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Russia will not discuss strategic stability issues with the US unless its national interests are taken into account, President Vladimir Putin said in his annual State of the Nation Address to both houses of the Federal Assembly, the Russian parliament.

The head of state slammed allegations of Russia’s plans to deploy nuclear weapons in space as bogus stories, while mentioning Russia’s new and advanced weapons systems. He also noted that the West would like to see a declining and dying entity in Russia’s place and warned "potential invaders" that their fate would be far more tragic than that of their predecessors.

TASS has gathered the key takeaways from what the head of state said.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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The West intends to do to Russia what it has done to Ukraine and many other nations – turn it into a dying, failed state, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed in a keynote speech on Thursday.

”The West, which has colonial habits and is used to igniting national conflicts all over the world, has intentions that go beyond stalling our development,” the Russian leader told the Federal Assembly, a gathering of leading Russian officials and public figures.

”In place of Russia, they want a dependent, withering, dying space, where they can do whatever they want,” he added.

The Russian people and its national unity in the face of foreign threats is what protects the nation, according to Putin. Meanwhile, the government has the job of protecting institutions at the foundation of national sovereignty.

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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The plight of the Western political class is sometimes sad, often hilarious, and, on occasion, sinister.

Soap opera clowns, completely uninterested in genuine public service, control the lives of millions of unfortunates, including the soldiers they send to a certain death.

A group of clueless freaks, the latest iteration of their fascist forebearers, sit in the Reichstag. They demand that long-range missiles be sent to their neo-Nazi offspring, thereby inviting even longer-range missiles to fall on their heads.

Doddery political has-beens shuffle on and off stage, shake hands with ghosts and embrace greedy whores in the guise of widows of deceased intelligence assets.

Anniversaries of the SWO are marked by Western prostitutes jetting in and out of Kiev, in futile attempts to distract electorates from their burgeoning poverty. The leaders of the free world eagerly lick the dirty boots of their American master, in an ecstasy of servility.

Tags: EUROPE, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Ukraine has been given the greenlight to formalize its membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization by NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg who declared the decision was made “for your security and for ours.”

“Ukraine will join NATO. It is not a question of if, but of when,” Stoltenberg declared as western leaders gathered in Kyiv to pledge support and mark the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion.

The NATO chief claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin “started this war because he wanted to close NATO’s door . . . but he has achieved the exact opposite: Ukraine is now closer to NATO than ever before”.

Stoltenberg also announced NATO was helping Kyiv to make its forces “more and more interoperable” with the defense alliance and will open a joint training and analysis center in Poland.

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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Hunter Biden on Wednesday testified to Congress that his father, Joe, was indeed "the big guy" referenced in an email pertaining to a business deal with a Chinese state-linked energy company that made the Biden family and friends millions of dollars. He denied, however, that Joe Biden ever received a 10% stake as was indicated in the text message.

"At one point, we asked Hunter about the 10% for the ‘big guy,’" Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) told Breitbart News following the first son's six-hour, closed-door deposition.

"We showed him the email … And he said, ‘Oh, that was after my father left office.’" she told the outlet.

Hunter then tried to downplay the 10% idea:

What’s wrong with having a pie-in-the-sky idea? When he [Joe Biden] left office in 2017, it thought he was done. I had no idea was gonna run for president. What’s wrong with just some pie?’ … thinking that he [Joe Biden] could be in the business. -Breitbart

Greene said that Hunter insisted that "there was no percentage for my father in the business," and that the 20 speakerphone calls Joe Biden joined was considered normal.

"He was saying it’s totally normal for your parents to call you," said Greene. "He just totally kept on saying, ‘Oh, this is normal. This is normal.'

Claire's Observations:  Hunter Biden, a word, please; that verbal leitmotif though which you tried to justify your and your Dad's corruption, "Oh, this is normal",  was anything but "normal".  

You were simply using the power and prestige of his former office, and then his potential, and power of his soon-to-be actual office, as "leverage" toward potential clients in Beijing and Kiev. Nice little scam you had going, until you brought yourself, your dad, and your family down.

