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Feb 27 07:49

BEX ALERT - Russia is ‘existential threat’ to West that NATO must neutralize in order to prevent ‘power war’, insists bloc’s supreme commander

The Cold War ended decades ago, but Moscow is still working to maintain its Soviet-era influence over Eastern Europe, one of Washington’s top generals has claimed, warning that the US must take on Russia to deliver world peace.

In a speech published by the Pentagon’s press service on Wednesday, the head of the country’s European Command, Air Force General Tod D. Wolters, claimed that, when it comes to projecting American force abroad, “everything we do is about generating peace.” However, he caveated, “we compete to win … and if deterrence fails, we're prepared to respond to aggression, primarily through NATO.”

Feb 26 08:20

Lavrov: Russia Has Information that US Plans to Stay in Syria Forever, Destroy the Country

During its first month in office, the Biden administration did not reverse its predecessor's policy of keeping troops deployed in northeastern Syria to "keep the oil". On Thursday, the White House approved airstrikes against the bases of Baghdad-allied Iraqi militia groups in eastern Syria following attacks on US and coalition forces in Iraq.

Moscow has evidence of US plans to keep forces deployed in Syria indefinitely, and will ask Washington about this directly, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

"We have recently received different information from various sources. We cannot confirm it for now, and want to ask the Americans about this directly. Supposedly, they are making the decision to never leave Syria, even to the point of destroying this country," Lavrov said, speaking to reporters at a press conference alongside Afghani Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Friday.

Feb 26 08:10

EXCLUSIVE: Amid ‘political repression,’ Ukraine becoming American ‘colony’ in Europe, says sanctioned opposition leader Medvedchuk

A few weeks ago, Viktor Medvedchuk was celebrating as his party, Ukraine’s largest opposition bloc, topped a nationwide opinion poll. Now, he’s facing charges of funding terrorism that could land him behind bars for over a decade.

In an exclusive interview with RT, the MP and chairman of Opposition Platform — For Life, which advocates better ties with Moscow, insisted that the allegations were a tool of political persecution.

According to him, they are part of a wider pattern of repression linked to Kiev’s recent moves to shut down Russian-language media that has been critical of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s government. The embattled administration has seen its approval ratings nosedive amid worsening economic woes and a chaotic response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Feb 26 07:55

Protester jailed in Belarus for 10 years as U.N. warns of 'human rights crisis'

A Belarusian court sentenced an anti-government protester to 10 years in prison on Thursday, media and activists said, on charges that the opposition says were trumped up as part of a crackdown to keep President Alexander Lukashenko in power.

Aliaksandr Kardziukou was convicted of attempted murder for attacking security forces who were trying to disperse nationwide protests that erupted last August following a contested election that extended Lukashenko’s rule since 1994.

Kardziukou denied wrongdoing, according to local media reports, saying he was confronted by two plain clothes security forces who pulled a gun on him in the city of Brest and killed another protester, Henadz Shutau, as they tried to escape.

Shutau, who died after being shot in the back of the head, was convicted of attacking security officials while the man who shot him was recognised as the victim in the case.

Feb 25 08:26

Putin: Information Campaign Exists Abroad to Undermine Russia's Achievements in Medicine

Since Russia registered the world's first COVID vaccine in August 2020, the West has repeatedly tried to spread disinformation about the vaccine.

There is an information campaign abroad aimed at undermining Russia's achievements in medical sciences, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

"We are...facing the so-called Russia containment policy. Actually, this has long been a well-known fact. I am not referring to competition, which is natural in international relations, I am talking about a consistent aggressive policy aimed at hampering our development, bringing it to a halt, ... provoking domestic instability and undermining values that unite the Russian society," Putin told the Russian Federal Security Service.

Feb 25 08:03

US General Calls Moscow ‘Existential Threat’, Claims Russia, China Engaged In ‘Nefarious Activities’

In its first month in office, the Biden administration has taken a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde approach to Russia, renewing a key treaty limiting the size of US and Russian strategic arsenals, while simultaneously accusing Moscow of trying to “undermine” America and to “weaken the European project and our NATO alliance”.

The current period is a time of great power competition, and both Russia and China pose a serious threat to US interests and security, Gen. Tod Wolters, commander of US European Command, has indicated.

“Russia remains an enduring existential threat to the United States and our European allies,” Wolters said, speaking at the Air Force Association’s Aerospace Warfare Symposium on Wednesday.

Feb 25 08:02

Russia is ‘existential threat’ to West that NATO must neutralize in order to prevent ‘power war’, insists bloc’s supreme commander

The Cold War ended decades ago, but Moscow is still working to maintain its Soviet-era influence over Eastern Europe, one of Washington’s top generals has claimed, warning that the US must take on Russia to deliver world peace.

In a speech published by the Pentagon’s press service on Wednesday, the head of the country’s European Command, Air Force General Tod D. Wolters, claimed that, when it comes to projecting American force abroad, “everything we do is about generating peace.” However, he caveated, “we compete to win … and if deterrence fails, we're prepared to respond to aggression, primarily through NATO.”

Feb 25 07:21

Norway May Become Battleground Between U.S. and Russia, Says Expert

Colonel Tormod Heier highlighted that strengthening the U.S. military presence in Norway would have negative consequences for the Scandinavian country. According to Norwegian state-owned media NRK in an article titled “Can Joe Biden become dangerous for Norway?” Colonel Heier, a professor at the Norwegian Defence College, said Norway could turn into a battlefield if tensions broke out between the U.S. and Russia.

“Norway is part of the great power rivalry between the United States and Russia. The probability increases that Norway will become a battlefield in the event of a conflict or a crisis becoming out of control between the Russians and Americans,” he said.

Feb 24 16:25

Russia's frozen ice towns

Feb 23 09:49

Moscow disappointed by EU's move to prepare new illegitimate sanctions - Foreign Ministry

Russia has been disappointed by the decision of the Council of the European Union to prepare new illegitimate unilateral sanctions against Russian citizens, the statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry made public on Monday said.

"The decision to prepare new illegitimate unilateral restrictions against Russian citizens approved by the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union on February 22 of this year over a contrived excuse causes disappointment. Another opportunity was missed by the European Union to rethink a course of artificial connections, sanctions and pressure in relations with Russia which over the past years has demonstrated its complete inadequacy," the Foreign Ministry pointed out. "Instead, following the bloc’s discipline and anti-Russian stereotypes, Brussels again instinctively pushes the inoperative sanctions ‘button.’ Moreover, defying logic, first a political decision is made and then it is planned to arbitrarily find candidates for it," the statement noted.

Feb 23 09:15

Russian Scientists Figure Out How to Fight Salmonella With Probiotics

Scientists at Don State Technical University (DSTU), as part of an international research team, have proven the effectiveness of Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus amyloliquefaciens probiotics against Salmonella bacteria.

According to research, the study will make it possible to develop a new method of preventing salmonellosis in birds and humans. The results are published in the Frontiers in Microbiology journal.

The research team included: student at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University Mahtab H. Tazehabadi; Professor in the Department of Biotechnology at Diyala University Ammar Algburi; Senior and Chief Researcher at the Laboratory of New Biologics at DSTU Vladimir Chistyakov; Head of the Laboratory of Experimental Mutagenesis at SFedU Evgenia Pestnova; and PhD student at the Department of Food Science at Rutgers University Richard Weeks.

Feb 23 08:10

Report: Biden Preparing Major Penalties on Russia

According to a report from Politico, the Biden administration is preparing to hit Russia with major penalties over the jailing and alleged poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

Sources told Politico that the US is planning to coordinate a sanctions roll-out with its European allies. Details of what sanctions President Biden is planning are not clear. The report said the Trump administration left behind a sanctions package that laid out options for possible punishments for Russia, which the new administration is reviewing.

