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Moscow warns of retaliation after Poland's ridiculous closure of airspace causing Russian minister's plane to be grounded

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Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu
Polish closure of its airspace for the plane of the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu will not go without an "appropriate response" as it caused a "real threat to flight safety," Russia's Foreign Ministry has stated.

The diplomatic standoff on Friday took hours to resolve after Poland refused to grant free passage to Shoygu's plane as he was returning from celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Slovakian national uprising that took place in the town of Banská Bystrica.

An hour after the TU-154 left Slovakia, the flyover in Polish airspace was suddenly refused due to the plane's changed status. On the way to the celebrations, Poland designated the minister's flight as civilian, while on the way back, it was changed from civil to military - for "unknown reasons", according to Poland's state air navigation services agency. Under non-civilian status, crossing Polish airspace requires at least a 72 hours' notice before the flight.

The plane had to be grounded in Bratislava in what the Russian Foreign Ministry called an "outrageous incident", while Poland cited "technical reasons" for not allowing the plane through.

Comment: Poland is just the West's agent here. They are merely doing what their NATO (Read: U.S.) masters are telling them to do. In reality, these actions are merely the sad, pathetic attempts of the U.S. to get under Russia's skin and tempt it into a reactionary, unintelligent response that the U.S. can capitalize on to further their propaganda war against Russia. Sadly for them, Russia is not so dumb and won't be tempted into such reactions.

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​IMF throws fascists in Kiev $1.4bn lifeline

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Vultures of Capitalism
The International Monetary Fund has given a green light for Ukraine to receive the second tranche of financial assistance totalling $1.39 billion, meaning more austerity measures for the already struggling economy.

"The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the first review of Ukraine's performance under an economic program supported by a Stand-By Arrangement (SBA)," the organization said in a statement.

"The completion of this review enables the disbursement of SDR 914.67 million (about US$1.39 billion), which would bring total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 2.97 billion (about US$4.51 billion)," the statement reads.

Comment: It must be very easy to be a fascist in a warm office. The IMF will pay you for doing what you love - looting and ordering bombings from a comfy chair. Don't attempt to lead, just loot and kill.

It's no wonder that the civilian population has been trouncing Kiev - the anger they must feel! A fascist regime is killing their countrymen and the future they voted for, a future of stability, was sacrificed when Yanukovych was ousted after many Western manipulations. As it was written in 2010:
The final result of the 2010 Ukrainian elections was an overwhelming rejection by voters of Yushchenko, the "hero" of the Orange Revolution, who received barely 5% of the vote. After five years of economic and political chaos, Ukrainians clearly want some kind of stability.
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Yanukovych has pledged to focus instead on Ukraine's economic crisis and political corruption. Regarding Moscow, he has added that he will welcome Russia into a consortium that would jointly operate Ukraine's natural gas pipeline network, restoring influence that Yushchenko and his highly ambitious Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko tried to cancel. Another important signal not welcomed in NATO circles was his announcement that he would extend Russia's strategically vital lease on the naval base at the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol due to expire in 2017.


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Fee to renounce U.S. citizenship goes up fourfold to $2,350 - 400% increase

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The cost of getting rid of US citizenship has quadrupled to $2350, up from $450. The changes will come into effect on September 6th and the State Department says it is necessary to cover the real cost of processing an application to lose citizenship.

The price hike marks a sharp u turn from 2010 when the State Department decided on the $450 fee "in order to lessen the impact on those who need the service and not to discourage the utilization of the service, a development the Department feels would be detrimental to national interests."

Announcing the move this week [LINK: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/08/28/2014-20516/schedule-of-fees-for-consular-services-department-of-state-and-overseas-embassies-and ], the State Department defended it the price tag saying it had to reflect the true cost of the process.

"Demand for the service has increased dramatically, consuming far more consular officer time and resources. Documenting a US citizen's renunciation of citizenship is extremely costly, requiring American consular officers overseas to spend substantial amounts of time to accept, process, and adjudicate cases. The Department believes there is no public benefit or other reason for setting this fee below cost," wrote Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy.

But Kevyn Nightingale, a tax adviser to people who want to give up their US citizenship, said that he could not believe the process really costs that much.
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Kiev arrests employees of Russian embassy in Kiev, then denies it; embassy officially declares them missing

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Russian Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine
A group of Russian embassy employees, detained in Kiev under a completely dubious pretext, have been declared missing by the embassy, after the Russian Foreign Ministry's call for their immediate release was ignored by Ukrainian authorities.

Two Russian diplomats - 3rd Secretary of the Embassy Andrey Golovanov and attaché Mikhail Shorin - were detained by Kiev police earlier this week, despite carrying diplomatic passports. While the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry admitted their detention, the Interior Ministry later denied the incident.

