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Sep 19 09:59

Israel "Expresses Sorrow" Over Russian Plane Downing, But Blames Assad And Iran For Incident

In a series of statements via the official Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Twitter account, Israel has said it "expresses sorrow" over the deaths of the 15 Russian crew members aboard a maritime surveillance plane that was shot down near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia Monday night.

While expressing regret towards the Russian loss of the aircraft and personnel, which was reportedly downed by mistake as Syrian anti-missile defense systems attempted to respond to a barrage of Israeli rockets and airstrikes from over the Mediterranean coastal area, Israel said that ultimately it is the Syrian military that's responsible.

Israel's statement begins by saying it "expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members” but that the government of Bashar Assad “whose military shot down the Russian plane,” is “fully responsible” for the incident. Israel also made mention of Iran and Hezbollah while assigning blame for the "unfortunate incident".

Sep 19 09:24

The Dutch Investigation into Flight MH17 and Kiev’s Veto

The Dutch government, soon to be given charge of the investigation, ruled out any dealings with the insurgency. After foreign secretary Timmermans at the UN called local volunteers ‘thugs’ on 21 July, falsely accused them of robbing the victims’ corpses, the option of negotiating with the insurgents was effectively closed. Although the Dutch government later apologised, contact was now only possible via the OSCE. A Dutch public prosecution team did fly to Ukraine, but it remained in Kiev to discuss matters with the coup government. Australian experts on the other hand arrived at the scene of the disaster without delay, as did a Malaysian team led by prime minister Najib Razak. As noted, it received the Boeing’s black boxes from the insurgents without any fuss and passed them on to the Netherlands on the 22nd of July.

Sep 19 08:54

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 19, 2018: MILITANTS REJECT DEMILITARIZATION ZONE AGREEMENT IN IDLIB

An implementation of the demilitarized zone agreement in Idlib reached during face-to-face talks between Russian and Turkish presidents on September 17 has appeared to be not a simple task as it has been pointed out by many experts.

On September 18, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda), the Islamic Turkistan Party, Jaish al-Izza and Hourras Addin refused to respect the agreement and to withdraw its forces and military equipment from the contact line.

On the same day, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu stated that work to establish a new security system in the Idlib de-escalation zone had started. He recalled that all heavy weapons have to be withdrawn from the demilitarized zone by October 10 and radical groups have to withdraw their forces by October 15.

Sep 19 08:50

Russia exposes audio recording proving Ukraine's implication in MH17 disaster

According to Russia, the voice in the recording belongs to Ruslan Grinchak, a Colonel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Grinchak was responsible for controlling airspace in the zone of the military conflict in the Donbass. The man in the recording says that "we" can make another airplane disaster to repeat.

The conversation took place in 2016 in the Odessa region of Ukraine during the preparation of the Malachite radar station used to detect and escort air objects. The man's voice that supposedly belongs to Colonel Grinchak, says: "Take this supervisor, take Levchuk and say: "Boys, if this is going to be like this, then we will ***** another Malaysian Boeing."

Sep 19 08:30

It's Official, Russia and Syria Have Linked Their Air Defense Networks

Russia says it has formally linked its air defenses in Syria together with those of the regime of Bashar Al Assad. This could potentially limit the U.S. military’s ability to support its local partners fighting ISIS, increases the risk of a dangerous confrontation, and just add yet another layer to an ever more complicated situation on the ground.

Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces Major-General Sergey Meshcheryakov made the announcement during a press roundtable at the Army-2017 International-Military Technical Forum on Aug. 25, 2017, according to state-run media outlet TASS. The event at the Patriot Expocentre in the Moscow Region is an annual military trade show and this year also includes a pavilion dedicated to the Kremlin’s intervention in Syria.

Sep 19 07:54

What does Russia want in northwest Syria?

Although it is currently in Russia's interest to de-escalate tensions in Idlib, an attack is still likely.

After months of heightened tensions in the Syrian province of Idlib, the last stronghold of the Syrian opposition, Russia and Turkey seem to have reached a temporary solution.

Following a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on September 17 in Sochi, the two countries agreed to create a demilitarised zone 15-20km into opposition-control territories along the de-facto front line by October 15.

All "radical fighters" are to withdraw from the area and all "heavy weapons, tanks, rocket launchers, guns and mortars" are to be removed. Russian military police and Turkish troops will be patrolling the zone to ensure that all armed groups abide by the agreement. Erdogan and Putin also agreed to open the M4 and M5 highways linking respectively Latakia and Damascus to Aleppo to traffic from regime-held areas by the end of the year.

Of course, this temporary truce is far from ideal and does not include a roadmap for normalisation of the situation in the province, but it is still better than all the other, more violent, options.

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Sep 19 07:41

Israel Unlikely to Fly Freely over Syria

Ex-Official: Israel Unlikely to Fly Freely over Syria After Il-20 Incident

Sep 19 06:32

Ex-Russian General Urges Moscow to Shoot Down Israeli Fighter Jets

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"Moscow should expel the Israeli ambassador to Russia and shoot down the Israeli fighter jets in case of entering the Syrian airspace">>>

(*what's even more pertinent then the shwashbuckling overtone , is the air of confidence the ex Russian demonstrates in Putin's Russia , that could probably earn congressional consideration of loss of his right to travel abroad , at minimum , had he been an ex American general , making the same remarks here .)

Sep 19 06:10

3/5/18 flashback: Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel Before Bilateral Meeting

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It’s a great honor to have Prime Minister Netanyahu and Mrs. Netanyahu with us. They’ve been friends for a long time. We have, I would say, probably the best relationships right now with Israel that we ever had. I think we’re as close now as, maybe, ever before.>>>
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PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: Thank you. Thank you. Mr. President>>>
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(*and yadah yadah yadah !
warm & fuzzy conversation , true , but worth considering as Putin hauls off and declares Israel Russia's enemy )

Sep 19 05:18

Mop-up operation in Syria’s Idlib to start in November

The breakthrough and landmark agreements between Russia and Turkey on Syria’s Idlib, announced by the Kremlin, can be hardly called final, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes. Neither Russian President Vladimir Putin nor his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants terrorist groups such as Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra (outlawed in Russia) to remain in northern Syria. Experts are convinced that after a demilitarized zone is created around Idlib, irreconcilable militants will be eliminated by the Turkish and Syrian forces with Russia’s support, the paper says. So, the Russian-Turkish agreements on Syria, which were reached in Sochi on Monday, may be considered as intermediate.

Sep 19 05:14

Russia faults Israel over military jet’s downing in Syria, vows response

Putin vowed that ‘everyone would notice’ Russia’s tit-for-tat steps, Kommersant writes. The Israelis fear that Moscow will now be providing a harsher response to their strikes on Syria. The Russian Defense Ministry stressed that it views Israel’s actions as "hostile" and Moscow reserves the right to an adequate response, without specifying particular measures. Kommersant’s source familiar with the situation explained that the Russian military did not mean any attacks on the Israeli jets. "Most likely, they meant absolute inaction in the future regarding the issues where they were ready to help Israel earlier." In particular, Moscow may refuse to hold talks between Iran and Hezbollah. Leonid Ivashov, ex-head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Main Department of International Military Cooperation, told Nezavisimaya Gazeta that Russia may start shooting down any Israeli jet intruding Syria’s airspace.

Sep 19 05:09

NATO's 5,000 warplanes ready to bomb Russia, Chinese media say

The United States of America is used to exercising control over the Russian Federation in cooperation with Europe. However, EU countries have had a plethora of problems lately, and the US will have to count on its own forces in the event of an open military confrontation with Russia. A recent article published on Chinese publication Jinri Toutiao said that the Russian government is confident and correct in its actions. The Kremlin does not even think to obey Washington, nor does it follow the path of aggression. Russia acts solely in its own interests and in the interests of national security, the Chinese publication said. However, the United States follows a completely different path of behaviour. The number of NATO bases in countries of Eastern Europe, such as Poland or the Baltic States, has been growing during the recent years. According to official data, there are several thousands of NATO soldiers and more than 100 tanks in Eastern European countries.

