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Jan 26 10:30

How Dutch Israel lobby attacks free speech

There have been dozens of attacks on Palestinian rights defenders by Israel lobby groups in the Netherlands.

Smear campaigns, threats of violence, attempts at defunding human rights groups, efforts to restrict academic freedom, threats of lawsuits and cyberattacks are among the intimidation tactics identified in a report released this month by the European Legal Support Center (ELSC).

The Israel lobby group CIDI has been at the forefront of attempts to stifle advocacy for Palestinian rights and efforts to hold Israel accountable.

But the 76 incidents documented in the report also involve other Dutch pro-Israel groups, media, political parties, faith-based organizations, Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs and the Israel-based group NGO Monitor.

Jan 26 09:08

EU split over plan for colossal sanctions against Russia – media

The EU is currently working on a package of sanctions that would curb Russia’s ability to convert currency, impose trade bans, and restrict access to “key technology” in the event Moscow orders an invasion of Ukraine, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing officials close to the process.

Cutting the country off from the SWIFT international payment system and placing sanctions on its energy exports were said to also still be on the table.

Western nations are developing a response to what they say could be an imminent invasion of Ukraine in recent weeks, with a number of leaders sounding the alarm over a purported buildup of troops and military hardware on the shared border. Moscow has repeatedly denied it has any plans to attack its neighbor and instead insisted that NATO is inflaming tensions.

Jan 26 09:06

No NATO member prepared for large-scale deployment to Ukraine, UK PM admits

Not a single member of NATO is ready to send a large fighting force to Ukraine in the event of a Russian invasion, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told MPs.

Addressing parliament on Tuesday, Johnson said that “the British Army leads the NATO battle group in Estonia, and if Russia invades Ukraine, we would look to contribute to any new NATO deployments to protect our allies in Europe.”

However, the Prime Minister stated that while “many people would yearn to send active, physical support in the form of NATO troops to Ukraine … I don’t believe that to be a likely prospect in the near term. Ukraine is not a member of NATO.”

“But what we can do, and what we are doing, is sending troops to support Ukraine,” he said, mentioning training operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Biden's Russia war is fizzling.

Jan 26 08:32

Greece receives ‘game-changer’ Rafale aircraft from France

“La bas!” – “Over there” – a French journalist broke the silence pointing at a formation of specks in the overcast sky.

Greece’s newly-acquired fourth generation Rafale aircraft made a series of deafening overpasses before landing at Tanagra Air Force Base, 70km (43 miles) north of Athens. They had flown from Merignac airport near Bordeaux.

Jan 26 07:46

Europe in the Trenches Against the “Invented Enemy”

The State Department, “as a precautionary measure against a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine”, ordered the evacuation of family members and part of the staff from the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, which with 900 officials is among the largest in Europe, and raised to level 4 of risk, the maximum, the warning to U.S. citizens not to go to Ukraine. Immediately afterwards the Foreign Office announced, with the same motivation, the withdrawal of staff from the British Embassy in Kiev. These operations of psychological warfare, aimed at creating alarm about an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine and the three Baltic republics, prepare for a further and even more dangerous US-NATO escalation against Russia.

Jan 26 07:08

Biden Exaggerates US’ “Total Unanimity” with EU Against Russia in Ukraine Crisis

At a time when Washington continues its campaign of escalations in Ukraine in the hope that Russia will make a gross miscalculation so that a NATO intervention can be justified, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said that up to 8,500 US troops have been told that they can be deployed to Eastern Europe. Kirby said that the “bulk of” US troops placed on heightened alert were intended to bolster NATO’s quick response force.

“The United States has taken steps to heighten the readiness of its forces at home and abroad, so they are prepared to respond to a range of contingencies, including support to the NATO response force if it is activated,” Kirby said, noting that the NATO Response Force “comprises [of] around 40,000 multinational troops.”

Jan 26 06:38

NATO ready to answer Russia – Stoltenberg

NATO is finalizing its own response to Moscow’s proposal about European security, and will send it “later this week” in parallel with Washington, the alliance’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, said in an interview on Tuesday.

The alliance is willing “to sit down and discuss arms control, disarmament, transparency on military activities, risk reduction mechanisms and other issues which are relevant for European security,” Stoltenberg told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

“We are also willing to sit down and listen to Russian concerns. But we are not ready to compromise on core principles, including the right for every nation in Europe to choose its own path, including what kind of security arrangements it wants to be part of,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Jan 25 13:43

Moscow warns of consequences for Europe if Russia is cut off from SWIFT

Suspending Russia from SWIFT – an international system of financial transactions between banks operated by a Belgium-based company – could massively backfire on Europe, Deputy Speaker of the Russian Senate Nikolay Zhuravlev warned on Tuesday.

“SWIFT is a payment system. It’s a service,” Zhuravlev told journalists. He added that cutting Russia off from it would mean that Moscow would not be able to get foreign currencies. It would also mean that Russia’s trading partners – and that primarily means Europe – would not get goods they import from Russia.

It means that Russia’s oil, gas, and metals, as well as other “important imported products” would not reach European markets in such a scenario, the official warned. “Do they [European nations] need that? I doubt it,” Zhuravlev added.

Jan 25 12:30

Even Switzerland Cancels Vaccine Passports

Swiss health minister Alain Berset has signaled that the Alpine nation’s controversial use of a Covid-19 certificate system could soon be over since the public health response to the pandemic appeared to be “on the right track.”

Jan 25 11:37

Poland and Latvia declare Germany's ban on supplying arms to Ukraine 'a big mistake' as Kiev arrests Russian team planning series of attacks aimed at destabilising border regions

Poland and Latvia have declared Germany's refusal to supply arms to Ukraine as 'a big mistake' as Kiev braces for a potential Russian invasion .

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said he was 'concerned' by Germany's reaction to Russia's military buildup on Ukraine's border, after Berlin refused to issue permits for German weapons to be exported to Kiev.

Unlike the US, UK, Poland and other allies, the German government has declined to export their arms despite the escalating tensions as part of a longstanding policy to send arms to tense regions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As more and more European Union nations start to back off Biden's war with Russia, expect a flood of pro-war propaganda, Russia bashing, and even some false-flag attacks to get the war back on track.

Jan 25 11:32

US threatens stiff sanctions, warns Russia not to 'weaponize' energy

The United States on Tuesday warned Russia of damaging sanctions, including high-tech export curbs, and said attempts by Moscow to "weaponize" its enormous oil and gas industry would backfire.

"We are prepared to implement sanctions with massive consequences" that go far beyond previous measures implemented in 2014 after Russia invaded Ukraine's Crimea region, a senior US official said.

"The gradualism of the past is out," the official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity. If Russia orders a new invasion of Ukraine, "we'll start at the top of the escalation ladder."

Addressing concerns in Europe that Russia could push back against sanctions by curbing its own energy exports to heavily dependent Europe, the official said Russia would also be hurting itself.

