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RUSSIA/UKRAINE

Feb 27 09:20

REPORT: U.S Soldiers Arrive In Donbass – Ukraine ‘Too Corrupt’ To Wage War

U.S soldiers have reportedly just arrived in the Donbass, amidst an increase in tensions along the line of demarcation, according to numerous reports. Commenting on this, “NATO countries intend to turn Ukraine into a platform for sabotage warfare”, said Otaman of the Faithful Cossacks International Public Organization Alexei Selivanov.

According to him, American intelligence officers arrived in the area of ??the operation of the combined forces in the Donbass to audit and analyze the weapons brought from the United States. Such measures have been followed because of corruption among the Ukrainian military, explained Selivanov.

“As our sources in the Ukrainian military department tell us, the Americans were not satisfied with what they saw, and the officers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’s accompanying officers from the Center for Peacekeeping and Implementation of International Treaties informed about it,” he told REN TV .

Feb 27 08:22

Russian S-400 defense system purchase done deal: Turkey

Ankara's purchase of Russia's S-400 missile defense system is a done deal, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday, despite Washington's efforts to persuade Turkey to buy the U.S. Patriot system instead.

U.S. and NATO officials have warned Ankara that the Russian system cannot be integrated into the NATO air and missile defense system and that purchasing the S-400 system would jeopardize Turkey's purchase of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets and possibly result in U.S. sanctions.

Feb 27 05:06

Russia, Syria Urge US To Withdraw Its Troops

Russia and Syria call on the US to quit the war-torn country and to allow for the evacuation of refugees in Rukban.
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"We also call on the United States, whose military units are on Syrian territory illegally, to leave the country," the joint statement issued on Wednesday read.

Peskov: Moscow follows up closely Washington’s contradicted statements on US forces’ withdrawal from Syria

Feb 26 16:17

Trump Threatens a Second Embargo of Cuba

he Trump administration is threatening to unleash a flood of lawsuits involving Cuba, which no U.S. president has ever done. It has set a deadline of March 2 to announce whether it will create, in the words of the National Lawyers Guild, “a second embargo” of Cuba — “one that would be very difficult to dismantle in the future.”

Trump may give current U.S. citizens standing to sue in U.S. courts even if they were Cuban citizens when the Cuban government nationalized their property after the 1959 Revolution. They would be able to bring lawsuits against U.S. and foreign companies that allegedly profit from the nationalized properties.

In accordance with international law, the Cuban government had offered compensation to U.S. nationals for the taking of their property, as I explain below. If Trump permits myriad new lawsuits to proceed, it would unleash a tsunami of litigation that would harm U.S. companies and punish the Cuban people even more.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, why in the name of heaven are you making an already insane US policy toward Cuba worse?!?

Sir, just in case you have blinked and missed it, we are trading extensively with a country with which we were at war, and that country is Vietnam, where you and President Kim Jung Un will be meeting in a summit soon.

Sir, forgive me, but engaging - rather than enraging - countries with which we have profound, fundamental disagreements, may do a lot more for a successful American foreign policy.

Why not start with inviting some gifted students, maybe at the highschool level, from Cuba, and have Americans who speak Spanish, go to Cuba for a year?!? Each kid could stay with carefully screened host families.

And Mr. President, and Mike Pompeo, please remember the following; IF we do what you are planning, you may well see Russia patrolling just out of US waters, to make certain that the US has no plans for a decap strike on Havana.

Gentlemen, if this is where the US country is thinking of doing, I would strongly caution patience, and some opportunity to allow for travel and trade. President Trump, please reconsider.

And there is a relatively short documentary I would like both you and SOS Pompeo to watch: Tuning with the Enemy

This will give you both a sense of what it is like to live in 21st century Cuba.

The gentleman doing the documentary is desperately trying to get pianos to Cuba, because many of the kids who play, have had their existing pianos eaten to dust by termites so they have no understanding of what the music they are playing should sound like.

and Senator Rubio, what gives you the right to throw terroristic tantrums at Maduro, warning him that he will wind up just like Libya's Gaddafi"?!?
Rubio tells Maduro that he will wind up like Gaddafi

Is a decap strike against Caracas already in play?!?

Feb 26 08:13

Putin's US nuclear hit list revealed: Russian state TV names Camp David as the top location the Kremlin would target with 'unstoppable' hypersonic nukes which can strike in just five minutes

Russian state TV has identified American military bases which it says Moscow could strike with hypersonic missiles in the space of five minutes if nuclear war broke out between the two countries.

The Pentagon and presidential retreat near Camp David, in Maryland, topped the list along with Jim Creek, a naval communications base in Washington state.

But the Vesti Nedeli television station also identified two targets - a training center at Fort Ritchie, Maryland, and McClellan Air Force base, California - which are both defunct, having been abandoned in 1998 and 2001 respectively.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not think Russia would make a mistake like that. It is more likely that the Russian TV station got "creative" and goofed.

Feb 25 11:44

US Moving Special Forces and Equipment to the Venezuelan Border

In a series of tweets posted in her twitter account a few hours ago Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed that the US government is moving special forces to the borders of Venezuela along with military equipment.

She also alerted that the same US government (and US companies) with the help of some NATO allies is seeking to buy arms and ammunition in east European countries to arm the Venezuelan opposition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is very rarely wrong, and if these accounts are correct, I see this as the prelude for a full-on US invasion of Venezuela.

Feb 25 10:52

Vimmer: Kosovo is needed by the Americans as a carrier on the ground

IMPROVED German politician Willie Vimmer said that Kosovo as a state had been planned since the late 1980s and that "its only purpose is to be an American air carrier on the ground".

In an interview for today's "Vecernje novosti", which reminds him that in 2000, he said that Kosovo "is America's need to dominate the Balkans," he pointed out that since the aggressive war against the FRY in 1999, NATO led the United States did not cease its clashes .

The paper transmits his words that "the war coalition in Washington is continuously fighting against President Donald Trump because they want to continue wars, and the main target is Europe."

This former German deputy, state secretary and vice-president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, assessed that the possible offer to Serbia to join the European Union if it recognized the false state of Kosovo, the continuation of the war against Serbia.

Feb 25 10:43

FLASHBACK - Maduro Says Visits by Foreign Military Aircraft to Continue Amid Tu-160 Arrival

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said foreign military aircraft will continue arriving in the South American country over the coming months amid a visit by Russian planes to Venezuela.

On Monday, two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers, an An-124 military transport aircraft, and an Il-62 plane landed in Venezuela. The Russian planes conducted interoperability drills with the Venezuelan Air Force this week.

"The planes arrive and they will arrive in the coming months", Maduro told a press conference that was broadcast on his Twitter page.

Feb 25 09:55

Putin rattles sabre as nuclear pact collapses

President Putin’s state of the nation address to the Federal Assembly in Moscow this week was an extraordinary affair. While heavily focused on domestic social and economic development, Putin noted, predictably, the US decision to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty and clearly outlined the red lines in regard to possible consequences of the move.

It would be naïve to believe that there would not be a serious counterpunch to the possibility of the US deploying launchers “suitable for using Tomahawk missiles” in Poland and Romania, only a 12-minute flight away from Russian territory.

Feb 25 09:35

2S4 M-1975 Tyulpan [Tulip Tree] (object 305)240-mm self-propelled mortar

In itself, the weapon refers to weapons systems of high power, but has a nuclear munition. The structure and chassis of the mortar is quite simple, therefore it is not difficult to bring them into an absolutely working condition. The question is that modern automated guidance systems and fire control now allow to accurately take into account both meteorological conditions of shooting and ballistic characteristics of ammunition.

Feb 25 08:41

Fly on the Wall in Putin's Cabinet Meeting - 'Globalists Depressed Because of Recession and Yellow Vests'

Russian TV regularly broadcasts a few minutes from Putin's cabinet meetings, and they are sometimes a great insight into how his top team understands what is going on in the world.

In this gem, Putin is obviously eager to hear what Davos was like this year. He blew it off, as did most world leaders, but he sent a minister, and the minister gives his assessment - Davos was a dud this year.

This doesn't appear to be staged, and is far more transparent than news reporting in the US.

