Russian Lawmaker Issues Sobering Threat: We’re Willing To Use Nukes To Defend Crimea

Russian Lawmaker Issues Sobering Threat: We’re Willing To Use Nukes To Defend Crimea:

As of late, the media has forgotten about tensions between Ukraine, NATO, and Russia. Crimea and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine have largely left the public’s awareness. However, that shouldn’t be the case, because this region is still a powder keg that could blow at any time. And if it does, it could easily result in another world war.

If you don’t think the situation in Ukraine could still explode into a wider conflict, take a look at what this member of Russia’s parliament recently said at an international security conference.

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‘Our land’: Russia tells US that Crimea won’t be ‘given back’ to Ukraine

‘Our land’: Russia tells US that Crimea won’t be ‘given back’ to Ukraine

H/t reader squodgy:

“Tough!

Will US give back Haiti?
Will UK give back Gibraltar?

Course not.”

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Trump Expects Putin To “Return” Crimea To Ukraine

Putin and Trump will certainly get along well!


Trump Expects Putin To “Return” Crimea To Ukraine:

“President Trump has made it very clear that he expects the Russian government to de-escalate violence in the Ukraine and return Crimea,” Spicer said at a daily news briefing. “At the same time, he fully expects to and wants to get along with Russia.”

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Things Will Get Worse Until US Stops Lying About Crimea

Things Will Get Worse Until US Stops Lying About Crimea:

SUMMARY

Unless the U.S. government’s lies about Crimea — the ‘Russia seized Crimea’ narratives — become acknowledged to be lies, war between the U.S. and Russia can only continue to become increasingly likely, because the world is sliding toward World War III based upon these lies, and will therefore inevitably continue that slide until these lies are publicly repudiated by the U.S. government, which is their sole source. The liar on this is clearly the U.S. and not Russia: the U.S. is the entire source for the alleged cause for war between the U.S. and Russia.

The preparations for war between the U.S. and Russia continue naturally apace until the United States publicly acknowledges that Russia had not ‘seized’ Crimea — acknowledges that the cause for all of these war-preparations by the U.S. and its NATO and other allies against Russia is fake, a U.S. lie, and that Russia is purely America’s victim in this entire matter and acting in a 100% defensive way against America’s aggressions in this matter.

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Plans by Ukraine to test fire missiles near Crimea have been met with protest from Russia

H/t reader squodgy:

from Defense Industry Daily (DID)

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/russia-protests-ukraine-plan-to-test-fire-near-crimea-us-state-dept-clears-sale-of-jassm-er-to-poland-usaf-contracts-raytheon-in-22m-fms-to-taiwan-035338/

Plans by Ukraine to test fire missiles near Crimea have been met with protest from Russia. Having annexed the peninsula in 2014, Moscow is regarding the planned tests as violating “Russia’s sovereign air space,” summoning the Ukrainian defense attache to hand over a protest note ahead of the December 1 & 2 launches. Meanwhile, Russian military buildup in Crimea continues.

The US State Department has cleared the potential sale external link of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles – Extended Range (JASSM-ER) to Poland. Estimated at $200 million, if passed Warsaw will receive 70 AGM-158B JASSM-ER missiles, 2 AGM-158B Flight Test Vehicles, 2 AGM-158 Mass Simulant vehicles, and 1 Captive Carry variant of the AGM-158B Flight Test Vehicle. F-16 C & D upgrades, along with training services, and additional supporting equipment are also included in the deal.

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Crimean authorities thanked Kiev for food blockade

H/t reader squodgy:

“What a lovely twist of irony.

It might be worth us all considering as we find ourselves systematically screwed out of controlling our own lives by the double edged sword of nanny state and police state.”


Crimean authorities thanked Kiev for food blockade

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Russia Deploys S-400 Missile System To Crimea, As Tensions With Ukraine Soar

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Russia Deploys S-400 Missile System To Crimea, As Tensions With Ukraine Soar:

In the latest escalation between the Kremlin and Kiev, yesterday we reported that Ukraine had put its troops near the Russia border on combat alert, following an incident that according to Russia was an attempted terrorist attack. Recall that Russia’s secret service, the Federal Security Service, said on Wednesday that it had foiled “terrorist acts” prepared by Ukrainian military intelligence against infrastructure in the territory, with the aim of disrupting Russia’s parliamentary elections due on 18 September. Kiev denied the allegations. In response to the alleged operation, Putin said he was pulling out of international peace talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine. He said he was no longer ready to meet his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, and German and French leaders in the so-called Normandy format, which has been used for negotiations.

As such the Minsk peace process, which one can argue neither side had wanted, has been effectively put on hold (for more on the speculation behind the peace process fallout, read here).

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The Russians Have Already Shot Down Numerous US Drones Violating Crimean Airspace (Video)

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A Global Hawk was commandeered and landed in Simferopol

The Russians Have Already Shot Down Numerous US Drones Violating Crimean Airspace:

And one of them, the mother of all drones, the massive Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk, was apparently commandeered by Russian electronic warfare and landed in Simferopol

The war you don’t hear about: numerous American military aircraft (albeit of the unmanned variety, though with the possibility of being armed and dangerous) have apparently been violating Russian airspace, leading to the Russians shooting – yes, shooting – them down following the refusal of the Americans to acknowledge Russian diplomatic notes of protest.

The military violation of the territory, including the airspace, of a sovereign state is ordinarily taken to be a casus belli – an act of war.

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Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: Will Russia Succumb To Washington’s Economic Attack?

