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Jun 25 07:59

Russia, US may discuss Syria when Bolton visits Moscow

Moscow and Washington may hold consultations on the situation in southern Syria when US presidential national security adviser John Bolton visits Moscow, Russia’s special representative for the Middle East and African countries, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Monday.

Jun 24 09:39

Saudi Arabia invites Russia to join OPEC as observer, Moscow says it’s ‘an option’

Riyadh has invited Moscow to join OPEC as an observer, the Saudi energy minister says. The announcement follows an agreement between OPEC and non-members led by Russia to increase crude oil output by a million barrels per day.

The announcement was made on Saturday during the 4th OPEC and non-OPEC ministerial meeting in Vienna.

“We’ve invited Russia to join [OPEC] as an observer, an associated member. We believe they are considering it,” Khalid Al-Falih said at a press conference. “I can assure that the entire membership of OPEC would welcome Russia.”

Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak confirmed that there was “such an option,” and Moscow was “studying it closely.”

Jun 24 09:39

Fans Share Their Impressions Of World Cup in Russia

Jun 24 08:09

GULAG Fears Proven Wrong: Foreign World Cup Fans Share Impressions of Russia

Ahead of the 2018 World Cup, media and politicians warned their fans traveling to Russia of what they called anti-Western sentiment and harassment. Sputnik has come up with a selection of comments made by foreign fans spotted on Moscow's streets, which may prove all the stereotypes wrong.

Jun 24 08:06

Trump Riding High and Set to Roll the Dice for a Summit with Putin

If the Trump White House had let it be known a couple of months ago that it was working with the Kremlin to schedule a summit meeting between the two presidents, all hell would have broken loose in the Washington Beltway. But that isn’t happening. There is an eerie calm in Washington, as if Trump’s detractors have run out of ammunition.

What explains it? First, the fizz seems to have gone out of the Russia collusion theory. Robert Mueller could keep uncovering crimes in American public life (of which there is no dearth) forever but he has not been able to say he has actually substantiated the Russia collusion theory. The latest Pew Research Center analysis on June 20 reveals that only 28% Americans remain any longer “very confident” of the fairness of Mueller’s investigation, while four-in-10 say they are not too sure (19%) or are at all confident (21%) in his ability to do this.

Jun 23 11:15

U.S. Double Standards in the Middle East. Washington Backs Terrorists and Extremists

of the USA.

This statement hasn’t appeared recently. In 2002, the Joint Resolution to authorize U.S. military actions against Iraq cited:

“Iraq continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological weapons capability posed a threat to the national security of the United States.”

Before carrying out air strikes on Syria, 14 April, 2018, the White House used the same justifications. The American president acted within his legal authority as commander-in-chief “to protect vital national interests – stopping the spread of chemical weapons and preventing a humanitarian catastrophe.” However, if in 2002, the Iraq Resolution was passed by the U.S. Congress as public law No: 107-243, this time President Trump didn’t seek any authorization from other government institutions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The ultimate goal here, by the US government, is quite simple, no matter how much carnage it creates to reach the following goals; control all oil, and other resources in the Middle East, and insure that these resources, are only sold in US dollars.

Jun 23 11:11

The Diseased, Lying, Condition of America’s ‘News’ Media

Both President Trump and former President Obama are commonly said in America’s ‘news’ media to be or to have been “ceding Syria to Russia” or “ceding Syria to Russia and Iran,” or similar allegations. They imply that ‘we’ own (or have some right to control) Syria.

Jun 23 08:44

Clinton Slams Putin as "Leader of Movement That Wants to Break Up EU"

Former Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin as a leader of a movement that seeks to break up the EU. The comment comes despite Moscow’s numerous statements that Russia wants to see the EU become a strong and independent partner.

Clinton gave a speech at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, as she received a honorary degree from the institution Friday.

Speaking to an audience of mostly Irish students, she slammed both US President Donald Trump and Putin.

"Vladimir Putin has positioned himself as the leader of an authoritarian, white supremacist and xenophobic movement that wants to break up the EU, weaken America's traditional alliances and undermine democracy," Clinton said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep; she's gonna run again in 2020.

Jun 23 08:36

All Disquiet on Western Front

The US-led NATO military alliance earlier this month committed to a major escalation in force buildup on Russia's western flank. The development underscores Russia's long-held concern that the 29-member alliance is inevitably moving dangerously on a war footing.

At a summit in Brussels, June 7, defense ministers from NATO countries gave the go-ahead for a new, vast mobilization of troops, navy and air forces which would spearhead through eastern Europe up to Russia's western borders. The initiative encompasses two new NATO command centers, one based in Norfolk, Virginia, on the US eastern seaboard, and the other at Ulm, in Germany.

The stated purpose is to expedite transatlantic coordination of NATO forces of up to 30,000 troops, 30 aircraft squadrons and 30 large warships, deployable within 30 days.

