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'Polite' Carlson, 'our guy' Blinken, backing Biden: Putin weighs in on US politics

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with journalist Pavel Zarubin.
© Kremlin press serviceRussian President Vladimir Putin speaks with journalist Pavel Zarubin.
The Russian president has made his first public comments on his sit-down with American journalist Tucker Carlson

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made his first public comments on his headline-grabbing recent interview with US journalist Tucker Carlson. Putin said the event had fallen short of his expectations, while suggesting Carlson may end up being punished for traveling to Russia.

He shared his thoughts in an interview with Russian reporter Pavel Zarubin that was published on Wednesday. The Russian leader also touched on US politics, including the presidential race shaping up between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

Below is a summary of Putin's key comments.

Comment: See also:

Exclusive: Tucker Carlson Interviews Vladimir Putin


On the Kremlin website, there is transcript in English, Interview to Tucker Carlson,

Immediate reports about the interview:
Ukraine conflict, fallout of NATO expansion, relations with US: Key takeaways from Putin's interview with Tucker Carlson
Putin clarifies 'denazification' to Tucker Carlson

Comments from Tucker Carlson about the interview with Vladimir Putin
Tucker Carlson on US-Russia After Putin Interview | Ukraine War | World Government Summit (Link to YouTube)
Putin wants to end Ukraine conflict - Tucker Carlson

Commentary on the Tucker Carlson interview:
Tucker Carlson committed 'treason' to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin... and the World loved it!
On President Putin's Interview With Tucker Carlson...- Cynthia Chung
Tucker, Putin, and the Apocalypse- Dr. Alexander Dugin
What NO ONE is saying about Tucker Carlson's Putin interview
If anyone wishes to see the places that Vladimir Putin talked about in the Tucker Carlson interview, try this video:
I Filmed What Putin TOLD About in Carlson Interview: RURIK, Novgorod, Princess Olga, Prince Vladimir
NewsReal: Western Obsession With Russia: Carlson's Putin Interview, Navalny's Death and the Ukraine War Racket (The beginning of the show discusses Russia, Ukraine, Tucker Carlson interview very short).
See also:
Anti-Putin Russian outlet fact-checks Putin's claim that Lenin conspired with the US to break up Russia into smaller countries... and finds it to be true!
The passing of Navalny has come in handy considering the publicity that the Tucker Carlson interview received:
Navalny death planned and coordinated by the West
Death of Aleksei Navalny: The Brits did it!
From Russian far-right nationalist agitator to darling of Western liberals: Who was Alexey Navalny?

Western elites expressed their displeasure at the release of the interview. One example:
Ex-UK PM Boris Johnson slams Tucker Carlson as 'traitor' for Putin interview
Still it did not deter other journalists for signing up:
Western media send dozens of Putin interview requests following Tucker Carlson broadcast — Kremlin

Regarding the recent comment by Vladimir Putin about Annalena Baerbock, it followed earlier reports that:
German foreign minister's grandfather was 'ardent Nazi' - Bild


Hourglass

Arab regimes collude with Israel's genocide and ethnic cleansing of Gaza

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© Saleh Salem/ReutersA tent camp for displaced Palestinians in Rafah.
As Israel's fascist government prepares to launch a massive ground invasion to take over Rafah city, discussions are now under way about setting up 15 campsites — each with around 25,000 tents — across the southwestern part of the Gaza Strip, to house the million-plus Palestinians that have taken refuge in the city.

These tent cities are to be funded by the United States and Arab despots and operated by the butcher of Cairo, Egypt's Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Egypt and other Arab regimes are in effect providing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the ability to claim he has assured the "safe passage" he said he would provide so that the planned ground invasion could take place. As Netanyahu again declared as Israel mounted a massive aerial bombardment of the city, his real goal is "total victory" — which means killing as many Palestinians as possible and driving the rest into the desert.

Comment: And thus are 'popular uprisings' leveraged.

More on the proposed new prison for Gaza Palestinians:
Egypt is building an 8-square-mile walled enclosure in the Sinai Desert near Gaza to prepare for an influx of Palestinian refugees as Israel is vowing to launch an assault on Rafah, which borders Egypt and is packed with about 1.5 million Palestinians.

The revelation of Egypt's construction, which was reported by The Wall Street Journal and an Egyptian rights group, signals Cairo is caving to Israeli pressure to allow Palestinians to enter its territory.

Egyptian officials told the Journal that more than 100,000 people would be able to fit into the camps they are constructing. If a mass exodus of Palestinians from Gaza does happen, the Egyptian officials said they want to limit the number of refugees they allow in to between 50,000 and 60,000.

The Sinai Foundation for Human Rights first reported on the construction on Wednesday and said the project is expected to be completed within 10 days. Egyptian officials told the Journal they expect a broad Israeli offensive on Rafah could start "within weeks." Israel must be aware of the construction and will likely try to push as many Palestinians into the camp as it can.

