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US Aggravating Situation in Ukraine, Says Former US Diplomat

  • RT America Published on Jun 21, 2018
    The NATO summit set for next month is already being upstaged by rumors of a separate meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin and news that National Security Advisor John Bolton will be heading to Moscow only increased speculation. RT America’s Natasha Sweatte and former US diplomat Jim Jatras discuss.


June 22, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Russian Foreign Ministry Blames West for Provoking Ukraine into New Donbass War

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  • Russian Foreign Ministry Blames West for Provoking Ukraine into New Donbass War
    Russian diplomats say the non-stop outbursts of violence in Donbass confirm that Ukraine has no intention of honoring the Minsk Accords, and accuse the US and their allies of supporting Kiev’s course towards war.

    As far as the UN presence in Donbass is concerned, it is well known that in September 2017 Russia submitted a draft resolution on the issue to the UN Security Council. However, we still have not received any amendments to this document, in written form. Instead, our European and American partners are promoting the ideas of a military operation of ‘coercing into peace’ and putting an international military-civilian administration in charge of the region before it holds any elections,” reads the ministry’s comment released on Saturday in connection with the planned meeting in the Normandy Four format in Berlin, scheduled for June 11.

    Russian diplomats also noted that the aggravation of the situation in Donbass is clear confirmation of the fact that Kiev has no intention of sticking to the Minsk Agreements. “The recent events demonstrate that the Kiev authorities do not intend to fulfill the Minsk Agreements, that they blatantly distort the logic and sequence of these documents and draw an artificial connection between their readiness to move on along the political track and the full military capitulation of the Donbass republics and their giving up of the control of the border with Russia,” the comment reads.

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June 13, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

Meddling? If It’s the US Who Intervenes It is ‘in the Interests of the People’, Says Ex-Top Spy

  • RT Published on Jun 5, 2018
    Federal prosecutors, working on the Trump-Russia probe, have accused the US president’s former campaign manager of pressuring witnesses to give false evidence ahead of a trial. Paul Manafort is said to have failed to register as a foreign agent when he lobbied for Ukraine in 2012. But when it comes to meddling the US is a past master.

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Revelation 20:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Saints Reign with Christ 1,000 Years
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a[a] thousand years.
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June 6, 2018 Posted by | EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Time to End ‘Russia-Bashing’ – EU Commission Chief Juncker

  • Time to End ‘Russia-Bashing’ – EU Commission Chief Juncker
    European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker has said it’s time for the EU to reconnect with Russia and stop “bashing” it, in surprising contrast to those in the West who have been piling blame and sanctions on Moscow.

    Juncker spoke to an audience at a Brussels think tank event on EU reform. Though his statement had a few catches, the overall message was conciliatory.

    “So we have to come back to, I wouldn’t say normal relations with Russia, but there are so many areas, so many domains, where we can cooperate in a better way with research and innovation and others. Not forgetting what our differences and divergences are. But this Russia-bashing has to be brought to an end,”
     he said.

    Juncker’s call was not entirely conciliatory, though. He said the EU would never accept “what Russia did” to Ukraine and Crimea, referring to the violent 2014 coup in Kiev that brought the current Ukrainian government to power, and the subsequent referendum held in Crimea, which resulted in over 90 percent support for reunification with Russia.

    One of the chief arguments for better relations is Russia’s sheer size. “We have to have in mind that the entire territory of the European Union is about 5.5m sq km. Russia [is] 70.5m,” Juncker said.

    Yet, Russia’s size (which is actually a comparatively modest 17.1m sq km) didn’t stop the EU and its allies from jeopardizing diplomacy with a mass expulsion of Russian diplomats two months ago. A total of over 100 were sent back to Russia from more than a dozen countries, accused of being spies in disguise.

    The expulsion was initiated by the UK in its ongoing push to blame the March poisoning of former Russian-British double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter on Moscow. The UK itself led the way with 23 expulsions, but the US outdid everyone with 60. Most others limited the expulsions to one to four diplomats. Russia mirrored the act with an equal number of expulsions.

    Not everyone was on board, though: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz stressed the need to build bridges and maintain a mature, trust-based relationship with Moscow amid the finger-pointing.

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June 5, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MSM Itch About Macron’s Russian Trip to Discuss Ukraine, Iran Amid Sanctions

  • MSM Itch About Macron’s Russian Trip to Discuss Ukraine, Iran Amid Sanctions
    Emmanuel Macron has come to Russia for the first time since being elected president in 2017, bringing a squad of French top officials and entrepreneurs, to attend the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) and meet Vladimir Putin. The conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, the Iran deal and Paris-Moscow relations are on the agenda.

