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Blinken Sounding Out EU Appetite for War

by Oui Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 12:32:23 PM EST

War is imminent ... all signs are on RED alert. War rhetoric got a boost over the weekend and the Sunday Talk Shows.  Hear all arguments from historic non-value which have been debunked. Getting the people ready for extended hostilities in New Europe ... the Bucharest Nine in the lead with anti-Russia propaganda. Most Western EU nations will swallow the war bullshit. A decade of intensifying pressure on Russia ... we'll make Russia a pariah  state. Signed the NATO states of warmongers who got a second wind after the attacks on America by the Saudi jihadists of Osama Bin Laden ... grown in the shadow of Pakistan in the 1980s in Afghanistan. The nations responsible staying in the dark: Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Success to get the former Soviet Union out of the Kingdom of Afghanistan, soon to be replaced by a young, idealistic Taliban regime. We are living in a dark chapter of a declining democracy as authoritarian and totalitarian regimes win space.

Twitter account NATO SG Jens Stoltenberg has gone silent over the weekend ...

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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Stoltenberg says 'deteriorating security situation' has led Nato allies to ready frigates, fighter jets and troops for `collective defence' | The Guardian |

Nato is reinforcing its eastern borders with land, sea and air forces, the military alliance's secretary general has said, as a Russian invasion of Ukraine appeared increasingly likely.

Jens Stoltenberg said the "deteriorating security situation" had led Nato allies to ready frigates, fighter jets and troops for their "collective defence".

The US administration was also ready to increase its military presence in eastern Europe, Nato's chief, a former prime minister of Norway, warned in a statement that appeared designed to further raise the stakes for the Kremlin.

Russia's deputy foreign minister, Alexander Grushko, condemned the Nato deployments, saying that the military alliance was "demonising Russia" in order to "justify military activity on [Nato's] eastern flank."

"The language of Nato is the language of threats and military pressure," he said in remarks published by Russian media. "This is nothing new."

Orders out from the Pentagon and NATO HQ in Brussels
 ... soon a command to EU partners: "You are either with us or with the enemy!"

Consequences cannot be overseen ... economic chaos and be ready for mass displacement of citizens towards east and west.

NATO: Top Five Russian Myths Debunked

Is War In Ukraine Revenge for Brexit

The Briton's are gun ho on war propaganda, no room for diplomacy ... ultimate freedom to set policy w/o Europe in mind.

Ugly wartime propaganda in the media, embassies in Europe and delivery of massive supplies of arms. Makes war inevitable. Not a formal declaration, but what I see, read and hear us an intensity of calls for war. The EU economy will tank as EU HQ in Brussels is overruled by Washington DC and NATO HQ.

France, Italy and Germany will have to let their voices be heard

Blinken and Biden have no intention to discuss the Russian grievances as the provincial power has become more than a nuisance. The outlaw politics and harsh sanctions will ultimately end in war. It worked with Japan in the 1930s and it will drive Russia and China into complete interdependency.

French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian
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Members Bucharest Nine


Borrell says EU not ready to withdraw embassy support from Kyiv

May change after virtual summit with Antony Blinken this morning ... path to war set by America and the UK ... the EU states overruled.

For now, the EU does not plan to withdraw diplomats' families from Ukraine, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said after Washington ...

EU to leave diplomats' families in Ukraine for now, Borrell says | Swiss Info |

The European Union does not plan to withdraw diplomats' families from Ukraine at the moment, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday after Washington announced such a move, pointing out a military attack by Russia could come at any time.

The U.S. State Department announced on Sunday it was ordering diplomats' family members to leave Ukraine, in one of the clearest signs yet that American officials are bracing for an aggressive Russian move in the region.

For now, the EU does not plan to withdraw diplomats' families from Ukraine, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said after Washington announced such a move.

"We are not going to do the same thing because we don't know any specific reasons. But (U.S.) Secretary (of State Antony) Blinken will inform us," Borrell told reporters as he arrived for a meeting with his EU counterparts that Blinken is expected to join online at around 1400 GMT.

[Reuters sourced headline mutated as I was reading article ...

EU ready to impose "never-seen-before" sanctions if Russia attacks Ukraine, Denmark says]

A follow-up article as headlines are changing overall ...

Blinken to join EU foreign ministers teleconference as Ukraine tensions rise | EurActiv |

Amid rising fears of Russian military action against Ukraine, EU foreign ministers on Monday (24 January) will seek to align their response with Washington, as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to join their virtual meeting.

Russia has been massing over 100,000 troops at Ukraine's borders and moved military equipment such as fighter jets to Belarus, with the West fearing a further incursion into its pro-Western neighbour.

The Kremlin insists its forces are not there to invade the country. But US President Joe Biden has said that his guess was that the Russians would make a move, even if it were to be a "minor incursion" which would leave the West divided about its response.

Last Friday's bit of optimism has gone out the window within a matter of a few hours ...

NATO Breaking News

Sending fighter jets, ships and troops

Britain War Propaganda Machine In Full Swing

Kyiv: All Under Control as Embassies Being Emptied

Russian Diplomats and Families Told to Return to Moscow

Eight Years After Maidan Colour Revolution 2014

VP Biden was the big promoter and architect of regime change in the Ukraine.

A deal over Ukraine is ugly but unavoidable | FT Opinion - March 31, 2014 |

By Gideon Rachman

Any western leader negotiating over the fate of smaller countries in central or eastern Europe does so in the shadow of two bitter historical experiences: the Munich agreement of 1938 and the Yalta agreement of 1945. At Munich, the British and the French agreed to Adolf Hitler's demands for the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia - without the participation of the Czech government, which was not represented at the talks. At Yalta, the British and the Americans made a deal with Josef Stalin that, de facto, accepted Soviet domination over postwar Poland and other countries under Russian occupation - again, without the participation of those concerned.

These parallels - in particular, Munich - are weighing heavily on western leaders as they attempt to chart a way forward over Ukraine. "We will not accept a path forward where the legitimate government of Ukraine is not at the table," said John Kerry, the US secretary of state, at the conclusion of weekend talks in Paris with Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister.

Wolfgang Schäuble, the German finance minister, on Monday compared President Vladimir Putin's claim that he is acting in defence of the rights of ethnic Russians in Ukraine to Hitler's claim that he was acting to defend the rights of ethnic Germans in Czechoslovakia. The parallel has also been made by Mr Kerry's predecessor, Hillary Clinton.

