UNPRECEDENTED NWO ATTACKS AGAINST RUSSIA WILL LEAD TO WW3! (EUROPE DESTROYED!)
U.S., EU hit Russia with more sanctions
By Laura Smith-Spark, Steve Almasy and Nick Paton Walsh, CNN
Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN) -Russia became more isolated Tuesday than it has been at any time since the end of the Cold War after new, hard-hitting sanctions were announced by the European Union and the United States, U.S. officials said.
U.S. President Barack Obama said the measures would take an "even bigger bite" out of the stagnant Russian economy than sanctions Washington and the EU had already implemented against Russia over its disputed annexation of Crimea and its support of pro-Russian rebels fighting the Ukrainian government.
"The major sanctions we're announcing today will continue to ratchet up the pressure on Russia including the cronies and companies supporting Russia's illegal activities in the Ukraine," he said from the White House South Lawn. "In other words, today Russia is once again isolating itself from the international community, setting back decades of genuine progress."
He said the EU sanctions showed to him a waning patience with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the impact of the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which had many Europeans among the 298 people on board when it exploded over volatile eastern Ukraine.
Some of the new EU sanctions target eight "cronies" of Putin and three "entities" by limiting their access to EU capital markets, an EU official said on condition of anonymity. The people and entities will be named Wednesday, the official said.
Three state-owned banks named Tuesday by Washington means five of the top six financial institutions in Russia were on the sanctions list, according to a senior Obama administration official. Four-fifths of their debt is in U.S. dollars, the official said.
New sanctions will also impact the future of Russia's important oil businesses with technology licensing restrictions, another senior administration official said.
Restrictions will affect Russia's ability to produce oil from deep-water wells and shale fields, sectors it is only beginning to explore.
The sanctions, however, are not part of a new Cold War, Obama said.
What it is, is a very specific issue related to Russia's unwillingness to recognize that Ukraine can chart its own path," Obama said.
The EU sanctions also will block new arms contracts between Europe and Russia, prohibit the export of European goods that can be used for both civilian and military purposes and limit the export of energy-related equipment, the EU said in a written statement Tuesday evening.
The European Union had previously been reluctant to issue harsher sanctions against Russia because both regions rely on one another for about $500 billion in trade and investment each year,according to CNNMoney.
"It is meant as a strong warning: Illegal annexation of territory and deliberate destabilization of a neighboring sovereign country cannot be accepted in 21st century Europe," the European Council's statement reads.
One of the senior administration officials said Russia hasn't been this isolated "since the end of the Cold War.
"Obama said Russia could choose a different path.
"It didn't have to come to this. It does not have to be this way," Obama said. "This is a choice that Russia and President Putin in particular has made. ... The path for a peaceful resolution to this crisis involves recognizing the sovereignty, the territorial integrity and the independence of the Ukrainian people."
The Hague is not Vladimir Putin's favorite place today. Following*the "war crime" comments earlier,*the arbitration court's decision to rule in favor of Yukos shareholders (and thuis against the allegedly "politically motivated" confiscation of the firm's assets by the Russian government) with a $50 billion settlement (half what was sought) has prompted a quick and angry response from the Russian government.*Blasting the "one-sided use of evidence," and re-iterating the massive tax evasion that the leadership were involved in,*Russia slams "the puzzling unprecedented amount of damages" awarded, claiming the process is "becoming increasingly politicized."*
As Bloomberg reports,
The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague found that Russia is liable to pay just under half of the $114 billion sought,*GML Ltd., the holding company for Yukos’s main owners, said today.*The decision showed the campaign against Yukos was “politically motivated,”*GML head Tim Osborne said in London.
And Russia replies
Today Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague issued a final judgment rendered in three interrelated arbitration proceedings initiated by the former majority shareholders of JSC "NK" YUKOS ". Decisions were based on the Energy Charter Treaty.Conclusions of the Arbitration Court shall enter into a direct conflict with the findings of the two Houses of the European Court of Human Rights.*The European Court of Human Rights twice concluded that JSC "NK" YUKOS "committed massive tax evasion*that the leadership of" NK "YUKOS" aware of violations that additional charge of almost all taxes JSC "NK" YUKOS "was lawful and lawful that JSC "NK" YUKOS "was not subject to discrimination, and that the actions of Russian authorities were not of a political nature.In the Russian Federation drew attention to other serious flaws in the decision of the arbitral tribunal. Among them:
British lawyers preparing multi-million pound suit against Putin for MH17 crash
KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 — British lawyers are getting ready to hit Russian President Vladimir Putin with a multi-million pound class action suit for his alleged role in the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine this month, an English daily reported.
According to British daily*The*Sunday*Telegraph, senior Russian military commanders and politicians closely-linked to Putin will likely be also included in the suit, set to take place in American courts.
“There has been talk of civil suits against Malaysia Airlines, but those immediately responsible are not only the separatists who are alleged to have fired the rocket at Flight MH17, causing the death of hundreds of innocent victims, but those, be they states, individuals or other entities, who provided them with financial and material support and the means to do so.
With the party united, the odds are now at least even that the GOP will not only hold the House but also capture the Senate in November.
But before traditional conservatives cheer that prospect, they might take a closer look at the foreign policy that a Republican Senate would seek to impose upon the nation.Specifically, they should spend time reading S. 2277, the "Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014," introduced by Sen. Bob Corker on May 1, and endorsed by half of the Senate's GOP caucus.
As ranking Republican on the foreign relations committee, Corker is in line to become chairman, should the GOP take the Senate. That makes this proposal a gravely serious matter.
Corker's bill would declare Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine "major non-NATO allies" of the United States, move NATO forces into Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, accelerate the building of an ABM system in Eastern Europe, and authorize U.S. intelligence and military aid for Ukraine's army in the Donbass war with Russian-backed separatists.
U.S. aid would include antitank and antiaircraft weapons.
S. 2277 would direct the secretary of state to intensify efforts to strengthen democratic institutions inside the Russian Federation, e.g., subvert Vladimir Putin's government, looking toward regime change.If Putin has not vacated Crimea and terminated support for Ukraine's separatist rebels within seven days of passage of the Corker Ultimatum, sweeping sanctions would be imposed on Russian officials, banks and energy companies, including Gazprom.
Economic relations between us would be virtually severed.In short, this is an ultimatum to Russia that she faces a new Cold War if she does not get out of Ukraine and Crimea, and it is a U.S. declaration that we will now regard three more former Soviet republics -- Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia -- as allies.
A small, weak country might accept this dictation from a superpower.But Russia, where anti-Americanism is virulent and rampant and the Russian people support Putin's actions in Ukraine, would want him to tell the Americans just what to do with their ultimatum.And how Russia would respond is not difficult to predict.
Our demand that she get out of Crimea and leave her two-century-old naval base at Sevastopol in the custody of President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev and his U.S. allies, would be laughed off.
Putin would tell us that Crimea has voted to return to Russia. It's ours, and we're going to keep it. Now deal with it.
To make good on our latest red line, we would have to start shipping weapons to Kiev, in which case Russia, with superior forces closer, would likely move preemptively into East Ukraine.What would our NATO allies do then?
The U.S. directive to the State Department to work with NGOs in Russia, blatant intervention in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation, would be answered with a general expulsion of these agencies from Moscow.
We would not sit still for this kind of open subversion in the United States. What makes us think they would?
And where do we come off telling the Russians what kind of government they may have? Do we do that with our friends in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait? Is there more freedom in Egypt, to which we send billions annually in foreign aid, than in Russia?
Is there more freedom in China?
How do we think Beijing would respond if Corker & Co. openly declared not only their right but their intent to funnel U.S. funds to civic organizations to bring about an end to single-party Communist rule?
The Russian people, today backing Putin by 80 percent, seem happier with their government than we Americans do with ours.But it may be this idea of installing a ballistic missile defense, an ABM system, in Poland and the Czech Republic, that is most dangerous of all.
Putin has already signaled that this would cross his red line, that if we start implanting antimissile missiles in Eastern Europe, he will reply by installing offensive missiles.
The Reagan-Gorbachev INF treaty to eliminate all intermediate-range nuclear missiles from Europe -- the USSR's triple-warhead SS-20s, and our Pershing II and cruise missiles -- could wind up in the dumpster.We could have a mini-Cuban missile crisis in Eastern Europe.
And how would our German allies react to Russian missiles rising in Kaliningrad, the former Prussian capital of Konigsberg, wedged between Lithuania and Poland?
Russia and Ukraine have been like Siamese twins for a thousand years. When did where and how they separate become our strategic concern?
Under Obama, the U.S. has declined to intervene in civil wars in Syria, Ukraine and Libya, or to go back in force in Iraq. He is pulling us out of Afghanistan.
The American Imperium is folding up. Retrenchment is underway.If the Republican counteroffer to Obama's is a return to the compulsive interventionism of Bush II, this is where some of us will be getting off.
Kiev intensifies combat operations in MH17 crash zone to evade exposure - DNR PM
July 27, 19:44UTC+4*
"Kiev is seeking to destroy all evidence of the crime committed by its military," Alexander Borodai said
DONETSK, July 27 /ITAR-TASS/. Kiev is seeking to evade exposure of truth over a Malaysian MH17 crash near Donetsk in eastern Ukraine by intensifying combat operations around the crash site, the press centre of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) said on Sunday, citing DPR Prime Minister Alexander Borodai.
July 22nd, 2014-Speech to the Russian Security Council
VLADIMIR PUTIN: Good afternoon, colleagues.
Today we will consider the fundamental issues of maintaining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of this country. We all understand how many political, ethnic, legal, social, economic and other aspects this topic encompasses.
Sovereignty and territorial integrity are fundamental values, as I have already said. We are referring to the maintenance of the independence and unity of our state, to the reliable protection of our territory, our constitutional system and to the timely neutralisation of internal and external threats, of which there are quite a few in the world today. I should make it clear from the start that, obviously, there is no direct military threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of this country. Primarily, the strategic balance of forces in the world guarantees this.
We, on our part, strictly comply with the norms of international law and with our commitments to our partners, and we expect other countries, unions of states and military-political alliances to do the same, while Russia is fortunately not a member of any alliance. This is also a guarantee of our sovereignty.
Any nation that is part of an alliance gives up part of its sovereignty. This does not always meet the national interests of a given country, but this is their sovereign decision. We expect our national legal interests to be respected, while any controversies that always exist, to be resolved only through diplomatic efforts, by means of negotiations. Nobody should interfere in our internal affairs.
However, ever more frequently today we hear of ultimatums and sanctions. The very notion of state sovereignty is being washed out. Undesirable regimes, countries that conduct an independent policy or that simply stand in the way of somebody’s interests get destabilised.
Tools used for this purpose are the so-called colour revolutions, or, in simple terms – takeovers instigated and financed from the outside.
Exxon, Rosneft find new Kara Sea field ahead of sanctions deadline
September 29, 2014
A joint venture between ExxonMobil and Russia’s Rosneft discovered a new oil field Saturday in the East-Prinovozemelskiy-1 license area at its Universitetskaya-1 well in the Kara Sea just two weeks before Exxon has to halt work in Russia.Drilling at the field was completed in record breaking time, taking about a month and a half.
Last week, ExxonMobil won an two week extension from the U.S Treasury Department to comply with U.S. and EU sanctions against Russia and wind down its operations in the Kara Sea.
The new deadline for ExxonMobil to halt work at its $600 million Kara Sea joint venture project with Rosneft is October 10.
The sea depth at the drilling site is about 265 feet, with the depth of the straight well at 6,932 feet.
Data from the well is currently being analyzed and the field’s development model is being worked on.
Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin said light oil was extracted from the well and that the sample is comparable to Siberian Light oil.
The resource base estimate at the field is 338 billion cubic meters of gas and more than 100 million tons of oil.
The field will be called Pobeda.
“This is an outstanding result of the first exploratory drilling on a completely new offshore field,” Sechin said.
The Universitetskaya-1 well is part of a $3.2 billion joint venture between ExxonMobil and Rosneft that includes plans to drill at 40 prospects by the end of 2018.
The block covers 49,000 square miles and could contain up to 9 billion barrels of oil.
Universitetskaya-1 could be worth as much as $900 billion.
Official estimates put Kara Sea reserves at around 36 billion barrels of oil.
NEO – Obama’s Stupid Sanctions Give Putin New Oil Bonanza
Published on October 18th, 2014Written by: Jim W. Dean
[*Editor's note:*The Great Wall of America gets higher and higher in terms of our leaders blocking out any acceptance of the negative blowback from clearly-failed foreign policy initiatives. Besides plain old denial, a whole host of ducks and dodges are available to them.
The second standby is good old “national security”, which our deployment of terrorists in 1000-man brigades is now allowed, as long as it is for a good cause. Then there is “the other guy punched me first”. But the big one, a New Cold War -- that is usually not on the quick draw list.
In fact they want that to be a long drawn out process, because that is what the contractors want. I can clearly remember when the Bush cabal began testing the waters with unknown deniable messengers putting out that the Iraq war could be a ten year effort. What they learned was the financial crisis was a perfect cover for making big overseas moves.
Have sanctions cost Exxon 87 billion barrels of oil?
Russia's state-owned Rosneft and US oil giant ExxonMobil announced on Saturday they had found oil in the Kara Sea off the north coast of Siberia in a joint drilling project. However, ExxonMobil has also had to announce that it would "wind down" the project, following US and EU sanctions on exports of technology and services for Arctic developments.
"Oil has been discovered"*in the University-1 well, Russia's northernmost well, Rosneft said in a statement. Three*areas of the new oilfield - which has been*named Victory*- are believed to contain 87 billion barrels.
Igor Sechin, Rosneft’s chief executive, said at the opening ceremony that the discovery was a "joint victory," and thanked "friends and partners" including ExxonMobil, in the company statement. *
--- Western Oil Companies to Continue in Russia Despite Sanctions
Published: Sep 19, 2014By Andrei Ostroukh And Alexander Kolyandr*
SOCHI, Russia--Western oil companies have pledged their readiness to continue working in Russia despite Western sanctions, which have already put a brand new project into question.
Speaking at an investment conference in Russia's southern port of Sochi, Olivier Lazare, the president of Shell Russia, said the company's strategy in Russia hasn't changed because of the sanctions.
