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Dec 04 09:03

Ukraine police raid three Russia-linked Orthodox churches

The Ukrainian police have raided three Orthodox churches aligned to Russia amid mounting political and religious tensions between the two countries.

Police and security services also searched the homes of priests who had declared their allegiance to the Russian branch of the Orthodox Church, regional police spokeswoman Alla Vashchenko told AFP on Monday.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church was recently granted independence from Moscow in a controversial ruling that prompted cheers from Kiev but anger in Moscow.

The raids on churches in northern Ukraine were part of a probe into the possible violation of a law on equality of religious belief, the spokeswoman said without providing details of the investigation.

"Nobody has been arrested," Vashchenko added.

But Archbishop Kliment Vecherya, a spokesman for the Russian-aligned Ukrainian church, compared the raids to the crackdown on religious freedoms during the early Soviet period.

Dec 04 08:59

Did Ukraine Coordinate Its Provocation in Black Sea with ‘Western Partners’?

It appears that Western experts and Ukrainian diplomats successfully “forecasted” the November 25 escalation in the Black Sea in middle November.

Dec 04 08:58

Trump Tweets That He Wants to End the ‘Crazy’ Arms Race with Russia

Trump’s latest tweet signals he wants reconciliation and an end to the new global arms race - and the main country he is in the race with is Russia, with their astonishing array of futuristic weapons that are decades ahead of the US.

Dec 04 08:57

Kremlin unveils agenda of canceled Putin-Trump meeting

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with his US counterpart, Donald Trump, in Buenos Aires that was called off by the US leader was geared to outline ways of dialogue on the United States’ possible withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

"We expected this meeting between Putin and Trump, who could have discussed the process and outline ways to a potential dialogue on that topic. But, regrettably, as you know, the meeting never took place," he said.

Dec 04 08:56

Revolution in Ukraine? Yes, please! Revolution in France? Rule of law!

When violent protests shook Kiev in 2013, Western analysts and leaders quickly threw their support behind the anti-government ‘revolution’ — but after weeks of Yellow Vest protests in France, the reaction has been very different.

While Western governments and commentators denounced the Ukrainian government of Viktor Yanukovych and urged that he give in to protesters’ demands five years ago, this time around, they are denouncing the French protesters and urging President Emmanuel Macron, whose popularity stands at about 25 percent, to stand firm against dissatisfied citizens.

Dec 03 11:03

“Kerch Incident” Was Premeditated? US Military Contractor Hiring Personnel to Support Classified ‘Contingency Operations’ in Ukraine

A US contractor accidentally revealed a US military specialist deployment in the combat zones in Ukraine via a Job Advertisement on LinkedIn.

Similarly to the Atlantic Council’s report on independence of Eastern European countries, as well as the meeting between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, the posting comes days before the escalation in the Sea of Azov.

Mission Essential is a government contractor, which primarily serves intelligence and military clients. It began as the US government’s leading provider of translation and interpretation services.

Dec 03 10:58

UKRAINE URGES NATO TO SEND WARSHIPS TO CONFRONT RUSSIA

Still bound and determined that the maritime incident last weekend in the Sea of Azov portends a full-scale war with Russia, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on all NATO nations and other allied states to start relocating warships en masse to the sea to “assist Ukraine” in a conflict.

"We cannot accept this aggressive policy of Russia. First it was Crimea, then eastern Ukraine, now he wants the Sea of Azov. Germany, too, has to ask itself: What will Putin do next if we do not stop him?"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Poroshenko does a magnificent job of playing the crazed dictator, turning events around 180 degrees, so that the world can be brought around to see things his way.

Poroshenko's major problem right now, is that he cannot get re-elected next March, without a magnificent distraction, to make him appear to be on the keening edge of actually "winning" something, like a conflict with Russia.

So, what does he do, at the behest of NATO and the US?!?

He created an "incident" in the Sea of Azov, which, under maritime law, is actually under Russia control. His commanders never told the Russians that they were going to do this, hence they got stopped, and their staff got arrested.

And as for Crimea, and I hate having to say this perpetually, because in the wonderful words of Ron White, "You can't fix stupid", Russia never annexed Crimea.

Let's set the way-back machine (which is nearly IMPLODING, with the force of having to use it over and over again) to 2014.

The duly elected Ukrainian President, Yanukovich , was well and truly thrown under the proverbial bus, as he was considered as "too Russian Centric" to meet the needs of the US/NATO/WORLD BANK/ crowd.

So Western elements got rid of Yanukovich, and "Installed" Petro Poroshenkco as the Western-centric President, with an election more crooked than is a dog's hind leg.

Because this guy kept screaming about an "imminent Russian invasion" for the first four years of his presidency, I seriously doubt that NATO is going to run "pass interference" for him in the Azov Sea.

Poroshenko has been a complete, nearly laughable embarrassment to all the Western influencers which put him into power, and now are experiencing a most painful and extreme case of "Buyer's Remorse" because of it.

Oh, and about Crimea getting "annexed by Russia"?!?

That never happened.

After the putsch in Kiev, the Crimean officials understood that there was no more representative government there, they did two things: first, post putsch, they asked the Crimean people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or petition the Russian Federation to join it. Overwhelmingly, the Crimean people voted to leave Ukraine, and petition the Russian Federation for membership. and the Russian Federation agreed.

Even President Obama, on a television interview, confessed that the Government of the United States of America, played a role in getting Yanukovich out. President Obama admits that the US government brokered a deal in support of regime change in Kiev.

So, Petro Poroshenko, you can take your "impending war" with Russia to a dark place the sun cannot reach; this is merely lies, on top of lies, and you know it, as does Russia.

Dec 03 10:06

Donetsk Militia Denounces Ukrainian Military Build-Up In Donbass

The People’s Militia of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk (DPR) has denounced the reinforcement of the Ukrainian forces’ grouping in Donbass, said the head of the organization’s press office, Daniil Bezsonov.

“Our intelligence continues to record the reinforcement of the armed detachments of Ukraine in all tactical directions. According to the data obtained, yesterday at the train station of Kostiantynivka, three trains were unloaded,” said Bezsonov.

Dec 03 10:04

Kiev Saves No One, Russia Protects Europe From Ukraine’s Barbarism – Maria Zakharova

Russia, is protecting Europe from the barbarism and militarism from Ukraine that are hanging over the whole continent, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, commenting on the statements of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko that Russia intends to seize Berdyansk and Mariupol.

“Former German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel gave an absolutely clear description of what is happening in Ukraine in an interview with the German TV channel N-TV: “I think that in no case should we allow Ukraine to draw us into the war. Ukraine tried to do it.” And after Poroshenko declared that “Russia allegedly intends to seize Mariupol and Berdyansk,” we can confidently say, paraphrasing his own saying: “it is Russia that protects Europe from “barbarism, tyranny, terrorism, aggression, militarism that have hung over our entire continent”, wrote Zakharova on her Facebook page.

Dec 03 10:00

Moscow Comments on Media Reports About UK Psychological Warfare Units in Ukraine

The United Kingdom seems to be seeking to expand its military presence in Ukraine in the run-up to the March presidential election in the country, the Russian Embassy in London said, commenting on media reports about the UK psychological warfare units allegedly stationed in Ukraine.

On Sunday, BBC News Russian reported that 1,200 servicemen of the British Army’s 77th Brigade, a top-secret unit that deals with electronic and psychological warfare, are currently stationed in Ukraine. According to the broadcaster, the UK servicemen in Ukraine have three main areas of activities: carry out military tasks on the Internet, as well as psychological and information operations.

Dec 03 09:59

UK's MI6 Chief to Urge Russia 'Not to Underestimate Our Determination'

The chief of the UK Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), Alex Younger, will deliver a rare public speech on Monday, during which he will reiterate a batch of London’s accusations against Russia and urge it not to “underestimate” the United Kingdom and its allies, according to excerpts of his speech in the UK media.

“[We] urge Russia or any other state intent on subverting our way of life not to underestimate our determination and our capabilities, or those of our allies,” Younger is set to say at St Andrew’s University, as quoted by The Telegraph newspaper.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Dec 03 07:05

Germany against withdrawal from Russian gas pipeline project, move would only hurt Ukraine – FM Mass

Berlin won’t scrap the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project after the latest conflict between Moscow and Kiev, says German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, adding it would reduce Germany's ability to allocate gas supplies to Ukraine.

