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Vladimir Putin held talks with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

The expanded format meeting between the two delegations was followed by a face-to-face conversation over a working lunch, lasting 3 and a half hours. Following the summit, a Joint Statement Russia – India: Partnership for Peace, Progress and Prosperity was adopted. (Ed: Joint Statement below) In addition, the two countries signed a package of documents before the Russian President’s meeting with the Prime Minister of India. They include an intergovernmental agreement on technology protection due to cooperation in space research and the use of outer space for peaceful purposes, and on building

Minister Kordahi at center of Saudi-Lebanon row resigns Description: The full English translation of the resignation speech of Lebanese Information Minister George Kordahi. Kordahi was at the center of a weeks-long major diplomatic row between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia/Gulf states, which you can read more about here:  Source: Al Jadeed KSA (YouTube) Date: December 5, 2021 (Please help MEO keep producing independent translations for you by contributing a sustainable monthly amount at Patreon. Transcript: George Kordahi, Lebanese Minister of

As Turkey’s currency plummets, Al Jazeera guests clash over state of economy Description: In a recent episode of the long-running program Al-Etejah al’Mu’akis on Al Jazeera Arabic hosted by Faysal al-Qasim, two guests based in London and Istanbul, debated ‘why the value of the Turkish Lira was falling rapidly’. The following are key excerpts from this episode translated into English. The two guests featured were: – London-based writer and journalist Ghassan Ibrahim – Istanbul-based economist and political analyst Yusuf Katipoglu Source:  AlJazeera Channel (YouTube) Date:  November

Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/12/05 … Open Thread

2021/12/05 23:30:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of the issues of the day. The ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’ will have two new open threads each week. The Saker stated moderation policy will apply eg ‘no caps’, no obscenity … etc to all post. The Cafe is now open for

Sitrep: This morning in Maria’s office …

Posted by Amarynth Maria Zakharova, I mean, or did I mean Maria Z Kalashnikov? ❗️ Maria #Zakharova: @usairforce actions have posed risks to civil aviation. Just because an air incident over the Black Sea’s Int waters has been prevented, this does not mean the US and NATO can further put people’s lives at #risk with impunity. 🔗 — MFA Russia 🇷🇺 (@mfa_russia) December 5, 2021 MFA spox #Zakharova:

GEOFOR interviews The Saker: Will Kiev decide on an open armed conflict?

Note: in late November I was interviewed by the Russian website Geofor.  Here is the English language translation of this interview. GEOFOR: Mr. Raevsky, no sooner have the American warships left the Black Sea than the British went in there. Apparently, “unscheduled exercises” of NATO ships and Ukrainian watercraft are about to commence, again. Again, near the maritime borders of the Russian Federation. Moreover, a couple of American military boats were delivered to

Sitrep: Here Comes China – Taking the lead – a dialogue on democracy in China

By Amarynth for the Saker Blog including a number of data points from Godfree Roberts Did you know that a huge International Forum on Democracy is ongoing in China right now?  This is before the supposed Summit on Democracy which is an attempt to divide the world into Democracies and Autocracies, according to the wishes of the rules-based international order. As we have seen so often from China, they acted

The Menticide Manual – Wokeness [or: Euphoria]

By Thorsten J. Pattberg for the Saker Blog FADE IN: INTL. LECTURE – SERIES We’re inside Lecture Hall 2, David Hume Building. PROFESSOR PETER JOR HANDSOME takes the platform. The Hall is packed. STUDENTS unruly. ACTIVISTS can be heard through the back doors and the hallway. One Black SECURITY stands to the left of the speaker. PETER JOR HANDSOME Good Morning, …humans, I guess! In today‘s talk we shall discuss the aims

Now comes the final countdown to either peace or war

So it is confirmed.  Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden will have what is announced as a “long” direct conversation (not face to face, but by a secure video link) this coming Tuesday.  Considering the extreme tensions taking place between the US/NATO/EU and Russia, this event will be, by definition, a watershed moment, irrespective of its outcome.  The two basic options are a) some kind of deal with be made b)

Russia’s Greatest Weapon is not a Weapon

by Dmitry Orlov, posted with permission of the author An ultimately very healthy but in the meantime very unpleasant realization is gradually dawning in West—an insight that is simply shocking, that fundamentally alters their picture of the world: that the stronger becomes the hurricane of woke transformations that is raging there, the more attractive Russia becomes for hundreds of millions of Europeans and Americans. What is Russia’s most powerful weapon?

Russia is primed for a Persian Gulf security ‘makeover’

Russia is the one state with the necessary clout, tools, sweeteners and relationships to nudge the Persian Gulf into a new security paradigm.  Russia is teeing up a re-launch of its Collective Security Concept for the Persian Gulf Region. By Pepe Escobar, posted with permission and cross-posted with The Cradle. It’s impossible to understand the resumption of the JCPOA nuclear talks in Vienna without considering the serious inner turbulence of

Lavrov gives press conference after OSCE Ministerial Council in Stockholm

Please forward the video. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov holds a press conference after the 28th OSCE Ministerial Council in Stockholm on Thursday, December 2. The annual OSCE Ministerial Council, chaired by Sweden, takes place on December 2-3. The ministers are expected to discuss security issues in the OSCE area and review the organisation’s activities.

Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/12/02 … Open Thread

2021/12/02 12:00:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of the issues of the day. The ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’ will have two new open threads each week. The Saker stated moderation policy will apply eg ‘no caps’, no obscenity … etc to all post. The Cafe is now open for

Distorted American Aristocracy

By Walt Garlington for the Saker Blog One of the big lies in the United States is that there is no royalty here. It is true that it no longer adorns itself with all the traditional accoutrements of the past. But it is still with us (though in a distorted form), and reveals itself with stunning clarity at times. A case in point is the arrival of LSU’s new football

Russian Foreign Ministry Statement on the planned US «summit for democracy»

  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation 1 December 2021 In connection with the so called summit for democracy to be held on December 9-10 at the initiative of the US administration, we consider it necessary to make the following statement. The organisers and enthusiasts behind this strange event claim to lead the world in advancing the cause of democracy and human rights. However, the track record

Here Comes China: From Clichéd Debt Trap to Democracy Trap with peripheral hot spots.

By Amarynth for the Saker Blog “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― Buckminster Fuller My thesis is that this is the best and most reasonable position for a Geo-political watcher and analyst to take, now that we are as a world deeply into both breakdown of single, unlilateral polarity and the changes around