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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.

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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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Dec 10 09:04

Are You Ready To Fight a War Over Ukraine?

Who wants to go to war against Russia in defense of Ukraine over the Kerch Strait, which lies between the Black and Azov seas and between Russia’s Taman Peninsula and Russian-annexed Crimea?

A show of hands, please.

But careful: don’t misconstrue my question. I’m not asking who wants the “United States” to go to war. I’m asking, rather: who is personally willing to fight the Russian military over the strait? Or: who is willing to see his or her sons and daughters fight, kill, and die in that cause?

Now, again, a show of hands, please. Anyone? No one? I didn’t think so.

Dec 10 08:37

Russia delivers 3 more RD-180 space rocket engines to US

Russia’s Energomash Research and Production Association (the manufacturer of space rocket engines) has transferred another batch of three RD-180 engines to the United States for their use on US Atlas launch vehicles, the Energomash press office reported on Monday. "Three RD-180 engines have been delivered to the American customers. Representatives of Pratt&Whitney, United Launch Alliance and RD AMROSS have signed technical certificates on the engines," the press office said in a statement. This has been the third acceptance since the beginning of the year, Energomash said. Four RD-180 engines were transferred to the US customers in April and four more in October, the statement says. As NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations William Gerstenmaier told TASS earlier, the US space agency intends to further use Russian-made RD-180 engines on its Atlas carrier rockets.

Dec 10 08:31

Russia tests new telemetry system during manned Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft’s launch

The Astra-06 apparatus developed by specialists of Russian Space Systems (RSS) was used for the first time as additional telemetric equipment aboard the manned Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on December 3, the company’s press office reported on Monday. "During the spacecraft’s flight, the Astra was undergoing flight tests, measuring quickly changing parameters. After the tests are over and its performance characteristics are confirmed, the new system is expected to be used aboard promising spaceships," the press office said in a statement. The Astra system is maximally adapted for the telemetric image (telemetric data package) requirements while its modular configuration gives the system extra flexibility for mounting it on existing and future launch vehicles. The system’s universal nature stems from the technology of its assembly from modules, the statement says. "The Astra’s design allows installing it aboard carrier rockets and other space vehicles.

Dec 10 08:29

Flight to Mars to cut cosmonauts’ lifespan by 2.5 years, says report. Cosmonauts will use special water during long space missions

The space radiation effect during an inter-planetary flight to the Red Planet will reduce the cosmonauts’ lifespan by 2.5 years, according to the materials released at the 17th conference on space biology and medicine in Moscow on Monday. "For a two-year length of the expedition’s flight to Mars and back, the aggregate radiation risk during the cosmonauts’ lifespan irrespective of their age under the RR [radiation risk] protection of 20 g/sq. cm will measure 7.5%, while the average upcoming lifespan will decrease by 2.5 years," the report says.

Dec 10 08:20

Black Sea clash not stopping Nord Stream 2

Izvestia: Kerch Strait incident not hindering progression of Nord Stream 2. The construction of Nord Stream 2 is being carried out strictly according to its approved schedule, the company’s official representative operating the project Nord Stream 2 AG Jens Muller told Izvestia. He noted that by the end of November, around 300 km of pipeline had been laid along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. According to Russian Senator Vladimir Dzhabarov, as for US attempts under various pretexts to undermine the construction of the gas pipeline, they are being made to clear the market for supplies of American shale gas. The European Parliament, in turn, said that the Russian project will ensure reliable gas supplies to EU countries. New requirements by the United States and some European countries to stop the implementation of the pipeline did not affect its construction, the Nord Stream 2 AG company, responsible for the project, told Izvestia.

Dec 10 08:19

No cooperation possible between Russian, Ukrainian intelligence services - Russian service

Cooperation between Russian and Ukrainian intelligence services is impossible in the current conditions, Sergei Naryshkin, chief of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, said on Sunday. "After the state coup in that country, under the current authorities, such cooperation is impossible," he said in an interview with the Deistvuyushchiye Litsa (Political Actors) with Nailya Asker-zade on the Rossiya-1 television channel. The two countries’ intelligence services used to maintain cooperation relations before 2014, he noted.

Dec 10 04:15

Kremlin declines to comment on Mueller probe in US

The Kremlin refrains from commenting on new data on the case against Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, since it does not know anything about the individuals involved in it and is generally tired of following such investigations in the US conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has told reporters. "I can offer no comment on the issue. Frankly speaking, we are pretty tired of following these breathtaking investigations," the Kremlin spokesman said answering a question about new accusations against Manafort. "We do not even know those individuals who are mentioned in the probe, so I have nothing more to say here."

Dec 10 04:07

Post-Soviet security bloc ready to organize humanitarian mission in Syria – Lavrov

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is ready to organize a humanitarian mission in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Kazakhstan’s Khabar news agency on Sunday. “As far as I’m concerned, it is an objective fact that some of our allies, including Kazakhstan and Armenia, are taking part both in peacekeeping missions that are not sanctioned by the United Nations (say, in Afghanistan) and in full-fleged United Nations missions (for instance in Kosovo), but take no part in the efforts towards stabilizing the situation in Syria,” he said. “In Afghanistan, it is a NATO operation. In Syria, we are ready to organize a CSTO humanitarian mission. The first steps in this direction are being made.” “Not long ago, we worked out a joint operation with our Armenian colleagues to deliver Armenian humanitarian assistance to Syria using Russian planes.