Dec 03 04:41

Russian Black Sea Fleet’s coastal missile systems conduct drills in Crimea

The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s coastal missile systems Bal and Bastion drilled the skills of delivering simulated strikes at sea-based targets, the press service of the Black Sea Fleet said on Monday. "Personnel of Bastion and Bal anti-ship coastal missile systems of the Black Sea Fleet jointly with mobile coastal reconnaissance systems conducted planned exercises at Crimean firing ranges to drill practical skills of delivering simulated missile strikes," it said.

Dec 03 04:40

Poroshenko submits bill on breaking Friendship Treaty with Russia

Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko submitted to the parliament on Monday an urgent bill on terminating the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation, and Partnership between Ukraine and Russia, the Verkhovna Rada’s website said. No text of the explanatory note for the document has been published in the parliament’s database. On September 17, Poroshenko signed a decree on enacting a decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on terminating the Friendship Treaty. Later, the Ukrainian cabinet ordered the Foreign Ministry to notify Russia and international organizations about Kiev’s wish to annul the treaty by September 27. Under the Ukrainian law, now the document needs to be endorsed by the parliament. Ukraine and Russia inked the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership in May 1997. The treaty came into force in April 1999 for a term of ten years with automatic extension for further ten-year periods if neither of the sides decides otherwise.

Dec 03 03:48

Israel's Gas Pipeline to Europe Too Punny and Too Expensive to Really Worry Gazprom

The planned capacity is much smaller than what Russia provides, besides, the demand in Europe is rising anyway. It’s being billed as a counter to both Arab and Russian power but that’s not really true. This will supposedly deliver 20 bcm annually to Cyprus, Greece and Italy and come at a significant cost because of the challenge of it. But the first train will be 10 bcm according to IGI Poseiden’s website, the company building the pipeline. 10 bcm is similar in size to the Southern Gas Corridor bringing gas in from Azerbaijan. The agreement has been some two years in the works, with the four countries’ energy czars signing a memorandum of understanding regarding the pipeline in December 2017. It is considered a technically difficult project to complete not only because of the depth of the undersea route, but also because it will have to pass through a volcanic area in the ocean bottom between Cyprus and Greece. No discussion of cost was in the announcement.

Dec 03 03:31

L'Antidiplomatico Interview: Andre Vltchek interviewed by Alessandro Bianchi

Italy is part of both EU and NATO. As I am writing in my new essay, it is a nonsense to believe that "Europeans are brainwashed; that they do not know what the West is doing all over the world". They know, or they at least suspect - most of them. But they pretend that they don't know. In Europe, there is a shadowy deal between the government, corporations and the people. People want more benefits, and they do not care that the benefits come from plundering the world. If they get their benefits, they shut up. If they think they are getting too little, they protest, like recently in Paris. But do they care if tens of millions of 'un-people' die for those benefits? Of course not! The same when it comes to Russia, China or Iran. Europeans in general and Italians in particular, know that there is some sort of vicious propaganda against those countries that refuse to yield to the Western diktat. But they will do nothing to stop it.

Dec 02 19:18

Berlin should not be ‘drawn into war’ with Russia by Kiev over Kerch crisis – German ex-FM Gabriel

Germany can’t afford being plunged into a war with Russia amid the Kerch Strait crisis, the country’s former Vice Chancellor alarmed, blasting Ukraine’s suggestion that Berlin deploy its warships to the troubled Azov Sea.

Former German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has spoken out about the recent Kerch Strait incident, criticizing Kiev’s attempts to raise stakes in the political row with Moscow. At any rate, Germany “should not be drawn into a war against Russia,” Gabriel told Tagesspiegel newspaper.

He also denounced Ukraine’s call to shut international ports for Russian vessels based in Crimea, calling the suggestion “a new edition of gunboat diplomacy.”

Dec 02 19:15

Kremlin hopes Trump-Putin meeting takes place before next G20 summit in 2019

The Russian government hopes President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump could meet before the next G20 summit in Japan in June next year, Yuri Ushakov, the presidential aide, told reporters. “Of course a new meeting is possible,” Ushakov said before adding, “now we need to again have talks about preparing such a meeting.” Trump earlier canceled a planned meeting with Putin at the G20 summit in Argentina over the Kerch crisis. The presidents had instead a very brief talk in Buenos Aires on the sidelines of the event.

Dec 02 11:37

US MILITARY CONTRACTOR IS HIRING PERSONNEL TO SUPPORT CLASSIFIED ‘CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS’ IN UKRAINE

A US contractor accidentally revealed a US military specialist deployment in the combat zones in Ukraine via an Job Advertisement on LinkedIn.

Similarly to the Atlantic Council’s report on independence of Eastern European countries, as well as the meeting between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, the posting comes days before the escalation in the Sea of Azov.

Mission Essential is a government contractor, which primarily serves intelligence and military clients. It began as the US government’s leading provider of translation and interpretation services.

Dec 02 11:35

Berlin should not be ‘drawn into war’ with Russia by Kiev over Kerch crisis – German ex-FM Gabriel

Germany can’t afford being plunged into a war with Russia amid the Kerch Strait crisis, the country’s former Vice Chancellor alarmed, blasting Ukraine’s suggestion that Berlin deploy its warships to the troubled Azov Sea.

Former German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has spoken out about the recent Kerch Strait incident, criticizing Kiev’s attempts to raise stakes in the political row with Moscow. At any rate, Germany “should not be drawn into a war against Russia,” Gabriel told Tagesspiegel newspaper.

He also denounced Ukraine’s call to shut international ports for Russian vessels based in Crimea, calling the suggestion “a new edition of gunboat diplomacy.”

Dec 02 11:16

EU Parl't Considers New Act to Be Ready With More Anti-Russia Sanctions

The European Parliament will consider a proposal to expand sanctions against Russia, including personal ones, and to create EU-wide version of US Magnitsky Act, according to a draft resolution.

"The European Parliament believes that the EU should stand ready to consider adopting further sanctions, including targeted personal sanctions, in response to Russia’s continued actions;… calls for a European version of the Magnitsky Act," the draft resolution on EU-Russia relations said.

The draft was submitted to the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs by Sandra Kalniete, a lawmaker from Latvia. The document will be discussed by the committee on Thursday.

Dec 02 09:48

US Defense Contractor Posts Job Offering For "Classified Contingency Operations" In Ukraine

The geopolitical analysis site SouthFront has unearthed from the pages of LinkedIn an incredible public job offering by a US defense contractor which reveals potentially sensitive information. The job posting mentions "classified Contingency Operations" in Ukraine and was posted a mere 15 days ago — just prior to last Sunday's incident between the Russian and Ukrainian navies in the Kerch Strait.

Writes SouthFront, the US-based defense contractor company "Mission Essential" accidentally revealed a US military specialist deployment in the combat zones in Ukraine via a Job Advertisement on LinkedIn.

Crucially, it's yet further evidence which disproves the years-long claims by Washington that the United States is not directly involved militarily in the Ukraine conflict. The public posting suggests US special forces operations are indeed active and ongoing as tensions with Russia soar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears to me, that President Trump has been very happy, to double down on a very bad idea.

That "bad Idea", which goes back to President Obama, was that an infusion of capitalistic vigor, and military "advisors, were going to work to give Ukraine the place it deserved at the table with NATO and the EU.

Unfortunately, due to the amazing levels of corruption under Poroshenko's watch, which apparently didn't bother either President Obama, or President Trump such relationships are not, nor may ever be, in Ukraine's grasp.

What we have here is a paramilitary dictatorship, desperate to get those republics they lost, like Donbass, back under the Ukrainian orbit.

How much the US is going to "assist them" is anyone's guess. But that incident in the Kerch Gulf, coupled with the placement of this ad, doesn't augur well for peace in the region at all.

Dec 01 17:57

Military warns EMP attack could wipe out America, ‘democracy, world order’

In an extraordinary and sobering report meant to educate the nation on a growing threat, a new military study warns that an electromagnetic pulse weapon attack such as those developed by North Korea, Russia, and Iran could essentially challenge the United States and displace millions.

Dec 01 10:58

G7 declares 'unwavering support' for Ukraine over Russia standoff

Foreign ministers from the world's seven biggest economies, known as the Group of Seven or G7, have condemned Russia's actions in Kerch Strait as they reaffirmed their "unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity".

