The Ukraine Weekly SITREP

  • US troops training Ukrainian soldiers on Russia’s doorstep: Report (Source)
  • Obama Sidelines Kerry on Ukraine Policy (Source)
  • Twitter Users Find Ukrainian Buk-M1 System After Kiev Denies Existence( Source)
  • Impeach Poroshenko!’ Massive anti-govt rally held in central Kiev (Source)

A massive march took place in the streets of Kiev to protest against the policies of the current Ukrainian government, calling for its resignation and economic reforms.

According to TASS news agency, up to 3,000 people took to the streets in Kiev on Saturday to protest against lack of reform and economic instability.

The people carried placards reading “We are hungry,” “Raise pensions” as well as some anti-LGBT slogans as they marched along Khreshchatyk Street to Independence square (Maidan Nezalezhnosty) in central Kiev.

  • The default by Ukraine’s remnants will not hurt the United States (Source)
  • Poroshenko, it’s time to start bombing Lvov for separatism! (Source)
  • Putin makes his first reference to DPR/LPR autonomy (Source)
  • Ukrainian Gunboat Sunk off Mariupol (Source)
  • Over 1,700 Ukrainian servicemen killed in conflict in Donbass — presidential adviser (Source)
  • Today Is “D-Day” and the “D” is for Donbass (Source)

On this June 6th it is so important to recall the liberation of Europe from the Nazi scourge of World War II. D-Day this year should also be focused on the Donbass, and a renewed Nazi menace. We should focus on leaders who are promoting death and destruction in our name. 

  • Why the Ukrainian-Polish Joint Aircraft Venture is Destined to Fail (Source)
    Commenting on the recent announcement by Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer Antonov that it would be working with Polish companies to bring its aircraft in line with Western standards, Avia.ru portal editor Roman Gusarov explained why the project is destined to fail, noting that Warsaw has neither the technology nor the resources for such a project
  • Masked attackers break up tent camp on Kiev’s Maidan, protest leader ‘arrested’ (Source)
  • Telmanovo shelling “Grad” 72th Mechanized Brigade APU – Basurin (Source)
  • Ukrainian security officials fired Donetsk and Gorlovka more than a hundred minutes – Basurin (Source)
  • Ukrainian troopers are killing civilians in Maryinka (Source)
  • Street signs in Ukrainian replaced by those in the Russian language in Donetsk (Source)
  • Ukr. forces cut fingers off of a POW that is in the Donetsk Army & a local from Donbass | Eng Subs (Source)
  • Ukr. Commander Tsukur: 99% of my aquaintances in Donbass hate Ukraine | Eng Subs (Source)
  • Patriots of Poland about Bandera followers | Eng Subs (Source)
  • 06 06 2015 Oktybrski district of Donetsk after shelling [ENG Subs] [DE Subs] (Source)
  • Soros Pushes US Bailouts and Weapons for Ukraine (Source)

Soros promises to use his influence with the US government to put the American people on the hook for a bankrupt UkraineBut should US be involved in the first place? Why does it matter to Washington which flag the people wish to hang in Donetsk?

  • Novorossiya Sitrep June 5, 2015 by Anatoly Karlin (Source)
  • Canada’s Harper Government Provides Military Training to Neo-Nazi Ukraine National Guard (Source)
  • The Downed Malaysian MH17 Flight in Eastern Ukraine: Investigation Marred by Omissions and Distortions (Source)

Dutch Foreign Minister Albert Koenders and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov discussed international problems, including the crisis in Ukraine and the prosecution of suspects for their alleged involvement in the fatal downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MAS MH17 in eastern Ukraine on July 17 2014. A team of international investigators concluded a meeting to discuss the status of the investigation. The stonewalling of independent media by all of the involved parties continues.

  • Ukraine’s Poroshenko signs law severing military transit agreement with Russia (Source)

According to the explanatory note, the agreement “is fraught with a direct threat to national security and the territorial integrity of Ukraine”

  • Are Casualties of Kiev Forces and Rebels in Ukraine Really Equal? (Source)

That’s unlikely considering the magnitude and the frequency of Kiev’s military blunders – particularly during last summer

  • Russophobia Exists, but Overusing the Term Is Counterproductive (Source)

Those of us who express an understanding of Russia’s position on Ukraine and who share an affinity for Russia need to be careful that we don’t get into a habit of overusing the term Russophobia. It can’t be a word that we just trumpet out at every hand’s turn because it’s easy. That’s lazy — and in fact, it trivializes instances of genuine Russophobia.

  • Yatsenyuk Pledges to Reclaim Crimea, Donbass, Pleads for Washington’s Help (Source)Ukraine’s prime minister recently penned an article for The Washington Post where he once again blames Russia and describes how courageously Ukraine is battling Russia’s armed imperialism; the politician also gives his reasons why President Putin fears Kiev and promises to reclaim Crimea.
  • Normandy Quartet’s Paris meeting aimed at establishing dialogue in Ukraine (Source)

The meeting of the political directors in the French capital is scheduled to be held on Wednesday afternoon

  • Poroshenko signs law on legal regime of martial law in Ukraine (Source)

Martial law is a special legal regime that is introduced in Ukraine in case of armed aggression or threat of attack, threat for Ukraine’s independence or territorial integrity

  • Why the West cant wait out Putin on Ukraine (Source)
  • Ukraine: what remains of Minsk? (Source)

The reality of the country, a varied and fragile nation, traversed by important conflicts, can be hidden for a time by repression and terror, as has been the case these last months. However, these practices do not resolve anything and the problems remain.

But, above all, even the Ukrainian government understands the determining economic role played by relations with Russia until 2013. Without an agreement with Russia, Ukraine cannot hope to recover and reconstruct itself. This, the Russian government also knows. Russia thus knows she is going to win, be it with a Kiev government that becomes progressively more sensitive to her arguments, or be it through the collapse of Ukraine. She would prefer to win at the lowest cost but, be sure of it, she will not skimp on the price to pay for this victory. Let us recall the stanzas of the poem, The Scythians:

Russia is a Sphinx. Rejoicing, grieving,  Россия – Сфинкс. Ликуя и скорбя,

And drenched in black blood,   И обливаясь черной кровью,

She gazes, gazes, gazes at you…  Она глядит, глядит, глядит в тебя…

  • Fighters of Vostok (East), squadron of the Cross about the ceasefire with Ukies near Avdeevka (VIDEO) (Source)
  • Emergent statement of Eduard Basurin (Source)
  • What is at stake in Ukraine if Russia continues its onslaught by  Arseniy Yatsenyuk (Source)
  • Donbass kids interviewed: “We don’t wish this on Ukrainian kids!” (video eng subs)(Source)
  • Ukraine Crisis Throws a Wrench in Plans to Modernize Russia Navy (Source)

Ukraine crisis has severed the links between Ukrainian and Russian defense industries

As a result Russia has to find a new way of getting of parts it would have otherwise bought in Ukraine

In particular this affects its shipbuilding since Ukraine was a key supplier of gas turbine engines for large ships 

  • Beautiful Donetsk Before the War (Source)
  • Kiev Rebuffs Rebel Offer to Keep Donbass a Part of Ukraine (Source)

Leaders of the self-proclaimed republics have submitted proposed changes to the Ukrainian constitution granting Donbass autonomy, but not separation, from Ukraine. But Kiev won’t even sit down at the negotiation table.

  • The residents of Maryinka and Krasnogorovka are forcibly resettled to Kurakhovo to serve as a live shield for the National Guard — Basurin (Source)
  • Plotnitskiy: a “trap” near Lvov is more probable than Minsk-3 (Source)
  • Czechs and Slovaks Form ‘Czechoslovak’ Volunteer Fighting Unit in Donbass (Source)
  • Kiev forces pull Grad rocket systems close to engagement line — DPR (Source)
  • Kiev “is confusing with the righteous sinful”, pushing the new conditions of the elections in Donbass – Purgin (Source)
  • Comment: A radical mood in Ukraine will only increase (Source)
  • Ukrainian General admits intentional killing of civilians (VIDEO) (Source)
  • Ukraine: What Remains of the Minsk Agreement? (

Between renewed fighting in East Ukraine and the failure of Kiev to implement the political aspects of the Minsk peace deal the latter agreement seems to be dissolving just as:

the US is looking to dump responsibility for Ukraine on Europeand Germany and France are beginning to regret their former hard line anti-Russian position

  • The Lights Are on in Washington, but Nobody’s Home (Source)

Barack Obama claims that Putin is trying to “recreate the glories of the Soviet empire”. The question is whether this is a genuine misunderstanding or a more purposeful and politically expedient one.