    French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Russia on May 24 for a two-day visit, which is his first one since the 2017 French presidential elections. Macron, accompanied by his wife Brigitte, has taken his Culture Minister Francoise Nyssen, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and other top officials from the Russian-French Trianon Dialogue organization and friendship parliamentary groups, as well as French businesspeople.

    The French president has been welcomed in the Konstantin Palace, a former residence of Peter the Great set some 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside Saint Petersburg.

    ​During his stay in Russia, he is to attend a number of events within the framework of the SPIEF and hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. After a tête-à-tête meeting they will have broader negotiations. According to the Kremlin, the two presidents plan to discuss developing bilateral cooperation as well as international and regional topics, including possible ways to settle the crises in Syria and Ukraine and the situation around the 2015 JCPOA, known as the Iran deal, from which the US recently pulled out of.

    Besides, around 20 treaties, contracts and memorandums have been prepared for the visit, which are to be signed by Putin and Macron during the SPIEF.

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A new world leader appears, declares himself Jupiter the Roman god of gods. Will the real white horseman please stand up?
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A new world leader appears, declares himself Jupiter the Roman god of gods. Will the real white horseman please stand up?


May 25, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

US Pundit Says Ukraine Should Bomb Russia’s Bridge to Crimea

  • RT America Published on May 18, 2018
    Columnist Tom Rogan of the Washington Examiner has called for Ukraine to bomb the newly built Russian bridge to the Crimean peninsula. Now Russia’s equivalent of the FBI is looking into charges of inciting terrorism, while the Examiner is standing by their man. RT’s Yulia Shapovalova has the story.


May 21, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Trump Gives Merkel An Ultimatum: Drop Russian Gas Pipeline Or Trade War Begins

  • Trump is making a ‘fatal’ mistake. He is not part of the Illuminati ‘I love Satan’ club. It does not appear Merkel will bow to Trump on this issue. There are sufficient evidence to suggest Merkel ie. Europe, is about to flip towards Russia. The idea that Europe will play the dutiful vassal state role is no longer true. Ie. the end of US hegemony over Europe is visible. The only way the American Illuminati can kill the blossoming romance with Russia is to ignite their limited nuclear WW3: US-NATO-Europe vs Russia. With every passing day, it looks less and less likely this will happen. The obstacle to this WW3 scenario may be Trump himself.
  • Trump Gives Merkel An Ultimatum: Drop Russian Gas Pipeline Or Trade War Begins
    by Tyler Durden,
    It became clear just how important it is to the US for Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project to fail two months ago when, as we described in “US Threatens Sanctions For European Firms Participating In Russian Gas Pipeline Project“, the U.S. State Department warned European corporations that they will likely face penalties and sanctions if they participate in the construction of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 on the grounds that “the project undermines energy security in Europe”, when in reality Russia has for decades been a quasi-monopolist on European energy supplies and thus has unprecedented leverage over European politics, at least behind the scenes.

    As many people know, we oppose the Nord Stream 2 project, the US government does,” State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert said during a late March press briefing adding that “the Nord Stream 2 project would undermine Europe’s overall energy security and stability. It would provide Russia [with] another tool to pressure European countries, especially countries such as Ukraine.” And speaking of Ukraine, recall that in 2014, shortly after the US State Department facilitated the presidential coup in Ukraine, Joe Biden’s son Hunter joined the board of directors of Burisma, Ukraine’s largest oil and gas company. Surely that was merely a coincidence.

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May 18, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Washington Has Declared: Accept US Hegemony or It’s War

WW3 is near?

  • Washington Has Declared Hegemony or War
    by Paul Craig Roberts,
    I agree with Stephen Lendman (below) that the Russian government’s efforts to deal with the West on the basis of evidence and law are futile.  There is only one Western foreign policy and it is Washington’s.  Washington’s “diplomacy” consists only of lies and force.  It was a reasonable decision for Russia to attempt diplomatic engagement with the West on the basis of facts, evidence, and law, but it has been to no avail.  For Russia to continue on this failed course is risky, not only to Russia but to the entire world.

