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Merkel: Children protesting climate change influenced from “outside”

Merkel: Children protesting climate change influenced from “outside”

Chancellor said demonstrations couldn’t have happened without ‘outside influence.’ Angela Merkel’s spokesman said she supported climate action protests by schoolchildren after the German chancellor said the demonstrations could not have taken place without outside influence. In remarks at the annual Munich Security Conference, Merkel mentioned the protests after talking about hybrid warfare from Russia. Hybrid warfare uses techniques including cyberwarfare and disinformation to destabilize an opponent. “In Germany now, children are protesting for climate protection. That is a really important issue,” she said. “But you can’t imagine that all German children, after years, and without any outside influence, suddenly hit on the idea that they…

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Moscow court orders US investor detained over $37mn fraud allegations

Moscow court orders US investor detained over $37mn fraud allegations

The founder and senior partner of Baring Vostok private equity fund, Michael Calvey, will be detained in Moscow for two months after his bail got rejected. The US citizen is accused of a large-scale fraud involving a Russian bank. The investor was put in pre-trial custody by a Moscow court on Saturday. The court rejected the request of Calvey’s defense to release him on 5 million rubles ($75.5 thousand) bail. The prosecution, on its part, insisted that the detention was an absolute necessity, as the US citizen might try and flee the country. Calvey’s defense has already vowed to challenge the detention order.

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MUST SEE VIDEO – Lavrov puts Washington Post journalist in his place, Munich conference explodes in laughter

MUST SEE VIDEO – Lavrov puts Washington Post journalist in his place, Munich conference explodes in laughter

MUNICH, Germany –  Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded to a Washington Post journalist’s question with undisguised irony at the 55th Munich Security Policy Conference, February 16th, 2019. The words of the Foreign Minister quoted by the press service of the Russian foreign ministry: “… A question from journalist Josh Rogin from The Washington Post on […] The post MUST SEE VIDEO – Lavrov puts Washington Post journalist in his place, Munich conference explodes in laughter appeared first on Fort Russ.

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Lavrov says Europe has ‘lost monopoly’ on regional integration as East rises – ‘EU needs renovation’

Lavrov says Europe has ‘lost monopoly’ on regional integration as East rises – ‘EU needs renovation’

Russian foreign minister says European project failing to provide security and prosperity for continent, while EU wastes its energies on confronting Russia to please Washington. “A unified Europe still hasn’t been built,” Sergey Lavrov said in his keynote address at the Munich Security Conference. “Everyday issues – from eradicating terrorism, to providing steady economic growth – have not been addressed with adequate solutions.” Instead, the Russian diplomat said that Europe has been happy to play “follower” to Washington’s “leader” all while pursuing a “NATO-centric” foreign policy.

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Look deeper at McCabe, alt-left media won’t

Look deeper at McCabe, alt-left media won’t

And now it’s time for the rest of the story about crooked G-man Andrew McCabe. This is important as we prepare for a weekend of unctuous oohing and ahhing in the alt-left media over the fired FBI director. Sunday night he’ll be treated as a conquering hero on 60 Minutes, that perennial destination for dodgy Democrats down through the decades. He’ll be portrayed as the greatest lawman since Wyatt Earp, because after becoming the head fed in May 2017 he immediately opened the phony-baloney Russia “investigation” of President Trump. “I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid…

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Slandering-on: Biden warns of foreign election interference, cites Russia

Slandering-on: Biden warns of foreign election interference, cites Russia

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has warned of efforts by foreign countries to interfere in upcoming elections, “particularly coming from Russian” actors. Speaking on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on February 16, Biden warned of the threat of “cyberattacks, dark money influence operations, and disinformation” from Moscow, but “also other actors, to undermine confidence of people in each of our countries in the democratic process. Foreign election interference is not only a serious threat to our democratic institutions, I believe it’s a threat to our national security,” Biden added. The 76-year-old Biden, who has not yet announced whether he will run in…

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Mueller questions Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser in collusion investigation

Mueller questions Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser in collusion investigation

Second former employee of controversial data firm to be questioned by special counsel’s inquiry into Russia collusion A director of the controversial data company Cambridge Analytica, who appeared with Arron Banks at the launch of the Leave.EU campaign, has been subpoenaed by the US investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. A spokesman for Brittany Kaiser, former business development director for Cambridge Analytica – which collapsed after the Observer revealed details of its misuse of Facebook data – confirmed that she had been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller, and was cooperating fully with his investigation.

