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  • Russia Takes Over Mid-East: Gets Green Light For Strikes In Iraq, Sets Up Alliance With Jordan

    10/24/2015 5:27:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/24/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Once it became clear that Moscow and Tehran had jointly planned the incursion in Syria with Russia promising full air support and Iran pledging ground troops from Hezbollah, its various Shiite militias, and the IRGC, we immediately suggested that Iraq was next on the agenda after the Assad regime is restored. For those unfamiliar with the situation on the ground, we encourage you to read “Who Really Controls Iraq? Inside Iran's Powerful Proxy Armies,” in which we outline the extent to which Tehran effectively controls both the Iraqi military and the politicians in Baghdad.The US allows this because i) there’s...
  • Top Cuban general, key forces in Syria to aid Assad, Russia, sources say

    10/14/2015 2:07:01 PM PDT · by twister881 · 39 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    Cuban military operatives reportedly have been spotted in Syria, where sources believe they are advising President Bashar al-Assad’s soldiers and may be preparing to man Russian-made tanks to aid Damascus in fighting rebel forces backed by the U.S. Cuban paramilitary and special forces units are on the ground in Syria, citing evidence from intelligence reports. Cuban troops may have been training in Russia and may have arrived in Syria on Russian planes.
  • Turkey threatens the major prospects for Eastern Med gas supply (Beware Russia blocking Med gas)

    10/12/2015 7:34:22 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 6 replies
    Security Europe ^ | June 22, 2015 | Ariel Cohen
    As Europe seeks to diversify its sources of natural gas as an alternative to the politically sensitive Russian supply, a massive off-shore gas source in the Mediterranean is ready for exploration and drilling. There are game-changing stakes at play. Unfortunately, the Turkish leadership has threatened to use force to stop this from happening. Last October, Turkey sent the BARBAROS, its geophysics exploration ship, accompanied by naval vessels, into the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone waters. In November 2014, Turkish naval commander Admiral Bülent Bostanoğlu threatened the use of force against Greece, while speaking on board a Turkish naval corvette in Greek...
  • Can the United States Defeat the Combined Military Power of Russia and China?

    10/12/2015 9:34:55 AM PDT · by pinochet · 109 replies
    America's power is being tested to a greater extent, than in the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1961. Russia is attacking the Al-Qaeda linked terrorist organization, the Free Syrian Army, which is a so-called ally of America. China indicated that it will join the military strikes against the anti-Assad forces, because China considers Assad as an ally: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/100915-774990-china-joining-russia-to-humiliate-us-weakened-by-obama.htm China is now ready to fight to defend its unilateral control of the Spratley Islands in the South China Sea. Does America have enough military power to defeat a combined force of Russia and China?
  • China Joining Russia In Syria Brings Risks Of World War

    10/10/2015 6:23:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    IBD ^ | 10/10/2015
    American Decline: Chinese forces head to Syria to join with Russia in filling Obama's power vacuum and purportedly fight the Islamic State. A false move involving NATO member Turkey could mean world war. Russian and Chinese military sources now confirm that Chinese warships are en route to the Middle East to get in on some of the action of humiliating the U.S. In just a week and a half, Moscow has upended the dynamics of power in the Mideast by taking on the role that President Obama relinquished: acting like a superpower in a regional conflict that has implications extending...
  • Belarusian protesters decry planned Russian air base

    10/04/2015 3:49:48 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 5 replies
    SF Gate ^ | October 4, 2015 | Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press
    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — About 1,000 opposition activists on Sunday protested Russia's plans to establish a military air base in Belarus, saying it would turn the former Soviet republic into a Kremlin "vassal." They claim the base would add to regional tensions already heightened by the conflict in Ukraine, and make it impossible for Belarus to maintain neutrality between Russia and the West. Belarus borders Russia, Ukraine and three members of the European Union and NATO: Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has refrained from commenting on Russian President Vladimir Putin's initiative to establish the base. Analysts say...
  • Putin moves to establish Russian military base in Belarus

    09/19/2015 2:44:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 19, 2015 12:26 PM EDT | Yuras Karmanau
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signaled his intention to establish a Russian military air base in neighboring Belarus—a move sure to unnerve Poland and the Baltic nations. Belarus has made clear it would not welcome a Russian base, but the former Soviet republic remains dependent on Moscow for credit and energy. […] Belarus is a desirable location for Russia because it borders Ukraine and three members of the European Union and NATO: Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. …
  • Putin gives go-ahead to Belarus airbase plan