Sep 19 04:57

Russia sees Israel as enemy after Il-20 shootdown

Israeli Ambassador to Russia Gary Koren was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry following the incident with the Russian Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft, which was shot down by Syrian air defence systems over the Mediterranean Sea. Russia believes that it was Israeli pilots who set up the Russian aircraft. The Russian Il-20, returning to Hmeymim, was shot down by Syrian air defense systems in the evening of September 17, 35 kilometres from the Mediterranean coast. Fifteen Russian servicemen on board the aircraft were killed. The Russian Defence Ministry holds Israeli pilots responsible for the tragedy claiming that they "deliberately created a dangerous situation" for ships and aircraft in the region. Russian MPs from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation - Valery Rashkin and Denis Parfyonov - called on Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to work out a set of measures in response to Israel's provocation.

Sep 18 15:24

Russia will protect its servicemen, Israeli actions are ‘reckless’ – Foreign Ministry

The Israeli actions in Syria, which Moscow says resulted in the downing of the Il-20 plane and the death of its crew, are “reckless” and “unfriendly,” the Russian Foreign Ministry told Israeli Ambassador Caren Cohen-Gat. Russia will take all necessary measures to protect its servicemen, who “support the Syrian people in their fight against terrorism,” the ministry stressed.

Sep 18 13:45

Russia Instituting Criminal Proceedings Against Israel

TASS/Censored: Russia Instituting Criminal Proceedings Against Israel, MOD

Sep 18 12:22

The Major Attack On Syria Followed Putin-Erdogan Agreement For Demilitarized Zone In Idlib

The world once again was taken to the brink of World War 3 Monday night, and the situation is still extremely dangerous. A massive wide-ranging assault on multiple Syrian provinces, including the coastal cities of Latakia and Tartus, occurred Monday evening reportedly by Israel and possibly with the help of France or the US, though the Pentagon is denying any US assistance during the assault.

With Syrian and Russian air defenses responding during the over hour-long attack which targeted among other things an alleged chemical weapons research center, and in the confusion of missiles cross the sky, a Russian maritime patrol plane was shot down with 14 personnel on board. The Pentagon is claiming it was Syrian defense which "accidentally" downed the plane, while Russia is pointing out its radar observed a French frigate firing in the area just before the plane went down.

Sep 18 11:24

Russia reveals the MH17 ‘smoking gun’

The “breakthrough” seems to have come from a JIT briefing last May, which produced fragments of the engine and nozzle of the 9M38 missile, launched by a Buk missile system, which downed MH17. According to Parshin: “Once we had the nozzle and engine numbers, we were able to find out the missile’s number.”

So now we know, via declassified files, that the engine of the missile 9D131 allegedly had the serial number 8869032. And a “passport” for the nozzle cluster 9D13105000 carried the number 8-30-113. The actual missile number was 886847349, they said.

The Defense Ministry established that numbers for the components of the 9M38 missile and the number of units noted in the technical documentation stored at the Dolgoprudny Research and Production Enterprise, outside Moscow, are the same.

Sep 18 09:45

Military spots body fragments of Ilyushin-20’s crew in Mediterranean

The Russian military has pinpointed the location where the Ilyushin-20 aircraft fell into the Mediterranean, the Russian Defense Ministry told the media on Tuesday.

"Taking part in the search for the crew of the Russian Ilyushin-20 plane, which crashed off Latakia, are eight ships and boats from Russia’s Navy. By now, the aircraft’s crash site in the Mediterranean has been identified. It’s 27 kilometers west of Baniyas, in the Latakia province," the Defense Ministry said.

Russian ships have picked up body fragments, personal belongings and the plane’s debris.

Sep 18 09:39

Orban’s Moscow visit a middle finger gesture to EU after last week’s humiliation

Russian President Vladimir Putin is reviled as an enemy of the West in general, and of the EU in particular, and yet Hungarian Prime Minister Orban continues to conduct “business as usual” with the master of the Kremlin.

The “salon des refusés” of political dissidents in the EU is getting bigger by the day. Less than a week after his government was condemned in a vote in the European parliament, Orban is in Moscow for talks about energy with Putin. His visit to Russia is the political equivalent of giving the EU the finger following last week’s humiliation.

Sep 18 09:38

Hungary wants Russia's Turkish Stream pipeline to be extended into Europe – Orban

The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has asked Russia to extend the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline to his country and further into Europe.
Orban, who is on a visit to Moscow, broached this potential project during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. "It's no secret that Hungary wants the pipeline that's being built near the south of the country, to go through Hungary,” Orban said. The countries have also agreed a gas delivery service from Russia to Hungary for 2020.

Sep 18 09:37

Downed Il-20 Was on Recon Mission Over Idlib De-Escalation Zone – Russian MoD

The Russian Hmeymim airbase had lost contact with the crew of the Russian Il-20 military aircraft late on Monday during the attack of four Israeli F-16 aircraft on Syrian targets in the province of Latakia.

"Our reconnaissance Il-20 aircraft with a crew of 15 on board was carrying out a reconnaissance mission over the Idlib de-escalation zone to determine the locations of storage and collection of unmanned aerial vehicles that fly out of the zone and strike different areas of Syria," Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated at a meeting with senior military commanders.

Israeli F-16 jets attacked Syria under the cover of the Russian Il-20, assuming that the Syrian air defense forces would not act in this direction, Shoigu said.

Sep 18 09:36

Russia Rages And Accuses Israel Of Causing Syrian Shoot-Down Of Russian Plane

Russia will respond to actions on behalf of the Israeli Air Force that led to a fatal crash of Russia’s Il-20 aircraft on Monday late night in Syria, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday. “We have informed today our Israeli colleagues, and I have also informed personally the Israeli Defense Minister [Avigdor Lieberman], that such actions will not be left unanswered by us,” Shoigu said, reported Russian state news agency TASS.

Sep 18 09:11

Russia Threatens "Adequate Response" Against Israel For Downed Plane

Update 4: The Russian Ministry of Defense cleared up the confusion surrounding the overnight downing of a Russian Ilyushin-20 reconnaissance plane on Tuesday when a spokesman revealed that Israel was indeed responsible for the attack, which resulted in the deaths of 15 Russian servicemen.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the plane was accidentally brought down by an aging Syrian S-200 defense system after Russia had scrambled its jets to respond to an attack by four Israeli F-16s on Syrian government targets. Israeli notified Russia of its attack over a shared hotline less than a minute before beginning the strike, giving the Kremlin little time to respond.

"As a result of the Israeli military’s irresponsible actions 15 Russian servicemen died," said Defense Ministry Spokesman Gen. Igor Konashenkov.

Israel has carried out roughly 200 strikes in Syria over the past year and a half as it pushes back against Tehran's growing presence in the war-torn battle zone.

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Sep 18 08:55

Russia ‘reserves right to respond’ after saying Israel’s actions led to downing of Il-20 by Syria

The Israeli Air Force launched their surprise night attack on Latakia in a way that put the Russian plane in harm’s way, the Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement. The ministry said Israel must have known that they were setting up the Russian plane to be hit by a Syrian counterattack, but failed to either change their approach to targets in Syria or give Moscow enough time to move the Il-20 to safety.

Sep 18 08:54

‘You are to blame for downing of Il-20 and death of its crew,’ Russia tells Israel

Russia has formally complained to Israel about its air raid on Monday, which led to the downing of a Russian Il-20 plane off the Syrian coast. Moscow has laid the blame for the crew’s deaths “squarely on the Israeli side.”

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu spoke to his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman on the phone about the downing of the Russian Il-20 plane on Monday night. He relayed Moscow’s position on the incident, blaming the Israeli military for setting up the Russian plane to be shot down by Syrian air defenses, which were responding to an Israeli air raid, an official statement from the Russian military said.

Shoigu reiterated that Israel failed to notify Russia of the impending attack in a way that would have given its military an opportunity to move the Il-20 out of harm’s way. Instead, the warning came just one minute before the Israeli F-16 fighter jets launched their attack.

