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Best of the Web: Final warning? Putin's Ukraine settlement proposal: "Withdraw all troops from the 4 Russian-majority regions, and affirm neutral non-NATO status for the remainder of Ukraine"


Comment: This comes right as the Americans'/Globalists' 'Ukraine peace summit' gets underway, without Russia of course, in a sprawling luxury resort in Switzerland. They can chatter all they like, but the only one in a position to dictate terms for an actual settlement of the conflict is Vladimir Putin...


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© NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/GettyRussia's President Vladimir Putin meets with the Russian Foreign Ministry leadership in Moscow on June 14, 2024. Putin offered a ceasefire to Ukraine in exchange for several conditions.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday promised a ceasefire in Ukraine, provided that several conditions are met by Kyiv.

During a wide-ranging speech to foreign ministry officials, Putin stated that Russia would be ready to enter talks as soon as "tomorrow" to negotiate an end to conflict in Ukraine, provided that Ukrainian troops are withdrawn from several key regions. He also demanded that Ukraine give up all plans to join NATO, saying that the "moral responsibility for the continuation of bloodshed" would be on the West if the proposal was rejected.

Putin said: "I want to emphasize, it must be from the entire territory of these regions within their administrative borders as they existed at the time of their incorporation into Ukraine.

"As soon as Kyiv says they're ready for such a decision and start the real withdrawal of forces from these regions and officially declare rejection of plans to join NATO, from our side, immediately, literally the same minute, will come an order to stop the fire and start negotiations.

Comment: Lavrov responds to Western reporters:


NATO's Stoltenberg is left stumped.


It appears that, yet again, Putin may have taken the West by surprise.

Notably this occurs just a day or so after NATO announced its 'readiness' of 300,000 troops to 'defend Europe from Russian invasion', as well as the opening of Zelensky's 'peace' summit (multi-billion-dollar shakedown, more like).

It also occurs amidst an unscheduled, 'secret' meeting of Prince William with MI6, the UK's intelligence service for foreign operations; allegedly the last time he met with them was just prior to Russia's SMO in Ukraine.

Putin is making one last-ditch attempt to propose a resolution with the agreement-incapable West, before it is forced to take extraordinary measures: Given that Putin's demands will likely be rejected by the Ukrainian regime's backers, then the alternative - "the continuation of bloodshed" - spoken by Putin suggests something more or other than the continuation of what we've seen to date: military battles, however ferocious and large-scale, confined to south-eastern Ukraine.

Serbian president Vucic is currently in Switzerland, perhaps to attend the Zelensky fan-club meeting, and told Swiss media in this interview (in English) that he fears direct war between Russia and NATO is coming in the next 3-4 months.


Sherlock

Prince William makes 'secret' visit to MI6, Princess Catherine confirms attendance of first event since last seen 6 months ago

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Prince William has made a surprise visit to meet with MI6 spies in the Secret Intelligence Service. The Duke of Cambridge is pictured on a train to Cardiff on June 11
Prince William has made a surprise visit to meet with spies at the Secret Intelligence Service.

The Prince of Wales met with the officials at the foreign intelligence service, also known as MI6, which deals with and protects the UK from risks abroad, on Thursday afternoon.

The visit was not publicised in advance and only appeared afterwards in the Court Circular, the daily list of official royal engagements, which is published the next day.

The entry in the Court Circular read simply 'The Prince of Wales this afternoon visited the Secret Intelligence Service' with no location or additional details given.

Comment: The Daily Mail reports on Princess Catherine:
Princess of Wales confirms she WILL be at Trooping the Colour tomorrow

The Princess of Wales has penned a moving personal message thanking the public for their support over her cancer diagnosis and revealing she will attend Trooping the Colour tomorrow.

Kate, 42, who disclosed back in March that she was undergoing 'preventative chemotherapy' for an undisclosed form of the disease, says her treatment is ongoing and will be for several months to come.

While she will not be returning to public duties full time, she does now feel well enough, however, to undertake a small number of public engagements in the coming months.

The first will be at the King's official birthday parade tomorrow where she will ride in a carriage with her children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis before appearing on the Buckingham Palace balcony alongside the rest of the Royal Family.

To mark the news Kensington Palace have also released a stunning new portrait of the princess taken at Windsor this week by Matt Porteous showing her looking well and in a reflective mood.
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A stunning new portrait of the Princess of Wales taken at Windsor this week by Matt Porteous

Following the admitted (heavily) photoshopped image of Princess Catherine, alongside the few suspect photographs of her out and about, as well as the much discussed and critqued video of her on a bench, the above image is understandably being scrutinised, and at least some digital software is showing it as digitally alternated, if not entirely AI.

