Jun 30 14:25

Russia Vows Continued Support for Embattled Syria

Obama's war is in its fourth year - using Islamic State and other takfiri terrorists as US proxies to replace Bashar al-Assad with a pro-Western puppet.

Continued conflict killed over 200,000, displaced millions more and created the world's greatest internal and external refugee crisis. Nothing in prospect suggests ending things diplomatically.

Putin and Sergey Lavrov met with Syrian Foreign Minister Wali al-Moualem in Moscow. They pledged continued support in fighting terrorism.

Jun 30 14:19

The Care and Feeding of a Financial Black Hole

If the black hole does succeed in sucking in Greece, then which country is next? Will it be Italy, Spain or Portugal? And, as that process continues, at what point will enough people say that enough is enough? Because when they do, the black hole will shrivel up.

Jun 30 13:22

Western Presstitutes Dumbfounded by Vladimir Putin’s 89% Approval Rating

Think Russians are tiring of conflict with the West? Not according to President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings, which hit all-time highs of 89 percent Wednesday (…) Putin’s ratings jumped from 65 percent in January 2014 to 80 percent two months later, and they’ve stayed in the 80s ever since, according to measurements from the Moscow-based Levada Center, the only independent polling organization in Russia.

Jun 30 12:04

‘New demands on Iran – deliberate stumbling blocks’

All sort of things in these negotiations are going on behind the scenes, not only between the P5+1 and Iran but between the Western allies as well.

Additional demands on Iran at the nuclear talks put forward by France are basically impossible to fulfill; it’s unlikely that they were made without the full knowledge and approval of the US, says political commentator Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich.

Jun 30 12:01

Russia: Tit for Tat – Israel Shamir.

Summing it up, President Putin speaks softly. If he carries a big stick, he does not flash it around.

Hail, fire and brimstone, new sanctions or the US tanks on its borders, Russia takes things in stride. President Putin could adopt the motto of William of Orange: saevis tranquillus in undis, calm amidst the tempest.

Jun 30 11:54

China starts work on 3,968-km long gas pipeline with Russia

In what can be seen as a step to firm up the energy cooperation with Moscow, which is reeling under US and EU sanctions over Ukraine crisis, China has begun the construction of the 3,968-km long gas pipeline which will pump 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia's far east to Shanghai.

Jun 30 10:40

Wall Street Journal's Latest Laughable Scare: A Russian-Dominated Bulgaria

Wall Street Journal is raising alarm about the far-fetched notion of Bulgaria possibly becoming a Putin’s “trojan horse” within EU and NATO.
It is a fine thing to be drinking one’s afternoon tea with a smile on one’s face, but it is positively difficult to do so when reading the Wall Street Journal, for the smile is certain to transform into a feat of uncontrollable laughter. Especially when there are articles as manifestly comical as the one entitled ‘’Putin Targets Pro-Western Bulgaria’’.

Jun 30 10:36

Russian Culture Minister Wants Tax on Hollywood Films to Finance Russian Movies

Vladimir Medinsky, the Russian culture minister, is pushing for changes to the domestic film industry that he believes is benefiting Hollywood, but not his homeland.
According to the Moscow Times, he wants to introduce a sales tax that will be used to increase funds for local productions. “I cannot understand why our tax system is subsidising Hollywood,” he said.
Dmitry Medvedev, the prime minister, has also proposed a sales tax on cinema tickets, but this may not include domestic productions. The plan may add 100 roubles ($1.80/£1.15) to the price of admission.
Medinsky said this is an “exceptionally right decision”.

Jun 30 10:32

Putin: Nations must unite to fight Islamic State militants; Russia backs Syria's Assad

In a surprise meeting with Syria's foreign minister, Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged his support Monday for Syrian President Bashar Assad and called on all Middle East nations to join forces to fight Islamic State militants.

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Brilliant move by Putin. The US has made this ubervillain out of ISIS, and cannot complain that Putin is aiding ISIS opponents in Syria, can they? :)

Jun 30 10:26

Russia against ending UN veto privilege — deputy foreign minister

"We cannot agree with the ideas to restrict the veto power of the five permanent members," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister said.
"The use of the veto by Russia, for example jointly with China, has prevented the interference into domestic affairs of a whole range of countries," Gatilov said, naming the situation in Syria as an example.
"Many partners have expressed their gratitude for such a principled position which has proved to be justified," he said.

Jun 30 10:23

Khodorkovsky might have ordered the murder of Nefteyugansk mayor — Investigative Committee

"According to evidence at the disposal of the Investigative Committee, the man who ordered that murder and a number of other exceptionally grave crimes might have been YUKOS chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky".
Vladimir Petukhov was shot dead in the morning of June 26, 1998 while walking to work. Shortly before that Petukhov had a conflict with the oil company YUKOS over tax evasion, which resulted in wage arrears and disruptions in the operation of utilities services.

Jun 30 10:07

Kiev security forces violate ceasefire 12 times in Donetsk — DPR

"The Ukrainian side has 12 times violated the ceasefire regime, launching artillery attacks," the source is quoted by the Donetsk news agency.
According to DPR Defence Ministry, as many as 71 mines of 82mm and 120mm calibre, 10 artillery shells and 51 tank shells were launched on the DPR territory. Also, the enemy used rocket launchers and small arms.
According to the DPR Defence Ministry, the cities of Donetsk (Kuibyshev district and airport are), Gorlovka and Dokuchayevsk have been shelled. In addition, the Spartak, Sakhanka and Belaya Kamenka settlements came under fire.

Jun 30 04:49

The U.S. want to block the $ 300 million in Uzbekistan

The U.S. Department of justice appealed to the court New York a statement about blocking $300 million as part of an investigation of bribery in the telecommunications market of Uzbekistan with participation of Russian VimpelCom and MTS, said on Tuesday the Agency Bloomberg.

Jun 30 04:47

The US has expanded sanctions list of the Russian oil and gas companies

The relevant document is published on the OFAC website. In the sanctions list first came Gazprom, LUKOIL, Transneft, Gazprom Neft and Surgutneftegaz.
Sectoral restrictive measures prohibit deliveries of Russian oil and gas companies, products and technologies used for the development of hydrocarbon fields in deep waters and Arctic shelf, as well as in the shale formations.
On 29 June it was reported that Canada has imposed economic sanctions against three Russian nationals and 14 entities. Sanctions were imposed against the leaders of the Eurasian youth Union of Alexander Dugin, Paul Kanisawa and Andrei Kovalenko, a number of other companies, including Oboronprom, United
aircraft Corporation (UAC) and "Stankoinstrument", and the biker club "Night wolves".

Jun 30 04:34

Why Russian-Made Submarines Are Set to Dominate Asian Waters

Asian nations are expanding their submarine fleets at breakneck speed, coinciding with a major comeback by Russia’s undersea boats.
China, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Bangladesh are existing or prospective customers for Russian-made diesel-electrics.
Moscow is making a high-octane entry into the huge export market, with advanced diesel-electric submarines. As well as being silent, stealthy and armed with the world’s deadliest missiles, Russian submarines are often the vessel of choice for an increasing number of navies, especially in cash-rich Asia.
According to David Isenberg of Asia Times, “Russian submarines’ unique capabilities and powerful armament are the two major attractions for foreign customers. In underwater duel modelling, Russian Kilo-class submarines invariably emerged the winner in virtual competition against German, French and Dutch submarines.”

Jun 30 04:32

Canada ruins prospects of its aircraft industry by expanding sanctions — Russian deputy PM

Canada introduced additional economic sanctions against 14 Russian legal entities and three Russian individuals, according to a statement issued by Harper on Monday.
"[Canada’s PM Stephen Harper] in the pursuit of the votes of Canadians of Ukrainian descent has killed the prospects of its own aircraft industry that has been dreaming of a deal with Russia," Rogozin wrote in his Twitter microblog.

Jun 30 04:30

Russian MP suggests blacklisting 5 "most aggressive" NGOs

"How the most aggressive international organizations can be identified? [They] are aligned with the US Department of State, with some US government agencies - these are the first signs," Zhirinovsky said. In his opinion, the most important "aggressive organizations" are the American NGOs.
"We fully support [the initiative], because we have to draw up a list of all foreign organizations - they pursue an aggressive policy towards us and finance the destructive forces. Which means they are against Russia and even provide the funding so that the number of organizations engaged in such activities grows here," Zhirinovsky said.

Jun 30 02:34

State Duma speaker compares G7 summit in Bavaria with Munich Pact

Speaker of Russia’s State Duma Sergey Naryshkin has likened the recent G7 summit in Bavaria to the 1938 Munich Agreement, during which Western countries de facto endorsed the beginning of Czechoslovakia’s seizure by Nazi Germany.
"The forum in Moscow was held publicly, with a positive agenda. What the G7 leaders in Bavaria discussed is unknown, the meeting was held practically behind closed doors, only the photo session was public," the head of the lower house of the Russian parliament said.
"This brings to mind another historic meeting, which took place in Bavaria in 1938. We all remember that it got its ominous name - the ‘Munich Conspiracy.’ Unfortunately, far from everyone draws necessary lessons from history," Naryshkin said.

Jun 30 02:33

Russian Railways, Defence Ministry to build railroad section bypassing Ukraine — source

Russian Railways (RZD) and Russia’s Defence Ministry have signed a deal on constructing a two-way electrified railway line bypassing Ukraine, a source in the company told TASS on Tuesday.
Under the deal, which was inked on June 25, the railway line will be built between Zhuravka, in the Voronezh region, and Millerovo, in the Rostov region.
The construction works will be performed by the Defence Ministry, while the Russian Railways will act as a customer.
"This concerns implementing works on the erection of the formation on the section between the 11th and 31st kilometers," the source said.

Jun 30 02:31

Dry grass on fire in Chernobyl exclusion zone — Ukraine’s emergencies service

Dry grass is on fire on the territory of a forestry complex near the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Ukraine’s emergencies service said on Tuesday, adding that the fire area is covering around 130 hectares.
The fire broke out at 17.10 p.m. (1410GMT) on Monday near the villages of Kovshilovka and Polesskoye in the flood plain of the Uzh River. The dry grass and bulrush started burning and the fire spread to the further area, the service said.
The firefighting effort involves 24 pieces of equipment and 117 personnel. A headquarters has been set up and a mobile task force has been deployed to deal with the fire.

Jun 29 21:58

“Russian aggression”—CBS provides a perfect example of imperial disinformation

Everything—and I mean that literally—everything in this item filed by CBS This Morning on 6.23.15, is false. The object is, as usual, to sell the almost completely clueless and habitually semi-indifferent American public the idea that Russia is the new Nazi Germany, with Putin as the new Fuhrer, rampaging across Europe and grabbing, insatiably, one hapless nation after another in his march toward the conquest of the…whole Free World!

Jun 29 13:46

Joke of the Day: NATO to Beat Russian Propaganda With 'Facts'

Says NATO’s political head Jens Stoltenberg

Meanwhile EU is to promoto “European values” in the post-Soviet space which actually means:

funding pro-EU NGOs and media
training journalists
influencing national media regulators (censors)

Jun 29 13:42

Georgian Justice Minister: Saakashvili Has Escaped Extradition, Will Ruin Odessa

Mikheil Saakashvili will not face justice in Georgia because the Ukrainian constitution forbids extradition of Ukrainian citizens to foreign countries, according to Georgia’s Justice Minister. Commenting on her recent trip to Kiev, the Justice Minister warned Ukrainians about Georgia’s notorious ex-president.
"I returned from Kiev 24 hours ago. I saw that Saakashvili’s team has failed to succeed there. Reforms are on hold; the Ukrainian people and the media have serious questions about these so-called experts.
He was sent away from Kiev because he was unable to carry out reforms. I have no doubt that he will not do any better in Odessa. It’s a message of warning for the Ukrainian people and media".