View of the World before the epic Arab Uprising, Middle East forced regime change and America's defeat and loss in Afghanistan. The surprise intervention by Russia in Central Asia -Kazakhstan- cut off the West from influence in the Near East and the Caspian Bassin of fossil resources. Russia consolidated its might as the US struggles more and more with it's domestic problems of the Trump Revolution, election reform, insurrection and a downgrade of Democracy. Biden's Building Back Better
has been defeated by two members of its own Democratic Party. The fantasy of American Exceptionalism has crashed out after the American Dream has been replaced by a more social and democratic vision if the European Union.

Biden called Bernie Sanders his favorite socialist where 99% of Americans belief Sanders is a. Communist ...

Arizona Democrats censure Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for blocking voting rights bill | CNBC |

Navigating America's Foreign Policy in an Uncertain World | CFR - Feb. 11, 2011 |

HAASS: Gideon, would you disagree with any of that?

GIDEON RACHMAN: A bit of it. I mean, I agree with the first point that I think the major trend is this transition of power from West to East, and also, to some extent, from North to South with the rise of Latin America and so on. And I agree with Joe that I think it should be, in an ideal world, a manageable process.

I think I see rather more tensions coming out of it, though, than perhaps Joe does. I mean, in my book I talk about -- I see the financial crisis of 2008 as a kind of dividing line. And the period that you mentioned, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to 2008, is roughly 20 years.

And I call it an age of optimism for the reason that I think that it was a period when globalization created a set of common interests between the major powers of the world that allowed them all to be reasonably satisfied with the way the world was going, so that China and India were becoming much more prosperous. It was an age of optimism in the European Union with the creation of the Euro, doubling in size of the EU, and also an age of optimism here in the U.S. It was the tech revolution, the unipolar moment. You know all of that.

I think, with the financial crisis and the shift in economic fortunes, which, in a way, was going on before the crisis but has been kind of both crystallized and accelerated by the crisis, financial crisis, it's less clear that the global system is operating in ways that everybody's happy with, so that, for the West, I think there is now real anxiety about the rise of China.

And within that, as Joe says, that's part of a larger phenomenon, the rise of new powers. And I think that, on the other side of the Pacific, in China, you have got a shift, a new mood, a slightly more assertive mood, which we've seen in the last year in a number of foreign-policy clashes. And I think that, as a result, we're potentially entering a more conflictual age. So that's what I see as the major trend.

War in Europe will have a similar effect in the World as the aftermath of World War II for a strong America. A miscalculation will be that America is a giant with feet in quicksand. The quagmire is expanding.


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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 01:51:16 PM EST

Russian strategic bombers carry out missile strike during military drills

Tu-95MS carried out flights from the long-range airfield Engels in the Saratov Region

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 02:38:06 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 04:51:31 PM EST
Leaders and military generals in Washington DC and the Kremlin sought a political solution ... in that challenge they succeeded. The B-52 strategic bombers were on stand-by readied forget immediate take-off fully loaded with nuclear weapons ... not a pleasant sight to see ... people were prepared for the worst.

Today people are ignorant of the risks and public opinion is silenced. A miscalculation becomes a major risk ... diplomacy has been dead for too many years. Get the bully out of the room ... I see no signs for optimism.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 04:53:08 PM EST
By Extension Taiwan

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 04:54:04 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 12:15:26 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 04:55:01 PM EST
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How exactly is a deterrent supposed to work if the US wasn't supposed to find out about them?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 05:59:35 PM EST
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At least now Cuba can get the missiles much more openly, since I've been told from an authoritative level that every nation is free to make it's own security arrangements. Them's the rules, right?
by pelgus on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 06:07:53 PM EST
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U2 incident Gary Powers happened in the last year of Eisenhower presidency ... espionage through reconnaissance, and quality of photography was superb. This surprised the Soviets, the technology was recovered from the wreckage.

    High-altitude U-2 spy planes began making reconnaissance flights over the USSR in 1956, giving the U.S. its first detailed look at Soviet military facilities.

The move of missiles into Cuba had to be a clandestine operation under the nose of US Navy and Coastguard, the Soviets succeeded. After the U2 overflights above Cuba the missiles bases were uncovered, the US implemented a strict embargo around Cuba, entering all ships. A complete mess ... the ballistic missiles in Turkey were removed in the negotiated deal. That too had to be kept quiet in agreement with the Kennedy administration. 😖 🇷🇺 🇨🇺

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 09:58:19 PM EST
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In 1962, the UN Security Council functioned poorly ... in 2022 the same Council is broken, as diplomacy has been displaced by unilateralism, especially after the fall of the Soviet Union.

During the Cuban Missile Crisis the platform for debate was extended in the United Nations with television broadcast for all to witness the drama. Today news is biased, split in East and West and more .... social media has become a factor to spread lies and misinformation. No protests this week ... the world is occupied by the Coronavirus in all is variations.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 05:14:19 PM EST
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I didn't want to be first to say it.
by Cat on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 08:40:46 PM EST
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Prevent war and stop an arms race - SP

Tensions on the border between Russia and Ukraine have led to new negotiations on disarmament and conflict management. Let's make a virtue of necessity and work on solid agreements to prevent war.

The Russian rulers have put heavy demands on the table; Putin basically wants all NATO troops to leave Russia's borders. He also wants a guarantee that Ukraine and Georgia will never join NATO. It fits with Putin's intimidating power politics for years - not only towards his opponents at home, but also towards his neighboring countries. Unacceptable, because Ukraine and Georgia are sovereign countries.

As much as Putin wants it, Back to the future is not in it.

The US and the EU emphasize that countries themselves decide whether to join NATO. Putin insists the west has promised not to expand NATO eastward. The latter is clearly the case. It is a dangerous triumphalism to ignore that concern.

Rob van Wijk - Rightwing think tank Clingendael - in a beautiful park near my house, close to city center of The Hague. Used to be a reasonable advocate for peace ☮️. and disarmament. Not anymore.

Declaring your nation as "exceptional" is the beginning of authoritarianism by a global power, a first step evolving into fascism | @BooMan - June 27, 2018 |

A collapsing empire, a capitalist system devours all competition ...

Will the EU-27 Survive the Biden Years?

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 07:21:35 PM EST
Looks like neighbours could celebrate the coming re-opening of Horeca at the tea house of the park!
by Tom2 on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 08:30:15 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 07:55:06 AM EST
Four-way Ukraine talks set for Jan. 26 in Paris: source | CTV News - Reuters |

MOSCOW -- Political advisers from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany will meet in Paris on Jan. 26 for a fresh round of talks on resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine, a source in the Russian delegation said on Monday.