  • The LPR and DPR Did NOT Recognize Crimea as Part of Ukraine (Source)

Western media claims that proposed amendments to the Ukrainian constitution recognize Crimea as part of Ukraine are false and mendacious

  • The Western Backed Assault on Donbass Shattered My IIlusion of Living in a Compassionate, Humanist Society (Source)

Vera Graziadei on how the seeing the west provoke and encourage carnage in her native Ukraine has led to her eyes opening to the phonines of western pretentions to maintaining morally-superior, liberal-humanist societies

  • Ukraine’s troubled geography (Source)

Western support has led the rhetoric of Kiev to a stridently pro-Western and anti-Russian pitch… Yet a glance at the map of Ukraine and the adjoining Russian Federation will highlight the absurdity of these two countries living as enemies

  • Kiev – Ecological Catastrophe – Oil Strorage base on fire | Eng Subs (Source)
  • Fierce fighting in Mar’inka. Ukrainian Army positions, June 8th | Eng Subs (Source)
  • Urgent! Donetsk in the fire . APU shelled the capital of artillery DNI June 9, 2015 (Source)
  • Soldiers ” Somalia” in the Donetsk airport underwent heavy shelling APU (Source)
  • UN: More than 870,000 Ukrainians flee the country because of armed conflict (Source)

In addition to that, more than 1.3 million people in Ukraine who were forced to leave their homes found refuge on the Ukrainian territory becoming internally displaced persons

  • Ukraine to place S-300 antiaircraft missiles on border with Transdniestria (Source)
  • UNICEF says 68 children killed in Donbas conflict (Source)

Since March 2014, at least 1.7 million children have been affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the UNICEF press service said

  • Zakharchenko: I do not see the future of DPR in composition of Ukraine (Source)
  • Kiev officially informed the Council of Europe that the ATO zone was occupied by Russia(Source)
  • DNI and LC withdraw its draft amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine, which mention the Crimea and Sevastopol (Source)
  • Terrorists shelling Shyrokyne with ACS 10.06.2015 (Video) (Source)

Terrorists have repeatedly violated the conditions of the Minsk agreements. June 10th position Regiment “Azov” Shyrokyne in the village were fired from self-propelled guns caliber 152 mm.

  • Dr Marcus Papadopoulos interview to Press TV on the G7 summit in the context of Russia and Ukraine (Video) (Source)
  • Dr Marcus Papadopoulos speaks with Radio Sputnik about American military aid to Ukraine (Audio) (Source)
  • Educated Ukrainians flee east Ukraine for new lives in Kiev by Nataliya Vasilyeva,(Source)
  • Ukraine: CCTV footage shows heavy shelling near Donetsk train station (Source)
  • Ukroboronprom ” taken aback by the news of the “superiority of Ukraine on Russia in the field of high-precision weapons ” (Source)
  • Yatsunenko Victoria – The ” Help the victims of war in Donbass ” (Video) (Source)
  • The West opens a second front against the Russian elite in Ukraine (Source)
  • Ukrainian Neo-Nazis Strike Back: Azov Battalion Bashes US Congress (Source)

We are extremely surprised and profoundly outraged by these remarks. Our battalion has always embraced patriotism and has never adopted other world ideologies,” the militia said in a statement.

  • Transdnistria: Why Washington Hates Russian Peacekeepers? (Source)

No one wants to fight over Transdnistria now, Russia included. But all the US allies will, when something kicks off. The first volley is with the unexpected resignation of the Moldovan Prime Minister Gaburici. Remembering the Western public hostility to the Iraq war, we wait to see how long they will think it is worth it—this grand game in Ukraine and what it will cost in dollars and human pain for the people of this strategic region—we are already seeing the increased body count in Ukraine and Moldova is next in the tally.

  • Ukraine to get new IMF loans despite inability to repay private lenders (Source)

Despite the grievous state of the Ukrainian economy, the IMF said it will continue to lend money to Ukraine, so Kiev can complete economic restructuring.

“In the event that a negotiated settlement with private creditors is not reached and the country determines that it cannot service its debt, the Fund can lend to Ukraine consistent with its Lending-into-Arrears Policy,” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said.

  • Ukraine is a disposable torpedo against Russia (Source)
  • Ukraine’s consular sectioned attacked in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don (Source)
    The attackers threw eggs and tomatoes into the building. The equipment was damaged, Ukraine’s Consular General Vitaliy Moskalenko told

Meetings of Contact Group’s subgroups to be held June 16, 23 – DPR rep ( Source )

  • Appeal of the Foreign Ministry of the DPR to the leaders of the Normandy Four in regard to the Minsk Agreement wrecking by Ukraine (Source)
  • Flashmob of gratitude to Russia in Lugansk on Russia Day (Source)
  • Lugansk was subjected to the shelling from Ukraine’s Armed Forces (VIDEO) (Source)
  •  a Volunteer From New-York Wrote His Impressions Of Novorossia In The Newspaper Novorossia (Source)
  • Document: The Fascist Kernel of Ukrainian Genocidal Nationalism (Source)

Elsewhere The Empire Vs Rest

  • Hungary first European country to sign up for China Silk Road plan (Source)

The countries’ foreign ministers signed a memorandum of understanding for what is formally known as the “One Belt, One Road” project in Budapest, according to a statement on the Chinese foreign ministry website.

China welcomes more European countries to look East, and strengthen cooperation with China and other Asian countries, and participate in the “One Belt, One Road” in various ways, said Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, according to a separate statement on the website.

President Xi Jinping said earlier this year he hoped annual trade with the countries involved in Beijing’s plan to create a modern Silk Road would surpass $2.5 trillion in a decade.

Hungary hopes to closely cooperate with China and push on with the Hungarian-Serbia railway and other major construction projects, Hungary’s President Janos Ader was quoted as saying by the Chinese foreign ministry.

China is helping fund and build a railway connecting Hungary and Serbia.

Projects under the plan include a network of railways, highways, oil and gas pipelines, power grids, Internet networks, maritime and other infrastructure links across Central, West and South Asia to as far as Greece, Russia and Oman, increasing China’s connections to Europe and Africa.

  • U.S., Japan say first test of Raytheon’s new SM-3 missile a success (Source)
  • Looking back to the future: The Sino-Indian border dispute of 1954-62 (Source)
  • Tajik and Chinese Forces to Engage in Joint Exercises (Source)

A flurry of meetings and exercises in Tajikistan highlight prevailing worries about Afghan spillover and ISIS infiltration.

  • Russia’s Ukraine Game: Will Putin Go All In? By Nikolas K. Gvosdev (Source)

“Ukraine may be out of the headlines for now—but it is still very much in play.”

  • US deploys B-52 nuclear bombers to Baltic Sea exercises (Source)
  • US neocons aim to provoke ‘global war’ with Russia: Analyst (Source)
  • Turkey AKP loses absolute majority in parliament (Source)
  • US troops training Ukrainian soldiers on Russia’s doorstep: Report (Source)
  • Iran rejects oil-for-goods barter with Russia (Source)
  • Is Washington Planning “Operation Barbarossa 2.0″? War against Russia? (Source)
  • The Yuan vs. the Dollar vs. Gold: One Step forward by China, One Step back for America? (Source)
  • Peace Negotiations or War Preparations? Colombia, Iran, China, Cuba, Ukraine, Yemen and Syria (Source)
  • Russia, China Not to Accept America’s Vassalage Status Despite US Pressure (Source)

The US is playing with fire by instigating a military standoff off Russian and Chinese borders, while neither the South China Sea nor Ukraine can be considered America’s backyards; Washington needs to understand that neither Russia nor China will accept its vassalage status, according to the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia.