Dec 10 04:04

DPR’s reconnaissance spots assault drones at Ukrainian troops’ positions in Donbass

A big number of assault drones that can be used to stage provocations with chemical weapons have been delivered by Ukrainian troops to an area near Gorlovka, Daniil Bezsonov, a spokesman for the defense ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), on Sunday. "We have received reliable reconnaissance data that a great number of assault drones of the Warmate-1 and Bayraktar types have been delivered by railway transport to the Gorlovka direction. Drones of the later type, manufactured jointly by Turkey and Ukraine, are capable of carrying of up to 70 kilograms. The Ukrainian authorities have recently boasted of buying drones of this type," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. According to Bezsonov, these drones are meant to be used to stage provocations in Donbass and attack vital facilities in the DPR.

Dec 10 03:59

Combat engineers destroy about 80 WWII mines near Russia's Volgograd

Combat engineers of the Southern Military District from the Volgograd Region have destroyed Great Patriotic War (WWII) mines found near the village of Grachi, Gorodishchensky district, the Southern Military District’s press service reported on Monday. "The Volgograd Region’s military registration and enlistment office sent an application for demining to the motorized rifle brigade. The dangerous discoveries dating back to the Great Patriotic War were found during agricultural works," the report says. The combat engineers determined that the detected 77 explosive devices are 82-mm mortar rounds of a Red Army artillery unit which were used in the Battle of Stalingrad. The unearthed munitions were destroyed at the Prudboi Range. The Southern Military District’s combat engineers have demined more than 3 tonnes of explosive objects dating back to the Great Patriotic Ware since early 2018.

Dec 10 03:54

Kremlin slams rumors about Russia’s alleged involvement in France’s Yellow Vests

Statements about Russia’s alleged involvement in the French protests are nothing but slander, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. "Any statements about Russia’s alleged involvement are nothing but slander," he said when asked to comment on media reports about alleged foreign involvement in the Yellow Vest protests in France. In particular, The Times said, citing sources, that Russia could be the force behind in the protests. Peskov stressed that "Russia considers these developments to be France’s domestic affair." "We have never interfered in the domestic affairs of other countries, including France, as we place much importance on the development of bilateral relations and both countries have been working rather hard to that end," the Russian presidential spokesman added. Peskov also pointed out that Russia respected France’s sovereignty. "We are grateful when France responds in kind," he stressed.

Dec 09 21:21

Russian Stealth Jets To Be Armed With New Hypersonic Missiles

Moscow said the new Kinzhal ("Dagger"), a nuclear-capable air-launched ballistic missile, can hit speeds of up to Mach 10 and can perform evasive maneuvers that can render NATO’s US-led missile defense system completely "useless."

Dec 09 10:19

If US Quits INF Treaty, Europe Loses

The statement issued by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on December 4 regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty following the meeting of the foreign ministers of the alliance in Brussels puts the seal on the US decision to withdraw from the pact.

Washington has successfully rallied its European allies. Armed with NATO solidarity, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave Russia a 60-day ultimatum to return to compliance with the Treaty. Pompeo hopes to make Russia the culpable party.

However, quite some time ago, the US had already made up it mind to scrap the treaty. The Congress even made provision in the Pentagon budget for R&D relating to intermediate missiles. But an alibi was needed. In 2002, the US unilaterally withdrew from the ABM Treaty and dealt a body blow to international security without bothering to explain. On the contrary, INF Treaty is vital to European security and an alibi is necessary.

Dec 08 10:23

Fury as Polish Media Shows Putin on Zyklon B Logo, Nazi SS Sign in Word 'Russia'

The Polish channel TVP earlier showed this poster of the Russian president while discussing the incident in the Kerch Strait when three Ukrainian warships crossed Russia's maritime border in violation of international law.

The editors of the Polish magazine Gazeta Polska have included a poster with the image of Russian President Vladimir Putin in its latest issue.

The portrait is stylized as the logo of Zyklon B, a cyanide-based pesticide infamously used by Nazi Germany in gas chambers during the Holocaust, and is accompanied by caption “Achtung RuSSia!” in which the letters “S” were replaced by a double rune “Sieg”, which symbolises the forces of the Nazis SS.

Dec 08 09:53

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 08 09:51

NATO Should be Disbanded, and the West Should Work with Russia for a Common Defense

"The U.S. needs to keep, not Russians, but Islamic radicals out of Europe. The Germans do not need to be kept down, but the Turks and Chinese most certainly do. And it’s debatable whether America needs to be in Europe at all."

Dec 08 09:43

The Russia Investigation Is About Criminalizing Peace

“For those who long wondered why throughout the presidential campaign Trump could not bring himself to say a critical word about Russian President Vladimir Putin, we now know the answer: Trump was hoping to do business in Russia, and doing so would require the approval of Putin.” – USA Today Opinion

Make no mistake, the mainstream left and state serving-media voices are trying to gaslight an entire generation into believing any candidate that wants peace with Russia may be a foreign conspirator worthy of prison, shame, and family persecution.

Former congressman Ron Paul, as a peace presidential candidate, did not regurgitate war propaganda against Russia either. Neither did Senator Rand Paul when he ran. What Paul hotel do you see in Moscow? Yet for future generations, many in the media want to ensure no such candidate ever runs again without baked-in misgivings of treason and criminality.

Dec 07 15:30

Russia Allegedly Sends Sub to Kerch Strait as Tensions With Ukraine Soar

A Twitter user claims a Russian submarine has been spotted leaving the port city of Sevastopol just days after three Ukrainian warships violated Russia's maritime border. The Russian Defence Ministry hasn't commented yet.

A Russia-made naval diesel-electric attack submarine has allegedly been snapped leaving the Russian port city of Sevastopol. The photos of the Kilo-class, dubbed the "Black Hole" by Western experts due to its ability to quickly disappear, were tweeted by user @Capt_Navy.

Dec 07 13:36

PUTIN ANNOUNCED: Soon the end of negotiations with Serbia

Russian President Vladimir Putin expects the negotiations of the Eurasian Economic Union with Serbia on the Agreement on Trade Preferences soon to be completed.

