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Dec 22 09:11

Psychoanalysing NATO: The Diagnosis

Authored by Patrick Armstrong via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

In previous essays I argued that NATO tries to distract our attention from its crimes by accusing Russia of those crimes: this is "projection". NATO manipulates its audience into thinking the unreal is real: this is "gaslighting". NATO sees what it expects to see – Moscow's statements that they will respond to medium range missiles emplaced next door are re-jigged as the "threats" which justify NATO's earlier act: this is "confirmation bias". And, finally, NATO thinks Russia is so weak it's doomed and so strong that it is destroying the tranquility of NATO Land: this is a sort of geopolitical "schizophrenia". (I must acknowledge Bryan MacDonald's marvelous neologism of Russophrenia - a condition where the sufferer believes Russia is both about to collapse, and take over the world.)

Dec 22 08:30

P.C.Roberts: Is Russia Learning?

Is Russia learning that Washington wants no deal with Russia except Russian vassalage and that relying on agreements with the West is delusional? There is some indication that Russia is learning, but it seems to be a slow process.
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The Russian government seems unaware that Washington has already in effect declared war on Russia. To be legal, sanctions must be imposed by the United Nations. The sanctions imposed on Russia are unilateral US actions and, thereby, strictly illegal. They comprise an American attack on Russia. In response, Russia has done virtually nothing.

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(*They employed the less visible , in the west , virtue of patience .)

Lavrov: Presence of US troops in Syria illegal, withdrawal step in right direction

Dec 22 07:53

Russia to target any US missiles deployed in Europe after INF treaty terminated — Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier spoke of possibility of a nuclear war following the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF)

If the United States deploys its missile systems in Europe after terminating the INF Treaty, Russia will have to aim its own missiles at those systems, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a Channel One broadcast on Thursday night.

Russia not seeking arms race, but a balance of power — Putin
The presidential spokesman was asked to comment on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s words about the possibility of a nuclear war following the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, I would politely, but strongly, caution you that the Russians mean precisely what they say.

Right now, I am reminded of that archetypal dream, where one is observing two trains, headed toward each other, and you can see what the result will be, which is a spectacular crash, with horrific fatalities, but are unable to get the attention of the engineers driving both trains.

War is a brilliant money maker, for those with stockpiles of bandages and bombs, and who can charge usurious prices for those items, as well as money to lend to governments to pursue their wars; but war is a pretty lousy way of conducting foreign policy.

In fact, I would characterise war as the abject failure of honorable,, moral diplomacy, with which governments should be achieving their political, and financial, objectives.

I would therefore, strongly suggest to President Trump, now that he has announced that US troops are leaving Syria, that he very much consider the possibility of meeting with Putin, and very soon.

The time is, unfortunately, running out for a positive outcome on this issue, and I hope that both Trump and Putin have the moral character to come to a reasonable resolution on this.

Dec 22 07:40

US to give Ukraine extra $10mn for naval buildup in response to Kerch Strait incident

The US will provide $10 million extra in military aid to help Ukraine beef up its naval capabilities, the State Department has announced, days after a Senate resolution called for such aid in response to the Kerch Strait incident.
Russia was ordered to "immediately return to Ukraine the seized vessels and detained Ukrainian crews" involved in last month's naval provocation and to allow Ukrainian ships to freely navigate the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov in Friday's statement from deputy State Department spokesperson Robert Palladino. The financial decision was made "in solidarity with" Lithuania and the UK, which also plan to step up their funding of the Ukrainian military, he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, please; 10 million dollars which will probably be frittered away by the uber-corrupt Poroshenko government, with utterly no accountability as to how this is spent, while our homeless Vets sleep rough in our streets?!?

Really?!?

And please, the utter hubris of "ordering" Russia to " "immediately return to Ukraine the seized vessels and detained Ukrainian crews" involved in last month's naval provocation and to allow Ukrainian ships to freely navigate the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov in Friday's statement from deputy State Department spokesperson Robert Palladino."?!?

For anyone paying attention, the optics here are God-awful, hubristic, and belligerent beyond belief.

The Ukrainian vessels did not follow protocol, and for that, they were picked up, their boats impounded, and its crew arrested.

And Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council head Alexander Turchinov, if I hear the "A" word, as in "annexed" from any of you, or your obviously fact-avoidant colleagues on this issue, I shall be compelled to call you out, peacefully and responsibly.

Now, please let me use reasonably small words, so I don't lose you on the logic or the timeline.

Let's go back to the way-back machine of 4 years ago, when Ukraine's duly elected President Yanukovich got thrown under the proverbial bus, and Petro Poroshenko was "anointed" as Ukraine's President, in an election more crooked than is a dog's hind leg.

The people of Crimea, understanding that there was no longer any legitimate government in Kiev, opted to hold a referendum, asking the people of Crimea if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, post-putsch, or request admission to the Russian Federation.

By an overwhelming vote, the Crimean people requested that they wanted to become a part of the Russian Federation; petitioned the Russian Federation to have that happen, and that petition was accepted by the Russian Federation.

Mr. Turchinov, Ukraine is a member of the UN, or at least the last time I looked, which means that it is a signatory to the UN Charter, giving all people whose countries have signed that charter, the right of peaceful self determination, which is precisely what Crimea did.

And just in case, sir, you are experiencing a really lousy bout of SMD (selective memory disorder) please remember that Crimea was annexed to Ukraine from Russia by Nikita Kruschev in the 50s.

And one last historical reality, before your SMD kicks in again; President Obama himself, in an interview on CNN, admitted that the US had been a part of the group to support regime change in Kiev.

President Obama admits that the US government brokered a deal in support of regime change in Ukraine

So sir, in conclusion, it has become painfully clear that Ukraine's and the US government's narrative of both how Crimea rejoined the Russian Federation, and why the Ukraine's military boats got pinched by the Russians in the Kerch Strait, are complete and utter fictions, woven around an agenda which, most probably, cannot be be realized; the Ukraine's forcible taking Crimea back from Russia by the Ukrainian military.

And we have a companion piece, from sputniknews.com, on this story:

US 'Has to Babysit Poroshenko' Since Too Much Money Was Put in Ukraine - Kremlin

Dec 21 14:33

Ukrainian Draft Dodgers Flood EU and Russia to Flee Impending War

With saber rattling on both sides, large troop movements towards the borders, and bellicose rhetoric, war seems to be a real possibility. If it happens, Ukrainian armed forces would be decimated in a matter of hours, and Ukrainian youth know this, so they are fleeing conscription, heading to Russia and the EU, anywhere but home.

Dec 21 12:30

Major Russian bank ready to shut off Visa & Mastercard, halves dollar holdings

One of Russia’s state-run banking giants sanctioned by the US, Promsvyazbank, has brought its security deposits payable to international payment systems – Visa and Mastercard – down to a minimum.

The measure is set to be implemented by converting domestic banking transactions to Russia’s Mir payment system, launched by the Central Bank of Russia in 2015, a year after Western sanctions against the country were introduced.

Russia’s ninth biggest financial institution has also reduced its foreign-exchange holdings, according to Promsvyazbank president Pyotr Fradkov, as quoted by Russian business daily Vedomosti.

Dec 21 12:19

World War 3: Russia moves missile warship into Azov Sea ready for showdown

A RUSSIAN missile frigate is moving in the direction of the Azov Sea from Crimea amid World War 3 tensions between Moscow and Ukraine.

The frigate was spotted 1.5 nautical miles off the Crimean coast in the area of the town of Feodosia. A helicopter was visible onboard, the witness said. Tensions are high in the area after Vladimir Putin’s warships opened fire on three Ukrainian ships in the Black Sea on November 25.

Dec 21 11:55

Why Trump’s Peace Signal in Syria Could See US Clash With Russia in Ukraine

Trump’s abrupt call for US troops to leave Syria is being lambasted by his domestic critics as “a gift to Russia.” The paradox is that peace signals on Syria could bode sharper conflict with Russia in Ukraine. Hardly a gift.

President Trump’s announcement via Twitter of a military pullout from Syria is best understood as a superficial political move.
The subsequent prompt resignation by his Defense Secretary James Mattis – within hours of Trump’s declared withdrawal – shows the president is deeply at odds with the Pentagon. Military officials say they were blindsided by Trump. Mattis’ resignation, therefore, came as a rebuke.

