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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#128
Friday, 13 July 2018

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1. Russia Beyond: Everything you ever wanted to know ab out Russian dachas. [Text with photos and links:]
2. Carnegie Moscow Center: Dmitri Trenin, Détente Revisited in Helsinki. Helsinki will mark the first détente in the four-year-old Hybrid War between Russia and the United States. But there will be no major breakthrough. President Putin regards a meeting with the U.S. president not as a reward but as a resumption of normal business.
3. Foreign Affairs: Michael Kimmage, The Surprising Promise of the Trump-Putin Summit. The Real Opportunity Behind the Media Spectacle.
4. Reuters: Trump to talk to Russia’s Putin about substantially reducing nuclear weapons.
5. The Unz Review: Robert Roth, Trump’s Summit with Putin Could Reduce Risk of Nuclear War. [Text with links:]
6. Moscow Times: Vladimir Frolov, What to Expect From The Helsinki Summit . Both presidents are entering with high hopes, but Russia has more to gain that the United States.
7. Russia Matters: Survey: What Can We Expect From the Trump-Putin Summit?
8. Washington Post: Joshua Tucker, Will it be ‘happy talk’ – or will Trump and Putin focus on arms control and other critical issues? (interview with Michael McFaul)
9. Harper’s Magazine: Alexander Cockburn, How to Start a Nuclear War. The increasingly direct road to ruin.
10. Carnegie Moscow Center: Alexander Baunov, Lucky With Trump: Putin Prepares for Helsinki. The Kremlin is seeking ways of de-escalating tensions with the West without making major concessions. It sees the isolationist unpredictable Trump as a partner in this endeavor.
11. Washington Post: David Ignatius, Better relations with Russia are a worthy goal. But at what price? Trump seems unaware that he may be seen as rewarding Vladimir Putin for bad behavior.
12. New York Times: Stephen Sestanovich, The Art of Containing Trump (and Putin).
13. Paul Craig Roberts,The View of Russia in the West. [Text with links:]
14. Russia Insider: Andrei Martyanov, Why Trump Will Return Empty-Handed From Helsinki. Russia isn’t in a very compromising mood right now, the US doesn’t have much Moscow wants, and besides the Russians regard the US as agreement-incapable.
15. AP: Analysis: Iran Role in Syria Key Item at Trump-Putin Summit.
16. Indian Punchline: M.K.Bhadrakumar, Russia can mediate a grand bargain on Syria.
17. Financial Times: Russia ready to invest $50bn in Iran’s energy industry. Moscow and Tehran seek stronger links just as US tries to isolate Islamic republic.
18. Washington Post: Josh Rogin, Trump and Putin may be about to make a terrible deal on Syria. A bad deal would worsen conditions for the Syrian people, the region and America’s security.
19. Valdai Discussion Club: Oleg Barabanov, TRUMP AS A HAWK AT THE NATO SUMMIT.
20. The Nation: Benjamin Schwarz, It’s Time to Disrupt NATO. But not for the reasons Trump gives.
21. Brian Cloughley, Lessons That Should Have Been Learned From NATO’s Destruction of Libya.
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22. Ben Aris, Russia’s finance ministry raising trillions of rubles to pay for Putin’s May decree plan.
23. TASS: Russia’s energy chief blames US trade war for current oil prices.
24. Reuters: World Cup’s spirit of openness rubs off on some Russians.
25. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, QUESTIONS FOR THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT (re visas)
26. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: EU citizens finding it harder to obtain Russian visas.
27. Hal Freeman, FOOTBALL, POLITICS AND LIFE IN RUSSIA. [Text with links:]
28. 38 North: Kenneth Dekleva, Putin, Trump and North Korea: The Road to Washington Leads Through Asia.
29. Interfax: Pardon request sent by Sentsov’s mother to Putin to be processed as soon as it is received – Peskov.
30. ‘Highly likely thing’ becomes a rule in West’s Russia policy – Lavrov on Larry King show.
31. Craig Murray, The Holes in the Official Skripal Story.[]
32. The Blogmire: Rob Slane, British Government Chairs Emergency Meeting of COBRA to Discuss the Sinister Discovery That Russia Isn’t Mordor. []
33. Sputnik: ‘Circus’ at US Congress as FBI Agent Accused of Anti-Trump Bias Testifies. [Text with graphics:]

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