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15.07.2018 - 09:56 [ Reuters ]

South Korea summons Russian officials over air zone incursion

The South Korean foreign ministry summoned a senior Russian diplomat and “expressed regrets and urged the incident not to happen again”, it said in a statement.

South Korea’s defense ministry called in a Russian military official and lodged a protest about the incursion.

14.07.2018 - 17:40 [ Yonhap ]

S. Korea summons Russian military envoy over violation of air defense zone

Meanwhile, Russia’s defense ministry said two TU-95 bombers conducted a regular flight over the international waters of the East Sea, the Yellow Sea and a part of the Pacific Ocean.

The Russian ministry said the bombers were escorted by South Korean and Japanese fighter jets on some parts of the flight.

14.07.2018 - 17:25 [ BBC ]

The monster atomic bomb that was too big to use

(16.8.2017) On the morning of 30 October 1961, a Soviet Tu-95 bomber took off from Olenya airfield in the Kola Peninsula in the far north of Russia.
The Tu-95 was a specially modified version of a type that had come into service a few years earlier; a huge, swept-wing, four-engined monster tasked with carrying Russia’s arsenal of nuclear bombs.

14.07.2018 - 14:36 [ Elijah J. Magnier ]

US message to Assad: “We will pull out of al-Tanf and the North if Iran withdraws from Syria”

Russia played the role of postman for the exchange of the US-Assad messages. President Assad, however, informed the Americans that Iran is not interested in remaining in Syria once all terrorist Takfirees are killed and when its function is no longer required.

The bottom line is that Assad and his allies believe that the US-French-UK withdrawal from Syria would actually be an achievement. Moreover, both Iran and Hezbollah consider their withdrawal both a fact and a necessity, once Assad is no longer in need of their contribution.

13.07.2018 - 17:28 [ Newsweek.com ]

Russia, Caught Between Iran and Israel’s War in Syria, Looks for Allies on Both Sides

Velayati took the opportunity to censure a „rebellious“ President Donald Trump, who abandoned a historic nuclear deal with Iran and five major world powers in May. He also criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who met with Putin on Wednesday, just as Velayati arrived in Moscow. Velayati said on Wednesday that Netanyahu’s visit to Putin would not affect his own discussion with the Russian leader.

13.07.2018 - 17:24 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Netanyahu, Putin talk Iran before Helsinki summit

Moscow had earlier invited the Israeli prime minister to attend the final game of the FIFA World Cup on July 15, where Netanyahu could have found himself in the stadium together with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Yet Netanyahu, who is reluctant to meet with Abbas, opted for an earlier visit, while the Palestinian leader will come for the final as originally planned.

11.07.2018 - 15:48 [ Yonhap ]

Presidential panel chief to visit North for forum on economic cooperation involving two Koreas, Russia

SEOUL, July 11 (Yonhap) — The chief of South Korea’s presidential panel on economic cooperation with North Korea and Eurasia will visit the North this week to attend a forum arranged by Russia on three-country cooperation, the unification ministry said Wednesday.

The ministry has approved the Presidential Committee on Northern Economic Cooperation’s plan to visit North Korea for two days starting Friday.

09.07.2018 - 13:35 [ albawaba.com ]

5 World Powers Commit to Iran Deal, Back Oil Exports Despite US Sanctions Threat

„All the members, even the three allies, have committed and have the political will to take action and resist the United States,“ Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif told a Vienna news conference broadcast by the Fars news agency.

„This is the first time they have shown this level of commitment, but we will have to see in the future what they really want to do and what they can do,“ Zarif said.

„If they continue to demonstrate the political will they showed today, they will get things done without any problem.“

09.07.2018 - 13:32 [ Sputnik ]

US to Use EU Stance on Iran Deal to Pressure NATO Over Defense Spending – Prof

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Russia, China, Germany, France and the UK have agreed to establish a permanent expert mechanism that will be tasked with finding ways to maintain trade with Iran regardless of US sanctions. Sputnik discussed this with Professor Christopher Bovis.

