Apr 01 12:43

Warships & submarines entering zone of Nord Stream 2 pipeline in ‘planned & prepared provocations’ to obstruct work, says operator

With the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline nearing completion and US sanctions against contractors failing to stop its construction, its operator has reported an increased “provocative” activity of warships in the area.

According to Moscow news agency TASS, Nord Stream 2 AG’s branch director, Andrey Minin, claimed that the last three months have seen a growth in military presence in the area.

“After the resumption of Nord Stream 2 offshore construction in January 2021, there has been an increase in activity of military ships, planes, and helicopters, as well as civilian ships of foreign countries, whose actions are often provocative in nature,” Minin said, noting that the presence of these vessels could damage the pipeline.

Apr 01 12:43

As Russian Tanks Move Toward Ukraine, The Globe Braces For The Possibility That World War 3 Could Soon Erupt

With Trump in the White House, relations with Russia were relatively stable, but now Joe Biden is in charge. -- Biden is a hothead that is showing signs of advanced cognitive decline, and he is surrounded by a team of warmongers that are determined to put Russian President Vladimir Putin in his place. -- The inmates are running the asylum, and it won’t take much of a mistake at all for things to go horribly, horribly wrong.

Apr 01 12:42

Kremlin Responds To Anger Over Ukraine Border Build-Up: 'Our Internal Troop Movements Not Your Concern'

Various reports strongly suggest that over the past week there's been a significant uptick in shelling and fighting in the war-torn Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. This has served to thrust the over 5-year long crisis back in the media spotlight in the past days, particularly after the US Army ( via US European Command, or EUCOM) raised its Europe threat level to its highest of "potential imminent crisis".

At the same time The New York Times and others are detailing the escalation while alleging 'Russian aggression' is fueling the fresh flare-up, which has signaled the collapse of yet another cease-fire. And more alarmingly the reports allege a major build-up of Russian troops and tanks along Ukraine's eastern border. But even as the NY Times report mused, it's also likely that the estimated 4,000 regular Russian soldiers there were simply left over from recent scheduled military exercises common during this time of year.

Apr 01 12:41

Russia says any attempt to start a new war in Donbass could destroy Ukraine - TASS

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that any attempts to start a new military conflict in Ukraine’s war-torn east could end up destroying Ukraine, the TASS news agency reported.

The comments come amid tensions after Ukraine’s commander-in-chief this week accused Moscow of building up forces near their shared border and said that pro-Russian separatists were systematically violating a ceasefire.

The Kremlin said earlier on Thursday that recent Russian troop and military hardware movements near Russia’s borders with Ukraine were aimed at ensuring Moscow’s own security and were not a threat to anyone.

Apr 01 12:38

Kremlin says it fears Ukraine could restart conflict in war-torn east

The Kremlin said on Wednesday it was concerned by mounting tensions in war-torn eastern Ukraine and that it feared Kyiv’s government forces could do something to restart a conflict with pro-Russian separatists.

The comments came a day after Ukraine’s commander-in-chief accused Russia of a military buildup near their shared border and said that the pro-Moscow separatists were systematically violating a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.

Kyiv and Moscow have blamed each other for a recent spate of violence in the region. Around 14,000 people have been killed in the conflict since it first erupted in 2014, Ukraine says.

Apr 01 12:38

Top US military officer calls Russia, Ukraine over 'concerns' about troop buildup

The U.S. military's top officer on Wednesday spoke to his Ukrainian and Russian counterparts to discuss “concerns” over a buildup of Russian forces and aggression in eastern Ukraine, the Pentagon confirmed.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley spoke by phone with Ukraine Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Ruslan Khomchak about the security environment in Eastern Europe, Defense Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

Milley also spoke by phone with Russia's top officer, Chief of the General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov, and the two “exchanged their views on issues of mutual concern,” Kirby said.

Apr 01 11:15

Kremlin says the West should 'not worry' about Russian troop movements on Ukraine's border amid fears the conflict between the countries is set to escalate

While Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not directly confirm a troop buildup on the Ukrainian border, he stressed on Thursday that Moscow is at liberty to move troops across its territory.

'The Russian Federation moves its armed forces within its territory at its discretion,' Peskov told reporters.

He added that 'it should not worry anyone and does not pose a threat to anyone'.

'As for the participation of Russian troops in the armed conflict on the territory of Ukraine, Russian troops have never taken part in it,' he said. 'And (they) are not doing it now'.

Apr 01 08:18

Russian Armor Floods Toward Border With Ukraine Amid Fears Of An "Imminent Crisis"

Trains loaded with large amounts of Russian military hardware, including tanks and other heavy armored vehicles, as well as heavy artillery, appear to be streaming toward the country's borders with Ukraine. There are unconfirmed reports that the scale of these movements is so significant that it has, to the dismay of Russian farmers, disrupted shipments of tractors and other agricultural equipment ahead of the spring harvest season. U.S. officials are now worried that a new major round of fighting between Russia and Ukraine may be imminent as a ceasefire is at risk of expiring tomorrow.

It's not entirely clear when the Russian buildup began, but video footage and other imagery reportedly showing armored vehicles and other military equipment on trains heading toward southwestern Russian has been appearing on social media since at least March 27, 2021. There have also been sightings of large ground convoys and groups of aircraft.

Apr 01 07:58

We aren’t refusing new talks with NATO, Russian FM Lavrov insists, ‘but we don’t just want to sit there and hear about Ukraine’

Moscow has rejected claims that it is unwilling to participate in talks with NATO, arguing instead that it would be eager to hold a summit, but only if it sticks to topics that are actually within the US-led military bloc’s remit.

Last week, the faction’s General Secretary, Jens Stoltenberg, claimed that a breakdown in communication was the fault of one side alone. “Since the summer of 2019, there have been no meetings of the NATO-Russia Council,” he said. “And that's because Russia has not responded positively to our invitation to convene the Council.”

“I regret that, because I think that dialogue is important, especially when times are difficult as they are now, then it is important that we sit down, discuss also difficult issues,” Stoltenberg added. “I believe in dialogue with Russia partly to strive for a better relationship with [that country].”

Apr 01 07:54

Russia to make Northern Sea Route cheaper than Suez Canal as country seeks to benefit from Ever Given blockage & climate change

The Russian government is making plans to turn the Northern Sea Route into an alternative to the Suez Canal, with the country’s deputy prime minister revealing that state subsidies could be used to reduce transportation costs.

The 3,500-mile shipping route stretches almost the entire length of Russia, and, in recent years, has become a commercially viable path for vessels to take, as the Arctic’s melting icecaps open up spaces for large ships to pass through. It is also significantly faster for transit from East Asia to Europe than the traditional route through the Suez Canal.

In 2017, for the first time ever, a commercial tanker transporting liquefied natural gas entered the northern passage without the use of a dedicated icebreaker.

Apr 01 07:18

Moscow expresses disgust after US general turned arms industry lobbyist Ben Hodges says no Russians died in WW2, only Ukrainians

Retired US Army Lieutenant General Ben Hodges has been accused of an “outright and primitive lie,” after casting doubt on the consensus that Russia lost millions of lives during World War II, claiming they were all Ukrainians.

