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Dec 29 07:12

Crimea For Dummies (RT Documentary)

Dec 29 07:02

Russian hackers plan to 'RULE WORLD' using Ukraine as 'training ground' for UK attack

Vladimir Putin is believed to be using Ukraine as a “training ground” to learn how to attack other countries as part of his bid to “control the world”.

Ukraine has fallen victim to a number of cyber infringements over the last two years, including an attack in June that cut all power in houses and rendered vital public services such as the post office and ATMs unusable for days.

Dec 29 06:58

Russia warns ties with Japan to be affected by deployment of US missile defense systems

The deployment of US-made Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense systems in Japan will affect ties between Moscow and Tokyo, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned on Thursday. Tokyo’s decision causes “deep regrets and major concerns,” TASS quoted the ministry’s spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, as saying. Such actions “will negatively influence the general atmosphere in bilateral relations, including negotiations on a peace treaty,” according to Zakharova.

Dec 29 04:58

Putin's Epiphany: US 'pretending' to fight Islamic State in Iraq

Moscow accused the US of reducing its airstrikes on the Islamic State group in Iraq on Tuesday, to allow militants to enter Syria and fight the Russian-backed Syrian army.

The United States is pretending to fight the Islamic State [IS] group, Moscow alleged, claiming Washington has deliberately reduced airstrikes in Iraq in an attempt to allow the militants to flow into Syria, where the Russian-backed Syrian army continues to advance against IS.
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"The actions of the Pentagon and the coalition demand an explanation. Is their change of tack a desire to complicate as much as they can the Syrian army’s operation, backed by the Russian air force, to take back Syrian territory to the east of the Euphrates?”>>>

Dec 28 08:56

Top Russian General Accuses US Of Training ISIS At Syrian Border Base

According to a new Reuters report, the chief of the Russian General Staff has accused the United States of hosting a training facility for ISIS fighters in Syria along the Syria-Iraq border. Al-Tanf base on Syria's southeast side has been under the control of the US-backed "New Syrian Army" and their US special forces advisers since the area was captured from ISIS in August of 2016.

Russia has previously called the base a 100km wide “black hole” operated by the US wherein an assortment of unaccountable armed groups and militants can operate freely. That American troops have long been deployed there was previously confirmed through multiple photographs and videos released early in the summer of 2017 which showed US elite soldiers on active patrols with Syrian rebel factions associated with the Free Syrian Army (or FSA, elements of which were more recently renamed the New Syrian Army).

Dec 28 08:39

NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard

U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s famous “not one inch eastward” assurance about NATO expansion in his meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on February 9, 1990, was part of a cascade of assurances about Soviet security given by Western leaders to Gorbachev and other Soviet officials throughout the process of German unification in 1990 and on into 1991, according to declassified U.S., Soviet, German, British and French documents posted today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University (http://nsarchive.gwu.edu).

Dec 28 08:16

Russian Foreign Ministry Signals Change in Donbass Policy

With regards to recognizing the DPR and LPR, Karasin said: “According to the Minsk Agreements, Donbass should be granted a special status within Ukraine. In reality, we are seeing the opposite process. Instead of reintegrating the region into a common political and economic space, the Ukrainian leadership itself is actually pushing the South-East out of the country.” Karasin here mentions not only military operations, but also socio-economic measures.

Dec 28 07:04

Russia Notifies US of Rejection of Several Agreements Within Open Skies Treaty

The Treaty on Open Skies, adopted in 2002 (*The BushII Era) within 34 states, establishes a program of unarmed aerial surveillance flights over the entire territory of its participants.

Russia has notified the US of rejecting several agreements within the Open Skies Treaty, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.

"Continuing the general policy seeking to further degrade relations with Russia, Washington absolutely groundlessly accused the Russian Federation of violating the Treaty on Open Skies and took unilateral steps to create obstacles to the Russian 'Open Skies' missions conducted over the territory of the United States. In this regard, and based on the principle of reciprocity, Russia was forced to take adequate measures that are procedural in nature," Zakharova told reporters.

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Dec 27 09:38

PREPARING FOR WW3? Russia cosies up to Turkey after agreeing £1.8 BILLION arms deal

TURKEY has snubbed its Nato allies by agreeing to buy a Russian missile system in a deal worth £1.8billion ($2.5bn).

Moscow will supply Ankara with four divisions of S-400 surface-to-air missile divisions once the agreement is finalised.

The system, designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, can engage targets at a distance of 250 miles.

But the arms deal has caused concern in the West because the weapons cannot be integrated into Nato's defences.

Dec 27 08:39

Christmas Gifts – Good News from Around the World

The world is full of good news, suitable for Yuletide.