Jun 29 13:36

Going Nuclear on Russia

We all remember how, in early June, President Putin announced that Russia would deploy more than 40 new ICBMs “able to overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems.”

Oh dear; the Pentagon and their European minions have been freaking out on overdrive ever since.

Jun 29 13:32

What can Russia do to rock the boat of the West?

The United States is committing color revolutions in post-Soviet space, trying to strangle Russia with sanctions (for the wish of Russian people to reunite against the backdrop of the fascist regime in Ukraine) and threatening its integrity. Russia faces the task of finding a good, adequate response.
According to Sky News, an advisor to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Norbert Röttgen, expressed concerns that the Russian authorities may start funding the anti-European lobby in the United Kingdom. "If he (Putin) could affect driving a wedge between Britain and other Western countries, he would definitely do it," said Röttgen.

Jun 29 13:25

Ukraine's Luhansk republic militia report eight ceasefire violations over 24 hours

The shellings were carried out with the use of large-caliber mortars and air defence guns, the LuganskInformCenter has reported. One militia member was injured during the attack on the Zhelobok village conducted with the use of a 120mm caliber mortar.
Donetsk republic sees redeployment of Kiev tanks to Maryinka

Jun 29 13:16

The Absence of Policy: Shrill Anti-Russia Rhetoric Has No Plan B

The west can only see evil and malfeasance in others. For decades, the west is accustomed to getting its way in the world using intimidation and overwhelming brute force.

When a country resists, Biblical media plagues are unleashed until the sinner is destroyed or makes amends. Today, Russia is the new bogeyman, and with negative returns. This infuriates the west and thus makes the west, not Russia, the more dangerous actor as the Ukraine tragedy plays out.

Jun 29 13:08

Foreign specialists operate Ukrainian army’s drones — LPR reconnaissance

The examination of the drone shot down by the LPR militias revealed photos of the drone operators made while testing the drone’s camera. "The photos feature men operating the drone from an apartment equipped with special devices," the agency said. "Such equipment and work conditions are not typical for rank and file Ukrainian soldiers. More to it, the uniform and underwear of such models and colors are not used in any of the Ukrainian army units."
The LPR security service officer noted that "one of the foreigners from the photos was reported to have taken part in combat operation during Georgia’s aggression against South Ossetia in 2008." This information, according to the officer, was being verified.

Jun 29 13:05

Final price of gas for Ukraine will amount $247 per 1,000 cubic meters — PM Medvedev

"The prices for oil and subsequently for gas have greatly subsided, so the discount will be $40 per 1,000 cubic meters," said Medvedev.
Further decisions on the price of gas for Ukraine will depend on the world prices and the situation in the economy, Medvedev said.
Until the end of June, the price of gas for Ukraine amounts to $247.18 per 1,000 cubic meters, and takes into the $100 discount on export duties, offered by the Russian government. When the gas prices are below $330, the discount amounts to 30% of the gas prices.

Jun 29 12:46

LPR leader says Kiev has over 75,000 servicemen in conflict zone in Donbas

"Judging by what [Ukrainian President] Petro Alexeyevich [Poroshenko] was proudly saying not long ago, the grouping now has more than 60,000 servicemen. However he shyly withheld information about those ‘private battalions’ that are deployed here," he said. "So, the Ukrainian grouping here is likely to exceed 75,000."
On Friday, June 26, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Kiev troops in Donbas amounted to 60,000.

Jun 29 12:45

Riots in Armenia designed to 'squeeze' Russia out of Caucasus

South Ossetia has only one goal — to preserve its state, people and the relations, which it has established with Russia, which is a strategic partner, and remain a reliable support for it on Russia’s southern fringes, South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov said after meeting the heads of the defence ministry and law enforcers on Monday.
According to him, the recent riots in Armenia are a fresh attempt to "squeeze" Russia out of the Caucasus. "It is impossible to call the current events in Armenia, which is Russia’s friend and partner, incidental," Tibilov said.
"Western countries have not given up intentions or attempts, to be more precise, to weaken and undermine Russia’s strong and solid positions in the world arena. This applies to all allies of Russia, including South Ossetia," Tibilov stressed.
"We should pay special attention to the republic’s young people in the first place. They are the most vulnerable group, "the South Ossetian president said.

Jun 29 12:42

Canada introduces additional economic sanctions against Russia

Canada introduced additional economic sanctions against 14 Russian legal entities and three individuals. Such information is contained in the statement of Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper posted on the internet page of the Canadian government on Monday.
Furthermore, Canada imposed a ban on import and export of goods from the territory of Crimea.
Names of companies and Russian citizens in the ‘black list’ will be published in the nearest future.
Gazprom and Transneft included into extended sanction list — Canada’s Foreign Ministry

Jun 29 12:24

White phosphorus shells fired at a village in Pisky

Jun 29 12:20

Russia: Tit for Tat

Hail, fire and brimstone, new sanctions or the US tanks on its borders, Russia takes things in stride. President Putin could adopt the motto of William of Orange: saevis tranquillus in undis, calm amidst the tempest. The tempest is all around. American tanks moved into the Baltic states. American warships sail up the Black sea. The EU sanctions against Russia were extended for another six months. Russian assets were seized in France and Belgium.

Jun 29 10:08

We Are All Greeks! Europe Only Has a Future With the New Silk Road

It's not Greece which has failed, but rather Chancellor Merkel, Finance Minister Schäuble, the EU Commission, the European Central Bank, and the IMF. Why should the Greek government stick with the austerity measures demanded by the EU, which have already reduced the Greek economy by a third, lowered the birth rate, raised the death rate, and increased youth unemployment to 65%? A policy that even the IMF had to admit was completely incompetent, and that the UN expert on debt and human rights condemned as a clear violation of human rights? Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's decision not to capitulate to the "shock and awe" method of the Eurogroup's Shylocks is not only correct, but offers the chance for all of Europe to break with the insanity of the casino economy, which only serves the interests of the banks and speculators—provided however, that Germany and other countries find the courage to mobilize Europe's moral and intellectual strengths.

Jun 29 09:44

Russia Promises "Economic And Military" Aid To Syria As US Refloats Assad "Chemcial Weapons" Trial Balloon

Then again, as we reported earlier this month in "The Noose Around Syria's Assad Tightens", the advent of ISIS has added a new wrinkle to the Assad "war", where as a result of a brutal, US-funded mercenary force which has taken over half of Syria's territory, Assad's days may indeed be numbered.

Which would provide for a useful return of the chemical weapons narrative: the "desperate dictator" is now a loose cannon, and all it takes is another false flag chemical attack to rerun the staged events of 2013, this time hopefully achieve the outcome the US is hoping for - planting a US-friendly regime, and one which would be agreeable to a Qatar pipeline crossing the land.

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Then again, as we reported earlier this month in "The Noose Around Syria's Assad Tightens", the advent of ISIS has added a new wrinkle to the Assad "war", where as a result of a brutal, US-funded mercenary force which has taken over half of Syria's territory, Assad's days may indeed be numbered.

Which would provide for a useful return of the chemical weapons narrative: the "desperate dictator" is now a loose cannon, and all it takes is another false flag chemical attack to rerun the staged events of 2013, this time hopefully achieve the outcome the US is hoping for - planting a US-friendly regime, and one which would be agreeable to a Qatar pipeline crossing the land.

And then there are all the "positive" Keynesian externalities: after all there is nothing quite like a "limited" war to boost a nation's GDP. In this case, the nation being the US of course, by way of its military-industrial complex, which is to US military spending as the US banking criminal syndicate is to the Fed's monetary policy.

The only question is whether this would be a limited war, and as Syria just revealed it won't be, because yet again Russia has made it very clear that any US military intervention in Syria, no matter how depleted the Syrian army is due to fighting ISIS on the ground every day, will be met with a proportional Russian response.

Jun 29 09:28

EU to counter Russian propaganda by promoting 'European values'

The European Union aims to counter Russian propaganda by boosting support for independent media in “eastern neighbourhood” countries and increasing awareness of “disinformation activities by external actors”, according to a strategic communications action plan seen by RFE/RL.

Jun 29 08:39

The Absence of Policy: Washington’s Shrill Anti-Russia Rhetoric Has No Plan B

As host of RT’s political debate program “CrossTalk”, I have explored and covered the divergent narratives and rhetoric when it comes to the artificially generated Ukraine crisis. It is difficult to conjure up a topic that is so polarizing, antagonistic, and even dangerous.

The west’s failed policy in Ukraine has only emboldened the low-octane policymakers in Washington and Brussels. This is the worst of all possible worlds — a game of chicken where both sides lose.

If you are an avid reader of Russia Insider, you will know the situation in Ukraine worsens by the day. The country faces financial default in a matter of weeks with overall economic meltdown to follow. The IMF — the evil lender of last resort — openly admits it will continue to assist Kiev even after it defaults (which breaks all the lender’s own internal rules). Alas! In this case, geopolitics trumps common sense.

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The analysis here is fine, as far as it goes, but the writer of this article is missing one key factor to the problem; the pathological inability of the US government and military to think any scenario through to its logical conclusion.

And this is why the US government is moving forward, almost as does a picador in a bull fight, toward an all out war with Russia, as insane as this pathway sounds; that is the US government's Plan B.

Jun 28 21:54

Vladimir Putin on France and Europe: “NATO Member States have Renounced their Sovereignty”

“As you know, the modern world, especially the Western world, is highly monopolised and many Western countries – whether they want to hear this or not – have voluntarily given up a considerable part of their sovereignty. To some extent, this is a result of the politics of blocs. Sometimes we find it very difficult to come to terms with them on geopolitical issues. It is hard to reach an agreement with people who whisper even at home for fear of being overheard by the Americans. This is not a joke or a figure of speech.”

Jun 28 14:24

NATO: the risk of confrontation with Russia

It may seem that NATO is gradually imbued with a new sense of purpose, but there are several reasons to doubt the commitment of the Alliance of his new defensive mission.
After two decades of relative peace defense budgets of many European countries experience serious pressure due to the financial crisis. At the meeting of defence Ministers of countries-members of NATO this week they were presented the scorecard of progress in the implementation of one of the terms of this Alliance, which is to spend on defense 2% of their GDP. It turned out that five States spend on their armies less than 1% of their GDP, and more than half of NATO members spend less than 1.5% of GDP.
A recent survey conducted in Europe by the Pew center showed a very contradictory attitude of Europeans to the idea of protecting one of the NATO members in the event of an attack from Russia.

Jun 28 13:09

Russian Deputy Prime Minister: GMOs Will NOT be Tolerated

Russian President, Vladimir Putin has led a strong stance against biotech and their cultivation of GM crops in his country. Now, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Arkady Dvorkovich, has announced at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum that Russia WILL NOT use GM crops to boost agricultural production.

Jun 28 12:50

Protests in Kiev: Who ordered them and what are the possible effects?

Some of the people observing the unfolding situation in Ukraine support the protesters. Not that they actively express solidarity with them, but the information about these protests gets widespread news and blog coverage. Some believe the protests are a provocation, and that they might even be inspired by the US Embassy in order to replace Poroshenko with Tatyana Montian.

Jun 28 11:43

Russia to offer NASA to bring to ISS part of cargo lost on Dragon cargo craft

"We can’t tell you much right now but the Progress craft is to start off into space in a week’s time and we’ll make our proposals known to the American counterparts tomorrow," Solovyov said. "We’ll tell them which of their cargoes we could take along."
He said the Dragon cargo ship did not have any Russian cargoes aboard, as the Russian space agency Roscosmos did not have any need for using this flight to consign a payload to the ISS at the moment.
Expedition 43 currently working aboard ISS includes Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padakla and Mikhail Korniyenko and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly. Korniyenko and Kelly who arrived at the ISS at the end of March are expected to stay there for almost a year - their mission will last 342 days.
In a month’s time, they will be joined by a new trio - Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, and the astronaut of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Kimiya Yui will start off towards the ISS in a Soyuz spacecraft on July 24.

