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Oct 26 05:31

Russia to open WORLD’S LARGEST gold mine in Siberia

Russia's largest gold miner Polyus said it is working on securing 100 percent ownership of the Sukhoi Log gold deposit in Siberia, which has estimated reserves of 540 million tons of ore, containing 40 million troy ounces of gold.

According to the firm, the undeveloped Siberian deposit is the largest in the world. “As of May 31, 2020, ore reserves are initially estimated at 540 million tons with an average gold grade of 2.3 grams per ton. This is equivalent to 40 million ounces,” said Polyus chief executive Pavel Grachev. “This confirms Sukhoi Log's status as the world’s largest new and active gold mine.”

Oct 25 07:02

US Respects Belarus' Sovereignty, Aims to Develop Bilateral Ties, Pompeo Reportedly Tells Lukashenko

Roughly 8,000 people took part in 16 unauthorised opposition protests throughout Belarus last Sunday, which marked the 11th week of opposition rallies since the country's presidential poll on 9 August.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko received a phone call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday, Belarusian Telegram channel Pool Pervogo reported.

According to Belarusian TV Channel ONT, Mike Pompeo told Alexander Lukashenko that Washington respects Minsk's sovereignty and seeks to develop bilateral relations.

Oct 25 07:00

US sanctions Russian CHEMICAL research institute, saying it’s ‘connected’ to Triton computer malware used in foreign cyber attacks

A Moscow research institute involved in developing high-tech S-300 air defense missiles has been blacklisted by the US Treasury Department over alleged “connections” to malware used “against US partners in the Middle East.”

The Central Scientific Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics (TsNIIKhM, or ??????) is “connected to the destructive Triton malware,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declared on Friday, accusing it of “building customized tools that enabled” the cyber-attack on “a petrochemical facility in the Middle East” that allegedly took place in August 2017.

Oct 25 06:32

Ex-Rosneft CEO Says Rothschild Drained His Funds Via Kickbacks

A former chief executive of Russian oil company Rosneft has accused one of Europe’s oldest banks of conspiring with New York brokers in a kickback scheme that caused him to lose more than half of his $150 million investment portfolio.

Sergei Bogdanchikov accused banking group Edmond de Rothschild of steering his funds to a pair of New York firms that he says lost money on bad investments and charged inflated fees to kick commissions back to the bank. The bank also used the now-defunct Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca to form shell companies to hide the scheme, according to a lawsuit Bogdanchikov filed in New York state court on Wednesday.

Oct 25 06:29

Britain's nuclear submarines become outnumbered as Russian vessels flood into the North Atlantic - as Putin reopens missile base near UK targets

Britain’s nuclear submarines are outnumbered by Russian vessels flooding into the North Atlantic, while Vladimir Putin has reopened a cruise missile base within range of UK targets, The Mail on Sunday has learned.

The terrifying surge by Russian subs into waters previously controlled by the Royal and US navies is part of a provocative new Cold War strategy by Moscow, say military experts.

Last night, the head of the Royal Navy, First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin, confirmed that Russia is ‘more active in the Atlantic – our backyard – than it has been for over 30 years’. And he warned that China could soon pose a threat to British waters.

Oct 25 06:24

It Looks Like Russia’s Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missile Test Program Is Back In Business

Recent satellite imagery suggests that Russia may be working to resume testing of its 9M730 Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile program in Novaya Zemlya, an archipelago above the Arctic Circle. This highly controversial missile, which is codenamed SSC-X-9 Skyfall by NATO, has suffered a number of mishaps during development work in the past, including a deadly explosion last year.

CNN was first to report that work might have resumed at the test site, drawing upon satellite images from Planet Labs that had been analyzed by researchers Michael Duitsman and Jeffrey Lewis at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Two U.S. officials also told CNN that they were aware that Russia “has been preparing to test missiles as part of its advanced weapons program.”

Oct 25 06:16

Escobar: 'Business As Usual' Is Over Between Russia & The EU

When the European Union speaks as a superior, Russia wants to know: Can we do any business with the EU?"

Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, is the world’s foremost diplomat. The son of an Armenian father and a Russian mother, he’s just on another level altogether. Here, once again, we may be able to see why.

Let’s start with the annual meeting of the Valdai Club, Russia’s premier think tank. Here we may follow the must-watch presentation of the Valdai annual report on “The Utopia of a Diverse World”, featuring, among others, Lavrov, John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago, Dominic Lieven of the University of Cambridge and Yuri Slezkine of UCLA/Berkeley.

Oct 24 09:19

Monkeys Or Children? Russia Chooses Neither, Dooming Germany

Russia is done with the European Union. At last week’s Valdai Discussion Forum Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made this quite clear with this statement.

Those people in the West who are responsible for foreign policy and do not understand the necessity of mutually respectable conversation–well, we must simply stop for a while communicate with them. Especially since Ursula von der Leyen states that geopolitical partnership with current Russia’s leadership is impossible. If this is the way they want it, so be it. (H/T Andrei Martyanov)

Lavrov’s statements echo a number of statements made in recent months by Russian leadership that there is no opportunity for diplomacy possible with the United States.

We can now add the European Union to that list. Pepe Escobar’s latest piece goes over Lavrov’s comments about the European Union and they are devastating, as devastating as when he and Putin described the U.S. as “Not Agreement Capable” a few years ago.

Oct 24 07:40

A Russia-China military alliance would be a bulwark against America’s global imperialism. Is it time for Washington to panic?

Vladimir Putin says it’s ‘quite possible to imagine’ a full-blown defense pact between Moscow and Beijing in the near future. Such a deal would transform the geopolitical balance – and be a big headache for the US and NATO.

Just over 70 years ago, Stalin and Mao haggled in Moscow to create the short-lived Sino-Soviet treaty. With China’s Communist Revolution still fresh, Beijing turned to the Soviet Union for economic and military support in securing its new state. Ideologically on the same page, the two powers had a common enemy: the United States and its allies.

By securing a friendship with China, Stalin ultimately hoped to tilt the balance of the Cold War away from Europe and into Asia, giving him a strategic advantage over NATO.

Oct 23 06:49

Iron Curtain still separates Russia and the EU

Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, is the world’s foremost diplomat. The son of an Armenian father and a Russian mother, he’s just on another level altogether. Here, once again, we may be able to see why.

Let’s start with the annual meeting of the Valdai Club, Russia’s premier think tank. Here we may follow the must-watch presentation of the Valdai annual report on “The Utopia of a Diverse World”, featuring, among others, Lavrov, John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago, Dominic Lieven of the University of Cambridge and Yuri Slezkine of UCLA/Berkeley.

It’s a rarity to be able to share what amounts to a Himalayan peak in terms of serious political debate. We have, for instance, Lieven – who, half in jest, defined the Valdai report as “Tolstoyian, a little anarchical” – focusing on the current top two, great interlocking challenges: climate change and the fact that “350 years of Western and 250 years of Anglo-American predominance are coming to an end.”

Oct 23 06:20

Putin: Russia-China military alliance can’t be ruled out

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday there is no need for a Russia-China military alliance now, but noted it could be forged in the future.

Putin’s statement signaled deepening ties between Moscow and Beijing amid growing tensions in their relations with the United States. The Russian leader also made a strong call for extending the last remaining arms control pact between Moscow and Washington.

