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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.

Oct 31 06:21

Putin uses G20 appearance to propose global strategy to counter COVID pandemic, says virus here to stay & will be long-term threat

The world's leading nations need a working mechanism for both efficiently updating vaccines against Covid-19 as the virus mutates and recognizing each other’s jabs, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the G20 summit on Saturday.

“According to expert opinions, the coronavirus will remain a threat for a long time,” Putin explained via video link.

Considering that this virus continues to mutate, we should implement mechanisms for systemic and timely update of vaccines.

Putin added that more international cooperation is required in terms of mutual recognition of vaccines and immunization certificates by national governments.

“Competition that I believe to be unfair, protectionism, the unwillingness of certain states, including members of the G20” for such recognition impedes the global vaccination efforts and exacerbates inequality in vaccine access, he stressed.

Oct 31 06:20

Missiles incoming, missiles intercepting: WATCH Russian military train to overwhelm air attackers with massive defensive barrages

Footage filmed during this week’s large-scale drills of Russian air defense forces has been released by the Defense Ministry. Russian troops trained to defeat attacks by enemy missiles and aircraft.

The military exercise was held at the Kapustin Yar range in the Astrakhan region in northern Russia and involved the long-range S-300V4 and medium-range Buk-M3 and Tor-M2 air defense systems.

Operators were required to detect, identify and intercept over 40 practice targets, according to the ministry report. The ones that simulated ballistic missiles diving from an altitude of over 150km were met with S-300 missile fire.

The shorter-range systems dealt with targets simulating terrain-hugging cruise missiles and formations of enemy aircraft, some flying as low as seven meters. One task for the Tor teams was to destroy a group of drones ‘swarming’ some 15km away from their positions, the ministry said.

Oct 31 06:19

Should the West be worried? Russian gas pipeline starts flowing BACKWARDS taking fuel out of Germany as Biden warns Putin not to use resources as a weapon - while troop movements near Ukraine alarm intelligence officials

President Joe Biden has warned Vladimir Putin not to weaponise natural resources for political purposes after Russian gas pipeline starting flowing backwards out of Germany.

Fuel supplies in the Yamal - Europe pipeline with goes from Russia to Germany via Poland had come to halt on Saturday, with the direction of gas actually reversing.

But energy firm Gazprom played down concerns saying that all European orders were being fulfilled.

Oct 30 06:35

Attempts to settle Donbass conflict by force to result in incalculable tragedy — diplomat

The conflict in southeastern Ukraine cannot be settled by military means and the attempts to solve this problem with the use of force will have most deplorable and incalculable consequences, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing on Thursday.

"I would like to mention once again that the conflict in southeastern Ukraine has no military solution, as was acknowledged by all those countries that so much fret over civilians and, generally, the situation in Ukraine. The attempts to settle it by force will have very deplorable and somewhat incalculable but generally tragic consequences," the Russian diplomat stressed.

Western countries’ incessant deliveries of armaments and ammunition to Ukraine bolster Kiev’s confidence that the conflict in Donbass can be resolved with military means, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman pointed out.

Oct 30 05:45

Russian Fleet Monitoring US Navy Destroyer in Black Sea

On Friday, the US Sixth Fleet said that a destroyer, the USS Porter, was transiting to the Black Sea in order to operate with its NATO allies.

The Russian Black Sea Fleet is monitoring the USS Porter, a guided missile destroyer, which entered the Black Sea, the national defence control centre said Saturday.

"Troops and technical resources of the Black Sea Fleet are involved in monitoring the actions of the USS Porter, the US Navy's guided missile destroyer, that entered the Black Sea on 30 October 2021," the centre, which is part of the Russian Defen?e Ministry, said.

Oct 29 10:49

US Reportedly Plans to Use Ageing B-1 Strategic Bombers Against Russian Ships in Black Sea

The Pentagon has yet to build the replacement strategic bombers, but has already started to train the crews of the ageing aircraft for a new role, a media outlet has claimed.

The US Air Force has been planning to retire its 40-year-old B-1 stealth bombers for some time now: first, they were stripped of their nuclear capability, and now they are set to be replaced by a new generation of stealth bomber – the B-21. It will take years to build a full replacement fleet of B-21s, but the Pentagon has already started to mothball the B-1, business magazine Forbes has revealed.

But the bombers won't go to the scrapyard just yet – instead they and their crews will be trained and armed to take on Russian warships, specifically the ones sailing in the Black Sea, the journal said. Forbes indicated that these bombers have been actively used in drills in this region lately.

Oct 29 10:13

NATO Sliding Towards War Against Russia in Ukraine

As far as Ukraine goes, Ankara seems to be setting the pace for NATO’s deepening involvement in the country’s war.

Russia is investigating reports of Turkish attack drones being deployed for the first time in Ukraine’s eight-year civil war. The Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) under the command of the Kiev regime claimed that the drones were used earlier this week in combat against ethnic Russian rebels.