07.07.2018 - 19:00 [ Newsweek ]

U.S. Iran Deal Exit Brings Russia and China Closer to Europe as They Meet Behind Trump’s Back

The top diplomats of China, EU, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K. have assured Iran that they were willing to salvage a historic nuclear deal abandoned by the U.S.

The deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was forged under the administration of former President Barack Obama in 2015 and scrapped by his successor, President Donald Trump, in May. With Iran looking to face stricter U.S. sanctions, the foreign ministers of the EU and five other nations who signed the nuclear agreement met Friday in Vienna in an attempt to negotiate a viable framework in the absence of Washington.

24.06.2018 - 07:07 [ Yonhap ]

Moon returns from Russia visit

During his Friday summit with Putin, the two leaders agreed to work together for enduring peace on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia, while sharing the understanding for the need to denuclearize the peninsula.

They also agreed to work to launch negotiations for a free trade agreement between their countries.

20.06.2018 - 10:25 [ CNN ]

FBI agent Strzok escorted from FBI building Friday

He had a central role on the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information. He later worked on the investigation into connections between Trump campaign associates and Russia and briefly worked for special counsel Robert Mueller before text messages between Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page disparaging President Donald Trump were discovered.

14.06.2018 - 15:29 [ TASS ]

Russian embassy comments on growing US military presence in Norway

„Such actions run counter to the decision Norway made in 1949 not to allow foreign states to set up military bases on the country’s territory until Norway was under attack or threat of attack.“ Such steps indicate that Norway is not predictable enough, they may lead to rising tensions and trigger an arms race, destabilizing the situation in northern Europe,“ the Russian embassy said, adding that „we consider them to be clearly unfriendly so they cannot go without consequences.“

08.06.2018 - 11:04 [ Al-Monitor ]

Top US, Russian military brass to meet in Helsinki

Dunford and Gerasimov „will discuss the deconfliction of coalition and Russian operations in Syria, and exchange views on the state of US-Russia military relations and the current international security situation in Europe and other key regions,“ Dunford’s spokesman Colonel Pat Ryder said in a statement. Representatives of the Finnish defense forces will not participate in the meeting.

07.06.2018 - 10:57 [ CNBC ]

Russian leader Vladimir Putin: President Trump and I ‚regularly talk over the phone‘

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump talk „regularly,“ the Russian president told an Austrian news outlet ahead of his visit to Vienna.
He also addressed the possibility of a summit between the U.S. and Russia.

06.06.2018 - 22:46 [ Haaretz ]

How Russia Angered Iran in Syria and Had to Pull Its Troops From the Lebanese Border

There was no comment from the Russian military about the incident. Russia has faced calls from Israel to rein in Iran in Syria, where Israel has mounted numerous attacks against Hezbollah and other targets it has described as Iran-backed.

„Perhaps it was to assure the Israelis,“ said the commander, adding that the move could not be justified as part of the fight against the Nusra Front or Islamic State because Hezbollah and the Syrian army had defeated them at the Lebanese-Syrian border.

06.06.2018 - 22:44 [ eurasiafuture.com ]

Are Hezbollah and Russia on a Collision Course in Syria?

Lebanon’s recently re-appointed Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri of the Amal Movement, a close political ally of Hezbollah, has recently given an interview with Sputnik where he openly contradicted the desires expressed by Russian President Putin who has called for a pull out of all foreign troops from Syria so that the military phase of the conflict can transition to a negotiated political settlement.

06.06.2018 - 12:11 [ ZeroHedge ]

Russia Building The Trans-Arabian Railway Will Make The Saudis More Multipolar

The concept is for the GCC states to tighten their non-energy economic integration with one another through a coastal railway that hugs the southern edge of the Persian Gulf and would run from Kuwait to Oman, but this vision hasn’t yet been prioritized. That might change in the coming future, however, as a result of trilateral cooperation between Russia, Saudi Arabia, and China.