The options include Magnitsky Act sanctions on individuals who detained Navalny, sanctions under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991, and sanctions under Executive Order 13382, which freezes the assets of alleged proliferators of weapons of mass destruction.

Feb 22 11:22

Neo-Ottoman Turkey signals sweeping regional ambitions

James Dorsey analyses the significance of a recent broadcast by a Turkish TV station with close ties to President Erdogan depicting Turkey's sphere of influence in 2050 as stretching from southeastern Europe, through Libya, the Gulf and the Levant, and to the Caucasus and Central Asia.>>

Feb 22 10:55

Great Reset? Putin Says, “Not So Fast”

Did you happen to catch the most important political speech of the last six years?

It would have been easy to miss given everything going on. In fact, I almost did, and this speech sits at the intersection of nearly all of my areas of intense study.

The annual World Economic Forum took place last week via teleconference, what I’m calling Virtual Davos, and at this year’s event, of course, the signature topic was their project called the Great Reset.

But if the WEF was so intent on presenting the best face for the Great Reset to the world it shouldn’t have invited either Chinese Premier Xi Jinping or, more importantly, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

And it was Putin’s speech that brought down the house of cards that is the agenda of the WEF.

Feb 22 07:49

Russian Stealth Jet Tests Realistic Mockup Of New "Intra-Fuselage Hypersonic Missile"

The superpower rivalry, sparked by the Cold War between the US and Russia, continues to this day. If that's in stealth fighter jets or hypersonic weapons, there's a race between both countries to field these weapons. Russia appears to be ahead in hypersonic weapon development as the US has yet to field these weapons. Still, the US is ahead of Russia when it comes to fielding stealth jets.

The ultimate fighter jet is a fifth-generation fighter with a weapon bay that can carry hypersonic missiles. Both the US' Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II and Russia's Sukhoi Su-57 weapon bays are too small to carry hypersonic missiles.

Feb 19 11:42

Biden is excellent news for Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia: Oil prices soar as US stops own production

The Biden presidency is already turning into very good news for Iran, Russia, Norway and Saudi Arabia, as oil prices soar and create massive wealth for these nations.

Biden’s choice to end shale, review oil permits, halting the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline and thereby end US oil independence, is a dream come true to many. Russia and Saudi must be overjoyed.

The order to stop new oil and natural gas leases on public lands, reviewing existing permits, aims at strengthening Green energy, writes historian and author, Hanne Nabintu Herland. Link to WND article here.

Which is great! We all wish there was more green sustainable energy in the world. The problem is, we are not there yet. The question then becomes: Who will profit from the upcoming energy shortage?

Feb 19 08:32

Leaked papers allege massive UK govt effort to co-opt Russian-language anti-Kremlin media & influencers to ‘weaken Russian state’

For all its alarmism about Russian ‘propaganda’ and ‘misinformation’, the UK government appears to be behind a multi-million-pound push to boost negative coverage of the Russian state, both in Russia and neighbouring countries.

At a European Union summit in November 2017, then-UK prime minister Theresa May announced plans to designate Russia a “hostile” state, and pledged to spend in excess of £100 million over the next five years on tackling the alleged threat of Kremlin “disinformation” internationally.

Now, hacktivist collective Anonymous has released what appear to be internal UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) files that shed significant light on how vast and ominous these efforts can be.

Feb 18 11:14

‘No violations allowed’: WATCH Russian Su-27 jets drive away NATO warplanes over Black Sea, trio of French aircraft intercepted

Two Su-27 interceptor planes have escorted two French fighters and a tanker aircraft away from Russian airspace over the Black Sea, the Russian military has confirmed, as video of the encounter in the sky appeared on social media.

The Southern Military District deployed the interceptors on Wednesday morning as the trio of foreign aircraft appeared on radar, the National Defense Control Center (NDCC) said in a statement.

Feb 18 11:13

RUSSIA TO DEVELOP SYRIA’S HMEIMIM AIR BASE TO RECEIVE NUCLEAR BOMBERS – REPORT

Russia is developing Hmeimim Air Base on the Syrian coast so that it can receive strategic nuclear bombers, Russian Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported on February 9.

According to the Russian daily, Russia is extending Hmeimim’s runway to receive long-range strategic aircrafts capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

Once the development is complete, Russia will be able to deploy strategic bombers at the air base. From Hmeimim, the bombers will be able to attack terrorist groups in Syria and support Russian forces in the Mediterranean, Nezavisimaya Gazeta claimed.

Feb 18 09:38

Russia Blasts Biden Regime For ‘Persecution’ Of Trump Supporters, Political Dissidents

The Russian Foreign Ministry has issued a statement lambasting the United States government under Joe Biden for the “ongoing persecution campaign” taking place “against anybody at all who does not agree with the results of the latest presidential election.”

In the statement, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova delivered a scathing assessment of the human rights situation in the United States under President Joe Biden.

Zakharova described the ongoing crackdown against Trump loyalists in the United States:

Feb 18 08:59

Russia Slams Biden Regime's 'Persecution' Of Capitol Protesters, Labeling Of Dissenters As 'Terrorists'

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement condemning the Biden regime's "ongoing persecution campaign" against Capitol protesters and labeling of political dissenters as "domestic terrorists."

Feb 18 08:16

Russia Intercepts French Warplanes Over Black Sea

Russia’s Defense Ministry has reported the interception of three French warplanes over the Black Sea. The planes were over international waters but were approaching Russia’s border at the time.

Russian Su-27 fighters scrambled and intercepted the French planes, which turned around. There appears to have been no direct confrontation between the planes.

Interceptions of US planes in the Black Sea were common throughout much of 2020, and as with this incident they all came with the suggestion that tensions are higher than at any point since the Cold War.

The tensions are a concern, but the real feature is French planes. Previous interceptions have virtually always been US planes, and it is noteworthy that France is choosing to set itself up to confront Russia this time.

Feb 17 11:30

Israel blocks shipment of Russian Sputnik V vaccine to Gaza

Israel has stopped 1,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine that are intended for front-line medical workers from entering the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian group Hamas which governs the Gaza Strip on Tuesday blasted Israel’s refusal to allow vaccine doses destined for Gaza health workers through its blockade of the territory as a “violation” of international law.

Feb 17 08:47

Moscow Can Switch to 'Active Containment' Policy If US Keeps Putting Pressure, Ryabkov Says

Russia can switch to the "active containment" policy if Washington does not abandon its hostile policy of putting pressure on Moscow, deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov said in an interview with Sputnik.

"Regardless of their sanctions, we will not abandon the constructive agenda in our relations with the US. However, we cannot implement this on our own. If the US policy remains unchanged, if it keeps prioritizing pressure, then we will pursue the policy of active containment of the US on all fronts," Ryabkov warned.

According to the Russian diplomat, the containment policy will include steps to counter sanctions and "US attempts to have influence on our domestic processes." Moscow will also internationally promote the idea that "a multiporal world is not some abstract concept, there is an alternative to the US dictatorship, the policy of consolidating sane forces in the international community to counter the US foreign policy and information aggression," Ryabkov continued.

Feb 17 08:46

France is Urgently Buying Russian Gas Amid Europe's Cold Weather Crisis

Europe has been hit by extreme amount of snow and cold temperatures this year, which have exhausted countries' own fuel reserves and prompted them to seek additional help elsewhere.

Russia’s energy giant Gazprom has increased its export of gas to France by almost 1.5 times since the start of the year, the company said on its Telegram channel, linking Europe’s surging demand for natural gas to the “cold, frosty winter..

France’s gas reserves in underground storage have declined below 30%, the gas producer added, citing data from Gas Infrastructure Europe. In Germany, the gas reserves reportedly dropped to 34.17% and to 45.28% in Austria.