Hodges is the former Commanding General of the United States Army Europe and now serves as a lobbyist at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), a Washington and Warsaw-based pressure group that promotes the agenda of US military contractors in Eastern Europe. In addition to arms industry interests, it is also funded by the US State Department and NATO.

Mar 31 06:39

NATO Warplanes Intercept Russian Aircraft Ten Times in One Day From Arctic to Black Sea

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization reports that yesterday the military bloc scrambled fighter jets ten times over the North Atlantic (for once adhering to its name), North Sea, Baltic Sea and Black Sea, intercepting a reported six groups of Russian bombers and fighters. That is, across the entire western flank of Russia.

Although the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was actually active in part of the North Atlantic for a change – rather than the Balkans, Afghanistan, Central and South Asia, North and Northeast Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, the Arabian Sea, the Caribbean Sea and its other haunts of the past 25 years – the global military alliance grudgingly conceded, at the end of the article on the topic of course, that “The Russian aircraft intercepted on Monday never entered Alliance airspace.”

Mar 31 05:48

Iran Touts Russia-Iran-India 'North-South Trade Corridor' As "Alternative" & Challenge To Suez Canal

Coming after a 'successful' weekend in which sanctions-beleaguered Iran hailed its signing a major 25-year infrastructure and investment agreement with China, Iran's ambassador to Russia is also touting that a new north-south trade corridor across the region could become a prime 'alternative' to the strategic Suez Canal waterway that's been featured in global headlines due to the 'Ever Given' stuck tanker disaster that just played out.

Called the "International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC)" — a two decades in the making ambitious project — the new trade corridor, currently partially in operation, is 7,200km long, linking up Russia, Iran, and India and ultimately accelerating trade with Europe as well.

Mar 31 05:00

Russian, German, French leaders discuss Iran nuclear deal

The leaders of Russia, France and Germany, which are signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal, have exchanged views on the multilateral accord amid a standoff between Iran and the United States over the implementation of the agreement.

During a conference call on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), among other issues.

The Kremlin said the trio spoke in favor of “preserving and implementing” the JCPOA and “further coordinating steps in this direction.”

Separately, the Elysee Palace said in a statement that three leaders had agreed to take measures on the nuclear pact and coordinate their efforts to return Iran to full compliance with its international obligations as soon as possible.

Mar 31 04:56

US Cargo Ship Carrying 350 Tonnes of Military Equipment Docks in Ukraine's Odessa, Reports Say

A US cargo ship docked in Ukraine's Odessa port carrying 350 tonnes of military equipment and vehicles for the country's armed forces, local media reported on Thursday.

The cargo ship under the American flag entered the port on Wednesday evening, Dumskaya news agency said. Among 350 tonnes worth of military equipment, the ship carried 35 HMMWV military trucks for Ukraine's armed forces.

All equipment is expected to be unloaded by mid-Friday, the news agency stated.

Earlier in March, the US Department of Defence announced additional $125 million package for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative to cover training, equipment, and advisory support. The remaining $150 million appropriated by Congress will be provided to Ukraine in 2021 once Pentagon certifies the country's progress on key defense reforms.

Mar 31 04:55

War in Donbass Update

For various reasons I am upping my probability of intense fighting in the Donbass this year (probably this summer) to over 50%.

The Ukrainian buildup on the border continues. Wheeling in all those guns and equipment and letting them stand idle is expensive. The Americans have sent a cargo ship which is unloading more equipment in Odessa and a Global Hawk is making overflights over the Black Sea.

The other reason is that quite a few people I know who are connected with the Donbass are near certain about a coming conflict to an extent that I don’t recall seeing in years (this excerpt from a discussion featuring Igor Strelkov on Sergey Zadumov’s show is not unrepresentative). Expected timeline appears to be late April to July.

I covered the likely development and consequences of an escalation in another post from a week ago.

Mar 31 01:19

Biden's Ukrainian "Putin Push" May Lead To World War III

Biden was in charge of much of the "Ukraine project" during Obama's time in office.

In recent weeks President Biden has been saying some rather mean-spirited things about Russia's President Vladimir Putin. Now Russian state sources are alleging that Washington under the Biden administration is ramping up military aid to Ukraine. This comes after the media observed the Ocean Glory, a US cargo ship, began delivering 350 tonnes of military equipment, including tactical vehicles, at Ukraine's Odessa port. Ukraine's Dumskaya news agency said the American vessel carried at least 35 US military humvees for Ukrainian national forces.

Mar 30 05:41

Classified War Games to Simulate Global Conflict With China and Russia

According to a report from CNN, the US military is preparing for classified war games it will hold this summer. While the enemies will have fictional names, the exercise will simulate a global conflict with China and Russia.

Pentagon officials told CNN that the war games will be headed by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Miley. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will be briefed as the exercises play out.

The scenarios that could be simulated in the war games include major cyberattacks, a Russian advance in the Baltics, confrontation in the Arctic with Russia, incidents with China in the South China Sea, and a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.

The Biden administration is currently reviewing its military policies, including a Pentagon review of US posture in Asia, part of an overall review of the military’s China policy. The results of the war games could have an impact on troop numbers around the world and could be a factor in making decisions on military budgets.

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Mar 30 04:43

US Tells Ukraine Official Biden Seeks to Revitalize Ties to Support Zelensky

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and the head of the Ukrainian Presidential Office on Monday discussed the steps the Biden administration aims to undertake to revitalize the bilateral strategic partnership in support of President Volodymyr Zelensky's policies.

"He [Sullivan] relayed the Biden administration’s commitment to revitalize our strategic partnership in support of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s plan to tackle corruption and implement a reform agenda that delivers justice, security and prosperity to the people of Ukraine," White House spokesperson Emily Horne said in a statement on Monday.

Sullivan also told Yermak that the United States will continue supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic aspirations, the statement said.

Mar 29 06:57

China And Russia Are Winning The New Space Race

Fact is, the second space race is on. The world’s powers are playing for keeps. Whoever wins the second space race will rule the world. Despite the competitive advantages that the United States has in this arena, America’s rivals - namely Russia and China - are catching up.

Unless the Biden administration takes a radical departure from where its nascent space policy is heading, America will lose space and, in so doing, the United States will cease being the world’s superpower.

Mar 29 06:49

US Makes Large Military Hardware Delivery To Ukraine's Army After Biden Pledged "Crimea is Ukraine"

Russian state sources are alleging that Washington under the Biden administration is ramping up military aid to Ukraine after local media observed a US cargo ship delivering 350 tonnes of military equipment - including tactical vehicles - to Ukraine's Odessa port.

Local media reported the delivery which began late Wednesday and which is said to still be in process Friday. Ukraine's Dumskaya news agency said the American vessel carried at least 35 US military humvees for Ukrainian national forces.

