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Ukraine Conflict 2014-2022

by Oui Fri May 27th, 2022 at 02:14:22 PM EST

A diplomatic solution is not on the horizon, the impasse from before Feb. 24 has grown immensely. So is the territory Russia will claim as the Ukrainian pain and suffering doesn't seem to end.

Johnson admits Russia making `palpable' progress


Johnson seeks to escalate the weaponry to a higher level for Ukraine to withstand the Russian forces and regain the whole of Donbas and Crimea. Zelensky expects delivery MLRS rocket systems to be approved. The imperialism of Vladimir Putin should not stand.

A desperate president Zelensky calls out Dr. Henry Kissinger as a 1938 appeaser ...

Poland Will Keep Fighting Until Total Victory

Polish President Andrzej Duda visits Ukraine | JPost |

The Polish president has delivered a message of strong support for Ukraine during the first address in person by a foreign leader to the parliament in Kyiv since the Russian invasion began.

During his speech Andrzej Duda thanked Ukraine for defending Europe against what he called "Russian imperialism".

"The free world", he said, "has the face of Ukraine". Duda said recent calls for Kyiv to negotiate with President Putin, and even give into some of his demands, were disturbing. No decisions about your future will be made without you, he said.

Poland has been one of Ukraine's staunchest supporters, taking in millions of refugees fleeing the fighting and sending tanks and rocket launchers to the Ukrainian military.

Ukraine war in maps: Tracking the Russian invasion

Lula Talks to TIME About Ukraine, Bolsonaro, and Brazil's Fragile Democracy | May 4, 2022 |

Do you think the threat of Ukraine joining NATO was Russia's real reason for invading?

That's the argument they put forward. If they have a secret one, we don't know. The other issue was Ukraine joining the E.U. The Europeans could have said: "No, now is not the moment for Ukraine to join the E.U., we'll wait." They didn't have to encourage the confrontation.

But I think they did try to speak to Russia.

No, they didn't. The conversations were very few. If you want peace, you have to have patience. They could have sat at a negotiating table for 10, 15, 20 days, a whole month, trying to find a solution. I think dialogue only works when it is taken seriously.

If you were President right now, what would you do? Would you have been able to avoid the conflict?

I don't know if I'd be able to. If I was President, I would have phoned [Joe] Biden, and Putin, and Germany, and [Emmanuel] Macron. Because war is not the solution. I think the problem is that if you don't try, you don't fix things. And you have to try.

I sometimes get worried. I was very concerned when the U.S. and the E.U. adopted [Juan] Guaidó [then leader of Venezuela's parliament] as President of the country [in 2019]. You don't play with democracy.

So Volodomyr Zelensky should have talked to Putin more, even with 100,000 Russian troops at his border?

I don't know the President of Ukraine. But his behavior is a bit weird. It seems like he's part of the spectacle. He is on television morning, noon, and night. He is in the U.K. parliament, the German parliament, the French parliament, the Italian parliament, as if he were waging a political campaign. He should be at the negotiating table.

French View: EU Entry Ukraine in 15 or 20 Years

France sees no EU entry for Ukraine before '15 or 20 years' | NST |

An evening with Noam Chomsky: Contours of Global Order

The topic up for discussion was the `Contours of Global Order: Domination, Stability, Security in a Changing World'. As you can imagine this is a vast area. We began by looking back to 1939 during World War II when the United States had devised the `Grand Area' for post-war dominance. Chomsky talked about how the US wanted to gain unquestionable power and maintain fierce loyalty from their allies. He remarked that this was still true of today, saying `The US presidents may have changed name or "style" but their substance is still very much the same'.

Reports: US preparing to send long-range rocket systems to Ukraine

In a potentially significant development, the US is reportedly preparing to send advanced, long-range rocket systems to Ukraine.

News of what would be a notable step-change in the kind of weapons the Biden adminisration is providing follows pleas from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for such systems, which can fire a barrage of rockets hundreds of miles.

The Multiple Launch Rocket Systems would dramatically increase the range of Ukraine's armed forces.

However, there are concerns in some quarters that they could be used to strike targets inside Russia and risk escalation.

The Biden administration is believed to be leaning toward sending the weapons as part of a package that could be announced as soon as next week.

President Zelensky: Russia already used 2,400 missiles against Ukraine

EU and US edge closer together on AI at latest Trade and Technology Council meeting

General Sir Nick Carter, the chief of UK's defence staff, says there is a 'risk' of another world war.


Latest news: Critical escalation by Joe Biden and Boris Johnson …

US is about to give devastating weapon to Ukraine, Russia is furious | De Volkskrant |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 27th, 2022 at 07:26:20 PM EST

Scholz spricht beim Katholikentag über «unsichere Zeiten»

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 27th, 2022 at 07:52:28 PM EST

Translation:
The war raises many questions such as: Can violence be fought with violence? Can you only make peace without weapons? We should discuss both with respect. But one thing is clear: we support Ukraine so that violence does not become the norm.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 27th, 2022 at 07:53:35 PM EST
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"Putin will Westen Hungerkrise anlasten" | Tagesschau |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 27th, 2022 at 07:55:45 PM EST

Survival, not hunger in Egypt or Arab states ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 27th, 2022 at 07:59:25 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 28th, 2022 at 08:35:30 AM EST
My good old friend lifted once again the lid on secrecy of NATO's very aggressive stance on Russia ... the frontier expanding to within minutes of historic capital Moscow and its cultural treasures.

"Not my finest hour"

De Hoop Scheffer is still often reminded of the messy NATO summit of April 2008 that took place under his leadership in the Romanian capital Bucharest, in the 'disfigured palace' of the former dictator Ceausescu ('that didn't help either, in terms of atmosphere').

The secretary general from the Netherlands was then caught between US President George Bush Jr., who wanted Georgia and Ukraine to join NATO quickly, and German and French leaders Merkel and Sarkozy, who were much more reserved. Feverish last-minute consultations were needed.

The compromise text that emerged was that Georgia and Ukraine were presented with NATO membership, like a juicy sausage, but without a concrete timeline. That promise was unacceptable to President Putin (also present in Bucharest) and he let it be known: De Hoop Scheffer was given the full blow.

