Putin Recognizes Donbass Republics, Sends Russian Military to 'Denazify' Ukraine

Michael B-C

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the economic relations of these republics and regions with other states.
This is my very point flesk - they no longer have 'economic relations' with other states that are different from those of the Russian Federation, they are no longer independent republics but republics within the Russian Federation' and as such no longer have or need any relations with other states other than those directed and followed by the national government in the Kremlin. Of course the Federation respects and acts towards its members with appropriate measures relating to their specific locality, needs and culture, but hence forward no one will for example be dealing with the Donbas separately on these matters to how they deal with Moscow... being on the ground in Russia perhaps you see things differently, but that's my reading going forward.
 

f1esk

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This is my very point flesk - they no longer have 'economic relations' with other states that are different from those of the Russian Federation, they are no longer independent republics but republics within the Russian Federation' and as such no longer have or need any relations with other states other than those directed and followed by the national government in the Kremlin. Of course the Federation respects and acts towards its members with appropriate measures relating to their specific locality, needs and culture, but hence forward no one will for example be dealing with the Donbas separately on these matters to how they deal with Moscow... being on the ground in Russia perhaps you see things differently, but that's my reading going forward.
Now imagine that you produced products that you sold to Europe as a Ukrainian organization and you had no problems, but now your legal status is changing, so what?

Crimea and Sevastopol under sanctions for another year - EU.

According to the document, the current restrictive measures are aimed at importing goods into the EU from Crimea or Sevastopol, as well as infrastructure or financial investments and tourism services in Crimea or Sevastopol. The export of certain goods and technologies to Crimean companies or for use in Crimea in the transport, telecommunications and energy sectors for the exploration and production of oil, gas and mineral resources is also subject to EU restrictions.
 

f1esk

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Novak says Nord Stream can be repaired

According to the Deputy Prime Minister, first of all, Russia intends to find out who is to blame for the sabotage of pipelines, the United States, Ukraine and Poland are preliminary interested in this.

"There have never been such accidents. Of course, there are technical possibilities to restore the infrastructure, it takes time and appropriate funds. I am sure that appropriate opportunities will be found," he said.
 

thorbiorn

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More on the US-UA bioweapon research efforts
From Telegram there was a post on September 19 about the character of the bio-research that has been conducted in Ukraine. The text and slides from the presentation are included below. In addition. there were documents.. On the one hand, it may look like more of the same, as previous posts on July 7, 2022 and September 3, 2022. but considering that this issue is still a none-issue for US and NATO compliant countries, more obviously needs to be said and more documentation presented.
On September 19, 2022 Mod Russia made another briefing about bioweapon:

Briefing by the Chief of nuclear, biologic and chemical protection troops of Russian Armed Forces Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov on recent consultative meeting of BTWC member States

September 19, 2022
Member States of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) attended Russian-led conference in Geneva due to the violation of the articles I and IV of the abovementioned Convention by the U.S. and Ukraine.

The Ministry of Defence of Russia has analysed the data of U.S. and Ukrainian representatives' speeches, the working documents of the member States, joint statements and the outcome document of the conference.

The Russian Federation has raised over 20 questions related to the illegal activity of Kiev and Washington within the BTWC. Here are some of these questions.

What was the reason for choosing the pathogenic microorganisms examined in Ukraine within the Biological Threat Reduction Programme and why was the range of the studied pathogens not related to current healthcare problems as, for example, Tap-6 project dedicated to examining agents of glanders that had never been recorded at the territory of Ukraine?

How shout the accumulation of most dangerous infections' strains and sending them to other countries contribute to improving the situation related to the contagious morbidity?

Why was the main emphasis made on examining the natural focal and most dangerous infections that, according to the lists of the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, are considered possible agents of biological weapons?

What researches that supposed using agents of contagious diseases and toxic substances were Ukrainian servicemen and mental patients involved in, being one of the most vulnerable categories of citizens?

And, finally, why do the U.S. and Ukraine obscure the military-biological cooperation in international reports under the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC), while the U.S. has been blocking the development of its verification mechanism since 2001?

The participants of the conference received the copies of genuine documents previously mentioned by Russian Defence Ministry, as well as the physical evidence that proved the implementation of works within military-biological programmes' in Ukraine.

