Pompeo Testifies, Affirms No Crimea Recognition, Neocon Senators Push Sanctions on Russian Sovereign Debt

Pompeo Testifies, Affirms No Crimea Recognition, Neocon Senators Push Sanctions on Russian Sovereign Debt

Those who watched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s testimony to the Senate on Wednesday about the content of the President’s meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin could be forgiven for thinking nothing has changed in U.S.-Russia relations. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who is co-authoring legislation with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to increase sanctions against Russia including targeting investors in the Eurasian country’s sovereign bonds led the questioning of Pompeo.

To the Secretary of State’s credit, Pompeo defended Trump’s prerogative to meet one on one with Putin and just their translators in the room as hardly unprecedented for great power summits. He also emphasized that U.S. policy with regards to non-recognition of Crimea’s accession to the Russian Federation and the Ukraine sanctions had not changed as a result of the Trump-Putin meeting. What has changed is the deep state’s recognition of defeat in Syria and constructive talks between Moscow, Washington and Tel Aviv on ending the conflict in that country — despite the provocative Israeli shoot down of a Syrian Air Force jet along the Golan Heights.

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After the Helsinki Summit, Trump Threatens Iran in ALL CAPS tweet

After the Helsinki Summit, Trump Threatens Iran in ALL CAPS tweet

A week has passed since the Trump-Putin summit, and a RogueMoney reader asked me for my thoughts on the outcome. Rather than give the stock answer of ‘it’s too soon to say’, I thought I’d do what analysts do and emphasize the knowns, then contrast those with the greater part that remain ‘known unknowns’ in the ongoing negotiations to defuse Cold War II (or more accurately, to revive the USA’s geoeconomic fortunes because Kissingerian realists in Washington realized by 2016 fighting Russia, China and Iran all at once while dominating the EU, Japan and the Koreas was no longer feasible). The problem with this traditional analytical framework including labels like ‘realism’ vs. neo-conservativism, is that Trump defies easy characterization.

On the one hand, Trump appears to sincerely want to improve U.S.-Russia relations because he has taken more heat for this than any other aspect of his platform, culminating in this week’s insane allegations that he has committed ‘treason’ by questioning the ‘intelligence community’ finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections in support of his candidacy. On the other hand, on Sunday night Trump escalated his anti-Iran rhetoric, hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) delivered a speech in southern California calling for a 1980s Reaganesque policy of rollback against the Islamic Republic.

Screen shot from: Russia’s Vesti News/First Channel

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План Трампа: Cooperation Between the U.S. and Russian Petrostates?

План Трампа: Cooperation Between the U.S. and Russian Petrostates?

One of the undisputed keys to the revival of Russia’s fortunes under President Vladimir Putin has been his leveraging of the world’s largest country and its immense natural resource base to finance military and vital infrastructure improvements. Putin wrote his 1996 economics dissertation in St. Petersburg “Strategic Planning of the Reproduction of the Mineral Resource Base of a Region under Conditions of the Formation of Market Relations” (which Putin’s critics at RFE/RL, Brookings Institute and the Langley/Bezos Post insist was ghostwritten) about the state leveraging oil and gas production to benefit the population, as in Russia’s Arctic neighbors Norway and Alaska.

Although overlooked by the media and deep state manufactured hysteria over Trump’s ‘treasonous’ praise for Putin and their dialogue in Helsinki, CNBC did report Putin’s proposal that the U.S. and Russia work together to regulate the oil price. If implemented this plan would make Moscow, which already cooperates with leading OPEC cartel member and petrodollar pillar Riyadh, into a partner with Washington in keeping energy prices within an acceptable range. As Putin said, it would not be advantageous to the American or global economies to see prices rise too high, nor see them collapse and thereby wreck shale oil production (he didn’t need to add, also hurting Russia and the ruble in the process as the Obama Administration and globalists tried to do in an coordinated piece of economic warfare in late 2014 — Moscow would take military action to boost its leverage against the Saudis and Qataris the following autumn in Syria).

