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Mar 12 10:37

Russia to defend its Venezuela oil assets in ‘toughest way possible’

Nicolas Maduro’s staunchest international ally—Russia—reaffirmed last week its full support to the Socialist leader’s regime and his efforts to prevent what Moscow sees as interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs.
At the same time, Russia, which vowed to defend its oil assets in Venezuela as early as the political crisis began in January, sees risks to its investments in the Latin American country and pledges to react “in the toughest way” possible within international law if those investments are threatened, Russia’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Vladimir Zaemsky, told Russian government-run newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta in an interview published this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The big question here, is what Russia is really ready to do, militarily here.

They need to protect their assets, which is reasonable; but will that "protection" mean the deploying actual Russian forces in Venezuela, at the behest of Maduro?

The jury is still out, but I would not bet against it.

Mar 12 10:25

POPULATION CONTROL IS THE NEW NAME OF THE GAME: KREMLIN VIES WITH CHINA TO SEE WHO CONTROLS THE INTERNET BETTER

SOURCE: WOLF STREET
BY FRED DUNKLEY, SAFEHAVEN.COM:
In a thinly veiled attempt to gain control of the internet, the Russian State Duma has passed two bills designed to do two things: ostensibly halt the spread of “fake news” and keep people from spreading information that “disrespects” the government. But Russians aren’t having it.
On Sunday, thousands took to the streets across the country to protest the government’s “digital sovereignty bill” that will require all Russian telecoms companies to reroute internet traffic through the state telecom regulator, Roskomnadzor. It means censorship and what protesters are now calling the rise of the “internet iron curtain”.

On March 7, the Russian State Duma—the lower house of parliament—passed the two bills, and now they go up for a second vote later this month. If passed, they will be signed into law by President Putin. In Moscow alone on Sunday, some 15,000 took to the streets, Reuters reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Intelligent people in all countries where this kind of censorship is attempted, will find a way around such strictures; I am sure that some very smart Russians, will certainly find a way to make this happen.

Mar 12 08:54

Turkey says done deal on Russia missile ignoring U.S.' warning

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey's deal to buy Russian S-400 missile defense systems had "nothing to do" with the security of the U.S.

He said in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir that it is very clear why Turkey has bought this air defense system, under what conditions it has bought them and how it will be used, adding that the "issue was not about the S-400s" but about Turkey "taking actions on its own accord," especially in Syria.

Mar 12 08:25

Will Trump’s Hawks Dare to Risk Israel?

It was the eleventh, and perhaps the most important meeting between President Putin and PM Netanyahu on 27 February, writes the well-informed journalist, Elijah Magnier: “The Israeli visitor heard clearly from his host that Moscow has no leverage to ask Iran to leave – or, to stop the flow of weapons to Damascus … Moscow [also] informed Tel Aviv about Damascus’s determination to respond to any future bombing; and that Russia doesn’t see itself concerned [i.e. a party to such conflict] ”.

Mar 12 08:23

1983 Book by Jewish Historians Celebrates Jewish Role in Mass Murder of Russians Under Bolshevism

Alain Brossat and Sylvie Klingberg’s Revolutionary Yiddishland: A History of Jewish Radicalism was first published in France in 1983. A revised edition appeared in 2009 and an English translation in 2016. Intended for a mainly Jewish readership, the book is essentially an apologia for Jewish communist militants in Eastern Europe in the early to mid-twentieth century.

Brossat, a Jewish lecturer in philosophy at the University of Paris, and Klingberg, an Israeli sociologist, interviewed dozens of former revolutionaries living in Israel in the early 1980s. In their testimony they recalled “the great scenes” of their lives such as “the Russian Civil War, the building of the USSR, resistance in the camps, the war in Spain, the armed struggle against Nazism, and the formation of socialist states in Eastern Europe.”[A1]

Mar 12 07:59

VIDEO – Ukrainian Neo-Nazis Clash With Citizens At Poroshenko Rally

According to the latest data, twenty-two policemen were injured on March 9 in the city of Cherkassy in the central part of Ukraine in clashes with activists of the neo-nazi National Corps organization who tried to break through to the place where the president Petro Poroshenko spoke during an election rally .

Mar 11 12:32

Head of the Ukrainian General Staff: Russia is preparing to attack us on three sides

THE PRESIDENT of the Ukrainian General Staff Viktor Muzenko has declared that "there is a real threat of the Russian army's three-side attacks."

From north, east and south.

He cited - without offering any evidence - that Russia was ending the formation of military formations that, together with special units, would "make up the bulk of the invading forces".

At the same time, he claimed that the Ukrainian army - because it will fight in its own country and, thanks to its high mobility, adapting and autonomy - will have a "strategic advantage" over the Russian "invading forces".

This is most likely in the function of the Ukrainian presidential
election, whose first round will be held on March 31st.

Mar 11 11:24

U.S. "Gets Its Ass Handed To It" In World War III Simulation: RAND

In simulated World War III scenarios, the U.S. continues to lose against Russia and China, two top war planners warned last week. “In our games, when we fight Russia and China, blue gets its ass handed to it" RAND analyst David Ochmanek said Thursday.

RAND's wargames show how US Armed Forces - colored blue on wargame maps - experience the most substantial losses in one scenario after another and still can't thwart Russia or China - which predictably is red - from accomplishing their objectives: annihilating Western forces.

"We lose a lot of people. We lose a lot of equipment. We usually fail to achieve our objective of preventing aggression by the adversary," he warned.

In the next military conflict, which some believe may come as soon as the mid-2020s, all five battlefield domains: land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace, will be heavily contested, suggesting the U.S. could have a difficult time in achieving superiority as it has in prior conflicts.

Mar 11 11:17

WHY IRAN, NOT VENEZUELA, IS THE LIKELIEST U.S. SHOOTING WAR

Despite growing Trump administration tensions with Venezuela and even with North Korea, Iran is the likeliest spot for Washington’s next shooting war, says Bob Dreyfuss for TomDispatch.

The Trump Administration is Reckless Enough to Turn the Cold War With Iran Into a Hot One

Here’s the foreign policy question of questions in 2019: Are President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, all severely weakened at home and with few allies abroad, reckless enough to set off a war with Iran?

Could military actions designed to be limited — say, a heightening of the Israeli bombing of Iranian forces inside Syria, or possible U.S. cross-border attacks from Iraq, or a clash between American and Iranian naval ships in the Persian Gulf — trigger a wider war?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yesterday, in an article from amn.com, the following headline appeared:

Israel to go to war in Syria, if Netanyahu's leadership is in jeopardy

And I have to wonder: is THIS the reason President Trump has not ordered our military completely out of the country?

Are they to be the "sacrificial lambs" to get hit from an Israeli false flag mission, claiming it was Syrian (or Russian troops) who did the deed?

This, of course, would not be the first time that the Israeli government ordered our troops to be murdered; and if your mouth is gaping in outrage right now, you need to cage the rage, and read about the bombing of the USS Liberty here: The USS Liberty: If Americans Knew

And of course, there is the threat from Al Assad, that if Israel's IDF does not leave the Golan Heights, Syria will attack them militarily, to get them out. Syria notifies israel that it will attack the IDF in the Golan Heights

So, in summation, there are 4 scenarios which may be playing out here: you have a potential Israeli strike against Iran, if Netanyahu feels his days as prime minister are numbered; you have a potential Israeli strike against alleged Iranian outposts in Syria (and/or against US forces there), potential Syrian strikes against Israel in the Golan, or potentially, US strikes against Iran

It is very infuriating, seeing how many people want the spectre of death and destruction to continue its rampage in the Middle East; this may well involve both Russia and the US, if any of these scenario unfold or some of them unfold simultaneously.

Mar 11 10:56

Thousands of Russians protest against internet restrictions

Lawmakers last month backed tighter internet controls contained in legislation they say is necessary to prevent foreign meddling in Russia’s affairs. But some Russian media likened it to an online “iron curtain” and critics say it can be used to stifle dissent.

People gathered in a cordoned off Prospekt Sakharova street in Moscow, made speeches on a stage and chanted slogans such as “hands off the internet” and “no to isolation, stop breaking the Russian internet”.