  • South China Sea not a US political playfield (Source)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently said he would raise the issue of China’s construction work in the South China Sea at the G7 summit in Bavaria, Germany, on June-7-8. Before that, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter had said China’s reclamation work in the South China Sea was “out of step” and required “an immediate end”, and threatened to send more US ships and aircraft to patrol the areas nearby, to which, Beijing responded saying Washington should adopt a responsible attitude and play a constructive role in the region.

China has been emphasizing that its construction work will help make navigation safer in the South China Sea. But instead of paying heed to China’s assertions, the US is tacitly supporting Vietnam and the Philippines in the South China Sea disputes because its intention is to contain China. No wonder, it has turned a blind eye to similar construction activities of Vietnam and the Philippines in the South China Sea for the past several years.

With Washington misjudging Beijing’s strategic intentions and calling it “aggressive”, Hanoi and Manila have taken an even tougher stance against Beijing. Because of a similar misjudgment, Washington stubbornly opposed the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank for which it is likely to incur huge losses. And now it faces a similar situation in the South China Sea issue.

True, China has been following a more proactive maritime policy in recent years. But that doesn’t mean its defense policy has become aggressive. It has not raised any new maritime claims, for its policy is focused on responding to neighboring countries’ provocations, which include the “nationalization” of the disputed Diaoyu Islands by Japan and the attack on Chinese fishermen by the Philippines. Besides, China’s moves have been bilateral rather than unilateral in nature, as it seeks coordination with ASEAN member states.

China’s moves are aimed at thwarting the Philippines and Vietnam from further violating its territorial integrity and maritime rights. The small size of a country does not prevent it from using aggressive means against bigger countries – think about Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor that ultimately dragged the US into World War II.

The US has been accusing China of violating international laws. But the fact is, China has signed and ratified the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, something the US has refused to do for fear of losing its maritime primacy across the globe. More important, since the UNCLOS is not designed to solve historical or current sovereignty disputes, China has the right to refuse international arbitration in the South China Sea issue, which the Philippines has unilaterally sought.

As a matter of fact, if disputing states fail to reach an agreement or develop mutual trust, neither international law nor arbitration in the international court can settle the dispute. On the contrary, such an attempt could worsen the problem. For this reason China has always emphasized the importance of using bilateral means to settle a dispute between two states. For the same reason the US selectively ratifies international laws according to its own interests.

But when it comes to issues related to China, the US is misled by anti-China “experts”. By misjudging China’s strategic intentions, the US has already created enough obstacles for the healthy development of bilateral relations. And by thinking China is out to grab territories, which is impossible in today’s world of highly interdependent countries, the US is building more hurdles in bilateral relations.

But one thing is for certain, China is determined to safeguard its territorial integrity and sovereignty. And for that, it has the right to draw the red line.

The US should learn lessons from the failure of its covert involvement in the Syria and Ukraine crises. It must realize that there is always a price to be paid for intervening in other countries’ affairs, and South China Sea is not a good playfield for practicing power politics.

  • Choo, Choo! Russia Reviving Elusive ‘Nuke Trains’ With 30 Yars ICBMs (Source)Russia finalized the project of a new Combat Railway Missile Complex (BZhRK) that will multiply its nuclear potential and counter the US Conventional Prompt Global Strike, RG.ru reported.
  • BS : BBC :Russians looking for the exit (Source)

If Russia is alarming its neighbours with its actions in Ukraine and its anti-Western rhetoric, many of its own people are also uncomfortable with the prevailing atmosphere of bellicose nationalism. Some are preparing to leave, discovers the BBC’s Caroline Wyatt, a former Moscow correspondent – and some have already left.

  • The geopolitics of American global decline — Washington vs. China in the 21st century(Source)

It might have been the most influential single sentence of that era: “In these circumstances it is clear that the main element of any United States policy toward the Soviet Union must be that of long-term, patient but firm and vigilant containment of Russian expansive tendencies.” And it originated in an 8,000 word telegram — yes, in those days, unbelievably enough, there was no email, no Internet, no Snapchat, no Facebook — sent back to Washington in February 1946 by George F. Kennan, the U.S. chargé d’affaires in Moscow, at a moment when the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union was just gaining traction.

The next year, a reworked version of Kennan’s “Long Telegram” with that sentence would be published as “The Sources of Soviet Conduct” in the prestigious magazine Foreign Affairs under the pseudonym “Mr. X” (though it was common knowledge in Washington who had written it).  From that moment on, “containment” of what, until the Sino-Soviet split, was called the Soviet bloc, would be Washington’s signature foreign and military policy of the era. The idea was to ring the Soviet Union and China with bases and then militarily, economically, and diplomatically hem in a gaggle of communist states from Hungary and Czechoslovakia in Eastern Europe to North Korea on the Pacific and from Siberia south to the Central Asian SSRs of the Soviet Union. In other words, much of the Eurasian land mass.

And then, when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 and the Soviet Union collapsed and disappeared from the face of the Earth in 1991, that was that. Along with the former Communist world, containment as policy was dispatched to the dustbin of history — or was it? Strangely enough, as historian and TomDispatch regular Alfred McCoy points out today, if you look at Washington’s military bases (which, if anything, were expanded in the post-Soviet era), its conflicts, and the focus of its foreign policy, American attempts to “contain” the heartlands of Eurasia, especially Russia and China, have never ended. Given the passage of almost a quarter of a century since the Cold War era, the map of those garrisons and the conflicts that go with them still looks eerily familiar.

And here’s an even stranger thing, as McCoy again makes clear: the U.S. was not the first imperial power to put its energy into “containing” Eurasia. In 1945, when World War II ended with Great Britain and its empire hollowed out and in a state of exhaustion, the U.S. inherited a no-name version of “containment” policy from the British before Kennan even thought to use the term. It’s odd to realize that “containment” as imperial policy has a history that is now, in a sense, more than two centuries old. It’s strange enough, in fact, that McCoy turns his attention to the subject to help make sense of the edgy U.S.-China relationship for the rest of this century.

  • US Warmongering: Will Germans Again Claim ‘They Didn’t Know’ (Source)

This weekend, the German public were similarly applauding Obama as he foisted a pile of ludicrous lies and propaganda in their midst. And yet, all the while, American war crimes and crimes against humanity were being committed unabated all around the world. Germany has an onerous responsibility in Europe to call a halt to Washington’s war machine. Are Germans once again going to tell us someday in the future: «We did not know»?

  • Afghanistan: Militants Posing Imminent Threat to Central Asia (II) & (I) (Source)

This May Russia deployed hundreds of troops bolstered by soldiers of brotherly nations from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Belarus for drills in Tajikistan to hone skills of conducting joint combined rapid deployment operations. All in all, the exercise involved more than 2,500 troops, 200 units of armaments and military equipment, about 20 combat aircraft and helicopters and 30 military transport aircraft. The move demonstrated the readiness of Russia and CSTO allies to match the words with deeds and guarantee the region’s security after US troops leave Afghanistan.

  • U.S. considers harder line on Russia (Source)
  • Has John Kerry Been ‘Disappeared’? (Source)
  • Obama’s Big Lie on Syria (Source)
  • Gas Supplies from Russia: Prospects for Balkan Route By Dmitry Babich (Source)

The Russian gas supplies to the Balkans are a burning issue to influence the development of Russia’s relationship with the states of the region and the European Union. The plans to build new routes provoke plots of complicated political intrigue and maneuvering.

  • Europe’s Last Act? By Joseph Stiglitz (Source)

European Union leaders continue to play a game of brinkmanship with the Greek government. Greece has met its creditors’ demands far more than halfway. Yet Germany and Greece’s other creditors continue to demand that the country sign on to a program that has proven to be a failure, and that few economists ever thought could, would, or should be implemented.

  • Not in God’s Name: Confronting the Ideology of “Political Zionism” (Source)

If you are a Jewish family living in Europe, you are expected to conform to the mindset that the state of Israel is your personal insurance policy should anti-Semitism again become mainstream and Jews are prohibited from holding public office, or any office. A time when concentration camps will spring up in London’s Hyde Park and under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. A time when the horrors of another Holocaust could be visited upon the now reborn Jewish communities of France and England. 