Sep 18 08:52

Syria downed Russia's plane because Israeli F-16s used it as cover — Russian top brass

A Russian military Ilyushin-20 aircraft was shot down by Syria’s air defense over the Mediterranean Sea because Israel’s F-16 fighters used it as cover, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov told the media on Tuesday.

"By using the Russian plane as cover the Israeli air pilots made it vulnerable to Syrian air defense fire. As a result, the Ilyushin-20, its reflective surface being far greater than that of the F-16, was downed by a missile launched with the S-200 system," Konashenkov said.

Konashenkov said four F-16s from the Israeli Air Force carried out a strike with guided air missles against Syrian facilities in the area of Latakia at about 22:00 on September 17. The fighters approached the target from the Mediterranean at a low altitude.

The Israeli planes deliberately created a dangerous situation for surface ships and aircraft in that area, he stated.

Sep 18 08:50

BREAKING: TURKEY EMBEDS INTO IDLIB, CEASEFIRE SECURED, INVITES RUSSIAN PEACEKEEPERS

Russian President Vladimir Putin has just publicly declared that Turkey and Russia have agreed to establish a demilitarized zone in Idlib which will have a depth of 15 km, to be ready and in place by October 15th. This is effectively a ceasefire, with Turkish forces and Russian military police that will conduct joint patrols towards the de-escalation in Idlib.

Russia’s Defence Minister Shoigu has just publicly stated: there will be no military operation in Idlib.

FRN previously raised the possibility of Turkey securing Idlib on its own, then working towards using this possibly to acquire territory or make a better deal with Russia. It appears the second has happened, as we forecasted. Our general operating thesis that ‘things are never as they appear’ was confirmed as well.

Sep 18 08:47

Syria Downs Russian IL-20 by Mistake Amid Israeli Raid, Moscow Blames Tel Aviv

A Russian IL-20 military aircraft heading to the Hmeymim airbase went off radar late on September 17 during an attack by four Israeli F-16 jets on Syrian targets in the province of Latakia.

The Russian Defense Ministry had said earlier that Russia's Hmeymim Airbase had lost contact with the crew of the Russian Il-20 military aircraft with 14 servicemen on board late on Monday. The ministry has shared a map of the area of the accident.

Sep 18 08:25

Will Russia-Israel ties suffer after downing of Il-20 military plane off Syrian coast?

Moscow and Tel Aviv have long enjoyed fairly good ties despite the turmoil in the Middle East but these relations are at risk as Russia blames Israel for the downing of its warplane off the Syrian coast and the death of its crew.

Although the plane was technically shot down by a Syrian missile, Russia made it clear who it blames for the tragedy, saying that Israeli pilots used the Russian Il-20 as cover.

Sep 18 08:24

Netanyahu tells Putin he expresses regret at loss of Russian lives

Israeli PM Netanyahu has expressed “regret” to Vladimir Putin over the downing of Russia’s Il-20 plane. He pinned the blame for the incident on Syria, but added that Moscow and Tel Aviv should continue coordinating their efforts.

“Netanyahu stressed the importance of continuing coordination in the security area between Israel and Russia, which prevented many losses on the both sides over the past three years,” the press service said on Tuesday, after Putin and the Israeli PM spoke by telephone.

Sep 18 08:06

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 18, 2018: SYRIAN FORCES ACCIDENTALLY SHOT DOWN RUSSIAN IL-20

The Syrian state media said that the missiles came from the sea adding that a high number of them was intercepted. However, according to photos and videos, unknown number of missiles hit their targets. Pentagon spokesman Navy Cmdr. Sean Robertson officially denied the US involvement in the attack.

On September 18, the Russian Defense Ministry revealed that the attack was carried out by four Israeli F-16 warplanes. Furthermore, during the attack a Russian Il-20 surveillance plane with 14 servicemen on board disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea. The ministry said that “the plane was returning to the airbase of Khmeimim, 35 kilometers from the coast of Syria” when “the mark of IL-20 went off” from radars.

“At the same time, the Russian radars fixed missile launches from the French frigate Auvergne, which was in that area,” the defense ministry added.

Sep 18 08:04

POINTING THE FINGER Russia says its military plane was shot down by SYRIA and blames Israel for pushing aircraft into line of fire

A RUSSIAN spy plane with 14 servicemen on board was accidentally blown out of the sky by their Syrian allies, it has been claimed.

Moscow has blamed the Israeli Air Force for pushing the Il-20 plane, which vanished off the Mediterranean Sea coast at 8pm last night, into the path of Syrian rockets.

Sep 18 07:14

Putin on Israel’s role in Il-20 downing: ‘Looks accidental, like chain of tragic circumstances’

“When people are dying – especially under such circumstances – it is always a tragedy,” President Putin said during a joint press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Moscow on Tuesday.

Responding to a reporter’s question as to whether the incident in Latakia could be compared to the downing of the Russian Su-24 by Turkey in 2015, Putin said the two situations were “different.”

Ankara “deliberately downed” the Russian jet, he explained, while the Il-20 incident “looks like a chain of tragic circumstances, because the Israeli plane didn’t shoot down our jet.”

Sep 18 06:05

Moscow says Russia & Ukraine will ‘inevitably’ overcome crisis after government change in Kiev

The Russian Foreign Ministry has said it expects relations between Moscow and Kiev to normalize sooner or later, but added that close ties would most likely be restored following a change of government in Ukraine.

The Foreign Ministry’s comment was issued after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on Monday, which terminated the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation, and Partnership between Ukraine and Russia. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin told the press that the termination of the framework friendship treaty would cause a major revision of other agreements between Moscow and Kiev, but did not specify details.

Sep 18 05:54

Will Russia-Israel ties suffer after downing of Il-20 military plane off Syrian coast?

Although the plane was technically shot down by a Syrian missile, Russia made it clear who it blames in the tragedy, saying that Israeli pilots used the Russian Il-20 as a cover.

Sep 18 05:51

Russian MoD Blames Israel for Downing Il-20, Tel Aviv Says it's Syria's Fault

The Russian Defense Ministry held a press conference to discuss the destruction of a Russian military aircraft with people on board off the coast of Syria, which happened at the same time that Israeli and French forces were mounting aerial attacks on targets in Syria.

The Il-20 aircraft has been downed by Syrian military forces after Israel jets put it under attack off the Syrian coast, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov stated. According to the spokesman, the Israeli jets deliberately created a dangerous situation in Latakia. He stressed that Israel's aviation control systems could not but notice the Russian aircraft as it was landing.

"Israel did not warn the command of the Russian troops in Syria about the planned operation. We received a notification via a hotline less than a minute before the strike, which did not allow the Russian aircraft to be directed to a safe zone," Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

Sep 17 17:39

PLANE VANISHES Russian military plane with 14 on board goes off radar in Latakia during Syria strike amid reports it was ‘accidentally shot down’

US officials have reported the Syrian army shot down the Russian plane while trying to thwart an alleged Israeli airstrike.

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The official SANA news agency said the Technical Industry Institution in the state-controlled city had been targeted, adding it isn't known who fired the missiles.

Russian radars registered missiles launched from a French frigate and recorded four Israeli jets over Syria at the time of the attack, Russia Today reports.

The Israeli military refused to comment on claims they were behind the attack on Syria.

Sep 17 17:29

US says Syria accidentally shot down Russian plane during Israeli attack

Initial reports from Syrian regime sources state seven people have been injured after “powerful explosions” echoed through the city.

Syrian regime military sources have told Russian media that Latakia’s power station and an aluminium factory had been hit.

Syrian media has stated that a ‘number of missiles’ have been shot down by its air defence network. SANA reported the missiles targeting Latakia came “from the sea,” citing military sources.

Latakia is close to Russia’s Khmeimim Air Base. It is unclear if its air defence batteries were also engaged in the defence, or if the aircraft was hit by ‘friendly fire’ from nearby Syrian forces.

Sep 17 17:17

Russian Aircraft Went Off Radar Near Hmeymim Airbase in Syria, Military Reports

The Russian Defence Ministry reported that the Russian Il-20 aircraft went off radar near Hmeymim airbase in Syria. The plane carried 14 servicemen; their fate is unknown.

