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Jan 19 07:30

Putin to Brief China's Xi on Russia-NATO Talks, Kremlin Says

Russian President Vladimir Putin will brief his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Moscow's talks with NATO when he travels to Beijing next month, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

Putin is set to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics on Feb. 4. Russia and China have moved closer together as both have come under increasing pressure from the West - Moscow over its military build-up near Ukraine and Beijing over trade and human rights.

Jan 19 07:23

Cyberspace Close to Become New Focus for NATO-Ukraine Joint Actions Against Russia

Once again, the West seems to be creating arguments to justify the implementation of coercive measures against Russia. A cyberattack against Kiev allegedly occurred last week has been making headlines around the world. Now, the Ukrainian government claims to have proof that the attack has Russian involvement – although no details have been provided so far as to what such “proof” would be. Apparently, NATO and Kiev are ready to turn cyberspace into a new focus of their anti-Russian campaigns.

Jan 19 07:22

“No Dialogue Has Begun. Washington Could Not Care Less About Russia’s Security Concern.”

GEOFOR: Dear Mr. Roberts, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. So, the Russian-American diplomatic marathon, which lasted for a whole week, is over. And as many, including yourself, predicted, the bilateral meeting and negotiations in the format of NATO and the OSCE ended in nothing. The parties simply fixed their positions. However, some Russian analysts believe that the only result of these contacts was that the united West and, first of all, the United States, for the first time in thirty years, still “condescended” or were forced to condescend to talk with Russia on equal terms. What, in your opinion, prompted Washington and its satellites to do this?

Paul Craig Roberts: Russians are always looking for a silver lining, this time that the US condescended to talk with Russia on equal terms. The US did no such thing. Washington used the talks to elevate the propaganda against Russia as, for example, Undersecretary of State Nuland’s denunciation of Russia.

Jan 19 07:18

Count-Down to Apocalypse: Are the US and Russia Finally on Course toward World War III?

As a meeting of rival delegations came to a close this week, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov issued an ultimatum to the United States demanding that the West provide a concrete answer to it’s security concerns. These include the threat of NATO embracing Ukraine and of the military alliance moving closer to the Russian border: [2]

“We have run out of patience…The West has been driven by hubris and has exacerbated tensions in violation of its obligations and common sense.” [3]

Additionally, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov had pointed out that he could “neither confirm nor exclude” the prospect of dispatching military assets to Venezuela and Cuba if the U.S. and its allies did not refrain from further building its own fortifications ever closer to the Russian border![4]

Jan 19 07:17

Putin, Ukraine and The RUBK: Old News Is Current Bad News

Fail to study the past (history), from energizing grand aspirations to how-it's-done tactics, and you will fail the present.

Failure to study the basics definitely occurred when the Biden administration clan committed its disastrous 2021 Afghanistan withdrawal. The relevant history Biden administration bigwigs failed to study was how to safely and professionally conduct a Noncombatant Evacuation Operation from a combat zone.

The Biden bunch has no excuse. All the essential operational details (based on hard lessons learned) are laid out in a Joint Chiefs of Staff pamphlet titled Joint Publication 3-68.

Anyone literate may read the "Joint Pub" on the internet, all seven chapters. The pamphlet provides sound planning guidance based on operational history, as lived and executed by outfits like the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy.

Jan 19 07:15

Russia moves more troops westward amid Ukraine tensions

Russia is a sending an unspecified number of troops from the country’s far east to Belarus for major war games, officials said Tuesday, a deployment that will further beef up Russian military presence near Ukraine amid Western fears of a planned invasion.

Amid the soaring tensions, the White House warned that Russia could attack its neighbor at “any point,” while the U.K. delivered a batch of anti-tank weapons to Ukraine.

Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said the joint drills with Belarus would involve practicing a joint response to external threats.

Ukrainian officials have warned that Russia could launch an attack on Ukraine from several directions, including from its ally Belarus.

The U.S. again stressed its concern Tuesday, with White House press secretary Jen Psaki describing the Russian forces’ move into Belarus as part of as “extremely dangerous situation.”

Jan 19 07:15

US sends warplanes to Cuba and Venezuela to monitor Russian missiles

As soon as it transpired that Russia was preparing to deploy nuclear missiles in Cuba and Venezuela, American military reconnaissance aircraft started to fly over the territory of the two Latin American countries.

According to Avia.pro, which refers to the data from Flightradar24 service, US aircraft have been patrolling possible locations for Russian military bases in Venezuela and Cuba for three days already. The US reconnaissance aircraft, the publication said, were monitoring possible activities in locations where Russian nuclear weapons could be installed.

Earlier, sources of The New York Times newspaper said that Russia would be ready to deploy nuclear missiles closer to the United States. The authors of the article in the authoritative US publication compared this scenario with the Caribbean crisis of the 1960s, when the USSR deployed nuclear weapons in Cuba.

Jan 19 07:14

Three Russian warships set off on a secret mission to Cuba

Three warships that set off on a mission from the Baltic Sea attracted close attention of the United States.

Three Russian large landing ships — the Minsk, the Korolev and the Kaliningrad — set off on a journey from the Baltic Sea in the direction of the North Sea. Nothing has been said about the weapons that the ships carry on board.

Against the background of the statements from Russian officials about the possible deployment of a Russian military contingent near US borders, the United States and NATO paid special attention to the manoeuvres of the three Russian warships. The capabilities of the above-mentioned vessels are sufficient to transport both nuclear and non-nuclear missile weapons.

At the moment, the route of the three Russian landing ships remains unknown. However, the United States fears that Russia is doing it in response to the United States and NATO.

Jan 19 07:13

Russia redeploys Sukhoi fighter jets, S-400 air defence systems to Belarus

According to Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin, the test of the reaction forces of the Union State will take place in two stages and will include the redeployment of fighter jets and air defense systems to Belarus, Interfax reports.

Russia redeploys Sukhoi fighter jets, S-400 air defence systems to Belarus
The first stage of the test is scheduled for February 9. It is planned, among other things, to carry out the redeployment of troops and create force groupings in different directions within a short period of time.

"As part of the efforts to check the functioning of the unified air defense system of the Union State of Russia and Belarus, 12 Su-35 fighter jets, two divisions of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system, as well as the Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missile battalion will be redeployed to the territory of Belarus," Fomin added.

Jan 19 07:11

Ukrainian man fined for 'liking' picture

A Ukrainian man has been fined for liking a post calling for the overthrow of his country’s government on a Russian social media network, after Kiev prosecutors charged him with undermining national security.

On Sunday, Kiev's Strana reported that the ruling had been handed down by a court in the northeastern Sumy Oblast in late December. The man, known as Yuri K., was punished for reacting to an image which called for the unification of Ukraine and Belarus with Russia, on the platform Odnoklassniki, which translates as ‘classmates’ and is banned in the country.

The image in question featured the flags of the three nations alongside text appealing for them to be unified as “one people.” Under the illustration, there was a call which read “let’s overthrow the current authorities in Kiev!”

Jan 19 07:10

EU explains position on new Russia sanctions

The EU’s most senior diplomat Josep Borrell has ruled out the introduction of “preventive sanctions” against Russia over the situation in Ukraine, clarifying that any measures would only be implemented in case of an actual attack.

Borrell’s comments come as tensions on the Russian frontier with Ukraine remain high and as Moscow stands accused of placing over 100,000 troops in the area in preparation for an invasion. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied these suggestions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Europe is sending a signal that they do not want a war.

Jan 19 07:09

Germany Threatens To Halt Nord Stream 2 If Russia Attacks Ukraine

On Tuesday German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was asked directly in a press Q&A whether a Russian military offensive in Ukraine might lead to NATO military intervention on behalf of Kiev.

Scholz responded by underlining "serious" political and economic consequences, but appeared to rule out any assistance from Germany on the military front, saying there won't be arms deliveries either. But importantly, he said that Berlin would mull halting the flow of natural gas from Russia.

"Germany may consider halting the Nord Stream 2 pipeline if Russia attacks Ukraine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz signaled on Tuesday, as pressure grew on his government to take a more hawkish stance on the Kremlin," Reuters reports of the statements made after he met with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a complete reversal of German policy. Germany is running out of gas and needs the Nordstream II pipeline, and only days ago Germany was asking for that pipeline not to be politicized and linked to the potential war.

Jan 19 07:05

Even Without War, Russia Has Defeated Europe Already

Whether or not Vladimir Putin moves his troops into Ukraine, he has once again confronted Europe with a most painful reality: while being too weak to defend itself, it can no longer rely on the United States to come to its rescue.

