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  • Profile: Boris Nemtsov

    02/28/2015 7:49:21 AM PST · by McGruff · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 27 February 2015
    Nemtsov founded a number of opposition movements after leaving the Russian parliament in 2003 and he had served as the co-chair of the opposition Republican Party of Russia - People's Freedom Party since 2012. He was a prominent and vocal critic of Mr Putin, denouncing him for Russia's part in the Ukraine crisis, its worsening economic situation, and the alleged corruption surrounding preparations for the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014.
  • Boris Nemtsov, leading Putin critic, shot and killed in Moscow

    02/27/2015 11:19:35 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 66 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 28 Feb 15 | Unknown
    A top political nemesis of President Vladimir Putin was shot and killed early Saturday in central Moscow, Russian police said, one day before an opposition rally was scheduled to take place. Boris Nemtsov, 55, a former deputy prime minister, was shot four times from a passing car as he was walking on a bridge just outside the Kremlin. Interior Ministry spokeswoman Yelena Alexeyeva told reporters on the scene that Nemtsov was walking with a female acquaintance, a Ukrainian citizen, when a vehicle drove up and unidentified assailants shot him dead. The woman wasn't hurt.
  • Obama condemns killing of Russia's Nemtsov

    02/27/2015 5:22:23 PM PST · by McGruff · 81 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:55am GMT
    U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday condemned the "brutal murder" of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, and called for a full investigation into the killing. "The United States condemns the brutal murder of Boris Nemtsov, and we call upon the Russian government to conduct a prompt, impartial, and transparent investigation into the circumstances of his murder and ensure that those responsible for this vicious killing are brought to justice," Obama said in a statement.
  • Boris Nemtsov, Critic of Putin, Is Shot Dead in Moscow

    02/27/2015 3:32:35 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 48 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 27, 2015 | By Andrew Roth
    MOSCOW — A prominent Russian opposition leader, Boris Y. Nemtsov, was shot dead in central Moscow late Friday night within sight of the Kremlin walls. The murder of Mr. Nemtsov, 55, a first deputy prime minister under Boris N. Yeltsin who later helped organize opposition demonstrations against President Vladimir V. Putin, was confirmed by Russia’s Interior Ministry shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday. A smooth-talking and worldly man who spoke accented but near-perfect English, Mr. Nemtsov rose to prominence as the governor of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast and became a vice premier in the late 1990s, during the last years of Mr....
  • Putin Opponent Boris Nemtsov Assassinated in Moscow (Photos)

    02/27/2015 3:31:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    The Gateway Pundit | 2/27/15 | Kristinn Taylor
    2003 photo via WikipediaBoris Nemtsov, a prominent opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin was gunned down Friday night while walking near the Kremlin, according to news reports. Jon Williams        ✔ @WilliamsJon Follow #Nemtsov killed in shadow of St Basil's Cathedral, just yards from Red Square. #Russia
  • Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow

    02/27/2015 3:19:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/27/2015
    Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister, has been shot dead in central Moscow, the Interior Ministry said early on Saturday. Nemtsov, 55, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, had been due to take part on Sunday in the first big opposition protest in months in the Russian capital. He was shot four times late on Friday night, not far from the Kremlin in the centre of Moscow. Police cars blocked the street where he was shot. An ambulance was also nearby. "Nemtsov B.E. died at 2340 hours as a result of four shots in...
  • Russian politician Nemtsov shot dead

    02/27/2015 1:56:52 PM PST · by struggle · 85 replies
    Russian opposition politician and former deputy PM Boris Nemtsov shot dead on Moscow street - Russian media
  • Top US intelligence official backs arming Ukraine forces against Russia

    02/27/2015 10:54:34 AM PST · by McGruff · 7 replies
    Stars And Stripes ^ | February 27, 2015 | Missy Ryan
    The top U.S. intelligence official said Thursday that he supports arming Ukrainian forces against Russian-backed separatists, as the Obama administration continues deliberations about whether to deepen involvement in a conflict pitting the West against Russian President Vladimir Putin. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said providing weapons to Ukraine would likely trigger a "negative reaction" from the Russian government. Western officials are hoping that Moscow will ensure that separatists stick to a European-brokered cease-fire that took effect this month.
  • GOP Platform: War Without End