Merry Christmas to you, dear readers! It is a beautiful and serene time of hope, when the darkest time of the year is already behind us. Though the light is still not perceptible, but we know and feel that the change is coming.

The recent vote in the United Nations has been such a glimpse of light, a harbinger of Sun.

Dec 27 05:51

BIDEN TOLD EX-UKRAINE PRESIDENT YANUKOVICH TO RESIGN, FORMER VP REVEALS IN MEMOIRS

Joe Biden bluntly demanded that former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich resign back in 2014, the former US vice president revealed. He also confirmed the US was deeply involved in Kiev’s affairs during that year’s crisis.

From the very beginning of the Ukrainian crisis, the US sought to direct Yanukovich in his handling of the riots on Maidan Square that eventually led to a coup in Ukraine, Biden says in his new book titled “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship And Purpose,” which was published in November, but has now been brought into the media spotlight in connection with the US’s role in the crisis. Biden reveals that he repeatedly called the then-Ukrainian president, telling him what he should or should not do.

Dec 26 17:35

US To Officially Send "Lethal Arms" To Ukraine, Russia Says US "Crossed The Line" - But US Has Been Arming Kiev For Years

By Brandon Turbeville

After its horrendous decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, the Trump administration is showing signs of its intention to provide anti-tank missiles and possibly even the Javelin missile system to Ukrainian fascist forces in their fight against the Donbass separatists and, according to the State Department itself, Russia.

Earlier, the Trump administration had announced that it would be providing “lethal aid” to Ukraine, which the U.S. characterizes as “defensive” in nature...

Dec 26 14:08

IS IT TIME FOR A UKRAINE COUP REDUX? YOU BET IT IS

Ukraine will very soon become a no-man’s land if American influences there are allowed to continue. News the Trump administration approved the export of lethal weapons to the Kiev junta will only lead to more useless killing. The news of the decision broke as the Treasury Department announced further sanctions under the Magnitsky Act against five individuals for alleged human rights abuses in Russia. Trump ratcheting up the pressure on Russia at the moment the Poroshenko regime is set to disintegrate carries a new foreboding. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova made appropriate quips about the western coalition forces in the Middle East making claims America and allies destroyed ISIS in Syria. The hard nose Russian dignitary poked at western coalition partners about their “successes” in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan in recent years. Now the Trump administration seems ready to double-down on chaotic idiocy by opening the door to full scale war in Ukraine.

Dec 26 13:31

Lavrov and Tillerson discuss Syrian national dialogue congress

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed further steps to settle the Syrian conflict, including a Syrian national dialogue congress to be held in Russia’s Sochi, the Russian foreign ministry said on Tuesday after their telephone conversation. The conversation was initiated by the US side. "The sides discussed further steps to overcome the Syrian conflict with preservation of that country’s territorial integrity. Among the topics discussed was an intra-Syrian national dialogue congress in Sochi as part of efforts to promote settlement on the basis of United Nations Security Council resolution 2254 and encourage direct talks between the Syrian government and the opposition in Geneva without preliminary conditions," the ministry said.

Dec 26 13:02

Russia to introduce "family values" classes into schools

On Tuesday, the Russian president's authorized representative for child rights, Anna Kuznetsova, announced the completion of the development of the school course "Family Studies." During the press conference, Kuznetsova explained that the course was developed at the Russian Academy of Education, and negotiations were also held about its implementation with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. Experts have not yet determined the final form of such a course in schools; an optional lesson or modular courses within existing humanitarian subjects. Kuznetsova expressed the idea of ??creating a course called "Family Studies" or "Lessons of Family Happiness" this summer. So, according to her proposal, classes should be aimed at promoting traditional family values ??and promote the protection of motherhood and childhood.

Dec 26 12:56

Russia's Ministry of Defense clear-out: 30 officials convicted for embezzlement

More than 30 people have been convicted of embezzlement cases at the Ministry of Defense - in the framework of these investigations, almost all property of the state was returned, spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said. Recalling the case of former Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, who was charged and released under an amnesty, Petrenko reported that Serdyukov had acknowledged the crime. "The case did not end in nothing, our military investigators conducted a global investigation," she said on the air of the Vesti FM radio station. According to Petrenko, several dozens criminal cases were investigated, and many officials were brought to responsibility for these cases.

Dec 26 12:40

Russian security chief says economic development key to Afghanistan overcoming woes

Russia anticipates economic development and the implementation of joint ventures will help improve the current dismal state that Afghanistan is still mired in, Russian Security Council chief Nikolay Patrushev said in an interview with the weekly newspaper, Argumenty I Fakty, on Tuesday. "We are confident that carrying out joint projects can serve as an efficient tool in fighting the spread of terrorism and the ideology of extremism," the security chief said reminding readers about recent consultations between the security agencies and his talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. "A number of solid deals followed, including in the energy, agricultural, military-technical and other sectors. About 30 Russian companies have voiced their interest in working on the Afghan trajectory," Patrushev said. He regretted "ongoing terrorist attacks in Afghanistan".