"But of course we have to comply with the sanctions," he said, adding that the company is seeking clarification on what the sanctions mean for its business in Russia.
General director of Total E&P Russie, Jacques de Boisseson, also said the company is committed to work in Russia.
"We have continued to work in spite of sanctions, this is about consistency, about long-term work, about trust with our partners," he said. "Yes, we are used to work with sanctions. No, we don't like to do that.
"Western countries have imposed sanctions against Moscow for its policy toward Ukraine. The sanctions ban exports of certain technologies, including that for Arctic drilling, and limit financing of Russia's largest oil and gas companies.
The sanctions have already put at risk drilling at an oil rig in the Kara Sea in Russia's Arctic, developed jointly by state-controlled oil company OAO Rosneft and U.S. energy firm Exxon Mobil.
Rosneft, which needs modern technologies and know-how, has joined with with Exxon Mobil to develop Russia's Arctic shelf in the Kara Sea since 2011. The companies launched the Univesritetskaya-1 rig, Russia's most northern oil project, Aug. 9. Russia President Vladimir Putin, who watched the launch online praised it then as an example of "prevailing pragmatism".
Since then, Rosneft was hit by U.S. and European Union sanctions last week.Russian Natural Resources Minister Sergei Donskoi said Friday that "a halt to drilling is possible. The probability (of the suspension) is high," but added that drilling is still going on.
Rosneft declined to comment.
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said the sanctions won't affect the Russian energy sector, but he hinted that those Western companies that leave Russia because of the sanctions may not be able to come back.
Saudis To The Oil Market: Get Used To Lower Prices
RON BOUSSO*AND JOSHUA SCHNEYER,REUTERSOCT. 13, 2014, 6:11 AM 18,252*27
LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) -*Saudi Arabia*is quietly telling the oil market it would be comfortable with much lower oil prices for an extended period, a sharp shift in policy that may be aimed at slowing the expansion of rival producers including those in the U.S. shale patch.
Some OPEC members including*Venezuela*are clamoring for production cuts to push oil prices back up above $100 a barrel.
But Saudi officials have given a different message in meetings with investors and analysts: the kingdom, OPEC’s largest producer, will accept oil prices below $90 per barrel, and perhaps down to $80, for as long as a year or two, according to people who have been briefed on the recent conversations.
Obama backing indirect talks with Moscow aimed at cutting U.S. non-strategic nukes in Europe
BY:*Bill Gertz*October 10, 2014 4:40 pm
Russia is moving tactical nuclear weapons systems into recently-annexed Crimea while the Obama administration is backing informal talks aimed at cutting U.S. tactical nuclear deployments in Europe.
Three senior House Republican leaders wrote to President Obama two weeks ago warning that Moscow will deploy nuclear missiles and bombers armed with long-range air launched cruise missiles into occupied Ukrainian territory.
“Locating nuclear weapons on the sovereign territory of another state without its permission is a devious and cynical action,” states the letter signed by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R., Calif.) and two subcommittee chairmen.
“It further positions Russian nuclear weapons closer to the heart of NATO, and it allows Russia to gain a military benefit from its seizure of Crimea, allowing Russia to profit from its action.
”Russian President Vladimir Putin in recent months “has escalated his use of nuclear threats to a level not seen since the Cold War,” they wrote.
In a related development, the Obama administration is funding non-official arms control talks with Russia through a Washington think-tank that are aimed at curbing U.S. tactical nuclear arms in Europe.
The first round of talks was held in Vienna Monday and Tuesday.
Critics say Obama administration arms control officials at the State Department and Pentagon are using the informal nuclear talks as groundwork for future tactical nuclear arms cuts.
Such cuts are likely to be opposed by NATO allies, especially in Eastern Europe, worried by growing Russian military threats to the continent.
Regarding the nuclear deployments to Crimea, Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member James Inhofe (R., Okla.) first disclosed last month that Putin had announced in August his approval of deploying nuclear-capable Iskander-M short-range missiles along with Tu-22 nuclear-capable bombers in Crimea, located on the Black Sea.
“The stationing of new nuclear forces on the Crimean peninsula, Ukrainian territory Russia annexed in March, is both a new and menacing threat to the security of Europe and also a clear message from Putin that he intends to continue to violate the territorial integrity of his neighbors,” Inhofe stated in a Sept. 8 op-ed in*Foreign Policy.
Russia, China capable of defeating US in nuclear war: Prof. Fetzer
political commentator says Russia and China are capable of defeating the United Sates in a nuclear war.
In an interview with Press TV on Monday, Professor James Henry Fetzer also said that Americans must wake up to the fact that a nuclear exchange would kill hundreds of millions of people.
He said, “The very idea that the United States should be concerned that Russia and China are giving every indication that they are not going to back down from American and Western encroachment in the Middle East and in Eastern Europe,* is incredibly naïve on the part of any American authorities because we have been undertaking one provocative action after another; [for example]:*
Russia with a series of anti-missile batteries ostensibly directed toward Iran because of its ‘nuclear weapons program’ when Americans and Russians and most of the world know that Iran has no nuclear weapons program.
**The undermining of Ukraine - which appears to be part of Brzezinski’s Grand Chessboard theory that if Russia can be deprived of the Ukraine, then it [will] become crippled internationally.
**[T]he American bombing now of Syria - which appears to me to be an act of treachery and duplicity* where the Americans are claiming to go after ISIS,* or Islamic State, but in fact actually,* as Alan Sabrosky has observed,* appear to be destroying the infrastructure by taking out grain silos and oil depots and no doubt bridges and other important forms of support for the conducting of* life in Syria - which I regard as one of the most disgraceful actions ever undertaken by the United States* in any situation whatsoever, and where the leading figures/spokespersons for the administration such as Victoria Nuland of the Department of State and Samantha Power at the United Nations, Susan Rice, the National Security advisor -* are all extreme hawks – neoconservatives -* who believe in lying and cheating and stealing to promote the interests of the United States, where Victoria Nuland even admitted recently on a television program that the United Sates is not in Syria to defeat ISIS but to bring down Assad."
Under these circumstances it seems to me that Russia and China have every right to exercise or display their military power, which in my opinion is actually capable of defeating the United States in a nuclear exchange,” he stated.
He went on to say that the leaders of the US “have to stop and give a serious pause to where they are leading the nation because the actions of the United States have become comparable to those of Nazi Germany.”
*“All of this requires that the American authorities wake up to the reality that a nuclear exchange is going to bring about the death of hundreds of millions -- HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS --, which may very well may include *them and members of their family,” noted Fetzer, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth. “The world is at a precipice with these kinds of risks involved, and the United States needs to back down and start acting like a responsible citizen of the world at last,” he advised.GJH/GJH
NWO-World War 3 Plans being put into "Final Phase" against Russia, China, Iran, Syria,Lebanon, Pakistan, North Korea, etc...
World War 3 "UN-OFFICIALLY" started more than 60 years ago, now entering "Final Phase"??? toward a ONE WORLD ORDER!
As those of you who were fortunate enough to be able to read my previous blog,(Many years ago) I laid out the entire BIBLICAL ENDTIME SCENARIO/s dealing with the FINAL PHASE, And soon my Final God Inspired End Times Prophecies Blog will appear.
The Russian blogger chipstone summarized the most salient points from Putin speech as follows:
Most people in the English-speaking parts of the world missed Putin's speech at the Valdai conference in Sochi a few days ago, and, chances are, those of you who have heard of the speech didn't get a chance to read it, and missed its importance. (For your convenience, I am pasting in the full transcript of his speech below.) Western media did their best to ignore it or to twist its meaning. Regardless of what you think or don't think of Putin (like the sun and the moon, he does not exist for you to cultivate an opinion) this is probably the most important political speech since Churchill's “Iron Curtain” speech of March 5, 1946.
In this speech, Putin abruptly changed the rules of the game. Previously, the game of international politics was played as follows: politicians made public pronouncements, for the sake of maintaining a pleasant fiction of national sovereignty, but they were strictly for show and had nothing to do with the substance of international politics; in the meantime, they engaged in secret back-room negotiations, in which the actual deals were hammered out. Previously, Putin tried to play this game, expecting only that Russia be treated as an equal. But these hopes have been dashed, and at this conference he declared the game to be over, explicitly violating Western taboo by speaking directly to the people over the heads of elite clans and political leaders.
. Russia will no longer play games and engage in back-room negotiations over trifles. But Russia is prepared for serious conversations and agreements, if these are conducive to collective security, are based on fairness and take into account the interests of each side.
2. All systems of global collective security now lie in ruins. There are no longer any international security guarantees at all. And the entity that destroyed them has a name: The United States of America.
3. The builders of the New World Order have failed, having built a sand castle. Whether or not a new world order of any sort is to be built is not just Russia's decision, but it is a decision that will not be made without Russia.
4. Russia favors a conservative approach to introducing innovations into the social order, but is not opposed to investigating and discussing such innovations, to see if introducing any of them might be justified.
5. Russia has no intention of going fishing in the murky waters created by America's ever-expanding “empire of chaos,” and has no interest in building a new empire of her own (this is unnecessary; Russia's challenges lie in developing her already vast territory). Neither is Russia willing to act as a savior of the world, as she had in the past.
6. Russia will not attempt to reformat the world in her own image, but neither will she allow anyone to reformat her in their image. Russia will not close herself off from the world, but anyone who tries to close her off from the world will be sure to reap a whirlwind.
7. Russia does not wish for the chaos to spread, does not want war, and has no intention of starting one. However, today Russia sees the outbreak of global war as almost inevitable, is prepared for it, and is continuing to prepare for it. Russia does not war—nor does she fear it.
8. Russia does not intend to take an active role in thwarting those who are still attempting to construct their New World Order—until their efforts start to impinge on Russia's key interests. Russia would prefer to stand by and watch them give themselves as many lumps as their poor heads can take. But those who manage to drag Russia into this process, through disregard for her interests, will be taught the true meaning of pain.
9. In her external, and, even more so, internal politics, Russia's power will rely not on the elites and their back-room dealing, but on the will of the people.
To these nine points I would like to add a tenth:
10. There is still a chance to construct a new world order that will avoid a world war. This new world order must of necessity include the United States—but can only do so on the same terms as everyone else: subject to international law and international agreements; refraining from all unilateral action; in full respect of the sovereignty of other nations.
To sum it all up: play-time is over. Children, put away your toys. Now is the time for the adults to make decisions. Russia is ready for this; is the world?
Text of Vladimir Putin’s speech and a question and answer session at the final plenary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club’s XI session in Sochi on 24 October 2014.
Putin: Global Economy Will Collapse if Oil Prices Remain at $80 per Barrel
Updated 10:02 p.m. Moscow Time
MILAN, October 17 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that world economy will collapse if oil prices remain at $80 per barrel.
Shale oil production in the United States is profitable at a price of $80 per barrel, according to Putin.
“If oil prices remain at $80 per barrel, it will lead to production collapse. Budgets of all major oil-producing countries are based on the price of little more than $80, close to $90 per barrel…” the Russia leader told reporters after the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit in Milan.
Crude oil prices have been in decline since mid-June and have lost over 28 percent of their value since that time. Oil prices started dropping on October 10 after OPEC published its October report which indicates increases in oil production in OPEC-member countries. Gulf nations plan to oppose any cut to OPEC’s oil-production ceiling at next month’s meeting, according to experts.
Up to 200 Russian Troop Casualties in Eastern Ukraine over 2 days
October 23, 2014 - Main News - Tags: Donetsk, Russian Armed Forces, War in Ukraine - Shortlink
Several sources of information in Donetsk reported to the monitoring team of InformNapalm that large number of Russian troops were killed on the 19th October 2014 as a result of an artillery strike in the area of Children’s Tuberculosis Hospital (label 1 on map). The number of casualty estimates varied between 100 and 200 soldiers. As the information is dramatic it was necessary for the InformNapalm team to carry out further verification.
The information trail begins on the 16th October. One of our sources, who witnessed the situation personally, provided information regarding the arrival of a group of approximately 50 Russian soldiers at the locality of the hospital. Later that morning the same servicemen were spotted wearing the uniform with DPR insignia.
In the course of the past two months the militants have been trying to capture the Donetsk airport, therefore the appearance of more Russian troops group did seem as something particularly unusual. Besides this report, information was received a few days earlier regarding up to two battalions of Russian troops arriving in the area of Durnaya Balka.
According to our witnesses, on the 18.10.2014 sometime after 21:00 the militants in Donetsk panicked in response to some perceived threat and shelled the hospital district and the trooper’s base. It was reported that a large number of Russian troops were killed and wounded in this artillery shelling.
Two days later, on October 20th, a violent explosion occurred in Donetsk at the chemical factory (label 2). This explosion was so dramatic it damaged multiple buildings around the city. In the course of data collection from local sources we found out that the militants’ artillery was firing from Makeyevka, “Metalurk” stadium district, Donetsk Kalininsky district as well as the area of the former mine №11 shaft.
The factory was most likely stuck by one of the militant groups which either did it on purpose, or tried to hit the ATO positions in Pesky, probably from “Metalurg” stadium territory, but the shell fell short hitting the chemical factory causing further casualties.
As reported earlier, different groups of militants’ have been fighting among themselves, as well as between themselves and Russian forces in that region. While one cannot rule out any option, the most likely scenario is that Russian casualties have been inflicted by conflicts between the DPR `warlords’
Ukraine Begins "Large-Scale" Offensive In Donetsk; "War Has Resumed" Rebel Leader Warns; Russian Stocks, Currency Crashing
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 11/06/2014 10:24 -0500
*UKRAINE TROOPS, REBELS CLASHED 26 TIMES TODAY, MILITARY SAYS
•*DONETSK REBELS ON DEFENSIVE AGAINST UKRAINE MILITARY MOVE: RIA
•*UKRAINE ATTEMPTS TANK ADVANCE TO REACH DONETSK AIRPORT: IFX
•*UKRAINE TROOPS STAY IN POSITIONS, ADHERE TO TRUCE: MILITARY
•*UKRAINE MOVING HEAVY ARMOR IN AREA NEAR PISKY: IFX CITES REBELS
•*DONETSK REBELS ON DEFENSIVE AGAINST UKRAINE MILITARY MOVE: RIA
Russia Loses Oil Ally in De Margerie After Moscow Crash
By Matthew Campbell and Tara Patel Oct 22, 2014 5:24 AM MT 100 Comments Email Print
Christophe de Margerie’s last act as chief executive officer of Total SA (FP) left no room for doubt about his feelings toward Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
In a Moscow speech hours before the plane crash that took his life two days ago, de Margerie said U.S. and European Union sanctions on the country were “unfair and unproductive,” and that he opposed efforts to render it “isolated from the major global economic and political process.”