Feb 17 08:45

US Will Look at Other Ways to Advance Strategic Stability With Russia, State Department Says

Moscow's deputy foreign minister for non-proliferation and arms control, Sergei Ryabkov, recently said Russia may be able to return to some of the many treaties shredded by the Trump administration - but not all of them.

"We'll look at other ways to advance strategic stability with Russia, even as we're very clear about the actions that they're taking ... But we have to be able to work on both fronts," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told US National Public Radio in a Tuesday interview.

Just weeks ago, the administration of US President Joe Biden reached an agreement with Moscow to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) by five years. The nuclear weapons-limiting agreement was set to expire on February 5, 2021, and the outgoing Trump administration showed essentially no interest in saving it.

Feb 17 08:34

WATCH Russian warships take part in Pakistan-hosted naval AMAN-2021 maneuvers alongside NATO members

The two-day naval phase of the AMAN-2021 drill off the coast of Pakistan has finished. The event brings together 45 nations, including three with the largest navies, the US, China, and Russia.

During this week’s maneuvers, fleets trained to work together during anti-piracy actions, performed on-the-go supply missions, and conducted traditional naval exercises like gun practice and formation sailing, the Russian military reported.

Feb 17 08:33

Russian-made Sputnik V and EpiVacCorona vaccines are effective against UK variant of coronavirus – watchdog

Russia’s Sputnik V and EpiVacCorona vaccines have been proven to be effective against the UK variant of the coronavirus, a government agency has said.

Serum obtained from people who took the Sputnik V and EpiVacCorona vaccines and had antibodies to the novel coronavirus, demonstrated a “protective effect” against the UK variant, Russia’s consumer protection agency, Rospotrebnadzor, said in a statement to the media.

It added that the vaccines have shown to be just as good against the British strain as they are against the ordinary SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19.

The research was carried out by the Siberia-based Vector Institute, which developed EpiVacCorona. Russian President Vladimir Putin previously asked it to check whether the country’s vaccines are effective against the new strains of the virus. EpiVacCorona was cleared for mass production back in December, with the first batch of 45,000 doses released for sale to citizens in January.

Feb 17 08:32

NATO ready for peace with Moscow…or confrontation, Stoltenberg claims after ordering funding boost for troops on Russian border

Despite its growing military presence and war games in Eastern Europe, the question of whether NATO troops stationed in the region come as allies or enemies is really up to Russia, the head of the US-led bloc has insisted.

Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of the organization told the Spanish newspaper El Mundo on Tuesday that it was open for dialogue with Moscow, but also prepared for hostilities. In comments quoted in the Russian media, he insisted that “we need to send a clear signal to Russia… If they want clashes, we are ready. If they want to co-operate, we will be glad.”

According to the military chief, Russia “is our neighbor. They have interests – we need to avoid incidents, especially at the borders.”

Feb 17 06:30

Russia should pay up to $800 BILLION for ‘Soviet crimes’ of Ukrainian & Georgian leaders, says Lithuanian independence figurehead

Liberating the Baltic nations from Nazi occupation cost more than a quarter of a million Red Army soldiers their lives. Now, though, the ‘father of Lithuanian Independence’ wants Russia to pay the country in cash as compensation.

Vytautas Landsbergis, the former chairman of the Supreme Council of Lithuania, who led the nation as it broke away from the USSR, made the comments as part of an interview with the local Delfi news outlet on Saturday, saying that Moscow should shell out for Soviet-era repressions, despite the fact they were carried out by leaders from a range of modern-day countries.

Feb 17 05:52

Countries Are Lining Up for Russia’s Non-mRNA Vaccine That Is as Effective (or Ineffective) as Western Counterparts

President Vladimir Putin’s announcement in August that Russia had cleared the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine for use before it even completed safety trials sparked skepticism worldwide. Now he may reap diplomatic dividends as Russia basks in arguably its biggest scientific breakthrough since the Soviet era.

Countries are lining up for supplies of Sputnik V after peer-reviewed results published in The Lancet medical journal this week showed the Russian vaccine protects against the deadly virus about as well as U.S. and European shots, and far more effectively than Chinese rivals.

At least 20 countries have approved the inoculation for use, including European Union member-state Hungary, while key markets such as Brazil and India are close to authorizing it.

Now Russia is setting its sights on the prized EU market as the bloc struggles with its vaccination program amid supply shortages.

Feb 17 05:52

BREAKING - UKRAINIAN MEP RELEASES FURTHER BIDEN TAPES

Feb 16 09:31

U.S. enters NATO meetings as China and Russia threats loom and war in Afghanistan drags on

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will meet with members of the world’s most powerful military alliance on Wednesday for the first time since joining the Biden administration.

NATO meets Wednesday and Thursday to discuss an array of challenges facing the 30-member group. The virtual meetings will be a glimpse into President Joe Biden’s foreign policy agenda and comes on the heels of his calls to stand “shoulder to shoulder” with America’s closest allies.

“When we strengthen our alliances we amplify our power as well as our ability to disrupt threats before they reach our shores,” Biden said during a speech at the State Department. “America cannot afford to be absent any longer on the world stage,” he added.

Biden’s message broke sharply from his predecessor’s “America First” policy, which on occasion seemed to vex NATO members.

Feb 16 08:37

Washington to Organize Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova to Challenge Russia in the Black Sea

One of Washington’s main strategic objectives is to consolidate and organize Eastern European states to oppose and contain Russia. Supporting Black Sea countries against Russia has become a major American priority as Turkey is now an unreliable partner, and therefore Washington is attempting to create a new alliance officially outside of the NATO structure but attached to it indirectly. The creation of a military bloc between Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova is a Washington-led initiative, but is unlikely to have any major impact in limiting Russian influence.

Feb 16 07:32

EU has been breaking off relations with Moscow for years, says Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov amid growing tension with Brussels

Worsening ties between the EU and Russia are the fault of Brussels, Sergey Lavrov has claimed, saying that the bloc blames Moscow for its woes in Ukraine and has unilaterally torn up beneficial diplomatic agreements.

Speaking at a press conference in St. Petersburg on Monday and citing what he called Brussels’ failed political intervention in Ukraine during the country’s 2014 Maidan protests, Lavrov said that “it was then that the real humiliation of the EU took place.”

Since then, Lavrov said, its politicians have been “by and large indifferent at the attacks that the inhabitants of Crimea and eastern Ukraine were subjected to by the ultra-radicals and neo-Nazis who came to power.”

At the same time, he said, the EU “blamed the Russian Federation for everything that is happening” and “has consistently destroyed all mechanisms without exception that existed on the basis of an agreement on partnership and cooperation.”

Feb 16 07:30

A RUSSIAN WINTER IN SYRIA: NEARING ZERO HOUR

The further the world comes into 2021, the more it begins to resemble 2014, at least in Syria, mixed in with a bit of 2015. ISIS is returning, the US is bracing to “fight it”. The “moderate opposition” is living its renaissance fighting against the Syrian Government and its Russian support.

The 2015 bit is the fact that Russia is present, and its activity has greatly increased in the first weeks of February.

In the ten days leading up to February 14th, Russia reportedly carried out more than 700 airstrikes on ISIS cells in Central Syria. This is an impressive number, but the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights claimed that as a result only 33 ISIS terrorists had been killed. According to the same report, the Syrian Arab Army had more significant losses – 56, but it is being targeted by almost every “moderate” and “radical” party on the battlefield.

Feb 16 07:22

NATO's Road To Perdition With Ukraine

The US-led NATO military alliance is moving ever closer to accepting Ukraine as a new member. This is an incredibly incendiary step towards war that could escalate into a nuclear conflagration.

