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March 14, 2015. Where is Vladimir? Read his activities from the news from the Kremlin feed below, or from Pravda. He has not been seen in public for 10 days, and I am hearing he may have had a stroke, or has cancer, or is hanging out with a possible newborn baby. Hm. The full range from life to death.
I hope he has gone to Ukraine and Crimea, and is privately working out how to remove Russian troops as soon as possible.

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Countries invade because they want war, world domination, to save inhabitants, or they want stuff. Like oil and gas. Which one is Russia? I don't know but I am listening to them. Above and below.
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Russia is the largest country in the world,  over 12 to 13% of land mass. It borders Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azebaijian, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, North Korea. Across the waters is Japan (the Sea of Okhotsk) and the USA (Bering Strait).

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Argentina hides the truth about the death of San Juan submarine
Relatives of those killed on board the sunken San Juan submarine suspect that the government of Argentina is hiding from them the truth about the death of the submarine."They (in the government) knew, they hid the truth from us, because they thought that we would forget, they were never interested in our drama," wrote. The San Juan submarine was found by US-based company Ocean Infinity at a depth of about 900 meters, 15 kilometres off the site of the alleged explosion that took place on board the sub. The submarine was found one year and three days after the tragedy. On board the San Juan submarine, there were 44 crew members. The rescue operation officially ended on November 30, 2017. Relatives of the victims believe that the submarine should be raised to the surface. However, Defense Minister of Argentina Oscar Aguad said in an interview with Radio Miter that it would be technically impossible. According to him, an operation like this would cost as much as a "flight to the moon." As long as the level of poverty in Argentina reaches 30 percent, it would be "absurd" to spend (an estimated) $4 billion to retrieve the submarine, Aguad said.The official said that the explosion and the impact with the bottom of the sea caused serious damage to the submarine. The Defence Minister of Argentina believes that the submarine would fall into pieces if one tries to retrieve it. According to Infobae, as many as 65,000 high resolution photos of the submarine made from all angles are going to available in the nearest future. The photos will make it possible to either cast aside or confirm speculations about the cause of the accident. According to one of the theories, it was a British submarine that attacked and destroyed the San Juan. The discovery of the submarine has unveiled a few "inconsistencies." For example, how can one explain the fact that the sub was found where it needed to be searched for from the start - that is, on the fairway of its way home to the port of Ushuaia, just 15 kilometres from the site where the explosion occurred?Some people believe that the government of Argentina knew where the submarine sank and used the rescue operation to distract public attention from the economic crisis in the country. However, a year later, the government publicised the tragedy as an achievement. Another theory suggests that Ocean Infinity stumbled upon the submarine by accident, doing oil exploration works in the territorial waters of Argentina. In other words, the government was not looking for the submarine intentionally, Infobae said.  After the wreck of the Russian Kursk submarine, there were significant changes made in the international search system. In 2003, the International Submarine Rescue Communications Service was established. The new organisation made it possible to avoid delays in requesting help from third countries, as it happened to Kursk.In 2000, Norwegian divers started rescue operations only eight days after the accident. They managed to enter the sub during the 21st day. Russia had to pay about $65 million to raise the Kursk from the seafloor. After the disappearance of the San Juan submarine, the rescue procedure was started immediately. The Yantar, a Russian vessel, took part in the operation. Igor Britanov, the commander of the K-219 submarine, which sank in 1986 in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, told Pravda.Ru that the Argentinians would not be able to raise the submarine alone. "They will have to pay money to someone for this, but the question is whether Argentina is interested in it. In the long run, they can use a deepwater submersible to explore the submarine and leave it on the bottom of the sea as a military burial," said the submariner.It is worthy of note that Admiral Vladimir Valuyev, former commander of the Baltic Fleet (2001-2006), told RIA Novosti that Russian specialists could assist Argentina in the operation to raise the San Juan submarine from a depth of up to 5,000 meters. "In any case, in 1968, the Americans raised the Soviet K-129 submarine from a depth of 5,500 meters," the admiral said.

