Nov 28 20:19

Meet the man who funds ISIS: the son of Turkey’s President, Bilal Erdogan

The son of Turkey’s president (and thus, the father) is the silent mastermind who has been responsible for converting millions of barrels of Syrian Oil into hundreds of millions of dollars of Islamic State revenue.

Russia’s Sergey Lavrov is not one foreign minister known to mince his words.

Just earlier today, 24 hours after a Russian plane was brought down by the country whose president three years ago said “a short-term border violation can never be a pretext for an attack”, had this to say:

“We have serious doubts this was an unintended incident and believe this is a planned provocation” by Turkey.

But even that was tame compared to what Lavrov said to his Turkish counterparty Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier today during a phone call between the two (Lavrov who was supposed to travel to Turkey has since canceled such plans).

Nov 28 16:09

Meet The Man Who Funds ISIS: Bilal Erdogan, The Son Of Turkey’s President

And while we patiently dig to find who the on and offshore “commodity trading” middleman are, who cart away ISIS oil to European and other international markets in exchange for hundreds of millions of dollars, one name keeps popping up as the primary culprit of regional demand for the Islamic State’s “terrorist oil” – that of Turkish president Recep Erdogan’s son: Bilal Erdogan.

Nov 28 15:45


Nov 28 11:43

Russia imposes sanctions on Turkey over downed plane

Russia has announced that it will impose import sanctions on Turkey and cancel major investment projects as the spat between the two countries over the downed Su-24 fighter jet continues.

Nov 28 11:10

Russia ready to coordinate steps to block Turkish-Syrian border — FM

Russia is ready to coordinate practical steps to block the Turkish-Syrian border in cooperation with Damascus, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday after talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem.
Lavrov recalled that French President Francois Hollande earlier voiced the proposal to adopt specific measures to block the Turkish-Syrian border.
"We actively support that. We are open for coordination of practical steps, certainly, in interaction with the Syrian government," he said. "We are convinced that by blocking the border we will in many respects solve the tasks to eradicate terrorism on Syrian soil."
"We hope that initiative by President Hollande will be implemented within the framework of our joint work, including in the Group of Support for Syria," the minister said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Russia will now effectively block the transport of ISIS oil into Turkey.

Also, reported yesterday at

US Secretary of State John Kerry should check out reports on the involvement of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s son in illegal oil trade with the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said on Friday. "I’d like to mention rumors that Erdogan’s son could be involved in illegal oil trade with the IS, although there are no proofs. If I was in Kerry’s place, I’d make an attempt to shed light on these reports," Muallem said commenting on Kerry’s statements that Damascus was buying oil from terrorists.

Syrian Foreign Minister Muallem is being way too kind here. As reported today at

Over the course of the last four or so weeks, the media has paid quite a bit of attention to Islamic State’s lucrative trade in “stolen” crude. On November 16, in a highly publicized effort, US warplanes destroyed 116 ISIS oil trucks in Syria. 45 minutes prior, leaflets were dropped advising drivers (who Washington is absolutely sure are not ISIS members themselves) to “get out of [their] trucks and run away.” The peculiar thing about the US strikes is that it took The Pentagon nearly 14 months to figure out that the most effective way to cripple Islamic State’s oil trade is to bomb... the oil. Prior to November, the US “strategy” revolved around bombing the group’s oil infrastructure. As it turns out, that strategy was minimally effective at best and it’s not entirely clear that an effort was made to inform The White House, Congress, and/or the public about just how little damage the airstrikes were actually inflicting. There are two possible explanations as to why Centcom may have sought to make it sound as though the campaign was going better than it actually was, i) national intelligence director James Clapper pulled a Dick Cheney and pressured Maj. Gen. Steven Grove into delivering upbeat assessments, or ii) The Pentagon and the CIA were content with ineffectual bombing runs because intelligence officials were keen on keeping Islamic State’s oil revenue flowing so the group could continue to operate as a major destabilizing element vis-a-vis the Assad regime. Ultimately, Russia cried foul at the perceived ease with which ISIS transported its illegal oil and once it became clear that Moscow was set to hit the group’s oil convoys, the US was left with virtually no choice but to go along for the ride. Washington’s warplanes destroyed another 280 trucks earlier this week. Russia claims to have vaporized more than 1,000 transport vehicles in November. Of course the most intriguing questions when it comes to Islamic State’s $400 million+ per year oil business, are: where does this oil end up and who is facilitating delivery? In an effort to begin answering those questions we wrote: The Most Important Question About ISIS That Nobody Is Asking Meet The Man Who Funds ISIS: Bilal Erdogan, The Son Of Turkey's President Turkey's role in facilitating the sale of Islamic State oil has been the subject of some debate for quite a while. From "NATO is harbouring the Islamic State: Why France’s brave new war on ISIS is a sick joke, and an insult to the victims of the Paris attacks", by Nafeez Ahmed: "Turkey has played a key role in facilitating the life-blood of ISIS’ expansion: black market oil sales. Senior political and intelligence sources in Turkey and Iraq confirm that Turkish authorities have actively facilitated ISIS oil sales through the country. Last summer, Mehmet Ali Ediboglu, an MP from the main opposition, the Republican People’s Party, estimated the quantity of ISIS oil sales in Turkey at about $800 million—that was over a year ago. By now, this implies that Turkey has facilitated over $1 billion worth of black market ISIS oil sales to date."

Nov 28 10:59

Russia adds yuan as currency reserve

The Central Bank of Russia has included the Chinese yuan in its reserve currency basket, TASS reports. The move is expected to boost the yuan’s presence in the Russian financial market.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One could almost sense this coming, after the US renewed economic sanctions against Russia, completely out of spite.

Nov 28 10:35

Syrian Army Fired Upon by Mortars From Turkish Territory - Spokesman

Turkey fired a number of mortar bombs toward Syrian army positions, the Syrian army spokesman said Saturday.

"Last night, there was intense mortar fire on Syrian government forces' positions fire from the Mount Jebel Aqra area, which is on the Turkish side," Brigadier General Ali Mayhoub said during a press briefing.

"Commander-in-chief of the Syrian Arab Army [President Bashar Assad] warns of the dangers of such behavior," the spokesman added.

The Syrian general also accused Turkey of increasing arms supplies to Syrian rebels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this report is true, Turkey has just declared war on Syria.

Russia, at this point, cannot, and most probably will not, allow this attack to stand without some measure of response.

Nov 28 10:34

A Feast of Scandal – Justin Raimondo

We’re grateful for and to Patrick J. Fitzgerald, whose existence proves that the old America yet lives.

We have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving

I’m thankful for so many things this Thanksgiving that it’s going to take me an entire column just to adequately describe them. Indeed, I’m already so loaded down with gifts that I don’t need Christmas. My cup runneth over! For an old libertarian “isolationist” like me this holiday season is a bountiful time, one that yields so much that it seems like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and my birthday all rolled into one. Take a gander at this wonderful cornucopia of plenty:

Nov 28 10:32

Obama Knows That Turkey Is Buying Oil From ISIS And He Isn’t Doing Anything To Stop It

At this point, is there anyone that still doesn’t know that ISIS is selling hundreds of millions of dollars of stolen oil in Turkey?
As you will see below, this is very much an open secret, but the mainstream media in the United States is being strangely silent about this. Why? Well, because if the truth came out Turkey would have to be kicked out of NATO and Barack Obama would probably be facing impeachment proceedings. He claims to be fighting ISIS, and yet an endless parade of trucks carrying oil that ISIS has stolen goes back and forth over the Turkish border with his full knowledge and approval. Barack Obama is very much aware that Turkey is buying oil from ISIS and he refuses to do anything about it. If the Republicans are looking for a scandal which could completely wreck Obama’s presidency and essentially secure the 2016 election for them, this is it.

Do you want to know why the Turkish government ordered the shooting down of a Russian Su-24 bomber on Tuesday?

Nov 28 09:57

Russia Sends 10,000 AK-47s To Afghanistan As Government Mulls "Inviting" Moscow To Help Fight "Terrorists"

Late last month in “Russia's Mid-East Takeover Continues As Afghanistan Requests Military Assistance From Moscow,” we noted, with some amusement, that Kabul was set to request a weapons delivery from Russia to aid in the fight against the Taliban. “Afghanistan, battered by worsening security, is reaching out to an old ally and patron—Russia—just as the Kremlin is seeking to reassert its position as a heavyweight on the world stage,” WSJ reported, on the way to detailing a request from President Ashraf Ghani who “asked Moscow for artillery, small arms and Mi-35 helicopter gunships for his country’s struggling military.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How painfully ironic it is that 14 years after the US/NATO-led invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, Afghanistan is turning to Russia for help in combating the Taliban!!