    02/27/2015 6:29:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | February 27, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    If the sadists of ISIS are seeking -- with their mass executions, child rapes, immolations, and beheadings of Christians -- to stampede us into a new war in the Middle East, they are succeeding. Repeatedly snapping the blood-red cape of terrorist atrocities in our faces has the Yankee bull snorting, pawing the ground, ready to charge again. "Nearly three-quarters of Republicans now favor sending ground troops into combat against the Islamic State," says a CBS News poll. The poll was cited in a New York Times story about how the voice of the hawk is ascendant again in the GOP....
  • Eight Spaniards arrested after returning from combat in Ukraine

    02/27/2015 5:27:49 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    El Pais ^ | 2-27-2015 | Jorge A. Rodriguez
    The National Police on Friday detained eight Spaniards suspected of fighting alongside pro-Russian forces in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The arrests took place in Asturias, Catalonia, Extremadura, Murcia, Navarre and Madrid. Three of the suspects are former members of the Spanish armed forces, and one is confirmed to have been on the frontline, according to anti-terrorist sources. The men are all aged between 20 and 30 years old. The eight Spaniards belong to several different communist organizations, and had received support from an unofficial pro-Russian European network. The operation was completed after three of the men returned to Spain...
  • [From September 11, 2014] Russian Journalist Detained Following 'Federalization' Interview

    02/26/2015 10:44:19 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | September 11, 2014 | RFE/RL's Russian Service
    Russian police have detained journalist Dmitry Shipilov hours after the publication of his interview with an advocate of greater autonomy for Siberian provinces.
  • Russia revives ‘KGB methods’ in Europe

    02/26/2015 10:10:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies ^ | 26 Feb 2015 12:42 GMT+01:00
    Russia is busily enlarging its spying network in Europe along the former Soviet KGB model because of the Ukraine crisis, Germany’s domestic intelligence chief warns. While Russian espionage has targeted European countries for many years, “distinct activities” of an old nature have been detected in information-gathering about Western responses to the conflict in Ukraine, media on Thursday quoted Hans-Georg Maaßen as saying. Some tactics of the now defunct Soviet KGB were being revived, such as targeted disinformation and supporting extremist groups with a view to destabilizing a given state, said Maaßen, who heads the Federal Office for the Protection of...
  • Syria’s Christians Fight Back

    02/26/2015 5:32:36 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 16 replies
    FP ^ | 24 Feb 15 | Sheren Khalel and Matthew Vickery
    AL HAMIS, Syria — Johan Cosar sits on the floor of a cold, dark room with his knees pulled up to his chest, an AK-47 leaning casually against his leg. The electricity has cut out, but he is unconcerned. Sudden darkness is a regular occurrence in war-ravaged Syria. Without lights, it is still possible to make out the checkered pattern of the blue and white scarf tied tightly around his head and the thick, dark stubble that covers his face. Directly above him on the dirtied wall, there’s a reproduction tapestry of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, intricacy obscured...
  • Cyprus signs military deal to let Russian navy ships dock

    02/26/2015 4:58:01 AM PST · by baltimorepoet · 7 replies
    Cyprus on Wednesday signed a deal with Russia allowing its navy ships to make regular port calls on the divided Mediterranean island. The deal with European Union member Cyprus, which also hosts British military bases, comes amid strong Russia-West tensions over Ukraine, the worst since the Cold War times. Russian President Vladimir Putin said after Wednesday's talks with visiting Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades that the agreement primarily refers to Russian navy ships involved in international counter-terrorism and anti-piracy efforts. He added that military cooperation between Russia and Cyprus isn't directed against any third party.
  • Russia's Insider Traders Know Putin's Plans

    02/26/2015 4:35:25 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | 20 hours ago 2015-02-25 | Leonid Bershidsky / Bloomberg
  • Ukrainian soldiers capture militant tank and tell their harrowing story

    02/26/2015 4:05:49 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies ^ | 26.02.2015 08:49 |
    Ukrainian soldiers who were located near Debaltseve and captured a tank from Russian-backed militants have returned home and now tell about their harrowing story. [Video]
  • Kravchuk: Russia never adheres to international treaties

    02/25/2015 7:28:56 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    UNIAN Information Agency ^ | 25.02.2015 | 17:09 | UNIAN Information Agency
    Russia has never adhered to international standards and international treaties, former Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk said on Ukrainian television’s 112 Ukraine channel on Wednesday. "Russia never adhered to international standards and international treaties in its history, I mean, in Soviet history. It always acted spontaneously. Today's Russia does not adhere to international agreements and documents signed with its neighboring countries," he said. As an example, Kravchuk noted the Budapest Memorandum and the agreement between Russia and Ukraine on Friendship and Cooperation.
  • Poland plans to send military instructors to Ukraine

