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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#105 :: Wednesday, 3 July 2019
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1. TASS: Putin: Some countries’ reluctance to accept world’s multi-polarity leads to confrontation.
2. Valdai Discussion Club; Timofei Bordachev, The Salutary Chaos: The West and the World in the Summer of 2019. – valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/the-salutary-chaos/
3. Moscow Times: Sean Guillory, The Paradox of American Russophobia. Given that Russophobia suggests an irrational fear of Russia’s “Otherness,” how much of this is really about Russia?
4. The National Interest: Dimitri Alexander Simes, Trump-Putin Meeting: Where Does Russia Go from Here? Moscow is betting that somewhere down the line, Washington will change its mind about Russia. All it has to do is wait.
5. Moscow Times: Top Russian Official Warns of ‘Catastrophic’ Population Loss.
6. Kremlin.ru: Meeting with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.
7. Interfax: Blaze that affected sub broke out in battery area – expert.
8. TASS: Izvestia: Experts rule out crew error in Russian submersible accident.
9. Meduza: Deep-sea fire kills 14 Russian Navy sailors.
10. RFE/RL: Interview: ‘There’s An Incident Involving A Russian Submarine Every Five Or Six Years.’ (interview with Dmitry Gorenburg)
11. Kremlin.ru: Instructions following Direct Line with Vladimir Putin.
12. Facebook: Fred Weir, This passionate tempest over “liberalism”
13. Paul Goble: Putin has Always Opposed Liberalism, Moscow Commentators Say.
15. Postsocialism: Jeremy Morris, Russian ‘notorious’ homophobia? The perils of measuring intolerance (and making cross-cultural comparisons). – postsocialism.org/2019/06/09/russian-notorious-homophobia-the-perils-of-measuring-intolerance-and-making-cross-cultural-comparisons/
16. Sputnik: Russia Builds Up Yuan-Denominated Assets After Dumping Dollar-Based Holdings.
17. Fortune.com: ‘Race to the Bottom:’ The U.S.-Russia Gas War Has Sent Prices Plummeting in Europe.
18. Forbes.com: Michael Lynch, Sanctions Over Nord Stream 2 Are Wrong On Many Levels.
19. Reuters: Under Pressure From Trump, OPEC Embraces Putin.
20. TASS: Russia to host several major summits in the near future, says Putin.
21. Sputnik: Putin Signs INF Treaty Suspension Into Law.
22. Russian International Affairs Council: Vyacheslav Sutyrin, Russia and Belarus: The “Post-Soviet” Interaction Model is Exhausting Itself. – russiancouncil.ru/en/analytics-and-comments/analytics/russia-and-belarus-the-post-soviet-interaction-model-is-exhausting-itself/
23. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Sushentsov, A Crisis in Russian-Georgian Relations: An Expiring Fire. Russian-Georgian relations are chronically and predictably bad. There is no reason for an improvement in the relationship, but there’s ample justification for spontaneous crises like the current one. – valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/a-crisis-in-russian-georgian-relations/
24. Valdai Discussion Club: Konstantin Truevtsev, Russia-Iran: In Syria and the Middle East. – valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/russia-iran-in-syria-and-the-middle-east/
25. Sputnik: NATO Wants ‘Colour Revolutions’ in Some Post-Soviet Defence Treaty States – Russian Security Council.
26. Intellinews.com: Cooperation with IMF remains a priority for Ukrainian authorities, Zelenskiy says.
27. Carnegie Moscow Center: Konstantin Skorkin, Ukraine’s New President Needs a Strategy on Donbas-and Fast. Zelensky is trying to find balance on the incendiary issue of the Donbas. During his visits to Europe, he adhered carefully to the previous foreign policy line, calling on European leaders to keep up pressure on Russia through sanctions. But at home, he is more open to compromise, and is trying to find allies among the oligarchs.
28. Interfax: Donbas crisis escalating – DPR.
29. South Front: ‘Independent’ Orthodox Church Of Ukraine Broke Up Half Year After Its Creation. – southfront.org/independent-orthodox-church-of-ukraine-broke-up-half-year-after-its-creation/
30. The Hill: John Solomon, Russian oligarch’s story could spell trouble for Team Mueller.
31. The Blog Mire: Rob Slane, In Memory of Dawn Sturgess. (re Skripals) – theblogmire.com/in-memory-of-dawn-sturgess/ … [More on the Skripal case: theblogmire.com/category/skripal-case/]

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