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    Putin is a US agent, tasked with destroying Russia. On the brink of total success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Lavrov is on Blinken’s list of people to call
    Good, statesmanlike.



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    Putin is a US agent, tasked with destroying Russia. On the brink of total success.
    Also Mossad's/CIA's/BND's/DGSE's/MI6's greatest success
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    Kremlin Set to Teach ‘Patriotic’ Lessons to Kids From Age 7 in Classrooms

    In Vladimir Putin’s latest plan to bolster Russian nationalism, school kids heading back to classrooms this September will be given “patriotic” lessons about his government’s values. Sergei Novikov, head of Russia’s presidential directorate for social projects, told state media that schools across the nation will be dedicating hours to “conversations about important things” in line with the values set out in the Kremlin’s national-security strategy. Novikov’s job is to “strengthen the spiritual and moral foundations of Russian society” and nourish “young people’s patriotic education,” according to the Kremlin’s website. The Russian education minister, Sergei Kravtsov, previously announced history lessons for kids as young as 7 that would emphasize denials that Russia brutalized neighboring countries, including Belarus and Ukraine.

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    Kremlin Set to Teach ‘Patriotic’ Lessons to Kids From Age 7 in Classrooms
    So remind me, Puffy hates Nazis, right?

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    August 2, 2022 by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

    Ukraine war is losing its sparkle. Where’s the Lady with the Lamp?

    "The Russian Defence Ministry announced yesterday that at around 9.20 a.m. Moscow time, Razoni, ship flying the flag of Sierra Leone, left Odessa port in Ukraine as part of the recent grain deal. Razoni is carrying a cargo of maize to Istanbul port.
    The MOD said the “control of the humanitarian operation for the departure of the first ship carrying agricultural products was planned with the active participation of Russian officers who are part of the Joint Coordination Centre in Istanbul.”

    Meanwhile, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said yesterday, “this is a good and important first step” that the first ship with 26-, 27,000 tons of grain sailed out of Odessa.

    Searching for the needle in a haystack is exciting, as there could be sudden surprises. There are growing signs that the diplomatic front on Ukraine conflict is livening up.

    On Monday, the US President Joe Biden offered talks with Russia. In his statement ahead of the tenth Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference, Biden reiterated the US’ “shared belief” with Russia that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought” and that “my administration has prioritised reducing the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy.”
    Biden continued:

    “I’ve worked on arms control from the earliest days of my career, and the health of the NPT has always rested on meaningful, reciprocal arms limits between the United States and Russian Federation. Even at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union were able to work together to uphold our shared responsibility to ensure strategic stability. Today, my Administration is ready to expeditiously negotiate a new arms control framework to replace New START when it expires in 2026. But negotiation requires a willing partner operating in good faith. And Russia’s brutal and unprovoked aggression in Ukraine has shattered peace in Europe and constitutes an attack on fundamental tenets of international order. In this context, Russia should demonstrate that it is ready to resume work on nuclear arms control with the United States.”

    Simultaneously, Blinken also alluded to Russia’s key role for “making sure that countries with nuclear weapons, including the United States, pursue disarmament; making sure that countries that don’t have nuclear weapons do not acquire them by upholding and strengthening nonproliferation; and making sure that countries can engage in the peaceful use of nuclear energy, something that is even more vital as we deal with the challenges posed by climate change.”

    Blinken has had a makeover lately pushing back an avalanche of hawkish opinion represented by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, US Senate, Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky and the Ukrainian Parliament who demand that Russia be formally designated a state sponsor of terrorism, a label reserved for North Korea, Syria, Cuba and Iran.


    Indeed, Blinken’s phone call to Russian FM Sergey Lavrov on prisoner exchange was a US-Russia re-engagement since February and therefore a subtle messaging in itself. (Biden’s offer of talks has come within the week.)