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No limits? Here’s what we know about ‘Russian Tomahawks’, Moscow’s new nuclear cruise missile

No limits? Here’s what we know about ‘Russian Tomahawks’, Moscow’s new nuclear cruise missile

Russia’s new nuclear cruise missile has entered the final stage of development following reports of successful tests. Officials say Burevestnik (‘Storm Petrel’) will have “unlimited” range and can outmaneuver any known defenses. The missile’s nuclear power unit was successfully tested back in January, Russian media reported on Friday, citing sources. This “crucial” stage of testing “confirmed” that the reactor allows the missile to travel to an “unlimited range.” The military didn’t officially confirm the story, and it is not clear where and when the test reportedly took place. The videos released by the missile’s development team earlier showed how the engineers, dressed in all white…

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Syria’s constitution not a bargaining chip – Assad

Syria’s constitution not a bargaining chip – Assad

TASS, February 17. Syria remains committed to dialogue to find a solution to the crisis, but will not allow its constitution to become a bargaining chip, Syrian President Bashar Assad said at a meeting with heads of local councils on Sunday. “We will not allow the hostile states to achieve any of their objectives through their agents who hold the Syrian nationality,” Syria’s SANA news agency said citing the president. He has warned that “Turkish accomplices” got into the constitutional committee that is formed in accordance with the Syrian National Dialogue Congress’ decision (held on January 30-31, 2018). “The Constitution, like the sovereignty of states,…

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Reshaping the Middle East: Why the West should stop its interventions

Reshaping the Middle East: Why the West should stop its interventions

Part 1 Every single foreign intervention has made the Middle East reconfigure itself against the interventionists. It has harshly counter-attacked, creating the opposite of the insurgents’ desired effect. When we look at recent history (the last four decades since the PLO was expelled from Lebanon), the list is cataclysmic. We find the formation of Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Qaeda, ISIS, the ousting of the Taliban regime, Saddam Hussein, Moammar Ghedaffi, the attempt to topple the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the attempt to divide Iraq, and the war on Yemen. The list bears witness to the unbelievable resources brought to bear by the US, Israel, Europe and their…

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BEST OF THE WEB: Haitian protesters call for Russian intervention as they revolt against US puppet government

BEST OF THE WEB: Haitian protesters call for Russian intervention as they revolt against US puppet government

As the poorest Caribbean state descends into chaos caused by the corruption of its elites, protesters on the streets are calling for help from a man who has never set foot in the country – Vladimir Putin. “Down with Americans, long live Putin!” chanted around 200 demonstrators in the capital Port-au-Prince on Friday, some holding up printouts with the face of the Russian president. Protesters burned the American flag as criticism of the links between Washington and the unpopular government of President Jovenel Moise. They called Moise, elected in 2016, a US-installed puppet, who is surviving due to US reluctance to exert international pressure.

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Long live Putin: Haitian protesters call for Russian intervention against US-puppet run corrupt government

Long live Putin: Haitian protesters call for Russian intervention against US-puppet run corrupt government

As the poorest Caribbean state descends into chaos caused by the corruption of its elites, protesters on the streets are calling for help from a man who has never set foot in the country – Vladimir Putin. “Down with Americans, long live Putin!” chanted around 200 demonstrators in the capital Port-au-Prince on Friday, some holding up printouts with the face of the Russian president. Protesters burned the American flag as criticism of the links between Washington and the unpopular government of President Jovenel Moise. They called Moise, elected in 2016, a US-installed puppet, who is surviving due to US reluctance to exert international pressure.

