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    TRANSCRIPT: Vladimir Putin answered questions from Russian journalists

    October 17, 2016

    http://russialist.org/transcript-vla...n-journalists/

    (Kremlin.ru – October 16, 2016)

    The President of Russia answered questions from Russian journalists
    following the BRICS Summit.



    Question: Much is being said in the Western media about BRICS going
    through a rough patch. Since Brazil got a new president, the country has
    been allegedly thinking whether it needs BRICS. There is little secret about
    the tension that exists between India and China. In fact, the US has been
    increasingly proactive regarding India.

    You have said on a number of occasions that you view BRICS as an
    important and viable association. How serious do you think are the
    challenges, if any, that BRICS face? Will BRICS succeed in overcoming
    them and what are the development prospects for BRICS in general?

    President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Some of our partners are always trying
    to dig up issues and challenges, no matter what we do. But as we say in
    Russia, why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log
    in your own.

    There are always issues, anywhere and in relations between any countries.
    Does this mean that countries whose representatives talk about BRICS this
    way do not have any issues with their closest strategic partners and allies?
    As a matter of fact, they have plenty of issues.

    If there were no problems, they would have signed and ratified the
    Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) a long time ago,
    and would have resolved many other issues. However, the issues they face
    are still there, and they are real. So there is nothing special about having
    problems. This is how things work across the world.

    Every country, and even more so major powers, has its own interests that
    may run counter to those of its closest allies. That said, what underpins
    the mutual interest of BRICS countries? It is underpinned by the similarity
    of their economies and the objectives that they face. This is so obvious
    that you do not even have to be an expert to understand this. All it takes
    is to look at their economic structure, development patterns, growth rate
    and objectives.

    You know, it is this objective interest in maintaining contacts and promoting
    cooperation in various areas that lies at the core of our association and
    encourages optimism.

    Furthermore, to be honest I am pleased with this meeting, because for
    the first time I saw that all parties involved were genuinely interested
    in developing relations within this framework, which could pave the way
    to cooperation in specific areas.

    New areas of cooperation and frameworks, for example, industrial
    cooperation, are being developed on top of structures that already exist,
    such as the New Development Bank and the BRICS Contingent Reserve
    Arrangement with a total capital of $200 billion, a substantial amount
    that will further increase in the future.

    We are discussing introducing uniform technical standards. These are
    fundamental initiatives that pave the way to harmonising economic
    development and policies.

    Yesterday night, my Brazilian colleague and I had a lengthy conversation to
    review the state of our respective economies. As it turns out, we have
    much in common. We face common global challenges and it would be
    easier to overcome them if we combine our efforts.

    All in all, I have quite a positive view of this association, and I think
    that BRICS has every chance to develop further.

    Question: US Vice President Joseph Biden promised yesterday to send
    you a message and respond to the hacking that the US blames on Russia…


    Vladimir Putin: There is nothing surprising about that.

    Question: As a matter of fact, it was a threat coming from a very
    high-ranking official, and if I am not mistaken, it targeted you personally.
    Do you expect hacking attacks on Russia or some other kinds of attacks?


    Vladimir Putin: You can expect anything from our US friends. But was there
    anything new in what he said? As if we didn’t know that US government
    bodies snoop on and wiretap everyone?

    Everyone knows this all too well, there has long been no secret about it
    and there is sufficient evidence to support this. Billions of dollars are
    channelled into this activity, with the NSA and the CIA working on it
    alongside other government bodies. There are both witness accounts
    and full-fledged confessions.

    In fact, they are spying not only on their real or potential enemies, but also
    on their allies, including the closest ones. We know about so many
    wiretapping scandals involving top government officials from countries
    that are allies of the United States, so there is absolutely nothing new here.

    The only new thing is that for the first time the US has acknowledged
    at such a high level, first, that they actually do this, and second that they
    are making some kind of a threat, which of course is inconsistent with
    the norms of international dialogue. This is obvious.


    Apparently, they are a little bit nervous. The question is why.
    I think there is a reason. You know, in an election campaign,
    the current government carefully crafts a pre-election
    strategy, and any government, especially when seeking
    re-election, always has unresolved issues. They need to
    show, to explain to the voters why they remained unresolved.

    In the US, there are many such problems, they certainly have
    enough of them. While it’s the leading economy in the world,
    a great power, no doubt, it still has a lot of unsolved problems.

    For example, the massive public debt is a time bomb for
    the US economy and for the global financial system.
    Nobody knows what to do. Maybe devaluation in the future
    might help, or something. But what? There’s no answer.

    This is just an example.


    More examples can be cited in foreign policy. The Middle East reconciliation
    process, broadly speaking, is certainly stalling, including between Israel
    and Palestine, unfortunately. Moreover, tensions are growing between
    the United States and their regular allies in the region.

    We are not going to go deep into this business – it is their problem.
    I’m just saying that there are many problems, and in these conditions,
    many choose to resort to the usual tactics of distracting voters from
    their problems.

    In my view, this is exactly what we are witnessing.
    How do you do it?
    Try to create an enemy and rally the nation against
    that enemy.


    Iran and the Iranian nuclear threat did not work well for that.

    Russia is a more interesting story.
    In my opinion, this card is being played now.


    I said recently at a VTB forum that it is not wise to sacrifice Russian-American
    relations to solve current internal political problems, because it is
    destroying international relations in general.

    By the way, I have not fully answered your question. This part has to do
    with your second one – about who is developing relationships, with whom
    and how. India, for example, is making friends with the United States.
    Good for them! The United States is a great power, and India is a great
    power. Great powers have interests and they pursue these interests
    in a multilateral format. It is impossible to imagine the modern world
    any different.

    The more intense, the more global these processes are, the more stable
    the world is. I hope that, once this debate is over, once this difficult period
    in the political life of the States comes to an end, we will have a chance to
    restore relations between Russia and the United States.

    Remark: So we shouldn’t see this as a threat?

    Vladimir Putin: I just said, anything could happen.


    With this global surveillance, I assume they do have certain information.
    That information can be easy to compile.

    People can be fed a half-truth or a quarter-truth, or even just a bit of truth
    diluted in lies, and this information can be used to mislead the public in one
    country or another. Russia is no exception, we are often the target of these
    attacks. We already know that.

    Question: Mr President, did you know you are featured in the new episode
    of the cartoon The Simpsons? You are boosting Trump in it. What is your
    actual preference? You have been asked many times – Clinton or Trump?

    And one more question: the US Vice President said recently that we cannot
    influence the US election results. Frankly, are we even trying to interfere?
    Do we even need to?

    Vladimir Putin: What did he say, precisely? We cannot fundamentally
    affect them. So the reporter needed to press him: not fundamentally,
    or not at all? He seemed to be acknowledging that we actually could
    play a role, but I would like to reassure you all, including our American
    partners and friends: we have no plans to influence the election campaign
    in the United States.

    The answer is very simple: we do not know what will happen after
    the US President is elected. Ms Clinton chose her aggressive rhetoric
    and aggressive stance with regard to Russia, and Mr Trump, on the
    contrary, is calling for cooperation, at least against terrorism.

    We will certainly welcome anyone who wants to work with us, and no,
    we are not interested in quarrelling constantly with anyone, which only
    creates threats to oneself and the world, or at the very least makes
    it harder to achieve the desired results in the fight against terrorism.

    We do not know what will happen after the election. We do not know
    whether or not presidential candidate Trump will follow through on his
    intentions, how far he will go in cooperation with us, whether Ms Clinton
    will stick to her harsh anti-Russian rhetoric if she is elected President,
    or maybe she will also adjust her position. We cannot know this now.

    I will repeat this again: sacrificing Russian-American relations for the sake
    of internal political events in the US is harmful and counterproductive.
    This is not the first time. Look at all the previous election campaigns
    – it’s the same story again and again, as I said.

    And then they whisper in our ear: “Just wait it out. This will pass,
    and things will go back to normal.” You know, this is not even funny
    anymore. But if someone wants a confrontation, it is not our choice.

    Confrontation means problems. We do not want that. On the contrary,
    we would like to find common ground and work together to address global
    challenges facing Russia and the United States and the world.

    Question: On Friday, a CSTO summit took place in Yerevan, where
    Alexander Lukashenko said that the organisation needs to formulate
    new priorities, to become at least respected if not feared. Could you clarify
    what was discussed exactly, what new priorities? Do you believe that other
    military organisations do not even notice the CSTO? And, talking about
    priorities: is the Nagorno-Karabakh situation a priority for the CSTO?

    Vladimir Putin: I will start with what you ended with. We have spoken about
    Nagorno-Karabakh and a definite tension arising between other countries,
    former Soviet republics. Here is what I think – and I told my colleagues
    about this – you see, there are issues that arise between NATO member
    states, for example, between Turkey and Greece on the Cyprus issue.
    This is nothing new.

    It is well known that these problems have persisted for many years,
    decades even. But is NATO going to war with one side then the other?

    And for us, it does not even matter whether a country, a former Soviet
    republic, is part of the CSTO or not. It matters that we have special,
    historical relations with all these countries, and they are closer and deeper
    than the relations between NATO member states. We cannot but take
    this into account.

    The CSTO was created to address external threats. Certainly, we have to
    somehow respond to what is happening next to us, but we must strive
    for all problems with roots in the past to be solved peacefully, through
    compromises – compromises that both parties are willing to accept.
    In this context we have discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh issue
    and other problems.

    In fact, what I just said is not so different from Mr Lukashenko’s stance.
    But it is better to ask him to clarify what he was thinking and what
    he considers necessary to do. He is a rather impressive speaker,
    and he will elaborate on this himself.

    Question: May I ask a question about the domestic economy?
    With Rosneft acquiring Bashneft as part of the privatisation programme,
    we are now privatising Rosneft. The potential buyers are still unknown,
    but Rosneft said it planned a share buyback, which is perfectly fine as
    corporate practices go, but on the other hand, this would not be a real
    privatisation. Do you agree with that?

    Vladimir Putin: Yes, I do. I will explain.

    You are absolutely right, a buyback is not our goal. The idea is not to get
    Rosneft to buy back its own shares and call it a day. Even if that happens,
    it is only an intermediate step to real privatisation, also with strategic
    investors, maybe international ones, but under the control of the state,
    because Rosneft is under state control, and government representatives
    on the board can still control it.

    If Rosneft is able to sell its own shares together with the Russian
    Government, if we do this, it will be a natural step, this large-scale
    privatisation of a major Russian state-owned company, without losing
    controlling interest.

    But if the market is low, if we cannot reach an agreement, then we do not
    exclude a buyback as a preliminary step for further work toward
    privatisation. So I would like to reassure you, as well as the experts
    who are closely monitoring this: we are not going to build state capitalism,
    as I’ve said many times.

    We will follow the path of real privatisation, but not in a falling market.
    And if we had to, we would stick with those who understand that the
    market is falling but will go up again, and are willing to become an investor
    with a certain premium.

    Or we will do a little time lag, but still, the state budget will get the money
    one way or another this year, that’s the point.

    I would say this is a fairly cautious, even intricate plan that the Government
    has approved.