  • Now, India gets to tug at China’s ‘string of pearls’ (Source)
  • Obama’s ‘G-1-plus-6′ (Source)

Exclusive: As much as President Obama needs President Putin’s help on Syria, Iran and other global hotspots, he has fallen in line behind U.S. hardliners in seeking to ratchet up the confrontation over Ukraine and now is trying to bring the Europeans along at the G-7, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

  • The default by Ukraine’s remnants will not hurt the United States (Source)
  • Want to Cut Government Waste? Find the $8.5 Trillion the Pentagon Can’t Account For (Source)
  • Norway Commits to NATO Missile Defense System (Source)
  • Russia begins massive exercises to check emergency readiness (Source)

The drills are aimed at practicing the actions on eliminating the consequences of emergency situations, organizing primary disaster relief for the population and checking warning system for threats

  • UK to Consider Hosting US Cruise Missiles to Counter Russia (Source)
  • G7 Summit Makes No Sense Without Russia, China (Source)

Group of Seven (G7) leaders meeting in Germany this Sunday will not have mandate to tackle global crises like Ukraine unless Russia, China and other world powers are present, a co-president of the world’s oldest peace advocacy group, the International Peace Bureau (IPB), told Sputnik on Friday.

  • US Seeks to ‘Hold Russia Back’ From Creation of Multipolar World (Source)
  • US must cooperate with China, Russia, India on fighting terror’ -Karzai (Source)
  • Russian opposition activist Navalny pelted with rotten eggs in Siberia (Source)
  • U.S. Billionaire Political Foes Unite to Fight Israel Boycotts (Source)
  • Leaders firm on Russia sanctions (Source) (Source) (Source)
  • Napoleon’s Invasion of Russia in 3 Minutes (Great Video) (Source)

Begun with over 600,000 French and allied troops – ended with 27,000

  • FIFA Confirms Russia Will Be Stripped of 2018 World Cup If “Evidence of Bribery” Emerges (Source)

Though it is likely that every selection process for the past 30 years at least has involved back-room dealings and the granting of illegal favors

If this happens Putin’s popularity will only increase while he may save billions on unneeded infrastructure

It isn’t every day that we have the privilege of a president on the show. And this is no ordinary president, but the president of a land whose people have been ethnically cleansed from their territory to make way for a US war-base, and on which the torture of kidnapped people from around the world appears to have taken place. It is of course, Diego Garcia part of the Chagos islands. This week we welcome into the Sputnik Studio the man chosen by the Chagossians to represent them on the world stage – President Allen Vincatassin ( Source )

  • Ron Paul On Why Rand Has A Better Shot At White House Than He Did. (Source)

Former Republican congressman & three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul tells Larry why his son Sen. Rand Paul stands a better chance at winning the presidency then he did. Plus, what he really thinks of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

  • Asia’s quest for a rules-based world order (Source)

What the 2015 Shangri-La Dialogue tells us about the future of Asian power politics

  • Russia’s middle class unrepresented in politics, says report (Source)

Experts have studied the political tastes of Russia’s nascent middle class and come to the conclusion that this social group are not attracted to the agendas of any of the country’s existing political groups, with no party willing to seriously tackle corruption and cronyism or implement meaningful economic reforms. However, in the current circumstances, there is little chance that an alternative force will emerge in Russia any time soon.

  • Kurdish party thwarts Erdogan’s ambitions with Turkish election advance (Source)
  • Political Expert: Saddam’s Fate Waiting for Saudi Regime (Source)
  • Yemen carnage: ‘Stop arming Saudi Arabian regime,’ CAAT tells UK govt (Source)

Anti-arms trade activists are demanding that the UK stops peddling arms to Saudi Arabia, as the death toll in Yemen passes 2,000. Their call comes as a Saudi blogger faces a decade in prison and 1,000 lashes for expressing his political views.

  • ‘False legitimacy’: Saudi Arabia hosting UN Human Rights Council slammed by watchdog (Source)
  • Erdogan loses his chance to become Turkey’s Vladimir Putin (Source)
  • Russia to Expedite Military Construction on Kuril Islands (Source)

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Monday ordered to double construction rates at military facilities on the disputed Kuril Islands.

  • Putin signs law on offshore assets amnesty (Source)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law allowing Russians to voluntarily declare foreign assets and bank deposits to avoid criminal, administrative and tax liability.

Amnesty will be granted if the violation related to the declared property was made before January 1, 2015, according to the law published on the legal information website.

To receive a right for amnesty, one needs to submit to the tax authorities a special declaration, revealing the assets. The information in the document will be protected by tax secrecy regime and may not be used either for tests or for opening a criminal investigation, the law stipulates. The declaration can be submitted from July 1 to December 31, 2015.

  • The Russian banking system has been hijacked by the Fed by Valentin Katasonov
    MGIMO professor, head of Russian Economic Society, editor-in-chief of “Our Business”(Source  )
  • Anti-Russian Sanctions Will Not Be Lifted (Source)
  • Russian Airforce Conducts ‘Air Show’ for NATO During Baltic Drills -US Navy (Source)
  • The Dogs, The Vipers, and The Imbeciles (Source)

The Dogs, The Vipers, and The Imbeciles – the tools of The Empire, without whom the ruling Banking Dynasties – the Parasites of the Humanity, couldn’t have been able to subjugate and enslave the humanity, are the prime ‘assets’ of The Empire. Always eager to serve and please their masters, these Dogs and Vipers of the empire devote their lives to promote the culture of hate and distrust among people, gleefully contributing in the poisoning and shredding the fabrics of humanity, enjoy the ‘crumbs’ thrown to them by their masters with utmost thanks.

The Empire owes its existence to its Dogs and Vipers. And, without the support and contribution from The Imbeciles, the Dogs and the Vipers of The Empire couldn’t have succeeded in the serving their masters.

  • Russia to demonstrate Pantsir-S air defense system capabilities at Army-2015 forum(Source)
    Apart from that, the hardware redeployed to the forum includes S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems, VVO, Nebo-M, Kasta 2-2 and Podlyot-K1 radar complexes and other air defense system
  • Russia Pivots East, Or Does It? (Source)

Anyone reading the Western business press recently would be forgiven for thinking that Russia’s global trading relations are irreversibly shifting East. Russian business ties with the West are severed, sanctioned and broken. Asian players are set to step in and fill the gaps left by retreating Western investment.

  • Cold War 2.0 Heats Up: Washington Dusts Off Russia “Containment” Plans (Source)
  • Chip Tatum — Black Ops Interview (Source)
  • EU, US, NATO, IMF, MI6, Big Oil, Wall Street Meeting at the Bilderberg Conference 2015. On the Agenda: Ukraine, Syria, TTIP… (Source)
  • Once Again, Israel Bombs Gaza (Source)
  • Putin prefers to focus on more efficient formats than G7 — press secretary (Source)
  • The Skirmish in the Spratlys :Beating Uncle Sam at His Own Game by Mike Whitney (Source)

Washington has thrown down the gauntlet in the South China Sea. If Beijing wants to preserve its independence and surpass the US as the world’s biggest economy, it’s going to have to meet the challenge, prepare for a long struggle, and beat Uncle Sam at his own game.

It won’t be easy, but it can be done.

  • The Stenographic Press Strikes Again! :Did “China” Really Say “War” With the United States is “Inevitable”? by Peter Lee (Source)

Spoiler: No.

  • Russia, Qatar World Cups Awarded Legally, Cannot Be Annulled – FIFA (Source)
  • Cold War II to McCarthyism II (Source)

Exclusive: With Cold War II in full swing, the New York Times is dusting off what might be called McCarthyism II, the suggestion that anyone who doesn’t get in line with U.S. propaganda must be working for Moscow, reports Robert Parry.

  • G7 In Pursuit of Certain Goals (Source)

Ukrainian political scholar Alexander Kawa,  (2) believes that the war in the east of Ukraine is purposefully provoked by Ukrainian leadership to distract the people from social problems. Kawa had worked for the Ukrainian government until recently.

It’s hard to avoid the impression that the OSCE reports are distorted on purpose to justify changes in the status of the OSCE mission. 

