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No more 'goodwill gestures' - Moscow

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© Grigory Sysoev/RIA NovoRussian FM Sergey Lavrov at 'Euromaidan/The lost decade of Ukraine' conference in Moscow
Russia perceives the Western bloc of states as "swindlers" and does not trust them to act in good faith, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said...

Moscow is no longer willing to make any concessions in order to mend the rift with Western powers, leaving the ball in their court, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.

The top diplomat reiterated a point made by President Vladimir Putin in his interview with Tucker Carlson, that multiple unilateral gestures by Moscow had not been reciprocated by the West.

Lavrov was answering a question on whether Donald Trump's possible return to the White House next year could result in improved relations.

At a conference titled 'Euromaidan: Ukraine's Lost Decade', he said:
"That is their problem. We have made so many concessions, gestures of goodwill... that our reserves have been exhausted. The only gesture we've seen from them in response to our good deeds was made with one hand."
The event marked the 10th anniversary of a Western-backed coup in Kiev, which set Ukraine on a collision course with Russia, Lavrov noted.

Comment: The #1 statesman on the planet has undisputedly spoken.


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US-UK attacks in Yemen 'illegal' - Russian security chief

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© Sputnik/Vladimir AstapkovichRussian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev
Western nations are fostering chaos to protect their hegemony, Nikolay Patrushev has said...

The US-led strikes against targets in Yemen are illegitimate and have no justification under the UN Charter, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev said on Friday at a meeting of security officials from regional powers.

The US and UK, with support from allies, have launched dozens of attacks since January against the Houthis, a Yemeni armed militia movement supported by Iran. The stated intention was to protect maritime traffic from the militants, who have targeted trade vessels with raids and drone strikes in an attempt to put pressure on Israel.
"Washington and London have unleashed a war with Yemen under the pretext of securing freedom of navigation in the Red Sea. They are trying to drag other nations of the region into it. However, their strikes on the positions of the Houthis are absolutely illegitimate and have nothing to do with the right of self-defense... contrary to what Washington claims."

Comment: See also:

US & UK launch strikes on Yemen, Houthis warn Red Sea blockade will expand to include ships of any country that attacks - UPDATES


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Azerbaijan planning 'full-scale war' - Armenia

Nikol Pashinyan
© AP / Dmitry AstakhovNikol Pashinyan attends a meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council of the EAEU countries in Moscow, Russia, February 2, 2024
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has accused Azerbaijan of planning "a full-scale war" against his country. Four Armenian troops were reportedly killed earlier this week when the Azerbaijani military opened fire on a border outpost.

Attending a government meeting on Thursday, Pashinyan claimed that "our analysis shows that Azerbaijan wants to launch military action in some parts of the border with the prospect of turning military escalation into a full-scale war against Armenia."

"This intention can be read in all statements and actions of Azerbaijan," he added, as quoted by AFP.

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Show continues: Germany and Ukraine sign 10 year 'security' deal

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Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has said the agreement proves his country will join NATO.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky have signed a security pact under which Berlin will supply Kiev with military and economic aid for another ten years.

Inked on Friday, the agreement commits Germany to providing "unwavering support for Ukraine for as long as it takes in order to help Ukraine defend itself" and restore its 1991 borders. In addition to retaking the regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson, and Zaporozhye, this feat would also involve the seizure of Crimea from Russia, which some American officials and Kiev's former military chief view as next to impossible.

On top of military aid, the plan binds Germany to training Ukrainian police officers, transferring weapons manufacturing technology, paying for green energy projects, and a range of other efforts to help the Ukrainian government "continue providing services to its people"


Comment: It should be clear by now that the German leadership are not only Russophobic but also Germanophobic, doing everything in their power to destroy Russia AND Germany.


Comment: The fact that the German army is almost empty of any meaningful equipment can only mean that their leaders don't really believe that Russia will invade them. That part is just to scare people into following the increasingly totalitarian dictates and agree to more war spending.

The UK also signed a 'security agreement' last month and France is rumoured to be signing one in Paris soon.

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Transcending Adveevka

Russian Flag Adveevka
© Public Domain
All your seasick sailors, they are rowing home
Your empty-handed armies are going home

Bob Dylan, It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
Avdeevka. The name sounds like an incantation. Like Debaltsevo, or Bakhmut. The incantation summons the figure of a cauldron.

As it stands, and it's all moving at lightning speed, it takes only 2 km for the cauldron to be closed. Virtually all roads and muddy trails are under massive Russian fire control. There may be up to 6,000 Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) soldiers left. They have nowhere to go. They are already in - or are going straight to - Hell.

"The Butcher" Syrsky, who has just been appointed Commander-in-Chief of the AFU amidst a nasty dog fight in Kiev, immediately got himself a fresh cauldron. Old habits die hard.

The morale and psychological state of AFU fighters is in tatters. Azov batallion neo-nazis are being decimated by massive artillery, FPVs and FABs.

Still, AFU generals are setting up the P.R. stage for another "victory" - a replay of Ilovaisk and Debaltsevo, even as the actual retreat, evacuation or "extraction" will proceed through the Corridors of Hell.