    Question: Mr President, could I ask a question about the cancellation
    of your visit to France. French President Francois Hollande said he wanted
    to discuss the situation in Syria with you, but you cancelled the trip.
    Why did that happen?

    Vladimir Putin: You may have misunderstood the President of France.
    The main purpose, the main reason for my planned trip to France was
    to attend the opening of our religious and cultural centre and to visit
    a Russian art exhibition.

    In fact, the purpose of the visit was just that – our joint attendance
    of these international cultural events. However, the circumstances
    surrounding the Syrian problem for some reason made France decide
    that part was now impractical as a joint activity.

    As for the second question, we have not even negotiated it, as it happens.
    We have issues beside Syria, so it would have been possible to discuss
    other issues. Also, France is not as deeply involved in the Syrian peace
    process. At one point the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier reached
    the shores of Syria, and we agreed to work together to an extent,
    but after a couple of days, the ship turned around and headed for
    the Suez Canal. What was there to discuss, then?

    True, we are always willing to negotiate with everyone. Moreover, we are
    interested in more countries being involved in this process, especially
    such a large and great power like France with its capabilities.

    But, again, this was not the main purpose of my trip to Paris, and when
    the main reason was cancelled, it simply made no sense to discuss
    the minor issues on the agenda.

    I would like to repeat, although France is part of the Friends of Syria Group,
    it is not as deeply involved in Syrian issues.

    Question: Mr President, you mentioned in your interview with the French
    media that the Americans ignored our information regarding the Tsarnaev
    brothers. Is there any interaction or dialogue between us?

    Vladimir Putin: There is always a dialogue. As regards this information…
    I have already forgotten when this was; you probably remember better.
    This took place before the tragic events at the Boston Marathon.

    Several months prior, we had informed our American partners. Russia’s
    Federal Security Service did this at my instruction by sending them
    an official written notification, warning that these two people could pose
    a danger, and we proposed working together on it. We never received
    a response.

    Sometime later, Mr Bortnikov [Head of the Federal Security Service]
    approached me and said, “They haven’t responded.” I told him to send
    another notification, and he did so. As far as I remember, we received
    a response after the second or the third time, saying: “They are citizens
    of the United States, you should mind your own business; we will figure it
    out on our own.” And I said, “Ok, that’s that.”

    A month or two later, a terrorist attack took place at the Boston Marathon.

    This is more proof that the position of those who push for cooperation
    in fighting terrorism is the right one. We have always held this opinion.

    But there are also examples of positive cooperation. For example, during
    preparations for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, US intelligence agencies
    established a good working, relationship with us and helped us provide
    security. We appreciated this.

    Question: Mr President, we know that you also talked with our partners
    from India and China yesterday. Can you tell us about it? Did you pay
    special attention to certain issues? We know about an important agreement
    signed with India for S-400 Triumf systems. How big is the deal, and when
    are they due? Have you discussed any other aspects of military technical
    cooperation?

    Vladimir Putin: Indeed, India is one of our priority partners,
    and a strategic partner. I should not need to recall the time of the popular
    Hindi Rusi bhai-bhai slogan (Indians and Russians are brothers).

    In fact, little has changed since then, and our relations have grown
    stronger if anything.

    But military technical cooperation is not the only area of interest to us.
    Unfortunately, we have not fully taken advantage of our capabilities
    in the civilian economy, and there is so much we could do there.

    India is a huge market with 1.25 billion people. Moreover, a significant
    portion of the Indian population has fairly high living standards that match
    average European income levels. That is a very big and lucrative market
    for our products.

    We tried to find additional niches for cooperation. The options were broad,
    for example, more contact in space research, aviation, and mechanical
    engineering in general. As for military technical cooperation, the quality
    of that cooperation is quite high, maybe even better than with many other
    countries: we do not just sell India high-tech modern weaponry, but we
    also have joint research projects.

    The S-400 Triumf contract is worth not hundreds of millions, but billions
    of dollars.

    We have also agreed to improve the BrahMos missile, which will be land-,
    air- and sea-launched. We will also work to increase its range. And we will
    work together on a fifth-generation aircraft. It has basically made its
    maiden flight, but there are some issues we need to work out. I am talking
    about the T-50 fighter plane.

    As I have said, our relations in this area can be described by our
    willingness to help our Indian friends acquire additional competences.
    You know that we have organised the assembly and production of the latest
    T-90 combat tanks and the Sukhoi Su-30 aircraft here.

    Question: Considering the theme of this BRICS summit, can you tell us
    whether you discussed Syria in detail, bearing in mind the fact that an
    agreement on the deployment of a Russian air force group in Syria was
    ratified shortly before your trip here?

    Do the BRICS leaders have a common stance on Syria?

    Vladimir Putin: Yes, they share a common stance in general and in other
    terms. All of us agree on the need for a consistent fight against terrorism.
    And all of us believe that there is no other solution to the Syrian problem
    other than a diplomatic one.

    In this context, I have informed all of our colleagues and friends in this
    five-member group about our view on the situation in Syria and, in
    particular, around Aleppo.

    Question: Mr President, a trip to Berlin is being planned. As your aide said,
    it all depends on whether those representing the conflicting parties will be
    able to make any progress. What is your take on this? Do you intend to go?

    You are asked quite frequently about resolving the conflict in Ukraine,
    and you have to repeat time and again that, to put it bluntly, the ball
    is in the court of the Ukrainian authorities who are not doing what they
    are supposed to. In your opinion, how could this change?
    This situation with no war, but no peace either cannot last forever.

    Vladimir Putin: I hope it will not last forever, and I hope that all these
    problems will be resolved as quickly as possible.

    As for the trip to Berlin, we have agreed with the President of France
    and the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, by telephone,
    that it would be advisable to meet in Berlin only if our aides,
    who I think met on Saturday and Sunday in Minsk, took the dialogue
    to the point where we could meet to formalise these arrangements.
    If the aides are unable to reach an agreement, it would make the
    Normandy format meeting premature.

    Regarding the question of whether Ukraine is delivering on its
    commitments. I am aware that my colleague Petro Poroshenko
    has published an article – I think it appeared in Frankfurter Allgemeine
    Zeitung – in an attempt to once again shift the responsibility to Russia
    and alluding to unsettled security issues. I believe this is only a pretext
    for doing nothing on the political track.

    We need to work along several tracks at the same time by resolving
    security issues while also undertaking political initiatives for promoting
    a settlement in general and in the long run. Otherwise it will be impossible
    to bring about a resolution. How can people who live in Donbass be sure
    that they will not be persecuted, detained and imprisoned on charges of
    separatism or terrorism?

    A lot of people could face groundless accusations unless an amnesty law
    is enacted in advance. But how can people be sure that their rights will be
    respected and guaranteed, if not by having the Rada adopt a law on
    the special status of the region and including it in the Constitution?

    Why does it need to be in the Constitution? If this law is simply adopted
    and implemented, tomorrow it could be declared unconstitutional.

    Everybody understands this, so it needs to be introduced into
    the Constitution. Everybody knows this, and they have spent 17 hours
    in Minsk discussing it through the night. If it is not done, it means that
    the current government is not ready to resolve the issues its regions
    in the southeast face.

    Question: Mr President, I would like to discuss BRICS again.

    You are wearing a navy-blue suit in the “family” photo. Tell me, please,
    did they suggest this suit to you, or was it your choice given the Indian
    tradition that navy-blue symbolises power and the struggle against evil?

    And one more question: Michel Temer was next to you. You said that you
    spoke with the President of Brazil. Should we trust WikiLeaks that reported
    in 2011 that Mr Temer had allegedly been recruited as an informant by
    the United States? Please reassure us.

    Vladimir Putin: Look, we started by discussing the fact that the United
    States overhears and eavesdrops on everyone. All of you are being
    watched by these services. It’s not a joke, and I’ll tell you why.
    You have certain information because you are members of the presidential
    pool. You are used to hearing and seeing certain things, and speaking
    with certain people.

    You chat freely on the telephone, on open communications systems;
    you broadcast everything you consider essential, as well as all your
    thoughts or just conjecture. This is of interest. So it is possible to open
    a file on each of you, and it has probably been done. And they may
    monitor your conversations. All this is systematised, consolidated
    and analysed. This is what the US National Security Agency is doing.

    Remark: And what about Russian secret services?

    Vladimir Putin: Russian secret services operate strictly in line with the law.
    As we have learned from former NSA officials, that agency even violates
    US law. We act only under court rulings, and it turns out that they don’t
    do this. There is a big difference between Russian and US secret services’
    approaches.

    I don’t know who has been recruited and where, and I don’t care.
    You know, people at a certain level are guided by the interests of their
    own country, state and people. I cannot imagine, even theoretically,
    that a different approach is possible. I simply cannot even imagine it.
    We always work with representatives of a government, and we try to
    build positive and trustful interstate relations.

    Question: Mr President, what do you think about the possibility of new
    sanctions over Syria? And one more question. The Mosul offensive is
    underway, with artillery shelling and also air raids by our allies who have
    been criticising Russia so strongly. These actions appear to be similar.
    Why the double standards?

    Vladimir Putin: As for the sanctions, you know our attitude to sanctions.
    They are counter-productive and harmful. But the main thing is that they
    never attain the goals set by those who impose them.

    In general, regarding sanctions against Russia, no matter whether
    introduced over developments in southeastern Ukraine or in Syria,
    I can tell you that the goal of those who formulate and advocate this policy
    is not to settle a specific problem, for example, in southeastern Ukraine,
    but to contain Russia.

    Even without Ukraine, they would have found some other pretext.

    They are simply dissatisfied with the fact that Russia is becoming,
    and I would even say that it has become, a full international player,
    has consolidated politically and has shown a willingness to work
    with any partner. International issues require concessions
    and compromises. But they do not want to compromise
    – they want to dictate their will.

    This is the style that our US partners have developed over the past 15
    or 20 years, and they appear unable to change it. Do you see that there
    is no dialogue? They just tell us what should be done and how. And then
    they invent methods to make everyone around them accept their positions.

    Their formula is “He that is not with us is against us.” This is their logic.
    But this is not productive, which explains the increasing number of failures.

    The goal of these sanctions is not to settle a problem, but to contain the
    strengthening of Russia as a full member of the international community.
    This is their goal. But it cannot be achieved with these methods.

    Now as concerns Mosul, the similarity is obvious. When we are told that
    there are many humanitarian issues around Aleppo we can, of course,
    refer to Mosul and tell our partners that they should remember that
    this city has hundreds of thousands of people too. This is a city with over
    1 million people, and air strikes and shelling are very dangerous in terms
    of potential civilian casualties.

    We hope that our American and, in this case, French partners will take
    selective action and do everything to reduce or, better yet, rule out civilian
    victims. Of course, we will not build up hype about this like our Western
    partners do because we understand that we have to fight terrorists
    and there is no other way besides continued fighting.

    Question: To continue with Syria, Russian Navy flagships,
    an aircraft carrier and the Moskva guided missile cruiser
    are departing for the Mediterranean. Does this mean that
    there will be an attack on terrorist strongholds?


    Vladimir Putin: Do you really expect me to say when and where
    something might start?

    Question: Then another question on the same issue. Russia’s diplomatic
    relations with the US have been aggravated by the Syrian issue.

