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  • A wargame simulated a 2nd Trump presidency. It concluded NATO would collapse.

    05/13/2024 7:16:34 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 122 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 12, 2024 | Michael Peck
    If Donald Trump wins a second term in the White House in November, NATO may fall apart, a recent wargame found. As a presidential candidate, Trump has threatened to quit NATO unless European allies contribute more, and should he carry it out Europe may decide to go it alone on defense, the game suggests. "A US policy of frustrating NATO has the potential to cause the alliance to collapse, with the EU as a candidate for eventually replacing NATO's ultimate function — defending Europe from Russia," wrote Finley Grimble, the British defense expert who designed and ran the game. The...
  • CIA estimated 50% chance that Russia would nuke Ukraine if it risked losing war

    03/11/2024 8:55:37 AM PDT · by hardspunned · 116 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/10/24 | Ronny Reyes
    The Biden administration scrambled behind the scenes to prepare for the imminent possibility that Russia would use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, a shocking new report revealed. In 2022, the CIA warned President Biden of a 50% change or higher that Russia would reach for its nuclear arsenal if it found its forces were decimated and the illegally annexed territory of Crimea was at risk, according to the New York Times. Those reports caused Biden to deliver his famous “Armageddon” speech at an Oct. 6, 2022, fundraiser in New York City, in which he warned, “We have not faced the...
  • NATO needs to pull its soldiers from Ukraine

    03/02/2024 10:19:04 AM PST · by EnderWiggin1970 · 33 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 3/1/24 | Stephen Bryen
    If NATO is so much against sending troops to Ukraine, why doesn’t NATO demand that the soldiers already there be sent home? On Monday, February 26, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that Germany would not provide its Taurus long-range cruise missiles to Ukraine because doing so would require German troops to be sent there to operate them, just as the British are operating the Storm Shadow air-launched cruise missiles. The British cried foul and accused Scholz of a “flagrant abuse of intelligence” – meaning that Scholz confirmed what everyone already knows, that NATO officers and trained personnel are in Ukraine...
  • Germany Appears to Have Inadvertently Revealed the UK and France have Soldiers in Ukraine

    03/01/2024 10:36:58 AM PST · by Tench_Coxe · 34 replies
    German Chancellor Scholz stands accused of handing Russia a propaganda coup in order to smooth over his own political difficulties as he claims the presence of British and French soldiers aiding Ukrainian forces.Scholz has been accused of abusing intelligence and being a bad ally by angry NATO politicians after his remarks about the level of involvement he claims there is of the British and French in the deployment of the Storm Shadow / SCALP cruise missiles they have given to Ukraine, and which have been deployed with devastating effect.(snip)Answering questions on the subject again this week, Chancellor Scholz developed his...
  • MFA statement on President Vladimir Putin’s 10 lies on Poland and Ukraine which were not rectified by Tucker Carlson (interview of 8 February 2024)

    02/10/2024 8:48:18 AM PST · by marcusmaximus · 72 replies
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Poland ^ | 2/9/2024 | Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Poland
    1. Poland cooperated/collaborated with Hitler’s Germany.Before World War II, Polish diplomacy tried to keep good neighbourly relations with Germany. Poland’s entering into any sort of military alliance with Hitler was out of question. In the period between the First and Second World Wars, Poland found itself between two aggressive neighbours: Germany and Russia, neither of which practically recognized Polish nation’s right to have an independent state. In 1934, in Berlin, the German–Polish declaration of non-aggression was signed, which was intended to guarantee the settling of disputes by peaceful means. Even before that, in 1932, a similar non-aggression pact was signed...
  • E.U. makes historic show of support for Ukraine after U.S. budget deal snub

    10/03/2023 7:50:53 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 27 replies
    NBC News ^ | Oct. 2, 2023 | By Yuliya Talmazan
    All 27 European Union foreign ministers descended on Kyiv on Monday in a historic show of support after the passage of a U.S. funding bill that included no new aid for Ukraine and left future support for the war with Russia in the balance. The E.U.’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, sought to emphasize the importance of the first meeting of foreign ministers held outside the bloc. “This joint meeting of European Union foreign ministers with Ukraine in Kyiv should be understood as a clear commitment of the European Union to Ukraine and its continuous support in all dimensions — support...
  • Why the Alliance between Stalin and Hitler Must Never Be Forgotten

