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Blinken lobbying for strikes on Russia - NYT

FILE PHOTO: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on May 21, 2024.
© Kent Nishimura / Getty ImagesFILE PHOTO: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on May 21, 2024.
The top US diplomat wants Ukraine to be given permission to use American weapons beyond its borders

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is pushing the administration of President Joe Biden to allow Ukraine to attack targets deep inside Russia with American weapons, the New York Times reported on Thursday, referring to unnamed US officials.

The ban, according to the White House, was imposed out of concern that if US arms were used inside what Washington acknowledges as Russian territory it would trigger an escalation and potentially World War III. Blinken has been advocating for scrapping the restriction after making a "sobering" visit to Kiev earlier this month, the newspaper said, citing insider sources.

Comment:
1) The above news was published the same day as Boris Johnson and British MPs met with representatives of the Azov Brigade. See Russia reacts to UK MPs applauding Ukrainian neo-Nazis On the occasion, Johnson gave a speech in which he made recommendation similar to those promoted by Anthony Blinken:


2) Regarding
"British Foreign Secretary David Cameron, who said earlier this month that Kiev "has the right" to use weapons donated by his nation to attack targets inside Russia."
See also: UK ambassador summoned to Kremlin: Moscow threatens to strike British military facilities following Cameron's Ukraine remark


Star of David

Israel's immunity has finally cracked: The ICC goes after Netanyahu

International criminal court the hague ICC
The recent application for arrest warrants shows that even those backed by Washington can't get away with everything

The challenge of witnessing a historic event in real time isn't to notice it. That's the easy part. What's hard is to understand its meaning for the future, which is what historic events are really all about. Recent news from the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague have confirmed that rule.

Its prosecutor, Karim Khan, has applied for arrest warrants that will make history one way or the other. The official application is a long document, but its key points can be summarized quickly. With regard to what Khan describes as "an international armed conflict between Israel and Palestine, and a non-international armed conflict between Israel and Hamas running in parallel," he accuses the senior Hamas leaders Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Al-Masri (aka Deif), and Ismail Haniyeh of a list of crimes against humanity and war crimes: extermination, murder, hostage taking, sexual violence (including rape), torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity, and other inhumane acts.

Skull

NATO 'preparing for war' with Russia - Orban

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban
© Getty Images / NurPhotoHungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban
Hungary is reassessing its role within the bloc as it has no wish to take part in a conflict against Moscow, the PM has said

Hungary is reevaluating its role in NATO, as it has no intention of taking part in actions that could involve member states in the Ukraine conflict and lead to a direct clash with Russia, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday.

Speaking on local Kossuth Radio, Orban stated that his country has already been relegated to the role of a non-participant within the US-led military bloc due to its stance on Ukraine, and Budapest is now working on legal ways to retain its membership but reserve the right to abstain from joining NATO operations it disagrees with.

Comment: Orban is one European leader that clearly sees there is an uptick in, or a quickening of, processes that could lead to more military conflict engagements in Europe, and trying to oppose it.
For more on the uptick, see also: Russia reacts to UK MPs applauding Ukrainian neo-Nazis.

At the moment several countries have signed bilateral agreement with Ukraine. This might be a step to allow for military engagement in Ukraine, and outside it, even without NATO being involved, just as Hungary would like it.

Doing a search for «Agreement on security cooperation and long-term support between Ukraine» on the page of the President of Ukraine gave 26 results. Going through these, without directly linking, below is a list of countries that already have concluded bilateral agreements with Ukraine and excluding mere talks about it.

1) UK: 12 January 2024 - 16:57 Agreement on Security Co-operation between the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland and Ukraine
2) Germany:16 February 2024 - 14:16 Agreement on security cooperation and long-term support between Ukraine and the Federal Republic of Germany
3) France: 16 February 2024 - 22:15 Agreement on security cooperation between Ukraine and France
4) Denmark: 23 February 2024 14:38 Agreement on security cooperation and long-term support between Ukraine and Denmark
5) Canada: 24 February 2024 - 17:05 Agreement on security cooperation between Ukraine And Canada
6) Italy: 24 February 2024 - 17:58 Agreement on security cooperation between Ukraine and Italy
7) The Netherlands: 1 March 2024 - 17:07 Agreement on security cooperation between Ukraine and the Netherlands
8) Finland: 3 April 2024 - 14:17 Agreement on security cooperation and long-term support between Ukraine and the Republic of Finland
9) Latvia: 11 April 2024 - 14:30 Agreement between Ukraine and the Republic of Latvia on long-term support and security commitments

The background for these agreements is explained on the page of the Estonian Embassy in Kiev
Posted on: 09.02.2024 "Estonia reaffirms its long-term support to Ukraine and begins signing a bilateral agreement"
Estonia affirmed its readiness to sign a bilateral agreement between Estonia and Ukraine as a follow-up to the G7's Vilnius Declaration signed last summer in support of Ukraine. "More than 30 countries have now joined the G7's Vilnius Declaration from last summer and are signing bilateral agreements. The agreement between Estonia and Ukraine covers all the areas where we are supporting Ukraine and shows our long-term commitment to continuing this support," the undersecretary explained.
The impression is that so far only intentions have been signed between Estonia and Ukraine, but it is possible that the signing of some bilateral agreements are not made public beyond the strictly necessary, or that they are signed at the level of declarations and promises, but do not progress beyond that. In the case of Estonia for instance, there is the above document expressing "readiness to sign a bilateral agreement" but so far no result when searching for the agreement. The same is the case for Romania, who fielded the largest foreign army for Hitler during WWII.
The Polish Centre for Eastern Studies published a short analysis of the then recently concluded agreement between Ukraine and the UK. They say:
The first country to start negotiations with Kyiv was the US, the UK being the second. Subsequently, 24 countries have announced their readiness to join the G7 framework. These include, among others, the Baltic and Nordic countries, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Romania, as well as the Benelux countries, Spain and Portugal. Negotiations with Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the US, Canada, Japan, Lithuania and Romania are underway.
The provisions of the agreement entitled "cooperation in the event of future armed attack do not obligate the UK government to become directly involved in repelling Russian aggression on Kyiv's side.
There is no obligation, but that does not mean they will not choose to do so. It is on the level of ambiguity that Emmanuel Macron has talked about.