"We expect that negotiations on preferential trade agreements with Singapore, Israel, Serbia and in the future with India and Egypt will soon be completed," Putin said at a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, according to the Russian agency Tass.

Speaking about EEU member states, Putin said that they should consider the idea of creating a common payment infrastructure, which, he said, would improve the stability of the national payment systems of the EEA countries, enabling them to be less dependent on dollars and other foreign currencies.

Dec 07 08:48

Three Reasons That Would Lead To Military Conflict Between Russia And The US

There are at least three reasons that could lead to a military confrontation between Russia and the United States, believes the deputy director of the European and International Research Center of the College of Economics, Dmitry Suslov.

Suslov warned that in the short and medium term a global confrontation would be fraught with very serious risks, among them a military confrontation between Russia and the United States with increasing chances to happen.

Dec 07 01:27

One Snub Too Many: Kremlin Ready to Turn Against Trump as Patience Coming to an End

“Russian patience is coming to an end,” Andrey Kortunov, head of the Kremlin-funded International Affairs Council, told Bloomberg in a rare assessment that actually attempts to gauge Russian interests two years into a downward spiraling relationship with the Trump administration, as opposed to the more common mainstream analysis that begins with Russiagate and ends with trying to square Trump's anti-Russian policies according to some 4-D chess decision-making fantasy scenario. Kortunov continued, “This is a signal for us that it’s difficult to deal with this person, that he’s unreliable and unsuitable as a partner.” After interviewing multiple high level unnamed Kremlin insiders, Bloomberg concluded that Russian frustration has reached a breaking point. The report noted that "Donald Trump may have stood up Vladimir Putin once too often" after snubbing Putin twice in less than a month. First came canceled talks in Paris on Nov.

Dec 07 01:17

Maduro announces signing of multi-billion dollar contracts with Russia. Venezuela eyeing modernization of weapons supplied by Russia

Venezuela and Russia have signed several multi-billion dollar contracts during a visit of the Venezuelan delegation led by President Nicolas Maduro to Moscow, the Venezuelan leader posted on Twitter on Thursday... The Venezuelan President also said that a deal on supplies of Russian wheat to the South American country has been signed during his visit to Moscow along with a contract on the maintenance of weapons...
The Venezuelan Armed Forces are interested in the modernization of ground and air systems previously supplied by Russia, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said during talks his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu in Moscow on Thursday... http://tass.com/defense/1034767

Dec 07 01:12

US tells Russia to scrap 9M729 missile or modify it — Department of State

Russia should return to compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty by either scrapping its 9M729 missile system (NATO reporting name SSC-8) or altering it in a verifiable manner, US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson said on Thursday. The Department of State official once again reiterated the demand to Russia to get back "to full and verifiable compliance". "The SSC-8… has the range that's not in compliance, so either you rid the system, rid the launcher or change the system or it doesn't exceed the range," she told reporters during a conference call. "And that and only that would go ahead and let them be and verifiable, to have eyes on that once that occurs," the US diplomat went on. "But again, to reiterate, the ball is in in Russia's court. We we can't do that for them, they have to take that that initiative." According to Thompson, the United States has informed Russia about the steps it expects from Moscow.

Dec 07 01:09

US not discussing military response to Kerch Strait incident — general

The United States has not been discussing the possibility of a military response to the recent incident in the Kerch Strait, in which Russia had to detain three Ukrainian warships for violating its border, the US highest-ranking military officer said on Thursday. "There has been no military response... not has been a discussion about a military response," Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters at a conference organized by The Washington Post. "There is not a discussion ongoing right now in the military dimension in response to Sea of Azov. Obviously my job in uniform is to make sure that the President has options available, should he decide to respond with military force," he added.

Dec 07 01:07

Russia regrets EU stance on non-deployment of weapons in space - foreign ministry

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it regretted that members of the European Union had abstained from the UN General Assembly vote on two Russian-led resolutions regarding non-deployment of weapons in space. The documents, headlined ‘No first placement of weapons in outer space’ and ‘Further practical measures for the prevention of an arms race in outer space,’ were passed by the UN General Assembly earlier in the day. The assembly also voted to support another Russian-led document on space, headlined ‘Transparency and confidence-building measures in outer space activities.’ "Once again, we are disappointed by the stance of European Union countries regarding both documents. They were again unable to express their own opinion and preferred to abstain," the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The resolution on non-deployment of weapons in space was supported by 128 UN members.

Dec 07 01:05

German top diplomat suggests sending OSCE observers to Azov Sea

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas suggested expanding the mandate of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to include the Sea of Azov. Maas voiced the proposal during bilateral talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Ukraine’s Pavel Klimkin on the sidelines of the OSCE foreign ministers’ meeting in Milan, Italy. "OSCE could play a certain role in monitoring [the Sea of Azov]," the Federal Foreign Office quoted the minister as saying. "I think that the Ukrainian side would consider this rational. The Russian side, on the contrary, is very, very skeptical," the minister told the DPA news agency. The Sea of Azov, shared exclusively by Russia and Ukraine, has come into international spotlight following the November 25 incident, in which Russia had to detain Ukrainian warships that violated its border.

Dec 06 18:47

U.S. Looks To Run Navy Operation In Black Sea, Risks Heightening Tensions With Russia

By Aaron Kesel

The U.S. is looking to run a Navy operation commandeering a Navy warship into the Black Sea in defiance of Russia which risks a sharp rise in tensions between Ukraine, Moscow and the U.S., CNN reported.

The Pentagon has asked the State Department to request permission from Turkey to sail ships into the Black Sea, which borders both Ukraine and Russia as access to the Sea of Azov, a key area for a string of confrontations between Moscow and Kiev.