Dec 26 12:31

Russian media watchdog expects Facebook, Instagram to clarify reasons for banning Kadyrov, the head of Chechnya, Roskomnadzor’s press service told TASS on Monday

Chairman of the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) Committee for Information Policy, Information Technologies and Communications Leonid Levin said earlier that he planned to request clarification from Facebook and Instagram in regard to the banning of Kadyrov’s accounts. According to Levin, the Committee and Roskomnadzor may issue a joint request. "Roskomnadzor supports the initiative put forward by Leonid Levin to send a request to Facebook and Instagram. If the social networks fail to clarify their reasons for banning in the near future, the request will be submitted," a source in the media watchdog said. On Saturday, Facebook and Instagram blocked the access to Kadyrov’s accounts. On the same day, the head of Chechnya announced that a new social network, named Mylistory, was being tested in the region, which "is just as good" as foreign social networks.

Dec 26 11:19

Bus driver, who killed pedestrians in Moscow, suffers brain haemorrhage because of state of shock

The 59-year-old bus driver, who killed people in a tragic and bizarre accident in Moscow on December 25 by crashing a commuter bus into an underground passage in Moscow, was hospitalised with a brain haemorrhage. His condition remains complicated, and investigators are no longer allowed to interrogate the man. It was previously reported that the driver of the bus was in a state of shock after the terrible accident, in which he killed four people, including a child, under the circumstances, the details of which are yet to be established. The man was hospitalised to the Botkin Hospital, where other victims of the accident are staying. Three others remain at the intensive care unit of the Sklifosofsky Research Institute. The Investigative Committee will look into every version of the terrible accident, including the driver's version, who said that the bus started moving uncontrollably and he could not stop the vehicle due to the failure of the brakes system.

Dec 26 11:17

Something big explodes in the sky over Crimea

A powerful explosion occurred in the sky over the city of Simferopol, the Crimea, on December 26. The origin of the explosion remains unknown; EMERCOM officials are trying to look into circumstances. Local residents have posted a few photos taken in first minutes after the explosion. The photos depict a white trail in the sky, which usually remains behind a flying plane, but it is not straight. Some people assumed that the explosion could be related to fighter aircraft and their aerobatic stunts. Interestingly, many residents of Simferopol heard a similar explosion in the area of the village of Kamenka. Residents of Sudak and Belogorsk heard the explosion too. A source at air traffic control circles confirmed that there were no incidents with aircraft in the Crimea. The powerful explosion in the sky over Simferopol was a meteorite. "Residents of Simferopol witnessed an unusual phenomenon. They say that something fell from the sky.

Dec 26 11:17

From Snowden To Russia-gate - The CIA And The Media

The promotion of the alleged Russian election hacking in certain media may have grown from the successful attempts of U.S. intelligence services to limit the publication of the NSA files obtained by Edward Snowden. In May 2013 Edward Snowden fled to Hongkong and handed internal documents from the National Security Agency (NSA) to four journalists, Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Ewen MacAskill of the Guardian and separately to Barton Gellman who worked for the Washington Post. Some of those documents were published by Glenn Greenwald in the Guardian, others by Barton Gellman in the Washington Post. Several other international news site published additional material though the mass of NSA papers that Snowden allegedly acquired never saw public daylight.

Dec 26 10:26

Robert Mueller Took Uranium to Russians on Tarmac in 2009

Robert Mueller, who is the special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation, oversaw the FBI when the agency allegedly hid evidence it had collected that showed that Russian officials were engaged in a bribery scheme aimed at growing their atomic energy business inside the United States. (Ryan Saavedra/ Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call; Getty Images)

Why did Robert Mueller hand deliver a HEU (Highly Enriched Uranium) Sample to the Russians on the tarmac of the Moscow airport in a secret “plane-side” meeting on September 21, 2009?

Dec 26 10:06

The Strangelovian Russia-Gate Myth

The effects of humankind created climate chaos are proving to be more devastating than even the grimmest predictions. Today’s wealth inequity is worse than in the Gilded Age. Around the world, the U.S. empire wages perpetual war, hot and cold, overt and covert, including military brinksmanship with the nuclear power, the Russian Federation.

Speaking of the latter, the U.S. media retails a storyline that would be considered risible if it was not so dangerously inflammatory i.e., L’affaire du Russia-gate, wherein, according to the lurid tale, the sinister Vladimir Putin, applying techniques from the Russian handbook for international intrigue, Rasputin Mind Control For Dummies, has wrested control of the U.S. Executive Branch of government and bends its policies to his diabolical will.

