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Jun 28 09:55

Russia Successfully Test Launches New Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

The latest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology (part of the state space corporation Roscosmos) was successfully test-launched from the Russian Defense Ministry’s 1st state testing spaceport, a source in the domestic defense industry told TASS on Monday.

"In mid-June, the latest unique ballistic missile developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology was successfully test-launched from the Plesetsk spaceport," the source said.

TASS has no official comment from the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology yet.

As was reported earlier, the Moscow Institute of thermal Technology has started developing the sophisticated Kedr silo-based and mobile ICBM modifications as part of the effort of upgrading Russia’s strategic armaments.

Jun 28 07:40

Putin, Xi Officially Announce Extension of Chinese-Russian Friendship, Cooperation Deal

The 2001 Sino-Russian Treaty of Friendship consists of 25 articles, encompassing various domains in Russian-Chinese relations. In March, Moscow and Beijing agreed to automatically extend it for another five-year term.

Presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin on Monday officially announced the extension of a Chinese-Russian agreement on friendship and cooperation, China Central Television reported.

The deal is a twenty-year strategic treaty that was signed in July 2001 in Moscow by Vladimir Putin and Jiang Zemin.

Jun 28 06:40

British MoD Documents “Found at Bus Stop” Are Disinformation

This is garbage. The green and red lines were not HMS Defender’s only choices of getting to Georgia. The ship could have easily taken the short, green route, but simply stayed 12 nautical miles from Crimea instead of the 10 miles it opted for. You can easily do the green route without running afoul of the Russians. The red route with the gigantic detour is bizarre alright, but also has no connection to reality and is simply tacked on to make the alternative look like the more practical and reasonable option by comparison.

The regime media knows what to say:

A series of slides prepared at PJHQ shows two routeing options, one described as “a safe and professional direct transit from Odessa to Batumi”, including a short stretch through a “Traffic Separation Scheme” (TSS) close to the south-west tip of Crimea.

This route, one slide concluded, would “provide an opportunity to engage with the Ukrainian government… in what the UK recognises as Ukrainian territorial waters.”

Jun 27 07:19

RUSSIA AND CHINA ARE RACING TO BEAT NASA BACK TO THE MOON

IN THE COMING YEARS, MULTIPLE SPACE AGENCIES will be sending astronauts to the Moon for the first time since the closing days of the Apollo Program.

For NASA, this will represent the long-awaited “return to the Moon,” while every other space agency will see it as a tremendous step for their space programs.

One thing they all have in common is that this time around, the goal is to build the necessary infrastructure that will allow for a long-term human presence.

However, amid all the excitement of this approaching moment in history are concerns about the lack of an international framework that will ensure our efforts are for the sake of “for all humankind.”

Jun 26 06:07

NATO Openly Identifies Russia as Target of Impending Black Sea War Games

NATO’s military arm, Supreme Headquarters Allied Command Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium (marking its 70th anniversary this year), issued a press release on the Sea Breeze war games that will begin in the Black Sea on June 28. Coming as they do immediately on the heels on what may have proven a dangerous contretemps between a British guided-missile destroyer and a Russian border vessel and attack aircraft off the coast of Crimea, this year’s Sea Breeze, the 25th iteration, is fraught with more significance and will be monitored more closely on the Russian side than its predecessors.

The NATO fact sheet repeats what has been disclosed by the co-sponsor of the exercise, the U.S. Navy Sixth Fleet, and other sources:

– That over 30 (32 by one count) nations will participate in the event, more than in any previous version

– That those nations are situated on all six populated continents

Jun 26 06:06

Interceptor Missiles in Poland Cause Concern in Russia

Sergey Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister (who the day before said NATO ships in the Black Sea could be directly bombed next time), was cited by TASS today stating his country would reconsider its military plans if the Pentagon goes ahead with stationing Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) interceptors in Poland.

The so-called missile defense interceptors will be a complement to the estimated twelve SM-3 Block IIA missiles that were deployed to Romania five years ago.

Part of what is called Aegis Ashore or European Phased Adaptive Approach, the SM-3s are to be based in the Polish city of Redzikowo by next year.

Aegis Ashore was introduced by the Barack Obama administration in 2009 as a substitute for an earlier plan to deploy a Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system with missiles in Poland and a forward-based X-band radar in the Czech Republic.

Jun 25 09:59

Russian Navy & Air Force begin major exercise in Mediterranean Sea as supersonic interceptor planes join country's Black Sea Fleet

On Friday morning, Russia's Navy kicked off a joint exercise in the Mediterranean Sea, where, alongside the Air Force, it will conduct war games involving cruisers, frigates, and submarines from the country's Black Sea Fleet.

According to the Russian military, the exercise will include five ships, including the missile cruiser Moskva and two Guided Missile Frigates Admiral Essen and Admiral Makarov.

The Moskva is the flagship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, and was initially deployed by the Soviet Navy. In the 1990s, it underwent an extensive refit, and in 2000 was relaunched.

The vessels will be accompanied by a pair of MiG-31K supersonic interceptor aircraft, based at the Russian Hmeimim airbase in Syria.

Jun 25 09:59

British PM Boris Johnson personally ordered warship into Crimean waters, ignoring warnings of his foreign secretary - media report

The British government signed off on a plan to sail a battleship through disputed waters off the coast of Crimea, over the objections of its foreign policy chief, according to bombshell new claims in London's Telegraph newspaper.

In a report released on Thursday night, the outlet – known to be close to Prime Minister Boris Johnson – alleged that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had "raised concerns" about the mission, proposed by defense chiefs, in advance. He was reportedly worried that the move could hand a potential victory to Moscow.

The account of events claims that Johnson was ultimately called in to settle the dispute. The Type-45 destroyer HMS Defender was given its orders on Monday, ahead of a clash with the Russian navy and air force two days later.

Jun 25 09:38

Russian Military Warns US, UK Not to 'Tempt Fate in Black Sea' in Wake of HMS Defender Incident

On Wednesday, a Russian patrol ship and fighter fired warning shots and dropped bombs along the path of a British destroyer that veered into Russian territorial waters off Crimea in the Black Sea. London initially denied that any incident took place, claiming that the Royal Navy ship was enjoying "innocent passage" through "Ukrainian" waters.

The Russian Defence Ministry has appealed to the Pentagon and the command of the UK's Naval forces, urging them to "be guided by reason" and to avoid dangerous actions that might "test" Russia's defences in the wake of Wednesday's incident involving the HMS Defender.

"We call on the Pentagon and the command of Britain's naval forces, which are sending their warships to the Black Sea, not to tempt fate and be led on a string by Ukraine's 'mosquito fleet admirals', but to be guided by reason," MoD spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a briefing Friday.

Jun 25 04:28

Russia Says British Destroyer’s Action a Provocation, Violation of International Law

The Kremlin voiced regret (the word of the Russian government news agency TASS) over yesterday’s incident – that should be Incident – with the British guided-missile destroyer HMS Defender targeting its missiles at Crimea while in Russian territorial waters. One might try to imagine which word or words the White House and State Department – make that the Defense Department – would have employed under analogous conditions (a similar event off the coast of Florida, say) in lieu of regret.

The British warship, some 1,700 miles from home, is one of three from NATO nations in the Black Sea currently – the destroyer USS Laboon and the Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen being the others – with a veritable armada ready to descend on the Black Sea on June 28 for the U.S.- and Ukraine-led 32-nation Sea Breeze exercise. Russia also regrets the upcoming naval maneuvers, stating they could give rise to “the risk of unintentional incidents.” A person might wonder how unintentional they would be.

Jun 24 14:22

Russia releases VIDEO of British warship’s incursion into waters near Crimea, clearly contradicting London’s version of events

Russia has released a video showing a coast guard vessel warning the HMS Defender that it was violating its state border and firing warning shots at the British warship, challenging London’s assertions about Wednesday's encounter.

The short clip, released on Thursday by Russia’s Federal Security Bureau (FSB), shows the confrontation between a patrol ship and the ironically named Royal Navy destroyer that sailed past Cape Fiolent, near the Crimean city of Sevastopol on Wednesday.

“If you don’t change course to starboard, I will fire,” the coast guard vessel officer radioes the British destroyer, warning the warship it was about to violate Russian territorial waters.

Jun 24 08:07

Moscow Warns of Dire Consequences in Event of Provocations Similar to HMS Defender Incident

On 23 June, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet together with border forces of the Federal Security Service (FSB) expelled the UK destroyer Defender which had entered into Russian territorial waters. The Russian forces had fired warning shots.