  • India’s Enso Group to take up projects in Russia’s Far East (Source)

Alexander Galushka, Minister for Russian Far East Development and Alexey Chekunkov, CEO of the Far East Development Fund, met with Vinay Maloo, Chairman of the Enso Group, one of India’s largest industrial conglomerates, to discuss possibilities for the Indian group to invest in projects in the Far East.

  • Why a BRICS military bloc won’t happen in a hurry (Source)

A BRICS military alliance won’t happen unless each of the member states is convinced they are facing an existential threat from the West.

  • India needs to follow in Vietnam’s footsteps (Source)

Last week, Vietnam became the first country to sign a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union. This comes closely on the heels of some major Vietnamese investment deals in Russia. India would be well advised to follow suit

  • Does Blatter’s departure threaten Russia’s 2018 World Cup? (Source)

FIFA President Sepp Blatter suddenly announced he would step down as head of the world’s soccer governing body, days after he was re-elected to the post, sending the ‘beautiful game’s’ administration into a churn. Russian sports authorities were caught by surprise but they are confident that the 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia, as planned, despite the FBI and Swiss investigators widening the scope of the probe into corruption at top levels of the FIFA.

  • The new Russian torpedo: ‘Skhval’ 2.0? (Source)

Modernization of the Russian armed forces has made it to the shores of the sea. After a programme to augment combat capabilities of the Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft and announcement of plans to upgrade equipment on the Tu-142 aircraft and Ka-27 helicopters, the next step is to design completely new anti-submarine weaponry. Updating radio-electronic components of aircraft will ensure reliability of the search for enemy submarines, and new torpedoes will hasten their annihilation. So, what will the new Russian torpedo be like?

  • Russia’s Caspian Flotilla ships to hold air defense drills (Source)

Russian Caspian Flotilla’s Uglich small missile ship and Volgodonsk small gunship will together with aviation units conduct air defense drills in the Caspian Sea, the press service of Russia’s Southern Military District reported Tuesday.

  • China’s South China Sea dominance is the price U.S. pays for Iraq and Afghanistan (Source)
  • Testing times for India’s China policies (Source)

Washington is nudging Modi to be a bit more upfront on China and to practice at least a tiny slice of what he says privately to American interlocutors – in short, like his close friend Japan’s Shinzo Abe does, Modi too should stand up and be counted as a partner in the U.S. “pivot” strategy in Asia. How the Indian Navy responds to Carter’s invitation will be interesting to know.

  • Turkey election: Turks don’t live by bread alone (Source)

Devoid of the checks and balances that are essential for running a minority government, and the absence of consensus politics, the “stability” that the single party rule provided tended to breed authoritarianism and highhandedness, and eventually massive scale of corruption. The verdict of Sunday’s election, therefore, underscores the maturity of the Turkish electorate.

  • The inevitable victory of the Kurdish womb (Source)
  • Independent Long-Range Strike: A Failed Theory (Source)

It is only long-range, independent strike that has consistently failed to deliver promised results. It makes no sense to dedicate a high percentage of our limited procurement resources to a capability that has provided so little return. As President Lincoln famously noted, “The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present.” It is time to abandon the dogma of independent, long-range strike, a theory which has failed in practice for over 90 years. In its place, we must focus our future force structure on those missions where the extraordinary capabilities of airpower have succeeded.

  • Leave It to Europe: Why Iran Is Not (Solely) America’s Responsibility (Source)

..it is up to the European Union as the often-overlooked mediator of the nuclear talks to make a push for regional cooperation after a possible deal.

  • Normandy Quartet’s Paris meeting aimed at establishing dialogue in Ukraine (Source)

The meeting of the political directors in the French capital is scheduled to be held on Wednesday afternoon

  • Putin, Pope Francis to talk situation in Ukraine, Middle East on June 10 — Kremlin(Source)
    The Russian president and Pope Francis are not likely to discuss the possibility of the pontiff’s visit to Russia
  • America Sends Nuclear Bombers to Russia’s Doorstep (Source)

America is sending three nuclear-capable bombers to Russia’s borders to participate in a military exercise near the Baltics and Poland.On Friday, U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) announced that three B-52 Stratofortresses were being sent on a short-term deployment to the Royal Air Force (RAF) in Fairford, United Kingdom. They will be joined by two B-2s.

  • No, Iran Isn’t Destabilizing the Middle East (Source)

As the nuclear negotiations with Iran enter what may be their final lap, diehard opponents of any agreement with Tehran have been leaning more heavily than ever on the theme that Iran is a nasty actor in the Middle East intent on doing all manner of nefarious things in the region. Insofar as the theme is not just an effort to generate distaste for having any dealings with the Iranian regime and purports to have a connection with the nuclear agreement, the idea is that the sanctions relief that will be part of the agreement will give Iran more resources to do still more nefarious stuff in the region.

  • US General Calls President Putin the Most Respected and Feared World Leader (Source)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely the most feared and the most respected leader in the world today, his ultimate goal is to challenge the very existence of NATO; he know that the alliance is weak and is going to take an advantage of this, retired General Jack Keane, a Military Analyst for Fox News, said in a live broadcast.
  • SOTT Exclusive: Anti-Russian propaganda appearing in Dutch school textbooks (Source)
  • Testing of launch system at Russia’s new space center brought forward (Source)

Assembly of the launch system of the Soyuz-2 vehicle were to be over in July but Roscosmos specialists made it possible to round it up almost a month earlier

  • US Seeks to Pressure Russia While Europe Pays Price (Source)

The United States’ influence over the European Union’s (EU) foreign policy enables Washington to take a hard stand against Russia while avoiding the financial costs of its actions, experts told Sputnik.

  • World Bank Whistleblower Writes To Bilderberg Steering Committee (Source)

Global financial system dominated by small group of corrupt, power-hungry figures

  • A View From the Other 96% (Source)

Exposing Lies of Empire by Andre Vltchek is an 800-page tour of the world between 2012 and 2015 without a Western tour guide. It ought to make you spitting-mad furious, then grateful for the enlightenment, and then ready to get to work.

The 4% of us humans who have grown up in the United States are taught that our government means well and does good. As we begin to grasp that this isn’t always so, we’re duly admonished that all governments do evil — as if we were being simplistic and self-centered to blame Washington for too much.

  • G7 leaders escalate war threats against Russia (Source)
  • Possible Taliban emergence unsettles Kashmir Valley (Source)
  • Anxious About China, Asian Nations Buy More U.S. Military Hardware (Source)
  • Military Marvel: China Ready to Test Asia’s Largest Warship (Source)
  • The missed nuances of China’s military ‘White Paper’ (Source)
  • One Year of Sisi Leaves Trail of Human Rights Abuses (Source)
  • No Human Considered Illegal’ Under New Ecuadorean Migrant Law (Source)
  • Russian Navy Completes Anti-Sub Drills, Fires Torpedoes in Barents Sea (Source)
  • Moscow advises West to ask direct questions on military issues – Lavrov (Source)
  • Russia does not intend to breach Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty – Lavrov(Source)
  • Russian Defense Ministry asks Pentagon for explanations over Dempsey’s statements(Source)

Deployment of cruise and ballistic missiles in Europe and Asia would be tantamount to the United States’ walkout from the INF treaty

  • Russia has better things to do than start WW3 (OP-ED) (Source)

Putin recalled that it was French President Charles de Gaulle who first voiced the need to establish a“common economic space stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok.” As NATO doubles down on its campaign against Moscow, that dream has never looked as far off.

  • Russia gets CAIS observer status, El Salvadoran foreign minister says (Source)

The Central American Integration System (CAIS) or the regional free trade zone comprises Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rico, Nicaragua, Panama and El Salvador

  • Russia to Set Flag Record Ahead of National Holiday (Source)

The largest flag of the Russian Federation, measuring over 1,000 square meters (1,195 square yards) in area, will be raised on Wednesday in Moscow ahead of Russia Day, celebrated on June 12.