The rally gathered around 15,300 people, according to White Counter, an NGO that counts participants at rallies. Moscow police put the numbers at 6,500.

“If we do nothing it will get worse. The authorities will keep following their own way and the point of no return will be passed”, said 28-year-old protester Dmitry, who declined to give his full name.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, we need more of that sort of thing here to deal with the censorship being imposed on our internet!

Mar 11 10:51

Russia to Conduct Observation Flight Over Belgium, Netherlands Next Week

Russia will conduct an observation flight over the territory of Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Benelux) under the Treaty on Open Skies on March 11-15, the acting head of the Russian Defence Ministry’s National Nuclear Risk Reduction Centre, Ruslan Shishin, said on Monday.

"As part of the implementation of the international Treaty on Open Skies, Russia plans to perform an observation flight using a Russian An-30B surveillance aircraft over the Benelux territory", Shishin said, adding that the flight would occur on March 11-15.

Shishin also said that a joint US-Norwegian mission will conduct a surveillance flight over the territory of Russia under the treaty on March 11-16.

Mar 11 10:47

Russia to defend its Venezuela oil assets in ‘toughest way possible’

Nicolas Maduro’s staunchest international ally—Russia—reaffirmed last week its full support to the Socialist leader’s regime and his efforts to prevent what Moscow sees as interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs.
At the same time, Russia, which vowed to defend its oil assets in Venezuela as early as the political crisis began in January, sees risks to its investments in the Latin American country and pledges to react “in the toughest way” possible within international law if those investments are threatened, Russia’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Vladimir Zaemsky, told Russian government-run newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta in an interview published this week.

Mar 11 10:25

VIDEO captures test of Russian military device, dreaded in UK media for its ‘hallucinating’ effects

After causing a meltdown in British tabloids over the “hallucinating effect” it might cause, Russia’s Filin visual optical interference device, fitted to some Navy ships, has been captured in action by the Russian defense channel.

The first-ever public footage of Filin 5P-42 in use was broadcast on the Russian Defense Ministry’s channel Zvezda, which filmed them being tested in St. Petersburg. The undated trial was held at twilight in the Gulf of Finland.

Mar 10 10:04

Poroshenko Is Preparing To Flee Ukraine, Says Ex-Minister

Former Minister of Economy of Ukraine, Vladimir Lanovoy, said that the current President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is preparing to run abroad, to flee, in the event of his defeat in the elections.

In his article for the Glavred magazine, the ex-minister explained that Poroshenko himself was aware that he would not be able to remain as president for a second term. And in this case, the flight from the country is for him the only way to avoid criminal prosecution.

Mar 10 09:56

US Forces Totally Obliterated In War-Game Simulations Against Russia And China , American Analysts Reveal

“In our games, when we fight Russia and China, ‘blue’ gets its ass handed to it,” David Ochmanek, a RAND warfare analyst, explained at the Center for a New American Security on Thursday, Breaking Defense first reported. U.S. forces are typically color-coded blue in these simulations.

“We lose a lot of people. We lose a lot of equipment. We usually fail to achieve our objective of preventing aggression by the adversary,” he said.

Mar 10 02:37

US Embassy Employee Tried to Carry Mortar Shell in Luggage at Moscow Airport

Following the discovery of a mortar shell in the luggage belonging to a US embassy employee at the Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry described the incident as an attempt to stage a provocation.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has announced that it expects the US Department of State to explain the actions of one of its employees after a mortar shell was found in the luggage of a US embassy worker in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport, RIA Novosti reported.

"It seems that the United States is trying to test Russia’s security capabilities not just from without, by regularly sending their warships and aircraft on provocative raids near our borders, but from within as well, even by using their embassy employees", the foreign ministry officials told Sputnik.

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(*it sounds like The POTUS has some more disavowing to do )

Mar 09 11:12

FLORES – Will Trump Veto? U.S Congress Drafts Bill Banning Recognition Of Russia’s Crimea

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives of the United States has, after a long time in committee, approved a bill banning the US government from recognizing Crimea as a Russian region.

The decision was made unanimously on March 7th, according to the website of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

The text of the “Law on the non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea” was submitted to Congress on January 16th and was only now sent to the House of Representatives for consideration. If the bill is supported by both houses of Congress, it will be sent to president Trump for final ratification or veto.

At this point in time, it appears likely that the bill will pass both houses, given the political climate. The question remains as to whether Trump will veto the bill or not. Also at his disposal is the line-item veto – parts of the bill can be struck out by Trump, and then ratified.

Mar 09 11:01

Gabbard's Pro-INF Bill Has 'No Chance' Due to Military-Industrial Complex Lobby

In a last-ditch effort to keep the US from exiting the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), Democratic Party presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard introduced a draft bill to Congress which would prevent the authorization of government funds for the testing, procurement or deployment of any missile prohibited under the treaty.

Congress released the full text of Gabbard's bill, dubbed the INF Treaty Compliance Act of 2019, this week, with the proposed legislation originally introduced by the Hawaii congresswoman in mid-February for deliberation by the House Armed Services Committee.

Gabbard had earlier described Trump's decision to pull out of the 1987 treaty as a "reckless" move which could exacerbate "a new Cold War" with Russia. The bill has now been cosponsored by six Democratic lawmakers, including Ilhan Omar, James McGovern, Mark Pocan, Barbara Lee, Raul M. Grijalva, Eleanor Holmes Norton and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Mar 09 10:59

Merkel refuses to send Navy ships to Russia’s shores, rebuffs US pressure – report

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has allegedly stood up to pressure from Washington as she declined a proposal by Vice President Mike Pence to send German Navy ships towards Russia’s Crimea, Bloomberg reports, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter.

Mar 09 10:58

How Putin Ressurected Russian Army From The Ashes In Just 20 Years Time

Mar 09 10:52

MAJOR: Ukrainian Soldiers Kill Their Commander After Being Forced To Commit War-Crimes – Non-Combat Losses Now Exceed 10,000

Ukrainian servicemen shot and killed their commander, Sergei Sobko, in the aftermath of being forced to commit war-crimes for a Ukrainian media public relations spectacle. The killing happened immediately after an incident where the commander was scolding the troops in his command for drinking alcohol. This was announced by the official representative of the operational command of the DPR, Eduard Basurin.

According to Basurin, it happened on March 6th in the 128th separate mountain-assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, where the lieutenant at night allegedly discovered that a group of soldiers were drunk. The soldiers may have been engaged in heavy drinking as a coping mechanism to deal with the unit’s increasingly problematic activities at least since the end of February.

“There was a negative reaction to a remark of the platoon commander, and during the verbal skirmish, two sergeants used firearms and shot their commander at close range,” Basurin told Russian media.

Mar 09 10:29

“Nearly all the leaders of the liberal opposition [in Russia] are either fully Jewish or have Jewish background”

It’s obvious that there is a strong Jewish influence in the West opposed to Russia, particularly noticeable among the Israel Lobby and the neocons — Victoria Nuland‘s family ties and her role in the Ukrainian revolution come to mind.

There are many reasons for this, certainly including Russia’s alliance with Iran and Syria at a time when Israel and the Israel Lobby are doing all they can to promote war with both. Quite simply, Jewish hostility stems from the fact that Russia under Vladimir Putin has proved to be far more nationalistic than is good for the Jews or for Israel.

Mar 09 08:36

Pence Asked Merkel to Provoke Russia by Sending Warships to Crimea

The U.S. leaned on German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month to conduct a naval maneuver in Russia’s backyard aimed at provoking President Vladimir Putin, according to three people familiar with the talks.

At a Feb. 16 meeting at the Munich Security Conference, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged Merkel to send German warships through a narrow channel between the Crimean peninsula and mainland Russia to show Putin that Western powers won’t surrender their access to those waters, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Merkel refuses to send Navy ships to Russia’s shores, rebuffs US pressure – report

Mar 08 11:53

Vladamir Putin: “The world's most popular leader”?

