Friday, April 28, 2017

Do We Really Want A War With Russia?

Because we're in danger of getting exactly that. I wish I could say things were improving between the US and Russia but they aren't. They're rapidly worsening. There’s so much happening right now, I can only provide a summary of a few of the more interesting and worrying developments. This report builds...

Ukraine and Syria: Linked Together by Russia

The United States and Russia are now at daggers drawn over Syria. Following the collapse of the ceasefire negotiated last month by Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the United States has abandoned talks with the Russians on Syria. Meanwhile, in a supposedly unrelated part...

Russia suspends plutonium deal with U.S.

Citing “unfriendly actions” by the United States, the Kremlin announced Monday that Russia would suspend a landmark agreement to dispose of surplus weapons-grade plutonium, yet another sign of deteriorating relations between the two countries. In a decree released by the Kremlin, President Vladi­mir Putin said Moscow would consider a resumption...

Can Russia Learn From Brazil’s Fate?

William Engdahl recently explained how Washington used the corrupt Brazilian elite, which answers to Washington, to remove the duly elected President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, for representing the Brazilian people rather than the interests of Washington. Unable to see through the propaganda of unproven charges, Brazilians acquiesced in the...

U.S. imposes sanctions on Putin’s bridge to Crimea

Companies building a multi-billion dollar bridge to link the Russian mainland with annexed Crimea, a project close to the heart President Vladimir Putin, were targeted by the United States in an updated sanctions blacklist on Thursday. The U.S. Department of the Treasury added dozens of people and companies to the...

Vladimir Putin and the Shiite Axis

Russia’s new military alliance with Iran is all about keeping Assad in power and America on its back foot. But marriages of convenience usually don’t last. On Aug. 16, Russian bombers took off from Shahid Nojeh air base near the Iranian city of Hamadan reportedly to bomb Islamic State targets...

Russian military options in Syria and the Ukraine

The past two weeks have been rich in military developments directly affecting Russia: Syria: 1) Russia has announced that she will transform the Khmeimim airfield into a full-fledged military base with a permanently deployed task force. 2) Russia will deploy her heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser (often referred to in the West as...

Let It Go

Ukraine's occupied Donbass region is a pointless burden. It’s time for Kiev to accept that it’s better off without it. Although the Russo-Ukrainian war appears to have been largely forgotten in the West, it’s still claiming lives every day. Indeed, the last two months have seen a major escalation by...

Will Russia Reject Neoliberalism?

According to various reports, the Russian government is reconsidering the neoliberal policy that has served Russia so badly since the collapse of the Soviet Union. If Russia had adopted an intelligent economic policy, its economy would be far ahead of where it stands today. It would have avoided most...

Russia announces war games after accusing Ukraine of terrorist plot

Vladimir Putin summoned his security council and the Russian Navy announced war games in the Black Sea a day after the Russian president accused Ukraine of trying to provoke a conflict over Crimea, which Moscow seized and annexed in 2014. The belligerent posture heightened worries in Ukraine that Russia may...

Putin and Erdogan vow to restore links and economic ties

Summit comes as some in west fear Nato member Turkey could be drawn into Moscow’s orbit. The Russian and Turkish presidents on Tuesday vowed to restore their friendship, ending an eight month stand-off over the Syrian conflict as economic pressures and the failed coup in Turkey drive the two countries...

Putin: Nyet to Neo-liberals, Da to National Development

After more than two years of worsening economic growth and an economy struggling with 10.5% central bank interest rates that make new credit to spur growth virtually impossible, Russian President Vladimir Putin has finally broken an internal factional standoff. On July 25 he mandated that an economic group called...

Kiev in Denial

Ukraine's leaders think their country is too important to fail. They're wrong. Russia is at war with Ukraine — there is no concealing this basic fact. Yet despite the seriousness of the threat from the East, Moscow isn’t the worst enemy the Ukrainians face. Given the self-inflicted corruption that has...

Kerry Talks to Russia of Syria, Ukraine, the New Cold War

"I spoke to Foreign Minister Lavrov again today," he said. "We both believe that we have an understanding of the direction we are going in and what needs to be achieved and our teams will meet shortly and we are going to continue to do that in order to bolster...

Russia offers plan to improve air safety over Baltics

BRUSSELS — Russian diplomats on Wednesday offered a new plan to improve safety in the air over the Baltics in a rare meeting with NATO ambassadors, a small but significant step to ease tensions amid a troop buildup on both sides of the bristling NATO-­Russia border. The proposal would commit...

