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Apr 23 11:32

The Orchestration of Russophobia Is the Prelude to War

The Russian Embassy in Washington has prepared an accurate 121-page report, THE RUSSIAGATE HYSTERIA: A CASE OF SEVERE RUSSOPHOBIA.https://washington.mid.ru/upload/iblock/3c3/3c3d1e3b69a4c228e99bfaeb5491ecd7.pdf

Everyone should read this report. It documents the fake news, lies, violations of diplomatic standards and international law, and gratuitous aggressive actions taken against Russia during the period beginning May 18, 2016 and continuing through the issuance of the Mueller Report.

Without explicitly saying so, the report shows that neither the US government nor the American media has a nanoparticle of integrity. Both are criminal organizations that are willing to risk war with Russia in their pursuit of narrow politicized agendas.

This is important information for Americans and the rest of the world to have. Every person, every government and every private organization that supports Washington’s Russophobic policies is contributing to the growing threat of nuclear war.

Apr 23 11:30

The Orchestration of Russophobia Is the Prelude to War

The Russian Embassy in Washington has prepared an accurate 121-page report, THE RUSSIAGATE HYSTERIA: A CASE OF SEVERE RUSSOPHOBIA.

Everyone should read this report. It documents the fake news, lies, violations of diplomatic standards and international law, and gratuitous aggressive actions taken against Russia during the period beginning May 18, 2016 and continuing through the issuance of the Mueller Report.

Without explicitly saying so, the report shows that neither the US government nor the American media has a nanoparticle of integrity. Both are criminal organizations that are willing to risk war with Russia in their pursuit of narrow policitized agendas.

This is important information for Americans and the rest of the world to have. Every person, every government and every private organization that supports Washington’s Russophobic policies is contributing to the growing threat of nuclear war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Paul Craig Roberts... is one of the true "adults in the room" in Geopolitics; I sure wish he was our Secretary of State right now, rather than Pompeo.

Why are the peaceful people, who want to ratchet down the rhetoric out there, and make the world a more responsible, less hostile place for its citizens, always marginalized, or sidelined permanently?!?

Because that... makes the US a less war-centric company, and that... makes those companies heavily invested in the creation of weaponry, very unhappy.

But if I were a betting woman, I would not bet against Americans being absolutely ready for a peace candidate; if they just had a chance here, which they do not seem to have.

Apr 23 11:00

"Hollow And Laughable": Russia Issues Own Scathing 120-page Reaction To Mueller Report

One day following last Thursday's bombshell Mueller report — or rather we should say the report which ended three years of nonstop 'Russiagate' hysteria with a not-so-dramatic whimper — the Russian embassy in the US issued its own scathing report, calling the collusion conspiracy which Mueller's team sought to uncover "hollow and laughable".

The Russian embassy also said it was "no surprise" that the investigation delivered "no tangible result" in its own massive 120-page study, released online Friday, even the title of which pulled no punches — The Russiagate Hysteria: A Case of Severe Russiaphobia.

Apr 23 10:54

Oil Shortage Crisis Might Force the Syrian State to Liberate East Euphrates

Muhammad Khodhr, Lebanese Al-Mayadeen News Channel reporter in Syria wrote to almayadeen.net commenting on the pressing issue of the shortages in Syria. Mr. Khdhr’s article is in Arabic and we tried to translate it to our best to English.

The current crisis started on Saturday, April 6th, which the government attributes to the impact of US sanctions on the Syrian economy. Oil Minister Ali Ghanem said during a tour of the gas stations that the material was available at stations in an effort to reassure consumers who have just got out of a severe shortage in gas which stretched throughout the winter months and effectively ended with the start of the spring.

Apr 23 10:41

Russia’s Hostile Outreach of Friendship

The mainstream media never ceases to remind us that Russia is an adversary of the United States … or an opponent … an enemy … a rival … an adversary … or, my favorite, a “regional hegemon.”

Imagine: Russia trying to establish business relations with the United States. Even worse, coming up with a plan of “reconciliation” between the two countries?

Well, certainly one thing could be worse, from the standpoint of the media and the U.S. national-security establishment. That would be Russians who were trying to help Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton. After all, on the campaign trail Trump was also saying that he intended to establish a friendly and harmonious relation with Russia while Clinton was embracing the opposite position. In the eyes of the mainstream press and the Washington, D.C., establishment, the fact that Russia preferred the presidential candidate who favored normalizing relations shows why Russia poses such a grave threat to “national security.”

Apr 23 10:05

Poroshenko out, Zelensky in: West backed the wrong man in Ukraine & now it’s payback time

Volodymyr Zelensky’s victory in Sunday’s Ukrainian Presidential election marks the moment when the Western populist wave comes to the post-Soviet space.
It also serves as a complete rejection of the divisive, ethno-nationalist policies pursued by his opponent, Petro Poroshenko, over the past five years.

Like US President Donald Trump and Italy’s Beppe Grillo, Zelensky has leveraged a major television profile for political gain, but he’s pulled it off on an inclusive platform in his campaigning, contrasting with the discordant rhetoric of his opponent.

Now, Ukraine faces an unusual situation. It has replaced an ideologically fanatical President with a complete unknown quantity. One who lacks any parliamentary power-base and must wait six months for elections to the legislature, the Rada.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump is going to have to bend over backwards,because of what President Obama, Victoria Nuland, et al, did, with their "canonization" of Poroshenko.

I hope that Trump will meet with Volodymyr Zelensky, and soon, to try to ratchet down the tensions between Russia and Ukraine; that would be a wonderful thing to see happen.

Of course, after having done this once, the US MIGHT think about another "Maidan Spring" to topple Zelensky; but should that happen, by now, the people of Ukraine are going to get so furious, that any usurper will be shown the door, with the door securely bolted behind him.

And I have to wish this guy good luck; he... is going to need it.

Apr 23 10:04

Hezbollah: US Iran Sanctions Amount to Aggression Against Entire World

The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement denounced US economic sanctions against Iran, describing the punitive measures as “an act of aggression” against all world nations.

“US efforts to increase economic pressure on Iran, especially its pledge to drive the country’s oil exports to zero, will have negative repercussions and will affect the entire world, including the US itself,” Seyed Hassan Nasrallah said as he addressed his supporters via a televised speech broadcast live from the Lebanese capital Beirut on Monday evening, presstv reported.

He then called on world nations to stand up against “US arrogance”>>>

(*take it easy on him fellas , he came down from The Exoneration Euphoria . be grateful you don't live in A US Blue State , is all I can tell you !)

Apr 23 09:35

No more waivers: The United States will try to force Iranian oil exports to zero

In tightening sanctions on Iran, the Trump administration moved on Monday to isolate Tehran economically and undercut its power across the Middle East. But the clampdown has complicated relations with China at a particularly sensitive moment.

The decision to stop five of Iran’s biggest customers from buying its oil was an audacious strike at Tehran’s lifeline — one million barrels of oil exports daily, fully half of which go to China. The order was also aimed at India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey, all countries that trade robustly with the United States.

All are also partners with the United States on major security and diplomatic issues that do not involve Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me get this straight; Is President Trump is attempting to use some kind of "economic force against China", so that it yields on purchasing Iran's oil?!?

Good luck with that, Mr. President!! And BTW, I was just wondering; what do you up your sleeve, in order to be able to do this?!?

And BTW, could your timing of this threat come at a worse possible time during the US/China economic negotiations?!?

I think not.

And also against the countries of India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey, which have been buying from American vendors?!?

Sir, forgive me, but this bites, BIG-TIME!!

So, sir, what are you prepared to do, particularly if China doesn't want to budge against your embargo of Iranian oil?!?

Are you seriously looking at, having US sailors "board foreign ships", to see if they are carrying any Iranian oil?!?

Sir, in case no one among your "advisors" has happened to mention it, the interdiction of a foreign ship in international waters, is very close to creating to a declaration of war against that country.

Perhaps a "false flag" to be blamed on Russia or China may be more to your liking.

But when President Bush lied about Iraq having alleged "weapons of mass destruction", (which, of course, he didn't, but that was the lie upon which which he staked the invasion and occupation of Iraq.) was the moment where I lost all faith in what any American governing bodies were saying, including the Executive; Judicial; Pentagon; and its Surveillance.

So what are we looking at here, Mr. President, a nuclear war against China, and Russia?!? Don't laugh; Paul Craig Roberts warned us a couple of years ago, that plans actually exist to make this happen.

This guy is one of the most sober-sided writer/reporter on the US political scene, and is quite credible.

Paul Craig Roberts: US plans exist to nuke Russia and China

War, even when the biggest US weaponry makers believe, and experience has proven them right, that their "donations" to various covert and overt political causes, makes them "bullet-proof" in terms of any governmental prosecution against them, for shoddy, outdated merchandise which does not behave as advertised?!?

