RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#145 contents with links :: Wednesday 2 July 2014

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Wednesday – JRL 2014-#145 :: 2 July 2014

1. Reuters: Merkel warns Russia on sanctions ahead of Berlin talks on Ukraine.
2. RIA Novosti: Kiev Ready for Talks With Independence Supporters Anywhere – Poroshenko’s Office.
3. The National Interest: James Carden, America’s Ukraine-Policy Disaster.
4. The Voice of Russia: Ukrainian attorney general, interior minister’s secret correspondence revealed.
5. The Voice of Russia: Turchynov admits Ukraine’s intelligence constantly lied about Russian plans.
6. www.rt.com: Putin to West: Stop turning world into ‘global barracks,’ dictating rules to others.
7. Kremlin.ru: Conference of Russian ambassadors and permanent representatives.
8. Business New Europe: Ben Aris, Putin lambasts West as violence escalates in Ukraine.
9. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Has Putin reached his limit on his willingness to intervene in Ukraine?
10. Russia Direct: James Carden, Who’s really playing a zero-sum game in Ukraine? While the West accuses Russia of territorial ambitions in Ukraine, it is actually the U.S. and NATO that have forced Russia’s hand in the post-Soviet space.
11. The Daily Telegraph (UK): Ukraine launches new offensive to rid east of rebel ‘parasites’
12. Wall Street Journal: Ukraine Says Military Offensive Against Rebels Yielding Results.
13. AsiaNews: In eastern Ukraine, Slavyansk cathedral shelled.
14. www.rt.com: Heavy shell strike caught on street camera in Ukraine (VIDEO).
15. Ukrayina TV, Kiev: Ukrainian defence minister says not in favour of martial law in east.
16. The Vineyard of the Saker: Ukraine SITREP July 2nd, 12:33 UTC/Zulu: A first evaluation of the latest Ukie offensive on Novorussia.
17. Voices of Ukraine: DMITRY TYMCHUK: President of Ukraine Chooses the Right Option.
18. www.pakalertpress.com: Putin ‘would be killed’ if he came to Kiev, Ukraine parliament deputy says on TV.
19. Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor: Paul Goble, Moscow Opens Terrorist Training Base in Crimea, Cemilev Says.
20. ITAR-TASS: Ukraine president renews hostilities under pressure at home, from abroad – experts.
21. Moscow Times: Journalists Become Walking Targets in Ukraine’s Information War.
22. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Experts: Rhetoric in Russian and Western media over Ukraine worse than during Cold War. The events surrounding Ukraine have not only dragged the world into a new information war but have also revealed serious differences in how the powers that be perceive reality.
23. RIA Novosti: ‘Euro-Maidan’ Aimed at NATO Expansion – Russian Security Council.
24. Wall Street Journal: Western Sanctions Likely to Push Russia Toward Increased Self-Reliance.
25. Forbes.com: Mark Adomanis, Ukraine, Russia, And The European Union: The End Of The Beginning.
26. Business New Europe: Marcus Svedberg and Aivaras Abromaviciu, Ukraine signs off on EU deal at last, but what next?
27. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Russia: the ‘Maleficent’ to Ukraine’s Sleeping Beauty? In sharp contrast to the festive mood in Brussels, the Kremlin is warning that today’s Ukraine-EU trade deal signing will lead to ‘serious consequences’ for Kiev.
28. Business New Europe: INTERVIEW: Graziadei anger towards euromaidan passionate – but no act. (DJ: Worth reading.)
29. www.foreignpolicy.com: Epiphanies from Jack Matlock. Former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union Jack Matlock on the flawed “reset” with Russia, Washington’s cliques, and how the Ukraine crisis is a product of NATO expansion.
30. Moscow Times: Vicken Cheterian, Moscow Will Suffer If Ukraine Collapses.
31. http://vladimirsuchan.blogspot.com: Vladimir Suchan, On the limits of Putin and his realpolik pragmatism.
32. Washington Post editorial: The West can’t afford to make empty threats on Russia sanctions.
33. New York Times editorial: The Ukrainian Crisis Reaches a New Level.
34. New York Times: Thomas Friedman, Why the Fate of Ukraine Matters.
35. The Guardian: Russia set to turn back the clocks with daylight-saving time shift.
36. Forbes.com: Mark Adomanis, Are The Russians Becoming Ever More Depressed? The Numbers Say No.
37. Reuters: Sanctions bring Russian economic growth to standstill -IMF.
38. Reuters: Russian central bank sees foreign appetite for Moscow Exchange shares.
39. Moscow Times: McDonald’s to Open for First Time in 30 Russian Cities.
40. www.rt.com: ‘US hegemony in world has ended’ – Russia’s deputy security chief.
41. Russia Beyond the Headlines: U.S. choice of new ambassador to Russia may cause chill in relations. The United States has asked the Russian Foreign Ministry for approval to John Tefft’s appointment as the new U.S. ambassador to Moscow. Experts polled by RBTH believe that Tefft’s appointment has already been approved in principle, although it is likely to make relations between the two countries frostier.
42. Interfax: USA must respect Russian interests for better relations – ambassador.
43. Russia Direct: The US and Russia cooperated during two world wars, why not now? At a conference in Moscow, Russian and American academics came together to discuss lessons from past periods of cooperation during times of war and geopolitical struggle.
44. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Russia to the rescue in Iraq? Moscow delivers jet fighters to Baghdad.
45. Business New Europe: Nicholas Watson, Ben Aris, Tim Gosling and Rob Whitford, Russia’s crack pipe to Europe.
46. Moscow Times: Mark Galeotti, Russia Is Punching Above Its Weight.
47. www.opendemocracy.net: Elena Vlasenko, Cold turkey in Russia. In Yekaterinburg, Yevgeny Roizman’s City Without Drugs Foundation has been engaged in some very questionable practices. But why has there been so little discussion?
48. Moscow Times: ‘Poor But Sexy’ Explains Cultural Divide in Europe.
49. http://reconsideringrussia.org: Pietro Shakarian, Russia and Georgia: Where to Go Next?

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