U.S. Military Chief Compares Putin’s Ukraine Move to Stalin’s Invasion of Poland
Today the U.S. government claimed the Russian military is firing artillery into Ukraine and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs said it reminds him of Russia’s invasion of Poland in 1939.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey said Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s new use of Russian military force inside Ukraine harkens back to 1939 when Joseph Stalin led a Russian invasion of Poland, and Dempsey predicted Putin was far from finished.
Dempsey was speaking to the Aspen Security Forum and responding to the news that the U.S. government is accusing the Russian military of firing artillery from Russian territory into eastern Ukraine in support of separatists there. The latest development represents a dangerous escalation of the crisis on the part of Putin, and the Russia-Ukraine crisis is now a global problem, he said.
Over and over again — throughout the entirety of my adult life, or so it feels — I have been shown Polish photographs from the beautiful summer of 1939: The children playing in the sunshine, the fashionable women on Krakow streets. I have even seen a picture of a family wedding that took place in June 1939, in the garden of a Polish country house I now own. All of these pictures convey a sense of doom, for we know what happened next. September 1939 brought invasion from both east and west, occupation, chaos, destruction, genocide. Most of the people who attended that June wedding were soon dead or in exile. None of them ever returned to the house.
In retrospect, all of them now look naive. Instead of celebrating weddings, they should have dropped everything, mobilized, prepared for total war while it was still possible. And now I have to ask: Should Ukrainians, in the summer of 2014, do the same? Should central Europeans join them?
I realize that this question sounds hysterical, and foolishly apocalyptic, to U.S. or Western European readers. But hear me out, if only because this is a conversation many people in the eastern half of Europe are having right now. In the past few days, Russian troops bearing the flag of a previously unknown country, Novorossiya, have marched across the border of southeastern Ukraine. The Russian Academy of Sciences recently announced it will publish a history of Novorossiya this autumn, presumably tracing its origins back to Catherine the Great. Various maps of Novorossiya are said to be circulating in Moscow. Some include Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk, cities that are still hundreds of miles away from the fighting. Some place Novorossiya along the coast, so that it connects Russia to Crimea and eventually to Transnistria, the Russian-occupied province of Moldova. Even if it starts out as an unrecognized rump state — Abkhazia and South Ossetia, “states” that Russia carved out of Georgia, are the models here — Novorossiya can grow larger over time.
A summit earlier this week achieves consensus on the inadmissibility of a foreign military presence in the sea.
By Jacopo Dettoni
October 01, 2014
Iran and Russia have built unanimous consensus among the Caspian states, which also feature Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, over the inadmissibility of a foreign military presence in the Caspian Sea, ruling out any future possible deployment of NATO forces in the basin.
A political declaration signed by the presidents of the five Caspian states at the IV Caspian Summit held in Astrakhan, Russia, on September 29, “sets out a fundamental principle for guaranteeing stability and security, namely, that only the Caspian littoral states have the right to have their armed forces present on the Caspian,” according to a statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin in the wake of the summit.
His Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, added that “there is consensus among all the Caspian Sea littoral states that they are capable of maintaining the security of the Caspian Sea and military forces of no foreign country must enter the sea,” Iran’s state news agency PressTV quoted Rouhani as saying.
The move comes as both Russia and Iran are experiencing tense diplomatic relations with Western countries and feel increasingly threatened by a foreign military presence in the Caspian Sea.
“Both Iran and Russia have interests in keeping under control a military presence of Western countries in the basin,” Bahman Diba, foreign policy expert and author of The Law and Politics of the Caspian Sea, told The Diplomat.
“Because of the ongoing troubles with former Soviet countries such as Ukraine and Georgia, Russia revived a foreign policy that can bring to mind the Cold War era. At the same time, the Iranian regime is concerned that the west may use Caspian countries to put pressure on its nuclear program.”
The Ukraine crisis has left the West seriously at odds with Moscow, which stands accused of breaching international law and violating Ukraine sovereignty. The array of sanctions imposed by the U.S. and Europe on Russia following the annexation of Crimea and fighting in Eastern Ukraine represent the toughest action taken by Western countries against the Kremlin since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Meanwhile, Iran is engaged in delicate negotiations with the P5+1 bloc (the U.S., Russia, China, U.K., and France, plus Germany) over its civilian nuclear energy program. Since Rouhani took office in 2013, the two parties have moved beyond the impasse that prevailed during the tenure of Rouhani’s predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and a breakthrough agreement was struck in November 2013. Amid recurring hiccups in the negotiations, the two sides are now trying to strike a comprehensive agreement by November 24.
On the other hand, the former Soviet republics in the Caspian basin have been stepping up cooperation with the U.S. and Europe on security and energy issues, particularly Azerbaijan. Since it gained independence in 1991, Azerbaijan has emerged as a strategic partner to the West thanks to its vast oil and gas riches flowing westwards through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipelines, which are both outside Moscow’s control.
Speaking at the NATO summit in Wales in early September, President Ilham Aliyev said that his country had become a “reliable” partner for NATO and is stepping up efforts to provide increasing logistical support for NATO operations in Afghanistan. Indeed, Azerbaijan itself has been part of the ISAF forces in Afghanistan since 2002. Besides, it is widely known that NATO officials are trying to improve military cooperation with Russia’s “near abroad” (former Soviet Union members that are still under Moscow’s sphere of influence) as the Ukraine crisis escalates. Kazakhstan appeared to be in even more advanced talks for the establishment of a naval base catering to the needs of U.S. and NATO troops in northwestern port Aktau. At the same time, the U.S. has played an active role in helping Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan bolster their military defenses and even develop their own navies.
The decision to seal off the Caspian Sea from a foreign military presence now makes any plan for a NATO military base in the basin very unlikely. It may also have repercussions in the sphere of energy security.
“Russia is strongly against the project for a trans-Caspian pipeline carrying gas from Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan and may threaten to use military force should the two former Soviet republics decide to go ahead regardless,” Dmitry Shlapentokh, professor of Soviet and post-Soviet history at Indiana University, U.S, told The Diplomat.
“However, if there was a NATO base in the Caspian, Russia might eventually give in and accept the project.”
The legal feasibility of the project ultimately depends on the outcome of the negotiations over the Caspian Sea’s legal status. Should each littoral state be granted sovereign rights over the waters off its coasts, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan will have legal grounds to develop the pipeline and connect it to the Southern Gas Corridor being developed by Baku’s government and its Western allies, dramatically boosting the two countries’ combined gas export capacity. Russia sees the trans-Caspian pipeline as posing a serious threat to its monopoly over European gas supplies – Turkmenistan boasts the world’s fourth largest gas reserves and it is already competing with Russian gas in China – and will not easily yield. In a push to smooth things over and develop feasible alternatives, the Kremlin is pledging support for a North-South corridor linking western and northwestern Europe to the Caspian basin and southern Asia that would halve the shipping distance compared to the current route, as confirmed by Putin at the Caspian summit. The corridor would pass through existing artificial canals connecting the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea and will be rigorously controlled by Moscow.
Although Putin himself admitted there are outstanding issues that have yet to be resolved, he labeled the Astrakhan summit a breakthrough in the negotiations over the Caspian Sea’s legal status and expects a definitive agreement to be struck at the next summit in Kazakhstan in 2016. With the basin’s delimitation principles still hanging in the balance, it is at least clear that there will not be no NATO flag flying over the Caspian Sea waters as the littoral states look for some common ground and finally find a way to split the basin.
Jacopo Dettoni writes on business and current affairs.
'Trojan Horse' Bug Lurking in Vital US Computers Since 2011
Nov 6, 2014, 2:13 PM ET
By JACK CLOHERTY and PIERRE THOMAS
A destructive “Trojan Horse” malware program has penetrated the software that runs much of the nation’s critical infrastructure and is poised to cause an economic catastrophe, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
National Security sources told ABC News there is evidence that the malware was inserted by hackers believed to be sponsored by the Russian government, and is a very serious threat.
The hacked software is used to control complex industrial operations like oil and gas pipelines, power transmission grids, water distribution and filtration systems, wind turbines and even some nuclear plants. Shutting down or damaging any of these vital public utilities could severely impact hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Hackers Breach White House's Unclassified Computer Network
DHS said in a bulletin that the hacking campaign has been ongoing since 2011, but no attempt has been made to activate the malware to “damage, modify, or otherwise disrupt” the industrial control process. So while U.S. officials recently became aware the penetration, they don’t know where or when it may be unleashed.
DHS sources told ABC News they think this is no random attack and they fear that the Russians have torn a page from the old, Cold War playbook, and have placed the malware in key U.S. systems as a threat, and/or as a deterrent to a U.S. cyber-attack on Russian systems – mutually assured destruction.
The hack became known to insiders last week when a DHS alert bulletin was issued by the agency’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team to its industry members. The bulletin said the “BlackEnergy” penetration recently had been detected by several companies.
DHS said “BlackEnergy” is the same malware that was used by a Russian cyber-espionage group dubbed “Sandworm” to target NATO and some energy and telecommunications companies in Europe earlier this year. “Analysis of the technical findings in the two reports shows linkages in the shared command and control infrastructure between the campaigns, suggesting both are part of a broader campaign by the same threat actor,” the DHS bulletin said.
The hacked software is very advanced. It allows designated workers to control various industrial processes through the computer, an iPad or a smart phone, sources said. The software allows information sharing and collaborative control.
By Agence France-Presse on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
A campaign of cyber attacks has been targeting US natural gas pipeline operators, officials acknowledged, raising security concerns about vulnerabilities in key infrastructure.
The Department of Homeland Security “has been working since March 2012 with critical infrastructure owners and operators in the oil and natural gas sector to address a series of cyber intrusions targeting natural gas pipeline companies,” DHS spokesman Peter Boogaard said in an email to AFP.
As possibility of third world war exists, China needs to be prepared
By Han Xudong (Global Times) 07:02, September 16, 2014
As the Ukrainian crisis deepens, international observers have become more and more concerned about a direct military clash between the US and Russia. Once an armed rivalry erupts, it is likely to extend to the globe. And it is not impossible that a world war could break out.
The world war is a form of war that the whole world should face up to. During human evolution, the world war has entered its third development phase.
The first phase took place between nomadic societies and farming groups. The second phase was featured by colonial wars, with WWI and WWII as its special representatives.
Currently, the world has entered an era of new forms of global war.
Outer space, the Internet and the sea have become the battlefields of rivalry. Technology is the key, and the number of countries involved is unprecedented.
The rivalry on the outer space and the Internet takes place with the rivalry on the sea as the center stage. During WWII, some major powers attached significant importance to the sea.
Alfred Thayer Mahan, a US military strategist who died in 1914, coined the notion of sea power. He advocated valuing the naval forces, commercial fleet and overseas military base, which served for wars on the land.
But nowadays, we stress the importance of power in the sea. Judging from the contention of the global sea space, the Arctic Ocean, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean have seen the fiercest rivalry. It's likely that there will be a third world war to fight for sea rights.
In an era when a third world war may take place, an important topic for the Chinese military is how to develop its power to maintain its national interests.
This should become the basis for its development, because since the founding of the PRC, the development of its military forces has been centered around maintaining its rights on the land. As the rivalry on the sea grows intense, China's military development should shift from maintaining the country's rights on the land to maintaining its rights on the sea.
Terrifying Beyond Belief!!! Russian Super Weapons; Destroy Any Part Of The Planet Within 15 Minutes!!! No Explosion!!
Friday, August 22, 2014 13:48
Andrey Sakharov’s plan codenamed The Wave to wash away the entire Eastern seaboard of the US by means of a giant tsunami (yes, it is the same Sakharov). They lauded the Perimeter, the Doomsday weapon system Russia inherited from the USSR ensuring total destruction of the US even if Russia were erased.
“Washington has no future. That artificial state will collapse, then this old Europe will collapse; a continent with no importance whatsoever. China is also about to explode. And what remains is Russia, in possession of orbital launch capability and space power. Russia, with lots of money and resources and weapons which NOBODY knows ANYTHING about … not yet. With these weapons, we will DESTROY any part of the planet within 15 minutes. No explosion. No ray burst. Not some kind of a laser. Not lightning. It is a calm and quiet weapon instead, with which whole continents will be put to sleep, forever. That’s all for now.” -Vladamir Zhirinovsky
MOSCOW*— U.S. military combat vehicles paraded Wednesday through an Estonian city that juts into Russia, a symbolic act that highlighted the stakes for both sides amid the worst tensions between the West and Russia since the Cold War.
The armored personnel carriers and other U.S. Army vehicles that rolled through the streets of Narva, a border city separated by a narrow frontier from Russia, were a dramatic reminder of the new military confrontation in Eastern Europe.
Cruz: "The Next 20 Months Are Going to Be Very Dangerous"
Daniel Doherty | Feb 26, 2015
Prior to his speech at CPAC Thursday afternoon, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) didn’t mince words. He bluntly told reporters how nervous he is about the president’s final 20 months in office.
“The next 20 months are going to be very dangerous,” he said. “They are going to be dangerous at home. President Obama has reacted to this last election in a way that’s unprecedented. You know, prior presidents have been repudiated [and] they’ve reacted with contrition. [P]resident Obama, instead, reacted with anger and defiance.”
“I believe the next 20 months we are going to see a degree of lawlessness that will exceed anything we’ve seen in the previous six years,” he continued. “I think we’re going to see executive order after executive order. I think we’re going to see the abuse of regulations in a way that crushes small businesses, destroys jobs. I think we are going to see the continued weaponization of the IRS in the federal government, and it is going to be dangerous.”
He expressed hope, however, that Congressional Republicans will fulfill their constitutional duties and, as he put it, “rein in that abuse of power and provide meaningful oversight.” But unfortunately, he said, there are other concerns to be worried about as well.