A statement by G7 members - the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the High Representative of the European Union - on Friday said there was "no justification" for Russia's use of military force against Ukrainian ships and naval personnel.

"We urge restraint, due respect for international law, and the prevention of any further escalation. We call on Russia to release the detained crew and vessels and refrain from impeding lawful passage through the Kerch Strait," the statement read.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't the congenital idiots who write advertising/position propaganda for the G7 understand: Crimea was NEVER annexed by Russia. Let me break this out in small words, so that you will comprehend what I am saying.

Let' set the way-back machine to 2014.

In a plot, to which President Obama alluded in a television interview, that the US was one of the leading sponsors of regime change in Kiev, as Ukraine's President, President Yanukovich, was infinitely more Russia centric, economically, rather than Western-Centric.

Washington was behind Ukraine Coup; Obama admits that the US brokered a deal in support of regime change

OK, writers of this Codswallop for the G7, IF I KNOW THIS, MILLIONS AROUND THE WORLD UNDERSTAND THIS AS WELL. But of course, given an organisation the size and financial girth of the G7, the truth, when the independent media disproves you lies, cannot be tolerated.

What Crimea did, is perfectly legal to do under the Charter of the UN, (and most of your members are actual members of the UN, Right?!?) This is called the right to "peaceful self-determiniation."

The people of Crimea did two things. First, Crimean citizens were asked if they wanted stay on as a part of Ukraine, or leave Ukraine, and petition the Russian Government to become one of its members. Crimeans voted, overwhelmingly, to leave Ukraine, and become part of the Russian Federation.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, in the eyes of the UN; but because Crimea voted to join Russia, rather than stay with Ukraine, such an outcome was not to your liking, so you decided to lie about it.

It is very sad, that you think that you can get away with this kind of attitude and behaviour, and lie to the public, when both Americans and people around the world, already know the truth about what happened with Crimea; your inability to accept the truth, because the outcome was not to your liking, is a very dangerous place from which to make decisions about what your "next step" with Russia will be.

Dec 01 10:18

Putin ratifies interim agreement on EAEU-Iran free trade zone

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law ratifying a temporary agreement on formation of a free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union and Iran.

he relevant law, published on the official Internet portal of legal information, was ratified by the State Duma and the Federation Council (two houses of the Russian parliament) on November 15 and 23, respectively.

"To ratify the interim agreement on formation of a free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union and its member states, for one part, and the Islamic Republic of Iran, on the other part, signed in Astana on May 17, 2018," the document says.

The agreement signed in Astana on May 17, 2018 sets the main rules of trade between the EAEU and Iran most closely to those of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which Iran does not belong to

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was an utterly brilliant move on Putin's part, as he is working as hard as he can, to keep the country of Iran in the best economic state possible, while making President Trump appear petulant and short-sited, courtesy of the United States' withdrawal from the P5+1 agreement.

Dec 01 10:12

Russia: You shall not pass: Russia changes rules for foreign warships navigating through its Arctic

Russia is updating its navigation rules for a contingency involving another nation’s warships attempting to sail along the Northern Sea Route. Such a passage would require prior notification from the Defense Ministry.
The route, situated in the Arctic along Russia’s northern coast, is becoming more accessible to sea traffic as the climate warms. With longer navigation seasons and fewer ice hazards, Russia hopes the path will be increasingly in demand for international commercial transit. Such navigation however more often than not requires Russia’s cooperation, since an icebreaker usually is needed to pass through.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hopefully,these issues can be resolved to everyone's mutual satisfaction, if logic and profits can be allowed to work here, together.

Dec 01 09:50

Merkel's Possible Successor Suggests Blockade of Russian Ships from Azov Sea

Kramp-Karrenbauer is expected to replace Angela Merkel as her party's next leader. As the fight for Merkel's CDU crown heats up, she adopted a more bellicose rhetoric than the German chancellor, who earlier pushed for the de-escalation of Russia-Ukraine tensions.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, secretary-general of the Christian Democrats, urged the European Union and the United States to consider barring Russian vessels coming from the Sea of Azov from entering their ports amid Moscow's naval standoff with Kiev.

Kramp-Karrenbauer, 56, who is tipped as one of possible candidates to succeed Merkel as the leader of her Christian Democratic Union party, suggested that a blockade should be implemented if it is proved that Russia was the aggressor.

Dec 01 09:50

Ukrainian Border Control Finds Radioactive Cargo in Odessa Port - Reports

According to the investigation, the level of gamma-radiation was ten times higher than normal.

The suspicious cargo has been delivered to an isolated station for further investigation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"It's a Russian PLOT!!!!!" -- Pour-o-shank-o

Dec 01 09:28

Putin and Trump talked briefly at G20 summit - Kremlin

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin briefly spoke at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, according to the Kremlin.

Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said on Saturday that the two leaders had a brief meeting on the sidelines of the summit. Ushakov also said that he met with US National Security Advisor John Bolton at the gathering, and that the US and Russia are ready to continue contact with one another.

However, he said he was unaware of when Trump and Putin might next meet.

Nov 30 16:52

You shall not pass: Russia changes rules for foreign warships navigating through its Arctic

Russia is updating its navigation rules for a contingency involving another nation’s warships attempting to sail along the Northern Sea Route. Such a passage would require prior notification from the Defense Ministry.

The route, situated in the Arctic along Russia’s northern coast, is becoming more accessible to sea traffic as the climate warms. With longer navigation seasons and fewer ice hazards, Russia hopes the path will be increasingly in demand for international commercial transit. Such navigation however more often than not requires Russia’s cooperation, since an icebreaker usually is needed to pass through.

Nov 30 12:24

Putin's Meeting With Saudi Crown Prince At G-20 Could Overshadow OPEC

With oil prices in free fall and diplomatic crises raising the threat of more Western sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman are planning to meet on sidelines of the G-20 summit later this week, Bloomberg reports. Even if President Trump snubbed Salman, and threatened to snub Putin, energy traders will be watching closely as the two leaders meet for the first time since both countries started pumping oil at the fastest pace since the 2016 OPEC+ production cuts.

Nov 30 11:59

Mueller has tortured enough minnows and made enough noise but if he hasn’t got the goods to nail Trump the whale by now he should shut up shop and go home

Donald Trump has never made any secret that he enjoys doing business with Russians.

When I interviewed him for GQ magazine in 2008, he told me how he’d recently made a $60 million profit on a house in Florida that way.

Donald Trump has never made any secret that he enjoys doing business with Russians.

The fact remains that Mueller, so far as we know, has yet to prove Trump either colluded with the Russians to fix the election or had business activities with Russia that clouded his approach to dealing with Russia.

Nor do we know if Cohen has any actual evidence to implicate the President in wrongdoing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Amen on this, Piers Morgan; amen!!

Nov 30 11:50

Tusk 'Sure' EU to Roll Over Sanctions Against Russia Over Kerch Row in December

The Kerch Strait incident took place on Sunday when three Ukrainian naval vessels, heading from the Black Sea to the Azov Sea, tried to pass through the strait without obtaining permission from Russia and thus illegally crossing the country's sea border.

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday he was sure that the EU leaders would roll out new sanctions against Russia due to Moscow's response to Ukraine's naval activity in the Kerch Strait.

READ MORE: NATO to Keep Monitoring Black Sea Following Ukraine's Kerch Strait Provocation

"The de-escalation in the Sea of Azov is a cause of a grave concern to us, and of course Russia's use of force against Ukrainian ships is totally unacceptable… Europe is united in its support of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity. And this is why I am sure that the EU will roll over the sanctions against Russia in December," Tusk said at a press conference during G20 summit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is as simple as the Ukrainian sailors having crossed into Russia's sovereign marine territory; they were wrong, period, end of discussion.

Unfortunately, the US and its European allies have nasty habit of accusing Russia for things Russia never did, and ultimately using that as the pretext for war.

I would like to see all aggrieved parties come together to step back from the precipice here, and for Poroshenko to ultimately admit that his sailors were dead wrong here, and make amends. Of course, this will not happen, because Poroshenko is the US's and NATO's "picador" when it comes to relations with Russia. The last thing we need... is another world war.Ac

Nov 30 11:41

Trump And Putin Will NOT Hold "Brief Impromptu Meeting" At G-20

Update: It appears Adam Shiff didn't like it - The White House has just confirmed that Presidents Trump and Putin will NOT have a "scheduled pull aside" meeting at the G-20 meetings.

