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Jun 19 11:08

How will Russia and Iran respond to the US challenge in the Caspian Sea?

On May 5 2018 Kazakhstan ratified an agreement with the US for the transit of US military cargo and possibly even troops (under the euphemism of ‘advisors’ or ‘engineers’) to Afghanistan via the Caspian Sea route.

The ostensible reason is that the US’s long established supply lines to Afghanistan via Pakistan are now ‘under threat’. However, as is often the case nowadays, the reality is rather more complicated.

Just five months before the agreement was reached, in December 2017, purportedly at the instigation of the businessman Anatolie Stati who is involved in a longstanding legal dispute with the Kazakh authorities, the Bank of New York Mellon froze $22.6 billion of funds belonging to Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund.

Jun 19 10:52

Russia And India Ditch Dollar In Military Deals

With the US increasingly willing to use the dollar, and SWIFT, as a strategic weapon against the country's sovereign enemies (as Iran learned every 5 or so years), Russia and India are preparing to bypass US sanctions on Moscow by using the rupee and the ruble in bilateral trade involving military deals, the Economic Times reported.

Some $2 billion in weapons deals between India and Russia have been hit as a result of the recent US sanctions, as payments get stuck. The countries are seeking to bypass such monetary bottlenecks this by switching to settlements in domestic currencies and ditching the greenback.

Senior officials told ET that after several rounds of consultations, it has become clear that a rupee-rouble transfer, pegged to the exchange rate of an international currency, is the solution. A top official said that a foreign currency, such as the Singapore dollar, could be used as the benchmark.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So what is the US government going to do, invade every country ditching the US dollar?!?

That... is going to be one heck of a lot of invasions, given the tempo at which the US dollar is being abandoned.

Jun 19 10:38

Soldiers Attack A Celebration Of The Palestinian Russian Friendship Society In Jerusalem

A large police force and intelligence officers invaded, on Monday evening, a hall of a hotel in occupied East Jerusalem, attacked a celebration held by the Palestinian Russian Friendship Society, and detained several Palestinians.

The participants were celebrating the Russian National Day, before the officers stormed the hotel and attacked the celebration which was attended by many Palestinian officials and intellectuals, including the deputy governor of East Jerusalem Abdullah Siyam, the Greek Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna, the head of the Joint Arab List Ayman Odah, and various other figures and leaders, including Palestinian author, journalist and intellectual Rassem Obeidat.

Jun 19 09:45

Unprecedented Israeli Strikes Target Iraqi Shia Militias In Syria

A day after a mysterious airstrike close to the Iraq-Syria border reportedly killed over 30 Syrian government soldiers and Iraqi paramilitary forces backed by Iran, a US official has told CNN the attack was carried out by Israel and not by the US coalition.

Syrian state media blamed the strike on the US-led coalition — though in the immediate aftermath any level of confirmation or evidence was hard to come by. The claims prompted the US coalition spokesman to issue a formal denial, calling Syria's accusation "misinformation" as US-backed SDF forces are only operating east of the Euphrates, and not near Abu Kamal, which lies west, according to the statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that Israel is, once again, playing picador with Al Assad and Putin, in essence, daring them to go after an Israeli strike plane, to "justify" a massive attack against Syrian, Iraqi, and Iranian forces there, as their way of accomplishing regime change in Damascus.

Fortunately, Al Assad and Putin have had the horse-sense not to respond to these attacks.

Jun 19 09:39

News FeedWashington committed to Syrian southwest ceasefire arrangement, Pompeo tells LavrovMore:http://tass.com/world/1010062

The United States is committed to maintaining a de-escalation zone in southeast Syria, warning Moscow and Damascus against unilateral activity in the area, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov over the phone on Monday.

According to US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert, Lavrov and Pompeo had discussed "issues and concerns related to Syria and the bilateral relationship." "Secretary Pompeo reemphasized the US commitment to the (Syrian) southwest ceasefire arrangement that was approved by President (Donald) Trump and President (Vladimir) Putin one year ago," Nauert said.

US Secretary of State noted that "it was critical for Russia and the Syrian regime to adhere to these arrangements and ensure no unilateral activity in this area," she added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, let me get my head around these statements.

Syria is, allegedly a sovereign nation, the leadership of which the US government wants to regime change in Damascus.

The Russian military is there at the behest of the Syrian government, to throw out the US backed, trained, and funded Jihadists.

And now, neither Russia, nor the Syrian government are "being allowed" by the US government, to operate within the sovereign state of Syria, but the US government and military is supposed to be moving with utterly no restrictions here?!?

Do Pompeo and Nauart understand just how utterly stupid these statements must have sounded to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov yesterday?!?

The US military is digging in, militarily, in Syria, and has established a "beachhead" at Deir Ezzor. As reported at themilliniumreport.com by South Front in April of this year:

Why did the Trump Admnistration put a military base near the largest oil field in Syria?!?

The article goes on to state:

"The US is building a large military base in the vicinity of Syria’s largest oil field – the Omar oil field, Mehdi Kobani, a press secretary of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Deir Ezzor confirmed to Sputnik Turkiye.

The Omar oil field was captured by the US-backed SDF during its anti-ISIS campaign in eastern Syria. According to Syrian sources, the military installation in the area is aimed to allow the US to consolidate control of the oil resources in the eastern part of the country setting ground for further occupation of the area. These oil resources will also be used to strengthen the influence of the US proxies – the SDF – in the area."

Jun 18 09:27

Mattis: Putin Is Trying To "Undermine America's Moral Authority"

At a graduation ceremony for the US Naval War College (barf), US Secretary of Defense James Mattis asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin “aims to diminish the appeal of the western democratic model and attempts to undermine America’s moral authority,” and that “his actions are designed not to challenge our arms at this point but to undercut and compromise our belief in our ideals.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After 18 years of war on nations which have not attacked us, America doesn't have any moral authority left for Putin to undermine!

Jun 18 09:13

US To Double Number Of Marines In Norway To Counter Russia, Before Massive Military Exercise

The Norwegian government intends to add another 400 U.S. Marines to Norway before the most significant military exercise since the Cold War this fall, according to the country’s Ministry of Defense.

Jun 18 08:27

EU Extends Sanctions Against Crimea Another 12 Months

The EU sanctions were introduced in 2014 amid a sharp deterioration in relations between Moscow and the West after Crimea rejoined Russia as a result of a referendum which had not been recognized by the EU member states.

The European Union has prolonged its territorial sanctions on Crimea and Sevastpol by one year, until June 23, 2019, the EU Council said in a statement on Monday.

Jun 18 08:19

Trump to meet with Putin in Europe in July — media

US President Donald Trump is expected to hold a meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Europe in July, The Washington Post said, citing "a senior administration official and two diplomats familiar with his schedule."

"President Trump is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month while he is in Europe for a NATO summit," the newspaper wrote. "In a nod to those plans, Trump told reporters on Friday that ‘it’s possible’ he would meet with Putin this summer," The Washington Post added. NATO is expected to hold a summit in Brussels on July 11-12.

Jun 18 06:56

Russian corporations ditching London for Moscow amid expanding sanctions

After the London Stock Exchange (LSE) suspended share trading of sanctioned energy conglomerate EN+Group, other Russian firms are thinking of scrapping their stock listings in the UK in favor of the Moscow Stock Exchange (MOEX).