Jun 23 08:18

An EU Army to face Russia? Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Juncker? - Nigel Farage

Jun 23 08:17

Putin-Trump meeting unconfirmed, media talk of dismay, alarm already

Jun 22 14:36

As NATO Chief Pleads For Alliance Unity, MoD Ministers Warn ‘Russia Is Preparing For War’

Ahead of next month’s NATO meeting, Jens Stoltenberg used Thursday’s London speech to appeal for unity despite disagreements. Meanwhile, Tory ministers warned “Russia is preparing for war” amid a funding row with Downing Street.

Speaking at Lancaster House ahead of a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May at No.10, the Secretary-General Stoltenberg said the bond between Europe and the United States would survive tensions and disagreements over issues such as trade and the Iran nuclear deal.

Jun 22 08:51

Russian Envoy to US: Moscow Mulls Organizing Reciprocal Senators' Visit to US

A delegation of US lawmakers will go next month on a trip to Moscow, which Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said he hoped would be reciprocated in a bid to improve bilateral ties between the legislatures.

"A group of Senators will come to Moscow. We welcome this decision. We think it will give an impulse to renewed parliamentary ties between the two countries… I hope the visit will be returned," he told reporters in Washington, DC.

Jun 22 08:51

New UK Army Chief Lists Russia Among 'Imminent' Threats to Country

General Mark Carleton-Smith has given his inauguration speech, becoming the new army chief shortly after replacing General Sir Nick Carter, who has moved on to become chief of the defense staff.

The new British chief of the general staff, General Mark Carleton-Smith, has stated that the UK faces imminent threats from multiple states that he described as "rogue," including Russia, during a speech at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). He also noticed that Russia is currently in "revisionist mode" and that it possesses a "growing arsenal of long-range precision capabilities."

"The misplaced perception that there is no imminent or existential threat to the UK, and that even if there was, it could only arise with long notice, is wrong," he said.

Jun 21 19:27

The Entire Western World Lives In Cognitive Dissonance

Millions of people have been separated from families by death inflicted by Washington, and for almost two decades protests have been almost nonexistent. No public outcry stopped George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump from clear and indisputable illegal acts defined in international law established by the US itself as war crimes against the inhabitants of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. We can add to this an eighth example: The military attacks by the US armed and supported neo-Nazi puppet state of Ukraine against the breakaway Russian provinces.

The massive deaths, destruction of towns, cities, infrastructure, the maiming, physical and mental, the dislocation that has sent millions of refugees fleeing Washington’s wars to overrun Europe, where governments consist of a collection of idiot stooges who supported Washington’s massive war crimes in the Middle East and North Africa, produced no outcry comparable to Trump’s immigration policy.

Jun 21 17:15

As NATO chief pleads for alliance unity, MoD ministers warn ‘Russia is preparing for war’ (VIDEO)

Ahead of next month’s NATO meeting, Jens Stoltenberg used Thursday’s London speech to appeal for unity despite disagreements. Meanwhile, Tory ministers warned "Russia is preparing for war” amid a funding row with Downing Street.

Jun 21 13:21

NATO Has No Chance To Take Crimea, Warns Russian Defense Minister

The Russian troops in the Crimea will give “no chance” to opponents who dare to attack the peninsula, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday.

“A unique interdisciplinary group has been created and strengthened on the peninsula. Its modern state-of-the-art weapons systems do not give a chance to a potential adversary who dares to invade what is intrinsically Russian territory,” he said.

According to him, for Russia this peninsula “always played a role of special importance”. The minister also stressed that, over two and a half centuries, events in the Crimea have been vital to the country’s fate.
“The glorious victories of the Black Sea Fleet have made international history and became our pride,” he added.

Jun 21 11:21

The National Interest: American aircraft carriers have no chance against the Russians in the Baltic

RENOMATED and influential US newspaper The National Interest published a warning-warning that US aircraft carriers will be helpless in the Baltic Sea ahead of Russia's airborne and anti-aircraft defense in the event of war.

The text explicitly emphasizes:

" Nimitz and Ford aircraft carriers are too big and vulnerable to be able to function successfully in a limited area of the Baltic Sea. In addition, Russian anti-ship missile systems - both land and sea - are a real threat to our aircraft carriers. "

The National Interest further indicates that the Russian anti-ship missile "Oniks" is capable of hitting "every boat in the Baltic Sea from Kaliningrad to the Swedish coast".

The export version of the rocket P-800 "Oniks" - also known as "Jahont" - has a range of 300 kilometers.

However, those that are only for the Russian army can have several times the range.

Jun 21 09:46

NATO-Funded Blogger Eliot Higgins Hurls Obscenities at Critics Instead of Facts

Valiantly fighting on the front lines in the information war with Russia, Higgins has already shown himself to be a persuasive wordsmith with razor-sharp wit.