The Getty editorial note of this being 'third party' and not necessarily adhering to its usual guidelines is also rather curious:




In a hugely moving video statement, recorded at Windsor, she revealed that she had been diagnosed following serious abdominal surgery in January and was already undergoing 'preventative' chemotherapy.

In the video - which had been filmed just two days earlier - Catherine revealed the news had come as a 'huge shock' and that she and William 'have been doing everything we can to process and manage this privately for the sake of our young family'.

'It has taken us time to explain everything to George, Charlotte and Louis in a way that is appropriate for them, and to reassure them that I am going to be ok,' she said.

'As I have said to them; I am well and getting stronger every day by focusing on the things that will help me heal; in my mind, body and spirits.

'Having William by my side is a great source of comfort and reassurance too. As is the love, support and kindness that has been shown by so many of you. It means so much to us both.'

Kensington Palace said at the time that it would not be sharing details of what kind of cancer the princess has, or what stage of cancer it is and asked people not to speculate.

At the time of her abdominal surgery in January, Kensington Palace said that it was non-cancerous. They confirmed again in March that is the case and that no tests had confirmed the presence of cancer.

However post-operative tests subsequently found that cancer 'had been present'.

It is understood that the princess and the entire Wales family are 'deeply grateful for the warm and thoughtful wishes' they have received from all over the world since she shared that news via her video message back in March.

The family are also incredibly grateful to members of the public and the media who have afforded the Princess the time, space and privacy that she personally asked for at that time.

While her attendance at Trooping the Colour will undoubtedly be a 'significant moment', it has been strongly stressed that it should not be seen as a return to a full schedule of public engagements.


Indeed, because it would be the first time that she has actually been seen in public since going into hospital in December 2023.


As Kensington Palace said in March, the Princess may be keen to attend events over the course of the summer, as and when she feels able to, with the support and guidance of her medical team.

Any future engagements will be announced closer to the time, although the Mail understands that Kate will not be present at Monday's Order of the Garter ceremony or Royal Ascot next week.

However in further good news, it is understood that the Princess is feeling well enough to start working from home a little and has been holding meetings at Windsor.

It is believed that the Princess' medical team have advised that going about her normal life and doing some of the things she enjoys is an integral part of her recovery.

In addition to briefings from her team at Kensington Palace, the Royal Foundation and the Centre for Early Childhood, the Princess has started to undertake some meetings relating to her work and projects.

From now on, these meetings will be documented in the Court Circular, the official record of royal engagements.

However sources have stressed that while the Princess is doing well, she is continuing her course of preventative chemotherapy and it is important that she and her family continue to be afforded the space and privacy they need to prioritise her recover.

Tomorrow the Princess will travel with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in a state carriage down the Mall and watch the parade from the Major General's Office with the rest of the royal family.

It is also hoped that she will later appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with the rest of the family, although she may have to see how she feels on the day and plans may yet be amended.


These caveats are notable.


It is understood that Kate spoke to the King in advance about her attendance and he was 'delighted' at the news.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: 'His Majesty is delighted that The Princess is able to attend tomorrow's events and is very much looking forward to all elements of the day.'

The Princess is and remains the Colonel of the Irish Guards but under the circumstances, Lieutenant General James Bucknall is taking the salute on her behalf.

No10 and The Cabinet Office have been informed of The Princess' decision to attend Trooping, and they have informed the opposition parties.

Asked how the princess was feeling, a Kensington Palace spokesman said: 'As she has said she is making good progress and is looking forward to joining the family tomorrow.

'As she said in her message, and as anyone receiving chemotherapy will know, she has good days and bad days.'

Kensington Palace said it will be not commenting further on her treatment and how long it is expected to last.

As for her future programme, sources stressed that the Princess is having to deal with uncertainty like any other cancer patient, and will attend events as and when she feels able to, with the full support and guidance of her medical team.

No firm decisions have been made on specific engagements over the coming months.

Sources stressed that she must continue to prioritise her recovery and every treatment pathway for someone with cancer is unique and unpredictable.

They also urged against recent speculation about the Princess' recovery and eventual return to work, which has been 'amplified' by social media.

Sources close to her emphasised that it is considered extremely unhelpful and puts further pressure on the princess and her family.

They insist she continues to need time, space and privacy.

A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCESS OF WALES:

'I have been blown away by all the kind messages of support and encouragement over the last couple of months. It really has made the world of difference to William and me and has helped us both through some of the harder times.

'I am making good progress, but as anyone going through chemotherapy will know, there are good days and bad days. On those bad days you feel weak, tired and you have to give in to your body resting. But on the good days, when you feel stronger, you want to make the most of feeling well.

