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Response to the US Department of State’s fact sheet: Facts vs. Fiction: Russian Disinformation on Ukraine

From the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.  On January 20, @StateDept released a “fact sheet” ( on the so-called Russian disinformation on Ukraine🤦‍♂️ ☝️ Nothing written in that material withstands critical scrutiny. ⚡️ Here is our response to the above-mentioned “analytical” work. Hopefully, our American and NATO colleagues will make time to review it carefully. Response to the US Department of State’s fact sheet Facts vs. Fiction:

BBC HardTalk: Marandi on Vienna Nuclear Talks

University of Tehran Professor Seyed Mohammad Marandi explains the JCPOA, western sanctions against Iran and Iranians as well as Iran’s response to US military threats on BBC HardTalk. Ed Note:  Listening to Dr Marandi, one can identify the tactics used in negotiations as almost exactly those that we see now in the Russia/US/NATO talks.  Iran is also insisting on verifiable guarantees, and complete removal of sanctions before considering rejoining the

Opening Statements: Lavrov : Blinken : Meet in Geneva (Update)

Ed. Note:  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken commence talks in Geneva. This video contains only the opening statements where the press was allowed.  At approx. time marker 6.35, the opening statements are over and there is nothing of value in the rest of the video.   The Saker Blog will continue updating here for the rest of the day and there will be

Ayatollah Raisi at the State Duma of Russia

Iran seeks “maximum interaction” with all countries around the world based on increasing formation of a “civilised global community” As one of his travel plans to Russia, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran addressed the State Duma of Russia and stated, “The Islamic Republic of Iran seeks “maximum interaction” with all countries around the world, especially its neighbours and allies”. The full text of President Raisi’s speech is

Vladimir Putin held talks at the Kremlin with President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi.

Vladimir Putin held talks at the Kremlin with President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi. The agenda included matters of bilateral cooperation, current international and regional issues, and problems with implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear programme. January 19, 2022 18:30 The Kremlin, Moscow President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, I would like to begin by thanking you for finding the time to come to Russia in these difficult Covid times. We have been in constant contact

“A three-move game: will it be possible to avoid zugzwang?” Sergei Ryabkov and other speakers at Valdai

On January 19 at 2:00 pm Moscow Time, the Valdai Club hosted an expert discussion dedicated to the consultations between representatives of Russia and the West on security guarantees in Geneva, Brussels and Vienna, titled “A three-move game: will it be possible to avoid zugzwang?” Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation and head of the Russian delegation at these talks, attended the discussion and present his views

Address by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 2022 World Economic Forum Virtual Session

Forge Ahead with Confidence and Fortitude to Jointly Create a Better Post-COVID World Special Address by H.E. Xi Jinping President of the People’s Republic of China At the 2022 World Economic Forum Virtual Session 17 January 2022 Professor Klaus Schwab, Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends, Greetings to you all! It is my pleasure to attend this virtual session of the World Economic Forum. In two weeks’ time, China will celebrate the

Pepe Escobar and The Grayzone: Kazakhstan coup fails, US-Russia talks go nowhere. Is war on horizon?

Max Blumenthal and geopolitical analyst Pepe Escobar discuss the violent coup attempt in Kazakhstan, and its crucial importance as an ally of Russia and the center of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Pepe addresses US and Turkish meddling, and why this massive and misunderstood country is suddenly at the heart of the new cold war. They also talk about the failure of the US-Russia talks in Geneva and if war

Russian FM Lavrov holds annual press conference in Moscow (Update: Transcript added)

Russian FM Lavrov holds annual press conference in Moscow This is still a live event so kindly forward your video to the accurate start time.  There will be a transcript. Update:  Transcript added Good morning, colleagues, Happy New Year to all of you, no matter what calendar you are using, except for some of our eastern colleagues. We have a month of celebrations ahead of us, since China will be

Russian envoy talks to media after OSCE meeting English

Russia’s Permanent Representative to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Alexander Lukashevich gives a press conference following the OSCE regular meeting in Vienna on Thursday, January 13. The meeting marks the third stage in a series of talks between Russia and the West on Russia’s proposals for European security. The first stage was the talks between Russia and the US that took place in Geneva on January

Putin and CSTO leaders meet to discuss Kazakhstan

Session of CSTO Collective Security Council January 10, 2022 11:45 Novo-Ogaryovo, Moscow Region Vladimir Putin took part in an emergency session of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation Collective Security Council. The Republic of Armenia chaired the videoconference meeting, which was devoted to the situation in Kazakhstan and measures to normalise it. Taking part in the meeting were Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Akylbek Japarov, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation

Comments ahead of talks: Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov

🇷🇺🇺🇸 Russian interministerial delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey #Ryabkov arrived in Geneva to take part in the Russian-US security talks.#RussiaUS — MFA Russia 🇷🇺 (@mfa_russia) January 9, 2022 Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey #Ryabkov gave a few comments to the media ahead of the 🇷🇺/🇺🇸 talks on security guarantees: 💬There is a good chance that we will face the 🇺🇸 and #NATO’s unwillingness to understand what we really

What’s causing the inflation crisis? Economist Michael Hudson explains

Benjamin Norton from Moderate Rebels interviews Dr. Michael Hudson.  The interview is more wide-ranging than the title suggests but, with razor-sharp intellect, Dr. Hudson breaks open the reason for today’s inflationary cycles.  Dr. Hudson again looks at the roots of de-dollarization, the new financial system, China’s purported slow-down, and common prosperity policy being implemented now.

Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapons States on Preventing Nuclear War and Avoiding Arms Races January 3, 2022 The People’s Republic of China, the French Republic, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America consider the avoidance of war between Nuclear-Weapon States and the reduction of strategic risks as our foremost responsibilities. We affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. As nuclear use would have far-reaching consequences, we also affirm that nuclear weapons – for as long as they continue to exist – should serve defensive purposes, deter aggression, and prevent war. We believe

Vladimir Putin: annual expanded meeting of the Defence Ministry Board

Expanded Meeting of the Defence Ministry Board Vladimir Putin took part in the annual expanded meeting of the Defence Ministry Board at the National Defence Control Centre. December 21, 2021 14:30 Moscow Apart from the Armed Forces leadership, representatives of bodies of state power and public organisations, the meeting was attended by command officials from military districts, fleets and flotillas, military formations and units, as well as cadets and students of the Russian Defence Ministry’s higher education institutions, who have been invited to attend for the first time. Following the meeting, the President toured a theme exhibition

Vladimir Putin and Joseph Biden: Telephone conversation, December 30, 2021

On December 30, Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the United States of America Joseph Biden. December 31, 2021 02:20 The conversation focused on the implementation of the agreement to launch negotiations on providing Russia with legally binding security guarantees, reached during the December 7 videoconference to launch negotiations on providing Russia with legally binding security guarantees. Vladimir Putin detailed the fundamental approaches underlying the Russian drafts

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Solovyov Live YouTube channel, Moscow, December 27, 2021

Interview:   27 December 2021 22:40 (Note:  This transcript is currently partially complete and will be posted as it becomes available) (Update:  This transcript is now complete) Vladimir Solovyov: We are like three-winged birds. The Russian Foreign Ministry operates on three fronts: on the first one, it communicates with our American partners, the second one is NATO, and the third are the Europeans, no matter what they call themselves (the OSCE