The four-way talks will take place against the background of a broader standoff between Russia and the West, with tens of thousands of Russian troops positioned near Ukraine's borders.

Russia denies planning to invade Ukraine and says it is Kyiv that is preparing to attack Moscow-backed rebels in its breakaway eastern provinces.

Ukraine tensions: Normandy format talks set for January 6 | DW News |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 07:56:33 AM EST
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Further reading ...

What Hope for Ukraine and the Normandy Four Summit? | Carnegie - Nov. 19, 2021 |

The first meeting in over three years of the heads of state and government of the so-called Normandy Four is set to take place on December 9 in Paris.

This four-way negotiation format (France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine) brought about the Minsk I and II agreements of 2014 and 2015 aimed at ending the war in eastern Ukraine. While the nitty-gritty of the actual implementation of Minsk II is being handled--as yet by and large unsuccessfully--by a number of working groups that convene regularly in Minsk and include representatives of the non-government-controlled areas in Ukraine, the Normandy format frames the negotiations and provides a communication channel to the rest of the world.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 07:57:24 AM EST
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The thing with Minsk II and Normandy Four is that it's a no-go for Ukraine for two reasons:
  • negotiating with the "separatists" means admitting it's a civil war and not Russian aggression contrary to 7 year narrative so far.
  • if the population of Donetsk gets a say in Ukrainian politics, the current opposition is likely to gain power (at least in a democracy it would) and Ukraine would never, ever join NATO but reform good relations with Russia.

Both of these are unthinkable for the current regime in Kyiv. Nor are they popular in places that support the current regime in Kyiv, either.
by pelgus on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 08:42:10 AM EST
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My impression when Zelensky was elected was that he was for implementing the Minsk II agreement, or at least for ending the conflict. Part of an agenda taht got overwhelming support. He seems to have shifted position since (and has become less popular), though it is interesting now that both he and his defense minister has been clear that there is no russian military threath and that they see it as a psychological war on Ukraine.

My guess is that the realities of being the president of the current Ukrainian state trumps what the persons thinks going into office. And therefore by extension what the people can influence.

Also, selection of future office holders seems to be narrowing. Euronews, from december:

KYIV - Ukrainian authorities placed former president Petro Poroshenko under formal investigation for high treason on Monday, accusing him of links to financing separatist forces in the eastern Donbass region.

Officials said the accusations against Poroshenko were related to similar charges against pro-Russian lawmaker Viktor Medvedchuk, who has been under house arrest for about six months.

Medvedchuk's and Poroshenko's political parties denied wrongdoing.

So two of the leading opposition parties has leaders arrested. In addition to the (small) Communist Party of Ukraine that was already in 2015 banned from running in elections. Ironically enough, that was under Poroshenko's rule.

Ukraine does seem to have a democracy problem.

by fjallstrom on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 11:00:08 AM EST
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Ukrainian defence minister says Russian invasion unlikely in near future

There's no data pointing to Russian invasion of Ukraine in the near future, Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has said.

"As of today, the Russian Armed Forces have not a single attack formation that would suggest they will go on the offensive tomorrow", he said on the Svoboda Slova programme on ICTV channel on the night of 25 January.

According to the minister, the scenario of a Russian attack on Ukraine in the near future is unlikely; Reznikov assessed the likelihood of an attack by 20 February - the day the Beijing Olympics end - as "not high".

A day earlier Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the actions of the US and NATO were escalating tensions in Ukraine. He stated that this was "carried out through information activity and particular actions taken by the USA and NATO".

Apparently the whole crisis exists only in the Western media...
by pelgus on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 09:05:18 AM EST
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by generic on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 09:10:18 AM EST
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No wonder they don't understand. Unlike Biden and Johnson, Macron is not behind in the polls.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 10:15:05 AM EST
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Weirdly Zelensky's polls are in the garbage though:
by generic on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 05:52:29 PM EST
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Zelensky & Co lighting the fire with war rhetoric and now scared of its resounding succes in a united US Congress plus White House in need of a political score.

Building on the fundament of Maidan Revolution and VP Biden relationship.

Ukraine president heckled at tribute to Kiev protesters as Biden visits | The Guardian - Nov. 21, 2014 |

The Ukrainian president has been heckled by relatives of 100 protesters killed in Kiev's Euromaidan revolution at a memorial ceremony for the victims.

The relatives, frustrated by Petro Poroshenko's failure to bring officials of the previous government to justice, shouted: "Who is a hero for you, Poroshenko?", "Where are their killers?" and "Down with Poroshenko!" They also attacked him for failing to keep a promise to confer the title of national hero on the victims, which would bring financial benefits to their families.

The US vice-president, Joe Biden cancelled a planned visit to the area off Kiev's Independence Square, apparently for security reasons.

Poroshenko and Biden had been due to lay a wreath together at the memorial but instead met nearby and shook hands before the US vice president headed for talks with the Washington's man PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

It was the first real public display of anger against Poroshenko, who was elected in May after the pro-Moscow Viktor Yanukovich fled the country.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 07:42:36 PM EST
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Biden tells Russia that U.S. will never accept Crimea annexation | LA Times - Nov. 21, 2014 |

Joe Biden has stressed the importance of yesterday's initialling of the coalition agreement: "For the whole world it is important to see that you have completed this process, appointed all Ministers and proceeded to business. And demonstrated that what people wanted on the Maidan is a freely elected Government that does its job".

"You have already made significant steps in the fight against corruption, trying to stabilize the economy in this very difficult situation. We want to help," Joe Biden underlined.

The US Vice-President has noted that he considered it an honor to be in Kyiv at the anniversary of the beginning of the Maidan, when "the Ukrainian people showed incredible bravery".

The extent of the Obama administration's meddling in Ukraine's politics was breathtaking | Cato Institute - Aug. 6, 2017 |

Joe never did like Russians, especially Vlad. Almost think he was part of McCarthyism in the 50s instead of Robert F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan with the Screen Actors Guild and HUAC.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 07:45:46 PM EST
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The good news is that America's fossil fuel companies are prepared to provide Europe with energy supplies if war breaks out.
The United States is in talks with major energy-producing countries and companies around the world over a potential diversion of supplies to Europe if Russia invades Ukraine, senior Biden administration officials said on Tuesday.
by asdf on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 04:10:37 PM EST
Only on long term, fixed price 10-year contracts I suppose!

Whatever happened to the push for US fracking contracts in Ukraine and Burisma? Linked to Democratic Party after Maidan 2014?