Mar 29 06:32

Escobar: US/NATO Versus Russia-China In A Hybrid War To The Finish

The unipolar moment is six feet under, the hegemon will try to break Eurasian integration and there’s no grownup in the room to counsel restraint...

Let’s start with comic relief: the “leader of the free world” has pledged to prevent China from becoming the “leading” nation on the planet. And to fulfill such an exceptional mission, his “expectation” is to run again for president in 2024. Not as a hologram. And fielding the same running mate.

Now that the “free world” has breathed a sigh of relief, let’s return to serious matters – as in the contours of the Shocked and Awed 21st Century Geopolitics.

What happened in the past few days between Anchorage and Guilin continues to reverberate. As Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that Brussels “destroyed” the relationship between Russia and the EU, he focused on how the Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership is getting stronger and stronger.

Mar 29 06:20

Major Shipping Company Reports Surge in Requests for Transport Via Russia Amid Suez Canal Pileup

Shipping through the Suez Canal ground to a halt on Tuesday after the Ever Given, a massive Panamanian-flagged, Japanese-owned container ship, ran aground, with all efforts to dislodge it proving futile thus far. The canal accounts for over 1/10 of all goods shipped globally, with over $9.5 billion passing through it each day.

Customers of Fesco Transport Group, a major Russian intermodal shipping operator, have begun requesting alternative delivery options for their Asia-Europe transport needs, a senior company official has revealed.

“We are already seeing requests from customers who previously only shipped through the Suez Canal, and now are looking at an alternative for the transport of goods from Asia through Russia,” German Maslov, vice president of Fesco’s liner and logistics division, has told reporters, adding that the company is already working on solutions.

Mar 27 06:55

Sowing The Seeds of War. China and Russia’s Lack of Trust. “Washington’s Hegemonic Aspirations Could Result in a Devastating War”

China Is Losing Patience with Washington. “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry,” China tells Washington, and China is getting angry.

Beijing warns US and its UK, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand puppets to give up pretending they constitute “world opinion.” See this.

This rebuke to the “Five Eyes” follows a strong dressing down delivered by Yang Jiechi, a ruling member of the Chinese government to the Biden regime at the Alaska talks. Yang Jiechi told the US delegation that “the United States does not have the qualification to say that it wants to speak to China from a position of strength.” In other words, who do you think you are? Where did you get the idea that your self-serving position constitutes international public opinion and that you can lean on us to comply with your position?

Mar 26 06:07

Hypocrisy at its Zenith 26 Mar

Mar 26 05:51

Russia and China Intrude on US Ally's Air Defense Space with Joint Military Maneuver

Nineteen Chinese and Russian aircraft intruded into South Korea’s air defense identification zone on Tuesday, forcing the United States ally to scramble fighter jets in response.

Four Chinese warplanes followed by 15 Russian aircraft entered the Korea Air Defense Identification Zone, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff told Reuters.

South Korean air force fighters were dispatched to take tactical measures in response.

Mar 25 10:40

Shocking moment five-year-old boy plunges from 12th-storey apartment window but SURVIVES after landing face-first in thick snow

This is the shocking moment a five-year-old boy plummets from a 12th-storey apartment window but survives because he fell into thick snow.

CCTV footage shows the boy fall and land face first in the snow beneath the apartment in Ufa, Bashkortostan in Russia on Monday.

He was admitted to hospital in a serious condition but has since been stablisied after undergoing three operations.

According to local media, the young boy was home alone when he fell out of the 12th-floor window.

Footage shows the boy falling face first into a mound of snow. He appears bewildered at first but can be seen trying to move.

Eventually he gets his bearings and manages to put his hands down into the snow to push himself up on to his knees.

Mar 25 08:01

An Ejection Seat Incident Killed Three Russian Bomber Crew Members

Three crew members of a Russian Tu-22M3 bomber were killed when their ejection seats mysteriously fired.
The seats weren’t rated to save crew at ground level.
Russia’s Aerospace Forces are investigating the incident.
Three crew members of a Russian heavy bomber were killed yesterday when their ejection seats fired without warning. The seats weren’t designed to save the crew at ground level, and their parachutes failed to open in time. Early reports suggest the seats fired when the aging bombers’ engines started up, according to Russia’s TASS state news agency.

The incident took place at Shaikovka Air Base near Kaluga, which is approximately 160 miles southwest of Moscow. The Tu-22M3 bomber was likely part of the 52nd Guards Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment, The Aviationist reports.

Mar 25 05:30

US Army Revamping How it Positions Forces to Face China and Russia

The US Army is planning to revamp the way it positions and deploys its forces to become a multi-domain power by 2035 to better confront Russia and China, according to a new strategy paper released by the military branch on Tuesday.

The paper says the US faces an “unprecedented set of challenges” and hypes the threat of Russia and China on the world stage, accusing the countries of trying to replace the US as the global hegemon.

“China and Russia continue to challenge the rules-based international order. Both have become increasingly more assertive in an effort to advance their agendas, aimed at supplanting the US globally,” the paper reads. “By 2040 China and Russia will have weaponized all instruments of national power to undermine the collective wills of the United States, Allies, and partners, while simultaneously cultivating their own security partnerships.”

Mar 25 05:23

Russia Using "Disinformation" To Erode Trust In Vaccines, Blinken Tells NATO Summit

During much-anticipated public remarks following meetings with NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken doubled down on the US charge that the Kremlin is spreading "disinformation" related to coronavirus vaccines.

He outlined both military and non-military threats from "autocratic states". As expected, much of his focus was on China and Russia, and this is where he called out interference whether in elections or alleged propaganda against vaccines:

"These include the use of disinformation campaigns and weaponized corruption to fuel distrust on our democracies, and cyber attacks that target our critical infrastructure and steal intellectual property - from China’s blatant economic coercion of Australia to Russia’s use of disinformation to erode confidence in elections and in safe effective vaccines," Blinken stated.

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Mar 25 05:21

The US Continues To Smuggle Oil While Turkey Complains To Russia It Can't

The intensity of the conflict in Syria’s northeast refuses to die down, as more and more strikes are carried out targeting each involved party’s interests. For its part, MSM reports on all of these, but many of them are presented in a light, much different from reality.

On March 23rd, a video emerged showing the Damascus government forces conduct a strike on Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).

The shelling targeted the terrorist fortifications and depots. MSM, in conjunction with various Western-backed organizations such as the “International Rescue Committee”, shifted the story and claimed that a civilian hospital had been struck.

As such, the narrative is this – the “Bloody Assad Regime” is back at it, targeting civilians and killing its own people. As might be expected this media campaign is part of the attempts by the US to rebrand HTS as a “former terrorist” and now reformed organization, in order to have another ally, in a different part of Syria.

Mar 25 05:14

US, NATO Plan to Recruit India Into Global Alliance Against China and Russia

In an opinion piece appearing in the Hindustan Times of March 22, a former State Department official, A. Wess Mitchell, called for this year’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit to invite India, one of the world’s two most populous nations, to become a NATO partner, thereby joining 40 other partners throughout the world.