Despite repeated and long-standing warnings by Russia, the US-led NATO military alliance has indicated it is moving ever closer to accepting Ukraine as a new member. This is an incredibly incendiary step towards war that could escalate into a nuclear conflagration. And, risibly, this reckless initiative is being driven by an alliance which proclaims to be about upholding peace and security.

Feb 15 11:21

Conversation of the year? Tesla founder Elon Musk asks famously internet-averse Vladimir Putin to join him for ‘Clubhouse’ chat

Elon Musk has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin if he would be interested in chatting with him on the audio-only social media platform Clubhouse, sparking excitement and speculation about the pair’s potential discussion.

On Saturday, the Tesla CEO and world’s current richest man tweeted at the official Twitter handle of the president of Russia, asking, “Would you like to join me for a conversation on Clubhouse?”

Flexing his linguistic skills, Musk added in Russian: “It would be a great honor to speak with you.” However, he didn’t specify which language would be used for the proposed chat. As well as his native tongue, Putin speaks fluent German and reasonably good English.

Feb 15 11:00

Putin Owns BBC Journalist: Yes, Compared To You, We Are White And Fluffy Angels!

Feb 15 11:00

OWNED! Putin Owns Macron In Under One Minute - CHECKMATE!

Feb 15 09:01

Russian 'Progress' space freighter launched from Baikonur, cargo slated to put an end to outdated docking module on ISS (VIDEO)

Russia's Progress MS-16 robotic spacecraft has been launched on a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The voyage will end with the de-orbiting of one of the compartments on the iconic celestial facility.

The space freighter was boosted by a Soyuz-2.1a rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, on Monday morning, carrying almost two and a half tons of cargo, including propellant, fresh water, pressurized gases, and various equipment and supplies.

Feb 15 08:20

White House Reportedly Holding Internal Talks on Nord Stream 2 as Russian Pipelayer Resumes Work

Washington has slapped two rounds of sanctions on the $10.5 billion Russian-European energy infrastructure project, and has threatened its Western European allies with secondary restrictions. Berlin has rejected the idea of extraterritorial sanctions, but has also reportedly agreed to negotiate with the Biden administration on possible concessions.

Germany and the United States have not yet start direct negotiations on Nord Stream 2, Handelsblatt reports, citing officials and sources in government circles.

The newspaper says the key reason that negotiations have yet to start is that key positions in Washington have yet to be filled, among them counterparts to the staff of Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier.

Feb 14 08:12

No Way Nord Stream 2 Won’t be Used as Russia’s Partners in EU Need Project, Official Says

The joint project by Russia’s Gazprom and European energy giants has faced harsh criticism and pressure from the US, who is demanding that the EU ditch the pipeline and buy American or other foreign LNG instead, threatening sanctions otherwise.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline doesn’t face the risk of being unused as EU countries are interested in it, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said in an interview with the TV channel Rossiya 1. He stressed that the pipeline is in full compliance with European laws and that all of the issues it faces are related to competition with the US over gas markets.

"It is simply a competition on the part of American partners who want to sell their liquefied natural gas [LNG] to Europe. So, in essence, we're witnessing non-market methods of competition [on their part]", Novak said.

Feb 14 08:05

'Snow apocalypse': VIDEOS show Moscow blanketed by flurries, with collapsed roofs & sliding trucks in record-breaking snowfall

Moscow has been hit with the worst snowfall in decades, with freak weather disrupting air travel and bringing traffic to a halt. Several people have been injured as a result of roofs collapsing in the region surrounding the city
The adverse weather struck the Russian capital and its wider metropolitan area on Friday, and snow continued falling for two straight days. A volley of the white stuff this intense hasn’t been registered in the city for some 50 years, with the current record dating back to 1973.

Feb 13 08:39

Russian diplomat warns Germany against conspiring to pit Moscow against Minsk

Moscow has cautioned Germany against embarking on efforts to sow the seeds of enmity between Russia and Belarus, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing on Thursday

"Moscow does not harbor any illusions about positions of Berlin regarding key social and political processes in the country that is our ally," she specified. "We would like to warn [our] German counterparts against any attempts to meddle or whip up discord in the allied Russian-Belarusian relationship, either directly or through the use of other parties," Zakharova stressed.

Feb 13 07:02

Gazprom Plans To Start Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline This Year

Russia's gas giant Gazprom plans to commission the controversial natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 this year, Russian news agency TASS reported on Thursday, quoting a presentation of a Gazprom executive at an energy forum in Russia.

Last month, Gazprom was said to have warned investors that the Nord Stream 2 project could be suspended or entirely discontinued due to extraordinary circumstances, including "political pressure."

Germany has always looked at the Russia-led project from an economic standpoint, while the United States, several European countries, including the Baltic states, Poland, and the European Union (EU), have expressed concern about Russia using gas sales and its gas monopoly Gazprom as a political tool.

Feb 11 10:44

NATO Chief Tells Ukraine "Door Remains Open" For Membership As Russia Fumes

During a Tuesday press conference the head of NATO, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, issued some hugely provocative words aimed at Russia while standing beside Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal at a joint press conference in Brussels. It comes after Joe Biden has vowed a tougher response to alleged Russian 'interference' in the West's affairs.

Asked specifically to respond claims that Russia is expanding military exercises and deployments abroad in order to "distract" from the Alexei Navalny saga and protests at home, Stoltenberg said, "What I will say is we have seen a significant Russian military buildup over the last years."

Feb 11 10:36

"Show Of Force Unseen Since Cold War": US Military Flexes In Norway

Amid mounting tensions between Russia and the West and as the Kremlin has lately placed strategic emphasis on its military readiness in the far north Arctic Circle, AFP reports that "The United States is deploying long-range B-1 bombers to Norway to train in the strategically important High North in a new show of force unseen in the region since the Cold War."

As we described last week ahead of the deployment, the US Air Force announced that for the first time ever it will send multiple B-1 Lancer bombers along with 200 airmen to Norway, which comes amid greater NATO calls to "confront Russia".

Feb 11 09:49

New NORAD Warfare Strategies And Canada's Role In The Great Game Revisited

As relations between the USA and Russia continue to fall ever deeper into the abyss, and as China’s Belt and Road Initiative continues to evolve deep into the Eurasian Arctic via the Polar Silk Road, a new era of potential for cooperation as well as nuclear war awaits humanity. The decisions made over the coming months will determine which of those two opposing destinies are selected.

For the time being, things are looking bad.

On February 5, 2021 the Canadian press was lit abuzz with the headline NORAD Modernization to Dominate Agenda of Canada-U.S. Defence Relations citing various military think tanks and ivory tower game theorists who should be kept as far from any actual policy making circles if the world is going to survive beyond the coming decade.

Citing the recent Biden-Trudeau meeting which featured a long discussion about Russian-Chinese aggression and Arctic defense, Andrea Charron (head of Manitoba’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies) states:

Feb 11 08:31

Russian Deputy FM: Any Agreement to Replace New START Treaty Requires Discussing US Missile Defence

A five-year extension of the arms reduction treaty came into force earlier this month, as Moscow and Washington managed to find common ground before the deal expired to preserve global peace and security.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has stated that any possible replacement of the New START treaty with a new pact would be impossible without a discussion concerning US missile defence.

"If the US is not ready to move on [this] then there are little chances of having a new deal to replace the New START, we should focus on the missile defence problem. Otherwise, arms control will be in question", Ryabkov said at a press conference.

Feb 11 08:06

An Unintended Syria Air Clash Could Pull Biden Into Conflict Involving Russia, Israel

The conflict in Syria has seen the convergence of multiple, sometimes opposing forces in the skies over a near-decade-long civil war that today threatens to draw the United States’ foreign policy resources back into the quagmire, one in which its closest ally, Israel, and a leading rival, Russia, are among those operating in dangerous proximity.