We are facing a reality in which Russia, despite its economy only having the size of Italy's, can bully and intimidate a continent thanks to its energy reserves and its readiness to project vast military power.

Sure, any Russian invasion of Ukraine would cost Russia a fortune and likely degrade into a grinding war of attrition. Invasion is unlikely to be president Putin's preferred option. Yet, this game of brinkmanship has another part of the equation. If Russia invades Ukraine, the costs for Europe will be equally devastating.

It will force gas-addicted European countries to find expensive alternatives and to severe billions in infrastructure, from pipelines, over pumping stations, to dedicated storages.

Jan 19 07:02

Russia Launches Snap War Drills In Belarus Aimed At Thwarting 'NATO Aggression'

There have been two major developments which threaten to further put Russia and NATO on a collision course in Ukraine. First, Russia and Belarus have initiated joint snap military drills on the latter's soil, with a large contingency of Russian troops arriving Tuesday in the country for a new wave of military exercises.

Second, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has unveiled in a speech before UK parliament delivered Monday that Britain will send Ukraine weapons as part of a new defense assistance package in order to help "defend its borders" against Russian aggression.

All of this comes the very week following a series of meetings between Kremlin officials and NATO, which failed to produce any results or even an extension of dialogue, for now at least. This also as on Tuesday Germany Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock met Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow for the first time, as Berlin has vowed to do all it can to "guarantee Ukraine's security."

Jan 19 06:49

BOOGA BOOGA! Psaki Says Russia Attack On Ukraine Coming "At Any Point"; US Sanctions 'Pro-Russian Agents'

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki in a Tuesday afternoon daily press briefing said "We believe we're now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack on Ukraine. I would say that's more stark than we have been."

She confirmed that Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kiev this week, just after it was recently revealed that CIA Director William Burns did the same last week. "What Secretary Blinken is going to do is highlight very clearly that there's a diplomatic path forward,” Psaki said. "It is the choice of President Putin and the Russians to make whether they are going to suffer severe economic consequences or not."

Crucially, Blinken will from there go to Geneva where he's agreed to meet Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov. He's expected to demand that Russia "take immediate steps to de-escalate," according to Psaki's briefing.

Jan 19 06:46

Russian 'False Flag' In Ukraine Story Emerged After CIA Director Secretly Visited Kiev

On Monday it came to light that last week's whole false flag story which involved the US alleging that Russia is planning some kind of deceptive attack on its own forces or proxies in order to justify an incursion into Ukraine was fed straight to the CIA from Kiev intelligence officials.

CNN has now disclosed that the sensational charge against Moscow that it's prepping "potential sabotage operations against their own forces" - as Bloomberg described it last Friday - was likely made known to CIA Director William Burns during a secretive January 12 visit to Kiev where he met with President Volodymyr Zelensky and top officials.

As we described days ago, the allegation was dubious from the start as it was based on the usual "anonymous" and "unnamed" US intelligence officials.

Jan 18 14:15

BREAKING NEWS: Psaki Says Russia Could Launch An Attack In Ukraine "At Any Point"

Jan 18 13:48

US Warns of ‘Strong Response’ if Russia Tries to ‘Intimidate’ Washington With Nukes in Latin America

On Monday, asked to comment on whether Moscow may try to station missiles in some Latin American country or countries to counter US and NATO deployments near Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said the Russian side was considering “various options” to ensure its security.

Washington will not be ‘intimidated’ by ‘aggressive’ Russian brainstorming about putting military hardware or even nuclear-tipped missiles near the United States, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield has said.

“The Russians are pulling every straw out of the basket that they can pull out to intimidate us into allowing them to take this action. They know that if they take such an aggressive action against the United States that they can expect a response, and that response will be a strong response,” Thomas-Greenfield said, speaking to Washington Post Live on Tuesday.

Jan 18 13:48

US Will Provide Ukraine With Even More 'Defensive Material' if Situation Escalates, State Dept Says

Earlier Tuesday, Moscow expressed serious concerns over the "extremely dangerous" statements by officials in the United States and Britain about upping weapons deliveries to the UK to include shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missile systems. Doing so would only increase, not reduce tensions, according to the Kremlin.

The United States will provide Ukraine with additional "defensive material" on top of that already scheduled for delivery if the situation escalates into a Russian invasion, a senior State Department official has said.

"As you know, we've given more security assistance to Ukraine in the last year than at any point since 2014, and I can assure you those deliveries are ongoing and more are scheduled in the coming weeks. Should Russia further invade Ukraine, we will provide additional defensive material to the Ukrainians above and beyond that which we are already in the process of providing," the official said in a telephone briefing Tuesday.

Jan 18 13:46

Report: Putin to host Iranian president in Moscow next week

Russian President Vladimir Putin will host Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi for talks in Moscow next week as Russia tries to help salvage a nuclear deal between world powers and Tehran, state television channel Rossiya-1 reported on Sunday.

Rossiya-1 did not disclose when precisely the meeting between the two leaders would take place, nor the issues they would discuss.

Russia is taking part in talks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which lifted some sanctions against Tehran in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program.

Former US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the deal in 2018. Iran later breached many of the deal's nuclear restrictions and kept pushing beyond them.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday that progress had been made in the talks to revive the deal.

Jan 18 13:45

Ukraine explains possible reason for Russian invasion

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has sounded the alarm, saying that Russia could claim that it needs to protect its citizens in the war-torn Donbass as an excuse for military action beyond its borders.

Zelensky’s office published the claim on its website on Tuesday, after a meeting between the Ukrainian leader and a group of American senators. The US lawmakers’ visit was intended to reaffirm Washington’s commitment to Kiev as leaders from both countries have warned that they fear an imminent Russian invasion of its neighbor, an allegation that the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.

Jan 18 13:44

NATO mounting build-up near Belarus, Russia claims

Amid heightened tensions with NATO, Moscow has vowed that it will not turn a blind eye to the US-led military bloc’s purported build-up near Belarus, as Russian officials seek responses to their proposed security guarantees.

Speaking as part of an interview with TASS published on Tuesday, Russia’s ambassador to Minsk, Boris Gryzlov, remarked “we see that the build-up of NATO forces and resources, in fact, does not stop at our gates.”

He continued, stating that during the migrant crisis, when thousands of would-be asylum seekers from troubled nations, mainly in the Middle East, attempted to cross over from the former Soviet republic into EU states, additional forces, including heavy weapons were moved to the Belarusian border from Poland.

Jan 18 13:18

Russia will cause USA colossal damage in case of nuclear war

According to the analyst, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation will be able to easily repel the attacks of American missiles and give a tangible response to enemy's aggression.

Russia would inflict colossal damage on the United States in the event of an exchange of nuclear strikes, he added.

According to the expert, if Russia and the United States exchange nuclear strikes, the Russian side will handle the number of missiles that the Americans can launch.

"Our ballistic missiles, which now use guided hypersound technology, cannot be stopped. Therefore, in an exchange of nuclear strikes, it is the other side that will suffer colossal damage,” Leonkov said.

In late 2021, General David Thompson, the Vice Chief of Space Operations, United States Space Force, admitted that the United States was lagging behind Russia and China in the development of hypersonic arms. The first long-range hypersonic system LRHW will enter service with the US Army only by 2023.

Jan 18 13:16

Syria, Crimea to develop trade exchange through Crimean ports

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Crimea under the President of Russia, Georgy Muradov, said that the Crimean ports could become the main southern sea gateways for Russia, as part of developing trade and economic relations with Syria.

“The Crimean ports are ready to become the main southern sea gateways for Russia to help developing trade and economic relations with Syria, and they are open to importing the marketable products to and from Syria without fear of any sanctions”, Muradov told Sputnik News Agency.

The representatives of other Russian regions can trade with Syria through Crimea, noting that a joint commercial center has already been established between Crimea and Syria, while we are working to increase the volume of trade exchange, Muradov added.

Jan 18 13:16

Lacking Military Options US Considers Disastrous Plan to Sponsor Partisan War in Ukraine

Jan 18 13:12

As a former US intelligence officer, I see a red flag in the CIA’s latest anti-Russia playbook

Reports that the CIA is running training programs to prepare Ukrainian forces for unconventional warfare bear an uncanny similarity to a long-exposed Cold War-era project. If history is any judge, it is likely to end the same way.