    02/25/2015 4:57:00 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:55am EST | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Poland intends to send military instructors to train Ukrainian soldiers, with the final decision expected next month, an advisor to the Polish defence minister said.
  • Norway: Relations with Russia will never again be the same

    02/25/2015 4:47:51 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 2:06 PM ET, Wed February 25, 2015 | Mick Krever, CNN
    London (CNN)—Western relations with Russia will never again be the same after the war in Ukraine, Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Sřreide told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday. "We are faced with a different Russia. I want to warn against the fact that some people see this as something that is going to pass. The situation has changed. And it has changed profoundly." There is "no going back to some sort of normality or some sort of back to normal business. Because that normality does not exist."
  • Ukraine PM to Russia: 'Get out of our land'

    02/25/2015 5:25:05 AM PST · by McGruff · 26 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2/25/2015 | Holly Ellyatt | Stephen Sedgwick
    As the cease-fire between Ukraine and Russia looks shaky at best, the prime minister of Ukraine told CNBC that Russia was not withdrawing heavy weaponry from the east of the country and needed to end its "illegal invasion." "I have a key aspiration, and this is the aspiration of the entire Ukrainian nation: Russians, get out of our land. But they are still in Ukraine; Russian military and boots are still on Ukrainian ground," Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told CNBC Tuesday.
  • Why the Globalist Wants Assad of Syria Gone [Vanity]

    02/25/2015 11:31:16 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    The reason Assad has been vilified is because Qatar wants a natural gas pipeline to run through the Arabian peninsula, through Jordan, through SYRIA, to Turkey. From Turkey, it can connect with existing pipelines to Europe, in order to supply Europe with natural gas. This proposed pipeline would threaten Russia economically, as Russia currently supplies Europe with natural gas. Syria and Russia are allies. Thus, Assad said "No" to the proposed Qatar-Turkey pipeline that would run through Syria. Next thing you know, there's an "uprising" in Syria, and Assad is public enemy number one. And when it became clear...
  • EU unveils vast plan to merge 28 energy markets

    02/25/2015 6:15:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2015 8:18 AM EST | Lorne Cook
    The European Union’s executive has unveiled a vast plan to boost coordination between the EU’s 28 national energy markets to wean Europe off unstable Russian gas supplies and provide cheaper energy for consumers. European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič on Wednesday called it “undoubtedly the most ambitious energy project” since the inception of the EU over half a century ago. He believes that improving links across borders in Europe’s energy grid could save businesses and consumers up to €40 billion ($45.4 billion) a year. A more energy-independent Europe will also increase the EU’s political options in eastern Europe. […] “Our...
  • Putin threatens Ukraine with gas cutoff

    02/25/2015 8:43:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2015 11:14 AM EST
    President Vladimir Putin has warned that Russia will cut gas supplies to Ukraine if it fails to pay in advance for future deliveries. Putin said Wednesday that Ukraine’s latest payment would only be good for another three to four days, warning that the cutoff may disrupt transit to Europe. …
  • Lukashenko seeks unbiased cooperation with Latvia and other EU states

    02/25/2015 8:30:55 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies ^ | 20 Feb 2015 |
    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.
  • Defence experts: snap military drills could be prelude to Russian assault on Baltics

    02/25/2015 8:14:59 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-02-25 | The Baltic Times
    Increasingly frequent snap military drills being carried out by Russia near its eastern European neighbors could be part of a strategy that will open the door for a Russian offensive on the Baltic States, according to defence expert Martin Hurt, deputy director at Estonia’s International Center for Defence and Security. The Lithuanian and Estonian defense ministries have expressed alarm at the increased military activity, and drawn comparisons to moves prior to the Russian invasion of Crimea. Commenting on Russia’s announcement last week that its armed forces will not cease holding snap military exercises, Hurt, who has previously worked for Estonia’s...
  • Russian intelligence services launching study on language localism in the Baltics

    02/25/2015 8:09:22 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies Estonian Public Broadcasting ^ | 2015-02-25 15:04 | Estonian Public Broadcasting
    FSB, the Russian Federal Security Service, is planning to study the Russian-language skills of ethnic Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians and Ukrainians. FSB has published a tender to study the linguistics of Russian regions and the post communist countries. The study will ask ten men to read out texts in Russian, which will be recorded and analyzed. The results will be used to compile an atlas of the modern Russian language.
  • Russia conducting military drills near Estonian border