Russia's Foreign Ministry has warned that anyone who carries out provocations similar to the UK HMS Defender incident, that occurred on 23 June, would face dire consequences, according to the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

Ryabkov also told reporters that the security of Russia comes first, adding that the country can appeal to common sense and call on other countries to respect international law, but if such a stance does not help, Russia can use its armed forces to defend its borders.

"If our [Western] colleagues do not understand, we can bomb not only the course, but also the targets", he added.

Jun 24 08:06

Germany, France, Austria Back Idea of Russia-EU Summit, Say 'Direct' Dialogue is Needed

Diplomatic sources told the Financial Times this week that French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were willing to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to a summit of European leaders.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that the European Union had to create a "format for dialogue" with Russia and its President Vladimir Putin to settle differences.

"In my opinion, we as the European Union must also seek direct contact with Russia and the Russian president", Merkel told the Bundestang. Climate and security were among the EU's common strategic interests with Russia, the chancellor argued.

She added that it was "not enough for the American president to talk to the Russian president".

Jun 24 08:02

The nuclear doctrine: Army chief Gerasimov explains that Moscow reserves right to fire nukes if enemies use them against Russia

Russia has the right to use nuclear warheads in response to the use of weapons of mass destruction against it or its allies, and may even deploy them against conventional weapons if “the very existence of the state is threatened.”

That's according to Valery Gerasimov, the head of Russia's armed forces, speaking to the Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday. Gerasimov has been in his post since 2012 and was sanctioned by the EU in 2014 for allegedly “threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence of Ukraine.”

“The country's nuclear policy is purely defensive in nature,” Gerasimov explained. “[However], Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to the use of nuclear and other types of weapons of mass destruction against it or its allies, and in cases of aggression against Russia using conventional weapons when the very existence of the state is threatened.”

Jun 24 07:02

British Destroyer PURPOSEFULLY Crossed Into Crimea’s Territorial Waters, Russia Says Dropped “Warning Bombs”

Unclear if warning shots were actually fired, and “warning bombs dropped”. There is no footage for the bombs. Firing can be heard but the official British story is that the Russians were conducting gunnery exercises nearby. In any case that’s not the important thing. The important thing is that the British Navy intentionally sailed into Crimea’s territorial waters disputing Russia’s claim to the peninsula with a military asset.

Jun 24 07:01

BBC journalist on British ship HMS Defender says vessel made ‘deliberate’ move in passing through Russian waters 'to make a point'

A BBC journalist on board the British ship HMS Defender has revealed that the destroyer made a “deliberate” move in passing through Russian territorial waters “to make a point,” despite receiving warnings from the coast guard.

The state broadcaster’s defense correspondent, Jonathan Beale, also noted that the ship’s crew heard shots, but they were believed to be “out of range.”

In an audio report, Beale revealed that the ship purposely moved into the waters near Crimea, within 12 miles (19km) of the coast, through what the British called a “recognised international shipping lane.” The transit through Russian waters took over an hour, the correspondent said.

“[The Russian Coast Guard] have warned the ship not to go into Crimean territorial waters, claiming that they are Russian waters,” Beale said, noting that Britain does not recognise the peninsula as Russian, but Ukrainian.

Jun 24 07:00

Russia summons British defense attaché over Black Sea provocation

Russia summons British defense attaché over Black Sea provocation
Moscow calls on U.S., NATO to cancel Sea Breeze military exercise

The Russian Defense Ministry announced that one of its nation’s border guard ships fired warning shots at, while a Su-24M bomber performed preventive bombing near, a British warship, the destroyer HMS Defender, in the Black Sea today.

The Defense Ministry issued this statement: “At 11:52 on June 23 this year, the UK Navy’s guided missile destroyer Defender operating in the northwestern part of the Black Sea crossed the state border of the Russian Federation and moved 3 km into the territorial sea near Cape Fiolent [in Crimea].”

Jun 24 06:20

These Uppity Brits Need A Slap-like Lesson

The Brits were getting a bit uppity today so the Russians responded by opening fire:

A Russian patrol ship and fighter jet have fired warning shots after the British destroyer HMS Defender violated the country’s border in the Black Sea. The UK embassy's defense attaché has been summoned by officials in Moscow.
According to Russia’s Ministry of Defense, the British naval ship entered the country's territorial waters at 11:52am local time and traveled 3km inside the frontier, near Cape Fiolent, in Crimea. The peninsula is not recognized by the United Kingdom as Russian land and London believes it to be illegally occupied Ukrainian territory.

“At 12:06 and 12:08, a border patrol ship fired warning shots,” the Defense Ministry said. “(And) at 12:19, a Su-24m aircraft performed a warning bombing (4 OFAB-250) ahead of the course of the USS Defender.”

Four minutes later, at 12:23, the destroyer left Russian territory.

The Brits denied that any shots were fired at(!) them:

Jun 24 05:57

Ukrainian, British and U.S. commandos conduct joint training session on military destroyer Defender

Special Operations Forces of Ukraine, Great Britain and the United States have conducted a joint training session on the British destroyer Defender of the Royal Navy of Great Britain, the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported on Wednesday.

"The combined boarding group of special operations (from the Ukrainian side - 73rd Naval Special Operations Center named after commander of Cossack camp Anton Holovaty) conducted a joint training, where they worked out boarding operations on the British destroyer Defender," the message says.

It notes that boarding actions consist in the seizure of a ship unexpected for the enemy. Also, boarding actions are used to free ships from pirates.

Jun 24 05:57

U.S., British, Ukrainian special forces held drill on British destroyer that triggered today’s incident in Black Sea

Interfax-Ukraine reports today that U.S., British and Ukrainian special operation forces conducted a training exercise abroad the HMS Defender, the guided-missile destroyer involved in today’s incident off the coast of Crimea that has given rise to a major contretemps and may well have triggered an armed incident between the vessel and the Russian air force and border guard.

According to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry: “This event has once again proved that the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are capable of performing tasks on a par with their colleagues from NATO.”

Jun 24 05:35

Some European countries seek escalation of conflict with Russia — defense minister

Some European countries are interested in escalating conflict with Moscow, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told the IX Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday.

"Some European countries are interested in escalating conflict with Russia," Shoigu said. As an example, the minister cited the steps of Ukraine, which had triggered another crisis in Donbass ahead of NATO’s summit in Brussels.

According to Shoigu, the tendency in Europe towards increased military confrontation has consolidated.

Jun 23 13:00

Change course or I'll FIRE': Astonishing threat Russian ship made to HMS Defender as video shows one of Putin's attack jets flying over Royal Navy warship 'after dropping bombs in its path' as it sailed past Crimea A Kalitta Air Boeing 747-400 made an eme

  • Russia said a patrol ship fired warning shots and an Su-24 dropped bombs in the path of HMS Defender
  • They accused it of crossing into their territorial waters off the coast of Crimea, which Britain denies
  • The Ministry of Defence said no warning shots were fired and maintain the vessel was in international waters
  • British military attaché has been summoned to the defence ministry in Moscow to explain the navy's action

Jun 23 09:38

Merkel, Macron Reportedly Want to Invite Putin to Summit of European Leaders

The Russian president held his first face-to-face talks with Joe Biden in the latter's capacity as President last week, with European and world leaders watching closely for any signs that the current icy relationship between Russia and the US might thaw.

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Emmanuel Macron of France are privately calling for a summit meeting of European leaders including Russian President Vladimir Putin in a bid to steer the European Union toward "closer engagement with Russia," the Financial Times reports, citing people said to be familiar with the diplomatic discussions.

Diplomats told the business newspaper Wednesday that the summit proposal is being spearheaded by Merkel, with Macron expressing support for the idea.

Jun 23 09:37

Blinken Says Nord Stream 2 'Undermines Security of Ukraine, Europe', Can Be Used as 'Coercive Tool'

Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated the Joe Biden administration’s stance regarding the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline currently nearing completion, pleading that it was “ultimately in contradiction to the EU’s own security goals”.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has underscored Berlin’s determination to seek an acceptable solution to the Nord Stream 2 project for all sides involved.

Speaking after a meeting with US State Secretary Antony Blinken, he said Germany was ready to contribute to ensuring that the 745-mile-long pipeline, set to bring Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea, is not used against the interests of Ukraine.

