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  • Obama Throws Fidel a Rope

    12/20/2014 5:04:48 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | Pat Buchanan
    The celebrations in Havana and the sullen silence in Miami tell you all you need to know about who won this round with Castro's Cuba. In JFK's metaphor, Obama traded a horse for a rabbit. We got back Alan Gross before his Communist jailers killed him, along with an American spy, in exchange for three members of a Cuban espionage ring. Had we left it at that, the deal would have been fine. But Obama threw in an admission that all nine presidents before him pursued a "failed policy." Calling for recognition of the Castro regime as the legitimate government...
  • Ukrainian Prime Minister: Putin ‘Needs New Annexations’

    12/20/2014 10:28:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | December 20, 2014 – 08:15 AM | Matthias Schepp and Christoph Schult
    In a Spiegel interview, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, 40, discusses his country’s division, its war with Russia and why he believes all efforts to find a solution with Vladimir Putin will fail. […] “A military solution would not be the best. My aim is not to start a new offensive against Russian soldiers, but to deter Russia from further aggression. The thing is that the EU is always playing by the rules. Putin is always playing with the rules. At the beginning, many thought that, after annexing Crimea, the beast would calm down. But he continued by supporting the...
  • Russian sailors leaving France without warship

    12/19/2014 1:22:02 PM PST · by MeatshieldActual · 19 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | December 18th, 2014 | SYLVIE CORBET and ANGELA CHARLTON
    PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of Russian sailors pulled out of a French port Thursday, bearing perfumes for their loved ones but lacking the controversial bounty they came for: a 1-billion-euro, French-built warship that has become a hostage to the biggest East-West conflict since the Cold War. The Vladivostok helicopter carrier is part of a strange and divisive arms deal now on hold — and perhaps on the verge of collapse — because of the conflict in Ukraine. France built it for Russia's navy but is now having second thoughts, notably amid heavy U.S. criticism of the deal. After months training...
  • Russia invites North Korean leader to Moscow for May visit

    12/19/2014 8:10:44 AM PST · by McGruff · 28 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Dec 19, 2014
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in World War Two, the Kremlin's spokesman said on Friday. It would be Kim's first foreign visit since taking the helm of the reclusive east Asian state in 2011. His personal envoy came to Moscow last month in the framework of efforts by the two Cold War-era allies to improve relations.
  • N. Korea: Putin Spokesman Confirms Kim Jong-un Invited to Visit Moscow

    12/19/2014 6:46:54 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Dec. 19 2014
    Putin Spokesman Confirms Kim Jong-un Invited to Visit Moscow Reuters Dec. 19 2014 16:21 Last edited 16:23 Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, the Kremlin's spokesman said Friday. It would be Kim's first foreign visit since taking the helm of the reclusive east Asian state in 2011. His personal envoy came to Moscow last month in the framework of efforts by the two Cold War-era allies to improve relations. "Yes, such an invitation was sent,"...
  • Russian ruble weakens as traders see no major measures in Putin speech

    12/18/2014 4:29:48 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Alexander Winning and Vladimir Abramov
    The ruble weakened against the dollar and euro on Thursday with traders saying President Vladimir Putin had so far offered no concrete measures to pull Russia out of a crisis at his end-of-year news conference. At 0954 GMT (04:54 a.m. EST), the ruble was around 3 percent weaker against the dollar at 62.04 RUBUTSTN=MCX after opening more than 1 percent higher. The rouble was also around 2 percent weaker versus the euro at 76.50 EURRUBTN=MCX on the Moscow Exchange.
  • Putin Gave A Surreal End-Of-Year News Conference

    12/18/2014 7:43:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/18/2014 | Pamela Engel
    Russian President Vladimir Putin held a three-hour news conference on Thursday, speaking about his country's economy and the collapse of the ruble.The interview — which had a bunch of bizarre and clever moments — also addressed Russia's conflicts with the West.Several English-speaking journalists, including Max Seddon of BuzzFeed and Paul Sonne of The Wall Street Journal, tweeted translations of Putin's statements, and NBC News carried a live stream with translation.Here are some highlights: Putin insisted that growth was "inevitable" and that Russia could dig out of its economic crisis in two years at most.He refused to call the ruble's collapse...
  • Poll: 80 Percent Back Putin Even as Ruble Falls