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Will Russia Succumb To Washington’s Economic Attack? — Paul Craig Roberts:

Yesterday State Department deputy propaganda spokesperson Mark Toner reminded US companies that there are economic and reputational risks associated with doing business with Russia until Russia gives Crimea back to Washington’s puppet government in Kiev.
http://sputniknews.com/politics/20160524/1040134996/russia-us-business-sanctions.html

I see the matter differently from the US State Department.

The only risk American corporations face from doing business in Russia is from the US government. Washington will punish the US companies unless, of course, the companies are part of the corporate oligarchy which has been granted immunity to the sanctions.

The risk involved is to Russia. Here are some of the risks:

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Russia Completes Energy Bridge With Crimea, Warns Against Any Future Interference

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Russia Completes Energy Bridge With Crimea, Warns Against Any Future Interference:

When Crimea’s secession to Russia was accepted by Putin, the logical next phase of the process was to cut off Crimea’s reliance on Ukraine for energy, and fully integrate it into Russia’s supply network. That phase has now been completed, as the fourth and final line supplying electricity from mainland Russian to the Crimean peninsula has been completed according to RT

The energy bridge connects the mainland with the peninsula with a series of undersea cables running across the Kerch Strait. The new line will provide Crimea with total power supply of 800 megawatts a day that aims to satisfy the peninsula’s demand combined with its own capacity. The overall cost of the construction totaled 47.3 billion rubles ($720 million).

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Plans underway in Ukraine to ‘regain Crimea’

And what could possibly go wrong?


Plans underway in Ukraine to ‘regain Crimea’:

Kiev is preparing a special military unit in a bid to retake Crimea, the Ukrainian premier says.

“We are working on a project that will prepare us to regain Crimea,” said Arsen Avakov, RT reported on Saturday.

Crimea declared independence from Ukraine on March 17, 2014 and formally applied to become part of Russia following a referendum a day earlier, in which 96.8 percent of participants voted in favor of the secession.

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William Engdahl: Erdogan: First as Tragedy; Second, Farce; Third As … Monty Python

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Recep Erdoğan: First as Tragedy; second, Farce; third as…Monty Python:

From 1853 into 1856 the Ottoman Turkish Sultan, egged on by Britain and the France of Napoleon III, went into one of the most absurd conflicts in modern history, the Crimean War. Perhaps the most lasting outcome of the ridiculous war fought on Crimea was the oft-cited line from Lord Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade: “Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do & die…Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.”

It aptly describes the escalating conflict being incited by Turkey’s would-be new Sultan, Recep Erdoğan, provoking Russia again and again. Only, in a paraphrase of the famous line by Karl Marx describing France of the time of Napoleon III, “History repeats itself; first as tragedy, second as farce.” This third time, it is Erdoğan, not as Napoleon III, but as Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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AND NOW: Vice President Joe Biden Says Moscow Should Return Crimea To Ukraine

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US VP says Moscow should return Crimea to Ukraine:

US Vice President Joe Biden says Russia should stick to a peace agreement on Ukraine and return the Black Sea Crimea peninsula to its western neighbor.

Biden made the comment during his latest trip to Ukraine where he told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that “the US stands firmly with the people of Ukraine in the face of continued, I emphasize, continued aggression from Russia and Russian-backed separatists.”

Crimea declared independence from Ukraine on March 17, 2014 and formally applied to become part of Russia following a referendum a day earlier, in which 96.8 percent of participants voted in favor of the secession. The voter turnout in the referendum stood at 83.1 percent.

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US Warns Of “Unprecedented” Russian Military Buildup In Syria: “It’s Starting To Look Like Crimea”

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US Warns Of “Unprecedented” Russian Military Buildup In Syria: “It’s Starting To Look Like Crimea” (ZeroHedge, Sep 10, 2015):

On Wednesday, we brought you an in-depth look at the latest from Syria where Russia is apparently in a mad dash to send reinforcements to Assad and his depleted army at Latakia (or at least that’s the narrative being pushed rather hard by Western media).

Meanwhile, France and Britain have apparently decided that the best way to stem the flow of refugees to Western Europe is to bomb the country from which the refugees are fleeing, which means that in relatively short order, the skies above Syria will be filled with French, British, American, Turkish, and Russian jets, a situation which quite clearly has the potential to cause an “accident.”

With the war drums now beating loudly, the media is keen on documenting anything that even sounds like it might be incremental which, in combination with the fact that situation on the ground truly is rather fluid, means we get more color on the situation with each passing hour. Case in point, from Reuters:

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The Anti-Crimean Pogrom that Sparked Crimea’s Breakaway

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Full article here:

The Anti-Crimean Pogrom that Sparked Crimea’s Breakaway (Washington’s Blog, Aug 1, 2015):

#1:

Here is a description of the “Korsun Pogrom” or “Korsun Massacre”: the 20 February 2014 event that sparked Crimea’s breakaway from Ukraine:

http://fortruss.blogspot.com/2015/02/korsun-massacre-anniversary-what-really.html

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#2:

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Ukraine plans to seize Russian foreign property to compensate for ‘lost’ Crimea

Ukraine plans to seize Russian foreign property to compensate for ‘lost’ Crimea (RT, June 2, 2015):

Kiev will nationalize Russian overseas property as compensation for the losses over Crimea’s reunification with Russia, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Justice Natalia Sevostyanova said. The decision is now up to the European Court of Human Rights.

Ukraine will be able to use this effective instrument if the European Court of Human Rights rules in favor of Kiev, Sevostyanova told “Channel 5,” Ukraine’s National News (UNN) reported on Tuesday.

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