    These fresh tidings need to be seen alongside the trend of the “collective West” lately working to ease the anti-Russian sanctions. The following developments suggest a pattern:


    • Canada announced on July 9 — on Germany’s request and Washington’s backing — while also ignoring Ukraine’s objections, a waiver of sanctions that allowed the return of equipment for Nord Stream 1 pipeline so as to support Europe’s access to “reliable and affordable energy”;
    • European Union issued a guideline on July 13 (in relation to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad) “that the transit of sanctioned goods by road with Russian operators is not allowed under the EU measures. No such similar prohibition exists for rail transport” (via Lithuania.)
    • On August 1, the UK eased some restrictions to allow companies to provide insurance and reinsurance to Russian entities, which have implications for shipping and aviation industries.
    • The EU also allowed “exemption (for Russia) from the prohibition to engage in transactions with certain state-owned entities as regards transactions for agricultural products and the transport of oil to third countries.”
    • Bloomberg had reported on June 13 that “US government is quietly encouraging” agricultural and shipping companies to buy and carry more Russia’s fertilizer, whose exports are down 24% this year as “many shippers, banks and insurers have been staying away from the trade out of fear they could inadvertently fall afoul of the rules… and (Washington) is in the seemingly paradoxical position of looking for ways to boost them (Russian exports.)”


    However, on the war front, Russia’s special military operations to grind the Ukrainian forces are continuing, albeit without significant changes on the battlefield. The current frontline in Donbass appears to be along the Bakhmut –Soledar-Seversk line where Ukrainian forces try to slow down the Russian offensive on the cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk from the eastern direction.

    Positional battles are also going on along the entire frontline in Eastern and Southern Ukraine. The western media, prompted by the Kiev regime, is hyping up an imminent Ukrainian “counteroffensive” in the southern region of Kherson, but that is a stretch. In fact, in the weekend, Ukraine’s 128th Mountain Assault Brigade in Zaporozhye direction reportedly suffered such heavy losses that demoralised troops began abandoning combat positions and desertion from the frontline.
    Although Razoni sailed out yesterday, Russian strikes also destroyed one launcher of US-made anti-ship Harpoon missile system in Odessa Region while high-precision strike also destroyed 2 advanced US rocket launchers of HIMARS in Kharkov.

    Against such a convoluted backdrop, an opinion is building up in the US that the Kiev regime is stringing the West, and needs to be firmly told that all good things must come to an end.

    Reflecting this nascent thinking, the National Interest featured a piece last week by two influential American think tankers close to the Democratic Party circles who had served in the White House and State Department under the Obama administration. Read it here.

    Conceivably, there is a convergence here with Russia’s grouse that but for Kiev’s intransigence, peace talks are possible. Putin has invited Turkish president Recep Erdogan to meet up at Sochi on Friday. (here , here.) Erdogan had said he hoped the recent grain deal would be a turning point for the resumption of political talks between Ukraine and Russia to end the armed conflict. (here)"

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    Putin Awards Self Medal Of Freedom For Dropping Gas Price

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    MOSCOW —

    "After months of single-handedly raising America's gas prices without any help whatsoever from the Biden administration, Russian President Vladimir Putin has mercifully given Americans a short break by lowering the price at the pump. For his benevolence and valor, he has awarded himself the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


    "Weakling Joe Biden said all the gas prices are my fault. So when they come down, this is my fault too. You're welcome Americans!" said Putin on state television. "Enjoy 50-cent savings! Putin Price Drop!"

    Biden's team was quick to clarify that gas prices are only Putin's fault when they go up.

    "Biden deserves all the credit for this price drop," said gay black Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

    "That Medal of Freedom isn't even real!" Jean-Pierre then caught one glimpse of a shirtless Putin wearing the medal while riding a bear and instantly turned straight.

    At publishing time, OPEC confirmed that they were just waiting for Biden to burn through all of America's strategic oil reserves after which they will quadruple oil prices."

    Putin Awards Self Medal Of Freedom For Dropping Gas Prices | Babylon Bee

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Putin Awards Self Medal
    I could see him doing it, as pathetic and desperate as he is. Funny how the American right wing nut jobs are in bed with Putin and Russian fake news/propaganda.