Dec 21 11:23

Putin welcomes US decision to pull troops out of Syria

Russian president says he agrees 'on the whole' with US president that ISIL has been defeated in Syria
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Nevertheless, Putin cast doubt on Washington's plans, saying "we don't see any signs of withdrawing US troops yet, but I concede that it is possible."

(*Putin: A Realist )

Dec 21 09:44

Escobar On Conquering Crimea: The 'Civilized' & The 'Barbarians'

Bridge over troubled water
Washington officially insists all Crimea-related sanctions will remain until Moscow returns the peninsula to Ukraine. This will never happen. For Moscow, Crimea is already back to where it belongs. After all, Nikita Khrushchev, a sentimental Ukrainian, had transferred Crimea to Ukraine in 1954 in a fit of proletarian brotherhood, while blatantly violating the Constitution of the USSR.

US neocons and assorted Russophobes insist that Washington should further weaponize Kiev’s land, sea and air forces to counter “Russian aggression”, but Crimeans treat this as a bad joke.

Everyone knows Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko needs a diversion from his dismal, corrupt government. Thus the illegal – according to the Minsk agreements – bombing of cities in Donbass and the recent Kerch “incident”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you EVER hear the "A" word again, in terms of Russia and Crimea come out of the mouth of a consummate idiot, who actually believes they are truly informed, please show this to them.

And please, politely remind them that President Obama publicly stated, on an interview on CNN, that the US was part of the group to "broker" regime change in Ukraine, which threw Yanukovich under the proverbial buss, and "anointed"
Petro Poroshenko to the job, in an election more crooked than is a dog's hind leg.

President Obama admits that the US brokered a deal in support of regime change in Kiev.

But unfortunately, blaming countries for what they have not done (as in the case of Russia "annexing" Crimea;), followed by stiff sanctions (as the US ha done in the case of China, Russia, and Iran), can have a really bad boomerang effect on the countries doing the sanctioning, and biting those declaring the sanctions in some unspeakably tender portions of the human anatomy.

Dec 21 09:25

How NBC News Lied about RT to Whip Up Anti-Russian Hysteria

"Alleged Terrorist says Russian TV Channel influenced attack on Buckingham Palace."

This was an actual headline -in big bold type- run by NBC recently.

The subtext of this headline – what the headline is really saying - is this:

“Man watches news report on government-controlled channel of our enemy, Russia, which convinces him to commit an act of terror!”

In other words, “Russia is guilty of instigating terror in London!”

Dec 21 09:17

Russia launches probe into BBC programming in response to Ofcom ‘in breach’ rulings on RT

The Russian media regulator will probe the programming of BBC World News, which is available in the country, in response to a decision of its British counterpart, which found RT in breach of its rules in seven cases.

In addition to the TV broadcast, the Roskomnadzor (RKN) will check the content of BBC websites to see if it breaches the Russian regulations, the watchdog said in a statement on Friday.

Commenting on the development, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said the probe was “long overdue.”

Dec 21 09:10

Putin Slams Poroshenko’s State Intervention In Church Life, Fears Bloody Outcome

During the 14th annual press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the situation with the formation of the so-called autocephalous Orthodox Church in Ukraine a case of state intervention in church life. On this December 20th, reports RIA Novosti .

“Unfortunately, in Ukraine they have now created a united splitting church of the Istanbul parish. See what kind of dependence comes from Turkey. There are appointments, and, most importantly, money. I think this is the main motive of Bartholomew – to subjugate this territory, and then also gain it, ” the president said.

Dec 21 08:42

Russian Media Watchdog Roskomnadzor Launches Probe Into BBC World News in Russia

Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor initiated an inspection of the BBC World News channel in Russia as well as BBC digital editions to verify the media's compliance with the Russian law after the UK Office of Communications (Ofcom) accused RT broadcaster of bias, the watchdog's press service said Friday.

"In connection with the situation regarding the decision made by the UK regulator Ofcom on the violation of the broadcasting rules by the RT channel, Roskomnadzor initiates control measures against BBC World News aired on the territory of Russia, as well as regarding BBC resources on the Internet for compliance of their materials with Russian legislation," the watchdog said.

Dec 20 15:23

FLASHBACK - Referendums held in Crimea

The peninsula of Crimea will hold its third referendum on March 16, 2014 on whether it should gain greater autonomy or reunite with Russia.

The peninsula previously held two referendums, in 1991 and 1994, focusing on similar issues.

Dec 20 12:24

BEXALERT!!!: Trump’s Syria surprise is a new attempt to distract from bad news at home

More Sedition.

Donald Trump’s decision to pull US troops out of Syria wasn’t vetted by the Pentagon, the State Department, Congress, or US allies, and his rationale for it is false, foreign policy experts and military veterans say.

Dec 20 11:29

Putin Announces Advanced Hypersonic Weapons; Russian Military Plans For Base In Caribbean; Warns Nuclear War Shouldn't Be Underestimated

By Aaron Kesel

Russian President Vladimir Putin denied the U.S. claim that Russia has developed a new cruise missile in violation of 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which banned land-based nuclear missiles in Europe during the Cold War. Putin added that Russia has advanced hypersonic weapons, surpassing the banned weapons by the treaty and wouldn’t need new missiles, Associated Press reported...

Dec 20 11:18

Prelude to Caribbean Crisis 2.0? Russia reportedly eyes air base off Venezuela's coast

As Washington is determined to leave the landmark INF Treaty, it seems Moscow is looking for a response. Russian media has cited diplomatic sources as saying that Moscow is eyeing a strategic air base off Venezuela's coast.
The arrival of two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers to Venezuela earlier this month has provoked a nervous reaction from Washington and led to a brief heated exchange between the US and Russian officials. This might have been a prelude to a more ambitious endeavor, Russia's Nezavisimaya Gazeta (NG) daily revealed, citing military and diplomatic sources.

Sources told the paper that Moscow seeks to create a semi-permanent base for the Russian long-range aviation on one of Venezuela's islands in the Caribbean Sea as it prepares for “long-time military presence” in the US 'backyard'.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The President of the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, is like a truly naive child, when it comes even beginning to understand that his decisions may have unintended consequences.

Russia's talking to Maduro about the US pullout from the INF Treaty, creating a potential for Russia to be invited to build a base in Venezuela... was only one of those unintended consequences.

And I swear to you, this Administration desperately needs at least SOMEONE on their team who can think a scenario through to its logical conclusion, because the quality of thinking, coming out of this administration, deeply concerns me about the trajectories of both foreign, and domestic policies.

Dec 20 10:48

RUSSIA COMPLETES REARMING CRIMEA WITH S-400 MISSILES TO "NEUTRALIZE POSSIBLE THREATS"

Russia has completed rearming air defense forces in Crimea with its advanced S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems, Russian officials confirmed at an annual Defense Ministry year end review meeting on Tuesday.
“This year, we have completed rearming air defense units stationed in Crimea with the S-400 Triumph systems. Today they are on combat duty, reliably protecting the airspace over the entire Crimean Peninsula,” the Commander of the Southern Military District, Colonel-General Alexander Dvornikov said, according to TASS. Russian commanders have touted the S-400 missiles' capabilities of engaging targets at a distance of 400km and at an altitude of up to 30 km (though western analysts say the numbers are lower), and have lately widely publicized the new Crimean missile deployments following the Nov. 25 Kerch Strait incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; "If either Ukrainian or US troops try something "funny" in Crimea, they had better be prepared for a real, and lethal, response!!"

Dec 20 10:43

Tsunami warning issued after 7.5 magnitude earthquake strikes Russia's Kamchatka

A tsunami warning has been issued for the coastal areas of Russia’s Far East after a strong earthquake off the coast of Kamchatka. Waves are said to be possible within 300 kilometers of the epicenter.

The quake was registered on Friday morning local time, at the depth of 33 kilometers (20 miles) under the Bering Sea, some 80 kilometers east of the coast of Kamchatka.

There was no threat as of yet to Alaska, the continental US, or Hawaii, the US government’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Dec 20 10:35

Skripal vs Khashoggi: Some Countries Are More Equal than Others

International politics and hypocrisy have always gone together like sewers and stink, but the contrast between the recent media and government reactions to the Skripal poisoning, on the one hand, and the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, on the other, reflects a new high water mark for duplicity and deceit by the New World Order and its satraps.