Dec 26 09:52

SHOCK VIDEO | 5 Dead As Bus Plows Into Crowd In Moscow

Very disturbing video. As you will see, this was not an accident.

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Dec 26 09:40

Epiphany: Lithuania thinks it might be better to cooperate with Russia

President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite, summing up the results of 2017 and describing the future of the republic, stated that it is necessary to cooperate with Russia, not to fight it.

"Relations with our neighbor will remain difficult in the coming years. If the current leadership continues in the country, the situation will not chang "she said.

She noted that Lithuania should not abandon its own values, but it should be understood that the geopolitical situation is changing, so, if necessary, you can revise the position on some issues.

Dec 26 09:24

Putin seeks harsher laws on NGOs acting as foreign agents

The Russian law on foreign agents needs to be improved, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday.

"Of course, this law needs improvement, it is necessary to ensure that it is aimed at the solution of the task for which it was created, namely, to exclude all interference in our domestic political life from outside directly or through third parties, by financing their activities within the country." Putin said, speaking at a meeting with the leadership of the chambers of the Federal Assembly.

Dec 26 06:53

Moscow ready to act as mediator between US, North Korea, says Kremlin

Moscow is ready to act as a mediator between the United States and North Korea, but the conflicting sides should give their consent to this, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday. "Russia is ready if both sides need it and want it," Peskov said. "It is impossible to become a mediator between two parties only if one side seeks so, the will of two sides is needed here. As the exchange of confrontational rhetoric is between Pyongyang and Washington, therefore Russia’s readiness is rather evident to open the way for de-escalating tensions."

Dec 26 06:44

Almost 70 advisors from NATO states employed by Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, says minister

Almost 70 advisors from NATO member countries work for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said on Tuesday. "A total of 66 foreign advisors from 14 NATO member countries work for the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the Defense Ministry, six of them are top-level advisors," the defense minister wrote in his Facebook account in comments on the activity of his agency in 2017. According to Poltorak, ten battalions, 25 squadrons and more than 1,400 instructors have been trained this year in accordance with NATO standards. Also the number of brigade and battalion tactical exercises has grown this year, he wrote. A total of 112 command-and-staff exercises have been held under NATO standards, as well as 32 brigade tactical exercises and 12 tactical flight trainings. He said Ukrainian military drills "use 668 NATO standards, and 40% of Ukrainian Armed Forces’ General Staff structures have been brought into compliance with the typical structure of NATO's command units".

Dec 26 06:40

Russia’s National Guard kills nearly 80 terrorists in North Caucasus this year

Nearly 80 terrorists have been killed by members of Russia’s National Guard in the North Caucasus Federal District this year, the agency’s deputy director Sergey Melikov said on Tuesday. The officers have seized more than 600 small arms and 500 hunting weapons, and also 60 grenade launchers. More than 260 infrastructure facilities of armed groups have been destroyed.
Russian senate approves law imposing life sentences on terrorist recruiters... - http://tass.com/politics/983058

Dec 26 06:26

Russia's security chief points out most bomb scares traced to overseas origin

Secretary of Russia’s Security Council Nikolay Patrushev has said that calls on bombs allegedly planted in 2,500 facilities in Russia had been received from "telephone terrorists" in the United States, Ukraine, Turkey and Japan. "About one million people have been evacuated from more than 2,500 facilities across Russia since September because of hoax bomb calls," he said in an interview with Russia’s Argumenti i Fakty newspaper. "Fake bomb calls were received in 75 regions of Russia." The investigation showed that the overwhelming majority of calls came from abroad via IP telephony, in particular, from Turkey, Ukraine, the US and Japan," Patrushev added...

Dec 26 06:17

Putin to NWO agents in Syria: You ain’t seen nothing yet

Vladimir Putin has stunned New World Order agents and terrorist apologists when he said that his work in Syria is not done yet. He gives the impression that he is not going to leave Assad in the lion’s den without backup. Putin still has his back against the wall and is fighting New World Order agents.

By defending Syria, Putin seems to be saying, he is indirectly fighting against diabolical forces which seek to bring down anything reasonable and orderly. If he doesn’t exterminate Israel/US terrorists in Syria, then the diabolical fire will spread, and soon or later Russia might be a victim. Putin has seen what happened In Iraq, Afghanistan, and even Libya.