"On September 17, at about 11 p.m. Moscow time [20:00 GMT], the communication with the crew of the Russian Il-20 aircraft was lost when it was over the Mediterranean Sea, some 35 kilometers from the Syrian coast, on its way back to Hmeymim airbase," the report said.

Latakia came under fire earlier today in a missile attack military sources said come from the direction of the sea. The Russian Defense Ministry in its statement about the missing plane identified four Israeli F-16 airplanes as part of the attack on Latakia. Personnel at Hmeymim airbase have organized a search and rescue operation.

Sep 17 15:52

Russian plane disappears from radars during Israeli attack on Syria’s Latakia – MoD

A Russian military Il-20 aircraft with 14 service members on board went off the radars during an attack by four Israeli jets on Syria’s Latakia province, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Sep 17 14:33

Unconfirmed reports of Russian military intercepting missiles above west Syria

A number of reports surfaced this evening about the Russian military allegedly deploying their air defense missiles over west Syria.

According to a number of pro-government Syria pages, the Russian military intercepted a number of hostile missiles over the Latakia and Tartous provinces.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has not commented on these claims nor released any statement regarding this latest attack on the western provinces of Syria.

Among the provinces reportedly targeted this evening were the Hama, Homs, Latakia, and Tartous governorates.

Sep 17 13:30

Putin and Xi Jinping Further Plans to Counter Trump’s ‘Trade War'

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed the trade war issue during the Economic Forum of the East (EEF). Peskov did not reveal details of the negotiations between the leaders and stressed that “the discussions should not have their ins and outs revealed to the public”. However, he emphasized that China and Russia do not ignore international themes of e leaders and stressed that “the discussions should not have their ins and outs revealed to the public”. However, he emphasized that China and Russia do not ignore international themes of relevance due to their role in the world.

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Sep 17 11:37

Flightpath of US high-altitude drone near Crimea revealed by tracking website

A US military high-altitude Global Hawk drone has reportedly been spotted flying an hours-long spy mission over eastern Ukraine and off the shore of Crimea along with another American surveillance plane.

The RQ-4 Global Hawk cruised over war-torn eastern Ukraine before coming within 40km of the Crimean coast. PlaneRadar website, which tracks military flights worldwide, reported the mission in a series of tweets on Saturday.

It is understood that the unmanned aircraft took off at around 9:00am GMT from a US Navy installation at NATO Base Sigonella in Sicily, Italy.

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Sep 17 11:26

The Skripals: Victims or Pawns in a Wider Geopolitical Game

On 3 March 2018 a former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a park bench in Salisbury England, obviously suffering from the ill effects of an undetermined substance. They were transported to hospital and placed in intensive care. The initial hospital reports made no mention of their being the victims of any nerve agent attack. It seems that they were initially thought by the medical staff to be suffering from the effects of Fentanyl, an illegal but widely used drug in England. This diagnosis was based upon the symptoms exhibited by Sergei and Yulia.

Sep 17 11:24

Turkey to cooperate with Russia on eliminating terrorists in Idlib – Erdogan

Turkey is ready to cooperate with Russia on the fight against terrorist groups in the Syrian northwestern province of Idlib, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said ahead of his upcoming talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“If the situation in Idlib continues as is, the results will be heavy. We have to find a solution with Russia and the coalition forces without letting this happen. As you know, the US has a different position, however, we have previously held meetings with Germany and France. We are already in it together with Russia,” Erdogan said on Sunday, as quoted by Daily Sabah, a Turkish newspaper.

Sep 17 11:23

Serial numbers of missile that downed MH17 show it was produced in 1986, owned by Ukraine - Russia

The serial numbers found on debris of the Buk missile which downed Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine show it was produced in 1986, the Russian military said. The projectile was owned by Ukraine, they added.

There are two serial numbers found on fragments of the missile, which shot down the passenger airliner in June 2014 according to an international team of investigators led by the Netherlands. The numbers were marked on the engine and the nozzle of the missile.

The Russian military on Monday said they had traced them to a missile which had the producer serial number 8868720.

Sep 17 10:58

George Ades: What If Russia Establishes A NO-FLY ZONE OVER ALL OF SYRIA Warning Israel, NATO, And Turkey?

SUPPOSING SUPPOSING…. What if Putin takes seriously the threat from the US and its minions that they would militarily respond to any attack on their favourite terrorists in Syria …with “unprecedented force….” , and after consultations with his military advisers he decides on the following course of action:

-Informs his Turkish “allies” that any violation of their agreement that leads to Turkish planes flying anywhere near the Syrian border, would result in their being shot down. That should deprive Erdogan of any temptation to deviate from the agreed terms.

-Warns his Israeli “colleagues” to keep their own airforce well clear of Syrian airspace as they risk being shot down too.

Sep 17 10:52

The Bluffer’s Guide to Bombing Syria

The propaganda mills of the British and American governments – spokespersons, media, think tanks – are working overtime churning out ‘talking points’ to justify the upcoming large scale bombing of Syria on the pretext of use of prohibited weapons.

Here is a guide from a former insider to the top dozen of these lies.

Sep 17 10:48

Trump's Reckless Hostility Unites China and Russia

Good work Mr. President! You have now managed to lay the groundwork for a grand Chinese-Russian alliance. The objective of intelligent diplomacy is to divide one’s foes, not to unite them.

This epic blunder comes at a time when the US appears to be getting ready for overt military action in Syria against Russian and Syrian forces operating there. The excuse, as before, will be false-flag attacks with chlorine gas, a chemical widely used in the region for water purification. It appears that the fake attacks have already been filmed.

Meanwhile, some 303,000 Russian, Chinese and Mongolian soldiers are engaged in massive maneuvers in eastern Siberia and naval exercises in the Sea of Japan and Sea of Okhotsk. The latter, an isolated region of Arctic water, is the bastion of Russia’s Pacific Fleet of nuclear-armed missile submarines.

Sep 17 10:18

Russian Defense Minister Rules Out New Op in Idlib After Putin-Erdogan Talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have met in Sochi, where they discussed the situation in Syria's Idlib province, one of the remaining pockets of insurgency in the Arab republic.

Following the talks between Putin and Erdogan, Russian Minister of Defence Sergey Shoygu announced that Russia would not conduct a military operation in Idlib.

"In the next few hours we will coordinate with them [Damascus authorities] all the issues set forth in this document," Shoigu told reporters showing the memorandum on Idlib settlement signed by him and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar.

Sep 17 10:07

Putin & Erdogan agree Idlib buffer zone to avert new Syria crisis

Russia and Turkey have agreed a “demilitarized zone” between militants and government troops in Syria’s Idlib, President Vladimir Putin said after hours-long talks with Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan focused on solving the crisis.
“We’ve focused on the situation in the province of Idlib, considering presence of large militant groups and their infrastructure there,” Putin said at a press conference after the talks.

“We’ve agreed to create a demilitarized zone between the government troops and militants before October 15. The zone will be 15-20km wide, with full withdrawal of hardline militants from there, including the Jabhat Al-Nusra.”

As part of solving the deadlock, all heavy weaponry, including tanks and artillery, will be withdrawn from the zone before October 10, Putin said. The zone will be patrolled by Turkish and Russian military units.

Before the end of the year, roads between Aleppo and Hama, and Aleppo and Latakia must be reopened for transit traffic, he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Once again, Putin proves he is a statesman!

Sep 17 10:07

FORGET PUTIN: 4 REASONS WHY TRUMP IS NETANYAHU’S MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE

In the months leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Oslo Accords, the U.S. has colluded with Israel in a string of policies and decisions that completely undermine the legitimacy of the agreement, not to mention Palestinian claims to justice, freedom and ultimately peace. As these policies unfold, one cannot help recalling the words of the great Palestinian writer Ghassan Kanafani, who said that talking with the Israelis is “a conversation between the sword and the neck.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When one is owned by Sheldon Adelson, as is President Trump, because
Adelson has kept throwing all possible contribution money in President Trump's direction, you do his - and Netanyahu's - bidding.

