by Kakaouskia for The Saker Blog
Greetings to the Saker community and readers.
Reports in the press show that the Cypriot government has signed an agreement with France for the provision of four SA-342M Gazelle helicopters from the reserves of the French Army. These helicopters are the modernised version of the SA-342-L1 of which Cyprus already operates four since 1988. The upgraded version has night fight capabilities as well as the ability to fire the HOT missile.
In addition, reports also show that Cyprus has ordered several new Mil-Mi-35M from Russia. As with the Gazelles, Cyprus operates 11 Mi-35Ps (one was lost while on a training flight). The possibility of upgrading the Mi-35Ps to the MI-35M was examined but it was rejected, probably due to concerns about cost. It should be noted though that the Cypriot Mi-35Ps reportedly have the same electronics suite as their Russian equivalents instead of the downgraded export version. Also, they have some of the structural features of the Mi-35M version.
1st May 2018 – The Greek government has published the agreement with the U.S. government for the upgrade of 85 F-16s to the F-16V standard. The total cost of the agreement is $1.528B. As noted in an earlier sitrep, the U.S. government proposed to fund this deal with $460M.
24th May 2018 – Greece confirms granting asylum to one of the eight Turkish officers which defected to Greece after the failed coup against Erdogan. This decision is a pilot one, as it exhausted all legal procedures and arguments thus it paves the way to grant asylum to the other seven officers. Turkish press accused Greece of “harbouring the traitors”.
31st May 2018 – Greek defence minister along with U.S. ambassador to Greece visited the MQ-9 Reaper detachment in Larissa air force base. At the moment the detachment operates 2 MQ-9s in order to train and establish operational procedures; regular operations to start soon. In the past USAF operated quite a few MQ-9s from Incirlik in Turkey, but it appears they are looking for alternatives although Larissa is a bit far from the obvious operational areas (Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria).
7th June 2018 – The U.S. include in the FY2019 defence budget draft provisions of $50M for upgrades and improvements of Souda naval station in Crete. Souda is already large enough and has facilities to accommodate Nimitz class carriers; image below is from the recent visit of CVN-75.
Image credit: LT Andrew Stopchick, Port Services Officer
10th June 2018 – Air Force 1 landed at Souda around 03:08 while carrying President Trump to the Singapore meeting with Kim Jong Un. This was a highly symbolic move as there was no such need for the stop; as a matter of fact, the AF1 could have easily travelled over the Pacific.
Image Credit: Steve Herman
12th June 2018 – Greece and FYROM Prime ministers announce that they have come to an agreement regarding the official name of FYROM. As per the agreement, FYROM must:
- Use the name Severna Makedonja (Northern Macedonia) both internally and internationally
- Use the unified term Macedonian/citizen of Republic of Northern Macedonia as a replacement of the simple Macedonian as the definition of nationality / citizenship.
- Place clear signs on monuments to indicate their Greek origin where such is the case and rename public infrastructure that uses names related to Greek Macedonia / Alexander the Great etc
- Establish that the current language spoken in FYROM belongs to the South Slavic family of languages and has no relation to the ancient Greek civilization as well as the Greek / Macedonian culture heritage.
- Finally, the most important part of the agreement – Complete removal from FYROM’s constitution of any and all terms related to Macedonia, the “need to protect oppressed Macedonian minorities in other countries”, the “guarding and reclamation of Macedonian borders” etc
In exchange, Greece will stop vetoing the application of FYROM to join both NATO and the EU but will ratify both the treaty and the approval to join the aforementioned organizations only after FYROM completes and approves the constitution modifications as well as take a referendum on the subject.
As expected, the agreement caused the wrath of nationalistic elements in both Countries. When the RYROM prime minister visited the FYROM president to present the agreement, the meeting lasted only 2 minutes with FYROM’s president effectively kicking him out and vowing to preserve Macedonia.
