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NATO Stoltenberg/Rutte Gun-ho to Fight Russia

by Oui Tue Jun 18th, 2024 at 06:26:05 AM EST

Ukrainians themselves not so ...

How thousands of Ukrainian men are trying to dodge the draft | CBC News the National - 1 Feb 2024 |

Ukraine looking to close military conscription loopholes | BBC News - 9 Feb 2024 |

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More weapons to end the war ... 😂 🤣 stupid men at the top. 🩸🩸 to the last Ukrainian ...

Rutte slams Putin's peace offer but claims Russia 'has to come' to future talks.

He called Vladimir Putin's peace terms 'absolutely crazy' at the Ukraine summit in Switzerland on Saturday.

It's Ukraine's war, not NATO ... [repeat after me 100x]

Lies, liar, biggest liar and warmonger ... ticked all boxes for the future Secretary General to run NATO with military command under America. 🇺🇸

Conscription squads send Ukrainian men into hiding | BBC News |

Dark storm clouds threatened to upend Serhiy and Tania's beach wedding. But as the couple walked down the long white staircase to greet their guests, the empty chairs signalled there was a bigger problem. In total, half of their guests were missing.

Their family and friends sent their apologies but explained that the risk of attending had been too great. What if they had been caught by one of the conscription squads, which now roam Ukraine's streets?

With many of its soldiers dead, injured or exhausted, the Ukrainian government has stepped up its efforts to mobilise more men.

A new law, introduced in May, requires every man aged between 25 and 60 to log their details on an electronic database so they can be called up.

Conscription officers are on the hunt for those avoiding the register, pushing more men who do not want to serve into hiding.

The mobilisation squads have a fearsome reputation, especially in Odesa, for pulling people off buses and from train stations and ferrying them straight to enlistment centres.

For those avoiding the draft, public transport is now off limits. So too are restaurants, supermarkets, and weekend trips to the park to play football.
"I feel like I am in a prison," Maksym said.

On a Tuesday morning, a dozen conscription officers descended on Odesa's main train station, led by a seasoned veteran sailor, Anatoliy, and his younger, more muscular counterpart Oleksiy. They paced the forecourt, stopping men of serving age, to check they were registered on the database.

But the well-mannered pair had a tough time finding eligible men. Most were either too young or had received some sort of exemption. After a couple of hours Anatoliy conceded that it was highly possible men were hiding from them.

"Some people run away from us. This happens quite often," he said. "Others react quite aggressively. I don't think these people have been brought up well."

One of the officers at the centre, Vlad, conceded that there were barely any willing volunteers these days. Under the call sign Hora, Vlad fought in some of the fiercest battles along the eastern front line in the Donbas before being struck in the head, chest, and legs by artillery shrapnel.

He was unable to mask his contempt for those who are hiding. "How can I say this without swearing?" he asked out loud.

"I don't consider them men. What are they waiting for? If we run out of men, the enemy will come to their homes, rape their women, and kill their children." Vlad has seen the awful evidence first-hand.

Presidential term of Zelensky has ended, yet he stays on ... you don't change a "winning" team during a war ... see USA in 1944 and the presidential election.

Ukraine: Razzia's and Conscription Squads as men go into hiding

Beijing says G7 communique 'manipulated' China-related issues, 'filled with arrogance, prejudice, and lies'

Putin visits North Korea

How it started ... the build-up to hot war in Eastern Europe 2004 to 2024

NATO Secretary General on Russia-Ukraine Tensions | The Atlantic Council War Room - C-Span Jan 2022 |

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg [year 2021] said the alliance is prepared for worst and best case scenarios as tensions between Russia and Ukraine continue to be high. The secretary general joined the Atlantic Council to discuss NATO's mission and commitment to NATO member countries. This conversation happened as, earlier in the week, the U.S. placed about 8,500 troops on alert to deploy to Eastern Europe if needed in support of NATO. He also touched on Russia's relationship with China and said he would not speculate as to whether it would invade Ukraine as the Olympic games got underway in Beijing.