Jun 28 11:13

Doctor Liza necessitates lifting Donbass blockade

Executive director of Fair Aid Charity Fund Elizaveta Glinka known as Doctor Liza necessitates lifting Donbass blockade.
«Cancel blockade! Give children a chance to survive. No food, no medicaments for the poorest and the unhealthiest», - Elizaveta Glinka wrote in her Twitter micro blog.
Besides she informed that another group of children went from Donbass to Russia on recreation. There are 18 of children, escorted by mothers.
«The only available corridor for taking out diseased is given by Russia», - Doctor Liza stressed.
In June 18, the Ukrainian government launched new pass-control system in Donbass territory. Regarding new rules, medicaments, as well as goods can be brought as a humanitarian help. Bus service between Ukraine and Donetsk and Luhansk People`s Republics is prohibited too.

Jun 28 10:06

Here's the Difference Between Russian and Western Civilizations

Leading Russian public intellectual and politician Nikolai Starikov recently spoke about the fundamental differences between Russian and Anglo Saxon cultures.
According to Starikov, the two civilizations have ‘mental codes’ that govern each one’s collective behavior. Whereas Russians have traditionally been more inclined to view other people as equals, Anglo Saxons have always been more inclined to look upon others as inferiors. This poisonous mindset manifests itself in all kinds of evil, ranging from discrimination and demonization of others, to war, and even to campaigns of genocide.

Jun 28 09:53

Goodbye, Minsk II: Poroshenko Signs Law Allowing Foreign Troops in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law allowing foreign troops and “peacekeeping forces” on Ukrainian soil, according to a report in Korrespondent.
The law stipulates that the foreign forces cannot participate in any armed conflict within Ukraine. However, the law is easily interpreted as a clear violation of the Minsk II agreements. Agreement 10 calls for:
Pullout of all foreign armed formations, military equipment, and also mercenaries from the territory of Ukraine under OSCE supervision. Disarmament of all illegal groups.
Accusations of Russian troop presence in East Ukraine occur almost daily — and are used by the west as evidence of Russia’s disregard for the Minsk agreements. Double standard? Only if you’re a Putin troll.

Jun 28 09:34

Officials From 65 Countries Met at a Security Summit in 'Isolated' Russia

Delegations from more than 60 countries, including Japan, China, India, Switzerland, Serbia, Spain, and Greece are attending the conference in Ulan-Ude, which runs from June 24-25. The United States was invited to attend, but declined the invitation, TASS said.
According to the Russian Security Council’s press service, there are several issues on the agenda at the summit. These include international cooperation in the fight against global terrorism and extremism; the issue of fresh water as a strategic resource for the sustainable development of international security; and Russia’s role in ensuring biological safety in the international sphere.

Jun 28 09:21

From Kosovo to Crimea — Tales of Referendums

To President Obama it is irrelevant that the vast majority of Crimean citizens want to belong to Russia. His hatred of Russia and especially of President Putin has tipped any balance he may have displayed and is now extreme to the point of being malevolently insulting. He is increasingly intent on confrontation and has stated that the decision of the citizens of Crimea to accede to Russia is illegal. The White House announced that "We reject the 'referendum' that took place today in the Crimean region of Ukraine", and Obama declared "I again call on Russia to end its occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea".

Jun 28 08:51

Russia to ban Coca-Cola and Pepsi

Russian State Duma deputies offer to ban Coca-Cola and Pepsi import to Russia in addition to the food embargo. Igor Zotov claims that the beverage producers fund main political forces of the US.
Russia limited food import from countries imposing sanctions against it for a year in 2014. These are: the US, Canada, Australia and Norway. On Thursday Russia has extended embargo till August, 2, 2016.
"In order to support actions of the Russian President and Government regarding countersanctions, we offer to impose restrictions on The Coca-Cola Company ? PepsiCo, which are the official sponsors of the Republican and Democratic Party of the US, and thus advocate extension of the sanctions against Russia," Zotov said.

Jun 28 08:40

Number of refugees from Ukraine exceeding 900,000, says UN report

Number of Ukrainians who have fled to neighboring countries after the outbreak of the armed civil conflict in Donbass in spring 2014 has exceeded 900,000 and most of them have found shelter in Russia, of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said in a report on Friday.
Information from governmental sources in the host countries suggests that the overall number of refugees seeking shelter or looking for other legal forms of residence in neighboring states has reached 900,300 people and most of them, or 746,000 have headed for Russia. Country of destination number two for them is Belarus where 81,200 refugees have arrived, the report indicated.

Jun 28 08:07

Donetsk militia registers 13 violations of ceasefire by Kiev’s military

Ukraine’s military violated 13 times the ceasefire regime in Donbass over past 24 hours, Defence Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said on Saturday.
In the town of Gorlovka in Ukraine’s east a civilian was killed, the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire Regime said on Sunday.

Jun 28 08:06

Many conflicts cannot be solved without Russia - German foreign minister

German’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in an interview with Welt am Sonntag, published on Sunday, spoke about the role of Russia in settlement of international conflicts, including the one around the Iranian nuclear programme.
"Russia has its own interests in having that conflict settled," he said. "Till now, the Ukrainian crisis has not affected the position of the Russian Federation at the negotiation table. This conflict [around Iran’s programme] is one of the conflicts in that region, which cannot be settled without Russia."
The foreign minister also shared thoughts about the role of Germany.
"We should not overestimate our abilities and should not demonstrate muscles," he said. "the international community trusts us and is expecting our political and diplomatic steps regarding major conflicts. We should not reject this responsibility."

Jun 28 02:53

'Russia rehearsed invasion of Sweden'

Claims that thousands of Russian soldiers took part in a huge military exercise which simulated a takeover of the Swedish island of Gotland earlier this year have caused jitters in Sweden.

Jun 28 02:47

Liar, Liar! Mainstream Media Won’t Like This One

News is comprised of a few stories amplified across a vast network of media owned by a very few. And here’s the proof.

Jun 27 17:18

The Delphi Declaration – Paul Craig Roberts

The Delphi Declaration asks the European peoples, especially the Germans, to do the right thing and object to the plunder of Greece by the One Percent.

This appeal to goodwill is likely to fall on deaf ears even though the pillage of Greece will create a precedent that can then be applied to Italy, Spain, France, and even Germany.

European governments, European institutions and the IMF, acting in close alliance, if not under direct control of big international banks and other financial institutions, are now exercising a maximum of pressure, including open threats, blackmailing and a slander and terror communication campaign against the recently elected Greek government and against the Greek people.

Jun 27 17:13

Greece – The Delphi Declaration

The world must realize that the so-called troika – IMF, European Central Bank and European Commission, is literally blackmailing Greece and subjecting her to outright economic torture.

During the weekend of 20 and 21 June 2015 a forum of international scholars, scientists, economists, sociologists, political analysts – met in Delphi Greece to discuss Greece and Europe.

The organizers were the so-called “Delphi Initiative”, sponsored by the Lyssarides Foundation in Cyprus, the Greek Institute for Research on Political Strategies, the Russian Institute for Globalization and Social Movements, and the Forum Mondial des Alternatives, France.

The world must realize that the so-called troika – IMF, European Central Bank and European Commission, is literally blackmailing Greece and subjecting her to outright economic torture.

Jun 27 14:38

Latin American Revolutions Under Attack

The World is Turning, Don't Let it Turn Away

Do not take the Latin American revolutions for granted.

They inspired the entire Planet. They brought hope to every corner of our scarred Earth. But now they are themselves in need of our support.

All of revolutionary Latin America is “screaming”.

As I described in two of my recent books, “Exposing Lies Of The Empire” and “Fighting Against Western Imperialism”, the Empire is using similar destabilization strategy against all countries that are resisting its deadly embrace.

Jun 27 14:25

Lower US Flag on 4th of July

We need to do a lot more searching, a lot deeper digging, if we're going to root out and destroy the virus that has been killing us for centuries!

For over half a century, I’ve written articles against racism and war. I was shocked and I grieved to see what happened at the Charleston Emanuel Church. Quickly, the call went out: We need to have a “conversation” about race in America! And, almost as quickly: Take down the Confederate flag! But, let’s be very clear: the Confederate flag is NOT a central issue here.

On the 4th of July, when Americans raise their flags as a proud symbol of their “freedom,” will anyone dare to lower their flags to half-mast to commemorate the 60,000 Americans who died in a now-acknowledged “unnecessary” war in Vietnam– let alone the millions of Asians?

Would it be disrespectful even to suggest such a gesture?

Jun 27 14:00

US ‘playing with fire’ by extremely provocative moves, not Russia

The growing conflict between the United States and Russia over the Ukraine conflict is a result of Washington struggling to maintain its hegemony and making “extremely provocative moves” in Eastern Europe, according to an American political and economic scholar.

“The conflict that Washington has created with Russia is entirely Washington’s doing,” said Paul Craig Roberts, an economist who served as an assistant secretary of the treasury for economic policy in the Ronald Reagan administration.

Jun 27 12:47

US driving war policy towards Russia and China: Analyst

The United States and its allies are making unprecedented efforts to wage war against Russia and China in order to prevent them from creating a new political and economic order in the world, an activist and journalist in Washington says.

Jun 27 11:37

The Pentagon Goes Nuclear on Russia

Bets are off on what this huffin’ and puffin’ is all about. It could be about Russia daring to build a whole country close to so many NATO bases. It could be about a bunch of nutters itching to start a war on European soil to ultimately “liberate” all that precious oil, gas and minerals from Russia and the Central Asian “stans”.

Unfortunately, the whole thing is deadly serious.

NATO, meanwhile, gets ready for its next super production; Trident Juncture 2015, the largest NATO exercise after the end of the Cold War, to happen in Italy, Spain and Portugal from September 28 to November 6, with land, air and naval and special forces units of 33 countries (28 NATO plus five allies).

NATO spins it as a “high visibility and credibility” show testing its “Response Force” of 30,000 troops. And this is not only about Russia, or as a rehearsal in pre-positioning enough heavy weapons for 5,000 soldiers in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia has been a great deal more intelligent than has the US Pentagon on weapons spending.

Their weapons actually work, while US corporations continue to turn out shoddy, over-budget, way-past-deadline weapons which absolutely do not work as advertised.

Jun 27 11:29

US, NATO Powers Intensify Preparations for Nuclear War in Response to “Russian Aggression”

The NATO military alliance is preparing to implement a more aggressive nuclear weapons strategy in response to alleged “Russian aggression,” according to NATO sources cited by the Guardian Wednesday evening.

Proposed changes include provisions for greater involvement of nuclear forces in ongoing NATO military exercises along Russia’s borders and new guidelines for nuclear escalation against Russia, according to the NATO officials.

The alliance’s nuclear doctrine has been the subject of quiet, informal discussions “on the sidelines” of the ongoing NATO summit. The new policies will be formally articulated and confirmed at an upcoming conference of the alliance’s Nuclear Planning Group, which was rescheduled for an earlier date this week as word got around about the secretive planning.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are being Conditized (as the fawning focus on Gary Condit and Chandra Levy right before 9/11) by the faux news presstitutes, while some very serious developments are taking place to which thinking Americans need to be paying attention are barely mentioned.

Call me silly, but a potential nuclear war against Russia by NATO is one of those issues.

But those in bowels of power in DC and NATO have a problem; they have zero credibility with the American people, and any proclaimed act of alleged "Russian belligerency" will not be accepted be accepted as the truth.

I am very concerned about a potential false flag against the US or US interests on the 4th of July, as a way to beat any last breath of skepticism on the part of the American people about who, really, is to blame, and who would actually benefit from such an atrocity.

A note to US and NATO leadership: if you are betting that this will work, as skeptical, broke, and war-weary as the American population is, you had really better think again.