    07/24/2023 10:54:52 AM PDT · by grundle · 33 replies
    FEE ^ | July 23, 2023 | Benjamin Williams
    Stalin's intentional silence and inaction during World War II allowed the Holocaust to unfold without any meaningful resistance or counteraction. World War II was one of the most catastrophic periods in human history, marked by unprecedented violence, genocide, and destruction. Yet, while the war's narrative is dominated by the Axis and western Allied powers, the role of the Soviet Union, particularly under Joseph Stalin, in indirectly supporting Nazi Germany's campaign of terror and conquest, often goes underreported. Drawing on several historical excerpts, this article will unpack the Soviet Union's involvement in Nazi war efforts and their failure to protect or...
  • Germany snubs Ukraine on arms aid; Says, ‘Can’t give everything…’

    04/01/2023 5:10:49 PM PDT · by Its All Over Except ... · 23 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | 4/1/23 | Staff
    German defence minister Boris Pistorius has said that the NATO Nation won't send anymore military aid to Ukraine apart from the promised packages. ... [Video at link]
  • Europe confirms Putin's victory in Ukraine? 'War will be over unless...' (Words of EU foreign affairs chief Joseph Borrell

    02/19/2023 6:48:50 PM PST · by Its All Over Except ... · 111 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | 2/19/2023 | Staff
    Russia's mounting offensive in eastern Ukraine has left the West in panic. EU foreign affairs chief Joseph Borrell warned member nations that the war in Ukraine will be over unless the bloc finds a way to speed up provision of ammunition to Ukraine within weeks. The EU defence minister will hold a special meeting next month to discuss further military aid to Ukraine from their existing stocks. Borrell said "much more has to be done much quicker'. ...
  • The Croatian President Slammed His US-Led NATO Allies For Provoking Russia & China

    02/01/2023 11:57:21 AM PST · by MarMema · 31 replies
    Oriental Review ^ | 01/02/2023 | Andrew Korybko
    Central European countries like Croatia, Hungary, and also recently Austria too are beginning to emerge as voices of reason in the West after their de facto New Cold War bloc’s proxy war on Russia through Ukraine over the past year failed to defeat that Great Power. They rightly realize how counterproductive this NATO-led campaign has been for their collective interests, ergo why they’re urging restraint and even an outright reversal of policy at this point in time. Croatian President Zoran Milanovic is unexpectedly giving Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban a run for his money when it comes to being the...
  • Germany to send Leopard tanks to Kyiv, allow others to do so - Spiegel

    01/24/2023 11:21:06 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 71 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 24, 2023 6:00 PM UTC | Reporting by Riham Alkousaa, writing by Sabine Siebold
    BERLIN, Jan 24 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has decided to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine and allow other countries such as Poland to do so while the U.S. may supply Abrams tanks, magazine Spiegel reported on Tuesday. A government spokesperson declined to comment. The defence ministry was not immediately available for comment. The decision concerns at least one company of Leopard 2 A6 tanks that will be provided out of Bundeswehr stocks, Spiegel said.
  • European officials say US profiting from Ukraine war, call Inflation Reduction Act 'very worrying'

    11/27/2022 9:39:36 PM PST · by blueplum · 23 replies
    Fox ^ | 26 Nov 2022 | Chris Pandolfo |
    Top European officials have attacked President Biden's actions amid the ongoing war in Ukraine and have even questioned whether the United States remains an ally as gas prices soar and U.S. green energy policies have put Europeans into "full-blown panic mode," according to a report. European officials, speaking anonymously to Politico, accused the U.S. of "profiting" off of Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and complained that green subsidies and taxes included in the Inflation Reduction Act have deteriorated relationships between the U.S. and European allies....
  • U.S. Quietly Asks Banks to Keep Some Ties With Russia, Even As Congress Balks

    11/08/2022 4:52:22 AM PST · by JonPreston · 11 replies
    radio free europe ^ | 11/8/22 | radio free europe
    The U.S. Treasury and the State Department have tacitly asked major U.S. banks, including JPMorgan and Citigroup, not to refuse to cooperate with "certain strategic Russian companies" to minimize the adverse effects of sanctions. In particular, officials urged banks not to refuse to provide "basic services" (money transfers and conversion into dollars) to companies that are not directly under sanctions, such as Gazprom, Uralkali, and PhosAgro. The Biden administration has repeatedly said it wants banks and businesses to keep the money flowing to nonsanctioned sectors of Russia's economy. But the extent of its conversations with the banks hasn't been previously...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Hungarian Foreign Minister Says Ukraine-Russia War Would Not Have Happened Under Trump

