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RUSSIA/UKRAINE

Jun 09 08:47

UK Illegally Harasses Russian Submarine Engaged in Lawful Passage of English Channel

Contrary to Article 44 of the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea, to which the UK and Russia are both party, the UK has engaged in extensive illegal harassment of a Russian naval submarine engaged in fully lawful transit of the Dover Strait.

A Russian naval vessel en route between the Baltic and Black Seas is fully and specifically entitled under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea Articles 37 and 38 to the right of passage through the strait. This is in addition to the general right of passage through the territorial sea at Article 17. The Russian navy was in full compliance with the provision at Article 20 that, while in territorial waters, the submarine must be on the surface and displaying its flag, and in compliance with Articles 29 to 32 on warships.

Not only does the Russian Navy have every right to sail through the Dover strait on passage, it has been exercising that right – along with many other navies – for over a hundred years. The decision of the British government now to employ military harassment and threat is not only illegal, it is a gross and entirely deliberate act of provocation designed to sour international relations and disturb the atmosphere of world peace.

Jun 09 08:45

The U.S./UK Financed "White Helmets" Shtick - Fake "Child Rescued" Videos

Below is a incomplete list of "rescue" videos showing "kids being rescued" from "rubble" after "Syrian/Russian bombing" prepared by the U.S./UK financed Syria Civil Defence aka the "White Helmets".

Jun 09 07:57

Playing With Fire: NATO Launches Massive Wargame In Russia’s Backyard

Some 31,000 troops and thousands of military vehicles are taking part in NATO’s “Operation Anakonda 2016” in Poland this week. It is the largest NATO operation since the end of the Cold War and it is taking place not far from Poland’s border with Russia’s Kaliningrad. US generals swear it is just a “defensive” exercise and there is nothing for Russia to be concerned over. How would the US feel about a similar Russian/Chinese military exercise in Mexico?

Jun 09 07:16

Kiev Forces Shell Donetsk City – Donetsk People’s Republic Authorities

Kiev forces have shelled northern Donetsk city in Ukraine’s southeast, several people were injured, local authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) report.

Jun 09 07:14

Why NATO's Growing Presence in Black Sea Won't Change the Strategic Balance

On Tuesday, warning that the North Atlantic Alliance seems to be looking to up the ante of NATO-Russian confrontation in the Black Sea, Russian NATO envoy Alexander Grushko emphasized that the body of water will never become "NATO's Lake." Speaking to a leading independent Russian online newspaper, military experts explained why this is the case.

Jun 09 07:14

‘Graphic representation of capability’: 2 US aircraft carrier groups deployed in Med

Deployment of a second US air carrier in the Mediterranean has been called to deter a Russian task force deployed in the region, a US official told the Wall Street Journal.

“It provides some needed presence in the Med to check…the Russians,” a military official in Washington told the WSJ. “The unpredictability of what we did with Truman kind of makes them think twice,” he said, noting that the new deployment demonstrates that the US Navy can be agile and adaptive.

Jun 09 06:16

1954 Transfer of Crimea to Ukraine Illegal – Russian Prosecutor General

The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office admitted on Friday that the 1954 transfer of Crimea to Ukraine was out of line with the Constitution of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic and the USSR.

Jun 09 06:05

Vladimir Putin: A decent man leading a reformed, renewed country

Vladimir Putin is a few years younger than I am. Like me he spent several years in Germany. Like me he lost an elder brother to diphtheria (his during the Nazi siege of Leningrad, mine just after the second world war). His mother, despite her extreme suffering under the Nazi oppression of Russia did not hate German soldiers. My father, a prisoner of war for 5 years and often put in German "revenge camps" in chains and fed on bread and water, did his best to understand the suffering of Germans under a vile dictatorship and liked visiting Germany after the war. He encouraged me to learn and study German, as I am sure, from what we know, Putin's mother would have done.

Jun 08 23:05

Tactical missile complex "Tochka-U"

The Russians are using these against Al Nusra in Aleppo tonight.

Published on Nov 26, 2012
TRC "Point" is designed to engage point for small targets deep in the enemy's defense: ground-based reconnaissance-strike complexes, control of various arms, parking of aircraft and helicopters, reserve troops, munitions storage facilities, fuel and other supplies.
The two first Guided Missile Launch "Point" was produced in 1971 officially adopted in 1975 had a complex range of 15 to 70 km and the average deviation of the circular 250 m in 1989, began to come into service a modified set of "point -U. " The main difference is its greater range and accuracy.
Complex "Tochka-U" was used extensively in the first and second Chechen campaign, and was also used during the fighting in South Ossetia in 2008

Jun 08 22:29

Video: Russian Fighter Jets Overnight Strike on Nusra Positions in Northern Aleppo

The Russians are launching massive strikes across Syria tonight. Even using Tochka ballistic missiles fired from the Russian airbase.

The Russian fighter jets have bombed heavily the Nusra terrorist groups' concentration centers in the Northern parts of Aleppo, destroying terrorists' gatherings and ammunition depots.

Jun 08 22:19

Russia unleashes massive bombardment on Islamist rebels in western Aleppo

Around midnight, the rebel-held town of Darat Izza (western Aleppo) was struck by two long-range Russian ballistic missiles, fired from positions at Khmeimim Airbase in Latakia.

The missiles were of the type ‘OTR-21 Tochka’, a fierce long-range artillery weapon first developed during the 1980’s Soviet era.

Locals in Idlib were in awe at the sight and photograped one of the missiles mid-air:

Jun 08 15:56

Russia Surprised UK Needs Help To Track Submarines Near Surface

Russia has poked fun at the UK’s intercept of one of its submarines, saying it was surprised that the Royal Navy needed NATO’s help in tracking a submarine travelling at slow speeds “in surface position.”

Russia’s Stary Oskol submarine was first detected in the North Sea by NATO ships on Tuesday, and was then escorted by Britain’s frigate HMS Kent past the Strait of Dover on Wednesday morning.

Jun 08 12:09

U.S. Demands Russia Stop Bombing Al-Qaeda … Is War On Terror Over? Can We Have Our Rights Back?

By Brandon Turbeville

Demonstrating once again its longstanding support for al-Qaeda and other related terror groups in Syria, the United States has now, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, requested that the Russian military refrain from bombing al-Nusra targets.

The United States, however, is publicly claiming that it simply wants Russia to be more careful when it comes to selecting targets so that it does not hit “moderate rebels”...

Jun 08 11:14

US Wants to Ban Russian Import Substitution

A letter from the US Committee on the investment measures of the WTO with questions about 13 Russian documents governing the import substitution in the field of automotive industry, engineering, and information technology (at the disposal of Life.Ru) said that the proposal of the Russian government may be contrary to "the Agreement on investment measures relating to the trade regime" (TRIMs). Compliance with this document is binding for all countries participating in the World Trade Organization. In the complaint to the WTO, the US asked to confirm or dispel these fears. As a reminder, on January 28th, 2015, the government of the Russian Federation approved "the plan of priority measures for the sustainable economic development and social stability in the country". An important part of the document was to support import substitution and the export of a wide range of manufactured goods, including high-tech...

Jun 08 10:44

Defense ministry surprised some NATO's navies mobilized to search for Russian sub

"The Russian Defense Ministry is surprised that the British Royal Navy and its NATO allies had to take joint efforts to discover a submarine, which was moving up-top at a slow speed," the ministry said. "It would be strange if the sub had gone unnoticed by the British Royal Navy and its NATO allies. The more so that the merchant ships from various countries, which were on head-on and parallel courses, stuck to the long-standing maritime tradition of welcoming our sailors in the Barents, Norwegian and North Seas during the several days of the journey," the Russian Defense Ministry said. The Staryi Oskol diesel electric submarine (project 636.3) is sailing to its home base at the Russian Black Sea fleet after trials in the Baltic and Northern fleets. The sub is moving up-top at a slow speed and is being escorted by the Altai tug-boat, the ministry added.

Jun 08 10:40

'Explosive' Papers Seized From Private Detective Investigating MH17 Crash

German and Swiss authorities have confiscated documents from private detective Josef Resch, who has been conducting his own investigation of the 2014 crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Dutch officials and media said Tuesday.

Investigators believe that some of the documents seized after last week's raid on the detective's home in Bad Schwartau, northern Germany, may shed light on the circumstances of the tragedy. Some of the papers are said to be "explosive" and could help determine the culprits.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is why they will never be seen again.

Jun 08 10:36

Russian police stops illegal migration from Turkey, Syria, CIS

Russian police and the Federal Security Service have torn down illegal migration in several Russian regions, Irina Volk, the Russian Interior Ministry spokeswoman, told TASS on Wednesday. The suspects helped citizens of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS); Syria and Turkey to illegally stay in Russia in violation of the existing rules of registration, movement and selection of place of residence. The suspects offered visas, migration cards, registration at place of sojourn, medical certificates and other documents to the illegal migrants for a huge monetary reward. The false documents were sold in a Moscow office, which was equipped as a visa center. "The group’s leader was a 42-year-old woman from Ukraine. The group comprised another five people, including her husband and son, who was a messenger".

Jun 08 10:33

NATO War Games Near Russia 'Pushing Humanity Towards World War III'

NATO has begun its Anaconda-16 war game, calling for the largest assembly of foreign forces in Poland since World War II.

Jun 08 10:01

Rehearsing for World War III

As I write this, US troops are building a bridge across Poland’s Vistula river, and conducting a nighttime helicopter assault to secure the eastern part of the country against a Russian assault.

Has World War III started? Well, not quite yet, although it’s not for want of trying.

Jun 08 09:03

Vladimir Putin deploys troops to Ukrainian border in response to NATO exercises

As NATO carried out its biggest exercise in Poland since the end of communism in 1989 - complete with a display of thousands of paratroopers - it emerged that Russian troops have been deployed to the Ukrainian border.

