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Nov 15 13:19

EU Approves New Sanctions On Belarus As Latvia Starts Military Drills Near Border

European Union foreign ministers are expected to approve measures to widen sanctions on Belarus, including the targeting of national airlines and even travel agents identified as facilitating the mass transit of Middle East asylum seekers toward EU borders. The fresh sanctions come days after President Alexander Lukashenko threatened to cut off natural gas supplies which run through Belarus to Europe - a threat which Russia immediately distanced itself from.

Poland's Defense Ministry on Monday decried that "More and more groups of migrants are being brought to the Kuznica border crossing by Belarusian forces," which appeared to be confirmed in the latest videos widely circulating on social media. Deputy Interior Minister Maciej Wasik said there are currently "thousands of migrants" at the crossing, with officials still warning about the prospect of armed confrontation. On this note, some newly emerged videos appear to show shots fired at the border...

Nov 15 08:42

EXCLUSIVE: Poland is braced for major attack by 'weaponised' migrants from Belarus TONIGHT: New column of desperate Middle East refugees is headed to border after some were ARMED by dictator's troops

Poland is braced for a major assault by migrants on its frontier with Belarus tonight after receiving intelligence of a huge build up of enemy troops.

Polish Border Force guards claim their Belarusian counterparts are issuing the thousands of stranded migrants with instructions, equipment and weapons to force their way into the EU.

The attack is believed to be planned for frontier at Kuznica, one of two main crossing points from Poland to Belarus.

Nov 15 08:07

Hundreds of migrants break through Belarusian border fence as Polish guards rush to stop them in latest frontier flashpoint: EU to sanction defiant Lukashenko who vows 'we will defend ourselves'

Hundreds of migrants have broken through a Belarusian border fence with Polish guards rushing to stop them in the latest flashpoint on the tense frontier.

Videos taken near the Kuznica border crossing point on Monday showed hundreds of people - the majority of whom appeared to be young men - pushing their way through a broken fence towards a smaller barbed wire barricade where polish border police in riot uniforms confronted them.

More footage showed a Polish helicopter hovering overhead as dozens of soldiers joined police in keeping the migrants back, who appeared to be staging a sit-down protest on the Polish side of the crossing.

Nov 15 08:03

Today Russia Is More Free Than the "Free World"

Americans and the people of Great Britain, Europe, Canada, and Australia have heard for decades that they live in “the free world.” This world contrasted to the Soviet world where civil liberty was replaced with internal passports, with punishments for criticizing authorities and disagreeing with the narrative, and with mandates issued by a dictator instead of laws from elected representatives.

It is ironic that today it is the Western World that has the characteristics that were assigned to life under Soviet Rule–internal Covid passports, censorship for speaking truth, and now, today (Nov 14, 2021), the Chancellor of Austria, a “free country,” ordered one-third of Austrian citizens under home arrest. They are lock-downed beginning tomorrow (Monday).

Nov 15 08:01

EU to slap new sanctions on Belarus, airlines over escalating border crisis

The European Union will step up sanctions against Belarus, which on Monday denounced as "absurd" Western accusations that it was driving a migrant crisis that has left up to 4,000 people stranded in freezing forests on its border with Poland.

EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels to agree on further measures pressuring Belarus, where veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko cracked down on protesters challenging as fraudulent a presidential vote in which he had claimed victory.

Nov 15 07:35

Live Updates: Kremlin Slams US Claim That Poland-Belarus Crisis Designed as Distraction From Ukraine

The situation at the border between Poland and Belarus has escalated over the past few weeks as thousands of migrants have been stranded on the Belarusian side, trying to enter the EU nation.

Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania have accused Belarus of facilitating the movement of migrants to the EU to get back at Brussels for sanctions and urged for more preventive measures against Minsk. Belarus rejects the accusations and maintains that it is unable to tackle the influx of migrants under the weight of Western sanctions.

On Sunday, Borrell held a telephone conversation with Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei discussing the issue. The Belarusian side reiterated its readiness for mutually respectful dialogue with the EU and emphasised that sanctions are counter-productive.

Nov 15 07:33

Two Russian Citizens in Poland Accused of Organizing Illegal Migration Route

Two Russian citizens in Poland are accused of organizing an illegal migration route, the Polish prosecutor’s office said on Monday.

"The prosecutor of the Silesian Department for Organized Crime and Corruption of the General Prosecutor's Office in Katowice has sent another indictment in the case of the activities of an international organized criminal group that organized illegal border crossing by citizens of the Middle East. The accused are two citizens of Russia and a citizen of Ukraine," the office said in a statement.

The Russian Embassy in Poland has not received official notification from the Polish authorities regarding the accusations that Russian citizens have been facilitating illegal migration.

Within the past few weeks, thousands of migrants including women and children willing to enter the EU have arrived at the Polish-Belarusian border. Poland boosted border guard and deployed the military to the border region.

Nov 15 07:31

NATO boss comments on whether Ukraine will join US-led bloc

NATO member states are yet to reach a consensus on Ukraine’s possible accession to the organization, despite Kiev’s determination to be admitted into the American-led bloc, its Secretary-General revealed in an interview on Sunday.
Speaking to Axios’ Jonathan Swan, Jens Stoltenberg explained that his organization has strengthened its partnership with Kiev, but the group is not ready to accept Ukraine as a member.

“To be a NATO member, you need to meet the NATO standards,” Stoltenberg said. “We help them with organizing fighting corruption, but 30 allies have to agree, and we do not have a consensus agreement in NATO now on inviting Ukraine into becoming a full member.”

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Nov 15 07:23

US Nuclear Unit In Germany Reactivates With "Dark Eagle" Hypersonic Missiles

Much attention lately has been focused on a series of Chinese hypersonic weapons tests. Let's now shift our attention to the US and Russia, where the Pentagon has reactivated a nuclear unit, based in Mainz-Kastel, western Germany, that will soon be able to launch 4,000 mph hypersonic weapons aimed at Moscow, according to The Sun.

For the first time in decades, the 56th Artillery Command is armed with "Dark Eagle" long-range hypersonic missiles that can strike Moscow in 21 minutes and 30 seconds. The last time the command was fully operational was in 1991, right before the Soviet Union collapsed.

"From a blank piece of paper in March 2019, we, along with our industry partners and joint services, delivered this hardware in just over two years. Now, Soldiers can begin training," Lt. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood said in a statement.

Nov 15 07:22

Belarus Leader Asks Russia To Station Nuclear-Capable Missiles Near Poland & Ukraine

With Belarus' longtime strongman ruler Alexander Lukashenko in the international spotlight over this past week as tensions soar with Poland over the migrant border crisis, he's been touting his close relationship with Putin while also threatening to shut off the Yamal natural gas pipeline to Europe - something which Putin warned against in fresh statements this weekend.

The threat to shut off energy supplies to Europe is something the Kremlin has distanced itself from, given especially it puts Russia in an awkward position at a moment the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is in the last hurdles of German regulatory approval. The Belarus matter can now be use by critics of NS2 to further their argument that Russia is being handed too much geopolitical and resource leverage over Europe's energy independence. The fight over the Russia-to-Germany pipeline is not over.

Nov 15 07:13

Does Biden Administration Want War With Russia?

Biden administration diplomats are wandering Europe warning about a potential invasion of Ukraine. It makes one wonder if the Biden crowd – it is unclear who, if anyone, is in charge of the administration these days – is hoping for a fight over Ukraine. Perhaps "a splendid little war," as the Spanish-American War was called, would provide a patriotic bump in public approval.

Nov 15 06:52

Hundreds of UK troops reportedly ready to deploy at Ukraine border

Hundreds of British special force troops are ready to deploy to the Ukranian border at a moment’s notice, amid rising tensions and fears of a possible Russian invasion in the region, according to reports.

The UK’s Special Air Service and Parachute Regiment are prepared to enter the region with medics, engineers, signalers, and hundred of paratroopers, The Mirror reported.

“The high readiness element of the brigade was told it may need to deploy at very short notice, a source told The Mirror.

“Between 400 and 600 troops are ready. Their equipment is packed and they are ready to fly to Ukraine and either land or parachute in. They have trained for both eventualities.”