05.06.2018 - 11:41 [ Times of India ]

India balances US energy ties with $25 billion Russian gas deal

India on Monday started receiving long-term gas supplies from Russia’s Gazprom + , the world’s top publicly-listed natural gas company, under a $25-billion deal that indicates New Delhi’s quest for newer routes towards energy security and balancing ties with Washington and Moscow.

04.06.2018 - 11:18 [ Haaretz ]

Jerusalem & Babylon: Putin’s Pet Oligarch Roman Abramovich Is Now Israel’s Richest Man. But Is He Worthy of Citizenship?

At the entrance to the Marina Rosha synagogue inside the opulent Chabad Center in Moscow, the largest plaque commemorates one of the center’s benefactors: „Reb Aharon Abramovich“ and his family. Visiting there ten years ago, I asked who the generous Reb Aharon was, only to be answered with laughter.

I should have guessed Aharon was the „Jewish name“ of the most famous oligarch in Russia. But despite all I knew about the way Chabad had ruthlessly inserted itself in to the circles of power and money in Putin’s Russia, there was still something incongruous about seeing the name of Roman Abramovich in a house of prayer.

04.06.2018 - 11:16 [ israelnationalnews.com ]

Report: Putin gives OK to Israeli strikes on Syria

(1.6.2018) The two sides agreed to “limit” Iran, keep its forces away from the south, and to allow the IDF to target „menacing bases in the deep Syrian territories,“ according to the influential London-based website.

The Kremlin confirmed that the conversation between Putin and Netanyahu focused on “some aspects of the Syrian settlement.”

03.06.2018 - 17:24 [ New York Times ]

It’s Benjamin Netanyahu’s World Now

Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump are not alone. Mr. Netanyahu has recently been feted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, President Xi Jinping of China, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, as well as a host of leaders of smaller countries — including those with far-right governments like Hungary, Poland and Austria. No less significantly, he has maintained close contacts with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt and behind the scenes with the Arab leaders of the Persian Gulf.

Mr. Netanyahu is the toast of the new wave of right-wing, populist and autocrat-like (if not outright autocratic) leaders. They see in him a kindred spirit, even a mentor.

03.06.2018 - 17:15 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

Japan pulls away from US amid Russia pivot

Abe and Putin have met 21 times and the latest summit came when both leaders have consolidated power at home. Abe dissolved the lower house of parliament in late September last year and won the snap election, which gave him a chance to lead Japan through 2021. Despite a slump in the approval rating of the Abe cabinet, nobody, be it from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party or the opposition parties, is able to now challenge Abe’s authority. Putin started another six-year term after he won presidential elections in March. Given the stability of the Abe and Putin governments, the bilateral policies will continue to be steadily implemented.

03.06.2018 - 17:13 [ Haaretz ]

Israel and Russia Agree to Remove Iranian Forces From Syrian Border, Report Says

(1.6.2018) According to the paper, the understandings were reached after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the telephone, while Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman had held talks with his Russian counterpart.

31.05.2018 - 01:12 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent.com ]

The Countless Israeli Connections to Mueller’s Probe of Trump and Russia

The Israel-lobbyists, Netanyahu cronies, psyops manipulators and well-connected oligarchs — could it all be just one big coincidence?

27.05.2018 - 14:31 [ New York Times ]

How a 4-Hour Battle Between Russian Mercenaries and U.S. Commandos Unfolded in Syria

In the end, 200 to 300 of the attacking fighters were killed. The others retreated under merciless airstrikes from the United States, returning later to retrieve their battlefield dead. None of the Americans at the small outpost in eastern Syria — about 40 by the end of the firefight — were harmed.

26.05.2018 - 12:35 [ Reuters ]

Putin, Macron bond over shared unease at Trump’s actions

As he sat alongside Putin, Macron referred repeatedly to the need to establish “European financial sovereignty” – a jab at European economies’ reliance on the U.S. financial system.

He also arrived in St Petersburg with a large delegation of French business executives keen to sign deals with Russia, despite the new U.S. sanctions.

24.05.2018 - 07:55 [ Reuters ]

Syrian state media says U.S. struck army base, U.S. denies

“We have no operational reporting of a U.S.-led coalition strike against pro-Syrian regime targets or forces,” Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, told Reuters.