The sudden roar of jets and missile blasts have become an all too common feature of Syria’s ongoing war, and last week’s attacks across the country’s southwest served as an explosive reminder of the war’s lingering violence. The airstrikes, which were unclaimed but widely blamed on Israel, targeted positions near the Golan Heights and Damascus International Airport, where Israel has accused Iran-linked elements of storing and transporting weapons.

Feb 11 07:09

US Supported “Nazism” in Ukraine. Censorship in the US, West, and Ukraine

Colonized and controlled Ukraine is a de facto US-installed Neo-nazi dictatorship in Europe’s heartland — bordering Russia and six other countries.

Obama/Biden bear full responsibility for replacing democracy in 2014 with iron-fisted governance over the rule of law.

Then-assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs neocon Victoria Nuland was Obama/Biden point person for the late 2013-14 made-in-the-USA coup.

She’s back as Biden/Harris undersecretary of state for political affairs, one of many hawks infesting the Biden administration.

They support president Vladimir Zelensky’s war on free expression and the rule of law.

Feb 11 06:51

Ukraine Plans New Black Sea Bases as US and NATO Step Up Presence in the Region

One region that remains a flashpoint between the US and Russia is the Black Sea, an area where Washington and NATO are expected to increase their military presence this year. Adding to the tensions, Ukraine is moving forward with plans to build two new military bases in the region.

One base will be built on the Black Sea, and the other will be on the Sea of Azov, a waterway between Ukraine and Russia. Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced plans for the new bases at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday. Shmyhal said the UK was “helping financially” with the projects, and work is expected to start soon.

While Ukraine is not an official NATO member, Kyiv has warm ties with the alliance. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reaffirmed the alliance’s support for Ukraine during Shmyhal’s visit and noted the increase in NATO activity in the Black Sea.

Feb 10 12:28

Canada to fund opposition in Belarus and names Russia and China its main enemies

Canada is changing its geopolitical intentions. Apparently, this country, which has always been passive in the face of American decisions, wants to take more aggressive positions on the international stage. The Canadian government recently announced that it will finance opponents against Lukashenko in Belarus and now the Canadian intelligence director has made a note regarding Moscow and Beijing as “the biggest threats to Canada”. Ottawa visibly wants to take more incisive actions in the international scenario, perhaps because it doubts Washington’s ability to guarantee its interests at the moment. However, the country has no material conditions to carry out its plans and may be taking positions which are complicated to maintain in the long term.

Feb 09 12:40

In Confronting Russian ‘Aggression’, Biden Forgets He Is the Problem, Not the Solution

Joe Biden calls on American leadership to confront Russian authoritarianism that he claims threatens American democracy. But every problem between the two has its roots in US actions Biden once supported. Physician, heal thyself.
“America is back. America is back. Diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy.”

With these resounding words as his starting point, President Joe Biden gave his first major foreign policy address, symbolically delivered at the State Department headquarters, with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in attendance. His was a message of rebirth and hope.

“As I said, in my inaugural address,” Biden noted, “we will repair our alliances, engage with the world once again, not to meet yesterday’s challenges, but today’s, and tomorrow’s.”

Biden’s speech covered a wide range of topics, ranging from the Covid-19 pandemic to climate change, from the Middle East to LGTBQ rights. He waxed eloquently about the nexus between democracy and progress.

Feb 09 09:27

Russian Air Force experts publish plan to neutralize NATO forces in all-out war with bombing strikes against key military targets

A war between Moscow and the West might start on the ground, but it would be settled in the air. That’s the verdict of two top Russian military strategists, published in a new analysis of how a putative conflict might play out.

Writing in a new edition of the Air and Space Forces Journal, two associate professors at Russia’s pilot-training academy set out how any invasion launched against the country by NATO allies would depend on a massive aerial bombardment with warplanes and missiles. Vladilen Stuchinsky and Mikhail Korolkov say, however, that the approach isn’t foolproof.

In order to disrupt the bombardment and frustrate ground-based operations, the analysts say, Russia should launch a colossal counter or pre-emptive strike to wipe out enemy hardware. This could be achieved, they argue, with the combined use of drones, missiles, cyber warfare and new weaponry, destroying Western equipment before it can even get airborne.

Feb 09 09:06

For Josep Borrell, Russia will remain a ‘mystery inside an enigma’

It’s been a quotation cited repeatedly to describe the difficulties faced by western policy-makers towards Russia. Winston Churchill famously said the country was ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma’. Back in 1939, when he broadcast this speech, just as Britain had declared war on Germany, Churchill said that he thought he had the ‘key’ to unlocking the secret of Russian foreign policy and that was, he said, ‘Russian national interest’.

Feb 09 08:20

Russia, Iran & China To Hold Joint Naval Drills As CENTCOM Chief Blasts Iran As "Driver Of Instability"

On Monday Russia announced plans to hold joint naval drills with Iran and China in the Indian Ocean, according to Reuters, which cites comments made by Moscow's ambassador to Tehran. Russian Ambassador Levan Dzhagaryan said, "The next multilateral naval exercises will take place in the northern part of the Indian Ocean in mid-February 2021."

It comes just after the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier was ordered out of its Mideast region of responsibility at the start of this month. The Nimitz is headed home to its base in Washington state, after Trump kept it in the Indian Ocean and gulf region on standby amid ratcheting tensions with Iran. Biden then ordered it home within his first couple weeks in office.

Feb 09 07:46

US Hosts Pacific War Games With Australia & Japan Aimed At Countering Russia, China Attack

The United States military has kicked off joint war games with Australian and Japan on the Western Pacific island of Guam which will specifically focus on countering a theoretical future aerial attack from Russia or China.

The joint exercises, dubbed 'Cope North 2021' began last Wednesday and are scheduled to run all the way to February 19. Crucially the exercises will included F-35A joint strike fighters, marking the first time the advanced stealth jets are deployed to Andersen Air Force Base at Guam.

"Exercise Cope North 21 aims to provide an opportunity for the forces to hone their combined air tactics while enhancing support to the Indo-Pacific region," according to a US military statement. "Australia is participating for the 11th time in the US Pacific Air Forces’ largest multilateral exercise."

Feb 08 14:18

'The EU is an unreliable partner' Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov:

Russia had recently said that it would take a more assertive stand against the sanctions and Navalny nonsense the 'west' is throwing at it.

Today the EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell visited Moscow. He had a talk with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

It was showtime:

Borrell said he had conveyed the EU’s unhappiness about the jailing of Navalny. “I have conveyed to Minister Lavrov our deep concern and reiterated our appeal for his release and the launch of an impartial investigation of his poisoning,” he said.

But his remarks were overshadowed by Lavrov’s forceful rebuke, in which he repeated his doubts about the West’s conclusion that Navalny was poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent — a conclusion that German Chancellor Angela Merkel personally announced in Berlin, where Navalny was treated. Laboratories in France and Sweden, as well as the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, confirmed the German findings.

Feb 08 14:11

Russian Air Force destroys ‘secret base’ in northwestern Syria

The Russian Aerospace Forces continued their air campaign over northwestern Syria this week, hitting a “secret base” belonging to the jihadist rebels in side the Idlib Governorate.

The Russian YouTube channel, RusVesna.SU, reported this week that the Russian Aerospace Forces targeted the secret base of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) in the Idlib Governorate, resulting in their subsequent destruction after the attack.

“Aerial reconnaissance planes tracked the movement and sites of the secret base of the HTS terrorists, which was 18 km north of Idlib,” the Russian news site said.