"If Russia decides to weaponize its supply of natural gas or crude oil, it wouldn't be without consequences to the Russian economy," a senior US official told reporters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were war to break out, Russia would cut off all oil and gas to Europe and to Ukraine. That would put the burden of meeting Europe's energy needs entirely on the US.

Jan 25 11:27

NATO member will withdraw troops in case of war with Russia – president – ??RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Croatian President Zoran Milanovic accused the United States of aggravating the crisis and said his country would stay out of a conflict

As tensions rise on the Russia-Ukraine border, Croatian President Zoran Milanovic has announced that Zagreb will withdraw its troops from NATO contingents stationed in the region if the situation escalates into a full-scale conflict.

Speaking in a televised address on Tuesday, the leader said he saw “reports that NATO – not a separate state, not the United States – is increasing its presence and sending reconnaissance ships.”

He insisted that the Zagreb authorities “have nothing to do with it and we won’t have anything to do with it, I guarantee that.”

Jan 25 09:12

New Covid variant spreading like wildfire across UK and Scandinavia: BA.2 ‘stealth’ mutation now half of all new coronavirus cases in Denmark and rapidly pushing Omicron aside

Various media across Scandinavia and the UK are reporting the emergence of a new Covid variant that is so infectious and spreading so fast that nearly half of all cases in Denmark are now the new mutation, named BA.2, with more than 400 confirmed infections across the UK.

The new mutation has reportedly also popped up in Norway, Sweden, Singapore and India.

Reuters reports that UK health authorities are investigating 426 confirmed cases of BA.2 in Britain, while officials in Denmark said that just over 45 per cent of all new infections in the country are now the new variant.

WHO representatives have rushed to Copenhagen to investigate BA.2, nicknamed ‘stealth Omicron’ in Danish media as the mutation seems to be pushing the Omicron variant aside fairly quickly.

Covid experts and researchers point out that there is still much we do not know about BA.2 as it has only been arounds for a very short time. So what do we know so far?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right on schedule!

Jan 25 08:37

Croatian MEP Mislav Kolakuši? BLASTS French President Emmanuel Macron For Ignoring Serious COVID Vaccine Side Effects

Kolakuši? said:

“Honorable president and colleguages, dear citizens of the European union.

President Macron, considering the many restrictions of citizen’s rights and freedoms in France during the pandemic, I ask you only one thing: while presiding over the EU, why are you doing the exact opposite of what you are doing in France?

On the other hand, today you said you are proud that there is no death penalty in Europe. Tens of thousands of citizens have died due to vaccine side-effects. Mandatory vaccines represent a death penalty and an execution for many citizens. That has to remain a choice for every citizen!

Murder is murder, those of you who don’t know that and have not educated yourselves, take a look at the the official data from the European Health Organisation (EMA).

Thankyou.”

Jan 25 08:34

Big Pharma Conglomerate with a Criminal Record: Pfizer “Takes Over” the EU Vaccine Market. 1.8 Billion Doses

There is evidence that Pfizer is routinely involved in bribing numerous politicians at the highest levels of government.

In turn, draconian governmental measures are being applied which consist in instructing people to take the mRNA vaccine, despite ample evidence that this so-called “vaccination program” has already resulted in countless deaths and injuries, most of which are documented by official statistics.

These shots are NOT vaccines. They are not meant to protect you against the virus.

And why on Earth would you trust a Big Pharma company which has a criminal record? Did you know that?

The media has failed to remind us that in 2009 Pfizer Inc. pleaded guilty to criminal charges. It was “The Largest Health Care Fraud Settlement” in the History of the U.S. Department of Justice.

And now Pfizer is upheld as a “Reliable Partner” by the President of the European Commission (EU) representing some 450 million citizens in the EU’s 27 countries.

Jan 25 08:17

The EU Gets it Right This Time

Jan 25 07:56

Lukashenko: USA wants to use Poland, Baltic states, Ukraine to start war

The United States of America wants to unleash a war using Poland, the Baltic states, Ukraine and the migrant crisis on the border of Belarus, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he spoke at a joint meeting of the Constitutional Commission and the working group on finalizing the new Constitution draft on 25 November, BelTA informs.

“They seek to get closer to Moscow. And this ‘balcony' here obstructs them, they need to cut it off. And they will cut it,” the head of state said.

The migrant crisis on the border of Belarus with the European Union is used as a pretext. “These poor people are looking for a hole to slip into, and so they chose Belarus. But the Poles immediately took advantage of this situation in a bid to achieve their strategic goals. Here it is, the stage of rebellion, or color revolution,” the Belarusian leader said.

Jan 25 07:53

Biden, NATO chief, NATO Quint, EU leaders jointly threaten Russia with reinforced eastern flank, “massive consequences”

For the army of scribblers who have recently made a cottage industry out of discovering fissures in the edifice of the U.S./NATO/EU triumvirate vis-a-vis Russia. Not that the following will in any fashion slow them down. The accursed monolith has been painstakingly crafted for over thirty years and won’t be dismantled without a comprehensive effort. The Russian government, through TASS, reacted to the Western threat by in part celebrating the withered olive branch of yet more negotiations over the West’s non-negotiable points offered by its friends, to which, aptly, a fable by the 18th Century Russian poet Krylov is appended below.

Jan 25 07:44

Goldman Sachs Warns Ukraine Conflict Risk Could Spark Doubling In EU NatGas Prices

Geopolitical tensions are soaring over Ukraine between Russia and the U.S. and its European allies. On Sunday, the U.S. ordered family members of the Kyiv embassy to evacuate after President Biden may deploy thousands of troops to Eastern Europe. NATO said on Monday it was putting forces on standby.

The impending threat of World War III has quashed demand for riskier assets such as bitcoin and technology stocks and supported demand for energy.

In particular, European natural gas soared 20% Monday as the increasing risk of conflict threatens fuel-starved Europe with supplies from Russia.

Jan 25 07:44

WHO Chief Says Europe Moving Towards Pandemic "Endgame"

Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization’s Europe director, says the continent is moving towards an “endgame” scenario, in another sign that Omicron heralds the beginning of the end of the pandemic.

Despite record cases being recorded in multiple different countries, Kluge told AFP that the milder nature of Omicron means COVID-19 could finally be on the path towards becoming endemic.

“It’s plausible that the region is moving towards a kind of pandemic endgame,” said Kluge.

“There will be for quite some weeks and months a global immunity, either thanks to the vaccine or because people have immunity due to the infection, and also lowering seasonality,” he added.

The health official predicted that there will now be a sustained period of declining case numbers, or “quiet” as he called it, before, “Covid-19 may come back towards the end of the year, but not necessarily the pandemic coming back.”