Jun 27 10:48

Number of refugees from Ukraine exceeding 900,000, says UN report

Number of Ukrainians who have fled to neighboring countries after the outbreak of the armed civil conflict in Donbass in spring 2014 has exceeded 900,000 and most of them have found shelter in Russia, of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said in a report on Friday.
Information from governmental sources in the host countries suggests that the overall number of refugees seeking shelter or looking for other legal forms of residence in neighboring states has reached 900,300 people and most of them, or 746,000 have headed for Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If things are so great under Poroshenko's regime, why are these numbers so high?!?

Jun 27 09:46

Gazprom building global alliance with expanded Shell

Gazprom is building a global strategic alliance with energy major Royal Dutch Shell that will include asset swaps and allow the Russian gas giant to penetrate new markets, its chief executive told Reuters.

Gazprom, the world's top gas producer, said on Thursday that Shell and its long-time gas buyers in Europe - Germany's E.ON and Austria's OMV - had agreed to build two new Nord Stream gas pipelines under the Baltic sea to Germany.

In a rare interview, chief executive Alexei Miller said the agreement with Shell also foresaw an expansion of the firms' joint $20 billion liquefied natural gas plant on the eastern island of Sakhalin as well as global upstream asset swaps.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, yes, the US and European sanctions are working terms of building Russia's energy sector, that is!!!

Jun 27 08:45

60,000 military involved in E. Ukraine op – President Poroshenko

The number of government troops deployed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine has reached 60,000 troops, according to President Petro Poroshenko. The statement comes as the total of Ukrainian refugees has exceeded 900,000 people, according to UN.

Jun 26 13:32

Greece – the Way Out

The Greek people are being penalized for having had the audacity to elect a socialist government – How dare they! – That’s the verdict.

What the troika is doing to Greece these days is the pinnacle of financial terrorism.It is economic waterboarding. It is blackmailing of the first degree. These people are neoliberal fascists, putting the Greek government before a dilemma – ‘either you present us with an acceptable list of austerities, or we will prepare one for you’ – literally. An austerity plan you better accept, lest you may default and being expulsed from the European monetary union and maybe even the EU. That is their threat. That is what Brussels does to a brother; to one of theirs. There is not a shred of solidarity left in this miss-called ‘Union’. This ‘Union’ doesn’t deserve existing.

Jun 26 13:18

US Tanks rolling through Austria:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Austria is neutral and not part of NATO. What the Austrian government is doing here is illegal.

Jun 26 12:24

Liquidate NATO Before It’s Too Late

Why are Europeans and above all Germans so eager to march with open eyes into a new Cold War with Russia?

Jun 26 11:37

We restarted the Cold War: The real story about the NATO buildup that the New York Times won’t tell you

As of this week, leaders who know nothing about leading, thinkers who do not think and opinion-shaping poseurs such as Tom Friedman are confident enough in their case to sally forth with it: The Cold War returns, the Russians have restarted it and we must do the right thing—the right thing being to bring NATO troops and materiel up to Russia’s borders, pandering to the paranoia of the former Soviet satellites as if they alone have access to some truth not available to the rest of us.

James Stavridis, the former admiral and NATO commander, quoted in Wednesday’s New York Times: “I don’t think we’re in the Cold War again—yet. I can kind of see it from here.”

I can kind of see it, too, Admiral, and cannot be surprised: NATO has missed the Cold War since the Wall came down and the Pentagon’s creature in Europe commenced a quarter-century of wandering in search of useful enemies. At last, the very best of them is back.

Jun 26 10:17

Pentagon Steps Up Anti-Russia Rhetoric Amid Eastern Europe Buildup

With an eye on dramatically revising the timeline of what has actually happened in Eastern Europe in the past few weeks, Pentagon officials are slamming Russia with a series of allegations that Russia is building up in the region as a simple act of aggression.

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work accused Russia of threatening further nuclear deployments in Eastern Europe as “the ultimate escalation,” and vowed to prepare US responses, while Gen. Philip Breedlove accused Russia of plotting further actions in Eastern Ukraine.

In reality, Russia’s announcements of deployments and potential redeployments in Eastern Europe have been entirely reactionary to NATO announcements in the days prior. The US has announced massive “pre-positioning” of battle tanks and artillery along the Russian border, and is pushing a NATO force of 40,000 troops to be set up right on the Russian frontier.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to the White House, Pentagon, Congress, and the state department: were I you, I would be very, very careful about the accusations you're hurling against Russia.

Because, you see, the US government, at this moment in its history, has zero credibility with the American people, who are war weary, war skeptical, and many of whom are financially hurting beyond belief because of the consistent offshoring/outsourcing of jobs which used to be the underpinning of what was the American Middle Class.

Oh, and did I mention a burgeoning anger out there, because of the sense that alleged "representatives" seem to only represent the monied and privileged who pay them handsomely to further their agendas?!?

The economy is on the teetering edge of collapse; people know it; and it may not take that much to push some people over the edge.

How that anger will play out, I do not know; as a Christian pacifist, I will never advocate violence. But I can understand how people can be driven to these kinds of acts.

So instead of crying "wolf" to give people another artificially constructed "bad guy" for Americans to hate (sort of like Emmanuel Goldstein in Orwell's "1984",)I have a couple of suggestions for you;

1. Fire the Federal Reserve. We all know it is no more "Federal" than is the company Federal Express.

2. Create money (as you are Constitutionally able to do) to be used as a public utility, not as a loan at interest, as are all pieces of US currency in circulation today.
3. Incentivize companies to keep good paying jobs here; reduce the burdens of over-regulation, which many times, in and of itself, forces companies away from the US.
4. Stop squandering money on wars of aggression.
5. Fix America's crumbling infrastructure.

Yes, I know, all these would be....logical.

But perhaps a little logic right now would be infinitely preferable to a war against an adversary you have yourself created, through the US and IMF engineering of the putsch in Kiev last year.

Jun 26 09:53

NATO to offer more aid to Ukraine, but no offensive weapons

NATO members agreed on Thursday to step up support for Ukraine with more air traffic data and assistance in countering roadside bombs, but member states stopped short of offensive weapons, which Kiev has sought in its battle with Russian-backed separatists.

A new trust fund to be established “will aim at de-mining and also on countering improvised explosive devices. And this is vital for saving lives,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference after a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine commission.

NATO defense ministers are set to conclude two days of talks in Brussels later Thursday. The ministers have focused primarily on concrete steps toward strengthening the alliance militarily, enabling to respond more quickly to crises. Members have agreed to increase the size of its crisis-response force and to streamline the political process for approving the mobilization of troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You just have to LOVE the way NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg lies with impunity.

The violations have come NOT from the side of the breakaway republics, but primarily from the Ukrainian military.

This is precisely what the OCSE has been reporting; apparently, honest reporting of the facts of the matter are frowned on by the NATO high command.

Jun 26 09:48

Poroshenko inks permission for foreign troops in Ukraine

The Ukrainian president has sealed amendments to the law that allow foreign troops to be present in Ukraine as part of an international peacekeeping force. The legislation also potentially allows the presence of weapons of mass destruction in the country.

Adopted by the Ukrainian Parliament (the Rada) earlier this month and signed by President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday, the amendments establish the necessary legal background and conditions for stationing foreign troops in the country. Kiev hopes that this will help to stabilize the situation in the war-torn eastern regions of Ukraine.

Poroshenko said earlier that Ukraine had the right to turn to the UN Security Council with the request for deploying peacekeepers in an effort to establish peace in the country. At the same time the law bans military units from countries “involved in military aggression against Ukraine” from participating in peacekeeping deployments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a really, really bad move on the part of both Ukraine's Rada and Poroshenko, because my bet is, the troops he will get will NOT be the UN's troops but NATO'S or the United States Military, which will simply exacerbate the situation between Russia and Ukraine (and the US) even further.

The US, at the UN Security Council, can simply ban any deployment of UN troops to Ukraine with a veto; I wonder if either members or the Ukrainian Rada or Poroshenko considered this before they made passed this legislation into law.

Jun 26 09:32

Russia Alarmed At Armenia's Protests - SovietBear

Webmaster addition: Armenia is the 2015 replay of Ukraine; another Victoria Nuland "special."

Jun 26 09:03

McCain Blows His Top Over US Inability to Abandon Russian Rocket Engines

US Senator John McCain is blowing a gasket over America's inability to find a suitable substitution for Russia's RD-180 engines, accusing his Republican fellows of playing into Moscow's hands, US journalist Tim Mak notes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. McCain, the problem is that you and your associates in the Congress, that grand and benevolent asylum for the helpless and infirm, looked the other way while American corporations boosted their profits by abandoning domestic manufacturing and buying products from cheaper suppliers located in nations with lower taxes and regulatory burdens. And this is the result. The United States can't do what it used to so. We can't make good rocket engines. We can't go back to the Moon. Hell, we can't even get our own astronauts up to the space station an earlier generation of Americans built! Hell, we can't even make an automobile ignition switch that won't shut off while driving!

You members of Congress made this mess, going back forty years. Stop trying to blame Russia for this. Russia knows what you all forgot. A nation's eocnomy must have manufactured products and agricultural produce to sell to other nations in order to prosper, or at least avoid a billion and a half dollar a day trade deficit such as the US now suffers.

This is all your fault, John. You and your cronies in Congress. Stop trying to find a scapegoat, man up, admit your mistakes, and start rebuilding our technology and manufacturing sectors!

Jun 26 08:59

NATO increases support for Ukrainian regime, warns of renewed fighting

NATO defense ministers agreed on Thursday to provide increased military support to the right-wing puppet regime in Ukraine. The military alliance will establish a new fund for assisting in the detection and removal of land mines, and begin sharing air traffic information from airbases in Norway, Poland and Turkey.

Jun 26 08:46

Pentagon Anti-Russia Propaganda Intensifies

A senior Pentagon official says Russia is "playing with fire" by threatening to expand its nuclear weapons arsenal in response to a rising military presence by the United States and its NATO allies in Eastern Europe.

Jun 26 08:17

"The US will deploy heavy weapons in central and eastern Europe for the first time, Washington says, in the midst of the worst standoff between Russia and the West since the Cold War."

The US will deploy heavy weapons in central and eastern Europe for the first time, Washington says, in the midst of the worst standoff between Russia and the West since the Cold War, triggered by the crisis in Ukraine.
"We will temporarily stage one armoured brigade combat team's vehicles and associated equipment in countries in central and eastern Europe," US defence secretary Ashton Carter said at a joint press conference with three Baltic defence ministers on the eve of NATO ministerial talks.

Jun 26 06:49

‘Russia has no aggressive plans, will always prefer political settlement’ - Putin

Russia is not threatening anyone and will always prefer peaceful solutions to international conflicts, President Vladimir Putin has said, adding that military forces are still important as a guarantee of national sovereignty.

“We are not threatening anyone and we seek to resolve all conflict situations through political means, with respect towards the international law and other nations’ interests,” he stated on Thursday in his speech before graduates of military academies. Putin emphasized in his speech that Russia was an open country, ready to cooperate with any nation on equal conditions.

The Russian leader added that he saw many challenges to the country, including some in the immediate vicinity of Russia’s borders. And these challenges were the main reason the country needed strong, modern and adequately armed military force, he said.

Jun 25 18:18

Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats

A senior Pentagon official has warned that Russia is "playing with fire" by suggesting it would threaten the use of nuclear weapons in international disputes, and added that Russia is attempting an intimidation campaign against Nato.

Robert Work, the US Deputy Secretary of Defence, told a House Armed Services subcommittee that Russia was trying to control the escalation of tensions by invoking the threat of nuclear weapons.

He said: "Anyone who thinks they can control escalation through the use of nuclear weapons is literally playing with fire."

"Escalation is escalation, and nuclear use would be the ultimate escalation."

