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Dec 14 04:22

Russia Slams Illegal US Occupation of Southwest Syria

“The United States has built a dozen or more bases from Manbij to Al-Hasakah, including four airfields, and American-backed forces now control all of Syria east of the Euphrates, an area about the size of Croatia.”
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(*Right Or Wrong; A Republican POTUS Will Always 'Stay The Course' !
even if 'the course' was laid out by his Democrat predecessors)

Dec 14 02:52

US Supports Terrorists in Syria

Russian Experts: US Supports Terrorists in Syria by Taking 50,000 Civilians Hostage in Al-Tanf
Russian experts said that the US is supporting the terrorists by incarcerating thousands of civilians in Homs province, referring to Washington's occupation of al-Tanf base in Eastern Syria

The Arabic-language website of SANA news agency quoted the experts as saying on Thursday that over 5,000 US military men are deployed in Northeastern Syria and al-Tanf region.

They added that the US troops are occupying al-Rukban camp in al-Tanf region as a cover to support the remaining ISIL terrorists in the region, while keeping 50,000 civilians in the camp as they face shortage of humanitarian aid.

The experts also said that presence of the US forces and their allies in Syria and their military measures in Syrian territories without any permission from Damascus is clear violation of the international laws, which should be prosecuted through the international court of justice as a war crime.

Other reports also said that human trafficking has increased in al-Tanf region and the terrorists plunder civilians' properties.

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Dec 13 11:12

Germany Has No Interest In New Anti-Russia Sanctions

Incident at the Kerch Bridge: The US Congress has condemned Russia for “aggression” and demands that Russia return the ships; many a European politician has called for “More Sanctions!” after the Kerch Bridge incident. But it’s not going to happen. On this subject, Ukraine and Lithuania are all alone.

In Berlin, they consider it impractical to introduce new anti-Russian restrictive measures in connection with the incident in the Black Sea.

Germany opposes the introduction of new sanctions against the Russian Federation for the incident between Russian and Ukrainian warships near the Kerch Strait. This was announced on Friday by the head of the German Foreign Ministry, Heiko Maas.

Dec 13 09:44

British Government Runs Secret Anti-Russian Smear Campaigns

In 2015 the government of Britain launched a secret operation to insert anti-Russia propaganda into the western media stream.

We have already seen many consequences of this and similar programs which are designed to smear anyone who does not follow the anti-Russian government lines. The 'Russian collusion' smear campaign against Donald Trump based on the Steele dossier was also a largely British operation but seems to be part of a different project.

The 'Integrity Initiative' builds 'cluster' or contact groups of trusted journalists, military personal, academics and lobbyists within foreign countries. These people get alerts via social media to take action when the British center perceives a need.

Dec 13 09:15

European MPs who oppose Nord Stream-2 possibly pin hopes on firewood, says Moscow

"Opposing energy cooperation and its diversification and measures to adjust it to modern trends is madness for Europe," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said

Dec 13 08:56

Kiev may start major offensive in rebellious east ‘within days’ – Moscow

The Ukrainian government is reportedly preparing a provocation in the east, which will be used to launch a major offensive operation against rebel forces, Moscow said. It may happen in days and would affect the presidential poll.

The Ukrainian military has amassed troops in Kiev-controlled eastern parts of the country, the spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday citing reports from international monitors. Moscow believes it to be a sign of a looming escalation between the Ukrainian government and rebel forces.

“There are reports that within several days Kiev will stage an armed provocation on the contact line,” Maria Zakharova said, referring to the border, which separates rebel-held parts of Ukraine from the rest of the country.

Dec 13 08:55

The Enmity Between Ukrainians and Russians Is Artificial, Manufactured by the West

The authorities who forced Ukraine to become a part of the Soviet Union had no regard for the will of the people or the right to self-determination. Stalin was hell-bent on incorporating Ukraine – a pesky and independent-minded nation with a proud history – into the nascent Socialist empire. Many Ukrainians resented the process of Russification that followed feeling that it threatened to greatly diminish their rich culture and heritage. Ukrainians, after all, have their own language, literature, music, art, food and traditions.

They can boast of dozens of world famous artists such as the writers Taras Shevchenko, Lesya Ukrainka, and Gogol as well as the painters Repin, Bogomazov, Levitsky, Murasko and Marchuk.

Dec 13 08:53

Don't Let Ukraine Drag America Into War

Uraine’s behavior in the Kerch Strait is another example of a U.S. ally (or security dependent) trying to gain American military backing for its own parochial agenda. Georgia sought to do that in 2008 regarding its territorial dispute with Russia over two secessionist regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. A European Union-sponsored report subsequently concluded that Georgia started the fighting that broke out in August of that year. And there is little doubt that Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili expected to get much stronger support from the United States and NATO than he ultimately received.

There are other examples of such self-serving behavior. Saudi Arabia routinely attempts to entangle the United States in Riyadh’s regional power struggle with Tehran. Washington’s shameful support for the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen suggests that the effort has not been in vain.

Dec 13 08:19

Germany Supports Sanctions Extension Against Russia Over Kerch Incident - Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in parliament that Germany would support the extension of sanctions against Russia at the upcoming EU summit.

"If we call things as they are, we will support the extension of sanctions [against Russia]," Merkel said in her speech broadcast by the Bundestag website.

The chancellor has also expressed concern about the actions of Russia and said that Germany had not accepted Russia's claims to the Sea of Azov.

Dec 12 21:00

Russian military moved S-300 system near US forces in east Syria – report

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:50 P.M.) – The Russian military allegedly moved their S-300 air defense system near the front-lines of the U.S. Coalition forces in eastern Syria, Saudi-based Asharq Al-Aswat claimed, citing diplomatic sources.

Dec 12 15:08

‘FULL EXTENT’ OF RUSSIAN MEDDLING ON GOOGLE IN 2016? $4,700 SPENT ON ADS

Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed that the “full extent” of so-called Russian meddling activity that took place on the platform during all of 2016 was $4,700 spent on some digital advertisements.

Dec 12 12:28

Kremlin To Release US-Russia Communications On Election Meddling If Trump Agrees

Russia will declassify all correspondence with the United States regarding election meddling in the 2016 US election if the US agrees to it, according to state owned RT, citing a senior official of the Cyber Threats Response Center.

"We are ready to make public all correspondence if the US side gives its consent to it," said deputy director of the FSB-run CTRC, Nikolai Murashov, in a Tuesday statement to reporters. He added that the files are currently classified.

Washington’s cooperation in probing the Democratic National Committee (DNC) hacking attacks was limited, the official said. Moscow had only received a number of messages “containing technical information about the hack,” Murashov explained.

Russian cyber security experts examined it even before Donald Trump’s inauguration. “An exhaustive response was then sent to the American side.”

Dec 12 12:26

Kremlin Enters War Of Words With Pompeo After Nuke-Capable Bombers Deployed To Venezuela

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed Russia for sending a pair of long-range nuclear capable Tu-160 bombers "halfway around the world" to Venezuela in comments posted to Twitter late Monday. The Kremlin confirmed the jets touched down at Venezuela's Simon Bolivar International Airport in the capital of Caracas previously that day.

“The Russian and Venezuelan people should see this for what it is: two corrupt governments squandering public funds, and squelching liberty and freedom while their people suffer,” Pompeo stated.