Mitchell was the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs under the Donald Trump administration and is currently the co-chair of the NATO 2030 Reflection Process group preparing the alliance’s upcoming summit and the new Strategic Concept to be approved by it. As such Mitchell’s recommendation is no idle or academic one.

In testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in 2018 he foreshadowed what has now become the US administration’s main international strategic goal: to consolidate a global coalition centered around NATO to isolate and confront Russia and China simultaneously and in unison:

Mar 25 04:47

‘Dangerous neighbor’ Russia is becoming ‘more and more authoritarian’ & NATO should ‘push back', says EU Foreign Minister Borrell

Russia is a "dangerous neighbor," but Brussels must maintain channels of communication with Moscow to solve issues of mutual interest. That's according to the European Union's top diplomat, speaking at a NATO meeting on Wednesday.

Josep Borrell, the EU's High Representative, was speaking before the second day of meetings with NATO foreign ministers, focused on the relationship between Russia and the US-led bloc.

"Russia is a neighbor, a dangerous neighbor, but we have to share with them some issues in which we have common interests, like the nuclear agreement with Iran or climate change," Borrell said. "But, above all that, we have to contain Russia, to push back Russia when it infringes international law."

Mar 24 07:04

Moscow Declares "No Relations" With EU As Brussels Has Unilaterally "Destroyed" Ties

On the defensive following the latest wave of Western sanctions targeting the two countries, Russia and China are lashing out. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a press conference to address the spiraling tensions while standing alongside his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi as a show of unity against Western attacks following a meeting in Guilin, China.

This month the European Union (in coordination with the US and others) slapped Navalny-related "human rights violations" sanctions on multiple top Russian officials, while on Monday anti-China sanctions were announced over the Uighur crackdown. And somewhat underreported on the same day were EU sanctions against two Russian officials for "persecuting gay and lesbian people in the southern Russian region of Chechnya."

Mar 24 04:40

Hillary Clinton urges Biden to give Covid-19 vaccines to poor nations, complains that Russia and China lead in 'VACCINE DIPLOMACY'

Ex-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has offered unsolicited leadership advice to President Joe Biden, bemoaning the fact he allowed Russia and China to get ahead in "vaccine diplomacy" – giving Covid-19 jabs to poor nations.

"This is the kind of leadership that the United States has historically been known for, which frankly, we should be lifting up and doing more of," Clinton said on Monday in an interview with Foreign Affairs magazine. "And what I'm intrigued by, and a little saddened by, is the way both China and Russia are pushing their vaccines."

Mar 24 04:39

Russian Baltic Fleet naval group fulfilling deployment tasks in Atlantic, says source

A naval group of the Baltic Fleet’s three large amphibious assault ships and the corvette Boiky is accomplishing long-distance deployment tasks in the Atlantic Ocean, a source in defense circles in the Kaliningrad Region told TASS on Monday.

"A group of the Baltic Fleet’s warships transited the English Channel on March 20 and is now in the Atlantic Ocean," the source specified.

Apart from the corvette, the naval group includes the large amphibious assault ships Kaliningrad, Minsk and Korolyov, he said.

The long-distance deployment of the Baltic Fleet’s ships was not officially announced. However, the ships’ transit through the English Channel was closely watched by British spotters and maritime patrol aircraft.

Mar 23 06:58

Russia Says US Refusal of Biden-Putin Talks Is a Missed Opportunity

On Monday, Moscow expressed disappointment in the White House’s rejection of an offer from Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold live talks with President Biden. The Russian Foreign Ministry released a statement that said not holding the talks was a missed “opportunity” to work on US-Russia relations.

“We regret to note that the American side has not supported the proposal made by President of Russia Vladimir Putin to US President Joe Biden to hold a live-broadcast discussion on March 19 or 22, 2021, on the problems that have accumulated in bilateral relations, as well as on the subject of strategic stability,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“One more opportunity has been missed to find a way out of the deadlock in Russian-US relations created through the fault of Washington,” the statement said, adding that the fault for the souring relations “lies entirely with the United States.”

Mar 23 05:27

Does Europe Stand with Biden Against Russia?

“President” Biden, who stole a presidential election and murdered American democracy, accuses the President of Russia of being “a killer.” Do Europe’s politicians agree?

Yes, apparently. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just pronounced Russia “Britain’s top security challenge.” The British PM, shilling for the armaments and nuclear weapons industry with an eye on those future directorships, promises more military spending. The British can’t have better health care or lower taxes, because of the threat of Russia. What a joke! No amount of British arms spending could deter a real threat from Russia. If Russia wants Britain, Britain is helpless. Britain could spend its entire GDP on armaments, and the country would still be defenseless against Russia.

Mar 23 05:04

US Hegemony Depends on Keeping Russian Energy, Chinese Technologies Away From Europe, Prof Says

While the US is trying to enlist EU states to confront Russia and China, Europeans continue to rely on Russian energy and Chinese technology. Post-Brexit UK has labelled Moscow the top threat and issued warnings to Beijing. Will European countries pursue "strategic autonomy" or succumb to US pressure?

Although US-China relations remain largely strained with Joe Biden in no rush to upend trade measures imposed by Donald Trump, Washington is shifting its focus from China to Russia, naming Moscow the major challenge, unlike the previous US administration.

Mar 22 14:34

V. Putin Ain’t No Corn Pop

Do you suppose Vladimir Putin is having some sport with Mr. Biden, this lightweight even among US politicians, with brain-rot to boot? Pretty soon, the president’s handlers will have to forbid him to open his pie-hole in public altogether. No more one-on-one interviews even with slow-pitch party shills like Mr. Stephanopoulos. They’ll just wheel him into the rose garden periodically like a cigar store Indian for proof-of-life demonstrations and leave the management of the nation… to others.

Mar 22 07:20

Pentagon Chief Says India Should Forgo Buying Russia's S-400s to Avoid US Sanctions

During his first two day stay in New Delhi, Lloyd J. Austin, the US Secretary of Defence, met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and his counterpart Rajnath Singh.

US Secretary of Defence Lloyd J. Austin III has urged Indian leaders to avoid buying Russian defence equipment, including S-400s, if the country wants to avoid the risk of sanctions under Section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

He made the comments while talking to reporters in New Delhi on Saturday after concluding bilateral talks with Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

Mar 22 06:15

Putin To Biden: Despite All Attempts To Stop Russia's Development, They Will Have To Reckon With Us!

Mar 22 03:46

That Was Fast: Blowups With China and Russia in Biden's First 60 Days

WASHINGTON — Sixty days into his administration, President Joe Biden got a taste of what the next four years may look like: a new era of bitter superpower competition, marked by perhaps the worst relationship Washington has had with Russia since the fall of the Berlin Wall and with China since it opened diplomatic relations with the United States.

It has been brewing for years, as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Xi Jinping of China took sharp turns toward authoritarianism. But it blew up in open fashion this month after Biden agreed with the proposition that Putin is a “killer” and the Chinese, meeting with the United States for the first time since the new administration took office, lectured Americans about the error of their arrogant view that the world wants to replicate their freedoms.