Sir, I give you... the Lockheed-Martin F-35s, which is still a hot mess
technically:

August 2018: The Pentagon is Down-Playing Serious Problems with the F-35, watchdog says

January 2019: Stealth F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Still has some serious Problems

March 2019: F-35 FAR FROM READY TO FACE CURRENT OR FUTURE THREATS

From January, 2019:F-35 Logistics System resulting in Lost Missions

February, 2019: F-35 Fighter Jets will only be able to fly one quarter of expected life, due to Structural Issues

None of this information is confidential, having been previously published, both in print, and on-line. And please look them up for yourself; I am not telling anything that people already don't know, if they have been following the "process" of the evolution of the F-35.

Mr. President, you really need to think about this, as critically as you are able; because right now, in Spring of 2019, the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the money to make such a war conclude with a good outcome for this country.

So, as someone who cares about this country deeply, I am asking you: please, President Trump, don't look at a war against both China and Russia; the US may not fare too well, if this is, in fact, the plan.

And here is another little "caveat" to the above:

China Won't Find Lost F-35 stealth Fighter,

The article, Mr. President, continues to state: "The U.S. and Japanese militaries are dismissing the possibility that China will find Japan’s missing F-35A Lightning II aircraft before their own search parties.

“The Japanese have the lead there, and we’re working very collaboratively with them," acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Friday. "And we’ve got a capability if what they have doesn’t prove to be sufficient.”

When asked whether he was concerned China could get to the crash site first, Shanahan said: “No, I’m not.”

Somehow, I have a really hard time believing that last bit.

Apr 23 08:57

New Russian passenger jet to get Russian engines replacing American Pratt & Whitney

Russia’s first post-Soviet large domestic airliner, MC-21-300, has received two of the first 16 domestically-made engines to eventually replace American Pratt & Whitney engines that it currently uses.

Apr 22 14:59

US & Europe react to Poroshenko’s defeat by comedian Zelensky in Ukraine

As early results show West-backed President Petro Poroshenko looks certain to be defeated by comic Volodymyr Zelensky, US and EU officials have queued up to congratulate the political rookie, all looking for “strong partnership.”

The US embassy in Ukraine was apparently the first western mission that rushed to address Zelensky as exit polls showed the comedian leading with 72-74 percent of the vote.

“We congratulate President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky,” the American diplomats tweeted. “We look forward to continuing the strong U.S.-Ukraine partnership with President-elect Zelenskyy.”

Apr 22 12:01

SECURING THE MEDITERRANEAN – Russia Obtains 50 Year Syrian Port Deal

The seaport of Tartus in Syria will be leased by Russia for 49 years for economic use and transport within a week, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told reporters after meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

In 2017, Russia and Syria signed an agreement on the deployment of the logistical center of the Russian Navy for 49 years in Tartus.

“We are very advanced in this matter and we hope that within a week the contract will be signed,” said Borisov.

The politician believes that this step will give a serious boost to mutual trade.

“I hope it will be beneficial, in the first place, for the Syrian economy,” said the deputy prime minister.

The agreement can be extended automatically for another 25 years. It is defensive in nature and is not directed against other countries.

Apr 22 12:00

US-Russia Tensions Are Escalating Because of Collusion Fever

By Carey Wedler

Establishment media and politicians began to sound the alarm on fake news after Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, blaming deception and ignorance for his victory. But as much as they might worry about the spread of false narratives and disinformation, their thirst for stories about Russia colluding with then-candidate Trump during the 2016 election proved to be a powerful brand of fake news—one that has most certainly put lives at risk...

Apr 22 10:56

COMEDIAN WHO "CAME TO BREAK THE SYSTEM" WINS UKRAINE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION BY LANDSLIDE

According to exit polls, millions of voters - weary of war and economic hardship - have thoroughly rebuked the incumbent elites, overwhelmingly voting for 41-year-old TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskii in Ukraine's presidential election today.

"I voted for Zelenskii because everything he said is true," said Viktoriia Bengalska, a 45-year-old secretary in Kiev.

"It's impossible to survive on this salary, prices have increased like crazy, and we were promised something totally different."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I just have to wonder if the folks formally in this government and others, let's say,.... President Obama, Obama admits, on CNN, that the US government was a part of the group to replace Yanukovych with Poroshenko
or .....Victoria Nuland,US spent 5 billion ,US, on installing Poroshenko and the folks from the the world bank, who backed the cu-cu-ca CHOO" in Ukraine in 2014, feel about Poroshenko's having fallen flat on his face in this election, meaning that they are going to have to negotiate with the new guy, to see what kind of "deal" they can work with him.

You have GOT to love both the the hubristic stupidity and irony of this move, and what it has actually cost those who brought it about.

And President Obama, and Ms. Nuland, since it was never YOUR money you spent, but the money of the American people, I would politely suggest, that this amount would have done a lot to assist our Veterans, who are dealing with chronic health issues, both physically and psychologically, after they are released from their term of service.

But there is one thing that I would suggest may happen in this "route" of the American-backed government; the people of Ukraine will never believe anything any US administration says, henceforward.

Great job, there, Obama and Nuland!! Way to go!!

Apr 22 09:22

'No illusions', but there are 'chances' – Russian PM on Ukraine elections and bilateral relations

Ukrainian president-elect Volodymyr Zelensky won’t change his campaign rhetoric about Russia, but there is a real chance for Moscow-Kiev ties to improve after the election, according to Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev.

“There is no doubt the new head of state will remain committed to his campaign rhetoric about Russia, repeating the same ideological cliches… I have no illusion about that,” Medvedev wrote on his VK social media page.

He expressed hope, however, that there is “a chance to improve cooperation” between Russia and Ukraine, if the new leadership uses “common sense” and a “pragmatic and responsible approach” that takes into account political realities in Ukraine.

Apr 22 09:17

Ukraine’s president-in-waiting Zelensky vows to end conflict in Donbass with ‘POWERFUL INFOWAR’

Bringing the civil war in eastern Ukraine to an end appears to be one of the top priorities for Zelensky. Promising to announce some kind of a plan shortly, he asked the reporters for help in the upcoming “infowar” that he says would help end the conflict, which, since 2014, has been raging between Kiev’s troops and the rebel self-proclaimed republics.

"We will launch a very powerful information war to end the war in Donbass."

He then vowed to “act within the Normandy format,” referring to the French-German-Russian-Ukrainian talks on war in Donbass, saying that “we will continue the Minsk process, we will restart it.”

Apr 22 08:05

Mueller’s Deep State Ploy Against Russia

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Decade after decade, Soviet propaganda held to one theme, that the United States used its military and economic might to rule the world on behalf of criminal elites. With the fall of the Soviet Union, a new era of world peace and prosperity was to emerge.

Instead, something else happened, war upon war, hot war, cold war, economic war, and a resurgence of colonialism and bullying.

How does this apply to “Russiagate?”

The story isn’t simple, nothing is today. Here is what we know. The Russia investigation was always fake, a cheap ploy to kill time while the Deep State consolidated power inside the US under a puppet president>>>

(*But the main thing , in case you hadn't heard , is that Trump Won !)
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With the release of the redacted Mueller Report in late April 2018, a number of things should be clear. They aren’t. In fact, nothing is clear except that US Attorney General Barr lied when he claimed Trump was exonerated by the report, far from it.

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Apr 21 23:23

Flashpoint: Ukraine v. Russia: Passage through Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov

Part I: The Legal Status of Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov
DMYTRO KOVAL—VALENTIN J. SCHATZ— 10 January, 2018 0

On 16 September 2016, Ukraine instituted arbitral proceedings against Russia under Part XV and Annex VII of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in the Dispute Concerning Coastal State Rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait (Ukraine v. the Russian Federation). The case relates to Russia’s occupation of Crimea in 2014, which fundamentally disrupted the maritime order in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

Apr 21 15:02

COMEDIAN WINS UKRAINE'S PRESIDENTIAL VOTE - exit polls

Anti-establishment political novice defeats President Petro Poroshenko with 73 percent of ballots, exit polls show.

Comic Volodymyr Zelensky has won Ukraine's presidential runoff vote, defeating incumbent President Petro Poroshenko with 73.2 percent of the vote against 25.3, according to exit polls.

The ballots cast on Sunday were yet to be counted by Ukraine's Central Election Commission, but the exit polls coincided with the official results after the first round of elections which were held three weeks ago.

Poroshenko conceded defeat at a press conference minutes after the exit polls were announced>>>

Apr 21 05:50

Syria Rejects Media Reports on Clashes between Russian, Iranian Military Men

A senior Syrian military source rejected media reports on clashes between the Russian forces and Iranian military advisors in Deir Ezzur and Aleppo as "baseless and untrue".