Burisma LLC

Esko-Pivnich put into operation an ultra-deep well in Kubashivska Square with a daily flow rate of 100,000 cubic meters.

The EU is investing in H2 operations in Ukraine ... need to protect our borders from the red menace ...:Will likely succeed. Hopefully America too will be saved ... insurrection Jan. 6th by irregular militants with red MAGA caps from red states. 😂 🇨🇺

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 04:33:09 PM EST
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Ukraine Says Russian Invasion Not Imminent

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 04:10:39 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 05:04:34 PM EST
Some resistance (I can't find anything in the Western "free" press)
With tensions growing on the border between Russia and Ukraine, Croatian President Zoran Milanovic has announced that Zagreb will pull its troops out of NATO contingents stationed in the region should the situation spiral into a full-scale conflict.

Speaking on Tuesday in a televised address, the leader said he sees "reports that NATO - not a separate state, not the US - is increasing its presence and sending reconnaissance ships."

He insisted that Zagreb's authorities "have nothing to do with it and we won't have anything to do with it, I guarantee you that."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 05:36:40 PM EST
According to HINA (Croatian government news agency) he also said that Ukraine should never become member of NATO and that the current "crisis" between Ukraine and Russia is mostly due to internal US politics.

He also criticised Croatian prime minister, former Ukrainian president Yanukovytch and apparently everyone who thinks Ukraine can be distanced from Russia and become wealthy at the same time.

Now, why wouldn't that be reported in "free" press?

by pelgus on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 06:18:04 PM EST
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The Croatians might have a precise idea of what Nato can do (https://www.rfi.fr/fr/podcasts/la-marche-du-monde/20220121-guillaume-ancel-%C3%A9crire-pour-ne-pas- subir is discussing the way he felt betrayed both by the French gov for letting the Serbs commit massacres but also how the NATO planes were flying -but ordered to take pictures).
by Tom2 on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 07:39:44 PM EST
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You mean, like Politico.eu?

by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 08:53:15 PM EST
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Pepe Escobar in eastern Ukraine: Howling in Donetsk | Asia Times - March 2015 |

    Paraphrasing Allen Ginsberg in Howl - "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness."

    But these were the Cold War mid-1950s. Now we're in early 21st century Cold War 2.0 .

    Thus what I saw were the ghastly side effects of the worst minds of my - and a subsequent - generation corroded by (war) madness.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 07:18:22 PM EST
Illegal Iranian Flow of Weapons to Yemen ! Statement by Secretary of Propaganda - Ned Price - Dec. 24, 2021 |

Historical Facts ...

'The Saudis couldn't do it without us': the UK's true role in Yemen's deadly war | The Guardian - June 2019 |

    The UAE has worked hand in glove with the Saudi regime in Yemen and in the Syrian civil war. Now the Gulf States (minus Qatar) have been cooperation with Israeli intelligence to turn US foreign policy in their favor and contribute all terror to the Islamic State of Iran.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 07:19:23 PM EST
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The Forgotten War: The Ongoing Disaster in Yemen - June 2018

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is now considered the worst in the world. Saudi Arabia and its coalition's war in the poor Arab nation has resulted in widespread famine, illness and death.

  • According to the United Nations, 75% of Yemen's population, just over 22 million people, are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. More than 2 million Yemenis are internally displaced, almost 18 million are food insecure--about half of those are at risk of starvation--and approximately 16 million lack access to safe water, sanitation and adequate healthcare. Over a million cases of cholera have been reported inside the country--the worst epidemic in modern history. Yemen's geographic location contributes to its strategic importance. The country's location on the Red Sea gives it control over the shipping of almost a third of the world's oil. Any negotiated peace agreement needs to take into account how this geographic importance influences regional and global interest in Yemen.

  • Saudi Arabia views neighboring Yemen as a critical security concern ... [read Russia and Eastern Ukraine]

Related diaries 2013-18 @BooMan ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 07:24:08 PM EST
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Yemen: Who was Ali Abdullah Saleh? | Al Jazeera - Dec. 5, 2017 |

Ali Abdullah Saleh dominated political life in Yemen for decades, even after his country and international allies forced him from the presidency more than five years ago.

The 75-year-old had spent years setting up a complicated network of alliances between the country's military, civil and tribal groups, fuelling societal divisions by playing enemies off one another in a bid to weaken his opposition.

The veteran politician likened this survival technique to "dancing on the heads of snakes," a slogan which appears to reflect the circumstances of his untimely death.

Last week, Saleh publicly broke ties with his former allies, the Houthis, calling on Yemenis to "defend the nation" against them.

Panel of experts says Ali Abdullah Saleh amassed between $32bn and $60bn through corruption during 33 years in power.

The UAE was behind the former president's decision to turn his back on Houthi rebels, officials say

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 07:27:23 PM EST
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Joe wouldn't want to cross Mitch, now would he? 🥺

Carefully choosing his words not to divulge secrets ... 🆘

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 09:28:48 PM EST
McConnell: Action needed before Ukraine invasion | AP News |

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says the United States needs to take action regarding Ukraine before Russia invades. "Once the Russians have grabbed a piece of Ukraine or tried to overthrow the entire government it's really too late," McConnell said during an appearance Tuesday in Kentucky. He said it seems to him that President Biden's administration is planning on doing that.

"It appears to me the administration is moving in the right direction," he said. He called the possibility of a Russian invasion "extremely serious." Moscow has denied it is planning an assault, but it has massed an estimated 100,000 troops near Ukraine in recent weeks and is holding military drills at multiple locations in Russia. That has led the United States and its NATO allies to rush to prepare for a possible war.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 09:29:53 PM EST
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Biden: Ukraine invasion would 'change the world' -- but US, NATO won't be there | NY Post - 1 hr ago |

President Biden said Tuesday that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would "change the world" -- moments after reiterating that he has "no intention of putting American forces or NATO forces" in the threatened country.

"There will be enormous consequences if he were to go in and invade, as he could, the entire country -- or a lot less than as well -- for Russia, not only in terms of economic consequences and political consequences," Biden told reporters, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"But there will be enormous consequences worldwide," the president continued. "This would be the largest -- if he were to move in with all those forces -- it would be the largest invasion since World War II. It would change the world."

Biden says a Russian invasion of Ukraine 'would change the world'  | CNBC |

The term is: Megalomanic.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 09:58:21 PM EST
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This would be the largest -- if he were to move in with all those forces -- it would be the largest invasion since World War II.

