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Dec 17 08:15

Davos U-turn: World Economic Forum welcomes all Russian businessmen after boycott threat

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has backtracked on its decision to bar three Russian businessmen from next year’s meeting in Davos. The turnabout comes after Moscow threatened to boycott the year's biggest business event.

Russia will participate in January’s prestigious business and political meeting in Switzerland, the WEF announced on Sunday. Managing director and head of compliance at the organization, Alois Zwinggi, said he is pleased to learn that Moscow would be sending “a high-level governmental delegation to Davos,” his statement reads as cited by media.

Dec 17 08:14

Ukrainian far-right MP declares ‘hunt’ for Moscow-loyal priests after split

A Ukrainian MP and ex-head of ultra-nationalist Right Sector has called for all priests loyal to the Russian Orthodox Church to ‘hunted down’ and ousted. It came after Kiev proclaimed its church to be independent from Moscow.
Until last weekend there were three Orthodox Christian churches in Ukraine. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is an internationally-recognized autonomous part of the Russian Orthodox Church. The two others were self-proclaimed and universally considered schismatic.

Dec 17 08:13

DPR Militia Repulses Ukrainian Forces

Two groups of scouts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine attempted to approach the positions of the DPR in the Gorlovka area, but were rebuffed. This was stated by the head of the press service of the people’s militia, Daniel Bezsonov.

The incident occurred on the night of December 16th in the area of ??the settlement of Verkhnetoretsk and Svetlodarsk.

“Our observers promptly identified an approaching enemy, dragged them into a trap and fired with small arms, forcing him not only to abandon the task, but also forced him to run away” Bezsonov said, Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying .

Dec 17 08:13

BBC Looks For Russian Interference In French Protests! Zakharova Hits Back With OSCE Suit

The correspondence of the journalist of the BBC Russian Service, Olga Ivshina, in which she asked to find any evidence of “Moscow’s interference” in the mass protests of the yellow vests in France, is an example of propaganda in which the Western media are “most closely” involved. This was announced by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, on Sunday, December 16.

Dec 17 08:11

Russian Foreign Minister Believes US Policy on Russia Was Delegated to Bolton

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that US Foreign Secretary Mike Pompeo appeared to not be involved in the US policy on Russia anymore with such functions delegated to US National Security Adviser John Bolton.

"As for Pompeo, you know, I have not spoken to him for a long time. I have a feeling that he is no longer engaged in foreign policy course on Russia … So far, the policy on Russia has been clearly delegated to John Bolton," Lavrov told the Komsomolskaya Pravda radio station.

Dec 17 08:00

France Found No Signs of Russia's Alleged Involvement in Protests - Media

French intelligence services have not found any signs of Russia's alleged involvement in the dissemination of false information related to the protests that are currently taking place in the country, local media reported on Sunday, citing an intelligence source.

According to the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, as of the end of this week, neither the French Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE) nor the General Directorate for Internal Security (DGSI) managed to establish any facts proving Russia's direct involvement in the spread of fake news or conspiracy rumours within the framework of the "yellow vest" movement.

Dec 16 11:09

THE 'INTEGRITY INITIATIVE' - A MILITARY INTELLIGENCE OPERATION, DISGUISED AS CHARITY, TO CREATE THE "RUSSIAN THREAT"

The initiative claims to be an independent Non-Government Organization, but in reality is financed by the British government, NATO and other state donors.

Dec 16 10:01

German Media Suggests Venezuela Might Become Russia's 'New Cuba in US Backyard'

The arrival of Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers to Venezuela has spurred negative reactions from some US officials, although the planes didn't carry nuclear armaments and had already visited the country in the past.

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine has alleged that the disturbance in US government circles, which was incited by the visit of Russian Tu-160s to Venezuela, is caused by the fact that while the US grip on the region weakens, especially on Venezuela itself, Russia is continuing to cement its positions in the Latin American country. The newspaper even suggested that Venezuela might become a "new Cuba in the US backyard" for Russia.

Dec 16 10:00

Russia's New Rules Of Engagement In Syria

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 16 09:59

US Demands Europe Join Its War Against Russia

In recent decades, the US Constitution’s clause that requires a congressional declaration of war before invading any country, has been ignored. Furthermore, ever since 2012 and the passage by Congress of the Magnitsky Act sanctions against Russia, economic sanctions by the US Government have been imposed against any company that fails to comply with a US-imposed economic sanction; a company can even be fined over a billion dollars for violating a US economic sanction.

And, so, sanctions are now the way that the US Congress actually does authorize a war — the new way, no longer the way that’s described in the US Constitution. However, in the economic-sanctions phase of a war — this initial phase — the war is being imposed directly against any company that violates a US-ordered economic sanction, against Russia, Iran, or whatever target-country the US Congress has, by means of such sanctions, actually authorized a war by the US to exist — a ‘state of war’ to exist.

Dec 16 09:51

‘American System is Desperate for an Enemy’ - Scholar on Bolton's Accusations

US National Security Advisor John Bolton in a speech unveiled the US strategy to counter Chinese and Russian influence in Africa. He accused Moscow and Beijing of deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage over the US.

The American official claimed that China was using bribes, opaque agreements and the strategic use of debt to hold states in Africa captive to Beijing's wishes and demands. In addition, Bolton announced a new program, "Prosper Africa", to support American investment across the continent and provide alternatives to Chinese projects.

Radio Sputnik has discussed this new plan with Ian Taylor, a professor in International Relations and African Political Economy at the School of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland.

Dec 16 08:59

BBC Stringer Admits Channel Craving Any Proof of Russian "Role" in Paris Rallies

A BBC stringer has admitted that the broadcaster is in the search of any proof of Russia’s alleged role in the "Yellow Vests" protests in Paris, demanding that its journalists seek any leads that would point to Moscow, a correspondence obtained by Sputnik showed.

Sputnik has obtained the correspondence of the BBC journalist, who wrote a message to one of the stringers covering Yellow Vest demonstrations in Paris, trying to find out whether Russia had something to do with the protests in the French capital. The stringer, in turn, explained that she had not seen any Russians at the protests.

Dec 16 08:43

US Vows to Work With EU States Against 'Russian Aggression' After Kerch Row

"The United States welcomes recent steps by the EU and its Member States to hold Russia accountable for its aggression against Ukraine. The European Parliament’s December 12 resolution reiterates the importance of Ukraine’s role in the European energy supply network and condemns the construction of the Kremlin-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a political project. We urge Germany to heed the concerns of the many neighbours whose security will be damaged by this pipeline," the Saturday statement reads.

Dec 15 11:55

PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS: WASHINGTON IS CHANGING THE WORLD ORDER AGAINST ITS OWN INTERESTS

The world order has already changed. China has a larger and more powerful industrial and manufacturing based economy than the US, and China’s potential domestic consumer market is four times larger than that of the US. As economies are consumer based, China’s potential is an economy four times larger than that of the US.

Russia has a far more capable military with weapon systems unmatched by the US. The US is drowning in debt, and the illegal and irresponsible sanctions that Washington tries to impose on others are driving the world’s largest countries away from the use of the US dollar as world reserve currency and away from Western clearance systems such as SWIFT. The United States already has one foot in the grave. Any country sufficiently stupid to ally with the US is allied with a dead man walking.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As grim as Paul Craig Robert's assessment is of the world situation, I must grudgingly concur.