The Kremlin has not made any direct nuclear threats, and Work did not specify and particular comments.

Jun 25 18:10

Obama, Putin discuss Iran, Islamic State, Ukraine in phone call

Russian President Vladimir Putin phoned U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday, their first call since February, to discuss Iran nuclear talks, "the increasingly dangerous situation in Syria" and the need to counter Islamic State militants, the White House said in a statement.

Jun 25 14:19

BEX ALERT - Putin not done in eastern Ukraine, NATO's top general says

Russian President Vladimir Putin is not done in eastern Ukraine, NATO's top commander said on Thursday, cautioning that Russia has been building up supplies on its border with Ukraine and keeping its military options open.

Jun 25 11:44

UK, France Order 21 Satellite Launches From Russia's Roscosmos

Roscosmos has signed a contract with French and the UK firms on 21 commercial satellite launches on the Soyuz carrier rocket.

Jun 25 11:27

American Abrams Battle Tanks Fire in Bulgaria for First Time

American battle tanks will be deployed to Bulgaria this weekend and conduct live-fire exercises across the Black Sea from Russia for the first time.

As part of a maneuver dubbed "Power Shock," the pair of M1A2 Abrams battle tanks are scheduled to be flown from Ramstein Air Base in Germany to the Novo Selo training area in Bulgaria. They'll be joined by 15 U.S. Army soldiers from the "Speed and Power" battalion out of Fort Stewart, Georgia.

The training exercise is part of a series of NATO war games taking place at Europe's eastern borders in the wake of Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. Earlier this week, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal this year.

Jun 25 09:52

NATO announces expansion of military force targeting Russia

NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels Wednesday and Thursday agreed to the enlargement of the organization’s Response Force to 40,000 troops from the current level of 13,000. On Tuesday, ahead of the meeting, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the positioning of hundreds of American tanks, military vehicles and heavy artillery pieces in the Baltic States as well as Poland, Romania and Bulgaria.

Jun 25 09:48

READER ARTICLE: “Russia…War or Peace?”

On May 30, 2015, my wife, Susan, and I joined a small delegation of concerned citizens to visit Russia, a nation under Western media and political assault, and economic sanctions.

Organized by Sharon Tennison, founder of "Center for Citizens Initiatives" (, this independent, one-of-a-kind sojourn was to extend “grassroots goodwill” by meeting directly with the Russian people. Our goal was to learn truths and perspectives first-hand, rather than rely on a special-interests’ controlled mass media, which increasingly and unfairly demonizes the “land of white nights” and their leader, President Vladimir Putin.

Jun 25 08:55

Putin Strikes Back: Cuts Ukraine Gas Discount

Russia says it can no longer subsidize Kiev.
We had wondered at the relative lack of response by Russia to extended sanctions and asset freezes in Europe and now we see the first major move. Having confirmed new counter-sanctions this morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin just threw The IMF (US taxpayers), and Ukraine's 'American' finance minister under the bus...
"Moscow can no longer give Ukraine gas discounts due to the current drop in oil prices."
The price must be on level of other countries like Poland, he added.

Jun 25 08:53

Former DPR Leader Warns of 'Big War'

Alexander Borodai, the former leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, says that he expects the ceasefire in East Ukraine to collapse, resulting in a “big war” between Ukraine and Russia.
The ceasefire is more or less nonexistent already. A few days ago, the OSCE admitted on camera that the Ukrainian army was shelling rebel positions — or “random houses”, as is often the case — from Mariupol.
Kiev has already made it clear that it will not negotiate with “terrorists” — and Zakharchenko continues to insist that too much blood has been spilled for a reunification to occur.

Jun 25 08:50

Goldman Sachs: Ukraine Will Default in July

Ukraine is facing financial ruin within the next 30 days, according to a Goldman Sachs report on the situation in Kiev.
Ukraine’s parliament has already passed legislation allowing it to impose a moratorium on debt payments, and the IMF has signaled its willingness to “help” Ukraine whether it defaults or not. So it’s not exactly clear how a default would actually play out. With enough tainted IMF cash, the charade that is post-Maidan Ukraine could continue more or less uninhibited.
What is clear is that by the end of summer, Ukraine will be in full meltdown — due to a new offensive against Donbass, or complete financial collapse, or both.

Jun 25 08:45

What Russia Offered Greece

In the article about how Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s dealings with Moscow are putting at risk Greece’s traditionally friendly ties to Russia, I said that the gas pipeline proposal the Russians have floated is intended to help Greece, not achieve some grand Russian pipeline strategy. In this article I will explain why.
It is first necessary to say something about Russia’s gas export policies.
Western paranoia about Moscow’s supposed “pipeline politics” has distorted understanding of Russian gas policy to a quite extraordinary degree, even among commentators who are generally favourable to Russia.
There is no evidence Moscow thinks of its gas exports in terms of “pipeline politics”. Moscow hardly ever entertains the grand geopolitical strategies Westerners routinely attribute to it and this is a case in point. There is no evidence Moscow thinks of gas exports in geopolitical terms or sees them as offering Moscow a political advantage, and Moscow has always denied it.

Jun 25 08:39

Day of Friendship and Unity of the Slavic Peoples

Congratulations on Day of Friendship and Unity of the Slavic Peoples.
In spite of state borders and various languages, we are all consolidated. We are gathered by firm historical roots, spiritual-moral values, wealthy culture that was forming during many centuries.
Peculiar features of the Slavics were always honesty, openness and kind-heartedness. Thanks to these features Slavic peoples build their relations on the friendship and harmony basis.
Let our friendship be huge and bright, and we will be always welcomed at homes of each other.
Happiness, prosperity and peace for all fraternal Slavic peoples.

Jun 25 08:35

Most Russians consider US President Barack Obama their prime enemy

As many as 40 percent of respondents said that Russia's prime enemy was the United States of America. Thirty-seven percent of the polled said that Russia's enemy was US President Barack Obama.
Only nine percent of the polled believe that Russia's enemy is Europe.
In addition, a recent poll conducted by Levada Center said that 75% of Russians disapprove US-led policies. The same amount of respondents said that they had a positive attitude to the Ukrainian people positively.

Jun 25 08:31

Pentagon creates Space-War centre to control Russia and China

The Pentagon, seriously concerned of Russian and Chinese new space developments, is intent on creating a special Space-War centre.
Along with intelligence communities the Pentagon plans to create the new centre at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California in six months.
It will collect data from the US satellites belonging to all government agencies, according to Robert Work, the US Deputy Secretary of Defense.
New tactics are meant to help the military and government coordinate their preparations for and responses to any attack, Courtney Hillson, a spokeswoman for Work said.
The Americans regarded new Chinese missile, able to reach any target at 35,000 km above Earth, as a direct threat. That is the distance the US satellites are placed at. Russia has also sparked panic in the US after developing new satellites called "killers", that can approach alien objects and destroy them in different ways.

Jun 25 08:26

Kiev denies entry to foreigners who visit Crimea not through Ukrainian border checkpoints

Foreign nationals are denied entry to Ukraine from the territory of Crimea if they entered the peninsula not through Ukrainian border checkpoints, Ukraine’s Border Control Service press secretary Oleg Slobodyan told TASS on Thursday.
The press secretary clarified that restrictions in entry to Ukraine will not affect residents of Crimea, including foreigners. "If they prove that they live on the territory of Crimea, they will be let through," Slobodyan noted. A registration mark in passport is considered sufficient proof of residence in Crimea, he added.
From 10 June 2015, foreign nationals and stateless persons are obliged to obtain a special permit to enter Crimea from the territory of Ukraine.

Jun 25 08:23

Russian S-300 air defence system manufacturer signs deal with Iran

Russian S-300 air defence system manufacturer Almaz-Antey and Iran’s Center for Innovation and Technology Cooperation have signed a cooperation agreement, Almaz-Antey said in a statement on Thursday.
"The sides agreed on interaction in promoting Russian innovative products of civilian designation on the Iranian market and organizing joint production of these products at Russian and Iranian industrial enterprises," the press office said.
Almaz-Antey integrates enterprises developing and manufacturing air defence and antiballistic missile defence systems. Its basic military products include the S300 PMU2 Favorit highly effective air defence missile systems. The defence manufacturer’s civilian output includes telecoms and radar equipment.

Jun 25 08:18

Russia developing system capable of ‘switching off’ foreign military satellites

Russia’s Radio-Electronic Technologies Group (KRET) is developing a fundamentally new electronic warfare system capable of suppressing cruise missile and other high-precision weaponry guidance systems and satellite radio-electronic equipment, KRET Deputy CEO Yuri Mayevsky told TASS on Thursday.
"The system will target the enemy’s deck-based, tactical, long-range and strategic aircraft, electronic means and suppress foreign military satellites’ radio-electronic equipment," Mayevsky said.
The system will be mounted on ground-based, air-and seaborne carriers, he added.
"It will not be based on satellites as this is prohibited by international rules and we comply with this rule," he said.

Jun 25 08:16

Crimea urges Russia’s ban on wine imports from Europe

Crimean winemakers plan to once again ask the country’s leadership to introduce a ban on imports of wines from Europe to Russia, the chairman of the Crimean Bureau of Grapes and Wine said on Thursday.
A year ago, the European Union imposed sectoral sanctions against Crimea’s leading wineries - Massandra, Novy Svet, Magarach, and Azov Distillery.
"We consider this as an unfair competition. We have been simply withdrawn from the European markets and this is rather selective".
The Inkerman winery, a private company with participation of the foreign capital, is ready to support the idea of banning European wines to Russia.
"Judging from the price-quality ratio, the European wines are no rivals for us. But if European partners start ‘trolling’ us, put it in crude terms, then I as a patriot of the country and the whole our team will unanimously back the policy of the Russian government. We are for the support of a domestic manufacturer," the director of company, Alexei Lipko, said.

Jun 25 08:13

Russian MP says 'foreign instructors' behind Yerevan protests

The organizers of protests in Armenia are instructed from abroad, the head of Russia's State Duma committee on Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) affairs, Leonid Slutsky, said on Thursday.
"Taking advantage of the social sphere problems, which seem to be not that big, the leaders of the opposition parties have brought demonstrators to the streets," Slutsky told reporters in comments to the events in Armenia.
"Unfortunately, foreign instructing is clearly observed here. Since the very beginning, there has been a political color here," the lawmaker said.
The protests were aimed at "the change of the ruling regime that has in particular supported Russia and joined the Eurasian project," he said.

Jun 24 23:47

America’s UN Ambassador Continues Standing up for Nazis

Recently, President Barack Obama’s friend whom he appointed to represent this country at the United Nations visited Ukraine and used the Ukrainian-language translation and variant of the German Nazi Party’s “Deutschland über alles,” or “Germany above all,” to honor Ukraine’s own racist fascists, that nation’s ideological nazis, whom the U.S. had used in February 2014 for overthrowing Ukraine’s neutralist democratically elected President. This was not our U.N. Ambassador’s first foray into international nazi political pandering.

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Jun 24 19:11

US Pushes Russia Towards War

This columnist recently said that “Russia Wins” in its handling of America’s attempt to eviscerate its influence and its economy. At the time those words were written Secretary of State John Kerry met with Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia. The meeting appeared to be an admission that the imperial power grab was not working out as Washington hoped. Among other things, Kerry was concerned that the Ukrainian tail was starting to wag the American dog.

Jun 24 15:32

The Let’s Hate Russia Propaganda Campaign

This ‘propaganda campaign’ is spinning completely out of control.

In this episode of Trends In The News, trends-forecaster Gerald Celente exposes the extreme nature of what he dubs ‘the let’s hate Russia propaganda campaign’.

According to nearly all major US media outlets, The Russians are being blamed for quite literally all of our problems and being portrayed as a threat to international security when nothing could be further from the truth.