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    3 Aug, 2022 13:08 HomeRussia & FSU


    New Russian foreign policy priority outlined

    A “Greater Eurasia” economic framework may become Russia’s top diplomatic goal, a senior foreign ministry strategist says:

    "The promotion of free trade and regional integration across greater Eurasia may become a priority for Russian foreign policy for years to come, says Aleksey Drobinin, who is a senior strategist at the Russian Foreign Ministry.
    The idea behind the so-called Greater Eurasian Partnership (GEP) is to foster economic relations between nations without interfering with their domestic policies. It would serve as “a framework contour for economic integration and security, which would be open for all nations and organizations on the continent,” according to Drobinin.
    “Its added value would be the harmonious conjunction of integration projects, national development strategies, chains of production and logistics and energy transport corridors,” he wrote in a keynote article, published on Wednesday.
    GEP was first proposed by President Vladimir Putin in 2015. He promoted its merits in late May as he was addressing the leaders of the Eurasian Economic Union, a regional integration body that includes several former Soviet republics."

    New Russian foreign policy priority outlined — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union



    3 Aug, 2022 12:02 HomeRussia & FSU


    Russia calls for reform of UN Security Council

    Senior Russian diplomat Alexey Drobinin suggests the council expands representation from African, Asian and Latin American countries.

    "The United Nations is in dire need of reform and the Security council must be “democratized” by expanding its representation, Russian foreign ministry official Alexey Drobinin has written in a keynote article published on Wednesday. Drobinin, the Director of the Department of Foreign Policy Planning, commented on the current state of international relations and came to the conclusion that “more conscious effort and imagination is needed” to reform the UN.
    He pointed out that the organization’s current agenda, which is primarily fueled by the West, is not necessarily in line with the interests of the majority of its international members.

    Drobinin suggested that for most UN members the most important issues are things like access to cheap energy sources rather than the transition to “green” technologies, socio-economic development rather than human rights “in an ultra-liberal interpretation,” and security and sovereign equality rather than the artificial imposition of electoral democracy according to Western patterns.
    He added that another topic that has once-again become relevant is the process of decolonization and ending the neo-colonial practices by transnational corporations in regards to the development of natural resources in developing countries."

    https://www.rt.com/russia/560138-un-security-council-reform-russia/




    2 Aug, 2022 11:54 HomeWorld News

    Only 1% of Americans see Russia as a major problem – poll

    A very small sample of those polled by Gallup cited Moscow as their top concern, compared to 17% for inflation.

    "Americans view soaring inflation, poor governance and the state of the economy as their country’s biggest problems, with just 1% mentioning Russia, according to a poll released by Gallup on Monday.Despite the Ukraine conflict remaining a major news story in the US, the share of respondents concerned by Russia’s actions has fallen sharply after hitting 9% in March, the month that followed Moscow’s offensive, the polling agency said. The latest data was compiled on July 5-26."

    https://www.rt.com/news/560066-america-biggest-problem-gallup
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    Puffy is a homicidal war criminal.

    This thread was long ago answered.

    Russia calls for reform of UN Security Council
    That's a great idea. Start by removing Russia from it.
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    Puffy is a homicidal war criminal.
    As opposed to the 'Liberators' of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    As opposed to the 'Liberators' of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria?
    No comparison. Your stupid whataboutism grew tiring long ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    As opposed to the 'Liberators' of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria?
    "Liberator" in Syria?


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    A very profound comparison, that the whole world is making. Oh, except the self styled 'international community ' of course.

    Europe's problems are not the World's problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    The Russian education minister, Sergei Kravtsov, previously announced history lessons for kids as young as 7 that would emphasize denials that Russia brutalized neighboring countries, including Belarus and Ukraine.
    You should acknowledge all countries issue "government texts", that their eductors utilise in it's state managed classrooms. Independent schools may have some leeway, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    You should acknowledge all countries issue "government texts", that their eductors utilise in it's state managed classrooms. Independent schools may have some leeway, though.
    Tell us which ones tell their educators to lie to their students about their government's history of war crimes?