“General Command of the army and armed forces categorically refutes those reports circulated on the websites and newspapers and it asserts that the news are baseless and untrue,” the source was quoted as saying by SANA news agency on Saturday.

The army command called upon different mass media to seek accuracy and be responsible for broadcasting news and avoid battlefield reports unless those issued by a military source, the source added.

Iranian and Russian militaries have been assisting Syria in fighting against the terrorist groups upon official demand of the Syrian government since the first days of war.

Iran has played a military advisory role in the war-torn Arab states.

Some Israeli websites had earlier claimed clashes between Iranian and Russian forces in Western Homs.

>>>

(*YES! This article continues after reaching THAT! Bottom Line on the Fake NEWS Angle )

Apr 20 12:47

Crimea Vows To Ship Oil To Syria Amid Ongoing Fuel Crisis, Thwarting US Sanctions

Via AlMasdarNews.com

The President of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, vowed to help the Syrian Arab Republic amid their ongoing fuel crisis that is a result of the sanctions imposed on the country by western nations.

Aksyonov told Russia’s Sputnik News that there are plans to export wheat, petroleum derivatives and power tools to Syria as well as rebuilding railways there.

He pointed out that whether it is Crimea or Russia, they are willing to export products to Syria in order to help the war-torn nation.

The Crimean President noted that a shipment of wheat and other industrial products is being prepared and will be heading to Syria soon.

He also pointed out that a joint shipment company is being founded, adding that Syria will export citrus fruits, olive and olive oil to Russia.

The fuel crisis in Syria has forced the Syrian government to issue rations on gas in order to deal with the ongoing sanctions that are greatly effecting the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; just how Crimea will get these supplies, unless they move a lot of them through the Mediterranean, on their way to Tarsus, which is an officially Russian-leased port on the Med.

You know that the US military will be in the Med, guns blazing, attempting to derail the Syria-destined aid, if they get the slightest whisper, that this is really happening happening.

And BINGO, we can look at NATO's website to determine what kind of training exercises are going to be taking place, right around the time that these shipments should be happening.

Fact Sheet: NATO EXERCISES, 2019:

It looks as though the following will be the closest "fit", in terms of a time line:

SPRING STORM
A large-scale live exercise of the Estonian Defence Forces, with
participation from NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence and other Allied
forces. Some 10,000 military personnel are expected to participate.
29 April – 10 May

Folks, that start date for this NATO exercise is 29 April; one week from this Monday.

I hope (and also pray) that the Adults in the Room in the White House, and its Military, are not going to let things get out of hand with these shipments; unfortunately, with a card-carrying Dominionist at the helm of the US State Department, Mikie Pompeo, God only knows what kind of havoc he may have in store for these aid ships, simply trying to get help to a fractured, broken country, (largely courtesy of the last Administration, and the current Administration.)

The location of this drill is also more than a little un-nerving; right after Crimea held its referendum, to determine, post-putsch, if Crimeans wanted to stay with Ukraine, or petition the Russian Federation to become a member (that latter is the one that happened), there was all sorts of chatter that Russia would want to invade Estonia.

And it appears that the American Public is being "groomed" to expect a Russian attack against Baltic nations, which would, of course, would mean that NATO would be stepping in here.

Europe's worst nightmare: here's what a NATO/RUSSIA war would like like, dateline 31 March 019

So, we get this story, end of last month, and NATO exercises in Estonia latter this month, starting 29 March, and headed through the beginning of May.

Coincidence?!?

I hope to Heaven that I am wrong, but when I see dates start to "jive" as they do for this exercise, and potential disruption of a Crimean relief operation for Syria, I don't think that this was a coincidence.

Apr 20 11:12

BRZEZINSKI'S WARNING TO AMERICA

As Washington’s grip on global affairs continues to loosen and more countries reject the western development model, the current order will progressively weaken clearing the way for a multipolar world badly in need of a new security architecture. Western elites, who are unable to accept this new dynamic, continue to issue frenzied statements expressing their fear of a future in which the United States no longer dictates global policy.
At the 2019 Munich Security Conference, Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger, underscored many of these same themes. Here’s an excerpt from his presentation:

“The whole liberal world order appears to be falling apart – nothing is as it once was… Not only do war and violence play a more prominent role again: a new great power confrontation looms at the horizon. In contrast to the early 1990s, liberal democracy and the principle of open markets are no longer uncontested….

Apr 20 10:15

US Calls on Countries Worldwide to Block Russia's Planes Heading For Venezuela

The arrival of Russian military planes in Venezuela in March 2019 spurred harsh criticism from the US, who has accused Moscow of destabilising the situation in the Latin American state, currently engulfed in a political crisis. Russia, for its part, has recalled that its planes arrived under a bilateral agreement with Caracas.

The US has called on the international community to deny Russian planes flying to Venezuela a right of passage through their airspace, following the example of such a move by Malta. Ortagus said that such a decision could help stop Russian support for the country's President Nicolas Maduro.

Apr 19 13:53

Obama White House, Liberal Media Mocked Romney's Accurate View of Russia

Apr 19 12:39

Scott Adams: The Mueller Report and Mental Illness

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1119239401081458689

Presidential critics trying to spin bad news for them, into good news
Coincidences, unimportant things, but nothing illegal
Actual witch hunters in Salem believed they had good reasons
When is it illegal to listen to information from a person?
“Collusion” charges require an agreement between parties
Chris Cuomo’s laundry list of unimportant, normal, legal things
Part II of Mueller’s report is pure political vaporware
No crimes, just lots of unimportant and legal things
Anti-Trumpers are attempting to lawyer their way out of being wrong
Attempting to define or redefine “witch hunt”
The difference between “spying” and “surveillance
Chris Cuomo discusses things that are legal…but you shouldn’t do
That’s a tell for “I have no reasons”
CNN pushing narrative that Barr framed report to support President

Apr 19 12:16

RUSSIA 2019+ MILITARY DOCTRINE

The term “Gerasimov Doctrine”, apparently wholly made up Mark Galeotti who, to his credit, owned up to his mistake, has been used by the Western media to the point of obscuring the real work on developing national security doctrines for Russia’s 21st century needs. In this work, General Valeriy Gerasimov, Chief of General Staff of the Russian Federation Armed Forces, has played a major role. During a recent conference at the Academy of Military Sciences, where Gerasimov delivered the keynote speech, he outlined the national security priorities facing the Russian Federation. This included areas where further theoretical research is necessary to inform the future dimensions of armed forces development.

Apr 19 11:52

Crimea Completes Fence on Border With Ukraine

Russia has finished constructing a 60-kilometer fence on the Crimean border with Ukraine.

In September 2017, the Federal Security Services (FSB) branch of the annexed Crimean peninsula announced an auction to build a two-meter high fence bordering Ukraine. According to reports at the time, the fence was estimated to cost over 200 million rubles ($2.8 million).

Apr 19 11:12

Putin offers to send Russia’s ‘best experts’ to help restore Notre Dame Cathedral

Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended his condolences to France and its leader as well as an offer of help in rebuilding the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral.

In a message to Emmanuel Macron published on the Kremlin’s official website, Putin says he hopes the historic cathedral can be repaired after the fire destroyed part of its roof, clock and spire. He also offered to send “the best Russian experts with experience in restoring monuments of cultural heritage” to help.

Apr 19 11:11

‘We all watched with tears in our eyes’ as Notre Dame burnt – Putin

The inferno which engulfed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was a hard sight to witness, Vladimir Putin has told French businessmen in the Kremlin. Russian companies are eager to join reconstruction efforts, he added.
"We’re all sorry. We all watched this with tears in our eyes,” the president said as he described his reaction, and that of many Russians, as the blaze struck in the heart of the French capital on Monday.

Notre Dame is not just a symbol of France, but a symbol of the whole of European civilization, Putin pointed out as he met with the top managers from Total, Reno, Auchan and some other major French businesses in the Kremlin.

French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to rebuild the devastated Notre Dame within the next five years. The Russian leader expressed confidence that those plans will be fulfilled and made assurances that Russian companies, which have interests in France, were ready to help with the reconstruction of the landmark.

Apr 19 11:05

Russiagate Hoax Exposed: The Colossal Inertia Of Racist, Russophobic Fake-News Conspiracy Theories

The effectiveness of the non-stop Russiagate hoax has shows up on the personal level, but it is maintained from the very top. It is engrained enough to be foundational for Saturday Night Live’s comics and for comic columnists. The multiple debunks are utterly ignored, and “the caravan moves on.”

Senator Schumer is still asserting much that has been debunked, but the debunking matters not, either to the promulgators or to the true believers.