Saudi-Arabia and UAE have more troops in Yemen than "all those forces" threatening Ukraine. The scary part is that he clearly is a victim of his own propaganda.
by pelgus on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 10:22:58 PM EST
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Joe voted FOR the invasion, occupation and destruction of Iraq ...

Sizing Up an Invasion of Iraq | Brookings Inst. - Dec. 2002 |

The initial blows would be struck mostly by the U.S. air forces already in the region coupled with a limited ground offensive by roughly 20-30,000 soldiers and Marines. Additional forces would flow into the region afterwards, until the build-up exceeded 200,000 American troops--and possibly as many as 300,000. The ground campaign would be timed to begin soon after the airstrikes began, perhaps even simultaneously.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 09:59:02 PM EST
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ummm, idunno about that.

H.R.6470 - Defending Ukraine Sovereignty Act of 2022, Meeks (21 Dec 2022)

(a) In General.--Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State shall provide to the appropriate congressional committees a briefing on efforts to deepen ties with Ukraine and fully implement the objectives outlined in the United States-Ukraine Charter on Strategic Partnership, signed by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on November 10, 2021.

(b) Elements.--The briefing required by subsection (a) shall include the following:
(1) A plan to bolster support for Ukraine's sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and inviolability of borders, including plans for high-level representation and robust participation in Ukraine's Crimea Platform.

S.3488 - Defending Ukraine Sovereignty Act of 2022, Menendez (12 Jan 2022)

H.R.6367 - Guaranteeing Ukrainian Autonomy by Reinforcing its Defense (GUARD) Act of 2022, McCaul (10 Jan 2022)
S.3407 - Guaranteeing Ukrainian Autonomy by Reinforcing its Defense (GUARD) Act of 2021, Risch (15 Dec 2021)

past is prologue: 1941 calling ...
S.3522 - A bill to provide enhanced authority for the President to enter into agreements with the Government of Ukraine to lend or lease defense articles to that Government to protect civilian populations in Ukraine from Russian military invasion, and for other purposes, Cornyn (19 Jan)

by Cat on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 08:31:48 PM EST
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Clear planned provocation from across the Atlantic .. continuation of Rumsfeld and division of Europe into New -Bucharest Nine- and Old Europe. Same policy Bush-Obama-Trump and clearly a threat to the National Security of Russia. No room for talks, nor diplomacy. The US is well prepared to inflict damage to Europe.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 09:10:27 PM EST
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The question then is how much damage they have to inflict before Europeans wake up from their evil trance?

Do we need an actual aggression, serious threat of war or just a breather for the sanity to return and Europeans to realize that security arrangements in Europe are purely European business?

by pelgus on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 09:26:50 PM EST
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Two decades of militarized disinformation, especially from the US and UK. Lacking historical facts and knowledge causing delusion by many. Political leaders in Europe are preoccupied with internal quarrels ... defense is outsourced to NATO under US Command ... no courage to stand up against the mass murders committed by US Forces. No accountability ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 09:45:22 PM EST
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Add to this a completely locked academic system (no other option now that to go through the filtering of EU projects, which are being strongly oriented politically in the last decade). And have we heard about the (local) cultural sector these last two years? Not much, in comparison to the role of small companies in most local activities outside of the main urban centres.
Check here
Their newsletters are quite a joke to
Pure marketing of EU "ideas".
by Tom2 on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 10:04:00 PM EST
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Tom, can you be more specific about what you dislike in the culturalfoundation.eu programs?
Perhaps give examples of what other cultural initiatives they should be promoting instead?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Jan 31st, 2022 at 01:50:15 PM EST
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Well, precisely, my problem with it after receiving it for two years is that I don't see much programs.. They have vacancies for a director and for a 'digital communications assistant' but have no open calls for any cultural project. As if small cultural entities had not suffered in the last 2 years. The big ones get funding through the EU QE program, which basically goes to the rent of prestigious buildings.
As with many EU websites, it is a window with nothing behind. Here is an example (i ll have to train my embedded link skills again, sic.)
Then, you click on programmes, and you arrive here, let's check the thematic 'experience' (whatever that is supposed to mean)
and there you get to another empty ballon, with many balloons, so let's try one, pompously called EU cultural elations platform...
Oh, a beautiful page about some EU/UAE cooperation... back in 2020 for the Dubai world exhibition....

As usual. Nothing for EU citizens. Everything for communication and an hubristic EU who pretends to stretch from Yokohama to Hawai. The so-called independent foundation is just doing for the EU the job that marketing agencies do for more money (and of course, the EU has money for those as well).

by Tom2 on Mon Jan 31st, 2022 at 03:08:13 PM EST
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Musing in the website ("Support us") I found the very best page... was looking for any report on their finances, and found that they did not even find the time to finish their page about the testimonies from donators, which all go like "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Morbi nec pretium justo. Donec eleifend massa est, non tristique est ultricies sit amet. Nam eget est aliquam, malesuada justo non, ornare nisi."
Sounds familiar? https:/www.lipsum.com
by Tom2 on Mon Jan 31st, 2022 at 03:11:20 PM EST
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Yes this foundation has been around for 50 years... and the website has a distinctive 1990s feel to it.
The funded project seem worthy enough.

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by eurogreen on Tue Feb 1st, 2022 at 03:47:05 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 09:30:07 PM EST
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The seeds you grow will determine the harvest. The US has changed its personality through fear and intrinsic culture of violence: xenophobia and Islamophobia. A change for evil, a balance of good changing over many decades.

Blood and guts story | NY Times - May 11, 1975 |

Suzanne Massie is the daughter of a Swiss diplomat. She was born in New York and graduated from Vassar College, but also studied at the Sorbonne and the Institute of Political Studies in Paris.

Massie studied Russian and explored a culture in which suffering is accorded dignity rather than shame and ostracism; the Russian emigré community extended to them a compassion withheld by others. Together the Massies pursued the historical interest that led to the successful biography "Nicholas and Alexandra" about the parents of the Tsarevich Alexis whose hemophilia played a part in the downfall of the Romanovs. The book temporarily brought them a measure of freedom from financial pressure and the chance to live in France for four years, where Bobby discovered a matter‐of‐fact acceptance and a chance to be valued for his talents he had not found in America.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 11:31:00 AM EST
The Lady Who Warmed Up the Cold War | The Daily Beast - July 14, 2017 |

In forming his perceptions of the Soviet Union, Ronald Reagan had a friend--a well-dressed, attractive, Russian-speaking, fifty-year-old woman whose ideas about what was happening in Moscow and Leningrad made a bigger impression upon the president of the United States than the reporting and analysis of the Central Intelligence Agency. Her name was Suzanne Massie. She was a writer and author, not an established Soviet scholar. She first met the president on January 17, 1984, when National Security Adviser Robert C. McFarlane brought her into the Oval Office to give Reagan a report on a recent visit to the Soviet Union. They hit it off immediately.