    12/17/2014 9:25:50 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 73 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | The Associated Press
    MOSCOW — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah. And yet most Russians see Putin not as the cause, but as the solution. The situation as seen from a Russian point of view is starkly different from that painted in the West, and it is driven largely by state television's carefully constructed version of reality and the Kremlin's methodical dismantling of every credible political alternative. As...
  • Russia Is Throwing The Kitchen Sink At The Ruble To Try To Stop Its Collapse

    12/17/2014 5:18:08 AM PST · by blam · 10 replies
    BI ^ | 12-17-2014 | Mike Bird
    Mike Bird December 17, 2014 After a brutal sell-off Tuesday, the ruble shot up in early trading Wednesday morning, rising by nearly 7%, from 68 to the dollar to 63.16 at 8:09 a.m. GMT. The rise came as the Russian finance ministry intervened in the currency market, according to Bloomberg. That means it's selling off a chunk of its dollar reserves to buy rubles, driving the currency's value up. By 9 a.m., though, the exchange rate fell back to where it started, and the ruble is falling again: down 0.68% at 68.51 as of 10:15 a.m. GMT. Here's how the...
  • Autopsy on MP who criticized Russia (Germany; to rule out assassination)

    12/16/2014 8:27:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 Dec 2014 15:05 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    A court has ordered a postmortem on the body of politician Andreas Schockenhoff, a sharp critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin, to squash rumors of foul play after his death on Saturday night. […] It had initially been reported that the 57-year-old Christian Democratic Union (CDU) MP had died of heart failure. Schockenhoff was coordinator of foreign policy towards Russia for the German government from 2006 until earlier this year. He was a hawkish voice in the debate over how to deal with Putin and often clashed with his successor Gernot Erler of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). …
  • Ukraine: Lethal Aid And $350 Million In Weapons Included In Ukraine Freedom Support Act

    12/14/2014 8:19:02 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 30 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 12/13/2014 | Patrick Frye
    House Resolution 758 officially calls upon President Obama “to provide the Government of Ukraine with lethal and non-lethal defense articles, services, and training required to effectively defend its territory and sovereignty.” The Ukraine Support Act of 2014 does not use the phrase “lethal aid,” but it does give authorization to Obama to “provide defense articles, defense services, and training to the Government of Ukraine for the purpose of countering offensive weapons and reestablishing the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including anti-tank and anti-armor weapons, crew weapons and ammunition, counter-artillery radars to identify and target artillery batteries, fire control, range...
  • Putin could be finished

    12/13/2014 1:33:23 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies
    thehill.com ^ | December 13, 2014 | David Russell
    Russian President Vladimir Putin is so easy to dislike because he really is a bad guy and there are few things more pleasurable than contemplating his fall from power. It is reasonably clear that might just happen. Even though he continues to be widely popular in his own country, there are several reasons why he could be brought down. The principle ones are the fall in oil prices and the financial crisis brought on by the sanctions imposed by the West. There are many others: a 40 percent decline in the value of Russian currency; an impending recession; the cost...
  • Putin ready to lease nuclear submarines to India, minister says

    12/12/2014 4:03:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Livemint, India ^ | FRI, DEC 12 2014. Read more at: http://www.livemint.com/Home-Page/NnFUecva7DBqjMJbAapM8H/Putin-read | Natalie Obiko Pearson
    New Delhi: Russia said it’s ready to lease India more nuclear-powered submarines a day after President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to deepen defence ties. “If India decides to have more contracts to lease nuclear submarines, we are ready to supply,” Russian trade minister Denis Manturov said in an interview in New Delhi today. The vessels would bolster India’s ability to patrol its waters as it seeks to thwart China’s efforts to extend influence in the Indian Ocean. Russia, whose economy is being pushed toward a recession by sanctions over Ukraine, aims to boost defence sales and...
  • Putin’s people

    12/12/2014 1:07:11 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 1 replies
    THE ECONOMIST ^ | 13 Dec 14 | Unknown
    A GOVERNMENT television channel dubbed Vladimir Putin’s latest state of the nation address “A Message from Above”. Dmitry Kiselev, Mr Putin’s chief propagandist, even likened it to speeches by Roosevelt, Churchill and De Gaulle. Mr Putin’s sermon had both messianic and defensive overtones. He called Crimea a sacred place, rather like the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. “It was in Crimea, in the ancient city of Chersonesus or Korsun, that Grand Prince Vladimir was baptised before bringing Christianity to Rus…this allows us to say that Crimea and Sevastopol have invaluable civilisational and even sacred importance for Russia. And this is how...
  • Putin's New Weapon In The Ukraine Propaganda War: Internet Trolls