    09/19/2015 7:31:20 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Sep 19, 2015 9:37am EDT | Reporting By Jason Bush; Editing By Helen Popper
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed the establishment of an airbase in neighboring Belarus, the latest move by Moscow to project its military power abroad.
  • Russian military UAVs have been identified making incursions into Polish territory

    09/12/2015 6:13:33 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 18 replies
    twitter ^ | 12SEP2015 | Exen
    Polish border service is running an active surveillance operation against these drones as we speak
  • Poles honor Reagan, John Paul with statue

    06/02/2015 10:08:54 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 14 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne Australia) ^ | Aug 2, 2012 | Vanessa Gera
    (Aug 2, 2012) POLISH officials have unveiled a statue of former President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, honouring two men widely credited in this Eastern European country with helping to topple communism 23 years ago. The statue was unveiled in Gdansk, the birthplace of Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement, in the presence of about 120 former Solidarity activists, many of whom were imprisoned in the 1980s for their roles in organising or taking part in strikes against the communist regime. The bronze statue, erected in the lush seaside President Ronald Reagan Park, is a slightly larger-than-life rendering of the...
  • Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism

    06/02/2015 10:18:59 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 30 replies
    Heritage ^ | Jan 27, 2010 | Lee Edwards
    Soviet Communism, the dark tyranny that controlled nearly 40 nations and was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 100 million victims during the 20th century, suddenly collapsed 20 years ago without a shot being fired. In just two years--from 1989 to 1991--the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet Union disintegrated, and Marxism- Leninism was dumped unceremoniously on the ash heap of history. There was dancing in the street and champagne toasts on top of the Brandenburg Gate. For 40 years, the United States and the West had been following a policy of containment, détente, accommodation. Ronald Reagan decided it was...
  • Belarus Turns to Pro-Western Nations in the Middle East

    05/24/2015 9:48:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Belarus Digest ^ | May 5 2015 | Siarhei Bohdan
    Belarus's recent leaning towards pro-Western nations in the Middle East follows fast on the heels of rapprochement with the West. On 6-7 May, Joint Belarus-Saudi Committee on Cooperation will meet in Riyadh. On 15 April, Belarus opened an embassy in Qatar. Establishing closer links with the very centres of conservative Arab bloc allied with the West is a milestone in Belarusian foreign policy. In the past, Minsk enjoyed amicable relations primarily with the so-called radical republican regimes in the Middle East. Saddam's Iraq, Qadhafi's Libya, Assad's Syria, as well as Ahmadinejad's Iran figured among Belarus's main partners. The shift towards...
  • Russia is Behind Belarusian Arms Sales to Rogue States, Opposition Leader Says

    02/28/2002 8:03:30 PM PST · by Sawdring · 8 replies
    Russia Today | Feb 28, 2002
    Feb 28, 2002 -- (BBC Monitoring) Text of report by Russian news agency Ekho Moskvy. [No dateline as received] Russia is using Belarus as a "channel" for selling arms to such countries as Iraq, Iran and Libya, the former chairman of the Belarusian parliament, the leader of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party, Stanistaw Shushkevich, has said in an interview for Ekho Moskvy radio. He added: "Russia is a major country and cannot break UN sanctions, but it is of course very convenient for it to have such an obliging leader by its side." "I am practically sure that it is ...
  • Russia flexes Central Asia military might amid Afghan fears

    05/17/2015 4:09:32 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 18 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Akbar Borisov with Chris Rickleton in Bishkek
    Russia has deployed hundreds of troops for drills in Central Asia with its ex-Soviet allies in a show of force as anxiety grows over a surge in fighting in neighbouring Afghanistan. Around 2,500 personnel from the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) are taking part in joint exercises due to run to Wednesday in Tajikistan. The move is seen as re-enforcing Moscow's role as the main guarantor of the fragile region's security after US troops leave Afghanistan. The Russian deployment of about 500 troops for the drills started last week, bolstered by soldiers from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Belarus....
  • Russia Marks Victory Over Nazis With Military Parade