Putin knows very well that President Reagan’s CIA director William Casey worked with the Saudis to drive down the price of oil in the late 1980s, hastening the demise of the Soviet Union which had then posted the young KGB officer and his family to Dresden in East Germany. As W the Intelligence Insider says regarding that period ‘we took out the Soviet Union and the ruble but almost lost Texas’ leading to the 1989-93 recession and ‘handover’ of power from the Bushes to the Clintons. However, in an ironic role reversal, it is now the fragile U.S. economy which needs Russian cooperation to maintain a moderate to higher price, so that highly indebted frackers stay profitable as interest rates rise and steel/aluminum trade wars (including Cold War 2 sanctions on Russian metals) drive up pipeline costs. Indeed, the main problem with the shale boom is the high depletion rate of the wells, which in turn requires cheap money from the Fed and high debt loads to manage (it was no accident that fracking took off in the mid-2000s with a loose post dot.com crash and 9/11 monetary policy).

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God Save the Tsar: Putin, Trump Meet on the 100th Anniversary of Bolshevik Regicide

God Save the Tsar: Putin, Trump Meet on the 100th Anniversary of Bolshevik Regicide

Monday not only marks the summit between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, but also the 4th anniversary of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 being shot down over eastern Ukraine. Most importantly, Trump and Putin are meeting on the 100th anniversary of the night the New York and City of London banker sponsored Bolshevik revolutionaries murdered Tsar Nicholas II and his family in the cellar of Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg. In the years after the Revolution, Soviet anti-Christian propaganda tours would pose for photographic ‘selfies’ in front of the bullet hole scarred cellar wall, in a sick celebration of the regicide that symbolized their Satanic war on God and His anointed sovereign in Rus.

By 1977, the Soviet authorities were embarrassed over the structure becoming a place of pilgrimage for Orthodox believers mourning the Tsar, and Ipatiev House was ordered demolished ahead of the 70th anniversary of the October Revolution by regional party secretary Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin. By ‘coincidence’ or divine Providence, Boris Nikolayevich, whose patronymic matched the name of the martyred Tsar Nicholas, would rapidly ascend the Soviet Communist Party ranks under premier Mikhail Gorbachev in the 1980s. After a stint as the mayor of Moscow and usurping his patron Gorbachev, Yeltsin would become the first President of a post-Soviet Russian Federation. On the 80th anniversary of the Royal Martyrs deaths twenty years ago this day, Yeltsin joined in the burial of their remains at St. Petersburg’s Peter and Paul Cathedral.

In his final act as President, Yeltsin appointed an obscure former KGB agent from the same city named Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin as his successor on the eve of the millennium. Three years later, in a nod to the German origins of the last Tsarina of Russia Alexandra Feodorovna of Hesse, President Putin would meet German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder at the Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land consecrated on the site of Ipatiev House.

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The Other Mideast War: Saudi/UAE Siege of Hodeidah Fails, Houthis Step Up Attacks Inside the Kingdom

The Other Mideast War: Saudi/UAE Siege of Hodeidah Fails, Houthis Step Up Attacks Inside the Kingdom

With the global media’s eyes will be fixed Monday on the summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump at Helsinki, Finland, Syria is expected to be the main topic of negotiations between the world’s two leading military powers. Israeli media in particular have extensively covered a prospective bargain between Putin and Trump, whereby invited Iranian forces withdraw from Syria in return for the U.S. pulling its troops out of its uninvited and thereby illegal under international law bases east of the Euphrates River. Some Israelis, affiliated with the neocons, having bitterly denounced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for allegedly placing naive trust in Putin’s word, while foreign policy realists have pointed out the Russian leader cannot make the Iranians leave Syria — even if he wanted to do so.