Jun 18 06:49

Russia holds less US debt than Bermuda after dumping half its holdings

Moscow will continue dumping US debt, according to analysts who spoke to RT. Latest US Treasury Department data shows Russia cut its holdings by half in April.

That month, Russia sold $47.4 billion out of the $96.1 billion held in March. The latest statistics released by the US Treasury on Friday showed that, Russia had only $48.7 billion investment in American debt, dropping from 16th to the 22nd place of major foreign holders of US T-bills. Russia now holds less US debt than the small island nation of Bermuda.

Jun 17 21:14

Trump to Europoodles: “Roll Over. Bark. Beg…Crawl.: With a Korean Preface

I don’t get it. I know, I know, I’m just some mutt in Mexico with a computer, and easily puzzled. But…huh? Trump, we are told, pulled off a master stroke in Singapore. All the world reels at this astonishment. We see Talleyrand and Metternich rolled into one gorgeous taco. But…but….

Who did the doing, and who got done?

Jun 17 09:05

Fury at the World Cup's vuvuzela playing bear: Russian fans parade musical grizzly through the streets of Moscow after 5-0 trashing of Saudi Arabia

Disturbing footage of an abused bear being forced to play the vuvuzela has caused outrage.

Video has emerged online of a bear blowing the horn in the back of a jeep being driven through Moscow.

The clip is believed to have been captured after Russia's thrashing against Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the World Cup.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More anti-Russia spin from the corporate media.

Jun 17 09:03

Viking Thunderclap mesmerises Moscow: Dedicated Iceland supporters perform signature ritual against Argentina as a TENTH of the island's 330,000 population travel to Russia

Iceland supporters have won over their fellow football fans in Russia at the Moscow World Cup by performing their signature Viking thunderclap in their debut against Argentina.

Fans formed a sea of blue t-shirts and novelty viking hats as they waved and cheers in the stands for the Group D match at the Spartak Stadium this evening.

In a witty meeting with international media on Friday, Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson began by welcoming the room in Russian, praised his team's hosts and its first opponent, then disarmed his inquisitors by heading off the usual question about his day job.

Jun 17 08:53

‘Thank God for Russia!’ Remembering when London & Moscow were allies

In the present geopolitical climate, the idea of a pact between the UK and Russia seems far-fetched to say the least. But in the summer of 1941 the two did come together against a common foe.

What lessons can be learned from the ‘Anglo-Russian agreement’ which played a key part in the defeat of Nazi Germany?

Jun 17 08:48

ARE YOU REALLY THE PRESIDENT!? Putin Meets "The Most Interesting Human Being In The World!"

Jun 16 11:28

US Threatens ‘Measures’ Against Syria for Offensive in Southwest

With the Syrian government saying that any more failures to take back the country’s southwest diplomatically would lead them to launch an offensive, the US State Department is threatening “firm and appropriate measures” to punish Syria for any such attempt.

Syria has been expected to launch such an offensive for awhile. Russia negotiated with Israel to get them to agree to keep out of the fighting, in return for Russia urging Iran and Hezbollah to remain out of the border region. The assumption has been for some time this cleared room for the push.

US officials, however, say that Syria would be violating the previous de-escalation deal made between the US, Russia, and Turkey, as some of the offensive would take place in that area. Other de-escalation zones have effectively been erased by government gains, or the wiping out of certain rebels by others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that this alleged "de-escalation deal", for some bizzare reason, does not seem to involve the sovereign state of Syria; only Russia, Turkey, and the US appear to be named.

But we all understand the simple translation of these Washingtonese statements; the US government is looking for any excuse with which to justify a full-scale invasion of Syria, and to affect regime change in Damascus.

However, there is a 600 lb gorilla, draped across the Bosendorfer grand in the living room here, and that is is Russia; the possibility of a misunderstanding, leading to a "hot confrontation" between Russia and the US military in Syria, excalates exponentially, every day the US forces stay on Syrian soil.

Jun 16 09:47

Russia dumps half of its US Treasury bonds

Russia has held a major selloff of US Treasury bonds, dumping some $47bn-worth of papers and momentarily dropping six places on a list of major foreign holders of US securities, recently released statistics for April have shown.
In just one month, Russia proceeded to sell $47.4 billion out of the $96.1 billion the country had in US treasury bonds in March. The latest statistics released by the US Treasury Department on Friday showed that, in April, Russia had only $48.7bn in American assets, occupying 22nd place on the list of “major foreign holders of Treasury securities.”

Jun 16 09:05

Pentagon Admits Afghanistan's New Black Hawks Can't Match Its Older Russian Choppers

A report from a top U.S. military watchdog has finally acknowledged that the UH-60A+ Black Hawks that the United States is supplying to the Afghan Air Force are less capable and harder to maintain than the Russian-made Mi-17 Hip helicopters they have now. The review raises concerns that this could limit Afghanistan’s ability to conduct operations across the country unless steps are taking to mitigate the loss of capability, something we at The War Zone have long warned could easily be the case.

The Pentagon’s own Office of the Inspector General included these frank admissions in a routine, periodic update on U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, nicknamed Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, and assistance to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), which it released in May 2018. The Department of Defense leads this oversight effort, which also includes representatives from the U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development.

Jun 16 09:02

Russia Challenges U.S. Tankers To Compete In Its Annual "Tank Biathlon"

"Unfortunately, tank crews from the EU and U.S. are avoiding taking part in tournaments like this one. It's time for a face-off with you, guys. Instead of pointing guns at each other, let's compete with each other on training grounds. Do come. We'll be waiting for you."

Jun 16 08:47

This Is How Wars Start

Russia keeps its most powerful grouping of troops in the western direction. Just according to official figures the equivalent of ten divisions under the control of three army HQs – not counting the grouping in Crimea, airborne divisions and forces of special operations, and also two (Baltic and Black Sea) fleets, the Caspian flotilla, the revived Mediterranean squadron, and the grouping in Syria – is concentrated in the space from the Caucasus to the Baltics. I think that I wouldn’t be mistaken if I said that over half of the fighting capacity of Russia is concentrated in the Western strategic direction. And the Ministry of Defence continues at a fast pace to increase forces in this direction. At the same time it is necessary to take into account that in recent years the Russian army gained the highest mobility, i.e., the grouping can be quickly additionally strengthened by transferring forces and means from other regions.

Jun 15 13:52

Russian official warns US not to take ‘tough measures’ against Syrian Army in southwest Syria

The Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Jabarov, was quoted as saying on Friday that the U.S. military should avoid using “tough measures” against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in southwest Syria.

As quoted by the RBC News Agency, Jabarov warned the U.S. from usig tough measures against the Syrian Army, stressing that this “is totaly unaccelptable” behavior by the U.S. military.

Jun 15 08:11

Top Russian Finance and Tech Firms in Major Push With Gov't to Make Russia Digital Superpower

Russia’s newly inaugurated president Vladimir Putin has tasked the government with making Russia a top-five global economy by 2024 the day he was confirmed in office for the fourth time. Several of Russia’s largest tech and financial companies have teamed up to deliver on that promise and completely transform the Russian online market.