The setting was hardly intimate. Reagan was flanked by several other senior officials, including McFarlane, Vice President George Bush and Reagan's three top White House aides, Michael Deaver, James Baker and Edwin Meese. Nevertheless, as Massie proceeded to describe the mood in Moscow, she focused directly on the president as though he were the only person in the room. Whatever she did worked. Reagan was by nature so remote and impersonal that even distinguished visitors sometimes left wondering if he knew their names--and yet on this occasion, Reagan forged some sort of bond with Massie.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 11:31:52 AM EST
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Reagan's Evolving Views of Russians and their Relevance Today | Wilson Center - Dec. 1, 2008 |

After 18 meetings, just before his meeting with Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland, she once asked him "What do you want from the Russians, anyway?" Without hesitation Reagan answered firmly "I want to get rid of those atomic weapons, every one." This was the point at which Massie taught Reagan the famous Russian proverb "Doveryai no proveryai" that translates as "trust, but verify," a phrase that he subsequently used on numerous occasions.

In concluding her talk, Massie demonstrated Reagan's relevance today for U.S. policy toward Russia and gave some words of advice to current policymakers. First, Massie said, Reagan respected Gorbachev and treated him as an equal. Gorbachev appreciated this, and for the first time Reagan was able to create an atmosphere of trust between a U.S. president and a leader of the Soviet Union. Respect is of greatest importance to Russians today and can help to foster trust, if not always agreement. President Medvedev recently addressed this important issue, saying in his remarks at the Foreign Policy Association that "today there is no trust between the United States and Russia."

Kremlin confirms Reagan's ex-adviser Suzanne Massie granted Russian citizenship | Tass - Dec. 30, 2021 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 11:32:28 AM EST
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The changing Obama Years from Hope to Despair. His career as activist, people characterized Senator Obama from Illinois as a man for building relationships and work for peace. The reality would be harsh, his advisors got the President from one quagmire to the next. Putting wrong people into roles of advisors, Obama lived by his rhetoric, but could not change the course of America for becoming better and more united.

Early life and military career of John McCain

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 12:28:46 PM EST

Christmas Bombing -- Operation Linebacker I and II

Nixon had ordered the raids on December 14, and the Strategic Air Command headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, hastily devised a plan. The Eighth Air Force staff on Guam was surprised at the SAC decision to plan the missions in Omaha. The Eighth's mission planners had managed B-52 raids for years, and, since they were stationed on Guam, could discuss tactics with many of the B-52 crews. The distance between the SAC planners and the combat crews halfway around the world seemed to guarantee problems.

SAC's plan was to split the B-52 force--which would be flying from Guam and a U.S. base in U-Tapao, Thailand--into three waves, all attacking at night, with four hours between each wave. The bombers would fly almost identical routes, in single file, to Hanoi.

Wings Over Vietnam: The Missions - Linebacker II

Brought shame over America.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 12:29:52 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 04:13:47 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 04:15:37 PM EST
Ukraine: l'Amérique et ses alliés divergent sur la stratégie face à Vladimir Poutine | Le Figaro |

DÉCRYPTAGE - Un décalage s'est installé ces derniers jours entre l'alarmisme de l'Administration Biden et   des Européens quant à l'imminence d'une invasion de l'Ukraine par les forces russes.

Depuis les derniers développements de la crise ukrainienne à la fin de l'année dernière, un troublant décalage est apparu entre les perceptions des uns et des autres. Début novembre 2021, quand le gouvernement américain a tiré la sonnette d'alarme en affirmant que l'armée russe préparait une nouvelle offensive militaire de grande envergure contre l'Ukraine, les responsables de Kiev étaient restés plutôt dubitatifs. Même chose sur la ligne de front, près de Marioupol, où les militaires, habitués au renforcement des forces russes depuis le printemps 2021, ne voyaient pas l'imminence d'une intervention qui, selon Washington et l'Otan, aurait pu avoir lieu fin décembre ou début janvier.

DECRYPTION - A gap has developed in recent days between the alarmism of the Biden Administration and the evaluation of Europeans regarding the imminence of an invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces.

U.S.-Russia engagement deepens as CIA chief travels to Moscow | NY Times - Nov. 2, 2021 |

CIA director dispatched to Moscow to warn Russia over troop buildup near Ukraine | CNN - Nov. 5, 2021

Putin, CIA Chief Discuss `Regional Conflicts' - Kremlin | The Moscow Times - Nov. 8, 2021

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 04:17:57 PM EST
Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy - Nov. 2, 2021

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy today in Glasgow on the margins of COP26.  Secretary Blinken reaffirmed the United States' unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity.  He welcomed Ukraine's steps to address corruption and underscored that, together with our allies and partners, the United States would continue to reinforce Ukrainian energy security, including by reducing the risks posed by the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

CIA chief warns Russians of consequences if they caused 'Havana Syndrome' | NBC News - Nov. 24, 2021 |

Director William Burns raised the issue during a visit to Moscow this month while he was speaking to top Russian intelligence officials, sources said.

Step by step the US State Dep't, CIA Bill Burns together with Zelensky/ SBU intelligence head have ratcheted up tensions with the Kremlin. Exploiting the opportunity of Russian troops build-up along the border. Developing a strategy ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 04:19:08 PM EST
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Putin, CIA director discuss Russia-US relations, regional conflicts over phone -- Kremlin | Tass - Nov. 8, 2021 |

The TV channel noted that during his official two-day visit this week, the US intelligence chief also expressed concern "that Russia is close to using its gas exports as leverage, with Ukraine and other European nations forecast to suffer energy crises heading into winter." After meetings in Moscow, where the US official held talks with Secretary of Russia's Security Council Nikolai Patrushev and Director of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Sergei Naryshkin, "Burns called [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky to convey the administration's concerns over Russia's behavior and reassure him that the US is closely tracking the Russian activity, according to a person with direct knowledge of the call," CNN reported. The CIA's press service has not yet responded to a TASS' request to confirm this information.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 04:20:26 PM EST
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... not Russia 🇷🇺

Lavrov's diplomatic letters prove Russia never 'sabotaged' Normandy Four talks -- MFA | Tass - Nov. 18, 2021 |

Reports that were telling a different story to the public were meant to put the blame for the failure of the Minsk agreements on Moscow while "covering up for Kiev," Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova pointed out.

