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Whiff of Munich In the Air

by Oui Sun Feb 13th, 2022 at 05:49:37 PM EST

Damn irresponsible fools at the controls of war and devastation ... freedom of Europe at stake. Do not expect any rational leadership out of Washington DC. Mainland Europe should take a long lead what has happened to American democracy after the 9/11 attacks.

Where are the mass protests?

Briefing by Aide to the President Yury Ushakov following a telephone conversation between Vladimir Putin and Joseph Biden

UK minister likens Russia-Ukraine to WWII appeasement: `Whiff of Munich in the air' | Times of Israel |

British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has compared Western diplomatic efforts to head off a Russian invasion of Ukraine to the appeasement of Nazi Germany ahead of World War II.

Wallace told the Sunday Times that Russian President Vladimir Putin could send his massed troops into Ukraine "at any time."

And he suggested unnamed Western countries were not being tough enough with Moscow.

"It may be that he (Putin) just switches off his tanks and we all go home but there is a whiff of Munich in the air from some in the West," Wallace said.

The 1938 Munich Agreement handed Nazi Germany parts of Czechoslovakia in a failed bid to head off major conflict in Europe.

The Spirit of #Elba is alive as shown in the photo with #Wallace, #Shoigu and their respective chiefs of staff in front of the fresco depicting #Montgomery and #Zhukov in Berlin immediately after Allied #victory over the Hitler's Nazis. Let's stop the warlord world war machine!

The man who really defeated Hitler | Irish Times - May 2005 |

Acts of Provocation Into Violence

The US Strategic Provocations before and during the Olympic Games

    To make your foe act in a definite way through the planned escalation of events, thereby making him lose his position and assets is the essence of any international provocation. [Author: Evgeny Pashentsev]

    War and Peace by Tolstoy

Ukraine: U.S. hegemonic rhetoric is there, so what is the hegemonic intent? | CGTN Opinion - by Keith Lamb |

Consequently, Russia's actions are not driven by the madness of one leader, and the aim of the U.S. is not to fight Russia head-on. Then what are the intentions behind the hegemonic rhetoric?

Former U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard recently warned that conflict could be adverted if the U.S. gave guarantees that Ukraine remained a neutral state, out of NATO, which would reassure Russia that its security wasn't being threatened. Indeed, she believed, no matter what, that Ukraine's admittance into NATO would be almost impossible. As such, Gabbard believes there has been a purposeful push by the U.S. to use Ukraine as a pawn to provoke Russia.

Her conclusion is based on the assessment that the U.S. democratic process, controlled by the business interests of the military-industrial complex, has been pushing for Russia to invade so that a new Cold War is cemented to push up arms sales. She also notes that the hegemonic narrative that the "U.S. is defending Ukrainian democracy" is false as Ukrainian political opposition and media have been shut down with the support of the U.S.

Gabbard's conclusions sound conspiratorial and in opposition to Biden who said, regarding Russia, that "none of us will be fooled, there is no justification." However, the very premise of this article is that, for the sake of peace, we cannot take hegemonic rhetoric, which has fooled us before, at face value and we must look at how others justify their actions.

Of course, it is still early and as the consequences of Ukraine play out, the truth may steadily come into focus putting conjecture to rest. Today, few enlightened people would dispute the fact that the invasion of Iraq was neo-colonial plunder and similarly Afghanistan provided the military-industrial complex with twenty years of super profits. In the wider geopolitical context, the "horrible men" narrative provides little value, and, at any rate, it did not save the lives of the millions lost. Thus, for the sake of peace, we must also focus on the wider narrative surrounding Ukraine.

What the papers say - February 13, 2022

German gov't source says Ukraine situation ’critical' as tensions with Russia rise

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have reached a "critical" point, a German government source says, as Chancellor Scholz is set to depart for Kyiv tomorrow and then Moscow.

BBC News continues war rhetoric ...


United States Mission to the OSCE
Statement on Russia's Unusual Military Activity Along the Ukrainian Border

As delivered by Ambassador Daniel B. Baer to a Special Joint Session of the Forum for Security Cooperation and the Permanent Council Vienna, April 17, 2014

At first I couldn't find a source, it appears after two years of boycotting the Minsk talks, MFA Kubela has found an opening ...

Another act of deceit by Ukraine MFA for purpose of provocation?

