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Nuclear war risks, Pope's 'unchristian' remarks, and 'lies' about Ukraine talks: Key points from Lavrov's press conference

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gives a press conference on European security issues in Moscow, December 1, 2022.
The US is pursuing geostrategic goals without regard for the risk of nuclear escalation amid the ongoing Ukraine conflict, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday during a press conference. Moscow is nonetheless ready for dialogue with Washington or any other party that wishes to engage, he added.

Lavrov also explained Russia's choice of strike targets in Ukraine, and touched on recent comments by the Pope, which Moscow has branded as an "insinuation."

Here's a recap of the main points from Lavrov's video-link press conference.

Nuke

EU calling for international tribunals in Ukraine for alleged Russian war crimes

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HUGE developments on the world stage, as the member Nations of the EU are pushing to create a "specialized court" for "International Tribunals", backed by the UN, to be held in Ukraine, to prosecute Russian military and political leaders for "starting the war" in Ukraine.1

This comes in response to Russia's push at the Ninth Review Conference of the BWC, to makes changes to the UN Security Council to address the US/NATO biological military research being conducted in Ukraine. Russia have no way to hold the US accountable via BWC investigation, due to diplomatic immunity held by the United States as one of the 5 permanent seats on the UN Security Council.
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Now, the irony is, the West are trying to use the UN to investigate Russia, but the West are unable to do so because Russia is ALSO one of the 5 permanent seats on the UN Security Council. The actions today by the EU show that the West are looking to circumvent the rules of the UN so that Russia cannot veto an investigation. The same rules of International Law that Russia have been following, the West don't want to follow them in return.

Russia responded today with a statement from Ambassador Gatilov, from the Ninth Review Conference of the BWC in Geneva.

See statement below:

Bad Guys

Warsaw plans to annex parts of Ukraine says Russian intelligence director

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Aerial view of the city of Lvov, Ukraine
Warsaw is preparing to make an official claim on parts of Western Ukraine and President Andrzej Duda has already instructed the "relevant services" to come up with a justifiable basis for the move, according to the director of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergey Naryshkin.

In an interview with RIA Novosti published on Wednesday, the spy chief claimed Russia had received intel suggesting that Warsaw plans to submit weighty restitution demands to Kiev for the 1943 Volhynia massacres.

The brutal attacks saw some 100,000 Poles murdered by the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UIA).

According to Naryshkin, Warsaw plans present the claim as an "initiative from below" by seeking out descendants of the people who suffered at the hands of Ukrainian nationalists living in Poland. The country's leadership has also allegedly instructed Polish media outlets to "warm the public up" to the idea that here's a need to "collect Polish lands," the intelligence chief added.

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Putin's remedy: A fragmented, toothless Ukraine separated by a 100 kilometer-wide no-man's-land

Map from John Helmer

Map from John Helmer
"It seems probable that Russia will impose a solution. If, as expected, it becomes clear that the West can't or won't negotiate, it will behoove Russia to implement a maximalist solution. Or alternatively, Russia "bargains" by showing that it can create a dead zone in Western Ukraine as big as it likes. If Ukraine and its US minders don't come to their senses, that dead zone will be awfully big." Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism
How does this end?

How does Russia create a "neutral" Ukraine that isn't armed-to-the-teeth by Moscow's enemies? How do they prevent Kiev from conducting joint-military drills with NATO or placing missile sites on Russia's border? How do they stop the Ukrainian Army from shelling ethnic Russians in the east or training far-right paramilitaries to kill as many Russians as possible? How does Putin change Ukraine into a good neighbor that doesn't pose a security threat and that doesn't fuel anti-Russian hatred and bigotry? And, finally, how does one resolve the conflict peacefully if one side refuses to negotiate with the other? Check out this clip from an article at Mint News:
"Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday signed a decree formally announcing the "impossible" prospect of peace negotiations between Ukraine and Russian President Vladimir Putin...

"He (Putin) does not know what dignity and honesty are. Therefore, we are ready for dialogue with Russia, but with another president of Russia," Zelensky said on Friday. (Mint News)

Eye 1

US may have illegally interfered in Hungarian election

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Very few people outside Hungary speak Hungarian, so practically all of the day-to-day news from that country passes us by. But an interesting scandal has been developing there over the last few months, which arguably merits wider attention.