Putin has seen how terrorist activities continue to rule those countries, despite the fact that the United States and Israel promised “democracy” and “freedom” in those countries. No one, with an ounce of common sense, can say that regime change has brought peace in those countries. In fact, the Pentagon has recently admitted that 9.7 million dollars have been lost in Afghanistan.[1]

Moreover, there is a widespread “lack of accountability” among US officials in places like Afghanistan>>>

Dec 25 10:23

Putin names 'bureaucratic corruption' as biggest threat to Russia's stability

Speaking at the congress of "United Russia" President Vladimir Putin made several important statements.

"Together we created United Russia," Putin said, "doing this at a very difficult and crucial stage in the life of our state, when for confident development, strengthening of statehood, solving large-scale tasks, a powerful unifying political force was needed. United Russia fulfilled , fulfills and continues to fulfill this task."

Dec 24 08:34

"The US Has Crossed The Line": Russia Warns Trump Decision To Arm Ukraine Will "Lead To Bloodshed"

Russia has reacted fiercely to the end of week breaking news that President Trump plans to approve the legal sale of US antitank missiles and possibly other advanced systems to the Ukrainian government in a move that could change the battlefield calculus of the war between Ukrainian and Russian-aligned forces in the Donbass region along the Russian border. ABC News described the "total defense package of $47 million includes the sale of 210 anti-tank missiles and 35 launchers" which will be sure to harm Trump's longtime stated goal of improving relations with Moscow.

Dec 24 08:24

Putin in Egypt: Who’s the big player in the Middle East?

This could be just a coincidence, but the next day after Russia announced victory over terrorists in Syria, US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Both of these events dramatically strengthen the role of the Russian Federation in the Middle East. The Arab world is looking up to Russia, and President Putin has arrived in Egypt to strengthen the strategic alliance with Egypt.

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Dec 24 07:04

Bad Week for 2 US Puppets

In Ukraine, former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili was chased out of his apartment onto the roof where he threatened to jump
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Saakashvili was America’s choice to run the country of Georgia following the dubious Rose Revolution in 2003.
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And a second U.S. puppet, Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh, was killed by Houthi forces in Sana’a last Monday. Saleh’s U.S. supported dictatorship lasted more than 30 years (from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama).

Saleh led Yemen to be one of the poorest and most repressed countries in the Arab world.

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Dec 23 11:02

More S-400 air defense systems to be deployed in Crimea in coming days

Two battalions supported by S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems will begin combat duty in Russia's Crimea at the start of 2018, the defense ministry has announced.

The battalions have already been deployed to the peninsula and have taken their assigned positions, lieutenant general Viktor Sevostyanov told the media Friday. The crews are now in training mode, the official added, saying permanent combat duty will start "in the first days of the new year."

Dec 23 10:29

Saudi King urgently calls Putin in the middle of a meeting

Vladimir Putin, in an out of character move, had interrupted his meeting of the Council for Culture and Art because of an urgent phone call.

Addressing the participants of the meeting, he apologized and said that he needed to urgently take a phone call - and that he would be right back.

Later it became known that the call came from the Saudi King Salman, with whom Putin discussed the launch of the ballistic missile in the direction of Riyadh by the Yemeni movement.

The leaders of the two states condemned the act, and Vladimir Putin called for a comprehensive investigation of the incident, noting that the Yemeni crisis must be solved exclusively by peaceful means, through national dialogue.

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Note that Saudi Arabia is now turning towards Russia to resolve the crisis.

Dec 23 10:22

BEX ALERT - Only a miracle can save Europe; Russia preparing to seize neighbours - BILD

The Russophobic German edition "Bild" has reported a new insidious move of Moscow.

In fact, Moscow's insidious move is nothing new. But, as practice teaches us, if Moscow does not commit insidious moves for a long time and the brain of the frivolous public begins to heal, it must be immediately bombarded by some new Russian threat.

In this case, Bild, citing "two unnamed sources in Western intelligence agencies," reports that the invasion of a number of countries is already in the works.

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Dec 23 10:07

Putin: New US national security strategy is offensive & aggressive, Russia must take note

Washington's new national security strategy is "aggressive," Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, adding that Moscow will take the US stance into consideration.

Both the US and NATO have been "accelerating build-up of infrastructure in Europe," the Russian leader said Friday. Referring to the "defense strategy recently put out" by Washington, Putin said it was "definitely offensive... speaking in diplomatic language."

Dec 23 04:44

'It Just Exploded': Ukraine's Children Lose Limbs and Lives as Landmines Surge

In the first nine months of 2017, 103 civilians in Ukraine, including women and children, were killed or injured by mines and explosive devices

Dec 23 04:31

‘Entirely defensive in nature’? US greenlights supply of lethal arms to Ukraine

Washington is ready to offer Ukraine “enhanced defensive capabilities,” the US State Department has confirmed, after several US officials said the Trump administration has approved plans to supply Kiev with lethal weapons.