    05/09/2015 8:14:47 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 28 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | May 09, 2015 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
    A huge military parade has been held in the Russian capital, Moscow, to commemorate 70 years since victory over Nazi Germany by Allied forces. Some 16,000 troops took part in the Victory Day parade in Red Square with President Vladimir Putin, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and other top officials, both Russian and foreign, in attendance. Addressing the gathering, Putin thanked the Allies for their contributions to the victory, singling out France, Britain, and the United States. Putin said "our grandfathers lived through horrible suffering." He criticized the "folly" of creating a "unipolar" world, an apparent swipe at the United...
  • Lukashenka Declines Invitation To Moscow Victory Day Parade

    04/19/2015 3:49:10 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | April 18, 2015 | Based on reporting by TASS and Sputnik News
    Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says he will travel to Moscow to participate in events marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe on May 7 and 8, but he will not attend a Victory Day military parade in the Russian capital on May 9. In an interview with Russia's ITAR-TASS, Lukashenka said he will preside over a Victory Day parade in Minsk on May 9 instead.
  • Russia, former Soviet republics launch military-political bloc

    04/28/2003 12:33:54 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 16 replies · 234+ views
    The Times of India ^ | April 28 2003 | PTI
    MOSCOW: Russia and five former Soviet republics on Monday launched a new military-political bloc in the East, similar to NATO of the US-led western nations. At a summit near Dushanbe, leaders of Russia, Armenia, Belorus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan formalised their collective security pact into Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) with a charter containing an article similar to the article 5 of NATO when an act of aggression on one member-nation would be considered as an aggression on all the member-nations, state-run 'Rossia" channel reported. "At Monday's session we finally agreed on military and military-political mechanisms, decided to set up...
  • Putin Will Meet Leaders Of Belarus, Kazakhstan In Astana On March 20 (Putin Resurfaces Alert)

    03/16/2015 2:32:36 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 24 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 03/16/2015 | Itar Tass
    ASTANA, March 16. /TASS/. The presidents of Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus will meet in Astana on March 20, a spokesman for the Kazakh leader said on Monday. The spokesman said Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko had already confirmed they would attend the meeting. "The heads of state will discuss bilateral trade and economic cooperation," the spokesman said adding that they would also focus on global economic issues and the Ukrainian crisis.
  • Russian president awards Belarus president

    03/05/2015 2:54:21 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    BELARUS.BY ^ | 3 Mar 2015 | BELARUS.BY
    MOSCOW, 3 March (BelTA) – President of Russia Vladimir Putin has conferred an Order of Alexander Nevsky upon Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, BelTA has learned.
  • Lukashenko seeks unbiased cooperation with Latvia and other EU states

    02/25/2015 8:30:55 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Belarus.by ^ | 20 Feb 2015 | Belarus.by
    MINSK, 20 February (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko would like to expand cooperation with Latvia and other European Union member states without any prejudices. The Belarusian head of state made this statement as he met with Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics on 20 February, BelTA has learned. “There are issues that we have to keep in mind all the time, discuss them and, if possible, find acceptable solutions. I have never had and hopefully will never have any prejudices against Latvia. We have always managed to find common ground with our partners, in particular, in trade and economy. I...
  • Lukashenko: Belarusian army should properly respond to challenges and threats

    02/25/2015 8:25:45 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    BELARUS.BY ^ | 19 Feb 2015 | BELARUS.BY
    Alexander Lukashenko wants the Chief of General Staff to report on the plans of special operations, the readiness of the Armed Forces to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country in order to prevent anyone from attempts to impose military pressure on Belarus.
  • Lukashenka Says Belarus Ready For Dialogue With NATO

    02/22/2015 3:36:52 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | February 19, 2015 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL
    Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says his country is ready for a "constructive dialogue" with NATO. Speaking to top Belarusian military officials in Minsk on February 19, Lukashenka said: "As a sovereign state we are open, in particular, to constructive dialogue with NATO on parity and transparency principles." He added that "we have a lot of common issues [with NATO]; joint work on which fully meets Belarus’s interests." Lukashenka -- who has ruled for 21 years and been called the last dictator of Europe -- said the fighting in Ukraine has shown that Belarus must have an army capable of protecting...
  • Russian TV Outlines Scenario For Military 'Tour' Of Europe

    Russian tanks descending on Warsaw and Berlin? Missiles lobbed at Washington and London? Such are the scenarios aired by a Russian national television program in response to suggestions that world leaders mark the defeat of Nazi Germany somewhere other than in Moscow. In a recent segment broadcast by the St. Petersburg-based Channel 5 station, presenter Nika Strizhak and a reporter suggest sending Russian tanks, fighter jets, and nuclear missiles to Western capitals should world leaders snub Russia's celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory Day in May. "It's a very intriguing idea to move our Victory Day parade to London...
  • Belarus diplomat worries topless, mayo-throwing women could disrupt U.N