Mon, 19 Nov 2018 19:45:00 +0300

Putin and Erdogan launch first section of TurkStream pipeline in Istanbul
President Putin has launched the first line of the TurkStream (formerly known as Turkish Stream) gas pipeline that will transport Russian natural gas to Turkey and then to Europe. The project comes as an alternative to the South Stream gas pipeline - the project that was thwarted because of the opposition of the European Union.Presidents of Turkey and Russia Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin took part in the ceremony to launch the first section of the TurkStream gas pipeline in Istanbul. "Gazprom is completing the construction of the deep-water part of the new gas pipeline. The production and transportation of natural gas is not primitive work - it's not just drilling a hole in the ground and pumping gas out of it. This work is about the use of high technologies, and this is the most environmentally friendly and primary type of energy in the world," Putin said adding that Turkey was turning into a major European hub."From the geopolitical point of view, the project is of historical significance," Turkish President Recep Erdogan said. He expressed a hope that the gas pipeline will be ready for operation in 2019. The ground part of the territory of Turkey is yet to be completed.The TurkStream, which runs along the bottom of the Black Sea from Russia's Anapa to Turkey, will consist of two lines, each with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas a year. Gazprom also planned to build a gas hub on the border between Turkey and Greece. In June 2018, the company evaluated the cost of the pipeline system at $7 billion.The first line of the TurkStream will supply Russia's natural gas to the Turkish market, while the second one is meant for the countries of South and Southeast Europe (via Bulgaria to Serbia and Hungary, or via Greece to southern Italy).The TurkStream was built to replace the South Stream (63 billion cubic meters of gas a year), which Gazprom had to abandon in December 2014 after Bulgaria left the project. Gazprom then had to write off several hundreds of millions of euros of losses. The United States and Ukraine act as the main opponents of the TurkStream.  For the USA, the project is a competitor for the sale of the American liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe. For Ukraine, the project appears to be a bypass system that will decrease the transit of gas through its territory and, accordingly, cause financial damage to Ukraine.

Mon, 19 Nov 2018 16:35:00 +0300

Kuril Islands dispute between Russia and Japan: The impossible is impossible
When on a state visit to Singapore, Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to revisit the discussion of the 1956 Declaration between the USSR and Japan regarding the issue of the peace treaty with Japan.In particular, Vladimir Putin confirmed that the Soviet Union was ready to deliver two islands of the Kuril chain to Japan as per the terms of the declaration. The declaration did not specify on what grounds the islands could be transferred and the sovereignty of which country would be established over the islands. The document only declared the readiness of the USSR to deliver the islands to Japan. The Supreme Council of the USSR and the Japanese Parliament ratified the document, but  Japan later refused to fulfil the terms of the agreement. Naturally, both the opposition community and the media saw Putin's remarks as Russia's readiness to deliver the Kuril Islands to Japan, especially against the backdrop of Shinzo Abe's promises not to deploy US military bases on them should Russia give the islands away to Japan. The 1956 declaration said that the peace treaty between Russia and Japan could be concluded after the delivery of Khabomai and Shikotan islands to Japan. Japan had refused to sign the declaration because of the wish to receive more than just two islands. Ideally, Japan would like to have the whole Kuril chain in exchange for the peace treaty. As for military bases, the situation is tricky here too. Japanese Prime Minister Abe promised that US army bases would not appear on the islands once they become part of Japan. However, back in 2016, Syotaro Yati, the head of the Security Council of Japan, said something completely different to his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev (Secretary of Russia's Security Council). To crown it all, politics, especially when it comes to major international affairs and disputes, excludes promises. The Russian administration has learned quite a few of such lessons on the example of Iraq, Libya, Syria, and NATO's eastward expansion, which Putin frequently refers to in his remarks. It is worthy of note that the absence of the peace treaty between Russia and Japan is not an obstacle either to full-fledged diplomatic relations or cooperation in any other area.In fact, the parties are satisfied with such a state of affairs. In 2017, the Russian government established an advanced economic development zone on Shikotan Island and assigned Shikotan to the territory of special economic cooperation between Russia and Japan. Many in Russia assumed that Russia was fully prepared to give the islands away. However, the Japanese government did not like the economic moves from their Russian counterparts, because the  economic zone was formed within the framework of the Russian legislation. The Japanese wanted  separate agreements and a separate legal framework for the purpose. Nevertheless, the Kuril Islands are a Russian territory that live solely under the rule of the Russian legislation.  In Singapore, Putin and Abe could not but revisit the topic of the territorial dispute between Russia and Japan. If Shinzo Abe had not talked discussed that with Putin, he would have faced criticism in Japan. The 1956 declaration is vague indeed, but the Kuril Islands still remain Russian.