The possibilities here, are either a complete collapse of the US economy, or a world war which will probably leave no nation standing, as we see them today.

Rather, we will see a new international alliance which will be ignoring what is left of the US, because of its long history of international aggression, as though it were Kryptonite.

Dec 15 11:46

The Americans wet their pants because of the Russian Tu-160 in Venezuela.

Dec 15 11:39

UK Elite 'Horrified' "Russian Aggression" Fairytale Starts to Crumble - Journo

UK media and parliamentarians have voiced concern over the fact that the UK's largest online pharmacy, which has links to the NHS, has been 'caught' advertising with Russia's RT television network. Sputnik has discussed another anti-Russia campaign spread in the UK media with political commentator and journalist Ollie Richardson.

Dec 15 11:13

Poroshenko Has Nothing Left to Lose – The Worse It Is for Him, the More Dangerous He Is For Others

In recent days, in connection with the frank violation by Poroshenko’s regime of all international norms, and also of the articles of the Constitution and laws of Ukraine regulating relations between the church and state, experts and politicians often ask a question (not always having a rhetorical character): is he really not afraid of the consequences?

After all, any competent lawyer can prove a whole bouquet of criminal offences, among which the smallest one is the abuse of power and his own official authority.

Dec 15 11:13

McCain's Senate Seat Has Been Rented Out to a Pro-Nukes Lobbyist Howling About Russia

LATE LAST MONTH, two former policymakers and lobbyists teamed up for an op-ed in the Washington Post. It was, as the genre goes, fairly mundane: a description of a problem or a threat, and a prescription that just happens to benefit a particular corporate sector that the lobbyists just might have an interest in benefiting.

In a piece titled “Why America needs low-yield nuclear warheads now,” Michael Morell and Jon Kyl argued that Russian and Chinese nuclear modernization programs demanded a response. “Russia is intent on exploiting what it perceives as a U.S. nuclear capability gap,” they write. “We must change that calculation” by adding submarine and sea-launched missiles with nuclear warheads. This would increase deterrence and prevent nuclear war, they claim; otherwise Russia will strike first.

Dec 15 11:04

President Putin is Adamant: “You Are Crazy If You Think I Will Ever Surrender Crimea”

Dec 15 10:50

Merkel: There is no Basis for Cancelling or Easing Anti-Russia Sanctions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has held a press conference on the sidelines of the EU leaders' summit in Brussels.

The EU heads of state had two subjects on the table at their Thursday meeting — the EU long-term budget for 2021-2027 and mainly Brexit. On Friday, the summit has been dealing with immigration, "fighting disinformation," single market and external relations.

The eurozone difficulties, notably with the Italian and now French budgets out of pace, has also been on the agenda.

The EU summit has come to the conclusion that there is no basis for cancellation or easing of sanctions against Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters.

Dec 14 23:51

Russia introduces draft UNGA resolution to save INF Treaty

In an attempt to salvage the cornerstone treaty limiting the deployment of nuclear missiles, which the US has decided to unilaterally suspend, Moscow has introduced a draft resolution to the United Nations General Assembly.

The US decision to leave the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty could seriously undermine international non-proliferation as well as arms control mechanisms, and would jeopardize world security, the Russian delegation said, presenting the draft to the UNGA.

The resolution urges the parties to engage in consultations on strategic issues and key points of concern, in the hope that constructive dialogue will not only lead to compliance with the treaty but pave the way for further efforts in global arms reduction. The document also calls for additional ‘confidence-building’ measures, and urges the international community to safeguard the INF treaty.

Dec 14 23:49

Israel’s ambassador to Kiev ‘shocked’ after Ukrainian region honors Nazi collaborator Bandera

The Israeli ambassador to Kiev has expressed outrage, after a region in Ukraine dedicated the year 2019 to the prominent nationalist leader and Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera.

Joel Lion took to Twitter on Thursday to say he was “shocked” after the Lviv region honored Bandera in this manner. The move was to mark the 110th anniversary of Bandera’s birth.

Dec 14 12:30

"Top Secret" Intel Report Claims Russia, China Continue To Help North Korea Evade Sanctions

With US markets going into full-fledged convulsions thanks to disheartening economic data out of China, a looming government shutdown, renewed fears about a "no deal" Brexit and Dow component JNJ's worst day in 16 years, strategists can add one more disconcerting development to their list of woes. Citing a "top secret" intelligence report, NBC News said Friday that the US suspects that North Korea is still evading US sanctions by secretly transferring oil at sea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note: what do I hear in this rant?!? More demonizing, without real proof.

Dec 14 12:20

A World of Multiple Detonators of Global Wars. Wars by Proxy

China moves forward with its global infrastructure program;and the trade war has had little impact in isolating Bejing from its principal markets. Moreover, the US policy has increased China’s role as a leading advocate of ‘open trade’ against President Trump’s protectionism.

Likewise, the tactics of encircling and sanctioning Russia has deepened ties between Moscow and Beijing. The US has increased its nominal ‘proxies’ in Latin America and Africa but they all depend on trade and investments from China. This is especially true of agro-mineral exports to China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the very scenario Mike and I have seen unfolding for years, and have been trying to stop, in the US government's drive to force the world back to a unipolar world which makes the US dollar the only instrument of payment.

But right now, particularly for Russia and China, that answer neither works, nor respects the reality of how much the fundamentals have changed, with national trade-building happening for the countries in national currencies, which are not the US dollar.

I would strongly expect this trend to continue, unless, of course, the US government is planning to blow Russia, China, and Iran to smithereens.

Dec 14 12:12

BEX ALERT - Bomb threat at Sault Michigan hospital linked to Russia

Emailed bomb threat to War Memorial Hospital 'not deemed as credible' and the hospital said in a social media post that the email originated in Russia

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The one I received originated from Women's Touch Gardening. This is just more gratuitous Russia bashing.

Dec 14 11:36

Bolton: China and Russia ‘Interfere with U.S. Military’ in Africa

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, unveiling President Donald Trump’s Africa strategy on Thursday, accused Russia and China of “predatory practices” that interfere with American military operations on the continent and pose a significant threat to America’s homeland security interests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And by golly, if there is anyone who is going to interfere in Africa it will be the USA!!!!!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 14 11:21

Up to 15,000 Syrian rebels ready to back Turkish operation in northeast

Up to 15,000 Syrian rebels are ready to join a Turkish military offensive against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northeast Syria, but no date has been set for the operation, a spokesman for the main Turkish-backed Syrian rebel group said on Thursday.

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey would launch the offensive in a few days, targeting a border region east of the Euphrates river which is held by the YPG Kurdish militia.

The announcement prompted a sharp rebuke from the Pentagon, which said any unilateral military action into northeast Syria would be unacceptable.

The United States has been supporting the YPG in the fight against Islamic State insurgents since 2015. Following cross-border shelling from Turkey into Kurdish-controlled territory two months ago, U.S. forces have set up three military observation posts near the border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, let me get my head around this; the US government is supporting the Kurds in Syria, but Edrogan wants the Kurds completely out of Syria; so are we now looking at a war with a sister NATO member, if things don't go in the direction the US wants?!?

How in heaven's name, did we get here in Syria, a country which did not ask for our assistance, but has reached out to to Russia and Iran for military aid, which was granted?!?

What happens if we tick off the Russians, or attempt to break into Russian air space?!?