As we detailed earlier, Adam Schiff isn't going to like this.

One day after President Trump said he wouldn't be meeting with his Russian counterpart because of Russia's refusals to return three Ukrainian ships and release two dozen sailors captured during Sunday's confrontation near the Kerch Strait, the Kremlin is claiming that Trump and Vladimir Putin will meet for a brief "impromptu" meeting during the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, according to CNBC.

Nov 30 11:25

Buchanan: Is Putin The Provocateur In The Kerch Crisis?

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via The Unz Review,

On departure for the G-20 gathering in Buenos Aires, President Donald Trump canceled his planned weekend meeting with Vladimir Putin, citing as his reason the Russian military’s seizure and holding of three Ukrainian ships and 24 sailors.

But was Putin really the provocateur in Sunday’s naval clash outside Kerch Strait, the Black Sea gateway to the Sea of Azov?

Or was the provocateur Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko?

First, a bit of history.

In 2014, after the pro-Russian regime in Kiev was ousted in a coup, and a pro-NATO regime installed with U.S. backing, Putin detached and annexed Crimea, for centuries the home port of Russia’s Black Sea fleet.

With the return of Crimea, Russia now occupied both sides of Kerch Strait. And this year, Russia completed a 12-mile bridge over the strait and Putin drove the first truck across.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pat Buchanan, you miss a very important point here, which needs repeating.

Russia did NOT annex Crimea.

After Poroshenko was installed as President in 2014, understanding that there would only be corruption now from the Ukrainian government in Kiev, the Crimean officials did two things.

First, they did a referendum with the Crimean people, to determine if they wanted to stay with the "new Ukraine", or slip away, and request a transfer of governance with Russia.

They overwhelmingly said that they wanted to petition the Russian Federation for acceptance into that Federation, and Russia accepted this.

There was utterly no annexation; just a referendum, followed by a petition to join the Russian Federation; nothing more, nothing less. Pat, please check your history, as I know that what I have said is the absolute truth of how this came down.

But you are absolutely correct, when you talk about this not being America's fight, and particularly right now.

Nov 30 10:38

When Putin Met Bin Sally

In the annals of handshake photo-ops, we just may have a new winner (much to the delight of oil bulls who are looking at oil treading $50 and contemplating jumping out of the window).

Russian President Putin and Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman embrace and laugh at the G20 in Argentina.

Nothing but sheer joy, delight and friendship...

... but something is missing..

Meanwhile, earlier...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wouldn't put it past Putin to come up with an oil deal with Bin Salman, which completely negates the influence of the US dollar.

Nov 30 10:29

Merkel Ally Suggests Blockading Russian Ships From All EU And US Ports

A close senior political ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Reuters on Friday that the European Union and the United States should consider banning all Russian ships that originate from the Sea of Avoz from entering EU and US ports until last Sunday's Kerch Strait crisis is resolved.

German conservative Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who is said to be most likely to succeed Merkel as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, told Reuters:

One answer might be, for example, to stop Russian ships coming from the region - from the Sea of ??Azov - from entering European or U.S. ports until this situation with Ukraine is resolved.

And turning her attention to US sanctions targeting Russia and Germany's less than eager willingness to go along, Reuters reports further:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has Kram-Karrenbauer gone absolutely stark raving, gepolitically insane?!?

Blockades are considered an act of war, just in case her European history is a little fuzzy, which it appears to be.

Russia was precisely within its rights to capture and hold the invading Ukrainian boats, courtesy of maritime law. But that this woman is even THINKING about a blockade, makes me very concerned about her true mental health.

Poroshenko has been screaming about a potential "Russian Invasion" ever since he took office in 2014.

Nov 30 08:44

Crisis in the Sea of Azov, Confronting Russia, “Dangerous Madness… The Risk of War is Real

Alessandro Bianchi: Let’s start from today’s crisis in the Sea of Azov. The European Union and NATO have given full support to Ukraine after the violation of Russian sovereignty by two Ukrainian vessels. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gave his full support to Poroshenko, who declared martial law. What does a country like Italy risk in continuing its accession to NATO?

Nov 30 08:07

EU ‘to extend sanctions’ against Russia in December

The European Union will extend its existing economic sanctions on Russia next month, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday. Tusk will chair a summit of EU leaders on December 13-14, which is due to roll over the bloc’s measures against Russia’s defense, energy and banking sectors for another year over “Moscow’s role” in Ukraine.

Nov 30 08:06

Putin, Trump to meet on the go at G20 ‘like other leaders’ – Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump will have a brief impromptu meeting in Argentina just as other leaders at the G20 summit, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. Trump on Thursday cancelled a planned meeting with Putin in Argentina. Peskov said earlier Moscow regrets the US administration’s decision to cancel the planned meeting between the two presidents in Buenos Aires. “This means that a discussion on important issues on the bilateral and international agenda is being postponed indefinitely,” the spokesman said.

Nov 30 07:58

Is Putin the Provocateur in the Kerch Crisis?

The Sea of Azov became a virtual Russian lake, access to which was controlled by Russia, just as access to the Black Sea is controlled by Turkey.

While the world refused to recognize the new reality, Russia began to impose rules for ships transiting the strait, including 48 hours notice to get permission.

Ukrainian vessels, including warships, would have to notify Russian authorities before passing beneath the Kerch Strait Bridge into the Sea of Azov to reach their major port of Mariupol.

Sunday, two Ukrainian artillery ships and a tug, which had sailed out of Odessa in western Ukraine, passed through what Russia now regards as its territorial waters off Crimea and the Kerch Peninsula. Destination: Mariupol.

The Ukrainian vessels refused to obey Russian directives to halt.

Nov 30 07:52

UK to Send Marines, Warship to Ukraine for Sake of 'Democracy'

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson will reaffirm Britain’s commitment to Ukraine during a visit to Kiev.

The United Kingdom will ramp up its military assistance to Ukraine, deploying additional troops and a Royal Navy ship to defend 'freedom and democracy,' Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson will announce on Wednesday, The Telegraph wrote.

Ukrainian Special Forces and Marines will be trained by British personnel and HMS Echo, a Royal Navy hydrographic survey ship with a company of 72, will deploy to the region.

“As long as Ukraine faces Russian hostilities, it will find a steadfast partner in the United Kingdom,” Williamson will say.

Nov 30 07:52

UK Commits Extra Military Forces to Ukraine: Irresponsible Policy, Dangerous Repercussions

This carefully researched article by Arkady Savitsky first published on November 24, (one day before the Kerch Strait Incident) outlines with foresight Britain’s so-called “hydrographic survey” in the Black Sea which is slated to be carried out as of early next year. The stated objective is to:

“to demonstrate Britain’s support for Ukraine and ensure “freedom of navigation”.

In this regard, the Kerch Strait Incident acts as a pretext in support of an ongoing military project. In all likelihood it will be used to “justify” US-UK-NATO deployments in the Black Sea Basin.

Is the Kerchen Incident part of a broader US-NATO “Responsibility to Protect (R2P) plan to “militarize the Black Sea”? According to Arkady Savitsky:

In September, Great Britain made known it planned to increase the warships’ presence in the Black Sea next year with increasingly frequent port calls to Odessa.

Nov 30 07:50

European Commission Earmarks $568Mln for Macro-Financial Aide to Ukraine

The European Commission approved on Friday the first $568-million batch of the new macro-financial aide package to Ukraine, the EU press service said.

"The European Commission, on behalf of the [European Union], has today approved the disbursement of the first €500 million [about $568 million] of the new Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) programme to Ukraine. With this disbursement, the total Macro-Financial Assistance extended to Ukraine by the [European Union] since 2014 will reach €3.3 billion, the largest amount of such assistance directed at any non-EU country," the press service said.

Nov 30 07:42

BEX ALERT - WORLD WAR three ALERT: Russia ‘lining up tanks along our border’ warns Ukraine

Petro Poroshenko has shown Sky Data photographs of what are it seems tanks gathering along the border, shut to the build Russia retains its ammunition. He told the broadcaster: “Right here is the tank irascible fair 18km (11 miles) from our border, this turn out to be as soon as going down in September, October, and now. Right here is 18km from my border, here is the same warehouse the build they’ve their ammunition, the same the build they’ve multi-rocket open system, we ought to silent be prepared to give protection to my nation.