Asked during a video conference with international foreign policy experts Thursday whether a military union between Moscow and Beijing was possible, Putin replied that “we don’t need it, but, theoretically, it’s quite possible to imagine it.”

Russia and China have hailed their “strategic partnership,” but so far rejected any talk about the possibility of their forming a military alliance.

Oct 23 06:11

Trump Regime Threatens New Sanctions on Firms Involved in Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Construction

Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany will be completed and become operational in early 2021.

On Wednesday, Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak announced the following:

“Nord Stream 2 will go operational by the end of 2020.”

“One of the ships that can be used to finalize it is now in the Far East. Some time will be required for extra preparations.”

Earlier after the Swiss-based pipe-laying firm Allseas pulled out of the project in response to threatened US sanctions, Novak said Russia is able to complete pipeline construction on its own — without help from foreign contractors.

When operational, it’ll deliver 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually to Germany and other European countries annually.

Oct 23 00:45

Hunter Biden's Fmr Biz Partner Tony Bobulinski Flips: 'Joe Biden Is Lying,' He Knew Of Our Dealings With China

"Hunter Biden's ex-business associate Tony Bobulinski accused Democratic nominee Joe Biden of lying about his involvement in his family’s overseas dealings in a stunning appearance just 90 minutes before Thursday evening's presidential debate," The New York Post reports.

Oct 22 13:26

World’s most powerful nuclear icebreaker joins Russia’s fleet

The world’s largest and most powerful nuclear-powered icebreaker, the Russian-made Arktika, will join the country’s Arctic fleet in coming months, according to Russian media reports.

The gigantic icebreaker, whose acceptance and delivery certificate was signed on Wednesday, is to start operating in the Arctic waters of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in December.

Addressing a flag-raising ceremony in Murmansk, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said the deployment of Arktika “will ensure Russia’s supremacy in the Arctic and facilitate further development of the Northern Sea Route as a crucial transport corridor.”

The prime minister said his country has indisputably led the way in developing northern regions, adding, “We are proud of the fact that Russia is the only country to develop a nuclear icebreaker fleet, which is now receiving the Arktika, another multirole nuclear icebreaker.”

Oct 22 10:46

Moscow Salvages START Nuke Control Extension by Accepting Additional Terms

For one year the countries will cap deployed and non-deployed warheads both — the latter have never been part of a deal because they're impossible to verify

Oct 22 10:44

UKRAINE IS BECOMING LOGISTICAL HUB FOR TURKISH WEAPON SUPPLIES TO AZERBAIJAN

The cargo plane of the Azerbaijani airline Silk Way West Airlines Boeing 747 announced that it will fly from Kiev to Milan, but ‘somehow’ appeared at the airport in Azerbaijan’s Baku, according to the flight path tracked by the Flightradar24 website.

Such an ‘accident’ and the state of secrecy surrounding it led to a reasonable concern that in fact the plane was transporting weapons or military and dual-use goods from Ukraine to Azerbaijan, which is de-facto in the state of war with Armenia. Right now, Azerbaijani troops are clashing with the Armenians in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Furthermore, earlier, Silk Way West Airlines was repeatedly spotted as a part of weapons-trading network that delivers various weapons and ammunition to conflict zones in the Greater Middle East. Later, such weapons often appear in the hands of terrorist groups.

Oct 22 10:33

Germany Pullout: More US Troops May Be Redeployed Near Russia

When Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced the Trump administration’s plan to withdraw about 12,000 troops from Germany, he said about half of the soldiers will go home, and the other half will be redeployed across Europe. Comments from the Pentagon chief on Tuesday suggest he is considering bringing fewer troops home than originally planned.

In July, Esper said 4,500 soldiers from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment stationed in Germany would return home to the US as part of the withdrawal. On Tuesday, Esper said there is a possibility of keeping this unit deployed in Eastern Europe on an “enduring basis.”

“Indeed, since … the signing of the defense cooperation agreement with Poland, my recent meetings with defense ministers from Romania and Bulgaria, and correspondence received from Baltic states, there is now the real opportunity of keeping the 2nd Cavalry Regiment forward in some of these countries on an enduring basis,” Esper said at a speech at the Atlantic Council.

Oct 22 09:58

Exclusive: Timeline Ties the Bidens, Soros and Even Barack Obama to Ukrainian Affairs Starting in 2014

Anti American George Soros was interviewed by 60 Minutes years ago. In this infamous interview Soros claimed to have no shame for turning in fellow Jews to the Nazis in World War II Hungary. The Nazis stole from the Jews and Soros claimed that if he didn’t turn Jews into the Nazis, someone else would.

Notice that in this interview from 20 years ago, Soros was already involved in Ukraine:

Oct 22 06:15

Satellite Image Reveals 13 Russian MiG-29 Jets At Armenian Base

A satellite image captured earlier this year revealed the presence of several Russian-made MiG-29 jets at an airbase in Armenia.

According to the Russian publication Avia.Pro, a satellite image confirmed that recently up to 13 MiG-29 fighter jets believed to be part of the Russian Aerospace Forces were stationed at a military airport in Yerevan that in the past was known to host Russian military aerial exercises.

“The Russian Aerospace Forces transferred at least 13 MiG-29 fighters to the territory of Armenia, as seen by satellite images of the Erebuni military airbase,” Avia.Pro reported.

“We are talking specifically about Russian combat aircraft, since officially the MiG-29 fighters are not in service with the Armenian Air Force,” they continued.

As shown in the satellite image provided by Avia.Pro, there are not only 13 MiG-29 jets, but also several helicopters, which the publication says likely belong to the Russian Air Force.

Oct 22 06:04

Pentagon Chief Unveils New Plan to Counter China and Russia

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced a new initiative on Tuesday to counter China and Russia, another sign of the Pentagon’s shift away from counter-terrorism towards so-called “great power competition.”

The initiative, called the Guidance for Development for Alliances and Partnerships, aims to strengthen and expand US alliances with “like-minded democracies.”

While unveiling the initiative in a speech at the Atlantic Council, Esper stressed the importance of alliances to counter Russia and China. “America’s network of allies and partners provides us an asymmetric advantage our adversaries cannot match,” he said. “China and Russia probably have fewer than 10 allies combined.”

Esper said the US needs to build stronger ties with “like-minded democracies such as India and Indonesia.”

Oct 22 06:02

US Rejects Russia’s Gulf Security Proposal at UN, Blames Iran

At the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called for a collective security effort in the Persian Gulf to prevent a full-scale war from breaking out in the region. According to AP News, the proposal got strong support from all Security Council members except the US, who unsurprisingly blamed the region’s instability on Iran.

Washington brought the region to the brink of a major war in January when the US killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Iraq. Lavrov mentioned the assassination and said the worst-case scenario was avoided, but “the situation remains fragile and could become dangerous and unpredictable again.”

Oct 22 05:13

Comrade Joe? Putin says he could work with Biden despite anti-Russia rhetoric because the Democratic Party is closer to the 'ideas' that birthed COMMUNISM

Vladimir Putin believes the Democratic Party’s ‘social democratic ideals’ are similar to those that led to the rise of Communism, and that Russia could form an ‘ideological basis’ of a working relationship if Joe Biden wins the November 3 election.

In an interview with state-run Russian media, Putin said he would be willing to work with whoever won the election.