Feb 24 09:23

US plans to buy weapons for Venezuelan opposition in Eastern Europe, warns diplomat

The US is considering the possibility of buying weapons for the Venezuelan opposition in one of Eastern European countries, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday.

"We have information that companies from the US and its NATO allies are considering the possibility of buying a large batch of weapons in one of Eastern European countries in order to provide them to the Venezuelan opposition. The batch will reportedly include heavy machine guns, grenade launchers, portable missile launchers and ammunition for light weapons and artillery systems. So this is what they mean when they talk about delivering humanitarian aid," she said.

Zakharova also said that the US and its allies intended to use cargo aircraft belonging to an international freight forwarder to deliver several shipments of weapons to Venezuela in early March "through a neighboring country".

Feb 24 09:22

No reply from US to Russia’s proposal for preventing nuclear war, says Moscow

The United States has left unanswered Russia’s proposal for reaffirming the commitment to efforts for preventing nuclear war, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in the wake of calls from the mayors of Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki, addressed to Russia and the United States, for preventing the severing of the Intermediate Nuclear Force Treaty.

Feb 24 09:19

Russia's Envoy to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said that a group of countries came together at the UN to support Venezuela's legitimate authorities and to defend international law

Moscow is ready to address the UN Security Council in case of an aggression against Venezuela by the United States during humanitarian aid delivery on February 23, Russia's Envoy to the UN Vasily Nebenzya told TASS on Friday.

"I hope that we will have no reason to do this. But if there is a reason, we will do it," Nebenzya said.

He added that a group of countries supporting Venezuela at the UN came together not only to support Venezuela's legitimate authorities, but also to defend international law. "It's not only about Venezuela. It is also about the approach to resolving international problems and different crises," he added.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza told TASS that Caracas is coordinating actions with Moscow. "Russia plans to call an emergency session of the Security Council in case of an aggression," Arreaza said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"VETO!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 24 08:50

Security in Europe only exists with Russia

Merkel’s applause was countered by the booming silence with which the traditionally brave transatlantic community in Munich reacted to the remarks made by US Vice President Pence. Not only did he demand dropping out of the Iran agreement, but threatened to deprive Europe of protection if it did not finally call it quits with Russia. For a long time, the federal government believed that it could just sit out Trump. A bitter mistake. The current US administration combines the erratic destructiveness of Donald Trump with the neo-conservative aggressiveness of Pence and Bolton. This is a toxic mixture. It endangers the security of Europe. After the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Iran Agreement and Unesco, the US has kicked the the next international agreement into the trash bin, with the INF Treaty – to Vladimir Putin’s secret joy. How substantiated the mutual reproaches are is secondary. Both have little interest in actually saving the contract in the remaining six months.

Feb 23 09:50

‘Russia Is Aware’: US Military Conducting Open Skies Flight Over Russia

Unarmed US military aircraft carried out a surveillance flight over Russia this week under the protection of the Treaty on Open Skies, the Pentagon has announced.

Signatories to the treaty permit legal reconnaissance missions over one another's territory, military facilities and other sensitive locations. There are 34 signatories, including many NATO and former Warsaw Pact member countries.

"Russia is aware of the flight," US Defense Department spokesman Jamie Davis told reporters Friday, adding that "six Russian Federation observers are on board the US aircraft to monitor all phases of the flight."

Feb 23 09:19

IRAN FIGHTS TO GET AROUND US SANCTIONS IN IRAQ, TURKEY, RUSSIA AND SYRIA

“Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday that Moscow will continue all-out cooperation with Iran, including in the area of nuclear energy," Iranian media reported.

Feb 23 08:46

A Crisis Grips NATO, Germany Trust Putin More Than Trump

The British Financial Times published an article by its columnist Philip Stevens about the crisis in the ranks of NATO.

At the conference on international security held in Munich (February 15-17), German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s speech in defense of the liberal international legal order and, by default, against the policies of the administration of US President Donald Trump , was met with a bang. However, US Vice President Michael Pence , who rose to the podium immediately after Merkel, apparently, did not listen to her speech. The number two man in the current US administration said that US allies should follow the orders of Washington, writes Stevens.

Feb 23 08:44

What Does Kiev Need? A Small But Victorious War In The Azov!

Kiev needs a small but victorious war in the Azov

The Ukrainian agenda has left the world media, which means that this topic does not interest the Western establishment. However, this does not suit Kiev and will not under any foreseeable authority, so a small but victorious war with Russia is needed.
The West is tired of Kiev’s ambitions
The consolidated West today has too many of its own problems — i.e, Brexit, the struggle for power in the USA, migration, the situation in Afghanistan, Venezuela, its own trade wars — to be searching for “Russian aggression” in Ukraine, especially since it is not there.

This is evidenced by the recent statement by the head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Commission in Donbass in the UN Security Council. In addition, there is no goal to make Ukraine a showcase of the “Eastern Partnership.” For this there is Poland, and there is no money for it – the US debts reach $ 22 trillion.

Feb 23 08:14

Putin Now Thinks Western Elites Are 'Swine'

An article I published close to five years ago, “Putin to Western elites: Play-time is over”, turned out to be the most popular thing I’ve written so far, having garnered over 200,000 reads over the intervening years. In it I wrote about Putin’s speech at the 2014 Valdai Club conference. In that speech he defined the new rules by which Russia conducts its foreign policy: out in the open, in full public view, as a sovereign nation among other sovereign nations, asserting its national interests and demanding to be treated as an equal. Yet again, Western elites failed to listen to him.

Instead of mutually beneficial cooperation they continued to speak the language of empty accusations and counterproductive yet toothless sanctions. And so, in yesterday’s address to Russia’s National Assembly Putin sounded note of complete and utter disdain and contempt for his “Western partners,” as he has usually called them. This time he called them “swine.”

Feb 22 15:32

This One is More Dangerous

The Ukrainian Navy may make a new attempt to break through the Kerch Strait in the coming hours two Gurza armored boats and the Centaur assault boat, which headed for the open sea.

"On board the" Centaur "is a platoon of marines with all the armament

Feb 22 10:13

PUTIN: A million rubles to every doctor and teacher who goes to a small city or village

Russian leader Vladimir Putin suggested in his address to the Federal Assembly that a program "Village Teacher" be launched in 2020, with a one-off financial assistance amounting to one million rubles for teachers who decide to move to a smaller city or village.

"Today I have already talked about extending the 'Village Doctor' program. I propose that a similar program "Village Teacher" be launched from 2020, according to which one-off financial assistance in the amount of one million rubles will be given to teachers who decide to move to villages and smaller towns, "Putin said.

Previously, the Minister of Education Olga Vasilieva spoke about the idea to prepare a program to support educational workers in the villages. According to her, this idea is not new, because similar practice existed in the USSR.

Feb 22 10:10

Putin Warns Russia May Aim New Weapons at US

Russian President Vladimir Putin warns that Russia may aim new weapons at Washington if the west deploys missiles in Europe.

Feb 22 09:47

The Pentagon is developing a new strategy to fight against Russia and China

PENTAGON is developing a new strategy for waging war against powerful states such as Russia and China, and its main peculiarity will be in secret penetration into the depths of the enemy's territory - said elite US general David Goldfine.

He is the head of the US Air Force Headquarters, and in a speech he gave at the Brookings Research Institute in Washington, he further revealed and explained:

"The new strategy is a reaction to threats from Russia and China. Work on it will last a year. And the realization of what is determined will require $ 135 billion. The essence of the strategy will be to strike at the weak points of the opponent by avoiding confrontation with his strong sides. "

Goldfine said the implementation of the strategies would involve the involvement of all generations of US armed forces, and that F-35 will play the main role as the "coordinating headquarters".

The US general estimated:

Feb 22 09:23

‘Nosy Guest’: Washington ATTEMPTS To Spy On Crimea, Spectacularly Fails

The activity of foreign reconnaissance aircraft, particularly US aircraft, near Russian borders has increased lately.

Last week, two US Air Force aircraft, an RC-135V reconnaissance aircraft and a Global Hawk drone RQ-4B-30, were spotted near the Crimean peninsula. The Crimea reunited with Russia in 2014, when 97% of the referendum participants voted for reunification.