Mon, 19 Nov 2018 15:13:00 +0300

Why Trump tries to re-industrialize America
The essence of the problem [1], according to a re-reading of the facts by a Reuters journalist, Andy Home, who had come into possession of a copy of the report [2], dated last September, from the US Department of Defense concerning the supply of essential material for the American army. Entitled "Evaluating and strengthening the resilience of the US manufacturing and defense supply chain" (September 2018), it reveals that more than 300 (!) key-supplies, which are necessary for the normal functioning of the American armed forces, are in danger: the American producers are either on the verge of bankruptcy or have already been replaced by Chinese suppliers or of other nationalities, due to the de-industrialization of the domestic economy and the relocation of production to South-East Asian nations. by Maurizio Blondet An example, which Home draws from the aforementioned report: the last American producer of synthetic polyester yarns, necessary for the fabrication of sheets for military encampment, has recently ended out of business. This means that if the United States were to declare a "tissue embargo," some American soldiers would have the serious prospect of having to sleep outdoors.

Mon, 19 Nov 2018 14:52:00 +0300

Five years after Maidan revolution, Ukraine remains one of Europe's most corrupt states
Experts compare the alarming atmosphere of the fifth anniversary of the Maidan riots in Ukraine to the last stage of the existence of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic prior to the moment when Ukraine declared independence. On the eve of the next elections, which Ukraine is going to hold in 2019, summing up the results of the Maidan revolution becomes particularly significant. Recalling the promises that the Ukrainians heard from their "revolutionaries" in November 2013, many in the Ukrainian society point out the stable trend for the economic situation in the country to worsen. The judicial reform, the decentralisation of power and the updated conditions of civil service have not made life in Ukraine better. According to opinion polls, most Ukrainians do not understand what has happened in the country as a result of reforms. Five years after the Maidan riots, it turns out for many in Ukraine that the political course towards the European integration has not become the panacea for many Ukrainian problems. The association agreement and the free trade zone with the EU, as well as the agreement on the visa-free regime does not heal the Ukrainian economy, and it still remains one of the most corrupt countries in Europe. The new Ukrainian authorities refer to the "Russian aggression" in the Donbass and use the ongoing crisis in the southeast of Ukraine to justify economic failures and corruption in the country. Experts of the Institute of Strategic Studies New Ukraine said in a recent study that the revolutionary zeal of 2013-2014 died in the counter-revolutionary wave, while the gap between the new military oligarchic system and the Ukrainian system keeps growing.

Mon, 19 Nov 2018 13:23:00 +0300

The INF issue
The climax of the Cold War was reached when the former American President Carter and European leaders Callaghan, Giscard and Schmidt decided in 1979 the deployment of nuclear warhead missiles with a range too short to make them start from bases in US territory but sufficient for the launch from European bases. England, Germany, Italy hosted the mobile launchers of the Pershing missiles and also the first generations of cruise missiles. The big Galaxy cargo carrying missiles were greeted in Germany by some demonstrations of protest but their arrival continued until the deployment was completed. The Soviet Union, fearing from the European territory a devastating first American strike against the bases of its intercontinental missiles, had already deployed the analogs SS20, in a much higher number than the NATO ones and positioned in the Warsaw Pact countries. United States and Soviet Union threatened each other mainly with the great intercontinental missiles, but intermediate-range missiles were a threat from which US territory was exempt due to distance: in this case, the threat existed only for Russia and, consequently, for European countries. The international agreements of 1987 between President Reagan and his Soviet counterpart, Michail Gorbachev, led to the signing of the Treaty on Intermediate Nuclear Forces, to the complete withdrawal of these weapons and their destruction. Both the INF treaty and others concerning different types of atomic weapons, seemed to promise the definitive removal of the nuclear war and the birth of a new world order, multipolar and oriented to a more relaxed diplomatic relations. The Soviet Union seemed still a monolithic entity and nobody suspected that in a few years it would be disappeared. The recent history is well known: the sudden dissolution of the USSR and the acute state of economic crisis in which all the former constituent countries were found (due to the pedantic application of absurd neo-liberal economic recipes by their governments) gave rise to the now finished American unipolar geopolitical parenthesis. The 9/11 internal terrorist attack was the excuse for the grand initiation of the US imperial wars and the project of conquest / destruction of Russia through the remodeling of the Middle East in a Western key, the extension of NATO to the former Warsaw Pact countries and the former Caucasian republics. Even the Balkan wars, although earlier than 11 September 2001, can be included in this "forward movement of the front" and considered in all aspects as a first attempt to rectify manu militari the Eastern borders of the Atlantic alliance and therefore of the American dominion.