'My treatment is ongoing and will be for a few more months. On the days I feel well enough, it is a joy to engage with school life, spend personal time on the things that give me energy and positivity, as well as starting to do a little work from home.

'I'm looking forward to attending The King's Birthday Parade this weekend with my family and hope to join a few public engagements over the summer, but equally knowing I am not out of the woods yet.

'I am learning how to be patient, especially with uncertainty. Taking each day as it comes, listening to my body, and allowing myself to take this much needed time to heal.

'Thank you so much for your continued understanding, and to all of you who have so bravely shared your stories with me.'



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Russia was ready to withdraw from southern Ukraine - Putin

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© Sputnik / Valeriy Sharifulin
Russia was open to withdrawing its troops from Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions early in the Ukraine conflict on the condition that Kiev agreed to an uninterrupted land connection between Crimea and the mainland, President Vladimir Putin stated on Friday.

Speaking at a meeting with the country's senior diplomats, Putin revealed that in early March 2022, as Russian troops were advancing into southern Ukraine, a senior foreign politician representing the West proposed mediating the conflict between Moscow and Kiev. While Putin did not name the leader, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev identified him as then-Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

According to the Russian president, Bennett asked officials in Moscow at the time why Russian troops were operating in Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions, given that their stated goal was to help Donbass.

Oil Pipeline

Death of petrodollar is a Biden legacy

Two Psychopaths Meet
© Indian PunchlineUS President Joe Biden fist bumps Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman upon arrival for a high-stakes visit, July 15, 2022.
The Deep State should have been alert five years ago when Candidate Joe Biden announced that he, if elected as president, was determined to make the Saudi rulers "pay the price, and make them in fact the pariah that they are."

Biden was blunt to the point of being brutal about the Saudi royal family, saying there was "very little social redeeming value in the present government in Saudi Arabia" under King Salman's rule.

But, instead, the Deep State felt delighted that Biden was just the man to succeed Donald Trump and reverse the Trump-era practice of forgiving Saudi human rights violations in order to preserve jobs in the American arms industry.

Biden probably knew by then that the American intelligence had concluded about the role of Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince and the de facto leader of the country, in the killing of the dissident-journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was a 'strategic asset' of the CIA for navigating the next Saudi succession and the ensuing regime change to a happy ending. Khashoggi's decapitation crippled Washington's game plan to instal a pliable ruler in Riyadh.

Today, all that is history. But unlike the Bourbons, the Saudi royals never forget or forgive. They also have infinite patience and their own concept of time and space. And last Sunday, June 9, they struck.

In great royal style, last Sunday, Riyadh simply let the 50-year-old petrodollar agreement between the US and Saudi Arabia to expire.

Explosion

215 rockets fired at north after IDF killing of 'most senior' Hezbollah officer yet

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© Michael Giladi/Flash90Firefighters extinguish a fire after missiles launched from Lebanon hit open areas near city of Safed • June 12, 2024
PM holds security assessment; no injuries in barrages as Hezbollah vows to ramp up attacks; military says target Taleb Abdullah commanded key regional division in south Lebanon.

Hezbollah launched some 215 rockets and several more missiles and drones at northern Israel on Wednesday, in what it said was a response to the killing of a senior commander in the terror group by an Israeli airstrike a night earlier.

The barrages marked the largest attack carried out by Hezbollah during ongoing fighting on the Lebanon border amid the war in the Gaza Strip.

And the terror group vowed to ramp up its attacks in retaliation for Israel's elimination of top commander Taleb Abdullah. At a funeral procession in Beirut, senior Hezbollah official Hashem Safieddine said the group would increase the intensity, force and quantity of its operations against Israel.

"If the enemy is screaming and moaning about what happened to it in northern Palestine, let him prepare himself to cry and wail," Safieddine said.

Mr. Potato

The Left knows leftism doesn't work

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© John Ernst/ReutersUS President Joe Biden
Do not expect the radical left to survey the wreckage of socialism and communism in history and accept that statism impoverishes people and erodes their freedoms. There will never be admissions by our elite that progressivism exists mainly for the acquisition of power by the utopian and virtue-signaling few, who ensure that they are never subject to the baleful implementation of their ideological agendas on the rest of us.

Still, leftists look around at what they have done to America in the last four years and implicitly know that the plan did not work, the people detested it, or both.

How do we know this? By a variety of barometers.

None of the major Biden "achievements" : 10 million illegal aliens across a nonexistent border, key components of the cost of living 25-30 percent higher than in 2020, wars and chaos abroad, DEI racial and tribal obsessions, wars on fossil fuels -poll at even 40-45 percent. Biden's own approval ratings, as the nominal architect of the most left-wing agenda since the Roosevelt administration, hover between 36 and 34 percent.