And where this agenda ultimately will most probably take the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika, is as follows:

It appears very likely that soon, the US will bomb Syria in Idlib, as the result of a staged, faked chemical attack against it, or the result of Syrian and Russian forces attacking the rebel stronghold here, which can potentially morph into a shooting war between the US and Russia Russia there. Tel Aviv wants regime change in Damascus, and apparently, President Trump has promised Netanyahu that he will deliver...but only at the costs of American money, and American blood, rather than Israeli; such a deal!!

It appears that President Trump, realizing that he cannot cause all countries who buy oil from Iran, to stop buying it, may move forward with either a false flag in the Gulf, to prevent Iranian oil from being shipped anywhere, or an outright attack against Tehran, again to generate Israeli-desired regime change here, and again, only at the costs of American blood and American money; such a deal!! Timing is significant here, because it is Sunday, 4 November, which he has given as the "drop dead" date for all countries to stop buying Iranian oil. I would suggest that, between the 4th and Tuesday, the 6th of that month, the date of US mid-terms, that we may well see military action against Iran. I do not know what Russia will do under those circumstances, but my gut is telling me that Russia's Putin - and the Russian Duma - will not be sitting, arms folded, and singing "Kumbayah" should this happen, and may well come to Iran's defense.

So what we have here, are two scenarios which are all upside for Israel's foreign policies, but all downside for the US government, and the US people.

That President Trump is unable to distinguish what is really for the best for the American people, such as not going to war against these countries, and negotiating for resources the US may well need in the future, rather than going to a world war to control them, is one of the most terrifying aspects of this Presidency.

If the rumours regarding Sec-def Mattis' departure from the Cabinet are true, happening right after the mid-terms, with a new Sec-Def confirmed, look for a potential reinstatement of the draft; Trump won't do it before, because he knows it's an election year loser for the Republicans.

I wish I could see a happier outcome for this country, unshackled at the ankles from Israel's foreign policy objectives; but unfortunately, looking at all the potential wars looming to service the Zionist dream for an "Eretz Israel", or greater Israel, I just cannot see such an outcome at this moment in time.

Sep 17 09:55

Russian Military Reveals Evidence Proving Ukraine's Involvement in MH17 Crash

New details have emerged about the tragic fate of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed in eastern Ukraine in July 2014.

The Russian Defense Ministry has provided documented proof that the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing all 298 people on board, came from the arsenals of the Ukrainian army, not from Russia.

Serial Number

At a news briefing on Monday, Lt. Gen. Nikolai Parshin, the Defense Ministry’s chief of the Missile and Artillery Directorate, said that, judging from the fragments of the 9M38 missile, military experts were able to establish the missile’s unique serial number – 8868720, where 86 stands for the missile’s production year and 8720 is its serial number.

Sep 17 09:53

MAJOR: NATO MAY INVOKE ARTICLE 5 IF ‘CYBER ATTACKED’ BY RUSSIA

Article 5 of the 1949 Washington Treaty established the principle of collective defense in the case of an attack against one of the allies, which would then be considered an attack on all signatories. The text, however, did not anticipate a cyber attack at the time.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview released on Monday that the bloc could invoke Article 5 on collective defense in the event of a cyber attack by Russia.

“We will never be specific [about] when we will turn to Article 5,” Stoltenberg told Axios news portal, responding to strategies for a possible cyber attack in Russia. Stoltenberg added that the alliance was boosting its cyber security and planned to develop cybernetic offensive capabilities.

Sep 16 12:20

US Drone RQ-4 Global Hawk Spotted Near Russian Black Sea Borders - Reports

The UAV took off from NATO's Sigonella airbase in Italy at 12:19 Moscow time (9:00 GMT) and began monitoring the line of demarcation in the Donbass region, according to the resource Plane Radar.

The US Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk was flying in the area above the Black Sea for about eight hours, occasionally approaching the Russian coastline at a distance of 40 kilometers.

Having finished flying around the demarcation line in the Donbass region, the unmanned surveillance aircraft flew from the Nikolaev region of Ukraine to the coast of Crimea and the Krasnodar Territory.

Sep 16 12:19

Finnish President Tells German Media That He Does Not See Russia as a Threat

President Vladimir Putin has praised Finland’s security policy for providing the “optimum model for guaranteed and sustainable good relations for nonaligned countries.”

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto does not consider Russia a threat. In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine, he said that Russia has no reason whatsoever to attack Finland, that’s why he has no desire to join NATO.

“I don’t think Russia will invade the Baltic States. Neither has it any intention to attack Finland,” Niinisto noted.

Sep 16 12:07

What Russia's Wargames Propaganda Tells Us About Its Military

Russia’s Vostok (“East”) 2018 exercises are currently under way across the nation. Russian air, land, sea, and even nuclear forces are participating. Although the number of personnel Russia claims to be participating (297,000) is surely exaggerated, the troops involved and doing some pretty fascinating things.

Russia’s Ministry of Defence has uploaded several videos from the exercises to briefly highlight what Russian—and Chinese—soldiers are doing. The videos, which should be considered propaganda and consumed with a healthy dose of skepticism, are a window into rarely seen aspects of the Russian military, from the radar screens of surface-to-air missile systems to fighters and bombers preparing to fly towards Alaskan airspace.

Sep 16 10:06

Thousands Rally in Riga Against Switching Russian-Language Schools to Latvian

Several thousand people have taken part in a rally in the center of Latvian capital Riga against the government plan to switch Russian-language schools to the Latvian language, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Saturday.

The protesters, led by Tatjana Zdanoka, the leader of the leftist Latvian Russian Union party, and European Parliament member Andrejs Mamikins, marched from the Dailes Theater to the Rainis monument in the Espalanade park, where the rally was held.

Some of them were holding Latvian and Russian national flags, or posters reading "Keep your hands off our schools" in Russian and in Latvian.

Sep 16 10:02

US calls for urgent UN meeting on North Korea sanctions after accusing Russia of interfering with report

The U.S. on Friday called for an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the implementation of sanctions on North Korea, a day after Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russia of meddling in an independent report on the sanctions.

“Given recent efforts by some Member States to undermine and obstruct North Korea sanctions implementation, the United States has called an urgent United Nations Security Council meeting for Monday at 10 a.m. to discuss the implementation and enforcement of U.N. sanctions on North Korea,” a statement from the U.S. Mission read.

The statement did not name countries, but it came a day after Haley accused Russia of interfering in a report from the U.N.’s independent Panel of Experts on the implementation of sanctions. Haley’s office said that the report submitted to the Security Council was amended at Moscow’s request, which it said included violations implicating Russian actors.

Sep 16 09:59

Russian Embassy in Bern Slams Newspaper for Anti-Russia Reports Devoid of Facts

The new article published in the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger with allegations against Russian diplomats again lacks facts, just as it was with its previous two publications about Russians, the Russian Embassy in Switzerland said Sunday.

"We regret to note that groundless and unsubstantiated attacks against Russia continue to emerge from the tireless Swiss journalists from Tages Anzeiger. As with the two previous publications by the authors, the Sunday article on Russian diplomats in Switzerland is characterized by the absence of any facts, as well references to secret documents that no one saw and probably no one wrote," the Russian diplomatic mission in Bern said in a statement on Facebook.

Such publications undermine Russian-Swiss relations, the embassy noted.

Sep 16 05:47

Wasn't Tweeted About: US Army Suffers Casualties in ISIL's Offensive in Northeastern Syria

A number of US soldiers were killed and wounded after ISIL targeted their column in Hasaka city on Sunday, a Lebanese media outlet reported

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(*but this was: Trump: 'Fake news media’ didn’t cover when Obama said '57 states' in 2008 )

Sep 16 01:03

Judge hearing case on 2014 Maidan killings attacked in Kiev

A judge of a district court in Kiev, who is hearing a case on the 2014 killings during the Maidan protests, has been attacked in the Ukrainian capital, according to a statement published on the official website of the country’s Council of Judges. Judge Sergey Dyachuk of Kiev’s Svyatoshinsky District Court was attacked late on Friday near his house. He has been hospitalized, and the attacker fled the crime scene. A search for the assailant is underway. Dyachuk said in a statement that the attack was linked to his professional activity. In May 2015, Kiev’s Svyatoshinsky District Court started hearing the case on the merits against five former fighters of the elite Ukrainian Berkut police unit. They are charged with fulfilling a criminal order on using weapons, abuse of power, illegal use of weapons and also carrying out a terrorist attack on the central Maidan square in 2014. The defendants plead not guilty to all counts.