    Do you expect…

    Vladimir Putin: Excuse me?

    Question: Relations with the US have been aggravated by the Syrian issue.

    Vladimir Putin: Do you really think so?

    Question: It appears to me they have.

    Vladimir Putin: You are mistaken. Think about Yugoslavia.
    This is when it started. I was not even the president yet.
    Was it me who turned the plane around over the Atlantic?
    I think it was Primakov.


    Question: Yes, Yevgeny Primakov.

    Vladimir Putin: By the way, Boris Yeltsin was also in favour
    and agreeable until he took a very tough stance on Yugoslavia.
    Then everybody started bringing up his drinking and other
    compromising behaviour. That is when it all started.


    You see, as I just said: they do not like our growing independence,
    that’s the problem. Then it continued with Iraq, which we did not initiate,
    by the way. I know this very well because they tried to convince me
    to take up a stance on Iraq that was eventually taken up by the German
    and French leaders. After Saddam Hussein was hanged, everybody
    was happy. Remember what they said? “You were against it but they
    came in and won.” Whether or not they won is a question.

    Just like Libya, Iraq was never a centre of terrorism. But after all
    the government institutions were destroyed, both countries turned
    into hotbeds of terrorism. Now we are at a point where we have to
    storm Mosul with one million people with aircraft, tanks and artillery.
    This is the outcome. How to proceed with Libya is not clear at all.

    The state ceased to exist. Now it is a hotbed of terrorism, with a massive
    flow of refugees.

    Are you sure our relations with the US deteriorated because of Syria?
    No, not because of Syria but because of attempts by one country
    to impose its decisions on the entire world.


    We are not against this country, but we are against unilateral
    and ill-considered decisions that disregard the historical, cultural
    and religious specificities of any country, even if there are conflicts
    and tensions there.

    Question: So we cannot hope for improvement or de-escalation until
    a new administration takes over?

    Vladimir Putin: I believe one should always hope for the best.
    We maintain contact with the current US administration. Mr Kerry
    has recently met with Mr Lavrov, and, in general, we maintain contact
    with President Obama. The US administration is continuing to work,
    although there is less than a month left until election day. I believe
    the [US presidential] election is in November?

    They are continuing to work, and we have to hand it to them,
    they are working intensively and to the last day. As I said, we maintain
    contacts in nearly all areas, and we will work with our US partners,
    but only if they are willing to work with us.
    Question: Mr President, your position on sanctions is well known,
    and I share it completely. But what about response…

    Vladimir Putin: This is all you need to say.

    Remark: This is not what the question is about…

    Vladimir Putin: It is a pity; it could have been a good ending.

    Question: My question is about response measures. It is clear that
    we have reciprocated. In my occupation, I often meet with representatives
    of both big and small businesses, those who export their products
    and those who are working within BRICS.

    All of them tell me that our response measures only increase the burden
    of Western sanctions on Russian business. Our Chinese and Indian partners
    look at this situation and wonder whether they should start an investment
    project with Russian companies in light of these sanctions and counter-
    sanctions. This is not good for them. Since these sanctions have been
    in place for several years, we could review the situation and consider
    a change of policy. Maybe we could ease our response measures
    or make them more selective?

    Vladimir Putin: I will explain my position. I have stated it,
    but now I will try to explain it.

    First, I do not agree when our response measures are described
    as sanctions. They are not sanctions, but response measures taken
    to protect our market. Look at what is happening, and you will see t
    hat we had to take these measures.

    For example, certain limitations have been approved against us
    in the financial arena, so that our banks cannot refinance their loans,
    whereas our market is completely open to our partners.

    Overall, the situation that has developed since the early 1990s
    has prevented our farmers from holding even a small place on
    the Russian market.

    It is true that we used sanctions against Russia to impose certain
    restrictions [against the West]. And look at what has happened:
    despite a falling GDP and industrial production in 2015 and 2014,
    our agricultural output grew by 3.6 percent a year.

    We have very accurate figures now. Just recently, we had to import
    1.4 million tonnes of chicken meat. Now we produce so much that
    we have to export it. We almost completely meet the domestic demand.

    The situation is similar with pork. Not exactly the same, but we are getting
    closer.

    Yes, we have some problems with the vegetable market and even more
    with the fruit market, but we knew this would happen. There has been
    a certain increase in domestic prices, but this provided an opportunity
    for domestic producers – with government support, of course. And they
    have this support. We could debate whether there should be more or less
    support, but it exists and it is significant for getting back on track and filling
    the necessary niches in our own market.

    Right now we are, for example, improving our relations with Turkey
    and opening certain niches. When I was in Turkey I noted that we opened
    the way for stone fruit and citrus imports. Russia does not produce stone
    fruit or citrus fruit. Then why would we hold them back? On the contrary,
    this would create competition for other importers.

    Now, as for the so-called import replacement in industrial production.
    I will be honest with you. I had big concerns and doubts. Therefore,
    we regularly meet with defence and civil production representatives
    to discuss the state of these areas and the outcome. This includes,
    for example, our decision that major state-run companies must provide
    for a certain part of the market for Russian small and medium-sized
    enterprises.

    So you see, it has a real effect. They received funds to market their
    products, and high-tech products account for a significant part here.

    The scope is growing, to say nothing about import replacement in
    the defence industry. It is unacceptable that in microelectronics
    we depend on spare parts for the Strategic Missile Troops or other
    very sensitive systems. This dependency is gradually fading, not only
    with regard to Ukrainian suppliers, but other countries as well,
    including European countries and the US.

    One hundred percent – I would like to stress this – of our helicopters
    used to be outfitted with Ukrainian engines. Now this is over.

    We built one engine plant and are now finishing another. It could be
    operating already. But it will be a completely different production.

    Import replacement is not limited to transferring production of one engine
    to Russia. No, it means production at a completely different technological
    level. In this respect, it is certainly part of the country’s development.

    It is the same situation, only a more complex process, for the Navy,
    where we will soon see the completion of work to develop new engines
    for our vessels. This work will have synergy effect for civilian sectors too.

    Regarding Ukraine, let me thank you for raising this question. As far as
    the situation there goes, we see, sadly, that the country is regressing
    and a de-industrialisation process is underway there.

    But our Ukrainian partners have only to say the word and we will be
    ready to involve Ukrainian industry in the effort to meet our consumption
    demands. This includes joint cooperation to modernise Ukraine’s defence
    enterprises and civilian sectors. But this is possible only if, as I said,
    the needed conditions are in place and our partners want this themselves.

    Finally, on the question of how our BRICS partners have responded to
    our response measures taken against the countries that imposed sanctions
    on us, I do not see any concern on their part because we have not
    and have no plans to set any restrictions on the goods they produce.

    Furthermore, the restrictions that we introduced for the countries that
    imposed sanctions against us give our BRICS partners and other partners
    new opportunities on the Russian market. They are making active use
    of these opportunities too. I therefore see no problems and complications
    here.

    Question: Will Russia face new sanctions?

    Vladimir Putin: What I want to say here is that we made a conscious choice
    to introduce restrictions on agricultural products. This was an asymmetrical
    measure. They imposed sanctions on industrial goods, some kinds of what
    they consider dual-purpose goods, and financial restrictions. We could not
    do the same in response, it would have made no sense, and so we took
    measures in a sector which would cause them problems.

    As you can see, the losses are now into the billions. These are not
    our estimates, but those of Western European experts and representatives
    of the various sectors in question, including in industry. We took action
    in areas in which it was to our advantage to act.

    We will not take any action purely for the sake of punishing others and end
    up punishing ourselves at the same time. We will not buy a ticket and then
    not travel. This is not the road we will take. We have no plans for now
    and have not looked at any countermeasures. We will need to wait and see
    what our partners do and make our decisions accordingly.
    Thank you all for your attention.

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    Russia, Armenia to set up joint air defense system in the Caucasus

    By Viktor Litovkin,
    Russia Beyond the Headlines
    October 12, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    The Armenian parliament has ratified an agreement between Moscow and Yerevan on the establishment of a single air defense system in the Caucasus region. On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin asked the Russian State Duma to also approve the agreement, which is aimed at improving security along Russia's southern border.

    The agreement is concluded for a period of five years with the option to extend it for another five years.

    Experts and military analysts regard the agreement as beneficial to both parties, particularly because it allows increased monitoring of Turkey.

    Benefits to Armenia

    "Under this agreement, we shall be able, when carrying our regional air defense tasks, to use Russian fourth-generation multi-role jet fighters, S-300 systems, their anti-missile and radar capabilities for aerial reconnaissance," Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan told the country's public television station Armenia 1.

    Armenia already hosts Russia'a 102nd Military Base in Gyumri. The base is the home of the 988th Surface-to-Air Missile Regiment, which is equipped with an S-300V missile system as well as the relevant aircraft detection, tracking and missile guidance radars. Tank, motor-rifle and artillery units are also based there.

    There are three MiG-29 squadrons deployed in the region, which if necessary can intercept enemy aircraft and, together with surface-to-air missile units, provide Armenia with effective air defense.

    The Russian units will support Yerevan's own substantial air defense capabilities, which include Soviet-made SAM systems such as the S-125 Neva with a range of up to 12 miles, the Krug with a range of 27 miles, the newer and more modern S-300PS surface-to-air missile systems with a range of 93 miles and the short-range missile systems Osa-AKM, Shilka, Strela-10 and Igla.

    Once joined with the Russian air defense system, the Armenian Air Defense Troops will have access to all the information available to Russian Southern Military District units and the country's air and missile defense troops.

    However, the air defense above Nagorno-Karabakh will remain the remit of the Armenian Defense Ministry; Russian air defense systems will not be involved there.

    Benefits for Russia

    "Russia and Armenia do not have common airspace, they are separated by Georgia. The joining together of their air defense systems will allow Moscow to create an additional 'air defense umbrella' beyond its borders," said former deputy air defense commander of the Russian Ground Troops, Ret. Lt. Gen Alexander Luzan.

    He added that the new agreement will be an additional check on Turkey, which is both the strongest military power in the region and has the backing of NATO. "We know from experience what Ankara may do even without Brussels' approval or contrary to its wishes. Whereas, a joint Russian-Armenian air defense system will become a serious warning to it," Luzan said, noting that the 102nd Military Base had already acted as a deterrent to Turkish moves in the region.

    Armenia is also on the frontline of air and missile defense for the Collective Security Treaty Organization. The new Armenia-Russia agreement will act in cooperation with other agreements already in place between CSTO countries, including a joint air defense system of the Western region (Belarus-Russia) and a joint air defense system of the Central Asian region (Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia).

    "The establishment of a joint CSTO air defense system is a strategically important decision. Furthermore, Russia, Armenia, Belarus and other CSTO countries are creating a single radar field, which should ensure air defense against threats posed by NATO member states, and Turkey in particular," said Ret. Lt. Gen Norat Ter-Grigoryants, a former deputy chief of staff of the USSR Ground Troops and one of the founders of the Armenian Armed Forces.

    Viktor Litovkin is a military observer for the TASS news agency. This article originally appeared at Russia Beyond the Headlines.