According to CNN, the Pentagon’s insane request is unclear if the U.S. Navy plans to follow through on entering the Black Sea. It could be the striking point that spurs conflict between the two countries...

Dec 06 13:25

US Sees Russia as Menacing, China as Growing Threat in Pacific - Navy Secretary

The United States is considering Russia to be a menacing threat in the Pacific region and China a growing threat, US Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said on Thursday.

"Russia is a menacing threat, China is a pacing threat, and that is what we are focusing," Spencer said in a discussion at the Center of the Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC.

Spencer pointed out that the US Navy is ready to address those threats if it is called upon to act.

"We are ready to fight even tonight, if needed," Spencer said.

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Dec 06 11:01

Why Russia Won't Invade the Ukraine, the Baltic Statelets or Anybody Else

The AngloZionist propaganda machine is constantly warning us that Russia is about to invade some country. The list of candidates for invasion is long and ranges from Norway to the Ukraine and includes the Baltic statelets, Poland and even countries further West. Of course, we are also told that NATO and the US are here to prevent that. Well, thank God for them, right?

Dec 06 10:52

Independent EU Mediation Needed to Solve Incidents Like Kerch Strait Clash - MEP

Situations like the incident with the detention of Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait could be solved with the help of independent European mediation, but the policies of EU member states lack common interests to act as one, Mario Borghezio, a member of the EP's Europe of Nations and Freedom Group, told Sputnik.

'A truly independent and authoritative European mediation would be very important in situations like this, but to date, there is no real common European Union foreign policy, based on values and interests that are truly shared by all member states. It is a shame', Borghezio said.

Dec 06 10:51

Russian Embassy in London: UK Ignores Ukraine's Illegal Activity in Kerch Strait

The UK government encourages Ukraine’s aggressive rhetoric on Russia, ignoring the fact that Kiev has illegally crossed borders of Russian territorial waters in the Kerch Strait, the Russian Embassy in London said on Wednesday.

"Unfortunately, the Ukrainian provocation in the Black Sea, as well as the general situation in the region, continues to be used by a number of Western countries, including the UK, to stir anti-Russian rhetoric. The details of the incident, most notably the blatant and deliberate violation of the territorial waters of the Russian Federation by the Ukrainian ships, are ignored by the UK Government," the embassy’s spokesperson said at a briefing.

Dec 06 10:43

Trump Lost His Nerve

After a week of insisting that a meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Argentina was going to happen, President Trump at the last minute sent out a Tweet explaining that due to a Russia/Ukraine dispute in the Sea of Azov he would no longer be willing to meet his Russian counterpart.

According to Trump, the meeting had to be cancelled because the Russians seized three Ukrainian naval vessels in Russian waters that refused to follow instructions from the Russian military. But as Pat Buchanan wrote in a recent column: how is this little dispute thousands of miles away any of our business?

Dec 06 10:08

CAUGHT OUT: NATO Soldiers Discovered In Donbass Near The Front Lines

An unidentified detachment of soldiers wearing NATO uniforms was seen by the People’s Militia of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Lugansk (RPL) in Donbass territory controlled by Kiev, the head of the press entity Yakov Osadchy told reporters on Tuesday.

“In the area of ??responsibility of the 72nd brigade in the village of Svetlodarsk came a detachment of 28 men equipped with NATO uniforms,” ??Osadchy said.

He added that “the situation in the area of ??responsibility of the People’s Militia of RPL has a tendency to aggravate.”

Dec 06 10:07

US Mulling Over 'Variety of Things' to Stop Nord Stream 2 Construction - Bolton

The United States has on multiple occasions spoken against the construction of Nord Stream 2, with President Donald Trump blasting EU countries for their support of the project and urging them to abandon it in favour of American LNG.

In an interview with Wall Street Journal managing editor Gerard Baker, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said that Washington was considering some options on how to “deter” Russia, including measures to stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

“Well, there are a lot of sanctions that are already in place against the Russians, more could come. The president has repeatedly said, for example, [that] Germany should cancel the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, that we are looking at a variety of things we could do there…” he said.

Dec 06 10:07

Peskov: Gas Transit Through Ukraine to Be Possible After Launch of Nord Stream 2

Russian gas transit through Ukraine may be continued even after the launch of the Nord Stream-2 pipeline, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

"Actually, this transit will be possible, but again, everything depends on the Ukrainian side,” Peskov told reporters when asked about the statement made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which states the need to guarantee further transit of Russian gas through Ukraine.

"There is no talk of stopping transit after the commissioning of the Nord Stream, this transit may be continued," he said, adding that Putin had earlier voiced this position.

Dec 06 09:46

US military carries out ‘extraordinary’ Open Skies flight over Ukraine

The US military said on Thursday it carried out an “extraordinary” flight over Ukraine under the Open Skies Treaty. The move is intended to reaffirm the US commitment to the country after the Kerch Strait incident, Reuters reported. In a statement, the Pentagon described the standoff as “Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea.” Russia earlier slammed the incident as a provocation.

Dec 06 09:44

Ukraine’s MPs uphold president’s decision to break Friendship Treaty with Russia

Ukraine’s Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, upheld President Petro Poroshenko’s decision to terminate the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership with Russia on Thursday. As many as 277 lawmakers voted for a bill on the treaty’s termination submitted by the president, while 226 votes were needed to pass the bill, TASS reports. The treaty between Ukraine and Russia will be terminated on April 1, 2019, according to the bill.