Jan 25 07:28

EU Diplomacy Chief Expresses Disinterest in Joining Biden’s Escalations Against Russia over Ukraine

President Joe Biden predicted last Wednesday that Russia “will move in” to Ukraine and take much of the country by force. Biden vowed harsh sanctions on Russia should war with Ukraine breakout. These threats of sanctions come as Moscow continually stresses that it has no plans or intentions of invading Ukraine, something that the majority of the EU recognizes but that the Anglo Alliance of Washington-London refuses to accept. None-the-less, it appears that the Anglo Alliance is hoping for a Russian mistake in Ukraine to justify a military intervention.

Biden announced on Sunday his consideration to send thousands of US troops, warships and aircraft to the Baltics and Eastern Europe amid rising tensions. The State Department issued Level 4 travel warnings for Russia and Ukraine, in addition to ordering diplomats’ family members to leave Ukraine. British diplomatic staff in Ukraine have also started to leave.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep, Europe does not want Biden's war with Russia. They are rightly concerned it will be fought on their territories.

Jan 25 07:19

REVEALED: The 60,000 US troops already based in Europe that Biden can use to defend Ukraine against Russia: President orders extra 8,500 US-based troops to be on standby to deploy and places USS Harry S Truman under NATO control

Nearly 64,000 U.S. troops stationed in Europe could be deployed to the continent's eastern flank if President Biden makes such a call to counter growing Russian aggression at the border with Ukraine.

The USS Harry S. Truman is already being placed under NATO command for the first time since the end of the Cold War, while 40 warships, 175 aircraft and 90 tanks situated throughout Europe could also be readied for conflict.

Biden has ordered 8,500 U.S.-based troops to stand ready to deploy to Eastern Europe, while military officials have presented him with a plan to send 50,000 more if the security situation deteriorates and Russia launches an invasion into Ukraine.

Jan 25 07:16

'New World Mental Disorder': America, Biden 'Not Invited' To Ukraine Summit

When President Trump-led America, the world did not like him, but they respected him - even feared him to a degree. Now that Biden has shown his weakness, even passive and meek European countries want no part of him - and so for the first time in forever, America is not invited to a major EU/Russian meeting about Ukraine.

Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France are planning to have discussions without the United States on Tuesday on the subject of eastern Ukraine, a source in Russian President Vladimir Putin's Administration said Saturday, according to Reuters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a major signal that NATO is not enthusiastic about taking part in a war between the US and Russia.

Jan 25 06:23

NATO announces major new deployment

NATO members will order more fleets and fighter planes into Eastern Europe amid a worsening standoff with Russia, with the bloc citing reports that Moscow is building up troops on its side of the Ukrainian border.

In a statement issued on Monday, the US-led military faction’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that he welcomed the commitment of “additional forces to NATO,” vowing that he will “continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all Allies, including by reinforcing the eastern part of the” bloc.

According to his comments, a handful of member states have made announcements that they will step up their current or upcoming deployments, including Denmark, which is sending a frigate to the Baltic Sea and four fighter jets to Lithuania “in support of NATO’s long-standing air-policing mission in the region.”

Jan 25 06:20

UK can join EU surveillance schemes with no parliamentary scrutiny, warns new report

The UK can join intrusive EU surveillance schemes including a pan-European network of police facial recognition databases with no need for parliamentary debate or scrutiny, says a new report published today by Statewatch.

The report examines the policing and security provisions of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), approved by MPs in December 2020 and MEPs in April 2021. [1]

Under the TCA, the UK has the ability to opt in to an extension of the ‘Prüm’ system, which enables cross-border searches of national police databases holding biometric and other data; [2] and a system for the mass surveillance and profiling of air passengers, which officials have indicated they are keen to extend to rail, road and sea transport. [3]

Jan 25 06:05

Ex-UN Expert: US-NATO Narrative of 'Russian Invasion' of Ukraine Has Turned Into 'Religious Dogma'

Retired UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order Alfred-Maurice de Zayas has sat down with Sputnik to discuss an ongoing anti-Russian campaign in the US and the EU promoting an evidence-free narrative of Moscow's alleged plan to invade Ukraine.

American and European media and policy-makers are continuing to ramp up the narrative of Russia's alleged preparations for an "invasion" of Ukraine, despite Moscow repeatedly shredding the assumption as groundless and nonsensical.

At the same time, the mainstream press in the West was quick to denounce French President Emmanuel Macron's proposal for Europe to negotiate a security order with Russia as "badly timed" and "suggest[ing] cracks in Western unity". Kay-Achim Schönbach, a vice-admiral in the German Navy, who said that the idea that Russia wanted to invade Ukraine was nonsense, was immediately pressured into quitting.

Jan 24 16:08

Biden orders 8,500 US troops to prepare to DEPLOY… Could send 50,000…

The Biden administration is ordering 8,500 U.S.-based troops to stand ready to deploy to Eastern Europe, the Pentagon announced on Monday.

‘This is really about getting folks ready to go,’ Defense Department spokesman John Kirby said during a press conference this afternoon. He said the majority of those troops would be ground forces.

Jan 24 14:38

Police all around the world are standing up to covid tyranny

Even some police officers in the U.K. are joining the fight against the government-led jab crusade, recognizing that they no longer work for We the People if they side with those committing crimes against humanity with their jab mandates.

“We promised to protect and serve the people, not the corrupt politicians,” explains a letter from Spanish police officers. “We feel very proud to be police, but real police, not hitmen of the government.”

Jan 24 11:01

EU Foreign Policy Chief Suggests US & UK Are 'Dramatizing' Ukraine Situation

Amid what appears to be the beginnings of a NATO military build-up in Eastern Europe in "response" to Russia's own troop placements near the Russia-Ukraine border, Moscow is continuing to urge the West to halt its "hysteria" - which itself is fueling the crisis.

It responded to NATO's fresh albeit very limited deployments of jets and ships Monday with the following: "As for specific actions, we see statements by the North Atlantic Alliance about reinforcement, pulling forces and resources to the eastern flank. All this leads to the fact that tensions are growing," according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

"This is not happening because of what we, Russia, are doing. This is all happening because of what NATO and the U.S. are doing and due to the information they are spreading." Peskov denounced what he dubbed the "information hysteria" emanating from the US and West.

Jan 24 11:00

NATO Puts Forces On Standby, Deploys More Jets & Ships - Russia Responds With 20 Warships In Baltic

On Monday NATO announced it has put its forces on "standby" while initiating deployment of additional ships and fighter jets to Eastern Europe. "NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all Allies, including by reinforcing the eastern part of the Alliance," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement.

"We will always respond to any deterioration of our security environment, including through strengthening our collective defense," Stoltenberg added, while discussing the ongoing Russia-Ukraine showdown, which the Kremlin has denounced as hype and based on false allegations it's planning an invasion. The Kremlin has further reiterated its plea for Western countries to stop the "hysteria", which itself is hyping the crisis further. One NATO diplomat has been cited in reports Monday saying the Biden administration is mulling a move to transfer some troops from Western Europe to Eastern Europe in the coming weeks.