A tranche of allegations recently published in the press, ostensibly sourced to “five former intelligence and national security officials familiar with the initiative,” claims that America's top spy agency has been, since 2015, conducting training for select Ukrainian military and security personnel. According to the speculation, the program aims to develop skillsets associated with unconventional warfare (UW), a form of conflict often referred to as insurgency. These reports say that the training takes place in the US, and is overseen by the CIA’s paramilitary arm, the Special Activities Division.

Jan 18 08:33

Kremlin 'Concerned' by 'Extremely Dangerous' Prospect of Delivery of Stingers to Ukraine

British defence chief Ben Wallace announced Monday that London is supplying Kiev with weapons for "self-defence" and small numbers of trainers to teach the Ukrainian army how to use them. US officials and lawmakers, meanwhile, have warned that they would back a Ukrainian "insurgency" with anti-armour and anti-air weapons if Russia invaded.
Russia is concerned by the "extremely dangerous" statements coming out of London and Washington regarding new weapons deliveries to Ukraine, and believes such steps will only serve to increase regional tensions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov has said.

Jan 18 08:31

Washington’s Bi-Partisan Russia-Bashers Are Determined to Start a War — Ron Paul

Incidentally, as soon as the regime change attempt was put down in Kazakhstan, Russian and allied troops began leaving the country. But, of course, the reflexively pro-war US media doesn’t report anything outside the narrative. --What to do about Russia? Stop backing regime change along Russia’s borders, including Belarus, Kazakhstan, and elsewhere. Stop meddling in foreign elections. Look at how we wasted four years on false claims that the Russians meddled in ours. End weapons shipments and all aid to Ukraine. End sanctions. Re-imagine the US defense budget as a budget to actually defend the US. It’s really not that complicated: stop trying to rule the world.

Jan 18 08:28

‘Total Disinformation’: Russia Denies US Claims of False Flag

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday strongly rejected US claims that Moscow is planning a “false flag” operation in eastern Ukraine as a way to justify an invasion.

Lavrov dismissed the US accusation as “total disinformation” and reaffirmed that Moscow wants a written response from Washington on the security guarantees Russia is seeking from NATO.

The claim that Russia is planning a false flag against the Russian-speaking population of Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region first surfaced in a CNN report. What started as a flimsy claim from an anonymous US official quickly spread through most major US media outlets and then was parroted by the White House and Pentagon.

Jan 18 08:24

In Kyiv, US Senators Promise More Weapons for Ukraine If Russia Invades

Amid simmering tensions, a bipartisan group of US Senators visited Kyiv and promised the US would provide Ukraine with more weapons if Russia invades the country.

After the delegation met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said if Russia invades the US will “impose crippling economic sanctions, but more importantly, we will give the people of Ukraine the arms, lethal arms they need to defend their lives and livelihoods.”

Russia strongly denies that it is plotting an invasion, but the US won’t let the narrative die. Last week, Blumenthal joined 25 other Senate Democrats in introducing a bill that would sanction Russia and give more arms to Ukraine if the president determines Russia is being hostile towards its neighbor.

Jan 18 08:13

Britain Says It Is Supplying Anti-Tank Weapons to Ukraine

Britain said on Monday it had begun supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons to help it defend itself from a potential invasion, during a stand-off with Russia which has massed troops near the Ukrainian border.

Western countries say they fear Russia is preparing a pretext for a new assault on Ukraine, which it invaded in 2014.

Moscow denies any plans for an attack, but has said it could take unspecified military action unless the West agrees to a list of demands, including banning Ukraine from ever joining NATO. Talks last week ended with no breakthrough. Kyiv has asked Western countries for arms to help it protect itself.

"We have taken the decision to supply Ukraine with light anti-armour defensive weapon systems," British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told parliament, saying the first systems were already delivered on Monday and a small number of British personnel would provide training for a short period of time.

Jan 18 08:12

Russian Forces Arrive in Belarus for Joint Military Drills

Russian military forces and hardware began arriving in ex-Soviet Belarus for joint drills starting in February, Minsk said on Monday, amid soaring tensions between East and West over Ukraine.

The "Allied Resolve" exercises will be held near Belarus's western rim, the borders of NATO members Poland and Lithuania, and its southern flank with Ukraine, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said.

"Set an exact date and let us know, so we aren't blamed for massing some troops here out of the blue, as if we are preparing to go to war," he told top military officials.

Troop movements by Russia are being closely scrutinised as a military buildup near Ukraine's borders and a barrage of threatening rhetoric have stirred Western fears that Russia is planning to invade.

Jan 18 08:02

Count-Down to Apocalypse: Are the US and Russia Finally on Course toward World War III?

“We are closer to WW III then we were during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Now is the time to let US-NATO know that we DO NOT support the provocative military encirclement of Russia.”

– statement from Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space [1]

Jan 18 07:53

Russia redeploys Sukhoi fighter jets, S-400 air defence systems to Belarus

According to Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin, the test of the reaction forces of the Union State will take place in two stages and will include the redeployment of fighter jets and air defense systems to Belarus, Interfax reports.

Russia redeploys Sukhoi fighter jets, S-400 air defence systems to Belarus
The first stage of the test is scheduled for February 9. It is planned, among other things, to carry out the redeployment of troops and create force groupings in different directions within a short period of time.

"As part of the efforts to check the functioning of the unified air defense system of the Union State of Russia and Belarus, 12 Su-35 fighter jets, two divisions of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system, as well as the Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missile battalion will be redeployed to the territory of Belarus," Fomin added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder what the Las Vegas bookies are saying about when the war starts!

Jan 18 07:51

Japan concerned Russia deploys powerful nuclear submarines in the Pacific

Japanese journalist Yusi Koyanagi said that in October 2021, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation arranged his visit to Russia's Far East, where he had a chance to see the country's state-of-the-art weapons.

Japan concerned Russia deploys powerful nuclear submarines in the Pacific
According to Japanese publication Chunichi Shimbun, Russia intends to deploy nuclear warheads in the Asia-Pacific region. In particular, the article in the newspaper mentions two new strategic Russian submarines.

"The pinnacle of the tour was the submarine base of the Pacific Fleet on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the village of Rybachy,” the Japanese journalist said.

At the base, he and other journalists had a chance to take a look at a Borey nuclear cruiser. One such submarine carries 16 ballistic missiles on board and can therefore destroy dozens of cities in one attack. Another submarine was on the way to the base, the journalist said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Each of those 16 missiles carries 10 warheads, meaning one of those subs can obliterate 160 targets. In a nuclear war, we are all on the front lines!

Jan 18 07:49

Blinken will fly to the Ukraine today in show of support amid growing fears Russia is set to invade after amassing 100,000 troops on the border

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Ukraine this week as tensions between the U.S. and Russia escalate over a possible Russian invasion of its neighbor, the State Department said Tuesday.

Blinken will be in Kyiv later today on a hastily arranged trip to show U.S. support following inconclusive diplomatic talks between Moscow and the West in Europe last week that failed to resolve stark disagreements over Ukraine and other security matters.

Instead, those meetings appear to have increased fears of a Russian invasion, and the Biden administration has accused Russia of preparing a 'false flag operation' to use as a pretext for intervention. Russia has angrily denied the charge.

Jan 18 07:46

Russia evacuating embassy in Ukraine – media

With tensions rising on the Russian border with Ukraine, Moscow has started to remove its diplomats and their families from its embassy in Kiev and consulate in Lvov, the New York Times has claimed, citing anonymous officials.

In a report published on Monday, the newspaper claimed that 18 people, primarily children and wives of Russian diplomats, left Ukraine on January 5. A further 30 people allegedly left in the two weeks following that, and diplomats from two other Russian consulates (Kharkov and Odessa) had reportedly been told to prepare to leave the country.

In response, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that “The Russian embassy in Kiev is working normally,” but did not deny any downsizing.

Jan 18 07:45

Canada deploys special forces to Ukraine – media

Canadian special forces have been deployed to Ukraine amid rising tensions with Moscow, according to Canada’s Global News, which reported that a small team was sent to Kiev in order to deter alleged “Russian aggression.”

In addition to bolstering Ukrainian forces, the soldiers will help to “develop evacuation plans for Canadian diplomatic personnel in the event of a full-scale invasion," the broadcaster reported on Monday, citing unnamed sources.

While Moscow has repeatedly denied that it has any plans to invade, Western powers – led by the the US – have sounded alarms about an impending military incursion, pointing to Russian military movements on its side of the border. Earlier on Monday, the UK declared that it would provide the Ukrainian military with light anti-armor munitions in the event of a stand-off with Russian troops.