    02/13/2015 6:16:55 PM PST · by llevrok · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/13/2015
    (Reuters) - A Belarusian delegate at a United Nations disarmament forum warned fellow diplomats about an unusual type of weapon: jars of mayonnaise being thrown by topless women during discussions about war and peace. The delegate issued a statement of concern during the Geneva-based U.N. Conference on Disarmament's discussion on Tuesday about improving its transparency. Belarus asked whether there was a plan to open up the meetings to members of the general public. (snip) "What if there were topless ladies screaming from the public gallery throwing bottles of mayonnaise, asked Belarus," the official summary said. The record added that the...
  • Russia: Three disturbing developments in Russia

    New Stalin monument in Russia-occupied Crimea At a time when each day brings fresh evidence that Russia is headed in a very dangerous direction and many news items that leave one shaking one’s head or feeling the need to say “I’m not making this up,” there are nonetheless some “smaller” stories that must not be ignored because of the long shadows they cast on the future. Three in the last several days fall into this category and are thus mentioned here, not because they provide a comprehensive picture of what is happening but because they point to trends already well-established...
  • A Russophobic Rant From Congress

    12/09/2014 8:25:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Hopefully, Russians realize that our House of Representatives often passes thunderous resolutions to pander to special interests, which have no bearing on the thinking or actions of the U.S. government. Last week, the House passed such a resolution 411-10. As ex-Rep. Ron Paul writes, House Resolution 758 is so "full of war propaganda that it rivals the rhetoric from the chilliest era of the Cold War." H. R. 758 is a Russophobic rant full of falsehoods and steeped in superpower hypocrisy. Among the 43 particulars in the House indictment is this gem: "The Russian Federation invaded the Republic of Georgia...
  • Russia cancels trains to Ukraine

    12/08/2014 10:05:19 AM PST · by free_life · 19 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | Dec 8/2014
    Russia's railway authorities have announced the cancellation of all passenger rail services to Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan for 2015. All international passenger rail services to these countries will cease to run on 14 December, with the cancellation of services set to last for at least one year - TASS reports. Officials have said the decision to cancel these rail routes was taken due to their low profitability. Passenger services between Russia and Belarus, Moldova and Uzbekistan will reportedly continue.
  • Revealed: Vladimir Putin Plotting To Invade Europe

    11/28/2014 4:04:07 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 50 replies
    International Business Times - Australia ^ | 11/28/2014 | Athena Yenko
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has a concrete plan of invading Europe, taking it under his total rule. The covert plot was exposed by Germany's well-known newspaper, the BILD, citing credible sources from the intelligence community. Mr Putin's grand plan was reportedly outlined in a supposedly classified document titled "Putin: the new leader of international conservatism." The blueprint was drafted by Moscow's Centre for Strategic Communications...
  • The New Axis of Evil Waging Unconventional Warfare

    11/27/2014 8:59:54 AM PST · by harpu · 14 replies
    www.rightsidenews.com ^ | 11/26/14 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    For years, we have been warned about solidifying a new Axis of Evil between Russia, China and Iran. It is now fully formed and growing in strength. Already Russia and China’s militaries have grown arguably more powerful than ours if you consider their nuclear arsenals and Obama’s rigorous gutting of our military stockpiles and forces. The purge continues daily. All the while a military/security pact has flourished among the Axis of Evil players via the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Unlike the US, our enemies realize that the Cold War never ended… it shifted and put on a new face. We must...
  • Ex-Soviet states bicker as Putin tries to unite them

    10/10/2014 10:50:43 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 33 replies
    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/10/10/uk-ukraine-crisis-cis-idUKKCN0HZ1JR20141010 ^ | 10 Oct 14 | Ex-Soviet states bicker as Putin tries to unite them
    Vulgar chants about Vladimir Putin before he arrived for a regional summit in Belarus did not augur well for the Russian president's hopes of bringing the leaders of former Soviet republics closer together. Matters got even worse when bickering broke out at the start of the meeting, revealing fault lines over the Ukraine crisis and deepening doubts about the future of the loose grouping known as the Commonwealth of Independent States. Jibes between Putin and the leader of Moldova, and barbs aimed at the absent Ukrainian leader, raised new questions about his ability to woo countries to the Eurasian Economic...
  • Lukashenka Says 'We Can't Be Dicing Up' Europe's Borders Again (Belarus)