Scores of U.S. troops and then military vehicles parachuted into a spacious, grassy training area on the outskirts of the central city of Torun.

The force's mission was to secure a bridge on the Vistula River as part of the Polish-led Anakonda-16 exercise that involves about 31,000 troops and runs through mid-June.

Jun 08 08:28

Netanyahu asks Putin to let Israeli planes fly freely in Syrian and Lebanese skies

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to let Israeli aircrafts fly freely in Syrian and Lebanese skies, Arab48.com reported on Tuesday.

The Israeli Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Ze’ev Elkin, who was Netanyahu’s translator and attended a Tuesday meeting, said that Netanyahu and Putin have a “credible” relationship, noting that Netanyahu is “using” it.

Elkin said that there is “no contradiction” between Netanyahu’s relations with Putin and his relations with the US President Barak Obama.

Jun 07 11:07

‘Absurd’: Russian envoy to NATO ridicules allegations of plans to invade Poland

Russia has no plans whatsoever to attack Poland and any talk about such a scheme is both absurd and dangerous, Russian envoy to NATO Aleksandr Grushko has said.

Jun 07 10:33

MH17 could have been downed unintentionally – int’l investigation team

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed over eastern Ukraine, could have been downed “unintentionally,” a new report by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) says, adding that experts working on the case often lack the experience and data needed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I agree. My theory is that Poroshenko wanted to assassinate Putin while Putin was flying over Ukraine on his return from a six-day visit to South America. But Putin's Presidential jet (not as grand as Air Force One) is a converted passenger jet painted in the same colors as MH-17. From a distance, they could easily be confused for one another!

Poroshenko's aerial assassin may have unintentionally shot the wrong plane down!

Jun 07 10:15

Putin Declares Russia an 'Ally' to Islamic World

Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed that his country will always be a “reliable ally” to the “Islamic world” at a discussion event on the topic of Islam and Russia, state news agency RIA Novosti reported.

“The agenda for your meeting today addresses important issues, many of which are directly related to the events that are happening at the moment in a number of Muslim countries and, without exaggeration, urgently call for a global response,” Putin told a panel gathered to discuss Russia’s strategy in dealing with Islamic countries.

Putin boasted that Russia had devastated extremist groups in the Middle East with airstrikes against militants in Syria, including the Islamic State group (ISIS). The Russian president has been a longstanding partner of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and Russia and Iran launched a campaign of military intervention to support his faltering regime in 2015.

Jun 07 10:14

Fabricated Reports of Russian Airstrikes Killing Civilians in Syria

The UK-based pro-Western imperial mouthpiece Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) features propaganda, not credible information.

On Monday, it accused Russia of killing 2,100 Syrian civilians since last September, including 500 children and 300 women - citing no credible evidence supporting its spurious claim. On Tuesday, it was at it again, claiming (nonexistent) Russian airstrikes killed 23 civilians in Idlib city, including seven children, saying an area next to a hospital was attacked, indicating the death toll likely to rise.

Reuters repeated its Big Lie with no due diligence fact checking, accepting a notorious unreliable source as gospel.

Jun 07 08:12

The Race For Raqqa – Could Two World Powers Meet In Battle Over ISIS HQ?

By Brandon Turbeville

The Syrian military is quickly closing in on Raqqa, one of the last ISIS strongholds in the country, and is expected to reach the city within a matter of weeks or even days where a major battle between government and terrorist forces is inevitable. Recently, the Syrian military liberated a number of areas in eastern Syria near the Taqba airbase, another site that is expecting liberation in the next few days.The Syrian military has already reached the edge of Raqqa province.

Raqqa has acted as the ISIS capital since the mysterious appearance of the group two years ago and has gone virtually untouched as the Syrian military has been bogged down in major cities and western/central areas of the country in their fight against the Western-backed terrorists. Notably, despite its rhetoric of fighting to “degrade and destroy” ISIS, the U.S.-led coalition has yet to bomb Raqqa...

Jun 07 07:26

BEX ALERT - NATO shows Putin who's boss: 31,000 troops, tanks and jets from 24 countries begin the largest war game exercise in eastern Europe since the Cold War in response to Russian aggression

NATO has deployed 31,000 troops and hundreds of tanks and jets to take part in the biggest war game exercise in eastern Europe since the Cold War as it responds to Russian aggression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let me see if I have this right. The US (aided by allies, many of whom who are members of NATO) has started military offensives against Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Mali, Uganda, Jordan, Cameroon, and is currently provoking China and Russia ... and Russia is the aggressor?!? Are you people on drugs?

Let's be honest, NATO is massing at the Russian borders! You don;t see Russian troops massing north of the US border with Canada or south of the US border with Mexico. You don;t see Russian aircraft carriers sailing around the Gulf of Mexico playing with their warplanes. We can see for yourselves who the aggressor is!

Jun 07 07:16

Is The New York Times On Dope?

The New York Times editorial board is supposed to be a beacon of enlightened opinion, a sort of oracle of thought for the readers of the most influential print news media ever drafted. 16 people inhabit those hallowed halls in New York City, 16 journalists from a wide swath of expertise. And “Vladimir Putin’s Dangerous Obsession” is their latest and greatest contribution to astute thinking, the best and most intellectually stimulating editorial these brilliant journalists could come up with. The latest damnable Russophobic, anti-Putin rant, from well paid political trolls, it’s a big-fat-lie. Sorry, but 16 pairs of pants are on fire right now, and here’s why.

Jun 07 06:55

Germany Preparing For War Against Russia

According to a report issued on June 6th in German Economic News (Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, or DWN), the German government is preparing to go to war against Russia, and has in draft-form a Bundeswehr report declaring Russia to be an enemy nation. DWN says: “The Russian secret services have apparently thoroughly studied the paper. In advance of the paper’s publication, a harsh note of protest has been sent to Berlin: The head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian State Duma, Alexei Puschkow, has posted the Twitter message: ‘The decision of the German government declaring Russia to be an enemy shows Merkel’s subservience to the Obama administration.’”

Jun 06 19:44

Hillary Clinton: Electing a Foreign Spy for President?

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “We are entering in deep waters, Watson”.

The executive leadership now faces the problem of how to deal with a traitor, who may be the Democratic Party nominee for US President. How do the executive leadership and intelligence agencies back a foreign spy for president, who has been deeply compromised and can be blackmailed? This may explain why the FBI, NSA, and CIA hesitate to press charges; hesitate to even seriously investigate, despite the obvious nature of her offenses. Most of all it explains why there is no indication of the identity of Secretary Clinton’s correspondents in the various reports so far available.

Jun 06 13:39

Did Clinton’s Emails Expose CIA Agents?

Even as Hillary Clinton closes in on the Democratic nomination, facts continue to emerge indicating that her sloppy email practices may have endangered secrets, including the identities of covert operatives, writes Peter Van Buren.

These are facts. You can look at the source documents yourself. This is not opinion, conjecture, or rumor. Hillary Clinton transmitted the names of American intelligence officials via her unclassified email.

From a series of Clinton emails, numerous names were redacted in the State Department releases with the classification code “B3 CIA PERS/ORG,” a highly specialized classification that means the information, if released, would violate the Central Intelligence Act of 1949 by exposing the names of CIA officials.

Jun 06 13:30

MSNBC Admits Plan to Suppress Bernie Sanders Voters in California

A stunning revelation from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews...

Matthews flat out states that there is a plan in place at MSNBC to announce Hillary as the clear winner, hours before anything is officially declared, to make people think they will be wasting their time by going out to vote for Bernie.

This is a stunning example of the dirty tricks that the mainstream media will play to further their preferred establishment candidate’s position in the race:

Jun 06 13:26

Electing a Foreign Spy for President?

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “We are entering in deep waters, Watson”.

There are several lines of inquiry against Mme. Clinton:

(1) Did she work with, as yet unnamed, foreign governments and intelligence services to strengthen their positions and against the interest of the United States?

(2) Did she provide information on the operations and policy positions of various key US policymakers to competitors, adversaries or allies undermining the activities of military, intelligence and State Department officials?

(3) Did she seek to enhance her personal power within the US administration to push her aggressive policy of serial pre-emptive wars over and against veteran State Department and Pentagon officials who favored traditional diplomacy and less violent confrontation?

(4) Did she prepare a ‘covert team’, using foreign or dual national operative, to lay the groundwork for her bid for the presidency and her ultimate goal of supreme military and political power?

Jun 06 12:22

US Concerned Over Intercepts of Planes 'Violating Russia, China’s Security'

Washington has recently increased reconnaissance flights near Russia's and China's borders, while accusing Moscow and Beijing of intercepting US spy planes that are "violating their national security."

Last week Chinese military aircraft intercepted US reconnaissance planes near the island of Hainan and the upcoming conference on mechanisms of maritime military security on June 24-25 is thought to prove the "capabilities of military channel as well as good relations between Washington and Beijing."

China Confirms Intercepting US Reconnaissance Plane Over South China Sea
However, on May 22, US Air Combat Command Commander Gen. Herbert Carlisle in an interview with USA Today newspaper criticized the increasing "aggressiveness" of Russian and Chinese combat aircraft intercepting US military planes.

He added that the concerns are caused by attempts by Moscow and Beijing to expand their influence in Eastern Europe and the Pacific region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is very simple; the US government wants war with Russia and China, to prevent the rise of their currencies and economies, and distract Americans from a disastrous, and soon crashing, economy (except for the 1 percenters).

So far, neither the Russian or Chinese government have given the US the actual kind of aggressive response which can be used as a pretext which could possibly be used to generate a declaration of war, but that is what the US government is betting on, with its continuous "picador" tactics.