According to the new May Decrees published on the Kremlin’s website, the Russian government must ensure that the country’s economy is “among the five largest by the end of 2024, with economic growth rates exceeding those of most countries and inflation at a level not above 4%.”

Jun 15 08:08

WELCOME TO RUSSIA! - Putin Finally Speaks English For 2018 FIFA World Cup! Watch Until The End!

Jun 15 08:08

Western media goes all out to bash the World Cup and Russia

Radiating all the magic of root canal treatment, the sleaziest global sporting event since the 1936 Berlin Olympics kicked off the evening with a charmless little ceremony and a lopsided match between the two worst teams atVladimir Putin's latest vanity project.

Jun 15 07:41

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JUNE 15, 2018: RUSSIA, TURKEY REPORTEDLY REACH AGREEMENT ON TELL RIFAAT

Russia and Turkey have reached an agreement on the situation in the town of Tell Rifaat in the province of Aleppo, the London-based newspaper al-Araby al-Jadeed reported on June 14.

Under the agreement, units of the Turkish military will allegedly be deployed in Tell Rifaat side by side with the Russian Military Police, which was deployed there a few months ago. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Kurdish People Protection Units (YPG) will withdraw from the town. Members of Turkish-backed militant groups will not be allowed to enter the area.

The agreement is allegedly aimed at de-escalating the situation and allowing civilians to return to their houses in the town.

Jun 14 20:49

Zakharenko Calls Up the Donetsk Reserves: Donbass Gears Up For Full-Scale Kiev Offensive

May 28 2018:-This week, in the Donetsk People's Republic, a rear defensive echelon has been forming as a response to Kiev's statement that Donetsk will soon be besieged. The reservists have been called up. They are under the command of the Republic's MIA. A military exercise took place.

Zakharchenko’s Warns of Three-Pronged Attack: Plans to Retake All of Donbass if Pushed

Zakharchenko was an electrician in a mine when Donbass was attacked, he's a lot more than that now.

Jun 14 15:23

Democrats ‘Don’t Give A F**K’ About Russia – 4 Ways We Know Americans Are Sick Of Russiagate

How much do regular Americans actually care about Russia’s alleged ‘meddling’ in the 2016 presidential election? If recent evidence is anything to go by, it’s not as much as the media would lead us to believe.

Jun 14 14:52

Crimea And Syria Unite To Circumvent Trade Sanctions

The Syrian government supports initiatives to strengthen trade relations with Russia and in this regard the agreement between the ports of Sevastopol in Crimea and Tartus in Syria is an important focus of cooperation, reported the members of the Russian delegation who visited Damascus in recent days.

“Syrian President Bashar Asad backed the agreement between Sevastopol and Tartus and described it as an important means of cooperation, saying that given the international blockade of trade with Syria, the Mediterranean Sea is the only way out to the global market,” the head of the Russian delegation, the deputy of the Lower House of Parliament, Dmitri Sablin, told reporters.

The agreement was celebrated by the authorities of Sevastopol, as it aims to increase the exchange of goods between the two ports.

Jun 14 12:18

‘Crimea is Russian because everyone there speaks Russian,’ Trump reportedly tells G7 leaders

President Donald Trump seems to have demonstrated his trademark nuanced understanding of foreign politics when he reportedly told G7 leaders that “Crimea is Russian because everyone who lives there speaks Russian.”

According to Buzzfeed’s usual anonymous sources, Trump made his remark after wading into a discussion on foreign affairs during a dinner at the G7 summit in Quebec, Canada last Friday.

If true, Trump’s statement will likely have ‘Russiagate’ fans and the #resistance screeching. Russia’s 2014 reunification with Crimea, whose population is almost 60 percent ethnic Russian, is widely viewed in the West as an annexation, despite the fact that Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to join Russia.

During the dinner, Trump reportedly questioned why the other G7 leaders were siding with Ukraine, telling them: “Ukraine is one of the most corrupt countries in the world.”

Jun 14 11:10

RUSSIA WARNING: Ukraine provocations in the Azov Sea, if they continue ...

Ukraine's desire to draw attention to itself at the moment when the whole world follows the World Cup in football can have sad consequences for her, warned the deputy of the State Duma with Crimea Ruslan Balbek.

- Ukraine's formation of various impact groups near the Russian borders during the football championship, it's a game for the Western audience in the hope that there will be an intensification of relations with Russia - explained Balbek.

He said that the Ukrainian authorities only managed to get Russian borders even more protected by such actions.

- The concentration of Ukrainian forces in the region of the Azov Sea and the existence of offensive aviation require additional measures for the defense of the peninsula - said the Russian MP.

However, in Russia, they are worried about the steps of Kiev, because in the case of the least aggression of the Ukrainian side, there can be only one and no mundial, or "Western hysteria" will not change that.

Jun 14 09:23

Is Europe Too Brainwashed To Normalize Relations With Russia?

Judging from statements made by G-7 leaders at the recent meeting, President Trump’s application of US sanctions to Europe and disregard of European interests, just as Washington dismisses every country’s interests except Israel’s, has not caused Europeans to disassociate from Washington’s hostility to Russia.

Jun 14 08:48

Russia should be back in G7 as ‘we spend 25% of time’ talking about it anyway – Trump

The leaders of the G7 group spent a lot of their time during last week’s summit discussing Moscow, and so having Russia itself at the negotiation table would have been an extremely logical move, US President Donald Trump has said.

“You know, we spend probably 25 percent of our time talking about Russia, and I said wouldn’t it be better if they were here,” Trump said, in an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier, adding that “I'm not for Russia. I’m for the United States.”

President Trump made headlines last week after stating that Russia should be invited back to the gatherings of the Group of Seven industrialized nations. “They should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table,” he suggested, ahead of the 2018 G7 summit, held in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada.

Jun 14 08:21

Avoid sex with non-whites during FIFA World Cup 2018: Russian minister warns women

Russian women should avoid sex with non-white foreign men during FIFA World Cup 2018 because they could become single mothers to mixed race children, a senior lawmaker in Moscow said on Wednesday.

Even when Russian women marry foreigners the relationships often end badly, said Tamara Pletnyova, head of parliament`s committee for families, women and children. Women are often stranded abroad or in Russia but unable to get their children back, she said.

Jun 13 22:11

Robbie Williams is ‘selling his soul’ to Putin, say usual UK suspects

Football-mad Williams described the chance as “a boyhood dream,” and invited “football and music fans to party with us in Russia… for an unforgettable show.”

But his decision did not go down well with some of the UK’s most seasoned Russia-haters.

Leading the campaign against Williams was US-born British financier Bill Browder, who made millions from investments in Russia but was convicted of tax fraud in absentia by a Moscow court in late 2017.

He criticized the UK pop star for “selling your soul to a dictator” by appearing at the football showpiece on Thursday.

Jun 13 15:33

Footage transfer of #Ukraine armour of amount of about 30 tanks, moves in the direction of Donetsk

Jun 13 08:15

WARNING: Donetsk Says Ukraine Plans To Massacre EU Delegation

The press service of the Ministry of State Security of the Donetsk People’s Republic has reported that Ukrainian forces are preparing a provocation in Donbass which threatens the lives of an incoming EU delegation.

