Poland Attacks NATO-Russia Founding Act

Poland Attacks NATO-Russia Founding Act

As relations between Washington and Berlin deteriorate, it is not surprising to see Warsaw sweeten its invitation for American forces to eventually leave Germany — where they’ve been stationed since World War II — for Poland. The Poles, who are one of the few NATO member states to meet the Alliance’s nominal target of 2% of GDP spent on defense, have historically clashed with and feared their powerful neighbor to the east in Russia. Poland already hosts elements of a U.S. brigade and other NATO forces, together with their northern neighbors in the Baltic States. But the latest Polish Defense Ministry document is calling for the permanent stationing of a full U.S. armored division, likely at Bydgoszcz or Toruń, two cities along the Vistula River in northern Poland — approximately a three hour drive at highway speed from Russia’s increasingly fortified exclave at Kaliningrad, and six hours from the so-called ‘Suwalki gap’ along the Belorussian border that NATO strategists have turned into the new Fulda Gap.

Photo courtesy of: US Army Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Tarr February 13, 2017

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Syraq SITREP 56: Russian Casualties from ISIS Attack, Israel-Iran Negotiations Via Jordan

Syraq SITREP 56: Russian Casualties from ISIS Attack, Israel-Iran Negotiations Via Jordan

At least four Russian military advisers are dead and several wounded after an ISIS attack on a Syrian Arab Army position in a government controlled part of Deir Ez Zor province. RT.com reports the Russian Defense Ministry said 43 Daesh terrorists and six vehicles used by the attackers were destroyed. Additional details about the attack were not provided, but the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (one guy living over a shop in Coventry, UK) claimed that nine Russian soldiers died in the hour long firefight.

Prior to the fight this weekend, the SAA had been moving troops freed up from the defeat of jihadist pockets around Damascus to clean out the remaining ISIS remnants in the Homs desert. ISIS may have received reinforcements of its own from several hundred militants who escaped before the south and east Damascus encirclement. The likely response of the Russian forces will be more air strikes guided by spetsnaz units to hunt down the remaining terrorists. We can likely expect to see more Iraqi Air Force strikes on Daesh units in territory nominally controlled by the Americans as part of their temporary demarcation along the Euphrates agreement with the Russians. Moscow’s Defense Ministry is also likely to reproach the Americans for not doing enough against the common ISIS terrorist enemy, who noticeably leaves U.S. and French bases in the Kurdish dominated areas alone.

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U.S. Escalates Sanctions War on Russia, Frustrated Russians Debate How to Fight Back

U.S. Escalates Sanctions War on Russia, Frustrated Russians Debate How to Fight Back

As tensions somewhat eased over Syria in the past week, with Moscow’s military chiefs meeting their U.S. counterparts in Azerbaijan and the Anglo-American case that chemical weapons use by Assad justified punitive missile strikes falling apart, the economic motives behind Washington’s belligerence remained. Despite delaying a new round of Russia sanctions announced by his neocon UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, on April 16, 2018 President Donald Trump tweeted an allegation that not only Beijing was a currency manipulator, but also Moscow. “Russia and China are playing the Currency Devaluation game as the U.S. keeps raising interest rates. Not acceptable!”

The fact that U.S. sanctions announced earlier this month against key Russian industrial and metals conglomerates are a major reason for the ruble’s slide versus the dollar was not lost on the Russians, or the few Americans who chose to comment on this presidential tweet. Curiously the Trump tweet calling out Russia for supposedly malign economic behavior was ignored by the Cold War 2 enthusiasts. Perhaps admitting that there is anything the ‘gas station posing as a country’ with a GDP ‘smaller than Italy or Spain’s can do to actually impact the American economy is a taboo among neocons. Alternatively, since it doesn’t fit their Narrative that Trump is Putin’s puppet, the information is discarded. Most likely though this Trump tweet was simply lost in the legacy media shuffle of Stormy Daniels, extraordinary legal pressure on the President’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen, and the furious online and media propaganda war over Syria. Bloomberg, whose job it is to report on the Russian economy and not merely repeat deep state boasting about inflicting huge casualties upon ‘Wagner mercenaries’ in Syria, ran a story suggesting that the Kremlin is looking to make important concessions. Supposedly these present a way for the newly reelected Putin to save face with his hard liners, while paving the way for a White House summit the Kremlin desperately wants.

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Russian Intelligence Chiefs Meet with CIA’s Pompeo and DNI Dan Coats

Russian Intelligence Chiefs Meet with CIA’s Pompeo and DNI Dan Coats

Either Cold War 2 is not what it seems, or the American 'Deep State' is a house divided against itself, with a significant pro-Trump faction willing to cooperate -- at least on counter-terrorism -- with the Russians. It is a fact that Daesh terrorists returning to their home countries from 'Syraq' represent a threat to both Russia and US allies in Europe. Intelligence sharing on this and related topics was likely the subject of the meeting between Director of National Intelligence and former Indiana Republican U.S. Senator Dan Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo with their Russian counterparts -- who are subject to the U.S. sanctions list. That had Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a host of #TheResistance trolls on Twitter crying foul, with the latter suggesting that the Trump Administration's defiance of the sanctions at least on this narrow topic of intelligence sharing is more proof that Trump is 'Putin's puppet'. Nevermind if U.S.-Russia cooperation recently saved lives in St. Petersburg and likely other places we don't yet know of.

The Russian Analyst will have more thoughts on this subject as well as the shoot down of a Russian SU25 ground attack jet by Al-Qaeda jihadists in Idlib region later this weekend. -- JWS

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Креще́ние/Baptism of the Lord

Креще́ние/Baptism of the Lord

Overnight and later today across Russia, many ten thousands of Orthodox Christians will commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by crossing themselves, before jumping through crosses carved through ice, into the freezing water that has been blessed by a priest. The feast is known as Kreshenie, commemorated two weeks after the Theophany celebrated on the non-Julian Western calendar. -- JWS

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The US Is Already Providing Lethal Weapons to Ukraine

The US Is Already Providing Lethal Weapons to Ukraine

Recent allegations that a US company is selling lethal weapons to Ukraine, under licence has raised eyebrows in the context of the ongoing civil war in Donbass, in Eastern Ukraine. The company in question is a Texas-based organisation called AirTronic USA, who is supplying PSRL grenade launchers to Ukraine. AirTronic USA began entering into discussions with Ukraine around two years ago with the first deliveries of the grenade launchers shipped to Ukraine in 2016.

Deliveries of these weapons are ongoing and whilst the details of the agreement remain undisclosed it is understood that AirTronic USA works in close coordination with the US Embassy in Ukraine, he US State Department, the Pentagon and the Ukrainian government. The grenade launchers are shipped under the DDTC DSP-5 export license from the US State Department. It is also understood that these systems do not violate the Minsk-2 agreements.

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Dear Oliver: About Those Putin Interviews

Oliver Stone was given an invitation to visit the person who is arguably the most important world leader at the moment and record those conversations over a two-year period. Unlike the recent Megyn Kelly dud, this film director actually made respectable use of his opportunity. Good, but not Great, was my overall critique of the 4-hour series. Here is the message I sent to Mr. Stone when he asked for comments on his production.

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The #Dallas Attack and America's #SummerofChaos Seen Through Russian Eyes

While the Russia Analyst doesn't put much stock in the 'martial law' or 'Obama third term' rumors that were also circulating before the 2012 election (including on a certain Pennsylvania-based father and son Internet radio show) we'd like to present some Russian perspectives on the deliberately stoked racial and class tensions in the USA, in hopes of giving RogueMoney readers a broader perspective than what the domestic U.S. alt-media offers. - JWS

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