There are a myriad of bad scenarios possible, with this announced raid, that I have to wonder about Erdogan's sanity; is he looking at claiming that this area where the the fighting will happen, as part of Turkey?!? YIKES!!!

Dec 14 11:03

BREAKING: UKRAINE BEGINS SHELLING NEAR MARIUPOL

As heightened tensions mark an already dangerous situation, Ukrainian troops have just opened mortar fire near Mariupol. This was just announced by the DPR representative in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire Regime. 120mm and 82mm mortar shells were reportedly used. AGS, RPGs and large-caliber machine guns were also used during the shelling. In addition, it is reported that last night from a position near Gnutovo, the BSU attacked Kominternovo: 29 grenades were fired from automatic grenade launchers (AGS), large-caliber machine guns and small arms were also used.

Dec 14 11:02

Ukraine Wants Nuclear Weapons: Will The West Bow To The Regime In Kiev?

The former Ukrainian envoy to NATO, Major General Petro Garashchuk, recently stated in an interview with Obozrevatel TV:

“I'll say it once more. We have the ability to develop and produce our own nuclear weapons, currently available in the world, such as the one that was built in the former USSR and which is now in independent Ukraine, located in the city of Dnipro (former Dnipropetrovsk) that can produce these kinds of intercontinental ballistic missiles. Neither the United States, nor Russia, nor China have produced a missile named Satan … At the same time, Ukraine does not have to worry about international sanctions when creating these nuclear weapons."

Dec 14 10:57

I AIN’T GOT NO QUARREL WITH THEM RUSSIANS

The entire anti-Russia brouhaha has reminded me of what Mohammad Ali stated after receiving notice from his local draft board that he was being forced to serve in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. Ali declared. “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Vietcong.”

Ali had a point. After all, what had the Vietcong done to him or any other American? No Vietcong had ever come to the United States and attacked civilians, soldiers, or CIA or NSA agents. No Viet Cong had ever expressed any interest in invading and conquering the United States and taking over the federal government and the nation’s public-school systems. All that they were doing was trying to win a civil war that would put the entire country under the rule of Ho Chi Minh, a declared communist.

Dec 14 10:32

Russia Slams Illegal US Occupation of Southwest Syria

On Tuesday a top Russian military official slammed the United States for “illegally occupying” a massive zone in southwest Syria surrounding the American garrison of al-Tanf, effectively protecting some 6,000 armed militants that Russia has designated terrorists.

The Head of Russia’s National Defense Control Center, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, called the US-occupied area “the last stronghold of evil” which continues to fester with militants “on the territory of the independent state.” He identified a 55 km zone surrounding the base in a desert region along the Syrian-Iraq border, which American special forces and US-backed FSA groups have held since 2016 after taking the key crossing from ISIS.

Dec 14 10:28

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DEC. 14, 2018: RUSSIAN FORCES START SIEGE OF US BASE IN AT-TANF

Russian forces have established several military positions near the US-controlled zone of at-Tanf, pro-government media activists reported on December 12.

A source familiar with the situation, told SouthFront that several air-defense systems and other military equipment were deployed at the Russian positions. More weapons, including heavy rocket launchers, are reportedly expected to arrive there in the upcoming few days.

The Saudi London-based newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat even claimed that Russia is going to deploy an S-300 system to the province of Deir Ezzor. However, this type of rumors is common for the Saudi outlet, which has been actively working to fuel tensions between the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance and the US-Israeli-led bloc as well as between Russia and Iran.

Dec 14 10:25

RESOURCE WARS: TRUMP’S NEW AFRICA STRATEGY TAKES SHARP AIM AT CHINA, RUSSIA

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ON THURSDAY ANNOUNCED A SHARP REFOCUS OF ITS AFRICA STRATEGY TO COUNTER WHAT IT CALLED THE “PREDATORY” PRACTICES OF CHINA AND RUSSIA, WHICH ARE “DELIBERATELY AND AGGRESSIVELY TARGETING THEIR INVESTMENTS IN THE REGION TO GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE.”

National security adviser John Bolton laid out the new strategy in remarks at the Heritage Foundation, saying the U.S. will now choose its African partners more carefully. He took special aim at China, accusing it of wielding “bribes, opaque agreements, and the strategic use of debt to hold states in Africa captive to Beijing’s wishes and demands.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Karl Marx made the observation that "all wars are economic in their nature", the guy was absolutely correct.

The US government is just mad that it appears like China and Russia are trying to take an economic "bite" out of Africa before it can.

Pot...kettle.... black.

Dec 14 10:14

NATO to Provide Secure Comms Equipment to Kiev Before 2019 – Stoltenberg

NATO is going to deliver secure communications equipment for the Ukrainian army before the end of this year, the alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has stated.

"NATO provides Ukraine with strong political and strong practical support. This includes around 40 million euros pledged by allies for NATO-Ukraine trust funds. One such trust fund is helping Ukraine improve command, control and communications. And today I told president Poroshenko that we will deliver secure communications equipment for the Ukrainian Armed Forces by the end of this year," Stoltenberg said after the talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The secretary-general pointed out that NATO had stepped up its presence in the Black Sea because of alleged Russian aggression against Ukraine and would continue to assess its activities in the area.

Dec 14 10:14

Top Russian, NATO generals discuss global, European security at meeting in Baku

The head of the Russian General Staff, General Valery Gerasimov and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe General Curtis Scaparrotti met in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday. Gerasimov raised an issue of the strengthening of NATO’s advanced military presence near Russia’s borders, “which does not contribute to reducing tensions,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Dec 14 10:13

Head Of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church Thanks CIA’s Covert Ops Chief

Rather a first: CIA beneficiaries thank their benefactor. Neither the Shah of Iran, nor Augusto Pinochet, nor Sese Mobutu ever publicly thanked the CIA, but the chief of the schismatic Ukrainian Orthodox Church gives thanks to the covert ops operator. This leads to another question: What is the guy who gave Stinger missiles to the mujahedin doing in Ukraine? There will obviously be more that the priest could thank him for.

Dec 14 10:12

Russia Could Destroy the Ukrainian Government with This Political Gambit

In chess there is a move called “the gambit”. This consists of sacrificing a piece on the board with the hope of achieving a resulting advantageous position and winning the match. If Putin were to sacrifice Novorossiya and convince the leaders there to end their separatist campaign swearing loyalty to the government in Kiev, he would defeat Poroshenko. A risky move no doubt, but if successful it would destroy the current Ukrainian government. Putin could then offer an olive branch to Kiev with promises of gas and oil deliveries at a reduced price.

Dec 14 09:58

‘CLEANSE THEM’: TURKEY THREATENS TO SEND TROOPS TO SYRIA’S MANBIJ UNLESS US REMOVES KURDISH MILITIAS

The US must have Kurdish militias withdraw from the Syrian town of Manbij, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, otherwise he will order his troops to take the key settlement.

The threat, delivered during a speech in Istanbul, ramps up Erdogan’s rhetoric targeting the YPG militias. Earlier on Wednesday, he publicly complained that the US, which support the Kurds in northeastern Syria, is failing to deliver on its promise to clear Manbij of Kurdish fighters. Ankara considers Syrian Kurdish paramilitaries as an extension of the Turkey-based anti-government guerrillas and brands the YPG as terrorists.

“Manbij is a place where Arabs live, but they have surrendered the area to the terror organization,” the Turkish president told a judiciary conference. “Now we are saying that you should cleanse, remove them, or else we will enter Manbij. I am speaking very clearly.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US in a war with Turkey, a NATO ally, over Syrian territory?!?