This is a potentially dramatic escalation in the smoldering war. For it marks the direct involvement of NATO member Turkey in the conflict. Up to now, the United States and other NATO states have been supplying lethal weaponry to the Kiev regime to prosecute its war against the breakaway self-declared republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.

American, British and Canadian military advisors are also known to have carried out training missions with UAF combat units. Britain is in negotiations to sell Brimstone missiles to the Ukrainian navy.

Oct 29 09:53

Report: Biden admin ordered delay of US hypersonic missile test before Putin meeting

The White House ordered the Pentagon delay a long-planned U.S. hypersonic missile test scheduled to take place around the same time President Joe Biden was set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in June, according to sources familiar with the decision who spoke with Politico on Thursday.

According to three people familiar with the decision, including a defense official and a senior congressional aide, a top White House staffer contacted Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s office to request the hypersonic missile test be postponed. Officials worried the U.S. hypersonic missile launch could have sent the wrong message or even thrown off the meeting between Biden and Putin altogether.

The defense official claimed the Russians avoided similarly provocative behavior ahead of the meeting between the two leaders. The defense official said, “This is not unusual at all for the sake of table-setting.”

Oct 28 22:05

Report: Putin Negotiating With Israeli PM to Get U.S. to Lift Sanctions on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin is negotiating with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to get the United States to lift sanctions on Syria "in order to allow Russian companies to take part in the reconstruction of the country," Axios reports.

Oct 28 06:34

US senators urge Biden to avoid India sanctions over Russian deal

Two United States senators have urged President Joe Biden to waive sanctions against India over its purchase of Russia’s S-400 air defence system, saying such a punitive measure would endanger growing cooperation.

India signed a $5.5bn deal with Russia in 2018 for five of the surface-to-air missile systems for defence against long-time adversary Pakistan and China, with which it is locked in a standoff on their disputed border.

But the proposed transfer has caused friction with the US, which passed a law in 2017 under which any country engaged with Russia’s defence and intelligence sectors could face sanctions.

Republican Senator John Cornyn and Democrat Senator Mark Warner wrote a letter to Biden on Tuesday calling for a waiver on the grounds of national security and broader cooperation.

Oct 28 06:32

Kremlin Says Turkish Drones Risk Destabilising Situation in East Ukraine

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that its fears about Turkey's decision to sell strike drones to Ukraine were being realised and that the Turkish drones risked destabilising the situation in eastern Ukraine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was commenting on the deployment by Ukrainian government forces of a Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone to strike a position in eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

"We have really good ties with Turkey, but in this situation our fears are unfortunately being realised that the deliveries of these types of weapons to the Ukrainian military can potentially destabilise the situation on the line of contact," Peskov told reporters.

Russia-backed separatists have been fighting government troops in Ukraine's Donbass region since 2014, soon after Russia seized the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine. Kyiv says at least 14,000 people have been killed.

Oct 28 06:22

After Ukraine’s First Bayraktar Drone Attack, Rebels Allege Minsk Violation

The Ukrainian military destroyed a howitzer with a Turkish-made Bayraktar drone following the killing of a soldier by Russia-backed separatists on Tuesday.

Rodion Miroshnik, who represents the Lugansk People’s Republic, was quoted by TASS as saying that Kyiv violated the 2014 Minsk Agreement, which bans the use of foreign unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and combat aircraft along the “line of contact” between Ukrainian soldiers and the rebels.

“The Ukrainian military declares in a deliberate and even demonstrative fashion that they are violating the Minsk Agreements,” Miroshnik said.

Oct 28 06:21

Norway Scrambles Fighter Jets to Follow Russian Bombers - Moscow

Norway scrambled fighter jets to escort two Russian TU-160 bombers over the Barents and Norwegian seas, the Russian defence ministry said on Wednesday, according to local news agencies.

They said the two bombers had completed an eight-hour patrol over the Arctic seas.

"At certain stages of the route, Russian strategic missile-carriers were followed by F-16 fighter jets of Norwegian air force," Russia's defence ministry was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

Oct 28 06:21

Aggravation of Relations Between Russia and the West: Will it Lead to War?

No matter how many times it has been said that relations between Russia and Western countries can no longer get worse, the news agenda proves us the opposite time and again. On October 24, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer gave an interview to Deutschlandfunk radio in which she threatened Russia with the use of nuclear weapons if the country did not bow to NATO’s guidelines. Even though Germany itself does not possess nuclear weapons, it was implied that an attack could be launched by an American arsenal from European territory.

Oct 28 06:19

The Genie’s Out of the Bottle after Kiev’s Turkish Drones Strike Donbass

Now that Kiev is in possession of such potentially game-changing offensive weapons that have already been proven to have emboldened its aggression in the ongoing civil war over its eastern region’s future political status, there’s nothing that Ankara can do to restrain its partner.