This comes as last month US Navy P-8 Poseidon antisubmarine patrol aircraft conducted a surveillance flight near the Hymenim airbase in Syria.

According to Plane Radar data, the plane took off from the Sigonella airbase on the Italian island of Sicily, and for about an hour was circulating near the Mediterranean coast of Syria, approaching periodically from the Russian airbase of Hmeymim, as well as the technical maintenance and supply center of the Russian Navy in Tartus.

Feb 22 09:22

Poroshenko Is In New Jersey Right Now, Taking Communion From CIA And Vatican Backed Schismatics

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, on a working visit to the U.S., participated in a memorial service for the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred yesterday at St. Andrew’s Memorial Church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, a jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, in South Bound Brook, New Jersey, reports the official site of the President of Ukraine.

Poroshenko also broadcast the service live on his Facebook page.

Feb 22 07:09

‘Who knows what they have in mind?’ Putin says Russia could be cut off from global internet

“I cannot say for our partners what they have on their mind. I believe such a move would damage them immensely,” Putin said when asked if this scenario was possible.

He argued that this would run counter to America’s own intelligence interests, among other things.

“It’s their invention. They are all there, listening on what you say, amassing intelligence data. If [they cut us off], they won’t be able to do that,” he said.

He added that Russia has no intention of isolating itself online from the rest of the world, but should be ready to be attacked in this unprecedented manner. “This is why we have to develop this area,” he said. “The more sovereignty we have, including in the digital sphere, the better.”

Feb 22 05:56

Could the Ukraine Conflict be the Start of WW3?

Which of the many conflicts in the world will be the one that leads to WW3? Will it be the one in Ukraine? Here's the background on a brewing crisis.

Feb 21 14:58

Russian new hypersonic missile can breach any defense: expert

Russia's new hypersonic Tsirkon missiles can pierce any air defense systems or missile shields, Russian military expert and retired rear admiral Vsevolod Khmyrov said Thursday.

"There is no protection from it," Khmyrov told reporters, after President Vladimir Putin in his annual address to the Federal Assembly on Wednesday announced that Russia is successfully developing the new weapon.

Putin said the Tsirkon missile fired from surface ships or submarines can reach a speed of approximately Mach 9 (about 11,000 kph) and strike a target more than 1,000 km away underwater or on the ground.

According to Khmyrov, if a carrier with Tsirkon missiles is located at a distance of 500 km from the coastline, the missiles will be able to reach targets of at least 500 km from the coastal strip in five minutes.

During this time, it is possible to detect the missiles but not intercept them, Khmyrov said.

Feb 21 12:49

Putin to U.S.: I'm ready for another Cuban Missile-style crisis if you want one

President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is militarily ready for a Cuban Missile-style crisis if the United States wanted one, and that his country currently has the edge when it comes to a first nuclear strike.

The Cuban Missile Crisis erupted in 1962 when Moscow responded to a U.S. missile deployment in Turkey by sending ballistic missiles to Cuba, sparking a standoff that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.

Feb 21 11:23

Putin Threatens US Soil If Missiles Deployed in Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin, during his annual presidential address to the legislature Wednesday, criticized the United States for ignoring the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty by deploying missile launchers in Romania and Poland.

"First it started developing and using intermediate-range missiles it deceitfully called targets for missile defenses. Then it began to deploy the Mk-41 launchers in Europe, capable of using intermediate range cruise missiles Tomahawk for combat purposes," he said.

"By doing all this the United States blatantly ignored the provisions contained in articles 4 and 6 of the INF Treaty."

Russia will respond to any U.S. deployment of short or intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where they are stationed but the United States itself, Putin warned.

Feb 21 10:53

Venezuela Doesn't Need to Ask Russia For Military Assistance - Caracas

The US has been stockpiling humanitarian aid on the Colombian border. However, President Nicolas Maduro, refused to allow the aid into the country, blasting it as a ploy to topple his government.

Venezuela does not need to ask Russia for military assistance as Caracas is able to defend itself, Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister Yvan Gil Pinto told Sputnik on Thursday.

"Venezuela has all the capabilities to guarantee peace. And we have all the capabilities to ensure that no aggression will happen. We do not need any military support, because we are fully prepared to guarantee peace to our people," Pinto said when asked whether Caracas planned to seek military assistance from Russia.

The official also noted that the senior political and military management of Venezuela are constantly observing the situation in the state.

Feb 21 10:51

Russia to Press for Putting “White Helmets” on Trial for Crimes in Syria

Russia will press for putting the White Helmets on trial for crimes committed in Syria, including faked videos of chemical attacks, the director of the Foreign Ministry’s department of new challenges and threats, Ilya Rogachyov, told TASS in an interview on February 20.

“The leading Western countries have failed to place the struggle against terrorism above their own time-serving political interests. In the sphere of international counter-terrorist cooperation various selective approaches thrive. Terrorists are rated as ‘bad’ and ‘not very bad’. Countries are being forced to agree with the concept of ‘resistance to violent extremism’ and its dangerous elements that create situations for ousting ‘disfavored’ governments,” Rogachyov said. “The Western sponsors are keen to present the contractors on their payroll in a favorable light as ‘envoys of peace’ in order to use this as a cover to push ahead with political destabilization scenarios.”

Feb 21 09:42

Murica Sent This Rusty Junk to Defend Eastern Europe From Russian Aggression

Couldn’t The Romania Journal find a better photo of USS Fort McHenry? Or perhaps use a little Photoshop? I have real doubts about NATO’s ability do defend Eastern Europe from Russian Aggression in case of an actual conflict now…

Feb 21 08:48

See For Yourself, 30 of the New, Modern, Amazing Airports of 'Stagnating Russia' (Great Pictures)

What prompted me to write this Awara Accounting report on the impressive development of Russia’s airports was to produce a cure for the but-beyond-the-MKAD syndrome. The MKAD is the 110 kilometer outer ring road around Moscow. And this syndrome refers to the habit of the detractors of Putin’s Russia to claim that any visible development of Russia, if any, has happened only within the limits of Moscow city – “just go outside the Ring Road and you’ll see there’s nothing but poverty and ruin.” Many of those who suffer from this syndrome live in a deep-seated cognitive dissonance where they just refuse to trust their lying eyes, while some of them are just peddlers of pure propaganda or victims of the latter.

So, let’s see what actually happens beyond the MKAD. Amazing airports have been built or reconstructed both in Moscow and across the vast country and many other impressive projects have been presented.

Feb 21 07:59

Germany Not Interested in Anti-Russia Sanctions - Economy Minister

Europe is not interested in cutting off relations with Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated on 16 February on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said in a statement that the country is not interested in the anti-Russian sanctions, as they were adopted for political reasons, stressing that it is necessary to work to change them.

"I personally think that we have no interest in sanctions", Altmaier said, adding that "we accepted these sanctions, because there were political grounds for this, repeatedly extended them. "the EU was united, but we have to work on changing political relations and arrive at other solutions".

Feb 21 07:53

Netanyahu postpones meeting with Putin ‘due to Israeli internal political reasons’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly canceled a trip to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday. The meeting was postponed because of assessments that Netanyahu’s main rival, Benny Gantz, will join forces with Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid ahead of the election, Haaretz daily said on Wednesday, citing sources in Likud.

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See next article down

Feb 21 06:07

Putin warns US with new weapons aimed at Western cities

Moscow will retaliate in kind if US deploys new missiles in Europe, Russian president says as he addresses the nation.

Feb 20 12:01

Ukraine President Signs Constitutional Amendment On NATO, EU Membership

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a constitutional amendment committing the country to becoming a member of NATO and the European Union.

Addressing parliament on February 19, Poroshenko said he saw securing Ukraine's membership in NATO and the EU as his "strategic mission."

Ukraine should "submit a request for EU membership and receive a NATO membership action plan no later than 2023," the president told the Verkhovna Rada.

However, he acknowledged that his country needs to come a "long way" to meet the criteria of joining both institutions.

European Council President Donald Tusk attended the signing of the constitutional amendment in the parliament building.