Apr 19 10:59

RUMORS OF WAR: WASHINGTON IS LOOKING FOR A FIGHT

Authored by Philip Giraldi via The Strategic Culture Foundation

But even given all of the horrific decisions being made in the White House, there is one organization that is far crazier and possibly even more dangerous. That is the United States Congress, which is, not surprisingly, a legislative body that is viewed positively by only 18 per cent of the American people.

A current bill originally entitled the “Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA) of 2019,” is numbered S-1189.

It has been introduced in the Senate which will “…require the Secretary of State to determine whether the Russian Federation should be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism and whether Russian-sponsored armed entities in Ukraine should be designated as foreign terrorist organizations.” The bill is sponsored by Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado and is co-sponsored by Democrat Robert Menendez of New Jersey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will, again, take the Congress out of its Constitutionally, legally binding, responsibility to declare war; and considering that our current Secretary of State is Mike Pompeo, a Dominionist, who fervently believes that a world war is a great thing, because it will cause Jesus to make his second appearance on this planet, is something which would be a fearsome responsibility for even a sane Secretary of State, which is something we do not have now.

One has to wonder if Gardner and Menendez are closet Dominionists, but I know from a standpoint of Menendez, he is doing his best to wipe the vomit off of him, from a criminal corruption case which ended with a hung jury.

Menendez Hung Jury Sends a Powerful Message to GovernmentThe article goes on to state:

The U.S. Department of Justice had charged Menendez with doing official favors for his friend and co-defendant Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor, in exchange for expensive hotel stays, private jet flights and hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions.

"While Menendez walked out of the courthouse a free man, the cloud of the corruption trial still hangs over him. Federal prosecutors have not yet said if they will re-try the case but the Senate Ethics Committee plans to resume its own investigation of Menendez."

Apr 19 10:55

SLAVIC BROTHERHOOD: Russia Allocates 20 Million Dollars For Demining Of Serbia

Moscow promised to allocate approximately $20 million to Serbia to demine the country, said Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic.

“Today (April 17), my counterpart (Russian Foreign Minister), Sergey Lavrov, informed me that Russia will allocate approximately $20 million for the deactivation of mines in Serbia,” Dacic said in Moscow during the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the creation of the Embassy of the Principality of Serbia in the Russian Empire.

According to the Russian Ministry of Emergencies, Serbia, with the support of the International Civil Defense Organization, has been carrying out the country’s humanitarian demining program since 2008.

Apr 18 12:54

Putin to meet with Kim Jong-un in Russia in 2nd half of April – Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will hold a meeting in Russia before the end of the month, the Kremlin said on Thursday. Kim will visit to Russia at Putin’s invitation, according to the statement.

Apr 18 10:17

New York Times Accidentally Unravels UK Government's Official Skripal Narrative

While London almost immediately blamed Moscow for being behind the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK city of Salisbury in March 2018, Russia has strongly rejected its involvement, stressing it's been denied access both to the investigation into the incident and the Russian nationals affected.

Apr 18 10:12

Putin handles corruption LIKE A BOSS

Apr 17 13:33

PALESTINIANS TURN TO RUSSIA TO BYPASS US PEACE PLAN

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to visit Moscow in the coming months with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Apr 16 11:14

AMERICA’S WAR AGAINST IRAN & VENEZUELA’S “DEEP STATES” IS GOING PUBLIC

it’s clear that the US desires to dismantle Iran and Venezuela’s supposedly interconnected influence networks in Latin America as the next step in fortifying “Fortress America“, and while “deep state” wars such as this one have been going on for decades, it’s hitherto unprecedented for any country to make such a crusade public since the end of the Old Cold War when the US used to make similar claims about the USSR and its communist proxies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The trajectory that US foreign policy has taken of late, should scare the stuffing out of reasonable people; a category within which I hope,, I still belong.

You have a President who appears, at this point in his Presidency, to be a President In Name only, has now been thoroughly subsumed by the US Deep State, and ever willing to do its bidding.

The Neocon Mouthpiece, the Mouth that Pours, belongs to no other than Mike Pompeo, who appears to let his Dominionist faith rule his foreign policy. If you haven't read the following article, perhaps now is the time to do so.

The Rapture and the Real World: Mike Pompeo Blends Beliefs and PolicyThe article goes on to state:

"Though Mr. Trump is secular, white evangelicals are a big part of his voter base, and some of his major foreign policy moves, planned or supported by Mr. Pompeo, are intended to shore up political support.

The most notable examples involve Israel. When Mr. Trump moved the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, evangelicals applauded.

Studies show that white evangelicals are much more likely than other Americans to believe that Israel fulfills a biblical prophecy. Known as Christian Zionists, they believe God promised the land to the Jews, and that the gathering of Jews in Israel is foretold in the prophecy of the rapture — the ascent of Christians into the kingdom of God."

Of course, Netanyahu just stands there, and smiles, knowing that whatever he wants from the US, he will get, even if it is a massive war against Iran, which will surely translate as a war against Russia, paid for only in American money, and American blood.

Mr. Pompeo talks about the rapture. “We will continue to fight these battles,” he said at a “God and Country Rally” in 2015, because there is a “never-ending struggle” until “the rapture.”

Folks, I am having a palm to forehead moment, at his having said this. This denotes ancient friends (the original Hebrews, not the Khazars who currently run Israel) and ancient enemies, with whom this flavor of Christianity wants to engage, militarily, like present day Iran, for no logical reason other than an horrific mis-read of what Christian "destiny" looks like.

What would be a "logical, sane " foreign policy, would be one of engaging, not enraging, potential geopolitical assets, like China and Russia; being a part of the belt and road economy; and learning to live within one's means as a nation.

But Dominionists (and I am certain Pompeo is one of these people), believe that by bringing the world into a living hell of a total world war, they will will pave the way for Jesus to come down, and transition all living faithful up to heaven, in what is described by them as, "THE RAPTURE".

And folks, if what I am about to post, doesn't give you the heebe-jeebies, I do not know what will. And the article is datelined last December

"Anyone wondering what the true impetus was behind U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Wednesday to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital needed only to view the image of the president when he made the formal announcement" from Harretz:

The U.S. evangelical community is in raptures over Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel, believing it moves the world closer to Armageddon

The article continues to state: "Glittering Christmas decorations festooned across the White House hallway enveloped Trump, with Vice President Mike Pence deliberately – if a bit awkwardly – placed directly behind the president’s shoulder, ensuring that no camera angle could leave him out of the picture."

So folks, what we have here is a very religiously deranged person, setting US foreign policy, with unending visions of wars and more wars with which to "open the gates of both Heaven (and Hell) to attempt to achieve what Secretary of State Pompeo believes is the Bible's "last stand in Armageddon". He is, of course, aided and abetted in these manners by John Bolton, Security Council to the President.

So I submit to you; can a person whose religious fantasies rule his both life, and his illogically insane foreign policies, be a proper person to set US foreign policy, when ALL he wants, due to his eshatology, is to create a world where wars are certain, but responsible, fence-mending with potential allies is considered idiocy and lunacy?!?

Because folks, this completely off the course/on the skids path upon which we are moving, due to Pompeo's beliefs, will most likely see us at war with Russia; China; and God only knows what part of the rest of the world.

Right now, it is too damned bad that the US doesn't have a 25th Amendment equivalent to that for the President, for the Secretary of State; and it is high time that Trump see the reasons behind the wars Pompeo is trying to ignite,but are not necessary for the US or the World; they are, unfortunately, necessary for Pompeo's distorted view of the world, and its most dystopian future possible, to come to pass.

Apr 16 09:21

Russia replaces Venezuelan crude on European markets

European refiners are switching to Russian sour grades as US sanctions have shrunk Venezuela’s similar-grade exports, Reuters reports, adding that the Russian sour crude is getting increasingly expensive.

Citing sources from the trading industry, Reuters says the situation has been made worse by the fact that OPEC members have cut mainly their output of heavier, more sour grades under the OPEC+ agreement aimed at stimulating a price rise.

US crude is not an alternative as it is overwhelmingly light and sweet, while refineries in Europe are equipped to process heavier grades as well as light ones to make refined products.

Apr 16 08:22

Moscow: Cooperation Between Russia And NATO Completely Over

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksandr Grushko said on Monday that Moscow sees no sign that NATO knows how to get out of the impasse in relations with Russia.

According to the deputy minister, the cooperation between Russia and NATO in the civil and military area has completely ended.

“NATO itself has given up the positive agenda in relations with Russia, which does not exist and for the moment there are no signs that NATO knows how to get out of this impasse,” he said.

However, the deputy minister detailed that Russia continues to maintain military contacts with certain countries of the alliance

Apr 15 11:49

UKRAINIAN AMBASSADOR'S VEHICLE ATTACKED IN LONDON OUTSIDE EMBASSY

An attacker drove into the vehicle of Ukraine's ambassador to the United Kingdom in front of the country's embassy in London Saturday morning.