Two Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-160 heavy strategic bombers arrived to Venezuela after 10,000-kilometer flight from Russia.
The Kremlin, which has described the flights as training exercises and part of Russia’s right to make "regular flights over the international waters," responded by describing Pompeo's statement as "an utterly inappropriate comment" and his weighing in as "indeed very undiplomatic," according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Dec 12 12:16

Spot on: Russia to track future US missiles with upgraded over-the-horizon radar

In response to US plans to pull out of the INF Treaty and the active development of its hypersonic technology, Russia is building a network of radar stations best suited to detect missile launches from afar.

Russia is seeking to install Container-type over-the-horizon (OTH) radar stations along its borders. The move will substantially boost Moscow's capabilities to monitor airspace and detect missile launches, particularly in case of hypersonic projectiles.

Dec 12 12:11

Trump Regime Arming and Training Ukrainian Forces for War. Should Donbass Join Russia?

The Ukraine Freedom Support Act (UFSA) of 2014 authorized US lethal and non-lethal aid to Kiev.

The US and other NATO countries supply its forces with heavy and other weapons, along with training to use them. The only external threats its regime faces are invented one. No real ones exist.

A state of war initiated by Ukraine exists between the US-installed puppet regime and Donbass freedom fighters – breaking away from Kiev over wanting democratic governance, rejecting illegitimate fascist rule.

In April 2014, less than two months after the Obama regime’s coup, replacing democratic governance with Nazi-infested putschists, Ukrainian forces attacked the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR) in Donbass.

US orchestrated war continues intermittently. Washington and Kiev willfully undermined Minsk I and II conflict resolution agreements, wanting war, not peace, near Russia’s border.

Dec 12 12:10

Trump Nominates U.S. Army General Mark Milley for the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Who Previously Said That Russia Is the No.1 Threat to the U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated U.S. Army General Mark Milley who is currently Chief of the Army to succeed Marine General, Joseph Dunford as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Associated Press (AP) has described Milley as a “battle-hardened commander who oversaw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Milley has also served in other deployments in Latin America and the Caribbean including Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989 under U.S. President George H.W. Bush to oust Panama’s military leader, Manual Noriega and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti in 1994 to reinstate ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide after he made assurances to President Bill Clinton to allow Washington and Haiti’s elite to dominate the country politically and economically. As a pre-condition, Aristide also had to leave office in 1996 and not seek re-election. “Operation Uphold Democracy” should have been named “Operation Restore American Dominance.”

Dec 12 09:14

Ukraine’s Right Wing Bonds With White Nationalists Around the World

A revealing and in-depth look at how right wing nationalists around the world are increasingly interacting with Ukrainian right, which envisions taking their movement global, and reconquering the world.

They call it the ‘Reconquista’.

Dec 12 09:11

THE US WANTS TO BRING BACK THE SHAH OF IRAN

Iran has been under severe US-imposed economic sanctions for 40 years. The US has been threatening Iran with war and “all options are on the table” for decades. The US has also instigated instability inside Iran and supported external attacks by terrorist groups such as Mujahideen-e-Khalq, or MEK. [*]

The US project to destroy Iran’s economy has had a devastating impact. The husky Secretary of Defense Mike Pompeo said that it is up to Iranian’s leadership “if they want their people to eat”.[*] Because of the US, Iran lacks sufficient funds that it would like to invest in human resources and social programs. Iran’s constitution guarantees healthcare and free education for all, as well as protections of civil rights. As reflected in the drafting of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic, the vision of the economic order was:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the US government to do, is, unfortunately, zero guarantee that they won't do it.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is advocating for a full-on US military attack against Iran, of course, only to be purchased by American blood and American money.

Should Iran get attacked, I would rather count on Russia's Putin, to bring his military into the fray on Iran's side; and we have seen, with what Russian troops did in Syria, the capabilities of both Russia's military and its weaponry.

It is disconcerting to me in the extreme, that President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, are Saudi Arabia's King Mohammed bin Salman, the Butcher of Yemen, and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza.

I therefore strongly caution the President about thinking that an invasion of Iran would "be a cakewalk", where our soldiers would be embraced as liberators; because at this moment in its history, the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing, to insure a positive outcome from a war with Russia.

And if none of his "advisors" have told him this, it is high time that he knew.

You are welcome, Mr. President.

Dec 12 08:42

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DEC. 12, 2018: RUSSIAN MILITARY – GOVT. FORCES, MILITIA RETOOK 96.5% OF SYRIA

1,411 residential areas have been liberated from ISIS terrorists since the start of the Russian military operation in Syria, Head of the Russian National Defense Management Center Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev said on December 11, during a joint meeting of the interdepartmental coordination of the Russian and Syrian headquarters for the return of refugees.

He noted that the Russian Armed Forces successfully completed their operation of mopping up terror groups in Syria, including thousands of ISIS fighters. According to Mizintsev, only a few ragtag US-backed groups survived in the Trans-Euphrates region and near Al-Tanf. The remaining members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (Jabhat al-Nusra) were blocked in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

The colonel general also commented on the situation in the US-occupied area of at-Tanf where, he said, 6,000 militants are staying and the US-led coalition is preventing delivery of humanitarian aid to refugees in Rubkan camp.

Dec 12 04:05

Russian media watchdog ready to block Google if fines prove ineffective

Russian laws can be changed to impose tougher sanctions on foreign internet companies reluctant to abide by the country’s legislation, deputy head of the Russian media watchdog Vadim Subbotin told TASS. "In case fines fail to make a foreign company change its ways, there is a chance that the legislation will be changed, which will make it possible to block access to Google in Russia," he pointed out. According to Subbotin, such a measure is not possible under the current legislation. "Blocking will be the toughest measure," he noted. Subbotin pointed out that at first, the minimum fine of 500,000 rubles ($7,500) was imposed on Google, while the next will be 750,000 rubles ($11,200). The Russian media watchdog earlier fined Google for its non-compliance with the Russian legislation. The watchdog said that under Russian laws, search engine operators were obliged to remove links to websites containing banned information from search results.

Dec 12 03:56

EAEU to create common currency

The member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) - Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia - may introduce a common currency into their transaction system. The Russian Finance Ministry has upheld a relevant initiative put forward by the National Payment Council, Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseyev told Izvestia. The EAEU currency is supposed to be a digital one, National Payment Council Board Chairperson Alma Obayeva told the newspaper. According to her, the new payment tool will consist of payment obligations that EAEU countries owe each other concerning goods supplies. The common currency’s exchange rate will depend on the mutual exchange rates of EAEU member states’ national currencies, as well as on each country’s contribution to the Union’s overall trade, Obayeva explained. She noted that a number of big Russian banks and corporations have expressed interest in the creation of a unified means of payment.

Dec 12 03:52

Russia to set up military base in the Caribbean

Moscow is gearing up to establish a long-term military presence in Latin America and the current mission of the Tu-160 strategic bombers to Venezuela is part of this plan, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes. According to military envoys, Russian authorities have made a decision (and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro did not object) to deploy strategic aircraft to one of Venezuela’s islands in the Caribbean Sea, which has a naval base and a military airfield. Ten years ago, Russian experts and Armed Forces commanders had already visited the island of La Orchila, located 200 kilometers northeast of Caracas. Venezuelan laws prohibit the setup of military bases in the country, but a temporary deployment of warplanes is possible. "It is the right idea to include Venezuela in long-range aviation missions," military expert Colonel Shamil Gareyev told the newspaper, adding that it was also economically reasonable.

Dec 12 03:46

Russian, Venezuelan pilots conduct training for joint flights

The crews of Russia’s Aerospace Forces and Venezuela’s Air Force conducted joint training to perform flights at Maiquetia Airport in the Bolivarian Republic, the Russian Defense Ministry’s information and mass communications department said on Wednesday...