“And I’ll tell you as dangerous as it’s going to be at home, it’s going to be even more dangerous aboard,” he emphasized. “Every bad actor on the face of the globe, from Putin to Khomeini in Iran to ISIS, has every incentive possible to do as much damage as they can in [the next] 20 months."
Because, he argued, "the tyrants of the world believe there is no credible threat or deterrent from this president.”
Russia: US-Backed Opposition Leader Gunned Down in Moscow
Martyrdom on demand: if not of use alive, perhaps of use dead?
February 28, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) US-backed opposition groups in Russia have so far failed utterly to produce results. Their transparent subservience to Washington coupled with their distasteful brand of politics has left a rather unpleasant taste in the mouth of most Russians. Each attempt to spread the "virus" of color revolution to Moscow, as US Senator John McCain called it, has failed - and each attempt has fallen progressively flatter.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has never been more popular. His ability to weather serial provocations aimed at Russia by NATO has made him a champion against the perceived growing injustice exacted against the developing world by an increasingly militaristic and exploitative West.
So when US-backed opposition groups in Russia decided to gather again this coming March 1, Sunday, many wondered just exactly what they expected to accomplish.
Bloomberg just a day ago, would report in an article titled, "Anti-Putin Opposition Looks to Russian Spring for Revival," that:
Just before he was jailed for handing out leaflets at a metro station, Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny used his last moments in a Moscow court to record a video urging supporters to join a March 1 protest against President Vladimir Putin.
Navalny’s removal from the “Spring” rally by a 15-day sentence underlined the beleaguered state of an opposition movement that brought 100,000 onto Moscow’s streets three years ago as well as the Kremlin’s unease about the potential for unrest in Russia.
Squeezed by government persecution and Putin’s near-record approval rating, Russia’s opposition is betting that an unfolding economic crisis will spark a spring revolt on a scale last seen at the winter protests of 2011-2012, the largest since the collapse of Communism 20 years earlier. It seeks to draw as many as 100,000 people to the “anti-crisis march” in Moscow, with protests also planned in 15 other cities. They’ll highlight declining living standards and the conflict in eastern Ukraine that triggered U.S. and European Union sanctions against Russia.
Top Russian Spy Boris Nemtsov Gunned Down In Moscow
February 28, 2015
Important to note too about the assassination of Dr. Nemtsov, this report concludes, is that President Putin had warned this past year about the US-EU killing a top Russian figure by stating: “They are looking for a so-called sacrificial victim among some prominent figures, they will knock him off, I beg your pardon, and then blame [us] for that.”
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(Bloomberg) -- Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he won’t support a European Union plan to integrate the bloc’s energy policy a day after he reached a gas-supply agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Hungary wouldn’t support amending the EU’s charter to create an “energy union,” Orban told reporters in Budapest Wednesday. The country will also refrain from re-selling Russian gas to Ukraine, he said.
The plan “would require involving the EU in bilateral relationships,” Orban said. “For us, this would be abdicating our sovereignty.”
‘Missile defense killer’: Russia finalizes testing on prototype ICBM
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Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces have reported a successful launch of a next-generation ICBM that can supposedly pierce any anti-ballistic missile (ABM) system. The test came after the US announced it would resume its ABM program in Europe.
The test missile launched from a mobile pad at 9:45pm (17:45 GMT) on Thursday, the Defense Ministry said Friday. The test was carried out in the Astrakhan region, deep inside Russian territory, and the prototype’s payload successfully hit the Balkhash range in Kazakhstan.
US military bolstering its arsenal of weapons in Norway’s caves
Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:56PM
The United States is adding massive amounts of new tanks and armored vehicles to its arsenal of weapons inside a series of climate-controlled caves in central Norway, according to Pentagon officials.
The caves in the Norwegian countryside are part of the Marine Corps’ global prepositioning program, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
The rarely discussed program began during the Cold War as a way for the US to store weapons and vehicles in Europe and several locations across the world in case the Pentagon wanted to use them in war against the Soviet Union.
The Marine Corps is overseeing the current deployment of the military equipment in the Norway cave system, which was established in 1981, Marine officials said.
According to the Post, the Pentagon has over 700,000 square feet (65,032 square meters) facilities in Norway, including six climate-controlled caves and two airfields.
Much of what stored in the caves were pulled out for the US-led wars against Afghanistan and Iraq.
In February, a number of vehicles were taken out for Exercise Cold Response 2014, a military maneuver in which they served primarily as stuff to load on US transport ships to test out new piers.
According to Marine officials, the planned US military expansion in Norway has been under consideration since 2013.
The Pentagon has apparently decided to bolster its equipment in Norway at a time when tensions between the United States and Russia are very high over the crisis in Ukraine and a number of other issues.
In an interview with Press TV in May, American Professor James Petras said, the United States is implementing a global strategy of encircling Russia.
Russian Nuclear Missile Forces Conduct Large-Scale Exercises Across Country
By Dennis Lynch @neato_itsdennis on February 12 2015 9:26 AM EST
Russia’s nuclear missile force staged large-scale exercises across the vast country Thursday consisting of drills to combat sabotage and chemical weapons attacks. More than 30 regiments of the Strategic Missile Forces were involved in 12 regions, according to Itar-Tass, a Russian news agency close to the government.
“According to the drill scenario, simulated enemy’s sabotage groups planted mines on the combat patrolling route sections and used toxic agents in the field. Engineer troops, radiological, chemical and biological defense forces, as well as anti-sabotage units have been engaged in the exercises,” said Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Igor Yegorov. Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces plan to test-fire their new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile in 2017. The Sarmat would replace the Cold War-era R-36 missile, nicknamed “Satan” by NATO, which is the largest ICBM ever made.
Russia’s stockpile of 8,400 nuclear warheads is the largest in the world, surpassing the U.S.’s 7,500. Both nuclear superpowers have taken steps over the last 25 years to reduce their stockpiles under landmark accords agreed upon following the end of the Cold War.
Meanwhile, the Russian navy launched nuclear combat exercises in international waters in the Arctic last week, which was rumored to be in response to NATO’s plans to bolster defenses in the ex-Soviet Baltic states on Russia’s western border. Russia’s nuclear submarine fleet was involved in the exercises and engaged in simulated ballistic missile launches and Arctic navigation, according to Newsweek.
The Russian government announced late last year that it would upgrade its nuclear weapons capabilities as a part of a wider military modernization over the next decade. That includes building a "guaranteed nuclear deterrent,” according to President Vladimir Putin.
Russian Declaration Of War? Grandmaster Putin Springs Trap! Russia Pulls Out Of Petrodollar, Sends Entire Continent Of Europe Into Energy Crisis!
Back on January 8th of this year we put out a story on All News Pipeline called "Russian Politician Warns Of WW3 After January 15th: Get Ready To Mobilize" in which we shared a warning from flamboyent Russian politician Vladimir Zhironovsky that, as current events were unfolding, World War 3 would begin sometime after the 15th of January. As we enter the 15th of January around the world, we learn 'Grandmaster Putin's Trap' has been been sprung as Russia pulls itself out of the petrodollar and as likely stated in the brand new video below from ANP friend FreedomFighter2127, issued a "declaration of war upon NATO" by 'announcing the final nail in the south stream coffin'.
Back in November of 2014, one of those paying attention, Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge, put out a story called "How The Petrodollar Quietly Died, And Nobody Noticed," with today's moves by Russia, 60% of gas supplies to Europe have been slashed, immediately plunging the entire continent of Europe into an energy crisis.
With 6 European nations now completely shut off from gas and Bulgaria only having a few days of gas remaining, they now consider their nation as in a 'crisis situation' and as our videographer warns, the worst is likely yet to come. Will these latest moves by Putin and Russia lead to World War 3 as warned by Zhironovsky days ago and shared below?
Paul Craig Roberts: World Annihilation Threatened – Trust Now Shattered Between Russia And U.S.
February 27, 2015
The Threat Posed to International Relations By The Neoconservative Ideology of American Hegemony, Address to the 70th Anniversary of the Yalta Conference, Hosted by Institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Moscow, February 25, 2015, Hon. Paul Craig Roberts
Colleagues, What I propose to you is that the current difficulties in the international order are unrelated to Yalta and its consequences, but have their origin in the rise of the neoconservative ideology in the post-Soviet era and its influence on Washington’s foreign policy.
The collapse of the Soviet Union removed the only constraint on Washington’s power to act unilaterally abroad. At that time China’s rise was estimated to require a half century. Suddenly the United States found itself to be the Uni-power, the “world’s only superpower.” Neoconservatives proclaimed “the end of history.”
By the “end of history” neoconservatives mean that the competition between socio-economic-political systems is at an end. History has chosen “American Democratic-Capitalism.” It is Washington’s responsibility to exercise the hegemony over the world given to Washington by History and to bring the world in line with History’s choice of American democratic-capitalism.
In other words, Marx has been proven wrong. The future does not belong to the proletariat but to Washington.
Looming Economic Collapse Scenarios facing the United States: Lessons from the Soviet Collapse
Interview with Dimitry Orlov. Global Research News Hour Episode 90.
By Dmitry Orlov and Michael Welch
Global Research, January 25, 2015
On the Global Research News Hour this week, we spend the hour discussing the looming collapse scenarios facing the United States with Russian-American engineer Dmitry Orlov.
Orlov’s perspective on collapse is informed by his extended trips to his former homeland before and during its collapse.
Orlov believes and states that the former Soviet Union was set up to be resilient in the face of collapse. This, he believes is not the case in the US or Canada.
In this interview, Orlov also comments on the current situation with low oil prices, peak oil and its impact on agriculture, Russian moves in alignment with China, overtures toward the EU, the politics of austerity, the Ukraine Civil War as Anglo-Imperialist Departure Strategy, and much more.
US steps up threats against Russia as Ukrainian troops retreat from Debaltseve
By Niles Williamson
19 February 2015
The retreat Wednesday of Ukrainian soldiers from the city of Debaltseve was a major defeat for the Kiev regime in its military offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Donbass. It was also a blow to US policy in Eastern Europe.
The loss of Debaltseve has underscored the bankruptcy of the US puppet regime in Kiev and the lack of popular support for military operations against ethnic Russians in the east.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced Wednesday that he had ordered a “planned and ordered” withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the battered transit hub. The New York Times reported that a column of approximately 100 transport trucks ferried soldiers out of Debaltseve early in the morning. The convoy came under intense fire from separatist tanks and snipers as it made its way toward the government-held city of Artemivsk, approximately 45 kilometers to the northwest.
Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Andriy Lysenko reported that a majority of the estimated 8,000 Ukrainian soldiers who had been trapped in the city had escaped. “At the moment, almost 80 percent of the Ukrainian units have retreated from this sector and this operation is to be completed soon,” he told reporters.
Flight MH17: Tony Abbott confronts Vladimir Putin at APEC summit
November 12, 2014
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BEIJING: Tony Abbott has confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the APEC leaders' summit in Beijing, holding him complicit in the downing of flight MH17 and calling for Russia to apologise and consider restitution.
The talks on Tuesday – originally billed as a serious confrontation over the MH17 atrocity – followed a few brief words on Monday evening.
Mr Abbott had famously promised to "shirtfront" the Russian strongman – known for his outdoor adventure-sports prowess – over Russian military involvement in the aircraft's downing.
During a sharp 15 minutes, Mr Abbott pointed out that when the US had inadvertently shot down an airliner, it had apologised and paid financial compensation.
He commended that precedent to Mr Putin.
And living up to his "shirtfront" threat, he revealed directly to Mr Putin that Australia was in possession of information suggesting that MH17 was destroyed by a missile from a launcher that had come out of Russia, was fired from inside Eastern Ukraine and then returned to Russia.
Mr Abbott noted that if true, it would be a very serious matter.
The high-octane meeting, which made headlines around the world, was originally intended to take place in Brisbane at the G20.
Mr Abbott opted to confront the Russian President when it became clear he would not be successful in either convincing other world leaders to speak out against Mr Putin's attendance in protest at the MH17 atrocity, nor in shaming Mr Putin into not attending.
With 38 Australians dead, the Abbott government had led the global outrage at the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine by Russian-backed separatists using what was thought to be Russian-supplied weaponry.
But as the G20 loomed, Mr Abbott apparently thought better of having his own event overwhelmed by attention on the Russian confrontation and sought an earlier meeting on the sidelines of APEC. It was the Russians who confirmed the APEC meeting would go ahead.
Both sides apparently agreed to abide by UN Security Council resolution 2166, which requires full co-operation with the independent investigation.
It is just part of the unfinished business at this APEC summit.
Thank you Chairman Murphy, Ranking Member Johnson, and members of the Subcommittee; I appreciate the opportunity to be here today to discuss European energy security during this crucial time. The Department of State and broader administration are committed to improving Europe’s energy security and working closely with our partners to achieve that.
Let me begin with an update on where the energy crisis in Ukraine stands. Ukraine has been negotiating with Russia and the European Union to resolve the issue of price, debt and future payment for Ukraine’s gas imports from Russia. Russia did not accept the compromise position developed by the EU after weeks of negotiations and unfortunately ceased supply of gas to Ukraine on June 16, showing little willingness to continue negotiations until Ukraine pays off its debt. The situation is urgent for Ukraine. While Ukrainian production is sufficient to cover summer demand, without Russian gas Ukraine will not be able to meet its consumption needs when the heating season resumes. As Ukraine is a key transit route for Russian gas to Europe, it is important to note that European supplies have not been impacted; flows of gas through Ukraine continue. The Russian government has repeatedly said it would not cut supplies that flow onward through Ukraine to Europe, and Ukraine has also promised not to disrupt transit. The short-term impact of this cutoff has been relatively small in Europe because it is not in the gas-intensive heating season and because last year’s winter was mild, leaving stocks unseasonably high.
However, current mild alarm in Europe cannot lead us, or our EU allies, to become passive in addressing a long-term solution. On an annual basis, Russia supplies more than half the gas consumed in Ukraine and more than a quarter of the gas consumed in the EU. Although Ukraine is importing small amounts of gas through reverse flows from Hungary and Poland, Russian imports are required to meet increased demand during the winter heating season.