I wrote earlier this summer that “Turkey’s Military Engagement With The Lublin Triangle Aims To Balance Russia”, which prognosticated the strategic impact of that country’s drone sales to Ukraine, Poland, and perhaps soon also Lithuania as well. Humbly speaking, my work accurately assessed the strategic dynamics in hindsight after one of Kiev’s Turkish drones just struck Donbass, prompting Russian presidential spokesman Peskov to once again warn about their destabilizing impact on regional conflicts such as that one.

Oct 28 05:25

Russia advises countries bordering Afghanistan to shut out NATO forces from region after Taliban takes control after US withdrawal

Moscow has called on Central Asian nations to reject any plans for NATO troops to be stationed in the region around Afghanistan, following the US-led bloc's hurried withdrawal from Kabul and the fall of the city to the Taliban.

On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that, "we once again request that Afghanistan's neighboring countries prevent the military presence of the US and NATO on their soil, as they plan to move in there in light of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan."

Earlier that day, in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Yuri Kokov, the deputy secretary of Russia's Security Council, said that the US is seeking to boost its military presence in the region, under the pretense of conducting anti-terrorism operations.

Oct 27 09:23

Nord Stream 2 ‘does not endanger’ security of EU gas supply, German government tells regulator, urging pipeline’s certification

The German Ministry of Economics and Technology has advised the country's national energy regulator to proceed with certifying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, saying it poses no threat to the security of the German or EU gas supply.

Known by its German acronym BMWi, the ministry sent its analysis of the pipeline to the body, known as the Bundesnetzagentur, on Tuesday. The agency has four months to finalize the certification process, and has already started the clock on September 8.

“In its analysis, the Federal Ministry of Economics comes to the conclusion that the issuing of a certification does not endanger the security of the gas supply to the Federal Republic of Germany and the European Union,” the ministry said.

Oct 27 09:19

Russia’s planned go-it-alone orbital space station could replace aging & deteriorating international ISS, suggests Roscomos head

The planned Russian Orbital Service Station (ROSS), an inhabited satellite scheduled to be fired into the cosmos in 2025, may be used as a prototype to replace the aging International Space Station (ISS) once it is decommissioned.

That’s according to the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin. Roscosmos is Russia’s state-run space agency and is responsible for the country’s cosmonautics programs and research.

With Russia’s obligations to participate in the ISS program coming to an end in 2025, there has long been speculation about the future of the inhabited satellite. Earlier this year, President Vladimir Putin approved the construction of ROSS, a Moscow-funded replacement.

Oct 27 06:18

Russia prepares the curtain call

The implementation of the conclusions of the US-Russia summit in Geneva (known as "Yalta II"), held on June 16, 2021, continues. It seems that the concessions made by Washington to Moscow are much more significant than previously thought. President Vladimir Putin continues to put the world back in order not only in the wider Middle East, but also in Africa and Asia. Substantial changes are already observable in four months. In the Russian tradition, nothing is announced, but everything will be revealed en bloc when things have become irreversible.

Oct 27 06:15

Victoria Annoys Russians, But Properly

Rarely has Russia used this sort of language to a top rep of the major Western powers, but she was sorely pushed. Diplomats are usually polite, but Mrs (“F*ck the EU”) Nuland awoke the beast in her Russian counterparts. Probably it was a mistake to insist that she should be the one to deal with the Russians. As a young woman, Victoria Nuland joined the crew of a Russian fishing trawler, and though she no doubt learned many useful words and expletives, she was not prepared for her talk with Mr Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister.

Oct 27 06:11

No reaction from Paris, Berlin to Kiev’s threats of missile strike at Russia — diplomat

Berlin and Paris must provide their assessment of how Kiev’s threats of a missile strike at Russia influence the Normandy Four negotiations process, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Tuesday, adding that their lack of reaction raises questions.

"The behavior of our partners on the Normandy Four format - Berlin and Paris - raises questions," the diplomat pointed out.

According to Zakharova, France and Germany do not react to Kiev’s open sabotage of the Minsk Agreements and "the recent degradation to threatening Russia openly."

"We urge German and French authorities, who advocate new Normandy format meetings, to assess how the direct threats of Ukrainian politicians against Russia facilitate progress at the negotiations, and urge Ukrainian citizens to contemplate where the aggressive militaristic statements of Ukrainian politicians can lead to," Zakharova noted.

Oct 27 06:09

World War II (III) mission to endure: U.S. to keep troops in Germany to confront Russia

The U.S. Army is here to stay in Germany, the service’s top civilian said this week during a stop in Munich that reinforced a growing sense that a proposal for big troop cutbacks in the country is all but dead.

Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth said Monday that “there should be no question” that the U.S. is sticking around. She highlighted the recent addition of new Army units as a sign that a mission dating to World War II will endure.

“The challenge Russia presents to both of our countries and the NATO alliance underscores how important it is we maintain and strengthen our trans-Atlantic ties,” she said.