Another Pentagon spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “We have no information to substantiate those reports.”

23.05.2018 - 12:22 [ Newsweek ]

Russia and Japan Plan North Korea Strategy in Case Trump-Kim Summit Falls Apart

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is preparing to visit Moscow, where he will sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss North Korea and other matters.

“I would like to confirm cooperation in resolving the North Korea issue,“ Abe told journalists Monday ahead of the meeting. Top foreign affairs and defense officials from both countries will also meet over the coming week.

20.05.2018 - 16:33 [ Paul Craig Roberts ]

Pentagon Concludes America Not Safe Unless It Conquers The World — Paul Craig Roberts

(10.7.2015) The Pentagon has released its “National Military Strategy of the United States of America 2015,” June 2015.
The document announces a shift in focus from terrorists to “state actors” that “are challenging international norms.” It is important to understand what these words mean. Governments that challenge international norms are sovereign countries that pursue policies independently of Washington’s policies. These “revisionist states” are threats, not because they plan to attack the US, which the Pentagon admits neither Russia nor China intend, but because they are independent. In other words, the norm is dependence on Washington.

20.05.2018 - 10:24 [ Haaretz ]

Russia, Europe and China Reportedly Discussing New Iran Nuclear Deal

The officials will meet in Vienna in the coming week under the leadership of senior European Union diplomat Helga Schmid to discuss next steps after the May 8 decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to pull out of a 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper said, citing senior EU sources.

20.05.2018 - 09:37 [ Tass.com ]

Japan’s premier expects progress at talks with Putin on signing peace treaty

Following their meeting, Putin and Abe adopted a joint declaration where they noted that the start of consultations on the joint economic activity of Russia and Japan on the south Kuril Islands could become an important step towards concluding the peace treaty.

As the Kremlin press office reported on Friday, Abe will visit Russia on May 25-26 at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

20.05.2018 - 07:48 [ Hurriyet ]

Russia-Turkey investment fund ‘to enhance bilateral ties’

(22.4.2018) The Russia-Turkey Investment Fund, set up last year by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the Turkey Wealth Fund, aims to “strengthen bilateral economic ties and increase the investment flow between two countries,” according to the RDIF head.

The two sides will particularly focus on infrastructure construction, healthcare and information technology sectors, RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency.

19.05.2018 - 16:31 [ alarabiya.net ]

Russia calls for foreign troop pullout from Syria including Iran, Hezbollah

On the heels of a meeting between Putin and the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Russian resort of Sochi on Thursday, Lavrentiev added: „This statement involves all foreign troops in Syria including the Turkish, American, Iranian and Hezbollah.“

Lavrentiev stressed that Putin’s statement on this issue represents a “political message”, but added „not to view it as the beginning of a withdrawal process of foreign troops from Syria.”

19.05.2018 - 14:59 [ Haaretz ]

Russia Will Have New Nuclear Weapons Within Four Years, Putin Says

Speaking at a meeting Friday in Sochi, Putin said delivery of the new Avangard hypersonic vehicle will begin next year while the new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile will enter duty in 2020.

The Avangard and the Sarmat were among an array of new nuclear weapons Putin presented in March. He noted that they can’t be intercepted. They also included a nuclear-powered global range cruise missile and an underwater drone designed to strike coastal facilities with a heavy nuclear weapon.

17.05.2018 - 20:54 [ Wall Street Journalq ]

Trump Presses Germany to Drop Russian Pipeline for Trade Deal

President Donald Trump is pressing Germany to pull the brakes on a major gas deal with Russia as the price for avoiding a trans-Atlantic trade war, according to German, U.S. and European officials.

The officials said Mr. Trump told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in April that Germany should drop support for Nord Stream 2, an offshore pipeline that would bring gas directly from Russia via the Baltic Sea. This would be in exchange for the U.S. starting talks with the European Union on a new trade deal.