Jan 18 07:43

The Russians are coming? What Moscow could do to make life difficult for the US in Latin America

As the US refuses to halt the march of its NATO military bloc, in Eastern Europe, Moscow could leverage its ties with friendly Latin American states to ruffle Washington’s feathers. But would such a course of action be worth it?

Cuba and Venezuela suddenly made the headlines alongside Ukraine and the Baltics states after Russia made remarks about putting military hardware in Latin America. RT looks at the potential cost of deploying Moscow's forces in what the US counts as its "near abroad," "hemisphere" or "sphere of influence," depending on whom you ask.

As Moscow and Washington negotiated security arrangements in Europe, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov made a statement about Russia’s capabilities on the other side of the pond.Amid strained relations even a very evasive statement from Russia about the prospects of deploying military infrastructure in Cuba or Venezuela was something of a bombshell for some observers.

Jan 18 07:39

British aircraft avoid Germany on Ukraine weapon supply run

Two British C-17 transport aircraft carrying weapons to Ukraine went around German airspace.

Tens of thousands of Russian troops are positioned close to the Ukrainian border, according to the UK Defence Secretary, “Their deployment is not routine, and they are equipped with tanks, armoured fighting vehicles, rocket artillery, and short-range ballistic missiles”. This build-up has resulted in Ukraine requesting assistance from allies, with two British transport aircraft heading to Ukraine with anti-armour weaponry.

Jan 18 07:38

UK sends ‘defensive weapons’ to Ukraine, invites Russia for talks

The United Kingdom has begun sending light arms to Ukraine, Britain’s top military official said, though he claimed the weapons “pose no threat to Russia” after repeated allegations that Moscow is planning to invade its neighbor.

“We have taken the decision to supply Ukraine with light anti-armour defensive weapon systems,” Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told lawmakers on Monday, adding initial shipments had already arrived in the country hours prior.

Despite the growing enmity, Wallace said he invited his Russian counterpart, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, to meet in London sometime in the coming weeks to work through the issue, adding “the current gap is wide but not unbridgeable,” and that he remains “hopeful that diplomacy will prevail.”

Jan 18 07:34

Echoes Of McCain In Maidan: Large Group Of Senators Travel To Kiev In "Message" To Russia

In a move that echoes and recalls scenes of the late John McCain visiting the Maidan protests over a half-decade ago which eventually overthrew the prior elected Russia-friendly Ukrainian government, a large group of senators traveled to Kiev this week in order to show support and solidarity with Ukraine's leaders amid the ongoing showdown with Russia, which has amassed troops near the border.

"A bipartisan group of senators is traveling to Ukraine this week to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials amid escalating tensions between Kyiv and Moscow," The Hill confirms Monday. "Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced the trip on Monday. They said they are traveling to Ukraine and holding discussions "to reaffirm the U.S.’ commitment to Ukraine, which continues to face an increasingly belligerent Russia."

Jan 18 06:51

Patrick J. Buchanan: Biden Should Declare NATO Membership Closed

In 2014, when Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to a U.S.-backed coup that ousted a pro-Russian regime in Kyiv by occupying Crimea, President Barack Obama did nothing.

When Putin aided secessionists in the Donbass in seizing Luhansk and Donetsk, once again, Obama did nothing.

Why did we not come to the military assistance of Ukraine?

Because Ukraine is not a member of NATO. We had no obligation to come to its aid. And to have intervened militarily on the side of Ukraine would have risked a war with Russia we had no desire to fight.

Last year, when Putin marshaled 100,000 Russian troops on the borders of Ukraine, President Joe Biden declared that any U.S. response to a Russian invasion would be restricted to severe sanctions.

The U.S. would take no military action in support of Ukraine.

Why not? Because, again, Ukraine is not a member of NATO.

Jan 18 06:42

Western governments drop plans to cut Russia off from SWIFT – media

German newspaper Handelsblatt has reported that Western leaders have ruled out the possibility of disconnecting Russia from the global banking interchange SWIFT. However, the US government has contradicted the assertion.

“No option is off the table,” a spokesperson for Washington's National Security Council told reporters on Monday.

The denial comes after Handelsblatt claimed that the US had, in fact, given up on the threat of removing Russia from SWIFT in talks with the German government. If the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication cuts ties with Russian banks, Germany would have no way of paying Moscow for its natural gas contracts.

It could also unleash a catastrophic rise in oil and food prices.

Jan 18 06:40

British troops are sent to Ukraine: Hi-tech weapons and 'training personnel' are dispatched amid fears of Russian invasion but Berlin BANS the RAF planes from German airspace and repeats vow to 'do everything to avoid escalating the crisis'

Britain last night sent troops and hi-tech weapons to Ukraine in a bid to thwart a feared Russian invasion.

In a clear signal to Vladimir Putin, two RAF transporters flew badly needed missile systems to Kiev's forces. Troops were aboard the planes and will remain in Ukraine to teach their counterparts how to combat Russian tanks.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the deployment came 'in light of the increasingly threatening behaviour from Russia'.

Jan 18 06:39

Avoiding War with Russia

On Christmas Eve eve, the stylist cutting my hair asked what I was doing for Christmas.

“Oh,” I said, “I’m trying to write something that’ll talk us out of war with Russia. I feel like as soon as these holidays are over, we’re going to war.”

“Hmm,” she replied, not caught as off-guard as I’d have thought. “You’re not the first person today to talk about that.”

“Really?” Now I was caught off-guard. After all, most folks (especially at Christmas) tend to have other things on their minds besides foreign policy. “Was it someone from another country?” I asked. She shook her head.

“An American?” I was puzzled. She nodded.

“Oh,” I epiphanized. “Military?” Another nod. “What did they say?” I asked.

“That there’s gonna be a war. Early in the year. He’s high up in the Air Force and told me he’s been traveling, selling/transferring weapons to the Marines; said they need it the most.”

“And this is for a war with Russia?” I double-checked.

Jan 18 06:33

Kremlin on US Threats of 'Sharp Pain' Over Ukraine: Russia Considering Various Scenarios

US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland announced Saturday that the US had prepared 18 scenarios to respond to hypothetical Russian 'aggression' over Ukraine, saying the conversation between the US and its allies has been about "inflicting very sharp pain very fast if Russia makes this move in any form".

Russia is considering its own scenarios in the event of a continued escalation over Ukraine, but has fewer of them than undersecretary of state Nuland, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov has said.

"Of course, in the context of the current situation, Russia is thinking about how to ensure its own security. We know that Mrs. Nuland has 18 scenarios. We are considering different scenarios; we believe that there should be far fewer of them because the formulation of the question is extremely correct for us; there is no need to make it complicated, because it is not so complicated. The question is extremely direct and extremely specific," Peskov said in a briefing Monday.

Jan 18 06:32

Bored after end of Afghan war, U.S. congresspersons stoke fires of war in Ukraine

The delegation is largely comprised of leaders of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus.

Heaven forbid Washington should not be fighting a war or proxy war in one or more nations for several months running. Denizens of the Citadel of Democracy can’t expect to go from a simple salary, however generous, to fortunes of $25 million or more without campaign contributions from their constituents: in the armaments, military provisioning and post-conflict construction firms. Living in four of five residences in as many states gets dreadfully tedious at times. Nothing like provoking a conflict with fellow nuclear superpower Russia to get the adrenalin surging and the cash stream flowing.

Jan 17 16:32

White House Denies Report Saying US & EU Rule Out Russia's Disconnection From SWIFT

Earlier, Germany's Handelsblatt newspaper reported, citing German government sources, that Western governments are no longer considering cutting Russian banks off from the SWIFT global payments system.

The White House has denied a report saying that the US and EU have abandoned their plans to disconnect Russia from the SWIFT system as part of restrictive measures that would be imposed if Russia invades Ukraine.

The US does not rule out such a possibility, a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council said, quoted by the presidential pool.

He added that Washington has remained in close contact with its European colleagues concerning possible grave consequences for Russia should it invade Ukraine.

This comes after earlier on Monday, Handelsblatt reported, citing German government sources, that the West was no longer opting for blocking Russia from SWIFT and was mulling economic sanctions against major Russian banks as an alternative.