  • OSCE ‘Has One Month’ to Shut Down Operations in Azerbaijan (Source)
  • It Approves the Spy Program and Makes it Permanent USA Freedom Act is Anything But (Source)
  • G7 is Just a Show Against Russia: Sleboda and Flores (Video) (Source)
  • Russia and Iran sign a breakthrough oil deal (Source)
  • Russia Relax (Source)
  • Wagenknecht: “Community of values,” data collection, and other “pieces from the madhouse” (Source)
  • The Lights Are on in Washington, but Nobody’s Home (Source)

Barack Obama claims that Putin is trying to “recreate the glories of the Soviet empire”. The question is whether this is a genuine misunderstanding or a more purposeful and politically expedient one.

  • Russia, India Set to Jointly Produce Defense Equipment (Source)

Russia is India’s top partner for the joint production of arms

  • Turkish Voters Slap Erdogan (Source)

Erdogan loses the parliament election in Turkey. With some 95% of the votes counted the results (seats) are:

  • AKP 41.5% (261)
  • CHP 25.3% (130)
  • MHP 16.7% (84)
  • HDP 12.0% (75)

Erdogans AKP lost nearly 9% compared to the last election. The Kurdish HDP jumped above the 10% limit and thereby prevents the AKP from ruling as the sole party. The AKP will have to arrange a coalition with the hard nationalist MHP to form a new government.

The reasons for the loss were the end of the credit fueled economic boom that the AKP had engineered since 2000. There was also a lot of infighting within the AKP and Erdogan’s policy of fueling the war in Syria is quite unpopular.

Any coalition government the AKP may arrange will likely be less aggressive than the current one. It is doubtful that the current prime minister Davutoglu, the very aggressive promoter of a new Ottoman empire, will keep his position.

Erdogan as a politician is now wounded and the AKP is weakened. This will lead to more infighting within the AKP and maybe even a split of the party into several fractions. In all this result  will likely leave less capacity in Turkey for wide ranging geopolitical adventures.

  • Putin Says US Imperial Footprint Unmatched: ‘Draw a Map and See’ (Source)

Despite US military dominance, Obama accuses Russian leader of attempting to ‘recreate Soviet empire’

  • American plan for a South Asian “Kosovo” in Rohingyaland (II) & (I) By Andrew Korybko (Source)
  • Will All Roads in Central Asia Eventually Lead to China? (Source)

Increased Chinese involvement in the region is a source of both fascination and fear.

  • China’s Silk Road in Europe: Not Just Hungary (Source)

Hungary became the first country to sign a Silk Road MoU, but various other European states are already on board.

  • SCO-BRICS: A Big Summit in Ufa (Source)

The summit next month will reveal much about the future of Russia’s Eurasian dream.

  • Will Poland Train OUN Militants? (Source)

The Poland’s Defense Ministry says it plans to train about 60 Ukrainian army instructors this year, including NCOs of OUN battalion (OUN-the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists). The training sessions would take place in Poland in June, September and October. Several other NATO members are also joining the NATO program known as the Defense Education Enhancement Program – DEEP. Its aim is to bring Ukraine’s forces up to the standards of the Western alliance. Tomasz Siemoniak, Polish Minister of National Defence, has already discussed the issue with General Mieczysław Gocuł, Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces. 10 Ukrainian servicemen are tocome on June 29, with 20 more to follow in September and 30 in October. 

  • Iran Prepares Trans-Caspian Trade With Russia (Source)
  • Chinese Military Top Brass Visits US Amid Clash Over South China Sea (Source)
    Diplomacy is sure to be emphasized during a top Chinese military official’s six-day visit to the United States, but tensions remain high in the South China Sea, where Beijing continues to assert itself in territorial disputes.
  • Obama: Putin wants to recreate Soviet Union (Source)
  • Obama Sacrifices Integrity over Ukraine (Source)
  • We are the propagandists: The real story about how The New York Times and the White House has turned truth in the Ukraine on its head (Source)

A sophisticated game of manipulation is afoot over Russia: power, influence and money. U.S. hands are not clean

  • Obama’s Lies About Russia Are Becoming Bolder by the Day (Source)

Every modern war has begun with a US president spewing outrageous lies

  • US Overtakes Russia as World’s Top Oil and Gas Producer; Shale Addiction Worsens (Source)

America is now top dog, according to BP data. The shale “revolution” won’t last though…

  • Europe too quick to forget historical lessons in relations with Russia — lawmaker (Source)
  • Tests of new missile for Russia’s Iskander system to be over by year-end — designer(Source)

The Iskander-M system currently in service is capable of hitting targets at distances of 50 to 500 kilometers

  • Russian, Chinese forces to drill airborne, amphibious landing in Far East (Source)

The practice will be held as part of the second phase of joint military drills dubbed Joint Sea 2015

  • US attempt to ‘lecture the Pope’ before Putin meeting a ‘big responsibility’ to take – Kremlin (Source)
  • Italians ask Putin to save the world (video) (Source)
  • NATO challenge: Baltic states wary of Russia (Source)
  • Russia developing upgraded version of Oka tactical missile system (Source)

The Oka system had a range of 400 km (248.5 miles) and, consequently, was excluded from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) but was nonetheless scrapped under the treaty

  • Grading Gerasimov :Evaluating Russian Nonlinear Warfare through Modern Chinese Doctrine (Source)
  • Russia and America: Toward a New Détente (Source)
  • America: Addicted to War, Afraid of Peace (Source)

After decades of being at war, the United States has come to the point where it can’t live without it.

  • Cyberattack targeted Iran nuclear talks venues, Kaspersky Lab says (Source)
  • The Culture War Returns (Source)

A growing chorus of voices on the right is arguing that the turmoil in Baltimore and Ferguson is ushering in a new round of the culture wars.

  • China responsible, lots at stake (Source)
  • If the G7 Invites Russia Back It Should Say NO (Source)

Russia gains nothing by being a member of a hostile organisation that is becoming increasingly irrelevant as it is being overtaken in importance by the G20 and the BRICS

  • Exposing The Worst German Media Liars, Part 1: Benjamin Bidder (Source)

Since Udo Ulfkotte’s revelations, we all know how corrupt German “journalists” from the mainstream media are. Benjamin Bidder from Spiegel Online is one of the worst frauds in print

  • Guess How Many Nations In The World Do Not Have A Central Bank? (Source)
  • INF Threatened: Back to Worst Days of Cold War? (Source)

For America nuclear strikes against Russia are unthinkable anyway because it would guarantee a disastrous on response against the territory of the continental USA. The danger of miscalculations and miscommunications leading to all-out war will be immensely heightened.

Washington cannot present compelling evidence of the Russian violation, the United States could be seen by the world as the party that killed the INF Treaty. The U.S. military currently has no intermediate-range missiles ready for deployment at its disposal. Such missiles would take years to design and build taking funds from other pressing defense priorities. The implementation of plans would inevitably create political problems as the opposition will be strong in the countries to host the weapons. It makes the endeavor a tall order.

The whole thing has a certain Cold War ring. It would most certainly worsen the bilateral US-Russian relationship, which is already at a low point. It is bound to further complicate the prospects of additional reductions of nuclear weapons. The plans could hamper President Obama’s efforts to win congressional support for his Iran policy.

  • Syrian army dislodges IS militants from key oil fields in Homs (Source)
  • The Shifting Battlefield :Did the War in Syria Just Become a Regional War?by Eric Draitser (Source)

With tensions high over escalations in Ukraine and the South China Sea, the potential for global conflict has never been higher. Those who trade in doomsday prognostication are certainly busy these days. But perhaps it is Syria and the Middle East where the true global conflict is taking place.

The question is: has anyone noticed?

  • The Saudi Finger-pointing at Iran (Source)

Parroting Israel and Saudi Arabia, much of Official Washington blames Iran for the current instability across the Mideast, but that may rank as one of the most inside-out explanations imaginable, as Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett explain.

By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett

  • America’s longtime support for Ukrainian fascists By Wayne Madsen (Source)

No sooner had U.S. and Soviet troops shook hands and embraced at Torgau on the River Elbe at the close of World War II in Germany, the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), was already lining up the support of Ukrainian allies of Nazi Germany to target the Soviet government in Kiev. The details of the establishment by the OSS of an anti-Soviet infrastructure that included Ukrainian Insurgent Army (OUN) followers of Adolf Hitler ally Stepan Bandera are contained in a formerly «SECRET CONTROL» document from October 1946. The document was prepared by U.S. Army Intelligence (G2) on behalf of the OSS. The following year, the OSS officially was transformed into the CIA.