Feb 08 07:10

Ukraine: Zelenskiy bans three opposition TV stations

Three pro-Russian TV channels have gone off the air in Kyiv after pro-Western President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signed a Ukrainian security council decree imposing sanctions for five years on eight media and TV companies.

The Kyiv stations affected were ZIK, NewsOne, and 112 Ukraine.

Their broadcasts were only available Tuesday night via the video hosting platform YouTube, reported the Russian news agency TASS.

It identified the channels' owner as Taras Kozak, a lawmaker and member of the pro-Russian Opposition Platform for Life party, quoting him as describing Zelenskiy's move as "an act of blatant censorship."

Kozak is named in a decree appendix, with his assets, trading operations and transfer of copyright blocked — also for five years.

In Ukraine, the channels are considered to be pro-Russian messengers anchored in the nation's war-scarred east as well as its south.

Feb 07 07:38

Recent events accelerate process of creating Russian Foreign Ministry’s TikTok account

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has created an account on TikTok social networking service.

"We have been planning it for a long time, but the recent weeks’ developments have accelerated the process. It is not homage to fashion, but merely information work," Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Saturday.

Up to now, a few videos about the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V have been uploaded. In one of them Alexey Navalny says that the Russian vaccine is taken with skepticism abroad, in particular in the West. In response, the Russian Foreign Ministry shows footage from the February 5 news conference in Moscow when EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell is congratulating Russia on the publication in the Lancet journal of a report on effectiveness of the Russian innovation.

Feb 07 07:37

STRATCOM chief claims nuclear war with Russia or China a ‘REAL POSSIBILITY,’ says US can’t assume ‘strategic deterrence will hold’

The head of US Strategic Command is warning that nuclear war with Russia or China is “a real possibility,” pointing to “destabilizing” behaviors of America’s rivals. He also claims the Pentagon is not “stuck in the Cold War.”

“There is a real possibility that a regional crisis with Russia or China could escalate quickly to a conflict involving nuclear weapons, if they perceived a conventional loss would threaten the regime or state,” STRATCOM chief and Vice Admiral Charles Richard wrote in the February issue of the US Naval Institute's monthly magazine.

STRATCOM, which oversees the US nuclear arsenal, views the probability of nuclear war as low. But with Russia and China advancing their capabilities and continuing to “exert themselves globally,” Richard said STRATCOM must understand what it's facing.

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Feb 07 07:33

‘Genie’s out of the bottle’: German FM pledges €21 million to help Belarusian opposition in fight to remove embattled Lukashenko

Germany has set aside €21 million ($25.3 million) as part of its new “action plan” aimed at supporting opponents of the Belarusian government, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has told an improvised pro-opposition online conference.

Seemingly in an effort to cement an image of Berlin as the leader among European nations sponsoring anti-government movements in the post-Soviet space, Maas on Saturday addressed the so-called Belarus Solidarity Conference. This was a virtual event organized by the World Belarus Congress, a forum of Belarusian expatriate diasporas and opposition-supporting groups.

“The Genie of democracy is out of the bottle. There is no way to put it back,” Berlin's chief diplomat said in a pre-recorded address, as he promised millions of euro in support to the Belarusian opposition.

Feb 07 07:33

EU chief von der Leyen compares fight for Covid vaccine supplies to the Cold War space race - hours after bloc turned to Russia for help with their inoculation disaster

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen today compared vaccine nationalism to the Cold War space race.

The beleaguered Brussels chief said this 'old confrontational mindset' akin to US-Soviet tensions was not helping global efforts to beat coronavirus.

She told students at Warwick University: 'Some countries see the quest for a vaccine as a race amongst global powers, like the space race in the 1960s.'

Feb 06 09:30

Former Navy SEAL commander says Putin has outplayed the US and Russia is the greatest external security threat

  • Retired US Navy Adm. William McRaven said Tuesday that Russia is the greatest external security threat to the US.
  • McRaven, a former Navy SEAL and special operations commander, said Putin has outplayed the US.
  • He praised Biden for efforts early in his presidency to press Putin on US national interests.

Retired Adm. William McRaven argued that Russian President Vladimir Putin has outplayed the US and Russia is the greatest external security threat during a recent discussion of the challenges the new Biden administration faces.

"I am often asked where do I think the greatest external security threat is, and I always point to Russia," McRaven, a former Navy SEAL and special operations commander, said at a Chatham House event on Tuesday. "A lot of people think about China, but Russia jumps to mind first."

While he acknowledged that Russia is not the superpower it once was, he stressed that "Putin has outplayed us."

Feb 05 08:08

Biden Vows to Confront Russia, Enemy of Democracy, and China, Enemy of ‘Global Governance’

In his first major foreign policy address, President Joe Biden vowed to confront the enemies of ‘democracy’ globally, while seeking to reclaim America’s ‘moral credibility’ and leadership in LGBT and climate change issues.

Speaking at the State Department headquarters in the nation’s capital on Thursday, Biden outlined his foreign policy vision in a 20-minute address, laying out a sprawling list of priorities for his administration, among them countering supposed US “adversaries.”

“American leadership must meet this new moment of advancing authoritarianism, including the growing ambitions of China to rival the United States and the determination of Russia to damage and disrupt our democracy,” Biden said early in his remarks.

Feb 05 07:51

A deteriorating U.S.-Russia relationship is dangerous. Biden should rein in tensions

Some good news on the foreign policy front has been the agreement by Presidents Biden and Putin to extend the arms control accord limiting strategic arms — a welcome step for international security. Yet, it would be foolish to pat ourselves on the back and think we have genuinely stabilized the smoldering train wreck of the U.S.-Russia relationship.

Mr. Biden made clear in October 2020 his view that Russia represents the most serious threat to U.S. national security. After December reports alleging Russia perpetrated a wide-ranging hack of the U.S. government, one might reasonably expect that Moscow and Washington remain practically on a war footing.

Feb 05 07:37

Biden tells Russia's Putin: US no longer 'rolling over'

President Joe Biden on Thursday (Feb 4) told Russia that the United States would no longer be "rolling over" in the face of aggressive action by Moscow, declaring a new, tough approach by Washington.

Visiting the State Department, Biden also promised to repair alliances and engage with the world again.

"American leadership "must meet rising authoritarianism and unite with partners to combat global challenges such as the coronavirus pandemic or climate change, he said.

Biden, as expected, adopted a sterner tone with Russian President Vladimir Putin than his predecessor, Donald Trump.

"I made it clear to President Putin in a manner very different from my predecessor, that the days the United States rolling over in the face of Russia's aggressive actions, interfering with our elections, cyber attacks, poisoning citizens are over," Biden said.

Feb 05 06:48

Kremlin Expresses Regret Over Biden's Aggressive Statements on Russia

The American president previously declared that the US "will not hesitate to raise the cost on Russia", saying the days of "the United States rolling over in the face of Russia’s aggressive actions are over".

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has slammed US President Joe Biden's demand to free Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, saying that some kind of ultimatums are unacceptable.

"This is very aggressive and unconstructive rhetoric, to our regret... We have already said that we will not heed such statements, which are some kind of mentoring lectures", he said

Feb 04 13:40

Russia’s Zircon Missile Relegates Carriers to Bombing Small Poor Countries

Pesky Russians went and built a Mach 8 anti-ship missile. "There is no technological solution for stopping this type of weapon in the US currently — the ramifications are colossal"

Feb 04 13:06

Navalny will remain the West’s darling, but not Russia’s

In case you missed it, Russian blogger/politician/investigative journalist Alexei Navalny was sentenced on Tuesday in a Moscow court to 2 years 8 months in prison for breaking the terms of a suspended sentence.

The western media is, of course, outraged. The leaders of the US, UK and France have all joined in unison to demand his release. Michael McFaul continues with his Navalny/Mandela comparisons on Twitter until we finally accept it. He’s clearly following the old adage of ‘if you say something often enough, it becomes the truth’.