Jan 24 10:35

Anti-lockdown protesters smash EU diplomatic service HQ (VIDEOS)

Chaotic scenes unfolded on the streets of the Belgian capital, Brussels, on Sunday, as thousands of protesters joined a mass march against Covid-19 health passes and other restrictions introduced by European governments in the name of combating the pandemic.

Videos captured by RT France journalist Charles Baudry showed white-helmeted police officers in riot gear blocking streets with barricades and deploying water cannons to disperse the crowds. All the while, black-clad masked protesters were pelting the police with various projectiles, including planks they had apparently acquired from demolishing a café’s terrace.

Jan 24 08:27

How Emmanuel Macron can end the threat of war in Europe

President Emmanuel Macron of France can end the present threat of war in Europe with just four words: J’ai dit: Non (“I have said: No”). These were the words of his great predecessor, President Charles de Gaulle, when he announced in 1963 that he had vetoed (quite rightly, as it now appears) Britain’s application to join the European Common Market. In the present context, Macron can use them to declare that he will veto, and he expects his successors to veto, any Ukrainian application to join NATO.

Jan 24 08:24

Covid: These European Countries That Are Ending Restrictions And Abandoning The Health Pass

While France will set up, from January 24, 2022, a new restrictive measure faced with the Covid-19 epidemic, some European countries prefer to put end to restrictions and in particular to sanitary pass which was previously in effect. Indeed, the variant Omicron changes the game, because despite a record number of contaminations worldwide, this variant is less dangerous than the Delta. In France, critical care hospitalizations have been falling for a week. It was at this moment that the French government chose to impose the pass vaccinal, while other countries make the opposite choice and want living with the virus.

Jan 24 08:19

Riot police blast protestors with water cannon and tear gas as thousands march through Brussels demanding end to tough COVID rules as Omicron 'tsunami' hits Belgium with more than 60,000 cases a day

Belgian police resorted to firing powerful water cannons and using tear gas to control mass demonstrations in Brussels against the EU nation's Covid-19 restrictions earlier today.

Today's protest saw up to 50,000 people demonstrating in the capital of the European Union, including many who had travelled from France, Germany and other European countries to take part and voice their anger.

Protesters yelled 'Liberty!' as they marched through the streets of Brussels and clashed violently with police, while videos emerged of black-clad protesters attacking a building used by the European Union's diplomatic service, hurling projectiles at its entrance and smashing windows.

Jan 24 08:10

US considers deploying American troops in Baltics, Eastern Europe — NY Times daily

US President Joe Biden considers deploying ‘several thousand’ of American troops in the Baltic States and in the east of Europe, New York Times daily reported citing its unnamed sources in the US administration.

"President Biden is considering deploying several thousand US troops, as well as warships and aircraft, to NATO allies in the Baltics and Eastern Europe, an expansion of American military involvement amid mounting fears of a Russian incursion into Ukraine, according to administration officials," the daily reported.

Jan 24 08:04

EU’s top diplomat reveals what he thinks about protesters attacking his building

The head of the European Union’s External Action Service on Sunday said that he “strongly condemns” what he called “senseless destruction and violence” after his agency’s headquarters were attacked by an angry mob during a massive anti-lockdown rally.

Borrell also thanked the police for their actions during the incident. The top diplomat also posted a picture of himself inside what appears to be the EU diplomatic service’s office. The photo shows large impact marks left on the office’s glass walls in the wake of an apparent attack.

Videos published earlier on Sunday showed black-clad masked protesters pelting the entrance to the agency’s headquarters with various projectiles and even using some wooden planks to break inside as a group of police officers entrenched in the building sought to stop the crowd with tear gas.

Jan 24 07:56

Manifestation européenne à #Bruxelles en #Belgique contre les mesures sanitaires #COVID19 / le #PassSanitaire / #PassVaccinal. Nombreuses personnes présentes venues des quatre coins de l’#Europe.

European demonstration in #Brussels in #Belgium against #COVID19 health measures / the #PassSanitaire / #PassVaccinal. Many people present from all over #Europe.

Jan 24 07:17

Riot police blast protestors with water cannon and tear gas as thousands march through Brussels demanding end to tough COVID rules as Omicron 'tsunami' hits Belgium with more than 60,000 cases a day

Belgian police resorted to firing powerful water cannons and using tear gas to control mass demonstrations in Brussels against the EU nation's Covid-19 restrictions earlier today.

Today's protest saw up to 50,000 people demonstrating in the capital of the European Union, including many who had travelled from France, Germany and other European countries to take part and voice their anger.

Protesters yelled 'Liberty!' as they marched through the streets of Brussels and clashed violently with police, while videos emerged of black-clad protesters attacking a building used by the European Union's diplomatic service, hurling projectiles at its entrance and smashing windows.

Jan 24 06:35

NATO Sends Additional Ships, Fighter Jets to Eastern Europe Amid Ukraine Tensions

The Pentagon earlier reportedly proposed that US President Joe Biden deploy up to 5,000 additional troops to Eastern Europe. The proposed deployment did not affect Ukraine, which Washington claims is facing the threat of a Russian "invasion". Moscow has repeatedly rejected these allegations.

NATO has announced that it is putting its troops on standby and sending additional ships and fighter jets to the sites of the alliance's deployment in Eastern Europe. According to the bloc's statement the move was prompted by Russia's allegedly continuing "military build-up in and around Ukraine".

"NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all Allies, including by reinforcing the eastern part of the Alliance. We will always respond to any deterioration of our security environment, including through strengthening our collective defence", NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

Jan 24 06:33

EU Diplomats Not Going to Leave Ukraine, Borrell Says

The European Union will find out from US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken why the US has decided to evacuate some of its diplomats from Ukraine, foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday, adding that EU diplomats will not leave Ukraine.

"We are not going to do the same thing because, we don’t know any specific reasons, but Secretary Blinken will inform us and we don’t have to dramatise, as far as negotiations are going I don’t think we will leave Ukraine", Borrell said ahead of the EU foreign affairs council.

Jan 24 06:28

Ukraine must do one big thing before it can be allowed into NATO – bloc member

Hungary’s foreign minister has offered the Ukrainian government advice on joining NATO, saying that it needs to better respect the rights of minority populations if it wants to eventually be let into the military bloc.

In an interview published by TASS on Thursday, Peter Szijjarto said that Kiev still has plenty of issues to resolve before it could be inducted into NATO. “The Ukrainians need to make many serious changes, if they are seriously thinking about Euro Atlantic integration,” he explained. “I can speak concretely about one area: respecting the rights of national minorities. Because right now Ukraine has plenty of problems there.”

Jan 24 06:27

Serbian president accuses Western NGOs of attempt to topple govt

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has brushed aside denials by Western governments that it was they who had funded the environmental protests that forced Belgrade to scrap an ambitious mining project.