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    Russia is preparing for nuclear war

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    Putin Missile Russian President Vladimir Putin during naval exercises in Russia’s Arctic North. REUTERS/ITAR-TASS/PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE

    Across Russia, 40 million civilians and military personnel just finished up emergency drills aimed at preparing the general population for nuclear or chemical-weapons attacks, The Wall Street Journal's Thomas Grove reports.

    Video shows Russian civilians practicing along with officials and workers in hazardous-material protective suits.

    But as troubling as the largest civil defense drills since the height of the Cold War have been, the steps Russia has taken to improve its offensive nuclear capabilities likely overshadow them.

    Since the breakdown of US-Russia talks on the fate of Syria, Russia has pulled out of a nuclear-nonproliferation agreement with the US, citing "unfriendly acts" by America. It has moved nuclear-capable missiles to its European enclave of Kaliningrad, and threatened "asymmetrical" and "painful" actions against the US should it decide to impose sanctions on Russia over Syria.



    A Russian Yars RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile system drives during the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor Russian Yars RS-24 intercontinental ballistic-missile system during a parade to mark the end of World War II at Red Square in Moscow. Thomson Reuters

    Additionally, Russia's state-run media has been ratcheting up anti-American rhetoric.

    Lev Gudkov, head of the Russian polling group Levada-Center, told The Journal that in Russia "most people believe that the Third World War has begun, but right now we are still in the cold phase of the war, which may or may not turn into a hot war."

    In Syria and the Ukraine, Russia has turned away from diplomacy and toward military solutions to standoffs with the West. Russia's recent installation of another missile defense battery in Syria gives the US very few options to intervene without risking serious casualties.

    Further, Russia designed its nuclear weapons arsenal as absolute doomsday devices that rain up to 10 high-yield nuclear warheads down on targets at Mach 23 in a salvo that the US can't possibly hope to intercept.

    Screen Shot 2016 10 25 at 11.46.47 AM Russia Emergency Situations Ministry workers wearing biohazard suits. Ministry of Emergency Situations press service via AP

    The US has long relied on the doctrine of "mutually assured destruction" — that is, having a spread-out, autonomous, and effective nuclear arsenal that would return fire should another nuclear power attack — with the intent of deterring any nuclear attacks. But sources told The Journal that Moscow is now taking steps to ensure that 100% of its population would be sheltered from such an attack.

    Far from matching Russia's aggressive nuclear posturing, the US has had its attentions elsewhere. The US's long-range bomber aircraft, the most visible deterrent of a nuclear arsenal, have mainly been stationed in the Pacific in response to North Korea's nuclear aggression.


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    Russia: America Has Started World War 3 In Syria

    Posted on September 19, 2016 by Sean Adl-Tabatabai in News, World // 0 Comments




    The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation has accused the U.S. of igniting World War 3 by deliberately killing Syrian troops and aiding ISIS terrorists.

    Top Russian military officials have warned that the U.S. deliberately killed 62 servicemen in order to provoke a war against Russia.

    Inquisitr.com reports:

    Sputnik News reported September 18 that top Russian military officials are questioning the veracity of their American counterparts who claim that the airstrike on the Syrian military base was a mistake. But one Russian official, First Deputy Chairman of the Defense and Security Committee and Federation Council member Franz Klintsevich, told Russian news agency RIA Novosti that he believes the coordinated attack by two F-16 fighter jets and two A10 ground attack aircraft — which originated out of Iraq — was deliberate.

    “The US conducted airstrikes on government forces in Syria deliberately and thoughtfully. Any aerial operation is coordinated with commanders on the ground. In this case [the US] used information received from their intelligence units who infiltrated Daesh [derogatory term for ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria].”

    Others have been more restrained in their allegations toward the United States. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov noted that if the U.S. airstrike was accidental, the incident was “a direct consequence of the US’ unwillingness to coordinate its actions against terrorist groups with Russia.”

    Klintsevich pointed out that the airstrike was in line with policymaking in Washington, which takes the position that Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, should be deposed and replaced by the U.S.-backed rebels. He said that the U.S. was acting to “maintain their economic interests” in the area.

    Accusations and allegations aside, all agreed that the cease-fire being negotiated between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva was in jeopardy.

    Russia’s United Nations envoy, Vitaly Churkin, stated that he found the timing of the U.S. airstrike “suspicious,” given the ongoing cease-fire negotiations. He said that “some aspects of the situation suggest that it could have well been a provocation.” But, he was quick to add, the attack did not necessarily mean that the ceasefire deal was over.

    It is unclear whether or not the U.S. airstrike against the Syrian Army base at Deir ez-Zor had anything to do with the several bombings in late July of a U.S. base in Syria. According to the Wall Street Journal (via Fox News), U.S. defense and intelligence officials reported that Russian aircraft had bombed a base maintained by U.S. and British forces, and had done so again 90 minutes after being warned that it was not to be targeted. The officials said they believed that Russia was attempting to pressure the U.S. into coordinating its air war with the Russian military.

    Heightened tensions have only increased fears of an escalation of events in the region to the point of World War 3. Of course, this has been an ongoing concern since Russia entered the multinational fray (September 30, 2015, according to BBC News), ostensibly to join in the fight against ISIS but seen by the world as to act as an ally and prop for the then tottering regime of Bashar al-Assad. Regardless, Russia’s entrance also increased the chances of accidental incidents that could quickly spiral into military confrontations — incidents like Russia bombing a known American base and the U.S. bombing a known Syrian Army base. (Russian officials have also voiced concern over the possibility, after Saturday’s attack, that the U.S. could mistakenly bomb a Russian airbase.)

    Similar scenarios of a potential World War 3 trigger have been presented before. In a September 2015 article, the Telegraph offered that the advent of World War 3 could very well be a confrontation or accident in Syria’s crowded skies.

    “Indeed, the skies over Syria are starting to get dangerously crowded, with Russian jets flying near US planes on bombing runs, and sparring with NATO air defenses in neighboring Turkey.”

    For the record, Turkey is also now involved in the war inside Syria. As reported by Al Jazeera, tensions with Russia escalated in November when a Turkish fighter shot down a Russian bomber that was claimed to have entered Turkish airspace and repeatedly warned to depart the area.

    The U.S. airstrike against the Syrian Army base is just the latest incident of potential diplomatic and political calamity in an already volatile region of the world. According to the New York Times, American military officials admitted that U.S. pilots had targeted a Syrian Army base, but the pilots had thought they were attacking ISIS facilities in the area. A senior Obama administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the Times that the United States had stated its regrets to Syria’s government through the Russians for the “unintentional loss of life of Syrian forces” in the ongoing war against ISIS.

    Will historians one day look back on the events of the last few months as the precursors to World War 3? Or will they go back further to when Russia entered the conflict? Of course, historians could go even further back to the creation of the caliphate of the Islamic State or even the creation of ISIS. Regardless, for now, World War 3 history is only the province of speculation, but the fears of a major multinational conflict, given the historical ease with which other world wars have begun, are founded in realistic potentialities.


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    On the one hand he appears planning for WWIII, on the other wants Trump as President.

    Hmmmmmmmmmm
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    On the one hand he appears planning for WWIII, on the other wants Trump as President.

    Hmmmmmmmmmm
    And on the third hand is accepting uranium from Hillary.

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    Hours After Putin Urges Expansion Of Russian Nuke Capability Trump Calls For US To Do Same

    by Tyler Durden
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    In a curious convergence of superpower opinions, earlier on Thursday, Russian
    President Vladimir Putin called for the country to reinforce its military nuclear potential.
    In a speech that recapped military activities in 2016, Putin said the army's
    preparedness has "considerably increased" and called for continued improvement
    that would ensure it can "neutralise any military threat".

    "We need to strengthen the military potential of strategic nuclear forces,
    especially with missile complexes that can reliably penetrate any existing
    and prospective missile defence systems," the Russian president said.

    He added that Russia "must carefully monitor any changes in the balance of power
    and in the political-military situation in the world, especially along Russian borders,
    and quickly adapt plans for neutralising threats to our country."




    Fast forward a few hours,
    when just before noon Eastern, Trump again took to Twitter and the president elect
    echoed virtually every word Putin said earlier, stating "The United States must greatly
    strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes
    to its senses regarding nukes."

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
    The United States must greatly strengthen
    and expand its nuclear capability until such time
    as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes

    10:50 AM - 22 Dec 2016


    Aside from this being one of the very first actual policy recommendations proposed
    by Trump, the fact that suddenly both Putin and Trump are calling for a re-escalation
    of the nuclear arms race at a time when Russia and the US under an allegedly
    Russian-friendly Trump administration, are expected to restore relations and find
    a common dialogue, makes us rather nervous especially since with both countries'
    arsenals already vastly greater than any other, potential third power in the nuclear
    arms race, the implied message is that both superpowers are squarely looking
    at each other when calling for more nuclear weapons.

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    Kremlin says; "Almost All Communication With US Is Frozen"

    In response to the latest imposition of US sanctions on Russia, the Kremlin said on Wednesday that the new sanctions would further damage relations between the two countries and that Moscow would respond with its own measures. "We regret that Washington is continuing on this destructive path," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

    As a reminder, on Tuesday the United States widened sanctions against Russian businessmen and companies adopted after Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the conflict in Ukraine.

    "We believe this damages bilateral relations ... Russia will take commensurate measures."

    Then again, it is difficult to see how sanctions between the two administration could be any more "damaged": also on Wednesday, the Kremlin said it did not expect the incoming U.S. administration to reject NATO enlargement overnight and that almost all communications channels between Russia and the United States were frozen, the RIA news agency reported.

    “Almost every level of dialogue with the United States is frozen. We don’t communicate with one another, or (if we do) we do so minimally,” Peskov said.

    Additionally, RIA said that according to Peskov "he did not know whether President Vladimir Putin would seek re-election in 2018."

    "Everyone's heads are aching because of work and with projects and nobody is thinking or talking about elections," Peskov said.

    Then again, the sanctions may soon be history. According to a Bloomberg report, the U.S. will start easing its penalties, imposed over the showdown in Ukraine in 2014, during the next 12 months, according to 55 percent of respondents in a Bloomberg survey, up from 10 percent in an October poll. Without the restrictions, Russia’s economic growth would get a boost equivalent to 0.2 percentage point of gross domestic product next year and 0.5 percentage point in 2018, according to the median estimates in the poll.



    “It’s still a toss-up whether the U.S. will ease sanctions quickly, with the EU lagging, but the direction of travel is toward easier sanctions or less enforcement, which could reduce financing costs,” said Rachel Ziemba, the New York-based head of emerging markets at 4CAST-RGE. “We think the macro impact would be greater in the medium term than short term as it facilitates a rate easing trend that is already on course. In the longer term, it gives more choice of investment.”




    “If the U.S. eases sanctions, it won’t be possible to achieve a consensus among EU member states to keep their sanctions regime in place as currently formulated,” said Charles Movit, an economist at IHS Markit in Washington.