Nov 28 09:46

War Returns to Ukraine

Whilst all eyes are on Syria there has been a steady deterioration of the situation in Ukraine.

In violation of the ceasefire shelling of the territories of the two people’s republics has resumed, and the OSCE has confirmed that the Ukrainian military has moved heavy weapons back to the contact line.

The Ukrainians meanwhile have extended their ban of commercial flights to and from Russia by banning also transit flights.

Ukraine has placed Crimea under food blockade. To the intense embarrassment of its Western backers (see this editorial in the Financial Times, headlined “Kiev should act to end the blockade of Crimea”) it has enlarged this to an energy blockade.

Ukraine claims the power lines to Crimea were destroyed by Crimean Tatar “activists” backed by Right Sector.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This situation is about to get very ugly, and very quickly.

Nov 28 09:37

Erdogan's Mistake: Russia May Now Initiate Own 'No-Fly Zone' Over Syria

President Erdogan's mistake in shooting down the Russian Su-24 bomber 'has waived the green light' for Russia to initiate a 'no-fly zone' by deploying additional fighter power and air defense systems in Syria, US columnist Jim W. Dean notes.

The US-led coalition's recent provocation against the Russo-Syrian counter terrorism campaign has "put nothing but torpedoes into its own sinking international credibility," according to US columnist and managing editor for Veterans Today Jim W. Dean.

Dean stresses that the destruction of the ISIL oil tanker fleet, which NATO had been "somehow" unable to detect for over a year, has predictably prompted outrage from those who have long been benefitting from the illicit oil trade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Russian leadership decides to do this, you can almost bet on direct military conflict with the US and the UK.

Nov 28 08:59

David Cameron has enough Tory votes for Syria air strikes

Tories sceptical about military action in Syria have now changed their minds meaning that Mr Cameron has enough votes for military action without having to reply on Labour.

David Cameron now has the Parliamentary numbers required to allow him to send British warplanes to bomb targets in Syria as senior sources said that the vote will be held on Thursday.

Downing Street is said to be confident that a motion to bomb Isil jihadists in Syria will pass in a vote in Parliament.

The Tories had previously been concerned that Conservative rebels could defeat plans for a military intervention in Syria if Labour decided to oppose Mr Cameron’s plans for actions.

In 2013, 30 Conservative rebels humiliated the Prime Minister by joining with Labour to block his plans to bomb Syrian targets.
However, in recent days, dozens of those Tory rebels have made clear that they will now support the Government position.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prime Minister Cameron, the world understands that your country's airstrikes will wind up being more symbol than substance, in light of the fact that Russia, which has been invited by the Syrian government to get rid of the rebels (which the UK has not), is doing a brilliant job of this.

But what the air strikes will do is put British troops into a crowded proximity with Russian fighter jets, raising the probability that there will be military conflict between the UK and Russia.

That probability is playing itself out with US sorties against Syrian rebels as I type this.

I would like to politely point out that no thinking American I know wants a war with Russia over Syria; I would tend to believe that no thinking Brit wants this as well.

I am watching the ongoing demonisation of Russia, courtesy of the corporate whorespondents, and believe I am justifiably alarmed at what I see is an over-the-top attempt to "sell" a war with Russia to the American people; thankfully, it does not appear that they are "buying" this, and I hope that thinking citizens in the UK are not buying it either.

What the Russian government is telling the world (and the west) by its actions here is that the era of Western regime change is over, period; end of discussion.

And the reason Syria is such a complete mess is courtesy of the US, and the West, sending in, training, and supplying allegedly "moderate Islamic rebels (of which there are none) to destabilize and unseat al Assad.

The air strikes you are planning, like those the US military are doing, are nothing short of an act of war against Syria (and by extension, Russia).

I would seriously, and respectfully, encourage you to re-think your strategy here. The cold, hard, and sober truth of the business is that neither the US, nor the UK, has the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Nov 28 08:50

Stumbling to War With Russia?

Turkey’s decision to shoot down a Russian warplane was a provocative and portentous act.

That Sukhoi Su-24, which the Turks say intruded into their air space, crashed and burned — in Syria. One of the Russian pilots was executed while parachuting to safety. A Russian rescue helicopter was destroyed by rebels using a U.S. TOW missile. A Russian marine was killed.

“A stab in the back by the accomplices of terrorists,” said Vladimir Putin of the first downing of a Russian warplane by a NATO nation in half a century. Putin has a point, as the Russians are bombing rebels in northwest Syria, some of which are linked to al-Qaida.

Nov 28 08:12

Russian Su-24M Jet Downing: Protests In Greece, Bulgaria Against Turkey

The capital cities of Greece and Bulgaria witnessed demonstrations Thursday as hundreds poured out on to the streets to protest Turkey shooting down a Russian warplane earlier this week, according to reports.

Demonstrators in Athens burned Turkish and U.S. flags, and demanded that Greece pull out of NATO. Protesters gathered at Syntagma Square and marched toward the Turkish embassy but were stopped by police, Ria Novosti news agency reported. An additional police force was deployed at the embassy.

Nov 28 07:44

Reckless Turkey

And now for the consequences: In the wake of Turkey’s intentional downing of a Russian military aircraft over Syrian airspace, the Russia-Turkey relationship is in steep decline. Ankara says it merely acted in self-defense, but it appears to be protecting Islamic State.

Nov 28 07:43

Ukrainian oligarchy split over economic "reform," awaits arrival of Joe Biden

In early November, 2015 an IMF mission was supposed to visit Ukraine. The mission had already planned its work. There were no signs of surprises. But, right up before that moment, a group of deputies from the pro-presidential block didn’t go forth with the initiative of taxation reform which would have left no stone unturned in the plan to slowly strangle the Ukrainian economy with Western credits.

Nov 28 07:40

NATO Provokes Russia In Crimea As Syria Tensions Rise

As the situation in Syria heats up on the heels of the Turkish shoot down of a Russian military jet, the situation in Ukraine is doing the same as the Western-backed fascist Kiev regime is once again poking the Russian bear, presumably at the behest of the NATO powers.

After “mysterious” blasts that took place in the Kherson region of Ukraine over the weekend leaving nearly two million citizens without power in the recently annexed Russian territory, the Ukrainian government is now officially halting aid shipments as “activists” inside Crimea are blocking the repair of the power lines.

Nov 28 07:08

Putin accuses Obama of leaking flight details to Turkey after Russia releases video of S-400 SAM deployment in Syria

As reported two days ago, one of the first decisions a very angry Russia took in the aftermath of the shooting down of its Su-24 by a Turkish F-16 was to dispatch a Moskva guided-missile cruiser off the coast of Syria to provide air cover for its jets operating near Latakia, as well as send an unknown number of ultramodern S-400 (or SA-21 Growler in NATO designation)

Nov 28 05:42

An Invisible US Hand Leading to War? Turkey’s Downing of a Russian Jet was an Act of Madness

It is all terribly dangerous and it is hard to predict where things will lead.

This outrageous shootdown of a Russian plane that was in no way posing a threat to Turkey or Turkish forces, will not end here, because Russia and President Putin cannot allow Turkey and NATO to so blatantly act against Russia and its pilots and go unpunished, particularly as it is Russia that is acting legally in Syria, while the US, Turkey and other nations backing rebel forces there are in all acting blatant violation of international law.

Unless saner heads start prevailing in Washington, this could all quickly spiral into the kind of situation in 1914, where a lot of ill-conceived treaties led to a minor incident in the Balkans turning inexorably into World War I.

Nov 28 04:45

War Returns to Ukraine

Whilst all eyes are on Syria there has been a steady deterioration of the situation in Ukraine. In violation of the ceasefire shelling of the territories of the two people’s republics has resumed, and the OSCE has confirmed that the Ukrainian military has moved heavy weapons back to the contact line. The Ukrainians meanwhile have extended their ban of commercial flights to and from Russia by banning also transit flights. Ukraine has placed Crimea under food blockade. To the intense embarrassment of its Western backers (see this editorial in the Financial Times, headlined “Kiev should act to end the blockade of Crimea”) it has enlarged this to an energy blockade. Contrast this silence with the furious - and wrong - accusations regularly made in the West against Russia for its supposed use of energy as a political weapon. All of this is happening to a drumbeat of demands in the Ukrainian media for the country to renounce the Minsk II agreement...