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Dec 22 13:09

Should Mueller’s ‘Special Counsel’ be Terminated? Mike Whitney

The WSJ’s charges are not without merit, as are the claims that Mueller has loaded his legal team with Hillary contributors.

There’s no evidence that “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump” were improper, unethical or illegal. Nor do any such presumed “links and/or coordination” imply a crime was committed.

Rather, the loosey-goosy standard Rosenstein has applied is an invitation for an open ended fishing expedition aimed at derailing the political agenda of the elected government. This puts too much power in the hands of unelected agents in the bureaucracy who may be influenced by powerbrokers operating behind the scenes who want to disrupt, obstruct, or paralyze the government. And this, in fact, is exactly what is taking place presently.

Dec 22 12:26

Geopolitical Game-Changer: Iran Joining Russian Economic Union! What Will US Do?

Dec 22 11:05

Russia and China Challenge Dollar Domination

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Since the 1970’s oil shock and the 400% rise in the oil price from OPEC countries, Washington has maintained a strict regime in which the world’s most valuable commodity, oil, would be traded in US dollars alone. In December 1974, the US Treasury signed a secret agreement in Riyadh with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, “to establish a new relationship through the Federal Reserve Bank of New York with the US Treasury borrowing operation” to buy US government debt with surplus petrodollars.

The Saudis agreed to enforce OPEC dollar-only oil sales in return for US sales of advanced military equipment (purchased for dollars of course) and a guarantee of protection from possible Israeli attack. This was the beginning of what then-US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger called recycling the petro-dollar. To the present, only two oil export country leaders, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and Libya’s Qaddafi, have tried to change the system and sell oil for euros or gold dinars. Now China is challenging the petro-dollar system in a different way with the petro-yuan.

The difference between Saddam Hussein or Qaddafi is that far more influential countries, Russia and now Iran, with China’s implicit support, are cooperating to avoid the dollar out of necessity forced by US pressure. That is a far stronger challenge to the US dollar than Iraq or Libya could ever manage.

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Dec 22 09:55

Russian parliament ratifies naval base agreement with Syria

The Russian parliament voted on Thursday to extend Russia's lease of a naval base in Syria for 49 years, following Vladimir Putin's announcement of a partial pullout of Russian troops from the war-torn country.

Russia's air campaign in Syria, which began in September 2015, helped turn the tide of the civil war in favor of Moscow's long-time ally Bashar Assad. Putin earlier this month ordered a partial withdrawal from Syria but said Russia would keep its military presence there.

The State Duma voted to ratify an agreement with Syria, submitted by Putin, for Russia to keep its warships at the Mediterranean base in Tartus for 49 years. The agreement allows Russia to keep 11 vessels there at a time, including nuclear-powered ships.

Dec 22 09:52

Russia Tells U.S. Military to Get Out of Syria

Russia ramped up its calls for the U.S. military to depart from Syria on Thursday, contending it has no substantial reasons to be in the country and its presence there "must end."

“Any reasons cited by the Americans to justify their further military presence... are just excuses and we think their presence must end," Alexander Lavrentiev, Russian President Vladimir Putin's envoy to Syria, told reporters. Lavrentiev was in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Thursday ahead of peace talks regarding the Syria conflict between Russia, Iran and Turkey, Reuters reports. Russia, a major ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has played a significant role in the Syria conflict.

Dec 22 09:41

Russia, Turkey finalize deal on S-400 missile defense system: Putin's aide

Vladimir Kozhin, a presidential aide who oversees Russia’s matters of military cooperation, said Thursday that the deal was now finalized and Moscow would begin delivery of the system to Ankara in late 2019.

“The first deliveries are likely to begin at the end of 2019, beginning of 2020,” Kozhin said.

He said no more issues remained about the deal, which was discussed between Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the former’s visit to Ankara on December 11.

Dec 22 08:24

Foreign ministry pledges ‘mirror reply’ to new US sanctions on Russia

The Russian foreign ministry spokesperson described the latest expansion of the ‘Magnitsky List’ by the US authorities as “grotesque” and “detached from reality,” promising that reciprocal measures would follow.

“Of course this all is looking as a grotesque already, because it is not based on any reality whatsoever. Unfortunately we are forced to reiterate our position which boils down to the fact that all these steps would be followed by reciprocal measures,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova told reporters on Thursday.

Dec 22 08:11

Trump’s approval of lethal arms to Ukraine is a sideways move to nowhere

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The decision to provide lethal “defensive” weapons comports with repeated Congressional authorizations, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support since 2014. While former President Barack Obama declined to act on those authorities, President Trump evidently has now done so.