Despite police blocking the area, the attacker struck the Ambassador Natalia Galibarenko's parked car a second time, the Embassy of Ukraine said in a statement.

The suspect then drove toward police officers, prompting officers to open fire and discharge a Taser, Met police said in a statement.

Apr 15 10:28

US-Russia chill stirs worry about stumbling into conflict

WASHINGTON – It has the makings of a new Cold War, or worse.

The deep chill in U.S.-Russian relations is stirring concern in some quarters that Washington and Moscow are in danger of stumbling into an armed confrontation that, by mistake or miscalculation, could lead to nuclear war.

American and European analysts and current and former U.S. military officers say the nuclear superpowers need to talk more. A foundational arms control agreement is being abandoned and the last major limitation on strategic nuclear weapons could go away in less than two years. Unlike during the Cold War, when generations lived under threat of a nuclear Armageddon, the two militaries are barely on speaking terms.

"During the Cold War, we understood each other's signals. We talked," says the top NATO commander in Europe, U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, who is about to retire. "I'm concerned that we don't know them as well today."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These men should be meeting weekly, so that everyone understands what is going on and why, so that the possibility of a all-our war becomes minimized through miscommunication, or "glitch".

There has to be a military version of "Skype" which can be used by both the US and Russians.

Apr 14 07:38

RUSSIA SAYS 'NEW WORLD ORDER' BEING FORMED

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared today that the Western, liberal model of society is dying, and a new world order is taking its place. Lavrov made the comments at his annual meeting with students and professors at the Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy, reported Russian state news agency TASS.

Apr 12 05:10

Putin Speaks Out For First Time On US Recognition Of Golan As Israeli Territory

Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed, on Monday, that the United States’ recognition of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights as Israeli territory is “a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions.”

Following talks with his visiting Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Putin for the first time commented on US President Trump’s recent decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Putin stressed, “As for recognition of the Golan Heights as a part of Israel, you know Russia’s position on that. It was laid bare in the Russian foreign ministry’s statement.”

He added, “This decision runs counter to the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.”

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Apr 11 12:31

Ukrainian comic will WIN presidential election by huge margin, shock poll shows

Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy is set to win the country's presidential election by a huge margin, a shock poll has shown.

The poll, released by the Reiting survey group, found Zelenskiy has 61 per cent support, while President Petro Poroshenko is lagging far behind on just 24 per cent.

Zelenskiy, who found fame playing the role of Ukraine's president in a TV situation comedy, has focused his campaign on railing against corrupt politicians influenced by rich oligarchs.

Apr 10 14:21

Russia sends humanitarian aid for Iran flood survivors

Russia is joining world countries to send humanitarian relief to Iranian floods survivors as inundations continue to cause heavy damage in large parts of the country.

“Responding to Iran’s request and in joint cooperation with Armenia’s Emergency Situations Ministry, humanitarian aid for the people hit by the floods has been sent,” reads Russia's Emergency Situation Ministry statement.

The ministry has dispatched four thousand tents, blankets and folding beds to its regional station in the Armenian capital Yerevan. The Russian government created the centre in 2015 in the city in a bid to serve as a regional basis for humanitarian aid for Armenia and surrounding countries.

Apr 10 12:46

Ukraine: The forgotten war

The tension between the Ukrainian army and the pro-Russian separatists of the Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic, which declared independence in 2014 with military support from Moscow, shows no sign of abating.

Despite the Minsk ceasefire agreement, conflict continues to affect everyday life; the hiss of bullets flying overhead and the crack of far-off sniper fire are familiar sounds. The regular Ukrainian army patrols the trenches and fights on the front line because pro-Russian snipers are positioned nearby.

Apr 10 09:59

Don’t Celebrate: Mueller Report Continues Russiagate Narrative

The Mueller report, while finding no collusion by Trump, did reinforce the narrative that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections to sow discord and disinformation, reinforcing the idea that Russia is an existential threat to the United States

Apr 10 08:05

Lavrov: We reject US president’s decision on occupied Syrian Golan

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed the need for finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria in accordance with UN resolution 2254.

During a press conference with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman al-Safadi in Amman on Sunday, Lavrov said that countering terrorism should be done without double standards.

He added that the situation in al-Rukban camp is catastrophic and the United States should allow displaced Syrians to leave it and return to their homes.

” We reject the US president’s decision on the occupied Syrian Golan which flagrantly violates the UN Charter,” the Russian diplomat said.

Apr 10 07:30

As Moon heads to Washington, Kim turns to old friend Moscow

South Korean president to hold talks with Trump while North Korea looks for support in the region.

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(*just like the good old days !)

Apr 10 05:20

Turkey: Delivery of Russian S-400 may be brought forward

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country’s purchase of Russia's S-400 is a “done” deal, and that the delivery of the missile defense system may happen sooner than the date set.

Erdogan made the remarks to reporters on his plane while returning from a trip to Russia, Turkey’s Daily Sabah newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The Turkish president said that he and his foreign minister were frequently asked about Ankara’s decision on the purchase of the S-400 system from Moscow.

“We answer that ‘this deal is done, everything is settled.’>>>

Apr 09 12:09

Japan lost an F-35 in the Pacific, and the US is in trouble if Russia or China find it first

Japan's military reported on Tuesday that it lost contact with an F-35 stealth jet some 84 miles off the east coast of Aomori prefecture in the Pacific, and that the hunt was on for the pilot and the downed plane.

But if Russia or China, who both maintain a heavy naval presence in the region, find the plane first, the future of US airpower could be over before it started.

Apr 09 10:49

Shipping capacity of Russian Arctic sea route to top 80 million tons in five years

The Russian Minister of National Resources and Environment Dmitry Kobylkin said cargo shipping in Russia’s northernmost territorial waters will exceed 80 million tons as soon as 2024.

“We started with five million tons of cargo, and today we see shipments of up to 35 million tons. But the potential capacity is much bigger than this with positive dynamics guaranteed,” the minister said in his recent interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily.

According to the official, the bulk of the cargo shipped through the Arctic route is currently implemented by the country’s mineral resources sector. Kobylkin urged the government to provide the Arctic with significant state investment.

Apr 09 10:31

TIME sinks to new depths of hypocrisy and propaganda with latest cover story on scary Russia

With the Mueller investigation wrapped up and interest in Russia’s alleged misdeeds against the US threatening to wane among the masses, mainstream media has decided to widen the net and refocus Russia’s “other” evil schemes.

TIME magazine has gotten a head start with its latest cover story, authored by journalist Simon Shuster, literally titled “Russia’s other plot” and illustrated with the usual clichéd, Soviet-inspired scary red and black artwork.

Apr 09 10:15

Russia Dumps U.S. Dollars and Buys Gold As “Safety Metal”

Vladimir Putin’s quest to break Russia’s reliance on the U.S. dollar has set off a literal gold rush. Within the span of a decade, the country quadrupled its bullion reserves, and 2018 marked the most ambitious year yet.

And the pace is keeping up so far this year. Data from the central bank show that holdings rose by 1 million ounces in February, the most since November.

Apr 09 09:56

‘Ruxit’ would be ‘blow’ similar to Brexit – Council of Europe chief

If Russia is forced to leave the Council of Europe around the same time the UK leaves the EU, it will have disastrous consequences for the continent, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, has warned.
“I believe many people do not understand what a blow it will be for Europe if we get Brexit and Ruxit at the same time. However, it can happen soon,” he told Norwegian news agency NTB, about the possibility of Russia leaving the organization this summer.

Jagland also maintained that the only way to avert this “looming” disaster is to fully reinstate the rights of the Russian delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which it was deprived of following Russia’s reunification with Crimea.

Apr 08 16:10

Netanyahu, Trump and Putin: A love story

The Israeli prime minister has worked hard to grow his political bromance with the presidents of Russia and the US.

Call him a crook, call him a warmonger, but who other than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could boast two successful summits with both US and Russian presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, all within two weeks of the Israeli elections?

His immediate motives are clear, but there is something beyond his obviously shrewd use of diplomacy for electoral gain. There are greater strategic implications of such high-powered statesmanship.

So how did a politically challenged, corruption-ridden leader of a tiny state get the world superpowers to do his bidding and on his schedule?

The answer lies in a three-way bromance that has been blossoming for some time, and could potentially shape the Middle East for years to come.

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Apr 08 12:30

U.S. SAYS RUSSIA STANDOFF OVER VENEZUELA MAY 'GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER'

The United States has again warned Russia to stay out of Venezuela, where Moscow recently sent military personnel to support the socialist government that Washington has sought to oust.