Nov 28 03:56

The Accomplices Have Their Backs Against the Wall

NATO is extremely nervous, because it knows that the truth about the relationship of NATO-member Turkey to the Islamist terror group (IS) will come to light if there is a Russian victory in Syria. If the refugees are able to return, Erdogan won’t have them as a pawn to extort money [from the EU]. It’s clear who’s interested in an escalation of the conflict. The reaction of the Western alliance on the shooting down of a Russian bomber show that NATO is very nervous. It’s on the verge of losing control of Russia in Syria...

Nov 28 03:53

Putin Declares US, Turkey Guilty of Cooperating With Terrorists

“Look, we informed our American partners in advance when our pilots were going into action and where, in what air corridors. The American side, which leads the coalition, to which Turkey is also a party, knew about the location and time of our operation. And this is precisely where we were hit... We assume that this won’t happen again. Otherwise, we don’t need such teamwork with anyone, with any coalition or any countries...
Anyway, this is Turkey’s choice, not ours".

Nov 28 00:54

Decoding the Paris Attacks: ISIS Blowback or French-Israeli False Flag?

The truth is that President Hollande is a cynical charlatan who is conning his own population with audacious lies, and is, like his criminal counterparts in Brussels, London, Ottawa, Sydney and Washington, using staged terror to expedite the Zionist-Globalist agenda, of which he is a loyal servant.

Nov 27 22:35

Experts: Turkey might be tried for financing ISIL, arms trafficking

Russia's pledge to take the issue of Turkey's alleged financing of terrorist factions within Syria -- such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) -- to the United Nations after Turkey recently shot down its jet, has stirred speculation that Turkey could be tried in international courts.

Nov 27 22:29

Arrest of Turkish journalists over Syria trucks news sparks outrage

Looks like the Turkish people have had it with Erdogan. Coup or Civil war ahead...... or worse.

Domestic and international press institutions and political figures have condemned the Nov. 26 arrest of daily Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Can Dündar and Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gül for their news report on Syria-bound intelligence trucks.

Turkey’s left-wing opposition has strongly condemned the arrest of two prominent journalists on charges of assisting terrorists, with the leaders of both the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) arguing the “unlawful” decision was personally imposed by President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an.

Nov 27 20:10

No more 'Mr. Nice Guy': Moscow's firm and swift response forever changes the Grand Chessboard

Moscow's firm and swift response forever changes the Grand Chessboard.

Events unfolded very quickly after the Turkish F16 fighter jet downed a Russian SU24 bomber over the Syrian territory, close to Turkish border. The act was characterised by Russian president Vladimir Putin as “backstabbing” on the part of the Turks. Russian authorities and the public are especially enraged because of the death of one of the pilots, and even more so by the videos of one of the pilot’s body being treated with utter disrespect by the Turkmen terrorists in Northern Syria - one of the groups that is well known for being backed by Turkey......

Nov 27 19:51

From the Airliner to the Bomber

by Israel Shamir

"Erdogan plans to pull Turkey to the brink of war with Russia. Erdogan has given orders to shoot down Russian planes operating in Syria while claiming they have intruded into Turkish air space.”

Nov 27 18:17

EXCLUSIVE – Lebanese Official Claims To Breitbart: NATO ‘Okayed’ Turkey’s Downing Of Russian Jet

Turkey could only have shot down a Russian Su-24 military jet after securing permission from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), charged Lebanon’s Druze leader Walid Jumblatt in an exclusive interview with Breitbart.

Nov 27 17:35

Erdogan Pledges to Start War Over Russian Anti-aircraft System in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told CNN International his country will consider it an act of aggression if Russia takes down a Turkish plane violating Syrian airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The man has gone stark raving mad!

Nov 27 16:07

Press Digest: Moscow may exclude Turkish construction firms from Russia

According to many Russian constructors, Turkish companies have been present on the market since the 1990s and have been able to occupy leading positions. The largest among them are Enka, Renaissance Construction and Ant Yapy, which were involved in high-profile projects such as the Moscow-City business center and the reconstruction of the State Duma building. However, lately Turkish companies have barely been participating in government contracts, which currently have been going to mostly state-loyal domestic constructors...

Nov 27 15:46

Shunned by US, Turkey looks for alternative oil

Looks like Turkey found that new supply of oil! Something tells me that it just dried up!

Excluded from a US list of countries that will be exempted from the petrol embargo on Iran, Turkey is seeking to buy oil from Libya and Saudi Arabia. ‘We have to replace the supply,’ says Turkish Energy Minister Y?ld?z“.Turkey’s absence from the U.S.’s waiver list regarding the Iran issue doesn’t mean it will not be included,” Y?ld?z told reporters yesterday. “Those talks are carried out on the level of companies,” he added.

Stressing that Turkey’s security of supply was an important issue; the minister said they would not halt purchasing crude oil from Iran unless other suppliers were lined up.

Nov 27 15:39

FLASHBACK:German General: NATO Article 5 won’t apply to Turkey’s buffer zone in Syria

In an interview on “Anne Will” ARD-TV broadcast, and stating almost the same words that Davutoglu said on CNN, General Kujat said “look, that’s what Turkey wants to provoke [NATO Article 5]. Therefore it keeps saying ‘we can’t do that alone, others have to participate.’”

In face of then ISIS massacre of Kobane Kurds, he continued bluntly: “Turkey basically wants to drag NATO into this situation because the actual goal of Turkey is to neutralize Assad…ISIS’s actions and what’s happening to the Kurds are subsidiary…and it has to be clearly said that an ally who behaves like this doesn’t deserve the protection of this alliance, an ally who doesn’t intervene for protection in a such tragic situation doesn’t deserve protection himself.”

Nov 27 15:34

Turkish embassy in Moscow pelted following Su-24 downing

The Turkish embassy in Moscow was pelted with various objects on Wednesday in a furious protest over the downing of the Russian bomber over Syria.

Nov 27 15:29

Ellsworth's B-1 Bombers Dropping Bombs at Record Pace

"People are looking now at the Paris attacks saying, 'When are we going to ramp up our operations?'" Boswell said "Well, we actually did. We ramped up about a month or a month and a half ago."

Nov 27 14:31

Politician warns Ukraine will face huge losses, job cuts due to ban on exports to Russia

A ban on exports to Russia will result in losses of billions of dollars and tens of thousands of unemployed Ukrainians, the leader of the Ukrainian Choice public movement said on Friday. "Given Russia closed Ukrainian imports, it would lead to losses amounting to billions of dollars (experts estimate as $3-5bln) and tens of thousands of unemployed Ukrainians," Viktor Medvedchuk said. "Even though, the unemployment rate in Ukraine is going through the roof." Besides, Medvedchuk criticised the policy directed towards the European market the government had opted for, dubbing it as "mockery." As earlier EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said that the European Union considered neither more increases within quotas or providing any other quotas to Ukraine. "We have to admit that the country will hardly ever be given access to the EU markets, in particular for a group of goods earlier supplied to Russia," he said.

Nov 27 14:28

Ukrainian army shells its own territory as act of provocation - DPR

"The Ukrainian military shelled in the evening the occupied by the Ukrainian armed forces Krasnogorovka settlement west of Donetsk," he said. According to him, the fire was opened from D-30 howitzers positioned in Peski. "This shelling was an attempt to present this fire as coming from DPR," the source said. This statement is based on the intelligence data, according to which, Kiev plans to hold a formal briefing November 27 at which will accuse the DPR republic of non-compliance with the ceasefire regime and disruption of the Minsk agreements.
Kiev’s military shell Donetsk airport — DPR defense ministry

Nov 27 14:25

Russia will be able to substitute Turkish food imports within a week — minister

Russia will be able to substitute Turkish food products, first of all citrus, with products from other countries within a week, Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev said in an interview with Russia 24 TV channel. "Everyone heard this signal and, this work is under way, of course," - he said. Tkachev noted that "many countries are fighting for the Russian market - Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Morocco, South Africa, Argentina, and so on. These countries have already become traditional suppliers of food, especially fruits and vegetables to the Russian market, he said.
Russia suspends participation in BLACKSEAFOR drills after Turkey’s downing of Russian jet
Russian football club cancels training session in Turkey

Nov 27 14:18

‘How did it happen in real life?’ Russian pilot’s first interview after surviving Su-24 crash

No warnings from Turkish jets before attack, missile hit unexpectedly in the tail of the bomber, says Russian Su-24 rescued pilot, who gave first interview at Hmeimim airbase in Latakia.