    Indeed, nothing is more dangerous to the world than Russia’s self-delusion about “Western partners.”  Russia only has Western enemies. These enemies intend to remove the constraint that Russia (and China) place on Washington’s unilateralism. The various incidents staged by the West, such as the Skirpal poisoning, Syrian use of chemical weapons, Malaysian airliner, and false charges, such as Russian invasion of Ukraine, are part of the West’s determined intent to isolate Russia, deny her any influence, and prepare the insouciant Western populations for conflict with Russia.

    To avoid war Russia should turn her back, but not her eyes, on the West, stop responding to false charges, evict all Western embassies and every other kind of presence including Western investment, and focus on relations with China and the East.  Russia’s attempt to pursue mutual interests with the West only results in more orchestrated incidents. The Russian government’s failure to complete the liberation of Syria has given Washington Syrian territory from which to renew the conflict.  The failure to accept Luhansk and Donetsk into Russia has provided Washington with the opportunity to arm and train the Ukrainian army and renew the assault on the Russian populations of Ukraine. Washington has gained many proxies for its wars against Russia and intends to use them to wear down Russia. Israel has demanded that Washington renew the attacks on Iran, and Trump is complying. Russia faces simultaneous attacks on Syria, Iran, and the Donetsk and Luhansk Republics, along with troubles in former Central Asian republics of the Soviet Union and intensified accusations from Washington and NATO.

    The crazed neoconservatives, such as Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton, think that Russia will buckle under the strains, sue for peace, and accept US hegemony. If this assumption is incorrect, the outcome of Washington’s hostile actions against Russia is likely to be nuclear war. The side that Stephen Lendman and I are talking is neither the side of Washington nor Russia, but the side of humanity and all life against nuclear war.

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Maidan Icon Savchenko Accuses Top Ukrainian Official of Deploying Snipers at 2014 Protest

  • Maidan icon Savchenko faces arrest after claiming top Ukraine official ‘led snipers to central Kiev’
    Ukrainian MP Nadezhda Savchenko, who was lauded as a hero for her role in the Donbass military campaign and her prosecution in Russia, is now accused of plotting to blow up the national parliament in Kiev.

    The General Prosecutor’s Office in Kiev has requested that the parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, strip Savchenko of legal immunity and allow her arrest. MPs in Ukraine normally enjoy protection from prosecution. However, General Prosecutor Yury Lutsenko filed the request on Thursday after Savchenko failed to show up for a scheduled questioning.

    Lutsenko threatened he would do so earlier this week while Savchenko was on a visit to Europe in her capacity as MP. Savchenko responded by accusing Lutsenko of covering up the involvement in the deadly 2014 Maidan shooting, which escalated mass protest into an armed coup and ultimately brought the current Ukrainian government into power.

    “Lutsenko called to go on offensive from the podium. He promised weapons. I saw armed people arriving in a blue van. Those people are now in the parliament,”
     she said, adding that she saw “[current Rada Speaker Andriy] Parubiy leading the snipers to the hotel ‘Ukraine’,” from which shots were later fired.

    She added that she gave her testimony on these events to people investigating the mass killings, but that led nowhere. Savchenko later corrected herself, saying that she meant another senior Ukrainian official, Sergey Pashinsky, rather than the parliament speaker. Parubiy was a self-proclaimed “commandant of Maidan” during the mass protests in Ukraine. He was named as a possible ringleader by some critics who allege that the mass killings were initiated by the protestor side.

    Pashinsky, who was an MP at that time and remains one in the current parliament, was famously caught on camera helping a man with a hunting rifle escape from an angry crowd. Some people believe that Pashinsky was part of a conspiracy to escalate violence in Kiev and rushed to protect the man believing him to be one of the snipers responsible for the bloodbath.

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US Assistant Secretary of State “F*** the EU” Victoria Nuland together with Neo Nazi Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok (left)

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Ukraine Gets Official NATO Status: Weighing Up the Pros and Cons

  • Ukraine Gets Official NATO Status: Weighing Up the Pros and Cons
    NATO has granted Ukraine the status of an aspirant country. Macedonia, Georgia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina have similar status. This means Kiev has been offered a real chance to make its dreams come true. The next step will be obtaining its Membership Action Plan (MAP), a set of criteria to meet before the country is allowed to join. It is tailored to each applicant country’s individual profile. This type of plan can be granted at any time; there is no need to wait for summits or ministry-level meetings. Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina are aspirants with a MAP.

    Last summer, Ukraine’s parliament (Rada) adopted a resolution recognizing full membership in NATO as a foreign policy goal. In 2008, NATO agreed that Ukraine and Georgia should become members at a future date.