The Role of Sanctions in U.S.-Russian Relations

Sanctions are a critical tool in persuading Russia to change its Ukraine policy. But the West’s overreliance on them risks undercutting their long-term effectiveness. Sanctions have been a central element of U.S. Russia policy following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and the beginning of the undeclared war in eastern Ukraine. They...

More Boats on the Black Sea

Forecast As it rises in importance, the Black Sea will witness a buildup of naval power. NATO will attempt to enhance its influence and reach in the Black Sea. Russia will seek to exploit divisions in NATO to undermine the alliance's unity of mission in the critical region. Analysis Since Russia's 2014 annexation of...

NATO’s actions provoke risks and challenges to Russian security interests

According to the diplomat, new formats of military activity have been launched in the new NATO member-states. MOSCOW, NATO’s actions have provoked risks and challenges to Russia’s security interests and frustrated confidence, Anton Mazur, the leader of the Russian delegation to the Vienna talks on military security and arms control,...

Putin Praises ‘All-Embracing’ Partnership of Russia, China

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday emphasized economic ties with China and praised what he called Russia's "all-embracing and strategic partnership" with its neighbor, during a visit to Beijing that takes place against the background of a drop in trade and lingering mistrust. Putin told Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that...

Troubled Russia Tries to Exploit Links to China

Putin to visit Beijing in bid to boost trade and ties as Russian economy struggles from Western sanctions. Russian President Vladimir Putin will try to bolster trade and economic ties when he visits China on Saturday to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, as Russia’s economy struggles amid Western sanctions and...

Russia and China to sign declaration on higher role of international law

According to Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, the document for the first time sets forth a common approach by both countries to a number of contemporary international problems. MOSCOW, The Russian and Chinese foreign ministers will sign a declaration on increasing the role of international law, Russia’s Foreign Ministry...

China, Russia expected to sign multibillion dollar high-speed rail deal during Putin’s visit to...

A multibillion-dollar high-speed rail deal between China and Russia is expected to be signed during Russian president Vladimir Putin's visit to Beijing this week, when the two nations are expected to extend military cooperation. China’s foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang announced on Monday the Putin would start his state visit...

Russian Railways develops new freight services for Europe – China route

The creation of necessary conditions for accommodating the growing transport demand on Europe – Asia route represents a priority for transport, said Oleg Belozerov, President of Russian Railways, at the International Conference Railway Business at Transit Speed (Shanghai, China). Russian Railways is actively involved in the integration of Baikal-Amur Railway...

Russia: We will respond to entry of U.S. naval vessel into Black Sea

The Russian Foreign ministry said Moscow would respond to a U.S. naval ship's entry into the Black Sea with unspecified measures, saying it and other deployments were designed to ratchet up tensions ahead of a NATO summit, the RIA news agency reported. Russian state media reported that the USS Porter,...

War With Russia Without Public Debate?

"...The general said Russia was needed in the international community; however, this was impossible at the moment due to the country's "sole respect for power." "He emphasised that about 7,000 Russian troops were stationed in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, two territories viewed by the international community as Georgian regions occupied...

China to build 400km/h train for Russia’s high-speed railway

China is developing a new generation of trains capable of reaching speeds of 400 kilometers per hour for Russia's Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway, the China Daily reports. The train... will have wheels that can be adjusted to fit various gauges on other countries' tracks, compared with trains now that need to...

BRICS bank, AIIB ready to follow China by financing Moscow-Kazan high-speed railroad

The total cost of the Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway line is estimated at $16.9 bln, while the section may later be extended to China, connecting the two countries across Kazakhstan. SOCHI, June 3. /TASS/. The New Development Bank BRICS (NDB BRICS) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) are ready to follow...

A Russian warning

We, the undersigned, are Russians living and working in the USA. We have been watching with increasing anxiety as the current US and NATO policies have set us on an extremely dangerous collision course with the Russian Federation, as well as with China. Many respected, patriotic Americans, such as...

Russia’s Perpetual Geopolitics

Putin Returns to the Historical Pattern. For half a millennium, Russian foreign policy has been characterized by soaring ambitions that have exceeded the country’s capabilities. Beginning with the reign of Ivan the Terrible in the sixteenth century, Russia managed to expand at an average rate of 50 square miles per...

Cracking Down on Russia’s Caliphate

In Dagestan, authorities are trying to quash an Islamist insurgency that has sent hundreds of young Russians to Syria. They might be making it worse. DAGESTAN, Russia — The totemic Eastern Mosque rises from the outskirts of Khasavyurt, a formless market town located 1,000 miles south of Moscow, in the...

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