This idea was modified, before being codified in the final treaty, signed on September 12, 1990 (Treaty of Moscow): article 6 devotes the right of reunified Germany to belong to alliances of its choice; on the other hand, article 5 prohibits the deployment of armed forces other than German forces on the territory of the former GDR. It was only after the planned withdrawal of the Soviet armed forces from the territory that "units of the German armed forces assigned to alliance structures in the same way as units stationed on the rest of German territory may also be stationed on territory in this part of Germany, albeit without nuclear weapon delivery systems".

Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany | Sept. 12, 1990 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 13th, 2022 at 06:51:58 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 13th, 2022 at 08:33:28 PM EST
The 1938 Munich Agreement handed Nazi Germany parts of Czechoslovakia in a failed bid to head off major conflict in Europe.
The Munich Betrayal handed Nazi Germany almost half of the Czechoslovakia and parts of it to Hungary and Poland in a failed bid to incite Germany to strike Soviet Union first. That's why Soviet Union was not invited, even if had for years tried to negotiate an alliance with anyone and everyone to contain Nazi military build-up.

Fixed it for Times of Israel.

by pelgus on Sun Feb 13th, 2022 at 08:57:54 PM EST
Courage in leadership under immoral pressure from the US and UK.

UNSC debate ahead of the illegal invasion, occupation of Iraq ...

Against the Iraq War -- Dominique de Villepin

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 13th, 2022 at 09:00:02 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 13th, 2022 at 11:49:02 PM EST
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The US and UK pulling out their members of the mission ... to what purpose ... expecting a provocation from the Ukrainian armed forces or foreign mercenaries?

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 13th, 2022 at 09:55:21 PM EST

Reports by OSCE SMM prove Ukraine's offensive in Donbass, diplomat says | Nov. 25, 2021 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 13th, 2022 at 09:56:09 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 13th, 2022 at 10:37:02 PM EST
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The OSCE has served as the world's eyes and ears for the eight-year conflict across Ukraine's Russian-backed separatist east that has claimed more than 14,000 lives.

Weeks of tensions over Ukraine have seen Russia nearly surround its western neighbour with more than 100,000 troops intensified, with Washington warning that an all-out Russian invasion could begin "any day".

Zakharova said the OSCE move further inflamed tensions over Ukraine, adding that the monitoring mission could be used as a "tool" to stage a possible provocation.

"We call on the OSCE leadership to resolutely stop attempts to manipulate the mission and prevent the organization from being drawn into dirty political games," Zakharova added.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 13th, 2022 at 10:40:49 PM EST

Ties between Turkiye and the Arab world are experiencing a major thaw after years of tense relations. Late last year, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited Ankara and announced a $10 billion fund for investments in Turkiye.

Turkiye and the UAE also signed several agreements on energy, environment, finance and trade during the visit.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 13th, 2022 at 11:04:20 PM EST

Aircraft traveling through Ukrainian airspace will no longer be insured by international insurance companies from Feb. 14, forcing flights to be grounded or canceled, according to Ukrainian publication Ukrainska Pravda. 

The outlet quoted information from unnamed sources in the aviation industry.
Anatoliy Ivantsiv, head of Ukrainian insurance firm Expo, told Interfax that British reinsurance giant Lloyds announced it would temporarily cease all conflict risk insurance over Ukrainian airspace from Feb. 14.

Ukrainian airlines may lose most aircraft amid panic | AviaNews |

Update Feb. 13: Government of Ukraine allocated UAH 16.6 billion ($600m) to the Ministry of Infrastructure as guarantees for insurance companies, reinsurance companies, leasing companies and air carriers.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 13th, 2022 at 11:37:56 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 13th, 2022 at 11:41:30 PM EST
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Russian media is today quoting a lot Strana.ua (which 2nd most popular Ukrainian news site, and apparently the biggest opposition news site - so Russian disinformation, I'm sure) about a lot of private jets leaving Ukraine for EU countries and especially a ban for members of Verhovnaya Rada representing Servant of the People party leaving country.

If all the US embassy workers are leaving, one wonders who will actually run Ukrainian government from now on? Is Zelensky preparing for a coup? Will Ukraine become sovereign? Can Zelensky implement Minsk Accords against the will of ethno-nationalists?

by pelgus on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 09:09:10 AM EST
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Ukraine hit hard by financial and economic costs of stand-off with Russia. Unity in government are showing fundamental cracks. Most obvious started by Zelensky. The hardliners are MFA and recently appointed minister of Defense.