Dec 12 03:42

Too early to say if Soyuz hull was damaged before or in flight. NASA says will not comment on spacewalk findings until samples studied

Tuesday’s spacewalk has failed to establish with certainty whether the hole, which caused a pressure leak from the International Space Station (ISS) in August, was drilled on the ground or during the flight, the head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos told TASS on Wednesday. Dmitry Rogozin was asked whether unidentified traces, which Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergei Prokofyev found on the outer side of the hull during their spacewalk, support the theory that the hole was sealed from the outside, and, therefore, the spacecraft’s hull was damaged before the flight. "No, not at all," he replied. "It could either be [traces of] the sealant used to patch the hole when the leak began, or the one applied from the outside. The samples will be sent for chemical analysis when the spacecraft returns to the Earth on December 20." "There is one thing we can say for sure - the samples necessary to answer the main question have been collected," the official added.

Dec 11 21:05

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Dec 11 12:28

Ukraine Accuses Russia of Blocking over 100 Ships from Kerch Strait

Ukraine’s Border Guard Service on Monday accused Russia of effectively blockading the Kerch Strait by subjecting vessels bound for Ukrainian ports to an extremely slow approval process that allows only a few ships to pass per day.

The Kerch Strait connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov and was the scene of a confrontation between Ukrainian and Russian military vessels on November 25.

“The Russian Federation does let the vessels pass, but still, the delay is quite significant. According to our information, there are 104 vessels waiting in line in both directions, set to pass the Kerch Strait,” Oleh Slobodian of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine said on Monday.

“As for the dynamics, the Russian Federation allows access to only a few vessels that are sailing to the Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov. At the same time, those sailing to Russian ports navigate through the Kerch Strait freely,” he added.

Dec 11 12:10

Russia sends two nuclear-capable bombers to Venezuela

Two Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers arrived in Venezuela on Monday, a deployment that comes amid soaring Russia-U.S. tensions.

Russia's Defense Ministry said a pair of Tu-160 bombers landed at Maiquetia airport outside Caracas on Monday following a 6,200-mile flight. It didn't say whether the bombers were carrying any weapons and didn't say how long they would stay in Venezuela.

Dec 11 11:44

Russian Forces Will Not Allow The US To Do What They Want In The Black Sea

Analyst Igor Korotchenko suggested what the purpose of American plans is.

“For the United States, a more or less permanent military presence in the Black Sea [even if it is on a rotating basis, since the Montreux Convention forbids them from having a permanent presence], showing its flag there, is a political issue,” said Korotchenko.

Dec 11 11:43

Ukraine Transfers Drones To Donbass In Preparation For WAR

The Ukrainian forces have transferred to Donbass a significant number of aerial drones capable of carrying up to 70 kilos, the military operative command spokesman of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic Daniil Bezsonov said on Sunday.

“Our intelligence has received reliable data on the arrival in Horlivka of a train with Warmate-1 and Bayraktar TB2 drones. The latter is a product of Ukraine and Turkey that can carry up to 70 kilos of cargo,” said Bezsonov.

Bezsonov also explained that these attack drones can be used for provocations with the use of chemical weapons and attacks on important sites in the region.

Dec 11 11:43

Ukraine On Verge Of Launching WAR Against Donbass

The People’s Militia of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk (DPR) reported on the concentration of more than 12,000 Ukrainian security forces and 90 units of military equipment in the south of the Donetsk region.

According to the information, in the opinion of the leadership of the RPD, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will start the attack on December 14.

Evidence was obtained on the preparation of an offensive in the region of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol by the Ukrainian military, according to the deputy commander of the RPD People’s Militia, Eduard Basurin, aiming at conquering the regions of Novoazovsk and Telmanovo on the border with Russia.

Dec 11 11:14

Top Russian, NATO generals to meet in Baku on December 12

Head of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe General Curtis Scaparrotti will meet in Baku on December 12, the US Army General said at a meeting with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev on Tuesday. "NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, Curtis Scaparrotti, expressed gratitude to the President of Azerbaijan for hosting a meeting with Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov in Baku on December 12," according to the website of the Azeri President. NATO’s supreme allied commander noted that Baku is "rather a suitable place for a meeting in the NATO-Russia format". Scaparotti emphasized the importance of Baku serving as a site for such a meeting for the second time.

Dec 11 11:14

Emergency briefing of the head of Donetsk People’s Republic Militia Basurin on the situation on 10.12.2018

I would like to make the following statement. Our intelligence obtained irrefutable evidence about the Armed Forces of Ukraine AFU preparation to attack us at the direction of Mariupol. The information obtained from reliable sources fully reveals the plans of the Ukrainian security forces.

The purpose of this planned attack is to seize the territory of Novoazovsky and Telmanovsky districts and establish control over the section of the border between the DPR and Russia in the area of villages Konkovo and Kholodnoye.

The enemy offensive strike group has been already formed in total of more than 12 thousand people. It’s concentrated along the line of contact near the village of Novotroitskoe, Shirokino, and Rovnopol.

The strike group consists of more than 50 tanks, 40 multiple launch rocket systems, 180 guns and mortars, all are concentrated here at this location.

Dec 11 11:12

Russian crew members of ISS walk in space inspecting hole of Soyuz MS-09 spaceship module

Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergei Prokopyev have begun the third spacewalk under the Russian program, an official with the Mission Control Center near Moscow told TASS on Tuesday. "The exit hatch of the Pirs docking compartment has been opened. The cosmonauts should work in the open space for approximately 6 hours and 31 minutes," the official said. As a source in the domestic space industry told TASS earlier, the spacewalk’s main task is to inspect a hole on the external surface of the habitation module of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft, unsealing thermal insulation and the meteorite shield in the spot determined by the crew as lacking air tightness. The operation to open up the spacecraft’s meteorite shield will be carried out in outer space for the first time in the history of cosmonautics. Kononenko and Prokopyev will unseal thermal insulation and the meteorite shield, inspect and make a photo of the hole in the habitation module.

Dec 11 11:10

Moscow ready to release correspondence with US on alleged Russian election meddling

Russia is prepared to declassify all correspondences with the US related to alleged meddling in the American presidential election in 2016, according to a senior official of the Cyber Threats Response Center.

“We are ready to make public all correspondence if the US side gives its consent to it,” Nikolai Murashov, deputy director of the FSB-run CTRC, told reporters on Tuesday. These files are now classified, he said.

Dec 11 11:04

Fitton: Dossier Looks Like A Smear Operation Of The Russians Through the Clinton Campaign

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton discussed Former FBI Director James Comey's congressional testimony on Fox & Friends First.

Dec 11 07:31

Tsipras discusses extension of TurkStream pipeline to Europe in Moscow

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras discussed the issue of extending the TurkStream natural gas pipeline to Europe during his visit to Moscow on December 7, the country’s Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs George Katrougkalos said in an interview with the Greek newspaper Ta Nea, which was published by the ministry on Tuesday. Athens confirmed during the visit that it indeed sticks to a multifaceted approach in its foreign policy, he said. "Moreover, important interstate agreements were signed and assistance was provided with cooperation between Greek and Russian companies in the agriculture, shipbuilding and other sectors that are crucial for Greece’s economy. Important discussions on energy issues regarding extension of TurkStream to Europe were also held," the diplomat stressed. Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs considers further expansion of ties between the two countries to be a significant result of PM’s visit to Moscow.