The blizzard of newsfeed and groupthink from the usual talking heads in the immediate aftermath of the “Skripal affair”, as it came to be known, called for serious sanctions against Russia even before any official investigation had been concluded. Some went so far as to call the curious incident an “act of war”. Yet even now, when it is fairly clear that Mohammad bin Salman himself ordered the hit on Khashoggi, no significant action has been taken to jeopardize our relationship with our “great ally” Saudi Arabia for its involvement in the journalist’s murder.

Dec 20 10:16

US lawmakers' 'reckless' call for navy op in Black Sea incites more mischief from Kiev – Senator

A resolution by US Senators calling on President Donald Trump to spearhead "multinational freedom of navigation operation" in the Black Sea is inciting Ukraine to commit new military provocations, a Russian lawmaker says.
The resolution introduced by 41 US Senators on Wednesday urges Trump to retaliate against what it calls "Russian aggression" seen during a standoff between Ukrainian and Russian ships in the Kerch Strait in November. The Senators want the US to lead a "robust freedom of navigation operation" in the Black Sea, and call for an end to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, linking Russia and Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea.

Dec 20 10:05

Tensions continue to rise in Russia-Israel relations over Hamas, Ukraine

Fresh tensions have broken out in ties between Moscow and Tel Aviv, already entangled in a row over the downing of a Russian aircraft in Syria, this time over the Palestine issue and the Ukraine conflict.

Recently, the Gaza-based Palestinian resistance movement Hamas said that its Political Bureau Head Ismail Haniyeh would travel to Moscow in late December upon an official invitation from the Russian Foreign Ministry.

During the visit, Haniyeh would discuss bilateral relations and the political developments in Palestine with the Russian leadership, Hamas added.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Maliki has also been invited to Moscow, but it is still not clear whether he would sit down with Haniyeh.

Dec 20 10:03

Moscow says the U.S. forced Maria Butina to falsely confess that she's a Russian agent after she pleaded guilty to plotting to infiltrate the Republican party through her work with the NRA

Russia's government is accusing the United States of forcing Russian national Maria Butina to falsely confess that she's a secret agent for the Kremlin.

On Thursday Butina pleaded guilty to joining a conspiracy on behalf of the Kremlin to infiltrate the Republican party via the NRA just before Donald Trump's presidential election in 2016.

The 30-year-old pleaded guilty to a count of 'conspiracy against the United States' when she appeared in federal court in Washington D.C. in a deal with prosecutors.

But the Kremlin insists that the charge is 'ridiculous' and she was coerced to make the confession.

Dec 20 09:38

World War 3 WARNING: Ukraine to RETALIATE after Russian attacks - 'We have NO alternative'

A UKRAINIAN official has confirmed the country will send warships into the Sea of Azov, igniting another potential clash with Russia.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov told the BBC the move was necessary to prevent Russia from taking full control of the water. Moscow responded to his comments by saying it was “provocation”. Mr Turchynov said Ukraine had “no alternative” but did not give any indication when the mission would take place.

Dec 20 09:16

Putin agrees with Trump’s ‘correct’ decision to order US troop pullout from Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he concurred with his US counterpart Donald Trump that the terrorist group, the Islamic State (outlawed in Russia) had been defeated in Syria on the whole.

"As for the victory over the Islamic State, I agree with the US president by and large," Putin told Thursday’s annual news conference. "We’ve achieved considerable changes in the struggle against terrorism in that area and dealt severe blows to the Islamic State in Syria."

Dec 20 09:16

Putin regrets growing global tendency of underestimating risks of nuclear war

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he regrets growing global tendency of underestimating the risks of a nuclear war.

"I just thought somehow the danger of such a development in the world is somehow fading into the background," he said. "It seems impossible or something not so important. In the meantime, should anything like that happen, God forbid, this may result in the death of civilization and, possibly, the entire planet."

President Putin hopes mankind will have enough common sense to prevent a third world war from ever happening.

Dec 20 09:03

WATCH: Russian Pilots Get Heroes’ Welcome in Venezuela After Landing Supersonic Bombers

This video shows the Russians arriving in a show of support for Venezuela with joint military drills.

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They get a very warm emotional welcome.

The “Tu-160” nuclear-capable bombers have the distinction of having the largest wingspan of any combat aircraft in use and being the fastest bomber in the world today,

Dec 20 09:02

Israel Complaining Can't Hit Syria Targets Because They're Flying Russian Flags -- Report

Moscow is allowing fighters from Hezbollah and other pro-Iranian Shiite groups operating in Syria to carry Russian flags in order to protect them from Israeli airstrikes, Russia's Kommersant newspaper reported Wednesday.

The report follows a Russian snub earlier this week to Israeli military officials, as Moscow appears reluctant to ease its anger over the loss of one of its planes during an IAF bombing raid in Syria in September. The plane was brought down by Syrian missiles targeting the Israelis, but Moscow insists that Jerusalem did not provide sufficient warning of its strike to allow its aircraft to reach safety.

Dec 20 09:00

BREAKING: FSB THWARTS KIEV TERRORIST PLOT IN CRIMEA

The Federal Security Service (FSB) detained a gang member in the Republic of Crimea for storing 12 kg of TNT. According to the intelligence service, the accused is related to the nationalist organization “Noman Chelebidzhikhan’s battalion” TASS reports today, December 19th. Noman Chelebidzhikhan was a prominent figure in Crimean Tatar history. He was head of the Crimean Tatar national government in 1917-1918, and was a writer, poet, and the author of the national anthem.

Dec 20 08:59

Neo-Nazi Azov’s Leader Biletsky Is On The Path To Power In Ukraine

By this year’s end its evident, the PR activity of the Ukrainian “National Corps” and its “Fuhrer”Andrey Biletsky, is gaining momentum. It seems that this radical force offers itself not only to situational allies, such as the head of the Interior Ministry of the country Arsen Avakov, but also to the presidential camp.

Dec 20 08:59

40 U.S Senators Call On Trump To Conduct ‘Military Operation’ Against Russia

More than 40 US senators called on President Donald Trump to conduct a multinational military operation against Russia in the Black Sea.

According to them, it is necessary to ensure freedom of navigation, as well as to demonstrate support for “internationally recognized borders” and bilateral agreements. It also notes the need to “resist the excessive claims of Russia to sovereignty.”

In addition, the document calls for NATO to increase its presence in the Black Sea, as well as a call for European allies and partners to deny Russian warships the right to call their ports for resupply and refueling.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here are your rifles...

Dec 20 08:56

Turchynov Calls For New Kerch Strait Provocation With NATO Support

The secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, said that Ukraine plans to carry out a new passage of ships through the Kerch Strait with the involvement of international partners.

“This is, for us, fundamental. If we stop and retreat, Russia will actually fulfill its task of seizing the Sea of ??Azov, presenting to the world certain new sea borders in the Black Sea, de facto legalizing the occupation of the Crimea,” he said in an interview with BBC Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One more time ...

Crimea VOTED to leave Ukraine, then VOTED to merge with the Russian Republics.

Dec 20 08:47

Red Scare 2.0

styhammer video

Dec 20 07:48

Putin Says Doesn't Know What US Withdrawal from Syria Really Means

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Commenting on Trump ordering US troops home from Syria, Putin said, "I don't know what US withdrawal from Syria means, Americans have been in Afghanistan for 17 years and every year they say they're withdrawing"
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(*it means you've got him in CHECK , for the time being , but also that you shouldn't get 'cocky' , because it looks obvious that he's going to try to line up his Turkish rook in retaliation )

Dec 20 07:16

Ukraine to send warships back to Azov despite Russian capture

Ukraine will send warships back to its Azov Sea ports again, a security official said on Wednesday, despite Russia’s seizure of three navy vessels and their crew in the area last month.

Ukraine and Russia have been at loggerheads since Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, with more than 10,000 people dead in battles between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists.

The dispute deepened when Moscow last month seized two small Ukrainian gunboats and one tugboat - with a combined crew of 24 - off Crimea, accusing them of illegally entering Russian waters as they headed from the Black Sea via the Kerch Strait.

Dec 20 07:15

Russia Won’t Let US Inspect New Nuclear Missile

While Russia continues to support diplomacy with the US on tying to resolve the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty dispute, they will not be letting the United States directly inspect any Russian nuclear missiles, saying such a step wouldn’t be justifiable.