According to the report, an EU delegation has been invited to Ukraine by President Petro Poroshenko, and will visit frontline areas in Donbass and Kiev from June 13-15 to study the humanitarian situation in Donbass.

The DPR’s ministry claims to have uncovered Ukrainian forces’ plans to use an Igla MANPAD to shoot down the delegation’s helicopter and blame the LPR and DPR.

Jun 12 15:47

Mueller Scrambles To Limit Evidence After Indicted Russians Actually Show Up In Court

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is scrambling to limit pretrial evidence handed over to a Russian company he indicted in February over alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, according to Bloomberg.

Mueller asked a Washington federal Judge for a protective order that would prevent the delivery of copious evidence to lawyers for Concord Management and Consulting, LLC, one of three Russian firms and 13 Russian nationals. The indictment accuses the firm of producing propaganda, pretending to be U.S. activists online and posting political content on social media in order to sow discord among American voters.

The special counsel's office argues that the risk of the evidence leaking or falling into the hands of foreign intelligence services, especially Russia, would assist the Kremlin's active "interference operations" against the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is rich!!

Jun 12 14:40

Mueller Scrambles To Limit Evidence After Indicted Russians Actually Show Up In Court

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is scrambling to limit pretrial evidence handed over to a Russian company he indicted in February over alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, according to Bloomberg.

Jun 12 11:51

As the G-7 Implodes, SCO Meeting Confirms the New Century of Multipolarity

At the G7 meeting in Canada in recent days, we witnessed unprecedented clashes between Trump and G7 leaders over the imposition of tariffs on trade. We must now conclude that the event has been relegated to irrelevance, as the G7 has heretofore derived its clout from speaking as one voice. Trump even went further, refusing to sign the final draft of the organization’s joint statement after Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau lashed out at Trump’s trade decisions. Trump showed how little he cares for his allies, leaving the summit a day early to arrive early for the meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore to make preparations for the long-awaited encounter between the two leaders.

Jun 12 11:04

Russia to continue efforts to involve Taliban in direct negotiations with Kabul : According to Lavrov, heads of ministries supported Afghan President call for a direct dialogue with the Taliban members

Moscow will continue efforts to involve the radical Taliban movement (outlawed in Russia) in direct talks with Kabul, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following the meeting of CSTO foreign ministers on Monday, adding though that those efforts have failed so far.

According to Russia’s top diplomat, "together with normalizing the military situation in Afghanistan" heads of ministries supported Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s call for a direct dialogue with the Taliban members.

"Russia has long advocated for this kind of dialogue, the Taliban members are part of the Afghanistan’s society. Provided that they abandon a military approach to defending their interests, they should be made direct participants of the political process," he said. "So far the Taliban members have not demonstrated readiness to this kind of dialogue, but we will continue our efforts, particularly on the back of today’s agreements between the CSTO foreign ministers," the minister added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sergey Lavrov, and his boss, Russia's President Putin, are to be commended for, yet again, being the "adults in the room" when it comes to geopolitics.

Jun 12 10:55

PEPE ESCOBAR: PUTIN & XI TOP THE G6+1

All hell broke loose at the G6+1, aka G7, while the China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) aimed at global integration and a peaceful multipolar order...

All hell broke loose at the G6+1, otherwise known as G7, in La Malbaie, Canada, while all focused on divine Eurasian integration at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in China’s Qingdao in Shandong, the home province of Confucius.

US President Donald Trump was the predictable star of the show in Canada. He came late. He left early. He skipped a working breakfast. He disagreed with everybody. He issued a “free trade proclamation”, as in no barriers and tariffs whatsoever, everywhere, after imposing steel and aluminum tariffs on Europe and Canada.

Meanwhile, over in Qingdao, the stunning takeaway was offered predictably by Chinese President Xi Jinping; “President Putin and I both think that the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership is mature, firm and stable.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia and China are thinking long-term; American politicians cannot see their way beyond the next election cycle, and that will be this country's undoing.

Jun 12 10:50

WILL BILDERBERG STILL BE RELEVANT AS THE FUTURE OF WAR IS TRANSFORMED?

This year’s Bilderberg summit is a council of war. On the agenda: Russia and Iran. In the conference room: the secretary general of Nato, the German defence minister, and the director of the French foreign intelligence service, DGSE.

They are joined in Turin, Italy, by a slew of academic strategists and military theorists, but for those countries in geopolitical hotspots there is nothing theoretical about these talks. Not when the prime ministers of Estonia and Serbia are discussing Russia, or Turkey’s deputy PM is talking about Iran.

The clearest indication that some sort of US-led conflict is on the cards is the presence of the Pentagon’s top war-gamer, James H Baker. He is an expert in military trends, and no trend is more trendy in the world of battle strategy than artificial intelligence. Bilderberg is devoting a whole session to AI this year – and has invited military theorist Michael C Horowitz, who has written extensively on its likely impact on the future of war.

Jun 11 20:41

World War 3 THREAT - Ukraine tests LETHAL weapon provided by the US in DEFIANCE of Russia

The defence aid package envisaged a shipment of 210 Javelin missiles and 37 launch units, two of which would be spares, with a total value of $47million (£35million). For Ukraine the weapons were provided at no cost and paid for by from the US federal budget. According to recent reports, the United States intends to continue providing Ukraine with both lethal and non-lethal military hardware in the fiscal year 2019.
Ian Brzezinski, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Centre on International Security said: “This delivery of Javelins is an operationally and geopolitically significant demonstration of US determination to support Ukraine, an action long overdue following Russia’s 2014 invasion.”

Jun 11 14:04

NSA Preparing ‘False Flag Russian Cyberattack’? Putin Ready For ‘Sanctions War’

Is a false flag cyberattack on the horizon?

Jun 11 12:02

Russian Military Prepares For WW3 By Creating ‘Giant Cloud’

The Russian military is building a massive cloud which will serve as backup internet in the event of a war. The cloud will be ready in two years and will allow Russia to survive in wartime, even they are totally disconnected.

This new move is part of the country’s ongoing modernization drive, reported The Daily Mail. The intent is for Russia to survive during a major world war, one in which they’d be cut off from everyone else. The “war cloud” will connect to the Russian military’s vast internal network.

President Vladimir Putin’s top IT adviser Herman Klimenko has previously stated that during wartime the country could run on the military’s pre-existing internal network – called the Closed Transfer Segment. “Technically, we are ready for any action now,” he told Russian TV station NTV back in March.

Jun 11 12:01

German Officials Admit "Still No Evidence" From UK That Russia Poisoned Skripals

It seems notably fortuitous that the world is now distracted with the ongoing actions surrounding President Trump - whether in Quebec tweet-slamming PM Trudeau, or in Singapore ahead of his historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

We say 'fortuitous' since it offers UK PM Theresa May some breathing room as her dramatic, quickly determined, and globally propagandized claims that Russia was the culprit for the poisoning of the Russian ex-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter; remain entirely unsubstantiated by any proof.

Jun 11 11:21

England should protest Russia at World Cup, says Labour MP Stephen Kinnock

England should make a political stand against Russia by wearing black armbands during the World Cup, says Labour MP Stephen Kinnock.

Jun 11 11:10

Russian military is building a giant 'war cloud' to serve as a back-up internet so the country could survive exile in future conflicts - and it will be ready in just two years

The Russian military is building a giant cloud that will function as a back-up internet, a new report has revealed.