Tags: CHINA, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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Oprah Winfrey is parting ways with Weight Watchers. 

Two months after revealing she uses a weight-loss medication to slim down, the legendary host announced she's leaving the company's board of directors after nearly 10 years of working with them.

"I look forward to continuing to advise and collaborate with WeightWatchers and CEO Sima Sistani in elevating the conversation around recognizing obesity as a chronic condition," Oprah said in a statement Feb. 29, "working to reduce stigma, and advocating for health equity." 

But she is not cutting ties altogether, the 70-year-old will still host Weight Watchers' Weight Health event in May.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Five wildfires ripping across Texas have killed at least two people, with authorities worried about more casualties as a thorough search for victims was yet to be conducted.

Joyce Blankenship, 83, was found dead in her destroyed Hutchinson County home, officials said. On Thursday it was confirmed that a second woman – Cindy Owens – had succumbed to her injuries after getting out of her truck and being severely burned.

A tally of the numerous homes and other structures damaged or destroyed in the fires is not available yet.

The Magenta Fire in Oldham County, which is covering an estimated 3,300 acres, is now 85 per cent contained, according to an update from the Texas A&M Forest Service.

But the Smokehouse Creek fire, the largest in state history, is still only 3 per cent contained with no end in sight.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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German military leaders allegedly discussed an operation to bomb the Crimean Bridge, RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan claimed on Friday, citing audio leaked by Russian security officials.

The recording purportedly features a 40-minute conversation between high-ranking Bundeswehr officers, Simonyan said on social media.

They discussed how to carry out the attack while maintaining plausible deniability for German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, according to her account of the conversation.

They also remarked that the German military was keeping its distance from the Ukraine conflict, unlike the American and the British, who they said had been “directly involved for a long time,” Simonyan claimed.

Tags: GERMANY, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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American spies and special forces operatives are in Ukraine helping its military while young recruits are needlessly dying on the frontline, a US mercenary has claimed. Jason Freeman thought he was speaking with former President Pyotr Poroshenko but was in fact revealing the information to Russian pranksters Vovan and Lexus.

Interviews with “soldiers of misfortune” were posted on Wednesday as part of the latest episode of the notorious duo’s RuTube show. The American fighter was the first they tried to recruit into “Poroshenko’s” new mercenary outfit.

Freeman, who is married to a Ukrainian in Nikolaev, boasted that he had killed 21 Russian soldiers and hit 13 more, but admitted that his entire unit was destroyed in the battle of Artyomovsk (known in Ukraine as Bakhmut). He also complained about problems getting paid and criticized the incompetence of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Claims that Russia is planning to deploy nuclear weapons in space are merely an attempt by Washington to push Moscow into negotiations on terms set by the US, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.   

Delivering his annual address to the Federal Assembly, Russia’s national legislature, Putin insisted that statements by American officials about their supposed willingness to reach an agreement with Moscow on nuclear weapons controls are nothing but “demagogy” ahead of the US presidential election. 

Putin accused the US of “hypocrisy” over recent “unfounded accusations” that Russia plans to deploy strategic weapons in space, and insisted that such falsehoods are nothing but an attempt by Washington to drag Moscow into negotiations that are exclusively beneficial to the US. 

The president noted that Russia offered the US a draft treaty on preventing the deployment of nuclear weapons in space back in 2008, but pointed out that Washington has blocked the proposal ever since.  

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has come under fire from the UK after he suggested that there were British troops operating in the Ukraine conflict. Explaining why Berlin would not supply Kiev with long-range Taurus missiles, Scholz said it would require German military personnel on the ground providing assistance.

He went on to say that Taurus “is a very long-range weapon, and what was done on the part of the British and French in terms of target-control and target-control assistance can’t be done in Germany.”

Commenting on Scholz’s remark, Tobias Ellwood, the former chair of the British Commons defense committee, said it was “a flagrant abuse of intelligence deliberately designed to distract from Germany’s reluctance to arm Ukraine with its own long-range missile system,” as quoted by The Telegraph. The British lawmaker was also sure that the statement would be “used by Russia to rachet up the escalator ladder.”

Tags: GERMANY, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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