Discussing the situation during an interview Friday with Fox & Friends, Pompeo said that he saw no evidence that Moscow would heed Washington's requests to pull out personnel from Venezuela, which he said differed from the conflict in Syria because "it's in our neighborhood." Despite having held "direct talks" with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the top U.S. diplomat then warned that the situation may "get worse before it gets better."

Apr 08 09:54

Poroshenko pledges major changes in his team in case of win in presidential elections

Incumbent Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has pledged to attract many young people to his team in case of being re-elected for second term.

"There will be major changes in the team, many young people will join," he said in an interview with the Ukraine TV channel on Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Poroshenko is desperate. He got clobbered in the first round of elections.

Apr 08 09:36

Russia DEMANDS Washington Leave Syria-Jordan Occupation Zone

Russia has called on the United States to end the illegal occupation of the territory in the Rukban camp in Syria.

“We are willing to examine any steps that will help the refugees to leave the Rukban camp, but I believe that the simplest and most effective solution would be the cessation of the illegal occupation of the territory by the United States,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the media with his Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Safadi.

In addition, the minister stated that the US military collaborates with illegal armed groups in the Al-Tanf area.

Apr 08 07:50

Poland's Former Army Chief Floats US Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike On Russia

One of Poland's top former military commander's who led the country's Land Forces until 2009, General (ret.) Waldemar Skrzypczak, has made stunning remarks on the nature of the "Russian threat" to Europe and the readiness of western allies to deploy nuclear weapons in any future conflict.

Alarmingly, his recent remarks during an interview with Polish media conglomerate Wirtualna Polska this week likely reflect powerful and hawkish elements of the Polish military establishment who along with Skrzypczak now see Poland as a bulwark against "aggression from the East." The retired general imagined a future scenario of conflict where a US nuclear strike would be welcomed and necessary as "the most reasonable response"

Apr 08 05:04

Poland's Former Army Chief Floats US Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike On Russia

One of Poland's top former military commander's who led the country's Land Forces until 2009, General (ret.) Waldemar Skrzypczak, has made stunning remarks on the nature of the "Russian threat" to Europe and the readiness of western allies to deploy nuclear weapons in any future conflict.

Alarmingly, his recent remarks during an interview with Polish media conglomerate Wirtualna Polska this week likely reflect powerful and hawkish elements of the Polish military establishment who along with Skrzypczak now see Poland as a bulwark against "aggression from the East." The retired general imagined a future scenario of conflict where a US nuclear strike would be welcomed and necessary as "the most reasonable response".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has this gentleman gone completely, barking mad, to make such a suggestion?!?

There is nothing either reasonable, or sane, about a decision to use a nuclear bomb; and a first strike capability, makes the optics of such an attack one of the most morally wretched moves I could think of.

So I would like to politely point out to General Waldemar Skrzypczak, that at this point in human civilization (if one can call humans "civilized" which is sometimes a stretch), that what the world needs right now, are hard-one, practical negotiations between the world's neighbors, independent political bodies, and quasi-military organisations ( like NATO) to ratchet down geopolitical tension, and start working on good faith, relationship-building efforts.

I would like to strongly caution against war as being the preferred "weapon of choice" with which governments frequently attempt to resolve their geopolitical differences; because at the end of the day, someone is going to do something so pig-headedly, ham-fisted stupid, that there will be no way back, and we have made something of this earth which is inimical to to bringing back any life on this planet whatosever.

Apr 07 09:29

US Ambassador to NATO: We Will Guarantee Passage of Ukrainian Warships Through Crimea Waters

The not-very-smart lady who last October put Russians “on notice” that US was looking at “taking out” Russian intermediate-range missiles in a pre-emptive strike, is at it again. This time she is promising NATO will guarantee Ukrainian Navy ships can pass through the Kerch Strait between mainland Russia and Crimea, which since 2014 Russia considers along with Crimea its own territory.

It is as much as saying NATO will guarantee Ukrainian army can return to Crimea. There isn’t any doubt either than Hutchinson is talking about Ukrainian warships (Russians do not interfere with the passage of merchant ships) seeing she says this is specifically in response to the November crisis where Russians prevented Ukrainian Navy vessels from making the passage:

Apr 07 09:02

Russian embassy blasts May’s claims of Kerch Strait 'aggression' as unacceptable

Russia’s Embassy in the United Kingdom has slammed as unacceptable the claims voiced by UK Prime Minister Theresa May that Russia carried out an act of aggression in the Kerch Strait, a spokesman for the diplomatic mission told reporters on Tuesday.

"We cannot accept these accusations. It’s well-known that on November 25 the Ukrainian Navy’s vessels blatantly violated the international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and also the rules of peaceful passage in Russia’s territorial waters in the Black Sea," the Russian diplomat said. "These illegal steps forced the Russian border guards to use force, and thanks to their restraint and high professionalism deaths were prevented."

The embassy stressed that the United Kingdom was informed of all details of the incident and it is surprising that the UK prime minister makes these assessments despite this knowledge.

Apr 07 09:01

How Brzezinski's Chessboard Degenerated Into Brennan's Russophobia

“Russia is an inalienable and organic part of Greater Europe and European civilization. Our citizens think of themselves as European. That’s why Russia proposes moving towards the creation of a common economic space from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, a community referred to by Russian experts as ‘the Union of Europe’ which will strengthen Russia’s potential in its economic pivot toward the ‘New Asia.’”

- Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, February 2012

The allegations of ‘Russian meddling’ only make sense if they’re put into a broader geopolitical context.

Apr 07 08:46

Ukrainian to US prosecutors: Why don't you want our evidence on Democrats?

Kostiantyn Kulyk, deputy head of the Prosecutor General’s International Legal Cooperation Department, told me he and other senior law enforcement officials tried unsuccessfully since last year to get visas from the U.S. embassy in Kiev to deliver their evidence to Washington.

“We were supposed to share this information during a working trip to the United States,” Kulyk told me in a wide-ranging interview. “However, the (U.S.) ambassador blocked us from obtaining a visa. She didn’t explicitly deny our visa, but also didn’t give it to us.”

Apr 07 08:36

A Few Initial Thoughts About the First Round of the Ukrainian Presidential Election

The Nazis suffered a crushing defeat in this election.

By “Nazis” I primarily mean their main figurehead – Petro Poroshenko (the rest of the “minor Nazis” did so poorly that they don’t matter anymore). Think of it: in spite of his immense wealth (he outspent everybody else and even spent more that twice what the next big spender – Tymoshenko – doled out for each vote), in spite of his immense “administrative resource” (that is the Russian expression for the ability to use the power of the state for your personal benefit), in spite of his “victory” with the Tomos, in spite of triggering the Kerch bridge incident, in spite of breaking all the remaining treaties with Russia, in spite of his control of the media and in spite of the (now admittedly lukewarm) support of the West, Poroshenko suffered a crushing defeat.

Apr 07 08:32

Soldiers from 101st Airborne set to deploy to Ukraine

Soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will case their colors and deploy to Ukraine within days.

About 150 soldiers will deploy in mid-April, according to a Friday release from the 101st Airborne, and they are expected to be gone for nine months. They will replace the Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, which has been in Ukraine since last summer.

Soldiers from each of the brigade’s seven battalions will form Task Force Carentan. They are scheduled to case their colors April 12 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Apr 07 08:17

Syria leases Mediterranean port to Iran

hen Russia was invited to set up a fortified base in Hmeimim, in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia, and another in the port city of Tartus, it was under the assumption it would have the sole foreign military presence along Syria’s Mediterranean coast.

The Hmeimim tenure was open-ended, while the use of Tartus naval facility was granted until 2065 and renewable by mutual consent. However, from next October the Russians will no longer have the neighborhood to themselves – as Iran has leased parts of the port of Latakia.

Iran’s arrival on the scene raises serious political and security concerns for Moscow.

Apr 07 05:12

Russia revamps military base to stake claim on Arctic region

SEVERNY KLEVER MILITARY BASE, Russia – Missile launchers ply icy roads and air defense systems point menacingly into the sky at this Arctic military outpost, a key vantage point for Russia to project its power over the resource-rich polar region.

The base, dubbed Severny Klever (Northern Clover) for its trefoil shape, is painted in the white, blue and red colors of the Russian national flag. It has been designed so soldiers can reach all of its sprawling facilities without venturing outdoors — a useful precaution in an area where temperatures often plunge to minus-58 degrees during the winter and even in the short Arctic summer are often freezing at night.

It’s strategically located on Kotelny Island, between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea on the Arctic shipping route, and it permanently houses up to 250 military personnel responsible for maintaining air and sea surveillance facilities and coastal defenses like anti-ship missiles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a reasonable thing for Russia to do; there have been a number of caches of oil and natural gas found here.

Energy and mineral riches of the Arctic

This is a very reasonable thing for the Russian government to exploit, and protect.

