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Georgian PM accuses EU of 'blackmailing' him with assassination threat

© Tobias Schwartz/AFPGeorgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze
The bloc is trying to intimidate Georgia over its foreign agents law, Irakli Kobakhidze has said.

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze has claimed that a European commissioner told him he could end up suffering the same fate as Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, who survived an assassination attempt last week.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, Kobakhidze said that the unnamed commissioner warned him during a recent phone call that the West would take "a number of measures" against him if his government pressed ahead with a law requiring foreign NGOs in Georgia to disclose their funding.

"While listing these measures, he mentioned: 'you see what happened to Fico, and you should be very careful'," he wrote.

Fico was shot multiple times as he met with supporters outside a government meeting in the town of Handlova on May 15. He was rushed to hospital, underwent emergency surgery, and is currently recuperating from his injuries. His would-be assassin - allegedly a 71-year-old poet who disagreed with Fico's suspension of military aid to Ukraine - has been charged with attempted murder and may face terrorism charges.

Georgia's parliament passed the 'Transparency of Foreign Influence Act' last week. The law requires NGOs, media outlets, and individuals receiving more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register as entities "promoting the interests of a foreign power" and disclose their donors.

Comment: If the threat works it is leverage, one way or another:
Kobakhidze did not name the EU commissioner who made what he said was a "threat," but later on May 23 EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said he spoke with the Georgian prime minister by phone about the "foreign agent" bill and Kobakhidze took his comments out of context in his summary of the call.

He emphasized that he was still urging the Georgian authorities not to adopt the law and that he continues "to support Georgians working toward a European future."

Over the past few weeks, tens of thousands of Georgians have taken to the streets to protest the "foreign agent" law, amid fears it could be used to restrict civil society and free media. Under the proposed law, media outlets and NGOs that get more than 20 percent of their money from outside the country would have to register as "pursuing the interests of a foreign power."

In his statement accusing the commissioner of threatening him, the Georgian prime minister said that "several high-ranking foreign politicians are not hesitating to use open blackmail against the Georgian people and their elected government."

In recent weeks, the EU and the United States have linked their relations with Georgia to the passing of the law.

In a May 15 statement, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and Varhelyi said that "the adoption of this law negatively impacts Georgia's progress on the EU path."

A bill that expected to be unveiled this week by U.S. lawmakers is aimed at convincing Georgia's government to repeal the contentious law. Under the proposed Mobilizing and Enhancing Georgia's Options for Building Accountability, Resilience, and Independence (MEGOBARI) Act, the United States would give Georgia more economic aid, lower trade barriers, and grant more access to U.S. visas if the law were to be repealed.

But if the "foreign agent" bill becomes law, the MEGOBARI Act would require the U.S. administration to impose sanctions on Georgian officials responsible for the legislation.


Turkey grants President Erdogan right to declare national mobilisation in case of war or rebellion

© Emin Sansar/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesFILE: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey's new State of War and Mobilisation Regulation, published on Wednesday in the Official Gazette, makes President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the only decision maker when it comes to declaring national mobilisation in cases of wars and rebellions.

"The President will decide to declare general or partial mobilization in case of a situation of war arises and in case of an uprising... against the homeland or the Republic, or behaviour that endangers the indivisibility of the country and nation internally and/or externally," the new regulation says.

The right to declare national mobilisation previously belonged to the cabinet.

Comment: Considering the recent assassination attempts and threats as well as a litany of other alarming incidents targeting the multipolar alliance - most of which have occurred in just in the last few weeks, including another coup attempt in Turkey - in these turbulent times, this policy change is understandable:


EU official explains Georgian PM death threat warning

FILE PHOTO: EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi
© Muhammed Selim Korkutata / Anadolu via Getty ImagesFILE PHOTO: EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi
Oliver Varhelyi has claimed that his reference to the assassination attempt in Slovakia was "misunderstood"

European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi has claimed that his comment to Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze, described by the latter as an assassination threat, had been taken out of context.