Jun 23 07:33

Situation in Europe is explosive and requires de-escalation, says Russian defense chief

The situation in Europe is explosive and requires decisions to de-escalate it, Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergey Shoigu said at the Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday.

"As a whole, the situation in Europe is explosive and requires specific steps to de-escalate it. The Russian side has proposed a number of measures. For example, it put forward a proposal to move the areas of drills away from the contact line," the defense chief said.

Another proposal is stipulated in Russia’s statement on a moratorium on the deployment of intermediate- and shorter-range missiles in Europe, Shoigu pointed out.

"These missiles pose a special danger for the population of European countries as they can be outfitted both with conventional and nuclear warheads. Their deployment in Europe will return the situation, when the Europeans were hostage to the confrontation between the USSR and the USA," the Russian defense minister stressed.

Jun 23 07:32

Black Sea: US, Ukraine To Lead Naval Exercise With 32 Nations From Six Continents

The annual U.S.-led multinational naval exercise in the Black Sea, Sea Breeze, will begin on June 28 and continue until July 10. As with previous iterations this year’s exercise will be co-hosted by the U.S. and Ukraine.

Though as the name indicates primarily a series of maritime drills, Sea Breeze also includes air and land components.

Currently there are three warships from NATO nations in the Black Sea: the U.S. interceptor missile/guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon, the British destroyer HMS Defender and Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen. The first is part of the carrier strike group attached to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier and the latter two to the new HMS Queen Elizabeth carrier.

Jun 23 07:30

GERMAN MP CLAIMS BERLIN PREPARING FOR WAR WITH MOSCOW, AS PUTIN REMINDS OF THE PAST

Germany is preparing for war with Russia, German member of parliament, from the ‘Left’ faction Sevim Dagdelen said in her article in the nd.DerTag newspaper.

“NATO’s arms buildup, escalation toward Russia and the German government’s forgetting of history when it comes to remembering the attack on the Soviet Union 80 years ago are just two sides of the same coin,” Dagdelen wrote.

She noted that relations between Germany and Russia have reached the bottom, and not a day goes by without demands for new sanctions against Moscow.

At the same time, instead of diplomacy, she said, the German government is betting on unprecedented rearmament in order to become the largest military power on the continent in a few years, with defense spending in the amount of 85 billion euros, which significantly exceeds Russia’s military spending.

Jun 23 07:28

Britain makes deal to supply warships & build naval bases for Ukraine as NATO prepares to conduct Black Sea war games with Kiev

Ukraine has announced that it will be expanding its already extensive naval cooperation with Britain, with the two countries signing a joint memorandum on Monday which will see the UK design and construct ships and bases for Kiev.

The announcement comes eight months after Ukraine signed a £1.25 billion ($1.7 billion) deal with the UK for eight Barzan-class fast-attack missile boats, agreed to when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited London.

The agreement also comes a week before the Ukrainian Navy is due to conduct war games with NATO ships in the Black Sea, as part of Exercise Sea Breeze 2021.

Jun 23 07:11

Putin Pens Op-Ed Encouraging "Partnership" With Europe, Urges Openness "Despite The Past"

On June 22, 1941, exactly 80 years ago, the Nazis, having conquered practically the whole of Europe, attacked the USSR. For the Soviet people the Great Patriotic War – the bloodiest one in the history of our country – began. Tens of millions of people lost their lives, the economic potential of the country and its cultural property were severely damaged.

Jun 23 07:09

Ukraine And UK To Build Warships, Establish Naval Bases Together

On June 21 in Odesa aboard the HMS DEFENDER missile destroyer of the Royal Navy, Defence Procurement Minister of Great Britain Jeremy Quin and Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine Oleksandr Myroniuk signed “a memorandum on maritime partnership projects between the UK industry consortium and the Ukrainian Navy,” the ministry said.

In particular, the memorandum provides for the joint design and construction of warships in Ukraine and Great Britain, the reconstruction of Ukrainian shipbuilding enterprises and the construction of two bases of the Ukrainian Naval Forces.

The signing ceremony took place aboard one of the most modern ships of the Royal Navy, HMS Defender, and was witnessed by the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov, the First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin and the British Ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons.

Jun 23 06:18

Watch: US Patrol In Syria Blocked By Line Of Russian Commandos


Over the weekend, a US military patrol in northeastern Syria was blocked by the Russian military and forced to turn back to where they came from. The US reportedly violated existing security deals with Russia.

Video of the brief encounter published by the Russian side shows the tense moment that Russian troops physically blocked the road while clutching their rifles:

The US and Russia both have troops in reasonably close proximity in Syria, and the US tends to hype confrontations heavily. To try to reduce the number of issues, they’ve made several deals to coordinate their patrols and avoid running into one another.

That works well, as far as it goes, but in this case the US didn’t inform Russia ahead of time, so when the Russian forces ran into them, they complained about the US ignoring protocol on prior notice.

Jun 23 06:08

Soviets worked with West to bring down Nazi legacy – but now NATO expansion risks tearing Europe apart once again, Putin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that a new arms race is underway in Europe, driven by instability and tension, while insisting his country stands ready to rebuild friendly relations with nations across the continent.

Writing in Hamburg’s Die Zeit newspaper on Tuesday, Putin emphasized the role the Soviets played in liberating European nations from Nazi occupation. The president paid tribute to the soldiers of the Red Army, “who not only defended the independence and dignity of our homeland, but also saved Europe and the world from enslavement.”

He went on to add that the defeat of the Third Reich was also down to “our allies in the anti-Hitler coalition, participants in the Resistance movement, and German anti-fascists who brought our common victory closer.”

Jun 23 06:08

By offering millions in support & taking it away on a whim, Washington acting ‘immorally’ with Kiev, says Russian Foreign Ministry

Following the decision to freeze $100-million-worth of military aid due to be sent to Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry has accused the US of acting immorally in its policy towards Kiev, and playing games for its own benefit.

According to spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, Washington’s decision to keep the money, despite once pledging it, shows how the US is manipulating both the citizens and leadership of Ukraine. When the support was initially proposed, it benefited Washington. A few months later, the situation has changed, and the US immediately changed its mind.

“This is a classic game with Ukraine on the part of the US,” Zakharova said. “It is maneuvering and flirting. This [has been] a constant deception of the citizens of Ukraine for many years.”

Jun 23 05:25

Russian Warship, Jet Fire Warning Shots as British Destroyer Violates Maritime Borders in Black Sea

Earlier in the day, Moscow urged the United States and its NATO allies to stop military operations in the Black Sea region, calling instead for "multilateral efforts" aimed at maintaining stability, and for regional states to resolve problems without unwanted "help" from outside powers.

A Russian warship has fired warning shots after the HMS Defender, a British Royal Navy destroyer, violated Russia's maritime borders in the Black Sea, the Russian Ministry of Defence announced Wednesday.

Along with the naval maneuvers, a Russian Su-24M attack aircraft carried out a mock bombing run against the British warship, according to the ministry.

"At 11:52 am on 23 June, the HMS Defender of the British Royal Navy, operating in the northwestern part of the Black Sea, violated the border and entered three kilometers into Russian territorial waters in the region of Cape Fiolent," the MoD said in a press statement.

Jun 22 12:25

Russia's War Fleet Draws Closer, America Sends 3 Stealths to the Pacific

Jun 22 09:14

Foreign Ministers of Russia and Venezuela Hold Joint Press Conference

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Venezuelan counterpart Jorge Arreaza met in Moscow on 22 June to discuss bilateral relations and the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sputnik is live from Moscow, Russia, where Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Foreign Minister of Venezuela Jorge Arreaza are holding a joint press conference following their meeting on 22 June.

The diplomats have discussed global and regional issues as well as cooperation within the United Nations.

On Monday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov confirmed Moscow's support for Caracas during a consultation on the current situation in Venezuela, as the country has been mired in a political crisis since the then-head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, Juan Guaido, proclaimed himself interim president in a bid to oust re-elected President Nicolas Maduro from power.

Jun 22 05:45

Russian forces block US military patrol in northeast Syria

Russian forces have blocked an American military convoy, comprising four armored vehicles, in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province.

Russia’s RT television network reported on Monday that Russian personnel had stopped the US military patrol along the M4 highway, some 10 kilometers west of the town of Tall Tamr.

Informed sources said the US convoy was forced to return because it had violated security protocols between Moscow and Washington.

