Authored by Eric Zuesse via The Strategic Culture Foundation, The Secretary-General of NATO said this on October 9th, speaking in NATO member Romania, right across the Black Sea from Russia’s region of Crimea (which had always been part of Russia except for the brief period 1954-2014, when the Soviet dictator arbitrarily transferred Crimea to Ukraine in 1954 – i.e., the Soviet dictator had made Crimea ‘Ukrainian’, and only in 2014 was a plebiscite actually held there in order to determine what the people there wanted, and more than 90% chose to be restored to the Russian Government). He said, on October 9th, that NATO is ‘concerned by Russia’s military buildup close to our borders’, but NATO actually had expanded up to Russia’s borders; in no way had Russia expanded up to NATO’s borders. NATO’s leader was importantly misrepresenting history, there.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 12, 2017.
The answer to the question in the title of this article is that Russiagate was created by CIA director John Brennan. The CIA started what is called Russiagate in order to prevent Trump from being able to normalize relations with Russia. The CIA and the military/security complex need an enemy in order to justify their huge budgets and unaccountable power. Russia has been assigned that role. The Democrats joined in as a way of attacking Trump. They hoped to have him tarnished as cooperating with Russia to steal the presidential election from Hillary and to have him impeached. I don’t think the Democrats have considered the consequence of further worsening the relations between the US and Russia. Public Russia bashing pre-dates Trump. It has been going on privately in neoconservative circles for years, but appeared publicly during the Obama regime when Russia blocked Washington’s plans to invade Syria and to bomb Iran. Russia bashing became more intense when Washington’s coup in Ukraine failed to deliver Crimea. Washington had intended for the new Ukrainian regime to evict the Russians from their naval base on the Black Sea. This goal was frustrated when Crimea voted to rejoin Russia.
United States Naval Construction Battalions, better known as the Seabees (C. B. – construction battalion), of the Naval Construction Force held a groundbreaking ceremony for a maritime operations center on Ochakov Naval Base, Ukraine, July 25. According to the Navy.mil, the official website of the US Navy, the maritime operations center is one of three projects that are currently planned to be executed by the Seabees in Ochakov and will serve as a major planning and operational hub during future military exercises hosted by Ukraine. The Seabees arrived in Ochakov in April to establish contracts, obtain construction permits and perform other logistical tasks for the maritime operations center project. *** Maritime operations centers are the operational-level warfare command and control organizations designed to deliver flexible maritime capabilities throughout the full range of military operations. The future Seabee projects in Ochakov include a boat maintenance facility and entry control points with perimeter fencing. Our ability to maximize European reassurance initiatives in Ukraine holds strategic importance, and will ultimately improve host nation defense capacity and infrastructure, strengthen relations, and increase bilateral training capabilities, said Lt. j.g. Jason McGee, officer in charge of Det. Ukraine. In July, several US missile warships, including the USS Hue City Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser and the USS Carney Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, a P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft and a Navy SEALs team took part in the 12-day Sea Breeze 2017 NATO naval exercise held in the northwestern part of the Black Sea, near the port city of Odessa. 17 nations took part in the training event.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 15, 2017.
Recep Tayyip Erdoan (or the Prez) and his Justice and Development Party (or AKP) are now moving Turkey ever closer to its Arab neighbours in the south. At the same time, however, he is also forging ties in the north, namely with Vladimir Putin (or the Czar) and Russia. Some time ago (Friday, 23 June 2017), an arguably Erdoan hungry Prez held a much-publicised telephone conversation with the Czar – as a pious and observant Muslim, Erdoan was quite naturally observing the fast on the penultimate day of Ramazan (26 May-24 June 2017). Putin, on the other hand, was situated aboard the ‘giant construction and pipe-laying vessel Pioneering Spirit,’ which had earlier left Rotterdam for the Black Sea in order to ‘begin work on Russian gas monopoly Gazprom’s TurkStream project.’ Following the complicated cross-border and even trans-Atlantic pirouettes performed by the Prez last May, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has now taken the initiative, personally climbing on ‘board [of] the Pioneering Spirit to kick off operations,’ launching the ‘alignment of the shallow and deep-water sections’ accompanied by the Gazprom chief executive Alexey Miller. Ever the action-man as well as consummate showman, Putin telephoned Tayyip Erdoan to inform the latter that work on TurkStream has now started for real but also discussing the earlier agreed upon business deal to construct the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (comprising four units) on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. This Turco-Russian project goes back to May 2010, when both governments signed an agreement that a subsidiary of Rosatom would build, own, and operate a power plant at Akkuyu, with engineering and survey work having been undertaken in March 2011. The original plan envisioned that the four units be put into service in the period 2019-22, with an annual electricity production of 35 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) and a service life of 60 years.