The cloud, which is set to be completed by 2020, will connect to the military's vast internal network and would allow wartime Russia to survive even if it was disconnected from the internet.

The country could run commercial traffic using its own internal network, according to the source, which revealed the so-called 'war cloud' is a significant part of the country's 'ongoing modernisation drive'.

Jun 11 10:56

‘Difficult if not impossible to solve crises without Russia’ – Italian PM to NATO chief

Moscow is essential to resolving deadlocks in ongoing international crises, Italy’s new Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte insists. He called for Western countries to seek dialogue with Russia instead of turning a cold shoulder.

“Without the involvement of Russia it’s difficult, if not impossible” to find “the only realistic and long-lasting” solutions to world crises, Conte said during a press conference with the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. He endorsed NATO’s so-called ‘double-track approach’ to Moscow – mixing defense posturing and maintaining dialogue.

Noting that Russia plays “an essential role” in world affairs, the Italian Prime Minister called on the bloc’s members to engage in “more effective” talks with Moscow in order to avoid misunderstandings and “dangerous escalation”.

Jun 11 10:49

Russia never asked to be allowed back to G8, Lavrov says

The Russian top diplomat has commented on US President Donald Trump’s suggestion to bring Russia back to the G7

Jun 10 20:02

Putin To G7: Welcome To Russia For The Next G7 Summit!

Russian president Vladimir Putin answered questions from journalists on G7 Summit - Trump, Merkel, May, Macron and the rest of the crew. After the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, Vladimir Putin met with Russian journalists.

Jun 10 09:06

Expanding ‘chokehold’ on Russia: Analysts to RT on NATO’s plan for new command centers

Building two command centers in the US and Germany, NATO is either preparing to take on Russia or executing its “suffocation” strategy against Moscow, military analysts told RT.

“NATO had 33 military commands during the Cold War, but they reduced the number of those commands to seven,” Alexander Bartosh, former Russian diplomat and military expert told RT.

Jun 09 18:51

Video: ‘Russia Should Be In G7’ – Trump

Donald Trump says Russia should be at the negotiating table in the G7 meeting whether the world powers ‘like it or not.’

Jun 09 09:24

Ukrainian neo-nazi mob mocks Roma women as they tear down Kiev camp with axes (VIDEO)

Members of a far-right group proudly filmed themselves destroying a Roma camp in Kiev– marking the second such attack by militant nationalists against Roma living in Ukraine’s capital in the past six weeks.
The National Druzhyna, a nationalist militia formed by veterans of the far-right Azov Battalion, used axes and hammers to dismantle a small Roma camp in Kiev’s Holosiyivskiy Park. The right-wing vigilantes had earlier issued an ultimatum on their Facebook page, instructing the Roma to vacate their camp within 24 hours or be forced out by a “mob.”

Hours later, around 20 Druzhyna members, many sporting balaclavas, descended on the camp, wielding axes, sledgehammers and cameras to document the destruction. Footage and photos of the pogrom were uploaded to the militants’ Facebook page, but they later vanished.

A 12-minute clip of the raid re-uploaded to YouTube shows the militia members mocking a woman and child fleeing with their belongings.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And Poroshenko is utterly powerless to stop this attack.... against Roma women in Ukraine?!?

No being on this planet deserves to be hurt, their housing destroyed, and their lives ridiculed because of their ethnicity, period, end of discussion; we are all brothers and sisters in this pilgrimage on this planet, each with our unique perspective, and story to tell.

But I have to wonder if Poroshenko allows this, because these men are young, unemployed, and probably have no job skills whatsoever, so these kind of attacks are permitted as a "safety valve" - to prevent these men from coming after the Ukrainian government with the same kind of vengeance.

Jun 09 09:19

US Deploys Four Stratotanker Aircraft, 150 Personnel, to Western Ukraine

The US Air Force transferred KS-135 Stratotankers from the RAF Mildenhall base in the UK, the McConnell AFB in Kansas, the Beale AFB in California and the US Air National Guard base in Illinois. They were accompanied by about 150 personnel.

A USAF press release said the aircraft were sent to Ukraine as part of the US strategy to "defend European Allies, enhance security in Eastern Europe and increase the level of military understanding between Allies and partners."

The Air Force also boasted that the deployment would help "further integrate capabilities, enhance interoperability, and ensure the security and stability of the region."

Jun 09 09:17

US, Russian military leaders meet in Finland for talks

The top U.S. military chief met Friday in Finland with his Russian counterpart to exchange views on U.S.-Russia military relations, Syria and the international security situation.

The meeting between Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Russia’s chief of the military’s General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, took place in Konigstedt Manor, a Finnish state-owned venue north of the capital, Helsinki.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Gerasimov and Dunford discussed European security issues and the situation in Syria.

A brief statement on the Joint Chiefs of Staff website stressed, without elaborating, that U.S. and Russian militaries “have undertaken efforts to improve operational safety and strategic stability.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is only a matter of when, not if, there will be military conflict between US forces and those of Russia; it is primarily a case of where, which could potentially be in Ukraine, Syria, or Iran.

Jun 09 09:17

What If Kiev Attacks During World Cup? PUTIN: 'They'll Rue the Day' (Video)

Hello, I'm Zakhar Prilepin, I'm the advisor of the DPR leader and a DPR Army officer. We believe that the Ukrainian Army will use the World Cup to enter an aggressive combat phase. How can you comment on this matter?

President Putin:

—I hope that it won't come to such provocations. However, if that does transpire, there will be harsh consequences for Ukraine's sovereignty in general. I'd like to emphasize that I hope nothing of such nature occurs. Either way, it's impossible to scare the people who live in the regions like LPR and DPR.

Jun 09 09:13

No Blitzkrieg On World Cup: Russian War Games Warn Ukraine

Amidst such tragedies inflicted upon helpless individuals, large-scale developments are also unfolding. According to the famous Russian political scientist, Sergey Markov, a Ukrainian blitzkrieg is forecasted for June, timed to coincide with the World Cup in Russia (June 14th-15th) as well as NATO war games in Poland and the Baltic states. The latter began on June 3rd and have assembled 18,000 troops from 19 countries and more than 100 units of military hardware close to Russia’s borders.

Jun 09 09:12

Ukraine Is In BIG TROUBLE: Putin Stands Up For Donbass In Famous ‘Hotline’

The “Ukrainian topic” was started when the Russian president was called live on air by the famous writer Zakhar Prilepin who recently went to fight as a volunteer in the Donetsk People’s Republic. Prilepin told the president of the exacerbated situation in Donbass and claimed that the Ukrainian army is preparing an offensive. Putin responded:

“I hope that provocations will not reach this point. If this happens, I think it will have very serious consequences for Ukrainian statehood as a whole. I would like to stress again that I hope that nothing like this will happen. The people who live in the areas in Donbass, in the Lugansk People’s Republic and Donetsk People’s Republic, cannot be intimidated. We provide aid to both unrecognized republics and will continue to do so.”

Jun 09 09:11

Trump calls for Russia to be reinstated into G-7

President Trump on Friday said that Russia should be reinstated into the Group of Seven major economies, a comment that could further anger U.S. allies during what is already expected to be a tense set of meetings.