In a social media post on Thursday, Kobakhidze described a recent phone call with an unnamed EU commissioner who reportedly referred to Slovakian PM Robert Fico, who survived an assassination attempt by an opposition activist last week, by saing "you see what happened to Fico, and you should be very careful."

The EU has blamed "political polarization" in Slovakia for the incident, rather than the criticism of Fico coming from Brussels.

Comment: Who should we believe
See also:
Georgia does not want to become second Ukraine - PM Has a comment with excerpts from other articles, including the background for the statements in this article from European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi.
Georgia fight against US subversion and its implications worldwide
Georgia accuses NATO countries of trying to orchestrate coup
Georgia accuses Washington of trying to spark 'two revolutions'


Russia reacts to UK MPs applauding Ukrainian neo-Nazis

A delegation from Kiev's ultranationalist Azov unit has received heroes' welcome in London
© Telegram / Embassy of the Russian Federation in London
A delegation from Kiev's ultranationalist Azov unit has received heroes' welcome in London this week

Applause given by the British MPs to the members of the notorious Ukrainian ultranationalist 'Azov' unit this week was nothing but a "grotesque spectacle" performed in "poor taste," the Russian embassy in London said on Thursday.

The Russian diplomats were responding to an event, which saw three Azov members visiting London and speaking before a group of parliamentarians at what the unit itself called a "roundtable." The unit, which is banned in Russia as an extremist organization, posted photos of the meeting on its X (formerly Twitter) account, thanking the sponsors of their parliamentary visit.

1) From the same source:
23 May, 2024 20:53
UK MPs applaud Ukrainian neo-Nazis (PHOTOS)

Fedosiuk, Serbov and Vernygora also posed with former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who famously visited Kiev in April 2022 to torpedo any possibility of a peace deal between Ukraine and Russia.

Johnson was photographed with the trio while holding an Azov banner featuring the Wolfsangel symbol once used by the Waffen-SS Division Das Reich and several Wehrmacht units during WWII.

A video making the rounds on social media shows Johnson speaking at a reception for the Azov militants, urging the British government to give Ukraine whatever it wants - money, missiles, and air defenses.

"The single best investment that we can make in the defense of the whole Euro-Atlantic area is supporting Ukrainian heroes," Johnson is recorded as saying. Former British Defense Minister Ben Wallace was also present at the event.
2) Listen to how Johnson pronounces: "The single best investment..." and not only that, he recommends strikes from Ukraine into Russia using western supplied weapons, and data.

Western critics may ask if a strong reaction to a symbol used long ago is justified, but apart from what the articles says, note also the similarity of intention between those that fought for a German "Lebensraum" during WWII and what happens now, considering the history that led to WWII, see for instance this article: Flashback Stalin 'planned to send a million troops to stop Hitler if Britain and France agreed pact'

What Johnson said echoes statements published in The Sun on May 15:
HITTING Russian heartlands, more troops and a steady flow of Western weapons are key to Ukraine winning the war against Putin, a former British general has said.