Putin lamented the anti-Russian sentiment that has become popular within Democratic Party circles.

Oct 21 15:17

FLASHBACK, 2018: Joe Biden Brags At CFR Meeting About Withholding Aid To Ukraine To Force Firing Of Prosecutor

In this clip from a January 2018 appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations, former Vice President Joe Biden seems to brag about threatening to withhold military aid to Ukraine as a pressure tactic to force the firing of a prosecutor he did not like.

In September 2019, House Democrats launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump over a whistleblower's accusation that he threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine as a pressure tactic to force the Ukrainian government to investigate allegations that Joe Biden's son Hunter benefited financially from the firing of that same Ukrainian prosecutor.

Biden and many prominent names from the Obama administration say that the removal of the prosecutor was official U.S. policy at the time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"... SEEMS TO BRAG...."?!?!?!?!?

SOMEONE, PLEASE WATCH THE CLIP AND ATTEMPT TO TELL ME, WITH A STRAIGHT FACE, THAT THE MAN WAS NOT BRAGGING ABOUT HIS "COUP" IN TERMS OF GETTING THE BURISMA INVESTIGATOR FIRED!!!!!

Oct 21 15:13

FLASHBACK, 2018: Joe Biden Brags At CFR Meeting About Withholding Aid To Ukraine To Force Firing Of Prosecutor

In this clip from a January 2018 appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations, former Vice President Joe Biden seems to brag about threatening to withhold military aid to Ukraine as a pressure tactic to force the firing of a prosecutor he did not like.

In September 2019, House Democrats launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump over a whistleblower's accusation that he threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine as a pressure tactic to force the Ukrainian government to investigate allegations that Joe Biden's son Hunter benefited financially from the firing of that same Ukrainian prosecutor.

Biden and many prominent names from the Obama administration say that the removal of the prosecutor was official U.S. policy at the time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...Seems to brag...."?!?!?

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FLIPPING KIDDING ME; WATCH THE CLIP, AND PLEASE TELL ME, WITH A STRAIGHT FACE, THAT THIS WAS NOT PRECISELY WHAT BIDEN WAS DOING HERE!!!!!!!

Oct 21 15:12

FLASHBACK, 2018: Joe Biden Brags At CFR Meeting About Withholding Aid To Ukraine To Force Firing Of Prosecutor

In this clip from a January 2018 appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations, former Vice President Joe Biden seems to brag about threatening to withhold military aid to Ukraine as a pressure tactic to force the firing of a prosecutor he did not like.

In September 2019, House Democrats launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump over a whistleblower's accusation that he threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine as a pressure tactic to force the Ukrainian government to investigate allegations that Joe Biden's son Hunter benefited financially from the firing of that same Ukrainian prosecutor.

Biden and many prominent names from the Obama administration say that the removal of the prosecutor was official U.S. policy at the time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...Seems to brag...."?!?!?

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FLIPPING KIDDING ME; WATCH THE CLIP, AND PLEASE TELL ME, WITH A STRAIGHT FACE, THAT THIS WAS NOT PRECISELY WHAT BIDEN WAS DOING HERE!!!!!!!

Oct 21 07:05

Russia’s Dialogue With the EU Is Coming to an End

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dropped a bombshell on Tuesday, warning that Russia might halt all dialogue with the European Union. Mr. Lavrov offered no explanation for what was probably the most severe public statement on the EU of his career. Perhaps he was reacting to extended talks he recently held with EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell — talks that, by all appearances, did not go well.

Naturally, the EU will respond to his statement with great displeasure and indignation, but Lavrov’s comment was actually rooted in a process that began long before the current crisis, all the way back to when Russian-EU relations looked positively upbeat and promising.

Oct 21 06:35

Biden, Corruption, And Ukraine's Election Interference Against Trump

In 2014, the Obama administration assigned Joe Biden to oversee Ukraine policy. From that position he likely received a portion of the payola his son Hunter extracted from Burisma, one of the country’s largest energy companies, for firing an unfriendly prosecutor.

The political operation, though, was bigger than just a few million dollars funneled to the Biden family. In 2016 Ukraine interfered against Donald Trump in the American presidential election. It did so by launching a false Russian flag operation against the Trump campaign through Fusion GPS, CrowdStrike, and Alexandra Chalupa.

Ukraine later admitted the interference and apologized for it.

Oct 21 06:24

US Welcomes Russia’s Offer to Extend New START for One Year

On Tuesday, Moscow said it is ready to offer the US a mutual one-year freeze on both sides’ nuclear arsenals to extend the New START treaty for the same period. The freeze on warheads is a key US demand to extend the treaty, which will expire in February 2021 if an agreement is not reached.

“Russia offers to prolong New START for one year, and it is ready to take on the political obligation along with the USA to freeze the amount of its nuclear warheads for that period. This position can be implemented strictly on the understanding that the freezing of the warheads will not be accompanied by any additional demands from the side of the US,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Oct 19 14:37

REVEALED: Facebook Exec On 'Election Integrity' Was VP Joe Biden's Advisor On Ukraine

This may give us a clue as to why Facebook is censoring the bombshell stories on Hunter Biden's shady dealings in Ukraine and China.

It was revealed late last week that the head of Facebook's election integrity program, Anna Makanju, is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, received a fellowship from George Soros' brother's Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and previously worked as Vice President Joe Biden's senior policy advisor on Ukraine.

Oct 19 13:17

Photos: Soyuz launches new station crew with spectacular autumn blastoff

Photos released by Russia’s space agency show the launch of a Soyuz booster Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut heading for the International Space Station.

The 162-foot-tall (49-meter) Soyuz-2.1a rocket took off from Pad No. 31 at Baikonur at 10:45:04 a.m. local time Wednesday. Liftoff occurred at 0545:04 GMT (1:45:04 a.m. EDT).

The Soyuz rocket’s kerosene-fueled engines generated more than 900,000 pounds of thrust to propel the mission off the launch pad at Baikonur.

Less than 10 minutes later, the Soyuz upper stage deployed the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft into orbit, kicking off a fast-track, two-orbit rendezvous with the space station. The crew capsule linked up with the Rassvet module on the space station at 4:48 a.m. EDT (0848 GMT).

Oct 19 12:47

National Intel Director: No Evidence Hunter Biden's Email Release Part of 'Russian Disinfo Campaign'

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said Monday that there is no evidence the release of Hunter Biden's emails were part of a "Russian disinformation campaign" as Democrats have tried to claim.

Oct 19 12:25

China And Russia To Join Forces In Space, Set Up A New Satellite Internet Network

China and Russia have started the realization of a joint space program aiming to set up a network of low-orbit satellites for the purpose of making high-speed Internet available to as many users as possible, Maksim Akimov, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, said in a statement.

Oct 19 07:35

Belarus protests: Dozens detained by cops & rubber bullets fired during another large anti-opposition march in Minsk (VIDEOS)

Thousands of people took to the streets of Minsk again on Sunday, as mass anti-government protests continued across the country. Sporadic scuffles erupted between demonstrators and police, with dozens reportedly detained.

The Belarusian capital has played host to weekly protests against the government of President Alexander Lukashenko, since a disputed presidential election in August. This Sunday, the procession was dubbed ‘The Partisan March’ by its organizers.