Feb 20 12:01

Russian Mediation: The Critical Messages of the Hamas-Fatah Talks in Moscow

The Russian-sponsored Palestinian unity talks in Moscow on February 11 were neither a success nor failure. Uniting Palestinian factions was not the main objective of the Moscow conference, in the first place.

Instead, the nature of the event, the host country and the clear messages sent to Washington and Tel Aviv were all meant to communicate something else entirely. And they did.

The head of the Fatah delegation to the conference, Azzam al-Ahmed, apologized to his hosts on behalf of Palestinians for failing to achieve political reconciliation.

But that apology could have been prepared in advance. It would not have been rational to expect that a conference organized in such haste, with few preliminary meetings or intense prior consultations, could have achieved the coveted unity.

Feb 20 11:56

Russia Will Respond To ANY U.S. Weapons Deployment In Europe

Russian president Vladimir Putin has vowed to use force against the United States should the U.S. deploy any missile weapons in Europe. Putin says the threat is necessary to protect Russia because U.S. weapons will be much closer to being able to destroy his country.

In what could be called Putin’s toughest remarks yet on a potential new arms race, the Russian president said Moscow was not seeking confrontation and would not take the first step to deploy missiles in response to Washington’s decision this month to quit a landmark Cold War-era arms control treaty. But Putin would take action against the U.S. if the decision is made to deploy weapons in Europe.

Feb 20 11:53

Russia Will Target US With New Hypersonic Weapons If It Deploys Missiles To Europe

In his first major public address since the US formally pulled out of the INF arms-control treaty, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday that Russia would point its new arsenal of hypersonic missiles - which can purportedly bypass NATO's ABM systems - directly at the US if it dares to reintroduce ground-based intermediate-range missiles to Europe.

According to Fox, Putin threatened to deploy Russia’s new Zircon missiles, which Putin said can fly at nine times the speed of sound and carry a range of 620 miles and are part of the country's drive to upgrade its defensive capabilities against an increasingly aggressive US and NATO.

Feb 20 11:47

Putin cautions if threatened, Russia could target US missiles ‘hosts’ and America as well

Russia will consider tit-for-tat and asymmetric measures if the United States deploys intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles to Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his annual State of the Nation address to the Federal Assembly on Wednesday.

"I’ve already said and I want to repeat - and this is vital - to repeat this specifically, that Russia is not planning to be the first to deploy these missiles to Europe. If they are indeed manufactured and sent to the European continent, and the US does have these plans, anyway, we haven’t heard other statements, this will sharply deteriorate international security and create serious threats to Russia since it takes up to 10-12 minutes for certain types of these missiles to fly to Moscow. This is a very serious danger to us. In this case, we will be forced, and I want to stress this, we will be forced to envisage tit-for-tat and asymmetric measures," Putin said.

Feb 20 11:46

Putin: Russia to Take Steps if US Deploys Its Short, Medium Range Missiles in EU

In an address to the Federal Assembly on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin touched upon a spate of pressing international issues related to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Putin Warns Against US Missiles in Europe

During the address, the Russian president specifically touched upon the possible deployment of US missiles in Europe.

He warned that if Washington deploys its medium-and short-range missiles in Europe, it will “dramatically exacerbate international security situation" and create serious challenges to Russia.

Feb 20 11:31

Russian Warships Shadow US Destroyer Donald Cook In Latest Naval Close Encounter

In the latest indicator of heightened and ratcheting tensions between Moscow and the West, the Russian navy is reportedly shadowing an American warship, the USS Donald Cook, as it transits the Dardanelles Strait on Tuesday.

The US ship is en route to its second Black Sea deployment in only under a month, and fourth since the dangerous Kerch Strait incident.

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It should be remembered that the USS Donald Cook is the warship that was totally paralyzed by a single Russian electronic warfare aircraft.

Feb 20 11:23

Russia’s reserves fully cover nation’s internal & foreign debt for 1st time ever – Putin

Russia’s foreign exchange reserves can now cover all of the debt owed by both the government and domestic businesses, Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced.

“For the first time in history our reserves fully cover foreign debt, including government and commercial sector debt,” Putin said addressing the Federal Assembly in Moscow on Wednesday.

The country’s external debt amounts to $453.7 billion, while its international reserve funds stand at $475 billion as of February 8, 2019, according to infographics presented by the president.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now THAT is a well-managed national economy! That reminds me, how is the US economy doing? :)

Feb 20 10:10

Putin: If mid-range missiles deployed in Europe, Russia will station arms to strike decision centers

If the US deploys intermediate-range missiles in Europe, Moscow will respond by stationing weapons aimed not only against missiles themselves, but also at command and control centers, from which a launch order would come.

The warning came from President Vladimir Putin, who announced Russia’s planned actions after the US withdraws from the INF Treaty – a Cold War-era agreement between Washington and Moscow which banned both sides form having ground-based cruise and ballistic missiles and developing relevant technology.

The US is set to unilaterally withdraw from the treaty in six months, which opens the possibility of once again deploying these missiles in Europe. Russia would see that as a major threat and respond with its own deployments, Putin said.

Feb 19 16:20

'Irritated' US admiral sends destroyer to Black Sea after Russia fires on Ukrainian vessels

An American destroyer is sailing to the Black Sea to conduct naval exercises with Ukraine to demonstrate “solidarity” in response to a clash with Russia that has a top U.S. admiral furious.

“The whole episode in the Sea of Azov was extremely bothersome to me,” Admiral James Foggo, commander of U.S. naval forces in Europe and Africa, told reporters on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference over the weekend.

Russian forces fired on three Ukrainian naval vessels that attempted to pass through the Kerch Strait, the narrow waterway that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov, and arrested the sailors in late November. The maritime incident was the first public act of violence by Russian forces against Ukraine since 2014, when unmarked Russian fighters helped annex Crimea and invade eastern Ukraine. Since the takeover, Moscow has used control of the land on both sides of the waterway to restrict access to key Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Admiral Foggo, and President Trump, a few words, please.

In 2014, there was a coup in Ukraine, sponsored by the US, NATO and the IMF, to oust the duly elected Yanukovich, and replace him, in an election more crooked than is a dog's hind leg, with Poroshenko.

President Obama himself confessed in a CNN interview, that he had been part of the group to have created "regime change" in Ukraine. Washington was behind Ukraine coup; Obama admits that the US brokered a deal in support of regime change.

Gentlemen, this next bit is very important: When the Ukrainian Putsch happened, the people of Crimea understood that there was no legitimate government in Kiev. So what the Crimean people did was a two step process.

In a free and fair referendum, the Crimean people were asked, post-putsch, if they wanted to stay as part of Ukraine, or petition the Russian Federation to join it. Overwhelmingly, the Crimean people requested to leave Ukraine, and to petition the Russian Federation to become a part of it, which happened. the A-word, as in "annexed" by Russia never, ever happened, period, end of discussion.

Now, let's fast forward to last Fall.

The Ukrainian seamen knew what the protocol was, to access the Sea of Azov, and that had everything to do with communication, and allowing the Russian sea patrollers to know in advance when another ship was coming in; they didn't follow the protocol, so got popped by Russian Navy.

I would like to hope (and pray) that your orders are not to create a confrontation.

I have a companion piece on this: Russia Shadows USS Donald Cook as it Heads to Black Sea Now why would the US Navy send the USS Donald Cook to the Black Sea, when we know that the following happened the last time it was there? Why did the US Pull back the USS Donald Cook from the Black Sea? Here's what the article said:

"US destroyer “Donald Cook” with cruise missiles “Tomahawk” entered the neutral waters of the Black Sea on April 10, 2014. The purpose was a demonstration of force and intimidation in connection with the position of Russia in Ukraine and Crimea. The appearance of American warships in these waters is in contradiction of the Montreux Convention about the nature and duration of stay in the Black Sea by the military ships of countries not washed by this sea.