Early this morning we reported that as part of its response to the Syrian attack, in addition to suspending communication with U. S. forces designed to stop planes colliding over Syria, the Russian frigate Admiral Grigorovich would be deployed to the Tartus naval base in Syria. The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s frigate The Admiral Grigorovich, currently on a routine voyage, would enter the Mediterranean later on Friday, a military-diplomatic source in Moscow told TASS, adding that the ship would make a stop at the logistics base in Syria’s port of Tartus. Russia wasted no time, and as FN reports, moments ago, the Russian frigate, Admiral Grigorovich RFS-494, crossed through the Bosphorus Strait ‘a few hours ago’ from the Black Sea, according to a U. S. defense official.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 7, 2017.
In recent months Donald Trump has been severely criticized by both Democrats and Republicans for not being sufficiently ‘anti-Russia’, but the truth is that the Trump administration has not been working hard enough to repair a relationship that is now souring very rapidly. When Donald Trump won the election in November, the Russians celebrated tremendously, because they greatly preferred Trump over Hillary Clinton. But just because Trump was victorious does not mean that our relationship with Russia will automatically improve. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin both have huge egos, and it is quite easy to imagine a scenario in which things between them go very, very badly. In fact, we may already be starting to see such a scenario play out. As you will see below, under President Trump U. S. troops are being deployed to a very sensitive area of Poland, and they are also being sent to key areas of Bulgaria and Romania. That is not sitting well with the Russian government, but they were much more upset when Trump insisted that Russia must give the Crimea back to Ukraine. This is something that the Russians would never do, and they were quite stunned that Trump would even suggest such a thing. On the flip side, the Pentagon was quite annoyed when Russian fighter jets buzzed a U. S. warship in the Black Sea just a few days ago, and when a Russian spy ship set up shop just off the coast of Connecticut recently, President Trump told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that ‘the greatest thing I could do is shoot that ship that’s 30 miles off shore right out of the water’.
The following video was published by X22Report on Feb 3, 2017 New poll out saying people want Trump impeached, the only problem is has been manipulated. Allegedly 100,000 visas were revoked from 7 countries in 1 week, when looking at the numbers is doesn’t add up. Corporate media continually pushed fake news. UN Official the real agenda behind global warming, its not what you think. Destroyer enters the Black Sea. McCain and Graham tell the Ukrainian soldiers it is the year of the offensive.al-Qaeda was tipped off before the Navy Seals go their location. Tensions are now building across the world, the elite are pushing conflicts across the globe to push the world into war.
One of the more troubling geopolitical stories in the past week has been the renewed flaring of fighting in Eastern Ukraine, which culminated yesterday with Kiev accusing Moscow of shooting at its military transport airplane while flying over the Black Sea, an allegation Moscow denied. To some, this has been a test by Putin to gauge US resolve in condemning what the western media is quick to dub Russian provocations; to others this is merely the sad continuation of events unleashed with the violent presidential coup in Ukraine two years ago. Whatever the ultimate strategy, on Thursday Russian President Vladimir Putin preempted the first argument, and accused Kiev of provoking this week’s flare up in fighting in eastern Ukraine, saying it was a ploy to win the support of the administration of U. S. President Donald Trump. Putin said that the Kiev government provoked the latest escalation of violence in east Ukraine as it needs money from its Western partners, which is easier to achieve when a nation pretends to be a victim and facing aggression.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Feb 2, 2017.
With the US State Department in a state of protracted hiatus for the time being, tensions are again rising between Russia and Ukraine, and especially in East Ukraine, where over the past few days the number of soldiers killed in an offensive by pro-Russian separatists has reportedly risen to seven, Ukraine’s military said on Monday, in the deadliest outbreak of fighting in the east of the country since mid-December. The clashes between Ukraine’s military and the pro-Russian separatists coincide with U. S. President Donald Trump’s call for better relations with Moscow that has alarmed Kiev while the conflict in its eastern region remains unresolved. According to Ukraine sources, the rebels began attacking government positions in the eastern frontline town of Avdiyivka on Sunday. Five soldiers were killed and nine wounded on Sunday and two more were killed on Monday, they said. “The situation in the Avdiyivka industrial zone is challenging. The enemy continues to fire at our positions with heavy artillery and mortars,” Ukrainian military spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk told a regular daily briefing. Naturally, since the media on both sides is clearly biased in its coverage, it came as no surprise that both local separatists news agencies, and Russia, denied escalation had occurred.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Feb 1, 2017.