Russia said the US had not given prior notice regarding its troops’ movements in Hasakah.

Hasakah is occupied by American soldiers and the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed anti-Damascus alliance of mainly Kurdish militants. Turkey also controls areas in the province and elsewhere following military operations in northern Syria.

Jun 21 11:08

US investors boost cash flows into Russia despite sanctions

Investments by American businessmen in Russia have increased during the sanctions period, according to Valery Garbuzov, director of the Institute for the United States and Canada of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

“Whole industries and large enterprises in key sectors of the Russian economy have been slapped with sanctions… So, American investors stopped investing in those sanctioned industries and started searching for other opportunities. As a result, American investments in Russia during the period increased because… the American business aims at obtaining superprofit,” Garbuzov said on Thursday at a discussion at the Izvestia Information Center during the Russia-US summit which took place on June 16 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who met with his American counterpart Joe Biden on Wednesday, told a press conference later that if after the summit Washington imposes sanctions, it will be another missed opportunity in relations.

Jun 21 10:45

Putin signs law legalizing Bitcoin & other cryptocurrencies, lifting them out of Russian legal 'grey-zone'

Digital financial assets, including cryptocurrencies, will be permitted to ?irculate legally in Russia soon, but if you're planning to go shopping with bitcoin, or other variants, forget it. They won't be legal tender.

According to the new rules, due to come into force in January 2021, Russian citizens will be allowed to buy and sell bitcoin and other digital denominations. Until now, various cryptocurrencies have been in a “grey zone,” as the state did not recognize their existence, but no penalties for mining or buying them existed either.

The law signed by President Vladimir Putin on Friday recognizes the existence of bitcoin, tokens and other digital assets. However, it does not remove restrictions to allow individuals to use cryptocurrency as a legal tender.

Jun 21 09:57

US Should Close the Door to Ukrainian Membership in NATO

Last week President Joe Biden attended the latest NATO summit but achieved nothing of note, other than reaffirming America’s promise to defend Europe even if the Europeans won’t do so themselves. However, he did reject the attempt by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to force the alliance to admit Kyiv.

Adding Ukraine as a defense dependent would be against America’s interest by making conflict with Russia more likely. Just imagine how Washington would have reacted to the Soviet overthrow of the Mexican government and proposal to add the new regime to the Warsaw Pact. Outrage, hysteria, and frenzy would overwhelm Washington. There would be little consideration of democratic and juridical niceties as demands to "Do Something!" reached a crescendo. Rather than leave Ukrainian membership in NATO as an open possibility, thereby undermining relations with Moscow, the administration should announce that it opposes any further expansion of the transatlantic alliance.

Jun 21 07:15

UK defense chief hints on talks between PM Johnson and Russian President Putin

British Secretary of State for Defense Ben Wallace hinted on a possible meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, according to a report from Britain’s SkyNews television news channel.

"Boris Johnson is clearly open to meet anyone where there is an important step to be made and stepping towards normalizing relations with Russia will obviously and hopefully come, but it comes following certain actions," SkyNews quoted Wallace as saying.

Britain’s military official also said that "we've always got to offer people a path out, a path to improvement and I think that bilateral between [US] President [Joe] Biden and President Putin is a really welcome start."

The summit between Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Joe Biden of the United States took place at the Villa La Grange in Geneva on June 16.

Jun 21 06:56

Russia's Ministry of Health names three drugs that can treat new Chinese coronavirus

While experts across the world search for a vaccine to tackle the dangerous new infection, Russian health bosses have identified a trio of existing medicines to combat 2019-nCoV in adults.

The new coronavirus can be fought with ribavirin, lopinavir/ritonavir and interferon beta-1b, they believe. These drugs are typically used to treat hepatitis C, HIV and multiple sclerosis respectively.

The Ministry of Health advisory not only offers recommendations, but also describes how the treatments work and in what quantities they should be prescribed. The guidelines are intended for doctors in hospitals throughout the country.

Jun 20 11:09

Chang And Eng: The Conjoined Twins Who Profited As 'Freaks' And Owned Slaves

Conjoined twins are exceedingly rare, thought to occur when a fertilized egg splits, usually resulting in identical twins, but not completely separate, twins usually from the abdomen or, less commonly. Usually, attached to the scalp. You may have referred to these types of siblings by the term "Siamese twin," but there's actually a reason for this. Chang and Ing Bunker, born in Siam (now Thailand) in 1811, was the first well-documented case of conjoined twins.

Robert Hunter, Chang, and England

Jun 20 06:29

Russia Blamed for Mystery Launch of Three Missile-Armed F-22s Off Hawaii

Russia’s Pacific Fleet kicked off large-scale manoeuvres last week involving 20 warships, submarines, and support vessels, as well as aircraft, with the exercises seeing ships sailing up to 4,000 km from their home bases and standard operating areas.

The presence of Russian Navy vessels 500-800 km west of Hawaii are the reason why three missile-armed Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 fighter jets were scrambled on Sunday for an “irregular air patrol,” CBS News has reported, citing US defence officials.

The officials, who were not named, said Russian aircraft did not enter Hawaii’s Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ), and were not intercepted.

CBS’s sources also indicated that the USS Vinson-led carrier strike group engaged in drills east of Hawaii was moved closer to the islands in response to the Russian exercises.

Jun 20 06:29

EU to Commit 'Suicide' if it Obeys Biden's Plan to Take on China & Russia, Warn Scholars

The Biden administration's attempt to compete with a re-emerging part of the world appears doomed, as the so-called "unipolar moment" can no longer be restored, say European observers commenting on the US president's commitment to NATO and Build Back Better World pledges.

On Monday, President Joe Biden met with NATO leaders at the 2021 Brussels summit, where he described the US commitment to the military alliance as "a sacred obligation". A final statement of the meeting emphasised the "threat" posed by Russia as well as the "challenges" caused by China.

Earlier, on Saturday, the US president and G7 member states announced the Build Back Better World (B3W) partnership – an apparent competitor to China's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative. Both announcements were made as the White House seeks to reaffirm to its allies that "America is back" at the helm of global politics.

Jun 20 06:28

BREST Fast Neutron Reactor: Russia Offers a New Nuclear Paradigm for Sustainable Development

Rosatom's newly inaugurated nuclear energy complex with a BREST-OD-300 fast neutron reactor may become a breakthrough providing relatively inexpensive, safe, carbon-free, and nearly inexhaustible nuclear power as energy consumption is set to dramatically soar in the coming decades.

On 8 June, the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom inaugurated the construction of a 300 MW nuclear power unit with an innovative lead-cooled BREST-OD-300 fast neutron reactor in Seversk, in Russia's Tomsk region.

"Today we celebrate the pouring of the first concrete of Russia's BREST reactor!", tweeted Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Mariano Grossi. "This is part of the 'Proryv' ['Breakthrough'] project towards a closed nuclear fuel cycle, which will help to reduce the final waste burden. Milestone for the nuclear industry!"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, Russia may have new nuclear technology, and sure, China is making amazing gains in space, but WE have BIGGER BOMBS!" -- official White Horse Souse

Jun 19 06:23

What to expect inside of America if the USA decides to engage either Russia or China in a war

Lately, there has been all this talk and speculation about how the USA is going to “counter” China. All made with the best of intentions by nationalists with little experience, poor or fraudulent Intel, and a lack of awareness at how incompetent the United States actually is today. Yet they own the MSM; the media mouthpiece and everyone desires to go ahead and pick a fight for “freedom™” and “democracy™”.

I have argued over and over and over again that America is very, very fragile. It is more than balkanized, it is tottering on the edge of chaos. And all it would take to send it over the side is China or Russia doing what the US Military is vocally planning to do.

One strike on a city.

It doesn’t even need to be a nuclear strike.

Jun 19 06:08

Pollak: What Biden Did to Ukraine Is Worse than What Trump Did

President Joe Biden’s administration allegedly suspended $100 million in “lethal” aid to Ukraine ahead of his summit this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Without denying that allegation directly, White House Press Secretary said Friday that the administration gave $150 million in aid — including “lethal” aid — to Ukraine last week, and had spent the amount appropriated by Congress.

But the allegation concerned a separate package, said to be shelved by Biden aides.

Jun 18 12:36

Old and New Official Enemies

There is only one solution to this sordid, deadly, destructive, and corrupt racket: the dismantling, not the reform, of the national-security state apparatus and the restoration of America’s founding governmental system of a limited-government republic. That’s the way to lead America to peace, prosperity, and harmony with the people of the world.