In response, Russia sent an unarmed bomber Su- 24 to fly around the U.S. destroyer. However, experts say that this plane was equipped with the latest Russian electronic warfare complex. According to this version, “Aegis” spotted from afar the approaching aircraft, and sounded alarm. Everything went normally, American radars calculated the speed of the approaching target. And suddenly all the screens went blank. “Aegis” was not working any more, and the rockets could not get target information. Meanwhile, Su-24 flew over the deck of the destroyer, did battle turn and simulated missile attack on the target. Then it turned and repeated the maneuver. And did so 12 times.

The demonstration was original enough. A bomber without any weapons, but having on board equipment for jamming enemy radar, worked against a destroyer equipped with “Aegis”, the most modern system of air and missile defence."

So, Admiral, has the USS Donald Cook actually had its equipment repaired to the point where it can no longer have its radar utterly destroyed by Russian equipment?!? Did you look the leadership of this crew in the eye, before they deployed, and tell them that the ship is truly, utterly seaworthy?

And Admiral, one last question: has the President decided to make it, and its crew, the "Sacrificial Lambs" with which to start a war with Russia, because the flaw in their radar has not been fixed?!?

Please, Lord, sir, tell me no!!!!!

Feb 19 11:40

After the Trade War, a Real War With China?

Our sudden hostility to China reflects a consensus – at least within the Washington Beltway – that we need to wrestle China to the ground and pin it there. But what are the chances we can do that? What are the consequences of attempting it? Where are we now headed with China?

Realism is out of fashion in Washington even if it’s alive and well elsewhere in America. It should give us pause that our new enemy of choice is a very different, larger, and more dynamic country than any we have unbefriended before. China had a couple of bad centuries. But forty years ago, the Chinese Communist Party and government began to evolve what turned out to be a successful model of economic development that blended state capitalism with free enterprise. This unleashed the entrepreneurial talents of the Chinese people. The results have been staggering.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, this is a very long read, but absolutely worth it, in terms of US/China/Taiwan relations, and how they might be bettered, or get completely nasty, if there is a war between the US and China over the future of Taiwan.

Feb 19 11:09

No joke! Ukraine’s presidential choice: an oligarch, a gas princess or a comedian

For some time, it was assumed that Yulia Tymoshenko would challenge Petro Poroshenko for the Ukrainian presidency in next month’s election. However, out of nowhere, Vladimir Zelensky has now emerged as the frontrunner.

For Ukrainians able to vote in next month’s presidential election, the choice is now pretty clear. There are three options: the incumbent oligarch anti-Russia hardliner, the femme fatale of Kiev’s political scene, or a comedian best known for playing a fictional president in a popular TV drama.

While his candidacy originally inspired much bemusement, nobody’s laughing now at Zelensky. Because the entertainer has surged into a nine-point polling lead with just six weeks left before the big day.

Feb 19 10:49

We Won't Allow a Color Revolution in Venezuela, Moscow Says

Russia’s position on Venezuela is to prevent American-backed regime change, the country’s Foreign Ministry has announced, amid a jostle for power among rival political factions in the crisis-struck Latin American country.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused the United States of backing a coup in his country after Washington recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as president. Moscow and Beijing have continued to express support for Maduro, who retains control over key state institutions including the military.

Feb 19 10:29

Maduro Says Russia to Deliver 300 Tonnes of Humanitarian Aid to Venezuela

Russia will deliver 300 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan capital of Caracas on Wednesday, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said.

"We receive humanitarian support every day. On Wednesday, 300 tonnes of Russian humanitarian aid will be legally delivered to the international airport of Caracas," Maduro said on Monday at a meeting with scientists.

Feb 19 09:33

Russia bans military from using smartphones

Russian legislators have adopted a new bill banning servicemen from using electronic devises capable of taking photos, videos, and collecting geolocation data – basically, all modern portable gadgets.

Feb 19 09:28

After CNN Report, Facebook Censors Pages With Claimed Links to Russia

Facebook has suspended a number of accounts linked to Maffick Media following a report by CNN claimed the group is secretly linked with the Russian government. Maffick Media is based in Germany, and while it is partly owned by a Russian subsidiary, the company says it has full editorial independence.

CNN noted Maffick’s part-ownership by Ruptly, a Russian state media subsidiary, and accused them of not disclosing this ownership on Facebook, even though Facebook had never required any such disclosure, and no one is even accusing Maffick of spreading any disinformation on the pages.

Public documents show Maffick is 51% owned by Ruptly, a Germany-based news agency which is itself owned by Russia’s state television station RT.

Despite this, Facebook responded to the CNN report by taking down Maffick’s pages, accusing them of misleading the public “about who’s behind them,” and that in the future they will ask these pages to disclose “their Russian affiliations.”

Feb 19 09:20

HOW CNN LED FACEBOOK TO CENSOR PAGES OF RUSSIA-BACKED VIDEO COMPANY AND MANUFACTURED NEWS STORY

CNN went in search for a story about a Russian-funded digital media project that produces viral videos aimed at undermining American democracy. When CNN journalists could not find what they were looking for, they effectively manufactured the news by giving Facebook a pretext for removing the project’s pages used to share videos. Now, the cable news network had their story.

Four CNN journalists worked on the report, “Russia is backing a viral video company aimed at American millennials.” It appeared online late in the day on February 15 and broke the news that Maffick Media had their Facebook pages for three video channels suspended.

Maffick also produces In The Now, which Facebook took down as well.

Feb 19 09:04

RUSSIA AND CHINA ARE CONTAINING THE US TO RESHAPE THE WORLD ORDER

SOURCE: THE DURAN
Authored by Federico Pieraccini via The Strategic Culture Foundation:

Moscow and Beijing, following a complex relationship from the period of the Cold War, have managed to achieve a confluence of interests in their grand objectives over the coming years. The understanding they have come to mainly revolves around stemming the chaos Washington has unleashed on the world.

The guiding principle of the US military-intelligence apparatus is that if a country cannot be controlled (such as Iraq following the 2003 invasion), then it has to be destroyed in order to save it from falling into Sino-Russian camp. This is what the United States has attempted to do with Syria, and what it intends to do with Venezuela.

Feb 19 08:50

New Russian Anti-Tank System Could Cause Major Problems For NATO

The new portable Russian anti-tank systems being developed can be a major problem for NATO tanks.

The new missile launcher system can be considered a response to North American systems Javelin, in addition, can become a true “killer” of tanks, says Colonel Roman Borisovich Spirin of the Russian Ministry of Defense, according to The magazine National Interest .

Charlie Gao, the author of the article, points out that the developers are aiming to increase the penetration capacity of the new missile, resistance to interference and destruction capability of armor, such as the NATO M1A2C Abrams.

“The new missile system is innovative because it operates based on the principle of ‘fired, forgot’,” according to Gao.

Feb 19 08:49

Poroshenko At Munich Promises To Keep Bombarding Donetsk, Answering “Russian Aggression”

President of Ukraine Poroshenko during a speech at the Munich Security Conference said that Ukraine does not intend to stop shelling the republics of Donbass, because if Kiev ceases firing, the Ukrainian state will cease to exist.
“If Russia stops shooting, there will be peace. If Ukraine stops shooting, there will not be Ukraine,” Poroshenko said.

In this he maintains what we have called the Volker Doctrine, after US Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, who insists that the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics do not exist and the only entity to talk to — is Russia. And it is not a civil war, but purely “Russian Aggression.”

At the same time, he described the political and economic situation in Ukraine as a “success story.”
Poroshenko also boasted that during his presidency in Ukraine “the most profound reforms in the history of the country” were carried out. The day before, Poroshenko ordered to come up with “evidence of Russia’s aggression” to use in his speech in Munich.

Feb 19 08:49

Reform Now: Russia Wants A ‘Strong, Independent And Open’ Europe, Says Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the European project failed to provide security and prosperity for the continent while the European Union (EU) is wasting its energies to confront Russia to please Washington.

“A unified Europe has not yet been built,” Lavrov said in his speech at the Munich Security Conference. “Everyday issues – from eradicating terrorism to steady economic growth – have not been addressed with adequate solutions.”

Instead, the Russian diplomat said that Europe has enjoyed being a “follower” of Washington’s “lead” while pursuing a “NATO-centered” foreign policy.