  • US senators ask IMF to deny China’s yuan reserve currency status (Source)
  • Up to 7,000 Russian and CIS nationals fighting on IS side — Syrian Grand Mufti (Source)
    The Grand Mufti said that IS recruits most mercenaries from such CIS countries as Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan
  • Putin’s Logic vs. Strelkov’s Logic (Source)
  • Europeans refuse to go on a crusade against Russia (Source)
  • F-35 or F-18 Super Hornet: It’s really not that complicated (Video) (Source)
  • Politics with Peter Tolstoy. “G7 without Russia : how to change the balance of power ? (Video) (Source)

In the studio program “Politics” commented the statement of the President of Russia – Vladimir Putin – on the Group of Seven, as well as trying to figure out how the non-participation of Russia in the “big seven” change the balance of forces in the world and it is good or bad for our country.

In the Bavarian Alps it hosted the summit “Big Seven”, which Russia has not been invited. Vladimir Putin, when asked about the non-participation of Russia at this event, said that the Group of Seven – not so much an organization as the club with the same interests, and if the partners do not need an alternative point of view, Russia is imposing its will. At the same time she is ready to develop relations with each of the G7 member countries on a bilateral basis

Druzhkovka city council decided to demolish the monument to Lenin ( Source )

  • Winged swing : for how many minutes the new US missiles reach the outskirts of Moscow? (Video) (Source)
  • Merkel: G7 have agreed to keep anti-Russia sanctions in place (Video) (Source)
  • Putin: We don’t have any relations with G7, it’s just a club for shared interests (Audio) (Source)
  • Bilderberg Breaker: US builds 13 secret bases for war with Russia (Audio) (Source)
  • And the winner of the Jihad World Cup is…By Pepe Escobar (Source)

Verifiable Iran Deal Reached Yet but Talks Go on – French FM ( Source )

  • China Launches New Freight Train Link to Moscow (Source)China on Wednesday launched a cargo train service connecting its far western Xinjiang region with Moscow, Chinese media reported.
  • Vladimir Zhirinovsky : The time will come , G7 will sit on the bench of the military tribunal in Moscow (Video) (Source)
  • Former commander of the Interior Troops of Ukraine ‘s wanted for desertion (Source)
  • Trapping Russia to Prove a Negative (Source)

The prove-a-negative trap is the Big Lie technique of Nazi propagandist Josef Goebbels: there is no substance to the allegations and there is no obligation to present evidence to verify, thanks to the dutiful and unquestioning nature of Western corporate “journalism”.

  • Turkey’s neo-Ottomanism in troubled waters (Source)
  • Russia-led security alliance wary of Islamist threat from Afghanistan (Source)
  • Military leaders believe US escalation in Iraq is inevitable (Source)
  • President Of Country $18 Trillion In Debt Warns Putin About Russian Economy (Source)

Have you ever seen $18 trillion piled up? Well, I haven’t, because we’ve spent it already, but I’d imagine it’s a scarily high pile. Now Vlad, you don’t want that to be you. I look at you, a man with just €250 billion in debt and I admire him. Don’t turn into us, leave Crimea,” Obama concluded backing out of a pre-planned Crimea a river pun at the last minute.

  • Meeting with President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vladimir Fortov (Source)

Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Fortov discussed the Academy’s development challenges.

  • Putin’s rating is breaking all records (Source)

Vladimir Putin is supported by the vast majority of Russian citizens. Such data was provided by the Pew American research center.
According to the expert survey, the rating of the Russian President has reached 88%. This is the absolute maximum for the last 15 years.
The experts also shared other figures. The policy of the President of Russia towards Ukraine was supported by 83% of respondents, friendship with China – 90%, and Russia’s strategy towards the US – 85%.

  • The battle of petitions: who wants to nuke each other more, Russia or USA? (video) (Source)
  • Report: Russia Central Bank May Accept Bitcoin (Source)

Officials from the Central Bank are set to meet financial experts next week to discuss the possible adoption of Bitcoin in Russia, despite the country’s previous opposition to the cryptocurrency.

  • Commentary: U.S. should act to reduce frictions with China to achieve healthy ties (Source)
  • Obama is ‘opportunist,’ Hillary Clinton no different just ‘more militant’ – Chomsky (Source)
  • Russia – Azerbaijan: on track to coordinating an energy policy (Source)

Moscow and Baku have many subjects to discuss, which include regional conflicts, combating cross-border terrorism, and expanding trade and economic cooperation. Bilateral agreements regarding joint actions in foreign markets would be highly desirable as far as aligning their mutual interests in the energy sector, especially in a situation where there are ample opportunities.

  • Thus, if both sides take a constructive approach, the bilateral high-level working group that is being created will have plenty to do – assuming, of course, that its work does not become merely ceremonial. As we know, the co-chairmen of the intergovernmental commission under which the group will operate are the two countries’ deputy prime ministers, Dmitry Rogozin and Yaqub Abdullah-ogly Eyubov. The commission‘s 15th meeting is scheduled to be held in the second half of 2015 in Ekaterinburg.
  • US Behind Scenarios to Destroy Venezuela (Source)
  • Two dozen Russian, Chinese ships to take part in second phase of Joint Sea exercise (Source)

VLADIVOSTOK, June 11. /TASS/. Two dozen ships and also naval planes and helicopters will participate in the second phase of the Russian-Chinese exercise Joint Sea-2015, to be held in the Sea of Japan and Russia’s Primorye Territory in August, Pacific Fleet spokesman Roman Martov has told TASS.

\”On-the-spot reconnaissance has been held in Vladivostok for the forthcoming joint Russian-Chinese naval exercise Joint Sea-2015 (II). The exercise will be held at the end of August in the Sea of Japan and on the coast of Russia’s Primorye Territory. Two dozen combat and support ships of different class, as well as naval planes and helicopters will be involved,” Martov said.

Pacific Fleet and Chinese Navy officials have visited the sites of the forthcoming exercise and agreed likely scenarios. The last meeting to make final arrangements for the Joint Sea exercise will be held in Vladivostok in July, the fleet’s spokesman said.

The first phase of Joint Sea-2015 was held in the Mediterranean in the middle of May, with ten Russian and Chinese ships taking part.

  • Lithuania army website hack hoax reveals ‘NATO plans to annex Russia’s Kaliningrad’(Source)
  • US and Russia ‘playing nuclear chicken with each other’ (Source)

Dr Helen Caldicott is one of the most articulate and passionate advocates of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and environmental crises. Current US and Russian war games at a time of serious international tension are very dangerous and someone’s mistake or a computer error could push the world over the brink into a nuclear war, claimed Dr. Helen Caldicott to RT.

  • Why Putin’s meeting with the Pope ruffled the West (Source)

Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis are popular figures who impact people’s thoughts, and their meeting in the Vatican represented a reunification of Western and Eastern worlds, Ukrainian journalist Halyna Mokrushyna told RT’s In the Now.

RT: Why did the US ambassador to the Holy See Kenneth Hackett call on the Vatican for a tougher stance on Russia ahead of Vladimir Putin’s meeting with Pope Francis? What would the Pope’s condemnation of Russia really change?

Halyna Mokrushyna: Because we should not forget that France and Italy, two members of the G7, are to a large extent, still Catholic countries, so the Pope’s condemnation of so-called “Russian aggression” would add to this mainstream popular narrative that Russia is an aggressor in this war and it’s important for the US to have the Catholic Church support it in that regard, in my opinion.

RT: What does it mean, in your opinion, if it doesn’t get this support of the Washington position?

HM: I think the Pope’s position is very moderate and temperate in this regard, because the church should stay out of this conflict. And that is the position also of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the so-called Moscow Patriarchate. I hope that Pope Francis will remain on this position because he is right: It is a civil war and the Church should not be involved in that conflict in a country like Ukraine where the religious cleavage is deep.

RT: The Pope always gets a lot of media attention, Putin gets a lot of media attention, and when you put two together it’s an immediate storm. Why is there so much attention from mainstream media?