Speaking to reporters on the South Lawn before leaving for Canada to attend the G-7 summit, Trump said he has been “Russia’s worst nightmare” but argued the country should be a part of the economic talks.

“With that being said, Russia should be in this meeting,” he said. "Why are we having a meeting without Russia being in the meeting?"

Russia was ousted from the then-Group of Eight in 2014 in order to punish Moscow for annexing Crimea and supporting pro-Kremlin separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To Mr. Fabian, the author of this piece, a word, please: are you completely, utterly ignorant about a little thing about which alleged "Journalism" is supposed to be focused, and that is called "fact checking", which it is painfully obvious yo have not done here?!?

Or have you simply decided to "carry the US government's water" to support an alleged narrative which never happened?!?

In 2014, after the US-sponsored putsch in Ukraine, the Crimeans, understanding that there was no legitimate government in Kiev, held a free and fair referendum, asking their people if they wanted to remain with Kiev, or petition the Russian Federation to join it; the Crimean people, overwhelmingly voted to join Russia, and the Russian Federation accepted their petition. Annexation never happened, period, end of discussion.

To blame, and attempt to punish a country for something it absolutely did not do, is the mark of a dangerous, and deranged foreign policy, which the US government has obvious adopted here, vis a vis Ukraine and Russia.

And to President Trump, a word, please: in the immortal words of my late Grandmother, the horse is out of the barn, on the issue of Russia's rejoining the G-7.

Russia has no intention of rejoining this organization, because it is working with China, and other countries, to completely dump the US dollar in as much bilateral and multilateral trade they can.

Someone in your predecessor's administration should have understood that this would be the consequence for banishing Russia from the G-8, but thinking things through to their logical conclusions, is not a skill set many in DC have; perhaps it's the lead in the water pipes there, causing this cognitive dissonance, regarding the reality that actions have consequences.

Jun 09 09:04

Putin: I Told Europe in 2007, They Didn't Listen, Now “Enjoy Your Meal”!

Jun 09 08:51

Italy Populist PM: President Trump Is Right, ‘Russia Should Be Back in G8’

Italy’s new populist prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, said that President Trump is right in saying that Russia should be welcomed back into the G8 nations because “it is in everyone’s best interest.”

“I am in agreement with President Trump,” Mr. Conte tweeted Friday. “Russia should reenter the G8. It is in everyone’s best interests.”

Jun 09 08:42

LOCKHEED MARTIN AWARDED $929 MILLION CONTRACT FOR HYPERSONIC WEAPON TO COUNTER RUSSIA, CHINA

Lockheed Martin, the defense company behind F-35A Lightning II, a fifth-generation combat aircraft, won a $928 million contract April 18 to develop a hypersonic missile for the U.S. Air Force that will travel more than five times faster than the speed of sound to overcome Russian and Chinese missile defense systems.

According to Lockheed Martin, under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, the company will design and manufacture the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW), a new air-launched weapon system. The missile will be capable of speeds higher than Mach five and could render Russian and Chinese ballistic missile defense interceptors useless.

Lockheed Martin will be strategically working with the U.S. Air Force to “finalize system requirements under the contract’s initial task order,” the press release stated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a staggeringly huge amount of money, and yes, I know that impending wars mean projects of this kind will create employment for many.

But the question no one at the Pentagon, or State Department wants to answer, is how the US wound up so far behind Russia and China in the development of this kind of technology?!?

Jun 09 08:37

MATTIS: WITHDRAWING US TROOPS FROM SYRIA WOULD BE A "STRATEGIC BLUNDER"

Speaking at NATO headquarters on Friday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis reiterated his opposition to the idea of withdrawing US troops from Syria. He said any withdrawal before progress was made would be a “strategic blunder.”

Mattis’ position reflects those of a lot of top US cabinet officials, who have resisted President Trump’s talk of a quick withdrawal. He argues that the UN peace plan necessitates an ongoing US military presence.

On the one hand, Mattis suggests leaving too soon could give “the terrorists the opportunity to recover.” On the other hand, he also says that leaving would be exploited by the Assad government and its supporters.

This again sets out the US position that the UN plan necessitates regime change in Syria, something other supporters say is not the case. It also suggests a more or less permanent US presence in Syria, since there is virtually no chance the US will impose a favorable outcome.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The absolute, killer, irony here, is that according to Russian Major-General Igor Konashenkov, in a conversation with reporters today, made the following statement:

All remaining resistence zones in Syria, are US-controlled areas.

Let's wrap our heads for a moment around these two statements, and compare what Sec Def Mattis has stated with what Major-General Konashenkov has stated.

It is obvious that they cannot both be correct. I think, knowing what I know about US geopolitics, that Mattis is trying to find some logic-defying way of defending the military US presence in Syria, which he absolutely understands, in his heart of hearts, is not based on any potential good for the Syrian people; remember, the US has been the sponsor of the rebels in Syria, and has trained and funded and equipped jihadist rebels here.

Pentagon wasted $500 million on training rebels in Syria.

The US and Israeli foreign policy goals have been, and will continue to be, both the balkanization of Syria, to make it easier to control, and effect regime change in Damascus, however that can be made to happen.

Jun 09 08:22

ALL REMAINING ISIS RESISTANCE ZONES IN SYRIA ARE IN US-CONTROLLED AREAS – RUSSIAN MOD

Islamic State still keeps its presence in Syria, but only in US-controlled areas while those liberated by Syrian government forces areas are slowly recovering after terrorists’ defeat, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
“All the remaining pockets of resistance of ISIS terrorists in Syria are only in areas controlled by the United States,” Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a defense ministry spokesman, said on Saturday.

Earlier, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a bold statement that pulling out of the Arab Republic “must avoid leaving a vacuum in Syria that can be exploited by the Assad regime or its supporters,” in apparent reference to Iran and Russia.

Russia has been fighting terrorists in the country on the invitation of the Syrian government, while the US presence there has been deemed aggressive by Damascus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my absolute (absence of) surprise at this development!!

Jun 08 14:00

Iraq receives 39 Russian T-90 tanks within bilateral agreement

The Iraqi Defense Ministry has said one of the tanks brigades in the army began rearmament process that includes providing it with Russian T-90C tanks.

In a statement, the ministry said it received 39 Russian T-90C tanks and that they were divided among two battalions in the brigade.

The personnel, according to the statement, “were trained on operating the tanks under supervision of Russian experts.”

There has been an agreement between Russia and Iraq over sending Russian ?-90? / ?? tanks to the Iraqi army in 2017.

Jun 08 13:53

Trump Says Russia Should Attend G7 Meeting

US President Donald Trump has called for the rejoining of Russia to a leading group of industrialized nations prior to his visit to the upcoming G7 summit.

Trump said on Friday that Moscow should return to the Group of Seven industrialized nations, known as G7, as he prepared to fly to Canada to attend the three-day conference.

Jun 08 13:47

Still Waiting for Evidence of a Russian Hack

If you are wondering why so little is heard these days of accusations that Russia hacked into the U.S. election in 2016, it could be because those charges could not withstand close scrutiny. It could also be because special counsel Robert Mueller appears to have never bothered to investigate what was once the central alleged crime in Russia-gate as no one associated with WikiLeaks has ever been questioned by his team.