He doubled down on the accusations made by his prime minister, saying that those who had provided the funds for the demonstrations through various NGOs had sought to damage his administration.

“Those foreign foundations are helping to topple the government in Serbia,” he said in an interview with local media. “These protests have nothing to do with the environment.”

Vucic was referring to the plans of the Anglo-Australian minerals conglomerate Rio Tinto to build a lithium mine near the city of Loznica, in western Serbia.

Jan 24 06:15

US Orders Families Of Diplomats To "Immediately" Leave Ukraine As Biden Weighs Deploying Thousands Of Troops To Eastern Europe

On Friday we said, half-jokingly, that it feels like a false-flaggy weekend...

... and while so far luckily World War III fighting has not erupted (even if the German head of the navy lost his job for telling the truth), moments ago the US has once again done everything in its power to further inflame tensions when it ordered family members of US government workers at the US embassy in Kyiv to leave Ukraine “due to the continued threat of Russian military action,” the State Department said Sunday.

Jan 24 06:08

Envoy: US Will Sanction Those Who Undermine Peace in Bosnia

The United States remains committed to Bosnia and will continue to impose sanctions on individuals who engage in corruption and “sow divisions” in the Balkan nation, which has never fully recovered from its brutal 1992-95 war, a top U.S. official said Friday.

“Across 26 years, the United States has stood by the people (of Bosnia). Initially, back in the day, through war, over this last quarter century through peace, and we stand with you now,” said Samantha Power, the administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Power, the first U.S. official to visit the Balkan country after the U.S. recently slapped new sanctions on Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, added that more sanctions would be coming against others who engage in corruption and threaten to undermine the U.S.-brokered peace accord for Bosnia.

Jan 23 06:43

Allied Spirit 22 Kicks Off

Exercise Allied Spirit 22 kicked off in earnest Jan. 21 as soldiers transitioned into the force-on-force phase at the 7th Army Training Command’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center at Hohenfels, Germany.

Approximately 5,200 soldiers from 15 nations including Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States are participating in the exercising from Jan. 21 to Feb. 5.

Joint Multinational Readiness Center hosts Allied Spirit, a training exercise designed to enable integration between allies and partners in a competitive combat training environment. Unlike the Saber Junction and Combined Resolve series at JMRC, which feature U.S. brigade combat teams in a lead role augmented by allies and partners, Allied Spirit places an allied unit as the main training audience.

Jan 23 06:42

Liz Truss forging Britain-Poland-Ukraine axis aimed at Russia

Experts from the NGO Council on Geostrategy have already developed a geopolitical map of a possible new geopolitical association

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom Liz Truss reported on the development of relations with Ukraine and Poland in the context of countering the Russian threat. This was stated by Truss during a speech at the Lowy Institute…according to the press service of the British government.

“This week, the United Kingdom announced a new package of training, support and…weapons for Ukraine to boost their…capabilities. And we’re working with our partners on high impact measures targeting the Russian financial sector, and individuals. We’re also strengthening our bilateral partnership following high-level talks in London in December – and we’re fostering new trilateral ties with Poland and Ukraine,” Truss stated.

Jan 22 06:55

US carrier heads to surprise NATO wargames

The nuclear-powered fleet aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman will take part in next week’s NATO exercise in the Mediterranean Sea dubbed “Neptune Strike ‘22,” the Pentagon has announced.

The 12-day exercise kicks off Monday and is supposed to “demonstrate NATO's ability to integrate the high-end maritime strike capabilities of an aircraft carrier strike group to support the deterrence and defense of the alliance,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters Friday.

Though the Truman and its strike group will be placed “under NATO operational control,” the overall command of the exercise will be in the hands of Vice Admiral Eugene H. Black III, who commands the US Navy’s 6th Fleet.

Jan 21 13:59

France ready to send NATO troops to Romania

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, announced on Wednesday, January 19, that France would send troops to Romania as part of NATO operations to ensure the security of the eastern alliance states, G4media.ro reported.

The statement comes amid a security crisis on NATO's eastern flank.

"We have sent troops to ensure the security of our European partners in NATO missions, to our friends in the Baltic area, and we will continue to do so. We have shown our readiness to move forward, within NATO, to engage in new missions and to take responsibility for "enhanced advanced presence" missions, especially in Romania. Solidarity with our European friends in NATO," said the French president.

Jan 21 13:57

Russia wants NATO forces to leave Romania, Bulgaria - foreign ministry

The security guarantees that Russia seeks from the West include provisions requiring NATO forces to leave Romania and Bulgaria, the Russian foreign ministry said on Friday.

Jan 21 10:04

UK Might Dispatch Hundreds of Troops to NATO Countries Near Ukraine, Reports Say

London is considering the possibility of sending hundreds more troops to allied countries neighboring Ukraine as a "deterrent" to Russia, thereby beefing up the UK's contribution to NATO's operations in the region, The Times reported on Friday, citing defense sources.

The alliance members have reportedly held high-level talks about bolstering their military presence in the Baltic States and Poland right after UK Foreign Minister Liz Truss warned Russian President Vladimir Putin to "step back from Ukraine before he makes a massive strategic mistake", as quoted by The Times.

Currently, the United Kingdom leads a NATO battle group of 1,200 troops in Estonia, where it has tanks, armoured vehicles, air defence systems, and intelligence assets, according to the media. Poland hosts 140 UK troops as part of NATO's mission too.

Jan 21 06:59

CIA chief William Burns made secret visit to Europe ahead of Secretary of State Blinken's trip as part of effort to drum up support for tough response if Moscow invades Ukraine

The head of the CIA quietly visited Europe ahead of Secretary of State Antony Blinken's trip this week as Washington tries to rally allies around a tough response against Moscow if Vladimir Putin presses ahead with plans to invade Ukraine.

Senior figures have become increasingly concerned that countries including France and Germany may pursue their own path because of closer economic ties with Russia.

The diplomatic push took on even greater urgency on Thursday, a day after President Biden said he believed Putin would press ahead with an invasion.

Jan 21 06:54

Stoltenberg Says NATO Helping Train Ukraine Forces to Resist Russia

NATO is helping train Ukrainian forces to resist a possible Russian invasion of their country, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.

“We are training, helping Ukraine with equipment, training their forces so they can resist. They have an inherent right for self defense,” Stoltenberg told CNN in response to a question about what he wishes to convey to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Stoltenberg explained Russia says it wants less NATO presence, but its aggressive actions are leading to the opposite situation and the alliance is currently considering deploying more troops the eastern flank.

The NATO allies are united and have sent a clear message Russia will pay a high price if it further invades Ukraine, Stoltenberg said.