What American wouldn't prefer a leader who stuck up their national interests rather than the interests of global Capital? Has Putin repealed habeas corpus, due process and the presumption of innocence? Has Putin abducted innocent suspects from the streets of foreign capitals and taken them to black sites where they've been tortured, water-boarded and sometimes killed? Has Putin initiated war's of aggression on defenseless countries killing and maiming a million or so civilians on “a pack of lies”? Has Putin created 4 million refugees and a humanitarian crisis which is likely to erupt into a region-wide conflagration?

From 2007 [ts]

Mar 08 08:51

Chinese Leader Xi to Visit Russia Later This Year - Foreign Minister

Chinese leader Xi Jinping is preparing for his state visit to Russia later this year, the Asian country's Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, said on Friday.

"This year, Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the Belt And Road forum in Beijing. China's Chairman Xi Jinping is preparing to carry out a state visit to Russia," Wang told an annual press conference on the sidelines of the Chinese parliament's congress.

Last December, Xi accepted the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the 2019 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia, saying he would participate in the event with pleasure.

Mar 08 08:18

Pence Urged Germany To Provoke Russian Navy

Bloomberg dropped a bombshell on Thursday, citing three high level sources familiar with US-German talks at last month's Munich Security Conference who revealed US Vice President Mike Pence tried to persuade German Chancellor Angela Merkel to directly provoke Russia by sending German ships through the Kerch Strait, the two mile wide flashpoint off Crimea which saw Russia seize Ukrainian vessels and their crew members on November 25.

Merkel reportedly rebuffed the efforts which Bloomberg described as "a naval maneuver in Russia's backyard aimed at provoking President Vladimir Putin." Merkel declined Pence's urging while citing reservations voiced by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who viewed such an act as "not enough" to ensure Russia opens the strait permanently, according to the sources. Sources said Pence's plan was designed "to show Putin that Western powers won’t surrender their access to those waters."

Mar 08 06:10

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Effect

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Thus, what was supposed to be a morale-boosting quickie regime-change operation to cheer up the rank and file on the road to Tehran – the overthrow of Nicolas Maduro’s sanctions-starved socialist state in Venezuela, the oil-rich fly in the ointment of “our own backyard” – has become just another entry on a long list of ignominious failures. Even the truest of true believers can no longer pretend that the US is in the business of spreading democracy – not when all the evidence and information available points the other way. The only remedy left for the “sole superpower” is to cut off the flow of information entirely and build an informational Iron Dome, an epistemological missile shield capable of withstanding all truth.

Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?

Lazy propaganda is largely to blame for the lapse in narrative superiority. The same tawdry psy-ops are recycled again and again, as we see now in Venezuela, where Iran-Contra felon and smirking genocide enthusiast Elliott Abrams has been wheeled out of cold storage to work his death-squad magic>>>

Mar 07 17:00

BIZARRE Moment At Stalin Statue...

You could call this 'man pays his disrespects' - Pretty interesting how it unfolds...

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Mar 07 16:39

Top US General Seeks More Troops In Europe To Confront Russia

Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe, argued that the US needs to send even more troops and warships to Europe to “stay ahead of Russia.”

Even though Russia’s military spending is actually scheduled to decrease in the next few years, Gen. Scaparrotti argued that the “growing” Russian threat justified even more US spending on Europe. This has, of course, been a common argument for Pentagon officials, and is why the US such a massive number of troops in Eastern Europe in the first place.

“I’m not comfortable yet with the deterrent posture that we have in Europe in support of the National Defense Strategy,” Scaparrotti told SASC Chair Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., adding:

“Of concern is my intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capacity given that increasing and growing threat of Russia. I need more ISR.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gen. Scaparrotti, a word, please, here.

What the US does NOT have is a reasonably sane Foreign Policy on Russia, and that has to get fixed, and hopefully soon, before some stupid mistake puts the US into a shooting war with Russia.

Punishing a country for something it did not do (as the US constantly does with accusing Russia of "annexing" Crimea, which never happened?!?), is not sanity.

Walking away from a weapons treaty which was working, is not sanity.

Not insuring that our military has the kind of "top shelf" weaponry that Russia currently does, is not sanity.

And sir, this is primarily due to how DC and the Military Industrial Complex are now intertwined at the hip, with weapons companies believing that their political contributions mean "never having to say they are sorry" , when they sell the military equipment which is outmoded upon delivery; never lives up to the hype; and contains huge cost over-runs.

I do not see Russia as the antagonist here; but I do see Russia being used as the very lousy pretext for some very odd US foreign policy views which do not augur well for peace between the US and Russia.

It appears that for some in Washington, Russia has replaced Emmanuel Goldstein as the country upon which which it focuses its "2 minutes of hate", daily.

But have you ever thought how we could ratchet down world tensions if we
"engaged Russia, rather than enraging its leadership" with, what to me appears to be a number of completely bone-headed foreign policy decisions?!?

Mar 07 15:05

VIDEO: MILITARIZATION AND DETERRENCE. RUSSIA'S ZIRCON HYPERSONIC MISSILE CHALLENGES US NAVAL DOMINANCE

While the Zircon hypersonic cruise missile has not attracted the same level of media attention as the strategic Avangard re-entry vehicle or even the air-launched Kinzhal aeroballistic missile, it nevertheless represents an important advance in military technology and represents the state-of-the-art of Russian technologies. It promises to maintain and even expand Russia’s conventional deterrence through its high guarantee of effective retaliatory capability even against the most advanced anti-air and anti-missile defenses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem is not that the Russians have this technology; the problem is that the US military does not.

And that problem is going to continue to happen, and most probably worsen, until the US government disallows any contribution to any political party by any of the military industrial complex, and holds weapons developers accountable.

Unfortunately for this country, that will only happen...when pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

Mar 07 12:29

Pentagon relaunches Cold War-era Assault Breaker program to fend off Russia & China – report

The Pentagon has dusted off a Cold war era concept to deal with large attacking forces, revamping it to fight Russia and China. While all the technologies are in place, the new-look program will come to fruition only in 10 years.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is resurrecting the decades-old Assault Breaker concept, Aviation Week reported Monday. The concept, once intended to prevent hordes of Soviet tanks from steamrolling NATO forces in western Europe, is now refurbished to fight China and Russia (again). Or, at least, to dissuade them from launching any “surprise attacks” on the US and its allies.

The original Assault Breaker project, conceived in late 1970s, focused on creating precision-guided munitions and submunitions, which could identify and destroy the armored targets of the Soviets.

Mar 07 11:06

Russia HITS BACK at 'paranoid' claims Moscow trying to interfere in European elections

FURIOUS Kremlin officials described accusations of Russian meddling in Europe’s upcoming parliamentary elections absurd on Wednesday as they demanded the bloc’s leaders to provide detailed evidence to back up the claims.

Moscow is believed to have meddled in France’s presidential election in 2017 and faced accusations of doing the same in the 2016 Brexit referendum. Paris openly accused two state-owned outlets of behaving like “organs of propaganda and influence”. Responding to accusations of Russian interference in the upcoming EU elections in May, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said: “The elections have not yet taken place and we are already suspected of meddling.”

He told a press conference in Luxembourg: “What about the presumption of innocence? If after the elections European leaders can provide evidence that Russia interfered in the vote, then we’ll look into it.

“But in their eyes we’re already guilty.”

Mr Medvedev slammed the claims as “aberrant paranoia”.

Mar 07 08:25

Russian Su-27 fighter intercepts US RC-135 spy plane over Baltic Sea - Watch

Russia's Sukhoi Su-27 fighter intercepted a US RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft above the Baltic Sea recently, according to the Russian Defence Ministry. A 17-second video tweeted by the Russian Defence Ministry shows the Su-27 fighter coming from behind to intercept the US spy plane while it was cruising over international waters of the Baltic Sea near the Russian border.

Mar 07 07:30

“US And Its Vassals Should Stop Serving Us Fairy Tales.” — Lafontaine"It is not Putin forbade the Germans to trade with other nations, but Trump."

Oskar Lafontaine, leader of the Left in the Saarland Parliament and former SPD chairman, has vehemently defended the controversial gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 and the purchase of Russian natural gas by Germany in a Facebook post.