    02/25/2015 8:04:14 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies Estonian Public Broadcasting ^ | 2015-02-25 | Estonian Public Broadcasting
    2,000 Russian special troops and 500 armed units are taking part of the military drills in Pskov region, near Estonia-Russia border. According to Russian Defense Ministry, the exercises are part of Russian Airborne Forces tactical drill. More than 1,500 servicemen will be airdropped during the training which is expected to last until February 27. Martin Hurt, an Estonian defense expert at the International Centre for Defense and Security, said to Newsweek magazine that the increasingly frequent snap military drills being carried out by Russia near its neighbours could be part of a strategy that will open the door for a...
  • English-language translation of Russian 'road map' for annexing eastern Ukraine

    02/25/2015 7:20:05 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | Feb. 25, 2015, 11:27 a.m. | Novaya Gazeta
    Editor's Note: This is an English-language translation done by the Kyiv Post of a leaked analytical note published by the Russian online newspaper Novaya Gazeta on Feb. 24. According to sources of Novaya Gazeta, one of Russia's last independent newspaeprs, this document was written and provided to the President Vladimir Putin's office for consideration between Feb. 4-12, 2014, the same month that the EuroMaidan Revolution drove President Viktor Yanukovych from power on Feb. 22, 2014. The following is the Novaya Gazeta introduction: Novaya Gazeta is publishing the plan for alienation by Russia of some territories of Ukraine, composed in the...
  • Ukraine fears rebel movement towards Mariupol

    02/24/2015 6:28:29 PM PST · by WhiskeyX
    Reuters ^ | Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:36pm GMT | (Reporting by John Irish; writing by Mark John; editing by Leigh Thomas)
    (Reuters) - Ukraine fears pro-Russian forces are seeking to extend their control to the government-held port of Mariupol, its foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin said after talks in Paris aimed at enforcing a ceasefire.
  • Russian army prepares for new attacks from Ukraine's Novoazovsk

    02/24/2015 6:09:19 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | Feb. 24, 2015, 8:51 p.m. | Stefan Huijboom
    "It is no secret that the Russian army is here. My wife runs a small shop and some men only wanted to pay in rubles. They are Russian! They have broken the silence that we once had!" Vladimir said, as his three chess partners agreed in unison. "We'd like them to leave. It's not their country," he says. "I've lived most of my life in the Soviet Union. I consider myself Ukrainian, but I prefer to live in Russia, yes. You know why? Because my wife is from Russia. My two sons live in Russia. My entire family lives in...
  • Christian militia takes the war to Islamic State in Syria

    02/24/2015 5:19:35 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Telegraph Media ^ | 23 Feb 2015 | Richard Spencer
    Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Hassakeh have been involved in fierce fighting with Isil jihadists including Chechens. A Christian militia formed to protect the community as Syria falls apart is fighting its first major battle against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), attacking across a front in the north-east of the country before being driven back again in a fierce counter-blow. Christian groups said they were checking a report that up to 200 civilians had been kidnapped by Isil jihadists in the fighting and were being held as hostages. A number of fighters from the militia,...
  • Britain to send military advisers to Ukraine, announces Cameron

    02/24/2015 2:57:00 PM PST · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2-24-15 | unattributed
    Britain was pulled closer towards a renewed cold war with Russia when David Cameron announced UK military trainers are to be deployed to help Ukraine forces stave off further Russian backed incursions into its sovereign territory. The decision – announced on Tuesday but under consideration by the UK national security council since before Christmas – represents the first deployment of British troops to the country since the near civil war in eastern Ukraine began more than a year ago. Downing Street said the deployment was not just a practical bilateral response to a request for support, but a signal to...
  • Documentary claims Putin was a lazy wife-beater who only turned his life around when KGB collapsed

    02/24/2015 12:57:51 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 54 replies ^ | February 20, 2015 | Justin Huggler
    Vladimir Putin was regularly violent to his ex-wife Lyudmila during their marriage, a German documentary on the Russian leader has claimed. Putin the Man, made by ZDF television and shown this week, claimed to have been given access to the unseen files of an unidentified Western intelligence agency. They included details of Mr Putin’s time as a young KGB officer stationed in Dresden in the Eighties, as well as his rise to power in Russia. A secretary inside the Dresden office code-named “Lehnchen”, who befriended Mrs Putin, told how he used to beat his wife regularly. Far from his image...
  • Putin Throws Wrench in Iran Nuke Talks