Nov 27 14:06

Lavrov says Russian embassy in Damascus again shelled Nov 23

Russia’s Embassy in Damascus was again shelled on November 23 and a mortar shell landed on its territory, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said opening talks with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem in Moscow on Friday. This is the third case of the shelling of the Russian diplomatic mission this autumn. On September 20, a mortar shell fell on the territory of the embassy without hurting anyone. The Russian Foreign Ministry said at that time that the artillery fire emanated "from Jobar district where anti-government militants had entrenched themselves." On October 13, the embassy was subjected to shelling as well. A direct hit of two mortar bombs damaged the Russian diplomatic mission’s apartment building, there were no casualties.

Nov 27 13:56

Russian Foreign Ministry: No conditions for modernization of trust-building agreement

In conditions of the lack of clarity on the regime of control over conventional weapons in Europe it is impossible to speak about modernization of trust measures and corresponding agreements, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday, commenting on NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s initiatives on the modernization of trust building measures on the Vienna Document of 2011. "In conditions of the lack of clarity concerning the future of the regime of control over conventional weapons in Europe, when the former Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) has practically ceased to exist and there is nothing to supersede it, it is simply impossible to deal with profound modernization of the Vienna Document of 2011," the ministry said.

Nov 27 13:47

RT journalists return to Moscow after being injured in shelling on Syria-Turkey border

Two RT crew members and a TASS journalists who were injured when an anti-tank shell hit their press convoy near the Turkish-Syrian border, are being flown back to Moscow from Russian air base in Latakia.

Nov 27 12:43

Russia targets Turkish economy in retaliation for downing of warplane

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday called for tough sanctions against Turkey that could bite into more than $30 billion in trade ties between the two countries, as police here began seizing Turkish products and deporting Turkish businessmen.

Russian officials are seething after Turkish F-16s downed a Russian warplane over the Syrian border in a debacle that ultimately left two Russian servicemen dead. Turkey says that the Russian plane breached its airspace and was warned five times to turn back, charges that Russia denies.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the act as "a stab in the back from the accomplices of terrorists," and on Thursday said in televised remarks that Turkey still had not apologized over the incident.

On Thursday, it became clear that the Russian government was now turning its ire on whatever extensions of the Turkish economy it could get its hands on.

Nov 27 12:43

Putin Snubs Overtures from Erdogan Over Downed Warplane

The standoff between Russia and Turkey intensified on Friday, as the Kremlin snubbed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s entreaties for dialogue and reiterated demands that Turkey apologize after its forces downed a Russian Su-24 bomber on the Syrian border.

Nov 27 12:20

Russian lawmaker Pushkov approves suspension of visa-free regime with Turkey

"The halt of visa-free regime will affect the interests of Turkish entrepreneurs, businessmen, enterprises in Russia," Pushkov said. "But the main Russian aim is to ensure its security. Everyone knows that Turkey is a transit country for terrorists, especially for those of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group." "This way we are blocking small people inflow coming to the Syrian region from Russia to fight for the IS and possible flow of those threatening our country’s security, including the people who may commit terrorist attacks in Russia," Pushkov said. Russia has decided to suspend the visa-free regime with Turkey from the beginning of 2016, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday after a meeting with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem in Moscow.

Nov 27 11:20

By Way Of Deception – How Turkey Considers Its Airspace “Violated” By Russia

Op-Ed by Afraa Dagher

Technically, Syria has been always at war with Israel, the main cause being the illegal Zionist theft/occupation of the Golan heights. War with Israel took place in the years 1948, 1967, 1973 and, now, by fighting its proxies in Syria, the so-called ‘moderate rebels’ including the ‘Free Syrian Army’.

But it is not just Israel stealing Syrian land. Another piece, known as Liwa ?skenderun in the northwest of Syria, now part of the Hatay province, was annexed (stolen) by Turkey from Syria in 1938. The Turkish military expelled the native Alawite and Armenian peoples living there and proceeded to import Turkish loyalists...

Nov 27 09:55

History Repeats Itself: USA & Turkey vs. Syria & Russia

It’s ironic how history has a bad habit of repeating itself, maybe because we humans are not creative enough, or some of us, or maybe we are too lazy to invent new issues that will might help make our lives more better or at least less predictable. Some learn from history lessons, others tend to commit the same mistakes again.

This is a caricature caricature by a Villian Weisskopf, a cartoonist who lived in the last century (1906 – 1964) and published his drawings in the CSSR satirical magazine Rohá?, the first Slovak professional satire magazine.

Nov 27 09:54

Putin Accuses Obama Of Leaking Flight Details To Turkey After Russia Releases Video Of S-400 SAM Deployment In Syria

As reported two days ago, one of the first decisions a very angry Russia took in the aftermath of the shooting down of its Su-24 by a Turkish F-16 was to dispatch a Moskva guided-missile cruiser off the coast of Syria to provide air cover for its jets operating near Latakia, as well as send an unknown number of ultramodern S-400 (or SA-21 Growler in NATO designation) SAM batteries to Latakia to make sure that the tragic incident from Tuesday never repeats itself by sending Turkey a very clear message that the next time a Turkish warplane engages a Russian jet, Russia will immediate retaliate using ground forces.

Nov 27 09:28

Turkey must be removed from NATO: US Army general

Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane over Syria has proven that the country is a liability to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and must be “ousted” from the Western military alliance, says a retired US Army General.

The former US Army commander further described Turkey as an internal threat to NATO, who “will only cooperate when they have to and they will get as much out of NATO as they can” in terms of weapons and tactics.

Vallely said Turkey is poised to take more provocative measures in near future.

Nov 27 08:37

Sultan Erdogan's War on...Russia

Let's cut to the chase. The notion that Turkey's downing of a Russian Su-24 by a made-in-USA F-16 was carried out without either a green light or at least pre-arranged "support" from Washington invites suspension of disbelief.

Turkey is a mere vassal state, the eastern arm of NATO, which is the European arm of the Pentagon. The Pentagon already issued a denial -- which, considering their spectacular record of strategic failures cannot be taken at face value. Plausibly, this might have been a power play by the neocon generals who run the Pentagon, allied with the neocon-infested Obama administration.

The privileged scenario though is of a vassal Turkey led by Sultan Erdogan risking a suicide mission out of its own, current, desperation.

Nov 27 08:35

Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Putin has not returned his call – video

Speaking to France 24 on Thursday, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, condemns Russia’s handling of the incident where Turkey shot down a Russian jet near the Syrian border earlier this week, saying the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has not returned his call about it. Erdogan says Turkey may have handled the situation differently if it had known the jet was Russian, and that Putin is not doing enough in the fight against Isis

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Putin is probably laughing too hard to dial the phone!

Nov 27 08:31

Greek Protesters Burn US, Turkish Flags, Want Out of NATO After Su-24

A crowd of Greek citizens gathered in the center of Athens to express their condemnation of the attack on the Russian Su-24 bomber. The protesters burnt Turkish and American flags and demanded that Greece withdraws from NATO.

Nov 27 07:51

Putin hints US ‘leaked’ flight path of downed Russian jet to Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the US on Friday of “leaking” the flight path of a downed jet to Turkish authorities, The Independent reported.

“The American side, which leads the coalition that Turkey belongs to, knew about the location and time of our planes’ flights, and we were hit exactly there and at that time,” Putin said at a joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande.

Russia threatened economic retaliation against Turkey on Thursday and said it was still awaiting a reasonable explanation for the shooting down of its warplane, but Turkey dismissed the threats as “emotional” and “unfitting”.

Nov 27 07:28

Putin Tells Everyone Exactly Who Created ISIS

Here’s something you probably never saw or heard about in the west. This is Putin answering questions regarding ISIS from a US journalist at the Valdai International Discussion Club

Nov 27 02:29

The West Wants Turkey Out

The members of NATO fear that the “impulsive actions” of Turkey’s President will force them into a new major conflict, and NATO is not prepared to fight it yet. These “impulsive actions” may trigger the response that is required by Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty. No wonder Hollande, while declaring war against ISIL, made no reference of Article 5, by quoting the EU Lisbon Treaty instead.

Nov 27 02:19

War With Russia to Defend ISIS? Gee, Okay...

The Pentagon thinks it can win a war with Russia. Seriously. They do. Because even if it goes nuclear, as long as we wipe them out and we’ve got a handful of bureaucrats and generals alive in their fuehrerbunkers, we won! Hooray!