Feb 19 08:49

UK To Strengthen Military Presence In Arctic To Oppose Russia, But Russia Is Prepared

British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson said the United Kingdom intends to strengthen the military presence in the Arctic to “protect” NATO’s northern flank from Russia’s actions, according to The Telegraph.

According to the newspaper, more than 1,000 British Navy marines will conduct annual training with Norwegian colleagues as part of a 10-year program, forming a new detachment in the near future, Williamson said during a visit to the military base in Bardufoss, Norway.

The British minister also mentioned that the United Kingdom will send to the Arctic region next year a Poseidon P8 maritime patrol plane to monitor the growing activity of Russian submarines.

Feb 19 08:13

Ukrainian expert: Ukrainian Navy should be ready for ground strikes on Crimea

The deputy director of the Ukrainian Institute of World Politics, Beleskov, on Monday, February 18, at a press conference in Kiev, said that the Ukrainian fleet needed missile systems to deliver ground strikes, as Russia “saturated the Crimea with equipment” that gave the queue “devalues ??the maritime component”, reports “Tsargrad”.

“Otherwise, Russia will have a big trump card in its hands,” he noted.

Beleskov also expressed the hope that the fleet of Ukraine would be equipped with land-based anti-missile anti-missile complexes in 2020. In addition, the expert recalled that over the past five years, the Ukrainian Navy has been learning to fight against Russia along with ships from NATO countries.

Feb 18 10:27

EU to blacklist eight Russians over Azov Sea stand-off - sources

The European Union will blacklist eight more Russians over a stand-off with Ukraine in the Azov Sea, diplomatic sources said on Friday.

EU foreign ministers will discuss on Monday further EU support for Ukraine, especially the south-eastern regions most affected by the conflict. Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Kiev in 2014 and backed separatist rebels in Donetsk and Luhansk industrial regions.

Last November, the Russian navy captured 24 Ukrainian sailors and their vessels in the Kerch Strait, which links the Black and Azov seas. Moscow has not heeded EU calls to release them.

Feb 18 10:04

RUSSIA'S GAZPROMBANK FREEZES ACCOUNTS OF VENEZUELA'S PDVSA: SOURCE

Russian lender Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce the risk of the bank falling under U.S. sanctions, a Gazprombank source told Reuters on Sunday.

While many foreign firms have been cutting their exposure to PDVSA since the sanctions were imposed, the fact that a lender closely aligned with the Russian state is following suit is significant because the Kremlin has been among Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s staunchest supporters.

“PDVSA’s accounts are currently frozen. As you’ll understand, operations cannot be carried out,” the source said. Gazprombank did not reply to a Reuters request for a comment.

PDVSA brandished the story as “fake news” on its Twitter account in capital red letters, but did not reply to a request for comment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very significant move for the Russian oil lender to make; one has to wonder if they are going to try to get the money to Venezuela, in other ways than pricing it it, and paying for it, in US dollars.

Feb 18 10:04

US mobilizes allies to blame Russia for dismantling INF Treaty - Lavrov

Washington takes unscrupulous steps mobilizing its allies to put the blame for dismantling the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) on Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters in Munich on Saturday.

"Back in October, US officials told us that President [Donald] Trump announced a withdrawal from the treaty. It is not an invitation for dialogue but a final decision," Lavrov said.

"Afterwards, it has not been very scrupulous to mobilize allies in order to blame us for dismantling this crucial agreement," he said.

Lavrov said that Moscow has no doubts that Washington warned NATO officials against attending a briefing organized by the Russian Foreign and Defense Ministries on the 9M729 cruise missile.

Feb 18 10:02

Measles Are Back After 900 Dead In Madagascar; Time To Blame Russia

Disinformation campaigns hatched by Russian social-media trolls may be responsible for a 2018 measles outbreak in Europe that killed 72 people and infected over 82,000, according to a new report from the US government-funded RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty.

There were 229,000 reported measles cases worldwide in 2018 according to figures from the World Health Organization - double the number reported in 2017.

And some of that, according to researchers at Duke University in North Carolina, may be due to Russian trolls.

"Are Russian Trolls Saving Measles From Extinction?" reads the article's headline, which then describes how experts are analyzing whether medical disinformation originating from "Russian troll and bot campaigns" is putting lives in danger - noting a World Health Organization warning that "vaccination hesitancy" is now one of the top threats to global health, citing a 30% global rise in measles.

Feb 18 10:01

Russia Touts "Unlimited Range" Of New Nuclear Cruise Missile As INF Unravels

Following the dramatic US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) within the last month and amidst continuing tit-for-tat accusations between Moscow and Washington since then, which even appears to have imperiled the future of the New START treaty, Russia is aggressively touting its new nuclear cruise missile, the 9M730 Burevestnik (or “Storm Petrel”), which Russian media reports say has entered the final stage of testing and development.

The Kremlin is claiming the nuclear-powered, nuclear-tipped cruise missile has "unlimited" range and advance superior maneuvering capabilities against anti-air defenses. Russian media previously last week reported based on official state sources that the missile’s nuclear power unit was successfully tested in January 2018.

Feb 18 07:36

EU Foreign Policy Chief Holds Press Conference After FAC Meeting (VIDEO)

The foreign minister of the EU member states have gathered in Brussels to discuss the upcoming presidential election in Ukraine, the developments in Syria, as well as the crisis in Venezuela.

Feb 17 10:12

Russia warns NATO against expanding presence in Black Sea

Russia has warned the US-led NATO alliance over a recent decision to beef up military presence in the Black Sea, saying such a move would further increase tensions in the volatile region.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said on Friday that the decision by the Western military alliance to strengthen its position in the sea “is not a surprise” for Moscow.

“We are talking about the strengthening of military and maritime forces of NATO member states, first and foremost, Romania and Bulgaria, plus non-coastal states entering the Black Sea more often,” he said.

"It is our understanding that this activity aggravates the situation in the sphere of security,” Grushko added.

Feb 17 09:50

UN Special Envoy for Libya Receives Lavrov Invitation to Visit Russia

UN Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Ghassan Salame told Sputnik on Saturday he had received the invitation from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to visit Moscow.

"The Russian foreign minister invited me to Moscow. I hope to respond to his invitation [and to visit Russia] soon", Salame said, adding that he had received the invitation during a meeting with Lavrov on the margins of the Munich Security Conference.

Commenting on the situation of the son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Hannibal, who currently is a Lebanese prison, the envoy said the UN mission in Libya was making every effort in terms of humanitarian assistance.

Feb 17 08:45

MSC-2019: With Western Elites in Disarray, Russia’s Opinion Gets More Attention

At this year’s Munich Security Conference the US has failed to push its European allies towards further confrontation with Moscow, while Russia has played a constructive role at the event by continuing a dialogue with its partners.

If you manage to get close to the main entrance of the Bayerischer Hof hotel in the Bavarian capital during the annual Munich Security Conference (MSC), you'd see dozens of VIPs — politicians, their staff, NATO generals, and hundreds of police officers. It's been like this for years, but this time there was also something else beyond the glossy pictures of motorcade arrivals.

Feb 17 08:29

Siemens to hike Russia investment despite Crimea scandal

CEO Jo Käser tells DW the German conglomerate hopes to raise its investments in Russia despite EU-US sanctions. He said it was "regrettable" that several Siemens power turbines ended up in Russian-annexed Crimea.

Feb 17 07:56

West ‘starts listening to Russia’: Lavrov says Europeans want better relations after Munich talks

Europeans want relations with Moscow to go back to normal, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said after a long chain of meetings in Munich, Germany, adding that Europe is increasingly ready to listen to what the Kremlin has to say.

The Russian delegation has held more than two dozens of “nonstop negotiations” with foreign officials over just two days at the Munich Security Conference. Those included even some European nations that talk hard on the Kremlin publicly, Lavrov told journalists after meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono.

Feb 17 07:55

Munich brawl: Pence clashes with Merkel and Mogherini over Iran deal, Russian pipeline

US Vice President Mike Pence went full throttle in Munich as he rolled out a list of Washington's demands to the EU, clashing with Germany's Angela Merkel and Brussels' Federica Mogherini on Iran and Russia.