Oct 27 05:53

HEAD OF CRIMEA: AMSTERDAM'S DECISION TO HAND OVER SCYTHIAN GOLD TO UKRAINE IS OUTRAGEOUS

The Amsterdam court's decision to hand over Scythian gold to Kiev, is practically a desicion to cover up the "raider seizure" of historical artifacts, the head of the Crimea Sergei Aksyonov is sure. He called the court verdict "unfair" and "outrageous", RIA Novosti reports.

The main part of the exhibits from the Scythian gold collection was discovered at the Late Scythian Ust-Alma necropolis near the village of Peschanoe, Bakhchisarai region. The collection includes jewelry, tableware made of metal, clay and wood, utensils, fragments of military ammunition, weapons, gravestone sculptures and more.

As Russkiy Mir reported earlier, in February 2014, about 2,000 exhibits of Crimean museums were sent to Amsterdam to participate in the exhibition at the Allard Pearson Museum. In the summer of the same year, the gallery announced its refusal to send artifacts back to both Crimea and Ukraine, which claimed its rights to the collection.

Oct 27 05:53

Netherlands: Amsterdam court rules in favour of Ukraine in Scythian gold dispute with Russia

Oct 27 05:40

Russia, China Hold First Ever Joint Patrol in Western Pacific

On Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry said Russia and China held their first ever joint naval patrols in the western Pacific as the two countries continue to step up military cooperation in the face of pressure from the US and its allies.

The patrols took place from October 17th to the 23rd and involved five Chinese warships and five Russian warships. The patrols included a passage through the Tsugaru Strait, which separates the northern Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido.

“The tasks of the joint patrolling were to demonstrate the state flags of Russia and China, maintain peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and also protect facilities of both countries’ maritime economic activity. During the patrol, the group of warships passed through the Tsugaru Strait for the first time,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Oct 26 06:33

Antagonizing Russia: A Biden Administration Specialty

Joe Biden’s administration seems determined to surpass its predecessors in taking actions that are certain to antagonize Russia. In just the past two weeks, the United States and its NATO allies have gone out of their way to provoke Moscow on four separate occasions. Such irresponsible behavior exacerbates already dangerous tensions with a nuclear-armed great power.

Oct 26 06:30

NATO's flirtation with adding 2 more members runs the risk of starting a war the US can't afford to fight

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is visiting Europe this week having said Ukraine and Georgia have an "open door to NATO" and that "no third country has a veto over NATO's membership decisions."

Because both countries have been on the receiving end of Russian aggression, it is natural to feel sympathy for Ukraine and Georgia - but offering them NATO membership is an extremely dangerous and counterproductive policy that does not serve the US national interest.

Rather than bolster the security of the American people, as one would expect US defense policy to do, expanding NATO increases the risk of the United States being drawn into a war with Russia. Moving forward in the process of offering NATO membership to Ukraine or Georgia risks igniting a major NATO-Russia conflict.

Oct 26 06:15

Russia summons German military attaché after Berlin’s defense minister suggests NATO should threaten Moscow with nuclear missiles

Russian officials have held an urgent meeting with the German Embassy’s military attaché in Moscow, expressing concern at a series of comments by the country’s defense minister that they say may worsen already fraught relations.

In a statement released on Monday, the Ministry of Defense revealed that, earlier that day, Berlin’s envoy “was asked to appear before the Main Directorate for Military Co-Operation.”

During the meeting, “attention was drawn to the remarks made by German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on nuclear deterrence against Russia, and a diplomatic note was handed over.”

Oct 26 05:49

Putin Warns of League of Nations Revival: What Are the Implications?

It would do us well to take Putin’s words with full seriousness and avoid staining human history with another world war.

Faced with increasing pressure to dissolve the five member UN Security Council, President Putin warned on October 21:

“If we remove the veto right of the permanent members, the UN would die the very same day – it would turn into the League of Nations. It would simply become a discussion platform”.

As walls separating east and west along Manichean Cold War lines of “democratic/free” vs “authoritarian/enslaved” are quickly being erected before our eyes, it is worth pondering not only the deeper implication of the Russian president’s message but also those healthier pathways out of the coming storm before it is too late.

Oct 26 05:40

President Putin on Taiwan: 'China does not need to use force'

Oct 25 06:57

Moscow decries U.S. move to call Russians 'homeless' for visa purposes

Russia on Sunday condemned a decision by the United States to add Russians seeking U.S. visas to a list of "homeless nationals" who can apply for visas in third countries.

The move allowed Russians to apply for U.S. visas in Warsaw instead of their home country after the American Embassy stopped processing most visa applications in May due to Moscow's ban on employing embassy staff in Russia.

The U.S. State Department lists as "homeless" applicants from countries in which the United States has no consular representation, or where consular staff cannot issue visas due to the political or security situation.

Russia became the 10th nation on the list, after Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.

Oct 25 06:54

Pentagon chief in Romania: should deterrence fail, U.S. and NATO positioned for war in Black Sea. Video and text.

As President Biden affirmed at the Bucharest Nine Summit in May, this Administration is committed to strengthening our Euro-Atlantic bonds and to ensuring a secure Eastern Flank.