Nov 30 07:40

BEX ALERT - 'Putin’s tanks are massing at the border,' Ukraine's President Poroshenko warns as the country BANS all Russian men from entering the country

Ukraine's president has warned that Russian tanks are massing along the border and banned all Russian men of military age from entering the country.

Petro Poroshenko claimed to have evidence that Russian tanks are lining up just 11 miles (18km) from the border, close to where Russia stores its ammunition and multi-rocket launch systems, Sky News reports.

Nov 30 07:20

PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS: RUSSIA IS DISADVANTAGED BY HER BELIEF THAT THE WEST IS GOVERNED BY LAW

Ukrainian military ships have violated Russian restrictions in the Sea of Azov and Articles 19 and 21 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Ukrainian Navy crossed the Russian sea border and entered a closed area of Russian territorial waters. Clearly, Washington was behind this as Ukraine would not undertake such a provocation on its own. Here is an accurate explanation of the event: https://www.rt.com/news/444857-russia-ukraine-kerch-strait-standoff/

The Russian Navy detained the Ukrainian ships. Of course, the Western presstitutes, most of whom are CIA assets, will blame “Russian aggression.” Washington and its presstitutes are doing everything they can to make impossible Trump’s expressed goal of normal relations with Russia. NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu quickly aligned NATO with Ukraine: “NATO fully supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and its territorial integrity, including its navigation rights in its territorial waters.”

Nov 29 21:01

Flashback: Soviet Tanks As Far As The Eye Can See

Need a tank to fend off the coming zombie apocalypse that everyone else is freaking out about? Make your way to the Kharkov armor repair facility in Ukraine where you can have your pick of hundreds of Soviet-built T-64s, T-72s and T-80 tanks that look like they've been abandoned since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Nov 29 17:36

Russia to build new radar station in Crimea, boosting cover of its southwest

Moscow is set to start building a new cutting-edge radar station in Crimea in place of a deprecated Soviet-era one. The facility will significantly boost Russia’s capabilities in detecting and tracking missiles and other objects.

Nov 29 15:20

Putin, Trump will meet at G20 summit as planned: Kremlin

Nov 29 12:05

LIVE UPDATES: Russia-Ukraine Tensions After Kerch Strait Incident

The situation between the two countries has significantly worsened since the incident with Ukrainian ships illegally crossing the Russian maritime border followed by the arrest of the ships and the crews that was called a provocation committed in violation of international law by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Two gunboats and a tugboat crossed the Russian maritime border on 25 November sailing toward the Kerch Strait, an entrance to the Sea of Azov, where the ships were seized by Russia due to the lack of a reply to a lawful demand to stop.

Nov 29 12:04

Coupled With S-300 and S-400, Su-57s Sent Clear Message to US, Israel – Analysts

Despite the Russian Defence Ministry's clarifications, Western media are still racking their brain over the Su-57 fifth-generation jets' mission in Syria. Speaking to Sputnik, political observers of Syrian origin shed light on the message the Russian-made Su-57, S-300 and S-400 have sent to the US and Israel in the Arab Republic.

The Russian Su-57 fifth-generation stealth fighters have once again become the focus of special attention following the release of unique footage of the aircraft's mission in Syria and Zvezda TV channel's new video featuring a pair of Sukhoi Su-57 performing a synchronized landing.

Nov 29 11:58

Ukraine president asks Germany, NATO to send ships to Sea of Azov

NATO members including Germany have been asked to send naval vessels to the Sea of Azov to back Ukraine against Russia. "Germany is one of our closest allies," President Petro Poroshenko said.

Nov 29 11:57

Putin ratifies interim agreement on EAEU-Iran free trade zone

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law ratifying a temporary agreement on formation of a free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union and Iran

Nov 29 11:08

WTF moment of the first day of Martial Law in Ukraine (or "going the wrong way")

“War Diary” project | Ukraine

Nov 29 10:31

Donald Trump CANCELS Vladimir Putin meeting as Russia tensions SKY-ROCKET

The pair had been expected to meet on the sidelines of this week’s G20 summit in Argentina. But as Air Force One was departing for Buenos Aires, the US leader tweeted he was calling off the planned talks because of Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine.

Nov 29 10:31

Tory MP Johnny Mercer says there's 'nothing wrong' with killing for what you believe in

A Tory MP has prompted an angry debate after suggesting killing people for what you believe in is acceptable.

Writing about why young people should consider joining the army, Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer lamented the unpopularity of the use of violence.

He said: “The application of violence to defeat the enemies of the nation has become worryingly unpopular. Nothing wrong with fighting (yes killing) for values/what you believe in. The oppressed/bullied/tormented/voiceless deserve it. Join the fight; best thing you’ll ever do.”

The MP’s tweet followed another which said: “At some point – somewhere – someone – is going to have to stand up to Russia in the traditional sense.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Nov 29 10:23

CRIMEA SHOWDOWN: Russia To InstallS-400 Anti-Aircraft Missile Division

A further division of the S-400 Triumph air defense system will enter operational service in the Crimea before the end of the year, Vadim Astafiev, the official representative of Russia’s Southern Military District, told Sputnik.

The military began to prepare the equipment to be moved to the loading station, from where it will be transported by train to the permanent place of deployment. Where exactly – not specified.

“In the near future, the new anti-aircraft missile system … will replace the previous one,” said Astafiev, noting that this is happening in the context of rearmament.

Nov 29 10:21

U.S’ LNG Natural Gas Export Crisis In Europe – Russia To Come Out Ahead

No sooner had the heating season started, as American LNG again became unprofitable for sale in Europe. Previously, rising gas prices in EU countries favored sales, but suppliers preferred a more premium Asian market. Now they have no choice. The gas price hike in the United States itself has made American LNG supplies to Europe unprofitable this winter, which opens up new opportunities for increasing Russian gas supplies to both the EU and the US.

Nov 29 10:20

Ukraine Crackdown Begins – SBU Detains Fighting Age Men At Donbass Checkpoint

LuganskInform reports the following: SBU personnel have begun to detain and check all men of military age at the checkpoint at the line of contact at “Stanitsa Luganskaya” , heading to the LPR. This was reported in the Center for Public Relations (DSP) Ministry of Internal Affairs of the LPR.

“Personnel of the law enforcement agencies of Ukraine are detaining all men of military age (up to 50 years old) en masse in order to clarify data on military records and enter registration data,” the report said

Nov 29 10:20

ANGLO 5CRIMEAUnder Pressure: Trump Cancels Upcoming Putin Meeting But Refuses To Blame Russia For Kerch Strait Incident

He made this decision after reading the report on the incident in the Kerch Strait. According to him, the main reason for the incident was the fact that ships and sailors did not return to Ukraine. Trump was criticized by both Neocon Republicans and Clinton Democrats alike, for failing to ‘condemn’ Russia.

“I look forward to a meaningful summit again as soon as the situation is resolved!” – Trump wrote on Twitter .

The Russians, for their part, have also made an official statement. RIA reports that the spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that the Kremlin has no official information about canceling the meeting.

At the same time, he noted that if the United States confirms the refusal, then Putin will have a couple extra hours to meet on the sidelines of the summit.

Nov 29 10:04

'Everything is at Stake': Ukrainian Envoy Urges West to 'Put Putin in His Place'

Sunday’s incident in the Kerch Strait appears to have been a provocation prepared in advance, a pretext used by Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko to introduce martial law to create obstacles for his rivals from the opposition ahead of upcoming elections, President Vladimir Putin said.

Ukraine's Ambassador to Germany has called for additional Western sanctions on Russia as punishment for Sunday’s incident in the Kerch Strait, The Jerusalem Post wrote.

Andrij Melnyk urged Germany and other Western Nations to ban energy imports from Russia, suspend the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project and even raised the possibility of sending German Marines to the region.

‘Germany must take a clear line… and put (Russian President Vladimir) Putin in his place’, Melnyk told German radio on Wednesday. ‘Everything is at stake’.

Nov 29 09:43

Trump Cancels Meeting With Putin After Being Briefed on Kerch Strait Case

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would make a final decision on whether to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Argentina after he receives a full report on the Kerch Strait incident.

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he decided to cancel a scheduled meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

"Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin. I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!" Trump said in a Twitter message.