But most importantly, the left is not running on its record of the last three-and-a-half years but instead studiously ignoring it, at least temporarily through November.

Comment: Biden administration aims to hedge all bets after the disaster spree it nourished.


Dollars

BRICS developing platform for transactions in national currencies - Lavrov

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© Alexey Filippov/SputnikRussian FM Sergey Lavrov
Member states are seeking to improve the international monetary and financial system, the Russian foreign minister says.

BRICS is prioritizing the creation of a platform that will enable member states to conduct transactions in national currencies, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

Speaking at a meeting of the economic bloc's foreign ministers in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Lavrov said:
"BRICS was actively working to implement the decisions of the Johannesburg summit last year, particularly when it comes to improving the international monetary and financial system, developing a platform for settlements in national currencies in mutual trade. Our agenda is extensive. It includes issues that will directly affect the future world order based on fair grounds."
He added that the bloc, which recently underwent a process of unprecedented expansion, is also looking to harmonize the framework of interaction between BRICS partners.

Earlier this month, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov revealed that BRICS finance ministers were exploring the possibility of launching a common blockchain-based system to facilitate financial transactions.

Stop

Sick of and done with

Chillary
© Cindy Sheehan's SoapboxShe Whose Turn It Is
"Biden is not well. Everyone knows this even those who support him . . .the difference is they don't care and that's the most frightening aspect of this situation."
— Edward Dowd
They're kidding, right? That "Joe Biden" is capable of being president? Not just for another four-year term, but right here and now? This has got to be the most pitiful case of national gaslighting since 218-AD when the Romans installed 14-year-old Heliogabalus to front for their empire. Like "JB," he reigned for four years (before the praetorian guard offed him). The Danish historian of ancient Rome, Barthold Niebuhr, said of him: ". . . [He] had nothing at all to make up for his vices, which are of such a kind that it is too disgusting even to allude to them."

Lately, even the news media has begun to report "Joe Biden's" senile mishaps. On Thursday at an outdoor photo op during the G7 meet-up in Italy, the ol' dawg just wandered off from the assembled pack of world leaders until Italy's PM Giorgia Meloni went and reeled him back in.
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© unknownThe 'Walk-Abouter-in-Chief'

Explosion

Ukraine confirms deep strikes into Russia with Western weapons

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© Ximena Borraz/SOPA Images/LightRocketUkraine military intelligence chief Kirill Budanov
The head of Kiev's military intelligence claims Moscow is "already feeling" the attacks.

Ukraine is already using Western-supplied weapons for long-range strikes on Russian territory, the head of Kiev's Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) confirmed on Wednesday.

Asked by reporters how the use of foreign weapons has changed the situation on the battlefield and how Moscow is planning to respond to these attacks, Kirill Budanov said the Russian forces are "already feeling them."

He added that easing of restrictions on the use of Western-made munitions against Russian forces has "definitely made the situation easier" but "no more or less than that."

The intelligence chief was also asked how Russia might perceive the crossing of a potential "red line." Budanov argued that no such lines actually exist, claiming they have already been crossed multiple times.

Several of Kiev's Western backers recently gave Ukraine the green light to use weapons supplied by them to strike targets deep inside Russian territory. The US and other countries claimed the move was needed to stall Moscow's push into Kharkov Region, which borders on Russia's Belgorod Region.

Eye 1

US and Poland set up info wars center

Ministry of Foreign Affairs at 23 Szucha Avenue in Warsaw, Poland.
© WikipediaMinistry of Foreign Affairs at 23 Szucha Avenue in Warsaw, Poland.
The Warsaw-based facility will detect "deceptive narratives" on the Ukraine conflict, the US State Department has said

The US and Poland have launched an international group based in Warsaw to amplify Ukrainian voices in Western media and counter what they describe as Russian disinformation on the conflict with Russia, the State Department in Washington has announced.

The Ukraine Communications Group (UCG) is designed to detect alleged "deceptive narratives" from Russia that target Kiev and to "amplify Ukrainian voices," the State Department said in a statement on Monday.

The group will be based at a Polish Foreign Ministry site in Warsaw and will involve representatives from 12 countries including Canada, France, Germany, Finland, Italy and several other NATO member states, as well as Ukraine itself, according to the announcement.

Comment: The western "empire of lies" is intensifying its propaganda efforts as more people see through their lies and manipulations. They are panicking because Russia is gaining ground both on the battlefield and in spreading the truth globally.
More and more people can see the magician behind the curtain and that scares them.

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