Jun 08 12:08

THE US STATE DEPARTMENT QUIETLY DECLARED WAR ON RUSSIA AND CHINA

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell declared Russia, Iran and China as enemies, and EU countries as debtors to the States

The report of Wess Mitchell, in the hall of the influential think-tank of the Heritage Foundation, outlined the main vectors of US foreign policy, appointed enemies, frightened friends and acknowledged that globalization had failed.

Such speeches can not be considered simply an opinion of an influential but private person. Wess Mitchell succeeded Viktoria Nuland, who was marked by a high level of Russophobia. Mitchell is a man of the same order.

Jun 08 09:55

There Are Forces in EU Capable of Ending Anti-Russian Sanctions – Analyst

Russian President Vladimir Putin has delivered his annual Direct Line session with the country's citizens today. Dr. George Szamuely, political analyst and author of "Bombs for Peace: NATO's Humanitarian War on Yugoslavia," has shared his take on the widely covered event in an interview with Sputnik.

Jun 08 09:55

Attempt to Hinder Russia-EU Gas Trade 'Part of Broader US Strategy' – Analyst

The US ruling establishment is seeking to split Russia from Europe at all costs, Jon Hellevig, geopolitical analyst and managing partner at Awara Group told Sputnik, commenting on Washington's growing pressure against the Russian-led Nord Stream 2.

The US push against Nord Stream 2 is not primarily about the US endeavor to grab the gas trade for itself, says Jon Hellevig, geopolitical analyst and managing partner of the Awara Group, a leading business administration and outsourcing firm in Russia.

Jun 08 09:02

Israel ends drill for full-scale war on Gaza: Paper

Israeli air and ground forces have finished a week-long exercise to prepare for a full-scale war on the besieged Gaza Strip.

The maneuvers, which were carried out “in preparation for war in the North and South,” ended on Thursday, enlisting hundreds of warplanes and gunships, the Jerusalem Post said.

The drills, the daily wrote, included actual airstrikes of large numbers of targets across the coastal territory.

“My squadron today returned from a mission in Gaza. We have successfully met all these challenges and we are ready for any threat,” it quoted the commander of the 105th Squadron as saying.

“We met all the objectives we set for ourselves, in full coordination with the Southern Command and with the air force’s coordination and control organizations,” he added.

Israeli aircraft, meanwhile, dropped leaflets in Gaza, which warned Palestinians of an imminent war, saying they had to refuse to protest near the fence separating the enclave from the occupied territories.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu will be looking for a time to do this, when both Russia and US leadership is otherwise occupied; he may well feel that next week will be perfect timing, as President Trump will be meeting with North Korea's Kim Jung Un on Tuesday, 12 June in Singapore, and President Putin will be on hand for the opening ceremonies of the FIFA world cup, which starts Thursday, June 14th in Moscow, and runs until July 15, with the World Cup Champion team acclaimed at that time.

These venues will include Moscow; St. Petersburg; Kazan; Sochi; Nizhny Kovgorodn; Kaliningrad; Volgograd; Rostov on Don; Ekaterinburg; Samara; and Saransk; that is a lot of security to create, to keep things under control, and a lot of opportunities for mischief-making by highly emotional fans, who are very highly factionalized about the teams they care about, occasionally, nearly coming to blows with fans of other teams.

But Netanyahu is going need to do this quickly, if he is going to do it; first, he cannot keep his military at a high state of alert, without using them, because "readiness fatigue" will quickly set in, and secondly, international public outcry is going to be horrific, should he go ahead with such a war against Gaza, but once Gaza is burned to the ground, he figures the outcry will stop, and "business as usual" will return for Israel.

On that last one, however, he is dead wrong.

Jun 08 08:50

Russian Embassy Lambasts UK Plans to Create 'Rapid Response Unit' Against Moscow

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will use the G7 summit in Canada to sound out fellow leaders on a multinational rapid reaction force to counter Russia’s alleged aggression, US media said.

The Russian Embassy in London reacted to the proposal of a new anti-Russian bloc, the creation of which British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson allegedly intends to discuss at the forthcoming G7 summit.

Jun 08 08:01

Is Putin Really Ditching Iran and Siding With Netanyahu in Syria?

The undeniable truth is that Putin foiled the initial Israel plan for Syria.

In fact, Hezbollah and Iran had already intervened in Syria and were desperately “plugging holes” in a collapsing Syrian front. So, if anything, Putin has to be the one to be credited for forcing the Israelis to give up on their “plan A” and go to plan “B” which I described here and which can be summarized as follows:

Jun 08 07:57

India Calls Washington's Bluff, Will Buy Russia's S-400 Despite Empty Sanctions Threat

India will press ahead with the procurement of five regiments of Russian-made S-400 Triumf advanced Air Defense Systems (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) intended for service in the Indian military notwithstanding U.S. sanctions, Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at a recent press conference.

Speaking to the press on June 5, the defense minister emphasized the close defense ties between India and Russia. “In all our engagements with the U.S., we have clearly explained how India and Russia’s defense cooperation has been going on for a long time and that it is a time-tested relationship,” Sitharaman said. “We have mentioned that CAATSA cannot impact the India-Russia defense cooperation.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is the US government going to do, declare war on India for having gone ahead with a purchase of a Russian defensive system far superior to anything the US military industrial complex could have provided to them?!?

Jun 08 07:38

Russia-China trade to reach record $100bn by year-end as ties grow in all sectors – Putin

Trade between Moscow and Beijing has grown 31 percent this year and is projected to reach the $100 billion target, said Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

China is and will continue to be Russia’s number one foreign trade partner, says Putin.

Energy is the key sector of cooperation between the two countries, according to Putin. “Russia remains the largest supplier of fuel to the Chinese market. Last year, we supplied more than 50 million tons of oil. By April, this number increased by another 26 percent,” said the Russian president.

Work on the construction of the Eastern Route pipeline from Russia to China is on schedule, and companies from both countries are participating at Russia’s $27 billion LNG plant in Yamal, Putin added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And remember: Russia and China are gradually ditching the US dollar in bilateral trade. As reported at rt.com in April of this year:

Russia & China gradually ditching US dollar in favor of domestic currencies as trade booms

Jun 08 07:15

Pepe Escobar: How Singapore, Astana, & St.Petersburg Preview A New World Order

Key economic forums in cities across Eurasia point the way to new power structures rising to challenge Western dominance...

Ahead of the crucial Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao this coming weekend, three other recent events have offered clues on how the new world order is coming about.

The Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan centered on how mega-partnerships are changing world trade. Participants included the president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun; Andrew Belyaninov from the Eurasian Development Bank; former Italian Prime Minister and president of the EU Commission Romano Prodi; deputy director-general of the WTO Alan Wolff; and Glenn Diesen from the University of Western Sydney.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the US government, in its last gasp of Empire, will fight this tooth and nail, until every single war which can be fought, will be fought to stop this progressing; but ultimately it cannot win such an economic war through military means, that is, unless it indends to blow up the entire planet.

Jun 08 06:26

NATO aircraft start policing Montenegro's airspace

ATO aircraft have started policing Montenegro's airspace, a year after the small Adriatic state became a member of the Western military alliance despite strong opposition from Russia.