Russian Deputy FM Sergey Ryabkov says such inspections would be “extremely intrusive,” and that the US had previously refused Russian requests to inspect US submarines in relation to a different arms treaty.

Dec 20 07:07

Russia completes rearming air defense forces in Crimea with S-400 missile systems – Russian media

Russia has completed rearming air defense forces in Crimea with the advanced S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems.

"This year, we have completed rearming air defense units stationed in Crimea with the S-400 Triumf systems. Today they are on combat duty, reliably protecting the airspace over the entire Crimean peninsula," Commander of Russia's Southern Military District Colonel-General Alexander Dvornikov said at the Defense Ministry's year-end board meeting on Tuesday, the Russian news agency TASS wrote.

For the purposes of neutralizing possible threats, the troops of the Southern Military District continued accomplishing their combat duty tasks to ensure air defense of Russia's southern frontiers and protect its allies in the airspace in the troops' entire zone of responsibility, he said.

Dec 20 07:06

Media’s hyping of Russia threat a ‘grotesque absurdity’ – John Pilger on RT’s Going Underground

Investigative journalist John Pilger has called out the “grotesque absurdity” of those in the Western media who hype the so-called threats from Russia and China to Cold War levels, in an interview with RT’s Going Underground.
Pilger told RT’s Afshin Rattansi that he finds it “difficult to believe” how some journalists “should go along, should allow themselves to be indulged by the British government at a time when there is a litany of lies about Russia, about China — about so many issues that endanger us.”

“I've never known such a grotesque absurdity as the elevation of Russia and China and the perceived enemies to the kind of Cold War status they had when I was a child,” he said.

Dec 20 07:05

Can America Fight Two Cold Wars at Once?

Kim Jong Un, angered by the newest U.S. sanctions, is warning that North Korea’s commitment to denuclearization could be imperiled and we could be headed for “exchanges of fire.”

Iran, warns Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is testing ballistic missiles that are forbidden to them by the U.N. Security Council.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that, within days, he will launch a military thrust against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria, regarding them as allies of the PKK terrorist organization inside Turkey.

Vladimir Putin just flew two Tu-160 nuclear capable bombers to Venezuela. Ukraine claims Russia is amassing tanks on its border.

How did the United States, triumphant in the Cold War, find itself beset on so many fronts?

Dec 20 07:04

The Year of Putin-Nazi Paranoia

As my regular readers will probably recall, according to my personal, pseudo-Chinese zodiac, 2017 was “The Year of the Headless Liberal Chicken.” This year, having given it considerable thought, and having consulted the I Ching, and assorted other oracles, I’m designating 2018 “The Year of Putin-Nazi Paranoia.”

Not that 2017 wasn’t already paranoid. It was. It was completely paranoid, and otherwise clinically batshit crazy. But 2018 has been batshit crazier. It started out with the Internet companies that control the flow of information that most of us now perceive as “reality” launching an all-out War on Dissent, purportedly to protect the public from “divisive” and “confusing” content, and other forms of Russian “influencing.”

Dec 20 07:03

Is Russia Learning?

Is Russia learning that Washington wants no deal with Russia except Russian vassalage and that relying on agreements with the West is delusional? There is some indication that Russia is learning, but it seems to be a slow process.

Russia Insider reports that the Russian government has told Israel that Israeli strikes inside Syria are no longer acceptable.

Dec 20 07:02

Russia Greenlights Retaliatory Syrian Attacks on Israeli Targets -- Report

Syria will adopt a new rule of engagement with Israel now that Russia has taken a tougher and clearer stance on the conflict between Israel and the “Axis of the Resistance”. Henceforth, Damascus will be responding to any Israeli strike. If it damages a specific military target it will reply with a strike against a similar objective in Israel. Decision makers in Damascus said “Syria will not hesitate to hit an Israeli airport if Damascus airport is targeted and hit by Israel. This will be with the consent of the Russian military based in the Levant”.

Dec 20 06:03

Putin Welcomes U.S.’s Syria Exit

Having Gained Critical Foothold in Mideast, Putin Welcomes U.S.’s Syria Exit
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In a wide-ranging press conference, Mr. Putin also blamed the U.S. for triggering a new arms race and raising the threat of a nuclear war, slamming Washington for abandoning Cold War-era missile treaties even as he boasted of Moscow’s ambitious plans to develop new weapons.

Mr. Putin’s hourslong exchange with over a thousand journalists capped a tense year in which Russia came under tightening Western sanctions, forged deeper ties with China and has struggled to revive its middling economy.
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“If the U.S. wants to withdraw its contingent, that would be correct,” he said, adding that their presence in the country was “illegitimate” because Washington’s presence wasn’t authorized by the United Nations or Mr. Assad.

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Dec 19 15:29

Russian Suing BuzzFeed Over Steele Dossier Wins Major Court Decision

BuzzFeed was dealt a major blow in court on Tuesday, after a Judge decided that a Russian internet entrepreneur named in the infamous "Steele Dossier" is not a public figure.

The decision by Judge Ursula Ungaro means that Russian businessman Aleksej Gubarev, who sued BuzzFeed last year for defamation, has to prove a much lower standard of evidence against the media outlet.

Public figures typically need to be able to prove the more demanding standard of "actual malice" when bringing a libel suit, while nonpublic figures only need to prove negligence, according to Politico.

BuzzFeed spokesman Matt Mittenthal expressed disappointment in the decision, but he stressed that the media company is advancing several other legal arguments about why it was justified in its decision to publish the dossier former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele compiled about alleged ties between President Donald Trump and Russia. -Politico

Dec 19 12:50

Letter from Crimea

Crimea was the site of a groundbreaking historical encounter. Imagine Greek colonists, essentially urban, who had reached Crimea after navigating at least one month from the Bosphorus to southern Russia, finding themselves face to face with nomads from Central Asia who had crossed a sea of grass; the Scythians – an Indo-Iranian speaking confederation who were already deploying their nomadic skills around the Crimean steppes when the Greeks arrived in the 8th century BC. Then came Sarmatians, Goths, Huns, Khazars – Turkic-speaking pastoral nomads from Central Asia, the Cuman (other Turkic-speaking nomads), Mongol-Tatars of the Golden Horde, before Byzantium, and the Ottoman empire. Crimean Tatars converted to Islam in the 14th century. The khanate went on until Catherine the Great conquered Crimea in 1783. This shows how Crimea has always been an unparalleled crossroads intertwining “civilization” with what Athenian Greeks might describe as “barbarism”.

Dec 19 12:34

Russia to Send Warplanes to Crimea, Citing Ukraine ‘Provocation’

Russia’s Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday that they are planning to send “more than 10” warplanes to the Crimean Peninsula as part of a “permanent deployment.” Those planes are expected to arrive by the end of the week.

Those deployments come amid growing tension between Russia and Ukraine, and following a recent maritime incident in the Sea of Azov. Russian officials are citing concern of an upcoming Ukrainian “armed provocation” in Crimea as part of the decision.

Russian FM Sergey Lavrov was deeply critical of Ukraine, saying they would “regret” carrying out any planned provocations against Russia. He added that the “Ukrainian regime has full Nazi and neo-Nazi characteristics.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia's Putin is many things, but foolish, he is not; he knows what Poroshenko will try to do, in terms of getting the US and NATO involved in a shooting war with Russia, and that the timing is very near for some kind of "false flag" arranged by either the US or Ukraine, to be blamed on Russia.

And the reason Poroshenko has to get such a false flag done quickly?!? He's tanking in the polls, and the next election is due to happen in March of next year.

Therefore, Putin is taking no chances; and if provoked, will strike back.

Dec 19 11:55

NATO Crybabies: For Two Decades We've Tried to Build a Partnership With Russians and All They Do Is Violate Our Airspace

Hilarious revisionism over at NATO's official website. If you just fell down from Jupiter you might actually believe them... NATO sorrowfully explains its problems with Russia on its official website: For more than two decades, NATO has worked to build a partnership with Russia, developing dialogue and practical cooperation in areas of common interest. Cooperation has been suspended since 2014 in response to Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine but political and military channels of communication remain open. Concerns about Russia’s continued destabilising pattern of military activities and aggressive rhetoric go well beyond Ukraine. Russia’s military activities, particularly along NATO’s borders, have increased and its behaviour continues to make the Euro-Atlantic security environment less stable and predictable, in particular its practice of calling snap exercises, deploying near NATO borders, conducting large-scale training and exercises and violating Allied airspace...