Sir Richard Barrons told The Sun's World at War show that there are three major ways Kyiv can decisively defeat Moscow's forces in the "next year".
3) See also statements from the Etonian PM, where one wonders if she functions as spokeswoman for NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
NATO countries already training troops in Ukraine - Estonian PM
NATO state's PM calls for breakup of Russia
Or the attempts to open up other fronts:
Georgia does not want to become second Ukraine - PM
We want transparency... we don't want to leave muddy water in this country, because a 'Georgian Maidan' could lead our country to very serious consequences, to its 'Ukrainization'. We cannot agree with this," Kobakhidze stated on Georgian Channel 1.
Some people want muddy water here; we don't want it. Some people want Maidan here; we don't want Maidan. Some people want a second front [against Russia]. We don't want a second front.
The prime minister stressed that the new law would help ensure that foreign influence is regulated and kept in check, and "the transparency of NGOs is one of the main levers that will allow us to do this."
4) Add to the above a heading from the Russian website, Pravda: Britain has stopped hiding NATO instructors in Ukraine which in part relies on an article from May 21 published in the British Tabloid, The Sun: BATTLE READY Brit hero soldier who has trained 14,000 Ukrainian troops to pummel Putin lifts lid on his secret frontline base. When reading you will see that this guy is a volunteer, not a NATO instructor officially. From this narrow perspective it could be claimed by the Western censors, as it probably will be, apart from the website being banned in the EU, that this is not true, but using a figure of speech, the veneer covering the reality is very thin indeed. Here are excerpts from The Sun article:
Never before seen video of Sun man Paul Sims lifts the lid on the camp's operations, just a few miles from the frontline in Kharkiv.
He meets the heroic Brit soldier, Dan Ridley, who set up the Trident Defense Initiative over two years ago.
But by the end of this week, Dan, 28, and his team of instructors at Trident Defense Initiative (TDI), will have trained over 14,000 Ukrainian soldiers since the start of the war.
At a secret frontline base where Brits and US have trained 14,000 troops
There is a step change in the air - or as Dan puts it: "It feels like Russia's getting its s*** together."
The Sun was yesterday given exclusive access to the British-run HQ which is located just a few miles from the frontline in Ukraine's second largest city of Kharkiv.
Heroic Dan, originally of Croydon, south London, does not court the limelight.

He doesn't have a TikTok account, is not all over social media and questions the motives of others who are now long gone from the frontline.

He was originally a private for four years in the 2nd Battalion of The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.

After leaving the Armed Forces he travelled to Ukraine and joined the country's marines

"You don't get paid doing this. We get no funding from the government.

"I met the Ukrainian ministry of defence, I met the generals, I've met everyone. I knew they would never fund it.

"We now have private direct donors from America and I've got a good budget now.

"Not enough, but better than I've ever had. We get to build places like this as a result.

"I've been working with the heads of the region and the military commanders here for two years straight now.

"I submit numbers and the courses open and they send soldiers by order."

But he is also keen to point out that he is not offering basic training for squaddies.

He says: "We're offering them combat preparation as opposed to training.

"Training can take six months to a year, making them into a soldier.

"Combat preparation is done over a much smaller time-scale and it's to prepare people directly for combat instead of drills and locker inspections.

"The soldiers we see have already been through their basic training and have been at their units for a few months.
Former US Marine Noah is among the instructors. We meet him digging a shallow shell scrape, known in the US as a Ranger Grave.

He says: "I never got to do anything as a marine because I joined up during peacetime.

"All I did was train, so I decided to come over here.

"I'm training with the guys first to understand the reality of how things are, but probably in the next month or so I'll join a Ukrainian unit.

"I've got other western friends - Canadians, Americans, Brits - who are fighting and I know them personally.

"I figured this would be a good place to learn the reality of what guys are dealing with and get a better perspective."
As a comment to the above, during the WWII, Waffe-SS had ethnic groups fighting with them. For details, see the Wiki for Waffen-SS Divisions. From this perspective, one should be open to the possibility that there besides the above Canadians, Americans, Brits, are other embedded groups, notably Polish, German and French.

In the Pravda article, there is:
Apparently, this base in the Kharkiv region is not the only one in Ukraine, and there are dozens of landfills [former now bombed out bases?]. And everywhere volunteer instructors are former military personnel from Western countries. The growing number of publications and materials about them says one thing: no one is particularly hiding their presence anymore, while politicians are not ambiguously hinting.

"NATO is helping as much as possible today. Without NATO's help, Ukraine would not have been able to defend itself for so long. Well, there are a few troops there, that is, soldiers. There are few soldiers there: observers, engineers," Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said.
The article ends:
Ukraine does not have enough soldiers to hold the front line. At the same time, the number of publications about mercenaries in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Western press is also growing. All this says only one thing - it is no longer possible to hide your [their] presence, and society needs to be carefully prepared for official statements.
The article has a video that includes clips from The Sun article, the statement from Donald Tusk, images of Macron, and statements from Ukrainian POW. It is all in Russian, but can still serve as documentation for some of the quotes and claims made in the article.

