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2018-04-25
The Skripal Affair: A Lie Too Far?

by Michael Jabara Carley
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2018-04-25
Events in Armenia: not a 'colour revolution'
The political crisis in Armenia had clear internal causes and is unlikely in the long term to effect Armenia's close relationship with Russia

By Alexander Mercouris
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2018-04-25
Another Dodgy British Dossier: the Skripal Case
In this second part of a series, Gareth Porter compares the same faulty logic employed in two purposely misleading, so-called British intelligence dossiers.

By Gareth Porter
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2018-04-23

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2018-04-23
Putin & Trump will not allow armed confrontation between Russia, US - Lavrov

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2018-04-23
RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 19 APRIL 2018

BY PATRICK ARMSTRONG
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2018-04-19
An ex-British Navy chief raises alarm bells about the governments Syria story live on the BBC
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2018-04-19
Britain admits OPCW did not confirm 'essential evidence' on origin of Skripal poison
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2018-04-19
An Alternative Explanation to the Skripal Mystery
An alternative explanation to the mystery surrounding the poisoning of Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter may involve a possibility that neither the British nor Russian governments want to talk about, as Gareth Porter explains.

By Gareth Porter
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2018-04-18
'US knew there were no toxins & risked nothing' - chemical experts on Syria strike
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Russia House

2017-06-16

US Senate Votes to Tack on More Russia Sanctions to Iran Bill
More penalties for Americans if they wish to do business with Russians

By Jason Ditz

With only two dissenting voters, Sens. Rand Paul (R KY) and Mike Lee (R UT), the Senate today passed the Crapo Amendment, which imposes a series of new sanctions on Russia over what it claims is aggressive behavior. The legislation also prevents the president from removing any sanctions from Russia without prior Congressional authorization.

The amendment was tacked on to the Countering Irans Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017, the latest in a long series of anti-Iran legislation which always passes with little opposition. The Russia amendment was broadly supported as well, with the vote 97-2 in favor, and only one abstention.

The main focus of the Russia sanctions will be its mining industry and metal production, with some sanctions also targeting foreign investors in the Russian energy market. Russia is among the worlds largest energy producers and exporters, providing large portions of the natural gas for Europe.

Debate on the amendment included not only the usual scaremongering about the threat of Russia, but also consistent attacks on President Trump for having willingly met with top Russian officials since taking office, with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D OH) saying that allowing Russian state media at such meetings amounted to hiding from the American people.

"Antiwar.com"