And NATO's aggression toward Russia is well documented, further encircling Russia through inviting Montenegro to become a NATO member.

a map tells the story

And as reported at globalresearch.ca on 3 June 2016:

Montenegro This tiny country is being sucked into NATO against the wishes of the majority, and it’s already produced a sizeable amount of domestic instability as a result. Interestingly enough, the conditions inside Montenegro might give way to a form of Hybrid Warfare, albeit not one that’s conducive to American foreign policy goals and which would be entirely organic if it occurs. Aside from the previously discussed interests that the US has in Montenegro, its geostrategic territory is envisioned to host a part of the long-cherished Ionian-Adriatic Pipeline, a prospective project to link the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP, supplied by Azeri gas) northwards to Croatia and help Zagreb become a sizeable energy hub in conjunction with its planned (but ultra-expensive) LNG terminal in Krk island. From an American perspective, NATO absolutely must occupy Montenegro in order to perpetually guarantee the pipeline’s viability, and any legitimate opposition against its proxy Djukanovic cannot be tolerated since it’s unknown whether his democratically elected replacement will want the project or not. For these reasons, NATO is bunkering down behind Djukanovic and supporting the violence that he’s unleashed against the protesters. Their calculation is that a non-NATO, non-Djukanovic Montenegro would be an unreliable transit state, hence why it must be avoided at all costs.

Right now, the Russians and Chinese are circling the proverbial wagons, by getting closer, economically, politically, and militarily (courtesy of US sanctions, by the way.)

This would be a lousy time for the US government to be looking at a war against either or both countries, because the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia and/or China.

I would, therefore, very strongly caution the US leadership, and NATO, to be very careful about what they wish for; the results could be both horrific...and irreversible.

Jun 06 11:30

Russia ready to accept deployment of armed monitor mission in East Ukraine: FM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday said that the country is ready to agree on the deployment of additional armed mission to monitor the situation in East Ukraine.

"We are ready, if it will help, to accept the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe)'s decision that additional group of observers, who will monitor the demarcation line and heavy weapons' storage site, will have the right to carry personal weapons," Lavrov said.

The minister stressed in a televised interview with Rossiya TV channel that the weapons should be equipped for self-defense purposes and, most importantly, for the protection and monitoring of the stability in East Ukraine.

"We are ready for such a compromise. Now the ball is in the court of our partners," Lavrov said.

The minister added that Russia suggested the OSCE to further supplement the monitor mission in order to ensure security during Donbass's elections and coordinate with the pro-independence insurgents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A brilliant gambit on behalf of Putin and Lavrov; bravo, gentlemen, well played!!

And it is brilliant because the Ukraine government will most probably refuse to consent to any such agreement, showing the entire world who the real aggressor is, in this case.

Jun 06 09:54

Russian Military Jets & Helicopters Test Flying Prowess At Aviadarts Competition In Crimea

Russian planes and helicopters performed stunts at the Aviamix airshow at Aviadarts 2016 in Crimea, Saturday.

Jun 06 07:44

Everyone’s Paying For America’s War on Russia, Including America

US sanctions aren’t just hurting everyone including the US, they are accomplishing nothing. The US State Department’s Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) notified readers of a diplomacy campaign by the United States aimed at “urging” Europe to maintain sanctions against Russia. While the US claims the necessity of these sanctions are self-evident and beneficial to the US and Europe, such campaigns would not be needed if that were truly the case.

Jun 06 07:20

Obama Slams Door In Putin’s Face

Actions speak louder than mere words, and U.S. President Barack Obama has now acted, not only spoken. His action is to refuse to discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s biggest worry about recent changes in America’s nuclear strategy — particularly a stunning change that is terrifying Putin.

Jun 06 06:20

50 Hackers Using Lurk Banking Trojan Arrested in Russia

Law enforcement officers have arrested 50 hackers across Russia involved in bank fraud using the Lurk trojan, following 86 raids in 15 regions. Fourteen main participants including the three primary organizers were arrested in the Sverdlovsk region. An estimated $45 million has been stolen by the gang, while a further $30 million loss has been prevented by the police. The investigation of the Lurk banking trojan gang was assisted by Kaspersky Lab.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So in Russia they actually CAN arrest hackers while the super surveillance state of America just says "pay them what they want" when hackers come for your stuff.

Jun 06 06:16

Russia to give strongest air support to Syrian army in Aleppo area - Lavrov

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Russia will provide "the most active" air support for Syrian ground troops in and around the city of Aleppo to prevent terrorists from seizing it.

Jun 05 17:48

MH-17 Probe Relies On Ukraine For Evidence

The Dutch-led investigation into the 2014 shooting-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 relies heavily on information provided by the Ukrainian security service and operates primarily from a field office in Kiev, despite the fact that Ukraine should be a principal suspect in the mystery of who was responsible for killing 298 people.

Jun 05 13:59

Syria: Army enter Raqqa province in offensive to liberate IS-held Raqqa

Combat Footage

Published on Jun 4, 2016
Government troops made further gains into Raqqa province, Thursday, as a Russian backed military assault is underway to liberate the city of Raqqa, which under control of the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Jun 05 13:54

Syrian army 'crosses into Raqqa province'

The Syrian army has crossed the boundary of Raqqa province after advancing in a major Russian-backed offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Heavy Russian air strikes hit ISIL-held territory in eastern areas of Hama province, near the boundary of Raqqa, on Friday to facilitate the Syrian army's advance, the UK-based SOHR said on Saturday.

Jun 05 09:38

Washington Is Using Russia’s Reliance on Diplomacy To Revive ISIS And To Involve Russia In Long-Term War In Syria

Russia Fiddles While Syria Burns

by Stephen Lendman

Make no mistake. Putin’s strategic intervention in Syria last September was a bold, vital step. He deserves credit and praise for taking it.

Things changed dramatically on the ground. Reinvigorated government forces retook large swaths of earlier lost territory, freeing them from the scourge of US-sponsored terrorism.

At the same time, Russia’s all-out efforts for ceasefire and conflict resolution peace talks failed. On the one hand, the alternative is endless war. On the other, the only language America understands is force.

Moscow’s genuine diplomatic efforts can’t succeed because it has no peace partner in Washington – under Obama or whoever succeeds him.

Jun 05 08:23

US Requests Protection for Al Qaeda as Terrorist Atrocities in Aleppo Escalate

This morning as the US, NATO & Gulf backed terrorists continue to rain missiles down upon the Syrian people besieged [by the terrorists] in the western sectors of Aleppo that are refuge to the majority of Aleppo’s population, a further 8 Syrian Arab Army soldiers have been taken prisoner and paraded on camera, blindfolded and shackled. Their fate is in the hands of drug fuelled terrorists supported, armed and defended by the US who has just requested that Russia desists from targeting Al Qaeda in Syria, Al Nusra.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is now overtly supporting Al Qaeda!

Jun 04 13:46

Who are the Syrian Desert Hawks?

The Syrians have their own proxy army.

In a matter of two years, the Syrian Desert Hawks (var. Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra) have become one of the most effective fighting forces in the Syrian War; however, very little is known about this paramilitary group.
Often described as a unit from the pro-government “National Defense Forces” (var. NDF), the Desert Hawks actually have no affiliation with the latter or the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

The man behind the Desert Hawks:
The Desert Hawks were originally started by a retired Syrian Army officer, General Mohammad Jaber, in early 2013.

The Desert Hawks are now leading the charge to the provincial capital of Al-Raqqa, where they are looking to expel the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham before the U.S. backed rebels reach the city.

Jun 04 12:51

Syria: The U.S. Is Unwilling To Settle - Russia Returns For Another Round

The Obama administration does not want peace in Syria. The Russians finally have to admit to themselves that the U.S. is no partner for a continuation of a cease fire, a coordinated attack against the Islamic State and al-Qaeda and for peace in Syria. Indeed, as Lavrov explains, the U.S. has again asked to spare al-Qaeda from Russian air strikes even as two UN Security Council resolutions demand its eradication. Huge supply convoys (vid) from Turkey are again going to the "rebels" who will, as always, share them with al-Qaeda and other terrorists.

Jun 04 08:39

Russians Throw Book At UK Publisher’s Cheeky Ad Campaign

An advertising campaign promoting a famed Russian novel with a quote on posters on the London Underground was not warmly received on social media back in its author’s homeland, which met the ad with threats of lawsuits and diplomatic protests.

“Aristocracy, liberalism, progress, principles… Useless words! A Russian doesn’t need them,” reads the writing on a white rectangle, which has nothing underneath but the logo of the publisher Penguin Classics.

Jun 04 07:59

FLASHBACK - Clinton: Russia and China will ‘pay price’ for supporting Assad

President Barack Obama has commuted the sentences of 42 people, who are serving time in the U.S. for drug-related offenses. According to reports, 18 of these were originally sentenced to life imprisonment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A vote for Hillary is a vote for WW3!

Jun 03 16:19

LAVROV: IN KIEV, IN THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE AGENCY FOR SECURITY AN ENTIRE FOOR IS OCCUPIED BY AGENTS OF THE FBI, CIA AND NSA

From the beginning of the 20th Century, if we speak frankly, even from earlier times, even from the time of Ivan Grozni, no one wanted a strong and self-confident Russia. But it can be seen, during the last century, during the entire century, the British together with the Americans, did everything to prevent the integrity of a united Eurasia. This refers to the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and what is happening now regarding efforts for encouraging the integration process in the post-Soviet space... Demonization – yes, it is here. I do not see anything frightening in it. We have to get used to it. Our partners in the course of history, with a few exceptions, have never been honest with us. During the war, Churchill, who publicly admired Stalin, and who praised the Soviet Union as a solid partner and ally, gave a speech which turned into a symbol of the beginning of the Cold War...

Jun 03 16:17

Putin trips up US AGAIN? Syrian army and allies with Russian air force help blocking US/israel's takeover of prized Syrian air base.

Advance units of the Syrian Arab Army, supported by forces of Hezbollah, Iranian volunteers and Russian Aerospace fighter/bombers are advancing on the ISIS held Tabqa Military Airport, just south of Raqqah.