This comment was long, but without collecting the drip feeding from both sides, it can be difficult to see there is any water.


Ukrainian intelligence 'directly involved' in Moscow terror attack - FSB

Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Aleksandr Bortnikov
© Sputnik/Gavriil GrigorovRussian Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Aleksandr Bortnikov attends a meeting of the Federal Security Service (FSB) Board in Moscow, Russia.
More than 20 people have been detained in connection with the assault at the Crocus City Hall, service chief Aleksandr Bortnikov has said.

Ukrainian military intelligence was directly involved in the deadly terrorist attack at the Crocus City Hall just outside Moscow in March, the director of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), Aleksandr Bortnikov, has said.

He added that the investigation into the attack is still being conducted, but all indications are that Ukraine was behind the assault.
"The investigation is ongoing, but we can already say with certainty that Ukraine's military intelligence has a direct relation to this attack," Bortnikov said at a Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) special services leaders' gathering in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
He said the preparation and financing of the attack, as well as the terrorists' escape from the scene afterwards, was coordinated over the internet by members of Wilayat Khorasan, also known as Islamic State - Khorasan, or ISIS-K.

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SOTT Focus: Belgorod, The New Donetsk: Report From Russian City Where Ukraine Targets Civilians

belgorod bomb shelter
© @johnnyjmilsBomb-shelter in Belgorod, Russia
There's alot of vandalism in war. People just killing each other for the hell of it. No strategic purpose. Or the ethnic hate is so bad. They just want to kill. That's Belgorod.

Like any big country, Russia is full of sub cultures. The people here pride themselves on being the cleanest city in Russia. And it is. You'll never see a piece of litter. The street gardens are pruned and curated. Like the Truman Show. A film set. Even the bomb shelters are nice. And there's hundreds of them now. Civilisation fighting back against the chaos.

For most of this war. Ukraine went for military or infrastructure targets in the region. But on the 30th December, the strategy changed. They bombed the central square. Killed twenty five. There were others that made the headlines. Like the part of the building that collapsed from a Tochka-U a couple of weeks ago. But most doesn't make the news. You need more than a dozen dead to do that in war. The rest, just the maddening drip drip of slaughter. In the border region, a mother and child were killed by a drone the day I arrived.

damage missile belgorod
Damage from a 'Ukrainian' (NATO) missile attack in Belgorod, Russia


Pentagon accuses Russia of launching space weapon

© Win McNamee/AFP/Getty ImagesPentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder • Pentagon briefing April 15, 2024 • Arlington, Virginia.
Russia has placed a satellite in orbit that is likely capable of attacking US spacecraft, Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder has claimed.

The satellite was launched by Moscow on May 16, Ryder told journalists during a briefing on Tuesday.

According to assessments by the Pentagon, the craft in question is "likely a counter-space weapon presumably capable of attacking other satellites in low Earth orbit," he said. Its characteristics resemble those of "counter-space payloads" deployed by Russia from 2019 and 2022, the spokesman stated.

Adding that the Pentagon will be monitoring the spacecraft, Ryder said:
"Russia deployed this new counter-space weapon into the same orbit as a US government satellite. The US has a responsibility to be ready to protect and defend [...] the space domain and ensure continuous and uninterrupted support to the Joint and Combined Force.

"Washington will continue to balance the need to protect our interests in space with our desire to preserve a stable and sustainable space environment."
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov rejected the Pentagon's claims as misinformation.
"I don't think we should be responding to every fake coming from Washington. The Russian space program is developing 'smoothly' and includes launches of spacecraft for various purposes, including those that solve the issues of strengthening our defense capabilities.