"In connection with such contradictory reports from Ukrainian authorities, the Russian Embassy in Ukraine is forced to officially declare the disappearance of [Golovanov and Shorin] of the territory of Ukraine," Russia's embassy said in a statement on Friday, as cited by Ria Novosti.

Two men who were detained near a café in Kiev were carrying "hand grenades" and had documents "resembling" Russian diplomatic passports, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry claimed in an official note on August 27.


Comment: Right... And we should believe them why, exactly?


The pretext for their detention is clearly fabricated, the Russian FM said in response, demanding the immediate release of the diplomatic staff.

"Despite showing their diplomatic passports, they were detained under a completely false pretext," the statement said.

"We demand the immediate release of the embassy staff members and prevention of any future violations of international conventions on diplomatic immunity," the ministry added.

Comment: There's a lot going on with the Ukraine crisis lately, and it will be interesting to see where it all leads. For example:

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Yankees Go Home! Anti-NATO protests erupt in Slovakia

Bratislava - Slovak regional governor Marian Kotleba, who heads the far-right People's Party - Our Slovakia, today displayed a huge banner saying "Yankees go home! Stop NATO" on the regional office building in Banská Bystrica, central Slovakia, Slovak daily Sme writes on its website.

The 70th anniversary of the anti-Nazi Slovak National Uprising is marked today, and it is celebrated in particular in Banská Bystrica, where the uprising started. Politicians and diplomats from several foreign countries take part in the celebrations.

Kotleba is known for his negative stance toward NATO and the European Union. He has previously labeled NATO a terrorist organization. Along with Miroslav Belička, the head of his press section, he hung the banner from the office.
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Putin calls for peace negotiations in Ukraine, reminds Europeans of their forgotten ideals

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Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Kiev to start substantial talks on deescalating the crisis in eastern Ukraine. He added that it's an illusion to expect that the rebels would calmly watch their homes being destroyed.


Comment: Exactly. Any hopes of a peaceful federalization of Ukraine were shattered the moment Kiev started murdering civilians and destroying their homes.


"We have agreed on a plan, so its realization must be pursued," Putin told Channel 1 TV, adding that the Ukrainian government "must immediately start substantial talks - not a technical discussion - on the political organization of society and the state in southeast Ukraine so that the interests of people who live there are protected."

The plan, according to Russia's leader, puts negotiations at the center of the peace process. In a clear reference to the toppling of Viktor Yanukovich by the Maidan movement in February, Putin said that mistakes such as a power takeover should be avoided and called it the main cause of today's crisis.


Comment: Notice how Russia is the only one calling for real negotiations in the interests of peace (just as they are the only ones actively supporting a fully impartial investigation of MH17). The West merely accuses Putin of escalating and supporting the conflict, while they do nothing to stop it, and actively encourage it with their support of Poroshenko's regime.


The Russian president called on Kiev to consider the upcoming autumn and winter period and think about the heating season. The devastated infrastructure of the southeast requires full repair otherwise people might just freeze to death, he said.

"It looks as if only Russia cares about that. The first most essential condition is to stop combat operations and begin reconstruction of the infrastructure, replenish inventories, do the necessary repairs and scheduled maintenance to be ready for the cold season."


Comment: In politics as in life, it is best to judge a politician by his or her deeds, not words. The West talks a lot about their 'humanitarian missions' in places like Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc., but we all know where that leads. On the other hand, Putin speaks of the same things, but his words are not hollow. Russia actually gets things done.

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Vladimir Putin plans to move part of the Russian government to Siberia

President nominates Krasnoyarsk - a city with 'wonderful people' - to be eastern seat of power.
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'For instance, Krasnoyarsk seems to me to be a suitable location'.
Key functions of the Kremlin government could switch to Siberia and specifically Krasnoyarsk - the centre of Russia - according to Mr Putin. However, the capital city will remain in Moscow, despite earlier pressure from his defence minister Sergei Shoigu to move it east.

'I consider it possible and right that part of some federal, central authorities should be moved to Siberia,' Putin told an audience of young people at the 2014 Seliger Youth Forum. 'For instance, Krasnoyarsk seems to me to be a suitable location'.

He insisted Krasnoyarsk is 'the geographical centre of our country', comments which may cause some angst elsewhere, for example Novosibirsk.

'Because of Crimea, our geographical centre has shifted somewhat, but this is not important, small stuff, but otherwise it is a big city with a population of one million, developed infrastructure, a good airport, beautiful scenery and wonderful people. That will be the way of our thinking.'

He confirmed a drive to persuade major state companies to move east, too.