Sun, 18 Nov 2018 23:47:00 +0300

Brexit: The UK's misunderstanding of Democracy
Brexit: The UK's understanding of Democracy The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland needs to sit down and listen to this lesson in Democracy and then apply it in a democratic process Unlike most people, I get the Brits and unlike most people, I have something in common with Theresa May - we both have a liking for cricket. Her, probably because she understands the mechanics of the game; me, because I find it hilarious that they break for sandwiches and tea, I find it unfathomable that a game can last for five days and curious that there are so many rules that it seems impossible to understand, while the bowling action, a classic example of British eccentricity, has me curled up in giggling fits as do the positions, for instance "silly mid on" and "backward short leg".

Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:25:00 +0300

Putin's three days in Singapore mark Russia's major geopolitical changes since 2000
Russian President Vladimir Putin spent three days in Singapore, which is a lot for president's visit to a foreign state. What is Russia looking for in the Asian country? Vladimir Putin has been trying to strengthen Russia's ties with Southeast Asia lately. This is beneficial to all parties, Nikkei Asian Review wrote. After the meeting with the leadership of Singapore, Putin attended the East Asian Summit (EAC) and the Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The EAC includes ASEAN countries plus eight more states, plus Russia, China, the United States. In addition, Putin held personal meetings with the leaders of Indonesia and Malaysia.According to Nikkei Asian Review, Putin wants to increase arms trade and develop energy projects with the region, in which Beijing and Washington also want to expand their influence. Moscow is looking for new partners to compensate for the losses that the country suffers because of Western sanctions, the publication said. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Southeast Asia accounted for 12.2 percent of arms shipments from Russia from 2013 to 2017. One can already say that Russia has become the region's largest arms supplier. Ten years ago, the indicator was 6.2 percent, the article says.At the same time, Southeast Asia would like to strengthen its defence capabilities in light of the dispute over the islands that China has been building lately in the South China Sea. The struggle against terrorism is also an issue, and Russia would be happy to increase arms exports.For example, Indonesia is negotiating the purchase of Russian Su-35 fighter jets, while Vietnam bought six Russian submarines in 2017. The Philippines, an ally of the United States, also received weapons from Russia in 2017, having received a signal of displeasure from Washington.Russia discusses an energy project with Indonesia to build a refinery that will become a joint venture between Indonesia's state-owned oil company, Pertamina, and Rosneft, a Russian state-run oil company. It is expected that the investment in the project will exceed $8.8 billion.Thailand is happy to cooperate in tourism. The number of Russian tourists in Thailand in 2017 increased by 23 percent and rose to 1.35 million people in comparison with the same period of last year. According to the data from the Russian government, the trade volume between Russia and ASEAN member countries reached $18.3 billion in 2017, which is about 30 percent higher than a year earlier. The above-mentioned publication also suggests that Russia's cooperation with ASEAN countries will give Moscow an opportunity to "closely monitor China." Also read: Russia sells arms to Asia to maintain peace in the worldRodrigo Duterte, the President of the Philippines, called Putin "his personal hero." "For authoritarian regimes of the region, such as Cambodia, Russia looks a more attractive partner than the United States or European countries that emphasise the importance of human rights and democracy," the article in the publication said. Maria Osipova, an economist at the Centre for the Study of Southeast Asia, Australia and Oceania, told Pravda.Ru that we are witnessing major geopolitical changes in Russia's history since 2000. In her opinion, Russia and Singapore can fruitfully cooperate in the field of cultural exchange, financial integration and IT-technologies. "We have talented programmers, and they have experience in government regulation in this area. Under the current conditions of sanctions, Russia simply has no choice but to expand its influence in the East and look for new partners there. In Southeast Asia, people like and respect not only the Russian language, but also the Russian culture. When Nicholas II, not yet being the crowned king, traveled to Thailand, he began his journey in Singapore," Maria Osipova told Pravda.Ru. Read article in Russian

Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:54:00 +0300

Macron challenges Trump. French independence and croissants at stake
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shared their positive views about the idea to establish the joint European army in the EU. Donald Trump expressed his indignation on the subject, but the master of the Elysée Palace went even further and said that he wanted to reinstate France's independence.President Charles de Gaulle had tried to conduct independent policies in France after WWII. In response, he had to deal with student riots and his own resignation, but the republic managed to withstand the turmoil. When Jacques Chirac left office, France started losing its sovereignty on almost all fronts, including in the field of foreign policy.The United States has trapped France as a military constituent of NATO and concocted a nice name for the process - the Euro-Atlantic integration.The phase of the sharp confrontation between the United States and Russia and then with China became a wakeup call for several EU leaders who paid attention to the completely unsportsmanlike behaviour of their good old transatlantic ally. They frowned but were still catering to Washington. The moment of enlightenment occurred when US sanctions started affecting European interests. USA's unceremonious attacks on the Nord Stream 2 international project made the voice of the German Chancellor sound stronger in her disputes with the United States. Washington's move to raise import tariffs on the goods that Europe traditionally supplies to the American market and manipulations with the SWIFT payment system forced EU countries to think about an independent payment system of their own.It is worth noting that the list of SWIFT founders includes 248 banks from 19 countries. Iran and North Korea were disconnected from the system on the initiative of the UN. This time, Iran was cut off from SWIFT solely at the request of the United States.Noteworthy, SWIFT discloses all data of its users to the USA after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Tracking possible terrorist transactions is an important excuse, no doubt. However, all payments that all other users of the system make through SWIFT became transparent to American special services. Russia, China and Iran have drawn their conclusions and founded their own electronic payment systems. Russia has been servicing domestic payments via the SPFS (Financial Reporting System) of the Bank of Russia. Quite possibly, the United States will not restrict Russia's access to SWIFT. However, Russia will not have trust in Washington for many years ahead. It appears that the leaders of foreign countries, including French President Emmanuel Macron, understand what they may end up with if they decide to stand up against the United States. Emmanuel Macron suddenly decided that France has to become an independent nation, including in the field of cyber security, as well as in all military areas - on land, at sea, in the air and in space. It looks like a riot. We will see how resolute Emmanuel Macron can be. Like Macron, Trump wants to make France "great again" but only under the leadership of the United States, of course. We will not be surprised if a colour revolution comes to the streets of Paris, and the US Ambassador to France will be handing out croissants to protesters.

Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:23:00 +0300

Russians lose faith in their future, get ready for worse
The Russians are not expecting the bleak and poor future to come - they are getting ready for it already now, a new study by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre said. According to the study, the number of those who share a pessimistic view on the future in both personal and national terms has skyrocketed.  Fifty-seven percent of the polled said that the economic situation in the country was "average." Twenty-seven percent estimate the economic situation in Russia as "bad", whereas 14 percent said that they were happy about the state of affairs in the Russian economy. The "index of assessments of the economic situation" dropped by 16 points. The index of social optimism declined by as many as 23 points. For example, 25 percent of Russians believe that their lives will become worse in the future while, another 40 percent said that "everything will remain as it was," and 25 percent of optimists believe in the bright future of Russia. Sixteen percent of respondents said that they were concerned about their lives, while another 21 percent are partially satisfied, and 58 percent of Russians are quite satisfied with the current "stability."Experts believe that the majority of Russians have lost faith in their future because of the highly unpopular pension reform that raised the retirement age in Russia for both men and women.  Also read: Putin loses everything he has

Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:30:00 +0300