Italian and Greek warplanes held an exercise in the skies over Montenegro's capital, Podgorica, on Tuesday. They intercepted an "intruder" aircraft and forced it to land in a symbolic start of the mission.

Defense Minister Predrag Boskovic said "from now on, our skies and the sea are protected."

Montenegro joined NATO a year ago as the military alliance's 29th member despite opposition from Moscow which considers the Adriatic country a historic Slavic ally and is opposed to NATO's enlargement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is, why now start these NATO flights, to "guard" the country?!?

Let's look at a map:

Map of Montenegro

Because the Adriatic sea, which borders Montenegro, feeds into the Mediterranean Sea, Montengro is very well positioned to give NATO quick access to the Mediterranean, or Eastern Europe, if they were staging some kind of military offensive from there.

And looking at how desperately lousy both NATO's and the US's relationship has been with Moscow, I have to wonder if this is the reason that Montengro has suddently been receiving so much NATO attention.

Jun 07 15:58

From WWIII to domestic issues: Putin annual Q&A in 5 mins

The Russian President wrapped up his annual televised Q&A with the public in the last hour. With questions ranging from domestic issues to the prospect of WWIII.

And What If Kiev Attacks During World Cup? Putin Promises That Ukraine Will Rue the Day

Jun 07 15:15

Russian reserve fund to get a $35 billion boost - Finance Ministry

The fund’s goal is to help balance the budget of the Pension Fund of Russia, absorb excessive liquidity, reduce inflationary pressure and insulate the economy from volatility of oil & gas export earnings.

Russia also has foreign reserves, which consist of foreign currency, Special Drawing Rights (SDR) holdings, reserve position in the IMF and physical gold. Russia has been ramping up the purchases of physical gold. In May, the country's gold reserved surged to 1,909 tons and the share of gold rose to 17.64 percent. Just a decade ago the reserves stood at 450 tons.

Jun 07 15:13

Consumer prices to fall in Crimea with new bridge link to Russian mainland – Putin

“Some prices are higher in Crimea than in the neighboring Krasnodar and Rostov regions,” Putin said during his Q&A session on Thursday. The situation will change when the Crimean Bridge is opened for trucks, the president said.

Before the bridge was built, the only connections between Crimea and the other parts of Russia were through ferry services and air traffic. This inevitably led to a spike in consumer prices on the peninsula. The 19-kilometer Crimean Bridge, the longest in Europe, was opened in May.

Jun 07 14:36

War in Ukraine 2018 - One Day in Ukrainian Trenches

War in Ukraine 2018 - One Day in Ukrainian Trenches

Ukraine War 2018 - One typical Day of Ukrainian soldiers on the frontline filmed

Jun 07 11:00

SYRIA NOT ‘IMMUNE’, ISRAEL WILL DESTROY ASSAD’S FORCES IF ATTACKED, SAYS NETANYAHU

Israel will “destroy” any Syrian forces that attempt an attack against Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned. He also cautioned President Assad against inviting Iranian troops into Syria.

“Now the war is nearly over he invites Iran in? He is no longer immune. If he fires, we'll destroy his forces,” Netanyahu said in London on Thursday.

In May, Israel launched several missiles at what it claimed were Iranian military targets inside Syria. Tel Aviv is believed to be responsible for numerous airstrikes on Syrian territory, but the Israeli military rarely comments on such cases.

Last month Netanyahu warned that Israel considers all Iranian forces inside Syria – not just troops near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights – as targets.

“We will continue to act against [Iran’s] intention to establish a military presence in Syria opposite us, not just opposite the Golan Heights but anywhere in Syria,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though Netanyahu is getting ready to create a false flag operation, to be blamed against both Syria, and Iran, as the "justification" for an attack against both countries, with the US military steppng in closely thereafter/

But I think, if this is what he is planning, he and his cabinet need think, to very seriously, about just what Russia will do, if he does this.

Russia's military prowess has already been very much proven in the Syrian theatre of war, and has historically sworn to defend Iran, should it get attacked militarily.

Jun 07 10:43

Putin teases new arms: Lasers & hypersonic missiles in service, but ‘that’s not all’

“The hypersonic air-deployed Kinzhal system – the missile which can travel at 10 Mach speed – is already used by our troops in the South Federal District,” Putin said. “A laser combat system is in service as well.”

Two other novelties – the hypersonic Avangard system and Sarmat ICBM – will be put into service in 2019 and 2020 respectively. The Avangard hypersonic glider system, which can exceed the speed of sound 20 times during final approach, has been already put into serial production, the president revealed.

“I don’t think that any other country will develop such weapon [as Avangard]. Naturally, it will emerge at some point, but, as I’ve said already, it won’t bother us, since we already have it,” he said.

Jun 06 15:13

Russian Defense Minister invites CIS allies to take part in Syria settlement

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has told his colleagues from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) bloc that their nations are welcome to participate in restoring peaceful life in Syria.

Jun 06 10:13

The Absence of Diplomacy Is Isolating Washington

The dissolution of the Soviet Union removed the constraint on Washington’s unilateralism. The neoconservatives, who had just risen to power, seized the opportunity and replaced diplomacy with threat and coercion. One infamous example is from the George W. Bush regime when the Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage, told Pakistan to do as you are told or you will be bombed into the stone age. We have this on the authority of the president of Pakistan himself, who did as he was told.

In the case of Russia during the Putin era, this level of threat is excessive as Russia can bomb back. So the threat has been reduced to: do as you are told or we will impose sanctions.

Jun 06 10:12

US Planned Nuclear Attacks on Every City in the USSR and China

In mid-December 1960, a conference was held at Strategic Air Command headquarters near Omaha, Nebraska, to outline America’s nuclear war strategy. During the meeting, plans were revealed whereby Moscow alone would be hit by 40 megatons of nuclear weapons. That is: about 4,000 times the force of the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima, on 6 August 1945.

Forty megatons also exceeded, by up to 30 times over, the full outlay of Allied conventional bombing during the Second World War. US General Thomas Power, commander-in-chief of Strategic Air Command, outlined at this meeting that radioactive fallout from the bombings would kill about 100 million Soviet citizens – roughly four times the total wiped out by the Nazis. The 100 million death toll was from radioactive fallout alone, not taking into account the further millions that would be killed by the bombs’ direct impact and blast radius.

Jun 06 10:11

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

The CEO of Russian Railways, the state-backed leader in this industry, announced his company’s intent in participating in the Trans-Arabian Railway during last week’s Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), thus drawing attention to a project that’s been on the drawing board for a few years already but has failed to get off the ground.

Jun 06 10:10

Putin Praises "Courageous And Mature" Trump For Agreeing To Meet With North Korea

Russian President Vladimir Putin praised US President Donald Trump for agreeing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un about the possibility of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. After calling Trump "courageous and mature", Putin added that he's expecting a "positive outcome" from the June 12 summit, which is set to take place in Singapore.

"I still hope that this meeting – a very courageous and mature decision U.S. President Donald Trump has made, to have direct contacts with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un – will take place, and we all expect a positive outcome," Putin said in an interview with China Media Group ahead of a planned summit in Shanghai later this week.

Putin and Trump are said to be planning a summit, and the two leaders have met twice in person since Trump took office.

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