I also wanted to be here to honor the Romanian service members who served side by side with us in Afghanistan over the past 20 years… including the 27 Romanian troops who died in Afghanistan.

Now, as most of you know, Romania is one of a handful of NATO Allies that hosts a significant number of U.S. rotational forces….

Oct 25 06:51

NATO attempts to turn Black Sea into arena of confrontation, senior diplomat says

NATO’s attempts to turn the Black Sea into an arena of confrontation are extremely dangerous, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told the Rossiya-24 TV channel on Friday.

"Now they have turned to the Black Sea region, we are observing activity on the territory of Bulgaria and Romania. They have already turned the Baltic Sea into an arena of military rivalry, and they are now intending to turn the Black Sea into an arena of military confrontation. This is an extremely dangerous path fraught with the risk of military incidents and escalation," he said.

Oct 25 06:39

A Part of Obama’s Legacy that Presumably Won’t Be Celebrated in his $482 Million Presidential Library

Irecently witnessed the exhumation of human remains from a mass grave that contains more than 200 bodies. It was a profound and profoundly disturbing experience. Each body in this grave represents an unnecessary and unjust death, a murder, and each of these more than 200 murders can never be forgotten or forgiven.

There is a message that cries out from these bones that must be heard and understood, and acted upon by all good people in the world. Otherwise, history will repeat itself, and again, the killers and the killing will continue, and more mass graves will be filled.

After seven years of war, a war that continues to this day, these 200 bodies are being exhumed from a mass grave that the war forced them into back in the summer of 2014, during the heaviest attacks and siege by the Ukrainian “punishers” against the people of Lugansk.

Oct 25 06:08

Putin Lays Cards Down: Approve Nord Stream 2 To Get More Gas

Russia could immediately increase natural gas deliveries to Europe as soon as German authorities approve the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, the Financial Times reports, citing President Vladimir Putin as saying gas can be delivered “the day after tomorrow” if approval is granted “tomorrow”.

Putin said Russia could deliver an additional 17.5 billion cu m of gas if the new pipeline gets the green light. This amount, according to the FT, is equal to a tenth of Russian gas deliveries to Europe and Turkey last year and would come not a moment too soon as Europe continues to struggle to fill up its reserves ahead of winter.

Oct 23 06:18

US to Send Three Island-Class Patrol Boats to Ukraine in November - Ambassador

The US will send to Ukraine three Island-class patrol boats in November, Ukrainian Ambassador to Washington Oksana Markarova said on Friday.

Earlier in October, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine said that two Island-class patrol boats will be transferred from the US to Ukraine during the third quarter of 2021, and another one is to be delivered by the end of the year.

"Today in Baltimore, at the US Coast Guard base, the fifth crew of Ukrainian sailors was declared ready to serve on the Island-class patrol boat called Kubrak. Six weeks of training with the best US instructors and in November three boats will be sent from Baltimore to Ukraine in addition to the two that are already in our military service," Markarova wrote on Facebook.

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Oct 23 06:01

Ukraine receives third batch of US military aid

The third batch of additional US military aid arrived in Ukraine, including ammunition, anti-tank and precision weapons as the Defense Ministry of Ukraine reported.

"Today, October 22, the third final batch of additional aid worth $ 60 million from the United States government for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine arrived in Ukraine, including ammunition, anti-tank and precision weapons, medical equipment and the like," the statement says.

As we reported, a new cargo of military assistance from the United States arrived in Ukraine on the night from October 17 to 18.

Oct 23 06:00

Pentagon chief: NATO Article 5 ironclad, sacred; Russia is focus, China is challenge. Video and text.

The secretary emphasized that the United States’ commitment to Article 5 of the Washington Treaty establishing the alliance in 1949 — an attack on one nation is an attack on all — is “ironclad.” He echoed President Joe Biden’s words that this commitment is “a sacred obligation” to the U.S. government.

Deterring Russia is a focus of NATO, and the defense ministers approved a number of initiatives to improve the readiness and availability of forces and capabilities.

But the global security environment is changing, and the wind of changes blows from the east. China – while not a focus of any one part of the NATO ministerial – is a concern to the nations of the alliance.

Oct 22 07:01

Normal Diplomatic Discussions With NATO Impossible in Light of Bloc's Moves, Russia Says

On Monday, Russia suspended the operation of NATO's information office in Moscow, and its own permanent mission to the alliance, over the bloc's move to revoke the accreditation of employees of the Russian mission to NATO. From now on, the alliance is instructed to turn to Russia's ambassador to Belgium if it has "any urgent matters" to discuss.

Normal diplomatic relations with NATO are impossible amid the hostile measures taken by the alliance against Russia, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko has said.
Speaking at a briefing Friday, Grushko suggested that at this moment, there are no longer any positive moments in relations between Russia and the alliance to speak of.