Nov 27 02:07

Turkey Shoots Down More Than Just a Russian Jet

Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian fighter jet this week was likely aimed at a bigger political target – to deal a blow to the proposal of a grand anti-terror coalition between the West and Russia for fighting the Islamic State extremist network in Syria.

Nov 26 23:30

Guest Column From George Abert, Formerly Of Air Force Intelligence

Guest Column From George Abert, Formerly Of Air Force Intelligence

Why did Turkey shoot down a Russian Air Force jet?

Turkey is so militarily inferior to Russia that it is unlikely Turkey would commit an act of war against Russia without encouragement from Washington. We might think that Turkey would feel shielded by NATO, but it is doubtful that many European members of NATO would risk nuclear annihiliation by going to war with Russia in order to save Turkey from the consequences of such a reckless and irresponsible act as shooting down a Russian military aircraft and lying about it. Turkey has issued no apology and no believable explanation. Unless Erdogan has lost his mind, Washington is behind the shootdown, and the reason is Washington’s desperation to decode the new Russian technology that gives Russian forces total control over a battlefield, whether on land, sea, or air.

Nov 26 22:02

Breaking: Russian Pilot Rescued by Iran’s General Soleimani

Soleimani promised them to return the Russian pilot safe and sound; a promise that was kept in the end, according to the Syrian officer.

After tracing the place of the Russian pilot using his GPS, it was revealed that the pilot was being kept in a place 6km behind the frontline of the clashes between the Syrian army and the opposition.

Six fighters of Hezbollah’s special operation unit and 18 Syrian commandos approached the frontline to carry out the operations and the Russian air force and helicopters concurrently created hellfire in the region and destroyed the terrorists’ headquarters in a way that most of the enemy forces deployed in the region fled the scene and the ground was paved for the special unit’s advance.

The Syrian officer added that every move of the special units was monitored and covered precisely by the Russian satellites in a way that the slightest moves made 100 meters away from the area of operation was reported to them and every moment of the operation was reported to a very high-raking official in the Kremlin (that he thinks was president Putin) and it was clear that he was monitoring the entire operations through satellites from Moscow.

Nov 26 18:30

Turkey to Cooperate With Russia on Downed Su-24 - Turkish PM

Turkey will cooperate with Russia to reduce tensions over the incident with the Russian Su-24 shot down in Syria, the Turkish Air Force, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stated in a column for The Times newspaper.

Nov 26 16:59

A fly will not fly: Russian air defense will cover Syria, Cyprus and southern Turkey

We expect that if Russia deploys the systems, it will comply with our Memorandum of understanding relating to aviation safety, and will not direct these systems against the aircraft of our coalition," said the Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Baldanza. These words surprised the Russian Ministry of defense. "What can I say? Until Tuesday we had generally shared this view, confident that our aircraft, destroying objects of ISIL, guaranteed from attacks by the US-led so-called "antiepilepsy coalition," said defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov. Posted on airbase Hmamin the s-400 covers almost the whole of Syria, southern Turkey, Cyprus, Lebanon, the Eastern Mediterranean and even most of Israel, including Jerusalem. Russian defense Ministry said that now all threaten for our aviation facilities objects will be immediately destroyed. Turkish pilots may feel panic now patrolling the border with Syria.

Nov 26 16:11

Bad Ass of The Week:Yosuf Alchagirov

November 1, 2013 would be unlike any of the previous 29,200+ days of Yusuf Alchagirov's life.

Today he was going to find himself locked in hand-to-hand combat with a pissed-off 1,000-pound Grizzly Bear armed with razor-sharp six-inch claws the size of kitchen knives and teeth specifically designed for crunching bone and disemboweling the meaty parts of organic life forms.

Yusuf Alchagirov had already had enough of this bear bullshit. The 80 year-old man froze for a second, staring unblinkingly into the predatory eyes of a voracious, man-eating, half-ton killing machine that was preparing to massacre and devour him in a flurry of spikes and gore. Only one thought passed through his mind:

I'm going to fuck this thing up and wear his balls as a hat.

Nov 26 15:54

Turkey accuses Russia of slander as Moscow has 39 businessmen arrested in wake of downed plane

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Moscow of slander after suggesting Ankara buys oil from Isil, while Russia detains dozens of Turkish businessmen and threatens sanctions

Nov 26 14:34

It Was Europe, Not Russia, That Was Hit by the Turkish F-16

The downing of the Russian bomber the day ?fter the forum of gas exporters in Iran and on the eve of the Obama - Hollande meeting can hardly be a coincidence...
The author is a veteran Russian journalist and founding editor of the investigative newspaper Stringer. He explains how the Turkish provocation could make Europe even more vulnerable to US blackmail.

US companies have invested heavily in Ukraine pipelines, but they’re worthless without Russian gas...

Nov 26 14:21

Russian government to come up with proposals on Turkish Stream soon — energy minister

Russia's prime minister gave the government two days to prepare restricting measures against Turkey...

Nov 26 14:20

Ukraine will celebrate the anniversary of Hitler’s ally on a state level

The Verkhovna Rada has adopted a decision to celebrate on a state level the 125th birthday of the founder of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, Evgeniy Konovalets. The corresponding resolution was supported by 235 deputies and was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament today. In the document, Konovalets was named an “outstanding Ukrainian”... Let us recall that in 1918 he led the repression of Kiev workers who rebelled against the Central Rada and in 1928 he headed the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists which after the ascent of the Nazis to power committed itself to a course of cooperation with Hitler’s Germany. “Time has tested our friendship and cooperation with Germans and has demonstrated that, despite numerous temptations to come to terms with the Poles, we have chosen the only correct orientation,” Konovalets wrote to Sheptitsky of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church...

Nov 26 14:17

UAF continues to shell Donetsk; fire fights resumed at Spartak

Despite yesterday’s statements on the prohibition of firing on the front line which was voiced by Ukrainian media, punitive forces are continuing to shell the outskirts of Donetsk...

Nov 26 14:14

Turkey refuses to hand materials on attack on Su-24M over to Russia

As a result of concentrated Russian airstrikes against militants, the Syrian governmental troops acquired full control over the mountainous areas in the northern part of the Latakia province. This completely blocked the cross-border deliveries of armaments, ammunition and materiel to the terrorists in this area. Moreover, the Russian aviation controls all main routes, which had been used for supplying the ISIS terrorist groups with weapons, ammunition and materiel in other regions in the north of Syria. Yesterday the Russian military attaché in Turkey visited the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces to receive recordings of the alleged radio talks between the crew of the Turkish F-16 fighter and the pilots of the Russian Su-24 bomber on November 23. The Russian military representative was informed that there was no possibility to hand over the materials concerning the attack of the Turkish F-16 fighter on the Russian aircraft on November 23.

Nov 26 14:10

Marwa Osman on Russia Today - Russia's right to self-defense

During the live special RT broadcast after the Su-24 plane was shot down by a Turkish F-16 jet, our colleague Marwa Osman explained the implications of what Turkey had just done, including what NATO might do, and what Russia could do. Marwa explained how Russia had the right to act according to article 51 of the UN charter - the right to self-defense.

Nov 26 14:08

Azerbaijan recalls Consul General from Turkey

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has signed a decree to recall the Consul General of Azerbaijan in Istanbul and at the same time the permanent representative of Azerbaijan in the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization, Hasan Zeynalov, reports the official website of the President. Another decree of the President recalled from office the permanent representative of Azerbaijan to the UN office at Geneva and other international organizations, Murad Najafbeyli... Azerbaijan's two big brothers traditionally have been Russia and Turkey. However, this proud small resource rich nation was not eager to become a Western vassal as it has been pressured to. It has always honored the age old ties with Russia and prefers Russia's approach of mutual cooperation (and its meticulous balancing act in Nagorny Karabah dispute with Armenia) rather then Western approach of domination. Ilham Aliev's latest gesture is a strong move which shows whose side Azerbaijan is on.

Nov 26 14:03

Russian S-400 defense missile system deployed in Syria..further video

The S-400 Triumf system, also known as the SA-21 Growler, combines an advanced radar system, which can detect ballistic missiles and high- and low-flying aircraft from hundreds of miles away, with a variety of missiles capable of taking them out.....Anything from an F-15 fighter jet to a B-2 stealth bomber that comes into the range of the S-400 is at risk of being blown out of the sky.....

Nov 26 13:49

Russia's S-400 Arrives in Hmeymim Airbase in Syria

That was quick! You got your no-fly zone now Turkey!