Jan 17 13:35

Washington’s Bi-Partisan Russia-Bashers Are Determined to Start a War

Russia-bashing is a bi-partisan activity in Washington. Both parties think it makes them look “tough” and “pro-America.” But while Republican and Democrat politicians continue to one-up each other on “risk-free” threats to Russia, they are increasingly risking a devastating nuclear war.

It’s all fun and games until the missiles start flying. And in this case we are risking total destruction over who governs eastern Ukraine! Has so much ever been risked for so little?

The problem with all this tough talk is that politicians start to believe their own rhetoric and propaganda. As a result they don’t make sound decisions based on objective facts, but instead make rash decisions based on faulty misinformation.

Jan 17 13:23

Cuban Missile Crisis 2.0? Putin may put hypersonic missiles, troops in Cuba, Venezuela, as NATO deploys forces closer to Russia

The world has always been a dangerous place, but geopolitically speaking, it has become much more unstable under the ‘leadership’ of Joe Biden, a president who proves daily he is incapable of being commander-in-chief because he can barely speak and function. -- When Donald Trump was president, sure, he sent out ‘mean tweets,’ but he also quite obviously commanded respect from our enemies and near-peer competitors. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping did not threaten their neighbors like they are now threatening Ukraine and Taiwan, respectively; North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met with Trump and did not advance his nuclear weapons program, but has since resumed it. Ditto Iran; Biden’s “strategy,” in fact, is to blame Trump. -- In fact, the Biden regime is so bad at geopolitics and foreign policy that America is now facing a Cuban Missile Crisis 2.0.

Jan 17 13:06

Russia holds sniper drills and 'sends two short-range ballistic missile systems to the Ukrainian border' amid warnings that war is 'imminent'

Russia has held sniper drills and reportedly sent two short-range ballistic missile systems to the Ukrainian border amid warnings that a war between the two nations is 'imminent'.

Video shows Putin's army carrying out shooting exercises in the Rostov region bordering Ukraine on Monday, with up to 100,000 stationed on the border.

Other footage shows the alleged transfer of two deadly mobile short-range ballistic missile systems 9K720 Iskander thousands of miles across Russia towards the conflict zone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"A good war with Russia will make those dumb voters forget about the economy, the Covid mandates, Afghanistan, and such!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 17 11:10

U.S. insane if it imagines it can and should confront Russia over Ukraine: ex-Senate candidate

“The United States’ leadership is certifiably insane if it believes it can and should confront Russia using Ukraine as the pretext,” Mark Dankof tells the Tehran Times.

Some American critics warn that the United States has no compelling historic national security interest in Ukraine, a country considered historically as Russia’s backyard.

Russia’s reaction to recent NATO expansionist moves on its doorstep reminds one of the strong American reaction in October 1962 to the installation of medium and intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Cuba.

“The United States has no business continuing to recruit new members to NATO, and positioning American military assets and military exercises ever closer to Russian borders in Eastern Europe, the Baltics, the Black Sea, the southern underbelly of Russia, and the ‘Stans’ countries,” Dankof argues.

Following is the text of the interview:

Jan 17 09:04

Kremlin Alludes To 'Possibility' Of Weapons Deployment To Ukraine

In a weekend interview on CNN, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman alluded to the possibility of deploying offensive weapons inside Ukrainian territory, following last week's series of three urgent meetings with NATO which Moscow deemed "unsuccessful".

Dmitry Peskov in his comments to Fareed Zakaria on his show "GPS" said that at this moment of "extremely dangerous" tensions with the West, he can't rule out the possibility of an offensive military deployment to Ukraine. However, he still emphasized there are no such plans currently, and prior repeat Russian insistence that there were never any Ukraine invasion plans.

Jan 17 08:58

NATO-Russia Relations Near Red Line Due to Alliance's Military Support of Ukraine, Peskov Tells CNN

The Kremlin spokesman's interview with CNN comes several days after talks in Geneva between Russia and the US - along with Russia-NATO talks - over tensions in Ukraine ended.

Relations between Russia and NATO are nearing the red line because of the military support the alliance is giving to Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN on Sunday.

Peskov also told CNN's Fareed Zakaria that Moscow considers it necessary to keep troops near the border with Ukraine because of "a very tense situation and very unfriendly environment."

According to the Kremlin spokesman, Russia "cannot put up" with NATO "gradually making its way" into Ukraine.

"We have seen NATO gradually invade Ukrainian territory with its infrastructure, its instructors, supplies of defensive and offensive weapons, teaching the Ukrainian military and so forth. That has brought us to the red line, a situation which we couldn’t tolerate anymore," he said.

Jan 17 08:57

Some of America's NATO Allies Were 'Unsettled' by 'Certain US Ideas' at Security Guarantee Talks

During the Russia-NATO negotiations on Moscow's security guarantee draft agreements earlier this week, the alliance reiterated its reluctance to stop its eastward expansion, something that runs counter to the bottom line of the proposals.

Some NATO countries were "unsettled" with "certain ideas" that US officials put forward in recent negotiations with Russia on security guarantees, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has quoted unnamed diplomats from the alliance as saying.

The sources said that during the talks, the US and its allies publicly presented "a united front" as they rejected Russia's "demands that they rule out NATO enlargement and pull military forces back from the alliance’s eastern flank".

Jan 17 08:37

France, Germany foreign ministers to visit demarcation line in Ukraine

The foreign ministers of France and Germany intend to visit the demarcation line in the conflict zone in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian said at a press conference in the French city of Brest on January 14, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.

“Europe will make its utmost efforts in all fora [to de-escalate tensions], either in the Normandy format, where France and Germany will press on to ensure that the Minsk Agreements are met. Annalena Baerbock [German foreign minister] and I discussed this topic and agreed to visit Ukraine shortly. Baerbock will visit Ukraine on Monday. We, France and Germany, will jointly visit the demarcation line and Kyiv. As the EU High Representative did during his visit to Ukraine, we will reaffirm the European stance," said the French minister.

Jan 17 08:36

False Flags Suddenly No Longer A Crazy Conspiracy Theory

In a drastic pivot from typical denunciations of false flag operations as conspiratorial nonsense that don’t exist outside the demented imagination of Alex Jones, the US political/media class is proclaiming with one voice that Russia is currently orchestrating just such an operation to justify an invasion of Ukraine.

“As part of its plans, Russia is laying the groundwork to have the option of fabricating a pretext for invasion,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday.

“We have information that indicates Russia has already pre-positioned a group of operatives to conduct a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine.”

“Without getting into too much detail, we do have information that indicates that Russia is already working actively to create a pretext for a potential invasion, for a move on Ukraine,” Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby told the press on Friday.

Jan 17 08:31

Stoltenberg Says NATO Won't Agree to Keep Military Within Pre-1997 Borders

Russia previously slammed the alliance's creeping expansion, saying that NATO should return to the positions that existed at the moment of signing the 1997 Russia-NATO Founding Act. The Russian Foreign Ministry has underscored that strengthening NATO’s military potential near Russia’s borders poses a national security threat.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday the bloc would never pull allied troops from member states that had joined it since 1997, but is ready to discuss arms reduction with Russia.

"Of course, we cannot agree that we should have no NATO troops in all the countries that have joined NATO since 1997. That’s actually half of our members," he said in an interview with CBC News airing Sunday.

Jan 17 08:04

Court to start choosing measure of restraint for Poroshenko on Jan 17 - SBI

Kyiv's Pechersky District Court will start selecting a measure of restraint for former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at 11:00 on January 17, the press service of the State Bureau of Investigation has said.

"The Pechersky District Court of Kyiv has scheduled a court hearing in criminal proceedings regarding a criminal scheme on coal supplies from temporarily occupied territories and aiding the terrorist organizations 'LPR' and 'DPR.' On January 17, 2022, at 11:00, a petition will be considered to choose a measure of restraint in the form of detention against Petro Oleksiiovych Poroshenko," the statement reads.

The SBI also released a screenshot of a letter from the Pechersky District Court of Kyiv stating that the petition would be considered by Investigating Judge Oleksii Sokolov.

On December 20, 2021, Acting Prosecutor General Oleksiy Symonenko signed a notice of suspicion for Poroshenko in the case of coal supplies from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.

Jan 17 08:03

Russia Warns Against Politicization of Nord Stream 2 as Germany Links Project to Ukraine Crisis

Nord Stream 2, the joint Russian-European gas- and hydrogen-carrying pipeline running from Russia to northeastern Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea, was completed and made ready for operation late last year. The pipeline's certification is now being held up by German regulators, with Gazprom saying this process may drag on until spring.