Oct 22 06:59

Washington thought it could divide Russia & China. But, despite their differences, they're still set on standing up to US hegemony

As tensions rise between East and West in the Pacific Ocean, Russian and Chinese warships have together charted a course through the Tsugaru Straits that divide Japan amid large-scale joint exercises between Moscow and Beijing.

The drills, Maritime Interaction 20201, took place in the Sea of Japan earlier this week. Chinese media has instantly proclaimed that the wargames serve as a counterweight to the newly-announced AUKUS pact between Washington, London and Canberra. The trio of nations have agreed to share nuclear submarine technology and strengthen their joint operations as part of growing US-led efforts to encircle and contain China.

Oct 22 06:45

A Display Of Contempt

Joe Biden’s administration insists that it wants to improve America’s badly frayed bilateral relationship with Russia. However, the president’s recent choice of an envoy for that task, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, strongly suggests a lack of sincerity on Washington’s part. Nuland was in Moscow for talks with senior Russian officials, including presidential aide Yury Ushakov, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, and President Vladimir Putin’s deputy chief of staff, Dmitry Kozak, October 11-13. Before she could even depart for her trip, though, the Kremlin had to lift a travel ban and other sanctions it had imposed on Nuland. That move occurred as part of a deal in which the United States lifted similar restrictions on Konstantin Vorontsov, a high-level foreign ministry official.

Oct 22 06:30

Russia fires missile, capable of carrying hypersonic warheads, from Europe to Asia in test of nuclear submarine in Far North

Moscow’s Ministry of Defense has announced that a nuclear submarine successfully launched a ballistic missile from in the White Sea, close to the Arctic Circle, marking the latest in a series of Russian naval rocket-firing tests.

On Thursday, officials revealed that the Knyaz Oleg submarine had completed its final stage of technical assessments after launching a Bulava missile. The rocket took off from the White Sea, an inland body of water close to Scandinavia, and was confirmed to have struck ground at the Kura firing range in Kamchatka, more than 6,000 kilometers east of Moscow.

“The strategic missile cruiser Knyaz Oleg, as part of the state test program, fired a Bulava ballistic missile from the White Sea. The rocket was launched from a submerged position at the Kura training ground in Kamchatka,” the military department said in a statement, adding, “the missile warheads have successfully arrived in the specified area at the estimated time.”

Oct 21 11:26

Must See: Russia Makes Announcement That Can Lead To WW3

The U.S. Defense Secretary's trip to Eastern Europe angered Moscow after it declared it was shuttering its NATO mission and sending NATO diplomats out of Moscow.

"We don't have proper conditions for basic diplomatic activities," announced Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Moscow blames NATO for not being interested in "equal dialogue or joint efforts to defuse military-political tension." The ruling came after NATO expelled eight diplomats from Russia's mission earlier this month, stating they worked as undeclared intelligence officers.

En route to NATO this week, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Georgia and Ukraine, two NATO aspirant Black Sea neighbors that the Russian military invaded and proceeded to occupy partly.

Oct 21 11:07

Putin: Attempts by tech platforms to usurp political or state functions were short-lived, they’ve been put in their place

‘Global digital platforms’ are unable to ‘usurp’ any government functions despite all of their might, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Valdai forum amid political scandals surrounding companies like Facebook and Google.

Big Tech has sought to acquire some functions rivaling those of governments, the Russian leader said, adding that such attempts were “fleeting.” Still, with all the power the companies have accumulated over the years, they remain unable to compete with the state authorities in this field, he believes.

“In the US, the owners of these platforms were taken down a peg or two as it was in Europe as well,” he told the forum, referring to what he called “de-monopolization measures.”

Oct 21 06:28

Heightening Tensions In Ukraine

Shifting strategic priorities in the United States and Europe are leading Kyiv—not Moscow—to heighten tensions in Eastern Europe. Following the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea and the ensuing separatist conflict in Ukraine’s eastern oblasts, the country began taking significant steps to divest itself of its economic reliance on Russia and politically reorient towards Europe. For its part, the latter viewed facilitating Ukrainian integration into various transatlantic frameworks as a net benefit.

As geopolitical circumstances have changed, however, Western enthusiasm towards Ukraine has started to wane. This trend is troublesome for Kyiv, as the country has become increasingly reliant on presenting itself as the victimized eastern edge of Europe. In an attempt to counter its diminishing level of priority, it has begun to ratchet up its hostile rhetoric as well as escalatory behavior in the region.

Oct 21 05:05

Ukraine NATO Membership: Why US, EU Won't Test Russia's 'Red Lines' Despite Pentagon Chief's Bravado

US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin claimed on 19 October that Russia had no right to veto NATO's membership decisions when it comes to Ukraine. What's behind the Pentagon's renewed rhetoric about Ukraine's admission to NATO?

Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin has kicked off a three-leg visit to Georgia, Ukraine, and Romania before attending the NATO Defence Ministerial in Brussels in a bid to "reassure allies and partners of America's commitment to their sovereignty in the face of Russian aggression".