There was no delegation that doubted the authenticity of the presented documents, including those related to the accumulation of pathogenic materials in Ukrainian laboratories counting the Mechnikov Anti-Plague Institute.


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Ukraine has recognised the fact of inspecting the Institute by a commission from Healthcare Ministry, emphasising that '...80% of infringements have been eliminated...'. At the same time, Ukrainian party has totally ignored the questions related to unreasonable volume of storaging dangerous biological agents at the establishment and the detected gross infringements of their storage conditions: accumulating biological materials at staircases, absence of proper control system that provides access to pathogenic microorganisms.

No explanations on the range of the accumulated strains of dangerous pathogens have been received, though there had been implemented 19 researches related to examining possible agents of biological weapons (Congo-Crimean fever, hantaviruses, anthrax and tularemia) within UP and Tap projects since 2008 in Ukraine, as well as economically important infections (African and classical swine fever, Newcastle disease).

Neither Ukraine, nor the United States have presented convincing evidence to prove that the cooperation contributed to improving the sanitary-epidemiological situation after recent 15 years of its steady deterioration.

The outcome of the activity carried out by the U.S. Defence Department's DTRA in Ukraine presented at the meeting was limited by showing several pictures of repaired laboratory premises. There have probably been no results achieved, apart from the abovementioned pseudo-'achievements'.

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The US and Ukrainian explanations regarding the export of strains and biological materials of Ukrainian citizens, as well as the observance of ethical standards while conducting research on military personnel, low-income citizens and one of the most vulnerable categories of the population, patients of psychiatric hospitals, looked extremely unconvincing.
While discussing this issue, the U.S. delegation recognised these facts emphasising that the pathogenic biological materials were '...seldom...' sent to the United States.

Apart from this statement that does not allow to evaluate the volume and the frequency of sending biological assays, the participants of the meeting have received no other explanations.

The questions related to the reasons of emergency elimination of documentary evidence of the military-biological activity have also remained with no comment. At the same time, Ukrainian delegation stated that '...it is not a trial and we are not at a cross-interrogation...'.

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Russia presented the documents that proved Ukraine's interest in receiving technical equipment for delivering biological weapons.

This refers to a request by the Ukrainian company Motor Sich to the Turkish manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles Bayraktar Akinci, dated from 15 December, 2021, to equip the UAV with aerosol spraying systems and mechanisms with a capacity of over 20 litres, to which the Turkish party responded negatively.

Having no other points, Ukraine expressed doubts about the authenticity of this document, with the far-fetched argument that Ukrainian state institutions do not use Russian language in their correspondence. I would remind that Motor Sich is not a Ukrainian state-run company and it uses Russian and English languages to communicate with the Turkish party, that were the languages of the document we have presented. However, Motor Sich itself refrained from commenting.

I would like to particularly focus on the U.S. response to patents on technical equipment for delivering and using biological weapons, including an unmanned aerial vehicle to spread infected insects in the air.

The U.S. delegation stated that '...the development and production of biological weapons is prohibited in the U.S., and any violation is punishable by penalties ranging from fines to imprisonment. However, the decision to grant the patent does not violate U.S. obligations under the BTWC and does not mean that the U.S. government condones the inventors' claims ...'.
This statement is fundamentally contrary to the U.S. patent code that clearly states that a patent in the U.S. cannot be granted in the absence of a full description of the '...the device actually existing...' and its expertise.

Attempting to evade the raised questions, Kevin Garrett, Deputy Director of the Biological Threat Reduction Programme, spoke exclusively about the historical aspects of the programme.

However, Garrett haven't pointed out that the real goals of the programme, which were aimed at reducing the weapons of mass destruction potential of the former Soviet Union, and which had been achieved as early as 2008. Within the congressional hearings, it was reported that the goals of the programme had been achieved, after which it was extended to other regions of the world. Within the congressional hearings, it was reported that the goals of the programme had been achieved, after which it was extended to other regions of the world.

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We would like to emphasise the documents that prove Ukraine's attempts to end its cooperation with DTRA. Thus, in April 2013, an interdepartmental commission composed of representatives of the Security Service of Ukraine, Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food and the State Veterinary Service of Ukraine jointly decided that it was unreasonable to continue DTRA projects in Ukraine, but the U.S. administration continued to impose them on Kiev.