    The Swiss newspaper Le Temps recently reported that hundreds of US and Canadian military instructors have been training Ukrainian personnel at the Yavorov firing range since 2015. Not long ago they were joined by British and Lithuanian trainers. Roughly 6,000 Ukrainian servicemen have undergone training there in order to expedite the process of meeting the requirements set by NATO. The US Navy operates a facility in Ochakov. This month, the State Department approved the possible sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine. The announcement preceded a statement made by Kurt Volker, the US special envoy to Ukraine, in which he offered to disband the self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine.

    This is all part of a broader picture. On March 2, Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia announced the formation of an alliance to counter Russia. Chisinau is to cozy up as close to NATO as it can. The Moldovan government has announced its decision to buy lethal weapons from countries in that alliance. The US Navy operates a facility at the Bulboaca training base.

    The calls for Georgia’s membership are getting louder in the US. Tbilisi’s NATO bid has been openly supported by the Trump administration. It has been reported recently that Georgia is to adopt a fast-track approach that will expedite its entrance into NATO. This policy has been recommended by the Heritage Foundation think tank. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, has said that nothing stands in the way of Georgia joining the bloc.

    This move is clearly intended to provoke Russia. Official status in the alliance is one step on the way to membership. If the policy goal is expansion at any cost, then that’s a step in the right direction. But will it benefit NATO? Make it stronger? Hardly.

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US Afraid of Europe Consuming More Russian Gas, Considered Strategic Threat – German MP

  • RT Published on Mar 12, 2018
    Nord Stream 2, the gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, is in jeopardy due to strong opposition from Eastern Europe and the US. Will the project survive? We ask the energy speaker of the Christian Democratic Union party in the German Bundestag, Joachim Pfeiffer.

European nations, especially former Soviet blocs, will not be anti Russian as long as they are the benefactors of Russian energy resources.

The real reason for Ukraine war is to prevent the economic and geo-political integration of Russia and Europe.


March 13, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on US Afraid of Europe Consuming More Russian Gas, Considered Strategic Threat – German MP

US Approves Sale of 210 Javelin Anti-Tank Missiles to Ukraine

  • US-Pentagram: “For the sake of peace, we need to start more wars!”

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How the US Establishment Lies Through Its Teeth, for War Against Russia

  • How the US Establishment Lies Through Its Teeth, for War Against Russia
    The same people, Republicans and Democrats, who lied through their teeth for an invasion of Iraq in 2003, are doing it again for an invasion of Russia, sometime soon, so as to ‘defend’ ‘democracy’. The US has by now swallowed up virtually all lands surrounding Russia, at least in Europe, the latest being Ukraine, and is placing its missiles now on and near Russia’s borders, which is to Russians like would be to Americans if Russia had swallowed up Canada and were placing its missiles there. But the lying holier-than-thou US Establishment accuses Russia of being ‘aggressive’ when Russia holds war-games on and near its borders in order to prepare for a US-NATO invasion, which actually looks increasingly likely to them every day — and not because of ‘Russian propaganda’, but because of the US Government’s actions.

    Hillary Clinton clearly hated Russians and wanted to start a war against Russia by establishing a no-fly zone in Russia’s ally Syria (which Russia defends while the US invades and occupies Syria) so as to shoot down Russia’s planes there, and then, when Russia shoots down US planes in retaliation, America would have its pretext for invading Russia itself ‘so as to defend democracy against Russian aggression’ — but instead, Donald Trump became elected, and he has now turned out to be almost as much of a neoconservative as she was. This displays how extreme the grip is that the neocons, the Establishment and its many minions who dominate both of the two Parties and the press, now have.