17.05.2018 - 14:17 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Says Informed Russia Ahead Large-scale Strike on Iranian Targets in Syria

(10.5.2018) Israel forewarned Russia of its strikes on Thursday against multiple targets in Syria, an Israeli military spokesman said.

„The Russians were informed prior to our attack by the established mechanisms that we have,“ Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus told reporters without elaborating.

15.05.2018 - 16:23 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

Russia appears to have turned its back on Iran’s forces in Syria — and now Israel looks in charge

Russia on Friday reportedly declined to export its advanced S-300 missile defense system to Syria.
A bunch of Syrian air defenses reportedly were destroyed by Israel on Wednesday, but Russia still declined.
The developments indicate Russia may have turned its back on protecting Iranians, who were the targets of the Israeli airstrikes on Wednesday night.
Now, undefended Iranian forces in Syria are at the mercy of Israel, who seems capable of striking when and where it likes, despite Iran being Russia’s ally.

15.05.2018 - 12:27 [ Consortium News ]

US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims

(12.12.2016) we draw on decades of senior-level experience – with emphasis on cyber-intelligence and security – to cut through uninformed, largely partisan fog. Far from hiding behind anonymity, we are proud to speak out with the hope of gaining an audience appropriate to what we merit – given our long labors in government and other areas of technology. And corny though it may sound these days, our ethos as intelligence professionals remains, simply, to tell it like it is – without fear or favor.

We have gone through the various claims about hacking. For us, it is child’s play to dismiss them. The email disclosures in question are the result of a leak, not a hack.

13.05.2018 - 12:15 [ NPR.org ]

The Russia Investigations: Another Oligarch Becomes Embroiled In The Imbroglio

A senior FBI agent in the Boston field office wrote a highly unusual newspaper column in 2014 warning that a Russian foundation that Vekselberg controlled might be a clandestine siphon for Russia’s intelligence services to steal cutting-edge technological secrets from American companies, as NPR’s Tim Mak reported.

The column in the Boston Business Journal appeared in April 2014 and sought to warn Boston-area tech companies and researchers to steer clear of the Skolkovo Foundation, launched by Russian Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev and run by Vekselberg.

12.05.2018 - 19:58 [ Tulsi Gabbard, Abgeordnete des U.S. Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

Trump proudly said: „When I make promises, I keep them.“ But what about the US, who he supposedly represents? The United States made a promise in that agreement with Iran, UK, France, Germany, Russia, and China. Trump has now broken that promise, undermining U.S. credibility.

11.05.2018 - 20:45 [ Reuters ]

Russia, after Netanyahu visit, backs off Syria S-300 missile supplies

The comments, by Vladimir Kozhin, an aide to President Vladimir Putin who oversees Russian military assistance to other countries, follow a visit to Moscow by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, who has been lobbying Putin hard not to transfer the missiles.

09.05.2018 - 23:30 [ CNN ]

Exclusive: Mueller’s team questions Russian oligarch about payments to Cohen

The attorney for Stormy Daniels — the porn star who received $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged affair she had with Trump a decade ago — produced information Tuesday evening that appears to add further details to CNN’s reporting. Michael Avenatti alleged that Cohen received half a million dollars from a company affiliated with Vekselberg in the months after the presidential election.

09.05.2018 - 23:21 [ israelnationalnews.com ]

Watch: Netanyahu, Putin, attend parade together

The leaders are currently participating in a Kremlin event honoring Victory Day and veterans of World War II, after which they will meet for a private discussion.

Last week, Putin invited Netanyahu to join him for the parade and celebratory events, after which the two would discuss privately recent developments in the Middle East.

06.05.2018 - 11:31 [ New York Magazine ]

Officials Confirm That Trump Bombed Syria to Validate His Tweets

(18.4.2018) Last week, the United States launched an act of war against a sovereign government because failing to do so would have cast doubt on the credibility of the statements that Donald Trump makes while livetweeting Fox & Friends.

That may sound like hyperbolic snark, or the premise of an Andy Borowitz column, but it is a plain description of the rationale behind last Friday’s missile strikes in Syria, according to multiple military and administration officials.