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West claims it wants a “normalization of relations” with Russia – Lavrov at Munich Security Conf

West claims it wants a “normalization of relations” with Russia – Lavrov at Munich Security Conf

Europeans want relations with Moscow to go back to normal, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said after a long chain of meetings in Munich, Germany, adding that Europe is increasingly ready to listen to what the Kremlin has to say. The Russian delegation has held more than two dozens of “nonstop negotiations” with foreign officials over just two days at the Munich Security Conference. Those included even some European nations that talk hard on the Kremlin publicly, Lavrov told journalists after meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono. “All talks were constructive, including those with the politicians, who otherwise make tough statements about Russia when they…

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Supreme Trolling: One year on from Skripal false-flag chemical attack, enormous Russia flag mounted on Salisbury cathedral

Supreme Trolling: One year on from Skripal false-flag chemical attack, enormous Russia flag mounted on Salisbury cathedral

The English city synonymous with the poisoning of a Russian double-agent woke to a peculiar sight this morning – an enormous Russian flag waving down from Salisbury’s cathedral, famed for its 123-meter spire. Comment: Troll-lol-lol-lol! The flag, which appeared overnight or early Sunday, was unfurled atop scaffolding encasing part of the famous site as it undergoes maintenance repairs. It’s not clear whether the banner was an act of supreme trolling against Russia, or a peculiar indication of support for Russia. Comment: Oh it’s pretty clear it’s an act of supreme trolling against the British, French and Israelis who concocted the Skripal Saga.

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Trolling or mocking? Huge Russia flag mounted on Salisbury cathedral

Trolling or mocking? Huge Russia flag mounted on Salisbury cathedral

The English city synonymous with the poisoning of a Russian double-agent woke to a peculiar sight this morning – an enormous Russian flag waving down from Salisbury’s cathedral, famed for its 123-meter spire. The flag, which appeared overnight or early Sunday, was unfurled atop scaffolding encasing part of the famous site as it undergoes maintenance repairs. It’s not clear whether the banner was an act of supreme trolling against Russia, or a peculiar indication of support for Russia.

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Bolivia’s president says invited to visit Russia in July

Bolivia’s president says invited to visit Russia in July

YUZHO-SAKHALINSK, February 17. /TASS/. Bolivian President Evo Morales has received an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to come to Russia on an official visit in July, Morales said in an interview with Rossiya’24 television channel aired on Sunday. “Today, the [Russian] ambassador visited me to inform about an important thing,” Morales said. “Our brother, the president of Russia, has invited us through his ambassador to make an official visit to Russia in July,” he said. Bolivia’s president visited Russia last June, when he held talks with Putin and attended the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony. In other media

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UAE buys Russia’s Kornet, Pantsir missile systems – general

UAE buys Russia’s Kornet, Pantsir missile systems – general

Armored car “Tiger” with anti-tank missile complex “Cornet-E” © Ladislav Karpov/TASS ABU DHABI, February 17. /TASS/. The United Arab Emirates’ Armed Forces have purchased Russia’s Kornet-EM anti-tank missile systems and Pantsir surface-to-air missile systems, UAE Brigadier General Mohammed Hassaini told TASS on Sunday. “The contract on Kornet-EM is to the tune of 146.92 mln dirham ($39.7 mln) and on Pantsir – more than 45 mln dirham ($12.1 mln),” he said speaking about the outcome of the first day of the IDEX-2019 international defense exhibition in Abu Dhabi. The general gave no other details of the deal. In other media

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Netanyahu says plans to talk with Putin enhancing coordination on Syria

Netanyahu says plans to talk with Putin enhancing coordination on Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu © AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner TEL AVIV, February 17. /TASS/. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he plans to discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on February 21 strengthening coordination between the two countries’ military on Syria. “On Thursday, I will meet in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin. We will continue discussing enhancing coordination mechanism to avoid clashes between the Israeli and Russian military,” Netanyahu told a weekly cabinet meeting, according to his press service. “This is vital, especially for our [Tel Aviv’s] efforts on ensuring Israel’s freedom of steps against Iran and its satellites, who declare plans…

