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IRAN POLITICS: Iran Nuclear Deal Vital for Strategic Stability: Russia

IRAN POLITICS: Iran Nuclear Deal Vital for Strategic Stability: Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejected the need for further inspection of Iran’s nuclear sites beyond the JCPOA requirements, noting that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “performs regular checks and confirms their [Iran’s] strict fulfillment of obligations.”

Touching on US demands for renegotiating the JCPOA, Lavrov stated that any changes to the deal would require the approval of all the parties to the accord, including Iran.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Iran Deal Working Well, No Need to Fix It: Russia

RUSSIA POLITICS: Iran Deal Working Well, No Need to Fix It: Russia

The approach of calls for fixing the Iran deal “seems to be a wrong way to follow as the existing documents are working quite efficiently,” Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said of the deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

French President  Emmanuel Macron said Trump “wants to get tougher with Iran. I told him I thought this was the wrong approach because we have to look where we are now with [North] Korea.”

The Macron leader said he had criticized the US president’s Iran policy as a “bad method.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Not Ready to Meet With South Korea in Russia: Agencies

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Not Ready to Meet With South Korea in Russia: Agencies

Politicians from North Korea and South Korea will not hold direct talks in Russia on Monday about Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile program despite attending the same event and being urged to do so by Moscow, Russian news agencies said on

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Says, Trump’s Anti-Iran Speech Defies Norms of Civility, ‘Doomed to Fail’

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Says, Trump’s Anti-Iran Speech Defies Norms of Civility, ‘Doomed to Fail’

Just before Trump’s speech, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had called his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to tell him that Russia remained fully committed to the Iran nuclear deal.

Additionally, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov had said that spiking the deal “would undoubtedly hurt the atmosphere of predictability, security, stability and non-proliferation in the entire world.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Chemical Probe Seriously Flawed: Russia Says

SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Chemical Probe Seriously Flawed: Russia Says

“In order to judge if it deserves an extension of the mandate, we need to see the report to be issued on October 26 and assess it,” Mikhail Ulyanov, the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s non-proliferation and arms control department said.

“I ask myself what is the reason for the extension of the mandate of this mechanism if it is not capable and is not willing to fulfill its mandate,” he added, noting, “We will wait for the report and then we will define our position.”

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IRAN POLITICS: EU, Russia, China Fully Behind Iran Deal Ahead of Trump Speech

IRAN POLITICS: EU, Russia, China Fully Behind Iran Deal Ahead of Trump Speech

If Trump refuses to certify the deal, the Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to restore the sanctions against the Islamic Republic that the US has agreed to waive.

Trump has been critical of the agreement since he started campaigning for 2017 presidency. He has called it “the worst deal ever” and an “embarrassment” to Washington.

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POLAND POLITICS: US Used Zapad Drills to Illegally Build Up Forces in Poland: Russia

POLAND POLITICS: US Used Zapad Drills to Illegally Build Up Forces in Poland: Russia

“Amid the hysteria over Russia’s planned military incursion right from the Zapad-2017 drills, the 2nd armored division of the US arrived quietly in Poland and was deployed there also with its armored vehicles,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said, as quoted by Russia’s TASS news agency.

“At the same time, the military equipment of the 3rd US armored brigade still remains in Poland and the Baltic republics,” he said.

The spokesman said an “unprecedented” and “fraudulent media campaign” against Russia accompanied “the Pentagon’s operation.”

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USA POLITICS: Adamant Trump Mulls Decertifying Iran Deal, US Officials Say ‘Trump’s Bellicose Rhetoric Troubling’

USA POLITICS: Adamant Trump Mulls Decertifying Iran Deal, US Officials Say ‘Trump’s Bellicose Rhetoric Troubling’

“They came up with a plan that protects the things they are concerned about but doesn’t recertify, which the president made clear he was not going to do. That ship has sailed,” according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The official said Trump has been telling foreign leaders and U.S. lawmakers that his refusal to certify the Iran deal would not blow it up.

“He’s not walking away from it. The chances of him walking away from it go down if they work with him on making it better,” the official said.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Kremlin Recruits New Agents of ‘Russian World’

RUSSIA POLITICS: Kremlin Recruits New Agents of ‘Russian World’

Therefore, those planning to participate in this event, perhaps, should think that visiting the annexed Crimea, they actually approve and support the aggressive policy of the Russian leader, encourage aggression and, thus, become accomplices in crimes committed by Russia in the territory of Ukraine.

For Russian special services, it could be a great opportunity to recruit new Kremlin agents, and young people planning to attend the Sochi festival could become potential targets for them.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: US Pretending to Fight Islamic State in Syria, Iraq: Russia Says

RUSSIA POLITICS: US Pretending to Fight Islamic State in Syria, Iraq: Russia Says

“The actions of the Pentagon and the coalition demand an explanation. Is their change of tack a desire to complicate as much as they can the Syrian army’s operation, backed by the Russian air force, to take back Syrian territory to the east of the Euphrates?,” asked Konashenkov.

“Or is it an artful move to drive Islamic State terrorists out of Iraq by forcing them into Syria and into the path of the Russian air force’s pinpoint bombing?”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korea Unlikely to Give Up Nukes: Here’s Why

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korea Unlikely to Give Up Nukes: Here’s Why

“The [Iran] program is in a state of completion; it was approved in a UNSC resolution, and dissecting this program equates to destroying everything achieved. Everyone understands that. If the agreement on the Iranian nuclear problem fails, North Korea will say: why should we negotiate with you, if you’re unable to do so?” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov asked.