However, as RogueMoney readers are aware, there is another conflict besides the proxy war with Iran in Syria, that petrodollar linchpin Saudi Arabia has been losing since 2015. This one is much closer to home and therefore more dangerous to the Saudi monarchy than losing influence in the Levant. The defection of a prince from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Qatar, Riyadh’s gas-rich Sunni rival, has shined a spotlight on the Emiratis casualties in the Yemen War, and serious dissension inside the Emirates ruling houses regarding the Saudi-led coalition’s quagmire.

Since the Saudis broke off diplomatic relations with Doha in June 2017, Qatar’s Al-Jazeera channel has relentlessly covered the staggering humanitarian costs of the Saudis war on Yemen, as well as the Kingdom’s covered up combat deaths which Western media outlets, fearing expulsion from the country, fail to cover. On Sunday, Putin handed Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani a ceremonial FIFA soccer ball symbolizing Qatar’s 2022 hosting of the World Cup.

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Syraq SITREP 61: SAA Liberating SW Syria Despite Israeli Strikes, Putin Meets Netanyahu Ahead of Helsinki Summit with Trump

Syraq SITREP 61: SAA Liberating SW Syria Despite Israeli Strikes, Putin Meets Netanyahu Ahead of Helsinki Summit with Trump

On July 11-12 the warm up act before the Helsinki summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump took place in Moscow. This was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Uncle Sam’s BFF whom Congress once gave a standing ovation, praising the Anglo-American deep state and the legacy media’s enemy no. 1 Putin for Russia’s superb hosting of the 2018 World Cup. Netanyahu then joined Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Croatia’s Prime Minister in watching the Croats 2-1 win over England at Luzhniki Stadium. After the pleasantries and Netanyahu’s posturing over the Israeli shoot down of a Syrian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) followed by IAF missile strikes against structures along the Golan Heights line of contact, negotiations (which were well along the last time Bibi came to Moscow for the Victory Day holiday on May 9) resumed behind closed doors.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, July 11, 2018.(Kremlin Photo)

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Trump expresses confidence at Montana rally ahead of summit meeting with Putin

Trump expresses confidence at Montana rally ahead of summit meeting with Putin

On Thursday July 5 President Trump spoke at a campaign rally for Matt Rosendale, a state auditor in Montana. Speaking to the crowd inside the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls, Trump trolled critics who say he is unprepared for the upcoming summit in Helsinki or must not negotiate one on one with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin. “Putin’s fine,” Mr. Trump said. “He’s fine. We’re all fine. We’re people. Will I be prepared? Totally prepared. I’ve been preparing for this stuff my whole life.”

“Getting along with Russia, and getting along with China and getting along with other countries is a good thing,” he added, “not a bad thing.” Trump also said, regarding the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) “We’re the schmucks that are paying for the whole thing”. If the speech as calculated to infuriate his establishment opponents, it did the trick. A meeting between several GOP United States Senators and their counterparts from Russia’s upper chamber, in which Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) declared that the two countries did not have to be adversaries, also drew hackles from the eternal Cold War waging Washington Post aka Pravda on the Potomac.

Russians know the Arab expression ‘dogs bark but the caravan moves on’. Despite the latest absurd novichok theatrics in the (dis)United Kingdom, the Trump-Putin summit is on for July 16 — one day before the fourth anniversary of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 false flag shoot down. For those who follow ‘QAnon’ posts and esoterica in general, the renegade American President meeting his Russian counterpart on the 100th anniversary of Tsar Nicholas II and the Royal Passion Bearers martyrdom at the hands of the Bolsheviks is also highly significant. Why? Because the original and bloodiest Color Revolution sponsored by Wall Street and the City of London was the Red one…

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The Q Anon Psyop and Overthrowing Iran -- Be Very Cautious Friends

The Q Anon Psyop and Overthrowing Iran -- Be Very Cautious Friends

One June 20, during a rally in the Rust Belt city of Duluth, Minnesota President Trump stepped toward and nodded to a man wearing a t-shirt in the crowd with an American flag “Q” on it. Other individuals in the crowd reportedly chanted QAnon’s slogan, “Where We Go One We Go All (WWG1WGA)” to each other at the event. Q t-shirts were later photographed in the crowd at a Trump rally on June 27 in the neighboring (oil-rich, and therefore geoeconomically significant) state of North Dakota.