Jun 18 06:35

Escalation? Russian Is Conducting 'War Games' Off Of Hawaii

U.S. military scrambled fighter jets in reply to the Russian Navy carrying what Moscow officials proclaimed as its largest exercise in the Pacific Ocean since the end of the Cold War.

The exercise, which appears just as President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet face-to-face in a much-anticipated summit, was carried roughly 300-500 miles west of Hawaii and included surface ships, anti-submarine aircraft, and long range bombers, according to CBS News.

U.S. defense officials announced that F-22s did not intercept any Russian aircraft, which did not enter the Air Defense Identification Zone, according to the report.

A U.S. carrier strike group, directed by the USS Vinson and conducting a preplanned strike group certification exercise roughly 200 miles east of Hawaii, was pushed closer to Hawaii in response to the Russian action, according to CBS News.

Jun 18 06:19

Conclusion on the Non-Summit hologram Biden vs. Volodya Putin

Jun 17 06:17

Putin Holds Press Conference After Meeting With Biden | NBC News

Jun 17 05:43

US scrambles F-22 jets and carrier strike group to face off with Russian war games near Hawaii ahead of Putin summit

THE US scrambled F-22 fighter jets and a carrier strike group to face off with Russian war games near Hawaii ahead of a showdown meeting between Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, it was revealed on Tuesday.

The two leaders are set to meet in Geneva on Wednesday for crunch talks for the first time since Biden was sworn in as president in January.

Jun 17 05:28

Geneva summit was as good as could be under the circumstances, expert says

The Geneva meeting between Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Joe Biden of the United States was as good as could be under the circumstances, Yale University Professor Odd Arne Westad told TASS.

"This was as good a meeting as could be expected under the circumstances. The two sides showed each other mutual respect, which is important, and some marginal improvement was achieved, such as returning ambassadors to their posts. Any breakthrough will only come after meticulous diplomatic preparations, on issues such as cyber, Ukraine, and nuclear issues," he pointed out.

"The good thing coming out of this meeting is that Russia and the United States are speaking to each other, but it did not fundamentally change Putin’s or Biden’s approach," the expert added.

The summit, initiated by Washington, took place in the Swiss city of Geneva on Wednesday.

Jun 17 05:27

Talks in private between Putin, Biden concluded — Kremlin spokesman

Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden have completed their talks in private in Geneva. The meeting began at Villa La Grange at 13:36 local time.

"The private [talks] are concluded," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS.

This part of the talks was initially scheduled to take up one hour and 15 minutes, but it lasted almost two hours, finishing at 15:19 local time.

At the beginning of the talks, Putin voiced hope that the meeting with his US counterpart would be productive. He thanked Biden for the initiative to organize such a summit. The American leader, in turn, said that he would seek to discuss areas of potential cooperation and disagreements. He also noted, "it is always better to meet face to face."

Jun 17 05:26

‘A good day for Russia’: Trump blasts Biden after Putin summit, citing Nord Stream waivers

Donald Trump pilloried US President Joe Biden following his first sit-down with his Russian counterpart as commander in chief, insisting the US gained nothing from the meeting, calling it a “good day” for Moscow.

“We didn’t get anything. We gave a very big stage to Russia, and we got nothing,” Trump told Fox’s Sean Hannity on Wednesday night, going on to attack Biden for dropping sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, which is being built by Russia and will transport natural gas into the European Union.

We gave up something that was unbelievably valuable. I stopped the pipeline, Nord Stream, and that pipeline was stopped. It was given back and nothing was gotten for it… I think it was a good day for Russia.

Jun 16 13:26

BBC journalists walk out of press conference in Belarus after detained blogger brought out

Two BBC correspondents walked out of a Belarusian press conference Monday after officials produced detained journalist Roman Protasevich to discuss last month's forced landing of the commercial airliner he was on.

"We have just walked out," tweeted BBC Ukrainian correspondent Jonah Fisher. "Not taking part when he is clearly there under duress."

"We have walked out from the presser," confirmed video journalist Abdujalil A.

Protasevich, 26, co-founded and served as editor of the Telegram channel "The NEXTA," which is used by critics of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to manage demonstrations and share information.

He was flying from Greece to Lithuania on May 23 when a Belarusian fighter jet forced his Ryanair flight, which had about 170 passengers on board, to land in the capital of Minsk. Protasevich was then detained.

Jun 16 13:19

The Next Serbia? Belarus Alarmed By NATO's Threats

On Monday the foreign minister of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, expressed alarm over recent statements by NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about his nation, ones that were openly hostile and implicitly threatening. He’s quoted by the Belarusian Telegraph Agency voicing these concerns: "We are absolutely concerned over these recent statements by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Just a few days ago, he expressed concern over deeper ties between Minsk and Moscow, saying that they see it as a threat to the alliance’s eastern flank. They are also concerned about closer cooperation between Moscow and Beijing. They also see it as a threat."

Jun 16 11:03

Russia Launches Biggest Pacific Exercise Since Cold War As Putin And Biden Meet

On the other side of the world, President Joe Biden and President Vladimir Putin are meeting for their first face-to-face talks since Biden ascended to the American presidency. But 300 miles off the coast of Hawaii, Russia is quietly launching one of the largest naval exercises since the Cold War.

Russian ships have been dispatched to conduct the largest military exercises since the Cold War off the coast of Hawaii, sending the US Air Force scrambling F-22 stealth fighters from its base in Hawaii just hours before the two world leaders were set to meet. They were sent to meet a contingent of assets that included long-range bombers, surface ships and anti-submarine aircraft on the mission.

Though the provocation was unmistakable, Russian bombers were careful not to enter the Air Defense Identification Zone, which could have prompted the US Air Force to scramble interceptors.

Photos from the exercises were released by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Jun 16 10:51

Biden's NATO Warning To Putin: If You Don't Cooperate, 'We Will Respond'

Mainstream media is positively giddy with excitement that "tough on Russia" Joe Biden will finally "confront" Putin during their highly anticipated summit in Geneva on Wednesday. Though any level of diplomatic "check mate" won't come publicly as Biden will give a solo press conference, ensuring that he can give his version of events to a pliant press pool, which one admin official earlier described as communicating "with the free press" (...the implication being that Putin's presence would somehow make it not a "free press").

During Biden's Monday press conference at the end of the one-day NATO summit in Brussels, the US president vowed: "But I will tell you this: I’m going to make clear to President Putin that there are areas where we can cooperate, if he chooses. And if he chooses not to cooperate and acts in a way that he has in the past, relative to cybersecurity and some other activities, then we will respond. We will respond in kind."

Jun 16 09:00

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.

Jun 16 05:24

Russians Understand No Joint Press Conference After Biden-Putin Meeting Is Due to Biden’s Mental Decline

Biden’s explanation for why he won’t hold a joint press conference with the Russian head of state as is customary is that it would be a distraction:

“I don’t want to get into being diverted by, did they shake hands, who talked the most and the rest.”

That sounds plausible enough. Having called Putin a “killer without a soul” it might be awkward for Biden to now publicly shake hands.

But come on, be real. This is Joe Biden, a famous slimebag who has been in politics for nearly 50 years. Do you think he hasn’t shaken hands with hundreds of people he has called far worse over the half a century in the sewer that is DC politics?

Of course, evading the protocol need to shake hands publicly might be perceived as another offense but the Russians are opting not to take it as such. Putin’s spokesman points out why:

Jun 16 05:17

Headline News 16 June Putin/Bidet summit

Jun 15 10:57

How Biden's Effort to Weaponise Human Rights Against Russia May Backfire on Washington

While Joe Biden has vowed to "press" Moscow on human rights issues in Geneva, he may be given a dose of his own medicine one day given Washington's record of human rights abuses both at home and abroad, according to economist and author Dr. Paul Craig Roberts.

President Joe Biden has vowed to bring up human rights issues during an upcoming meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on 16 June in Geneva. Commenting on the American president's remarks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted on 31 May that Russia views no topics as taboo and is ready to discuss issues including the prosecution of Americans charged with orchestrating the January 6 riots and the human rights of US opposition activists.