Tens of thousands marched through the city’s center, where they repeatedly ran into cordons erected by riot police and were forced to change course several times during the rally.

Oct 19 07:03

The Bidens and the Crooked Ukrainian Prosecutors

During the time Joe Biden was US point man on Ukraine, there were three Ukrainian Prosecutors General. The first, Vitaly Yerema and the third, Yuriy Lutsenko, actively helped Burisma, the Ukrainian oil and gas company, escape responsibility for the theft of Ukraine’s oil and gas assets. Biden did not speak out against them and made no effort to force either of them from office. Coincidentally, his son Hunter and Hunter’s business partner, Devon Archer, were on the payroll of Burisma.

Oct 19 06:54

Live Updates: Russia Working With Yerevan, Baku on Improving Karabakh Ceasefire, Lavrov Says

Earlier, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian said that Yerevan will recognise the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh if it sees that Azerbaijan is refusing to comply with agreements made during peaceful negotiations.

Last week, talks were held between the foreign ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia with the aim of reaching a Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire agreement. The Moscow meeting resulted in a humanitarian ceasefire that came into force on 10 October. However, the ceasefire did not hold. A new truce has since been agreed upon. It came into effect at midnight, local time, on Saturday, 17 October (20:00 GMT), but both sides have reported violations.

Oct 19 06:54

Developing: Ukrainian Lawmaker Says Government Has Seized Second Laptop Belonging to Hunter Biden’s Business Contacts

Ukrainian Pariamentarian Andriy Derkach (pictured) held a much publicized press conference last October in Ukraine.

In his press conference Derkach revealed that Joe Biden was paid $900,000 for lobbying efforts from Burisma Holdings in Ukraine.

Oct 19 06:51

Russia weighs military cooperation with Iran after arms embargo expiration: Foreign Ministry

The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman says Moscow will consider military technical cooperation with Iran in line with mutual interests after the expiration of a United Nations arms embargo on Tehran.

“We are convinced that all possibilities stemming from the expiration of the provisions of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 that are linked with military technical cooperation with Iran will be duly taken into account and used on the basis of mutual benefit and in the interests of the peoples of our two states,” Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

She was referring to the resolution that endorsed a multilateral 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers, including Russia.

All the parties to the talks about Iran’s nuclear program were aware from the very beginning that there is no link between restrictions on weapons supplies to Tehran and the settlement of issues pertaining to its nuclear program, added Zakharova.

Oct 19 06:07

Tens of thousands march in Belarus despite police threat to fire

Tens of thousands of people have marched through the streets of the Belarusian capital Minsk to demand the resignation of veteran President Alexander Lukashenko, despite a threat by officials to use firearms against protesters.

Belarus, a former Soviet republic closely allied with Russia, has been rocked by strikes and weekly street protests since authorities announced Lukashenko, who has ruled in authoritarian fashion since 1994, had secured re-election on August 9 with 80 percent of votes.

Oct 18 07:42

Turkey tests Russian-made S-400 defence system: Reports

A missile has been fired into the sky on Turkey’s Black Sea coast where the military was expected to test its Russian-made S-400 defence systems, according to a video seen by Reuters.

The video, taken in the coastal city of Sinop on Friday, showed a narrow column of smoke headed high into the blue sky.

Oct 18 07:41

Russia to Respond to US Deployment of Missiles in Asia-Pacific Region, Ambassador Says

Moscow will adequately respond to Washington's deployment of intermediate and short-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region (APAC), Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said.

"If American missiles are deployed in APAC, and it was once again confirmed to me yesterday that such missiles would be deployed, then the range of these missiles would reach the Russian Federation, covering strategic targets of tactical nuclear deterrence," Antonov said live on Channel One Russia.
The United States abandoned the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia in August 2019. The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), the last major arms control deal between the US and Russia, expires on February 5, 2021.

Oct 18 07:07

US Rejects As "Non-Starter" Putin's Offer To Renew New START For One Year

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to extend the last nuclear arms control treaty between the US and Russia for one year with no preconditions. The proposal to renew the New START, which will expire in February 2021, was almost immediately shot down by the US.

National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien called Putin’s offer a “non-starter” if Moscow does not agree to freeze its nuclear warheads. O’Brien said the US made a proposal to Moscow to extend the treaty for a year in exchange for Russia and the US to cap all nuclear warheads for that year.

Oct 18 06:47

Russian Trade Minister Celebrates Collapsing Ruble As "Awesome"

Over the past decade, western central banks have generated countless hours of derision, mocking and scorn because while it has become painfully obvious that their two primary objectives - pushing stocks higher and hammering the currency - have nothing to do with their stated objectives of full employment at stable prices, central bankers have been steadfastly stubborn in their baseless claims that what they do is for the greater good. So much so, that the very same Fed whose catastrophic monetary policies of the past decade have spawned the greatest wealth and class inequality in US history in their pursuit of weaker currencies and higher asset prices, are now actively pretending they are pursuing an end to racial inequality, which is nothing but pure propaganda to justify printing even more money until maybe one day, inequality somehow magically ends.

Oct 17 11:28

FBI To The Rescue: Anon Official Tells AP The FBI Is 'Investigating' If Biden Emails Are A Russkie Conspiracy!

The Associated Press, without evidence, ran a ridiculous propaganda report attempting to connect the release of Hunter Biden's emails to the evil Russkies.

Oct 17 11:12

Lavrov Has Had It. Proposes Russia Stops Talking to the West

Sergei Lavrov is a man of no gimmicks–if he says something, that means he means it. By definition it also means Kremlin means it. So, today, he says it as it is at Valdai Conference:

“Those people in the West who are responsible for foreign policy and do not understand the necessity of mutually respectful conversation–well, we must simply end communication with them for a while. Especially since Ursula von der Leyen states that geopolitical partnership with current Russia’s leadership is impossible. If this is the way they want it, so be it.

Oct 17 09:00

Switzerland Imposes Sanctions Against Russian Entities Over Crimean Bridge Construction

Switzerland has adopted sanctions against Russian individuals and companies involved in the construction of the bridge over the Kerch Strait that connected the Crimean Peninsula with continental Russia, the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs said on Friday.

"The Federal Department of Economic Affairs has made amendments to the list of individuals attached to the directive on the prevention of the busting of international sanctions over the situation in Ukraine. Two individuals and four entities are included in the annexe", according to the department.
The department added that the sanctions became effective late on 15 October.

Oct 17 08:59

Moscow Denies Accusations of Spreading Misinformation About UK's COVID-19 Vaccine

Earlier on Friday, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab warned that attempts "to basically sabotage the efforts of those trying to develop a vaccine are deeply reprehensible".

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has rejected allegations of Moscow launching a disinformation campaign against Oxford University scientists' efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

The statement comes hours after British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News that "Russia has a track record in this area", when asked about a Times probe into Moscow's alleged attempts to hamper the Oxford vaccine's development.

Oct 17 08:58

Useful Idiot or Trojan Horse? Belarusian opposition figure Tikhanovskaya’s links to NATO's Atlantic Council adjunct raise eyebrows

‘Accidental politician’ Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has captured the West's imagination, her lack of political experience presenting an ideal blank canvas for news-narrative weaving – and all too easily manipulated by malign forces.
From the moment she announced her candidacy for the Belarusian presidency after her husband Sergey was spuriously jailed for electioneering activities that would be considered normal in the rest of Europe, Tikhanovskaya has been a darling of the Western media. With her improbable ascension from stay-at-home mother to leading opposition figure, then proto-revolutionary leader-in-exile, documented on an almost daily basis.