Sources in Damascus have told VT that this drive, supported by Russian Aerospace sorties, is advancing through the night to seize the ISIS held airport after it was learned that America planned to open a major base there, dominating this vital region, part of a secret agreement to split Syria, a plan made showing a shocking level of cooperation between “strange bedfellows,” most notable an American deal with ISIS against Damascus.

Jun 03 16:03

Foreign journalists arrested in Sochi, released after the talks

American journalists detained in the district of Sochi, near the Abkhazian border, released after a conversation about the RF law. The rules of observance of the border regime were explained to foreign nationals.
June 3 in the border area were arrested three American journalists and one citizen of Russia. It is reported that the foreigners were going to make a film (TASS).
Special border regime governing the stay of foreign nationals acts in the Adler district of Sochi in the five-kilometer zone from the border with Abkhazia.

Jun 03 15:47

In Hitler's Steps: Huge US Military Convoy to Advance From Germany to Russia's Border

A Regiment of US troops has driven out from their Germany bases en route to Estonia and the neighborhood of Russia old imperial capital of Sankt Petersburg (once Leningrad) in the Baltics -- ie they are retracing the steps taken by the Third Reich's Army Group North taken during the invasion of the Soviet Union. Once there they will join a 14,000 strong multinational NATO military exercise. What a remarkable lack of self-consciousness. Germany, Poland and the western media scoff every year when Russian bikers perform their annual ride from Moscow to Berlin. Yet those are private Russian citizens and furthermore unarmed. These are soldiers en route for war drills on Russia's border. Russia is famously and understandably hyper-sensitive about anything WWII in which it lost 25 million people, most of them civilians a to genocidal policies of the western occupier. US knows this but still pulls up stunts like this.

Jun 03 14:11

G7 Boldly Displays Its Lies Regarding Anti-Russia Sanctions

The official statement from the G7 group, of leading industrialized countries, publicly exposes the entire G7 group, by basing on provable and even blatant lies, the group’s support for continuation of Barack Obama’s anti-Russia sanctions.

In its statement at the conclusion of the meeting of the G7 countries on May 27th, the G7 nations — the U.S. (who dictate to the others), plus the six others (who always do what they’re told): Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Canada, and UK — said in their joint statement (which I shall accompany here by links to relevant sources, plus comments and questions from myself, for the purpose of clarification):

Jun 03 13:11

US to Give Ukraine Next Tranche Worth $1 Billion

The authorities of Ukraine and the US have signed an agreement on the allocation of the third loan tranche of $1 billion to Kiev. This was reported by the press-service of the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine. "On June 3rd, an agreement was signed on granting credit guarantees worth $1 billion between the governments of Ukraine and the USA. From the government of Ukraine, the agreement was signed by the Minister of Finance of Ukraine Alexander Danylyuk, and from the US government — US Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt and the authorized representative of the USAID mission Joel Sandefur," stated the message. As was reported, funds to the amount of $1 billion will be gained from issuing bonds under the credit guarantee of the United States, and will go into the general state budget fund of Ukraine.

Jun 03 12:17

Russia to respond to NATO’s activity in Poland, Baltic region

"Today this situation is acquiring new parameters and it’ll surely require not only a political response but also the appropriate military precautions." The Russian military "will watch with much attention what means might be necessary to neutralize the risks" associated with NATO’s growing activity. "It’s all too obvious that measures will be taken and our partners at the Russia-NATO Council shouldn’t get surprised over it," Grushko said. "All the realistically thinking politicians and military realize that any action will trigger an equal counteraction sooner or later." NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said earlier four combat battalions will be deployed in Poland and three former Soviet Baltic republic of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. From June 3 to June 19 NATO holds BALTOPS 16 exercise involving fifteen member-states of the pact, as well as Finland and Sweden. The war games will the manpower of 6,100 men.

Jun 03 11:28

Militia say Ukrainian forces advanced into "grey zone" near Gorlovka

"Yesterday Ukrainian forces advanced 300 meters closer to DPR positions near Mayorsk," Donetsk News Agency quoted Yakubov as saying. DPR repeatedly registered movement of Ukrainian forces in violation of the Minsk Agreements. In March 2016, Kiev forces seized part of the territory in the buffer zone near the Donetsk-Gorlovka highway near Avdeyevka. In April, they advanced for almost three kilometers into the "grey zone" from the Kiev-controlled Novotroitskoye settlement to DPR-controlled Dokuchaevsk.
Militia source reports four houses were damaged in shelling of DPR — http://tass.ru/en/world/879880
More than 9,300 killed in Donbass conflict since April 2014 — http://tass.ru/en/world/879912

Jun 03 10:57

Poroshenko says publication of journalists’ data on Peacekeeper website mistake

"Firstly, I strongly condemn the publication of personal data of more than 2,000 journalists on the Peacekeeper website. Secondly, I have evidence that some of those journalists were working on materials containing negative comments and articles on Ukraine," he told a news conference in Kiev. "Foreign journalists should not be under threat in Ukrainian territory. At the same time, if we are to talk about Russian journalists, some of them have committed crimes and it will be a subject matter of a separate investigation".

Jun 03 10:54

Russian citizen arrested in US for taking her daughter to Russia

"Strange things are happening in the United States..." According to specialized U.S. web resources, Pimenova, 30, was arrested in the State of Illinois on May 20. According to Astakhov, Olga took her daughter, a Russian national too, from the United States to Russia two year ago without any problems. "An Illinois court however has ruled the baby girl is to be brought back to the United States! We are categorically against and deem such demand as unlawful," Astakhov emphasized. "The girl’s mother, a Russian citizen, has been arrested under a contrived pretext and is held as a hostage demanding she bring her daughter, a Russian citizen too, back to the United States," he added.

Jun 03 10:01

The Levant may be heating up as ISIS strengthens; are Obama and Putin working in conjunction?

David Hitch of EndgameWW3.com appeared on the Intellihub Podcast Wednesday, to talk about the Levant and just how strong ISIS is in the region.

Jun 03 08:58

RAW: Russian Su-34 Airstrikes Obliterate ISIS Oil Facilities

Russian Defense Ministry footage shows airstrikes carried out by Russian Su-34 fighter jets against ISIS illegal oil facilities.

Jun 03 08:49

Saudis rooting for Clinton to win White House: Oil analyst

“It is no secret that the Saudis and other [Persian] Gulf Sunni powers are rooting for Mrs. Clinton,” Bob McNally, president of Washington-based consulting firm Rapidan Group, told CNBC from Vienna on Thursday.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) holds its semiannual meeting Thursday in Vienna, but is unlikely to announce any strategy changes.

McNally said that there is “a lot of concern and anxiety” about what a Donald Trump presidency would mean for the oil market.

Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, has questioned the protective nature of the US relationship with Saudi Arabia.

He has suggested that the United States should consider ditching Riyadh because Washington is increasingly getting less dependent on overseas oil.

Jun 03 08:24

G7 Boldly Displays Its Lies Regarding Anti-Russia Sanctions

The official statement from the G7 group, of leading industrialized countries, publicly exposes the entire G7 group, by basing on provable and even blatant lies, the group’s support for continuation of Barack Obama’s anti-Russia sanctions.

In its statement at the conclusion of the meeting of the G7 countries on May 27th, the G7 nations — the U.S. (who dictate to the others), plus the six others (who always do what they’re told): Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Canada, and UK — said in their joint statement (which I shall accompany here by links to relevant sources, plus comments and questions from myself, for the purpose of clarification):

Jun 03 07:57

Report: Russia Discusses Sending Special Forces to Syria

While so far Russia’s only boots on the ground in Syria have been those protecting their own naval and air bases, Russia’s former Deputy FM Andrei Fyodorov has claimed that there have been discussions among the military leadership, and with President Vladimir Putin, about sending special forces.

Jun 03 06:19

Russian fighter jets destroy ISIS oil facilities close to Turkish border (VIDEO)

Russia’s defense ministry released a video of Su-34 bombers destroying an Islamic State oil-refining plant near the Syrian city of Ras al-Ayn on the border with Turkey, as Russia intensifies airstrikes on the terrorists’ oil smuggling routes.

Jun 03 06:15

Putin Bans Rothschilds From Russia

Brave Vladimir Putin has banned Jacob Rothschild and his New World Order banking cartel family from entering Russian territory “under any circumstances.”

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"INVADE! INVADE NOW! NOW, NOW, NOW!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 02 12:36

Russia to respond to NATO aggression with hypersonic vectors

When analyzing American ballistic missile capabilities and anti-aircraft missiles with long range ballistic capabilities, Russian experts have found that the problem is that Americans rockets cannot intercept any ballistic missile in the mesosphere (the altitude of 35000-80000m). Therefore, Russia has focused on developing means of hypersonic cruise flight running for long distances at this difference of heights.

The principle used by the US antiballistic shield is to send a rocket into space or within a point of impact before calculating the trajectory of ballistic missile. Therefore, American interceptor missiles are operating as suborbital rockets with solid fuel. Once they are started they cannot be stopped and traction cannot be adjusted. If it does not comply with ballistic missile target trajectory calculations or avoidance maneuvers, missile intercepting misses.

Jun 02 10:23

Russian hacker gang arrested over $25m theft

Russia has arrested 50 people accused of using malware to steal more than 1.7bn roubles ($25m; £18m).

Jun 02 08:31

‘It can’t go unanswered’: Russia will respond to NATO buildup near its borders, senior diplomat says

The increase in the NATO military presence in the vicinity of Russia’s borders will not go unanswered, Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksey Meshkov has said at an international conference in Moscow.

“The Russian side has repeatedly stated that the buildup of the NATO military presence near Russian borders violates the spirit of the basic Russia-NATO pact and cannot be left unanswered by our country,” the diplomat said on Monday at the conference organized by the Russian-Italian Chamber of Commerce.

“We are bound to secure the safety of our state,” Meshkov added.

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Jun 02 06:54

Putin to hold talks with Israeli PM in Moscow next week — Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks next week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamini Netanyahu who will arrive in Moscow for a visit.