While Russia has been busy developing the BRICS bank with other rising powers – a serious financial challenger to IMF and World Bank hegemony – the West has been busy fomenting chaos in both Syria and Ukraine.

Will the media push us into World War Three? Let’s hope not…

Jun 24 15:05

Ukraine opposition wants Hague tribunal for those guilty of blockade in east

"We have no choice — either Ukraine puts an end to war or war will put an end to Ukraine," the Opposition Bloc said in a statement.

"Leaders of ‘the war coalition’ will be held accountable — to the extent of facing trial at the Hague tribunal — for sustaining the blockade of the Donbas region and stalling on the Minsk deal, which brings Ukraine new human losses every day," the statement said.

Jun 24 12:46

Cookies lady Nuland starts jolly good revolution in Armenia

Obviously, there is a fifth column working in the Armenian government. The active work was launched soon after cookies lady Victoria Nuland paid a visit to Yerevan. Paul Craig Roberts, formerly an official with the Reagan administration, said in an interview with the Yerevan Geopolitical Club public organization that Nuland had visited Armenia to organize a coup there. According to Roberts, Armenia would be the scene of a coup similar to the one that happened in Ukraine in 2014. The goal of the funding of Armenian NGOs is to take people to the streets and bribe politicians. Armenia would be destroyed to become a vassal state. Afterwards, there will be Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. In all of these post-Soviet countries, Washington will build its army bases, Paul Craig Roberts said.
Four thousand gather at Bagramyan prospect in Yerevan
Russia hopes for compromise between authorities and Armenian protesters

Jun 24 12:31

Takfiri militants in Russia's Caucasus pledge allegiance to ISIL

Takfiri militants in four regions of Russia’s Caucasus have taken oath of allegiance to the ISIL terrorist group operating in Iraq and Syria, according to a recording recently posted online.

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Looks like the US is going to kick up a turmoil in the Caucasus to distract Putin.

Jun 24 12:26

Top German Politician Tells Ash Carter to 'Go F**K' Himself. Finally!

Oskar Lafontaine is a major force in German politics. When he comes out swinging this way, you know something is changing.
“The US ‘Defense’ secretary, i.e., war minister is in Berlin. He called on Europe to counter Russian ‘aggression’. But in fact, it is US aggression which Europeans should be opposing.
“The Grandmaster of US diplomacy, George Kennan described the eastward expansion of NATO as the biggest US foreign policy mistake since WW2, because it will lead to a new cold war.
“The US diplomat Victoria Nuland said we have spent $5 billion to destabilize the Ukraine. They stoke the flames ever higher, and Europe pays for it with lower trade and lost jobs.
“Nuland says ‘F*ck the EU’. We need need an EU foreign policy that stops warmongering US imperialism.
“F*ck US imperialism!”

Jun 24 12:11

Austrian advocates recognized Crimea to be Russian and came out for withdrawal from the EU

The Austrian political movement «Civil initiative «Homeland and environment» has stated again on intention to hold a referendum for Austria`s withdrawal from «dictatorial and centralistic European Union». Apart from that, advocates oppose anti-Russian sanctions and consider the Crimea`s returning to the Russian Federation to be absolutely legal.
The advocates of the Austrian political movement «Civil initiative «Homeland and environment» are determined to attain holding a referendum on country`s withdrawal from the EU, the Kurier journalist Margareta Kopajnig informs.
Reportedly, from June 24 till July 1, advocates are planning to collect 100 thousands of signs and on the basis of them introduce a bill in National Council of Austria. According to the Head of «Civil initiative «Homeland and environment» Inge Rauscher, «we have no rights in the EU, the whole EU is a tool of confidence with dictatorial features and centralism».

Jun 24 12:06

Press Digest: West ready for long haul in Russia standoff – Pentagon chief

The West is preparing for a long confrontation with Russia even after Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves the presidency, writes website
This was announced by U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter during his tour of Europe, whose main purpose is to develop a common strategy of cooperation between NATO member states in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine. The Pentagon chief arrived in Berlin for talks with the German defense minister on June 21 and will subsequently visit Estonia before ending his trip with a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels.
Carter's remarks confirm that the bloc’s policy toward Russia has not changed and will not change in the near future, said deputy director of the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies, Viktor Kremenyuk.
U.S. to continue helping Ukrainian military with training, hardware - U.S. Ambassador

Jun 24 11:43

PUTIN: In Ukraine there are no more gas on credit.

Google Translate: The Russian president said that at current oil prices dropping, the price of Russian gas for Ukraine should be at the level of countries such as Poland.
The supply of gas through Turkey does not imply delivery of gas to the end user, such as the planned "South Stream", but to the same extent, and that the principle of "take or pay"

Ukraine "to stifle" the debt for Russian gas

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The translation is a bit difficult, but it sounds like Russia is telling Kiev they have to pay current market value for gas, no discounts, and they have to pay as they go.

Jun 24 11:38

Propaganda Reigns In The West

It is extraordinary that the cooperation between Russia and the US created over the decades by successive administrations, beginning with John F. Kennedy and culminating in the end of the Cold War with the Reagan-Gorbachev agreements, has been destroyed by a handful of American neoconservative warmongers in the past year and one-half. The achievement of a 40-year struggle wiped out overnight by a handful of insane warmongers who believe that Washington has a right to world hegemony.

Jun 24 11:22

Canadian military instructors to come to Ukraine in August - media

Canadian military instructors will come to Ukraine in August, CTV channel reported on Tuesday.
According to source in Canada’s Defense Ministry, a planning team that recently arrived in Ukraine will be tasked with preparations for stationing the main contingent. Canada plans to send around 200 instructors to Ukraine. The specifics of the two-year mission have not been disclosed.
Last week, Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko in a telephone conversation that Canadian military instructors will stay in Ukraine until 31 March 2017.
Several local media reported that Canadian specialists will possibly train the Azov battalion. However, Canada’s National Defense Minister said that military specialists will only train Ukraine’s National Guard and Armed Forces.

Jun 24 11:21

Patrushev and Chinese party official meet to discuss terrorism and ‘colour revolutions’

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev and Meng Jianzhu, the Secretary for Political and Legal Affairs of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, held consultations on Wednesday. They discussed how to deal with terrorism and "colour revolutions" and avert interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states, the Russian Security Council’s press service said.
Security chiefs from 70 countries to attend conference in southern Siberia
Russian officials will be trained to protect state secrets
Russian lawmaker suggests compiling a stop list of foreign NGOs in Russia

Jun 24 11:15

Russia to send 31st humanitarian aid convoy to Donbas

The ministry’s Il-76 aircraft departed from the Ramenskoye airfield outside Moscow to southern Russia’s Rostov-on-Don earlier on Wednesday, carrying more than 32 tonnes of humanitarian cargo, mostly medicines.
"Medicines and other medical means will be loaded on the vehicles that will be part of another humanitarian convoy of Russia’s Emergencies Ministry being formed in the Donskoi rescue center," the spokesman said.
Truck convoys formed by Russia’s Emergencies Ministry have delivered a total of over 38,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the Donbas region since mid-August 2014.

Jun 24 11:12

Kiev forces fire over 50 shells at Donetsk republic — DPR defence ministry

"The intensity of shellings of the Ukrainian side over the past 24 hours reached 10 violations of the ceasefire regime," a ministry official was quoted by the Donetsk news agency as saying.
A total of 54 shells of 82 mm and 120 mm caliber have been fired at the republic’s territory, he said, adding that Kiev forces also use grenade launchers and small arms.
A kindergarten in the Yasnoye village was also targeted. "Occasionally, it has come under fire over the past eight months and Ukraine’s forces are destroying it to the ground step-by-step," the official said. The DPR defence ministry said one civilian was killed and another one was injured.
Kiev forces violate ceasefire regime three times — LPR

Jun 24 11:08

Counter-sanctions should take into account Hungary, Greece, Cyprus stances — lawmaker

Working out retaliatory sanctions against the European Union, Russia should take into account the stances of the countries with which it has good economic and political relations, such as Hungary, Greece and Cyprus, speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko told reporters on Wednesday, answering a TASS question.
The Federation Council head at the same time spoke in favour of a differentiated approach to European states. "I believe, however, that working out the counter-sanctions policy, we must take into account the positions of a number of countries, such as Hungary, Greece, Cyprus, with which we have developed not only good economic and trade relations, but also political relations, which have actively opposed the policy of sanctions," said the speaker, adding that "such states should be supported."

Jun 24 11:04

Russian President Putin extends embargo on import of number of foreign goods

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to extend the embargo on the import of a number of foreign goods for one more year starting today, June 24, 2015.
Russia’s sanctions list could include flowers, pastry items and canned fish.
Russia’s Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev has called for considering a possibility of limiting the import of flowers to Russia as part of extending the country’s counter-sanctions. Russia should also ban the import of pastry items as the country "has powerful confectionery industry," the minister said.
Speaking on canned fish, he said: "Over the past years, our fish industry, processing and harvest has been developing rather well."
Russia introduced an embargo on food imports in August 2014 in retaliation to the sanctions imposed by the United States, Australia, Canada, the European Union and Norway.

Jun 24 11:00

Moody's: Moscow and St. Pete show greatest stability against economic downturn in Russia

As TASS reported earlier, in May Moody's Investors Service international rating agency improved the outlook for the Russian GDP in 2015-2016.
Agency’s experts expect now the Russian GDP will contract by 3% in 2015 vs. 5.5% decline of the GDP under the previous outlook. Moody’s forecasts zero growth of the Russia’s GDP in 2016 as compared to the 3% decline according to the previous research.
The Russian financial market stabilized since the end of January 2015 after the complicated fourth quarter of 2014, Moody’s said. According to the current outlook by Moody's, the recession in Russia may turn to be less significant and lengthy than expected earlier, agency’s experts said.
Action of the Bank of Russia on the key rate lowering contributed to the recovery of the economic situation in Russia along with the recovery at the global oil market, Moody's said. The average Brent oil price will be at the level of $55 a barrel in 2015 and at $65 a barrel in 2016, the rating agency reported.

Jun 24 10:48

Europe rights body PACE maintains sanctions against Russian delegation

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe confirmed on Wednesday it would keep in place all sanctions against the Russian delegation decided in January.
The parliamentary arm of the 47-nation Council of Europe, promoting democracy and human rights across the continent, stripped Russia of voting rights following events in Ukraine last year. It suspended both Russia's right to sit on its governing bodies and participation in election observer missions. Russian delegates left the April 2014 session before its official completion as a gesture of protest and refused to take part in future PACE activities, staying away from the assembly's summer and autumn sessions.
At this year's January session, PACE extended sanctions until April. In response, Moscow severed contact with the group for another year.
EU assessment of human rights situation in certain countries is selective — Russian ForMin

Jun 24 10:43

Demonstration in Lviv demands resignation of Ukrainian PM

A demonstration demanding that Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk step down from his post was held on Wednesday in Lviv, a city broadly viewed as the mainstay of right-wing political tendencies in the country and a major center of support for the Maidan campaign in Kiev at the end of 2013 and the first half of 2014.
About 200 people waving the national flags that were turned upside down marched through the city center towards the City Hall and the offices of the regional administration, Ukrainski Novini news agency said. Participants in the protest were carrying the posters that said 'Bring Porshenko To Account', 'Yatsenyuk Step Down' and 'Where Are Our Euro-Wages?'.

Jun 24 09:25

Putin Strikes Back: Cuts Ukraine Gas Discount

We had wondered at the relative lack of response by Russia to extended sanctions and asset freezes in Europe and now we see the first major move. Having confirmed new counter-sanctions this morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin just threw The IMF (US taxpayers), and Ukraine's 'American' finance minister under the bus... "Moscow can no longer give Ukraine gas discounts due to the current drop in oil prices." The price must be on level of other countries like Poland, he added.