The military move comes after the European Union accused Belarus, which borders both the Ukraine and Poland, of manufacturing a humanitarian crisis by urging migrants to illegally cross into the EU via Poland.

Nov 14 08:37

UK tabloid cheers US hypersonic nukes in Germany, shows mushroom cloud over Moscow

UK papers are hyping the revival of a Cold War-era US artillery unit in Germany, supposed to be armed with ‘Dark Eagle’ hypersonic missiles that will be able reach Moscow in mere minutes, once they are developed.

‘Dark Eagle has landed’ proclaimed The Sun on Wednesday, originally reporting that the new US missiles could “blitz Russia” in just six minutes – before revising that to “21 minutes and 30 seconds” – along with a graphic showing Moscow being vaporized in a mushroom cloud.

Nov 14 08:19

Syrian Man Dies As Belarusian Agents Accused Of Handing Out Weapons To Migrants Battling Polish Border Police

Belarus has confirmed that some 2,000 Middle East migrants are currently camped at the EU border crossing near northeast Poland, which has emerged as the main crisis point involving clashes with Polish border police and attempts to dismantle the security fence.

Amid frigid temperatures the crisis continues to escalate, with on Saturday the death of a young Syrian man being reported at the border. "Polish border authorities said Saturday that the body of a young Syrian man around 20 years old was found Friday. The man was found near Wólka Terechowska, a village in northeastern Poland," The Wall Street Journal reports. "The exact cause of death wasn’t immediately determined, they said."

Nov 14 08:18

UK's Truss Urges EU to Block Nord Stream 2, Demands Kremlin Pressure Belarus to End Migrant Crisis

Warsaw and several other states have baselessly accused Belarus of orchestrating the migrant crisis on its border with Poland. While Minsk is accused of retaliating against Brussels’ sanctions by using what has been dubbed a "hybrid weapon", Belarus stressed it has no resources to stop the migrants due to sanctions imposed by the EU.

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has publicly intervened in the migrant crisis unfolding on the Poland-Belarus border, telling Russia’s President Vladimir Putin the Kremlin had a “clear responsibility” to end Minsk’s attempt to use “desperate migrants as pawns” to destabilise the region.

Writing for The Telegraph, Truss warned that the UK was prepared to act “robustly, decisively and relentlessly” in response to “malign actions, wherever they are in the world”.

Nov 14 08:16

About 50 Migrants Broke Into Polish Territory From Belarus on Saturday, Polish Police Claim

About 50 people stormed their way over to the Polish side of the border with Belarus a day earlier, with 22 of them detained, the police of the Podlaska voivodship said Sunday.
"Yesterday, before 5 pm [16:00 GMT], around 50 people broke into Poland near Starzyn. Twenty-one police officers, as well as soldiers and Border Guard officers, joined the search for migrants who crossed the border illegally. Police officers detained 22 Iraqi citizens," the police tweeted.

Nov 14 08:15

India may face US sanctions as it takes delivery of S-400 missile systems from Russia

Russia has begun supplying India with state-of-the-art S-400 mobile air defense missile systems under the terms of a contract signed in 2018. Moscow has already delivered the top-of-the-range weaponry to China and Turkey.

“The deliveries of the S-400 equipment for India have started, and are proceeding according to schedule,” the head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), Dmitry Shugayev, told RIA Novosti.

The value of the exports amounts to $5.4 billion.

The deal could potentially make India liable for penalties owing to the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) law. The 2017 legislation imposed sanctions on Russia in response to alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Iran and North Korea were also targeted, for different stated reasons.

Nov 14 08:14

Russia stocks up as reserves rise to historic rate

Russia’s international reserves rose to an unprecedented $623.2 billion last month, setting a historic record, data released this week by the country’s Central Bank shows.
In just one week ending October 29, Russia’s international reserves increased by $1.6 billion. The growth is mainly attributed to foreign currency purchases under the current budgetary rule, the Central Bank said.

Nov 13 08:57

CIA Chief Comes to Moscow… Russia Gets the U.S. Deep State to Pay Attention

Russia is not going to tolerate any further provocations to its national security. The question now is: can the United States power elite change its belligerent behavior?

The “rare” visit to Moscow last week by CIA chief William Burns signaled a remarkable development. The U.S. political establishment seems to have had a wake-up call to hear directly from Russia’s leadership about its concerns for international peace.

On one hand that indicates how badly bilateral relations have deteriorated. On the other, however, a direct line of communication between Moscow and Washington could help clarify points of conflict and avoid escalation.

Nov 13 08:56

Belarus ARMS migrants: Troops give tear gas to desperate refugees, tear down fences and try to blind Polish soldiers with lasers in new escalation of border warfare

The bitter dispute between Warsaw and Minsk dramatically escalated last night when Belarusian troops ripped up the border fence and prevented Polish soldiers from rebuilding it.

Film footage released this morning by Poland's Border Force reveals how its troops were blinded by lasers and strobe lights as they tried to shore up the frontier.

Hours earlier Belarus forces had destroyed part of the 120 miles of barbed wire fencing that separates the east European states. Migrants were also armed with tear gas by the Belarus military to attack Polish forces once they got across the border.

Nov 13 08:55

Deadly game of cat and mouse in the skies over Europe: Video shows RAF jet intercepting Russian bomber as it heads towards British airspace as as tensions rise in Belarus amid fears of Ukraine invasion

Dramatic cockpit footage has captured the moment an RAF jet intercepted a Russian bomber as it headed towards British airspace on Friday, as tensions on the Poland-Belarus border ratcheted up and fears grew of an invasion of Ukraine.

The two nuclear-capable Russian Tu-160 'White Swan' bombers entered 'the UK area of interest,' the MoD confirmed after the incident.

The Kremlin warplanes approached Dutch airspace before being intercepted by the RAF and were seen heading north into international airspace over the North Sea at around 12.45pm, according to Mil Radar.

Nov 12 13:13

NATO says it remains vigilant over risk of escalation at Belarus borders

NATO said on Friday it is looking out for any escalation in the situation on its members' borders with Belarus, after Belarusian and Russian paratroopers staged joint drills near the Polish and Lithuanian borders.

"We will remain vigilant against the risk of further escalation and provocation by Belarus at its borders with Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia, and will continue to monitor the implications for the security of the alliance," the North Atlantic Council, representing the alliance's member states, said in a statement.

"NATO allies call on Belarus to cease these actions, to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, and to abide by international law."

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Nov 12 13:08

Kremlin Slams US Claims About Potential Russian Invasion of Ukraine as 'Groundless'

Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed concern regarding media reports claiming that Russia has been redeploying troops to the border with Ukraine. Moscow refuted these reports as part of a fake news campaign against the country.

Claims by foreign media outlets about Russia's alleged plans to "invade Ukrainian territory" are void and groundless, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has stated. He slammed these publications for trying to escalate tensions between Russia and other countries.

Peskov further added that movements of the Russian military on the country's own territory should not cause anyone's concern and assured that Moscow threatens no one. Previously, several US media platforms reported a military buildup on Russia's side of the border with Ukraine. Moscow refuted these reports as a fake news campaign directed against the Kremlin.

Nov 12 13:07

Ukraine announces start of ‘energy war’ with Russia

Ukraine is now effectively fighting Russia in a hybrid war waged over energy imports, Kiev has claimed, alleging that Moscow is now working to choke off supplies of fuel needed to power factories and heat homes in the country

In an interview with Kiev’s 1+1 channel on Friday, Deputy Energy Minister Maxim Nemchinov announced that “today, we are in reality locked in a state of war with Russia.” According to him, the neighboring nation is “blocking imports from Kazakhstan, preventing railroad cars laden with coal from traveling to Ukraine, and reducing the order of gas transit capacity.”

The explosive claims come after Andrey Gerus, the head of the energy committee in the country’s parliament, said Russia was blocking the import of Kazakh coal by barring it from traveling on the country’s railways. However, Kazakh officials have since said the delays were down to “restrictions arising from workload of infrastructure on the Russian side.”

Nov 12 13:06

UK Deploys Troops To Poland To "Fortify Border Fence" With Belarus

UK troops are being freshly deployed in Poland to assist in strengthening the border fence at points of entry into the EU along the Belarus-Poland border, at a moment the showdown continues and as Minsk and Moscow are ramping up their rhetoric in condemning Europe's hypocrisy.