According to Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the situation in Syria will be one of the issues discussed at the talks.

Jun 02 06:54

Russia, Solzhenitsyn, and the Reset Button

Russia has long been characterized by many in the West as enigmatic; indeed, almost beyond understanding. It was Winston Churchill who in October of 1939, mere weeks after the invasion of Poland by Nazi armed forces, speculated on the role of Russia in the war, famously depicting Russia as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

He added: “…but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest. It cannot be in accordance with the interest of the safety of Russia that Germany should plant itself upon the shores of the Black Sea, or that it should overrun the Balkan States and subjugate the Slavonic peoples of south eastern Europe. That would be contrary to the historic life-interests of Russia.”

In other words, Churchill could not envision the dismemberment of the Soviet Union by the German war machine without Russia fighting for her “life interests.” History proved him right. Russia survived, though gravely wounded.

Jun 02 06:50

Syrian Observatory, Reuters spreading lies about airstrikes: Russia

Russia has accused the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Reuters news agency of spreading lies about its involvement in a series of airstrikes is Syria’s northwestern Idlib province.

“We urge people to remain critical of any horror stories spread by the ‘British tandem’ of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Reuters news agency,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov on Tuesday.

Earlier, the UK-based monitoring group reported that Russia carried out air raids on the province, and Reuters said they were “the heaviest bombardment there since a cessation of hostilities was agreed in February.”

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Yesterday it was revealed that the photos provided by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (a one man operation located in Britain) as proof of the air strikes were actually six months old.

Jun 01 11:56

Russia to Turkey: Withdraw your troops from Iraq - RIA cites Lavrov

Russia demands that Turkey withdraw its troops from Iraq, the RIA news agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Tuesday.

“This [keeping troops in Iraq] is an absolutely unacceptable position,” it cited Lavrov as saying.

“In principle, I believe that what the Turks are doing deserves far greater public attention on the part of our Western partners.”

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The $64,000 question is, what is Russia going to actually do if Turkey does NOT withdraw from Iraq?!?

Jun 01 07:29

Moscow Was Right All Along: US Broke Its Promise on NATO and Docs Prove It

The United States and NATO have repeatedly accused Russia of being the key source of instability and tensions in Europe, yet documents show that Moscow was right all along – Washington broke its pledge not to expand the alliance to the East. This decision has been at the heart of current troubles.

Officials and experts in the West might insist that the US and Soviet Union never made any agreement. But Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson, an international security fellow at Dartmouth College, has recently pointed to "hundreds of memos, meeting minutes and transcripts" stored in US archives that beg to differ.

Jun 01 07:28

NATO Parliament Has 'No Choice': More Troops to Eastern Europe, Yet Again

In the latest sign of increasing NATO expansion, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has promised to deploy more troops to Poland.

Jun 01 07:23

Erdogan says he does not understand what step Russia expects him to take for normalization

The Russian foreign minister said earlier that "Turkey is obliged to apologize and compensate for the losses" incurred by the downing of a Russian warplane by a Turkish fighter jet

Jun 01 07:18

Information Released on June NATO Exercise in Kherson

During the intelligence activities by the "Odessa" brigade it became known that military exercises under the auspices of NATO will be held on the territory of the Kherson region in the first half of June. Such countries as Ukraine, USA, Turkey, and other contingents of NATO forces will take part.

Military equipment and heavy weapons involved in the above event will arrive and be unloaded at the deep-sea ports of Odessa and Nikolaev. With the above mentioned ports, it will spill over into the territory of Kherson region, namely the venue of military maneuvers.

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Note how the NATO forces will be in the perfect position to blitzkrieg into Crimea!

Jun 01 07:09

Will Any More European Powers Contribute to NATO’s Eastern Force?

Now that the U.S. is only sending one—not two—battalions for the alliance military force on the eastern flank, there is a big question regarding which country will fill the void.

May 31 21:09

A Russian warning

But we are just as certain that if Russia is attacked, or even threatened with attack, she will not back down, and that the Russian leadership will not “blink.” With great sadness and a heavy heart they will do their sworn duty and unleash a nuclear barrage from which the United States will never recover

May 31 18:21

Ukraine’s Strange Defence, To Russia’s $3 Billion Debt Claim

In parallel with Ukraine’s extraordinary decision to bar Mikhail Gorbachev from travelling to Ukraine, Ukraine has filed what is legally speaking an equally extraordinary Defence to the Claim Russia has brought against Ukraine in London’s High Court.

Russia brought its claim because Ukraine refuses to repay $3 billion it borrowed from Russia in 2013. Since the loan took the form of a purchase by Russia of a $3 billion eurobond the court with jurisdiction to decide the case is the High Court in London.

May 31 14:54

CrossTalk: Bullhorns Untamed

Echoing an old Cold War drama Russia and Ukraine exchange prisoners – who got the better of the deal?

May 31 14:11

Junker To Be First Top EU Official To Visit Russia Since Breakdown In Relations In 2014

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker plans to visit Russia on June 16, during the St.

May 31 12:00

NGO's Photos "Proving" Alleged Russian Strike on Idlib Are 6 Months Old

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights blamed Russian Aerospace Forces for conducting airstrikes in Idlib, it seems the group has once again spoken out before getting their facts straight as the exact same photo was first used by Al-Jazeera six months ago.

May 31 09:43

US Leadership's Approval Rating In Russia Hits New Low: Poll

Only one percent of Russians approved of American leaders and their actions in 2015, a Gallup poll has found, the lowest record measured in the past decade.

The new survey, published last week, marked a 3-point drop compared to 2014, when 4 percent of Russians expressed their approval of American leaders.

May 31 08:00

POLISH foreign minister publicly admitted: The missile shield is directed against Russia

The head of Polish diplomacy Witold Vaš?ikovski rejected the allegation that Vladimir Putin will have to do something regarding the US missile defense shield in Romania and Poland.

According Vaš?ikovskog, Poland, Russia repeatedly threatened for years, and anti-missile shield is only Polish response to the aggressive attempts of Russia to radically rewrite the architecture of security in Europe.
"The threats we suggest years. Just shield the answer, the American presence is the answer. It's not that there's something we decide what suits Russia. Russia is the one that changes the character of international relations, Russia is seeking to rewrite the architecture of security in Europe. We respond to the aggressive actions of Russia ", said today Vaš?ikovski Polish private television TVN24.

May 31 07:10

Close-up look at another captured ISIS car bomb inside and out

Iraqi forces captured an armored car bomb and other vehicles before ISIS had a chance to use them. No telling how many lives were saved. It appears the steel plates used to armor the vehicle were made in Ukraine.

May 30 10:16

'Welcomed Like Superstar': Putin Most Popular Politician in Greece's Athos

Nowhere in Greece do people love Russia and its President Vladimir Putin so much as in the Orthodox monastic community in Holy Mount Athos, German magazine Spiegel Online wrote.

May 30 09:51

Turkish president slams presence of Russia, Iran, US in Syria

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raps the presence of Russia, Iran and the US in its war-ravaged neighbor, Syria.

May 30 06:16

How Russia Is Preparing for WWIII

So let us now examine the Russian reaction to Empire’s stance.

First, the Russians want to make darn sure that the Americans do not give in into the illusion that a full-scale war in Europe would be like WWII which saw the US homeland only suffer a few, tiny, almost symbolic, attacks by the enemy. Since a full scale war in Europe would threaten the very existence of the Russian state and nation, the Russians are now taking measures to make darn sure that, should that happen, the US would pay an immense price for such an attack.

Second, the Russians are now evidently assuming that a conventional threat from the West might materialize in the foreseeable future. They are therefore taking the measures needed to counter that conventional threat.

Third, since the USA appears to be dead set into deploying an anti-ballistic missile system not only in Europe, but also in the Far East, the Russians are taking the measures to both defeat and bypass this system.

The Russian effort is a vast and a complex one, and it covers almost every aspect of Russian force planning, but there are four examples which, I think, best illustrate the Russian determination not to allow a 22 June 1941 to happen again:

May 29 08:57

As Our Past Wars Are Glorified This Memorial Day Weekend, Give Some Thought To Our Prospects Against The Russians And Chinese In World War III

The Saker reports that Russia is preparing for World War III, not because Russia intends to initiate aggression but because Russia is alarmed by the hubris and arrogance of the West, by the demonization of Russia, by provocative military actions by the West, by American interference in the Russian province of Chechnya and in former Russian provinces of Ukraine and Georgia, and by the absence of any restraint from Western Europe on Washington’s ability to foment war. http://thesaker.is/how-russia-is-preparing-for-wwiii/

Like Steven Starr, Stephen Cohen, myself, and a small number of others, the Saker understands the reckless irresponsibility of convincing Russia that the United States intends to attack her.

May 29 08:07

Europe Revolts Against Russian Sanctions

From ministerial offices to barricades on the streets, Europe is in open revolt against anti-Russian sanctions which have cost workers and businesses millions of jobs and earnings. Granted, the contentious issues are wider than anti-Russian sanctions. However, the latter are entwined with growing popular discontent across the EU.

May 29 08:01

Russia Increases Strikes on Illegal Oil Transport Routes in Syria

Russian warplanes have increased airstrikes against illegal oil production sites and oil smuggling routes in Syria since May 20, head of the Russian General Staff Lt. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy said Friday.

According to him, Moscow and Washington have agreed on the need to decrease the economic potential of the terrorist groups Daesh and Al-Nusra.

May 28 10:30

Provocation? Turkish Military Advances 700 Meters Into Syria

The division of the Turkish army has made advances by 700 meters into Syria, in the city of Afrin located in northern Aleppo province according to al-Mayedin channel.

A large convoy of Turkish military including tanks and ambulances rolls from the southeastern part of Turkey toward the Iraqi border (File)
© AFP 2016/ MEHDI FEDOUACH
Turkey Threatens to Launch 'Unilateral' Operations on Syrian Soil
The Turkish military has put up a checkpoint next to the settlement, which has a predominantly Kurdish population.
So far there has been no official comment regarding this information.