14th June 2018 – The opposition in Greece initiates a vote of no confidence against the government. During the arguments in parliament, Barbarousis, an MP from the self-proclaimed nationalistic Golden Dawn party (in reality the equivalent of the Bandera party in Ukraine) in his speech asked the armed forces of Greece to overthrow the elected government and arrest the prime minister along with other people. Immediately Areios Pagos (the equivalent of the U.S. Supreme Court) opened a case against Barbarousis, accusing him with high treason and execution of preparatory acts in order to commit high treason. Note that these accusations automatically revoke the immunity parliament members enjoy in Greece. Since the parliament session was televised live and Barbarousis’s speech was recorded in the official and ratified records of the session, the attorney general issued a warrant for the arrest of Barbarousis.
15th June 2018 – Golden Dawn announces that they have expelled Barbarousis from their ranks in an apparent effort to protect themselves from the treason charges. Barbarousis is on the run and he managed to evade a police roadblock and a subsequent high-speed chase that followed in rural roads under heavy rain. In the meantime, sources affiliated with Golden Dawn and other nationalistic elements publish the phone numbers of all parliament members which results in a flurry of death threats. At night, while the discussion for the no confidence vote is under way, according to the president of the parliament the parliament guard assisted by anti-riot police manages to repel what appears to be “a coordinated attack on all entrances of the building by Golden Dawn assault squads”. The vote of no confidence is rejected by the parliament with 153 MPs voting against it, 127MPs in favour while the MPs from the Greek Communist Party did not participate in the process at all.
17th June 2018 – The prime ministers of Greece and FYROM are to hold a meeting at a Greek village on the shores of Lake Prespa, a lake that is shared between Greece, Albania and FYROM in order to sign the naming agreement and start the implementation process.
22nd May 2018 – Rumours begin to surface that U.S. congress is looking for ways to block the transfer of F-35 jets to Turkey.
27th May 2018 – According to Haaretz, the Israeli government urges the U.S. to deliver downgraded – if they deliver any at all – versions of the F-35 to Turkey.
28th May 2018 – A Rosoboronexport official allegedly contacts a defence journalist stating that the company is not allowed to export SU-35 let alone SU-57 planes to Turkey; the best they can do is export Mig-31s. This comes as a response to articles in the Turkish press indicating that if the U.S. block F-35 sales to Turkey, Turkey has other sources of high-tech planes.
29th May 2018 – In an unprecedented move for allied countries, the U.S. Congress includes in the Defence Budget FY2019 draft law (see here, section 1269, pages 680 – 683) a section that aims to halt the transfer of any F-35s to Turkey, to expel Turkey from the F-35 program (of which Turkey is a partner) altogether and that hold Turkey’s current senior leadership (see Erdogan) personally responsible for the health and safety detention of pastor Andrew Brunson. In the draft law it is stated clearly that these measures are the result of the recent rapprochement between Turkey and Russia and the decision by Turkey to purchase the S400 system. Turkey in an effort to alleviate U.S. worries announced a 10-month delay of S400 deliveries citing “training and infrastructure requirements”. This is a move without any value as it restores the delivery timeframe to its original schedule. If the law passes by Congress and is signed by Trump, it will put U.S. – Turkey relationship in a deep freeze.
3rd June 2018 – Turkish officials receive invitations to attend the delivery ceremony of the first Turkish F-35s scheduled to take place on June 21st in Lockheed’s facilities at Fort-Worth, Texas. This is in line with the draft law as the planes will not leave U.S. soil. Contractually, the planes should arrive to Turkey one year later although that remains to be seen.
Syria / Lebanon / Israel:
21st May 2018 – It is officially confirmed that French artillery units operate in Syria equipped with Caesar guns, reportedly in the vicinity of Deir ez-Zor.
28th May 2018 – Lebanon accepts another four of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft. The Super Tucano is a Brazilian (made by Embraer) turboprop aircraft used for reconnaissance and light ground support. USAF is purchasing these aircraft and then “gives them to friendly countries facing insurgents” like Lebanon and Afghanistan.
30th May 2018 – U.S Navy announces the list of participants to the annual Pacific Rim international naval exercise (RIMPAC). Of note is the withdrawal of the invitation to the Chinese contingent and the invitation to Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Brazil and…Israel.