Jun 24 08:45

Pentagon chief outlines war preparations against Russia

The announcement by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in advance of this week’s NATO defense ministers meeting that the US will preposition heavy military equipment and soldiers in Eastern European and Baltic countries bordering Russia heightens the danger of war between the world’s major nuclear powers.

Jun 24 08:08

The United States and its NATO allies are edging toward a high-risk military standoff with Russia

over the crisis in Ukraine, a situation that may lead to the worst catastrophe in history, an anti-war activist in Chicago says

Jun 24 08:03

Minsk agreements on Ukraine must be implemented in full – Lavrov

Foreign ministers from the so-called Normandy Four group, made up of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany, assessed the progress on the Minsk ceasefire.

Jun 24 07:48

Putin's rating reached its maximum - his presidency approved by 89 percent of Russians

Vladimir Putin as President of the RF satisfied with 89 percent of the population - this indicator is an absolute record since he carried out the research, told the Interfax news agency in "Levada Center" - analytical center that conducted the research.

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Soooooooo ... How is Obama doing in the polls right now?

Jun 24 07:43

German intelligence warns NATO about Ukraine's pursuit of nuclear weapons

The German intelligence service expressed concern about the plans of Kiev to resume research on nuclear weapons development

Jun 24 07:31

More Dangerous than ISIS?

During the Cold War, American soldiers learned to fear the Soviet Union's advanced weaponry and fanatical communist foot soldiers. Where did we get this fear? Our leaders instilled it in us.

As it turned out, the fears were misplaced. We learned in the 1990s that most Soviet-era weapons threatened their hapless users far more than they would have hurt us. Some of our own equipment was not much better, frankly, despite costing exponentially more.

Jun 24 06:10

Russia pictured as monster with claws on cartoon map for schoolkids causes stir in Netherlands

A picture in a Dutch social studies textbook for 16-year-olds portrays Russia as a monster with claws and fangs trying to devour Ukraine, while Europe extends a helping hand.

Another image in the same text book also characterizes Russia as a ‘non-free’ country.

This picture, first published in a Dutch newspaper in early 2014, is placed in textbook’s Chapter 7 titled ‘Countries without democracy’. Pupils are asked to describe what's happening in the cartoon.

Jun 24 04:55

Ukraine’s President Poroshenko Says Overthrow of Yanukovych Was a Coup

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko requests the supreme court of Ukraine to declare that his predecessor, Viktor Yanukovych, was overthrown by an illegal operation; in other words, that the post-Yanukovych government, including Poroshenko’s own Presidency, came into power from a coup, not from something democratic, not from any authentic constitutional process at all.

In a remarkable document, which is not posted at the English version of the website of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, but which is widely reported outside the United States, including Russia, Poroshenko, in Ukrainian (not in English), has petitioned the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (as it is being widely quoted in English):

“I ask the court to acknowledge that the law ‘on the removal of the presidential title from Viktor Yanukovych’ as unconstitutional.”

Jun 23 21:41

Ukrainian president Poroshenko rules out federalization

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ruled out the country’s federalization and threatened the leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk Republics that the Kiev authorities would prosecute them under Ukrainian legislation.

Jun 23 15:30

Russia overtakes Saudi as top China oil supplier

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Another blow to the petro-dollar.

Jun 23 15:20

Has Washington Gone Looney Tunes?First appeared:

Given a series of recent speeches by leading US officials and actions, the question must be frankly posed: Has Washington gone collectively looney tunes? Even as the governments of the EU are moving to buck US pressures and ease the sanctions, the Obama Administration seems intent on marching in the direction of a nuclear confrontation with Russia. As the ancient Greek expression puts it, “Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad…” The following recent developments fit that pattern quite nicely, thank you.

Jun 23 13:28

Rejection of Western-Style Democracy Has Been Key to Russia's Success

Is democracy a dead cat the West wants to sell for good money? According to one of the greatest strategists of the 20th century, that would be more or less correct. In the words of Lee Kuan Yew, the late Singapore strongman, “The exuberance of democracy leads to undisciplined and disorderly conditions which are inimical to development.”
The West treats democracy as religion – a form of government so sacred that it will bomb countries into the stone age in order to sow the seeds of democracy in those places. But in Lee’s view, “Democratic procedures have no intrinsic value. What matters is good government.”

Jun 23 13:08

Western sanctions have positive effects on Russian economy — Public Chamber secretary

"Extension of sanctions by our Western partners is only positive for us so far," he told journalists ahead of the Public Chamber’s plenary session.
"The longer the sanctions stay in place, the better it will be for businesses, especially those operating in the sphere of import substitution," secretary of the Russian Public Chamber Alexander Brechalov said. "Obviously, the process of import substitution is underway, businessmen have felt chances and possibilities."
Brechalov stressed that neither sanctions nor Russia’s counter-sanctions had had negative impacts on the social sphere. "Social liabilities have been fulfilled completely, not a single kopeck has been sequestrated," he said.
Anti-Russian sanctions stay but Europe reluctant to toughen them - opinion

Jun 23 13:02

Kiev forces violate ceasefire over 30 times on border with Donetsk republic

"The intensity of shellings carried out by the Ukrainian side over the past 24 hours reached 31 violations of the ceasefire regime," a ministry official was quoted by the Donetsk news agency as saying.
The settlements of Spartak, Yasinovataya, Kalinovka, Dokuchayevsk, Yelenovka and also the Kievsky and Kuybyshevsky districts of Donetsk particularly came under fire, he said.
Two civilians were killed in the shelling of the town of Dokuchayevsk and a neighborhood of Donetsk, the DPR’s defence ministry reported earlier on Tuesday.
The self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) has registered eight ceasefire violations by Ukrainian troops over the past 24 hours, say police sources, adding that three militias have been wounded.
According to police, tank guns fired on three occasions. Ukrainian troops also used cannon gunnery, grenade machine guns and mortars, police said.

Jun 23 12:54

Anti-Ukrainian moods growing in Ukraine’s southern Odessa — Self Reliance party leader

"Powerful anti-Ukrainian moods that are fuelled from outside against the background of deep poverty and region’s isolation, a very weak presence and influence of the Ukrainian state power in these regions," Odessa’s Timer online edition quoted Andriy Sadovyi as citing the reasons.
Sadovyi, mayor of the western city of Lviv, also said the Ukrainian authorities were fully unaware of how serious the situation was. In his remarks posted on a webpage after talks with Saakashvili, he urged the new Odessa leadership to take "swift and resolute moves towards integration of the region".
Impunity for crimes in Ukraine hinders national reconciliation in the country — diplomat

Jun 23 12:44

Ukrainian president Poroshenko rules out federalization

"No federalization will be permitted," he said at a meeting of the National Reform Council. "The initiators of creating any republics will be brought to justice. Should anyone try, the response will be instantaneous. No one should have the temptation to create any republics in Donetsk, Luhansk or Bessarabia," he argued.

Jun 23 12:43

EU recommends Kiev to grant special status to Donbas — media

Europe urges the Ukrainian authorities to implement the political provisions of the Minsk agreements, the Evropeiska Pravda Ukrainian edition said citing its own sources. According to the publication, that was the purpose of the visit to Kiev by the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn last week.
"Europeans demand that we come up with a strategy for the special status for the Donbas region. This status must not be limited to three years (the way it is envisaged in the law on the status of separate territories) and be applicable on a permanent basis," first deputy head of the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze said.

Jun 23 12:34

Russia says will not initiate ‘reset’ of relations with US

"The current US administration has one-and-a-half years of work ahead. Europe, the world and Russia certainly cannot wait so long," Meshkov told Austrian newspaper Der Standard in an interview published on the foreign ministry website. "We are ready for dialogue with anyone in the US leadership, regardless of who represents it."
Asked whether Russia’s foreign minister could invite Washington to push a "reset" button to signal a fresh start to relations, Meshkov said that "Russia never copies anyone".
Shortly after Obama took office in 2009, his then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton presented her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov with a red "reset" button, symbolising US hopes to mend ties that had been strained under Obama's predecessor George W. Bush.

Jun 23 11:22

US deploying 250 military vehicles 'incl. Abrams tanks' near Russian border

Washington plans to station hardware, including tanks and armored vehicles, in a number of European countries, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced on Tuesday. Nukes withdrawn in the 1980s will not return to Europe.

Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania will be hosting the new hardware, and it will be possible to move it around for exercises, Carter said as he stood with his Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian counterparts on a visit to Tallinn.

However, his colleagues made it clear that putting more American hardware close to Russia's borders is a message to Moscow. "In global terms Russia is no match conventionally to US or to NATO, but here in our corner of the world, Putin believes that he enjoys regional superiority," Estonian Defense Minister Sven Mikser said, adding that his country is ready and willing to host the vehicles immediately.

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A memo to Estonian Defense Minister Sven Mikser: I don't know how intense your knowledge is, regarding the comparative strength of US and Russian military and equipment, but you had better take a long, hard look before making a statement like that, in public, again.

The US government pays a lot more for its weapons, but frequently does not get the bank for the buck it pays, and many times the weapons do not work at all as advertised, and the failure rate is high.

This is because US weapons makers support Congressional representatives, overtly and covertly, to support their brand and have it purchased by the US military.

The Russians may pay less for what they get, but they do get quality, and performance; just a word to someone who may want to appear wise.

Jun 23 11:12

BBC Explains Cuts in Yanukovych Interview on Crimea as Not 'Newsworthy

A spokesperson from the BBC explained to Sputnik why certain portions of its Yanukovych interview, such as dealing with his personal zoo were aired while those dealing with political issues such as Crimea were not.
The BBC spokesperson told Sputnik on Tuesday that it did not include ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's views on Crimea's 2014 reunification with Russia because they were not considered "most newsworthy."

The BBC instead featured remarks by Yanukovych on ostriches he maintained in his residence's zoo in his first ever interview to the Western media since the coup which ousted him. Yanukovych stated in the interview that residents of Crimea decided to break away from Ukraine and join Russia in March 2014, because they were shocked by the violence of the coup that ousted the former Ukraine president.

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"...not newsworthy", my ASTROLABE!!!

But of course, having someone telling the truth, live, on-air, is something that neither the BBC nor its American Presstitute Cousins will ever do, if it deviates at all from the official Government narrative.

Jun 23 08:23

NATO-Russia Collision Ahead?

“U.S. Poised to Put Heavy Weaponry in East Europe: A Message to Russia,” ran the headline in The New York Times.

“In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and
Eastern European countries,” said the Times. The sources cited were “American
and allied officials.”

Jun 23 08:22

NATO plans 40,000-strong rapid response force in E. Europe

NATO’s rapid response Spearhead Force in Europe might reach 40,000 troops, a tenfold growth from the initial 4,000-strong force deployed last year, the military alliance’s chief said. Most of these troops will be stationed near Russian borders.

“NATO defense ministers ... [will] make a decision to further increase the strength and capacity of the 13,000-strong NATO Response Force (NRF) to 30,000 or 40,000 troops,” Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday.

The decision is to be officially announced during NATO’s defense ministers meeting on June 24-25 in Brussels.

Jun 23 08:20

Ron Paul says Sino-Russian currency will ‘dethrone dollar’

Former US congressman Ron Paul says Washington’s increasing pressure on Moscow might force Russia and China to make a new currency to dethrone the US dollar.

Jun 23 08:08

Will Seizure of Russian Assets Hasten Dollar Decline?

The timing of these actions is quite curious, coming as the Greek crisis in the EU seems to be reaching a tipping point and Greece, having perhaps abandoned the possibility of rapprochement with Europe, has been making overtures to Russia to help bail it out of its mess. And with the IMF’s recent statement pledging its full and unconditional support to Ukraine, it has become even more clear that the IMF and other major multilateral institutions are not blindly technical organizations, but rather are totally subservient lackeys to the foreign policy agenda emanating from Washington. Toe the DC party line and the internationalists will bail you out regardless of how badly you mess up, but if you even think about talking to Russia you will face serious consequences.