Jan 21 06:53

Albania: NATO acquires, to upgrade air base in ninth Eastern European nation

In recent months NATO and the U.S. have announced securing new air bases in Latvia, Hungary, Slovakia and Albania. Those acquisitions are in addition to U.S./NATO air bases in Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania. The latter airfields have been modernized and expanded as will no doubt. the newer ones. That accounts for nine of the fourteen Eastern European nations inducted into NATO in the past twenty-three years. Only the Czech Republic (to the best of one’s knowledge) and the former Yugoslav republics of Croatia, (North) Macedonia, Montenegro (population: 620,000) and Slovenia haven’t provided NATO with air bases for use against Russia and Belarus to date. (The Pentagon is moving a forward-based special operations forces headquarters to Albania as well.)

Jan 21 06:52

Brzezinski clan returns to Poland after 84 years to subvert Belarus, boost NATO

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by brother Ian and insufferable sister Mika and her spouse.

Mark Brzezinski sworn in as new US ambassador to Poland

Brzezinski, who was last month approved by the US Senate to serve as the country’s next envoy to Warsaw, took his oath of office from Vice President Kamala Harris during a ceremony at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington on Wednesday….

He is expected to arrive in Warsaw later this week.

Jan 21 06:51

Tucker: Here's what America should learn from Hungary

Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto discusses country's border policies on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Jan 21 06:50

Macron Wants Abortion Added to EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights

French President Emmanuel Macron has called for the right to abortion to be added to the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights.

“The right to abortion” should be added to the EU’s legally binding Charter of Fundamental Rights, according to French President Emmanuel Macron.

Macron’s suggestion — which will no doubt raise the ire of Malta, Poland and Hungary — comes shortly after Roberta Metsola, a pro-life MEP, was elected President of the European Parliament.

Jan 21 06:44

Spain Sends Warships to Black Sea, Considers Sending Warplanes

Spain has sent warships to join NATO naval forces in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea as tension in the region rises over the Russian military build-up on the Ukrainian border, Defence Minister Margarita Robles said on Thursday.

A mine-sweeper is already en route and a frigate will sail within three or four days, Robles told reporters. The Madrid government is also considering sending fighter jets to Bulgaria, she said.

"Russia cannot tell any country what to do, so NATO will protect and defend the sovereignty of any country that can or wants to join NATO," she said.

Spain's preference was for an "exclusively diplomatic response" to resolving the conflict, she added.

Jan 21 06:00

BRZEZINSKI BECOMES US AMBASSADOR TO POLAND

Mark Brzezinski, son of former US national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, has been sworn in as US ambassador to Poland. Vice President Kamala Harris conducted the ceremony on Wednesday, which was attended by Brzezinski’s sister Mika and brother-in-law Joe Scarborough, both hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Brzezinski, who previously served as US ambassador to Sweden from 2011 to 2015, was nominated for the position in August and confirmed by the Senate last month.

His father, Zbigniew, served as the national security advisor under former president Jimmy Carter and was well known as the architect of the Grand Chessboard theory of geostrategic power. The elder Brzezinski viewed the Eurasian continent as the fulcrum of world power and believed it was in the best interests of the US to control it, given its richness in natural resources, physical wealth, and population.

Jan 20 15:51

U.S. clears Baltic states to send U.S.-made weapons to Ukraine

The U.S. State Department has cleared Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to send U.S.-made missiles and other weapons to Ukraine, three sources familiar with the decision said, as President Joe Biden predicted Russia would move on Ukraine.

Jan 20 13:41

NATO teases massive Arctic drill

NATO allies and partners will soon hold massive war games in the European Arctic involving the US Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 8, the country’s mission to the military bloc has said. The reminder comes amid tensions with Russia over NATO’s enlargement on the continent, which Moscow considers a threat to its national security.

The Cold Response is scheduled to launch in March and will bring together “35,000 soldiers from 28 nations,” the American mission tweeted on Wednesday.

Jan 20 12:08

France calls for new 'European order'

French leader Emmanuel Macron, has marked the start of his country’s presidency of the EU by calling for a “frank” dialogue with Russia, which he deemed necessary for building a new rules-based “European order.”

“Our continent’s security requires strategic rearmament of our Europe as a force of peace and balance, particularly in our dialogue with Russia,” Macron said in a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

He explained he has been making this point “for several years.”

Jan 20 12:03

COVID-19: Van Gogh Museum offers haircuts, manicures in protest of Dutch lockdown

Jan 20 11:17

NATO’s northeast spearhead states speak of imminent war

Estonian Defense Forces commander: There will likely be war in Ukraine soon

Threat of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine is “Serious” Says Polish Deputy FM

Canada, echoing U.S., says it fears armed conflict could erupt in Ukraine

Jan 20 11:13

NATO Military Liaison Officer in Kyiv

NATO has a military officer in Kyiv as part of the NATO Liaison Office (NLO). This officer and his staff focus at the military aspects of the NLO's mission in Ukraine. This webpage gives further information on these military aspects.

The NATO Liaison Office (NLO) was established in Kyiv in April 1999 to facilitate Ukraine's participation in the Partnership for Peace and to support Ukrainian efforts in the area of defence reform.

NATO and Ukraine are working to deepen and expand their partnership and create a strong framework for cooperation. This will include intensified consultations and cooperation on political, economic and defence issues, with a view to raising the relationship to a qualitatively new level.

Jan 20 11:06

‘One-sided, incendiary’: Russian diplomat slams NATO’s space policy paper

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova took NATO to task over its space policy paper at a briefing on Thursday, branding it as slanted and incendiary.

According to her, the document entitled NATO’s Overarching Space Policy, which was published on January 17, covers the Western-led bloc’s priorities in space.

"The document is one-sided and in fact incendiary as it is based on destructive beliefs of the US-led NATO members who have an important role in space," Zakharova emphasized.

She added that by releasing the document, NATO sought to legitimize the use of force in outer space, which ran counter to the international community’s efforts to prevent an arms race in space. "That said, the alliance is turning outer space into a battlefield," the Russian diplomat noted.

Jan 20 10:55

Finland's PM Says NATO Membership Is 'Very Unlikely' in Her Current Term

Finland does not plan to join NATO in the near future but is ready to stand with its European allies and United States by imposing tough sanctions on Russia if it attacks Ukraine, Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Wednesday.

"It would have a very substantial impact and the sanctions would be extremely tough," Marin told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.

Marin said it is "very unlikely" that Finland would apply for a NATO membership during her current term of office.

The Nordic country shares a 1,340 km (833 mile) border and a difficult history with Russia and the Soviet Union, including clashing during World War Two, but has opted to only cooperate with the Western security alliance instead of joining it.

Jan 20 10:27

Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia Waiting for US Approval to Send Weapons to Ukraine - Reports

Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia are waiting for US approval to send American-made lethal weapons to Ukraine in order to deter an alleged Russian invasion, Politico reported on Wednesday.

The three Baltic countries are prepared to transfer weapons such as anti-armor and ground-to-air missiles to Ukraine, the report said citing officials from the countries and people familiar with the matter.