    10/10/2014 8:43:01 AM PDT · by FreeReign · 6 replies
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | October 9, 2014 | Robert Coalson
    Even after decades of making the most eccentric statements, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka can still impress. In an interview with Kazakhstan's 16/12 Internet television channel posted on October 5, he flatly condemned Russia's bid to redraw international borders in Europe. Lukashenka argued that, once the process of rearranging borders according to historical claims begins, there is no end to it -- and Russia might end up disappearing if the borders of the medieval Mongol-Tatar Yoke are revived. "Then we would have to give to Mongolia and Kazakhstan and someone else practically all the territory of Russia and Western Europe and...
  • Belarus: Football fans jailed for anti-Putin chant

    10/10/2014 7:53:23 AM PDT · by FreeReign · 29 replies
    A court in the Belarusian capital Minsk has jailed eight Ukrainian football fans after they sang an insulting song about Russian President Vladimir Putin. One man was sent to prison for 10 days for possessing fascist symbols. Seven others were jailed for five days for using obscene language. They had joined in anti-Putin chants and songs at the Euro 2016 qualifier between Ukraine and Belarus. A number of Belarusian fans were also convicted and fined. Both local and visiting fans at the Euro 2016 qualifier between Ukraine and Belarus in Borisov came together in a rousing rendition of a well-known...
  • Putin’s former aide: Russia has been preparing for global war since 2003

    09/27/2014 8:21:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 92 replies
    Lithuania Tribune ^ | Friday, September 26, 2014
    People in the Baltic states cannot feel secure. Russian President Vladimir Putin has a plan he has been working on for over a decade. So says former adviser to President Putin, Andrey Illarionov. Giving a presentation at a conference in Palanga, Lithuania, Illarionov, who advised Putin on economic policy in 2000-2005, referred to a question that was raised in the recent Riga Conference 2014: Can people in Riga sleep peacefully at night? “The same question could be raised in Tallinn, Vilnius, Palanga, Bucharest and other cities. No one in Riga could reply to it in the positive,” Illarionov said. “From...
  • New 'Novorossiya' General Korsun Vows to Install Harsh Soviet-like System

    09/16/2014 5:37:53 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 32 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | 9/16/2014
    New 'Novorossiya' General Korsun Vows to Install Harsh Soviet-like System 23:31 (GMT) snip.. The new "United Army of Novorossiya" Gen. Korsun recently gave an interview to a local news site, news-portal.dn.ua from which we get a definite impression of a determined hardliner. snip Asked to be more specific on plans for the industrial rebirth of the Donbass, the general said exports would go to Russia. He said Novorossiya would be run as a socialist system. "Despite Western propaganda, there is nothing bad in socialism. Moreover, the most advertised Western countries are proud precisely of their social orientation. Sweden, Switzerland, and...
  • Tank Biathlon: World Championship fires off near Moscow

    08/04/2014 9:45:24 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    Tank Biathlon World Championship kicks off outside Moscow. Teams from Angola, Armenia, Belarus, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia and Venezuela are participating in the competition.
  • Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki: Russian [used] jets will turn tide

    06/26/2014 11:32:45 PM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 9 replies
    The BBC ^ | 06/26/2014
    Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has told the BBC that he hopes jets from Russia and Belarus will turn the tide against rebels in the coming days. He said that the process of buying US jets had been "long-winded" and that the militants' advance could have been avoided if air cover had been in place. "I'll be frank and say that we were deluded when we signed the contract [with the US]," Mr Maliki said. "We should have sought to buy other jet fighters like British, French and Russian to secure the air cover for our forces; if we had...
  • Back in the USSR: Belarusian leader who helped bury Soviet Union says it is making a comeback

    06/11/2014 9:55:41 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Mark Rice-Oxley
    The man who convened the meeting that buried the Soviet Union in 1991 has warned that it is being restored in his native Belarus and across the post-Soviet space. Stanislav Shushkevich – the politician who hosted the 1991 summit at which Belarus, Ukraine and Russia signed the USSR into obsolescence and paved the way for independence – said a mixture of despotic leaders, KGB-revivalism and Putin’s Ukraine interference all remind him of the worst of the Soviet Union. “What we see now is the restoration of Soviet order, in Belarus most of all,” Shushkevich said in his study in the modest central Minsk...
  • Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan set up new alliance