Dec 11 06:43

Kremlin attributes Putin’s ‘Stasi card’ to Soviet, East German agencies partnership

The Soviet-era Committee for State Security, otherwise known as the KGB, and the now defunct East Germany’s Ministry for State Security, or the Stasi, were partners and might have exchanged ID papers issued in the names of their officers, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, when commenting on an article in the German tabloid, the Bild, saying that an ID issued in Vladimir Putin’s name had been discovered in the Stasi’s archive in Dresden. Peskov said that such questions should be addressed to Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the SVR. "My guess is that in the Soviet era, the KGB and the Stasi were partners and for this reason one should not rule out they might have exchanged identification papers and passes. According to the Bild article published on Tuesday, the ID issued in the name of Major Vladimir Putin on December 31, 1985 contains his own signature and had been extended every three months up to the end of 1989.

Dec 11 06:33

US, Britain, EU do not recognize production of malware as a crime

The United States, Britain and EU countries go to great lengths in resisting the idea the production of malware should be recognized as a crime, the deputy director of Russia’s National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents, Nikolai Murashov, told a news briefing on Tuesday. "As a matter of fact, no bans exist on the production of such malware whatever country one may look at. Moreover US, British and EU representatives at international forums devoted to international information security firmly oppose the adoption of any recommendations for criminalizing such activity," he said. Murashov recalled that according to experts one in eight software vulnerabilities was critical or highly dangerous. "The costs such vulnerabilities are fraught with rest heavily upon our shoulders. In most cases the manufactures are not responsible for the reliability and safety of their products.

Dec 11 06:29

Technical data proves West’s ‘Russia hacking’ conspiracy theories don’t hold water

Technical data has been unable to validate any of the West’s hype over ‘hacker attack’ accusations against Russia, Deputy Director of Russia’s Computer Incident Response Coordination Center Nikolai Murashov said Tuesday. Cyber attacks, their sources and consequences have been a favorite subject of foreign media outlets recently, he mentioned. "They are actively ratcheting up and feeding the public the theory that the Russian Federation is behind the majority of the attacks, and that our country meddles in the political process of other countries, particularly influencing elections. Meanwhile, reliable technical data that can be analyzed by experts, never confirms the accusations," Murashov told a briefing. He emphasized the fact that the Western press prefers to dodge the fact that Russia’s media landscape is part and parcel of the global one, and thereby shares all of its problems, but here the opinion of the expert community is avoided.

Dec 11 06:25

Official: Russia furnished exhaustive information to US on Democratic Party server hacking

Russia provided the United States with exhaustive information about hacking of the Democratic Party’s server during elections in 2016. The first report regarding the alleged interference of Russia with operation of the Democratic Party’s server appeared on October 31, 2016 only, Deputy Director of the National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents Nikolay Murashov said on Tuesday. "A series of supplements to it followed, which contained certain technical information about the performed hacking. We analyzed all that information. A response, which was exhaustive nature from our point of view, was sent to the US side even before the inauguration of President Trump," Murashov said. These data cannot be disclosed without consent of either party in accordance with intergovernmental agreements governing the exchange of information, the official said. "In connection therewith, we are ready to publish all the available correspondence if the US side gives consent to that," Murashov noted.

Dec 10 14:20

Eventually This Had To Happen: France Investigates Russia Over Yellow Vest Riots

France is investigating Russia over the yellow vest riots. Sorry, Macron, please look in the mirror.

Dec 10 11:21

Watch: New Video Surfaces Of Russian Combat Laser As US Threatens To Abandoned INF Treaty 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made it clear Tuesday that the US will stop adhering to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in 60 days unless Russia "returns to full and verifiable compliance."

That move sparked a deepening in the Cold War 2.0, as a new video was published Wednesday in Russian state media reminding the West, Russia possess advanced weaponry, like its latest laser combat system.

Dec 10 11:06

Ukraine says will send naval ships through Kerch Strait soon

Ukraine's defense ministry warned Russia on Friday that it will soon send navy ships through the Kerch Strait where Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels two weeks ago.

The announcement sets up another possible flashpoint in the long-simmering conflict between Russia and Ukraine that erupted in 2014 with Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula burst into the open on Nov. 25 when Russian border guards opened fire on three Ukrainian navy vessels that were moving through the Kerch Strait near Crimea and seized the ships and their crews.

Ukraine responded by introducing martial law for 30 days, a measure Kiev did not take even after Crimea's annexation and amid large-scale fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists in 2014-2015.

As part of martial law, Ukraine has beefed up its forces on the border with Russia and called up reservists for training.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that ABC is still pushing the "Russia annexed Crimea" myth.

Dec 10 11:03

NATO Aggression Reaches for Russian Waters

The recent Kerch Strait incident marks a new low amid the US-led expansion of NATO eastward.

The intentional provocation executed by Kiev saw three Ukrainian naval vessels seized by Russia. The vessels were intentionally violating the protocol for passing through the Strait – previously agreed upon by Kiev and previously observed by Ukrainian naval vessels.

The extent to which Ukraine was aware of these protocols and the 2003 agreement that put them in place includes entire events organized in Ukraine by NATO-sponsored “think tanks” discussing the necessity to “rip them up” and attempt to assert greater control over the current joint-use of the Sea of Azov.

Dec 10 10:30

Trump Regime Arming and Training Ukrainian Forces for War

The Ukraine Freedom Support Act (UFSA) of 2014 authorized US lethal and non-lethal aid to Kiev.

The US and other NATO countries supply its forces with heavy and other weapons, along with training to use them. The only external threats its regime faces are invented one. No real ones exist.

A state of war initiated by Ukraine exists between the US-installed puppet regime and Donbass freedom fighters – breaking away from Kiev over wanting democratic governance, rejecting illegitimate fascist rule.

In April 2014, less than two months after the Obama regime’s coup, replacing democratic governance with Nazi-infested putschists, Ukrainian forces attacked the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR) in Donbass.

US orchestrated war continues intermittently. Washington and Kiev willfully undermined Minsk I and II conflict resolution agreements, wanting war, not peace, near Russia’s border.

Dec 10 10:30

Fascist Ukraine Backed by US-Led NATO Might

Following Ukraine’s likely made-in-the-USA November 25 Kerch Strait provocation, the UK probably complicit, the Poroshenko regime terminated the 1999 Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership with Russia, effective April 1, 2019 – its latest shameless act, perhaps with more provocations against Moscow in mind.

In September, Poroshenko signed a decree the regime’s parliament approved on Thursday, Moscow notified about the move signifying nothing.

Complicit with the US, UK and other NATO countries, Kiev is militantly hostile toward Russia, waging intermittent war along its border with Donbass freedom fighters.

Dec 10 10:26

Kiev Antagonizing Donbass For WAR, Conducts Firing Line Training

The Ukrainian Armed Forces conducted firing drills with the Strela-10 surface-to-air missile systems near the Donbass line of contact, the People’s Militia spokesman of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Lugansk (RPL), Andrei Marochko, said on Saturday.

At the end of 2015, the Minsk agreement was signed which requires the withdrawal of all heavy armaments at the same distance on both sides in order to create a50 km safety zone for artillery and tanks of more than 100mm caliber .

Dec 10 10:25

NATO Is COMPLETELY VULNERABLE To Russian Electronic Warfare Systems

NATO experts acknowledged the vulnerability of their communications and digital infrastructure to Russian electronic warfare systems and therefore plan to develop a concept of protection against such systems by 2019.