Earlier, Sergey Rudskoy, the head of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of Russia, noted that Turkey continues to shell Syrian towns along the border and at the positions of Kurdish militia.

"Turkish artillery continues shelling Syrian border settlements and Kurdish militia positions," he said.

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It appears that Turkey (most likely in conjunction with US and Syrian forces) are getting ready for a major assault against the Syrian government forces.

The question which needs to be asked here, is how will Russia respond to such an attack?!?

May 28 08:30

NATO in Montenegro: Securing the Rear Before Barbarossa II?

The strategic importance of Montenegro is inversely proportional to its size. With it, NATO will have full control of the Adriatic Sea, finish the encirclement of Serbia, and be emboldened to pursue a more aggressive stance towards Russia.

Last week, the government of Montenegro signed a protocol on joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. If ratified by the Alliance’s other 28 members – and it will be – the membership may become a formality by the end of this year. While the country has a population fewer than 700,000 and no more than 1,500 members of the military, the reason NATO wants Montenegro is not its military might, but in equal measures strategic location and symbolism.

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And so, the encirclement of Russia continues apace, courtesy of NATO and the US government.

When the war with Russia will begin, I cannot tell you; however, this has moved from an "if" to "when" status at lightning speed, with current developments.

Whoever takes the Oath of Office to be the President of the United states will happen mid-January of 2017.

If the White House's internal polling indicates in any way that Trump may well win the November election, Democrats may want to inflict the most massive collateral damage they can on his presidency, by giving him a war against Russia, started before his presidency, coupled with an horrific economic collapse.

May 28 08:13

Putin says Russia will indulge in no discussion on ceding Crimea back to Ukraine

Russia will indulge in no discussion with anyone on ceding Crimea back to Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

"As for Crimea, we think this issue closed once and for all. It was a historic decision of people living in Crimea," he said at a news conference after his talks with the Greek leaders.

"Russia will indulge in no discussions with anyone on that matter," Putin stressed. "So, let us stop raising this matter over and over again."
The Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, a city with a special status on the Crimean Peninsula, where most residents are Russians, refused to recognize the legitimacy of authorities brought to power amid riots during a coup in Ukraine in February 2014.

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Putin is absolutely correct in his assessment here; when Crimeans learned that Yanukovich has been thrown under the proverbial bus during the 2014 putsch, and Poroshenko was "installed" as president, during an "election" more crooked than a dog's hind leg, they understood that there was no longer any legitimate government in Kiev.

The referendums were free, open, and honest, according to all observers, and Russia did absolutely nothing wrong here.

May 28 08:03

Putin Says Romania, Poland May Now Be In Russia’s Crosshairs

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned Romania and Poland they could find themselves in the sights of Russian rockets because they are hosting elements of a U.S. missile shield that Moscow considers a threat to its security.

Putin issued his starkest warning yet over the missile shield, saying that Moscow had stated repeatedly that it would have to take retaliatory steps but that Washington and its allies had ignored the warnings.

Earlier this month the U.S. military — which says the shield is needed to protect from Iran, not threaten Russia — switched on the Romanian part of the shield. Work is going ahead on another part of the shield, in Poland.

“If yesterday in those areas of Romania people simply did not know what it means to be in the cross-hairs, then today we will be forced to carry out certain measures to ensure our security,” Putin told a joint news conference in Athens with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

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What Putin is saying is completely logical.

And for the US to state that the missile shield in Poland and Romania are there to protect these countries from Iran is pure, grade A, 100% unmitigated codswallop.

The Iranian government and leadership is many things, but one thing it is NOT is stupid.

It understands that, were it to attempt to attack any part of Europe, or Israel, that the country would be reduced to molten glass, courtesy of return nuclear attacks by Israel and the US. That is not an outcome the country's leadership wants to see happen at all.

So yes, Putin understands completely that these missile defense systems have been installed against Russia, despite what the US government says.

I would suspect that his response to these moves will be asymmetric, and potentially economic.

May 28 06:45

Putin goes to Greece

On May 27th, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive in Athens on a state visit. The Russian head of state will meet with the President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. After Athens, the Russian President will go to Mount Athos, where together with the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill he will participate in the commemoration of the millennium of Russian monarchial presence on Mount Athos.

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Putin is going to offer Greece an alternative to the permanent debt-slavery of the ECB!

May 28 06:44

French Senate to consider resolution on easing anti-Russia sanctions

France’s Senate will debate a draft resolution calling for the easing and gradual lifting of anti-Russia sanctions on June 8. The draft resolution has already been supported by the body’s Committee on European Affairs.

May 28 06:43

Who's aggressive?

Who is being aggressive? For the past few years the drumbeat for a conflict with Russia has been building almost to the point of hysteria. Now there is talk of a war – including a nuclear war – that could destroy civilization. On this edition of CrossTalk we ask who benefits from such dangerous talk.

May 27 22:14

Putin Crushes BBC Smartass INCLUDING BBC propagandist's question

(Note [ts]: This is Putin’s response that the U.S. is the aggressor, and not Russia. Not faithfully translated at about 3.34. What is missing is that Putin asserts that Russia was there [in Tajikistan & Afghanistan] so that there would be calm/peace [????????? = “spa-koi-nee-a”].)

May 27 11:53

Will the U.S. Egg It On? “Russia Is Ready For War” by Pepe Escobar, originally seen at RT.com

There is every indication that provocations continue. Generally, war is good for business, but too big of a war could be disastrous even for those pushing for it.

Ridiculous narratives and pretexts for interventions in Syria and Ukraine have accompanied even more ridiculous attempts on the part of the United States and NATO to prod the Russian Bear and stoke just enough conflict to keep defense budgets big, and the population fearful.

But will they ever go all the way, and push for the real thing? The hot war with Russia? It is entirely possible, and there is plenty of evidence to suggest that Putin is all-too-ready for his American counterparts, who would almost certainly find they have bitten off more than they can chew.

Beware what you wish for: Russia is ready for war.

So foreign ministers from the 28 NATO member-nations met in Brussels for a two-day summit, while mighty military power Montenegro was inducted as a new member.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something (like a war against Russia) is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing for the US and/or NATO to do is, unfortunately, absolutely no guarantee that they will not do it.

May 27 10:46

G7 Stands Pat on Anti-Russian Sanctions

G7 leaders confirmed their intention to stick to anti-Russian sanctions imposed in connection to Crimea.

The G7 leaders have stressed that sanctions against Russia will remain in place until full implementation of the Minsk peace agreement on Ukraine, pointing out, however, that maintaining constant dialogue with Russia is crucial to the peaceful resolution of the crisis.

"We stand united in our conviction that the conflict in Ukraine can only be solved by diplomatic means and in full respect for international law, especially the legal obligation to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. We reiterate our condemnation of the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia and reaffirm our policy of its non-recognition and sanctions against those involved," the G7 leaders said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, it appears that the EU is trying the "if at first you don't succeed, lie, lie again" approach to Russia, in keeping these sanctions in place.

But the rest of the world, including thinking Americans, know what is going on here.

When Yanukovich was thrown under the proverbial bus, by Poroshenko's people, Crimean leadership realized that it had zero credible government in Kiev.

They had a referendum, through which they petitioned the Russian Federation to join it. And in what was attested to being a free and fair election, the referendum carried. Russia then invited them to become a part of the Russian Federation, which they did.

Anyone in the EU with just a smattering of familiarity with Russian history would know that Crimea had been part of Russia until it was annexed by Ukraine in the 1950s by the USSR's Khrushchev, himself an ethnic Ukrainian.

Russia did nothing wrong here, and to describe the process of Crimea's referendum as a Russian "annexation" is one big, fat, hairy lie; the EU members know this, but they stick with it.

But financially, not trading with Russia could put the EU at great financial risk, particularly if the Brexit, Frexit, and Grexit get real, which will signal the end of the EU and the Euro.

May 27 09:20

NEW TURKISH-U.S. QUARRELS ABOUT SYRIA

SOME 300 U.S. SPECIAL FORCES ILLEGALLY INVADED SYRIA TO SUPPORT THE SYRIAN KURDS OF THE YPG ORGANIZATION. THE TURKS SEE THE YPG AS A SISTER ORGANIZATION TO THE KURDISH PKK GUERRILLA IN TURKEY WHICH AREA DESIGNATED TERRORIST ORGANIZATION WHILE THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR AUTONOMY WITHIN TURKEY. ONLY YESTERDAY SIX TURKISH SECURITY PERSONAL DIED DURING FIGHTS WITH THE PKK. TO TURKS THE YPG ARE TERRORISTS.

Yesterday the U.S. special forces screwed up mightily by displaying the insignia of the "terrorists" while combating the Islamic State. Leading U.S. media though try to calm the situation down by misleading their readers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would strongly suspect that the number of US Special Forces in Syria are far larger than the number here suggests.

Also, as reported today at zerohedge.com, the first photos of American troops in Syria have been released.

Following the propagandist double-speak gushing forth from the Obama administration over when a "boot on the ground" in Syria is a "boot on the ground," the following photographs via Agence France-Presse confirm US special operation forces in a rural village 40 miles from Raqqa. As The Guardian reports, the Pentagon press secretary, resisted commenting on the photographs and would only describe the US special operations forces’ mission in generic terms, despite the fact that these troops are at the frontline of fighting when President Obama assured America that forces are consistently behind the forward lines. In April, State Department spokesman John Kirby attempted to change the narrative in a stumbling proposterous way denying President Obama had ever said "no boots on the ground" in Syria...

