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Oct 16 06:24

Moscow summons US military attache after Russian Navy ‘intercepts’ American warship close to country’s borders in Sea of Japan

America’s military attache has been summoned to the Russian Defense Ministry to explain an “unprofessional” incident in which a US destroyer reportedly attempted to violate the country’s territorial waters, Moscow said on Friday.

“The representative of the US Armed Forces was informed of the position of the Russian military in connection with an attempt by the US Navy destroyer Chafee to violate the state border of the Russian Federation in the Peter the Great Bay area on October 15,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer belonging to the US Pacific Fleet attempted to cross into the Russian waters around 5pm local time on Friday, before it was forced off-course by the Russian Navy’s anti-submarine vessel Admiral Tributs.

Oct 15 10:30

Desperate migrants trapped between Belarus, Poland amid geopolitical row

Neda and her husband Abozar sit under a tree in a remote field in Poland, freezing, starving and losing hope.

"I tumbled six days ago and fell down," Neda tells DW. "I bled and now I am no longer pregnant."

The Iranian couple left the Belarusian capital of Minsk 10 days ago and say they have now been pushed back and forth by border guards in the region multiple times.

"The Belarusian police took all the money we gave them to buy us food and to activate our prepaid SIM cards — but they never brought us anything," Abozar says.

"They emptied our pockets and at night they took us by force to the border. We have now spent three days in the forest."

DW found the couple through local activists in eastern Poland who have created a network that asylum-seekers can contact for help if they are in need.

Oct 15 06:02

Russia Interested in Consultations With Israel on Security in Middle East – Lavrov

Russia is interested in continuing consultations with Israel on security and stability in the Middle East region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in the article on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the renewal of diplomatic relations between Russia and Israel, published by the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

"We are interested in continuing consultations with our Israeli partners on security and stability issues in the Middle East. We always draw attention to the fact that comprehensive solutions to the problems of the region must necessarily take into account the security interests of Israel. This is a matter of principle," Lavrov said in the article.

The Russian foreign minister stressed that Moscow saw no alternatives to the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Oct 15 06:00

US Asks Russia to Remove Missiles ‘Violating’ Treaty Which Washington Unilaterally Scrapped

The United States unilaterally pulled out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 2019 after accusing Moscow of breaching its terms. Moscow dismissed the allegations, and took the unprecedented step of declassifying the characteristics of the alleged Russian ‘INF-violating missile’. The US pulled out of the agreement anyway.

Russia should remove missiles which violate the terms of the INF Treaty from Europe, US special envoy for nuclear nonproliferation Jeffrey Eberhardt has said.

“Russia has already violated the INF by deploying the missiles. Therefore the solution is for Russia to remove them,” Eberhardt told Sputnik, after being asked to clarify the Biden administration’s position on the Russian initiative to introduce a moratorium on the deployment of medium- and shorter-range missiles in Europe.

Oct 14 13:12

Russia holds world’s fifth-largest gold & foreign currency reserves

Russia has reached a historic record in international reserves, ranking fifth in the world after China, Japan, Switzerland and India, the Accounts Chamber said after an audit of the country’s gold and foreign exchange holdings.

“The volume of Russia's international reserves exceeded $618.2 billion [as of September 1]. This is a historic record – during the entire existence of the Bank of Russia, such indicators have not been achieved. Since the beginning of 2015, the amount of reserves has grown by 235 billion US dollars,” the Accounts Chamber said in its recent report.

The agency notes that in recent years Russia has noticeably increased the share of gold in its international reserves – from 7.8% at the beginning of 2014 to 23.3% by December 2020.

Oct 14 07:45

Putin Blasts Accusations Russia Is Weaponizing Natural Gas As "Politically Motivated Blather" 

In Wednesday remarks aimed at Western press, President Vladimir Putin shot down accusations that Russia weaponizing its supplies of natural gas in order to pressure German regulators to quickly approve switching on the taps for the recently completed Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

He dismissed recent reports accusing the Kremlin of withholding gas supplies to Europe as "politically motivated blather with nothing to support it". The statements were given to CNBC in Moscow as part of the annual Russian Energy Week major industry event, with Putin bluntly saying in response, "We are not using any weapons."

The Russian leader added that "Even during the hardest parts of the Cold War Russia regularly has fulfilled its contractual obligations and supplies gas to Europe," according to the US news network's translation.

Oct 14 06:40

Belarus threatens citizens with SEVEN YEARS behind bars just for following opposition social media accounts & news sites online

Social media users in Belarus could potentially find themselves facing lengthy stints in prison for signing up to accounts belonging to banned political groups and media outlets on services like Twitter, Facebook and Telegram.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Minsk’s Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime said that the new rules had been signed into force. “On October 12, the Council of Ministers adopted a decision on measures to combat extremism and the rehabilitation Nazism,” officials said.

“As a result, the directorate has begun work on recognizing unregistered groups of citizens engaged in extremist activities, including using online messenger apps and social networks,” the message reads. Those using Telegram channels to participate in discussions and share news will be prosecuted and face up to seven years in prison, the authorities confirm, adding that “those subscribing to extremist channels and chat rooms will face criminal prosecution!”

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Nancy Pelosi just smiled!

Oct 14 06:13

Russia-Led Security Bloc to Hold Military Drills Near Afghan Border on Oct. 22-23 -RIA

A Russia-led security bloc that includes some countries adjacent or close to Afghanistan will hold military drills near the Afghan border in Tajikistan from Oct. 22-23, the RIA news agency reported on Wednesday.

The Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) includes Tajikistan, which has a lengthy border with Afghanistan, as well as Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Belarus.

Oct 14 05:52

Putin Is Back to Building Financial Fortress as Reserves Grow

Surging oil and gas revenues have pushed Russia’s wealth fund to record levels, but President Vladimir Putin wants to save the extra cash for a rainy day.

After approving $35 billion in infrastructure projects from the fund this year, Putin has told the government to limit further spending. Officials close to the process say there aren’t many more well-prepared ventures left in the pipeline anyway.

Oct 14 05:48

Moscow: Nuland Informed AUKUS Threatens to Undermine Security Architecture in Asia-Pacific

US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was informed that the AUKUS alliance treaty threatens to undermine security architecture in Asia-Pacific, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said on Thursday.

"In a conversation with Victoria Nuland, it was emphasized that this kind of AUKUS partnership, which is being formed, if not cobbled together by the United States, Britain and Australia, not only threatens to undermine the existing security architecture in the Asia-Pacific region but, in principle, potentially carries risks for the international non-proliferation regime," Zakharova told a press conference.

Negotiations between Russian officials and US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland were useful, timely and frank, Maria Zakharova said.

Oct 14 05:39

Taiwan Is Part Of China, Russia Declares, As Two Powers Coordinate To Resist US Pressure

Russia has entered the fray in terms of interjecting in the ratcheting rhetoric between China and the US on the Taiwan issue. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made Moscow's stance on the issue clear, firmly stating that Russia affirms its position that the island belongs to China.

"Just like the overwhelming majority of other countries, Russia views Taiwan as part of the People's Republic of China. This is the premise we proceed from and will continue to proceed from in our policy," Lavrov told reporters Tuesday, as cited in Interfax.

The statement was in response to a press question over whether the geopolitical tensions growing around Taiwan constitute a threat to regional security that Russia is concerned about. His statement about the "overwhelming majority" of nations holding Russia's same view is certainly accurate, given Washington technically falls into the same category, while a mere 14 countries today have diplomatic relations with Taipei.

Oct 13 09:46

Daily Express RETRACTS story on Russia ‘stealing’ Sputnik V vaccine recipe, but the original fake-news publisher the Sun persists

The Daily Express has retracted the claim Russia stole the coronavirus vaccine recipe from UK’s AstraZeneca, replacing it with a statement by Sputnik V’s developers. The Sun merely appended a quote and stands by its false story.
In a Monday ‘bombshell,’ the Sun claimed UK spies “have proof” that Moscow’s flagship Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, was actually inspired by documents “swiped” from AstraZeneca “by a foreign agent in person.” The Express later published its own story, citing the Sun.

On Tuesday, however, the latter tabloid retracted the story entirely – leaving the original headline, but replacing the copy with the text of a statement by the Russian Direct Investment Fund, the outfit that funded Sputnik V’s development at the Gamaleya National Research Center in Moscow.

“The article also contained false information. As an apology, we are happy to set the record straight,” the Express noted in the correction.

Oct 12 11:37

Russia Launches Missiles During Warship Drills Inside Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone

Russia's military has announced details and released video of major war drills in the Sea of Japan by its Pacific Fleet, which included at least a dozen warships. Japanese media has said the drills took place in part inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

The live fire drills are being described as a military "show of strength" in the vicinity of the disputed Kuril Islands. Moscow has exercised control over the Kuril archipelago going back to Soviet rule at the end of World War II - which Tokyo has never recognized. Japan refers to the islands as the Northern Territories and claims historic ownership.

Oct 12 11:36

‘The Americans aren’t listening to us,’ Russia says as major Moscow talks between Biden’s envoy and Kremlin’s diplomats break down

Relations between Russia and the US could worsen in the wake of long-awaited negotiations between the two countries that are making less progress than originally hoped, Moscow’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has said.

The verdict comes after US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland arrived in the country on Monday to hold three days of talks with Russian officials. On Tuesday, local media reported that negotiations between Nuland and Ryabkov were floundering as the diplomats struggled to find common ground.

Earlier this week, Moscow lifted sanctions on Nuland, which allowed the US undersecretary of state to enter the country for a summit with her Russian counterparts.

Oct 12 06:58

Drug to calm cytokine storm: Life-saving Russian discovery could be key to stopping body’s ‘suicide attack’ in severe Covid cases

A group of Russian scientists have created a drug that may potentially revolutionize the treatment of Covid-19 by defusing the most catastrophic reaction the disease causes in patients, while not destroying their immune response.

The drug, called Leitragin, was developed by the Biomedical Technology Research Center of the Russian Federal Medical and Biology Agency (FMBA), and is currently undergoing clinical trials in Russia. Although its base substance was previously known and used in ulcer treatment medicine by Soviet and Russian doctors, it was the FMBA team that discovered how to apply it for the treatment of severe cases of Covid-19 and, potentially, other deadly diseases that cause life-threatening lung inflammation.

Oct 11 05:59

Washington and Moscow drop some tit-for-tat sanctions to allow blacklisted Victoria ‘f**k the EU’ Nuland enter Russia for talks

Moscow has lifted sanctions on Victoria Nuland, allowing the US undersecretary of state to enter the country for a summit with her Russian counterparts. The US is said to have dropped sanctions on a Russian diplomat in exchange.

Nuland is expected to visit Moscow on Monday, where she will take part in three days of meetings with officials at the Russian Foreign Ministry. However, up until Sunday, Nuland was forbidden from entering Russia.

“She was actually on our sanctions lists that mean that a person cannot cross the border,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Russia-1 channel on Sunday. “[The US] included Russian representatives and foreign policy experts on their sanctions lists. So in this case, the question was resolved on a parity basis. Yes, she will be in Russia,” Zakharova added.

The US reportedly initiated the summit.

Oct 10 06:34

Zelensky's Purge: Ukraine's latest internal battles show how hopes for the 2014 Maidan are fading amid fears of totalitarianism

Since Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, almost every president has, sooner or later, begun to take on authoritarian tendencies. Unfortunately, the country's current leader, Volodymyr Zelensky, is no exception.

His decision to lead the charge to dismiss the speaker of the country’s parliament on Thursday is clear evidence of this. Zelensky’s “Servant of the People” Party pushed out Dmitry Razumkov in a move that the top MP branded as illegal over disagreements about the country’s new law targeting oligarchs and banning them from political activity.

The decision highlights an increasingly heavy-handed style in Kiev and touches on conflicts over policies that hurt democracy and the rule of law. Last but not least, it shows Zelensky’s disturbing intolerance of any disagreement, even from former close associates within his own party.

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Another example of how the US interferes with other countries and leaves them a wreck!

Oct 09 07:38

Russia Pledges Military Defense Of Tajikistan In Case Of Incursion From Afghanistan

Since the start of the August rapid evacuation of US forces from Kabul, Russia has been flexing its military might in central Asia - in particular with military drills with its regional ally Tajikistan, geared toward protecting the porous border as Afghans fled the Taliban, which included national Afghan troops abandoning their posts in droves - which saw them also flee into other neighboring countries like Uzbekistan.

Reuters reports based on official statements that Moscow is now pledging to defend Tajikistan in the instance of a spillover in fighting or direct threats from terrorists launching strikes out of Afghanistan. Over the past weeks there have been reports that both Taliban and Tajik forces were engaged in troop build-ups on either side of the over 840-mile long border.

Oct 08 08:07

Moscow Says NATO’s Expulsion of Russian Officials Undermines Normalization

Moscow hit back at NATO’s decision to expel eight members of Russia’s mission to the military alliance. NATO announced the move Wednesday, accusing the officials of being spies or, as the alliance put it, “undeclared Russian intelligence officers.”

On Thursday, Moscow said the move undermines hopes for the US-led military alliance normalizing relations with Russia. “There is an obvious inconsistency in statements by NATO representatives about their desire to normalize relations with our country and in their actual actions,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

NATO also reduced by half the number of officials Russia could have at its NATO mission, bringing it down to 10. “These actions allow us not to develop illusions about the normalization of relations. In fact, these prospects are almost completely undermined,” Peskov added.

Oct 08 08:02

AUKUS Inadvertently Opens Diplomatic Opportunities for Russia with France & India

Ideally, Russia would like to regulate its growing competition with France in Africa (especially in the vast region of ‘Françafrique’ that Paris considers to be its exclusive ‘sphere of influence’) while encouraging India to enter into a meaningful rapprochement with China.

The Ruckus Over AUKUS

Last week’s announcement of the new trilateral Australia-UK-US (AUKUS) anti-Chinese military alliance is already backfiring on America after it unprecedentedly offended its oldest French ally and also resulted in uncomfortable racial optics of Anglo-American superiority within the Quad that strongly implied India’s “junior partner” status within that structure. These consequences are still manageable though since France won’t leave NATO in protest like some have speculated nor will India abandon the Quad.

The Diplomatic-Strategic Backdrop

Oct 08 07:40

Russia, China Say Military Biological Activities of U.S. & Allies ‘Serious Threat’ to their National Security

The Russian Federation and China claimed in a joint statement that the military biological activities of the United States and its allies pose a ‘serious threat’ to their national security.

The two countries stated that they “reaffirm their conviction that the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction (BWC) is essential as a pillar of the international peace and security, and their determination to safeguard the authority and effectiveness of the Convention.”

Oct 07 05:32

US Trying to Set Up Presence Near Afghanistan Under Pretext of Fighting Terror, Russia Says

Washington began reaching out to Afghanistan's neighbours, including Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, in May after President Joe Biden announced that the US would be withdrawing from the country after nearly 20 years of war and occupation. So far, all US overtures in this direction appear to have been rejected.

The United States has not given up on its geopolitical aspirations in West Asia, and is seeking to shore up its position in countries neighbouring Afghanistan under the pretext of fighting terrorism, Yuri Kokov, deputy chief of the Russian Security Council, has said.
"Indeed, there are threats of a geopolitical nature [to Russia], stemming from the fact that the Americans have not actually abandoned their ambitions in this region," Kokov said, speaking to the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper in an in interview published on Wednesday.

Oct 07 05:26

Outcry as Ukrainian bankers ‘ASSAULT’ American state-run media reporters, allegedly seizing cameras & deleting interview footage

Reporters working for America's state run RFERL have accused managers at Ukraine's state bank of violently lashing out at them after an interview with a top executive turned sour, and security demanded they erase their tapes.

On Tuesday, the American government-controlled Ukrainian-language service published a video of the dramatic encounter with employees of Ukreximbank, which is wholly owned by the country’s government and acts as Kiev’s financial agent in securing loans from the West.

“The editorial board appealed to technical specialists who were able to recover the video deleted by Ukreximbank staff during the attack on the film crew filming a program featuring the head of the state bank, Yevgeny Metzger,” RFERL said in a statement. “The video was recovered on both cards from both cameras to which the interview was recorded.”

Oct 07 04:42

Putin Faults EU for Energy Crunch, Says Gas Can’t Be Stored Like ‘Watches, Underwear or Neckties’

Natural gas prices in Europe have risen sharply, with futures approaching $2,000 per 1,000 cubic metres on Wednesday trading before dropping off. Shortages have been blamed on factors ranging from cold weather to competition for supplies with Asia, as well as a premature attempt to switch to "green" \alternative sources of energy.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed the current supply crunch in Europe's gas market to European Union policymakers favouring short-term contracts with suppliers, suggesting that the curtailing of long-term supply agreements and dependence on gas exchanges has proven an "obvious mistake."

Oct 06 08:32

US Trying to Set Up Presence Near Afghanistan Under Pretext of Fighting Terror, Russia Says

Washington began reaching out to countries neighbouring Afghanistan, including Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, in May after President Biden announced that the US would be withdrawing from the country after nearly 20 years of war. So far, all US overtures in this direction appear to have been rejected.

The United States has not given up on its geopolitical aspirations in West Asia, and is seeking to shore up their positions in countries neighbouring Afghanistan under the pretext of fighting terrorism, Yuri Kokov, deputy chief of the Russian Security Council has said.

"Indeed, there are threats of a geopolitical nature [to Russia], stemming from the fact that the Americans have not actually abandoned their ambitions in this region," Kokov said, speaking to Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper in an in interview published Wednesday.

Oct 06 06:35

Tara Reade: The Pandora Papers are just a distraction from America's own corrupt and broken tax system

The latest revelations of creative accounting used by the global elite notably failed to mention any American billionaires. A curious omission, considering eight of the ten richest men on Earth reside in the good old US of A.

The release of the Pandora Papers, which brag of leaks exposing the somewhat ‘artistic’ financial practices of the rich and powerful, has once again seen the media take aim at Vladimir Putin. The West’s obsession with the Russian president’s private life is on full, torrid display. His name and picture are on the front pages of publications and above online articles, although reports finally acknowledged that he is not actually named anywhere in the ‘bombshell’ papers.

Western media are obsessed with trying to peek inside the private life of Putin for anything salacious, and their motive is transparent. Putin’s image and name have just been used as clickbait; I know this, as I have also been used as clickbait by Western media for at least two years now.

Oct 06 06:24

Ukraine Imposes Sanctions on 95 People After Russian Vote in Annexed Crimea, Report Says

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has imposed sanctions on 95 Ukrainian and Russia citizens in connection with the holding of Russian parliamentary elections in annexed Crimea, Interfax Ukraine news agency reported on Tuesday.

The United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, swept to victory in the September vote amid allegations of mass rigging by the opposition.

Oct 05 07:33

Russia Launches Hypersonic Cruise Missile From A Nuclear Submarine In Historic First

In what appears to be a world-first, Russia on Monday successfully launched a hypersonic cruise missile from a submarine. Russia's defense ministry subsequently published video of the nighttime launch from the far northern Barents Sea, saying the test was successful and that the missile hit its target.

Oct 05 05:46

Herzog heading to Ukraine for Babyn Yar commemorations

President Isaac Herzog, traveling on El Al, which though privately owned, is still considered the national carrier, left Israel early on Tuesday morning for his first official state visit abroad since taking office in July.

Herzog has traveled to Ukraine at the invitation of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Oct 05 05:36

Siberia set for extreme winter deep freeze, Russian experts predict, as Europe faces energy shortages with cooler weather on way

One of Russia’s top forecasters has warned that extreme weather is predicted to hit the Northern Hemisphere later this year, sparking concerns that it could worsen a deepening energy crisis setting in across parts of Europe.

Harsh conditions are predicted to hit Russia in early January, with snow in Siberia estimated to reach levels twice as severe as the average. On Monday, the meteorological center Phobos also reported that “snowdrifts almost a quarter larger than the norm” could sweep across Moscow.

In recent weeks, much of Western Europe has seen a rapidly growing energy crisis, with some parts of the continent experiencing a 250% increase in the price of gas for the heating and fuelling industry. Petrol stations in the UK running dry faster than they can secure new deliveries have caused severe delays and fights breaking out at refill forecourts.

Oct 04 07:13

US, British Surveillance Planes Circle Kaliningrad

Spying activity is often driving tensions between NATO and Russia. This is the case in the Baltic right now, where US and British surveillance planes are very visibly active around the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

The surveillance is being conducted by RC-135W, planes that conduct electronic surveillance, surveying the electromagnetic spectrum in the area to gather intelligence.

Kaliningrad was historically Ostpreußen, a part of Germany, and before that Prussia. The Soviet Union took the land in 1946 after WW2. The exclave loomed large around the start of WW2, as the lack of a land connection between Ostpreußen and the rest of Germany was the source of a lot of tension with Poland. Germans were expelled by the Soviets, and Soviet citizens were moved in in the late 1940s.

Oct 04 06:34

Zelensky Used Offshore Schemes Benefiting Family, Friends, OCCRP Says

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has allegedly used offshore schemes so that his family could receive profits from their undeclared businesses overseas, the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) said on 3 October, citing the Pandora Papers.

"The files also show how another European leader elected on an anti-graft platform, Volodymyr Zelensky, appears to have used complex offshore arrangements to allow his family to continue benefiting from overseas business without declaring it", the OCCRP said in a statement.

The Guardian reported, citing the Pandora Papers on 3 October, that Zelensky participated in a wide network of offshore companies, co-owned with his longtime friends and TV business partners, including Serhiy Shefir, who produced Zelensky's hit shows, and Shefir's older brother, Borys, who wrote the scripts.

Oct 04 06:32

WATCH: Russian Navy successfully fires Zircon anti-ship hypersonic cruise missile from nuclear submarine for first time ever

The Russian Armed Forces have successfully conducted the first test launch of its state-of-the-art Zircon hypersonic missile from a nuclear-powered submarine, firing it at a target in the Barents Sea, in Russia’s Arctic north.

The Ministry of Defense published a video showing the successful test.

The Zircon, first produced in 2016, is an anti-ship missile capable of accelerating up to Mach 9. It has been designed to hit enemy surface ships, such as frigates and aircraft carriers, as well as ground targets located within the range of the missile.

Zircon’s speed (9,800-11,025 km/h) makes it difficult for it to be stopped by any anti-aircraft systems.

While this latest launch is the first time the missile has been fired from a nuclear submarine, it has already undergone testing from surface carriers.

Oct 04 05:38

The First Russian Strategic Assessment of the Australia-UK-US (USUKA) Submarine Pact

Following last week’s meeting in Washington of Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne, the Australian defence minister and their US counterparts, a strategic military and basing agreement was announced between Australia, the UK and US (AUKUS). This is being reinforced with summit meetings in Washington this week.

The declared target of their war-making preparations is China.

Australian strategy against Russia in the Pacific region follows in lockstep with the US. But for the time being the Russian enemy, and Russian submarine and surface fleet operations in the Indo-Pacific region, are not being discussed by Australian officials in public; at least not to the extent when President Vladimir Putin last visited Australia in November 2014 with a nuclear-powered, nuclear armed naval escort.

Oct 01 13:53

Lithuania boosts number of border troops & orders them to build barbed-wire fence as migrant crisis worsens on Belarusian frontier

Lithuania has deployed extra troops to its state frontier with Belarus, the country’s Ministry of National Defence revealed on Thursday, noting that there are now 1,200 servicemen on the border trying to prevent illegal migration.

Arvydas Anušauskas also noted that the troops had been tasked with building a concertina barbed wire fence to stop asylum seekers illegally crossing the border.

On 21 September, Lithuania revealed that 2,800 migrants from across the Belarusian border had applied for asylum in the country since the start of August – significantly more than in the entire year of 2020. There have also been reports of deaths at the frontier.

Oct 01 05:09

‘No sane person’ believes in ‘freedom of speech’ in the West, RT editor-in-chief says as YouTube censors German-language channels

RT is awaiting Moscow’s response to YouTube’s decision to delete RT's German-language channels, RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan has said, adding that the move was no surprise amid Berlin’s campaign against the news outlet.

The purportedly permanent removal of the two YouTube channels, RT DE and Der Fehlende Part, followed a broad campaign against RT’s operations waged by German media and government officials, Simonyan insisted on Wednesday. The effort stemmed from the rapid audience growth the now-defunct channels have enjoyed, she believes.

Oct 01 04:56

Russia insists on inadmissibility of US military presence in Central Asia — diplomat

Russia’s position on the inadmissibility of the United States’ military presence in Central Asian countries remains unchanged, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Thursday.

"There isn’t the slightest change in our position that the US presence in Central Asian countries is inadmissible in any format," he stressed. "It is a final position with no elements of flexibility and it has been explained to the Americans more than once."

According to the Russian diplomat, US colleagues are either opting for fake news in a hope to make Russia change its position, or "are indulging in wishful thinking, or are tending to hear in Moscow’s signals only what sounds sweet to them."

"This issue is being hyped in the United States, not without the participation of certain mass media," he added.

Oct 01 04:55

New meeting of Russia, US on strategic stability to be held after working groups’ meetings

A third round of consultations of interagency delegations of Russia and the US on strategic stability will be held after the meetings of two working groups which will be formed according to an agreement reached by the two sides in Geneva on Thursday, a joint statement on the outcomes of the US-Russia strategic stability dialogue in Geneva said.

"Today in Geneva, interagency delegations from the United States and the Russian Federation convened for the second meeting of the bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue since President Biden and President Putin committed to an integrated, deliberate, and robust process in June. The United States delegation was led by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman, and the Russian delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. The discussion was intensive and substantive," according to the statement posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website on Thursday.

Oct 01 04:54

TASS launches French-language news feed

TASS News Agency is expanding the range of its products for its foreign audience and is launching a newswire in the French language – TASS French News Service. It will publish up-to-date information about the most important events in Russia and around the world in a real-time mode.

Subscribers of TASS French News Service will get access to key news about foreign and domestic policy, security, military and technical potential, civil society and the financial situation in Russia. The agency will cover in the French language major international projects with Russia’s participation in the sphere of energy, space exploration, science and culture.

Oct 01 04:48

Russian diplomat urges Germany to issue permit for RT broadcasts as sign of impartiality

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has proposed to the German government to give an evaluation of YouTube’s actions which removed two German-language RT channels (RT DE and DFP) and issue a broadcast license to RT DE in order to prove the absence of any malicious intent towards the broadcaster.

"In order to cease offering explanations on the absence of malicious intentions with regards to RT DE and demonstrate ‘a good attitude to the freedom of press,’ simply issue them a broadcasting permit as was done for a number of other foreign channels," the diplomat noted on her Telegram channel on Thursday.

She also wondered whether the German government considers such steps by YouTube "not a very good attitude to the freedom of the press" and urged it to provide an appropriate evaluation.

Sep 30 06:48

Russian cybersecurity firm boss arrested on ‘high treason’ charges in secret police raid after allegedly spying for foreign nation

The founder and CEO of Russia’s Group-IB digital security firm has been detained by authorities and charged with high treason, reportedly for passing on secret information to foreign spies in yet another cloak and dagger drama.
On Wednesday, a Moscow court ordered that Ilya Sachkov can be detained in custody for two months while prosecutors prepare a case against him. Details related to the arrest of the 35-year-old entrepreneur are classified, with the court saying only that he has been held over allegations of high treason.

However, an anonymous security source told TASS that Sachkov is suspected of passing on secret information to foreign intelligence services. The tech firm chief is said to have denied all the accusations.

Sep 30 06:45

Russian Missile Tech has Made America's Trillion Dollar Navy Obsolete

For the past 500 years European nations—Portugal, the Netherlands, Spain, Britain, France and, briefly, Germany—were able to plunder much of the planet by projecting their naval power overseas. Since much of the world’s population lives along the coasts, and much of it trades over water, armed ships that arrived suddenly out of nowhere were able to put local populations at their mercy.

The armadas could plunder, impose tribute, punish the disobedient, and then use that plunder and tribute to build more ships, enlarging the scope of their naval empires. This allowed a small region with few natural resources and few native advantages beyond extreme orneriness and a wealth of communicable diseases to dominate the globe for half a millennium.

Sep 29 08:58

Canadian Warplane Intercepts Russian Aircraft Over Black Sea - What is wrong with this sentence?

What would the response be not only in Ottawa but in Washington and Brussels if a Russian Sukhoi fighter jet intercepted a Canadian military plane over the St. Lawrence Seaway or Hudson Bay?

Sep 29 07:20

Russian Foreign Ministry denounces ‘aggression’ that aims to ‘silence’ RT after YouTube bans two German-language channels

YouTube’s censorship of two German-language RT channels is part of ongoing ‘aggression’ against the outlet with both tacit and overt approval from Berlin, and will be met with reprisals, the Russian Foreign Ministry has warned.

The Google-owned video platform deleted RT DE and Der Fehlende Part (DFP) channels on Tuesday, saying they attempted to circumvent a ‘community guidelines’ strike for ‘medical misinformation’ in four videos.

Describing the move as “an act of unprecedented information aggression” and “obvious manifestation of censorship and suppression of freedom of expression,” the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said YouTube acted “with obvious connivance, if not at the insistence,” of German authorities.

Sep 29 07:17

Hungary summons Ukrainian ambassador & blasts Kiev for 'interfering’ in its internal affairs as row over Russian gas deal heats up

The Hungarian Foreign Ministry has summoned Ukraine's ambassador over Kiev's reaction to Budapest's new deal with Russia's Gazprom energy giant, Hungary's top diplomat revealed in a statement published on Facebook on Tuesday.

Peter Szijjarto wrote that "The Ukrainian government's actions aimed against the deal, through the European Commission, are extremely outrageous," adding "Ukraine has nothing to do with those we make deals with." He stated that Budapest viewed such steps by Kiev as "a violation of [Hungary's] sovereignty and national security interests."

Budapest has accused Ukraine of meddling in its sovereign political decisions after Kiev decried the arrangement as a decision made only to serve the interests of Moscow.

It will see around half of the country’s annual gas supply transported via the Balkans and Austria. Effective from Friday, the new arrangement will cost Kiev millions in transit fees.

Sep 28 11:48

US Preparing Docs to Sanction India Over S-400 Purchase, Claims BJP Parliamentarian

The United States has applied its Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) legislation against countries like China and Turkey for buying advanced Russian-made weapons. The Pentagon Chief had urged New Delhi to avoid purchasing S-400 weaponry from Russia if it hoped to escape American sanctions.

US will certainly impose CAATSA sanction against India as the first batch of S-400 air missile defence system is expected to be delivered in November, claims former cabinet minister and senior parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy.

"I was told by someone who knows about the American establishment that India's sanction documents have been prepared and kept in the State Department. It will be announced immediately after S-400 arrives. They did not spare Turkey; they are not going to spare us, I am told," Swamy said while taking part in a discussion on "Indo-US Relations: Recent Developments" on Sunday.

Sep 28 11:47

Russian Military: Militants Launched Drone Toward Hmeimim Airbase, Pantsir-S Shot It Down

The Russian Defense Ministry said Monday it had intercepted a drone launched at a key Russian military installation in western Syria.

According to Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria, the drone was launched from the de-escalation zone in Idlib Governorate toward Hmeimim Air Base in Latakia Governorate, a province to the southwest near the Mediterranean coast. However, the drone was intercepted by a Pantsir-S mobile air defense system (NATO reporting name SA-22 Greyhound).

Sep 28 11:45

WATCH: Warships from Russia’s Northern Fleet hold tactical exercises simulating battle on remote arctic New Siberian Islands

A detachment of warships and troops from the Arctic group of Russia’s Northern Fleet has completed a tactical exercise simulating an amphibious enemy landing party on an archipelago of islands in the remote Siberian Far North.

Conducted last week, the exercise focused on the Laptev Sea, which is part of the Arctic Ocean. One of the islands in the area, called Kotelny, is the home to the 99th Tactical Group, which has built a runway, pier and accommodations for personnel. Its airbase is known as ‘Northern Clover.’

Sep 28 10:53

Erdogan Defiantly Says "Of Course" Turkey Will Buy More Russian S-400 Missile Defenses

In a rare CBS interview which aired Sunday on "Face the Nation", Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an announced his intent to purchase another round of Russian S-400 air defense systems, after under the prior Trump administration Turkey's reception of S-400s triggered deteriorated relations with Washington and a years-long diplomatic standoff which saw US threaten sanctions on its NATO ally.

Biden administration officials have on multiple occasions condemned the prior deal which "provides Russia revenue, access and influence" - as Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said earlier this year. Erdogan in the weekend interview confirmed bluntly that "of course, of course, yes" Turkey will pursue more Russian anti-air defense systems.

Sep 28 10:52

China Issues Rare, Strongly-Worded Defense Of Russia Over US "Bullying" Sanctions

It's been no secret that over the past half-decade China and Russia have grown closer, even becoming unlikely allies (unlikely given historic 20th century antagonism), in the face of Washington pressure and sanctions on officials in both countries.

This growing cooperation on military, economic and infrastructure development fronts has now reached the next unprecedented step of Beijing publicly defending Russia, vociferously condemning the next round of proposed US sanctions on Moscow officials.

China's Foreign Ministry on Monday stated it "strongly opposes" new sanctions on top Russian officials, saying US Congressional leaders are using human rights as a "pretext" for ensuring attempts at improving US-Russia relations fail. "The US hegemonic and bullying practices are rejected by Russia and China and will meet rejection and opposition from more and more countries," the Monday statement said.

Sep 28 10:40

Report: US Asked Russia About Offer of Bases to Monitor Afghanistan

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley asked his Russian counterpart in Finland last week about an apparent offer from Russian President Vladimir Putin for the US to use Moscow’s bases in Central Asia to spy on Afghanistan.

Unnamed US officials told the Journal that Milley raised the issue with Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov at the request of President Biden’s National Security Council staff. The report said Gerasimov was “noncommital” on the issue.

The Russian newspaper Kommersant first reported that Putin made the offer to Biden during the June 16th summit between the two leaders in Geneva. The report said Putin suggested the US could use Russian bases in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to monitor Afghanistan, including through drones flown across the border.

Sep 28 07:25

Russia & Belarus Issue Joint "Red Line" Warning Alleging NATO Base Expansion Into Ukraine

Fresh off major joint war games two weeks ago, Russia and Belarus are now issuing parallel statements warning Ukraine against pursuing a path to NATO membership or hosting NATO forces and bases, agreeing that for both countries it would be a "red line". Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin just met in a summit in Sochi.

First, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko alleged the United States has established training centers across Ukraine that are tantamount to full military bases. He indicated this was focus of direct discussions with Putin at the Sochi meeting.

"It's clear we need to react to this...(We) agreed that we need to take some kind of measures in response," Lukashenko said according to RIA news agency. Crucially, the recent 'Zapad-2021' exercises this month saw Russian and Belarus troops focus the war games on a scenario of expelling a NATO invasion.

Sep 28 07:06

Russia must pay Ukraine to transit gas even after Nord Stream 2 pipeline operational, triumphant German SPD leader Scholz declares

The leader of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) has said that Russia must keep handing over billions of dollars to move gas through Ukraine, long after the already-completed Nord Stream 2 underwater link starts operating.

Speaking on Monday, Olaf Scholz – whose grouping is on course to gain the most seats from the weekend Bundestag elections – said that Kiev’s role in transporting gas must not be undermined by the Moscow-backed project.

“With regard to the pipeline, the construction of which has been completed, it is important for everyone to take into account the guarantees that are associated with its operation. These guarantees include the fact that Ukraine must remain a transit country,” Scholz said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What happens if Russia simply closes the valves?

Sep 28 05:47

Hungary Accuses Ukraine of Meddling Amid Budapest's 15-Year Contract for Gas Supplies With Russia

Earlier in the day, the Russian gas giant Gazprom and the Hungarian government signed a contract for gas supplies until the end of 2036.
Hungary has accused Ukraine of meddling in its internal affairs after Kiev criticised it over the signing of a new 15-year natural gas supply deal with Russia's Gazprom.

"(European) gas consumption will not decline, and Gazprom's role will not decline either...For Hungary, energy safety is a matter of security, sovereignty and economy rather than a political matter...You cannot heat homes with political statements."
Peter Szijjarto
Hungarian Foreign Minister

Sep 27 07:08

Will Hillary EVER apologize for propagating the biggest hoax in US political history?

The full consequences of the great political hoax of our time — the charge that former President Donald Trump was colluding with Russia — aren’t yet fully apparent. Yet they are surely serious.

We have heard from many Democrats and those in media that Trump’s claims that he actually won the 2020 presidential election tend to delegitimize the government and distort the political process. They have a point. It’s a stretch to call the streaming of Trump supporters into the Capitol on Jan. 6 an “insurrection,” but as I wrote at the time, Trump’s words that day “were uttered with a reckless disregard for the possibility they’d provoke violence that any reasonable person could find impeachable.”

But Trump isn’t the only losing candidate who has cast doubt on an election result recently. While he has faced the derision of most of the media and the disagreement of some in his party, that wasn’t true of the utterly baseless charges that Trump colluded with the Kremlin.

Sep 27 06:30

Three Russian Fighter Jets Escort U.S. Bomber in Pacific Ocean - RIA

Three Russian SU-35S fighter jets have escorted a U.S. B-52H strategic bomber which was approaching Russia's border in the Pacific Ocean, RIA news agency reported on Sunday, citing Moscow's Defence Ministry.

It said the bomber had subsequently moved away from the border, while the Russian jets had returned to their bases.

Sep 27 05:57

‘Cold War-style crusade against dissenters’: Lavrov roasts Biden’s idea of ‘democracy summit’ that ‘divides world into us v them’

Russia’s Foreign Minister has criticized the US' idea to convene a “Leader’s Summit for Democracy”, calling it another example of Cold War-style block mentality that would split the international community into “us and them.”

Speaking during the fifth day of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly on Saturday, Lavrov ripped into the current US foreign policy, accusing Washington of trying to split the international community into Cold War-style blocks.

In August, US President Joe Biden floated the idea to convene a “Leader’s Summit for Democracy” – and this, according to Lavrov, is a glaring example of this divisive policy.

Sep 27 05:30

Rand Corporation: How to Destroy Russia

According to their analysts, Russia remains a powerful adversary for the United States in certain fundamental sectors. To handle this opposition, the USA and their allies will have to pursue a joint long-term strategy which exploits Russia’s vulnerabilities. So Rand analyses the various means with which to unbalance Russia, indicating for each the probabilities of success, the benefits, the cost, and the risks for the USA.

Rand analysts estimate that Russia’s greatest vulnerability is that of its economy, due to its heavy dependency on oil and gas exports. The income from these exports can be reduced by strengthening sanctions and increasing the energy exports of the United States. The goal is to oblige Europe to diminish its importation of Russian natural gas, and replace it by liquefied natural gas transported by sea from other countries.

Sep 27 05:29

Press review: Congress takes aim at Russian debt market and why the US wants Kazakhstan

A new bill has been submitted to the US House of Representatives. Apart from imposing restrictions on individuals, it also bans American investors from purchasing new issues of Russian bonds in the secondary market, Izvestia writes.

Talk about American sanctions against Russia's sovereign debt had been going on for several years before restrictions were actually introduced following the ascent of Joe Biden and his administration to the White House, who prohibited US financial institutions from participating in the primary market for the Russian sovereign debt in April. Following the ban, foreign investors started to reduce their portfolios of Russian government bonds, but the trend reversed in September and foreign investment in the sector grew by 20%. Foreign investors flocked to the Russian financial market largely out of confidence that high tensions between Moscow and Washington were over and there wouldn’t be any harsher sanctions. However, doubts have now returned.

Sep 27 05:29

Patrushev, Sullivan discuss Russia-US bilateral relations, Afghanistan — Security Council

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan had a phone call Friday, Security Council press service announced, adding that the two officials discussed Russian-US bilateral relations and the situation in Afghanistan.

According to the statement, the conversation took place on the US initiative.

"The sides discussed issues related to Russian-US bilateral relations. They underscored the importance of further dialogue between Russia and the US on strategic stability and informational security," the statement says. "During the discussion of regional issues, the sides touched upon the situation in Afghanistan."

The two officials also commended the interaction between a number of agencies of the two countries, including the recent meeting between Russian General Staff head General Valery Gerasimov and US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley.

Sep 27 05:27

Ukrainian troops land on Azov Sea coast in NATO drills

Ukrainian marines landed on the coast of the Sea of Azov in the Joint Efforts 2021 drills involving NATO military personnel and combat equipment, the Ukrainian Navy’s press office reported on Friday.

"An air assault company of the Ukrainian Navy’s marine infantry held tactical drills in the area of the Sea of Azov. The marines supported by a group of boats of the Ukrainian Navy and the State Border Guard Service landed from a search and rescue vessel onto the coast and organized the landing of another unit from Mi-8 helicopters," the Ukrainian Navy wrote on its Facebook.

Under the scenario of the drills, the troops carried out joint measures to block a notional enemy’s combined arms reserve, it said.

Sep 27 05:27

Headed to Georgia, Turkey: NATO ships return to Black Sea

Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey are full NATO members, Georgia and Ukraine are NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partners. The only littoral state not a NATO member or advanced partner is Russia. Non-recognized Abkhazia also is on the Black Sea. It would be an immediate target in NATO’s plans for the “liberation of occupied territories.” Moldova is also near the Black Sea, so a coordinated assault in the region would include Abkhazia, Crimea, Donetsk, South Ossetia and Transdniester.

Sep 26 10:29

Beauty pageant for female prison wardens in Russia - with guards made to dance and parade in uniforms and evening gowns - sparks fury

In the Miss Penal System Contest 2021, female guards from across Russia present a short video in which they are expected to dance, glamorize their profession, advertise the beauty of their region and pretend they belong to a museum. are object.

They also submit photos of themselves in their prison uniforms and evening wear, which will be judged by a mostly male panel as well as an online poll before a winner is chosen.

Women's rights campaigner, Nastya Krasilnikova, called the event 'tragic' and said it encourages people to see contestants as mere objects – 'which can be admired, craved for' , but it is not interesting in any other way.'

Webmaster addition: Ever notice that the women screaming about objectification are ones you wouldn't want to objectify in the first place?

Sep 26 06:34

It's a Gas!... Russia Blamed for Europe's Fuel Crisis

There's panic setting in across Europe of unaffordable fuel bills, gas shortages, blackouts and freezing households as winter approaches. And guess who's to blame? Well, of course, Russia!

Amos Hochstein, an energy official at the US State Department, said there was deep concern about Europe not being to keep warm this winter because of "inexplicably low supplies of gas from Russia". The sinister implication being that Moscow was for reason deliberately shutting down exports to boost prices.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Guardian newspaper sought to explain the energy crisis hitting Europe – which has seen prices soar by 250 percent in recent weeks – as partly due to "Russia's games". It reported: "As shipments of gas have turned from Europe towards China, flows of pipeline gas to Europe from Russia have failed to make up the shortfall".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's Russia's gas. They can what they want with it!

Sep 26 06:29

Lavrov says EU foreign policy head told him to STAY OUT of ‘our’ Africa, as he denies Moscow’s role in mercenaries invited to Mali

With the terrorist-fighting government of Mali in talks with a private Russian military firm, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov to bluntly stay out of Africa, allegedly calling it “our place.”

The modern EU bureaucracy may seem light years away from the rapacious colonial powers of olden Europe, but geopolitics seemingly still reigns in Brussels, with the fight this time over influence in the troubled West African nation of Mali. With Mali’s military-ruled government struggling to quell a wave of jihadism, and France on the cusp of withdrawing its forces from the region, the country is now reportedly looking to hire as many as 1,000 private mercenaries from the controversial Russian Wagner Group to bolster its own forces.

Sep 24 03:30

Putin the Poisoner? More Doubts Over Attempts to Delegitimize Russia’s Leader

It seems that ever since Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election of 2016 the western media and numerous politicians have been working especially hard to convince the world that the Russian government is little better than a modern version of Josef Stalin’s USSR. Part of the effort can be attributed to the Democratic Party’s desire to blame someone other than the unattractive candidate Hillary for the defeat, but there is also something more primitive operating behind the scenes, something like a desire to return to a bipolar world in which one knew one’s enemies and one’s friends.

The anti-Russian bias has manifested itself in a number of ways, to include the fabricated libel referred to as Russiagate, but it also featured personal denigration of the Russian leadership as a rogue regime inclined to employ assassination by poisoning against its critics and political opponents.

Sep 24 03:24

IEA Demands Russia Deliver More Gas To A Reeling Europe

Over the weekend, Morgan Stanley's global energy head Martijn Rats shared comprehensive yet streamlined analysis of what happened in 2021 that has sent many commodity prices, including Europe's nat gas and electricity prices, surging to never before seen levels.

For those who missed it, Rats explained that A common set of factors has tied all these commodity rallies together. As often happens, the story starts in China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Demands?!? It's Russia's gas. They get to do with it whatever they want!

Sep 23 07:22

Eurasia Takes Shape: How the SCO Just Flipped the World Order

The two defining moments of the historic 20th anniversary Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan had to come from the keynote speeches of – who else – the leaders of the Russia-China strategic partnership.

Xi Jinping: “Today we will launch procedures to admit Iran as a full member of the SCO.”

Vladimir Putin: “I would like to highlight the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed today between the SCO Secretariat and the Eurasian Economic Commission. It is clearly designed to further Russia’s idea of establishing a Greater Eurasia Partnership covering the SCO, the EAEU (Eurasian Economic Union), ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and China’s Belt and Road initiative (BRI).”

In short, over the weekend, Iran was enshrined in its rightful, prime Eurasian role, and all Eurasian integration paths converged toward a new global geopolitical – and geoeconomic – paradigm, with a sonic boom bound to echo for the rest of the century.

Sep 23 07:00

Isn't It Ironic? Biden Going After Putin For This Hypocrisy

The Biden administration released a statement Monday condemning the Russian elections that saw Vladimir Putin's regime retain their hold on power.

A surveillance video emerged showing ballot box stuffing occurring in the Russian election. Multiple videos and photos allegedly showing ballot fraud have made their way out of Russia since Friday.

The State Department issued a statement; "September 17-19 Duma elections in the Russian Federation took place under conditions not conducive to free and fair proceedings."

Opponents of Putin's United Russia party insisted that there was "mass fraud" during Monday's election, Reuters reported. United Russia won a parliamentary by a margin much bigger than anticipated.