Oct 17 08:22

Russia holds Caspian Sea military drills amid Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict

Moscow has said its maneuvers in the Caspian Sea are not a sign that it intends to interfere between the warring nations of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region flared up last month.

Oct 17 08:08

Scenario Forecasting: What Could a Russian Intervention in Nagorno-Karabakh Look Like?

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s suggestion to deploy Russian peacekeepers and military observers into the universally recognized Azerbaijani territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and its seven surrounding districts under Armenian occupation pending both sides’ agreement raises the prospect of Moscow’s military intervention in this conflict, which is worthwhile examining since this scenario isn’t as far-fetched as some might think.

Oct 17 07:14

Esper Calls for More Military Spending to Face China and Russia

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is calling for an increase in military spending to counter China and Russia. In two separate speeches on Thursday, Esper said China and Russia had become “near-peer rivals” of the US, and an adequate budget increase must be made to reflect that.

“I would like to see three to five percent annual real growth for the Defense Department to stay ahead of the challenges we face, especially from China,” Esper said. “The department’s vision for readiness is one in which our people are focused on great power competition from day one.”

Esper’s comments reflect the US military’s shift in focus from terrorism to so-called “great power competition,” as outlined in the 2018 National Defense Strategy. Since he was appointed Secretary of Defense in 2019, Esper has identified China as the Pentagon’s “number one priority.”

Oct 17 07:13

US Rejects Putin’s Offer to Renew New START for One Year

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to extend the last nuclear arms control treaty between the US and Russia for one year with no preconditions. The proposal to renew the New START, which will expire in February 2021, was almost immediately shot down by the US.

National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien called Putin’s offer a “non-starter” if Moscow does not agree to freeze its nuclear warheads. O’Brien said the US made a proposal to Moscow to extend the treaty for a year in exchange for Russia and the US to cap all nuclear warheads for that year.

The New START limits the number of missiles, bombers, and nuclear warheads each power can have deployed. The US wants other weapons to be included in a new arms control deal. Russia is open to further limitations for a future treaty but wants to extend New START as it is. Moscow has repeatedly offered to extend the treaty for five years with no preconditions, as the agreement allows.

Oct 17 06:35

Putin Wants "Clear Answer" From US On Nuclear Arms Treaty, Offers 1-Year Extension 

At the start of this week it was widely reported that President Trump is seeking a last minute pre-election nuclear deal with Russia given the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) is set to expire by this upcoming February.

Russia and the US have held recent talks for its five-year extension in Vienna and Helsinki within past weeks, but there's little substantial progress despite optimistic statements by the US delegation. Russia has consistently pushed for an unconditional five-year extension of the treaty, but it appears Putin is now ready for some level of compromise.

On Friday Putin informed the Russian Security Council of plans to push for an extension of at least one year without any preconditions.

Oct 16 05:31

Burisma Adviser Thanked Hunter for ‘Opportunity’ to Meet Then-Vice President Joe Biden; Biden Campaign Issues Denial

Update 1 p.m.: The Biden campaign released a statement denying that a meeting between Joe Biden and the Burisma adviser took place. The statement did not deny the veracity of the emails and other documents revealed by the New York Post.

“The New York Post never asked the Biden campaign about critical elements of this story,” Biden spokesman Andrew Bates told Politico. “Moreover, we have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place.”

Oct 16 05:02

Germany tries to disguise its course for destruction of relations with Russia — diplomat

The statement made by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, in which he said that the situation around Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny does not form part of Russian-Germany bilateral agenda is a ploy to hide Berlin’s course to destroy relations with Moscow, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said during Thursday’s briefing.

"We consider such statements as some tactical ploy that serves to hide Germany’s course for destruction of bilateral ties. I would like to remind you that it was Berlin that used this situation to put forward unfounded accusations, ultimatums and threats against our country, openly disregarding its own international legal obligations on providing practical aid to Russia in the investigation of the incident with the Russian citizen. Once again, it is acting as the locomotive of new anti-Russian sanctions within the EU and other multilateral structures," Zakharova pointed out.

Oct 16 05:01

Moscow calls on German top diplomat to refrain from meddling in Belarus’ affairs

Moscow calls on German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to refrain from interfering in Belarus’ domestic affairs, either in word or in deed, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

"We call on the German foreign minister to refrain from interfering in domestic affairs of our union nation, either in word or in deed. We are convinced that the Belarusians need no instructions either from Berlin or any other capital city to reach accord on socially important matters they are concerned about," she said. "Aggressive interventions of the collective West in the internal political processes in third countries only entail the emergence of more crisis foci on the global map."

Oct 15 11:30

'Sea Monster' washed ashore: One-of-a-kind Soviet FLYING WARSHIP filmed lying on Caspian coast (VIDEO)

A unique, giant Cold War-era ekranoplan flying vessel has been spotted – and spectacularly filmed from above by drone – on a sandy beach in Russia's Dagestan republic, where a military theme park is set to be built.
Footage captured by the Ruptly video agency shows the bizarre-looking ekranoplan lying on the shore of the Caspian Sea near the Dagestan city of Derbent. The 400-ton vehicle looks pretty much like an aircraft because of its wings and turbofan engines, but it was actually a maritime vessel armed with supersonic missiles.

The hull of the ship looks to be intact, but the paint is a little faded and some metal parts are affected by rust.

The ekranoplan was previously towed from the Russian Navy's Kaspiysk base to Derbent, where the military-themed Patriot Park is set for construction. The condition of the unique but disused vehicle – and the setting of a lifeless beach – gave rise to rumors that it had simply been abandoned.

Oct 15 06:35

RAND and the Malevolent Encirclement of Russia

Over recent weeks a series of events in the states surrounding the Russian Federation has erupted that certainly are not being greeted with joy in the Kremlin. Each crisis center of itself is not a definitive game-changer for future Russian security. Taken together they suggest something far more ominous is unfolding against Moscow. A recent RAND study prepared for the US Army suggests with remarkable accuracy who might be behind what will undoubtedly become a major threat to Russian security in coming months.

Oct 14 13:24

Hunter-Joe-Burisma Smoking Gun: Emails Show When VP Biden Met Hunters 'Partners'

Emails obtained by The New York Post prove that Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder convinced government official in Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who was investigating the company.

The never-before-revealed meeting is mentioned in a message of appreciation that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board.

“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure,” the email reads.

Oct 14 06:16

Lavrov Calls for Deployment of Russian Peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh as Tensions Escalate

Earlier in the day, the Armenian Defence Ministry said that it "reserves the right" to attack any military facility in Azerbaijan after saying that Baku had hit military equipment on Armenian territory.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday announced that it would be right to put Russian military observers along the line of control in Karabakh in order to ensure a ceasefire. He noted that the final decision is up to Yerevan and Baku, adding, however, that without a political settlement between the two countries any military solution to the conflict won't work.

Oct 14 06:14

Exiled Belarusian opposition politician Tikhanovskaya issues ultimatum to Lukashenko: Quit within 2 weeks or face mass unrest

Is it a desperate last roll of the dice or the confident declaration of a woman poised to assume power? Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, runner-up in the disputed Belarusian election, has upped the ante considerably with a bold warning.