Last night a trial balloon was launched by Ukrainian Ambassador to UK on a BBC program.

Today a slight backtrack: "Ukraine ambassador  launched clarifies his remarks on Nato membership."

Just breaking from Moscow ... positive sign for a diplomatic solution.

G7 willing for urgent financial package for Ukraine. Many will profit in this ultra-corrupt nation and in the meantime has become more weaponized and dangerous. An unstable nation in a global crisis.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 10:55:30 AM EST
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Read between the lines as the information is interlaced with threats of harsh sanctions on Russia ... getting very boring the hateful rhetoric.  😡

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 11:30:05 AM EST
Got airtime on BBC News this morning ... gas shortage and high energy prices is caused by Russia politicizing the fossil fuel delivery to Europe.


Cost of Inaction and Costs of Action In Climate Protection Assessment of Costs of Inaction or Delayed Action of Climate Protection and Climate Change (2005)

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 12:02:08 PM EST
Claudia Kemfert considers Nord Stream 2 a mistake ...

On the Biden win in 2020 ...

Europeans express relief, hope for climate cooperation after Biden win

Claudia Kemfert, professor for energy economics and energy policy at the German Institute for Economic Research, has warned on Twitter that not everything will change under Biden. "Biden also considers Nord Stream 2 (rightly) a mistake."

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 12:02:49 PM EST
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Is Mrs. Kemfert willing to join NATO into a war with Russia over fossil fuel supply and supremacy. Putting blame on Russia to promote a Green Deal ... stupidity.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 12:03:44 PM EST
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Behold the premise of a "rational system" of government:

If US climate "Green Deal" becomes reality
It won't.

The EU should initiate a joint #GreenNewDeal Deal with the USA

Because EU already enjoys trade surplus with USA and ROBUST joint ventures among profit-seeking and yield-chasing TNCs to liberate "green" minerals from EMERGING MARKETS around the world.

Nuclear, CCS, fracking will have no future in midterm.
Incorrect. Check with rate payers in your "community" abusing investor-owned Public Utility Commissions. And Juncker's last stand on importing LNG from "net exporter" USA.
All of these technologies are much more expensive than renewable energies.
See above
Conventional energy business models have no future. Biden focuses on realism and economy without artificial
wut are natural
subsidies for expensive technology?

case in point

Evidently, this person is either illiterate and innumerate or has yet to read a word of US legislation pertaining to congressional appropriations intended to commercialize US American "science, technology, and innovation" for the future "bioeconomy". Is this person an expert economist?

by Cat on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 02:15:52 PM EST
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NSA Jake Sullivan Reportedly Asks US Congress to Offer $1 Billion Loan Guarantees to Ukraine
Fox News has reported citing anonymous sources. Moscow has repeatedly denied these allegations over the past months.

He reportedly justified the measure by the need to "calm market concerns" about a possible war erupting in Ukraine.

Fox News earlier said that Sullivan will be briefing congressional leaders and members of key House and Senate committees on the latest developments concerning Ukraine and the allegedly possible "Russian invasion".

Evergreen New Deal
House approves $1B loan guarantee package for Ukraine, 2014
Inside Joe Biden's brawling efforts to reform Ukraine, 2019
US Embassy staff in Ukraine falls to 22, February 2022 earnings call
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has been briefing top House lawmakers by phone this morning about the situation in Ukraine. A similar briefing happens in person at 3:30 p.m. ET in the Senate today.

A source familiar with this morning's call tells Fox News that the U.S. will offer $1 billion in soveriegn loan guarantees to Ukraine in an effort to calm market concerns about a war in Ukraine.

by Cat on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 05:16:59 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 05:31:20 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 05:33:37 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 05:35:00 PM EST
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First Mr. Mangott should convince Mr. Putin that he, indeed, is the one in a trap.