Nov 29 09:27

‘F*** off home!’ Masked men pelt Ukrainian presidential candidate with eggs, pummel his team (VIDEO)

Anatoliy Grytsenko, who is in the race to become Ukraine’s president in next year’s election, has accused current head of state Petro Poroshenko of organizing an attack during a campaign visit to the Black Sea port of Odessa.

The former defense minister was due to make a local radio appearance on Wednesday night, but when he arrived at the station, the entrance was blocked by a group of masked men “of athletic build,” according to a statement from his press secretary, published by Interfax-Ukraine.

They handed Grytsenko a carved pumpkin with a dildo stuck in its “mouth”, and the words “F*** off home” written on the side, and attempted to pelt him with eggs.

Nov 29 09:26

Berlin says crisis in Ukraine & Nord Stream 2 pipeline are two separate issues

The Russian-led gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2, which is aimed at delivering Russian gas to Europe via Germany, must be completed, according to the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier.

The minister says the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has nothing to do with the project.

“These are two different issues, two different areas,” Altmaier said in an interview with ARD television, stressing that his office strongly opposes the termination of the pipeline’s construction.

Nov 29 09:24

Not good news for the dollar? Russia and Turkey ditched US currency for S-400 missile system deal

Both facing pressure from Washington, Moscow and Ankara ditched the US dollar when finalizing their landmark S-400 air defense missile systems deal and will do so in the future, Russian leader Vladimir Putin said.

“We understand that if we’ll make transactions in [US] dollars, they won’t come through,” Putin told reporters on Wednesday, citing his recent talks with Turkey’s leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “So we thought up another option.”

Speaking at a business forum in Moscow, the Russian president noted that the ‘dollar-less’ S-400s deal with Turkey is just one recent example of the approach the nations share. The same will apply to “other types of goods” as well, he stressed.

“We don’t have a goal of abandoning from the dollar, but we are forced to do so. And, I assure you, we will do it,” Putin said, adding that it will ultimately make global trade more secure and efficient.

Nov 29 09:21

Washington confirms Putin-Trump tete-a-tete meeting at G20 – Kremlin

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump will have a brief tete-a-tete conversation followed by an hour-long extended meeting at the G20 summit in Argentina, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The meeting is scheduled for December 1, on the second and the last day of the summit which is due to take place in Buenos Aires.

“At first there will be a brief conversation, as we expect, between the two presidents, and then the Russian-US talks, which may last about an hour,” Peskov explained to journalists. Washington has already confirmed the talks, he added.

Nov 29 04:07

Russia Prepares First Bond in Euros in Five Years

Russia has low debt and is running a budget surplus this year -- much better buy than a US bond for sure. Let's see if the international capital market will recognize as much. Russia's Finance Ministry launched a closed subscription for a euro-denominated seven-year benchmark issue of bonds, Bloomberg and Vedomosti daily reported on November 27 citing unnamed banking sources. The issue will test the strength of investor appetite amid the military crisis in the Azov Sea that started on November 25 and saw the ruble tumble in value to the dollar and federal OFZ rates fall the next day. Last time the Finance Ministry placed Eurobonds was in 2013 issuing seven-year bonds worth €750mn at 3.625% yield. The choice of euro is in line with recent reports of the government aiming to curb the dependency on US dollar and Russian oil majors seeking to re-draft their supplies deals to euro to hedge against US sanctions risks.

Nov 29 03:51

Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Ukraine crisis two different things, says German minister

The issues of implementation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and the Ukraine crisis need to be separated, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told Germany’s ARD television on Thursday. "These are two different issues and different areas," he stressed, having spoken out against the termination of the pipeline’s construction. Altmaier also noted that tensions in Ukraine "cannot be settled with weapons." The minister expects that recent events in the Kerch Strait will be discussed at the G20 summit. Government Spokesperson Steffen Seibert said on Wednesday that Germany’s stance on the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline remains unchanged. Berlin regards it as a commercial project but urges to maintain gas transit through Ukraine. The Nord Stream 2 project envisages the construction of two lines of a gas pipeline with total capacity of 55 bln cubic meters of gas per year, running from Russia to Europe across the Baltic Sea.

Nov 29 03:39

Crimean maritime authorities reject claims about Ukraine’s Azov Sea ports being blocked

Kiev’s claims that Ukrainian ships travelling to and from the country’s ports on the Sea of Azov are being prevented from passing through the Kerch Strait are not true, a Crimean maritime authority source told TASS. On Wednesday, Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Vladimir Omelyan accused Russia of blocking Ukraine’s Azov Sea ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk by preventing ships from travelling to and from there. He said that 35 ships were being blocked and traffic was only possible towards Russia’s ports on the Sea of Azov. "No one is blocking any ships, traffic depends on actual weather conditions," the source said. He added that according to the official procedure, all ships must apply for passage through the Kerch Strait 48 hours in advance and confirm the application 24 hours in advance. "A ship usually makes an application 48 hours in advance and waits to be allowed to pass," the source said.

Nov 29 03:23

Russian diplomat does not rule out West's help in planning Kerch Strait provocation

"This is a deliberate provocation. I don't have any doubts that some of our Western partners knew about it or even participated in planning it. This is why all of this is not accidental," Zakharova told Russia's Channel One. "The assessments that we hear and the informational campaign underway right now, only prove it," she added.

Nov 29 03:16

Almost 100 Russians return to Minsk after being banned from entering Kiev

Almost 100 Russian citizens who have flown from Minsk to Kiev since the beginning of this week had to return to Minsk due to the refusal to enter the country. That said, the number of such passengers reduced four times during the past day, the Belarusian State Border Committee told TASS on Thursday. State Border Committee Spokesman Anton Bychkovsky specified that "the situation in these areas (Ukrainian airports - TASS) regarding quantitative data and the passenger flow structure has not changed in general." The Ukrainian State Border Service states that border guards acted under the law on the basis of which they register foreigners. "The citizens of the Russian Federation failed to confirm the goal of their trip, so they were not permitted to enter Ukraine," border guards explained.

Nov 29 03:14

Fourth battalion of S-400 systems assumes combat duty in Crimea near border with Ukraine

The fourth battalion of S-400 air defense missile systems has assumed combat duty in Crimea near the Russian-Ukrainian border, the Black Sea Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday. "Today, the combat teams of S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems from a large air defense unit of the Southern Military District’s Air Force and Air Defense Army have assumed combat duty to provide for Crimea’s air defense," the press office said in a statement.

Nov 28 16:03

200 nationalist militants take over shopping mall in central Kiev – and cops make ONE arrest (VIDEO)

MIlitant protesters linked to Ukraine’s ultranationalist Svoboda party have taken over a shopping center in Kiev, vandalizing the mall and demanding Russian businesses leave the country, while the police stood by and watched.

Nov 28 12:39

LIVE UPDATES: Russia-Ukraine Tensions After Kerch Strait Incident

The situation between the two countries has significantly worsened since the incident with Ukrainian ships illegally crossing the Russian maritime border followed by the arrest of the ships and the crews that was called a provocation committed in violation of international law by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Two gunboats and a tugboat crossed the Russian maritime border on 25 November sailing toward the Kerch Strait, an entrance to the Sea of Azov, where the ships were seized by Russia due to the lack of a reply to a lawful demand to stop.

Ukraine is on the brink of war with Russia after the recent incident in the Kerch Strait, according to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Prior to that, the Ukrainian parliament approved the Poroshenko’s decree, proposing to implement martial law in some regions of the country along the border with Russia as well as along the coast of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov for 30 days in the wake of the Kerch Strait incident.

Nov 28 12:34

‘Kiev would get away even with eating babies’: Putin says Kerch Strait standoff is a provocation

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said the clash between Russian and Ukrainian military ships was a result of foreign nation’s failing to hold Kiev accountable for bad behavior as long as it remains confrontational towards Russia.

The remarks were the first made by the Russian leader since the confrontation in the Kerch Strait, a narrow passageway between the Black Sea and the Azov Sea, where a strategic bridge connecting Crimea with mainland Russia is located.

“The authorities in Kiev are selling anti-Russian sentiment with quite a success today. They have nothing else to do,” Putin said during a business forum in Moscow.

Nov 28 12:22

US, Europe & NATO Risk All-Out War by Backing Desperate Kiev Regime

With the US, EU and NATO all bolstering claims of “Russian aggression” – in face of contrary evidence – the real danger is that the Kiev regime will be emboldened to carry out more reckless provocations leading to all-out war.