EU nations must "stop undermining US sanctions" against Iran, Pence told the audience at the annual Munich Security Conference on Saturday, urging European allies to follow the American lead in ditching the deal on the Iranian nuclear program.

He had earlier blasted EU countries for not being "cooperative" with Washington's push to pressure Iran. The US unilaterally pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) last year, citing mistrust towards the Islamic Republic and accusing it of threatening global security. Iran denied the allegations, while Washington's move was condemned by the EU, China and Russia.

Feb 16 10:33

Russia calls latest US sanctions ‘just another schizoid story’

Russia is not afraid of sanctions and new penalties won’t hugely harm the economy, according to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. However, he added that the measures may slow development.

The latest bill pushing a fresh round of economic sanctions against Moscow was introduced to US Congress by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bob Menendez. It is the second attempt to expand anti-Russia penalties after the previous version was defeated last year. If approved, the new package will target Russia’s banking and energy sectors, as well as its foreign debt.

Feb 16 10:32

Farewell Russiagate?

The bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee shocked the liberal media world when it admitted there was no evidence of so-called collusion between Trump world and Russia. So what have the last two years been all about? And what is the damage left behind when Russiagate fades from the news cycle?

Feb 16 10:31

GRU vet honored for capturing proof of US missile smuggling to Afghan militants in 1987

A retired soviet commando, who captured evidence of US deliveries of anti-aircraft missiles to the mujahideen during the Soviet campaign in Afghanistan, has belatedly received Russia's highest national order.

Vladimir Kovtun is a decorated retired colonel with quite an eventful career behind him. While in service he was a commando officer of the elite special operation unit of the Military Intelligence Directorate, better known as the GRU. On Friday, he added a new merit to his collection – the golden star of the Hero of Russia, the country's highest military decoration.

Feb 16 09:46

When Considering Venezuela’s Guaidó, Remember Victoria Nuland

As Washington’s Secret Team continues to line-up its guns against the elected government led by Nicholas Maduro in Venezuela, it’s worth reminding viewers of another recently executed regime change operation – a portion of which was caught on tape – where US State Department officials could be heard discussing their new hand-picked, post-coup government in the Ukraine.

Feb 16 09:44

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 16 09:43

Russians Told To "Prepare For Worst Outcome" As US Prepares New Sanctions

A bipartisan team of US senators is preparing to hit Russia with additional sanctions over its 2016 US election interference and military operations in Syria and Ukraine.

Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are spearheading the measure, called the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act, which includes a wide range of financial penalties targeting Russia's energy complex, financial industry and "political figures, oligarchs, and family members and other persons that facilitate illicit and corrupt activities, directly or indirectly, on behalf of Vladimir Putin," reported The Independent.

Feb 16 09:31

Hungary Schools Pompeo Over 'Huge Hypocrisy' on Russia: 'We're Sick and Tired

The top Hungarian diplomat's remarks came during his joint press conference with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who, in particular, warned Hungary not to let Russian President Vladimir Putin "drive wedges between friends" in NATO.

Speaking at a joint news conference with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Budapest on Monday, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto specifically pointed out what he described as Western countries' hypocritical stance toward Moscow.

"As for Russia – and I have told the State Secretary about this – there is enormous hypocrisy and political correctness in the European political arena," Szijjarto said.

READ MORE: Hungary Refuses to Dance to US Tune, Step Up Pressure on Russia — Reports

He recalled that neither Hungarian nor central European energy companies are partnering with the Russian corporation Gazprom in the Nord Stream 2 project.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I didn't see any coverage of this story in the US papers, if they were, in fact, reporting on Pompeo's trips to both Budapest and Warsaw, which both appeared to have come off the flipping rails, and combusted, then imploded, then fell into the swamp!

Apparently, his and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu's anti-Iran twitter rant did not win Pompeo any bouquets in Warsaw;

Ahead of Peace meeting in Warsaw, Netanyahu threatens war with Iran. and him prattling on about Hungary's not being a great "Western NATO Partner" against Russia, did not earn him anything positive in Budapest, either.

In the Biblical book of Isaiah, there is a phrase: Isaiah 1:18 King James Version (KJV) Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord".

Right now, to the international community, Mike Pompeo is behaving like some kind of bad-dream, Neocon-leftover clown whose only answer to everything which annoys the US, is, of course, more wars.

His polar opposite, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov is always the responsible, peace-seeking, reason-seeking adult in the room, and conducts himself with intelligence, clarity, and dignity.

Would that the US government had someone like this, carefully negotiating and listening, not blustering, seeking consensus, not further dividing, and asking, politely, for a specific outcome, rather than demanding it.

I am afraid that the only thing which would bring this about, would most probably be, a complete, utter, military loss of this country to several others, who collectively vow that the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika will never be allowed to create a carnage as intense as this war creates.

Feb 16 09:22

'Enormous hypocrisy': Hungary blasts US' warnings on the dangers of dealing with Russia or China

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo's quest to scare Hungary away from dealing with Russia and China appears to have turned sour, as Budapest said it's fed up with lectures about its foreign policy.

Pompeo is on a five-day massive charm offensive in Eastern Europe seeking to "make up" for the time the US "shunned" the nations of the region "in a way that drove them to fill a vacuum with folks who didn't share our values," as he himself put it.

Feb 16 09:21

‘Space Is Free’: China Criticizes US For Accusing Beijing And Moscow Of Seeking Air War

A new US intelligence report, which highlights that Russia and China were trying to wage a war in the skies, sparked the ire of Beijing, which insists that space is not Washington’s “private property.”

“I want to make it clear that outer space belongs to all of humanity. It is not the exclusive property of any country and especially of US private property,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying.

He was referring to the latest article from the Pentagon’s Defensive Intelligence Agency (AID).

Hua criticized the “unjustified and utterly unfounded comments” in the AID report, saying that China advocates the peaceful use of space and opposes its militarization.

Feb 16 07:47

Russians Told To "Prepare For Worst Outcome" As US Prepares New Sanctions

A bipartisan team of US senators is preparing to hit Russia with additional sanctions over its 2016 US election interference and military operations in Syria and Ukraine.

Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are spearheading the measure, called the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act, which includes a wide range of financial penalties targeting Russia's energy complex, financial industry and "political figures, oligarchs, and family members and other persons that facilitate illicit and corrupt activities, directly or indirectly, on behalf of Vladimir Putin," reported The Independent.

Threats of the sanctions rocked Russian stock and government bond markets at the end of the week, and the country's debt insurance costs jumped alongside FX volatility.

Moscow has responded to the prospect of new sanctions with anger.

A former minister told Russians to prepare for the worst outcome; the Kremlin accused the US of “racketeering.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Demonization of a country, compounded with severe financial sanctions against it, are nearly always the prelude to an American-created war, and that is precisely what I am seeing, getting played out, here, with Russia.

Feb 16 07:19

Analyzing Russia's Nuclear Submarine Threat

Introduction:

Nuclear submarines are the leading strike force of a fleet, capable of covertly controlling the expanses of the world’s oceans and quickly deploying in the required directions. They deliver unexpected and powerful strikes from the depths of the ocean on both sea and land targets.

The main striking force of the Russian Navy is nuclear submarines armed with ballistic and cruise missiles with nuclear warheads. They are constantly in various parts of the world’s oceans, ready for immediate use of their strategic weapons. Submarines, armed with cruise missiles, are aimed mainly at combating the enemy’s large surface ships and strike on the enemy’s coastal infrastructure. Torpedo nuclear submarines are used to disrupt the enemy’s underwater and surface communications and in the defense system against the underwater threat, as well as to escort surface ships and missile submarines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So I would like to know, where is the US military (and particularly our Navy) in assuring that capabilities necessary to counter these ships and weapons exist, and are moved very quickly into workable production?!?

Somehow, it appears that the US military has gotten more than a bit behind both Russia and China, in signing off on the capabilities of existing destroyers and subs, And that.... needs to get fixed, and quickly.

Feb 15 11:42

Putin Sends Condolences to Indian President After Deadly Kashmir Blast

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday sent his condolences to the Indian counterpart, Ram Nath Kovind, after a deadly bomb blast in the Indian-run part of the disputed Kashmir region.

"Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the death of Indian law enforcement personnel in a terrorist attack in the state of Jammu and Kashmir", Putin said in a message published on his website.

The president also expressed sympathies to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying those behind this crime must be brought to justice, and called for closer anti-terror cooperation.

Feb 15 11:15

RUSSIA’S STEALTHY STRIKE UAV. DEADLIER THAN EXPECTED

While overall the Russian Armed Forces display remarkable effectiveness and demonstrated a wide range of modern weapons, a number of gaps in Russia’s arsenal are also evident. Arguably the largest one is the absence of attack UAVs of any kind, comparable to either the propeller-driven Predators and Reapers intended for operations in a benign air defense environment, or heavier platforms intended for high-threat environments comparable to the US X-47B UCAS or France’s Neuron. It is therefore no surprise that there was an upsurge in reports of UAVs of various classes under development in Russia, up to and including the S-70 Okhotnik-B, under development by OKB Sukhoi, whose first flight is planned for 2019.

Feb 15 09:53

US and allies WARNED russia with Last ultimatum, to compliance!

Feb 15 09:52

The Map That Shows Why Russia Feels Surrounded - Mike Maloney

Feb 15 09:49

Proposed ‘sanctions from hell’ against Russia may curb Trump, but won’t help US rule the world

Even as the ‘Russiagate’ probe crumbled in the US Senate, five senators resurrected a ‘sanctions bill from hell’ against Russia. What are the prospects of it passing, and does it even need to in order to achieve its objective?

The “Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression (DASKA)” Act, also known as Senate Resolution 482, was announced on Wednesday by the leading Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations committee, Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey). It is a rehash of the August 2018 bill (S. 3336) proposed by Menendez and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), called the “sanctions bill from hell” at the time.

Feb 15 09:23

Russia Urges US, Militant Leaders to Stop Holding Refugees in Rukban Camp - MoD

The Russian Defence Ministry has called on the United States and leaders of militants groups to stop holding refugees, at least women and children, in the Rukban Camp.

Feb 15 08:58

Russia says no signs of U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia had not noted any big changes suggesting the United States was moving to withdraw its troops from Syria, following an order from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Putin said Trump was trying to fulfil his election campaign promises by ordering the troop withdrawal, but that he was not always able to fulfil his promises because of what Putin described as internal political issues.

The top U.S. commander overseeing American forces in the Middle East said on Sunday that the United States is likely just weeks away from starting the withdrawal of ground troops from Syria.

Feb 15 08:37

Russia brands US sanctions ‘RACKETEERING’ and warns it’s stepping up its defence

VLADIMIR Putin’s spokesman accused the US of carrying out a policy against Russia bordering on “racketeering” after the US Congress introduced new sanctions against Moscow.

The Kremlin has accused Washington of targeting its economy and undermining its banks with a new bill. Dmitry Peskov, Mr Putin’s spokesman, said: "There is an absolutely concrete, pragmatic and aggressive trading approach, having nothing to do with international trade rules. This policy sometimes borders on racketeering. I mean various provisions of the draft law aimed at disrupting various energy projects of Russian companies, undermining the activities of Russian banks with state participation.”

Feb 15 08:19

No way back for Nord Stream 2 pipeline project – Germany

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, controlled by Russian energy giant Gazprom, is unlikely to be cancelled, according to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the new leader of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

“Nord Stream 2 is not the project that I support with all my heart… But key decisions were made earlier. The project just can’t be turned back,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said in an interview with political science magazine Internationale Politik.

“Moreover, we have quite legitimate economic interests in energy supply… It’s realistic to say that the construction of the gas pipeline cannot be prevented,” the politician added, citing already-signed contracts and permits.

Feb 14 12:19

With armoured vehicles and snipers, US seeks to deter Russia

With the Russian border little more than an hour away, the desolate grey sky burst open with an explosion of fire and a plume of smoke. If the scene evoked the Cold War, it was intentional.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo trekked Wednesday to the Polish town of Orzysz to witness NATO live-fire exercises in an unmistakable sign to Warsaw that the United States has its eye on Russia.

Pompeo walked through drizzling rain with senior Polish officials over frozen soil and patches of snow to a reviewing stand as several hundred troops stood at attention.

Feb 14 11:37

PENCE SAYS EU MUST WITHDRAW FROM IRAN DEAL & STOP TRYING TO ‘BREAK UP’ SANCTIONS ON ‘VILE REGIME’

US Vice-President Mike Pence has demanded that Europe withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and lashed out at the EU’s efforts to evade Washington’s sanctions on Tehran.

Speaking at a security conference in Warsaw, Pence chastised Europe for leading an “effort to create mechanisms to break up our sanctions” against Iran, and complained that European countries had not been “cooperative” since the Trump administration withdrew from the Iran deal last year.

“The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal” and join with the US to give the Iranian people and the world “peace, security and freedom,” he said.

Pence said the EU’s newly created Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), conceived as a way to continue facilitating trade between the EU and Iran, was an “ill-advised step” which would only “strengthen Iran, weaken the EU, and create still more distance between Europe and the United States.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, Vice-President Pence is absolutely tone-deaf to how he is coming across to European heads of state, with such unhinged, and uncharacteristically hubristic threats against US European allies.

The countries in Europe want to make money, and need Iran's oil to do so.

So, what are he and President Trump going to do, if they don't get their way?!? Bomb Europe?!? Bomb Iran?!?

This meeting in Poland, was doomed to be an epic fail even before it began; Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, was absolutely correct in his prediction of this happening precisely the way he said it would.

And President Trump, it is very unfortunate ... that your only understanding of both Iran's history, and future trajectory, comes exclusively from the Butcher of Gaza, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

And I have a video you should absolutely see, before you decide on how hard you are going to militarily shatter this country, because your economic sanctions are going utterly nowhere, as evidenced by the Polish meeting in Warsaw: Don't Tell Mother I'm In Iran

This little trip, done by a very charming Jewish videographer, was to see just how the Jewish community was faring in Iran, and the good news is that the resounding answer was, "Quite Well!" He was shown a beautiful synagogue, and the Majlis Building (their Parliament), where minority religions are guaranteed a seat at the national table, which includes Christians, Jews, and the Bahai.

Mr. President, Netanyahu could fly to Tehran, and make peace within a day's worth of work; but he absolutely will not, as his "vision" of Iran is just as flawed as is humanly possible. It's about controlling the oil and regime change here, to create something more to Israel's and the US's liking.

But Mr. President, there is a reality that you and Netanyahu are going to have to face; this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. People are living better than they ever did under the Shah, and feel they have a future, both as individuals, and as a nation.

You were utterly mistaken that Europe would just collectively" drop dead", in its dealings with Iran, and this "conference" was proof positive that they wouldn't.

I think it is high time for you and Prime Minister Netanyahu to collectively dust off that word neither of you like to hear or use frequently, and that word is...(drum roll, please....) NEGOTIATIONS. Because if the threats and sanctions are not working, because they are totally unrealistic for our European allies, what else do you have to fall back on; an invasion, which will almost surely bring Russia to Iran's defense?!?

Feb 14 11:21

‘Bordering racketeering’: Kremlin slams US sanctions bill as act of unfair competition

Top Moscow officials have lashed out at a new US “bill from hell” which imposes sanctions on Russia’s banking and energy industry, but said the country is well prepared to face the “racketeering” penalties.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democrat Bob Menendez, is based on a “precise, pragmatic and aggressive trade policy which has nothing to do with international trading rules,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

This policy is sometimes bordering racketeering

Feb 14 11:13

US to 'Shoot Itself in the Foot' With Sanctions on Russia's Nat'l Debt - Fin Min

US Senators on Wednesday introduced a bill that if adopted would lead to new sanctions against Russia's banking and energy sector, as well as against Russia's sovereign debt.

Russia is ready to respond to new sanctions if they are introduced, including supporting state banks if restrictions are applied to them, Russia’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said.

"If we are talking about debt, I have repeatedly said that in the first place, indeed, we have seen a reverse interest in our debt from foreign investors. This will hit foreigners first. They will shoot themselves in the foot", Siluanov said.

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