Comment: Regardless of the reasons, this sounds like a smart move:



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Insanity: NATO is planning 'rapid-deployment force' of 10,000 troops to 'counter' a fictional Russian plot

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German troops who are part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)

NATO is reportedly working towards the creation of an expeditionary force composed of 10,000 troops from seven different member states as a result of escalating tensions with Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.



Comment: Tensions have escalated due to the US and NATO's continuous unprovoked aggression. They toppled Ukraine's government, initiated a civil war, and have been trying to draw Russia into a quagmire that Russia has brilliantly turned to its advantage through counter-sanctions and the accession of Crimea. What can they hope to gain now?

-Ukraine on verge of collapse as Kiev forces capitulate: US catapults the propaganda with another desperate Russian invasion ploy


According to the Financial Times, the force's creation will be spearheaded by Britain and involve contributions from Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway, and the Netherlands. Canada is also interested in joining the group, but it's not known what its final decision will be.

Comment: Those responsible for this aggression seem to live in a completely different reality. The effect this has on the rest of the world has proven catastrophic again and again. To understand the depth of this insanity and where it has led humanity throughout history, check out:

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Negotiations successful! Captured paratroopers sent back to Russia

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Some of the captured soldiers who allegedly crossed into Ukraine
All Russian paratroopers who were detained earlier in the week in eastern Ukraine have been handed over to the Russian side, deputy commander of the Airborne Forces, Major-General Aleksey Ragozin has confirmed.

"The negotiations were very difficult. However, common sense prevailed, and all ended well," Ragozin said on Saturday night, cited by RIA.

"The most important thing - all the guys are now back with us, in Russia. I want to emphasize that we never abandon our own," he added.

From the very first minute the patrol was caught after accidentally crossing the border the Russian side was doing everything possible to secure their release, Ragozin said.

"Our guys feel sorry that this happened," he said, adding that they will be provided with all necessary "psychological and other assistance."

"I consider it unacceptable that for so many days our soldiers were held by the Ukrainian side and, moreover, were transferred to Kiev," he stated. "At the same time, hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers who found themselves on the territory of Russia, after the provision of comprehensive care by the relevant authorities were immediately transferred back to Ukraine."


Comment: Both sides of this story stink. The Russian story that they simply got lost is possible, but not very plausible. On the other hand, the idea that the Russians would send paratroopers across the border, allegedly on a secret op, while carrying identifying documents, is even more ridiculous. Can we trust Kiev about the location in which these men were 'captured'? Was it a simple mistake on the troopers' part? Whatever the truth of the matter, it appears to have been resolved skillfully and successfully. If only we could know the details of the negotiations!

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Rebels fighting with Russian weapons? So is Kiev! Russian deputy defense minister on source of militias' arms

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Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Anatoly Antonov
Russia is not waging war in Ukraine's east, and is not supplying rebels with military equipment, according to Russian deputy defense minister Anatoly Antonov. The anti-Kiev forces get their arms at old Soviet storages - same as government troops do.

"Surely, Russia doesn't wage any war. Vladimir Putin's policy is aimed at not allowing the situation to develop according to the worst-case scenario. There are, unfortunately, forces that try to push two peoples against each other to start a real war between Russia and Ukraine," Antonov said, speaking with journalists in Slovakia.

Addressing the claims that Russia supplies weapons to the eastern Ukrainian self-defense forces, he explained where the militia may get their weaponry from.

"First, one shouldn't forget that Ukraine used to be a part of the Soviet Union. There were many weapon storages on the territory of the Soviet Union, so when Ukraine and Russia became independent states, clearly some storages remained on Ukrainian territory.

"Currently, in the region engulfed by this disaster, by the bloodshed, where the "punishment" operation is being carried out by Kiev against its own people, some of these storages have been seized by the self-defense forces. That's why saying that Russians supplied the weapons to Lugansk and Donetsk is simply incorrect. Look at the Ukrainian army's weaponry. It's fighting with the Russian weapons - or, more precisely, with Soviet weapons," Antonov said.

Another source is operational trophies, the deputy defense minister said. "The self-defense forces seize large amounts of National Guard's and the Ukrainian army's weapons. Hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers fled into Russia, leaving the weapons they used to own," he added.


Comment: Yep. And so Kiev and the western media blames Putin! As Mark Whitney writes, "Naturally, they're going to blame Putin for the mess they're in. What else can they do? They're getting their heads handed to them by a superior army. How do you explain that to the folks at home?"


Comment: Indeed, the West can't conceive of sending actual aid to populations in need - their lack of conscience prompts them to think only in terms of war and dissimulation. In contrast, it looks as if Russia is fast becoming a beacon of humanity. See also:

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