Polish defense minister Mariusz B?aszczak made the announcement Friday, saying in a written statement that British military engineers will help repair and fortify border fences which have recently been breached by Middle East migrants on the other side, reportedly with the assistance of Belarusian security forces goading them on.

Nov 12 11:05

US enters Europe's border battle: Blinken is 'looking at ways of dealing' with Lukashenko and Kamala says the 'eyes of the world' are on Belarus after Putin deployed troops and sent in bombers

Vice President Kamala Harris said the U.S. is 'very concerned' about Russian military movements amid a tense immigration crisis in Belarus – warning that the 'eyes of the world' are watching.

Harris spoke about the situation at a press conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron – after Russia conducted bombing exercises with Belarusian forces and built up troops along its border with Ukraine – prompting the U.S. to assert its 'ironclad' commitment to Ukrainian security.

'On the issue of Belarus and what is happening at the border with Poland, we are very concerned about that and closely paying attention to it,' she said.

Nov 12 10:50

Russia set to make Covid-19 vaccination QR codes compulsory for use of public transport

The Russian authorities are drafting a bill to require the presentation of a QR code confirming vaccination against Covid-19 before using long-distance public transport or entering cafes and shops, it was revealed on Thursday.

According to the country’s Covid-19 Operational HQ, the proposal is being worked on in cooperation with “the relevant agencies” and will later be submitted as a bill to be voted on in Parliament.

Aside from post-vaccination, QR codes are also generated when someone can prove that they recently tested positive for the virus or had a recent negative PCR test.

Nov 12 06:44

US Piles Black Sea Tinderbox

A basic rule of fire safety is to isolate flammable material. The United States and its NATO allies are doing the opposite in the Black Sea, piling up an incendiary situation right on Russia’s borders.

A flotilla of NATO members is currently carrying out war drills in the area. They include Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. Sinisterly, the naval forces of Ukraine are also involved, even though it is not a member of the military alliance. The NATO-backed Kiev regime has continually accused Russia of “aggression” and plotting to invade its territory.

What gives the current NATO manoeuvres a more explosive character is the arrival of American warplanes and warships that are crucial for coordinating a large-scale military offensive. In short, this is a war-footing.

Nov 11 14:36

Latvia warns that NATO could be brought in to ‘defend’ EU’s border with Belarus

Latvia has cautioned that NATO could be called in to help protect the EU’s eastern border amid a rapidly escalating migrant crisis, with Brussels having accused Belarus of flying in refugees as part of a “hybrid war” campaign.
Speaking to local radio on Thursday, Defense Minister Artis Pabriks said that if Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko chooses to worsen the situation, then “I cannot rule out that even NATO could become involved, because we must defend our borders and will not open them.”

According to him, the ongoing crisis should strengthen the EU’s resolve to build fortified fences along the border with the eastern European nation. In a broadside against the European Commission, he argued that officials were reacting “very slowly” to the stand-off. “If a way to respond faster isn’t found, the people of Europe will take a much dimmer view of the future potential of the EU,” he continued.

Nov 11 12:16

Baltic States Warn Of Military Clash Over Belarus' "Deliberate Escalation" Of Migrant Crisis

Countries neighboring Belarus and Poland are warning of potential coming military confrontation between the two countries as the migrant border crisis continued escalating in the overnight hours and into Thursday.

"Migrants stranded inside Belarus threw stones and branches at Polish border guards and used tree trunks to try to break down a barbed wire fence overnight in new attempts to force their way into the EU, Warsaw authorities said on Thursday," Reuters described of the scene near the northeast Polish village of Kuznica.

Nov 11 10:58

You sanction us again? We’ll freeze you, Lukashenko warns Europe, threatening to cut gas supply.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko threatened Thursday to cut gas supplies to Europe as the European Union weighs new sanctions on Belarusian officials and entities, in a sharp escalation of tensions over a migration crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border.

Lukashenko told Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko that if Europe imposes new sanctions, “you must not forgive them anything.”

Warning that Belarus would not tolerate the closure of its borders, he told “the leadership of Poland, Lithuanians and other brainless figures to think before speaking.”

European leaders blame Lukashenko for orchestrating the crisis in retaliation for European sanctions. They accuse him of opening Belarusian borders to migrants, mainly from the Middle East and North Africa, who are trying to reach Europe through Belarus.

Nov 11 10:54

Migrant crisis on Belarus border could escalate into war, neighbouring countries warn as Ukraine sends 8,500 troops to its frontier and Lukashenko threatens to cut off gas to Europe

The migrant crisis at the Belarusian border could descend into all-out war, neighbouring countries warned today as Ukraine sent 8,500 reinforcements to its frontier with the Kremlin-backed state.

Tyrant Alexander Lukashenko earlier threatened to cut off Europe's gas supply after Brussels said it would slap Minsk with fresh sanctions for 'weaponising' migrants at the Polish border.

Thousands of desperate refugees from the Middle East and North Africa have been ferried to the Belarus-Poland border this week by Lukashenko's security forces, prompting Poland to deploy 15,000 troops along the line.

Belarusian soldiers have been cutting holes in the barbed wire fence and some 400 migrants, mostly from Syria and Iraq, poured across the frontier last night, a police source told MailOnline.

Nov 11 09:20

Belarus, Russia worried by NATO buildup near their borders — Minsk

Moscow and Minsk have expressed concern over NATO’s buildup near the borders of the Union State, while the alliance prefers not to pay attention to these concerns, Belarussian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei told a news conference following a joint board meeting of the Russian and Belarusian foreign ministries.

"We paid tremendous attention to arms control and disarmament. This issue is very crucial for both foreign ministries, in particular, in the light of the worsening of previous challenges and the emergence of new ones in the field of global and regional security and the growth of destructive trends towards breaking the existing arms control and disarmament agreements. Time is ripe to recall the term detente, largely forgotten since the Soviet era," Makei said. "In this connection we are expressing concern over the continuing groundless NATO buildup on the borders of the Union State. Regrettably, our Western partners prefer to turn a deaf ear to us."

Nov 11 09:19

“Russia threat that musn’t be underestimated”: NATO holds conference on “threats on northeastern flank”

The annual Baltic Conference on Defense to be held in Tallinn on Nov. 10 will this year focus on the future of NATO and threats and challenges on the northeastern flank.

Participants in the conference include Estonian Minister of Defense Kalle Laanet, his Greek counterpart Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, British Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey, NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Defense Policy and Planning Patrick Turner and commander of NATO’s Multinational Corps Northeast, Lt. Gen. Slawomir Wojciechowski.

The conference will be opened by Estonian President Alar Karis [with] representatives of NATO, the allies and cooperation partners and defense and security policy experts….

Nov 11 09:19

Russian Military Exercises in the Pacific | RT Documentary

Nov 11 09:18

Belarusian army deploys more air defense units along western, northwestern borders

The duty air defense units along the western border and the northwestern border have been reinforced, the Belarusian Defense Ministry told BelTA.

Interaction of units and assets belonging to the Belarusian-Russian joint regional air defense system was practiced on 10 November upon the Belarusian Defense Ministry's decision and with approval of the Russian Defense Ministry. Belarusian Air Force units and Russian ones took part in the drill.

Fighter jets belonging to the joint air defense system practiced interaction in the air. The patrolling of Belarus' aerial border was arranged with assistance of two Russian Tu-22M3 aircraft. Interaction with ground control posts was practiced. The Russian Tu-22M3 aircraft landed at a Russian airfield at an estimated time checkpoint.

Nov 11 09:18

Ukraine completes purge of military, defense and security sectors

Following the recent purges of Ukraine’s chief of the general staff, defense minister, Minister of Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories, etc., most of which has occured since the recent visit of U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

The Cabinet of Ministers has dismissed Mykola Chechotkin as head of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, appointing Serhiy Kruk as acting head of the service.

The decision to that effect was made at a government meeting on Wednesday, November 10, the government’s representative in the Verkhovna Rada, Taras Melnychuk, wrote on Telegram.

Nov 11 08:06

Poland accuses Turkey of 'synchronising' refugee crisis with Belarus and Russia

Poland criticised Turkey on Tuesday for maintaining an open corridor between Istanbul and Minsk, and helping Belarus to bring thousands of refugees to its border with Poland.