Were I a betting woman, I would not necessarily bet against it.

Dec 14 09:56

USC hopes for international cooperation in building sub for exploring Mariana Trench

Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation counts on international cooperation in creating a deep-diving research bathyscaphe capable of exploring the Mariana Trench, USC CEO Alexei Rakhmanov told the media during a trip to Severodvinsk. "The design bureaus Malakhit and Rubin will be involved in the project to a certain extent," Rakhmanov said, when asked who would design the bathyscaphe. "In contrast to our purely military projects this one, we hope, will rely heavily on international cooperation, because it is going to be a truly global-level undertaking. As it has turned out, nobody has managed to properly measure the depth of the Mariana Trench so far." Discussing specific deadlines when the project might materialize is still premature, though, he said. "When we realize that we have put everything together, including cooperation and financing - and we hope for assistance from our oil and gas monopolies - then the schedule will get more or less clear.

Dec 14 09:51

Over 100 defense chiefs invited to 2019 Moscow security conference

The Russian Defense Ministry has sent invitations to the Moscow Conference on International Security to defense chiefs in 101 countries and heads of eight international organizations, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Colonel General Alexander Fomin said on Friday. "The next, eighth conference will be held next year. Invitations have been sent to defense chiefs in 101 countries and heads of eight international organizations," he said at a meeting with defense attaches, summing up the results of the ministry’s performance in 2018. According to Fomin, the Russian Defense Ministry plans to increase both dialogue platforms and the range of discussed issues at the upcoming conference. He added that round tables, where security experts would be able to express their opinion on modern threats and challenges, would be added to traditional formats of plenary meetings and discussion sections.

Dec 14 09:45

Russian Defense Detects More Than 3,000 Spy Planes Near Its Borders In 2018

In 2018, anti-air defense forces detected and escorted about 3,000 foreign fighter aircraft, of which more than 1,000 were reconnaissance aircraft, reported the Russian Aerospace Force. The exact number of foreign military aircraft was announced by the commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces Radiotechnical Troops, Major General Andrei Koban, in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper. “The intensity of air traffic within the limits of responsibility of the Radiotechnical Troops is what mainly hampers military service. In 2018, the units in service of the Radiotechnical Troops detected and monitored more than 980,000 aerial targets, among which there were about three thousand foreign airplanes including more than 1,000 reconnaissance aircraft,” he said. At the same time, the Russian major general underlined that the air defense units were put in combat readiness more than four thousand times.

Dec 14 09:42

Kosovo’s Parliament Votes To Create Army – Russia Firmly Opposes

The head of the committee of the Federation Council on International Affairs Konstantin Kosachev has just condemned the illegal decision of Kosovo to create its own army and pointed out the role of the United States in supporting Kosovo in this matter, as TASS reported on Friday, December 14th. “Those who are behind Kosovo’s daring and illegal act do not even need to guess: the only ones who supported the Kosovars are the United States,” Kosachev said. At the same time, Serbia as a state enjoys particular support – irrespective of its government per se – from several power vectors in the Russian Federation. Putin and Lavrov have both expressed Russia’s position on the question of Kosovo – Russia opposes Kosovo’s move to separate from Serbia, as well as the pressure from NATO countries to recognize it. The EU also is at odds with Serbia on this question.

Dec 14 09:29

BBC CLAIMS CHEMICAL WEAPONS HELPED ASSAD BUT FAILS TO EXPLAIN HOW | NEW EASTERN OUTLOOK

The BBC published an article in October titled, "How chemical weapons have helped bring Assad close to victory" in which it claims chemical weapons have been "crucial" to Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's "war-winning strategy."

Superficially - the article appears impressive - loaded from top to bottom with colorful charts, graphs, and photographs of supposed victims in gas masks, expended munitions, and craters.

However, never once does the BBC provide an actual explanation as to how chemical weapons brought Damascus closer to victory. Even at face value, the article's entire premise is challenged in each paragraph by the statistics and events the article itself presents.

Alleged Chemical Weapon Casualties are a Drop in the Ocean

The article begins by claiming (emphasis added):

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is consistently my observation, that demonization in the (alleged) press, totally fact-free, is generally a prelude toward another war against Syria by the West.

But I have to wonder at this point; does the West (AKA the US and UK) really believe that Russia will just walk away from the victory which Al Assad enjoyed after Russian involvement getting rid of the jihadists responsible for the attempted overthrow?!?

I seriously doubt this.

Dec 14 06:55

Russia & Syria to dump dollar in mutual trade, agree joint energy projects

The Moscow-Damascus Intergovernmental panel has reached a series of agreements, including switching to national currencies in mutual settlements and commercial energy exploration in Syria.

Dec 14 04:22

Russia Slams Illegal US Occupation of Southwest Syria

“The United States has built a dozen or more bases from Manbij to Al-Hasakah, including four airfields, and American-backed forces now control all of Syria east of the Euphrates, an area about the size of Croatia.”
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(*Right Or Wrong; A Republican POTUS Will Always 'Stay The Course' !
even if 'the course' was laid out by his Democrat predecessors)

Dec 14 02:52

US Supports Terrorists in Syria

Russian Experts: US Supports Terrorists in Syria by Taking 50,000 Civilians Hostage in Al-Tanf
Russian experts said that the US is supporting the terrorists by incarcerating thousands of civilians in Homs province, referring to Washington's occupation of al-Tanf base in Eastern Syria

The Arabic-language website of SANA news agency quoted the experts as saying on Thursday that over 5,000 US military men are deployed in Northeastern Syria and al-Tanf region.

They added that the US troops are occupying al-Rukban camp in al-Tanf region as a cover to support the remaining ISIL terrorists in the region, while keeping 50,000 civilians in the camp as they face shortage of humanitarian aid.

The experts also said that presence of the US forces and their allies in Syria and their military measures in Syrian territories without any permission from Damascus is clear violation of the international laws, which should be prosecuted through the international court of justice as a war crime.

Other reports also said that human trafficking has increased in al-Tanf region and the terrorists plunder civilians' properties.

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Dec 13 11:12

Germany Has No Interest In New Anti-Russia Sanctions

Incident at the Kerch Bridge: The US Congress has condemned Russia for “aggression” and demands that Russia return the ships; many a European politician has called for “More Sanctions!” after the Kerch Bridge incident. But it’s not going to happen. On this subject, Ukraine and Lithuania are all alone.

In Berlin, they consider it impractical to introduce new anti-Russian restrictive measures in connection with the incident in the Black Sea.

Germany opposes the introduction of new sanctions against the Russian Federation for the incident between Russian and Ukrainian warships near the Kerch Strait. This was announced on Friday by the head of the German Foreign Ministry, Heiko Maas.

Dec 13 09:44

British Government Runs Secret Anti-Russian Smear Campaigns

In 2015 the government of Britain launched a secret operation to insert anti-Russia propaganda into the western media stream.

We have already seen many consequences of this and similar programs which are designed to smear anyone who does not follow the anti-Russian government lines. The 'Russian collusion' smear campaign against Donald Trump based on the Steele dossier was also a largely British operation but seems to be part of a different project.

The 'Integrity Initiative' builds 'cluster' or contact groups of trusted journalists, military personal, academics and lobbyists within foreign countries. These people get alerts via social media to take action when the British center perceives a need.