Sep 16 01:01

Moscow won't react to US demands concerning chemical weapons' inspections

Russia will neither implement nor react to the United States’ unilateral demands for additional inspections concerning chemical weapons in Russia, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday. "Naturally, we are not going to satisfy or even react to Washington’s illegitimate ultimatum demands going far beyond the Chemical Weapons Convention that additional inspection be arranged in Russia on the basis of this or that American domestic national law," the Russian foreign ministry quoted her as saying in an interview with Russia’s VGTRK television channel. She stressed that Russia had completed destruction of its chemical arsenals under strict international control as far back as September 2017 and continues to properly implement all of its liabilities under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

Sep 16 00:59

UFC tournament in Moscow becomes Russia’s most attended MMA event ever

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) tournament in Moscow has set the attendance record for a mixed martial arts (MMA) event in Russia, UFC Vice President David Shaw told reporters. According to the official, the event in Moscow was attended by 22,603 people, the highest ever attendance in Russia and the fifth-ever for an UFC event worldwide. Shaw said the organization now plans to hold one or two tournaments in Russia next year and views Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg, Black Sea resort of Sochi and Far Eastern city of Vladivostok as possible venues. The CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Kirill Dmitriev, whose organization is among co-founders of UFC Russia, described the event in Moscow as a success. "We witnessed a successful start of UFC in Russia.

Sep 16 00:56

Kalashnikov to start batch production of new Lebedev handgun in 2019

The Izhevsk Mechanical Plant (an affiliate of the concern Kalashnikov) will launch the batch production of the new Lebedev handgun (PL-15) in 2019, the plant’s managing director, Alexander Gvozdik, told the media on Friday. "It will meet customer requirements as a combat weapon and as a civilian firearm," he said. The plant in Izhevsk declared the intention to start the serial production of the Lebedev handgun back in March 2018. The handgun may be in great demand from the Defense Ministry and other law enforcement agencies. The handgun’s prototype was for the first time presented at the international military-technological forum Army-2015. It was designed to be equally suitable for right-handed and left-handed people. Recoil and muzzle flip have been minimized. The gun’s return to the aiming line is fast and easy. A special indicator lets the shooter instantly feel if there is a cartridge inside the cartridge chamber and the handgun is loaded.

Sep 16 00:46

Georgian official dismisses reports of experiments on humans in Georgian lab

Georgian Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze dismissed as "absurd" reports of experiments on humans in the Richard Lugar Public Health Research Center near the Georgian capital Tbilisi. "The reports about secret tests on humans in the [Lugar] center are baseless and absurd. The laboratory works in the regime of transparency, its doors are open for foreign scientists and experts," Abashidze said in an interview with the Georgian Public Television. "In order to ensure the center’s transparency, the laboratory will host an international seminar with the participation of experts and specialists from almost 20 countries," the Georgian official added.

Sep 15 13:52

Narrative Collapse: Mueller Probe Reveals Manafort Was Lobbying Against Russia

Paul Manafort was lobbying against Russian interests in Ukraine -- not for them as Rachel Maddow and others have been claiming for months -- according to new documents released from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Sep 15 11:16

DAYS AFTER 9/11 TULSI GABBARD SLAMS "BETRAYAL OF AMERICAN PEOPLE" OVER SYRIA

Considering that Congresswoman Gabbard herself is an Iraq war veteran and current Army reserve officer who served in the aftermath of 9/11, it's all the more power and rare that a sitting Congress member would make such forceful comments exposing the hypocrisy and contradictions of US policy.

She called out President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence by name on the House floor in her speech:

“Two days ago, President Trump and Vice President Pence delivered solemn speeches about the attacks on 9/11, talking about how much they care about the victims of al-Qaeda’s attack on our country. But, they are now standing up to protect the 20,000 to 40,000 al-Qaeda and other jihadist forces in Syria, and threatening Russia, Syria, and Iran, with military force if they dare attack these terrorists."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Representative Gabbard decides to run for national office, I will support her completely; she is a refreshing kind of honest you rarely see coming out of DC.

Unfortunately, her anti-war stance, as a Veteran, will not win her points with the military/industrial complex, so she most probably doesn't have a chance of a snowball surviving in hell.

But the American people, ALL OF THEM, need to hear what Tulsi has to say about these endless wars, to conquer the world's resources, and to insure that products are only sold in US dollars.

Sep 15 10:31

Sorry, Not Sorry: Pompeo Accuses Russia Of Undermining Efforts To Sanction North Korea

Russia is actively working to undermine US sanctions against North Korea, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a news conference.

“I spoke with Ambassador (to UN Nikki) Haley about this earlier today, Russia has actively attempted to undermine the UN Security Council resolutions, the work of the 1718 Committee, the committee of the UN evaluates compliance with sanctions by attempting to change the language there,” Pompeo told reporters.

Sep 15 10:10

U.S. CONDUCTS LIVE-FIRE DRILLS WITH SYRIAN 'REBELS' IN RARE DISPLAY AIMED AT RUSSIA

On Thursday an anti-Assad group in Syria's south confirmed to Reuters via its 'rebel' commander that it is conducting rare military exercises with American forces in order to "send a strong message to Russia and Iran that the Americans and the rebels intend to stay and confront any threats to their presence," according to a new Reuters report.

The anti-Assad commander, Colonel Muhanad al Talaa, is part of the Pentagon-backed Maghawir al Thawra group now conducting eight days of "live-fire and ground assault" drills that involve "hundreds" of U.S. troops and allied Syrian insurgents cooperating together.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And I would like to politely remind the White House, Pentagon, State Department and Congress that Russia has staged its own, huge, live-fire exercise in Siberia, Vostok 2018 Vostok 2018 Continues featuring over 300,000 Russian military, plus integrated Chinese military as well.

The Russians are sending a strong signal as well, that should the US attack at Idlib, the Russians may well not be fighting the US military alone, either.

Sep 14 13:22

Russia vows to wipe out terrorist-run drone assembly workshops in Idlib

Russia has information where the terrorists assemble drones in Idlib and it will be eliminating these underground workshops, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting of the German-Russian forum on Friday.

“We have intelligence information where drones are assembled in Idlib from components smuggled there,” he said. “As soon as we get such information, we will be eliminating such underground workshops that make lethal weapons.”

Sep 14 13:03

Kremlin 'will consider' request to question nerve agent attack suspects

The Kremlin says it will consider any request by Britain to question two Russian suspects allegedly behind the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Russia had not received any such request but would look at one "in strict accordance with Russian law".

Mr Peskov added that it was "absurd" to accuse Russia of lying about the two men accused of poisoning the Skripals in Salisbury.

Sep 14 12:54

U.S. Tells Russia it Could Avoid Novichok Sanctions in Exchange for Chemical Inspections

The United States has said Russia would be able to avoid a second, more punishing round of sanctions over the nerve-agent attack in Britain if it allows chemical weapons inspections.
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On Thursday, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Manisha Singh told a congressional hearing that Washington would adhere to its August pledge to impose "very severe" sanctions on Russia if it does not meet a November deadline to comply with international chemical weapons law.

“We have indicated to them that they can make themselves not subject to these sanctions if they allow the on-site inspections, if they will give us verifiable assurance that they will not use these nerve agents against their own people again,” Singh said

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Sep 14 12:13

Vostok 2018: Top Highlights of Largest Russian Military Exercises in Recent History

Sep 14 10:34

Russia completes replacement of Ukrainian imports in defense industry – deputy PM

The Russian defense industry has completed the replacement of Ukraine-produced products needed for the production of weapons and military hardware by Russia-produced analogues, a senior Russian official says.

“The question of [Russia’s] dependence on deliveries from Ukraine has been closed and it is now closed for good. All vulnerable points that we really had in 2014 are now in the past,” Russian Deputy Prime Minister for Defense Yuri Borisov said.

