"When the people seek a change in the direction of government, and through voting successive changes in administrations, there is no change in the direction, then you know there is a conspiracy." -- Thomas Jefferson

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Russia's strategic nuclear forces are in a state of full readiness, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

Russian strategic nuclear forces are purely defensive by nature, aimed at deterring possible full-scale attacks on the nation that might threaten its existence. Russia vows to never use nuclear arms for any other reasons, apart from specified in its strategic documents often called its "nuclear doctrine."

Turkey's initiatives to find a peaceful solution to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine have not succeeded due to lack of support, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the opening of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum.

Palestinian factions including Hamas and Fatah have made progress in establishing political unity after talks in Moscow, the Russian foreign minister has said.

Addressing a diplomatic conference in Turkey, Sergei Lavrov said Hamas had agreed in writing for the first time to respect the platform of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), though he said it remained to be seen whether this would turn into more than words on a piece of paper.

Russia has expressed its gratitude to North Korea again for supporting its aggression against Ukraine in a show of solidarity as fresh claims of arms trading between the two authoritarian regimes emerged. 

“We are pleased that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is standing with us at the forefront of this struggle,” the Russian Embassy in Pyongyang said in a Facebook post on Feb. 29, to update developments in Ukraine.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is North Korea’s official name. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin used his annual State of the Nation address on Thursday to take aim at the West, threatening to use nuclear weapons against NATO countries if they send forces to help defend Ukraine from a Russian victory.

In a speech to Russia’s Federal Assembly that was predominantly dedicated to Russia’s domestic affairs, Putin delivered a tough warning, threatening retaliatory strikes against the West in the event of attacks on Russian territory.

For centuries, any sort of Russian success (particularly the military ones) has been attributed to factors such as the weather, terrain, allied countries and their technologies (or even the enemy's supposedly "stolen" knowledge), etc. The notorious Russian winter is allegedly the primary "culprit" for most of the Eurasian giant's battlefield successes, be it against the Teutonic Knights, Mongols, Napoleon, Hitler, etc. It supposedly "helped" Russia win the most important battles of the earlier years of WW2, including at Moscow (1941) and Stalingrad (1942-1943).

Russophobia has always been present in the political West. Whether it’s simply the fear of a near-peer adversary or perhaps the age-old sea power (thalassocracy) vs. a land power (tellurocracy) competition, the fact is that the belligerent power pole really does not like Russia, to put it mildly. Moscow has been trying to find common ground with the political West for centuries. However, that seems all but impossible, as the latter stubbornly refuses to engage with the Eurasian giant.

Another scandal is gaining momentum in Europe. NATO warmongers reveal their own secrets, confirming all Moscow’s statements from the very beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, which NATO leaders used to call “Russian propaganda.” The war of NATO against Russia in Ukraine is based on lies and brainwashing, but sometimes these lies can no longer be hidden. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz recently confirmed one of the main claims of “Russian propaganda”, which NATO has denied for years.