HM: Because, as you said, the Pope is a very popular figure and Putin is a very popular figure. As I said before, the Pope is a representative of a very powerful social institution, which is the Catholic Church, so whatever he does or says has a big impact on people’s thoughts and Catholic parishioners across the world. Putin, of course, is the most popular leader, or one of the most according … to Time, so it is quite understandable. Especially the Pope represents the Western world, and Putin represents the Eastern world.

RT: Putin met with Italy’s Prime minister ahead of his visit to the Vatican where he was asked about Russia’s relations with the G7. The Russian President said that Russia doesn’t have any relations with the G7, and that it is not really an organization, but just a membership club. Why are we hearing this sort of rhetoric now?

HM: Because from what I’ve been following Russia really tried all the diplomatic means to solve this crisis. Russia used all platforms of international cooperation that are available out there and frankly it didn’t work, so that’s why we have this deep disappointment on Russia’s behalf. The G7 is about one unified position in terms of the war in Ukraine… [There are] complaints, I guess, because it comes from the realization that this is a group of countries who represent the same mono-polar world, and they don’t’ want to hear an alternative opinion.

  • Russian lawmaker says prospects of resuming G8 format “unclear” (Source)
    The value of G7 has decreased, and it now looks like “the club of US’ friends,” Alexey Pushkov said
  • Kaspersky Finds New Nation-State Attack—In Its Own Network (Source)

Researchers At Kaspersky lab in Russia have discovered yet another new nation-state attack attributed to members of the infamous Stuxnet and Duqu gang. But this time the perpetrators were hiding in plain sight—inside the security firm’s own networks.

  • It Always Seems to Blow Back”Middle East: Dark Plots Afoot? By CONN HALLINAN (Source)

A quiet meeting this past March in Saudi Arabia, and a recent anonymous leak from the Israeli military, set the stage for what may be a new and wider war in the Middle East.

Gathering in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh were Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, newly crowned Saudi King Salman, and the organizer of the get-together, the emir of Qatar. The meeting was an opportunity for Turkey and the Saudis to bury a hatchet over Ankara’s support — which Riyadh’s opposes — to the Muslim Brotherhood, and to agree to cooperate in overthrowing the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad.

  • China this week conducted the fourth successful test of a new hypersonic vehicle which is capable of delivering nuclear strikes and may be able to render US anti-missile defense systems “obsolete.” (Source)
  • All about Russia’s Newest Advanced Stealth Fighter – Documentary (Source)
  • The demise of the dollar (Source)
  • Ukrainian Neo-Nazis Strike Back: Azov Battalion Bashes US Congress (Source)

We are extremely surprised and profoundly outraged by these remarks. Our battalion has always embraced patriotism and has never adopted other world ideologies,” the militia said in a statement.

  • Transdnistria: Why Washington Hates Russian Peacekeepers? (Source)

No one wants to fight over Transdnistria now, Russia included. But all the US allies will, when something kicks off. The first volley is with the unexpected resignation of the Moldovan Prime Minister Gaburici. Remembering the Western public hostility to the Iraq war, we wait to see how long they will think it is worth it—this grand game in Ukraine and what it will cost in dollars and human pain for the people of this strategic region—we are already seeing the increased body count in Ukraine and Moldova is next in the tally.

  • How Floating the Ruble Rescued Russia (Source)

Letting the ruble float means that Russia is now running a smaller budget deficit during its recession than the UK and U.S. have during their recoveries

  • Poverty Rate in Russia Jumps to 16% (Source)

The number of Russians living below the poverty line rose to 22.9 million, approximately 16 percent of the population.

  • Russian Foreign Ministry to Washington: it’s time to see the coup in Kiev was done by the hands of Nazi thugs (Source)
  • Ukraine is a disposable torpedo against Russia (Source)
  • Russia is beginning to break the chains of its vassal constitution (Source)
  • Biden, Poroshenko Agree to Keep Sanctions Imposed on Russia (Source)
  • What Will Happen If (When) Ukraine Defaults? (Source)

Scaremongers say it will be a disaster for Ukrainians with:

low economic growth for over a decade

a possible banking crisis

layoffs

low investments and no access to foreign capital

More reasonable people are saying all of that is already happening. The only new thing is going to be:

Now some guys in New York will feel what the man on the street has for three to four months already”

  • Putin, Erdogan have talks in Baku (Source)
    The Russian side was represented by presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Minister of Energy Alexander Novak, Head of Rosatom Sergei Kiriyenko, Gazprom’s CEO Alexei Miller
  • Out for Number One, and Damn the Consequences G7: Currencies to Protect, Countries to Bomb (Source)
  • Ideas of patriotism in Russia strong – Putin (Source)

“These ideals of patriotism are so deep and strong that no one has ever been or will be able to re-encode Russia, adapt it to their formats,” Putin said

  • Happy Birthday Magna Carta by Paul Craig Roberts (Source)
  • Russian trespassers raised a St. George flag over the biggest NATO base in the Baltics (Source)
  • G-7 has its own designs on South China Sea (Source)

The G-7 leaders issued a communique at the close of their summit at Adolf Hitler’s favorite Bavarian retreat of Garmisch-Partenkirchen that vilified China for its claims to islands in the energy-rich South China Sea. The G-7 leaders stated, «We strongly oppose the use of intimidation, coercion or force, as well as any unilateral actions that seek to change the status quo, such as large-scale land reclamation.» What the G-7 leaders failed to mention is that four members of the elite group, the United States, Britain, France, and Japan, have used proxies like the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Taiwan and the former Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) to fortify island possessions in the South China Sea. The G-7 statement was yet another display of the gross hypocrisy of the group as previously evidenced by their sanctions against Russia, Syria, Iran, and other countries.

President Obama in his military «pivot to Asia» seems to believe that an increased ground, naval, and air presence by the United States in East and Southeast Asia should go unnoticed by regional powers like China. China’s modest naval and infrastructure consolidation on the Paracels and Spratlys are a direct response to aggressive American moves in the region, a strategy that began in 1974 with the U.S.-backed South Vietnamese foray into the Paracels. Recently, a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft flew over Fiery Cross Reef as part of a Pentagon policy of taking «concrete steps» in the region. If the amateur armchair generals and admirals in Washington and Honolulu are fretting over China’s increasing profile in the South China Sea, they have only themselves and their «concrete steps» to blame.

  • Printing Press: Kiev’s Last Hope (Source)
  • The Final Clampdown: What is Holding It? (Source)

In order to have the capabilities, and the confidence to be able to blunt the strike of the ruling dynasty – The Final Clampdown, with all of its enormous organizational structure and might, and hope to win, there must have to be some very capable, experienced and well connected – rather, well entrenched, people at the core of the opposition.

The ruling Banking Clan certainly suspects that a number of Military Generals, Strategic Command Officers, Naval Commanders, trusted officers at various Intelligence Agencies, and a plethora of experts and scientists are at the core of the organization that forms this formidable opposition.

And, they are unable to find out their identities. They are removing and firing whomever they suspect. still, unable to figure out whom to trust. They are hesitant to move forward with their plan and spring the Final Clampdown. But, the clock is ticking for them, and the accommodations made with the Chinese government and the others are nearing their expiration.

The Ruling Banking Clan has to make its move. But, it is scared. It may well be its last move.

  • Bilderberg Kingpin Henry Kissinger Admits Isis Gets Its Weapons From Us (Video) (Source)

Disagrees with Rand Paul on US strategy against terrorist army

  • How China Could Become a Two-Ocean Power (Thanks to Pakistan) (Source)
  • Did India’s Special Forces Just Send ‘A Message’ to China and Pakistan? (Source)
  • American Hegemony Is Here to Stay (Source)

U.S. hegemony is now as firm as or firmer than it has ever been, and will remain so for a long time to come.

  • All about Russia’s Newest Advanced Stealth Fighter – Documentary (Video) (Source)
  • Kiev’s decision to deploy S-300 air defense systems in the Odessa Region puts Russian aircraft, flying in and out of Transnistria, in danger of getting shot down. This, in turn, increases the chances of a military confrontation between Russia and the West, US global intelligence company Stratfor predicted. (Source)
  • The Strategic Defeat of Recep Tayyip Erdogan(Source)
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