Dec 19 11:47

Russia's Top Spy Gives Rare Tour of HQ, Lethal Training, Putin's Dorm Room - Like a Bond Film

The intelligence officers call this place 'a forest'. The SVR headquarters is located basically in the outskirts of Moscow, in the district of Yasenevo. You won't find the exact address on any map. It's an out-of-bounds property. That's where Sergey Naryshkin spends most of his work hours. By the way, Vladimir Putin also worked in SVR. - How often do you report to the President? Sergey Naryshkin: The service sends the reports to the President every day. Including Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. - Do you ask for his advice? - He's got a great understanding of our job and its nuances. So, naturally, yes! We often discuss professional issues... By the way, the Foreign Intelligence Service reports directly to the President. There are no middle persons...

Dec 19 11:03

More than a tank, a glimpse into the future: Russia’s cutting-edge Armata

The T-14 Armata stands out as the world’s only third postwar generation tank. This armored vehicle was created based on the Armata heavy unified combat platform. It is a fundamentally new and completely Russian-designed product. Moreover, many of its engineering solutions are unparalleled in the world. Based on many of its features, the T-14 outperforms both serial-manufactured Russian tanks and its top foreign rivals. For the first time ever in the history of global tank production, the Armata boasts such features as an unmanned turret and an isolated armor capsule for the crew, and fully computerized equipment. The armor provides protection from all modern projectiles unleashed by tank and anti-tank guns, as well as from anti-tank rockets and ammunition...

Dec 19 11:03

US Navy Mulls Moving Sub-Hunters to Alaska to Track China, Russia

The US Navy is considering whether to deploy submarine-hunting P-8 Poseidon aircraft to a Cold War-era base in Alaska in an effort to keep a closer eye on Chinese and Russian movements in the Arctic.

"Our Russian friends are warming up five airstrips and 10,000 Spetsnaz troops [in the Arctic] for quote unquote search and rescue. The Chinese are up there. Everybody is up there," US Navy Secretary Richard Spencer told lawmakers last week.

"Everybody but us," fired back Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More sabre rattling; more demonization; more sanctions.... folks, you can see this coming, much like as in that archetypal dream, where two locomotives are about to hit each other, and there is nothing you can do to stop it.

At this point, I would like very much to remind you, if you have not started prepping, to do so immediately. If you don't know very much about it, get some info on line from someone like Daisy Luther, a very accomplished speaker and writer on the subject. Consider any payment you may make on that, as an investment in your, and your family's future survival.

I wish I could see a better outcome than either a world war, with Russia, China, and Iran on one side, and the US, NATO, the UK and Saudi Arabia on the other, or a complete, economic collapse of the US; but I don't see how that can happen, given the current geopolitical climate today.

Dec 19 10:57

Embassy sees Lithuania spy spat as new anti-Russian demarche

A spy spat staged in Lithuania is a new anti-Russian attack from the Lithuanian authorities, the Russian Embassy told TASS in comments on the statement from the Lithuanian Department of State Security and the Prosecutor General’s Office about the allegedly exposed intelligence activities in favor of Russia. "There is no doubt that another espionage row launched here is a new serious and flagrant anti-Russian action of the Lithuanian authorities," the embassy stressed. The Lithuanian authorities suspect opposition politician Algirdas Paleskis of espionage in favor of Russia, Director of the Lithuanian State Security Department Darius Jauniskis told a news conference earlier on Wednesday. Several Lithuanian nationals have been detained within the framework of espionage charges, he said without specifying how many.

Dec 19 10:46

Ex-Deputy Chief of Russia’s Voentorg to Remain in US Custody Until Trial - Court

The former deputy director of Russian military contractor Voentorg, Leonid Teyf, will remain in US custody until trial in the criminal case on laundering $150 million, a court filing said.

"The Court held a detention hearing and found that detention is warranted," the document said on Monday. The reasons for detention include serious evidence against the defendant and the lengthy sentence he may face, according to the filing.

Another defendant in the case, Alexei Polyakov, declined to ask for release and also will remain in custody until the beginning of the trial, while Teyf's wife Tatiana has been released on bail, the document said.
Teyf was arrested on December 6 and is detained in a North Carolina prison.

Prosecutors allege that Teyf and his wife began running the scheme in 2010, when then-Defense Minister Anatoliy Serdyukov granted Voentorg a contract to provide Russian military with goods and services, according to an indictment that was unsealed earlier this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember; this happened under President Obama's and Secretary Clinton's watch.

And I am speculating that the reason for the detention is to keep these people safe from getting "Arkancided".

One has to wonder just how "cosy" the relationship between Teyf and Polyakov, and Team Obama, really were.

Dec 19 10:20

Ukraine Came In Second Place In The List Of Debtors Of The IMF, Overtaking Greece

After the approval of the new program with the IMF, Ukraine has risen to second place in the world in terms of debts to the fund, overtaking Greece and almost equaling the leader of the ranking – Argentina. Such a conclusion can be made by looking the data of these countries on the website of the Fund. Strana reports the following: Given the allocation of the promised 3.9 billion dollars, Kiev’s debts to the IMF will be 14.1 billion. Greece, which is now in third place, has a current debt of 11.6 billion, while Argentina has 14.6. That is, Ukraine has about half a billion dollars left to be in first place among the debtors anti-rating. If we take into account only the tranche promised in December – $ 1.4 billion – then Kiev simply shares second place with the Greeks. Both countries have 11.6 billion in debt.

Dec 19 10:15

Russia Simplifies Migration Process For War Refugees, Ukrainians

Today Tass reports that the State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted a bill that makes changes to the law “On Citizenship of the Russian Federation”, said to simplify the process, which experts claim will have an impact on the process for Ukrainians. The Russian government, according to the bill, will be able to categorize foreigners aiming to obtain Russian citizenship under the new simplified system. “The President of the Russian Federation for humanitarian purposes has the right to determine the categories of foreign citizens who have the right to apply for citizenship in a simplified manner, as well as the procedure for filing relevant applications,” the bill says.

Dec 19 10:11

US Powerless Against Hypersonic Missile Attack From China And Russia, New Report Warns

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) warned that the current ballistic missile defense system in the US is powerless against hypersonic missiles from China and Russia.

The missile's speed, altitude, and maneuverability could defeat all networked sensors (including space-based) and ground- and sea-based radars; ground- and sea-based interceptor missiles; and render the Pentagon's command, control, battle management ineffective in a hypersonic missile attack.

“China and Russia are pursuing hypersonic weapons because their speed, altitude and maneuverability may defeat most missile defense systems, and they may be used to improve long-range conventional and nuclear strike capabilities,” the report said.

Dec 19 10:00

US Navy Mulls Moving Sub-Hunters to Alaska to Track China, Russia

The US Navy is considering whether to deploy submarine-hunting P-8 Poseidon aircraft to a Cold War-era base in Alaska in an effort to keep a closer eye on Chinese and Russian movements in the Arctic.

"Our Russian friends are warming up five airstrips and 10,000 Spetsnaz troops [in the Arctic] for quote unquote search and rescue. The Chinese are up there. Everybody is up there," US Navy Secretary Richard Spencer told lawmakers last week.

"Everybody but us," fired back Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan.

Dec 19 09:59

US confirms pullout from INF treaty, Moscow will respond if missiles placed in Europe – deputy FM

Washington has confirmed its decision to withdraw from the INF treaty is final, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said, adding that Moscow will 'take measures' if American missiles that threaten its security are placed in Europe.

“Washington publicly announced its plans to withdraw from the treaty (the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) already in October. Through the high-level bilateral channels it was confirmed to us that this decision was final and wasn’t an attempt to initiate dialogue,” Sergey Ryabkov told the Kommersant newspaper.

Dec 19 09:30

Russia to deploy warplanes to Crimea amid Ukraine standoff

The Russian Defense Ministry on Monday said it would "return" more than 10 warplanes to Crimea, according to Russian news agency Interfax.