"Not my finest hour", he now calls the NATO summit. "Bush went against the advice of three of his top advisers. They had said to me beforehand: 'Jaap, we are not going to go to war with Russia over Ukraine with NATO'. My impression is that Bush has been talked down by his Vice President Dick Cheney.

"I had a difficult conversation with Putin anyway. It started with him adding, say, biting me, "I'd rather talk to your wife than to you." The night before, at dinner, he'd been sitting next to my wife. I don't know if he meant it as a joke.

"Looking back at that commitment to Georgia and Ukraine, it was - but I've said it before - an unlucky decision. I say that Putin had seized every argument and every text to continue his pursuit of 'I want my empire back'. But here he was presented with a wonderful opportunity.

"It doesn't sit well with me, if I'm honest. It is true that the heads of state and government leaders of NATO are the boss. But as secretary general you are the oil man and the mediator, that is also in my DNA. Usually you reach agreement on the text in the run-up to such a summit. If that doesn't work, then you're really disappointed. It was a really bad experience afterwards.

"I also remember that Putin already spoke very derogatoryly about Ukraine at the time. During the NATO-Russia Council, which immediately followed that NATO summit, he talked about 'just a territory', an insignificant piece of land. Chancellor Merkel then immediately gave him cotton. Although she was against far-reaching commitments to Ukraine, she also took a hard line against Putin when he said derogatory things about that country."

Thus NATO playbook was ready for years ... it was a matter of pulling the trigger ... or rather crossing the red lines of national security of Russia [VIDEO] and lean back for events to be rolled out.

From my diary ...

NATO War Planning -- In 2021 Ukraine

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 29th, 2022 at 05:57:18 PM EST

No Chancellor, the gains fought for in a cruel war won't be handed back to Kyiv. Diplomacy failed from 2013 forward. Biden decided "let's play the match." People die and nations suffer, for what? Stupid leaders in power.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 29th, 2022 at 06:00:36 PM EST
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Ukraine opens international summit calling for 'return' of Crimea from Russia | France24 - Aug. 23, 2021 |

Ukraine and its Western allies agreed to work towards "peacefully" ending Russia's "occupation" of Crimea, without spelling out how, in a summit that sparked anger in Moscow.

The support for Ukraine - which has little chance of changing Russia's position - follows complaints from Kiev in recent months about its allies being reluctant to allow it to join NATO, refusing to deliver arms and maintaining gas agreements with Moscow to the detriment of Ukraine.

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    Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova claimed that the West is funding Ukraine "out of fear of total defeat" and that NATO countries are contributing to Ukraine's destruction.


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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 29th, 2022 at 06:16:04 PM EST
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Russia's "occupation" of Crimea

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 29th, 2022 at 06:18:05 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 29th, 2022 at 06:29:49 PM EST

Only a Great War of necessity could bring peace ... not a stupid war of choice, by design decades in the making.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 29th, 2022 at 06:32:09 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 29th, 2022 at 06:33:30 PM EST
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Switzerland prevents the export of Danish armored personnel carriers to Ukraine
There are voices in the federal administration and in parliament that see room for maneuver in the War Material Act: Switzerland can very well allow European states to pass on Swiss armaments under certain conditions.

Central politicians such as Councilor of States Pirmin Bischof are in favor of such a more generous interpretation: "The Federal Council should now take action and correct its practice," says the President of the Foreign Policy Commission. The Green Liberal parliamentary group leader Tiana Moser also wants a change of course. After all, it's not about direct arms exports, but about arms that Switzerland has already sold to friendly democracies: "These arms would be passed on to a country that is defending itself against an aggressor."

Germany promises modern air defense systems to Ukraine, 1 June Mutti blessings
"The Ukrainians have given us assurances that they will not use these systems against targets on Russian territory," Blinken said.
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The US and Germany's decision to supply Ukrainian forces with rocket and air defense systems was "good news for Ukraine and very bad news for Russian artillery crews and artillery commanders," Frank Ledwidge, a military analyst from the University of Portsmouth, told DW. Ledwidge said it would take months before the American High Mobility Rocket Artillery Systems could be effectively used in Ukraine. Ukraine would probably use them in conjunction with the IRIS-T air defense and radar systems that Germany would send.[...]
During a speech to German parliament, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Russia intends to "depopulate and extinguish civilization" in the eastern Donbas region of Ukraine.

"City by city, village by village, Russian troops are destroying them from a safe distance," she said. "First the missiles, then the warplanes with artillery, and then, when everything is flattened, the tanks roll in."

by Cat on Wed Jun 1st, 2022 at 11:44:16 PM EST
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Vucic Says Serbia Secures Gas Deal With Russia Following Phone Talks With Putin | RFERL |

I cannot talk about the price now, all the details will be agreed with Gazprom, Vucic told reporters. The president said that Serbia had agreed with Putin that the gas price would be tied to the oil price, but he did not elaborate on the topic.

CNBC's live blog tracking Sunday's developments on the war in Ukraine

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 29th, 2022 at 07:49:28 PM EST
Zelensky bites the silver bullet.

Legatum Institute Senior Fellow Peter Pomerantsev ...

Special recognition is owed to the invaluable contributions of Anne Applebaum (CEPA and Legatum Institute), Paul Copeland, Marina Denysenko (Ukrainian Institute in London), Peter Doran (CEPA), Michal Harmata (CEPA), Sanita Jemberga (Baltic Centre for Investigative Journalism), Andis Kudors (Centre for East European Policy Studies in Riga), Ben Nimmo (Institute for Statecraft), Wiktor Ostrowski (Krzyżowa Academy), Alistair Shawcross (Legatum Institute), Hanna Shelest (UA: Ukraine Analytica), Ivana Smoleňová (Prague Security Studies Institute), Virgis Valentinavičius (Mykolas Romeris University), Magda Walter (UK-based media consultant) and Kazimierz Wóycicki (Krzyżowa Academy).

Further reading ...