Dec 06 04:04

Ukrainian parliamentary committee upholds bill terminating Friendship Treaty with Russia

The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada (parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee has unanimously upheld a bill terminating the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation, and Partnership with Russia, committee head Anna Gopko said. Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Bondar, in turn, said that he expected the Rada to make the necessary decisions "to complete internal procedures and after that notify Russia about the treaty’s termination."... Meanwhile, Ukrainian expert Ruslan Bortnik said the president’s decision to submit the bill to the parliament was only a propaganda stunt. "The bill terminating the Friendship Treaty with Russia demonstrates the authorities’ inaction which it seeks to present as a success in the information field," Bortnik wrote on Facebook. According to him, this is the reason why the parliament started to consider the bill in December, when preparations got underway for the presidential election, instead of making a decision in September, when the president signed the decree.

Dec 06 03:57

Cosmonauts aboard orbital outpost start experiment to print living tissue on 3D-bioprinter

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko who arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on December 3 has started an experiment to print living tissues on the 3D-bioprinter delivered to the orbital outpost by the new crew, Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos reported on Thursday. "As of now, the first results of the experiment have already been obtained: the organic construct of the mouse’s thyroid gland has been created in the zero-gravity conditions," the Roscosmos press office said. Three ISS members - Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev, US astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor and German astronaut Alexander Gerst (the European Space Agency) are due to return to Earth after their long expedition on December 20. They will bring to Earth the tissues and samples obtained during the experiment for their subsequent study. In early 2019, the results of the data obtained will be made public, Roscosmos said.

Dec 06 03:55

Russian military keeps close watch on US destroyer in Sea of Japan, says Defense Ministry

The Russian military keeps a close watch on the US destroyer The McCampbell, which on Thursday allegedly approached a Russian military base in the Primorye Region. Currently the destroyer is 400 kilometers away from the Russian shore in the central part of the Sea of Japan, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said. "The Pacific Fleet has taken a package of measures to monitor the movements of this and other naval ships in the given area with ground and other means," he said. Throughout its voyage in international waters the US destroyer was escorted by the Russian Pacific Fleet’s anti-submarine ship The Admiral Tributs and the Pacific Fleet’s naval aviation, Konashenkov said.

Dec 06 03:53

Europe unveils plan to reduce dollar hegemony in global trade

The European Commission on Wednesday unveiled its roadmap on expanding the euro’s global role, RBC writes. Brussels seeks to make the European currency more attractive in international accounts and in the global financial system, expand the use of the single currency on the oil and gas markets and in strategic industries. The program documents do not directly talk about plans to break the dollar’s global hegemony, but this is implied, the paper says. The European economy is compared to the US in scale, but the euro still takes a back seat. The Eurozone’s annual GDP per capita purchasing power parity in 2017 stood at $14.9 trillion, while that figure in the US was $19.4 trillion, according to the World Bank, but the dollar plays a more significant role. Meanwhile, Trump’s eccentric policy, including import duties levied on European goods and unilateral sanctions against EU trading partners, forces Europe to think about its own economic sovereignty.

Dec 06 03:47

Russia warns Poland's 'Fort Trump' can be targeted

Under the plan, a US armored tank brigade would be deployed to the potential US base in Poland, which is being dubbed Fort Trump. Other sites for the likely base in Poland would be Zagan and Drawsko Pomorskie, which are also being looked into. Moscow has stated many times that it is ready to take tit-for-tat steps in case a US military base would be set up in Poland. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned that Russia would not turn a blind eye to the break in parity. According to Frants Klintsevich, a member of the Defense and Security Committee of Russia's Federation Council (upper house), Poland’s decision is an absolutely "irresponsible step," which creates more tensions in the region. Warsaw's moves are politically motivated, dangerous from a military perspective and economically unjustified. "If a facility is really created on Polish territory, it will immediately become a target for a strike. These are the rules of the war," the senator stressed.

Dec 05 17:18

‘Pandering to Kiev will lead to more dangerous provocations,’ Russia warns foreign parliaments

Poroshenko, who creates crisis situations himself and then puts the blame on Russia, simply “wants to demonstrate that he can successfully solve the emerging problems,” Putin said, adding that he won’t be involved with the Ukrainian leader’s “guileless schemes.”

Dec 05 17:07

US Navy sends ship to Russia’s Far East, reportedly prepares to enter Black Sea

An American destroyer sailed off the Russian coast, near the Pacific Fleet base in Vladivostok, in a first such stunt since the Cold War. Another US ship is expected in the Black Sea soon, amid tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

The USS MCCampbell (DDG-85) went into the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay to “challenge Russia's excessive maritime claims and uphold the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea” enjoyed by the US and others, Lieutenant Rachel McMarr, a spokesperson for the US Pacific Fleet, said in a statement.

The US Navy calls such stunts “Freedom of Navigation Operations” (FONOP). The last time a FONOP was conducted in this area was 1987, at the peak of Cold War tensions with the Soviet Union.

Dec 05 14:32

NATO Soldiers Discovered In Donbass Near The Front Lines

An unidentified detachment of soldiers wearing NATO uniforms was seen by the People’s Militia of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Lugansk (RPL) in Donbass territory controlled by Kiev, the head of the press entity Yakov Osadchy told reporters on Tuesday.

“In the area of ??responsibility of the 72nd brigade in the village of Svetlodarsk came a detachment of 28 men equipped with NATO uniforms,” ??Osadchy said.

He added that “the situation in the area of ??responsibility of the People’s Militia of RPL has a tendency to aggravate.”

Dec 05 12:20

America’s imperial hubris is pushing Pakistan into the arms of Russia & China

The Trump administration’s strong hostility towards Pakistan has pushed the only nuclear-armed, majority-Muslim nation into the arms of America’s reinstated foes, Russia and China.

The US has suspended $3 billion in security assistance to Pakistan this year after Washington accused its former ally of failing to do enough to combat terrorism, according to a report. This figure is much higher than the $1.3 billion quoted by the Trump administration earlier last month as well as the $1.66 billion reported by the Pentagon not long after.