Feb 04 11:10

Poroshenko ‘most corrupt president ever,’ Hunter Biden’s board job may have been bribe for his father – UkraineGate documentary

Former Ukrainian officials told a French journalist that President Petro Poroshenko was directly involved in corruption, and that Hunter Biden’s job at the gas company Burisma was a bribe to his father, the US vice president.

US President Donald Trump is currently on trial in the Senate, having been impeached by the House over Democrat allegations that withholding military aid to Ukraine over corruption concerns amounted to an abuse of power. Former Ukrainian officials and anti-corruption activists, however, have testified that not only was there corruption involving Burisma, the natural gas firm tied to former vice president and Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden’s son, but that it went all the way to the top.

These revelations can be found in the third installment of the documentary series ‘UkraineGate: Inconvenient facts’, produced by the French investigative journalist Olivier Berruyer, founder of popular anti-corruption and economics blog Les Crises.

Feb 04 06:51

The Destructive Plan Behind the Biden Russia Agenda

The new Biden Administration has from day one made it clear it will adopt a hostile and aggressive policy against the Russian Federation of Vladimir Putin. The policy behind this stance has nothing to do with any foul deeds Putin’s Russia may or may not have committed against the West. It has nothing to do with absurd allegations that Putin had pro-US dissident Alexei Navalny poisoned with the ultra-deadly Novichok nerve agent. In has to do with a far deeper agenda of the globalist Powers That Be. That agenda is what is being advanced now.

Feb 04 06:29

Must see: Explosive video exposes MI6 links to Alexei Navalny

RT’s Murad Gazdiev reports on new evidence of links between MI6 and Russian opposition figure and activist Alexei Navalny. Then author and professor of international human rights Dan Kovalik joins Rick Sanchez to discuss the role of the US and UK in fomenting political discord in Russia and other countries.

Feb 03 10:55

Lithuania is training the Ukrainian military despite its own inexperience

Lithuanian military instructors trained the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UBS) last month as a group of specialists from the National Defense Volunteer Force, the Training Doctrine Headquarters, the GKS Air Base and the Engineering Battalion went to Ukraine. The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense is attempting to bring the Ukrainian army closer to NATO standards by helping the reformation of military education and fund the training of Ukrainian officers at the Baltic Defense College. Decisionmakers in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius think they can assist Ukraine in joining NATO.

Feb 03 09:06

"Soldiers Of The Future" - Russia Reveals 4th Generation Combat Gear For 2035 

The Russian military's future appears to be dominated by advanced hypersonic missile technology, stealth fighter jets, and perhaps in the next 15 years, combat suits for infantrymen that resemble the military gear worn by "Master Chief" in the Halo video games.

State-owned defense giant Rostec State Corporation released a press release describing how it has begun work on a new combat suit for the "soldiers of the future." The effort will result in the new suit being deployed on the modern battlefields by 2035.

"The fourth-generation outfit is a principally new gear that demands looking into the future. It will unite the Russian military-defense complex's latest achievements, new protection, and life-support systems, robotized equipment, and integrated information exchange systems. The outfit demands a big volume of research. We have begun the first stage to determine tactical and technical requirements," Rostec Industrial Director Bekhan Ozdoev said.

Feb 03 08:42

Russia's "Sputnik V" Vaccine 92% Effective Against "Symptomatic" COVID Cases

As it turns out, the Kremlin wasn't embellishing when it first said its COVID vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya Institute with financing from Russia's Sovereign Wealth Fund, was as effective as the best Western vaccines. According to the official data, Russia's Sputnik V vaccine has 91.6% efficacy rate against symptomatic coronavirus cases.

These preliminary findings are based on an analysis of data from more than 20K, mostly white, participants, 3/4ths of whom received the vaccine, while the rest received a placebo. No serious adverse health impacts were reported; most negative health effects included flu-like symptoms, pain at the injection site and weakness or lethargy,

"Sputnik V" was administered in two injections 21 days apart, just like similar counterparts in the west. In the 21 days after the first dose, there were 16 cases of COVID-19 in the 14,964 people (0.1%) in the vaccine group, and 62 cases of the disease in the 4.9K individuals (1.3%) in the placebo group.

Feb 03 08:25

Russia Ready to Discuss Preserving Open Skies Treaty With US

On Tuesday, Russia signaled that it is hoping to preserve the Open Skies treaty, an agreement the Trump administration pulled out of last year. The treaty allows unarmed surveillance flights over participating countries and is seen as a trust-building pact.

“If the United States fully returns to observing the treaty, the Russian Federation would be ready to constructively consider that new situation,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after meeting with Sweden’s foreign minister.

Russia announced it was withdrawing from Open Skies last month. While Russia declared its intention to leave the treaty, Lavrov said it hasn’t yet formally submitted the notice to other parties.

Feb 03 06:55

Some foreign diplomats arrived to attend Navalny’s court hearing incognito, says diplomat

Some diplomats from foreign embassies in Moscow arrived incognito to attend a court session reviewing the case of blogger Alexey Navalny in the Russian capital, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Komsomolskaya Pravda radio on Tuesday.

"Interesting things were happening there, you know. Many [diplomats] arrived in diplomatic cars, cars with diplomatic license plates, while many arrived on their own, so to say. Incognito. Yes, this was also the case," the Russian diplomat said.

Feb 03 06:53

Merkel ‘let down’ Navalny, should have sent him to Russia earlier, says speaker

German authorities should have realized that Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny is on probation and should have sent him to Russia earlier, Speaker of the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) Vyacheslav Volodin said Tuesday.

"The countries that instructed him, took part in the film shooting (about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s alleged palace - TASS) and then sent him to us, they managed to send him bypassing all controls and turnstiles and board him on the plane. They should have understood that he is on probation, he should report himself [to law enforcement agencies]. But why are they acting so crudely to violate our legislation. He should have been sent earlier," he said. "Ms. Merkel (German Chancellor Angela Merkel - TASS) hosted him there. She should realize that she let him down, while her intelligence services are falling short."

Feb 02 11:15

With “Biden” in the White House, the Kremlin now needs to change gear

First, a clarification. When I speak of “Biden” I don’t mean the fungus (to use Tom Luongo’s apt expression) which was recently planted in the White House, I am referring to the “collective Biden” which I defined here https://thesaker.is/terminology/. With this caveat, now let’s see why Russia might want to change gears in 2021.

First, let’s begin by the basics:

Feb 02 09:50

Kremlin Tells US 'Back Off' Navalny Case As Viral 'Putin Palace' Story Deflated

For a second straight weekend, Sunday saw more protests break out across major Russian cities in support detained Kremlin critic and opposition activist Alexei Navalny, with Reuters citing that more than 5,300 were detained amid a police crackdown.

Moscow is again telling the US to butt out of its internal affairs after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a statement condemning the arrests of demonstrators.

"The US condemns the persistent use of harsh tactics against peaceful protesters and journalists by Russian authorities for a second week straight," Blinken tweeted Sunday. "We renew our call for Russia to release those detained for exercising their human rights, including Aleksey Navalny."

In response Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov lashed out at the "illegal protests" which it had previously cast as being a manufactured controversy driven by outside support for the anti-Kremlin protest movement.

Feb 02 09:16

American Presence in the Black Sea Generates Tensions

The aggressive US policy on the Black Sea continues. The presence of destroyers by American armed forces in the Russian Coast is notorious and causes discomfort among Russians due to the proximity of the region to their national territory. In a context of strong foreign presence, any military exercise or test of weapons that the Russian armed forces carry out in the region – which would be absolutely normal, considering that it is the Russian border – immediately becomes a focus of international tensions and threats. However, Moscow will not give up its strategies for simply accepting the American presence.