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USA POLITICS: Revealed! Google Uncovered Russia-Backed Ads on YouTube, Gmail During 2016 Election

USA POLITICS: Revealed! Google Uncovered Russia-Backed Ads on YouTube, Gmail During 2016 Election

The discovery by Google is also significant because the ads do not appear to be from the same Kremlin-affiliated troll farm that bought ads on Facebook – a sign that the Russian effort to spread disinformation online may be a much broader problem than Silicon Valley companies have unearthed so far.

Some of the ads, which cost a total of about US$100,000, touted Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and the Green party candidate Jill Stein during the campaign, people familiar with those ads said.

Google runs the world’s largest online advertising business, and YouTube is the world’s largest online video site.

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EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Launches New Multinational Force in Romania to Counter Russia

EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Launches New Multinational Force in Romania to Counter Russia

“Our purpose is peace, not war,” Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis told a session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Bucharest. “We are not a threat for Russia, but we need an allied strategy in the long term, we need dialogue from a strong position of defense and discouragement,” he said.

The force is also an attempt at a middle ground in NATO’s emerging deterrent strategy in the Black Sea, rich in oil and gas, to counter Russia’s own plans to create what military analysts say is a “buffer zone” in the region.

Russia accuses NATO of trying to encircle the country and threatening stability in eastern Europe, which NATO denies.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Revealed! Pyongyang Preparing Long-Range Missile Test: Russian Lawmaker Says

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Revealed! Pyongyang Preparing Long-Range Missile Test: Russian Lawmaker Says

“There is a clarity of purpose in what (North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un is doing. I don’t think he’s done,“ said Yong Suk Lee, the deputy assistant director of the CIA’s Korea Mission Center, which was set up this year. ”In fact, I told my own staff (that) October 10th is the Korean Workers Party founding day. That’s Tuesday in North Korea, but Monday – the Columbus Day holiday – in the United States. So stand by your phones.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Canadian Law ‘On Victims of Corrupt Foreign Governments’ Undermines International Law: Kosachev Russian Senator Says

CANADA POLITICS: Canadian Law ‘On Victims of Corrupt Foreign Governments’ Undermines International Law: Kosachev Russian Senator Says

Russian Senator Konstantin Kosachev said: “I even cannot decide which trait of this recently passed act is more bizarre – the blind imitation of their ‘big brother’ actions that makes the whole action a blatant parody or their bombastic yet still provincial claim for the status of a global ombudsman.”

“Who has empowered Canada with the right to do such things in the international arena, to decide who is corrupt in other nations and who is not, to apply repressive measures to foreign citizens?” Kosachev asked.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Quietly Boosting Economic Support for North Korea: Here’s Why

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Quietly Boosting Economic Support for North Korea: Here’s Why

“The Kremlin really believes the North Korean leadership should get additional assurances and confidence that the United States is not in the regime change business,” Andrey Kortunov, head of the Russian International Affairs Council, a think-tank close to the Russian Foreign Ministry, told Reuters.

“The prospect of regime change is a serious concern. The Kremlin understands that U.S. President Donald Trump is unpredictable. They felt more secure with Barack Obama that he would not take any action that would explode the situation, but with Trump they don’t know.”

Trump, who mocks North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a “rocket man” on a suicide mission, told the United Nations General Assembly last month he would “totally destroy” the country if necessary.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korean Workers Leave Chinese Border Hub Because of New Sanctions

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korean Workers Leave Chinese Border Hub Because of New Sanctions

The Wing Cafe used to advertise its “beautiful North Korean” waitresses on its shopfront by the Yalu. The sign is now gone, and cafe staff said the waitresses had returned home in recent weeks after their visas expired.

“There have been changes in government policy,” the manager of another restaurant said. “It’s not convenient to say more.”

The sanctions have come as a rude jolt to Dandong businesses and traders who had long rolled with North Korea’s unpredictability but believed their neighbour’s economic reliance on China would keep its belligerence in check.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Hacker Peter Levashov Wanted By US Tells Court He Worked for Putin’s Party

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Hacker Peter Levashov Wanted By US Tells Court He Worked for Putin’s Party

“I collected different information about opposition parties and delivered it to the necessary people at the necessary time,” RIA quoted Peter Levashov as saying.

“If I go to the U.S., I will die in a year. They want to get information of a military nature and about the United Russia party,” RIA quoted Levashov as saying. “I will be tortured, within a year I will be killed, or I will kill myself.”

Peter Levashov told a court in Madrid on Thursday that he had worked for the United Russia party for the last 10 years.

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IRAN POLITICS: Iran Missile Tests Don’t Breach International Accords: Russia

IRAN POLITICS: Iran Missile Tests Don’t Breach International Accords: Russia

“The previous ban, contained in the UN Security Council resolutions, was canceled to be replaced by a call addressed to Iran to refrain from launching ballistic missiles – not any missiles, though, but only those capable of serving as WMD (weapon of mass destruction) delivery vehicles,” a senior Russian official Ulyanov said.

He was referring to UN Security Council Resolution 2231 that canceled earlier resolutions on Iran and effectively turned the JCPOA into international law.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Trump, Kim War of Words is Like ‘Kindergarten Fight’: Russian FM Sergei Lavrov Says

RUSSIA POLITICS: Trump, Kim War of Words is Like ‘Kindergarten Fight’: Russian FM Sergei Lavrov Says

“We have to calm down the hotheads and understand that we do need pauses, that we do need some contacts,” Sergei Lavrov told a news conference at the United Nations on Friday where he was attending the annual General Assembly debate.

Lavrov said Moscow was working with other countries “to strive for the reasonable and not the emotional approach — instead of the kindergarten fight between children (where) no one can stop them.”

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