Regardless of which figure is correct, the general consensus appears to be that US President Donald Trump’s tough war of words on Twitter has been more than just the Twitter tirade of a madman, but has actually evolved into concrete action which will directly affect Pakistan’s economy and its relationship with the outside world.

Dec 05 12:18

NATO Set to Meet as Ukraine Seeks Support Against Russian Attacks

Russia’s recent attack on Ukrainian naval vessels will likely top the agenda at a NATO meeting this week as the alliance searches for a robust response in the wake of the Kremlin’s latest act of aggression on Europe’s borders.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to join other foreign ministers for the two-day meeting in Brussels starting Tuesday, where American demands for more military spending from NATO allies will also be discussed.

Kyiv has warned the likelihood of an all-out war with its neighbor is dangerously high after Russia fired on its vessels last week in the Azov Sea and detained several Ukrainian naval personnel. Moscow has blamed Ukraine for what it called a ‘provocation.’

Dec 05 12:17

Ukraine calls up reservists amid tensions with Russia

Ukraine's president on Monday announced a partial call-up of reservists for training amid tensions with Russia, saying the country needs to beef up its defenses to counter the threat of a Russian invasion.

The Kremlin dismissed the Ukrainian leader's statement as an "absurd" attempt to inflame tensions.

Relations between the two neighbors have been strained further following a Nov. 25 incident in which the Russian coast guard fired upon and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews off the Crimean Peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko responded by introducing martial law for 30 days in much of Ukraine. For the duration of martial law, Ukrainian authorities barred entry to all Russian males aged 16 to 60 in a move the Ukrainian leader said was needed to prevent Russia from further destabilizing the country.

Dec 05 12:16

US Envoy: Russia-Led Syria Peace Talks Must End

With the US seemingly gearing up for an open-ended military involvement in Syria, US envoy James Jeffrey looks to be trying to undercut any peace efforts, demanding that the world “pull the plug” on the Russia-led Astana talks.

The Astana talks involve Russia, Turkey, and Iran, and Jeffrey says the US opposes the “rather strange initiative” and wants it scrapped in favor of a new UN effort, presumably one which the US would be given a priority position in.

The US never supported the Astana process in the first place, and has demanded that the end of the Syrian War involve unconditional regime change. Russia has said they want the end state to be settled with a free election, which would include the possibility of existing officials running for office. The US says that can never be allowed.

Dec 05 12:03

Nato accuses Russia of breaking nuclear missile treaty

Western military alliance Nato has formally accused Russia of breaching the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which banned land-based nuclear missiles in Europe.

Following a meeting, Nato foreign ministers issued a statement supporting US accusations of Russian violations.

The US has threatened to withdraw from the treaty because of Russian actions.

Russia denied being in breach of the INF deal, saying it "strictly abides" by its conditions.

The deal banned ground-launched medium-range missiles with a range of 500-5,500km (310-3,400 miles).

Dec 05 11:59

Ukraine: US-Installed Fascist Tyranny in Europe’s Heartland

Ukraine matters. It’s territory is Europe’s largest after Russia’s. It borders seven countries in Europe’s heartland – Belarus, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Russia.

It shares a strategically important 1,500-long land and sea border with the Russian Federation.

The country is resource rich. Zbigniew Brzezinski once said “without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be an empire, but with Ukraine suborned and then subordinated, Russia automatically becomes an empire.”

Separately, he said if Russia reunites with Ukraine, it’ll be a Eurasian powerhouse. If Ukraine allies with Western Europe, Moscow will be significantly weakened geopolitically.

The Obama regime’s February 2014 coup d’etat replaced democratic governance in Kiev with Nazi-infested fascist tyranny. Political crisis continues to grip the continent since that time, flashpoint conditions risking East/West confrontation.

Dec 05 11:57

Ukraine, NATO discuss ban on Russia entering ports of ‘civilized countries’

During NATO Foreign Ministers’ Session, Ukraine proposed to ban Russian vessels from entering other countries’ ports, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin stated on Tuesday during a press briefing in Brussels on the outcomes of the meeting of the North Atlantic Council with Georgian and Ukrainian foreign ministers.

"We have also discussed the need to put an end to the Nord Stream 2, and that it would be the most suitable sanction for Russia. Also, we talked about the possibility of banning Russian vessels from civilized countries’ ports," the Ukrainian top diplomat stated.

Klimkin added that this initiative remains under discussion. "How this discussion will proceed depends on our future talks," the minister said.

Dec 05 11:55

Putin Initiates Trilateral Summit With India And China

The trilateral summit meeting of Russia, India and China on the sidelines of the G20 at Buenos Aires on December 1 becomes a landmark event in Asian security and global politics. The so-called RIC format has taken a big leap forward with the leaderships of the three countries agreeing “to hold further such trilateral meetings on multilateral occasions” – to quote from an Indian External Affairs Ministry statement.

What is of particular interest is that Russian President Vladimir Putin took the initiative and both Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Presdient Xi Jinping instinctively warmed up to the idea. The three leaders were intensely conscious of the backdrop in which the meeting took place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You've got to hand it to Putin; he is, most generally, one thousand economic chess moves ahead of his opponents.

Dec 05 11:39

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis calls Putin a ‘slow learner’… then bemoans ‘worsened’ US relations with Russia

Vladimir Putin’s simple-minded nature is to blame for the growing tensions between the US and Russia, Defense Secretary James Mattis has claimed, flexing his elite Marine Corps analytical skills.

The Pentagon chief on Sunday accused Russia’s president of being a “slow learner” whose irresponsible denseness is creating “animosity against his people” – incendiary comments that somehow clash with the view of his current boss, Donald Trump, as well as former US President Bill Clinton.