“The recent exercises on the eastern border of NATO, the presence in the Baltic States and the war in Ukraine have demonstrated the success of the Russian strategy of electronic warfare (EW). Both the potential of electronic attacks (for example, suppression) and electronic support (for example, target detection) show that the existing NATO tactical communications infrastructure is vulnerable to EW and will face serious threats,” the document for research of the NATO Scientific and Technical Organization says.

Dec 10 10:17

Russian Stealth Jets To Be Armed With New Hypersonic Missiles 

The advanced Sukhoi Su-57 multipurpose jet, Russia’s first domestically produced fifth-generation stealth fighter, will be armed with new hypersonic missiles, according to a Russian military source.

"In accordance with Russia's State Armament Program for 2018-2027, Su-57 jet fighters will be equipped with hypersonic missiles," a Russian defense industry source toldTASS news agency on December 06.

Dec 10 10:17

Seven Days Of Failures For The American Empire

Ukraine’s provocation follows the advice of several American think-tanks like the Atlantic Council, which have been calling for NATO involvement in the Sea of Azov for months. The area is strategically important for Moscow, which views its southern borders, above all the Sea of Azov, as a potential flash point for conflict due to the Kiev’s NATO-backed provocations.

Dec 10 09:45

Trump Has Been Broken by the Military/Security Complex

In order to protect himself from the military/security complex, President Trump has abandoned his intention of normalizing relations with Russia. Just as the neoconservative ideology needs US hegemony, the military/security complex needs an enemy to justify the $1,000 billion annual budget. The Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes have crafted Russia into that enemy. Trump intended to change that, but he has been prevented.

Russiagate is the orchestration used to force President Trump into submission.

Dec 10 09:41

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DEC. 10, 2018: U.S. OFFICIALLY ACCUSES ASSAD, RUSSIA OF STAGING CHEMICAL ATTACK IN ALEPPO

On December 7, the US State Department finally released an official statement on the November 24 chemical attack, which hit the government-controlled city of Aleppo injuring over 100 people. However, instead of condemning terrorist groups, which used chemical weapons, the State Department accused the Assad government and the Russians of gassing Aleppo residents to undermine the ceasefire in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

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Dec 10 09:04

Are You Ready To Fight a War Over Ukraine?

Who wants to go to war against Russia in defense of Ukraine over the Kerch Strait, which lies between the Black and Azov seas and between Russia’s Taman Peninsula and Russian-annexed Crimea?

A show of hands, please.

But careful: don’t misconstrue my question. I’m not asking who wants the “United States” to go to war. I’m asking, rather: who is personally willing to fight the Russian military over the strait? Or: who is willing to see his or her sons and daughters fight, kill, and die in that cause?

Now, again, a show of hands, please. Anyone? No one? I didn’t think so.

Dec 10 08:37

Russia delivers 3 more RD-180 space rocket engines to US

Russia’s Energomash Research and Production Association (the manufacturer of space rocket engines) has transferred another batch of three RD-180 engines to the United States for their use on US Atlas launch vehicles, the Energomash press office reported on Monday. "Three RD-180 engines have been delivered to the American customers. Representatives of Pratt&Whitney, United Launch Alliance and RD AMROSS have signed technical certificates on the engines," the press office said in a statement. This has been the third acceptance since the beginning of the year, Energomash said. Four RD-180 engines were transferred to the US customers in April and four more in October, the statement says. As NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations William Gerstenmaier told TASS earlier, the US space agency intends to further use Russian-made RD-180 engines on its Atlas carrier rockets.

Dec 10 08:31

Russia tests new telemetry system during manned Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft’s launch

The Astra-06 apparatus developed by specialists of Russian Space Systems (RSS) was used for the first time as additional telemetric equipment aboard the manned Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on December 3, the company’s press office reported on Monday. "During the spacecraft’s flight, the Astra was undergoing flight tests, measuring quickly changing parameters. After the tests are over and its performance characteristics are confirmed, the new system is expected to be used aboard promising spaceships," the press office said in a statement. The Astra system is maximally adapted for the telemetric image (telemetric data package) requirements while its modular configuration gives the system extra flexibility for mounting it on existing and future launch vehicles. The system’s universal nature stems from the technology of its assembly from modules, the statement says. "The Astra’s design allows installing it aboard carrier rockets and other space vehicles.

Dec 10 08:29

Flight to Mars to cut cosmonauts’ lifespan by 2.5 years, says report. Cosmonauts will use special water during long space missions

The space radiation effect during an inter-planetary flight to the Red Planet will reduce the cosmonauts’ lifespan by 2.5 years, according to the materials released at the 17th conference on space biology and medicine in Moscow on Monday. "For a two-year length of the expedition’s flight to Mars and back, the aggregate radiation risk during the cosmonauts’ lifespan irrespective of their age under the RR [radiation risk] protection of 20 g/sq. cm will measure 7.5%, while the average upcoming lifespan will decrease by 2.5 years," the report says.

Dec 10 08:20

Black Sea clash not stopping Nord Stream 2

Izvestia: Kerch Strait incident not hindering progression of Nord Stream 2. The construction of Nord Stream 2 is being carried out strictly according to its approved schedule, the company’s official representative operating the project Nord Stream 2 AG Jens Muller told Izvestia. He noted that by the end of November, around 300 km of pipeline had been laid along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. According to Russian Senator Vladimir Dzhabarov, as for US attempts under various pretexts to undermine the construction of the gas pipeline, they are being made to clear the market for supplies of American shale gas. The European Parliament, in turn, said that the Russian project will ensure reliable gas supplies to EU countries. New requirements by the United States and some European countries to stop the implementation of the pipeline did not affect its construction, the Nord Stream 2 AG company, responsible for the project, told Izvestia.

Dec 10 08:19

No cooperation possible between Russian, Ukrainian intelligence services - Russian service

Cooperation between Russian and Ukrainian intelligence services is impossible in the current conditions, Sergei Naryshkin, chief of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, said on Sunday. "After the state coup in that country, under the current authorities, such cooperation is impossible," he said in an interview with the Deistvuyushchiye Litsa (Political Actors) with Nailya Asker-zade on the Rossiya-1 television channel. The two countries’ intelligence services used to maintain cooperation relations before 2014, he noted.

Dec 10 04:15

Kremlin declines to comment on Mueller probe in US

The Kremlin refrains from commenting on new data on the case against Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, since it does not know anything about the individuals involved in it and is generally tired of following such investigations in the US conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has told reporters. "I can offer no comment on the issue. Frankly speaking, we are pretty tired of following these breathtaking investigations," the Kremlin spokesman said answering a question about new accusations against Manafort. "We do not even know those individuals who are mentioned in the probe, so I have nothing more to say here."

Dec 10 04:07

Post-Soviet security bloc ready to organize humanitarian mission in Syria – Lavrov

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is ready to organize a humanitarian mission in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Kazakhstan’s Khabar news agency on Sunday. “As far as I’m concerned, it is an objective fact that some of our allies, including Kazakhstan and Armenia, are taking part both in peacekeeping missions that are not sanctioned by the United Nations (say, in Afghanistan) and in full-fleged United Nations missions (for instance in Kosovo), but take no part in the efforts towards stabilizing the situation in Syria,” he said. “In Afghanistan, it is a NATO operation. In Syria, we are ready to organize a CSTO humanitarian mission. The first steps in this direction are being made.” “Not long ago, we worked out a joint operation with our Armenian colleagues to deliver Armenian humanitarian assistance to Syria using Russian planes.