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    CSISAerospace ‏@CSISAerospace 2h
    Russia is believed to have launched an anti-satellite weapon to space.
    Russian officials have yet to comment.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/21/politi...e-weapon-test/

    ilhan tanir ‏@WashingtonPoint 17m
    So, I guess, this is not coincidence
    that the both Trump and Putin on the same day
    call for strengthening nukes:




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    Quote Originally Posted by vector7 View Post
    Hours After Putin Urges Expansion Of Russian Nuke Capability Trump Calls For US To Do Same

    by Tyler Durden
    Dec 22, 2016 12:41 PM
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-1...russia-do-same
    He's right. As we've posted on here any number of times, our nuclear capability is old and getting older.

    Really hoping this belies the indicators from his SecState pick and the fondness for Russia/Putin he's expressed.

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    Putin Exposes Plot To Destroy the US

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bee70unn9aM


    In a recent Christmas speech, the most maligned man on the planet exposed the plot to destroy America and the West.

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    Putin's Russia in biggest Arctic military push since Soviet fall

    By Andrew Osborn
    MURMANSK, Russia (Reuters) - The nuclear icebreaker Lenin, the pride and joy of the Soviet Union's Arctic great game, lies at perpetual anchor in the frigid water here. A relic of the Cold War, it is now a museum.

    But nearly three decades after the Lenin was taken out of service to be turned into a visitor attraction, Russia is again on the march in the Arctic and building new nuclear icebreakers.
    It is part of a push to firm Moscow's hand in the High North as it vies for dominance with traditional rivals Canada, the United States, and Norway as well as newcomer China.

    Interviews with officials and military analysts and reviews of government documents show Russia's build-up is the biggest since the 1991 Soviet fall and will, in some areas, give Moscow more military capabilities than the Soviet Union once had.

    The expansion has far-reaching financial and geopolitical ramifications. The Arctic is estimated to hold more hydrocarbon reserves than Saudi Arabia and Moscow is putting down a serious military marker.

    "History is repeating itself," Vladimir Blinov, a guide on board the icebreaker Lenin, which is named after communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, told a recent tour group.
    "Back then (in the 1950s) it was the height of the Cold War and the United States was leading in some areas. But we beat the Americans and built the world's first nuclear ship (the Lenin). The situation today is similar."

    Under President Vladimir Putin, Moscow is rushing to re-open abandoned Soviet military, air and radar bases on remote Arctic islands and to build new ones, as it pushes ahead with a claim to almost half a million square miles of the Arctic.
    It regularly releases pictures of its troops training in white fatigues, wielding assault rifles as they zip along on sleighs pulled by reindeer.

    The Arctic, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates, holds oil and gas reserves equivalent to 412 billion barrels of oil, about 22 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas.
    Low oil prices and Western sanctions imposed over Moscow's actions in Ukraine mean new offshore Arctic projects have for now been mothballed, but the Kremlin is playing a longer game.

    It is building three nuclear icebreakers, including the world's largest, to bolster its fleet of around 40 breakers, six of which are nuclear. No other country has a nuclear breaker fleet, used to clear channels for military and civilian ships.
    Russia's Northern Fleet, based near Murmansk in the Kola Bay's icy waters, is also due to get its own icebreaker, its first, and two ice-capable corvettes armed with cruise missiles.

    "Under (Soviet leader Mikhail) Gorbachev and (Russian President Boris) Yeltsin, our Arctic border areas were stripped bare," said Professor Pavel Makarevich, a member of the Russian Geographical Society. "Now they are being restored."
    'AGGRESSIVE STEPS'
    The build-up, which echoes moves in Crimea and Kaliningrad, has been noticed in Washington. U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis told his confirmation hearing this month it was "not to our advantage to leave any part of the world" to others.

    Mattis, in a separate written submission, described Moscow's Arctic moves as "aggressive steps" and pledged to prioritize developing a U.S. strategy, according to Senator Dan Sullivan.
    That poses a potential dilemma for President Donald Trump, who wants to repair U.S.-Russia ties and team up with Moscow in Syria rather than get sucked into an Arctic arms race.

    The build-up is causing jitters elsewhere. Some 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway this month for a six-month deployment, the first time since World War Two that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there.

    And with memories of Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea still fresh, NATO is watching closely. Six of its members held an exercise in the region in 2015.
    The Soviet military packed more firepower in the Arctic, but it was set up to wage nuclear war with the United States not conventional warfare. Arctic islands were staging posts for long-range bombers to fly to America.

    But in an era when a slow-motion battle for the Arctic's energy reserves is unfolding, Russia is creating a permanent and nimble conventional military presence with different and sometimes superior capabilities.
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    Sergei Shoigu, the defense minister, is presiding over the re-opening or creation of six military facilities, some of which will be ready by the year's end.

    They include an island base on Alexandra Land to house 150 troops able to survive autonomously for 18 months. Called the Arctic Trefoil, officials have said they may deploy military jets there. MiG-31 fighters, designed to shoot down long-range bombers, or the SU-34, a frontline bomber, are seen as suitable.
    Moscow's biggest Arctic base, dubbed "Northern Shamrock", is meanwhile taking shape on the remote Kotelny Island, some 2,700 miles east of Moscow. It will be manned by 250 personnel and equipped with air defense missiles.

    Soviet-era radar stations and airstrips on four other Arctic islands are being overhauled and new ground-to-air missile and anti-ship missile systems have been moved into the region.
    Russia is also spending big to winterize military hardware.
    "The modernization of Arctic forces and of Arctic military infrastructure is taking place at an unprecedented pace not seen even in Soviet times," Mikhail Barabanov, editor-in-chief of Moscow Defense Brief, told Reuters.

    He said two special Arctic brigades had been set up, something the USSR never had, and that there were plans to form a third as well as special Arctic coastal defense divisions.
    "Russia's military activity in the Arctic is a bit provocative," said Barabanov. "It could trigger an arms race."
    (For a graphic on Russia's Arctic Expansion, click: http://tmsnrt.rs/2k9Vhxh)
    'FRIENDLY PEOPLE'
    In Murmansk, home to Russia's icebreakers and just an hour from the Northern Fleet's headquarters, the prospect of an Arctic renaissance is a source of pride.
    The city is steeped in Arctic and military history. The conning tower of the Kursk submarine, which sunk in 2000 after an explosion, looks down from a hill above the port.
    And in central Murmansk, scale models of dozens of icebreakers crowd the halls of the Murmansk Shipping Company, while sailors, wrapped in great coats, barrel along its streets.

    "These Arctic bases are on our territory. Unlike some other countries we are not building them overseas," said Denis Moiseev, a member of the Russian Geographical Society.
    "Other countries are also very active in trying to push their borders towards the North Pole. Our army must be able to operate on all our territory in extreme conditions."
    One country regularly mentioned as an unlikely Arctic rival is China, a close Moscow ally, which has observer status on the Arctic Council, the main forum for coordinating cooperation in the region, and is starting to build its own icebreakers.

    Politicians are keener to discuss a commercial Arctic push.
    New roads and a railway are being built and ports overhauled as Moscow expands its freight capacity and, amid warmer climate cycles, readies for more traffic along its Arctic coast.
    It hopes the Northern Sea Route, which runs from Murmansk to the Bering Strait near Alaska, could become a mini Suez Canal, cutting sea transport times from Asia to Europe.
    But while the route's popularity inside Russia is growing, relatively high transit costs and unpredictable ice coverage means it has lost some of its luster for foreign firms.

    Grigory Stratiy, deputy governor of the Murmansk Region, told Reuters there was strong interest in sea route from Asian nations however and that new icebreakers would allow for year-round navigation in the 2020s.
    "Whatever the weather, the Northern Sea Route will be needed. Its use will definitely grow," said Stratiy, who said Russia was keen to attract foreign investment to the Arctic.
    When asked about his country's military build-up, he smiled.

    "There's no reason to be afraid I can reassure you," he said, saying it was driven only by a need to modernize.
    "Russia has never had any aggressive aims and won't have them. We are very friendly people."
    (Editing by Janet McBride)

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    Vladimir Putin orders Russian air force to prepare for 'time of war'

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    Russia's air force has been ordered to prepare for a "time of war".

    President Vladimir Putin has ordered a "snap check" of the country's armed forces, according to defense minister Sergey Shoigu. As well as checking whether agencies and troops are ready for battle, the same order will ensure that systems are ready to fight, according to state news agency TASS.

    Those preparations have already begun, according to Russian ministers.

    Putin says prepare for ‘time of war’ ゥ PA Putin says prepare for ‘time of war’ "In accordance with the decision by the Armed Forces Supreme Commander, a snap check of the Aerospace Forces began to evaluate readiness of the control agencies and troops to carry out combat training tasks," he said, according to TASS.

    "Special attention should be paid to combat alert, deployment of air defense systems for a time of war and air groupings’ readiness to repel the aggression," Shoigu added.

    The preparations come amid increasing concern about tensions between Russia and many of the world's largest superpowers. Donald Trump has both condemned Russia's military campaigns and been criticised for being too close to the country's leaders, and Russia itself is standing in an increasingly tense relationship with some Nato countries.

    The country has been increasing movement of its military including the launch of the biggest Arctic military push since the fall of the Soviet Union, last month. It has also revealed plans to expand its military over 2017, including a huge boost in the number of tanks, armoured vehicles and aircraft controlled by the company.


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    Vladimir Putin calls snap Russia air-raid drill involving 45,000 troops and 150 aircraft

    Unannounced military exercises increased after relations between West and Russia deteriorated over Ukraine conflict



    Vladimir Putin ordered a snap air drill involving 45,000 troops who launched missiles at unidentified objects in the sky.

    One hundred and fifty aircraft and 200 anti-aircraft units were also scrambled for the three-day exercise this week.

    London-based think tank the European Leadership Network has previously warned that these unannounced military exercises could confuse Nato and lead to an accidental conflict.

    Russia’s military renaissance sees army brought into heart of society

    State news agency Tass said Mr Putin and Russian defence minister Sergey Shoigu triggered the exercise at 9am Moscow time on Tuesday.

    “In accordance with the decision by the Armed Forces Supreme Commander, a snap check of the Aerospace Forces began to evaluate readiness of the control agencies and troops to carry out combat training tasks,” said Mr Shoigu.

    "Special attention should be paid to alert combat, deployment of air defence systems for a time of war, and air group readiness to repel the aggression.”

    Deputy defence minister Alexander Fomin followed by saying the government did not need to give any “formal notice” under the Vienna Document.

    As part of the exercise, news agency Interfax said S-300 and S-400 air defence systems practiced spotting and destroying unidentified objects flying at low altitudes just south of Moscow.

    The number of snap drills have reportedly increased since relations deteriorated between the West and the Kremlin over Ukraine.

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    Russia May Have Conducted a Nuclear Weapon Test



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    So far I haven't seen any seismic data to back up the theory of a nuke test. Then again I haven't exactly gone looking for it. It wouldn't be hard to locate though if someone wanted to.


    U.S. Air Force Deploys WC-135 Nuclear Sniffer Aircraft To UK As Spike Of Radioactive Iodine Levels Are Detected In Europe

    February 19, 2017

    On Feb. 17, 2017, U.S. Air Force WC-135C Constant Phoenix Nuclear explosion “sniffer,” serial number 62-3582, using radio callsign “Cobra 55” deployed to RAF Mildenhall, UK.