Legatum: the Brexiteers' favourite think tank. Who is behind them?

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 29th, 2022 at 09:12:39 PM EST

Once in a time, PM Mark Rutte was Gazprom and Vladimir Putin's best partner  in delivery of gas to Europe #gasunie #nordstream 1 and 2.

Rutte will open the Groninger gasfields to detriment of the environment and building safety due to #quakes

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 30th, 2022 at 09:27:50 PM EST
JFK fights an oil pipeline

As the Soviet Union began developing oil and gas pipelines to Europe, European energy dependence on Russia became a particular concern in Washington.

In the 1960s, Western Europe only imported 6% of its oil from the Soviet bloc. But a new planned oil pipeline - running all the way from the Russian far east, through several European countries including Ukraine and Poland, and terminating in Germany - suggested the Soviets hoped to change that. The prospect of greater dependence, as well as other strategic concerns, raised alarm bells in Washington.

In 1963, the Kennedy administration attempted to stall construction of the Druzhba, or "Friendship," Oil Pipeline by pushing an embargo on wide-diameter pipe to Soviet-aligned countries. Knowing it could not stop the project alone, it pressured allies - especially West Germany, a major pipe exporter - to join.

While Britain refused, West Germany reluctantly agreed, permitting a partial NATO embargo.

Nonetheless, the pipeline was completed a year later with only minor delays.

Reagan's gas gambit sparks crisis

About two decades later, the Reagan administration faced a similar dilemma.

Poland Surges Towards Energy Sovereignty

In an outstanding university in Missouri in the 1960s, that's exactly what was taught in college lessons and was common knowledge ... also the basics of journalism and detecting propaganda was discussed. Agents provocateurs employed by the USSR.

The foundation of the European Union based on economic progress is dead. The global fight on climate crisis has been aborted by the US lobby of fossil fuel and military industry giants. War is the Revolution of Progress ... but not on my turf.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 2nd, 2022 at 09:17:05 AM EST
The Importance of Osthandel: West German-Soviet Trade and the End of the Cold War, 1969-1991

Although the 1970s was the era of U.S.-Soviet détente, the decade also saw West Germany implement its own form of détente: Ostpolitik. Trade with the Soviet Union (Osthandel) was a major feature of Ostpolitik. Osthandel, whose main feature was the development of the Soviet energy-export infrastructure, was part of a broader West German effort aimed at promoting intimate interaction with the Soviets in order to reduce tension and resolve outstanding Cold War issues.

Thanks to Osthandel, West Germany became the USSR's most important capitalist trading partner, and several oil and natural gas pipelines came into existence because of the work of such firms as Mannesmann and Thyssen. At the same time, Moscow's growing emphasis on developing energy for exports was not a prudent move. A lack of economic diversification resulted, a development that helped devastate the USSR's economy after the oil price collapse of 1986 and, in the process, destabilize the communist bloc.

The East-West Trade Policies of America's CoCom Allies | Princeton - 1977 |

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The Russian Challenge | Chatham House - June 2015 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 2nd, 2022 at 09:18:45 AM EST
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Definition Violent Overthrow or Coup d'Etat

18 U.S. Code § 2385 - Advocating overthrow of Government

Unsolved Maidan massacre casts shadow over Ukraine | Atlantic Council - Feb 18, 2020 |

Minsk Accords Have Been in 'Intensive Care', Secretary-General Notes, as General Assembly Discusses Eastern Ukraine Developments | Feb 23, 2022 |

Secretary-General António Guterres said that the Minsk agreements -- a set of international accords that aim to end the war in Ukraine's Donbas region -- have been "surviving in an intensive care unit thanks to a number of life-supporting devices" until the recognition by the Russian Federation of the "so-called independence" of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine ...

Abdulla Shahid (Maldives), President of the General Assembly, recalled the words of former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, reminding delegates:  "The United Nations was not created to take mankind to heaven, but to save humanity from hell".  The Organization's mandate stipulates that disputes between Member States must be settled by peaceful means and in accordance with international law, he emphasized.

Security Council Fails to Adopt Draft Resolution on Ending Ukraine Crisis, as Russian Federation Wields Veto | Feb 25, 2022 |

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Mines Impede Planting in Ukraine, While EPA Eases Restrictions on Summer Ethanol Sales

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 8th, 2022 at 07:27:28 PM EST
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"a new crop of 65-70m tonnes" of WHAT?
14 countries, mostly in Africa be wondering: FAO, US, EU whose wheat and how much of it RUSSIA been holding hostage since Nov 2021?


src: Ukraine & Russian Federation Conflict: Grain Market Impacts, Updated March 21, 2022

And why? pp 2-3 MY 2021/2023

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Stock-to-Use Ratios [S/U] of US Corn, Soybeans, and Wheat Since 1960

by Cat on Sun Jun 12th, 2022 at 01:03:14 PM EST
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Over 1,000 Ukrainian POWs from Azovstal transferred to Russia

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 8th, 2022 at 11:11:53 PM EST
The Ukrainian Week @ukr_week_en
⚡️Ukraine's President Zelenskyy: "The fate of #Donbas will be determined in Sieverodonetsk. It is an extremely brutal, savage fight.. and perhaps this will be the toughest battle of this war".

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Stalemate 'not an option' for Ukraine as country has lost 'too many people', says Volodymyr Zelensky

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 8th, 2022 at 11:14:08 PM EST

Intelligence agencies know far more about Russia's military, even as the United States ships billions of dollars in weapons to the Ukrainians.

Untrustworthy, I don't believe unnamed sources from American media, certainly not CNN and The New York Times.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 8th, 2022 at 11:14:52 PM EST

Ukraine forces outgunned up to 40 to one by Russian forces, intelligence report reveals | The Independent via YahooNews |

At the same time, as the Russians capture territories in the east, and consolidate their control over the seized cities of Mariupol and Kherson, the bargaining position of the Ukrainian government is being weakened by acute disparity in the numbers of prisoners being held by each side.