    02/23/2015 5:44:59 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies ^ | Mon, Feb 23, 2015, 8:39pm EST | Rob Garver, The Fiscal Times
    In an announcement that seems certain to further inflame opinions about a proposed deal to limit Iran’s nuclear capacity, it was revealed today that Russia’s state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec has offered to sell advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. Related Stories Kerry Says Iran Extension Worth It Only If Deal Almost Done Bloomberg Iran leader says no nuclear deal better than bad one AFP World powers 'united', Kerry says ahead of new Iran nuclear talks AFP 'Significant gaps' remain in Iran nuclear talks: Kerry AFP
  • Ash Carter warns Russia on nukes

    02/24/2015 10:58:41 AM PST · by McGruff · 38 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 2/23/15 | Philip Ewing
    Ash Carter has quietly thrown down the gauntlet in a lingering dispute with Russia: If President Vladimir Putin continues to violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the U.S. could respond in kind. “The range of options we should look at from the Defense Department could include active defenses to counter intermediate-range ground-launched cruise missiles; counter-force capabilities to prevent intermediate-range ground-launched cruise missile attacks; and countervailing strike capabilities to enhance U.S. or allied forces,” Carter told senators in little-noticed written answers to follow-up questions from his confirmation hearing. The defense secretary’s bottom line: “U.S. responses must make clear to Russia that...
  • Poland has reanimated business about wreck of plane Kachinskogo....[President Lech Kaczynski]

    02/24/2015 9:39:22 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    Новое Время (New Time) ^ | 24 February 2015 | Новое Время (New Time)
    The government of Poland has directed to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Russia the note with the requirement to give out fragments of plane Tu-154M which was broke near Smolensk in April, 2010 and which victim became the president of country Lech Kaczynski. About it write the Polish mass-media referring to diplomatic sources, the European truth passes. As it is marked, the Russian side has taken time up to the end of March to answer the note. Also in March to Russia there will arrive delegation of Poles which will engage in details
  • How strong is the Nato military alliance?

    02/24/2015 8:53:07 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 February 2015 Last updated at 19:59 ET | BBC / The Inquiry
    War in Ukraine and the threat of conflict in the Baltics raise fundamental questions about the West's military alliance. What is Nato - the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - for? And is it up to the job? Do would-be aggressors still believe that - as stated in Article 5 of Nato's founding treaty - an attack on one Nato member would be treated as an attack on all? Four expert witnesses including Anders Fogh Rasmussen - who led the organisation until a few months ago - share their insights with the BBC World Service's The Inquiry.
  • From Russia with Love, Syria’s AK-74Ms

    02/24/2015 8:46:08 AM PST · by Perseverando · 42 replies
    bellingcat ^ | February 19, 2015 | Oryx
    The AK-74M has slowly earned its place as the most popular assault rifle currently in use with the various factions fighting for control over Syria. While originally acquired only in small numbers by Syria, recent deliveries ensured a now solid presence of this rifle in the war-torn country. The AK-74M is not only popular with forces of the Syrian Arab Army and the Republican Guard, but also with various other groups fighting for control of the country. Syia acquired its first batch of AK-74Ms in the late 90s, albeit in very small numbers. This very first batch was believed...
  • Lithuania to reinstate conscription amid Russia fears

    02/24/2015 8:07:34 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | AFP
    Vilnius (AFP) - Lithuania announced on Tuesday it would return to limited conscription later this year as concern mounts over Russian military exercises near NATO Baltic states.
  • British defence secretary warns of Russia’s danger to Baltic states

    02/24/2015 8:01:50 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Lithuania Tribune ^ | Thursday, February 19, 2015 2:09 pm, | Lithuania Tribune
    Russia could inflict the tactics it is accused of using to destabilize Ukraine on Baltic members of NATO, British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon warned in comments to British newspapers on Wednesday. He said that NATO must be prepared for Russian aggression in any form, and warned of a “real and present danger” to Baltic members of NATO.
  • NATO commanders give green light to creation of rapid-response force bases in Baltics

    02/24/2015 7:54:33 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-02-05 | TBT staff and newswires
    RIGA - NATO commanders have given the green-light for the creation of rapid-response force command and control centres in the Baltics and three other countries, National Armed Forces Commander Raimonds Graube confirmed to Latvian Radio. According to the portal, this means that a new unit will be set up in Latvia, and this unit will man and operate the new command and control centre. The unit will be responsible for logistics and organisational exercises, as well as receiving rapid-response forces in crisis situations. NATO already has a rapid-response force model in place, however, after Russia’s aggression in Ukraine —...
  • Vilnius analysts: Russia could try conventional attack against Lithuania