What Pacific rim location does that last late invitee occupy… now, for the Pacific Rim international naval exercise (RIMPAC)?!
Or, other rationale/reason for inclusion!?
Dissident X, that is a rhetorical question — and you know the answer. Israel is invited for the same reason that NATZO (the North Atlantic Zionazi Organization) operates in Afghanistan, Libya and Syria — all of these places far from the North Atlantic, but all of them a possible “existential threat” to the profits of the AZC (Anglo Zionazi Capitalists). And Israel is “invited” to show off with the U$ Army in the South Pacific as a courtesy to the boss — Israel being the boss of Uncle $cam, via the concentration of very rich Jews who control the U$ currency and bribe both U$ Houses. An astonishing number of Members of Congress and the Senate are not only bought-and-paid for Friends of Israel but also dual U$ citizens of Israel. No other little country in the world holds such Leadership Position over the U$A (a fact which the present Prime Minister of Israel has often boasted of).
I like your creative spelling with $ signs. It tells the true story of who these agents are, and what they are about.
Interesting information here, a little depressing though seeing just how much USA plays a game with the world as a playground for its military. I think its clear Putin made the right choice in supporting Turkey in its eurasian direction, Turks are going to leave NATO or get kicked out of it. Just because Greece is notionally Orthodox doesnt make it an ally of Russia. Look in history and you see Greeks and Bulgars back stabbed the Serbians, Romanians and Russians already long before now. Now Greece with Tsiparas the sure loves helping out Uncle Sam, spending the impoverished greek taxpayers money on F16 and ports for carriers.. preperations for a war with Turkey?… Or at least Macedonia first..Tsiparas doing NATOs work, saying to Macedonian Slavs- ‘bow down and grovel, join NATO, EU, abandon your identity, or you will end up as another civil war/color revolution’ It is clearly a humiliation to all slavic people. Russia will not let these events go un-noticed.
A little surprised the zionazi-gay quisling scum waited so longto stage this provocation, the World Cup began a few days ago.
US-Led Coalition Aircraft Bombs Syrian Military Positions – Reports
US-led coalition strikes Syrian army positions in Deir ez-Zor province – state media
DETAILS TO FOLLOW
The ISIS luftwaffe in action again. Still the alternative media will make apologies for Trump. Even if he launched missiles at Russia itself. Its not Trump’s fault according to them, just the deep state and Globalists. And nothing at all to do with Israel. Assad wants to recapture Daraa province from ISIS and Kosher Rebels but Russia said it wont be helping with air strikes that region, and said no Iranian or Hezbullah forces can take part either, to please Bibi. But we can be sure Assad will make full use of his Su22 and T72, dating back from the time when Moscow didnt worry about what certain lobby groups thought of Arab liberation.
Also being reported here:
Breaking: US Coalition bombs Syrian Army troops in east Syria
Breaking story with articles still getting updates. This site and RT/Sputnik still in flux, so links may have new info later.
Nothing translated in to English yet at SANA that I could see.
US-led coalition attacks a military position in the countryside of al-Boukamal
“A military source said in a statement to SANA that the US-led coalition on Sunday targeted one of our military positions in the town of Al-Hiri, southeast of al-Boukamal city, leaving a number of martyrs and wounding other people.
The new aggression comes three days after that the Syrian army liberated an area extending from the road of Haqel al-Wared (field of roses) , al-M’aezleh and al-Tammah, to Ibn Muwain’e with 40 km-long axis and combed an area estimated at 2000 square kilometers in al-Mayadeen western Badiya.
The coalition has been targeting the military positions in a desperate attempt to raise the collapsed morale of the terrorist organizations due to the achievements of the Syrian army.
The field reports confirm that Washington provides Daesh organization with various kinds of support to prevent its collapse and invest it to keep its forces illegally in the Syrian territory and steal the economic resources in the eastern region through its mercenaries of terrorist groups.”
Mysterious foreign airstrikes kill several Syrian, Iraqi troops in east Syria
The Syrian military reported on Monday morning that their troops had been attacked by U.S. Coalition warplanes in southeast Syria.