Apr 06 10:08

Russia slams Israel’s 'inadmissible' shelling of Syria

Russia’s foreign minister has slammed as “inadmissible” Israel’s airstrikes on Syria, underlining the need for respecting the sovereignty of the Arab country.

In an interview with Egypt’s al-Ahram newspaper on Saturday, Sergei Lavrov said Moscow’s stance on the inadmissibility of Israeli shelling of Syria’s territory has not changed.

"Our principled stance concerning shelling Syria’s territory has remained unchanged. We have always clearly expressed our attitude to that. We proceed from the need for strict respect for Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity," Lavrov said.

"We are opposed to turning the country’s territory into a scene of armed standoff>>>

(*Their 'principled stance' gives us our 'unfair advantage' !
whitehorse souce)

Apr 06 09:17

Pompeo: NATO Must Confront "Emerging Threats" From Russia And China In Venezuela

On Thursday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged NATO leaders to confront the “emerging threats” posed by the Russian and Chinese militaries across the globe, but especially in Venezuela.

“We must adapt our alliance to confront emerging threats… whether that’s Russian aggression, uncontrolled migration, cyberattacks, threats to energy security, Chinese strategic competition, including technology and 5G, and many other issues,” Pompeo said. Though he more specifically linked Russia with the Venezuela crisis in comments to reporters, China remained a talking point as part of the discussion throughout.

Apr 05 12:22

Russia, China to take joint action in UNSC on Korean settlement – Moscow

Moscow and Beijing are working out joint actions at the UN Security Council that will give impetus to the process of resolving the situation on the Korean Peninsula, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said on Thursday.

Apr 05 12:17

U.S Urges NATO To Increase Surveillance To Contain Russia In The Black Sea

The US is working on a package of measures aimed at boosting the alliance’s presence in the Black Sea, US ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison said on Tuesday.

According to the preliminary data, the package will be presented to the other NATO member countries during the next NATO meeting in Washington and provides for increased vigilance and the sending of more alliance vessels to the Black Sea.

“We have been working on a package to present to the foreign ministers and it is a package with surveillance, with air surveillance, as well as more of the NATO country ships going into the Black Sea to assure that there is safe passage for Ukrainian vessels through the Kerch Strait, the Sea of Azov,” Hutchison said on Tuesday. “It is very important for Bulgaria as well as the other countries surrounding the Black Sea that we have more attention to assuring that those waters are cleared and also that the countries in and around the Black Sea are safe from Russian meddling.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"because meddling in those countries is OUR job!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 05 08:47

The CIA Takeover of America in the 1960s is the Story of Our Times

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The web of deceit surrounding the now officially debunked Democratic led Russia-gate propaganda operation that has strengthened Trump to double-down on his anti-Russia operations (a Democratic goal) is an example of the perfidious and sophisticated mutuality of this game of mass mind-control.

The killing of the Kennedys and today’s new Cold War and war against terror are two ends of a linked intelligence operation.

Moreover, more than any other assassination of the 1960s, it is the killing of Bobby Kennedy that has remained shrouded in the most ignorance.

It is one of the greatest propaganda success stories of American history.

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(*THIS Article is in dire need of A Full On Limbaugh Smack Down! , The day before it was written

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ain't that right , boys ?)

Apr 04 13:44

JOE BIDEN'S 2020 UKRAINIAN NIGHTMARE: A CLOSED PROBE IS REVIVED

Interviews with a half-dozen senior Ukrainian officials confirm Biden’s account, though they claim the pressure was applied over several months in late 2015 and early 2016, not just six hours of one dramatic day. Whatever the case, Poroshenko and Ukraine’s parliament obliged by ending Shokin’s tenure as prosecutor. Shokin was facing steep criticism in Ukraine, and among some U.S. officials, for not bringing enough corruption prosecutions when he was fired.

Apr 04 11:33

Russia to take measures if NATO ships approach its coast, senior MP says

Moscow will take necessary measures if NATO ships approach its coast, Russian State Duma (the lower house of parliament) Defense Committee Chairman and former Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Airborne Troops Vladimir Shamanov told reporters on Wednesday.

"We will continue to keep an eye on the number and class of ships they plan to show off in the Black Sea near Russia’s coast and will take necessary measures with regard to both the sea zone and land borders," he said, commenting on NATO’s plans to ensure a safe passage through the Kerch Strait for Ukrainian vessels and expand aerial reconnaissance in the Black Sea region.

Apr 04 08:40

Russia adds $2.4 billion to its foreign exchange reserves in one week

Russia’s foreign exchange reserves rose to $489.5 billion in the last week of March, increasing 0.5 percent or $2.4 billion in seven days, the Central Bank of Russia has announced.

The gains soared thanks to proceeds from issuing international sovereign bonds, purchases of foreign currencies, and gold monetization, the regulator said in a statement on Thursday.

Apr 04 08:28

Amid Rising Tensions, NATO Chief Pitches Confrontation with Russia to US Congress

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivered the first-ever address by a leader of the US-led imperialist alliance to a joint session of the US Congress on Wednesday, promoting a military buildup against Russia under conditions in which ever greater fissures are threatening to tear NATO itself apart.

Stoltenberg, whose pedestrian speech was interrupted by 18 standing ovations from the assembled US Senators and Representatives, claimed that he was not pushing a new Cold War, but nonetheless made it clear that the central axis of the NATO alliance remained preparation for a military confrontation with Moscow.

Apr 04 08:19

Exclusive — Peter Schweizer: Joe Biden ‘Steered $1.8 Billion’ to Ukraine While His Son Bagged ‘Sweetheart Deal’ from Their Government

Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute and senior editor-at-large at Breitbart News, recalled how Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s second son, received millions of dollars from Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings while his father directed $1.8 billion in aid money to Ukraine as vice president during the Obama administration.

Schweizer joined Tuesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak.

Schweizer said, “I think a deeper problem that [Joe Biden] faces is — as has been reported on Breitbart and reported at the Hill, today — which I think is far deeper is the fact that his family, particularly his son, cashed in while he was vice president of the United States.”

Apr 04 05:32

Putin, Netanyahu, meet in Moscow ahead of Israeli elections

(*No Collusion Visible , when Netanyahu plays "Monkey In The Middle" For The Two Old Friends !)

Apr 03 12:13

Ukraine, Syria And Venezuela: The Price The World Pays For A Failing Unipolar System

The chairman of the Russian Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Konstantin Kosachev, believes that everything that is happening in Ukraine, Syria and Venezuela is a result of the confrontation between the unipolar and multipolar world concepts.

“What happens in Ukraine, Syria or Venezuela is the price the world pays for the unipolar system,” Kosachev wrote on Facebook. The senator recalled the events in the former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya and stressed that the inability to influence what happened in those countries led to “an increase in the appetite of those who have imposed forced solutions to other countries.”

He also pointed out that some Western countries attribute a certain price to many political issues. “I think this is a fundamental difference between the principles and values ??on which the foreign policy of Russia and Western countries is based, whose heads tell us constantly about price.”

Apr 03 11:59

Joe Biden’s past strong-arming in Ukraine is coming back to haunt him

It isn’t just unwanted kissing threatening Joe Biden’s bid for presidency, his past strong-arming of Ukraine to fire a prosecutor probing a company his son sits on the board of is also rearing its head again, the Hill reports.

The former vice president boasted at a January 2018 Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) meeting that he had threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk into firing prosecutor Viktor Shokin in March 2016. Biden said he gave them a six-hour deadline to fire him or he would pull $1 billion in US loan guarantees. “Well, son of a bitch, he got fired,” he said.

Apr 03 11:53

CNN’s Zakaria calls on Trump to declare war against Venezuela and Russia

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Fareed Zakaria shocking opening statement during his broadcast, where the CNN News commentator openly tries to goad and mock US President Trump into launching an attack on Venezuela, and the Russian presence within the Latin American country, in order to send a message to Putin, that the United States will do as it pleases when it comes to illegal regime change policy.

Zakaria even cited Obama’s Syria “red line” moment, to draw parallels between Syria’s failed regime change operation, and Venezuela’s ongoing, but staling, overthrow of the Maduro elected government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, Zak; Here's your rifle...

Apr 03 07:34

FORGET 'CREEPY' - BIDEN HAS A MAJOR UKRAINE PROBLEM

Joe Biden appears to have made a major tactical error last year when he bragged to an audience of foreign policy experts how he threatened to hurl Ukraine into bankruptcy if their top prosecutor, General Viktor Shokin, wasn't immediately fired, according to The Hill's John Solomon.

In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. -The Hill

"I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’" bragged Biden, recalling the conversation with Poroshenko.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This got reported at WRH yesterday, but certainly bears repeating.