A confirmation of the U.S. administration's pressure is the address on the slide from U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Tefft, dated 8 February 2013, in which he demands the Head of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food to influence his subordinates to extend the DTRA project for another four years.

Even though the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food tried to refuse to participate in the Biological Threat Reduction Program in its response of 13 March 2013, the project continued.

We have said that in the run-up to the event, the U.S. persistently demanded from the participating states on a joint statement on the supposedly 'peaceful nature' of the Biological Threat Reduction Program, and some countries signed the statement. Fearing the U.S. reaction and the threat of sanctions, many countries abstained from attending the meeting, as a result of which only 89 countries out of 184 BTWC member states participating.

Only 43 delegations took the floor during the event, of which more than half (22 States) either supported the Russian position or took a neutral position. 21 States, including Ukraine, the U.S. and most of their NATO allies opposed, but even among them there was no unanimity.

Thus, the Russian speeches have caused many States to pay attention to the risks of cooperation with the Pentagon in the military-biological sphere, as well as to take a fresh look at the necessity and feasibility of such relations.

The emotional pro-American speeches were directed by the head of the U.S. delegation, Kenneth Ward, who is currently the U.S. special representative to the BTWC.

I would like to recall that he was the U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons from 2015 to 2019. Before his arrival, the work of the organisation was constructive and focused on specific issues. One of the results of Ward's work has been to transform the professional, highly technical organisation into a politicised structure, with roles for the foreign policy goals of Washington and its NATO allies.

Within his time at the OPCW, Ward worked closely with the so-called White Helmets, who staged the use of chemical weapons by Syrian forces in Khan Sheikhoun in 2017. Using this provocation as a pretext, and without waiting for an investigation to be launched, the Americans launched a missile attack on the Shayrat airbase, thereby grossly violating international law. In the coming year, following another White Helmets provocation in Duma, a missile strike was launched against a Syrian scientific research centre, already a well-established scenario.

It is clear that Ward's destructive activities on the BTWC platform are aimed at achieving similar goals and will help 'tweak' the Convention mechanisms to suit Washington's goals.

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We have repeatedly spoken about the true nature of the Pentagon's military-biological programmes outside national territory.
While the stated goals are to monitor infectious diseases and assist developing countries, in reality we see a capacity-building of U.S. military and biological capabilities to circumvent BTWC commitments.

This manifests itself in the construction of military laboratories along the borders of geopolitical adversaries; the collection of strains of particularly dangerous micro-organisms specific to certain territories; and the testing of toxic drugs on humans.

In the case of Ukraine, we see that the declared nature of interaction was only superficially in line with Article X of the BTWC (international cooperation and information exchange for peaceful purposes). As a result of the DTRA projects, there has been no improvement in the disease situation and the situation in the countries bordering Ukraine has deteriorated in a lot of aspects. Other signs of 'peaceful cooperation' were also absent.

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As the event resulted in a 'zero', non-binding report, we proposed initiatives to strengthen the BTWC.

The first is the resumption of negotiations on a legally binding protocol to the Convention that includes lists of microorganisms, toxins, equipment (similar to the CWC control lists), is comprehensive and has an effective verification mechanism. I would like to recall that the draft protocol was prepared by an international expert group, VEREX, back in 2001.

The second is the establishment of a scientific advisory committee with broad geographical representation and equal rights of participants, while respecting the so-called 'principle of ten', according to which a decision must be taken taking into account the alternative viewpoint, even if it is expressed by only one state.

The third is the expansion of confidence-building measures with mandatory declaration by states of their activities in the biological field outside national territory.

As questions remain about the U.S. and Ukrainian military-biological programmes, the Russian Defence Ministry will continue to take further steps to clarify the situation.
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thorbiorn

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Novak says Nord Stream can be repaired

According to the Deputy Prime Minister, first of all, Russia intends to find out who is to blame for the sabotage of pipelines, the United States, Ukraine and Poland are preliminary interested in this.

"There have never been such accidents. Of course, there are technical possibilities to restore the infrastructure, it takes time and appropriate funds. I am sure that appropriate opportunities will be found," he said.
By trying, if the line is blown up again, which may happen, who will the West wish to blame? Furthermore, by repairing, Russia is guaranteed a lot of press. Some people may even begin to think.
 
