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Russian official confirms €1.2 billion Mistral talks have ended

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The two Mistral-class helicopter carriers Sevastopol
Talks between Russia and France concerning the future of the Mistral contract have ended. The contract will be terminated in the near future, a top Russian official has stated.

Paris and Moscow have agreed on and amount of the penalty France will have to pay Russia for not delivering the Mistral helicopter carriers, and the date on which it must be paid, thus bringing the negotiations to conclusion. The contract will be cancelled shortly, Vladimir Kozhin, the Assistant to the President for military and technical cooperation, told RIA Novosti.

"The talks have already ended. Everything is settled - both the date and the amount of penalty. I hope that the agreement concerning the cancellation of the contract will be signed in the nearest future. Then the sum that France will pay Russia will be officially announced," Kozhin said.

It was reported earlier that Russia and France would settle on the amount of penalty before July 10.

"The penalty amount is only predefined, as this decision has yet to be approved by the governments of the two countries," a Russian government source told RIA Novosti.

Comment: So much for real democracy in France, at a time when 80% of French citizens want a good relationship with Russia. As Vladimir Putin remarked recently on France and Europe, "the NATO members have renounced their sovereignty". See also:


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The Greek coup: Liquidity as a weapon of coercion

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"My father made him an offer he couldn't refuse. Luca Brasi held a gun to his head and my father assured him that either his brains, or his signature, would be on the contract." — The Godfather (1972)
In the modern global banking system, all banks need a credit line with the central bank in order to be part of the payments system. Choking off that credit line was a form of blackmail the Greek government couldn't refuse.

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is now being charged with treason for exploring the possibility of an alternative payment system in the event of a Greek exit from the euro. The irony of it all was underscored by Raúl Ilargi Meijer, who opined in a July 27th blog:
The fact that these things were taken into consideration doesn't mean Syriza was planning a coup . . . . If you want a coup, look instead at the Troika having wrestled control over Greek domestic finances. That's a coup if you ever saw one.

Let's have an independent commission look into how on earth it is possible that a cabal of unelected movers and shakers gets full control over the entire financial structure of a democratically elected eurozone member government. By all means, let's see the legal arguments for this.
So how was that coup pulled off? The answer seems to be through extortion. The European Central Bank threatened to turn off the liquidity that all banks - even solvent ones - need to maintain their day-to-day accounting balances. That threat was made good in the run-up to the Greek referendum, when the ECB did turn off the liquidity tap and Greek banks had to close their doors. Businesses were left without supplies and pensioners without food. How was that apparently criminal act justified? Here is the rather tortured reasoning of ECB President Mario Draghi at a press conference on July 16:
There is an article in the [Maastricht] Treaty that says that basically the ECB has the responsibility to promote the smooth functioning of the payment system. But this has to do with . . . the distribution of notes, coins. So not with the provision of liquidity, which actually is regulated by a different provision, in Article 18.1 in the ECB Statute: "In order to achieve the objectives of the ESCB [European System of Central Banks], the ECB and the national central banks may conduct credit operations with credit institutions and other market participants, with lending based on adequate collateral." This is the Treaty provision. But our operations were not monetary policy operations, but ELA [Emergency Liquidity Assistance] operations, and so they are regulated by a separate agreement, which makes explicit reference to the necessity to have sufficient collateral. So, all in all, liquidity provision has never been unconditional and unlimited. [Emphasis added.]
In a July 23rd post on Naked Capitalism, Nathan Tankus calls this "a truly shocking statement." Why? Because all banks rely on their central banks to settle payments with other banks. "If the smooth functioning of the payments system is defined as the ability of depository institutions to clear payments," says Tankus, "the central bank must ensure that settlement balances are available at some price."

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Colour revolution no more: "Electric Yerevan" fizzles out - thanks to Russian media information


Times are tough for America's "color revolution" industry. Perfected in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union, and honed during the so-called "Arab Spring," the process of backing subversion in a targeted country and overthrowing a sitting government under the cover of staged mass protests appears to be finally at the end of running its course.


