One Czechoslovak secret agent who spied on #Trump was Jaroslav Jansa - codenamed JARDA. Jansa reported on a meeting in autumn 1989 in Trump Tower between Trump and a delegation of collective farm bosses from Ivana's home town theguardian.com/us-news/2018/o…
1. In 2014 #Cadre was founded by Ryan Williams and the #Kushner brothers (#Jared and #Joshua) They funded #Cadre initially through Thrive Capital partners which is a V.C. fund, raising $18 million initially,
THREAD on #Russia/n Orthodox Church (ROC) breaking off “eucharistic communion" w/ #Constantinople Patriarchate.
1.CAVEAT: I don’t claim to be an expert in church relations but being Orthodox Christian & working on #Russia-related politics/policies I feel entitled to share few of my own observations esp in the face of mounting ignorance or propaganda from some of the usual "Russia watchers"
2. Within next days you will hear 3 dominating narratives on what came to be called "the new schism":
A.Patriarch Kirill is KGB (somewhat true).
B. ROC is a tool of #Kremlin (true).
C. Conflict emerged as aftermath of “#Russia trying to make #Ukraine submissive” (yes & no)
On February 27, 1933 the German Parliament building burned, Adolf #Hitler rejoiced, and the #Nazi era began. 1/
#Hitler, who had just been named head of a #government that was legally formed after the democratic #elections of the previous November, seized the opportunity to change the system. “There will be no mercy now,” he exulted. “Anyone standing in our way will be cut down.”
The next day, at Hitler’s advice and urging, the #German#president issued a decree “for the protection of the people and the state.”
Simon Kukes told Russian ex-ambassador he was involved in "strategy development" for #Trump campaign, and sent photos to Moscow of his 29-year-old girlfriend posing with candidate Trump and Mike Pence theguardian.com/us-news/2018/s…
Kukes gave $273,000 to #Trump Victory, making the first of several donations two weeks after notorious meeting in Trump Tower between Russia lawyer, Donald Trump Jr. et al. Kukes had no previous history of political donations
Listen 👂 please: #Israel can't renounce on violating #Lebanon and #Syria airspace. #Russia can't just wipe away the murder of 15 servicemen and its own reputation as a superpower @PutinRF_Eng experience similar situation with #Turkey in 2015
The discussions and the maps offered by #Israel delegation to #Russia about the downing of the IL-20 was considered unacceptable & offensive by #Moscow. Moreover, the Israeli delegation complained about" #Iran's influence in #Syri, an argument the Russian have rejected.
#Russia also rejected the #Israeli claim that President Putin refused to talk to the Syrian president Assad. Israel propaganda aim to cover the deterioration of the relationship between #Moscow and #TelAviv
Remember what I said: The downing of the Russian IL-20 is all in #Israel disadvantage.
Now Israel is confused and no longer confident in what it is doing in #Syria and how to run its relationship with #Russia and #Turkey (following the Idlib deal).
Short THREAD on #Russia - #Turkey divergences over #Idlib as seen from #Moscow: 1. In early August I described rationale behind RU positon & that "certain level of understanding reached w/ TUR that there should be no [large-scale] offensive on Idlib [then]"almon.co/338t
2.I recently reached out to the same senior RUS diplomat who reiterated #Moscow's bottom-line desire to settle the issue peacefully except for terrorists organization who he argued #Turkey too agreed to fight as part of AStana agreements.Yesterday,RU #Syria envoy Lavrentyev..
3. .alluded to #Russia's growing displease w/ #Ankara's inability to deliver upon its committments in the area that, as Lavrentyev said"is kind of their zone of responsibility."Instead,#Erdogan writing op-eds,trying to enlist support from #West/ern partners over #Idlib which is..
..the idea for the summit was to get a deal where all the 3 can secure their bottom-line interests.They didn't fully achieve it since there will be another round of trilateral talks (some time in the future in #Russia) and the parties hope to settle #Idlib issue in #Tehran but..
..(a) #Turkey maintained credibility of the oppoaition (by that good cop-bad cop thing #Erdogan & #Putun played), (b) #Russia got his promise to deal w/ those attacking #Hmeymim (c) #Ankara received time to settle the major task of assorting militants (d)..
BIG: #Russia's @kommersant leaks confidential #UN directive on "Parameters & Ptinviples of assistance to #Syria" that #Moscow earlier slammed as "example of #West/ern manipulation of secretariats of international organizations"
The part that #Russia most critical of:"#UN not going to promote the return of refugees & IDP but will support the returnees with a view to ensuring the safe, dignified informed, voluntary, & sustainable nature of return & reintegration...right of Syrians tp seek & enjoy asylum"
#UN, however, stresses centralitu of this parameter: "Only once there's a genuine & inclusive political transition negotiated by the parties, would the UN be ready to facilitate reconstruction [of #Syria."
"..from my contacts w/ al Jubeir, other colleagues from the region it appears they all grew stronger in understanding that the reality is government of #Syria providing sovereignty & legitimate security interests of its country."
3/3 #Lavrov concludes: "#Russia always urged unity in #Arab family. Today the family has many problems. But we argue for it to live the way they want in their region. and resist attempts to have their own interests manipulated for the sake of someone else's geopolitical goals."
. @AmbJohnBolton sat down with #Russia's NSC Sec in Geneva for about 5 hours talking international security issues, #Ukraine, #Syria, #Iran. Earlier this year Patrushev was placed on #US sanctions list but said "it was no impediment for him to be meeting [American officials]"
Patrushev says himself & #Bolton failed to sign a joint communique cuz "#US wanted to include the point on "#Russia/n interference" which we didn't find acceptable.We,in turn,asked them to state that US own interference into other states' affairs is unacceptable - they refused"
The #US-#Russia expert group that #Putin & #Trump agreed to establish during Helsinki Summit will be led by Alexander Dynkin,President of Institute of World Economy & International Relations (IMEMO) (Rus Academy of Science) &Thomas Graham,managing director of Kissinger Associates
Prof.Dr. Dynkin renowed #Russia/n academic well-connected to both Rus expert community,political circles (incl Rus gov, MFA).
Mr.Graham worked on Rus at NSA under G.W.Bush,researcher @Yale.
Both men frequent visitors to Rus/US, well-known to respective crowds in both countries
#Moscow came up w/ the idea of bilateral expert council that "will seek tangency points & think thru how to get the international coop to a sustainbale track." #Kremlin believs the council shld be tasked with "crafting a new philosophy of the #US-#Russia rels."
⚡⚡🤯 👇👇#Giuliani “Why don’t you write a report and show us what you have, because they don’t have a goddamn thing,” said Trump's lawyer yesterday. Okay. Here goes. Time to revisit what we already know. Oldie but goodie. I am sure Mueller has more. thedailybeast.com/giuliani-on-ru….
#Moscow reportedly didnt allow direct passage of #WhiteHelmets to #Jordan (hence evacuation thru #Israel)while #Amman agreed to temporarily accept 'em only after guarantees frm West states they'd host them.#Canada to host 250 (activists+families),#Germany -8 activists +?families