By their fruits ye shall know them. Why does it come as no surprise that Higgins is a potty-mouth?

Jun 21 09:30

Trump plots meeting with Putin as head of the British Army warns Russia is 'preparing troops for war'

Donald Trump is making plans for a summit with Vladimir Putin during the US President's trip to Europe next month, it has been claimed – as the head of the British Army warns the Russian leader is preparing his troops for war.

US officials are hoping the meeting will take place either before the NATO summit in Brussels on July 11 or after Trump's visit to Britain, which follows immediately after, senior UK government sources told The Times.

Vienna is the likely location, sources said.

The news has raised concerns over Trump's commitment to NATO and his visit to the UK.

Jun 21 09:22

Trump May Meet Putin During July Trip to Europe – Reports

US officials are looking at a July timeframe for US President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, British media reported Thursday.

Trump is expected to travel to Brussels for a NATO summit on July 11 and from there on to London. A meeting with Putin may be arranged either before that time or after he wraps up the UK trip, The Times newspaper said, citing senior sources in the British government.

Jun 21 09:07

Russia Has a Scary New Way to Sink a US Navy Ship

Russia’s military spending cannot match the Kremlin’s ambitions. Western sanctions and low gas prices forced a big cut to the Russian military budget in 2017, bedeviling a host of military projects. However, Russia is looking at cheap and easy ways to equip its forces — particularly the navy — with sophisticated weapons.

Specifically, modular weapons that can easily swap in and out of different ships — with the most well-known example being Club-K anti-ship missiles hidden inside shipping containers, which Russia offers for sale to export customers. Any coastal defense force on a budget can have a well-camouflaged warship killer hidden in a civilian port.

Jun 21 08:53

Russia Buys 600,000 oz Of Gold In May After Dumping Half Of US Treasuries In April

Russia adds another 600,000 oz to it’s gold reserves in May
Holdings of U.S. government debt slashed in half to $48.7 billion in April

‘Keeping money safe’ from U.S. and Trump – Danske Bank

Trump increasing the national debt by another 6% to $21.1 trillion in less than 18 months

Asian nations accumulating gold as shield against dollar devaluation and trade wars

Russia dumps Treasuries for gold and in a Trade war China and others may do the same …

Jun 21 08:52

Russia says to respond equally to NATO's bolstering combat forces

The Russian Defense Ministry on Wednesday accused the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) of strengthening combat forces near Russia's border and warned that Moscow will take mirror-like actions against NATO's moves.

"Since the beginning of the year, NATO countries have conducted thirteen large-scale exercises in the South-West Strategic Area with over 40,000 troops and 2,000 units of military equipment," Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the Defense Ministry's senior officials in the city of Sevastopol in the Crimean peninsula.

"This forces us to take symmetrical measures to neutralize the emerging threats and combine strategic deterrence with increasing combat readiness," he said.

This came at a time when the hysteria over the alleged Russian aggression has become increasingly intensified among the Baltic States and Poland.

Jun 21 08:12

Crimea's lifeline to Syria: Damascus gets grain supplies from Russia’s Black Sea peninsula

Russia has begun deliveries of wheat from Crimea to Syria. The move solves the dual problems of grain overproduction in Crimea and Syria’s desperate need for bread.

Jun 20 07:50

Fans Dismiss Mythology About Dangers At The Russian World Cup

The World Cup has just started, but fans around the world have already had the opportunity to feel the hospitality and kindness of the Russians.

Russians hooligans, lack of security, uncontrolled police … These and many others have been myths imposed by Western media over the past year. These, it seems, were intended to prevent the 2018 World Cup success in Russia through this strange form of intimidation. Well, the best way to find out the truth is to talk to the real fans who had the “courage” to travel to Mother Russia. That’s what happened – check it out!

Jun 20 07:27

Lavrov: NATO’s military build-up near Russia's borders requires special attention

NATO’s military build-up and growing military activities near the Russian and Belarusian borders require special attention, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State of Russia and Belarus.

"The United States and its allies are not reluctant to interfere in the domestic affairs of sovereign states and even use military force," he said. "The deployment of the US global missile defenses causes particular concern as the US doctrines reduce the threshold for the use of nuclear arms. NATO’s military build-up and growing military activities near the Russian and Belarusian borders require special attention," the Russian top diplomat added.

Jun 20 07:19

Sorry Russophobes and Neocons, the World Cup in Russia is Off to a Flyer

The World Cup in Russia is off to a flyer, serving up a feast of football amid the special and unique atmosphere generated by this quadrennial event. Fans from every corner of the globe having been packing the stadiums, some of them custom-built, reminding us that despite our differences we are one human family.

However not everyone is happy. For Russophobes and neocons the success of the World Cup in Russia is something to mourn rather than celebrate, interfering as it does with their relentless demonisation of a country, in Russia, which refuses to know its place as a subaltern power, home to retrograde cultural values, relative to the West.

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.

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