Jon Rappoport’s mocking of the US presstitutes is superb: ‘Vladimir Putin is the secret president of the United States. ‘Yep. That’s it. The US is now the USSR. It’s all over. Trump is a Communist who took orders from Putin. Trump is a Red. That was his game all along. He’s a billionaire Commie.’ Ridicule is effective, and nothing deserves ridicule more than the Washington Post, New York, Times, CNN, and the rest of the presstitutes who pretend to be real journalists. But as I have emphasized, and other real journalists, such as Glenn Greenwald (see, for example, and ) imply, the fake news recklessly promoted by the presstitutes brings with it the threat of thermo-nuclear war. For several years Russia and her president have experienced endless demonization. The Russians know that Georgia’s invasion of South Ossetia (done while Putin was at the Beijing Olympics) was a Washington provocation. The Russians know that Washington’s coup in Ukraine (done while Putin was at the Sochi Olympics) was a provocation aimed at seizing Russia’s Black Sea naval base in Crimea and cutting Russia off from the Mediterranean. The Russians know that Washington knows that the charges that Russia hacked Hillary’s emails and the US presidential election are lies. The Russians know that the ‘Russian threat’ created by Washington is a lie along with all of its permutations, such as an impending Russian invasion of Poland and the Baltics. The Russians understand that US ABM bases on Russia’s borders are provocations, as are NATO military exercises on Russia’s borders and in the Black Sea. You can add to this list on your own.
The following video was published by X22Report on Dec 27, 2016 US Government can now legally access your Facebook data. Putin turns on the gas to Crimea. Iran plans to build an aircraft carrier. US preparing a major offensive in Mosul to protect the terrorist groups. Turkey continues to push in the Northern part of Syria. Erdogan is now pointing the finger at the US and the coalition forces, that they have been supporting the IS, the blame game begins. Black box has been found the Tu-154 jet that went down in the Black Sea. Europol reports that the IS is now radicalizing refugees to carrier out terrorist attacks in Europe.
The following video was published by X22Report on Nov 1, 2016 Those in Canadian’s green party want the secret corporate court removed. NATO is pushing to have a force in the black sea. The US sent the X-radar system to North Korea. US extends sanctions in Sudan. Libyan economy is collapsing as the US pushes other countries to invade Libya to keep the Unity Government in power. UNSC is of the opinion that the US should separate the moderate rebels from the terrorists. 2,000 moderate rebels (terrorists) push an offensive in Aleppo, it did not succeed. The petro dollar system is at its end game , which means the entire economic system is about to fall.
October 2016 – BRUSSELS/ MOSCOW – NATO will press allies on Wednesday to contribute to its biggest military build-up on Russia’s borders since the Cold War as the alliance prepares for a protracted quarrel with Moscow. With Russia’s aircraft carrier heading to Syria in a show of force along Europe’s shores, alliance defense ministers aim to make good on a July promise by NATO leaders to send forces to the Baltic States and eastern Poland from early next year. The United States hopes for binding commitments from Europe to fill four battle groups of some 4,000 troops, part of NATO’s response to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and concern it could try a similar tactic in Europe’s ex-Soviet states. France, Denmark, Italy and other allies are expected to join the four battle groups led by the United States, Germany, Britain and Canada to go to Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, with forces ranging from armored infantry to drones. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the commitments would be ‘a clear demonstration of our transatlantic bond.’ Diplomats said it would also send a message to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has complained that European allies do not pay their way in the alliance. The battle groups will be backed by NATO’s 40,000-strong rapid-reaction force, and if need be, further follow-on forces, for any potential conflict, which could move into Baltic states and Poland on rotation. The strategy is part of an emerging new deterrent that could eventually be combined with missile defenses, air patrols and defenses against cyber attacks. However, the alliance is still struggling for a similar strategy in the Black Sea region, which Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said is becoming a ‘Russian lake’ because of Moscow’s military presence there. Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey are expected to soon come forward with a plan to increase naval and air patrols in the area, as well as a multinational NATO brigade in Romania.
Less than three months after Turkey’s president Erdogan, in the aftermath of the mid-July “failed coup” visited Putin in Russia in his first and very symbolic foreign trip, Putin has returned the favor with a visit of his own to Turkey, where he promptly confirmed that economic relations between the two nations are on solid footing with the November 2015 downing of a Russian fighter jet over Turkey now largely forgotten, and where Turkey and Russia earlier today signed the strategic Turkish Stream gas pipeline agreement. As noted previously, once completed the pipeline will carry Russian natural gas to Turkey under the Black Sea, and on to Greece and Europe. The project, with an estimated total cost of $13 billion, was announced in December 2014 during Putin’s visit to Turkey as an alternative to the canceled South Stream pipeline through Bulgaria, which the Bulgarian government killed due to European pressure.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 10, 2016.