On the other hand, the same Mr. Mangott believes that since joint operational exercise Union Courage-2022 will end, as scheduled, on 20th, Mr. Shoigu is about to unwind the crisis.

by pelgus on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 07:13:48 PM EST
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Technically Lavrov told to media that there was nothing in the two replies received, except "don't worry, and remove your troops".
He doesn't think there's anything to base any further negotiations on, but as a head of Foreign Ministry he has to say that, of course, there's always a possibility for talks.
Lavrov also stressed that Russia is not going to stand for any endless procrastinating on important issues that have to be resolved today.
by pelgus on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 07:09:12 PM EST
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Boris Johnson All In for Diplomacy :-))

Boris Johnson's woes overshadow trip to ease Ukraine crisis

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 05:32:42 PM EST
There is going to be a lot of countries claiming credit once the war doesn't start.
by fjallstrom on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 09:40:15 AM EST
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First they have to reinstate Poroshenko, because Zelensky seems to be seriously pissed off and may spill the beans on "the war".
by pelgus on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 10:09:33 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 05:37:34 PM EST

David Ignatius, the CIA's spokesperson resident at the Washington Post, makes another dire claim. (WaPo)

U.S. military officials say Putin has sent orders to his commanders to prepare for possible battle by the middle of this week, when the ground in central Ukraine will have frozen more than a foot deep, allowing rapid tank advance.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 06:25:44 PM EST
Come on. They just confused Centigrade with Farenheit, An easy mistake for the CIA to make.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 07:12:43 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 07:16:52 PM EST
Boris Johnson to chair Cobra meeting on Ukraine crisis

Boris Johnson cut short his UK tour on Monday to return to London as western leaders voiced concerns a Russian invasion of Ukraine could happen imminently, and Liz Truss convened a Cobra meeting to discuss the UK's consular response.

The foreign secretary will consider whether to change advice to UK diplomats in the country, after it issued new guidance on Friday advising British citizens in Ukraine to leave immediately while commercial flights are still available.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 07:17:48 PM EST
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Ukraine invasion could be imminent, says foreign secretary | BBC News |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 07:37:06 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 07:39:52 PM EST
It's never going to get old in the UK, swinging Munich and poor Neville Chamberlain around whenever someone isn't hot to go to war.  Neocons, including Wallace, remind me of Jon Hamm's character, the Archangel Gabriel in Good Omens: Of course there's going to be a war.  How else are we going to win it?

Wallace does a lot of chest thumping and virtue signaling, but he tips his hand:

Ben Wallace said that the potential for 'millions of displaced people - refugees - pouring from one European country to another hasn't been seen since the war and could potentially have a massive impact.'

We've had millions of refugees running around, getting herded into concentration camps, drowning in the Mediterranean, for over two decades now.  But THESE will be EUROPEANS and CHRISTIANS, so we'll be compelled to pretend to care!

by rifek on Wed Feb 23rd, 2022 at 05:08:43 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 08:12:49 PM EST
Most difficult task as successor to Angela Merkel ... who promised the voyage after Brexit and Covid-19 pandemic would make Green Energy and Climate Change a common goal of the global community. Facing existential threat not only for Germany, but also for the European Union. Looking back, the 4 years of Trump were an easy ride. There were enough warning signs, but Brussels and national leaders have a serious issue with tunnel vision.

Hard decisions are imminent for survival of Europe's principle of Four Freedoms and its sovereign economy ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 08:43:03 PM EST
Unfair to Chancellor Merkel and the modern German State. Cutting down Europe by targeting Germany.

Why Merkel can't stop apologizing | Politico EU |

Olaf Scholz: Germany's new chancellor is level-headed and pragmatic

Mr Scholz offered two pieces of guidance: "We are never offended, and we are never hysterical." Mr Holstein, now on Hamburg's state council, found the advice so useful that it remains pinned up in his office under the words: "Scholz's first law". Germans and others who learned to appreciate the calm demeanour of Angela Merkel during her 16 years in office will find reassurance in Mr Scholz, who replaced her as German chancellor on December 8th.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 08:43:56 PM EST
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Rants lifted from a famous bar:
"There is exactly zero difference between doomsday nuts who, when the doomed day passes like any other find the most perfect explanations, and these doomsday nuts. Their cults, their superstitions, their superstitions, their blindness to reason are exactly the same. (bjd)

"VT has the following headline: False Flag or False Flag? Ukraine Clears Mine Corridors for Attack on DRP...and Russia? and an article to match.
Presumably, either the US got the Germans to agree that "If the Russians invade Ukraine we will foreswear Russian gas" OR they got fed up waiting for the Russians to attack." (Foolisholdman)

(i.e. keeping money in the Swift pipes while nuking NS2?)