Sep 14 10:32

Russia & Germany reaffirm support for Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline – Lavrov

"We’ve discussed the complex of issues related to energy cooperation and confirmed the support for the Nord Stream 2 project, which is of a commercial nature and the implementation of which will strengthen the energy security of the European continent," said Lavrov after a meeting with his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Berlin.

Sep 14 10:23

On The Brink With Russia In Syria Again, 5 Years Later

The New York Times, on September 11, 2013, accommodated Russian President Vladimir V. Putin’s desire “to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders” about “recent events surrounding Syria.”

Putin’s op-ed in the Times appeared under the title: “A Plea for Caution From Russia.” In it, he warned that a military “strike by the United States against Syria will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders … and unleash a new wave of terrorism. … It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance.”

Sep 14 10:17

TEXAS: THIS IS THE MOMENT, Putin’s Three Front War – Donbass, Syria And Against Russian Atlanticists

As of 12 hours ago, the Russian Air Force began its aerial campaign upon terrorist strongholds in Idlib, following a tremendously successful diplomatic and media campaign to gain support from necessary allies as well as endemically vacillating states like Turkey. In this must read article, Bentley explains among other things, that we are at this very moment facing the possibility of an all out war on three simultaneous fronts. The final liberation of Idlib can see a concerted effort on the part of the US deep state to push again on the Donbass.

Sep 14 09:33

New Russian AWACS Will Absolutely Outpace Rivals, Causes NATO Great Concern

The Russian Air Force will receive the new Beriev A-100 aircraft with the Air Alert and Control System, or Early Warning and Control System (AWACS) as early as 2020 or early 2021. AWACS would significantly boost the Russian Air Force’s ability to obtain and maintain air superiority when coupled with fighters like the Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker-H and Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E.

The Russian Defense Minister is expected to sign the production contract for the new AWACS, which would replace the existing Beriev A-50 fleet in the Russian Air Force. “We look forward to a detailed discussion with the Ministry of Defense on the delivery contract for the A-100 aircraft by the end of this year or in 2019,” said U.S. Aviation Corporation President Yuri Slyusar.

Sep 14 09:24

US sanctions North Korea tech firms based in China, Russia

The US announced new sanctions against North Korea Thursday, taking aim at a Chinese company, its North Korean CEO and its Russia-based sister company.

The two information technology companies are actually North Korean-controlled entities, the Treasury Department said in a statement Tuesday that accused the Russia-based company Volasys Silver Star, China-based China Silver Star and its CEO Jong Song Hwa of violating US sanctions.

"These actions are intended to stop the flow of illicit revenue to North Korea from overseas information technology workers disguising their true identities and hiding behind front companies, aliases, and third-party nationals," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

Sep 14 07:11

Russia to create humanitarian corridors in Idlib to prevent civilian casualties – Russian FM

Moscow will create humanitarian corridors in Syria’s Idlib and encourage local reconciliation deals to prevent civilian casualties, the Russian Foreign Minister has said. He warned that terrorist sites would still be targeted.

“We will do everything not to hurt civilian population,” the diplomat said.

While delivering his message, Lavrov also pulled no punches on the way the Western coalition helped “liberate” cities. In particular, he touched upon Iraq’s Mosul and Syria’s Raqqa, which have been major strongholds of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists for a long time.

The cities were razed to the ground during the Western-backed offensives and corpses were lying under the rubble “for months,” he said.

Sep 13 17:33

RETIRED BRITISH SCIENTIST WHO HAS BEEN CRITICAL OF THE UK GOVERNMENT'S AGENDA REGARDING THE SKRIPAL AFFAIR, IS ARRESTED IN HIS HOME BY DEVON POLICE

Home of British nuclear expert who appears on Russia Today is raided by police - as several officers are taken ill with suspected chemical poisoning

Sep 13 17:22

Vladimir Putin: Russia Is Peace-Loving State

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that his country was peace-loving and that the ongoing Vostok-2018 exercises deemed as the largest military drills since the Cold War, were aimed at developing its defence capabilities.

Speaking at Tsugol, situated close to the borders of China and Mongolia, Putin said the drills would help boost the country's internal security capabilities and to extend a helping hand to allies, reports Efe news.

"Russia is a peace-loving state, we do not have and cannot have any aggressive plans, Our foreign policy is aimed at (development of) the constructive cooperation with all the countries interested in that," Putin said while attending the exercises.

Sep 13 13:26

Russia warns about US attempts to prepare global public opinion for new attack on Syria

Russia says it is concerned about the attempts being made by the United States to prepare the global public opinion for new military aggression against Syria.

“Regarding the international political point of view, the most serious concern is using of a very serious range of opportunities by Washington: from statements by officials to comments by biased media, the goal seems to be the preparation of public opinion for … new aggression against Syria,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova in a press conference in the capital Moscow on Thursday.

She added that tensions were particularly on the rise in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib due to a high concentration of militants there.

“Despite the uncovering of plans by militants and representatives of White Helmets to stage the use of chemical weapons by government troops, preparation of the above-mentioned staged action continues inside the Idlib zone,” Zakharova said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The things people need to keep asking themselves, are as follows:

IF, with Russia's help, al Assad has been able to liberate nearly the entire country, why would he be using poison chemicals on his own people?!? This makes utterly zero sense.

IF Syria destroyed its chemical weapons under an international agreement and inspection, how are these chemical agents getting into Syria now?!? Who has smuggled them into the country?!?

The short answer is, the people who want the false flag to happen as a justification for an American attack against Idlib, have had these chemicals smuggled in.

Sep 13 13:07

Trump May Replace Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis with a Neocon

Now there are rumors circulating that Mattis will step down in the months ahead. If this happens, who will replace him?

Arkansas senator Cotton (or Graham), Bolton, and Sec. State Pompeo would be an almost ideal triad for Israel and the neocons who faithfully do the apartheid state’s bidding in Congress.

For Cotton, it’s all about Israel and the Likudniks. He received $700,000 for his Senate campaign from the Emergency Committee for Israel.

“During the 2014 Israeli invasion of Gaza, when over 500 Palestinian were killed, Cotton called the Israeli defense force ‘the most moral, humanitarian fighting force in the world.’ In December he said Congress should consider supplying Israel with B-52s and so-called ‘bunker-buster’ bombs for a possible strike against Iran,” Medea Benjamin and Nalini Ramachandran wrote back in March, 2015.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please, Lord; not another neocon Likudnik for Secretary of Defense!!

These people are thoroughly blind to the reality that what may in fact be good for Israeli geopolitics may not, at all, be good for the US, and the costs in blood and money for a potential attack against Iran would be horrific.

Sep 13 12:52

Russia's Putin tells Japan's Abe: 'Let's sign peace deal this year

Russian President Vladimir Putin turned to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on a conference stage on Wednesday and offered to sign a peace treaty by the end of this year to formally end World War Two hostilities between their countries.

But soon after Putin made the dramatic offer, a Japanese government spokesman in Tokyo said Japan wants the return of islands in the Pacific captured by Russian troops in the last days of the war before it signs a peace treaty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that some accommodation on the part of both Japan and Russia can ultimately make this peace deal happen, and that a negotiated settlement will resolve the issue of these islands.

Sep 13 12:46

Turkey boosts arms to Syrian rebels as Idlib attack looms - rebel sources

Turkey has stepped up arms supplies to Syrian rebels to help them stave off an expected offensive by the Syrian army and its Russian and Iran-backed allies in the northwest near the Turkish frontier, rebel sources told Reuters.

Senior rebel officials said Turkey had sent more military aid to rebels in and around the Idlib region since a summit meeting with Iran and Russia last week failed to agree a deal to avert a government offensive into the area.

Turkey, which is already hosting 3.5 million Syrian refugees, is warning against such an attack, fearing it could force more Syrians over the border. President Tayyip Erdogan has warned of a humanitarian disaster and security risks for Turkey.

“They pledged complete Turkish military support for a long, protracted battle,” a senior FSA commander who was privy to talks in recent days with senior Turkish officials said, requesting anonymity as he was not authorised to speak publicly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This assault will be a bloodbath, and neither Syria nor Russia can appear as though they are backing down from their vow to rid Idlib of rebels, but the costs will be horrific.