Dec 05 11:38

"We'll Do It Too": Putin Threatens Arms Race If US Nixes Nuclear Treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the Kremlin would "respond appropriately" if the United States pulls out of the Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty that prohibits intermediate and shorter-range nuclear missiles, according to the WSJ .

In October, President Trump said that Washington would withdraw from the 1987 treaty, citing Russia's development of the 9M729 cruise missile - which Moscow has been working on for several years. As we noted in September, Russia has been working on sub-launched hypersonic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear payload.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And Trump's incontrovertible proof that this has actually happened.... is utterly nowhere to be seen.

Threats, allegations, demonization, and sanctions are generally the prelude to a war. And how the dickens can one blame Putin for making this statement, considering how badly the US government has blamed it countless times for things it utterly did not do, say the alleged "annexing" of Crimea.

Dec 05 11:36

US Ambassador Calls Poland ‘Defense Bastion’ Against Russia

The US ambassador to Poland, Georgette Mosbacher, thinks the country plays a key role in the global strategy of US President Donald Trump, she said in an interview with the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita.

“There is no doubt that Russia will not give up provocations, which means that Poland must remain the basis of stability in the region,” Mosbacher told the newspaper. “Poland is a kind of bastion in that region that defends it against Russian aggression.

She added that Poland plays a key role for US security. The strengthening of Western Europe generally influences American security, according to the ambassador.

Dec 05 11:09

Trump Lost His Nerve

After a week of insisting that a meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Argentina was going to happen, President Trump at the last minute sent out a Tweet explaining that due to a Russia/Ukraine dispute in the Sea of Azov he would no longer be willing to meet his Russian counterpart.

According to Trump, the meeting had to be cancelled because the Russians seized three Ukrainian naval vessels in Russian waters that refused to follow instructions from the Russian military. But as Pat Buchanan wrote in a recent column: how is this little dispute thousands of miles away any of our business?

Dec 05 11:07

Russia’s S-400 Superior To US Patriot Which “Didn’t Work” – Turkey’s FM Explains Why

According to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, the S-400 system purchased from Russia is vastly superior to the Patriot air defense system built by the US and this is why Turkey has chosen the former.

The Turkish FM explained that for about a decade Turkey attempted to buy air defense systems, including the MIM-104 Patriot, from the US, however the so-called high-end interceptor missile system simply “didn’t work” when put through tests.

Given that the Patriot failed to meet the Turkish military’s air defense requirements, Turkey then pursued options in other countries.

Cavusoglu claims that by the time Turkey got around to organizing a contract with Russia for the purchase of S-400 the military’s need for a modern highly-effective air defense system was “urgent”.

“[The] S-400 deal is done”, Cavusoglu reaffirmed. “Russia gave us the best deal and [now it] is the done deal and in the future let’s see, who is going to make the best proposal”.

Dec 05 10:59

Moscow warns Cyprus against allowing US military to deploy on island

Moscow will have to take response measures in case of a military build-up by the US in Cyprus, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday. According to information from different sources, Washington is taking actions to ensure the possibility of building up its military presence in Cyprus, she said.

Dec 05 10:51

Inhofe Supports Trump Administration’s Nuclear Ultimatum to Russia

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued an ultimatum to Russia; comply with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty or the U.S. will withdraw. The Trump Administration has given Russia sixty days to come into compliance.

The move has the support of U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, who is the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Dec 05 10:44

French Media Reveals Reason Behind Putin's Success at Int'l Arena

Russia seems to emerge victorious from most international geopolitical conflicts, and the reason behind the tremendous success is President Vladimir Putin’s brilliant education, Le Figaro says.

The French daily newspaper, Le Figaro, has suggested that the success of the Russian strategy abroad is largely linked to the profound knowledge of geography that President Vladimir Putin has shown.

The publication cited an illustrative example that took place in October 2017, when Putin interrupted the speech of Alexander Tkachov, the agriculture minister, who was addressing pork exports to Indonesia. The Russian president explained that he was wrong because Indonesia is a Muslim-majority country (about 87 percent of the population), which means Russia cannot sell them pork.

Dec 05 10:40

US planned to ditch INF in advance, now seeks reason why it should – Putin on Pompeo ultimatum

“Mr Pompeo’s statement came a bit late,” Vladimir Putin responded on Wednesday. “At first, the American side did announce its intent to withdraw from the INF Treaty, and then they started seeking justifications as to why they should do it.”

Congress authorized funding research and development efforts to build new missile systems “before Washington announced withdrawal from the INF,” Putin believes. “The decision had been made some time ago, but quietly – they thought we wouldn’t notice it.” However, developing new types of short-and intermediate-range missiles was an open secret as “it was set out in the Pentagon’s budget.”

“Next, they started to look for someone to blame,” the Russian leader went on. “The easiest thing is [to tell] the Western public that ‘Russia is guilty’.” This, according to Putin, is the opposite of the truth because Moscow stands against dismantling the landmark treaty.

Dec 05 08:54

Ukraine and Russia Tensions Escalate As Ukraine President Accuses Russia Of 80,000 Troops In Crimea; U.S. NATO Warn Russia To Stop Violating INF Treaty

By Aaron Kesel

Ukraine’s President, Peter Poroshenko, has accused Russia of having 80,000 troops, 1,400 artillery and missile systems, 900 tanks, 2,300 armored vehicles, 500 planes and 300 helicopters stationed on its border in Crimea. Meanwhile, NATO has accused Moscow of breaching the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which banned land-based nuclear missiles in Europe during the cold war...

Dec 04 11:57

Putin Says Nyet To Releasing Ukrainian Sailors And Ships

Russian President Vladimir Putin says it's "too early" to release Ukrainian sailors and naval vessels seized in the Sea of Azov, and has accused the government of Ukraine of provoking an incident to distract from their own domestic problems.