The exiled former candidate, who believes the contest was rigged to prevent her from claiming victory, has announced that the opposition she aspires to lead from her Lithuanian exile intends to move to more active measures in two weeks’ time, if her demands are not met.

Oct 14 06:02

Russia Rejects US Envoy’s Comments on New START Extension

The Trump administration’s negotiations with Russia over the last nuclear arms control treaty between the two powers continue to falter. On Tuesday, Marshall Billingslea, President Trump’s envoy for arms control, said he believes the US and Russia reached an “agreement in principle” to extend the New START treaty temporarily, but Russia quickly rejected these comments.

Moscow’s top arms control negotiator, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, said in response to Billingslea’s comments that Washington’s proposal to renew the vital arms control treaty is “unacceptable.”

The New START limits the number of nuclear warheads each power can have deployed. Russia has offered to extend the treaty for five years with no preconditions, as the agreement allows. The US has been demanding additional concessions from Russia for a shorter extension.

Oct 13 06:40

Belarus protests: Govt. says might use live fire against radical organized groups

The situation remains tense in Belarus which has been the scene of anti-government rallies since August, with the country's Interior Ministry now threatening to use live fire against "radical" and "organized" opposition protesters.

On Monday, police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse a crowd of pensioners who had gathered in the capital Minsk for a demonstration against President Alexander Lukashenko.

Roman Lashkevich, a spokesman for the Municipal Department of Internal Affairs of the Minsk City Executive Committee, told Sputnik on Tuesday that most of the participants in Monday's rally were in their retirement age.

Media reports said the protesters called for the resignation of President Lukashenko, chanting “Go away!” and carrying white flags with a red stripe, a symbol of the Belarusian opposition.

Oct 13 06:37

Unrest & turbulence in parts of former Soviet Union mean its collapse has NOT been accomplished

We need to rethink the timescale of political history. 30 years after the collapse of the USSR, it is too early to tell what it meant on a global scale and whether the process has been completed.

Many international commentators are gleefully considering the unrest now engulfing Belarus, Eastern Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Kyrgyzstan as nothing more than challenges to Russia’s (and, personally, Vladimir Putin’s) sphere of influence in the so-called “post-Soviet space.” The UK’s Financial Times declares “Russia’s neighborhood” to be “in flames”; Bloomberg News gloats that “it’s harder and harder for Vladimir Putin to call the shots”in Russia’s “near abroad”; The New York Times proclaims that “Putin, long the sower of instability, is now surrounded by it.”

What these and many other, related analyses have in common is their historical shortsightedness, which has come to dominate our epoch of clickbait news, soundbites, and on-demand mass production of opinions.

Oct 13 06:07

Colonel Alexander Vindman's Revenge

Vindman was also interested in promoting a policy that would limit any damage to the Democratic Party. Note the following additional excerpt from Vindman’s prepared statement to Congress: “…. I was worried about the implications for the US government’s support of Ukraine…. I realized that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma, it would likely be interpreted as a partisan play which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it has thus far maintained.”

Oct 13 05:51

Trump Still Leading: Working To Ink Russia Nuclear Deal Before Election To Thwart China

President Trump wants to seal a nuclear deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin before the November election. Top officials from both countries have been working ardently to meet the deadline, according to a report.

The two leaders have discussed arms control over a series of phone calls the pair shared in the past six months as their envoys negotiated in Vienna, Axios reported on Sunday.

The talks gained new momentum after Robert O’Brien, national security adviser, met with his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, in Geneva on Oct. 2, leading Trump’s arms control envoy, Marshall Billingslea, to cut short a trip to Asia so he could huddle with Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov in Helsinki.

Oct 12 07:52

European oil companies will not tolerate Poland’s attempt to cancel Nord Stream 2

By handing out a €6.5 billion fine against Gazprom, Warsaw has obviously and massively miscalculated because it did not only antagonize the Russian energy company as was intended, but also European partners of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, which the Polish government obviously had not considered. Even leaders within the European Union were shocked at the huge fine that Poland is attempting to impose against Nord Stream 2.

Oct 12 07:15

Faster than a Moscow-London flight! Russian Soyuz prepares QUICKEST-EVER crewed trip to International Space Station (PHOTOS)

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which is set to deliver the crew of the next mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in record time, has been placed on its launch pad, at the iconic Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Preparations for the lift-off, which is scheduled for next Wednesday, at the facility. The Soyuz-2.1a rocket and the Soyuz MS-17 crew ship were transported out of the assembly hall on Sunday morning, Russian space agency Roscosmos reported.

Oct 12 07:01

Trump Seeks Last Minute Nuclear Arms Deal With Russia Before Election

While the US spent most of 2020 not making serious inroads on a nuclear deal with Russia, President Trump is now reported to be interested in quickly rattling one off before the November 3 election.

Officials believe that once talks begin in earnest they could wrap things up within a week. They are also warning Russia that Trump would add more demands to the deal if it’s not finished by the election.

That forces Russia to make a decision, as the US was all but impossible to deal with before and 2021 Trump would apparently be a continuation of that. Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden, who is leading in the polling, has expressed interest in making a deal with Russia if he is elected.

Oct 12 06:32

Putin Trolls Biden: Communists & Dems Share 'Common Values' While Trump Record Hard On Russia

Like much of the American public, the Russian public is no doubt weary of the prior couple years of non-stop 'Russiagate' headlines and wild accusations out of Western press, which all are now pretty much in complete agreement came to absolutely nothing. This is also why the whole issue has been conspicuously dropped by the Biden campaign and as a talking point among the Democrats, though in some corners there's been meek attempts to revive it, especially related to claims of "expected" Kremlin interference in the impending presidential election.

Apparently seeing in this an opportunity for some epic trolling, Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with Rossiya 1 TV days ago said it was actually the Democratic Party and the Communist Party which have most in common.

Oct 12 06:16

Russia to compete with SpaceX reusable rockets

Russia is to invest $800 million on a new rocket system to compete directly with SpaceX and its reusable Falcon 9 launchers according to Russian news agency TASS.

The Russian rocket system, called Amur, was signed with a contract between Russia’s Space Agency Roscosmos and the Progress Space Rocket Center on the conceptual design of the Amur-SPG space rocket centre for a new Amur reusable methane-fuelled rocket.

Roscosmos Executive Director for Long-Term Programs and Science, Alexander Bloshenko, confirmed the news to the news agency.

The Amur rocket with a reusable stage will be able to deliver up to 10.5 tonnes of payload to a low near-Earth orbit while its expendable version will have the capacity to orbit 12.5 tonnes.

Oct 12 06:15

SpaceX Is "Price Dumping," Complains Russia, Cutting Launch Prices 30% in Response

One of America's top space companies, and our most prolific launcher of rockets, Elon Musk's SpaceX is the talk of the town in the U.S. -- but it isn't particularly popular in Russia. In fact, Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin, head of that country's space program, has been complaining about SpaceX and its ultra-low prices for years.

And now he's going to do something about it.

Oct 10 11:42

After Moscow meeting, China and India agree to disengage troops on contested border

China and India said they had agreed to de-escalate renewed tensions on their contested Himalayan border and take steps to restore “peace and tranquillity” following a high-level diplomatic meeting in Moscow.

Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi and Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar met in Moscow on Thursday and reached a five-point consensus, including agreements the current border situation is not in their interests and that troops from both sides should quickly disengage and ease tensions, the two countries said in a joint statement.

The consensus, struck on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting, came after a clash in the border area in the western Himalayas earlier this week.

Oct 10 11:41

Can and Should Russia Stop the War in the Caucasus?

This war is officially a war between Azerbaijan and the (unrecognized) Republic of Nagorno Karabakh (RNK) aka “Republic of Artsakh” (ROA) which I shall refer to simply as Nagorno Karabakh or “NK”. As is often the case, the reality is much more complicated. For one thing, Erdogan’s Turkey has been deeply involved since Day 1 (and, really, even much before that) while Armenia has been backing NK to the hilt since the breakup of the Soviet Union. It is even worse: Turkey is a member of NATO while Armenia is a member of the CSTO. Thus a war started over a relatively small and remote area could, in theory, trigger an international nuclear war. The good news here is that nobody in NATO or the CSTO wants such a war, especially since technically speaking the NK is not part of Armenia (Armenia has not even recognized this republic so far!) and, therefore, not under the protection of the CSTO.

Oct 10 07:21

PUTIN: ‘We Will Defend Our CSTO Allies, Including Armenia’

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the ongoing military face-off in disputed Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) “a tragedy” and indicated his willingness to honor Russia’s long-standing mutual defense treaty with Armenia, if the country required such help.

Speaking to the Rossiya TV network, Putin noted that two million Azerbaijanis and over two million Armenians live in Russia, and that a huge number of Russian citizens maintain “close, friendly and even familial relations with both republics”.

Oct 10 07:03

Britain Ready to Supply Lethal Arms to Ukraine, Country's Presidential Aide Says

Using foreign military hardware is nothing new for the Ukrainian Army, where US-made weaponry, including patrol vehicles, fast boats, and Javelin anti-tank missiles are currently in service.

Senior Ukrainian presidential aide Andriy Yermak said on Friday that the UK had expressed readiness to provide the country with a hefty lethal weapons contract, in addition to a £1 billion ($1.2 billion) loan to the Ukrainian Navy.

The statement came as President Volodymyr Zelensky met UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London to sign a spate of bilateral cooperation agreements.

Yermak claimed that recent mass protests in neighbouring Belarus pose a possible threat to Ukraine, which he said is seeking assurances from the EU and the UK about their willingness to help Kiev maintain national security.

Oct 10 06:46

U.S., Russia Hit Impasse on New START

As the clock winds down on the last remaining U.S.-Russian arms control treaty, the United States and Russia remain locked in a stalemate with numerous obstacles blocking the path to prolonging the agreement. U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration will only contemplate a short-term extension of the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) if Russia agrees to a framework for a new trilateral treaty that verifiably covers all nuclear warheads, includes those of China in the future, and makes changes to the painstakingly negotiated New START verification regime.

Oct 10 06:24

Armenia and Russia Are Sending Each Other Strong Signals Through the CSTO

Armenia’s decision to skip next week’s CSTO drills in Belarus and the bloc’s subsequently announced postponement of planned exercises in the South Caucasus country later this month (purportedly decided weeks ago) can be interpreted as Yerevan and Moscow sending strong signals to one another over the Nagorno-Karabakh Continuation War.

Oct 09 04:56

MAJOR: Russia Issues Arrest Warrant Against Belarus’s Foreign-Backed Ex-Presidential Candidate

An arrest warrant has been issued against foreign-backed former Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Russian territory, according to the Russian Interior Ministry database.

Meanwhile, a source in Russian law enforcement told TASS that the arrest warrant had been initially issued in Belarus, but it also extends to Russia, due to a bilateral agreement between the two countries. However, such interstate arrest warrants are not considered an international issue, the source explained.

Oct 09 04:52

Former German chancellor Schroeder to sue tabloid Bild over Navalny accusation that he receives ‘shadow money’ from Putin

Germany’s former chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, says he will sue the country's most popular newspaper, after it published an interview with Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny in which he was smeared as “Putin’s errand boy.”

Posting on his LinkedIn page, Schroeder explained that he would be taking Bild to court after Navalny claimed that he takes “shadow payments” from Russian President Vladimir Putin, without presenting any evidence. The anti-corruption activist admitted that he has no concrete proof, but said he has “no doubt.” By circulating unproven hearsay, the former chancellor believes that Bild violated his rights, and therefore feels “compelled to take legal action against the publisher.”

Oct 09 04:50

Angela Merkel meets Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Belarus opposition leader visits Berlin wall

The pair discussed the plight of the Belarusian people following August's disputed election that left Alexander Lukashenko still in power. Tsikhanouskaya also visited the Berlin Wall, calling it a "symbol of freedom."

Belarus' exiled opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday, appealing for help for her country, which has seen weeks of protests following the disputed August 9 election.

"I am very grateful to Germany and all the German parties who are so supportive of the Belarusian people in their fight for freedom, in their fight for new honest and transparent elections," Tsikhanouskaya said after the meeting, which lasted 45 minutes.

Oct 08 12:25

Turmoil in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, & Ukraine shows that, three decades on, the Soviet Union’s still collapsing

The sudden collapse of the USSR in 1991 created many weak countries without a unifying national identity and a strong central state. Yet conflicts will continue until the world is willing to recognize the realities on the ground.
War between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Violent protests in Kyrgyzstan. Mass demonstrations in Belarus. This month, the countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU) have once again been making headlines. When added to the low-level war in Eastern Ukraine, and the unresolved conflicts in Moldova and Georgia, this recent unrest highlights the ongoing instability of what Russia terms its ‘near abroad’.

One common explanation for this volatility is to blame it on the Russian Federation and its inability to accept its loss of empire. Russia, it is claimed, is inciting trouble in its immediate neighborhood in order to prevent the states of the FSU from transiting towards democracy and integration with Western institutions.

Oct 08 06:36

NATO Increased Warship Presence in Black Sea by 33% Compared to 2019

By strengthening the presence of warships from non-Black Sea NATO members in the Black Sea, the military bloc is attempting to demonstrate its dominance in the region and the Alliance’s desire to neutralize and pressurize Russia’s influence in the area. Moscow’s Black Sea influence significantly increased after Crimea’s 2014 reunification with Russia. NATO’s military presence in the Black Sea is significantly strengthening, especially as warships in the area increased by 33% from January to September compared to the same period time last year. In 40% of cases, these ships are equipped with high-precision long-range weapons. This can be seen as a NATO attempt to intimidate Russia.

Oct 08 06:18

Gazprom Blasts $7.6BN Polish Antitrust Fine On NS2 Pipeline As Move To Kill It "By All Means"

Polish authorities have fined Russia's Gazprom a whopping and unprecedented $7.6 billion (or 6.5 billion euros) for constructing the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany.

While Poland anti-trust authorities have claimed Nord Stream 2 is fundamentally a politically motivated attempt to punish Polish consumers while increasing European dependence on on Russian imports, Germany has stood by the project even amid the Navalny poisoning affair which has strained its relations with Russia over the past month.

Poland's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection decision seeks to legally force the six companies jointly building and financing the project to cancel their contracts, despite the gas pipeline being in its final phase of development. This includes European investors OMV, Wintershall, Engie, Shell and Uniper.