The Russian side will comply with all required norms during the certification of Nord Stream 2, and hopes the process is not artificially delayed or politicised, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.

Jan 17 08:02

Kremlin on US Threats of 'Sharp Pain' Over Ukraine: Russia Considering Various Scenarios

US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland announced Saturday that the US had prepared 18 scenarios to respond to hypothetical Russian 'aggression' over Ukraine, saying the conversation between the US and its allies has been about "inflicting very sharp pain very fast if Russia makes this move in any form".

Russia is considering its own scenarios in the event of a continued escalation over Ukraine, but has fewer of them than undersecretary of state Nuland, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov has said.

"Of course, in the context of the current situation, Russia is thinking about how to ensure its own security. We know that Mrs. Nuland has 18 scenarios. We are considering different scenarios; we believe that there should be far fewer of them because the formulation of the question is extremely correct for us; there is no need to make it complicated, because it is not so complicated. The question is extremely direct and extremely specific," Peskov said in a briefing Monday.

Jan 17 07:49

Who is Biden's unblinking chief negotiator on Russia & Ukraine?

Veteran US diplomat Wendy Sherman is the woman conveying Washington’s messages about NATO expansion in Europe to Moscow – but the ‘hard-nosed’ negotiator was previously involved in sealing security deals with Pyongyang and Tehran.

Neither the Clinton-era Framework Agreement with North Korea nor the Obama-era Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) acted as the enduring restraints on nuclear proliferation that they were meant to be.

Jan 17 07:48

Poroshenko returns to Ukraine, faces prosecution for ‘treason’

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, declared wanted last month for a number of serious crimes, including high treason, has flown back to Kiev in time for a court hearing that could see him remanded in custody.

Poroshenko, who led Ukraine from 2014 to 2019, left the country last month around the same time a summons was issued for his interrogation. He is being investigated over his alleged involvement in the funding of separatist fighters in the Donbass, in eastern Ukraine, through the illegal sale of coal. This, according to the law, is illegal, and he is subsequently accused of treason and promoting terrorism.

Another suspect in the treason case is Viktor Medvedchuk, head of the political council of the Opposition Platform – For Life party, the country’s largest opposition group in Parliament. Poroshenko and Medvedchuk are the two main opposition leaders and the most significant political threats to current President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Jan 17 07:48

Kremlin reveals how it will respond to NATO deployments to Ukraine

Russia believes it would be “madness” to start a war over Ukraine, but doesn’t rule out taking “counter-actions” to NATO deployments if security negotiations fail and its concerns are left unaddressed, the Kremlin has told CNN.

Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin's long-time spokesman, added that Russia is deeply concerned by a recent spiraling-up of tensions in Europe, in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

“We have too much tension on the border [with Ukraine]. We have too much tension in this part of Europe. It drags [in] more problems automatically. It is extremely dangerous for our continent,” he told the host of the ‘Fareed Zakaria GPS’ show.

According to Peskov, the only way forward for the US and NATO is to finally address Russia’s concerns in earnest, instead of brushing them off. “This is the reason we are insisting on receiving a direct response,” he explained, adding that Moscow expected an “extremely specific” response to its “extremely specific proposals.”

Jan 17 07:28

Russia denounces Facebook for blocking security delegation's social media account

Russian government officials denounced Facebook on Sunday, claiming that the American social media giant blocked the account for Moscow's delegation to international security talks in Vienna.

"We regret to learn that Facebook account of @armscontrol_rus has been banned without explanation," the Russian Arms Control Delegation in Vienna wrote on its Twitter account. "It's another example of illegitimate censorship of information space."

The account was blocked for posting "prohibited content," according to Konstantin Gavrilov, who leads the Russian delegation. Gavrilov made his comments Jan. 16 to Russia's state media outlet, Tass. Gavrilov did not specify what comprised the alleged offense, but told the outlet that the delegation "only reposted statements by the Russian leaders and the Russian foreign ministry."

Jan 17 06:40

Facebook bans account of Russian delegation to Vienna military security talks

Facebook has blocked the official account of the Russian delegation to the military security and arms control talks in Vienna, Konstantin Gavrilov, who leads the Russia delegation, told TASS on Sunday.

"Facebook banned the delegation’s account on Friday, citing prohibited content as a reason," he said, adding that the delegation only reposted statements by the Russian leaders and the Russian foreign ministry.

According to Gavrilov, the Russian delegation plans to raise this problem within the OSCE structures.

The account of the Russian delegation to the Vienna talks was blocked by Twitter in February 2021.

Jan 17 06:39

Russia not going to discuss withdrawal of missiles from Kaliningrad with anyone - Kremlin

Russia will never discuss with anyone the issue of the withdrawal of its weapons and missiles from its westernmost Kaliningrad region, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday.

"Russia will never discuss with anyone withdrawal of nay missiles and any weapons from Kaliningrad because Kaliningrad is the territory of Russia," he said in an interview with CNN.

"And with all due respect we will not tolerate any demands for us to do this or that on our own territory. None of the countries will tolerate," he stressed.

Jan 17 06:35

Insanity Rules in Washington

The opening remarks of Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland prior to her friendly “press conference” with well-tamed US “journalists” reveals the unreality of the world in which Washington exists.

The Russians have told Washington as frankly as it can be stated that the expansion of NATO to her borders, with US missile bases in countries on Russia’s borders, US plans to include Ukraine in NATO, Ukraine’s failure to abide by the Minsk Agreement, massive US arms deliveries to Ukraine, and constant other provocations and insults have made Russia uncomfortable about her security and unwilling to accept any longer the tension and uncertainty created by hostile US and NATO policies. Russia has stated without qualification that unless the West cooperates in removing the threat to Russian security, Russia will remove the threat with dire consequences to the West.

This is clear honest talk.

But no one in Washington or NATO heard.

Jan 16 09:36

Germany has lost its economic freedom – Russia

The ongoing saga with the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and its long wait for approval and certification shows that Germany has no freedom to pursue its own economic interests, Russia’s foreign minister has claimed.

Speaking to the Russian First Channel on Thursday, Sergey Lavrov suggested that right now Berlin doesn't have economic sovereignty and is at the mercy of third parties.

“About Nord Stream 2, it’s no longer about freedom to choose alliances. It’s just freedom to carry out ordinary commercial activities on world markets,” he said. “It turns out there is no freedom for Germany to pursue its economic interests.”

The controversial Nord Stream 2 natural pas pipeline was completed in September but is yet to be certified. Approval of the project, which could have come this month, was suspended in mid-November by the German Federal Network Agency over a regulatory issue.

Jan 16 08:26

Russian electronic warfare systems brought down the systems of American F-35 fighters in Europe????????? ??: https://avia-pro.net/news/rossiyskie-kompleksy-reb-obrushili-sistemy-amerikanskih-istrebiteley-f-35-v-evrope

The onboard systems of the American F-35 were brought down by the Russian Murmansk-BN electronic warfare systems.

Russian electronic warfare systems "Murmansk-BN", located in the Murmansk region, Kaliningrad region and in the Crimea, brought down the onboard systems of American F-35 fighters. According to the Chinese information publication "Sina Military", most of the systems of American F-35 fighters simply fail, flying closer than 500 kilometers from the deployment sites of these electronic warfare systems. Moreover, it is precisely with this that the refusal to use such combat aircraft over the Black Sea and over the southern part of the Baltic Sea is connected.

"F-35 fighter pilots complain that they periodically lose communication, and some systems do not work at all when flying near the western Russian borders.", - note the authors of "Sina Military".

Jan 16 07:14

EU adds strident voice to chorus clamoring for war in Europe

Russia’s aggressive policy on Ukraine and the demands for security guarantees from the United States and NATO pose a challenge to transatlantic security…the European Union’s foreign ministers agreed during an informal meeting on Friday while discussing the security situation in Eastern Europe.

…[Estonian] Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics participated in the informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brest, France, on Thursday and Friday. The meeting featured EU foreign and defense ministers’ discussion on the EU Strategic Compass for Security and Defense. The foreign ministers also discussed the security situation in Eastern Europe and EU-China relations, as well as the situation in Mali, where the transitional government is significantly hindering the development of democratic processes.

Jan 16 07:13

NATO to deploy two carrier strike groups, 35,000 troops for war games off Russia’s northwest coast

With the aim to train reinforcement of northern Norway, Cold Response will be the largest NATO exercise inside the Arctic Circle since the 1980s. Some 35,000 soldiers from 28 nations will participate and a significant portion of the training that kicks off in March will be at sea and in the air.