    05/29/2014 4:30:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2014 7:16 AM EDT | Vladimir Isachenkov
    The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on Thursday created an economic union that intends to boost cooperation between the ex-Soviet neighbors, a pact which was at the source of the crisis in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Eurasian Economic Union—which Moscow had pushed Ukraine to join, helping spark the worst crisis in relations between Russia and the West since the Cold War—takes the countries’ cooperation to a “new level” while respecting their sovereignty. “We are creating a powerful and attractive center of economic development, a major regional market bringing together over 170 million people,” Putin said during...
  • Russian Prime Minister: Second Cold War Coming

    05/20/2014 11:38:33 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 24 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | Melanie Batley
    The United States and Russia are approaching "a second Cold War," and President Barack Obama is to blame for the deteriorating relations between the countries, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said. In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Medvedev said Russia is preparing retaliatory steps in response to the sanctions the United States imposed on the country due to the escalation of conflict in Ukraine. "We are slowly but surely moving toward a second Cold War, which no one needs," Medvedev said. "Why am I saying this? Because a competent politician knows how to make reserved, careful subtle, wise, and intelligent...
  • Russian Bombers, Fighter Jets 'Seen Over Crimea'

    05/04/2014 12:08:38 PM PDT · by Strategy · 25 replies
    AFP ^ | May 4, 2014
    Simferopol (Undefined) (AFP) - Several dozen Russian planes including what appeared to be strategic bombers and fighter jets have been spotted in the sky above the Moscow-controlled peninsula of Crimea, witnesses and experts said. According to Russian media, President Vladimir Putin is poised to visit Crimea on Friday after overseeing the main military parade on Red Square when Russia celebrates its victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. A local aviation expert told AFP on Sunday that he had sighted a number of planes over the peninsula's main city of Simferopol on Saturday, including supersonic heavy strategic bombers and...
  • Ukraine crisis: Western world reduced to role of spectator

    05/03/2014 2:10:07 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | May 3, 2014
    Western policymakers have long been in denial. One needed only to read his own pronouncements to understand Mr Putin’s intentions. A decade ago he spoke of the collapse of the USSR as “the biggest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 20th century. Stalin is rehabilitated in schools. Dissidents are punished. Journalists go missing. Television stations, newspapers and the Internet regurgitate Kremlin propaganda. Mr Putin has played a double game with the West, with considerable success. He encouraged oligarchs to buy up blue chip investments abroad and as many properties as they wanted. He promised to leave them alone to make and spend...
  • US troops arriving in Eastern Europe. Is it more than symbolic? (+video)

    04/23/2014 4:41:30 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 39 replies
    US troops arriving in Eastern Europe. Is it more than symbolic? A contingent of 150 US troops began arriving in Poland Wednesday, the first of four such units being deployed for training exercises in Eastern Europe in a move criticized as unlikely to impress Russia. By Anna Mulrine, Staff writer / April 23, 2014 Washington The Pentagon is sending a contingent of 150 US troops to Poland this week, the first piece of what US officials describe as an effort to reassure Eastern European allies that the United States has their back in the wake of Russian aggression. The contingent,...
  • The True Role of the FSB in the Ukrainian Crisis

    04/15/2014 1:16:08 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Apr. 15 2014 18:02 | Andrei Soldatov
    The intrigue is growing over the Federal Security Service's involvement in Ukraine. On April 11, Ukraine's Deputy Prosecutor General said there was no evidence implicating the FSB in events on Maidan Square. At the same time, it is officially confirmed that FSB generals visited Kiev on Feb. 20 to 21. Recall that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry sent a note to Moscow on April 4 demanding to know why FSB Colonel General Sergei Beseda visited Kiev on Feb. 20 and 21, and that the very next day Interfax cited a source in Russian intelligence confirming that visit. The answer as to...
  • Poland marks 65 years since Stalin's deportation of Poles to Siberia