Lafontaine cites US security adviser and Stratfor founder George Friedman as saying: It is a trivial realization that the United States would have a problem if German technology and Russian commodities came together. (…) The main goal of [the US is] for over a century is to prevent a German-Russian alliance. Of course, the US wants to drive a wedge between Germany and Russia.Therefore, US President Donald Trump now wants to prevent the purchase of environmentally friendly gas and instead sell Germany his “polluting fracking gas.”

Therefore, there is a “lying campaign” of Das Bild and other “quality media” and relevant well-known “Atlanticists” among the CDU and the Greens.

Mar 07 07:29

IN DEPTH: Poroshenko Has NO Chance To Win – Meet Ukraine’s Leading Election Contenders

Ukrainian presidential candidates Vladimir Zelensky and Yulia Tymoshenko, who are now in the first two lines of the rating, are in favor of resuming negotiations with Russia on the normalization of relations in the event of their victory. Vladimir Zelensky announced this publicly, and Yulia Tymoshenko’s intention was confirmed by sources in the Batkivshchyna party. Despite the fact that both candidates support the pro-European course of Kiev, they believe that without working relations with Moscow, it will be difficult to implement it. The current head of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, against the backdrop of threats of impeachment because of the wasting and even theft of “defense” money, remains in third place.

Mar 07 07:17

Putin warns that foreign spy agencies are beefing up activities in Russia

Foreign intelligence services have set their sights on increasing their influence over all that is happening in Russia, President Vladimir Putin said at a board meeting of the Federal Security Service (FSB) on Wednesday.

"We see that foreign intelligence services are seeking to bolster their efforts on the Russian front, doing everything they can to obtain access to political, economic, scientific and technological information," he said, adding that "just like before, and now probably even harder, (foreign intelligence services) are trying to influence events in our country."

Russian special services uncovered 129 staff members and 465 agents of foreign intelligence agencies in 2018, Vladimir Putin stressed.

Mar 06 12:23

US Admiral Wants To 'Push First' Against Russian Ships - Reports

Washington has sent several ships to the Black Sea following an incident in the Kerch Strait, when Russian border patrol boats forcibly stopped several Ukrainian military vessels that had violated the Russian maritime border and refused to follow the patrol's orders.

The commander of the US Navy, Admiral John Michael Richardson, has come up with an unexpected suggestion in terms of proactive measures to counter Russia in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, Newsweek reported. When asked at the Atlantic Council in Washington on 6 February about the strategy against "perceived aggressions" from Russia, Richardson reportedly suggested that instead of responding to Moscow's actions, the US should actually "push first" in a number of areas.

Mar 06 12:20

Turkey’s Purchase of S-400 to Result in Reassessing F-35 Program - US State Dept

The United States has warned Turkey that its planned purchase of the Russian S-400 air defence system would put at risk Ankara’s participation in the F-35 jet program and could lead to Washington imposing sanctions on Ankara, US Department of State spokesperson Robert Palladino said in a press briefing.

"We've clearly warned Turkey that its potential acquisition of the S-400 will result in a reassessment of Turkey's participation in the F-35 program and risk other potential future arms transfers to Turkey, as well as lead to potential sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act," Palladino said on Tuesday.

Mar 06 12:06

Qatar still studying Russian defence system, minister says

Qatar said on Monday it was still studying the purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile air defence system, adding the potential deal — reportedly opposed by Saudi Arabia — was none of Riyadh’s business.

Mar 06 11:58

U.S. Commander: Russian Modernization Efforts ‘Threaten to Erode’ U.S. Military Advantage in Europe

The top U.S. commander in Europe on Tuesday declared that American and NATO troops could not yet mount a credible deterrence against Russian aggression, noting that the Kremlin’s efforts to modernize its armed forces are eroding the United Sates’s military advantage in Europe.
Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) head and NATO’s supreme allied commander, identified a lack of manpower, naval capability shortfalls, and inadequate intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capacity as reasons why American and NATO troops are unable to handle the credible deterrence against Russian aggression.

The general’s comments came as he testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about American military activities in Europe, telling lawmakers the United States needs to follow in the footsteps of American rival Russia and modernize its force.

Mar 06 11:42

RUSSIA’S ZIRCON HYPERSONIC MISSILE CHALLENGES US NAVAL DOMINANCE

While the Zircon hypersonic cruise missile has not attracted the same level of media attention as the strategic Avangard re-entry vehicle or even the air-launched Kinzhal aeroballistic missile, it nevertheless represents an important advance in military technology and represents the state-of-the-art of Russian technologies. It promises to maintain and even expand Russia’s conventional deterrence through its high guarantee of effective retaliatory capability even against the most advanced anti-air and anti-missile defenses.

Mar 06 09:23

US considering providing more weapons for Ukraine, general says

The United States is considering providing Ukraine with more weapons on top of the anti-tank missiles it has already sent, a top general said Tuesday.

U.S. European Command chief Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti said any shipments still have to go through “policy deliberations,” but that weapons under consideration include naval systems to help Ukraine respond to incidents such as what happened in the Kerch Strait last year.

“As recommendations for Ukraine, particularly on the lethal side, work its way, it has to go through the policy deliberations that provide authority to deploy those kinds of weapon systems,” he told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “There are other systems, sniper systems, ammunition and, perhaps looking at the Kerch Strait, perhaps consideration for naval systems, as well, here in the future as we move forward.”

Mar 06 09:15

REFLECTIONS ON PUTIN AS A LEADER AND ON THE WORLD SITUATION IN WHICH HE WORKS

There is an immense amount of criticism of Putin, especially coming from America, most of it empty criticism which ignores realities and genuine analysis. For the more thoughtful, it represents only the stink and noise of propaganda, and not honest criticism in its true sense at all.

Mar 06 09:01

How Brexit ‘bad boy’ Arron Banks was eyeing a massive Russian gold deal

Over the last year Arron Banks has been forced repeatedly to change his story about his relationship with Russia, the number of meetings he had with Kremlin representatives and oligarchs, and the lucrative deals he was offered in the run up to the Brexit referendum.

Mar 06 08:20

Russian oil imports surge in US as Venezuela’s slow to a trickle

Only two ships carrying 766,000 barrels of crude oil from Venezuela arrived in the United States last week in the wake of debilitating oil sanctions lodged against the state-run oil company, PDVSA, according to investment bank Caracas Capital Markets, which tracks Venezuelan oil shipments.

Russian companies, meanwhile, sent nine ships carrying more 3 million barrels of crude oil and petroleum products, according to a review of the U.S. Bill of Ladings database by Caracas Capital.

That import data is clear evidence that Russia is profiting off the geopolitical battle, selling into the U.S. market while helping to prop up the Caracas leadership that Washington is aiming to replace, said Russ Dallen, a managing partner at the investment bank who advises U.S. officials on Venezuelan matters.

Mar 06 08:16

US Soldiers At Lugansk Front Seek Ukrainian Passport To Enter Russia

Kiev issuing Ukrainian passports to the US military to enter Russia

Official Kiev grants US troops Ukrainian passports for the transfer to Russia. This was reported in the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Lugansk Peoples Republic.

According to the ministry, the hotline of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the LPR received a message from the serviceman of unit A136 that several American servicemen have arrived at the location of the unit.

“The visit of the Americans was more like an inspection, not an introduction tour.”

Mar 06 05:59

Trump: 'I Agree 100%' with Keeping Some American Troops in Syria

US President Donald Trump indicated that he now agrees "100 percent" with keeping some American troops in Syria, according to a letter obtained by NBC News on Tuesday.

The letter, sent to Trump by a bipartisan group of senators and representatives came about two months after Trump abruptly announced the withdrawal of some 2,000 troops from Syria, declaring that the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) had been defeated.
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In a paragraph that Trump marked, the group also wrote, "like you, we seek to ensure that all the gains made in Syria are not lost".

>>>

(*wearing out that whip-lash thing he used to do to us so tactically ?
I mean , who's really stunned ?)

Mar 05 12:10

Russia May Deploy Missiles With Range Across Europe if US Puts Such Arms in Area

Russia may be forced to deploy missiles capable of striking the entire European continent if the United States deploys such weapons in the region, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said during remarks at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC.

"We are very much concerned that after the decision of the United States to withdraw from INF, missiles could be deployed on the territory of European allies," Antonov said on Monday. "We will be forced to deploy our missiles, and here you will see that the whole territory of European countries will be covered."