So where does that leave us today? While the media and others have focused on European energy security only for the last several months, the United States Government has been focused on this issue for several years. As early as the late 1990s, we were heavily engaged in negotiations that made the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline a reality despite the skepticism of experts who said Azerbaijani oil would never flow to European markets.
Our European energy security efforts intensified after Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine and European customers in 2009. Since then, the State Department, spearheaded first by the Special Envoy and now by the Bureau of Energy Resources, has been intensely focused on energy security in Europe, advocating energy diversification across the European continent, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe. We work hand-in-hand with the EU Commission as well as with the Energy Envoys in Eastern/Central European countries, and meet often with the Visegrad-4+ (“V4 plus”) states (Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Hungary, plus Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia). In fact, DAS Yee and I just returned from Hungary and Croatia last week.
When we talk about supply diversification in a European context, there are several components that must be addressed. First is fuel mix – countries should use less by increasing energy efficiency and advancing low carbon energy sources like renewables. A diverse fuel mix could also include nuclear energy and domestic production of gas, including pursuing unconventional supplies if the conditions are right, including subsurface (geologic) potential and above-ground considerations like a strong regulatory regime and environmental safeguards.
Second, it is crucial to diversify import routes: ultimately, Europe must build an interconnected pipeline system that allows gas to flow freely throughout the continent. Finally, European countries must pursue diversification of sources away from a dependence on a single supplier. I am not suggesting that countries should eliminate Russian imports – that is neither necessary nor reasonable and Russia will and should remain a central player in the region – but introduction of alternative supplies will promote competition in the energy market. This will ultimately increase energy security while also benefitting consumers.
We as a government are working actively with our friends and allies in Europe to promote diversification with actions as well as words. We are supporting their efforts to ensure the Southern Corridor becomes a reality. We are pleased the project achieved the key milestone of securing a Final Investment Decision (FID) in December 2013. We strongly supported the creation of the Greece-Bulgaria Interconnector, which will allow gas from the Southern Corridor to supply Southeast Europe rather than just enter Central and Western Europe via Italy. For the same reason we are supportive of proposals to build an extension of the Southern Corridor from Albania all the way to Croatia via the Ionian-Adriatic Pipeline, once enough gas becomes available, ultimately supplying neighbors Hungary, Ukraine and others.
We are working closely with colleagues in the EU’s Directorate-General for Energy (DG Energy) to advance east-to-west and west-to-east interconnections of infrastructure in Central and Eastern Europe. These efforts are already producing successful projects such as the recent announcement of the Hungary-Slovakia interconnector. We also support proposals to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals at critical points on European coasts, from Poland to Croatia to the Baltics. In short, Mr. Chairman, we agree with our European allies on the critical need for Europe to improve its energy infrastructure by constructing new pipelines, upgrading interconnectors to allow bidirectional flow, and building new LNG terminals to diversify fuel sources.
We commend the European Union for legal reforms that accelerate market integration and promote diversification of fuel types, sources, and routes. Known as the Third Energy Package, these reforms laid the foundation for a common, regulated, and transparent gas market across the EU. The Third Energy Package separates control of energy supplies from the infrastructure that delivers that energy, so natural gas suppliers, for example, must either divest from ownership of pipeline infrastructure or allow an independent operator to manage the pipeline. It gives any purchaser of gas full control over the product, allowing whoever holds title to the energy the right to sell it onward to any other interested customer, thus eliminating destination clauses. And obligatory third-party access eliminates monopoly control over pipelines, allowing any entity to compete to use gas infrastructure to deliver its product to any consumer who seeks to purchase it.
Part of the answer for Ukraine’s energy security is its integration into the EU’s energy market. However, before this integration can happen successfully, it is essential that, Ukraine reform its energy sector. If it does not, and if corruption and inefficiency continue along with crippling energy subsidies for consumers, Ukraine will be right back where it started before long.
That’s why we are working with Ukraine on internal reform, governance, and efficiency improvements. A major precondition for the financial package from the IMF, and for U.S. and European assistance, is Government of Ukraine action to reform its domestic price and subsidies. The interim government is to be commended for passing and beginning to implement these reforms, but it will be up to the Poroshenko government to see them through. It will be necessary to fight corruption in the energy sector, unleash private investment, and stick to consumer price increases to incentivize energy efficiency improvements, all of which will have a major impact on Ukraine’s energy security and economic growth. Ultimately, it is up to the Ukrainian people and their government to achieve this level of domestic reform, but the Administration believes it is our responsibility to provide what tools we can to assist them – and ensure the political space to maneuver – wherever possible.
Getting back to the current state-of-play, the United States, although not party to the trilateral gas negotiations, is working closely with Ukraine and the EU to identify solutions that will bring an end to the current crisis and make the Ukrainian and the EU gas supply systems more resilient in the future. EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger, his cabinet and DG Energy have done an incredible job, and we are in weekly contact with Commissioner Oettinger and his staff, and with Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan, on this issue.
We have worked closely with the governments and pipeline operators of Ukraine, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia and with European energy companies to see gas flowing west to east from Europe into Ukraine. Thanks in part to these efforts, gas is now flowing from both Poland and Hungary into Ukraine. In late April in Bratislava, with close involvement of the EU and the State Department, the governments of Ukraine and Slovakia also signed an MOU on reverse-flow – an agreement which will allow gas to begin to flow from Slovakia into Ukraine as soon as September. Although the volumes will be small initially, they could increase significantly over the next year and help Ukraine benefit from Europe’s competitive energy market.
In view of the risks to European gas supplies during a dispute between Russia and Ukraine, the G-7 energy ministers also agreed to collaborate in support of contingency planning by vulnerable countries for the upcoming winter season met in Rome on May 5-6, 2014. We are working with the Department of Energy as they coordinate an effort to assist the most vulnerable central and southeast European countries to assess their situation and share best practices.
We are also working to develop and implement programs to increase Ukraine’s energy production and efficiency. The Bureau of Energy Resources is overseeing a U.S. government and donor effort to increase private investment to boost gas production from existing fields, strengthen transparency and management of operations and revenue management at Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state-owned oil and gas company, and build the Government of Ukraine’s capacity to manage the implementation of production sharing contracts for unconventional gas exploration
and development. Within one year, we could introduce improved technologies to increase production in existing gas fields. Additionally, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will be a primary partner to pilot a new tender to open existing fields up to private sector investment and increase domestic gas production. On unconventional gas, through the Bureau of Energy Resources’ Unconventional Gas Technical Engagement Program (UGTEP), we are working with the government of Ukraine to assist them in preparing and implementing their responsibilities under contracts with international oil companies to increase unconventional gas production in a commercially- and environmentally-sustainable manner. The U.S. Government also is sending a petroleum geologist to provide advice about unconventional gas exploration. Finally, it is critical that Ukraine reduce the country’s energy intensity. Thankfully, the United States has a long history of support for energy efficiency in Ukraine. Most recently, USAID’s Municipal Energy Reform Project (MER Project) is designed to enhance Ukraine’s energy security as well as to reduce and mitigate GHG emissions resulting from the poor use of energy resources in Ukrainian municipalities.
Ever since Russia's non-invasion and peaceful reunion with the predominantly Russian Crimea, several leading luminaries of the West's PRC (Predatory Ruling Class) have launched "Putin is like Hitler" accusations. From the big mouth of the Hildebeast:
"Now if this sounds familiar, it's what Hitler did back in the '30s."
From the gaping posterior of that useless royal eater, Prince Charles:
"And now Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler."
U.S. Military Chief Compares Putin’s Ukraine Move to Stalin’s Invasion of Poland
Today the U.S. government claimed the Russian military is firing artillery into Ukraine and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs said it reminds him of Russia’s invasion of Poland in 1939.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey said Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s new use of Russian military force inside Ukraine harkens back to 1939 when Joseph Stalin led a Russian invasion of Poland, and Dempsey predicted Putin was far from finished.
Dempsey was speaking to the Aspen Security Forum and responding to the news that the U.S. government is accusing the Russian military of firing artillery from Russian territory into eastern Ukraine in support of separatists there. The latest development represents a dangerous escalation of the crisis on the part of Putin, and the Russia-Ukraine crisis is now a global problem, he said.
“It does change the situation. You’ve got a Russian government that has made a conscious decision to use its military force inside another sovereign nation to achieve its objectives. It’s the first time since 1939 or so that that’s been the case,” Dempsey said. “They clearly are on a path to assert themselves differently not just in Eastern Europe, but Europe in the main, and towards the United States.”
Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.
- Written by Paramount Pictures
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) joins the U.S. Marine Corps after the 9/11 attacks. He is a Marine second lieutenant when the helicopter he is riding in is shot down over Afghanistan. Ryan is critically injured and during a lengthy rehab, he attracts the attention of Dr. Cathy Muller (Keira Knightley), his future wife, and the interest of the CIA, in the person of Thomas Harper (Kevin Costner). The CIA is impressed with Ryan's ability to recognize complex patterns. As part of the recruitment, Ryan is sent by the CIA back to finish his PhD at the London School of Economics, which he had dropped after enlisting.
Ten years later, Ryan is working on Wall Street at both a cover job as a compliance officer at a stock brokerage, and as a covert CIA analyst, looking for suspect financial transactions that would indicate terrorist activity. When the Russian Federation loses a key vote before the United Nations, Ryan notices that the markets do not respond in the expected way. He discovers that trillions of dollars held by Russian organizations have "fallen off the radar". There is so much money held out of view that the United States economy may actually be vulnerable to a sudden move. All of these funds are controlled by Viktor Cheverin (Kenneth Branagh), a veteran of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Cheverin, along with a group of key Russian politicians, have been left embittered by the United States' covert intervention in the invasion and are seeking revenge.
Ryan's employer happens to do business with Cheverin, so when Ryan discovers that certain accounts have become firewalled away from him as auditor, he has a legitimate excuse to visit Moscow and investigate. On arrival he narrowly survives a murder attempt by an assassin posing as his bodyguard. Ryan sends out an SOS and is surprised to learn that his backup is Harper. During their debrief, Ryan explains how Cheverin's shadow investments can make the United States vulnerable: A staged terrorist attack will spook and weaken global markets including US debt obligations. Then Cheverin will dump all of his inventory onto the market at the same time, causing the American dollar to collapse. It would hurt China too because of their dollar holdings, and so the goal is to trigger a new Great Depression.
At his frosty meeting with Cheverin the next day, he is told that the problem company and all of its assets have been sold. This is transparently about stopping Ryan's audit.
Meanwhile, Ryan's fiancée Cathy has become concerned that he is having an affair and secretly flies to Moscow to meet him. Against protocol for unmarried couples, Ryan reveals that he works for the CIA, to her great relief. Improvising on the situation, Harper has Cathy agree to be included in a plan to infiltrate Cheverin's offices. Ryan and Cathy meet Cheverin at an upscale restaurant across the street from Cheverin's office; over dinner Ryan causes a scene and "insults" Cathy. Excusing himself, he gains access to Cheverin's office where he downloads critical files. He discovers Cheverin has been secretly propping up the Chinese and Japanese economies for 20 years, and that the entire global economy is vulnerable. Cheverin, alerted to Ryan's infiltration, abducts Cathy. Ryan rescues her, but Cheverin maintains that Ryan cannot stop his plan.
Ryan and the CIA discover Cheverin used a falsified death certificate to place his son Aleksandr (Alec Utgoff) in the United States as a sleeper agent. Ryan uses his talent for pattern recognition to locate Aleksandr's hideout and intended target: Wall Street. He locates a bomb hidden in a dummy police response vehicle and gives chase. Unable to defuse it, he hijacks the vehicle and crashes it into the East River, killing Aleksandr and preventing the loss of any innocent life.
Ryan and Cathy are reunited and discuss their future together. Cathy decides to stay with him despite his career and the risks he has to take. Cheverin is executed by his co-conspirators in Russia, while Ryan, now married, and Harper are called to the White House to brief the president.
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USA harbors plans to decapitate Russia within minutes
The West has declared a cold war on Russia. The ultimate goal of the United States of America is to destroy Russia. The Americans already consider plans about the neutralization of the nuclear potential of Russia. Plan A is to strike a blow that would behead Russia. Plan B is to destroy the launcher. President of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, Konstantin Sivkov, shared his views about the developing standoff between Russia and the West in an interview with Pravda.Ru.
"American politicians have committed a variety of crimes. Will anyone be held accountable for those crimes? What about the international law, the UN and other organizations? Are they doing anything?"
"Indeed, one can enumerate their crimes for long. In Iraq, about 1 million 200 thousand people have been killed. The American elite will answer for all that when Nuremberg-2 trial takes place. Hitler's elite answered for all atrocities and crimes only after Hitler's war machine was destroyed and the Nuremberg trial was held.
"The American elite will not be held accountable for anything until their military machine is destroyed. Needless to say that external forces can not contribute to the defeat of the American elite. Ferguson showed only a little bit of tension. In fact, the American society is very conflicted from the inside. There are extensive layers of conflict. Layers of conflict are very extensive. There are ethnic, cultural, property, territorial differences and even ideological signs. In the United States, there are many internal contradictions.
"Today, these contradictions get lost in overconsumption, but the time of overconsumption comes to an end. There are already people in America, who line up and fight for free food coupons. The American society will decay some day, and that will be the day, when the question of responsibility of the American elite is going to arise."
"In addition to carrots of consumption, they use sticks in America at a much greater extent. The penal system in the United States is very strong."
"This is true. Hitler's state machine was the same. Nevertheless, there were people in Nazi Germany, who were fighting against all that. They try to give an acceptable level to the majority of population. Yet, they do not have enough brains to ensure decent maintenance to veterans of their own armed forces. In the United States of America, scandals related to retired military men, who do not receive social benefits, are frequent.
American society will decay some day
"Suffice it to recall the recent scandal about the soldier, who, allegedly shot Osama Bin Laden. Well, that's not even the point. Pay attention to the last speech from the Chief of Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, General Gerasimov. His speech was nothing but a de facto recognition of the fact that the West had declared cold war on Russia. I want to remind you that in 1949, it was not the USSR, but the West that started the cold war. It was not the Soviet Union, but the West that was building the Iron Curtain. The United States created NATO in 1949, and the Warsaw Pact saw the light only in 1955, six years later. We had to take some measures in response. Today, the story is the same."
Russia's military doctrine can be updated and altered against the changing nature of threats. Pravda.Ru interviewed President of the International Center for Geopolitical Analysis, Doctor of Historical Sciences Leonid Ivashov, about the current state of affairs in the military doctrine of the Russian Federation.
"The concluding part of the military doctrine from 2010 states that its provisions can be adjusted in accordance with the changing nature of military dangers and threats. Who and what is now a threat to Russia?"
Just Hours Away From Nuclear War, America Remains Asleep
And as of this VERY MOMENT, the US and NATO are conducting their largest wide-scale war games in modern history in the Baltic states and creating a “line of troops” across Eastern Europe….while at the same time thousands of Russia troops are in full combat alert while Russian nuclear missiles are being moved to the front lines and Russia’s strategic nuclear bombers are in the air and ready to attack.
The only FACT remaining unknown right now is if/when these two titanic forces will begin fighting? And if/when they do? You can rest assured it will go nuclear in the very first minutes…after all, Obama didn’t begin building (in 2011) his massive nuclear weapons plant in Kansas City for nothing!
Drills for me but not for thee: NATO launches war games near Russian border
Published time: March 21, 2015 03:13
Despite being quick to condemn Russian military manoeuvers, NATO is conducting wide-scale war games in the Baltic states and creating a “line of troops” across Eastern Europe. The US denies a double standard, but records and transcripts suggest otherwise.
Thousands of US troops and hundreds of tanks have poured into Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the past two months as part of an operation dubbed “Atlantic Resolve.” In February, 140 NATO vehicles and 1400 troops swept through Narva, a mere 300 meters from the Russian border.
“As you connect countries, there is almost a line of US troops,” Defense News quoted Col. Michael Foster of the 173rd Airborne Brigade on March 2 as saying. US forces have previously held joint war games with Baltic nations, with names such as “Saber Strike,” “Spring Storm” and “Flaming Sword.”
READ MORE: Over 100 US armored vehicles roll into Latvia, NATO flexes muscles in Europe (VIDEO)
When asked why the US was condemning Russian exercises inside Russia, State Department press official Jeff Rathke told RT no such statement had ever been made.
While the US has not criticized every military drill conducted by the Kremlin, last August State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Russia’s aviation exercises are “provocative and only serve to escalate tensions.”
Just last week, Washington pushed Vietnam to prevent Russian aircraft from refueling there.
“We have urged Vietnamese officials to ensure that Russia is not able to use its access to Cam Ranh Bay to conduct activities that could raise tensions in the region,” one State Department official told Reuters, on the condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, in the first three weeks of February, the US Navy flew its latest surveillance aircraft from bases in the Philippines over disputed islands in the South China Sea. The P-8 Poseidon is equipped with the latest sensors and electronics in the US Navy arsenal, and can “pack a serious punch,” according to one US military analyst.
Kansas City Here It Comes: A New Nuclear Weapons Plant!
Should the U.S. government be building more nuclear weapons? Residents of Kansas City, Missouri don’t appear to think so, for they are engaged in a bitter fight against the construction of a new nuclear weapons plant in their community.
The massive plant, 1.5 million square feet in size, is designed to replace an earlier version, also located in the city and run by the same contractor: Honeywell. The cost of building the new plant—which, like its predecessor, will provide 85 percent of the components of America’s nuclear weapons—is estimated to run $673 million.
From the standpoint of the developer, Centerpoint Zimmer (CPZ), that’s a very sweet deal. In payment for the plant site, a soybean field it owned, CPZ received $5 million. The federal government will lease the property and plant from a city entity for twenty years, after which, for $10, CPZ will purchase it, thus establishing the world’s first privately-owned nuclear weapons plant. In addition, as the journal Mother Jones has revealed, “the Kansas City Council, enticed by direct payments and a promise of ‘quality jobs,’ . . . agreed to exempt CPZ from property taxes on the plant and surrounding land for twenty-five years.” The Council also agreed to issue $815 million in bond subsidies from urban blight funds to build the plant and its infrastructure. In this lucrative context, how could a profit-driven corporation resist?
Kansas City residents, however, had greater misgivings. They wondered why the U.S. government, already possessing 8,500 nuclear weapons, needed more of them. They wondered what had happened to the U.S. government’s commitment to engage in treaties for nuclear disarmament. They wondered how the new weapons plant fit in with the Obama administration’s pledge to build a world free of nuclear weapons. And they wondered why they should be subsidizing the U.S. military-industrial complex with their tax dollars.
Taking the lead, the city’s peace and disarmament community began protests and demonstrations against the proposed nuclear weapons plant several years ago. Gradually, Kansas City PeaceWorks (a branch of Peace Action) pulled together the local chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, religious groups, and others into a coalition of a dozen organizations, Kansas City Peace Planters. The coalition’s major project was a petition campaign to place a proposition on the November 8, 2011 election ballot that would reject building a plant for weapons and utilize the facility instead for “green energy” technologies.
Pentagon loses control of US arms and military equipment worth $400m to Yemeni rebels
Wednesday 04 February 2015
Obama says US involvement is 'not neat and not simple, but it is the best option that we have'
Chaos in rebel-controlled Yemen has left the Pentagon unable to monitor the vast arsenal it has supplied the country’s military.
The nation has been left leaderless after Houthi rebels seized the presidential palace last month amid fierce shelling, and prompted the resignation of the Western-backed President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military on Monday launched sweeping military maneuvers in the Arctic and other areas, a show of force ordered by President Vladimir Putin amid spiraling tensions with the West over Ukraine.
The five-day Arctic drills involving 38,000 servicemen, more than 50 surface ships and submarines and 110 aircraft are intended to check the readiness of Russia's Northern Fleet and the military's ability to deploy additional forces from central Russia.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said "the new challenges and military threats require further increase of the armed forces' capabilities."
As part of the exercise the military will check its ability to beef up its forces on the Arctic Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land archipelagos and protect the state borders on land, in the air and at sea, Shoigu said in televised remarks.
Other tasks will include the airlifting of special operations forces to distant locations and efforts to counter the enemy's diversions.
The military elsewhere in Russia also launched drills. About 3,000 troops drilled on Sakhalin Island, the Kamchatka Peninsula and other areas in the far east.
In southern Siberia, the Russian air force launched maneuvers at the firing range in Buryatia, and in southwestern Russia, about 500 troops were involved in tactical drills on shooting ranges in the Stavropol region.
The war games come as Russia-West ties are strained over the Ukrainian crisis and the West is also boosting its military preparedness. The United States is planning to conduct joint exercises with forces from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania later this month.
Putin, speaking in a documentary broadcast by state television late Sunday, said that Russia was ready to bring its nuclear weapons into a state of alert during last year's tensions over the Crimean Peninsula and the overthrow of Ukraine's Moscow-friendly president.
Russian forces quickly took over Crimea following the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych, blocking Ukrainian troops at their bases and setting the stage for a hastily called referendum on secession. Russia then annexed Crimea on March 19, 2014.
Saudi Arabia is investing heavily in its downstream business and developing captive markets to enter global oil market domination and counter the threat of U.S. tight oil.
Saudi Arabia has been crafting the strategy for a few years, but it has come in sharp focus after the kingdom convinced other OPEC producers to maintain oil production at a meeting last November despite a collapse in crude prices.
Oil prices have fallen 50% since June 2014, but Saudi officials have been unmoved as they see their strategy working. That suggests that the country has effectively handed over the role of swing producer to more expensive non-OPEC producers and made a real play to capture more market share.
Liz Wahl is an American journalist.
She was born at Subic Naval Base in the Philippines to a Filipina mother and Hungarian-American father. She was raised in Connecticut. She graduated from Fairfield University. Her paternal grandparents were refugees from Hungary, who fled the on-coming Soviet invasion during the Hungarian Uprising. Wahl cited her grandparents' experience as a factor in her public denunciation of RT and the network's coverage of Russian military intervention in Ukraine.
Wahl worked at the United States branch of RT for over two years.
On March 5, 2014, Wahl went off script, during her live segment, and resigned her job while denouncing her employer RT for its allegedly distorted coverage of Russia's intervention in the Crimea. She also claimed that RT censored her interview with Ron Paul on the day she resigned. Ron Paul himself denied any censorship.
RT America responded by calling Liz Wahl's actions "Nothing more than a self-promotional stunt." Video of Wahl's resignation quickly went viral on the internet, with millions of hits on YouTube. She appeared on three major American cable news outlets - CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC - was also invited to appear on The View, Anderson Cooper, and Stephen Colbert for additional interviews.
Barbara Walters initially voiced criticism of Wahl, saying she should not be treated like a hero, but has since recanted and praised Wahl's efforts. Politico published Wahl's tell-all firsthand story detailing her early career, how she was recruited to RT, her frustrations working for the Russian-funded network, and her resignation.
In July 2014, reporter Sara Firth from RT's London Branch resigned for nearly identical reasons that Wahl did.
I testified at the Capitol today in a hearing before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs about confronting Russia's weaponization of information. Here is the video. Hearing starts about :42 minutes in. My testimony begins at 1:00
Putin Emergence As “Last Hope For World” Shocks West
April 14, 2015
Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov in publically commenting on this historic affirmation of President Putin’s global efforts for peace also stated: “The fact that the president is one of the most popular, well-known and respected politicians in the world is obvious. This leadership has been recorded by a number of media outlets — this is also an obvious fact.”
Even more than his global popularity though, this report continues, is the devotion shown to President Putin by the citizens of the Motherland, who even while enduring the illegal and unjust sanctions put upon the Federation by the West, back him by an 86% margin during this historic standoff with the West for his advocating of peace, instead of war…and as, perhaps, best said in his own words: “Sometimes it is necessary to be lonely in order to prove that you are right.”
And to how right President Putin has been in advocating global peace, this report notes, the United States and its Western allies, by contrast, have over the past 14 years initiated failed wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Africa, Ukraine, and now Yemen, endangering the lives of over 500 million innocent human beings…and which up to 2011 when they stopped counting, had cost nearly 250,000 lives and $4 trillion.
At the exact same time that President Putin has sought to stop the West’s warmongering, this report adds, the US and EU have continued their unprecedented buildup of massive military forces all around the Federations borders, while at the same time comically accusing him of wanting to recreate the former Soviet Union…a situation made even more laughable when viewed in the context of Putin’s own words: “Whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart. Whoever wants it back has no brain.”
Most Popular Politician in WORLD HISTORY-Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin Wins TIME 100 Reader’s Poll
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April 13, 2015
He beat out pop star CL of the girl group 2NE1
Russian President Vladimir Putin is the winner of this year’s TIME 100 reader’s poll.
Putin edged out rapper-singer CL (of the South Korean girl-group 2NE1) to claim the number one spot with 6.95% of the votes in the final tally. Pop stars Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Taylor Swift rounded out the top five with 2.6%, 1.9% and 1.8% of the votes, respectively.
The TIME 100 is an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, spanning politics, entertainment, business, technology, science, religion and other fields. Chosen by the editors of TIME, this year’s list will be unveiled April 16. Voting for the reader’s poll closed April 10.
Besides Putin, the only non-entertainers to crack the top 10 were the Dalai Lama (1.7%), Malala Yousafzai (1.6%) and Pope Francis. (1.5%). Barack and Michelle Obama sat just outside the top 10 with 1.4% and 1.2% of the votes, respectively.
More than half of the votes — 57.38% — were cast within the United States. Canada and the United Kingdom followed with 5.54% and 4.55% respectively.
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Europe faces a 'real threat' from Russia, warns US army commander
The commander of the US army in Europe, Lt-Gen Frederick "Ben" Hodges, says that Nato must remain united "as insurance" against Russia
By Justin Huggler, Wiesbaden3:18PM BST 18 Apr 2015
The commander of the US army in Europe has warned that Nato must remain united in the face of a "real threat" from Russia.
"It's not an assumption. There is a Russian threat," Lt-Gen Frederick "Ben" Hodges said.
"You've got the Russian ambassador threatening that Denmark will be a nuclear target if it participates in any missile defence programme. And when you look at the unsafe way Russian aircraft are flying without transponders in proximity to civilian aircraft, that's not professional conduct."
Gen Hodges spoke to the Telegraph on the sidelines of a military debriefing after an exercise to move live Patriot missiles 750 miles across Europe by road and deploy them on the outskirts of Warsaw.
The sight of a US military convoy crossing the German-Polish border more than 20 years after the end of the Cold War made international headlines and brought traffic to a standstill as people posed for selfies beside the troops.
The intention of such a highly visible deployment was to send a signal, Gen Hodges said.
"That's exactly what it was about, reassuring our allies," he said.
Sergiyev Posad, July 18, Interfax - The precepts of St. Sergius of Radonezh is a key to understanding Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a gala concert on the occasion of the 700th birthday anniversary of St. Sergius of Radonezh.
"The precepts of St. Sergius of Radonezh are key to understanding Russia, to learning its foundamental principles - its historical traditions, unity and togetherness. It is in this unity, in truth and justice, in our centuries-long traditions in which lie the strength of Russia, its great past, present and future," Putin said.
St. Sergius played a truly seminal role in Russian history, he said. "The teacher and builder of Russia, this is how simply and concisely the people summed up the high mission of St. Sergius. His wise and firm word of a teacher was a spiritual pillar and support during the difficult period of foreign invasion and internal feuds. It was then that his prophetic words were said: love and unity will save us. And this exhortation filled with unshakeable faith served for the unification of the Russian lands and forever remained in our national psyche, our historical memory," the president said.
The scale and influence of the personality of St. Sergius have been felt through the centuries, Putin said. "He was the inspirator of the patriotic, national and moral uplifting. He helped consolidate the Orthodox Church and build monasteries which were not only spiritual centers but true fortresses and guardians of Russia," he said.
The Trinity Lavra founded by St. Sergius has a special role, Putin said. "It is rightly considered an Orthodox citadel, a pure source of faith and a national cultural treasury," the president said.
He noted the importance of restoring other places bearing the name of St. Sergius of Radonezh, which are seeing their "second birth" thanks to donations from ordinary people and "their memory about the great saint and his spiritual exploit."
Putin also met with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and representatives of local Orthodox Churches, who came for the celebration of the 700th anniversary of Saint Sergius of Radonezh.
"We live in difficult time, unfortunately, very many issues exist at the international arena and in spiritual and moral spheres, which are to be overcome, but we can do this only following the ideas, which St. Sergius of Radonezh, who called for unity and love, formed in his time. Only love and unity can save us," he said at a meeting.
Total and Complete Obliteration of the United States of America!
Video: Putin Warns Journalists of Nuclear War: “I Don’t Know How to Get Through to You People”
By Enrico Braun
Global Research, July 08, 2016
Russia Insider 6 July 2016
Vladimir Putin has finally taken the kid gloves off.
The Russian president was meeting with foreign journalists at the conclusion of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum on June 17th, when he left no one in any doubt that the world is headed down a course which could lead to nuclear war.
Putin railed against the journalists for their “tall tales” in blindly repeating lies and misinformation provided to them by the United States on its anti-ballistic missile systems being constructed in Eastern Europe. He pointed out that since the Iran nuclear deal, the claim the system is to protect against Iranian missiles has been exposed as a lie.
The journalists were informed that within a few years, Russia predicted the US would be able to extend the range of the system to 1000 km. At that point, Russia’s nuclear potential, and thus the nuclear balance between the US and Russia, would be placed in jeopardy
Putin completely lost patience with the journalists, berating them for lazily helping to accelerate a nuclear confrontation by repeating US propaganda. He virtually pleaded with the western media, for the sake of the world, to change their line:
We know year by year what’s going to happen, and they know that we know. It’s only you that they tell tall tales to, and you buy it, and spread it to the citizens of your countries. You people in turn do not feel a sense of the impending danger – this is what worries me. How do you not understand that the world is being pulled in an irreversible direction? While they pretend that nothing is going on. I don’t know how to get through to you anymore.
Does anyone in the reeking garbage heap that is mainstream western media have a conscience? Do they even have enough intellect to get what Putin is saying – that they are helping to push the planet towards World War III?
PUTIN WARNS OF WORLD WAR 3
Society hurdles dangerously closer to global warfare
Infowars.com - JULY 7, 2016 1020 Comments
Alex Jones breaks down the Western mainstream media cover-up of Vladimir Putin’s recent dire warning to journalists. The Russian president met with foreign press at the conclusion of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum on June 17th, and left no one in any doubt that the world is headed down a course which could lead to nuclear war.
The growing tension between East and West is especially worrisome in light of the general public’s departure from political awareness and its inability to survive outside of the government system.
We, the undersigned, are Russians living and working in the USA. We have been watching with increasing anxiety as the current US and NATO policies have set us on an extremely dangerous collision course with the Russian Federation, as well as with China. Many respected, patriotic Americans, such as Paul Craig Roberts, Stephen Cohen, Philip Giraldi, Ray McGovern and many others have been issuing warnings of a looming a Third World War. But their voices have been all but lost among the din of a mass media that is full of deceptive and inaccurate stories that characterize the Russian economy as being in shambles and the Russian military as weak—all based on no evidence. But we—knowing both Russian history and the current state of Russian society and the Russian military, cannot swallow these lies. We now feel that it is our duty, as Russians living in the US, to warn the American people that they are being lied to, and to tell them the truth. And the truth is simply this:
If there is going to be a war with Russia, then the United States
will most certainly be destroyed, and most of us will end up dead.
What If Vladimir Putin Does Know a “Third Way” for Society?
14.06.2016 Author: Phil Butler
Vladimir Putin saved Russia from the scavengers of the Yeltsin era. What’s more, he’s fundamentally re-forming the world’s biggest country in ways few understand. Unfortunately, Russia has enemies bitterly opposed to the idea of Russians taking a leadership role in the world once again. While think tanks and “new world” evangelists in the west promise change and progress, Putin and his colleagues are at work, resolutely forging a new Russia.
Many people believe that Russia under Putin is a totalitarian regime. Meanwhile, fanatical followers of the Russian president defend his moves as an effort to hammer out some pseudo-American form of democracy. But neither of these characterizations of Putin are accurate. Many have sought to study Putin, while simply applying their own ideologies either “for or against” what they believe Putin is. The reality is, there is a “third way” of reshaping Russia’s future. It is abundantly clear that Putin, by far the best read leader in the world, is forging a new Russia politic, derived largely from the teachings of the Russian religious an political philosopher, Ivan Ilin..
The Spirit of Law
Most reading this will not be familiar, but Ilyin’s ideas on the “conscience of law” were seeming logic, but utter genius. His belief that the need for people to understand laws in order to validate a legal society, they now reverberate in the civil uneasiness that prevails today, and especially in the so-called “west”. Ultra-liberalism, and the fuel of ultra-capitalistic trends as we see gripping the United States, would for Ilyin signal an apocalypse. There is no arguing that the law of and for any people, has to be understood in order to stand. Without delving deeply into Ilyin’s theories, the philosopher believed that “the people” can never identify with be part of “the system” under rigid democratic forms of government. In contrast, Ilyin believed the right monarchy tends to unite people to identify the state as “family”. Interestingly, Ilyin’s being a monarchist mimics some of the founding fathers of the United States, in that the values he espoused were based on religious piety and the family.
If we look down into the crevasse in between the forward ideals of Vladimir Putin, and America’s President Barack Obama, we can readily see Ilyin’s notions at work. Obama’s America, as liberal as any government in history, is on a collision course with deconstruct. America values today are naïve, irresponsible, and destructive of everything Americans have stood for for generations. Family is only a word, religion is worn like a badge of shame, and a free lunch ticket has been issued for conscience. Laws in America are changed at the whim of a special interest. Conservative people there hold back their fear the United States is becoming a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah, and only the neocons truly believe government is for them. Misunderstanding their law, precedence, and its own governing principles, Americans do not even understand this disintegration. Similarly, Russians do not yet grasp what Putin and his fellows are up to. Somehow, they trust to be led though, and not because they are complacent like Americans.
“I have spent all my life under a Communist regime, and I will tell you that a society without any objective legal scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is not quite worthy of man either.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn -
April 24, 2015 by Mark Hackard
IVAN ILYIN: ON FORMS OF SOVEREIGNTY
In this 1948 essay, Russian philosopher Ivan Ilyin (1883-1954) analyzes differing forms of rule, accounting for the history, culture, temperament, and geographic setting of a given nation. Ilyin advocates a position wholly unrecognized by the modern Western conception of universal liberal democracy: a diversity of peoples throughout the world merits diversity in forms of sovereignty. Translated by Mark Hackard.
This complex and weighty question must be posed with caution and total disinterestedness in thought. Most of all, a form of sovereignty is not an “abstraction conception” and not a “political scheme” indifferent to the life of peoples, but an order of life and the living organization of the people. It is necessary that the people understand their system of life, so that it is able to organize “namely so,” and that they respect the laws of this system and invest their will into this organization. In other words, precisely the living sense of justice of a people gives a form of sovereignty its enactment, life, and strength; and so a form of sovereignty depends most of all on the level of popular sense of justice; the historically acquired political experience; the historically acquired political experience the people; its strength of will; and its national character.
It is absurd to sit a man down in front of a chessboard if he doesn’t understand the game and its rules, is unable to think out a game plan, and does not wish to invest his thoughts and will into the match. A team that has never played football together will fail in competition.
Suvorov prepared every battle, explaining to his soldiers the course and meaning of an upcoming operation; and exactly thanks to that he won one battle after another. So it is in political life: it is made by living men, their patriotic love, their understanding of sovereignty, sense of duty, organizational skills, and their respect for the law. All this must be cultivated. It is ridiculous to introduce a sovereign form into a country without considering the level and habits of the popular consciousness of justice. Further, a sovereign form must reckon with the territorial size of the country and the numerical strength of its population. In the Republic of San Marino, executive power to this day belongs to two captains elected by the Grand Council (parliament) for six months. And to this day some very small Swiss cantons gather once a year for their “one-day chamber” on a square, or in the case of rain, under umbrellas. In the majority of Switzerland’s remaining cantons, this is already impossible.
Further, a sovereign form must consider the climate and nature of a land. A harsh climate hinders the whole organization of a people, all relationships, and all government. Nature influences the character of men, the country’s produce, and its industry; it determines its geographic and strategic borders, its defense, and the character and frequency of its wars. All this must be accounted for in a sovereign form.
The multinational composition of a population presents its requirements to a sovereign form. I can become a factor of disintegration and lead to ruinous civil wars. Yet this danger can be overcome: by the nature of the country and the mountaineers’ love of freedom among peoples in solidarity with each other (Switzerland); or the longtime and free selection of emigrants, the overseas position of the country and the commercial-industrial character of the state (United States); or, finally, the religious-cultural predominance and successful political leadership of the numerically strongest tribe, if it is distinguished by genuine accommodation and kindness (Russia).
Our conclusions: every people and every land are a living individuality with their special characteristics, their own unrepeatable history, soul, and nature. To every people is therefore due its own special individual form of sovereignty and a constitution corresponding to that people only. There are no identical peoples, and there should not be identical forms of sovereignty and constitutions. Blind borrowing and imitation is absurd, dangerous, and can become ruinous.
US TO DEPLOY SOME 1,000 SOLDIERS TO POLAND AS PART OF NATO RESPONSE
Published: July 8, 2016
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The United States plans to deploy around 1,000 soldiers to Poland as part of an effort to step up NATO's presence in Eastern Europe, President Barack Obama says.
"I can announce that the US will be the lead nation for the NATO presence here in Poland," he says after meeting Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw, ahead of a summit of the military alliance's leaders.
"That means the US will deploy a battalion, roughly 1,000 American soldiers, here in Poland on a rotational basis to serve shoulder to shoulder with Polish soldiers," he adds.
The US also plans to headquarter in Poland one of its armored brigades, which is rotating through Europe, Obama says.
Britain will take the lead in Estonia, announcing on Friday that it will provide 500 troops there.
Germany will head the battalion in Lithuania, while Canada is expected to lead in Latvia.
Other NATO nations will also contribute troops, with Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen announcing that his country will send up to 200 soldiers to Estonia.
The deployment is irking Moscow, which has repeatedly warned that an eastward NATO expansion threatens its national security. The Kremlin on Friday slammed the Western military alliance for being short-sighted and having a misguided focus on threats from Russia.
"If they need to ... stir up anti-Russian hysteria and Russophobia, then based on that emotion-evoking backdrop deploy air and ground forces close to Russia's borders, it is unlikely that we can find some reason for collaboration," the Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in comments carried by the Interfax news agency.
Russia’s military intelligence chief killed in secret operation in Lebanon, report
March 4, 2016 by yalibnan 3 Comments
Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Colonel-General Igor Sergun , was reportedly killed in January during a secret mission in Beirut, Lebanon the Lebanese daily newspaper al-Akhbar reported yesterday.
Russian defense minister’s plane followed by NATO jets over Baltic Sea
Published time: 28 Mar, 2016 17:07
Edited time: 29 Mar, 2016 13:54
Heading towards Kaliningrad over the neutral waters in the Baltic Sea, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu’s plane got shadowed by a bunch of NATO fighters that kept a distance of 2 kilometers from his aircraft, media reported.
The NATO jets did not approach the defense minister’s plane, which was escorted by several Su-27 fighter jets, according to pool correspondents of RIA Novosti, TASS and Interfax, who were on the same plane as the defense minister.
The correspondents identified the planes as Eurofighter Typhoons, multirole fighters designed for NATO.
Shoigu, who had repeatedly voiced concerns over NATO’s continuing build-up across Eastern and Central Europe, arrived in Russia’s western exclave of Kaliningrad on Monday to inspect the reconstruction of the Chkalovsk Military Airfield outside the city.
If NATO encroaches on nuclear Russia, it will be punished’
Published time: 14 Jul, 2016 08:36
Edited time: 14 Jul, 2016 11:54
Russia has zero trust in NATO and believes that the alliance is preparing to go to war against it, a leading Russian foreign policy expert told 'Spiegel', while warning that, if it comes to a new big conflict, Moscow won’t fight it on its own soil.
In an interview with the German magazine, Sergey Karaganov, a veteran political scientist and member of the influential Foreign Policy and Defense Council of the Russia Foreign Ministry, said in bold terms that the risk of a new shooting war in Europe has been on the rise for a decade and is now as high as it was at the height of the Cold War.
The abundance of propaganda coming from both sides attests to the dangerous state of the crisis, Karaganov said.
“The Russian media is more reserved than Western media. Though you have to understand that Russia is very sensitive about defense. We have to be prepared for everything. That is the source of this occasionally massive amount of propaganda,” he said. “But what is the West doing? It is doing nothing but vilifying Russia; it believes that we are threatening to attack. The situation is comparable to the crisis at the end of the 1970s and beginning of the 1980s.”
The expert was referring to a massive build-up of intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe that could have easily led to an unintended nuclear war. The missiles had a very short approach time that left almost no time for an attacked side to react, making automatic retaliation the only possible reaction to a decapitating nuclear barrage. The situation was defused by a ban on intermediate-range missiles signed in 1987.
Russia to test unstoppable 'Satan 2' stealth nuke capable of wiping out an ENTIRE NATION
09:01, 10 MAY 2016 UPDATED 17:17, 10 MAY 2016 BY JASPER HAMILL
Moscow meda claims terrifying weapon can dodge radar defences and bring destruction to an area the size of 'Texas or France'
Russia is preparing to test-fire a nuclear weapon which is so powerful it could reportedly destroy a whole country in seconds.
The "Satan 2" missile is rumoured to be the most powerful ever designed and is equipped with stealth technology to help it dodge enemy radar systems .
This terrifying doomsday weapon is likely to strike fear into the hearts of Western military chiefs, as current missile defence technology is totally incapable of stopping it.
Its official name is the RS-28 Sarmat and it will replace aging Soviet R-36M missiles, which NATO military experts nicknamed "Satan".
"In this sense, the Sarmat missile will not only become the R-36M's successor, but also to some extent it will determine in which direction nuclear deterrence in the world will develop," the Russian news network Zvezda reported .
The missile is expected to be capable of delivering up to a dozen warheads, allowing to effectively destroy an area the "size of Texas or France", the broadcaster continued.
It is expected to have a range of 10,000 km, allowing Moscow to attack European cities including London as well as major cities on America's west and east coasts.
U.S. and Russian Jets Clash Over Syria
DAVID AXE06.19.167:20 PM ET
.S. and Russian fighter jets bloodlessly tangled in the air over Syria on June 16 as the American pilots tried and failed to stop the Russians from bombing U.S.-backed rebels in southern Syria near the border with Jordan.
The aerial close encounter underscores just how chaotic Syria’s skies have become as Russia and the U.S.-led coalition work at cross-purposes, each dropping bombs in support of separate factions in the five-year-old civil war.
The near-clash also highlights the escalating risk of American and Russian forces actually coming to blows over Syria, potentially sparking a much wider conflict between the world’s leading nuclear powers.
NATO Expands Along Russia's Borders, Has Gall to Call Moscow the Aggressor
13:25 03.05.2016(updated 19:39 05.05.2016)
Paleo-conservative commentator Pat Buchanan slams NATO hawks for working to expand the alliance's presence all along Russia's borders, while calling Russia out as the aggressive power. Instead of touting Putin's belligerence, Buchanan suggests, observers should think about what it would be like to walk a mile in the Russian president's shoes.
On Friday, Buchanan recalls, "a Russian Su-27 did a barrel roll over a US RC-135 over the Baltic, the second time in two weeks. Also in April, the US destroyer Donald Cook, off Russia's Baltic [exclave] of Kaliningrad, was twice buzzed by Russian planes."
"Vladimir Putin's message: Keep your spy planes and ships a respectable distance away from us. Apparently, we have not received it."
Russia's Bastion systems and Onyx missiles block Barents and Black seas
The Northern Fleet of the Russian Federation has deployed two batteries of state-of-the-art K-300P "Bastion" coastal missile systems with supersonic cruise missiles P-800 "Onyx" on the Kola Peninsula. The appearance of these weapons ensures the protection of 1,500 kilometers of the Russian coast from possible landing attacks and creates a 300-kilometer "dead zone" for NATO ships in the Barents Sea.
"Bastion" (NATO reporting name SS-C-05 Stooge) is one of the latest know-hows of the Russian army. The weapon was unveiled to the public for the first time in a documentary by Andrei Kondrashov "Crimea. The Way Home."
Commenting on the appearance of the complex in the documentary, Russian President Vladimir Putin proudly stated: "No one else has this weapon." According to him, it was "Bastion" that stopped both the United States and NATO from deploying their warships in the Black Sea. In addition, the appearance of the Russian system in the Syrian army also prevented a possible intervention of US and NATO navies in the civil war in Syria. The Pentagon and the EU did not risk to send their ships to the Syrian coast because of the danger of being attacked by the weapon that can overcome all modern air defense systems, the Izvestia newspaper wrote
Angry nations, democratic challenges, global systemic crisis – Balkanization and returning empires in Central and Eastern Europe: the drama of the failure of European integration and of the Euro-Russian crisis
In 2014, our team anticipated the disintegration of the Eastern European flank following the conflict between the EU and Russia. Two years later, the damage has become visible. If Europe and Russia fail to renew any dialogue, the worst is yet to come in this part of Europe, a region where old demons are in full resurrection (Cold War, European wars, balkanization and empires…) and where the failures of the EU enlargement policy are coming to light.
The Integration of Eastern Europe has failed
The biggest failure in the past 30 years of European integration is related to the enlargement policy of the ex-Soviet countries. This policy, essentially driven by the greed of Western European companies (and beyond), was carried on at the cost of the continent’s political integration as a whole, but particularly of that of the Eastern populations. We have often mentioned the low turnout in the European elections for this Eastern region, once so eager to enter the EU. The Eastern part of the EU is now a patchwork of countries driven by different motivations, integrated to different degrees and crossed by interests of all kinds. The risk of disintegration and conflicts is enormous and threatens the European project, maybe even more so than a Brexit hypothesis.
The Euro-Russian crisis of 2014 created the conditions for a regional dislocation, torn between countless interests and many possible destinies. As we will see later on, the rise of the far right in Central and Eastern Europe also started in 2014. What a coincidence! Awareness of these dangers brings our team to anticipate that the Europeans will finally manage to lift the sanctions against Russia before the end of the year (see our article on this topic later on). In case they fail, the dislocation of this region will go alongside an explosion of regional tension, but also conflicts between Europe and Russia.
The detonator of this explosion might be located in the Balkans, a region which is not mentioned in this article but which is involved in the equation.
The Russian president admitted the world needs such a powerful country as the United States but Moscow does not want Washington to meddle in domestic affairs
ST.PETERSBURG, June 17. /TASS/. The world needs such a powerful country as the United States but Moscow does not want Washington to meddle in domestic affairs and prevent the European Union to build relations with Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
"The world needs such a powerful country as the United States. And we also need it. But we don’t need them to constantly interfere in our affairs and tell us how to live and prevent Europe to build relations with us," Putin said.
The US tells its European partners to tolerate sanctions against Russia although they affect Europe’s economy. "Why tolerate? I don’t understand," Putin said, adding that compared with the EU, the US economy is not suffering from the anti-Russian sanctions.
The Russian president admitted that the US is the only superpower today. "We understand this, we want and are ready to work with the United States," Putin said.
Balance of interests with West must be sought to prevent Cold War
Putin believes that the western policy of unilateral actions by the West breeds chaos and that a dialog and search for mutually acceptable solutions is needed instead for preventing a rerun of the Cold War.
"If the policy of unilateral actions goes on, if steps in the international scene, very sensitive for the international community, are not coordinated, such (negative) consequences will be inevitable," he said at the full-scale meeting of the forum. "If we turn an attentive ear to each other, if we look for a balance of interest, this will not happen."
"If there is such cooperation, nobody will ever talk about any Cold War," he remarked. Putin said he would not like to think that "we are moving towards some Cold War."
"I am certain that nobody wishes that," Putin said. In his opinion, however dramatic the logic of international relations might seem, it was not a logic of global confrontation.
Russia a major military’: President Obama backtracks on Moscow’s defense capabilities
Published time: 18 Feb, 2016 12:40
Edited time: 18 Feb, 2016 16:53
Russia’s military campaign in Syria seems to have changed President Barack Obama’s opinion of its armed forces. He now says it’s “the second-most powerful military in the world.” Two years ago he labeled Moscow as nothing more than a “regional power.”
Speaking at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) conference in California, Obama conceded that “Russia is a major military” and that “obviously a bunch of rebels are not going to be able to compete with the hardware of the second-most powerful military in the world.”
Modern air defense and missile defense systems are not only an integral part of maintaining security of entire countries, protecting them from the enemy aircraft and missiles, but also a deterrence tool. The effectiveness of attacks and the outcome of the war may depend on the performance characteristics of SAMs.
In some cases, the availability of these weapons may force an opponent to revise their plans, and sometimes it may be the cause of friction between two countries. Nearly all countries, regardless of their size, allocate a significant budget for protection of their territories. This is particularly important for great powers in possession of nuclear weapons.
The U.S. and Russia are the leaders in the industry. Perspective S-400, developed by Russia, and MEADS, created by the United States, Germany and Italy, serve as an example.
Russia responds to NATO's expansion, creates new S-500 air defense system
Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russia would form three new divisions before the end of the year to respond to NATO's aggressive expansion. According to Shoigu, Russia intends to counteract to NATO's actions near the borders of Russia.
"The Ministry of Defense takes a series of measures to counter the growth of NATO forces in the vicinity of the Russian border. Before the end of the year, two new divisions will be formed in the Western Military District. Another division will be established in the Southern Military District," Shoigu said at a meeting of the department, RT reports.
According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, actions of the United States aimed at the deployment of infrastructure near Russia's borders force Russia to take adequate retaliatory measures.
Resurgent Russia': New hardline NATO Europe commander raises hackles in Moscow
Published time: 5 May, 2016
NATO's new chief military commander in Europe, Curtis Scaparrotti, vowed to continue his predecessor's policy of opposing Russia. In Moscow he is seen as an even bigger warmonger by some officials.
US Army General Scaparrotti assumed command of the NATO Allied Command Operations from Air Force General Philip M. Breedlove, who is retiring after a 39-year military career.
Speaking at a ceremony at NATO's HQ in Brussels, Scaparrotti praised his predecessor's vision and leadership for the alliance.
NATO is facing a "resurgent Russia striving to project itself as a world power," Scaparrotti said, as cited by the Pentagon. Other concerns for NATO are terrorism, as well as a refugee crisis "being driven by instability in North Africa and the Middle East," he said.
"To address these challenges, we must continue to maintain and enhance our levels of readiness and our agility in the spirit of being able to fight tonight if deterrence fails," he said.
During his NATO tenure, Breedlove was a vocal advocate of putting greater military pressure on Russia, which he called an “existential threat” for the West. At various points he called for reviving Cold War spy missions by U2 planes against Russia, suggested arming Ukraine, claiming that it was being invaded by Russian troops, and accused Moscow of “weaponizing” the inflow of refugees to Europe from the Middle East, among other controversial statements.
Breedlove's rhetoric was welcomed in countries like Poland, the Baltic States and Ukraine, where anti-Russian sentiment is popular in nationalist circles. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko even awarded the retiring NATO general the country's highest order that can be awarded to a foreigner.
But NATO military pronouncements reportedly stirred controversy among some European members of the alliance, including Germany, where the general's words were perceived as “dangerous propaganda” by some officials.
Putin, From Monastery Seclusion, Warns “State Of War” With Japan Now Exists
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) is reporting today that President Putin has ordered a rapid deployment of thousands of troops and supplies to the Arctic region in response to a “state of war” now existing between the Federation and the State of Japan after that Asian island nation elected to its parliament a majority of legislators belonging to one of the most dangerous and deadly religious “war cults” our modern world has ever seen. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]
According to this report, President Putin issued this order to the MoD from the Valaam monastery where he has spent the day in “reflective solitude” and asked the monks to remember those who “work, fight and give their lives to serve the motherland”.
NATO Exposed as ISIS Springboard into Syria
14.06.2016 Author: Tony Cartalucci
Kurdish fighters allegedly backed by the US, have crossed the Euphrates River in Syria and have moved against fighters from the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS) holding the city of Manbij. The city is about 20 miles from Jarabulus, another Syrian city located right on the Syrian-Turkish border. Jarabulus too is held by ISIS.
The initial push toward Manbij came from the Tishrin Dam in the south, however, another front was opened up and is hooking around the city’s north – successfully cutting off the city and its ISIS defenders from roads leading to the Turkish border – including Route 216 running between Manbij and Jarabulus.
Planning an assault on an urban center requires that an attacking force cut off city defenders from their logistical routes. Doing so prevents the enemy from fleeing and regrouping, but also diminishes the enemy’s fighting capacity during the assault. It is clear that the fighters moving in on ISIS in Manbij have determined that Jarabulus and Turkey just beyond the border, constitutes the source of ISIS’ fighting capacity.
Western Media Admits ISIS Entering Syria From Turkey
Jarabulus is increasingly being referred to across the Western media as the “last ISIS border-crossing point into Turkey.” A 2015 article written by the Guardian’s Jonathan Steele titled, “The Syrian Kurds Are Winning!,” would explain that (emphasis added):
In July of this year the YPG, again with the aid of US airpower, drove ISIS out of Tal Abyad, another town on the border with Turkey. This meant ISIS had lost two of the three crossing points from Turkey through which it could bring foreign volunteers, finance, and weaponry to strengthen the jihad.
Idriss Nassan, the Kurdish spokesperson of the Kobanî canton, told me that the YPG now plans to liberate the last ISIS border-crossing point into Turkey at the town of Jarabulus.
Steeles’ article gives the impression that the US was actually trying to stop ISIS by helping the Kurds wage war inside of Syria. However Steele, for whatever reason, never addresses his own implications that ISIS is literally being reinforced from Turkey – a NATO-member since the 1950’s which hosts a US Air Force base at Incirlik, and who has allowed US, British, French, and Persian Gulf state intelligence agencies and special forces to operate along its border with Syria with impunity since the conflict began.
More recently, in a Washington Times article titled, “Turkey offers joint ops with U.S. forces in Syria, wants Kurds cut out,” it would quote the Turkish Foreign Minister himself admitting (emphasis added):
Joint operations between Washington and Ankara in Manbji, a well-known waypoint for Islamic State fighters, weapons and equipment coming from Turkey bound for Raqqa, would effectively open “a second front” in the ongoing fight to drive the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, from Syria’s borders, [Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu] said.
The Foreign Minister of Turkey admits that ISIS forces – fighters, weapons, and equipment – are pouring out of Turkey’s own territory “bound for Raqqa,” but never explains how the most notorious terrorist organization of the 21st century could move enough men and materiel through a NATO-member state to wage an entire war with, without being stopped before reaching Syria. Also not explained is where ISIS is procuring the weapons that it is moving through Turkey.
It is a reality that directly and damningly implicates Turkey and its allies as state sponsors of terrorism, and calls into question both the legitimacy and relevance of NATO itself. At the very least – NATO is exposed as a military alliance so impotent that it cannot even secure its own territory from being used as a springboard for full-scale ISIS military operations.
Nine US citizens have been arrested on terror charges in Saudi Arabia, local media report. The Americans were among a total of 33 terror suspects detained over the past week.
The arrests come following a string of attacks against Shia targets claimed by Sunni jihadists that have killed 50 people over the past year.
Among the suspects are 14 Saudi citizens, nine Americans, three Yemenis, two Syrians, a Filipino, an Indonesian, a citizen of Kazakhstan, a Palestinian, and a citizen of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Gazette, an English-language daily, reported on Sunday, referencing an unnamed source.
Two US officials have told Reuters that Washington cannot immediately confirm that American citizens are among the 33 suspects. However, one of the officials said that US authorities are still checking the names against their databases.
Riyadh declared Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) a terrorist organization in 2014. In July of 2015 alone, Saudi Arabia announced the arrest of 431 suspected members of the terrorist group.
IS responded with a series of terror acts, performed mostly by suicide bombers. The latest attack took place last Friday, when a bombing and shooting attack on a Shia mosque in the al-Ahsa district of Eastern Province left at least four people dead and 18 injured.