"Since any "broad economic sanctions" would include kicking Russia out of SWIFT they would mean no Russian gas for Europe and no diesel for the US. Because they simply can't pay for it, banks would be technically uncapable of making the transaction. Today the Swedish foreign minister said: "There is an unhealty dependence on russian gas in Europe. We will have to see what the package of sanctions will look like in the end."

by Tom2 on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 08:50:10 PM EST
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Interesting new channel
Green Lamberts and the (French) head of a Swisss thinktank
by Tom2 on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 08:58:13 PM EST
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America has decided there is no room for negotiations on the strong terms put forward by Russia. The security landscape of Europe will change drastically and we should now prepare for the aftermath of war between Ukraine and Russia.

Tonight in a BBC interview with Lt col Alexander Vindman he proposes to focus on the day after ... war is inevitable and will change the landscape of European security.

Alexander Vindman: US can stop the horror of a Putin war in Ukraine. But time is running out

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 11:03:46 PM EST
More optimistic tone here
(Bhadhra is charitable enough not to recall Sullivan's "Kyev will be bombed first...")
"It is said that February 16 will be the day of the attack. We will make it a day of unity,"Zelensky said on Monday evening in an address to Ukrainians. "On this day, we will fly our national flags, put on blue-and-yellow ribbons and show our unity to the entire world.""
by Tom2 on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 11:23:43 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 11:39:14 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 11:40:36 PM EST
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Mehrheit der Deutschen befürwortet Start von Nord Stream 2

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 14th, 2022 at 11:41:44 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 12:19:54 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 12:22:41 AM EST
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According to major-general Konashenkov, the spokesman of Russian MoD, many subunits of Western and Southern military districts have finished their exercises in Belarus and are currently preparing to return to their barracks.
On 19th February a marine brigade will have a live-fire training with Belarusian units in Obuz-Lesnovsky training area (which is a few kilometers closer to Lithuania than Ukraine, but obviously "close to border").

Also the 1st Guards Tank Army, parts of which are located almost 200 km from the Ukrainian border has sent it's combat engineer regiment to blow up ice formations in the rivers in Moscow area.

Since Guardian doesn't really define the "to Ukraine border", it's hard to try to figure out which troop movement counts and which does not.

by pelgus on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 10:07:34 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 11:00:20 AM EST
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Good work everyone.

by generic on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 12:01:55 PM EST
How long you figure it'll take for the US embassy to return to Kiev?

Or are they preparing for a another round of civil unrest when people come to show their displeasure at destroying Ukraine's economy just for Biden's falling numbers?

As one Russian politician put it: "We remember what it was like when the West helped us...", referring to the 90's.  

by pelgus on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 01:43:09 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 02:33:13 PM EST
COBRA Meeting ... next step further crippling sanctions on Russia ...

Boris Johnson gets 'mixed signals' from Russia on Ukraine but 'signs of a diplomatic opening' | ITV |

Brexit, Boris and Secret Liaison Lebedev | July 18, 2019 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 02:36:01 PM EST
Secretary General Stoltenberg jittery after losing the plot of a Russian invasion ...

The chance for a meaningful conversation with Russia were kept by European leaders Macron, Schulz and perhaps of the Mediterranean nations ....

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 02:37:06 PM EST
"They don't share our values".
I know! They spout crap like this:
[...] democracy is a means of citizens' participation in the government of their country with the view to improving the well-being of population and implementing the principle of popular government.

and even
[Russia and China] reiterate the need for consolidation, not division of the international community, the need for cooperation, not confrontation. The sides oppose the return of international relations to the state of confrontation between major powers, when the weak fall prey to the strong. The sides intend to resist attempts to substitute universally recognized formats and mechanisms that are consistent with international law for rules elaborated in private by certain nations or blocs of nations.

The horror! Who would want to live in a world like that?
by pelgus on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 03:08:50 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 04:24:21 PM EST

... the other option was for France and Germany to exit NATO.  👍🏼 showing solidarity with mainland Europe.

War of choice is never an option ... fall of Berlin in 1945, the divided city. ☮️

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 04:31:08 PM EST

Keir Starmer's cynical embrace of Nato is a sad sight indeed | The Guardian |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 05:23:06 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 07:12:28 PM EST
Role in Russophobia ...

Fusion GPS signed a contract with the British Orbis Business Intelligence group of Chris Steel, and Sir Andrew Wood. Orbis leadership worked as MI6 spies in the British Embassy in Moscow during the 90s.

Orbis worked for Fusion from June until early November 2016.

Fusion had already worked for Republican candidate Rubio who was supported by Paul Singer. There was an 'opposition' dossier on candidate Trump build up during the primaries. Fusion has financial links with Clinton supporters.