Sorry, John Kirby: President Obama made that pledge to both the American people and the world that there would be no US military boots on the ground no less than 16 times.
Since 2013, President Obama has repeatedly vowed that there would be no "boots on the ground" in Syria. But White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the president's decision Friday to send up to 50 special forces troops to Syria doesn't change the fundamental strategy: "This is an important thing for the American people to understand. These forces do not have a combat mission." Earnest said the promises of "no boots on the ground" first came in the context of removing Syrian President Bashar Assad because of his use of chemical weapons. Since then, Syria has become a haven for Islamic State fighters. Here's a recap of Obama's no-boots pledge:

It has got to be tough to continue to swallow Obama's "verbal ejaculate", and neither choke nor vomit, but that is the job of a White House press secretary these days.

We know President Obama has lied; we know that you have lied; and if I as an ordinary citizen understand this, so do millions of other thinking Americans.

Sorry, John: this is not working; and the reality is, President Obama wants to regime change Syria, and by any means necessary, as soon as he can.

Right now, I would not bet against out an attempted US Special Ops decap strike against Al-Assad himself.

May 27 08:18

Turkey continues to arm Nusra terrorists in Syria: Russia

Russia’s Defense Ministry says the Turkish government continues to supply al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terrorists fighting in Syria with weapons in a bid to undermine the Syrian army in its fight against foreign-backed Takfiri militants.

May 27 07:51

Europe Revolts Against Russian Sanctions

From ministerial offices to barricades on the streets, Europe is in open revolt against anti-Russian sanctions which have cost workers and businesses millions of jobs and earnings. Granted, the contentious issues are wider than anti-Russian sanctions. However, the latter are entwined with growing popular discontent across the EU.

Germany’s vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel is among the latest high-profile politicians to have come out against the sanctions stand-off between the European Union and Russia.

At stake is not just a crisis in the economy, of which the anti-Russian sanctions are symptomatic. It is further manifesting in a political crisis that is challenging the very legitimacy of EU governments and the bloc’s institutional existence. The issue is not so much about merely trying to normalize EU-Russian relations. But rather more about preserving the EU from an existential public backlash against anti-democratic and discredited authorities.

May 25 13:59

Poroshenko vows ‘to bring back’ E.Ukraine, Crimea after Putin pardons Ukrainian pilot Savchenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has vowed to “bring back” Crimea and the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk. His statement was made as European officials welcomed Russia’s pardoning of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko.

May 25 13:53

US Navy SEALs Training in Bulgaria to Storm Russia's Crimea

Russian military analyst Sergei Ishchenko comments on the US military's apparent plans to increase their presence on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, and the possible threat to the Crimean peninsula this may pose.

May 25 12:55

3 new divisions at Russian border are ‘only one measure’ against NATO build-up – Russia’s envoy

Russia’s plan to deploy two new divisions in its west and one in its south is only one step along the way to countering NATO’s significantly increased military presence on its borders, Russia’s envoy to the alliance said.

“Our security interests are to be firmly protected. Deployment of the three divisions announced by the defense minister is only one of the measures, which should be considered in this regard,” Aleksandr Grushko said.

May 25 07:53

Europe gets its first modern Russian-made airliners

United Aircraft Corporation says the first Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) plane has been delivered to its inaugural European customer Irish airline CityJet.

Under the $1 billion contract, CityJet will lease 15 SSJ100 airplanes with an option for an additional 16 aircraft. The Irish airline will receive three aircraft in 2016, and the rest from 2017 onwards.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While the US makes war, Russia makes deals!

May 24 15:48

Brexit Will Be 'Applauded' In Moscow: UK Defense Secretary

Britain’s possible exit from the European Union (EU) will be “absolutely applauded in Moscow” as it would lead to the relaxation of Western sanctions against Russia, says UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon.

May 24 14:00

Putin Closes The Door To Monsanto | Putin is Taking a Bold Step against Biotech Giant Monsanto

In a new address to the Russian Parliament Thursday, Putin proudly outlined his plan to make Russia the world’s ‘leading exporter’ of non-GMO foods that are based on ‘ecologically clean’ production. Putin harshly criticized food production in the United States, declaring that Western food producers are no longer offering high quality, healthy, and ecologically clean food. Putin is correct. American agribusiness is slowly poisoning the American population.

May 24 13:19

Kerry To Lavrov: Russia Must Stop Assad Strikes

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on Russia to persuade the Syrian government to stop what he alleged to be strikes targeting civilians in Syria.

May 24 10:36

Forbidden Alliance: US Won't Let Russia, Turkey, Iran Unite Against Daesh

Washington is trying to deter any possible alliance between Russia, Turkey and Iran on Syria: if the three countries unite their efforts against the terrorists, the jihadists will easily be defeated and the US will thereby lose its ability to destabilize the region, Iranian political analyst and former journalist Hassan Hanizadeh told Sputnik.

The US is thwarting any possible alliance between Russia, Turkey and Iran to fight the terrorist groups in Syria, Hassan Hanizadeh, former editor-in-chief of the Iranian news agency MehrNews told Sputnik.

Meanwhile, Washington is using the terrorist groups operating on the ground in Syria as a tool to divide the countries of the region. Thus, the political editor added, the US is interested in keeping relations between Turkey and Russia strained and in stirring tensions between Iran and Turkey.

Washington, he explained, is interested in extending its sphere of influence in the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And as the rotted corpses keep piling up in Syria, courtesy of US-government trained and funded jihadists, the US government doesn't give a rat's derriere about the carnage, as long as it believes it is on a path to oust Al-Assad.

Dare I say, in their minds, "the end justifies the means", even of the means results in thousands of innocent civilians, including women, children, and the medically fragile elderly, dead?!?

Sure as heck looks like it, from where I sit.

In the 21st century, the US government has become the most horrific "judge, jury, and executioner" toward the rest of the world humanly possible.

What's wrong with this picture?!?

EVERYTHING!!

May 24 10:21

US Simulating Attacks To See How China, Russia React, Analyst Says

Washington’s concerns over “a resurgent Russia and a very, very aggressive China,” as put recently by a top air force general, indicate that the US is losing more ground in areas where Beijing and Moscow exert an influence, an analyst says.

May 24 09:36

Syria blames Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia for deadly bombings

The Syrian government has accused Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia of being behind a wave of bombings in the coastal cities of Tartous and Jableh.
The state-run news agency Sana said the attacks constituted a "serious escalation", and were aimed at derailing peace efforts.

State media said at least 78 people were killed, while a monitoring group put the death toll at more than 145.

So-called Islamic State (IS) has said it was behind the attacks.
The cities, on Syria's Mediterranean coast, are part of the heartland of President Bashar al-Assad and have, until now, escaped the worst of the civil war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a good, hard look at the carnage here.

Then, understand that behind it all is the United States Government, which is funding and training these insurgents, and attempting, by whatever means necessary, to throw Bashar Al-Assad out of office, and replace him with a compliant, western-centric puppet.

May 24 09:30

Pentagon-Linked Analysts Push Preemptive Strike on Russia, Missile Defense

The Beltway military punditry floats one of its most inflammatory ideas yet, in calls for a preemptive strike against Moscow along with calls to bolster America’s missile defense system.

On Friday, a DC-based think tank issued a report calling for additional funding to advance US missile defense technology to combat what they view as a rising nuclear missile threat from Russia.

Earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin scoffed at Western assertions that Russia poses the preeminent threat to the US and NATO, labeling the idea of an attack against the military alliance "the type of thing that only crazy people think, and only when they are dreaming."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Have these gentlemen gone utterly barking mad, to be suggesting such things, and have they completely lost their reality licence?!?

Russia has not demonstrated any national government behaviour which could possibly be construed as "aggressive" under Putin's watch; in fact, it has been more than reasonable, given the nature of US and NATO actions against it.

Rather than demonising Russia, the US government and military need to look at where its own weapons systems development and procurement systems are broken, and fix the problems.

And that problem starts with the incestuous relationship between weapons manufacturers and the Congressional representatives who award the contracts for those weapons. Those weapons companies are very "generous", in terms of how they support Congressional representatives who approve those contracts.

How this translates, at the end of the day, is that when US weapons are ultimately deployed in the field, they frequently do not work as advertised; are hideously over budget, and are delivered so late as to become very quickly obsolete.

There are two potential pieces of legislation which could fix the problem, but unfortunately could only possibly get passed when pigs fly.

The first is that US legislators cannot take any money, or any other perks, from any US weapons company, period, end of discussion. Any attempt to get around this result in getting fired from Congress, and a snap election held for a replacement.

The second is, if a weapon does not perform as specified in the field, according to the specifications defined by that company, that the weapons manufacturers will be subject not only to hefty fines, but also jail time for the heads of corporations which made those weapons.

May 24 08:51

Military Sources: Russia to Give Crushing Response to Terrorists' Ceasefire Violation

Syrian opposition groups put out a statement on Monday, saying that they will no longer abide by a ceasefire agreement if the Syrian military doesn’t halt a major offensive on their positions in the suburbs of Damascus within 48 hours.

Now military officials say that the terrorist groups' threats which means non-commitment to the ceasefire will give Russia a pretext to intensify its attacks against the militants' positions.

"Russia is now preparing for a crushing response," they add.

May 24 08:36

Details of Ukrainian Equipment Losses Confirm Scale of Ukraine’s Defeat

Data published by the International Institute of Strategic Studies confirms that during the fighting in the Donbass in 2014 and early 2015 Ukraine lost more than half its military equipment.

May 24 08:30

Russia killed 28,000 militants in Syria, third of all ISIS forces – Russian deputy security chief

Since Moscow started its air operation in Syria on September 30 last year, the Russian Air Force has eliminated over a third of Islamic State fighters in the country, the deputy head of Russia’s top security body revealed.

May 24 08:11

Americans: A Conquered People: The New Serfs. “Russia and China stand between Washington and Washington’s Goal of Hegemony over the Entire World”

As readers know, I have seen some optimism in voters support for Trump and Sanders as neither are members of the corrupt Republican and Democratic political establishments. Members of both political establishments enrich themselves by betraying the American people and serving only the interest of the One Percent. The American people are being driven into the ground purely for the sake of more mega-billions for a handful of super-rich people.