It seems indisputable that the three Ukrainian Navy vessels were dispatched last Sunday in order to instigate a security response from Russian maritime border forces. In contrast to normal procedures for passage clearance through the Kerch Strait, the Ukrainian warships refused to communicate with Russian controls and acted menacingly inside Russia’s Black Sea territorial limits.

Nov 28 12:01

Escobar: Kerch Strait Chaos Looks "More Like A Cheap Ploy By Desperate Neocons"

The West is complaining about Russian 'aggression' but the incident looks more like a cheap ploy by a desperate Ukrainian president and US conservatives keen to undermine Trump's next pow-wow with Putin...

When the Ukrainian navy sent a tugboat and two small gunboats on Sunday to force their way through the Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov, it knew in advance the Russian response would be swift and merciless.

After all, Kiev was entering waters claimed by Russia with military vessels without clarifying their intent.

The intent, though, was clear; to raise the stakes in the militarization of the Sea of Azov.

The Kerch Strait connects the Sea of Azov with the Black Sea. To reach Mariupol, a key city in the Sea of Azov very close to the dangerous dividing line between Ukraine’s army and the pro-Russian militias in Donbass, the Ukrainian navy needs to go through the Kerch.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope and pray that Mr. Escobar, for whom I have a world of respect, is seeing this clearly.

But we do have a companion story, courtesy of zerohedge.com, offering the following argument at the highest levels by the British military, about how to respond here:

Russian Military officials angered over UK dispatch Survey Ship in the Black Sea

Nov 28 11:50

Russia Deploys S-400 Missiles To Crimea In Military Showdown With Ukraine

Predictably the crisis that began on Sunday between Russia and Ukraine in the Kerch Strait is quickly worsening as Russia has announced plans to deploy more of its advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Crimea.

Adding to tensions, Reuters has further reported that a Russian warship has been dispatched to the Sea of Azov — waters used by both countries and near where the Russian Navy seized Ukrainian vessels and crew for what Moscow condemned as "maneuvering dangerously" and illegal entry into Russian territory.

The warship was seen departing a Crimean port by a Reuters correspondent on Wednesday and was described as the Russian navy minesweeper ship, the Vice-Admiral Zakharin, going in the direction of the Sea of Azov.

This comes a day after Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko issued provocative statements during a televised interview on Tuesday that his country is "under threat of full-scale war with Russia" while seeking to justify martial law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would almost be willing to bet real money, that this development is not mentioned in the news of the Corporate Presstitutes; in fact, I would suggest that they are attempting to suppress the story the best they can.

It is quarter of 9 here on Oahu; I will be looking at what the 9 AM feed on Faux News looks like.

But if they are not doing the story, that would definitely suggest that their Corporate masters have told them not to say a word on this, until they have figured out how to "sell" a potentially coming war with the US, Ukraine and NATO on one side, and Russia and China on the other.

Nov 28 11:30

Putin: "We Aren't Aiming To Ditch The Dollar, The Dollar Is Ditching Us"

With a number of volatile trends in multiple conflict theaters and geopolitical hot spots now coming to a head this week (Ukraine-Russia, China-US, Iran-US, Turkey-Syria-Russia, Saudi Arabia-Europe), and with Presidents Putin and Trump set to meet at the G20 summit in Argentina in just days, Putin has again signaled Russia will move away from the U.S. dollar.

Speaking before the VTB Capital forum in Moscow on Wednesday, Putin wryly explained that by implementing sanctions on Russia and other countries Washington is effectively "shooting itself not in the foot but a bit higher”.

He said, according to Bloomberg, "We aren't aiming to ditch the dollar. The dollar is ditching us." Making the case that aggressive US punitive measures against its rivals is undermining confidence in the dollar, Putin explained:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This guy is always 1000 chess moves ahead, when it comes to US/Russian and world economic dealings.

And you cannot disrespect his sense of humor,as to the analogy he uses, here.

Nov 28 11:28

Germany offers to mediate between Russia and Ukraine

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said Germany could mediate between Ukraine and Russia in the ongoing crisis in the Sea of Azov. But some critics in Germany are calling on Berlin to help Kyiv militarily.

Nov 28 11:21

Ukraine Provocation in the Black Sea Directed against Russia. Was it a Staged Event?

Ukraine is a virtual US colony – the way it’s been since the Obama regime’s February 2014 coup, replacing democratic governance with fascist tyranny in Europe’s heartland.

Ukraine shares a near-1,500 mile land and sea border with the Russian Federation, the longest Western frontier with the country.

The regime running things is a hotbed of militarized extremism, waging war on its own people, committing appalling human rights abuses – with full support and encouragement from Washington and key NATO countries.

Stop NATO’s Rick Rozoff earlier explained that Ukraine is “the decisive linchpin in plans by the US and its NATO allies to effect a military cordon sanitaire, severing Russia from Europe” – part of a sinister plot, risking East/West confrontation.

Vladimir Putin earlier said

“(t)he appearance on our borders of a powerful military bloc…will be considered by Russia as a direct threat to our country’s security,” adding:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could potentially get very ugly, and very quickly; demonization of a country, coupled with sanctions against it, are usually a prelude to war.

Nov 28 10:44

US Military Says It Can’t Take Out Remaining ISIS Fighters Because They’re Hiding In Tunnels

As 2018 draws to a close, it is unclear if U.S. troops and their Arab-Kurdish allies have made a dent in ISIS’ last stronghold in Syria.

A spokesman for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Syria estimated in December 2017 that fewer than 3,000 ISIS fighters remained in both countries. Since then, defense officials have said consistently that roughly 2,000 ISIS fighters are trapped in Syria’s Middle Euphrates River Valley.

Army Col. Sean Ryan, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, repeated the 2,000 figure when briefing reporters on Tuesday. However, it is difficult to determine exactly how many ISIS fighters remain in their last enclave in Syria because they are dug in deeply and the terrain is difficult for combat operations, he said.

“The numbers game is difficult to count because ISIS is underground – they’re in tunnels; they’re hiding,” Ryan said. “So it’s not like we watch them walk into to a building and we’re counting as they go in. They’re spread apart.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This response, is Orwellian double-speak, writ large.

IF the US military knows where these tunnels are, why do they not then blow them up?!?

Perhaps because they want to "save and groom" these US-funded and equipped forces to fight another day?!?

Nov 28 10:23

Ukraine’s President Warns of Threat of ‘Full-Scale War’ With Russia

Since the 2014 Ukrainian revolution, top Ukrainian politicians have talked up the threat of an imminent, full-scale war in Russia. Years later, this continues to get raised every time a tense moment with Russia erupts.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is now citing Sunday’s maritime incident in the Sea of Azov, and says “Ukraine is under threat of full-scale war with Russia,” claiming Russia had massively increased the number of troops and tanks on their border.

He claims to have intelligence reports on the military buildup, but offered no details. It would be strange for Russia to precipitously escalate their presence at the border, given Ukraine is much weaker militarily, and the eastern border includes an ethnic Russian separatist region of Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Since he came to power in 2014, Poroshenko has always been screaming about an imminent Russian invasion; and of course, it hasn't happened to date.

And again, in his leitmotif about being "under threat", there is utterly no proof of that being the case.

This, truly, is "the boy who cried wolf" once too often.

Nov 28 09:20

Trump May Not Have Meeting With Putin at G20 Over Kerch Strait Incident

US President Donald Trump said in an interview that he may cancel his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the upcoming G20 over the Kerch Strait incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, you are thoroughly and entirely wrong, and behaving in a wretchedly child-like manner, not to meet Putin because of this incident; in fact, you two gentlemen need to be meeting and speaking far more frequently than I fear you do.

And on top of Porochenko's statement about the incident, he said that NATO had a complete and clear understanding of what was going to happen; that means that the US' s High Command attache to NATO.... also knew.

In this incident, from everything I have read, the Russia Navy Vessel was absolutely in the right, and it was the Ukrainians who were in the wrong, in terms of establish Maritime law.

You need, sir, to look closely at these articles, to understand what was really going on here:

Ukrainian boats had intelligence agents on board.

Ukraine provokes Russia; to what end?!?

And here'a another interesting twist, from radiofreeeurope.com:

Ukrainians to consider martial law proposal after russia opens fire on ships in Black Sea

And here is one tidbit which the other articles I have read, didn't say:
"Lawmakers also stated that the next presidential election in Ukraine will take place on March 31, 2019."