Israeli government officials have not been shy about their desire to cleanse the Gaza Strip of its Palestinian population and re-establish Jewish settlements. A document prepared by Israel's Intelligence Ministry that was leaked back in October said the best-case scenario for Israel would be to send all 2.3 million Palestinians living in Gaza into Egypt.

But Cairo's opposition to the plan caused Israeli officials to look elsewhere and suggest Western countries take in Palestinian refugees. According to Israeli media, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu previously said he was looking for countries to "absorb" Palestinians, but he's cooled the rhetoric since the Biden administration criticized other Israeli ministers for making similar comments.



Wall Street

Joe the 'rainmaker': Payments, deals followed key Biden meetings with son's foreign associates

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© Getty Images / Kris ConnorHunter Biden and Joe Biden.
House impeachment investigators are seeking to uncover what role, if any, Joe Biden played in his son's foreign business dealings. After repeated denials of ever having met Hunter's business partners, evidence of meetings, key payments and witness testimony tell another story.

Evidence including sworn impeachment inquiry testimony, confirmed emails and financial records increasingly show that President Joe Biden's meetings with his son's foreign clients were closely followed by payments and agreements that advanced his family's business deals.

House Republicans on Thursday subpoenaed new financial records belonging to Hunter Biden, his associates, and companies in a growing effort to find evidence that Joe Biden benefited personally from his son's foreign dealings.

Rep. Greg Steube agreed on the "Just the News, No Noise" television show on Thursday that Joe Biden played a "rainmaker" role in Hunter Biden's business ventures.

Comment: The walls are (finally?) closing in. Creepy Joe has clearly outlived his utility to the Deep State. What more spectacular way to lever him out of the White House than the juicy scandal that's been simmering for years?


Toys

Paper tiger Ukraine signs 'security pacts' with paper tigers Germany and France

ukraine germany france security pact scholz macron zelensky
© Sarah Meyssonnier / POOL / AFPGermany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, and France’s President Emmanuel Macron
G7 countries have pledged to sign bilateral security deals with Kyiv to signal their long-term support in the face of Russia's aggression.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday struck separate long-term agreements with France and Germany for military support and training for Ukraine.

Germany committed to not only support Ukraine's defense against Russia's invasion "for as long as it takes," but to also assist Kyiv "in building up modern, resilient armed forces to deter any future attack," German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told reporters in Berlin.

Zelenskyy said the details of the agreement with Berlin "are very specific and involve long-term support," which he claimed was a sign that Western allies understood that Ukraine will eventually become a NATO member.

Comment: Paper tigers making agreements with each other. It would be risible if it wasn't so pathetic. If "Ukraine" can't even defend itself, how will it 'defend' Germany or France against Russia? Or for that matter, how will Germany or France defend themselves, as they have poured nearly all their current arms stockpiles into Ukraine already? The majority of these pledges are for weapons yet to be manufactured. Macron and Scholz may never have to make good on them if Russia rolls up Ukraine at the pace it's currently maintaining.

Brian Berletic discusses the problem. Though his focus is on U.S. manufacturing problems, the same analysis can be applied to Europe.


The fact of the matter is they know Russia has no designs on western Europe, hence they can afford political posturing.

There is some other type of manoever going on here.


Briefcase

Jack Smith is in a hurry, but he can't say why

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© Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesSpecial Council Jack Smith
You've read it in this newsletter here and here, but it has popped up again. Jack Smith, the federal prosecutor pursuing former President Donald Trump, is again urging a court to speed up procedures in Smith's case charging Trump in connection with the 2020 election and Jan. 6.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court gave Smith one week to respond to Trump's effort to keep his 2020 election trial on hold while the court decides on Trump's argument that he should be immune from prosecution. Smith responded in one day. His argument is that it is very, extremely, super-duper important that Trump's trial move ahead as quickly as possible. Of course, it has been clear for some time that Smith feels that way. What is important is why Smith says the Trump case should speed ahead.

The reason for Smith's haste has been obvious all along: He wants Trump to be tried, convicted, sentenced, and possibly jailed before the Nov. 5 presidential election. Could anything be clearer? Everything that Smith has done since Aug. 1, 2023, when the indictment was unsealed, has been to rush the case to a decision before deadline — and the deadline has always been the 2024 presidential election.

But here's the problem for Smith. The Justice Department forbids prosecutorial interference with elections. The guidelines are very clear:
"Federal prosecutors and agents may never select the timing of any action, including investigative steps, criminal charges, or statements, for the purpose of affecting any election, or for the purpose of giving an advantage or disadvantage to any candidate or political party."

Comment: Seems like Trump has a window of opportunity should his gargantuan lead remain his ace.