Sep 23 06:34

Russian and US general staff chiefs hold meeting in Finland

Russian Armed Forces’ Chief of the General Staff, First Deputy Defense Minister Valery Gerasimov and Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Mark Milley discussed some issues of mutual interest, in particular, mitigating the risk of incidents during military activities at a meeting in Finland, the Russian Defense Ministry stated on Wednesday.

"During the meeting, the top brass addressed issues of mutual interest, including reducing the risk of incidents during military activities. The meeting was constructive," the ministry noted.

According to the defense ministry, the meeting took place today at the Finnish government’s Koningstedt residence in Vantaa, 40 kilometers north of the Finnish capital.

Sep 23 06:33

Russia not to join NATO, Sergey Lavrov says during meeting with Jens Stoltenberg

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey began his participation in the UN General Assembly session with a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

During the protocol photoshoot, Lavrov addressed the reporters: "Don’t try your luck. Russia does not intend to join NATO."

The meeting then proceeded behind closed doors.

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry website, the sides discussed the current state of Russia-NATO relations.

"The Russian side firmly drew attention to our concrete proposals on de-escalation of tensions and reduction of tensions at the contact line," the Ministry says.

Sep 23 06:29

In Full: Boris Johnson talks COVID-19, gas disruption and Russia, in New York

Sep 23 06:06

Joe Biden nuclear sorcerer’s apprentice

resident Biden announced the birth of the AUKUS, a strategic-military partnership between the United States, Great Britain and Australia, with “the imperative of ensuring long-term peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific", the region that in Washington’s geopolitics extends from the west coast of the United States to that of India. The purpose of this "strategic mission" is "to take on the threats of the 21st century just as we did in the 20th century: together ". Clear reference to China and Russia.

To "defend against rapidly evolving threats," the AUKUS launches a "key project": the United States and Britain will help Australia acquire "nuclear-powered, conventionally armed submarines."

Sep 22 06:26

Congress wants to put even more troops in Russia’s backyard

The “Sustaining Deterrence in Europe” amendment inserted with bipartisan support into the Defense Authorization Act 2022, represents the very worst of congressional intervention in foreign and security policy.

The key passage of the amendment, which was introduced by Rep Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, reads as follows:

“The [House Armed Services] Committee directs the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the service secretaries, to submit a report to the congressional defense committees not later than March 15, 2022, on the Department’s strategy for enhancing the United States forward presence on NATO’s eastern periphery, to include assessments of possibilities for potential force structure enhancements at a minimum in Romania, Poland, and the Baltic states, along with options for enhanced deterrent posture in Ukraine.”

Sep 22 05:09

Zelensky meets with European Commission President, U.S. investors

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky met with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, as well as with a group of American investors.

The meeting took place at Ukraine’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, according to Ukrinform’s own correspondent in New York.

Zelensky thanked von der Leyen for supporting Ukraine's independence in the face of Russian aggression and supporting the Crimea Platform initiative.

Sep 22 05:09

Ukrainian, British defense officials discuss prospects for bilateral cooperation

Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valeriy Zaluzhny has met with British Defense Attaché in Ukraine, Commodore Tim Woods and invited him to the active phase of the Strategic Command and Staff Exercise Joint Endeavour 2021, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has reported on Facebook.

According to the report, Zaluzhny expressed his respect for and deep gratitude to the United Kingdom for its principled position, political, diplomatic, financial and economic support, advisory and logistical assistance the British side is providing to Ukraine and its armed forces.

Zaluzhny stressed that "deterring Russia's armed aggression, continuing comprehensive reform of the Ukrainian army in order to increase the defense capabilities of our state and achieving the required level of interoperability with the armed forces of our partners remains the main task of the Ukrainian Armed Forces."

Sep 22 05:08

Poland obliged to defend EU, NATO borders from Belarus: security chief

Statement by Stanis?aw ?aryn, spokesman for Poland’s security services chief:

“…We are dealing with an attempt to use an artificial migration route to destabilize first the Belarusian-Lithuanian, Belarusian-Latvian and now mainly Belarusian-Polish border. Belarusian state structures are involved in bringing migrants to their territory, mainly from the Middle East. More and more often they come to Belarus also from Russia….”

“Poland is obliged to secure the Polish-Belarusian border, which is also the external border of the European Union and NATO. The Polish government makes decisions aimed at neutralizing the actions of Belarus and Russia against the European Union.”

Sep 21 10:25

EXCLUSIVE: Durham Indictment Shows Clinton Likely Worked With Top Google Exec To Fabricate Russia Hoax, Says Google Whistleblower

In the bombshell felony indictment made public this week, Special Prosecutor John Durham alleged that agents of the 2016 Clinton campaign knowingly concocted false allegations that President Donald Trump was receiving secret hi-tech communications from the Kremlin-linked Alfa Bank. The Durham indictment further alleged that Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann intentionally spread that hoax to the FBI, Democrat-friendly media and another undisclosed federal agency under false pretenses.

Moreover, the Durham indictment identifies the mastermind of the operation to create spread and spread the Alfa Bank Hoax as a Big Tech executive, who allegedly “exploited” privately-held data of several large tech companies to create a false “narrative” about Trump-Russia collusion. This person may be Eric Schmidt, the former Executive Chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google.

Sep 21 08:19

Russia Aware Of Kiev's Military Preparations, Hopes It Won't Turn To Hostilities

Russia knows about Kiev’s military preparations, hopes that reason will prevail and that it will not come to hostilities, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko told reporters.

The conference of the Valdai Club “Russia and Uzbekistan facing the challenges of development and security at a new historical stage of interaction” is being held in Tashkent on September 20th, organized in partnership with the Institute for Strategic and Interregional Studies under the President of Uzbekistan.

“We know about these military preparations (of Kiev), we know about the assistance that Kiev receives from the United States and other countries,” Rudenko said.

According to him, “it is difficult to predict something with the current leadership in Kiev, nothing can be ruled out.”

Sep 21 07:44

U.S. Does Not Recognize Russian Duma Elections on Ukraine Territory -State Dept

Russia prevented citizens from exercising their civil and political rights in recent elections and the United States does not recognize the Russian Duma elections on sovereign Ukrainian territory, the State Department said on Monday.

"The September 17-19 Duma elections in the Russian Federation took place under conditions not conducive to free and fair proceedings," State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. "We do not recognize holding elections for the Russian Duma on sovereign Ukrainian territory and reaffirm our unwavering support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The United States does not have the moral right to judge anyone else's elections until it cleans up the elections mess at home!

Sep 21 07:43

Poland sending 500 more troops to protect Belarus border

Poland is sending 500 additional army troops and special vehicles to its border with Belarus to strengthen it against increasing migrant pressures which the government says is orchestrated by Belarus and Russia to destabilize the European Union.

“We are dealing with a well-organized action directed from Minsk and Moscow,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told a news conference Monday.

“We will defend Poland’s border with full determination,” and prevent migrants from crossing in, Morawiecki said after a meeting with Poland’s interior minister and the head of the Border Guards.

Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski said 500 more troops and eight specialized vehicles will be sent to the border this week.

Sep 21 07:25

Ukraine Launches Military Drills With NATO

Ukraine on Monday launched joint military exercises with the United States and other NATO countries as tensions with Russia remain high over the Kremlin-backed insurgency in the country’s east.

The annual Rapid Trident military exercises, taking place in western Ukrainian until October 1, involve some 6,000 soldiers from 15 countries, Ukraine’s defense ministry said in a statement.

The head of the exercises, Brigadier General Vladyslav Klochkov, said the drills were “an important step towards Ukraine’s European integration.”

“The Ukrainian military, which has been holding back Russian aggression for eight years, will share its unique combat experience with its international colleagues,” he added.