The borders of the territory of the Donetsk people's republic (DPR) are determined by the borders of the republic on the day of its formation and the day of its admission to the Russian Federation. This follows from the treaty on the DPR's accession to Russia, which Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted to the State Duma for ratification.

"The boundaries of the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic shall be determined by the boundaries of the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic existing on the day of its formation and on the day of the admission of the Donetsk People's Republic into the Russian Federation and the formation of a new constituent entity within the Russian Federation."

According to the document, the borders of the Luhansk people's republic (LPR) will be determined by the borders of the territory that existed on the day of its formation and admission to the Russian Federation. It is specified that the border of the LPR with the territory of a foreign country will be the state border of the Russian Federation.

"The borders of the territory of the Donetsk and LPR are determined by the borders established by the constitutions of the republics, it follows from draft federal constitutional laws on the republics' admission to the Russian Federation. "The borders of the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic shall be determined by the borders of the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic established by the constitution of the Donetsk People's Republic on the day of its formation and on the day of the admission of the Donetsk People's Republic into the Russian Federation and the formation of a new entity within the Russian Federation".

The boundaries of Zaporizhzhya and Kherson oblasts are determined by their borders as of the day of their formation and the day of their admission to the Russian Federation. "The borders of Zaporizhzhya region are determined by the borders of Zaporizhzhya region that existed on the day of its formation and the day of the incorporation of Zaporizhzhya region into the Russian Federation and the formation of a new entity within the Russian Federation," the document states. It is also stated that the border of Zaporizhzhya region adjacent to the territory of a foreign state is the state border of the Russian Federation. A similar document was published on the border of the Kherson region.



It is not quite clear that for Zaporizhzhia and Kherson oblasts the wording is too vague. Some interpret it as only those territories that were under Russian control at the time of the referendums, others interpret it as the legal administrative boundaries of the USSR/Ukrainian oblasts
 

Michael B-C

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Now imagine that you produced products that you sold to Europe as a Ukrainian organization and you had no problems, but now your legal status is changing, so what?

Crimea and Sevastopol under sanctions for another year - EU.

According to the document, the current restrictive measures are aimed at importing goods into the EU from Crimea or Sevastopol, as well as infrastructure or financial investments and tourism services in Crimea or Sevastopol. The export of certain goods and technologies to Crimean companies or for use in Crimea in the transport, telecommunications and energy sectors for the exploration and production of oil, gas and mineral resources is also subject to EU restrictions.
I hear you f1esk - that makes sense. Though I think its fair to say that all economic export activity within the Russian Federation that is now under western sanctions will find new markets in the south and far east, especially China. That is the principle pivot that Putin has set in motion and effectively he has written off European and Anglo-Saxon export markets for the foreseeable future whilst working tirelessly to establish new relationships and more politically stable markets. So yes a bumpy transition ahead no doubt but in the long run these integrated republics have a healthier future to look for post their dependence on the anti-Russian leadership in Kiev.
 

iamthatis

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When it comes to the issue of recognition of these referendum or not it is worthwhile remembering this is a misnomer and something of a red herring. By their incorporation into Russia they effectively and instantly cease to become states in need of international recognition as they are now as Russian as Moscow. Thus no one has to recognize them to legitimatize them as they legally no longer exist as separate entities. So when you hear countries like Turkey saying such and such in public this is pure gamesmanship - playing along with the western narrative on the one hand so as to maintain the air of disapproval whilst with the other and on the very same day Erdoğan calls to have a friendly chat with Putin. The Russians need no recognition of their own soil - its theirs and Russia itself cannot exactly be unrecognized by anyone! Game over.

It'll be interesting to see how Erdogan does with his balancing act, that's for sure. There comes a time when gamesmanship turns into a dangerous brinkmanship. I don't know much about the dynamics in Turkey, but it looks like the US might be in the process of turning the Republic of Cyprus into a weapon aimed at keeping the Turks in line.

Earlier this month, the US State Department announced that, for the fiscal year 2023, it will suspend a long-standing ban on the sale of US weapons to the Republic of Cyprus, stating the country had “met the necessary conditions.”