Sen. Jim Risch, who is the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told Politico he hopes the Biden administration will immediately approve the transfer of weapons to Ukraine.

Jan 20 10:15

'There are no minor incursions' pleads Ukraine leader after Biden remarks

Western countries sought to project unity over Ukraine on Thursday, after U.S. President Joe Biden suggested allies were split over how to react to any "minor incursion" from Russia, prompting Kyiv's leader to plead that there was no such thing.

Jan 20 10:14

Top US, European diplomats hold talks on Ukraine crisis

Top American and European diplomats are meeting in Berlin on Thursday as the allies seek to project a united front to Russia over concerns that it may be planning an invasion of Ukraine.

Russia has massed an estimated 100,000 troops near Ukraine, and U.S. President Joe Biden said Wednesday he thinks Moscow will invade. He warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country would pay a “dear price” in lives lost and a possible cutoff from the global banking system if it does.

Against that backdrop, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held talks Thursday with diplomats from Germany, France and Britain — a so-called Quad meeting. A day earlier, he met Ukraine’s president in Kyiv to discuss the threat.

Russia has denied it is planning an invasion and has, in turn, accused the West of plotting “provocations” in Ukraine, citing the delivery of weapons to the country by British military transport planes in recent days.

Jan 20 07:14

Biden lays bare Nato divide over Russian aggression against Ukraine

Joe Biden confirmed at his press conference on Wednesday what has been apparent for weeks – Nato remains divided over how to respond to Russian aggression against Ukraine.

His admission of a split was overshadowed by his passing remark that a minor incursion would be treated differently to a full-scale invasion. The White House afterwards clarified that a minor incursion meant cyber-attacks, as opposed to a movement of Russian troops into Ukraine sovereign territory.

None of this is academic since Biden said he thought Vladimir Putin would risk an invasion, however much Nato tried to change the Russian president’s calculus with threats.

The greatest tension over the correct response is between the US and Germany, hence the visit of the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, to Berlin on Thursday before a meeting with Russian officials in Geneva.

Jan 19 17:02

Moldova declares state of emergency

The government of Moldova has declared a new 60-day state of emergency, following a warning from Russian energy firm Gazprom that it could halt gas deliveries to the country due to unpaid bills.

Prime Minister Natalia Gavrili?a announced the news at a cabinet session on Wednesday, saying, “the decision has been approved. It must now be confirmed by parliament. After that, an emergency commission will take full measures to ensure that consumers have uninterrupted access to gas.”

Jan 19 14:35

TUCKER COVERS THE EUROPEAN PROTESTS 1/18/2022

Jan 19 13:08

Huge victory in Czech Republic…

JUST IN – Vaccination against COVID will not become mandatory in the Czech Republic, Prime Minister Petr Fiala said today at a press conference.

Jan 19 11:28

US seeking ways to profit should Russia-Ukraine conflict break out – reports

The US State Department has reportedly held talks with international energy majors on the possibility of contingency supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe if conflict between Russia and Ukraine disrupts deliveries.

Over the past several months, the White House has repeatedly expressed the concern that Russia is preparing to launch a military assault on Ukraine. Russia has made it clear it has no such plans.

The US administration has threatened Moscow with another round of “crippling” sanctions in the event of a conflict between the neighboring states.

The imposition of penalties could disrupt the supply of Russian LNG to Europe, which accounts for about a third of European energy imports, and would inevitably exacerbate the energy crisis that has recently hit the region.

Jan 19 10:48

NATO Signs Deal With Ukraine To Deepen Cyber Cooperation

Early this week NATO signed a new deal with Ukraine to boost cyber cooperation amid simmering tensions with Russia.

Ukraine and NATO first signed a technology-related agreement in 2015, and cooperation has increased over the years. The new deal aims to help Ukraine’s military modernize its information technology and communications services.

Jan 19 09:29

PROF. PERRONNE AT LUXEMBOURG PARLIAMENT HEARING ON VACCINATING CHILDREN

Jan 19 09:05

Challenge for World Peace… the United States and NATO Are Incapable of Disarming Cold War Mentality

Russia will have to be on guard and use counter-force to prevent any reckless offensive conduct by the United States and its European minions.

The dangerous tensions that have escalated between the United States, NATO and Russia pose a grave threat to world peace. It’s important to remember that the series of high-level talks convened this week in three European cities was initiated by Russia. Moscow put forward stern proposals for a clearer security arrangement in Europe between the U.S.-led NATO military bloc and Russia.

Those proposals include no further eastward expansion of NATO and a rollback of forces and U.S. strike weapons from eastern European states that joined the military alliance after 1997 – Poland, the Baltic states and other former members of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. Other proposals include agreed limits to military exercises in the region.

Jan 19 09:05

US Imperialism and European Vassals are Real Enemies of Europe

Russia finds itself in a fiendish situation, one that’s almost laughable if it were not so dangerous. One where the right to defence is distorted as an offense, and vice versa.
And then on top of that, there is a slippery slide towards conflict because Russia is dealing with American and European idiots who have no mental brakes.

Here’s the theatre of absurd in a nutshell: Moscow is warned by American and European hotheads that if it escalates tensions over Ukraine then Russia will face severe consequences.

US undersecretary of state Victoria Nuland sounded gung-ho when she told media that there would be “very sharp and very fast pain” for Russia “if it makes a move” that is perceived to be hostile to Ukraine.

The Biden White House has been threatening to cut Russia off from international banking systems. That would be tantamount to declaring war.

Jan 19 09:04

European Parliament elects first female president in 20 years

Maltese lawmaker Roberta Metsola has been appointed to the largely ceremonial role of presiding over the EU Parliament, succeeding Italian politician David Sassoli, who passed away at the age of 65 earlier this month.

Metsola, 42, who has been serving as a member of the European Parliament for Malta since 2013, is its first Maltese president. Prior to that, she served as the first vice president of the European Parliament during Sassoli’s tenure.

In a video posted to Twitter ahead of her election, Metsola said it was “time that the European Parliament is led by a woman,” so the EU can send a positive message to “every single young girl” across the continent.

Jan 19 08:51

Blinken meets Zelensky in Ukraine tomorrow, NATO Quad in Berlin after

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Kyiv and Berlin from January 18-20, 2022….

“Secretary Blinken will begin his trip in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he will meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on January 19 to reinforce the United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the Department of State’s Spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.

The trip follows extensive diplomacy with America’s European Allies and partners about a “united approach to address the threat Russia poses to Ukraine and our joint efforts to encourage it to choose diplomacy and de-escalation in the interests of security and stability.”

Jan 19 08:50

Coordinating plans along NATO’s eastern flank: chief of Polish general staff in Georgia

The Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland is paying an official visit to Georgia. General Raimund Andjejak is hosted by the Commander of the Georgian Defense Forces, Major General Giorgi Matiashvili. After the official welcoming ceremony held at the General Staff training ground at the Ministry of Defense, the Georgian and Polish counterparts discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation in a face-to-face meeting. Major General Giorgi Matiashvili thanked the Polish side for its unwavering political support to Georgia and assistance in the field of defense and expressed hope for deepening cooperation.