Both Georgia and Ukraine are seeking membership in the transatlantic military alliance. However, under NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts and disputes cannot join the bloc.

Oct 20 20:56

Russia Backs the Scamdemic

Oct 20 08:07

Video of Russian SU-30 Fighters Escorting US B-1B Bombers Over Black Sea Emerges Online

On Tuesday, the Russian Defence Ministry said two Su-30 fighter jets were scrambled after airspace control devices detected air targets approaching Russia's state border.
A video of two Russian Su-30 warplanes escorting two US B-1B strategic bombers over the Black Sea has emerged online.

The footage specifically shows a Su-30 fighter jet approaching a KC-135 high in the sky over the sea.

Oct 20 07:57

‘Needlessly Provocative’: Austin Rebuked for Again Opening NATO Door to Ukraine and Georgia

Anti-war advocates on Monday warned that U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin would be making a dangerous strategic blunder if he suggests that Ukraine and Georgia have a welcome mat toward full integration into the NATO military alliance – a move critics say would dramatically increase the risk of war between Washington, D.C. and Moscow.

According to The Washington Times, Austin will signal that NATO is holding an “open door” for Georgia and Ukraine as he visits the two nations and Romania this week.

“We are reassuring and reinforcing the sovereignty of countries that are on the front lines of Russian aggression,” a senior US defense official told reporters ahead of Austin’s trip.

Critics like Matt Duss, foreign policy to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), renewed long-standing warnings against potential NATO membership for the two former Soviet republics.

Oct 20 06:16

No country has ‘veto’ on Ukraine’s NATO aspirations, Washington warns as Moscow tells Kiev joining bloc goes ‘beyond red lines’

No country can veto Ukraine's wish to join NATO, America's top security official has said. Lloyd Austin's statement comes after Moscow warned Kiev that joining the bloc would go beyond "red lines" and may prompt "active measures."

Ukraine is free to decide its future and foreign policy, with no foreign entity having a say in its aspiration to join the NATO alliance, the US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Tuesday.

"Ukraine… has a right to decide its own future foreign policy and we expect that they will be able to do that without any outside interference," Austin said at a joint press conference with his Ukrainian counterpart Andrey Taran in Kiev.

Oct 20 06:08

Tucker: Anyone who thinks Russia is biggest threat is national security threat

Oct 20 06:07

U.S. defense chief visits special operations base used to train Georgian troops for next war

Within the framework of his official visit to Georgia, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin together with the Minister of Defense of Georgia Juansher Burchuladze and the Commander of the Defense Forces, Major General Giorgi Matiashvili visited the military base of the Special Operations Forces.

The US Secretary of Defense got acquainted with the Georgian-American Joint Exchange Exercise (JCET). US Army operative units, “Alfa” group of the Defense Forces and Special Operations forces in the eastern battalions….

The United States Secretary of Defense concluded his official visit to Georgia with a visit to the Special Operations Base, a key strategic partner. Lloyd Austin held official meetings with the government administration and the Department of Defense prior to his visit to the Special Operations Forces base.

Oct 19 19:49

Zuckerberg Is Trembling In Fear After President Putin Vows to Destroy Facebook’s Biased Newsfeed Algorithm That Is Censoring Conservatives

Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to kill Facebook’s AI-powered newsfeed algorithm that is censoring Conservatives, allowing users to opt out of the company’s biased recommendation system.

Oct 19 14:59

Russia chooses not to raise natural gas supplies to Europe despite Putin’s pledge to help

Russia has opted against sending more natural gas supplies to Europe, curbing hopes that Moscow may ease its grip on the market shortly after President Vladimir Putin said the country would be prepared to help.

Highly anticipated auction results on Monday showed Russia’s state gas giant Gazprom had not booked additional gas transit capacity for November either through the Ukrainian pipeline system or lines into western Europe via Poland.

Gazprom booked only 30 million cubic meters per day on the Yamal-Europe route of 86.5 million cubic meters per day available for November, an amount comparable to that booked in September, and has not booked any volumes via Ukraine.

Oct 19 09:38

Russia to fine Google up to 20% of annual turnover for failing to delete banned content

Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor said it would seek to fine American tech giant Google for repeatedly failing to remove content deemed illegal as soon as this week. The fine will amount to 5-20% of Google’s Russian turnover.

The watchdog highlighted Google had failed to pay $458,100 (32.5 million rubles) in penalties levied earlier this year. The latest fine may be as much as $240 million, marking a significant increase from the previous penalty.

Earlier this month, Roskomnadzor announced plans to ask a court to impose a turnover fine on social media firm Facebook, citing legislation signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in December 2020. Facebook was accused of allowing content glamorizing drug use, child pornography, and extremism.

Oct 19 09:37

Russia will continue to ditch US dollar in economy & trade – official

The Russian government is planning to continue its established policy of eliminating the share of US currency in the country’s economy, according to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Pankin.