06.05.2018 - 10:04 [ New York Times ]

As Trump Seeks Way Out of Syria, New Attack Pulls Him Back In

(8.4.2018) The reported chemical attack on Douma, a suburb of the capital, Damascus, on Saturday seems to have squeezed Mr. Trump between conflicting impulses, and raised the political and military stakes as he charts the United States’ future in Syria.

On one hand, he has emphatically expressed his desire to bring American troops home as soon as possible in line with his “America First” approach. On the other, he has vowed to punish some bad actors, and withdrawing from Syria could open him up to criticism at home and abroad.

30.04.2018 - 17:37 [ François Heisbourg, Chairman of International Institute for Strategic Studies / Twitter ]

A reminder that Russia and Iran are cobelligerents in Syria but not allies: each has its own reasons to prevent regime change in Syria. But Russia is not interested in destroying its relationship with Israel (and Egypt and other Sunni Arab states) just to please Iran+Hezbollah

30.04.2018 - 17:13 [ Kreml ]

Telephone conversation with President of France Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron spoke of the results of his visit to the US with an emphasis on the talks on the situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear programme.

The Russian and French presidents called for preserving and strictly implementing the plan.

They also discussed other current issues on the international and bilateral agendas.

24.04.2018 - 13:59 [ Consortium News ]

US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims

(12.12.2016) we draw on decades of senior-level experience – with emphasis on cyber-intelligence and security – to cut through uninformed, largely partisan fog. Far from hiding behind anonymity, we are proud to speak out with the hope of gaining an audience appropriate to what we merit – given our long labors in government and other areas of technology. And corny though it may sound these days, our ethos as intelligence professionals remains, simply, to tell it like it is – without fear or favor.

We have gone through the various claims about hacking. For us, it is child’s play to dismiss them. The email disclosures in question are the result of a leak, not a hack.

24.04.2018 - 11:13 [ Tass ]

Russia hopes contacts with France will clear up cooperation on Syria

„I hope that after contacts with [our] French colleagues we will set the record straight on how we will cooperate on a settlement to the Syrian crisis in order to observe all rules and norms of the international law and the United Nations Charter,“ Lavrov explained.

The foreign minister noted that on Monday, the Russian and French presidents had a phone conversation „during which Vladimir Putin laid out our stance and confirmed [Russia’s] willingness to coordinate positions with [our] French partners.“

20.04.2018 - 22:30 [ Consortium News ]

US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims

(12.12.2016) All signs point to leaking, not hacking. If hacking were involved, the National Security Agency would know it – and know both sender and recipient.

In short, since leaking requires physically removing data – on a thumb drive, for example – the only way such data can be copied and removed, with no electronic trace of what has left the server, is via a physical storage device.

20.04.2018 - 22:28 [ Washington Post ]

Democratic Party files lawsuit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign

The complaint, filed in federal district court in Manhattan, alleges that top Trump campaign officials conspired with the Russian government and its military spy agency to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and help Trump by hacking the computer networks of the Democratic Party and disseminating stolen material found there.

20.04.2018 - 22:27 [ Washington Post ]

Russia: US did not violate red lines during Syria strikes

“We told them where our red lines were, including the geographical red lines,” Lavrov told Russian state television. “The results have shown that they haven’t crossed those lines.”

Moscow had warned the U.S. before the strike that it could hit back if the U.S. actions jeopardize Russian servicemen in Syria, and the allies had given Russia an advance warning to make sure no Russians were in the line of fire.

20.04.2018 - 17:57 [ theIntercept.com ]

Russia Sows Doubts Over Chemical Attack in Syria, Aided by Pro-Trump Cable Channel

Russia has chalked the delay up to security concerns in Douma, which seems odd, given that foreign journalists were taken on a government-run tour of the town on Monday, when they were able to wander freely along streets close to the site of the reported attack.

When those journalists filed their reports, it became clear why Syrian and Russian officials might have preferred to give limited access to reporters rather than unfettered access to inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.