Jan 19 08:40

The US Plan of an Afghanistan Inside Europe

Soldiers in war gear and armored fighting vehicles have been deployed by Sweden on Gotland, the island in the Baltic Sea 90 km from its eastern coasts. The Ministry of Defense declares that it has done so in order to defend the island from threatening Russian landing ships crossing the Baltic Sea. Thus Sweden also contributes, as a partner, to the frantic US-NATO campaign which, inverting reality, presents Russia as an aggressive power preparing to invade Europe.

130 km east of Gotland, Latvia is on alert, together with Lithuania and Estonia, against the invented enemy that is about to invade. As a “defense against the Russian threat”, NATO has deployed four multinational battalions in the three Baltic republics and in Poland. Italy participates in the one in Latvia, with hundreds of soldiers and armored vehicles.

Jan 19 08:34

Impossible to Switch Off Nord Stream 2, Gas Deliveries Have Not Started Yet, Moscow Says

It is impossible to switch off the Nord Stream 2 project as gas deliveries have not started yet, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday, adding that this kind of situation has a negative impact on European consumers.

"Russia is regularly, daily threatened by someone. The commercial international project Nord Stream 2 cannot be turned off, because it has not yet been turned on," Peskov told reporters when asked about German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s statement on the possibility of switching off the project in case of escalation in Ukraine.

Peskov went on to say that the situation in Ukraine is tense and additional deliveries of weapons there may escalate it further.

“As for the tense situation in Ukraine, it is indeed very, very tense. We see the supply of weapons there, we see various maneuvers, flights of aircraft from NATO and Western European countries. This is all leading to tensions around Ukraine," Peskov told reporters.

Jan 19 08:26

Russia-US Security Talks: Is Ukraine Vital for NATO?

Russia's security talks with the US, NATO and OSCE have opened doors to further set of negotiations, says German academic Tim Buthe, suggesting that further consultations could possibly break the ice.

A series of Russian meetings with the US, NATO and OSCE over Moscow's security proposals took part last week in Geneva, Brussels and Vienna, respectively. While a number of gaps have not been bridged, the sides clearly and frankly articulated their positions and signalled an openness for more talks. Russia's security proposals include legally binding guarantees of NATO's non-expansion eastward and a pull-out of the bloc's forces from member states that have joined it since 1997, among other measures.

Jan 19 08:24

How the EU found itself excluded from talks on deciding Europe's future

The EU has hit out after it was effectively excluded from security talks between Russia and the US. The fate of the world may have once been decided in Western European capitals, but now it seems to be out of their hands.

However, it seems increasingly clear that the bloc only has itself to blame for the fact its members no longer have a seat at the top table, leaving them the subject of discussions, rather than the driver of them.

In advance of the talks last week, Washington rhetorically agreed that European security cannot be decided over the heads of the EU and Ukraine, before then simply going ahead with the bilateral US-Russia format. Simply put, Washington cannot do diplomacy with Eurocrats in the room.

Jan 19 08:15

Spanish Police Declare Resistance To Covid Tyranny and Corruption

Readers may be interested in this piece (Google will translate it into English if the link takes you to a Spanish version), Cops for Freedom, the deniers within law enforcement led by a quantum healer. It’s worth reading for the more sophisticated way they trash this group of police, labelling them as essentially a dangerous cult. One of them is, gasp!, a quantum healer. As we are moving into a quantum system of just about everything, including finance and medicine, this guy might very well be ahead of his time.

Jan 19 07:38

US tells Israel it no longer supports EastMed pipeline project: Report

The Biden administration has informed Israel, Greece, and Cyprus in recent weeks that the US no longer supports the proposed EastMed natural gas pipeline from Israel to Europe, a diplomatic source told the Jerusalem Post.

State Department officials conveyed the new position to the Israeli foreign ministry, a diplomatic source in Jerusalem confirmed to the newspaper on Tuesday.

Middle East Eye reported earlier this month that Washington had silently abandoned the pipeline project, sending Greece its concerns about it in a "non-paper", an unofficial diplomatic correspondence.

Jan 19 07:10

EU explains position on new Russia sanctions

The EU’s most senior diplomat Josep Borrell has ruled out the introduction of “preventive sanctions” against Russia over the situation in Ukraine, clarifying that any measures would only be implemented in case of an actual attack.

Borrell’s comments come as tensions on the Russian frontier with Ukraine remain high and as Moscow stands accused of placing over 100,000 troops in the area in preparation for an invasion. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied these suggestions.

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Europe is sending a signal that they do not want a war.

Jan 19 07:05

Even Without War, Russia Has Defeated Europe Already

Whether or not Vladimir Putin moves his troops into Ukraine, he has once again confronted Europe with a most painful reality: while being too weak to defend itself, it can no longer rely on the United States to come to its rescue.

We are facing a reality in which Russia, despite its economy only having the size of Italy's, can bully and intimidate a continent thanks to its energy reserves and its readiness to project vast military power.

Sure, any Russian invasion of Ukraine would cost Russia a fortune and likely degrade into a grinding war of attrition. Invasion is unlikely to be president Putin's preferred option. Yet, this game of brinkmanship has another part of the equation. If Russia invades Ukraine, the costs for Europe will be equally devastating.

It will force gas-addicted European countries to find expensive alternatives and to severe billions in infrastructure, from pipelines, over pumping stations, to dedicated storages.

Jan 18 13:44

NATO mounting build-up near Belarus, Russia claims

Amid heightened tensions with NATO, Moscow has vowed that it will not turn a blind eye to the US-led military bloc’s purported build-up near Belarus, as Russian officials seek responses to their proposed security guarantees.

Speaking as part of an interview with TASS published on Tuesday, Russia’s ambassador to Minsk, Boris Gryzlov, remarked “we see that the build-up of NATO forces and resources, in fact, does not stop at our gates.”

He continued, stating that during the migrant crisis, when thousands of would-be asylum seekers from troubled nations, mainly in the Middle East, attempted to cross over from the former Soviet republic into EU states, additional forces, including heavy weapons were moved to the Belarusian border from Poland.

Jan 18 07:23

Drone Sightings Above Swedish Nuclear Power Plants Trigger Investigation

Sweden has been noticing strange sightings around its three nuclear power plants. And while sightings like these might not receive attention outside of the local press, the tensions with Russia across the Baltic Sea has made the situation particularly tense.

Following sightings of large drones flying above all three of Sweden's nuclear power plants, Swedish police deployed patrols and helicopters to the Forsmark nuclear plant north of Stockholm to look for evidence of the drones. Unfortunately, the patrol came back empty-handed.

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