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Ukrainian army violates ceasefire 24 times in 24 hours, republic says

Ukrainian army violates ceasefire 24 times in 24 hours, republic says

DONETSK, October 20. /TASS/. The Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) have violated the ceasefire agreement, shelling the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) 24 times over the past 24 hours, head of the DPR group in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire (JCCC) Ruslan Yakubov said on Saturday. “The total number of violations made by the Ukrainian Armed Forces over the past day is 24,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted Yakubov as saying. “The total number of used ammunitions is 86,” he said. According to Yakubov, Ukrainian forces targeted the Spartak village in the northern part of Donetsk, the settlements of Aleksandrovka, Staromikhailovka,…

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What sanctions on Russia and China really mean

What sanctions on Russia and China really mean

A crucial Pentagon report on the US defense industrial base and “supply chain resiliency” bluntly accuses China of “military expansion” and “a strategy of economic aggression,” mostly because Beijing is the only source for “a number of chemical products used in munitions and missiles.” Russia is mentioned only once, but in a crucial paragraph: as a – what else – “threat,” alongside China, for the US defense industry. The Pentagon, in this report, may not be advocating total war against both Russia and China – as it was interpreted in some quarters. What it does is configure the trade war against China as even more…

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IS defeated in Syria with Russia’s support — defense minister

IS defeated in Syria with Russia’s support — defense minister

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu © Alexey Nikolsky/Russian presidential press service/TASS SINGAPORE, October 20. /TASS/. The Islamic State terrorist group (outlawed in Russia) has been defeated over the last three years of military actions in Syria with Russia’s support, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Saturday at the fifth council of defense ministers of ASEAN member countries and their dialogue partners. “Over the course of the operation, 87,500 militants were destroyed, 1,141 settlements and over 95% of Syria’s territory were liberated,” Shoigu said. “Key settlements were liberated and main communications were unblocked,” he noted. “The Syrian armed forces currently control territory where 90% of the…

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Truck-size asteroid makes fourth-closest pass by Earth on record

Truck-size asteroid makes fourth-closest pass by Earth on record

A space rock cruises over us, coming even closer than most communications satellites An asteroid roughly the size of a pickup truck came within 10,000 miles of our heads Friday morning and then continued on its way without incident. Only three observed asteroids have come closer to our planet, according to NASA records that date all the way back to 1900. Asteroid 2018 UA was only 9,544 miles (15,360 kilometers) above the surface of the planet at its closest approach, which is much closer than the distance to the moon and even twice as close as most large man-made satellites in orbit. Earth’s gravity managed…

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Putin and Trump may meet in France or Agrentine in November — administration official

Putin and Trump may meet in France or Agrentine in November — administration official

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin © Mikhail Metsel/TASS WASHINGTON, October 20. /TASS/. US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin may meet in Paris or Buenos Aires in November, a senior administration official said in response to a TASS question at a meeting with reporters on Friday. “There are a couple possibilities, including the G-20 in Buenos Aires or the Armistice Day parade in Paris. At the G-20 is probably more likely. And President Trump’s invitation to Putin to visit Washington, DC still stands,” the official said.  France will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with Armistice…

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Collected Department Releases: Move Towards Ukrainian Autocephaly

Collected Department Releases: Move Towards Ukrainian Autocephaly

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC October 19, 2018 The United States reiterates its strong support for religious freedom and the freedom of members of religious groups, including Ukraine’s Orthodox community, to govern their religion according to their beliefs, free of outside interference. We support Ukrainians’ ability to worship as they choose and hope this will be respected by all. Tolerance, restraint, and understanding are key to ensuring that people with different religious affiliations can live and prosper together in peace. We urge Church and government officials to actively promote these values in connection with the move towards the establishment of…

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Collected Department Releases: Interview With Greta Van Susteren of Voice of America

Collected Department Releases: Interview With Greta Van Susteren of Voice of America

Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Sheraton Hotel Mexico City, Mexico October 19, 2018 QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, nice to see you, sir. SECRETARY POMPEO: Greta, it’s great to be with you. QUESTION: This is your second trip to Mexico, but why are you here now in Mexico? SECRETARY POMPEO: So as the new government makes this transition beginning on December 1st, we’re working diligently to make sure we have a solid foreign policy relationship with them. So we certainly are working with the existing government. I’ll see President Pena Nieto in just a few minutes, was with Foreign Secretary Videgaray this morning, but also…

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Russian military say militants shelled two Syrian provinces in last 24 hours

Russian military say militants shelled two Syrian provinces in last 24 hours

© Valery Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, October 19. /TASS/. Russian military have registered shellings by militants in the Syrian regions of Latakia and Aleppo, Lieutenant General Vladimir Savchenko, the chief of the Russian center for reconciliation of conflicting sides in Syria, said on Friday. “In the past 24 hours, insurgents attacked Ikko (two times), Nahshabba, Jubb-al-Zarur in the Latakia province, Maqans-al-Duwayri (three rimes), Hayil-al-Andalus, Shahba (two times) and Castello districts in the Aleppo city. There have also been shellings at positions of government troops close to Tal-Rifaat from the position of illegal armed groups in the Afrin district,” he said. The Russian military distributed one tonne of fresh…

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Bolton heading to Moscow to continue discussions that began at Helsinki summit

Bolton heading to Moscow to continue discussions that began at Helsinki summit

US National Security Advisor John Bolton © Mikhail Metsel/TASS WASHINGTON, October 19. /TASS/. US National Security Advisor John Bolton will visit Moscow to continie discussions that began at the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in Helsinki on July 16. “Heading to Moscow tomorrow to meet with senior Russian leaders, including Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, to continue discussions that began in Helsinki between our two countries,” Bolton wrote on his Twitter account on Friday. The Trump Administration said earlier that on this trip, Bolton will also visit Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia. The US national security…

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‘Breakthrough’ & ‘message to US’: France & Germany to join Russia & Turkey in Syria summit

‘Breakthrough’ & ‘message to US’: France & Germany to join Russia & Turkey in Syria summit

France and Germany will meet Russia and Turkey this October for a four-way summit on Syria, a potentially groundbreaking gathering that could finally see key EU states working together with local players to end the war. Unlike many of the previous rounds of talks in Astana or Geneva, this meeting, scheduled for October 27 in Istanbul, will gather the countries’ leaders. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. The meeting will focus on “the situation on the ground, the Idlib agreement and the political process,” according to Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin. It…

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Kremlin ‘counting on’ Putin-Bolton meeting in Moscow

Kremlin ‘counting on’ Putin-Bolton meeting in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with US National Security Advisor John Bolton during his upcoming visit to Moscow, the Kremlin has revealed. Bolton will be in Moscow for two days early next week, according to Putin’s foreign policy aide Yuriy Ushakov. Ushakov is one of those scheduled to hold a meeting with the US official, along with the Russian Security Council, and possibly the Foreign Ministry. Most importantly, a one-on-one with Putin is also on the table. “We are preparing a possible meeting with President Putin and are counting on that meeting taking place,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian media.

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NASA chief gets Russian space boss ‘temporarily’ taken off sanction list so he can visit US

NASA chief gets Russian space boss ‘temporarily’ taken off sanction list so he can visit US

NASA managed to convince the White House to ‘temporarily’ lift the travel ban imposed on Russian space chief Dmitry Rogozin so he could pay a visit to the US, the head of NASA said on Friday. NASA “succeeded” in temporarily “removing” the head of the Russian national space agency ‘Roscosmos’ from the sanctions list, Jim Bridenstine told TASS news agency. He explained that this was done so that the Russian official could travel to the US and “meet with NASA representatives and several of our contractors.” The US space agency wants to secure “strong working relations” with Russia as it will benefit both nations, Bridenstine…

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Russia-EU relations touch bottom, says Russian PM