…[A] conflict in eastern Europe could spill over to the Arctic as the Kola Peninsula is home to some of Russia’s most powerful weapon systems, including hypersonic cruise missiles and the naval component of the strategic nuclear triad.

On January 11, the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy announced that its newest aircraft carrier, the “HMS Prince of Wales”, will sail to the Arctic to lead naval involvement in the large-scale Norwegian-led exercise Cold Response.

Jan 16 07:08

Russian Roulette: As Croupier at This Particular Casino Table, I Invite You To Place Your Bets

The Russia-US-NATO-OSCE meetings this week have come and gone. The Russian verdict was succinctly delivered by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Ryabkov, who explained even before the OSCE session was over that the talks have come to “a dead end” and it was unlikely the Russians will participate in any follow-on talks.

This opens the question to what comes next.

Jan 16 06:59

Kick in the Baltics for Peace

There’s a sound reason why Russia insists on a buffer zone of non-NATO countries on its borders. Because some of its neighbors are so unhinged in their Russophobia, it would be irresponsible to see them weaponized.

This week it is reported that Baltic states are seeking to have more NATO troops and weapons stationed on their territories, according to Estonia’s Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.
That means potentially more American, German and British warplanes and tanks massing on the border with Russia than there are already. This militarization of the Baltics by NATO is partly the reason why Russia is demanding new security arrangements in Europe involving a rollback of the US-led military alliance from its borders.

And just when those negotiations are underway this week, the Baltic states are pushing for more NATO militarization.

Jan 16 06:58

US to train ‘Ukrainian insurgents’ in EU – media

The US is mulling a strategy of subverting Russia’s aims, without direct involvement, in case it invades Ukraine, the New York Times reported on Friday, adding that it may involve arming and training Ukrainian fighters in Europe.

American President Joe Biden has apparently not made up his mind about what his government would do in the event that Moscow occupies the former Soviet republic, the newspaper claims. However, it insists that officials have come up with a possible US response in case an attack does take place.

Washington apparently believes that Ukraine does not stand a chance against a potential Russian invading force in an open battle and it instead has focused on supporting Ukrainian “guerrilla” warfare on territory that could be occupied by Moscow, the report explains.

Jan 16 06:54

Peskov Says 'There's Too Much Tension' on Russia's Border With Ukraine

Moscow has repeatedly rejected media reports in the West alleging that Russia was planning to "invade" Ukraine. The Kremlin underscores that it can relocate its troops within its own territory, while NATO's military activity near Russia's borders poses a threat to its security.

There's too much tension on Russia's border with Ukraine, which is why Moscow insists on a direct response to its proposals on security guarantees, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has told CNN.

He said that Moscow wants "a very concrete answer [from Washington] to its [Russia's] very concrete proposals".

Jan 16 06:53

US Prepared 18 Response Scenarios in Case of 'Russian Invasion' of Ukraine, Victoria Nuland Says

The US, NATO, and Russia met earlier this week to discuss European security issues, including the alliance's continuing expansion towards Russia's borders, which Moscow opposes, and the ongoing concerns of the West regarding an alleged Russian military buildup near Ukraine.

The US prepared 18 response scenarios in case Russia decides to invade Ukraine as the West fears it might do, Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has stated. She refused to elaborate on what exactly they were, but promised that Washington and its allies are ready to inflict high costs on Russia if it acts aggressively.

"I would simply say that our commitment and the conversation that we have with our allies is around inflicting very sharp pain very fast, if Russia makes this move in any form", Nuland said.

Jan 16 06:52

Ukraine says Russia not responsible for huge cyberattack

Friday’s cyberattack targeting Ukrainian government agencies was carried out by a group linked to Belarusian intelligence services – and not by Russians, as originally claimed – according to a senior Kiev security official.

"Our preliminary belief is that the group UNC1151 may be involved in this attack," the deputy secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, Sergey Demedyuk, said in a written comment to Reuters.

The “cyber-espionage group” in question is understood to be “affiliated with the special services of the Republic of Belarus,” according to the official.

Jan 16 06:50

Russia is right: The West promised not to enlarge NATO & these promises were broken

With Russia challenging Western unilateralism in a way not seen since the end of the Soviet Union, two major issues keep coming to the fore. Both, it seems, are centered on America's flagship military bloc, NATO.

First, there is Moscow’s claim that there was a Western promise not to expand NATO beyond its Cold War area. Second, there is a Western claim that NATO cannot, let alone will not, put an end to admitting new member states.

Jan 16 06:33

The CIA Has Been Training Ukrainian Paramilitaries to ‘Kill Russians’

The CIA has been overseeing a secret training program for Ukrainian special operations forces and intelligence operatives since 2015, Yahoo News reported on Thursday, citing five former intelligence and national security officials.

One former CIA official said the US is “training an insurgency” in Ukraine and that the program teaches the Ukrainians how “to kill Russians,” although other officials downplayed the training and said it was not meant for offensive purposes.

The training has been held at an undisclosed base in the southern United States. It was started by the Obama administration, was expanded by President Trump, and further expanded by President Biden. The program includes training in firearms, camouflage techniques, land navigation, and other areas, former officials told Yahoo.

Jan 16 06:17

GOP Rep. Gallagher: Russia Engaging in ‘Preparation’ for Invasion of Ukraine and Dems Gave Them a ‘Gift’ by Blocking Sanctions

On Friday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show,” Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) said that he thinks the cyberattack in Ukraine “portends an invasion. I would call this preparation of the battlespace right now.” And argued that Democrats gave Russia “a gift” by blocking sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and the Biden administration’s belief that threatening sanctions after an invasion will provide deterrence is wrong.

Gallagher said, “I think it portends an invasion. I would call this preparation of the battlespace right now. And I also — we’ve heard reports out there that Jake Sullivan has said the intel. community has information which suggests Russia is laying the groundwork to fabricate a pretext for invading Ukraine.”

Jan 15 08:38

Insanity Rules in Washington

UNDER SECRETARY NULAND: Thank you. Good afternoon, everybody. .

This is, as you all know, a very important week. We have three sets of diplomatic talks ongoing: the U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue yesterday; the NATO-Russia Council meeting tomorrow, both of which are led for us by Deputy Secretary Sherman; and the Permanent Council meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Thursday – all of this in an effort to resolve through diplomacy the crisis that Russia has created for Ukraine, for European security, and for global stability.

So before I go into some of the diplomatic substance, let’s remember how we got here.

It is Russia that created this crisis out of whole cloth.

It is Russia that has amassed 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s borders.

It is Russia that has prepared internal sabotage, destabilization, and false flag options for Ukraine.

Jan 15 08:29

Russia-NATO Talks: How the Cold War-Era Hubris of the Bloc Limits Pan-European Security

The parties of the Russia-NATO Council consultations have so far failed to find common ground on the issue of what Moscow notes is the transatlantic bloc's eastward expansion. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, in response, stated that NATO will not give up on its "core principles," including its open-door policy for membership to nations including Ukraine and Georgia. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grushko warned that Moscow could be left with no other choice than "counter-intimidation" if the parties fail to reverse the current course of events.

Why NATO is Unwilling to Reach a Compromise With Russia

The NATO stance is unsurprising, given that the bloc's purpose depends on the idea of Russian containment, says Dr. Matthew Crosston, professor of political science and executive vice chairman with ModernDiplomacy.eu.

Jan 15 08:28

Russia Remains Open About Military Deployment to Cuba and Venezuela Amid Security Guarantee Impasse

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday that he will not confirm or deny anything regarding the possibility of the deployment of Russian military infrastructure in Cuba and Venezuela.

"I don't want to confirm anything, I won't rule anything out either", Ryabkov told RTVI.
He noted that the possibility of such options depends on Washington's response to Russia's security guarantees. The deputy minister stressed that President Putin had already described what the Russian Navy can do if the US continues to provoke Moscow, but also stated that a diplomatic solution would be preferable.

The statement comes after US-Russia and Russia-NATO talks earlier this month, regarding security guarantees that Moscow offered in a bid to ease tensions and mend ties. The draft agreements stipulate limits to troop, aircraft, and warship deployments, as well as missile deployment for both sides, and also suggested that NATO stop its expansion near the Russian border.

Jan 15 08:26

'To Kill Russians'? CIA Reportedly Trained Ukrainian Squads to Launch Anti-Russian Insurgency

American intelligence has been reportedly working with Ukrainians for decades, but intensified its contacts in the wake of the 2014 coup supported by the western governments. The training by the CIA Ground Branch started at the same time.

