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  • Sarah Palin was mocked in '08 for saying Putin invade Ukraine if Obama elected

    02/17/2018 7:08:11 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Tony Lee
    Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin warned that if Senator Barack Obama were elected president, his “indecision” and “moral equivalence” may encourage Russia’s Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine. Palin said then: After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next. For those comments, she was mocked by the high-brow Foreign Policy magazine and its editor Blake Hounshell, who now is one of the editors of Politico magazine. Hounshell wrote then that Palin’s comments were “strange” and...
  • Network Close To NATO Military Leader Fueled Ukraine Conflict

    07/31/2016 8:46:09 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 28 July 2016 | Christoph Schult, Klaus Wiegrefe
    Working with dubious sourcing, a group close to NATO's chief military commander Philip Breedlove sought to secure weapons deliveries for Ukraine, a trove of newly released emails revealed. The efforts served to intensify the conflict between the West and Russia. Most of the 1,096 hacked emails date back to the dramatic 12 months of the Ukraine crisis after Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. Thousands died in the skirmishes between Kiev's troops and Moscow-aligned separatists. More than 2 million civilians fled eastern Ukraine. Breedlove sought counsel from some very prominent people, his emails show. Among them were Wesley Clark, Breedlove's...
  • Putin had to approve Russian attack on US troops

    02/14/2018 10:43:50 AM PST · by firebrand · 81 replies
    New York Post ^ | Feb. 14, 2018 | Ralph Peters
    It was inevitable. Russian “mercenaries” attacked a forward base in Syria where they knew American advisors were stationed. It was a test. And our military passed. Let’s hope the administration passes, too. The most important thing about this attack on our troops is that it couldn’t have happened without Vladimir Putin’s personal approval. Nye vozmozhno. The core of the attacking force came from the Wagner Group, Russia’s version of the American thugs who worked for the company formerly known as Blackwater. But while the media refers to the Russians as mercenaries, the Wagner Group functions as an auxiliary of the...
  • Haley slams Russia at GOP retreat

    02/03/2018 8:44:11 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 65 replies
    edition.cnn.com ^ | February 2, 2018 | Zachary Cohen
    US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed Russia at the GOP retreat in West Virginia on Thursday, definitively telling Republican lawmakers that Moscow "is not, will not, be our friend." "As long as their government has the values that it has, and as long as it conducts itself the way it does internationally," Haley said. Haley made it very clear that Russia meddled in the 2016 US election but also noted that "there is no reason to think the Russian interference made any difference between who won and lost."
  • Russia Attacks US Decision to send Arms to Ukraine

    12/23/2017 9:24:16 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 87 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec 23, 2017 | Associated Press
    U.S. officials said Friday that President Donald Trump's administration approved a plan to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine, in a long-awaited move that deepens America's involvement in the military conflict and may further strain relations with Russia. The new arms include American-made Javelin anti-tank missiles that Ukraine has long sought to boost its defenses against Russian-backed separatists armed with tanks. Violence in eastern Ukraine has killed more than 10,000 since 2014. Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told the state RIA Novosti news agency Saturday that the U.S. move "raises the danger of derailing the process of peaceful settlement in Ukraine."...
  • Moscow’s Extraction of ISIS Cadres from Syria Suggests Russia May Use Them Elsewhere

    11/21/2017 10:35:21 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 38 replies
    Window on Eurasia ^ | Nov 20, 2017 | Paul Goble
    For the last several years, Russian security services have driven Islamist radicals and others out of the North Caucasus and other regions of the Russian Federation under paid of jail or death to fight for ISIS in Syria, Israeli expert Avraam Shmulyevich says. Now that the last redoubts of the Islamic State in that country have fallen, these same services, exploiting Chechens in Syria, have begun to extract these same people back to Russia, an action that strongly suggests, the president of the Israeli Eastern Partnership Institute says, that Moscow plans to make use of them elsewhere – and may...
  • Russian presidential hopeful says Crimea belongs to Ukraine