“We see that [Turkish actions] are fully synchronised with Belarus and Russia. It bothers us, we don't like it,” said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during an emergency parliamentary session.

Morawiecki mostly blames Belarus for Poland's refugee crisis, but says the mastermind is Moscow. But in response to a question, he also criticised Ankara for not doing enough.

“A month or two ago, Turkey seemed to want to work closely with us,” he added. “Our help in extinguishing the fire, our help in promoting the Turkish tourism industry, unfortunately turned out to be a one-way favour. And we don't like it. And we point this out to our Turkish friends.”

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Going for the "Big Lie" here.

Nov 11 08:05

EU Envoys Say 'Hybrid Attack' Is Legal Basis for New Belarus Sanctions

EU ambassadors agreed on Wednesday that Belarus' decision to encourage Middle Eastern migrants to enter Poland can legally be considered a "hybrid attack" that serves as a basis for a new round of sanctions on Minsk, diplomats said.

The agreement was reached at a closed-door meeting in Brussels among the bloc's 27 envoys, diplomats said. Belarus denies any wrongdoing and says it, not the EU, is a victim of a "hybrid attack" using unconventional warfare tactics.

Reuters reported on Tuesday that the EU is close to imposing more sanctions on Belarus, targeting some 30 individuals and entities including the foreign minister and Belarusian airline Belavia, with approval as early as next week.

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This will not improve the situation!

Nov 11 08:04

Poland detains refugees, increases troops at Belarusian border

Poland has detained hundreds more migrants and refugees who attempted to enter the country from Belarus overnight and deployed 3,000 extra soldiers to strengthen the border.

Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak told broadcaster PR1 on Wednesday that it was “not a calm night”, as he reported “many attempts to breach the Polish border”.

Nov 11 07:57

Russia issues warning to US over Ukraine

A newly announced deal that could see Washington supply Ukraine with deadly weapons could further inflame the country's bloody civil conflict and make a lasting peace agreement harder, Russia’s ambassador to the US has cautioned.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Anatoly Antonov said that the ‘Strategic Partnership Document’ signed by American and Ukrainian diplomats was merely “a set of slogans – harmful ones.” According to him, “in almost every line there is a geopolitical tool to oppose Russia.”

Antonov went on to say that “plans to supply weapons to the regime in Kiev will only worsen the situation in southeastern Ukraine. We believe that another opportunity to encourage Kiev to stop the war has been missed.”

Nov 11 07:25

US Naval Presence Off Russia's Black Sea Coast 'Clearly a Provocation', EU Politician Says

Thierry Mariani, a French member of the European Parliament, has called naval maneuvers of two US warships off the Russian shore in the Black Sea a clear provocation.

"The presence of the ‘Mount Whitney’, flagship of the US Sixth Fleet and the USS Porter in the Black Sea, as well as the NATO naval manoeuvres, are clearly a provocation of Russia… Can you imagine what the American reaction would be if the Russian navy organised manoeuvres in international waters off the American coast, near Washington DC?" he told Sputnik.

The Pentagon said the ships were in the region for routine maritime drills with NATO allies and partners.

Mariani, who is a member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, said the US would refrain from accepting Ukraine into NATO, which he called the ultimate escalation.

Nov 11 07:25

Russia Scrambles Su-30 Warplane as UK RC-135 Aircraft Approaches Crimea

NATO activity near Russia’s borders has escalated dramatically in recent weeks, as the bloc is preparing for military drills in the Black Sea and Mediterranean.

The Russian military dispatched an Su-30 fighter jet as a British RC-135 reconnaissance plane tried to approach the border of Crimea, the Russian Defence Ministry stated on Thursday.

"From 12-00 to 15-00, an RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft of the British [Royal] Air Force tried to approach the Russian border off the south-western part of the Crimean Peninsula", the Defence Ministry said.

According to the statement, the British aircraft had to turn back after the Russian plane approached.

Nov 11 07:24

Live Updates: Russia to React to Possible EU Sanctions on Aeroflot Over Belarus-Poland Border Crisis

The migrant crisis has escalated over the past month, with Warsaw accusing Minsk of using it as a "hybrid weapon", which Belarusian authorities deny, saying that the country has no resources to stop the migrants due to EU sanctions.

The situation on the Poland-Belarus border remains tense, with thousands of illegal migrants camping out in the area and hoping to cross the border into the European Union.

In the meantime, Warsaw and Ankara have announced they will counter what they've described as a "hybrid attack against neighbours" by Belarus with the use of migrants.

Nov 11 07:23

'Must Be Stopped': Norwegian Military's Plans for Firing Ranges in Russia's Proximity Blasted

Politicians and fishermen have teamed up to slam the Norwegian military's plans to establish firing ranges off its Arctic coast, arguing that it will unnecessarily provoke Russia and disrupt local fisheries.

The Norwegian military is set to create eight new firing and training ranges near the coast of Finnmark County, bordering Russia.

This is part of a national plan that involves the establishment of 12 new shooting ranges and the closure of 49 of existing facilities. In total, there are over 50,000 square kilometres of fjord and sea that the Norwegian Armed Forces will claim, according to national broadcaster NRK.

Nov 11 07:21

Migrants on Belarus/Poland border could be getting GUNS from Ukraine – latest Lukashenko claim

Efforts are underway to smuggle weapons into the migrant camps that have sprung up on Belarus’ border with the EU, the country’s embattled leader, Alexander Lukashenko, has insisted as part of a series of extraordinary new claims.

Speaking at a meeting of ministers in Minsk on Thursday, Lukashenko “noted that a dangerous pattern has emerged whereby there are attempts to transfer weapons and ammunition to migrant encampments on the border with Poland to provoke a conflict,” an official statement reads.

According to the Belarusian leader, the guns, which are apparently intended to reach Kurdish refugees hoping to cross over into the EU nation, originate in the war-torn Donbass region of Ukraine. As well as firearms and bullets, the shipments are said to include explosives.

No evidence has so far been presented to substantiate the bombshell allegations, and Poland has not indicated any concerns about illegal arms-trafficking.

Nov 11 06:58

Romania Wants More US Troops In Black Sea Region To Deter "Russian Aggression"

Romania's government revealed Tuesday that it's made a formal request for the Biden administration to send more American troops to the eastern European country as well as beef up the US military presence in the Black Sea.

Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu was in Washington on Monday to meet with Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The day following he said at an Atlantic Council event, "We have discussed about the importance of increasing the US presence in the region and in Romania."

According to a State Department readout of the meeting, the two also discussed "Russian aggression" in the region of "NATO's Eastern Flank", emphasizing the US-Romania Strategic Partnership which helps deter this.

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Nov 10 12:02

Sprawling Tent City On EU Border Amid Freezing Temperatures In Belarus-Poland Migrant Showdown

After Monday's major confrontation between thousands of mostly Middle Eastern migrants who sought to breach Poland's border from Belarus, a makeshift tent city has emerged at the EU entry point as the standoff continues, and as temperatures plunge.

"Hundreds of migrants shivered in freezing temperatures and huddled round campfires on the Belarusian border with Poland on Tuesday in front of razor wire fences and lines of Polish border guards blocking their entry into the European Union," Reuters describes of the intensifying situation. Encampments can be seen a mere meters from the barbed-wire separation fence outside Kuznica village, with a heavy Polish police and military presence on the other side.

Nov 10 11:01

Russia Sends Bombers To Fly Over Belarus After Poland Claims Moscow "Masterminded" Migrant Crisis

With the still chaotic and unraveling Belarus-Poland border situation becoming a full-blown crisis for the European Union, which is now threatening further sanctions on the Lukashenko government, the ex-Soviet Republic's key powerful ally Russia is jumping into the fray.

The Kremlin has lashed out, saying it's the European Union that's to blame for the migrant crisis due its attempting to "strangle" Belarus. This as the EU is readying fresh sanctions, with plans to close a big part of the border altogether. Russia was specifically responding to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki's Tuesday comments saying the migrant crisis "has its mastermind in Moscow".

Given that most of the migrants who on Monday and Tuesday sought to break across barbed-wire border fences (which was allegedly encouraged by Belarusian security forces) are from the Middle East, Moscow urged the West to look at the "big picture" of how it's their own policies which created the crisis in the first place.