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Dec 22 07:44

Putin, Erdogan discuss creation of Palestinian state

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday they both supported creating a Palestinian state, the Kremlin said the day after the U.N. rejected the decision by Washington to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

In a phonecall, the two leaders "discussed the situation of Middle East peace talks in the context of the resolution adopted by the U.N. General Assembly on the status of Jerusalem," the Kremlin said in a statement.

They "confirmed the mutual disposition to continue to assist in resolving the Palestine-Israeli conflict on the basis of international norms and realisation of the right of the Palestinian people to create an independent state," it said.

Dec 22 07:41

Number of NATO Troops Near Russian Borders Tripled Since 2012 - Defense Minister

Speaking at the final meeting of the Defense Ministry's board, Sergei Shoigu said that the US missile defense system in Europe has been brought to the level of "initial operational readiness." The number of the bloc's servicemen deployed near Russian borders has grown from 10 to 40 thousand in three years, he added.

Dec 22 07:34

US Plans Slash and Burn of Middle East to “Minimize” Iranian Influence

The US is attempting to sell to the public the next phase of its continued occupation and military operations across the Middle East. Predicated on claims of “rebuilding” Iraq and “fighting terrorists” in Syria, it is in actuality a plan to perpetuate for as long as possible the upheaval currently consuming the region in hopes of overextending and exhausting Iran – and by extension – Russia.

Dec 21 16:19

Russia Activates Three New Anti-Missile Early-Warning Systems Near North Korean Border

Russia has activated three new early-warning missile attack radars covering its southeastern frontiers, including its border with North Korea, after repeated missile tests by Pyongyang have raised fears of impending conflict.

The deputy commander of Russia’s air force Alexander Golovko boasted that “for the first time in history” a trio of new Voronezh rocket attack detection radar stations have entered service in Krasnoyarsk, Altai and Orenburg regions, the Ministry of Defense’s Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Dec 21 09:35

How The US Swindled Russia In The Early 1990s

This swindle has finally been displayed beyond question, by this, the first-ever complete release of the evidence.

It demonstrates beyond any reasonable doubt (as you’ll verify yourself from the evidence here), that US President G.H.W. Bush (and his team) lied through their teeth to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev (and his team) to end the Cold War on Russia’s side, when the US team were secretly determined never to end it on the US-and-NATO side until Russia itself is conquered.

And this swindle continues today, and keeps getting worse and worse for Russians.

Dec 21 09:34

WATCH Best Episodes of EU Farmers Reacting to Sanctions War With Russia

The EU is expected to extend sanctions against Russia on Thursday, December 21. Since they were introduced in 2014, sanctions as well as Moscow’s food exports ban have been a headache for European farmers, who have repeatedly protested against them. Sputnik takes a look at some of the most remarkable moments from those protests in recent years.

Dec 21 09:19

US Senators Propose New Anti-Russia Sanctions Targeting Mining, Railway Sectors

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo and top Democrat Sherrod Brown said the legislation would impose "broad" new sanctions targeting Russia’s mining, metals, and railway sectors, Bloomberg said Wednesday.

The lawmakers claimed that Russia continues to deploy cyber-enabled information espionage activities and economic tactics to harm US interests despite existing sanctions, the report added.

The proposal signals that Congress intends to push back on US President Donald Trump attempting to improve relations with Moscow, the report added.

Dec 21 08:21

Russia Rises—New World Order Morally and Intellectually Falls

"Russia is an incomparably fascinating, deep, wonderful civilization, one of the great world civilizations, with a fantastic wealth of ideas, culture, and Christian spirituality. The truth is that it is, and was, routinely smeared by its enemies, and its true nature is barely understood in the West.”

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(*article is in Interview format)

Dec 21 07:46

UN Approves Measure Condemning Rights Violations In Russian-Annexed Crimea

The resolution,put forward by USkraine and 30 other countries, was approved by 70 states. Twenty-six, including Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and China, voted against. Seventy-six countries abstained from voting.

Dec 21 07:45

African swine fever hits annexed Crimea

(*something stinks in Crimea !)

Dec 21 06:42

Paul Craig Robberts: Trump Claims Credit For The Russian/Syrian Defeat Of ISIS

What do we make of Trump’s national security speech? First of all, it is the military/security complex’s speech, and it is inconsistent with Trump’s intention of normalizing relations with Russia.

The military/security complex, using Trump’s position as President, has defined Russia and China as “revisionist powers,” Washington’s rivals who seek to put their own national interests ahead of Washington’s unilateralism. Russia and China are “revisionist powers” because their assertion of their national interests limits Washington’s hegemony.

In other words, Washington does not accept the validity of other countries’ interests if those interests are contrary to Washington’s interests.>>>

Dec 21 06:04

Russian lawmaker blasts fresh UN resolution on Crimea as political provocation

A senior representative of the Russian parliamentary majority party has called the UN resolution on human rights in Crimea a provocation aimed at justifying the growing expenses of supporting Ukraine and countering Russia.