The US' CIA has been running a dedicated programme to train Ukrainian special operations forces on American soil, possibly to prepare them for a standoff with Russian forces and running an "insurgency", Yahoo News reported citing numerous former intelligence and national security officials.

Jan 15 08:26

This one-two punch from China and Russia marks the end of American adventurism

Damascus officially joined China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on Wednesday, which will provide a massive lifeline to the country that has been torn to shreds after more than a decade of war and Western sanctions. But more than this, this development has set a precedent that will fundamentally change the geopolitical landscape.

This is because the decade-spanning Syrian conflict has hosted several proxy conflicts, which has invariably left the United States and its Western allies the losers.

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For starters, while the conflict itself was, at least initially, part of the Arab Spring in the early 2010s, numerous sources (including U.S. government sources published by WikiLeaks) suggest that the United States had been seeking regime change in Syria long before then. There are also countless reports by very good journalists, including on RT, that have dug up these connections.

Jan 15 08:25

Russia orders snap inspection of troops’ readiness for rapid deployment

Troops in Russia’s Far East have begun winter inspections, according to a statement by the country’s Ministry of Defense, as Moscow holds talks with NATO about de-escalating tensions.

Officials announced on Friday that forces stationed in the Eastern Military District, which covers a vast swath of land from Siberia to the Sea of Japan, were undertaking inspections and exercises intended to ensure their military readiness.

The ministry said this would include live firing in testing ranges, and emphasized that special attention would be paid to the soldiers’ preparedness for rapid deployment.

“The military forces of the Russian Federation are continuing the planned exercises for the winter period. In order to prepare to conduct the strategic exercises ‘Vostok-2022’, the troops of the Eastern Military District are undertaking snap inspections of their operational readiness,” the statement read.

Jan 15 08:11

The US Needs To Compromise Over Ukraine

The prospects of a Russian invasion of Ukraine have resulted in high level talks in Geneva. This is the second time the Biden administration has met there to negotiate over its disagreements with Moscow, the previous time being back in June of 2021.

The first set of meetings produced little of substance. Unfortunately, the second set of meetings seem to be achieving something similar.

According to recent reporting Russia claims the negotiations have hit a "dead end" and that there is no reason to continue them.

The tone surrounding the meetings are pessimistic, if not dire. Poland’s Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau told the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that because of Russian behavior it "…seems that the risk of war in the OSCE area is now greater than ever before in the last 30 years."

Jan 15 08:10

Report: US Considers Backing Insurgency in Ukraine

The New York Times reported Friday that the Biden administration is considering backing an insurgency in Ukraine in the event of a Russian invasion.

Although the Russians strongly deny that they are planning to invade Ukraine, the Biden administration continues to warn of the possibility. Now, the US is accusing Russia of plotting a “false-flag” operation in eastern Ukraine to create a pretext for an invasion, another accusation Moscow denies.

The Times report cited unnamed Biden administration officials that said the US has made clear to its allies that the CIA and Pentagon would back a Ukrainian insurgency if Russia quickly captured territory in the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Didn't the US already do that a few years back? :)

Jan 15 08:07

Did this week’s US-NATO-Russia meetings push us closer to war?

On January 12, 2022 — a date that will live in hypocrisy — NATO member states declared their heroic determination to fight to the last Ukrainian. They did this by in effect rejecting Russia’s conditions for agreement with the alliance, centered on the demand that NATO rule out further expansion to Ukraine, Georgia and other former Soviet republics.

The hypocrisy and idiocy — over which historians of the future are likely to shake their heads in bewilderment — lie in the fact that NATO has no real intention of admitting Ukraine, nor of fighting Russia in Ukraine. Both Washington and Brussels have openly ruled this out. Indeed, NATO could not do so even if it wanted to. U.S. forces in Europe are wholly inadequate to the purpose, as are what is left of the British and French armies.

Jan 15 08:04

This Is How the U.S. Does ‘Dialogue’: Triggering Financial Instability against Russia. “This Bill Sounds like a Declaration of War”

Washington will not consider Russian proposals on no expansion of NATO, and has no intention of even discussing the idea. So much for “dialogue”.

It was the first high-level Russia-NATO meeting since 2019 – coming immediately after the non sequitur of the U.S.-Russia “security guarantee” non-dialogue dialogue earlier in the week in Geneva.

So what happened in Brussels? Essentially yet another non-dialogue dialogue – complete with a Kafkaesque NATO preface: we’re prepared for dialogue, but the Kremlin’s proposals are unacceptable.

This was a double down on the American envoy to NATO, Julianne Smith, preemptively blaming Russia for the actions that “accelerated this disaster”.

By now every sentient being across Eurasia and its European peninsula should be familiar with Russia’s top two, rational demands: no further NATO expansion, and no missile systems stationed near its borders.

Jan 15 08:03

NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard

Declassified documents show security assurances against NATO expansion to Soviet leaders from Baker, Bush, Genscher, Kohl, Gates, Mitterrand, Thatcher, Hurd, Major, and Woerner.

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U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s famous “not one inch eastward” assurance about NATO expansion in his meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on February 9, 1990, was part of a cascade of assurances about Soviet security given by Western leaders to Gorbachev and other Soviet officials throughout the process of German unification in 1990 and on into 1991, according to declassified U.S., Soviet, German, British and French documents posted today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University.

Jan 15 07:41

Russian submarine with 160 nukes on board surfaces off US coast

Russian nuclear submarine of the Borey project, which carries 16 Bulava ballistic missiles on board, unexpectedly appeared off the coast of the United States, having caused serious concerns in Washington.

Russian submarine with 160 nukes on board surfaces off US coast
Each of the missiles in service with the submarine is capable of carrying up to ten nuclear warheads. This created an extremely serious danger for the United States, given that the US military have not been able to track the Russian nuclear submarine.

According to NetEase publication, Russian nuclear submarine of the Borey project (according to other sources, it was an Akula project submarine), approached the US coast unnoticed. It was possible to establish the whereabouts of the nuclear submarine with up to 160 nuclear warheads on boards after the sub started going back to the base. A submarine of this class is capable of destroying most of the territory of the United States of America in minutes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia just sent a message, "Now you know how we feel about NATO being in Ukraine."

Jan 15 07:40

Russia redeploys military hardware and personnel to western borders

For the time being, Russia has deployed as many as 100,000 troops and thousands of units of military hardware on the border with Ukraine. Many videos showing the transportation of military equipment from the eastern part of Russia towards the western borders have appeared on the internet recently. It appears that Russia is putting its troops on high alert against the background of a very high risk of provocations on the part of NATO.

Given the scale of the transfer of military hardware, it appears that Russia is taking efforts to build up the troops on its western borders to 500,000. Most of the Russian troops will thus be deployed in western regions of the country.

The videos that eyewitnesses made in different parts of the country show the railway transportation of tanks, multiple launch rocket systems, light armored vehicles, engineering vehicles, military trucks, field artillery, etc.

Jan 15 07:28

Democrats Use Dreaded Filibuster to Block Ted Cruz Bill Sanctioning Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

Democrats used the Senate filibuster, which they are busy trying to eliminate, to block a bill by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday that would have sanctioned companies associated with Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The bill had 55 votes.

The filibuster requires 60 votes to end debate and move to a final vote, which meant that despite the 55-44 margin, and the votes of five Democrats in favor, the bill could not advance — a win for President Joe Biden’s approach to talks with Russia.

The Biden administration allowed the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to proceed last year — after shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline project in the U.S. to appease environmentalists — saying that the project was too close to completion to reverse.

President Donald Trump had sought to block Nord Stream 2 because it would have made Europe more dependent on Russia’s natural gas, increasing President Vladimir Putin’s leverage in the west and his ability to circumvent pipelines in Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah, the hypocrisy!

Jan 15 07:20

Hackers' use of Polish in attack on Ukrainian sites attempt to destabilize Polish-Ukrainian relations – Polish Foreign Ministry

The publication of "statements" as a result of a cyberattack against Ukrainian government agencies in the Polish language is another attempt to destabilize Polish-Ukrainian relations, Polish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lukasz Jasina said.

"We interpret the publication of the 'statements' in Polish as another attempt to destabilize Polish-Ukrainian relations," Jasina said on Twitter on Friday.

Poland strongly condemns the cyberattack, he said.

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