Russia-EU relations touch bottom, says Russian PM

BRUSSELS, October 19. /TASS/. Relations between Russia and the European Union has absolutely degraded and nothing good will come of this, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday at a news conference after talks with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel. “I have had meetings with lots of other colleagues [at the Asia-Europe Meeting]. Yesterday, I held a brief conversation with President of the European Commission, Mr. [Jean-Claude] Juncker. Actually, I told him what is so well-known,” Medvedev said. “I just wanted to focus his attention on the fact that current relations between Russia and the European Union have absolutely degraded along with ties between…

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Reports say S-300s sent to Syria were modernized versions

Reports say S-300s sent to Syria were modernized versions

Moscow has delivered advanced S-300 air defense missiles to Syria to protect the country’s troops deployed in the war-torn Arab country in the wake of last month’s downing of a Russian reconnaissance plane during an Israeli airstrike in Latakia. The three battalion sets of S-300PM-2 air defense missile handed over to Syria by Russia are more advanced compared to their conventional counterparts, the newspaper Izvestiya wrote, citing Defense Ministry sources in Moscow. The S-300PM-2 system is equipped with a more advanced radar station, an improved target illumination and guidance station (firing radar) and a mobile command post. Launchers have also been upgraded enabling the use…

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Battle for the Arctic: NATO’s Trident Juncture to demonstrate its dominance to Russia

Battle for the Arctic: NATO’s Trident Juncture to demonstrate its dominance to Russia

The Arctic is becoming an arena for a fierce competition to control transportation routes & natural resources of global importance. The upcoming Trident Juncture exercise is NATO’s attempt to demonstrate dominance in the region. NATO says that Russia has nothing to worry about, because the exercise – which will be held in Norway and Iceland between October 25 and November 23 – “doesn’t target” it. But during Trident Juncture the forces will model the situation when Article 5 (Collective Defense) of the NATO treaty is invoked, as a potential enemy is threatening one of the member states. “We have to ask ourselves then, who could…

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Battle for the Arctic: US sends carrier strike group to North Pole for first time in 30 years

Battle for the Arctic: US sends carrier strike group to North Pole for first time in 30 years

The Arctic is becoming an arena for a fierce competition to control transportation routes & natural resources of global importance. The upcoming Trident Juncture exercise is NATO’s attempt to demonstrate dominance in the region. NATO says that Russia has nothing to worry about, because the exercise – which will be held in Norway and Iceland between October 25 and November 23 – “doesn’t target” it. But during Trident Juncture the forces will model the situation when Article 5 (Collective Defense) of the NATO treaty is invoked, as a potential enemy is threatening one of the member states. “We have to ask ourselves then, who could…

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Russia and China prepare to ditch the dollar and trade in national currencies says top official

Russia and China prepare to ditch the dollar and trade in national currencies says top official

Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development said on Thursday that Moscow and Beijing are working on an inter-governmental agreement to boost the use of the ruble and yuan in mutual trade settlements. “The document is currently being prepared, the process is not easy,” said Deputy Minister of Russia’s Economic Development Sergey Gorkov, as quoted by TASS. “Russia and China have had some experience of using national currencies in bilateral trade.” Gorkov added that Russia and China have been successfully implementing the terms of ruble-yuan currency swap agreement, clinched in 2014 to boost trade using national currencies and eliminate dependence on the dollar and the euro. The…

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China on notice as the Deep State’s next big enemy, right after Russia

China on notice as the Deep State’s next big enemy, right after Russia

One wonders what went on in Russian minds during last month’s spectacle of US President Trump raking Beijing over the coals on accusations of meddling, in the upcoming US midterm elections, to try to undermine his trade policies. Certainly the Chinese, who evidently didn’t expect it, were shocked and outraged, but it was behavior to which Moscow was accustomed to being on the receiving end of – this time aimed at someone else for a change. Geng Shuang, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, called Donald Trump’s claims “totally far-fetched and fictional,” and advised the “US side to stop its unwarranted accusations and slander against China and…

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BEST OF THE WEB: China on notice as the Deep State’s next big enemy, right after Russia

BEST OF THE WEB: China on notice as the Deep State’s next big enemy, right after Russia