Nov 10 09:44

Romania Wants US to Send More Troops to Black Sea Region

On Tuesday, Romania’s foreign minister said he asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken for the US to consider sending more troops to Romania and elsewhere in the Black Sea region.

“We have discussed about the importance of increasing the US presence in the region and in Romania,” Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu told the Atlantic Council.

Plans to increase the US military footprint in Romania are already in the works. In May, the US Air Force was awarded $152 million to make upgrades at the Campia Turzii air base in Romania. The US sent 90 airmen and a fleet of MQ-9 Reaper drones earlier in the year.

Aurescu met with Blinken on Monday, and the State Department said in a readout that Blinken “praised Romania as a stalwart NATO Ally and both agreed to collaborate on Black Sea security issues.”

Nov 10 09:29

France Says Russia Refused to Hold Ministerial Meeting on Ukraine

France's foreign ministry on Tuesday said Russia had refused to accept a ministerial meeting with France, Ukraine, Germany to discuss the conflict in eastern Ukraine and denied that it had failed to respond to proposals made by Moscow.

"It's wrong," foreign ministry spokeswoman Anne-Claire Legendre said in response to Russian assertions that neither Paris or Berlin had responded to Russian proposals on a draft statement for such a meeting.

"France and Germany have responded to Russia's proposals. They proposed holding a ministerial meeting in the Normandy format which was refused by the Russian foreign minister."

Tass news agency quoted Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Saturday as saying Paris and Berlin had not responded to Russia's proposal to discuss a final document before the meeting in the so-called Normandy format.

Nov 10 09:29

EU accuses Belarus of ‘gangster’ approach to migrant crisis

The European Commission has accused the Belarusian government of tricking migrants and refugees with false promises of easy access to the European Union in what it called a “gangster-style” approach to a long-running migrant crisis.

Hundreds of migrants and refugees remained camped out in near-freezing temperatures in Belarus on Tuesday after Polish security forces blocked people from attempting to cross the border.

Nov 10 09:27

Lithuania Border, Camps in State of Emergency Over Migrants From Belarus

Lithuania's parliament on Tuesday declared a state of emergency at the country's border with Belarus and at camps hosting migrants who arrived from there, a tally of votes showed.

The state of emergency, which begins at midnight local time (2200 GMT) in the night of Tuesday to Wednesday and is to last a month, allows border guards to use "mental coercion" and "proportional physical violence" to prevent migrants from entering Lithuania.

EU member states accuse Belarus of encouraging illegal migrants from the Middle East, Afghanistan and Africa to cross the border into the EU in revenge for sanctions already slapped on Minsk over human rights abuses.

Lithuania's declaration bans all travel to within five kilometres (three miles) of the Belarus border, unless allowed by border guards. Mobile phones could be taken away from migrants and public gatherings near the border and in the camps could be forbidden.

Nov 10 08:57

Live Updates: Warsaw Warns Minsk About Possible Full Blocking of Movement Across Border

The situation with illegal migrants on the Belarus-Poland border remains tense, as 3,000 to 4,000 people are reportedly stuck in the area.

Two large groups of illegal migrants have broken through from Belarus to Poland, Polish Radio Bialystok has reported. Groups of at least several dozen people broke through the fence in the area of Krynki and Bialowieza, the broadcaster said.

In recent months, Poland, (as well as Latvia and Lithuania) have faced a significant increase in the number of people trying to illegally cross their borders. Warsaw accused Minsk of encouraging migrants from the Middle East and Africa to cross into the EU via Belarus.

Belarusian authorities denied those accusations, saying they have no resources to suppress migration due to the sanctions imposed by the EU.

Nov 10 08:33

Russian Military Detects US Air Force E-8C Reconnaissance, Strike Coordination Plane Over Black Sea

The aircraft, which departed from the Ramstein airbase in Germany, was escorted by Russian radar stations during the entire flight that lasted 5 hours and 13 minutes, the ministry noted. The E-8C came within 35 kilometres (21 miles) of the Russian border.

"On 9 November, between 14:15 and 19:28 [Moscow time, 11:15-16:28 GMT], a US Air Force E-8C ground target reconnaissance and strike control aircraft was detected over the Black Sea", an official statement read.

The Defence Ministry also noted that US activity in the region (including military drills in the Black Sea) aims to examine the theatre of military operations in case of a possible escalation in Donbass.

Nov 10 08:19

Live Updates: Refugee Crisis at Border With Belarus Novel Type of War, Polish Prime Minister Says

The situation with illegal migrants on the Belarus-Poland border has deteriorated in recent days, with thousands of people seeking asylum in Europe camping there in the hope of being allowed in by Poland.

Polish forces have used tear gas against refugees and have deployed military hardware near the refugee camp; shots were heard in the area, the Belarusian Border Committee said on Tuesday.

It also believes that the closure of the Kuznica checkpoint on the Polish side could have been caused by Warsaw's attempt to conceal the use of weapons against the refugees.

Meanwhile, the spokeswoman for the border committee in Poland’s Podlaskie region, Katarzyna Zdanovich, said that Polish border guards periodically hear shots on the Belarusian side. She also claimed that Belarus was building up military forces on the border amid the migration crisis.

Nov 10 07:42

US Arrogance Encourages Sino-Russian Military Alliance

Political relations between Moscow and Beijing appear closer than ever. The Chinese and Russian militaries are cooperating. Although the two authoritarian giants aren’t likely to embark upon a campaign of world conquest, Washington has done much to bring together unlikely partners in opposition to US policy.

Americans should remember history.

In summer 1939 Germany appeared increasingly determined on war. Britain and France hesitated joining the Soviet Union to contain the Nazi regime, since Joseph Stalin also was drenched in blood. Poland doubted that Soviet troops would leave as readily as they came if invited in.

Nov 10 07:22

Putin is directing Belarus in ‘staged’ migrant crisis on border, Polish PM claims

Moscow is behind the ongoing migrant crisis on the Belarusian border, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki has asserted, claiming that the Minsk authorities are merely tools of Russia’s alleged “neo-imperial” policy.

The Polish prime minister pointed the finger at Russia during an extraordinary session of the country’s parliament, convened to assess the ongoing crisis on Tuesday. The border standoff, where thousands of illegal migrants are facing Polish police and military, has been staged deliberately, he claimed.

The migrants, who are not legit refugees, have been used as “human shields” in order to “destabilize the situation in Poland, the Baltic states and the European Union” as a whole, Morawiecki alleged. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, however, is not an independent actor in the crisis, but merely a purveyor of Russia’s “neo-imperial” policy, the official went on.

Nov 10 07:20

EU could pay Belarus to end migrant crisis, Russia suggests

Brussels’ migration policies are responsible for a worsening humanitarian crisis on the border between Poland and Belarus, Russia’s top diplomat has claimed, saying the EU could hand over cash to Minsk to help resolve the issue.

Speaking at a press conference after talks with Vatican representatives on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov argued that the growing standoff on the frontier was the fault of the EU. “The main responsibility for resolving the migrant crisis lies with those who made it possible for the crisis to start in the first place,” he said.

“EU countries need to have consistent standards when the question of admitting or refusing refugees comes up,” Lavrov went on. “Yesterday, at a political science discussion, the question was asked why, when refugees were coming through Turkey, did the EU allocate funds to enable them to stay in Turkey? Why is it impossible to help the Belarusians in this way?”

Nov 10 06:26

Dem INSULTS Jesus By Bringing Him Into Wokeism

A former Bush campaign adviser who is running as a Democrat in Texas' Lieutenant Governor race declared on Sunday that Jesus Christ today be declared "woke" by Conservatives in today’s day and age.

Matthew Dowd, who is seeking his party's nomination to take on Republican Dan Patrick, announced he came to the realization in the church that today's "wokeness" is simply another term for human decency.

"As I sat in church today I was thinking that if Jesus were here today he would be accused of being woke," he announced on Twitter. "How about we just say it is human decency to treat all with respect and dignity and that it is constitutional to say all men and women are equal."

Nov 09 08:31

Live Updates: Responding to Migrants With Tanks is 'Blackmail', Lukashenko Says

The situation with illegal migrants on the Belarus-Poland border has deteriorated in recent days, with thousands of people seeking asylum in Europe camping there in the hope of being allowed in by Poland.