Feb 02 09:03

Lancet publishes Sputnik V Phase III clinical trial data, showing Russian Covid-19 vaccine is 91%+ effective

In a major breakthrough for Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet has published preliminary Phase III trial results showing it is highly effective – notably, for all age groups.

Data from 19,866 volunteers – 4,902 of whom were in the placebo group – showed that Sputnik V had an overall efficacy of 91.6 percent, rising to 91.8 percent among the group of 2,144 volunteers over the age of 60, according to the interim results of the Phase III clinical trial published in the Lancet on Tuesday.

At the end of the study, there were 62 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the placebo group and only 16 in the vaccine group. Sputnik V proved to be 100 percent effective in preventing the development of severe cases.

Feb 02 08:30

Why the US Deep State Won’t Forgive Russia and Iran

In a stunning interview to the Beirut-based al Mayadeen network, Hezbollah’s secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah has outlined how Maj Gen Qassem Soleimani – assassinated by an American drone strike at Baghdad airport a litle over a year ago – was instrumental in convincing Russia to help Syria militarily in its war against Salafi-jihadis.

Here’s the video transcript.

Nasrallah sets the stage for the crucial visit by Maj Gen Soleimani to Moscow in 2015, when he had a two-hour face-to-face meeting with President Putin:

Feb 02 08:06

Kremlin Tells US 'Back Off' Navalny Case As Viral 'Putin Palace' Story Deflated

For a second straight weekend, Sunday saw more protests break out across major Russian cities in support detained Kremlin critic and opposition activist Alexei Navalny, with Reuters citing that more than 5,300 were detained amid a police crackdown.

Moscow is again telling the US to butt out of its internal affairs after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a statement condemning the arrests of demonstrators.

"The US condemns the persistent use of harsh tactics against peaceful protesters and journalists by Russian authorities for a second week straight," Blinken tweeted Sunday. "We renew our call for Russia to release those detained for exercising their human rights, including Aleksey Navalny."

Feb 02 07:51

Blinken Says US is ‘Reviewing’ Sanctions Against Russia

Secretary of State Antony Blinken had harsh words for Moscow and suggested sanctions against Russia were on the horizon in an interview with NBC News that aired on Monday. While the US and Russia recently agreed to extend New START, the vital nuclear arms treaty, the Biden administration is otherwise taking a hostile stance towards Moscow.

Blinken condemned the Russian government’s response to recent protests and the jailing of Alexei Navalny, the opposition figure who the US alleges was poisoned by Moscow. Blinken was asked if the Biden administration was planning sanctions on Russia in response to what happened to Navalny. “Actually, we are reviewing a series of Russian actions that are deeply, deeply, disturbing,” he said.

Feb 02 07:10

Former Russian President Medvedev calls Twitter ‘politicized’ platform, slams ban of Trump & claims site is biased towards Navalny

Twitter is a “politicized” website, involved with interference in foreign states. That’s according to former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who also attacked the platform for blocking former US President Donald Trump’s account

Medvedev’s comments come after Twitter, along with other social media networks, received blame for allowing Russian opposition figures to advertise protests.

According to the former leader, who now sits on the Russian Security Council, his acquaintance signed up to the popular social network and was immediately recommended to subscribe to Alexey Navalny. When joining Twitter, the site asks new users to input their interests for suggestions of who to follow. Medvedev said that this list included Navalny.

“I think he put, museums, theaters, art, that kind of thing,” the former president told TASS. “He got a list of recommended people, given that the account was created in Russia. Who was first on the list? Alexey Navalny.”

Feb 01 07:08

Biden has no intention to normalize ties with Russia so far, Medvedev says

The deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, believes that the new US President Joseph Biden currently has no intention to normalize ties with Russia.

"Apparently, our negotiation partners - both the new [presidential] administration and President Biden himself - currently do not consider it feasible - to put it mildly - to normalize ties with the Russian Federation, which, in our opinion, is wrong," he said in an interview with the Russian media.

Speaking about possible contacts with the United States within the framework of the Security Council, Medvedev said they would depend on the US leader’s stance.

Jan 30 12:33

THE DESTRUCTIVE PLAN BEHIND THE BIDEN RUSSIA AGENDA

The new Biden Administration has from day one made it clear it will adopt a hostile and aggressive policy against the Russian Federation of Vladimir Putin. The policy behind this stance has nothing to do with any foul deeds Putin’s Russia may or may not have committed against the West. It has nothing to do with absurd allegations that Putin had pro-US dissident Alexei Navalny poisoned with the ultra-deadly Novichok nerve agent. In has to do with a far deeper agenda of the globalist Powers That Be. That agenda is what is being advanced now.

Jan 30 11:06

Russia’s Putin Signs Extension of New START Treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law on Friday extending the New START treaty, the last piece of arms control between the US and Russia. Putin signed the extension after both houses of Russia’s parliament voted unanimously in favor of extending New START on Wednesday.

The Kremlin said in a statement that the bill signed by Putin extends the treaty until February 5th, 2026. “The extension of the treaty is in line with Russia’s national interests as it makes it possible to maintain transparency and predictability in strategic relations between Russia and the US,” the statement said.

The New START limits the number of missiles, bombers, and nuclear warheads each power can have deployed. First signed in April 2010 and entered into force in 2011, the New START was due to expire this February.

Jan 30 09:06

The Putin-Biden Strategic Telephone Call: How Long Before Washington’s Demonization of Russia, China, and Iran Leads to War?

Biden, the current occupant of the White House, and President Putin of Russia have had their first telephone meeting. President Putin stressed that it is in the interest of the US, Russia, and the entire world for the tense relationship between Washington and the Kremlin to be normalized. Biden apparently, was noncommittal on this overriding issue and although indicating agreement to renew the 1991 treaty to limit and reduce strategic offensive arms, Biden mainly raised American propaganda issues with Russia.

Considering Washington’s record since the Clinton regime of simply abandoning out of hand previous agreements with Russia, renewing the START Treaty might not mean much. The important issue is the normalization of relations between the nuclear superpowers. As Russia can wipe the US off of the face of Earth, Washington needs to be careful what impression it creates in the Kremlin.

Jan 30 08:21

Biden scores domestic political points off Russia, but does NOTHING to prevent a crisis

This article was originally published by Energy Intelligence under the headline Biden-Putin: Facing the Real Risks, and appears on RT with that outlet's permission.

Jan 29 11:38

US Navy Sends Three Warships Into Black Sea, Russia Deploys Missile System

The US Navy has three warships operating in the Black Sea, a region where NATO is looking to increase its naval presence.

The USS Porter, a guided-missile destroyer, entered the waters on Thursday, joining two US ships that were already there. The USS Donald Cook, another guided-missile destroyer, and the oiler USNS Laramie transited into the Black Sea on Sunday.

Russia noticed the US warships operating near its coast and deployed a mobile coastal defense anti-ship system in Crimea. The Russian military said it tracked the USS Donald Cook as it entered the Black Sea.

Russia hawks and NATO are hoping the US keeps up the military activity in the Black Sea this year.

Jan 29 11:21

International Warmongers Beat the War Drums for War Against Russia

“Love greetings to Moscow: Biden threatens to end Putin’s ‘tyranny'”. Biden made this poisoned “promise” to the Russian president long before his stolen election as the new US president (1). About the upcoming private meeting of selected warmongers in Munich, he says: “Like no other global forum, Munich connects European leaders and thinkers with their peers from across the world (2).” However, the only certain thing about this so-called security conference – postponed because of the Corona plague – is that the world’s worst warmongers are again beating the war drums. This year, possibly for a new war against Russia. Peoples hear the signals!

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