Not Everything in the US Garden is Rosy

Jun 15 10:13

Russian Ambassador to China Affirms Strategic Partnership

Biden and Putin will meet in Geneva on June 16. Speculation has been rife that Biden will try to draw Russia away from its deepening relationship with China. This makes patent sense – even American strategists have long realized that China isn’t just a much bigger Mexico, and in fact constitutes the one threat to its global hegemony. This shift was in fact started in the late 2010s under the Trump Administration, but Russiagate as a wedge political issue made any real negotiations on the matter impossible. As someone who is certainly not “Putin’s puppet”, Biden may have greater leeway to offer a deal.

Jun 15 07:44

The next Serbia? Belarus concerned over NATO’s threatening statements.

Yesterday the foreign minister of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, expressed alarm over recent statements by NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about his nation, ones that were openly hostile and implicitly threatening. He’s quoted by the Belarusian Telegraph Agency voicing these concerns:

“We are absolutely concerned over these recent statements by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Just a few days ago, he expressed concern over deeper ties between Minsk and Moscow, saying that they see it as a threat to the alliance’s eastern flank. They are also concerned about closer cooperation between Moscow and Beijing. They also see it as a threat.”

Jun 15 07:44

NATO summit: confronting China, Russia and the world

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization ended its summit in Brussels on June 14 and issued a communiqué listing achievements since the last summit and a blueprint to take the military bloc to its next one in 2022. The representatives of the thirty-nation alliance also endorsed the 67-page document used to prepare the summit’s discussions and decisions, NATO 2030: United for a New Era. In turn the summit tasked NATO with elaborating a new Strategic Concept to replace that adopted at the Lisbon summit in 2010.

The communiqué is an extensive document consisting of 79 sections; any attempt to systematically examine and analyze those points would be a book-length endeavor.

Instead, the major themes and major points of the summit report will be listed.

Jun 15 07:32

EU to Commit 'Suicide' if it Obeys Biden's Plan to Take on China & Russia, Warn Scholars

The Biden administration's attempt to compete with a re-emerging part of the world appears doomed, as the so-called "unipolar moment" can no longer be restored, say European observers commenting on the US president's commitment to NATO and Build Back Better World pledges.

On Monday, President Joe Biden met with NATO leaders at the 2021 Brussels summit, where he described the US commitment to the military alliance as "a sacred obligation". A final statement of the meeting emphasised the "threat" posed by Russia as well as the "challenges" caused by China.

Earlier, on Saturday, the US president and G7 member states announced the Build Back Better World (B3W) partnership – an apparent competitor to China's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative. Both announcements were made as the White House seeks to reaffirm to its allies that "America is back" at the helm of global politics.

Jun 15 07:31

Biden-Putin summit agenda revealed: Presidents to discuss Covid-19, Ukraine, hacking, climate change & situation in Middle East

When Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden meet in Geneva on Wednesday for their eagerly awaited summit, they will discuss a wide range of topics, including coronavirus, the war in Donbass, and the fight against cybercrime.

That’s according to Yury Ushakov, a Russian diplomat and long-time aide of Putin on foreign policy matters, who announced the plan for the summit on Tuesday. The two heads of state are due to meet at 1pm local time at Geneva’s grand and historic Villa La Grange.

The meeting will be the first encounter between the two presidents since Biden ascended to his post earlier this year. Alongside the two leaders will be their closest advisers, including US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Jun 15 07:05

Meet Me in Geneva- Biden’s Russophobia means the Summit will fail.

With the exception of his perseverance in a long overdue withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden has been assiduously pursuing policies that make the world a more dangerous place for Americans, up to and including opening up the country’s southern border to waves of illegal immigration. Ironically, if an opinion poll were to be taken in the United States it would likely show that most respondents regard the Republicans as America’s designated conflict-friendly party based on the fact that the GOP is considered to be more “conservative” and therefore more likely to resort to force. But that assumption is not actually true as the Republican Party historically has been reluctant to embrace foreign engagements while presidents like Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and even Donald Trump were measured in their responses to developing international crisis situations.

Jun 15 06:54

Putin Condemns 'Political Persecution' of Jan 6 Protesters: 'Did You Order The Assassination' Of Ashli Babbitt?

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke out against the mass arrest of Jan 6 Capitol protesters and questioned who ordered the "assassination" of unarmed Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt during an interview with NBC News released Monday.

When asked whether or not he "ordered the assassination" of Alexei Navalny, Putin said: "Of course not, we don't have this kind of habit of assassinating anybody, that's [number] one."

"Number two, I want to ask you: did you order the assassination of the woman who walked into the Congress and who was shot and killed by a policeman?" Putin said.

"Do you know that 450 individuals were arrested after entering the Congress?" he continued. "And they didn't go there to steal a laptop. They came with political demands. 450 people have been detained, they are looking at jail time between 15 and 25 years and they came to the Congress with political demands. Isn't that persecution for political opinions?"

Jun 15 05:09

Zelensky Claims NATO "Confirmed" Ukraine Will Become Full Member

Coming off Monday's meeting of top NATO leaders in Brussels with Joe Biden, President Volodymyr Zelensky has issued a shock statement, claiming that NATO has "agreed" to admit Ukraine into the military alliance with Biden's blessing.

However, in simultaneous remarks given during Biden's anticipated press conference, the president actually appeared to suggest nothing has really change. He said Ukraine has more it must do to meet the "criteria" for NATO membership. "It depends on whether they meet the criteria," Biden told reporters. "The fact is, they still have to clean up corruption... School’s out on that question."

Jun 14 13:32

Biden-Putin: What's On The Table (And Why No Progress Can Possibly Be Made)

So let’s take a look at what’s on the table and why no progress can possibly be made.

  • The Crimea: The U.S. wants this peninsula returned to Ukraine. If Russia were to do this it would remove them from the Black Sea entirely and kill any ambitions they may have to rise as a world power. It would also be the end of Putin’s presidency as a national betrayal. Returning it is impossible.
  • Alexey Navalny: Like Lenin he got to live in comfort with support in the West while at the same time having the ambitions of Yeltsin to strive for greatness via submission. He is in jail for parole violation and Putin is not going to pardon him.
Jun 14 11:57

Seven Minutes From Moscow: Putin Warns Of Missile Threat To Russia As U.S. Guided-Missile Destroyers Enter Baltic, Black Seas

In comments that got past editors in the Western news media, President Vladimir Putin in a recent Russian television interview accused the West of abusing what were good relations at the time (1999-2004) to expand NATO up to Russia’s borders. And in doing so, he specified, violated verbal pledges made by American officials to then-Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, adding that the latter is alive and in good health and can confirm what he was told. In a candid assessment of the matter, Putin added, “I do not want to use harsh words, but they simply spat upon our interests and that’s that.”

Lengthy excerpts of his comments were published on the English-language site of the government news agency TASS on June 9.

Jun 14 11:27

Russian Official Warns Conflict Between China, U.S. Would 'Exterminate All Mankind

ussian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov doesn't see war breaking out between China, Russia and the U.S., but if it did, it would "exterminate all mankind."

As the United States' relationship with Russia and China deteriorated, the two countries grew closer. Russia and China have denied that there are any current plans for a military alliance, although both have kept the door open to the possibility of one, raising concerns that a pact between Moscow and Beijing could disrupt the world order.

Denisov told the Global Times, a Chinese state-run outlet, that he wouldn't answer the hypothetical question as to whether Russia would back China in a war with the U.S.

"I am convinced that there will be no armed conflict between China and the U.S., just as there will be no armed conflict between Russia and the U.S. because such a conflict would exterminate all mankind, and then there would be no point in taking sides," Denisov said.

Jun 14 10:14

Putin: Biden’s ‘Killer’ Comment is ‘Hollywood Macho Behavior’

In his first interview to a US corporate outlet since 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin brushed off his US counterpart Joe Biden’s “killer” label and called it posturing by a career establishment politician.

Speaking with NBC News’ Keir Simmons in Moscow, ahead of the June 16 summit with Biden, Putin called the “killer” comment an expression of “Hollywood macho” behavior.

"Over my tenure, I've gotten used to attacks from all kinds of angles and from all kinds of areas under all kinds of pretext, and reasons and of different caliber and fierceness and none of it surprises me," Putin said, in a segment NBC aired on Friday evening.

He further continued: “So, as far as harsh rhetoric, I think that this is an expression of overall US culture… There are some underlying deep things in Hollywood. Macho. Which can be treated as cinematic art, but that is part of US political culture where it’s considered normal. By the way, not here, it is not considered normal here.”