One wonders what went on in Russian minds during last month’s spectacle of US President Trump raking Beijing over the coals on accusations of meddling, in the upcoming US midterm elections, to try to undermine his trade policies. Certainly the Chinese, who evidently didn’t expect it, were shocked and outraged, but it was behavior to which Moscow was accustomed to being on the receiving end of – this time aimed at someone else for a change. Geng Shuang, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, called Donald Trump’s claims “totally far-fetched and fictional,” and advised the “US side to stop its unwarranted accusations and slander against China and…

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UK ENTERS INTO ‘TANK’ RACE VS. RUSSIA – DEBUTS BLACK NIGHT

UK ENTERS INTO ‘TANK’ RACE VS. RUSSIA – DEBUTS BLACK NIGHT

European powers have been daunted by the idea that their Atlanticist commitments will place them in an eventual and direct confrontation with Russia. To date, the Russian military is able to defeat the entire combined military forces of Europe. While this demonstrates to most prudent European leaders the need to create ‘win – win’ solutions […] The post UK ENTERS INTO ‘TANK’ RACE VS. RUSSIA – DEBUTS BLACK NIGHT appeared first on Fort Russ.

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Putin: Russia surpassed rivals with precise hypersonic weapons & will deploy more within months

Putin: Russia surpassed rivals with precise hypersonic weapons & will deploy more within months

New Avangard hypersonic glider warheads are just months away from entering military service, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, adding that Russia is the first in the world to develop the breakthrough technology. A hypersonic glider is a type of projectile that can fly and maneuver in the upper atmosphere at speeds of over Mach 5. This makes them harder to intercept than regular warheads, which approach the target over a predictable ballistic trajectory. Russia’s variant of the system is called Avangard and will be ready for military service in a few months, according to Putin. “Responding to the development of anti-ballistic missile systems by the…

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Putin: Russia getting rid of US dollar matter of national security

Putin: Russia getting rid of US dollar matter of national security

Sanctions are forcing Russia to find alternative settlement currencies to the US dollar to ensure the security of the country’s economy, according to President Vladimir Putin. “We are moving to the de-dollarization of the economy. We are doing so not because we want to undermine the dollar, but because we want to ensure our security. We are constantly facing sanctions, they do not give us the opportunity to work in dollars,”Putin said on Thursday at the Valdai Discussion Club meeting in Sochi. The alternative to the greenback could become a basket of national currencies, an instrument being developed by BRICS countries. “If such tools are…

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Russian, Norwegian premiers discuss bilateral trade and economic interaction

Russian, Norwegian premiers discuss bilateral trade and economic interaction

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev © AP Photo/Olivier Matthys BRUSSELS, October 19. /TASS/. Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev completed a series of bilateral contacts on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) forum with a talk with his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg, First Deputy Head of the Russian government office Sergei Prikhodko said on Friday. The talk was held at the request of the Norwegian premier, Prikhodko said. “The sides discussed trade and economic interaction and cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian spheres,” he said. The Norwegian News Agency (NTB) reported that the Syria events had also been the subject matter of the discussion at the…

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Asia-Europe Meeting participants reiterate commitment to anti-terror efforts

Asia-Europe Meeting participants reiterate commitment to anti-terror efforts

BRUSSELS, October 19. /TASS/. Member nations of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) forum have reiterated their commitment to anti-terrorism efforts on the basis on international law, according to the summit’s statement released on Friday. “Leaders underlined that terrorism in all forms and manifestations constitutes a serious threat to international peace and security and that acts of terrorism are unjustifiable regardless of motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed. Leaders underscored the need for balanced and integrated implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. Leaders committed to enhancing collaboration in ASEM to tackle radicalisation leading to violence, terrorism financing, abuse of the Internet by terrorist groups, terrorist recruitment,…

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Asia-Europe Meeting participants ready to pool efforts to tackle migration problems

Asia-Europe Meeting participants ready to pool efforts to tackle migration problems