US Unable to Down Advanced Russian Missiles - STRATCOM Chief
Russian Ambassador to the United States also said that the United States and Russia are destined to cooperate in combating terrorism.

Mar 05 10:08

MAJOR: Ukrainian Elections To Be ‘Closed Off’ From International Observers

The authorities of Ukraine have just announced their refusal to accredit Germans as observers to the upcoming elections, including many representatives of the political party “Die Linke”. This was revealed this morning, Monday, March 4th, by the head of Die Linke (The Left) party in the Kvakenbrück parliament, Andreas Maurer.

“Accreditation of public and state observers is very tough and slow. There is no support from Ukraine for observers from Germany to take part, ” Maurer said.

According to Maurer, Ukraine fears that among the representatives from Germany, German politicians and social activists with a pro-Russian stance may come to the polls.

Mar 05 10:02

Russia's Geopolitical Rivals Preparing For Space Wars And More Conflicts: Russian General

Chief of the Russian General Staff and First Deputy Defence Minister, General Valery Gerasimov told reporters Saturday that the US is preparing to wage wars against a "high-tech adversary," which will involve high-precision air and space-based missiles, electronic warfare weapons, and active information warfare.

“Therefore, the search for rational strategies for waging war with a different adversary is of paramount importance for the development of the theory and practice of military strategy. We need to clarify the essence and content of military strategy, the principles of prevention, preparation for war and its conduct”, the Chief of the General Staff said.

He told reporters that Russian Armed Forces were actively preparing for war and armed conflicts on the modern battlefield by developing “classical” and “asymmetric” warfare techniques.

Mar 05 09:59

Banking leak exposes Russian network with link to Prince Charles

A charity run by Prince Charles received donations from an offshore company that was used to funnel vast amounts of cash from Russia in a scheme that is under investigation by prosecutors, the Guardian can reveal.

Money flowing through the network included cash that can be linked to some of the most notorious frauds committed during Vladimir Putin’s presidency.

In all, it is estimated that $4.6bn (£3.5bn) was sent to Europe and the US from a Russian-operated network of 70 offshore companies with accounts in Lithuania.

The details have emerged from 1.3m banking transactions obtained by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and the Lithuanian website 15min.lt.

Shared with media partners including the Guardian, the data represents one of the largest ever banking leaks.

Mar 05 09:49

Maduro’s Support from China, Russia Collapsing

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro sent his vice president, Delcy Rodriguez, to Moscow last week to see if she could arrange some more financing for Maduro’s failing and cash-starved Marxist regime. She came away with warm words but no cash. Russian president Putin was just too busy to see her and handed her off to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who told her: “We think the best way to help the Venezuelans is to expand practical, pragmatic, and mutual advantageous cooperation.”

Translation: Since you have nothing to bargain with, and since we’re greatly concerned about the return of the $17 billion that we spent propping up your regime, we’re not going to throw good Russian roubles after bad. Have a nice day.

In case that wasn’t clear enough, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We hope our Venezuelan partners sort out as soon as possible the difficulties, both domestic political and, of course, economic, difficulties, that are currently taking place in the country.”

Mar 05 09:31

Kremlin expects date of N. Korean leader’s visit to Russia will be confirmed soon – spokesman

Russia expects that the exact date of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s visit will be agreed on in the near future, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said. “There is no clarity now. The contacts have been ongoing through diplomatic channels,” Peskov said.

Mar 05 09:11

Glowing "warriors of light" ...

The disappointing truth about the illusive "power" of the Ukrainian army has once again surfaced ...

On the air of Lutsk TV channel "AVERS" Viktor Krivtsun, a former soldier of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who took part in the operation near Ilovaisk, told that in combat in August 2014, an infected Soviet armored vehicle was transferred from the Chernobyl zone

Mar 05 09:10

Russia is Showing Off Its Best Weapons; From AK-200 Rifles to T-90 Tanks

Since 2010, Rosoboronexport– Russia’s state defense export agency– has made great strides in breaking into the Southeast Asian arms market. However, parts of the Middle-East present a much more challenging landscape. In particular, Rosoboronexport has yet to make meaningful headway in the lucrative Persian Gulf market where major defense system contracts still tend to go to the United States.

As Russian arms exporters make a concerted push into the Gulf states, there is no better opportunity for them to give their sales pitch than at the largest arms show in the Middle East: IDEX, a biennial exhibition organized by the United Arab Emirates.

Mar 04 20:03

Congress silent as Trump extends national emergency – because it’s to sanction Russia

US President Donald Trump has informed Congress that he will extend the 2014 national emergency over Ukraine and sanctions against Russia, even as lawmakers look set to oppose his emergency declaration to protect the US border.

On Monday, Trump extended by one year the emergency declared by his predecessor Barack Obama in March 2014 with Executive Order 13660. It was set to expire on March 6. In the letter sent to Congress, Trump cited threats to Ukraine’s democracy, sovereignty and territorial integrity and “actions and policies of the Government of the Russian Federation, including its purported annexation of Crimea and its use of force in Ukraine” as continuing to present “an unusual and extraordinary threat” to US national security and foreign policy.

Mar 04 19:13

Russia will ‘respond’ to ‘new threats’ from Trump to make space US territory says official

Russian Armed Forces and First Deputy Defence Minister Army General Valery Gerasimov said Mr Trump’s actions may lead to the “escalation” of tensions between the two power nations as the American pushes ahead with his plans to make space US territory. Mr Gerasimov said: “The Pentagon has lately stated repeatedly that they intend to use space for their military purposes. For this, a new type of forces is formed—space forces, which creates a pretext for militarising space. “All these actions may lead to an escalation of the military-political situation and emergence of new threats, to which Russia will have to respond with reciprocal and asymmetrical measures.”

Mar 04 15:17

Russia Refuses to Recognize DPRK as Nuclear State, Ready to Help US Reach Deal

Russia will never recognize North Korea as nuclear state and is ready to cooperate with the United States to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov said on Monday.

Mar 04 13:01

Russia will prevent US intervention in Venezuela: Official

A Russian official says Moscow will do all it can to prevent potential intervention in Venezuela by the United States, which has not ruled out the military option to overthrow the elected government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Valentina Matviyenko, the chairperson of Russia’s Federation Council — the upper house of the Russian legislature — made the comment at a meeting with Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez in Moscow on Sunday.

“We are very much concerned that the US could carry out any provocations to shed blood, to find a cause and reasons for an intervention in Venezuela,” Matviyenko said, stressing that Moscow “will do all in order not to allow this.”

Venezuela has been in political turmoil over the past weeks. The opposition has been holding widespread anti-government protests, blaming Maduro for an ailing economy, hyperinflation, power cuts, and shortages of basic items, and urging him to resign.

Mar 04 12:55

Moscow Monitoring Talks of US Military Intervention in Venezuela - Russian PM

Russia wants peace in Venezuela and supports efforts to foster dialogue between the government and the opposition amid the political crisis in the Latin American country, since this is the only way to stabilize the situation, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

"Russia opposes any and all interference in the internal affairs of other countries. In Venezuela, we support efforts – including those by representatives of the region – to foster dialogue between the government and the opposition. We continue to do so now… The result that Russia wants to achieve is peace in Venezuela. It can be achieved only through a respectful, inclusive, intra-national dialogue", Medvedev said in an interview with the Bulgarian newspaper Trud.

Mar 04 12:37

'Thank You, Vladimir': Modi Unveils Factory That Will Build 750,000 Kalashnikovs For Indian Military

Much the West's chagrin, Pakistan's decision to release a captured Indian fighter pilot did surprisingly little to de-escalate tensions with India. And as deadly shelling along the heavily militarized "line of control" continues, it's becoming apparent that the most anxiety-provoking outbreak of tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors isn't just going to resolve itself.

And as world powers jockey to mediate the conflict, the opening of a factory in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where hundreds of thousands of AK-203s will be produced might portend an important development in the conflict: As Washington urges New Delhi to embrace a more peaceful tact, and other Western powers (like the UK) have tried to pressure Pakistan, Moscow is aligning itself closer to India.