    As we have already reported the WC-135 is a derivative of the Boeing C-135 transport and support plane. Two of these aircraft are in service today out of the ten examples operated since 1963. The aircraft are flown by flight crews from the 45th Reconnaissance Squadron from Offutt Air Force Base while mission crews are staffed by Detachment 1 from the Air Force Technical Applications Center.

    The WC-135, known as the “sniffer” or “weather bird” by its crews, can carry up to 33 personnel. However, crew compliments are kept to a minimum during mission flights in order to lessen levels of radioactive exposure.

    Effluent gasses are gathered by two scoops on the sides of the fuselage, which in turn trap fallout particles on filters. The mission crews have the ability to analyze the fallout residue in real-time, helping to confirm the presence of nuclear fallout and possibly determine the characteristics of the warhead involved: that’s why the aircraft is important to confirm the type of explosion of today’s test.




    Along with monitoring nuke testing, the WC-135 is used to track radioactive activity as happened after the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in the Soviet Union in 1986 and Fukushima incident back in 2011.
    One of these aircraft was deployed near North Korea in anticipation of Kim Jong Un rocket launches then was spotted transiting the UK airspace in August 2013 raising speculations it was used in Syria thanks to the ability to detect chemical substances down wind from the attack area days, or weeks after they were dispersed.
    Although they cross the European airspace every now and then, their deployment in the Old Continent is somehow rare. As of yet, there has been no official statement from the U.S. military about the reasons why such nuclear research aircraft was deployed there. However, many sources suggest the aircraft was tasked with investigating the spike in Iodine levels detected in northern Europe since the beginning of January.

    Iodine-131 (131I), a radionuclide of anthropogenic origin, has recently been detected in tiny amounts in the ground-level atmosphere in Europe. The preliminary report states it was first found during week 2 of January 2017 in northern Norway. Iodine-131 was also detected in Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France and Spain, until the end of January.

    However, no one seems to know the reason behind the released Iodine-131. Along with nuclear power plants, the isotope is also widely used in medicine and its presence in the air could be the effect of several different incidents.

    Or, as someone speculates, it could have been the side effect of a test of a new nuclear warhead in Russia: an unlikely (considered the ability to detect nuke tests through satellites and seismic detectors) violation of Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

    Maybe the WC-135 will help authorities find out the origin of the Iodine-131.

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    Keep wondering if they've moved on to next generation nukes...


    Maybe we were in search of those also in Iraq...

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    FLASHBACK: What has changed between the US and Russia?

    Russia tied to Iraq's missing arms

    By Bill Gertz
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    October 28, 2004

    Russian special forces troops moved many of Saddam Hussein's weapons and related goods out of Iraq and into Syria in the weeks before the March 2003 U.S. military operation, The Washington Times has learned.

    John A. Shaw, the deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security, said in an interview that he believes the Russian troops, working with Iraqi intelligence, "almost certainly" removed the high-explosive material that went missing from the Al-Qaqaa facility, south of Baghdad.

    "The Russians brought in, just before the war got started, a whole series of military units," Mr. Shaw said. "Their main job was to shred all evidence of any of the contractual arrangements they had with the Iraqis. The others were transportation units."

    Mr. Shaw, who was in charge of cataloging the tons of conventional arms provided to Iraq by foreign suppliers, said he recently obtained reliable information on the arms-dispersal program from two European intelligence services that have detailed knowledge of the Russian-Iraqi weapons collaboration.

    Most of Saddam's most powerful arms were systematically separated from other arms like mortars, bombs and rockets, and sent to Syria and Lebanon, and possibly to Iran, he said.

    The Russian involvement in helping disperse Saddam's weapons, including some 380 tons of RDX and HMX, is still being investigated, Mr. Shaw said.

    The RDX and HMX, which are used to manufacture high-explosive and nuclear weapons, are probably of Russian origin, he said.

    Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita could not be reached for comment.

    The disappearance of the material was reported in a letter October 10 from the Iraqi government to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

    Disclosure of the missing explosives Monday in a New York Times story was used by the Democratic presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry, who accused the Bush administration of failing to secure the material.

    Al-Qaqaa, a known Iraqi weapons site, was monitored closely, Mr. Shaw said.

    "That was such a pivotal location, Number 1, that the mere fact of [special explosives] disappearing was impossible," Mr. Shaw said. "And Number 2, if the stuff disappeared, it had to have gone before we got there."

    The Pentagon disclosed yesterday that the Al-Qaqaa facility was defended by Fedayeen Saddam, Special Republican Guard and other Iraqi military units during the conflict. U.S. forces defeated the defenders around April 3 and found the gates to the facility open, the Pentagon said in a statement yesterday.

    A military unit in charge of searching for weapons, the Army's 75th Exploitation Task Force, then inspected Al-Qaqaa on May 8, May 11 and May 27, 2003, and found no high explosives that had been monitored in the past by the IAEA.

    The Pentagon said there was no evidence of large-scale movement of explosives from the facility after April 6.

    "The movement of 377 tons of heavy ordnance would have required dozens of heavy trucks and equipment moving along the same roadways as U.S. combat divisions occupied continually for weeks prior to and subsequent to the 3rd Infantry Division's arrival at the facility," the statement said.

    The statement also said that the material may have been removed from the site by Saddam's regime.

    According to the Pentagon, U.N. arms inspectors sealed the explosives at Al-Qaqaa in January 2003 and revisited the site in March and noted that the seals were not broken.

    It is not known whether the inspectors saw the explosives in March. The U.N. team left the country before the U.S.-led invasion began March 20, 2003.

    A second defense official said documents on the Russian support to Iraq reveal that Saddam's government paid the Kremlin for the special forces to provide security for Iraq's Russian arms and to conduct counterintelligence activities designed to prevent U.S. and Western intelligence services from learning about the arms pipeline through Syria.

    The Russian arms-removal program was initiated after Yevgeny Primakov, the former Russian intelligence chief, could not persuade Saddam to give in to U.S. and Western demands, this official said.

    A small portion of Iraq's 650,000 tons to 1 million tons of conventional arms that were found after the war were looted after the U.S.-led invasion, Mr. Shaw said. Russia was Iraq's largest foreign supplier of weaponry, he said.

    However, the most important and useful arms and explosives appear to have been separated and moved out as part of carefully designed program. "The organized effort was done in advance of the conflict," Mr. Shaw said.

    The Russian forces were tasked with moving special arms out of the country.

    Mr. Shaw said foreign intelligence officials believe the Russians worked with Saddam's Mukhabarat intelligence service to separate out special weapons, including high explosives and other arms and related technology, from standard conventional arms spread out in some 200 arms depots.

    The Russian weapons were then sent out of the country to Syria, and possibly Lebanon in Russian trucks, Mr. Shaw said.

    Mr. Shaw said he believes that the withdrawal of Russian-made weapons and explosives from Iraq was part of plan by Saddam to set up a "redoubt" in Syria that could be used as a base for launching pro-Saddam insurgency operations in Iraq.

    The Russian units were dispatched beginning in January 2003 and by March had destroyed hundreds of pages of documents on Russian arms supplies to Iraq while dispersing arms to Syria, the second official said.

    Besides their own weapons, the Russians were supplying Saddam with arms made in Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria and other Eastern European nations, he said.

    "Whatever was not buried was put on lorries and sent to the Syrian border," the defense official said.

    Documents reviewed by the official included itineraries of military units involved in the truck shipments to Syria. The materials outlined in the documents included missile components, MiG jet parts, tank parts and chemicals used to make chemical weapons, the official said.

    The director of the Iraqi government front company known as the Al Bashair Trading Co. fled to Syria, where he is in charge of monitoring arms holdings and funding Iraqi insurgent activities, the official said.

    Also, an Arabic-language report obtained by U.S. intelligence disclosed the extent of Russian armaments. The 26-page report was written by Abdul Tawab Mullah al Huwaysh, Saddam's minister of military industrialization, who was captured by U.S. forces May 2, 2003.

    The Russian "spetsnaz" or special-operations forces were under the GRU military intelligence service and organized large commercial truck convoys for the weapons removal, the official said.

    Regarding the explosives, the new Iraqi government reported that 194.7 metric tons of HMX, or high-melting-point explosive, and 141.2 metric tons of RDX, or rapid-detonation explosive, and 5.8 metric tons of PETN, or pentaerythritol tetranitrate, were missing.

    The material is used in nuclear weapons and also in making military "plastic" high explosive.

    Defense officials said the Russians can provide information on what happened to the Iraqi weapons and explosives that were transported out of the country. Officials believe the Russians also can explain what happened to Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs.

    But slipped out with elite Russian military help...^^^



    "Red Mercury and The Strange Case of Delmart Vreeland"
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    Posted on 4/2/2002, 3:21:21 AM by lavaroise


    "Red Mercury and The Strange Case of Delmart Vreeland"

    by J. R. Nyquist

    “If you look too deeply into the abyss, the abyss will look into you.”

    Friedrich Nietzsche

    Last week this column discussed the testimony of a self-described U.S. Naval intelligence officer who was recently granted asylum by Canada. According to documents and testimony entered into evidence during his trial, Delmart Edward Vreeland predicted a major terrorist strike against the World Trade Center, naming Osama bin Laden as the perpetrator a full month before the Sept. 11 attacks. Vreeland also told journalists last October that the death of a Canadian Embassy official in Moscow, Marc Bastien, was not due to natural causes as initially reported in the Canadian press. Adding weight to Vreeland’s credibility, on Jan. 21, 2002, the Toronto Star reported the findings of the Quebec coroner that Bastien died “after drinking a mixture of alcohol and clopazine.”

    Last week I interviewed Vreeland, who claims to possess official Russian documents stolen from Moscow that link the Kremlin to the Sept. 11 terrorist assault and to a planned Iraqi nuclear attack against U.S. cities using Russian red mercury fusion devices. After demonstrating an uncanny knowledge of events in Moscow and elsewhere, I felt that Vreeland’s story warranted closer scrutiny. Is he a deranged kook seeking publicity? Is red mercury a hoax?

    Last Saturday I spoke with Sam Cohen, a U.S. nuclear weapons expert credited with inventing the neutron bomb. I asked Cohen how he would answer critics who ridicule the idea of red mercury fusion. According to Cohen, “These people don’t understand the laws of physics.” He further stated that red mercury “is a compound with tremendous energy density.” In all likelihood, Russia has successfully fabricated this compound using “ultra high pressure technology,” Cohen explained. “You knock all these electrons out so it’s not the same atom. It pulls a lot more energy per gram than any other explosive that I’ve ever heard of.”

    Its explosive power is so great that red mercury can trigger a fusion reaction. “The Atomic Energy Commission denies red mercury,” Cohen said, “but they lie through their teeth. And they have to.” I asked Cohen if the secret of red mercury could be learned from captured samples. “I’m just guessing here,” he replied, “but I think it’s very difficult to tell [how it was made] from examining the substance itself.” (In other words, Russia might export red mercury to terrorist states or groups without fear of giving away the secret of its manufacture.)