Dec 13 09:15

European MPs who oppose Nord Stream-2 possibly pin hopes on firewood, says Moscow

"Opposing energy cooperation and its diversification and measures to adjust it to modern trends is madness for Europe," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said

Dec 13 08:56

Kiev may start major offensive in rebellious east ‘within days’ – Moscow

The Ukrainian government is reportedly preparing a provocation in the east, which will be used to launch a major offensive operation against rebel forces, Moscow said. It may happen in days and would affect the presidential poll.

The Ukrainian military has amassed troops in Kiev-controlled eastern parts of the country, the spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday citing reports from international monitors. Moscow believes it to be a sign of a looming escalation between the Ukrainian government and rebel forces.

“There are reports that within several days Kiev will stage an armed provocation on the contact line,” Maria Zakharova said, referring to the border, which separates rebel-held parts of Ukraine from the rest of the country.

Dec 13 08:55

The Enmity Between Ukrainians and Russians Is Artificial, Manufactured by the West

The authorities who forced Ukraine to become a part of the Soviet Union had no regard for the will of the people or the right to self-determination. Stalin was hell-bent on incorporating Ukraine – a pesky and independent-minded nation with a proud history – into the nascent Socialist empire. Many Ukrainians resented the process of Russification that followed feeling that it threatened to greatly diminish their rich culture and heritage. Ukrainians, after all, have their own language, literature, music, art, food and traditions.

They can boast of dozens of world famous artists such as the writers Taras Shevchenko, Lesya Ukrainka, and Gogol as well as the painters Repin, Bogomazov, Levitsky, Murasko and Marchuk.

Dec 13 08:53

Don't Let Ukraine Drag America Into War

Uraine’s behavior in the Kerch Strait is another example of a U.S. ally (or security dependent) trying to gain American military backing for its own parochial agenda. Georgia sought to do that in 2008 regarding its territorial dispute with Russia over two secessionist regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. A European Union-sponsored report subsequently concluded that Georgia started the fighting that broke out in August of that year. And there is little doubt that Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili expected to get much stronger support from the United States and NATO than he ultimately received.

There are other examples of such self-serving behavior. Saudi Arabia routinely attempts to entangle the United States in Riyadh’s regional power struggle with Tehran. Washington’s shameful support for the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen suggests that the effort has not been in vain.

Dec 13 08:19

Germany Supports Sanctions Extension Against Russia Over Kerch Incident - Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in parliament that Germany would support the extension of sanctions against Russia at the upcoming EU summit.

"If we call things as they are, we will support the extension of sanctions [against Russia]," Merkel said in her speech broadcast by the Bundestag website.

The chancellor has also expressed concern about the actions of Russia and said that Germany had not accepted Russia's claims to the Sea of Azov.

Dec 12 21:00

Russian military moved S-300 system near US forces in east Syria – report

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:50 P.M.) – The Russian military allegedly moved their S-300 air defense system near the front-lines of the U.S. Coalition forces in eastern Syria, Saudi-based Asharq Al-Aswat claimed, citing diplomatic sources.

Dec 12 15:08

‘FULL EXTENT’ OF RUSSIAN MEDDLING ON GOOGLE IN 2016? $4,700 SPENT ON ADS

Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed that the “full extent” of so-called Russian meddling activity that took place on the platform during all of 2016 was $4,700 spent on some digital advertisements.

Dec 12 12:28

Kremlin To Release US-Russia Communications On Election Meddling If Trump Agrees

Russia will declassify all correspondence with the United States regarding election meddling in the 2016 US election if the US agrees to it, according to state owned RT, citing a senior official of the Cyber Threats Response Center.

"We are ready to make public all correspondence if the US side gives its consent to it," said deputy director of the FSB-run CTRC, Nikolai Murashov, in a Tuesday statement to reporters. He added that the files are currently classified.

Washington’s cooperation in probing the Democratic National Committee (DNC) hacking attacks was limited, the official said. Moscow had only received a number of messages “containing technical information about the hack,” Murashov explained.

Russian cyber security experts examined it even before Donald Trump’s inauguration. “An exhaustive response was then sent to the American side.”

Dec 12 12:26

Kremlin Enters War Of Words With Pompeo After Nuke-Capable Bombers Deployed To Venezuela

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed Russia for sending a pair of long-range nuclear capable Tu-160 bombers "halfway around the world" to Venezuela in comments posted to Twitter late Monday. The Kremlin confirmed the jets touched down at Venezuela's Simon Bolivar International Airport in the capital of Caracas previously that day.

“The Russian and Venezuelan people should see this for what it is: two corrupt governments squandering public funds, and squelching liberty and freedom while their people suffer,” Pompeo stated.

Two Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-160 heavy strategic bombers arrived to Venezuela after 10,000-kilometer flight from Russia.
The Kremlin, which has described the flights as training exercises and part of Russia’s right to make "regular flights over the international waters," responded by describing Pompeo's statement as "an utterly inappropriate comment" and his weighing in as "indeed very undiplomatic," according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Dec 12 12:16

Spot on: Russia to track future US missiles with upgraded over-the-horizon radar

In response to US plans to pull out of the INF Treaty and the active development of its hypersonic technology, Russia is building a network of radar stations best suited to detect missile launches from afar.

Russia is seeking to install Container-type over-the-horizon (OTH) radar stations along its borders. The move will substantially boost Moscow's capabilities to monitor airspace and detect missile launches, particularly in case of hypersonic projectiles.

Dec 12 12:11

Trump Regime Arming and Training Ukrainian Forces for War. Should Donbass Join Russia?

The Ukraine Freedom Support Act (UFSA) of 2014 authorized US lethal and non-lethal aid to Kiev.

The US and other NATO countries supply its forces with heavy and other weapons, along with training to use them. The only external threats its regime faces are invented one. No real ones exist.

A state of war initiated by Ukraine exists between the US-installed puppet regime and Donbass freedom fighters – breaking away from Kiev over wanting democratic governance, rejecting illegitimate fascist rule.

In April 2014, less than two months after the Obama regime’s coup, replacing democratic governance with Nazi-infested putschists, Ukrainian forces attacked the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR) in Donbass.

US orchestrated war continues intermittently. Washington and Kiev willfully undermined Minsk I and II conflict resolution agreements, wanting war, not peace, near Russia’s border.

Dec 12 12:10

Trump Nominates U.S. Army General Mark Milley for the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Who Previously Said That Russia Is the No.1 Threat to the U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated U.S. Army General Mark Milley who is currently Chief of the Army to succeed Marine General, Joseph Dunford as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Associated Press (AP) has described Milley as a “battle-hardened commander who oversaw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Milley has also served in other deployments in Latin America and the Caribbean including Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989 under U.S. President George H.W. Bush to oust Panama’s military leader, Manual Noriega and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti in 1994 to reinstate ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide after he made assurances to President Bill Clinton to allow Washington and Haiti’s elite to dominate the country politically and economically. As a pre-condition, Aristide also had to leave office in 1996 and not seek re-election. “Operation Uphold Democracy” should have been named “Operation Restore American Dominance.”

Dec 12 09:14

Ukraine’s Right Wing Bonds With White Nationalists Around the World

A revealing and in-depth look at how right wing nationalists around the world are increasingly interacting with Ukrainian right, which envisions taking their movement global, and reconquering the world.

They call it the ‘Reconquista’.