Mar 04 12:34

Russia Will Pay $14,000 in Cash to Families Who Have 3 or More Children (Putin Video)

Russia is one of the few white countries, Hungary is another, which are taking a serious attitude to turning birthrates positive. These countries, unlike the US and Western Europe, understand that if they don't, they will cease to exist, overrun by immigrants who will replace their culture.

Media controlled by Jewish elites is busy convincing Western populations that this would be a good thing.

Watch Putin explain why he thinks his policy is important.

Mar 04 11:57

Maduro orders European HQ of Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA to be moved to Moscow

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the European headquarters of state oil company PDVSA be relocated to Russia, Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy Rodriguez has said.

“President Maduro ordered to close the Lisbon office of PDVSA and move it to Moscow,” Rodriguez said on Friday at the joint news conference with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, during her visit to the Russian capital.

The decision comes as Venezuela expands energy cooperation with Russia’s oil and gas giants Gazprom and Rosneft, according to the official.

“It’s the perfect time, as we are reshaping our relations,” said Rodriguez.

Mar 04 11:54

Trump Prolongs Anti-Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine - White House

US President Donald Trump has extended a national emergency that serves as the basis for imposing sanctions against Russia in regards to its alleged involvement in Ukrainian crisis for one year. In his announcement, Trump said that the extension is tied to the continued alleged actions and policies of Russia.

Mar 04 10:28

PUTIN FORMALLY SUSPENDS RUSSIAN PARTICIPATION IN INF TREATY, NOTIFIES WASHINGTON

Russia has formally pulled out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) after previously signalling that it would take this historic step after the White House announced last month that the US would suspend all obligations under the treaty. President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday formally enacting and finalizing Russia’s suspension of the INF Treaty, which was set to expire in less than six months and subject of heightened tensions after both sides have repeatedly accused the other of having been in violation of its terms for years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump has behaved like an absolute, consummate, banana-ingesting orangutangue on this issue, thumping his chest in jubilation at having become the "Wreck-it Ralph" of the 21st century on weapons treaties.

This, in turn, has has placed Putin in the unfortunate position of having to take an offensive posture on this issue he absolutely did not want to take.

But we need to understand that this offensive posture has been totally created by the US withdrawing from this treaty.

The degree to which this President has been consumed by the Neocons and the Israeli lobby, and how quickly in his presidency it happened, has been total and complete.

Russia has absolutely every right to be concerned here, and has expressed its concerns very clearly:

Putin's warning on missiles in Europe pushes U.S. and Russia closer to new arms race

NATO chief says allies keen to avoid arms race with Russia

Putin says he is ready for a New Cuban Missile Crisis, if Donald Trump wants one.

One has to wonder just how soon the Russian/European border will become infested with weapons, the use of which which could make the future of life on planet earth .... impossible.

Mar 04 08:16

Russia suspends INF Treaty with US - Kremlin

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree enacting Russia’s suspension of the INF Treaty, a move that was announced after a similar decision by the US. The weapons control agreement was set to expire in less than six months.

Russia is putting on ice the Cold War-era agreement, which resulted in significant demilitarization of the European continent. The US will be formally notified about the decision.

The INF Treaty may be revived if the US “eliminates its earlier violations of its obligations” under the deal, according to the decree published by the Kremlin on Monday. Otherwise it will simply expire and cease to exist.

Mar 03 09:55

US denies Russia-protected buses access to Syria's Rukban camp to evacuate refugees – Russian MoD

The US has rejected a joint request by Moscow and Damascus to let them evacuate refugees stranded in the Rukban camp within the US-controlled zone in Syria to areas under Damascus' control, the Russian military said.

The first column of buses accompanied by Russian military police set off for the camp on Friday. They were supposed to enter through one of the two mobile checkpoints opened by the Russian and Syrian forces last month and ferry the refugees to other parts of Syria for permanent resettlement.

Mar 03 09:26

US denies Russia-protected buses access to Syria's Rukban camp to evacuate refugees – Russian MoD

The US has rejected a joint request by Moscow and Damascus to let them evacuate refugees stranded in the Rukban camp within the US-controlled zone in Syria to areas under Damascus' control, the Russian military said.

The first column of buses accompanied by Russian military police set off for the camp on Friday. They were supposed to enter through one of the two mobile checkpoints opened by the Russian and Syrian forces last month and ferry the refugees to other parts of Syria for permanent resettlement.

Mar 03 09:24

Greek Orthodox parish in US quits Constantinople to join Russian Church over Ukrainian schism

The US branch of the Constantinople Patriarchate is at risk of a split after self-rule was granted to Ukrainian schismatics, a Russian priest in Texas said. One Greek parish has already quit and joined the Russian Church.

The believers in the US reacted “quite differently” to the January move by Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew to grant Ukraine’s request for its own Orthodox Church independent of Moscow, Archpriest John Whiteford of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad said.

Mar 03 09:24

Lavrov to Pompeo: We can talk Venezuela, but US must stop threatening its legitimate govt

The US attempts to threaten Venezuela and meddle in the country’s affairs under the guise of supplying humanitarian aid have nothing to do with democracy, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov told his American counterpart, Mike Pompeo.

The top diplomats talked on the phone on Saturday on the initiative of Washington, the Russia Foreign Ministry said.

During the conversation, Lavrov blasted the American threats against the government of Nicolas Maduro, calling them “blatant interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state and a flagrant violation of international law.”

Mar 02 10:20

Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is 70 percent complete

More than 800km of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has already been laid under the Baltic Sea, the project’s operator announced. The gas pipeline is scheduled to be fully finished by the end of this year.

Some 400km of pipes along the 1,200km route were laid along the seabed since the beginning of the year. In January, the Nord Stream 2 operator reported that 400km of the line had been completed by the end of 2018.

Mar 01 19:47

Venezuelan PDVSA moves HQ to Moscow to 'safeguard oil assets against seizure'

Venezuela’s state-run energy giant PDVSA will relocate its European office to the Russian capital because of high risks of potential confiscation of oil revenues amid US sanctions against the country’s energy sector.

“Venezuela is worried about further sanctions and asset seizures of PDVSA,” Mehmet Ogutcu, chair of the Bosphorus Energy Club, told RT. “Hence the decision to relocate its European headquarters to Russia so that the assets could not be risked.”

Mar 01 12:51

Venezuela Orders PDVSA Offices Relocate To Moscow; Putin Affirms Support To "Friend" Maduro

A top Venezuelan official has announced that President Nicolas Maduro has ordered national oil and gas company PDVSA to close its current European headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal and move it to Moscow. The announcement came from Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez during a press conference standing alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Friday.

"President Nicolas Maduro instructed the Lisbon branch of PDVSA to close this office and relocate the office to Moscow," Rodriguez said, according to Russia's TASS news agency. It appears the relocation is already underway, and is part of the framework of "broadening cooperation" with Russian energy giants Rosneft and Gazprom, according to the statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would imagine that Putin thought that this might be a reasonable idea, and has put it into place, must probably just in time for the Venezuelan government

Mar 01 12:04

NATO Chief Says Eastern Enlargement Process Not Provocation Against Russia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday that the alliance’s enlargement to the east was not a provocation against Russia, dismissing such assessments as the concept of spheres of influence that should be left behind.

The statement was made at the GLOBSEC public event in Slovakia, which hosted talks of the Bucharest Nine group — the countries of NATO's eastern flank — earlier in the day.

"It is up for the 29 allies and an applicant country to decide if and when to join. No one else has a say because often I hear If Ukraine joins, If North Macedonia joins, if Georgia joins, that is a provocation against Russia, it is an aggressive action against Russia … This concept is totally wrong because I strongly believe every nation has the right to decide its own path, and NATO totally respects that regardless whether they work for membership in NATO or they say we are neutral," Stoltenberg said.

Mar 01 11:32

By the end of the year, Russian rocketers will receive Zenith systems S-350 - considerably more powerful than S-300

The first Zenith rocket systems S-350E "Vitez" will arrive at the Russian Armed Forces at the end of 2019.

They will be given the center of the Zenith rocket units in Gat?ina, in the Leningrad region.