Sep 13 12:08

Iran WARNING: US tells airlines not to fly through airspace as WW3 fears rise

The advisory also warns military activities linked to the bloody conflict in Syria have been ramped across Iran's airspace.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington are running high following Donald Trump’s controversial decision to pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal re-introduce economic sanctions last month.

Flight Service Bureau, which provides safety information on airspace to airlines, said "without seeming alarmist", the deteriorating relationship between the US and Iran must be taken into account when planning flights in Iran's airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is getting just about as serious as is a heart attack: I find myself very alarmed at these developments.

Sep 13 11:12

US Destroyer Enters Mediterranean As Syria Tensions Build; Carrier On Standby

An American battleship, the USS Bulkeley destroyer, has reportedly entered the Mediterranean and is headed for Syria, equipped with over 50 Tomahawk missiles. This deployment comes after previous reports of the attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN-750) arriving in the Mediterranean, and after the arrival Tuesday of A U.S. Marine Corps small attack carrier full of F-35B stealth jets, the USS Essex, in the Middle East region as detailed by the military website, Task and Purpose.

The Russian news agency Interfax now reports that American forces in the region possess up to 200 Tomahawk cruise missiles available to strike targets in Syria if ordered to do so.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, it is really looking to me that a US attack is definitely on regarding Syria; perhaps not today, but in the very near-term.

This is an awful lot of hardware to preposition without being quite ready to use it, and my sense, as ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid of President Trump to order a strike in Syria, which most probably means hot combat against Russian troops as well, that this will happen soon, and my guess is, it will be ordered later this month, to give him traction through the Mid-term elections.

Sep 13 11:10

‘We’re not agents’: UK’s suspects in Skripal case talk exclusively with RT’s editor-in-chief

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov told RT’s editor-in-chief they had nothing to do with the Skripals’ poisoning and are now scared to go outside, after the UK pointed to them as Russian intelligence agents on a kill mission.

UK prosecutors claimed their names were not real, but Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov have confirmed their identities in an interview with RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan.

Both men said emphatically that they were not Russian intelligence agents and were merely sightseeing in Salisbury. They said they wanted to visit the “wonderful town” of Salisbury but realized they came at a bad time – and not just because of the wet English weather.

The subsequent accusations caught them completely by surprise.

Sep 13 11:05

US To Impose "Very Severe" Sanctions On Russia Over Skripal Case

In the latest salvo meant to convince Mueller that Trump is not a pawn of the Kremlin, a State Dept official said on Thursday that the US plans a second round of "very severe" sanctions on Russia over use of nerve agent. The stated reason: Russia has not allowed on-site chemical weapons inspections, nor has it provided reassurance that it won’t use nerve agents against its own people, says Manisha Singh, Asst. Sec. for bureau of economic and business affairs

"We are looking at this November deadline” under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991, Singh said, adding that "we plan to impose a very severe second round of sanctions."

The sanctions will kick in some time in November, presumably just after the November midterms, if Moscow does not take steps in the wake of the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom, Assistant Secretary of State Manisha Singh said on Thursday.

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There seem to be a stacking on of events against counties we don't like, first part of November, like this sanctioning of Russia, and the "drop dead date date" edict President Trump has given the world against buying Iranian oil.

I think the severity and impact of Hurricane Florence has put much action in the Middle East (like a further attack against Syria) on hold, albeit temporarily.

Sep 13 10:38

RT claims US-backed terrorists now sending fake Syrian chemical attack video to UN, media

Sep 13 10:15

UK Volunteer Group Launches Campaign Against Anti-Russian Sentiment in Britain

The Westminster Russia Forum, a volunteer group promoting the development of the UK-Russian bilateral ties, launched on Wednesday a campaign against anti-Russian sentiment and negative stereotyping of the Russian community in the United Kingdom against the backdrop of the so-called Russophobia in country's politics and media.

"There is nothing positive in the news involving the contributions that the Russian community in the United Kingdom has made, culturally or socially… It's not being helped at all by the rhetoric of many of our members of the Parliament and others. It is not on and I feel this is unfair. I think it goes to the top of the media and political establishment," WRF Chairman Nicholas Cobb told Sputnik.

Sep 13 10:14

Paris Mulls Developing New EU Security Framework Involving Russia - French Envoy

Paris wants to cooperate with Moscow on a number of issues, including in the UN Security Council, despite the existing differences between France and Russia, French Ambassador to Russia Sylvie Bermann told reporters on Thursday on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).

“President Macron is holding a very honest dialogue with the Russian party … At the same time he finds it very important to develop relations between Russia and the European Union, between Russia and France … We have some differences but even if we disagree on some issues, Russia is a very important partner in the UN Security Council and it is very important to boost this dialogue,” the ambassador said.

Sep 13 10:03

Behind the Anglo American War on Russia

Perhaps they had a chance back during the Obama days when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposed her amusing “Reset” in USA-Russia relations to the new Medvedew Presidency following Putin’s rotation to the seat of Prime Minister in March 2009. Had Washington been a bit more perceptive and offered serious alternatives, it is conceivable that Washington would today have a geopolitical isolation of their second major problem on the Eurasian Continent, namely, the Peoples’ Republic of China. Recently the US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, Wess Mitchell, testified to the Senate where he candidly revealed the true reasons for current Washington and London campaigns and sanctions against Russia. It has nothing to do with faked allegations of US election interference; it has nothing to do with poorly-staged false flag poisoning of the Russian Skripals. It’s far more fundamental and takes us back to the era before the First World War more than a century ago.

Sep 13 10:01

Russia Is Working Overtime to Beef up Syria's Air Defenses - What's more, Moscow wants this to be known publicly

As I wrote in Russia As A Cat, Russia will continue to "eat chicken" at her own pace ignoring angry monologues from "democratic world" and will continue extermination of unicorns and humanitarian terrorists in Idlib apace. The process continued today with new airstrikes against those "rebels".

It is symptomatic, then, that Russia's Ambassador to Syria gave this statement to TASS. I give this news piece in full and want to remind, that Russia's high level military and diplomat figures DO NOT make statements off the wall. Those statements are always sanctioned from the above:

Sep 13 08:22

Flashback: Salisbury novichok poisoning: Russian 'spies' filmed window shopping after attack

Two Russian men accused of the Salisbury novichok poisoning were filmed window shopping moments after the attack.

CCTV footage shows Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov peering into the Dauwalders collectables and rare stamp shop in the city.

Both men are dressed in winter clothing and appear to be talking enthusiastically about the collectors' items.

Sep 13 08:21

RT editor-in-chief’s exclusive interview with Skripal case suspects Petrov & Boshirov (TRANSCRIPT)

BOSHIROV: It’s a tourist city. They have a famous cathedral there, Salisbury Cathedral. It’s famous throughout Europe and, in fact, throughout the world, I think. It’s famous for its 123-meter spire. It’s famous for its clock. It’s one of the oldest working clocks in the world.

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SIMONYAN: If you give us your pictures, we can show them. So, while you were in Salisbury, did you go anywhere near the Skripals home?

PETROV: Maybe. We don’t know.

BOSHIROV: What about you? Do you know where their house is?

SIMONYAN: I don’t. Do you?

BOSHIROV: We don't either.

PETROV: I wish somebody told us where it was.

BOSHIROV: Maybe we passed it, or maybe we didn’t. I’d never heard about them before this nightmare started. I’d never heard this name before. I didn’t know anything about them.

Sep 13 07:32

Russian diplomat derides London’s response to Skripal suspects’ interview

The British Foreign Office’s response to the interview that Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, whom London suspects of being involved in the Skripal poisoning, gave to the RT TV channel, points to the problems that Theresa May’s government is facing, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook on Thursday. "The Foreign Office says it is ‘obfuscation and lies.’ Is it the same Foreign Office that claimed earlier that Petrov and Boshirov had passports in fake names?" Zakharova said. "Boris Johnson seems to have left not a sinking ship but a leaky boat that Theresa May is steering," she added...

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