    10/26/2017 11:00:54 PM PDT · by topher · 16 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 24-Oct-2017 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW (AP) — A 35-year-old Russian celebrity TV host who aspires to run for president in next March's election said Tuesday that Crimea belongs to Ukraine despite its 2014 annexation by Moscow — a bold statement that has drawn angry responses from Russian officials and lawmakers. Ksenia Sobchak also emphasized her critical stance by issuing a call for the release of the nation's political prisoners and denouncing official corruption at her first news conference since declaring her presidential ambitions.
  • Ukraine eyes Russian security services in massive cyberattack

    07/01/2017 8:42:47 AM PDT · by ETL · 11 replies
    Ukraine said on Saturday that Russian security services were involved in a recent cyber attack on the country, with the aim of destroying important data and spreading panic. The SBU, Ukraine’s state security service, said the attack, which started in Ukraine and spread around the world on Tuesday, was by the same hackers who attacked the Ukrainian power grid in December 2016. Ukrainian politicians were quick to blame Russia for Tuesday’s attack, but a Kremlin spokesman dismissed “unfounded blanket accusations”.-snip-Relations between Ukraine and Russia went into freefall after Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the subsequent outbreak of a...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dem Super-Lobbyist Podesta Got $170K To End US Sanctions On Russian Bank

    03/07/2017 4:59:08 AM PST · by kevcol · 17 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | March 6, 2017 | Richard Pollock
    Democrat super-lobbyist Tony Podesta was paid $170,000 over a six-month period last year to represent Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, seeking to end one of the Obama administration’s economic sanctions against that country, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned. Podesta, founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, is listed as a key lobbyist on behalf of Sberbank, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms. His firm received more than $24 million in fees in 2016, much of it coming from foreign governments, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
  • U.S. SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA WON’T BE LIFTED UNTIL CRIMEA IS RETURNED TO UKRAINE: REX TILLERSON

    04/26/2017 9:39:08 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 120 replies
    newsweek.com ^ | April 24, 2017 | GRAHAM LANKTREE
    The United States will not lift sanctions on Russia until President Vladimir Putin hands Crimea back to Ukraine, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said late Sunday. During a phone call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Tillerson said the sanctions—which have crippled Russia’s economy and pushed down the value of the ruble—will “ remain in place until Russia returns control of the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine.” He also said that Moscow must honor the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine that was outlined in the Minsk agreements, according to a State Department official.
  • Trump expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine: White House

    02/14/2017 7:25:24 PM PST · by BeadCounter · 68 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 14, 2017 | None attributed
    U.S. President Donald Trump made it clear he expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine and reduce violence in Ukraine, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Tuesday.
  • Maxine Waters Eventually We Have To Impeach President Trump

    02/06/2017 6:23:20 PM PST · by DFG · 44 replies
    Youtube ^ | 02/06/2017 | Youtube
    CONFUSION: Maxine Waters claims Putin ‘continuing to advance into Korea (around 1:18 mark)
  • Biden calls for Russia sanctions to stay as Trump moots deal

    01/16/2017 6:51:58 PM PST · by Mariner · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 16th, 2017 | By Alessandra Prentice | KIEV
    Outgoing U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called on Monday for sanctions on Russia to stay, urging the world to stand up to its "coercion and aggression" after President-elect Donald Trump mooted ending the measures under a possible deal with Moscow. Speaking on a swan song visit to Kiev, Biden said the G7 nations and European Union should lift the sanctions only after Russia had fully implemented a peace deal on ending a separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine and returned control of Crimea. Trump, who will be inaugurated on Friday, raised the prospect that he would propose offering to end the...
  • Moscow and New DC - Trump's USA may cooperate with Russia like never before... [trunc.]