    10/27/2022 10:11:33 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 26-Oct-22 | Henry Rodgers
    The foreign minister of Hungary, in part, blamed the current war between Ukraine and Russia on President Joe Biden in an exclusive interview Wednesday with the Daily Caller. He argued that if the 2020 election had played out differently, there would be no war. “The European economy is suffering. Europe is suffering. That is why the only solution for Europe is peace. But definitely, peace not will come with this behavior. What the U.S. administration has been showing. Why? Because in order to create peace, you would need to talk. You would need to communicate,” Szijjártó said during the interview....
  • Germany's cyber security agency chief sacked for alleged close ties to Russia

    10/18/2022 12:42:07 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 3 replies
    The Telegraph, via MSN ^ | Oct. 18, 2022 | Arthur Scott-Geddes
    Interior Minister Nancy Faeser dismissed Arne Schoenbohm as head of the BSI agency, following reports which "damaged the necessary confidence of the public in the neutrality and impartiality" of his management, the ministry said on Tuesday.... The Cyber Security Council Germany, which Mr Schoenbohm chaired until he became the head of the BSI in 2016, was prone to influence from Russian companies and even the Kremlin’s intelligence agencies, the report said. German media have reported that one of its members was a German company that is a subsidiary of a Russian cybersecurity firm founded by a former KGB agent, which...
  • State of the EU address: 'Putin will fail and Europe will prevail'

    09/14/2022 10:46:32 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 130 replies
    dw.com ^ | September 14, 2022 | Ella Joyner
    The first statement made by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in her annual State of the European Union address on Wednesday was not verbal, but visual. Clad in bright blue and yellow alongside other senior politicians, she showed support for Ukraine's battle with Russia, making clear even before the speech began that the war would top the agenda. With Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska in Strasbourg for the occasion, von der Leyen pledged Europe's "unshakeable" commitment to Kyiv, sending a defiant message to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. "Putin will fail and Europe will prevail," the chief...
  • Ukrainian forces aim to retake Kherson by year's end as gains made in south, US and Ukrainian officials say

    09/07/2022 2:31:05 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 75 replies
    CNN.com ^ | September 7, 2022 | Jim Sciutto and Tim Lister
    One week into a new counteroffensive, Ukrainian forces are making gains in the south, with the ambitious goal of taking back most of the Russian-occupied region of Kherson by the end of the year, senior US officials and Ukrainian officials tell CNN. The last week has seen the most ambitious ground assaults by the Ukrainians since the beginning of the invasion, following sustained attacks on command posts, ammunition stores, and fuel reserves far behind the front lines, according to geolocation of video and satellite imagery. The US has observed Ukrainian forces achieve some success in attacking Russian supply lines, with...
  • US military working on analysis to shape and support Ukraine's military in long term

    09/07/2022 2:46:18 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 167 replies
    CNN.com ^ | September 7, 2022 | Barbara Starr
    The Pentagon is preparing detailed analysis and working out how to support Ukraine's military in the medium and long term, including after the war with Russia has ended, according to three defense officials. The efforts are being led by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and would build on the billions of dollars in military aid the US has given to Ukraine since Russia invaded in February. The process is at an early stage and a senior defense official said it is looking at the "future of Ukrainian forces," aiming to answer key questions about "what...
  • Austria Backs EU Cap to End 'Madness' of Runaway Power Prices

    08/28/2022 4:04:09 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 20 replies
    https://www.usnews.com ^ | 8/28/2022 | By Reuters
    Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer backs a European Union-wide cap on runaway electricity prices, he said in a statement issued by his office on Sunday. Austria's conservative-led government was initially sceptical at the idea of capping power prices but it has warmed to the idea as they have continued to rise in line with soaring gas prices following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. "We must finally stop the madness that is taking place in energy markets. And that can only happen through a European solution," the statement quoted Nehammer as saying, adding that he would seek to convince holdouts in the bloc....
  • Germany: Gas storage filling up faster than expected ahead of winter

    08/28/2022 8:09:27 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 65 replies
    dw.com ^ | August 28, 2022 | dpa, Reuters
    German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said that targets set by the government for the filling of gas storage facilities had been reached ahead of schedule, staving off the worst fears of severe gas shortages this winter. "The reservoirs are filling up quicker than planned," he told German magazine Der Spiegel according to a report published on Sunday. The government target of reaching 85% storage capacity by October could be achieved by the beginning of September, according to Habeck's ministry. Germany is currently trying to secure alternative sources of gas to prevent an acute shortage during the cold winter months, as...