The S-350E "Vitez" is a new-generation mid-range missile system.

It is made by a self-propelled launcher, a powerful radar with electronic scanning of space and a conduit checkpoint.

It needs to replace known S-300PS rocket systems (range of 75-200 kilometers) and Buk-M1-2 (range 45 kilometers in distance and up to 25 kilometers in height).

According to General Alexander Zelin, who commanded the military aviation of Russia, "Vitez" significantly exceeds the capabilities of the S-300 system. Among other things, because there will be 12 missiles on the trigger, and not four as S-300 systems.

In addition, it will be able to simultaneously track and hit a significant number of flying destinations.

Mar 01 11:14

NATO steps up naval presence on the Black Sea

Experts say the move sends a signal that the West won't tolerate Russia's expanding military footprint in the region. However, an 80-year-old treaty could limit the alliance's scope for action.

Mar 01 11:10

NATO steps up naval presence on the Black Sea

The background to this is an incident in the Kerch Strait at the end of November. Russian ships off the coast of the Crimean peninsula — which was annexed from Ukraine by Russia in 2014 — seized two Ukrainian Navy boats and a tug by force of arms. Deborah Sanders of King's College London told DW that Europe reacted "quite slowly" to the incident in the Kerch Strait via diplomatic channels, so a "more military" approach was chosen, meaning an increased naval presence. Sanders, an expert on defense and security in the region, said the US had taken on an informal leadership role, the aim being to send a clear signal to Moscow that the Black Sea is not Russian waters. She pointed out that the balance of power in the Black Sea has shifted in Russia's favor, and that Kyiv is worried about a blockade of Odessa, the country's most important port. Since the annexation of Crimea, the Ukrainian navy has been stationed in Odessa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

DW, you just lost your credibility - and my respect - with this bit of codswallop.

Are your English language editors so brazenly stupid that they would deliberately blink and miss on one of the most important stories of 2015?!?

You used the word "annexed" twice, indicating that this is how the Russian/Crimean relationship was formed; and that, as you know, is a complete, and utter lie.

President Obama admitted in a 2015 interview, that the US had brokered the deal to get Yanukovich, the duly elected Ukraine President, run over by the proverbial bus, leaving the door open in Kiev for Poroshenko to enter.

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

Sorry, DW, this is one doozy of a lie about how Crimea became a member of the Russian Federation, that I CANNOT UN-SEE!!

You owe you readers one hell of an apology for this, DW.

You're welcome!! :-)

Mar 01 10:55

Kremlin says cyber attacks on Russia often launched from U.S. territory

The Kremlin on Wednesday said that U.S. territory was constantly being used to launch cyber attacks against Russia, but said it was unable to confirm a U.S. media report that the U.S. military had disrupted the internet access of a Russian troll farm.

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the U.S. military had disrupted the internet access of a Russian troll farm accused of trying to influence American voters on Nov. 6, 2018, the day of the congressional elections.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters he did not know how much truth there was to that media report.

Mar 01 10:52

A Clash Is Coming Over America’s Place in the World

In the past several months, a meaningful debate has finally started to emerge over America’s role in the world. Politicians and analysts — left, right and center — are conceding that longstanding mistakes have brought the United States to an uncertain moment. Provoked by President Trump, they are concluding that the bipartisan consensus forged in the 1990s — in which the United States towered over the world and, at low cost, sought to remake it in America’s image — has failed and cannot be revived.

But the agreement ends there. Foreign policy hands are putting forward something like opposite diagnoses of America’s failure and opposite prescriptions for the future. One camp holds that the United States erred by coddling China and Russia, and urges a new competition against these great power rivals. The other camp, which says the United States has been too belligerent and ambitious around the world, counsels restraint, not another crusade against grand enemies.

Mar 01 09:57

Ukraine Backs Out Of Eurovision Contest – Its Shameful Terms Exposed By

The European Broadcasting Union received official notice from the National Public Television of Ukraine (NOTU) that they will not be participating in the Eurovision contest this year.

This happened as a consequence of all three of the winners of Ukraine’s national contest (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place) unanimously refused to represent Ukraine after learning of Ukraine’s ‘career ending’ and ‘highly politicized’ terms. Those winners were Maruv, Freedom-jazz in second, and Kazka Group in third.

Mar 01 09:32

KALASHNIKOV KAMIKAZE DRONE ‘KUB-BLA’ ALREADY BATTLE-TESTED IN SYRIA

A Russian defense contractor, Kalashnikov Concern, named after one of the most famous small-arms designers of all time, is now producing kamikaze drones designed to destroy remote ground targets.

The “high-precision unmanned aerial system” KUB-BLA was for the first time showcased at the International Exhibition of Arms and Military Equipment 2019 in Abu Dhabi. The drone delivers an explosive charge on the coordinates of the target, which are set manually or can be acquired automatically by uploading image of the target into the guidance system.

The KUB-BLA has a 3-kilogram payload, a flying time of 30 minutes, and a 80-130-kilometer-per-hour speed. It measures 1210mm wide by 950mm long and 165mm high. Typically, the payload is apparently a high-explosive charge. Kalashnikov Concern says that the advantages of the system are “hidden launch, high accuracy of the shot, noiselessness and ease of handling”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are many reasons for those in the bowels of power in DC , to eschew any kind of war with Russia right now, and this is one of them.

The US weaponry community has been chronically "coming up short", because of the "pork barrel relationships" of politicians with arms makers, contributing to their campaigns, both overtly and covertly, and this translates into a "knowledge and information gap" in Congress, meaning politicians in the US not asking the hard questions about weapons deliveries; weapons capabilities; and weapons costs.

That toxic lack of candid communications between those who allocate the funds, and those who make the weapons upon which the US military relies, has put this country behind the proverbial 8-ball, relative to Russia and China; that has to stop, and right the hell now.

To those who have been reading WRH for some time, you understand that I hate war as a means with which the US frequently resolves its geopolitical differences; having said that, however,when our military needs the best, most intelligently thought out, and future-looking weapons, they should have them, and our weapons manufacturers need to be making sure that they do; otherwise, they should not be allowed to bid for any future weapons contracts, period, end of discussion.

Mar 01 09:20

Maduro orders European HQ of Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA to be moved to Moscow

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the European headquarters of state oil company PDVSA be relocated to Russia, Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy Rodriguez has said.

“President Maduro ordered to close the Lisbon office of PDVSA and move it to Moscow,” Rodriguez said on Friday at the joint news conference with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, during her visit to the Russian capital.

The decision comes as Venezuela expands energy cooperation with Russia’s oil and gas giants Gazprom and Rosneft, according to the official.

Feb 28 13:29

Israel will continue to act against Iran in Syria, Netanyahu tells Putin in Moscow

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel told Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday that Israel will continue to act against Iran’s attempts to entrench militarily in Syria.

Netanyahu shortened his trip and planned to return Wednesday night, the day of his meeting with Putin, reportedly so he could be in Israel on Thursday, when Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit may issue decisions on several criminal investigations against the prime minister.

The prime minister had postponed his meeting with Putin from last week because of “domestic political affairs,” the Kremlin announced at the time.

Prior to the start of their meeting, Netanyahu told Putin that Israel is “determined to continue our vigorous action against the attempts by Iran, which calls for our destruction,” according to the Israeli leader’s office

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Israel will continue to attempt to provoke a response leading to a real Iranian push-back against Israel in Syria, and now that the bribery charges aren't even cold, Netanyahu has given a stunningly apocalyptic, hubristic vision of how he sees the future of countries in the Middle East with which Israel doesn't get along very well.

It's going to be straight-out, never-ending war; of course, he expects that the costs in blood and money to be paid by (who else?!?) the American government, and ultimately the American people.

Were I a Jewish voter in Israel, I would be afraid of where he thinks he wants to lead this country, post-elections; very afraid, in fact.

Feb 28 13:19

Sergey Lavrov asks India for de-escalation of situation with Pakistan

Monitoring Desk: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has asked India for a de-escalation of the situation between India and Pakistan

According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed his concerns during his meeting with Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj in Wuzhen, on the margins of the meeting of the RIC Foreign Ministers Council.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lavrov has my absolute respect as a statesman; he is calling for calm, and listening to what might be possible, with the ultimate aim of moving India and Pakistan away from the brink of war.