Dec 10 04:04

DPR’s reconnaissance spots assault drones at Ukrainian troops’ positions in Donbass

A big number of assault drones that can be used to stage provocations with chemical weapons have been delivered by Ukrainian troops to an area near Gorlovka, Daniil Bezsonov, a spokesman for the defense ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), on Sunday. "We have received reliable reconnaissance data that a great number of assault drones of the Warmate-1 and Bayraktar types have been delivered by railway transport to the Gorlovka direction. Drones of the later type, manufactured jointly by Turkey and Ukraine, are capable of carrying of up to 70 kilograms. The Ukrainian authorities have recently boasted of buying drones of this type," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. According to Bezsonov, these drones are meant to be used to stage provocations in Donbass and attack vital facilities in the DPR.

Dec 10 03:59

Combat engineers destroy about 80 WWII mines near Russia's Volgograd

Combat engineers of the Southern Military District from the Volgograd Region have destroyed Great Patriotic War (WWII) mines found near the village of Grachi, Gorodishchensky district, the Southern Military District’s press service reported on Monday. "The Volgograd Region’s military registration and enlistment office sent an application for demining to the motorized rifle brigade. The dangerous discoveries dating back to the Great Patriotic War were found during agricultural works," the report says. The combat engineers determined that the detected 77 explosive devices are 82-mm mortar rounds of a Red Army artillery unit which were used in the Battle of Stalingrad. The unearthed munitions were destroyed at the Prudboi Range. The Southern Military District’s combat engineers have demined more than 3 tonnes of explosive objects dating back to the Great Patriotic Ware since early 2018.

Dec 10 03:54

Kremlin slams rumors about Russia’s alleged involvement in France’s Yellow Vests

Statements about Russia’s alleged involvement in the French protests are nothing but slander, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. "Any statements about Russia’s alleged involvement are nothing but slander," he said when asked to comment on media reports about alleged foreign involvement in the Yellow Vest protests in France. In particular, The Times said, citing sources, that Russia could be the force behind in the protests. Peskov stressed that "Russia considers these developments to be France’s domestic affair." "We have never interfered in the domestic affairs of other countries, including France, as we place much importance on the development of bilateral relations and both countries have been working rather hard to that end," the Russian presidential spokesman added. Peskov also pointed out that Russia respected France’s sovereignty. "We are grateful when France responds in kind," he stressed.

Dec 09 21:21

Russian Stealth Jets To Be Armed With New Hypersonic Missiles

Moscow said the new Kinzhal ("Dagger"), a nuclear-capable air-launched ballistic missile, can hit speeds of up to Mach 10 and can perform evasive maneuvers that can render NATO’s US-led missile defense system completely "useless."

Dec 09 10:19

If US Quits INF Treaty, Europe Loses

The statement issued by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on December 4 regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty following the meeting of the foreign ministers of the alliance in Brussels puts the seal on the US decision to withdraw from the pact.

Washington has successfully rallied its European allies. Armed with NATO solidarity, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave Russia a 60-day ultimatum to return to compliance with the Treaty. Pompeo hopes to make Russia the culpable party.

However, quite some time ago, the US had already made up it mind to scrap the treaty. The Congress even made provision in the Pentagon budget for R&D relating to intermediate missiles. But an alibi was needed. In 2002, the US unilaterally withdrew from the ABM Treaty and dealt a body blow to international security without bothering to explain. On the contrary, INF Treaty is vital to European security and an alibi is necessary.

Dec 08 10:23

Fury as Polish Media Shows Putin on Zyklon B Logo, Nazi SS Sign in Word 'Russia'

The Polish channel TVP earlier showed this poster of the Russian president while discussing the incident in the Kerch Strait when three Ukrainian warships crossed Russia's maritime border in violation of international law.

The editors of the Polish magazine Gazeta Polska have included a poster with the image of Russian President Vladimir Putin in its latest issue.

The portrait is stylized as the logo of Zyklon B, a cyanide-based pesticide infamously used by Nazi Germany in gas chambers during the Holocaust, and is accompanied by caption “Achtung RuSSia!” in which the letters “S” were replaced by a double rune “Sieg”, which symbolises the forces of the Nazis SS.

Dec 08 09:53

NATO Is COMPLETELY VULNERABLE To Russian Electronic Warfare Systems

NATO experts acknowledged the vulnerability of their communications and digital infrastructure to Russian electronic warfare systems and therefore plan to develop a concept of protection against such systems by 2019.

“The recent exercises on the eastern border of NATO, the presence in the Baltic States and the war in Ukraine have demonstrated the success of the Russian strategy of electronic warfare (EW). Both the potential of electronic attacks (for example, suppression) and electronic support (for example, target detection) show that the existing NATO tactical communications infrastructure is vulnerable to EW and will face serious threats,” the document for research of the NATO Scientific and Technical Organization says.

Dec 08 09:51

NATO Should be Disbanded, and the West Should Work with Russia for a Common Defense

"The U.S. needs to keep, not Russians, but Islamic radicals out of Europe. The Germans do not need to be kept down, but the Turks and Chinese most certainly do. And it’s debatable whether America needs to be in Europe at all."

Dec 08 09:43

The Russia Investigation Is About Criminalizing Peace

“For those who long wondered why throughout the presidential campaign Trump could not bring himself to say a critical word about Russian President Vladimir Putin, we now know the answer: Trump was hoping to do business in Russia, and doing so would require the approval of Putin.” – USA Today Opinion

Make no mistake, the mainstream left and state serving-media voices are trying to gaslight an entire generation into believing any candidate that wants peace with Russia may be a foreign conspirator worthy of prison, shame, and family persecution.

Former congressman Ron Paul, as a peace presidential candidate, did not regurgitate war propaganda against Russia either. Neither did Senator Rand Paul when he ran. What Paul hotel do you see in Moscow? Yet for future generations, many in the media want to ensure no such candidate ever runs again without baked-in misgivings of treason and criminality.

Dec 07 15:30

Russia Allegedly Sends Sub to Kerch Strait as Tensions With Ukraine Soar

A Twitter user claims a Russian submarine has been spotted leaving the port city of Sevastopol just days after three Ukrainian warships violated Russia's maritime border. The Russian Defence Ministry hasn't commented yet.

A Russia-made naval diesel-electric attack submarine has allegedly been snapped leaving the Russian port city of Sevastopol. The photos of the Kilo-class, dubbed the "Black Hole" by Western experts due to its ability to quickly disappear, were tweeted by user @Capt_Navy.

Dec 07 13:36

PUTIN ANNOUNCED: Soon the end of negotiations with Serbia

Russian President Vladimir Putin expects the negotiations of the Eurasian Economic Union with Serbia on the Agreement on Trade Preferences soon to be completed.

"We expect that negotiations on preferential trade agreements with Singapore, Israel, Serbia and in the future with India and Egypt will soon be completed," Putin said at a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, according to the Russian agency Tass.

Speaking about EEU member states, Putin said that they should consider the idea of creating a common payment infrastructure, which, he said, would improve the stability of the national payment systems of the EEA countries, enabling them to be less dependent on dollars and other foreign currencies.

Dec 07 08:48

Three Reasons That Would Lead To Military Conflict Between Russia And The US

There are at least three reasons that could lead to a military confrontation between Russia and the United States, believes the deputy director of the European and International Research Center of the College of Economics, Dmitry Suslov.

Suslov warned that in the short and medium term a global confrontation would be fraught with very serious risks, among them a military confrontation between Russia and the United States with increasing chances to happen.