The total number of Russian soldiers being held by Ukraine has fallen to 550 from 900 in April after a series of exchanges. Moscow meanwhile has more than 5,600 Ukrainian troops in captivity, the figure enlarged by the surrender of 2,500, including members of the Azov Battalion, in Mariupol.

This difference in numbers between the two sides is being revealed as both Kyiv and Moscow hold highly-publicised trials of prisoners of war.

Generally speaking POWs are lucky. They are alive and taken off the battle field.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 10th, 2022 at 08:20:17 AM EST
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Fucking idiot! I refuse to fight your wars, you either hold on to the EU founding principles, or just move on PolExit. Communism has been defeated, look for a different war you authoritarian outsider. Women's rights are human rights. Key to democracy is separation of powers. Grow up.

Polish president: Calls to Putin like talking to Hitler

Government leaders such as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron should no longer talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Those talks are fruitless and "give the semblance of legitimacy to someone responsible for the crimes committed by the Russian army in Ukraine," Polish President Andrzej Duda said in an interview with German newspaper Bild. Bild published the interview on YouTube late Wednesday evening.

The Polish president says he is "shocked" by the ongoing talks with the Russian leader and by Macron's recent call not to humiliate Putin. "Did anyone speak to Adolf Hitler in this way during World War II," Duda wonders. "Did someone say that he should be able to save face? That we should arrange it so that it is not humiliating to Adolf Hitler?"



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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 10:52:31 AM EST
How the U.S. pressured Poland into softening its law on Holocaust speech | JPost - June 28, 2018 |

After the prime minister of Poland announced a major retreat on his country's controversial Holocaust speech law, many of his right-wing critics accused him of capitulating to Israel.

The concession presented by Mateusz Morawiecki was an amendment passed hastily in parliament altering a law from February that was meant to punish those who blame the Polish nation for Nazis crimes. The amendment essentially makes it a civil offense rather than a criminal one.

To Polish nationalists, however, the original law was essential to defending the country's honor and preventing scholars and journalists from using terms like "Polish death camps" or portraying Poles as anything but victims of the Nazis. And they knew just who to blame for softening it: Israel.

Poland is willing to name the new US base, Camp Trump

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 10:53:25 AM EST
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Merkel Defends Her Legacy and Russia Policy

... a permanent policy by NATO (Gen. Breedlove) and US Foreign policy to interfere in European sovereignty. Same with all evil coming from the Afghan and Iraq War: torture, rendition and detention centers. Eastern European states - Poland, Romania - from the former Soviet bloc were all eager to comply with the Pentagon and CIA.

The interview with the Bild newspaper, comes after years of simmering tensions between Poland and the two western EU powerhouses, who have differed widely on issues ranging from migration to judicial reform within Poland.

'We've received nothing'

Warsaw has also complained about Germany's reluctance to send heavy weapons to Ukraine, including accusations that replacement tanks promised to the Polish government by Berlin show no signs of arrival.



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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 10:55:02 AM EST
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EU Commissioner Ursula Von Der Leyen should stop appeasing the extremist rightwing government of Andrzej Duda.

Minister Duda: NRP has become a fact. By the end of this year, Poland is to receive circa PLN 19 billion for implementation of the reforms and investments outlined in the NRP

Romano Prodi President of the European Commission Europe and peace University of Ulster Derry 1st April 2004

The European Union can be seen in many ways. But to me it is one thing above all others: the fostering and flourishing of peace.

We should never forget that the basic reason for the European integration process -- and the European Union -- is peace.

That was the overriding objective of our founding fathers: Jean Monnet said that building Europe meant building peace. You cannot be clearer than that.

At a time when Europe lay in ruins, devastated by war and devoured by the hatred it had generated, an onlooker would have found it difficult to believe in reconciliation between France and Germany.

Half a century later, we know it was much more than a dream. I agree with John when he says that "the European Union is the best example in the history of the world of conflict resolution...."



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Maduro missed out on Biden's Closed Session OAS In Los Angeles ...

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Greek translation:
With his threats he shows the right to have an army on the islands for the protection of ....

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Swedish government survives no-confidence vote with help of former Kurdish fighter | Reuters |

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If Turkey was an EU member, Ukraine war might have been prevented, says minister

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Jens Stoltenberg @jensstoltenberg
Great to meet with Prime Minister @MarinSanna of our close partner #Finland in Washington. We discussed the need to address #Turkey's concerns & move forward with the #NATO membership application by Finland & Sweden.

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Britons sentenced to death after 'show trial' in Russian-occupied Ukraine | The Guardian |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 02:47:03 PM EST
We support the family of captives as we always do Iran #Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe freed after six years.

Even when there are formal relations in place, Liz Truss doesn't do diplomacy, negotiations or willing to compromise. Glory to Ukraine ... not an inch.

A Frosty Confrontation In the Kremlin | Feb 5, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 03:36:32 PM EST
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Russian ambassador to US warns Arctic Council against making decisions without Moscow | Tass |

How the Climate Crisis is Heating Up Tensions in the Arctic

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 9th, 2022 at 05:47:59 PM EST

John Mearsheimer: The Causes and Consequences of the Ukraine Crisis (2015)

Noam Chomsky and Henry Kissinger basically agree on the deep cause of the Ukrainian crisis.

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Are Mercenaries In Ukraine?

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 10th, 2022 at 06:29:17 PM EST
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Aiden Aslin: Ukraine Briton told execution will go ahead | BBC News |

Mr Aslin's family said they had spoken to him in a phone call in which he said he had been told "time is running out" by his captors.

"There are no words, just no words, it's got to be everyone's worst nightmare to have a member of your family threatened in this way", Mr Aslin's grandmother Pamela Hall told the BBC.

"Aiden was extremely upset when he called his mother this morning. The bottom line is Aiden has said the DPR has told him nobody from the UK has made contact, and that he will be executed."

"I have to believe what Aiden has said to us, that if the DPR don't get some response then they will execute him. Obviously I hope that isn't true."

Mr Aslin and Mr Pinner moved to Ukraine in 2018, and had served as part of Ukraine's armed forces for several years before the Russian invasion.

Both had Ukrainian partners and had made the country their home. They were captured after spending weeks defending the besieged city of Mariupol.