Biden's Blitzkrieg Across Europe

Sweeping reforms of the principles of the European Union, easing budget on military spending, ending trade barriers and renew trade deals, abandon environmental regulations and security, and commitment to reliance on American fossil fuel supply, economic hardship due to a great war on European soil and making transfer of mass data to American Big Tech possible. Trust and verify? Easing economic espionage for NSA/GCHQ and tracing EU leadership and policy makers. Welcome to the End of the End of History.

Biden and Boris: don't give peace ☮️ a chance 😠



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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 18th, 2024 at 01:33:40 PM EST
WTF does Mark Rutte think he is ... leading in the aggression v Russia since February 2014 ... the Revolution of "Dignity" by hardline neo-Nazi storm troopers [Warning author Luke Harding].

Modernity and terrorism: from anti-modernity to modern global terror

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 18th, 2024 at 01:35:05 PM EST

World reacts to US, UK attacks on Houthi targets in Yemen | Al Jazeera |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 18th, 2024 at 01:36:25 PM EST
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Dutch Logistics Ship to Support EU's Counter-Houthi Operations

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 18th, 2024 at 01:37:26 PM EST
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In January 2024 ...

Dutch support for allied anti-Houthi airstrikes: Shared objectives with a pinch of opportunism

Although limited and largely symbolic in scope, the Dutch decision to support the strike by the US and UK on Houthi targets inside Yemen was nonetheless politically important and charged. Indeed, last week, in The Hague, while Israel was defending its Gaza offensive in a courtroom of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), elsewhere in that same city, the Dutch government was explaining its decision to back the anti-Houthi strikes and, in particular, its failure to inform the Dutch parliament in any way beforehand.

Lawmakers found the omission questionable at best, especially given that outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte is currently heading a caretaker (demissionary) cabinet after his coalition government collapsed in July 2023 and the four ruling parties were soundly defeated in snap general elections the following November. Ever since, a growing number of caretaker ministers have already found themselves new jobs, including former Dutch Minister of Finance Sigrid Kaag, recently appointed the United Nations' senior humanitarian and reconstruction coordinator for Gaza.

US to 'temporarily' remove Gaza pier due to high seas

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 18th, 2024 at 01:39:03 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 18th, 2024 at 01:40:01 PM EST
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euronews | Dutch PM Mark Rutte in line to be NATO chief after Hungary lifts veto, 19 June
by Cat on Wed Jun 19th, 2024 at 04:29:52 PM EST
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cap'nobvious | Security trumps climate in leaked EU 'strategic agenda' with dinner
The agenda, a guiding document for the next European Commission, will be officially decided upon at the next regular European Council at the end of June (27-28) - but a leaked draft indicates a strong emphasis on security, economic competitiveness, and the rule of law, displacing climate policy as a central concern....The agenda, a guiding document for the next European Commission, will be officially decided upon at the next regular European Council at the end of June (27-28)—but a leaked draft indicates a strong emphasis on security, economic competitiveness, and the rule of law, displacing climate policy as a central concern.
"garden" geography of Europe
But the pivot away from climate policy, a central priority in the commission's 2019-2024 agenda, has caused outrage among green groups after a draft outline of the agenda was leaked in April, mentioning climate change only twice. However, the latest draft does have "a fair climate transition" as a priority, but recasts climate policy as contributing to the aims of "staying competitive globally and increasing our energy sovereignty."
COP29 cluster munitions
But the pivot away from climate policy, a central priority in the commission's 2019-2024 agenda, has caused outrage among green groups after a draft outline of the agenda was leaked in April, mentioning climate change only twice. However, the latest draft does have "a fair climate transition" as a priority, but recasts climate policy as contributing to the aims of "staying competitive globally and increasing our energy sovereignty."
tank talk
"The economic business case remains [to be written]," van Schaik argued, saying that on climate "the pivot has been made already," but that Europe's defence industry still required decisions at a strategic level. "The question is: can you get defence co-operation off the ground if it remains a national competence?"