Nov 26 13:08

McInerney: Turkey Shooting Down Russian Plane Was a 'Very Bad Mistake'

The former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force said that Turkey shooting down a Russian plane was a "very bad mistake and showed poor judgment."

Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney said on "Real Story" that a radar tracking map shows the plane crossing the very tip of Turkey, which he estimated lasted for 20-40 seconds, and on a trajectory back toward Syria.

Nov 26 11:42

Russia considers Polish FM's calls to annul Russia-NATO Founding Act extremely dangerous

"I would like to call your attention to a statement made by the Polish foreign minister who called for recognizing as invalid the 1997 Russia-NATO Founding Act," Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. "We consider such steps to be part of an ideological campaign to brainwash the public opinion in the West ahead of a regular NATO summit in Warsaw," Zakharova stressed. "We certainly consider such statements to be extremely dangerous and extremely provocative. They are evident of desire to make irreversible the alliance’s course towards military deterrence of our country. They can also be regarded as an attempt to legitimize NATO’s attempts to change the existing balance of forces in Europe," the Russian diplomat said.

Nov 26 10:50

Crimean blockade activists again prevent power line repairs

Activists of the Crimea blockade said on Thursday they would not allow workers to repair a power line leading from Ukraine into the Black Sea peninsula, a spokesman for Ukraine’s Ukrenergo national energy company has said. "We have 24 hours to complete the effort to repair the power line. However, the protesters say they will not allow us to repair works. At the moment the issue is being discussed. All the repair teams are ready to start completing the repair," Zinoviy Butsyo told the 112 TV channel. The repair works at the Kakhovskaya-Titan power line began on Tuesday, he said, while failing to confirm that the electricity supply to Crimea would be restored. "This will depend on the agreements between the protesters and the Kiev authorities."

Nov 26 10:49

Izaz first moments warplanes to target the Russian freight cars to a garage in the city 11/25/2015

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Look for what should be there and isn't, and what isn't visible in this video are bomb craters indicating an air strike. Either something on board the convoy set off a fire and explosions, or Erdogan deliberately had this convoy blown up to frame Russia.

Nov 26 10:49

Donetsk Republic imposes 2-week embargo on coal supplies to Ukraine

The DPR’s decision has been prompted by Kiev’s delay of payments for coal supplies.

Russian convoys deliver humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine: More than 100 vehicles brought more than 1,000 tons of humanitarian cargo, mainly food and medications, to Donetsk and Luhansk

Nov 26 10:44

Kiev forces shell railway station in Donetsk republic

"The mortar shelling occurred at around 6 a.m. in the suburb of the Yasinovatsky district, the territory of the Donetsk-Severny station," the head of the local administration, Yuri Yanenko, said. As a result of the shelling, a private house caught fire. The blaze was later extinguished by the rescuers. The shelling was carried out from the positions of the Kiev troops in the Pesky village near the Donetsk airport. No casualties have been reported.
OSCE: Ukraine's Shirokino, Gorlovka and Donetsk airport turn into trouble spots again
Ukrainian army continues moving military hardware to Donbas contact line — militia
Kiev forces accused of redeploying almost 40 tanks to Donbas disengagement line

Nov 26 10:41

Russian journalists who returned from Syria say militants attacked them deliberately

"We were fully equipped in accordance with the Geneva Convention with blue bulletproof vests, blue helmets, it was obvious where we are, whom we represent, but we were shelled, RT correspondent says.
Russian Foreign Ministry calls UN to react to incident with Russian reporters in Syria

Nov 26 10:30

Russia Cuts All Military Ties With Turkey

All military contacts with Turkey have been cut following the downing of Russia's Su-24 military jet, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.

"Today, in accordance with a previously made decision, all cooperation channels have been cut between the Russian Defense Ministry and the Turkish Armed Forces," ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told reporters.

"This concerns all ties, not just the so-called hotline that was launched in order to avoid possible air incidents during the destruction of terrorist infrastructure in Syria," he added.

Erdogan Says Turkey Will Not Apologize for Downing Russian Su-24
The decision has been made after Turkish fighter jets on Tuesday had shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber, which had been taking part in Russia's anti-terror campaign in Syria.

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Translation: the next time Turkey tries a hare-brained stunt like this, Russia will retaliate with full force.

Unfortunately, should this happen, Turkey, as a NATO member, can invoke Article 5 of the NATO Charter, stating expressly that if one member of the NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANISATION is attacked, it is as if they they all have been attacked.

I wonder what odds the bookies in Vegas are giving on a near-immediate beginning of World War III.

Nov 26 10:29

Turkey’s annual revenues from Russian tourists stood at $10 bln — Russian tourism watchdog

Crimea freezes about 30 Turkish investment projects for $500 mln
Third day of protest outside Turkish embassy in Moscow: Hundreds of posters say: "Turkey will answer for the stab in the back", "Punishment inevitable"," "We don’t need the Turkish coast", "Hands off Syria" and "Turkey, you will be left without gas"
Russian-Turkish forum planned for December canceled — official
Russia's S-400 air defense system enters combat duty in Syria

Nov 26 10:20

Russia and Syria forces delivered massive strike at area of Russian Su-24 crash

The military of Russia and Syria delivered massive strikes at the territory where the pilot of Russia's Sukhoi Su-24M aircraft downed by the Turkish Air Force was rescued, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Thursday. "As soon as our pilot was safe, Russian bombers and rocket artillery of the Syrian government forces delivered massive strikes at the mentioned area," Konashenkov said. "Terrorists and other mysterious groups acting in the area were destroyed," he said. The spokesman added that militants and other armed units equipped with advanced devices tried to hunt down the navigator of the downed Russian Sukhoi-24M jet. "I’d like to stress that apart from our search teams, the militants and other armed units equipped with devices for bearings were actively searching for the Russian pilot [who had managed to eject - TASS]," Gen Konashenkov said.

Nov 26 10:20

Meet The Man Who Funds ISIS: Bilal Erdogan, The Son Of Turkey's President

But even that was tame compared to what Lavrov said to his Turkish counterparty Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier today during a phone call between the two (Lavrov who was supposed to travel to Turkey has since canceled such plans).

As Sputnik transcribes, according to a press release from Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lavrov pointed out that, "by shooting down a Russian plane on a counter-terrorist mission of the Russian Aerospace Force in Syria, and one that did not violate Turkey’s airspace, the Turkish government has in effect sided with ISIS."

It was in this context when Lavrov added that "Turkey’s actions appear premeditated, planned, and undertaken with a specific objective."

More importantly, Lavrov pointed to Turkey’s role in the propping up the terror network through the oil trade. Per the Russian statement:

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Now, we know why Turkey is aligned with ISIS.

Were I a key player in NATO right now, I would get Turkey thrown out of this organisation, for playing both sides.

Unfortunately, however, this is complicated; the higher-ups in NATO seem to have agreed that Turkey will provoke Russia to the point of its invoking Article 5 of the UN Charter (where, if one NATO country gets attacked, it is as though all have been attacked, and must come to that one country's aid).

The downing of that Russia jet on Tuesday by Turkey felt very much like the opening salvos to World War III; I hope I am wrong, and that cooler heads will ultimately prevail.

But unfortunately, the US government needs a major war with which to distract an ever-more disenchanted public from the economic mess in which the US government has placed it.

Karl Marx got a lot of things wrong, but one thing he said which is bang spot-on is that "all wars are economic." That he got absolutely right.

Nov 26 10:17

Russian Defense Ministry refutes reports on destruction of relief convoy by Russian jets

Konashenkov drew the journalists’ attention to the fact that the photos and video materials from the scene did not show any craters from explosions and no splinters which were supposed to cut all the trucks subject to the shelling and bombardment. "Finally, nothing was left of those ammunitions. Therefore, we would recommend you not to try to pass off a burning truck convoy with munitions meant for the militants operating to the north of Aleppo as relief aid next time," the Russian general said. "The Turkish side never notified anybody that it was planning to send a relief convoy. Let alone, that any aid convoy should have special identification marks," he added.

Nov 26 10:11


I understand why Turkey shot down a Russian plane. Erdogan is only protecting his friends...

Nov 26 09:56

The Downing of Russia’s SU-24 Jet: 17 Seconds That Changed The World. Leaked Letter Exposes Turkey’s Hair-Trigger Reality

In the wake of an emergency NATO meeting this afternoon, new information has come to light. First, there’s Ankara’s letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the 15 members of the UN Security Council.