DOR is not recognized, so NATO or EU countries will not communicate with separatists rebels. Similar to the Dutch after the crash of Malaysian airliner in the Donbas in July 2014. For weeks PM Mark Rutte refused to seek contact with separatists and didn't send investigators in. The bodies were retrieved by local rescue teams and send by train to Kharkiv.

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Aiden Aslin complains about heavy shelling of civilian areas in Donetsk by Ukrainian Armed Forces. He was scared and thought he would die at the hands of Ukraine.



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Geopolitical risk of foreign mercenaries and fighters in the Ukraine conflict | Special EurAsia |

The presence of foreign fighters and mercenaries in Ukraine might threaten European security since these combatants might exploit the Ukraine soil as 'bridge' or logistic hub to conduct their activities on the continent.

The Ukraine conflict has become an attractive pole for private military companies (PMCs), militant groups (such as Dzhokar Dudaev Battalion), and foreign special forces that might have access to modern and sophisticated weapons that the West is sending to Kyiv. Considering also that recently the Islamic State has released an audio message in which the terrorist group exhort its fighters to exploit the Ukraine conflict to organise terrorist attacks against Western countries and destroy the Russian Federation, the Ukrainian conflict is raising the geopolitical risk for the entire Eurasian chessboard.



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How Foreign Far-Right Volunteers Are Arriving to Fight in Ukraine

The official website of the Legion presents flags of eight states -- Denmark, Poland, Israel, Latvia, Croatia, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Canada but there are more than that. In early March it became known that more than 20,000 people from 52 countries had expressed their desire to join the legion, according to Brigadier General Kyrylo Budanov, commander of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defence. Corporal Damien Magrou, 33, a Norwegian corporate attorney in Kyiv, was appointed as a spokesperson of the Legion.

Journalists quickly revealed that Henry Hoeft's real last name was Locke, and that he, along with Mike Dunn, is an activist with the far-right militant group Boogaloo Bois. After that, Hoeft/Locke deleted all his social media accounts and disappeared. His whereabouts are unknown. His comrade Dunn stayed in Ukraine. He recorded a video and stated that they both joined the Georgian National Legion and then left.



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Ukraine's martial law and the Council of Europe (which, like UK, PK, MA, JP, SA, EG, CN, and US) is "not part of the EU", ibn told: What could go wrong?

Belarus and Ukrainan rebels keep death penalty alive in Europe, 1 Apr 2015

Writing exclusively in EURACTIV today, [Amnesty Int'l] warned that "mainstreaming counter-terrorism" into EU foreign policy in the guise of "international cooperation" could undermine its principled stance on the death penalty.
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Boris Johnson has instructed his ministers to "do everything in their power" to secure the release of two Britons Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has welcomed Defence Secretary Ben Wallace to Kyiv amid concern about British fighters who have been sentenced to death after being captured by Russian forces.

Interfax, a Russian news agency, claimed the men would be able to appeal against their convictions.

Ukraine's ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko, said he thinks the two Britons captured in the Donetsk People's Republic and sentenced to death will be released in exchange for prisoners held by Ukrainian forces.

Asked whether Russian prisoners could be traded, Mr Prystaiko told BBC News: "It will be a swap.

"The important question is what will be the price for this, because the Russian's were talking about some Ukrainian MPs being swapped for them, especially for those who, I now understand, were working for them for all these years."

He said the Britons have been targeted by Russia because of the UK's "clear position" in "supporting Ukraine".

UK: we don't do diplomacy nor do we communicate with the Kremlin and war criminals ... we are here to win the war and remove all Russians from your territory.

Liz Truss speaks to Ukraine about Britons' death sentences for fighting Russia | The Guardian |

Zelensky can freely shop in the arms supermarkt of Great Britain. No end to war.

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Ambassadors' conference - Speech by M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic

Paris, 27 August 2019

We experience this world all together and you know that better than I, but the international order is being disrupted in an unprecedented way, with massive upheaval, probably for the first time in our history, in almost all areas and on a historic scale. Above all, a transformation, a geopolitical and strategic reconfiguration. We are probably in the process of experiencing the end of Western hegemony over the world. We were used to an international order that had been based on Western hegemony since the 18th century - probably French hegemony in the 18th century, inspired by the Enlightenment; probably British hegemony in the 19th century thanks to the Industrial Revolution, and American hegemony in the 20th century thanks to two major conflicts and the economic and political domination of that power.

Things change. And they have been deeply affected by the mistakes made by Westerners in certain crises, by American decisions over the last several years which did not start with this administration, but have led us to re-examine certain involvements in conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere, and to rethink fundamental diplomatic and military strategy and on occasion elements of solidarity which we thought were forever inalienable even though we had developed them together during periods of geopolitical significance, which have however now changed. And it is also the emergence of new powers whose impact we have probably underestimated for far too long.



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Эксклюзивный материал обо всех деталях опасной военной игры вокруг Сербии! Готовилась драма из-за визита Лаврова, и в планы входил даже вариант захвата!

"The first idea of Brussels and Washington was blackmail and threats to force Serbia itself to refuse the announced meeting with the Russian minister. The most severe pressure followed, like never before! Only President Vučić knows what messages he received and from where. However, he did not give in and did not cancel meeting, and therefore NATO had to move on to other options," our interlocutor, a high-ranking official from one of the most influential Western embassies in Belgrade, began his story. According to him, at some point, in the last days of May, the British proposed to NATO a more than shocking plan - to capture Lavrov in Belgrade!

Moscow's space chief threatened: for Satan-2 hypersonic missiles we won't ask for flying permits.

Serbian foreign minister confirms upcoming visit to Russia

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Fighting rages in critical Ukrainian city as Kyiv pleads for more weapons from West | CNBC |

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Last weekend WaPoo reported, UA armed forces had recovered 50% of Sievierodonetsk/Severodonetsk from the RF. Daily Kos staff advanced UAF mission creep to 70% of the city, because Reasons®

A few days later, UA was unwilling or unable to confirm "Hundreds of civilians [']sheltering['] in Sievierodonetsk factory with 'highly explosive chemicals", while "social media" studiously avoided confirmation that cloud toxicity enveloping the entire city might be CONTAINED.