For those in the alternative media and on the Youtube, Reddit and chan boards who’ve been closely following Q phenomenon since his/their appearance on the 8 Chan boards, like our very own @BanksterSlayer, what we’re about to say isn’t anything new. The Russian Analyst has hesitated to take a firm position on the significance of Q, even as a debate has raged in the alt-media regarding whether this person or group of persons really is close to President Donald Trump, or if the whole thing is some sort of elaborate live action role play (LARP) or ‘psyop’. The mainstream media position that Q is simply a chans prank or conspiracy kookery dreamt up by Trump fanboys does not seem sufficient to explain the ‘tells’ or breadcrumbs Q has posted, including photos that appear to be taken via smartphone by someone standing Secret Service-detail close to the President.

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Syraq SITREP 60: Putin and Trump Plan Syria Talks at Helsinki Summit, Neocons Claim Kremlin and Iran Plotting Attacks on U.S. Troops

Syraq SITREP 60: Putin and Trump Plan Syria Talks at Helsinki Summit, Neocons Claim Kremlin and Iran Plotting Attacks on U.S. Troops

The Syrian Arab Army is achieving rapid advances as part of Operation Basalt. Many ‘Free Syrian Army’ militants are surrendering without a fight, and a few have joined in the pro-government forces offensive against the Al-Qaeda linked jihadists. According to CNN, President Trump told King Abdullah during their meeting last week in Washington that he intends to strike a deal with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin to facilitate the withdrawal of American troops from the Al Tanf area bordering Jordan and Iraq. U.S. backed Kurdish fighters recently clashed with pro-government militias near the extensive deconfliction line the Americans enforce around their illegal under international law base. The Russian Defense Ministry has complained the Americans use al-Tanf to harbor and re-train former ISIS terrorists.

Naturally, The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board and reporters are disturbed, while the neocons are enraged that Trump would make any concessions to the Russians. But Trump reportedly intends to demand — in return for a phased American withdrawal — the complete exit of Iranian, Hezbollah and pro-Iranian Shi’a foreign fighters from Syria. Even with the great prestige Russia enjoys among its Syrian allies and frenemies in the Turks alike, it isn’t clear Putin can deliver on this demand. Damascus has hosted at least a few Iranian military advisers since the early 1980s.

Also, the prospect of a false flag operation, either against U.S. troops or a chemical attack on Syrian civilians to be blamed on Assad, is not to be taken lightly. If the globalists cannot stop the Trump-Putin summit now set for July 16 in the Finnish capital Helsinki, the neocons appear hellbent on spoiling or blocking any positive outcomes from it…

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Breaking EU and Merkel's Downfall

Breaking EU and Merkel's Downfall

Former East German Stasi informant Angela Merkel’s Atlanticist hailed political career appears to be on its last legs. Leading members of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) led by her Interior Minister and the former Bavarian President Horst Seehofer are threatening to break up their decades-old coalition with Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU). Seehofer is openly undermining Merkel by working with the conservative Austrian government to tighten restrictions on asylum seekers and with Italy’s new 5 Star-Lega Nord governing coalition, which is determined to turn back migrant boats in the Mediterranean.

Merkel’s reported downfall is coming after Trump defied her and the (post)Western G7 consensus, allegedly tossing Starburst candies at the ‘Chancellor of the World’ and mockingly telling Mutti with a jerkboy smile, “Don’t say I didn’t give you anything Angela”. The Starburst tossing story from Ian Bremmer could be #fakenews — much like the images Americans have been bombarded with in the last few days of mainstream media fanned outrage over children who, in all too many cases, were shipped by their parents across the U.S.-Mexico border with people smuggling coyotes rather than being cruelly ripped from their mothers arms to be placed in cages. But it makes the point to polarized Trump haters and #MAGA men alike, that it’s a new day.