Mar 21 08:05

That Was Fast: Blowups With China and Russia in Biden’s First 60 Days

Sixty days into his administration, President Biden got a taste this week of what the next four years may look like: a new era of bitter superpower competition, marked by perhaps the worst relationship Washington has had with Russia since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and with China since it opened diplomatic relations with the United States.

It has been brewing for years, as President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and President Xi Jinping of China took sharp turns toward authoritarianism. But it blew up in open fashion this week, after Mr. Biden agreed with the proposition that Mr. Putin is a “killer” and the Chinese, meeting with the United States for the first time since the new administration took office, lectured Americans about the error of their arrogant view that the world wants to replicate their freedoms.

Mar 21 07:55

Biden and Blinken’s unprovoked attacks on Russia and China backfire...because if you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones

In attacking the moral character of Russia’s president and China’s human rights record, the Biden administration opened the door for a critical examination of America's own troubled history.

President Joe Biden has defined his administration with the mantra of “America is back,” hinting at a return to what he and his supporters believe to be the halcyon days of President Barack Obama’s two-term tenure as president, as well as a sharp departure from the policies and practices of the man who usurped Hillary Clinton’s bite at the presidential apple, Donald Trump.

Mar 21 07:47

Candace Owens triggers Twitter by inviting Putin on show, says Biden dodged Kremlin request for debate over ‘mental health’ issues

US conservative commentator Candace Owens believes President Joe Biden is not mentally capable of publicly debating his Russian counterpart and offered Vladimir Putin an invitation to be a guest on her show instead.
The bold and harshly-worded take on Biden and Putin, which Owens asked her Twitter followers to share, came after the two world leaders exchanged ‘pleasantries’ through the media this week.

Mar 20 12:26

Iran, Russia and Turkey signal growing alliance

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was all smiles during a trip to Turkey on Friday. He said it was productive as he stood alongside his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. He said it was a “wonderful” trip where he spoke with his “brother Cavusoglu.” The trip signals the growing alliance that Turkey and Iran have in the region.

Zarif said “as before, constructive engagement on bilateral and regional issues. Ultimate aim: Apply Iran and Turkey's experience of 400 years of peace to our region. Together, anything is possible.”

Mar 20 07:18

Buchanan: Do We Not Have Enough Enemies?

Asked bluntly by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos if he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is “a killer,” Joe Biden answered, “Uh, I do.”

Biden added that he once told Putin to his face that he had “no soul.”

Biden also indicated that new sanctions would be imposed on Russia for the poisoning of dissident Alexei Navalny and for meddling in the 2020 U.S. election to allegedly help Donald Trump. Russia also faces U.S. sanctions for building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline under the Baltic to deliver natural gas to Germany.

With its president being called a “killer” by the U.S. president, Russia called Ambassador Anatoly Antonov home “for consultations.” In other times, such an exchange would bring the two nations to the brink of war.

What is Biden doing? Do we not have enough enemies? Does he not have enough problems on his plate?

Mar 20 06:53

Kremlin Says Putin’s Offer to Talk With Biden Was to Save Ties

On Friday, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s offer to hold talks with President Biden was intended to prevent US-Russia ties from completely falling apart.

Putin made the offer after Biden agreed that the Russian leader was a “killer.” Peskov said that Putin made it clear that “it makes sense to have a talk to maintain Russia-US relations instead of trading barbs.”

When offering to speak with Biden, Putin said the talks should be done publicly over the internet. Western media outlets took this as Putin challenging Biden to a public debate, but Peskov said that was not the case. “Naturally, there can be no debate between the two presidents. He [Putin] suggested just continuing the dialogue between the two heads of state,” Peskov said.

Mar 20 06:41

President Putin Calls Out Joe Biden In Debate Challenge: ‘Live, Online, Without Any Delays’

This kind of derision and ridicule from world leaders did not happen under President Trump. Under President Trump America was treated with respect. It was treated like the world’s preeminent superpower. Those days are long gone. And you ain’t seen nothing yet. Just wait until the interactions between the Biden Administration and China begin. Pray for America.

The world is laughing at hijacked America. We have never been more vulnerable.

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Biden already chickened out on Putin's invitation.

Mar 19 09:30

Russian Scientists Build System to Capture High-Speed Military Drones 

Russian scientists have built an anti-drone system capable of capturing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the air by trapping it with a net.

The device, involving the deployment of a net inclusive guided missile, has been developed by the scientists of the All-Russian Research Institute of Technical Physics in Snezhinsk, Chelyabinsk, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.

The guided missile, once released towards a drone, releases a container with a trap net including attached weights in the corners to capture the UAV, the news outlet said, citing the abstract from the patent of the system.

The document further explained that current anti-drone systems with similar features fail to capture high-speed UAVs because of their speed and complex maneuvers.

Mar 19 08:41

*** BULLETIN 9:49 AM EDT *** UKRAINE OPENS MORTAR FIRE - Russia Deploys S-500 as NATO/US Ships Enter Black Sea

Russia is deploying the most advanced anti-aircraft defense system on planet earth, the S-500 "Prometheus," along with several instances of the lesser system, S-350, on to the territory of Crimea as Ukraine masses troops, tanks, and armor in the same area.

These developments, today, come as NATO and US naval vessels transit the Bosporus and enter the Black Sea for the largest NATO "exercise" in decades, involving at least 28,000 NATO troops from 27 countries. The map below shows the Bosporus strait which leads to/from the Black Sea:

Mar 19 07:46

Russia to Test World's 1st Ultra-Light Optics for Nanosatellites in Space

Russia’s Samara University has said that its pioneer ultra-light optics for nanosatellites will be sent to space for testing.

"Ultralight optical systems for remote sensing of Earth, developed by scientists of the Samara University named after [famed Soviet rocket engineer Sergei] Korolev, will be tested in space aboard Russian nanosatellites Cube SX-HSE and Cube SX Sirius HSE," the university said.

According to the university, cheaper nanosatellites with compact optics make it possible to create large-scale orbital constellations from hundreds of such satellites to ensure monitoring of Earth in near real-time and quickly obtain an image of any spot on Earth’s surface without waiting for a large remote sensing satellite to fly over the right place. Such information could be vital for a range of purposes, including tracking the spread of wildfires and floods or monitoring agricultural crops.

Mar 19 07:45

‘Biden is quite busy,’ spokeswoman says after Russia's Putin challenges US leader to live unscripted debate amid deepening rift

US President Joe Biden appears to have rebuffed an open invitation from his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to hold a live public debate, with the White House press secretary claiming that he's “quite busy” with other things.

Asked by reporters on Thursday whether Biden would consider the offer from his Russian counterpart, spokeswoman Jen Psaki answered in the negative, saying she did not have any news about a future meeting, virtual or otherwise, and that the president’s schedule is full.

“I’ll have to get back to you if that is something we are entertaining. I would say that the president already had a conversation with President Putin, even as there are more world leaders that he has not yet engaged with,” she said, referring to a phone call between the two leaders in January.