    02/24/2015 7:46:47 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-02-19 | Paul Goble
    Staunton, February 17 – Most analysts have become so focused on Vladimir Putin’s use of “hybrid war” that they do not take into consideration that he could choose to wage a conventional war in some places, and most of these same analysts are also guilty of evaluating the Baltic countries as if Moscow would use the same and common strategy against them. But Marius Laurinavičius, an analyst at the Vilnius Center for Research on Eastern Europe, points out that Moscow could very well employ a “hybrid” war strategy against Estonia and Latvia but use a “conventional” against Lithuania in order...
  • Interventionism Kills: Ukraine One Year Later

    02/24/2015 5:28:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | February 24, 2015 | Ron Paul
    It was one year ago last weekend that a violent coup overthrew the legally elected government of Ukraine. That coup was not only supported by U.S. and European governments -- much of it was actually planned by them. Looking back at the events that led to the overthrow it is clear that without foreign intervention Ukraine would not be in its current, seemingly hopeless situation. By the end of 2013, Ukraine's economy was in ruins. The government was desperate for an economic bailout and then-president Yanukovych first looked west to the U.S. and Europe before deciding to accept an offer...
  • Terror in Kharkiv Update: Four suspects 'trained by Russia' arrested after blast

    02/23/2015 8:38:42 PM PST · by GeronL · 4 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | 2-22-2015 | Ukraine Today
    An anti-terrorist operation is underway in Kharkiv following a terror attack at a pro-Ukrainian rally which killed at least two people and injured scores more. Four suspects thought to have received weapons and training in the Russian city of Belgorod have been detained, Ukraine's Security Service reported. The remote device was detonated as hundreds participated in the march on the first anniversary of Ukraine's EuroMaidan Revolution – one of many across the country. The dead including a senior police officer and a leader of Kharkiv's EuroMaidan movement.
  • Former NATO Secretary General on Ukraine's nuclear disarmament: I was wrong

    02/23/2015 10:54:34 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 09:40 20.02.2015 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, February 20 /Ukrinform/.The idea of nuclear disarmament has failed and led to a selective reduction of the nuclear arsenal in the world, and, as a result, Ukraine received guarantees that are not performed in exchange for unilateral disarmament. Former Secretary General of NATO [1999-2004] and Secretary of State for Defence and Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland George Robertson expressed this opinion in his article for Herald Scotland, an Ukrinform correspondent reported. "I started my own political career, as many people know, carrying a Ban the Bomb banner. By giving up the Bomb I believed that we would give...
  • Reuters' Pak-Afghan bureau chief found dead in Islamabad

    02/23/2015 5:13:37 AM PST · by csvset · 11 replies
    Dawn ^ | Feb 23, 2015 | Dawn
    ISLAMABAD: Maria Golovnina, the Pakistan and Afghanistan bureau chief of Reuters who was based in Islamabad, was found dead at her office in the capital’s F-8 sector, sources in the police told Dawn. Golovnina had reportedly gone to the toilet, and had not stepped out for a long time when people who were present barged in. Maria Golovnina - Twitter. She was reportedly lying on the floor covered in vomit. The bureau chief was rushed to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) where she was pronounced dead. Doctors at Pims told Dawn Maria had passed away before she could be...
  • Report to Allege Direct Kremlin Link to Ukraine Invasion

    02/23/2015 3:13:07 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    VOA News ^ | Last updated on: February 22, 2015 6:48 PM | VOA News
    The editor of a leading independent Russian newspaper says he plans this week to publish what purports to be an official Kremlin strategy document outlining Russia's 2014 invasion of Ukraine. Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitri Muratov said the document appears to have been prepared weeks before Ukraine's pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was driven from office in February 2014, following weeks of anti-government protests in Kyiv. Muratov's disclosure came in an interview with Moscow's Ekho Moskvy radio. He did not reveal how the document was obtained, but said he is confident it is authentic.
  • Need Help Identifying A US Military System

    02/19/2015 5:46:56 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 61 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2-19-2015 | TCRLAF
    LifeNews is showing a video of a system in 3 transport crates, with lettering in English, that was found in a wrecked Kiev encampment in Debaltseve. I believe it was the 40th Regiment's HQ. Start at4:20 They don't really show it well, but my guess is that it could be a Sat Communications System. Others on another website are saying it's likely a US Counter-Mortar Radar. I thought the wealth of knowledge on FR might be able to answer this question?
  • 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...