Evening of 11 June Ukrainian troops trapped at Azot demanded a Azovstal-class surrender d/b/a "evacuation" or "forced deportation".

"They are positioned near the first gatehouse of the chemical plant. Up to 500 civilians who were hiding from shelling in the plant's bomb shelter may also remain there. There are more civilians on the territory [of the plant], but they are in other parts of the plant," Miroshnik said on Telegram.

The [LPR] ambassador noted that the troops demanded that a safe passage for them together with the hostages from the territory of the plant to the city of Lysychansk be provided; however, [Rodion] Miroshnik said, such demands are unacceptable and will not be discussed.

This morning, 12 June, Telegram channel IntelSlava duly notes, "Civilians began to leave Azot in Severodonetsk! - Ambassador of the LPR in Russia"

Civilians began to leave through the second checkpoint of the Azot chemical association. This checkpoint is not controlled by the militants [UAF]. They are met and taken to a safe place by the soldiers of the allied forces [RF-LPR-DPR]. The remnants of the Ukrainian formations are concentrated and hold several buildings in the area of ​​the first checkpoint.

They still have several hundred civilians as hostages. As the ring around the militants narrows, civilians will be able to leave their shelters. Allied forces are preparing vehicles for evacuation


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Newsweek | human shield report, 11 June phatom separtists-rebels-republics
The situation has echoes of the Azovstal steel plant [in] Mariupol where Ukrainian fighters resisted weeks of bombardment of the southeastern port city by Russian [allied] forces. They spent weeks months holed up in the facility [shelling civilians] before they were taken prisoner.

The U.S. think tank the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said [!] in its daily update on Friday that Russian [allied] forces were continuing ground assaults within Severodonetsk but had yet to secure full control of the city, which would be key if Russia [sic] plans to control the Luhansk area oblast in the eastern Donbas region of the country.

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Meanwhile, Britain's Ministry of Defense said in its daily update on Saturday that Russian [allied] forces have not made advances into the south of the city. "Intense street to street fighting is ongoing and both sides are likely suffering high numbers of casualties."
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Rob de Wijk was employed by Clingendael Institute, not on study of peace ☮️, but rather pro military options to "promote democracy." Founder of peace institute in 1983 was Henk Neumann, a scholar and courageous person. Change to an institute for study of war from 1991 forward. Today some rightwing warmongers are employed.

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Severe sanctions did little and did not cause uprisings in Russia. I have often warned about it, been criticized a lot about it, but wishful thinking is very persistent.

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Beware what you are asking for ... environmental issues

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Bucharest 9 Summit

Role of the Bucharest Nine States (B9) in Shaping NATO's Strategic Deterrence Mecha- nisms | By Mirosław Banasik - Poland |

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Related study of post-9/11 partnership with Russia

Russophobia: Anti-Russian Lobby and American Foreign Policy | Stanford 2009 - by A. Tsygankov |

The book explains why the US-Russia post-9/11 partnership did not endure. Washington backed away from its initial commitment to a new level of cooperation with Moscow in addressing issues of terrorism, energy security, political instability and weapons proliferation. Much of America's policy is shaped by an ambition to remain the only world's superpower and by activities of interest groups with the agenda of isolating Russia from the Western world. Although these groups do not dictate the official policy, their influence has been notable. The book analyzes the negative role played by Russophobia and formulates a different approach to Russia in the post-Cold War world.

Contact group Bucharest 9 ...

Blinken Sounding Out EU Appetite for War | @EuroTrib - Jan. 24, 2022 |

War is imminent ... all signs are on RED alert. War rhetoric got a boost over the weekend and the Sunday Talk Shows.  Hear all arguments from historic non-value which have been debunked. Getting the people ready for extended hostilities in New Europe ... the Bucharest Nine in the lead with anti-Russia propaganda. Most Western EU nations will swallow the war bullshit. A decade of intensifying pressure on Russia ... we'll make Russia a pariah  state. Signed the NATO states of warmongers who got a second wind after the attacks on America by the Saudi jihadists of Osama Bin Laden ...

US Ups Tension with Russia

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There will be peace ... war will end at the negotiating table ... tens of thousands have died on the battle field ... cities lie in ruins ... total destruction and costs of war above half a trillion dollars ... our experience in Iraq, Libya and Syria ... we never learn from our mistakes, do we mr. Stoltenberg! 😡😡😡

The West refused to negotiate ... we'll bring Russia on its knees ... a historic fight by the Ukrainians #azovstal ... French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte ... German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler ... UA 🇺🇦 Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy 2022.

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To end the war, Ukraine will be split along the boundaries of most recent presidential elections. The Russian speaking East will "vote" for an independent state not run by Kyiv regime. See R2P UN policy and its Charter. War is a ridiculous option to follow instead of diplomacy. Too many pariah states going alone.

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This comes from Zelensky's advisor. Ukraine can whistle at this. For example, US has less than 400 MLRS. Rest is also unrealistic. Will strip NATO arms too much. In view of a conflict with Russia, this is unacceptable for NATO.

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Not the first time Ukraine has vanished ...

Don't underestimate Lithuania ...

Consequences of the Partitions. New perspectives on the aftermath of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

The conference is devoted to an analysis of the long-term consequences of the Partitions of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth for communities living in the territories of the Russian, Habsburg and Prussian Empires. The 250th anniversary of the First Partition falls in 2022 and is an opportunity to reflect on the general reception and historic interpretation of the Partitions across the 19th century in order to reconstruct the diverse, non-linear and fragmented character of these transitions.

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Did social-cultural diversity and the associated variety of aspirations and interests actually rule out opportunities for cooperation at all levels? How did the governments and administration (including the local level) of Russia, Austria and Prussia, and from 1871 the German Reich, react to regional pluralism, and how did these reactions impact transformation of the states themselves in the long term? How did these dynamic changes alter traditional perceptions of centres and peripheries and how did they affect changes in their mutual relations?