That is because the United States can no longer hide the fact that it is behind these protests and often, even hide their role in the armed elements that are brought in covertly to give targeted governments their final push out the door. Nations have learned to identify, expose, and resist this tactic, and like Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime's tactic of Blitzkrieg or "lighting war," once appropriate countermeasures are found, the effectiveness of lighting fast, overwhelming force be it military or political, is rendered impotent.

This was most recently observed in Armenia during the so-called "Electric Yerevan" protests - Yerevan being the capital of Armenia, and "electric" in reference to the alleged motivation of protesters - rising electric prices.

American-backed "color revolutions" always start out with a seemingly legitimate motivation, but soon quickly become political in nature, sidestepping many of the legitimate, practical demands first made, and focusing almost entirely on "regime change." For the Armenian agitators leading the "Electric Yerevan," they didn't even make it that far and spent most of their initial momentum attempting to convince the world they were not just another US-backed mob.

Comment: It is to be hoped that all countries can learn from this - so far - successful prevention of another "Colour Revolution", which - if successful - will lead to the wreck and ruin of the country in question. Recent examples include:

George Soros, NATO and the Western Color Revolution in Macedonia
Color revolution underway in Macedonia as Western propaganda mill goes into full-spin mode
George Soros: The hidden hand behind 'color revolutions'


Airplane Paper

U.S. wants an MH17 tribunal minus the investigation


Who needs a proper investigation when western media knew the answer minutes after the plane crashed?
Russia bashing season is at its peak in Western press today after Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the shooting down of MH17 over Ukraine last year.

Russia's veto is being presented as a shameful confession of guilt. However, as usual the Western press uses half-truths, hypocrisy and double standards in its spinning of the facts.

First and foremost a tribunal and an investigation are two completely different things. No one in the Western press bothered to remember that immediately after the disaster, the UN Security Council passed Russian drafted Resolution 2166 that among other things:
"3. Supports efforts to establish a full, thorough and independent international investigation into the incident in accordance with international civil aviation guidelines" and

"11. Demands that those responsible for this incident be held to account and that all States cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability".
However more than a year after the tragedy the investigation has been far from "thorough" and not in full "accordance with international aviation guidelines".

Comment: The West would prefer a tribunal they can control, so that the party they wish to find guilty will be found guilty, regardless of the facts. See: Sott Exclusive: Voice recording suggests MH17 brought down by bomb on board


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Sott Exclusive: Does voice recording suggest MH17 brought down by bomb on board?

Russian experts claim to possess cockpit voice recordings between a pilot of an SU-27 and a military flight control officer, who witnessed the accident in the sky over Eastern Ukraine. The evidence strongly suggests that a bomb exploded on board MH17.
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Today the UN Security Council will discuss the creation of an international tribunal on the crash of MH17 near Donetsk in July 2014. Western politicians plan to form a judicial committee without waiting for the official results of the investigation which, after a year, has yet to provide answers to the most important questions of how, and by whom, the airliner was destroyed.

However, a version of the story told to LifeNews by Sergey Sokolov, an aviation expert with the Russian federal information center, Analytics and Security, offers a shocking account of the last moments of MH17.
"I am pretty sure that the airliner was destroyed from within and that it was a special operation".
In the interview, Sokolov details what he says are the cock pit voice recordings between the pilot of an Su-27 combat aircraft and a flight control officer.

Arrow Down

Bizarro U.S. imposes more nonsensical sanctions on Russia over Crimea


The United States has imposed further sanctions against Russia over the events in eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Eleven more people and 15 more companies have been put on the sanctions list.

Among the newly included firms are affiliate companies of Russian oil giant Rosneft, as well as several organizations linked to one of the country's major banks - Vnesheconombank.

Sanctions were also imposed against five Crimean commercial ports located in the towns of Sevastopol, Feodoisa, Kerch, Evpatoria and Yalta, as well as the Kerch ferry service.

The US embassy to Russia said that Washington regards the new sanctions not as an escalation of tensions between the countries but rather as a "routine step" in strengthening current US policy.


Comment: What nonsense. A 'routine step' in U.S. policy is precisely an escalation of tensions!