Dec 07 01:27

One Snub Too Many: Kremlin Ready to Turn Against Trump as Patience Coming to an End

“Russian patience is coming to an end,” Andrey Kortunov, head of the Kremlin-funded International Affairs Council, told Bloomberg in a rare assessment that actually attempts to gauge Russian interests two years into a downward spiraling relationship with the Trump administration, as opposed to the more common mainstream analysis that begins with Russiagate and ends with trying to square Trump's anti-Russian policies according to some 4-D chess decision-making fantasy scenario. Kortunov continued, “This is a signal for us that it’s difficult to deal with this person, that he’s unreliable and unsuitable as a partner.” After interviewing multiple high level unnamed Kremlin insiders, Bloomberg concluded that Russian frustration has reached a breaking point. The report noted that "Donald Trump may have stood up Vladimir Putin once too often" after snubbing Putin twice in less than a month. First came canceled talks in Paris on Nov.

Dec 07 01:17

Maduro announces signing of multi-billion dollar contracts with Russia. Venezuela eyeing modernization of weapons supplied by Russia

Venezuela and Russia have signed several multi-billion dollar contracts during a visit of the Venezuelan delegation led by President Nicolas Maduro to Moscow, the Venezuelan leader posted on Twitter on Thursday... The Venezuelan President also said that a deal on supplies of Russian wheat to the South American country has been signed during his visit to Moscow along with a contract on the maintenance of weapons...
The Venezuelan Armed Forces are interested in the modernization of ground and air systems previously supplied by Russia, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said during talks his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu in Moscow on Thursday... http://tass.com/defense/1034767

Dec 07 01:12

US tells Russia to scrap 9M729 missile or modify it — Department of State

Russia should return to compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty by either scrapping its 9M729 missile system (NATO reporting name SSC-8) or altering it in a verifiable manner, US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson said on Thursday. The Department of State official once again reiterated the demand to Russia to get back "to full and verifiable compliance". "The SSC-8… has the range that's not in compliance, so either you rid the system, rid the launcher or change the system or it doesn't exceed the range," she told reporters during a conference call. "And that and only that would go ahead and let them be and verifiable, to have eyes on that once that occurs," the US diplomat went on. "But again, to reiterate, the ball is in in Russia's court. We we can't do that for them, they have to take that that initiative." According to Thompson, the United States has informed Russia about the steps it expects from Moscow.

Dec 07 01:09

US not discussing military response to Kerch Strait incident — general

The United States has not been discussing the possibility of a military response to the recent incident in the Kerch Strait, in which Russia had to detain three Ukrainian warships for violating its border, the US highest-ranking military officer said on Thursday. "There has been no military response... not has been a discussion about a military response," Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters at a conference organized by The Washington Post. "There is not a discussion ongoing right now in the military dimension in response to Sea of Azov. Obviously my job in uniform is to make sure that the President has options available, should he decide to respond with military force," he added.

Dec 07 01:07

Russia regrets EU stance on non-deployment of weapons in space - foreign ministry

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it regretted that members of the European Union had abstained from the UN General Assembly vote on two Russian-led resolutions regarding non-deployment of weapons in space. The documents, headlined ‘No first placement of weapons in outer space’ and ‘Further practical measures for the prevention of an arms race in outer space,’ were passed by the UN General Assembly earlier in the day. The assembly also voted to support another Russian-led document on space, headlined ‘Transparency and confidence-building measures in outer space activities.’ "Once again, we are disappointed by the stance of European Union countries regarding both documents. They were again unable to express their own opinion and preferred to abstain," the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The resolution on non-deployment of weapons in space was supported by 128 UN members.

Dec 07 01:05

German top diplomat suggests sending OSCE observers to Azov Sea

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas suggested expanding the mandate of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to include the Sea of Azov. Maas voiced the proposal during bilateral talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Ukraine’s Pavel Klimkin on the sidelines of the OSCE foreign ministers’ meeting in Milan, Italy. "OSCE could play a certain role in monitoring [the Sea of Azov]," the Federal Foreign Office quoted the minister as saying. "I think that the Ukrainian side would consider this rational. The Russian side, on the contrary, is very, very skeptical," the minister told the DPA news agency. The Sea of Azov, shared exclusively by Russia and Ukraine, has come into international spotlight following the November 25 incident, in which Russia had to detain Ukrainian warships that violated its border.

Dec 06 18:47

U.S. Looks To Run Navy Operation In Black Sea, Risks Heightening Tensions With Russia

By Aaron Kesel

The U.S. is looking to run a Navy operation commandeering a Navy warship into the Black Sea in defiance of Russia which risks a sharp rise in tensions between Ukraine, Moscow and the U.S., CNN reported.

The Pentagon has asked the State Department to request permission from Turkey to sail ships into the Black Sea, which borders both Ukraine and Russia as access to the Sea of Azov, a key area for a string of confrontations between Moscow and Kiev.

According to CNN, the Pentagon’s insane request is unclear if the U.S. Navy plans to follow through on entering the Black Sea. It could be the striking point that spurs conflict between the two countries...

Dec 06 13:25

US Sees Russia as Menacing, China as Growing Threat in Pacific - Navy Secretary

The United States is considering Russia to be a menacing threat in the Pacific region and China a growing threat, US Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said on Thursday.

"Russia is a menacing threat, China is a pacing threat, and that is what we are focusing," Spencer said in a discussion at the Center of the Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC.

Spencer pointed out that the US Navy is ready to address those threats if it is called upon to act.

"We are ready to fight even tonight, if needed," Spencer said.

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Dec 06 11:01

Why Russia Won't Invade the Ukraine, the Baltic Statelets or Anybody Else

The AngloZionist propaganda machine is constantly warning us that Russia is about to invade some country. The list of candidates for invasion is long and ranges from Norway to the Ukraine and includes the Baltic statelets, Poland and even countries further West. Of course, we are also told that NATO and the US are here to prevent that. Well, thank God for them, right?

Dec 06 10:52

Independent EU Mediation Needed to Solve Incidents Like Kerch Strait Clash - MEP

Situations like the incident with the detention of Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait could be solved with the help of independent European mediation, but the policies of EU member states lack common interests to act as one, Mario Borghezio, a member of the EP's Europe of Nations and Freedom Group, told Sputnik.

'A truly independent and authoritative European mediation would be very important in situations like this, but to date, there is no real common European Union foreign policy, based on values and interests that are truly shared by all member states. It is a shame', Borghezio said.

Dec 06 10:51

Russian Embassy in London: UK Ignores Ukraine's Illegal Activity in Kerch Strait

The UK government encourages Ukraine’s aggressive rhetoric on Russia, ignoring the fact that Kiev has illegally crossed borders of Russian territorial waters in the Kerch Strait, the Russian Embassy in London said on Wednesday.

"Unfortunately, the Ukrainian provocation in the Black Sea, as well as the general situation in the region, continues to be used by a number of Western countries, including the UK, to stir anti-Russian rhetoric. The details of the incident, most notably the blatant and deliberate violation of the territorial waters of the Russian Federation by the Ukrainian ships, are ignored by the UK Government," the embassy’s spokesperson said at a briefing.

Dec 06 10:43

Trump Lost His Nerve

After a week of insisting that a meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Argentina was going to happen, President Trump at the last minute sent out a Tweet explaining that due to a Russia/Ukraine dispute in the Sea of Azov he would no longer be willing to meet his Russian counterpart.

According to Trump, the meeting had to be cancelled because the Russians seized three Ukrainian naval vessels in Russian waters that refused to follow instructions from the Russian military. But as Pat Buchanan wrote in a recent column: how is this little dispute thousands of miles away any of our business?