Oct 08 06:16

Watch: Russia Conducts Rare Ship-Launched Hypersonic Missile Test On Putin's Birthday

Russia's defense ministry (MoD) released video showing a rare ship-launched hypersonic missile test in action on Wednesday, which it said was successful.

The hypersonic launch of the Zircon winged missile was conducted from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate in the White Sea, and had reportedly traveled 280 miles after which it hit a mock naval target in the Barents Sea.

Oct 07 07:48

Russia successfully tests hypersonic missile on Putin’s birthday

Russia successfully test launched a Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile in the Barents Sea on Tuesday, a senior Russian commander told Vladimir Putin on the Russian leader’s 68th birthday.

Speaking to Putin by video conference, Valery Gerasimov, chief of the army’s general staff, said the test strike had been carried out from the Admiral Gorshkov vessel which was located in the White Sea.

Putin has pledged to beef up Russia’s military presence in the Arctic.

Oct 07 07:27

Russia slams ‘disgraceful’ ban on founding OPCW chief speaking at UN Security Council on Syria, PUBLISHES his speech unilateraly

An ex-OPCW chief, sacked under US pressure, has been barred from briefing the UN Security Council about a controversial probe into an alleged 2018 chemical attack in Syria. Russia called it a “shame” and published his speech.

Jose Bustani, a Brazilian diplomat who led the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) from 1997 until 2002, was invited by Moscow to speak at a UN Security Council meeting about the so-called “Syrian chemical dossier,” but his appearance was blocked at the last minute by Belgium, Germany, Estonia, France, the US and the UK.

“What has happened now is yet more sad proof that Western delegations fear the uncomfortable truth,” Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, stressed while addressing the UN global body on Monday.

Oct 07 07:11

New gas pipeline could heat up Azeri-Russian rivalry

Azerbaijan’s ties with Russia, already strained by conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, face further pressure from the launch later this year of a gas pipeline that is poised to squeeze Moscow’s diminished gas sales to Europe and Turkey.

Oct 07 07:10

US, Russia Making Progress in New START Talks

Arms control talks between the US and Russia resumed in Helsinki on Monday as the fate of the New START hangs in the balance. Earlier reports indicated the negotiations were not going well, with the US demanding unreasonable concessions from Moscow. But a Trump administration official told The Wall Street Journal that the two sides are making progress and could agree on the framework for a new treaty soon.

“This is the first time the US has heard concrete proposals from the Russian Federation,” the official said after Monday’s talks. “We have an agreement on the way forward in terms of form. Where we have a lot of work to do is in terms of substance.”

President Trump’s envoy for arms control, Marshal Billingslea, said in a tweet that Monday’s meeting brought “important progress.”

Oct 07 07:00

Leader Of Russia's Volatile Daghestan Region Replaced

Russian President Vladimir Putin has replaced the leader of the volatile North Caucasus region of Daghestan.

The Kremlin said in a statement on October 5 that Putin had signed a decree accepting Vladimir Vasilyev's "request to relieve him from his duties."

It gave no reason why Vasilyev submitted his resignation.

The statement added that Sergei Melikov, a member of the parliament's upper chamber, the Federation Council, was appointed as Daghestan's acting leader.

Oct 07 06:06

Putin: ‘We know when US will get new missile threatening Russia’s nuclear capability’

The US anti-missile defense systems being installed near Russia’s borders can be “inconspicuously” transformed into offensive weapons, Vladimir Putin has said, adding that he knows “year by year” how Washington will develop its missile program.

Talking about NATO’s ballistic missile defense systems in Eastern Europe, Russia’s president said that the Americans are now deploying their missiles at these military complexes.

Oct 06 06:54

PUTIN, SPIES, TROOPS, AND SPECULATION

Well, right on time it seems. Mr. Putin, is apparently - and I stress, apparently - sending messages. The question is, to whom, and what do they mean? Let's take the troops first, from this Reuters article passed along by G.B.:

Russia announces troop build-up in Far East

What's interesting to note is that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu seems to be somewhat ambiguous as to who the target of these movements is:

Russia is increasing its military presence in the Far East in response to rising tensions in the wider region, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday.

In remarks cited on the defence ministry website, Shoigu said reinforcements were being sent because of tensions in the “eastern strategic direction”, referring to an area encompassing Russia’s eastern border with China and the wider Asia-Pacific.

Oct 06 06:52

Russia will react to possible restrictions on access of its goods to EU market — Lavrov

Russia will respond to possible additional restrictions on the access of its goods to the EU market, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday. He was speaking at a meeting with the members of the Association of European Businesses (AEB).

Lavrov recalled that the European Commission had prepared a report on significant distortions in the economy of the Russian Federation for the purpose of trade defense investigations.

"The document is openly biased, fraught with additional restrictions on the access of Russian goods to the EU market, which, of course, will not remain unanswered, as you understand," the minister said.

Oct 06 06:49

US & Russia Resume Stalled Nuclear Arms Talks In Finland

Russia and the United States will hold their latest round of nuclear arms control talks in Helsinki, Finland on Monday, following the last round in Austria over the summer.

The two major nuclear powers have yet to agree on the conditions for extending what's widely considered the most significant nuclear arms reduction treaty, New START, set to expire in February 2021 if the two sides don't agree to renew it. So far ongoing talks between Moscow and Washington have failed to extend it by up to five years, despite pressure to strike an extension by America's allies.

Oct 05 06:50

Russia Says "No Problem" Delivering S-400 Missiles To Iran When UN Embargo Expires

Currently Iran already operates the S-300 anti-air defense system, but just ahead of the major UN weapons embargo set to expire this month, which the US contests, Russia has once again strongly suggested that it's poised to transfer its more advanced S-400 system to Iran.

The latest comments on the issue were made Saturday by Russia's ambassador to Tehran Dzhagaryan who told an Iranian newspaper Saturday it would be “no problem” for Moscow, in effect signaling a green light for such a deal.

“As you know, S-300s have already been delivered. Russia has no problem delivering S-400s to Iran. This was never a problem from the very beginning,” the ambassador said.

Oct 05 06:12

Police use water cannon to disperse mass anti-Lukashenko rally

Belarusian police have used water cannon to disperse anti-government protesters who once again took to the streets of the capital, according to media reports and videos posted in social media.

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Minsk on Sunday to call on authorities to free political prisoners, in what have become regular opposition rallies since Alexander Lukashenko was declared the winner of a disputed presidential election on August 9.

The 65-year-old’s opponents say the polls were rigged and have demanded his resignation. Lukashenko denies electoral fraud and was inaugurated in late September in a ceremony held without any prior announcement.

Oct 05 06:09

Arms Control and the Dangers of Nuclear War: Russia Rejects Unacceptable Trump Regime New START Demands

New START is the last remaining Russia/US arms control agreement.

Expiring on February 5, 2021 if not renewed, the Trump regime rejected Vladimir Putin’s offer to extend the agreement for another five years with no pre-conditions.

On September 28, Politico reported that Trump officials “asked the military to assess how quickly it could pull nuclear weapons out of storage and load them onto bombers and submarines if an arms control treaty with Russia” expires in February, citing three unnamed sources, adding:

The Trump regime “wants to underscore that it is serious about letting the treaty lapse if Russia fails to meet (its) demands.”

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