Sep 21 07:24

Georgia: U.S. leads special operations drills to train for war in Caucasus

The Western Battalion of the Special Operations Forces of the Georgian Defense Forces and the US Army Operational Unit “Alpha” group have completed the Joint Joint Exercise (JCET). [?] The culmination exercise was held in the vicinity of Kobuleti with the support of the 3rd Infantry Brigade of the Defense Forces, the servicemen of the 10th Cadre Brigade of the National Guard and the “General Mazniashvili Legion”.

The 10-week training was focused on producing unconventional and asymmetric fights….In the culminating phase…an offensive operation, a raid, was carried out on the conventional opponent.

Sep 21 05:53

How do you deal with the Taliban? With West still reeling from militants’ victory in Afghanistan, Russia & China are taking charge

When history speeds up, it plays havoc with our sense of time. It may seem longer, but it has only been around a month since the world was shaken by a geopolitical earthquake, with its epicenter in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

The lasting effects of the Taliban’s rapid re-conquest of Afghanistan, ending with their seizure of the city in the middle of August, are still unfolding. What comes next for the country, and for its place in the world, is still to be decided.

One piece of wishful thinking already debunked by the facts is the idea that, after 20 years of war, the Taliban 2.0 is more liberal and less inclined to brutality than it was when its predecessors ruled Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001. Cunningly, the group has tried to foster this illusion of moderation. Yet the militants’ actions speak louder than words. In reality, they have installed a government that reveals the lie behind their promises of inclusivity.

Sep 17 05:55

FLASHBACK - All Aboard Russia's Nuclear Weapon Apocalypse Train

A new rail-mounted intercontinental ballistic missile is due to hit Russian railroads in 2020. Russian state media has announced the BZhRK "Barguzin" rail-mounted nuclear missile will begin testing in 2019 and enter service the following year. The scheme is designed to make the country's nuclear arsenal more mobile and thus more difficult to locate in wartime.

One of the many problems with ICBMs is they are high-priority targets in the event of nuclear war. That is, each belligerent would want to destroy the other's nuclear weapons, and those weapons are sitting ducks if they're stuck in missile silos and the enemy knows where they are. To get around this problem, Russia has chosen to put many of its ICBMs on gigantic wheeled, mobile launchers.

Sep 17 05:53

FLASHBACK - Russia successfully tests missiles that fire from 'nuclear trains'

Russia has successfully tested intercontinental ballistic missiles intended for its "nuclear trains" program.

Tests on missiles for the Barguzin "railway-based combat rocket system" were carried out at the Plesetsk cosmodrome two weeks ago, the state-owned Interfax news agency reports.

Sep 16 07:36

U.S., Britain, Norway and Finland Came to Monitor Russia's Arctic Exercises - Interfax

Russia's military said on Wednesday that the United States, Britain, Norway and Finland had sent vessels and aircraft to monitor military exercises involving the Russian Navy's Northern Fleet in the Arctic, the Interfax news agency reported.

The manoeuvres this month involved 8,500 people and 50 vessels, and the Northern Fleet is now beginning to return those forces to base as they draw to a close, Russia's military was quoted as saying.

Sep 16 07:35

The U.S. Army’s Iron Dome could be headed to Ukraine

Since taking office, the Biden administration has kept up Washington’s shipments of weapons and training to the Ukrainian military, including $275 million worth of equipment and support packages since March.

But some in Congress are looking to do more and have included an amendment attached to the 2022 defense bill that would pressure the Biden administration to sell or transfer new air and missile defense systems to Ukraine, including potentially sending an Iron Dome battery currently being operated by the U.S. Army.

Included in the House Armed Services Committee’s version of the fiscal 2022 defense policy bill is an amendment requiring the Pentagon to submit a report to Congress outlining options for potentially selling or transferring “existing systems” to Ukraine that are likely not going to be deployed in the near-term.

Sep 15 06:56

Russia demands answers from US ambassador over ‘election interference,’ as Moscow says it has proof of ‘serious’ sabotage efforts

Russian officials are waiting for an answer after presenting the American ambassador with a dossier on purported examples of US attempts to interfere in the country's upcoming elections, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the top diplomat claimed that the evidence was compelling, and had been presented to Ambassador John Sullivan, who was summoned for a meeting on Friday. "The evidence was given to him," Lavrov said. "It is quite serious, really. We are still waiting for an answer from our American colleagues why this is happening."

The charges, he said, relate to the refusal of US tech companies to block access to prohibited content. Last week, Russia's digital watchdog, Roskomnadzor, issued a sternly worded warning to companies like Apple and Google, as well as VPN service providers Cloudflare and Cisco, in which it said the firms were violating the country's election laws.

Sep 15 05:31

Ukraine Expects Next IMF Tranche of $750 Million in December, PM Says

Ukraine expects to receive the next tranche of assistance worth $750 million from the International Monetary Fund in December, and 600 million euros from the European Union in November, Prime Minister Denys Shmygal told a news conference on Tuesday.

Shmygal said Ukraine had fulfilled all the IMF's conditions under the current assistance programme, adding that an IMF mission is expected in Ukraine from Saturday for talks. Ukraine signed a $5 billion IMF programme last year but the loans were effectively frozen over concerns about reforms.

"This mission will actually be the final one in preparation for the issuance of the next tranche - we have fulfilled all the conditions, all the benchmarks that were spelled out in the memorandum with the IMF," Shmygal said.

"Therefore, we expect a positive completion of this mission and expect that approximately in December, late November - early December - this is the date when the IMF tranche is possible," he added.

Sep 15 05:22

Russia Releases Footage Of Armed 'Robot Tanks' In Action During Zapad-2021 Exercises

Russia's military has put its cutting edge robot armored fighting vehicles on display during the ongoing massive Zapad-2021 exercises with Belarus and other allied countries.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) released brief footage of the robots being battle-tested during the exercise, with Russian state media describing that "Robotic Russian fighting machines fired anti-armor missiles and let rip with mounted flamethrowers on Monday, while their operators sat in safety away from the battlefield, in colossal drills attended by President Vladimir Putin."

One of the two models in the exercise was the Uran-9 armored fighting vehicle, which looks like a small conventional tank, and utilizes laser sensors to hone in on targets, and can be outfitted with rockets or large guns, and even a flame-thrower.

Sep 15 04:48

War with Russia & China would 'destroy world' & America must find ways to make peace with its Eastern rivals, top US general warns

With global nuclear stockpiles growing and countries upgrading their warheads and rockets, there is an almost unprecedented need to de-escalate tensions and avert atomic armageddon, one of America's most senior officers has said.

Speaking at a meeting hosted by Washington think-tank The Brookings Institution on Monday, Vice Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General John E. Hyten warned of the risks if conflicts spiral out of control, and expressed hope that cooler heads can prevail. "We never fought the Soviet Union," he said. "As for the great powers, our goal is to never go to war with China and Russia."

Sep 14 06:53

Ukraine, USA, Russia, and Spheres of Influence

On September 1, 2021, President Biden met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the White House and continued the American push into Russia’s sphere of influence that has made Russia feel so threatened.

Zelensky has been frustrated because he has been pushing for this meeting since his election in May 2019. Despite the delay, Biden clearly meant to make a bold statement to Russia since Zelensky is only the second European leader to be invited to the White House since Biden’s election. In July, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Biden at the White House.

Sep 14 06:03

Are Russia & Belarus gearing up for conflict with the West? Hysterical pundits are sounding alarms while ignoring NATO war games

Since 2009, the quadrennial Zapad military drills have become a rotational autumn fixture for troops from Russia, Belarus and some other friendly states. Just as reliable, however, is the hysteria they elict in Western media.

Bringing together tens of thousands of both Moscow's and Minsk's soldiers, as well as others from Mongolia and Kazakhstan, this year's installation of the wargames is one of the largest seen across the world for nearly 40 years. Three hundred tanks, thousands of armoured vehicles, numerous artillery and MLRS systems as well as 15 naval vessels have all been deployed to take part. The Russian and Belarusian Air Forces are also fielding warplanes and front-line fighter squadrons with the aim of stepping up their existing co-operation.

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