Polish forces have used tear gas against refugees and have deployed military hardware near the refugee camp; shots were heard in the area, the Belarusian Border Committee said on Tuesday.

It also believes that the closure of the Kuznica checkpoint on the Polish side could have been caused by Warsaw's attempt to conceal the use of weapons against the refugees.

Meanwhile, the spokeswoman for the border committee in Poland’s Podlaskie region, Katarzyna Zdanovich, said that Polish border guards periodically hear shots on the Belarusian side. She also claimed that Belarus was building up military forces on the border amid the migration crisis.

Nov 09 07:29

E.U. Is Defended from Belarus-Sponsored Immigration Rush by Its Black Sheep Poland's Barb Wire Border

The European Union is lucky that its eastern flank is defended by ex-Communist nation-states like Poland and Hungary who don’t find internationalist rhetoric inspiring anymore. Ironically, of course, the EU is trying to punish its protectors.

Fortunately, for the EU, its dominant member, Germany, borders only a single only non-EU country: Switzerland. So, the marginal black sheep E.U. states have some ability to restrain the E.U. from disasters caused by Germany’s traditional tendency toward extremism.

Nov 09 07:20

EU Leadership Urges New Sanctions On Belarus For Ongoing "Hybrid Attack" Using Migrants

European Union officials are backing Poland's accusations that Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko is conducting a form of "hybrid warfare" in unleashing migrant waves on the Polish border into the EU.

As we detailed earlier, stunning scenes are still coming out of the Bruzhi-Kuznica crossing in particular on Monday at a moment Warsaw is urgently sending more troops and police to secure its border with Belarus. Poland's government issued a strongly worded statement later in the day, saying:

"By creating an artificial migration route and cynically exploiting migrants, [Belarus strongman Alexandar Lukashenko] is trying to destabilize Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, and to force the European Union to lift the sanctions imposed on the Minsk regime."

Nov 09 07:18

Kremlin: Ongoing US-NATO Warship Drills In Black Sea Aim To "Contain Russia"

A pair of large US warships, including a guided-missile destroyer, are currently navigating the Black Sea as part of ongoing NATO drills which included regional partners. Currently the USS Mount Whitney and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter are at Georgia's Batumi port as part of the Naval Forces Europe-Africa 6th Fleet mission.

Over the weekend the Kremlin said it was alarmed at the Black Sea maneuvers given the American warships "have long-range precision weapon systems on board" and that the US is there "to probe us, to check our readiness" - according to remarks by Russian defense minister Sergey Shoigu.

Additionally fresh remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday described these latest NATO drills as designed to contain Moscow. The Naples-based US Sixth Fleet at the same time kicked off large-scale Mediterranean drills.

Nov 08 09:44

A Geopolitical Reshuffle in the South Caucasus

One of its most important points in the trilateral statement signed by Armenia’s prime minister Nikol Pashinyan, Azerbaijan’s president Ilham Aliyev, and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin in Moscow on 10 November 2020—which established the ceasefire and capitulation of armed forces of the Republic of Armenia in the Second Karabakh War—is the unblocking of transport communications in the South Caucasus region.

Although the trilateral statement mentions reconnecting the Nakhchivan exclave with the main body of Azerbaijan (via the Zangezur corridor) in particular, its ninth point begins with the simple and universal statement: “All economic and transport connections in the region shall be unblocked.”

Nov 08 07:45

Russian diplomat: Summit for Democracy is chimera meant to show West’s common agenda

The Summit for Democracy to be called by the United States in December, is meant to demonstrate that the collective West allegedly has a consolidating agenda, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Sunday.

"This Summit for Democracy is yet another chimerical device meant to demonstrate that the collective West has a kind of constructive, consolidating agenda. But a consolidating agenda should include concrete practical measures but not mere theoretical speculations ending up in yet another scandal," she said in an interview with the Voskresny Vecher (Sunday Evening) program on the Rossiya-1 television channel.

Nov 08 07:44

Meeting of Ukraine-U.S. Strategic Partnership Commission to be held on Nov 10 – Kuleba

A meeting of the Ukraine-U.S. Strategic Partnership Commission will take place in Washington on November 10, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said.

"On November 10, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and I will hold a meeting of the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission in Washington, where we will sign a new Strategic Partnership Charter," Kuleba said at an online briefing on Thursday.

Nov 08 07:43

USA watches Russian troop movements on border with Ukraine – Pentagon representative

Washington continues to monitor Russian troop movements near the country's border with Ukraine, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby briefed reporters on Friday.

"We continue to watch and monitor unusual Russian military activity near Ukraine and we also continue to consult with allies and partners on the issue," Kirby told reporters.

"I obviously can't speak to Russian intentions and I'm not going to get into an intelligence and assessment of exactly what we're seeing, but again, we continue to monitor this closely… any escalatory or aggressive actions by Russia would be of great concern to the United States," he said.

"We would urge Russia to be more clear about its intentions," he added.

Asked what is unusual about the Russian military activity, Kirby said that it is a matter of scale. "It's a matter of the size of the units that we're seeing."

Nov 08 07:43

Turkish press condemns “Russian attacks on Syria’s Idlib”

From today’s Daily Sabah. The Kremlin’s strategic partner and “special and good” friend Turkey is poised to launch a major military offensive in the area even as it arms the regime in Kiev with combat drones to replicate last year’s slaughter in Nagorno-Karabakh in the Donbass and incite a Kosovo-style “humanitarian” war in Crimea.

Nov 08 07:24

Moscow explains why American ships loaded with precision weaponry are in Black Sea

US warships armed with powerful missiles are sailing into the Black Sea to test whether Russia is ready to counter them, the Russian defense minister warned on Sunday. Moscow believes such a mission may lead to a provocation.

Commenting on the ongoing visits by American warships, including a guided missile destroyer, to the Black Sea, Sergey Shoigu remarked that the Russian military was well aware that such vessels “have long-range precision weapon systems on board” and were not deployed to Russia’s underbelly “for a tourist cruise.”

That is an almost constant attempt to probe us, to check our readiness, how well our defense is organized along the Black Sea coast and the entire south of our nation.

Nov 08 06:42

Is the Russia-China strategic partnership turning into a military one?

In October, Russia and China conducted a week-long joint naval patrol — their first such exercise in the Western Pacific.

Five Russian and five Chinese warships sailed through the international waters of the Tsugaru Strait, which separates the main island of Japan from its northern island of Hokkaido, to “maintain peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region,” and to “demonstrate the state flags of Russia and China,” according to the Russian defense ministry. The Chinese defense ministry added that the joint exercise was also meant to “further develop the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership in the new era, enhance the joint action capabilities of both parties and jointly maintain international and regional strategic stability.”

But what is this “new era” comprehensive strategic partnership between Russia and China?

Nov 06 08:19

New FBI Report Puts Final Nail In Russiagate Coffin — ‘It Was Complete BS’

A new FBI report has put the final nail in the coffin for the Trump-Russia collusion hoaxers, and has sent shockwaves through the Democratic Party.

The report focusses on a Russian citizen living in the United States by the name of Igor Danchenko. According to the FBI, Danchenko lied to the bureau when being questioned about his role in the “Russiagate” affair.

Nov 06 07:21

CIA Chief Was Reportedly Dispatched to Russia to Warn Against Alleged Troop Build-Up Near Ukraine

Newly-surfaced claims suggest that CIA Director Bill Burns was dispatched to Russia earlier this week to warn Russian military officials against carrying out any military operations against neighboring Ukraine.

Citing sources with knowledge of the matter, CNN reported late Friday that the Biden administration had deployed Burns to Moscow as American officials grew increasingly concerned about the number of Russian service members and artillery being moved to Ukraine's northern border.

Per a CNN account, which heavily relies on unidentified sources, Burns emphasized the Biden administration's stance "by conveying that the US is closely monitoring the troop movements."

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Nov 05 06:44

Russia’s initiative to lift diplomatic restrictions turned down by US — Russian ambassador

The United States has turned down our initiative to lift all the existing diplomatic restrictions, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov said on Wednesday.