As you may remember, Hungary held an election earlier this year, which was won decisively by Viktor Orbán's Fidez Party. Their main opposition was the Everybody's Hungary Movement, led by Péter Márki-Zay.

Several organisations criticised the elections on the grounds that the incumbent, Viktor Orbán, used elements of the state apparatus to promote his own party. For example, the OSCE described the elections as "well-run" and "competitive", while noting that they were "marred by the pervasive overlapping of government and ruling coalition's messaging".

Cult

Worldwide COVID-19 Religious Restrictions

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Shocking revelations about Gov control, harassment and of religious groups and peoples.

Sometimes an article is so well written, so on point - that there is little to be added. Such is the case with "It's not too late to stop being a tool of oppression," written by Professor Jem Bendell on November 21, 2022. There is also an audio version available on the link above.

Comment: See also:


Wolf

Fauci admits in deposition that China convinced him to push lockdowns

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Dr. Anthony Fauci in a House hearing May 11, 2022
Health chief unable to cite scientific evidence for flipping position on masks

During seven hours of questioning in a landmark lawsuit alleging the federal government colluded with social media companies to censor speech, Dr. Anthony Fauci confirmed the communist Chinese government convinced him to press for the crippling COVID-19 lockdowns, according to attorneys and plaintiffs who were at the deposition Wednesday.

Fauci, who is retiring as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases after 38 years, also was unable to cite any study backing his sudden change of position on the effectiveness of masks in curbing the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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Vader

In their dreams: NATO reaffirms pledge to expand into Ukraine and Georgia, despite conflict

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gestures during a press conference in Bucharest, Romania, November 29, 2022.
The head of the US-led military bloc could still offer no timeline for when Kiev might attain membership

NATO has reiterated its 2008 pledge to admit Ukraine and Georgia - both neighbors to Russia, insisting that the organisation will continue to expand its presence in the former Soviet Union.

Moscow has repeatedly warned that it regards the encroachment of the miltary bloc towards its borders as a major security threat.

Following meetings in the Romanian capital of Bucharest on Tuesday, NATO foreign ministers issued a statement reaffirming the 14-year-old attempt to someday grant membership to Kiev and Tbilisi

Comment: More proof that NATO, the EU and the Empire as a whole have lost touch with reality. Putin has made it clear since 2007, that the territorial integrity, the survival of Russia is paramount, and they will defend themselves with everything they have. But it's not likely to come to that. NATO has seen what Russia can do in a limited action where they are barely breaking a sweat. They have no desire to take on the Russian bear. NATO will hide behind its proxies.


Bizarro Earth

US-EU alliance heading for 'ugly divorce' - ex-Russian president

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Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
The "marriage" between the US and EU will likely end in divorce, following the obvious "economic cheating" by the American "alpha-male," former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said. The remarks were made on Monday amid media reports that EU nations are becoming increasingly angry over what they see as American opportunism amid the Ukraine crisis.

Medvedev, the deputy head of Russia's Security Council, wrote on his Telegram channel:
"The US has no intention to share his income. On the contrary, he steals the last savings of his aging partner and pockets the money without any qualms."
Washington increasingly makes the business conditions at home attractive to European companies and encourages other nations to buy its products, he noted. Meanwhile, the market for European goods is shrinking, in part because of its decision to decouple from Russia, he added.

Comment: Uncle Sam's mask is slipping, its revelation stark.


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Stoltenberg says NATO will back Ukraine 'for as long as it takes'

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has pledged the alliance's support for Ukraine "for as long as it takes" and has reiterated that the door to membership in the world's largest security organization remains open to all, including Kyiv.

Speaking in Bucharest on November 29 as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the other NATO foreign ministers gathered in Romania, Stoltenberg called on partners to step up aid for Ukraine, whose energy infrastructure has been devastated by a barrage of Russian attacks at the onset of the winter season.

"Our message from Bucharest is that NATO will continue to stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes. We will not back down," Stoltenberg told a conference in the Romanian capital ahead of the ministerial meeting.

He added that the only way to get the right terms for negotiations with Moscow to begin would be for Ukraine to advance on the battlefield. "To create the conditions for a lasting peace, which ensures that Ukraine prevails as an independent sovereign state, we must continue to provide military support to Ukraine."

Comment: Stoltenberg offers a gush of promises built on a dearth of facts. In war, nobody 'wins'.

See also:
NATO to boost presence in Baltics and Black Sea to 'send a clear message to Russia'