Mar 18 18:24

Putin Challenges Biden To A Live Televised Debate

Vladimir Putin responded to Joe Biden calling him a "killer" who "doesn't have a soul" by challenging Biden to a live televised debate for the world to see.

Mar 18 18:22

After Bashing 'Killer' Putin, Biden Defends Killer Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Joe Biden bashed Vladimir Putin as a "killer" who "doesn't have a soul" in an interview with ABC News released Wednesday only to turn around in the same interview and defend Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman -- who ordered the savage murder of Jamal Khashoggi -- by insisting he not face any sanctions.

Mar 18 12:41

Warmonger Joe Biden Seems Quite Eager To Start A War With Russia

Many Americans have assumed that since Biden has so much “foreign policy experience” that he must be well qualified to deal with the leaders of other nations. -- But the truth is that Biden has always been a hothead with a violent temper that can erupt at any moment.  This is something that we witnessed repeatedly on the campaign trail. -- He is definitely not the kind of man that we need in the White House, and his warmongering is going to push us closer to war with each passing day.

Mar 18 10:17

'Sleepy Joe' will have to pay a price for what he said

"Sleepy Joe" came out of hibernation and showed everyone what he was capable of. Vladimir Putin should have drawn the "red lines" for Washington a long time ago.

Who is the killer?

'Casus belli' for war with Russia

We are talking about the boorish and offensive that US President Joe Biden displayed in the interview with ABC News on March 17.

Biden stated that he personally warned Russian President Vladimir Putin of the consequences if the fact of Russia's interference in US presidential elections was going to be revealed.

"He will pay a price," the American president announced.Then the journalist asked: "You know Vladimir Putin. Do you think he is a killer?" "Mmm, I do," Biden replied.

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Okay Joe, if that's what you want. Here's your rifle. Here's your parachute. We ran out of the camo BDUs but here is a day-glo orange jumpsuit left over from Guantanamo. Watch your head climbing into that transport, and we'll call Putin and tell him you are coming to kick his butt all by yourself!

Mar 18 07:33

Schoolyard Diplomacy: Biden Sparks Row After Calling Putin A "Killer" Who "Doesn't Have A Soul"

"This is a new low point in diplomacy," former Reagan official Paul Craig Roberts said in response to Biden's provocative comments. "It does not serve American interests or peace. "

Mar 18 05:09

Biden says Putin has 'no soul' and will pay a price for election interference

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Biden has no brain! Claiming there was interference from anywhere in last November's election will increase demands for full audits, not to mention make the Supreme Court look like fools for refusing to hear any cases regarding fraud.

We all grew up hearing that absolutely anybody could become President. Biden proved that!

Mar 17 06:37

Biden Claims Putin Will 'Pay a Price' for Alleged Election Interference

On Wednesday, the Russian Embassy in Washington rejected accusations by US intelligence against Russia of alleged election meddling as groundless.

President Joe Biden has pledged that Russian President Vladimir Putin will soon face repercussions for allegedly directing efforts to meddle in the 2020 US presidential election.

“He will pay a price. You'll see shortly”, Biden told ABC News when asked what the consequences would be.

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Wait a moment ... so NOW you are saying the election WASN'T fair and honest?!?

Mar 16 08:10

Russia Alarmed by Transfer of Turkish Army's Equipment in Syria's Raqqa, Military Says

Russia is alarmed by the transfer of equipment of the Turkish Armed Forces and the ongoing fortification works in the Syrian province of Raqqa, Rear Adm. Alexander Karpov, the deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria, said at a briefing.

"The Russian side is extremely alarmed by the transfer of military equipment of the Turkish Armed Forces and the construction of fortifications at strong points in the area of ??the settlement of Ayn Issa, Raqqa province. These actions violate the status quo established by the memorandum of understanding and undermine the efforts of both sides in resolving the Syrian conflict," Karpov said.

Over the past 24 hours no shelling by Turkey-controlled illegal armed formations was registered, he added.

Mar 16 07:07

EU Greenlights Talks For Possible Sputnik Procurement After Dubbing Russia's Rollout "Propaganda"

Reuters in a new report has admitted the "unthinkable" now looks very possible: despite Europe's fierce public criticism of Russia's coronavirus vaccine, it found that "Behind the scenes, the bloc is turning to Moscow’s Sputnik V shot as it tries to get its stuttering efforts to vaccinate its 450 million people back on track, EU diplomatic and official sources told Reuters."

At least four EU states are now said to be seeking procurement via the bloc and Brussels has greenlighted formal talks with Sputnik V's developers at a moment anger and public pressure is mounting over a slow vaccine roll-out.

"Hungary and Slovakia have already bought the Russian shot, the Czech Republic is interested, and the EU official said Italy was considering using the country’s biggest vaccine-producing bioreactor at a ReiThera plant near Rome to make Sputnik V," Reuters notes.

Mar 16 06:48

The US Strategic “Containment” of China: Will it Encourage the Creation of a “Russia- China- North Korea Missile Alliance”?

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned last Friday that the US’ reportedly planned deployment of intermediate-range missiles to Japan “will certainly entail our retaliation”, which could realistically take the form of informally creating a Russian-Chinese-North Korean missile alliance in defensive response to that destabilizing scenario.

Mar 16 06:06

U.S. And Its Five Eye Partners Use 'Persuasion', Sabotage And Disinformation To Gain Vaccine Supremacy

The U.S. and some of its allies are engaged in efforts to malign the Russian Sputink V vaccine and to promote the more expensive mRNA vaccines produced by 'western' companies.

Back in November we warned that the vaccine competition would be ruthless:

The mRNA vaccines hyped in the U.S. media are simply too expensive to be used around the world. If we want to limit the global effects of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic we will have to use the cheaper vector based vaccines.
That the AstraZeneka vaccine was immediately attacked in U.S. media by an unqualified writer quoting an investment bank and the U.S. pharma promoting (Remdesivir!) Antony Fauci is quite suspicious. Pfizer and Moderna expect to make billions of dollars with their vaccines. They will use all possible ways and means to defeat any potential competition.

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It's all about the Benjamins!

Mar 16 06:05

War Erupts Inside the Atlantic Council Over Article Questioning Washington’s Hostile Approach to Moscow

An article written by two Atlantic Council employees that argues Washington should consider a more realistic approach to Russia caused quite the stir within the think tank.

The article, written by Emma Ashford and Mathew Burrows, says the US should “avoid a human-rights-first approach to Russia.” The authors suggest that the Biden administration should instead “seek to build a less aspirational policy toward Russia, minimize the use of sanctions, and look for incentives that might induce Moscow to take steps in line with US interests.”

Mar 16 05:58

Biden’s retaliatory cyberattacks against Russia are folly

The Biden administration is reportedly planning a “retaliation” against Russia in the next three weeks or so for last year’s massive “SolarWinds” hack of U.S. cyber infrastructure, for which Russia was allegedly responsible.