    02/11/2005 10:56:20 AM PST · by lizol · 182 replies · 2,566+ views
    The Jamaica Observer ^ | Friday, February 11, 2005
    Poland marks 65 years since Stalin's deportation of Poles to Siberia AP Friday, February 11, 2005 WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Survivors marked 65 years yesterday since Soviet occupiers began sending Poles to Siberian labour camps after signing a pact with Nazi Germany to divide up Poland. Under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, at least 320,000 Poles from what is now Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania were deported between February 1940 and June 1941. Historians estimate that some 20 to 30 per cent perished from forced labour in subfreezing temperatures, disease and starvation. A wreath-laying ceremony at a monument to the deportees marked...
  • Poland marks 65 years since Stalin's deportation of Poles to Siberia

    02/10/2005 3:57:35 PM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 9 replies · 398+ views
    The Jamaica Observer ^ | Friday, February 11, 2005
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Survivors marked 65 years yesterday since Soviet occupiers began sending Poles to Siberian labour camps after signing a pact with Nazi Germany to divide up Poland. Under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, at least 320,000 Poles from what is now Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania were deported between February 1940 and June 1941. Historians estimate that some 20 to 30 per cent perished from forced labour in subfreezing temperatures, disease and starvation. A wreath-laying ceremony at a monument to the deportees marked the anniversary of the first transport of Poles on February 10, 1940, and survivors talked about...
  • White House Warns Russia

    04/07/2014 11:31:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 94 replies
    Newsweek ^ | April 7, 2014
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Monday warned Russian President Vladimir Putin against moving "overtly or covertly" into eastern Ukraine and said there was strong evidence that pro-Russian demonstrators in the region were being paid.
  • 'The Russian world is uniting' (WARNING: HOT PICS ALERT)

    03/24/2014 11:48:33 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 18 replies
    Da ^ | 03/23/2014 | Will Stewart
    Inflammatory language: Nina Shtanski, foreign minister of Transdniestria The glamorous foreign minister of a breakaway region of Moldova is calling on Vladimir Putin to make her country his next conquest in eastern Europe. Few may have heard of Transdniestria, the unofficial and fictitious-sounding statelet whose head of international relations is 36-year-old Nina Shtanski. However, senior Western figures are alarmed that following the annexation of Crimea it is step two in a Kremlin masterplan to redraw the frontiers of Europe. This top diplomat in staunchly pro-Russian Transdniestria, who has a penchant for revealing black dresses, is gushing in her praise of...
  • Lithuania Unearths Liquor Pipeline from Belarus (Hold mah beer alert)

    12/12/2004 8:22:45 AM PST · by sully777 · 14 replies · 553+ views
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 12-10-04
    VILNIUS (Reuters) - Lithuanian border guards have unearthed a three-kilometer (2-mile) pipeline for smuggling in moonshine liquor from neighboring Belarus, the guards said on Friday. The thin plastic pipeline, buried a few centimeters underground, ran under several roads, along a riverbed and ended next to the home of a Lithuanian citizen... It was the fourth such pipeline discovered in the last two years but by far the longest. Moonshine vodka from Belarus is sold on the black market in Lithuania, undercutting prices of legitimate alcohol that have risen sharply since the Baltic nation joined the European Union in May.
  • These Countries With Large Russian Populations Should Fear What Putin Might Do Next

    03/21/2014 2:44:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/21/2014 | Jeremy Bender
    Citing the right to intervene wherever Russians are deemed to be in trouble, Vladimir Putin has set a possible precedent for future Russian intervention across Eastern Europe and Central Asia.This map, from Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, highlights the regions in neighboring countries that have the highest concentrations of Russian citizens, ethnic Russians, and native Russian speakers. www.rferl.org Kazakhstan and Belarus, both countries with large Russian populations, are already within Russia's sphere of influence. Both countries are members of the Eurasian Economic Community and have strong ties to Russia.Still, according to Wikistrat senior analyst Mark Galeotti, Russia could take advantage...
  • Belarus to make efforts to normalize Ukrainian-Russian relations

    03/19/2014 8:57:34 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 11 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/20/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MINSK, March 20, 6:30 /ITAR-TASS/. Belarus cannot remain indifferent to the situation in Ukraine, Crimea's referendum on March 16 and its decision to join Russia, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday March 19. "Belarus, Russia and Ukraine are brotherly states linked by common centuries-old history," the statement said. "Outside forces have repeatedly tried to play on and exploit contradictions that emerged between us." "At present, the attempts by politicians who actually do not care about the events happening in the region to decide what is good and what is bad for our Slav peoples cause deep...