    I asked Cohen about Vreeland’s statement that a two-megaton device could be made using red mercury technology. Cohen said, “The answer is it’s possible, but not advisable.” Expressing doubts about the effectiveness of U.S. sensors set up to detect nuclear weapons smuggled by terrorists, Cohen asked why an enemy power couldn’t simply slip a “good old-fashioned fission bomb” into the U.S.? “If you wanted to do damage, a dirty bomb is better,” he explained. “Using red mercury is best accomplished at low yields. Although you could turn it into a [high yield] multiple stage device.”

    I asked Cohen how small a two-megaton multi-stage red mercury device might be. Cohen replied that a red mercury fusion bomb “could be more miniaturized than fusion/fission nuclear warheads. It is void of fissile material. Due to explosive power per gram it has the potential to be very much lighter.” He added that, “We’ve produced [atomic] bombs from 50,000 pounds to 50 pounds.”

    I asked Cohen if a country other than Russia might have red mercury technology. “Oh yes,” he responded, adding, “I think Iraq did get red mercury.” According to Cohen’s contacts in the nuclear weapons community, U.N. inspectors have found evidence of red mercury transactions between Iraq and Russia.

    Those who want to dismiss Cohen’s testimony do so at their own peril. In his Dec. 27 1993 National Review article on red mercury, Cohen stated: “In a pure-fusion weapon … the weight of the nuclear material required may be as low as a thousandth of that required in a fission weapon.” Cohen also stated that red mercury warheads “could be clandestinely tested underground.”

    None of this absolutely confirms the testimony of Delmart Edward Vreeland regarding a Russian-Iraqi connection to Sept. 11 and future red mercury terrorism against U.S. cities.

    Cohen’s expert opinion merely tells us that Vreeland’s claims are not altogether outlandish.

    Setting aside the question of red mercury, the real test of Vreeland’s credibility will come in the weeks and months ahead. Adding to the mystery surrounding this story, I received a phone call last week from an official of a national political party (U.S.) involved in the Vreeland case. The official in question had personally met Vreeland and said there was a nasty bullet wound on the side of Vreeland’s face, which occurred when the Russian mafia put a gun in Vreeland’s mouth and pulled the trigger. This official also confirmed that Vreeland’s military record had been altered and falsified and that Vreeland’s case was rated as a secret intelligence matter in Washington.

    Two things, however, are disturbing about the Vreeland case. In terms of media coverage, citizen-reporter Michael C. Ruppert has emerged to become Vreeland’s leading advocate. But the sinister use to which Ruppert puts Vreeland’s testimony must be called into question. While Vreeland clearly indicated to me that Sept. 11 was a Russian-supported Iraqi-Al Qaeda operation, Ruppert’s articles argue that Sept. 11 was a U.S. or CIA operation. In addition, Ruppert is a person who has been warmly embraced by leading figures in Moscow, where he has been invited to speak and fraternize. Snuggling up to Vreeland, allegedly dictating Vreeland’s choice of legal representation in the United States, Ruppert willingly ignores the fact that Vreeland’s information points to Kremlin foreknowledge and connivance in the events of Sept. 11 – not to U.S. connivance.

    There is a second point regarding Vreeland’s story that must not be set aside. It has to do with the possible use of mind control drugs in relation to this case. Vreeland claims that while spying in Moscow, he teamed up with Canadian Embassy official Marc Bastien, who was found dead on Dec. 12, 2000, six days after Vreeland was arrested in Canada. According to Canadian officials, the drug found in Bastien’s body at the time of death was clopazine mixed with alcohol. Clopazine is an anti-psychotic chemical that can be used to remedy drug-induced schizophrenia. Those familiar with Russia’s security services know that psychotropic drugs have been used against key witnesses to induce mental illness, confusion, illogical thinking and memory loss. In April 1953 CIA director Allen W. Dulles told his colleagues that Russia had “developed brain perversion techniques, some of which are so subtle and so abhorrent to our way of life that we have recoiled from facing up to them.”

    Did Bastien and Vreeland successfully penetrate Kremlin security and steal classified Russian documents? Were they subsequently caught and drugged by the Russian security services in Moscow? Was the clopazine found in Bastien’s body by the Quebec coroner part of a failed attempt by Canadian officials to reverse the effects of brain poisoning by an unknown Russian psychotropic agent? Furthermore, if Bastien was poisoned with a mind-altering drug (to induce schizophrenia), was Vreeland similarly poisoned in the first week of December 2000?

    Given that a Moscow-friendly muckraker like Mike Ruppert has snuggled up to Vreeland, we should not be surprised if Vreeland’s secrets are twisted to signify the opposite of what they in fact indicate. We should also fear for Vreeland’s safety and his sanity given the known methods of the Russian security services and associated mafia organizations. I have already learned of more than one attempt on Vreeland’s life. Now that his name has appeared in the newspapers, now that a political organization in the U.S. is prepared to take up his cause, wouldn’t it be logical to discredit him via drug-induced schizophrenia?

    According to an article http://www.thefinalphase.com/DouglassBehavior.htm by national security expert Joseph D. Douglass, Jr., with the title “Influencing Behavior and Mental Processes in Covert Operations,” Russia has freely used mind control drugs against Western targets in the past. Douglass says that the one-time Chief of Staff to the Czech Minister of Defense, defector Jan Sejna, “knew of over a dozen families of mind control drugs that were actually being used against diplomats, banking and business executives, religious leaders, politicians, political leaders, military units, academicians, and even Presidents and Prime Ministers."

    Sejna said that mind-altering drugs were used against the clergy in communist Czechoslovakia during the 1960s. “After two years,” noted Sejna, “there were no more reactionary clerics in Czechoslovakia.” By inducing suicide, insanity or collaboration (i.e., with “friendship drugs”) the anti-communist clergy ceased to make trouble for the regime. In this context, Douglass wrote of “pills used to drive the target insane,” and that is exactly the sort of treatment the Russians might reserve for a cornered U.S. spy with vital information about Kremlin involvement in Sept. 11.

    Where does that leave us with regard to the Vreeland case?

    It leaves us in the “wilderness of mirrors.” In this wilderness, facts can be spun in a variety of ways. My research indicates that America’s enemies are plotting her downfall, and they are quite capable and serious in their endeavor. Whatever the truth about Delmart Edward Vreeland, his story suggests that a great game is being played in secret and he is the victim of this game.

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    On the day of 911 Russia commences air strike drills simulating a nuclear attack on the US using aircraft on bombing runs. NORAD scrambles resources to monitor this Russian activity.

    September 10, 2001: NORAD Setting Stage for Major Monitoring Exercise, Preparing for a Possible Russian Reaction

    The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which is responsible for detecting and responding to any attack on the mainland United States, is in the early stages of a major training exercise called Vigilant Guardian that is to take place off the shores of the northeastern US and Canada.

    The exercise is not scheduled to really take off until the following day, September 11 (see (6:30 a.m.) September 11, 2001), but simulated intelligence briefings and meetings are now being held to set the stage for the mock engagements to come. According to author Lynn Spencer, Vigilant Guardian “is the kind of war game that the Russians usually respond to, even in this post-Cold War era.”

    The Russians have in fact announced that they will be deploying aircraft to several of their “Northern Tier” bases on September 11.

    Russian jets have penetrated North American airspace during previous NORAD exercises, and Colonel Robert Marr, the commander of NORAD’s Northeast Air Defense Sector (NEADS), has prepared for them to do so again during the current exercise.

    If this happens, armed US fighter jets will intercept the Russian aircraft and escort them back to their own territory.

    In case there is any confrontation, Marr has ordered that his alert fighter jets be loaded with additional fuel and weapons.


    According to Spencer, on September 11, all alert fighters will be “loaded with live missiles in anticipation of any show of force that might be needed to respond to the Russians.” [Spencer, 2008, pp. 3-5]

    NORAD has already announced that it is deploying fighters to Alaska and Northern Canada to monitor a Russian air force exercise being conducted in the Russian Arctic and North Pacific Ocean throughout this week (see September 9-11, 2001). [BBC, 2001, pp. 161; NORAD, 9/9/2001]

    According to the 9/11 Commission, the Vigilant Guardian exercise will in fact postulate “a bomber attack from the former Soviet Union.” [9/11 Commission, 7/24/2004, pp. 458]





    September 9-11, 2001: NORAD Begins Northern Vigilance Military Operation

    NORAD begins Operation Northern Vigilance.

    For this military operation, it deploys fighters to Alaska and Northern Canada to monitor a Russian air force exercise in the Russian Arctic and North Pacific Ocean, scheduled for September 10 to September 14.

    The Russian exercise involves its bombers staging a mock attack against NATO planes that are supposedly planning an assault on Russia.
    [BBC, 2001, pp. 161; NORAD, 9/9/2001; Washington Times, 9/11/2001]

    The NORAD fighters are due to stay in Alaska and Canada until the end of the Russian exercise.

    At some time between 10:32 A.M. and 11:45 A.M. on 9/11, Russian President Vladimir Putin calls the White House to say the Russians are voluntarily halting their exercise.
    [Washington Post, 1/27/2002]

    In other news….

    RUSSIA'S AMBASSADOR TO UNITED NATIONS DIES IN NYC AT 64

    AP Photo/Richard Drew

    Feb 20, 2017 12:38 PM EST

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Russian officials say its ambassador to the United Nations has died suddenly in New York City. Vitaly Churkin was 64.

    Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, told The Associated Press that Churkin became ill in his office at Russia's U.N. mission and was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where he died Monday. His cause of death wasn't immediately known.

    Churkin has been Russia's envoy at the United Nations for a little over a decade and was considered Moscow's great champion at the U.N.

    He had a reputation for an acute wit and sharp repartee especially with his American and Western counterparts. He was previously ambassador at large and earlier served as the foreign ministry spokesman.

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    Russia unveils its new Arctic military base housing nuclear-ready warplanes and REINDEER-powered special forces as it seeks to claim the region's huge oil and gas reserves


    • Russia has unveiled five-storey military base on Alexander Land in the Arctic Ocean's Franz Josef Archipelago
    • The top-secret polar complex, painted in Russia's red, white and blue, can house warplanes and 150 troops
    • Comes as Russia looks to lay claim to region's enormous oil and gas reserves thought to be worth 」23trillion


    By Julian Robinson for MailOnline

    Published: 06:26 EDT, 18 April 2017 | Updated: 17:22 EDT, 18 April 2017
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    Russia has unveiled a new Arctic military base capable of housing 150 troops as well as nuclear-ready warplanes.
    The triangular complex, painted in the red, white and blue of the Russia's tricolor flag, has been built in remote Alexandra Land in the Franz Josef Archipelago.

    While parts of the base remain top secret, military chiefs have offered a glimpse at the interior of the building.

    It comes as part of Russia's largest Arctic military push since the fall of the Soviet Union and as Moscow moves to lay claim to the region's huge oil and gas reserves - believe to be worth as much as 」23trillion.



    Russia has unveiled a new Arctic military base (pictured) capable of housing 150 troops as well as nuclear-ready warplanes



    The triangular complex, painted in the red, white and blue of the Russia's tricolor flag, has been built in remote Alexandra Land in the Franz Josef Archipelago



    While parts of the base remain top secret, military chiefs have offered a glimpse at the interior of the building



    Russia's President Vladimir Putin (centre) visited the Nagurskoye military airfield on Alexandra Land Island in late March

    The five-storey complex, named Nagursky by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, is on the extreme north of Russia's Arctic frontier.