    An example of the Establishment’s holier-than-thou lies, is an article that appeared on February 22nd at the magazine, The National Interest, whose article-title is itself a marvelous deception, “Averting the US-Russia Warpath” (while the subliminal message there is: reasons why we’ll probably have to invade Russia), and whose authors are three ‘defense’ hawks, including James Northey Miller, of Harvard. He had been an Under Secretary of Defense during the Administration of the merely moderately neoconservative President Barack Obama — the President who in 2014 grabbed Ukraine, and who used Al Qaeda in Syria to lead ’the rebels’ there in order to try to grab Syria. (Ukraine had been friendly toward Russia and is now rabid against Russia; and Syria was and is allied with Russia; so, both of these two lands were American grabs, and the neocon Trump continues both.) Anyone who trusts the US Government to represent in international affairs the interests of America’s public, instead of the interests of America’s billionaires, has been deceived by the Establishment’s (the billionaires’ and their agents’) virtually all-pervasive propaganda in America, and therefore needs a lot of re-learning about US history before understanding anything about US foreign policies. There is very good and sound reason why around the world the United States is considered, by far, to be “the biggest threat to peace” — because it is. (The Peter Kuznick book and Oliver Stone documentary Untold History of the United States, are the best cleaner-away of ‘historical’ lies about US history from 1912 to 2012 that I know of — and the seeing or reading of that, will expose to anyone the mockery of historical truth which is represented in articles such as “Averting the US-Russia Warpath.”)

    This ordinary, and profoundly deceptive, article starts:

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US Approves Sale of Anti-Tank Missiles to Ukraine

  • RT America Published on Mar 2, 2018
    On Thursday, the Trump administration approved the sale of 210 Javelin anti-tank missiles to Kiev, as Washington expressed alarm at President Putin’s State of the Nation speech talking up Russian weapons breakthroughs. To discuss the mounting strategic tension in Eastern Europe, RT America’s Anya Parampil is joined by Brian Becker, national director of the ANSWER Coalition.
  • The eastern Ukraine militia do not have tanks. So, these anti-tank weapons are not for attacking them. They are for Russian armour forces. The Ukraine military, with the support of US-NATO, is preparing for a massive assault on eastern Ukraine(Donbass) region in violation of the Minsk agreement. Eastern Ukrainians are mainly ethnic Russians. US-NATO-Ukraine are preparing for a Russian military invasion of east Ukraine to stop the genocide and ethnic cleansing of ethnic Russians. This will then be used as a pretext to ignite a nuclear WW3 against Russia.


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US Sells 210 Javelin Anti-Tank Missiles And Launchers To Ukraine

  • US Sells 210 Javelin Anti-Tank Missiles And Launchers To Ukraine
    by Tyler Durden,
    Well, it’s finally official – after years of preparation by the Obama administration to provide lethal offensive weapons to Ukraine over the vocal objections of the Kremlin, today the Trump administration announced it would sell Ukraine 210 Javelin anti-aircraft missiles and 37 launchers for $47 million. The sale, which was first reported last December, marks a significant increase in U.S. military support for Ukraine and another major deterioration US-Russian relations, and is the first lethal weapons sale of its kind since the breakout of a Russian-backed proxy civil war against the central government in Ukraine’s eastern provinces.

    As discussed previously, President Trump approved the plan in the days just before Christmas 2017, and began informal notifications with Congress about it. With Thursday’s formal notification, Congress now has 30 days to sink the deal or it will go through, which is expected.

    Trump’s approval of the arms deal was a major shift from the Republican party platform, which was amended when Trump was the party’s nominee for president, from supporting “lethal defensive arms” to Ukraine to the more vague “appropriate assistance” — language that ran counter to traditional Republican foreign policy.

    Needless to say, Trump himself promised a reset with Russia, but since taking office, relations with Moscow have not improved.
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    So is this a deep state victory? The Washington Post previously described that “the decision over whether to allow lethal arms sales to Ukraine had been sitting on Trump’s desk for months” even after The National Security Council presented the president with various options for moving forward “months ago”. But concerning the impetus behind internal White House deliberations to move on the issue, the Washington Post reported:
    But after years of covert American involvement in the Ukrainian proxy and civil war which has raged since 2014 – and which a leaked recording confirmed was precipitated by the US State Department – it appears that neocon hawks like McCain, Cotton, and Corker are finally getting their way.

    Perhaps more scary in terms of escalating an unnecessary war which has already taken more than 10,000 lives since 2014, the Kiev government and some in Washington are already pushing for putting anti-aircraft weapons in the hands of Ukrainian forces.

    “What we are awaiting and have called for is the provision of lethal defense weapons that are more advanced – a larger package that is under consideration right now, including anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles,” a Ukrainian official told ABC News. “We are expecting this decision and would welcome it.”

    And as multiple reports have noted in recent weeks, fighting in eastern Ukraine is heating up after a period of relative stalemate and calm, and after general Western media silence on the war. Likely with the announcement of US supplied anti-tank missiles and the additional possibility of US anti-aircraft weapons being openly shipped into the conflict, it will most certainly return to the international and media spotlight.

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