Dec 06 10:08

CAUGHT OUT: NATO Soldiers Discovered In Donbass Near The Front Lines

An unidentified detachment of soldiers wearing NATO uniforms was seen by the People’s Militia of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Lugansk (RPL) in Donbass territory controlled by Kiev, the head of the press entity Yakov Osadchy told reporters on Tuesday.

“In the area of ??responsibility of the 72nd brigade in the village of Svetlodarsk came a detachment of 28 men equipped with NATO uniforms,” ??Osadchy said.

He added that “the situation in the area of ??responsibility of the People’s Militia of RPL has a tendency to aggravate.”

Dec 06 10:07

US Mulling Over 'Variety of Things' to Stop Nord Stream 2 Construction - Bolton

The United States has on multiple occasions spoken against the construction of Nord Stream 2, with President Donald Trump blasting EU countries for their support of the project and urging them to abandon it in favour of American LNG.

In an interview with Wall Street Journal managing editor Gerard Baker, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said that Washington was considering some options on how to “deter” Russia, including measures to stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

“Well, there are a lot of sanctions that are already in place against the Russians, more could come. The president has repeatedly said, for example, [that] Germany should cancel the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, that we are looking at a variety of things we could do there…” he said.

Dec 06 10:07

Peskov: Gas Transit Through Ukraine to Be Possible After Launch of Nord Stream 2

Russian gas transit through Ukraine may be continued even after the launch of the Nord Stream-2 pipeline, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

"Actually, this transit will be possible, but again, everything depends on the Ukrainian side,” Peskov told reporters when asked about the statement made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which states the need to guarantee further transit of Russian gas through Ukraine.

"There is no talk of stopping transit after the commissioning of the Nord Stream, this transit may be continued," he said, adding that Putin had earlier voiced this position.

Dec 06 09:46

US military carries out ‘extraordinary’ Open Skies flight over Ukraine

The US military said on Thursday it carried out an “extraordinary” flight over Ukraine under the Open Skies Treaty. The move is intended to reaffirm the US commitment to the country after the Kerch Strait incident, Reuters reported. In a statement, the Pentagon described the standoff as “Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea.” Russia earlier slammed the incident as a provocation.

Dec 06 09:44

Ukraine’s MPs uphold president’s decision to break Friendship Treaty with Russia

Ukraine’s Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, upheld President Petro Poroshenko’s decision to terminate the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership with Russia on Thursday. As many as 277 lawmakers voted for a bill on the treaty’s termination submitted by the president, while 226 votes were needed to pass the bill, TASS reports. The treaty between Ukraine and Russia will be terminated on April 1, 2019, according to the bill.

Dec 06 04:04

Ukrainian parliamentary committee upholds bill terminating Friendship Treaty with Russia

The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada (parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee has unanimously upheld a bill terminating the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation, and Partnership with Russia, committee head Anna Gopko said. Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Bondar, in turn, said that he expected the Rada to make the necessary decisions "to complete internal procedures and after that notify Russia about the treaty’s termination."... Meanwhile, Ukrainian expert Ruslan Bortnik said the president’s decision to submit the bill to the parliament was only a propaganda stunt. "The bill terminating the Friendship Treaty with Russia demonstrates the authorities’ inaction which it seeks to present as a success in the information field," Bortnik wrote on Facebook. According to him, this is the reason why the parliament started to consider the bill in December, when preparations got underway for the presidential election, instead of making a decision in September, when the president signed the decree.

Dec 06 03:57

Cosmonauts aboard orbital outpost start experiment to print living tissue on 3D-bioprinter

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko who arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on December 3 has started an experiment to print living tissues on the 3D-bioprinter delivered to the orbital outpost by the new crew, Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos reported on Thursday. "As of now, the first results of the experiment have already been obtained: the organic construct of the mouse’s thyroid gland has been created in the zero-gravity conditions," the Roscosmos press office said. Three ISS members - Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev, US astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor and German astronaut Alexander Gerst (the European Space Agency) are due to return to Earth after their long expedition on December 20. They will bring to Earth the tissues and samples obtained during the experiment for their subsequent study. In early 2019, the results of the data obtained will be made public, Roscosmos said.

Dec 06 03:55

Russian military keeps close watch on US destroyer in Sea of Japan, says Defense Ministry

The Russian military keeps a close watch on the US destroyer The McCampbell, which on Thursday allegedly approached a Russian military base in the Primorye Region. Currently the destroyer is 400 kilometers away from the Russian shore in the central part of the Sea of Japan, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said. "The Pacific Fleet has taken a package of measures to monitor the movements of this and other naval ships in the given area with ground and other means," he said. Throughout its voyage in international waters the US destroyer was escorted by the Russian Pacific Fleet’s anti-submarine ship The Admiral Tributs and the Pacific Fleet’s naval aviation, Konashenkov said.

Dec 06 03:53

Europe unveils plan to reduce dollar hegemony in global trade

The European Commission on Wednesday unveiled its roadmap on expanding the euro’s global role, RBC writes. Brussels seeks to make the European currency more attractive in international accounts and in the global financial system, expand the use of the single currency on the oil and gas markets and in strategic industries. The program documents do not directly talk about plans to break the dollar’s global hegemony, but this is implied, the paper says. The European economy is compared to the US in scale, but the euro still takes a back seat. The Eurozone’s annual GDP per capita purchasing power parity in 2017 stood at $14.9 trillion, while that figure in the US was $19.4 trillion, according to the World Bank, but the dollar plays a more significant role. Meanwhile, Trump’s eccentric policy, including import duties levied on European goods and unilateral sanctions against EU trading partners, forces Europe to think about its own economic sovereignty.

Dec 06 03:47

Russia warns Poland's 'Fort Trump' can be targeted

Under the plan, a US armored tank brigade would be deployed to the potential US base in Poland, which is being dubbed Fort Trump. Other sites for the likely base in Poland would be Zagan and Drawsko Pomorskie, which are also being looked into. Moscow has stated many times that it is ready to take tit-for-tat steps in case a US military base would be set up in Poland. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned that Russia would not turn a blind eye to the break in parity. According to Frants Klintsevich, a member of the Defense and Security Committee of Russia's Federation Council (upper house), Poland’s decision is an absolutely "irresponsible step," which creates more tensions in the region. Warsaw's moves are politically motivated, dangerous from a military perspective and economically unjustified. "If a facility is really created on Polish territory, it will immediately become a target for a strike. These are the rules of the war," the senator stressed.

Dec 05 17:18

‘Pandering to Kiev will lead to more dangerous provocations,’ Russia warns foreign parliaments

Poroshenko, who creates crisis situations himself and then puts the blame on Russia, simply “wants to demonstrate that he can successfully solve the emerging problems,” Putin said, adding that he won’t be involved with the Ukrainian leader’s “guileless schemes.”

Dec 05 17:07

US Navy sends ship to Russia’s Far East, reportedly prepares to enter Black Sea

An American destroyer sailed off the Russian coast, near the Pacific Fleet base in Vladivostok, in a first such stunt since the Cold War. Another US ship is expected in the Black Sea soon, amid tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

The USS MCCampbell (DDG-85) went into the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay to “challenge Russia's excessive maritime claims and uphold the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea” enjoyed by the US and others, Lieutenant Rachel McMarr, a spokesperson for the US Pacific Fleet, said in a statement.

The US Navy calls such stunts “Freedom of Navigation Operations” (FONOP). The last time a FONOP was conducted in this area was 1987, at the peak of Cold War tensions with the Soviet Union.

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