In fact, the only player who has successfully extracted himself from Hell, just in time, was Gen Zaluzhny. To quote Dylan: "Strike another match/ go start anew."

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New York Times: Israel behind attacks on Iranian gas pipelines

Gas pipeline sabotage in Iran
Israel conducted clandestine strikes against two key natural gas pipelines in Iran this week, marking an escalation in the years-long standoff between the two states, the New York Times has reported.

"Israel has long targeted military and nuclear sites inside Iran," but this week's attacks on the energy infrastructure "marked an escalation in the covert war and appeared to open a new frontier," the NYT wrote, citing Western officials.

The newspaper's anonymous sources also attributed a separate incident to Israeli sabotage - an explosion that rocked a chemical factory on the outskirts of Tehran on Thursday, which local officials ruled an accident.

The two gas pipelines run for more than 1,000 kilometers and carry around 2 billion cubic feet (57 million cubic meters). The blasts temporarily took out around a sixth of Iran's daily natural gas production, causing local outages.


Comment: The attack occurred in the middle of winter in Iran, so the sabotage could potentially have severe consequences for millions of Iranians.


Comment: So Israel within a few months committed acts of war against, Syria, Lebanon and Iran on top of the genocide against the Palestinian population. Does Israel have a death wish or are they getting desperate as if time is of essence in all this?

At the same time, the US has bombed Yemen, Syria and Iraq while providing all the bombs for Israel's genocidal war. Does anyone really believe they are interested in peace?

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Why a Kamala Harris presidency would be the death of the Democrats

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© Peter Zay/Anadolu via Getty ImagesVice President of the United States, Kamala Harris speaks about the Biden Administration's latest actions to reduce gun violence during a program in Charlotte, NC, United States on January 11, 2024.
The deeply unpopular vice president says she's ready to replace Joe Biden, but that would likely destroy the party's hopes for a 2024 win.

With President Joe Biden's advanced age and cognitive decline taking central stage just months before the presidential election, Democrats need to discuss 'the Kamala problem.'

As the US speeds towards the 2024 presidential election, the Democrats find themselves in a rather untenable position. Not only is the incumbent US President Joe Biden suffering visibly on the mental front - reminiscing aloud over meetings he's never had with long-dead world leaders - but his second in command lacks the essential support of the Democratic base.

Comment: Kamala appears to be about half as competent as Joe Biden. Do with that what you will.

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EU wants Ukraine to strike 'Russia's heart' - Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
© Grigory Sysoev; RIA NovostiRussian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Brussels is aiming to supply Kiev with longer-range weapons as it can't defeat Moscow with its current methods, the foreign minister said.

The EU is a direct participant in the Ukraine conflict and is aiming to supply Kiev with weapons capable of striking at the "heart" of Russia, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.

Moscow has received information suggesting that the EU's foreign policy service believes Kiev is incapable of defeating Russia using its current methods, Lavrov stated. Brussels has therefore proposed to send even longer-range weapons to Ukrainian forces "so that they reach the heart of Russia, as the EU describes it, and thereby sow confusion and panic and undermine the trust of the people," he claimed.
"Is this not direct participation in the war? Of course it is," Lavrov said at an event marking the 10th anniversary of the 2014 Western-backed Maidan coup in Kiev.

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'Rules-based order' doesn't exist - Medvedev

Dmitry Medvedev
© Sputnik / Vladimir AstapkovichDmitry Medvedev speaks at an international forum in Moscow on February 16, 2024.
The "rules-based order" touted by the US is an illusion that Washington and its allies are forcing on other nations, former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev said at an anti-neocolonialism forum in Moscow on Friday.

The term has been widely used by the administration of US President Joe Biden to describe the global liberal arrangement, in which Western powers have for decades had significant leverage. Critics, including Russia, say the system is antithetical to a codified international law and is being abused by the West for its own benefit.

"Who has ever seen it? Where does it exist? It is not a UN document, not some international convention, not a law," Medvedev said of the 'rules-based order' during the international event called 'For The Freedom of Nations.'

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Russian arms production has Europe's warmongers worried

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© Ramil Sitdikov/Sputnik/Kremlin pool/EPAVladimir Putin during a visit to Uralvagonzavod in Nizhny Tagil on Thursday. The factory is the country’s largest producer of tanks.

Comment: One must bear in mind that the following article is from notorious propaganda outlet, The Guardian, however what's important here is how, indeed, the establishment's corrupt and inept warmongers weren't prepared for just how coordinated, efficient, and sophisticated, Russia's response to their relentless provocations, and outright attacks, would be. And that they're admitting it is telling.


As Ukraine has scrambled to source ammunition, arms and equipment for its defence, Russia has presided over a massive ramping up of industrial production over the last two years that has outstripped what many western defence planners expected when Vladimir Putin launched his invasion.

Total defence spending has risen to an estimated 7.5% of Russia's GDP, supply chains have been redesigned to secure many key inputs and evade sanctions, and factories producing ammunition, vehicles and equipment are running around the clock, often on mandatory 12-hour shifts with double overtime, in order to sustain the Russian war machine for the foreseeable future.


Comment: A fraction of what the US spends, and which demonstrably gets more bang for its buck.