Stock Up

Ukrainian poll fail: 84% would entrust Putin to lead Ukraine

A new information tragedy in Ukraine. It started so innocently: the nationally conscious patriotic website Nedelya.ua organized a survey. The question was: which politician would you entrust with governing your country? 41,664 votes were cast. The results were a knock-out blow for the organizers--a full and crushing victory for Vladimir Putin. Treason! Let's look at the results:
  • Putin: 84% (34,905 votes)
  • Lukashenko: 5% (2032)
  • Xi Jinping 2% (820)
  • Zhirinovskiy 2% (708)
  • Poroshenko 1% (538)
  • Merkel 1% (430)
  • Marie Le Pen 1% (426)
  • Nazarbayev 1% (318)
  • Obama 1% (244)
  • Timoshenko 0% (176)
  • Lyashko 0% (170)
  • Yatsenyuk 0% (158)
  • Kolomoysky 0% (150)
  • Simonenko 0% (130)
  • Kuchma 0% (86)
  • Yanukovych 0% (116)
  • Tigipko 0% (76)
  • Kravchuk 0% (32)
  • Yushchenko 0% (32)

Comment: One word: hilarious! This must be the proof Ukraine's leaders have been looking for this past year and half: Putin has invaded Ukraine!


Bad Guys

Germany seeks to restore dialogue with Russia through the NATO-Russia Council

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© AFP 2015/ Brendan Smialowski
Germany is arguing with partners of the North Atlantic Alliance on the issue of resuming the Russia-NATO Council: Germany stands 'for', but not all of the partners in the organization agree, news agency DPA reports, referring to Germany's ambassador to NATO Martin Erdmann.

"There is no consensus at present, but the situation is developing," Erdmann said.

The NATO-Russia Council was established in 2002, with the last meeting at diplomatic level held in June 2014. Since then, the dialogue between Russia and NATO has been frozen; the reason for this was the conflict in Ukraine.

Comment: We shouldn't expect this to happen anytime soon. Check out:


Arrow Up

Russia acts to stop activities of subversive 'National Endowment for Democracy'

NED's duplicitous mission statement indicates a "dedicat(ion) to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world."

Its practices are polar opposite - a State Department-funded agency created to undermine democracy wherever it exists.

It's a global mischief-maker - a rogue agency financing anti-democratic groups and initiatives in scores of countries worldwide. Its objective is regime change - notably in independent nations like Russia. It subversively interferes in its electoral practices among other ways of targeting its sovereignty.

Comment: The NED and other NGO's are cover organisations for activities of the CIA and used primarily to destabilize governments and foment regime change. The NED was set up in the early 1980s in response to the extremely negative press the CIA had been receiving in the late 1970s. According to a 1991 interview in the Washington Post with one of the creators of the NED, Allen Weinstein, "a lot of what we (NED) do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA".


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Attempted poisoning of Yegor Gaidar, former Russian PM, takes place one day after poisoning of former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko

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Gaidar, right, oversaw Russia's transformation to a market economy
A top Russian politician was given deadly poison just 24 hours after ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko was killed by radiation.

Yegor Gaidar, a pro-Western former Prime Minister, fell dangerously ill while attending a meeting in Ireland.

Mr Gaidar, 50, was rushed to hospital after he vomited blood and lapsed into a coma during the event in County Kildare.

Last night Scotland Yard was searching for any links between the murder of Mr Litvinenko and the poisoning of Mr Gaidar.

One connection between the two men is Andrei Lugovoy, who met Mr Litvinenko in the Millennium Hotel in London's Mayfair on the day he was poisoned.

Ex-KGB major Lugovoy was once Mr Gaidar's head of security but denies any involvement in the Litvinenko poisoning.

Comment: As has now been fairly well established, Litvinenko was not killed by the Russian government, and was in all probability killed by the British Security Services in league with its American and Israeli counterparts.

Gaidar survived this attempt on his life, but died three years later at the age of 53.

That this poisoning attempt came right at the same time as the Litvinenko affair is strong evidence in support of the theory that the Western powers determined years ago that they must demonize Vladimir Putin in people's eyes.