The ministry said fighter jets, including Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-30's, will be sent to the annexed Ukrainian territory as part of a "permanent deployment." They are expected to arrive by Saturday.

The announcement comes after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed in an interview that Ukraine was preparing an "armed provocation with Russia on the border with Crimea during the last ten days of December."

Dec 19 09:28

Israel said to strongly protest Russian invite to Hamas leader

Israel has in recent weeks lodged furious protests with Russia over its recent invitation to Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh to visit Moscow later this month, according to a television report on Tuesday.

The objections were raised both by Israel’s embassy in Moscow and in conversations with the Russian embassy in Tel Aviv, Channel 10 reported.

But Russian officials rejected the complaints, noting that Israel was itself talking to Hamas, albeit indirectly. The Hamas delegation is expected in Moscow in late December.

Dec 19 08:56

CHINA AND RUSSIA HAVE MODIFIED THE ATMOSPHERE ABOVE EUROPE TO TEST POSSIBLE MILITARY APPLICATION, SCIENTISTS SAY

The control over the ionosphere has become an ambitious project for some military forces, as it has the capacity to disrupt communication of enemy satellites. The U.S., for instance, was also involved in a multimillion-dollar project called the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, also known as HAARP, located 200 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska, and funded by the U.S. military and the Defense Department in 1993. HAARP was later transferred from the U.S. Air Force to the University of Alaska Fairbanks on August 11, 2015.

Dec 19 08:06

The fight before Christmas! Naughty Santas exchange punches as they brawl over turf at tourist spot in Ukraine

This is the moment two men dressed up as Santa Claus trade blows in a violent street-fightwhich left children in tears in the Ukrainian city of Odessa.

Video shows the brawl between the competing Father Christmases - known as Did Moroz or Grandfather Frost in Ukraine - as passers-by try to intervene.

The battle began when a small girl posed for a photo with the older of the two Santas, at which point the other approached and ordered his competitor to 'leave at once', say reports.

Dec 19 07:55

The 'Russian Threat' and the Politics of Mass Distraction

With mounting problems at home, the UK Establishment is stepping up its campaign to divert our attention on to non-existent dangers from abroad. The so-called 'Russian threat,' is not only good for the arms industry, and defense budgets, but for politicians who have no answers to the very real threats the British public face in their daily lives.

A knife crime epidemic. A significant rise in the murder rate. The NHS at breaking point. A 60% rise in homelessness since 2010/11 and a sharp rise in child and pensioner poverty. A hideously expensive and unreliable public transport system that is not fit for purpose.

Dec 19 07:53

Despite Threats Of War In Donbass, US Continues Weapon Deliveries To Ukraine

Additional and continuing “delivery” of US weapons to Ukraine would increase tensions and undermine efforts for peace on Ukrainian soil, Russian officials said after US special envoy Kurt Volker announced such plans and more sanctions.

“Moving through Congress is a military financing package of around $250 million and the ability to sell additional equipment,” Volker told reporters in Brussels on Monday. “Within the next months there will be some announcements about the first tranches. And it will be ongoing.”

He also stated that Ukraine is “under attack” from Russia and defended a Western military presence near or even within that country, to “raise the visibility of Russia’s actions.”

Dec 19 07:49

Putin: Russia’s advanced weapons will make those accustomed to militarist rhetoric think

Russia’s advanced weapons, which will ensure the country’ security for decades to come, will force those who got accustomed to militarist rhetoric to think, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Defense Ministry’s expanded board meeting on Tuesday.

"A serious breakthrough has been made in developing advanced and unparalleled weapons, about which I said in the address to the Federal Assembly on March 1 this year," Putin said. "I hope our newest systems will make think those who got accustomed to militarist and aggressive rhetoric."

The Russian leader noted that serial production of Avangard hypersonic missile systems has been launched, and successful tests of Russia’s most advanced Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile have been carried out. The Kinzhal air-launched precision hypersonic weapon has been successfully placed on combat duty and Peresvet combat lasers have entered duty.

Dec 19 07:36

IMF to Allocate First Tranche of $3.9Bln Loan Package for Ukraine

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will immediately provide the Ukrainian government with the $1.4 billion tranche from a new loan package worth $3.9 billion, according to the fund’s press release.

"The approval of the SBA enables the immediate disbursement of SDR 1 billion (about US$1.4 billion)," the release said Tuesday.

Ukraine Struggles With Reforms to Receive 'Dangerous Money' From IMF
The rest of the financial aid will be available after semi-annuals reviews have been completed, the fund added.

Dec 19 05:10

Lower house speaker says no reason for Russia to resume PACE financing

Speaker of Russia’s State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin has said he sees no grounds for the Russian delegation’s return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and resumption of its financing by Russia. "We see that PACE has become a hostage to radical groups of lawmakers, who do not recognize the supremacy of the Council of Europe’s Statute and ignore the principles of parliamentarianism. We have no reason to return to that organization and, all the more, to finance it until the provisions of the PACE regulations are amended and the norms that allow to strip national delegations and, hence the peoples represented in the Council of Europe, of their voting rights," Volodin said at the State Duma meeting on Wednesday, summing up the results of the autumn session.

Dec 19 04:09

Nazi collaborator’s birthday declared official holiday in Ukraine

The birthday of leader of the extremist Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN, outlawed in Russia), known as Nazi collaborator, Stepan Bandera will be officially celebrated in Ukraine, the parliament said in its resolution on Wednesday. "Stepan Bandera was an outstanding figure and theorist of Ukraine’s national liberation movement," the Verkhovna Rada’s resolution said, according to 112.Ukraine TV channel. The 110th birthday anniversary of Bandera will be marked on January 1, 2019. This day has been declared as an official holiday in Ukraine. Earlier, the Lvov regional council announced that 2019 would be the year of Stepan Bandera. OUN and UPA: The extreme right wing Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists was active mostly in Western Ukraine. In order to establish an independent Ukrainian state, which was its chief goal, the OUN relied on the use of extremist methods, including terrorist attacks.

Dec 19 03:57

Regulatory bodies should evaluate BBC’s coverage of disorder in Paris - Russian embassy

"We have to state that the British media, which were justly regarded as one of the most independent ones in the past, have considerably spoilt their reputation. It is no surprise that many readers switched to other sources of information: internet media, social networks or alternative media outlets, such as RT"... The UK’s regulatory bodies should evaluate the way BBC covered the disorder in Paris, the press secretary of the Russian Embassy in London told journalists on Tuesday, commenting on the corporation’s recognition that its reporter had been intentionally looking for a "Russian trace" during the disturbances in the French capital. "It is a remarkable fact that instead of conducting independent journalistic work for the sake of objectivity employees have to gain at any cost information that would confirm the interpretation of the events dictated by the administration. As they say, if facts do not correspond to the editorial policy, so much the worse for the facts.

Dec 19 03:54

West is creating analogue of Syria’s White Helmets in Ukraine - DPR head. Kiev’s forces violate ceasefire three times in one day - LPR people’s militia

"The Western military intelligence officers have already outlined a plan of action based on the methodology developed in Syria. The work to create an analogue of Syria’s White Helmets in Ukraine is underway," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. The participants of the Ukrainian analogue will have to "report the effects of the poisoning of the population and fabricate video materials allegedly proving the opposition forces and Russia’s involvement in the dehumanized actions," Pushilin said. Earlier on Tuesday, Pushilin reported a massive sabotage by Ukraine’s militants on environmentally hazardous Donbass facilities which use chlorine, ammonia and other poisonous substances in their production. The Ukrainian army may also use combat poisoning substances to further blame the republics for carrying out a chemical attack. According to the DPR intelligence service, the operation is being coordinated by military attaches and intelligence officers from the US and the UK.

Dec 19 03:49

Diplomat says Russia got no response from US over INF Treaty talks proposal. Chances to agree with US on INF are slim

Washington did not answer to Moscow’s proposal to hold consultations to determine the fate of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview with newspaper Kommersant published on Tuesday. "As far as I know, no answer was received," he said, answering the question on whether the Pentagon reacted to Russia’s proposal to hold consultations on the treaty. Ryabkov noted that the American side did not name any facts which led it to assume that the launches of the Russian missile 9M729 violated the INF Treaty. "The US did not provide the information on the basis of which it determined the launch range of our missile and came to the conclusion that it was missile 9M729 that was tested. This information is extremely important for a military-technical discussion of the problem," the high-profile diplomat explained...