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Group of NATO Leaders Meet in the Hague to Discuss Ukraine

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and a small group of leaders from alliance countries are meeting in the Netherlands to discuss Russia's war in Ukraine and to prepare for a summit in Spain later this month.

The informal gathering was held Tuesday evening at Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's official residence -Catshuis--  in The Hague and co-hosted by Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen. The other leaders attending were Romania's president, and the prime ministers of Belgium, Poland, Portugal and Latvia.

Against a backdrop of war on the alliance's eastern edge, the talks will likely also address applications by Sweden and Finland to join the alliance. Both countries applied in May to join NATO after decades of military non-alignment. That changed after Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.



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Statement following the informal NATO-dinner in The Hague

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Stoltenberg Confirms Zelensky Will Address NATO Summit

"Invited to ..." as in "look forward to welcoming President Zelenskyy to address NATO leaders at our Summit in Madrid."

Press moment with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Allied leaders in The Hague

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Live updates: Battle continues in the east of Ukraine | CGTN |

The United States has pledged a further round of weapons for Ukraine this month, the 11th such drawdown of equipment from the U.S. Department of Defense since August 2021.

It's part of an effort to assist Ukrainian soldiers struggling to stall Russian progress in the Donbas region and comes off the back of billions of dollars of aid already sent by Washington.

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The effect of the agency training programs "cannot be overestimated," said a former senior CIA official.

Washington Helped Trigger the Ukraine War | Cato Institute - Mar 25, 2022 |

The magnitude of the aggressive moves taken by the Pentagon and CIA are just now becoming apparent.

An article by Yahoo national security correspondent Zach Dorfman praising U.S. intelligence agencies for accurately predicting Russia's full‐ scale invasion of Ukraine inadvertently highlights the extent of Washington's military provocations in Ukraine during the period before the outbreak of hostilities.

Earlier warnings from realist scholars that NATO's eastward expansion to Russia's border was poisoning relations with Moscow are finally getting attention in the establishment news media and generating a vigorous debate. A few analysts outside the realism and restraint camp even have conceded that trying to gain NATO membership for Ukraine may have been imprudent. But the magnitude of the aggressive moves taken by the Pentagon and CIA are just now becoming apparent.

For years, the Kremlin made it emphatically clear that inviting Ukraine to join NATO would cross a red line that threatened Russia's vital security interests. However, it was never merely an issue of Kiev's formal accession to the alliance. Comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin and other officials signaled that the truly intolerable development was Ukraine becoming a NATO military asset and an arena for the deployment of U.S. and NATO forces.

That danger could--and ultimately did--arise, even though France and Germany continued to block a formal membership invitation.

Opinion | The White House Treats the Public Like Morons. Again. | Politico |

It's obvious that the U.S. is helping Ukraine kill Russian generals. Why is the government denying it?

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 15th, 2022 at 12:25:06 PM EST
Sharing our moral values ... white Judeo-Christian principled ...

Assassination operation on an Australian citizen ... Church Commission? Good Old Days of the Wild West returns ... New World Order.

Ukraine: Inside the spies' attempts to stop the war | BBC News - by Gordon Corera |

Complete horse manure ... CIA Intelligence provoked the FR-UA war, no attempt by Joe Biden or Antony Blinken to avoid this bloodshed.

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Author knows what he is talking about ... up to his eyeballs in espionage and Russophobia.

They are there, you don't see them ... but they are nearby. FEAR

BBC Security Correspondent Gordon Corera.
Author: 'Russians Among Us' ' and 'Secret Pigeon Service', 'Intercept/Cyberspies' and 'MI6'

Russia refuses to renew visa for BBC correspondent Sarah Rainsford | CPJ - August 16, 2021 |

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CIA Intelligence provoked predicted the FR-UA war

And, obviously, if they hadn't said "the Russians are coming", the Russians would never have come...

Occult powers of the CIA. By naming a thing, they make it real. Voodo, Mr Oui.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

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It takes one to know one ...

Russia sanctions 29 British journalists, 20 defense-related individuals | Anadolu Agency |

The Russian Foreign Ministry announced personal sanctions against 29 British journalists and 20 individuals connected to the defense industry.

The ministry said the step was taken in response to sanctions against Russia's media figures and chiefs of defense companies.

"The British journalists, put on the list, are connected to the deliberate spread of phony and lop-sided information about Russia and events in Ukraine and Donbas. Their biased assessments also contribute to inciting Russophobia in British society," it said.

The ministry sanctioned correspondents from the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Sky News, Times, BBC, Channel 4 News, ITV, Daily Mail, Independent, Financial Times and the Sunday Times.

"Individuals, connected to the UK defense industry, take part in making decisions about arms deliveries to Ukraine, which are used by local punishers and Nazi formations to kill civilians and destroy civil infrastructure," it said.

The list specifies that restrictive measures are introduced against two British deputy defense ministers, heads of the navy and air forces, representatives of the BAE Systems and Thales UK arms companies and three lawmakers.

All of those blacklisted are banned from entry to Russia, said the ministry.



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British citizens under personal sanctions, including a ban on entry into the Russian Federation

Boris JOHNSON (Alexander Boris de Pfeffel JOHNSON) - Prime Minister;
Dominic Rennie RAAB - Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Justice;
Elizabeth TRASS (Elizabeth Mary TRUSS) - Minister of Foreign Affairs;
Ben WALLACE - Secretary of Defense;
Grant SHAPPS - Minister of Transport;
Priti PATEL - Minister of the Interior;
Rishi SUNAK - Minister of Finance;
Kwasi KWARTENG - Minister of Entrepreneurship, Energy and Industrial Strategy;
Nadine Vanessa DORRIES - Minister of Digitalization, Culture, Media and Sports;
James HEAPPEY - Deputy Secretary of Defense;
Nicola Ferguson STURGEON - First Minister of Scotland;
Suella BRAVERMAN - Attorney General for England and Wales;
Theresa MAY is a Conservative MP and former British Prime Minister.
John Francis MCFALL, President of the House of Lords,
Rosalind Miriam ALTMANN,
Joyce Anne ANELAY
James Norwich ARBUTHNOT
Arthur Desmond Colquhoun GORE,
Thomas Henry Ashton,
John Jacob ASTOR
John Richard ATTLEE
Kenneth Wilfred BAKER,
Diana Francesca Caroline BARRAN
Michael Walton BATES
Elizabeth Rose BERRIDGE
James Nicholas BETHELL
David John MACLEAN
Olivia BLOOMFIELD,
Geoffrey Robert James BORWICK
Nicholas Henry BOURNE
Etc., etc. ...