According to Wojciech Przybylski, head of policy foresight on European Affairs at Visegrad Insight, the limited scope was in fact a virtue for the strategic document. "A strategic document needs focus," he said, adding that Russia's threat justified the emphasis on security.

a flinty asemblage: We've paid the bill for von der Leyen's geoplitical commission
by Cat on Tue Jun 18th, 2024 at 05:09:27 PM EST

Amsterdam Schiphol AirPort: Ukrainian refugees spend days in detention upon arrival by plane.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 19th, 2024 at 07:34:22 AM EST
by Cat on Wed Jun 19th, 2024 at 03:45:11 PM EST
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ChatGPT | 5 2 challenges for NATO's next chief Mark Rutte, 20 June "superintelligence"
The outgoing Dutch prime minister's campaign to be secretary-general ended on Thursday when he secured the backing of all 32 NATO allies (with Romania, the last holdout, announcing its support). The incumbent, Jens Stoltenberg, is due to step down by Oct. 1.
1. The possible return of Donald Trump
2. Putin's winter attack on Ukraine
3. Getting NATO members to pay up
4. Eastern flank grievances
5. see #1 and #3
by Cat on Thu Jun 20th, 2024 at 09:19:07 PM EST
state.gov | Secretary Antony J. Blinken and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a Joint Press Availability (19.06.24)
STOLTENBERG: Over the past two years, European Allies have signed contracts with American companies worth 150—sorry, $140 billion U.S. Since 2014, NATO has undergone the most significant transformation in our collective defense in a generation.  We are putting in place the most comprehensive defense plans since the Cold War.  We have 500,000 troops at high readiness, and we are double the number of battle groups in eastern part of the Alliance.  And with Sweden and Finland as members, we are stronger than ever.

Russia's war in Ukraine is a brutal assault on a peaceful democratic nation.  This war is propped up by China, North Korea, and Iran.  They want to see the United States fail.  They want to see NATO fail.  If they succeed in Ukraine, it will make us more vulnerable and the world more dangerous.  So our support to Ukraine is not charity; it is in our own security interest.  We all want this war to end, but the Russian occupation of Ukraine offers no peace, and capitulation to Putin offers no security.  The stronger our support, the sooner the war will end, which is why I welcome the 10-year bilateral security agreement between the United States and Ukraine.

Europe is also doing its part, matching U.S. efforts in Ukraine, and at the NATO Summit this July here in Washington, I expect European Allies and Canada to come forward with more financial and military support, and that leaders will agree that NATO takes the lead in coordinating the security assistance and training for Ukraine. All of this will reduce the burden on the United States.

by Cat on Thu Jun 20th, 2024 at 09:29:28 PM EST
Do I hear a Big Tech AI robot speaking bull$hit and spouting NATO's own war narrative of aggression against the Russian dictator .... In the Washington DC echo chamber of the Atlantic Council. AEI and warmongers like Ivo Daalder since 2004 ... making Russia a pariah state ... reaping the harvest of seeds sown.

The next World War is M.A.D.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 20th, 2024 at 10:08:15 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 23rd, 2024 at 07:08:34 PM EST

Russia is on high alert following terror strike at Crocus city hall on the outskirts of Moscow on March 22. Russian authorities have imposed a "counter-terrorism operation" regime in the southern region of Dagestan. Three people were detained for allegedly planning a number of terror strikes.

RFU OP: Tajikistan and Khorasan Deception Part 3

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 23rd, 2024 at 07:09:22 PM EST
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Cameron takes a ride with with his very good friends Vovan and Lexis Poroshenko.
by Cat on Wed Jun 26th, 2024 at 11:01:07 PM EST
Ukraine awaits the arrival of F-16s from the Netherlands. Russia is targeting airfields in Western Ukraine which is home to an important air base and a frequent Target of Moscow strikes.

Ukrainian airfields under fire as Kyiv awaits F-16 arrivals | World News | WION |

Next generation of Ukrainian fighter pilots get to grips with F-16 fighter jet

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 10:04:16 PM EST
Politico: Ukrainian officer tells window of usefulness has closed as fighter jets were needed in 2023.

Ukraine is at great risk of its front lines collapsing | Politico |

The officers said the shoulder-fired anti-tank missiles supplied by the U.K. and U.S. in the first weeks of the invasion came in time, helping them save Kyiv -- and so, too, did the HIMARS, the light multiple-launch rocket systems, which were used to great effect, enabling them to push Russia out of Kherson in November 2022. 