Dec 19 03:45

INF treaty cannot be suspended, it can only be violated, says senior Russian diplomat

Participation in the INF Treaty cannot be suspended, as the US intends to do, this agreement can be only openly violated through the development or relevant armaments, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said in an interview with the Kommersant daily on Tuesday. Ryabkov said that Moscow does not deem Washington’s statement about suspending participation in the INF Treaty as an ultimatum, but it analyzes it from the practical point of view. In this context, the statement of the US side of December 4 that in case Russia does not stop violating the treaty, the US will suspend its commitments in 60 days and will start a six-month countdown until Washington’s exit "brings nothing fundamentally new in the existing situation - either from the international-legal point of view or in terms of military-political consequences," he said.

Dec 18 12:46

Ukraine’s Putschist Regime Planning Belligerent Provocation Along Russia’s Border

The US-installed, Nazi-infested, Kiev regime represents militant fascist extremism in Europe’s heartland – supported by Brussels instead of denouncing its illegitimacy and threat to European and world peace.

The Obama regime transformed democratic Ukraine into a US vassal state, supported by Trump regime hardliners, using the country as dagger aimed at Russia’s heartland.

Flashpoint conditions are hugely dangerous. On Monday, Sergey Lavrov warned that US-installed puppet president Poroshenko “is planning an armed provocation on the border with Russia, on the border with Crimea, during the last ten days of December.”

What’s likely coming follows the Kiev regime’s hostile November 25 made-in-the-USA Kerch Strait provocation in Russia waters. The same holds for what Lavrov warned about.

Dec 18 12:46

US does not rule out increasing military presence in Black Sea

The US may consider the possibility of increasing its military presence in the Black Sea, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said on Monday during a press briefing.

"As far as the Black Sea goes, Turkey plays a critically important role," Volker stated. "We also want to work with Turkey on security in the Black Sea and on freedom of navigation."

"That said, I think that there are things that we should now be looking at that maybe we weren't looking at before - to increase presence in the Black Sea, whether on a bilateral basis or under EU auspices," the US diplomat pointed out.

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Which would be a violation of the Montreux Convention.

Dec 18 12:44

US Not Ruling Out New Sanctions Against Russia Over Kerch Strait - State Dep't

Washington has slapped sanctions on Russian individuals and firms operating in Crimea in connection with a November incident, in which Russia seized three Ukrainian Navy vessels that violated its maritime border.

US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker did not rule out that the United States would impose new sanctions on Russia over last month's Kerch Strait incident.

Speaking in Brussels, Washington's point man for Ukraine conceded that "it's not looking good to get the detained Ukrainian sailors released soon," according to Teri Schultz, a reporter covering the European Union and NATO.

Volker went on to describe Moscow's response to actions of Ukrainian boats in the Kerch Strait as "an incident that clearly has raised serious concerns across Europe."

Dec 18 12:44

Russia deploys ten fighter jets to Crimea amid rising tensions with Ukraine

Russia has deployed a number of fighter jets to the Crimean Peninsula amid rising tensions with Ukraine, following remarks by the country’s foreign minister that Kiev was planning an "armed provocation" in the coming weeks and before the end of the year.

Russian news agency Interfax said on Monday that Moscow had sent more than 10 Sukhoi SU-27 and SU-30 fighter jets to the overhauled Belbek air base in Crimea as part of a "permanent deployment."

The announcement came after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview that Ukraine was preparing an "armed provocation with Russia on the border with Crimea during the last ten days of December."

The state-run TASS news agency quoted Lavrov as saying that Moscow would not allow the Ukrainian government to act on those plans and "they will regret it."

Dec 18 12:22

Lavrov Denounces Poroshenko’s Plans to Attack Crimea

Russia has been made aware that countries such as the United States are actively working at the present moment to stage further attacks and provocations to bring international attention and force a reaction from Russia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denounced the preparation by Kiev of a provocation in Crimea by the end of the year, while denying the possibility of a conflict between his country and Ukraine, although he said that Moscow will respond forcefully, in the event that provocative actions are carried out, he promised.

“It is our border and in no way allow Petro Poroshenko to try, as he claims, to defend their interests and thus violate the rights of the Crimeans, obtained in accordance with international law”, he said. In March 2014, the overwhelming majority of the population of Crimea and the special area of ??Sevastopol spoke in favor of leaving Ukraine and the subsequent return to Russian jurisdiction.

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Dec 18 12:12

Russian Commitment to Venezuela

According to the Russian news agency Tass, Russia is establishing a strategic air base on the Venezuelan island, La Orchila. Russian sources explain this development as part of the boomerang effect of Trump’s abandonment of the intermediate range missile treaty with Russia.

Dec 18 11:44

Russia to build shipyard in Syria’s Tartus 

Russian Deputy Minister of Defence Timur Ivanov said the Russian ministries of defence, industry and trade are working on a project to build a shipyard in the Syrian port of Tartus.

“We have a joint project to build a shipyard in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and Trade in Tartus, for the maintenance of vessels of different categories,” Ivanov said in an interview with Russian Kommersant newspaper.

The agreement to expand and modernise Russia’s naval facility in the Syrian port gives full immunity to Russian military personnel and their families, allowing Russia to deploy up to 11 warships at one time. Tartus is Russia’s only base in the Mediterranean Sea.

Russia has supported the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad providing ground and air forces to regain control of areas his forces had lost.

Dec 18 11:14

Russia cuts military flights in Syria to 4 a week – defense minister

Russia has cut its military flights in Syria from more than 100 per day to fewer than four a week, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Tuesday. Moscow launched airstrikes in Syria in September 2015 and formally ceased its military operation in Syria a year ago after helping to clear it of militants. Shoigu told an annual meeting of top brass that Russia’s Air Force had seen a drastic reduction in the number of sorties in Syria, TASS reports. “Flights have been reduced from 100-110 per day to two to four sorties per week, mainly for additional reconnaissance,” he said.

Dec 18 11:01

Russian cargo ship runs aground off SW England – coastguard

Rescue vessels were heading to assist a Russian bulk cargo ship after it ran aground off beaches in southwest England, Britain’s coastguard said on Tuesday. The 180-meter long ship ‘Kuzma Minin,’ with 18 Russian crew on board, dragged its anchor in strong winds and grounded between the Swanpool and Gyllyngvase beaches near Falmouth in Cornwall, Reuters reports. “There is no cargo on board… There is no report of any pollution,” the coastguard said.

Dec 18 11:00

Italian Prime Minister Reiterates Need to Lift Russia Sanctions - Moscow

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte reaffirmed his commitment to the idea that sanctions against Russia should not be tightened, but lifted, Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov told Sputnik on Monday.

"Our Italian colleagues, in particular the Italian Prime Minister, are principally stand for lifting sanctions [against Russia] as soon as possible," Manturov said after his meeting with the Italian official.

Manturov added that he had thanked Conte for such a firm position, which he had repeatedly demonstrated, including at the meeting of the European Council.

Dec 18 10:50

History of Ukraine Told by Assassinated Ukrainian Writer Oles Buzina

Can you imagine what would happened if, in Russia, three opposition figures, a well-known writer and two politicians, were killed in the span of two days? We have a vague of idea of what that would look like, after the Western hysteria about Nemtsov.

Oles' assassination was the third in a row of political killings in the last four days: Sergey Sukhobok (April 13); Oleg Kalashnikov (April 15); and Oles Buzina (April 16).

Why are the Western media silent about these political assassinations? And all of this happened after 9 "mysterious suicides" in Ukraine in the last 2 months.

Dec 18 10:29

Russia Calls On The US To Reconsider Strategy In Syria

Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has sharply criticized US policy in Syria and offered direct talks on the framework of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which has been in force between the two countries since 1987.

The situation in parts of eastern Syria, controlled by the US-supported Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), remains “deeply disturbing,” Shoigu wrote in a letter to Pentagon chief James Mattis earlier this week.

Washington does little or nothing to restore peace and help the devastated region recover from the long war as its air strikes continue to murder civilians, the Defense Ministry said. He noted that at least 1,500 civilians were killed in recent months, while the SDF wiped out the last remaining pockets of ISIS resistance.