Denis Katsyv was part of the $230 million tax scam to defraud the Russian government/taxpayer.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 07:14:11 PM EST
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US Democracy at work by digging dirt, billionaires, corruption, money laundering, deception ... fighting corruption with corruption. Am still looking for the hero!

U.S. settles Russian money laundering case Katsyv and Prevezon Holdings | May 13, 2017 |

A Russian-owned group of companies has agreed to pay nearly $6 million to settle U.S. civil allegations that the firms laundered proceeds of a $230 million tax fraud, ending a politically charged case days before it was set to go to trial.

The settlement brings an end to a case that raised many of the elements of distrust between Moscow and Washington, such as economic sanctions and allegations of political corruption.

Key words | Sergei Magnitsky | Hermitage Capital | William Browder |

The other side ...

Alleged Ukrainian Meddling in 2016 Presidential Election

Did we mention the role played by Netanyahu, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi and Saudi Prince Salman?

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 07:17:14 PM EST
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Not a correct rendering of the essence of the vision of State Duma Member Vyacheslav Nikonov. Just watched an interview on Sky News ...

... taking talking points with a bushel of sea salt 😖

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 09:21:09 PM EST

On February 15, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the initiative of the US side

The Russian Foreign Minister stressed the necessity of continuing the efforts, as agreed upon by President Vladimir Putin and President Joseph Biden, to cooperate on the security proposals submitted to the US and NATO. Sergey Lavrov particularly underscored the unacceptability of the aggressive rhetoric whipped up by Washington and its closest allies and called for a pragmatic dialogue on the entire range of issues raised by Russia with an emphasis on the indivisibility of security.
The foreign affairs officials discussed the schedule for upcoming meetings at various levels. 

President Biden addressing the World (and people of Russia) and warning President Putin that all options are on the table. Biden should address his own citizens and frame of bullshitting a message of lies and propaganda. #BidenUntrue

Russia does not want any war, believes in Minsk Accords -- Putin-Scholz meeting

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 09:23:00 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 09:41:40 PM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 15th, 2022 at 11:47:25 PM EST

Talks with Putin in Moscow made it clear that for us in Germany and Europe, sustainable security can only be achieved with Russia, not against it. Courageous action is now required from everyone. It's our damned duty to stand up for peace.

European values are the Four Freedoms ... peace ☮️ 4ever.

Both Macron and Scholz didn't disappoint. A lot of work needs to be done in a short time!

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 16th, 2022 at 12:43:53 AM EST
Bipartisan resolution condemning Russia passes Senate after sanctions bill fails | CNN |

Senator Rand Paul objected because the original draft of the resolution didn't include clear language ensuring nothing in the resolution could be construed as an authorization of force or an authorization to use troops, he told CNN.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who spearheaded the resolution with Republican Sen. Rob Portman, said the disagreements from both Republicans and Democrats had been resolved Thursday evening before the last series of Senate votes ahead of the recess, which allowed the resolution to pass by voice vote before the Senate gaveled out for the week.

While the resolution is a bipartisan declaration against Russia's actions towards Ukraine, the step is a far cry from where Republicans and Democrats started weeks ago with talks of a bipartisan Russia sanctions bill.

The sanctions bill, many senators believed, would have sent a strong and tangible message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that his actions towards Ukraine would have real, economic consequences. 

But the sanctions bill stalled after Republicans and Democrats could not agree on several key points including whether to impose sanctions before a Russian invasion of Ukraine and how to handle the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Sen. Jim Risch, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, killed the last shreds of hope left for a bipartisan agreement on sanctions earlier in the week when he introduced his Republican-only Russia sanctions bill, the Never Yielding Europe's Territory (NYET) Act.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 18th, 2022 at 03:01:41 AM EST
by Cat on Fri Feb 18th, 2022 at 04:40:49 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 28th, 2022 at 11:20:09 PM EST

VP Biden - Nuland - Power - Freedom R2P

Samantha Power, the Monster, and the Libyan Intervention | by Frank Schnittger on Sep 8th, 2011 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 28th, 2022 at 11:22:14 PM EST
No substance, simply a hysterical rant ... fascism at the surface.

Memo to Democrats: Tie Putin to Trump | by Chris Mathews @WM |

The Obama administration too withheld arms to force a domestic issue for compliance.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 06:16:09 AM EST

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