Dec 12 09:11

THE US WANTS TO BRING BACK THE SHAH OF IRAN

Iran has been under severe US-imposed economic sanctions for 40 years. The US has been threatening Iran with war and “all options are on the table” for decades. The US has also instigated instability inside Iran and supported external attacks by terrorist groups such as Mujahideen-e-Khalq, or MEK. [*]

The US project to destroy Iran’s economy has had a devastating impact. The husky Secretary of Defense Mike Pompeo said that it is up to Iranian’s leadership “if they want their people to eat”.[*] Because of the US, Iran lacks sufficient funds that it would like to invest in human resources and social programs. Iran’s constitution guarantees healthcare and free education for all, as well as protections of civil rights. As reflected in the drafting of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic, the vision of the economic order was:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the US government to do, is, unfortunately, zero guarantee that they won't do it.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is advocating for a full-on US military attack against Iran, of course, only to be purchased by American blood and American money.

Should Iran get attacked, I would rather count on Russia's Putin, to bring his military into the fray on Iran's side; and we have seen, with what Russian troops did in Syria, the capabilities of both Russia's military and its weaponry.

It is disconcerting to me in the extreme, that President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, are Saudi Arabia's King Mohammed bin Salman, the Butcher of Yemen, and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza.

I therefore strongly caution the President about thinking that an invasion of Iran would "be a cakewalk", where our soldiers would be embraced as liberators; because at this moment in its history, the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing, to insure a positive outcome from a war with Russia.

And if none of his "advisors" have told him this, it is high time that he knew.

You are welcome, Mr. President.

Dec 12 08:42

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DEC. 12, 2018: RUSSIAN MILITARY – GOVT. FORCES, MILITIA RETOOK 96.5% OF SYRIA

1,411 residential areas have been liberated from ISIS terrorists since the start of the Russian military operation in Syria, Head of the Russian National Defense Management Center Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev said on December 11, during a joint meeting of the interdepartmental coordination of the Russian and Syrian headquarters for the return of refugees.

He noted that the Russian Armed Forces successfully completed their operation of mopping up terror groups in Syria, including thousands of ISIS fighters. According to Mizintsev, only a few ragtag US-backed groups survived in the Trans-Euphrates region and near Al-Tanf. The remaining members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (Jabhat al-Nusra) were blocked in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

The colonel general also commented on the situation in the US-occupied area of at-Tanf where, he said, 6,000 militants are staying and the US-led coalition is preventing delivery of humanitarian aid to refugees in Rubkan camp.

Dec 12 04:05

Russian media watchdog ready to block Google if fines prove ineffective

Russian laws can be changed to impose tougher sanctions on foreign internet companies reluctant to abide by the country’s legislation, deputy head of the Russian media watchdog Vadim Subbotin told TASS. "In case fines fail to make a foreign company change its ways, there is a chance that the legislation will be changed, which will make it possible to block access to Google in Russia," he pointed out. According to Subbotin, such a measure is not possible under the current legislation. "Blocking will be the toughest measure," he noted. Subbotin pointed out that at first, the minimum fine of 500,000 rubles ($7,500) was imposed on Google, while the next will be 750,000 rubles ($11,200). The Russian media watchdog earlier fined Google for its non-compliance with the Russian legislation. The watchdog said that under Russian laws, search engine operators were obliged to remove links to websites containing banned information from search results.

Dec 12 03:56

EAEU to create common currency

The member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) - Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia - may introduce a common currency into their transaction system. The Russian Finance Ministry has upheld a relevant initiative put forward by the National Payment Council, Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseyev told Izvestia. The EAEU currency is supposed to be a digital one, National Payment Council Board Chairperson Alma Obayeva told the newspaper. According to her, the new payment tool will consist of payment obligations that EAEU countries owe each other concerning goods supplies. The common currency’s exchange rate will depend on the mutual exchange rates of EAEU member states’ national currencies, as well as on each country’s contribution to the Union’s overall trade, Obayeva explained. She noted that a number of big Russian banks and corporations have expressed interest in the creation of a unified means of payment.

Dec 12 03:52

Russia to set up military base in the Caribbean

Moscow is gearing up to establish a long-term military presence in Latin America and the current mission of the Tu-160 strategic bombers to Venezuela is part of this plan, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes. According to military envoys, Russian authorities have made a decision (and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro did not object) to deploy strategic aircraft to one of Venezuela’s islands in the Caribbean Sea, which has a naval base and a military airfield. Ten years ago, Russian experts and Armed Forces commanders had already visited the island of La Orchila, located 200 kilometers northeast of Caracas. Venezuelan laws prohibit the setup of military bases in the country, but a temporary deployment of warplanes is possible. "It is the right idea to include Venezuela in long-range aviation missions," military expert Colonel Shamil Gareyev told the newspaper, adding that it was also economically reasonable.

Dec 12 03:46

Russian, Venezuelan pilots conduct training for joint flights

The crews of Russia’s Aerospace Forces and Venezuela’s Air Force conducted joint training to perform flights at Maiquetia Airport in the Bolivarian Republic, the Russian Defense Ministry’s information and mass communications department said on Wednesday...

Dec 12 03:42

Too early to say if Soyuz hull was damaged before or in flight. NASA says will not comment on spacewalk findings until samples studied

Tuesday’s spacewalk has failed to establish with certainty whether the hole, which caused a pressure leak from the International Space Station (ISS) in August, was drilled on the ground or during the flight, the head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos told TASS on Wednesday. Dmitry Rogozin was asked whether unidentified traces, which Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergei Prokofyev found on the outer side of the hull during their spacewalk, support the theory that the hole was sealed from the outside, and, therefore, the spacecraft’s hull was damaged before the flight. "No, not at all," he replied. "It could either be [traces of] the sealant used to patch the hole when the leak began, or the one applied from the outside. The samples will be sent for chemical analysis when the spacecraft returns to the Earth on December 20." "There is one thing we can say for sure - the samples necessary to answer the main question have been collected," the official added.

Dec 11 21:05

The Map That Shows Why Russia Feels Surrounded - Mike Maloney

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Dec 11 12:28

Ukraine Accuses Russia of Blocking over 100 Ships from Kerch Strait

Ukraine’s Border Guard Service on Monday accused Russia of effectively blockading the Kerch Strait by subjecting vessels bound for Ukrainian ports to an extremely slow approval process that allows only a few ships to pass per day.

The Kerch Strait connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov and was the scene of a confrontation between Ukrainian and Russian military vessels on November 25.

“The Russian Federation does let the vessels pass, but still, the delay is quite significant. According to our information, there are 104 vessels waiting in line in both directions, set to pass the Kerch Strait,” Oleh Slobodian of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine said on Monday.

“As for the dynamics, the Russian Federation allows access to only a few vessels that are sailing to the Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov. At the same time, those sailing to Russian ports navigate through the Kerch Strait freely,” he added.

Dec 11 12:10

Russia sends two nuclear-capable bombers to Venezuela

Two Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers arrived in Venezuela on Monday, a deployment that comes amid soaring Russia-U.S. tensions.

Russia's Defense Ministry said a pair of Tu-160 bombers landed at Maiquetia airport outside Caracas on Monday following a 6,200-mile flight. It didn't say whether the bombers were carrying any weapons and didn't say how long they would stay in Venezuela.

Dec 11 11:44

Russian Forces Will Not Allow The US To Do What They Want In The Black Sea

Analyst Igor Korotchenko suggested what the purpose of American plans is.