"But often, we just don't get the weapons systems at the time we need them -- they come when they're no longer relevant," another senior officer said, citing the F-16 fighter jets as an example. A dozen or so F-16s are expected to be operational this summer, after basic pilot training has been completed. "Every weapon has its own right time. F-16s were needed in 2023; they won't be right for 2024," he said.

And that's because, according to this officer, Russia is ready to counter them: "In the last few months, we started to notice missiles being fired by the Russians from Dzhankoy in northern Crimea, but without the explosive warheads. We couldn't understand what they were doing, and then we figured it out: They're range-finding," he said. The officer explained that Russia's been calculating where best to deploy its S-400 missile and radar systems in order to maximize the area they can cover to target the F-16s, keeping them away from the front lines and Russia's logistical hubs.

Ukrainian air base under frequent fire as Russia aims at F-16 arrivals | Reuters |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 4th, 2024 at 10:05:14 PM EST
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Remarks by President Biden on the 75th Anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Alliance, 9 July
MILITARY AIDE: The president of the Unites States of America awards this Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jens Stoltenberg. A visionary statesman and ceaseless defender of democracy, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has guided the NATO Alliance through the most consequential decade for European security since World War II.

When Vladimir Putin launched his brutal assault on the people of Ukraine, betting that NATO would break, Secretary-General Stoltenberg proved him wrong. Under his stewardship, NATO has become stronger and more united than ever, and Americans for generations to come will benefit from the safer world he helped create.

He demonstrates that the core truth of the Alliance is as powerful now as it was 75 years ago: Together, we are stronger. (Applause)

(The Presidential Medal of Freedom is presented.) (Applause)

by Cat on Wed Jul 10th, 2024 at 03:44:24 AM EST
A Medal of "Freedom" for warmongering 🤐 WTF

More than symbolism ... keep the honorary medals coming ... more military honors for veterans and the deceased ...

Volodymyr Zelensky presented Boris Johnson with the highest Ukrainian award -- the Order of Freedom

"What's In A Name?"

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 10th, 2024 at 07:53:33 AM EST
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Head of Directorate of International Law signs agreement on legal status of NATO liaison office in Geneva

NATO is opening a multilateral liaison office in Geneva to engage with the international and non-governmental organisations based there. In Bern today, the director general of the Directorate of International Law at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Franz Perrez, and John Swords, the legal adviser and director of the NATO Office of Legal Affairs, signed an agreement governing the office's legal status.

"After New York and Vienna, NATO is now seeking to strengthen its ties with international organizations in Geneva too. To this end, it announced in summer 2023 its intention to open a liaison office in Geneva," it said. "Switzerland is facilitating this office's establishment in its capacity as a host state. <...>

The agreement governs matters including the legal status of the liaison office, as well as privileges and immunities. It was concluded on the basis of Switzerland's Host State Act."

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 15th, 2024 at 05:08:47 PM EST
The more than impressive docuseries The Echo of MH17 hits on all fronts. For the first time, people from behind the scenes are also telling their stories. "If your child lies lifeless in a sweltering Ukrainian field for days, prey to animals and rebels, you can only hope for a man like forensic expert Fred de Wit," writes Angela de Jong.
'Get it done. This is sacred', Mark Rutte snapped at Putin over the phone
Nonsense ... written in the war narrative as dictated by Washington DC, the Pentagon and NATO... the young and ambitious PM Mark Rutte of the Netherlands.

Covered in all details as the days progressed ... investigators from Malaysia coordinated with rebels controlling the area ... the Dutch moved through Kyiv - Washington DC - NATO Gen. Breedlove - Rasmussen - UK PM Cameron - for a delay of 14 days. When confronted with the facts on the ground, Rutte even apologized as the rescuers worked intensely from zero hours after the crash.

Dutch PM Rutte Abruptly Calls-off MH-17 Recovery Mission | 6 Aug 2014 |

Malaysian flight  MH-17 crash site human remains and passenger belongings recovered on Day One village of Hrabove, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine.

The black boxes were recovered and through Malaysian mediation with the "rebels" handed over to proper authorities.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 16th, 2024 at 07:07:35 PM EST

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