    12/11/2014 8:28:42 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 57 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/09/2014 | Paul Roderick Gegory
    <p>The internet troll army’s selling of the Kremlin’s parallel universe to the Russian people and to a skeptical Western audience is a matter of life and death for the Putin regime. If the Russian people do not buy their story, Putin loses the high “ratings” on which his regime rests. If he cannot convince his Western audience, Europe and the United States will take actions that spoil his Novorossiya ventures and threaten his regime. Trolling is a high stakes business that Putin takes seriously and the West must not underestimate.</p>
  • Russia wants Israeli explanation for 'aggressive actions' in Syria [Ezekiel 38 Accession]

    12/09/2014 10:38:54 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/08/2014 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    The Kremlin is seeking clarifications from Israel regarding the air strikes that hit Syria on Sunday reportedly destroying Russian-made arms bound for Hezbollah, the DPA news agency reported on Monday. Israel has not officially acknowledged carrying out the attack, though that did not stop Iran and Syria from placing blame on Jerusalem. "Moscow is deeply worried by this dangerous development, the circumstances of which demand an explanation," a Foreign Ministry spokesman in Moscow is quoted as saying...
  • How different are Russians and Americans, anyway?

    12/09/2014 4:36:38 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 8 replies
    Washington Post blogs ^ | December 7, 2014 | Rick Noack
    Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Obama and politicians in both countries have been trading barbs for months as the countries' relations have plunged ever southward. But what about the countries' citizens? Are they as at odds as their leaders' rhetoric suggests? WorldViews delved into recent opinion polls conducted by the Pew Research Center and Gallup. Together, the data provide interesting insights into what Russians and Americans think about each other and themselves, how they differ in certain ways, and how they are similar when it comes to other aspects. Ways Americans and Russians think differently Less than half of all...
  • 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.
  • Tortured in Ukraine: Christians Living a Nightmare

    12/07/2014 3:06:24 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 18 replies
    CBN ^ | 9/19/2014
    EASTERN UKRAINE -- Ukraine's evangelical Christians are bearing the brunt of the country's conflict, often with deadly consequences. It's a scene that has played in Elena Velichko's head over and over. Pro-Russian rebels took over her hometown in early April. Her husband Vladimir told her to take the kids and leave the city. "He took us to the train station and we said goodbye. He said, 'I love you.' He kissed me and kissed the children and left," Elena said. Several days later, her life and that of her eight children, ages 2 to 16, suddenly turned upside down. Surreal...
  • Putin says foes hope to dismember Russia

    12/04/2014 3:40:59 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Dec 4, 2014 | Timothy Heritage and Alexei Anishchuk
    President Vladimir Putin accused Russia's enemies on Thursday of seeking to carve it up and destroy its economy to punish it for growing strong, in an annual state of the union speech that seemed to outdo even his own recent strident nationalism. The Kremlin leader trumpeted his annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, praised the Russian people for their strength, accused the West of "pure cynicism" in Ukraine and said economic sanctions must drive Russians to develop their own economy. The rouble fell as he spoke
  • Governor Sarah Palin on Consumerism, Russia and Energy Production • Varney & Co.

    12/03/2014 4:37:07 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 7 replies
    Conservatives 4 Palin ^ | December 3rd, 2014 | iizthatiiz
    Governor Sarah Palin weighs in on consumerism, Christmas, and other issues including Russia and energy production with Fox Business host Stuart Varney.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAHc0hXGZk4#t=230
  • Vlad "Fats" Putin sings ghastly version of Blueberry Hill to Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, others

    12/02/2014 11:45:55 AM PST · by dead · 20 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV4IjHz2yIo
  • Russia's Economy Has Shrunk So Much It's Now Almost The Same Size As Spain