The highlighted passage reads: “Disregarding these warnings, both planes, at an altitude of 19,000 feet, violated Turkish national airspace to a depth of 1.36 miles and 1.15 miles in length for 17 seconds from 9:24:05 local time.”

So, as RT notes, even if we buy Turkey’s story (i.e. if we accept that Russia actually did violate Turkish airspace), then it would appear that Ankara has something of an itchy trigger finger. That is, Turkey was apparently willing to risk sparking a wider conflict between NATO and Russia over a 17 second incursion.

But something doesn’t sound right.

Journalists: Learn to do basic maths. Look at Turkey’s statement to UN: 1.15 miles / 17 seconds x 60 x 60 = 243 miles/hour = 391 km/hour

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 24, 2015

Nov 26 09:34

Damascus wants Russia to develop Syrian oil

Syrian authorities are hoping Russian companies will develop the country's offshore oil deposits, said Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem during a meeting with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

"We have data that oil and gas deposits on a shelf off the coast of Syria have enormous potential. And we hope to see not only Russian warships in Syria, but also platforms for extracting oil,” Muallem said on Thursday.

Nov 26 09:19

Top U.S. Air Defense Commander: Turkey’s Shootdown of Russian Jet “Had to Be PRE-PLANNED”

Yesterday, McInerney told Fox News – much to the surprise of the reporter interviewing him – that assuming the Turkish version of the flight path of the Russian jet is accurate, Russia wasn’t threatening Turkey, and that Turkey’s shoot down of the Russian jet “had to be pre-planned”, as the jet wasn’t in Turkish air space long enough for anything other than a premeditated attack to have brought it down:

Nov 26 08:59

Mystery over who bombed Turkish convoy allegedly carrying weapons to militants in Syria

A Turkish convoy, which according to some reports was transporting weapons to terrorist organizations, has been hit by apparent airstrikes in northwestern Syria.

Footage released online by the Istanbul-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) shows plumes of smoke from the burning trucks and people running about in panic. At least 20 trucks were engulfed in flames.

The mission, however, wasn’t sponsored or organized by the IHH, the group said. No organization has as yet confirmed that the convoy belonged to them.

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Turkey is claiming that this was a "humanitarian" convoy and Russia's attack on it is an act of war. But none of the humanitarian aid organizations are saying the convoy belonged to them.

Nov 26 08:49

Now Turkey says it didn't know doomed jet was Russian before shooting it out of the sky

The country's military said it was following the same protocol it would have for any aircraft as officials insisted they did not know the nationality of the bomber jet.

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Is Erdogen picking his talking points with a dart board?

Nov 26 08:31

The pilot Su-24 Oleg Peshkov did not kill any "Turkmens" but - Turks

MAIN pilots downed a Russian Su-24 had killed Oleg Peshkov no "Turkmens", but - Turks!

In Moscow have carefully analysed the video that appeared on YouTube that testify to a group of terrorists in the Syrian province of Latakia - which they called "Turkmens" - with exultant shouts of "Allahu Akbar!" Shot by the Russian pilots to descend by parachute and then kill sand.

First, it was determined that the main role in the liquidation of Peshkov played some Alpaslan Steel and that he praised the British agency Reuters that he and his "soldiers" killed sand. And soon afterwards, that he is not a Turkmen, but - a Turk from the town Kebano from the province Eljazig.

Somewhat later it was found that steel has an account on Twitter and on the photographs often holds his index finger raised upward. That explained everything.

So forefinger lifted up by members of the Turkish extreme nationalist youth organization Bozrkurt - "Grey Wolves".

Nov 26 08:19

Erdogan Says Turkey Will Not Apologize for Downing Russian Su-24

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Ankara will not apologise to Russia for shooting down a Su-24 bomber jet.

Nov 26 08:19

Ankara defends ISIS, Turkish officials have financial interest in oil trade with group - PM Medvedev

Some Turkish officials have ‘direct financial interest’ in the oil trade with the terrorist group Islamic State, Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev said as he detailed possible Russian retaliation to Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane in Syria on Tuesday.

Nov 26 08:11

Russian Warplanes Target Turkish Weapons Convoy in Syria

The airstrikes hit the trucks which were carrying weapons from Turkey to the Takfiri terrorists fighting in Syria near Azaz town in Aleppo on Wednesday.

Nov 26 08:11

Russia launches economic war on Turkey

It appears that Russia will take efforts to expose the details of Turkey's cooperation with terrorist groups in Syria to the international community. Russia will restrict imports of a variety of goods from Turkey. Suppliers already have to deal with many problems at customs posts. Importers say that cargo registration was actually stopped... "In each case, measures are taken in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation; the products in question relate to a high-risk group," a message on the website of the Russian Agency for Consumer Rights said. "There is no embargo being introduced, but as various manifestations of extremism are increasing, we are taking additional control measures," Peskov said, RIA Novosti reports.

Nov 26 08:05

Crimea blackout and blockade: a failed Kiev attempt to blackmail Russia

Why did Kiev decide to create problems for Crimea in such a strange way? I suggest that we observe Ukrainian politicians' traditional desire to bargain. Mister Poroshenko is showing Russia that he can make problems for Crimea and in doing so he is most likely hoping to conclude a more favorable contract for the supply of electricity to Ukraine from Russia. Of course, the situation looks strange: Kiev now resembles a village drunkard trying to blackmail the local general store by gnawing at the electrical connections of the store. However, I think that Mr. Poroshenko simply doesn’t have any other choice. There is so little money in the budget of Ukraine that any attempt to honestly comply with agreements would guarantee that the country be led into final bankruptcy. Will Russia come to aid our misguided Ukrainian brothers? I think not this time.

Nov 26 08:04

Who’s in Control? Obama or the generals?

US President Barack Obama’s business-like meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit at the weekend belies a spate of bellicose comments made by the Pentagon towards Moscow. So, who is in control: Obama or the generals?

The two leaders held an earnest 35-minute face-to-face discussion on the opening day of the G20 conference in Antalya, Turkey. The gathering of the world’s top 20 economic nations was dominated by the massive terror attack in Paris two days earlier, which claimed at least 129 lives and hundreds more wounded.

Obama’s meeting with Putin – their first since Russia launched its military intervention in Syria nearly seven weeks ago – was described by the White House as “constructive”.

The American president even appeared to welcome Russian airstrikes against terror groups fighting the Syrian government, most prominently Islamic State (IS) jihadists, also known as ISIL.

Nov 26 07:54

NATO Provokes Russia In Crimea As Syria Tensions Rise

By Brandon Turbeville

As the situation in Syria heats up on the heels of the Turkish shoot down of a Russian military jet, the situation in Ukraine is doing the same as the Western-backed fascist Kiev regime is once again poking the Russian bear, presumably at the behest of the NATO powers...

Nov 26 07:48

Turkey's Erdogan says Russian response to downed jet "emotional" and "unfitting"

Nov 26 Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday dismissed "emotional" and "unfitting" suggestions that projects with Russia could be cancelled following Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane near the Syrian border.

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"Oh my goodness, such a FUSS they are making just because we back-shot one of their airplanes and murdered their pilot! Sheesh, what a tempest in a teacup, already!" -- The Turkey in Chief

Nov 26 07:47

Russian businesses boycott Turkey over jet incident

Russia’s largest tour operators are terminating their business with Turkey in response to the Kremlin's travel warning to the country in the aftermath of the downing of a Russian warplane.

Major operators Pegas Touristik, Natalie Tours, Biblio Globus and Tez Tour have announced they are ending package holidays to Turkey.

Nov 26 06:16

Obama and Merkel Are Fighting to Get Russia Sanctions Renewed

It's Obama and Merkel versus Germany's #2, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, with EU's Juncker and France's Hollande somewhere in the middle. Despite the emerging cooperation in the fight against the jihadist militia Islamic State (IS), western sanctions against Russia, which were introduced because of the annexation of Crimea and the Ukraine crisis, are to be renewed - according to a newspaper report. A preliminary decision regarding this was taken on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Turkey one week previously, the FAZ reported citing groups of participants. During the G20 summit in Antalya a group of five agreed to maintain the sanctions, for as long as the Minsk agreements on the Ukraine conflict have not been implemented, reported the FAZ. The group therefore decided to extend the sanctions, which would expire at the end of the year, to July 2016.