MP Sergey Zheleznyak (United Russia) said on Wednesday that the resolution was prepared by anti-Russia politicians from Ukraine, the EU, and the US, adding that he personally was outraged by the fact that the Human Rights Monitoring Mission had prepared the document on the basis of statements made by Ukrainian politicians, without actually visiting the peninsula and looking into these claims.

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Dec 21 05:16

Trump Approves Lethal Arms Sales to Ukraine

For the first time ever, the Trump Administration has approved the direct sale of lethal weapons to the Ukrainian government, expanding on previous sales which had long been restricted purely to non-lethal and defensive systems.

Congress has been pushing for such sales since 2014, as part of a general trend to pick fights with Russia. The Obama Administration resisted such a move, however, because such arms sales would see the US as directly in opposition to the EU-backed Minsk ceasefire for Eastern Ukraine.

Officials say that President Trump didn’t approve everything which was requested by the Ukrainian government, though Congressional officials still warn this is a major step toward confrontation in Ukraine, and predict that more sales will be coming in the future.

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Dec 21 01:49

Georgian Snipers: An American Directed Kiev's Maidan False Flag Massacre

The two Georgian snipers who took part in the false flag Maidan massacre claim they took orders from an American. “Gunfire aimed at protesters on Kiev’s Independence Square, also known as the Maidan, was delivered in winter 2014 by the mercenaries who had arrived in Kiev for the purpose of organizing disorder,” lawyer Alexander Goroshinsky told 112.Ukraina channel on Tuesday, as reported in Tass on December 13th. In a dramatic development in the trial in Kiev of several Berkut police officers accused of shooting civilians in the Maidan demonstrations in February 2014, the defense has produced two Georgians who confirm that the murders were committed by foreign snipers, at least 50 of them, operating in teams. The two Georgians, Alexander Revazishvili and Koba Nergadze, have agreed to testify by video from Tbilisi, if permitted, as they feared for their lives if brought to Kiev...

Dec 20 09:12

Trump’s National Security Speech

Paul Craig Roberts

What do we make of Trump’s national security speech? First of all, it is the military/security complex’s speech, and it is inconsistent with Trump’s intention of normalizing relations with Russia.

My conclusion is that Trump has surrendered to the real rulers of America—the powerful interest groups such as the military/security complex, the Israel Lobby, the environmental polluters, Wall Street and the banks “too big to fail.”

America is a country in which despite the hopes flyover America had in Trump, an oligarchy rules. The American people, regardless of who they elect, have no voice, no input, no representation.

Dec 20 08:42

Putin: Foreign intelligence agencies trying to meddle in Russia’s internal affairs

Vladimir Putin has urged Russia’s security services to “erect a safe barrier” against foreign interference in the country’s society and politics, ahead of the presidential election next year.

Dec 20 08:22

WATCH: Putin scolds everyone - ABC News, Associated Press, random Polish guy

On December 14, Russia's President Putin held the annual "Great Press Conference", in which over 1600 representatives of local and foreign media were able to ask questions. The conference lasted 3 hours and 40 minutes non-stop. This year, in no difference to previous times, representatives of Western mainstream media got a real tongue-lashing - among the culprits were Terry Moran of ABC News, Kate de Pury of Associated Press and a Polish journalist whose question was so rudely posed, I didn't bother getting his name.

Dec 20 08:12

US urges UN to punish Iran, but Russia says no to sanctions

At Security Council meeting, Ambassador Haley says Tehran guilty of 'dangerous violations' of international resolutions and 'destabilizing behavior' in region

Dec 19 13:28

The RussiaGate Witch-Hunt – The Deep State’s ‘Insurance Policy’

There was a sinister plot to meddle in the 2016 election, after all. But it was not orchestrated from the Kremlin; it was an entirely homegrown affair conducted from the inner sanctums – the White House, DOJ, the Hoover Building and Langley – of the Imperial City.

Likewise, the perpetrators didn’t speak Russian or write in the Cyrillic script. In fact, they were lifetime beltway insiders occupying the highest positions of power in the US government.

Here are the names and rank of the principal conspirators: John Brennan, CIA director; Susan Rice, National Security Advisor; Samantha Power, UN Ambassador; James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence; James Comey, FBI director; Andrew McCabe, Deputy FBI director; Sally Yates, deputy Attorney General, Bruce Ohr, associate deputy AG; Peter Strzok, deputy assistant director of FBI counterintelligence; Lisa Page, FBI lawyer; and countless other lessor and greater poobahs of Washington power, including President Obama himself.

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