According to the minister, all transactions processed via the US financial system can be blocked by Washington at its discretion, while the threat of anti-Russian sanctions is still relevant.

“Thus, there is no doubt about the expediency of continuing to work on further reducing the share of the dollar in national and international reserves, as well as its use in settlements with foreign partners,” he said, as quoted by Interfax.

Oct 19 07:23

China, Russia navy ships jointly sail through Japan strait

A group of 10 naval vessels from China and Russia sailed through a strait separating Japan's main island and its northern island of Hokkaido on Monday, the Japanese government said, adding that it is closely watching such activities.

It was the first time Japan has confirmed the passage of Chinese and Russian naval vessels sailing together through the Tsugaru Strait, which separates the Sea of Japan from the Pacific.

While the strait is regarded as international waters, Japan's ties with China have long been plagued by conflicting claims over a group of tiny East China Sea islets. Tokyo has a territorial dispute with Moscow, as well.

Oct 19 05:21

One Rule for Britannia? UK’s new post-Brexit ‘global’ fund is a front for meddling in Russia’s politics, leaked documents reveal

Building a shadowy network of NGOs, charities and other umbrella organizations abroad has been identified as a key part of the UK’s strategy to reshape the world in its own image, a new tranche of leaked documents has revealed.

In the wake of the landmark Brexit referendum in 2016, the UK government launched the opaque ‘Global Britain Fund’. Questions around the size of its budget, objectives, which projects it bankrolls and where, and other key questions have remained unanswered since.

It was only two years later that then-Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan brought up the Fund in parliament for the first time in response to a question from the opposition Labour party, sparingly stating that it supports projects overseas that provide “short-term support for small-scale tactical interventions to enable wider foreign policy objectives.”

Oct 19 05:04

US signs military pact with Georgia, condemns Russia

The United States has signed a military pact with Georgia which will last for six years, and condemned “Russia's ongoing occupation of Georgia.”

Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin signed the agreement with Georgian Defense Minister Junasher Burchuladze on Monday, a move that is likely to increase tensions between Washington and Moscow.

The deal will replace a similar bilateral military pact which is set to expire at the end of the year.

“This represents an important new phase in security cooperation between our two countries," Austin said while speaking at the Ministry of Defense in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi.

The pact is meant to help Georgia, a former Soviet state, “further develop its defense capacity and advance its Euro-Atlantic aspirations,” a Defense Department statement said which was released after the signing ceremony.

Oct 18 10:52

Russia scrambles fighter jet to escort U.S. military plane - TASS

A Russian MiG-31 fighter jet has been scrambled to escort a U.S. B-1B strategic bomber over the Sea of Japan, TASS news agency reported on Sunday citing the Russian military, just days after an incident with a U.S. naval destroyer in the same region.

It said the bomber had not breached the Russian border.

Russia said on Friday one of its military vessels chased away a U.S. destroyer that attempted to violate Russian territorial waters during Russian-Chinese naval drills in the Sea of Japan, something Washington said was false.

Oct 18 05:53

Russia Suspends Operation of NATO Information Office in Moscow

Earlier this month, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urged the alliance to maintain interaction with Russia to avoid another Cold War or a new arms race.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Moscow has suspended the operation of NATO's information office in Moscow.

Oct 18 05:53

Red line: Ukraine joining NATO would be ‘worst-case scenario’ for Moscow, response would involve ‘active measures,’ says Kremlin

The accession of Ukraine to NATO is a “worst-case scenario” that would cross a “red line” for Moscow’s interests and, if Kiev were accepted as a member, Russia would be forced to take measures to protect its national security.

That’s according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who told Parisian TV channel France 5 about the threat Moscow perceives from the US-led bloc, while also noting that Russia wishes to be a part of a prosperous Europe.

“Ukraine’s accession to NATO would be the worst-case scenario,” Peskov told the French journalists for a program called ‘Vladimir Putin: Master of the Game’.

Oct 18 05:39

Beijing, Moscow, Ankara Push US Out Of Red Sea Dominance

The U.S. abandonment of Ethiopia has forced its government to seek allies and protection elsewhere, and Russia, China, and Turkey have rushed in to fill the power vacuum.

The now-open hostility of the Biden administration toward Ethiopia was rationalized as being supportive of Egypt’s position as the United States’ preferred partner in the region, controlling the Suez Canal. Washington also justifies its hostility on claims—widely discredited by the evidence—of Ethiopian “human rights violations” in its fight against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) marxist insurgency. But it was the TPLF which began the war surging into the neighboring Ethiopian Amhara and Afar regions, causing millions of refugees.

And despite the U.S. efforts to please Cairo, Beijing and Moscow have also improved their positions with the Egyptian government.

Oct 16 06:24

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

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

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

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

Oct 15 10:30

Desperate migrants trapped between Belarus, Poland amid geopolitical row

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 15 06:02

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

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

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

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

Oct 15 06:00

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

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

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

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

Oct 14 13:12

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

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

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

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

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