The President appears to believe, with the glaring exception of Israel, the United States no longer has permanent allies, only (to paraphrase the late Lord Palmerston of the 19th century British Empire) abiding interests. Like red-pilled “men going their own way” in response to the long term decline in solid employment and the perceived raw deal of modern marriage, Uncle Sam led by Donald John Trump is going his own way. And that journey begins with, as many Russian observers have figured out inspired by the American alternative media, taking steps to shore up the dollar at the other nations’ expense, including through cannibalizing the greenback’s younger sister in the global reserve currency family, the euro.

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Syraq SITREP 59: SAA and Iraqi PMU Get Hit by Israeli Strike Near Abu Kamal, Syrians Clash with U.S. Proxies Near Al-Tanf

Syraq SITREP 59: SAA and Iraqi PMU Get Hit by Israeli Strike Near Abu Kamal, Syrians Clash with U.S. Proxies Near Al-Tanf

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched Operation Basalt this week. The liberation of southern Syria’s Da’ara and Quneitra provinces is going forward despite U.S. threats and Israeli attempts to slow it. Israel hit pro-Damascus forces and Iraqi Shi’a allies in the border town of al Hari in Deir Ezzor province. The Israeli suspected drone strike carried out Sunday night, initially blamed by Syrian media on the Americans (likely because IAF jets were once again detected by the Russians squawking on IFF/radar as American F15Es rather than IAF F15Is) struck the meeting near the Euphrates River city of Abu Kamal, killing scores of SAA and PMU fighters from Iraq.

Undaunted by Israeli aggression against a nominal US ally, the Iraqi PMU have bolstered their support for the SAA this week. Officers of the Iranian-backed militia are reportedly joining Syrian government forces assault on the jihadists in Quneitra this weekend. SAA T55, T72 and modern T90 battle tanks were transported by flatbed trucks to southern Syria, with artillery and Russian-supplied Urugan and Smerch rocket fire pounding jihadi positions, cutting militants off from the rest of the Da’ara pocket.

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Houthis Claim to Have Captured French Special Forces Joining in Saudi/UAE Attack on Yemen's Red Sea Port of Hudaydah

Houthis Claim to Have Captured French Special Forces Joining in Saudi/UAE Attack on Yemen's Red Sea Port of Hudaydah

Al-Hudaydah also known in English as Hodeda, Hodeida, Hudaida or Hodeidah, is a port on the Red Sea and starving Yemen’s humanitarian lifeline to the world. It is also alleged to be a major conduit for Iranian missiles and ammunition to reach the Ansarallah or Houthis, the Zaidi Shi’a resistance that rules the capitol of Sana'a. The Ansarallah are fierce qat-chewing desert warriors, whose conservative Zaidi or ‘fiver’ branch of Shi’a Islam differs considerably from that of their Lebanese Hezbollah allies or the ‘twelver’ Shi’a practiced by their supposed puppetmasters in Iran. Nonetheless they have adapted the Iranian clerical regime’s revolutionary slogans of ‘Allah is great, death to America, death to Israel, victory for Islam’ adding to their slogan ‘a curse upon the Jews’.

For three years, the Houthis have waged an effective guerrilla war, inflicting thousands of casualties on Saudi Arabia’s lavishly funded and incompetent military since the Kingdom invaded its impoverished neighbor in 2015. If you believe that the petrodollar is the key to America’s ability to finance its massive deficits, then the Houthis are to the Anglo-American empire what the Afghan mujaheddin were to the late Soviet Empire — harbingers of its defeat and collapse.