In statements to reporters following the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Putin covered a wide array of topics, including oil production and a possible detente with the UK in the hopes that the nations can overcome differences and normalize relations.

On the topic of Ukraine, however, Putin took a harder stance over Moscow's refusal to release the 24 captured sailors - an international incident which resulted in US President Trump canceling a meeting with Putin amid the uproar (the two instead had a brief side-chat).

Dec 04 11:54

War to drag on with Ukraine’s pro-Westerners in power: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made it clear that there would be no end to the conflict in Ukraine as long as the country is run by a set of pro-Western politicians.

Putin told reporters at the end of the G20 summit in Argentina on Saturday that the current Ukrainian administration was not interested in a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the country.

“The current Ukrainian authorities have no interest in resolving the conflict, especially by peaceful means,” he told a press conference, adding, “As long as they remain in power, the war will continue.”

Dec 04 11:16

Russia Begins Sea Trials of Ballistic Missile Sub, Orders Up Two More

Russia’s state program of armaments has reportedly announced its intention to build two more Borey-class ballistic missile submarines in the next decade, bringing Moscow’s total ballistic missile submarine fleet to 11 boats. Meanwhile, the latest boat, Prince Vladimir, began sea trials last week.

Dec 04 11:15

Russia in Full Compliance With INF Treaty, US Side Knows Well About It - Moscow

Earlier, the US secretary of state urged Russia to return to the negotiating table to discuss the future of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. He added that the US would stop complying with it in 60 days if Moscow wouldn’t end its alleged violations of the accord.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova responded to earlier statements by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg regarding the INF treaty by stating that Moscow strictly adheres to the provisions of the arms accord.

"Russia is following the provisions of the treaty and the American side knows this well," she said.

Dec 04 11:15

US, NATO Coordinating Alliance-Wide Response to Kerch Incident

The United States and NATO member states have been coordinating an alliance-wide response to the naval incident in the Kerch Strait between Ukraine and Russia, a US Department of State official told reporters.

"We’ve coordinated very closely over the last several days with European allies, both in the NATO format and in the EU format, and right now we’re focused on sizing an allied alliance-wide response, having the right size response to what happened at the Kerch," the State Department official said on Monday.

Dec 04 11:12

Russia has ‘60 days to fix compliance with INF’ or US will quit – Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that Washington will suspend its obligations under the 1987 INF nuclear treaty within 60 days if Russia does not “return to compliance.”

Speaking to NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday, Pompeo said the US was willing to start the process of leaving the treaty, citing alleged Russian violations.

“In light of these facts, today, America will announce it finds Russia in violation of the treaty and we will remove ourselves from the treaty in 60 days unless Russia returns to compliance,” he said.

Dec 04 10:50

Kiev Chicken

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is engaging in insane brinkmanship with Russia and the rest of the world. But the Kiev regime's criminal game of chicken should be repudiated by its supposed allies in the United States and Europe because of the atrocious danger of all-out war.

There seems little doubt that the naval skirmish in the Kerch Strait between Ukrainian and Russian forces last weekend was a deliberate provocation by the Kiev regime.

Dec 04 10:49

US Secretary of State Pompeo Gives Speech at NATO Summit in Brussels

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is holding a press conference in Brussels during a summit of foreign ministers of NATO member states.

Earlier in the day, Pompeo addressed US foreign policy, stating that Washington is trying to establish a liberal world order based on democracy.

"We are rallying the noble nations of the world to build a new liberal order that prevents war and achieves greater prosperity for all", he noted.

The diplomat announced that the US would suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

"The United States today declares it has found Russia in material breach of the treaty and will suspend our obligations as a remedy effective in 60 days unless Russia returns to full and verifiable compliance," Pompeo said.

Dec 04 10:47

The World Can Not Afford a War Between the West and Russia

Even Russian experts who have utmost respect for the tremendous military capacity of the US nonetheless point out Russia would be able to retaliate against a nuclear first strike -- and end the world

Dec 04 10:45

Russia Says No to GMO, Becomes World’s Biggest Exporter of non-GMO Food

While the Western World continues to cozy up to Monsanto and similar corporations producing GMO crops, Russia is ramping up the production of its own organic GMO free produce and is set to become the world's biggest exporter of non-GMO food.

Dec 04 10:01

‘Don’t underestimate us’ - MI6 boss warns Russia in latest sign of heightened tensions

The head of MI6 warned Russia against underestimating the UK’s capabilities, accusing the Kremlin of using “military-grade chemical weapon on UK soil,” during a speech at a university in Scotland.

In only his second major speech since his appointment as Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) in 2014, Alex Younger took aim at Moscow over the Salisbury poisoning and their stance of “perpetual confrontation” with the West.

Dec 04 09:15

Trump approached Putin at G20, conversation lasted 10 to 15 minutes – Moscow

“Trump approached our president during a gathering and they had a conversation. Our president has already spoken about it,” the official said.

He added that Putin explained to Trump Russia’s stance on what had happened between Russia and Ukraine in the Kerch Strait, with Trump “hearing out our arguments.”

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, Ushakov said the plans to organize Putin’s visit to Washington next year were discussed by the two presidents, adding that it was up “to the Americans to gather wits and suggest something.”

Dec 04 09:03

Ukraine police raid three Russia-linked Orthodox churches

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

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

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

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

"Nobody has been arrested," Vashchenko added.

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

Dec 04 08:59

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

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

Dec 04 08:58

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

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

Dec 04 08:57

Kremlin unveils agenda of canceled Putin-Trump meeting

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

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

Dec 04 08:56

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

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

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

Dec 03 11:03

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

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

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

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

Dec 03 10:58

UKRAINE URGES NATO TO SEND WARSHIPS TO CONFRONT RUSSIA

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That never happened.

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

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

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

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