    Then tell me which ones aren't run by dictators.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    A very profound comparison, that the whole world is making.
    No it isn't. You are, because "whataboutwhataboutwhatabout" is all you know to try and change a narrative you don't like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    No it isn't. You are, because "whataboutwhataboutwhatabout" is all you know to try and change a narrative you don't like.
    Because the only way he can prop up his pathetic narrative is via whataboutism. It is desperation and nothing more.

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    Oh I see- so we must forget about Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria (etc)- but of course we must never forget about Ukraine. FAIL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Oh I see- so we must forget about Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria (etc)- but of course we must never forget about Ukraine. FAIL.
    The only relevance of Russia to the above is his war crimes against Syrian civilians to prop up the failing dictator Assad.

    CRETIN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    The only relevance of Russia to the above is his war crimes against Syrian civilians to prop up the failing dictator Assad.

    CRETIN.
    Indeed, and it should be pointed out that he is just regurgitating the same absurd garbage. He is basically a spambot at this point. The US never used heavy artillery to raze entire cities to glass.

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    Meeting with President of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan

    Vladimir Putin held talks with President of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi.

    August 5, 2022 19:30

    Sochi

    "Following international consultations, the presidents of the two countries adopted a Joint Statement.

    * * *

    "Beginning of the meeting with Recep Tayyip Erdogan


    President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

    Mr President, my dear friend, we are delighted to welcome you to Russia.

    As we agreed in Tehran, we are holding our next working meeting today. But before our meeting here in Sochi, a representative delegation of the Russian Government’s economic bloc visited Turkiye at your invitation and addressed all the essential areas of our cooperation together with their colleagues. There are many of them. I can only remind you that last year our trade grew 57 percent, and it doubled in the first few months of this year, from January to May).

    We have large projects we are working on. Everybody knows about the construction of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant. This is energy, which is very important, but there are other areas as well. In this regard, I would like to note that TurkStream, the construction of which we completed some time ago, is today one of the most important routes for supplying Europe with Russian gas. TurkStream, unlike all other directions of our hydrocarbon supplies to Europe, is operating well, smoothly, and without failure. I do not mean only deliveries to consumers in Turkiye, but, let me repeat, also to consumers in Europe.

    I believe that our European partners should be grateful to Turkiye for ensuring the continuous transit of gas to their markets.

    However, oil, gas, coal, and other goods for Turkiye’s consumption are supplied in large quantities, without failure.

    The problem of Ukrainian grain exports through Black Sea ports has been settled thanks to your personal involvement and the UN Secretariat’s mediation. Grain is being exported, and I would like to thank you for that and also for the simultaneous adoption of a package decision on the unhindered delivery of Russian food and fertilisers to global markets, because this matter concerns many countries, especially developing countries, which are facing major problems with food and fertiliser deliveries. The decisions that have been taken thanks to your personal contribution are extremely important for all these countries. I would like to thank you for that.

    As we agreed, I hope that today we will sign a relevant memorandum on the further development of our trade and economic ties with due regard for the arrangements our delegations reached in Turkiye barely a day, or two days ago.

    We are very happy to see you. Welcome.

    Of course, we will also discuss the issues we have been dealing with for a long time, namely, regional security and above all, the Syrian crisis. Turkiye and Russia have made a great contribution to normalisation here, and we will also devote time to that issue.

    Mr President, welcome.

    President of the Republic of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan (retranslated):

    Mr President, I am grateful to you as well. Thank you. I am delighted that we are meeting again so soon after our meeting in Tehran.

    Our delegations have met, and their meetings were very productive. They concerned the economy, trade and all other areas. They discussed many issues in these areas, and we can say now, following those discussions, that we can draw a line here.

    I believe we will open a new page in our bilateral relations. This concerns energy, and especially the “grain corridor” via the Black Sea where we have taken steps. Steps have been taken on all issues – tourism and transport – all these areas. Other steps have been taken in the region as well. Our delegations have met several times. Today we are meeting face to face, and will discuss all the other issues on the agenda.

    From Turkiye’s point of view, I want to note that Russia plays a special role on the world stage. I believe that we need to focus even more on fighting terrorism, and I hope that this will mitigate the situation in the region. Our solidarity in this regard is of great importance. The steps we take in countering terrorism, and our meetings, I believe, will strengthen this trend and our relations.