Dec 18 10:21

UK psyops bigwig pushed plan to 'mine Sevastopol Bay' during 2014 Crimea crisis – leaked documents

In the midst of the Crimean crisis, a special adviser to the UK House of Commons Defence Committee had a suggestion for Kiev – to lay mines in Sevastopol Bay, leaked documents have revealed.
“I am trying to get this message across” to Kiev, reads a leaked document purporting to show the strategy that Christopher Donnelly, who was a Special Adviser to the UK House of Commons Defence Committee, recommends.

The documents, leaked by a group which claims to be associated with the Anonymous hackers, purport to indicate that Donnelly had drafted “military measures” that he would implement if he, personally was “in charge.” The documents are allegedly dated March 01, 2014, when the Crimean crisis was in full swing.

Dec 18 10:20

UNGA Approves Ukraine Resolution on Navigation in Azov, Black Seas

The United Nations General Assembly passed by a 2/3 majority vote Ukraine's draft resolution calling on Russia to stop restricting international navigation in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

"The result of the vote is as follows: in favor — 66, against — 19, abstention — 72. Draft resolution [titled Militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine), as well as parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov] is adopted," a UN official presiding over the plenary meeting announced on Monday.

Dec 18 06:11

Faced with tough choices, Turkey may play by Russia’s rules

A deal on the Syrian Constitutional Committee is expected to be signed in Geneva on December 18. Russian, Turkish and Iranian top diplomats are due to hold a meeting as well. Ahead of the talks, officials in Ankara made an important statement. They do not rule out a change in Tukey‘s stance on Syrian President Bashar Assad, if he is reelected in transparent and democratic elections, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes. The biggest problem was the formation of a civil group, which will account for one-third of the Constitutional Committee, Yuri Barmin, an expert with the Russian International Affairs Council, explained to the paper. "There is the government delegation, the opposition delegation, and one delegation should consist of representatives from civil society. There were some problems with that, because the parties were unable to come to terms on specific individuals.

Dec 18 06:06

Russia’s Defense Ministry refutes media reports on GRU chief’s death in Lebanon

Russia’s Defense Ministry refuted media reports about the death of Director of Russia’s GRU military intelligence service Igor Sergun in January 2016 in Lebanon, calling this "conspiracy nonsense." "The rumors, disseminated at the suggestion of the US Justice Department, that Hero of Russia Col. Gen. Igor Dmitrievich Sergun died on January 3, 2016 while in Lebanon are conspiracy nonsense. Igor Dmitrievich was in Russia in January 2016," the ministry said. Sergun died on January 3, 2016 at the age of 58. The Defense Ministry earlier reported that the general died at the FSB health resort Mosckvich near Moscow after a heart attack. The BBC Russian Service reported that the GRU chief died in Lebanon. According to the report, Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn revealed this during the questioning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Russia’s alleged meddling in the US election. The BBC did not provide any data confirming Flynn’s words.

Dec 18 06:01

Kremlin slams conclusions in 'Russia report' for US Senate committee as unfounded

On Monday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report by New Knowledge, a Texas cybersecurity company, which monitors disinformation in the Internet. It says that the so-called Russian Internet trolls, allegedly linked to the Internet Research Agency, posted disinformation in US social networks with the goal of discrediting special counsel Robert Mueller and the investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US election, which he leads. The report notes that the Russian ‘trolls’ paid special attention to cooperation with African-Americans, who traditionally vote for Democrats. The authors claimed that the Russian ‘troll factory’ tried to discourage them from voting. "What I read about this report in public access can arouse nothing but misunderstanding," Peskov said. "It voices some general claims and accusations, and some of them are absolutely unclear for us," he explained.

Dec 18 05:54

UN General Assembly adopts Russia’s resolution on countering cybercrime

The UN General Assembly adopted Russia’s resolution on "Countering the use of information and communication technologies for criminal purposes, official representative of the Russian mission to the United Nations Fedor Strzhizhovsky told reporters. "The resolution gives rise to searching and forming a response to one of the pressing global threats - the problem of cybercrime," the diplomat explained. "At the first stage, this decision envisages the launch of a broad political and legal discussion on this topic in the UN General Assembly with the involvement of the UN Secretary General," he added. Another 36 states became co-authors of the resolution. The Russian initiative has received wide inter-regional support, including BRICS, CSTO and SCO countries, and many states in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Dec 18 05:52

US wants to impose more anti-Russian sanctions following Kerch Strait incident

The United States calls on Europe to look at a possibility of imposing additional anti-Russian sanction following the recent incident in the Kerch Strait, US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker said at a briefing in Brussels on Monday. He said he had arrived in Brussels for talks with European allies to elaborate "a well-coordinated Western response, Western position" on the Kerch Strait incident. "It’s not in Ukraine’s interest or anyone’s interest to bilateralize a response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine into a U.S.-Russia dynamic," he said. "Within that then, I think we have to look at the basket of sanctions, look at the basket of monitoring [the situation in the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea, and the Kerch Strait] or some kind of deployment, for instance of a ship visit or two to the Black Sea to show presence," he noted.

Dec 18 05:50

UN General Assembly adopts resolution on ‘militarization problem’ of Crimea

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution proposed by Ukraine on "militarization problem" of Crimea and the waters of the Azov and Black Sea. 66 countries supported the document, 19 were against it, 72 - abstained. The resolution stated that presence of the Russian military in Crimea contradicts the national sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The document also condemns Russia because of constructing a bridge across the Kerch Strait. At the same time, the General Assembly rejected amendments proposed by Iran and Syria, aimed at balancing the document and containing references to the Minsk agreements. In particular, they called for a thorough and transparent investigation of the incident in the Kerch Strait and bringing those responsible to justice.

Dec 17 12:23

Americans recruited online for secret missions in Ukraine — Russia’s OSCE envoy

Russia noticed that US citizens were being recruited for special missions in Ukraine via the MissionEssential company, Russia’s OSCE envoy, Alexander Lukashevich, told a session of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s permanent council in Vienna. "We noted that an advertisement posted on the LinkedIn portal announces that US citizens with the knowledge of the Ukrainian language are being recruited via the MissionEssential company for covert US operations in Ukraine," Lukashevich said. He said the candidates are required to have skills of secret contact with the local population, to be trained for operations in a zone of hostilities and have the ability to operate as part of a team of professionals ensuring safety of high-ranking US and foreign citizens. "Canada follows suit as well - 200 Canadian military instructors deployed near Lvov have already trained over 10,000 servicemen of the Ukrainian armed forces.

Dec 17 12:07

Record-breaking number of journalists accredited to Putin’s annual news conference

A record-breaking number of journalists - 1,702 - have been accredited to highlight Russian President Vladimir Putin’s traditional annual news conference due to take place on December 20, according to the Kremlin website which posted the list of accredited journalists on Friday. Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said earlier this year’s news conference had attracted increased interest, with the number of applications for accreditation being much bigger than in pervious years. Applications were received from Russian journalists registered with the national mass media watchdog Roscomnadzor and from foreign journalists having the Russian foreign ministry’s accreditation. Putin’s question-and-answer sessions traditionally start at noon. As a rule, they lasts for several hours. That is why they are often referred to as a ‘big’ news conferences. It is up to the president to decide when to stop. In 2008 Putin answered questions for four hours and 40 minutes.

Dec 17 11:55

Russia Is Ahead Of NASA In The Development Of Spacesuits – German Media

The American spacesuits used on the ISS no longer meet technical requirements and are not completely safe, Der Standard writes. The new generation of spacesuits from Russia Orlan-ISS, which have already been tested and are being used in space, can solve the problem. Space technologies are associated with the future, but in fact are largely stuck in the past, Der Standard writes. By the end of their era, American shuttles flew with hopelessly outdated and insufficiently powerful on-board computers, and the Russian program of the Soyuz ships was based on constantly updated technologies developed back in the Soviet era. The spacesuits, which are still used by astronauts of the ISS for work in outer space, are also not the last word of technology. “The spacesuits used on the ISS were developed more than 40 years ago, and their 15-year-old design is very outdated,” a group of experts from NASA said recently.

Dec 17 11:28

Ukraine intel says Russia deploys in Crimea 100 new type combat aircraft

Ukrainian military intelligence official, Vadym Skibitsky, has said Russia additionally deployed in Crimea a hundred of new type combat aircraft in Crimea.

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