But that Biden would, with his bare face hanging out and cameras rolling, say this, with impunity to a group of foreign policy experts, is one of the most compellingly horrific examples of corruption within the Obama administration.

That he actually had the power to cause a Ukrainian prosecutor to be fired, by threatening Ukraine with bankruptcy, because this prosecutor was leading an investigation into the workings of Burisma's Holdings, which employed Biden's younger son, Hunter, as a board member, should never be allowed to be forgotten by either the Democratic party, or American voters.

Apr 03 07:15

Why Russia Is Dumping Dollars And Buying Gold At The Fastest Pace In Decades

(*Sometimes , I find myself suggesting to others that if JFK , hadn't been whacked by H.W.B.s CIA , and we hadn't strayed from The Kennedy Doctrine in all the years since , the whole world , Russia and China , too , would have probably gravitated towards us much more effortlessly , in comparison to Trump trying to force The Netanyahu Doctrine down the throat of the world .
But JFK was a communist , nazi , socialist liberal ___ __ _ _____ , partner in the coup against Nixon , and had to be dealt vith , for the sake of the capitalist gains of our corporate 1% who regale us , every once in a while , with a little trickle down , when they want us to vote their way .)

Apr 02 13:04

Is Washington Preparing The Groundwork For A Maidan Scenario In Venezuela?

Authored by Robert Bridge via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Venezuela is home to the largest oil deposits in the world, which makes the political stakes involved much higher than they would be otherwise. Enter Juan Guaidó, Washington’s puppet leader in Caracas, who will be attempting to rally the country against legitimate (i.e., democratically elected by the people) President Nicolas Maduro next month.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó has announced that April 6 will kick off a nationwide "tactical actions" as part of the so-called Operation Freedom protests, which are designed to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

"On April 6 will be the first tactical actions of the # Operation Freedom across the country," Guaidó declared over Twitter this week.

"That day we must be ready, prepared and organized, with the Aid and Freedom Committees already formed. The rescue of Venezuela is in our hands!"

Is this the start of Maidan 2.0?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something would be the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing for the US government can do, is utterly no guarantee that they will not do it.

Guaido's minions are going to have to do this without a US troop presence, in light of the reality that Russia has already placed troops on the ground, and founded a helicopter flying school.

I would like to hope that President Trump is not contemplating sending in the troops, if Guaido's efforts only create an epic fail; right now, our military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to create a positive outcome in a war with Russia, China, or both.

Apr 02 12:49

Forget 'Creepy' - Biden Has A Major Ukraine Problem

Joe Biden appears to have made a major tactical error last year when he bragged to an audience of foreign policy experts how he threatened to hurl Ukraine into bankruptcy if their top prosecutor, General Viktor Shokin, wasn't immediately fired, according to The Hill's John Solomon.

In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. -The Hill

And why would Biden want the "son of a bitch" fired?

In what must be an amazing coincidence, the prosecutor was leading a wide-ranging corruption investigation into a natural gas firm - which Biden's son, Hunter, sat on the board of directors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sometimes gobsmacked, by the gross misuse of the power by those in political life in this country.

It appears that the higher one ascends the political ladder into positions of power in this country, the more horrific the criminality gets, and with an incredible degree of hubris and impunity.

Apr 02 12:25

Video: US Says Syrian Army Must Withdraw from Golan Heights’ Contact Line

On March 28, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came with a new statement claiming that his country will continue working against Iranian presence in Syria. The statement shows that the Israeli military is set to continue its military campaign in Syria.

In own turn, the US did not limit its recent actions in support of Tel Aviv to recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. It also demanded the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to withdraw from the separation line area established in the framework of the 1974 Disengagement Agreement. US-Israeli efforts to force the SAA to do so could easily turn the Golan Heights into a new hot point and fuel the Syrian conflict further.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, this may be precisely what the US and Israel are hoping, and planning for; The Israeli elections are only 7 days away, on 9 April, so having a military "win" if Syrian forces either attack, or refuse to pull back, would distract the Israeli voting public from Netanyahu's corruption trial.

The big question is, if this happens, what will Russia do?!?!?

Apr 02 12:04

Joe Biden's 2020 Ukrainian nightmare: A closed probe is revived

Two years after leaving office, Joe Biden couldn’t resist the temptation last year to brag to an audience of foreign policy specialists about the time as vice president that he strong-armed Ukraine into firing its top prosecutor.

In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’” Biden recalled telling Poroshenko.

Apr 02 11:30

RUSSIAN BANKS JOIN CHINESE ALTERNATIVE TO SWIFT PAYMENT SYSTEM

Several Russian banks have joined the China International Payments System (CIPS), to ease operations between the two countries, according to a senior official at the Central Bank of Russia (CBR).
“As for the cooperation on payment systems, a range of banks are already connected to CIPS, allowing to facilitate payments routing procedure,” Vladimir Shapovalov, who heads a division dealing with foreign regulators at the CBR’s international cooperation department, said earlier this week during the international Russian-Chinese forum.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the dollar getting dumped by many countries around the world, we are looking at a major, and painful, dislocation of the US economy, which is already starting to manifest, with "Retailmagedden" just starting to pick up steam.

Apr 02 11:25

GIVING ISRAEL THE GOLAN HEIGHTS IS THE PRICE PAID BY ASSAD TO STAY IN POWER

Trump’s decision not only preserves the status quo and legitimises Israel’s occupation, but is also tantamount to declaring war on international norms, represented by the UN and international law. At a stroke he has imposed the law of the jungle on the Middle East and its people.

Whether the Golan Heights was sold for money or a guarantee of the presidency for Hafez Al-Assad, or both, is not really the issue. Either way, the betrayal is clear. The result was Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights and Hafez Al-Assad becoming president after his military coup against President Nureddin Al-Atassi in 1971.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an interesting observation; but the real question, and the true "power behind the throne" behind Syria, is Russia.

And I have to ask; will Russia allow this to remain a stable situation?!? My sense is that President Putin is, by both nature and intelligence, a cautious man, and will simply allow this to continue. But if there are any more "nicks and scrapes" against the sovereignty of Syria in other parts of the country, by either Israel and/or the US (which still has troops in Syria, BTW) Putin may "turn loose", militarily, on both entities.

I would like to hope (and pray) that such a scenario will not happen; this country's military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money, or the manufacturing, to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia in Syria (or anywhere else).

Apr 02 11:12

TAXES OF UKRAINE’S POROSHENKO SHOW HIS INCOME JUMPED 10,000% THANKS TO ROTHSCHILD TRUST

The annual income gains of Petro Poroshenko, who is currently fighting for a second presidential term in Ukraine, saw a nearly hundredfold surge in 2018, the president’s tax documents reveal.
According to the Ukrainian unified register of asset and income declarations, Poroshenko’s fortune totaled 1.56 billion hryvnia (US$57 million) over 12 months through March 31, which is 95 times as much as he reported in the same period a year ago. In 2017, Poroshenko’s gains reportedly reached 16.3 million hryvnia ($600,000).

Most of Poroshenko’s income – around $40.4 million – reportedly comes from return on investment in Zurich-based Rothschild Trust Schweiz, a trust subsidiary of Rothschild Bank AG. The Ukrainian president also earned $14.7 million in profit from the Prime Assets Capital investment fund, while returns on domestic government loan bonds amounted to nearly a million dollars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

On the 21st, watch those ballot boxes get stuffed more intensely than does a roasted goose at Christmas in a desperate, last ditch attempt to keep Poroshenko in power!!!

I have to wonder if all the people conspired to put this knucklehead in power (like President Obama, Washington was behind Ukraine Coup; Obama admits that it was a US -brokered deal in support of regime changeare experiencing "getters remorse" by this point in time.

Because IF Poroshenko does not win the referendum, the next leadership in Kiev may not be quite so warm to the US and its minions, considering the amount of heartburn and graft the nation has had to endure, post-coup.

Ukraine, at that point, may see the logic in repositioning its relationship with Russia, and not view it an adversary, but a very significant friend, "with benefits"; and were I President Trump right now, that could be one of my worst nightmares of the coming runoff.

Apr 02 09:46

Comedian faces scrutiny over oligarch ties in Ukraine presidential race

Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy is leading the race to become Ukraine's next president thanks to an insurgent campaign that rails against corrupt politicians influenced by rich oligarchs.

Yet it is his own relationship with one of the country's wealthiest tycoons that could prove an Achilles' heel.

One of Ukraine's most popular TV channels 1+1, owned by oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, has given Zelenskiy a powerful platform in recent months during his meteoric rise to the brink of the presidency.

On Saturday, a day before Zelenskiy won the first round of the presidential contest and set up a run-off with the incumbent Petro Poroshenko, 1+1 filled its schedule with back-to-back shows by the comedian and actor.

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