In response to these allegations, the Pentagon released a statement denying that the U.S. forces had anything to do with this attack. [The posted Sputnik/RT reports mention this in their final edits – vt]
The Syrian military claims the attack was carried out by attack drones that came from the direction of the U.S. lines.
As a result of the attack, dozens of personnel from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), National Defense Forces (NDF), and Iraqi paramilitary troops were killed or wounded near the town of Al-Harri, which is in the Albukamal countryside.
This is the second time in three weeks that the Syrian Army has accused the U.S. Coalition of bombing their troops in southeast Syria.
The Syrian Army has not responded to the attack and will not likely attack the US-backed forces in the region, as this would only escalate the situation and lead to violent confrontation.
Furthermore, it is not necessarily clear that the U.S. Coalition carried out the attack, a some pro-government activists have accused the Israeli Air Force of carrying out the airstrikes.”
Attacking other countries without UN sanction is a war crime, even according to International Law.
The silence from much of the so-called international community–particularly the supposed democracies of the fake Free World–on these acts of American aggression is deafening.
American war crimes have now become normalized with pathetic propaganda justifications like “fighting terrorism.”
This is America’s “rules-based Liberal Democratic order” in action: the Law of the Jungle.
The americans blame the israelis, apparently out of fear of Iraqi reprisals if americans are blamed, since some of the people murdered in this war crime we’re Iraqi. Rather moot point, really, since whoever staged the actual attack did so from american occupied territory and obviously with their full knowledge and help.
Israel Did That! US Official Blames Syria Strike on IDF
“Kakoushia”; there is no such thing as a “FYROM”. Although you clearly relish in its use, I will remind you that the name “former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” was imposed by the fascistic Western elite, and never accepted and certainly not chosen or ever approved by the Macedonian people. Furthermore, the transformation of the name into the acronym “FYROM” is a nasty sleight of hand dreamed up by today’s West, and imposed by its local enforcer, the fascist Greek government ( fascism: a tendency toward strong dictatorial or autocratic control ). And used and promoted by negators of the authochtonous Macedonian identity everywhere.
A Wikileaks document dated 30th March, 2011 revealed that the US plan to divest the Macedonian people of their historic name was to unfold in the following way; first of all, a name to include a “geographic denominator/qualifier” was to be imposed. Later, whatever so called, “Greek guarantees” as far as the Macedonian identity are concerned ( we all know about “Greeks bearing gifts” ) would be withdrawn/nullified during the so-called negotiation process between Macedonia and the EU, for Macedonia’s membership, thereby completeing the cultural genocide of the Macedonian people.
The current “resolution” to the name dispute is the outcome of the aforementioned US plan, and is the result of the “imposed by coup” “Prime Minister” Zaev, a Soros marionette same as his twin, Tsipras. The name “Severna Makedonija” w/out English translation is patently absurd, and has no legitimacy because only the Macedonian President Ivanov, according to International Law and the Macedonian Constitution, has the power to make such a change. Ivanov has said categorically that he will not allow the illegal name-change to be officialised. Nor were the Macedonian people consulted and they, of course, would never approve sale of the Macedonian identity.
Until a few mere decades ago, Macedonia was one of the most hated names in Greece. A nation that flip-flops from one extreme to the other can only be certified as unsure of its own identity, at the very least.
FYROM is just a label used to identify an entity that attempts to appropriate the name, culture and history of another people. Despite what you may believe, there is only one Macedonia and occupying a small sliver of the historical geography does not give you the right to claim these things as your own. The people you accuse of using this for their own purposes, are the same people who created this false identity to begin with. Not because there is a conspiracy against you, but as a geopolitical tool to use and abuse.
Starikov explains the concept here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OELF_qlalr8
I know it is hard to come to terms with something you don’t want to believe, but try to put aside what you “know” for a moment and look at it with a clean mind.
Things become clearer when viewed in the context of something like the ‘Eastern Question’ for example, with the understanding that some powers would want to:
-prevent Russia from moving in
-prevent a restoration of the previous entity
It’s a game that’s been played for centuries; discourage unity and promote any kind of separatism or sectarianism. The rules are the same, it’s just the appearance that changes.