“For the United States, a more or less permanent military presence in the Black Sea [even if it is on a rotating basis, since the Montreux Convention forbids them from having a permanent presence], showing its flag there, is a political issue,” said Korotchenko.

Dec 11 11:43

Ukraine Transfers Drones To Donbass In Preparation For WAR

The Ukrainian forces have transferred to Donbass a significant number of aerial drones capable of carrying up to 70 kilos, the military operative command spokesman of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic Daniil Bezsonov said on Sunday.

“Our intelligence has received reliable data on the arrival in Horlivka of a train with Warmate-1 and Bayraktar TB2 drones. The latter is a product of Ukraine and Turkey that can carry up to 70 kilos of cargo,” said Bezsonov.

Bezsonov also explained that these attack drones can be used for provocations with the use of chemical weapons and attacks on important sites in the region.

Dec 11 11:43

Ukraine On Verge Of Launching WAR Against Donbass

The People’s Militia of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk (DPR) reported on the concentration of more than 12,000 Ukrainian security forces and 90 units of military equipment in the south of the Donetsk region.

According to the information, in the opinion of the leadership of the RPD, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will start the attack on December 14.

Evidence was obtained on the preparation of an offensive in the region of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol by the Ukrainian military, according to the deputy commander of the RPD People’s Militia, Eduard Basurin, aiming at conquering the regions of Novoazovsk and Telmanovo on the border with Russia.

Dec 11 11:14

Top Russian, NATO generals to meet in Baku on December 12

Head of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe General Curtis Scaparrotti will meet in Baku on December 12, the US Army General said at a meeting with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev on Tuesday. "NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, Curtis Scaparrotti, expressed gratitude to the President of Azerbaijan for hosting a meeting with Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov in Baku on December 12," according to the website of the Azeri President. NATO’s supreme allied commander noted that Baku is "rather a suitable place for a meeting in the NATO-Russia format". Scaparotti emphasized the importance of Baku serving as a site for such a meeting for the second time.

Dec 11 11:14

Emergency briefing of the head of Donetsk People’s Republic Militia Basurin on the situation on 10.12.2018

I would like to make the following statement. Our intelligence obtained irrefutable evidence about the Armed Forces of Ukraine AFU preparation to attack us at the direction of Mariupol. The information obtained from reliable sources fully reveals the plans of the Ukrainian security forces.

The purpose of this planned attack is to seize the territory of Novoazovsky and Telmanovsky districts and establish control over the section of the border between the DPR and Russia in the area of villages Konkovo and Kholodnoye.

The enemy offensive strike group has been already formed in total of more than 12 thousand people. It’s concentrated along the line of contact near the village of Novotroitskoe, Shirokino, and Rovnopol.

The strike group consists of more than 50 tanks, 40 multiple launch rocket systems, 180 guns and mortars, all are concentrated here at this location.

Dec 11 11:12

Russian crew members of ISS walk in space inspecting hole of Soyuz MS-09 spaceship module

Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergei Prokopyev have begun the third spacewalk under the Russian program, an official with the Mission Control Center near Moscow told TASS on Tuesday. "The exit hatch of the Pirs docking compartment has been opened. The cosmonauts should work in the open space for approximately 6 hours and 31 minutes," the official said. As a source in the domestic space industry told TASS earlier, the spacewalk’s main task is to inspect a hole on the external surface of the habitation module of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft, unsealing thermal insulation and the meteorite shield in the spot determined by the crew as lacking air tightness. The operation to open up the spacecraft’s meteorite shield will be carried out in outer space for the first time in the history of cosmonautics. Kononenko and Prokopyev will unseal thermal insulation and the meteorite shield, inspect and make a photo of the hole in the habitation module.

Dec 11 11:10

Moscow ready to release correspondence with US on alleged Russian election meddling

Russia is prepared to declassify all correspondences with the US related to alleged meddling in the American presidential election in 2016, according to a senior official of the Cyber Threats Response Center.

“We are ready to make public all correspondence if the US side gives its consent to it,” Nikolai Murashov, deputy director of the FSB-run CTRC, told reporters on Tuesday. These files are now classified, he said.

Dec 11 11:04

Fitton: Dossier Looks Like A Smear Operation Of The Russians Through the Clinton Campaign

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton discussed Former FBI Director James Comey's congressional testimony on Fox & Friends First.

Dec 11 07:31

Tsipras discusses extension of TurkStream pipeline to Europe in Moscow

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras discussed the issue of extending the TurkStream natural gas pipeline to Europe during his visit to Moscow on December 7, the country’s Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs George Katrougkalos said in an interview with the Greek newspaper Ta Nea, which was published by the ministry on Tuesday. Athens confirmed during the visit that it indeed sticks to a multifaceted approach in its foreign policy, he said. "Moreover, important interstate agreements were signed and assistance was provided with cooperation between Greek and Russian companies in the agriculture, shipbuilding and other sectors that are crucial for Greece’s economy. Important discussions on energy issues regarding extension of TurkStream to Europe were also held," the diplomat stressed. Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs considers further expansion of ties between the two countries to be a significant result of PM’s visit to Moscow.

Dec 11 06:43

Kremlin attributes Putin’s ‘Stasi card’ to Soviet, East German agencies partnership

The Soviet-era Committee for State Security, otherwise known as the KGB, and the now defunct East Germany’s Ministry for State Security, or the Stasi, were partners and might have exchanged ID papers issued in the names of their officers, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, when commenting on an article in the German tabloid, the Bild, saying that an ID issued in Vladimir Putin’s name had been discovered in the Stasi’s archive in Dresden. Peskov said that such questions should be addressed to Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the SVR. "My guess is that in the Soviet era, the KGB and the Stasi were partners and for this reason one should not rule out they might have exchanged identification papers and passes. According to the Bild article published on Tuesday, the ID issued in the name of Major Vladimir Putin on December 31, 1985 contains his own signature and had been extended every three months up to the end of 1989.

Dec 11 06:33

US, Britain, EU do not recognize production of malware as a crime

The United States, Britain and EU countries go to great lengths in resisting the idea the production of malware should be recognized as a crime, the deputy director of Russia’s National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents, Nikolai Murashov, told a news briefing on Tuesday. "As a matter of fact, no bans exist on the production of such malware whatever country one may look at. Moreover US, British and EU representatives at international forums devoted to international information security firmly oppose the adoption of any recommendations for criminalizing such activity," he said. Murashov recalled that according to experts one in eight software vulnerabilities was critical or highly dangerous. "The costs such vulnerabilities are fraught with rest heavily upon our shoulders. In most cases the manufactures are not responsible for the reliability and safety of their products.

Dec 11 06:29

Technical data proves West’s ‘Russia hacking’ conspiracy theories don’t hold water

Technical data has been unable to validate any of the West’s hype over ‘hacker attack’ accusations against Russia, Deputy Director of Russia’s Computer Incident Response Coordination Center Nikolai Murashov said Tuesday. Cyber attacks, their sources and consequences have been a favorite subject of foreign media outlets recently, he mentioned. "They are actively ratcheting up and feeding the public the theory that the Russian Federation is behind the majority of the attacks, and that our country meddles in the political process of other countries, particularly influencing elections. Meanwhile, reliable technical data that can be analyzed by experts, never confirms the accusations," Murashov told a briefing. He emphasized the fact that the Western press prefers to dodge the fact that Russia’s media landscape is part and parcel of the global one, and thereby shares all of its problems, but here the opinion of the expert community is avoided.