Photo: Destroyed UAE MRAPs in Yemen

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Former Ukrainian Embassy Diplomat to U.S. Confirms Kiev Meddled Against Trump in 2016 Election, Babchenko Hoax Spotlights SBU's MH17 Fakes

Former Ukrainian Embassy Diplomat to U.S. Confirms Kiev Meddled Against Trump in 2016 Election, Babchenko Hoax Spotlights SBU's MH17 Fakes

Paul Manafort is jailed for ‘witness tampering’ awaiting trial. That was the headline this week as special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation ground on seeking to ‘flip’ a witness against President Donald Trump. The former chairman of Trump’s 2016 campaign and a longtime paid consultant for the Maidan overthrown Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, now resides at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia, a town 90 miles south of Washington D.C. Manafort is accused of failing to register as a foreign agent for the Ukrainian government, money laundering, and witness tampering.

No evidence of any collusion between the Russian government which supposedly backed Yanukovych — but made no moves to save Manafort’s former boss from being overthrown by a CIA and State Department sponsored coup — and the Trump campaign has been produced by Mueller. This is reality despite Mueller’s relentless pressure on Manafort to ‘flip’ and spare himself incarceration. A similar effort is underway to get Trump’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen, whose wife Laura Shusterman has or had relatives in Kharkov, to turn against the President by indicting him on charges that have no relationship to Russia, but may somehow tie back to Ukraine.

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Syraq SITREP 58: Mattis Vows U.S. Will Stay in Syria Indefinitely, SAA Preparing Dara’a, Quneitra Offensive

Syraq SITREP 58: Mattis Vows U.S. Will Stay in Syria Indefinitely, SAA Preparing Dara’a, Quneitra Offensive

NOTE: This is our 58th Syraq SITREP written for RogueMoney. Barring any major U.S. or Israeli strikes in Syria, the Russian Analyst plans to publish fewer Syraq SITREPs on RM this summer.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing for a major offensive to liberate the southern part of the country from jihadists who serve as a buffer between Damascus southern outskirts and the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. This offensive will be led by the SAA’s elite Tiger Forces commanded by Brigadier General Suheil Hassan (portrayed with Russian airpower art on the left) and the 4th Armored Division.

However, Islamic State remnants which have been attacking across the Euphrates River from territory nominally controlled by the U.S. and its Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) allies forced the SAA to delay the big push south. Syrian government forces have beaten back Daesh at Abu Kamal, a city that borders Iraq’s Al-Qaim which is the overland linkage between Damascus and friendly forces from Baghdad. SAA units also went on the offensive against ISIS in the southeastern Badiya Al-Sham region, killing over 20 Daesh terrorists near Sweida. But SAA fighting with ISIS units operating from American controlled territory continues.

Speaking on Friday at a NATO forum in Brussels, Defense Secretary James Mattis vowed to keep U.S. occupation forces in Syria indefinitely after the elimination of the remaining ISIS pockets along the Syrian-Iraqi border, saying a hasty withdrawal of American troops would be a “strategic blunder”.

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Putin Warns Kiev Against a 'World Cup Offensive' Against the Donbass

Putin Warns Kiev Against a 'World Cup Offensive' Against the Donbass

Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin conducted an over four hour marathon call in question and answer session on Thursday. As (post)Western journalists never tire of pointing out, the annual affair is mostly scripted, with the questions reviewed in advance.

There are however, some public comments that appear on screen during the telecast which are not pre-screened, and Putin often uses the forum to make new statements about important policy issues, even on topics where the Russian President’s thoughts are well known. One of these is the subject of the U.S./NATO supported war, now dragging into its fourth year, in which Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed Donbass fighters remain locked in a stalemate. A conflict that in recent weeks has heated up, with the UAF determined to seize high ground around the city of Gorlovka and the Svitlodarsk bulge in the front lines, but failing to achieve a decisive breakthrough. With Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko facing the prospect of new elections as his approval rating shrinks to almost zero, the risk of escalation designed to draw in Russian forces during an international sports showcase for Moscow seems high.