In a fundamental sense the entirety of the five-year-long war over Syria, as well as the entire Arab Spring from Libya to Egypt to Iraq has been about control of hydrocarbon resources – oil and natural gas – and of potential hydrocarbon pipelines to the promising markets of the European Union. Dick Cheney’s 2001 War on Terror was primarily about providing the excuse for a direct US military takeover of the vast oil fields of Iraq and other key Middle East countries. Washington’s War on Syria has been less a war for control of oil. Rather, it’s about who controls whose natural gas flows via which pipelines through which borders to the vast EU gas market. At this point it looks more and more as if Russia’s geopolitical and geo-economic strategy is trumping (no Donald pun intended) Washington’s very troubled game in the region. Turkey is apparently deciding to become a key ally in this Russian energy trump. At the beginning of September Turkey’s Minister of Energy, Berat Albayrak met the CEO of Gazprom Alexei Miller in Istanbul for talks about reviving Russia’s mammoth Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline from Russia, under the Black Sea to and through Turkey to the border of EU member country, Greece. The progress on the Russian-Turkish gas pipeline came to an abrupt halt as relations between Moscow and Istanbul broke following the Turkish downing of a Russian jet over Syrian territory. Following the September 1 Istanbul talks, one week later Berat Albayrak’s energy ministry issued the first permits for the start of the project. Gazprom issued the statement, ‘Accords were reached at the meeting to complete the issue of all required permits for initiation of the Turkish Stream project implementation as soon as possible. Commercial negotiations on conditions of Russian gas supplies to Turkey will continue.’ Turkish Stream will involve construction of a gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey along the bottom of the Black Sea where 660 kilometers of pipeline will be laid in the old South Stream corridor, which was cancelled in December 2014, and 250 kilometers will be laid in a new corridor towards the European part of Turkey.
September 2016 – PRAGUE – Ukraine cannot get back the Crimea peninsula, although Russia took it by annexation, Czech President Milos Zeman was quoted as saying. Russia annexed Crimea, which includes the strategic port of Sevastopol where its Black Sea Fleet has been based, in 2014, prompting the European Union and United States to impose economic and political sanctions on various Russian companies and officials. Zeman has spoken out against the EU sanctions and has regularly expressed pro-Russian views. He was the only Western leader to attend the May 2015 celebrations in Moscow to mark the end of World War Two.
American military aircraft have been intercepted by Russian jets over a dozen times this year, mostly over the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea. It’s happened four times in just the past month. However, the latest incident takes the cake for being the most harrowing. On Wednesday two US defense officials claimed that a Navy P-8 surveillance plane was intercepted by a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jetwhile on patrol over the Black Sea. The Russian aircraft performed ‘unsafe and unprofessional’ maneuvers around the US plane for 19 minutes, and at one point came within 10 feet of the P-8.
One day after the US complained when, in the latest provocation between Iran and the US, an Iranian vessels once again “harassed” a US Navy coast patrol in the Persian Gulf, the fourth such incident in less than a month, moments ago Reuters reported that in a return to close airborne encounters between Russia and the US, of which the past year has seen over a dozen, a Russian fighter carried out an “unsafe and unprofessional” intercept of a U. S. spy plane flying a regular patrol over the Black Sea, coming within 10 feet of the American aircraft. One official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the incident lasted about 19 minutes and the Russian Su-27 fighter came within 10 feet of the U. S. Navy P-8 surveillance plane. “They’re up there for 12 hours and there are lots of interactions. But only one of the incidents was what the pilot determined was unsafe,” said another official, who was not authorized to speak publicly. Officials were now talking with the pilot and reviewing the incident to determine whether it would be included in the annual meeting of U. S. and Russian officials about more serious intercepts, Reuters adds.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 7, 2016.
The last month has seen Russia pull out of peace talks (citing attacks in Crimea and detention of key individuals) and an increasing mobilization of Ukraine troops near the Russian border, and now, after the deadliest month since last August, Ukraine president Poroshenko has warned he isn’t ruling out a full-scale Russian invasion and may institute a military draft if the situation with its neighbor worsens. As Bloomberg reports, the confrontation between Ukrainian forces and the rebels in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region has worsened, Poroshenko said in the western city of Brody on Thursday. His comments come a week after Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the government in Kiev of engaging in ‘terror’ tactics in Crimea, which Ukraine’s fellow former Soviet republic annexed in 2014. Putin vowed to respond with ‘serious measures.’ ‘The probability of escalation and conflict remains very significant,’ Poroshenko said in a televised speech. ‘We don’t rule out full-scale Russian invasion.’ The Ukrainian government, which says Russia is funneling troops, cash and weapons to the separatists, has rejected Putin’s accusations over Crimea and said its neighbor may use them as a pretext to mass more troops in the disputed Black Sea peninsula. Ukraine has enough forces along its eastern front line and near the border with the territory to resist a possible offensive, military spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk said Thursday.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 18, 2016.