Stating.... is not a constitutional vote, even for the Ukrainian parliament, which will have to vote its approval formally

And Mr. President, in case none of your "advisors" have "advised" you on this; Ukrainian national elections are supposed to take place on 30 March 2019. By declaring Martial Law, the approval for the election cannot get held by the necessary deadline, 21 December, by Ukraine's Parliament, meaning: the Ukrainian election will be postponed, as Poroshenko is in "deep kim chee" (sorry, a heap of trouble), and it does not look as though, right now, that he would be re-elected.

Timing of any "geopolitical outrage" always has something against which the creator of that outrage wants people to ignore, as in the "misdirection" magicians use in magic; this time, it is the postponement of the Ukrainian election, as Poroshenko understands that he is in no position to win, even with a massive ballot stuffing campaign.

Nov 28 09:01

 HOW THE US USES THE "LEFTIST" MEK GROUP FOR SOFT AGGRESSION AGAINST IRAN

WASHINGTON’S PULLING OUT OF THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL AND SUBSEQUENTLY RENEWED SANCTIONS COME AS US NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR APPOINTEE JOHN BOLTON’S EXISTENTIAL OBJECTIVE TO DESTROY IRAN BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY EVEN IF IT MEANS LEVERAGING THE SOFT POWER OF A CULTISH DEATH SQUAD.

US President Donald Trump ramped up the threat with a Game of Thrones meme warning Iran, with a November 5 deadline, that “Sanctions are Coming.” Qasem Soleimani, a Major General in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, responded with a meme of his own that Friday with the message “I will stand against you.”

More than just rhetoric, the exchange signified the high pomp the mention of sanctions posted to the Islamic Republic following an extensive international campaign by the US and Iranian expat and separatist allies to maximize their impacts.

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The problem here is, that if the sanctions, and the actions of MEK, do not create "regime change", or "regime behaviour", however you want to say it, the US is looking at slogging toward a war against Iran; this will most likely mean a war against Russia, as Iran and Russia have an old, productive, and stable relationship, just as Russia has had with Syria.

One can see, very clearly, how Russia aided its friend Syria, by assisting to get out the jihadis, many of whom were trained and funded by the US; I would sincerely doubt that would change, if there is an attack on Iran, and you would see Putin rush to Iran's aid militarily in a heartbeat, at that point.

The US military doesn't have the troop strength; the manufacturing; the money; or the weaponry to guarantee a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia and Iran.

Of course, neither Sheldon Adelson nor Bibi Netanyahu are very concerned about it; after all, they fully are on board the position of the costs of such a war, both in blood and money, will fully be paid by the US government.

Oh, and BTW; don't be startled, if after the turn of the year, there is a return to the draft for this country, to get the numbers up.

Nov 28 07:23

By undermining Russia's use of dollar US 'shooting itself not in the foot but a bit higher' - Putin

The Russian president called on the United States to abandon the policy of unilateral sanctions and seek common ground.

“We are not setting the target of moving away from the dollar – the dollar is moving away from us, and those who take respective (sanctions) decisions are shooting themselves not just in the foot, but slightly higher, as such instability in calculations in dollars creates a desire of many global economies to find alternative reserve currencies and create settlement systems independent of the dollar,” Putin said.

Nov 28 07:21

‘Kiev would get away even with eating babies’: Putin says Kerch Strait standoff is a provocation

“The authorities in Kiev are selling anti-Russian sentiment with quite a success today. They have nothing else to do,” Putin said during a business forum in Moscow.

The Russian president said it seemed like Kiev could get away with anything as far as foreign nations supporting Ukraine’s anti-Russian stance were concerned.

If they demand babies for breakfast, they would probably be served babies. They’d say: ‘Why not, they are hungry, what is to be done about it?’ This is such a shortsighted policy and it cannot have a good outcome. It makes the Ukrainian leadership complacent, gives them no incentive to do normal political work in their country or pursue a normal economic policy.

Nov 28 06:09

Moscow Not ‘Abandoning’ Greenback, Its Dollar That’s ‘Abandoning’ Russia

Moscow is not setting the target of abandoning the dollar, President Vladimir Putin said at the VTB Capital Investment Forum "Russia Calling!" on Wednesday, adding that the US currency is itself losing its assets.

"We are not setting the target of moving away from the dollar - the dollar is moving away from us, and those who take respective (sanctions) decisions are shooting themselves not even in the foot, but slightly higher, as such instability in calculations in dollars creates a desire of many global economies to find alternative reserve currencies and create settlement systems independent of the dollar," he stated, TASS reported.

Putin has called on the United States to abandon the policy of unilateral sanctions and seek common ground.

"What advice can be offered here?...>>> "

Nov 28 05:29

Trump Admin Mum on Syria “Rebel” Chemical Attack in Aleppo

On Saturday evening, a barrage of mortars filled with chemical weapons was launched into Syrian government-controlled territory in the Aleppo province by “rebels” linked to al Qaeda in the nearby Idlib province.

The attack – which was confirmed by both pro-government and pro-opposition sources – left over 100 civilians hospitalized after the gas released by the mortars caused “difficulty breathing, eye inflammation, shivering and fainting,” according to the head of the Aleppo Doctors Syndicate, Zaher Batal, as cited by Reuters. Batal and other Aleppo doctors suspect that chlorine gas was the substance responsible for the symptoms of those affected.

Despite the fact that chemical weapons were used by al Qaeda-linked militants in Idlib, the U.S. government and its allies have thus far been silent about the recent attack, even though the incident was covered by mainstream Western outlets such as CNN and Reuters. Instead, the U.S. announced a UN Security Council meeting — not to denounce the chemical-weapons attacks launched against civilians by an internationally recognized terror group but to address the recent hostilities between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea.

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(*No Brainer: CNN & Reuters made the whole thing up , to continue the world renouned tradition of MADE IN THE U.S.A. Fake NEWS )

Lavrov: Washington doesn’t seek objective investigation on use of chemical weapons in Syria

Nov 28 04:59

Russia Is Disadvantaged by Her Belief that the West Is Governed by Law

Paul Craig Roberts
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By trusting that there is a rule of law in the West, the Russian government is digging Russia’s grave while it allows Washington’s Ukrainian Nazis to murder Russian people. The Russian government is discrediting itself by trusting US vassals, such as Germany, to enforce the Minsk agreement and, despite all evidence to the contrary, believing that there is a rule of law in the West. Russia continues, year after year, to appeal to this non-existent entity called the Western Rule of Law.

This policy reassures the Zionist Neoconservatives who rule Washington’s foreign policy that Russia is incapable of defending its interests

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Nov 27 12:06

US Envoy: US, Russian Forces Have Clashed a Dozen Times in Syria

Speaking to Russian reporters, US Ambassador James Jeffrey, the special representative for the Syrian War, was asked to comment on incidents in which US troops killed large numbers of Russian military contractors working for the Syrian government. Jeffrey refused to offer details of that incident, but revealed that US and Russian forces have gotten into around a dozen clashes inside Syria over the course of the war, sometimes with direct exchanges of gunfire. Jeffrey further insisted that all the US troops in Syria are “legitimately” there to fight against ISIS, and that all the fighting against Russia was in keeping with the US “right of self-defense.” Russia has not commented on the engagements. Perhaps the most curious aspect of all of this is that, other than the incident in which the US killed all of the Russian contractors, these direct confrontations have largely gone unreported.

Nov 27 11:55

Mixed Messages: U.S Urges Ukraine And Russia Leaders To Resolve Kerch Strait Issues Directly, While NATO Lends ‘Unconditional Support’

The United States urged Russia and Ukraine leaders to work urgently to resolve the current disagreement between the two countries, triggered by an invasion of Ukrainian ships into Russian territorial waters last weekend. “We call on both parties to exercise restraint and abide by their international obligations and commitments. We urge Presidents Poroshenko and Putin to engage directly to resolve this situation. In that regard, we reiterate our support for the Normandy Four format,” Pompeo said in a press statement on November 26. However, Ukrainian media has been carrying the line that NATO issued a statement giving unconditional support to Ukraine, amidst in the deteriorating situation in the Azov Sea and Russian actions in the Kerch Strait. The NATO comments come from spokesperson Oana Lungescu in a commentary for Evropeyska Pravda. Lungescu here stressed that NATO is closely monitoring developments in the Azov Sea and the Kerch Strait.

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