Jun 14 08:29

Biden-Putin: What's On The Table (And Why No Progress Can Possibly Be Made)

There is a lot of optimism and big press regarding the upcoming meeting between Biden and Putin. This will be the first meeting of the two since Biden took that seat behind the lovely desk in the Oval Office. There are many issues on the table for discussion and there is tension and excitement in the political press in both the West and especially in Russia. There is a growing belief that this could be a turning point or at least provide some small nudging of relations in a positive direction. This wishful thinking, although pleasant from a moral standpoint, does not reflect the realities of the current divide between the United States and Russia. This meeting simply cannot provide some sort of new start for relations between the countries and will probably look like a head-nodding and pretending-to-listen fest the likes of which we have never seen before. Hours worth of hot air will be blown to throw words onto deaf ears with some background posturing to boot.

Jun 14 07:36

Putin’s show of strength to Biden: Russian forces hunt ‘enemy’ submarine in Pacific Ocean drills

Jun 14 07:00

Secretary General: NATO Won’t ‘Mirror’ Russia, Will Exponentially Outspend, Surround It With Battle Groups

Just hours ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels on June 14, the military bloc’s secretary general, Norway’s Jens Stoltenberg, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble that NATO will continue to expand its military capabilities but will not “mirror” its arch-adversary Russia. And indeed without meaning in the least to do so he spoke the truth.

For while disingenuously stating the alliance he heads is pursuing a “dual track approach” to the nation whose government he routinely accuses of (his precise terminology) authoritarian push-back against the rules-based international order – an approach of defense and dialogue (note the sequence) – he immediately segued into boasting:

“And that’s exactly what we do when we now have implemented the biggest reinforcements of our collective defense since the end of the Cold War, and will continue to strengthen our collective defense with high readiness, more troops, and increased investment in our defense.”

Jun 14 06:59

Seven Minutes From Moscow: Putin Warns of Missile Threat to Russia as U.S. Guided-Missile Destroyers Enter Baltic, Black Seas

In comments that got past editors in the Western news media, President Vladimir Putin in a recent Russian television interview accused the West of abusing what were good relations at the time (1999-2004) to expand NATO up to Russia’s borders. And in doing so, he specified, violated verbal pledges made by American officials to then-Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, adding that the latter is alive and in good health and can confirm what he was told. In a candid assessment of the matter, Putin added, “I do not want to use harsh words, but they simply spat upon our interests and that’s that.”

Lengthy excerpts of his comments were published on the English-language site of the government news agency TASS on June 9.

Jun 12 05:44

Vladimir Putin laughs off Joe Biden's claim he's a 'killer' (but fails to deny it) and dismisses the US president as a 'career politician' while praising Donald Trump as 'extraordinary, talented and colorful'

Vladimir Putin burst into laugher when asked if he is a killer - and heaped praise on Donald Trump, before branding Joe Biden a career politician.

The Russian president guffawed when NBC correspondent Keir Simmons asked him: 'Mr President, are you a killer?' during an interview broadcast Friday night.

He avoided directly answering, instead replying: 'Over my tenure, I've gotten used to attacks from all kinds of angles and from all kinds of areas under all kinds of pretext and reasons and of different caliber and fierceness, and none of it surprises me.'

Jun 11 11:05

China, Russia amp up nuclear power cooperation

China and Russia broke ground on the installation of four nuclear reactors at two power plants in China on Wednesday, at a virtual ceremony attended by leaders Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin. The event pooled officials and nuclear engineers from both countries.

The reactors will have a total annual output of 37.6 billion kilowatt-hours and will be built across the existing Tianwan and Xudabao nuclear power plants in eastern Jiangsu and northeastern Liaoning provinces.

He Lifeng, chief of the State Council’s National Development and Reform Commission, a champion of nuclear energy, said at the ceremony that the reactors will run at full capacity by 2026 and could cut annual carbon dioxide emissions by 30.7 million tonnes.

He said the nuclear projects were proof of Beijing making good on its 2060 carbon neutrality pledge made by Xi at the United Nations last year.

Jun 11 11:04

Russia Is Trying To Restore a Giant Nuclear Battlecruiser—It’s Not Working Out

The Russian navy for nearly a decade has been trying to double, from one to two, its active fleet of huge, nuclear-powered battlecruisers.

It’s not going well. The 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, which starved Russian shipyards of funding and forced the navy to lay up three of its four Kirov-class battlecruisers, still is wreaking havoc on fleet planning.

Since at least 2013, the Russian navy has been trying to refurbish and upgrade Admiral Nakhimov, the third-in-class of the 827-foot Kirovs. If and when Admiral Nakhimov is ready, she’ll join her younger sister Pyotr Velikiy in service with the Northern Fleet.

Two older Kirovs, laid up for decades, could head for the breakers this year.

Jun 11 10:32

Ukrainian plan for new ‘race law,’ which refuses to recognize Russians as ‘indigenous people,’ has echoes of Hitler, Putin warns

Russian President Vladimir Putin has blasted a controversial new bill under consideration by lawmakers in Kiev, which critics say would stoke ethnic tensions and deprive millions of residents of important rights if it is passed.

The draft law, which aims to define the “indigenous peoples of Ukraine,” was introduced by the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, in April. As well as elevating the status of ethnic Ukrainians, it recognizes the status of some minority communities, including Crimean Tatars, Karaite Jews, and Krymchaks. However, it excludes those whose ethnic group is deemed to have its own state elsewhere, depriving those descended from Belarusians, Moldovans, and Poles of the right to be considered indigenous, despite centuries of history in Ukraine.

Jun 11 10:30

Ukrainians who oppose NATO are 'smart' as they know US would use them as 'cannon fodder' in red line issue for Russia, says Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has lavished praise on Ukrainians who are opposed to Kiev signing up for the US-led NATO military bloc, suggesting the move would be a red line for Russia if it were threatened by Western rockets.

“At least 50% of Ukrainians do not want the country to join NATO,” Putin said in an interview with the Russia 1 news channel on Wednesday, “and these are smart people.” Numerous polls conducted, without the breakaway Donbas region, have shown that a direct question on whether respondents support Ukraine joining NATO generally show only between 40-45% favor becoming part of the institution.

“I am speaking without irony, and not because the others are stupid,” the president added, “but because those people [who support joining the bloc] do not understand that they are better off not being in the line of fire. They don’t want to be a bargaining chip or cannon fodder.”

Jun 11 08:54

Russia ‘to supply Iran with advanced satellite’ that could track Israeli bases

Russia is due to supply Iran with an advanced satellite system that will enable the Islamic Republic to track potential military targets in the Middle East, according to the Washington Post.

The US newspaper on Thursday cited current and former US and Middle Eastern officials briefed on the plan, which would involve the delivery of Russian-made Kanopus-V satellite to Tehran.

The system would be equipped with a camera that would “greatly enhance Iran’s spying capabilities”, the paper said.

Jun 11 07:59

West Adds Belarus to New Axis of Evil

So far this year, and ahead of next week’s NATO summit in Belgium, the commanders of the Pentagon’s Unified Combatant Commands and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg have denounced and thundered against Russia and China as rivals and adversaries in every part of the world, with Iran and North Korea identified as second-tier threats. All four are treated as nuclear powers, real or imagined. They are the Axis of Evil of 2021, supplanting that of 2001.

Jun 10 07:41

Blinken Props Up Biden In European Charade For New Cold War

It’s a big ask for a frail 78-year-old U.S. president to rally the world around a series of myths and falsehoods. Biden flies to Europe this week to galvanize allies under strong American leadership of supposed shared “democratic values” in a “historic confrontation” with the “autocracies” of China and Russia.

President Joe Biden’s worldview is so disconnected from reality that it is going to prove difficult mentally for him to consistently and coherently make the case over a series of summits in the next week.

That’s why he has his more youthful Secretary of State Antony Blinken (59) tagging along when Biden meets G7 leaders in England on June 11-13, followed by a NATO summit on June 14 in Brussels as well as top-level discussions with European Union leaders. After all that, Blinken is “to participate” in the face-to-face meeting between Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 16 in Geneva, according to the U.S. State Department.

Jun 10 07:37

The Coming Biden/Putin Train-Wreck Summit

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

I have my doubts whether the Putin-Biden summit in Geneva will take place later this month, but even if somehow it is pulled off, recent Biden Administration blunders mean the chance anything of substance will be achieved is virtually nil.