"Our proposal to lift all the existing restrictions was not supported by either the Department of State or the White House. I raised this issue during my contacts," he said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 television channel.

According to the Russian diplomat, it will be impossible to resume normal relations between the two countries without settling these problems.

"It seems to me that someone here in Washington thinks that we need predictably bad relations in this sphere. Naturally, we cannot accept this point of view," he stressed, adding that these problems impact adversely everyday life of Russian diplomats.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov on Tuesday called on the United States to begin dialogue with the Russian side to lift the existing restrictions.

Nov 05 06:43

Glasgow: Zelensky discusses Donbass war with Biden, Stoltenberg

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on the sidelines of the UN climate summit in Glasgow and discussed with him the security situation in eastern Ukraine.

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“On the sidelines of the COP 26 conference, Jens Stoltenberg and I discussed the development of the security situation in Donbas. NATO support is very important for Ukraine in the context of the challenges facing our country,” Zelensky said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Zelensky met with U.S. President Joe Biden and talked to him about the security situation in eastern Ukraine.

Nov 05 06:14

Russian diplomat found dead near embassy in Berlin

A Russian diplomat has been found dead near the Russian Embassy in Berlin. According to preliminary reports, the man fell from a window.

According to Der Spiegel, the deceased man was a 35-year-old second secretary working at the embassy. The magazine said the man appeared to have fallen from an upper floor of the building. His body was reportedly discovered on October 19.

Nov 04 06:52

Ukraine must be ready to impose ‘martial law’ & prepare ‘bloodbath’ for Russia in event of invasion, former Kiev army chief says

Ukraine must be prepared to take every possible measure to defeat the threat of any potential Russian invasion, including handing over powers to the armed forces, one of the country’s most distinguished military men has claimed.
Igor Romanenko, the former Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, now serving as a commander in the reserves, made the extraordinary claims in an article for Kiev-based Glavred on Monday.

He alleges that Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet made up his mind about whether to launch a military intervention across the border into the Eastern European country. His comments came ahead of some Western media outlets publishing their biannual scare-stories about a potential invasion. “Of course, they are preparing for this,” Romanenko wrote, “but if Putin starts a war, then he will have a ‘bloodbath’ in Ukraine.”

Nov 03 08:26

Russia Prepping For War As World Leaders Party In Scotland

According to The Washington Post, Officials from the United States and Europe are watching new movements of Russian troops near the Ukraine border.
The movements come as Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared a "red line" on further NATO military expansion of installations in Ukraine.

"The point is: It is not a drill," CNA's director of Russia studies Michael Kofman told the Post. "It doesn't appear to be a training exercise. Something is happening. What is it?"

According to the report, social media has shown Russian military trains and convoys moving tanks and missiles in southern and western Russia.

Nov 03 07:22

Will Ukraine Run Out Of Energy Soon?

Over the past months, Ukrainian politicians have been persistently throwing red meat to Moscow through the acts of aggression against the Nord Stream-2 pipeline, the recent escalation of the conflict in Donbass with the use of UAVs and the pressure on Ukrainian politician Medvedchuk, who is considered pro-Russian.

All these actions had a shared ultimate objective and were aimed at forcing concessions from Moscow on issues of the Minsk agreements, Crimea’s status and natural gas transit, especially considering Nord Stream 2.

Some Ukrainian experts warned about the danger of this plan, because in fact, there were many risks for Ukraine, and there were almost no counterarguments in case of offensive reaction from the Kremlin.

Nov 03 07:18

CIA Chief In Moscow For High Level Meeting, Day After Putin Condemned US Missile Expansion In Europe

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director William Burns was in Moscow on Tuesday for a previously unannounced visit where he met with Russian Security Council Secretary and former Director of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Nikolai Patrushev.

The closed-door, secretive meeting which was revealed after it concluded, is a first time event since Burns was appointed head of the CIA. It comes after a reported half-dozen phone calls since Biden took office between US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Patrushev - whose position involves coordinating high level national security policy for Putin.

Nov 03 06:45

US Sends Warships to Black Sea, Stoking Tensions With Russia

On Saturday, the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet said the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter entered the Black Sea to operate alongside NATO allies and other partners, including Ukraine. On Monday, the Sixth Fleet said the command and control ship USS Mount Whitney arrived in Istanbul and would be heading to the Black Sea to join the Porter.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that the increased US and NATO presence in the Black Sea has led him to strengthen defense systems in the region. “Even now, a US warship has entered the Black Sea, and we can see it in binoculars or crosshairs of our defense systems,” he said.

On Tuesday, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet said it practiced destroying enemy targets. According to Russia’s Tass News Agency, the fleet said it used a coastal missile defense system “to eliminate a group of the mock enemy’s surface ships in the Black Sea.”

Nov 02 12:19

RUSSIA'S RESPONSE - PEACEKEEPER OR LIBERATOR? "R2P" OR "HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION"?

Recent developments on both sides of the Donbass War illustrate the obvious - the war in Donbass will continue and escalate until Russia finishes it by force. There is no diplomatic solution, the Russians now (finally) accept this fact, and they must now prepare to defend the Donbass region which is inhabited by almost a million Russian citizens, and to liberate the part of Ukraine populated primarily by ethnic and Russian-speaking Russians. The US/EU/NATO and Ukraine have all been pretending since 2014 that " Russia invaded Ukraine". Of course, it never did. But now, it's finally time to give them all a taste of what that will really be like. And so,...

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Nov 02 11:31

Russia Says Ukraine Trying to Drag It Into Donbass Conflict

Russia's foreign minister accused Ukrainian leaders on Monday of trying to drag Moscow into the conflict in eastern Ukraine, following an escalation in fighting between government forces and rebels in the breakaway region.

"We observe attempts to carry out provocations, elicit some reaction from the militia and drag Russia into some kind of combat action," Sergei Lavrov told Russia's state television.

Russia accused Ukraine of destabilising the situation after government forces used a Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone to strike a position controlled by Russian-backed separatists last week.

Rebels supported by Moscow have been fighting government troops in Ukraine's Donbass region since 2014, soon after Russia seized and annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine. Kyiv says at least 14,000 people have been killed.

Nov 02 11:00

Ex-US Admiral Urges Washington to ‘Beware the Bear’ Amid Collapse of Russia-NATO Ties

Relations between Russia and NATO hit new post-Cold War lows this month, culminating in the suspension of the bloc’s mission in Moscow. On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that relations couldn’t even be described as ‘catastrophic’, “because to be catastrophic you need to have something. We don’t have any relations with NATO.”

James Stavridis, a retired US admiral and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, has urged the alliance not to take Russia out of its sights as the Western alliance continues its pivot to focusing on China, adding that the bloc can still mend ties with Moscow, if certain “conditions” are met.

In an op-ed for Bloomberg, Stavridis commented on Russia’s move this month to suspend its mission to NATO and order the closure of the bloc’s Moscow office in response to the expulsion of eight Russian diplomats from the alliance’s Brussels headquarters.

Nov 02 10:59

Russia ending gas transit through Ukraine escalates risk of WAR, Kiev’s state gas firm claims as Nord Stream 2 tests continue

Cutting Ukraine off from billions of dollars in Russian gas transit fees by striking new deals to export supplies through pipelines that bypass the country could lead to outright conflict, Kiev’s state gas firm has claimed.

On Monday, in an interview with the UK’s Financial Times, the head of Naftogaz, Yuriy Vitrenko, said the new Nord Stream 2 pipeline increased the chance of war between Ukraine and Russia. According to him, circumventing Kiev could leave the nation more vulnerable to a Moscow-ordered “invasion.”

The energy boss claimed that if “there is no physical transit [of gas] through Ukraine, this increases the chances of a full-scale war between Russia and Ukraine with all its consequences.”

Nov 02 10:16

China, Russia revive push to lift UN sanctions on North Korea

China and Russia are pushing the United Nations Security Council to ease sanctions on North Korea by reviving a 2019 attempt to remove a ban on Pyongyang’s exports of statues, seafood and textiles, and expanding it to include lifting a refined petroleum imports cap.

In a reworked draft resolution seen by the Reuters news agency, China and Russia want the 15-member council to remove those sanctions “with the intent of enhancing the livelihood of the civilian population” in the isolated Asian state.