Neither political party is capable of doing anything whatsoever about it, and neither will.

May 23 14:51

‘Intl Sabotage’ Sweden Investigates TV Mast Destruction, Everything Points To Russia… As Always

In Sweden, the authorities are concerned about what they’re calling an act of ‘international sabotage.’ And Stockholm also thinks it knows who the culprit is.

May 23 13:29

US Wary Of 'Rising Threat' From Russian, Chinese Jets

Russian and Chinese warplanes have become one of the major concerns of US Air Force commanders, says one of the force’s top combat officers.

“Our concern is a resurgent Russia and a very, very aggressive China,” Air Force General Herbert Carlisle was quoted by the USA Today as saying on Sunday.

May 23 12:51

De-Petrodollar-ization Esclates - China Imports Record Amount Of Russian Oil In April

We have reported for years that Russia and China have been doing everything they can to displace the use (and influence) of the US dollar.

The US of course, either oblivious or too arrogant to care, has continued to bring Russia and China together by annoying both equally with its incessant meddling. Recall that recently both China and Russia have had to warn the US about its insistence on flying reconnaissance planes too close to their borders.

Of course, as the US has been playing geopolitical games, China and Russia have been working on strengthening their relationship with one another. At the end of 2015, China had become Russia's biggest oil customer, and as of April, Russian oil shipments to China hit a record high. Russia has also surpassed Saudi Arabia as the biggest crude exporter to China.

May 23 09:59

OVER 100 FEARED KILLED AS BLASTS HIT NEAR RUSSIAN MILITARY BASES IN SYRIA’S LATAKIA PROVINCE (VIDEO)

Over 100 people are feared dead after seven blasts targeted several locations in the coastal towns of Jableh and Tartus, Syria’s Latakia province, according to media reports. The locations are close to two Russian military facilities: the Khmeimim airbase and the Tartus naval base.

Islamic State militants claimed the attacks saying via its news outlet, Amaq, that "gatherings of Alawites in Tartous and Jableh" had been targeted. The Alawites is the minority sect to which President Bashar Assad belongs.

According to Ikhbariya TV, there were up to three explosions in the coastal town of Jableh near the local railway terminal. RIA Novosti and state TV also report a fourth explosion, at the emergency unit of a local hospital.

The blasts left over 45 people dead, police sources initially told RIA. Then the joint death toll was raised to over 100.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF such action by US government sponsored, trained, and funded jihadists, was supposed to be a "warning" to President Putin and Russia about their activities to neutralize all jihadists opposing Bashar Al-Assad's government, this will backfire, like a bad trick cigar.

Please remember; as of the 25th of this month (that's this Wednesday, folks), Russia has reserved the right to attack any and all jihadists, including those backed by the US government, who are opposing Al-Assad's government. We are looking at potential Russian air strikes on steroids when this happens.

May 23 09:34

NATO Build-Up in Baltics Raises Doubts About Announced 'Reset' With Moscow

NATO adheres to a dual-track strategy towards Russia, planning to combine "deterrence" with a "political dialogue". However, the planned deployment of NATO battalions in Poland and the Baltic States has already caused negative reaction from the Kremlin, and raised doubts about NATO's intention to "reset" relations with Moscow, Der Spiegel wrote.

May 23 09:23

US to Send Fewer Troops to Europe to 'Deter Russian Aggression'

The US informed its NATO allies it would send less troops to Eastern Europe for deterring “Russian aggression” than initially planned, undisclosed military sources revealed to the Wall Street Journal.

May 23 08:36

Beware what you wish for: Russia is ready for war

The bottom line is that Russia – in terms of hypersonic missile development – is about four generations ahead of the US, if we measure it by the development of the S-300, S-400 and S-500 systems. As a working hypothesis, we could describe the next system – already in the drawing boards – as the S-600.

Russian – and Chinese – missiles are already able to knock out the satellite guidance systems for US nuclear tipped ICBMs and cruise missiles. They could also knock out the early alert warnings that the satellite constellations would give. A Russian hypersonic ICBM flight time, launched for instance from a Russian nuclear sub all the way to the US East Coast, counts for less than 20 minutes. So an early warning system is absolutely critical. Don’t count on the worthless THAAD and Patriot to do their job. Once again, Russian hypersonic technology has already rendered the entire missile defense system in both the US and Europe totally obsolete.

May 23 07:51

Beware what you wish for: Russia is ready for war

Global Robocop NATO predictably discussed Afghanistan (a war NATO ignominiously lost); Iraq (a war the Pentagon ignominiously lost); Libya (a nation NATO turned into a failed state devastated by militia hell); Syria (a nation NATO, via Turkey, would love to invade, and is already a militia hell).

Afghans must now rest assured that NATO’s Resolute Support mission – plus “financial support for Afghan forces” – will finally assure the success of Operation Enduring Freedom forever.

May 23 07:18

Ex-Deputy NATO Commander Predicts Russia Will Start WW3 in May 2017

This is unbelievable. We know top NATO officers tend to be peculiar characters (recall the famous warmongers Philip Breedlove and Wesley Clark) but so far they stayed clear of claiming magical powers.

This is no longer the case British general Richard Shirreff who between 2011 and 2014 served as the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe has consulted his crystal ball and has concluded that in the fifth month next year Russia will invade Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Ukraine.

May 23 03:03

Blasts Hit Near Russian Military Bases In Syria

Over 100 feared killed as blasts hit near Russian military bases in Syria’s Latakia province

Over 100 people are feared dead after seven blasts targeted several locations in the coastal towns of Jableh and Tartus, Syria’s Latakia province, according to media reports. The locations are close to two Russian military facilities: the Khmeimim airbase and the Tartus naval base.

Jihadist group Ahrar ash-Sham al-Islamiyya took responsibility for the blasts in both Jableh and Tartus.

Later, Islamic State militants also claimed the attacks saying via its news outlet, Amaq, that "gatherings of Alawites in Tartous and Jableh" had been targeted. The Alawites is the minority sect to which President Bashar Assad belongs.

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May 22 11:36

NATO’s move near Russia, preparation for war: Analyst

Press TV has interviewed Mike Billington, from the Asia Desk of the Executive Intelligence Review in Leesburg, about Russia condemning NATO for granting membership to Montenegro.

May 22 11:27

Russia Has Last Seen Such Amassing of Hostile Forces on Its Borders in 1941

Russia has not seen such a major military buildup close to its borders since 1941 when the Third Reich sent the Wehrmacht to conquer the Soviet Union, Professor Stephen F. Cohen said in his recent interview on The John Batchelor Show, referring to NATO's increasingly assertive strategy in Eastern Europe and the Baltics.

May 22 11:26

The U.S. Is ‘Missing’ Millions in Ukraine

Marie Antoinette would be proud—the revolution which cost her head is back, and inflicted on ordinary people

May 22 11:09

Enough Is Enough! French Farmers Await End of Russian Food Import Ban

The European farmers’ association has urged the European Commission to find a way to prod Russian to lift its ban on food imports from Europe, La France Agricole reported.

May 21 09:26

Russia, Iran in 'Strong Position Over the West' in Syrian Peace Talks

"In any political process the facts on the ground dictate who has the leverage of the negotiation table. And the fact that the Russians have intervened and the Iranians have intervened and the West has not done so means inevitably that in any political negotiation the Russians and the Iranians are going to be in a pretty strong position, more so than Europe and the United States," Sawers told CNN.

May 21 09:24

Europe realized isolating Russia is ‘failed policy’ – Russia’s envoy to NATO

Europeans have come to know that the policy of isolating Russia “has failed,” as external threats showed need for close cooperation, Russia’s envoy to NATO said. He doubted NATO’s diplomatic facade, reminding that the block’s policy is focused on rival Russia.

May 21 09:23

Elites vs the People: Ordinary Europeans' Attitudes to Russia are Changing

Russian commentators Anna Shafran and Elena Ananeva offer an interesting perspective on why many ordinary Europeans do not consider Russia to be their enemy, whatever politicians and the media might say.

May 21 09:15

Pentagon Is Spooked From What It Has Seen From Russia in Donbass

US army planners have been thoroughly shaken by what they have seen Russian artillery and electronic warfare can do and how well-protected its tanks are

May 20 13:14

Russian Aircraft Carrier Said To Be Heading To Syrian Coast By End Of Summer

By Brandon Turbeville

After the small draw down of Russian troops and aircraft from Syria, the Western media could not contain itself from making claims that the Russians were running scared from their battle with ISIS, despite the fact that the Russian-Syrian alliance had done more to destroy the group in weeks than the U.S. had done in years.

But, while the Russian draw down was itself limited and merely a change in strategy after the initial phase of Russian involvement had been completed, it appears that Russia is now ordering another round of military equipment to Syria...

May 20 11:23

BEX ALERT - Russia Bombed Syria to Flood Europe With Refugees - National Public Radio

The “Morning Edition” program of the U.S. National Public Radio network — which is America’s most-trusted American source of news as measured by “the ratio of people who trust a news outlet to those who distrust it” — included on May 20th a segment, “Russia's Involvement In Syria Worsens Migration Crisis, Zannier Says”, in which the interviewer, Renee Montagne, opened her interview of Lamberto Zannier, the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), by saying:

“There is actually a theory out there to do with the migration crisis in Europe, that Russia may have purposely been bombing Syria with an air campaign in order to send more Syrian migrants into Europe, to destabilize Europe. Now, I’m wondering whether you think that’s far-fetched, but, at the same time, it sort of fits the picture of a Cold War?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NPR is really pathetic, trying to claim the refugee crisis is all Putin's fault, as if years of US wars on Middle eastern nations had nothing to do with it.

May 20 09:28

France Wants a Visa-Free Regime with Russia

France would like to abolish short-term visas for Russian tourists due to the lack of a risk of immigration from Russia, French Ambassador to Russia Jean-Maurice Ripert has said.

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