According to the article, Erdogan was furious. Maybe that's a game, too. It's hard to say. I don't know how much longer the various international fence-sitters will be able to just wait this situation out. If Joe is right - and I think he is - then, as the US loses its grip on global dominance, there will be increasingly horrific decisions made in attempt to overturn the whole chessboard. In such a scenario, it's likely that leaders like Erdogan may start to lean more and more towards the multipolar option on the table, rather than throw their lot in with a rampaging, dying beast. Unless, of course, the blackmail is sufficiently strong. Hard to say at this point.

On a different note, wouldn't it be something if America's attempt to drive a massive wedge between Russia and Germany actually backfires, and drives them closer together? I recall reading that the US was quite busy for a number of years trying to divide China and Russia - and look what has happened as a result!

I'm thinking about the interests of different elite factions in Germany. The economic elites who own and operate giant, world-class, well-managed companies - plus their thousands of workers - can only look forwards to the destruction of their livelihoods. According to Lobaczewski, there is a certain level of political elites that operate as middle-managers between the higher up ponerized circles and the masses. These political managers have an obvious interest in becoming the new leaders. I've also heard that the German intelligence agencies weren't informed about the Nordstream operation - and thus may also be having second thoughts about the Eurocrats and the current political leadership.

I don't have a pulse on the German elites at all, aside from a few snippets here and there, but I can guess that many of the German industrialists are furious. If the middle managers and the German economic elites can form a coalition, maybe even help with certain elements of the intelligence elites, then we have the beginnings of a recipe elite turnover in Germany - as prophesied by Putin!
 

JEEP

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From Gateway Pundit:

Russia Cuts Off Gas to Italy Just Days After New Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni Announces Her Support for Ukraine
On Sunday Italy voted in its first female populist candidate Giorgia Meloni to lead the country.

The Italian Center Right Party won big in national elections on Sunday making Giorgia Meloni the first female leader in the country’s history.

On Wednesday, in one of her first announcements since winning her election Giorgia Meloni pledged her full support for Kyiv after receiving congratulations from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for her election victory.

On Saturday Russian energy giant Gazprom suspended gas deliveries to Italy. The company blamed a transport problem in Austria.
 

JEEP

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From SouthFront:

THE EXTREME DANGEROUSNESS OF CONTINUING TO HIDE THE U.S. GOVERNMENTS PSYCHOPATHY
Every psychopath is well practiced at lying; anyone who tolerates that person’s lying is not only encouraging psychopathy but is, oneself, psychopathically unconcerned about the public’s welfare, because any such encouragement will, itself, facilitate the further spreading of lies and deception of the public. This is how psychopathy, which is a merely personal disease, becomes spread and pandemic, thereby producing a dysfunctional society, widespread deception. It happens not only due to the presence of psychopaths, but also due to their passive assisters, who fail to call-out the lie and the liar and to expose them publicly so as to assist in penalizing them, instead of to assist the lies and liars, for those to spread and thrive.

Being a member of a society is to have both rights and obligations within it. Silence in the face of lies that one knows are false is a failure of such an obligation: an obligation to avoid willingly spreading a social disease — the disease of spreading those lies and that falsehood, to a rampantly and ever-increasingly contaminated public.

This was how it came to be that in 2003 the U.S. & UK Governments busted and neutered the U.N. by invading and occupying Iraq solely upon the basis of lies, and never prosecuted for having done so. Neither the Governments (their leaders) were prosecuted for it, nor the news-media (their controlling owners) that were controlled by the same group of billionaires (America’s billionaires, of both political Parties), were prosecuted for these international-war crimes. None of those leaders and their propaganda-organizations (or news-media — their owners) were prosecuted for having done, or assisted in doing, this. That clear fact has established a precedent which been followed, ever since, by constant international lying by those same two psychopathic regimes, and now it is heading toward production of a World War III on the same basis, of constant Governmental and news-media lying and spreading of lies. It is for “regime-change in Russia” instead of for “regime-change in Iraq,” but, just like before, the regimes that desperately NEED to be “changed” are the perpetrators of this enormous fraud, the ones that are in the United States and in the United Kingdom. The United Nations is sadly incapable of doing this — it has been virtually nullified ever since 2003 — but it must be done, before the end-result will annihilate us all.