    Today the world fixed all eyes on Sochi: What will they do in Sochi, what will they address in Sochi, what will they discuss? Perhaps the world is watching our meeting in Sochi closely. And, perhaps the best answers to these questions will be given after our meeting.

    As you know, the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant is of great importance for us in the energy sector. You and I have succeeded: it is true that the construction of Akkuyu continues, and it is necessary that there are no delays, that all this work is going as scheduled and completed according to the plan, because this is of great importance to us. Ten percent of Turkiye’s energy needs will be met by the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant. So, we will discuss this in detail. I think it will be useful.

    Today we have this opportunity. Thank you for the opportunity to meet here."

    Meeting with President of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan • President of Russia

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    Russia reacts to Biden’s remarks on nuclear talks

    Moscow has not received any official proposals on replacing the New START arms control treaty, a senior diplomat has said.

    "Russia has not received any concrete proposals to resume talks on replacing the landmark New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), despite recent remarks by US President Joe Biden on the matter, a senior Russian diplomat said on Friday. He also signaled that the negotiations should be held without any preconditions.

    “Saying that you’re ready doesn’t mean you are,” the deputy head of Moscow’s delegation to the UN Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference, Andrey Belousov, told reporters.


    According to the diplomat, a real commitment to resume dialogue with Russia “should be supported by concrete proposals, concrete signals” that Moscow could view as a firm decision on the part of the US to “resume close cooperation with Russia on a wide range of issues of strategic stability.”

    “At the moment, we are not receiving such signals, except for these declarative statements, including those coming from the highest level,” he added.

    Belousov noted that the timing of the US statements on arms control should also be taken into account.

    “It is clear that the timing was chosen on purpose. The statement by the US president was made before the Conference [on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons] intentionally to show that the US is still a state you can cooperate with and which is ready to engage in dialogue,” the Russian representative said.

    According to Belousov, Moscow does not think that the US is ready for constructive talks on the New START treaty that would accommodate the interests of all parties, at least not at this stage. He also noted that Russia views the preliminary conditions for the dialogue set by Washington as “unacceptable.”

    “The statement by the US president, which, as we believe, reflects a softening of the US stance on resuming dialogue with Russia on a wide range of issues of strategic stability, is linked to some sort of a preliminary condition,” Belousov said, adding that it has not been formulated in black and white, but rather looks like a hint.

    The high-ranking diplomat recalled that previous statements on the matter were “more specific and understandable.”

    “There were specific conditions under which the United States would agree to resume this dialogue with us,” he said. “But in any case, no matter how these preconditions are phrased, we deem them unacceptable.”


    The diplomat echoed comments made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who said on Wednesday that the US had not made any “requests on reopening this negotiating process.” The West, he said at the time, “has developed a habit of making announcements on the microphone and then forgetting about them.”


    Earlier this month, Biden revealed that Washington was ready to negotiate “a new arms control framework” with Russia that could potentially replace the New START treaty when it expires in 2026. The landmark document, which entered into force in 2011 and was extended in 2021 after Biden’s inauguration, puts caps on the number of strategic nuclear missiles and warheads held by Russia and the US."


    Russia reacts to Biden’s remarks on nuclear talks — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

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    Putin's a liar, so these talks are pointless.

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    Someone needs to take Putin out before he causes another Chernobyl.

    The world's nuclear watchdog has called for an immediate cessation of hostilities near Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine after it was struck by shelling, triggering the shutdown of one of the reactors and signalling the "real risk of a nuclear disaster".

    The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, said he was alarmed by the reports of damage and has demanded that an IAEA team of experts urgently be allowed to visit the plant, to assess and safeguard the site.

    "I'm extremely concerned by the shelling yesterday at Europe's largest nuclear power plant, which underlines the very real risk of a nuclear disaster that could threaten public health and the environment in Ukraine and beyond," Grossi said in a statement at the weekend.
    Russia Ukraine update: UN nuclear watchdog IAEA warns of 'disaster' at Ukraine power plant as shelling continues

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