You’re just a tool and you don’t see it. Wake up man. Read history, use your head and put aside emotion. Consider the possibility that what you’ve been led to believe is wrong. I know it may be difficult, but just keep in mind that you will be tossed to the side when it suits.
Whatever you may think of these words, know that they come with love.
I encourage anyone reading this to please read up on the history (both ancient and modern) so you can better understand this specific situation and the greater game being played.
Wow, thanks for the history lesson, man. I guess I’ve been a tool all these years. And thanks again man, for taking the time away from your studies to enlighten me.
Problem is, I don’t buy condescending types talking down at me, especially when I know what I’m talking about. Maybe you can answer the simple question, why Greeks only a few years ago hated the name Macedonia, and voila, overnight it became “Greek”?
Finally, you’re either playing ignorant or, geez, I dunno, you’d know for starters that beliefs cannot be argued.
So, its not a matter of your’e right and I’m wrong, its a matter of two opposing beliefs. Therefore, its a political issue. And of course, might makes right. Nothing to do with historic facts. If it was, then this argument would blow the so-called Greek argument out of the water.
Scroll down to the Glossary and compare the Macedonian language to the Sanskrit. t
Also, if ancient Macedonia was “Greek” why are there no so-called “Greek” inscriptions in Macedonia dating before somewhere between the 5th and 6th century BC? Which means that the ancient Macedonian elite were “Hellenized” at some point. IE; they were never “Greek”.
Sorry man, it’s not the name Macedonia Greeks hate. Macedonia was, is and forever will be Greek. It’s the Bulgar meddling since the 1800’s. There was no problem with Vardarska as long as Yugoslavia had a king who was Greek friendly, BTW. If you learned some history you would know that Serbs and Greeks always had brotherly relationship. This was not a us Greeks and them Slavs problem, never ever. The problems started after the end of WWII, when Tito was actively supporting the efforts of detachment of Macedonia from Greece. He changed the name of Vardarska to Macedonia. Also, another problem stemmed from Greek Communists (KKE) who collaborated with Tito, because he was helping them during the civil war between 1945-1950. The war was lost by the communists. Interestingly enough, Stalin never supported that war. Today we see the same from the Syriza which continues the same BS as the KKE did.
As for the comment Κακουσκία (Kakauskia) about Xhrisi Avgi, they are Patriots and Nationalist but this does not make them fascists like the Bandera lovers from Ukraine, she just repeats the propaganda the Zio-MSM. Today they seem to be the only ones that stand up for the interest of Greece.
Moderator J note: Sorry “gents” but this has now deteriorated into a nasty personal battle therefore you need to take your spittle-laced confrontation elsewhere. I’ve deleted the nasty language attacking the other poster (whose previous nasty post should probably have been trashed).
I’m allowing the following links because they appear to have some redeeming social value but this is the last post that I’ll allow that’s spittle-laced. Knock it off (both of you) or face the trashing of your future posts.
Greek Names of Macedonians:
Macedonian is Ethnic Greek:
I know that trying to talk to people like you is more difficult than taking to “tikva.
Beliefs can neither be argued nor defended. It’s an indefensible. The matter is one of basic human rights. The UN Charter states that all states have a right to a name of their choosing, to self-determination and so on. This is no one’s business but the individual, ethnic group/country involved.
The parcel of land named “FYROM” is stolen Serbian territory. Nothing about this fictitious state is legitimate.
It’s population, willing pawns in the empire’s game of destabilization and conquest.
This time, thankfully, Serb and Greek blood will not be sacrificed to liberate the “Macedonians” from Islamic conquest. Maybe the great Bulgars will be available to save them when the cabal unleashes their Albanian terrorists?
To the moderator; I hope you’ll let my last comment through. I’m doing my best to stay within the regulations.This person’s last post was full of direct threats. This type claims to be against Empire, yet when it comes to their petty little desires, they are as racist, as fascist as those they claim to be against.
I didn’t see “threats” in that post.Maybe you need to rethink your choice of words in replying to people’s comments to avoid them being sent to Saker for review.MOD
Ciro Gianelli and Andre Vaillant, Macedonian Language 16th Century
One of the earliest written manuscripts in a purely Macedonian tongue was collected in the village of Bogatsko, which is found in the region of Bogatsko, in south-west Macedonia. The author may have spoken the Macedonian language natively, or acquired it as an additional tongue due to living in close proximity with those who spoke it. The ‘Bulgarian’ label that was at times attached to the Macedonian language, is remnant terminology due to Macedonia’s former location within the Bulgarian Empire. Despite this, there can be no doubt that the dialect ( and indeed location ), Bogatsko, belongs to Macedonia, and not Bulgaria.
“Anonymous” at 10:52 pm; This paper, by Italian and French linguists, Gianelli and Vaillant proves that the language known as Macedonian and spoken by Macedonians worldwide today was spoken in the village of Bogatsko, region of Kostur ( today Greek occupied ), some 500 years ago. Further, it distinguishes between Bulgarian and Macedonian. Its clear proof that there were Macedonians living on the territory of South-West Macedonia 500 years ago. Furthermore, the Macedonian language is recognised by the UN Nations as well as by all serious Linguists. This was before Greece annexed Aegean Macedonia in 1913.
This excerpt alone destroys your statement. Because if the Republic of Macedonia is “illegitimate”, it would have no language, no territory or people. Irregardless of whether Serbia, Greece or Bulgaria recognises the Macedonian identity, the facts on the ground prove that your staement is wrong.
Anon, Bravo! irrelevant sentence removed … mod You can’t but wonder about the psychology of some people. D’ cries and calls for the UN BS Rights to protect his propaganda, but how about the rights of Serbs, Shqiptars, Turks and the Greeks on the land he is claiming to be his?
another irrelevant statement removed … mod the speaker is an Ex-Premier of FYROM, he bluntly says who are the people in that Province of Vardarska.
You guys will understand what he says, as I do (as I do not need the Greek subs).
This two have English subs:
“Macedonian is ethnic Greek”, wrote Anonius on June 18, at 1:54 pm.
Testimonies of ancient authors beg to differ;
Arrian ( I and II c. ); “old racial rivalry of Greeks and Macedonians” existed during the battle of Issus when over 30,000 Greeks foiught on the side of Persia against the Macedonian army…
Historian Quintus Curtius Rufus wrote that te Macedonians and Greeks communicated between each other through translators…
Demosthenes, Trasymachus and Hesychius described the Macedonians as “barbarians” ( people who do not speak Greek ).
Ancient Historian Justin wrote about the Macedonian occupation of Greek territories. “Phiip… imposed the power of Macedonia, like a yoke of bondage, upon the necks of Greece and Asia.”
Pausanias ( II c. ) wrote; “…All the Greeks were afraid of the Macedonians and of Antigonus”
Many more testimonies exist from over FIFTY ancient authors proving that Macedonia was never Greek. Including Arrian, Agrippa II, Dexippus, Demosthenes, Dicaearches, Isocrates etc. etc. etc.
“According to Haaretz, the Israeli government urges the U.S. to deliver downgraded – if they deliver any at all – versions of the F-35 to Turkey”
I am confused, isn’t the F-35 Lemonjet hangar-queen already downgraded by design?
otherwise If they downgrade them, I doubt they are going to fly at all!
The Fascist party in Greece is acting up and the CP of Greece abstains from the fight? How history does repeat itself.
At night, while the discussion for the no confidence vote is under way, according to the president of the parliament the parliament guard assisted by anti-riot police manages to repel what appears to be “a coordinated attack on all entrances of the building by Golden Dawn assault squads”. The vote of no confidence is rejected by the parliament with 153 MPs voting against it, 127MPs in favour while the MPs from the Greek Communist Party did not participate in the process at all.
I’ts the Macedonians however, who are being attacked and forced to commit national hara-kiri. Moreover, Greeks promote a hypotheses, presenting it as axiomatic. Everything they say is an assumption, not truth or fact. A postulate is not truth, or fact, its an assertion, nothing more.