The New York Times has written that U.S. plans include both new sanctions against Russia and U.S. cyber hacking of Russian state institutions. According to the Times, this will include “a series of clandestine actions across Russian networks,” which U.S. intelligence has already prepared. According to National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, the response is intended to show Russia “what (actions) the United States believes are in bounds, and out of bounds.”

We hope that wiser counsels can still prevail, and in particular, that someone in the administration will notice both the logical incompatibility of these two responses, and the fact that they could set a precedent that will be used against America itself in future.

Mar 15 13:13

Democrats get the Gun Control They Voted For

Some of my friends are democrats. Many are gun owners. They call themselves “pro-gun” Democrats. I’m struggling to figure out what that means. So far, Democrat politicians are keeping their promise to disarm honest gun owners. -- In 2020, the democrat party ran on a platform of gun control. They ran on a platform of gun confiscation. They were not subtle about it. It was front-and-center during their campaign.

Mar 15 06:20

Norway For Sale: Are Russia And China Really Buying Up Norway’s National Resources?

The past year has seen the world economy blighted by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has impacted every corner of the globe and every sector in the world economy. However, there are some countries that have emerged, post-lockdown, relatively unscathed.

Generally, those with an authoritarian regime, that are less bound by electoral cycles, individual freedoms, and market-driven economies, have been able to shut their country down efficiently. The ease at which countries can mobilize the military, to both enforce lockdowns and aid in mass vaccination programs, has helped in the quicker reopening of their economies than other freer countries.

Mar 15 06:17

Why The War In Ukraine May Soon Resume

Several Russia watchers - Patrick Armstrong, Andrei Martyanov and Andrei Raevsky - are musing about a renewed attack by the government of Ukraine on its eastern Donbass region. The Donbass separated in 2014 after the U.S. driven coup in Kiev installed an anti-Russian government which then waged a war on its ethnic Russian east.

There have been a number of reports about heavy Ukrainian equipment moving east and other hints of military preparations. Russia has seen enough such signs to issue a strong warning:

"I would like to warn the Kiev regime and the hotheads that are serving it or manipulating it against further de-escalation and attempts to implement a forceful scenario in Donbass," [Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova] said, commenting on the statement of head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Contact Group for settlement in Donbass Leonid Kravchuk on some "radical steps" of Kiev if Russia refuses to recognize itself as a conflict side in eastern Ukraine.

Mar 15 06:13

West readies information attack on Sputnik V by faking deaths — Kremlin source

The West is preparing a scenario of information attack on the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V by faking mass deaths allegedly caused by its use, a high-ranking Kremlin source told TASS on Friday.

"A scenario of information attack on Sputnik V is being prepared through controlled non-governmental organizations (the US Agency for International Development, Soros’ foundation, Thomson Reuters Foundation) and media structures (BBC, Reuters, Internews). [The attack] aims to substantiate the promoted theses about ‘the vaccine’s inefficiency and danger’ by faking mass deaths allegedly caused by the use of the medicine," he said.

On February 2, The Lancet, a medical journal, published the results of phase three clinical trials of the Russian vaccine, which proved to be among the world’s safest and most efficient. Its efficacy is estimated at 91.6% and 91.8% among volunteers aged over 60. After being vaccinated with Sputnik V, 98% of volunteers developed COVID-19 antibodies.

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Mar 15 05:46

'How Dare They!' How 'Pro-Russia' Report Shattered Pillars of US Old Atlanticist Think Tank

A war of words has erupted within the ranks of the Atlantic Council, an American think tank promoting the North Atlantic Treaty's values, over Washington's Russia policy after two of its senior members surprisingly called for mending fences with Moscow.

The row was triggered by a 5 March report written by the think tank's two senior members, Dr. Mathew Burrows and Dr. Emma Ashford, urging the Biden administration to "avoid a human-rights-first approach" towards Moscow and warning that new anti-Russia sanctions would only "further damage productive relations for the sake of an effort that is unlikely to succeed."

Mar 15 05:43

EU Officials Privately Considering Shift to Less Combative Approach to Russia, Report Says

The European Union may be having a change of heart in its rhetoric towards Russia, with some of the most senior executives in Brussels allegedly advocating a softer approach, Bloomberg reported on Saturday, citing sources familiar with a private meeting recently hosted by EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell.

According to the media outlet, the Monday dinner was attended by EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer and other senior officials, who reportedly proposed to develop a new plan on Russia, claiming that Europe's stance on Moscow was outdated and too focused on the Ukrainian conflict.

The report noted that such statements could lead to disagreements with some EU member states which maintain sanctions over the 2014 Crimea reunification with Russia and the situation in eastern Ukraine.

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Note the use of the word :reunification" as opposed to "annex."

Mar 13 07:18

China Will Work With Russia on Policy Towards US, Says Ambassador to Moscow

China is willing to maintain regular communications with Russia about their policies towards the United States, the country’s ambassador to Moscow has said ahead of Joe Biden’s virtual summit with key allies in Asia and a high-level US visit to Japan and South Korea.

Zhang Hanhui also defended the military cooperation between the two countries, which he described as an “important pillar” of their relationship and an “important safeguard” in maintaining strategic balance of the world.

“Fifty years ago, the US and China opened the door to a relationship that had been closed for decades, and now, 50 years later, the United States should correct the mistakes it has made over time … and adopt a positive and constructive policy towards China,” Zhang told Interfax, a Russian news agency, according to a transcript published on the embassy’s website on Tuesday.

Mar 13 07:16

Iran, China propose plan to form coalition against sanctions

China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, and others are seeking support for a coalition to defend the United Nations Charter by pushing back against the use or threat of force and unilateral sanctions, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday.

The move by 16 countries and the Palestinians to create such a group comes as U.S. President Joe Biden’s new administration boosts its multilateral engagement and with allies, reversing former President Donald Trump’s favored unilateral approach as he focused on an “America First” policy.

Biden has also pledged to take on China at the United Nations, where Beijing has been pushing for greater global influence in a challenge to traditional U.S. leadership.

A concept note for the “Group of Friends in Defense of the Charter of the United Nations,” seen by Reuters, states that multilateralism “is currently under an unprecedented attack, which, in turn, threatens global peace and security.”

Mar 13 07:08

Russia to retaliate, if US brings intermediate-range missiles to Asia-Pacific — diplomat

Russia will react and take measures to maintain its national security, if the United States deploys intermediate and shorter-range missiles to the Asia-Pacific Region, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing on Friday following Japanese mass media reports Tokyo and Washington were mulling plans for discussing the outlook for bringing to Japan US ground-based intermediate range missiles, previously banned under the INF treaty.

Mar 13 07:07

US plans major smear campaign against Russian anti-Covid products, Kremlin source says

The US and its allies plan a large-scale smear campaign aimed at discrediting Russian anti-Covid products amid rising demand for the Sputnik V vaccine, a high-level Kremlin source told TASS Friday.

"According to our intelligence agencies, the US and its allies intend to arrange a large-scale disinformation campaign, aimed at fueling a biased attitude against our scientific innovations in fighting the spread of coronavirus infections as demand grows for the Russian Sputnik V vaccine across the world, including in European countries," the source said.

