RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-210 :: Friday, 30 November 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#210 :: Friday, 30 November 2018
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1. The National Interest: Robert Legvold, Nightmare: How the War in Ukraine Could Go Regional. Remember World War I?
2. The National Interest: Thomas Graham, Neither Russia Nor Ukraine Will Easily Give Up the Sea of Azov. There will be no resolution of the Donbas conflict without progress on Crimea, and both of those matters ultimately need to be discussed in the context of Europe’s future security architecture.
3. The Independent (UK): Mary Dejevsky, Something has to change with Russia and Ukraine – not everything you’ve heard about the Sea of Azov incident is true. If existing arrangements for shared navigation in the Sea of Azov break down, Ukraine’s fears of losing this outlet to the Black Sea could prove to be well-founded.
4. TASS: Media: Trump calls off meeting with Putin over Kerch Strait standoff.
5. TASS: Trump’s cancellation of meeting with Putin unlikely to complicate relations, expert says.
6. Bad publicity? Cohen? Russiagate? Many reasons Trump canceled Putin meeting, but Ukraine isn’t one. []
7. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: US establishment tying Trump’s hands on extending New START.
8. Meduza: Trudolyubov thinks Russia’s authoritarian modernization won’t last.
9. RFE/RL: Arms For All? Khodorkovsky Says Russians Need Guns.
10. Interfax: Tolerance to HIV-positive people in Russia growing – VCIOM.
11. Russia Insider: Jon Hellevig, Russia’s Economy Strong and Stable – Cold War, Arms Race, Liberals, and Other Challenges. []
12. You shall not pass: Russia changes rules for foreign warships navigating through its Arctic.
13. Wall Street Journal: Ukraine Threatens to Escalate Russia Standoff After Ship Detentions. Any action by Kiev to detain Russian ships would likely end in an armed confrontation, in which Moscow would have a major advantage.
14. Ukraine bans entry for ALL Russian males aged between 16 and 60.
15. Meduza: ‘They denied everyone, little boys, little girls – it didn’t matter’ Meduza speaks to Russian citizens turned away at the Ukrainian border in Kyiv, immediately after the government’s entry ban.
16. Russia Beyond: ‘Bal’ anti-ship missile system relocates to Crimea.
17. Ben Aris, Shipping in Kerch straits comes to a halt, Ukraine’s Sea of Azov ports at a standstill. []
18. Pat Buchanan, Is Putin the Provocateur in the Kerch Crisis?
19. Kyiv Post editorial: Lessons of war.
20. The Unz Review: The Saker, Uber-Loser Poroshenko Goes “Full Saakashvili”[]
21. The National Interest: Lyle Goldstein, Russia Stands to Gain from Trump’s Handling of the Khashoggi Crisis. The nexus of interests uniting Moscow, Tehran and Beijing grows ever stronger, so it seems, as the temperature of the new Cold War grows colder with each passing week.
22. Valdai Discussion Club: Viktoria Panova, G20 Summit in Buenos Aires: It Is Necessary to Preserve a Venue for Interaction. []
23. TASS: RBC: Kuril Islands dispute looking at uncharted waters.
24. Financial Times: Russia and Japan push to resolve Kuril Islands dispute. Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe explore deal but chances of success remain slim.
25. Washington Post editorial: Trump’s denials about his business ties in Russia are not credible.
26. Wall Street Journal editorial: The Michael Cohen Show. Another Trump-Russia smoking gun emerges, or not.
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