    12/02/2014 9:31:45 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies
    Business INsider via Yahoo! News ^ | 12-2-2014 | Jim Edwards
    The decline in the price of oil, Western economic sanctions against the nation following its invasion of Ukraine, and the collapse of the Russian rouble that resulted, has decimated Russia's economy. Now Russian GDP has shrunk so much it is no longer the world's eighth largest economic power, according to The Telegraph. Instead, Putin's Russia is now carries roughly the same economic weight as ... Spain: Russia has lost its ranking as the world’s eighth biggest economy, shrinking in just nine months from a $2.1 trillion petro-giant to a mid-size player comparable with Korea or Spain. For the past several...
  • Russia Is Falling Into A Recession (Oil Price Crash)

    12/02/2014 6:21:33 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    BI ^ | 12-2-2014 | Tomas Hirst
    Tomas Hirst December 2, 2014Russia's Economy Ministry has downgraded its GDP forecast for the country in 2015 from 1.2% growth to a 0.8% contraction. In other words, the country is falling into a recession. The net amount of foreign capital expected to flow out of the country in 2014 has been revised sharply upward to $125 billion (up from $100 billion), while the projection of net outflows for next year has also been increased, to $90 billion from $50 billion. The independent Russian news agency Interfax reports Deputy Economic Development Minister Alexei Vedev as saying that the downgrade reflects the...
  • Putin, in Defeat, Diverts Pipeline

    12/01/2014 7:35:35 PM PST · by Theoria · 76 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 01 Dec 2014 | ANDREW ROTH
    President Vladimir V. Putin said Monday that he would scrap Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline, a grandiose project that was once intended to establish the country’s dominance in southeastern Europe but instead fell victim to Russia’s increasingly toxic relationship with the West. It was a rare diplomatic defeat for Mr. Putin, who said Russia would redirect the pipeline to Turkey. He painted the failure to build the pipeline as a loss for Europe and blamed Brussels for its intransigence. The decision also seemed to be a rare victory for the European Union and the Obama administration, which have appeared largely...
  • Special Report - Putin's allies channelled billions to Ukraine oligarch

    11/26/2014 3:16:43 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    reuters.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | Stephen Grey, Tom Bergin, Sevgil Musaieva and Roman Anin
    He is Dmitry Firtash, a former fireman and soldier. In little more than a decade, the Ukrainian went from obscurity to wealth and renown, largely by buying gas from Russia and selling it in his home country. His success was built on remarkable sweetheart deals brokered by associates of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, at immense cost to Russian taxpayers, a Reuters investigation shows. Russian government records reviewed for this article reveal for the first time the terms of recent deals between Firtash and Russia's Gazprom, a giant gas company majority owned by the state. According to Russian customs documents detailing...
  • The Psychopath [Out From] Under the Bed, Part 3 (the threat from Russia and China)

    11/27/2014 11:01:14 AM PST · by Thunder90 · 8 replies
    Jrnyquist.com ^ | JR Nyquist
    After the fall of the Soviet Union Moscow’s spokesmen convinced the world that Russia was weak and no longer a threat to anyone. With a disintegrated army, and a post-communist policy, Russia appeared in the guise of the West’s “partner.” When a Soviet expert on America, Georgi Arbatov, said in 1988 that the Soviet’s “major secret weapon” was to deprive America of its enemy he was perfectly serious. Openness and friendship were, quite literally, weapons in a new kind of war. Here secrecy was not guaranteed by silence or discretion, but by the West’s willingness to be deceived. Arbatov could...
  • Russian insider says Putin openly planned invasion of Ukraine since 2003

    11/27/2014 10:23:23 AM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 23 replies
    EuromaidanPR ^ | 25 Nov. 2014
    A former Russian insider says he was there when Putin began openly planning the present invasion of Ukraine back in 2003. At a conference in Brussels this week, Andrey Illarionov, a Russian economist and former economic advisor to Vladimir Putin informed that the invasion of Ukraine has been in official planning since at least 2003. [more at link] “Since 2003. I can say that certain questions relating to the future war with Ukraine were discussed in my presence. I didn’t think the talks would really lead to a real war,” he said. In an anguished response to the Orange Revolution...
  • 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...
  • Putin's tiger kills 15 goats in China