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Nearly 30 detained at Yellow Vests protests in Paris

Nearly 30 detained at Yellow Vests protests in Paris

PARIS, February 17. /TASS/. Police in Paris on Saturday hauled off 29 participants of protests organized by the Yellow Vests movement, BFM TV reported citing a source in law enforcement agencies. The new wave of social protests hit France on February 16, drawing more than 40,000 demonstrators. Some 5,000 of them marched across Paris. During the day the protesters clashed with police several times. One of major clashes occurred in front of Les Invalides, where police used tear gas. The Paris police have tightened security ahead of three series of protests scheduled for Sunday. Since mid-November, France has been gripped by street riots over skyrocketing…

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Japan, Russia agree on Lavrov’s upcoming visit to Tokyo

Japan, Russia agree on Lavrov’s upcoming visit to Tokyo

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono © EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK MUNICH, February 17. /TASS/. Japanese and Russian foreign ministers have agreed on that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will pay a visit to Tokyo soon, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told reporters on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. “We have agreed on to organize the upcoming visit of [Sergey Lavrov] to Japan,” Kono said, according to the Kyodo news agency, stressing that the problem of signing a peace treaty cannot be solved overnight. “This is a problem, a solution to which has not been found for more than 70 years. But I would like to make…

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Merkel wants Russian gas but supports US sanctions, wants US to stay in Syria and Afghanistan to hold back Russia and Iran

Merkel wants Russian gas but supports US sanctions, wants US to stay in Syria and Afghanistan to hold back Russia and Iran

Germany considers it a mistake to squeeze Russia out of the European Union’s gas market for political reasons, Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. “I would like to tell the following to our American colleagues: it has been three years since it was permitted to export liquefied natural gas (to Europe). We have not had American natural gas over the past 67 years since Germany was formed, and we have looked to the Persian Gulf, as well as used own resources, for example, in Norway,” she said. “We do not put the issue of American gas purchases in doubt, but…

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Nolte: Networks refuse to cover Senate’s ‘no Russia collusion’ report

Nolte: Networks refuse to cover Senate’s ‘no Russia collusion’ report

The same networks that spent 2,202 minutes of collective airtime to push the Russia Collusion Media-Hoax are refusing to cover the Senate Intelligence Committee bipartisan report, which found no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The Media Research Center (MRC) did the research and found that between January 21, 2017, and February 10, 2019, “ABC’s World News Tonight, the CBS Evening News, and the NBC Nightly News [spent] 2,202 minutes on the Russia investigation [, which] accounted for nearly 19 percent of all Trump-related reporting [, and now] none of those three shows have even mentioned the investigation since NBC’s report came out on…

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Syrian refugees “trapped” in “deplorable conditions” in US held area, Russia to open humanitarian corridors for their escape

Syrian refugees “trapped” in “deplorable conditions” in US held area, Russia to open humanitarian corridors for their escape

Moscow and Damascus will establish two humanitarian corridors in an effort to rescue refugees “stranded” without medical assistance and supplies at Rukban tent camp in the US-controlled zone in Syria. The checkpoints for “voluntary, unimpeded and safe passage” will start operating at Jleb and Jabal al-Ghurab on February 19, Russian and Syrian military said in a joint statement on Saturday. The two corridors are intended to help refugees leave the Rukban camp and move to the territory administered by the Syrian government, where they can access assistance. The Rukban camp, housing around 40,000 displaced people, mostly women and children, is located in the southeastern part…

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Russia, Syria to open 2 corridors for refugees “trapped” in US held area in “deplorable conditions”

Russia, Syria to open 2 corridors for refugees “trapped” in US held area in “deplorable conditions”