The psychopathy of America’s leadership is now posing a mortal danger not only to the residents in one nation (Iraq; or, say, in Syria — there are so many other examples) but to the residents in all nations (WW III); and, if it is not stopped now, then the world will be stopped, and soon. This would be the extreme end of the pandemic of lies that go not only unpunished but hidden from the public, instead of exposed to the public (such as is being done here). If this pandemic — which is vastly worse even than the covid-19 disease or any other merely physical pandemic in all of human history — does not now get exposed in the full light of honest public disclosure (presumably by means of news-media that are NOT owned by U.S.-and-allied billionaires), then what hope will there be, for our children, and for their grandchildren (if this pandemic of evil will not have expired the world before then)? It is an obligation not ONLY to the wider public, but even to one’s own descendants (if any), because it is an obligation to — and on behalf of — everyone. This hiding of guilt needs to stop now, because later might be too late. So: please send the URL of this article to everyone you know, and to as many people as possible whom you don’t know, because it concerns everyone.

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse’s new book, AMERICA’S EMPIRE OF EVIL: Hitler’s Posthumous Victory, and Why the Social Sciences Need to Change, is about how America took over the world after World War II in order to enslave it to U.S.-and-allied billionaires. Their cartels extract the world’s wealth by control of not only their ‘news’ media but the social ‘sciences’ — duping the public.
 

JEEP

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From Investment Watch:

The Anti-American Tone on German and Austrian Social Media has Escalated Dramatically
Following the Nordstream extravaganza, German/Austrian social media has become, let’s say, a little bit anti American.

German and Austrian netizens openly accuse the US Navy, which days ago was in the Baltic Sea, of having carried out the attacks against Nordstream 1/Nordstream 2.

Some even go further from this point and accuse the current Social-Democratic Government of Germany of being “Vassals of America”, which is an understatement.
Hmm - detecting a trend . . . 🤔

Tonight, on German-Speaking social medias, the hashtag #Kriegserkläerung (Declaration of War) is trending, as some German nationalist netizens accuse the US of doing the NS1/NS2 sabotages, which according to them is akin to a Declaration of War by the Americans against Germany.
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JEEP

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According to Russia's Sputnik, "Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has also confirmed that Russian citizenship was granted to Snowden at the latter's request."
From ZeroHedge:

Snowden Didn't "Flee to Russia": Obama Trapped Him There
When Russian President Vladimir Putin granted citizenship to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on Monday, the news revived a long-simmering debate about the propriety of his revelations of U.S. government secrets. At the same time, it prompted reiterations of a widely-embraced falsehood: that Snowden “fled to Russia.”

The disinformation-trafficking wasn’t limited to random people on social media.
Among others, The New York Times, The Guardian, ABC, Christian Science Monitor and Canada’s CBC all asserted in the past week that Snowden “fled to Russia” in 2013 after revealing that the United States government had created a mass surveillance regime targeting its own citizens, in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment.

What many people don’t realize — and what some people both inside the government and out of it purposefully ignore — is that Snowden wasn’t traveling to Russia, but merely through it.

When he left Hong Kong after meeting with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras and turning over hundreds of thousands of stolen files, Snowden’s ultimate destination was Quito, Ecuador.

It’s important to note that Snowden says that, before leaving, he destroyed his cryptographic keys that provided him access to the files, and didn’t bring any copies of the files with him.

At the time, the Ecuadoran government was providing political asylum to Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange at the country’s London consulate, and Snowden hoped Ecuador would provide him asylum as well.

Snowden’s itinerary was arranged such that he wouldn’t land in countries that would extradite him to the United States. Nor would he cross U.S. airspace along the way. He was to make four flights in all, taking him from Hong Kong to Moscow, then Havana, Cuba; Caracas, Venezuela and finally Quito.

However, upon arriving in Moscow, Snowden was escorted by Russian security officials to an airport conference room, where they informed him that, while he was flying to Moscow, the Obama administration had invalidated his passport.

He’d spend the next 40 days at the Sheremetyevo airport, during which he applied to 27 countries for political asylum. “Not a single one of them was willing to stand up to American pressure,” Snowden wrote in his memoir, Permanent Record, “with some countries refusing outright, and others declaring they were unable to even consider my request until I arrived in their territory — a feat that was impossible.”