    11/26/2014 6:18:43 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 26, 2014 | Associated Press (AP)
    BEIJING – A rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin is keeping farmers in northeastern China on edge. China's official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that the animal, named Ustin, bit and killed 15 goats and left another three missing on Sunday and Monday on a farm in Heilongjiang province's Fuyuan county.
  • Russian Official: Ferguson Highlights ‘Serious Challenges to American Society and its Stability’

    11/25/2014 3:09:24 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 25 replies
    stlouis.cbslocal.com ^ | November 25, 2014
    MOSCOW (CBS St. Louis/AP) — The violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, reflect simmering U.S. tensions over racial discrimination that could undermine the country’s stability, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday. The comments by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s human rights envoy, Konstantin Dolgov, were among the sharpest from a foreign official as images of violent protests in Ferguson topped newscasts around the world. The protests came after a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of an unarmed black man, 18-year-old Michael Brown. “The developments in Ferguson and other cities highlight serious challenges to the...
  • Putin says he won't be Russia’s president for life

    11/23/2014 8:01:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 23, 2014 10:00 AM EST
    Vladimir Putin has said he won’t remain Russia’s president for life and will step down in line with the constitution no later than 2024, according to an interview with a Russian news agency released Sunday. Staying beyond that would be “detrimental for the country and I don’t need this,” he told the Tass news agency. Putin, 62, has effectively led Russia since he was first elected in 2000. He stepped aside after two four-year terms to abide with constitutional term limits, but retained power as prime minister and was elected in 2012 to a six-year term. …
  • 'Do What You Agreed To Do,' Biden Tells Putin In Kyiv, Amid Maidan Events

    11/22/2014 4:06:10 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Speaking in Kyiv, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said that "it is unacceptable in the 21st century for countries to attempt to redraw borders by force in Europe or intervene militarily because they don't like a decision their neighbors have made." Speaking alongside Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on November 21, he also said if Russia would fulfill commitments it made in Minsk to end the crisis in Ukraine and would respect the country's territorial integrity, "we could begin a rational discussion about sanctions."
  • Russia is a Lie

    11/21/2014 7:34:38 AM PST · by Krosan · 15 replies
    Die Zeit (translation) ^ | 1. October 2014 | Boris Schumatsky
    The greatest difficulty in dealing with Russia is this: Russia lies. This blanket assertion sounds like a slogan from the Cold War, and yet it's the only one that does justice to reality. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, when I was writing my first newspaper articles, I always avoided journalistic short-cuts such as "Moscow wants" or "the Kremlin claims". When I would read in those days that "the Russians are invading Chechnya" I would think of my friends in Moscow and such formulations seemed about as accurate to me as Ronald Reagan's "Evil Empire". Today not only do...
  • I Just Spent 7 Days Watching Only Russian News And Reading Pravda — Here's What I Learned

    11/19/2014 1:40:41 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 43 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | Nov. 18, 2014 | Vitaliy Katsenelson
    <p>I grew up hating America. I lived in the Soviet Union and was a child of the Cold War. That hate went away in 1989, though, when the Berlin Wall fell and the Cold War ended. By the time I left Russia in 1991, the year the Soviet Union collapsed, America was a country that Russians looked up to and wanted to emulate.</p>
  • The Greatest Revelation of G20 Summit

    11/18/2014 7:06:34 AM PST · by se99tp · 2 replies
    CCD Report ^ | November 18th, 2014
    (…) While Putin was sitting alone at the table, the other tyrant (not elected in democratic elections) was warmly received, accepted if not worshipped. Current First Secretary of the Communist Party of China (It is worthy to note that Prime Minister Abbot and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop did not even dare to utter his full communist title in their public statements) enjoyed their company. Comrade Xi, as he should be known, not one time declared that the Western democratic values can not be reconciled with Marxism-Leninism. Comrade Xi preaches “Chinese Dream” that is another disinformation term to conceal the totalitarian...
  • Putin's Reach: Merkel Concerned about Russian Influence in the Balkans

    11/18/2014 7:00:21 AM PST · by C19fan
    Spiegel ^ | November 17, 2014 | Staff
    It is a fundamental principle of German foreign policy that talks are the best way to solve diplomatic problems. Such was the rationale behind Gernot Erler's recent trip to Moscow to speak with Russian parliamentarians about the ongoing Ukraine-related difficulties. Erler is the German government's Russia liaison and he has spent much of his political career working towards better relations between Germany and Russia. But his recent trip to the Russia capital was a painful one. There was no one in parliament who was willing to speak with him.
  • (2nd LD) NK special envoy set to meet Putin