    01/11/2017 10:11:08 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 12 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | C. Raja Mohan
    Trump's USA may cooperate with Russia like never before, significantly altering global power equations. The invocation of the "foreign hand" to explain unexpected political developments is quite common in the [Indian] subcontinent. But the last place in the world to have a debate on the "foreign hand" is the United States. Usually, it is Washington that is accused of meddling in the internal affairs of other nations -- from promoting military coups to propping up friendly regimes and engineering regime changes. But right now, it is America that is debating the nature and extent of the Russian President Vladimir Putin's...
  • Ukraine prepares missile test near Crimea, angering Russia

    11/30/2016 6:58:53 PM PST · by Mariner · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 30th, 2016 | By Alessandra Prentice | KIEV
    Ukraine was due to start two days of missile tests on Thursday - a move that has angered Russia, prompting it to put its air defense forces on high alert on the annexed Crimea peninsula. The disagreement marks a fresh escalation in tensions between the one-time allies, whose relations collapsed in 2014 after Russia seized Crimea and backed pro-Russian separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine says the tests in its southern Kherson region, bordering Crimea, are legitimate and will be conducted within the framework of international obligations and treaties. "We will continue to strengthen the defense capability of our nation...
  • Russia invasion IMMINENT: Vladimir Putin mobilises 55,000 troops for ‘frightening war'

    11/30/2016 6:59:22 PM PST · by SaveFerris · 74 replies
    Daily Star ^ | Published 30th November 2016 | By Henry Holloway
    RUSSIA has massed 55,000 troops along their eastern border as they prepare to unleash a "frightening war" upon Europe. -------- Military bosses claim Vladimir Putin has sent his mighty army to disputed frontiers along Eastern Europe. Putin’s mass military deployment comes as Russian lawmakers threatened a looming “frightening war” unless their enemies back down over the annexation of Crimea. Russia has been at loggerheads with NATO ever since it seized the peninsula on the Black Sea in 2014. Shockingly earlier this year Russia withdrew from the International Criminal Court after the organisation branded its occupation illegal and said it was...
  • EU leaders to consider how to improve Russia ties without dropping sanctions

    09/26/2016 11:14:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 26, 2016 | 11:09am EDT | Gabriela Baczynska
    European Union leaders will explore next month the possibility of improving strained ties with Russia in response to growing irritation among some member states over economic sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role in the Ukraine crisis. But the sanctions appear likely to remain in place for now, especially those slapped over Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula seized by Russia in March 2014, despite the legal and political challenges of maintaining them. A series of Reuters investigations recently showed how European companies including German retailer Metro and France’s Auchan were doing business in Crimea despite the punitive sanctions regime there....
  • Database and Video Overview of the Russian Weaponry in the Donbas

    09/19/2016 8:47:06 AM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 9 replies
    InformNapalm ^ | 09/17/2016 | Falcon Bjorn
    InformNapalm international volunteer community identified more than 30 types of weaponry and special equipment of the Russian Armed Forces in the Donbas through open-source intelligence activities (analysis of satellite imagery, chance videos made by bystanders, personal photos from social network accounts of Russian mercenaries and military personnel, etc.). Most of the identified pieces are relatively new types which entered service with the Russian Army from 2004 to 2015. The weapons and equipment presented in the report directly point to the Russian presence in the occupied parts of Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts. This report features only confirmed data. We did not...
  • Promised prosperity never arrived in Russian-held Crimea, locals say

    08/21/2016 1:42:07 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    reuters.com ^ | August 21, 2016 | Maria Tsvetkova
    More than two years after Russia annexed Crimea and promised its 2 million people a better life, residents say prices have soared, wages and pensions have stagnated and tourists have fled. The sunny and mountainous Black Sea peninsula is back in the news, with Russian President Vladimir Putin accusing Kiev of sending infiltrators across the border to wreck its industry. But locals say the damage has already been done by Moscow's neglect. "We joined Russia and they stopped giving a damn about us," Yevgeny, a worker at a titanium plant in the town of Armyansk told Reuters.
  • Putin Flies Into Crimea As Ukraine "Prepares For An Invasion"

    08/19/2016 1:38:30 PM PDT · by amorphous · 118 replies
    ZeroHedge.Com ^ | 19 August 2016 | Tyler Durden
    At the same time that Russia is condicting its latest massive military drill on the border with Ukraine, and one day after the latest stark warning by Ukraine' president Poroshenko that the simmering conflict with Russia may be set to explode again when he said on national TV that “the probability of escalation and conflict remains very significant" adding that "we don’t rule out full-scale Russian invasion", Russian president Putin made a not so subtle point that Crimea will not be relinquished when he flew into contested territory on Friday, one day after staging war games there, and said he...