Seemingly tired of the spectacle, Putin granted Snowden asylum, and he’s been in Russia ever since. The essential point, however, is that Snowden is in Russia because the Obama administration deliberately trapped him there.

In 2013 and ever since, rabid Snowden detractors have failed to acknowledge how that move by the Obama White House belied its own assertions that Snowden was a traitor who traveled to Moscow with highly valuable intelligence information and was at high risk of turning it over to the Russian government.
Aside from revealing the unconstitutional surveillance regime, Snowden’s disclosures also proved that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had committed perjury in testifying before Congress:


Clapper didn’t merely escape perjury charges, termination or a shameful resignation — CNN actually put him on the payroll as a “national security analyst,” giving him a pulpit from which to continue spewing all manner of falsehoods on behalf of the national security establishment, on everything from Russiagate to Hunter Biden’s laptop.

Meanwhile, though Snowden has been vindicated many times over — including a 2020 federal court ruling that the NSA’s surveillance program violated the Constitution — he’s compelled to live in Russia to escape prosecution under the Espionage Act of 1917.

Which brings us to another myth that goes hand-in-hand with “fled to Russia” falsehood: Detractors routinely say Snowden was a “coward” to flee the United States at all.

The noble course of action, they say, would be to go to trial in America and let a jury of his peers decide whether he was justified in exposing his government’s crimes by leaking secret documents to journalists.

However, as government-whistleblower attorney Jesselyn Radack explained in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, that’s not how Espionage Act prosecutions work:
“The Espionage Act has morphed into a strict liability law, which means the government does not have to show the defendant had a felonious intent. A defendant cannot argue that the information was improperly classified…The motive and intent of the whistleblower are irrelevant. And there is no whistleblower defense, meaning the public value of the material disclosed does not matter at all.”
In short, the only way for Snowden to be treated justly is for him to be pardoned or given a plea deal with a very short sentence.

As the intelligence community continues to wield excessive influence on our government, neither outcome is likely anytime soon.
 

Nachtweide

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Declaration of war) is trending on German Twitter. #sanktionengegenusa (Sanctions against USA) is even getting some airplay. Calls by some for Germany to align with Russia. I have a sudden sense of déjà vu. As if I had read somewhere something like this happening.
Wolfgang Grupp is the sole owner of TRIGEMA, an old family-run company. Perhaps one of the few entrepreneurs who freely express their opinions without a government-imposed muzzle. What is unusual in this case is that he is not publicly antagonized despite his clear position. For me, he is the most honest voice of the German middle class of entrepreneurs. A courageous, argumentative and empathetic person who puts the old German values in the foreground. Hardworking, social and inovative.
 

JEEP

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From Gibraltar-Messenger:

The Nord Stream Pipeline Repair Dilemma
The Nord Stream Pipelines attack may end up being an environmental disaster to equal the Fukushima disaster, with the release of millions of cubic metres of methane-gas into the environment, from the attack and in an attempt to save the pipelines.

It has been reported that the Russians are having to maintain gas-flow through the Russian end of the pipelines to prevent seawater entering and starting a process that, once started, never ends – rusting. Rust never sleeps once it has started.

So, unless they have a tool for removing and killing the rust, they have two options:
  1. Keep pumping gas through the pipelines and thus damage the marine life and the environment with massive amounts of released methane.
  2. Abandon the pipelines as being scrap, after costing billions to build, and laying new ones, that evil lunatics could also destroy.
Depending upon the amount of damage and whether the pipes are just holed, or separated and twisted out of shape will determine how difficult they are to repair, if that is decided upon. They can only pump gas through the Russian end to prevent rusting, but obviously not through the other end past the damage in the side terminating in Germany, which will inevitably fill with seawater and rust, thus needing to be replaced, if they cannot kill the rust.
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The bottom-line of this is that only a satanic-lunatic would do something like this, and with satanic lunatics running the world, as they undoubtedly are, and doing things like Fukushima and the Nord Stream pipe destruction and future lunacies, it brings into play this Scripture reference:

Matthew 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the Winter, neither on the Sabbath day:
24:21 For then shall be great oppression, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the Elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Signed:

Christ, The King

 
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