Zakharova spoke on the Solovyov Live YouTube channel and referred to the publication on Wednesday of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's correspondence with his French and German counterparts, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas, respectively.

"Moscow responded promptly to the requests from its partners in Berlin and Germany," she said. Russia made numerous proposals that were "worth pursuing," she said.

Reports that were telling a different story to the public were meant to portray Russia as "uncooperative and impossible to negotiate with" and put the blame for the failure of the Minsk agreements on Moscow while "covering up for Kiev," the spokeswoman noted.

Germany decries Russia's publication of diplomatic notes on Ukraine | DW News - Nov. 18, 2021 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 04:23:27 PM EST
The last Normandy Four meeting and the only one with Zelensky participating ...

Russia, Ukraine agree to ceasefire by year-end at Paris talks | DW News - Dec. 9, 2019 |

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, agreed to implement a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine by year-end, following their first meeting at a summit in Paris mediated by France and Germany.

"The sides commit to a full and comprehensive implementation of the cease-fire, strengthened by the implementation of all necessary ceasefire support measures, before the end of the year 2019," according to a joint communique.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 04:25:14 PM EST
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From my diary ...

Promoting Human Rights Starting In Ukraine | June 17, 2021 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 04:27:33 PM EST
Ukrainian President Zelensky deepens alliance with far right | WSWS - April 30, 2021  |

Amidst the ongoing military confrontation with Russia, reports have emerged proving that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is seeking to appoint the far-right Serhiy Sternenko as head of Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) in Odessa, in an attempt to further his alliance with neo-Nazi forces.

As the former head of the neo-Nazi Right Sector in Odessa, Sternenko was directly implicated in the 2014 Trade Unions House massacre of 46 people. He is a convicted criminal and currently under investigation for murder.

Confirmation of the offer demonstrates that the administration of Zelensky, who came to power in 2019 due to widespread disillusionment and disgust with his right-wing nationalist predecessor Petro Poroshenko, has in fact continued and increased the conspicuous alliance of Ukraine's oligarchy with neo-Nazi thugs.

As a far-right political operative, Sternenko has a bloody political and criminal history including drug charges, kidnapping and murder.

Fugitive Georgian Ex-President Appointed Governor of Odessa Region | May 30, 2015 |

Saakashvili resigned citing endemic corruption within the state [The Guardian - Nov. 7, 2016 ].

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 04:29:09 PM EST
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Protest against Russia, only in Ireland live the true green men ...

Irish fishermen plan to disrupt Russian navy exercises

What is the lead time for Ireland to become a member with Article 5 protection. At least Coveney could send a threatening letter to the Kremlin.

The block for naval exercises is wisely chosen by Russian intelligence ... major whiting fishing grounds.

Ireland's EEZ in the Atlantic

The site of the Russian exercise is in the area through which many trans-Atlantic internet cables run which connect Europe and North America.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 08:21:55 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 30th, 2022 at 02:48:03 PM EST
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supra DOD Global Posture Review preview
Nowhere is this more clear than in Europe. Ravaged by war when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was founded in 1949, Europe is now the richest continent on earth. NATO had 16 member states at the conclusion of the Cold War. With the accession of North Macedonia in 2020, the alliance now has 30 members. The politics of past and future NATO enlargement are beyond the scope of this paper, but the current defense expenditures and capabilities of NATO members are extremely relevant to the United States' global force posture. Just one-third of the alliance's members meet the arbitrary benchmark of spending 2 percent of GDP on defense. As one retired U.S. naval officer recently wrote, most NATO states are either "Show Ponies," spending too little but at least buying effective equipment, or abject "Free Riders."20

Most of NATO's purported "War Horses" are barely clearing the 2 percent hurdle, with post-COVID cuts likely to come. The balance between capability and capacity also varies greatly among NATO members. Greece, for example, fields a large but ill-equipped garrison army that is more of a jobs program than an expeditionary force. In contrast, even as it devotes more money to defense, the United Kingdom is cutting 10,000 servicemembers from its total force by 2025. This will leave the British military the smallest it has been since the Napoleonic Wars.21

by Cat on Sun Jan 30th, 2022 at 09:21:03 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 10:17:54 PM EST

Russia will not let West brush its security proposals under the carpet -- Lavrov

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 10:19:02 PM EST

US ambassador gives Russian Foreign Ministry US response to Russian security proposals

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 10:21:09 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 10:22:35 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 10:23:48 PM EST
Military aid to Donbass held back by Minsk agreement
On Wednesday, United Russia asked the country's authorities to start supplying military aid to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DNR and LNR). Vladimir Vasilyev, head of the Duma faction of the United Russia party, said the party "has come to the understanding that it cannot abandon people to the arbitrariness of the Kiev regime".
Earlier on Wednesday, a similar appeal was made by the first deputy speaker of the Council of Federation and head of the United Russia general council, Andrei Turchak. He stressed: "Russia should provide the Luhansk and Donetsk people's republics with the necessary assistance in the form of deliveries of certain types of weapons to improve their defense capabilities and deter the military aggression Kiev is clearly preparing."
However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in response to Turchak's words, reminded that "we support unconditional implementation of the Minsk agreements, which Ukraine is now sabotaging". According to Interfax the minister also noted that Moscow is counting on the West to force Kiev to implement the Minsk agreements. "It's the first thing as far as the special status of Donbas is concerned. I believe this responsibility lies with the West - it should ensure Kiev's implementation of the Minsk agreements. Then all issues will disappear. And I hope very much that this will happen," Lavrov added.

From the legal point of view, starting such supplies could be interpreted as Russia's withdrawal from the Minsk agreements of which it is a guarantor, military expert Aleksey Leonkov said in a comment for VZGLYAD newspaper. "If Russia now begins to send weapons and military equipment to Donbass, it ceases to be a negotiating party and acts as a state supporting one of the parties to the conflict," the interviewee stressed. He noted that one of the Western guarantors of Minsk - Germany - seeks to avoid military supplies to Ukraine. It is indicative that Berlin has banned Estonia from transferring to Ukraine towed German-made D-30 howitzers, which are actually on lease to the Estonians, Leonkov reminded. "If we accept and start this kind of delivery, we bury the Minsk agreements with our own hands," the expert believes.