"However, Moscow consistently opposes the deployment of strike weapons in low-Earth orbit. The Americans may say whatever they want, but Russia's policy [on the issue] will not change. If the US really wanted to achieve security in space, the US would have reconsidered its destructive approach and accepted Russia's proposal to develop a treaty on the prevention of an arms race in outer space."

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Hungary says Western policy on Russia-Ukraine has 'completely failed'

© Facebook/SzijartoPeterHungarian FM Peter Szijarto speaks in Tokyo, Japan • May 21, 2024
The US and its EU allies are doubling down on failed policies and making "crazy" statements about sending troops to Ukraine, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Tuesday.

Szijjarto spoke at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Tokyo, as part of his visit to Japan. In his keystone address, the Hungarian diplomat explained Budapest's dissenting position from "liberal mainstream" on the subject of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

The Ukraine strategy developed by the US and the EU has "failed completely," Szijjarto said. He told the Japanese think tank:
"During the discussion of the first package of sanctions, more than two years ago, I raised the question about the purpose of the measures, and the answer was, to bring Russia to its knees economically and bring the war closer to an end. Is Russia on its knees? Far from it. Are we close to ending the conflict? Definitely not. The sanctions have hurt EU economies instead.

"We are now discussing a 14th package [of sanctions]. Don't you get it? You failed at something 13 times over, and now you're trying to do it for a 14th time? That's a bit against Hungarian logic."


Moscow as the Third Europe, and a Fourth there will never be...

Belousov and Putin
© Public Domain
Upon assuming his duties, the new Russian Defence Minister Andrey Belousov made a number of noteworthy statements that rightfully reverberated throughout the world. But tucked in amongst his other observations of mainly geopolitical character there was one pregnant remark of an entirely different nature that nobody seems to have caught on to. Arguably however it surpasses all of the rest in significance:
"Russia," Belousov stated, "should follow the path of modernized conservatism... Russia can preserve traditional Western values. The West has abandoned these traditional values and moved on to something else - to an anti-traditional mindset within the framework of postmodernism."
One suspects that this circumlocution refers to the woke ideology which is currently ravaging the Western world.
"It is important," he continued, "to preserve traditional Western values, which in a certain sense are the values of Western Christian civilization, European civilization."
Now comes the punchline: "Russia can become the guardian of these values. This may sound like a paradox, but it's true. In this respect, it would be wrong to call the West our enemy ... In the West, there are certain elites, and considerable parts of society that are associated with traditional values. And in this respect, they may grasp at this straw, this chance which Russia offers them to preserve some of their values."

These are remarkable affirmations. It would not be an exaggeration to call them epochal, coming from such a high-ranking source in the country that until quite recently symbolised a radical ideological rupture with the very civilisation and moral values in the defence of which Mr. Belousov has raised his voice. And he is doing it not just in his own name but plainly on behalf of the entire land for which he so self-confidently speaks.

Granted, Mr. Belousov personally has all the required credentials to make such a statement because he is known to be a believing, church-going Orthodox Christian. In defending the European civilisation and European values he is standing up for his own deeply cherished principles and for the Orthodox Christian civilizational milieu from which those principles have sprung. But on the symbolic level, as everyone with a solid grasp of relevant history knows, there is much more to it than that.

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NATO state's PM calls for breakup of Russia

© Gints Ivuskans/AFPEstonia’s Prime Minister Kaja Kallas
The conflict between Moscow and Kiev should end with the defeat and breakup of the Russian Federation, Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has proposed. The suggestion was made on Saturday during a debate in the country's capital, Tallinn, at an event dedicated to supporting Ukraine.

She told the 17th Lennart Meri Conference:
"Russia's defeat is not a bad thing because then you know there could really be a change in society. The Russian Federation is comprised of 'many different nations' and they should become separate states after the end of the conflict between Moscow and Kiev.

"I think if you would have more like small nations... it is not a bad thing if the big power is actually [made] much smaller."
The Constitution of the Russian Federation describes the polity as a multinational state. According to the 2020-2021 census, the country's population speaks 155 different languages, with Russian being the most common.

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