Nov 26 06:08

Russian FM Wants to Know If US Greenlighted Turkish Ambush of Su-24 Warplane

“Some members of the coalition, including those providing their combat planes for strikes against Iraq and Syria have confided to us the planes involved were of US manufacture and the Americans normally request US permission for such operations”. Then Lavrov went even further posing a direct question: “As far as I understand, our plane was downed by a US-made F-16. It remains to be seen whether the US requirement is applicable to Turkey, and if it is, I would like to know if Turkey had asked the United States for permission to send its planes on a combat mission and to shoot down a plane, albeit probably an identified one, over Syrian territory.” The implications posed by Lavrov's doubts are important and should not be underestimated by western powers. They directly call into question the possible liability of the USA in Ankara's military action and If this were to be the case, the SU-24 downing would take quite a different twist.

Nov 26 06:07

Is Turkey Starting a Proxi-War for NATO?

It is clear, Turkey hosting the recent G20 meeting and subscribing to the east-west ‘coalition’ of fighting the ISIS / DAESH / Al Qaeda terror, was a loosely disguised farce.

Did Turkey just provoke a proxi-war on behalf of NATO against Russia? – Turkey knew very well that the Russian SU-24 fighter jet was inside Syria’s borders and that even as it may have been close to Turkey it was no threat for Turkey. Russia’s mission was clear to all the 19 nations which attended the G20 meeting some 10 days ago in Antalya, Turkey, when the entire group unanimously decided to cooperate in fighting the Islamic State (IS – or Daesh, according to its Arabic acronym).

Nov 26 06:04

Turkey Shoots Down More Than Just a Russian Jet

It is only a matter of time before the rhetorical shell game conducted by the terrorist sponsors comes unstuck.

Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian fighter jet this week was likely aimed at a bigger political target – to deal a blow to the proposal of a grand anti-terror coalition between the West and Russia for fighting the Islamic State extremist network in Syria.

Such a coalition might seem reasonable, even desirable, to most people. But it is profoundly unacceptable, tacitly, to Washington because it would further expose the criminal nature of the Western-sponsored regime-change operation in Syria.

Washington and its allies do not want Russia to participate in an effective military coalition that would accelerate the destruction of the mercenary terror army that the Western powers have covertly invested in. In that regard, French President Francois Hollande seems to have momentarily lost the devious plot by proposing such an alliance with Russia.

Nov 26 06:02

Manufacturing a phony caliphate

Carefully-orchestrated snuff films directed by media experts.

Image is the most important element of the vaunted but fictional “new caliphate”. This thing is largely smoke and mirrors: manufacturing a phony “caliphate” out of nothing but a misfit band of thugs collected from many disparate countries—all wearing matching black outfits and masks (so that you can’t identify ethnicity), driving identical shiny Toyota trucks by the hundreds, flying identical mass-produced flags and sporting slick logos—supplied by whom?

Nov 26 06:02

Putin Makes the West Accountable for Ukraine's Debt Dodging

At the G20 summit in Turkey, Vladimir Putin said that “Since our Western partners believe Ukraine’s solvency will improve, and we have no reason to doubt this, our partners shouldn’t hesitate to guarantee the loan”. He noted that the Russian Federation had asked for such guarantees either from the US or the EU - or even from one of the international financial institutions. “We hope that this issue will be resolved by the beginning of December this year in view of the specific timetable of the International Monetary Fund,” - said Putin. Some commentators are already implying sarcastically that Putin's proposal not to demand full repayment of Ukraine’s debt this year as the charity of impotence. They say, “we don’t have the ability to force the money from Kiev.” That’s why Putin gave the Ukraine the option of paying in installments of $1 billion a year, till 2018, adding a little paragraph that changes everything. Namely, he asked the West guarantee the repayment.

Nov 26 04:23

Sultan Erdogan's War on...Russia

Erdogan is on a mission from Allah — at least his version of Allah. The downing of the Su-24 is just the preamble. Get ready, because 2016 promises an even bigger bang.

Nov 26 04:12

Turkey Must Pay for the Crime Against the Russian Aircraft

Instead of immediately apologising to Moscow for the Turkish Air Force downing the Russian SU-24 being part of the Russian Air Force group from the Hmeymim base, whose war with IS terrorists and other terrorist groups on Syrian territory is not just empty words, but real action, Ankara was quick to come out with offensive attacks against Russia. And for some reason, it then went on to demand that the NATO Council convene, although not only wasn’t Turkey attacked, but rather itself committed an act of aggression. It is impossible to differently interpret the attack on the plane of the anti-terrorist coalition performing the mission to destroy terrorist locations in Syria. Moreover, the Turkish F-16 did it when the SU-24 was in Syrian airspace.

Nov 26 03:58

Turkey Downs Russian Fighter to Draw NATO and US Deeper into Syrian Quagmire

On Tuesday, Turkey shot down a Russian warplane that was carrying out military operations against jihadi groups in Northern Syria. The downing of the Su-24 fighter jet is part of a broader plan by the administration of Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan to topple the secular government of Syrian President Bashar al Assad and to establish “safe zones” on the Syrian side of the Turkish-Syrian border. Erdogan needs the safe zones to provide a sanctuary for the militant extremists who are the footsoldiers in his war against Syria. The downing of the Russian fighter is a desperate attempt by Erdogan to incite a reaction from Russia that will draw either NATO or the United States deeper into a conflict which has dragged on for 4 and a half years and killed 250,000 people.

Nov 25 23:34

Was The U.S. Involved In The Turkish Attack Against The Russian Jet?

Obama continues his immensely destructive policies in the Middle East with zero regard to the all the bad outcomes these are likely to have for the people there as well as for Europe. One again wonders if all these action follow from sheer incompetence or from some devilish, ingenious strategic planning.

Nov 25 20:35

Turkey releases audio of 'warning' to downed Russia jet

"Lousy audio recordings are impossible to fake" - Official White Horse Souce

Nov 25 20:29

Ukraine closes airspace to all Russian planes

Ukraine has banned all Russian planes from using its airspace and exports of Russian gas to Ukraine have been halted by state-controlled giant Gazprom.

The decision was announced by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a televised government meeting.

Gazprom said it had halted gas deliveries to Ukraine because it had used up all the gas it had paid for.

But Ukraine said it had stopped buying from Gazprom because it could get cheaper gas from Europe.

The airspace ban applies to military planes as well as civil airliners.

Nov 25 16:06

Western Media Fail to Condemn Turkish Aggression

Failure to condemn clear aggression shows support. Turkey’s act of war was clear and unambiguous - recklessness against Russia’s real war on terror, polar opposite America’s phony war, backing ISIS and other terrorist groups, not combatting them.

Nov 25 16:04

Russia says Turkey’s attack on jet was “planned provocation” as Ankara moves tanks near Syrian border

On Tuesday evening, we took a close look at the circumstances surrounding Turkey’s decision to shoot down a Russian Su-24 near the Syrian border. The incident was the most meaningful escalation in the conflict to date and marks the first time a Russian or Soviet plane has been downed by NATO since 1953.

Nov 25 15:15

Drudge Sends the Biggest Secret Viral: “America Has Been Arming ISIS”

The biggest open secret in the world has just been tweeted by the world’s biggest news aggregator.

This bombshell tweet echoes numerous reports from the alternative media pointing out the sick truth behind the shocking resurgence of terrorism that ISIS is the creation of Western forces, and that the United States has in fact been arming and supporting their own worst enemy:


Nov 25 14:11

Ukraine's Right Sector nationalists deploy battalion near contact line — militia

Ten self-propelled guns, 18 tanks, 30 mechanised infantry combat vehicles and 300 troops have allegedly been deployed near the villages of Konstantinovka, Artyomovo and Opytnoye...

Nov 25 14:06

Russia ready to consider steps to close Turkish-Syrian border — Lavrov

"Going back to the news conference of Presidents of France and the United States Francois Hollande and Barack Obama in Washington, I noticed that the French president suggested taking steps to close the Turkish-Syrian border to stop both the flow of militants and terrorist financing," the Russian minister said. "It is significant that President Obama did not respond to this in any way, but I think it’s the right suggestion."
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Nov 25 13:54

The Turkish Embassy was hit with stones, tomatoes and eggs

Glasses of second and third floors of the Embassy are broken, the stones were in the offices of employees...
At the Embassy a lot of stones, broken glass. The windows of the building shattered, everywhere traces of paint
Turkish embassy in Moscow attacked over Su-24 incident - About 900 people gathered outside the Turkish embassy in Moscow. They just threw stones, eggs, tomatoes and paint at the embassy building breaking about 15 windows on the first and second floors. The protest action lasted for about 15 minutes. None of the protesters was detained.