of Stalin, he talks about growing up in the Soviet Union. []
31. Viable Opposition: The United States and Russia – Propaganda is a Two-Way Street.
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32. Washington Post: Anton Troianovski, BRANDING PUTIN. How the Kremlin turned the Russian president into a global icon.

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