Bad Guys

UK Deputy PM urges people to stockpile 3 days' worth of food amid 'fears of prolonged power cuts, cyber attacks and floods'

Oliver Dowden
Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden (pictured) will advise people to make contingency plans
Families will today be urged to stockpile three days' worth of food and water to help build national 'resilience'.

Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden will advise people to make contingency plans for dealing with potential emergencies such as prolonged power cuts, cyber attacks and floods.

Last year, Mr Dowden said people should stock up on 'analogue capabilities', such as candles, torches and wind-up radios, to boost their 'personal resilience'.

Today he will go further by encouraging people to stock up with enough food and water to survive for three days without leaving their homes.

Comment: Over the past few years various world leaders and institutions have been sounding the alarm that a time will come where the normal functioning of life will be significantly disrupted, and we certainly do appear to be reaching an all encompassing crescendo:


Star of David

In new ruling ICJ orders Israel to halt its offensive on Rafah, Gaza

israel bomb rafah gaza
© Eyad Baba / AFP - Getty ImagesHeavy fighting has raged around Gaza's far southern city near the border with Egypt, the last part of Gaza to face a ground invasion.
Judges at the top United Nations court order Israel to immediately halt its military assault on the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

Judges at the top United Nations court ordered Israel to halt its offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah and withdraw from the enclave, in a case brought by South Africa accusing Israel of genocide, citing "immense risk" to the Palestinian population.

Friday's decision marked the third time this year the 15-judge panel has issued preliminary orders seeking to rein in the death toll and alleviate humanitarian suffering in Gaza. While orders are legally binding, the court has no police to enforce them.

Reading out a ruling by the International Court of Justice or World Court, the body's president, Nawaf Salam, said provisional measures ordered by the court in March did not fully address the situation in the besieged Palestinian enclave now, and conditions had been met for a new emergency order.

Comment: Israel continues to thumb its nose at the world, secure in the backing of the U.S.






Dollars

A program meant to help developing nations 'fight climate change' is funneling billions of dollars back to rich countries

flooding
© Santiago Arcos/ReutersEcuador floods June 2023 followed heavy rains in Esmeraldas.
Japan, France, Germany, the United States and other wealthy nations are reaping billions of dollars in economic rewards from a global program meant to help the developing world grapple with the effects of climate change, a Reuters review of U.N. and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development data shows.

The financial gains happen as part of developed nations' pledge to send $100 billion a year to poorer countries to help them reduce emissions and cope with extreme weather. By channeling money from the program back into their own economies, wealthy countries contradict the widely embraced concept that they should compensate poorer ones for their long-term pollution that fueled climate change, more than a dozen climate finance analysts, activists, and former climate officials and negotiators told Reuters.

Wealthy nations have loaned at least $18 billion at market-rate interest, including $10.2 billion in loans made by Japan, $3.6 billion by France, $1.9 billion by Germany and $1.5 billion by the United States, according to the review by Reuters and Big Local News, a journalism program at Stanford University. That is not the norm for loans for climate-related and other aid projects, which usually carry low or no interest.

At least another $11 billion in loans - nearly all from Japan - required recipient nations to hire or purchase materials from companies in the lending countries.

And Reuters identified at least $10.6 billion in grants from 24 countries and the European Union that similarly required recipients to hire companies, nonprofits or public agencies from specific nations - usually the donor - to do the work or provide materials.

Comment: Scam-arama! The beauty of 'phony climate change': There are no boundaries, markers nor pronouncements to signal the end of a fake crisis. It is truly unlimited cover...a perpetual cash cow. Who wins? The donors...every time.


Fire

UK 'fueling flames' of Ukraine conflict - China

Wenbin
© Noel Celis/AFPChinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin
The UK and its allies should stop "fueling" the Ukraine conflict instead of shifting the blame onto others, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Thursday. His comments came after London accused Beijing of providing "lethal aid" to Russia in its military effort against Kiev.

UK Secretary of State for Defense Grant Shapps claimed on Wednesday that Russia and China are "collaborating on combat equipment for use in Ukraine." Shapps further alleged that he has "new evidence" provided by the US and British intelligence services which shows "lethal aid is now flying from China to Russia."

Responding on Thursday Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang said Beijing "condemns the groundless and irresponsible smear campaign against China by British politicians," noting that Shapps' remarks have not been supported by Washington. Speaking at a daily White House press briefing on Thursday, the US national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said Washington had not seen evidence of China directly providing weapons to Russia.

Comment: Word spats come in all shapes and sizes - some closer to the truth than others.


Attention

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

Kobakhidze
© 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.



Sheriff

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

Erdogan
© 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:


Gingerbread

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'