    It will hold 150 troops able to survive autonomously in subzero conditions for 18 months.

    Officials have said they may deploy military jets there. MiG-31 fighters, designed to shoot down long-range bombers, or the SU-34, a frontline bomber are seen as options, it has been reported.

    According to the Moscow Times, it also comes complete with a cinema, table tennis and billiards rooms while a military art studio is also planned.

    Earlier this year it was reported that Moscow is starting to build nuclear icebreakers as it vies for dominance in the polar region with traditional rivals Canada, the United States, and Norway as well as newcomer China.



    The Russian military base has been built in remote Alexandra Land in the Arctic Ocean's Franz Josef Archipelago



    Russian servicemen in white outfits guard an area at the Nagurskoye military base in Alexandra Land. Moscow is also starting to build nuclear icebreakers as it vies for dominance in the polar region with traditional rivals Canada, the United States, and Norway as well as newcomer China



    The military outpost was built as Russia continued to flex its muscles in the Arctic which is believed to hold billions of barrels of oil



    Officials have said they may deploy military jets at the outpost. MiG-31 fighters, designed to shoot down long-range bombers, or the SU-34, are seen as options



    Interviews with officials and military analysts and reviews of government documents show Russia's military build-up in the Arctic is the biggest since the 1991 Soviet fall

    Interviews with officials and military analysts and reviews of government documents showed Russia's build-up is the biggest since the 1991 Soviet fall and will, in some areas, give Moscow more military capabilities than the Soviet Union once had.

    The expansion has far-reaching financial and geopolitical ramifications. The Arctic is estimated to hold more hydrocarbon reserves than Saudi Arabia - and Moscow is putting down a serious military marker.

    Under President Vladimir Putin, Moscow is rushing to re-open abandoned Soviet military, air and radar bases on remote Arctic islands and to build new ones, as it pushes ahead with a claim to almost half a million square miles of the Arctic.

    It regularly releases pictures of its troops training in white fatigues, wielding assault rifles as they zip along on sleighs pulled by reindeer.

    The Arctic, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates, holds oil and gas reserves equivalent to 412 billion barrels of oil, about 22 percent of the world's undiscovered oil and gas.



    The Arctic, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates, holds oil and gas reserves equivalent to 412 billion barrels of oil, about 22 percent of the world's undiscovered oil and gas

    Pictures show the construction of the five-storey base, which has been installed in remote Alexandra Land in the Franz Josef Archipelago


    The five-storey complex, named Nagursky by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, is on the extreme north of Russia's Arctic frontier

    Officials have said they may deploy military jets at the base. But there is also a small wooden church at the site (pictured)



    The facility also comes complete with a cinema, table tennis and billiards rooms while a military art studio is also planned

    The impressive photographs have revealed what life is like on the base - and even shows the long haired dogs taking up residence there



    Russian Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade conducts military exercises to learn how to ride a reindeer sled



    At a reindeer farm near the Lovozero settlement, the heavily wrapped up and camouflaged soldiers undergo intense training



    One of the members of the infantry brigade gets to know his dog during the training exercise near the Lovozero settlement




    The reindeer powered special forces wrap up warm against the elements as they seek to claim the region's huge oil and gas reserves

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    Reconnaissance unit members and their reindeer battle through thick snow as they aim at their targets

    Low oil prices and Western sanctions imposed over Moscow's actions in Ukraine mean new offshore Arctic projects have for now been mothballed, but the Kremlin is playing a longer game.

    It is building three nuclear icebreakers, including the world's largest, to bolster its fleet of around 40 breakers, six of which are nuclear. No other country has a nuclear breaker fleet, used to clear channels for military and civilian ships.

    Russia's Northern Fleet, based near Murmansk in the Kola Bay's icy waters, is also due to get its own icebreaker, its first, and two ice-capable corvettes armed with cruise missiles.

    'Under (Soviet leader Mikhail) Gorbachev and (Russian President Boris) Yeltsin, our Arctic border areas were stripped bare,' said Professor Pavel Makarevich, a member of the Russian Geographical Society. 'Now they are being restored.'



    As well as the military base, Russia is building three nuclear icebreakers, including the world's largest, to bolster its fleet of around 40 breakers, six of which are nuclear




    The complex is part of a huge Russian military build-up in the Arctic. Russia's Northern Fleet, based near Murmansk in the Kola Bay's icy waters, is also due to get its own icebreaker, its first, and two ice-capable corvettes armed with cruise missiles



    Russian servicemen guard an area at the Nagurskoye military base in Alexandra Land on the remote Arctic islands of Franz Josef Land in late March





    The Russian Defense Ministry has offered a rare glimpse at the military complex. Vladimir Putin visited the area late last month




    Russia Unveils Arctic Base Vapable of Housing Nuke Bombers


    April 18, 2017
    On Tuesday Russia unveiled parts of its top-secret arctic base capable of housing nuclear bombers and advanced anti-ICBM systems
    (WASHINGTON, DC) The Russian Defense Ministry has provided a glimpse into its state of the art Arctic air defense base, offering an interactive tour of the facility known as the Arctic Shamrock – the northernmost permanent installation of the Russian armed forces.

    “With the help of the web application, Defense Ministry website http://mil.ru/files/files/arctic/Arctic.html visitors will be able to interactively assess the convenient and ergonomic modular layout of the base, which allows the Russian military to perform service and combat tasks in the hardest natural and climatic conditions of the Arctic,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

    Russian officials say they may equip the base with MiG-31 fighters, military jets designed to shoot down long-range bombers, or the SU-34, a frontline bomber capable of deploying nuclear weapons.

    In December 2016, Russia began renovating bases like the complex displayed on Tuesday, and promised to deploy S-400 missile defense systems, an anti-ICBM tools capable of bringing down an inflight ICBM. S-400 systems are currently deployed to protect the Tartus naval supply base and the Khmeimim airbase in Syria.

    Erected on the large island of Alexandra Land, which is part of the Franz Josef Land archipelago, the base is set to ensure Russia's continued presence in the region. It will house some 150 personnel who will be tasked with protecting the Russian border, airspace, and other interests in the region.

    The massive three-pointed complex is painted in the red, white, and blue of the Russian flag. The 14,000 sq. m complex features the world's northern-most permanent building located on the 80th parallel in below freezing temperatures all year around.

    Its unique layout allows the soldiers to move around the base from one building to another without going outside to face winter temperatures which sometimes drop below -50 degrees Celsius.

    While the larger part of the base remains top-secret, now anyone in the world can explore the comfort of the living quarters and assess the magnitude of Russian construction, which when fully equipped can function autonomously for 18 months.

    “The virtual military base 3D tour openly demonstrates how rooms for servicemen are equipped,” the ministry said, adding that visitors can also get a sneak peek into the officers’ canteen, gym and cinema-concert halls.

    In 2014, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu presented a major plan to cover Russia’s northern borders with a network of military bases and radar stations as part of the country’s strategy in the Arctic. The plan also provides for the building of 13 airfields, one land test range for the Air Force, 10 radar sites, and direction centers.


    Russia places Moscow’s S-400s on combat alert during drill

    April 18, 2017
    An orthodox cathedral is silhouetted as the sun sets in the village Zelyonaya Sloboda 50 km southeast from Moscow in this picture taken late on July 12, 2004. REUTERS/Viktor Korotayev
    On Tuesday Russia placed Moscow based air defense units on alert as part of a combat readiness drill

    (VERO BEACH, FLA) According to the Russian Defense Ministry the drill is being held after the winter training period and involves over 1,000 personnel and more than 100 weapon systems.

    "Units of air defense missile and radio-technical forces made a march to their deployment positions and were put on combat alert," a spokesman for the ministry said. "During the redeployment, the personnel practiced thwarting sabotage and reconnaissance groups."

    The MoD spokesperson said that the alert involved S-400 Triumf and S-300 Favorit anti-aircraft missile systems, Pantsyr-S missile/gun launchers, as well as radars from low to high range. They added that “various mobile jamming platforms” were used during the exercise to simulate battlefield conditions

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    'YOU DON’T NEED EXPENSIVE WEAPONS’
    Russia claims it can wipe out entire US Navy with a single ‘electronic bomb’ in bizarre propaganda report

    Russian news report claims electronic signal jamming weapon can render planes, ships and missiles useless

    By Tom Michael

    19th April 2017, 12:12 am

    RUSSIA has claimed it can disable the entire US Navy in one fell swoop using powerful electronic signal jamming.

    A news report from the country – where the media is essentially controlled by the state – said the technology could render planes, ships and missiles useless.


    Russia claims it can disable US ships with cutting edge technology

    A news report claimed a single Russian plane disabled a US warship
    The newsreader says: “Today, our Russian Electronic Warfare (REW) troops can detect and neutralise any target from a ship’s system and a radar, to a satellite.”

    The news report claims a single Russian war plane flew several times around American destroyer the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea several years ago, disabling its systems and leaving it helpless.

    The report also claims they are capable to creating electronic jamming domes over their bases that make them invisible on radar screens.

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    Newly Developed Russian Winter Camouflage

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    Uniform semi-season camouflage

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    In a couple of summer camouflage suits (intended, apparently, for the sappers), the Defense Ministry ordered demi-season ones:

    *****
    Purpose of the Goods: seasonal camouflage suit demi-season is intended for concealment of servicemen on:
    - vegetative yellow backgrounds (subtypes: spring - autumn, forest mixed spring and autumn);
    - desert gray-yellow backgrounds (subtypes: sandy-desert, semi-shrubby-desert, yagelny);
    - mountain gray backgrounds (mountain-tundra, alpine-desert).

    A serviceman in a suit should not be detected by means of optical reconnaissance and weapon guidance systems in the visible range of waves at a distance of three hundred meters on plant yellow, desert gray-yellow and mountain gray backgrounds. In the suit, there must be fixed elements for masking the face and loops for fixing the local vegetation.
    The costume design should ensure its wearing over VKPO uniforms items, 6B45 bulletproof vest, 6B47 armored helmet, 6B50 safety glasses, 6-51.66117 transport modular vest, 6B46 combat protective bib. The costume should be worn over the combined arms clearance complexes OVR-2-02, OVR-3Sh. Slots with valves on the suit should provide access to the pockets of VKPO outfits, transport vests and bibs to the costume of a sapper.

    The design of the suit should allow to put on and remove it for a time, min .: not more than 1.5.

    The costume should be completed with a carrying case and a carrying case, a camouflage cover for a patrol knapsack of 25 liters. The case for storing and carrying suits should be the size: width 31cm - 33cm, length 37cm - 39cm. Fabric cover for storage and carrying and camouflage cover must be resistant to prolonged exposure to sunlight: at least 200 hours.

    The costume must be made from a mixed fabric of plain weave. The fabric should be resistant to prolonged exposure to sunlight, precipitation, fungi, bacteria, insects, washing, and rubbing. Also, the fabric should be resistant to the effects of fuels and lubricants, be resistant to degassing, deactivation and disinfection. After drying the suit all of the above properties should be preserved. The pattern, the size of the stains and the color of dyeing should match the image. The fabric should not rustle and rustle.






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