Jun 23 08:00

MEGA BEX ALERT - Putin’s Plot to Get Texas to Secede

To be sure, Russian support for a disintegrated North American continent remains far from official policy. “It's just another mischief-making gambit,” NYU professor and noted Russian commentator Mark Galeotti told me. “Nothing seriously to be worried about.” Still, the mere fact that such language is coming not simply from the Russian fringe but has begun percolating upward fits into a broader, darker theme. “[It’s] indicative of Russia’s current information warfare tactics,” Galeotti continued, “which are not so much positive—in the sense of wanting to, or expecting to make something specific happen—as negative, trying to spread discord, uncertainty and chaos so as to prevent the West in general, and the USA in particular, from being able to develop and maintain a strong consensus policy against Moscow.”

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Jun 23 07:29

NYT’s Orwellian View of Ukraine

In George Orwell’s 1984, the leaders of Oceania presented “Two Minutes Hate” in which the image of an enemy was put on display and loyal Oceanianians expressed their rage, all the better to prepare them for the country’s endless wars and their own surrender of freedom. And, now, in America, you have The New York Times.

Jun 22 22:01

George Soros as Disaster Capitalist

George Soros is a well-known billionaire. He has recently started to take an active part in Ukrainian affairs. No, Mr. Soros does not play the role of peacekeeper, to the contrary, his activities are aimed at inciting a large-scale war against Russia.

Jun 22 21:55

NYT’s Orwellian View of Ukraine

In the up-is-down Orwellian world that is now The New York Times’ editorial page, there was no coup in Ukraine in 2014, no U.S.-driven “regime change,” no provocation on Russia’s border, just Moscow’s aggression — a sign of how propaganda has taken over mainstream U.S. media.

In George Orwell’s 1984, the leaders of Oceania presented “Two Minutes Hate” in which the image of an enemy was put on display and loyal Oceanianians expressed their rage, all the better to prepare them for the country’s endless wars and their own surrender of freedom. And, now, in America, you have The New York Times.

Jun 22 18:25

Pentagon chief Carter blasts Putin's 'loose rhetoric' on nuclear arms

The United States and its NATO allies are preparing militarily for the prospect that their rift with Russia could outlast President Vladimir Putin, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Sunday.
Russia`s intervention in Ukraine has put NATO allies in eastern Europe on edge and triggered a series of military moves by the alliance, including an acceleration of exercises and the creation of a NATO rapid response force.

Jun 22 15:24

Russia and Tunisia stand for solving crises in Syria and Yemen via national dialogue

Moscow and Tunisia stand for solving crises in Libya, Syria and Yemen via national dialogue, without outside pressure, Russian Foreign Minister and visiting Secretary General of the Nidaa Tounes party Mohsen Marzouk said after a meeting on Monday. Marzouk handed over to Lavrov a written message of Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Jun 22 15:14

Putin stresses need to stop Kiev's bombing of east Ukraine talking with Hollande, Merkel

Russian President Vladimir Putin has emphasized the necessity of immediate cessation of Kiev’s bombardment of Donbas communities in a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, the Kremlin press service said on Monday.
"The Russian side once again stressed the necessity of immediate cessation of Ukrainian troops’ shelling populated localities in Donbas, of invigorating the process of political settlement, solving issues of the constitutional reform and socio-economic revival of south-eastern regions," the press service said.

Jun 22 15:04

Cynically: the Day of Memory and Grief The EU extended sanctions against Russia

Google Translate: Well aware of the significance of the date of June 22 for Russia, the European Union formally extended sanctions against the country for another six months. Amendments approved the Foreign Minister of EU member states. However, Moscow has made it clear that Europe will respond in kind. Although Europe and so, in fact, imposes sanctions against itself.

Sanctions against Russia extended until 31 January 2016 to the applause of the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and without any discussion. Moscow, it seems, is not very surprising.

Jun 22 14:36

Russia Is Back in Vietnam in Greater Force than Ever

Russia-Vietnam ties that seemed to be cooling after the end of the Cold War are warming up all over again. More than 20 years after Moscow abandoned its largest foreign base, Russian military aircraft are once again welcoming visitors at Cam Ranh Bay.
The renewed Russian presence in Vietnam has predictably set the alarm bells ringing in the Pentagon, with the commander of the US Army in the Pacific confirming that Russian strategic bombers circling the massive American military base in Guam are being refuelled at Cam Ranh Bay.

Jun 22 14:30

Member of Kiev's Top Brass Defects to Rebels, Predicts More Like Him

“I am going to work for the good of the Donetsk People’s Republic,” Kolomiyets (not to be confused with oligarch Igor Kolomoysky) announced.
he defector says he took his family out of the Ukrainian capital, fearing repercussions from officials.
He also claims a lot of people in the Ukrainian military want to switch to the self-proclaimed republics’ side, including officers. According to Kolomiyets, hundreds have already abandoned Kiev.
“Look at who is actually fighting. Only the volunteers from nationalist squads,” the defector said at the news conference.
There is growing dissatisfaction with the commanders, Kolomiyets said. “Soon, there is going to be unrest within the military. They do not understand the orders they are given, to kill civilians. We are going to see that by autumn, everything will change.”

Jun 22 14:18

Pentagon Chief says Ukraine Issue Demands Political & Military Response

Arriving in Berlin on Sunday, Carter said that the cooling of relations between Washington, Europe and Moscow could last until the end of Vladimir Putin’s presidency. That’s because Russia is unlikely to change its current political course while Putin remains the country’s leader, Carter said. As such, both the U.S. and NATO are preparing for a long period of tension. Carter also criticized recent comments by President Putin that Russia would target its military forces against any “threats” it faces, saying that such behavior is ‘inappropriate’.

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Translation: Putin refuses to run Russia the way the western money-junkies want it run.

Jun 22 14:17

Turkey grants permission for engineering survey on off-shore part of Turkish Stream

Turkey has granted permission to conduct an engineering survey on the off-shore part of Turkish Stream pipeline, Russia’s gas giant Gazprom said in a statement on Monday.
The document envisages engineering survey on the first line of the pipeline in the exclusive economic zone and also in territorial waters of Turkey.
The off-shore stretch of the Turkish pipeline will consist of four lines each with the capacity of 15.75 bln cubic meters.
It is planned that gas supplies via the first line will be fully used to meet the needs of the growing Turkish market.

Jun 22 14:12

Russia does not want to get into Ukraine civil conflict — top security official

Russia does not want to get into the civil conflict in Ukraine but can’t hinder an inflow of Russians to east Ukrainian militia, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said.
"We are ready to render and are rendering support to Ukrainian refugees - who by the way are not accepted in the European Union or the United States - but it is not expedient to get involved in the civil conflict," Patrushev said in an interview with the Kommersant business daily published Monday.

Jun 22 14:12

Surprise, surprise, US and NATO falsifying 'threat from Russia'

The United States and its NATO allies are exaggerating the so-called threat from Russia to justify surrounding and destabilizing the country as well as increasing US arms exports to the region, an anti-war activist and journalist in Maine says.

Jun 22 14:10

US concerned over Greece-Russia friendship — media

The United States is worried about the strengthening of Greece’s ties with Russia and that is why Washington is secretly convincing Germany and its partners in the European Union to agree to compromise in the talks on the settlement of Athens’ debt, The Financial Times reported.
"As Washington tries to maintain a united western front in support of sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, a Greek default could provide Moscow an opportunity to sow new divisions among America’s European allies," the influential British newspaper wrote Sunday.
"You can easily see how geopolitically this would be a gift to Russia," FT quoted Sebastian Mallaby at the Council on Foreign Relations as saying. "You do not want Europe to have to deal with a Greece that is a member of NATO but which all of a sudden hates the west and is cosying up to Russia."

Jun 22 14:06

Shadow economy accounts for nearly 70% of Ukraine’s economy

The shadow economy in Ukraine accounts for 67%, Deputy Finance Minister of Ukraine Elena Makeeva said on Monday.
"The shadow business accounted for 42% in 2014, according to data of the Ministry of Economy. It is much higher according to our estimates. You know what I am saying, 33% are paying taxes and 67 do not," Makeeva told Ukraine’s Vesti online media.
Ukraine’s Minister of Finance Natalie Jaresko said on May 29 she intends to increase taxes for oligarchs and already devised an efficient method of combating the shadow economy.

Jun 22 14:03

Ambassador who announced supply of weapons to Kiev exceeded his powers — Lithuanian PM

Lithuania is the only NATO member-country whose Foreign Minister formally admitted that it had previously supplied "elements of particular weapons" for the Ukrainian armed forces. However, he failed to specify what was meant by that.
Vilnius renders different types of support to Ukraine but does not deliver weapons to Kiev, Lithuania’s Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius said on Monday.
"We support Ukraine, but we do not deliver weapons," he said. His remarks came following a statement of Lithuania’s Ambassador to Ukraine Marius Janukonis who told reporters Vilnius was willing to provide necessary weapons to Ukraine. "I believe the Ambassador has exceeded his authority," Butkevicius noted, adding that as soon as Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius returned from a foreign business trip, "a separate conversation" on the Ambassador’s remarks would follow.

Jun 22 13:52

Russia alarmed by worsening situation in Afghanistan

An attack on the Afghan parliament in Kabul testifies to worsening of the situation in the country, the deputy to the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Vladimir Safronov, told a session of the UN Security Council on Monday.
"The Russian Federation is concerned about a deteriorating situation. Today’s attack on the Afghan parliament is another evidence of that," Safronov said.
"A high terrorist threat and militants’ gaining ground in northern regions of the country, especially in Kunduz Province of late, give rise to major concerns for our country and our neighbours in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)," he said, urging effort to prevent destabilization of the situation in the region.

Jun 22 13:02

Ukrainians testify to a life of poverty and violence under US-backed government

Last month marked the one-year anniversary of the election of oligarch Petro Poroshenko to the presidency of Ukraine. The Poroshenko regime came to power in the aftermath of a US- and German-backed coup, spearheaded by fascist forces, which ousted President Victor Yanukovych in February 2014. Since coming to power, the right-wing government has waged a brutal military campaign against pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Donbass region, implemented brutal austerity measures and banned the public display of Communist symbols.

Jun 22 12:11

Ukraine’s Pres. Poroshenko Says Overthrow of Yanukovych Was a Coup

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko requests the supreme court of Ukraine to declare that his predecessor, Viktor Yanukovych, was overthrown by an illegal operation; in other words, that the post-Yanukovych government, including Poroshenko’s own Presidency, came into power from a coup, not from something democratic, not from any authentic constitutional process at all.

Jun 22 11:33

Advanced Su-35, Su-30SM Jets to Be Deployed in Russia’s Western Regions

A squadron of new Su-35 and Su-30SM jet fighters will join the air forces of the Russian Western Military District by the end of 2015, the press office of the district reported.

Jun 22 11:21

US's Ashton Carter calls Putin 'malign influence' in Eastern Europe

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has called Russian President Vladimir Putin a "malign influence" in Eastern Europe and said the Russian leader's vow to expand Moscow's cache of nuclear missiles was "loose rhetoric."

Jun 22 11:17

EU Extends Economic Sanctions Against Russia Until February 2016

European Union foreign ministers on Monday extended economic sanctions against Russia until January 31, 2016.

Jun 22 11:17

US, NATO Bracing for Long-Term Standoff With Russia Under Putin and Beyond

Instead of building bridges and accepting Russia's stance as having merit, the US and the North Atlantic Alliance have chosen to immerse themselves in shaping up for a lasting showdown with Moscow.

The standoff could last years or even decades, according to the Pentagon chief, who defended the US and NATO's intensified war-games, expanded military presence on the borders with Russia and increasingly belligerent rhetoric.