    11/18/2014 4:23:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/11/18
    (2nd LD) NK special envoy set to meet Putin 2014/11/18 18:36 MOSCOW, Nov. 18 (Yonhap) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's special envoy later Tuesday, an official from Putin's office said. Choe Ryong-hae, the Workers' Party of Korea secretary, "is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on President Putin at 5 p.m. today," the Kremlin official told Yonhap News Agency. The public affairs office of the Kremlin later confirmed the planned meeting. Putin plans to have a closed-door meeting with Choe and there will be no press availability, it said. Choe is widely...
  • Moscow’s Many Misdirections

    11/17/2014 10:34:47 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/17/14 | John Thompson
    Nature of a regime that is heir to a tradition of misdirection and deception When Putin met Harper at the G-20 this week, it is said that the Russian leader insisted to the Canadian Prime Minister that there were no Russian troops in the Ukraine. Last week also saw a Moscow television station insisting they had dramatic footage proving that the MH-17 flight downed over the Ukraine last July was actually shot down by a Ukrainian fighter plane; and not by a drunken Cossack in command of a Russian SAM battery. Ah, Russia… some things just never change. Russia is...
  • Canada’s Harper to Putin: ‘I guess I’ll shake your hand, but you need to get out of Ukraine’

    11/17/2014 10:32:52 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/17/14 | Dan Calabrese
    O Canada! Canada's Harper to Putin: 'I guess I'll shake your hand, but you need to get out of Ukraine' Quite the contrast from when Obama ran into him in China last week, Canada’s Stephen Harper apparently has no hesitation about letting it be known what he and his country think of Vladimir Putin’s aggression toward Ukraine: Harper spokesman Jason MacDonald told Canadian reporters Harper had been chatting with a handful of other leaders when Putin entered the room. Putin approached Harper and stuck out his hand to shake the Canadian prime minister’s, said MacDonald.
  • Putin leaves Brisbane 'to catch up on sleep'

    11/16/2014 1:24:02 PM PST · by familyop · 13 replies
    Indo Asian News Service by way of Yahoo News ^ | 16NOV14 | Indo Asian News Service
    Russian President Vladimir Putin Sunday left Brisbane citing a need to "catch up on sleep", after the Kremlin played down reports that he was leaving due to the cold reception given to him by other world leaders over Ukraine....The Russian leader said he explained...Despite Abbott's shirtfront threat setting the scene for the two leader's encounter in Australia, President Putin departed praising him...conservative world leaders, including Britain's David Cameron, Canada's Stephen Harper and Germany's Angela Merkel delivered stern words to the Russian leader over Ukraine.
  • Canada's Stephen Harper to Putin at G20 Meeting: Get out of Ukraine

    11/15/2014 5:35:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/15/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Glenn Reynolds refers to this as “smart diplomacy – the real thing,” but it’s based on the very dumb diplomacy rolled out by Vladimir Putin over the past year. Brisbane, Australia hosts the G-20 meeting this week, and Putin decided to make a point by sending a war flotilla of the Russian navy to the waters north of Australia, in order to make the point that, er … he’s a reasonable guy, or something: But it was clear that Putin’s actions over the past few days were top of mind for the leaders.Abbott lashed out at the Russian leader...
  • Putin Will Leave G20 Summit Early After West Blasts Moscow Over Ukraine

    11/15/2014 11:39:04 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Time ^ | 1/15/14 | Sam Frizell
    Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to leave the G20 summit early after Western leaders lambasted him Saturday over the crisis in Ukraine and threatened further sanctions. “I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Putin, according to his spokesman Jason MacDonald, Reuters reports. President Barack Obama said the United States was at the forefront of “opposing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, which is a threat to the world, as we saw in the appalling shoot-down of MH17.” German Chancellor Angela...
  • Harper tells Putin to get "get out of Ukraine" at G20 summit in Australia

    11/15/2014 9:40:19 AM PST · by A Formerly Proud Canadian · 38 replies
    The Canadian Press ^ | November 15, 2014 | Lee-Anne Goodman
    BRISBANE, Australia - Stephen Harper had a showdown with Vladimir Putin on Saturday, telling the Russian leader to "get out of Ukraine" in a dustup at the Group of 20 summit in Australia. Harper's spokesman, Jason MacDonald, said the prime minister was speaking to a group of G20 leaders at a private leaders' retreat on Saturday morning when Putin approached and extended his hand. MacDonald said Harper told Putin: "I guess I'll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: You need to get out of Ukraine." According to MacDonald, Putin did not respond positively....
  • Russia: Putin Is Hoarding Gold and Rattling Sabers--What’s He Up to Now?