It's a much longer story, this Leonkov even talks about possibility of Russia declaring a no-fly zone over Donbass.
by pelgus on Thu Jan 27th, 2022 at 10:54:10 AM EST
starting such supplies could be interpreted as Russia's withdrawal from the Minsk agreements of which it is a guarantor

US federal government has one objective, stimulate moribund domestic industry by profiteering from war. Leadership of the EU are no different as demonstrated most profoundly by abandoning the JCPOA and every.single ruin created by their so-called interventions for democracy, "women[,] and minorities". And that M.O. most certainly includes the EU "association agreement" of 2013, "guaranteed" by $15B IMF loan with "structural adjustment" conditions.

Set aside internal inconsistencies of NATO member (US client states) allegiance, because US, UK do not international law; US, UK do not honor treaties; they make "their own reality", as is the custom among one or more psychopaths.

US State Dept's PR campaign in anglo-american press--since retreat from AFGHANISTAN in a PANDEMIC--is not "pre-text", but absolute prologue to another in a series of US-orchestrated proxy wars. In this psychotic break, Donbas, UKRAINE, is the theater in which NATO's special forces instruct Kiev's standing army in how to annihilate the irregular armed force of SE provinces--which it ought be recalled, mobilized after Ukraine's AUTONOMOUS REGIONAL GOV of Crimea employed a political solution to secede from political conflict in UKRAINE over Yanukovych and Poroshenko vacilating agreements to IMF-EU "association"--not NAZI unification or RU oppression.

This year, US-NATO concerted, rhetorical, diplomatic incoherence is a tactical ploy. It is not RU who needs time to "amass" resources for invasion of UKRAINE, it is the US. Which has been preparing the comical naïf Zelensk(i)y's regime with armament to resume hostilities that contravene Minsk cease fire, to which RU, FR, DE and UA are signatories, not US.

RU need do nothing to maintain the integrity of its government's geo-political position as peace keeper in this matter or JCPOA. In fact, US fed's diplomatic plan merely is to produce enough casualties in cynical experiment in human rights to trigger RU "intervention" where EU allies, not even under color of UN, balk.

The tragedy of allegiance to the wrong "super power" is manifold. As sure as the sun will rise, we, assets of  the deranged political economy expressed as representative democracy, we will retire in comfort with a belief that nothing can be done to arrest captains of this juggernaut of free trade, open skies, open doors, open seas, and besserwissen.

by Cat on Thu Jan 27th, 2022 at 05:09:05 PM EST
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Question is, who is going to go on international radio and do the Tony Blair thing of promoting another war? He was pretty good at it.
by asdf on Fri Jan 28th, 2022 at 01:02:17 AM EST
White House freezes $100 million Ukraine military package that includes lethal weapons | Politica - June 18, 2021 |

After abandoning Afghanistan, Zelensky seeks security guarantee from President Biden starting the whole anti-Russia rhetoric and a start of warmongering ... the Russian troops have been on the border for training exercises for young recruits for nearly a year.

Ukraine president seeks Biden support against Russia after Afghan war | France24 - Sept. 1, 2021 |

Ukraine's leader will ask President Joe Biden for firm US support on military modernization, worried about rising Russian pressure days after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

President Volodymyr Zelensky was invited to Washington after Biden disappointed Ukraine by waiving most sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline being built from Russia to Germany, saying it was too late to stop the project that Eastern European nations fear will erode their leverage against Moscow.

Zelensky visited the Pentagon on Tuesday hours after the last US troops left Afghanistan as America's longest-ever war ended with the nearly 20-year-old US-backed government crumbling to the Taliban.

Russian officials have pointed to Afghanistan as a lesson for Ukraine, which has relied on the West in a seven-year war against Moscow-linked separatists, but Biden has insisted that he withdrew to end a costly distraction from a larger US challenge of facing an assertive China and Russia.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 30th, 2022 at 10:11:48 PM EST
Send troops to Black Sea and weapons to Ukraine, key Republicans tell Biden | Defense News - Nov. 5, 2021 |

Republican Reps. Mike Rogers and Mike Turner are urging U.S. President Joe Biden to further arm Ukraine and "deploy a U.S. military presence in the Black Sea" to warn off a renewed invasion threat from Russian forces.

"With the recent massing of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border, we urge your administration to take immediate and swift action to provide support to Ukraine in the form of intelligence and weapons," Rogers, of Alabama, and Turner, of Ohio, said Friday in a letter to Biden, which was obtained by Defense News.

Rogers and Turner are the ranking members of, respectively, the House Armed Services Committee and Strategic Forces Subcommittee.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 30th, 2022 at 10:12:56 PM EST
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"Far away countries, of which we know nothing"
The National
Truss, who is due to travel to Moscow once she recovers from coronavirus, told the BBC's Sunday Morning show that "we are supplying and offering extra support into our Baltic allies across the Black Sea".

Zakharova noted that the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania lie off the Baltic Sea, not the Black Sea, which is hundreds of miles to the south.

"The Baltic countries are called so because they are located precisely off the coast of this [Baltic] sea. Not the Black [Sea]," the Russian official wrote on Facebook.

I thought Churchill was supposed to come after Chamberlain, not before.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Feb 3rd, 2022 at 09:19:28 AM EST

The primary interest of many inexpensive exploitation films is prurient; on the other, many B movies display a high degree of craft and aesthetic ingenuity.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 4th, 2022 at 02:23:21 PM EST
Is there an alternative to direct twitter links? I remember there was a twitter reader that was less fancy but at least did not "stop" transmission with a banner covering the whole page to force people to take a twitter account to read the rest (but that was long ago, so they may have now 'secured' their pages). This is getting more and more common to me, e.g. since last week I can hardly scroll down and read 2-3 tweets (of the same person) and it has been impossible to read a twitter thread with its answers since a few months already for non holders like me).
The whole idea between FB and Twitter imo is to map populations' political opinions and to map their networks as well.
by Tom2 on Fri Feb 4th, 2022 at 06:05:04 PM EST
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The BBC psy-op is all about "prophecies" these days.
From the News front page: "Fresh fears in Ukraine where a frozen war has killed many", now, that's enough for quick readers. New concept... the killing frozen war.
Clicking on it won't bring you to a page with the same title (a bit of shame here?)
Now it is all about a pastor father and the prophecy made by his son, who was "expecting to die", and did die in Dombass, one of the 65 Ukr soldiers killed by... another Ukrainian.
by Tom2 on Sat Feb 5th, 2022 at 12:22:36 PM EST

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