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The Chinese Dream (Китайская Мечта): What Moscow is Learning from Beijing's Success

The Chinese Dream (Китайская Мечта): What Moscow is Learning from Beijing's Success

When it comes to the Russia-China alliance, many Westerners tend to view it simplistically, basically as China buying oil and gas plus acquiring military technology from the Russians. The notion that the One Belt One Road (OBOR) goes both ways, and Moscow also has much to learn from Beijing’s tremendous success in lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty in less than two generations, is seldom acknowledged in Brussels, London or Washington. Yet as RogueMoney contributor London Paul of the Sirius Report likes to say, “Watch China and Russia” — because these two giants are the economic and security spearheads respectively to a post-dollar dominated, indeed a post-Western led world.

As the Russian Analyst noted in a previous post about the Valdai discussion group meetings in Shanghai of April 2018, several Chinese experts points of emphasis was greater cooperation between Russia and China in the media space. We see examples of this in RT launching a Chinese language channel in 2017 and more recently, in CGTN’s coverage of the 2018 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). But these programs have mostly targeted international rather than domestic Russian audiences, even as polling data shows Russians rank China as their country’s greatest friend on the world stage, alongside former Soviet republics Belarus and Kazakhstan, and well ahead of European trading partners Germany and France. China requites this ‘love’, to the extent that the historically inward looking and vast Middle Kingdom can, with polling data showing Putin is the most admired world leader among 1.4 billion Chinese.

Late in May Russian TV extensively promoted a new documentary film titled “The Chinese Dream: Path to Revival” by Alexei Denisov. The title is suggestive, not only of China’s revival, but that of Russia as well.

Sputnik photo by: Sergey Guneev

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EU's Juncker Says "Russia Bashing" Must End, Putin Visiting Austria on April 5

EU's Juncker Says "Russia Bashing" Must End, Putin Visiting Austria on April 5

Halloween 1918 almost a hundred years ago marked not only the last days of the Kaiser Wilhelm II’s reign before Germany capitulated on the Western Front, but also the dissolution of Berlin’s ally: the Hapsburg Austro-Hungarian empire. Today as the European Union lurches from crisis to crisis, London Paul of the Sirius Report and many others are reporting rumors that Vienna and Budapest, together with the other Visegrad republics of the former Czechoslovakia, are working to get the band back together again. Integral to any European economic renaissance if the EU goes the way of the Soviet Union is Mitteleuropa joining China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR). This can only be accomplished in concert with the Hapsburgs’ old partner in the Holy Alliance that established decades of peace on the Continent following the final defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte: Russia.

With Austria now led by the second youngest head of government in the world, 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, Vienna is going back to the future — and the Anglo-American dominated NATO spy agencies are unhappy about this trend. NBC News sources say Vienna is packed with Russian spies and the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) is openly in partnership with the United Russia party. But the visit of Vladimir Putin to Austria on June 5th is likely to reinforce the overall direction of central Europe towards expanding trade relations with Moscow, even as EU Commissioner Jean Claude Juncker declares that “Russia-bashing must stop”.

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Kiev Embarasses Western Media, SBU Fakes Murder of Anti-Kremlin Russian Activist Arkady Babchenko

Kiev Embarasses Western Media, SBU Fakes Murder of Anti-Kremlin Russian Activist Arkady Babchenko

The Atlanticist (globalist) crowd that’s used to condemning Russia as the greatest source of #FakeNews in the galaxy (or at least, the second worst after Donald Trump with whom Putin is supposedly covertly aligned) was put in an awkward spot last week. The regime in Kiev, installed by the U.S. State Department and supported by the European Union after the violent overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych using false flag snipers on the Maidan, exceeded itself in fakery.

In order to catch a contract killer supposedly hired by the Russian security services using a Ukrainian war profiteer as an intermediary, Kiev’s successor to the KGB staged the slaying of Arkady Babchenko, turning the anti-Kremlin Russian journalist who chose self-exile into a crisis actor. The State Department and numerous (post)Western governments condemned Babchenko’s killing as another example of Russian barbarism. Embarrassingly, many of those tweets blaming Russia by governments and journalists alike remain up after Babchenko turned up very much alive at an SBU press conference.

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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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