    11/15/2014 7:47:15 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | November 14, 2014 | Rob Garver
    Putin Is Hoarding Gold and Rattling Sabers--What’s He Up to Now? By Rob Garver, The Fiscal Times November 14, 2014 The Russian government has spent the last few days giving the world a lot more to worry about. From moving more tanks into Ukraine, to transferring nuclear weapons-capable units to Crimea, to announcing that it will start flying long-range bombers over the Gulf of Mexico, the Kremlin hasn’t exactly been a stabilizing force in global affairs for the past few days. Then, there’s this: It turns out that in addition to invading neighbors and taking an increasingly belligerent global posture,...
  • The Loneliest President Since Nixon

    11/15/2014 7:12:06 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/14/2014 | PEGGY NOONAN
    Seven years ago I was talking to a longtime Democratic operative on Capitol Hill about a politician who was in trouble. The pol was likely finished, he said. I was surprised. Can’t he change things and dig himself out? No. “People do what they know how to do.” Politicians don’t have a vast repertoire. When they get in a jam they just do what they’ve always done, even if it’s not working anymore. This came to mind when contemplating President Obama. After a devastating election, he is presenting himself as if he won. The people were not saying no to...
  • Specter of 'Russian Taliban' Looms in Ukraine

    11/13/2014 8:56:01 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 47 replies
    themoscowtimes.com ^ | November 05 2014 | Alexey Eremenko
    Women in Ukraine's separatist-held Luhansk region will be arrested if they are seen in cafes, an insurgent warlord has said. "A woman should be the keeper of the hearth, a mother," Wraith Brigade commander Alexei Mozgovoi says in a video recently posted on YouTube. "If you want to be true and faithful to your husband, stay home and do your stitching." This and other radical activity by the separatists have stoked fears that they are on track to becoming "Russia's Taliban." Such a transformation would spell further trouble for the rebel-held area of eastern Ukraine, which is teetering on the...
  • The Cost Of 'Putinphones' Is Skyrocketing After Tim Cook Announced He's Gay

    11/14/2014 3:46:25 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Nov. 12, 2014 | Sarah Kaufman
    The Cost Of 'Putinphones' Is Skyrocketing After Tim Cook Announced He's Gay Sarah Kaufman, Vocativ Nov. 12, 2014, 12:26 PM Do you have $3,600 to spend and want to be the coolest kid around? Then snatch yourself up a limited-edition “Putinphone.” Available in your choice of titanium or gold, this conversation-starting version of the popular iPhone 6 comes complete with detailed engravings of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s handsome, powerful face. The Italian boutique brand Caviar released a stunning collection of Putinphones out of the iPhone 5 in June, each one a reasonable $4,350. Naturally, all 144 of the treasurable items...
  • Russia plans alternative version of 'Wikipedia'

    11/14/2014 11:16:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 14, 2014 | Thomas Grove
    Russia plans to create its own "Wikipedia" to ensure its citizens have access to more "detailed and reliable" information about their country, the presidential library said on Friday. Citing Western threats, the Kremlin has asserted more control over the Internet this year in what critics call moves to censor the web, and has introduced more pro-Kremlin content similar to closely controlled state media such as television.
  • North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un to Visit Moscow and Meet Putin

    11/14/2014 5:46:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    International Business Times ^ | November 14, 2014 | Gopi Chandra Kharel
    North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un to Visit Moscow and Meet Putin By Gopi Chandra Kharel November 14, 2014 14:56 IST North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is sending a special envoy to Russia next week before his own possible visit to Moscow, reports from Russia, China and the Korean peninsula suggested on Friday. Kim plans to send a top Communist Party official to Russia next week as his special envoy, according to Moscow's foreign ministry. But this official North Korean trip is likely to be a prelude to a visit to Moscow by the North Korean leader himself, some observers in...