US actions aimed to discredit Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine are an attempt to diminish the contribution of Russian science to the global fight against COVID-19, the source said.

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It's all about the Benjamins!

Mar 12 10:39

NASA once again needs Russian help to get into space

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program didn’t work out exactly as the space agency had planned, but it has produced at least one suitable spacecraft for taking astronauts to and from the International Space Station. NASA has already flown missions to the ISS using SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, and another mission is already on the schedule, but if you thought that Crew Dragon’s success meant NASA wouldn’t have to secure seats aboard Russian spacecraft to get to the ISS, you were mistaken.

As NASA reveals in a news release, it will lean on Russian space agency Roscosmos for the privilege of using a seat on its Soyuz spacecraft to get an American astronaut into space. The Soyuz MS-18 mission will now include NASA’s Mark Vande Hei thanks to an agreement between NASA and Axiom Space, which secured the seat on the Soyuz vehicle for NASA.

Mar 12 07:19

Russia Stood Ready to Help Texas Amid Storm But Was Told No Aid Needed, Consul General Says

Russia stood ready to provide assistance during the severe winter storm that recently hit the US states of Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, but the states’ authorities responded by saying they did not need any additional help, Russian Consul General in Houston Alexander Zakharov said.

"Guided by humanitarian considerations, we asked the authorities of the most affected states - Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana - whether they plan to turn to foreign countries for help, noting that if such an official appeal is received, Russia would be ready to consider it promptly," Zakharov said. "The partners responded that they do not need additional resources."

Russia stood ready to offer help to the US states of Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana amid the recent severe winter storm, however, the authorities said they did not need additional aid but expressed interest in studying the Russian experience of building infrastructure adapted for low temperatures, Alexander Zakharov said.

Mar 11 08:16

NATO Fleet Reportedly Enters Ukrainian Port of Odessa for First Time in 2021

The alliance has intensified its military presence in Black Sea waters following a rift in relations between the western states and Russia triggered by a 2014 coup and the start of an internal conflict in Ukraine.

A fleet of at least four NATO warships has docked in the Ukrainian port of Odessa on the shores of the Black Sea, online media outlet reported. The ships arrived around 9 am GMT on 10 March, according to the media. The commanders of the fleet are reportedly expected to meet with the leadership of the Ukrainian Navy during the visit to Odessa.

The arriving NATO fleet includes Turkish training ship A577 TCG Sokullu Mehmet Pa?a and three minehunters: Turkish M267 TCG Ayvalik, Spanish TSPS Tajo (M36) and Romanian ROS Lt Lupu Dinescu.

Mar 10 14:25

Moscow Alarmed by Report About US Preparing Cyberattacks on Russia

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Kremlin is concerned over a report from The New York Times that said the US is preparing a series of cyberattacks on Russia.

The Times report cited anonymous officials who said a “series of clandestine actions across Russian networks” are expected to start within the next three weeks. The officials said the cyberattacks could come along with new economic sanctions on Russia.

“This is alarming information,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday. “This would be pure international cybercrime.”

The planned cyberattacks are being framed as retaliation for the hack of the software firm SolarWinds that affected several US agencies. But no evidence has been provided that showed Russia was responsible for the SolarWinds incident, and Moscow denies the accusation.

Mar 10 14:24

NATO Expanding Its?Doorstep?to the Edge of Russia

Through the 1990s, during the terms of US President Bill Clinton, NATO relentlessly and inexorably expanded through Central Europe. Today, the expansion of that alliance eastward – encircling Russia with fiercely Russo-phobic regimes in one tiny country after another and in Ukraine, which is not tiny at all – continues.

Mar 10 09:48

Russia and China are joining forces to build a base on the MOON to rival NASA's Lunar Gateway

Russia and China are joining forces to establish a research base on the moon that will rival NASA's Lunar Gateway, Russia's Roscosmos space agency has announced.

Authorities from Moscow and Beijing have today signed a memorandum of understanding to launch the project, which will be open to other countries to join.

In the meantime, Russia and China will be drawing up a roadmap and timeline for the project before moving to design and ultimately realise the station.

Mar 10 08:22

Russia turns away from NASA, says it will work with China on a Moon base

The heads of the Chinese and Russian space agencies signed an agreement on Tuesday to work together to build a "scientific" station on the Moon.

Under terms of a memorandum of understanding, the two countries will cooperate on creation of an "International Lunar Science Station" and plan to invite other countries to participate. The agreement was signed by Zhang Kejian, director of the China National Space Administration, and Dmitry Rogozin, the chief of Russia's space corporation, Roscosmos. The agreement was announced by Roscosmos.

Details about the project were fairly sparse, specifying only that the countries would work together to create research facilities on the surface and/or in orbit around the Moon. The goal was both to establish long-term, uncrewed facilities on the Moon and build up the capabilities for a human presence there.

Mar 09 14:01

Russia Obliterates Oil Storage Facilities in Syria Used for Oil Stolen by US, Israel & Turkey

The Syrian Arab Army and Russian forces inside that country, fired Tochka Ballistic missiles at Oil Storage Tank Facilities being occupied by and used by the United States, Turkey and Israel, inside Syria. Giant explosions levelled most of the storage tank farms, rendering it impossible for the US, Turkey or Israel to continue STEALING Syrian Oil; something that has been going on for years while the US was allegedly "fighting ISIS."

Video from the attacks as they began, is slowly filtering out of Syria. In the short video clip below, after the first missile blew up some storage tanks, a second missile hits with spectacular effect, lighting the night sky for miles as the oil blew up:

Mar 09 06:52

Biden preparing to launch series of ‘clandestine’ cyberattacks against Russia – NYT

The Biden administration is gearing up to carry out cyberattacks aimed at Russian networks, the New York Times has reported, describing the provocation as a retaliatory measure designed to send Moscow a message.
Citing officials familiar with the operation, the Times said that a “series of clandestine actions” aimed at Russia is expected to begin over the next three weeks and that the cyberattacks are intended to be “evident” to President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s intelligence services, but not to the “wider world.”

The attack will likely coincide with new economic sanctions against Moscow, as well as an executive order from President Joe Biden that would bolster security for US government networks.

Mar 05 09:42

Continued Israeli airstrikes on Syria are testing Moscow’s patience, Jerusalem would do well not to poke the Russian bear

How Russia responds to Israel's attacks on Iranian targets inside Syria could make all the difference as to whether the region boils over into full-scale war or continues to simmer at its current, already dangerous, level.

In an official statement last week, the special envoy of the president of Russia to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, indicated that Moscow was rapidly losing patience with Israel over airstrikes against alleged Iranian targets on Syria soil. “Sooner or later, the cup of patience, including the Syrian government, may be overflowing, and a retaliatory strike will follow, which will accordingly lead to a new round of tension. These attacks must be stopped, they are counterproductive. We hope that the Israeli side will hear our concerns, including concerns about the possible escalation of violence in Syria.”