The Biden Administration was supposed to signal a return of the “adults” to the room. No more bully Trump telling NATO it’s useless, ripping up international climate treaties, and threatening to remove troops from the Middle East and beyond. US foreign policy would again flourish under the steady, practiced hands of the experts.

Then Biden blurted out in a television interview that President Putin was a killer with no soul. Then US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discovered the hard way that his Chinese counterparts were in no mood to be lectured on an “international rules-based order” that is routinely flouted by Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The DNC is going to have to live with the stupidity of placing Biden as the head of the 2020 ticket for some time to come.

The internal operatives KNEW this stuff was happening, but chose to have him nominated as President anyway..

I don't know what the oddsmakers in Vegas are betting for a quick transition to Harris, possibly before the end of the year, but I sure wouldn't bet against it.

Jun 10 07:05

Blinken Props Up Biden In European Charade For New Cold War

Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Blinken is staying close to his boss during the whirlwind tour, because Biden is liable to spin out of control and reap an embarrassing collapse.

It’s a big ask for a frail 78-year-old U.S. president to rally the world around a series of myths and falsehoods. Biden flies to Europe this week to galvanize allies under strong American leadership of supposed shared “democratic values” in a “historic confrontation” with the “autocracies” of China and Russia.

President Joe Biden’s worldview is so disconnected from reality that it is going to prove difficult mentally for him to consistently and coherently make the case over a series of summits in the next week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is of deepest concern to me, watching this charade unfolding, which would be hysterically funny, if not for the potentially deadly consequences, is that it is imminently possible, that Blinken will not be able to manage keeping the wanted "cold wars" against Russia and China, from turning "hot".

The intelligence operatives in both countries are no slouches, and have
probably very much "twigged on" to the reality, that the Unhinged Surveilled State of Amerika, is "woke, broke, dystopian, and at war with itself."

Can a country dealing with these realities succeed in a war against both Russia and China, which would probably be the case, if the US aggravates both or either enough?!?

Folks, the short answer here is, "HELL, no!!"

So, since those in power in this country give not a flying frisbee about what happens to its citizens, should war ensure from their idiotic foreign policies, because they have taken measures to protect themselves from most unpleasantness, we have to take care of ourselves and each other the best we can.

Please make sure that you have potable water; storable food; and extra medications for yourselves and your pets, should the excrement hit the fan.
Flashlights; batteries; basic first aid equipment are also of the highest importance. Find people you know with whom you can create a community, where you can share services and barter.

We could very well be going back to a 19th century life style in a moment's notice, should a series of EMPs take out the electrical grid in this county, in light of the reality that our power grids are woefully unprotected.

Jun 10 06:30

Zelensky Tells Biden Ukraine Needs Clear Plan For Accession To NATO

Authored by Ella Kietlinska via The Epoch Times,

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stressed in his phone conversation with U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday that Ukraine needs “a real step-by-step plan” tied to calendar dates for its accession to NATO, the chief of the Ukrainian presidential office Andriy Yermak said according to a report on Ukraine’s official website.

The time of statements and declarations of intent should be a thing of the past, Zelensky told Biden.

“There can be no doubt that Ukraine is an integral part of Europe in terms of its value foundation. Now, in the new situation in Europe, we need a logistical plan for Ukraine’s accession to the Alliance in the near future. NATO is a way of maximum protection for our country,” Zelensky said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Europe and the US want a war with Russia (which will might go nuclear, as neither NATO nor the US has the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to such a war) welcoming Ukraine into NATO is the absolutely perfect way to make that happen.

Zelinsky is absoutely sweating bullets on this, because he is hoping for the real deal from the US and NATO, but has been sensing that it just will not happen, and that all he has seen is posturing, to annoy Russia, but that nothing real will come from this.

Jun 10 06:22

Here We Go Again: JBS "Paid" "Russian" "Hackers" $11 Million In Bitcoin To Resolve "Ransomware" Attack

There was a moment of sheer hilarity earlier today when, during a Congressional Hearing, the CEO of Colonial Pipeline Joseph Blount took the merely farcical episode of the Colonial Pipeline ransomware hack - when, as a reminder, a ragtag band of elite "Russian" hackers somehow managed to penetrate the company's cyberdefenses but was so stupid it left most if not all of the $4.4 million bitcoins it demanded in ransom in an easily traceable address for the FBI to track down and magically confiscate (it is still unclear how the Feds got the private key to access the "hackers" digital wallet) in days if not hours - and elevated it to a level of sheer ridiculous absurdity when he told Congress that he didn't consult the FBI before paying the ransom.

This, pardon the parlance of our times, is complete bullshit: either the CEO is lying or, worse, he is telling the truth and as some have speculated, he, the FBI and the "hackers" are all in on this so-called ransomware breach..

Jun 09 12:34

Is the “3 Seas Initiative” the West’s Answer to China’s Belt and Road?

Op-Ed by Brian Berletic

To counter not only China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) but also Russia’s growing ties with Western Europe, an “alternative” infrastructure drive is being proposed that if and when completed, Washington, London, and Brussels hopes will further contain Russia and cut China off from European markets.

Called the “Three Seas Initiative,” it is described in a Bloomberg op-ed titled, “This Is How Europe Can Push Back Against China and Russia,” as:

"…a joint endeavor by 12 eastern members of the European Union to update the physical and digital links between the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Seas."

The op-ed argues that the initiative is the only way to fight off “Russian bullying and Chinese meddling.”

Jun 09 11:22

Russia Tests S-500 Air Defense System With New Interceptors

Russia has tested its S-500 air defense system with interceptors capable of eliminating hypersonic targets, Izvestia reported.

Trials were conducted at the Sary-Shagan training ground in Kazakhstan, where the missile interceptors successfully neutralized targets, the Moscow-based outlet added citing sources.

The system’s “first samples” will enter service this year while its serial delivery is scheduled for 2025, according to Sergei Chemezov, head of Russian state defense manufacturer, Rostec.

Uses Range of Interceptors
“The S-500 Prometheus mobile air defense missile system is being created to destroy rockets and spacecraft in near-earth orbits. It can eliminate targets flying in hypersound,” Lieutenant General Aytech Bizhev, ex-deputy head of the Air Force for the Commonwealth of Independent States air defense system, told Izvestia.

The mobile system can be transported by ground or air around the country and deployed depending on the threat, Bizhev added.

Jun 09 08:59

Finally Let in From the Cold, Sudan Reconsiders Russian Naval Base

Sudan’s interim government is having second thoughts about a deal that would allow Russia to establish a naval base on the Red Sea.

The deal is now under review to ensure it “serve[s] Sudan’s interests,” Sudanese officials informed a Russian delegation to Khartoum last week, said armed forces Chief of Staff Gen. Mohamed Othman al-Hussein in an interview with Sudan’s Blue Nile TV last night.

The deal, released by Moscow late last year, would allow Russia’s navy to maintain a 25-year lease at Port Sudan, housing up to four ships and 300 soldiers, in exchange for weapons and military equipment for Khartoum.

Russia claims the planned base would be for basic resupply and repairs, but the agreement also allows Russia to move “any weapons, ammunition and equipment” necessary through the port.

Sudan’s ousted dictator Omar al-Bashir initially discussed the agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2017.

Jun 09 08:58

France Freezes Aid to Central African Republic Over Russia Ties

France has suspended military cooperation with and economic aid to the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). France accuses C.A.R.’s government of being “complicit” in a Russian disinformation campaign targeting France, a French defense ministry official said to the media on Monday. [Which is codeword for France being less popular than Russia in CAR.]

The French foreign ministry said that $12.2 million in economic aid to the C.A.R. government would be “suspended until further notice.” [Oh noes, not a full $12.2 million.] However, French humanitarian aid and other projects worth more than $7.3 million, which directly target the needy Central African population will continue, the ministry added.

The French military will also continue to provide about 100 soldiers in a European Union-led military training operation in the C.A.R.

Jun 09 07:10

The Biden family's Complex Ukrainian Relationship:

“Our view going into this trip is that actions speak louder than words,” Jake Sullivan said this morning, speaking about Joe Biden’s upcoming swing through Europe. The national-security adviser explained that the administration’s work to lead the country out of the pandemic would deliver U.S. allies, and the rest of the world, that Washington is ready to lead.

He was responding to a servilely posed question about how Biden would turn the page on his predecessor’s infamously adversarial relationship with his European matches.

But if the administration were truly involved in showing America’s global partners that they matter, it would drop its half-hearted approach to dealing with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

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