Dec 11 06:25

Official: Russia furnished exhaustive information to US on Democratic Party server hacking

Russia provided the United States with exhaustive information about hacking of the Democratic Party’s server during elections in 2016. The first report regarding the alleged interference of Russia with operation of the Democratic Party’s server appeared on October 31, 2016 only, Deputy Director of the National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents Nikolay Murashov said on Tuesday. "A series of supplements to it followed, which contained certain technical information about the performed hacking. We analyzed all that information. A response, which was exhaustive nature from our point of view, was sent to the US side even before the inauguration of President Trump," Murashov said. These data cannot be disclosed without consent of either party in accordance with intergovernmental agreements governing the exchange of information, the official said. "In connection therewith, we are ready to publish all the available correspondence if the US side gives consent to that," Murashov noted.

Dec 10 14:20

Eventually This Had To Happen: France Investigates Russia Over Yellow Vest Riots

France is investigating Russia over the yellow vest riots. Sorry, Macron, please look in the mirror.

Dec 10 11:21

Watch: New Video Surfaces Of Russian Combat Laser As US Threatens To Abandoned INF Treaty 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made it clear Tuesday that the US will stop adhering to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in 60 days unless Russia "returns to full and verifiable compliance."

That move sparked a deepening in the Cold War 2.0, as a new video was published Wednesday in Russian state media reminding the West, Russia possess advanced weaponry, like its latest laser combat system.

Dec 10 11:06

Ukraine says will send naval ships through Kerch Strait soon

Ukraine's defense ministry warned Russia on Friday that it will soon send navy ships through the Kerch Strait where Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels two weeks ago.

The announcement sets up another possible flashpoint in the long-simmering conflict between Russia and Ukraine that erupted in 2014 with Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula burst into the open on Nov. 25 when Russian border guards opened fire on three Ukrainian navy vessels that were moving through the Kerch Strait near Crimea and seized the ships and their crews.

Ukraine responded by introducing martial law for 30 days, a measure Kiev did not take even after Crimea's annexation and amid large-scale fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists in 2014-2015.

As part of martial law, Ukraine has beefed up its forces on the border with Russia and called up reservists for training.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that ABC is still pushing the "Russia annexed Crimea" myth.

Dec 10 11:03

NATO Aggression Reaches for Russian Waters

The recent Kerch Strait incident marks a new low amid the US-led expansion of NATO eastward.

The intentional provocation executed by Kiev saw three Ukrainian naval vessels seized by Russia. The vessels were intentionally violating the protocol for passing through the Strait – previously agreed upon by Kiev and previously observed by Ukrainian naval vessels.

The extent to which Ukraine was aware of these protocols and the 2003 agreement that put them in place includes entire events organized in Ukraine by NATO-sponsored “think tanks” discussing the necessity to “rip them up” and attempt to assert greater control over the current joint-use of the Sea of Azov.

Dec 10 10:30

Trump Regime Arming and Training Ukrainian Forces for War

The Ukraine Freedom Support Act (UFSA) of 2014 authorized US lethal and non-lethal aid to Kiev.

The US and other NATO countries supply its forces with heavy and other weapons, along with training to use them. The only external threats its regime faces are invented one. No real ones exist.

A state of war initiated by Ukraine exists between the US-installed puppet regime and Donbass freedom fighters – breaking away from Kiev over wanting democratic governance, rejecting illegitimate fascist rule.

In April 2014, less than two months after the Obama regime’s coup, replacing democratic governance with Nazi-infested putschists, Ukrainian forces attacked the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR) in Donbass.

US orchestrated war continues intermittently. Washington and Kiev willfully undermined Minsk I and II conflict resolution agreements, wanting war, not peace, near Russia’s border.

Dec 10 10:30

Fascist Ukraine Backed by US-Led NATO Might

Following Ukraine’s likely made-in-the-USA November 25 Kerch Strait provocation, the UK probably complicit, the Poroshenko regime terminated the 1999 Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership with Russia, effective April 1, 2019 – its latest shameless act, perhaps with more provocations against Moscow in mind.

In September, Poroshenko signed a decree the regime’s parliament approved on Thursday, Moscow notified about the move signifying nothing.

Complicit with the US, UK and other NATO countries, Kiev is militantly hostile toward Russia, waging intermittent war along its border with Donbass freedom fighters.

Dec 10 10:26

Kiev Antagonizing Donbass For WAR, Conducts Firing Line Training

The Ukrainian Armed Forces conducted firing drills with the Strela-10 surface-to-air missile systems near the Donbass line of contact, the People’s Militia spokesman of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Lugansk (RPL), Andrei Marochko, said on Saturday.

At the end of 2015, the Minsk agreement was signed which requires the withdrawal of all heavy armaments at the same distance on both sides in order to create a50 km safety zone for artillery and tanks of more than 100mm caliber .

Dec 10 10:25

NATO Is COMPLETELY VULNERABLE To Russian Electronic Warfare Systems

NATO experts acknowledged the vulnerability of their communications and digital infrastructure to Russian electronic warfare systems and therefore plan to develop a concept of protection against such systems by 2019.

“The recent exercises on the eastern border of NATO, the presence in the Baltic States and the war in Ukraine have demonstrated the success of the Russian strategy of electronic warfare (EW). Both the potential of electronic attacks (for example, suppression) and electronic support (for example, target detection) show that the existing NATO tactical communications infrastructure is vulnerable to EW and will face serious threats,” the document for research of the NATO Scientific and Technical Organization says.

Dec 10 10:17

Russian Stealth Jets To Be Armed With New Hypersonic Missiles 

The advanced Sukhoi Su-57 multipurpose jet, Russia’s first domestically produced fifth-generation stealth fighter, will be armed with new hypersonic missiles, according to a Russian military source.

"In accordance with Russia's State Armament Program for 2018-2027, Su-57 jet fighters will be equipped with hypersonic missiles," a Russian defense industry source toldTASS news agency on December 06.

Dec 10 10:17

Seven Days Of Failures For The American Empire

Ukraine’s provocation follows the advice of several American think-tanks like the Atlantic Council, which have been calling for NATO involvement in the Sea of Azov for months. The area is strategically important for Moscow, which views its southern borders, above all the Sea of Azov, as a potential flash point for conflict due to the Kiev’s NATO-backed provocations.

Dec 10 09:45

Trump Has Been Broken by the Military/Security Complex

In order to protect himself from the military/security complex, President Trump has abandoned his intention of normalizing relations with Russia. Just as the neoconservative ideology needs US hegemony, the military/security complex needs an enemy to justify the $1,000 billion annual budget. The Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes have crafted Russia into that enemy. Trump intended to change that, but he has been prevented.

Russiagate is the orchestration used to force President Trump into submission.

Dec 10 09:41

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DEC. 10, 2018: U.S. OFFICIALLY ACCUSES ASSAD, RUSSIA OF STAGING CHEMICAL ATTACK IN ALEPPO

On December 7, the US State Department finally released an official statement on the November 24 chemical attack, which hit the government-controlled city of Aleppo injuring over 100 people. However, instead of condemning terrorist groups, which used chemical weapons, the State Department accused the Assad government and the Russians of gassing Aleppo residents to undermine the ceasefire in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

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