Would that we had someone with that temperament guiding the White House in Foreign Policy!!

IF a heaven exists, I can almost hear St. Peter saying to Lavrov, "Well, done, sir; well done!"

Feb 28 13:14

Putin's Speech Shows an Unrelenting Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin's Address to the Federal Assembly this year was unique not only in its geographic setting but also in content as it laid down the direction the country is going to take and reaffirming its refusal to compromise on sovereignty in the midst of a standoff with the West.

The address on February 20 was delivered at the just opened Gostiny Dvor instead of the parliament building, indicating its unusual significance.

A week before the event, Putin's influential aide Vladislav Surkov published an article in the daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta. "We need to recognize, understand and describe the Putinist system of government… as the ideology of the future," he wrote, demonstrating the top administration's emphasis on Russia's state stature, international standing and political order in the post-Putin era.

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I don't get where in the sam hill, this writer defines Putin's speech as "unrelenting".

Russia, far more than the US right now, is seen as a "good faith actor" on the international stage, and that is because Putin and Lavrov have been working the phones like crazy, to keep things from escalating beyond repair in situations like the Pakistan/India conflict this month, or Syria, earlier last year.

It is significant that he made this speech in a very lovely looking recently opened Gostinyi dvor (this is an historic Russian term for an indoor market or shopping centre.) This has to signal Russia's willingness to trade with other countries open to trading with it; of course, for many countries, US sanctions really stand in the way of this.

When the leadership of a country, like that of the US, makes miserably pathetic excuses for why they are sanctioning another country, like Russia, for things they never, ever did (like the alleged "annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, which never actually happened), the leadership of the accusing country appears to the rest of the world, as though it was being run by a bunch of complete morons who, unable to find something that Russia has done morally wrong, internationally, just decides to make stuff up.

Mr. President, it is time for the US to come to the table with Russia to re-negotiate the Arms Agreement, and work together for the reconstruction of both Syria and Iraq, two countries the US government helped to destroy.

It is time to put away the battering rams of hubristic accusations, (frequently followed by a deadly show of force), and attempt to get on with running this country successfully, and a big part of that will be by showing that we can be a fair partner in trade.

Feb 28 11:36

RUSSIA AND SYRIA TELL U.S. FORCES TO LEAVE SYRIA - JOINT STATEMENT

Russia and Syria issued a joint statement on Wednesday calling on US forces to leave Syria and to allow people inside a refugee camp in the southeast of the country to be evacuated by Russian and Syrian forces.

The statement, released by Russia's Ministry of Defence, said Russian and Syrian forces had prepared buses to relocate refugees at the camp in the Rubkan area and would guarantee them safe passage so they could start new lives."We also call on the United States, whose military units are on Syrian territory illegally, to leave the country," the joint statement read.

Feb 28 09:15

MAJOR REVELATION, FORMER NSA AND CIA: “WHY THE DNC WAS NOT HACKED BY THE RUSSIANS”

The FBI, CIA and NSA claim that the DNC emails published by WIKILEAKS on July 26, 2016 were obtained via a Russian hack, but more than three years after the alleged “hack” no forensic evidence has been produced to support that claim. In fact, the available forensic evidence contradicts the official account that blames the leak of the DNC emails on a Russian internet “intrusion”. The existing evidence supports an alternative explanation–the files taken from the DNC between 23 and 25May 2016 and were copied onto a file storage device, such as a thumb drive.

Feb 28 09:14

ANGLO 5CRIMEAA Delusional Pompeo ‘Demands’ That Russia Return Crimea To The Rightfully U.S Coup-Installed Government Of Ukraine

The United States recalled in connection with the upcoming celebration of the fifth anniversary of the reunification of Crimea with Russia, that they do not consider this step to be legal. On Wednesday, February 27, this was reported in the official statement of the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the website of the US State Department.

The statement emphasizes that Russia, “occupying the Crimean peninsula, tried to destroy the international order, and also undermined fundamental human freedoms.”

“The United States recalls its unchanged position: Crimea is Ukraine, and it must return under the control of Ukraine … The United States also condemns Russia’s illegal actions in the Crimea and the ongoing aggression against Ukraine,” the agency’s website says.

Feb 28 09:13

Russian defense chief slams US efforts to undercut Moscow’s rights under Open Skies Treaty

Washington is trying to manipulate international law in order to make it more difficult for Russia to exercise its rights under the Treaty on Open Skies, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the ministry’s board on Wednesday.

According to Shoigu, the current international situation is "characterized by mounting competition between the world’s power centers, growing uncertainty factors, an upsurge in instability and violence in different regions across the globe, along with the growing potential of conflict in the areas of Russia’s traditional interests."

"At the same time, the US views itself as a superpower, manipulates international law persistently seeking to alter the existing conventional arms control arrangement in Europe in its favor and also makes it more difficult for Russia to exercise its rights under the Treaty on Open Skies," the defense minister said.

Feb 27 18:18

‘I worry’: Top US nuclear general concerned about new Russian weapons, future of arms control

Head of the US Strategic Command cited new Russian hypersonic missiles and other weapons as reason US must invest billions in nuclear modernization, and hinted at scrapping the last remaining arms control treaty with Moscow.

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, US Air Force General John Hyten said that the new weapons systems unveiled by Russia last year were not covered by the New START arms control treaty, and that the US might have difficulties contending with such weapons in the future.

“I get concerned 10 years and beyond that with torpedoes, with cruise missiles, with hypersonic, that it can go completely in the other direction, that we would have a difficulty,” Hyten told the Senate. “I have no problem saying I can defend the nation today, and I think the commander after me can, but I worry about the commander after the commander after the commander.”

Feb 27 11:48

Final Steps Of The Multipolar Revolution: Containing The US In Europe

The United States has in the last three decades brought chaos and destruction to large parts of Europe, in spite of the common myth that the old continent has basked in the post-WWII peace of the American-led world order. This falsehood is fueled by European politicians devoted to the European Union and eager to justify and praise the European project. But history shows that the United States fueled or directed devastating wars on the European continent in Yugoslavia in the 1990s, with the conflict between Georgia and Ossetia at the beginning of the 1990s, with the war in Georgia in 2008, and in the coup in Ukraine in 2014, with the ensuing aggression against the Donbass.

Feb 27 11:18

Putin to Hold Talks With Netanyahu in Moscow on Wednesday

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow on Wednesday, and the sides will discuss a wide range of bilateral and Middle East issues.

The visit was originally scheduled for 21 February, but was postponed at the request of the Israeli side. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik that the two leaders would, in particular, discuss the Syrian conflict resolution.

"The sides plan to discuss urgent issues of bilateral cooperation, primarily in the trade, economic and humanitarian spheres, as well as exchange views on the current situation in the Middle East, including problems of Palestinian-Israeli settlement and the situation in Syria", the Kremlin said in a statement Tuesday.

Feb 27 09:45

NETANYAHU LANDS IN MOSCOW FOR MEETING WITH PUTIN OVER SYRIA

Netanyahu will focus on Iran and Syria, while Putin likely to raise Palestinian issue; meeting is 11th since 2015, with PM meeting Putin more than any other World leader.

Feb 27 09:41

Opposition leader Tymoshenko initiates impeachment of Ukrainian president

Leader of Ukraine’s Batkivshchyna Party and presidential contender Yulia Tymoshenko is initiating impeachment proceedings against current President Petro Poroshenko. “We declare that we are beginning impeachment proceedings against the president along with other factions that support us,” she said in the parliament on Tuesday.

Feb 27 09:21

Nuclear Weapons: Who Has What at a Glance

At the dawn of the nuclear age, the United States hoped to maintain a monopoly on its new weapon, but the secrets and the technology for making nuclear weapons soon spread. The United States conducted its first nuclear test explosion in July 1945 and dropped two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Just four years later, the Soviet Union conducted its first nuclear test explosion. The United Kingdom (1952), France (1960), and China (1964) followed. Seeking to prevent the nuclear weapon ranks from expanding further, the United States and other like-minded states negotiated the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1968 and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1996.

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