Nov 01 11:40

China and Russia submit proposal to ease UN sanctions on North Korea: sources

China and Russia submitted a draft proposal to U.N. Security Council nations on Friday calling for the relaxation of North Korea-related sanctions, citing the absence of nuclear and long-range missile testing by Pyongyang since 2017, multiple informed sources told NK News.

The draft proposal is the first one the two countries have put forward to weaken UNSC sanctions on the DPRK since Dec. 2019. The number of sanctions on North Korea snowballed significantly during its major nuclear and missile tests in 2017.

The proposal comes amid South Korea-led efforts to get the U.S. and other nations to sign off on a formal declaration to end the Korean War before the end of Moon Jae-in’s presidency next year.

The suggested sanctions relief largely mirror China and Russia’s Dec. 2019 proposals, which the two countries never officially submitted to the UNSC due to U.S. disinterest, sources said.

Nov 01 10:50

#Su35S fighters armed with lethal missiles deployed very close to NATO !

Nov 01 08:16

Putin: US Missile Deployment in Europe Poses Threat

Earlier in the day, Putin arrived in Sochi to hold a series of meetings on the future of the Russian army and military-industrial sector.

Washington's plans to deploy intermediate-range missiles in Europe pose a threat to Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday.

"Everyone is aware of the US' plans to deploy intermediate-range missiles in Europe, this poses a great danger and threat to us," Putin told Defence Ministry representatives.

Nov 01 07:55

US naval flag demonstration in Black Sea does not add to stability, says Lavrov

The US naval flag demonstration in the Black Sea does not add to global stability, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome on Sunday.

Russia’s top diplomat thus commented on a decision by the US Sixth Fleet to send its flagship, command and control ship USS Mount Whitney to the Black Sea for joint operations with NATO countries.

When asked about whether Moscow was notified beforehand about these maneuvers, Russia’s top diplomat replied "it is not a matter of notifying in advance, this concerns fulfilling the international law norms for ships of non-littoral states to enter the Black Sea."

"These issues are regulated by the Montreux Convention, under which the states of the flag of a particular warship must notify the Turkish authorities. As far as I know, these rules are complied with. At least, we keep a close eye on these rules to be observed," he added.

Nov 01 06:39

Belarus forces US to close public diplomacy, USAID offices

Belarus has forced the closure of the U.S. Embassy’s Public Diplomacy and USAID offices in a move that comes amid the tensions with the U.S. and its allies over Belarusian authorities' crackdown on protests.

Samantha Power, the U.S. Agency for International Development administrator, said Friday that the Belarusian authorities aim to “severely disrupt U.S. development assistance and public diplomacy in Belarus by forcing the closure of facilities that house key U.S. Government operations, and by ending employment of all of USAID’s local staff and Department of State public diplomacy staff.”

She added that the move, which is effective Nov. 20, demonstrates the authorities’ “callous disregard of the interests of the Belarusian people.”

U.S. Envoy for Belarus Julie Fisher described the Belarusian authorities' decision as a reflection of their "deep insecurities about the role of diplomacy, people-to-people ties and independent civil society.”

Nov 01 06:15

US Navy Sixth Fleet's USS Mount Whitney En Route to Black Sea for 'Operations With NATO Allies'

Earlier, the US Navy reported that the headquarters of the US Navy's Sixth Fleet and NATO's naval strike and support forces were starting operations in the Mediterranean and Black Seas.

The US Naval Forces Europe-Africa (the Sixth Fleet) announced on Monday that its flagship Mount Whitney is heading to the Black Sea to conduct operations with NATO allies and partners.

"Sixth Fleet flagship #USSMountWhitney (LCC 20), with embarked SIXTHFLT [Sixth Fleet] and @STRIKFORNATO [NATO Naval Striking and Support Forces] staff, began its northbound transit to the #BlackSea to operate with our @NATO allies & partners in the region!" the Sixth Fleet wrote on Twitter.

Nov 01 06:14

Sudanese Leader Confirms Commitment to Deal on Russian Military Base Construction

Sudan is committed to its obligations regarding the construction of a Russian naval base in the country and will implement the agreement, armed forces commander-in-chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in an interview with Sputnik.

"The creation of this base is part of an existing agreement. We keep regularly discussing the matter, and there are some faults that have to be remedied. We are committed to international agreements and will continue to implement them to the end," al-Burhan said.
The Sudanese leader also praised the "long-standing and continuous" military cooperation with Russia.

"We will fully support this, as Russia is always honest in its relations with us and strives to boost cooperation and develop the Sudanese armed forces," al-Burhan concluded.

Nov 01 05:59

Ex-US Admiral Urges Washington to ‘Beware the Bear’ Amid Collapse of Russia-NATO Ties

Relations between Russia and NATO hit new post-Cold War lows this month, culminating in the suspension of the bloc’s mission in Moscow. On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that relations couldn’t even be described as ‘catastrophic’, “because to be catastrophic you need to have something. We don’t have any relations with NATO.”

James Stavridis, a retired US admiral and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, has urged the alliance not to take Russia out of its sights as the Western alliance continues its pivot to focusing on China, adding that the bloc can still mend ties with Moscow, if certain “conditions” are met.

In an op-ed for Bloomberg, Stavridis commented on Russia’s move this month to suspend its mission to NATO and order the closure of the bloc’s Moscow office in response to the expulsion of eight Russian diplomats from the alliance’s Brussels headquarters.

Nov 01 05:55

Deployment of US missile-armed warship near Russia in waters of Black Sea ‘not adding to stability,’ Moscow's top diplomat warns

Moscow has condemned an American move to deploy a guided-missile destroyer to the Black Sea, stating that the ship’s mission was not an “isolated incident” but part of a consistent confrontational military policy targeting Russia.

Speaking on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Rome on Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized the deployment of the USS Porter to the region, which is thousands of miles from its home base, but borders Russia.

“The demonstration of the US Navy flag in the Black Sea is not an isolated incident. There were several times when the United States explicitly explained the need for its warships to enter this waterway to ‘contain’ Russia,” Lavrov told reporters.

Oct 31 07:28

Press review: Russia, Saudis to battle green agenda and NATO opens its arsenal to Kiev

Ukraine participated in the meeting of the NATO North Atlantic Council Committee on Armaments on October 26 for the first time. Previously, participation in such meetings was the prerogative of alliance member countries, and Kiev sees the event as a hint that Brussels has taken a direct course towards accepting Ukraine into the organization, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes. But whether NATO leaders will want to finally embrace Ukraine remains questionable. Should Ukraine officially join NATO, Donbass will become the alliance’s problem and hardly any EU member will want to send their soldiers to a real war.

The leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has repeatedly reported on transitioning the country's army and navy to NATO standards. Therefore, representatives of Kiev were on the same page with the alliance in discussing armaments.

Oct 31 06:40

Russian troop movements near Ukraine border prompt concern in U.S., Europe

A renewed buildup of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border has raised concern among some officials in the United States and Europe who are tracking what they consider irregular movements of equipment and personnel on Russia’s western flank.

The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said the troop movements have reignited concerns that arose in April, when the largest buildup of troops by Russia near the Ukrainian border in years sparked an international outcry.

The renewed movements of Russian forces in the area come as the Kremlin embraces a harder line on Ukraine. Russian officials from President Vladimir Putin on down have escalated their rhetoric in recent months, attacking Kyiv’s Western ties and even questioning its sovereignty. Putin has warned that any expansion of NATO military infrastructure on Ukrainian territory represents a “red line” for Moscow.

Oct 31 06:37

US Allies Reportedly Urge Biden Not to Drop Possibility of Preemptive Nuke Strike on Russia, China

Major US allies in Europe and Asia are reportedly lobbying the Biden administration not to change America’s policy on the use of nuclear weapons amid concerns that the White House is considering adding a nuclear “no first use” declaration in an ongoing nuclear posture review assessment.

Unnamed officials speaking to Financial Times indicated that the UK, France, Germany, Japan and Australia are among the countries concerned over the proposed change in US policy.

One unnamed official told the newspaper that the administration’s reported mulling of a shift to a ‘sole purpose’ policy – which would limit the use of nukes to deterring a direct attack on the homeland, as a threat to allies. “This would be a huge gift to China and Russia”, the official said.

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