BRUSSELS, October 19. /TASS/. Member nations of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) forum expressed their commitment to joint efforts towards resolution of migration problems, according to the forum’s statement released on Friday. “Leaders underlined that migration flows represent a global challenge and need a multilevel response,” the document says. Participants noted that orderly and regular migration “can contribute positively to growth and sustainable development in countries of origin, transit and destination,” while irregular migration requires a coordinated international response. “Leaders expressed concern over the unprecedented humanitarian emergencies linked to irregular migration flows, forced displacement and the migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings occurring in Asia…

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Russian top brass, UNHCR delegation discuss Syrian refugees return

Russian top brass, UNHCR delegation discuss Syrian refugees return

MOSCOW, October 19. /TASS/. Major General Yevgeny Ilyin, a deputy head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s International Cooperation Directorate, discussed joint efforts in Syria with a delegation of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday. The UN delegation was headed by Amin Awad Abu-Bakr, UNHCR Director for the Middle East and North Africa Bureau and Regional Refugee Coordinator. “The UNHCR delegation was informed about the steps taken by Russia’s Defense Ministry to create favorable conditions for the return of refugees. [Their] attention was drawn to the operation of the Russian Center for the Reception, Relocation and Accommodation of Refugees…

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Deep state dominos falling? Indicted leakers linked to Mueller team members Andrew Weissmann and DOJ Fusion GPS Collaborator Bruce Ohr

Deep state dominos falling? Indicted leakers linked to Mueller team members Andrew Weissmann and DOJ Fusion GPS Collaborator Bruce Ohr

The indictment of US Treasury officials yesterday is more important than first thought. The individuals indicted have close ties to demoted DOJ lawyer Bruce Ohr and Mueller team corrupt attorney Andrew Weissmann! On Tuesday, 40-year-old Natalie May Edwards, the senior advisor in the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, was arrested and criminally charged for leaking confidential financial documents relating to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, the Russian embassy and accused Russian spy Maria Butina. Ms. Edwards, who leaked the documents related to the Manafort case, was interviewed by Ronan Farrow six months ago. It now looks like that was an attempt by her…

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Congress has no Russia policy other than counterproductive sanctions

Congress has no Russia policy other than counterproductive sanctions

Inconvenient thoughts on Cold War and other news. Intelligence agencies, Nikki Haley, sanctions, and public opinion. 1. National intelligence agencies have long played major roles, often not entirely visible, in international politics. They are doing so again today, as is evident in several countries, from Russiagate in the United States and the murky Skripal assassination attempt in the UK to the apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Leaving aside what President Obama knew about Russiagate allegations against Donald Trump and when he knew it, the question arises as to whether these operations were ordered by President Putin and Crown Prince…

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Russia invites foreign banks to use money transfer alternative to US-influenced SWIFT

Russia invites foreign banks to use money transfer alternative to US-influenced SWIFT

Foreign banks will soon be able to become part of Russia’s money transfer network which serves as an alternative to the traditional SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) system. “Non-residents will start connecting to us this year. People are already turning to us,” said First Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Russia Olga Skorobogatova. Earlier, the official said that by using the alternative payment system foreign firms would be able to do business with sanctioned Russian companies. As of September, 416 Russian companies have joined the System for Transfer of Financial Messages (SPFS), including the Russian Federal Treasury and large state corporations including…

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Ukraine’s allies exposed as event hosts neo-nazi’s, deviants and Western-linked Gladio groups

Ukraine’s allies exposed as event hosts neo-nazi’s, deviants and Western-linked Gladio groups

On October 15th, the NATO/US intelligence backed or supported Gladio networks showed their hand, publicly exposing themselves by hosting a conjoined public conference in the semi-failed state of Ukraine, where Gladio organizations such as Svoboda were critical pawns in the Color Revolution dubbed ‘EuroMaidan’. The EuroMaidan is infamous for bringing misery, poverty, and instability to the former Soviet state of Ukraine, alongside a policy of anti-Russian ethnic cleansing in the east of the civil-war torn country. Joining them were their Western European counterparts of JN (Germany) and CasaPound (Italy) who supported the U.S/NATO policy in Ukraine, where these neo-nazi/neo-fascist/third position type front organizations were used…

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