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Document:Where They Tell You Not to Look | WikiSpooks |

At the very beginning of the of the Skripal incident, the security services blocked by D-Notice any media mention of Pablo Miller and told the media not to look at Orbis and the Steele dossier on Trump, acting immediately to get out their message via trusties in the BBC and The Guardian.

Gordon Corera, "BBC Security Correspondent", did not name the source who told him to say this, but helpfully illustrated his tweet with a nice picture of MI6 Headquarters:

My diary and previous writings had published the link and was hit by vast number of views ...

British Censor, Pablo Miller MI6 and Oui's Diary

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Schulz needs to keep Gazprom Germania afloat .... compliance with moral values of US Congress and sovereignty.

Germany to protect Gazprom Germania from insolvency with up to €10 billion loan | DW News |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 15th, 2022 at 12:49:29 PM EST

EU sanctions fallout: Serbia to stop receiving Russian oil via Adriatic pipeline | EurActiv |

Oil company Naftna industrija Srbije (NIS), of which 56.15% of the share capital is owned by Russia's Gazprom Neft, will no longer receive Russian crude oil from the Adriatic oil pipeline JANAF following the EU's latest set of Russia sanctions, the energy ministry announced.

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Scholz: Serbia, Kosovo must recognize each other to join EU

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Siemens to wind down Russian operations | Intelli News - May 12, 2022 |

Siemens is one of the most closely watched foreign industrial major pullouts out of Russia due its major role in the supplies of gas turbines. About 50% of Russia's electricity is generated using natural gas, and a major generation capacity modernisation drive launched by the government also included a state programme for supporting gas turbine production.

Siemens rethinks some Russian business after turbines moved to Crimea | July 2017 |

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Gazprom to further cut gas supplies to Germany via Nord Stream | DW News |

Russian energy giant Gazprom said it would further reduce the capacity of gas supplies via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to 67 million cubic meters (2,366 million cubic feet) per day.

The decision comes into effect at 01:30 a.m. Moscow time on Thursday (2230 UTC on Wednesday), Gazprom said, adding that the halt was due to the "technical condition of the engine" at a compression station.

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Breaking News: In battle near Kharkiv ... active as fighters with Ukrainian Army ... a long stay jail sentence awaits.

Two Americans Feared Captured By Russians In Ukraine | The Drive |

The State Department said it's aware of "unconfirmed" reports of Americans captured by Russians and urged citizens not to fight in Ukraine.

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Breaking News:

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz travel by train overnight to Kyiv | The Guardian |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 16th, 2022 at 08:16:33 AM EST
After years cq. months and weeks of failed negotiations on the Donbas and Crimea, Russian dual citizens and European security behind fool's expansion of NATO. Not a guarantee to prevent war in Europe. Unlimited supply of arms makes more violence inevitable. Tracing arms and munitions. Iraq War shipping pallets of $$$ bills worth $5bn, one million AK47s -Kalashnikovs- made in former Soviet bloc nations ... the result?



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Stuttgart, Germany: Inside the room where Ukraine orders arms from the West | BBC News |

UK service personnel working at the IDCC, Patch Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany

Western allies have already helped deliver nearly $8bn (£6.6bn) worth of weapons and ammunition to Ukraine's armed forces. That's 66,000 tonnes - the equivalent of 5,000 London double-decker buses, as one British officer worked out.

There is now just one factory in Europe that produces Soviet-compatible 152mm artillery ammunition, systems Ukraine's armed forces had been using for decades.

Slowly, they have been transitioning to Nato-standard equipment. Over the past few months Ukraine has been sent more than 100 M777 US howitzers and 300,000 rounds of 155mm ammunition.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 18th, 2022 at 07:55:30 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 19th, 2022 at 12:38:31 PM EST


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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 24th, 2022 at 09:23:02 PM EST
Death of 2nd American fighting in Ukraine confirmed as Russia steps up assault in the east | CBS News |

Vladimir Putin's press secretary has said, meanwhile, that Russia will not rule out the death penalty for two U.S. citizens captured on the battlefield.

In an interview aired on Monday night, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Alexander Drueke and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, who both flew from Alabama to join the fight in Ukraine, would not be protected by the Geneva Convention, an international treaty that aims to protects prisoners of war from inhuman treatment.

"They're soldiers of fortune," Peskov told NBC. "They were involved in illegal activity in the territory of Ukraine. They were involved in firing [on] and shelling our military personnel."



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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 24th, 2022 at 09:24:35 PM EST
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Different audience, so from a feasible independent view, Derek Sauer has become pro-Western and anti-Russia propaganda. Quite disappointing.

Life After Putin: What Happens if the President Dies? | The Moscow Times |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 24th, 2022 at 10:06:04 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 26th, 2022 at 08:16:07 AM EST
Ukraine war: 80% of troops killed or injured in elite military unit, says commander - and its future is unclear

Speaking near the frontline, south of the city of Severodonetsk, company commander Oleksandr said a core of experienced soldiers who had been fighting together since 2018 have been lost.

"My unit was 100% made up of professional soldiers who have a lot of experience. Now, 80% are incapacitated from serious injuries or death," he says.

In comments which will alarm those backing Ukraine in its four-month long war with Russia, he says he does not know how long his unit can sustain such losses.

"I don't even know how to answer this question," Oleksandr says.

"It's hard. It's hard but we have no choice."



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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 26th, 2022 at 11:32:49 AM EST


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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 26th, 2022 at 11:33:38 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 28th, 2022 at 08:17:59 AM EST


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