Moscow and Damascus will establish two humanitarian corridors in an effort to rescue refugees “stranded” without medical assistance and supplies at Rukban tent camp in the US-controlled zone in Syria. The checkpoints for “voluntary, unimpeded and safe passage” will start operating at Jleb and Jabal al-Ghurab on February 19, Russian and Syrian military said in a joint statement on Saturday. The two corridors are intended to help refugees leave the Rukban camp and move to the territory administered by the Syrian government, where they can access assistance. The Rukban camp, housing around 40,000 displaced people, mostly women and children, is located in the southeastern part…

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Erdogan signs purchase of Russia’s S-400s despite US threats to end Patriot and F-35 deals

Erdogan signs purchase of Russia’s S-400s despite US threats to end Patriot and F-35 deals

Talks on buying US-made Patriot missile systems aren’t going smoothly, as Americans are giving the cold shoulder to Turkish requests, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after his trip to Russia. US officials “can’t say anything [concrete] about the issues of joint production and loans” which, along with early delivery, Turkey considers “important” conditions for the deal to be made, Erdogan told reporters on Saturday. “Under such circumstances, we can’t take a step” to buy the US-made MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile systems, he explained. Talks of acquiring Patriot systems from the US have been in the works for years, but the negotiations have stalled several times.…

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Yes, Moscow boosts western anti-imperialist voices. So what?

Yes, Moscow boosts western anti-imperialist voices. So what?

In an extremely weird article titled “Russia is backing a viral video company aimed at American millennials”, CNN reports that Facebook has suspended popular dissident media outlet In The Now and its allied pages for failing to publicly “disclose” its financial ties to a subsidiary of RT. According to CNN, such disclosures are not and have never been an actual part of Facebook’s official policy, but Facebook has made the exceptional precondition of public disclosure of financial ties in order for In The Now to return to its platform. I say the article is extremely weird for a number of reasons. Firstly, according to In…

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Grand opening of discount Russian food store sweeps Leipzig, Germany

Grand opening of discount Russian food store sweeps Leipzig, Germany

A Russian grocery retailer was nearly forced to close during its grand opening week in Germany when a huge crowd of Leipzig locals arrived and gobbled up almost the entire inventory. The promising slogan ‘Only Lowest Prices Everyday’ evoked an enormous demand during the first days after the opening that toppled the most optimistic forecasts. The buying fever was reportedly triggered by very attractive prices for foodstuff and basic goods offered by the grocery store that had been opened in early February in a location where an Aldi market once stood. Mere, a food discounter belonging to one of Russia’s largest thrift shop chains Torgservis,…

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SOTT FOCUS: Essay by Kremlin Advisor Vladislav Surkov: ‘Putin’s Long-Lasting State’

SOTT FOCUS: Essay by Kremlin Advisor Vladislav Surkov: ‘Putin’s Long-Lasting State’

Comment: The following essay was recently published in Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta. Russian-American author Dmitry Orlov has translated it, as published here on The Saker. The essay’s author is Vladislav Surkov. If Russian philosopher Aleksandr Dugin is mischaracterized in the West as “Putin’s brain,” then Surkov is similarly mischaracterized “Putin’s éminence grise.” Surkov was Deputy Chief of the Russian Presidential Administration from 1999-2011, during which time he apparently played a role in the transition from Yeltsin to Putin and later developed the concept of sovereign democracy, which is arguably 21st century Russia’s ‘state ideology’. Surkov also served as Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Modernisation from…

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Munich brawl: Pence, Merkel and Mogherini clash over Iran deal and Russian pipeline

Munich brawl: Pence, Merkel and Mogherini clash over Iran deal and Russian pipeline

US Vice President Mike Pence went full throttle in Munich as he rolled out a list of Washington’s demands to the EU, clashing with Germany’s Angela Merkel and Brussels’ Federica Mogherini on Iran and Russia. EU nations must “stop undermining US sanctions” against Iran, Pence told the audience at the annual Munich Security Conference on Saturday, urging European allies to follow the American lead in ditching the deal on the Iranian nuclear program. He had earlier blasted EU countries for not being “cooperative” with Washington’s push to pressure Iran. The US unilaterally pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) last year, citing…

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