Footprints

Russia says its forces move forward after Ukraine withdraws from Avdiivka

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© New York Times/Getty ImagesSome Ukrainians refuse to leave Avdiivka
Russia said on Saturday that its forces had inflicted a series of defeats on Ukrainian forces along the 1,000-km (620-mile) front line just as Ukrainian troops withdrew from the devastated eastern town of Avdiivka.

The Ukrainian withdrawal from Avdiivka paves the way for Russia's biggest victory since the May 2023 capture of Bakhmut after a deadly battle that left thousands dead in a devastated city with barely a building intact.

After the failure of Ukraine to pierce Russian lines last year, Moscow has been trying to grind down Ukrainian forces just as Kyiv ponders a major new mobilisation and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy appoints a new commander to run the war.

Russian forces made inroads against Ukrainian troops along the front lines in a number of different directions, according to the Russian defence ministry.

"Avdiivka, as a major node of resistance for the armed forces of Ukraine, has fallen," pro-Russian military blogger Yuri Podolyak said on Telegram.

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SOTT Focus: NewsReal: Western Obsession With Russia: Carlson's Putin Interview, Navalny's Death and the Ukraine War Racket

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© Sott.net
Well over a billion views later, the Tucker Carlson interview with Vladimir Putin has been overshadowed in global media coverage by the sudden death this week of Russian political opposition figure Alexey Navalny, and the US 'national security leak' about... Russian space nukes?

Meanwhile, the Russian military captured the Ukrainian military stronghold of Avdeevka outside the city of Donetsk, sending Western governments into deeper delirium about 'sending more billion$' and 'signing eternal security contracts' with the Kiev regime.

Their obsession with Russia is apparently an incurable condition!


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Alarm Clock

Ukraine can't join NATO during conflict - Netherlands

Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
© Global Look Press / Tobias HaseMark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, attends the 60th Munich Security Conference (MSC) at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof
The Netherlands' caretaker prime minister, Mark Rutte, has said that admitting Ukraine to NATO is not feasible while the conflict with Russia is ongoing. Rutte has been described in the media as a frontrunner to become the next secretary-general of the US-led bloc.

The politician made the comments at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday in response to a question about whether EU prime ministers would "personally support" Ukraine's membership bid at the next NATO summit in Washington in July.

"The bad news is - as long as the war is raging, Ukraine cannot become a member of NATO," Rutte has said. "The good news is that we can learn from the European Union," he added referring to the EU approach of implementing "intermediate steps" that countries take on "the way to accession" as opposed to NATO's process that goes "from nothing to full membership."

Comment: This comes after the Netherlands and the UK committed to sending yet more weapons to Ukraine:
The Netherlands is joining a military coalition with allies including Britain that will supply Ukraine with advanced drone technology and bolster its offensive capabilities in the war against Russia, the Dutch defence minister said.

The pledge from the Netherlands comes in addition to F-16 fighter jets, artillery, ammunition and air defence systems provided by the Dutch to Kyiv.



Robot

Nova misija NATO-a: Mir kroz cenzuru

Izvorno autor Thaddeus G. McCotter preko American Greatness

NATO Redacted
Kada se razmišlja o rangu institucija koje su zarobili ljevičarski elitisti, jedna od najzloslutnijih je američka vojska. Ljevica drsko prozelitizira, kastrira i politizira američku vojsku sa svojom DEI ideologijom - inherentno stranačkim, razdornim napadom koji je osmišljen kako bi izdubio njezin povijesni ratni duh i sustav vrijednosti.

Za očekivati ​​je da će ljevica proširiti svoje političko prozelitiziranje na pridružene vojske unutar naših saveza. Imperativ je suprotstavljanje ovim politički subverzivnim napadima na našu i savezničku vojsku.

Comment: Komentar: Kao što Mike Benz objašnjava Tuckeru Carlsonu, NATO u vlasništvu SAD-a preokrenuo je svoj scenarij manipulativnog informacijskog rata 2014. do pune domaće cenzure:

Tucker:
Ep. 75 Država nacionalne sigurnosti glavni je pokretač cenzure i uplitanja u izbore u Sjedinjenim Državama. "Ovo što opisujem je vojna vladavina", kaže Mike Benz. "To je inverzija demokracije."



Attention

Navalny death planned and coordinated by the West

Maria Zakharova
© MFA Russia
The reaction of Western leaders, politicians and the media to the news of the death of Alexei Navalny once again demonstrated their hypocrisy, cynicism and unprincipledness. The "in any situation, blame Russia" scheme is in action. Moreover, for each case there is a preparation according to the manual.

Let's look at the chronology.

Today at approximately 14:19, a message was published on the website of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug about the death of convicted Alexei Navalny in correctional colony No. 3.

Literally 15 minutes later, a torrent of carbon-copy accusations began pouring in: